Saturday, February 1, 2014

Baao Children and Youth Choir to peform at Resorts World Manila

Sixth Ani ng Dangal Awards Night
Sixth Ani ng Dangal Awards Night
The Baao Children and Youth Choir will perform tomorrow at the Sixth Ani ng Dangal Awards Night at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

The choir, which is one of the choirs of the Barlin Choirs Organization of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Apostle in Baao, Camarines Sur, was founded in 2003. Since then, it has received numerous accolades in international competitions,  such as the 18th International Contest of Habanera Youth 2012 in Spain and the 9th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition in South Korea.

Joining the choir for the awards show are other notable Filipino performers, such as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Gerard Salonga.

Ani ng Dangal is a state recognition given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Among the Filipino artists who will be given recognition this year are Eugene Domingo, Melie Alunan, Jed Madela, Joel Torre, and Alessandra de Rossi.

Ani ng Dangal is a free admission event, but registration is required as there are a limited number of seats. The awards show will begin at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

Aram daw nindo: si Iza Calzado may dugong Bicolana?

Iza Calzado, sarong Bicolana
Iza Calzado, sarong Bicolana
Aram daw nindo na an artistang si Iza Calzado, na iyo an bagong host kan The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles, may dugong Bicolana?

An saiyang ina na si Mary Ann Ussher, nagdakula sa ciudad nin Naga. Si Ussher sarong mestiza na may lahing Irish, Kastila, asin Pilipino.

Pasali ngonian sa Maalalaa Mo Kaya sa ABS-CBN an istorya kan buhay ni Iza Calzado.

Bicolana writer to speak about folk infrastructure and governance

Susog Salog
Susog Salog
"How can ordinary folk infrastructure collaborate with government and industry infrastructure in the caretaker responsibility for the survival of rivers as resource, livelihood, community, and culture?"

This is the question that Bicolana writer and academic Merlinda Bobis will answer in a lecture this morning at the Ateneo de Naga University at 9 o'clock in the morning.

The lecture, "Susog Salog: Creative Critical Empathy Towards Re-thinking River Response and Governance" is organized by the Ateneo de Naga University, the Institute of Bicol History and Culture, the Center Culture Arts Literary Committee, and the City Government of Naga.

Merlinda Bobis is a multi-awarded Philippine-Australian writer who was born in Legazpi City, Albay. She studied at Bicol University High School, Aquinas University, the University of Santo Tomas, and the University of Wollogong.

Her literary works are noted for their integration of the local Bicol culture into the contemporary experience. Said works include the novels Fish-hair woman, The Solemn Lantern Maker, Banana Heart Summer; the short stories "White Turtle," "The Kissing;" and the poetry collections Rituals: Selected poems, and Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals.

PAGASA Weather update 5AM February 1, 2014

At 4AM today, the center of Tropical Storm Basyang was estimated based on all available data at 20 km southweat of Iloilo city with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move weast at 39 kph.

Forecast: Masbate will have rains with gusty winds and moderate to rough seas.
The rest of the Bicol region will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Team Iriga named Batang Pinoy National Cheerdance champ

Team Iriga, represented by Zeferino Arroyo High School, bagged the gold medal in the Batang Pinoy National Cheerdance Competition earlier this week in the University of Saint La Salle, Bacolod City.

Prior to winning the national competition, the school from San Agustin, Iriga also emerged champion in last year's Regional Inter-High School Cheer and Dance Competition in the city of Naga.

Team Iriga was coached by Cloyd M. Lagyap and trained by Rodrigo C. Salando Jr. The same also received support from Zeferino Arroyo High School principal Mrs. Abecinia P. Dacara, Iriga City Mayor Ronald Felix Y. Alfelor and former mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Guzman.

The National Cheerdance Competition is part of Batang Pinoy 2013, a series of games for the youth for children below 15 years old. Said sporting activity was organized by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Department of Education.

Among the events in the competition are archery, badminton, basketball, chess, cycling, gymnastics, futsal, muay thai, shooting, sepak takraw, triathlon and wushu.

Batang Pinoy 2013 was originally scheduled late last year, but was moved because of typhoon Yolanda. (With report from Cloyd M. Lagyap)

Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP
Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP

Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP
Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP

Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP
Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP

Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP
Team Iriga from Zeferino Arroyo High School PHOTO COURTESY OF CLOYD M. LAGYAP


Friday, January 31, 2014

Night Riders: Naga Longboard Department

NIGHT RIDERS. Members of the Naga Longboard Department strike a pose at the Plaza Quezon in Naga before heading out into the major avenues of the city on their longboards earlier tonight. For safety, they wear glow-in-the-dark bands on their arms or heads so that motorists may see them as they skate in the streets. (PHOTOS: BICOL STANDARD)

Naga Longboard Department

Naga Longboard Department


Youth 2014 Frontliners for Change Press Conference previews leadership confab

NAGA CITY - Some of the speakers of tomorrow's Youth 2014 Frontliners for Change Leadership Convention met with the press earlier tonight at the Avenue Plaza Hotel Board Room.

The convention, which is touted as the biggest gathering of youth in the city, is a one-day event that will take place at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum.

Heading the group of speakers was Atty. Francis Padua-Papica, keynote speaker and founder of the Francis Padua-Papica Foundation, Inc.

Papica, a graduate of St. Paul Academy in Goa, Camarines Sur, explained his vision for the foundation and the convention, which he hopes will serve to inspire the youth of Camarines Sur. 

Also present were Venus Raj, Miss Universe 4th Runner-up; Jonas Gaffud, President, Mercatur Agency; Vince Hizon and Patricia Hizon; Jim Paredes, entertainer, author and activist, Ryan Cayabyab, the Philipop 2013 winners and the Ryan Cayabyab Singers.

Several highlights of the event include a preview of the performances of the the Philipop 2013 winners and the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, as well as Venus Raj's use of the Rinconada language in her response to one question.

The leadership convention is a project of the Francis Padua-Papica Foundation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation which seeks to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding individual achievements of young Filipino men and women.

Students and youth groups from across the province of Camarines Sur will be participating in said gathering.

Ryan Cayabyab

Venus Raj

Vince Hizon

Jim Paredes

Jonas Gaffud

Philpop 2013 winners

Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations

Naga City welcomes the Year of the Wooden Horse.
(Photos by Dr. Felipe Federico Pio and Allyson Celadena)

Students of St. Joseph School in Naga City ushered in the Year of the Wooden Horse with grandiose cultural presentations at the Plaza Quezon and in SM City Naga. 

Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations

Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations
Kirk Pio

Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations
Hannah Pio

Brianna Pio

Zach Pio with his schoolmates
Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations
Naga City Chinese New Year celebrations



Singer, TV personality, and activist Jim Paredes reads Bicol Standard.

Bicol Standard web section
Bicol Standard web section

Dios mabalos, Sir Jim!

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Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj

Dios mabalos, Venus!

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16 años na estudyante kan St. Louise de Marillac College, nadukayang gadan

Angela Artita
Angela Artita

SORSOGON CITY - Dae nang buhay kan makua an hawak kan sarong daragita na estudyante kan sarong pribadong eskwelahan kasubagong aga sa ciudad na ini.

An joven binisto na si Angela Artita, 16 años, eskwela kan St. Louise de Marillac College, asin residente kan St. Peter and Paul Subdivision (SPPVS).

Segun sa inisyal na informasyon na naguno kan BICOL STANDARD, an victima nagluwas sa harong bandang alas-8 nin banggi kan Huwebes tanganing makiiba sa mga amigo.

Alagad, ini naheling na sana kan sarong nagpabistong nakaheling kan insidente na tinulod paluwas sa sarong tricycle na dae nin plate number.

Mientrastanto, makusog an kurahaw para sa justicia kan mga mahal sa buhay kan victima. Dakol man sa mga ini an nagpahayag kan saindang kamunduan sa nangyari por medio kan Facebook account kan daragita.

Padagos pa man an imbestigasyon kan Sorsogon City Police manungod sa mga detalye kan insidente.

Catanduanes tightens security at Palarong Bicol

Catanduanes Governor Aracely Wong
Catanduanes Governor Aracely Wong
VIRAC, CATANDUANES - Provincial Governor Aracely Wong sought the help of the Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 in Camp Simeon Ola in Albay to increase the security in province.

This is to ensure the safety of the delegates of the Palarong Bicol 2014, which the province is hosting for the second time in a row.

Wong has announced that as of yesterday, the members of the police force have already arrived to lend their assistance.

Don't miss: Catanduanes beefs us Palarong Bicol preparations

Earlier, the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office V also underscored the importance of the safety of the participants, especially after many parents from mainland Bicol voiced out their worries over a recent gale warning.

Around 6,000 delegates, composed of athletes, coaches, support staff, and officials are expected to arrive in the island province this year from the thirteen divisions of DepEd Bicol.

This year, the Palarong Bicol is scheduled on February 2 to 7.

Police on alert after NPA harrasment in Sorsogon City

Sorsogon City
Sorsogon City
SORSOGON CITY - The Sorsogon Police Provincial Office alerted all Philippine National Police (PNP) stations following the harassment made by the New People's Army (NPA) at the PNP outpost at Barangay Cabid-an.

According to the information, the harrassment took place between 6:30 to 7 o'clock in the evening yesterday, January 30.

A certain PO2 Liwanag was wounded in action and is in now in the hospital in Sorsogon City.

It is believed that the NPA might conduct a similar atrocity in the other parts of the region

Prior to this, an informant reportedly disclosed to the police that on January 29, some 80 suspicious individuals were sighted in some areas in Bacon District.

The following day, some 50 similarly suspicious-looking indiviuals were again spotted in Brgy Cabid-an at around 10 to 11 o'clock in the morning. (PIA-Sorsogon)

Mga parahabon na nadakop sa Pasacao, nakadurulag man sana

Pasacao, Camarines Sur
Pasacao, Camarines Sur
PASACAO, CSUR - Nag-aaso-aso nin kaanggotan si PNP Provincial Director Police Senior Supt. Ramiro Bausa kan saiyang maaraman na an mga pusikit na parahabas sa banwaan na ini, nakadulag hale sa carcel.

An mga suspechado iyo sinda Kenneth Castillo y Briosa asin Jerome Magtarayo y Reviro, parehong 19 años asin residente kan Zone 7, Brgy. San Cirilo.

Bako sanang panghabon, suspechado pa sinda sa pagpakuriyat nin shabu.

An lapa nang kamogtakan kan carcel kan Pasacao iyo an nagtaong oportunidad para makapuga an duwang detenido sa paagi nin pagbiribid kan rehas na kabilya.

Sinabi ni Bausa na sasampalingon niya nin caso administratibo an jefe kan pulis sa banwaan na ini asin iba pang mga imbuelto, huli kan saindang pagpabaya.

Enot kaini: Mga parasalakat dakop sa Pasacao, positibo man sa paggamit druga

An kinaanggot ni Bausa iyo na pinasipara kan mga pulis an saindang obligasyon na paisihon tulos siya asin an saiyang oficina mapadapit sa konsideradong high profile na kaso digdi.

Sa operasyon kan pulis, nadakop man tulos si Castillo, an saro sa duwang suspechado.
Alagad, an saiyang kaibahan na si Jerome Magtarayo dagos nang nakadulag.

Kan sarong aldaw sana, an duwang suspechado, rinamalan kan mga pulis sa pananalakat asin illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

Regional Schools Press Conference in Guinobatan, Albay

Regional Schools Press Conference in Guinobatan, Albay (Photo: Alex Cal/PIA)
Philippine Information Agency Director General Jose Mari M. Oquiñena delivers his inspiring message to the participants of the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) at Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School, Guinobatan, Albay on  January 29, 2014. (Alex Cal/PIA5)

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Mga banwaan sa Cam Sur na top 10 sa druga

Mga banwaan sa Cam Sur na top 10 sa druga:

1.  Libmanan
2. Tinambac
3. Magarao
4. Camaligan
5. Minalabac
6. Iriga City
7. Pili
8. Sipocot
9. Ragay
10. Goa

Basahon digdi an kumpletong istorya.

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Weather update January 31, 2014 5 AM

At 4AM today, the center of tropical depression Basyang was estimated based on available data at 768 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west at 30 kph. The Bicol Region will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Source: PAGASA

Motorboat sinks off Masbate; Coast Guard rescues 12

Claveria, Masbate
Claveria, Masbate
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued all the 12 passengers, including the pilot, of a motorized boat that sank in the waters off Barangay Don Pablo Dela Rosa, Aroroy, Masbate, on Tuesday afternoon.

Raffy Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense Bicol regional director, identified the rescued persons as boat pilot Rodolfo Natal and passengers Rosa Mae Ramirez, 16; Rowena Ramirez, 45; Apolinario Ramirez, 19; Aiza Ramirez, 21; Grace Ramirez, 17; Remelio Paraiso, 17; Aris Pajo, 18; Alexander Bolisig, 2; Vicente Bolisig, Jr. , 10 months old; Joelan Ramirez, 23; and Marion Espenilla, 18.

All victims are residents of Barangay Osmeña, Claveria, Masbate, who were on their way to Barangay Poblacion, Aroroy town, to attend the wedding of a relative.

Alejandro said the M/B Janet being piloted by Natal was hit by big waves at about 1 p.m., causing water to pour into the vessel that eventually sank.

Natal called the attention of the Coast Guard whose men immediately came to the rescue of the victims.

The authorities brought the survivors to a hospital for treatment of injuries and pulled the boat to the shore.

They learned that the boat is being used for fishing by Natal and that it was overloaded when the accident happened. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/CBD

Thursday, January 30, 2014

DepEd Naga slates NACITEA election on February 14

DepEd Naga
DepEd Naga
The Department of Education Naga City Division Office has scheduled the general election of the Naga City Teachers and Employees Association (NACITEA) on February 14.

The election will be conducted at Camarines Sur National High School Main Campus from 1 to 5PM.

The participants will be NACITEA members, locally-funded and volunteer teachers, and candidates who filed their Certificates of Candidacy.

The filing period for the Board of Directors began last January 27, and will end on February 6.

Only active members, whether permanent, casual, locally-funded, volunteers, and employees of the NACITEA are qualified to vote.

Per the rules, the officers of the organization will come from the 19 Board of Directors. Said board is composed of one supervisor, four school heads, twelve teachers, one member of the non-teaching staff, and one retiree. The executive board from the 19 Board of Directors will elect the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and auditor of the NACITEA.

EPIRA to blame solely for the Philippine electric power sector's woes - ERM

Representative Edgardo Rama "ERM" Masongsong of the 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc. (1-CARE)
Representative Edgardo Rama "ERM" Masongsong of the 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc. (1-CARE)
Party-list Representative Edgardo Rama "ERM" Masongsong of the 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc. (1-CARE) said that blaming Secretary Jericho Carlos Petilla of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson Zenaida Ducut or any officer or player in the power industry will just divert or mislead the people on the main issue of the failed EPIRA law.

Hon. Edgardo R. Masongsong"The DOE has been reactionary rather than proactive ever since in dealing with the problems in the power industry even before Sec. Petilla became its Secretary. The ERC under the Chairmanship of Atty. Ducut, on the other hand, merely acts as an implementor of EPIRA but it cannot go beyond that and therefore EPIRA is the only culprit," according to the Representative.

"This is now the best time for us to amend, if not repeal, the failed EPIRA", ERM added. "It is, however, unfortunate that we have to experience the greatest blunder when Meralco announced its record high power price hike in December last year before we could seriously rethink if we have made the right decision of restructuring the power industry. I know that we will not be productive with blame game and the best we could do right now is to assess our best way forward. But we need to look at current issues besetting the failed EPIRA realistically and there are issues that need to be highlighted," Representative Masongsong said.

ERM believes that the relevance and propriety of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), which is proven to be inefficient since its inception in 2006, is one of the most pressing concerns that need to be addressed. Instead of bringing electricity rates down, as endeavored by EPIRA, it has resulted to unabated price increases to the burden not only of Meralco consumers but all of electric consumers in the country and discouraging potential local investments.

It can be recalled that three months after its operations in 2006 the WESM was already engulfed with a controversy on the allegation of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) against the National Power Corporation (NPC) and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) for anti-competitive behavior and/or market power abuse (ERC Case No. 2007-421 MC). Based on PEMC's investigation they "found that PSALM, through its trading teams had market power and was exercising it to the extent that it was an abuse of its power". The ERC dismissed the case due to lack of prima facie evidence but it recognized that NPC and PSALM's shares in the market at that time did not reflect true competition, hence their actions impacted prices of electricity in the market. ERC likewise advised NPC and PSALM to be more circumspect and transparent in their dealing with the WESM.

The issue of collusion among power producers in the WESM also resurfaced just before Christmas of last year upon announcement of Meralco of another electricity price increase in the amount of P4.15/kWh, the highest increase so far. The largest power distributor in the country Meralco was quick in declaring that they do not benefit from the increase and that the rate hike was brought about by the scheduled preventive maintenance of the Malampaya natural gas line, creating a deficit of about 2,700 MW out of its customers' 6,000 MW average demand. The timing of the Malampaya shutdown from November 11 to December 11 last year coincided with the inexplicable outages of major power plants in Luzon, prompting Meralco to get more electricity from the WESM at much higher rates.

"The inefficiency and incompetence in the WESM is one of the serious failures of EPIRA that brought in more burden than solutions to the deficient power industry in the country. While we recognize that the objective of the entire restructuring process is competition, we bear witness that this has not been the case because of lack of sufficient number of buyers and sellers in the electricity market. It has become apparent that EPIRA has just paved the way for the oligopolistic business-oriented character of the power industry, from state monopoly. The power industry is dominated by a handful of industry players within market operations that's neither transparent nor competitive," he lamented. On this note, ERM is urging transparency in the WESM and for PEMC to divulge spot market participants in November and December 2013 and the net profit they generated during that period.

Critics have been evoking that EPIRA has not been an effective solution to the problems besetting the power industry. Most important evidences of its failure are the unabated power rates increase, inefficient regulation, and the horrible state of power play in the electricity market. More so, it simply transferred the monopoly privileges from the State to a few private business interests.

"The issues in the WESM, including the failure of the IMEM or the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market which was recently and hastily implemented despite strong oppositions from various groups (i.e. electric consumers, electric cooperatives, LGUs, business community, and other groups in Mindanao), and all the other issues in the power sector can only be blamed to the failure of the EPIRA. So it is therefore incumbent upon Congress to urgently look into the EPIRA as a whole, propose revisions and amendments to address the inherent problems of the power industry. We have to be realistic in our assessments and pragmatic in our decisions because in the end it is the electric consumers who suffer," he concluded.

Health care, retirement and death benefits for champion Filipino athletes sought

A lawmaker is seeking the granting of health care, retirement and death benefits to professional Filipino athletes who have given the country honor, glory and pride by winning in world championship titles in international sports competitions or equally prestigious international championship games.

The proposal is embodied in House Bill 3707 or the proposed "Professional Filipino Athletes Health Care, Retirement and Death Benefits Act," principally authored by Rep. Estrellita "Ging" Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija).

Suansing said most sports are physical in nature and many Filipino athletes risk their lives to become champions.

"Unlike other career professionals, the career lifespan of a professional athlete is short. Many do not reach the age of 40 before retiring, giving way to the much stronger and younger athletes. Some are forced to retire because they have passed the height of their careers, while others are just given bad breaks in life after winning a title," Suansing said.

She cited the cases of former Filipino world boxing champions Rolando Navarette, Luisito Espinosa and Z. Gorres who became comatose after a successful fight.

"Navarette is reduced to the life of a pauper, dependent on charitable gestures from his countrymen for his existence and medical expenses. Luisito Espinosa is forced to fight mediocre fights just so he could survive living in the United States. Z. Gorres is fortunate that many generous persons contributed to shoulder some of the medical bills he incurred," Suansing said.

Suansing said these champions should not have to endure this, adding that at in their twilight years, the country, which they had given honor, glory and pride to, must be at least able to provide them with some kind of support.

"While many of them are greatly compensated by the prize they win in these competitions, they deserve more than just a 'hero's welcome,' crowd adulation and a pat on the back for a job well done," Suansing said.

Under the measure, professional Filipino athletes who immediately win in any international professional sports competition shall be covered by the National Health Insurance Program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), through a special program sponsored by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), which will provide the required local government premium counterpart to be directly remitted to the Philhealth.

Upon reaching the age of fifty (50), the athlete should become an honorary member of the program, subject to existing rules and regulations of the Philhealth.

In case of hospitalization of the professional Filipino athlete in any hospital or clinic, any amount in excess of the Philhealth benefit shall be shouldered by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) under its Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).

The bill provides a lifetime monthly pension of at least P15,000 for the individual winner, while those in team sports events shall be entitled to P10,000 for each team member.

Athletes who are actively employed at the time they reach the age of 50 and have availed of the retirement benefits under this Act may continue with such employment.

The measure also provides death benefits in the amount of P30,000 to cover funeral services/expenses which shall be claimed by the primary beneficiaries of the athlete such as the legitimate spouse, legitimate or illegitimate children.

The benefits under the bill shall retroact to all living professional Filipinos athletes who have won in any international professional sports competition. The adjustment in retirement benefits may be authorized subject to the approval of the President.

The GAB will be directed to promulgate and issue the implementing rules and regulation of the Act.

DepEd Sec. Luistro to private schools: focus on the needs of your locality

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro
Secretary of Education Armin Luistro urged private schools outside Manila to develop programs rooted in the needs of their respective communities in order to allow graduates to work within their locality.

“You will notice that in the past, if you review programs, both high school and tertiary, of both public and private schools, we’ve had the phenomenon of graduates of various programs and careers moving to the big cities. And therefore cutting them off from the very schools and communities where they studied,” Luistro said in his keynote address for a two-day conference on the Senior High School (SHS) program organized by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

The education chief explained that revolutionizing education by creating programs that answer the needs of the community will open venues to sustainable jobs for the alumni.

“Come up with relevant programs that will allow your graduates to work in the very city where they were born,” said Luistro. He added that schools can help in its respective communities by providing job opportunities for its graduates; thereby, preventing them from being uprooted from where they were.

He said that “it will be a challenge that is worth the while of institutions that truly wish to anchor their offerings to the needs of a locality.”

Towards reforms in education

The education chief also encouraged the private schools to “Engage the Department regarding the remaining areas in the SHS curriculum, the other tracks that may not yet be complete.” He added, “You do not have to wait for the final and official curriculum to be out. The Department is happy to be engaged by schools in this regard.”

Aside from this, he emphasized the importance of having educational reforms that would impact the learners. He said, “Like many Filipinos, part of our dreams and hopes is to institutionalize reforms that will really matter. It is easy to change things around. The most difficult thing to do is to ensure that those are the things of great priority.” He said that despite the transition that would take place in education, the learners were still the top priority.

He highlighted the milestones on the implementation of K to 12 program. One of the highlights he noted was the formal institutionalization of the program itself by the virtue of Republic Act 10533, also known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which was signed in 2013.

“The Philippine now belongs to the community of nations with at least 12 years of pre-university with the passing of that law. For those of you who have international linkages, it has implications with regard to the mobility of the students and teachers as well as exchange programs between you and your international partners,” he addressed the private schools.

In addition to this, he said that K to 12 program also “institutionalized Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education [MTB-MLE].” He said, “This main principle of MTB-MLE is to start the learner in a language that he or she is comfortable with.”

He added that the K to 12 curriculum and learning materials were available for download on the DepEd website. More than this, he stressed that the Department would “continue to reach out to private schools” to help in the alignment of their plans and programs for Senior High School.

BREAKING NEWS: Pila sa Matnog port, 7ng kilometro na

Nag-abot na sa poco mas o menos pitong kilometro an pila kan mga vehiculo sa Matnog port sa Sorsogon.

Sa informasyon na ipinaabot sa BICOL STANDARD, sinabi na nagkakariribok na an mga nasambit na nakapila ta kadaklan boot maenot na makabalyo sa Samar.

Palakasan na suboot an nagiging sistema kan mga apretadong mga pasahero.

Ini an rason kun tano nagpoon naman mag-implementar nin first-come, first-serve na reglamento sa nasambit na port tanganing maiwasan an mas grabe pang kariribokan.

Mientrastanto, an local na gobierno nagrereklamo naman ta nauubusan na suboot sindang ipapakakan sa mga stranded na pasahero.

Si Mayor Emilio G. Ubaldo, an alcalde kan Matnog, nag-abiso na sa mga maduman na magpreparar na kan saindang pagkakan.

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BREAKING NEWS: Malobong nin gadan, nagkagaradan

Apat na persona an nagadan sa dakulang aksidente na nangyari ngonian pa sana sa banwaan nin Ragay sa Camarines Sur.

Sabi sa spot report kan pulis, an grupo nin mga nakilobong binudalan nin sarong vehiculo na nagresulta tanganing bawian nin buhay an apat na persona sa barangay Godofredo Reyes Sr.

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Stupefying, beguiling, and mesmeric similitudes between visages. In other words, kalokalike.

Former candidate for city councilor of Naga City and renowned pageant trainer Anjo Santos impersonates Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in this series of photos which drew the attention of many netizens (PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANJO SANTOS).

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