Thursday, December 24, 2015

National Museum recognizes cultural significance of 2 Bicol sites

Barit Bridge, Iriga City
Photo: LGU Iriga
NAGA CITY—Two cultural properties in the Bicol region have been recommended for declaration as National Cultural Treasures and Important Cultural Properties by the National Museum: the Ruins of Cagsawa Church in Daraga, Albay as National Cultural Treasure and the Barit Bridge in Barangay Santiago, Iriga City, Camarines Sur as Important Cultural Property.

The highest designation of National Cultural Treasure, the National Museum said, pertains to “a unique cultural property found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is highly significant and is important to the country and nation.”

On the other hand, an Important Cultural Property is defined as a cultural property that possesses “exceptional cultural, artistic and/or historical significance.”

The declarations were made as a result of the National Museum’s own research, recommendations from other government agencies, or in the majority of the cases in 2015, petitions made by property owners or concerned parties.

Nominated properties were, when necessary, evaluated by dedicated panels of external experts convened for the purpose and approved subject to the confirmation of the Director of the National Museum.

The purpose of declaring selected Philippine cultural properties as Important Cultural Properties and National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum is to, first and foremost, highlight their significance to the entire world that they are officially recognized as an intrinsic part of the patrimony of the Filipino people and are central to the legacy that the present generation should take special care to steward for the generations to come.

In practical terms, these declarations under the law serve to facilitate, through agencies as the National Museum, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone (TIEZA) and others, measures for the protection, preservation, and promotion by the national government of these exceptional and outstanding cultural properties.

The declaration is signed by National Museum Director Jeremy R. Barns.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicolana beauty queen, inomaw si Pia Wurtzbach

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach (wala) asin Miss Intercontinental 2015 Runner-Up Christi Lynn McGarry

Inapod na inspirasyon ni kan Bicolana beauty titleholder na si Christi Lynn McGarry si Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

An duwang daraga nagkaibanan sa Binibining Pilipinas 2015.

Sa mensaheng pigpublicar ni McGarry, sinabi niya: "Words really cannot express how proud and happy I am for you, for us, and for our success. I cannot wait to give you a huge hug (I'll try not to cry) once back at homebase in the Philippines after my holidays here in Europe. Babe, you did it, and I never doubted you could!!! You've made history and I just feel blessed to have been able to witness it. Sending you all the love from Germany, to the most beautiful girl in the universe- my friend, my sister, my inspiration, @piawurtzbach!!!!! All hail Queen P!!!"

Marorormdoman na si McGarry, na taga Nabua, Camarines Sur, kinoronahan man na runner-up sa Miss Intercontinental 2015 pirang aldaw pa man sana an nakaagi.

 (Retrato hale sa FB account ni Christi Lynn McGarry).

Dengue vaccine gets FDA's OK

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MANILA—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the marketing of the tetravalent dengue vaccine in the country.

“Approval of the first dengue vaccine in Asia, which bears 70 percent of global disease burden, is a major milestone in dengue prevention and public health,” said Sanofi Pasteur President and chief executive Olivier Charmeil.

Charmeil said that the approval marked the country as the first country in Asia that supported the licensing of a vaccine that could contribute to prevention of dengue.

The dengue vaccine was first approved in Mexico.

The vaccine will be effective in the prevention of the disease caused by all four dengue types among individuals from nine to 45 years old.

Based on the studies, dengue is a major public health priority in tropical and subtropical countries in Asia and Latin America.

Charmeil also said that the vaccine was perceived to be having the greatest potential to reduce dengue burden globally and would help achieve the World Health Organization’s goal to reduce dengue mortality by 50 percent and morbidity by 25 percent by 2020 in endemic countries.

The vaccine is a product of over two decades of scientific innovation and collaboration, as well as 25 clinical studies in 15 countries around the world, including the Philippines, involving over 40,000 volunteers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) immediately welcomed the approval of the vaccine versus dengue biting mosquitoes, citing that the approval of the vaccine could result to attracting a big number of foreigners into coming to the Philippines to get vaccinated.

“It's part of the pride of the country. Yung ibang foreigners pupunta dito at dito na magpapa-vaccine. Kunwari taga-Thailand, taga-Vietnam, pupunta sila dito at magbabakasyon tapos they will choose to avail them,” Health Secretary Janette Garin said.

The vaccine is initially offered to the private citizens.

Garin added that at this point in time, the government could not still decide to procure dengue vaccines right away as there were several procedures to follow.

She added that several factors and considerations would be made before coming to the decision because price as well as to who should be given priority first or targeted with the procurement process if ever still have to be weigh a lot in terms of determining the recipients.

She earlier said that since the vaccine was still new, they would still need to study its cost.

The Health Chief added that the DOH had been procuring vaccines for their immunization program in terms of cost-effective mechanisms wherein the price of the vaccine are negotiated as part of the corporate social responsibility of the manufacturer.

With that mechanism, the vaccines that are procured for the immunization program of DOH are being paid at a lower price compared with the amount being offered in private clinics.

Dengue is a disease characterized by sudden onset of high fever which may last from two to seven days.

Joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes, nose bleeding when fever starts to subside, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter, dark-colored stools, and difficulty in breathing may be experienced by a person afflicted with it.

The mosquitoes thrived in clean stagnant water and in other things where mosquitoes can breed.

As an effort to counter it the DOH always advise the public to unite in maintaining clean surroundings.

Insecticide Treated Screens (ITS) were also put up in selected public school nationwide to protect children this year as part of the intense efforts in protecting the children from getting sick with dengue.(PNA)

Kantidad P18,000 na mga alahas, hinabas

SORSOGON CITY—Manlaen-laen na alahas na may karkuladong kantidad na P18,000 an linalay kan dai pa nabibistong mga persona kan nakaaging Martes.

Segun ki Chrissan Discaya Bravo, residente kan Saint Joseph Subdivision, Brgy. Buhatan, East District, nawawara sa saindang harong an duwang kwintas asin sarong pades nin hikaw na nakabogtak sa ibabaw kan component asin divider sa laog kan sala.

Nagluwas sa imbestigasyon kan Scene of the Crime Operatives na pinangenotan ni Senior Inspector Alejandro Usi na an suspechado naglaog sa paagi kan pagrangka kan bintana sa kusina asin pagraot
kan lanob sa laog kan residencia kan mga Bravo.

Posibleng nangyari an panhabon sa pag-oltanan kan ala-1 asin alas 2 nin maogmahahon, dugang pa kan imbestigador.

Padagos an pagsusog kan mga autoridad kan mga kagibo kan krimen.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM.

Tumatawo, binadil

LEGAZPI CITY—Sarong tumatawo kan cell site kan sarong telecommunications company digdi an irido matapos badilon kan saro sa tulong dai pa nabibistong mga suspechado.

Sa report na naguno kan BICOL STANDARD, an 50 anyos na si Elwin O. Caabay, residente kan Lower Binogsacan, Guinobatan, Albay, pinaputukan nin badil kan madakop kaining pighahabasan nin diesel oil an cell site kan Globe.

Si Caabay tinamaan sa walang parte kan saiyang daghan bandang alas 1:05 nin maogmagahon kasubago.

An mga suspechado  nagdulag paduman sa direksyon kan Lower Binogsacan, Guinobatan.

Mientrastanto, an victima nagpapaomay pa sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital kun sain siya dinara pakatapos mabadil.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.


CHRISTMAS RUSH | Passengers at Araneta Central Bus Station

Two days before Christmas Day, passengers bound for the provinces crowd elbow-to-elbow while waiting for bus rides at the Araneta Center Bus Station in Cubao, Quezon City. (Photos by Jess M. Escaros Jr., PNA)


Army, nagdeklarar ceasefire kontra NPA

Philippine Army
PILI, Camarines Sur— Pigsuspendir muna an operaciones kan Philippine Army kontra sa New People's Army sa Bicol poon ngonian na aldaw (fecha 23 kan Diciembre) hasta sa fecha 1 kan Enero 2016. Ini an ipinahayag ni Major Angelo Guzman, Philippine Army Southern Luzon Command spokesperson.

An ceasefire na ini pag-otob sa direktiba na ipinaluwas ni Presidente Benigno Aquino III na nagsugo nin temporaryong pagpundo kan putukan kontra sa mga rebelde ngonian na Kapaskuhan, sa rekomendasyon kan Department of National Defense.

Segun ki Guzman, an ceasefire matao nin oportunidad sa mga soldados kan Army na magselebrar kaiba an saindang mga mahal sa buhay.

Piglinaw ni Guzman na sakop kan ceasefire iyo sana an operaciones kan militar asin dai kabali an law enforcement operations kan Philippine National Police (PNP).

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Health professionals needed for Bicol's barrios

Health pros needed for Bicol's barrios
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LEGAZPI CITY—The regional health office for Bicol here on Monday said it needs over a hundred doctors, dentists and other public health professionals who would be hired and deployed in the region’s underserved and unserved barrios.

This massive hiring and deployment is under the Department of Health’s (DOH) Public Health Associate Deployment Program (PHADP), a two-year (2015-16) project to employ public health associates (PHAs) that shall be assigned in Focus Geographical Areas (FGA) composed of municipalities in 43 provinces of the country identified by the DOH.

PHADP aims to assign PHAs in Rural Health Units (RHUs) and work alongside with other Human Resources for Health (HRH) focusing on the implementation of DOH programs and health plans under the overall goal of Universal Health Care (UHC) or Kalusugang Pangkalahatan.

UHC is the current thrust of the Aquino Administration in order to bridge the inequality gap and reduce barriers to health care, reduce social exclusion and work towards universal coverage of delivering health services to Filipinos.

Involving the provision of adequate resources – health human resources, health facilities and health financing, UHC’s ultimate goal is to provide every Filipino with the highest possible quality of health care that is accessible, efficient, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed and appropriately used by an informed and empowered public.

This thrust pursues three strategies such as financial risk protection through expansion in enrollment and benefit delivery of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP); improved access to quality hospitals and health care facilities; and attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

DOH explains that protection from the financial impacts of health care is attained by making any Filipino eligible to enroll, to know their entitlements and responsibilities, to avail of health services and to be reimbursed by PhilHealth with regard to health care expenditures.

It has redirected PhilHealth operations towards enhancing national and regional health insurance system resulting in a rapid NHIP enrollment, expanding to improved population coverage.

Under the UHC, the DOH said improved access to quality hospitals and health care facilities is now being achieved in a number of creative approaches like the upgrading of government-owned and operated hospitals and health facilities that now accommodate larger capacity to attend to all types of emergencies and to handle non-communicable diseases.

The six Bicol provinces are among the FGA and for Camarines Sur alone, DOH regional director Emilia Monicimpo over the weekend said 21 medical doctors, four dentists and five medical technologists who are willing to be assigned in different localities are the initial target for hiring under the 2016 deployment of Human Resource for Health (HRH) component of the PHADP.

Camarines Sur is the region’s largest province with a population of around two million distributed among its 35 local government units, most of them considered as FGA.

Monicimpo explained that the implementation of PHADP involves medical pool placement and utilization program wherein physicians and medical specialists are assigned in DOH hospitals and provincial hospitals based on needs and program criteria.

It also involves Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB), the assignment of physicians for two years primarily in 4th to 6th class municipalities that has not have a doctor for at least two years as well as the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) that assigns nurses six months in the RHU and then another six months for hospital service.

Other components of the PHADP are the Rural Health Midwives Program (RHMP) that assigns midwives in Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and RHUs for improved maternal and child care, and the Rural Health Team Placement Program (RHTPP) that deploys dentists, medical technologists and nutritionist-dietitians in field health facilities to complement existing RHU personnel.

Under RHMP, BHS and RHUs are provided with facilities to be able to attend to Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) or Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC).

Monicimpo said that the implementation of the PHADP in six Bicol provinces need more than a hundred doctors, dentists, medical technologists and other HRH which are now being recruited for hiring and deployment starting in 2016.

This hiring and eventual deployment is under DOH Administrative Order No. 2015-026 signed on June 2015 by Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin.

Areas for deployment will also include Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty (ASAP) areas, Whole of Nation Initiative (WNI) and Bottom-Up budgeting (BUB) areas, Monicimpo said. (by Danny O. Calleja, PNA)

PHOTOS | Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay Provincial Sports Coordinator Roderick Mendoza shared these images of the progress of the construction and upgrading of the sports facilities for the Palarong Pambansa, which Albay will host for the first time in 2016.

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016

Albay readies for Palarong Pambansa 2016


Cam Norte Judge convicted of illegal solicitation

Office of the Ombudsman
Prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman secured the conviction former Regional Trial Court judge Owen Amor of Daet, Camarines Norte for violation of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

Amor was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and was disqualified from holding any public office.

Prosecutors presented witnesses who testified that in January 2000, Amor unlawfully solicited and accepted P400,000.00 from P/Supt. Danilo Manzano in exchange for the dismissal of the criminal cases pending before the sala of the accused.

Manzano testified that Amor invited him to go to his residence where the judge explained “the gravity of his cases and that his opponent who is very influential offered him P1million” to convict the police officer.

Amor was quoted as saying “that he favored the police more and asked Manzano to produce half of his opponent’s offer for his acquittal.”

Manzano then sought the assistance of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force who conducted surveillance and entrapment operations. In 24 January 2000, Amor was entrapped at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City and was caught receiving and accepting the boodle money.

In a Decision promulgated on 01 December 2015, the Sandiganbayan resolved that “the facts and evidence presented by the prosecution positively show that indeed, Judge Amor solicited and accepted money from P/Supt. Danilo Manzano.”

The Decision stated that “the accused, who is not a mere court employee but a Presiding Judge who is entrusted by the public to render impartial judgment free from influence, should be reminded that the nature and responsibilities of public officers” and that “those involved in the administration of justice must live up to the strictest standards of honesty and integrity in the public service.”

Section 7(d) of R.A. No. 6713 states that public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bicol workers to get wage hike

DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz
The National Wages and Productivity Commission has affirmed the newest wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Region V raising minimum wages in the Bicol Region, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced at her year-end press conference.

“The Commission has unanimously affirmed Wage Order No. RB V-17 which grants an increase of PHP5 per day to minimum wage earners in non-agriculture establishments whose employees are more than 10 workers, and a PHP12 per day increase to minimum wage earners, also in non-agriculture establishments employing not more than 10 workers,” said Baldoz.

The said wage order will become effective on Christmas Day, 25 December.

Employer representative to the Commission, Atty. Eduardo Rondain, Labor Representative David Diwa, OIC Executive Director Jeanette Damo, and DOLE Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag, acting on behalf of Secretary Baldoz as chairperson, all voted in the affirmative for the wage order.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) opted to adjust the minimum wage rates after a series of public hearing and deliberations, to enable workers to cope with the rising cost of commodities.

Baldoz emphasized that the decision to grant an increase in the minimum wage of workers in the region is aimed at balancing the needs of workers and the viability of business and industry.

Upon effectivity of Wage Order No.RBV-17, the minimum wage of workers in non-agriculture establishments will be PHP265 per day. Workers in non-agriculture establishments employing not more than 10 workers; cottage/handicraft, and in agriculture establishments will be receiving PHP248 per day.

The new rates apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector regardless of their position and irrespective of the methods by which their wages are paid.

Household or domestic helpers, persons employed in the personal service of another, including family drivers and workers in Barangay Micro Business Enterprises, are not covered by the new wage order.

In determining the new minimum wage, the Regional Wage Board in Bicol acted motu propio and took into consideration the concept that the minimum wage is not just to restore the purchasing power of workers, but to provide a safety net for vulnerable workers and afford equity.

Baldoz also urged labor and employer groups to build the capacity of business enterprises to be competitive by developing and implementing productivity improvement and gain-sharing programs.

She said that complaints for non-compliance with Wage Order RB III-19 shall be filed with DOLE Regional Office No. III and shall be subject to the mandatory 30-day conciliation and mediation process under the single-entry approach (SEnA) reform measure. However, if settlement fails, the case becomes subject of enforcement proceedings under Article 128 of the Labor Code.

The SEnA is an administrative approach to provide speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer-employee relations to prevent them from ripening into full blown disputes. Under this approach, all labor and employment disputes shall undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to effect settlement among the contending parties.

She added that any person, corporation, trust, or firm, partnership, association, or entity which refuses, or fails, to pay the prescribed wage rates in accordance with Wage Order No. RB III-19 shall be penalized with a fine not exceeding twenty five thousand pesos (PHP25,000) and/or imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than two years. (PNA)

Garchitorena councilor assumes vice mayoralty

GARCHITORENA, Camarines Sur—Councilor Nonoy Simando has assumed the position of vice mayor of this town earlier this week following the suspension of elected Vice Mayor Jesse Gianan.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, Simando said his assumption is in line with the Rules of Succession under the Local Government Code.

Councilor Nonoy Simando
Photo: LGU Garchitorena
It would be recalled that Gianan was suspended after he was found guilty of an administrative charge for failing to provide a copy of a Sangguniang Bayan resolution to Mayor Jesus Rico Sarmiento.
In July, Gianan was served a preventive suspension order.

Acting vice mayor Simando, who is also the topnotcher councilor in the most recent polls, said he is deeply saddened by the turn of events.

"Dapat kuta an mga opisyal iyo an maray na modelo," he remarked in relation to the suspension.
Regardless, he said he obliged by law to comply with the aforementioned Rules, otherwise he will have to face a complaint himself.

In the same interview, Simando said his leadership so far focused on the town's development, including the identification of several areas in Garchitorena that have tourism potenial. He also led the training of barangay officials and other Local Government Unit (LGU) employees for the same endeavor.

This, he said, he accomplished despite being in the minority in the Sanggunian.

Simando said he is seeking the help of the constituents as he takes office as vice mayor.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Malacañang names 5 new Bicol judges

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Five new lower court judges in the Bicol have been appointed by President Benigno Aquino III through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.

They include Judge Soliman M. Santos Jr. of the RTC Branch 61, Naga City; Judge Maria Clarissa Lianko Pacis-Trinidad of the RTC Branch 36 of Iriga City; Judge Teofilo B. Tambago of the RTC Branch 46, Masbate City; Judge Dara San Juan Mallorca-Tormes of MTC Paracale, Camarines Norte; and Judge Jonel C. Martinez-Ursua of the MTC, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte.

Said appointees were screened by the Judicial and Bar Council.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

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