Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

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

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

For immediate hiring

For immediate hiring

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony



Photos of the Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony in Catanduanes


Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony


Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony

Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Palarong Bicol 2014 awarding ceremony
Source: PIA/Palarong Bicol 2014 Media Center
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Rape-slay victim Angela Artita laid to rest today




SORSOGON CITY-Family and friends of Angela Artita came in droves today at the Our Lady of Fatima Church to lay to rest their angel. 

All of them were one in their call for justice for Artita whose life was brutally cut short last January 31.

RELATED: Sorsoganons cry for justice for teen slay victim

Meanwhile, Sorsoganons remain in shock over the rape-slay of the 16-year-old St. Louise de Marillac College student .

Her death renewed calls for the re-imposition of the death penalty. 

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

Through social media, many expressed their outrage and condemnation of the senseless killing. Some uploaded videos to pay tribute to Artita.

Earlier in the week, Roderick Diesta y Salazar, the suspect in Artita's killing, surrendered to the authorities. He is now facing the charge of rape with homicide.

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Wally Bayola makes public apology, returns to Eat Bulaga


For the first time after the video scandal, Willy Bayola resumes his hosting chores in Eat Bulaga.

Fighting back tears, the Bicolano comedian pleaded for a second chance in the popular noontime show.

Bayola, who noticeably lost weight, admitted to having committed a grave error and appealed to the public to give him an opportunity to make amends.

Bayola was the special guest in his best friend Jose Manalo's birthday surprise.

The controversial Eat Bulaga host figured in the headlines last year after a sex video involving him and EB Babe Yosh Rivera circulated in the internet.

At the height of the scandal,the chief operating officer of TAPE, Inc., the company that produces “Eat Bulaga”, issued a statement that the comedian is on a temporary leave of absence from the show.

Speaking on the matter, Eat Bulaga main host Vic Sotto earlier aired his opinion that a public apology is necessary before Bayola is allowed to return to the country's longest running running noontime variety program.



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Nat Geo Traveller's Jonathan Tourtellot to speak about geotourism in Legazpi

National Geographic Traveller Magazine's Jonathan Tourtellot will be at La Piazza Convention Center in Legazpi City tomorrow, February 9, to speak about geotourism.

Jonathan Tourtellot's seminar on geotourism in Legazpi City
Jonathan Tourtellot's seminar on geotourism in Legazpi City
Tourtellot, who previously worked with the United States Travel Association on a landmark survey of Americal traveller behavior and tourism sustainability, will share his thoughts about making the Philippines an authentic, sustainable and creative destination.

His focus will be on geotourism, a word that the consultant, editor and journalist himself coined, to refer to "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents."

Among the invited participants are tourism, hotel and restaurant management, and travel and cruise students and workers.

Legazpi City was selected as one of the three cities in the country in which said seminar-workshop will be held. The other two are Quezon City and Baguio City.

Co-presenting the event are Mique International Conference & Event Planners-Asia (MICEP) and National Geographic Traveller in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT). Said event is also endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Regional Office V.

Interested participants may register online at MICEP's website.
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Korean acts to visit Naga for Yolanda fundraiser

Eun Joo Park, NOM concert in Naga City
Eun Joo Park, NOM concert in Naga City
Two Korean acts will perform at a benefit concert next week in the City of Naga.

Violinist and actress Eun Joon Park as well as pop group NOM will come together in "Anduyog sa biktima ni bagyong Yolanda - A Concert for a Cause," a fundraiser for the victims of last year's supertyphoon.

The concert will take place at 6 PM on February 13 at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum.

This event is spearheaded by the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Alumni Association Incorporated, in partnership with the City Government of Naga.

Ticket prices are at P1,000, P500, and P200.

To reserve tickets, please contact NOM PH / 0926-1804328 or 0928-3943015 or fill out this online form.
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Fire consumes 9 houses in Sorsogon City

Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Photo: BFP Sorsogon City
At least nine houses made of light materials were destroyed in a fire incident at Purok 7, Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City.

According to FO1Maria Gracia E. Corral, Public Information Officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection of Sorsogon City, an informant sent them a text message about said fire at 11:07 PM.

The witness said that prior to the fire, an eight-year-old boy was seen playing with matches near one of the houses.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sorsogon City, headed by Senior Inspector Walter Badong Marcial immediately responded to the report.

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No casualties due to said fire were recorded by the BFP.

Meanwhile, investigation is still ongoing regarding the amount of damages.

Senior Inspector Marcial reiterated the call for the public to be more cautious. Particularly, he reminded parents to supervise their children, to prevent similar incidents from occurring.


Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Photo: BFP Sorsogon City
Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Photo: BFP Sorsogon City

Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Brgy. Bulabog, Sorsogon City fire incident
Photo: BFP Sorsogon City
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Mabrownout sa Bicol — NGCP

Notice of power interruption in Bicol
NGCP Notice of power interruption in Bicol

Mayong kuryente sa fecha 14, aldaw kan mga puso o Valentine's Day.

Ini an sabi kan National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Bilang aviso, sinabi ninda na magpoon alas 9 sagkod alas 5 nin hapon, mayo sinda nin supply nin electricidad sa sakop kan CASURECO II sa mga banwaan kan Calabanga asin Tinambac.

Itinaong rason iyo an paghirahay kan 10MVA sa Calabanga asin 5MVA sa Tinambac.

Sa siring na sitwasyon, mayo man nin kuryente sa bilog na maghapon an banwaan nin Siruma.

Mientrastanto, sa sakop na lugar kan CASURECO I, mayo nin kuryente poon alas 9 sagkod alas 5 nin hapon sa Pamplona, Libmanan, asin Sipocot.

Putol an servicio nin kuryente sainda sa fecha 13 ngonian na bulan.

Sabi kan NGCP, mahirahay sinda kan 10MVA sa Pamplona, 5MVA sa Libmanan, asin 5MVA sa Sipocot.

Afuera kan mga lugar na ini, mayo man nin kuryente sa sakop na lugar kan Sorsogon Electric Cooperative (SORECO) I asin II sa fecha 11, poon alas 8:30 hasta alas 5 nin hapon.

Sa CASURECO III, mawawaran man nin kuryente alas 8:30 hasta alas 8:45 nin aga. Halipot sanang panahon an maputol an servicio digdi huli sa paghirahay kan 15MVA sa ciudad nin Iriga.

Sa sakop na lugar kan ALECO, sinabi kan NGCP, na mayo nin kuryente poon alas 8 nin aga hasta alas 5 nin hapon.

An rason iyo an paghirahay kan 15MVA sa Washington asin 30MVA sa Bitano.
Mayormente, nagpahayag an NGCP na an power interruption resulta kan pagribay, paglinig, kan contaminadong insulators asin iba pang raot na mga hardware sa saindang linya.

Afuera kaini, an pagputol kan servicio nin kuryente huli pa sa taonan na preventing maintenance kan saindang mga transformer, associated equipment, protection asin iba pang devices, patin an paghirahay kan saindang mga substation.

An paising ini, naggikan sa NGCP South Luzon Operations and Maintenance District 3.

Segun sa pahayag ni Luis Wong, an pamayo kan District 3 office, ano man na oras na matapos an saindang pagtrabaho, ibabalik an supply kan kuryente na mayo na nin paisi o noticia hale sa saindang oficina.
NGCP Notice of power interruption - Bicol
NGCP Notice of power interruption - Bicol

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Palarong Bicol 2014 Final Result

Palarong Bicol 2014 Final Result
Palarong Bicol 2014 Final Result

Palarong Bicol 2014 Final Result

Champion - Albay
Ist Runner Up - Camarines Sur
2nd Runner Up - Naga City

CONGRATULATIONS!


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Partial Official Over-all Championship Points as of 1:30pm, Feburary 7, 2014

Palarong Bicol 2014
Palarong Bicol 2014
Partial Official Over-all Championship Points

Albay-521
Camarines Sur-396.5
Naga City-227
Camarines Norte-219.7
Legazpi-209.5
Sorsogon Province-153.5
Ligao 127.2
Catanduanes-124.5
Iriga City-62.5
Tabaco City-57
Masbate City -57
Masbate Province-45.17
Sorsogon City -28

Source: Gov. Joey Salceda
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MASELCO power interruption February 8

Power interruption advisory
Power interruption advisory
Masbate Electric Cooperative (MASELCO) advisory: There will be a power interruption tomorrow Saturday February 08 from 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. due to preventive and corrective maintenance.

Affected areas: Masbate City (Quezon, Zurbito, Tara, Bagumbayan, Rosero, Ibanez, Danao, Ibingay, Bagong Sirang, PC Campsite and Nursery streets.
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Palarong Bicol 2014 partial tally, as of February 7, 2014 10:30 AM


Albay - 290 pts.
Camarines Sur - 199.7 pts
Camarines Norte - 136.4
Catanduanes - 82.5 pts.
Ligao City - 76.17
Legazpi City - 75.5 pts
Naga City - 75 pts
Sorsogon Province - 68.5 pts
Tabaco Cty - 58.7
Iriga City - 54.5 pts
Masbate Province - 26.17 pts
Masbate City - 26 pts
Sorsogon City - 22 pts.

Source: Media Center/PIA/PIMO Catanduanes, via Aksyon Sorsogon
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Aram daw nindo: An abogado ninda Deniece Cornejo asin Cedric Lee sarong Bicolano?

Atty. Howard Calleja asin Deniece Cornejo
Atty. Howard Calleja asin Deniece Cornejo
Photo: Interaksyon
Aram daw nindo na an abogado ninda Deniece Cornejo asin Cedric Lee sarong Bicolano?

Si Atty. Howard Calleja, na saro sa mga pinaka-respetadong abogado ngonian sa enterong nasyon, gikan sa provincia nin Albay.

Nagtapos siya kan saiyang Bachelor's Degree sa University of Sto. Tomas, asin nag-adal nin abogasiya sa Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Igwa man siya nin sertipiko sa International Law hale sa Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands, asin Masters degree sa International Law sa Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Estados Unidos.

Afuera digdi, si Atty. Calleja sarong bistadong propesor nin ley sa Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Far Eastern University Institute of Law asin Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Law.

An kaso ni Deniece Cornejo asin Cedric Lee bako an primerong dakula asin kontrobersyal na kaso na kinaputan ni Atty. Calleja. Maroromdoman na siya man an abogado ni Zaldy Ampatuan.
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Tinagba Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

Tinagba Festival 2014
Tinagba Festival 2014
RELATED: Photos of the Tinagba 2014 Mt. Asog Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge

Tinagba Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities
Iriga City, Camarines Sur

February 5 to 7 - Regional Elementary Schools Press Conference
February 8 - Regional Festival of Talents
February 9 - Mt. Asog Extreme Mountainbike Challenge
February 10 - 6pm- 1st IriGANG MAGayon Karaoke King & Queen
February 11 - Tinagba Festival
6 - 7 am - Mass
7 - 9 am - Tinagba Fun Run
9 - 11 am - Tinagba Fun Games
12 nn - 6 pm - Tinagba Parade and Streetdance Competition
6 pm - Fantillusion parade
7 pm - Awarding ceremonies
7:30 pm - Fireworks display
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BREAKING: Babae, naligis kan tren, peredaso an hawak sa Gainza

Gainza, Camarines Sur
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by Oscar Esmenda

GAINZA, CSUR - Sarong babae an nakuang peredaso na an hawak matapos ini mabungguan nin tren sa Barangay Sampaloc, banwaan na ini.

Segun sa Gainza Municipal Police Station, nakaresibi sinda nin informasyon kasubagong alas 5 nin aga hale mismo sa mga nag-ooperar kan tren.

An haleng Naga asin paduman sa Sipocot.

Sa inisyal na report kan pulis, sinabi na an victima dai pa nabibisto, alagad pinag-carculo na nasa 27 hasta 30 anyos na an edad.

Sinabi kan mga residente kan nasambit na baranggay na pirang aldaw nang naglalakaw-lakaw an babae sa lugar. Pinagtutubudan man ini kan iba na may diperensya sa pag-iisip.

An victima dadarahon na ngonian sa funeraria.
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85% kan supply kan droga sa Camaligan hale sa Naga

Camaligan, Camarines Sur
Camaligan, Camarines Sur
CAMALIGAN, CSUR— Carculadong 85% kan supply kan droga na ibinabariwas  sa banwaan na ini an hale Ciudad nin Naga.

Ini an isinaysay kan sarong miembro kan “intelligence division” kan pulis sa banwaan na ini, kan sarong aldaw.

An nasambit na report, pigconfirmar ni Police Chief Inspector Charles de Leon, an hefe kan pulis digdi.
Nagluluwas sa report na an banwaan kan Camaligan kabale sa 10ng mga lugar sa Camarines Sur na makusog an pagkuriyat kan ipinapangalad na bulong.

“Sa samuyang pagimbestigar, nagluluwas na an supply kan drugs hale sa Naga,” sabi niya sa media, kan hagadan nin paliwanag.

Mientrastanto, huli sa nagluwas na bareta sa paglangkaba kan droga digdi, orog na pinakusog kan mga awtoridad an saindang kampanya, sa obhetong makadakop nin mga nagbabariwas asin nag-uusar kaini.
Saro ining kasimbagan sa kasugoan kan oficina regional kan pulis, na pigmamandahan an gabos na hefe kan pulis na magkaigwa nin report na makadakop nin saro na pusher o user nin droga asin nagsasaray nin badil na mayong licensiya.
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Night market to open in Naga

Night market in Xiamen, China
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NAGA CITY—A night market slated to open here next week promises to provide Nagueños with a unique and convenient shopping experience.

The night market, which will be open between 7 PM to 12 midnight along Igualdad Street, will allow residents who work during the day to do their shopping in the evening.

Said street will be closed to motorists during the night market hours to allow vendors and buyers to conduct their business comfortably.

The market will be open on three days of the week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from shoppers, the night market is expected to benefit vendors in the city, especially those who do not have stalls and thus have little opportunity to sell their wares during the daytime.

A popular attraction in many parts of Asia, night markets are believed to have begun in China around 836 AD.

At present, the most popular night markets are found in Taiwan, where as many as a hundred night markets have been established.
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Albay's Team Vulcans widens lead in Palarong Bicol 2014

Palarong Bicol 2014
Palarong Bicol 2014
Team Vulcans of Albay is confident that it will be declared the overall champion in this year's Palarong Bicol.

In the latest partial tally obtained by BICOL STANDARD, Albay has accumulated 225.5 points, giving it a 138-point lead over defending champion Camarines Sur, which has 87.5 points.

In third place are Camarines Norte and Naga City, which both have 70 points; followed by Sorsogon province in the 5th place with 52 points.

Iriga City, with 43.5 points is in the 6th place; Catanduanes and Legazpi City with 28, in the 7th place; Masbate province in the 8th place with 17.5; Tabaco City in the 9th place with 4 points; Masbate City in the 10th place with 1 point; and Sorsogon City in the last place with no points.

Today, February 7, is the last day of the sporting event.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards to visit Bicol this weekend

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards in Bicol
Marian Rivera and Alden Richards in Bicol
Marian Rivera and Alden Richards will soon charm crowds in Bicol, as they visit the region this weekend to promote their teleserye, "Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw."

Rivera and Richards will be in Naga City on Sunday, February 9 for a motorcade around the city at 1 PM, followed by a free mall show at the Event Center in SM Naga.

They will also visit Albay to meet fans at the Kapuso Fiesta Show at the Daraga Covered Court during the Cagsawa Dos Siglos Festival.

In "Carmela," Rivera stars as Carmela Fernandez, a beautiful woman with a tumultous past.

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Carmela falls in love with Santiago "Yago" Dela Torre Balaguer, a man who happens to hate her mother.

Carmela is a tale of family, betrayal, heart-wrenching decisions, and a love that will go against all odds.

The other members of the cast are Agot Isidro, Rochelle Pangilinan, Roi Vinzon, Raymond Bagatsing, Freddie Webb, Eva Darren, Ana Feleo, Krystal Reyes, Jennica Garcia, Rodjun Cruz, RJ Padilla, Barbara Miguel, Marc Justine Alvarez, Sandy Talag, Mona Louise Rey, Ricky Davao, Jaclyn Jose, Dex Quindoza, Shyr Valdez, Lloyd Samartino, Gian Magdangal, Stephanie Sol, Bryan Benedict, and Arianne Bautista.

Only Rivera and Richards, however, will be present during the promotional tour.
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DOLE-Bicol to hire some 8,000 workers

Thousands of Bicolanos will have a job for at least six months this year as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Bicol announced Wednesday that it will be hiring workers from all over the region starting this month.

“Yes, everybody will have a chance to have a decent job this 2014,” DOLE-Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.

The agency has allotted some P56-million fund for its Government Internship Program (GIP) and Emergency Work Program (EWP).

The GIP program will give a six-month job stint to beneficiaries while the EWP program beneficiaries will have a month’s work.

With such, DOLE-Bicol is projecting to hire some 1,375 workers for GIP and up to 6,189 workers for EWP or a total of 7,564 workers.

The GIP is under the Kabataan program which aims to give a six-month full-time work, with a salary that is 75 percent of the existing minimum wage rate to the beneficiary.

Under the recently released Wage Order No. RBV-16, which posts for a P260-per-day pay for establishments with 10 or more workers and will be the basis for the computation of the 75 percent salary specified under the GIP program, a GIP worker will receive a P195-per-day pay or about P4,241.25 per month salary or a total of P25,447.50 for the six-month work duration.

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“Applications for GIP will be open soon. Anybody who graduated either from college, high school or Tech-Voc school or anybody who does not have a job can apply,” Lacambra explained.

The EWP, however, is focused on giving jobs to displaced workers hit by calamities.

It forms part of DOLE-Bicol’s emergency employment program with specific program of work such as dredging, canal de-clogging and any other “work” needed for community restoration and rehabilitation.

EWP workers will receive a full minimum wage for its one-month duration of about P5,655 per worker plus P1,000 worth of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Lacambra said the idea of EWP is to give residents of communities affected by calamities an immediate source of income after suffering from devastation.

“If the work program for EWP is canal declogging, then the workers will be given boots, hand gloves and other necessary PPEs. They will also be enrolled in the GSIS same as with the GIP workers,” he added.

To implement said programs, DOLE-Bicol has allotted some P3.5-million budget per district, thus, having a total of P56 million budget allocation for the region.

The P56-million budget will be used to pay for the salaries and wages of the workers.

“If the entire budget will be divided for the salaries of GIP, a total of 1,375 beneficiaries may be hired,” Lacambra said, adding “However, if the entire budget will be divided for the salaries of EWP, a total of 6,189 workers may be hired."

However, since the EWP program only works as an emergency employment scheme after a calamity, DOLE-Bicol will then focus its operation on the GIP, he said. (PNA) PDS/FGS/RMN/CBD/
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Civil Service Commission 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees now open

Do you know someone you believe is an outstanding public servant; someone you think is worthy to be called a Lingkod Bayani?

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.

The awards to be given are the highest and most coveted recognition given by the government to individuals or groups of individuals who have excelled or have shown utmost dedication and commitment to public service.

All officials in the career and non-career service of the government, including appointive barangay officials and employees recognized as government employees, may be nominated. Employees who are under job order or contracts of service are excluded from the coverage of the program.

The 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees forms part of CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP), and has three award categories.

The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred to an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions that had nationwide impact.

The Outstanding Public Officials and Employees or the Dangal ng Bayan Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The CSC Pagasa Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions that directly benefit more than one department of the government.

To promote and strengthen teamwork, the CSC strongly encourages group/team nominations.

Any individual or organization with extensive knowledge of the outstanding work performance and/or exemplary ethical of certain public servants may nominate an individual or group of individuals for a specific category in the Honor Awards Program.

Deadline for submission of nominations for all award categories to any CSC provincial/field or regional office is March 31, 2014.

To see the complete guidelines of the search, visit csc.gov.ph. Nomination forms are available for download at honorawardsprogram.wordpress.com. For further inquiries, please contact the HAP Secretariat at telephone numbers (02)931-7993, (02) 932-0381 and hotline (02) 932-011, TextCSC 0917-839-8272 or email hap@yahoo.com orpaio@webmail.csc.gov.ph.
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Camarines Sur celebrates National Dental Health Month

National Dental Health Month in Camarines Sur
National Dental Health Month in Camarines Sur



TOOTH OR CONSEQUENCE
by Dr. Jessie Albeus

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation 599 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2004, the month of February each year was declared as the National Dental Health Month Celebration.

2014 marks the tenth year that the nation commemorates Dental Health Month.  This year’s theme is “Ngiping pinagtibay, ngiping walang humpay, para sa kinabukasa’y maginhawang tunay.”

The Philippine Dental Association (PDA) led by its President Dr. Fernando Fernandez chose five key cities in the nation for its kick-off ceremonies: Camarines Sur in South Luzon, La Union in North Luzon, Bacolod in the Visayas, Davao in Mindanao, and the National Capital Region.

As the President of the Host Chapter, Camarines Sur is indeed fortunate that the national leadership of the PDA has entrusted the hosting of the National Dental Health Month (NDHM) 2014 on  on February 6 to Camarines Sur.

The Camarines Sur Dental Chapter, which is recognized as the Most Outstanding Dental Chapter in the Bicol Region in 2013, will be joined by representatives from the other provinces of the Bicol Region, namely Albay, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon, during the kick-off ceremonies on February 6.

Among the scheduled NDHM 2014 activities on said date are a holy mass in honor of St. Apolonia, the patron saint of dentists, at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. There will also be a motorcade along the major streets of the Central Business District of Naga. This will end at SM City Naga where the NDHM program and contests will be held. Such contests include the on-the-spot poster-making contest and the Search for Kiddie Star and Bonggang Lolo and Lola. In addition, a free dental checkup that aims to create awareness on the importance of racticing Good Oral Hygiene.

On February 7, pupils of the Triangulo Elementary School in Naga City will be the beneficiaries of the  Kabarangay sa Dental Health Program, where a dental checkup, oral health education, toothbrushing drill, fluoridization and distribution of toothbrushes and toothpastes will be conducted.

The PDA, which is recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission as the Most Outstanding Organized Professional Organization for 2011 and 2012, has given utmost importance to intensifying professionalism through its continuing dental education program.

Proof of this commitment is the PDA- Systema Regional Conference  where three very competent speakers  will present  lectures on dental diseases, issues and the latest technologies. This conference which will be held as well on February 7 at the Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City.

To promote the Oral Heath Awareness and Consciousness Campaign among the general populace, I, as Chapter President, will be exposing myself to various television and radio Interviews to bring to the attention of the public these two basic but very important messages: brush your teeth at least thrice a day and visit your dentists for a checkup every six months.

I hope that the public will cooperate with me on this call to improve the oral health of Bicolanos, not only during the Dental Health Month, but also throughout the year.

Dr. Albeus is the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) President in Camarines Sur. He has been serving for two terms since January 2012. Albeus is a graduate of the University of the East- College of Dentistry in Manila.
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Look up, look up


LOOK UP, LOOK UP. Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres gives a new religious meaning to a gesture popularized by Ryzza Mae Dizon: looking up means giving one’s full trust to God. Tirona here is pictured with some pupils of Rosario V. Maramba Elementary School who received the sacrament of confirmation at  the Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City last January 30. The event was spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Naga (PHOTO: WILLY ANNE DELLORO/ROTARY CLUB OF NAGA).
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Mayor Velarde confronts PD Bausa on drug report

Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde
Tinambac Mayor Ruel Velarde

by Edwin Lara

Mayor Ruel Velarde of the municipality of Tinambac in Camarines Sur was fuming in anger when he confronted Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director Ramiro Bausa on a recent report about the alleged proliferation of drugs in his town.

This was during the meeting of the League of Municipalities at Regent Hotel a few days ago which mayors from the province attended.

In the said media report, Velarde’s town was ranked second in a list of municipalities in Camarines Sur which supposedly had illegal drug activities.

Velarde questioned the authenticity of the source of the report, which he said needed to undergo validation.

Bausa, for his part, explained that the report did not come from him personally.

Said report, in fact, was gathered from the Police Community Relations Office of the Provincial
Philippine National Police (PNP) Office in Camarines Sur where mediamen would normally get their daily police reports.

Actually, twenty towns in the province of Camarines Sur were mentioned in said report which was submitted to the PNP by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Netizens

People from Tinambac have sounded alarm over the news of their town’s inclusion in the said list of municipalities.

On social media where the information went viral over the weekend, netizens expressed their deep concern about the news.

According to them, the ranking puts their town in a bad light, but it also gives them the opportunity to understand the real score.

Majority of the opinions blame the town officials and the police for the problem.

Many also shared their view that the supply of drugs continues to pour into the municipality, especially in the Poblacion area.

Reactions

Social media groups in the other towns in the list were also in an uproar over the information.

Many called upon local officials to immediately cause the arrest of those involved in drugs.

Others also noted that ordinary citizens must cooperate with with the local government units to rid the province of the menace.

However, because of the PNP Regional Office’s strengthened campaign, it is expected that initiatives to curb the growing problem will be launched soon.

PD Bausa, for his part, has already called chiefs of police from Camarines Sur to apprehend the perpetrators of the illegal activity.

He also ordered that a regular report on the matter be submitted by the municipal police stations to his office to keep him abreast of the progress of the intensified campaign against drug abuse.

Meanwhile, in an interview by BBS-DWLV, Sipocot town mayor Rogenor Astor confirmed the presence of illegal drugs in his town. Astor also announced that his town has already strengthened a campaign against the illegal activity.

Mayor Velarde could not be reached for his comments on the matter. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)
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Tupada sa San Fernando sinakyada kan pulis

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SAN FERNANDO, CAMARINES SUR– Maigot na ngonian na ipinapasunod kan mga miembros kan Philippine National Police sa banwaan na ini an Cockfighting Decree (PD 449).

Ini bilang kasimbagan sa makusog na pangapodan sa mga awtoridad na halawig nang panahon nagpasipara sana sa pagpautob kan nasambit na ley. Huli kan pagpabaya kan mga awtoridad, nagresulta sa pagkuriyat kan ilegal na burolang sa haros gabos na barangay digdi.

Maroromdoman na mismong si P/Supt. Ramiro Bausa, an pamayo kan pulis sa provincia nin Camarines sur, an pira nang semanng tinutuyaw sa media, huli sa pag-uso kan oro-aldaw na tupada.

Sa raid na ginibo kan mga pulis sa pamamayo ni SPO1 Hernando B. Ereneo, asin sa supervision ni P/Senior Inspector Victor E. Azuela, an officer in charge digdi, nagkadarakop sa ilegal na burolang iyo sinda Romualdo Modino y Aborde, 74 anos, asin si Andrew Batolinao y Celedonio, 27 anos.

Sinda anas residente kan Brgy Planza.

An iba pang nadakop iyo sinda Joseph Aurellano y Sornillo, Elmer Olaguer y Bituin, na pareho taga Brgy Alianza; asin si Helario Portuguez y Nava, 62 años an edad na taga Brgy Pamukid.

An mga personang nasambit naripol kan mga awtoridad sa tupadahan sa may boundary kan Barangay Alianza asin San Isidro, Pamplona.

Bilang evidencia, naconfiscar kan mga awtoridad an solamente sarong pambulang.

An ibang mga nasa tupadahan nagdurulag.

Nag tabang man sa ginibong raid an mga miembros kan Pamplona Municipal Police Station, sa pamayo ni P/Senior Inspector Samuel Alforte.
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Gov. Lee suspended for 90 days by Sandiganbayan

Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee
Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee
“We will seek all available legal remedies. We are firm on our stand amidst the suspension order. The order is not ipso facto operative and executory. There are certain procedures provided under the law before it can be implemented.”

This is what the office the governor said in an interview by BICOL STANDARD regarding the resolution issued by the Sandiganbayan, which ordered the suspension for ninety (90) days of Governor Raul Lee.

The suspension stemmed from a complaint filed with the Ombudsman back in 2003, which took six (6) years for the investigation body to find probable cause.

The records show that by 2009 the Sandiganbayan took cognizance of the case for violation of Section 3 (e) and (g) of Republic Act 3019, as amended.

RA 3019, The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act reads:

Sec 3. Corrupt practices of public officers. In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful;

(e) Causing any public injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. This provision shall apply to officers and employees of offices or government corporations charged with the grant of licenses or permits or other concessions.

(g) Entering on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer or will profit thereby.

“It is not my end with the issuance of the resolution. Clearly the order implies a finality of their ruling which means that the courts first division is waiting for my appeal,” Gov. Lee said.

“That is in their level and I can still file a certiorari at the Supreme Court if ever the Sandiganbayan denies my motion” he added.

Meanwhile, responding to the criticisms hurled by his political detractors, the governor said that it is only the court that can determine the date of serving a suspension order. He challenged his political rivals to speak the truth, instead of maliciously omitting the exact dispositive portion of the resolution.

In the dispositive portion it reads:

“WHEREFORE, premises considered, the accused RAUL R. LEE’s second Motion to Quash or to dismiss the above-captioned cases, it DENIED, and Plaintiff’s Motion to Suspend Accused RAUL R. LEE from his position as Governor of the Province of Sorsogon, and from any public office he may now or hereafter be for the period of ninety (90) days effective upon notice.”

“Let copy of this Resolution be furnished the Secretary of the Department of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) who is directed to implement this Order. Upon notice of the finality of this ruling.”

The said order was penned by Associate Justice Rafael Lagos, Efren de la Cruz and Rodolfo Ponferrada of the Sandiganbayan First Division last January 14.
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Masbate Rodeo Festival 2014 kicks off today

Masbate Rodeo Festival 2014
Masbate Rodeo Festival 2014
 A ceremony parade will commence Masbate Rodeo Festival 2014 today at 3 PM in Masbate City.

The parade will start at the Capitol Football Grounds, and pass through the major roads in the city, before heading back.

It will be followed by a rodeo street party which will begin at 8 PM at the Capitol Grounds.

The kickoff events will herald the start of the set of activities that comprise the annual festival.

Said activities this year, however, will not start until March 30 and end on April 13.

An annual sporting event that began in 1993, the rodeo in Masbate has become its major tourist attraction and one of the most highly-anticipated celebrations in the island province.

Among the activities scheduled this year are the Rodeo National Finals, cattle drive, cattle horse tem penning competition, street barn dance, search for Mr. and Ms. Rodeo, trade fair, agribusiness roadshow, rodeo salon, ranch tours, livestock show, carnival rides, calesa ride, nightly show and entertainment, and beef cooking contest for young chefs.

This year, the festival managed by Rodeo Masbateño, Inc.
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Bishop Emeritus Prospero Arellano, ilulubong sa Febrero 10

Bishop Emeritus Prospero Arellano
Bishop Emeritus Prospero Arellano
Gabos na obispo sa anom na diocesis kan Bicol an ma-concelebrar nin misa antes kan lubong ki Most Reverend Prospero Arellano, Bishop Emeritus, sa Libmanan Cathedral sa maabot na Lunes.

Segun ki Jose Arellano, tugang, an bangkay idadakit na hali sa saindang residencia sa San Roque, Bombon, Camarines Sur pasiring Libmanan 7:30 nin aga saagang Viernes, Febrero 7.

An masabat sa Libmnanan kan prosesyon haleng Bombon iyo si Bishop Arturo Bastes kan Sorsogon como representante kan CBCP.

Ngonian an bangkay napapatintihan na sa Arellano residence.

DON'T MISS: Diocese of Libmanan Bishop Emeritus Prospero Arellano passes away

Pirming gulping kapadian asin mga madre an nagbibilar. Igwa man nin mga tao hale sa manibaibang lugar an nagdadalaw.

77 anyos kan magadan si Bishop Emeritus Arellano. Siya dating rector kan Holy Rosary Seminary, asin an iyo an enot na obispo kan Libmanan diocese poon kan 1990 sagkod 2007 kan siya magkahelang.

Sinanglian siya kan saiya man sanang estudyante na si Msgr. Jose Rojas.

An funeral mass alas 9 sa Lunes, Febrero 10. Sunod tulod an intiero sa laog mismo kan Libmanan Cathedral (EGV).
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Philippines to host Miss World 2014?

Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Vice President Jejomar Binay
Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Vice President Jejomar Binay
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The Philippines may be the venue of the Miss World 2014 finals. This is if the plan of the pageant organizers pushes through.

Megan Young and the Miss World Organization representatives pitched their proposal of holding the prestigious competition in the Philippines this November to Vice President Jejomar Binay this morning.

Young, together with pageant organizers, paid a courtesy visit to the Vice President at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City today.

Miss World is said to be the biggest and oldest international beauty pageant.
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Bicol University to open med school this 2014

Bicol University
Bicol University
LEGAZPI CITY - The Bicol University (BU) will open a medical school in its main campus here this school year in support to the impending upgrading of the nearby Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) into a regional heart center, Albay Governor and Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair Joey Salceda announced on Wednesday.

Salceda said he has been helping BU president Fay Lauraya in putting up the medical school as part of the foresight and aggressiveness to make Albay a safe and healthful place to live in.

BU will use the facilities of the upgraded BRTTH in the training of its medical students, he explained.

“We are helping each other in this undertaking as we want to produce high-caliber Albayano or Bicolano medical practitioners who would help realize that foresight,” the Albay chief executive stressed.

The upgrading of the BRTTH to make it capable of undertaking heart procedures, on the other hand, is part of the national government’s efforts to make health services accessible to every Bicolano, he said.

Formerly the Albay Provincial Hospital, the BRTTH, which is considered the largest and most modern public health care facility in Bicol, also operates now as the cancer center and breast care unit in the region that functions in partnership with the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City and the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. (PFBCI).

BRTTH has also been earlier designated as the Lung and Kidney Center in Bicol.

With BRTTH as a heart center with comparable expertise and precision at a lower services cost, a patient will no longer need to travel to Metro Manila just to undergo heart surgery, Rivera said.

Gloria Balboa, the head of the DOH’s regional Center for Health and Development (CHD) based in Daraga, Albay, had earlier announced that the BRTTH upgrading will make it one of the eight heart centers in the Philippines.

It is part of the government’s program to upgrade through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) 72 hospitals and regional health centers all over the country to provide adequate and quality healthcare services. (PNA) PDS/FGS/DOC/CBD/
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Village chief leads move versus drugs

Punong Barangay Marietta Abucar
Punong Barangay Marietta Abucar
MINALABAC—While most local chief executives have not reacted to the disturbing report on drug use in Camarines Sur, one village chief has already launched a no-nonsense campaign against the spread of the dangerous substances.

Punong barangay Marietta Abucar, of Baliuag Viejo, this town, together with her barangay council members, lupon, and tanods, have initiated a saturation information drive throughout their seven sitios.

Abucar, in an interview with BICOL STANDARD, said that the maintenance of peace and order is the primordial responsibility, not only of the mayor or local chief of police, but of barangay officials, as well.

“I have adopted a sitio-by-sitio saturation campaign to remind the people of the ill effects of drugs,” emphasized the barangay captain.

She said that reports reaching her office surprisingly indicate there are more middle-aged individuals who are said to be using illegal drugs as compared to teenagers. This is because the more mature persons have greater financial capacity to purchase the prohibited substances.

Apart from the massive campaign, the barangay council has already enforced a curfew for teenagers.

This is in addition to the regular ronda that is being conducted by the tanods.

Abucar said that she makes it a point to join the ronda once in a while to make the residents feel that she is serious about the cause.

A mother of two, Abucar’s passion stems from her maternal instinct.

According to her, “ours is a compassionate society. As the head of the barangay, my goal is not to put the drug users in jail, but to rehabilitate them in case they have been hooked.”

She adds: “I am personally appealing to the parents of the teenagers who are involved in drugs. I believe in my heart that all hope is not lost. If we exert our best effort to turn their lives around, they may still have a chance at a brighter future.”

“The spread of drugs in Camarines Sur concerns everybody, not just the local officials or the police,” she lamented.

“I am urging other leaders, elected or otherwise, to help.  With our concerted efforts, we can achieve the singular goal of peace and safety in our communities.”
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BISCAST posts admission schedule

The Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Agriculture (BISCAST) in Naga City has announced its admission schedule for the next school year.

For entrants to Grade 7 and college freshmen, the release of application forms is between November 2013 to March 2014.

The school started administering the examination last month, and will continue to do so until March 2014.

The results of the examination will be released on May 2, 2014.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DepEd commences regional elementary schools presscon

The Regional Elementary Schools Press Conference commenced today in Iriga Central School, Iriga City.

An annual battle among student journalists, the schools press conference aims to encourage the youth to gain an understanding of the importance of journalism, as well as provide a venue for healthy competition.

RELATED: Regional secondary schools press conference kicks off today

The event, which is slated until February 7, focuses on the theme "Campus Journalism and Transformational Leadership.”

As with the secondary schools press conference last week, students during the gathering participate in several contests, such as news writing, feature writing, photojournalism, and copyreading and headline writing, among others.
PHOTOS: Regional secondary schools press conference
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Palarong Bicol 2014 January 5 partial results

Palarong Bicol 2014 partial results
Palarong Bicol 2014
January 5 partial results

Albay - 105.5
Camarines Norte - 36
Camarines Sur - 51
Catanduanes - 7.5
Iriga - 13.5
Legaspi - 12
Ligao - 22
Masbate - 1;
Masbate Province - 17.5;
Naga - 47
Sorsogon City - 0
Sorsogon Province - 45;
Tabaco - 2:

Source: Gov. Joey Salceda
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Number of measles cases drops in Albay



The Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Albay calls it a victory after pressing down from 18 in the early period of last January to only three the number of measles cases in the province as of the third week of the same month.

Nonetheless, PHO chief Nathaniel Rempillo said “we are continuing with our vaccination operations so that our immunization campaign is able to reach out to more vulnerable Albayanos, especially children within the six months to three years old age bracket.”

At least, the quick response activities the provincial government has put in place since the first day that suspected measles cases started coming out last month is getting successful in putting the spread of the virus under control, Rempillo said.

From January 5 to 11, he said, the PHO recorded 18 cases sporadically distributed among different areas in the province.

One patient, a young child from as island village of Tabaco City, reportedly died during the period.

As of January 21, Rempillo said the number of reported cases was down to only three, a considerable decline that the PHO is attributing to the concerted efforts of the provincial government, local government units and their respective public health service offices, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office, barangay officials and community volunteers.

The cooperation extended by parents in submitting their children to the immunization drive and in heeding all the other precautionary measures advised by the DOH and local health workers is one big contribution to this success, he added.

The anti-measles campaign in public schools launched early last month by the regional office for Bicol of the Department of Education (DepEd) based here also helped a lot, Rempillo noted.

According to DepEd Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede, the education department’s campaign is based on DepEd Memo No. 03 s.2014 recently issued by Education Secretary Armin Luistro “in response to the increase in the number of individuals contracting measles nationwide as per advisory of the DOH.”

School heads all over Bicol have been instructed to send home students exhibiting flu-like symptoms to rest and recuperate while DepEd is also asking schools to disseminate information about measles and immunization procedures as well as to report identified cases to concerned local health units, Abcede said.

They have also been advised to coordinate with the local government health units for the complete vaccination of children, he added.

Earlier in this city, Mayor Noel Rosal came out with an instruction directed to the City Health Office (CHO) for the conduct of precautionary measures such as the conduct of door-to-door immunization, targeting all eligible members of each household in the 70 barangays of the city.

Not a single case of measles has been reported from the city last month and “all we want is complete prevention,” Rosal said.

Dr. Fulbert Alec Gillego, the CHO chief, said his office is also conducting a massive information campaign through community assemblies, radio broadcasts and reading materials to heighten the awareness of local communities on the prevention and treatment of measles.

He explained that measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that causes fever, runny nose, cough and rash all over the body.

Measles is a treatable disease but deadly due to complications such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition, otitis media and encephalitis, if not treated promptly.

It could also cause blindness, according to Gillego, adding that it could also be prevented through immunization with measles vaccine.

Rempillo said that despite the dramatic decrease in measles cases, the PHO, in coordination with all the municipal and city health offices across the province, is proceeding with its conduct of mass immunization province-wide within this month to totally eliminate the threat of an outbreak that this highly contagious disease poses on the province.

The measure, he said, is also in respond to the advisory of the DOH to prioritize children aged below three years old especially in localities with laboratory-confirmed cases of measles within this month to intensify and fast track active immunization under its Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) program.

Surveillance data from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) show that most confirmed measles cases in 2013 were those involving persons aged thee years old and below.

DOH-Bicol is also conducting today (Monday) its catch-up vaccination campaign in all rural health centers regionwide. (PNA) LAP/FGS/DOC/CBD/
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UN kinondenar an polisiya kan Vatican manungod sa mga caso nin panlulugos kan mga padi sa mga aki

United Nations
United Nations

Malanit an naging pahayag kan United Nations (UN) manungod sa tratamiento kan Vatican sa mga caso nin panlulugos  kan mga miembro kan simbahan sa mga kaakian.

Segun sa report kan UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), dahil sa polisiyang pinapaotob kan Vatican, rinibong mga aki an naging biktima asin padagos na nagsasapo nin pangmomolestiya kan mga clerigo.

Tinuyaw kan comite an sistema kan simbahan na pagbalyo sana kan destino kan mga padi na sinasahutan nin panlulugos asin pangmomolestiya.

Inangat kan nasabing UN watchdog na tulus-tulos haklason sa serbisyo an gabos na padi na imbuelto o pigsusupechahan na nang-aabuso nin mga kaakian.

Dagdag pa kan komite, panahon nang iluwas kan simbahan sa publico an mga pangaran kan mga nagtabang na itago an mga panlulugos sa mga kaakian, imbes na depensahan pa an mga ini.

Mientrastanto, nagforma naman an Vatican nin komitiba tanganing matawan solusyon an nakakaalarmang problemang ini.

Inaasahan na ano mang oras, maluwas nin pormal na pahayag an Vatican manunggod sa kontrobersyal na UN report.
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Regional Training School 5 Public Safety Junior Leadership Course now open to applicants

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Training School 5 is now accepting applicants for Public Safety Junior Leadership Course, Class 2014-01.

This course is open for Police Officers 1, with two (2) years TIG and a PSBRC Graduate. The tentative opening of the course is on April 1, 2014 with fifty (50) target participants.

Interested applicants may submit the requirements to HRDDS not later than 5:00 P.M. on February 17, 2014 for  finalization of worksheet and screening based on the existing guidelines on schooling of personnel (PNP Circular Number 99-012) dated September 13, 1999. The documentary requirements are the following:

a. Unit Recommendation;
b. Personal Data Sheet;
c. Certificate of Training and Declaration of Graduates of Pre-requisite Course    (PSBRC);
d. Attested Latest Promotion Order and Appointment Order;
e. Clearance (RPHRDD-LOS and RIAS);
f. Affidavit of Undertaking of the Truthfulness of the documents submitted;
g. Eligibility for the next higher rank;
h. PER with a very satisfactory rating for two (2) consecutive semesters; and
i. Medical Certificate from RHS5 (Hepa B and C Test/Drug Test/NP Test/X-ray Result/ECG/Pregnancy Test for female applicants)

(PSSupt. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr.)
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Irigueño rider joins lead pack in Ronda Pilipinas International 2014

Top Irigueno cyclist Cris Joven
Top Irigueno cyclist Cris Joven
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"I will do my best to protect my lead," this was the statement of Irigueño cyclist Cris Joven, who is competing in the Ronda Pilipinas International 2014.

Ronda Pilipinas, considered as the biggest cycling tournament in the country, covers more than 2,000 kms through the island of Luzon.

Participants in this tournament come from different parts of the world.

At stake in the competition is a total cash prize of 8 million pesos.

As of press time, Joven, of Team 7-Eleven is at third place in the overall KOM leaders white jersey category, with 14 points. In second place is Mark John Lexer Galedo, another Filipino, and in the top spot is Peter Pouly, a French rider.

Joven again captured the attention of the cycling world when he topped the second leg of the ongoing competition.

In an earlier statement, he said that he dreams of becoming the fourth Bicolano to win the prestigious tournament.
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Rape of the innocents

The surrender of the prime suspect in the Angela Artita case reassured many that it is still possible to obtain a quick resolution for crimes in our society. Many saw it as a vital sign of the health of our justice system, possible proof that our current methods are still effective and relevant.

Yet in the grander scheme of things, the Artita incident is but one of the disturbingly large number of rape cases involving children in our country.

A PNP report released this week notes that just last year, there were 4,234 children who were raped. This is a 26 percent increase from the previous year’s figure, which was nonetheless high at 3,355.

Even more shocking is that many of these child rape victims were below the age of seven, a fact that the PNP says was not true in the past.

It must be pointed out that these already horrific numbers are just the cases that were recorded by the police. As studies have repeatedly exposed, a whopping 70 to 90 percent of rape cases go unreported. In other words, the 4,234 children who were rape victims may just be the so-called tip of the iceberg of an even more alarming number of actual rape cases.

With such appalling figures, it is worth asking whether it is correct to assume that our criminal justice system truly does work.

The answer, as the abovementioned figures so clearly show, is no.

The slow progress of most cases, the congested queues of pending cases in courts, the lack of lawyers, the frustratingly low number of convictions—all these are anathema to the notion of justice, which needs to be speedy to be true.

But while we display shock at learning the number of child rape cases, we are apathetic to hearing about the flaws of our justice system. Its failure at deterring crimes, it seems, we have already accepted as fact. So unsurprising is its inefficiency that we have stopped considering it outrageous to hear that yet another rape case has dragged on for decades.

Our complacence, however, will do nothing to change this system. Rather, it will even allow us to participate as an accomplice to the injustice. This injustice is suffered not only by the victims, but also the rest of society, which remains under constant threat from malevolent elements.

In this light, our very silence becomes violence. It turns into an affirmation of impunity, a “yes” to a society criminals roam free, while victims hide themselves in shame.

The problem, however is this: unless we speak up and exact change, we cannot truly demand for anything better.

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More bags of Vietnam rice now in Albay

ALBAYAround 658,000 bags of rice from Vietnam will be unloaded here today at the ports of Legazpi and Tabaco, according to NFA-Bicol Director Bernardo Asetre.

These bags will be distributed in the six provinces of the region, and will be stored as reserve at the warehouses in the regional office and barangays Arimbay and Gogon.

Last month, around 120,000 bags of rice also arrived in the port of Legazpi (With report from PIA).
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