Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Ombudsman suspends Gov. Tallado for 'Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct'

DAET, Camarines Norte, August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Ombudsman has rendered judgment holding Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado administratively liable for Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct.

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The anti-graft body meted Tallado a penalty of six months suspension without pay for his nude photos with another woman other than his lawful wife which circulated online in 2014.

"Such extra-marital affair is a conduct inconsistent with morality. [Tallado] is occupying the highest elective position in Camarines Norte. He is therefore expected to observe high moral standards in his dealings, official or otherwise, and be an example of uprightness. He failed to adhere to this exacting standard," the decision reads.

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman noted that it finds without basis Tallado's contention that there is a pending similar complaint with the Office of the President.

"Records show that the complaint of Avila against [Tallado] with the CSC is for a different cause of action," the same decision reads.

Tallado's camp has not released a statement regarding the issue as of the time of this posting.
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DOH Bicol bares gov’t programs for drug surrenderees

LEGAZPI CITY— The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol noted the surging number of voluntary drug surrenderees as an opportunity to solve drug menace in the country but admits need to work double time to intensify intervention programs.



Dr. Napoleon L. Arevalo, DOH Bicol OIC Director, said the intensified program of the national government on illegal drugs has created a sudden influx of people seeking treatment which likewise demand for intensified intervention programs from the government.

“The intervention of the government should not only be corrective but rehabilitative as well,” Arevalo said during the press conference held Monday.

He furthered that pushers and users voluntarily surrendering is a welcome change as they take the first step to stop their illegal activities and undergo needed treatment and recovery.

Unexpected surge of drug surrenderees

In the Bicol region, the Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 (PNP RO5) has recorded some 41, 474 voluntary surrenderees from July 1 – August 21, 2016, of which 2,349 are pushers and 39,125 are users.

Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP RO5 information officer, said their office initially expects for some 8,000 personalities in their drugs watch list to surrender. Yet they themselves were shocked as the voluntary drug surrenderees in the region surged to 41, 474.

“We were really shocked that we have a number this huge. That’s how rampant illegal drugs are in the region,” Calubaquib said.

Treatment: How is it done


At present, there are two DOH treatment and rehabilitation centers (TRC). The Malinao TRC in Albay has 100 bed capacity and currently has 69 residents while Camarines Sur TRC in San Fernando has went beyond its 100 bed capacity with 125 current residents.

However, Arevalo said not all drug users need to be admitted to centers as intervention will depend on the level of drug use. Pushers on the other hand will be under PNP’s disposition.

“Drug use is classified into low and moderate to severe levels. Drug use ranging from low to moderate use need not be admitted to TRCs but will instead undergo community based rehabilitation program,” he explained.

Brief interventions for mild drug use, lasting four weeks, include inputs on prohibited substance and addiction, motivational interview, analysis and feed backing and referral system and network. Certificate of Completion will be issued for non-recurrence of drug use after four weeks. If drug use recurred even after 2nd brief intervention, it will be classified as moderate.

“Moderate drug use on the other hand will be provided with outpatient care, lasting 16 weeks. It includes recovery skills, relapse prevention, family programs and recovery plan,” Arevalo said.

Severe drug use is then in need of residential treatment or admittance to TRCs for 10 -12 months. Before admittance, the user need to undergo medical examinations which can be done in DOH retained hospitals including Bicol Medical Center in Naga City, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Albay and Bicol sanitarium in Camarines Sur.

Arevalo stressed the need for court order issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board to ensure that severe drug users will undergo treatment.

“The court order gives us the “teeth” for users to undergo and finish treatment. Yung iba kasi ilang months pa lang umaayaw na kaya hindi na natatapos ang treatment. (Others refuse to finish treatment.),” he said.

Aside from medical treatments, TRC residents undergo interventions to recover spirituality and personally preparing them to be back to mainstream community.

What has been done

DOH Bicol has initially released its quick response fund and has re-aligned funds allocated in other programs to provide the booming demand for intervention services.

Arevalo said five potential TRCs are underway in the Bicol region including the military camp in Tula-Tula, Albay which will be converted into a TRC. It will have 1000 bed capacity and will initially start with 50 bed capacity. The rest will be established in Caramoran District Hospital in Catanduanes, San Ramon Municipal Hospital in Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Camarines Norte.

Other facilities in the region rendering intervention services are DSWD Center for Boys in Sorsogon City, Facenda de Ezperanza in Masbate, Facenda de Naga, Holy Face Mental Rehab Center in Tabaco City and tanchuling Hospital Detox Unit in Legazpi City.

Also conducted in the region are multi-agency and sectoral consultative conferences, formulation of plan of action/ development of training design and process for screening and community based rehab programs and capacity building for LGUs and health workers.

“At the national level, the DOH has sought P1 billion budget from Pagcor to establish TRCs in the country,” Arevalo added.

PNP Bicol on the other hand will soon be launching the Kasurog kan Kabikolan sa Kampanya Kontra Droga (K4D) Alliance.

“The K4D alliance was crafted in coordination with the media in the region. We will be informing you with the details as soon as we finalize it,” Calubaquib said.

Costs and fees

Subsistence allowance to be paid monthly by public TRC residents is P3, 000.00; so far the lowest among regions. Other government rehab centers charge P5, 000 – P10, 000 monthly.

Arevalo said indigent residents can avail the service for free, shouldered by the DOH, but will need added budget allocation as demand for treatment increases.

Private rehab facilities cost P10,000 – P50,000, depending on the facility and type of rehab required.

Arevalo further calls on local government units to utilize the 2% mandatory allocation for anti-dangerous drugs programs to help in the treatment and rehab of drug users. (by Sally Atento-Altea)
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NEDA-ICC submits 3 infra-projects in Albay for funding

LEGAZPI CITY— With three major transport infrastructure projects in Albay now given the ‘green light’ for funding approval by the National Economic Development Authority’s (NEDA) Investment Coordinating Committee, the province is given a good reason to celebrate as it is poised for a big economic boom.

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As of early August, NEDA-ICC has recommended ten infrastructure projects to benefit from the Php320 billion budget meant to accelerate infrastructure development.

Incuded on these are the three projects of Php 170.7 billion worth North-South Railway Project (NSRP) –South Line, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) amounting to Php 4.79 billion, and the Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) worth Php 10.15 billion.

Though the project’s funding is still subject for final approval by the NEDA Board, with President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman, the NEDA-ICC’s recommendation of these projects was a much welcome news in Albay as all three projects would be located in the province.

The NSRP-South Line, which was approved after extensive project modifications, is designed to be a 653-kilometer railway system from Tutuban in Manila to Legazpi City in Albay, and eventually until Matnog in Sorsogon. The railway transport is expected to provide a faster and more efficient means of shipping and commute.

The BIA, on the other hand, is expected to open the flood gates of the Bicol region in terms of international tourism, given that Albay is becoming a national powerhouse in eco-tourism after it’s declaration as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Initially mean for the benefit of agrarian reform communities, the IPAC is envisioned to enhance market access and competitiveness of farmers in rural community. After the completion of the IPAC in Albay, the productivity and marketability rate of agricultural goods in the province is seen to rapidly increase.

Combining the overall potential funding of these three projects, which is amounting to more or less Php 185 billion, Bicol (especially Albay) would technically benefit at an estimated 60% of the Php 320 billion budget.

The three projects were initially pushed three years ago by then Albay governor and now Albay second district congressman Joey Salceda, during his chairmanship of the Bicol Regional Development Council.

 According to NEDA, the final approval for the funding of the projects recommended by the NEDA-ICC would be decided by September. But, given the projects potential in uplifting socio-economic growth, the office is confident that it would have the President’s approval as needed. (by Julius Embile)
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NCCA calls for proposals for culture and heritage promotion, programs

LEGAZPI CITY – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), as part of their nationwide caravan to encourage initiatives for cultural promotion, conducted a “Call for Project Proposal 2017” conference here to invite submissions of project proposals that will feature and develop local arts and culture.



According to NCCA, with a total estimated budget of P34 million, the commission is willing to provide funding for approved project proposals as competitive cash grants. Hence, the said budget has been broken down and allocated to project categories conceptualized by NCCA.

The projects to be funded were classified into two categories. Category A covers projects which have been conceptualized during various levels of planning workshops following the identified needs of the locality. Specific outputs and deliverables have already been specified, Category A projects are those which would now only require implementers.

The second category, Category B, calls for proposals conceptualized by proponents to important cultural concerns. Under Category B, the organization submitting the proposal may cite their own plans and targets in line with NCCA’s priorities and outcomes.

The budget may be considerable but limited, so only the best proposal per project category is to be given the grant. Under Category A for instance, the “Probinsyudad”, which attempts to push culture-based development from cities to provinces, has only five slots available but with a grant of Php 2 million per project implementation.

However, to qualify for the NCCA’s Grant Program, the proponent must first submit an endorsement from their head office, if the implementer is a government organization or office. For private civic society organizations (CSOs), the proponents must first be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

If a CSO is to be a beneficiary of the proposed project to be funded, they must first present a Certificate of Accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This, according to NCCA, is a requirement set forth by the Commission on Audit (COA) to ensure that the grants are given to legitimate organizations in need of the funding.

NCCA’s Grant Program is the commission’s response to the government’s recognition of the important role of culture as the foundation for national development and unity. The program was the result of a series of organized participative planning workshops, which focused upon culture-based development strategies responsive to the sustainable development of communities.

As expressed by the NCCA team during their “Call for Project Proposal 2017” write-up session in Legazpi City, the Bicol region sets high hopes for project proposals due to the Bicolanos deep respect to tradition and culture.

“We (NCCA) are open to ways and means that may showcase the communities’ culture and arts, whether it’s in the field of literature, visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, or others… “, said Dr. Jasmin Llana, NCCA representative.

Being a Bicolana herself, Dr. Llana added: “Being someone who is once involved in the arts and cultural scene here in Albay, I am confident that we can expect brilliant project proposals from you (fellow Bicolanos).” (MAL/JBE-PIA5)
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Negosyante, binadil sa Balud, Masbate

BALUD, MASBATE August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) Binadil nin mga dae nabistong mga lalaki si Antonio Andeo Jr. y Agagon, 51, negociante digdi, asin residente kan Brgy. Calumbang.


An mga imbestigador nagsabi na an victima enot naheling sa laog kan plaza kan sinambit na barangay para mag atendir kan celebrasyon kan Buwan ng Wika.

Alagad, an victima naglakaw pasiring sa guilid kan baybayon digdi.

Pirang minutos sana an naka-agui, pinapusngakan na tulos siya nin badil asin tinamaan sa nagkapirang parte kan saiyang lawas.

Nareparo kan mga doctor na an nagtabang bala ki Andeo, nagtadom sa saiyang daghan, likod asin sa saiyang pa-a.

Nangyari an krimen poco mas o menos ala 1:00 nin mag-omagahon kan fecha 30, ngonian na bulan.

Tulos idinalagan sa Municipal Hospital kan Balud an victima tanganing ipabulong.

Huli kan seryong tama nin bala sa saiyang lawas, ibinalyo an victima sa Provincial Hospital kan Masbate para mabulong.

An ginamit kan mga nagbadil sa victima iyo an calibre .45 na pistola, base sa mga nakuang capsula nin bala na nagwarak sa lugar kan krimen.

An motibo sa pagbadil sa victima an pig-aaram pa kan mga imbestigador.
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Eskwelahan sa Pio Duran, linimas an gamit kan mga parahabas

PIO DURAN, ALBAY August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Dae pinatawad si mga kagamitan sa laog kan La Medalla Elementary School sa banwaan na ini kan laogon an saindang edificio kan mga pusikit na parahabas sabi sa report na nakaabot sa mga awtoridad.



An mga dorobo nag-agi sa likod na parte kan eskwelahan por medyo kan pangrapak kan bintana na iyong nagserveng agihan sa pagtabag kan mga hinabasan na mga kagamitan.

Nalalay kan mga mahabas an sarong unit na 21-inch TV, na nagkakantidad PP8,500, tulong extension wires na may valor na P500; AVR na kantidad P1,500 asin sarong laptop cool fan na may kantidad P500.

Mayong nakaheling kan incidente, kaya hasta sa presente naghihinirib pa an mga oficiales kan barangay asin eskwelahan kan kaggibo kan krimen.

An pulis sa banwaan na ini nagpatanid sa mga tawo na pwedeng mapabakalan kan mga hinabasan na gamit, huli ta igwa nin pwedeng atubangan na caso kriminal, an pagbakal nin mga hinabasan.
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#DaiNanggad: ADNU to hold torch rally against Marcos burial at Libingan

NAGA CITY, August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- "Dai nanggad," says the Ateneo de Naga University community on the impending burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

In connection with the campaign, Ateneo de Naga University students, faculty, and alumni, and personnel will hold a torch rally at 5 p.m. later today.

"We [...] vehemently oppose the burial of the late dictator and human rights violator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. To do so is to accept generations-long injustice to the victims, their loved ones, and the country in general and validate as acceptable the plunder and atrocities committed by Marcos, his family, and cronies," says the official statement signed by Fr. Primitivo Viray, University President; Emmanuel Vito Abejero, Convenor, ADNU Movement Against the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani; and Roselyn Balmes, President, ADNU SSG.

In line with the event, classes are suspended from 4:30 to 9 p.m. to allow the university community to participate in the rally.

Last week, activities involving the same movement were held at the university, including class lectures and a talk on Martial Law.

In addition to this, there will be a Martial Law Exhibit at Bonoan Walk/Santos Extension from September 1 to 30.

Meanwhile, the university community has taken to Facebook to rally support for the campaign, with the hashtags #DaiNanggad and #ADNUStillRemembers.
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Naga City's Plaza Quince Martires now has free Wi-Fi



NAGA CITY, August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Naga City's Plaza Quince Martires now has public Wi-Fi access, City public information officer announced Allen Lucre Reondanga announced this morning.

"No usernames, no passwords needed," Reondanga said of the service.

"By next week the Naga City information Technology Office will activate Wi-Fi access at Plaza Quezon and Rizal," he added.

Access to and use of the public Wi-Fi access is subject to terms and conditions.
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BJMP Naga confirms overcrowded jail facilities

NAGA CITY August 30, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – “Based on the standards of the United Nations, we have a 400% congestion rate.” This was the information relayed by Supt. Milton Placencia, head of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here.


Placencia confirmed that there are 493 inmates at the said jail facility. “The ideal number should only be 120, if we will follow the international standards,” he said.

Asked if there is any government plan of constructing an additional jail for the growing number of inmates, he said that presently, there is an ongoing construction of an annex building. However, the additional cells would be available in three to four months, he added.

In the same interview, Placencia explained that out of the 493 jailed persons, 261 are facing cases related to drugs.

“Almost 58% of our inmates are being tried for their involvement in illegal drugs. They are being tried in the different court branches,” he said.

As to the budget allocation for food, Palencia said that they are receiving the same daily allocation of P50 for every jailed person, per day.

“We know that it is not enough, but we have always tried our best to make both ends meet,” he elucidated further.

Regarding the problem of overcrowded jail facilities, he confirmed that there is really a big problem, especially at night when the inmates sleep. He also mentioned the problem on the supply of water from the Metro Naga Water District, which he wants to be addressed.
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Pili cops kill no. 2 drug personality in buy-bust

PILI, CSur August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - The alleged number 2 most wanted drug personality here was killed last night in a buy-bust operation conducted by the police operatives here.


Interviewed this morning, OIC Chief of Police Chief Insp. Chito Oyardo said that in the early evening, last night, they arrested Alex Advincula in a buy-bust operation at Brgy. San Jose. He is considered as the number 4 drug personality in the capital town.

During the police interrogation at the police station, Advincula revealed that his supply of drugs comes from Vida Magistrado, a resident of Brgy. Cadlan.

Magistrado is considered as the number 2 most wanted drug personality here, the police said.

Meanwhile, based on the revelations made by Advincula, the police operatives organized the second buy-bust operation, where they zeroed in on Magistrado and the principal target.

According to the investigation report, when the suspect sensed that there was an on-going police operation, he drew his firearm and engaged them in a gunfight.

He was however, overpowered by the authorities, and suffered gun-shot wounds from the police officers.

Recovered from the victims possession was a caliber .38 pistol, which is part of the evidence brought to the police station.

Oyardo added that only last week, Magistrado was already visited in his house by the police, as part of the "Tokhang" strategy, due to the validated report that he is involved in the drug trade.

After a short conversation with the authorities and the barangay officials of Cadlan, Magistrado promised to visit the police station, but he did not make good on said promise.

The shooting incident happened just across the residence of Cong. LRay Villafuerte, at Brgy. Cadlan.

The victim owns an auto repair shop, where most of the drug peddlers visit to get their supply, the report added.
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Señar vs Bengua in CSur PCL race

NAGA CITY August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Provincial Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) President Bani Señar said that he will pursue his plan to for run for re-election as president of the said organization, which is scheduled on September 20, 2016.

LEFT: Señar, RIGHT: Bengua (PHOTOS: SP CamSur/ Rogel Romero Totaña)
In a radio interview over DWLV, Señar said he cannot simply ignore the overwhelming endorsement and support from the members who encourage him to be the head of the Provincial PCL League and as an ex-officio member to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

“Actually, I had a meeting with President Rody Duterte, who is my fraternity brother in Davao City. We are both members of the Lex Talionis frat, at San Beda College of Law. That’s why I am close to him,” Señar said.

“There are only about 400 members of this fraternity. We are very close to each other,” he added.

During their brief meeting, Señar explained that together with their other fraternity brods, each of them was given a piece of paper where we were asked to write our preferred position in his administration, if any of us intends to join the government service.

“For my part, I have clearly discussed with the President that my only intention is to run for re-election as PCL President. Immediately, he endorsed me to one of his undersecretaries, who was instructed to inform the local leaders of Camarines Sur, of my aspiration to be PCL president again. He also instructed the undersecretary to coordinate with the local leaders to help me in the said PCL election,” he said.

Apart from the most important endorsement by President Duterte, Señar said that it is his obligation to the PCL members of Camarines Sur to pursue and strengthen further the gains they earned during his incumbency.

Senar took pride in saying that during his term, he was able to convince the PCL National Board to hold the National Convention of the organization here.

He added that for the record, he is probably the only PCL president here who has submitted a clear accounting of the funds that the organization to the National PCl organization.

Meanwhile, when he was asked if he is supported by Gov. Miguel Villafuerte in his re-election plan as PCL president, he declined to give a direct answer.

“I think I will be misinterpreted by some local leaders here. But, if ever I asked for the blessings and endorsement of President Duterte, it is for the reason that we are brothers in the fraternity,” he added. Señar was confident, however, that 1st District Rep. Rolando (Nonoy) Andaya Jr., will be behind his candidacy.

He then explained the reasons why Andaya would support him. First, they are both from Ragay and the 1st district of the Province. They are also blood relatives. But, most of all, he said he is also very much qualified for the position.

He also said that since Cong. Andaya and Cong. LRay Villafuerte are not politically aligned with each other, it is predictable that the former would not support the candidate who is supported by the latter. Besides, Andaya supported President Duterte last election. There is no reason why he would not support the candidate who is endorsed by the President, he added.

Expected to challenge Senar in the PCL election is Pasacao Municipal Councilor Jorge Bengua a known political protégée of the Villafuertes.

Prior to Bengua’s election as municipal councilor, he was the Liga ng Mga Barangay President of Camarines Sur. He was supported by the group of Cong LRay Villafuerte.
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September 2 a special non-working day in Albay

Gen. Simeon Ola
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LEGAZPI CITY August 31, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- This coming Friday, September 2, has been declared a special (Non-working) Day in the Province of Albay per Proclamation No. 54.

Said date marks the 151st birth anniversary of the late General Simeon Ola, the last revolutionary general to surrender at the end of the Philippine-American war.

"It is but fitting and proper," says the proclamation, "that the people of the Province of Albay be given full opportunity to participate and celebrate the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

The Proclamation is signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte on August 26, 2016.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Barangay and SK polls to be reset next year

QUEZON CITY August 30, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The House of Representatives wants to reschedule the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election on October 23, 2017.



According to a report, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rudy Farinas of Ilocos Norte asked the members of the House of Representatives to support the bill that intends to defer the barangay and SK polls next year.

Rep. Farinas said that the House version would just adopt the Senate version to do away with the bicameral conference, in case there are provisions which differ from each other.

It was also explained by both Alvarez and Farinas that the postponement of the barangay and SK polls would give President Rodrigo Duterte ample time to fill up vacancies in the government.

Otherwise, he would be barred from performing such act due to the 45-day election ban before a regular election and 30 days before a special election, they said.
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Rep. Fortuno seeks pension hike

IRIGA CITY, Camarines Sur, August 30. 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Rep. Salvio Fortuno of the 5th Congressional District of Camarines Sur has filed a measure seeking to increase the minimum monthly pension of pensioners under the Social Security Law of 1997 from Php1,200 to Php2,400 for members with at least 10 credited years of service.

Meanwhile, for those with 20 credited years of service, the same bill seeks to increase the pension from Php2,400 to Php5,000.

Rep. Salvio Fortuno
“The paramount objective of the law is to allow pensioners to cope with the skyrocketing prices of prime commodities and medicines that may have been within their reach when the last increase in their monthly pension was implemented,” Fortuno explained.

“However, due to the passage of years, the purchasing power has significantly eroded and this situation has caused tremendous economic pressures on our pensioners,” he added.

Fortuno furthered that a similar bill was approved during the Sixteenth Congress, but heeding the recommendation of the administrator of the pension fund, President Aquino vetoed the measure.

The bill is currently pending with the committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization.
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Miembro kan Alegre Drug Group sa Naga City, arestado

NAGA CITY, Agosto 30, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Nahulog na sa kamot kan CIDG Camarines Sur asin Naga City Police Office an suboot miembro kan Alegre Drug Group na si Susan Alegre y Rosales.

Susan Alegre y Rosales
Retrato hale sa CIDG
Si Alegre nadakop sa Zone 6, San Felipe, sa ciudad na ini kan Agosto 27.

An Alegre Drug Group, segun sa CIDG, kabale sa pigtututukan na Drug Watchlist sa Naga City.

An anti-drug operation ki Susan Alegre pigconducir kan pinagsarong fuerza kan CIDG Camarines Sur sa pangengenot ni Chief Inspector Ronnie Fabia, asin Naga City Police Office.

Maroromdoman na kan nakaaging Julio, nadakop naman an suboot lider kan Alegre Drug Group na si Alfie Alegre, asin an tugang kaini na si Jose.

Nakua sa magtugang an bulto nin shabu na may 150 gramos asin may kantidad na P300,000.
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Paracale to receive 20 twining machines for coco farmers from PCA

PARACALE, Camarines Norte August 30, 2016 (Bicol Standad) –A special training for making coco-fiber will be launched next month at Brgy. Batobalani here by the Philippine Coconut Authority.

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The training, according to Rafael Sarucam, a member of the PCA Governing Board for Luzon explained is aimed to help coconut farmers to optimize their income from coconut by-products.

He said that there is an abundant supply of coconut husks in here, but the farmers just let them rot, thinking that they have no more use.

The training is scheduled on September 4 and 5, 2016, here.

Also, Sarucam said that PCA has allocated 20 twining machines and other machineries that are used in producing coco coir and other by-products from coconut husks.

Aside from the PCA officials, other employees from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are expected to attend the said activity.

The main objective of this program is to help the coconut farmers augment their income from their coconut plants.

Meanwhile, apart from the town of Paracale,the PCA, DA and DAR are also scheduled to visit the town Labo on September 8 – 10, 2016 to launch the same program.
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PIWAD water is clean – GM Cunanan

PILI, CAMARINES SUR August 30, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- “Our water is clean. There is no truth to the radio broadcast that a decomposing human body was found floating in our water reservoir,” Pili Water District (PIWAD) General Manager Paulino Cunanan told the members of the media in an press conference the other day.


Cunanan said that he was alarmed when Pili Town Mayor Tomas Bongalonta called his attention regarding the radio broadcast which aired a police blotter report regarding the decomposing human body, which was dumped in the reservoir.

“Upon receipt of the information, I immediately ordered the disconnection of our water supply from the source, which is located at Sitio Bongcao, Brgy. Cury. Then we conducted a thorough inspection of our reservoir was made. We found out that the report which found its way to the broadcast media was false”, he added.

Meanwhile, during the press conference, the radio reporters assigned at the PNP provincial office told Cunanan that they simply lifted their news from the daily police journal.

Upon investigation, however, it was discovered that the decomposing human body was found floating at the abandoned reservoir, formerly operated by the Bicol Hydro, located at Brgy. Palestina,which is at least 10 kilometers away from the PIWAD’s water source.

As proof that the water from PIWAD is clean, GM Cunanan Mayor Tomas Bongalonta, OIC Police Chief Insp.Chito Oyardo and PIWAD Asst Division Supervisor Armand Camu simultaneously drank a glass of water sourced from their reservoir.

Cunanan asked the help of the media to inform the public that there is no truth to the said media report.
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Comelec halts printing of ballots for barangay, SK polls

MANILA August 30, 2016 (Bicol Standard) The Commission on Elections has suspended the printing of ballots for the 2016 barangay and SK election.



In a statement yesterday, Atty. Genevieve Guevarra of the Comelec printing committee told the media that this decision was reached after President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that he is in favor of the postponement.

Said the Comelec, they will wait for Congress to pass a law or a joint resolution postponing the polls, originally set for October 31.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Gov Cua hits corrupt EBMC doctors, employees

VIRAC, Catanduanes, August 29, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – “I know the irregular activities at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC). I also know the corrupt doctors and employees there,” Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua said during the radio interview here last week.


Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua

This was the spontaneous reply of Gov Cua when he was asked about the alleged poor service of the EBMC which is said to be a major concern among the residents of the Bicol Island province.

“I'm just waiting for the employees involved in the irregularities to resign. We have a lot of things to do in order to improve the operations of the most important health facilities in our Province," Cua stressed.

He further stated that many projects are earmarked for the said hospital, as he said he is aware of its importance to the province.

Campaign on Illegal Drugs

Meanwhile, when asked about the problem on illegal drugs, he clarified that he is determined to implement a random drug testing among the employees and officials of the province.

In fact, he stressed further that of the six provinces in Bicol, Catanduanes is the first to schedule a workshop and seminar related to the community-based drug rehabilitation program.

The said program is expected to help in the rehabilitation of the drug dependents who have submitted themselves to the police, for possible rehabilitation.

“We need to have doctors who will help us in determining who among the drug users need rehabilitation,” he added.

“As of now, in cooperation with the law enforcement agencies, we have the names of persons who are said to be hooked into drugs. They need the utmost attention of the government, now," he further said. (With additional report from Rey “Bombastic” Boton)
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Pulis kan Mercedes, inarestar an sarong drug pusher

MERCEDES, Camarines Norte August 28, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Inarestar kan pinagsararong tawohan kan CIDG, PDEA asin mga elementos kan Mercedes PNP si Crispin Cebuano Jr y Bautista, alyas “Pamahaw”, sa buy-bust operation kasubagong aga, poco mas o menos alas 10:30.


Nangyari an pagdakop ki Cebuano sa Purok 3, Brgy 7, sa banwaan na ini.

Base sa record kan pulis, an arestado nasa listahan kan mga awtoridad bilang No. 8 sa drug watch-list digdi.

Mientrastanto, nakua sa saiyang poder an sarong pidasong sadit na heat sealed transparent plastic sachet na may laog nin pigtutubodan shabu. 3ng pidasong P100 na ginamit bilang buy-bust money, asin igwa pang cash na P500 sa saiyang bulsa.

An mga nakumfiscar na evidencia sa saiyang lawas an dinara kan mga awtoridad sa hepatura kan pulis para gamiton na evidencia sa pagsangat nin caso contra sa suspechado.

Pighahanda na ngonian an casong pagbalga sa ley dapit sa illegal na droga.
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Speaker Alvarez mawot tunawon an SK, barangay kagawad

QUEZON CITY August 29, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Bako sanang mawot ni Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez na i-oktaba an Barangay asin SK election na nakatalaan sa Octobre 31 ngonian na taon, kundi gusto niyang tunawon na nang padagos an SK asin an pwesto para sa mga consejal sa barangay.


Ini an pinaluwas na pahayag hale sa oficina kan speaker, sa intrevista saiya kan mga miembros kan media.

Segun ki Alvarez, sa parte kan SK, nakakaribaraw sana ini sa saindang pag eskwela, mantang sa mga consejal kan barangay, kulang man suboot an pakinabang sa sainda.
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Binadil na si 'Kalaw' sa Daet, CNorte, gadan

DAET, CNorte August 28, 2016 (Bicol Standard) “Dae na nindo maheheling na buhay si 'Kalaw', ta binawian na siya nin buhay kan makipagbadilan sa mga dae bistong mga tawo sa Trece de Mayo St.,sa atubangan na gayo kan Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital sa P-1, Brgy. 6 sa banwaan na ini.


Si “Kalaw" na an tunay na pangaran ni Eduardo Bautista Jr y Sarmiento, napurohan kan mga tama nin badil sa saiyang lawas.

Dinara pa kuta an saiyang maylugad na hawak sa hospital, alagad, an sabi kan doctor na nag-asikaso saiya, mayo na siya nin hinangos kan mag-abot.

Afuera ki “Kalaw”, si Mark Paul Espanol nagsapo man nin mga bakrus sa saiyang lawas, huli sa kaparehong incidente.

Naheling kan mga testigo na an nagbadil ki “Kalaw” iyo an duwang persona na nakasakay sa motorsiklo.

Pagkatapos sana kan krimen, marikas na nagdulag an duwang suspechado pasiring sa dae madeterminaran na direksyon.

An mga pulis naggigibo pa kan saindang imbestigasyon dapit sa krimen na ini.
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Cops nab 8-months pregnant top drug personality in Naga City

NAGA CITY August 29, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- An eight months pregnant woman who is considered the number 1 drug personality in this city was arrested yesterday by a composite team along Magsaysay Avenue, Barangay Balatas.


The suspect identified as Lorna San Juan y Dela Torre is facing a criminal charge for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act now pending in the sala of Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Judge Soliman Santos, Jr.

The recommended bail is P200,000, the police said.

Recovered from the suspect's possession were a small heat-sealed plastic sachet containing a substance believed to be shabu, a plastic box containing a small sachet with the same substance, a wallet, cash amounting to P5,342, and a cellphone.

The drug personality is allegedly the niece of Balatas Punong Barangay Pedro San Juan, whose residence is adjacent to where the suspect resides.

The suspect was brought to the police station, while the recovered pieces of evidence were taken to the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

School Heads in the 21st Century

By Imelda Del Rosario
Principal, Pamplona High School

The position of a school principal is certainly a demanding one. So many groups and individuals have expectations to what school heads should give and achieve.

According to Marsh (1992), each of the groups has its own expectations of a School Head/Principal.
Parents and community members expect someone who is public-minded and high-principled. They expect a person who is open to outside invitations and who will regularly communicate with them.



Teachers expect their school heads to be functional leaders and supporters of common initiatives. The school head is expected by teachers to be very visible and active around the school campus.

Students expect a sympathetic counselor in their school head. He/she is expected to be the final arbiter on matters of justice, discipline, and in giving penalties. Above all, they expect an inspirational model and charismatic figurehead.

Government officials and senior officers expect school heads to be thorough, reliable, efficient, and capable of implementing and monitoring departmental policies and to be surely influenced by vocal minority groups.

The School Head as a CEO – The core track or business of a school is to provide quality education. The school head’s primary responsibility is to keep the school on track. Like a CEO efficiently running a company/business establishment, a school head/principal needs to think about many things: finances, personnel, delivery of quality service, good business representation, and even manifesting a legal client base. What keeps things together is the instructional leadership that the school head/principal is expected to demonstrate.

Instructional leadership is something specific to a school head/principal. It refers to anything that school leaders do to improve teaching and learning in the school. It focuses on learning and its promotions. This is the reason why instructional leaders are also called learning leaders (Marsh, 1992).

Instructional leadership facilitates directions and support for a school head’s instructional program. An instructional leader aims to improve instruction to achieve the goals of quality education. To do this, the school head makes sure that existing policies, practices, and resources are aligned with the goal. In other words, a school is effective if the principal is practicing Instructional leadership.

The school’s primary goal is to provide quality education is first and foremost delivered in the classroom through the teachers who provide instruction. This means that as a school head/principal, your job is to see to it that quality instruction is provided in your school.

A school principal has a lot of responsibilities. Different groups expect different things from school heads. A common expectation, however, is that the principal should demonstrate leadership.

Countries that perform best in educating their children are most likely to enjoy the highest levels of economic success. The school head plays an important role in achieving this end.
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AFP lauds NDF declaration of indefinite ceasefire

MANILA, August 28, 2016 -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has lauded the decision of the National Democratic Front (NDF) to extend indefinitely its week-long ceasefire in view of its peace talks with the government. 



"The AFP have noted with elation and optimism this breakthrough in the peace negotiations," AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Saturday.

The rebel ceasefire took effect 12:01 a.m. of Aug. 21 and was supposed to end 11:59 p.m. of August 27. It was declared following the release of ranking leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, who were named consultants to the Oslo, Norway peace talks on August 22-26.

During the past week, the government and NDF panels agreed on six major contentious issues that would move the negotiations forward.

They also re-affirmed previously signed agreements, among them The Hague Joint Declaration in 1992, Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) in 1996, and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) in 1998.

Both panels also agreed to reconstitute the JASIG list, which will be on an encrypted file and will contain photos and identities of NDF consultants who are still in hiding but will be immune to arrest as the negotiations are underway. (PIA)
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GOSPEL | Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled


August 28, 2016
Luke 14:1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor.
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place.
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bicol now has 24 Negosyo Centers, more to come to help MSMEs -- DTI

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bicol regional office has been relentless in its effort to reach out and assist the sector of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) throughout the region by setting up Negosyo Centers, now totaling 24.



DTI Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said at least 12 additional centers were launched for the first semester of this year.
Blanco said the establishment of the Negosyo Centers are in accordance with Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act to help uplift the fate and develop more micro, small and medium enterprises.
Negosyo Center, according to Blanco, promotes easy way of doing business, facilitates access to grants and other forms of financial assistance, Shared Service Facilities (SSF) and other equipment, ensures management guidance, assistance and improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs, and facilitates a wider market access.
“The presence of the Negosyo Center in each municipality and province aims to provide better and more efficient services to MSMEs. The same also provides referrals and facilitates linkage of MSMEs with other national government agencies to avail of the latter’s related programs and services,” she added.
Of the 24 established Negosyo Centers, seven are in Camarines Sur, four each in Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, and Albay, three in Masbate, and two in Catanduanes.
Blanco said that the presence of the 24 Negosyo Centers in the region will bring in more business opportunities to communities and MSMEs.

She also added that they will contribute in the rapid development of various cities and municipalities in the region.
With the Negosyo Centers now serving the Bicolanos, the DTI has assisted close to 5,000 existing and new entrepreneurs.

DTI Bicol sets a target of 23 Negosyo Centers by end of the year.
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Penafrancia 2016 Schedule of Events



August 30, 2016

5 PM - Mass & Procession of the Divino Rostro from Basilica to Penafrancia Parish Church with Caceres Clergy

August 31-September 8, 2016

5 AM - Novena Mass, Penafrancia Shrine
4 PM - Confessions, Penafrancia Shrine
5 PM - Novena Mass, Penafrancia Shrine

September 8, 2016

Natal Day of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Bishop Gainza Trade Fair  2016 Formal Opening
Vacant Lot, Elias Angeles Street

September 9, 2016

Feast of the Divino Rostro
Start of the 9-Day Novena of Our Lady of Penafrancia
2 PM - Community Mass
Plaza de Covarrubias, Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine
3:30 PM - Penafrancia Traslacion Procession
from Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
5:30 PM - Pontifical Mass
Quadricentennial Arch, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

September 10, 2016

7 AM - Regional Band, Majorette & Fancy Drill Competition
3-7 PM Confessions - Minor Seminary Arches (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)
5 PM - Novena Mass - Quadricentennial Arch, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

September 11, 2016

5 AM - 2016 Naga Highland Triathlon - Metro Naga Sports Complex
3 - 7 PM Confessions - Minor Seminary Arches (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)
5 PM - Novena Mass - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
9 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds

September 12, 2016

3-7 PM - Confessions - Minor Seminary Arches (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)
5 PM - Novena Mass
8 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds
10 PM - Perdon Procession - from - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral along the major streets of Naga

September 13, 2016

6 AM - Pontifical Mass - Diocese of Virac - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
8 AM - Pontifical Mass - Diocese of Libmanan - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
3 - 7 PM - Confessions -  Minor Seminary Arches (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)
3 PM - Union of Bicol Clergy - Holy Rosary Minor Seminary
5 PM - Novena Mass
8 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds
10 PM - Perdon Procession - from - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral along the major streets of Naga

September 14, 2016

6 AM - Pontifical Mass- Diocese of Daet - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
7 AM - BSP/GSP Parade and Inter-school DXMC Competition - Plaza Quezon
5 PM - Novena Mass
8 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds
10 PM - Perdon Procession - from - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral along the major streets of Naga

September 15, 2016

3 AM - Penitential Procession of Ina and Divino Rostro
6 AM - Pontifical Mass - Diocese of Sorsogon - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
7 AM - Civic Parade and Float Competition - Plaza Quezon
3 - 6 PM - Confessions -  Minor Seminary Arches (Naga Metropolitan Cathedral)
5 PM - Novena Mass - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
6 PM - Union of Bicol Clergy Mass - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
7:30 PM - Confessions inside the Cathedral
8 PM - Sarong Banggui, 1st Bikol Regional Music Writing Competition and Battle of the Bands  - Plaza Quezon
8 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds

September 16, 2016
Special Non-Working Day per Proclamation No. 654 s. 2013

3 AM - Penitential Procession of Ina and Divino Rostro
6 AM - Pontifical Mass - Diocese of Masbate - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
7 AM - Regional Military Parade - Plaza Quezon
10 AM - Pontifical Mass, Military Ordinariate - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
3 - 7 PM - Confessions - Minor Seminary Arches - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
6 PM - Novena Mass
8 PM - Marian Procession - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral Grounds
9 PM - Vigilia de Espigas - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral

September 17, 2016

3 AM - Penitential procession of Ina and Divino Rostro
6 AM - Pontifical Mass - Arch. Rolandro Tria Tirona - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
7 AM - Regatta sa Salog (Ginebra San Miguel Boat Race) - Dalhugan ni Ina (Reina del Bicol Landing)
10 AM -Pontifical Mass - Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
2 PM - Community Mass - Quadricentennial Arch
4 PM - Penafrancia Fluvial Procession - Naga River
6:30 PM- Pontifical Mass, Arch. Socrates Villegas, Basilica Minore Grounds

September 18, 2016
Solemnity of Our Lady of Penafrancia

6:30 AM - Pontifical Mass - Basilica Minore
8 AM - Pontifical Mass - Basilica Minore
9: 30 AM - Pontifical Mass - Basilica Minore
11 AM - Pontifical Mass - Basilica Minore
6 PM - Pontifical Mass - Basilica Minore

September 24, 2016
4 PM - 4th Regional Cheer and Dance Competition - JMR Coliseum
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PHOTOS | Miss Bicolandia 2016 public presentation



Twenty official candidates were selected out of the 23 pre-qualified contenders and 30 applicants for the Miss Bicolandia 2016 Beauty Pageant.

Miss Bicolandia 2016 Candidates
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