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, June 7, 2014

No. 7 most wanted sa Bicol, nadakop na

MOBO, MASBATE—Nahulog na sa kamot kan mga awtoridad an sinasabing ika-7 na most wanted na persona sa Bikol na igwa nin mandamiento de aresto hale sa Regional Trial Court.

Mobo, Masbate
Sa report kan pulis, dinakop kan saindang pinagsarong fuerza si Ronnel Arquillo, 35 anyos, sa Barangay Poblacion digdi

Si Arquillo, midbid na miembro kan rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA). Siya bisto man sa alyas na Ka Japon asin Ka Noli.

Sa nagunong informasyon, si Arquillo halangkaw an katungdan sa NPA, mala ngani ta siya sinasabing oficial kan Regional Executive Committee kan NPA sa Bicol.

An pagdakop ki Arquillo nangyari por medio kan warrant of arrest na firmado ninda Judge Sancho Dames II kan Regional Trial Court Branch 38, asin Judge Arnel Dating kan RTC Branch 41, anas sa Daet, Camarines Norte.

Siya may pig-aatubang na mga casong pang-gagadan o murder asin attempted murder.

Huli kan gabat kan caso, may nakapatong na premyong kantidad P800,000 sa sisay man na tawo na makakatokdo saiya, tanganing madakop, buhay o gadan.

Si PNP Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Victor Deona nagsabi sa media na si Arquillo dinakop sa saiyang safehouse, sa Poblacion, Mobo, Masbate, poco mas o menos alas 9:30 nin aga, kan sarong aldaw.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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An open letter to APEC

by Mj Buan Ruivivar

I am writing this letter with the hopes of being heard by APEC and the local government. I also intend this letter to circulate so that this may reach the authorities.

Since May 28, 2014, residents of Legazpi City and nearby towns have suffered terribly due to heat and darkness. For more than a week now, electricity has been on and off. Many people are ranting and expressing their anger through social networking sites like Facebook but APEC
remains deaf to our pleas.

Since last week, all we get are mere updates as to the location of the newly-purchased transformers, etc. But do we really need those updates? What we need are results and not those location updates. We have become helpless and are slowly becoming hopeless especially these days when you keep posting FALSE updates as well as schedules of brownout that you fail to follow. To quote my friend, "Aw sabi daa rotation ang brown out... Steady bga samo!" Since the other day, it was posted on Governor Joey Sarte Salceda's FB account that there will be lesser time for power interruption, but in reality, we had more!

Last June 5, 2014, did not have electricity from 8am to 4:50pm then went off again at 9pm-9:30pm and since then, the electricity was like Christmas lights blinking from time to time. Then at around 3:30am to 7:30pm straight, we did not have electricity again. After an hour, it went off again!

As what my friend told me earlier. There are so many lives affected by this problem, which should have been addressed right away, to wit:

1. Many big and small businesses lose a huge amount of money. This, according to another friend of mine, is economic sabotage and is bad for the city and province as many of these businesses plan to leave already and put their businesses elsewhere.

2. Online workers, those who are working homebased with the use of the Internet, are also losing some amount of money, which is their only source of income.

3. People are getting sick. My children are having asthma attacks because of the heat. There are even reports of death tolls already because of heat stroke and other illnesses related to this problem.

4. Crimes are slowly increasing everyday. There's a report that in Bicol University, a female student was kidnapped and until now, she's nowhere to be found. It may or may not be related to this but somehow, it is part of this. Many houses are robbed because of darkness.

5. Students could not study their lessons well. And in the morning, they have to go to school with lack of sleep and are dead tired from the heat the previous night.

6. Household appliances are getting destroyed. Personally, I have already changed my PC's power supply 3 times in a row due to intermittent power connection. Our refrigerator is not functioning well. Our TV's screen is color blue or green.

Now, APEC, what can you say? Are you happy these things are happening? My questions are:

1. Who will be responsible for the losses of these establishments?

2. Who will pay for the wages of these online workers? Who will send their children to school? Who will give them money to support their families?

3. Who will pay for the hospitalization and medication of the people? Who will be responsible for the death of people due to brownout?

4. Can we blame you for these crimes?

5. How can our children cope up with this lack of sleep and tiredness?

6. Are you going to pay for the damaged appliances?

Probably, you will say, of course APEC will not be responsible for all these problems I have mentioned above. But in reality, APEC IS TO BE BLAMED DUE TO POOR SERVICE!

1. Are you not contented that once in a whole, there's province-wide power outtage?

2. We expeccted that APEC will provide better service than ALECO since APEC is under San Miguel Corporation. But since the takeover, everything was worse than what it was before! It would have been better if MERALCO took over our electric company because I have experienced this problem way back in early 1990's in Manila but again, I am xperiencing this problem here in the province now in the modern age.

3. We are paying on time, mind you, APEC. But if we won't be able to do so, there's a certain percentage that you add to our bill as surcharge for delayed payment.

Now, I am calling all Legazpenos as well as Albayanos to join me and become united by sharing this letter in your wall so that our voices will be heard by APEC and our LGUs.

I suggest the following as well:

1. Abolish the surcharge if consumers cannot pay on time.

2. For every day, this problem won't be resolved, let APEC pay penalties as well.

3. LGUs, please give ULTIMATUM to APEC.

I don't have much to say anymore. I hope this will reach you, APEC!



Related: Brownout memes spread in Albay

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PHOTOS: 1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit

1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit presented by Modelo Bikolano and Creamsilk
June 7, 2014 at LCC Naga


1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives

NAGA CITY—Members of the Naga City Philippine National Police (PNP) are still checking the identity of a suspect who was involved in a holdupping incident in Fil-Sunbeam Hardware in Zone 5, San Felipe, this city.
Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Initially, the investigators identified the suspect as Mark Cuban y Suarez of San Antonio St., Concepcion Pequena, Naga City, based on a cedula that was found in his possession. However, a citation ticket found in his pocket bears the name Louie Escamillas of Camarines Norte.

After a brief shootout with the Naga City PNP, said suspect was killed a few meters from the site where the holdupping incident took place.

Meanwhile, the owner of the establishment that was held up was identified as Cynthia Delloro y Rosero, 43, married, of Barangay Sabang, Naga City.

According to the police report, the suspect, along with another still-unidentified person, entered the hardware and pretended to be buyers.

Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
 Later, the suspects declared holdup while poking a gun at the store attendant.

Apart from Cuban, the unidentified suspect fled to the direction of downtown Naga.

In the ensuing investigation, the authorities recovered from Cuban’s possession the following items: P570 in various denominations, one 9 mm pistol, one cartridge, one magazine containing five live ammunition, and four empty shells.

The cadaver of the suspect was brought to the residence of the brother-in-law of the victim at San Antonio St., Concepcion Pequena, this city.

Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
In an interview with PNP City Director Police Senior Superintendent Filmore Escobal, he said that this is part of the relentless campaign of police authorities against criminality in Naga.

PNP City Director Police Senior Superintendent Filmore Escobal
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Over radio station BBS-DWLV, SPO1 Toby Bongon, who is the Information Officer of PNP Naga said that they are checking on previous activities of the said suspect to determine whether his participation in the said crime is an isolated case, or if he is a member of a criminal syndicate.—by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Holdupper killed in Naga City by police operatives
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Fil-Sunbeam Hardware in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City


Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD

Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City PHOTO: OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOL STANDARD
Joey Ayala's Anduyog sa Salog Concert in Naga City
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Friday, June 6, 2014

28 dengue cases alarm Catanduanes Health Office

CATANDUANES—The Provincial Health Office of Catanduanes sounded alarm as 28 cases of dengue were recorded at the Provincial Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (PESU) in Baras town from April 13 to May 17.
Dengue mosquito
Dengue mosquito
Photo from Asian Journal
This was confirmed by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Hazel A. Palmes today.

Palmes revealed that the PESU is currently waiting for the confirmatory test from the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila relative to the dengue cases.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) is now conducting campaigns to eradicate the dreaded disease as the nation celebrates Dengue Awarness Month this June.

DOH said that from January 1 to May 3, around 19,000 cases of dengue have been recorded by the National Epidemiology Center.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Modelo Bikolano, Unilever present 1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit

NAGA CITY—Modelling agency Modelo Bikolano in cooperation with Unilever, the makers of Creamsilk, Block and White and Eskinol, is inviting everyone to attend the 1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit tomorrow, June 7 at LCC Mall Naga from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Modelo Bikolano, Unilever present 1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit
Modelo Bikolano, Unilever present 1st Bikol Beauty and Confidence Summit
Said activity will feature a confidence and training seminar, games, and other fun activities.

There will be a back-to-school fashion show by the models of Modelo Bikolano, and a special guest appearance by Got to Believe star Jon Lucas.

Participants who wish to join the activity must simply bring 6 empty sachets of Creamsilk during the registration.

Fabulous freebies, prizes, and a certificate of attendance await those who will attend.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

BU student fakes own kidnapping

ALBAY—A student of Bicol University faked her own kidnapping for fear that her parents would discover that she earned low grades during the previous school year.
BU student fakes own kidnapping
The student, Diosa Balderama y Bertumen, is 18 years old and a resident of Brgy. Calayukay, Sto. Domingo, Albay.

According to her mother, Balderama did not go home on June 2. Thus, at around 9 PM, she reported the incident to the police.

Balderama turned up the next day, at around 1:45 PM, at Barangay Lamba, Legazpi City.

She told barangay health workers in said area that she had been kidnapped. According to her account, she was forcibly taken by three unidentified suspects on board a blue and green car with an unknown plate number on June 2, between 1 to 2 PM.

She added that she was transferred from the passenger seat of said vehicle to its compartment while they were in the vicinity of Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School.

Upon hearing her story, the health workers called Sto. Domingo Municipal Police Station, which alerted the Daraga Municipal Police Station that the missing student had been found.

Suspicions arose, however, when PO2 Mary Rizza Abion, WCPD Investigator of Legazpi CPS interviewed the victim. Abion discovered that Balderama’s statement on the time of the kidnapping contradicted the time that she texted her relatives.

Meanwhile, during the investigation, bystanders around Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School claimed that they did not notice any untoward incident on the date of the alleged kidnapping.

They further averred that if a victim were to be forcibly put in the compartment of a vehicle, they would definitely be aware of it.

The student finally confessed to PO3 Ma. Coritha Patanao, WCPD Investigator, that she made up the story of the kidnapping.

She revealed that she just roamed around the premises of Embarcadero de Legazpi, and went bar-hopping and gallivanting along the boulevard of Barangay Puro, Legazpi City when she went missing.

She disclosed that she fabricated the story so that she could tell her parents that the tuition money that she was given was taken by the suspects.

In fact, she said, she had decided not to use the money to pay for her tuition because she was afraid to get her low grades from last school year.

A student receives the grades from the previous year upon payment of the tuition fees on enrolment, the investigators explained.

The PNP has declared the case closed.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Monreal, Masbate COP defies mayor's directive on drug detainee

MONREAL, MASBATE—Philippine National Police Bicol Regional Director Chief Senior Supt. Victor Deona has ordered an immediate and thorough investigation into the shaving of the heads of several police officers assigned in this town.

PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona

PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard

Reports reaching BICOL STANDARD say that a controversy erupted between the local police force and town mayor Ben Espiloy who allegedly ordered the disconnection of the power supply of the police station.

The same reports stated that Espiloy requested that a detainee, who is facing charges for the violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act be allowed to occupy an airconditioned room inside the police station, instead of staying in the detention cell.
At first, the local police allowed the detainee to spend a night in said airconditioned room. However, the following day, they decided to transfer him to the regular detention cell.

Allegedly, the town executive objected to the transfer. The mayor reasoned out that since the municipal government is the one paying for the electricity, his order should not be ignored.

Feeling insulted by the mayor’s directive, Police Senior Inspector Ignacio D. Suarilla III instead decided to move his office to a vacant building owned by the PNP.

Meantime, the local police of the town relayed this conflict to the PNP Regional Office for guidance.

Mayor Espiloy could not be contacted for his comment as of press time.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Suspechado sa 10ng casong rape, dinakop

DAET, CNORTE—Natapos na an halawig na pagtago-tago sa halabang kalamias kan ley ni Noel Soque na may inaatubang nin 10ng caso nin panlupig.

An suspechadong paralupig, haloy nang panahon hinahanap kan mga awtoridad, tanganing panimbagon sa magabat na asunto criminal.

Si Soque, 36 anyos an edad asin residente kan P-2, Barangay 4 sa banwaan kan Mercedes.

An sampulong mandamiento de aresto sa mga casong ini pinaluwas ni Judge Evan Dizon kan Branch 40 kan Regional Trial Court sa Daet.

An arrest warrant may fechang Mayo 28, 2014.

Maroromduman na si PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor Deona, igwang nagdadanay na kasugoan sa gabos na mga pulis na magpaheling kan saindang higos sa pag-enforsar kan ley.

An nasambit na directiba iyo an pigtutungkosan kan gabos na mga hefe nin estasyon nin pulis sa saindang oro-aldaw na kampanya sa paghanap kan mga imbuelto asin suspechado sa krimen.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Joey Ayala ready for Naga City concert tonight

In celebration of World Environment Day, singer-songwriter Joey Ayala is in Naga City for a free concert called "Anduyog sa Salog".

The concert, which is co-sponsored by Ateneo de Naga University and the city government of Naga, will be held at Plaza Quezon starting 7 PM.

Press conference of Anduyog sa Salog concert featuring Joey Ayala Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Press conference of Anduyog sa Salog concert featuring Joey Ayala
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
This morning, Ayala met with members of the press at Avenue Plaza Hotel to promote said event.

Ayala is known for his combination of ethnic Filipino instruments with contemporary music. Among his songs are "Karaniwang Tao," "Agila," and "Bangkerohan."

Also joining Ayala in the concert is local group Tanikala Tribe.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Press conference of Anduyog sa Salog concert featuring Joey Ayala
Press conference of Anduyog sa Salog concert featuring Joey Ayala
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Partido Area mulled as food production hub

PILI, CAMARINES SUR—A convergence among government agencies in Bicol led by the Department of Agriculture (DA) is working on the development of Camarines Sur’s Partido area into a food production hub in the region.
Camarines Sur's Partido Area
Partido is formed by a cluster of 10 municipalities—Sangay, Tigaon, San Jose, Goa, Lagonoy, Tinambac, Garchitorena, Caramoan, Presentacion and Siruma—all covered by the fourth congressional district of the province.

The area is rich in natural resources but most of its about-100,000 households fall within the economic bracket called low-income earners and, according to DA Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas, this sector is the primary target of the convergence initiative formed by at least seven national agencies whose functions involve food security concerns.

These agencies, apart from DA, are the National Irrigation Administration, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, National Food Authority, Philippine Rice Research Institute and Cooperative Development Authority.

So far, Bragas said the group has already drafted a unified food production convergence plan for the area which was done during a recent Food Summit held in Tigaon in coordination with Fourth District Rep. Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella.

Fuentebella is the chairman of the House of Representative’s food and security committee for Bicol Recovery and Economic Development (BRED), which has jurisdiction over all matters directly and principally relating to policies and programs to promote and enhance the development of Bicol.
BRED is composed of 20 members—16 representing each of the congressional districts in the region’s six provinces and four party-list representatives.

The plan will be presented by Fuentebella to the BRED for approval and funding support through legislation.
By targeting the low-income earners, whose number is dominant among the other economic sectors in the area, Bragas said the food production program that the convergence initiative is carrying out is designed not only towards food security but also towards raising the purchasing power of the sector and be able to contribute in addressing the province’s high poverty incidence.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) listed Camarines Sur as the second among Bicol provinces with the highest rate of poverty next to Masbate. A recent report of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said the province is among the top 10 contributors of poor population nationwide.

Of the provinces that made it to the top 10 nationwide with the highest share in the poor population, Camarines Sur ranked No. 3 with its 3.3 percent contribution while Albay, its neighboring province, was No.10.

NEDA said that of the total of 2,276,848 poor residents in Bicol, 771,984 are in Camarines Sur and 511,636 come from Albay.

Bragas said the Tigaon Food Summit gathered the seven national government agencies as well as local government units (LGUs) and farmers into the mapping out of a food production convergence program aimed at achieving vertical and horizontal alignments of development plans of the national, regional and provincial development councils.

And since Camarines Sur is geographically located in the central part of the Bicol peninsula -- bounded in the north by the province of Camarines Sur Norte, San Miguel Bay and the Pacific Ocean; in the south by the province of Albay; Lagonoy Gulf in the east; and in the west by Ragay Gulf -- it is the best location for a regional food production hub, he said.

The Partido area is the largest cluster of municipalities in the province, described as generally hilly and mountainous with flat central area known as Bikol plain.

It is generally flat at the midsection between mountain ranges, with other small coastal plains on the northeastern coast.

These areas are circumscribed by rolling hills, while mangroves and nipa swamps form along its coasts.
The Partido area also includes the Caramoan peninsula that covers an exotic group of islands as well as a rough and mountainous terrain with an elevation as high as 904 meters above sea level that now serves as favorite ecotourism destinations.

In the Food Summit, heads of the agencies involved in the convergence program presented their development and investment plans specifically on food production, processing, marketing and security for the flatland, mountainous and coastal barangays of Partido for 2014-2016.

On the part of the DA Regional Field Unit (RFU), Bragas said they presented an investment plan that includes production, postharvest, processing, marketing, training, extension, information-education-communication and farm-to-market roads interventions for the mountainous, flatland and coastal areas of the district.

These cover major agricultural commodities such as rice, corn, vegetables and fruit trees including cacao and coffee which were showcased in the Summit -- particularly organically grown rice, fruits and vegetables, dark chocolates from cacao, herbs and spices in powder forms, organic seeds and planting materials.
Farmers, municipal agriculturists and LGU officials were also made to present their basic needs leading to food production development that would be addressed by the program, he added. (PNA) FPV/FGS/DOC/CBD/

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(UPDATED) Student org invites Bicolanos to study in UP

NAGA CITY—Student organization University of the Philippines (UP) Harong is inviting incoming third year and fourth year students to consider admission to UP, the country’s premiere state university.


On Saturday, June 7, said organization will hold UP Primer, a seminar that introduces the youth to the UP system and its admission policy. It will take place at the Naga City People's Hall from 1 to 5 PM. Among the topics to be discussed is the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), one of the most challenging entrance examinations in the country.

Interested parties may register for only P50. Food will be served and prizes will be given away.
Reserve your slot at tiny.cc/upprimer. For inquiries, kindly contact Jay-ar (09104705508) or Bibay (09334428345).—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

3-classroom building sa Calabanga, tuprod sa kalayo

CALABANGA, CAMARINES SUR—Haros magturo an luha kan mga magurang asin mga paratukdo sa Manguiring Elementary School kan maheling nindang nag-aarab-adab an kalayo na nagtuprod kan tulong cuartong eskwelahan, digdi.
3-classroom building sa Calabanga, Camarines Sur tuprod sa kalayo
Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
An edificio na kinakan kan kalayo iyo an gurangan nang Marcos Type school building na hinaman pa kan 1968.

Nagbungkaras an kalayo huli sa raot nang linya nin kuryente na dae tulos nariparo kan mga nag-ookupar kan edificio.

Si Victor de Villa, an Punong Barangay digdi, an nagpahayag sa media na nagpoon an kalayo pirang minutos pa sanang natatapos an pagklase sa elementarya.

Naging marikas an pagkanayap kan kalayo, huli sa raging nang maray an mga kanang kahoy ta pirang bulang nang mayong uran.

An mga bombero hale sa Naga City asin digdi sa Calabanga an nag-ayuda sa pagsigbo kan kalayo, na natapos poco mas o menos alas 6:00 na nin banggui.

Mientrastanto, nangapodan tulos an mga oficiales kan barangay pati na an mga miembros kan Parents Teachers Association nin tabang hale sa gobierno municipal asin sa Department of Education (DepEd).

An mga eskwela na nag ookupar kan 3-cuartong nasulo tatabangan ngona kan mga oficiales kan barangay na makakua nin lugar na saindang masisirongan.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
3-classroom building sa Calabanga, Camarines Sur tuprod sa kalayo
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3-classroom building sa Calabanga, Camarines Sur tuprod sa kalayo
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3-classroom building sa Calabanga, Camarines Sur tuprod sa kalayo
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LGU Lagonoy wants mining firm in Gimagtocon to cease operation

LAGONOY, CAMARINES SUR – Mayor Delfin  Pilapil, Jr. has  called the attention of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau V, headed by Engr. Theodore Rommel Pestaño to stop the alleged illegal operation of Bicol Chromite and Manganese Corporation in his town.
Lagonoy Mayor Delfin Pilapil Jr.
Lagonoy Mayor Delfin Pilapil Jr.
Photo: Mayor Pilapil's Facebook account
In a letter addressed to Engr. Pestaño, Pilapil emphasized that the operation of the mining firm has brought about numerous complaints from residents.

Relative to the issue, the Sangguniang Bayan of Lagonoy stressed in Resolution No. 042-2013 that there is a need to take crucial measures to further avert illegal activities concerning the natural resources of the town.
A separate resolution was passed by the Barangay Council of Gimagtocon, this town, and the Liga ng mga Barangay urging the concerned  government agencies to act.

Said resolutions demand for the complete stoppage of all mining operations in the municipality.
Furnished copies of Pilapil’s letter, including the different resolutions, were President Benigno Aquino III, Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Engr. Leo Jasareno of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna. The Regional Director of DENR Region V was also sent a copy together with Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte, Vice Governor Fortunato Peña and all the members of the Provincial Board of Camarines Sur.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Bongat urges DepEd to hire more teachers

NAGA CITY—A misunderstanding erupted yesterday involving City Mayor John Bongat and Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo when the former insisted that the DepEd should continue hiring locally-funded teachers this school year.

LEFT: Mayor John Bongat, RIGHT: Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo
LEFT: Mayor John Bongat, RIGHT: Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo
Mayor Bongat said that there is a dire need to augment the number of teachers to achieve a 1:30 teacher to pupil ratio instead of the 1:45 that is recommended by DepEd.

Bongat pointed out that during last year’s National Achievement Test, the pupils’ performance dropped to number 13 in the region. This, he said, is very disappointing, owing to the fact that the ratio of teachers to pupils is simply too high.

Supt. Cornejo, for her part, explained that she has discontinued the hiring of locally-funded teachers pursuant to a field memo issued last May 20 by Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

The same memo provides that DepEd regional directors, school division superintendents, and school heads of public elementary and secondary schools must “discontinue the hiring of new LGU-funded and kindergarten volunteer teachers starting this SY.”

Luistro added: ““You are reminded that only qualified kindergarten volunteer teachers and LGU-hired teachers as of 2012 may be hired and regularized for this SY. Needless to say, all appointments made must be in strict accordance with our present hiring policy.”

Bongat stated that the city school board has made available a substantial amount of money to pay for the local teachers that will be hired.

Later, he announced that a school board meeting will be held tomorrow, June 5 to iron out the controversy and to discuss other matters relative to the opening of classes.—by Ron-Ron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sorsogon elderly couple found dead in tight embrace

SORSOGON CITY—Till death do us part.

This could have been the message between the couple Macario Jesus Jaylo, 71, and Norma Bongayal Jaylo, 66, as they were gasping their last breaths in their residence at Barangay Bibingcahan, this city.

The couple was found lifeless after neighbors complained of an unpleasant smell emanating from the house of the Jaylos.

Police authorities who came to the scene said that the couple was still locked in an embrace when they were found lying on the sofa of their residence.

They added that there are no indications of foul play, as no wounds were observed in the cadavers of the couple.

Meanwhile, pending autopsy, the investigators believed that the couple succumbed to heart attacks due to the extreme heat.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Classes suspended in Albay due to brownout

ALBAY—The continuing power outage here has affected the smooth opening of classes in some areas of the province, including Legazpi City.

Department of Education Legazpi City Schools Division Superintendent Cesar H. Medina
Department of Education Legazpi City Schools Division Superintendent Cesar H. Medina
Photo: DepEd

Department of Education Legazpi City Schools Division Superintendent Cesar H. Medina confirmed that classes have been suspended in least 10 public elementary and high schools due to the power service interruption.

The move was supported by Governor Joey Salceda, who also made a directive to suspend classes in several other schools.

Salceda said that the unbearable heat may cause students to get sick, especially because many classrooms do not have proper ventilation.

Among the schools in which classes were suspended are Banquerohan Elementary School, Banquerohan High School, Bariis Elementary School, Buenavista Elementary School, Cagbacong Elementary School, Cagbacong High School, Homapon Elementary School, Homapon High School, Mariawa Elementary School, and San Francisco Elementary School.

Also included in the list are the elementary schools in Arimbay, Bagong Abre, Bitano, Bogtong, Buragwis, Dap-dap, Dita, San Joaquin, Lamba, Padang, and Puro.

Around 11,400 students from the preschool, elementary and high school levels are estimated to be affected by the brownout.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Sipocot punong barangay arrested for rape charge

SIPOCOT, CAMARINES SUR—The incumbent punong barangay of Barangay Caima, this town was nabbed yesterday by elements of Sipocot Municipal Police Station at the Municipal Hall Compound in South Centro.

The suspect, Rogener Casao y Robledo, 41 years old, married, is also the municipality's number 1 most wanted person, according to the PNP.

The arrest warrant for rape was issued by Angel S. Malaya, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 22 in Naga City on January 7, 1994.

The suspect is now under the custody of Sipocot Municipal Police Station.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DOST's Bicol IT roadshow kicks off June 14

In preparation for the upcoming Philippine Startup Challenge 2014, the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office will be holding a series of Startup 101 boot camps for teachers and coaches across the nation in partnership with the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) and with the cooperation of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE).

In Bicol, the boot camps will kick off on June 14 in Legazpi City.

Lean Startup 101 Boot Camps for school coaches will be discussing lean startup methods and startup basics to equip the possible participants with basic skills and tools to build and operate a startup. Conduct of the workshops will be done in different regions to ensure that prospective participants from the countryside will be given appropriate orientation before the competition proper begins. In this series, the basic principles of Lean Startup will be taught to relevant faculty mentors who subsequently will be mentoring students throughout the competition. The whole-day seminar/workshop will be facilitated by software industry experts from PSIA.

According to major players and stakeholders in the Philippine startup community, there are many key challenges and issues that are currently faced by local startups and the entities that support them. One of the main issues that hinder the growth of the startups and its ecosystem in the country is the low number of investible ideas generated periodically. It was also identified that a bigger pipeline of innovative ideas will help stimulate activities for startups that will keep funders, accelerators, incubators busier. To address all these, the startup community has strongly supported the establishment of a national startup competition that will educate the youth on the basics of setting startups and entrepreneurship that would help jump-start the commercialization of ideas that address relevant issues in society.

According to Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST – ICT Office, “We strive to promote the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in ICT, as we serve as the government partner in building and harmonizing a healthy ecosystem for tech startups to be developed and be cultivated, we would also like to inspire young Filipinos to become ITpreneurs. This initiative would not have been possible if not for our public and private partners who share our goals in this endeavor.”

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Brownout in Albay could last until June 4—NDRRMC

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates that the brownout affecting parts of Albay could last until tomorrow, June 4.

This is according to the official progress report released yesterday regarding the prolonged power outage.

“As per APEC, completion of replacement works for 2 new 10MVA transformers will be on or before 4 June 2014,” the report reads.

Said report also clarified reason for the power service interruption.

“On or before 9:00 AM, 26 May 2014, Albay Power Electric Corporation (APEC) deliberately cut off the power supply feeding Barangay Bitano Substation to perform routine maintenance work.”


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“Assessment revealed that necessary spare parts, including a made-to-order specification of a 20MVA transformer in the substation, need to be replaced to resume service.”

“As of 01 June 2014, 11:00 AM, APEC technical repair personnel were able to successfully tap for alternate power sources from unaffected substations, particularly the one located adjacent to Embarcadero Mall, Legazpi City. In addition, some portions of Legazpi City still do not have electric supply due to the problem presently affecting the company for five (5) days.”

The council also specified in said report the actions taken relative to the incident.

It said: “BFP is on CODE YELLOW (Monitoring Alert) Status over affected localities in Albay province and provided safety advisories to the affected households and business industries in the area.

PDRRMC Albay coordinated with Albay Power Electric Corporation (APEC) and other offices on the status of power restoration effort and to expedite the resumption of power supply, provided relevant safety advisories to affected residents through tri-media, secured interruption with other substations to energize portions of affected areas and directly coordinating with the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Secretary and Department of Energy re the assumption of the power supply.”

It added: “APEC provided periodic status update on power restoration efforts undertaken to consumers, affected localities, and agencies.

OCD V coordinated with the APEC, BFP 5, and LDRRMCs on the status of power supply and progress of restoration efforts. [It also conducted] continuous dissemination of safety advisories to affected areas, and [is] continuously monitoring the situation.”—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Monday, June 2, 2014

DSWD warns public vs text scams using 4Ps name

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warned the public against text scams using the name of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

4Ps
4Ps
Pantawid Pamilya or more popularly known as 4Ps provides cash assistance to poor families to ensure their education, health and nutrition needs.

The text message is sent by a certain Lyka Ramirez using the mobile number 0926-9124816.

It states, “Congratulations, from President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, your sim # won P950,000 as second prize winner in the Handog Pangkabuhayan raffle promo per DTI Permit No. 9513, series of 2013. Please call me now, I am Lyka Ramirez.”

DSWD denied holding any such raffle draw promo.

The DSWD urges all those who will receive this text message not to respond, instead, immediately report this to the nearest DSWD office or text to the Pantawid Pamilya Grievance Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813.

DSWD already issued earlier warnings to take precaution and not to fall prey of the fraudulent text messages.

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Retired cop survives gunshot in Daraga

DARAGA, ALBAY—A retired member of the Philippine National Police was shot by two unidentified persons at about 9 PM on May 31.

The victim was identified as Ely Cadag, Sr. y Monforte, 51 years old, married, and a resident of this town.

The report indicates that the victim was taking a walk outside his residence when the suspects, who were on board a motorcycle, fired at him.

The victim was hit on the upper part of his chest.

Elements of Daraga Municipal Police Station immediately rushed to the location after receiving a report from the victim’s son. They brought the victim to Aquinas Hospital in Legazpi City for treatment.

Meanwhile, the suspects allegedly fled towards the direction of Brgy. Dinoronan in this town.

The victim, who is recovering from the gunshot, said that he would be able to identify the suspects if he sees them again.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Brownout memes spread in Albay

Amid the frustration of Albayanos over the widespread brownout, some netizens have turned to humor to express their displeasure.

On Facebook, several memes poking fun at the situation have been uploaded. Among these are images calling Albay the "Brownout Capital," and the Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) as having an APEC fail, a pun on the expression "epic fail."

Others have posted the following comments:

"APEC..tado ang gabos.kaurag dai na ngane ki tubig dai pa kuryente..hamaki 7 aldaw daing kuryente.BOOMmakaurag...maray pa so ALECO kaito"

"may siring daw kitang problema ngunyankung ang bagay na ini kaito pa naatendiran?
Ngunyan gabos kita nadideficilan
Dahil sa mga naenot na KAPABAYAAN!"

"Salamat po sa APEC (iligal man ngani) sa atab na christmas light!"

Text messages slamming the six-day brownout are also circulating throughout the province.

Meanwhile, the latest message posted by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda on the brownout reads: "Good am Gov. Joey, as of today/11:01am we adopted rotating brownouts daily. Presently we supply 12 versus 22 MVA peak load or 55%. The affected areas were already posted in your FB account. An advisory will be also released today. We have already completed removal of the defective 20 MVA transformer from the Bitano Substation As of 6 am today, one unit brand new 10 MVA transformer is in Ragay, Camsur. Expected arrival is within today. It is expected to be energized late afternoon to midnight tomorrow. The truck carrying the other unit encountered mechanical problem in Calauag, Quezon. Rest assured that we are doing our best to normalize the power situation at the earliest time. Thank you for your support and understanding."--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Brownout memes spread in Albay

Brownout memes spread in Albay

Brownout memes spread in Albay

Brownout memes spread in Albay
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Independence Day Job Fair slated in Naga City

NAGA CITY—A local and overseas job fair is slated on June 12 to 13, from 8 AM to 5 PM at Plaza Quezon.
Independence Day Job Fair slated in Naga City
Independence Day Job Fair slated in Naga City
Said event, which coincides with the 116th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, is sponsored by the city government, the Public Employment Service Office and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

For more information, kindly contact LGU Naga City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Peñafrancia Shrine re-opens

NAGA CITY—After three years of renovation, the Peñafrancia Shrine has been blessed and re-consecrated to Our Lady of Peñafrancia in a mass last night.

Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
The mass was attended by several members of the local clergy, including Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, as well as donors and parishioners.

During the mass, the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro were transferred from the parish hall to the shrine.

The mass coincided with parish priest Fr. Andrew Recepcion’s announcement that he will no longer be the parish priest of the Old Shrine. Recepcion revealed that he had been assigned to serve in a parish in Tagaytay City.

Recepcion, however, thanked the Archdiocese of Caceres for the opportunity to lead the renovation of the Shrine, which has served as Ina’s home for many years.


After the mass, the parishioners were invited to a simple celebration in the Peñafrancia Shrine grounds.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Peñafrancia Shrine re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Peñafrancia Shrine re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Peñafrancia Shrine re-opens (PHOTO: BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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