Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Albay bags Galing Pook award anew

LEGAZPI CITY—For the third time, the province of Albay notched the Galing Pook award, a citation that recognizes innovations and excellence in good governance.

Salceda grins from ear to ear as he displays the third Galing Pook Award that his province has received thus far.
(Photo via Gov. Salceda)
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, along with representatives of different departments of the Provincial Government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and national government agencies received the award at the SMX Convention Center Manila, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City yesterday, September 1.

Given under the joint initiative of the Local Government Academy, Department of Interior and Local Goverment, the Ford Foundation and other advocates of good governance from the academe, civil society and the government, the program chooses winners after a multi-level screening process. Its criteria are based on positive results and impact, promotion of people’s participation and empowerment, innovation and efficiency of program service delivery.

"Giving back, equality, unity, and constant kindness," Salceda revealed on Facebook, are the secrets behind Albay's repeated triumph.

"Team Albay believes in being sensitive and open to the evolving individual realities in our community, both local and national, constantly prepared to respond to the challenges while transcending class origins, historical circumstances and differences," he added.

The province won its first Galing Pook Award in 2008 for its Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Programs and its second in 2011 for its Health innovations and programs.

This year, Albay was recognized for its accomplishments and projects in the field of education.
Salceda, who led the team’s presentation, emphasized Albay’s poor performance in educational ranking when he assumed his post. He thus vowed to propel the province to the top of the rankings.

“After 8 years, Albay’s state of education has three banner achievements, from ranking 177th in 2007, Albay leapt to 19 in National Achievement Test rankings in 2012, second, Albay has 98% participation and only .10% dropouts, and third, in the same span of time, college graduate grew from 34,000 to 188,000,” said Salceda.

The governor credited these improvements the different programs that the PGA, through the PED, has established, namely, the Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon, an incentive program to reward and recognize high achieving students, educators, and LGUs, plus the establishment of a support system for students, and for educators.

Salceda also stated that to be able to achieve all of these he had to make a shift in development strategy, “I had to make a tough but easy decision, make a shift from opportunity seeking programs, like infrastructures, to capability building and knowledge banking programs which cannot be destroyed or taken away by typhoon and storms.”

For its education programs, the PGA has so far spent a total of P759,094,954, of P58,200,000 went to the incentive programs, P679,394,954 for programs acting as support system for students, which now has 140,998 beneficiaries, and P22,500,000 for programs acting as support system for educators with 2,088 beneficiaries by far.

The Provincial Government of Albay has put education in a high priority position and has earmarked a large portion of its annual budget for its development.


Call for manuscripts: 2nd CBSUA Writers Workshop

The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture Writers Workshop is now accepting applicants for the 2nd CBSUA Writers Workshop to be held on September 15-17, 2015 at Hostel, CBSUA-Calabanga.

Selected fifteen fellows will have a chance to hone their craft. To be considered, applicants for poetry should submit five (5) poems, applicants for fiction should submit three (3) short stories, applicants for creative non-fiction should submit three (3) creative non-fiction, and applicants for play should submit one (1) one-act play.

Manuscripts should be submitted at on or before September 4, 2015. They should be encoded using the Times New Roman font, font size twelve (12), one (1) inch margin on all sides, double spaced and must not bear the author’s name. Use a pseudo in the manuscript The applicant’s pseudo name, real name, contact number, course, and year level must appear only in the letter of intent.

This year’s workshop is co-sponsored by the BSE4-English and the University Supreme Student Council.

CBSUA grad tops Agricultural Engineer Licensure Exam

A graduate of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur garnered the top place in the  2015 Agricultural Engineer Licensure Exam.

Ed Mari Cedric Celetaria Cornejo got a score of 82.64% in said exam.

CBSUA got a passing percentage of 87.5% as against the national passing percentage of 40.43%
The  Professional Regulation Commission announced that 340 out of 841 passed the exam administed in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Davao and Legazpi.

The Board of Agricultural Engineering was composed of Engr. Ariodear C. Rico, Chairman (inhibited); Engr. Juana T. Tapel, Officer-In-Charge; and Engr. Felimar M. Torrizo, Member.

CBSUA is the premier instruction, extension and research center in agriculture serving the Bicol Region.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Divino Rostro novenary masses begin in Naga City

The Novenary Masses in honor of Divino Rostro begins today. This is a devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus (Divino Rostro in Spanish) which we venerate at the advent of the Peñafrancia Celebration.

This devotion started in Bicol Region when a priest named Fr. Pedro de la Torre, a priest from Spain who worked in Bicol as missionary brought his personal devotion to the Philippines in the Bicol lands. He brought a replica of the Divino Rostro, a copy from a miraculous image in Osa De La Vega, Spain. The original image in Osa de la Vega was known to be miraculous as it was the source of devotion in overcoming the dreadful disease of Cholera Morbo in 1834, 1855 and 1865 in Spain.

When the same epidemic broke out in the Philippines in 1882, Bishop Casimiro Herrera thought of bringing the Image of Our lady of Peñafrancia to Naga Cathedral for imploring her maternal protection and help for the people from the dreadful disease. Fr De la Torre, thinking of similar catastrophe in Spain, brought the Image of the Divino Rostro to the same Cathedral. Bishop Casimiro Herrera together with the priests made a promise…
"should the dreadful disease spare Naga, the Divino Rostro will be pompously venerated with special festivities together with the Virgin of Peñafrancia."

After three days, the dreadful disease disappeared. It those times of great relief and healing, the Divino Rostro and the Lady of Peñafrancia were venerated together by the people in the cathedral.
Thus it became customary now that during Penafrancia Fiesta, the image of the Divino Rostro is brought together with the Virgin of Peñafrancia in the Procession. The priests together with the Bishop carries the andas at the start of the procession to fulfill the same promise of devotion and for the healing and well-being of people of Bicol and of all the pilgrims and devotees of the Divino Rostro and the Lady of Peñafrancia.

Divino Rostro now is known for the devotees for special healing and for intimate encounter with Jesus in his passion.

This year, 2015, Novena Masses is on September 2 – 10 at the Old Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Now Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish) in Peñafrancia Avenue in Naga.

The Feast Day of Divino Rostro is September 11, 2015, the day of the TRASLACION, when the images of the Divino Rostro and the Virgin of Peñafracia are brought together to the Cathedral. (via Archdiocese of Caceres)

Who was Simeon Ola?

Every September 2, the province of Albay commemorates the life of General Simeon Ola y Arboleda, the last Filipino general to surrender to American forces during the Philippine-American War.

Simeon Ola
Photos via wowlegazpi

General Ola was born in the town of Guinobatan on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda. He served as teniente de cuadrillos of Guinobatan and was a trusted confident of the parish priest, Father Carlos Cabido. These positions helped him carry out his revolutionary works – recruiting men and acquiring firearms for the revolutionary army. He connived with the jail warden in his town, Sergeant Loame, to free about 93 prisoners. The prisoners soon joined his army.

In April 1898, he fought in the battle of Camalig. General Vito Belarmino, the Zone Commander of the Revolutionary Forces in the Bicol Region, designated him the rank of a Captain. Fully committed to the cause of the revolution, he also raised funds amounting to P42, 000.00, which he turned over to General Mariano Trias, Secretary of Finance of the Revolutionary Government.

On January 23, 1900, he was promoted Major after he successfully effected an ambush and captured three American soldiers: Dubose, Fred Hunter and Russel. In February that same year, his troops fought against the Americans in Arimbay, Legaspi. His cousin Jose Arboleda perished in the bloody battle.

American soldiers’ mighty firepower and combat training did not dampen his spirit; he continued to fight so that his men were encouraged and more men joined his army. With the army of Colonel Engracio Orence, he fought valiantly in the battle of Binogsacan in Guinobatan, Albay. His army rested for over a month in July 1901 when he accompanied General Belarmino to Manila.

He resumed his campaign in August by raiding the town of Oas, Albay. On August 12, 1902, he ambushed the American detachment at Macabugos, Ligao.

Ola became a marked man to the Americans. Although his troops were easily repulsed during battles, the Americans took him seriously. From March to October 1903, the Americans set up the reconcentration system as a means to stop Ola’s activities. Because of the damage it caused even to the innocent civilians, they turned into negotiations.

They sent Ramon Santos and Major Jesse S. Garwood of the Constabulary as emissaries to negotiate for his surrender, which he politely refused. Instead, he carried on his battle. On July 15, 1903, he ambushed the 31st Philippine Scout Garrison under the command of Sergeant Nicolas Napoli in Joveliar, Albay. The persistent effort of the peace panel and his battle weary men made Ola realized that he could never win the war. He became open to the agreement set by Colonel Harry H. Bandholtz, the Assistant Commander of the Constabulary in Lucena, Tayabas, for his surrender.

The agreement included general amnesty, fair treatment and justice to his comrades in arms. On September 25, 1903 the negotiating panel composed of Ramon Santos, Eligio Arboleda, Epifanio Orozco, Frank L. Pyle, John Paegelow, J.B. Allison and Joseph Rogers went to his camp in Malagnaton, Mapaco, Guinobatan. Eventually, Ola surrendered to Governor Bette and Colonel Bandholtz.

Charged with sedition, Judges Adam Carson and James Blount presided over his case. He was sentenced of 30 years imprisonment on November 10. 1903. Fortunately, he was granted executive clemency so he was released from prison on October 8, 1904. In 1910, he entered politics and won as town mayor of Guinobatan, which he served until 1913. He was again elected to the same position in 1916. He served the term until 1919.

Simeon Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan. Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City, formerly called the Regan Barracks, was named after him.(Via

Monday, August 31, 2015

Suspect in circulating fake money busted

LEGAZPI CITY— An “ukay-ukay” (second hand items) trader busted a 33-year-old man believed to have been circulating fake money after receiving from him a bogus Php1,000 bill Saturday morning at his store on Ojeda St., Barangay Sta. Cruz, Naga City.

A police report identified the suspect as Marvin Uriza, married and resident of Ilangan Ganga, Majayjay, Laguna.

Victim-businessman Anthony Arcilla, 38, and owner of Arcilla Ukay-Ukay, said Uriza came at about 11:30 a.m. and bought several items from his store.

Arcilla said that after choosing several goods from his store, Uriza paid him a Php1,000 bill with serial number E065110 in payment for his purchases.

But when Arcilla examined the peso bill, he found it to be fake so he collared the suspect and brought him to the police station.

At the police station, its personnel found fake 22 pieces of Php1,000 and 13 pieces of fake Ph 500.

The police believe Uriza had already paid not only a few fake peso bills in various denominations to unsuspecting businessmen in the city.

Uriza is now in jail for violation of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular No. 61 Series of 1995 as amended by Circular No. 829 Series of 2014 Section 8.

The police have already brought the fake peso bills to the BSP for proper investigation of the case.

They have appealed to the public to be extra careful about fake peso bills that are circulating, especially that election time is nearing. (By Eduard M. Casulla, PNA)

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