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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Castillo is new Catanduanes police chief

Turnover of office ceremony of Catanduanes Provincial Police Office
SSupt. Adelio Benjamin G. Castillo has been formally installed by PNP Bicol Regional Director CSupt. Victor Pelota Deona as the new chief of the Catanduanes Provincial Police Office (CATPPO). 

Castillo replaced SSupt. Eduardo Chavez.

Castillo was formerly assigned at PNP National Headquarters at Camp Crame as chief of the UN Peacekeeping Operation Directorate. He graduated from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in 1988. Although originally from Baguio City, his first assignment after graduating from the Academy was at Camp Simeon Ola in Albay. It was there that he married a Bicolana and settled at Legazpi City.

Castillo said in his message that he hopes for Catanduanes to be the best provincial police station in the country. He also noted that he wanted the station to prevent and suppress crime, and sustain and enhance the PNP's current activities.
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Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair slated May 1 in Naga City

NAGA CITY—A Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair is scheduled at the Activity Center in SM City Naga here on May 1, Labor Day, according to DOLE-Bicol.

DOLE Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra
The government agency, in partnership with DOLE-RO V, DOLE Cam. Sur, Metro Naga PESO, SM, and ABS-CBN, promises to offer a wide range of job opportunities not only for fresh graduates but also for other jobseekers.

"A job fair is the cheapest and fastest way to find a job. This is what we want to offer here in Bicol," DOLE Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.

Lacambra said that they have ensured that the job fair this year is in conjunction with the theme, “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga, at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Manggagawang Pilipino”.

Lacambra added that apart from the Naga City job fair, another local and overseas job fair is scheduled in Labo, Camarines Norte on May 5 to 6.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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2 Bicolano kids in Little Miss Earth Philippines

Two kids from Bicol advanced to the top 20 finalists of the Little Miss Earth Philippines Pageant, out of 350 hopefuls all over the country. From right to left: Shaina Rodriguez, BICOL STANDARD Events Correspondent Anjo Santos, and Nichole Ann Bermas (Photo and report by Anjo Santos)
Nichole Ann Bermas and Shaina Rodriguez
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El Niño unlikely in Bicol this year, assures DA

PILI, CAMARINES SURRainfall condition in Bicol for the rest of summer will be above normal, rendering low the possibility of an El Niño phenomenon drying up farms in the region during the season, according to the regional office here of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

El Niño
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In its Seasonal Climate Outlook and Advisory (SCOA) from April to June, DA said that easterly wind, trough of low pressure areas, tail end of cold front and inter-tropical convergence zone are the dominant weather systems to affect the region during the period.

SCOA is a special project of the DA that intends to keep agricultural stakeholders in the region guided on the seasonal weather situation for more productivity.

The forecast May climate condition is in contrast with that of April, which registered below-normal rainfall average in the region, except in Masbate where way below normal condition prevailed while it is normal in Camarines Norte.

April’s low rainfall and increased temperature reduced crop yield, specifically in rain-fed and irrigated areas at the tail end of canals, Abelardo Bragas, the DA regional executive director on Thursday, said.

It also caused heat stress to livestock and poultry production, Bragas noted.

Reduced rainfall in April, however, favored harvesting as well as post-harvest processing of rice and corn but reduced yield on vegetables crops.

Meanwhile, pasture areas for small and large ruminants were also affected by dry days, specifically in the province of Masbate, the region’s cattle industry capital.

Under the climate outlook, which was based on the forecast issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geosciences and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for March to August 2014, DA is advising farmers in the region to plant early in May and June to be able to harvest before the typhoon season that usually occurs in September to November.

“Farmers should take advantage of the high moisture availability during these months,” Bragas advised.

PAGASA’s forecast rainfall analysis for May, he said, is at an average of 137 percent for the six provinces of Bicol with Camarines Norte getting the highest at 152.3 percent above the 100-percent normal condition and Catanduanes, the lowest at 124.3 percent.

Rainfall in Camarines Sur in the same month will be at 139.7 percent over the normal condition while Masbate, Albay and Sorsogon will have 143.5, 132.9 and 129.5 percent, respectively, according to PAGASA’s forecast.

Way above normal rainfall, Bragas warned, might cause a prevalence of chronic respiratory or bacteria diseases in poultry, hemorrhagic septicemia in large and small ruminants and pneumonia and diarrhea for swine.

In June, however, rainfall condition will be lower, reaching at a regional average of 95.8 percent against normal, with Camarines Norte still getting the highest at 110.4 percent and Masbate, the lowest, at 51.8 percent, the same forecast says.

This lowering in June of rainfall condition gives way to an increasing change (up to 50 percent) in the development of El Niño between July and September based on PAGASA’s El Niño/Southern Oscillation monitoring through its Climatology and Agrometeorology Branch.

It is under this situation that farmers should practice alternate wet and drying method in areas that could be affected by low rainfall condition to maximize the utilization of irrigation water, Bragas said.

They should also use early-maturing or drought-tolerant varieties or plant legumes like cowpea, winged bean, mung bean, watermelon, okra, squash and other crops that can tolerate below-normal rainfall and high temperature.

Fallow period must be practiced, if possible, in areas where the source of water for irrigation is difficult to rejuvenate the soil, Bragas said.

Vegetables growers, he said, should use mulch to conserve soil moisture and adopt Integrated Pest Management approach to control pest and disease infestation while livestock raisers must practice silage making to feed ruminants and provide enough drinking water during the dry months.

Animals should also be vaccinated to prevent disease occurrence, Bragas added.PNA
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Friday, April 25, 2014

EDITORIAL: Let it go?

Netizens were quick to sympathize with the employees of the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur who have had part of their salaries withheld to pay for the missing money of actor Derek Ramsay.
Many voiced out their indignation over the lack of due process, at how swift the Human Resources Office Head decided to withhold half of their meager salaries without first conducting a thorough investigation into where the money really went.
Let it go, or fight against injustice?
Photos from top right, clockwise: Derek Ramsay (TV5), CWC Cabana (CWC Website), and Elsa, the character who sang the Frozen theme song, "Let It Go."
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To us, however, it comes to no surprise that such is the action taken by the employers of the members of the housekeeping and Civil Security Unit groups. It isn’t, after all, the first time that employees of the Provincial Capitol were forced to pay for an item that had gone missing in the wakepark. There was a time once, according to the personal accounts of the employees, that the P50,000 cost of a lost DSLR camera had to come out of their pockets. It is worth noting that these employees earn around P6,000 a month, so that amount is no loose change for them. It is money that could have paid for their food or their children’s tuition.

Yet even less surprising is that save for the Commission on Human Rights, which came to the aid of the complaining employees by writing a letter to the governor, there seems to be little public clamor for justice. Apart from social media, where the comments sections become the site for seeking change, few people are engaging in discussions over this latest incident.

It is unsurprising because Camarinenses have grown accustomed to accounts of abuses in the Capitol: of stories of scalding coffee splashed against the faces of employees, of insults that some officials offer as breakfast to lowly workers, of plates smashed just because the flavor of the dish did not please the powers-that-be, of reports ripped because the facts and figures put the Capitol in a bad light. The public has gotten numb to these stories. Having lost their shock factor, they are reduced to fodder for gossip, the latest episode in a sadistic teleserye where the plot twists perpetually favor the antagonists.

A Disney song that is popular these days admonishes one to “Let it go,” to forgive and forget, to move on. But that is not the stance we must take as injustice once again seems to be on the verge of winning. This time, we must speak up for those who are silenced by sheer fear. Let us not wait for another act of abuse before we stand up for what is right.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Photos of Ang Sir Kong Pogi

Below are photos of Ang Sir Kong Pogi Pageant Night of the Albay Provincial Police Office. The winners were Police Inspector Jayrol Dagas Oribillo and Police Inspector Al Aaron Acollador Llagas. (Photos from Albay Provincial Police Office)

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Cagsawa bus driver surrenders to cops

The driver of the Cagsawa Travel and Tours bus that rammed into a tree yesterday afternoon has surrendered to the police, reports indicate.

The driver, identified as Alejandro Reyes, blamed the slippery road as the cause of the accident.

It had been raining yesterday in the area of Barangay Pasay, Del Gallego, where the accident occurred.
The bus was from Legazpi City and heading to Manila.

Around 10 to 15 passengers were hurt in the crash.

Those injured have been taken to a hospital in Tagkawayan, Quezon for treatment.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM 

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Opinion: Violence against teachers: A national crisis in silence

Violence Against Women (VAW) is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.  These are forms of abuses:  Physical Violence is any physical action toward another person (pushing, hitting, whipping, throwing, slapping and spanking) that can produce bruises, broken homes and broken lives.  When another human being hits a person, it is demeaning, it is a message of worthlessness and the victim may think, “I’m not good:  hence, I deserve to be hit.”  It creates tremendous burden on the person’s ability to cope with life.  Emotional Violence is far more than the usual cursing, blaming, threatening and manipulating.  It is putting her down or making her feel bad about herself.  Its scars go as deep as physical wounds and actually take longer to heal.  This is not directly observable but can have long-lasting effects on the personality of the victim.  Verbal Abuse can become a prison, a humiliation and deprivation, conversations that tear down self-esteem; calling her names.  Economic Abuse is trying to keep her from getting or keeping a job; making her ask for money; giving her allowance; taking her money; controlling the financial aspects of the family.  Sexual Abuse is making her do sexual acts against her will; marital rape; forcing unwanted and sadistic sexual acts; treating her as a sex object; physically attacking the sexual parts of her body; making demeaning and sexually suggestive remarks (source:womens_desk@yahoo.com).

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our nation.  Ever since, teachers are considered builders of professionals, because without them there can be no Engineers, Lawyers, Architects, Educators, Priests, CPA’S, Doctors, Nurses, Policemen, etc.  That’s why teachers are respected highly by the entire community.  People respect the authority in uniform at school.  Wherever there is a meeting to form an organization in the community or in the church during fiestas, the presence of teachers are well appreciated.  When election comes, teachers are the front lines to facilitate the votation for candidates from local to national elections.  Sometimes teachers neglect their own families just to give quality service to the school they are assigned to.  Even their own salaries intended for  their families are being sliced down just for their pupils to have a conducive environment for learning.

Teachers are facing so many DepEd orders to be strictly followed.  There are orders like “No Corporal Punishment”, “No Collection Policy” that if not followed, teachers will be facing administrative cases which can be a ground for dismissal and imprisonment.
Why is it that the laws and orders being implemented are all for the protection of the pupils and parents alone and on the other hand it’s all against the teachers?  Do teachers have no feelings?  Are teachers not human?  Many teachers of today are victimized.  School violence may be related to teacher victimization. All educators are at risk! How big is the problem?   According to a survey, each year, 253,100 (7%) teachers are threatened with injury. By school level 139,400 (55%) in secondary schools and 113,700 (45%) in elementary schools.  By gender- 78,500 (31%) are male teachers and 174,500 (69%) are female teachers.  Each year, 127,500 (3%) of teachers are physically attacked by students (National Survey in S/Y 2003-2004) not to include survey cases of teachers physically attacked by parents.

What about cases faced by the teachers during and after election period?  Receiving subpoena to appear nervously in the trial court and being interrogated by the lawyers on the manners of voting done in the precinct just to satisfy the complaint of a losing candidate.  Teachers are accused or judged of dishonesty.  There was an incidence that a teacher being interrogated was pregnant and because of nervousness her baby inside her womb became critical and almost had a miscarriage.  With these circumstances, teachers are violated emotionally.

There are still martyr teachers of today who are violated by their husbands.  Teachers suffer from physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse from their husbands.  After a day’s very tiring work, when they come home,  the husband who is unemployed and engaged in many vices like drinking liquor, smoking, using illegal drugs or getting into relationships with other women, mistreats his exhausted wife.  There are teachers who become punching bags of their husbands when they are drunk. There are men who are very proud to marry a teacher not because of the dignity of her work, but of the monthly salary he will be receiving from her wife, being the cashier of his wife who is a teacher.  How pitiful those teachers  are to have this kind of life!  Fortunate are those teachers with responsible and loving husbands, who give moral support and comfort to the tired teacher at the end of the day.

It is really true that teachers are the unsung heroes.  Despite of the family problems she has, still she reports to the school to render her service as if no problem or trouble was encountered.
It’s now time for the government especially the Department of Education to give orders and laws solely for the protection and privileges of the teachers so that they are not victimized and violated in and out of the school premises.  Nowadays, more and more skillful and reliable teachers are leaving the country for two reasons: to seek greener pastures and to be free from threats of the pupils and the parents respectively.  But only a few of them fortunately land on educational institutions, because the majority of them end up as care givers, nannies, and house hold helpers.  Really, what a waste and  a shame it is!

There is a need to call the attention of our legislators.  We, all the teachers, are knocking at your doorsteps to wake you up, that the future of the teachers and educators that will hone your children is in your hands.  Let’s put the teachers on a pedestal where they are safeguarded, respected and in a stress-free environment.  So that we, the teachers and educators, can really focus and concentrate on executing our duties and obligations by giving a quality education to your children,  and honing them to become a great leader in the future, because we all believe, “Children of Today will be the Future of this Nation“.  Parents, accept the facts that no matter how serious and dedicated teachers of today to educate and prepare your children to be a good leader someday, but no cooperation from the parents by not allowing the teachers to discipline their children, all those teachers dedication, effort and sacrifices, will be futile.  Pupil, do understand these, that everyday, the primary concern of your teachers in school is to give you the proper educations to be able to journey the right path for you to reach your goal in life, to attain a good and abundant future. Throw away this detestation and replace them with great amity for your teachers by asking your parents to be truly compliant with your teachers for you to achieve your dreams into reality.  Teachers, Pupils, and Parents must whole heartedly collaborative with each other to make this world a better place to live in.

Let us congratulate and commend all the teachers for their dedication and commitment to their profession!  Long live the teachers!

by Genevieve O. Oh Pimentel
School Principa
Causip Elementary School
Bula, Camarines Sur

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Opinion: To end VFA is to uphold sovereignty

As Karapatan and BAYAN lead a protest action on the next few days, Vince Casilihan of Karapatan-Bikol expresses the organization’s anxieties. He bewails that each single moment that the government pays no heed to various sectors’ clamor to repeal the VFA, the danger of US military equipment and machinery smashing into Philippine territory heightens at a recurrent basis.


Casilihan said, “Within just weeks, Philippine sovereignty has been trampled by the US military, what with the US Navy drone recovered in Masbate in January 6, and just recently the trespassing of the USS Guardian in Philippine waters. Who knows what other US military vessel or aircraft will come crashing in the next days?”

Casilihan refers to the January 6 recovery of a US Navy drone in Masbate that has enraged nationalistic Filipinos and intensified calls that PNoy’s regime uphold Philippine sovereignty and junk the unjust VFA. “It is every Filipino’s right to live in a sovereign country free from foreign military infringement,” said Casilihan.

The VFA allows, among others, unhampered mobility for US troops, and has for more than a decade served damaging to the people’s interests. According to Casilihan, news reports, as well as accounts from people’s organizations, have exposed far-reaching transgressions of US armed forces. “Their Balikatan exercises and covert military operations have killed civilians and have damaged homes and properties. They dump their waste into our waters, clouded our skies with their drones, and have now rammed into our protected reefs. VFA destroys not just human life but also spoils the environment. The people have nothing to gain from this hideous VFA – at the very least vulnerability and human rights is at stake.

Moreover, Karapatan-Bikol reiterates PNoy’s servility to US interests. Casilihan protests PNoy’s lackluster attitude in confronting US authorities on the latter’s violation of Philippine laws. “PNoy the ultimate puppet salivates on the World’s No. 1 Bully’s And to this, PNoy turns a blind eye.

In closing, Casilihan accentuates the primacy of VFA’s abolition. According to him, not only US arrogance brought about by a decade of VFA would be done away with, and the environment be protected. “Not only would we be free from US military encroachment, but most of all, Philippine sovereignty – our dignity as a people – shall be ennobled,” concludes Casilihan.

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Ina, tinadtad taga kan saiyang aki

NABUA, CAMARINES SUR—Mayong herak na tinadtad nin taga an sarong 67 anyos na ina kan saiya man sanang carnal na aki sa barangay Malawag sa banwaan na ini.

Victima sa nasambit na krimen iyo si Norma Daza y Silvano, balo, mantang an suspechado iyo si Ronan Silvano y Daza, 27 anyos, aki kan victima.

Mantang isinusurat an baretang ini, dae pa natutugkad kan mga imbestigastor an rarom kan kaagutang kan aki sa saiyang ina, na iyo an nagtulod sa saiya para magibo kan makangirhat na krimen.

Nagkapirang harararom na taga sa iba-ibang parte kan lawas kan victima an nagcausa kan saiyang tulos na kagadanan.

An suspechado kapot naman ngonian kan mga awtoridad asin yaon na sa hepatura kan Nabua Municipal Police Station.

Si PO1 Garry A. Daza an nagdara kan sucpechado sa municipio kan Nabua.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Largest beached sperm whale in PH gets buried

The local government unit of Barcelona in Sorosogon is doing its best effort in removing the decomposing sperm whale which was found off the coast of Sitio Agoho around the boundaries of barangays Poblacion Sur and Luneta.

Photo by Kristine Kit Ten Camposano
Reports said that the carcass of the mammal was too heavy to be hauled away from the place and buried. Thus, authorities agreed to chop its carcass and bury it part by part in the ocean.

The sperm whale measured 19.8 by 8.9 meters.

Said whale was found last week, but its removal was delayed because of the unfavorable weather conditions and the high tide.

It would be recalled that residents had been complaining of the stench of the mammal, which was already in an advanced state of decomposition, according to authorities.

Meanwhile, Chief of Marine Fisheries Resource Management Section at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Nonie Enolva said that when the beached whale was examined, around a hundred thousand to a million of giant squid beaks were found in its large intestine.

“Although I’m not conclusive that it could have caused a bezoar on the animal, it has, I surmise, somehow led to decreased gastric motility,” said Enolva.

In other words, the whale could have had difficulty excreting because of the enormous number of squid beaks, she added.

She also explained that “decreased gastric motility in the animal may lead to loss of appetite and eventually hunger, emaciation and death.”

However, Enolva clarified that these are only their team’s analysis, and is not conclusive.

Enolva also noted that thus far, this is the largest giant sperm whale that had been stranded in the country. They therefore had recommended that its bones be preserved for educational purposes.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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Rally vs. Balikatan

Militant groups hold a rally against the holding of the PH-US Balikatan Exercises in Albay. They claim that the presence of the troops from the United States is a threat to national sovereignty. (Photo: Bicolana Gabriela)
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10 injured in Cagsawa Travel and Tours bus accident in CamSur

CAMARINES SUR--At least ten people were reported to be injured in a bus accident involving a Cagsawa Travel and Tours bus plying the Bicol-Manila route at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon today.

The accident occurred in Del Gallego town here where the bus reportedly crashed against a tree.

Roads this afternoon have been slippery, observers say, because rain has been pouring in the area during the latter part of the afternoon.

Meanwhile, reports say that the ten who were injured have already been rushed to a hospital in Tagkawayan, Quezon for medical assistance.

Just last week, five people were killed and 15 were injured when an A. Bragais Liner bus rammed against a parked truck.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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NAPOCOR acquires gensets for Catanduanes power plant

The National Power Corporation (Napocor) has earlier this week a 47-million peso contract to Frontier Power Technologies represented by its General Manager/Owner Miguel S. Kaquilala for the supply, delivery and installation of three 1000 kW generating sets for the Marinawa Diesel Power Plant (DPP) in Bato, Catanduanes.

Napocor
The new generating sets will replace the plant’s two 1,224 kW units that have been in use for the last 17 years and are expected to make sure that the 43, 677 households of the province will have sufficient power supply especially during summer where the province’s hydroelectric plants have reduced generation.

 “It is part of Napocor’s mission to not only electrify the remotest islands in the country but also to improve our facilities to better serve our customers,” said President Sta. Rita.

The Marinawa DPP is one of the 298 NPC- Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) areas in the country. Its generated power is distributed by the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative (FICELCO). (Napocor)
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Casureco I announces power service interruption

A power service interruption April 24, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM has been announced by Casureco I.

The affected areas are Barangay Concepcion and part of Barangay San Juan in Libmanan.

The reason for the brownout is the relocation of the pole at Concepcion.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Archbishop Tria Tirona celebrates 40th year of priesthood

Archdiocese of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona kisses an image of Jesus as he celebrated his 40th year of priesthood last Monday. (Photo: Archdiocese of Caceres)

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Naga City Public Poetry Project continues with free lecture on Bicol poetics

NAGA CITY—A free lecture-writeshop on Bicol poetics by homegrown writer Jose Jason L. Chancoco will be given this Friday at the Richie Fernando Hall, Ateneo de Naga University.

Naga City Library Public Poetry Project
Naga City Library Public Poetry Project
The lecture, which is organized by the Ateneo Literary Association in cooperation with AdNU-POEM, is titled “Pagsasatubuanan: A Lecture-Writeshop on Bikol Poetics.”

Registration begins at 8:30 in the morning, while the lecture proper will take place between 9:00 to 10:00 AM. A writing activitiy and mini-workshop follows the lecture at 11:00 to 12:00 noon.

In the afternoon, a public poetry reading and performance is also slated at 3:30-4:00 at the same venue.
Lastly, a short film on poetry, along with performances by groups like The Super Poet Genome Project Band will entertain the participants.

Poet Chancoco has been organizing initiatives such as these for several years. Just last month, his group read and discussed poems by Filipino author Cirilo Bautista at the Naga City Public Library.—With report from Jose Jason L. Chancoco/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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(UPDATED) 10 Bicolanos travelled with MERS-CoV-positive nurse

NAGA CITY—The Bicol Medical Center (BMC) received a directive from the Department of Health (DOH) Central Office to attend to passengers from the Etihad Airways Flight No. EY0424 who may or may not exhibit symptoms of the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (CoV).
This was confirmed by Dr. Felipe Frederico Pio in an exclusive interview by BICOL STANDARD.

The BMC Information Officer said that “We are obliged to get the passengers of the flight a nasal and throat swab even if they do not show symptoms of the viral illness.”

He added, “All communications are from the DOH Central office as to the data and statistics. Rest assured that we will inform you the soonest when we get memos from DOH central.”

Meanwhile, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Bicol Director Jocelyn Hapal said that ten of the 415 passengers who were on the Etihad Airways Flight No. EY0424 were Bicolanos.

Among the ten Bicolanos, four are from Camarines Sur; three are from Albay; and one is from Camarines Norte. Two more, whose provincial addresses in Bicol were not disclosed, stayed in Manila, while the rest returned to Bicol.

The aforementioned flight came from the United Arab Emirates and arrived in Manila last April 15.

With the ten Bicolanos on the trip was the Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS CoV. A subsequent test, however by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City, yielded negative results.

Earlier, the DOH explained that the MERS-CoV is not the same virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. First reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, the illness is similar to the coronavirus found in bats.

The DOH has repeatedly reminded Filipinos that there are a number of ways by which one may prevent getting MERS-CoV. Among these are frequent handwashing, avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, covering one’s mouth and nose with tissue paper when one sneezes, regularly cleaning frequently-touched surfaces, and ensuring that children follow these precautions.

UPDATE: A report just came in that at least two passengers of the Etihad Airways flight from Naga City who came home are quarantined at the Bicol Medical Center. They are now being attended to by the staff of said DOH hospital.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Balikatan 2014 unfolds in Albay

The Albay Provincial Police Office has started the five-day seminar on First Responder and Rescue Techniques jointly with the team from Joint Force Protection, Task Force Balikatan 2014, Humanitarian and Civic Assistance, headed by Major Kate Flocke. (Albay Provincial Police Office)






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A. Bragais Liner gets suspended

A. Bragais Liner, the company that owns the bus that rammed against a parked Isuzu truck just got slapped with a suspension from the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) today.

5 killed in Cubao-Tabaco bus, truck crash. Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
Reports say that it was the accident that caused its suspension.

It will be recalled that last week, five people were killed while 15 were injured in the bus that was bound for Tabaco City in Albay.

The accident happened along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Bikal in Libmanan at around 4:30 in the morning.

Among those who died due to the accident were Alexander Belen of Bacacay Albay, Arnel Daguyo, Kevin Daguyo, Jason Bonita and Cindy Garcia.

Meanwhile, the driver of the bus, Joey Bermas y Budica was injured.

Earlier, the company assured the victims that it will extend assistance to those who died or were injured by the mishap.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Binibining Camarines Norte winners crowned

The most beautiful ladies in Camarines Norte this 2014 have been announced during the Search for Binibining Camarines Norte 2014.


Binibining Camarines Norte is Euna Anne Gallardo of Daet; Binibining Bantayog 2014 is Regine Emmanuelle Mas of Daet; Binibining Tourism 2014 is Elvira Janila of Capalonga; 1st Runner-up is Rose Ann Luzuriaga of San Vicente, and 2nd Runner-up is Joyce Bacili of Vinzons.

The beauty pageant is part of the roster of activities for this year's Bantayog Festival, which celebrates the first monument to Rizal in the Philippines as well as the province's foundation anniversary.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Tanod sa Tinambac, binadil gadan mantang nagroronda

TINAMBAC, CAMARINES SUR—Gadan na kan mag-abot sa ospital an sarong barangay tanod sa Barangay Buyo sa banwaan na ini alas 11:30 kasubanggi kan ini badilon kan dai pa midbid na persona.
Sa pahayag kan Tinambac PNP, an tanod na si Allan Abiog, 33, nagroronda sa sarong madiklom na lugar sa Sitio Sta. Ana kan mangyari an insidente.


Kasubanggi kaya, nagseselebrar nin kafiestahan an nasambit na lugar.

Afuerta kan tanod, nadamay sa insidente an duwa pang persona, na sinda Allan Abiog, 33, asin sarong 17 anyos na menor de edad na nagraralakaw kasunod kan tanod.


Dinara man tulos an mga victima sa Tinambac Infirmary Hospital, alagad binawian nan in buhay si Abiog bago pa ini maka-abot duman.—Report ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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CSur Capitol workers slam try to ground wages

DEREK RAMSAY MISSING MONEY ISSUE

NAGA CITY—At least 46 employees of the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur are crying for justice as they claim to have been forced to admit to reveal where actor Derek Ramsay’s cash ended up after it went missing last week at the Camarines Sur Wakeboard Complex (CWC), a report aired over local radio station DWNX said.

Left: Derek Ramsay photo TV5; Right: CWC Cabana, photo by CWC
The group is composed of 36 members of the housekeeping unit and 10 members of the Civil Security Unit (CSU).

Missing money?

In the primetime program of Grace Inocentes and Ed Ventura, the complaining employees narrated that Ramsay checked in the wood cabin of the Provincial Capitol on April 4, along with 10 other actors as VIP guests. Among his companions were Carlos Agassi, Jestoni Alarcon and Dennis Padilla.
Ramsay checked out the facility April 5 without mention of anything missing.

On April 7, however, two days after Ramsay left, the Chief of the Civil Security Unit Jojo Musa, along with resort manager Mr. Armando Agusto, talked to the housekeeping and CSU employees regarding Ramsay’s allegedly missing cash. Said money amounted to $6,900 to $7,000 or about P296,700 to P301,000 in Philippine money.

According to the account of the employees, the Head of the Office of Human Resources, Marjorie Lizaso talked to them to ask whether they knew where the money was. Lizaso was quoted in saying that if anyone stole the money he or she should come forward, or else their salaries would be withheld to pay for the missing amount.

The employees said that they did not know where the money was. Fearing that their salaries would be withheld, they thus approached the office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to seek for assistance.

CHR letter

Atty. Donnah H. Federico-Madrona, Officer-in-Charge of the CHR Naga City Sub-Office took action by writing a letter to Governor Miguel Villafuerte, and Marjorie Lizaso, regarding the complaint of the employees.

The letter reads: “A group of provincial government employees covered by individual MOAs had complained before this office regarding the refusal of your human resource office to release their salaries for the period March 16-31, 2014. Allegedly, when they inquired from said concerned office, they were advised that their salaries would be withheld until they admitted the whereabouts of the missing money of their guest Derek Ramsay who claimed to have lost $6,900 to $7,000 while on vacation last April 4-5, 2014.

These employees are assigned to the housekeeping department and they were categorically made liable for the loss without due process. We therefore request your office to look into this matter as the basic rights of these lowly workers are at stake.”

Meanwhile, several attempts were made to get the side of the persons named in the CHR letter, particularly Agusto and Lizaso. However, both could not be reached. Employees from their office said that they would just return the call since both were allegedly attending meetings. In another attempt, they said that they were out for lunch.

On the part of the employees, they said before, it had already happened that salaries of CWC employees were forcibly withheld when a foreign national reported to have lost a DSLR camera. Said camera was valued at around P50,000.

An employee who is part of the group of 46 housekeeping and CSU workers believes that the entire group will be terminated because the incident leaked into the media.

“Ayaw kasi nilang malaman ng mga tao ang mga totoong nangyayari sa CWC [It’s because they don’t want people to know what is really happening at CWC],” the employee said, her voice trembling and her hands shaking during the interview.

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Lalaki gadan sa 4 na saksak

SAN FERNANDO, CAMARINES SUR—Huli kan mainit na diriskusyonan mantang yaon sa lamesa nin irinuman, sarong lalaki an tinadokan nin apat na saksak, na iyong naging casusa kan saiyang kagadanan.
Si Alex Capin y Sibulo kan barangay Alianza, sa banwaan na ini, susug sa report, kahampang an nagkapirang lalaki sa sarong irinoman kan magbungkaras an diskusyon.

San Fernando, Camarines Sur
Dae naghaloy, inusolan siya nin saksak kan suspechadong si Rogelio Benosa y Regidor, na nagtama sa saiyang lawas.

An incidente nangyari sa laog mismo kan harong ni Vito Carillo sa zona 5 sa barangay na ini.
An imbestigasyon nag sasabi na marikas na nagdulag an suspechado pasiring sa bukid na parte kan barangay.

An mga awtoridad naghahanap pa sagkod ngonian kan kaggibo kan krimen, mantang an victima nakahutad sa St. Peter Funaral Parlor sa barangay Bonifacio digdi.


Si Police Senior Inspector Victor Azuela, an acting chief of police kan San Fernando, an nagsugo man tulos nin mga tawohan para mahanap an responsible sa krimen.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Nantutok nin kawatan na badil-badil, sinangatan nin caso

TINAMBAC, CAMARINES SUR—Paglapas sa Codigo Penal kan Pilipinas an asuntong aatubangon ni Jessie Prila kan banwaan na ini huli sa pagtutok nin kawatan na badil-badil na gibo sa plastic na may magazine na an laog na bala, perdigones.

Tinambac, Camarines Sur
Photo: Wikipedia
An incidente nangyari sa barangay La Medalla.

An caso criminal na Direct Assault an isinangat na reklamo contra ki Prila ni Terso Piolino y de los Santos, sarong tanod sa barangay sa barangay na nasambit.

Si Prila na taga Tamban, 24 anyos an edad.

Susog sa pagsiyasat, si Prila grabe an kaburatan kan gibohon an pagtutok sa tanod kan gamit na “badil-badil.”

An tanod, sa ibong na lado yaon sa saiyang trabaho, kan pamporansangan kan suspechado.

An pangyayare ipinaabot sa tulos sa atensyon kan mga awtoridad ni Barangay Kagawad Janet Melgar.

Mientrastanto, marikas an naging pagresponde kan mga awtoridad sa sumbong kan consejal na iyo an naging dalan sa pag-abot kan mga awtoridad.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Two Bicolanas make it to Little Miss Earth Philippines top 20

Two Bicolanas made it to the top 20 finalists of the Little Miss Earth Philippines beauty pageant.


Maeca Nicole Bermas and Shaina Rodriguez, both of Naga City, were chosen out of 356 regional candidates, which were further trimmed down to 125 later.

The top 20 were announced just now at the preliminaries at the Manila Ocean Park.

Little Miss Earth Philippines is an advocacy oriented beauty pageant that aims to encourage Filipinos to conserve and preserve our natural resources. -- by Anjo Santos/Bicolstandard.com

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Huge sperm whale found dead off Barcelona, Sorsogon coast

NAGA CITY—A 19.8 by 8.9 meter sperm whale was found dead off the shore of Barangay Luneta, Barcelona, Sorsogon last week by residents of the same area.

Said residents reportedly complained of the stench of the whale, which was already in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Photo by Kristine Kit Ten Camposano
Photo by Kristine Kit Ten Camposano
A joint team composed of representatives from the local government unit of Barcelona, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) immediately went to the area to inspect the whale, which they found in an advanced stage of decomposition. However, they could not immediately pinpoint its cause of death.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lani Misalucha swaps urban jungle for Itbog Falls in CamSur

CAMARINES SUR—Lani Misalucha opted for a refreshing, quiet observance of the Holy Week in Buhi town here recently, her Facebook posts reveal. Manila-born Misalucha, in her posts, was visibly delighted "to be back after so many years" in the region. 

The photos she posted show that she passed by ricefields and carabaos—a world of a difference from the concert stages and studio lights to which she is accustomed because of her profession.

Lani Misalucha visits Itbog Falls in Buhi, Camarines Sur
Quoting fellow songstress Sylvia Latorre, Misalucha said of the views that greeted her: "Sa kabukiran, walang kalungkutan!"
Lani Misalucha visits Itbog Falls in Buhi, Camarines Sur
The singer and a few companions’ destination was Itbog Falls, a cascade of water which is also called Twin Falls.

Misalucha described the falls as “beautiful” and “enchanting,” and later as “malipot,” the Bicol word for cold.

Most of her accounts are lighthearted, such as her quip, “Balak ko sanang mag two piece. Chos! Two piece ka dyan! Gubat yan noh!”

Others, however, expose her humility: “Ang mala magsasaka kong mga paa,” she noted, referring to her muddy feet, “So i won't slip, i took off my flip flops and walked for over half an hour bare foot on a muddy, rocky, feet poking trail just to see the Itbog Falls.”

Misalucha said that it was the first time that she visited Itbog Falls, and was only there for vacation.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong or Encuentro at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes
Photos by Philippine Information Agency

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes
Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes
Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes
Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes
Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

Salubong at Virac Cathedral, Catanduanes

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Naga City Youth Officials 2014 take oath

Naga City Youth Officials take their oath before the public. In the photo are Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat (front rightmost) City Youth Mayor 2014 Rica Rose Pacardo (front leftmost), City Youth Vice Mayor 2014 Joriza Novio (middle, front) and the eleven City Youth Councilors 2014 (back). (Photo: Naga City Youth via Naga Smiles to the World)
From left: City Youth 2nd Councilor Paulene Toledano; City Youth Mayor Rica Rose Pacardo; City Youth 3rd Councilor Marifloriann Perez; City Youth Administrator Francisco Formalejo, Jr. (Naga City Youth via Naga Smiles to the World)
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Bicol to host 3 int’l tourism confabs in May

LEGAZPI CITY—Bicol plays host to three international tourism events this coming month of May. The region was selected by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization to be the venue of three conferences.
Mayon Volcano
Photo: PNA
Said events include the 40th Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Three National Tourism Organizations on May 15 to 17; the 26th Joint Meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization Commissions for East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia on May 18; and the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (UNWTO-ASEAN) Conference on Tourism and Climate Change on May 19-20.

Said events will be held in Albay, where the local government has partnered with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the ASEAN.

Meanwhile, the tourism conventions also coincide with the Philippines-US Balikatan Exercise 2014 which is set to begin here tomorrow, April 21.

It is estimated that some 1,000 officials from 21 countries in the continent will participate in the tourism events.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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