Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UNC now 60% Ayala-owned

MAKATI CITY—Ayala Education, Inc., the education investment arm of Ayala Corporation, announced today that it has acquired a 60% stake in University of Nueva Caceres (UNC).

UNC is located in Naga City, Camarines Sur, and was founded in 1948 as the first university in Southern Luzon outside Manila. It is one of the leading universities in the Bicol region, and has approximately 7,000 students, with many well-recognized programs, including arts and sciences, business and accountancy, computer studies, criminal justice, education, engineering and architecture, graduate studies, law, nursing and basic education (K-10).

UNC’s Chairman, Mr. Felicito Payumo, stated “We are delighted that Ayala Education is investing in UNC because we believe that it will help us to further enhance the quality of our education and the employability of our graduates, through industry and technology driven innovations. We welcome Ayala Education as a partner who can strengthen UNC’s leading role in making good education accessible to Bicolanos as envisioned by its founder, former Secretary of Finance, Dr. Jaime Hernandez, Sr., and as nurtured by his children, Dr. Dolores H. Sison (past President), Erlinda H.
Ravanera, Jaime J. Hernandez, Jr. and Jesus J. Hernandez, and their families.”

Mr. Jesus J. Hernandez, the son of UNC founder Jaime Hernandez, Sr., said, “We are very happy to have found in Ayala Education, a partner who shares our values and commitment to nation building, and will ensure that my father’s vision and legacy are sustained and strengthened, and that UNC continues to be a key engine of progress and development in Naga and the Bicol region.”

As a result of Ayala Education’s investment of 450 million pesos, it will hold the majority of UNC’s board seats. In addition, UNC appointed Ayala Education’s CEO, Mr. Alfredo Imperial Ayala, as its President. Mr. Ayala stated, “We are very pleased to have been invited to partner with UNC, given its 67 years of success, leading position in Bicol and vibrant school spirit. UNC will be Ayala Education’s flagship university, and we are committed to working closely with all of UNC’s stakeholders to build upon its traditions of excellence that have served it so well.”

Ayala Corporation started investing in the education sector in 2012 through 100% owned Ayala Education, after recognizing the strong demand for Filipino talent from the IT-BPO and other service industries, such as banking, telecom, retail and tourism.  Ayala Education’s vision is to deliver affordable and high quality education at the high school and college levels in order to equip students with real world skills through co-designing programs with prospective employers, and leveraging Ayala Education’s extensive experience in services training.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corp.’s Chairman and CEO, said, “We are excited to join forces with UNC.  Education is an important priority for Ayala. There is strong global demand for Filipino talent and our vision is to deliver high quality, affordable education that can significantly enhance the employability of graduates, through partnerships with regional leaders such as UNC.”

In Higher Education, Ayala Education has developed a Professional Employment Program (PEP) which delivers a highly differentiated educational experience and significantly improved employment outcomes through the application of learning technologies, constructivist methodologies, English immersion and deep industry partnerships.  It has offered PEP since 2012 with its partners, Jose Rizal University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and University of Iloilo, and enabled many college graduates to attain attractive entry-level business employment.

Ayala Education has also been pioneering Senior High School since 2013 through its LINC (Learning with Industry Collaboration) Academy’s partnerships with Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano University. When they graduate, LINC students have the skills needed to either succeed in college or enter the professional workforce directly.

Ayala Education has also formed a majority owned joint venture, Affordable Private Education Center (APEC), with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, to build a chain of low-cost secondary schools that provide quality education with affordable annual school fees. Since it started in 2013, APEC has grown to a total of 23 schools, with 3,400 students across Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite and Batangas, offering Grades 7 and 8 for less than P70 a day, inclusive of use of books and computers.

DILG upholds Sacueza as Acting Mayor

BATO, Camarines Sur—“It is only proper that [Alvin] Sacueza should still be recognized as the Acting Mayor of Bato, Camarines Sur,” opined Austere A. Panadero, Undersecretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Alvin Sacueza
This was in response to the query of DILG Camarines Sur Provincial Director Arnel Renato L. Madrideo who requested for administrative guidance and legal opinion on the issuance of a certification to Domingo L. Zorilla, the first ranking member of the Sangguniang Bayan as Acting Mayor of Bato, Camarines Sur.

Madrideo sought Panadero’s opinion to put an end to the confusion and chaos in this town that began when the Ombudsman suspended Mayor Jeanette O.R. Bernaldez for six months and one day.

The Ombudsman in its resolution dated January 28, 2015 said that Bernaldez violated Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 and was guilty of the administrative charge of Oppression against Dr. Annelyn V. Mendoza, the Municipal Health Officer of this town.

Upon receipt of the endorsement letter signed by Asryman T. Rafanan, the Assistant Ombudsman the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued a Memorandum dated May 15, 2015 directing the immediate implementation of the aforesaid Ombudsman Joint Resolution against Bernaldez.

On May 22, 2015, however, the DILG Central Office received copies of an urgent motion to held in abeyance the execution of the decision that Bernaldez filed on May 19.

Also, the said office received the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition filed also by the respondent before the Court of Appeals on May 15, 2015.

But the Court of Appeals on June 18, 2015 dismissed the said petition for Certiorari and Prohibition filed by Bernaldez.

Vice Mayor Sacueza was installed by the DILG as the Acting Mayor of this town, pursuant to the order of the Ombudsman.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur approved a joint decision of the Special Committee on Aministrative cases dated June 18, recommending for the imposition of a penalty of suspension each for two administrative cases against Sacueza.

In a memorandum signed by Gov. Miguel Luis R. Villafuerte on June 22, the said suspension penalty against Sacueza was implemented.

As a result of the suspension of Bernaldez by the Ombudsman, and the suspension by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to Acting Vice Mayor Sacueza, first ranking Sangguniang Bayan Member Domingo L. Zorilla assumed office as the Acting Mayor.

Acting Mayor Zorilla went to the Office of Camarines Sur DILG Provincial Director Arnel Renato L. Madrideo asking the said office to issue a certification from his that he is the Acting Mayor of this town.

Madrideo on the other hand, also forwarded to the Central Office of the DILG  a copy of the Notice of Appeal or Appeal Memorandum filed by Sacueza before the Office of the President in relation to Administrative Case Numbers 08-2014 and 09-2014.

In response to the said letter of Madrideo, Undersecretary Panadero stressed that the Department’s position as to the effect of the seasonable filing of a Notice of Appeal by the respondent on the decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to the Office of the President has already been settled.

In DILG Legal Opinion No. 18, series of 2014 addressed to Mayor Diosdago G. Palasique of Isulan, Sultan Kudara where the Department opined in this wise:

“Section 9 of Administrative Order No. 22 dated 11 October 2011 provides and we quote:
SECTION  9. Stay of execution. The execution of the decisioin/resolution/order appealed from is stayed upon the filing of the Notice of Appeal within the period prescribed herein.

As early as November 2012, the Department, in a case involving a different local elective official yet seminal issues concern, had already requested the opinion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the issue. In an opinion dated 18 November 2012, the DOJ, in interpreting Sec 9 of AO 22, series of 2011, opined that:

Basic is the rule in statutory interpretation that when the law is clear, plain and free from ambiguity, it must be given its literal meaning without attempted interpretation.

Evidently, the execution of the decision/resolution/order issued by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on appeal to the Office of the President is stayed upon the filing of the Notice of Appeal within the prescribed period.

In other words, the decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on appeal to the Office of the President is deferred during the pendency of appeal as it may deem just and reasonable.”

Meanwhile, the letter memorandum of Panadero reads: “While it may be true that Vice Mayor Sacueza, who is the Acting Mayor of Bato, Camarines Sur, was meted the penalty of 3-months suspension in each of the two (2) administrative cases filed against him before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, he has seasonably filed a Notice of Appeal/Appeal Memorandum before the Office of the President. Sacueza’s seasonable filing of the Notice of Appeal/Appeal Memorandum to the Decision of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur in Adm. Case Nos. 08-2014 and 09-2014, in effect, stay the implementation of said Decision appealed from.”

Thus, it is only proper that Sacueza should still be recognized as the Acting Mayor of Bato, Camarines Sur, Panadero said. — BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3 binadil sa Naga; 1 gadan, 2 irido

NAGA CITY –Pugol na ngonian kan mga awtoridad an saro sa tulong suspechado na nag badil, gadan sa sarong gurang na babae asin duwang iba pa, sa krimen na nangyari sa Zone 5, Barangay Penafrancia, digdi.

Sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD, an itinukdo kan testigo na responsible sa krimen iyo si Allan Asay Baracenas, taga Barangay Del Carmen Del Rosario, Minalabac, Camarines Sur.

An binadil iyo si Aurora Barcena y Nate, 62 anyos. Yaon siya sa laog kan saindang tindahan na an pangaran Kana Buraot Store, na putokan kan suspechado.Dinara pa man kuta siya sa Mother Seton Hospital, alagad pig declarar na mayo na nin buhay.

Sabi sa informasyon, an suspechadong si Baracenas dati nang ipig laog sa preso sa Tinangis Penal Farm sa casong may relasyon sa droga.

Afuera ki Barcena, binadil pa kan suspechado si Ralph Rabano y Octangvo, a.k.a Rap-Rap, 30 anyos an edad, taga San Vicente, Milaor, Camarines Sur, asin si Gemma Flores, 16 anyos.

Si Rabano iyo si naheling na kaolay kan victima sa atubangan kan nasambit na tindahan.

An mga miembros kan familia ni Barcena nagsabi na mortal si tama nin bala sa daghan kan victima, na iyong naging dahilan kan saiyang kagadanan.

Alagad afuera kan tama sa daghan na nagderecho sa puso an bala igwa pang duwang bala na nagtama saiya.

Sa parte ni Ralph Rabano, na mas bisto sa apod na Rap-Rap,tinamaan man ini nin tulong bala. An saro sa tulak, may tama sa braso asin abaga.

Pagkatapos siyang badilon, natumba siya sa atubangan kan tindahan asin nag-sagin sagin na gadan na.

An pahayag kan testigo, an kaiwal kan suspechado iyo si Rabano.

Alagad nagsasaway si Barcena, kaya pinuntariya siya kan armas dangan binadil nin tulong beses.

An testigo sa pangyayari iyo si Michael Ebansa y Tagalog, na yaon man sa Kana Buraot Store, an pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Nakua sa lugar kan krimen an 7ng capsula nin bala asin 3ng “slug” kan bala.

May ibang mga anggulo na pig iimbestigar pa kan mga pulis na habo pa ngonang ipabuyagyag sa publico, mantang nagpapadagos an pag siyasat.

Hasta ngonian pig hahanap pa kan mga awtoridad an duwa pang pag-iriba ninda sa krimen.

Pagkatapos kan krimen marikas na nagdurulag an tulo pasiring sa dereksyon kan San Felipe.

Mientrastanto, sinugog an guira kan suspechadong krimenal pasiring sa saindang residencia sa banwaan kan Minalabac.

Si PSI Josefa Caparozo, an hefe kan police station No. 3, sa Barangay Penafrancia pinanginotan an team nin mga pulis pasiring sa Barangay Del Carmen Del Rosario, Minalabac, Camarines Sur asin nadakop an suspechado.

Nadakop si Allan Asay Baracenas alas 11:50 nin banggui kan Julio 26).

Kinasohan nin “murder” asin 2ng frustrated an suspechado na detinido ngonian sa hepatura kan PNP. An duwa pa niyang kaibahan na pighahanap pa sagkod ngonian.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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SONA protest march in Naga City
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NAPOLCOM to probe Php4.3-million alleged illegal fishing payola in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY – Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has submitted himself to the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for investigation to clear his name regarding allegations that some police officials, including him, are involved in an illegal fishing payola in the Bicol region.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 

Deona requested for NAPOLCOM to start the probe immediately during the recent Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meeting presided over by Camarines Sur 3rd District Congressman Leni G. Robredo.

In attendance at the RAC meeting were NAPOLCOM Regional Director Eduardo Santos Jr., Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi, and other ranking officials of the PNP.


A chart of the alleged payola circulated in Masbate province last week. In it were mentioned Masbate Acting Governor Vince Revil, collectors named Gigi Carandang and Norman Laurio, Supt. Oscar Regala, Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Intelligence Division, several members of the media, law enforcers, and local mayors, among others.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Deona said that all police officers who were named or identified in the alleged scheme are now relieved from their posts and temporarily detailed at Camp Simeon Ola in this city.

"This will give NAPOLCOM the free hand in the investigation," Deona said.

The regional director also mentioned that prior to his assignment at the Police Regional Office 5, he had been receiving information about the payola issue.

However, he made it a point to put an end to the illegal activities in the region once he assumed office.

All-out war

Deona, it would be recalled, was behind the Target Output System which wages an all-out war against illegal fishing, illegal drugs, gambling, and other criminal activity in Bicol.

In the circulating report from unidentified sources, it is claimed at the overall monthly payola is at least Php 4.3 million pesos. Said amount is purportedly "distributed to an organizational structure for a smooth-sailing transaction."

Said report surfaced since the police announced that it had just concluded a series of apprehensions of suspects involved illegal fishing in the island province.

Collared were big-time commercial fishing vessels owned by several local officials in Quezon Province. Such cases are now being tried and litigated in the Sorsogon and Masbate provinces.

Bishop Baylon, who attended the RAC meeting, admitted that it is truly difficult to curtail the illegal fishing activities because some local officials are involved.

Baylon, who is now at the Diocese of Legazpi, was formerly assigned in Masbate, where he said he fought against the illegal activities.

Besides, big-time commercial fishing vessels operators are often armed, the prelate said.

BFAR Regional Director defends Deona

Meanwhile, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Dennis del Socorro believes that Deona’s name is being dragged into this controversy because of his relentless campaign against illegal fishing perpetrated by large-scale operators.

Del Socorro personally commended the Regional PNP chief for achieving a considerable amount of success against the illegal fishing activities in the Bicol region.

“I am deeply concerned about the impending reshuffle of Police Directors, since I understand that RD Deona may be given another assignment. We have made a substantial dent in the number of illegal fishing activities in the entire region, and it is because of the sincere effort of Deona," Del Socorro said.

Big-time illegal fishers apprehended

Despite the lack of equipment of the police, big-time commercial fishers involved in illegal fishing in Bicol in the region have been charged in court.

Said commercial fishers come from as far as Negros Occidental, Iloilo and the so-called Lucena-Quezon Provinces.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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