Saturday, July 21, 2018

San Miguel Bay Writers Workshop now open to applicants

The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture- Calabanga College of Education in cooperation with The Writers Project and Parasurat Bikolnon- Calabanga Chapter are inviting young aspiring writers who are within the bay areas of 3rd and 4th District of Camarines Sur (Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, and Siruma) to the SECOND SAN MIGUEL BAY WRITERS WORKSHOP to be held from July 25 to 27, 2018. This workshop, as an extension program, is open to non-CBSUA writers.

Applicants should submit original works written in Bikol, English, or Filipino. To be considered as fellows, applicants for poetry should submit two (2) poems, applicants for fiction should submit two (2) short stories, and applicants for creative non-fiction should submit two (2) creative non-fiction. Selected fifteen (15) fellows will have a chance to hone their craft.

Manuscripts should be submitted at on or before July 20, 2018. It should be encoded using Arial font, twelve (12) point, one (1) inch margin on all sides, double spaced, and must bear only the author’s penname. The applicant’s real name, address, contact number and selfie picture must appear in the letter of intent which should be   submitted accompanying the manuscript and addressing the workshop directors.

Panel members of this workshop are the alumni of Saringsing, CBSUA, and First Bay Area Writers Workshops namely  Lanie Biato Bogate, Edwin Breva, Jr.,  Maybz Bueson, Krisma Cabrador, Graciel Esperida Tandog, Ramil Estuya, Richard Pineda, Kristopher Magellan Reyta , Ma. Gloria Señar, Jan Oliver Tabinas, Mon Imperial, Jenly Balaquiao, Clark Juzzhua Locairo, and Ryan Cuatrona. 

This year’s SMBWW Directors are Abegail Sta Ana and Wende Tolalian. 

For more details, feel to contact 09074654082/09158360504.

Authorities raid Paracale mines operating sans permits

PARACALE, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- A composite team led by representatives of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central and Regional Offices, Environmental Task Force, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Camarines Norte Provincial office, along with members of the police, army, and barangay officials trooped to several mines in this town earlier this week.

These include two mines operating at Barangay Casalugan, which according to the composite team had no permits. Said mines also did not have the required Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) and other necessary legal documents.

Because of such alleged violation, they had a Cease and Desist order from the MGB Central Office.

Recovered from the mining sites were pieces of heavy equipment used in mining such as payloaders and generator sets.

No person was at the mining site at the time of the raid, according to the composite team.

Governor Cua OKs scholarship for aspiring doctors, lawyers

VIRAC, Catanduanes--Governor Joseph C. Cua finally signed the ordinance institutionalizing scholarship program for would-be doctors and lawyers, true to his promise during the State of the Province Address (SOPA) in 2017.

“Kulang pa an mga doktor asin abogado uya sa sato. Dahil free tuition na kita, an sobrang pondo sa scolarships, i-alokar niato sa planong magbukas ning scholarship grants sa deserving na mga estudyanteng gustong magin doctor asin abogado, pati na man itong mga ga-pursue nin higher learning on the condition that they will have to serve the province for a maximum of five (5) years,” Cua stated in his SOPA speech last October.

However, instead of five years, grantees will render return service obligation for one year for every two scholarship year.

Under the ordinance, applicants must be bonafide resident of Catanduanes and actually residing for at least five (5) years prior to the application;

Applicants must also have a general weighted average of 1.75 or its equivalent in undergraduate program. Likewise, he/she must pass and obtain a rating of 85% in Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT), and at least 90% in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT).

The ordinance also featured scholarship grants to teachers pursuing Masteral and Doctoral degree.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Governor’s Office-Information Unit located at 2nd Floor, Provincial Capitol Building.

Meantime, Governor Cua also thanked the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for their support and cooperation.

PTFoMS forms task force to probe on Llana death

Joey Llana

By Liza Agoot

BAGUIO CITY -- The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said a special investigation task group, dubbed “Task Force Llana”, has been formed, less than six hours after the reported killing of Blocktime broadcaster Joey Llana in the morning of Friday, July 20.

PTFoMS Executive Director and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco in an interview with Baguio media said the task force would extensively look into the killing of the journalist.

“Para mas mabilis yung imbestigasyon ng ating mga pulis sa local, mahuli agad yung mga gumawa noon (To speed up the investigation of the local police and immediately arrest the perpetrators),” he said.

Egco pointed out that PTFoMS directly participates in issues involving the security and safety of the media practitioners like that of Llana.

"Sayang kung nabanggit niya agad, naaksyunan agad natin (Pity, if only he had mentioned it right away, we could have acted on it fast)," he said. "Hindi natin hahayaang walang mangyari sa kasong yan just like what we did in past and previous cases of killings of the members of the media. Iniimbestigahan agad natin, naso-solve naman natin yan, nakikilalala at napaparusahan gumagawa niyan. hindi katulad noong araw na wala lang, deadma lang. This time, hindi na pwede yan (Just like what we did in the past and on previous killings of members of the media, we will not allow this case to just be part of the record. We are already investigating and we will be able to solve this, identify the perpetrators, and place them behind bars, unlike before when it was left unattended. This time, it will not happen).”

Egco said he had spoken with Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and expressed confidence that the information on the death of Llana was already brought to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He revealed that since 1986, there have 170 cases of media killings, including that of Llana.

Under the present administration, there are three verified media work-related killings, which include that of Larry Que in December 2016, Christopher Lozada in March 2018, and another.

He, however, said there were 13 killings involving media workers, but only three were work-related. The nonwork-related cases include the Cebu incident, where the house of a media practitioner was robbed and he was killed in the process.

Egco defined mediamen as all those involved in the process of news gathering.

PTFoms info campaign

"Napakahalaga na bumababa kami sa local, nalalalaman ng mga kasama natin sa hanapbuhay na meron na palang ganitong task force na pag may konting problema, sumbong mo agad sa amin, naaksyunan agad natin (It is very important that we go to the local so that fellow media practitioners will know that there is a task force where they can go report for whatever problems and we act on them),” Egco continued.

He said just like the event here in Baguio on Friday, the PTFoMS visits regions and provinces to do information campaigns, inform the stakeholders, not just the members of the media. From Baguio, Egco said he would go to Bicol to personally see the situation. They will also go to Visayas and Mindanao.

"Bumababa tayo. We do face to face campaign kasi nga hindi natin pwedeng basta iasa lang na maireport. Being a journalist myself, naintindihan ko yun kung bakit. So with that in mind, bumababa na ang Malacañang sa ilalaim para ipaalam ang good news na ito (We go down. We do face to face campaign and we cannot just rely on news reporting. Being a journalist myself, I understand the situation and with this in mind, we bring Malacañang to the community to relay the good news).”

PTFoMS protocol

Egco said there are five instances when the PTFoMS can come in--when a media practitioner receives a threat, is threatened online, physically harmed, subjected to surveillance, and when killed.

He related that the media practitioner reports to the task force or to the nearest police station, which is the basis of the task force to handle the case.

He said that the PTFoMS is going to the grassroots, holding seminars. The goal is for the creation of local PTFoMS and the identification of special prosecutors who will handle cases of work-related killings or injuries.

He added with the PTFoMS informed, the media practitioner could be provided with an armed escort or with an intelligence cover acting appropriately.

The local councils, he said, would do a risk mapping. “Sino nanganganib, sino may threat, sino may banta, kailangan mai-document yun. Hindi pwedeng ilihim tapos pag namatay na may problema tayong lahat. Proactive and progressive campaign. Why wait to be harmed. Threat pa lang aksyunan na (Who is at risk, who is threatened, it has to be documented. It cannot be kept and later on when someone dies, it becomes a problem for everybody. Our campaign is proactive. Why wait to be harmed? A mere threat has to be acted upon),” he said.

The Administrative Order No. 1 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte is envisioned to address the vulnerabilities of the media, who are “being used as pawns in a proxy war”. (PNA)

Friday, July 20, 2018

ADNU Senior High teacher found dead

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The lifeless body of Senior High School teacher was discovered hanging at the room she was renting at CEMENI Dormitory along Arana St., Barangay Sta. Cruz, this city Thursday evening.

Marylen Aguilar Malate, 20 years old, single, and a teacher at Ateneo de Naga Senior High School Department, was found hanging from a cabinet with a black plastic straw by one of her boardmates.

The boardmate cut the straw, and tried to revive the victim before the authorities arrived, the Naga City police said.

The victim was declared dead by the City Health Officer, Dr. Vito Borja.

Her body was brought to Abiog Funeral Parlor, Naga City.

According to the police, the family refused to have an autopsy conducted on the victim's cadaver.

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