Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bicolano journalist Danny Calleja passes away

Albay-based Bicolano journalist Danny Calleja passed away 10 a.m. this morning due to a heart attack, his daughter announced to the members of the media.

Calleja's remains will be at the St. Peter Chapel, Bogtong, Legazpi City.

The mediaman wrote for the Philippine News Agency.

He was originally from Castilla, Sorsogon.

House approves bill exempting new graduates from payment of gov’t fees/charges

MANILA -- The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to exempt fresh graduates from government charges and fees.

Authors of House Bill 6416 said the waiver on government fees and charges would enhance the youth’s access to employment.

The bill mandates all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and local government units (LGUs) to refrain from collecting fees or charges from new graduates in relation to documentary requirements for employment.

These include fees and charges paid in connection with the application for and granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates, or other documents usually required in the course of employment.

The bill states that the application for such license, proof of identification, clearance, certificate, or other documents is submitted within one year after graduating from high school, college or any vocational or technical course.

To avail of the waiver on government fees and charges, the new graduate should submit a copy of his/her diploma or a certification from the concerned academic, vocational or technical institution that the said graduate has successfully completed the course required.

The diploma or certification should clearly state the date of graduation or completion of the degree earned, and should be signed by the institution’s duly authorized representative.

The copy of diploma or certification submitted shall serve as prima facie evidence of the fact of graduation and shall be sufficient for the government agency concerned to grant the waiver.

But any person found guilty of fabricating or falsifying any proof of graduation as described under this Act shall be liable under Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code.

The bill provides that the fees and charges to be waived shall not include those collected in connection with an application to take a professional licensure examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) or an application for a Philippine passport.

The bill calls for the creation of an inter-agency monitoring committee chaired by the Executive Secretary and composed of the heads of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to monitor compliance with the provisions of this Act.

The bill was authored by Representatives Eulogio “Amang” Magsaysay (Party-list, AVE), Harlin Abayon (1st District, Northern Samar), Linabelle Ruth Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) Mark Villar (Lone District, Las Piñas City), Christopher Co (Party-list, Ako Bicol), Rodel Batocabe (Party-list, Ako Bicol) and Neri Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna).

Other authors include Reps. Carlos Isagani Zarate (Party-list, Bayan Muna), Terry Ridon (Party-list, Kabataan), Ferdinand Hernandez (2nd District, South Cotabato), Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City), Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City), Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan), Angelina D.L. Tan (4th District, Quezon), and Roy Señeres Sr. (Party-list, OFW Family Club). (PNA)

Gov’t agencies ensure readiness for back-to-school in June

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has teamed up with various agencies to ensure a smooth and orderly resumption of classes on June 13 through “Oplan Balik Eskwela”.

DepEd, together with its partner national government agencies, convened a Command Conference on Monday at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City to discuss the contributions and progress of each stakeholder with regard to their back-to-school programs.

The inter-agency initiative, led by the DepEd, is composed of the departments of Energy (DOE), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Health (DOH), National Defense (DND), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Trade and Industry (DTI).

Other stakeholders include the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Metro Manila and Development Authority (MMDA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA), and Philippine National Police (PNP).

In terms of logistics, DPWH is already undertaking repair and maintenance of roads leading to schools, painting of pedestrian lanes and lane markings, as well as providing assistance in the cleaning and repainting of classrooms.

Meanwhile, MMDA will be deploying traffic constables along critical areas leading to schools prone to traffic congestions.

In addition, PNP will strengthen its security operations for the opening of classes. A total of 7,150 PNP personnel will be deployed to 853 schools, 212 personnel in bus terminals, 1104 personnel in Police Assistance Desks, as well as bus marshals in public buses passing major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

DOE, on the other hand, assured an adequate and stable supply of electricity next month.

As for school supplies, DTI launched its “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies”, which is found on its official website, to help consumers choose reasonably-priced products well within their means.

All DOH-operated hospitals and regional offices nationwide will be on Code White alert three days before the actual school opening. In case of any untoward incident, emergency response teams are on standby.

Aside from OBE, DepEd is simultaneously conducting “Brigada Eskwela” from Monday until Saturday, a nationwide effort to do maintenance works in all public and elementary and secondary schools. (PNA)

Salceda wants legislated national scholarship program

LEGAZPI CITY -- Graduating three-term Albay Gov. Joey Salceda considers his pioneering free tertiary education program which has now benefited 88,444 scholars as his biggest and most significant legacy to his province.

Many of these scholars have already graduated and are now either thriving entrepreneurs or gainfully employed locally and abroad.

Designated as the Albay Higher Education Contribution Scheme (AHECS), the program is a novel study-now-pay-later scholarship program started in 2007, initially aimed to produce a college graduate for every Albayano family. On account of its overwhelming success, Salceda said its goal was recently raised to at least one college and one technical-vocational graduate per family. The program is his brainchild and forms part of his governance package for the past nine years.

Salceda completes his three terms as governor this June and will takeover as Representative of Albay’s Capital (second Congressional) District which gave him a 92-percent vote mandate in the May 9 elections. He said AHECS will continue to leave its mark on every Albayano family who benefited from it and who will forever reap the fruits of its successes.

Having successfully tested the program in Albay, Salceda plans to make AHECS a model for a legislated National Higher Education Contribution System for Private Tertiary and Free Public College which he said he will push in Congress. AHECS takes the biggest chunk of the provincial budget. It was funded by a P700 million secured loan from Land Bank in 2010, and is hailed as among Albay’s more effective development strategies. It was patterned after the Australian scholarship program that beats the US educational system.

AHECS had an initial enrolment of 34,000 Albayano students in 2007, which grew to 77,172 in 2012 and then to 88,444 in 2015. Its beneficiaries are given a “free hand to choose their fields of study, minus the usual financial woes that hamstrung parents and students who desire to pursue college education,” he said, adding that most of his programs are predicated on the philosophy and value of “constant kindness, categorical imperative of fairness and equality, and the capacity to dream and be creative, while not forgetting humility.”

Albay goes on record as the country’s first and only province to have institutionalized its education program. The program is administered by its Provincial Education Department, created by an Albay Provincial Board ordinance and duly approved by the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Education and the Department of Budget and Management.

AHECS has partnered with some 53 colleges and universities across Albay. At the Mariners’ Polytechnic Institute, the most popular school for seafarers in Southern Luzon, its beneficiary graduates from 2009 to 2015 have reached 3,247. The total scholarship investments for them stand at P16,235,000. Many local government units in the country have visited Albay to study and replicate the AHECS model.

In many Albay schools’ graduation ceremonies where Salceda guested, parents and students would stand up, applaud, thank and honor him. In several instances, he expressed surprise when he found out that more than 50 percent of the graduating class were AHECS benificiaries. He has thanked students, parents and the schools across the province for supporting the program, and due to its overwhelming good results, he decided to “raise the target to one technical-vocational and one entrepreneur graduate in every family”.

“Albay aims to produce a corps of technically trained and employable manpower out of its trainable human resources through AHECS, through partnerships with local colleges and universities, led by the Bicol University, which are catalyst institutions that inculcate knowledge and develop skills and attitudes needed by the workplace, and serve as repository of intellectual resources, including technical and cultural heritage,” he explained.

With AHECS and Salceda’s previous scholarship program when he was Albay 3rd District congressman, before he became governor, his scholarship scheme’s benediciary list has now reached a total of 104,035, many of whom are now thriving entrepreneurs and gainfully employed and raising their families. (PNA)

No. 2 most wanted sa Aroroy, dakop na

AROROY, Masbate –Dinakop kan mga awtoridad digdi kasoodma (Mayo 30) an 61 anyos na lalaki na sinasabing iyo an ika 2 sa pinaka wanted sa banwaan na ini.

Pinangaranan kan pulis an inarestar na lalaki na iyo si Arles G. Cedello, suspechado sa casong panlupig.

Pinosanan si Cedello kan mga nagdakop kan mga pulis poco mas o menos alas 11:15 nin odto, kasoodma, sa Brgy. Puro digdi.

An suspechado sarong residente kan Brgy. San Isidro, Aroroy.

Susug sa mga imbestigador dae man nag-ansyas pang magdulag an suspechado kan ipinaheling saiya si kopya kan mandamiento de aresto na firmado ni Judge Jacinto Tambago kan Regional Trial Court, Branch 48 sa Masbate City.

Mayong ipigrecomendar na fianza para sa temporaryong libertad kan akusado.

Si Cedello yaon ngonian sa poder kan Municipal Police Station digdi mantang pig hahalat an magkakanigong disposisyon kan caso.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Iwal nin magbayaw sa Sorsogon, 1 an gadan

STA. MAGDALENA, Sorsogon-–Personal na iwal kan magbayaw an guinikanan kan kagadanan ni Armando Aroncillo y Galon, soltero, residente kan Sitio Balud, Brgy. San Isidro digdi.

Base sa pagsiyasat kan pulis, an suspecchado sa sa krimen iyo si Nicanor Fugnit y Galon, 62 anyos, balo, bayaw kan victima,asin dating miembro kan CAFGU.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na enot na inatraka ni Armando si Nicanor Fugnit y Galon sa laog kan saiyang residencia, mantang armado nin matarom na armas.

Paglaog pa sana kan victimang si Nicanor sa residencia ni Armando, pirang beses tulos niyang sinaksak an suspechado.

Maswerteng nakalikay asin nasagang kan suspechado an mga wating kan armas kan victima.

Mantang desidido an victima na kulgan si Armando, hidaling kinua kan suspechado an saiyang tirador, dangan tinirador sa angog an victima.

Sa puntong ini nag-arabot na an mga oficial kan barangay na nagprobar na sawayon an iwal kan magbayaw.

Dinagoso pa guiraray ni Armando si Nicanor asin sinaksak pa kan saiyang armas.

Alagad, naagaw kan suspechado an armas kan victima na iyo man sana an ginamit sa paggadan saiya.

Nagsapo nin mga rungas sa takyag asin iba pang parte kan saiyang lawas an suspechado.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad na may nagdadanay na dae pagkairintindihan an magbayaw, na iyong guinikanan kan krimen.

Dinakop kan mga pulis an suspechado asin yaon ngonian sa saindang hepatura.

Mientrastanto, an victimang si Armando pigdeclarar na mayo na nin buhay kan mag-abot sa Matnog Medical Hospital.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Monday, May 30, 2016

PHOTOS | Robotic dinosaurs in Albay

These robotic dinosaurs are a new attraction at Albay Parks and Wildlife.
(Photos by jm_magdasoc via Joey Salceda)
Robotic dinosaurs in Albay

Robotic dinosaurs in Albay 
Robotic dinosaurs in Albay

Robotic dinosaurs in Albay

Robotic dinosaurs in Albay