Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Army to deploy 100 soldiers to Masbate

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) will dispatch a company of Army soldiers to help in maintaining peace and preventing any election-related violence that might erupt in Masbate, tagged as an election hot spot in Bicol.

According to Army Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman, 9th Infantry Division spokesperson based in Pili, Camarines Sur, the deployment of 100 soldiers from their unit will augment the 500-strong Army battalion operating in Masbate province.

Guzman said the sending of additional Army troops was a directive from Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya, Solcom chief, made during the AFP-Philippine National Police (PNP)-Commission on Elections (Comelec) dialogue on security preparation for the upcoming May elections in Masbate held on Tuesday in Masbate City.

Quoting Visaya, Guzman said the augmentation is needed to achieve peaceful and orderly elections in May, during which intense political rivalry is prevalent and political armed groups (PAGs), including the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, remain a threat to the communities.

Visaya and Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., PNP Bicol regional director, reactivated the Joint Masbate Task Force to be headed by Police Sr. Supt. Lito Pitallano and Army Col. Samuel Felipe.
At the dialogue, Visaya gave a marching order to his men to go after PAGs and NPA rebels that threaten to sow fear among residents during the election campaign period.

He appealed to local candidates not to use PAGs to gain advantage against their political rivals and also not to give in to the NPA demand for PTC (permit to campaign) or PTW (permit to win).

Also during the Tuesday dialogue, joint police and military units in Masbate launched the Safe and Fair Elections (SAFE) drive aimed to address security concerns for a peaceful election during the May 9 national and local polls.

At the dialogue, current peace and security issues were addressed, such as only authorized military or police personnel should detailed for security assignment to a political candidate.

The local candidates also agreed to sign an election peace covenant among themselves on Feb. 26.
The event will be witnessed by top Comelec, AFP and PNP officials.

Attending the dialogue were Masbate Gov. Vincent Revil; former Gov. Antonio Kho and his wife, Rep. Olga Kho of the 2nd District; and town mayors Narciso Bravo of San Fernando, Natividad Revil of Milagros, Romeo Dela Rosa of Baleno.

Earlier, the reactivated Regional Special Operation Task Group Masbate composed of 350 policemen from various PNP units, including a company (100-strong) of Special Action Force commandos is now operating in Masbate.

The battalion of elite police unit will augment the 1,000 police force in the province. (PNA)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Points for self-improvement for teachers

by Marneth S. Ignao
Don Lazaro Madara
Memorial School

No matter how many years you have been teaching, there is always room for improvement. Whether it is in how you manage your classroom, organize your time, or present interesting information with new teaching strategies, you can always enhance yourself to become a better educator.

Here are some tips for self-improvement:

1. Learn about new teaching strategies

There are loads of resources these days about new teaching strategies that you may add to your repertoire. Education journals and the Internet provide many of these strategies, their pros and cons, as well as examples of which kind of content they are best suited for., for instance, lists the following teaching strategies: alternative assessments, anchor activities, grade as you go, homework options, menus or agendas, question choices, think-pair-share, jigsaw, and think-tac-toe. These will jumpstart your brain and inspire you to pull yourself out of the rut.

2. Freshen up your content

With the explosion of the availability of information, you now have immediate access to updates in the field of study you are teaching. For instance, if you are a science educator, you can look for recent breakthroughs in science that will help keep your students keep posted. This will spark interest not only in your students, but also in yourself.

3. Amp up your technological skills

Strengthening your tech skills during your free time will help you become more productive and creative. If you have always tried to stay away from computers, perhaps now is the time to learn using one. Challenge yourself to make slide presentations or compute grades using software. Or, if you are already computer literate, try looking for new tools such as the Google Apps for Education which might help save time and effort in the long run.

4. Improve classroom management

If you notice that your class is bored, lacks focus, or is simply difficult to run, maybe it is time to improve your classroom management. Why not talk to your students about their needs and interests, stand next to rowdy students, try not lecturing for a whole period, and varying the activities? As many experts point out, students who are not actively engaged in learning will engage themselves in disruptive behavior. So, try to improve classroom management to keep them interested in learning.

5. Become more organized

A teacher has to juggle his or her time, files, and projects. However, organization often takes a backseat compared to preparing urgent reports or making lesson plans. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of organization you need to do, try setting smaller goals. For example, you have resolved to organize your time. Set aside a period for doing so. You can also try investing in a planner or a desk calendar. Furthermore, instead of writing down important information on small pieces of paper that could get lost in the clutter, try becoming disciplined by writing everything in a notebook.

Regardless of the stage you are in in your teaching career, or what time of the year it is, you can always use some improvement in the different areas of your life as an educator. Try these tips, and work not only for a better class, but also for a better self.


Soreco II suspends implementation of 10% surcharge to late payment of dues

The Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (Soreco II) has issued an order suspending the imposition of a 10% surcharge to consumers who fail to pay their dues on time.

Office Order No. 57 from General Manager Atty. Percival G. Alvarez reads that the same is due to public clamor.

"The same is hereby suspended immediately," the Order, which is directed to all departments, division and branches of the electric cooperative, the Order dated February 11 states. "Hence, you are directed not to charge the same to delinquent consumers," it further says.

"You will be advised of the decision of the Board after the same is reviewed. You will likewise be advised on what to do with charges that were already paid," Alvarez wrote.

The new policy of Soreco II, it would be recalled, drew flak from member-consumers who called it excessive and unjust.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Catanduanes’ tourism industry showing more vigor—DOT

Tuwad Tuwadan Hill & Beach, Balagñonan, Pandan, Catanduanes
Photo: Catanduanes Tourism Promotion
With an increase of 19.77 percent in tourist arrivals in the third quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2014, the tourism industry in the Bicol island-province of Catanduanes is showing more vigor, according to the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) here.

This increase formed part of the consistent growth of the province’s quarterly rate of arrivals last year as in the first quarter, it leaped 23.81 percent or from 31,847 to 39,432; and 15.18 percent from 46,380 to 53,424, both compared to the same periods of 2014, DOT Regional Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla said here on Monday.

For the last quarter of 2015, reports from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) was yet to be received by the DOT regional office but Ravanilla said they are confident that the upward trend would be maintained when figures of arrivals still being collated from various local accommodation outfits are completed.

This confidence, she said, is drawn from the fact that during the whole of last year, no strong typhoon hit the island called the "Land of the Howling Wind" being the first landmass to be kissed by the waves of the Pacific Ocean, exposing it to most typhoons crossing the country.

Ravanilla also acknowledged the Catanduanes PTO’s aggressive tourism promotion using the social media -- which is the cheapest, fastest and today’s most far-reaching publicity carrier.

Indeed, Catanduanes, according to her, is a promising travel destination owing to its off-the-beaten path ecotourism wonders, dive sites and sea surfing venues like Puraran Beach where waters offer thrill and adventure reeling with surf, sand and sun and featured as the island’s tourism icon sitting amid the backdrop of scintillating coves and rolling hills.

Added to these are the historical Bote Lighthouse in the province’s municipality of Bato, the Libtong Falls in San Andres town and the Binurong and Balacay Points -- both in Baras, which all have been favorite picture-taking venues by netizens posting photographs in their social media accounts, she said.

The province also boasts of Twin Rock Beach Resort and Puraran Surf Resort, respectively, located in the municipalities of Virac, the provincial capital, and Baras town, the province’s surfing capital.

The social media exposure generated by these postings helps a lot in the promotion of the province’s tourism potentials apart from national and local governments programs that recognize the island as a rapidly-developing province, which President Aquino has included in his administration’s countryside development agenda as a tourism growth area, Ravanilla noted.

She attributes these local tourism industry gains to the unrelenting support that the national government is providing to the vigorous promotion and site development that the provincial and municipal governments are initiating all-year round.

“The provincial government headed by Governor Araceli Wong has been working closely with all the mayors of the 11 towns of the province in the development of the local tourism industry, thus, these achievements,” she stressed.

Ravanilla said her agency realizes the potentials of the island as a world-class ecotourism destination, the reason why it has been included in the formation last year of the “Triple C” cluster, a local tourism industry development alliance called “Gems of the Pacific”, for its geographical location which is along the rim of the Pacific Ocean.

The cluster involves part from Catanduanes, the provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte -- all comprising a tourism development area (TDA) as identified in the 2011-2016 National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) of the DOT.

Ravanilla said two sub-TDAs form this cluster -- the Caramoan-Catanduanes Tourism Link (CCTL) covering the tourism town of Caramoan, Camarines Sur and the entire Catanduanes area; and the Camarines Tourism Circuit (CTC) covering the rest of Camarines Sur and the whole of Camarines Norte.

For the CCTL, Caramoan, which lies at the northeastern tip of Camarines Sur separated by Maqueda Channel from Catanduanes, covers Caramoan Peninsula where a group of exotic islets serving as a major ecotourism destination sits.

For the CTC, Camarines Sur has been a long-time tourist destination with its Camarines Water sports Complex and Peñafrancia Festival of Naga City while Camarines Norte is famous for its Bagasbas Beach and Calaguas Islands, known for its pristine beaches of a long stretch of powdery white sand.

“Catanduanes, along with every part of Bicol, is practically a tourist attraction, that is why all its six provinces are included in the regional tourism development cluster defined by the NTDP. What we do under this clustering is putting in place strategic directions and programs that make their tourism products more competitive,” Ravanilla said.

The three other provinces —- Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon -- have earlier been formed into the AlMaSor Tourism Alliance, which is tagged as the “Soul of the South” of Philippine tourism industry.

The tourism development programs in both the Triple C and AlMaSor are being done through the improvement of market access, connectivity, destination infrastructure; and enhancement of tourism institutional, governance and industry manpower capabilities, she said. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Two dozen public health/welfare-related bills await Senate OK

Without the luxury of time, members of the House of Representatives of the 16th Congress are pinning their hope on their colleagues in the Senate for the passage of some 24 measures promoting public health and welfare.

As of February 4, 2016, congressional records would show that, excluding socio-economic, political and other concerns, there are some 24 public health and welfare related bills that were passed by the bigger chamber and now pending in the Senate.

The following House-approved bills include those passed during the First, Second and the current Third Regular Sessions of Congress:

1) HB 398 - Mandatory Pregnancy Testing of All Women of Childbearing Age Who Will Undergo Cosmetic Surgery (Rep. Susan Yap);
2) HB 1617 - Establishing the Mercury Exposure Information Program (Reps. Rufus Rodriguez & Maximo Rodriguez, Jr.);
3) HB 3727 - Requiring Healthcare Facilities to provide a Price List of its Healthcare Services including incidental expenses and Medical supplies that can be charged in the Medical bill (Rep. Roman Romulo);
4) HB 3728 - Mandating Ocular Prophylaxis on Newborns (Rep. Philip Pichay);
5) HB 4000 - Strengthening the Regulation of Health Facilities and Services in the Philippines (Rep. JC Rahman Nava, M.D,);
6) HB 2384 - Amending the Family Health Code of the Philippines (Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia);
7) HB 2072 - Declaring Malunggay (Moringa) as 'The National Vegetable of the Philippines' and The Month of November of every year as 'The National Malunggay Month.' (Rep. Gina P. de Venecia);
8) HB 4558 - Establishing Special Education (SPED) Centers for Children with Special Needs in all Public Schools Divisions, providing for Standards and Guidelines (Reps. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Rodolfo Biazon, and Lani Mercado-Revilla, et al);
9) HB 4577 - Institutionalizing a Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Care System, providing for the establishment, supervision and regulation of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Profession, providing penalties therefor ( Reps, Susan Yap and Lani Mercado-Revilla);
10) HB 5018 - Requiring Government agencies to indicate the Blood Type of individuals in the Identification Cards, Certificates and Licenses (Reps. Susan Yap, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, Juan Johnny R. Revilla, et al);
11) HB 5067 - Prohibiting the collection of fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities in the Land Transport terminals, stations, stops and rest areas (Rep. Maximo Dalog);
12) HB 5087 - Regulating the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children�s toys, school supplies, childcare articles and other related products, containing hazardous chemicals ( Reps. Anthony G. Del Rosario, Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, Susan Yap, et al);
13) HB 5178 - Strengthening the Philippine Comprehensive Policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment, care and support, and establishing the Philippine National HIV and AIDS Plan (Reps. Lani Mercado-Revilla, Gustavo Tambunting, et al);
14) HB 5187 - Enhancing the role of Parent-Teacher Association in promoting the welfare and protecting the rights of children and the youth (Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz);
15) HB 4907 - Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children (Rep. Susan Yap);
16) HB 2611 - Elderly and visually impaired friendly Philippine Currency Design, amending Section 53 of R.A. 7653 (Reps. Neri Colmenares & Carlos Isagani Zarate);
17) HB 5377 - Preventing and controlling pollution from ships and providing penalties therefor (Reps. Douglas Hagedorn, Lawrence Fortun, Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo, et al);
18) HB 5538 - Providing for a revised Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Program and providing penalties for the violation thereof, repealing for the purpose R.A. 7170, as amended, also known as the Organ Donation Act of 1991 (Reps. Carlo V. Lopez, Harlin Abayon, Rufus Rodriguez, et al.);
19) HB 5675 - Defining Electronic violence against women and their children, providing protective measures, and prescribing penalties, amend the anti-Violence against Women and their children Act of 2004 (Reps. Emmi de Jesus, Luzviminda Ilagan, Harlinj Abayon, et al.);
20) HB 5955 - Establishing a free Basic Medicare Assistance Program in all Government Health Facilities nationwide ( Reps. Erlinda M. Santiago, Joseph Gilbert Violago, Angelina D. L. Tan, M.D., et al.);
21) HB 5956 - Mandating the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to increase the coverage for Dialysis treatment of members of the National Health Insurance Program to ninety (90) Sessions per year (Reps. Francisco Calalay, Jr.& Leopoldo Bataoil);
22) HB 6076 - Regulating the practice of Food Technology in the Philippines, creating for the purpose the Board of Food Technology (Reps. Gary Alejano, Francisco Ashley Acedillo & Evelina Escudero);
23) HB 6204 - Requiring Basic Education Students to undergo Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training (Rep. Joseller "Yeng" Guiao); and
24) HB 6397 - Strengthening compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Reps. Emmeline Y. Aglipay-Villar, Mark Villar, Marcelino Teodoro, et al.)

The abovementioned list does not include dozens of local bills upgrading/establishing hospitals and health facilities in the various districts nationwide and other health related measures approved by the House and now pending in the Senate, those already enacted into law, and those in their advance stages in the legislative mill.

Suspect for illegal recruitment, estafa nabbed

BASUD, Camarines Norte–A person suspected suspect for illegal recruitment and nine counts of estafa was arrested here at around 9:50 a.m. Saturday at Purok 2, Brgy. Bactas.

The suspect, identified as Shane Recaña y Salve aka Nida Recana y Salva, 37 years old, is married and a resident of the aforementioned place of arrest.

Personnel of Basud Municipal Police Station (MPS) arrested the suspect by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Judge Daniel C Mendoza of Regional Trial Court Branch 49, Manila, docketed under Criminal Case number 15-3209929-38 dated November 9, 2015 for Illegal Recruitment in a Large Scale, with no bail recommended, and Php192,000.00 bail recommended for the nine counts of Estafa  broken down as follows: Php18,000, Php16,000, Php24,000, Php24,000, Php24,000, Php16,000, Php18,000, Php36,000 and Php16,000 respectively.

The arrested person is presently under the custody of said MPS for proper disposition.–BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Cam Sur lawyer disbarred for notarizing SPA of dead persons

NAGA CITY—The Supreme Court disbarred a lawyer from Pili, Camarines Sur for notarizing a special power of attorney (SPA) for deceased individuals.

Atty. Rex A. Resuena was found to be guilty of malpractice as a notary public, of violating the lawyer’s oath as well as Rule 1.01, Canon 1 of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

He is further perpetually disqualified from being commissioned as a notary public.

Earlier, Virginia Perez, Marcella Perez, Amador Perez, Gloria Perez, Gracia Perez and Valentino Perez filed a complaint for ejectment/forcible entry against Gregory Fabay before the Municipal Trial Court of Pili, Camarines Sur with respondent Atty. Resuena as their counsel.

On the same date, October 15, 2003, Atty. Resuena notarized a special power of attorney (SPA) with plaintiffs as grantors, in favor of Apolo D. Perez.

However, it appeared that it was only Remedios Perez who actually signed the SP A in behalf of Amador Perez, Valentino Perez, Gloria Perez and Gracia Perez.

Said SPA was recorded in Atty. Resuena's notarial book as Doc. No. 126, Page 26, Book 1, Series of 2003.

The ejectment case was later on decided in favor of the client of Atty. Resuena, however, on appeal, the Regional Trial Court of Pili, Camarines Sur, Branch 32, ordered the case to be remanded to the court a quo to try the case on the merits.

In its Decision4 dated August 4, 2005, the trial court noted that both Amador Perez and Valentino Perez have already died on September 7, 1988 and April 26, 1976, respectively.

Complainant Fabay alleged that Atty. Resuena violated the provisions of the Notarial Law by notarizing a special power of attorney notwithstanding the fact that two of the principals therein, Amador Perez and Valentino Perez were already dead long before the execution of the SPA.

Complainant added that Atty. Resuena likewise notarized a complaint for ejectment in 2003 where Apolo Perez was made to appear as attomey-in-fact of Amador Perez and Valentino Perez when again the latter could not have possibly authorized him as they were already dead.

The high tribunal ruled: "A notary public should not notarize a document unless the persons who signed the same are the very same persons who executed and personally appeared before him to attest to the contents and truth of what are stated therein. The purpose of this requirement is to enable the notary public to verify the genuineness of the signature of the acknowledging party and to ascertain that the document is the party’s free act and deed."

Resuena was admitted to the Philippine Bar on May 11, 1999.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Sunday, February 14, 2016

How to make better slide presentations

Slide presentations made using PowerPoint or similar software have become common classroom tools in the past few years. But while many teachers are now equipped with the computer literacy to make these slide presentations, not all are trained to make effective ones that are able to drive home the lesson.

It used to be the case that slide presentations were novel and engaging enough in and of themselves. However, after years and years of lectures and seminars where speakers often use these tools, slide presentations have become boring and drawn-out, and ultimately a nightmare for teachers who want their students to learn. Here are thus some tips to make slide presentations more interesting and effective for teaching.

1. Plan your presentation.

A little planning goes a long way in creating a powerful presentation. Try telling a story with your slides, one detail at a time, instead of randomly sharing ideas. A good presentation, like a good story, must have a beginning, middle, and end, or an introduction, body, and conclusion.

2. Focus on one thing at a time.

It is easy to spot a poorly-prepared presentation: it often makes use of chunks of texts or paragraphs instead of giving the audience one vital point per slide. Remember that when you flash a slide on the display, your audience will read the text. Make sure that you are talking about the same point that is currently onscreen so as not to confuse your audience. No matter how smart you believe your audience is, do not expect them to absorb what you are saying at the same time as they read a paragraph onscreen. The mind can only juggle so much information at a time. Take note that too much information will not impress your audience, but will only obfuscate what you are trying to say.

2. Use visual elements

Try using pictures, graphs, or even videos to keep your audience interested. However, do not distract their attention with images that are unrelated to the topic, regardless of whether you find them visually entertaining.

3. Design your presentation wisely

In an effort to appear creative, some presentors tend to use too many decorative typefaces and colorful backgrounds. These often distract your audience as their brain tries to sort out all the information you give them. Try using a sans serif font for the body text and a decorative font sparingly and only if they are easy to read. Make sure that dark text is on a light background or vice versa, but never a dark text on a dark background. This seems basic, but you would be surprised to see how many presentors make this novice mistake.

4. Ask questions.

Try to think about the presentation not as a straight-up lecture with all information coming from yourself and the slides alone. Instead, make it interactive by asking questions that pique curiosity and interest from your audience. You may try to quiz them on the subject matter or let them linger on an idea  by allowing them a few moments to think about their personal experiences.

By keeping these practical and simple tips in mind, you too can make effective, well-designed, and interesting slide presentations that will keep your students engaged in the lesson.

by Lexie N. Barra
Don Lazaro Madara
Memorial School

Army, NPA clash in Masbate on Valentine's Day

Map via Solcom
A platoon of the 9th Infantry Battalion encountered at least five rebels at around 5:47 a.m. of Valentine's Day in Barangay Buri of Mandaon, Masbate.

9th IB Commander Lieutenant Colonel Patrick E. Cinco reported that the encounter lasted for five minutes and resulted in the recovery of one Colt M16 rifle and five improvised explosive devices. He further said that no soldier was hurt while the rebels scampered to different directions to evade the attacking soldiers.

903rd Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Fernando R. Trinidad directed pursuit and blocking operations against the fleeing insurgents.

The strike operation was carried out to verify a call from a concerned resident in the community about the presence of five fully-armed men conducting extortion activities in the barangay which also coincided with the intelligence monitoring of the 9th Infantry Batallion.

HOW SWEET | Valentine's Day in Camarines Sur

Cops of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office once again gave roses to commuters at the Maharlika Highway in Camarines Sur this morning in time for Valentine's Day.

This program, which takes place every year, is part of the Police Community Relations program. 

The program was led by Senior Supt. Walfredo G. Pornillos, OIC of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office.


Valentine's Day sa Naga City, Bicol

Macocolor asin magagayon an mga burak asin manlaen-laen na panregalo para sa Valentine's Day sa plaza sa Naga City.



Featured Post

PhilHealth enhances benefit for infants, aims for healthier babies

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently expanded its coverage of essential health services for newborns to en...