Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ombudsman denies MR of incumbent, former Libmanan councilors

LIBMANAN, CSur— The Ombudsman has denied the Motions for Reconsideration filed by Jerry R. Tendero and Jose Antonio H. Dilanco Jr. which indicted them for the crimes of Falsification of Public Documents by Public Officer and Malversation of Public Funds.

Office of the Ombudsman
Photo by Judgefloro on Wikimedia Commons
Tendero, an incumbent member of the municipal council of this town, and Dilanco, Jr., a former municipal councilor were both charged with two counts of Falsification of Public Documents by Public officer and one count each of Malversation of Public Funds.


In their Motion for Reconsideration, Tendero and Dilanco, Jr., alleged that the Ombudsman erred in finding the existence of probable cause to indict them for Falsification of Public Documents by Public Officers because the complainants failed to establish the presence of the element of “taking advantage of official function.”

They also claimed that there was sufficient evidence showing that they actually attended the Philippine Councilor’s League Incorporated activity.

Finally, they insisted that they cannot be charged of Malversation of Public Funds because respondent Reynaldo M. Abay admitted that he received the payment.

Ombudsman’s reasoning

The Ombudsman said that Tendero and Dilanco, Jr. failed to raise any new matters in their Motion for Reconsideration. The arguments in their motion are mere reiterations of the allegations and defenses in their previous pleadings, which were exhaustively probed and passed upon by the Office in the assailed resolution.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman explained why it found probable cause to indict them for the crimes of Falsification of Public Document and Malversation of Public fund.

First, Tendero and Dilanco, Jr. took advantage of their official position when they submitted falsified PCLI Official Receipts and Certificates of Attendance in their respective Liquidation Reports, which they had the duty to prepare. They made it appear that PCLI issued the assailed ORs for the payment of their registration fees, when in fact, said receipts were issued to Jeff Penalosa and Pablo Kong, respectively.

Second, by submitting the Certificates of Attendance, they made it appear that they participated in the PCLI activity even if they did not attend said activities.

Third, mere allegation that they gave their monies to Abay to pay for their registration fee to PCLI is not sufficient to overcome the presumption that the user of the falsified document is deemed the author of the falsification, the Ombudsman said.

On the basis of the above-mentioned pronouncement,  Atty. Gerard A. Mosqueda, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Tendero and
Dilanco, Jr.

The resolution was issued on June 1.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

FOOD TRIP: Pili Pulp Cake with Pili Nut Frosting and Spicy Chocolate Sheets Recipe by Jang Grageda

Indulge in the rich and fiery-hot flavors of pili, chillies, and chocolate in this unforgettably heavenly pastry.

FOOD TRIP by Chef Jang Melgar Grageda

Pili Pulp Cake with Pili Nut Frosting and Spicy Chocolate Sheets
Pili Pulp Cake with Pili Nut Frosting and Spicy Chocolate Sheets by Jang Grageda
Photo courtesy of Jang Grageda


For the cake
1 and 2/3cups granulated sugar
3/4cup tablea, grated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pili pulp
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pili nuts

For the Pili Nut Frosting:
1/2 cup pili nut paste
1/2 cup whipped cream
3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

For the Spicy Chocolate Sheets:
2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate
10 pieces bird’s eye chilies


For the cake:
Grease 13x9-inch baking pan.
Combine dry ingredients in large mixer bowl. Stir.
Add wet ingredients and stir well.
Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into the center comes out slightly sticky.
Let cool. Cut into squares.

For the Frosting:
To the whipped cream, add powdered sugar and fold in the pili nut paste.
Put this in a piping bag.

For the Spicy Chocolate Sheets:
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then mix in the chillies.
Spread evenly onto a baking pan lined with paper.
Cut into squares. Let dry completely.

Layer the cake with the pili frosting, then top with the spicy chocolate sheets.
Make two layers.

Camalig, Albay native Jang Melgar Grageda is known for cooking up classic mouthwatering concoctions with a distinct Bicolano twist. Her often artfully plated work has been featured on television and print, including ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Marhay na Aga Kapamilya, TV Patrol World, TV Patrol Bicol, GMA’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Cebu Daily News. Sample her gorgeous creations at Rose G Cuisine, Camalig, Albay.

Bicolano among top 10 architecture board passers

NAGA CITY—A graduate of the University of Nueva Caceres notched one of the top spots in the June 2015 architecture board exam.

Jo Jerico Estoque Manalang, with his grade of 83.90%, shares the eighth place with Rui Carlo Soriano Hombrebueno of the Technological Institute of the Philippines - Manila.

The list of passers was announced by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on June 19, 2015.

1,201 out of 1,964 examinees passed the licensure exam, the PRC announced.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Get to know Albay teen Barbie Concine Imperial of PBB 737

Barbie Concine Imperial
Barbie Concine Imperial
From ABS-CBN's official description:

Barbie Concine Imperial
“Doll Along Da Riles ng Albay”
Origin: Albay
Age: 16

You could say that Barbie’s name suits her – tall, slim, fair-skinned, pretty and very girly – seemingly perfect, just like the doll with the same name. But Barbie’s life is far from perfect. She grew up not knowing how it is to have a complete family and always longing for her father whom she only gets to see frequently.

She also grew up not knowing how it is to have a house she could call her own – Barbie, her mom and older brother used to stay at a relative’s house until they finally got their own place “along the riles” of the Philippine National Railroad in Daraga, Albay. But despite the circumstances, Barbie continues to have a positive outlook in life.

For Barbie, anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and actually do something about it. She dreams of being able to provide a better life for her family, and be able to give her mom a more suitable home they could call their own. And inside the Pinoy Big Brother House, anything is possible. With her family as inspiration, will Barbie be able to prove herself worthy to be hailed as the PBB737 Teen Edition Big Winner? (ABS-CBN)

Leave sharks alone, BFAR Bicol official appeals

LEGAZPI CITY—Photos of a tiger shark caught off Sicmil, Gigmoto, Catanduanes on June 15 which are circulating on social media saddened Nonie Enolva, Chief of the Marine Fisheries Resource Management of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol.

Tiger shark caught off Sicmil, Gigmoto, Catanduanes
Photos via Enolva's Facebok account
The shark, according to a report forwarded to BICOL STANDARD, weighed around 200 kilos. Its meat was sold at P50 per kilo.

The tiger shark is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as Near Threatened.

"I wish I could tell the fisherfolk to leave the sharks alone as it maintains nature's ecological balance," Enolva wrote.

"Most sharks are not dangerous and leave people alone. People are more likely to be killed in car accidents, diseases and any other means," she added.

Enolva thus called for the protection of all shark species in the Philippines.

Shark meat is widely available in markets across the region. It is the main ingredient in the traditional Bicolano dish kinunot, which is sometimes made, but less frequently so, with manta ray.

On July 8, 2013, Senator Loren B. Legard filed Senate Bill No. 536 An act banning the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, importation, and exportation of all sharks and rays or any part thereof in the country"

Under the bill, "it shall be unlawful to wound or kill sharks and rays, unless there is threat to human life or limb, whether in the course of catching other species of fish. Sharks and rays, which are accidentally included in the catch shall be immediately released unharmed in the sea."

As of September 22, 2014, the bill has the legislative status of "consolidated/substituted in the committee report."—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Friday, June 19, 2015

Remains of late Councilor Perez to be brought to Naga City Hall

NAGA CITY—The remains of the late Naga City Councilor Joaquin “Chito” Perez, Jr. will be brought to City Hall at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, the local government announced on Facebook.

Late Naga City Councilor Joaquin “Chito” Perez, Jr.
The City Mayor, Vice Mayor, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and employees of the city government will receive the family and the remains of the late Councilor.

The remains of Perez will lie in-state in Naga City People’s Hall on June 22 and 23.

Ms. Bebot Perez, wife of the late councilor, requested the public that in lieu of flowers, a donation to her late husband’s preferred charity be made to the Missionaries for the Poor.

Bicol cleared of NPA by 2016, says Army

LEGAZPI CITY—Just two more of the six Bicol provinces and the region’s insurgency problem comes to a manageable level, according to the Philippine Army (PA).

Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso
Photo: 9ID
Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso, the PA’s 9th Infantry Division commander based at Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur, said in statement reaching here Friday that Sorsogon and Masbate are the two remaining provinces in the region where the threat of New People’s Army (NPA) insurgency to internal security remains a major concern.

The government’s security sector, however, is doing all measures to clear these areas of the threat so that they are, at least by the end of 2016, be declared, along with the other four Bicol provinces, as “conflict manageable and ready for further development (CMRFD)” areas, Depayso said.

The four provinces—Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Albay -- have been declared as CMRFD areas one after the other starting late last year up to early this year following the forging of separate memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the respective provincial governments and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Each MOU formalized the declaration of a particular province as a CMRFD area as recommended by the provincial government through a resolution passed by its local legislative board.

The signing of the MOU, according to Depayso, signaled the "shifting of effort" from clearing of barangays from insurgent affectation supported by socio-economic development to a reverse role.

It also emphasizes the implementation of more socio-economic and development projects that the civil government will implement with the continuous support and protection of the military.

The declarations of peace in these four provinces were based on the decreased violent activities of the NPA, the reduction of its potential support system in the barangays and its failed recovery efforts.

This achievement, according to Depayso, was made possible through the cooperation of the leaders of the province, along with the local government units (LGUs), who have partnered with the AFP in fighting insurgency.

The 45-year-old insurgency being waged by the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF), he said, has been preventing the progress and economic development of all affected localities in Bicol and in the country.

“These MOUs bring great pleasure for it is a proof that the efforts of the government and its armed forces to restore peace and tranquility in the provinces have not been put in vain. We in the military stand by our mandate as the protector of the people and keepers of the integrity of the state,” Depayso stressed.

At least these first four Bicol provinces are now provided with space where the people can feel safe and grow as progressive communities and, Depayso said, the AFP wants this environment expanded down to Sorsogon and Masbate.

The AFP has been maintaining the presence of the Philippine Army (PA) for about 16 years now in Bicol with its 9th Infantry (Spear) Division (ID) based in Pili, Camarines Sur, manning the internal security of the region from the activities of the NPA.

This PA ID is in command of three infantry brigades composed of eight infantry battalions and seven support units, including an engineering battalion, distributed in all the six provinces of the region.

In over 40 years, Depayso said, Bicol’s opportunity to advance to progress -- with its vast mineral deposits, agricultural lands, rich fishing grounds, exotic tourist destinations, rich natural resources and hard-working people -- has been stalled by unstable peace situation due to the presence of the NPA and the culture of violence it has developed among local communities.

The NPA members prevent the implementation of government infrastructure projects, harass mining companies, extort money in the form of “revolutionary taxes” from businessmen, contractors and even from farmers, and execute those who refuse to remit, including innocent civilians and civilian government officials.

Now, the strength of the rebels in the four provinces has been significantly reduced, paving the way for the CMRFD declaration.

In the case of Sorsogon, the military chief said, the Area Clearing Validation Board (ACVB) from the 9th ID and the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office for Bicol recently convened to validate the reports on the clearing of 13 rebel-affected barangays of the five municipalities of the province.

The ACVB, chaired by Brig.Gen. Ignacio Obligacion, assistant division commander of 9ID, according to Depayso, is looking at declaring Sorsogon along with Masbate under CMRFD before the end of 2016.

These 13 Sorsogon barangays, which have undergone AFP’s Bayanihan Team Activities, have been recommended “cleared of NPA” by the Area Clearing Evaluation Team headed by Col. Alden Juan Masagca, deputy commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade based in the province.

Such recommendation was the subject of the validation by the ACVB in reference to AFP/PNP Joint Letter Directive dated Oct. 13 2008 that states, among others, that a resolution from the Board will be signed by the members from AFP and PNP and for approval of the provincial chief executive.

The 9ID, Depayso said, is in the right track on its internal peace and security operations campaign plan which is currently on its Phase IV--clearing of Sorsogon and Masbate provinces.

“I am optimistic that the security sector would continue to achieve significant gains in addressing the threat situation in the province of Sorsogon and Masbate, obviously resulting from concerted efforts of different stakeholders in addressing social problems. Bicol is now on its way towards becoming a region of peace, progress, and prosperity," he added. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)

Daet hosts Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown at Pinyasan

The local government unit of Daet will be hosting the Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown on June 23 during the weeklong celebration of 23rd Pinyasan Festival and 432nd foundation anniversary of the town.

Pinyasan Festival 2015 in Daet, Camarines Norte
Mayor Tito Sarion said that this year’s Pinyasan Festival will be more colorful because for the first time the town will sponsor the regional festival showdown.

He said that this event is also a challenge for Daet being chosen as the venue where 11 contingents coming from the different towns and cities in the Bicol Region will showcase their talents in the streetdancing showdown competition.

Among the contingents are Cagsawa Festival of Daraga, Albay; Sunflower Festival - Ligao City; Padaraw Festival – Bulan, Sorsogon; Burak Festival – Virac, Catanduanes; Tabak Festival – Tabaco City; Ibalong Festival – Legazpi City; Rodeo Masbateño and Lapay Bantique both of Masbate City; Palong Festival of Capalonga, Camarines Norte; Tinagba Festival – Iriga City and Boa Boahan Festival of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Cash prizes awaits the winners for the the competition: P500,000 for the Champion, P300,000 for the 1st runner up and P200,000 for the 2nd runner up. Special Awards will be given for the best in costume, best in moving cheorography and best in Gayon Bicol Queen with P50,000 each while the 1st runner up Gayon Bicol Queen, 2nd runner up Gayon Bicol Queen and festival costume will receive P30,000; P20,000 and P10,000 respectively.

Sarion said that invited guests for the Pinyasan 2015 are Alma Moreno, Aubrey Miles, Ariela Arida, Bong Pineda, Sophia Andres while Victor Silayan and Bianca Manalo will host the Miss
Pinyasan/Miss Daet/Miss Tourism 2015 on June 22 to be held at the Agro Sports Center, provincial capitol.

He said that Senator Bam Aquino and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino and other national officials are invited to grace the event.

The Pinyasan Festival has kick-off Monday, June 15 on the foundation day of Daet and will culminate on June 24 on the feast of St. John the Baptist with various activities and events for the weeklong celebration.

During the kick-off on June 15 for the 432nd foundation day activites undertaken were thanksgiving mass, flag raising ceremony, presentation of candidates for Miss Pinyasan/Miss Daet/Miss Tourism 2015, floral offering to the Rizal Monument, Opening parade and Best Marching Band/Best CAT Competition.

On June 16 activities were Kiwanis Horse Racing 2015, opening of Pinyasan Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Olympics, opening of Bahay Anihan Agri Fair, Gayon Bicol Arts Exibit and Workshop, opening of Pinyasan Trade Fair.

The Kasalang Bayan sa Pinyasan, Jobs Fair, Tertulla de Daet – “Himig Kawayan Anklong Ensemble”, Pinyasan Souvenir Making Contest, GSM tugtugan sa Pinyasan were held June 17.

Also among the activities are the Gawad Kalinga Village Dedication Day at the GK Pinyasan Village, GK Business Summit at Heritage Center, Pinya Kulinarya at Jocelles Garden, floral offering to the Rizal Monument, Book launching of Heroes of Daet, Launching of the 2016 tribute to the decendants of local heroes, SURGE 2015 party at the beach and Pinyasan Little Angels.

On Saturday, June 20 will be the Coco Pinya Olympics and Pinyasan Float Competition and Pinya Carafest while on June 21 are Pinyasan Fun Run, Laro ng Lahi and Skydiving Competition and Miss Daet/Miss Pinyasan/Miss Tourism 2015.

The Jollibee Kids Caravan, Gayon Bicol Talent Showdown with celebrity guests will be held at the downtown of Daet on Monday, June 22.

Along with the Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown sa Pinyasan 2015 on June 23 a grand parade of the festivals will be first conducted. This will be followed by a Search for Gayon Bicol Festival Queen, fireworks display and Pinyasan Star Express.

On the feast of Saint John the Baptist on June 24 a Pontifical Mass in Honor of the Patron Saint, the Launching and Inaugruation of Negosyo Centers at LGU Daet and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) , Barangay Night along with the Awarding of Outstanding Tricycle Owners and Awarding of Model Barangays of Daet will culminate the celebration.

Parties are also held nightly for the weeklong celebration of the Pinyasan. (by Rosalita B. Manlangit, PIA)

Super Metro Hypermarket opens in Naga City

Super Metro Naga
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

NAGA CITY—Local officials, entrepreneurs, and other personalities graced the opening of Super Metro Naga, the newest addition to the Super Metro Hypermarket chain stores by Gaisano.

Among them were City Mayor John Bongat and Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona O.C.D.

Located at Panganiban Drive, Super Metro Naga is a hypermarket, a hybrid between a supermarket and a department store.

These hypermarkets are one-stop shop retail stores where customers can find a wider choice of goods—from fresh food to general merchandise — with all the convenience and good ambiance for ease and comfort.

With these chain stores, Super Metro is gearing up to reach out to more local communities across the country and deliver them with a bigger selection of goods and merchandise.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Super Metro Naga
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Super Metro Naga
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Super Metro Naga
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicolana Barbie Imperial among PBB 737 housemates

LEGAZPI CITY—A Bicolana from Daraga, Albay has been revealed to be among the housemates in ABS-CBN's reality show "Pinoy Big Brother: 737."

Barbie Imperial of Daraga, Albay
Photo: Barbie Imperial on Facebook / JN Photography
Barbie Imperial, nicknamed "Doll Along Da Riles," was presented on the noontime program "Showtime" by hosts Anne Curtis and Karylle.

Asked to give a sample performance, the Albay beauty sang a few bars of "Lucky" by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz.

Earlier this month, Gov. Joey Salceda said Imperial is his "friend and favorite majorette from Daraga."

She even took a photo with him before she left for the show, Salceda said.

Earlier, Salceda also referred to Imperial as the "next beauty queen."

The sixth season of Pinoy Big Brother will start airing on June 20, 2015.

Get to know Barbie Imperial more here.

DON'T MISS: Bicolanos Franco Rodriguez, Enchong Dee join PBB 737—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.


Rebels torch Lagonoy mining firm's heavy equipment

LAGONOY, Camarines Sur—Pieces of heavy equipment such as a bulldozer, backhoe, heavy duty generators, and an owner type jeep were set on fire allegedly by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) at Barangay Gimagtocon here yesterday afternoon at a mining site at least 12 kilometers from the town proper.

Photo: Bagong Hukbong Bayan on Facebook
The equipment owned by Bicol Chromite and Manganese, Inc. was estimated to be valued at around Php10 million.

The initial investigation conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) reveals that the rebels imposed the maximum penalty of burning the heavy equipment because the company is allegedly engaged in destructive mining.

Aside from Barangay Himagtocon, which is the center of their mining operations, the residents of Pinamihagan, Del Carmen and Bocogan are also complaining against said mining company.

This morning, Ka Baldrmoro Arcangel, the newly-installed spokesperson of NPA Bicol confirmed that the Tomas Pilapil Command of the the Bagong Hukbong Bayan deliberated upon the complaints against Bicol Chromite and Manganese Inc.

The decision that was reached last June 18, was for the destruction of the heavy equipment.

This, he said, would serve as a stern warning against the said mining company.

The sentence was recommended by the Demokratikong Gobiernong Bayan in Bicol.

Bicol Chromite and Manganese Incorporated is headed by Lydia Co.

It will be recalled that the operation of the said mining firm has been controversial because of the objection registered by the town officials here, headed by Mayor Delfin Pilapil, Jr.

Meanwhile, PNP Officer in Charge Chief Inspector Venerando F. Ramirez said that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the incident.

Early last year, Mayor Pilapil, Jr., called the attention of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau V, headed by Engr. Theodore Rommel Pestaño, to stop the illegal operation of the mining company.

In a letter addressed to Engr. Pestaño, Pilapil emphasized that the operation of the mining firm has elicited numerous complaints from residents.

Relative to the issue, the Sangguniang Bayan of Lagonoy stressed in Resolution No. 042-2013 that there is a need to take crucial measures to further avert illegal activities concerning the natural resources of the town.

A separate resolution was passed by the Barangay Council of Gimagtocon, this town, and the Liga ng mga Barangay, urging the concerned government agencies to act on the complaints.

Said resolutions demand for the complete stoppage of all mining operations in the municipality.

Furnished copies of Pilapil’s letter, including the different resolutions, were President Benigno Aquino III, Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Engr. Leo Jasareno of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna.

The Regional Director of DENR Region V also sent a copy to Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte, Vice Governor Fortunato Peña and all the members of the Provincial Board of Camarines Sur.—with Report from Ron-Ron Enon BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mount Bulusan explodes anew

SORSOGON CITY—Bulusan Volcano ejected ash at 2:55 p.m. today in another steam-driven explosion, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Mount Bulusan June 19 explosion
Photo: PIA

The 1.5 kilometer-high grayish ash plume drifted towards the west-southwest.

A low-level distended ash cloud on the upper northwest flank, possibly from a short pyroclastic flow, was also observed, the Phivolcs report said.

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) status remains over Bulusan Volcano.

Thus, the local government units and the public are reminded that 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, Phivolcs cautioned.

Rep. Andaya seeks pre-employment privileges for indigent job applicants

Rep. Rolando G. Andaya Jr. of the 1st District of Camarines Sur filed a bill granting indigent job applicants 20 percent discount on fees in processing government documents for employment purposes.

Rep. Andaya seeks pre-employment privileges for indigent job applicants
House Bill 5717 mandates that an indigent job applicant shall be given a 20-percent discount in processing clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the barangay.

The job applicant shall also be charged 20-percent less in processing medical certificate from the Department of Health (DOH), Certificates of Marriage and or Birth from the National Statistics Office (NSO) or the Local Civil Registry (LCR) and Certificate of Birth of the indigent applicant's one (1) dependent.

Covered by the bill are job applicants who are seeking gainful employment and have no visible means of income or whose income is insufficient for the subsistence of their families.

They shall be identified and certified as indigent job applicants by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) based on the criteria set under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Andaya pushed for the immediate approval of the bill to be known as the Indigents Pre-Employment Privilege Act of 2015 saying it is the State's obligation to empower its citizens in fighting poverty.

"The sad truth is that we lack employment opportunities. And even when prospects for employment are present, most Filipinos cannot afford to pay for fees necessary to procure documentary requirements for their job application," Andaya lamented.

Andaya said the least the government can do to lessen the financial burden of indigent Filipino job applicants is to grant them discounts in acquiring pre-employment documents.

"Reducing the processing fee of these documents encourages them to look for jobs in order to become productive members of society," Andaya said.

The bill creates the Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee to ensure that the discounts are being implemented. It shall be composed of the DSWD secretary as the chairperson; National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) chairman as vice chairperson; secretaries of the DOH, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Justice (DOJ) and NSO administrator as members.

The bill penalizes any person, government entity, agency or hospital who refuses or fails to provide the discount with imprisonment of not less than six months but not more than one year or a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P50,000 or both.

On the other hand, any job applicant who misinterprets his or her status or falsifies his or her document just to avail of the discount shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six months but not more than one year or a fine of not less than P5,000 but not more than P10,000 or both.

Bicol sweeps 32 awards for rice self-sufficiency achievements

PILI, Camarines Sur—Showing remarkable feats in rice production that makes Bicol self-sufficient in the staple grain, the region produced 32 awardees for the latest “Rice Achievers Awards.”

Photo: PIA
The awards are for the 2014 achievers in the annual nationwide search of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to recognize rice program implementers for their vital contribution to the national effort to achieve rice self-sufficiency (RSS) in the regions and in the country.

A total of 72 awardees were recognized in the awarding ceremonies recently held at Venezia Hotel in Legazpi City for agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and local farmer technicians (LFTs) covering the Southern Luzon Cluster composed of the Bicol, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) and Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (Mimaropa) regions.

Of this total number, DA Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas here on Wednesday said 32 were from Bicol, 28 from Mimaropa and 12 from Calabarzon.

The AEWs-awardees from Bicol included Rosalinda Belodo, Leticia Quian, Sholenor Bongapat, Corazon Ginete, Jonel Llagas, Meden Castor, Eduardo Macasaet, Edelmira Buena , Elsie Frial, Nilo Elatico, Jennifer Dajac, Prescilla Ferrer and Merlinda Daep -- all from Albay province.

Others were Noel Ernacio, Carmen Lladones, Vernon Haboc, Eduardo Cerdena, Felizardo Grajo, Joan Janoras, Marvin Guray and Eric Gloriane -- all from the province of Sorsogon; Virginia Ablaneda and Edna Aguila -- Camarines Norte and Milagros Lomeda -- Camarines Sur.

Awarded as Outstanding LFTs were Edgar Pasebre and Rodolfo Tuanqui Jr. of Polangui, Albay; Cenon Rull and Ramon Gaudiel of this municipality and Ramon Pidoc of Camarines Norte, Bragas said.

Also given awards were Marilyn Quiñones and Alfredo Mariscotes Jr., municipal agriculturists of Castilla, Sorsogon and Polangui, Albay, respectively, for their remarkable contributions in making their municipalities as among the country’s top rice producers during the recent years, he said.

Castilla, a small, sleepy town, produced a good quantity of rice, enough to stand up for the municipality into being one of the country’s top achievers in the production of the staple grain in the past two years.

It has been responsible for a production increment of 18.46 percent in 2014 over 2013 and a yield increment of 17.69 percent over 2012.

The municipality also exceeded its 2014 production target of 6,341.66 metric tons (MT) by 273.5 percent as it attained a production volume of 18,985.77 MT.

With these, the municipality was the only in Bicol that made it, along 14 other municipalities and cities nationwide that won the DA 2014 Rice Achievers Awards given last March 26 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World in Pasay City.

The same award that provides a Php1 million in cash incentive from the DA was also won by the municipality in 2013 based on similar achievements in rice production judged according to incremental rice harvest and average yield per hectare over the previous year levels; increase if any over targets; amount of budget devoted to rice projects and initiatives; number of farmers benefited; and degree of rice seed utilization.

Polangui, on the other hand, was also among the national Rice Achiever awardees for the municipal categories in 2013, also for its great contribution to the region’s RSS status being enjoyed until now, according to Bragas.

“We are proud of these people in the local rice production sector as they are behind the region’s RSS achievements recorded at 116.68 percent during the whole of 2014,” he said.

This year-round production rate is equivalent to around 1.5 million MTs for a surplus of nearly 17 percent based on the regional rice consumption of around 824,000 MT.

It also improved Bicol’s ranking from sixth in 2013 to fifth last year among the country’s 16 rice-producing regions, Bragas said.

He meanwhile explained that that the recent awarding ceremonies for AEWs and LFTs were held in Legazpi City, unlike in the past that it was done along with the national recognition rites for outstanding provincial and municipal government units in Manila to avoid an overcrowded and very long affair due to the big number of awardees.

It was also to give equal prominence to the AEWs and LFTs, Bragas said.

The Rice Achievers Awards are conferred on local government units, AEWs and LFTs that significantly contributed in the effective and successful implementation of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program which is one of the banner components of the DA’s agenda mainly concerned in rice farming and uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers.

It is in line with the government's strategy to meet RSS wherein Pres. Aquino emphasizes the need for an intensified information campaign and social marketing to encourage producers, consumers and policymakers to help achieve such goal.

Such goal requires a sustained and nationwide campaign to boost farmers' morale and motivate them to adopt technologies to further improve farm productivity and encourage the general public to be responsible rice consumers are necessary to complement the government's efforts to achieve RSS, according to the President.

The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program, guided by the principles of the Agrikulturang Pilipino (Agri-Pinoy) framework, plays a key role in the Food Staples Sufficiency Program, the central focus of the country's food security policy from 2011 to 2016 and beyond.

With the vision of a food-secure society where farmers enjoy decent and rising standards of living, the FSSP 2011-2016 aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food staples.

Self-sufficiency means satisfying domestic requirements for food, seeds, processing, and feeds through domestic production. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)

PHOTO: Investiture of Noli Mascarinas as 8th BU president

Gov. Joey Salceda and Rep. Fernando Gonzalez join Noli Mascarinas (in toga) on his investiture as the 8th president of Bicol University. (Photo via Rep. Gonzalez)

No toxic substance found in CNorte school, says PNP

DAET, Camarines Norte—The crime scene investigation unit of the Basud police found no evidence of any toxic substance near the vicinity of the classrooms where 50 students of San Felipe Elementary School were rushed to a hospital after inhaling reportedly toxic fumes.

Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Harris Fama

Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Harris Fama in a special report furnished to BICOL STANDARD said the ocular inspection was conducted at the mini garden at the back of the school from which some students and teachers indicated the smell emanated.

Fama said there was no evidence of toxic substances inside the school campus and nearby campuses and residences, as well.

Meanwhile, according to the initial findings from the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital, the victims suffered from toxic inhalation, but its cause remains unknown.

The victims are scheduled to undergo blood chemistry examination to determine the toxic substance they inhaled, Fama said.

It would be recalled that on the morning of June 17, at least 50 students complained of stomachaches, nausea, and vomiting due to an unknown substance.

They were rushed to Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital here for treatment.

It was earlier believed that the fumes were from expired medicine or fertilizer spread from a radius of some 50 meters behind the school building, the report noted.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Negociante inagawan P500,000 sa Libmanan

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur—Mayong naginibo an negocianteng si Maria Embudo, 40 anyos, barangay kagawad kan Malinao kan hipaan sinda nin anom na mga lalaki, dangan pirit na kinua si dara niyang kantidad P500,000 na cash.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay Pag-Oring, mantang an victima kaibahan an driver kan Honda Wave motorcycle na saindang piglulunadan, hinipaan kan mga armadong lalaki dangan pirit na kinua an bag na may laog kan cuarta.

Ipinahayag kan victima na afuera kan cash pirit pang inagaw saiya an saiyang cellurar phone, duwang pidasong 18-carat na bulawan na kwintas, mga llave, ATM cards asin passbook.

Sa parte kan driver kan motorsiklo, inagaw pa kan mga holduppers si saiyang pitaka na may laog nin P700 asin licencia sa pagmaneho.

Mantang nasa tahaw kan grabeng paghadit, mayong naginibo an mga victima kundi itao an gabos na hinagad kan mga armadong lalaki.

An incidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas 5:45 nin hapon sa Barangay Malinao digdi.

Mayo pa nin ideya an mga victima asin si mga imbestigador kun sisay an mga lalaki na nagbiktima sainda.

Nagtutubod an mga nag-iimbestigar na haloy nang inadalan an rota kan negocianteng si Embudo kaya malinig si ginibong pagplano kan saindang operasyon.

Hasta sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini blanko pa nin evidencia an mga awtoridad, na nagpapadagos kan saiyang pagsiyasat.— BICOLSTANDARD.COM Report ni Oscar Esmenda

Lalaki binadil, hinabonan P150,000, Fortuner na awto linalay pa

SAN FERNANDO, Camarines Sur—Pwedeng biktima nin “budol-budol” an sarong lalaki na nakuang gadan sa Barangay Tagpocol sa banwaan na ini.

Bara nin bulawan
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An victima iyo si Alex de los Reyes y Banal, 50 anyos, may-agom, taga No. 8 Birds Paradise St. Hansuyin Villages, Talon 4, Las Pinas City.

Sarong miembro kan familia ni de los Reyes an nagpahayag sa imbestigador na nagviaje an saindang magurang kan sarong aldaw pasiring digdi para makipaghelingan sa saiyang kaolay sa telephono dapit sa ipinapabakal na mga bara nin bulawan.

Nakalunad sa Fortuner na awto, sabi kan informante may darang kantidad P150,000 an victima na ibabayad sa suboot bara nin bulawan.

Alagad, mayo nin makapagsabi kun anong nangyari sa transaksyon ta nakua na sanang gadan an victima.

Ipinahayag kan mga nagsiyasat kan krimen na si de los Reyes nakua sa Zone 3, sa Barangay Tagpocol, na nakadapa.

Naheling kan mga nagrespondeng awtoridad na pugol pa niya an bag na piglaogan kan cuarta, alagad mayo na an cash.

An victima may tama nin bala hale sa dae pa madeterminaran na calibre nin badil.

Base sa sumada kan mga informasyon, dakula an posibilidad na napatubod an victima kan saiyang kaoloay na makakabakal siya nin bara nin bulawan sa baratong kantidad na P150,000.

An aram kan saiyang familia iyo na an enot na pig- ofrecir na presyo kan bara nin bulawan, P200,000.

Pero, natawadan suboot ini sa kantidad na P150,000.00.

Mientrastanto, kan madiskubre an bangkay kan victima mayo na si laog kan saiyang bag na cuarta asin nawawara an awtong Fortuner na piglunadan.

Hasta ngonian nagpapadagos an follow-up investigation kan mga miembros kan pulis digdi.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Report ni Oscar Esmenda

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE | Livelihood group turns discarded old peso bills into something useful

LEGAZPI CITY—Old or dilapidated peso bills retired by the Banko Sental ng Pilipinas (BSP) from circulation are given new life here in another form of use that earns money for the poor.

BSP demonetizes New Design Series bills
As a practice allowed by law, the BSP shred these discarded notes and in other places of the country, sell them to various companies for use as furnace fuel or in areas where there are no takers, they are simply set on fire inside a metal drum.

For the purposes of macroeconomics, according to the BSP, removing the outdated notes from circulation and burning them so that no one may ever use them again is a salient feature that shrinks the money supply — a special case of contractionary monetary policy that the central bank implements.

In money burning, the central bank does not have to exchange any assets of value for the money burnt, thus, equivalent to gifting the money back to it as the notes issuing authority, then increasing the real value of the money left in circulation — especially when the economy is at full employment equilibrium that shrinking the money supply is needed to decrease the rate of inflation.

Assuming that the burned bill is paper money with negligible intrinsic value, no real goods are destroyed, so the overall wealth of country is unaffected–instead, all surviving money slightly increases in value and everyone gains wealth in proportion to the amount of money they already hold, the BSP explained.

In here, however, the BSP local branch, instead of the old practices of disposal, donates these shredded trash to the Salitayo Livelihood Organization, whose members use them in their handmade paper crafting whose end products are highly salable, functional and decorative items made out of specialty paper.

The organization is composed of families relocated several years back from the areas threatened by Mt. Mayon eruptions and resettled at the city’s Barangay Taysan relocation site and being aided to overcome economic dislocation by the local government and several other government agencies by way of livelihood interventions.

As part of these interventions, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office here trained women members of the organization in handmade paper craftsmanship, making use of the huge volume of the shredded bank notes.

And since this material can no longer adhere in its own, abaca fiber is used by the group to reinforce it into high-quality specialty paper products, Tomas Briñas, the DOST regional director, on Tuesday said.

He said BSP-Legazpi produces an average of three tons of shredded bank notes monthly that it donates to the Salitayo and save on mobilization expenses in burning it –at the same time, abiding by the city government’s policy that prohibits the burning of garbage under its ecological waste management program.

More of this trash is expected by 2017 as the BSP is now in the process of demonetizing old banknotes belonging to the New Design Series (NDS).

The process that took off last Jan. 1 is in line with the provisions of Republic Act No. 7653, otherwise known as the New Central Bank Act which authorizes the BSP to replace banknotes that are more than five years old in circulation.

It is also part of the central bank’s intention of preserving the integrity of Philippine currency, given that the NDS bills have been in circulation for almost three decades now and to adopt the change in currency design being practiced by other central banks around the world.

BSP Legazpi City branch manager Cynthia Ariola advised the public that the NDS banknotes may only be used in cash transaction up to Dec. 31, 2015 and by Jan. 1, 2016, peso bills with denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 will no longer be accepted as payment for transactions.

She said that starting Jan. 1 until Dec. 31 next year, the public may exchange with banks as well as with BSP Central Office or branches all over the country their NDS banknotes with the New Generation Currency (NGC) Series at full face value.

She stressed that starting Jan. 1, 2017, NDS banknotes that have not been exchanged shall no longer have any monetary value being already considered officially demonetized.

The demonetization, she said, will pave the way for the circulation of a single currency series in the country – the NGC Series issued on Dec. 16, 2010 that uses new and enhanced security features for the protection of the public against counterfeiters.

According to the BSP, it spends several million pesos a year to dispose of notes that can no longer be used as currency.

“Recycling these banknotes into handmade paper means a new income-generating project for the livelihood organization, a saving on disposal expenses on the part of the BSP and environmental protection, given that burning them causes ecological degradation,” Briñas said.

Bills are treated with anti-bacterial chemicals to make them last longer and since they are made using biodegradable materials—20 percent abaca and 80 percent cotton, these materials make good recycled stuff for the Salitayo livelihood project, he said. (by Danny O. Calleja, PNA)

I DO | Mass wedding in Naga City

Twelve couples were wed yesterday at the Plaza Quince Martires in Naga City. Officiating the rites was Mayor John Bongat. The activity was part of the events scheduled for the 67th Charter Anniversary of Naga City. (Photos and report by Oscar Esmenda)

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mass wedding in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Naga City police neutralizes Criminals Using Motorcycles?

NAGA CITY—Notorious members of the so-called “criminals using motorcycles” (CUM) appear to have been neutralized following the arrest of Jason Lador, a resident of Anayan, Pili, Camarines Sur, who has been tagged as one of the suspects in the string of robbery holdup cases here.

Naga City Police
Naga City OIC Police Director Supt. Narciso D. Domingo told the BICOL STANDARD that apart from Lador, there is still an ongoing manhunt operation for his alleged partner, identified as Ruben Flores, who was his back rider when he was apprehended.

It will be recalled that the local police here had a brief chase from Dayangdang to Calauag, before Lador was finally pinned down by the operatives.

During the police interrogation, Lador confirmed that Flores was his partner in the perpetration of the criminal activities here.

Domingo said he created a special task force of trained policemen who will track down suspected criminals who focus on the major streets here in their operation.

Meanwhile, he confirmed that the local police force have intensified their campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs.

Based on their official records, he said, at least forty 40 percent of crimes recorded in the city are drug-related.

As these developed, it now appears that the so-called Criminals Using Motorcycles have been silent in their operation.

Recently, what have been occupying the police reports are cases involving robberies in residential areas and in motor vehicles left unattended along the streets.

“We will not stop until after these criminals are put to jail,” said Domingo.

Their accomplishments, he said, will serve as evidence of their sustained efforts against criminality.

“As of now, we are focused on resolving drug-related and petty crimes here in Naga,” he said. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM


MAKAKAN | Kinalas, toasted siopao sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City
Bida sa Kinalas Festival sa Ciudad nin Naga an mga local na kakanon na inoorgulyo kan mga Nagueño. Sa aktibidad sa Plaza Quezon na pinamayuhan kan Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office, piggibo kasubagong hapon an mga kompetisyon sa pagkakan nin kinalas asin toasted siopao. An Ciudad nin Naga nagseselebrar kan ika-67ng anibersaryo kan pagiging sarong chartered city. (Mga retrato hale sa Naga Smiles to the World)
Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City

Kinalas, toasted siopao-eating contest sa Naga City


50ng estudiante idinalagan sa hospital sa Daet

BASUD, Camarines Norte—Dae makulang sa 50ng mga elementary pupils an dinara sa hospital huli sa nasingot na nakakahilong parong sa San Felipe Elementary School, sa San Felipe, sa banwaan na ini.

Photo via Pixabay
An mga afectadong kaakian hale sa manlaenlaen na grado, kaibahan an saindang mga teachers.
Sabi kan mga miembos kan pulis na nag-imbestigar, an kadaklan sa mga eskwela nagsuka, naribong an pagmate asin nagkulog an tulak, kaya sinda idinalagan sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, 6 na mga eskwela an nakaconfine sa hospital alagad si iba pig-oobserbaran pa kan mga doctor.

An incidente nangyari kasubagong alas 10 nin aga.

Pig-iisi pa kun saen nag-guikan an nakakaribong asin nakakalula na parong na nag-alimyo sa laog kan laguerta kan sinambit na elementary school.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Bicolano actors shine at Gawad Urian 2015

Bicolano actors Nora Aunor and Martin del Rosario were among those honored at the prestigious Gawad Urian 2015.

Bicolano actors Nora Aunor and Martin del Rosario
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Del Rosario, who hails from Ligao City, Albay, was named Best Supporting Actor for his film "Dagitab."

Iriga City-born Aunor, meanwhile, was awarded a lifetime achievement award. She was also nominated for the Best Actress Award for "Dementia."

Likewise among the nominees was Iza Calzado, who has roots in Naga City.

Calzado was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in "Barber's Tales."

Jericho Rosales, who hails from Camarines Sur, was also nominated for Best Actor for his movie "Red."

The 38th Gawad Urian Awards was held on June 16, 2015 at Studio 10 of ABS-CBN.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

DSWD-Bicol prepares relief goods for affected Sorsogon towns

LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has prepared PHP365,400 worth of family food packs for the residents of three towns in Sorsogon province affected by the phreatic eruptions of Mt. Bulusan on Tuesday morning.

DSWD-Bicol prepares relief goods for affected Sorsogon towns
Arnel Garcia, DSWD Bicol regional director, on Wednesday said that as of now, they have distributed at least 300 dust masks to villagers of Bacolod, Buraburan, Sangkayon, Puting Sapa, Añog and Catanusan of Juban town – mostly affected by ash explosion.

Food packs will be distributed anytime upon request of concerned local government units of Irosin, Juban and Casiguran towns.

Each of these towns have 300,000 food packs, Garcia said.

Each food pack consists of six kilos of rice, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of corned beef, 6 packs of noodles and cereal drinks.

Garcia said the DSWD has adequate stockpile of commodities for 35,000 persons and standby funds for relief operations.

He assured that relief goods can meet the needs of affected families even for a long period of time.

“We will replenish the family food packs upon distribution. Just like what we did during Mayon Volcano eruptions. We are ready for prolonged relief operations, but of course, we are not asking for the disaster to be prolonged,” the DSWD official said. (PNA)

Civilian nagadan kan mag-atake an NPA sa Capalonga

CAPALONGA, Camarines Norte—Nagadan an sarong civilian sa Barangay Alayao kan magsakyada an mga pigtutubodan na miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA) alas-9 nin aga kasoodma.

Si Captain Marjorie Panesa, an parataram kan 9th Infantry Division kan Army na nakabase sa Camarines Sur nagsabi na an victima iyo si Mandy Ritero, 60 anyos, empleado sa Capalonga College, alagad residente kan Barangay Bagong Bayan, sa banwaan kan Daet.

Naggagamit kan grasscutter si Retiro kan siya tamaan kan mga rebelde, na pigpuesto an saindang mga sadire mga 300 metros hale sa detachment kan Army asin 5 hasta 10 metros hale sa eskwelahan.

Dai nagpaputok an mga soldados ta aram nindang may klase asin may mga estudyante na pwedeng tamaan, pahayag ni Panesa.

Dinara pa kuta si Retiro sa Capalonga Medicare Hospital, alagad pigdeclarar siyang gadan na kan pag-abot pa sana sa hospital.

Mientrastanto, an 49th Infantry Battalion asin an mga miembros kan Philippine National Police (PNP) sa Capalonga naglansar nin separadong imbestigasyon kan nangyari. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Suspechadong tulak nin droga, dakop kan PNP

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur— Sarong pigsususpecharan na tulak nin droga sa banwaan na ini an nahulog sa kamot kan mga pulis alas poco mas o menos 6:30 kasubanggi.

Calabanga, Camarines Sur
Si Clemente Sinogba y Romero, alyas Menting, 45 anyos, soltero, asin residente kan Barangay San Miguel an dinakop sa sarong buy-bust operation.

Nakua sa poder kan suspechado iyo an tolong P100 na marked money, limang sachet nin kemikal na pigtutubudan na shabu asin duwang bala kan calibre .38 na badil.

Si Sinogba ngonian nag-aatubang sa reklamo sa pagbalgar kan Section 5 asin 11 kan Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

An pinaisog na kampanya kontra sa ilegal na droga saro sa mga obheto kan PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 asin pag-otob sa kasuguan hale sa PNP Regional Office na bawasan an kriminalidad sa enterong Bicol. Ini sa lindong kan matrayumpong Target Output Policy na proyekto ni Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Victor Deona.

An mga evidencia, segun sa Calabanga police, ipapadara sa Camarines Sur Provincial Crime Laboratory Office.

Maroromdoman na ngonian na bulan, nadakop man kan Camarines Sur police an pigsasahotan na saro sa mga parabariwas nin droga sa Rinconada area asin sa ciudad nin Naga.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

More Mount Bulusan eruptions expected—PHIVOLCS

Based on past records, more explosions can be expected to occur with varying intensity, duration and distribution of ash after Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon erupted twice on Tuesday, spewing an ash plume cloud that went as high as 500 meters from the summit, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

Bulusan Volcano spews ash
photo by Ronald Belleza via PDRRMO Sorsogon

Latest recorded eruptions took place in Nov. 2010 until May 2011.

Celso Mancilla, Phivolcs science research assistant, said the eruption was a phreatic- type explosion that sent ash plumes ranging from 400 to 500 meters high.

In a phone interview, Mancilla said the first phreatic eruption was recorded to have occurred at 11:02 a.m. Tuesday and was followed by another eruption at 11:20 a.m.

Mount Bulusan belched a gray ash plume cloud that drifted west-southwest of the volcano -- affecting the towns of Juban, Irosin and Casiguran.

Classes were suspended in the villages of Juban town where ash falls were mostly felt, said Benny Recibido, Philippine Information Agency provincial manager.

Mancilla said he could not yet say what villages were affected by the ash fall, adding that Phivolcs personnel led by Crispulo Deolata, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, are currently conducting assessment.

Phivolcs records indicate that phreatic eruptions are typical to Bulusan during restive periods, when its hydrothermal system is disturbed or when steam accumulates and pressurizes at the shallow levels of the volcanic edifice.

The Office of Civil Defense, quoting a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the eruption was accompanied by an explosion-type earthquake with rumbling sounds.

Hours before the eruption, Phivolcs Bulusan bulletin as of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, said seismic monitoring network detected five volcanic earthquakes during the past 24-hours.

Weak emissions of white steam plumes were observed to drift and crept down slope of the volcano, while a very slight inflation was observed of the volcano’s edifice.

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect over the volcano.

The public is warned not to enter the four-km permanent danger zone due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruption. (PNA)

Jail guard seizes shabu from courier

DAET, Camarines Norte—A jail guard at the Camarines Norte Provincial Jail allegedly thwarted the delivery of a substance believed to be shabu from one cell to another.

Jail stock image from Pixabay
In an interview with the local media, Jail Guard Nel Romana said a minor who was detained at the prison confessed to being requested to bring the contraband substance to an inmate identified as Ariel Quiñones.

Said minor, however, said he did not have any idea that the piece of folded paper he was asked to deliver contained drugs.

Romana said he was tipped off by other inmates of the illicit transaction.

Meanwhile, Provincial Jail Warden Reynaldo Pajarillo said a probe will be launched to identify whether other inmates have been smuggling drugs inside their cells.

Pajarillo added that because of the incident, security at the Provincial Jail will be tightened to prevent similar schemes.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Soldier in CSur hostage-taking to undergo neuro, psych tests

NAGA CITY—The soldier who held hostage a Peñafrancia Tours bus at Barangay Comadaycaday, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur is scheduled to undergo neurological and psychological tests, the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army declared.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center
The test, the Army said, will be a meticulous examination of the behavior of Corporal Rene Prajele, and not merely a pencil-and-paper test.

Prajele will also be interviewed by senior officers.

The army corporal earlier tested negative for drugs, the Army confirmed.

On May 29, he was arrested after he held hostage 30 passengers while armed with an M-16 rifle and in full battle gear.

Marital problems, the investigation revealed, led to the hostage-taking incident.

He later surrendered to the hostage crisis management team.

As of press time, Prajele is under the custody of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in Quezon City.

He is currently facing dismissal from the service and charges of slight illegal detention following an inquest proceeding by a state prosecutor here.

Prajele has served in the military for eleven years.

He was assigned as a team leader of a security group carrying out a developmental project in Camarines Sur.

The 36-year-old is a native of Cotabato, but was residing in Baao, Camarines Sur with his wife and daughter prior to the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Matuang tugang sinaksak an ngohod sa pagsurog sa ama

LABO, Camarines Norte—Sinaksak kan matuang tugang an saiyang ngohod na tugang na lalaki sa kainitan kan diskusyon na imbuelto an saro pang tugang na babae sa banwaan na ini kan sarong aldaw.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, an incidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas 7 nin aga sa Purok 5, Bagong Silang II sa banwaan na ini.

An victima iyo si Jheron Matriano y Racelis, 22 anyos mantang an suspechado iyo si Ranilo Matriano Jr y Racelis, 25 anyos, pareyong residente kan sinambit na barangay.

Sabi kan mga nag-imbestigar, antes na mangyari an krimen, an victima asin an saiyang tugang na si Shenalyn Matriano y Racelis nagkaigwa nin mainit na diskusyon.

An saindang magurang na si Ranilo Matriano y Terrible nagdulok para sawayon an iwal kan magtugang huli ta naheling kan ama na burat si Jheron.

Dae aram kan ama, si Jheron nagpurot nin kapidasong kahoy asin nag-ansyas na rapadohon sa likod an saindang ama.

An suspechadong si Ranilo na nagmamasid kan pangyayari dae nakatios kaya tinusok kaini nin kutsilyo an lawas kan saiyang ngohod na tugang na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Ipinahayag kan suspechado na dae maako kan saiyang boot si plano kan saiyang ngohod na tugang na rapadohon nin kapidasong kahoy an saindang ama, kaya nagibo niya an krimen.

Mientrastanto, dinara tulos an victima sa Labo District Hospital para ipabulong.

Alagad, pigdeclarar siyang mayo na nin buhay, sabi ni Dr. Jose Vernon Padilla.

Pagkatapos kan incidente nagdulag an suspechado pasiring sa dae maaraman na direksyon.

Dinara an bangkay kan victima sa Funeraria Adea – Labo Branch, para sa post mortem examination asin autopsy.

An iriwal nin magturogang iyo an sinasabi na motibo kan krimen.

Sa ibong na lado an Municipal Police Station kan banwaan na ini sa pamamayo ni PSupt Geoffrey N. Fernandez an nag padara tulos nin mga tawohan para imbestigaran an pangyayari.

Naglansar man nin hot pursuit operation an pulis tanganing madakop an suspechado asin masangatan nin caso. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Bulusan Volcano spews ash

SORSOGON CITY—Sorsogon's Bulusan Volcano spewed ash twice today at 11:02 and 11:20 a.m.

The explosion, which was phreatic in nature, was estimated to be 500 meters in height.

Bulusan Volcano spews ash
photo by Ronald Belleza via PDRRMO Sorsogon
Earlier today, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) announced that its seismic monitoring network detected five (5) volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours.

Weak emissions of white steam plumes that drifted and crept downslope towards southwest were also observed.

Precise leveling surveys conducted from May 5 to May 14, 2015 indicate very slight inflation of the volcano’s edifice relative to the March 2015 surveys, the advisory added.

Bulusan Volcano remains under Alert Level 1, Phivolcs said.

The provincial government of Sorsogon led by Provincial Administrator Robert Lee Rodrigueza has already dispatched a team to check on the residents of Juban and Casiguran.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office of Sorsogon assured locals that it is monitoring the situation and maintaining communication with the mayors of the affected areas.—Report from Edgar Tumangan, BICOL STANDARD Sorsogon

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