Saturday, May 28, 2016

DSWD pushes for accreditation of civil society organizations in Bicol

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has pushed for the accreditation of civil society organization based in the Bicol region to ensure that government programs and projects are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the need for the accreditation is being pursued for the government agencies to properly monitor and safeguard the proper use of funds on programs and projects carried out in partnership with CSOs.

Garcia explained that the measure is aligned with Section 34 and 35 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code, which mandates local government units (LGUs) to promote the formation and operation of CSOs to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy especially in the delivery of basic services, capability-building, livelihood projects and development of local enterprises designed, among others, to enhance the well-being of the people.

"CSOs, composed of community members are being recognized by the government to have better position to implement projects. Accountability and transparency of the project are exact if the implementers of the government projects are based in the community," he added.

He furthered that the CSOs likewise play critical role in preparing the communities not only to receive government funds but eventually manage and implement government projects themselves.

Guidelines for accreditation of CSOs provide that a.) must have operated for at least three years prior to the date of application for accreditation in the Geographical Areas of Activity and Technical Area(s) of activity being applied for accreditation; b.) must not have any incorporator, organizer, director, trustees, offices or affinity to any DSWD official involved in the processing of its accreditation, or any official of the Government Agencies funding and implementing the program or the project to be implemented by the CSOs; c.) must not have any derogatory record with any government agency; d.) must not be in default or delay in liquidating.

At present, four CSOs are accredited and seven CSOs are under assessment. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

Driver, natusok an daghan kan manibela, gadan

RAGAY, Camarines Sur – Natusok an daghan kan manibela kan saiya man sanang pigmamanehong vehiculo an driver kaini na nabistong si Arnold Dunlao, 60 anyos, na na nakabanggaan kan sarong bus sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi sa imbestigasyon, sabatan an dalagan kan duwang vehiculo kan mangyari an aksidente.

Base sa sa report na hale ki PCInsp. Ariel Blanco, an hefe kan pulis digdi, suboot nakalaog sa linya kan bus an pigdadalaganan na tinampo kan van kaya dae na naibitaran na magka-bunggoan an pareyong marikas na dalagan kan mga vehiculo.

An bus pigmamaneho ni Rommel Guab, 40 anyos an edad.

Huli sa makusog na maray na banggaan kan duwang awto, saro sa mga nakalunad sa van an irido, mantang tulong mga pasahero sa bus an nagsapo nin mga rungas sa saindang lawas.

An driver kan bus yaon pa ngonian sa hepatura kan pulis mantang ginigibo pa an masunod na desposisyon kan caso.

Mientrastanto, an mga viajeros sa nasambit na highway an makusog nang maray an reclamo huli sa dae na natatapos na paghirahay kan mga tinampo na parate iyong causa kan mga aksidente.

Afuera kan mahyong huraw na ginigibong pagrepair, kulang nin mga road signs sa mga pighihirahay na mga lugar.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mag-agom na nagtitindang shabu sa Mercedes dinakop

MERCEDES, CNorte-–Carcel an temporaryong estaran kan mag-agom na sinda Mark Paul Garcia (alyas Biboy) asin Madel Antonette Garcia, pareyong taga Purok 2, Brgy. 2 digdi, na dinakop kan mga awtoridad sa ginibong opersyon contra sa ilegal na droga.

Katuwang kan mga pulis digdi an mga tawohan kan Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Philippine Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) asin 503rd Maritime sa pag enforsar kan search warrant na firmado ni Executive Judge Arniel Dating kan Branch 41 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) digdi, contra sa mag-agom na Garcia.

Nakua sa saindang poder an minasunod na mga evidencia: duwang pidasong heat sealed na transparent plastic sachets na may laog nin pigtutubodan na shabu; 3ng pidaso nin sadit na plastic sachets na may laog nin puti na pubos, na pwedeng shabu man guiraray an laog.

May iba pang mga gamit sa pag-usar kan ipig papangalad na droga an nakua kan mga awtoridad sa poder kan mga suspechado.

An mag-agom na Garcia yaon sa listahan kan mga pigsasahotan na agit-agitan na parapabakal nin droga digdi.

Nagluluwas sa pugol na evidencia kan mga awtoridad na si Mar Paul Garcia iyo an ika apat sa 10ng mga pusikit na para bariwas nin droga sa banwaan na ini, asin sa mga pagtaraid na lugar.

Hasta sa presente, an may agom na Garcia yaon pa sa laog kan detention cell kan pulis, mantang pighahalat an desposisyon kan caso.

Sinangatan sindang caso criminal na pagbalga kan RA 9165, na mas bisto sa apod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Immigration places Purisima, 10 others under "Alert List"

MANILA --The Bureau of Immigration has included former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, director general Alan Purisima, and 10 others in its alert list.

Allan Purisima
By Official Gazette of the Philippines
But Purisima and his co-accused in the graft charges before the Sandiganbayan are not barred from leaving the country as the BI order only advises authorities about their attempt to enter and exit the country.

"Accordingly, all Immigration officers are directed to promptly relay any pertinent thing to their entry or exit, or their attempt to enter or exit the country to the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and refer subject to the PNP or NBI whenever encountered at any port of entry," the order said.

Aside from Purisima, also placed under alert list are Gil Calaguio Meneses, Napoleon Romero Estilles, Allan Acong Parreño, Melchor Velasquez Reyes, Ford Guerrero Tuazon, Mario G. Juan, Salud R. Bautista, Enrique S. Valerio, Lorna Perena, Juliana Pasta, all facing graft charges in connection with the anomalous gun license courier deal in 2011.

The case is now pending before the Sixth Division of the anti-graft court. (PNA)

Leni excited to work with Duterte

Leni Robredo
MANILA, May 27 (PNA) -- Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Friday said she is excited to work with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte after Joint Congress sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) declared them winners in the 2016 elections.

The neophyte solon, in an interview with local journalists in Naga City, could not hide her excitement after NBOC finished its job tabulating their votes where she edged out her closest rival, Senator Bongbong Marcos, by more than 200,000 votes.

" Obligasyon ko po hindi lang bilang susunod na pangalawang pangulo, pero obligasyon ko po bilang Filipino na ibigay 'yung 100 percent support ko sa kaniya [Duterte]. Kasi 'yung kaniya naman pong success, hindi naman para sa kaniya. Ang success niya para sa buong bansa," Robredo said.

"Naging mahirap po 'yung eleksyon, naging very divisive. Kinakailangan pong mag-rebuild tayo bilang isang bansa at kailangan po ni President Duterte 'yung ating tulong lahat," she added.

Shortly after winning the race for vice president she said she was willing to accept cabinet position if offered by the next president [Duterte].

Robredo said she has not spoken with Duterte specifically about the Cabinet position that will be delegated to her. She opts to wait for her proclamation before paying him a visit.

"Palagay ko po napaka-premature pa na makipagkita dahil hindi pa ako napo-proklama. Hihintayin ko po muna 'yung aking proklamasyon bago pumunta sa kaniya para magbigay ng aking kortesiya. Ayaw ko naman pong pangunahan," she explained.

The NBOC finished the official tally of the votes for president and vice president at exactly 7:17 Friday night, just four days of canvassing.

NBOCs official tally shows that Robredo finished with 14,418,817 votes while Marcos had 14,155,344. Robredo led Marcos by only 263,473 votes.

Duterte came up with a huge margin against his rivals in the presidential race, garnering 16,601,997 votes.

Senate canvassing chairman Aquilino Pimentel III said Duterte and Robredo would be proclaimed early next week. (By Sammy F. Martin, PNA)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Travel blogger Nathan Allen speaks up on 'persona non grata' issue

Top travel blogger Nathan Allen has released a tell-all article on his experiences in Bicol, and why
Sorsogon Board Member Frank Ravanilla declared him persona non grata in 2015.

In his article posted May 24, 2016, Allen said, "[2015] was also the year I ended up all over national news when a sensitive tourism board declared me "officially unwelcome". However, nobody heard the full story."

"Filipinos seem to love a good issue. So much so, that sometimes one is created fromthin air. "White Guy Rampages Through Tourism Office" makes for a sensational headline, but it's far from the truth. The reality is actually quite boring.

I simply showed up in a tourist office in Sorsogon, and told them I was there to promote the region. I explained what I do and how it works, then asked to please have the tourism officer text me. I handed the girl my business card, smiled, then walked out," he explained.

Read the full article here.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

CHED names Ten Outstanding Students of Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY--After a rigorous screening process, the Bicol region’s “Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines” (TOSP) for 2016 have been named and awarded in a ceremony held here last May 23.

Coming together as the TOSP Batch 2016, with the batch name “Bungkaras” (‘Rise-Up’ in Bicol), are the seven finalists: (from left to right) Bryan Cariaga from Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Andrew Refareal from Bicol University, Francis Orasa from the University of Nueva Caceres, Mary Joy Acobera from the University of Nueva Caceres, Ron Ephraim Roluna from Ateneo de Naga University, Kristuffer Pring from Bicol University, and Jay Chester Usero from Catanduanes State University. (Photo: PIA Bicol)

Now on its 55th year, the TOSP Awards, a program sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), aims to promote academic excellence of the youth and their servant leadership through community involvement.

This year, seven highly-achieved students have been selected from across the Bicol region to join the TOSP Batch of 2016. But out of these seven finalists, only three were chosen as TOSP awardees and will represent the Bicol region on the nationwide TOSP search.

Claiming the esteemed achievement as Bicol’s TOSP Awardees are Jay Chester delos Santos Usero of Catanduanes State University, Ron Ephraim Banda Roluna of Ateneo de Naga University, and Andrew Ollet Refareal of Bicol University’s Polangui Campus.

Usero, a Cum Laude English Major, is a Dean’s Lister of his school and an advocate of humanitarian aid programs in Catanduanes. Roluna, a BS Biology student, is an advocate of HIV awareness for the youth, and a Youth Advisory Panel of the United Nations’ Population Fund. Refareal, an English Major Magna Cum Laude and a two-term editor-in-chief of their school publication, is the first TOSP awardee from a university’s external campus.

These three awardees will represent Bicol in the TOSP national search, but all seven finalists have been incorporated in the TOSP Alumni as Batch 2016 with the batch name “Bungkaras” (‘Rise-Up’ in Bicolano).

Joining the awardees in TOSP Batch 2016 are their fellow finalists; Mary Joy Lumbria Alcobera of the University of Nueva Caceres, Bryan Albaniel Cariaga of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (Pili Campus), Francis Parañal Orasa of the University of Nueva Caceres, and Kristuffer Darcyth Tan Pring of the Bicol University.

The candidates for the award underwent a strict selection process by a Regional Screening Committee, with members from the academe, business, science and humanities field. The selection was overseen by a Regional Executive Committee (REXECOM), composed of representatives from CHED and other government and private sectors.

“These kids have done so well,” said Dr. George Colorado, Regional Director of CHED 5 and Chairman of the REXECOM. On his message to the awardees, he also stated: “Let us all inspire each other as we learn, lead and serve for life, for the love of God, of our fellow Filipinos, and of our country, the Philippines.” (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

Kumbento kan Lagonoy natuprod kan kalayo

LAGONOY, Camarines Sur – Nagpasalamat si Arsobispo Rolando Tirona na mayong nakulgan sa nangyaring pagkasulo kan duwang eskalon na Kumbento kan banwaan na ini kan sarong aldaw.

Base sa ginibong pag siyasat kan mga bombero nagpoon an kalayo sa ika duwang eskalon kan edificio. Nagguikan an kalayo sa mga luma nang mga linya nin kuryente.

Mientrastanto, si Padre Toots Imperial, an Cura Paroko digdi nagsabi na narisa niyang nagpoon an kalayo pasado alas 5:30 nin hapon kan Mayo 25.

Ipigdeclarar kan mga bombero na na controlado na an kasulo alas 8:00 na nin banggui.

Nagluluwas sa report na maski na ngani igwa nin duwang mga bombero na nakadistino sa banwaan na ini, mayo sinda nin fire truck asin iba pang gamit sa pag ampat kan kalayo.
An duwang mga bombero naka distino sa Lagonoyo iyo sinda FO1 Dante Martillano asin FO3 Joan Rosales.

An nakatabang sa pagsigbo kan nag aarab-adad na kalayo iyo an mga bombero hale sa kataid na banwaan kan Goa asin Tigaon.

An natuprod na edificio iyo an Kumbento kan Saints Philip and James the Apostles na itinugdok 60ng taon na an nakaagi.

Sabi ni Archbishop Tirona, na nagdalaw tulos sa sinambit na simbahan hihingowahon guidaray na makapaguibo kan kabaeng na edificio.

Kun nuarin, mayong pang fecha an nasambit.

Sa katakod na bareta, an mga residentes kan banwaan na ini nangangapodan sa mga officiales kan saindang banwaan na sa orog na madaling panayon mag tarabang sa pag disponir nin fire truck asin dugangan an mga bombero.

Naghahadit an mga taga Lagonoy na kun mapapasipara an problemang ini mas dakulang peligro an saindang pig-aatubang.

Mantang pig susurat an baretang ini mayo pang tataramon asin pahayag hale mga oficiales lokal digdi. --LDBJr/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

8 lalaki dinakop sa Illegal Gambling sa Daet

DAET, CNorte-–Walong (8) personas an pinorompon kan mga pulis sa banwaan na ini asin sinangatan nin reklamong pagbalga sa PD 1602 na bistado sa apod na Illegal Gambling.

An mga inarestar kan mga awtoridad iyo sinda Edwin Endiate Villareal, Sherwin Alto Panimdim, Jesuil Combalicer y Portugal, Emerson Tinitigan y Aguilar, Rafael Abogado y Maigue, Jake Rinono y Ballester, Cesar Baitan y Raitand asin Christian Lukban y Bacerdo.

Nangyari an pag-arestar sainda sa Pentagon Terminal, sa Barangay Camambugan, sa banwaan na ini kan Mierkoles, poco mas o menos alas 10:30 nin aga.

Sabi kan mga awtoridad digdi, an saindang ginibong operasyon parte kan saindang pinaisog na kampanya contra sa paglakop kan mga illegal na sugal.

An mga evidencia na nakua kan mga miembros kan team na nagraid sa lugar iyo an kantidad P1,548.00 na mga sari-saring clase nin cuarta, duwang (2) pidasong kahon na gibo sa kahoy, duwang (2) pidasong envelope na papel, duwang sets nin color games asin sarong bola.

An problema sa pag kuriyat kan illegal na sugal haloy nang-pig iiriwalan sa lokal na gobierno digdi.

Pirang bulan nang nagdadanay an pag turuklingan kan mga oficiales kan banwaan na an parateng tema, kun sisay na oficial an nag tatao nin bendisyon sa pag danay kan ilegal na aktibidad.

An mga awtoridad naghuma na dadakupon liwat asin kakasohan an sisay man na mag buhay liwat kan ilegal na pasugalan digdi.--LDBJr./BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Lalaking nang kaplog, hinombalan nin gapo sa payo, gadan

BACACAY, Albay--Pwedeng an paghapros o pagumlo kan privadong parte kan lawas kan agom ni Nerio Valenzuela an rason kun nata ta ginadan an victimang si Renato Nova Jr. na taga Barangay Banao digdi.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, grabe an tama sa payo kan victima.

An ginamit na armas kan kagibo kan krimen iyo an dakulang gapo na pwedeng ihinagbok sa payo ni Nova Jr.

Segun sa declarasyon ni Lea, agom ni Nerio Valenzuela, na iyong ipigtutukdong suspechado sa
krimen, nakahigda siya sa sarong duyan.

An distancia kaini pirang metros sana sa lugar na nag-iinom nin arak an mag-amigong sinda Renato Jr. asin an saiyang agom na si Nerio.

Nabigla suboot si Lea kan makamate nin kamot sa saiyang lawas. Huli kaini nabigla siyang nag-alimpuhat, dangan nahulog pa ngani sa duyan na pigtuturogan.

Mientrastanto, an suspechadong si Nerio Valenzuela mayo sa saindang harong tanganing hagadan nin declarasyon dapit sa bagay na ini.

Sa ibong na lado, si Renato Nova Sr. nagtuga sa mga imbestigador na talagang makulit an saiyang aking si Renato Jr. kun nakaka inom.

Alagad, nagrason pa an magurang na bako man siya nin naaraman na record na may ginibohan na ining maraot sa babae, arog na isinasahot saiya.

Sa parte kan mga awtoridad, pighahanda na ninda an casong homicide contra ki Valenzuela.

Huli ta dae man an suspechado nadakop sa acto na ginigibo an isinasahot na krimen, isasangat ninda an reclamo sa officina kan Procurador kan Albay.

Hasta sa oras na pig susurat an baretang ini mayo pa nin informasyon kun haen ngonian an suspechado.--LDBJr./BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DepEd-Bicol ready for June 13 class opening

Ramon Fiel Abcede
LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Bicol Region is now well prepared for the opening of classes on June 13 for both elementary and Grade 11 of the senior high school.

This was the assurance DepEd Bicol Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede made Tuesday as he said his agency will implement the new curriculum under the K-12 program.

Abcede said he sees no problem in the implementation as they had been preparing for it for five years.
Aside from their preparation, he said, they have Plan B and Plan C for any problem that may crop up during the opening of classes.

The DepEd Bicol chief said there are more than 2,000 new school buildings intended for the senior high school in the entire Bicol and 50 percent of these are ready for use by Grade 11 while those under construction are 20-60 percent completed and are scheduled to be finished in the first semester of the coming school year.

"Also part of the Plan B and Plan C is to use the excess and un-utilized classrooms of the junior high school in various parts of the region and there will be adjustments in the time of classes," he said.

Abcede said the more than 53,000 teachers in the region are also ready for the class opening, of which 2,777 are newly hired for the senior high school, courtesy of the DepEd national office.

"Since 2013, the government has solved the problem on the lack of about 100,000 teachers in the entire country; in fact, more than 12,000 have been given to Region 5." he said.

Abcede said the ratio now is 1:38 in every classroom in the region or one teacher for every 38 students in the elementary.

"As of now, 75 percent of the more than 90,000 Grade 10 completers have already enrolled and are expected to enter Grade 11. Of this total, about 10,000-15,000 are private schools and the rest are from public junior high school," he said.

The DepEd official called on those who finished high school under the old curriculum and are enrolling for Grade 11 to do so as the subjects in the first year and second year in college are the same.

Abcede said their technical personnel are monitoring the delivery of the of procured needed items whose supply has been awarded to contractors, involving Php400 million worth of tools, equipment, materials and other technical-vocational and livelihood tracks needed for the entry of senior high school students. (PNA)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

17ng sachet nin shabu nadakop sa taga-Pili

PILI, Camarines Sur – Hinog na an haloy nang hinaman na plano kan pulis na surodon an gabos na lugar na may mga imbuelto sa pagbariwas kan pigpapangalad na droga.

Sa bisa kan search warrant na pinaluwas kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) tinimbog na kasoodma an saro sa nagkapirang agit-agitan asin pusikit na paratinda nin droga digdi.

Dae ngona pinangaranan kan mga awtoridad an dinakop na lalaki na taga Zone 5, Tagbong.

Mawot kan mga pulis na siertohon na shabu talaga an laog kan 17ng sachet nin mga pigtutubodan na droga asin drug paraphernalia.

Sa entrevista ki PO3 Eneno Calongui, sinabi kaini na yaon sa listahan kan mga imbuelto sa retail nin droga an lalaki na saindang rinamalan.

An police operation ginibo poco mas o menos alas 7:00 nin aga kasoodma.

Afuera sa suspechado, nagluwas na an report na dakul pang mga pangaran nin mga imbuelto sa pagpabakal nin droga an pighihimunta nang isunod digdi.

Mahalat pa nin pirang aldaw an mga awtoridad para makua an official na resulta hale sa laboratoryo kan PDEA na iyong mapatunay kun shabu talaga an saindang nacomfiscar.--LDBJr/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Nagsalakat sa Nabua, nadakop tulos; kantidad P40K nakabalik

Nabua, CSur ---Mayo nang naginibo si Zaldy Solomon y Tarob kan siya itukdo asin ipadakop kan may sadire nin sarong grocery store na saiyang sinalakat kan sarong banggui.

Susug sa imbestigasyon kan pulis, si Solomon dating empleado kan grocery store na sadire ni Alexander Arellano. Alagad siya hinale bilang empleado huli sa sahot na halaba an saiyang kamot.

Nagluluwas sa record kan kasong ini na an suspechadong si Somomon nag agi sa atop kan tindahan para makalaog sa grocery store. Mantang yaon na sa laog kan tindahan rinapak kaini an sarayan nin cuarta, dangan idinulag.

Amay pa kan sarong aldaw kan maaraman kan kagsadire kan tindahan na yaon sa laog an suspechado kaya kan marisa na may nawawarang cuarta, siya tulos an pigdudahan.

Sa tabang nin nagkapira pang persona, hinahap ni Alexander Arellano kun yaon saen si Solomon.

Inabotan an suspechado sa terminal kan van na byahe pasiring sa Sorsogon na naghahalat kan masunod na awto na malarga.

Digdi pinogolan na an suspechado,hastang magtuga na siya talaga an naggibo kan pagsalakat sa grocery store.

Nakua sa poder kan suspechado an kantidad na P40,000.00 na iyong kantidad kan nawawarang cuarta sa tindahan.

Base sa dugang na declarasyon kan suspechado, igwa pa suboot siyang mga pag-iriba sa paghabon na pinangaranan na Mark asin Jeck. Kan hinapot kan pulis kun yaon sainda an saiyang pigtutukdong mga pagiriba, dae suboot niya aram an saindang pig-eestaran.

Sinangatan na tulos nin casong Robbery si Solomon kan pulis digdi.--LDBJr./BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicolana writer wins prestigious Australian literary prize

Merlinda Bobis
Photo via ANU
NAGA CITY--Bicolana writer Merlinda Bobis has received the prestigious Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at the New South Wales Premier's 2016 Literary Award in Australia.

Bobis won the prize for her novel Locust Girl: A Lovesong.

Locust Girl, she said, is a "political fairytale," taking on the issues of climate change, race, class, gender, and culture.

Bobis was born and grew up in Albay province. She currently teaches at Australia National University.

Her other works include Banana Heart Summer (Murdoch Books, 2005), The Solemn Lantern Maker (Sydney: Murdoch Books, 2008), and Fish-hair Woman (North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2011).--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

At least 15 Bicol schools increase tuition fees

NAGA CITY--Students in at least fifteen Bicol schools should expect higher tuition fees this coming school year 2016-2017, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Bicol Regional office announced.

These schools include Ateneo de Naga University, University of Nueva Caceres, ACLC College, Naga View Adventist College Inc., Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity College, STI College, AMA Computer College,  Siena College of Tigaon, Divine Word College, Ago Medical and Educational Center, PLT College, STI College, ACLC College Camarines Norte, Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation, PLG de Castro Colleges, and ACLC College Sorsogon. Universidad de Sta. Isabel, meanwhile, will have an increase in miscellaneous fees.

CHED has already approved the application of these colleges, Salvador Mediavillo, Chief Administrative Officer of CHED Bicol said in an interview.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


No expensive school supplies, DepEd urges schools

The Department of Education (DepEd) is urging all public schools to refrain from requiring expensive school supplies for students as classes begin on June 13.

The DepEd made the call together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during the special monitoring activity for school supplies in bookstores around Recto Avenue, Manila on Tuesday.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali called on the administrators of public schools to refrain from prescribing any branded or expensive school supplies which contribute to budgetary constraints of parents, especially those with children studying in public schools.

"Makakaasa po kayo na ang ating mga pampublikong paaralan ay hindi mag-oobliga ng mga mamahaling school supplies. (Rest assured that our public schools will not require expensive school supplies) No specific type or brand of school supplies will be required," said Umali.

"Maski po yung mga lumang kwaderno na spiral na may sobrang pahina na hindi nagamit noong nakaraang taon ay pwedeng pagsama-samahin at tahiin (All the unused pages of old notebooks in the previous school year can still be compiled and sewn together),” he added.

The DepEd official recommended the "Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies" released by the DTI to properly guide consumers in their purchase of school supplies. The link is posted on the official website and social media accounts of DepEd.

The special monitoring activity for school supplies was spearheaded by the DTI, together with representatives from DepEd, Department of Health-Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA), Local Government Unit-Manila and Senator Bam Aquino.

The monitoring team reported stable and reasonable prices of school supplies. (PNA)

PAGASA declares onset of rainy season

MANILA -- Expect rainshowers in the coming days as state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declares the onset of the rainy season.

The southwest monsoon or hanging habagat becomes the dominant weather system from June to early October, affecting the western section of the country. Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or the “winter winds” normally starts during mid-October and ends in mid-February.

Vicente Manalo, acting administrator of PAGASA said the widespread rainfall during the past few days suggest new development in the climate system as the prevailing winds previously blowing from the east was noted to persistently change in south to southwest direction. Although weak at times, it will gradually become stronger.

He said these prominent changes suggest a strong manifestation of the shift from dry season to wet season.

Cloudy skies with scattered rains particularly in the afternoon are anticipated to continue in the days ahead. However, possible break in rain events may occur after several days, Manalo said.

Meanwhile, weak El Niño condition is present in the tropical Pacific and expected to end around month of July while La Niña conditions is favored to follow during the second half of 2016.

Vicente said they will continue to closely monitor the situation and advisories shall be issued as appropriate and the public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the adverse impacts of the rainy season.

For Thursday forecast, southwest monsoon or hanging habagat will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite and Batangas while artly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

Moderate to occasionally winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over the western section of Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to occasionally rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southeast to south with slight to moderate seas.

The state weather bureau has not issued gale warning as the fisherfolk are safe to venture into the seas. (PNA)

Motorsiklo hinabon sa Paracale

PARACALE, Camarines Norte -- Saro na naman na motorsiklo an hinabon kan mga dae pa nabibistong tawo mantang naka garahe sa Real Street, Barangay Poblacion Norte, sa banwaan na ini.

An nawarang motorsilo na sarong Honda Wave 100 nakarehistro sa pangaran ni Timothy Era asin may plaka na 4978 EE.

Nawara an vehiculo poco mas o menos alas 7:00 nin bangui kan Marso 23,2016.

An victima sa casong ini nabistong iyo si Robert Sevilla y Calajate, 28, soltero, asin nag-eerok sa Real Street, Poblacion Norte, Paracale, Camarines Norte.

Base sa sumbong sa mga imbestigador kan victima, naaraman na lang niya na mayo na an saiyang motorsiklo sa lugar na pinaradahan kaini.

Huli kan siring na pangyayari, an mga pulis nagigibo ngonian nin imbestigasyon tanganing mahanap an nawawarang motorsiklo asin an personang responsible sa incidente.--LDBJr./BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Suspect in the murder of Jeff Villafuerte found dead

NAGA CITY – One of the principal suspects in the murder of Jeffrey Villafuerte, identified as Manuel “Awe” Rey was found dead inside the comfort room of the Reception and Diagnostic Dorm, at the District Jail of the BJMP office at Barangay Del Rosario here.

In an interview, the BJMP personnel told the media that at around 1:30 in the afternoon (May 23) the lifeless body of Rey was discovered hanging inside the comfort room.

BJMP officials said Awe Rey used a belt when he allegedly committed suicide.

The head of the BJMP instructed their personnel to rush the body of Awe Rey to the nearest hospital. However, Rey was pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigators from the Naga City Police Office declared that when they arrived in at the BJMP they did not see the lifeless body of Rey while his body was still hanging inside the comfort room.

It will be recalled that Manuel “Awe” Rey together with his twin brother Eusebio “Abong” Rey were both implicated in the murder of Jeffrey Villafuerte on March 2, 2015, inside the Camarines Sur Cockpit Arena at Milaor, Camarines Sur.

Five days after the incident, Awe Rey voluntarily surrendered to the local authorities.

Since June 3, 2015 he has been detained at the Naga City BJMP while the trial for the murder charge is being heard by the Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Meanwhile, the other suspect, Abong Rey is still at large.

Villafuerte was the son of ex-punong barangay Jojo Villafuerte.

He suffered four gunshot wounds, all of which were fatal.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Salceda hits Globe Telecom's poor service

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda led Globe Telecom subscribers in Albay in assailing the company's unexplained service interruption since Saturday.

In a statement on his Facebook wall, Salceda warned the firm of a congressional sanction if the problem is not remedied.

He said he had asked the National Telecommunications Commission to investigate this man-made disaster and impose penalties that are sufficiently high to deter the repetition of the situation.

Globe subscribers in Albay have been complaining of either poor or absence of signal in their phones for the past two days.

Salceda also warned the telecommunications firm that if it cannot not remedy its current poor service to its subscribers, he will be forced to file a resolution in the House of Congress for the revocation of the firm’s franchise.

“If this is not done before July 27, when Congress opens, then my first order of business in the House of Representatives is the revocation of its franchise,” he said.

Salceda said the unannounced, unexplained and almost uninterrupted service interruption of Globe Telecom since Saturday could not be left unpunished.

He even cited the ill consequences on the normalcy of lives and livelihood of thousands of subscribers, especially those non-restorable and non-recoverable effects.

“Globe should give just compensation of Php30 vouchers good for one day to texting, calling and surfing subscribers,” the congressman-elect said. (PNA) 

12-hour power outage to hit Sorsogon, Albay

SORSOGON CITY-- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has scheduled a 12-hour power interruption or from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 25, 2016.

The outage will affect consumers of Soreco 1 and 2.

The advisory said the power interruption is due to the replacement of rotten poles, crossarms and insulators along the Daraga-Sorsogon-Irosin line.

Meanwhile, a power interruption is also scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for consumers of APEC.

Said interruption is due to the replacement of insulators along the Tiwi-Malinao-Tabaco line, the advisory said.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


DOST helps address kids’ malnutrition problem in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol regional office here is working closely with local government units (LGUs) in the setting up of complimentary food facilities in an effort to address the serious malnutrition problem among children in the region.

So far, DOST regional director Tomas Briñas on Friday said, two key Bicol LGUs have already partnered with his office in the program called “Establishment of Processing Facility for the Production of Complementary Food, Veggie Noodles and Bread.”

The latest to embrace the program is Gubat, a first class urban-rural town of Sorsogon, which under the partnership agreement was provided by the DOST equipment for the production of complementary foods using the recommended formulations from DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).

Under the agreement, the Gubat LGU, through the new facility, will produce sufficient amount of food products that it would serve to malnourished children in the locality under its feeding program and sell to neighboring municipalities, Briñas said.

These food items will include rice-mungo curls, rice-mungo baby instant blend and rice-mungo with sesame, which have been tested to reduce by over 50 percent the malnutrition incidence in certain application areas of the country.

Studies conducted by the FNRI show that mungo or mungbean (Vigna radiata), which is mainly used as human food, is one of the cheapest sources of plant protein which contains at least 27-percent protein and a good source of minerals such as calcium and sodium.

Dried mungo bean seeds are high in vitamins A and B while the sprouted ones are rich in vitamins B and C.

Rice, on the other hand, is the staple food serving the predominant dietary energy source for Filipinos.

A combination of these two locally-produced agricultural crops, when processed into complementary food supplement, showed significant increase in body weights of children after a four-month-long feeding program as tested in Agusan del Sur, Briñas said.

The rice-mungo curls, he said, a blend of rice flour and mungo is crispy with an appealing cereal taste enhanced by artificial flavors.

This product contains 130 kilocalories (kcal) of energy and four grams protein per 30 grams serving that is enough to meet the 12 percent of recommended energy and 14.3 percent of recommended protein intake of children with age of one to three years.

As a nutritious snack, it contains 15 milligram of calcium, one milligram of iron and 21 grams of carbohydrates, Briñas said.

The rice-mungo baby food blend in plain variety, meanwhile, is an instant food preparation rich in protein and energy processed using the extrusion cooking method.

The DOST regional chief said this food blend contains 120 kcal and four grams protein per 30 grams serving.

This formulation, he said, is enough to meet 17 percent of recommended energy and nutrient intake (RENI) for children aged six to 12 months and 29 percent of recommended protein intake for children of the same age.

It contains 140 calories (19 percent RENI) and four grams of protein (19.4 percent RENI) for children aged six to 12 months.

The other Bicol LGU now involved in the program is Iriga City of Camarines Sur where the earlier established DOST-assisted complementary food production facility being operated by the local government produces rice mungo curls and ready-to-cook rice mungo sesame blend.

The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur, meanwhile, also has its DOST-FNRI complementary food processing equipment and food testing laboratories.

Briñas, on Friday, said the development of these food supplements for children and the implementation of the production program in partnership with LGUs are part of DOST’s commitment to help curb malnutrition in the region and in the country.

According to the latest report of the Department of Education (DepEd) Health and Nutrition Center (HNC), Bicol ranked third highest among the country’s 18 regions in malnutrition among elementary pupils.

In school-year 2012-2013, it recorded 52,310 pupils, representing 5.37 percent of the region’s total number of elementary school children who were classified as severely malnourished (severely wasted) and fourth in secondary schools with 3.75 percent or approximately 10, 379 students classified under the same malnutrition status.

The region also had 139,539 pupils equivalent to 14.32 percent of all elementary pupils in school year 2013-2014 and 36,475 students, or 13.19 percent of enrolled as secondary students in public schools, considered as malnourished or wasted, according to the HNC.

Based on the same data, Albay had a 6.86 prevalence rate for severely wasted, a new term being used by nutrition officials to mean severely underweight.

The province had an even higher rating for wasted, or underweight, children at 17.55 per cent.

On the other hand, FNRI’s latest National Nutrition Survey (NNS) says the number of malnourished children in Bicol had increased from 33.5 percent in 2008 to 39.8 percent in 2013.

While the same survey noted that the underweight cases in the region declined from 33.8 percent to 24.6 percent, still it belongs to the top three regions with the highest number of undernourished children ages 0-5 years old (low weight for age ratio) next to Region IV-B or the Mindoro-Marinduque-Roblom-Palawan region with 27.5 percent and Western Visayas with 26 percent. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)

DOH reminds young party-goers to be careful of drinks during parties

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) said Monday that young people who are fond of going to parties to be watchful of what they drink in these events.

“Ang advisory naming sa mga kabataan, when you party, be sure na you’re safe with you friends, and be sure na you are not taking in something na baka nahaluan,” said DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin.

Garin also reminded organizers to ensure the safety of the party-goers, especially the young ones.

“Naroon po ang responsibilidad natin sa mga bata,” said Garin, citing that vigilance on the part of the parents, particularly in guiding their children should also be done to ensure the safety in going to parties.

She clarified that young people should not be discouraged from going to parties, provided that these events are conducted with utmost care and are free from food or drinks mixed with drugs that have hazardous health effects.

The Health Chief made the reminder as she also emphasized that they are still waiting for the result of the police investigation on the incident where the victims were rushed to hospitals after losing consciousness.

“It’s difficult to quantify that unless we really know the substance inside. Hintayin natin ano iyong nasa laman,” she said as she said that police investigators can aptly provide more detailed or comprehensive abstract report on the case.

Initial reports that came out was pointing to probability that certain dangerous drugs substances were mixed in the drinks and were taken by the victims at the CloseUp Forever Summer concert in Pasay City over the weekend.

She added that while it is still early to make conclusions on the incident, she said that the public should be aware that drugs substances cause harm to the young population as these can cause complications like heart attack due to fast palpitation of the heart, hyper feelings or having a feeling of dehydration.

She also said that other problems that are existing and related to that are leading to drug psychosis among the very young population nowadays.

“In our psychiatric ward, iyong drug-induced psychosis dumarami rin siya. That points to chronic substance abuse and it only points to the vast availability of illegal drugs and now you can see the health effects,” she added.

She said that in consequences like that accountability of the source if ever should be the one that should be put with much focus as there are clear indications that more young people are getting hooked to drugs based on the case recorded in drug rehabilitation centers.

She added that there should be stricter precautions for the organizers of parties/concerts also, so that, no other similar circumstances can happen in the future.

Garin also expressed elation over the agenda of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte which considers curbing illegal drugs as its top priority.

Meanwhile, in a statement released in its social media accounts, toothpaste brand Closeup said "We regret that despite the very stringent measures and precautions we have put in place to ensure the safety and security of all attendees involved, this incident still transpired." (PNA)

Lalaki, kinikilatan sa Talisay, todas

TALISAY, Camarines Norte--Dae na nakasalvar sa kagadanan an sarong lalaki na tinamaan nin kikilat kasoodma (Mayo 23), sa barangay Sto. Nino digdi.

Susug sa imbestigasyon kan mga awtoridad an victima iyo si Joey Aras y Lopez, na residente kan barangay na nasambit.

Sabi kan mga testigo sa pangyayari, si Aras nakatindong harane sa oma kasoodmang poco mas o menos ala 1:30 nin hapon.

Igwa suboot nin kaolay sa saiyang cellphone an victima kan biglang magkikilat asin magparakpatak.

An kuryente hale sa kikilat nagtulay pasiring sa saiyang kinakamugtakan, kaya nagsapo siya nin mga lapnos asin sulo sa saiyang lawas.

Sa paghuna na pwedeng pang maisalvar an saiyang buhay, dinara si Aras sa Our Lady of Lourdes District Hospital para ipabulong.

Huli kan grabeng kuryente na nagdalihig sa saiyang hawak, dae na kinaya kan victima na maka-agwanta an saiyang buhay.

Base sa report, binawian nin buhay an victima poco mas o menos alas 5:00 nin hapon kasoodma sa sinambit na pabulongan.--LDBJr/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tulak nin droga, dinakop sa Nabua

NABUA, Camarines Sur–-Saro na naman na suspechado sa pagbariwas nin shabu sa banwaan na ini an nahulog sa kamot kan mga awtoridad, por medio kan ipinaluwas na search warrant ni RTC Judge Timoteo A. Panga Jr kan Branch 60 digdi.

Si Police Sr Inspector John Murray C. Cutaran, an Officer in Charge sa hepatura kan pulis an namayo kan operasyon kan pulis kan fecha 23, ngonian na bulan na Mayo.

Dinakop kan mga awtoridad si Jurix Pontillas y Tenoso, 44 anyos, taga Zone 5, sa Barangay La Opinion, digdi.

Ginibo an paghaloghog kan residencia ni Pontillas poco mas o menos alas 2:30 nin hapon,
Tulos rinamalan an suspechado asin dinara sa hepatura kan pulis.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an sarong plastic na kahon na may laog nin nagkapirang mayong laog na sachet, 3ng lighter, mayong laog na mga plastic, sarong sadit na plastic sachet na may laog nin pig tutubodan na shabu, asin sarong itom na color na holster.

Igwa pang nakua an mga awtoridad na sarong calibre .45 na Colt Defender na pistola na may serial No. 845997. Ini may naka salpak na magazine na may laog nin 7ng bala.

Ginibo an pag-imbentaryo kan mga naconfiscar na mga contraband sa atubang kan mga testigo.

An suspechado sasangatan nin casong pagbalga kan RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 asin RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act).--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bus, nakabudal sa kahoy sa Cam Sur

PILI, Camarines Sur--Nakabudal sa kahoy nin acacia an sarong Raymond bus sa Maharlika Higway, Brgy. Palestina bandang alas 3:20 kasubagong maumagahon.

An insidente nangyari sa atubangan kan warehouse kan NFA.

Ipigdalagan sa Bicol Medical Center sa Ciudad nin Naga an driver kan nasambit na bus asin an nagkapirang mga pasahero para sa asistencia medical.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Pimentel wants Bicol as federal state

Aquilino Pimentel Jr,
Photo via Pimentel Institute
MANILA--Federalism advocate and former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. has proposed the Bicol region to be among the four federal states of Luzon should the shift occur.

Also in his list of proposed federal states are North Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and the cluster composed of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Palawan, Romblon, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao and Bangsamoro.

Pimentel is likewise proposing that Metro Manila be designated as the country's capital, like Washington, D.C. is to the United States.

Pimentel said federalism will promote competitiveness among federal states and dissipate causes of rebellion in the country, facilitating development nationwide.

“By creating eleven federal states and by converting Metro Manila into a federal administrative region, we immediately establish 12 centers of power, finance and development throughout the country,” he said.

The country must first amend its 1987 Constitution so a shift from democratic to federal system of government can happen, noted Pimentel.

He believes such constitutional amendment is possible during Duterte's six-year term.--With report from PNA

DTI Bicol releases price guide for school supplies

LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office in Bicol has released the 2016 price guide for school supplies.

Included in the guide are prices for notebooks, writing pads, crayons, pencils, ballpens, and erasers, among others.

DTI advised consumers to be guided by the “Gabay sa Presyo ng School Supplies” on their purchases, and to report retailers selling above the prices indicated in the guide by calling DTI Nos. 480.5721 or 0947.805.1596.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Papin files election protest against Fuentebella

Imelda Papin files election protest against Noli Fuentebella
Photo via Imelda Papin Boses nin Pagbabago Group
QUEZON CITY -- An election protest case against former Speaker Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella who won as Camarines Sur 4rth district representative was filed Monday by defeated congressional candidate Imelda Papin.

Fuentebella, who was proclaimed by the members of the Provincial Board of Canvassers of Camarines Sur defeated Papin by a slim margin of 740 votes in the May 9 elections.

The protest case was filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

The protestant is asking the HRET to conduct a manual recount of the votes, including a manual revision of the rejected ballots.

Papin also asked the tribunal for a recount to annul and set aside Fuentebella’s proclamation and declare her as the duly elected representative of the district.

Meanwhile, in the same petition, the protestant asked the tribunal to immediately secure the ballot boxes, together with the list of voters and voting records, the book of voters, and other documents and paraphernalia, including the automated Election Returns, the list of voters with voting records and other documents or paraphernalia.

In an interview by the BICOL STANDARD, Fuentebella said that Papin has the right to avail of the remedies afforded to her by law.

He said, however, that he is very confident that even if Papin’s election protest is given due course by the HRET, the results of the election would still be the same.

“There were no recorded untoward incidents or irregularities during the election. The Comelec records could attest to the very orderly conduct of the May 9 polls," Fuentebella added. -- LDBJr/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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