New Zealander scores KO win in pro debut

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Lanky Benny Jade Slight debuted with a big knockout victory over Michael Manambay in the first round Saturday evening at the Oval Plaza Gym here.

The New Zealander Slight connected with a left uppercut that brought Manambay to the seat of his pants after.

Benny Jade slight of New Zealand connects with a left uppercut that dropped Michael Manambay to win by KO 2:59 in the first round.PHOTO BY NOEL NACION
Benny Jade slight of New Zealand connects with a left uppercut that dropped Michael Manambay to win by KO 2:59 in the first round.PHOTO BY NOEL NACION

Manambay was counted out with just one second left in the first round.

The two earlier traded heavy bombs and body punches and were looking for a knockout.

Manambay staggered Slight midway in the opening canto but the New Zealander refused to buckle.

After connecting with several combinations to the head that dropped the mouthpiece of Manambay, Slight went for the kill to score the KO win.

In the main event, substitute Adam Dui Abdulhamid avenged his first career loss with a unanimous win over former tormentor JR Mendoza.

The taller Abdulhamid, pitching in for the injured Harmonito dela Torre, used his reach advantage to keep Mendoza at bay.

Dela Torre was a late scratch after he injured his right shoulder.

Meanwhile, all 7 boxers from the Sanman Promotion swept all their assignments in the 7-fight boxing card with Romero Duno and Mark Angelo Plaña stopping Rey Liparanon and Marwin Cristuta, respectively.

Marquil Salvaña suffered cut in his left eyebrow due to accidental headbutt but prevailed over game Davie Ugbamin over six rounds.

Other Sanman boxers who scored decision victories were Ronnie Tanallon and Raymart Gaballo who separately outsmarted Jonathan Rimablanca and Paolo Perono.

The boxing card promoted by Sanman Promotions was part of the patronal fiesta of the Bula Parish which celebrated feastof the Black Sto. Niño on January 15.

Sanman Promotion is owned by brothers JR and JC Manangquil and Dexter Tan.

De la Torre injures shoulder, skips fight

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Rising boxing star Harmonito dela Torre was a late scratch after he injured his right shoulder and instead will be replaced by Adam Diu Abdulhamid in the main event of Sanman’s initial offering for the year.

Dela Torre pointed to his right shoulder when asked by Sanman co-promoter Dexter Tan during lunch inside SM Mall after the weigh in Friday morning.

New Zealander Benne Jade Slight (left) makes his pro debut Saturday against Michael Manambay (second from right).  They are flanked by Sanman Promotion's Dexter Tan (second from left) and JC Manangquil (right).PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
New Zealander Benne Jade Slight (left) makes his pro debut Saturday against Michael Manambay (second from right). They are flanked by Sanman Promotion’s Dexter Tan (second from left) and JC Manangquil (right).PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

He was supposed to meet JR Mendoza in the main event of Saturday’s boxing card at the Oval Plaza Gym here.

Dela Torre totes a perfect record of 14-0 with 9 of those victories coming via stoppage.

JC Manangquil, the other half of the Sanman Promotion duo, apologized for the dela Torre’s injury.

Sanman Promotion however said the Abdulhamid-Mendoza promises to be an exciting fight after the two figured in a close fight which Mendoza won over 8 rounds.

The night’s other featured bout is the pro debut of New Zealander Benne Jade Slight who goes up against Michael Manambay. The bout is slated for 4 rounds and at 140 pounds.

Slight is the lone foreigner in Sanman’s growing stable of 15 professional fighters.

Other Sanman boxers seeing action are Ronnie Tanallon, Romero Duno, Markquil Salvana, Reymart Gaballo and Mike Angelo Plania who will go against separate opponents.

Sanman’s Tan was earlier voted Promoter of the Year by the World Boxing Federation (WBF).

Sanman was among the busiest promotional outfits in Mindanao in 2014 with 6 boxing cards tucked under its name last year.

Among its notable boxer is Randy Petalcorin who captured the World Boxing Association interim flyweight title via a 7th round technical knockout victory over Panamanian Walter Tello in Shanghai last year.

Tomorrow’s bout will be held at the Oval Plaza Gym and preliminary bouts featuring the finest amateurs in the city will start at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.

2014: Banner year for Gensan fish catch

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Despite widespread anxieties over rapidly declining tuna stocks, 2014 was a banner year for General Santos City as total fish landings at the fishing port complex reached 193,867.55 metric tons (MT), the highest in 12 years.

The 2014 figure was a hefty 14 percent increase over the 167,578.75 MT total catch in 2013.

Approximately 92 percent of the total fish landings in General Santos City are tuna and tuna-like species with more than 80 percent going to the canning and processing plants here.

It is the third consecutive year that fish landings in the city had increased over previous year levels after a significant decline in total catch in 2011 when the total reached only 112,890.81 MT.

The 2011 total landings was the lowest in six years and was likewise 27 percent lower than the previous year total of 143,139.17 MT in 2010.

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Tuna imports

Last year’s total catch was however boosted by frozen tuna landings which reached 92,387.36 MT in 2014 or 47.65 percent of the total landings.

Tuna canneries in General Santos City began importing frozen tuna both from Manila and other foreign origins in 2008 after local tuna catches began to slacken.

Over the last 7 years, 53 percent of the tuna canning requirements have been supplied by frozen tunas coming from Manila (23.38 percent) and from foreign imports (76.62 percent) for a total of 537,491.88 MT from 2008 to 2014.

Without frozen imports, locally produced tuna catch in 2014 (101,480.19MT) still fell short over the 105,690.21 MT landings by local tuna producers in 2007.

Local production dipped at its lowest in 2011 when the catch figure reached only 47,993.66 MT, the lowest since 2003.

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Despite declining tuna stocks, 2014 saw a record landings for General Santos City, the country’s Tuna Capital.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Declining stocks

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which has been monitoring global tuna stocks and data catches, began raising alarms over overfishing of tuna stocks at the turn of the millennium.

In 2009, member countries of WCPFC agreed to a 2-month annual ban on tuna fishing using fish aggregating device.

It expanded the ban to complete ban on purse seine fishing operations in 2 Pockets of High Seas in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean while also extending to 3 months the annual ban on FAD fishing.

The ban on purse seine and FAD fishing operations in the High Seas began in 2010.

In 2012, however, the Philippines was granted 2-year exemption to the ban on purse seine fishing in Pocket 1 High Seas. The exemption has since been extended.

The Philippines is among its 26 member countries and eight member territories in the Western and Central Pacific region.

It is a signatory to several conservation measures including ban on the annual FAD fishing which runs from July to September every year.

WCPF blamed the alarming depletion of tuna stocks to overfishing and climate change.

Local producers and tuna fishing operators also attributed the decline in local catch to increasing protectionism among countries in the tuna-rich WCPFC areas, including neighboring Indonesia which began requiring Filipino fishing operators to invest in processing and manufacturing plants to gain access to its fishing grounds.

Indonesia earlier required Filipino fishing vessels operating in its fishing grounds to hire Indonesian crew.

In 2006, Indonesia opted to terminate its bilateral fishing agreement with the Philippines, sending Filipino fishing operators scrambling for other fishing grounds.

Exodus

It forced several Filipino super seine operators to establish canning and processing plants in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Among the general Santos City-based Filipino fishing companies that are now largely operating outside Philippine fishing grounds are RD Fishing and TSP Marine.

Also maintaining operations in Papua New Guinea is Frabelle Fishing, the country’s largest tuna fishing company while Damalerio Fishing is operating in Indonesia.

 

MYor Ronnel Rivera covers the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the P11.7M pedestrian overpass in Calumpang Friday.PHOTO BY CPIO/RUSSELL DELVO

First pedestrian overpass in Gensan to rise in Calumpang

Pedestrians, mostly elementary pupils and high school students, will no longer have to worry crossing the national highway in Calumpang during rush hours.

A pedestrian overpass will soon rise along the national highway near the Jollibee junction.

It will be the first of 2 pedestrian overpass already funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The other overpass will be constructed near the junction of the national highway and Aparente St.

The overpass is 28 meters long and will be constructed at the cost of P11.7 million. It is expected to be completed in 150 days.

MYor Ronnel Rivera covers the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the P11.7M pedestrian overpass in Calumpang Friday.PHOTO BY CPIO/RUSSELL DELVO
Mayor Ronnel Rivera covers the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the P11.7M pedestrian overpass in Calumpang Friday.PHOTO BY CPIO/RUSSELL DELVO

Mayor Ronnel Rivera and Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr led government officials during the groundbreaking ceremonies Fiday.

The Calumpang overpass is expected to ease vehicular traffic congestion in the area where the industrial zone of the city is located.

It is also home to three of the biggest public schools in the city: the General Santos City High School, the Romana C. Acharon Elementary School, and the H.N. Cahilsot Elementary School.

A mall owned by RD Group of Companies will likewise rise near the site of the pedestrian overpass, making Calumpang one of the busiest areas in the city.

Calumpang is also one of the fastest growing communities in General Santos.