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 27, 2014

Research meets theater in ADNU play 'Gading'

A learned university professor, an allergy-stricken writer, a respected barangay captain and his watchful tigsik tanods, a former NPA commander known for his supernatural skills in battle, a health-worker wife, a young and steadfast Catholic priest, and two lovers in the making—what could bring them together in one storyline?
Research meets theater in ADNU play 'Gading'
Gading
When a professor decided to gather a fellow faculty member and a writer to plan the staging of a play based on his research in the remote areas of Partido on the Gading, they never thought that the play was on them. They found themselves struggling to be objective and scientific as the discourse that they were trying to explicate via the confines of theater arts started to close in on them. The Gading is a corpse believed to be miraculous and venerated by a group of people through different rituals.

When the professor came back to the research site with his assistant, he found the Gading about to be buried. There was even a procession for the purpose attended by the community—the health worker all smiles, the priest uneasy. To the mind of the professor, this was unexpected. Why was the Gading being buried? Who was behind it? How could the community allow it?

The story is more than what meets the eye in this Bikol play written by Jose Jason L. Chancoco based on a research paper by literary theorist, college professor and CAS-LLS chairperson Dr. Jesus Cyril Conde. Directed by Ateneo de Naga University faculty Elsie Albis and Shannah Montales, and with students as actors, it is a wonderful tale about the hybrid culture created by the Gading in Partido. It tells the intertwined stories of the people who are affected by or involved in the belief. It is an intellectually stimulating play that delves on philosophy of religion, folk belief, ideologies, and an aspect of Bikol culture which needs examination and attention for a more holistic approach to nation-building.

After a successful staging of the play in February this year, catch the repeat performances on September 26 and 27 at the Ateneo de Naga University Gym at 6pm. Spearheaded by the College of Arts and Sciences-Literature and Language Studies Department and the Theology Department, the play is brought to you by the Naga City-LGU through the auspices of the “Harong kan Literaturang Bikolnon” program. It is also sponsored by Jollibee, Lucky Bookstore and Goldprint Publishing House. Most of the ticket proceeds will finance a book-giving project for indigent school-children on Xavier Day this December 3.

For more information please visit the AdNU CAS-Literature and Language Studies Department and Theology Department or contact hagbayon(at)gmail(dot)com and/or 09199470406. Ticket prices are at P20 for students (with ID) and P50 for professionals.

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4.1-magnitude quake strikes Catanduanes

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 struck Catanduanes at 12:16 A.M. Saturday.

4.2-magnitude quake strikes Catanduanes

The earthquake was tectonic in origin, with a 24-kilometer depth of focus, according to Phivolcs.

The epicenter was recorded at 13.93°N, 124.38°E - 009 km N 78° E of Panganiban, Catanduanes.

No damages or aftershocks are expected, the bulletin said.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Friday, September 26, 2014

DOH to Bicol hospitals: Reactivate dengue ‘fast lanes’

LEGAZPI CITY—The regional health office for Bicol based here has directed all government hospitals and health sentinel units across the region to reactivate their “fast lanes” that would facilitate immediate management and diagnosis of dengue cases.

The directive was issued this week by Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Gloria Balboa amid the seasonal rainy days threat of resurgence of the mosquito-borne killer disease sets in over the region.

Dengue “fast lanes” remain necessary even as all necessary measures primarily leading to vector control to prevent the disease’s resurgence and spread in local communities are already being undertaken, Balboa on Thursday said.

First among Bicol’s six provinces to come up with reports on suspected dengue cases was the island of Catanduanes wherein its Provincial Health Office (PHO) as of last Aug. 30 recorded a total of 458 cases -- with the capital town of Virac accounting for 375 monitored from at least 15 barangays.

On receiving the first report of dengue resurgence in Catanduanes as early Aug. 2, which listed a total of 162 suspected cases, Balboa said she immediately sent a team from the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) to conduct entomological surveys.

Such surveys determined the extent of the presence of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in particular areas where search-and-destroy operations against its breeding grounds have been initiated through the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) organized by Rural Health Units (RHUs) and the community.

Following its deployment, Balboa said, the RESU reported that at least 41 percent of all households surveyed in Virac barangays considered as hotspots yielded dengue virus- carrying mosquitoes and Aedes larva.

Breeding sites were discovered from salvaged used tires, empty bottles, drums, tin cans and coconut shells around surveyed areas — including the compound of the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EMBC), the largest government health facility in the province based in Virac.

Aside from coordinating with the PHO, RHUs and local hospitals, the RESU team also provided anti-mosquito paraphernalia as well as on-site training of RHU medical technologists in the conduct of entomological survey.

The team also advised the public to practice Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), especially by searching for and destroying mosquito breeding places apart from prompt referral and timely reporting of cases.

The RESU team also tasked RHUs to conduct entomologic surveillance every other week until such time that incidence of vector mosquitoes has decreased in the surveyed areas while barangay health workers were oriented on the monthly collection of mosquito larva and pupa for vector surveillance, according to Balboa.

Public hospitals in the island were also placed under a “Code White,” an alert advisory for situations with potential for mass casualty so that medicines, health supplies, equipment and facilities are set ready 24/7 and health personnel, including those based in the regional office, are placed on standby for fast and well-coordinated actions.

Under Code White, medicines and supplies are reviewed and increased to meet instant requirements.

These are made available and not required to be purchased by patients.

Following these interventions, Balboa said, Catanduanes PHO chief Dr. Hazel Palmes over the week reported that the number of dengue cases in the province has significantly dropped to only 11 hospital admissions as of the first week of this month.

Nonetheless, the regional health director said dengue “fast lanes” should be maintained by public health facilities in anticipation of possible cases, especially that the rainy season has already set in across the region.

“We are not letting our guard loose,” she said, recalling that dengue plagued Bicol with an alarming surge in number of cases last year.

During the first two months of 2013 alone, Balboa recalled that at least 522 dengue cases were reported by the six PHOs in the region with Albay accounting for 308 cases; Camarines Sur, 92; Catanduanes, 68; Sorsogon, 27; Masbate, 23; and Camarines Norte, four cases.

One dengue death involving a six-year old girl from Tabaco City, Albay, was reported last year, Balboa added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says dengue, whose global prevalence has grown dramatically in recent decades -- with the countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific the most seriously affected, is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children.

WHO said some 2,500 million people — two-fifths of the world’s population — are now at risk from dengue estimated to be behind 50 million infections every year, a figure that may continue to balloon to an unimaginable level.

Balboa said the transmission of the mosquito-borne virus is no longer a mystery as the disease and its lethal complication, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is caused by one of four closely related viruses.

It is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, a day-biting mosquito which lays its eggs in both clear and stagnant water.

These small mosquitoes, according to Balboa, attack anyone — young and old, rich and poor, male and female — and as the rainy season sets in, everyone is faced with the responsibility of bringing dengue under control.

“For one, no one knows which among the pesky insects flying around bears the disease. But one lethal bite enables the virus to enter the bloodstream and what follows is a struggle between life and death,” she added. (PNA)

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Bicolana 'Eat Bulaga' host Valerie Weigmann is Miss World Cam Sur

IRIGA CITY—Bicolana model and host Valerie Weigmann was named Miss World Camarines Sur at the Miss World Philippines 2014 Swimsuit Competition here last night.

Miss World Philippines Camarines Sur 2014 Valerie Weigmann
Photo by Jayson Ballesteros
Weigmann, who represents the province of Albay, received the award from Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino.

Meanwhile, Rachel Louise Peters of Camarines Sur won the Best in Swimsuit and Miss Photogenic awards.

Rachel Louise Peters - Best in Swimsuit and Miss Photogenic, Miss World Philippines 2014
Photo by Jayson Ballesteros
Apart from Weigmann and Peters, Ina Dominica Guerrero who hails from Daraga, Albay, is also competing in the pageant.
Ina Dominica Guerrero
Guerrero was part of the ten finalists of the recent Miss Bicolandia 2014 beauty pageant in Naga City. She also joined the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 beauty pageant.

The Miss World Philippines 2014 beauty pageant will be held on October 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PAGASA warns against ashfall in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY—Ashfall could affect eight towns and one city in the province of Albay, according to a Special Weather Forecast for Mayon released by PAGASA earlier today.

Special Weather Forecast for Mayon
These areas are Camalig, Guinobatan, Pio Duran, Jovellar, Daraga, Oas, Polangui, Libon, and Ligao City.

Wind speed and direction, however, may affect the occurrence of the ashfall.

The information was based on upper-air data as of 10 A.M. today.

The announcement also indicated that these areas may experience partly cloudy to cloudy with possible rainshowers and/or thunderstorms.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTO: Life goes on in Legazpi City


Life goes on in Legazpi City, Albay despite Mayon's unrest. An eruption within the next few days or weeks is expected to affect the areas within the 6-km permanent danger zone and
8-km extended danger zone. (Photo taken at old Albay District, Legazpi City at 3:10 pm, September 26, 2014 by Bicolano Man)

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DOJ takes over Caramoan massacre case

NAGA CITY—The preliminary investigation of the gruesome Caramoan massacre case has been transferred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila.

Mass at Barangay Gata for the victims of the Caramoan massacre
Mass at Barangay Gata for the victims of the Caramoan massacre
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
This was the confirmation made by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region V Director Atty. Tomas Enrile in an interview by BICOL STANDARD today.

Enrile said that a special investigation panel was created by the DOJ to expedite the resolution of the case that resulted to the death last March 22 of Julio Labiano, Rene Labiano, Salem Virtuz, and Jesse Brondia, all residents of Barangay Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

The initial investigation of this case tagged the members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, as the persons allegedly involved in the crime.

According to the investigation, said Task Force were also involved in mining operations, and were competing with the local gold panners in the gold rich island of Lahuy in Caramoan.

Enrile further belied reports that the private complainants already lost interest in pursuing the case, due to the delay in the resolution of the criminal incident.

He however said that he had received unverified information that there is an individual who contacted the complaints enticing them not to pursue interest in the case.

Streamer calling for justice in Barangay Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Streamer calling for justice in Barangay Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
As far as the NBI Bicol is concerned, he stated that they have submitted their investigation report to the proper authorities, he added.

Punong Barangay Mercy Sueno earlier revealed that she has been in contact with Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima over the developments of the case.

Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella of the 4th District of Camarines Sur also previously said that the House of Representatives will conduct its own investigation on the alleged illegal activities of the Task Force.

Groups like Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), Violence Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Karapatan Bikol have also assured the families of the victims of their sustained efforts to urge the government to resolve the case.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Bicolana wins Miss Tourism World Philippines 2014

Maria Angela de Hitta of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, was crowned as the Miss Tourism World Philippines 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City earlier this week.
Maria Angela de Hitta
De Hitta, who is the eldest daughter of Lagonoy Municipal Councilor Manuel de Hitta, finished her nursing degree at San Juan de Dios in Pasay City.

The 24-year-old registered nurse also won the Best in National Costume award with a gown made of sugbo or tiger grass, the indigenous plant of which Lagonoy’s famous soft brooms are made.

Maria Angela de Hitta
Photo: Collin Yap Photography
Miss Tourism World Philippines is a pageant that responds to the government’s call to promote tourism, culture, and art among Filipinos.

The other winners include 1st runner-up Ellyz Santos; 2nd runner-up Patricia Anna Lomboy; 3rd runner-up Donna Velasco; 4th runner-up Maria Fee Tajaran; 5th runner-up: Bezalyn Damasco;
6th runner-up: Grapes Pacara; 7th runner-up: Lorita Mae Coronel; 8th runner-up Mary Grace Jedaver Opingo; and 9th runner-up Jonalyn Ortega.

Maria Angela de Hitta
Photo: Sashfactor
The delayed telecast of Miss Tourism World Philippines 2014 will be aired on September 28 at 9:30 P.M. on TV5.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Maria Angela de Hitta
Photo: Collin Yap Photography

Maria Angela de Hitta
Photo: Collin Yap Photography
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Hell in Virac

To say that the residents of Virac were shocked by the recent kidnap and slaying of 8-year-old Sear Andrie Agripa is to fail to give justice to the complexity of emotions that gripped the town. What they felt was a mixture of fear, grief, confusion, disbelief, and anger at how the incident could so easily morph their once postcard happy paradise into a dreary dystopia.

Across town, and even the region, people were asking the same question: how on Earth could this have happened? Some instantly blamed the government or the police for failing to keep the peace and order. Most, of course, condemned the suspect and the crime, yet others felt that we were all somehow responsible for the state of this society where children and their parents may no longer feel safe. Lacking answers, some bashed technology or the media for supposedly inspiring such deeds, while others simply prayed quietly for the victim and his family.

To seek for answers in such a situation of helplessness is a normal human reaction. When events cannot provide answers, it is in our nature to go to great lengths to pursue them.

Yet now that the deed is done, the body buried, the suspect charged, and the tears wept, we must go beyond mere questioning to taking action.

If there is a lesson to be learned from the incident, it is, perhaps, to not take peace for granted, to actively work to ensure it, and to never be content with simply relegating its keeping to the government or the police.

How ironic and chilling that such a vile crime should happen this September, the National Peace Consciousness Month, when Filipinos are urged to take a more active role in working for peace. Yet how apt: it took a crime to make us appreciate how difficult the quest for peace is, even in towns where we usually do not expect to ever lose it.

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FREE Internet for Smart, Sun and Talk’n Text! How to avail of the free mobile internet promo

Manuel V. Pangilinan, the Chairman of PLDT, announced at noontime today that the giant telecommunications firm will be offering FREE mobile Internet services for the for the pre-paid users of Smart, Sun and Talk’n Text .

The promo was launched in a grand PLDT media event at the Shangri-la, Makati.


Here are promo details as posted in Smart's Official website:

text FREE to 9999


What is the FREE INTERNET offer?

As a special promo/offer, ALL PREPAID subscribers of Smart will enjoy FREE MOBILE INTERNET access.

What does FREE INTERNET mean?

FREE INTERNET is a promotion available to all ACTIVE prepaid subscribers to enjoy access to mobile Internet with no extra cost, initially up to 30MB, and subject to the promo terms and fair use policy.

Who are considered ACTIVE subscribers?

An ACTIVE Smart subscriber has an available airtime balance of at least one peso or is subscribed to any load bucket/promo.

With the FREE INTERNET offer, what can subscribers access for free?

Subscribers using their mobile phones can access their favorite Internet sites or apps for free, including:
Browse through or post photos and status updates on their social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Read news and entertainment sites (Rappler, CNN, and the like)
Stream music through the likes of Spinnr
Shop online (Zalora, Lazada, eBay, Amazon, etc.)
Search for information (Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, etc.)
Send and receive emails (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail)
Visit their favorite blogs and update their own
Use navigation apps like Waze

What sites/apps are EXCLUDED from the free internet promo?

The FREE INTERNET special offer EXCLUDES the following:
Download, stream and watch videos (Youtube, Vimeo)
Use VOIP apps (FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Skype, Viber, Tango)
Use messaging apps (Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Viber)
Peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and apps like Bittorrent

What is the promo period?

The promo will run until November 30, 2014.

How can I avail of this special offer?

All ACTIVE Smart subscribers can avail of the free Internet promo anytime within the promo period.
To avail of the service, the subscriber must register daily, by sending FREE to 9999.
Registration is FREE. The subscriber will then receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration.

What will happen to my existing data subscriptions?

Your existing data package will NOT be affected, and you will still be allowed to register to the Free Internet special offer.
While using the Free Internet special offer and you access the sites/apps that are EXCLUDED under the promo terms, these transactions will be charged against your existing data subscription.

Is the FREE INTERNET unlimited?

No it is NOT unlimited. Subscribers can enjoy all-day access to their favorite sites for free, initially up to 30MB. The free service, however, is subject to the promo use conditions.

What can you do with 30MB?

On the average, a subscriber with 30MB can enjoy ALL of the following services:
20 social media posts with photo
50 web pages loads
20 plain emails
15 minutes of music streaming

Is the Free internet service available for roaming?

No. Promo can only be used while in the Philippines.

Is the free internet available for postpaid and broadband subscribers?

No. Postpaid and broadband will have their own promotions.

What is the speed of the service?

Speed will depend on several factors, such as the device/handset being used, the location and the time of use of the subscriber.
The service is delivered across all network platforms – 2G/3G/4G.
Minimum speed is 12kbps.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Golden cowrie shells (Lyncina aurantium)

Golden cowrie shells (Lyncina aurantium)
Golden cowrie shells (Lyncina aurantium)
These rare golden cowrie (Lyncina aurantium) shells, which were found in Rapu-rapu, Albay, are on display at Bicol Shell Museum in Bagolatao, Minalabac. (From the collection of Prof. L.O. Basmayor, photo by Oscar Esmenda)

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Massive campaign vs. dengue launched

LEGAZPI CITY—The prevailing wet season is moving health authorities in Bicol’s prime tourism city to address dengue resurgence even before the mosquito-borne disease could do harm to the locality.

“We have been implementing preemptive measures after typhoon ‘Glenda’ hit the city with strong winds and heavy rains last July 15,” City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Fulbert Alec Gillego on Monday told the Philippine News Agency here.

Among these measures, Gillego said, is the clean-up activities that include to clearing of clogged canals, esteros and other places where water is stored and serve as breeding grounds for dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes.

This clean-up drive is being initiated by community volunteers in all the 70 barangays of the city and during weekends, by city hall employees who have organized themselves in to a clean-up brigade going around rural barangays, doing the cleaning themselves and advising communities to dispose their household waste properly to prevent drainage clogging, he said.

“We have also strengthened our information and education campaign on dengue, particularly on prevention in communities and schools with the help of barangay health workers (BHWs) who conduct house-to-house and classroom-to-classroom visitations,” Gillego said.

Mosquito source-reduction activities -- such as the application of larvicide in potential breeding sites and eradication of adult mosquitoes through contact spraying using Aqua resigen -- have also been set in place in barangays where dengue mosquitoes are detected through surveillance activities initiated by CHO field personnel, he said.

Dengue infection is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
They usually surface after a rainfall or during the wet season when stagnant water accumulated in clogged canals and other shallow waterways make for excellent breeding grounds.

Discarded containers such as coconut shells, empty bottles and tin cans, flower vases and salvaged used tires are other dengue mosquito breeding places when left unattended, Gillego explained. —by Danny Calleja (PNA)

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Businessman robbed, stabbed in Virac

VIRAC, Catanduanes--A 30-year-old businessman was allegedly robbed and stabbed in Barangay Sta. Elena, this town at around 9:00 last Monday.

The victim, who was identified as Lorenzo Tatel y Yu, is an owner of a computer shop in the area.

According to the police, Tatel had been arguing with the suspect, Eric Dondon Benavidez, 32, right before the incident.

Benavidez, who is an electrician and a resident of the same place, demanded money from the victim.

He stabbed the victim's body multiple times and tied him up using shoelaces.

The police said that the suspect immediately fled from the scene.

Meanwhile, the victim was able to seek help from his neighbors.

Police officers of the Virac Municipal Police Station immediately launched a hot pursuit operation to capture the suspect.

Benavidez was arrested at a lodging house at Barangay Gogon at around 4:05 A.M. the next morning.

Found in his possession was P20,000 which was believed to be taken from the victim.

They filed a complaint against the suspect following his arrest.

Meantime, the victim was brought to Metro Manila for medical assistance.--Report from RN Rey BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Airworthiness inspector of Robredo's plane dismissed

Fernando Abalos, the airworthiness inspector who cleared the test flight results for the plane carrying the late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Jesse Robredo, has been dismissed, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo
The late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo
Photo: Office of the President
Abalos was earlier given a preventive suspension in 2012 pending investigation.

Last year, the CAAP filed criminal and administrative complaints against against Abalos, Aviatour’s Flyin’ Inc.’s Nelson Zapata and Federico Omolon for falsification of public documents, gross misconduct and violations of the CAAP Act.

Among CAAP's allegations was that Abalos "falsely certified that a test flight was conducted last January 7, 2012 in Mactan, Cebu, in order to test the airworthiness of the aircraft"

It was discovered that no flight plan was filed for the Piper Seneca plane.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DSWD to hold nationwide family day

For the first time, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries will gather simultaneously on Sunday, September 28,  in various venues nationwide for a National Family Day and Convergence Caravan.

The main event will be in the National Capital Region where almost 10,000 beneficiaries will gather at the Philippine Sports Arena, Pasig City, while around 5,000 beneficiaries from each region will join their respective activities.

With the theme, “Pamilyang Pilipino para sa Pagbabago: Tumatawid na sa Kaunlaran”, the convergence caravan is in observance of the National Family Week, a yearly nationwide celebration held every fourth week of September.

Secretary of Social Welfare Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the theme of the event highlights the Department’s belief that given proper support and right opportunities, the poor will be able to improve their own lives.

She explained, “We want our beneficiaries to be proud of their efforts to surpass the challenges they face. We want them to claim that the improvements in their lives are the fruits of their own hard work, and we from the government just help them.”

She added that the event will also be a good avenue for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to meet, interact, and learn from one another.

“Oftentimes, they only hear of statistics or numbers of beneficiaries from other towns. This gathering will give them the chance to put a face to the numbers and see their fellow beneficiaries,” she said.

A highlight of the activity is the recognition of the winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya,  a yearly search for exemplary family-beneficiaries of the program.

The Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya winners will serve as models of diligence and determination in working for an improved quality of life.

Also during the event,  DSWD will  launch the “Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago” Campaign, which brings into the fore the message that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries have stepped up and worked hard at achieving positive changes in their lives.

Sec. Soliman related that in many of her regional visits and interactions with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, she was pleased to listen to their inspiring stories of hope and positive changes in their lives.

These stories will be shared during the Sunday event.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of children 0-18 years old from eligible poor households.

It provides cash grants of as much as P1,400 to qualified households provided they comply with the program conditionalities of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers for check-up, and attending the Family Development Sessions.

As of August 2014, there are  4,166,638 beneficiaries nationwide registered in the Pantawid Pamilya.

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Only 72 of 19,831 animals evacuated, says Albay vet office

Field personnel of the Provincial Veterinary Services Office of Albay are supposed to evacuate 19,931 livestock and pets in areas within the six-kilometer-radius permanent danger zone of the Mayon Volcano.

Since Friday, however, they have evacuated only 56 heads of cattle and six carabaos from the villages of Miisi and Salvacion of Daraga town and the villages of Anoling and Cabangan in Camalig.

Dr. Antonio Basanta, officer-in-charge provincial veterinarian, on Wednesday said most farmer-owners are resistant to their planned evacuation of their animals so they have stopped temporarily their operation since Tuesday.

"We always encounter farmers who refuse to evacuate their animals. We are now coordinating with local government units to convince farmers on the importance of animal evacuation," Basanta said.

The livestock population affected includes carabao, 2,588; cattle, 2,301; swine, 7,971; goat/sheep, 438; and dogs, 6,633.

These are in the municipalities of Daraga, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo, Guinobatan and Camalig and the cities of Ligao, Tabaco and Legazpi.

Most of the livestock are in the municipality of Guinobatan, which are projected to reach a total of 1,574 animals based on the data.

Basanta identified the animal shelters in affected municipalities and cities as located in: San Andres in Sto. Domingo; Philippine Coconut Authority area and Development Bank of the Philippines property at Barangay Banao in Guinobatan; Department of Agriculture-Albay Breeding Center in Cabangan, Camalig; Amtic area in Ligao; Barangays Malabog and Lacag in Daraga; Taysan in Legazpi City; San Vicente in Tabaco City; Paraputo in Malinao town; and San Isidro Ilawod in Malilipot town.

He said they have prioritized the working animals because most of these are situated within 4-kilometer radius of the volcano where grasses are believed to be more productive which serves as healthy food for the animals.

The provincial veterinarian admitted that they had been using only one animal transport vehicle since Friday, reason why they could not fast track the operation.

"We are given 4-6 days, but It's impossible to finish our target because of the long distance to reach these areas. We have to walk through mountains and these animals would also walk more than one kilometer to reach the location of our vehicle," he said.

Last week, Governor Joey Salceda also ordered the evacuation for livestock and pets after ensuring the safety of 11,255 families or 51,965 people living within the 6-kilometer-radius permanent danger zone who were evacuated in different schools in Albay. (PNA)

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Son of Masbate ex-Vice Gov Legaspi shot dead

MASBATE CITY—The son of former vice governor Legaspi was shot dead last night at around 1:50 AM at Hums Cup Coffee Shop at Quezon St., Barangay F. Magallanes, this city.

Enrico Amante Legaspi, the victim, was allegedly shot in the chest by suspect Arnel Rovera Layson, a resident of Barangay Valencia, Quezon City.

The initial investigation indicates that Legaspi was able to return fire as his companions tried to pacify the suspect.

Both the victim and the suspect died in the incident.

According to the Masbate police, the motive is yet to be determined. Investigation relative to the shooting is still being conducted as of press time.

It will be recalled that in 2003, Legaspi was injured after he was shot by Sangguniang Kabataan president John Mark Vicio of Mobo, Masbate.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nora Aunor's 'Dementia' opens in 67 theaters

Nora Aunor's 'Dementia' opens in 67 theaters
Dementia
MANILABicolana actress Nora Aunor's latest film, Dementia, opened in 67 cinemas nationwide today, including SM Naga.
Full screening:
1. SM Manila 9
2. SM MOA 3
3. SM San Lazaro 5
4. SM Centerpt Sta. Mesa 4
5. SM Megamall 2
6. SM North 5
7. SM Fairview 11
8. SM South 2
9. SM Marikina 6
10.SM Masinag 1
11.SM Bacoor 6
12.SM Dasma 5
13.SM Pampanga 5
14.SM Clark 3
15.SM Cebu 6
16.SM Lanang 3
17.SM Davao 3
18.SM Iloilo 1
19.Robinson Ermita
20.Robinson Galeria
21.Robinson Metro East
22.Robinson Starmills
23.Robinson Iloilo
24.Robinson Bacolod
25.Waltermart Plaridel
26.Megacenter Cabanatuan
27.Glorietta
28.Trinoma
29.Market Market
30.Festival Mall
31.Fishermall
32.Bluewave
33.Gateway
34.Sta. Lucia
35.Greenhills
36.Gaisano Davao
37.Gaisano Tagum
38.Gaisano Toril
39.KCC Gen.San.
40.SM Olongapo
41.Marketplace 3 Mandaluyong
42.Magic Star Tarlac
Slide/Sharing:
43. SM Batangas
44. SM Lipa
45. SM San Pablo
46. SM Lucena
47. SM Tarlac
48. SM Rosales
49. SM Baguio
50. SM Sn Fdo
51. SM Naga
52. SM Valenzuela
53. SM Marilao
54. SM Novaliches
55. SM Sucat
56. SM Bicutan
57. SM BF
58. SM Molino
59. SM Rosario
60. SM Consolacion
61. SM Bacolod
62. SM Gen San
63. SM Cag D Oro
64. SM Waltermart Mkti
65. SM Munti
66. SM Sta Rosa
67. SM Calamba
Dementia is a horror film that tells the story of Mara (Aunor), a woman who faces the brain condition dementia along with strange occurrences in her ancestral home. In the hopes of helping her aunt Mara better deal with her dementia, Rachel (Jasmine Curtis) moves her out to their family's remote ancestral home. There, Rachel records Mara's daily activities and helps engage the older woman in exercises that would help her cognitive thinking, such as putting together jigsaw puzzles. What Rachel didn't plan on is that Mara's presence in the house will stir up memories and presences that are better left undisturbed.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Harong sa Ragay sinalakat, kantidad P85,000 na alajas nawawara

RAGAY, Camarines Sur—Sinalakat nin dae bistong tawo an residencia ni Daisy Consulta-Quitoriano sa Poblacion Iraya sa banwaan na ini kan sarong aldaw.

Susug sa declarasyon kan vicima, hale siya sa sarong celebrasyon nin fiesta, kan magdiskubre na bukas na an saindang residencia, asin nagkapirang mga pagrogaring an nawawara.

An parasalakat nag-agi sa sarong bintana, sa paagui kan pag rapak kan jalousies.

Linalay kan parahabon an sarong LG player para sa TV, 3ng speakers, sarong Samsung Corby na cellphone, sarong Acer na laptop kaibahan an charger,1 bulawan na kwintas  na may pendan,  6 na bulawan na kwintas na may anchor pendant, 1ng bulawan na bracelet, 1 padis nin bulawan na hikaw asin iba pang mga alajas.

Carculadong dae mababa sa kantidad na P85,000 an valor kan mga nawara sa harong na sinalakat.
An mga imbestigador nagsabi na pwedeng linaog an residencia kan victima, kan an kagharong marisang nagpasiring sa Ciudad nin Naga, asin dae nagbwelta sa laog nin 5ng aldaw.

May posibilidad na nangyari an pagsalakat kan panahon na makusogon si uran, kan sarong aldaw, na putol-putol pa an supply kan kuryente sa sinambit na barangay.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Bicol News

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Collection kan lending agency, inagaw

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur – Mayong naginibo an sarong collector kan Fundline Finance Corporation kan siya tutokan nin badil kan sarong holdupper sa banwaan na ini.

Sa report kan mga awtoridad, pigbisto an victima na iyo si Glenn Sola y Autor, 35 anyos, residente kan Barangay Tariric digdi.

An imbestigasyon kan police nagsasabi na poco mas o menos ala 1:40 nin hapon, mantang an victima yaon sa Barangay Manapao, igwa nin dae bistadong lalaki, na nakalunad sa color itom na motorsiklo an nagdulok saiya.

Dagos siyang tunitukan nin calibre .45ng badil, kasabay an pagsabi na dapat iluwas niya an saiyang cuartang dara.

Huli sa pagkabigla, itinao tulos ni Sola an cuarta na yaon sa saindang bulsa na kantidad P10,000.
An sinambit na kantidad iyo an saiyang collection hale ki Josephine Provaldos, na parokyano kan lending company.

Nagdeclarar si Sola na an holdupper nakasulot nin itom na jacket asin shorts.

Marikas na nagdulag an dae nabistong suspechado.


An mga imbestigador kan police digdi, sa pamamayo ni PO3 Herminigildo Moreno, nagpahayag na ginigibo pa ninda an pagsiyasat dapit sa bagay na ini.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Bicol News

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