Thursday, December 5, 2013

Uda sulu, kurahaw kan mga taga Rinconada

IRIGA CITY— Tagob nin kahaditan an mga residentes sa anom  na banwaan asin an ciudad na ini, sa provincial nin Camarines Sur na dae magkaigwa nin kuryente, sa halawig na panahon, huli sa kawaran nin cuartang pambayad sa moroso, sa consumo sa electricidad.
An Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative, Inc., (CASURECO III) pirang aldaw nang pinutulan supply nin kuryente, alagad, mayong malinaw na senal na makakakomple kan dakulaon na obligasyon financial.
Sakop kan nasambit na cooperativa an mga banwaan kan Bula, Baao, Balatan, Bato, Nabua, Buhi, asin an ciudad nin Iriga.
Sa pakikihumapot kan BICOL STANDARD kasoodma, naaraman na an San Miguel Corporation, na iyo an supplier kan kuryente, nag sisingil nin kantidad P87 millones, abot sa bulan na Nobyembre.
Sa pinaluwas na informasyon, an SMEC nag hahagad nin kantidad P48 millones, tanganing maitakod an electricidad.
Mientrastanto, an cooperatiba nag lansar nin mahiwas na kampanya para makatipon nin cuarta, sa mga miembros consumedores, orog na an mga may morosong bayadan.
An Casureco III, enot kaini, nagpahayag man na igwa sinda nin dapat macollectang nag aabot sa kantidad P90 milliones, sa mga residential connections, asin P11 millones man sa mga street lights.
Mientrastanto, ako man kan mga officiales kan cooperatiba na dae sinda naging maigot sa pag singil sa mga may consumo nin electricidad. Ini an rason kun tano ta nag langkaw na maray an utang kan cooperatiba.
Kasoodma, an General Manager kan Casureco III nag pasiring duman sa Manila, para mag ngayo-ngayo sa National Electrification Administration (NEA) nganing matabangan sinda na kumbensiron an SMEC na itakod ngona an kuryente, mantang nag hahanap pa nin cuartang pambayad.
An mga consumedores kan electricidad nag babasol ngonian sa mga officiales kan cooperatiba, kabale na an man laen-laen na local na gobierno,na igwa man nin mga babayadan sa kuryente.
Enot kaini, an mga lideres local kan anom na banwaan sa Rinconada Area, asin an ciudad na ini, sa presensya kan saindang deputado sa distrito an nag kaigwa nan in pag oorolay dapit sa problema. Alagad, arog kan dati, kulang man an nag tubod sa napag-orolayan.

Due to typhoon Yolanda, profit is not king this Christmas season

NAGA CITY— It may have been a month since super typhoon Yolanda hit the nation, but its repercussions continue to ripple through the various sectors of society.
In this city, for instance, some caterers have reported that agencies and organizations which have earlier made reservations for Christmas parties are now backing out. These agencies and organizations reason that they have already cancelled their parties to express solidarity with the victims of the recent calamities. This clearly means significantly less revenue for owners of catering companies during a season that is typically lucrative for their industry.
The Park Restaurant and Crown Hotel owner Richard Dy, however, fully understands the sentiments of those who have cancelled their reservations.
“Bicolanos are typically sympathetic people. We feel guilty to celebrate when so many others are suffering, so it is a natural response to refrain from holding parties,” says Dy.
“At a time like this, I think that profit should not be the primary concern of business owners. Instead of being bitter, we should be grateful that our region was spared from the wrath of Yolanda,” he adds.
Dy believes that business owners have much to gain by being understanding and helpful, especially during the Christmas season. Such gain, he says, is not measured by income, but by a sense of satisfaction that one has done something good for society.

CBSUA’s next president

In John Henry Newman’s 1852 book The Idea of a University, he explores the significance of the institution as a venue for molding “good members of society.” It is education in a university, Newman argues, “which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.”
Such ambitious yet noble end is telling of how crucial the role of a university is, not only for the academic community, but also beyond it.
In no other institution perhaps, is the urge for critical thinking, sound reasoning, and moral excellence so strong, as in a university; such values, in fact, constitutes its very life-blood, if one agrees with Newman.
This hefty responsibility is precisely what makes leading a university such a daunting task, fit only for a handful of individuals who can effectively embody the university’s mission and vision.
Few institutions are able to find leaders who fit this stringent requirement. Some merely settle for individuals who can comply with the documentary requirements. The problem is that these requirements often demand only a solid career history, yet fail to ask or find a way to probe, as to whether he or she possesses genuine care for the members of the university community.
It is thus extremely fortunate for the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, one of Bicol’s academic gems, to have three contenders who comply not only with the documentary requisites, but also with the need for sincere care.
The three contenders, Dr. Joel Batanes, Dr. Georgina Junsay-Bordado and Dr. Wenifredo Oñate, are all part of the cream of the crop of their batch, and are undoubtedly qualified for the post of University President. Their lengthy list of achievements and qualificationsare a testament to their expertise in the field of agriculture, the university’s main thrust.
However, what is so special about this group of applicants is that apart from being highly-knowledgeable in agriculture, they were once students of the university. All members of the class of ’72, they were part of a batch that not only studied in the campus, but also resided within its very grounds.  Their emotional attachment to the university thus runs deep, ensuring that they will look after the university and its community sincerely, and not merely because their job mandates it.
There is no question that the Board of Regents will have a difficult time selecting among these three contenders, all of whom have unique things to offer Bicol’s premiere agricultural university. Nonetheless, it is reassuring to think that whoever is selected will truly safeguard the university, and work conscientiously for its improvement.

Batanes, Bordado, Oñate vie for CBSUA Presidency

REUNION. All three contenders for the presidency of CBSUA, Dr. Joel Batanes, Dr. Georgina Junsay-Bordado and Dr. Wenifredo Oñate come from the same batch that graduated from the same school in 1972. FROM L-R: Batanes, Oñate, Art Agreda (their former professor), Junsay-Bordado, Oscar Orosco (of the Naga City Environmental Office) and Gil Basmayor (Bicol Standard publisher and former mayor of Minalabac). This photo was taken after an unplanned get-together in Naga City last October 5, 41 years after their high school graduation. (PHOTO: BICOL STANDARD)

PILI, CSUR—Three alumni of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture will slug it out for the post of University President during a public presentation and open forum at the CBSUA Auditorium on December 16, 9:00 AM.

The contenders, Dr. Joel Batanes, Dr. Wenifredo Oñate, and Dr. Georgina Junsay-Bordado, are all graduates of class 1972 of the University previously known as Camarines Sur Agricultural School, Camarines Sur Regional Agricultural School, and Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSAAC).

The three applicants were selected by the Search Committee for President (SCP), which was in charge of screening at least five applicants, as mandated by the guidelines.

The SCP is composed of Emerlinda R. Roman, Chairman; Dr. Freddie T. Bernal, Prof. Maria Victoria B. Refereza, Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, and Ms. Clarine P. Tobias.

Said committee disqualified two other applicants after reviewing the documents that they submitted.
During the public presentation, the three remaining contenders will discuss their vision, mission, goals, plans and programs before the Search Committee for President (SCP).

An open forum will be held after the presentation to allow the audience to ask questions on some particular matters relative to their personal views about running the university affairs.

All honor students during their graduation from the secondary department, Oñate was the class valedictorian for boys; Bordado, class valedictorian for girls; and Batanes, 2nd honorable mention.
All three applicants spent years residing right within the campus grounds, and are thus said to be very familiar with the University.

After the public presentation, the University President will finally be named by the University Board of Regents, comprised of the following: Ramon Arimado, OIC President; Senator Pia Cayetano, Senate Committee on Education; Leni Robredo, Congresswoman, 2nd District; Romeo Escandor, Executive Director, NEDA Region V; Tomas B. Briñas, Executive Director, DOST Region V; Abelardo Bragas, Regional Executive Director, DARFU; Robert Bayonito, Alumni Federation; Celerino Llesol Jr., Faculty Federation President; Raul Carreras, Private Sector Represenative; Alfredo Perdon, Private Sector Represenative; Maricris Araña, CBSUA Supreme Student Council Federation President; and Ruperto Sangalang, Commissioner, CHED and Chairman, Board of Regents.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why butanding sightings in Bicol are dwindling: A marine biologist's view

by Prof. L. O. Basmayor

The whale shark, Rhiniodon typus Smith 1828, is a species that is vital to local tourism. Every year, it draws in large crowds who marvel at its massiveness. However, in recent times, sightings of the species that is known locally as the butanding have been reported to be decreasing.

Although some may believe that this decline is due to pure chance, there is a scientific reason to why fewer and fewer whale sharks are spotted in the waters of the Bicol region. This reason involves the habitat and biology of the whale shark.

The whale shark is an epipelagic oceanic and coastal, tropical and warm-temperate shark. It is often seen far offshore but come close inshore and sometimes enter lagoons of coral atolls. It is generally seen close or at the surface as single individuals or in schools of up to hundreds of sharks. It prefers areas where the surface temperature is 21 to 25°C with cold water of 17°C or less upwelling into it, and salinity of 34 to 34.5 ppt. These conditions are probably optimal for the production of plankton and small nektonic organisms which are prey of the whale shark.

Whale sharks come to Philippine seas essentially to feed on plankton. However, by themselves, our seas are not rich in plankton. Our country is located in an area where upwelling does not occur. Upwelling is a process that brings nutrients from the bottom of the sea to the surface and fertilizes the water column which consequently results to rich plankton production.

Instead, our marine waters are fertilized by outwelling. Outwelling is caused by the monsoon flood and the wind which transports the nutrients from the coastline to the sea. Additionally, the monsoon and typhoon wind and waves stir the coastal bottom sediments and fertilize the water column. Outwelling and storm turbulence are followed by plankton production which in turn attract whale sharks.

In other words, the lack of typhoons in the recent years in the region have rendered our seas quite infertile, decreased the plankton production, and made our seas a poor source of food for the whale sharks. It is for this reason that whale shark sightings have dropped in recent years.

Facts about the whale shark

What is a whale shark?

The whale shark is a huge filter-feeding species with a broad flat head and truncated snout. It has a big transverse, terminal mouth in from of its eyes, minute numerous teeth, and unique filter screens on its internal gill slits. There are prominent ridges on the sides of its body with the lowermost one expanding into a keel on each side of the caudal peduncle. The caudal fin is asymmetrical and cresentic. The dorso-lateral part of the body has a unique checkerboard pattern of light spots, horizontal and vertical stripes on a dark background. The color is dark grey, reddish, or greenish grey above, or with white or yellow spots and transverse stripes; whitish or yellowish below.

What does the whale shark eat?

The whale shark feeds on a variety of planktonic and nektonic organisms. It feeds on small crustaceans, along with sardines, anchovies, mackerels, and even small tunas and albacores, as well as squids. It feeds at or close to the surface and often assumes a vertical position with its head at or near the surface.

Is the whale shark harmful?

The whale shark is generally considered harmless. In fact, very large individuals are often examined and ridden by divers and the sharks do not act aggressively.

Where can we find the whale shark?

The whale shark is circumglobal in tropical and warm and temperate seas, oceanic and coastal. Western Atlantic: New York, Central Brazil, Gulf of Mexico and Carribean. Eastern Atlantic: Senegal, Mauritiana, Cape Verde Islands, Gulf of Guinea. Indo-West and Central Pacific: South Africa, Red Sea, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Caledonia, Hawaiian Islands; Eastern Pacific: Southern California, Northern Chile

How large can the whale shark grow?

The maximum total length of the whale shark is uncertain, possibly 18 m, but specimens are rarely anove 12 m. Most reported are between 4 and 12 m. This is by far the world’s largest fish.

Dengue Vector Surveillance Program

Naga Central School II principal Mr. Francisco Damasig signs the Declaration of Commitment to the nationwide campaign against dengue during the soft launching of the Dengue Vector Surveillance Program last December 4 at Naga Central School II.


Camarines Sur Palarong Panlalawigan 2013

Images of the Camarines Sur Palarong Panlalawigan 2013 Opening Program held at San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTOS BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

DepEd Camarines Sur officials grace the opening of the Camarines Sur Palarong Panlalawigan 2013 

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