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


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