Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

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, May 31, 2014

Rep. Fortuno sponsors bill qualifying punong barangays to administer oath of office

The House of Representatives has approved on final reading the measure empowering the Punong barangay to administer the oath of office to any government official, including the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Rep. Salvio Fortuno (5th District, Camarines Sur)
"This is in recognition of the very important role of the Punong barangay in the political structure of government," Rep. Salvio Fortuno (5th District, Camarines Sur), main author of HB 2729, stressed.

The measure was passed by plenary by a vote of 195 affirmative with no negative vote and no abstention.

Fortuno expressed his appreciation to the support for the measure during plenary debates until its third and final reading approval last May 21st given by his colleagues, especially chairperson Marlyn L. Primicias-Agabas of the Committee on Revision of Laws who is also co-author of the measure.

HB 2729 further amends Section 41 of Executive Order No. 292, otherwise known as the Administrative Code of 1987, as amended.

The author recalled the euphoria generated by the pronouncement after election in 2010 of then President-apparent Benigno Simeon Aquino III to take his oath before a punong barangay in his hometown in Tarlac has brought to the fore the issue as to whether or not thepunong barangay can administer the oath to the highest official of the land.

"The great enthusiasm experienced by punong barangays at that time had practically been doused with cold water when several legal luminaries expressed their legal views that thepunong barangay has no power to administer oath except "in connection with any matter relating to all proceedings in the implementation of the katarungang pambarangay."

Fortuno said that, when enacted into law, the proposed amendment should give elected officials, including the President of the Republic, an appropriate choice on who among the public officials would administer one's oath of office.

Section 41 of E.O. No. 292, or the Administrative Code of 1987 is hereby further amended to read as follows:

"Section. 41 Officers Authorized to Administer Oath. The following officers have general authority to administer oaths: President; Vice President, Members and Secretaries of both Houses of Congress; Members of the Judiciary; Secretaries of Departments; Provincial governors and Vice governors; city mayors; municipal mayors; punong barangays; bureau directors; regional directors; clerk of courts’ registrars of deeds; other civilian officers in public service of the government of the Philippines whose appointments are vested in the President and are subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments; all other constitutional officers; PAO lawyers in connection with the performance of duty and notaries public." (by Dionisio P. Tubianosa, Media Relations Service-PRIB)

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Albay BM Riva may run for congressional seat

ALBAY--As the 2016 election nears, the political scene in Albay begins to heat up. A realignment of forces seems to be in the offing.
Clockwise from top left: Cong. Fernando Gonzalez, Board Member Ric Riva, Gov. Joey Salceda, Cong. Al Francis Bichara
Despite the earlier pronouncement by Albay third district Congressman Fernando Gonzalez that he is running for re-election, political supporters are pushing for him to run for the position of governor.

If this happens, Board Member Ric Riva said that he would be running for congressman in the third congressional district.

Over Facebook, Riva trumpeted: “IF EVER CONG. GONZALEZ DECIDES TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF ALBAY IN THE NEXT ELECTION, I WILL RUN FOR CONGRESSMAN IN THE 3RD DISTRICT OF ALBAY.

This has been thought of and prayed for repeatedly and the finality of this intention comes with it the promise to serve the people larger in scope and deeper in sincerity through rural development and to continue projects which have been spearheaded by us during this term.”

It will be recalled that both Congressman Gonzalez and incumbent Governor Joey Salceda confirmed that they will be running for Congressman on the same social media website.

As of press time, it could not, however, be ascertained whether Salceda is running in the same district where Gonzalez is the incumbent representative.

Although Salceda is a resident of the town of Polangui, he has a house in Legazpi City. The governor could adopt the latter as his new residence, owing to the recent political developments in the province.

The only indication that Salceda would run in the second district is if he transfers his registration as voter from the third to the second district.

Meanwhile, as this developed, second district congressman Al Francis Bichara has reportedly shifted his political gear. Bichara is allegedly eyeing the gubernatorial seat, a position which he previously held.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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(UPDATED) New Naga COP eyes 'inside job' in holdup incident

NAGA CITY--Just hours after his assumption as the new OIC City Director of the Naga City Police Office, Police Senior Supt. Filmore Escobal already took part in an investigation of a holdup incident that is believed to be an inside job.

Money recovered from one of the employees of KLT Trading (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)
Initial reports reveal that KLT Trading, a distributor of grocery items and other merchandise, had been said to be the victim of repeated holdup incidents over the past few months.

Last night at around 9 o'clock, another holdup incident involving the establishment was reported.

During the investigation, the new Naga City Chief of Police requested for a re-enactment of the incident.

Suspicions of an inside job arose when the employees of the establishment gave purportedly conflicting accounts of the holdup.

When the employees were frisked, it was allegedly discovered that the P30,000 that was reported missing was right inside their pockets.

Said investigation is expected to put an end to the repeated reports of holdup to which the employees claimed to have fallen victim.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act: What you need to know

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act: What you need to know

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act: What you need to know

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act: What you need to know

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act: What you need to know

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Friday, May 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Gov. Lee explains suspension from office

Gov. Lee explains suspension from office in a press conference
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Gov. Lee explains suspension from office in a press conference
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Gov. Lee explains suspension from office in a press conference
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MT Villanueva Avenue (Liboton St.) in Naga City closed to traffic

MT Villanueva Avenue (Liboton St.) in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
NAGA CITY--Inconvenience will certainly be felt during the opening of classes as MT Villanueva Avenue (formerly Liboton St.) is closed to traffic.

The closure is due to the rehabilitation, construction and improvement of the damaged pavement.

Reports say that the street will be opened after the curing period, which is about 20 days to a month.

MT Villanueva is one of the busiest streets in the city. Along the avenue are two schools, Camarines Sur National High School and Naga College Foundation. (by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


MT Villanueva Avenue (Liboton St.) in Naga City
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MT Villanueva Avenue (Liboton St.) in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard

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Malinao cops continue charitable acts

ALBAY—In an effort to bring the police closer to the heart of the constituents, elements of Malinao Municipal Police Station under the supervision of PSI Arthur R. Gomez, OIC, launched a program to reach out to more indigent members of the community.

Yesterday, the group gave school supplies and served snacks to several indigent children from Barangay Diaro, Malinao.

PSI Arthur R. Gomez, OIC Malinao Municipal Police Station
Photo from Malinao Municipal Police Station
Gomez said that he hopes that the effort will make the children perceive police officers as friends, protectors and role models. In turn, he hopes that this positive perception will inspire the children to become law-abiding citizens.

It is not the first time that Malinao Municipal Police Station was recognized for its outreach activities. Previously, Gomez led a team of police officers in giving two children a rechargeable lamp, after they were spotted studying by the light of streetlamps. The act captured the attention of the public, including PNP Regional Director Victor Deona, who gave the gradeschoolers and their father a pedicab with which they could earn a living.

Gomez, in an earlier interview by BICOL STANDARD, revealed that they recognize these initiatives as part of their commitment to serve the community.

He also promised to look for other deserving recipients of their assistance.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Malinao cops continue charitable acts
Photo from Malinao Municipal Police Station

Malinao cops continue charitable acts
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Gov. Lee explains suspension from office

SORSOGON CITY—Governor Raul R. Lee called for a press conference today at the Capitol Training Center to announce to the public his voluntary submission to the preventive suspension order relative to Criminal Case No. SB-11-Crm-0036 to 0039 for Violation of RA No 3019 sec 3(e) and (g).

It will be recalled that Lee submitted a letter to Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas regarding the preventive suspension order.

In said letter, Lee said that he was voluntarily submitting himself to the preventive suspension order for a period of ninety (90) days effective June 1, 2014 until August 29, 2014.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Casureco II announces June 1 brownout

Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II) has announced that there will be a power service interruption on June 1, Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

CASURECO II. BICOL STANDARD FILE PHOTO
The affected areas include part of Del Rosario, Cararayan, San Isidro, Pacol, Carolina, Panicuason, Palestina, part of Cadlan and San Antonio, Milaor.

The reason, according to the distribution facility, is "pole erection for a double circuit project."--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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New police stations to rise in Goa, Gainza

The Department of Interior and Local Government has allocated substantial amount of money for the construction of new police stations in the province of Camarines Sur.

Sec. Mar Roxas has confirmed that his Department has alloted P4.6 million for the new police station in Goa, and another P4.6 for the municipality of Gainza.

In addition to these, P1 million has been allocated for the repair of the Iriga City Jail.

Meanwhile, twenty-one other PNP stations in the province were allotted fund ranging from P200,000 to P300,000 each to renovate their offices under the DILG’s Oplan Diginity (Oplan Hilamos) program.

A total of P170 million was set aside by the government to renovate at least 1,700 old and dilapidated police stations all over the country.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Farmers Festival 2014 at Pili, Camarines Sur

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)
Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

Farmers Festival 2014 at the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 Grounds, Pili, Camarines Sur (PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD)

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Albayanos slam 30-hour-long brownout

A widespread power service interruption that has been going on for more than 30 hours grips some areas in the province of  Albay.

Some 300,000  Albayanos from Legazpi City, Manito, and Sto. Domingo are estimated to be affected by the interruption, which is reportedly due to damage in the Bitano Substation of the Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC).

Repairmen of SMC have been at work since 11:00 am of May 28.

Meantime, Albayanos who have access to social media have expressed their displeasure over the power service interruption.

Advocacy group Karapatan Bicol, which previously slammed the move to privatize the cooperative, also denounced the brownout. They blame those who have supported the move to privatize the operation of ALECO.

In a statement, spokesperson Vince Casilihan said “Ang gabos po na namamatean ta ngunian iyo po ang pagtugot kang saindong mga pulitiko! Ang pagiging bakong makatao kan saindong Bishop!”

Other netizens have nicknamed Albay the “Brownout Capital” because of the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DILG bares Php641M budget for CSur anti-poverty projects

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said a total of P641,406,240 has been allocated by the national government for various anti-poverty programs and projects in Camarines Sur.

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas said that the budget has been allocated by the government through the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), and will cover a total of 477 projects in two cities and 34 towns across the province.

The DILG chief made the announcement during a visit on May 27 to inspect on-going and completed projects funded by the government through the DILG in the province.

During his visit, Roxas—vice chairman for preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC)—also met with local governments, police, and fire and jail officials to get updates on their respective disaster preparedness activities.

This year, the towns of Baao, Balatan, Bato, Bombon, Camaligan, Canaman, Del Gallego, Garchitorena, Lupi, Magarao, Milaor, Presentacion, Sagnay, San Fernando, San Jose, Siruma, Tigaon, Ocampo, and Pamplona will all receive P15 million each. Cabusao will get P14.98 million.

Buhi will receive P23 million; Bula, P21.5 million; Calabanga, P24 million; Goa, P17 million; Caramoan, P17 million; Iriga City, P24 million; Lagonoy, P17 million; Libmanan, P33 million; Minalabac, P17 million; Nabua, P19.9 million; Ragay, P18 million; Sipocot, P20 million; Tinambac, P24 million; Naga City, P30 million; Pasacao, P16 million; and Pili, P20 million.

Social services for the people of Camarines Sur


Expected to result in positive impact to the people is the installation of potable water system in Barangay Sta. Eulalia in the town of Baao, wherein 296 households in Sta. Eulalia, Baao and nearby barangays that are underserved will finally have their own source of drinking water. The project has been allocated P1.7 million.

In the town of Balatan, the P4 million “Promotion of Organic Farming” project will be implemented in 17 barangays benefitting 5,405 farmers and farm workers.

On the other hand, the provision of medical equipment, medical supplies and medicines that will benefit the entire municipality has been allocated P1.27 million.

In the town of Bombon, the construction of the water supply system project with a budget of P15 million will benefit seven of the town’s eight barangays.

In the town of Bula, one of the identified priority projects is the construction of a temporary shelter for women and children who are victims of violence, including children in conflict with the law and abused or abandoned children. The project has a budget allocation of P2.45 million.

Meanwhile, a birthing facility in New Poblacion will benefit residents of nine barangays in the town of Cabusao. The project has a budget allocation of close to P4 million.

In Caramoan, the Gibgos-Mampirao farm-to-market will be constructed. It has a budget of P11.9 million. The project is expected to benefit farmers and residents of various barangays along the stretch of the proposed P3.9 kms road improvement project.

Multi-stakeholder participation


Roxas said that the projects have been identified by people’s organizations, nongovernment organizations, and community-based groups during the conduct of a People’s Assembly last year.

Some of these projects are “high impact” projects that will help improve the lives of farmers and fishermen, provide livelihood and improve basic education in the province.

“Marami sa mga proyektong ito ay makakatulong para iangat ang kabuhayan ng maraming lugar sa Camarines Sur. Naging posible ang mga proyektong ito dahil sa natipid nating pondo bunga ng malinis na pamamahala,” Roxas said.

Camarines Sur is the largest among six provinces in the Bicol Region.

The government has allocated a total of P20 billion for various anti-poverty projects across the country through the GPBP this year.

The bulk of the P20-billion budget were sourced from the Department of Agriculture (P9.286 billion), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (P2.638 billion), the DILG (P2.476 billion), the Department of Education (P1.449 billion), and the Department of Health (P1.355 billion).

Other implementing agencies include the Department of Agrarian Reform (P574 million), the Department of Labor and Employment (P507 million), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (P423 million), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (P417 million), the Department of Energy (P97 million), and the National Electrification Administration (P78 million).

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BREAKING: Gov. Lee submits self to 90-day preventive suspension

“I am voluntarily submitting myself to the preventive suspension order for a period of ninety (90) days effective June 1, 2014 until August 29, 2014.”
Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee
Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee
This is the gist of the letter that was personally handed by Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee to Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas during the latter’s visit to Legazpi City the other day regarding Lee’s preventive suspension.

The letter narrates:

“This is relative to Criminal Case No. SB-11-Crm-0036 to 0039 for Violation of Sec 3(e) and (g), Republic Act No. 3019, as amended, entitled People of the Philippines vs. Raul R. Lee, et al., pending before the First Division, Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan in its Resolution dated January 14, 2014 issued a Preventive Suspension Order for a period of ninety (90) days against the undersigned. The dispositive portion of which states as follows, to wit:

‘WHEREFORE, premises considered, accused RAUL R. LEE’s second Motion to Quash, or to dismiss the above-captioned case, is DENIED, and Plaintiff’s Motion to Suspend Accused pendent lite is hereby GRANTED. The Court hereby orders the suspension pendent lite of 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 holding, for a period of ninety (90) days effective upon notice.

Let a copy of this Resolution be furnished the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), who is directed to implement this Order, upon notice of finality of this ruling.’

 “In its Resolution dated April 29, 2014, the Sandiganbayan denied our Motion for Reconsideration.”

Meanwhile, Governor Lee requested Roxas that a corresponding report by the DILG be submitted to the Sandiganbayan relative to Lee’s compliance with the preventive suspension order.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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