Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Monday, May 29, 2017

DepEd Bicol opens hotline for Balik Eswela concerns



LEGAZPI CITY 5/29/17--The Department of Education Regional Office V has opened today a hotline intended to accommodate all concerns and queries relative to the opening of classes on June 5, 2017.

Mayflor Marie Jumamil, Public Information Officer of Department of Education Region V, announced through media interviews that the Regional Office has formally activated its hotline number to help ensure the smooth opening of classes for school year 2017-2018.

The hotline will be facilitated by the members of the Oplan Balik Eskwela Information and Action Center (OBEIAC) Committee headed by Assistant Regional Director Tolentino G. Aquino, with the support of the members of the Regional Public Affairs Unit of DepEd Region V and the other officers of the Regional Office.

Jumamil said the DepEd Regional Office V will accommodate public concerns from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday until June 16, 2017.

She added that the Regional Office will create a Quick Response Team to address concerns and queries that require immediate action or as the need arises.

Meanwhile, aside from the hotline, a regional and division help desk/action center was also established to accommodate walk-in clients at the Regional Office and Division Offices.

For Balik Eskwela Concerns, the regional office may be reached through these hotlines:

Text: 0947-813-00-42

E-mail: depedrov.pau@gmail.com

Social media DepEd Region V (Facebook)

ROV_DepEd (Twitter)

Helpdesk: Public Assistance Desk
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Cam Norte Anti-Drug Abuse Council bares proposed projects


DAET, Camarines Norte 5/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A proposed budget of P6.12-million was recently endorsed by the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) for the anti-illegal drug program in this province.

Among the projects and activities for said program are the creation of a database of drug dependents by municipality and barangay, profiling and evaluation of identified drug personalities, conduct of drug tests among government employees and students, organization and activation of Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) in the municipalities and barangays, and capability-building for local ADAC members and organization of house clusters.

Also part of said program are the clearing of drug affected barangays in the province; intensification of anti-illegal drugs campaign using quad media; neutralization, arrest and prosecution of all drug pushers and users; establishment of checkpoints; conduct of consultation, workshop, meeting of concerned agencies; organization and strengthening of Barangay Intelligence Networks.

Furthermore, there will be an inventory of barangays with or without organized MASA MASID through the conduct of dialogues with barangay officials, peace forum, house to house visitation, and conduct of seminars, lectures, symposium and education campaign in school and community to increase awareness on anti-drug campaign.

The PADAC will also lobby for the inclusion of anti-drug abuse advocacy dissemination in the school curriculum.

Said budget and activities will be forwarded to the Sanguniang Panlalawigan for their approval.
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Woman ends life after discovering she had hypertension


DARAGA, Albay 5/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A 54-year-old woman decided to end her life yesterday afternoon shortly after learning she had hypertension.

Merly Britanico y Armillo, married, a helper, and a resident of P-2, Brgy. Bañadero, this town, was discovered by her song hanging on the wooden trusses of the ceiling.

The son, Lito Britanico y Armillo, told the authorities that his mother had a check-up at the Brangay Health Center and was "deeply depressed upon learning the status of her health."

The discovery, he said, may have prompted his mother to kill herself.

Mrs. Britanico was rushed to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital in Legazpi City but was pronounced Dead on Arrival by the attending physician.
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Threat of second-hand smoke remains high due to inaction of LGUs


The Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control – Philippines (FCAP) on Sunday said the inaction and passiveness of many local government units (LGUs) in the country is the main reason why the threat of second-hand smoke (SHS) remains high.

FCAP executive director Dr. Maricar Limpin said many LGU officials have continuously disregarded the provisions of Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which bans smoking in several public places.

“The main reason why the threat of second-hand smoke continues to be prevalent is because many local government units opt not to implement the ban on smoking in public places,” Limpin said.

Based on the 2015 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) – Philippines, SHS exposure is highly prevalent in public places, particularly in bars and nightclubs at 86 percent.

Second-hand smoke exposure was also found to be prevalent in public transportation at 38 percent; followed by restaurants at 22 percent.

Other public places also affected by second-hand smoke are in government buildings at 13 percent; schools at 11 percent; and healthcare facilities at 4 percent.

SHS exposure was also found to be high in workplaces at 21.5 percent; while exposure to it at home is at 35 percent, according to the 2015 GATS.

Under the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, smoking is absolutely prohibited in public places such as schools, recreational places, shopping malls, movie houses, hotels, public and private hospitals, health centers; and public conveyances and public facilities, such as airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurants, and conference halls.

Limpin, however, pointed that SHS exposure is already on a decline as seen when the 2015 GATS – Philippines data in comparison to the 2009 results.

“There is a significant improvement in the SHS exposure rate because it went down. However, it remains to be high in some places,” said Limpin.

Based on the 2009 GATS – Philippines, SHS exposure is at 55 percent in public transportation; 33 percent in restaurants; 25 percent in government buildings; and 7.6 percent in healthcare facilities.

In 2009, workplaces provide SHS exposure to 32.6 percent; while homes have a 54 percent SHS exposure rate.

Meanwhile, Limpin said that the newly-signed Executive Order No. 26, which bans smoking in all public and enclosed places, can be a big help in pressing LGUs to do their part in prohibiting smoking in all public places.

“This EO comes at an opportune time as it orders all LGUs to really protect the public’s health against the ill-effects of second-hand smoke because the President is really serious about this,” the FCAP Official said.

Last May 16, President Duterte signed EO 26, which fulfills his campaign promise of providing a smoke-free environment in the entire country. (LSJ/PNA)
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Masbate's most notorious gun-for-hire killed


MASBATE CITY 5/27/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Masbate's most notorious and most wanted gun-for-hire was killed after a firefight ensued while the police attempted to serve six warrants of arrest.

Leonardo del Rosario y Villaran, also known as "Padoy," was shot dead at around 4:15 p.m. Friday at the crossing of Villa Alvarez, Barangay San Pablo, Mandaon.

He was allegedly the head of the so-called Del Rosario Gang or Sako Gang that operates in the towns of Milagros, Mandaon, Baleno, Balud, and Aroroy.

He was also allegedly the number 2 most wanted person in the region.

Reports say Del Rosario and five other persons were on board two motorcycles when the police tried to serve the warrants.

The group attempted to elude arrest by opening fire on the police.

Leonardo del Rosario and his father, Norberto del Rosario were killed on the spot.

Meanwhile, Alemado del Rosario, who was wounded in the firefight, was brought to the hospital, but also died.

The police also arrested R.V. Marino del Rosario, Roger del Rosario y Paglinawan, and Romeo del Rosario y Abroso, all alleged members of the Del Rosario Gang and residents of Balud town.

String of killings


Antecedent to this, Leonardo del Rosario was identified as the leader of the gang that was implicated in a series of murder incidents in Masbate.

Among them was the 2015 ambush of Samson Suplito, Jeremiah Suplito, and Flor Rapsing. The latter was beheaded after being shot.

The Del Rosario Gang was also fingered in the robbery, homicide, and carnapping of small gold refinery owner Jesus "Ka Isong" Amaro, his son Boyet, and their driver in 2015.

Furthermore, Leonardo del Rosario was a suspect in the murder of "Dos por dos" anchorman Joaquin Briones earlier this year.

At press time, investigation is still underway.
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