Saturday, October 31, 2015

DOH on 'Code White' for All Saints' Day

The Department of Health (DOH) said that all DOH-retained hospitals and regional offices nationwide will be on Code White Alert starting today, October 30 until November 2 in preparation for any eventualities or health-related incidents that may occur during the country’s observance of All Saints’ Day.

Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto Garin
Photo: DOH
“A Code White Alert is declared when there is a mass gathering or national event and there is a possibility of emergency conditions that may need immediate medical attention. All medical teams are on standby for immediate mobilization.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto Garin explained.

Garin further explained that Code White Alert, which is based on Administrative Order No.2008-0024, also refers to the readiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, nurses, to respond in any emergency situation.

The health chief also said that the Health Emergency Management Bureau operations center will continuously monitor any health-related event that may occur during the weekend holiday 24/7. As in previous years, local governments will deploy motorist assistance tents, including first aid teams, along major roads and highways nationwide.

The DOH is also working closely with other agencies such as Bureau of Fire Protection, Metro Manila Development Authority, and local government health units for a coordinated health emergency response.

Meanwhile, Garin advised people going to cemeteries to bring their own food and water to avoid diarrhea, or even food poisoning.

Garin warned against patronizing ambulant foods peddled in cemeteries. She explained that the safety and sanitation of these foods are doubtful as these might be exposed to dust and other disease-causing organisms.

She also appealed to transport owners to deploy more buses to bring people to provinces and avoid overcrowding and overloading of passengers, which oftentimes are causes of accidents. She added that commuters should also plan their trips, bring water to avoid dehydration, and be more patient as there will be more passengers going to the province to pay their respects to their dearly departed loved ones.

“It would be better not to bring along babies and small children to cemeteries/memorial parks, as they are vulnerable to contracting diseases due to their low resistance to infection, heat, and congestion,” Garin concluded.

Brgy. kagawad sa Lagonoy, dealer nin shabu

LAGONOY, Camarines Sur –An malinig na pangaran ni Roderick Martizano, alyas “Rikrik,” na miembro kan consejo kan Barangay San Francisco an biglang naramog nin murit kan siya dakopon kan mga awtoridad huli sa ipinapangalad na shabu.

Base sa report si Martizano pinagtutubodan na imbuelto sa ilegal na droga, asin target kan mandamiento de arresto na firmado ni Judge Timoteo Panga, Jr., kan Regional Trial Court, sa Ciudad kan Iriga.

Nagluluwas sa report na kan Octobre 29, alas 4:30 nin hapon, pinasadahan kan mga tawohan kan Lagonoy Municipal Police Station an residencia ni Martizano, na iyong ipigtutukdong pigguiguikanan kan pigbabariwas na shabu sa banwaan na ini.

Sa bisa kan Search Warrant, pinamayohan ni Senior Insp. Andrew J. Alcomendas, asin ni Senior Supt. Ferdinand S. Raymundo kan CSPPO an paghaloghog kan residencia kan suspechado, asin nakua an minasunod na mga contrabando: 8ng pidasong pakete na may laog nin puti na pulbos na pigtutubodan na methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu),  1ng rolyong piniridaso nang aluminum foil, sarong posporo, duwang lighters, tooter, asin sarong rolyo nin aluminum foil.

Segun sa mga awtoridad, haloy na nindang pigmamasdan an gawi-gawi asin lakaw-lakaw kan buhay ni Martizano, kaya nasusog ninda na an piggigikanan kan nagkukuriyat na droga sa banwaan na ini, hale sa saiya.

Pighahanda na ngonian an magkakanigong asunto criminal na isasangat contra sa suspechado, sabi sa report ni SPO1 Rolly R. Nebran.

Si Martizano iyo an pigcoconsiderar na primero sa listahan kan Lagonoy MPS na imbuelto sa pagtinda nin droga sa banwaan na ini.

Afuera kan caso criminal na saiyang aatubangon, pwede pa siyang sangatan nin reclamo administratibo sa Sangguniang Bayan kan banwaan na ini.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mga badil asin bala, tiklo sa Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY–Duwang armadong lalaki, na pareyong nagpabistong residentes kan Camalig, Albay an inarestar kan mga awtoridad, kan madakop sa saindang poder an mga armas asin bala.

Base sa sumbong sa pulis, sinda Lito Morada y Andes, taga Barangay Tagoytoy, asin Sanday Magdasoc y Morada, taga Barangay Mina, pareyo sa banwaan kan Camalig, Albay an sorpresang pinusasan huli sa pagbalga kan ley sa ilegal na pagbitbit nin badil asin mga bala.

Segun sa record kan mga imbestigador, si SPO3 Jeffrey Condes, CPAC4 Commander, kan Legazpi City police nakarecibe nin sumbong hale sa sarong residente na naheling niya an duwang mga suspechado na nakikipag-inoman sa saindang lugar, asin may hios nin armas.

An pigreport na incidente naheling sa Sitio Agna, Barangay Homapon sa ciudad na ini.

Nagparada nin team an pulis sa panginginot ni PSupt Joselito G. Esico, an hefe kan police digdi, asin naheling an duwang ipigrereclamo na igwa talaga nin sukbit na badil, mantang nakikipag-inoman sa harong ni Florentino Albaytar y Rosare, 27 anyos, soltero asin residente kan sinambit na lugar.

Kan dakopon an mga suspechado kan mga awtaoridad nakua sa saindang poder an minasunod na mga gamit: sarong itom asin silver na Norinco caliber 45 1911 na pistola na may Serial No. BCO1195-09-246 na may nakasulong na magazine na may pitong bala, sarong magazine na reserba na may pitong bala; sarong itom na Colt 1911 na calibre 45 na igwa nin nakasulong na magazine na may 6 na bala, sarong reserbang magazine para sa calibre 45 na may laog nin anom na bala; sarong hand grenade, sarong improvised na M16 (sumpak) na may sarongan, sarong tear gas, sarong spray sling pouch na may nakasurat na City Star 1991, sarong itom na sling pouch, limang bala para sa Cal 22; 2ng live ammunition para sa calibre 45; 3ng live ammunition para sa Cal 5.56; sarong live ammunition para sa 12 gauge na shotgun asin kantidad P59,000.00 na cash.

Tulos pigcomfiscar an nasambit na mga armas asin bala asin ngonian yaon sa poder kan mga awtoridad.

Mantang pigsusurat an baretang ini, pigpepreparar na an magkakanigong caso contra sa mga suspechado.

Paramientras, mas hararom na imbestigasyon an ginigibo kan mga nanunungdan para tugkadon an iba pang informasyon pwedeng may relasyon sa operasyon kan duwa na residentes kan Camalig, Albay. Si SPO1 Balonzo asin SPO1 Bataller an nagkakapot kan casong ini.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Hundreds of cops deployed for 'Oplan Kaluluwa' in Bicol

Hundreds of police officers will be deployed to beef up existing security forces across the six provinces of Bicol as a safety measure for the upcoming All Souls' Day on Sunday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said Wednesday.

Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said police checkpoints and assistance centers will be set up in cemeteries, major highways, airports, seaports and bus terminals as security measures on All Souls' Day, a religious tradition observed throughout the country.

Calubaquib said security preparations are in place for “Oplan Kaluluwa", where additional policemen will be deployed to support various police assistance centers set up in cemeteries, terminals, ports and highways.

She said the PNP in Bicol will be on a full alert status, policemen will not be allowed to go on leave and those who are on leave will be recalled and be put on duty during the religious observance.

“The measure would ensure the safety of all residents and visitors that will be arriving here to observe All Souls' Day,” Calubaquib said.

The police assistance centers will assist incoming and outgoing passengers in the cities of Naga, Legazpi, and Masbate and in Virac town in Catanduanes.

She said checkpoints will be set up to assist motorists and other visitors from other places.

Security checks will strictly be enforced in bus terminals and major seaports across the region, she added.

Calubaquib said they are closely coordinating with the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Army, Department of Health and civic organizations to implement Oplan Kaluluwa in the six provinces of Bicol.

In Albay, Police Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, PNP provincial director, said in an interview the Oplan Kaluluwa has been activated with the assignment of additional policemen from the Provincial Public Safety Battalion to assist in maintaining checkpoints, assistance centers, and police visibility in over 50 Catholic and public cemeteries and private memorial parks across the province.

Meneses said that in close coordination with various local government units and non-government organization, they will strictly prohibit the bringing of alcoholic beverages, deadly weapons and other prohibitive items inside the cemetery.

He also advised residents to secure their house before going to the cemetery to pay respects to their departed relatives.

The operational plan will be on a 24-hour duty and the police personnel will be manning various airports, major seaports, bus terminals, malls, and private and public cemeteries across the region.

They will also provide traffic, security and medical assistance to commuters coming from other regions and provinces who are taking their vacations for the All Souls' Day.

“We shall issue advisories to the public containing the standard operating procedures or the 'dos' and 'don’ts' with regard to the observance of All Saints' Day,” Meneses said. (by Mar S. Arguelles, PNA)

EDITORIAL | The Bicol vote

Over the past few weeks, one phrase that got thrown around in connection with the elections was the “Bicol vote.” Pertaining to the general political sentiment of the region, the Bicol vote is an object of desire for candidates in the national polls.

Bloc voting is said to be a vestige of our colonial past,  a practice intimately linked with how Bicolanos responded to the threat of   foreign colonizers taking over  the land. To such predicament, earlier Bicolanos responded by  maintaining close family ties, in the hope of propelling leaders from their own groups or clans into power against the often oppressive foreign forces. Bicol was especially persistent in its resistance,  inciting many movements which proved successful  precisely because of such tightly-knit familial relations.

These close ties remained long after the colonizers departed, yet we are left with such clannish behavior that significantly contributes to the outcome of the polls.

There is nothing inherently wrong with bloc voting,  as large numbers are a surefire way of ensuring able and competent leaders get elected. However, there is danger when only a candidate’s place of origin determines how  the electorate decides, in the hope of gaining benefits from the candidate, once he or she is in office. Elections should be about issues and platforms, not about patronage due to the places of origin.

In the coming polls, let the Bicol vote be not solely about propelling one of our own to a national seat, unless he or she truly possessess the leadership abilities and integrity to lead the nation. Instead, let the Bicol vote be intelligent and discerning, based on a deep understanding of the candidate’s background and platform of government.

Nov. 2 proper day for remembering the dead – cardinal

MANILA— A cardinal has reminded the Catholics that the appropriate day for remembering the dead is on Nov. 2, or All Souls’ Day.

Photo: CBCP
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo said priests must emphasize this to their parishioners since most Catholics prefer visiting their deceased loved ones on Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day.

“What is happening is that, we many Filipinos and dioceses have emphasized All Saints’ Day as the time of blessing the dead and blessing the grave. I think that’s a wrong one,” Quevedo said over Radio Veritas.

‘Wrong message’

He lamented that even the government recognizes only Nov. 1 as a non-working holiday which further sends a “wrong message” to the faithful.

“I would think that the time to travel to the province would be Nov. 1 and the actual honoring is Nov. 2 and the time to return would be Nov. 3,” added Quevedo.

The bishops earlier appealed for a meaningful celebration of the Catholic tradition referred to by Filipinos as “Undas” that cares not only for the dead, but also for the environment.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga also called on Filipinos not to turn grave sites into picnic spots.

Not a picnic

“We go to cemeteries to remember them and their good deeds, not for picnic, not for reunion,” Santos said.

Quevedo also called on the faithful to pray not only for the the souls of departed loved ones but more importantly for the repose of the souls in purgatory.

“Some of our beloved have passed away they are to be prayed for….but there is a theological doctrine of what we call ‘communion of saints.’ Saints in heaven, saints on earth, those who are church militant, church suffering,” explained Quevedo.

“Whether purgatory or elsewhere of those who passed away and we are in solidarity with them when we pray for them and asks our saints to pray for them. Let us remember that when we honor the dead,” he added. (CBCP News)

Bicolano Tommy Esguerra makes it to PBB Big 4

Bicolano Tommy Esguerra makes it to PBB Big 4
Albayano Tommy Esguerra is among the four finalists among the regular housemates of ABS-CBN reality show Pinoy Big Brother 737. Esguerra is the son of Shirley Sarte Esguerra and the grandson of Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda. The other finalists are Miho Nishida, Dawn Chang, and Roger Lutero.

Franco Rodriguez, another Albayano, meanwhile, is in the top 4 among the teen housemates.

As finalists, both have a chance to be selected as one of the two big winners of the program.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

LOOK: Voters in Naga City try to beat COMELEC registration deadline

A long queue of voters trying to beat the COMELEC registration deadline today has formed outside the poll body office in Naga City today. (PHOTOS BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Friday, October 30, 2015

IN FULL BLOOM | Flower farms in Pacol, Naga City

Flower farms in Pacol, Naga City are in full bloom and ready to meet the huge demand for All Saints' Day and All Soul's Day. (PHOTOS BY OSCAR ESMENDA)


Comelec-5 sees less violations, armed groups in 2016 elections

SORSOGON CITY—The head of the Commission on Elections Bicol regional office sees decreases in the number of private armed groups (PAGs) and electoral violations in the coming May 2016 polls.

Lawyer Romeo B. Fortes, Comelec-Bicol regional executive director, made the assessment before members of the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center at this camp’s Kasanggayahan Hall at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Senior Supt. Ronaldo R. Cabral, Sorsogon Police Provincial Office officer-in-charge, welcomed the PJSCC members .

Fortes said agencies led by the Comelec will be more focused on vote-buying and illegal campaigning activities.While vote-buying would be hard to catch and prove, the law enforcers can go after those conspiring to buy votes, he said.

“For instance, if we can catch a person who is in possession of, say, Php1 million, with sample ballots with it, we can charge him for conspiracy to buy votes,” the Comelec official said.

Or, a police officer sees campaign materials nailed on trees, he can remove it for illegal campaigning and in pursuit of the Comelec’s “Operasyon Baklas”.This, Fortes said, is summary abatement of illegal propaganda or campaign materials.

He still sees Masbate as an election hotspot and for this reason, the Philippine Army will be sending 1,000 soldiers to the province.

Masbate had consistently been tagged as an election hot spot in previous elections because of the intense political rivalries among political clans there, including election-related violence that claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

Based on record, Masbate has the most number of villages that were placed under Comelec control, with 40 villages in 18 towns.

Igmidio Emilio Camposano, a local trial court judge there and Masbate Advocate for Peace president, said in an earlier interview with the Philippines News Agency that their group, in this early stage, is preparing to map out pre-election scenarios to ensure that the May 2016 elections in the province would be peaceful and orderly.

Camposano said his worst fear in the upcoming polls is the intense political rivalries that end up in violence, hiring of PAGS, vote-buying and harassment.

According to him, PAGs are being used by local politician as an instrument to sow terror and violence and eliminate political leaders to gain political advantage over their rivals.

In the previous national and local elections, there were at least six PAGs listed operating in Masbate, of which only two are active -- the Arizobal and Villaruel groups -- with 38 members.

For this reason, Task Force Masbate was created after reports that local politicians here exercise too much influence over the police and sometimes the police were being dictated upon in the conduct of their operations.

Fortes also informed the PJSCC members that four election-related incidents have already occurred in Masbate since the filing of the certificates of candidacy of local officials, one of them right after the victim had just filed his COC.

He considers the election-related violent incidents to start on the filing of the COC and not only during the election period, from Jan. 9 to June 8.

In saying earlier that there would be less electoral violations this time, Fortes said the number of those who have filed their COCs this year has decreased by 20 percent compared to that of the previous election.(PNA)

Albay is 2016 Palarong Pambansa host

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) declared Albay the host of the Palarong Pambansa in 2016.

Photo by Evans Llona
Albay won over Tuguegarao City, Cagayan–its only competitor for the annual national student games.

Before announcing the results, Education Secretary Armin Luistro asked both provinces to continue supporting the agency’s sports development program. “Sana ipagpatuloy po ninyo ang inyong naka-atas na mga programa para sa sports sa inyong probinsiya at sana makasama pa po kayo ng DepEd at ng PSC doon sa iba pang sports events. Mayroon po tayong Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, at iba pang programa.”

The final choice was made based on voting results by the Palarong Pambansa Board, which is chaired by the education Secretary.

“We reviewed the recommendations from the regions and had our own deliberations. We went through billeting, facilities, your presentations, including readiness of our regions, as well as other considerations that are specific to 2016. Ang nanalo po with a very, very slim margin is Albay,” Luistro said.

Before the bidding and official presentations of the two provinces, DepEd and PSC technical officials inspected each venue last June.

PSC Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez presented to the body the rating system used which included international standards, distance from the main complex, power supply, and security, among others.

DepEd’s Schools Sports Events and Activities Unit Head Cesar Abalon reported on the status of the billeting areas, which are evaluated based on the sufficiency of rooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas, and medical provisions.

With a budget of Php 300 million, Albay Governor Joey Salceda assured the Palarong Pambansa Board that Albay has the equipment and resources needed to construct and repair its sports facilities.

Imbuelto sa human trafficking, tiklo

NAGA CITY—Yaon na sa poder kan mga awtoridad an duwang suspechado sa suboot imbuelto sa caso nin “human trafficking” sa banwaan kan Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Susug sa report kan mga imbestigador, apat na personas, tulo digdi mga menor de edad an victima kuta kan sindicato, na imbuelto an pangaran ninda Arlene Songco Ramos asin Marites Riva.

An mga victima kan sindicato anas hale sa banwaan kan Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Ipinahayag kan informante na sinugo suboot ni Ramos si Riva na maghanap nin tulong lalaki asin sarong babae na pwedeng darahon sa provincia kan Pampanga tanganing duman magtrabaho.

Alagad, maswerteng nasabatan kan mga awtoridad an jeep na piglunadan kan mga victima, pero dae na sinda sa nakalunad sa awto.

Pirang oras an naka agi, nasusug kan mga pulis an kinakamugtakan kan mga victima, kaibahan na sinda Ramos asin Riva.

Mientrastanto, naghahanap pa nin dugang na mga evidencia an mga pulis para sa isasangat na caso contra sa duwang mga nasambit na suspechado.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Masbate provincial gov't issues statement on power supply disconnection

The Masbate Provincial Government has released the following statement in connection with the disconnection of power supply due to some unpaid bills from 2011 to 2014:

"Very recently the Masbate Provincial Government received Notice of Disconnections from MASELCO banking on the piled-up elctric bills of the previous administration from years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. This was the obligation of the Lanete Administration. But the present administration is the one obliged to pay and burdened by the consequences.

Learning about the arrears, Gov. Vince Revil immedietely ordered for possible fast remedies especially that the Masbate Social Center has already been disconnected of electricity service. Together with the Provincial Finance Team and other heads of offices, Gov. Vince lobbied with MASELCO headed by OIC Manager Mila Francisco, appealing to MASELCO for a reconsideration presenting the consequences of the disconnection and the process of payment of the provincial government.

Gov. Vince made it clear that since the unpaid bills ammased during the previous administration, then a Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution is necessary as it has to be charged to the current appropriation. In the same instance, the governor ordered Budget Officer Liborio Gonzales to check on possible fund source from the current fund to compensate the arrears which the past administration failed to pay.

On October 26, 2015, this MASELCO problem was discussed during the latest SP Session. The SP members approved the resolution granting authority to the governor to pay the arrears to MASELCO and the vouchers for the unpaids bills are now on process.

Per records, all current dues and bills of the present administration under Gov. Vince Revil are updated and religiously being paid. From the time Gov. Vince took over, all electric bills of the Provincial Government were paid."

BGen Quidilla is new Bicol Army Chief

PILI, Camarines Sur—Brigadier General Ferdinand F. Quidilla was installed as the new Commander of the 9th Infantry Division in a Change of Command Ceremony earlier today (October 29) at Camp Elias Angeles here. He replaced Major General Yerson E. Depayso who is retiring from military service.

The Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony was presided by the Commanding General of the Philippine Army Lieutenant General Eduardo M. Año. AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya and 2nd Infantry Division Commander Major General Romeo G. Gan were also present to witness the ceremony.

Prior to his current position, BGen Quidilla was the Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in Tanay, Rizal.

BGen Quidilla was born in Banga, South Cotabato on April 22, 1961. Generals Año, Visaya and Gan and Quidilla were classmates at the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983.

"I am very optimistic that BGen Quidilla will continue the efforts of his predecessor, Major General Depayso, in the attainment of a more peaceful Bicol Region," said SOLCOM Chief LtGen Visaya.

He said Quidilla's expertise in counter insurgency will infuse new approaches in AFP's IPSP "Bayanihan" in Bicol Region.

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Gov. Typoco of falsification of public documents

MANILA—The Sandiganbayan has pronounced former Camarines Norte Governor Jesus “Atoy” Typoco Jr. guilty of falsification of public documents.

Former Camarines Norte Governor Jesus “Atoy” Typoco Jr.

In a 30-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada., Typoco and former Provincial General Service Officer-in-Charge Noel Reyes were meted a sentence of a minimum of two years and four months to a maximum of eight years of imprisonment in addition to a fine of P2,000.

This case stemmed from the procurement of medical supplies for the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital in 2005.
Said supplies, which amounted to P1.645 million, were purchased as part of Camarines Norte’s Medical Indigency Program.
A public bidding was purportedly conducted on 18 May 2005 with a Notice of Award issued by Typoco, Jr. on 19 May 2005. However, prosecutors presented evidence to prove that the delivery, inspection and payment for the medicines were effected a month earlier, in April 2005.

In her testimony, State Auditor III Nemia Noora from the Commission on Audit (COA) cited the following deficiencies in the procurement of medicines: (1) alteration/tampering/erasures in the purchase order (PO), inspection and acceptance report and sales invoice; (2) non-submission of the list of individual recipients of the medicines; (3) undated and unnumbered Request and Issue Slip approved by Typoco, Jr.; (4) undated Report of Utilization approved by Typoco, Jr. resulting to COA’s inability to determine the actual date of disposal of the medicines; (5) absence of an invitation to the COA to attend the alleged bidding.

Justice Ponferrada found that “there was conspiracy between Typoco, Jr. and Reyes as shown by their respective participations in the alteration of the date of the PO in question.”

The resolution reads: “This alteration or change in the original date of the subject PO (purchase order) constitutes falsification of official document because it affected not only its veracity but it also changed the time when it was prepared and approved to make the document speak something false…when in truth and fact the PO in question was already approved on April 21 without any public bidding.”

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Aida Pandeagua (Buyer II), Angelina Cabrera (representative of supplier Cabrera’s Drugstore and Medical Supply) and Arnulfo Salagoste (Provincial Health Officer). Similarly, charges for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) against Typoco,et al. were dismissed for lack of sufficient basis.

In a recent development, the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge Typoco, Jr., in a separate case, for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) for his involvement in the fertilizer fund scam.

‘Hari nin Sinablay’ sa Naga City, dakop na

NAGA CITY –Mayo nang naginibo si Renato Capistrano y Ssierra, 29 anyos, soltero asin residente kan Magsaysay Avenue, Zone 1, Balatas, Naga City kan siya dakopon kan mga awtoridad sa sumbong ni Rex Victorio Hidalgo y Alcala, 55 anyos, kan Langka Street, Mac Mariano Village, Zone 3, Barangay Balatas, ciudad na ini.

Si Capistrano iyo an sinasahotan na imbuelto sa paghabon nin mga bagong linabahan na mga gubing, twalya, tamong, asin mga hanger, na an total na valor, labing P5,000.00.

Sabi kan nagreclamo, pinapahinuroan pa lang ninda an mga bagong linabahan na mga gamit na ibinugtak sa ibabaw kan lamesa sa atop kan saindang harong kan marisa na nawawara na an mga linabahan.

Tulos nagtarabang an mga miembros kan saindang familia sa paghanap.

Nareparo kan victima asin kan saiyang aki na pwedeng nagsalisi an parahabon.

An suspecha kan victima, nagsakat sa kudal kan kataid nindang lote, dangan nagsakat sa atop kan saindang harong an parahabon.

Mientras na pighahanap an mga nawawarang linabahan, naheling kan victima na an bitis kan lamesa yaon pwera kan bakanteng harong na kataid kan saindang residencia.

Huli kan siring na obserbasyon, nag-apod tulos sinda nin mga pulis tanganing magtabang na madakop an parahabon.

Arog kan saindang suspecha, an parahabon kan linabahan yaon mananggad nagpapahipli sa sinambit na lugar, kugos-kugos an mga nagtuturo pang mga bado asin tamong.

Dinakop si Capistrano asin dinara sa Police Station 2 para imbestigaran.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Nawarang blouse ni Lola, sulot nin daraga sa plaza

NAGA CITY – Nagrulungsi. Garal-gadal an boses.

Ini an sabi kan mga imbestigador kan saindang tukloon an 20 anyos na daraga na itinukdong may sulot kan nawawarang paboritong blouse ni lola Rosario "Charing" Pado, 69 anyos na taga Zone 4, Lazaro Compound, sa Barangay Mabolo, digdi.

Plaza Rizal, Naga City
Photo: JCI Philippines
An suspechado iyo si Nicole Lim y Cruz, kan Barangay San Cirilo, Pasacao, Camarines Sur.
Sabi sa sumbong ni Lola Charing, dae niya pighuhuna na mababawi pa an nawawarang gubing ta mayo nin nakaheling kan parahabas sa laog kan saindang residencia.
“Masuerte sana gayod ako o dimalas sana siya (Nicole) ta iyo nanggad an naturuhokan kan sakong mga mata si blouse kong nawawara,” sabi kan gurang.
Isinaysay kan victima na nagpasiring siya sa Plaza Rizal para magpahayahay asin magpahale nin pungot.
Nakua an saiyang atensyon kan magayon na color na blouse na sulot kan daraga na kapareyo kan saiyang nawawara na gubing.
Naghagad nin tabang si Lola Charing sa mga pulis para imbitaran an daraga na may sulot kan blouse ta an saiyang suspecha iyo ito si nawawara saiya.
Inabot nin makuring nerbios an suspechado kaya pag-abot sa hepatura kan pulis, inako tulos na hinabonan talaga an saiyang sulot na blouse.
Afuera kan blouse, gamit pa kan suspechado si hinabon na leggings kan lola patin sandals.
Sabi kan mga imbestigador mayo nin itinaong paliwanag an suspechado kun tano ta gamit niya an mga personal na gamit kan gurang.
Pati an gamit na kalson (panty) kan suspechado asin an bra, kabale sa mga hinarabon ki Lola Charing.
Laen kan enot na nasambit na mga personal na rugaring kan victima, nakua pa sa suspechado an minasunod na mga gamit na pwedeng sadire man ni Lola Charing: sarong cream na bulong sa kurikong, panaw asin alipunga na may valor na P32.00; sarong deodorant cream na kantidad P95.00; sarong deodorant roll-on na kantidad P75.00; ; sarong cellular phone asin bateriya, na an valor P1,000.00.
Huli sa incidenteng ini, dinara tulos an suspechado sa Naga City Hospital para sa physical examination, antes siyang iditinir kan Custodial Facility kan CIDG.
Sasangatan siya nin casong panhahabon.

An mga nag-arestar sa suspechado mga tawohan kan PNP, na pinapamayohan ni Senior Inspector Dennis A. San Juan, an jefe kan police sa Station I digdi. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Friday, October 23, 2015

Masbate mayor slay suspect shot dead inside prison

MASBATE CITY—Masbate mayor murder suspect Charlie Quidato was shot dead Thursday afternoon by a fellow inmate at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa City.

New Bilibid Prison
Photo: BUCOR
The suspect, who was identified as Ronald Catapang, used a .357 Magnum revolver to fire at Quidato at around 5:20 p.m. inside Dorm 9.

The victim sustained two gunshot wounds.

In a report furnished to BICOL STANDARD, the police said they are still investigating how the suspect was able to spirit said weapon inside the facility.

Catapang immediately surrendered after the shooting, the report added.

Quidato, a former Masbate City Jail warden, had been serving his life sentence for conspiring to kill Masbate City Mayor Moises Espinosa Jr. back in 2001.

He is also allegedly the leader of Commando Gang.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Sorsogon mat, basket weavers featured at National Museum

Several mat and basket weavers from Sorsogon City will showcase their weaving techniques at the National Museum on October 23 (Friday) and 24 (Saturday), 2015.

Featured weavers are Monserat Discaya, Rosie Bañares, Teresita Ebrada, Serena Detera and Divina Dumamay.

The weaving demonstrations can be viewed from 10:00 am to 12:00 nn and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Reception Room, 4th Floor, National Museum of Anthropology (formerly Museum of the Filipino People), Old Finance Building, Rizal Park, Manila.

The National Museum of the Philippines, in partnership with Senator Legarda, organized the 2015 Weaving Demonstrations as part of the Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge.

The senator encouraged visitors of the museum to go to the various galleries-the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery, Baybayin gallery, and the Rice, Biodiversity and Climate Change exhibit-joint projects of Legarda and the National Museum.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

10% of Cam Sur’s registered voters have no biometrics

NAGA CITY—With a little more than one week before the last day biometrics registration of voters, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Camarines Sur provincial office on Tuesday said 10 percent of the 978,640 registered voters as of July 15 has yet to submit for biometrics; if not, their names will be deleted from the official voters’ list, according to its spokesperson in the province.

Comelec Camarines Sur spokesperson Alexander Marpuri appealed to the 93,225 registered voters in the 35 towns and two cities of the province to avail of the remaining days to register and let their biometrics taken to ensure that they could vote and not to be stricken out from the list of registered voters in the 2016 elections.

Marpuri said some 2,135 voters with incomplete biometrics are included among the voters without biometrics who failed to submit any of the requirements of submitting their fingerprints, specimen signature and photos captured by the Comelec machines.

He said blurred photos of voters are also considered incomplete biometrics.

Marpuri said that from Tuesday until Oct. 31, the Comelec offices are open until 8 p.m. from Monday to Sunday to allow as many registered voters to submit themselves for biometrics because there will be no time for extension.

He said the Comelec found the filing of the Certificates of Candidacies (COCs) to be peaceful even though some “minute” problems were encountered like missing documentary stamps and failing to renounce foreign citizenship of some of those who filed their COCs.

He also announced that the new voting machines to be used had been an upgrade of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) which are now being repaired for use in the next election after the 2016 elections.

Marpuri said the major difference of the PCOS machines and the new voting machines are that the new ones are installed with screen that allows voters to see who they have voted upon when the ballots are feed into the new voting machines.

He said both PCOS and the new voting machines use the same optical-mark-reader technology.
Lawyer Maico Julia, Comelec officer of Naga City, also reiterated that there is no pre-mature campaigning for as long as the candidates are not yet officially declared.

Julia said the official declaration of the candidates falls on Feb. 9, 2016 for national positions and March 25 for local positions.

He said infomercials of those who have filed their COCs are not considered premature campaigning even as those infomercials promote a certain candidate but said the expenses on them will be added in the campaign expenses with standard of PHP1.50 per voter.

Julia reminded that the substitution of candidate is allowed by party on or before Dec. 10 and beyond that date substitution will only be allowed to those with the same surnames.(PNA)

Communion of Saints in Heaven, on Earth, and in Purgatory

Communion of Saints
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by Fr. Joey D. Gonzaga
Dean, Holy Rosary Major Seminary

What does communion of saints mean? How can we, the faithful on earth, help the souls in purgatory? How can the saints in heaven help us and the souls in purgatory? Can the souls in purgatory help us? How can we help one another here on earth, in this communion of saints? These are the questions I wish to address in this article.

What does communion of saints mean?

Communion of saints means the union of the living members of the Church on earth, the blessed members of the Church in heaven and the suffering members of the Church, those who are undergoing final purification of their sins in purgatory, with Jesus, their Head. Taught in the Scriptures, the doctrine of communion of saints is defined by the Magisterium of the Church in this way: “The life of each God’s children is joined in Christ and through Christ in a wonderful way to the life of all the other Christian brethren in the supernatural unity of the Mystical Body of Christ, as in a single mystical person.” (Paul VI, Indulgentiarum Doctrina, no. 5; CCC, no. 1474; For scriptural passages on the doctrine of the communion of saints, see, for instance, Acts 4: 32-37; 1 Cor. 12: 12-27; Col. 1; 1 Jn. 3: 16-18)

In the communion of saints, the threefold members of the Church, help one another and care for one another, so that in the end all of us will be united in Jesus Christ, our Lord in eternal life. What brings us together and supports us, in the communion of saints? Our Catechism teaches that charity and exchange of spiritual goods between members of the Church join all of us in and through Christ.

These spiritual goods which we exchange and which God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints offer to us and to the souls in purgatory refer to the satisfactions and merits of Jesus, the prayers and good works of Mary and the saints, which they merited through Christ when they were still alive. (See CCC, 1474-1477)

What about the souls in hell? Do they belong to the communion of saints?

Obviously, they are not included because they opted to separate themselves from the love of Christ, by their mortal sins. We don’t pray for them because our prayers will not relieve their eternal pain and suffering due to their un-repented and un-forgiven mortal sins. The souls in hell will stay forever in hell until the last judgment, where their bodies will join their souls in the eternal exclusion from communion with God, Mary, the angels and saints.

Grace unites us the members of the Church. Sin breaks ecclesial communion. How do we, the faithful on earth, restore or re-establish communion? The Sacrament of Penance restores us and re-establishes us in the Communion of Saints.

How can we, the faithful on earth, help the souls in purgatory?

We, the pilgrims on earth, can help the suffering members of the Church in purgatory by praying, fasting, good works, offering indulgences and offering Masses for them. The souls in purgatory are assured of heaven. Through our prayers, good works, fasting, offering of indulgences, and Masses for them, their entrance into heaven is hastened. Certainly, only God knows when the souls will finally be relieved from purgatory.

How can the saints in heaven help us and the souls in purgatory?

We, the faithful on earth, pray to the blessed members of the Church in heaven. Now that they are with the Lord, the blessed “intercede unremittingly with the Father on our behalf, offering the merit they acquired on earth through Christ Jesus…” (Indulgentiarum Doctrina, no. 5) We pray for the souls in purgatory but pray to the blessed in heaven, so that they may intercede for us the faithful on earth and for the suffering souls in purgatory.

Can the souls in purgatory help us?

The souls in purgatory, inasmuch as they are members of the communion of saints, can help us by praying for us but they can no longer pray for themselves. Moreover, they can no longer make satisfaction or reparation for their sins. We, the faithful on earth, their relatives, friends, family members pray for them and make reparation for their sins by doing good works, offering indulgences and Masses for them.

How can we help one another here on earth in this communion of saints?

We can help one another attain communion with God by practicing charity and by performing spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

All saints and angels of God, come to our aid. Lead us into life eternal, God's heavenly home.

PHOTO | Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary, Matnog, Sorsogon

Instagram user @gapinoy shared this incredible snapshot of the Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary in Matnog, Sorsogon.

DSWD’s Listahanan to validate initial list of poor in Bicol

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 through the Listahanan will validate the initial list of poor this end of October until November in all barangays in the region.

“The department was able to assess 1,056,722 and subjected to Proxy Means Test (PMT) 1,006,991 households. Of these, 410, 186 were identified as poor,” announced Regional Director Arnel Garcia.

Photo: DSWD Bicol
For the initial list, Masbate posted the highest percentage in terms of assessed per province with 77,269 or 51.63 % identified poor households out of 149,656, followed by Camarines Sur having 139,750 or 43.10 % out of 324,220, Sorsogon with 56,301 or 38.58 % of 145,916 assessed, Camarines Norte 38,934 or 37.10 % of 104,925, Catanduanes 17,477 or 31.03% of 104,925 and Albay with 80,455 or 34.22% out of 235,076.

According to Garcia, the list of those identified as "poor" will change after the validation and finalization phase where the community is given a chance to transparently review the accuracy of the initial list.

The Validation is an activity that provides opportunity for the review of the preliminary list of poor households generated after the initial Proxy Means Test (PMT) and further identifies wrong entries for verification purposes.

“This is also the time for those households who were not enumerated due to the absence of households during the regular enumeration, refusals, and no qualified respondents for them to be assessed,“ said Garcia.

The initial list of poor will be posted in conspicuous places in the barangays for 5 days. Thereafter queries, appeals and complaints will be entertained by the Listahanan Area Supervisors and will forward to the Local Verification Committee (LVC) for resolution.

The members of the  Local Verification Committee (LVC)  include the Local Chief Executive, Municipal/City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal/City Planning and Development Officer and two other representatives identified by the LCE.

The grievances/complaints that may be filed are the following;
• Individual claims that a certain household should not be included on the list of poor households (INC 01)
• Individual claims that they are poor and must be included in the list of poor (EX 01)
• Individual claims that they have not been visited by an enumerator for an interview (EX 02)
• Individual complaints that interviewer incorrectly entered data in the FAF (ER 01)
• Individual claims that the list is incomplete and does not represent the actual poor households in the community (ER 02)

Household assessment will be conducted immediately after consolidating all complaints and appeals to update the record of the households and will re-run to the Proxy Means Test.

After the validation, the official and final list of poor families is shared with data users to serve as their basis in selecting beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Meanwhile, as one of the main stakeholders in the Listahanan implementation, all Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO’s) in the 6 provinces were gathered for the orientation on all components of the validation and finalization phase on October 13-16 and 20, 2015.

The result of the second round of assessment was presented to them before the conduct of the validation in their respective municipalities. The orientation also served as venue for the feedback generation on the concluded assessment in their areas and planning for the upcoming validation.

Listahanan, formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs.

ONE TIME BIG TIME | 25 nabbed for drugs in Daet

DAET, CNorte—Twenty-five suspected drug users were arrested here over the weekend despite the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Lando.

Leading the arrest were officers from the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, headed by Senior Supt. Harris Fama, Camarines Norte Provincial Public Safety Company, Camarines Norte Criminal Investigation and Detection Team, 5th Regional Intelligence and Detection Unit, Albay CIDT, and the 49th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

The composite team served 15 search warrants for the violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Collared were Marilyn Ramos Canaria, Elmer Flores Ebano, Jeanette Ibasco, Magno Montoya Flores Jr., Marlon Legado, Emmanuel Q. Jardinero, Dennis Sancho Alem, Bryan Miranda, Francis C. Raymundo, Riezel Delos Santos Calpo, Denson Villafranca, Cindy Espila Miranda, Christopher S. Royol, Rodel S. Soria, Ricky I. Zabala, Janela rada Cabisudo, Eliseo A. Dando, Jonathan Rada Ecalner Canapit,  Encarnacion "Nanay" Sardeña, Jesus Tabor Concepcion, Ferminia Villafranca, Aurea Jardinero Sacramento, Cesar "Sarbot" G. Vasquez, Rafael Manalo Corpuz and Meriam Garcia Felomino.

Recovered from the suspects were 48 sachets of a substance believed to be shabu, a bag of leaves believed to be marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia, two unlicensed revolvers, six pieces of live ammunition, and cash amounting to Php135,000.

Said items will be turned over to the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for examination. Meantime, the arrested suspects are now under the custody of the Provincial Police Office for proper disposition.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

TO SERVE AND PROTECT. PNP Bicol has 307 new recruits

TO SERVE AND PROTECT. Three hundred and seven new police recruits took their oath in front of the officials of Philippine National Police Bicol headed by Acting Director Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. on Monday morning. (Photo: PRO5)

PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE. Zigzag Mountain View in Milagros, Masbate

PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE. Zigzag Mountain View in Milagros, Masbate offers a breathtaking backdrop for scenic travels by car, bicycle, or foot.(PHOTO: DOT BICOL)

Bicolanos take stand on West PH sea crisis

LEGAZPI CITY—“If we will leave China’s claim unchallenged, our country could lose about 80 percent of its resources-rich Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Charles Jose said at a press conference with the media at Hotel St. Ellis here Wednesday last week.

Asec Jose led the information campaign on the West Philippine issue in the Bicol region conducted by the DFA in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) across the country for the public to better understand the country’s concern behind the disputed territories.

“The Philippines is an archipelago and our economy is dependent on the sea with at least five million Filipinos depending on the waters for their livelihood. So if we will lose the 80%, it’s like stealing our country’s rich resources and stripping livelihood of our people,” he added.

Among the other activities held in the region are a multi-sectoral forum, focused group discussions, campus tour and radio guesting.

Participants in the the activities came from various sectors including the academe, church, government agencies, students and other stakeholders.

The country has filed its case against China over the West Philippine Sea at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) tribunal and has asserted its claim in the oral hearing on July 7.

“We are anticipating to be invited back for another round of hearing on the merits of the trial. We want to settle the issue peacefully and we believe that the case is the most effective and enduring solution to overlapping territorial claims,” he said.

Jose furthered that member countries of the UNCLOS such as US, Japan, Australia and Europe have expressed support to the Philippines to settle issue peacefully and let rule of law prevail.

“Although the decision of the tribunal is binding it has no enforcement power. However should the decision be favorable to the Philippines, it will be binding to both countries as signatories to the UNCLOS. Thus we will rely to the international community to convince China to adhere to the decision,” he noted.

However, even as the country reiterated its claim and is still waiting for the decision of the tribunal, China has pressed ahead with the construction of structures on areas within the Philippine territory claiming their indisputable sovereignty over nearly the entire South China Sea as represented by its nine-dash line claim.

“China structures constructed in the West Philippipne Sea cause massive and irreplaceable damage as coral resources, which took hundreds of years to grow, are dug and destroyed to be used as fillings for their structures,” the DFA Asec said.

Asked on the possibility on engaging into physical confrontation with China, Jose said policies and actions of the government are guided by two principles: settling the issue peacefully and upholding rule of law. Thus war is not an option to resolve conflict.

Furthermore, Jose stressed that the dispute does not sum up the relationship between the two countries noting that they have maintained good diplomatic relations despite the conflict. (by Sally Atento-Altea, PIA)

DSWD Albay reaches limit for educational aid

LEGAZPI CITY—Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Arnel Garcia has announced that it will no longer offer educational assistance for the second semester in Albay because the provincial office has reached its limit.

Those who enlisted at Embarcadero on May 2015 and are scheduled for interview on November 9 to 12 and 25 to 27, he said, are now directed to proceed to the DSWD Regional Office in Buraguis, Legazpi City.

The educational assistance helps defray the school expenses and the cost of sending children to school, such as school tuition fees, school supplies, transportation allowance, and other school-related expenses.

The amount of assistance that can be extended to clients ranges from P3,000 to P 25,000, based on the assessment of the social worker.

Garcia further clarified that the Albay office will continue to provide medical assistance for up to 60 people per day.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago

Bicol observes Juvenile Justice Welfare and Consciousness Week

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol through the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) celebrates the 4th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week on from October 18 to 24.

Bicol observes Juvenile Justice Welfare and Consciousness Week
For this year it adopted the theme “Bata ay Gabayan, Batas sa Juvenile Justice Bigyan Daan!” which focuses on the continued efforts of government agencies, non-government agencies, and non-government agencies and other partners and stakeholders to protect the rights of the children in conflict with the law (CICL) and the children at risk (CAR) in ensuring a bright future for them.
Proclamation Number 459 signed by his Excellency Benigno C. Aquino III declared 4th week of October of every year as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week.
This is in conjunction with the annual celebration of the National Children’s Month. The state recognizes the need to mainstream awareness and consciousness of the Filipino people to emphasize the rights of every Filipino youth including the children at risk and children in conflict with the law (CICL).
DSWD Asst. Director Arwin Razo shared that this year’s celebration aims to raise the awareness of the Bicolanos on the current issues, status and condition of the Children In Conflict with the Laws (CICL’s) and Children at Risks (CAR) with the help of the stakeholders and media partners.
A fun walk cum Zumba and a short program signaled the start of the week’s celebration. This was led by Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal and other members of the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council such as; DILG, DOH, PNP, BJMP, LGU Bulan, COMPRE children, DepEd, CHR , media partners and DSWD. This was followed by a press conference at La Roca Veranda Suites and Restaurant.
The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) believe that the mass media play an active role in the promotion of child rights and delinquency prevention by relaying consistent messages through a balance approach.

The RJJWC hopes that with every awareness-raising activity conducted, we are able to strengthen the commitment of each duty bearer to perform their respective functions in ensuring that the rights of the children are protected at all times. (eejerusalem)

Gov. Tallado seeks suspension reconsideration

DAET, Camarines Norte—Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado has filed a motion for reconsideration in connection with a one-year suspension order over his refusal to implement Civil Service Commission (CSC)’s order to reinstate Edgardo S. Gonzales in his position as provincial veterinarian.

The order for suspension without pay, together with its accessory penalties, was issued shortly after Tallado filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for governor.

Also ordered suspended were Provincial Legal Officer Sim O. Mata, Jr. and provincial government employee Mario de la Cruz.

Tallado, Mata, and de la Cruz, according to the suspension order, were administratively guilty of Oppression and Grave Abuse of Authority.

The charges, however, against Provincial Human Resource and Management Officer Magdalena B. Toledana, Utility Worker Enrique Macatangay were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

Gonzales’ camp rejoiced at the decision, which it claimed was a victory of the employees of the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor maintained that the governor’s political opponents are behind the issuance of the suspension.

Botor said the same opponents also likely worked for Tallado’s expulsion from the Liberal Party (LP) in June.

Tallado is seeking re-election under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party for his third term as governor.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

'Lando' damage in Bicol reaches P39-M

NAGA CITY—Although the Bicol region was not hit directly by Lando, the typhoon managed to destroy some P39-million pesos' worth of agricultural products.

Emily Bordado of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5's Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section said the estimated amount is based on reports from the towns of Camaligan and Nabua in Camarines Sur, and Daet in Camarines Norte.

Around 1,700 hectares of agricultural land were affected due to the strong winds and flooding.
Some 200 hectares, she added, have been totally damaged and can no longer be recovered.

Meanwhile, the DA national office reported that across the nation, the damage to agriculture reached over P6 billion, with rice production incurring the largest loss.

Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala said that only 269,694 hectares of 272,006 hectares of rice land have a chance of recovery.

He added that he hopes for good weather so those who are close to harvesting stage can be saved and reaped with the use of combined harvesters.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM /With report from DA

NFA Bicol assures rice sufficiency

NAGA CITY—The National Food Authority Regional Office 5 has given assurance that it has enough supply of rice amid growing concerns that stocks are inadequate due to El Nino.

Nora Follosco
Acting General Manager Nora Follosco said the Bicol regional office has augmented its supply to around 90,000 sacks of NFA rice for the first quarter of 2016. This is in addition to its current rice inventory, which stands at around 50,000 sacks. Such supply, she added, may last the region up to the end of the year.

NFA rice continues to be sold at prices between P27 to 32 per kilo.

Earlier this month, the NFA national office announced that it procured some 750,000 metric tons of rice as emergency buffer stock.

Around 250,000 metric tons are expected to arrive in November and Decemeber, while 500 metric tons will be delivered early in 2016.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Ayala eyes Manila-Legazpi railway project

Conglomerate Ayala Corp. has formally expressed its interest in the government’s biggest public private partnership (PPP) deal thus far—the South Line of the North South Railway Project—after interested groups were given more time to prepare qualification documents.

PNR file photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said Ayala unit AC Infrastructure bought bid documents for the project last week.

This means at least three groups may qualify for the P171-billion project, which aims to revive commuter rail operations in Luzon, including a long-haul line from Manila to Legazpi City, Albay.

The two other groups are San Miguel Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

Assuming no further delays, these groups are expected to submit their qualification documents on Dec. 1, 2015, a deadline the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) had already moved from Oct. 15, 2015, after one bidder sought additional time.

Canilao said other groups might still purchase bid documents in the coming weeks although she declined to give names.

Ayala and Metro Pacific have teamed up to bid for railway PPPs in the past. The tandem won the automated fare collection system PPP and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 extension and operations projects.

But Metro Pacific chair Manuel V. Pangilinan said the two groups have yet to finalize any partnership for the South Line of the North South Railway Project because of the uncertain schedule, with President Aquino stepping down in mid-2016.

“We have no idea yet as to the timing and whether they can bid it out in time,” Pangilinan said.

Based on its initial instruction to bidders before postponing the qualification process, the DOTC said they plan to award the project by April 27, 2016.

The PPP project, which involves 653 kilometers of railway lines, is expected to be operational by 2020. The winner of the deal will operate, maintain and upgrade the line over a period of 34 years.

Upon full operations, the DOTC said there would be 10 daily trips with seven train sets passing through 66 stations.

It is expected to yield a demand of 316,000 passengers a day on its opening year and is projected to entice around 44,000 public and private vehicle users to shift their commutes to the modernized railway.

The private sector partner is expected to design, construct, install, commission, finance, operate and maintain the existing 56-km commuter rail line from Tutuban in Manila to Calamba City, Laguna. (by Miguel R. Camus)

Friday, October 16, 2015

PHOTOS | 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs

(From left to right) Ava Arceño (2nd District Rep. candidate), Peachy Alfelor (Vice-gubernatorial candidate), Noli Fuentebella (4th District Rep. candidate), Arnie Fuentebella (Gubernatorial candidate), and Nancing Alfelor (5th District Rep. candidate) filed their COCs yesterday at Comelec Pili, Camarines Sur. (Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs in Pili, Camarines Sur
(Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs in Pili, Camarines Sur
(Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative
Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative
Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DAET, Camarines Norte—Incumbent Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado is seeking re-election, this time under Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).

The former Liberal Party member filed his Certificate of Candidate (COC) earlier this morning.

Tallado's runningmate is incumbent Vice Governor and re-electionist Jonah Pimentel, who filed his COC yesterday.

Gov. Tallado's wife, Jose Baning Tallado, also filed her COC for 1st District Representative.

Former Commissioner of Internal Revenue and Rep. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, meanwhile, filed her COC for 2nd District Representative.—Report by Ronron Enon, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Will Bicolana Mia Howell become the next Miss World PH?

Will Mia Howell become the next Miss World Philippines?
Mia Hernandez Howell of Virac, Catanduanes is among the 28 contestants eyeing the Miss World Philippines crown this weekend. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of Valerie Weigmann, another Bicolana, who was named Miss World Philippines 2014.

Earlier this month, Mia was selected as Miss World Philippines' Miss Ilocos Sur when she visited Vigan.

Mia, 24, holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has travelled to over 20 countries. She is trained in ballet and ballroom, and plays the saxophone and the piano.

The pageant is set to air over GMA on October 18.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Thursday, October 15, 2015

PHOTO | A Bicolano for president?

A BICOLANO FOR PRESIDENT? Alfredo Santo Tomas Tindugan of Catanduanes was among the first aspirants who filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the highest position in the government’s executive branch earlier this week.  The 75-year-old said he will push for ‘divine government.’ (Photo: @victorcosare777)

ANGKLA party-list seeks 2nd term to represent PH maritime sector

MANILA—Seeking to continue steering the country towards its maritime nation vision, ANGKLA Party-list was among the first sectoral parties to manifest its desire to participate in the 2016 elections. Members of the ANGKLA Party-list, through its President Atty. Augusto Perez, Jr.; Secretary General Atty. Bernadette Yanzon-Blanco, and Press Relations Officer Chief Engineer Peter Lugue, filed the Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance of the Nomination at the Commission on Elections on Monday.

ANGKLA Party-list is the first and only party to represent the maritime sector in Congress.

Leading its formidable list of nominees is incumbent ANGKLA Representative Jesulito A. Manalo. Cong. Manalo, a son of a ship captain, is a maritime lawyer. Next in the roster is Capt. Ronaldo Enrile, who is affiliated with the private sector. Completing the list are Atty. Augusto Perez Jr., Chief Engineer Petercon A. Lugue, and Atty. Bernadette Yanzon Blanco as third, fourth, and fifth nominees, respectively.

Speaking to members of the press, Cong. Manalo said: “The maritime industry incessantly needs a voice in Congress, which would constantly champion the various concerns of the industry, and guarantee it the attention and importance it deserves.”

“We, in ANGKLA, remain adamant in our efforts at promoting that the industry be always included in the main agenda of the Philippine government, and made part of the political, economic and social consciousness of the country and its people,” he added.

“During ANGKLA’s first term in Congress, we endeavored to institute far-reaching reforms in the maritime sector,” he said.

“Finally, the maritime industry was extended an opportunity to be significant, attended to, and to improve. We seized it and by now have introduced and supported more than a hundred laws, resolutions and policy reforms that will better promote shipping and resolve other matters of national importance,” he explained.

Despite being a neophyte in Congress, ANGKLA’s Rep. Manalo was able to pass landmark legislations such as R.A. 10635, which created a single maritime administration for implementation of STCW. The measure intended to cure the then imminent loss of employment and sources of livelihood of our Filipinos seafarers and their millions of dependents, due to the Philippines’ failure to aptly comply with the STCW and other international conventions.

ANGKLA also passed the Liberalization of Philippine Cabotage Law, which effectively brought down the prices of commodities.

Soon to become laws are the ANGKLA’s Naval Architecture Modernization Bill, which seeks to elevate the practice of naval architecture, and the Seafarers’ Protection Bill, which imposes a cap on the fees which can be charged by lawyers to 10% of the monetary claims of seafarers. Both measures have already been passed on Third Reading by both Houses of Congress, and are merely awaiting the signature of President Benigno Aquino III.

Apart from performing its legislative mandate, ANGKLA also catered to the needs of its constituents through its social programs. ANGKLA provided scholarships and granted medical assistance to seafarers and their families. The party-list also led the distribution of seedlings and sports equipment, and provided funding for the construction of multi-purpose halls in localities with numerous resident seafarers.

“Truly, ANGKLA has been continuously fighting for the rights of the seafarers, and this public duty has always performed even when the seafarers are beyond our borders. Testament to this was when ANGKLA was at the forefront in the release of the 4 Filipino seafarers, who were unjustly detained in Argentina,” Cong. Manalo said.

“Notwithstanding these milestones, much remains to be done in order to fulfill ANGKLA’s vision,” emphasized Cong. Manalo.

“Thus, once again, ANGKLA seeks to be at the helm in Congress in order for it to continue transforming the Philippines into a true maritime nation with more world class vessels, which will be built by world class Filipino ship builders in the Philippines, manned by world class Filipino crew, registered under Philippine flag, operated by Philippine ship management companies, and owned by no less than Filipinos,” the incumbent ANGKLA representative concluded.

Army to hunt down remaining rebels in Albay, Catanduanes

LEGAZPI CITY—The Philippine Army's higher command has tasked Col. Claudio Yucot, the new commanding officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade, to go after some 11 members of the Bicol Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines(CPP) and 39 New People’s Army rebels in Albay and Catanduanes to support the two provinces' tourism industry and ensure peaceful local elections next year.

Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso (Photo: 9ID)
This is the marching order of 9th Infantry Division commanding general Yerson Depayso during the recent turnover of command at the 901IB in Barangay Villahermosa in Daraga, Albay.

Yucot took over the command of the brigade from Col. Raul Farnacio, who was assigned at Fort Bonifacio after leading the brigade for two years and six months.

Albay was formally declared as a manageable conflict area (MCA) last April 23 this year by the 9th ID, while Catanduanes, in December 2014.

A province is said to be an MCA when any possible atrocities can be immediately contained or prevented from escalating to the point of causing major disturbances to peace and social development.

But there are still eight CPP cadres and 29 NPA rebels in Albay as well as another three CPP cadres and 10 NPA rebels in Catanduanes, based on the second quarter intelligence assessment this year.

Depayso thanked Farnacio and the men of the 901IB for their contribution in making the 9ID as one of the three best units in the Philippine Army.

There are only three best units in the Philippine Army which include the 9ID, the 3rd Division and the Signal Group.

He also received the brigade’s accomplishment report which features its various support for Team Albay.

The Army commanding general said he wants a further reduction in the firearms and enemy strength of the NPA operating in Albay and Catanduanes through the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan.

He said the Army’s core competence is to eliminate communist insurgency and to achieve this, it is necessary to eliminate the armed insurgents which hinder other government agencies to deliver their services in far-flung areas.

“Not known to every Bicolano, who sleeps well at night, is the stress being experienced by every soldier assigned here in Bicol. While you are sleeping well at night, our troops are there in the mountains patrolling and seeing to it that no armed groups are roaming around and that goes true with the commander who has to pray hard that nothing bad happens to his men,” he said.

Depayso said there was a lot of improvement over the years in achieving peace and order in Bicol.

He recalled that on May 11, 1982, he was part of a battalion conducing an operation in Labo, Camarines Norte and Lup and Ragay, Camarines Sur.

“It was the start of the communist insurgency in Bicol. The fighting occurred even along the highway after our troops were ambushed in Basud while the Philippine Constabulary had a firefight at the Bitukang Manok area and in Albay. The son of General Brawner was killed after his vehicle hit a landmine.That was how fighting between government forces and NPA rebels in Bicol started,” he said.

But over the years, with the contributions by all -- including the Philippine Army and other units of the Armed Forces as well as civil agencies, the Philippine Constabulary before and now the PNP-- we have achieved a huge improvement in the overall peace and order situation.

He said today, there are no ambuscades along the national highway and travel is now safe.

“We have driven them (the rebels) to the countryside and that is what we are continuing to address now,” he said.

The tourism industry in Catanduanes has benefited from Albay Gov.Joey Salceda's aggressive tourism promotion of Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon(Almasor) growth corridor. (by Allan Tan, PNA)

New assignments for Caceres priests

NAGA CITY—Several priests in the Archdiocese of Caceres have new assignments.

Among them is Fr. Louie Occiano, who used to be the head of Caceres Commission on Communications. Occiano is now assigned at Baao Centro.

Fr. Judiel Galvo is now assigned at Goa Centro; Fr. Hans Borbor, Cararayan, Naga City; and Fr. Teodoro Pervera, Guijalo, Caramoan. Fr. Erwin Obias is the new Vice Rector of the Penafrancia Basilica, while Fr. Rogelio Largoza will be sent to Virginia in the United States as missionary.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Arch. Tirona registers as Naga City voter; reminds faithful of 'active participation'

NAGA CITYNot one to shy away from taking a stand on relevant social concerns, Archbishop Rolando Tria-Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres issued a circular on biometrics registration for the 2016 polls.

Photo: Archdiocese of Caceres
Registering at COMELEC offices, he said, is a sign of support to the 2016 elections, and will ensure active participation of the Catholic faithful.

"The filing of application for Registration has been scheduled to regularly take place every regular working day, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. until October 31, 2015, which falls on a Saturday, at the local COMELEC offices in the municipalities and cities," the circular, which was released on October 8, reads.

The Archbishop himself registered recently as a voter of Naga City.

Several candidates, including gubernatorial tandem Arnie Fuentebella and Peachy Alfelor, recently paid a visit to Archbishop Tirona to ask for his blessing prior to filing their Certificates of Candidacy.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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