Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

PHOTOS | Penitensya sa Vinzons, Camarines Norte

PHOTOS | Penitensya sa Vinzons, Camarines Norte
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Holy Week 2015 Good Friday Procession in Albay

Holy Week 2015 Good Friday Procession
Sto. Domingo, Albay
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Our Lady of Penafrancia Good Friday Schedule

Our Lady of Penafrancia
Good Friday Schedule

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PHOTOS | Camarines Norte PNP joins observance of Good Friday

DAET, Camarines Norte--The Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office (CNPPO), under the stewardship of  Officer-in-Charge PSupt. Harris Reyes Fama,  joins the whole Christian world in the observance of Good Friday.

Earlier today, the OIC Provincial Director and some members of the police joined the Catholic flock in "Alay Pasan Krus."

Every Good Friday, the Parish of the Divine Mercy produces the "Senakulo ng Awa" and "Alay Pasan Krus," which is a drama-liturgical commemoration of the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Senakulo starts at St. John the Baptist Church in downtown Daet, while the Alay Pasan Krus starts at Barangay Lag-on and ends at the Divine Mercy Parish Church, Barangay Alawihao here. --CNPPO
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Photo via CNPPO 

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Severe weather bulletin for Typhoon Chedeng

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN No. 3
FOR: TYPHOON “‪#‎ChedengPH‬”
TROPICAL CYCLONE: ALERT

ISSUED AT 11:00 PM, 02 APRIL 2015
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11AM tomorrow)

TYPHOON ‘CHEDENG” HAS FURTHER WEAKENED AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA

• Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 150 – 200 km radius of the typhoon.

• Within the next 6 hours, PAGASA will possibly raise Public Storm Warning Signal #1 over the Bicol region. Hence, sea travel over the area will be possibly suspended.

• It is estimated to make landfall over eastern coast of Aurora-Isabela area by Sunday evening (April 5) , will exit the landmass via Ilocos Sur by Monday morning (April 6) and will exit PAR by Monday evening (April 6).

• The public is alerted against possible flashfloods over low-lying areas and landslides along mountain slopes particularly over Aurora-Isabela area.

• Storm surges and sea surface waves of up to 3 meters are possible over the eastern coast of Aurora, Quezon and Isabela.

• Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Aurora, Quezon, Bicol Region and of Visayas.

• It is advised to refrain from outdoor activities particularly along beaches of the eastern section of Luzon starting Saturday.

Location of eye/center: At 10:00 PM today, the center of Typhoon “CHEDENG” was located based on all available data at 885 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.4°N, 132.4°E).

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph

Forecast Movement: Forecast to move Northwest at 15 kph.

Forecast Positions:
• 24 hour (Tomorrow evening): 825 km East of Infanta, Quezon
• 48 hour (Saturday evening): 445 km East of Baler, Aurora
• 72 hour (Sunday evening): In the vicinity of Palanan, Isabela

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11AM tomorrow.
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PHOTOS | Holy Week in Naga City

Holy Week in Naga City 2015
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Holy Week in Naga City 2015
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Holy Week in Naga City 2015
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Holy Week in Naga City 2015
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Holy Week in Naga City 2015
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Naga City still safe—PNP

NAGA CITY—“I would like to debunk the comments on social media and text messages that there is a spate of violence in Naga City,” OIC City Director Police Senior Supt. Narciso Damaso Domingo announced in a press conference earlier today (March 31) at the Naga City Police Office.

OIC City Director Police Senior Supt. Narciso Damaso Domingo
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In fact, Domingo said that “generally the peace and order situation in Naga City is considered within manageable level during the period covered.”

The OIC City Director emphasized that the stabbing and shooting incidents that took place along Magsaysay Avenue were merely “isolated incidents.”

“Medyo unfortunately nahighlight lang po ang nabanggit na violence sa Magsaysay Avenue,” he explained.

In an effort to clarify to the media, he stated that in the period covering February 25 to March 25, 2015, or one month, the following criminal incidents were reported:

Theft – 86
Physical Injury – 80
Robbery – 29
Rape – 3
Reckless imprudence resulting to homicide – 1
Homicide – 1
Violation of special laws – 45
Other non-index crimes – 200

The total crime volume for said month is 446, according to the Naga City Peace and Order Situation Report.

“There is a decrease of […] 48.73% in crime volume from the previous month to the present month,” says the same report.

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Domingo also admitted that there is still a lot of room for improvement where the peace and order situation in Naga City is concerned.

In Magsaysay Avenue, for instance, the Naga City Police Office has amped up police visibility.

Mayor John Bongat also recommended that a police outpost be established in said gimmick strip, he added.

“We will comply with the said recommendation,” he declared.

Meanwhile, the City Director made no mention of the recent twin robberies (Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) and Barryman's Coffee and Tea) in the Naga City Hall compound.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.


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Lalaki binadil, gadan, sa Iriga City

IRIGA CITY—Binadil, gadan, si Rodel Adan y Nunial, 32 anyos asin residente kan Barangay Nino Jesus, sa Ciudad na ini kasubago.

Segun sa report ni PSupt. Virgilio Olalia, Jr., an hefe kan PNP digdi, 3ng mga dae bistadong tawo an responsible sa krimen.

Base sa nagunong informasyon, si Sgt. Roderick Fernandez, naka distino sa detatchment sa Nababarera digdi na miembro kan Charlie Company kan 22nd Infantry Brigade, an nagpaabot kan report sa pulis.

An krimen nangyari sa pwerang lugar sa Barangay San Vicente digdi.

Tinamaan nin nagkapirang bala an hawak kan victima, na iyo an naging causa kan saindang kagadanan.

Mayo pang makapagsabi kun ano an motibo kan pang gagadan, asin kun sisay an tulong suspechado.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
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Agko na sulo | Power restored in Rinconada

IRIGA CITY—Power has been restored in the coverage areas of Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO III) shortly before 6 p.m. tonight (March 31).

CASURECO III Special General Membership Assembly held on March 28, 2015 at Iriga City Colosseum
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
The coop management was able to pay P15 million at 4 p.m. to cover their dues for the month of January 2015.

This is addition to the P10 million that was paid yesterday before the power supply was disconnected.

The coop had P85 million in dues, earlier reports said.

This, however, may be a temporary respite for residents of the Rinconada area.

Payment for the energy consumption for the month of February 2015, which amounts to P67 million, is due on April 6.

The beleaguered coop, however, still lacks money to pay for said bill.

CASURECO III services the towns of Bula, Baao, Bato, Balatan, Buhi, Nabua and the city of Iriga.

At around noon yesterday, power supply was disconnected because the coop was unable to settle its dues.—With report from Jon-jon Oyales, BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot, pirming bago.
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Five Bicol OFWs still in Yemen – OWWA

LEGAZPI CITY- The local office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) revealed today that it is keeping tabs of at least five Bicolano foreign workers still in Yemen.

Outgoing Bicol OWWA Director Jocelyn Hapal said that, as of two days ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had yet to enforce a repatriation notice to Filipinos working in the strife-torn state.

Without revealing the names of the five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Hapal said that based on their records, they were employed in the construction business.

The official also believes that the number might be more considering the fact that there are also undocumented foreign workers in the said Middle Eastern country.

These undocumented workers according to Hapal did not go through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), hence they would be absent from their database.

The director also stressed that if these workers are not on record, they would not be able to avail of the alleviation programs the OWWA has for repatriated OFWs.

Hapal said that repatriated OFWs are granted livelihood packages to assist them in between employment.

In most cases, the entrepreneurial assistance provided by their agency become their new source of income, discouraging them from returning overseas.

It will be recalled that the DFA raised Alert Level 4 (Mandatory Repatriation) in Yemen after continued deterioration of the security situation.

A resolution on the matter was even issued by the DFA as early as February 23, 2015 but is still being snubbed by Filipinos working there.

The reason: there is not enough employment opportunities in the Philippines.

On a related issue, Hapal personally disagrees with the proposal to tax OFW remittances.

The official said that the money earned by these so-called “new breed of heroes” were earned in a foreign land and not in the Philippines and is therefore not subject to the country’s revenue laws.

She suggested that these workers should even be exempted from such measures as they have been the “saving grace” of the Philippine economy.

Meanwhile, according to the OWWA Bicol records, there are about 11,000 OFWs from the Bicol region alone.

If all these workers would abandon their posts and return home, according to critics, the Philippine government would have an unemployment nightmare on her hands. – by Joey B. Garalde
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No Registration, No Travel policy starts April 1—LTO RD Lutey

RD San Luis-Lutey
LEGAZPI CITY—Land Transportation Office (LTO) Bicol Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey reminded all owners of motorize vehicles that the implementation of the No Registration, No Travel policy starts on April 1.

"Only LTO Law Enforcers and LTO Deputized Agents in complete uniform with valid ID and carrying LTO-issued Temporary Operators Permit (TOP) are authorized to stop vehicles and apprehend those in violation of the same," she said.



LTO Reminders to New Motor Vehicle Owners


Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan, Jr., chief of the LTO also declared that “We advise new motor vehicle owners who have yet to receive their license plates to ask their dealers to furnish them with proof of registration application. We’ve received reports that some dealers have taken months to even start the application process, so this will help the public monitor whether they are getting the services they paid for.” 

For more assurance, they can even ask their dealers for copies of their: (1) Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR), (2) Sales Invoice, (3) Certificate of Insurance Cover, and (4) Philippine National Police Clearance, because these are the supporting documents needed to start the registration process. Without these supporting documents, the dealer could not have started the process yet.

To calm concerns of the public that some traffic enforcers may abuse their authority by apprehending new motor vehicle owners who have begun the registration process but have not received their license plates through the fault of their dealers, the LTO also clarifies that only vehicles without valid license plates may be apprehended.

“If you have valid license plates, whether the new black-and-white series or any of the older green-and-white designs, you will not be apprehended for possible violation of the No Registration-No Travel policy,” Tan explained.


Contest Apprehension within 5 Days if Fault is Due to Dealer


The applicable penalties for a violation of the No Registration-No Travel rule under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 include a P 10,000.00 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, which is assessed against the vehicle owner, and a P 1,000.00 fine assessed against the driver.

If the driver is able to present a Certificate of Registration (CR) and an Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle to prove that it has been registered, the driver will be fined only P 5,000.00 for failure to attach plates.

In these latter cases, however, for vehicle owners who believe that the fault is due to their dealers’ delay, the LTO advises them to contest the apprehension by filing a written protest within five (5) days from apprehension. This will allow the LTO to look into the potential fault of the dealer and take appropriate action, if warranted.

The LTO may impose fines, or suspend or even revoke the accreditation of erring dealerships.


Reminders for Those Within the 7-Day Registration Process


For new motor vehicles that are within the allowed 7-day registration process, the driver must present the Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR), Sales Invoice dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension, and a Certificate of Insurance Cover dated on or after the date of Sales Invoice. If such documents are presented, no penalties will be meted out.

However, should the date of the Sales Invoice exceed thirty-seven (37) days on the date of apprehension, the motor vehicle will be impounded by the LTO.

Since the LTO implemented Administrative Order (AO) No. AVT-2014-24 in February 2014, the new one-stop registration process has eliminated unnecessary delays and cut down processing time down to seven (7) days, from the previous three to four (3-4) weeks.—DOTC/ ,BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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