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.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

52.7% watched, 38% read porn, study on Bicolano youth finds

Parents must be fully aware that their children's easy access to Internet may not at all be good for them as the youth in the Bicol Region are fascinated to read pornographic materials.

Based on the 2010 census, Bicol has a total of 1,030,147 youth with ages 15 to 24, who constitute about 5.7 percent of the Philippines’ total youth population of 18 million.

Study showed that 38 percent of Bicol youth read pornographic materials -- 39.7 percent among males and 36.7 percent among females -- while 52.7 percent of the youth have watched x-rated movies, 36.6 percent of them females.

These figures, however, are below the national average, based on the research by Dr. Nimfa B. Ogena and Dr. Arnission Andre Ortega of Demographic Research and Development Foundation University of the Philippines Population Institute.

The study was presented during the Population Commission Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS 4) regional dissemination forum held recently in this city.

The YAFS is a series of nationally representative cross-sectional surveys on the Filipino youth aged 15 - 24 conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation.

The youth also engaged in other media-related sexual activities wherein 8.8 percent had visited websites with sexually-explicit content, 16.5 percent had sent or received sex videos through cellphones or Internet.

Similarly, 4.3 percent had engaged in phone sex and 3.7 percent had sex with someone they met online or through text messages, the study said.

But the most alarming data presented in the report was that Bicol youth engaged in sex at young ages.

The mean age, according to the study at first sex, was 17.5 years for males and 18.3 years for females.

About 1.9 percent of young males and 1.2 percent of young females had sex before age 15 and at least 21.1 percent of young males and 18.4 percent of young females had sex before age 18.

The study also said 84. 6 percent of first premarital sexual encounters were unprotected against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Due to this, the Bicol region fertility rate was increasing wherein 7.3 percent of females aged 15-19 were already mothers.

The proportion of women who had begun childbearing generally increased with age.

In national study category, the percentage of young girls aged 15 to 19 who had begun childbearing had more than doubled in the past decade.

In 2002, the last YAFS survey found that 6.3 percent of girls 15-19 years old were either pregnant for the first time or were already mothers.

The latest done in 2013 shows that this percentage climbed to 13.6 percent; 1 in 10 girls aged 15-19 was already a mother while 2.6 percent were pregnant with their first child when they were interviewed in 2013.

Among girls aged 15 interviewed in 2013, almost 2 percent had begun childbearing.

This proportion increases as age increased such that among those who were aged 19 when interviewed in 2013, one in three had already begun childbearing.

“This result does not come as a surprise, especially if we link this with what we found regarding sexual behavior of young Filipino today,” said Prof. Maria Paz Marquez, the author of the paper on adolescent sexual behavior.

Results from YAFS 4 show that increasing proportion of young Filipinos have engaged in premarital sex and majority of them reported that their first sexual experience was unprotected from the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Whether these early pregnancies were the direct outcome of early and unprotected sex is a subject for further study of the YAFS 4 data, according to the researchers. (PNA) CTB/FGS/RBB/CBD/JSD

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P102-B Manila-Bicol PNR rehab to be bidded out

LEGAZPI CITY— The reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) south system that links Manila to Bicol may be bidded out within the next six months. It will be under the Public-Private Partnership scheme, and may have a budget that may reach P102 billion.

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In a recent TV interview, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the project is getting a strong push in the national agenda, and forms part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) system that extends up to the Ilocos region.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the PNR south railway system is a critical factor to development in Luzon. Its rehabilitation has long been awaited and has been aggressively pushed by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) which the governor chairs.

The project was the subject of a series of meetings last week among Salceda, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, DOTC Secretary Abaya, and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program Executive Director Cosette Canal.

Salceda said there was a general consensus “to pursue it as the south-bound system under the NSCR, which has a net present value of P78 billion and economic internal rate of return (EIRR) of 19%.”

“We agreed to aggressively push the railway program in the national agenda, and we all agreed that almost all railways in the world involve national subsidies,” said Salceda on his meeting with Balisacan, during the Philippine Launch and Press Conference for the 2014 Human Development Report last August 20.

“As RDC chair, I reiterated our position that the Manila-Bicol railway is critical to development as it promotes rural tourism, empowers Bicol labor to compete in the labor markets of Metro Manila and elsewhere in Luzon, and provides a multi-modal transport means for bringing agricultural products and manufactured goods of Bicol to the rest of Luzon,” he explained.

For instance, Salceda added, the vegetables of Guinobatan’s Inascan Valley should be as competitive in the Divisoria wholesale market as the vegetables from Benguet and Baguio City.

During the meeting with Abaya and Canal where they agreed that the PNR south system shall be pursued under the NSCR, Salceda said they estimated the Investment cost of P74 billion to P102 billion, with a critical cost shared by the public investment budget since it is a national priority program.

Salceda initiated a national railways summit in Metro Manila June last year and presented the prospects for a modernized PNR South-Luzon system. He said the railways industry should be placed at the center of the national agenda, adding that “railway development should be a natural companion strategy for the Bicol industry cluster, for development to trickle down and development growth sustained.

He said he had a meeting last August 12 with PPP officials and was briefed on the Integrated Luzon Railway Project which awaits the report from the Canadian Pacific Consulting Services, the PPP Center’s transaction adviser. “The indications,” he was told, “were encouraging.”

Based on the briefing, Salceda sought an audience with the DOTC, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the PPP.

“While I insisted on a standard gauge, I was assured by DOTC Undersecretary Timmy Lichauco that the existing narrow gauge can go 150 kph to 180 kph, which should reduce the Tutuban-Legazpi trip down to three to four hours,” he shared.

Salceda said the possible bidding for the project as a PPP venture could be by the first quarter of 2015. A meeting with them is scheduled September 4.

Other regions in Luzon, the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Calabarzon RDC have signified interest in the railway development initiative of Salceda, aimed at interconnecting the north and south railways to the Metro Manila system. --by Johnny C. Nunez (PNA)
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sectors join forces for Peñafrancia Festival 2014

NAGA CITY--Representatives from various sectors gathered at the Archbishop's Palace here today to sign the Peñafrancia Inter-Agency Task Group-Joint Operations Center (JOC) memorandum of agreement (MOA).

Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)Peñafrancia Inter-Agency Task Group-Joint Operations Center (JOC)
(Photo: OCD RDRRMC)

Said MOA enjoined cooperation among the agencies to ensure the smooth flow of activities during the Peñafrancia Festival.

Among those who attended the signing were City Mayor John Bongat; Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona; PSSupt Primo Berico Golingay, OIC Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office, PSSupt Arnel B. Escobal (OSC) PESE, Regional Chief, PNP Highway Patrol Group 5, PCSupt Arnold L. Albis, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Bicol Philippine National Police; PSupt Lorenzo O. Rellosa, BFP, Regional Fire Marshall, Bureau of Fire Protection, MGen Yerson E. Depayso, AFP, Commanding General of the 9th Infantry Spear Division of the Philippine Army, Bernardo Alejandro, OCD Regional Director and RDRRMC Chairman; Commo Franco Sebastian T. Pan, AFP, Commander, Naval Forces Southern Luzon Philippine Navy; LTC Luisito F. Angeles, Jr. PAF, Commander, Tactical Operations Group 5, Philippine Air Force; Dr. Felipe Federico O. Pio Jr. of the Bicol Medical Center; FCInsp. Rachel R. Verbo, PhD, City Fire Marshall, Bureau of Fire Protection; and Mr. Rolando Pante, Acting General Manager, Casureco II; among others.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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Tabaco National High School named champion for innovative teaching

Tabaco City National High School
Tabaco National High School
LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has declared Tabaco City National High School (TCNHS) in Albay as national champion in its search this year for best Innovative Practices in Managing Large Classes (SIPMLC).

DOST Regional Director for Bicol Tomas Briñas based here announced this Wednesday as he received the information from the DOST’s Science Education Institute (SEI), the organizer of the yearly search.

In winning this year’s SIPMLC national award, Briñas said, the TCNHS was recognized for its project “Effectiveness in Chem-Connect Project in Managing Large Classes in Chemistry” that aims to instill in the students a deeper understanding of chemistry through various video clips and practical work approaches.

The award hopes to inspire and reward teachers from the public and private high schools to innovate and create impact in teaching Science and Math in spite of large number of students all crammed up in one classroom and encourage other schools to adopt the strategies applied by the awardees.

According to Briñas, an entry for the SIPMLC is submitted in a form of a project proposal that identifies the problems encountered in handling large classes.

The project proponent must develop the methodology to be critiqued by experts from DOST-SEI and University of the Philippines-National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED)-Diliman.

Entries are judged according to innovativeness, 35 percent; doability and replicability, 30 percent; sustainability and impact, 20 percent; and resource utilization and cost effectiveness, 15 percent.

The panel of judges selects among the 50 project proposals and trim it to only nine entries to qualify as finalists.

These finalists are automatically given P100,000 as a grant to implement the project in their classes, Briñas said.

The next phase involves the evaluation and monitoring of experts and consultants.

Out of the nine entries, only two are chosen as national winners.

In this year’s search, the TCNHS shares the glory with Surigao City National High School for its entry--“Inquiry-Based Collaborative Learning Program (ICLP) for Teaching Large Science Classes” which developed Strategic Intervention Materials or teaching aids designed to stimulate the learning activities of the students.

Managing large classes have been a major concern not only for teachers but also for the government as students’ proficiency in math, science, and English have greatly deteriorated in the past due to the congestions in classrooms, which is not a textbook practice in basic education.

This problem has resulted in a drop in the students’ academic performance and the absorptive capacity of complex concepts, especially in Science and Math.

In the 2003, according to DOST-SEI Director Dr. Jossette Biyo, Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), which is the most comprehensive study on the Math and Science proficiency in the world, revealed the country’s plunging performance in basic education.

In the fourth grade alone, she said, the Philippines got 378 of the international Math average of 467, ranking at fifth from the bottom among the 25 countries surveyed.

In Science, the country ranked at 332, a third from the bottom with an international average of 489, Biyo said.

Although the sharp rise of student enrollees in the public schools are tightly attributed to the economic downturn of the country, DOST, on its part, is looking at solutions to finally up the students aptitude in Science and Math, which is an important ingredient of the country’s economic development and competitiveness, she said.

Through teachers’ innovative ideas and creative juices, students can have a renewed interest in Science and Math which could raise a new level of awareness and discovery in the future, thus the search for the SIPMLC, Biyo noted.

The SIPMLC is on its second year and has already produced four winners.

DOST-SEI plans to publish these studies and look into their impact in terms of adoption and effectiveness.

“DOST is fully committed to unlocking science education through innovative programs designed to meet the ever-changing learning needs of the youth,” Biyo said, adding that her years of teaching at the Philippine Science High School in Iloilo strengthened her belief that education should be transcended from a mere classroom.

“The best laboratory is just outside the classrooms, and teachers should be more of a stimulant to the students’ imagination and creativity,” she stressed.

At the TCNHS, its principal, Myrna Gonzales, told the Philippine News Agency here over the phone on Wednesday that a celebration has been put in place inside the school campus within this week for the school’s victory in the SIPMLC national championship.

The TCNHS is the largest public secondary school institution in the first congressional district of Albay with a yearly average enrolment of around 5,000 students. (PNA) CTB/FGS/DOC/CBD/UTB

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Protests vs. Golden Rice continue

MOSCOW, Russia -- Farmers, sectoral organizations and scientists from rice-producing Asian countries are protesting further field testing and attempts to commercialize Golden Rice, a genetically modified variety of rice, Health Impact News reported.

Golden Rice vs. regular rice
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“We want to protect our rights against the contamination of our rice varieties, the health of our people and the environment. It is the plan of IRRI [International Rice Research Institute] to contaminate our rice with the privately owned Golden Rice, making us subservient to the interests of huge corporations. The truths are, there are lots existing solutions to fight Vitamin A deficiency,” spokesman Bert Autor of SIKWAL-GMO, an alliance of farmers and organizations against GMOs in Bicol, the Philippines, was quoted as saying by Health Impact News.

“There are food sources rich in Vitamin A and are readily available. Also why not focus on giving land to the landless farmers? A lot of farmers cannot participate in increasing food security of the country as most of them do not own the land they till. We do not need Golden Rice, it is but a distraction to attaining food security and agricultural development,” Autor added.

Protesters uprooting Golden Rice in Pili, Camarines Sur
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Farmers across Asia argue genetically modified rice varieties such as Golden Rice not only threaten public health, but also contaminate local rice varieties with unknown ecological effects, Health Impact News reported. Protesters claim the project is a ploy to allow transnational agribusinesses to increase control over food production and agriculture.

Golden Rice is transgenic rice containing beta carotene, an alleged solution to Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), revived in the mid-2000s by a US$ 2 billion investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project has already completed field trials in the Philippines and is awaiting the collation of data for regulatory approval. After approval, feed testing on humans will commence.

Both the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) of the Department of Agriculture are proponents of the project that plans to commercialize Golden Rice by 2016. In addition to the Philippines, Golden Rice is being field tested in Indonesia and Bangladesh. (RIA Novosti) FPV/RSM

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DENR Bicol to file raps vs alleged Philippine hawk eagle shooter

LEGAZPI CITY —The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol will pursue the complaint against the wildlife hunter found in possession of a wounded Philippine Hawk Eagle in Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Sto. Domingo, Albay.

Philippine hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis)
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DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said he ordered a thorough investigation on the matter in order to establish a strong case against Tirso Bañares, the alleged wildlife hunter, for violation of the Republic Act No. 9147 or the Phil. Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.

“The DENR through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Legazpi City is set to file the complaint against the suspect for violation of RA 9147 and of RA 7586 or the NIPAS Act,” Dir. Gonzales said.

Initial reports of forest officers revealed that around noon of August 6, 2014, the team caught Bañares in possession of the wounded eagle as they passed by his bunkhouse while monitoring the bush fire in the protected area.

The dying eagle was turned over to the Albay Park and Wildlife for immediate treatment.

However, the veterinarian was not able to save the life of the raptor due to its rapid blood loss.

The CENRO Legazpi City team also confiscated an improvised air gun supposedly used in shooting down the raptor.

“We have reasons to believe that we have a strong case against Bañares, who fled from the scene when our personnel from CENRO Legazpi City came back to interrogate him,” Gonzales added.

“Escape or fleeing would run counter to his statement that he was not the perpetrator of such crime,” he furthered.

The Philippine Hawk Eagle is one of the biggest among the predator birds in the world. It can stand up to 30 inches tall with a wing span that measures twice the length of its body and weighs up to two kilograms.

This bird has a disctinctive crest on top of their heads consisting of four to five black feathers measuring up to eight centimeters long. (MAL/SAA/DENR5/PIA5)

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75,000 board feet of hot logs seized in Camarines Sur

LEGAZPI CITY – The Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol nabbed some 75,000 board feet of alleged hot logs in Partido Area, Camarines Sur.
DENR Bicol RD Gilbert Gonzales
DENR Bicol RD Gilbert Gonzales
DENR Bicol regional executive director and RAILTF chair Gilbert Gonzales said the recent apprehension was an offshoot of follow-up operations of the task force in the area after an earlier successful apprehension of 20,000 board feet of lumber in Tamban, Tinambac, and Camarines Sur last July 2.

“The RAILTF is intensifying its effort to curb illegal logging operations in Partido Area and bring into the arms of the law the perpetrators of such unscrupulous acts.  Currently we are reaping success in the anti-illegal logging operations because various law enforcement agencies of the government are backing us up,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said the joint task force is also conducting sea-borne operations with the help of Naval Forces Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL) floating assets for the past weeks and has seized illegally-cut timber in several areas in Presentacion, Tinambac in Partido Area and Sipocot.

The joint task force is a composite team of personnel from the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and the DENR.

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Gonzales added that the DENR has filed complaints against the individuals behind the illegal logging operations in violation of the amended Revised Forestry Code or Presidential Decree No. 705 and Chainsaw Act or Republic Act No. 9175.

“This should serve as a fair warning against all illegal logging operators in the region that the RAILTF is on the hunt against them, and they will be prosecuted accordingly, so as to be held liable,” he added.

Under Executive Order No. 23, the RAILTF is in charge of the enforcement of the moratorium on cutting and harvesting of timber on natural and residual forests and the anti-illegal logging campaign under the supervision of the DENR. -- (MAL/SAA/DENR5/PIA5)

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Rambol kan familia, 1 gadan

TIWI, Albay--Kumbinasyon nin suntok asin sapuyong sa pandok an ikinagadan kan 54 anyos na tugang na lalaki kan suspechado sa banwaan na ini.

An victima iyo si Bonifacio Conmito, may agom, taga Barangay Dapdap.

Pigdeclarar siyang mayo nang buhay kan darahon sa doctor.

An mga awtoridad na nag-imbestigar, nagsabi na iwal nin magtugang sa daga an guinikanan kan surontokan.
Si P/Insp Jorem Callos nagsabi na base sa saindang pagsiyasat, an victima asin an saiyang tugang na si Agapito Cormito, nagkainitan sa malanit na diskusyon manongod sa pig-iiriwalan nindang daga.

An dae pagkaintindihan kan magtugang iyo an nagserving mitsa kan saindang suntokan.

Mientrastanto, mantang nag-rarumble an magtugang, an mga aki kan suspechado na pigbistong sinda Antonio asin Alex, nagsurog na man sa saindang ama.

May mga nagtarabang para masaway an nag-iiwal na magtugang.

An esposa kan victima nagsabi na dae sana nahaloy an saiyang agom, na victima digdi, an nag senyal saiya na maraot an pagmate asin nagpipiot an daghan asin kinakapos nin hinangos.

Poco mas o menos alas 5:00 nin hapon, binawian na nin buhay si Bonifacio Conmito.

Hinagad kan nawalat na miembro kan familia kan victima an tabang kan mga pulis para dakopon an mga suspechado.

An mga awtoridad, hidale na nagduman sa residencia kan mga suspechado para sinda arestaron asin panimbagon sa nangyari krimen.

Kabale sa kakasohan huli sa nagsurog sa pagbanog kan victima iyo an tugang na si Agapito, asin an saiyang duwang aki. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

History of the Divino Rostro

In the small village of Osa de la Vega in Spain, there lived a couple who led a very pious life. They were Gregorio de la Torre and Isabel Corral. From their father, Juan Montilla, they inherited a picture of the Face of Jesus or the Divino Rostro.


A story that is told one day, to the amazement of many who confirmed its veracity, the picture began to perspire with living blood. News of his extraordinary event spread swiftly and widely throughout the land. Many people from different places came to see for themselves the miracle. As a result, the couple decided to transfer the image to the church, for their house became too small to accommodate huge crowd of people. There in the church the image instantly became the object of a very special devotion of the inhabitants.

During the years 1834, 1853, and 1955, a cholera epidemic called “Cholera Morbo” struck the whole country of Spain. Nearby all its towns suffered from the rueful effects of the dreadful malady. The natives of Osa de la Vega prayed and made devotions to the Divino Rostro to protect them from the epidemic. After the cholera epidemic had passed, to the surprise of many, no one in the village died or was stricken with the cholera. This made the faith of the people and their devotion to the Divino Rostro grow much stronger. This also began the spread of devotion in other parts of the country.

The devotion to the Divino Rostro in Naga City began during the tenure of Bishop Casimiro Herrera. In 1882, a cholera similar to the one in Spain in 1834 broke out in Manila.

The Vicar General at that time of the Diocese of Nueva Caceres was a certain Fr. Pedro De la Torre who was a native of Osa de la Vega and a devotee of the Divino Rostro. He had with him a copy of the Divino Rostro being venerated in his hometown. Recalling what had happened in Spain, he requested Bishop Herrera to enshrine the holy picture at the cathedral where the people could venerate it for the whole duration of the epidemic. People flocked the church imploring divine intercession that they be spared from the deadly cholera. The bishop also ordered that the intercession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia be sought. And so on August 26, 1882, the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia was brought to the Cathedral. That was the first time that the Bikolanos prayed to Our Lady of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro together in one place. That was also the beginning of a tradition that continues up to the present when, during the Traslacion, both images are borne to the Cathedral.

When the dreaded disease was dispelled our people were spared from it. In the thanksgiving, the hierarchy and the people promised to celebrate the feast of the Divino Rostro and Our Lady of Peñafrancia together. And so when the image of Ina was brought back to her shrine in that same year, the image of the Divino Rostro was also brought together with the former to her shrine.

To make it easier for the devotees to give vent to their special devotion to the Divino Rostro, Father de laTorre decided to donate the picture to the Santuario de Peñafrancia. The chaplain, with approval of the bishop, placed it at the gospel side of the altar. That is the same place that the Divino Rostro occupies today in the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peña de Francia.

When the wooded frame of the miraculous image became old and deteriorated, Doña Fabiana Arejola Vda. De Reyes, then president of the Peñafrancia Association, donated a silver frame ordered from the famous Zamora Brothers. Unfortunately, the silver plates of the frame were stolen in 1976.

She ordered the construction of a beautiful palanquin or andas which until today is being used during procession.

Source: Penafrancia Basilica Minore
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Peñafrancia 2014 schedule of events

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Isipon, Osipon: "Kanor" dai na marapado

Ini daa si Kanor. Bisto mo?
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Si Mang Kanor, Bikolano daa. An sabi kan iba, Davaoeño.

Mayo man talagang nakakabisto ki Mang Kanor.

Pero an Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), nagsabi na si Kanor, pangaran nin bagyo.

Sa ibang tawo, orog na sa mga nag-uusar kan social media, si Mang Kanor, iyo si lalaki sa X-rated na video sa youtube.

Naheling siya sa kama na may kaibang menor de edad na babae na kasyahan sana man an gayon.

Bantog si Mang Kanor na medyo gurang na, alagad palekero.

Bilang prueba kan saiyang popularidad, igwa na siyang fan page na may 69,000 na miembro.

Pusog an tindog asin poco mas o menos 58 anyos na an edad. Bako man guapito. Makusog sana an sex appeal, orog na sa mga joven.

An saiyang fan page pirmeng pigbibisita nin dakul na nag-iidolo sa nag-eedad nang gigolo.

Huli sa bagay na ini, an PAGASA nagdecider na paraon na lugod sa saindang listahan an pangaran na Kanor bilang sarong bagyo.

En vez, an weather bureau nagsabi na an masunod na malaog na bagyo aapodon "Karding."

Ini para maebitaran an mga maringgaw asin marigsok na isip na naoogma asin nag-oolog-olog saiya.

An sabi sa report, dakul an namundo kan desisyon na ini kan PAGASA.

Haloy na suboot sindang nagparahalat na mag-abot an bagyong Kanor ta gusto ninda maaraman kun ano man talaga an saiyang hapiyap, ringis asin rapado.

Sa nangyaring ini, an mga simpatisadores ni Kanor, naghahagad nin hustisya na ibalik an pangaran sa lista.

Mientrastanto, pigparahanap kan BICOL STANDARD kun taga saen talaga si Kanor, kun siya Bicolano, taga-Iriga, taga-Daraga, o taga-sain pang ibang lugar. Mayo talaga nin nakakabisto.

Igwang nagsasabi na gadan na si Kanor. Alagad, mayo pa nin confirmasyon.

Si Kanor, pangaran nin bagyo. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Bicol books shine in Nat'l Book Awards 2014

NAGA CITY--The works of Bicolano writers are among the finalists of the National Book Awards 2014.
National Book Awards 2014
The list, which was released by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle includes Canticos: Apat na Boses by K.S. Cordero (UST Publishing House) for Best Book of Poetry in Bikol; Laan by Allan Popa (De La Salle University Press) and Labi by Kristian Sendon Cordero (Ateneo de Manila University Press) for Best Book of Poetry in Filipino; Drone by Allan Popa (UST Publishing House) for the Phil Lit Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry; Married Women: Short Stories by Maryanne Moll (Ateneo de Naga University Press) for the Cirilo Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction; Hagong: Mga Osipon, edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos and H. Francisco V. Peñones for the Best Anthology in Bicol; Fish Hair Woman by Merlinda Bobis (Anvil Publishing) for the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language; and Ang Lihim ng Ultramar by Rhod V. Nuncio (UST Publishing House) for the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in Filipino.

For the Premyong Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino para sa Salin at Saliksik sa Wika, the following have been selected as finalists: An Profeta by Wilmer Joseph S. Tria (Ina nin Bikol Foundation); Doros asin mga Anghel: Translations in Bikol of John Donne's Holy Sonnets and Selected Works by Victor Dennis T. Nierva (Ateneo de Naga University Press); Minatubod ako sa Diklom: Translations in Bikol of Selected Works by Rainer Maria Rilke by Kristian Sendon Cordero (Ateneo de Naga University Press).--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Bicol Car Show to raise funds for Basilica Museum

NAGA CITY--A special car trade show on September 5 to 7 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel here will gather major car dealers in the Bicol Region and showcase top-of-the-line vehicles to raise funds for the new Basilica Museum.

Bicol Car Show 2014
Bicol Car Show 2014
The car show, which is organized by Team Diversified, will feature top-of-the-line passenger cars, pick-ups, SUVs, LUVs, vans,and other vehicles from Chevrolet Naga ((M&K Motorsales Naga, Inc.), Ford Naga (Dearborn Motors Co. Inc.), Foton Legazpi (Foton Motors Phils.), Hino Motors Naga (Pilipinas Hino Inc.), Isuzu Naga (Gencars Inc.), Nissan Naga (Lisam Enterprises,
Inc.), and Suzuki Auto Naga (Sakura Autoworld, Inc.). Mazda Batangas (Auto Zoom-Zoom, Inc.) will also be present as a guest exhibitor.

Other car products will also be on display, according to the organizers.

Raffles and promos from leading business establishments in the city await the guests and attendees.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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AXN's TEN to feature Mt. Isarog

NAGA CITY--Mount Isarog in Camarines Sur will soon be featured on the second season of AXN's show TEN.
TEN Season 2
The program, which features ten tourism destinations in the Philippines, is a collaboration among Television Culture Shock Productions, Pilipinas Shell, and the Department of Tourism.

TEN's host, Jason Godfrey, takes viewers to different places around the Philippines to highlight the food, sights, people, or activities.

Among the other places to be featured in the upcoming season are Dahican Beach in Davao and Baguio City.

TEN Season 2 starts airing September 26 at 8:05 PM on AXN.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DOH Bicol launches mass immunization vs. polio

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office has started a month-long measles-rubella and oral polio vaccine mass immunization (MR-OPV-MI) 2014 for all children to prevent the spread of polio cases in the region, DOH Regional Director Gloria Balboa said in a press conference held at her office.

DOH Bicol Regional Director Gloria Balboa
Photo: RD Balboa's FB account
This activity is part of the nationwide immunization campaign of the DOH to reduce and interrupt the transmission of measles and rubella in the country and to protect the children from entry into the country of wild polio viruses.

It has for its theme: “Ligtas sa Tigdas, Magkaisa, Magpabakuna.”

Balboa said this campaign had been conducted already in the previous years and the DOH is doing it again to save the lives of the members of the young generation.

This health care service is free immunization for all the children with ages five years old and below to protect and free them not only from measles and polio but also from the dangerous effect of the German measles coming from neighboring countries, she said.

Balboa urged all mothers to bring their children to the nearest barangay health centers and other vaccination posts.

She said that while the Philippines is a polio-free country at present, there is a big possibility that the virus of this German measles from other countries will enter the Philippines.

The DOH official said that measles is very dangerous and a deadly air-borne disease coming from rubeola virus which can affect children through lung complication.

The virus can also infect the ear of the people that can possibly spread to the brain.

Polio is a transmitted disease with a risky virus that can paralyze a person.

This disease is preventable through immunization, proper hygiene and good nutrition to make sure that every child will have strong energy and resistance against the virus of the disease, Balboa pointed out.

She urged all the local chief executives in the region to cooperate and participate in this very important health care service for children.

The health office regional head said her agency will provide technical assistance and logistics that will be used for this mass immunization activity in the entire Bicolandia.

Balboa also asked the tri-media to disseminate the information regarding this free health service. --by Emmanuel P. Solis (PNA) CTB/FGS/EPS/CBD/JSD
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Escudero to PNP: Explain series of kidnappings

MANILA--Alarmed by the rising cases of kidnapping in the country, Sen. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero on Tuesday said he will verify the reports in the Senate hearing on the proposed Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) budget for 2015.



”I will verify if the reports are true that the kidnapping is on the rise in our country, specially in Metro Manila,” Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on finance, said in a Senate media interview.

Escudero has also put to task the Philippine National Police (PNP) to step up its campaign to arrest the perpetrators in order to allay fears of a restive public.

Escudero said crimes brazenly done in broad daylight is an indication of the criminals’ contempt for law and order and a clear mockery of police authorities.

“Why are criminals so emboldened nowadays to perpetrate their crimes in public? Why do these things happen under the noses of our police authorities?” Escudero asked.

“I have received feedback from friends who have witnessed kidnappings or relatives of victims who have been subjected to abduction and have paid ransom for their releases. There’s a segment of the community who is already in panic and there must be a concrete action to abate these crimes and prevent the spread of alarm among the public,” he said.

Recent incidents of kidnap-for-ransom have been reported with the perpetrators even killing their victims, according to the senator from Bicol.

Last week, Chinese-Filipino businessman Benito Chao was snatched in Bulacan and was found dead hours after. The kidnappers were reported to have asked for a P20-million ransom but a series of negotiations by the family has brought it down to P15 million.

Just last Monday, a photo went viral showing a group of heavily-armed men appeared to be forcing passengers of one vehicle at gun point to get out while in the middle of EDSA. When police authorities arrived, they gunmen were gone.

“These are crimes that do not even hide under the cloak of darkness anymore. It is very disturbing. These are the reported ones, but I am sure there are more which have remained unreported by the victims and their families out of fear of retaliation from their aggressors,” Escudero said.

“I ask the PNP to intensify its campaign against criminals and beef up security to protect the public. The people need to be assured that they can walk our streets to and from their homes,” he added. (PNA) CTB/JFM

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PAGASA continues to monitor two LPAs inside PAR

Two weather disturbances inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) are now being continuously monitored by the state weather bureau.

In an interview Wednesday, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Chris Perez said that as of 10 a.m. the LPA was spotted some 280 km east of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 124.3°E).

Perez said since the LPA is near it will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Calabrazon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Bicol region and Visayas.

Residents in these areas and local disaster risk reduction management councils concerned are advised to be alert and take all the necessary precautionary measures and monitor updates on this weather disturbance,"PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. advisory.

Meanwhile, Perez said the other Low Pressure Area was estimated at 1,020 km east of Northern Mindanao (10.2°N, 135.5°E).

He said the LPA was still far and does not affect the country.

Based on the numerical models, Perez said the two weather disturbances still have a slim chance to become a tropical depression.

Once it intensifies into a tropical depression inside the country, it will be locally named "Karding".

PAGASA expects two to three cyclones to visit the country this September. (PNA)
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General Simeon Ola Day 2014 Military Parade in Albay
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PNP reiterates no helmet, no travel policy

NAGA CITY--Police Senior Supt. Primo Berico Golingay, Officer-in-Charge of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) warned the public on Monday that they will strictly enforce the law in the use of motorcycle helmets.

PNP reiterates no helmet, no travel policy
Photo: CSPPO
Golingay, speaking at the Multipurpose Hall of the CSPPO, also emphasized that motorcycle riders need to secure the proper documents before using their vehicles, as the police will implement the "No Plate, No Travel," and "No Registration, No Travel" policies.

Golingay, along with Police Supt. Romeo Landagan Pillonar, Deputy Provincial Director for Administration, PCI Amado C. Montana, Chief Operations officer of the CSPPO, led a dialoue with 35 motorcycle dealers of the province to seek their assistance in implementing the laws.

They stressed that the dealers should issue the proper documents to buyers to facilitate the investigation of crimes involving said vehicles.

A rise in crimes involving suspects using motorcycles has been noted in the province recently.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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14 Bicol reps. junk LTFRB's redefining of bus routes sans consultation

NAGA CITY--Fourteen representatives from the Bicol Region signed today a resolution urging to defer the implementation of Memorandum Circular No. 2014-15 issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Said circular, the group claimed in House Resolution 1445, "prejudiced the people of the Bicol Region."

The House Resolution was signed by Reps. Cesar V. Sarmiento, Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo, Edcel "Grex" B. Lagman, Al Francis C. Bichara, Fernando Gonzalez, Cathy Barcelona-Reyes, Elmer E. Panotes, Felix William Fuentebella, Salvio B. Fortuno, Maria Vida E. Bravo, Elisa "Olga" T. Kho, Evelina G. Escudero, Scott Davies Lanete, and Deogracias B. Ramos, Jr.

"[T]he new traffic scheme purportedly lacked public consultation with the stakeholders such as the provincial bus operators and commuters most especially from the Bicol Region," the resolution maintains.

"Memorandum Circular No. 2014-15 purportedly was issued without any extensive, objective and scientific study to support that such scheme would positively impact in decongesting traffic in Metro Manila especially considering that most of the buses concerned travel early in the morning or late in the evening [when] the traffic is relatively light," it adds.

The representatives further point out that the new traffic scheme translates to disruptions caused by the required transfer of passengers, the inconvenience involved in the transfer of passengers, the uncertainty of city buses to receive the passengers and most importantly, higher costs in transportation."

Thus, the group seeks for the DOTC, LTFRB, MMDA, the City of Muntinlupa, and all concerned agencies to defer the implementation of said circular.

They also propose to conduct an extensive and objective study of the impact of the proposed traffic scheme; carry out an ample public consultation with the stakeholders in determining the most effective and efficient solution to ease the traffic in Metro Manila without causing any undue burden to bus operators and commuters; and to immediately rationalize the routes of PUVs based on scientific studies.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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