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, November 19, 2015

Nagpamidbid na NPA, dakop sa pangingikil

DARAGA, Albay—Nahulog na sa kamot kan mga autoridad an sarong personang nagpamidbid na miembro kan New People's Army asin nangingikil nin kwarta sa mga residente kan provinciang ini.

Sa report na naguno kan BICOL STANDARD, an 21 anyos na si Jhonrick Mendoza, nagpapadara nin mga text message asin mga surat sa nagkapirang persona.

Si Mendoza soltero asin residente kan Compassion Village, Tagas Relocation Site, Brgy Anislag.
Sa sa saiyang mga mensahe, sinasabi kan suspechado a na padarahan siya nin kwarta sa Smart Padala ta miembro siya kan nasambit na makawalang grupo asin posibleng may mangyaring maraot kun sinda dai magtubod.

Nakaabot an mga sumbong kan pangingikil kan suspechado sa Daraga Municipal Police Station na tulos naglansar nin entrapment operation.

Sa pakikipagtabangan sa victimang si Jinky Soliman, an suspechado nadakop kasoodmang alas 5 nin hapon sa outlet kan Smart Padala sa No.148 General Merchandize, Baylon Bldg.

Inaaram pa sa ngonian kun pira an nadarang kwarta kan suspechado sa iba pa kaining mga naging victima.

Si Mendoza sasangatan nin reklamong Robbery with Intimidation kan Daraga Municipal Police Station.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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MAMIRINDAL TABI | Giniris na batag
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Why do we have to wait for Jesus' second coming? | by Fr. Joey D. Gonzaga

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by Fr. Joey D. Gonzaga
Dean, Holy Rosary Major Seminary

We wait for Jesus' second coming because He said that He will come again. We call his coming again at the end of time second coming. What does second coming mean? The term "second coming" is not a question of repeating something which has already taken place. It is rather about completion or consummation of Jesus' one and only coming.

What will Jesus Christ do, when he comes again?

His second coming will precede the resurrection of the body and the last or general judgment. Let us recall that immediately after death each of us will be judged individually by God. We refer to this reality as particular judgment. The last or general judgment will not change the particular judgment.
At the particular judgment, only the soul goes to hell, purgatory or heaven. At the general judgment, our soul will be joined by our respective bodies. Consequently, those souls who were in heaven will stay in heaven now with their glorified bodies at the general judgment. They will live forever with God. The Lord will be their eternal inheritance.

Those souls who were in hell will remain in hell now with their bodies at the general judgment. They will live in everlasting horror and disgrace. Eternal loss of God will be their everlasting inheritance.
What about those souls in purgatory, where will they go? At the general judgment, purgatory will cease and the souls in purgatory together with their bodies will eternally enjoy heavenly glory.
What should we do then, as we await for the second coming of our Lord?

The "signs" that the Bible speaks of-tribulation, darkening of the sun and the moon, stars falling from the sky, universal conflagration and many others-are not meant to frighten us but to exhort us to repentance and conversion. They exhort us to prepare every day by doing the will of God through the loving service we render to others.

When we are spiritually prepared to meet our Lord we will never be afraid of death. Are you prepared to die now?

God bless!
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PHOTO | Albayanos march against drugs

A multi-sectoral group composed of students, local officials, entrepreneurs, police officers, and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) took to the streets of Legazpi City on Monday to voice their protest against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province. (Photo by Paulo Manallo via Gov. Salceda)


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Apektado ng APEC ang kabuhayan, kagalingan ng mga Pilipino—Bayan Bicol

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Dan Balucio
Bayan Bicol spokesperson

Sampung Bilyon Piso (P10B) ang ginastos ng Administrasyon Aquino para sa  engrandeng  hosting  ng Asia-Pacific Economic  Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015 na  ginaganap  ngayong Nobyembre 18-19  sa  Maynila upang ibayong  itulak ang Neo-liberal na patakarang pribatisasyon, deregulasyon, liberalisasyon at di-nasyunalisasyon ng imperyalismong globalisasyon at  tuluyang ibukas ang pambansang ekonomiya sa“malayang kalakan”. Sapilitan  namang inalis sa mga lasangan ng Maynila ang mga street dwellers at dinala sa  Boys Town upang itago sa mga dadalo sa APEC ang malaganap na kahirapan sa bansa.

Sa loob ng 26 taon ng Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation o APEC, lalong sumahol ang buhay ng mga mamamayang Pilipino.  Ito’y dahil dominado  ng imperyalistang mga bansa sa pangunguna ng Estados Unidos ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.  Nananatiling atrasado at bansot ang pambansang ekonomiya na umaasa na lamang sa  pang-aangkat ng mga yaring produkto na maaari namang likhain dito sa ating bansa  at pag-export ng hilaw na materyales at murang lakas-paggawa sa ibang bansa sa halip gamitin natin sa pambansang industriyalisasyon.

Sa taong 2014, nasa 11.2 Milyong Pilipino ang unemployed at underemployed. Umaabot naman sa 23.7 Milyong Pilipino ang mahihirap, ayon sa konserbatibong ulat ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) pero sa pinakahuling sarbey ng Ibon Foundation, 67% ng mga Pilipino ay mahihirap. Inaasahang    aabot na sa P61,205 ang utang ng bawat  Pilipino sa Disyembre 2015 dahil sa P6.2 Trilyong (P4.25-T sa lokal at P1.96-T sa dayuhan) kabuuang utang ng Pilipinas.
Gagawin ng APEC 2015 na napakapaborable sa dayuhang pamumuhunan ang klima sa pagnenegosyo sa bansa upang manghikayat ng maraming foreign investment. Papanatilihin  nito ang  labor contracting scheme, labor export policy,  two-tiered salary scheme at pagpako sa napakababang pasweldo,  profit repatriation, tax incentives, strike moratorium,  pagbenta sa pambansang patrimony  sa dayuhang mga kapitalista, at iba pang  anti-manggagawa, anti-mamamayan at anti-nasyunal na mga patakaran.  Itutulak din nito ang pagsasabatas ng mga patakarang lalo pang magpapatingkad sa Neo-liberalisasyon sa ekonomiya.

“Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World” ang tema sa taong ito ng APEC. Bibigyan pokus diumano ang micro, small and medium enterprise(MSME) upang makasabay sa pandaigdigang malayang kalakan. Ito ay panabing lamang sa Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA),  isang kasunduang pang-ekonomiya na isinusulong ng Estadong Unidos na lubusang mag-aalis sa kontrol ng Gobyerno sa negosyo  at lubusang ipapaubaya na lamang ito sa pribadong kapital. Nasa balangkas ng TPPA ang Asean Integtration o ang tinatawag na one  market economy sa Asya. Babaha ang murang mga imported na produkto sa pamilihan at dadausdos ang presyo ng mga lokal na produkto. Pag-iibayuhin nito ang pagbebenta sa likas na yaman ng bansa sa mga dayuhang kapitalista at paiigtingin ang imperyalismong pandarambong ng mga korporasyon sa mina at plantasyong multi-nasyunal.

Maliban sa ekonomiyang dominasyon ng mga imperyalistang bansa sa Asya-Pasispiko, sinusuhayan din ng APEC ang “ US Pivot Asia” o pagpihit ng 60% ng US military force sa Asya-Pasipiko  upang panatilihin nito ang kanyang  hegemonya sa buong rehiyon.

Philippines(PH) Not For Sale
JUNK APEC
Imperyalismong  Globalisasyon, Tutulan, Labanan!

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the editor.
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Compliance with labor pay laws in Bicol now at 70%—DOLE

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LEGAZPI CITY—The numbers say it all. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol has recorded a staggering 70.6% compliance with labor standards from establishments in the region, according to a report submitted by Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

With such figure, DOLE Bicol is confident that is performance will far exceed its target this year.

“The figure is just so high that even we (DOLE) were amazed,” RD Lacambra exclaimed.

The increase in compliance, Lacambra said, can be attributed to three major factors.

First is the efficiency of the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) by which DOLE Bicol’s Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) gained the respect of establishments’ owners thereby soliciting voluntary compliance to labor standards.

Second is the effectiveness of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) convergence programs such as Labor and Management Cooperation (LMC) advocacy programs.

Third is the active involvement and partnership of the local media in DOLE RCC’s One Agency, One Vision, One Mission advocacy strategy, in which the 11-attached agencies are active in conducting provincial press conference and pro-active tri-media advocacy regarding issues on labor pay rules.

“These factors have greatly contributed to the very significant increase in labor standards compliance,” he stressed.

Records show that among the 1,814 establishments which have been assessed by DOLE Bicol from January to October, 1,280 (70.6%) were labor standards compliant and only 534 (29.4%) establishments found to have deficiencies.

Furthermore, 67.20% of the 534 establishments found with violations have voluntarily corrected its deficiencies within the 10-day remediation period.

“Here you can see the respect of establishments’ owners not just to the LLCS but to DOLE Bicol. They are already initiating correction of their deficiencies voluntarily. […] We don’t need to issue any order of compliance thus saving time and resources of the government and providing Bicolano workers faster solution to their pay concerns,” he added.

Often, the labor laws which establishments fail to adequately comply with are the ones on pay rules, including minimum wage, overtime, holiday and premium pay.

Deficiencies on service incentive leaves (SIL) and social welfare benefits (SSS, Philhealth, Pag-Ibig) were also recorded.

Most establishments however, upon receipt of the Notice of Results (NR) issued by the LLCO, immediately and voluntary correct such deficiencies.

“Well, this is good news. It means that establishments in Bicol are aware of their responsibility as employers,” DOLE Bicol Assistant Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla remarked.

On the other hand, recorded deficiencies on Social Welfare Benefits, especially on non-remittance or non-payment of deductions, are immediately forwarded by DOLE-Bicol to the concerned office like the SSS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig.

“Actually we just received a letter of gratitude from Philhealth Region V for always forwarding to them the list of companies with which our LLCOs have deficiency on Philhealth contribution rules,” Trayvilla said.

Aside from the aforementioned three major strategies, which are believed to have contributed to the increase in compliance to labor standards, DOLE Bicol is also closely coordinating with the business centers of LGUs to monitor new establishments being opened in the area.—by Raymond Escalante
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Caceres prepares for Year of Mercy


While the entire Catholic Church, headed by Pope Francis, prepares for the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015-November 20, 2016, the Archdiocese of Caceres organized an Archdiocesan Assembly on Divine Mercy last November 7 at the Holy Rosary Major Seminary.

The whole day affair was attended by 192 participants three from 51 parishes, 1 mission area and 5 institutions. The Divine Mercy Assembly was conducted to plan for the forthcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis which is to nefin rhis coming December 8,2015 until Nobember 20, 2016 (Solemnity of Christ the King). The devotion on the Divine Mercy was explained highlighting the message of Jesus to St. Faustina and the challenge on how to establish in each of the parish of the Archdiocese the apostolate. Proposed activites to be done in the parishes during the Year of Mercy were likewise presented as suggested in the Bull of Indiction "Misericordiae Vulrus". The affair was concluded by the celebration of the Mass presided by the Archbishop of Caceres, Most Rev. Rolando J tria Tirona, OCD, DD

After the assembly, the participants will be serving as the core group in the parishes in celebration of the year of mercy and the propagation of the Divine Mercy devotion. The coordinators of the archdiocesan assembly were Fr Domingo Florida, Mr Ernesto Magtuto and assisted by Mrs Rose Olivan.

Moreover, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will be a major event in the Catholic Church, held from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), 2015 to the Feast of Christ the King(November 20), 2016.
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BU maintains ISO certificate

BU maintains ISO certificate
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LEGAZPI CITY—Bicol University (BU) maintains its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification, having successfully passed and complied with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 in the recent surveillance audit held November 16-17, 2015.

TÜV SÜD PSB Philippines, one of the leading international certifying bodies, visited the BU Main Campus, Guinobatan Campus, Tabaco Campus, and Polangui Campus headed by lead auditor Erveene Zoleta, along with Katrina Joy Bicomong and Roy Ramos. The scope of the certification includes the provision and development of tertiary and graduate education degree and non-degree courses, as well as research and extension services.

The survey visit was meant to evaluate not only the conformity of the management system with the audit criteria, but also the effectiveness of the management system to ensure that the organization is capable of meeting applicable statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements. It also aimed to determine the effectiveness of the management system in ensuring that the organization is able to meet its specified objectives.

The ISO 9001:2008 certificate is a global symbol that affirms that BU’s processes and standards are at par with international management systems. In 2010, BU became the first state university in the region to receive an ISO accreditation as an institution. It was awarded its recertification in 2013.

Dr. Arnulfo Mascariňas, 8th BU president expressed satisfaction with the results of the recent audit as BU did not incur any non-conformity findings. Zoleta said they will recommend to TÜV SÜD that the ISO certificate of BU be maintained, with the provision that the university submits within five (5) working days or by November 26, its correction and corrective action plans for the two (2) minor non-conformities and eight (8) opportunities for improvement they had found. With the recent ISO audit results, “there’s no way to go but up,” Mascariňas said.

BU’s commitment to implement quality assurance methods in both the academic and support services, and its zeal to build procedures for its maintenance is anchored on the BU vision to be a world-class university.

In the opening meeting held November 16, Mascariňas emphasized that the yearly ISO surveillance audit will continue in his term as this is vital in achieving the university’s vision. “We want to continue this audit system because I believe that our vision of becoming a world-class university would need an affirmation. And this affirmation can only be done part and parcel through the conduct of activities such as this.”

The ISO audit system is just one of the quality assurance mechanisms utilized by BU to ensure the efficient performance of the university in meeting its goals such as commitment to quality and client satisfaction. (Gladys Serafica/OP)
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Top official vows no cheating in CSur Palarong Panlalawigan 2015

Palarong Panlalawigan 2015
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
PILI, Camarines Sur— Palarong Panlalawigan 2015 Overall Sports Coordinator Efren Bono announced on the sportsfest’s opening today that there would be no cheating this year.

This after such allegations cast doubts on last year’s provincial delegation to the Palarong Bicol.

Bono said they have implemented stricter screening regulations this year to ensure that the same would never happen again.

It would be recalled that earlier this year, the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office ordered a thorough probe on the alleged misrepresentation and impersonation of a pupil of Baliuag Viejo Elementary School, Minalabac, Camarines Sur by another pupil from the same school.

Among those who protested the purported player-switching was Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.

In the final tally, the province of Camarines Sur was declared the overall champion, beating Albay, which placed second. —Report by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DON'T MISS: TELL-ALL | Former Palarong Bicol player confesses to cheating
PHOTOS: Palarong Panlalawigan 2015 Opening 
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PHOTOS | Palarong Panlalawigan 2015 in Pili, Camarines Sur

Palarong Panlalawigan 2015 in Pili, Camarines Sur
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Like master, like dog: APEC, peddling lies similar to Noynoy’s



Progressive groups denounced the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum for “peddling lies and systematically deceiving the peoples of region into believing its alleged intention for a better world through inclusive economies."

“There is nothing new to this APEC propaganda line. Since its establishment in 1989, the APEC consistently repeated grand words such as ‘inclusive growth’, ‘resilient communities’ and ‘regional stability’, and ‘economic cooperation’ like a broken record. The Philippine government, on the other hand, swallowed its neoliberal agenda hook, line, and sinker – which resulted in the growing inequality between the rich and the poor,” said Leody de Guzman, lead convenor of SLAM APEC and president of Bukluran ng Manggagagawang Pilipino (BMP).

“In two decades, the local oligarchy, represented by Sy, Tan, Gokongwei, Aboitiz, Ayala, etc., gained from the imperialist plunder of the local economy as they stood as partners to joint ventures by foreign capital in their investments to the Philippines. These corporations are primarily represented in the APEC by global leaders such as US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,” de Guzman added.

The labor leader claimed that the “inclusive economy being referred to by APEC is not the inclusion of workers and the poor towards the equitable distribution of social wealth but the mere inclusion of Third World economies into the ‘global value chain’ of transnational monopolies and into the world market of non-levied imports. This so-called inclusive growth strategy serves monopoly capital at the expense of the rights and welfare of the toiling majority in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“Similar to President Noynoy Aquino’s empty rhetoric, the APEC uses ambiguous language to hide its hideous agenda of corporate domination over humanity. But in 19 years since their summit in Subic, the Filipino people now knows that this forum is nothing but more trade liberalization, further deregulation of strategic industries, additional privatization of state assets, worsening of contractual employment and working conditions, the legitimization of public-private partnerships, and the subjugation of small and medium enterprises that presently thrive in local markets,” he furthered.

The BMP and other labor federations and organizations under the SLAM APEC marched with organizations Sanlakas, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod with the aim of reaching the Philippine International Convention Center, the venue of APEC economic leaders meeting.

The marchers convened in front of the University of Sto. Tomas along Espana Boulevard before marching towards the heavily-guarded summit venue at the PICC via Taft Avenue.

Meanwhile Sanlakas secretary general Atty. Aaron Pedrosa said that, “even before the arrival of the APEC VIPs, thousands of ordinary Filipinos – such as street dwellers and informal vendors – have been subject to human rights abuses in the light of Noynoy’s preparation for the exclusively elitist forum”.

“Noynoy Aquino is hellbent on grandstanding to appease his real bosses. He is truly a neocolonial puppet of his imperial masters. In its 2015 summit, APEC proved to be not just a meeting of representatives of global capital but a ostentatious burden to residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces, particularly to call center workers who must go to work despite the horrendous traffic situation,” he stressed.

On his part, PLM chairperson Sonny Melencio assailed the APEC and its “deceitful and fallacious promises of economic growth."

“The leaders of these nation-states are mere spokespersons of monopoly capital. They have no intention of building a better and humane world as they simply seek recovery from the 2008 global financial crisis by helping multinational companies to gain access to new markets and to a cheap supply of raw and semi-processed materials. The APEC framework, objective, and policies are patently pro-imperialist, anti-worker and anti-poor,” he expounded.

He explained that the Manila summit of the annual APEC meet would serve as “preliminaries” to the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in December. “Developed countries such as the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia want to consolidate their position on controversial issues that stalled the Doha round of WTO trade talks since 2008,” Melencio concluded.


Leody de Guzman 0920-52006672
SLAM APEC! Lead Convenor and BMP President
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa 0927-5924830
Sanlakas Secretary General
Sonny Melencio 0908-8173169
PLM Chairperson

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the editor.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Legazpi City student collared for smoking pot inside mall

Improvised glass tube and lighter
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LEGAZPI CITY—A student of Divine Word College Legazpi was turned over to the Legazpi City Police Station at 6:15 p.m. tonight after being caught smoking what is believed to be marijuana inside the men's restroom of a local mall.

Jeen Chard Balbin y Mabini, 21 years old, was discovered by Jerry Nebril y Manjares, security guard of Metro Legazpi earlier today.

The police recovered from Balbin's possession an improvised glass tube containing a residue of suspected marijuana leaves, along with a disposable lighter.

At present, the necessary documents are being prepared by the police station for filing a case against the suspect.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Legazpi City to stage play on life of Pope Francis

Pope Francis
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LEGAZPI CITY—A stage play based on the life of Pope Francis will debut here early next year, Catholic radio station Veritas Legazpi reported.

City Councilor Allan Ranola, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture sa Sanggunian Panlungsod, revealed the play will be called "Pope Popular."

Ranola said the play will teach the youth valuable lessons.

The play will be performed at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation on February 17 and 18, 2015.

Earlier this year, a film called "Papa Francisco," which was based on the life of the Pontiff was released in theaters.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Bicolana wins 2015 APEC Video Contest



Bicolana wins 2015 APEC Video Contest for "Anna's Village"
A Bicolana was awarded top honors for a video she submitted for the 2015 APEC Video Contest.

Albayana Christhelyn Siena Quides is behind the video "Anna's Village," which depicts how technology helped to spur innovation in a small, remote community and promote its development.

Watch "Anna's Village" here.

The announcement was made at an award presentation on Monday alongside the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week meetings here.

Entrants to the competition provided three minute video interpretations of the impact of trade and economic development on people’s lives in the Asia-Pacific, with particular focus on the benefits of technology and innovation for micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The APEC Video Contest is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to visually articulate the inclusive economies theme and priorities being taken forward through cooperation among member economies,” explained Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat.

“The story of Anna’s village creatively shows how technology and innovation can make a positive difference to people’s lives and livelihoods,” he continued. “Ms Quides’ video provides a clear picture of APEC’s work and its potential benefits to people and society as well as inspiration to Leaders, Ministers and Senior Officials for taking the region’s agenda forward.”

"Bridging Creative Economies for a Better World" produced by Robert Cristobal of Singapore and "Technology Runs the Artery of our Society” by Michael Golez of The Philippines won the competition’s second and third place honors, respectively.

The results were announced by Dr Bollard and Barbara Navarro, Director for Operations and Strategy, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google who supported the competition.

"Technology and innovation have the power to connect people from anywhere in the world by creating business solutions that can be used by anyone who has access to technology and the Internet," said Navarro. "These encourage start-ups to flourish and help bring more sectors and people into the fold of prosperity achieved through business.”

“Google is happy to be part of APEC’s efforts to get the message of inclusivity, access and integration across to the public, especially the youth,” Navarro added.

The winning videos will be screened at the International Media Center for the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week from 16-19 November 2015.

"Anna is a representation of of every Filipino child with dreams and hopes that future will be good. Anna's parents are representation of every father and mother striving hard to secure their children's future," says Ms.Quides. "I came up with Anna's Village because it is important not only to enumerate what people and communities can get out from innovation, technology, and development, but also to actually tell their story."

Meanwhile, the entry of Michael Golez from Naga City placed third in the same competition. Golez submitted a video called "Technology Runs the Artery of Our Society."

Watch "Technology Runs the Artery of Our Society" here.

—APEC Secretariat


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Monday, November 16, 2015

LOOK | Legazpi City signage dons France's flag colors


Legazpi City's signage is painted in France's flag colors following the terror attacks in Paris over the weekend. (Photo via Martin Reynoso on Facebook)
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DOLE Bicol to form “laglag-bala” response team for Bicolanos

LEGAZPI CITY—The immediate creation of a response team specifically aimed to assist Bicolano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are victimized by the “laglag-bala” scheme has been ordered by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol Regional Director and Regional Coordinating council (RCC) Chairman Nathaniel V. Lacambra.

DOLE Bicol to form “laglag-bala” response team for Bicolanos
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This is in keeping with an order from DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, he said.

The local-based response and assistance team, according to the regional director, will be composed of personnel from the DOLE, OWWA, POEA, TESDA, NRCO, NLRC, NCMB and PRC, Lacambra said.

Lacambra said the team will be primarily in charge of relaying information and assistance to the relatives of victims who are in Bicol, and coordinating with local airport officials in the Legazpi City and Naga City domestic airports.

Each member agency, however, will have its specific function, which will be revealed on the team’s first meeting on November 18.

“So far, as per our assessment, there is not much problem in our local airports here. It may be a duplication if we deploy personnel to NAIA since the DOLE Central Office Team is already there. What we can do is to provide assistance to family members of victims who are here,” Lacambra said.

Meanwhile, DOLE Bicol has issued a public service announcement to several radio stations based in the Bicol region to advise OFWs to secure their luggage and look for the DOLE Airport Help Desk at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).



Assistant Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said that based on regional records, no Bicolano has been victimized by the “laglag-bala” scheme.—by Raymond P. Escalante
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CASURECO I bares November power rates



Camarines Sur I Electric Cooperative (CASURECO I) has announced its power rates for November 2015.

Residential buildings will be charged Php 9.4697/kWh while those classified under low-voltage(commercial, industrial, irrigation, public buildings, and street lights) will be charged Php 7.6841/kWh.

In September, the rate was P8.10/kWh.

CASURECO I covers ten towns in the province: 4 from the first congressional district, namely, Ragay, Sipocot, Lupi and Cabusao; 5 from the second congressional district, namely, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando and Gainza; and 1 from the third congressional district, Camaligan.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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How the youth can promote consumer protection

How the youth can promote consumer protection
The Youth, the Media and the Promotion of Consumerism: A Track to Attain ASEAN Economic Utopia

by Michael P. Vale,
Partido State University

1st Prize Winner, On-the-spot Essay-Writing Contest on Consumerism for College Students,
sponsored by DTI-Camarines Sur in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month 2015

ASEAN

Economic initiatives to bring the whole nation to economic prosperity, aimed towards increasing investments, domestic trade and employment, has been the focus of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the past decades. This encouraged healthy competition in the market, which in turn provided more opportunities for consumer choices.

As the competition among local businesses became steeper,  and with the influx of products from foreign markets, the demand for more applicable laws became the concern of both the producer and the consumer. The state has therefore focused on empowering the consumer to be more responsible in making choices.  The production sector had also been challenged to provide satisfaction to its most cherished consumers at all times.

We are presently being confronted by the recent move towards the economic integration of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Indeed, this integration has opened our doors to the arena of free and borderless trade with the struggling economies in the ASEAN region, but it also opened more opportunities for consumer abuses by some unscrupulous businessmen.  Even if modernization has brought us to another dimension, still the basic economic principle that the consumer is not always satisfied and has unlimited wants, and that the producer is always after his profit, are inevitable. To address this conflict, the government adheres to the economic mantra of honest and responsible trade - only through positive consumerism.

Consumerism starts with the knowledge of the consumer’s rights and responsibilities which the producers must respect and conform with. This outlines the privileges that every consumer can enjoy and the responsibilities he has to practice if he wants to get the best value out of his hard-earned money. We, the youth, can empower other consumers and also contribute to the economic stability of our nation and of the whole ASEAN region.  This starts with the exercise of our own rights, and the performance of our rightful duties as consumers. And once done, we can now extend to educating others via the use of the tool that we are all so comfortable with in sharing information -  the Social Media.

But first things first, we are human beings. No youth can ever do something about empowering others or even empowering ourselves if we are deprived of our right to basic needs.  Thus, the government must ensure that everyone has access to basic and prime commodities, with enough supply and at reasonable prices.  In the Philippines for instance, the approval of Republic Act 7581 paved the way for the creation of the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) that helps ensure the availability of basic goods such as food, medicines, clothing and other household necessities, and recommends the imposition of a price ceiling if deemed appropriate during times of emergencies and calamities. The law also ensures protection from acts of illegal price manipulation such as ‘hoarding’ or the over-accumulation of goods beyond normal  inventory for the purpose of creating an artificial shortage in the market.  Consumers are also protected from ‘profiteering’ or the over-pricing of products, as evidenced by the absence of a price tag (which is also punishable under Republic Act 71 or the Price Tag Law), and from the illegal business arrangement called ‘cartel’, or the agreement between two or more institutions selling the same products, to sell such products at very high prices, taking advantage of the consumers who could not find alternative sources of the commodity.  As youth in the ASEAN countries, we all have the right to basic needs. So if in case we catch anybody starting to do some panic-buying during an emergency or calamity, we can message him or her through Facebook right away!

Next is our right to safety. In the context of ASEAN  economic integration and the idea of free and borderless trade, the flow of products and services will be very smooth. As much as this brings about more choices for us, it also opens our doors to the threats of unsafe and injurious products. This happens when more legitimate products are overpowered by the substandard ones which are usually smuggled or are circulated by unscrupulous traders. In our country, to ensure that all will be safe, the authorities have set forth standards on certain local and imported products that can affect life, health and safety. For Philippine-made products, we look for the Philippine Standards (PS) mark, while for imported products, we look for the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark. Our right to safety also extends to every Service and Repair Establishment (SRE) that needs to be accredited by the government to be operational. Services must also ensure safety among consumers.  So, if by any chance any of us will see goods that do not pass the standards set forth by certifying bodies, and that there are service and repair enterprises in our communities that do not have any accreditation at all, we already know what to do. We just need to grab our smart phone, snap a photo, and post it to Instagram for our followers to be warned! If this warning reaches the authorities, then be ready and hope that they will be using their powers to prohibit, seize or recall the product (or service) from the market.

As products from the ASEAN region join existing products we are currently importing from Europe, the Americas, Japan, China, and other parts of the world, we are challenged to make better choices.  As consumers, we have the right to choose.  However, we must be aware of each product’s true value and usefulness, so that we can avoid being wasteful consumers.  Products appreciated are usually posted at Facebook.

We consumers also have the right to information. As much as the internet brought about easier communication with  people from different parts of the world, it has also provided a lot of information about products we bought or are about to buy. We can use the Internet in conducting e-commerce with our Asian neighbours.  We are protected by Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act in this regard. Under the labelling law of the Philippines for example, the state ensured that every information regarding the use, directions and ingredients of the products we are about to buy are clearly stated in the language we understand, and foreign characters are translated either in English or Filipino. Also, it is expected that what is stated in the label should be the same thing that is  inside the package. Under this law, we are sure that our credit transactions are disclosed to us properly. Meaning, that all the  terms of payment and interest rates on our loan or credit transaction are clearly stated. There must also be no hidden charges that may be applied. The right to information enables us to be informed of the possible consequences of whatever choice we will make. We can make better decisions, and avoid  being an impulsive buyer.  I believe that such wise decisions are worth tweeting on Twitter.  Also, false advertising, which brings false information, must be reported.  Honesty in advertising and sales promotions will greatly benefit the consumer, as these can hopefully lessen wasteful spending among bargain addicts.  Such benefits to the bargain addict is an information worth mentioning  in LinkedIn.

As consumers, we also have the right to redress.  We must keep evidences of sales and service transactions, so that we can look forward to repair, refund and replacement of any faulty product we had bought, or refund on payment for sub-standard or undelivered service. Under this right, we can approach proper agencies during times that we have complaints against manufacturers, sellers and service providers. In our country, for instance, we can approach the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for any complaints on products and services,  the Department of Health (DOH) for food and products for health and wellness, the Department of Agriculture (DA) for agricultural products, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for finance-related transactions in pawnshops and other financial institutions, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for insurance disputes, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for telecommunication services, and the Local Government Unit (LGU) for non-conformance of business establishments to local ordinances. If we know our right to redress, we cannot be easily exploited, and we will always be sure to get a fair deal.  And as critically aware consumers, it is expected that we will be writing about it in our Blogspaces.
Now, who says that only politicians have a say in legislation? Very wrong! As consumers, we have the right to propose laws and ordinances in the national and local legislative bodies about consumer empowerment and protection as long as it is for the benefit of the majority. We just need to look for lawmakers to sponsor our crafted laws. We also have the right to form organizations that will represent the consumer sector.   This  is our right to representation. As ASEAN youth, perhaps we can also propose legislations in international law-making bodies. We only need to have our voices heard by the law-makers on mercantile law and product/service standards from the ASEAN member-states. So, what about video-conferencing with these consumerism law-makers through Skype, anyone?

Next is our right to a healthy environment. We all know that the natural resources in the ASEAN countries have long been exploited by the conquerors that came and stayed for decades or centuries. In our country, the government ensures that no irresponsible businessmen will ever exploit and destroy our natural resources. We can report actions that result to the degradation of our natural resources. We can also request the Local Government Units to enact laws and ordinances pertaining to waste disposal systems and even enforce the construction of Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF).  As consumers, we can responsibly contribute through the proper disposal of our wastes, thereby showing our social concern. And as socially-concerned individuals who are fans of the latest music videos, it will be more fun if we can make videos campaigning on environment conservation, and share our videos on YouTube.

For the youth, the most important right is our right to consumer education. In the Philippines, the Department of Education has integrated consumer education in the curricula. Furthermore, agencies like the DTI are doing their best to advocate consumer protection and empowerment. If consumers remain uneducated, we can be panic buyers, bargain addicts, and  impulsive and wasteful consumers. But if we are educated, then we can be intelligent buyers who at all times are aware of the price, quality and consequences of every commodity or service we purchase in the market.

The challenge to us youth, therefore, is to become instruments of consumer empowerment.  It  will be more fun if we can share, post, tweet, subscribe and capture actions that promote consumer welfare and protection.  In the end, the success of an ASEAN economy is in our hands.  We must strive to follow the track towards more honest and responsible trade, and the track of positive consumerism towards economic utopia.  As youth, we must strive to make it unstoppable, and above all, inevitable.
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