Friday, May 13, 2016

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Albay fetes teachers, schools for 2015 NAT ranking

The Provincial Government of Albay, led by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, celebrated its annual night of honor for Albay educators with the Titsers’ Nyt, Gay Palcon Achievement Award Ceremony, yesterday at the Albay Astrodome with the usual fanfare and prestige.

Now on its 9th year, the award ceremony bestows distinction to schools in Albay which ranked the highest mean point scores in the National Achievement Test (NAT), conducted by the Department of Education, by subject areas and on overall mean point scores.

Awardees, numbering around 135 coming from all over the province, received cash awards, plaques and certificates during the formal ceremony.

The 10 top Best Performing Schools to get awards are Legazpi Port ES, Sto. Domingo CS, Ligao West CES in Binatagan (Big Schools, Grade VI), Buga ES, Upper Bonga ES, Hindi ES (Medium Schools, Grade VI), Dapdap ES (Tiwi), Pinagbadilan ES, Busay ES (Small Schools, Grade VI) and San Agustin IS of Libon for Medium Schools, Year IV.

Albay placed 35th this year overall in the NAT, a significant achievement which saw the ranking of the province jump up from as low as 198th before the term of Governor Salceda started.

Re-elected Board Member Richard Benjamin Imperial, the Chairman on Education of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay, recalled in his message his first dialogue with Joey Sarte Salceda when he assumed office in 2013, noting that the Governor gave strict conditions on his chairmanship of the Education Committee.

“The Governor told me to never decrease the budget of education, in fact, see to it that it gets bigger, he also asked me to create long term plans for education in Albay where the momentum created will continue to grow,” BM Imperial said.

The Board Member from the Second District of Albay also said that each year, Albay provides a minimum of 30 million pesos to deliver assistance to Albayanos for higher education, noting that the PGA also provides assistance to teachers who wants to further their education, ensuring that the quality of education in Albay progresses.

Outgoing Senior Board Member Glenda Ong Bongao, speaking in behalf of Vice-Governor Harold Ong Imperial, said that the award ceremony is more than just honouring our beloved teachers, but it also represents the years of persistent and dedicated efforts of educators which forms the mold of the future for Albayano youth.

“Tonight, we honor our teachers for all the preparation and hard work that you do each day and each night, and we, the PGA, would like to thank you for bringing dignity to your noble profession worthy of all the praises heaped upon you,” BM Bongao said.

The Titser's Nyt (Gay Falcon Achievement Awards Ceremony) is an institutional program of the Provincial Government of Albay through the Provincial Education Department that was started in 2007 under the conceptualization of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda. (PGA-PIO) RCFernandezIII May 13, 2016

Bicol under threat of La Niña

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The Bicol region is among the areas that face the most risk for the La Niña phenomenon which experts increasingly forecast as possibly developing later this year.

"If La Nina develops then as predicted, its big impact will be felt during 2017's first quarter in eastern parts of the country," said Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section OIC Anthony Lucero from State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

He noted first quarter of the year is also when the rainy season generally peaks in the country's eastern portion so communities there must prepare accordingly.

"La Nina aggravates the rainy season," he continued.

Apart from Bicol, also at risk are Isabela, Quezon, Leyte and Samar provinces, and the Caraga region.

Such areas border the Pacific Ocean where La Nina and thedrought-driving El Nino phenomenon develop.

According to experts, La Nina and El Nino are the corresponding cool and warm phases of a recurring natural climate pattern called El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) across tropical Pacific.

An ENSO-neutral state is one in which conditions are near long-term average, they said.

They said above-normal rainfall is a mark of La Nina while shortage of precipitation is a manifestation of El Nino.

Landslides and flooding are among consequences of above-normal rainfall during La Nina, they noted.

This week, PAGASA said the prevailing strong El Nino continues weakening and will likely be ENSO-neutral already by mid-2016.

"The possibility of a developing La Nina is favored during the second half of 2016," PAGASA also said.

Such forecast prompted government to reactivate its La Nina watch.

Data indicate La Nina and El Nino generally occur alternately.

The last La Nina episode occurred from August-September-October 2011 to February-March-April 2012, data also show.

Citing as basis latest available climate models and historical data, Lucero estimated an 80 percent chance for La Nina's development during the second semester of 2016.

"Historical records show three out of four La Nina episodes occurred after strong El Nino events," he said.

Earlier, PAGASA wasn't as upbeat about La Nina's development this year as Lucero noted two internationally renowned institutions' previous climate models instead forecast continuation of El Nino through 2016's second semester.

Fresh data indicate La Nina may develop possibly around the June-July-August 2016 period, however, he noted.

"We might see La Nina's manifestations starting October this year," he warned.

PAGASA forecast above-normal rainfall in most parts of the country that month. (With report from Catherine Teves/PNA)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Salceda pushes for Daraga's cityhood

LEGAZPI CITYThe cityhood of Daraga is among my top legislative priorities, Joey Salceda said following his proclamation as Albay 2nd District Representative.

Joey Salceda
Joey Salceda
(Photo via Salceda's Facebook account)
The first-class municipality is home to the Cagsawa Ruins, and the 400-year-old Our Lady of the Gate Church. It is also the site of the forthcoming Bicol International Airport.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Albay governor also announced that among his other priorities are the National Higher Education Contribution System for Private Tertiary and Free public college, the Establishment of Special Trust Funds.

Salceda said that also in the pipeline are the following projects: the completion of the Bicol Internation Airport, Southline Railways from Tutuban to Legazpi, then Matnog, extension of SLEX Franchise to Legazpi, then Matnog, the Mayon SouthEast Quadrant Diversion Road (Padang, Legazpi to Libod, Camalig) Cagsawa Island Slope Protection, 4-lane highway from Airport to Legazpi City (PPH Extension), Daraga Networked/Connectivity Upland Road, Camalig Networked/Connectivy Upland Road, Manito Networked / Connectivity Upland Road, Batan Circumferential Road, Rapu-rapu Circumferential Road, and Tourism Facilities Enhancement.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DepEd assures teachers on poll duty to receive honoraria, service credits

The Department of Education said on Tuesday that the public school teachers who rendered election services as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the May 9 polls will receive honoraria as part of the government’s subsidy for the services rendered.

In a press conference, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that BEI chairmen and members shall receive Php4,500 and five-day service credits each for the performance of their election duties.

The breakdown of the Php4,500 financial allowance, based on DepEd data, is as follows: Php3,000 honorarium; Php500 verification and sealing of the books of voters; Php500 final testing and sealing of the Vote Counting Machines; and Php500 transportation allowance.

Meanwhile, each DepEd supervisor shall receive Php3,000 and five-day service credits while the support staff shall receive Php1,500 and five-day leave credits.

Luistro said that those who served shall be paid by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) through its Election Officer after three days via automated teller machine (ATM), Cash Card (pre-loaded) or cash advance.

The Education chief noted that there should be a list of actual attendance and performance of election duties to be submitted to the Election Officer in order to receive the honoraria.

Luistro also welcomed the passage of Republic Act No. 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act wherein election duty will become non-compulsory for public school teachers.

RA 10756, entitled “An Act Rendering Election Service Non-Compulsory for Public School Teachers, Authorizing the Appointment of Other Qualified Citizens, Providing for Compensation and Other Benefits,” was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on April 8.

However, the Comelec may also tap private school teachers; national government employees, excluding uniformed personnel of the Department of National Defense; members of Comelec-accredited citizen arms or other civil society organizations; and any registered voter of the city or municipality of known integrity and competence who is not affiliated with any candidate or political party, to serve as election officers. (PNA)

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