Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

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

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Typhoon Mario leaves 2 dead in Cam Sur

NAGA CITY—Two people who had been looking for their animals perished as Typhoon Mario battered Camarines Sur yesterday.

One victim was identified as former Barangay Kagawad Eduardo Lelis y Rivera, 60 years old, married, and a resident of Fabricante St., South Centro, Sipocot.

According to the police, Lelis went out of his residence around midnight yesterday to check on his horse. However, a flash flood came his way, drowning him.

His body was found underwater by rescuers, the police added.

Meanwhile, in Ragay town, 61-year-old Conrado Bergonio y Buban, a resident of Barangay Amomokpok, was found lifeless by the river by residents of Sitio Cauhagan, Barangay Apad.

Bergonio is believed to have lost his life in a flood, as well.

The victim, according to the initial nvestigation, left his residence on September 18 to find his missing carabao.


Both the Sipocot and Ragay Municipal Police Stations have announced that they are still conducting a follow-up investigation on the incidents.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Damaged bridge in Virac strands residents

Damaged bridge in Hicming, Virac, Catanduanes
Photo via PNP Bicol
Personnel of the Catanduanes Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) led by PSI Rogelio O. Hernandez Jr. and the Bienvenido Panti of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office came to the rescue of residents who were stranded due to the damaged bridge in Barangay Hicming, Virac, Catanduanes. The bridge was damaged due to the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Mario.--/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

RELATED: Cam Norte cut off as detour bridge collapses

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Sea Urchin Gamefarm, WBA JJ Nelson win 5-Cock Derby

NAGA CITY—The entries of Sea Urchin Gamefarm and WBA JJ Nelson emerged as the champions in the Peñafrancia Fiesta 5-Cock Stag Derby here yesterday.

The two entries both garnered five wins in one of the largest cockfighting tournaments in the city.

Some 40 entries from Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Iriga City and Naga City participated in the friendly competition.

Guest participants from Bacolod and Manila also joined the event.


Richard Dy, the promoter, expressed his appreciation to the cockfighting aficionados in Bicol.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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SK voters registration starts tomorrow

NAGA CITY—Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesperson James Jimenez announced on social media that the 10-day registration for the SK election will push through tomorrow, September 20.

The registration is scheduled until September 29.

Jimenez said that voters may "You can go to http://iRehistro.com to either DOWNLOAD #VoterReg2014 forms or (2) ACCOMPLISH forms online."

They can later submit the forms to their local COMELEC office.

iRehistro.com indicates that using the website only "attempts to facilitate the process of accomplishment of the Application Form. It does not automatically mean approval of your application."


Further, it states that voters "still have to personally appear before your local COMELEC office for biometrics capture to complete the filing process."—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Cam Norte cut off as detour bridge collapses

STA ELENA, Camarines Norte—Gov. Edgar Tallado is calling on the national government for assistance in expediting the repair of a detour bridge that collapsed here last night as typhoon Mario pummeled the province.

Collapsed bridge in Kabulua, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte
Collapsed bridge in Kabulua, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte
Photo courtesy of PNP
Said bridge, which is located in Barangay Kabuluan, this town, used to connect the provinces of Camarines Norte and Quezon.

It is used by commuters travelling from Daet to Manila, and vice versa.

Rerouting


Tallado said that while the bridge is awaiting repair, the provincial government will have a temporary footbridge constructed in two days' time.

The problem, he explained, is in transporting heavier loads of cargo.

Their solution is to advise passengers to use the longer route via the Andaya Highway, through Sipocot, and back to Camarines Norte.

The detour bridge was constructed as the major bridge was being repaired, Tallado added.


He also said that when he reached out to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), he was informed that the repair of the detour bridge could take two weeks or more.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Old photo of Albay's Cagsawa Church

Cagsawa Church in Albay
Cagsawa Church in Albay
This old photo of Albay's iconic Cagsawa Church shows the structure before volcanic eruptions buried most of its parts. Today, only a section of the bell tower is visible. (Photographer: Robert Larimore Pendleton, 1890-1957, Image from the original negative held in the collections at the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Source)

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Miss Bicolandia 2014 winners at the Civic Parade

Miss Bicolandia 2014 winners at the Civic Parade

Miss Bicolandia 2014 beauties attend the Civic Parade in Naga City. From left to right, 3rd Runner Up Sarah Christine Bona, 2nd Runner Up Louise Pauline Christelle Resoles, 1st Runner Up Jian Cayla Salazar, and Miss Bicolandia 2014 Casey Anne Austria (Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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What happens to the animals in Mayon's danger zone? Salceda explains

LEGAZPI CITY--The Provincial Government of Albay is considering buying the domestic animals of the residents near Mayon Volcano.

In a press briefing, Gov. Joey Salceda announced that this may help convince residents near the foot of the volcano to leave their homes and move to the evacuation centers, Radio Veritas Legazpi reported.

Salceda explained that some residents in the danger zone have been acting stubborn because they did not want to leave the animals behind.

However, in case the locals would not want to sell their animals, Salceda said that they will not be forced to do so. Rather, the locals will be directed to bring the animals at the designated evacuation center in Barangay Cabangan in Camalig town.

After the calamity, the animals will be given back to the evacuees, the governor said.

Meanwhile, in a related report, it was noted that the punong barangays of the villages in the danger zone will be in charge of finding a temporary shelter for the animals, according to the CDRRMC.

As of press time, some 20,000 individuals from the danger zone have been evacuated, according to the NDRRMC main office in Manila.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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21,000 individuals near Mayon evacuated

MANILA--The number of families evacuated from the communities near Mayon Volcano in Albay has now reached 4,742 or 21,092 inidividuals in 19 barangays, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

NDRRMC added that the affected persons were evacuated to 18 evacuation centers.

As of Thursday, the agency said the figure can be broken down into: Tabaco City, 486 families or 2,077 persons; Guinobatan, 1,144 families or 5,933 persons; Camalig, 140 families or 728 persons; Ligao City, 383 families or 1,915 persons; Daraga 1,869 famiilies or 7,476 persons; and Malilipot with 720 families or 2,963 persons.

It added the areas in the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) has eight cities and municipalities with 46 barangays.

RELATED: What happens to the animals in Mayon's danger zone? Salceda explains 

The classes in schools situated six-kilometer radius PDZ around the volcano and the seven-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) remain suspended since September 16.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Thursday still raised the volcano's alert status to Level 3, which means that a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within weeks.

The Phivolcs recorded 142 volcanic earthquakes and 251 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

Rizza Villeza, science research specialist of the Phivolcs' Volcano Monitoring Division, advised Albay residents to avoid entering the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the seven-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank due to the continuing threat of rockfalls, landslides, and sudden explosions that may generate lava flow.

“We recommend no habitation within the PDZ and EDZ as the public should be aware and observe safety,” she noted.

Villeza said the increasing number of volcanic tremors around the volcano clearly showed that Mt. Mayon continues to be on a heightened state of restiveness. --by Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan (PNA)

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Mayon's restiveness heightens

LEGAZPI CITY -- On its third day, Mayon Volcano’s restiveness continues to heighten as the seismic network of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 142 volcanic earthquakes and 251 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

Mayon Volcano
Photo: PNA
On Monday’s observation period, it registered 32 volcanic earthquakes and 72 rock fall events while the seismic network recorded 45 volcanic earthquakes and 270 rock fall events during the next 24-hour observation period.

Mayon Volcano’s alert status has been on Alert Level 3.

Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said moderate emission of white steam plumes that drifted south southwest was observed while rain clouds covered the summit, preventing visual observation.

Laguerta said sulfur dioxide (SO2) flux was measured at an average of 757 tons/day on Wednesday although SO2 emission rates peaked at 2,360 tons per day on September 6.

He added that ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February, based on precise leveling surveys on the third week of August, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement.

“All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma,” the volcanologist added.

Earlier, Laguerta said Mayon Volcano is showing parameters likely for a “vulcanian eruption” within weeks.

Cedric Daep, department head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), said that if Mayon Volcano erupts this September, wherein south west monsoon is in effect, ashfalls will be affecting the municipalities of Malilipot, Malinao, Tiwi and Sto. Domingo and Tabaco City.

However, Daep said, if eruption happens during the month of October, where north east monsoon is in effect, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Oas, Polangui, Libon, Jovellar and Pio Duran towns and Ligao City will be affected while Legazpi City will be spared from the impact of ashfall if ever the wind is either northeasterly or southeasterly.

"The range of ashfall depends on the high altitude wind direction and the wind speed based on the monitoring of the PAGASA," he clarified.

Daep said this kind of eruption will have an explosion of ash movement going up where when it goes down, it will create pyroclastic flow around Mayon Volcano which will appear like tentacles of an octopus all around the river channels of the volcano, covering the three cities of Legazpi, Ligao and Tabaco and the municipalities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Malilipot and Sto. Domingo which are areas within the 6-7-kilometer radius.

"Its hazard is carbon monoxide, which is very lethal, with the extreme heat at about eight to 12 times of boiling point – with the surge of the ash flow. So the heat is the major impact that would destroy properties and lives," Daep added.

He said lava has no threat to life, but it will affect property or agriculture as it moves very slowly at about four to five meters per day.

This, the APSEMO chief said, will affect Legazpi City, Daraga and part of Sto Domingo -- areas that are in the southeast quadrant of Mayon.

“While if there is rainfall, all the river systems will be affected with lahar with all deposits mobilized by at least 60 millimeters of rainfall per hour, but with the new deposits of pyroclastic materials,” Daep said, adding “mobilization will be earlier even less than 60 mm rainfall.”

He said that if ever a “strombolian eruption” happens, only the southeast quadrant area -- including Legazpi City, municipality of Daraga and part of Sto. Domingo -- will be affected as the volcano emits or spews lava quietly, without much explosion.

"It would bring more lava flow, lava fountaining, lava trickle, production of pyroclastic rock and smaller rocks or boulders at about two to three kilometers.

Strombolian eruption is a relatively low-level volcanic one consisting of ejection of incandescent cinder and lava bombs to altitudes of tens to hundreds of meters. (PNA)

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Signal no. 1 up in Catanduanes due to 'Mario'

Pagasa has raised public storm warning signal 1 over Catanduanes due to Tropical Storm Mario.

Winds of 30-60 kph are expected in at least 36 hours, the state weather bureau announced.

At 8:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm Mario was estimated based on all available data at 477 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.8°N, 128.7°E).

Tropical Storm Mario is expected to be at 172 km East of Casiguran, Aurora by tomorrow morning and at 97 km North Northwest of Aparri Cagayan by Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 470 km North Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 247 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 7 – 20 mm per hour (moderate - intense) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

The combined effect of Southwest Monsoon and TS Mario will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms in Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.

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DOST to present locally-designed train to PNR by October

The Department of Science and Technology Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) has developed a train set design which will be presented to the Philippine National Railways (PNR) by October.

”The design will be presented to us (PNR) next week or October,” Reuben Besmonte, PNR’s Head of the Rolling Stock Maintenance Department told the Philippines News Agency.

However, there is still no official talks with PNR regarding the payment for the purchase of the train, Besmonte stressed, as they will be checking the design first.

Besmonte said the PNR does not have the number of orders yet, as it is still considering if the locally-designed train is cheaper than imported ones.

He also disclosed that a Korean company was bidding for a similar train set this 2014 at 3.2 million USD, much higher than the 2007 bidding price of 1.67 million USD.

He said that PNR contributed to the design of the train set being assembled with five coaches, the first and only train made by Filipino engineers.

DOST-Materials & Process Research Division Officer-in-Charge Rodnel Tamayo added that assembly of the train set will be completed next year and will be ready for testing latest during the third quarter of 2015.

Tamayo said the train is just awaiting arrival of certain parts, but the train coaches are undergoing fabrication here in the Philippines.

He also pointed out that the train set’s designs and specifications has already been completed.

However, Tamayo stressed that further tests will be made on the train to ensure its sturdiness and bigger capacity.

”This train set was also made in partnership with PNR, so for sure someone will adopt our train set,” Tamayo said.

PNR and DOST has formalized the collaboration, through an earlier signed memorandum of agreement (MOA).

Tamayo said that part of PNR’s responsibilities is to assist on the operation and maintenance of prototype trains, while also permitting them to use PNR’s railway tracks during the testing.

The DOST estimates that the design and development of the train set is currently worth Php 133 million. It is solely funded by the DOST, while PNR provided technical assistance.

He added the train set also has the function of running as a hybrid transport system, capable of running either by diesel or electricity.

In case of brownouts, the train can run on diesel alone through the generator sets installed in the transport unit.

Tamayo explained that the generator sets and motors are imported, but local suppliers are available to provide for the replacement of parts. The motors used in the train set are ABB’s Delta and Mitsubishi’s Teco, while the gensets by Powerasia and Perkins.

Also, the train has the advantage of shortened maintenance time, since parts can be easily purchased in the country.

The train set is capable of accommodating 120 passengers per coach, or the transport of 600 people for every train set which has a full length of 60 meters.

The coach costs Php 20 million each, a lower cost due mostly to locally sourced materials.

The train is projected to run up to a maximum 80 kilometers per hour (KPH), with its 125-horsepower motor. --by Juzel L. Danganan (PNA)
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DSWD assures enough resources to assist Mayon-affected LGUs

MANILA--The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured on Wednesday that it has enough resources readily available for assistance to the local government units (LGUs) in Albay that may be affected by possible impending eruption of Mayon volcano.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said the DSWD Field Office in Region 5 (Bicol) has activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) to closely monitor the situation and make the necessary coordination with local officials in preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Soliman earlier emphasized that the first responders during post-disasters are the LGU while DSWD does the augmentation or provision of the necessary support through food and non-food assistance.

The Albay provincial government, under the leadership of Gov. Joey Salceda, already ordered forced evacuation as of Tuesday afternoon of families living within the six-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) radius of the restive volcano, while assistive evacuation will be implemented within the extended 8- to 10-kilometer extended danger zone (EDZ) radius.

The order to evacuate came after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert status of the restive volcano to Level 3, the first time it reached such status in five years. (PNA)

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Mayon exhibiting 2001 strong eruption pattern – Philvolcs

LEGAZPI CITY -- The pattern of the 2001 Mayon eruption is being exhibited by the volcano at present, based on the earthquakes recorded.

This means that any eruption this time is stronger than the previous 2006 and 2009 explosions, Ed Laguerta, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) resident volcanologist, explained Wednesday.

Mayon volcano’s seismic network recorded 45 volcanic earthquakes and 270 rock fall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

Data recorded on Monday night showed 32 volcanic earthquakes and 72 rock fall events during the same observation period.

This prompted the Phivolcs to hoist Alert Level 3 status of Mayon volcano at 10 p.m. Monday.

The activities were also characterized by the presence of incandescent volcanic materials that are now rolling down the slopes within the southeast quadrant of the volcano, a parameter that, Laguerta said, might lead to successive and hazardous eruptions in the next few days or weeks.

“When we say level 3, it can lead to hazardous eruption. The risk of hazardous eruption may occur within the window of few days or weeks so we have to prepare because as of the moment, Mayon is having a quiet stage of eruption. We’re reiterating the ‘no man’s land policy’,” the volcanologist said.

He added that lava dome is getting bigger with sustained inflation so explosion may take place as magma continues to push up within the summit.

“Initially fragments might hit in the southeast position towards the town of Sto. Domingo and Legazpi City,” Laguerta said.

Like in the previous night, Intensity III (bright) crater glow was also visible on Tuesday night, although rain clouds prevented visual observation of the crater during the day.

“Mayon exhibited the 2001 pattern of earthquakes. The 2001 explosion is strong with big pressure beneath the volcano, meaning, we’re expecting larger or bigger eruption compared to 2006 and 2009,” he said.

Laguerta said this means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

“It is recommended that the six-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km-radius Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rock falls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows," he said. -- Rhaydz B. Barcia (PNA)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kristian Cordero wins Gintong Aklat Award for 'Canticos: Apat na Boses'

NAGA CITY--Bicolano writer Kristian Sendor Cordero's book Canticos: Apat na Boses won the Gintong Aklat Award for Literature in Filipino tonight.

Kristian Cordero wins Gintong Aklat Award for 'Canticos: Apat na Boses'
Photo: John Jack G. Wigley via Kristian Cordero
The book is published by the University of Sto. Tomas Press.

A teacher at the Ateneo de Naga University, Cordero is also the author of Pusuanon: Mga Bersong Bikol, Mga Tulang Tulala, and Santigwar: Mga Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Filipino.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Nora Aunor to topbill 'Yolanda' film

Following the success of the film "Thy Womb," Bicolana actress Nora Aunor will team up with award-winning director Brillante Mendoza for another project.

Nora Aunor to topbill 'Yolanda' film
Brillante Mendoza and Nora Aunor
Source
The new movie, tentatively called 'Yolanda' will be about the tragedy that the supertyphoon of the same name brought to Tacloban.

Already, the team behind the project is conducting a research to ensure that 'Yolanda' is based on the real experiences of the victims.

Mendoza earlier revealed that the film will be funded by private organizations.

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Bangkay na may tama nin saksak nadukayan sa Capalonga

CAPALONGA, Camarines Norte--Tadtad nin tama nin saksak an victimang si Angelo Oco, taga Sitio Calabaca Muti, Purok 7, sa banwaan na ini, kan siya makua kan mga awtoridad na nagkakarigos nin dugo.

An mga imbestigador nagsabi na makuri an mga lugad sa lawas kan victima, na talagang difisil siyang mabuhay.

An saiyang bangkay nakua sa sarong fishpond sa nasambit na barangay.

An suspechado sa krimen iyo si Macmac Murillo na hinahanap pa kan mga awtoridad.

Mantang mayo pa nin testigo, an mga imbestigador naggigibo nin pagsiyasat sa mga posibleng maakakatudo kan kinakamugtakan kan kriminal.

An gadan nakua poco mas o menos alas 3:20 nin hapon.

Ini namumugtak harane sa fishpond na sadire ni Serafin Aler.

An mga imbestigador gustong maaaraman an motibo kan krimen.--BICOL STANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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Lalaki gadan kan tapirangon sa loong sa Iriga City

IRIGA CITY – Dae na nasugponan an buhay ni Weng Decano kan siya tamaan nin makusog na punite sa likod kan saiyang loong hale sa gogom na kamot ni Unsoy Maestral kan sarong aldaw.

An imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad nagsasabi na an victima nagkakakan sa sarong carenderiya sa Barangay Poblacion digdi kan siya lipaton nin suntok kan suspechado, mantang talikod nagkakakan.

Pirang minutos sana pagkatapos kan insidente, dinara si Decano kan mga miembros kan Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa Iriga Lourdes Hospital, alagad pirang minutos an nakaagi, pigdeclarar na ining mayo na nin buhay.

Sabi sa report kan police, nangyari an krimen poco mas o menos alas 10:00 nin odto.

An suspechadong si Maestral, nag-eerok sa kataid sanang harong kan victima.

Mayo pang malinaw na informasyon kun ano an guinikanan kan pangyayari.

Si Maestral tulos nagdulag pagkatapos sanang magbulagting an victima, kan siya tapirangon asin sukitihon sa likod na parte kan saiyang liog.

Pighahanda na ngonian kan mga awtoridad an caso contra sa suspechado.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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Mga pinutol na kahoy sa Goa, pigconfiscar kan police

GOA, Camarines Sur – Dinakop kan pinagsarong grupo kan police sa pamamayo ni PCI Chito Oyardo, an Acting Chief of Police digdi, asin kan team kan DENR-CENRO an mga piniridaso nang kahoy sa Hiwacloy.

An anti-illegal logging operation parte kan maisog na kampanya kan mga awtoridad na pohoon an gabos na forma nin illegal na pagputol nin kahoy.

Afuera kan mga piridaso nang kahoy, pigconfiscar kan team kan police asin DENR an sarong unit nin chainsaw na may Serial No. 5174325520 na sadire ni Mario Colima y Ravanilla, 52 anyos, residente kan nasambit na barangay.

An mga kahoy na naconfiscar may carculadong valor na P8,000. Ini sadire ni Romeo Azcarraga y Rodriguez, 57 anyos, may agom, asin residente kan Hiwacloy.

Mientrastanto, sabi sa report, kan hagadan nin papeles an may sadire kan pinidaso nang kahoy, mayo siyang naipaheling.

An mga kahoy dinara na sa poder kan DENR para gibohon na evidencia sa pagsangat nin caso.

An pigbalgang ley kan may sadire kan kahoy iyo an PD 795, asin an Chain Saw Act of 2002.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM BICOL NEWS

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Board prexy Chua wants Senate to probe Aleco sale irregularities

LEGAZPI CITY--"We respectfully request [the Senate Commmittee] to investigate both NEA and DOE for conniving with corrupt government officials, clerics and businessmen in stealing the business, franchise and other assets of Albay Electric Cooperative, Inc.," cooperative Board president Jaime B. Chua wrote to the Senate Energy Committee in a letter dated September 16, 2014.

Chua maintained that Albay now suffers endless and massive brownouts as a result of said connivance.

He claimed: "NEA unlawfully and inappropriately allowed local politicians like Albay Gov. Jesus Jose Sarte Salceda and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal to meddle in the consultative vote (referendum) that was conducted by NEA in September 2013. They pushed for the takeover of the utility by the San Miguel Group. They handed out campaign funds at P20 per member-consumer/voter, as if the activity were a regular election of LGU officials."

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Furthermore, he said, "On October 29, 2013, the culprits simulated a 'contract' between the cooperative and the San Miguel group, leasing the business and franchise operations."

Chua identified NEA and DOE officials as said culprits.

"[They] are supposed to know from the very beginning that Section 36 of the NEA Charter (Presidential Decree No. 269) expressly prohibits the sale or lease of the assets of electric cooperatives," Chua stressed.

"It was NEA Project Supervisor Veronica Briones who handed the electricity distribution business, assets and franchise operations of Aleco to APEC," he added.

"DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla made the takeover possible, in issuing IRR increasing the rehabilitation options," Chua said.

He  ended the letter by requesting that the matter be investigated "so that all those behind the scam [would] be prosecuted."

Aleco used to service the cities and towns of Legazpi, Daraga, Camalig, Manito, Rapu-Rapu, Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Libon, Polangui, Guinobatan, Ligao, Oas, Jovellar, and Pioduran.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Jaime B. Chua's letter to the Senate Energy Committee
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Jaime B. Chua's letter to the Senate Energy Committee
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Aleco lawyer welcomes Petilla’s call for regional energy plan

LEGAZPI CITY -– Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) lawyer Oliver Olaybal said on Wednesday that the call for the formulation of regional energy plan recently aired by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jericho Petilla is a welcome development that could make power in Bicol the cheapest in the country.

“Petilla’s idea should serve as a clarion call for the congressmen representing the 16 congressional districts of Bicol -- particularly the three from Albay—to seize the moment by immediately filing a bill defining and formulating a regional energy plan that is tailor-fit for the province’s geothermal energy resource,” Aleco legal counsel Oliver Olaybal said.

Albay has two giant geothermal energy fields—one in Tiwi town that produces as much as 350 megawatts of electricity and the other one along the boundaries of the municipality of Manito and Sorsogon City that presently has a capacity of 110 megawatts.

The Tiwi geothermal power field is run by Chevron Philippines while the Lopez-owned Energy Development Corp. (EDC) operates the Manito resources located within the 250,000-hectare Bacon-Manito (BacMan) geothermal energy reservation.

These renewable energy resources of Albay should become the template for regional energy planning so that it becomes the true infrastructure for the economic development of Bicol, with the cheapest power cost in the country, Olaybal, who was once president of the Aleco board of directors, said.

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Today, power rates in Albay and the other six provinces of the region reach an average of around Php 15 per kilowatt-hour, and are among the highest in the country, despite Bicol’s being among the major producers of electricity for the Luzon Grid.

Petilla’s call for regional energy plans, according to Olaybal, will finally reverse the doctrine affecting energy resources in the country introduced under the term of President Ferdinand Marcos.

In announcing the plan, Petilla said the need for regional energy planning is essential to explore potential energy sources and promote regional energy security across the nation.--By Danny O. Calleja (PNA)

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PDRRMC names 'safe' vantage points for watching Mayon eruption

LEGAZPI CITY--As tens of thousands of families are evacuated from the danger zones, tourists who want a glimpse of Mayon's glowing crater are pouring into the province.

Mayon Volcano
Mayon Volcano
Photo: Guinobatan Tambayan

To ensure their safety, several sites have been identified by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) as safe vantage points. These include Lignon Hill, Cagsawa Ruins Park, Daraga Church, Legazpi City Boulevard, Taysan Hills, and Quitinan Hills. All are outside of the danger zones, the PDRRMC clarified.

Meanwhile, several tourism activities are strictly prohibited. Among these are ATV rides towards the volcano, Mayon climbing or trekking, playing Golf at the Dona Pepita Golf Course, and all other recreational and exploratory activities within the 6-km permanent danger zone (PDZ) and 6-8 km extended danger zone (EDZ).

The office also reminded the public that last year, tourists and a tour guide who were exploring the volcano's slopes when it was prohibited, lost their lives.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) expects the volcano to erupt within weeks.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Isipon, Osipon: Trivia manongod sa Mayon Volcano

Mantang nag-aalburoto an Mayon Volcano, asin may senyales na magkakaigwa nin pagtuga, oya an naka-record kan limang pinaka grabeng pag-tuga kan bulkan na ini:

Mayon Volcano
Retrato hale sa Guinobatan Tambayan
An pinaka grabeng distroso sa pagtuga kan Mayon nangyari kan Febrero 1, 1814, na may nagadan nin 1,200 na tawo.

Rinadas kan pyroclastic flows hale sa ngimot kan bulkan an Camalig, Cagsawa, Budiao, Guinobatan asin an kabanga kan Albay.

An pagtuga kan 1814 pigmustra sa record na may pyroclastic flows, volcanic lightning asin nagdalihig na lahar.

Kan Junio 4 hasta Julio 23, 1897, iyo an pigsasabing ika duwa sa pinakagrabeng pagtuga kan bulkan.

350 personas an nagadan huli man guiraray sa pyroclastic flow, na pig sasabing kairiba kan nagdadalihig na mainit na tubig asin nagbabagang gapo.

Inabot nin 17 oras an peligrosong pagputok kan bulkan na nakadistroso kan mga lugar abot sa may coastal na parte kan Sto Domingo. Naafectaran kaini an mga barangay Sto Nino, San Roque, San Antonio, Miserecordia sa Sto Domingo.

Sa balyong parte kan bulkan, na-affectaran an Ligao, orog na an mga barangay Bigaa, San Fernando asin mismo an Legaspi City. An Basud River sa Sto. Domingo asin an Camalig kabale pa sa nagulpi kan pagtuga.

Kan Febrero 2 hasta Abril 4, 1993, 77ng tawo an nagadan, kadaklan mga paraoma. Afuera kan nagdadalihig na pyroclastic materials na pigtutupga kan bulkan, kasarabay man an abo, asin lava. An mga Barangay kan Mabinit, Bonga, Banwaan kan Camalig, Sto Domingo asin mismo an Legazpi City an nadanyaran.

Sa pagultanan kan Julio 20 hasta 27, 1766 iyo ika duwang beses na nagtuga an Mayon nin sobra sa anom na aldaw. 39 personas an nagadan. An makusogon na pagputok kan Mayon an nagdarang dakulaon na distroso sa Cagsawa, Guinobatan, Budiao, Polangui asin Ligao.

Kan Julio 7, 1853, 34ng tawo an binawian nin buhay sa pagtugang ini. An causa kan saindang kagadanan iyo si mahibog na maray na abo, pyroclastic flow asin lahar. Liwat an napeligrohan na mga lugar iyo an Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Oas, Polangui, Malilipot, Bacacay, Cagsawa asin an Albay.

Segun ki OCD Director Raffy Alejandro, kun magtuga ngonian na taon an Mayon, iyo na ini an ika-50ng beses.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTO: PNP-media talks on Virac kidnapping incident



Catanduanes Provincial Police Office Director PSSupt Adelio Benjamin G. Castillo discusses the updates in the Virac kidnapping incident with members of the Catanduanes Press Corps, including Mr. Rey B. Boton of Radyo Natin, Mr. Eddie Rodulfo of Bicol Peryodiko, and Mr.Sammy Besa. (Photo: Catanduanes Provincial Police Office)

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