EDUCATION AND CULTURE
Under the 1997-1998 school years, the municipality of Sibuco is still with the same single district composition on the primary and elementary level covering the entire 28 barangays. High illiteracy problem is now a thing of the past with the implementation of a continuous non-formal education program in coordination with the local government in extending educational instructions to the deprived bracket of the society.
On the secondary level the municipal area has somewhat been subdivided to cater students under ceratin proximity considerations. Poblacion being the urban center holds the main high school buildings with annex school at Barangay Lunday. Another establish high school with the corresponding four year secondary curriculum is situated at barangay Malayal to cater the students of the so-called southern barangays, monitoring and evaluation on the progress and status of the secondary schools are declared as a shared responsibility.
Many factors can spell
either the success or failure of a project, but perhaps, it can be safe to
say that most projects attain success if the beneficiaries themselves
unite and readily land a helping hand in its implementation.
Although there are additional funds coming from the National
Government, through the the Local Development Fund (LDC), the
administration have succeeded in the promotion and support for the
construction of different projects.
However, these projects are still not enough to cope
up with the lagging development of the municipality, that is why the
Sangguniang Bayan and the Chief Executive passed and subsequently approve
a special resolution for a possible financial assistance through loan
package from the Philippine National Bank (PNB), in the amount of Ten
Million Pesos (P 10 M) for the procurement of heavy equipment.
One of the mechanism that shows the cost of
efficiency in the construction of the project with the absence of heavy
equipment’s is to increase manpower mobility, notably is the completion of
Poblacion – Pasilnahut – Nale Barangay roads where the future national
road will traverse down to Zamboanga City.
The construction of electrically operated deep
wells at Barangay Poblacion and Jatian have proven as one of the most
effective utilization of ground water in the absence of a free flowing
water source (i.e. spring, rivers, creeks). For far flung barangays we
were able to construct/improve spring development through people
The municipal government have also succeeded in
negotiating for the acquisition of 2 hectares parcel of land where a
spring eye is located for future development. This was made possible
through a voluntary deed of donation in favor of the LGU at Barannagy
Puliran some 5 kms. from the urban center.
Agro-Industry, Cattle and other Livestock
With the roads constructed and rehabilitated catering to the municipal agricultural area and the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC), development in the agriculture sector is underway. With DA and its municipal counterpart as prime movers the municipality have succeeded in the construction of solar dryers.
Sibuco is endowed with vast juridical land that is from time to time a
place of promises and serves as a cross road. Although there is no
recorded arm conflict in the municipality, it is however used as a gateway
to other neighboring towns and city by the enemies of peace and progress
due to the existing forest land, surveillance procedures of the local PNP
is also hampered by the non-favorable factors of the municipality’s wide
Through the local PLEB we were able to form the necessary CVO’s and other
protective bodies to enhance the capability of the PNP to counter
lawlessness, apprehension of suspects based on the merits of the warrant
of arrest served by the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) are regarded
as well done job.
Internal Defense Command (MIDC) is composed of the following:
1. Philippine National Police
2. Philippine Army, 44th IB
of Sibuco is located at the southernmost end of the province of Zamboanga
del Norte, it is 163 nautical miles away from Dipolog City, which is the
seat of the Provincial Government.
experienced peace and tranquility despite the threat posed by the remnants
of dissident terrorist, the lawless elements of MILF/ASG lost command and
the splinter group of crime syndicates.
The peace and order situation within AOR from January 1 to December 17,
1998, is under control by the joint efforts of the AFP/PNP forces and the
general public not withstanding the important assistance and support
extended by civic and religious organizations to this station in its
successful rendition of police duties and responsibilities and service to
A. DISSIDENT TERRORIST
The dissident terrorist operating within AOR remained at low profile as
evidenced of the non-manifestation of their hostile action. They
maintained their activities on building up their organization, recruiting
new members and propaganda expansion.
B. SOUTHERN PHILIPPINE TERRORIST (MILF/ASG)
The lawless elements who claim themselves as MILF still remained the most potent threat in the municipality of Sibuco. The present operational activities of these group is concerned on the collection of revolutionary taxes, kidnapping, piracyu, extortion, robbery hold-up and other illegal acrtivities to support their livelihood and needed funds for future hostile action.
Through its vast marine resources, the Sangguniang Bayan concerned have
encated the Municipal Fishery Ordinance to protect interest within its
territorial waters and subsequently appropriated out of its LDF for the
development and preservation of Bato-Tindog with its surrounding well
preserved corral reef as one of the future diving destinations.
Recently, the residents of the northern barangays particularly the
fisherment of Cawit-cawit were the receipients of the municipal project (Payao)
which is made up of bamboo poles tied together to serve as fishing ground
and haven of fish using the hook and the line method.
Office of the Municipal Cooperative was created in compliance with the
provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 or RA 7160.
started its operation in 1996 purposely to provide services for the
organization and development of cooperatives and provide assistance to
promote viability and growth as an instrument of equity, social justice
and economic development.
vision and mission is to enhance economic growth of the cooperative
society where there is equity, social justice and sustainable economic
development towards the economic upliftment of the people of the
municipality in the name of peace and progress.
of 1998 there were seventeen (17) registered cooperatives as a result of
the MNLF – GRP Peace Agreement to provide livelihood assistance program to
the MNLF members who were not integrated in the military service.
Although funds on the promised financial assistance to members of MNLF
registered cooperative has yet to be released still the constituents are
full of vigor to pursue on with the spirit of cooperativism.
of the leading and well established cooperative operating is the Saint
Joseph Mission Multi-Purpose Cooperative however, their operation was
effected by the recent kidnapping of Fr. Luciano Benedetti who is one of
the SJMC’s spiritual adviser.
While registration of cooperatives mushroomed recently, one should not
limit the improvement of the variables of development in order to achieve
the probability of success in the near future. Regressive values and
institution should be changed with better ones in order to create an
environment that is favorable and where growth of cooperatives would be
On Local Legislation
Sangguniang Bayan as expected have exercised well their duties and
functions for the passage and enactment of different measures for the good
of Sibuco. They serve as living instruments in bringing closer to the
people the programs and special task of the administration.
following are some of the major legislation passed and enacted by the
Development Challenges, Goals and Priorities
Embodied in the MIDP of the municipality for the year
1996-2000 is always the major concern of the LGU towards economic and
social upliftment of the local constituents that is once again outlined on
this annual accomplishment report.
1. Funding Resources
limited funding resources allocated for the municipality have affected
greatly its development course. The lack of a good all weather roads
hampered production in the agriculture sector thus paving the way for low
valuation of real property and the late payment of real property taxes.
On the fishery
sector although the resources are abundant yet the marginal fishermen
cannot maximize utilization and harvest due to lagging fishing
2. Increased Income
the majority of farmers are
frustrated by the low price ceiling of rice and corn in the market which
constitue the prime agricultural product of the municipality afar from
high value commercial crops (HVCC). to counter such a low income means of
livelihood, an intensified inter-cropping practice of high return crops
with the introduction of improved farm technology is required as the best
alternative through the DA. On the fishery sector, intensified aquaculture
3. Infrastructure Development
The municipality is facing
tremendous challenge in infrastructure investment. The need for the
construction of more roads, bridges, irrigation system, water supply
facilities, school buildings and day care centers remain the top priority
of the municpal government.
4. Administrative Development
One of the major concern of
the administration is to work out for the increase of salaries of its
employees. conduct training for personnel development on fiscal and
administrative functions in line with its modernization plan.
5. Sports Development
Under sports development
administration the LGU plans to upgrade the existing sports facilities in
keeping the young and old healthy physically and mentally. With the
alarming increase on drug related incidents of criminality this is one
way of keeping the constituents away from possible bad habits. Substantial
amount is allocated for sports development for FY 1999 to meet these
6. Peace and Order
Considered as pillars of
peace and order of the municipality is the PLEB and Peace and Order
Council. By strengthening its composition it is expected to counter and be
able to meet the necessary measures for the betterment of its
constituents. One of the highlights in coordination with the Human Rights
Commission (HRC) is to implement the Barangay Human Rights Action Center (BHRAC)
and to appoint/deputized Human Rights Action Man.
Development Goals and Priorities
1. Increase Income and Production
As a matter of policy the following priority programs and projects are to be implemented:
a. Promotion of Cooperative movement among farmers, fishermen and utilities;
b. Installation of agri-based industries;
c. Development of manpower for local and export market;
d. Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) development programs;
e. Undertaking of labor intensive infra-projects;
f. Intensify the existing programs and projects of the municipality.
2. Improve Basic Social Convenience:
a. Expansion of existing school and madraza facilities through funds from local and ZOPAD
b. Construction and provision of potable water and supply facilities
c. Promotion of improved health care delivery system
Promotion of mlti-level sports and physical fitness program
3. Implement Basic Infrastructure Programs:
a. Construction / improvement of irrigation facilities
b. Construction / improvement of road networks
c. Construction / improvement of waterworks facilities
d. Construction / improvement of school building and madrazas
e. Construction / improvement of the Municipal and Sangguniang Bayan buildings
f. Construction / improvement of Day Care Center
g. Construction of mini-port
h. Construction of mini-cold storage or ice plant
local government through the MSWD again scored another high performance
rating relative to community based program of activities.
a. Community Welfare:
The local government through the MSWD is maintaining day care centers on thirteen (13) barangays where pre-schoolers could avail of free educational instruction and supplemental feeding. This program is aimed at improving the existence of potentially neglected children in coordination with barangay officials and parents committee. Model barangays under CIDDS program of SRA MBN agenda are Poblacion, Sto. Niño and Lakiki.
c. Disabled/Elderly Welfare:
The government program of extending special privileges to the elderly where they could avail of 20% discount on transportation fare, purchase of medicine, recreation center and free medical and dental services in government establishment can now be realized through the coordination of MSWD and the office for the older witness which they have reached out to an initial of 31 headcount. Identification cards are being accorded to them for verification and utilization.
d. Child Welfare:
the total thirteen (13) barangays recipients of a complete day care
workers who are being paid by the local government to answer the needs
of those potentially neglected children.
e. Youth Welfare:
Two groups pf PYA was being organized and more out-of-school youth
expressed their willingness to become member of the said PYA or pagasa
youth association. It is aimed at making the youth a better and healthier
society where they could avail of sport materials through Sulong Dunong
Program. To date, there are five (5) youths who are enjoying educational
assistance at the secondary level and five (5) Sulong Dunong
Beneficiaries at the DSWD youth Hostel in Zamboanga City.
g. Emergency Assistance:
The local government provided financial assistance to families affected by
the different calamities like the El Niño and La Niña phenomenon. This end
have also extended assistance to the victims of the kidnapping incident at
barangay Sto. Niño, through food for work program and emergency cash
assistance. Medicine and other emergency supplies were also released on
time to serve the recipients out of the LGU’s 5% calamity fund, which is
one way of building stronger confidence among its constituents.
h. Self Employment Assistance:
Under the SEA Kaunlaran Program, a group of twenty five (25) members received the capital assistance of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 100,000.00) and One Hundred Forty Five Thousand Pesos (P 145,000.00) were extended to twenty three (23) family enterprises clients for the past years. the local government is not also spared from extending capital assistance to an accredited cooperative of fiftenn (15) members in the amount of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) from its coffers.