Saturday, August 2, 2014

2 kids hit by van in Camarines Sur

SAN FERNANDO, CAMARINES SUR—Two grade 1 pupils, both 7 years old, were accidentally hit by a UV Express van at around 5:30 in the afternoon yesterday as they were crossing Maharlika Highway along Barangay Bonifacio in this town.

The victims, who sustained injuries on various parts of their bodies, were brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City for treatment.

The driver of the van was identified as Cesar Ramirez y Sierra, 57, married, and a resident of Bagumbayan St., Libmanan, Camarines Sur, the police said.

The authorities are now preparing the appropriate charges against Ramirez, who is currently under the custody of San Fernando Municipal Police Station.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol

SORSOGON CITY—Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala visited the Department of Agriculture (DA)-operated Sorsogon Dairy Farm in Barangay Cabid-an yesterday to lead the launch of the Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda (Agriculture Sector).

During said activity, Alcala and DA Bicol OIC Regional Executive Director Abelardo R. Bragas distributed over P5-million pesos’ worth of farm input and equipment to the farmers and fisherfolk affected by the recent typhoon. Among these were corn and pili seeds and seedlings, carabaos with ploys and harrows, sheep, laminated sacks, garden tools, marine engines, fishing gears, and non-motorized fiber glass bancas.

DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol (Photo: RAFID 5)

Sorsogon is among the three provinces in Bicol which were hit the hardest by typhoon Glenda. It has been estimated that the total value of agricultural damage reached P318.72M.

Bragas also noted that the DA will make available farm equipment such as 4WD tractors, harvesters, flatbed dryers and hand tractors for rent at a minimal cost.

In attendance at the launch were acting governor Antonio H. Escudero, Rep. Evelina G. Escudero, Rep. Deogracias B. Ramos, Ako Bikol partylist representative and Bicol Recovery Program chairperson Rodel Batocabe, local chief executives, barangay officials, farmers and fisherfolk, officers and members of the agriculture and fishery councils, the heads of DA-attached agencies, and members of the local media. – with report from Emily B. Bordado, DA- RAFID5, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol (Photo: RAFID 5)

DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol (Photo: RAFID 5)

DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol (Photo: RAFID 5)

DA extends post-Glenda rehabilitation aid to Bicol (Photo: RAFID 5)
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Engineer naholdup P1-M sa Daet

DAET, CAMARINES NORTE – Padagos pa an imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad mapadapit sa nangyaring pagholdup nin sarong inhenyero sa banwaan na ini.

Imbuelto sa krimen an kantidad P1 milyon na marikas na idinulag kan mga suspechado sa pirang minutos sanang incidente.

An victima kan pagholdup iyo si Engr. Carlito Abordo Torero, 50 anyos, taga Barangay Bagasbas, digdi.

Nagluluwas sa ginibong pagsiyasat kan mga awtoridad na mina-abot pa sana sa saindang harong an engineer kan agawon saiya an saiyang darang cuartang P1 milyon.

An duwang suspechado nagtutok nin badil sa victima, kaya marikas na itinao sainda an cuarta.

An mga holduppers nagdulag pasiring sa direksyon kan Barangay Awitan asin San Nicholas digdi.

Nagtutubod an mga awtoridad na haloy nang pig-aadalan kan mga nagholdup an dalagan kan buhay kan engineer.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Suspechadong nanlupig dakop, victima menor de edad

CAMARINES SUR —Nadakop kan mga awtoridad an sarong lalaki na suspechado sa reklamong panlupig sa mga menor de edad na victima.

Imbuelto sa caso si Igmedio Avila, 49 anyos, soltero, taga Pasacao.

An victima ni Avila iyo an 11 anyos na si Jane (bakong tunay na pangaran), nag-eestar sa kataid nindang harong sa Pasacao.

Sabi sa report, an mga magurang ni Jane parate naghahale sa saindang residencia para maghanap buhay.

Digdi nakakua nin tiempo an suspechado na kamangon an saiyang victimang aki.

An marikas na ayuda kan mga awtoridad iyo an nakatabang tanganing madakop an suspechado.

Maroromdoman na saro pang incidente nin panlugos an ipigreport ngonian sa semana sa Barangay Bagong Silang, Labo, Camarines Norte.

An victima kan nasambit na suspechado, saro man na menor de edad. — BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Friday, August 1, 2014

DA constructs P56-M rice processing center in Bicol

One more rice processing center (RPC) built by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for Php 56 million to be the second in Bicol has been turned over to farmers, this time in the island province of Masbate.

The facility, with a floor area of 300 square meters, is a permanent building equipped with a multi-pass rice mill and mechanical dryer with biomass furnace now serves as a warehouse where farmers can store their palay, especially during rainy season.

It is one of the facilities developed by the Philippine Center for Post-harvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) which can be availed of by farmers' associations under the Rice Mechanization Program of the DA.

This program aims to optimize the use of modern technologies in farming and offers machinery and equipment that lessen the drudgery of field works, lower operational cost and increase farmers' yield and income.

The new RPC was turned over recently by DA Regional Executive Director for Bicol Abelardo Bragas based here to the Narangasan Multipurpose Cooperative in Milagros, Masbate, Emily Bordado, the DA regional spokesperson, on Thursday said.

The cooperative is a 300-strong group of rice farmers that helps the government in its rice self-sufficiency efforts under the DA’s Agri-Pinoy Program on Rice that provides new technologies, hi-bred seeds and farm mechanization equipment, Bordado said.

The group has been made beneficiary of the agriculture intervention program in line with the Aquino administration’s Food Staples Self-Sufficiency Program that has something to do with the rice self-sufficiency target with the implementation of medium-term agricultural sector mechanization and modernization program, which commenced in 2011 and to last until 2016, she said.

Bordado described Milagros as a second-class coastal and lowland municipality of Masbate whose people rely mainly on fishing and farming for their living.

The first agricultural productivity support of this kind provided by the DA in Bicol was awarded early last month to the San Antonio Farmers Irrigators Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAFIMCO) of Buhi, Camarines Sur, as another token for its winning of the national Rice Achievers Awards of the DA last year.

It is a concrete building, also with a 300-square-meter floor area, built by DA engineers within a 1,500- square-meter lot that now benefits not only the over 420 members of SAFIMCO but also all the rice-farming communities in nearby barangays, according to Bordado.

It is also equipped with a double pass rice mill with a milling capacity of one ton per hour.

Both these multi-million-peso facilities that farmers in Camarines Sur and Masbate now enjoy serve as a big gift representing the commitment of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III to help the agricultural sector grow through the DA, Bordado said.

“They don’t feel neglected by the government now. They also have committed to continue supporting government programs in agriculture implemented by the DA whose leadership headed by Sec. Proceso Alcala, they trust with confidence, noting his sincerity in helping alleviate the plight of the agricultural sector,” she added.

These groups of farmers have been instrumental to Bicol’s attaining of regional rice self-sufficiency as of last year wherein the region achieved 99.75 percent of the target and recorded a 5.96-percent production growth rate over 2012.

With that, Bicol achieved a 118.19-percent rice self-sufficiency level, which means Bicolano farmers produced 18.9 percent more than the amount local consumers could eat, agricultural production data collated reports say.

The region was expecting only around 844,000 metric tons (MT) in rice yield for a 102.6-percent rice self-sufficiency level based on the projected regional consumption of over 822,000 MT in 2013.

The region’s palay yield also increased from 3.51 MT per hectare in 2012 to 3.62 MT last year, representing a 3.13-percent growth rate, the same records show. —by Danny O. Calleja (PNA) LAP/FGS/DOC/CBD/
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National prayer for the papal visit

To be prayed
Before the Post Communion Prayer of Every Mass
From August 1, 2014 until January 14, 2015

God of mercy and compassion, we come to you in our need and lift up to you our nation as we prepare for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.

(After every invocation we say together: Bless Your Church, Lord)

That we may be faithful to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

That we may be eager to meet and listen to Pope Francis.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

That we may be compassionate with the poor and the needy.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

That we may be merciful with the weak and the lost.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

That we may humbly confess our sins and return to God.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

That we may frequently and devoutly receive Holy Communion.
Bless Your Church, Lord!

Let us pray.

God our Father, we are all Your children. Make of us a nation of mercy and compassion eager to meet Pope Francis.

Make us a nation of holiness and heroism through Christ our Lord.


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Nalubog na lancha nasapod, mga tripolante asin pasahero nakasalvar

Mayo nin nagadan sa nangyaring aksidente sa lancha sa banwaan nin Siruma ngonian na aga.

Ini an ipinaabot na report ni P/Ins Greg Bascuna, deputy Chief of Police kan Tinambac sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD.

Sabi ni Police Insp. Bascuna, nakaabot sainda an bareta dapit sa aksidente poco mas o menos alas 9:40

An report na naguno kan Tinambac PNP nagconfirmar kan aksidente sa lancha, sa parte kan Barangay Cabugao, Siruma, sa San Miguel Bay.

An nakasapod kan mga tripolantes kan lancha iyo an mga may sadire man nin baroto na nag-aagi sa nasambit na dagat.

Dinara an mga sakay na tawo kan lancha sa Sitio Danlogan kan Cabugao.

An lancha ginuyod man tulos pasiring sa guilid.

Nagkaigwang aberiya an viaje kaini kan maraot an parte kan entable kan sakayan huli kan darakuang alon.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Bicol’s economy posts fastest growth in 2013

Bicol Region’s economy recorded the fastest growth among the country’s 17 regions in 2013. It grew by 9.4 percent in 2013, surpassing its growth of 6.9 percent in 2012. It was followed by: National Capital Region (NCR) with 9.1 percent; SOCCSKSARGEN, 8.4 percent; Caraga, 7.8 percent; and Ilocos Region, 7.7 percent.
On the other hand, the economy of MIMAROPA posted the lowest growth rate at 1.7 percent in 2013, slower than its 4.8 percent in 2012. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was second lowest with 3.6 percent in 2013 – an improvement from its 1.1 percent growth in 2012. Western Visayas closely followed with 4.1 percent growth in 2013 which is relatively lower as compared to its 7.7 percent growth in 2012.

Seven regions record accelerated growth

Out of the country’s 17 regions, seven regional economies recorded accelerated growth from 2012 to 2013.

The economy of Eastern Visayas rebounded from a 6.4 percent contraction in 2012 to a growth of 5.7 percent in 2013. Other regions which recorded faster growth in 2013 were: NCR, from 7.0 percent to 9.1 percent; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), from 1.0 to 6.0 percent; Ilocos, from 5.2 to 7.7 percent; Bicol, from 6.9 to 9.4 percent; SOCCSKSARGEN, from 8.0 to 8.4 percent; and, ARMM, from 1.1 to 3.6 percent.

Zamboanga Peninsula’s economic growth, on the other hand, suffered the biggest deceleration - from a growth of 12.9 percent in 2012 to a 4.3 percent growth in 2013. Other regions that slowed down in 2013 were: Cagayan Valley, from 8.1 to 6.6 percent; Central Luzon, from 6.5 to 4.3 percent; CALABARZON, from 7.3 to 6.7 percent; MIMAROPA, from 4.8 to 1.7 percent; Western Visayas, from 7.7 to 4.1 percent; Central Visayas, from 9.4 to 7.4 percent; Northern Mindanao, from 7.2 to 5.6 percent; Davao Region, from 7.4 to 6.8 percent; and, Caraga, from 10.7 to 7.8 percent.

NCR continues to account for the largest share of the national economy

NCR continued to have the largest share of the country’s total economic output with a 36.3 percent share in 2013, slightly higher than its 35.7 percent share in 2012. It was followed by CALABARZON with a share of 17.4 percent and Central Luzon with 9.0 percent. On the other hand, ARMM accounted for the lowest share to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 0.7 percent.

In terms of contribution to the national GDP growth rate of 7.2 percent in 2013, NCR contributed the highest, at 3.2 percentage points; followed by CALABARZON with 1.2 percentage points; and Central Visayas with 0.5 percentage point. On the other hand, ARMM and MIMAROPA had less than 0.1 percentage point contribution.

Real per capita GRDP of NCR nearly three times the national per capita GDP

The average real per capita GDP of the Philippines increased by 5.3 percent or from PhP65,404 in 2012 to PhP68,897 in 2013.

In 2013, NCR posted the highest per capita GRDP at PhP195,806, nearly three times the national average and is 10.5 percent higher than its per capita GRDP in 2012. Aside from NCR, two other regions, CALABARZON and CAR likewise had per capita GRDP higher than the national average at PhP84,657 and PhP76,284, respectively. Meanwhile, ARMM had the lowest per capita GRDP among the regions at PhP14,566.PSA/NSCB

Lancha nalunod sa dagat kan Siruma-Tinambac

SIRUMA, CAMARINES SUR–Sarong lancha an nawawara ngonian asin pigtutubodan na nalubong poco mas o menos alas 8:00 nin aga.

An report hale ki Roel Clemente sa Vito, Siruma nagsabi na posibleng 3ng kilometros pa an distancia kaini hale sa pantalan kan Tinambac kan mangyari an aksidente.

Mayo pang malinaw na informasyon kun may nagadan sa nadisgraciang lancha.

An lancha cargado nin copra asin mga pasahero kan ini magviaje sa dagat.

Mientrastanto, igwa nang sadit na baroto an nagsagonson pasiring sa lugar kan aksidente.

Mayo pang nakakaabot na informasyon hale sa mga awtoridad.

An baretang ini pigbroadcast ni Edwin Lara sa saiyang programa sa BBS-DWLV ngonian na aga.

Sa report ni Clemente, an darakulang alon huli sa habagat an nagkalitwang kan sakayan sa dagat. –BICOLSTANDARD.COM/BBS-DWLV NEWS


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CASURECO II to completely restore power by mid-August

NAGA CITY—Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO II) OIC General Manager Rolly Pante confirmed today that the electric cooperative will find difficulty making both ends meet, on account of the present situation after the destruction that typhoon Glenda brought.

Pante said their crew are working around the clock to restore the power lines in the coop’s coverage area devastated by the recent calamity.

He claims that the electric cooperative will be able to restore power in all their coverage area in the middle of of August.

Meanwhile, Pante said that the electric cooperative has negotiated a loan from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to augment their financial needs.

The service area of CASURECO II include the towns of Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Pili, Minalabac, Milaor and the City of Naga.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

20 mil sako NFA rice sa Albay naraot kan bagyo

LEGAZPI CITY—Dae makulang sa 20,000 na sako nin bagas na nasa bodega kan National Food Authority (NFA) an napiligrohan kan aboton kan baha na dara kan bagyong si Glenda.

20 mil sako NFA rice sa Albay naraot kan bagyo
Pigconfirmar ni Yolly Navarro, Provincial Manager kan NFA sa Albay, kan arasod-asodan nin mga kahapotan kan mga tawo na nanghihinayag sa naraot sanang kakanon.

“Kun ipinabakal na sa mga tawo an bagas , dae lamang kuta nasayag,” sabi kan mga nag-aagrabyong parabakal kan baratong kakanon.

“En ves na ipabakal samo an baratong bagas kan NFA, pig imot pa ini,” sabi pa.

An mga nagrereklamong parokyano kan NFA pigtutugotan magbakal nin tigduruwang kilo kada sarong mabakal.

Sabi ni Navarro, an NFA rice sa bodega ninda inabot kan makusog na uran pati baha pag-agi kan bagyong si Glenda.

Nabaklas pa an atop kan bodega kan NFA, kaya mayong defensa an mga nakakamadang sinakong bagas, sabi kan manager.

Saiyang piglinaw na dae man naubos na naraot an 20,000 na sako nin bagas.

An iba pwede pang mapakinabangan.

Ngonian, an kaipohan kan NFA iyo an “reconditioning” kan saindang stocks para isihon kun pirang porciento an mapapakinabangan pa.

Maski siring, kun igwa man nin napeligrohan na bagas pwede pa ining mabawi ta igwa sinda nin insurance digdi.

Huli kan bagay na iyan, mariribayan kan NFA an saindang stocks oras na bayadan na sinda kan insurance company. - BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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1 die in robbery incident in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY—A robbery incident was recorded here yesterday morning at around 2:30 at Barangay Banquerohan.

The police record says that the victim, identified as Nestor Beato y Ayre, 52 years of age, was shot by 3 unidentified persons at Purok 2, Banquerohan.

The object of the crime could be robbery.

The victim, when brought to the Estevez Hospital, was pronounced dead on arrival, at around 2:45 in the morning.

Dra. Karena Azotea, the attending doctor said that 3 mortal wounds caused the death of the victim.

The police investigators claim that 4 unidentified suspects perpetrated the crime.

They boarded 2 motorcycles when the fled after the robbery incident.

The 4 suspects headed to the direction of Manito, Albay. They were armed with short firearms, the report added. — BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Relief goods rot in Tabaco City

TABACO CITY – The Sangguniang Panlunsod here will review the policy and procedures of the Local Government Unit (LGU) here in connection with the storage and distribution of relief goods before and during times of calamity.

According to reports, at least 21 sacks of rice and several cartons of noodles have started to rot in the stockroom of the City Social Welfare Office (CSWO), due to the failure of the said office to distribute said goods immediately to the victims of typhoon Glenda which devastated the area, last week.

The rice and noodles were allegedly intended to be given to the typhoon victims in the barangays located in the island of San Miguel.

However, the difficulty in transporting the commodities served as the stumbling block for the LGU to conduct the immediate relief operations

CWDO Officer-in-Charge Cristina Bonagua explained that they were ready to respond to the needs of their constituency, except for the fact that they have been confronted with this transportation issue.

Sensing that the relief goods would rot, they aborted their plan to proceed to the island barangays of San Miguel. Instead, they decided to ration the perishable goods to other poor families here.

Meanwhile, the reports gathered by the media say that some beneficiaries complained that the relief goods were no longer fit for human consumption.

This is the reason why the Sangguniang Panlungsod is poised to consider the crafting of new policies that would serve as guidelines in the storage as well as distribution of commodities earmarked for calamities.

A report from Mark Kevin Arroco, a broadcaster from Albay also confirmed this report.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Magkarelasyon nakuang gadan sa motel sa Goa, Cam Sur

GOA, CAMARINES SUR – Duwang personas an nakuang gadan sa laog kan cuarto kan sarong motel sa banwaan na ini.

An mga imbestigador nagsabi na an mga gadan nang hawak ninda Rommel Clarino, 43 anyos, asin Joana Iraula, 22, nakua kan mga miembros kan Goa Fire Department sa laog kan Papillion Motor Lodge sa Barangay Tagongtong digdi.

Kan maglaog an mga awtoridad sa cuarto kan hotel, enot nindang naheling an bangkay ni Iraula na nakakirimo an saiyang mga takyag sa saiyang daghan.

Ini an pahayag ni Chief Inspector Chito Oyardo kan Goa Municipal Police Station sa intrevista kan DWLV.

May suspecha an mga imbestigador na pwedeng tinilok ngona ni Clarino si Iraula tanganing magadan, pagkagtapos inulaan nin gas an saiyang lawas, dangan sinubsuban.

Kan naheling na ni Clarino na gadan na si Iraola, dangan siya nagsuicide naman, sabi kan mga imbestigador.

An mga awtoridad may pagtubod na pagselos an motibo kaya ginadan an saiyang kaibibahan na babae.

Iyo man ini an sinasambit na rason kan saiyang tiyaon, kan makaolay kan mga pulis.

Mientrastanto, may mga testigo sa motel na nagsabi na antes madiscubre an saindang gadan nang lawas, nakadangog sinda nin nagkukurahaw sa laog kan cuarto, na garong may nag-iiriwal na tawo.

An mga imbestigador nakakua pa sa laog kan cuarto na pig-okupar ninda nin sarong sachet nin metamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) asin duwang boteng gin.

An piglunadan na Honda Wave 100 na may plate number 2756EY ni Clarino an nasa poder kan mga awtoridad ngonian –BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Selosong lalaki, sinaksak an karibal sa pagkamoot, irido

GARCHITORENA, CAMARINES SUR – Pagkamoot na tagob nin pagselos an nagtulod sa sarong lalaki para saksakon niya an saiyang kabarangay.
Selosong lalaki, sinaksak an karibal sa pagkamoot, irido
Stock photo: Wikimedia Commons
Segun sa tiniripon na informasyon kan mga awtoridad, si Arnel Maimon, (bakong tunay na pangraran) an nalalangob ngonian sa carcel sa casong pagprobar na paggadan kan saiyang karibal sa sarong magayon na daraga digdi.

An estorya nagpoon kan aksidenteng masabatan ni Arnel an saiyang kailusyon na si Sonia Magayon, (bakong tunay na ngaran) sa sarong hayakpit na tinampo sa saindang barangay.

Nag-iwas na sana si Arnel sa dalan para maibitaran an confrontasyon. Makuri an kurab-kutab kan saiyang daghan, kaya nagpahipli na lang sa poon nin batag, mantang luway-luway na nagdadalihig an luha sa saiyang daghan.

Huli sa grabeng pagselos, ta lamos talaga siya nin pagkamoot ki Sonia, napurisaw an saiyang dating pirming nanok na pagturog pagkabanggui.

Nakasanday sa ulonan, pigparaisip si nangyari kaya dagos nag langkaba sa saiyang marigsok na isip na planong resbakan an saiyang karibal na si Romeo Mabilis (bako man tunay na pangaran).

Matanga nin banggui sa saiyang higdaan, ilinuwas ni Arnel an mga surat saiya ni Sonia na itinago sa saindang aparador. Mantang binabasa an mga surat, surunod-sunod na nagtagdo an mga luha sa sinuratan na papel.

Garong pisog nin mais an pagkadarakula kan nagdalihig na mga luha.

Amay nin aga, sinurongan ni Arnel si Romeo sa atubangan kan saindang harog.

Nagdiskusyon an duwa asin pirang segundos sana, nasaksak ni Arnel si Romeo.

An mga tiniripon na informasyon antes kan incidente, nagluluwas na pirang semana pa lang palan na ka-trato ni Arnel si Sonia.

Pirang taon niya ining pigsuyo asin pig-ilusyonan makua sana an saiyang mahamis na pag-ako kan saiyang liputok na pagkamoot.

Decidido talaga si Arnel na pakasalan si Sonia sa pinakamadaling panahon.

Alagad, an naka-olang sa pag presentar ki Sonia an pagrapado kan bagyong si Glenda ta nadanyaran an hanapbuhay.

Si Arnel nagkukurahaw nin mga tataramon na naghihinayang siya kan saiyang inubos na panahon sa pagsuyo sa daraga.

An nagtulod ki Arnel na saksakon si Romeo iyo an saiyang naheling na mantang marumarom na asin pasulnopon an saldang, namansayan niya si Romeo asin si Sonia, higot na nagkakapotan an saindang mga kamot, mantang naglalakaw.

An iridong si Romeo nagsabi na mayo siyang kasalan. An totoo, sabi niya, aram niyang kailusyon ni Sonia si Arnel.

Alagad, marikas na nag sugpon na, kailusyon pa man sana, bako pa man sindang mag-agom. Arog ni Arnel, siya soltero asin gusto man mag-agom ki Sonia.

An pigselosan ni Arnel na si Romeo tulong aldaw pa sanang nag-ilusyon ki Sonia.

Pero, nagluluwas na siya na an pigtiwalaan kan saiyang pagkamoot.

Si Romeo nagpapaomay kan saiyang tama.—Estorya ni Oca Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Catandungan Festival Songwriting Contest launched

VIRAC, CATANDUANES — The final set of mechanics of the Catandungan Festival Songwriting Contest has been revealed.
Catandungan Festival Songwriting Contest launched
Catandungan Festival Songwriting Contest launched
The contest, which aims to capture a reflection of island life in the province of Catanduanes, calls on music enthusiasts to write songs that promote the tourism, heritage, culture, people, values and products of the province.

At stake is a grand prize of P20,000 and consolation prizes of P5,000. The winning piece shall also be declared as the official festival song of the province, the organizers said.


The competition is open to Catandunganons and individuals with Catandunganon parents. There is no age requirement. However, minors joining the competition must be represented by a parent or guardian. Employees of the Provincial Government of Catanduanes and those connected or related to, by blood or consanguinity, to the members of the Festival Executive and Working Committees are disqualified to join.

Technical requirements

Songwriters may submit as many entries as they can.

An entry must be a completely original composition in Bicol. Its copyright must be owned exclusively by the songwriter-contestant.

Each entry may be composed by one individual or a collaboration of two or more songwriters.

The following are disqualified as entries: a) instrumental compositions; b) compositions which have been previously published, recorded or released in any part of the world; c) compositions which have qualified as finalists in any song competitions in the Philippines or abroad; d) commissioned musical works; e) compositions which are found to contain two or more melodic bars or lyrics similar to a published or released song in the Philippines or abroad; and f) lyrics that are substantial translation of a published work or released song in the Philippines or abroad. Failure of the entry to comply with any of the published requirements shall be sufficient ground for disqualification.

By entering a song in the competition, the participant warrants that it has not been contracted for by any third party, and that he shall not negotiate and/or contract or any use of the song with any such third party until after the announcement of the finalists, and thereafter, if declared as a finalist.

The composer/lyricist shall hold the Provincial Government of Catanduanes and the Festival Executive and Working Committees, free and harmless from any suit, demand, debt, obligation, expense or liability arising from any misrepresentation or fraud in connection with his entry to the competition, the organizers explained.

Entry forms

Entry forms are available online at and at the Office of the Governor, Provincial Information and Management Office (PIMO), 3/F Provincial Capitol Building, and at the Provincial Tourism Office, 2/F Old Capitol Bldg., Sta. Elena, Virac, Catanduanes.

Duly-accomplished entry forms must accompany all entries. If the entry has one or more songwriters or lyricists, each one must sign the entry form.

The song must not exceed four minutes and thirty seconds (4:30), inclusive of intro and extro.

One or a combination of musical instruments may be used.

Introductions and explanations which are not part of the song are not allowed.

As a general rule, the lyrics of the song must be in Bicol, Catanduanes version. However, English/Filipino terms may be used if they contribute to the total charm and effect f the song.’ Colloquial expressions and other made-up or coined terms are allowable as well.

The name of the composer/lyricist shall not appear on the lyric sheet.

Introductions or explanations which are not part of the lyrics are not allowed.

Submission of entries

Entries may be submitted by courier, personally delivered, or sent online via e-mail. If by courier or personal delivery, the song entry must be stored in an audio CD accompanied by the duly accomplished entry form, lyric sheet and a 2x2 photo of the composer.

Online submissions should be e-mailed to with the following attachments: (1) scanned duly-accomplished entry form in jpeg format; (2) lyric sheet in doc format; (3) 2x2 photos in jpeg format; and (4) Mp3 file of the entry song

All entries must be received by the songwriting competition secretariat by 12 Midnight of September 15, 2014, Philippine Standard Time.

Competition organizers reserve the right to extend the deadline when necessary.

The organizers shall not be responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen or misappropriated entries.

Screening and judging

A committee shall screen all the entries and determine the seven finalist songs.

An individual, whether a composer or a lyricist, is allowed only one entry—the one with the higher score—in the finals.

A Board of Judges shall choose the winners from among the seven finalists.

The entries shall be judged according to the following general criteria: music (quality of melody, harmony and rhythm) – 30%; lyrics (arrangement of words and ideas) –30; overall impact (music treatment, commercial appeal, uniqueness, recall factor, breakthrough qualities) – 40%.

For more information, kindly visit the Office of the Governor, Provincial Information and Management Office (PIMO), 3/F Provincial Capitol Building, or the Provincial Tourism Office, 2/F Old Capitol Bldg., Sta. Elena, Virac, Catanduanes—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PRC reschedules exams for teachers, physicians, and sanitary engineers

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), an attached agency of the DOLE, has rescheduled the Board Licensure Examinations for Professional Teachers (BLEPT), Physicians (BLEP), and Sanitary Engineers (BLESE) which were originally scheduled in July and August 2014.

Baldoz said PRC Chairman Teresita Manzala, in a report, informed her that the professional regulatory boards for teachers, medicine, and sanitary engineering recommended the rescheduling of the licensure examinations to give way to the centennial anniversary celebration of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) which coincides with the BLEPT on July 27, 2014.

“The PRC had issued Commission Resolution No.838, Series of 2014, which underlined the need to reschedule the licensure examinations that will be affected by the INC Centennial Celebration,” Baldoz said, adding that she had directed the PRC to disseminate the information on the new schedules as widely as possible to make applicants aware about them.

The new dates of exams and their corresponding deadlines for filing of application are as follows:

For professional teachers, the examinations will be August 17, 2014, with the deadline for the filing of application to take the examinations on June 14, 2014.

For physicians, the examinations, which were originally scheduled on August 16, 17, 23, 24 has been moved to August 23, 24, 30, 31 2014, with the deadline to file the application on August 1, 2014.

For sanitary engineers, the examinations, which were originally scheduled on August 12, 13, 14 has been re-scheduled for August 26, 27, 28 2014, with the deadline on August 6, 2014. news | Albay news | Camarines Norte news | Camarines Sur news | Catanduanes news | Daet news

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Menor de edad, piglugusan sa Labo, Cam Norte

LABO, CAMARINES NORTE—Dinakop kasoodma sa banwaan na ini kan mga miembro kan Labo Municipal Pulis Station an sarong soltero na suboot nanlupig sa sarong menor de edad sa sarong madoot na lugar sa P1 Barangay Bagong Silang 3.

An suspechado binisto na si Sonny Pajares y Maristela, 26 anyos, asin residente kan nasambit na lugar, segun ki PSupt Geoffrey N. Fernandez, Acting Chief of Police kan Labo Municipal Police Station.

Sa report kan pulis, sinabi na linupigan kan suspechado an victima sa sarong madoot na lugar sa nasambit na barangay poco mas o menos alas 12 nin odto kasoodma.

An victima pigdara na sa medico legal para sa eksaminasyon mantang an suspechado nag-aatubang na nin kasong rape.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

8th Raul Roco Cup slated for August 21-25

NAGA CITY—The 8th Raul Roco Cup: The Bicol Debate Championship will take place on August 21 to 25, 2014, the Universidad de Sta. Isabel Debate Society announced.

8th Raul Roco Cup slated for August 21-25
8th Raul Roco Cup
Touted as the “biggest and most prestigious debate tournament in Bicol,” the Roco Cup gathers more than 200 participants from across the region annually as it offers fun and exciting activities alongside gruelling debate rounds.

The tournament is open to all high school and college debating institutions in Bicol. The 8th Raul Roco Cup will follow the British Parliamentary format with a tournament cap of 100 teams, an institution cap of 12 teams, and a break cap of 4 teams, Tournament Convenor Khristian Damielle A. Jamer explained in the invitation.

The N-rule adjudication policy will be followed for the College Division. Anyone previously/currently enrolled at of any institution in the Philippines is eligible to compete as an Adjudicator, Jamer added.
This year also sees the addition of two special competitions, the Robredo Cup and the Maogmang Lugar Cup.

To date, the participating institutions in the high school division include Ateneo de Naga University, Aquinas University, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, La Consolacion College Iriga City, Dominican School of Calabanga, Camarines Sur National High School, Sipocot National High School, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Naga Hope Christian School, and Naga College Foundation. The college division, on the other hand, includes Ateneo de Naga University, Aquinas University, Bicol University, Camarines Norte State College, Sorsogon State College, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, University of Nueva Caceres, Partido State University, and Naga College Foundation. 

For more information, kindly contact Nick Pilapil, Communications Director at +639277059903 or Khian Jamer, Tournament Convenor at +639176550163.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Ex-Army soldier shot dead in Sorsogon City

SORSOGON CITY—A former member of the Philippine Army was gunned down by around seven persons whose names have not been identified by the authorities.

The shooting incident happened at around 7:30 PM at Barangay Marinas, East District, this city last Friday, July 25.

The victim, Jayson Palcon Lomeda, 25, married, and a resident of said barangay, was shot to death outside his residence, according to the police. The suspects, the police added, were all armed with long firearms.

The victim was brought to San Antonio Funeral Parlor in Gubat, Sorsogon for autopsy.

Meanwhile, the police are conducting a follow-up investigation on the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Man abducted in Sorsogon

CASTILLA, SORSOGON—A man was abducted at around 6:30 PM last Friday at Barangay Burabod by two unidentified men, the police revealed.

The victim was identified as Cerelo Mejeroda, 53, married, and a resident of Barangay Loreto in this town.

Mejeroda reportedly told his wife that he will buy cigarettes at Barangay Burabod. While he was standing in front of Salvador Latonero’s rice mill, however, the two malefactors approached and took Mejeroda on their motorcycle.

The suspects proceeded to the direction of Barangay Cumadcad, this town, the report added.

As of press time, the police are still conducting a follow-up investigation on the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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AdNU General Alumni Association launches scholarship program

The Ateneo de Naga University General Alumni Association (AdNUGAA) launches this coming August its scholarship program for the first semester of school year 2014-2015, Alumni President Dr. Jessie Albeus announced.

All applicants were screened by the University Admission and Aid Office based on a set of criteria: (1) the applicant must be a graduating student; (2) his or her QPI must be 2.5; and (3) his or her annual family income is not more than P150,000.

The names of the chosen scholars will be revealed in August after the Alumni Association’s Board Meeting.

“This is another milestone in the history of the Ateneo Alumni Association,” Albeus remarked. “It is proof that the spirit of ‘men and women for others’ burns in the hearts of Ateneans.”

Albeus added that Ateneo alumni who wish to sponsor a scholar or donate any amount to the AdNUGAA will be most welcome.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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3 students arrested in Cam Sur for hazing

CANAMAN, CAMARINES SUR—Three students, all minors, were arrested yesterday morning at Barangay Sta. Cruz here for violation of violation of Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law.

Two of the suspects were 16 years old, while one was 17.

The arrest was conducted by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Erwin Virgilio P. Ferrer, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20, Naga City, for violation of Section 4 (g) of Republic Act 8049, with Criminal Case No. RTC-2013-0687.

The recommended bail was P12,000 each, the police said.

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The minors were brought to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) office at Del Rosario, Naga City, by virtue of a commitment order.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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COMELEC cancels Certificate of Candidacy of CamSur BM Hernandez

The Commission on Elections en banc resolved to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of Romulo O. Hernandez, during the 2013 election for members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the 2nd district of the Province.

Romulo O. Hernandez
Romulo O. Hernandez
Photo: Sangguniang Panlalawigan Camarines Sur
In its Resolution promulgated July 8, 2014, three Comelec Commissioners voted in favor of the cancellation of the COC of Hernandez. Two, meanwhile, dissented, one did not participate in the voting and another participated but had no appointment as Commissioner.

The Comelec en banc reversed and set aside the Resolution of the Second Division, which originally sustained the validity of Hernandez’ certificate of candidacy.

However, in the Comelec en banc Order dated July 10, 2014, Brillantes said:

“The Office of the Clerk of the Commission received the Resolution of the Commission en banc for the instant case which granted petitioner’s Motion for Reconsideration, and, accordingly, cancelled the Certificate of Candidacy of respondent. However, the said Resolution failed to obtain the necessary majority votes as required by the rules since the Members of the Commission voted as follows: Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr., Comm. Lucinito N. Tagle and Comm. Elias R. Yusoph voted in accord with the subject resolution; Comm. Robert S, Lim and Comm. Luie Tito F. Guia dissented, asserting that there was no violation of the three-term rule; Comm Al A. Parreno took no part in the deliberation of the case; and the vote of Comm. Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca for denial of the Petition may not be counted since she was not yet reappointed at the time of the promulgation of the same. It is therefore imperative for the Commission to conduct a re-deliberation/rehearing.”

“Hence, in order to expedite the proceedings, the Commission en banc, in lieu of hearing, hereby DIRECTS the parties to submit a Memorandum within three (3) days from receipt hereof copy furnished the other party.”

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr, affixed his signature in this Order.

The Petitioners in the election case were Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal and Roy Anthony Nidea, while the respondent is Romulo Ocampo Hernandez.

The main issue in the case was on the legal interpretation of the prohibition in the Constitution that bars local officials from holding office for more than three consecutive terms in the same position

Hernandez was originally elected as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur in the 1st district. He is a resident of the town of Libmanan, which is part of said district.

Meantime, Republic Act 9716 was passed into law. This law reapportioned the municipalities comprising in the two districts of Camarines Sur. As a result, the town of Libmanan was transferred from the 1st district to the 2nd district.

After said reapportionment, Hernandez sought another term as Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur in the 2010 National and Local Elections. That time, however, he indicated in his Certificate of Candidacy that he was running in the 2nd district. He won and fully served his 4th term from 2010 to 2013.

In the May 2013 elections, Hernandez ran again for another term. It was then that his candidacy was contested legally by Petitioners Abonal and Nidea.

The Petitioners said that respondent Hernandez had been elected and had served his 4th consecutive term as Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. This, they alleged, is a patent violation of the three-term limit rule. Such being the case, he is disqualified, the Patitioners argued.

In his concurring opinion, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said that it is beyond question that Hernandez has ran, been elected and fully served four (4) consecutive terms as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Camarines Sur, spanning 12 years.

“It is my position that the subsequent transfer of the Municipality of Libmanan from the 1st District to the 2nd District of Camarines Sur did not bestow Hernandez a fresh period within which he can run for three more consecutive terms, that to follow him to run and serve his 5thconsecutive term would in effect have us tolerate the very scenario which the Constitutional provision on the three-limit rule seeks to prevent, that is, a single person accumulating excessive power over a particular territorial jurisdiction as a result of a prolonged stay in the same office,” he said.

Those who voted in favor of the COC cancellation were Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes, Jr., Comm. Lucinito N. Tagle and Comm. Elias R Yusoph.

Those who dissented were Commissioners Christian Robert S. Lim and Luie Tito F. Guia.

Commissioner Al A. Parreno did not take part in the voting.

Commissioner Maria Grace Cielo M. Padaca had a dissenting opinion. Her vote, however, was questioned because on the day of the voting, her appointment had already expired since she did not have an ad interim appointment after Congress adjourned on June 11.

It will be recalled that Padaca was by-passed by the Commission on Appointments.

Meanwhile, in an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Hernandez said that he will discuss the issue with his lawyer. He further stated that will exhaust all legal remedies in connection with the en banc Order—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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