Thursday, December 26, 2013

Driver kan motor, gadan sa aksidente

by Oscar Esmenda
TINAMBAC, CAMARINES SUR—Gadan an driver kan sarong motorsiklo sa banwaan na ini kan magbaralintong an sinasakyang vehiculo kaini sa sobrang halnas kan tinampo kan sarong banggi.
Alas 8 nin pagkabanggi kan mangyari an insidente sa barangay Salvacion sa banwaan na ini.
Sa imbestigasyon ni PO3 Rizalino Pante, an driver kan motorsiklo na si Ernesto Inocencio kaibanan an backrider na si John Aguilar, nakasakay sa vehiculo hale sa barangay San Roque sa nasambit na banwaan.
Kan makatongod sa kurbada kan Zona 1, barangay Salvacion, enterong nag-gewang-gewang an motorsiklo nin huli sa mahalnas na porsyon kan enterong makaapon an driver asin an backrider.
Pinag-porbaran pang darahon an driver sa Bicol Medical Center alagad ini idineklarar na dead on arrival.
An backrider man nagsapo nin grabeng tama sa payo asin padagos pang tinatawan nin asistencia medical.

Soltero, sinaksak

by Oscar Esmenda
PASACAO, CAMARINES SUR—Irido an sarong soltero matapos na saksakon sa banwaan na ini.
Naresibi kan mga autoridad an report 1:30 nin maagahon kan sarong aldaw kan magreport an tugang kan biktima.
Nabisto an biktima na si Gilberto Arellano, residente kan sitio Cabanggi, Caranan, sa banwaan na ini.
Sa ginibong imbestigayon, napag-araman na an suspetsado iyo si Christian Candelaria dela Rosa, 27 anyos, asin residente kan kaparehas na baranggay.
Segun sa report, an biktima naglalakaw kan nagkaigwa ini asin an suspetsado magkaigwa nin mainitan na diskusyon.
Biglang nagkua nin patarom an suspetsado asin pinagsasaksak an biktima sa manlaen-laen na parte kan lawas.
Tulos man idinalagan sa Mother Seton Hospital an biktima. Alagad an suspetsado duminulag pakatapos an pansasaksak.
An nasambit na suspetsado boluntaryong isinurender kan saiyang ina sa Pasacao Municipal Police Station.
Nakatalaan na sangatan nin kaso na frustrated homicide an suspetsado.

PD Senior Supt. Bausa sa mga pulis: dai magsinutil

PILI, CSUR—Nagpatanid si Police Senior Supt. Ramiro Bausa sa gabos na mga miembro kan PNP na saiyang sisibakon sa servicio an mga masinutil asin mapaputok nin badil ngonian na Pasko asin Bagong Taon.
Sa saiyang ginibo na pagtaram kan sarong aldaw sa flag raising ceremony sa laog kan PNP provincial command, sinabi ni Bausa na dai siya maduwa-duwa asin mayo nin sasantohon sa saiyang pagpaotob kan kasuguan kan higher headquarter.
Magigiromdoman na enot na mga aldaw pa sana kan Disyembre, igwa na nin direktiba an pamayo kan PNP sa Pilipinas na si PNP Director Allan Purisima na nagbabawal sa mga tauhan kan PNP na maggamit kan badil asin magpaputok sa Pasko asin Bagong Taon.
Pagkatapos kan saiyang pagtaram, si Bausa, nagpasiring duman sa oficina regional kan PNP kun sain nagkaigwa nin command conference asin kaparehas na issue an pinag-tocar.
May kasuguan si Police Chief Supt. Victor Deona na higotan an pag-mato sa mga pulis tanganing dai man magkaigwa nin maski ano man na remalaso asin aksidente sa Pasko asin Bagong Taon.
Mientrastanto, sa provincia nin Camarines Norte, ginibo naman kan sarong aldaw an paglaag nin selyo sa mga badil tanganing an mga ini dai gamiton kan mga miembro kan Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office asin mga municipal police station ngonian na Pasko asin Bagong Taon. Ini man sosog sa direktiba ni Purisima.
Maroromdoman na sa mga nakaaging taon, an naging causa man sana kan nagkapirang aksidente sa manlaen-laen na parte kan nasyon, iyo an pagpaputok kan badil kan mga pasaway na miembro kan PNP.

Material Christmas

Once one is past the age of expecting magic to happen around the holidays, the Christmas season becomes a blur.
Year and in year out, we decorate the tree, and put up the lights. We make lists of presents to purchase for our parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, clients, and bosses. We put on Christmas music, do the groceries for the Noche Buena, save a Christmas greeting or two that we received on our cellphone to forward to whoever remembers us on this holiday.
When the season is over, we finish the last leftovers from our Christmas feast, pack away the gifts that we have gotten, and take down the decorations that have gotten us into the mood for the festivities, ready to be taken out in the coming year when we reprise our Christmas script, with all its gaudiness and glitter and (although quite rarely) a dose of goodwill.
Christmas for many of us has become this insipid routine because we are so tied down by its material implications. “More,” instead of “merry” has become our mantra, as if more around the holidays is necessarily better. We aspire for more presents than last year, more dishes during Noche Buena, more elegant decorations, all the while forgetting that “more” may even mean more junk, more cholesterol, or more stress.
Of course, it is difficult to blame ourselves, having been taught to ask for material gifts from Santa Claus even when we were very young. Thus, this attitude is so deeply ingrained in our system that it is difficult to shake it off, even at a time when we think we know a lot better.
Still, this does not mean that this culture should persist. It does not mean that we should keep asking for “more,” when we truly only need little.
Says Ghandi, “The world is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” At a time like this, when so many are suffering right in our own nation, this admonition cannot ring any truer.

Woman dies, 2 injured in motorcycle collision

MASBATE CITY— A housewife died while two other passengers were injured when the for-hire motorcycle they were riding collided with another motorcycle along the national highway in Barangay Asid, Masbate City, Thursday night.
A police report identified the dead victim as Leny Ocareza while injured were her husband, Archie, and the driver of motorcycle, locally called “habal –habal,” identified as Jensen Bert Serrano.
Responding residents of the area rushed the victims to the Masbate Provincial Hospital where Archie and Serrano are still recuperating.
Jay P. Arcenal, driver of the other habal-habal, immediately fled the accident site, the report said.
It added that the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m., Thursday, while the victims were on their home to Milagros town in Masbate. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/CBD

Albay sends ‘Santa Clauses’ to Yolanda victims in Samar

Office of Civil Defense 5
LEGAZPI CITY— The Team Albay-Office of Civil Defense 5 will play Santa Clauses to bring happiness to “Yolanda” survivors in Basey and Marabut in eastern Samar this Christmas day.
The team will be headed by Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda himself.
The Team Albay-OCD 5 is composed of personnel from the Provincial Government of Albay, OCD5, Tactical Operations Group 5 of the Philippine Air Force, Naval Forces for Southern Luzon, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Provincial Health Office and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and other Albayano volunteers.
The group members will don the costume of Santa Claus.
Salceda said they will give Noche Buena packs, do some feeding activities and render other Christmas treats like singing and dancing to ease the suffering of the calamity victims.
It can be recalled that towns of Basey and Marabut were hardest hit by the onslaught of Yolanda on Nov. 8.
Salceda tasked Dr. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief, to prepare activities for the two-day period that the team will stay in the two ravaged towns.
As of press time, some members of the group have already left for the area to prepare the place for the Christmas cheering activities and identify the residents to be given gifts.
It must be recalled that the Team Albay was the first to respond to the plight of the residents of Tacloban City after Yolanda battered Samar and Leyte and stayed there for almost two weeks to help in recovering dead bodies, provide potable water, give medical and psychosocial services and distribute food and medicines. (PNA)

Use only certified firecrackers: DTI

“Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices by nature are not safe. But we can lessen the risk by choosing the right brands. We strongly encourage the public to purchase only DTI-Certified fireworks,” states DTI- Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Engr. Gerardo Maglalang.
Under the BPS Product Certification Scheme, manufacturers and importers of the products under mandatory certification are required to apply for the Philippine Standard (PS) license and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate, before their products are distributed and sold in the market. Only manufacturers and importers whose products have passed the Philippine National Standard (PNS) requirements relevant to their product will be issued the PS license and ICC certificate.
BPS requires the manufacturers and importers to place the PS and ICC marks on the products prior to distribution to their retailers for sale.
Fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are part of the 62 products under mandatory certification which include construction materials, chemical products, electrical and electronic home appliances and consumer products.
Manufacturers, importers and retailers found not complying with the scheme will be filed administrative charges for violation of the DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2:2007; Republic Act (RA) 7394, otherwise known as the Consumer Act of the Philippines; and RA 4109 or the Standards Law. If found guilty, the owners/operators of erring establishments will be imposed with monetary fine up to P300,000 and cancellation of any DTI-issued permit or license.
As of November 15, 2013, the DTI-BPS has issued the PS license to 14 manufacturers of fireworks, firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. The BPS has not issued the ICC certificate to any importer of the products.

Dato, CGMA lobby for agricultural credit boost

Dato Arroyo
Reps. Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal Arroyo and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are pushing for increasing agricultural productivity to eliminate poverty in the rural areas and accelerate national socio-economic development.
“Guaranteeing agricultural credit is still an effective intervention by the National Government by which farmers and fishers become bankable partners in economic development,” Rep. Diosdado ‘Dato’ Macapagal Arroyo (2nd Dist., Camarines Sur) stressed.
Dato Arroyo and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are authors of HB 3266, which aims to strengthen the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation (QUEDANCOR) by broadening its powers and resources to support micro, small and medium enterprises, farmers, fisherfolk, and workers.
HB 3266 seeks to reconstitute the QUEDANCOR into the Agricultural Credit and Guarantee Corporation or AGRICORP with a proposed authorized capitalization of P25-Billion.
The AGRICORP shall be given a clean slate and a strengthened mandate in implementing a renewed agricultural guarantee business by separating and transferring the liabilities and obligations of the old QUEDANCOR to the national government, Arroyo said.
“In so doing, the liabilities incurred shall be separately dealt with through the assistance of the national government’s expert agencies while the needed agricultural guarantee intervention by the government to the agri-fishery sector shall be strengthened further in the over-all objective of national progress and economic development,” the authors said.
QUEDANCOR, Arroyo said, has a unique mandate and potency in triggering countryside growth and employment through the provision of guarantee services to the agri-fishery sector - the sector that has been given less attention though pregnant with remarkable potentials.
“And the way to survive the unique and noble mandate is to skin QUEDANCOR from its trappings and baggage, letting its core mandate of providing guarantees to the agri-fishery sector transcend to its full potentials under the reconstituted AGRICORP,” the authors explained.
The complex problems associated with the old QUEDANCOR shall be left with the national government for a more focused management of liabilities, without affecting the over-all investment relation with the banking industry and other creditor institutions, they pointed out.
As a government financial institution, AGRICORP needs close supervision by the national government’s fiscal and financial regulators, particularly the Department of Finance, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Department of Budget and Management whose representation in the AGRICORP Board shall provide better financial assessment and policy guidance.
Moreover, considering the board national objective of increasing credit and guarantee, the Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of the AGRICORP Board necessitates the expert guidance from the Office of the President and the National Economic Development Authority, respectively.
“The institutional memberships in the AGRICORP’s Governing Board shall help ensure strict regulation and full guidance on the precise, updated and proper policies as regards agricultural credit and guarantee operations,” Arroyo said.
“Finally, increasing AGRICORP’s authorized capitalization provides preferential advantage in better recovering the lost trust and confidence from the banking sector and capital market in once again evolving a workable and complementary beneficial relationship in spurring the flow of investment and credit resources into the countryside as a joint undertaking for nation-building and development,” the authors concluded.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas rush

Last-minute shoppers hit stores in Naga City for gifts or groceries as the holiday season draws to a close. (PHOTO: BICOL STANDARD)


Christmas in Naga City


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dai nagsumiter nin SOCE sa Bicol, binisto kan COMELEC

Sarong kagawad an pig-ngaranan bilang saro sa mga dai nakacumple sa requisito na magsumeter nin Statement of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).
Ini iyo si Panong de Jesus, na kagawad sa presente kan banwaan nin Milagros sa Masbate.
Afuera ki de Jesus, yaon man sa listahan kan COMELEC sinda Councilor Edgardo Kintanar kan Batuan, Masbate; Councilor Joven Laura kan Sorsogon City; asin Councilor Lubiano Chuck kan Sorsogon City.
Sa entrevista ki Atty. Romeo Fortes, Regional Director, COMELEC Bicol, ipig-klaro niya na duwa sa tolong huring nasambit, bakong personalmente nag-file kan SOCE, mantang an saro, dai nag-gamit kan prescribed form.
Aatubangon kan mga nasambit na pulitiko an sarong multa sa pag-palyar sa requisito.
Mientrastanto, pig-anunciar man ni Fortes na sa Abril ipapaluwas naman ninda an lista kan mga dai nagcumple kan pag-file kan SOCE sa nakaagi pa sanang barangay election.

Imbestigasyon sa minahan, pinapararom

CIUDAD NIN LEGAZPI— Sarong hararom na imbestigasyon an hinahagad ni Albay Governor Joey Salceda manungod sa nangyaring pagsabog kan sarong minahan nin uring duman sa Batan Island sa banwaan na ini.
Nakaresibi nin mga report an gobernador na lakop an ilegal na operasyon kan mga siring na minahan maski na ngani dai nagtutugot an probinsya sa maski ano man na klase nin pagmina sa nasambit na banwaan.
Maroromdoman na kan sarong bulan, duwang minero an nagadan, asin duwa pa an irido kan magkaigwa nin pagsabog sa irarom kan daga sa minahan.
Anas sinda nagtatrabaho kan panahon na ito sa Sammajo Mining Corp.
Sinabi sa report na protektado soboot an mga compania na nagmimina sa nasambit na banwaan, kaya dai napupundo an saindang operasyon.
Sa pahayag ni Salceda, sinabi niya na igwa sindang naresibi na mga report na an Department of Energy (DOE) ngani mismo an nagtao nin permiso sa mga minahan.
Ini an rason kun tano nagmanda si Governor Salceda sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Natural Resources na mag-conducir nin imbestigasyon ta posibleng may nabalgar an mga minahan na ini sa mga probisyon kan ordinansa kontra sa pagmina.
Piglinaw ni Salceda na sa presente, mayo nin permiso na itinatao an gobierno provincial sa mga minahan, maski na ngani an legal man an permiso na itinatao kan DOE sa mga boot magmina.

FDA warns against online health scams

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against miracle and cure-all health supplements that have proliferated in the market.
FDA Advisory No. 2013-064 warns: “Scammers promise unsuspecting consumers of miracle/cure-all health supplements and other medical cures that are offering unbelievable results.  Be wary of these advertisements and marketing schemes of unscrupulous individuals whose main concern is profit.”
The following reminders are included in the warning to help consumers exercise caution over said scams:
Cure-all health supplements that promised quick and easy remedies for serious health conditions. The truth: Health/dietary supplements are merely food products intended to be taken only to support the nutritional needs of the body and not meant to have any therapeutic effect or to replace prescribed medications. These products are usually not approved by the FDA, ineffective, and in some cases they may actually affect your health.
Be wary of internet advertisements for rapid weight loss or whitening/ beauty treatments. If such advertisements are too good to be true, suspect that it is a scam. Usually these products may cause you harm instead of the desired results. Always remember that there is no substitute for proper diet and regular exercise and no such thing as sole item of a meal or diet or replacement of drugs and medicines.
The FDA also encouraged consumers to report health scams or counterfeit drugs to the government agency through email at

Bank launches search for exemplary teachers

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI), in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), announced the launching of the 2014 Search for Outstanding Teachers. Now on its 30th year milestone, the Search has awarded a total of 326 outstanding teachers from public and private schools all over the country.
The Search bestows honor upon the teaching profession by according special recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational leadership.
The Search is open to teachers who are Filipino citizens teaching in the elementary, secondary or tertiary levels, including alternative learning system, with full-time or permanent appointment and with full load.
Elementary school heads are entitled to nominate two teacher-nominees, one each for the primary and intermediate levels, while each high school head is entitled to nominate only one teacher.
Nominees need to accomplish a two-page Basic Information Sheet (BIS), without any attachments yet. The accomplished BIS should be submitted to any Metrobank Branch nearest the nominee’s school or sent via courier to Metrobank Foundation, 4th Floor, Executive Offices, Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City, on or before January 27, 2014.
For more information, kindly log on to or contact Mr. Allan Reyes, Senior Program Officer, Metrobank Foundation at telephone nos.(02)857-0618; (02)898-8898; 0922-804-3102; 0922-898-8856; or e-mail address

Baklang sinahotan naglalay nin menor de edad, dinakop

Sarong lalaki an dinakop kan Naga City Police Office sa paagi nin sarong entrapment operation sa soboot pagkikidnap kaini kan sarong menor de edad.
An suspetsado, na si Norman “Sandy” Saminiano, 25 anyos, dinakop sa Plaza Quince Martires poco mas o menos alas 12ng matanga kan sarong aldaw.
Pina-sagin-sagin kan policia an menor de edad na makikiiba giraray ini ki Saminiano tanganing ini madakop.
Si Saminiano, ipigreklamo kan pankikidnap soboot kan sarong 17 anyos na lalaki na nawawara kan Octubre 23 pa, segun sa blotter report kan Iriga PNP.
Nagpromesa soboot si Saminiano na tatabangan an joven na magin modelo.
Inako kan suspetsado na kasalan niya nanggad na mamoot siya sa menor de edad.
Alagad, sa saiyang depensa, nagpahayag siya na maray man an saiyang pagtratar sa joven, asin tolong bulan na ngani sinda kaini mag-ilusyon.
Pignegaran niya man na pig-kidnap niya an joven.

Bicolana bags Miss International 2013 crown

22-year-old Bea Rose Santiago recently joined the region’s growing list of Bicolana beauties to be recognized in an international beauty pageant.
Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 yesterday at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
In an interview with media, Santiago shared that she was born in Cataingan, Masbate. There, she learned several languages, showing more proficiency in some more than others. Among these languages are  Masbateño, Bicol, Bisaya, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Waray, and English.
When she was fifteen years old, however, she and her family migrated to Canada. There, she continued her studies, eventually majoring in Public Relations at the York University in Toronto.
Santiago became a model in Canada, joining the popular modeling agency Elite Model Management.
Never one to forget her roots, Santiago remarked in a recent interview that she both has “the probinsyana and the city girl” in her, growing up in two continents.
In 2011, she got her first taste of joining beauty pageants, as she represented the overseas communities in the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. She took home the Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities title.
A year later, she joined Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2012, where she ended up as one of the top 10 finalists.
2013, however, is Santiago’s lucky year, as she garnered the Binibining Pilipinas-International title. In said tilt, she competed against Ariella Arida (Miss Universe Philippines); Joanna Cindy Miranda (Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism); Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational Philippines); and Pia Wurtzbach (Runner-up).
Winning said title at the Binibining Pilipinas gave Santiago the ticket to compete with 66 ladies from other countries and regions. The title would make her the fifth Filipina to be named Miss International, after Gemma Cruz-Araneta in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979 andPrecious Lara Quigaman in 2005. Likewise, it made her the third Filipina to bag an international title this year, after Megan Young won Miss World, and Mutya Datul won Miss Supranational.
Santiago says that she dedicates her win to the victims of recent supertyphoon Yolanda,  pledging that her crown and title would be put to good use in helping its thousands of victims.

Tano ta fecha 25 kan Disyembre ta pinagseselebrar an Christmas?

Sinasabi kan mga historian na si Kristo namundag sa pagultanan kan 7 asin 2 BC. Alagad, dai sinda sigurado kun ano talagang bulan asin fecha ini nangyari.
Oficial na ipinagtogdas na Disyembre 25 an fecha kan kamundagan ni Kristo kan simbahan kan ika-4 na siglo na.
Enot kaini, man-iba-iba an opiniones kan mga lideres kan simbahan sa bulan asin aldaw kan pagkamundag ni Kristo.
Si Clement of Alexandria nagsabi na Mayo 20 namundag si Kristo, alagad si Hippolytus nagsabi na January 2.
May iba man na lideres kan simbahan na nagtubod na Abril 18, Abril 19, Mayo 28, Nobiembre 17, Nobiembre 20, o Marso 25 an fecha kan pagkamundag ni Kristo.
Alagad, nagdesidir an mga lideres kan taon 237 na ipagtogdas na Disyembre 25 an Christmas sosog sa sarong dakulang selebrasyon kan mga paganong Romano na ginigibo sa nasambit na fecha.
An selebrasyon kan mga pagano para sa diyos ninda na pinag-aapod na Mithras, an diyos kan saldang.
Naisipan kan mga lideres kan simbahan na isabay na sana sa selebrasyon na ini an Christmas, tanganing dai na masakitan an mga pagano na akuon an saindang mga katukduan manungod sa pagkamundag ni Kristo.
Alagad mantang naging oficial na an fecha kan Christmas na Disyembre 25 sa dakol na nasyones, may mga nasyones pa na Enero ini pinag-seselebrar.
Sa nasyones kan Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, asin Iceland, an Christmas pinag-seselebrar pag fecha 6 kan Enero sosog man sa saindang mga kostumbre.

Taga-sain si Santa Claus?

Popular lalo na sa mga kaakian an matabang lalaki na nagdadara nin regalo pag Pasko. Siya inaapod na Santa Claus, sarong tradisyon na namana ta hale sa mga Amerikano.

Alagad aram daw nindo na an orihinal sa Santa Claus, bakong Amerikano, asin bako man Europeo? Siya hale digdi mismo sa kontinente kan Asya.

An orihinal na Santa Claus pinagtutubudan na sarong obispo na nagngangarang Nicolas. Siya nabuhay sa nasyon kan Turkey kan ika-4 na siglo.

Naging sikat siya kaidto sa saiyang pagiging matinabang, lalo na sa mga kaakian.

An istorya kan pagka-matinabang naglakop sa Europa, arog duman sa The Netherlands, kun sain siya inapod na Sinterklaas, o kun sa Bicol, San Nicolas.

Iyo na ini an pinagbasehan kan tradisyon na naka-abot sa Estados Unidos, kun sain ginibo kan mga artist an modernong itsura ni Santa Claus.

Alagad, apuera ki Santa Claus, iba-iba an mga pinagtutubudan na nagdadara nin regalo sa mga kaakian sa manlaen-laen na nasyones. Sa England, nagtutubod sinda ki Father Frost. Sa Finland, ki Joulupukki. Sa Germany, ki Ded Moroz Sa Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia asin Poland, ki Mikulas. Sa Sweden, Norway, asin Denmark, sa tomte, na sarong dwende. Sa Italy, sa Befana, sarong aswang. Sa Greece, ki Saint Basil, na sarong padi. Sa ibang parte kan Scandinavia, sa yule goat, o kanding. Sa Basque region kan Spain, ki Olentzero, sarong para-oring. Mantang sa Latin America, nagtutubod sinda na an omboy na si Hesus an nagdadara nin regalo sa mga maboboot na aki.

Bicol’s agricultural renaissance

Bicol has gotten an early Christmas gift this year in the form of a scientific breakthrough. The bunchy top virus, which has long plagued abaca plantations, finally has a solution, thanks to the team of scientists from various agencies. What is even more astounding is that the solution was right under our noses the whole time: a wild banana species that is endemic to our region was discovered to have a bunchy top-resistant gene.
It is worth spelling out what this development means for Bicol. The region has long been exporting abaca, along with several other provinces such as Eastern Visayas and Davao. Our climate has long been identified as ideal for growing the plant whose fibers are prized the world over for its tensile strength and multitude of uses. However, many farmers have been discouraged from continuing to produce abaca as the plant is vulnerable to a number of diseases.
Among these is the bunchy top virus, which causes spots and stunted leaves, among others, damaging thousands of hectares of abaca plantations in a single year. Apart from the virus, there is also the mosaic and abaca bract mosaic viruses, which likewise threaten the productivity of abaca plantations, and subject of current research from the abovementioned agencies.
Now, with a solution for the bunchy top virus, more farmers in the Bicol region can once again take advantage of the optimal planting conditions to grow abaca for export. This is good news especially for farmers living in impoverished towns, as the new abaca hybrid may help draw them out of poverty.
Already, the Fiber Industry Development Authority has recognized Bicol’s potential. Last year, the region was named the top producer of abaca, surpassing Eastern Visayas and Davao. Now, with Eastern Visayas wiped out from the super typhoon, Bicol has an even greater chance of securing a higher market share. Bicol is poised on the brink of success. However, it would need a lot of support from the various sectors in society for it to take the first step into what may be an agricultural renaissance.

Dato, GMA propose town SPED centers

Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) have filed a bill creating municipal special education centers in every municipality to ensure the accessibility of special education facilities for deaf-mute and blind children throughout the country.
The two congressmen have authored House Bill 3039, which aims to concretize the constitutional mandate that the State shall “promote the right of all citizens to quality education… and to make such education accessible to all.”
The Camarines Sur representative said that compared to normal children, deaf-mute and blind children have different and special needs that require careful attention and care.
Arroyo said that in the early 90s, the Congressional Commission on Education or EDCOM had already reported the inadequacy of programs and the poor access to special education (SPED) due to the limited number of schools and SPED centers in the country.
“In DECS Order No. 117, series of 1987, under Policies and Guidelines governing Special Education, it categorized and identified those persons with sensory impairment as special education clientele,” Arroyo said.
According to the younger Arroyo, the bill is timely and important as it seeks to address the problem of limited SPED facilities by establishing Municipal Special Education Centers for deaf-mute and blind children.
Under the measure, municipal special education centers shall be created in every municipality throughout the country.
These centers shall assist the Department of Education (DepEd) in providing deaf-mute and blind children special quality education and related services as well as vocational and transitional services.
It shall likewise provide these children currently in school or who recently left school programs and services to assist them in the transition to independent living, vocational training and competitive employment.
The DepEd is given the authority to give grants to or enter into cooperative arrangements for the creation of municipal special education centers.
The bill directs the Special Education Division of the DepEd to undertake continuing research to identify and design programs that meet the full range of special needs of deaf-mute and blind children.

CASURECO II confirms power rate hike

CSUR —Camarines Sur Electric Cooperative (CASURECO) II consumers will be charged an additional P3.89 in their electric bill this December.
This was confirmed by CASURECO II spokesperson Emmanuel Rojo, who explained that the power rate will increase from P11.50/kwh in November to P15.30/kwh this month for residential consumers.
Rojo revealed that the rate hike is due to the unplanned shutdown of major power suppliers from which the electric cooperative gets 40 percent of its power requirement. Among these suppliers are Masinloc and BacMan, which are currently undergoing maintenance work.
To cover the power requirement of its consumers, CASURECO II would be purchasing from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), a sport market that sells power at around P3 higher than the aforementioned regular suppliers.
Before the shutdown of Masinloc and BacMan, CASURECO only needed to buy 10 percent of its power supply from WESM. However, it now needs to rely completely on such spot market to continue providing for the needs of its consumers.
The power rate hike affects consumers in Naga City, as well as the municipalities of Canaman, Calabanga, Bombon, Pili, Milaor, Minalabac, Tinambac, and Siruma.
Rojo announced that by February 2014, the power rate is expected to return to normal.

KBP officials defer election

NAGA CITY—The Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Camarines Sur Chapter yesterday decided to forego their scheduled election for a new set of officers. Instead, they declared that their incumbent officials shall stay on a holdover capacity.
In a gathering of station managers held at the Villa Caceres Hotel, ABS-CBN Station Manager Amy Villafuerte sponsored a resolution to move the election to a later date, until after member stations are given enough time to comply with necessary requirements. Among these is a certification that said stations paid their annual dues to the organization. Al Ubaña, Station Manager of DWNX, duly seconded the resolution.
Prior to this, Crisanto Bersabe, station manager of Energy FM, took over the chairmanship from former station manager Elmer Abad, who resigned a few months ago.
Insiders say that Bersabe’s chairmanship was supposed to be challenged by Home Radio Station Manager Butch Villante.

Bicol wild banana variety solves bunchy top problem

A wild banana variety that is endemic to the Bicol region was identified as the solution against the dreaded bunchy top virus that attacks the abaca plant.
The banana variety, which is known as pacol in the local language, was found to possess genes that are resistant to the bunchy top virus.
This conclusion was the result of a collaborative project among agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), and Department of Agriculture-Biotech.
Their project, called “Production of High Yielding and Virus-resistant Abaca Hybrids” makes use of genetic engineering technologies to identify the virus-resistant genes.
Project leader Dr. Antonio Lalusin, Jr. explained that they used molecular markers to take note of which genes of the pacol were resistant to the virus. Once identified, they proceeded with cross-breeding the resistant gene of the pacol with the abaca. Finally, they bred the result with another abaca plant, resulting in a hybrid variety which already possesses the virus-resistant gene.
Lalusin elucidated that the use of genetic engineering methods greatly reduced the time needed to produce the bunchy-top resistant abaca. Compared to conventional breeding methods which take as much as ten years, genetic engineering required only five years or less.
The project seeks to increase the good quality abaca fiber yield by 0.2 MT/hectare, allowing for an estimated Php 579.5 million in revenues.
Beyond the production of the bunchy top-resistant hybrid abaca, the team also aims to produce 2.5 million plantlets in the coming year. Around a million of these plantlets, produced via the process of tissue culture are now being readied in their laboratory and field trial station.
Abaca has massive importance to the Bicol region. According to the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), the region is now the top producer in the entire country, surpassing both Eastern Visayas and Davao in recent years. Bicol contributes 36% to the overall 85% global market share that the nation enjoys. The plant’s fiber is widely known for its great tensile strength, which makes it appropriate for use in products such as bank notes, specialty papers, handicrafts, textiles, and machine filters.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All they need for Christmas is you

by Margret V. Basmayor

They can’t see anything. They hear a lot of noise, though – children crying, people screaming, a siren? They don’t know. All they know is that they’re stuck in this city of broken glass, dried blood and demolished buildings, to lay forever crippled and starving in this mess, and to stare at this pitch-black atmosphere, at this nothingness, where they used to work, play and dream. There are no glow-in-the-dark watches anywhere -- they couldn’t tell what time it is. It must have been about three days after the storm, but they feel as if a century has passed, and no superhero has come to the rescue. Maybe this is hell, or purgatory? (It is definitely not heaven.) Maybe this was a punishment for something they have done wrong? Will they ever see a ray of hope in this cloudy sky? They don’t know.
Our beloved country has suffered much and our citizens have been exhausted to the limit of their strength. The Zamboanga crisis where thousands of innocent lives have been claimed in vain; the pork barrel scam where the funds of country disappeared, stolen by people we trusted; the earthquake in Bohol which shook the islands of Visayas and shattered lives and buildings to dust; and Typhoon Yolanda, probably the strongest typhoon ever recorded, which finished us off and took what’s left of us. The Filipinos are good people: we work hard, we are loyal, and we are strong, compassionate, and loving. Is this what we get for being nice this Christmas?
The chilly winds outside told me that Christmas is coming. Indeed, it is drawing near. All those Christmas-themed TV commercials, midnight sales, parties, radio playlists, and the sheer excitement of the majority show that they are ready to welcome the season of Christmas. Is it alright if I admit that I don’t feel the same way? Reality check: people are still suffering and dying out there and all people can think about is that new iPhone they want for Christmas.
As the people who are still lucky enough to have decent roofs over our heads and blankets and hot chocolate to keep us warm, it is our duty not to feel their pain and suffer because they suffer, but to move for justice this Christmas. Christmas, after all, is all about giving and sharing what you have. Maybe we should rebuild the society instead of building a foreign cooking show-inspired gingerbread house and redecorating our homes with strings of colorful lights. To be a true Filipino does not mean you have to do something extraordinary to get the whole world to notice you. It means that you have to be there for your fellow citizens when they need you most. Filipinos are torches of blazing fire. Since some of them have gone out, why not relight them?
Our country has been attacked with challenge after challenge for the past few months. We have been threatened, but we have not been defeated. Some of us fell, some got hurt, but we are ready to nurse them back to health with the burning fire in our hearts. We share, we unite, and we give every ounce of love that we have to reconstruct our nation. This is Christmas 2013 in the Philippines.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

PNP, nagpagiromdom kan mga reglamento sa paputok

PILI, CSUR— Ipinaluwas kan PNP Provincial Office an mga pagiromdom manongod sa mga paputok na pwedeng gibuhon, ipabakal asin gamiton digdi.
An lista, na ibinase sa Republic Act 7183 o “An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices,” ipinublicar sa information guide na pinapalakop ngonian sa provincia.
Kabali sa mga legal na paputok iyo an baby rocket, bawang, El Diablo, Judas Belt, paper caps, pulling of strings, sky rocket o kwitis, an sadit na triangulo, butterfly, fountain, jumbo regular, luces, Mabuhay, Roman candle, sparklers, trompillo, whistle devices, mga pailaw o pyrotechnic devices, asin an iba pang mga klase na may exposive content na kapareho kan mga nasambit na paputok.
Mientrastanto, ipinapangalad man an paggibo, pagpabakal asin pag-gamit kan mga darakulaon na paputok arog kan Super Lolo, Giani Whistle Bomb, mga imported na paputok, mga paputok na may gabat na labi sa 0.2 gram, asin an mga paputok na sinasalak an sulfur asin chlorate.
Peligrosong maray an mga paputok na ini, segun sa PNP, kaya makusog an saindang pangapudan na dai na an mga ini pag-gamiton.
Kaiba pa sa mga pagiromdom iyo an pag-kua nin permit o lisensya para sa mga boot maggibo, magpabakal, asin magpadalan nin fireworks display.

Doktor, hinold-up

ni Oscar Esmenda

GOA, CSUR— Sarong lalaki an victima na naman kan nagdadakol na kaso nin holdup igdi sa provincia.
An lalaki, binistong si Bobby Felipe, 51 años, sarong doktor asin residente kan San Juan Evangelista, Centro Poblacion sa banwaan na ini.
Si Felipe nagmamaneho pasiring sa ciudad nin Naga kan siya magpundo sa gilid kan tinampo. Duwang lalaki na dai pa namimidbid an tulos nagrani sa victima asin tinutukan siya nin badil asin nagdeklarar na sinda nangangaipo sana nin kwarta.
Linaog kan duwang suspetsado an auto kan victima asin kinua an saiyang bag na may P20,000, $5,000, pasaporte, immigrant VISA, VISA pocket, Lenovo laptop,  duwang cellphone, asin wallet na may kantidad 500 pesos.
Segun ki Felipe, an mga suspetsado nakasulot nin helmet na natahuban an saindang lalawgon. Nagdulag an mga nang-holdup pasiring sa direksyon kan Pili, sa provinciang ini.
Pinag-aadalan pa kan mga autoridad an  insidente, tanganing maaprehender an mga  suspetsado.

Driver kan bus, gadan sa aksidente

Photo: Lupi Municipal Police Station

ni Melvin Machado

LUPI, CSUR— Gadan an driver kan Cagsawa Travel Tours na si Manuel Midel,59 anos kan Commonweath, Quezon City matapos na maipit ini sa manibela sa kusog kan pagkakasalpok sa likodan kan trailer truck.
An nasambit na truck, may plate number ULE 919, asin na pinagmamaneho kan sarong Anastacio dela Cruz kan Bagong Silang, Calookan City pasado alas dos nin maagahon kan sarong aldaw.
Ipinarada soboot kan tsuper ang trailer trak sa gilid kan tinampo sa barangay Cabutagan, banwaan na ini huli ta nagkaigwa nin problema sa makina. Pasiring sa Tacloban City an trailer truck, asin kargado nin hardware materials.
Susug sa imbestigasyon, dae nahiling kan bus driver ang nakaparadang truck sa gilid kan tinampo huli ta maambon.
Mayo man nairido sa treinta y sieteng pasahero kan nasabing truck.
Magigirumduman na nagkundusir nin pagbendisyon sa mga accident-prone area sa kalabaan kan national highway ang PNP Provincial Office matapos kaini manotaran ang pagdakol kan mga vehicular accident na nairereport hale sa nasambit na lugar sa mga municipal police stations.

Tupada, dinakop kan CIDG

SIPOCOT, CSUR— Orog pang pina-isog kan Philippine National Police an saindang kampanya kontra sa ilegal na burulang o tupada.
Sa spot report na naresibi kan Provincial Headquarters, sinabi sa bareta na an pinagsarong miembros kan CS CIDT na pinapamayuhan ni PSI Elmer Mota Galan, na nasa lindong kan superbisyon ni PCI Eugene Naliasca Rebadomia, Cam Sur PPSC, asin Sipocot Municipal Police Station an nagresulta sa pagkakadakop kan mga persona na imbuwelto sa ilegal na burulang.
Pigmidbid kan mga autoridad an mga na-aprehender na iyo sinda Nestor Montanez y Villarivera, 40 años, residente kan barangay Haluban, Lupi; Edgardo Bersabe, 45 años, taga Bolo Norte; Liberato Marasigan kan barangay Salandra;  Hermogenes Cabingan, 54 años, asin taga Calagbangan; asin Eduardo Gutierrez, na taga Sitio Sta. Cruz, Brgy. South Centro.
Sinda gabos, sa report kan pulis, anas mga parataya sa tupada.
Mientrastanto, na-confiscar sa mga suspetsado an kantidad P2,390; duwang may lugad nang manok na pambulang; duwang tambod; tolong pedasong kahoy na may surat na “Llamado,” “Meron” asin “Wala;” sarong pad nin notebook na suratan kan mga taya.
An namamayo kan  patupadang ini  sarong nagngangaran na Tomas Abelardo kan South Villazar, banwaan na ini.
Marikas na nakadulag si Abelardo sa nasambit na raid.
An mga personang nasambit sasangatan nin asunto kriminal sa paglapas sa PD 449, o inaapod na Illegal Cockfighting.
Huli ta sinda nadakop sa aktong nagpaparticipar sa tupada, pakatapos kan inquest proceedings, sinda sasangatan na nin kaso.

Best meteor shower of 2013 peaks December 14

Stargazers in the Bicol Region are in for a spectacular sky show this week as one of the best meteor showers of the year peaks on December 14.
The meteor shower, which is called Geminids because of the constellation Gemini from which it appears to radiate, will be the last meteor shower of 2013. The meteors will be visible around the stars Castor and Pollux.
This meteor shower is caused by the Earth’s crossing of the path of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Said asteroid sheds rocky debris because of the intense heat of the sun that causes bits of it to break. Such bits travel at speeds of around 130,000 kilometers per hour, and are seen from Earth as the Geminid meteors.
One of the most highly-anticipated meteor showers every year because of its bright, highly visible meteors, the Geminids can be seen from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Astronomers caution, however, that this year, the light from the waxing gibbous moon may obscure some meteors. Nonetheless, since the Geminids meteors are typically bright, some of these may still be quite visible.
They recommend for people to watch for these meteors in the hours before dawn on December 13 and 14, as this is when the most meteors can be seen. On the average, 50 to 100 meteors can be seen per hour during the Geminids. It is also advised that observers find a spot where there is little light pollution which may interfere with the view.

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Principal’s Test gets reset to January 14

LIGAO CITY— DepEd has rescheduled the 2013 Principal’s Test to January 12, 2014, according to a memorandum from Ruth Legaspi-Fuentes, Director II of said government agency.

In the memorandum, Legaspi-Fuentes says that the recent calamities that struck the Philippines, such as the killer earthquake in October, and super typhoon Yolanda last month, prompted them to decide on the new schedule.

The Principal’s Test is an examination for aspirants of the Principal I position as well as applicants for the Reclassification of School Heads Positions (RSHP).

It is a mechanism for selecting competent school heads (SHs) in the public basic education sector. Teachers who have experience of at least five (5) years in aggregate as head teacher, teacher-in-charge, master teacher and teacher III are qualified to take the test.

The following performance domains are covered by the examination: school leadership, instructional leadership, creating a learning climate, professional human resource development, parent involvement and building communities, school management and daily operations, personal integrity and interpersonal sensitivity, English language proficiency, and reading comprehension.
Testing centers have been designated in 16 regions. In Bicol, the testing center is Ligao National High School in Ligao City, Albay.

The Department of Education (DepEd) through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) is in charge of administering the Principal’s Test.

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NEA files petition for Aleco power rate hike

LEGAZPI CITY— Unknown to the 250,000 power consumers in Albay, the National Electric Administration (NEA) has filed for a power rate increase in anticipation of the final takeover of the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) of the operation of its recently acquired bankrupt electric cooperative of the province, according to documents obtained by the Philippine News Agency.
Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda, who was among the strong and leading proponents for the Albay Electric Cooperative’s (Aleco) privatization, could not be contacted for comment even as consumers and multi-sectoral stakeholders’ organizations expressed their grave concern and protests, claiming “we were cheated and fooled by the NEA.”
Salceda had been quoted in the past that under SMC, an increase in power rate was remote until a reasonable period of time.
On Aug. 21, the troubled Aleco, which is saddled by close to P4 billion debts, was finally awarded to SMC after it won as the lone bidder to be Aleco’s concessionaire for 50 years.
Three other bidders – the Manila Electric Corp., Lopez group and Aboitiz -- opted to back out at the last minute during the Aug. 21 scheduled bidding here, saying some of the items of the Terms of Reference were not acceptable.
What surprised certain sectors was that Aleco, on NEA’s order, has filed a petition with the Energy Regulatory Commission for an upward rate adjustment, a manipulative move hidden from the noses of the public, said Ephraim De Vera, an official of the Aleco Employees Organization (Aleo).
De Vera quoted NEA-Aleco project supervisor Veronica Briones as saying that the petition for rate readjustment was hatched as early as June, contrary to her often reiterated pronouncements during the more-than-a-year deliberation over the privatization move that power rate increase was out of the issue.
According to documents, an alleged public hearing and consultation for the proposed rate increase was conducted by the NEA but hidden from the public last Nov. 28 at the Aleco office with only seven consumer-members attending against the 250,000 members.
Santiago appealed to the Aleco board and NEA officials to keep their word of honor and sought consumers’ vigilance now that Aleco is under a concessionaire.
Rep. Fernando Gonzalez (Albay, 3rd district) said he is not aware of the rate hike petition.
Gonzalez was among the three Albay lawmakers who joined the efforts to privatize Aleco, the third biggest cooperative and among the 10 worse for alleged graft and corruption.
Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi cried foul, saying he was never aware of the proposed rate increase.
Rosal was among the major players who pushed for the Aleco privatization.
The documents said a certain Atty. Alfredo Non from the ERC attended and presided over the farce public hearing where he announced and justified that all the pre-requisites had been allegedly provided by NEA to conduct the public hearing. (PNA)

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Roxas’ vindictive politics

As if DILG Sec. Mar Roxas’ popularity has not been wrecked enough by the government’s ineptitude in the Yolanda situation, along came a video this week showing him telling off Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
In the video, Roxas uttered clearly and plainly “You’re a Romualdez, and the President is an Aquino,” dragging into the situation the long-winded, bitter antagonism between the two political clans. To his credit, Roxas’ sound bite rivals the President’s own insensitive “But you’re still alive, aren’t you?” quip a few weeks ago in its tastelessness, so Aquino cannot really slap him with any form of ascendancy.
The video immediately went viral, with netizens blasting the blatant vindictiveness which drips from Roxas’ words. In his defense, Roxas claimed that the video was edited in a malicious way, and that he was merely misconstrued. Unfortunately for Roxas, the full, 42-minute video of the meeting is also available online, showing in even more detail the context of his statement.
Editing or no editing, what Roxas meant with his words was clear as daylight. Its implication was perfectly understandable for anyone who knows even the slightest smattering of Philippine history.
In a ridiculous twist of irony, Roxas’ words comes shortly after NDRRMC’s Voltaire Gazmin called for the setting aside of politics in the relief efforts. Roxas’ words, however, shows that such admonition is not only insincere, but also selective. It appears to be directed to anyone but themselves who may very much let their political agenda take over the reins.
As the alter ego of the President, Roxas should be more careful with what words he spits, especially now when the devastation has caused emotions to become heightened among Filipinos. Of course, this is not to say that what Roxas said would be forgivable at any other time when things are more normal; it would have been equally despicable at any other occasion. However, it is worth pointing out that people, particularly the youth who played a large role in spreading the video, are not merely reacting so passionately because the statement was said in the wake of Yolanda. Rather, they are voicing out their dismay at the utterance because of how it exposes the horrendous nature of our government, which is to be blinded by political affiliations even during a disaster.
For Roxas, the sentence may have been a slip of the tongue. However, as psychologist Sigmund Freud would argue, these accidents in speaking often reveal concealed beliefs that are planted firmly in one’s subconscious. He said what he meant and meant what he said.
What is perhaps even more repulsive about the issue is Roxas’ continued insistence that he had only been put in a bad light. He could have humbled himself and apologized for his words instead of trying to convince anyone who would listen to his pathetic excuse for an explanation. By doing so, he could have rectified the situation (to the extent that it can be corrected) and granted some modicum of integrity to this morally-deprived government.

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Brownout looms anew over Rinconada area


IRIGA CITY— Another disconnection notice threatens to cut the power supply in the Rinconada area.

The district, which has just emerged from a week-long power outtage, currently has an unpaid debt amounting to P3 million pesos per day from its supplier, San Miguel Electric Cooperative (SMEC).

Yesterday, representatives from CASURECO III, SMEC, the National Electrification Administration (NEA), as well as Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jericho Petilla met at Malacanang Palace to discuss the issue. Said parties reached an agreement that allows CASURECO III to settle its debt until February 2014. If the debt remains unpaid, according to the agreement, the power supply will once again be cut off, and NEA would be forced to take over the electric cooperative.

CASURECO III is mulling the possibility of applying for a P50 million loan from NEA to add to the amount it needs to collect to pay off its massive debt.

Last week, around 66,000 consumers of the electric cooperative suffered a brownout after CASURECO III failed to pay its bills for the previous month. Said consumers are residents of the towns of Bula, Baao, Balatan, Bato, Nabua, Buhi and the city of Iriga in this province.

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Mga parol na gibo sa recyclable na materiales, ibinida kan PNP

PILI, Camarines Sur— Dakulang kaogmahan an dinadara kan mga darakula asin makokolor na parol na ibinogtak kan PNP Provincial Office sa saindang opisina.

An mga parol na ini parte kan sarong contest kan mga hepatura sa provinciang ini sa makakagibo kan pinakamagayon na parol.

Manlaen-laen na recyclable asin indigenous na materiales an ginamit para sa pagibo kan mga higanteng parol na ini, arog kan  mga boteng plastic, bunot nin niyog, banig, water hyacinth, asin pili nut shell.

37 na hepatura an nagbale sa kompetisyon, na matapos sa fecha 17 kan Disyembre, an aldaw kun nuarin iaanunsyar an mga nanggana.

Taon-taon nagigibo an PNP kan kompetisyon na ini, tanganing ipaheling man an mga abilidad kan mga pulis  bako lang sa pagpasunod kan ley, kundi pati naman sa pagpapagayon kan kapalibutan gamit ang mga materiales na barato asin madaling makua.


DOH-CHD to hire 900 nurses in 2014

LEGAZPI CITY--The Center for Health Development (CHD) of the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol region has announced the hiring of registered nurses to fill up 900 slots for the entire region under its Nurse Deployment Project for 2014.

DOH Bicol regional director Gloria Balboa said a total of 900 registered nurses for Bicol will be hired and prorated per province and municipality based on the list provided by the agency.

According to Balboa, the project under department circular No 2013-0403 responds to the commitment of the government to provide additional workforce for the health sector and avenue for capacity development particularly for nurses.

“DOH will be implementing advisories to ensure systematic and organized selection process and deployment,” she said.

Under the project, applicants are required to submit their application letter, filled-up application form, current curriculum vitae and photocopy of their Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) ID and certificates of trainings attended.

Those who passed the written exam on December 7 at 9:00 am will be interviewed for the oral exam from December 9-13, 2013 at the DOH Provincial Office.

All applicants for the written exam should be at the testing center at least one hour prior to the start of the exam.

Testing centers designated for applicants in the six provinces of the region are Bicol University College of Sciences in this city for Albay, Daet Elementary School for Camarines Norte, BMC Auditorium and Bicol Medical Center Compund in Naga City for Camarines Sur, Sorsogon East Central School in Burabod Elementary School for Sorsogon and Masbate National Comprehensive High School for Masbate.

The venue for Catanduanes is yet to be determined by the agency.

CHD will be releasing and posting the list of qualified applicants starting December 23, 2013 in respective DOH provincial offices.

The same list will also be submitted to the Health Human Resource Development Bureau of the DOH in Manila not later than December 24.

For further queries and clarifications, interested applicants can personally contact or call their respective DOH provincial offices. The contact number for Albay is (052)483-5656, Camarines Norte (054) 440-2372, Camarines Sur (054) 473-0486, Sorsogon (056) 211-4713, Masbate (056) 582-0274 and Catanduanes 09175066501. (PIA)

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Palarong Bicol 2014 budget lacks P6.4M

VIRAC, CATANDUANES—With a little over a month left before the holding of the next Palarong Bicol in the island province of Catanduanes, organizers of the said sporting event are still confronted with a budgetary shortfall.
A local newspaper report said that as of last September, Rep. Cesar Sarmiento of the province’s lone district already advised DepEd regional officials to transfer the venue to another province in the mainland, citing the difficulty in securing additional funding.
Organizers of the Palaro explained that over half of the P11.1 million budget is yet to be secured.
Last week, the Department of Education Division of Catanduanes called stakeholders to a planning conference which ended with no certainty that they would be able to generate the P6,445,600 needed for the sports activities scheduled from February 1 to 7.
Last year, the regional Palaro was also held in this province. The sports officials admitted that they received financial support from the national government amounting to P50 million. Out of the said amount, P6 million is left which the national government requested to be returned to the national coffers.
Meanwhile, Dicol Rojas, chief of staff of Cong. Sarmiento said that their district representative is still finding ways to source out funds. He explained, however, that they are finding it difficult to look for additional financial support especially with the scrapping of the pork barrel fund.
The Department of Education Regional Office V is yet to give its reaction regarding this matter.

Nagueña named 2013 National Outstanding SPED Teacher

NAGA CITY— A  teacher of the Naga City SPED Center was awarded 1st Place National Winner in the Search for 2013 Outstanding SPED Teachers Handling Children with Hearing Impairment.
The teacher, Cyril Amoroso-Vivo, is from barangay Bagumbayan Norte. Affectionately called Teacher Cyril by her pupils and colleagues,  she has been working in the Naga City SPED Center since 2005.
Nagueña named 2013 National Outstanding SPED Teacher
Nagueña named 2013 National Outstanding SPED Teacher
(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Cyril Amoroso-Vivo)
She recounts that the Search began in September 2013. However, initially, the contest did not excite her as she considered that her co-teachers may be interested in the award, as well.

Showing utmost humility, she waited until no one showed an intent before she joined the contest.
Mrs. Edna San Jose, SPED Supervisor Dr. Renato Gavino, and co-teachers in the Naga City SPED Center all showed their support, encouraging and assisting her in the challenge.

Vivo bested other teachers in the three levels of the contest: division, regional, and finally, national.
In the division level, she was endorsed by Schools Division Superintendent Emma I. Cornejo, CESO IV, after she passed the screening conducted by Dr. Renato Gavino and Mrs. Francia Regulto, EPS, headed by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dolores Q. Mapusao.
Having hurdled said level, Vivo proceeded to the regionals, where she needed to submit documents to fulfill the criteria. She was named the winner out of the four contenders from Bicol.

“I think one of the deciding factors for my winning was my performance as Concurrent Resource Speaker on the topic ‘Best Practices for Children with Hearing Impairment.” says Vivo.

However, ultimately, she believes that it was her passion for teaching and compassion to serve the special learners that made her achieve the prestigious award.

Apart from the national recognition, however, Vivo has received plenty of other accolades as a teacher. Among these are ranking first in the selection of Master Teachers in the division, as well as the Best in Teacher Uniform Award during the Search for Miss DepEd Naga City Division. She also published a book called My First Book of Words, as well as an article called “Coping with the hearing world.”

One of her greatest achievements in life, however, is being a mother to her two-year-old son, Mark Francis “Biboy.” She reveals that the arrival of her son conceals the grief that she experienced from losing their eldest daughter, Angel, who only stayed with her for six months. Vivo is married to Mr. Rudy Vivo, a Master Teacher  from the same school, who shows dedication to mentoring pupils with special needs, as well.

Despite these achievements, Vivo remains a simple, soft-spoken, and humble woman whose passion for teaching hearing-impaired students is now serving as an inspiration not only for  her colleagues at the Naga City SPED Center, but also for teachers all over the country.

Even her friends attest to her values, especially her appreciation of  little details and her firm belief in doing good deeds for others.

Meanwhile, DepEd considers her as a gem, a true role model and a source of pride for other educators.

“I am thankful to God for His never-ending grace, and for giving me wonderful people who are all part of my achievements,” she says of her award.

“To anyone who is aspiring to be the next outstanding SPED teacher, go for it! Just believe in yourself, give it your best shot, and pray.  Always live your life by leading with your heart, and continue to make a difference especially for our special kids,” she says. (by Veronica P. Villas)

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