Sunday, February 11, 2007

THE CURRENT SITUATION- Zamboanga del Norte

Zamboanga del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Penninsula Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte is comprised of three districts and is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities (Dipolog-2nd dist. and Dapitan-1st dist.)

The locals of Zamboanga del Norte still live in poverty. Recently, Zamboanga del Norte has been named by NEDA as THE POOREST PROVINCE in the country. People still live without electricity, clean water, medicine and children have to walk as far as 5-10 kilometers a day to get to school. People called the "Subanons" still live in the mountains and do not have any access to roads, education or hospitals. Many have died because of fever and other minor illnesses due to the fact that medicine is unaccessible to them.

The people rely mostly on agriculture and commercial fishing to get by. However, bad weather and lack of livelihood have been a burden to the many farmers and fishermen of the province.

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