VP Leni rallies Nagueños’ support, lashes at detractors

Close to 2,000 supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo trooped to Plaza Rizal earlier this evening to attend a prayer rally versus cyberbullying.

Rep. Gonzalez, nagsayumang simbagon an pagboto pabor sa death penalty

Nagsayumang magsimbag sa mga kahapotan kan mga miembros kan lokal na media si Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzalez kun nata ta nagboto siyang pabor sa pag imponir liwat kan sentenciang kagadanan.

SP Cam Sur junks Mayor Bongalonta's motion to dismiss

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has denied the second motion for an extension of time to file answer to the Administrative Complaint filed against him.

Iwal mag-agom ta mayong bagas, babayi nagadan

Makulit na iwal nin mag-agom huli sa kawaran nin bagas na pansapna an guinikanan tanganing maituklang kan lalaki an agom na babae na nagresulta para an huri bawian nin buhay.

Friday, July 18, 2014

No. 5 Most Wanted sa Bicol, dakop sa Isabela

Nahulog na sa kamot kan mga autoridad sa Isabela an pinagcoconsiderar na ikalima sa Most Wanted sa Bicol.

Binisto an suspechado na si Carlos Molleno Marqueses, soltero asin residente kan barangay Dao, Pilar, Sorsosogon.

Sa report ni SPO1 Allan Ulzame Kan Office of the Spokesperson of the Chief PNP PSSupt Wilben M. Mayor, an suspechado, na may kasong Murder, dinakop kan nakaaging Lunes sa Barangay Bicobian, Divilacan, Isabela.

Ini sa fuerza kan mandamiento de arresto na ipinaluwas ni Judge Honesto A. Villahor kan 5th Judicial Region, Branch 52.

Si Marqueses yaon na ngonian sa custodia kan Divilacan Police Station.–BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Typhoon Henry to enter PH Saturday

The tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has intensified into tropical storm with international name "Matmo," according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 a.m. tropical storm "Matmo" is still outside the PAR -- 1,000 km east of Northern Mindanao (10.2°n, 135.4°e) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move north northwest slowly.

Aurelio said the tropical storm is expected to enter PAR on Saturday but is not directly affecting the country yet.

According to Aurelio, once the tropical cyclone enters the PAR on Saturday morning, it will be locally named "Henry" -- the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the third for this month of July.

He added the effect of tropical storm will be felt next week.

Fair weather is still expected this weekend in most parts if the country except in western section of Luzon due to southwest monsoon affecting the area.

Meanwhile, for Friday forecast, rains are expected over the western section of Luzon due to southwest monsoon which remains as the dominant weather system now affecting the country.

The southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" affecting Luzon -- associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains -- is the prevailing wind system during the rainy season.

He said Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and the provinces of Mindoro and Palawan will have occasional rains while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The state weather bureau also issued a gale warning -- strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of the southwest monsoon which would affect the western seaboard of Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," PAGASA warned.



In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country with moderate to rough seas. (PNA)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

APEC fast-tracking rehabilitation efforts

Albay Power and Electric Corporation (APEC) is seeking to restore power in the province the at soonest possible time. This was the assurance given by the Albay power firm to its consumers.

In an interview today, APEC Customer Service head Jane Rogando said that the delivery of steel poles to replace the ones topped by typhoon Glenda is already underway.



She added that APEC is set to tap a third party firm to augment manpower to hasten rehabilitation efforts. 

Yesterday, the power supplier also announced that its Bitano SS Feeders 1 and 2 and Washington SS facilities will be energized anytime – with isolations – once the national grid supplies power.

Meanwhile, Bitano SS Feeder 3 and 4 can be energized possibly within the week – also with isolations.

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(UPDATED) Bicol still isolated from power grid- NGCP


Bicol region remains separated from the grid due to the outage of the Tayabas-Naga 230-kilovolts (kV) line and the Gumaca-Labo 230-kV line.

In its 11:00 am update today, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines announced that the following transmission lines and facilities were affected by typhoon Glenda:

1. Facility: Limay – Exemplar 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: PENELCO

2. Facility: Calaca – Balayan – Nasugbu/Calatagan 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: BATELEC I

3. Facility: Bay – Los Banos 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: ERDB/FPRDI & UPLB

4. Facility: Naga – Libmanan 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: CASURECO I


5. Facility: Naga – Lagonoy 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: CASURECO II, CASURECO IV, Partido Rice Mill

6. Facility: Naga – Iriga 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: CASURECO III


7. Facility: Bay – Calamba 69-kV Line
Customer Affected: MECO, BATELEC

8. Facility: Gumaca – Hondagua – Tagkawayan 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: QUEZELCO I

9. Facility: Famy - Infanta 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: QUEZELCO II

10. Facility: Bay – Plant E 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: APRI

11. Facility: Daraga – Sorsogon 69-kV line
Customer/s affected: SORECO I and SORECO II

12. Facility: Daraga – Ligao 69-kV line
Customer/s affected: APEC


9. Facility: Calbayog – Catbalogan 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: SAMELCO I

10. Facility: Calbayog – Catarman – Allen 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: NORSAMELCO

11. Facility: Catarman – Bobolosan 69-kV line
Customer/s Affected: NORSAMELCO

All 69kV lines in Sorsogon and Calaca-Taal line are still out.

The following facilities were likewise affected:

1. Leyte-Luzon 350-kV High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC)*
*No power flow from Luzon to Visayas
2. Dasma – Ilijan 500-kV Line
3. San Jose – Tayabas 500-kV Line 1
4. Tayabas – Ilijan 500-kV Line
5. Tayabas-Naga 230-kV Line
6. Gumaca-Labo 230-kV Line
7. Daraga – Bacman 230-kV Line
8. Labo – Naga 230-kV Line
9. Naga – Daraga 230-kV Line
10. Naga – Tiwi 230-kV Line
11. Daraga – Tiwi 230-kV Line

12. Gumaca – Kalayaan 230-kV Line
13. Tayabas – Pagbilao 230-kV Line
14. Binan – Sucat 230-kV Line
15. Calaca – Amadeo 230-kV Line
16. Dasmarinas – Rosario/Abubot 115-kV Line


Bicol region is isolated from the grid due to the outage of the abovementioned 230-kV lines.


In a press conference held at midday today, NGCP disclosed that it is aiming for the restoration of the backbone lines by July 19. It hopes that its 69kv lines will be fully restored within 2 weeks. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to apply for a calamity loan

Briefer: How to Apply for a Calamity Loan

Section 16 of Republic Act 10121 gives the power to declare an area or areas under a State of Calamity to the President of the Philippines or to the Local Government Units upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) or their local counterparts known as the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC), respectively.

Once under State of Calamity, citizens of that area are granted the opportunity to apply for a loan, from the government, without interest. The following is the process of applying for calamity loans:

Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)–Emergency Loan Qualifications

Any GSIS member who
Is in active service and not on leave of absence without pay
Has no pending criminal or administrative charges
Has no missing/overdue debts in their monthly contributions
Has no loan that has been declared in default
Is a resident or government employee in an area under State of Calamity


Process Via GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-W@PS)
Borrower will bring their eCard Plus to any GSIS servicing office which has a G-W@PS kiosk installed
Using the G-W@PS, the borrower must select “Emergency Loan” from the “Loan” menu and follow the steps provided to complete the transaction

Via Office Application
Borrower will fill up an application form at any GSIS office


Loan Terms


The loan is payable in 3 years or 36 monthly installments. The loan bears an interest rate of 6% per annum. A loan computation and monthly amortization will be presented to borrowers upon loan application. If the emergency loan is renewed, the balance of the outstanding loan will be deducted from the proceeds of the new loan. For inquiries and details, call the GSIS Contact Center at (02) 847-4747 or visit your nearest GSIS branch.

Home Development Fund (Pag-IBIG)–Calamity Loan Qualifications


Any Pag-IBIG member who
Has made at least 24 monthly savings
Has made at least 5 monthly savings in the last 6 months
Resides in an area under State of Calamity


Process and Requirements


The borrower must submit the following to any Pag-IBIG office:
Calamity Loan Application Form*
Photocopy of at least 2 valid IDs
Proof of Income
Declaration of Being Affected by Calamity* (for formally employed members)

[*Documents are available at www.pagibigfund.gov.ph and Pag-IBIG offices]

Loans may be filed within 90 days from the declaration of State of Calamity.

Loan Amount

Members can borrow up to 80% of their Total Accumulated Value (TAV) subject to the terms and conditions of the program. Calamity Loan Interest rate is 5.95% per annum. The loan is amortized over 24 months, with a grace period of 3 months. Paying period begins on the 4th month following their check date.

For inquiries and details, please contact (02) 724-4244 or visit your nearest Pag-IBIG branch.

Social Security System (SSS)


In the occurrence of a disaster, SSS will decide and announce a calamity relief package for members to apply for. For example, the following loan packages were given to applicant-victims of the recent 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu:
Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan with a reduced interest rate
Early renewal of salary loans
Advanced SSS pensions for retirement, disability, and survivorship

For inquiries and more information, contact the SSS 24-hour call center at (02) 920-6446 to 55, Monday to Friday, or send an e-mail to member_relations@sss.gov.ph.
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New LPA spotted in the Pacific Ocean

PAGASA is closely monitoring a low pressure area located near Palau (around 1,090 kilometers east of the Visayas).

If the weather disturbance does not dissipate, it may enter Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday or Saturday.

If it intensifies into a typhoon, it will be named "Henry."

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Soldier holds nuns, children hostage in Legazpi City

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2 nuns and 12 children were held hostage by a solider and his companions this afternoon.

The hostage taker introduced himself as Private First Class Licayan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

According to witnesses, the suspect, who bore a long firearm, and his companions stormed into the Good Shepherd Home in Gov. Forbes Street, San Roque, Legazpi City.

Licayan, through a number of letters, made several demands in exchange for the liberty of his hostages.

Among them are food and a specific order that ABS-CBN reporter Karren Canon be the one to deliver the food to him and his companions.

At 5:20 in the afternoon, police authorities were able to contain the situation and take the suspects into custody.

The children and sisters were left unharmed.

In an interview with DZMM, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal confirmed that Licayan is a member of the Philippine Army.

He said that Licayan had been in Albay for a disaster risk reduction and management training which ended Monday. However, he was not allowed to go home by his Commanding Officer thereafter because of the typhoon.



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Whirlwind damages buildings in Tinambac, Camarines Sur

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Whirlwind destroys public buildings in Tinambac

TINAMBAC, CAMARINES SUR—As typhoon Glenda intensifies, a whirlwind was reported to have wrecked a barangay center, several elementary school buildings and houses in Barangay Canayunan at around 11 AM in this town.

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The report was relayed to BICOL STANDARD by Police Inspector Greg Bascuña of Tinambac Municipal Police Station.

A rescue team composed of members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army, are scheduled to visit the affected area, Bascuña revealed.

No deaths due to the whirlwind were reported. The cost of the damages also remains undetermined as of press time.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Typhoon Glenda electrocutes 2 in Cam Sur

SAGNAY, CAMARINES SUR—Two victims survived after experiencing an electric shock this morning at Sitio La Purisima, Barangay Nato in this town.

They were identified as Jesus Vargas and Antonio Cabana.

The two were reportedly trying to lower their television antenna, as Signal Number 3 was hoisted in this province.

Vargas and Cabana were rushed to the Sagnay Infirmary immediately after the accident.

Early reports from DZRP said that they died from the electrocution. However, Station Manager Audie Concina of the same radio station clarified that they survived the incident.

At round 8 AM, a forced evacuation was implemented by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the coastal barangay of Nato.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Albay Governor suspends work in government offices



Albay Governor Joey Salceda has suspended work today in government offices, except those engaged in disaster response work and, upon standing request, those in fiscal and financial sectors.

Private firms were likewise enjoined to do the same.

Albay is currently under typhoon signal number 3 as typhoon Glenda continues to move Westward threatening the Bicol region.(PIA5 Albay)

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#GlendaPH: Evacuees in Catanduanes troop to the Provincial Capitol

Evacuees have begun to arrive at the Provincial Capitol of Catanduanes to take temporary refuge since last night.

At the moment, around 41 families from Barangay Francia,Virac are taking shelter at the Provincial Capitol lobby. 

10 families were also temporarily evacuated in Rawis, Virac.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Albay braces for tropical storm Glenda


LEGAZPI CITY, July 14– Governor Joey Salceda has placed the province of Albay under preparedness status as of 12:00 pm today after the government weather bureau declared the province under public storm warning signal number 2 as tropical storm Glenda intensifies.


In the latest advisory of the Provinical Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Albay, Salceda has likewise suspended classes at all levels for both public and private schools.

The same advisory has directed all local DRRMCs to activate their respective Operation Centers for preparedness meeting and close monitoring of weather bulletins and PDRRMC advisories through infoboard and for timely application of countermeasures for disaster avoidance in their respective jurisdiction.

Salceda further reiterated his call for residents along river system and steep slope are advised to pre identify safer grounds and facilities for possible evacuation in case of flood and landslide for disaster avoidance.

They are also advised to monitor Albay PDRRMC Smart Infoboard and local broadcast stations for regular and periodic issuances of further emergency advisories.

No sailing policy has likewise been declared for all fishing vessels and passenger sea crafts.

In the latest Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa weather advisory, TS Glenda has intensified further as it continue to move in a westward direction at 28 kph threatening the Bicol region.

As of 10:00 am today, the center of TS Glenda is estimated at 620 km East of Virac Catanduanes with a maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120kph.

The province of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Albay have been placed under Signal number 2 with winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours. (Sally Atento-AlteaMAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Photos: Bicol prepares for Glenda

Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)- Bicol convened at 3:00 pm today at Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City  to discuss preparations for tropical storm "Glenda" 


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How to make sense of PAGASA’s color-coded rainfall advisories



The flood alerts

Under the heavy rainfall warning system, a yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.

Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas.

The orange rainfall advisory is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.

A red rainfall advisory is issued when downpours constitute an emergency. This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.

When PAGASA raises a Red warning, communities should be prepared to respond. It means serious flooding is seen and that residents should be ready to evacuate to safety.


Source: Official Gazette
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weather Update: Tropical Storm Glenda

TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT: TROPICAL STORM "GLENDA" (RAMMASUN)

The tropical storm East of Bicol region is about to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and will be named “Glenda”.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

Location of Center: (as of 6:00 p.m.) 1,100 km East of Legaspi City

Coordinates: 13.1°N, 135.1°E

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Movement: Forecast to move West at 30 kph.

Forecast Positions/Outlook: Monday afternoon: 570 km East of Legaspi City; Tuesday afternoon:

170 km Northeast of Legaspi City or 100 km East of Virac, Catanduanes;Wednesday afternoon: It is expected to be in the vicinity of Cabanatuan City

No Public Storm Warning Signal

Tropical Storm “GLENDA” will not yet affect any part of the country. - PAGASA

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