Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bicol fishermen nix Fisheries Code Amendment

BULA, CSur—Some 500 members of United Bicol Fishing Federation trooped to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office yesterday to protest Republic Act 10654.

Bicol fishermen nix Fisheries Code Amendment
Photo: BFAR
R.A. 10654 or “An Act to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Amending The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, and for Other Purposes” was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III on February 27, 2015.

Said law penalizes fishing without a valid license, authorization or permit; fishing without reporting the catch or misreporting the catch; fishing in a closed area or during a closed season; fishing of prohibited species; fishing with the use of prohibited gear or methods; falsifying, concealing or tampering with vessel markings, identity or registration to conceal vessel identity or lack of registration; concealing, tampering or disposing of evidence relating to an investigation of a violation;  assaulting, resisting, intimidating, harassing, seriously interfering with, or unduly obstructing or delaying a fisheries law enforcer, authorized inspector or observer or other duly authorized government officer; intentionally tampering with or disabling the vessel monitoring system; and committing multiple violations which taken together constitute a serious disregard of [the] Code.

During what they called Pambansang Welgang Dagat, members of the federation maintained that said law violates their freedom as fishermen.

“Malayang pamamalakaya ibalik sa mangingisda,” they urged, “Wag kaming gawing dayuhan sa sariling bayan, hanapbuhay aming kailangan.”

They also asked BFAR to jail the foreign poachers, not Filipino fishermen who are only out to make a living.

BFAR Region V Spokesperson Nonie Enolva said their office welcomes the protest.

She also mentioned she was glad the protest turned out to be peaceful, as they listened to the gripes of the fishermen.

Meanwhile, BFAR Regional Director Dennis Del Socorro said the law, instead of oppressing the Bicolano fishermen, in fact protects their rights.

Earlier today, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of said R.A. was signed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

BEWARE | Naga City canine hater strikes again, kills dog with arrow

NAGA CITY—A dog was shot dead with an arrow by an unidentified person at around 1 a.m. at Blumentritt St., Barangay Tinago, a few meters from a barangay tanod outpost.

Top left photo shows the arrow that wounded and killed the dog Racho. The rest of the photos show the injured dog. (Contributed photo)
In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, dog owner Engr. Tali Reyes Pabines said they were roused by their dog Rancho’s cry for help in the middle of the night.

They found the dog lying in a pool of blood with an arrow sticking out of its neck. The arrow was long and had a sharp metal point.

Alarmed, his family contacted their relatives to seek for assistance.

They obtained the number of Dr. Badiola, the veterinarian at Bicol Pet Lovers (BPL) Veterinary Clinic and asked if they could bring the injured dog.

Recognizing it was an emergency case, Badiola told them to proceed to the veterinary clinic.

Meanwhile, the barangay tanod told them he saw a beat up red pickup truck stop in front of the Pabines residence and speed away after the dog yelped.

He was, however, unable to take note of the vehicle’s plate number.

Pabines arrived with his dog at the clinic at around 3 a.m. The dog was subjected to medical assistance, but was already weak from profuse bleeding.

The dog died a few hours later.

The veterinarian explained that even if they were able to bring the dog to the clinic immediately, its chance for survival was very slim.

Pabines said he will arrange for the incident to be recorded in the police blotter.

Lamenting the loss of their pet, he said he fervently hoped the culprit will be caught to avert similar incidents.

“I fear that one of these days, these arrows would hit not an animal, but a person, and cause considerable injury,” he said.

His family took to social media to warn others about the dog shooter.

They were surprised to discover that a few who read their message also had similar experiences in recent months.

Many condemned the cruelty and urged local authorities to capture the suspect.

This is the third time this month that a dog was reported to have been shot with an arrow in Naga City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Astig na pulis kan Naga, nakadakop 2ng snatcher

NAGA CITY – Nagtitiwis nin mapulot na luha an mapupulang mga mata ninda Joey Albert Marquez asin Ruben Roy Lacena, pareyong residentes kan Barangay Bigaas, Calabanga, Camarines Sur kan sinda tringkahan ni SPO1 Norman Borbe, kan Police Station 3, kan Naga City Police Office, mantang piglalamag kan sarong estudiante kan Camarines Sur National High School.

An estudiante na si Linda (bakong tunay na pangaran) inagawan nin cellphone kan mga suspechado.

Sa pakipag-olay ki SPO1 Borbe, sinabi kan awtoridad na naghahalat siya kan saiyang aki sa atubangan kan eskwelahan kan makadangog nin kugagrit nin sarong babae na naghahagad nin tabang.

“Inagaw an sakuyang cellphone!” Ini an malagting na tingog ni Linda, mantang piglalamag an mga suspechado na pa-equis-equis an pagdalagan padulag sa victima.

An sabi ni Borbe, “instinct” nin sarong pulis an nagtulod saiya na lapagon dangan tringkahan an mga suspechado, apisar na sinda pareyo mga maskulado.

“Maray nganing mayo sindang darang mga armas. Napakinabangan ko si itinukdo kan sakuyang instructor sa arnis de mano kaya madali kong napaluhod si mga mararaot na tawo,” sabi ni Borbe.

Mientrastanto, an pig-agaw sa victima iyo an sarong baratohon na claseng celphone na pwedeng mabakal sa kantidad na P300 kun segunda mano.

An mga suspechado sinangatan na nin reclamo sa Oficina kan Procurador. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM) Report ni Boyet Paderes.

Naraog sa bulang, nag-ugot

NABUA, Camarines Sur—“Naraog adto si hermano sa bulang, kaya adto nag-ugot sapon.” Ini an pahayag sa pulis kan tugang kan victima na si Juven Elcano y Tana, 26 anyos, residente kan Z-3, Barangay Gorong-Gorong, ta suboot pwedeng grabe an pagbasol ta na-otot si saiyang haloy nang pigtipon-tipon na cuarta.

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Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na an victima nadaog nin total na kantidad P1,500.

Sabi pa sa declarasyon sa record kan pulis, paghale sa bulangan ni Juven, dae na ini nagpuli sa saindang harong.

Digdi na-alarma an saiyang mga tugang, kaya nagpoon na sindang maghadit asin maghanap saiya.

Sa pareyong police report, sinasabing si Jesus Malota y Oares, 46 anyos, an nakadiscubre kan nakabitay na malipot nang hawak kan victima.

Si Elcano nagbitay sa sanga kan masarig na poon nin kahoy na an apod tabog-tabog, asin duman na siya nagadan.

An bangkay ni Elcano dinara kan pulis sa Rural Health Unit sa Nabua para sa autopsia.—Report ni Oscar Esmenda BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Albay ex-mayor, 3 others convicted over anomalous vehicle repairs

The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Camalig, Albay Mayor Paz Muñoz, and three other town officials of graft over anomalous maintenance contracts for the municipality’s five service vehicles in 2003. Muñoz, along with Rene Ortonio (Municipal Accountant), Armando Quintano (Municipal Treasurer) and Rogelio Naz, Jr. ( Municipal Engineer) were convicted of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) .

They were each sentenced to imprisonment ranging from six years and one month to eight years, and were perpetually disqualified from holding any public office.

The case stemmed from the 2003 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) that all repairs, including carwash for the vehicles, were made by Legazpi Tireworld Corporation for the exorbitant amount ofP447,027.53.

The COA also noted irregularities such as the lack of pre- and post-inspection reports and proper canvass for the repairs; undated requests for bids; and the submission of bids.

Upon inspection, two of the vehicles were found not in running condition, thus, non-serviceable.

As defense, Muñoz claimed that it was an “honest mistake that she inadvertently missed because of her voluminous work.”

The 23-page Decision penned by Associate Justice Napoleon Inoturan stated that “[t]hese irregularities are too numerous and blatant to be attributable to honest mistake. More importantly, they relate to the conduct of canvass which is mandatory under the law.”

The court stressed that “[t]he prosecution has sufficiently proven beyond reasonable doubt that the signatures of the accused appearing in the documents submitted and their respective participation, acting with manifest partiality and evident bad faith, resulted in the award of repair and maintenance of the vehicles and the subsequent release of the checks for the services rendered by and supplies from Legazpi Tireworld.”

PAMBIHIRA | Nagbakal nin “laptop,” an laog kalabasa

NAGA CITY –Anggot, pero nakangisi. Ini an mustra kan lalawgon ni Ana, taga Pamplona, Camarines Sur na nabiktima nin bagong klase nin budol-budol, sa Elias Angeles Street, digdi.

PAMBIHIRA | Nagbakal nin “laptop,” an laog kalabasa
An victima, kaibahan si saiyang amiga, nagsumbong sa hepatura kan pulis para iparecord na pinabakalan sindang laptop, na yaon pa sa laog nin bagohon na kahon, sa kantidad P3,000 sana.

Sabi ni Ana, kasubangong hapon, poco mas o menos alas 2:00, kaibahan niya an saiyang amiga, nagduman sinda sa Unitop para magbakal nin hanger asin iba pang mga gamit sa harong.

Paghangka pa lang ninda sa pwertahan kan tindahan, sarong lalaki an nagdulok sainda na may darang bagohon na kahon nin laptop.

Kiniblit kan lalaki an victima asin ipigtangro saiya an laptop, na barato sana an presyo. Bago, alagad, an  sabi kan nagpapabakal pinalusot sana ninda ini sa tindahan kan kagsadire.

Nagka-interes si Ana ta si saiyang lumang laptop nagraraot-raot na.

Mietrastanto, kan hinapot kan victima an nagpapabakal kun gurano an presyo, sinabihan siya na P5,000, pwede pang tawadan.

Nagtarawadan. Hastang nag abot sa presyong P3,000 na sana an valor kan gamit.

Sabi kan victima, tinuruhokan siya kan mga mata kan nagpapabakal na garong nahipnotismo kan mapungay na mga mata.

Pursigido si lalaki na naghihidale na i-dispachar an gamit.

Kaya, ilinaog na ini kan lalaki sa bag na dara kan victima.

Nagbarayadan sinda sa atubangan kan Regent Hotel.

Naghale na an mag-amiga, na nakahuyom ta nakabakal nin baratong laptop.

Alagad, kan maka-abot sinda kan saiyang amiga sa balyo kan tinampo, sa may mga tindahan nin mga dulceng pili sa Elias Angeles, binukasan ninda an kahon na may laog daa kan laptop.

Nagburarat an saindang mga mata kan maheling  na an laog kan carton kan laptop tulong pidasong binaraak na kalabasa.

Binalikan ninda an lalaki na nagpabakal. Alagad, mayo na siya sa lugar na nagkaigwa sinda nin transaksyon.

Nagparangisi an mag-amiga sa saindang kwentada na an valor palan kan kada pidaso kan kalabasa, P1,000.

An sabi kan pulis, iyo na ito an pinakamahal na kalabasa sa ciudad nin Naga.
—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Aki, natuprod kan masulo an harong

MAGALLANES, Sorsogon—Binawian nin buhay an sarong 2 anyos na aki na iwalat kan saiyang ina sa saindang residencia sa Barangay Malbog, banwaan na ini, tanganing magkobra nin taya para sa small-town lottery (STL) asin magpabakal nin ice candy kan sarong aldaw.

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Base sa ginibong pagsiyasat, nasubsuban an harong ni Babylyn Pura y Malle, 30 anyos, asin sarong single parent, mantang mayong nagbabantay sa saiyang duwang aki.

Ini tulos ipigreport ni Celia Gozmo sa Bureau of Fire Protection, na nakaistar sa kataid na harong, kan saiyang maheling na nag-aarab-adab an kalayo sa kusina sa harong ni Pura.

Segun ki FO3 Rio H. Rempillo, nakua ninda an hawak kan gadan na aki sa laog kan natuprod na harong.

Alagad, an matuang tugang na 6 anyos, maswerteng nakasalbar.

Gibo sa pinag-aapod na kawayan asin nipa an nasambit na harong.

Nangongorob-ngorob na nagbabasol si Babylyn na ipigwalat niya an saiyang mga aki na mayong kaibanan.

Sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, pig-iimbestigaran pa kan BFP kun may posibilidad na arson an nangyari.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Punong barangay, nadakopan shabu

CASTILLA, Sorsogon—Imbes na magtabang sa pag-enforsar sa ley kontra sa droga, sarong punong barangay an nadakop kan pinagsarong fuerza kan mga pulis asin Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) nin methamphetamine hydrochloride o shabu.

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Si Richard Andes y Labayo, 39 anyos, punong barangay kan Barangay Dinapa sa banwaan na ini, pigsirbehan kan saiyang mandamiento de arresto sa saiyang residencia kan alas 8:20, fecha 18 ngonian na bulan.

An warrant of arrest ipinaluwas ni Judge Rofebar Gerona kan Regional Trial Court Branch 53.

Kinumpiskar kan mga autoridad ki Andes an limang sachet nin pulbos na pinagtutubudan na shabu na nakalaag sa sarong camera pouch.

An kaso kontra saiya iyo an pagbalgar kan Republic Act 9165, o an inaapod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

CNorte informal sector workers get training on productivity, competitiveness

DAET, Camarines Norte—At least 150 informal sector workers received Kabuhayan Starter Kits alongside training on productivity enhancement from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Camarines Norte Provincial Field Office (PFO) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) RO 5 earlier this month.

“This is the first of Productivity Training we have had for DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits beneficiaries who are informal workers,” DOLE Bicol regional director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.

The Productivity Training Program (PTP) typically only applies to formal enterprise, but the Provincial Field Office and RTWPB re-conceptualized and re-packaged said training.

In it, they integrated capability building trainings for DKSK beneficiaries with the aim to capacitate the project beneficiaries in productivity.

“We believe that our DKSK beneficiaries need this kind of training to improve their productivity and improve their income. I think that it (the training) will be a great tool for them to use in their everyday businesses,” DOLE Camarine Norte PFO Head MS. Jane L. Rolda said.

The training aims to upgrade the quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the would-be entrepreneur and lessen wastage.

The common misconception about productivity, OIC Board Secretary France Ocmer said, is that it is only focused on producing more goods. With such misconception, people forget that one major barometer in productivity is wastage. In a small enterprise, wastage is common. Eliminating wastage alone would ensure added income to the enterprise.
The beneficiaries learned basic productivity concepts and measurements and positive work values to enhance their processes. They were also taught that a productive worker is Industrious, Systematic, Time-conscious, Innovative, and has a strong value for work.

DOLE Bicol OIC-Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla stressed that informal sector livelihood beneficiaries of DOLE must internalize and apply the 5S of good housekeeping—Sort, Systemize, Sweep, Standardize and Self-discipline—all of which are vital to the growth of any business.

“More than the large enterprise, small enterprises specifically starting individuals such as our DKSK beneficiaries should embrace the concept of productivity. In fact I believe that our informal workers beneficiaries need this training more than the big enterprises,” she remarked.

Because of its impact to the beneficiaries, the training concept will now be implemented across the region, RD Lacambra confirmed. (By Raymond P. Escalante, With reports from Renalyn Enriquez-Alano, Provincial Communications Officer)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Surge of dengue cases in Bicol alarms DOH

The rise of dengue cases in the Bicol region has reached alarming levels, Dr. Lyndon L. Lee Suy of the Department of Health-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control noted Friday.

Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons
Since January this year, some 900 cases of dengue have been recorded in the region, 160 of which are from the province of Albay.

Lee Suy explained that DOH considers it alarming when hundreds of patients are affected.
He added that it is time that the national office consider the rise of dengue cases in the region a priority.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office reminded the public to carry out measures to prevent the spread of dengue and be aware of its signs and symptoms.

Among these are a sudden onset of high fever which may last from two to seven days, joint and muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes, nosebleed, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter, dark-colored stool, and difficulty breathing.

Dengue cases are commonly on the uptrend during the rainy season.

Aside from Bicol, a high number of dengue cases has also been recorded in Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City and Canlaon City.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Dengue Prevention and Control


Masbate town joins International Coastal Cleanup Day

Residents of Barangay Canvanez, Batuan, Masbate joined International Coastal Cleanup Day last September 20. Headed by SPO3 Jessie B. Almodiel, under the supervision of Chief Inspector Baltazar L. Valenzuela, Assistant Chief of Police, and ABC President Jan A. Yuson, around a hundred residents joined the international community rid the world's beaches of trash. International Coastal Cleanup Day is said to be the largest volunteer event in the world. (Photos via Batuan MPS)


Rebels torch heavy equipment in Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY—For allegedly failing to pay revolutionary tax, New People’s Army (NPA) members on early Monday morning set on fire four pieces of heavy equipment at a construction site in a village in Mandaon town, Masbate, a police officer said Tuesday.

Police Senior Insp. Malu Calubaquib, Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol spokesperson, said a group of 50 communist dissidents raided at about 4 a.m. Monday the equipment compound of the Hi-Tone Construction and Development Corp. in Barangay (village) Tagpu, Mandaon town.

The construction firm is reportedly owned by Legazpi City-based businessman Elizaldy Co.

The communist rebels burned two dump trucks, a backhoe and a truck cement mixer of the construction firm by pouring gasoline and setting these on fire.

The police report could not yet determine the cost of damage brought by the incident and could not say if there were employees at the site when the raid took place, Calubaquib said.

She said the heavy equipment were being used in constructing a barangay road in the vicinity of barangays Alas and Tagpu in Mandaon town.

Police investigators theorized that the motive for the attack was the failure of the construction firm to pay extortion money demanded by the rebels. (PNA)

Bicol has new PNP regional director

LEGAZPI CITY—Chief Supt. Augusto Morales Marquez, Jr. is the new regional director of Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 effective today, September 22.

Chief Supt. Augusto Morales Marquez, Jr., new regional director of PNP Bicol
Marquez was previously the provincial director of PNP Negros Oriental and Deputy Director of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.

Prior to Marquez, Senior Supt. Romulo Alimbaba Esteban served as the Officer-in-Charge of PRO5 when the post was vacated by Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona.

Deona now heads the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Camp Crame—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

PHOTOS | Albay hunger strike vs. power coop

Redemptorist Fr. Oliver Castor continues to stage a hunger strike in protest against Albay Power and Energy Corporation.

In front of the cooperative office in Vinzons St., Legazpi City, Castor urged the Diocese of Legazpi to declare its stand about the power crisis in the province.

Castor has since been joined by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Founding Chairman Dante Jimenez, Atty. Bart Rayco, former employees of Aleco, consumers, and other members of religious groups in his protest.

Castor began his hunger strike at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19.

The priest said APEC illegally disconnected the power supply of Redemptorist church and confiscated their power transformer.

He added that he is also protesting the legitimacy of the takeover by APEC.

As of 8 a.m. today, Fr. Castor is now on the 70th hour of his hunger strike, Commissioner Jimenez on his 20th hour, and Atty. Rayco on his 15th hour. (Photos via Ephraim de Vera)


PHOTO | Maritime procession in Bacacay, Albay

Albayanos in Bacacay town honor Our Lady of Penafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia, in a maritime procession on her feast day. (Photo by Eugene Torre Vosotros via Gov. Joey Salceda)

PHOTO | Fluvial procession in Naga City

VIVA! Photographer Othelo Orpiada Padre captured the jovial mood in Naga City during the Fluvial Procession as the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia was brought to the Basilica via the river.

ARAM DAW NINDO? Si John Arcilla may dugong Bicolano

ARAM DAW NINDO? Si John Arcilla may dugong Bicolano
ARAM DAW NINDO? An bida sa pelikulang Heneral Luna na si John Arcilla may dugong Bicolano? Si Arcilla aki ninda Dominador Arcilla na namundag sa Virac, Catanduanes asin Eustaquia Arcilla kan Quezon.

An saiyang pelikulang Heneral Luna iyo an pig-elehir na oficial na entry kan Pilipinas sa Best Foreign Language Film Category kan Oscars sa 2016.

Albay priest on hunger strike vs. power coop privatization

A Catholic priest went on hunger strike to protest the privatization of Albay’s power utility cooperatives.
Redemptorist Fr. Oliver Castor and VACC chair Dante Jimenez have been on hunger strike outside the APEC office in Legazpi City since Sept. 19, 2015. (Contributed photo via VACC)
Fr. Oliver Castor said it is about time the government acts against “corporate impunity” involving the Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC).

“This not just a political and economic issue. This is a moral issue,” he said in a phone interview.

The priest who heads the Redemptorist Mission Center in Legazpi City has been holding the protest right in front of APEC office since Saturday.

Vocal opposition

He said the Redemptorist community has long been vocal against any attempt to privatize the Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco).

As a result, he said, they too, along with Aleco member-consumers, are being “punished” by the APEC management through “arbitrary disconnections”.

On Sept. 16, some APEC employees disconnected the power supply of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

“Not only that, they also took our fuse,” said Castro.

He said the timing was also “bad” since it was done while they were having a major event at the church.

“At that time, there were many devotees because the pilgrim image of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help arrived in our church,” he said.

According to him, the power supply was only restored after two days when they asked help from the Aleco.

“But on Saturday, the APEC cut our connection again and took away our transformer,” he said.

Castro said they don’t have power until now and they have just been relying on a generator.


The 51-year old priest said it is “clearly a form harassment” by the APECO against them for “defending” the people, especially the poor.

“It’s like we are being pushed to the wall,” Castro said.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founder and chairman Dante Jimenez is also joining the priest in the hunger strike.

Since Saturday, the two have been going without food, taking only water.

Castro vowed to elevate the matter to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), adding that such harassment must be stopped.

“This is too much already,” he said.

Corrupt managers?

In 2011, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) took over Aleco management and pushed for its privatization.

Last year, the government allowed San Miguel Corporation-owned APEC to take control of Aleco.

The privatization was intended to bail out the cooperative from its financial troubles amounting to around Php 4 billion over years of supposed mismanagement.

Castro said the solution is not privatization but for the NEA to appoint Aleco managers “who are not corrupt.”

“Everything [is] being privatized in Albay from electricity generators and now even the power distribution,” he said. “We need to take a stand.”

The priest said he will continue the hunger strike until the issue is finally settled.

“I have a high blood pressure but this is part of the risk I took even if it costs me my life,” Castro said. (Roy Lagarde / CBCPNews)


Monday, September 21, 2015

Suzuki continues aggressive dealership expansions in Bicol Region

Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH), the only integrated motorcycle and automobile company in the country, formally opened its 3S automobile dealership in Naga City in line with its aggressive expansion efforts. Suzuki Auto Naga is a Sales, Spare parts, and Service (3S) dealership bringing customer convenience by providing an array of Suzuki services to motorists in Naga City and the Bicol region.

Opening of Suzuki Naga
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Suzuki Auto Naga, which is owned and managed by Sakura Autoworld, Inc, officially started operating in 2012 and developed into a full 3S dealership in 2013. To grow its territory, Sakura Autoworld added a satellite outlet in Legazpi in May of 2014. Today, the Suzuki Legazpi satellite showroom officially opened along with the grand opening of Suzuki Auto Naga.

Suzuki General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura says, “Suzuki Philippines, being highly aggressive in bringing top quality automobiles in the country, desires to be part of the bustling city of Naga as well as the fast-growing economy of the Bicol region. We want the Bicolanos to have easier access to great-value, high-quality, fuel-efficient automobiles, paired with the best customer service catering to any of their automobile needs. Bicolanos need not go to Manila to see the lineup of our Suzuki automobiles because they can see and test drive the units right here. Through these expansions, we remain absolutely committed to our promise of sharing the Suzuki Way of Life to motorists all over the country.”

Suzuki’s newest 3S dealership is strategically located at KM 442 Maharlika Highway, Del Rosario, Naga City with contact numbers (054) 205-0164/(054) 473-8288. Meanwhile Suzuki Auto Legazpi Satellite Showroom is at Mirand Building Rizal St. Sagpon Old Albay, Legazpi City with contact details (052) 480-8288.

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Bicol fastcraft embarks on maiden voyage

NAGA CITY—A high-speed ferry service from Catanduanes to Albay embarked on its maiden voyage yesterday after receiving its Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) regional office earlier this month.

Photo via John TW Tarrobal
Owned by businessman Carlito Tariman, the M/V Silangan Express 1 twin-hulled aluminium waterjet vehicle accommodates some 300 passengers in its airconditioned cabins.

The vessel reduces the travel time across Maqueda channel from four hours to only two hours.

Accommodation costs P395 for trips to San Andres, Catanduanes, and P450 for trips to Virac.

Senior citizens, students, persons with disability, and children between the ages of 3 and 11, however, enjoy discounts of 20 to 50 percent.

The ferry departs at 9:30 a.m. from the capital town of Virac and arrives in Tabaco City at 11:30. It leaves from Tabaco City again at 12:30 and reaches San Andres at 2 p.m. Finally, it returns to Tabaco City at 4 p.m.

Around 16,000 passengers ride the ferry services from Tabaco City to Catanduanes monthly, according to the Philippine Ports Authority.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Maria Ravanilla said the fastcraft will give a huge boost to tourism in Catanduanes, which offers a number of majestic surf and dive sites.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol train runs anew

NAGA CITY—The commuter train services of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) from Naga City to Legazpi City resumed today, September 21, after six new stations were inaugurated and blessed Friday, September 18.

Photo by Wang Regalado via Gov. Joey Salceda
The inauguration and blessing of the stations in Iriga, Polangui, Ligao, Travesia, Daraga, and Legazpi was done in time for the time for the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia yesterday, September 20.

The minimum fare is P10.00, while the rate per kilometer is P1.00, according to the Fare Matrix provided by the Philippine National Railways.

From Naga City to Iriga City, the fare is P35, Naga City to Polangui is P60; Naga City to Ligao City, P70; Naga City to Travesia P75; Naga City to Daraga, P90; and Naga City to Legazpi City P100.

The daily trip from Naga City to Legazpi is at 5 a.m. and is expected to arrive at the destination at 7:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the trip from Legazpi City to Naga City is at 5 p.m., and will arrive at 7:30 pm.

Flagstops are at Lourdes Old, Oas, and Washington Drive.

The commuter train service will provide safe and affordable means of transportation to travellers.

The train tracks, it would be recalled, were damaged by typhoons and required rehabilitation.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Commuter Train Fare Matrix

Bicol Commuter Train Working Timetable

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