Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

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

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Bulusan Volcano spews steam, ash

Sorsogon's Bulusan Volcano produced a steam and ash explosion which lasted for 5 minutes at 8:09 a.m. earlier today, May 1, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported.

"Bulusan Volcano 1" by Bryan Fajardo Jr., Joel France and Joseph Sachs Shepherd - Own work.
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"At around 10:30 AM, when the crater became visible, strong to moderate, dirty white steaming was observed which reached 200 m high and drifted west-northwest coming from the northwest vent of the volcano. Only five (5) volcanic earthquakes were detected during the past week by the Bulusan seismic network. After the steam and ash explosion, the network has recorded approximately forty (40) volcanic earthquakes," the advisory added.

Despite the explosion, Phivolcs clarified that Alert Level 0 status prevails over the volcano.

Nonetheless, it cautioned local government units and the public against "entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions."

"Civil aviation authorities," Phivolcs announced, "must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall."

It also assured the public that it is closely monitoring the volcanic activity.

Volcanic activity


According to the institution's records, Bulusan volcano has had 16 historical eruptions.

The latest eruption or activity was between November 6, 2010 to May 13, 2011.

The types of hazards include pyroclastic flows (hot blasts, hot avalanche), lava flows, lahars, and ashfall.

Bulusan is the fourth most active volcano in the Philippines, following Mayon, Taal, and Kanlaon.

Mayon at alert level 2

Meanwhile, at 8 a.m. today, Phivolcs reported that Mayon's alert status is at level 2.

"This means the volcano is at a moderate level of magmatic unrest. Although the volcano is currently exhibiting low-level of seismic activity, ground deformation data indicates that eruptible magma had already accumulated the previous year beneath the edifice," the advisory stated.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

77 employers to join Bicol Labor Day Jobs Fairs



LEGAZPI CITY—The more employers, the higher the chances of seekers to land a job.

This is what Department of Labor and Employment Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra opined after confirming that about 77 local and overseas employers will join the the simultaneous Jobs Fair on May 1 in two major cities of Bicol.

“It’s simple math, actually. More employers means more vacancies, more vacancies means more opportunities for the applicants to find a job,” RD Lacambra explained.

The Jobs Fair is DOLE Bicol’s main event for the celebration of the Labor Day 2015, which is centered on the theme "Disenteng Trabaho at Hanapbuhay, Alay Natin Sa Bayan".

As of press time, DOLE Bicol recorded a total of 21 overseas employers and 43 local employers participating in the Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair at SM Naga City.

Meanwhile, some 13 local employers have signified interest in joining the Jobs Fair at the 4th Floor Activity Center, at LCC Mall, Legazpi City.

“We are projecting that the number of participating employers will still increase come May 1. It always happens every year,” DOLE Bicol Assistant Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

Among the participants in the Jobs Fair are the eleven agencies of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Committee

For the Jobs Fair in Legazpi on May 1, DOLE partnered with LCC Mall, PESO Legazpi and ABS-CBN TV 4 Bicol.

In Naga, it teamed up with SM Naga, Naga Colleges Foundation (NCF), Metro Naga PESO and ABS-CBN TV 4 Bicol. The Naga Jobs Fair will run for two days, from May 1 to 2.

Below are the employers which are expected at the Legazpi and Naga Jobs Fairs:

Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair at SM Naga
May 1-2, 2015


Local

Avance Pilipinas, Inc.
San Antonio Skills Dev’t. Inc.
Chito Madrigal Foundation
Pepsi Cola Products Phils.
ESCA Incorporated
Mang Inasal
Naga Regent Hotel
Great Donbee Ventures Co.
Sincere Staff Mgt. Services
EXCELSURE Mktg.
Graceland
SM Supermarket
Fundline Finance Corp.
Stretch Distribution Inc.
Accelerated Dist.
Motortrade Nationwide Corp.
Topserve Manpower Inc.
Atlantic Bakery
Concentrix
Compagnie De Catalina Corp.
All Source Manpower
Honda Cars
1-Serve 360 Corp
IBM Naga
Milaor Trading Corp.
Montana-Mesco Mktg.
Oyster Villa/Naga Regent
PEDSCOR
PEPSI-COLA
Personnel Solution
PSRC
PR Gas Team
SM Baby Company
SM Department Store
SM Home World
SM Star Appliance Center
Stellar
Sutherland
Watson
Kabraso Multi-Purpose Coop.
Avance Pilipinas, Inc.
STRATPROM
ESCA Inc.
Great Donbee Ventures
Farm Station Agrivet
Golden Signet Manpower
Bayan Communication
Biggs Incorporated
ASIAPRO



Overseas
Grand Placement and General Services Corporation
FSL International Manpower and Promotion Services Inc.
Giant International Employment Agency Inc.
Work Asia International Recruitment Agency, Inc.
Anchor International Manpower Services, Inc.
Jamal Human Resource Internationale
Sunway International Manpower Services, Inc.
1st Northern International Services Corporation
Kan-ya International Services Corporation
MMML Recruitment Services Inc.
Whitedove Recruitment Corporation
Career Planners Specialists International, Inc.
Mega Manpower Corporation
A&S Manpower Resources, Inc.
Al Jazira Manpower Services
Eastwest Placement Center, Inc.
INC. (IPAMS)
Insana International Placement Agency
KYR International Manpower Services
Pert/CPM Manpower Exponent, Inc.
Shaso International Manpower Services, Inc.

Jobs Fair at LCC Legazpi, May 1, 2015

Sutherland
Beneficial Life
Dranixx
Rural Bank of Donsol
Infinite-Ox
One-Half Phils
Personnel Solutions
Stretch Distribution
Luminary Manpower
LukTech Manpower
J2K Manpower Agency
Unified Workers Coop.
Magma/Citibound

—by Raymond Escalante
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Dr. Albeus, mawot magserbe sa Naga

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—“Pirme akong nagmamawot na magserbe sa mga taga Naga”.

Ini an binutasan na pahayag kasoodma ni Dr. Jess Albeus, dating Punong barangay kan Tabuco, Naga City.


Dr. Jess Albeus


Si Albeus naging bantog na maray kan mga naka-aging taon ta siya iyo an naging presidente kan Philippine Dental Association (PDA) asin naging pamayo man kan Ateneo de Naga University Alumni Association.

Sa entrevista saiya kan mga miembros kan media, inako ni Albeus na kan mga nakaaging pirilian nagprobar na talaga siyang magpresentar kan saiyang sadire na maging servideor kan Naga City. Alagad dae siya nagkaswerte.

Mientrastanto, naglalaom si Albeus na magkakaigwa nin bagong timplada ngonian an composisyon kan Sangguniang Panlungsod.

“An pirme na sanang Ubos-Kun Ubos dae na mangyayari ngonian,” sabi niya.

Sa presente naheheling na nagdadakula an pagkabaranga kan mga miembros kan Team Naga, na dati pigfundar asin pinakusog ni dating alkalde Jesse Robredo.

Sa maabot na election sa 2016, anom na mga incumbent na consejal kan ciudad an dae na pwedeng mag re-election ta naka tulong turno na sinda.

Apisar kaini, mansay nang entero an pag-suway sa grupo kan Team Naga kan nagkapirang mga consejal.

Afuera ki Consejal Nathan Sergio na lantadan nang nakikidulak na saiyang mga pag-iriba sa consejo, igwa pa nin nagkapira na naghahalat sana kan tamang panahon para magfundar nin bagong grupo.

Si Albeus dae piglinaw kun kisay siyang grupo maibang linyada pag-abot kan panahon nin karandidatohan.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Holdupper na nakasulot uniforme kan pulis, mayong huraw an atake

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Maisog nang maray an mga holduppers digdi asin nagsusulot nang uniforme kan pulis tanganing maging facil an saindang ilegal na trabaho.

Stock photo hale sa Pixabay
Base sa record, kan sarong bangguing mag-omagahon, nangyari an sarong krimen sa may Molave St., sa Barangay Balatas digdi sa atubangan na gayo kan Pamulo Apartment.

An mga victima iyo sinda Nina Cilo y Arca, 26 anyos, may agom, residente kan Cuyaoyao, Tigaon, Camarines Sur; Lady Bless Ballaver y Tolop, 26 anyos, daraga, taga Causip, Bula, Camarines Sur; Ricky Moreno y Naron, 26, soltero, taga Bulawan, Bula, Camarines Sur asin Marco Besinal y Arasas, 20 anyos, soltero, taga Binawaanan, Pili, Camarines Sur.

An mga suspechado, dae nabisto kan mga victima.

Mientrastanto, sabi sa pagsiyasat kan mga awtoridad, kan nasambit na panahon, mantang an mga victima na sinda Nina Cilo asin Bless Ballever, mababa na sa saindang linulunadan na Hyundai Hatchback, an duwa nindang amigo na sinda Ricky Moreno asin Marco Besinal, naghahalat man sainda.

Sa puntong ini, duwang lalaki na nakasulot nin itom na helmet, jacket asin blue na t-shirt, may armas na calibre .38 na revolver an nagrani sainda.

An duwang lalaki nakalunad sa motorsiklo na mayong plaka, nakasulot nin t-shirt na may dakulang nakasurat na “PULIS,” biglang nag-gabring kan saindang darang gamit, mantang nakatutok an badil asin kutsilyo.

Nakua hale ki Lady Bless Ballever sarong cellphone kantidad P60,000, sarong bag na may laog na driver’s license, voter’s ID, ATM cards asin sari-saring llave.

Hale ki Nina Cilo, an naagaw kan mga holduppers iyo an llave kan saiyang awtong Toyota, asin cash na P1,000.

Mientrastanto, nakua hale ki Ricky Moreno an kantidad P15,000, asin ki Marco Besinal, P5,000.

Dae pa guiraray nakontento an mga paraholdup, linaog pa ninda an okupadong apartment kan mga victima asin pirit pang kinua an nagkapirang kasangkapan.

Pagkatapos na masimit an mga gamit kan mga victima, marikas sindang nagdurulag pasiring sa Magsaysay Avenue digdi.

An casong ini pig-iimbestigaran pa kan mga pulis.

Hasta ngonian mayo pang senyal na mabibisto an mga criminal.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
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Alumni, netizens nix move to rename high school after Robredo

NAGA CITY—Alumni of the Naga City Science High School (NCSHS) have given a resounding “no” to the resolution renaming their alma mater to Jesse M. Robredo Science High School.

NCSHS photo via NCSHS Facebook page

Resolution 

Resolution No. 3, s. 2015 was recommended by the Naga City School Board through Administrator Ernani Suron to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) ng Naga.

According to the SP, “The proponents wish to honor the late Interior and former Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo by renaming the Naga City Science High School after him, as he is the founder of the said school in 1994. He negotiated the establishment of the same with the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (now Department of Education).”

Alumni association VP rejects re-branding


Several alumni, however, are unconvinced that re-branding the school is a wise move.

Among them is Jonathan Briones, Vice President of the Naga City Science High School Alumni Association.

Briones in a statement said: “We acknowledge the move to honor the late Jesse Robredo, a great man known for his leadership and ideals. We owe the existence of the school to him. However, we believe that a public, basic educational institution must be depoliticized.”

“His name, with all due respect to the man, is loaded with political semantics, including a leaning towards certain liberal ideologies. Even if it's not the intention, it still sounds like a political accommodation.

The foundation of the school was built on the principle of helping to raise brilliant young minds to become the best, most especially in the fields of science, math and English. Many of us fought well and hard to meet the standard that was set before us, so that all of our achievements will reflect well as achievements of the city.

Naga City Science High School was molded to be at par with the best science high schools nationwide. Jesse Robredo knew that very well. He may have started this school but it was not to glorify himself but bring honor to the city. Changing the name of the school would not really commemorate him, but rather this move would defeat the very principle of why this institution was built - of why he help built this school. This school is not his legacy alone. It is also ours. It is the students. It is the teachers. He may have started it, but it is the teachers and the students that brought life, recognition and commendation to the school, the community, and city. It would be a waste to just throw these things away just so we can help remember a man, no matter how noble he is. We believe that the best way to honor him is to continue the dream that he has started and that we, the alumni, must continue to uphold,” he posted.

“[M]any of us will feel a loss of identity once the name of our Alma mater has changed. In light of all that is mentioned, we appeal to all of our city officials not to support the proposed changed in the name of Naga City Science High School,” the post concluded.

City Youth Councilors hit proposal


Apart from Briones, that City Youth Councilors who are alumni of said school likewise objected to the renaming, the SP Facebook page announced.

On Tuesday, said resolution was referred back to the SP Committee on Tourism and Arts/Culture, chaired by Councilor Elmer S. Baldemor, for a committee hearing.

Netizens slam move

The opposition is echoed on social media and on the newly-launched SP website, where alumni and other concerned NagueƱos have taken to voice their opinions.

“Big No!!!! #Not in favor!!! #Wag maging epal!!!” one commenter posted.

“It's too much,” another said.

Meantime, on the SP website, the city council has opened a poll asking Naguenos whether they were in favor of the change or not.

As of the time of posting, 96.4% have voted “no” to the renaming.

“The name Jesse M. Robredo remains to inspire the old as well as the young blood to dare to do things for the sake of true and dedicated public service. Without naming buildings and schools after it, Jesse M. Robredo will always be a highly respected name. It's just so sad that some of us, who I think, cannot measure up to the performance of the late Secretary, try so hard to be in the limelight by making controversial moves which only brings unnecessary disputes that can also stain the name JMR. The Naga City Science Highschool was well loved by the late Secretary and its students and alumni loved him back. It has its own very impressive culture of high performance tempered by the peaceful resolve of the students and teachers. Do not bring chaos to this institution. Do not change the name of the school,” a commenter opined.

“An Nai-mukna na, DAI nanggad Ribayan pa. Gibo na sana kamo nin iba, tsaka nindo ipangaran ki JMR. (Gabos na sana man saindo ribay),” posted another.

“Naga City Science high school was founded to give honor to the city which bear its name and i know that even the late secretary doesn't want it to happen. They named it "NAGA CITY" science high school for a reason,” one commenter wrote.


Two other buildings already named after Robredo


Presently, two buildings in the city bear the name of the deceased former Naga City mayor and Secretary of Interior and Local Government.

These include the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum on Ninoy and Cory Ave., and the Jesse M. Robredo Museum, which is undergoing construction within the Naga City Civic Center.

Similar controversy in Sorsogon

The move to rename NCSHS recalls a recent controversy in Sorsogon in March.

In said province, alumni of the Sorsogon National High School (SNHS) objected to renaming it in honor of the deceased lawmaker  Salvador H. Escudero III.

The opposition gained such strong support that it caught the attention of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

A grandson of the late Escudero, the senator thanked the proponents of the renaming, but appealed to them to junk the move.

Senate Bill 2707


Shortly after the SNHS controversy made the news, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed Senate Bill 2707.

The bill prohibits the naming of “local government units, institutions, places, or buildings” “after a living person, nor any relative by affinity or consanguinity within the fourth civil degree, whether living or dead, of any government official or employee.”

Sen. Santiago explained in the same bill: “This practice is deplorably self-serving. Not only does it underhandedly increase their own prestige within their locality, it also has the insidious effect of perpetuating their political dynastic line by forcing street goers to repeatedly utter their family name.”—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Naga PNP nets suspected Bicol's number 1 drug kingpin

Naga PNP nets suspected Bicol's No.1 drug kingpin
Photo via NCPO
NAGA CITY—The alleged leader of the notorious Chinglo drug syndicate has finally been captured by authorities.

Police identified the suspected drug ring leader as Victor Lorenzo Rosales y Timario, also known as Chinglo. 

He ranks number 1 in the top 10 drug personalities in the Bicol region and number 6 in the top 20 most wanted persons in the regional level.

The operation of Rosales' Chinglo drug group spans Naga City and neighboring municipalities in Camarines Sur, said the police. 

Rosales was arrested at around 9 p.m. on April 29 in Mangga St., cornet Avocado St., Zone 7 Brgy. Balatas, this city.

The arrest was made by members of the Philippine National Police's Intelligence Branch, led by PCInsp. Benito C. Dipad, Jr. and personnel from Police Station No 2,  under the direct supervision of PSSupt. Narciso Damaso Domingo, Officer-in-Charge of the Naga City Police Office.

The operation was carried out by virtue of warrants issued by Hon. Maria Eden Huenda Altea, Presiding Judge, Branch 61, Regional Trial Court, Naga City in relation to Criminal Case No. 2006-0480, for violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 with no bail recommended and Criminal Case No. 2006-0481, for violation of Section 12 of the same with recommended bail of Php40,000.

The suspect is now under the custody of Naga City Police Office while waiting for his commitment order.

This successful operation, said the police, is in line with the organization's intensified campaign to arrest and put behind bars the most wanted criminals in the city.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Parasalakat nakadarang kantidad P200K na cuarta, alahas

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Maabot sa kantidad P200,000 an nakua kan parasalakat sa barangay Tabuco digdi kan sarong banggui.

Stock photo from Pixabay

An victima iyo si Timoteo Cruz, 53 anyos an edad.

Base sa natipon na mga informasyon kan BICOL STANDARD, nagluluwas na nadiskubre ni Cruz na baralanggado na an mga gamit sa laog kan saindang harong kan mag-abot siya.

Enot na nareparo kan victima an bintana na raot, na iyong inagihan paglaog kan parasalakat.

Paghale sa bintana an parahabon naglaog sa saindang kwarto, dangan rinaot an sarong drawer na tinagoan kan saindang mga importanteng gamit, asor kan alajas asin cuarta na kantidad P100,000.00

An alajas tinawan nin valor na kantidad P100,000.00, kaya nag abot sa P200,000 an kabilogan kan nawaran sainda.

An mga imbestigador nagtutubod na inadalan na maray kan parahabon an pasikot-sikot palaog sa saindang harong, derecho sa saindang kwarto.

Hasta sa panahon na sinusurat an baretang ini mayo pang ikinakatukdong tawo na suspechado sa krimen.

Nagtutubod an mga imbestigador na pwedeng taga-digdi man sana sa haraning lugar an kaggibo kan pansasalakat.

Sa presente, sari-saring anggulo an inaadalan kan mga pulis tanganing masusug an gira asin dalan kan parahabon. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM) Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
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455 caught for violation of Legazpi smoke-free ordinance in Q1 2015

LEGAZPI CITY— Strictly enforcing its anti-smoking ordinance, this smoke-free city netted 923 violators in 2014 and 455 in the first quarter of 2015, raking in a total amount of Php500,000 in fines, according to the head of the implementing team.

Photo via Smoke-Free Albay Net
Jaime B. Olarte, city smoke-free task force coordinator, noted that there is a tendency for the total number of persons caught smoking and buying or selling of tobacco to increase. With this situation, he encouraged everyone to be part of the campaign to enforce the smoke-free ordinance of the city.

City Ordinance No. 0007-2009, known as “The Revised Smoke-Free Ordinance of Legazpi City,” provides that it is a policy of the city to protect its populace from hazardous tobacco products and promote the right to health and instill health consciousness among them, Olarte said.

He added that the ordinance’s main purpose is to regulate and promote a healthful environment and protect the citizens, especially the youth, from the hazards of tobacco and, at the same time, ensure that the interests of others are not adversely compromised.

To ensure that this policy is strictly enforced, Mayor Noel Rosal organized an enforcement team called the Legazpi City Smoke-Free Unit that will supervise and apprehend persons who will violate the policy within the city’s jurisdiction. The group is composed of various committees headed by the mayor himself with 459 deputized persons.—By Jerick Jay Arienda (PNA)
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GMA-7 hinampang an mga empleyado kan 24 Oras Bikol

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Tinapos na kan representante kan GMA-7 an saindang legal na obligasyon sa mga empleado kan programang 24 Oras Bikol.

24 Oras Bicol
Sabi kan informante sa BBS-DWLV na saro sa mga miembros kan sinambit na news team, saro-saro sindang kinaolay ni Rikki Escudero, an Vice president for Regional TV Operation.

Sinda pigpaliwanagan kan biglaan na pangyayari kan Viernes na hapon, na pakatapos sana kan 24 oras na bareta na Bicol, pinaisi na sinda na tapos na an sinambit na programa sa pagbareta.

Magian sa boot si mga pakiolay ni Escudero ta malinaw si saiyang mga paliwanag kun tano ta dapat mangyari si dae linalaoman.

Sabi kan informante, pinapirma sinda nin legal na documento, dapit sa inaapod na severance asin separation pay para sa lambang saro sa gabos na afectado kan desisyon.

Mientrastanto, maski ngani kan Viernes pa sinda natapos sa pag-aire kan pagbabareta, sinabihan man guiraray an mga talents asin mga empleado na abot na sa Mayo 31 an saindang empleo sa companiya.

Alagad, mayo na sinda sa aire.

One-on-one si pakikipag-olay sa mga natanggal na empleado na nagdurar nin singko hasta halawig na an 10 minutos.

Sinabihan sinda na kaipohan gibohon an mapait na desisyon para sa karahayan kan gabos.

Boot sabihon, segun ki Escudero, ma-iibitaran an mas dakulang problema huli sa desisyon kan GMA 7 na mag-streamline kan saindang operasyon.

Marurumduman na an sinambit na desisyon kan GMA 7 na gadanon an pagbabareta pigkundinar kan grupo kan mga nasa media, orog na an National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), huli ta dae man lamang tinawan nin noticia an mga empleado kan mangyayari sainda.

Mismong mga kairibang abogado kan GMA 7 an nagtatabang sa pagduhol kan papel na pipirmahan, asin an cuarta na karibay kan pagseparar sainda sa trabaho.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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DOH-Bicol warns against 6S diseases this summer

LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Health (DOH) has issued an advisory against possible summer diseases.

Stock photo via Pixabay

Jaime Guerrero, an information officer of the DOH Bicol regional office, said that while people were enjoying the heat of summer, they should be aware of the "6S" diseases.

6S, Guerrero said, stands for sore eyes, suka at tae (vomitting and abnormal bowel movement), sakmal ng aso (dog bite), sipon at ubo (colds and cough), skin diseases and sunburn.

As soon as summer started, the DOH already released advertisements, commercials and advisories to prevent the 6S diseases that could ruin one's summer vacation.

Guerrero said that when mistreated, sore eyes can lead to blindness.

"More than just eye irritation, it can easily be due to harmful bacteria or viruses that easily spread to other people. Hand washing can limit its spread. Health experts advise not to use eye drops without consulting a doctor," he said.

Suka at tae, he added, follows the consumption of contaminated food or drinks.

"Be cautious of street foods and also those prepared for out-of-town trips. Always have oral rehydration salt solution ready in case one suffers from diarrhea and seek early consultation to prevent severe dehydration," the DOH officer advised.

Sakmal ng aso can lead to rabies if wounds are not washed and cared for properly, so make sure dogs are vaccinated against rabies, he said.

Sipon at Ubo easily spreads during summer months as erratic weather brings sudden downpours from time to time.

Sakit sa balat is another common summer disease in areas where water becomes scarce and that daily bathing is compromised.

"Sunburn can be prevented if you hold your outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon.

Avoid direct exposure to sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Heat stroke is a more serious consequence of too much exposure to sun," Guerrero said, adding, "This can be avoided by drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day."

The Provincial Health Office of Albay said there were 612 victims of the 6S in the summer of 2014.

"As summer is getting hotter, you must be conscious of your health. Look for the things that might help you enjoy summer without having the 6S," Guerrero said. —by Nicolle Jude Lloren(PNA)
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Mayor Chavez vs. Atty. Tomotorgo sa San Jose, CSur

SAN JOSE, Camarines Sur—Pwersadong lalabanan ni Abogado Ricky Tomotorgo si incumbent mayor Antonio Chavez kan Nationalist People’s Coalition sa banwaan na ini sa maabot na election, sa 2016.

Left: Mayor Tony Chavez, Right: Atty. Ricky Tomotorgo
Photos via Chavez' and Tomotorgo's Facebook accounts
Amay pa ngonian na taon, si Tomotorgo, nagsumpa na sa Partido Nacionalista ni LRay Villafuerte, tanganing tawan nin makusog na laban an nakatukaw na alkalde, na palaogon na sa saiyang ikatulo asin ultimong turno.

An challenger na si Tomotorgo nag-aasa sa makinarya ni Gov. Migz Villafuerte, mantang si Chavez, may sadireng makinarya sa politika asin nasa kampo ni Cong. Wimpy Fuentebella.

Mientrastanto, kasoodma, hale sa campo kan gobernador, sinasabing tatakodan nin tambod ni Tomotorgo para vice alkalde kan San Jose iyo si Dr. Daniel Pervera, mantang sa parte ni Chavez, an saiyang ka-partner para vice alkalde iyo an re-electionistang si Evelio Pena.

An mga nag-oobserbar sa politika digdi nagsasabi na pwedeng madificilan si Atty. Tomotorgo na parampahogon an liderato ni Mayor Chavez huli kan organisado si Chavez sagkod sa mga barangay.

Sa parte ni Tomotorgo, nagtutgubod siyang panahon na tanganing mag-elihir nin bagong dugo sa politika kan banwaan.

An pinakadakulang problema kan challenger an paghanap nin masasarigan asin pusog na linyada sa cargong consejal sa banwaan.

Segun sa nagunong informasyon digdi, an kadaklan kan mga may planong magsuag kan liderato ni Chavez an nagsabit sa dakulang problema legal, na imbuelto si mga pangyayari kan nagtaliklod na eleksyon.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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All eyes on Bicolana alleged recruiter as Veloso gets reprieve

MANILA—The public's attention has shifted to Maria Cristina Sergio, the Bicolana who is the alleged recruiter of reprieved Mary Jane Veloso.

Maria Cristina Sergio
Screengrab from ABS-CBN News on Youtube
In a text message to the media, Indonesia's attorney general said: "There was a request from the Philippine president regarding the perpetrator who’s suspected of committing human trafficking and surrendered in the Philippines. MJ is needed for her testimony."

Nabua native

Sergio, who hails from Bagasacan, Lourdes Young, Nabua, Camarines Sur, surrendered herself to the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office on April 28 after purportedly receiving death threats.

She is also known as Maria Cristina Gulles Pasadilla.

Presently, she is a resident of Esguerra District, Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

Earlier, the alleged recruiter claimed she was only trying to help Veloso and her husband, who came to them for assistance.

She has also repeatedly maintained her innocence and denied being involved in a drug syndicate in media interviews.

Sergio, along with two other individuals, is currently facing a complaint for illegal recruitment, human trafficking, and estafa before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The preliminary investigation hearings have been set on May 8 and 14.

Joy

Meanwhile, supporters of Veloso in Bicol are rejoicing at the temporary reprieve.

Vigil for Mary Jane Veloso in Naga City
(Photo via Ped Penduko, courtesy of Vince Casilihan)

Yesterday, vigils calling to spare Veloso were held in various places across the region, including Naga City, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon.

Karapatan Bicol spokesperson Vince Casilihan, who was among those who attended the vigils, stated that Veloso deserves justice, as she is a mere victim of human and drug trafficking.

Thirty-year-old Veloso was apprehended in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2010, after a suitcase with 2.2 kg of heroin was found in her possession.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Mayon makes it to UNESCO world heritage tentative list

LEGAZPI CITY—Majestic Mayon, the world’s most perfect cone volcano and Albay’s crown jewel in tourism, has made it to the tentative list of most promising candidates for a World Heritage Site title of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mayon Volcano
Photo via Department of Tourism
Designated as Mayon Volcano National Park (MMNVP) by Presidential Proclamation No. 413 in June 2000 under the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, it becomes the first area in the Bicol Region to be included in the UNESCO March 2015 updated tentative list.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said working on MMVNP for a UNESCO nomination had been a three-year labor of love for the province, for both culture and arts as heritage on one hand and as an environment biosphere reserve on the other.

Salceda said this included “technical engagements with the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO whose head, Dr. Virginia MIralao was my sociology-anthropology teacher in Ateneo and also one of my ideological mentors in college.”

The governor nominated MVNP in 2014, along with other protected areas of the province as part of the Albay Biosphere Reserve in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program. “It is a commitment to protect Albay’s natural habitats, as seen in its increased forest cover of 88% from 26, 298 hectares in 2003 to 44, 891 hectares by 2010. A UNESCO recognition entitles the area for more protection,” he said.

Salceda said many looked forward to seeing MMVNP — unrivaled in beauty and aesthetic importance — listed as a world heritage site, which is expected to further boost the province’s environmental campaign and tourism industry.

Albay is now considered among the fastest growing tourism areas in the country, with Mayon Volcano as its banner attraction, coupled with the Cagsawa Ruins Park.

To be included in the tentative list is the initial step towards becoming a world heritage site, after going through a stringent authenticity and integrity review process.

Mt. Mayon is one of the Philippines’ most featured land forms. Authors and travelers have published countless articles about the volcano, and artists and photographers had made it their subject in both its serene and fiery stages. Selfie buffs from everywhere have taken thousands of photographs of its remarkably symmetrical contours and shape daily both on sunny and rainy conditions.

In its seasons of calm, the volcano has been the object of adventure and quests for mountaineers, braving the dangers of its ever shifting sandy slopes to conquer its peak.

As a world heritage site, Salceda said MMVNP would have the support of UNESCO and the global community in its protection and promotion, and more people could come to see and appreciate for themselves its ecological role, exceptional natural grandeur and cultural significance.

Mayon Volcano towers at 2,462 meters above sea level and is popular for its perfectly conical shape whose natural beauty has inspired a number of legends. It is the most active volcano in the Philippines and one of the most active in the world, having erupted over 51 times in the past four centuries, creating a culture of resiliency among its inhabitants.

Mayon is a cradle of culture. Pre-hispanic Bicolanos believed it to be the abode of their ancestors and thus its confines are subject to taboos, including violation of its natural resources and even climbing its peak. It was also held as the ‘Elysian Fields,’ the sacred mountain of the deities Mayong and Gugurang, the supreme god of Bicolano animist beliefs.

UNESCO said the 5,458.65-hectare MMVNP is home to 156 floral species belonging to 36 families and 83 species of trees that include the single dipterocarp found in the area, Hopea philippinensis and a near-threatened specie from the rare family Nepentheceae, the pitcher plant Nepenthes ventricosa.

Its ethnobotanical biodiversity wealth, consisting of 71 woody species belonging to 49 genera and 33 families has been documented. Many are endemic (32%) while others are indigenous. It is also a habitat for 104 species of land vertebrates, including 57 species of birds, 10 species of amphibians, 24 species of reptiles, and 13 species of mammals.

Of the 13 mammal species, seven are endemic, three of which are listed as vulnerable — the Philippine Brown Deer, the Philippine Warty Pig, and the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox.

UNESCO said the MMVNP also has the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation. —By Johnny C. Nunez (PNA)
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Masbate killings continue; man shot in Monreal

MONREAL, Masbate –The suspect/s in the murder of William Briones, Jr., a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino, this town could not yet be identified while police probers continue gather more evidence.

The report claims that the victim was shot at close range at Sitio Maligaya, Barangay Mac Arthur on April 25.

The record of the case says that the crime was reported to the police by Gener Abiertas, y Espenilla, the Punong Barangay of Mac Arthur on the same date.

At about 7 p.m., Daniel Loberania y Rosas, told the police that he heard gunshots near his house, the report states. He later discovered the lifeless body of Briones, Jr, with several gunshot wounds.

The cadaver of the victim was immediately buried after the conduct of the autopsy.–BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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House of former Masbate mayor ransacked; high-powered firearms stolen

ESPERANZA, Masbate –Unidentified persons have ransacked the residence of former town mayor Mac John Seachon y Chan, 38 years old, single of Barangay Agoho, this town at around 6:40 p.m. last Saturday, April 25.

Emmie Manatay y Epe, caretaker of the house told the investigators that the robbers entered the house by destroying the metal screen of the front window.

The suspects carted away the several firearms, including a caliber 3.36mm rifle (M16) HPRF/COLT, with serial number 9011043; a caliber 5.56mm rifle (M16) HPRFL/COLT, with may serial number 49068531; and a caliber .45 pistol TMSON, with serial number 881228.

Said firearms are all registered under the name of Mac John Seachon y Chan.

Apart for the firearms, the robbers were also stole P2,000 cash from the said residence, police said.

At presstime, the suspects are yet to be identified.

An investigation of this incident is still underway. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

PHOTO | Gatiwara ako sa imo



GATIWARA AKO SA IMO. Catandunganon youth participate in Land Transportation Office-Bicol’s poster and slogan-making contest for the promotion of road safety. (Photo: LTO Bicol)
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Inang nagsaway sa nagrarabong na mga igin, nasaksak

NABUA, Camarines Sur—Nadisgranciang nasaksak kan saiyang aki an saiyang ina na nagprobar magsaway kan saiyang nagrarabong na mga igin.

An victima iyo si Ester Fordan-Gastilo, 56 anyos, balo, taga Zone I kan Barangay Paloyon Proper, digdi.

Base sa imbestigasyon, si Bryan Gastilo y Fordan, 32 anyos, asin an saiyang ngohod na si Reynan Gastilo y Fordan, mga igin ni Ester F. Gastilo, nag-suruntokan.

Nagdulok an saindang ina para magsaway.

Alagad, en vez na magsunod sa nagpatahaw nang magurang, nag-orog pa lugod an borontolan kan magtugang.

An sabi, naggabot si Bryan kan saiyang darang balisong, para gamiton na armas sa saiyang kaiwal na tugang.

Sa katahawan kan surontokan, sinaksak ni Bryan an saiyang ina na tinamaan kan matarom na balisong sa saiyang toong takyag.

Nagkasiribot an mga tawo kan maheling na nagtitiwis an dugo hale sa lugad na sinapo kan ina.
Dinara tulos si Ester F. Gastilo sa Rinconada Hospital tanganing bulongon.

An ginamit na balisong yaon na sa poder kan mga imbestigador, para gamiton na evidencia sa isasangat na kaso contra ki Bryan Gastilo.

Mientrastanto, an suspechado naghahalat na kan kaso na saiyang aatubangon. BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
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PHOTO | Girl with pili


A little girl from Sorsogon beams as she balances a nigo full of pili fruits on her head. The province is one of the country's top producers of pili, and even has a festival showcasing the scrumptious nuts. (Photo via It’s More Fun in Sorsogon)
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Nag-atender nin party, binadil, gadan

IROSON, Sorsogon –Pig-iimbestigaran pa sagkod ngonian kan mga miembros kan pulis sa banwaan na ini an pinakabagong victima nin panggadan na nangyari sa Barangay Patag sa banwaan na ini.

An victima pigbisto na iyo si Gregorio Hila y Bigata, alyas “Onyo,” 55 anyos, may agom, asin residente kan nasambit na barangay.

An incidente ipinaabot sa atensiyon kan mga awtoridad ni Carmen Arigo, y Rabulan, 70 anyos, taga Barangay Patag.

Sabi sa pahayag ni Arigo, nagimata siya kan makusog na putok nin badil na nangyari harane sa saindang lugar.

Kan saiyang pigverificar an incidente, nadiscubre niya an nakahutad nang bangkay ni Hila.

An victima, segun sa nagunong informasyon, hale sa celebrasyon nin may compleano.
Sa birthday party, nakabale pa siya sa ininoman kan saiyang mga amigo.

An victima, susug sa tinipon na report kan pulis, binadil na haraneng maray sa saiyang payo, na nagresulta sa saiyang tulos na kagadanan.

Nakua sa lugar kan pinangyarihan kan krimen an baseyo nin bala na hale sa calibre .45ng pistola.

An bangkay ni Hila dinara sa Irosin District Hospital para sa necropsy examination.

Mientrastanto, mayo nin nakaheling sa pangyayari. An motibo kan krimen pig-aadalan pa sagkod sa presente kan mga imbestigador.–BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Albay lauds Best-Performing Schools of 2014

The Provincial Government of Albay, helmed by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, through the Provincial Education Department, gave recognition yesterday to the schools from the province that have attained high scores in the National Achievement Test for the year 2014.

Albay lauds Best-Performing Schools of 2014
Photo: PGA PIO
Part of the Magayon Festival calendar of events, the annual recognition ceremonies, dubbed the Gay Palcon Achievement Award Ceremonies, named after the late educator and first PED head Dr. Ligaya Palcon, is now on its 7th year.

Recognized were schools from the province which have shown great performance in the NAT with high mean point scores by subject area, which includes Science, Math, English, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan, as well as schools that produced high overall mean point scores.

The schools and institutions which achieved the high scores were given not only plaques and certificates, but also monetary awards.

Vice Governor Harold Ong Imperial, in a message read by Senior Board Member Glenda Bongao, said that the PGA is on a mission to create an educational system designed in such a way that Albayano children do not merely exist, but will be given the tools necessary to lead fulfilling lives.

“In Albay, we strive not only to provide basic education, but to develop an educational system that inculcates in our youth all the advantages that they would need to become productive members of the society and also become an investment that will pay off greatly in the future, both for their own personal lives and as Albayanos pitching in for the betterment of everyone,” VG Imperial said.

Imperial further stated that this system encourages the participation of every member of the community so that we can produce not only well educated students but also thinkers, and movers and shakers.

Board Member Richard Benjamin Imperial, Chairman of the Committee on Education, also took to the stage as he thanked all the teachers and principals in attendance for the great lengths they took to achieve their high performance.

“You are at the forefront of all of our achievements today, the Provincial Government of Albay, along with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay can, and will, provide you with all the support that we can give, but it is still you who are out there every day educating the future of Albay, preparing us for the challenges that we will overcome, and for that we thank you,” BM Imperial said.

BM RB Imperial also happily reported that the SPA has approved a higher budget for the education programs of the PGA in the coming year and this will mean better access to quality education for all Albayanos.

Most of all, he thanked Governor Joey Sarte Salceda for the full support it has given to education noting that the Governor has allocated a big portion of the budget for it.

It should be noted that before the term of Governor Salceda, Albay ranked one of the lowest in the National Achievement Test, and he created the countries first and only Provincial Education Department to acknowledge this problem, today, ranks among the highest in the country. (PGA PIO)
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