Friday, June 17, 2016

Ombudsman OKs indictment of ex-Albay solon

Former 3rd district Albay Representative Reno Lim
Former 3rd district Albay Representative Reno Lim
MANILA--The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the filing of charges against former 3rd district Albay Representative Reno Lim for the anomalous utilization of his 2007 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P27million. Lim, together with five Technology Resource Center (TRC) officials, Kaagapay Magpakailanman Foundation Inc. (KMFI) representatives and Carmelita Barredo of C.C. Barredo Publishing House, are facing charges of four counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and four counts of Malversation.

Included in the charge sheet are TRC executives Antonio Ortiz, Dennis Cunanan, Maria Rosalinda Lacsamana, Marivic Jover and Consuelo Lilian Espiritu, as well as KMFI representatives Carlos Soriano and France Mercado.

In the related administrative case, the Ombudsman also affirmed the administrative liability of Jover and Espiritu for Grave Misconduct and ordered their dismissal from the service.

Records show that in August and November 2007, Lim requested the release of his PDAF amounting to P30million and identified TRC as implementing agency with KMFI as NGO-partner.

The P30million was intended for the procurement of 8,000 sets of livelihood instructional materials and technology kits. In 2008, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by Lim, TRC and KMFI representatives. In its implementation, Lim “personally handpicked KMFI twice as project implementor without the benefit of public bidding.”

The Commission on Audit (COA) uncovered blatant anomalies in the fund use, citing the lack of public bidding; lack of track record of KMFI as it was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission only in 2006; the NGO had no legitimate business address as its address is the same as C.C. Barredo; no accreditation process undertaken to determine the capacity of KMFI; payment of P27million was made prior to signing the MOA; and project was considered “fictitious or ghost project” as no deliveries of livelihood kits were made.

In their field validation, Ombudsman investigators ascertained that “not one among the constituents of said legislative district received the livelihood technology kit.”

In his Motion for Reconsideration, Lim claimed that “he is not liable for his PDAF having no hand in its disbursement and having relied in good faith that it will be used for the purpose it was intended.”

DON'T MISS: Ex-Albay Rep. Lim faces charges for P27-M PDAF scam

In junking Lim’s contentions, the Ombudsman stated that “the evidence [consisting] of sworn statements of the witnesses, the disbursement vouchers, the indorsed/encashed checks, the MOA’s with KMFI, the written requests, liquidation reports, confirmation letters and other evidence on record, indubitably establish that [Lim] connived with the TRC officials in the repeated conversion of his P30million PDAF.”

The Ombudsman added that “the findings of this Office are also buttressed by the Notices of Disallowance recently issued by the Commission on Audit on 26 October 2015.”

Alleged rapist nabbed in Virac

Photo: CIDG Bicol
VIRAC, Catandunes, June 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Mario Tolledo y Banares, who was accused of the crime of Rape in relation to Republic Act 7610, was arrested by the members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) Wednesday morning at Barangay Buenavista.

This was upon the strength of the warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Lelu P. Contreras, Presiding Judge of Branch 42 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here.

The apprehending officers were led by SPO2 Bong Cornelio

The court did not recommend bail for the temporary release of the suspect.

Naga City mayor to cops: Strictly enforce curfew, city ordinances

Naga City Mayor John Bongat
Bicol Standard file photo
NAGA CITY, June 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Change is coming in Naga City, as an all-out campaign against violation of local ordinances will be launched next week by the city government.

In a meeting this week with top officials from the Naga City Police Office (NCPO), Mayor John Bongat said he will issue an Executive Order to underscore the no-holds-barred implementation of some ordinances which have not been strictly enforced.

The Peace and Order Council's Task Force COMET will be revitalized to effect the enforcement.

COMET stands for City Ordinance Monitoring and Enforcement Team.

In an interview with NCPO Spokesperson SPO2 Toby Bongon with BICOL STANDARD, he said Task Force COMET has three major components: Task Force Aninipot (firefly), Task Force Alulunti (earthworm), and Task Force Kiti-Kiti (mosquito wrigglers).

Task Force Aninipot will focus on enforcing the ordinance on entertainment night spots; Task Force Alulunti on anti-smoking, illegal gambling, littering, and noise pollution; and Task Force Kiti-Kiti on the anti-vagrancy, anti-truancy, and curfew for minors.

It would be recalled that in 2004, then City Councilor Bongat authored Ordinance No. 2004-072, otherwise known as the "Naga City Curfew Ordinance for Minors." The same law, however, is but a reiteration of Ordinance No. 192, Series of 1958.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Comelec en banc votes to extend SOCE deadline

MANILA, June 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Comelec en banc Thursday afternoon has voted 4-3 allowing extension of SOCE deadline until June 30, 2016.

Those who voted in favor were Parreño, Guanzon, Arthur Lim, and Abas while those who voted against were Bautista, Guia, and Christian Lim.

Earlier, the deadline was set on June 8, 2016.

It would be recalled that during the 2013 senatorial polls, when COMELEC extended the deadline several times.


The benefits of the early language, literacy and numeracy program

by Allan C. Ronquillo
Tabion Elementary School

In DepEd Order No. 12, Series of 2015, the Department recognizes that the foundation of learning is in a child's early language, literacy, and numeracy skills. These skills, according to DepEd, do not develop naturally, and thus require careful planning and instruction. There is thus, a need, for children to have access to age-appropriate and culturally-sensitive materials to help them develop the habits of reading, speaking, writing, and counting.

Under the K to 12 Basic Education Program, DepEd recommends strengthening these skills via the following strategy: first is to establish baseline data on the profile of the teachers and pupils; second is to develop materials; third is to develop classroom-based (formative) assessment protocol for literary and numeracy skills; and fourth is to develop professionally teachers and school heads.

From such strategy, it is easy to see that the children stand to gain the most from the program. By taking into consideration their profile, the existing functional program, and support mechanisms, DepEd is able to better understand and later address their needs. It is important to remember that a child's strong language, literacy, and numeracy skills form the base of his or her being a lifelong learner. It is on these skills that more intermediate ones will depend. When these skills are not developed early on, it is easy for the child to falter with more difficult tasks, and in turn fail at the ones society needs them to accomplish.

Teachers and school heads, however, also benefit a lot from the strengthening of such program. This is because when the children's needs are addressed, classroom management and teaching becomes easier, not just at the lower levels, but also at the higher ones.

The professional development that the program affords teachers and school heads also allows them to better their skills. This is through the program's contribution of enhanced pedagogical knowledge, skills and attitudes on early literacy and numeracy, improved ability to assess learner's literacy and numeracy skills, and sustained commitment in mentoring/sharing of teaching experiences to improve instruction and outcomes which all allow them to serve the learners more effectively and efficiently.

Also standing to gain is the community, which benefits from having citizens who are not only readers by Grade 1, but also are committed to learning throughout their lives.

I strongly urge the members of the community to support the early language, literacy, and numeracy program for the benefits that it provides the pupils, the educators, and the community itself. We owe it to ourselves to improve the skills of our learners and teachers, and by doing so, improve our nation. There is no better time to start than today.

3ng taga Baao dinakop huli sa casong panlulupig

BAAO, Camarines Sur, Junio 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)–Nadakop na kan mga pulis digdi an tulong tawo na may mandamiento de arresto hale sa Regional Trial Court (RTC) huli sa magagabat na mga kaso.

Sa report ni Police Chief Inspector Venerando F. Ramirez, an hefe kan pulis, saiyang sinabi na tinuklo ninda si George “Godot” Laceda y Bayos, 46 anyos, may agom, asin si Marites Laceda y Balani, 46 anyos, para atubangon an saindang mga caso sa jusgado.

An duwang nasambit na pangadan pareyong nag-eerok sa Sitio Liboton, Brgy. Buluang.

Dinakop sinda poco mas o menos alas 2:00 nin hapon kasuodma (Junio 15).

Kabale pa sa mga dinakop kan pulis iyo si Policarpio Bolo y Baldoza, 54 anyos, may agom.

Pinusasan man siya mismo sa saindang residencia sa Brgy. San Ramon, sa banwaan na ini, kasuodma man na alas 4:45 nin hapon.

An kasuguan na sinda darakopon hale mismo ki Judge Maria Clarissa L. Pacis-Trinidad kan Branch 36 kan RTC, sa Ciudad kan Iriga.

Nag-aatubang sinda nin 6 na casong panlulupig, na may Criminal Case Nos. IR-11570-11576 asin duwang counts nin Sexual Assault na may CC Nos. 11576-11577.

Huli sa magabat an mga kaso na saindang inaatubang, mayong fianzang ipigrecomendar para sa saindang temporaryong libertad.

An mga akusado dinara kan mga pulis sa saindang hepatura para sa magkakanigong disposisyon.

DOLE names ‘safest companies’ in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, June 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its attached agency the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) has announced its list of companies which offer the safest and healthiest working conditions based on its parameters.

DOLE Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla
Dubbed the Gawad Kalusugan at Kaligtasan (GKK) Award, it is the highest form of recognition for industries and individuals in safety and health in the region.

For the industry category, the regional awardees were Phil. Geothermal Production Co. Inc (PGPCI); National Grid Corporation (NGCP); Petron Corporation-Legazpi Depot; Coca-Cola FEMSA Phil., Inc. naga Plant; AP Renewables, Inc.-Tiwi Geothermal Plant; DIESCO Sorsogon; Innodata Knowledge Services, Inc., Legazpi City; and Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation.

Four awardees, meanwhile, were named for the individual category: They were: Mr. Rodjel Renan E. Cuebillas of PGPCI,; Victor C. Clet also of PGPCI; Ronald Vincent Garcia of NGCP and Mr. Anselmo M. Puse, Jr., of PGPCI.

The GKK Regional Champions will be representing Bicol at the National Level Awarding which will be held sometime in October this year.

“Getting a GKK award is not just an honor but also a prestige for both the company and its employees,” DOLE Hon. USEC Nicon F. Fameronag said in his keynote address.

Two years ago, Bicol bagged the GKK National Championship.

“Let’s do it again this time,” DOLE Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

Alert Level 1 up over Bulusan Volcano

SORSOGON CITY, June 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Alert Level 1 (abnormal) remains over Bulusan Volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) announced Thursday morning.

During the past 24 hours, Bulusan Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded two volcanic earthquakes. Weak emission of white steam plumes that rose up to 100 meters and drifted towards northwest was also observed.

This, Phivolcs said in its advisory, "indicates that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions."

“The local government units and the public are reminded that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions,” the advisory continues.

PHIVOLCS continues to closely monitor Bulusan Volcano’s condition.

Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar now a must for overseas work applicants

MANILA, June 16, 2016 – Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz reiterated to overseas work applicants to undergo the mandatory online Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS Online) required by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz
“I enjoin all Filipino overseas work applicants to adhere to this mandatory PEOS Online policy issued by the POEA which took effect this month,” said Baldoz, adding that this comprehensive, client specific, self-instructional, and computer-based education program seeks to provide prospective overseas Filipino workers with relevant, quality, and more accessible information about overseas employment.

The labor chief underscored the importance to overseas jobseekers the realities of working abroad which will help them in making a decision on whether or not to pursue overseas employment.

The online PEOS is also designed as an anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking strategy. It bridges the community based PEOS and the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar for overseas work-bound Filipinos.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has already issued Memorandum Circular No. 2, Series of 2016 requiring all Filipinos seeking overseas jobs for the first time to undergo and complete the mandatory online pre-employment orientation seminar (PEOS Online).

In his report to Secretary Baldoz, Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the online PEOS is now a pre-qualification requirement for new overseas job applicants as mandated by Section 23, Rule VI of the Omnibus Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 8042, as amended by Republic Act No. 10022, the POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 6, Series of 2016, and the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016.

“The mandatory PEOS also covers newly hired workers who have no prior record of deployment in the POEA database,” Cacdac said.

The POEA administrator informed that the online PEOS was developed separately for the skilled and professional workers category and the household or domestic workers category.

“New applicants should take the PEOS Online prior to submission of his application to a licensed recruitment agency. Likewise, the recruitment agency should submit for POEA processing only documents of workers who have completed the online PEOS,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac said the online PEOS is free of charge and applicants should report to the POEA any person, entity or recruitment agency charging any fee for its use.

The PEOS Online is accessible through the website using any personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone with internet connection.

Applicants without internet access may use the facilities of the POEA’s PEOS Online Hub, licensed recruitment agencies, POEA Regional Offices, Public Employment Service Offices, and POEA private partners.

Licensed recruitment agencies are also required to adhere to the full compliance and implementation of the memorandum circular by ensuring, primarily, that all their applicants have taken the mandatory PEOS online before accepting applications. They are also enjoined to offer their facilities for free for the applicants to take and complete the PEOS online.

Licensed recruitment agencies that will violate the POEA Memorandum Circular, as well as applicants who submit false information or documents, will be held liable based on the 2016 POEA rules and regulations governing the recruitment and employment of landbased workers. (DOLE/GSR/with a report from N. Gabito)

Ombudsman affirms charges against Purisima, Napeñas

Photo via the Office of the Ombudsman
MANILA, June 16, 2016Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales affirmed the filing of charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas for their involvement in the botched Mamasapano operation in 2015. Ombudsman Morales directed the filing of Informations with the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) and Usurpation of Authority or Official Function.

Aside from criminal indictment, Purisima and Napeñas were also found administratively liable for Grave Misconduct, Gross Neglect of Duty and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. However, since Purisima was ordered dismissed from the service in June 2015 and Napeñas retired in July 2015, the alternative penalty of fine equivalent to their salary of one year was imposed. They were also meted the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service, forfeiture of retirement benefits and cancellation of eligibility.

In its Order, the Ombudsman ruled that the police officers’ Motions for Reconsideration “deserve scant consideration.” The Office said that “Purisima’s active participation and supervision of Oplan Exodus despite the 10 December 2014 preventive suspension order of the Ombudsman and the 16 December 2014 cease and desist order of OIC-PNP Chief Espina both issued against him, violated the PNP chain of command and amounted to usurpation of official functions.”

Insofar as Napeñas is concerned, “his constant reporting and official dealings with Purisima, notwithstanding the latter’s suspension, and sans the knowledge and approval of then-OIC PNP Chief Espina, made him liable as a cohort of Purisima in usurping official functions.”

The Ombudsman also added that “Napeñas’ plea of leniency on account of his 37 years of meritorious service in government cannot be countenanced by this Office considering that the penalty of dismissal from the service is an indivisible penalty.”

Under Article 177 of the RPC, in order to be liable for Usurpation, “there must be a clear showing that the person being charged had performed an act pertaining to any person in authority or public officer of the Philippine government, under pretense of official position, and without lawfully being entitled to do so.”

Meanwhile, Section 3(a) of R.A. No. 3019 prohibits a public officer who persuades, induces or influences another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules or regulations.

Taste the sweetness of Daet in the Pinyasan Festival 2016

Pinyasan Festival 2016
DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)—Daet continues to celebrate its pride for the pineapple in this year’s Pinyasan Festival, which opened Wednesday morning.

In particular, the festival celebrates the sweet Formosa pineapple, which the province produces.

The Pinyasan Festival, which was formerly known as the Pineapple Festival, is now on its 23rd year. It is held annually from June 15-24.

In his opening remarks here, Mayor Tito Sarion said the pineapple is a symbol for the prosperity of Daet and the richness of its culture.

Daet’s people, Sarion said, are now known across the nation as hospitable, friendly, warm, and generous, through the yearly celebration.

Among the activities lined up for this year’s Pinyasan Festival are pageants, parades, a bartending competition, a jobs fair, trade fair, food fair, and a photography contest.

FEATURE | How do we end hunger?

“We need to understand the hunger situation before we can fully address the problem,” said Nikkin Beronilla, Director of NAPC Policy Monitoring and Social Technology Services, as he spoke to the participants of the National Hunger Forum on June 10 at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

Despite joint efforts of government and non-governmental organizations, hunger and malnutrition are still prevalent in the Philippines. There are two main reasons, Beronilla said, why households remain hungry and malnourished.

First, food eaten is not nutritious, which leads to malnourishment. “We have a wrong concept of nutrition,” Berronilla explained. “For instance, we want to ease hunger by eating junkfood and drinking softdrinks that do not contain nutrients that we need.”

The second reason is linked to poverty. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show that 9.2% of Filipino families do not have enough money to buy their basic food needs and satisfy the nutritional requirements set by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

To address this, NAPC initiated the Integrated Community Food Production Program (ICFP) that helps poor families and communities grow their own vegetables and fruits, and raise poultry and livestock. Through the program, poor families can also improve their income through selling surplus fruits and vegetables.

“Feeding program is not the only answer when it comes to combating hunger and malnutrition. Poor families should have their own sources of nutritious food,” NAPC Secretary Joel Rocamora said. “When poor families produce their own food, we are addressing not only hunger and malnutrition but also poverty.”

In 2015, the program was implemented in 94 local government units throgh Bottom-up Budgeting. This year, 309 LGUs are implementing the program. (NAPC)

Legazpi City imposes curfew for minors

Mayor Noel Rosal
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)Mayor Noel Rosal has ordered the imposition of a curfew for minors from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day under a new city ordinance.

Rosal said law enforcement units would patrol common hangout areas such as Internet cafes, markets, parks, hotels, and restaurants during said hours.

Apprehended minors would be turned over to their parents or guardians, the ordinance stated.

For first-time offenders, their parents or guardians would be given a reprimand letter. The second violation would direct the parents or guardian to attend one-day therapy session at the Office of the City Social Works and Development. The third offense, meanwhile, would require the parents or guardian to pay a fine of P500 or render one day of community service.

To avoid getting apprehended, minors must be accompanied by parents during curfew hours. Special consideration, however, will be allowed for emergencies or school activities, the same ordinance indicates.

Rep. Andaya recommends additional allowances for cops

NAGA CITY (BICOLSTANDARD.COM) – Reelected Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya said he is convinced that police officers should be given additional allowances.

He explained that while the Salary Standardization Law of 2015 was not approved, Executive Order No. 201 signed by President Benigno Aquino III can be used to augment their benefits.

This is Andaya's reaction when asked about the pronouncement by the incoming Duterte administration that the salaries of police officers must be raised to at least P50,000 per month.

Man buried alive in alleged illegal quarry site in Donsol

DONSOL, Sorsogon (BICOLSTANDARD.COM) --Doctors at the Donsol District Hospital have declared a man dead after he was buried alive by soil that eroded into his truck at Sitio Pinaric, Brgy. Ogod at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim, identified as Salvador Cadag y Mirabuna, 40 years old, married, a driver, and a resident of this town, had been driving a truck owned by Rolando Magtarayo y Badilla, of Brgy. Rawis, this town.

According to the investigators, Cadag noticed the soil eroding next to where the truck was parked.

In an effort to save the vehicle, he ignited the engine. But before he was able to drive the vehicle away, the soil eroded into his truck, burying him.

He was also hit by a tree that was toppled down by the erosion.

Residents of the area, along with the local police, tried to save Cadag who was trapped inside the vehicle.

He was rushed to the Donsol District Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

Reports gathered by the BICOL STANDARD indicate that property owners adjacent to the land that eroded have long been complaining of alleged illegal quarrying activities. There are also allegations that it has no quarrying permit.

Earlier, another person had his leg cut off because of erosion from the same area.

Driver, natambunan nin daga sa laog kan truck, gadan sa Sorsogon

DONSOL, Sorsogon--Ipigdeclarar kan mga doctor sa Donsol District Hospital na gadan na si Salvador Cadag y Mirabuna, na natambunan nin nagtupag na daga sa laog kan truck na saiyang pigmamaneho.

Susug sa report kan pulis, si Cadag iyo an driver kan truck na may plate number 796 na sadire ni Rolando Magtarayo y Badilla, na taga Brgy. Rawis sa banwaan na ini.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na narisa ni Cadag na nagtutupag an daga sa kataid na lugar na napaparadahan kan vehiculo kaya marikas siyang nagsangkay digdi tanganing makasalvar sa peligro.

Marikas si pangyayari huli ta mantang napa-andar na an awto, sarong poon nin kahoy an napukan kaibahan kan nagtitiris na daga, na nalagartong tinamaan an vehiculo.

Natambunan si Cadag kan daga asin nadatogan pa kan natumbang kahoy.

Mientrastanto, pig-aragapan kan mga residentes digdi an driver para maisalvar an saiyang buhay.

Nagtabang pa an mga pulis sa pagrescue.

Dinara man tulos sa Donsol District Hospital an may mga rungas na lawas kan victima, alagad ipigdeclarar kan mga doctor na gadan na.

An incidenteng ini nangyari kasoodma, Martes (Junio 15), alas 3:00 nin hapon sa Barangay Ogod, sa banwaan na ini. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PHOTO | 'Biggest pinangat' boodle fight in Camalig, Albay

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda shared this photo of what he called the "biggest pinangat" boodle fight, in which residents of Camalig town shared in eating the local dish. (Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre)


Penafrancia Fiesta 2016 schedule released

Our Lady of Penafrancia
NAGA CITY—The Peñafrancia Basilica has released the schedule of the the 134th Divino Rostro and the 306th Peñafrancia Annual Festivities.

The Feast of the Divino Rostro falls on the second Friday of September, or September 9. The Traslacion is on September 9, while the Fluvial Procession is on September 17. The feast day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is on September 18, the third Sunday of September.

The general theme for the fiesta is "Christ, the face of God’s mercy, nourishes the family in the Eucharist (Si Cristo, an lawog kan pagkaherak kan Dios, nagpapakakan kan familia sa Eucaristia), according to the Basilica.

Below is the detailed schedule of religious events for the Penafrancia Fiesta 2016:

August 30 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm: Mass & Procession of the Divino Rostro from Basilica to Penafrancia Parish Church with Caceres Clergy

(All Divino Rostro Novena Masses will be held at the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish Church)

August 31 (Wednesday) - DAY FOR THE FAMILIES AND THE LAITY Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Mater Salutis, Cararayan; Mt. Carmel, Carolina) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 8:30 am: Harubay (c/o Our Lady of Peñafrancia Association) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (Naga Parochial School; PCFC)

September 1 (Thursday) – DAY FOR THE YOUTH Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Tabuco; Gainza: Fil-Chinese Community –Fatima) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (Naga College Foundation; Aeronautical Academy of the Philippines) 8:30 pm: Perdon Penitential Procession

September 2 (Friday) – DAY FOR EDUCATORS, TEACHERS, AND MEDIA PRACTITIONERS Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: St. Jude Thaddeus; Immaculate Conception) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (CSNHS; STI; AMA Computer College) 8:00 pm: Alay ki Ina (Basilica c/o Oremos)

September 3 (Saturday) - DAY FOR THE CHILDREN Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Our Lady of the Assumption, Canaman, CS) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 7:00 am: Pontifical Mass & Installation of new OLPA members: Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona (Basilica) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (MPC; WRI) 7:00 pm: Cofradía de San José Vigil (Basilica) 8:30 pm: Perdon Penitential Procession

September 4 (Sunday) – DAY FOR THE RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN OF CACERES Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Religious Men & Women of Caceres) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (UNEP Iriga City)

September 5 (Monday) – DAY FOR THE SICK, THE ELDERLY AND HEALTH WORKERS Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Cathedral & Lorenzo Ruiz, Abella) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (USANT Iriga City; Computer Communications Institute) 8:30 pm: Perdon Penitential Procession

September 6 (Tuesday) – DAY FOR THE POOR AND PRISONERS Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: San Francisco Parish, Naga City) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (UNC; BISCAST)

September 7 (Wednesday) – DAY FOR PRIESTS AND SEMINARIANS Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Haring, Canaman, CS) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (USI; NCSHS)

September 8 (Thursday) – DAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND WORKERS Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession and Pilgrimage (Pilgrims: St. Anthony of Padua, Camaligan, CS) 5:00 am: Novena Mass (Bikol) 4:00 pm: Confessions 4:00 pm: Formal Opening, Bishop Gainza Trade Fair (Elias Angeles Street) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) (AdeNU; Brentwood College of Asia International School)

September 9 (Friday) – FEAST OF THE DIVINO ROSTRO Theme: 4:00 am: Penitential Procession of the Image of INA from Basilica to Penafrancia Parish Church 5:30 am: Pontifical Mass: Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona 6:30 am: Community Mass (and every hour and a half thereafter)
NOVENA MASSES IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA Theme: The Eucharist: the source of Christian marriage and family life (FC 57) 12:00 nn: Start of Traslacion Procession of Delegates from schools, institutions, and organizations 1 – 5 pm: Masses (Cathedral) and Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 2:00 pm: Community Mass at Plaza de Covarrubias 3:30 pm: TRASLACION PROCESSION 5:30 pm: Pontifical Mass (Quadricentennial Arch) Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona 7:00 pm: Community Mass (Cathedral)

September 10 (Saturday) – DAY FOR THE YOUTH Theme: Heralds of God’s love and mercy in the family through the Eucharist 3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) Quadricentennial Arch, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona

September 11 (Sunday) – DAY FOR THE RELIGIOUS Theme: Eucharist: Strengthening consecrated life for ministry to the family 3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 9:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)

September 12 (Monday) – DAY FOR THE CHILDREN Theme: Eucharist, a family sacred banquet nurturing Christ’s mercy 3 – 7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds) 10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

September 13 (Tuesday) – DAY FOR EDUCATORS, TEACHERS AND MEDIA PRACTITIONERS Theme: Eucharist: Teaching the Christian way of thinking, acting and living 6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Virac, Bishop Manolo de los Santos 8:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Libmanan, Bishop Jose R. Rojas 3-7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 3:00 pm: Union of Bicol Clergy (Holy Rosary Minor Seminary) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds) 10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

September 14 (Wednesday) – DAY FOR THE SICK, THE ELDERLY AND HEALTH WORKERS Theme: Eucharist: Radiating God’s tenderness and mercy even in the midst of pain and poverty 6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Daet, Bishop Gilbert Garcera 3-7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 8:00 pm Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds) 10:00 pm: Perdon Procession along the major streets of Naga City

September 15 (Thursday) – DAY FOR THE POOR & PRISONERS Theme: Christ’s sacrifice in the Eucharist, wellspring of hope and comfort in life’s difficulties 3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro 6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Sorsogon, Bishop Arturo Bastes 3-6 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 6:00 pm: Union of Bikol Clergy Mass (Cathedral) Bishop Gilbert Garcera 7:30 pm: Confessions (Cathedral) 8:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds)

September 16 (Friday) – DAY FOR PRIESTS AND SEMINARIANS Theme: Priestly devotion to the Eucharist, the heartbeat of God’s mercy in every family 3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro 6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Masbate, Bishop Jose Bantolo 10:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Military Ordinariate, Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak 3-7 pm: Confessions (Minor Seminary Arches) 5:00 pm: Novena Mass (English) 8:00 pm: Marian Procession (Cathedral Grounds) 9:00 pm: Vigilia de Espigas, Adoracion Nocturna Filipina

September 17 (Saturday) – DAY FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS & WORKERS Theme: Devotion to the Eucharist: Committed safeguarding of the life and dignity of God’s families 3:00 am: Penitential Procession of INA and Divino Rostro 6:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Archdiocese of Caceres, Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona 10:00 am: Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Legazpi, Bishop Joel Baylon 12:000 nn: Ringing of Bells 2:00 pm: Community Mass (Quadricentennial Arch) Community Mass (Tabuco Bridge Landing) 4:00 pm: FLUVIAL PROCESSION 4-6 pm: Confessions (Basilica Grounds) 6:30 pm: Pontifical Mass (Basilica Grounds) Archbishop Socrates Villegas

September 18 (Sunday) – SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA Theme: Jesus Christ, the face of God’s mercy, nourishes the family in the Eucharist 6:30 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Gilbert Garcera 8:00 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona 9:30 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Jose Rojas 11:00 am: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Lucilo Quiambao 6:00 pm: Pontifical Mass (Basilica) Bishop Manolo de los Santos (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

How to manage people effectively

by Dioven N. Carlos

One of the many possible causes to an organization’s success relies on the performance of all its employees. Whatever their position may be, it is crucial that each worker does his or her job properly, because in the end each person contributes to the organization. However, even if everyone were trying their best at their separate roles, it would still be difficult to reach the organization’s goals if the employees and their assigned tasks were not coordinated. This is why managers are key components in every organization.

A manager is a person who supervises the people, their activities, and resources within the entire or a certain part of an organization. It is his or her duty to make sure that everything goes according to plan, with reference to the main goals of the organization.

Truly, management is not an easy task – even the little mistakes that managers make can cause a great effect on the people he or she is managing. Also, it can become very stressful, since you will be working with so many people and dealing with their individual tasks all at the same time. Fortunately, there are certain ways to make work as a manager effective, not only for yourself and your colleagues, but also for the entire organization itself.

In general, the trick is to create a good relationship with your coworkers. There are, however, many ways to achieve this.

To become an effective manager and leader, you must acknowledge every person as a valued member of the group, and not just a mere subordinate. This includes being as helpful as you can when they are in need of assistance, listening to what they have to say, and not only welcoming, but also considering their suggestions and thoughts, and making sure to show your appreciation for them. Manpower is a very important resource in every organization. Together, they make it possible to realize the goals of the organization. Because of this, they should be treated accordingly and given the respect that they deserve.

Being the leader of the group, you must set a good example. This applies not only on one’s moral character, but also on his or her skills in the workplace. It would be best to practice basic skills like punctuality, responsibility, and flexibility, and execute them as well as you can. This may inspire your coworkers to follow suit and become better employees. However, this is all just really a bonus, because practicing good habits will benefit you the most by helping you to avoid stress and developing you as a professional and as an individual.

By setting a peaceful, organized, and disciplined work environment, it will be much easier for you to manage people, and it will be easier for them to work in return. However, it cannot be helped that sometimes, conflict arises. The best way to deal with this is probably to respond to the situation as quickly as possible, before it expands into an even bigger issue.

These are only some of the ways on how one can manage people effectively. All of these methods can inspire workers enough to improve their productivity rates. However, everyone is different, and so are their preferences on managing people, so do not limit yourself to these tips. After all, its beauty lies in mystery – you must discover your style for yourself to become the ultimate manager. In the end, the results will be the same: a more manageable, capable, and more productive work environment. Such is the power of good people management.

Bicol gets P20-M LGU shares from national wealth

NAGA CITY—The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released the 40 percent share of local government units from the proceeds from geothermal, petroleum, wind, and coal resources.

The amount of share is 40 percent of the gross collection derived by the national government from the preceding fiscal year from mining taxes, royalties, forestry and fishery charges, and such other taxes, fees, or charges, including related surcharges, interests, or fines, and from its share in any co-production, joint venture or production sharing agreement in the utilization and development of the national wealth within their territorial jurisdiction.

From its resources, the Bicol region collected the amount of P51,782,591. Its 40% share is P20,713,036 which will accrue to the LGUs from where the natural resources were utilized and developed. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

The DBM said in a statement that it has released the total amount of P863,722,833.48 as 40 percent share of LGU. The total actual collection amounted to P2,158,194,583.76. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Lalaki tinaga sa Hobo, Minalabac

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur—Pighahanap pa ngonian kan mga awtoridad an mga suspechadong nag taga ki Ronaldo Borja y Albo, 49 anyos, may agom, asin residente kan Zone 3 sa Brgy Hobo, digdi.

Sabi sa imbestigasyon kan pulis, an posibleng guinikanan kan krimen iyo an haloy nang dae pagka-irintindihan kan magkalaban na familia kan victima asin kan mga suspechadong si Roldan Jacobe asin Isko Jacobe.

Si Isko Jacobe asin an saiyang aki na si Roldan pareyong at large pa sagkod ngonian.

An incidenteng ini nangyari kan Lunes (Junio 13), alas 6:15 nin banggui.

Segun sa imbestigasyon kan pulis, pigsurogan suboot na tagaon kan mga suspechado an victima.

Nalugadan an victimang si Borja sa likod na parte kan saiyang walang takyag asin toong parte kan saying lawas.

Dinara man tulos an victima sa Bicol Medical Center na kun saen siya pigpapabulong.

Mientrastanto, nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon kan casong ini. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Budol-budol, nakabiktima na naman sa Daet

DAET, Camarines Norte -- Duwang tao, sarong lalaki kaiba an sarong babae. Nagpapatabang na makahanap nin pwedeng ma-arkilang truck.

Ini an luma nang maray na modus operandi nin mga tawo na imbuelto sa inaapod na “budol-budol”, na sarong forma nin panloloko.

Alagad, apisar na gasgas na an siring na drama na gamit sa kalokohan, pirme pa guiraray nakakabiktima nin mga madaling patubodon na mga tao.

Kan sarong aldaw, si Marinel Alcantara y Jumarang, 23 anyos, taga Purok 1, Brgy Mambalite, sa banwaan na ini nakadagdag na naman sa halabaon nang listahan kan mga victima kan sindikato.

An incidente nangyari sa atubangan kan Daet Elementary School, sa Gov. Panotes Ave., Brgy. VII, digdi.

Dae bisto kan vitima an mga suspechado.

Ini an mga nangyari:

Mantang an victima naglalakaw, sarong dae niya bistong babae an nagrani asin naghapot kun igwa siyang kabistong may rent-a-truck na negosyo. Kan nag-oolay sinda, may lalaking nagdulok asin nagsabi na igwa siya nin amigo na may nasambit na negosyo.

Nagsabi an victima na inagda siya asin an saiyang kaolay na babae na magpasiring ngona sa Daet Elementary School, mantang si lalaki na nagrani sainda nagpaaram na maduman sa may sadire kan rent-a-truck na negosyo para kaolayon.

Pirang minutos sana, nagbalik na si lalaki.

Sinabihan si babae na suspect sa casong ini na nakaolay na niya si kagsadire kan truck.

Alagad, kaipohan na magfirma siya nin sarong kasuratan sa paggamit kan truck.

Saro pa sa mga condisyon na sinabi iyo na dapat ibugtak ninda an saindang cuarta sa bag asin an ibang mga gamit para pagpaheling an saindang tiwala sa kaolay ninda.

Ginibo ini kan victima.

Ilinaog niya an kantidad P10,000 na cash sa bag asin an ATM card.

Si kaolay niya na mga suspechado sa casong ini, itinao man sa victima an suboot bulto nin cuartang napapatos sa papel asin passbook na dae aram kun gurano an laog na kantidad.

Nag-ibahan si suspechadong babae asin lalaki pasiring sa kaolay na maysadire kan truck.

Nagkasundo sindang marharalatan na sana sa laog kan Jolibee, pakatapos kan saindang transaksyon.

Nagparahalat an victima.

Dae na nagbalik si lalaki asin babae na kaolay niya.

Kan mayo nang tinagalan sa pagparahalat, binukasan kan victima si iwinalat saiyang suboot napapatos na cuarta kaibahan an passbook kan lalaki.

Nagbururikat an saiyang mga mata kan maheling na an sinasabing cuarta mga tinabas na papel man sana.

Inako kan victima na dae niya pighuhuna na an saiyang mga kaolay mga tao na imbuelto sa “budol-budol.” (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Holdupper sa Bulan, Sorsogon, dakop; tadtad nin bala

BULAN, Sorsogon—Binokod kan mga pulis asin mga official kan barangay sagkod na nadakop an suspechadong nagholdup kan Sea Oil Gas Station digdi.

An suspechado pigbistong si Jerry Gonzaga y Anora, 44 anyos, taga Brgy. Aguinaldo sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi kan Bulan Municipal Police Station, nag-osip sainda si Romeo Romero y Ridual, gasoline boy sa Harold Winston Sea Oil Station na poco mas o menos alas 9:45 nin bangui kan sarong aldaw, (June 12), tinutukan nin badil kan sarong lalaki an saindang kahera, dangan nag declarar nin holdup.

An suspechadong holduper pirit na kinua an color pulang sling bag na may laog nin dae mababa sa P10,000.00 na cuarta, saka nagdulag pasiring sa direksyon kan Brgy. Zone 1.

Marikas na nag responde an mga pulis na pinamayohan ni Police Inspector Fernando G. Manayod pasiring sa lugar na dinalaganan kan suspechado.

Sa ibong na lado, an mga oficiales kan barangay na pinamayohan ni Punong Barangay Andy Porras, ipigturn over an mga narecover nindang gamit hale sa suspechadong holdupper.

Kabale digdi iyo an sarong may saklayan na bag na color itom asin asul na may laog nin cash na kantidad P1,9010; sarong bag na pula na may markang Harold Winston Sea Oil Station; asin sarong magazine para sa calibre .45 pistola na may laog nin anom na bala.

An nasambit na mga gamit ibinatikal sa guilid kan tinampo mantang nagdudulag an suspechado.

Dinagdag pa sa report na dae pinondohan kan mga awtoridad an pagbukod sa holdupper na nagtago sa atop kan harong na sadire ni Lucita Reyno.

Mientras na naranihan na siya kan mga pulis, pinaputokan pa kan suspechado an mga awtoridad.

Huli kan pangyayari nagpiritan na an mga pulis na badilon na lugod an suspechado.

Tinamaan siya nin nagkapirang bala sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas, kaya napiritan na mag suko, alas 11:40 nin banggui.

Nakua kan mga imbestigador an minasunod na mga gamit sa poder kan suspechado: sarong calibre .45 pistol na may markang Colt MK IV Series 30; pitong bala para sa calibre .45; cash na cuarta na kantidad P3,015; sarong itom na sarongan kan badil, asin sarong capsula na hale sa calibre .45ng pistola.

An suspechado dinara tulos sa Pantaleon G. Gotladera Memorial Hospital sa Brgy. Lajong para ipabulong. Alagad, ibinalyo siya sa Sorsogon Provincial Hospital sa Sorsogon City.

Sinangatan na si Gonzaga nin mga casong Robbery huli sa pagbalga kan Artikulo 293 na may relasyon sa Artikulo 294 asin Artikulo 148 (Direct Assault) sa Provincial Prosecution Office kan Sorsogon. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Masbate province security aide gunned down

LEGAZPI CITY—A security agent from the Office of the Governor of the Province of Masbate was gunned down yesterday at Brgy. Libertad, Uson, Masbate by an unidentified suspect, according to a report from Camp Simeon Ola here.

Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson told the BICOL STANDARD that the motive behind the killing of Roger Gelotin Sr. y Lorieta also known as “Rodney Gelotin” could not yet be ascertained at press time.

The said report said that Gelotin Sr. is said to be employed as Security Agent II in the Office of the Governor of Masbate Province.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds that resulted to his death.

The incident was reported to the police by a certain Lope Agustin y Letada, an employee of the Local Government of the town of Uson, Masbate. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Alleged shabu dealer nabbed in Pili, Camarines Sur

PILI, Camarines Sur—-Another alleged notorious shabu dealer here was arrested on June 13 by the police operatives, at around 7:30 p.m. at Barangay San Agustin, this town.

File photo from Oplan Droga
The entrapment and buy-bust operation was the product of a month-long surveillance operation that yielded an estimated P200,000 worth of the illegal drugs known as methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The arrested suspects were identified as Jalal Dimatinday y Jam, 19 years old, of Litex, Quezon City and Michael Tucalo y Amirel, 30 years old of of Tigbi, Tiwi, Albay.

Police Chief Inspector Chito Oyardo led the group of police officers who conducted the said operation.

The suspects are now detained at the Municipal Police Office.

They will be charged with violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Ombudsman probes DA chief for garlic cartel scam

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) has started its investigation on Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and several Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) officials for their alleged involvement in the garlic cartel scam.

This was after the Ombudsman's Field Investigation Office (FIO) filed a complaint-affidavit against Alcala and BPI officials; namely, Clarito Barron, Merle Palacpac, Jesus Bajacan and Luben Marasigan.

Also included in the FIO's complaint are Lilia Cruz and the incorporators of the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association of the Philippines, Inc. (VIEVA).

Alcala et al. are being investigated for violation of Sections 3(e) and 3(j) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the "Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act".

Alcala and Barron also face administrative adjudication for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

In its complaint, the FIO alleged that in January-July 2014, an extraordinary and alarming spike in the prices of garlic was noted which prompted the Department of Justice (DOJ) to direct the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an investigation into possible profiteering, hoarding and cartel-like activities.

In its January 2015 transmittal letter, the NBI concluded that VIEVA, a group of garlic traders and importers headed by Cruz monopolized the supply of garlic and dictated market prices.

According to the NBI, the monopoly was made possible through the participation of BPI officials who granted numerous import permits to VIEVA and its affiliates despite the absence of the required accreditation.

Likewise, the FIO also alleged that "as DA Secretary, Alcala has the direct supervision over the functions of the BPI" and "[Alcala's] participation in the scheme was manifested when he created the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT) composed mainly of private stakeholders with apparent interest in the garlic industry."

In January, the FIO also recommended the investigation of Barron for graft and direct bribery for his alleged involvement in the anomalous issuance of garlic import permits.

A witness testified that in July 2012, a vegetable importer/exporter went to Barron's office and paid PHP240,000 in exchange for the issuance of two import permits.

For this, Barron is facing preliminary investigation for violation of Section 3(b) of RA No. 3019 and administrative adjudication for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. (PNA)

Farmer in Cam Norte killed by lightning strike

Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte—A resident of P-1 Brgy. San Rafael, this town was struck by lightning yesterday, the local police reported.

The victim was identified as Emmanuel Lebantino y Lucito, 40 years old, and a resident of the said barangay.

Lebantino was said to be collecting dried abaca leaves when the accident occurred.

Barangay councilor Carlito Brondia of San Rafael, Jose Panganiban relayed this information to the local authorities for record purposes.

The victim’s body was immediately brought to Adea Funeral Homes at Barangay Parang here. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Cops ambushed in Pio V Corpuz, Masbate

PIO V. CORPUZ, Masbate—A hot pursuit operation was launched early this morning by the Masbate Provincial Police Station and the Philippine Army to track down alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who allegedly ambushed five police officers assigned in this town.

The ambush occurred on or about 6:15 a.m., Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson reported.

The same source said that the police personnel were on their way back to their station after rendering security assistance during the barangay fiesta celebration of Brgy. Bunducan here.

PO2 Rodolfo A. Tayog Jr. was injured, Calubaquib said.

The ambush site is about seven kilometers from the Municipal Police Station. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

No. 1 sa drug list sa Caramoan, dakop sa Brgy. Maligaya

CARAMOAN, Camarines Sur–An magayon na pangaran kan barangay Maligaya sa banwaan na ini an nadidigtaan na kan padagos na paglakop kan ipigpapangalad na droga na inaapod na methamphetamine hydrochloride, na mas bisto kan sa apod na shabu.

Maski nasa bukid na an kinakamugtakan kan barangay, an mga nagunong intelligence report nagsasabi na nagkukuriyat na talaga an bawal na bulong.

Sabi record kan pulis, sa binino kan Search Warrant na firmado ni Judge Ma. Angela Acompanado-Arroyo kan RTC branch 30 sa San Jose, Camarines, hinaloghog hinda an estaran ni Jhonson Mancilla y Ruiz asin nakakua sinda nin mga ipigpapangalad na droga.

Inarestar dangan kinasohan si Mancilla kan pulis kaya yaon siya ngonian sa poder kan MPS digdi.

An search operasyon ginibo poco mas o menos alas 4:30 nin amay na pagka-aga kan Lunes (June 13).

An inarestar na suspechado iyo an pigcoconsiderar na No. 1 sa listahan kan mga parapabakal nin droga sa banwaan na ini.

Afuera kan pigtutubodan na droga na nakua sa saiyang poder, may mga nakua pang drug paraphernalia sa saiyang residencia asin kantidad P25,000 na cash.

May badil pang naconfiscar sa saiya na sarong paltic na revolver na mayo nin serial number.

Si Mancilla kakasohan nin pagbalga sa Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002).

An mga pulis na nagserve kan search warrant sa saiyang residencia pinapayohan ni PCInp Joselito M. Bermas, an hefe digdi.

An pagserve kan Search Warrant ginibo sa presencia ni Punong Barangay Danilo Belmonte asin Brgy Kgd. Arthor Cama, sabi sa report. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DOH-Bicol readies for deworming program

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol is now preparing for its deworming program in July, which will be conducted in all barangays and schools.

According to Francia Genorga, program regional coordinator, they have already held an orientation on the program and its guidelines for teachers who will facilitate the activities from July 1 to July 31.

At the barangay level, the target beneficiaries of the deworming program are 1-4 years old while in schools, 5-18 years old.

Genorga explained that private schools are invited to participate in the activity.

The Bicol Region is one of the most improved regions in the country when it comes to the implementation of the deworming program.

The DOH Bicol received a certificate of appreciation because of the effective implementation of the program, Genorga said. (PNA)

Catanduanes village chief collared for illegal logging

VIRAC, Catanduanes--An incumbent village chief was collared for violation of the Section 77 of the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Brgy. Gogon Sirangan, this town.

Leo Teleb y Panti, 38 years old, married, Brgy Captain of Brgy Dugui Too, Virac, Catanduanes was apprehended by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Lelu P. Contreras, Acting Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 42, Virac, Catanduanes.

It would be recalled that on April 24, 2016, Teleb was caught driving a jeepney loaded with undocumented assorted lumber of different dimensions.

Confiscated were 110 pieces of 2x2x12 of Taloto, one piece of 2x115x7.2 Red Lawaan, three pieces of 2x8x7.2 Red Lawaan and two pieces of 2x2x7.4 Red Lawaan with volume of 516 board feet and estimated market value of P 10,420.00.

The court fixed the recommended bail at P30,000 for the temporary liberty of the accused.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

BU eyes State Universities and Colleges Level V by 2018

LEGAZPI CITY--Consistent with Bicol University’s (BU) vision to become a world class university, President Arnulfo M. Mascariňas urged the faculty and staff to work together as the university sets its eyes on attaining a SUC Level V status by 2018.

Photo via BU
In a series of visits held from May 30 to June 3, 2016 during the annual college/campus enhancement programs, Mascariňas bared the administration’s plan to apply for SUC Level V accreditation, underpinning the university’s performance targets along key result areas (KRAs) specified in the recently released Department of Budget and Management-Commission on Higher Education (DBM-CHED) Joint Circular No. 1, s. 2016, otherwise known as the revised FY 2016 SUC Levelling Instrument and Guidelines. Formulated jointly by the DBM and CHED in coordination with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), the circular is issued to revise the leveling instrument for SUCs, categorizing SUCs into five levels.

In the new performance evaluation instrument, SUC levelling will be along 1) quality and relevance of instruction, 2) research capability and output, 3) services to the community; and 4) management of resources.

The levelling of SUCs is governed by three principles: movement towards outcomes; alignment with ASEAN standards; and alignment with Typology-based Quality Assurance. The instrument has, for its Legal basis: PDP 2011-2016, Public Higher Education Reform Agenda 2012, Executive Order (EO) No. 80, s. 2012, and CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 46, s. 2012.

In one of his campus/college visits, Mascariňas announced that according to the 2013 to 2015 statistics gathered and analyzed by the university’s Planning and Management Office (PMO), BU belongs to Level IV of the revised SUC levelling instrument. He then urged the faculty and staff to “build on these achievements to become a Level V State University, and realize BU’s vision of a world-class university.”

For this goal to be achieved, Mascariňas said that the administration has set up a number of mechanisms to ensure that the whole university work together collaboratively. One of this is the revised individual and office performance commitment review (IPCR and OPCR), which will now be geared towards the KRAs. The new IPCR and OPCR are uniquely designed that individual performance affects department and college performance, and college performance affects individual ratings.

Mascariñas also promised full support to faculty and personnel for human resource development, including sending qualified applicants to top universities in the ASEAN region such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

“If we want to build a world-class university, it should start from our faculty members. I believe that the faculty members, our personnel, the non-teaching staff, they are the best resources that we ever have,” Mascariñas said.

Should BU attain the SUC Level V status, the university would be comparable to the best universities or colleges in Asia, therefore achieving its vision to become a world-class university. (Ma. Celina G. Meneses & Gladys G. Serafica/OP)

AK-47, M203 ammo recovered from NPA rebels in San Fernando, Masbate

SAN FERNANDO, Masbate – Two backpacks, one AK-47 magazine loaded with ammunition and five M 203 ammunition were recovered by the government soldiers after a brief encounter with the NPA rebels at Brgy. Talisay here.

In a report gathered from Camp Simeon A. Ola, one section of the Charlie Company, 9th Division, Philippine Army headed by Lt. Xavier Ray M. Meneses had a 20-minute firefight with at least 20 regular members of the New People’s Army yesterday (June 13) at 5:30 p.m.

Officials from the Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Battalion said that rebels are members of the Komiteng Section sa Platun -2 (KSPN-2) Larangang Gerilla North who are operating in the said area.

There were no reported casualties from the government soldiers.

Meanwhile, the pieces of evidence that were recovered from the site of the encounter are now in the custody of the 9th Infantry Battalion. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sorsogon police sounds alarm over missing person

SORSOGON CITY--The Sorsogon Provincial Police Office has initiated a province-wide flash alarm over the disappearance of the grandson of one Mrs. Rosie B. Derla.

The grandson, who was identified as Kenneth Malazarte, has been missing since he left his house at around 1:30 p.m. on June 8, Mrs. Derla told the police at around 5 p.m. today.

Malazarte was reportedly accompanied by his friends Francisco Huenda and Jomar Malazarte to sell pili products at Matnog, Sorsogon.

He failed to come home, however, after a certain Ruspher Perez invited him to go to Catarman aboard a Montenegro Ferry boat.

In a report to BICOL STANDARD, PSupt. Nonito Furio Marquez of the Sorsogon Police Community Relation-Public Information Office sought the assistance of the public to let them know of any information regarding Malazarte's whereabouts. Information may be coursed through the Sorsogon City Police Station Hotline number 09295047088. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

1.6 million Bicolano students troop to schools

LEGAZPI CITY -- The first day of classes of the 1,650,357 students in the entire Bicol Region for the school year 2016-2017 was peaceful, smooth and orderly.

This was disclosed by Roy T. Bañas, regional information officer of the Department of Education (DepEd) Bicol regional office, after the monitoring the did on the first day of classes in kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high schools in the entire region.

One of the schools the DepEd visited was the Albay Central School in this city, which is considered the biggest public elementary school in the entire Albay province, where the opening of classes was orderly and no problem was encountered owing to the program on security enforced for the students coming to the school.

Bañas said the enrollment for this school year 2016-2017 increased by 9.38 percent, from 1,508,742 recorded in the school year 2015-2016 due to the implementation of the senior high school wherein those who enter the Grade 11 will reach 92,500 in the next three days as the enrollment still continues.

Based on the record of the DepEd Bicol, enrollment in the kinder reached 138,440; elementary, 968,814; and junior high school or Grade 7 up to Grade 10, 450,617.

The present enrollment tally in Grade 11 already hit 57,573 or 65.4 percent of the total 102,137 junior completers in the region from the school year 2015-2016.

The number is expected to reach 92,500 in the next three days due to the continuing enrollment of students in Grade 11.

Bañas admitted that they expect that more than 30 percent would not be able to enroll in Grade 11 in Bicol as the students might have transferred to other regions.

They are presently monitoring this possibility.

Of the 57,573 that have enrolled already and entered Grade 11 in Bicol, 48,942 are in 611 public schools while 8,631 are in 200 private high schools, tertiary schools and government colleges and universities under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education.

Bañas said said there are 1,303 classrooms completed and being used by the senior high school or Grade 11, or 41.67 percent of the total 3,127 classrooms built exclusively for senior high schools, including Grade 12.

He expects that all the classrooms for the senior high schools will be finished before the first semester of the year ends.

The DepEd official also expected some hitches due to the high number of Grade 11 enrollees, like lack of classrooms, so that the DepEd has implemented the agreement among the school administrators, principals and teachers in the entire region.

First is to increase the capacity of classroom for junior high school wherein two sections with 35-40 students will be merged first.

Second, for the junior high school to borrow classrooms from nearby elementary schools.

Third is the use the previously erected makeshift structures as temporary classrooms until the completion of the more than 3,000 classrooms now under construction.

As to the modules being complained about, Bañas explained that the senior high school is already similar to college so that the textbooks, guidelines and other references can be downloaded from the website of the DepEd.

He stressed that that teachers need not spend from their own pocket to download and reproduce modules because they can already use their MOOE or maintenance and other operating expenses that have already been downloaded to school divisions and regional offices of the DepEd.

The DepEd has already added funding for the MOOE of all schools, with an increase of 20 percent in elementary and 25-27 percent for secondary or junior high school; while the DepEd has its own MOOE for senior high schools.(PNA)

Minalabac lady cop is finalist in Search for Top Police Officers

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur--A female non-commissioned police officer in this town has been chosen as a finalist in the Search for the Country's Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) this year.

PO2 Fatima Ibias Lanuza, who hails from Iriga City, works at the Police Community Relations/Women and Children's Protection Desk PNCO, at the Minalabac Municipal Police Station.

Six other police officers are in the list of finalists from across the nation.

The COPS is a joint undertaking of the Rotary Club of New Manila East (RCNME) and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI). It seeks to highlight the cooperative efforts between the police and the community in safeguarding the peace and order in the community.(BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Indian community helps public schools in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – School supplies, stand fans and plastic chairs were among the items donated by a community of Indian nationals to four public elementary schools in Albay.

Photo via Joey Salceda
Indian community spokesperson Suhkpal Singh said they coordinated with local officials to determine school beneficiaries citing further plans of their fellow Indians in the province to help the community.

“It's our pleasure helping these kids. We asked the officials, we consult and came up on its priority. Our organization then decided what particular items to be given away so this is it, we're glad and we never stop helping the community. My fellow Indians are planning to do more and bring the spirit of sharing to others".

The beneficiaries are public school pupils from Tagas and Binitayan in Daraga Albay and Bogtong and Cabangan in Legazpi City.

"We are so thankful to them. This is something needed in our school,” Tagas Elementary School OIC head Nilda Ramirez said.

Ma. Carmen Llacuna, Binitayan Elementary School principal, said “this is beneficial to our students. It’s such a pleasure of receiving a donation from our friends in the Indian community.”

Among the items donated are school supplies, 12 stand fans and 75 plastic chairs and 22 orbit fans.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

Australian national found dead in Irosin after drinking beer, red wine

IROSIN, Sorsogon –An Australian national identified as Keith Jones, 59 years old, temporarily residing at Brgy San Agustin, here was declared dead on arrival when his body was brought to the Irosin District Hospital, according to a report gathered from the police station here.

His live-in partner, Charie Bayoca y Gabion, 33 years old, 8 months pregnant, and a resident of the same locality had the incident recorded at around 7:30 p.m..

Bayoca reported to the police that she noticed that the victim had difficulty in breathing coupled with severe vomiting so she rushed him to the nearest hospital.

She added that the victim took daily maintenance medication due to his poor health.

Despite this, she said he had developed a daily habit of drinking beer from 5 to 7 p.m. before eating dinner.

On the day that he died, Charie Bayoca and Keith Jones ate their dinner together.

Meanwhile, eating, Bayoca noticed that Jones choked and vomited. The police probers were, however, told that before they took their dinner together, the victim again drank his favorite beer.

As this developed, the elements of Irosin MPS took photographs of the place where he was said to have drunk beer; collected the bottles of 1000 mL Red Horse, and an empty bottle of Carlo Rossi red wine allegedly consumed by the victim prior to his death for laboratory examinations.

The live-in partner requested the investigators to conduct an outopsy of the dead body the Australian.

At presstime, Bayoca had already contacted the Australian Embassy to inform them of the death of Jones. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Sorsogon on alert vs Bulusan activity

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Province of Sorsogon is on continuous alert as a result of the renewed activity of the Bulusan Volcano.

Photo grabbed from Sorsogon PDRRMO's video
Engineeer Raden Dimaano, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council action officer, clarified, however, that there are no affected barangays within the four-kilometer permanent danger zone of the volcano.

Dimaano said the affected villages are in the towns of Casiguran and Juban.

He said the PDRRMC has not enforced a pre-emptive evacuation in the affected areas as a result of the phreatic explosion of the volcano on Friday.

The PDRRMC head said such activities being shown by Bulusan Volcano are but normal to the residents.

The volcano last erupted on Feb. 22.

Dimaano, however, claimed that the PGS and concerned agencies are ready if the stem-driven eruption will re-occur.

He said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Sorsogon Observatory headed by Crispolo Deolata has gathered ash samples to be sent to the Phivolcs central office for examination.

Phivocs resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta said the move is to determine if there are changes in the chemical composition of the ash that came out in the last eruption of the volcano compared to its previous eruptions.

Laguerta said there is no cause for alarm as this is a normal activity of the volcano due to the boiling of the steam in its chamber.

Based on the past activities of the volcano, he said, it will become quiet anew after the recent eruption.

The Phivolcs official said that before the recent phreatic explosion, the Phivolcs had registered 113 volcanic quakes.

While they are still waiting from the result of the examination of the Phivolcs central office on the ash samples, they will look into other barometers that can be used as bases if the volcano again erupts, like the ground deformation or inflation as a result of the melting of rocks inside the volcano.

There is also the steam or sulfur dioxide emission and the presence of earthquakes that are normally felt by the residents but are registered by Phivolcs instruments like the seismograph. (PNA)

CHED allots PHP5.7-B to fund over 200,000 scholarship grants

MANILA -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has programmed close to 280,000 Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs) slots amounting to more than PHP5.7 billion for academic year 2016-2017.

CHED StuFAPs support deserving students enrolled in public and private HEIs. A large portion of these funds will go to more than 40,000 poorest of the poor students enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) under the Expanded Student Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

These students belong to families identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

In 2015, the Commission worked on the passage of Republic Act No. 10687 or the “Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST)” Act, a landmark social legislation penned into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Oct. 15, 2015.

The UniFAST rationalizes the allocation, utilization and client-targeting of government resources and improves access to quality higher and technical education for those who need it.

It also serves as the ultimate national human resource development mechanism and strategy that will direct beneficiaries to priority degree programs needed for economic growth and development. (PNA)

2 Army sergeants killed in NPA attack in Sorsogon

Suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels killed two Philippine Army soldiers in an encounter at a remote village in Pilar, Sorsogon on Saturday afternoon.

Killed were Army Staff Sgt. Epifanio Millaes and Sgt. Zaldy Cristobal, both members of the Philippine Army operating in Sorsogon, the report said.

Police Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, quoting a report from the Pilar Municipal Police Station, said the attack took place at about 2 p.m. Saturday at Barangay Cabiguan, Pilar, Sorsogon.

Calubaquib said investigators are still determining how the incident happened and whether it was an ambush or an encounter staged by suspected communist rebels.

Army Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman said they could not yet release the full incident report as they were still waiting for an official report from the Army brigade command in Sorsogon. (PNA)

Man shot in Sorsogon City

SORSOGON CITY –Police officers here have launched a hot pursuit operation for the arrest of Cinrado "Payat" Demdam Jr., the principal suspect in the death of Romeo Asuren, an resident of Sitio Maykawayan, Brgy. Gatbo.

Initial reports show that suspect was first pacified by the barangay officials here, in an incident where he was involved in an alarm and scandal complaint.

This incident was reported at around 10:30 in the evening of June 8.

Meanwhile, the same report said that when the responding barangay officials left the residence of the suspect, he proceeded to the house of Romeo Asures Ditan at Sitio Maykawayan, Brgy Gatbo, Bacon District, this city.

At this point, the victim was said to be talking to his nephew, Ariel Basar.

The same investigation revealed that the suspect approached the victim and invited him to talk outside of their house.

After few minutes, the suspect allegedly shot the victim hitting him in his neck and chin.

The victim was brought to the SORDOC Hospital, in Sorsogon City for medical assistance.

He was, however pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The suspect fled towards an unknown direction.

At presstime, investigations are still conducting follow-up investigation for the possible arrest of the suspect. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

No.1 na Most Wanted sa Guinobatan, nadakop na

GUINOBATAN, Albay –Nadakop man guiraray kan mga awtoridad an pigkokonsiderar na No 1 na Most Wanted sa watchlist kan mga pulis digdi, na pinangaranan na si John Joseph "Juancho" Olayres y Prudente.

Si Olayres haloy nang pighahanap huli sa saiyang inaatubang na caso na may relasyon sa ipigbabawal na droga.

Segun sa report, pinosasan kan mga pulis si Olayres kan siya servehan kan Warrant of Arrest na firmado ni Judge Frank E. Lobrigo kan Branch 3 kan Regional Trial Court sa Legazpi City.

An caso kan suspechado iyo an pagbalga kan Section 5, Article II kan RA 9165 na mas bisto sa pangaran na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Dinakop siya alas 6:40 nin bangui kan Junio 10, sa Sitio Basud, Brgy. San Rafael, sa banwaan na ini.

Si SPO3 Ruperto E. Solana iyo an nanginotan sa pag-aprehender sa saiya por medio kan pagserve kan mandamiento de arresto.

Mientrastanto, pagkatapos na iserve sa suspechado an Arrest Warrant, nakuanan pa guiraray siya nin ipinagpapangalad na droga asin iba pang mga paraphernalia.

Sarong medium size na plastic sachet na may laog nin maputing pulbos na pigtutubodan na shabu an narecover sa saiyang poder kan siya dakopon. Kaibahan kan plastic sachet iyo an 6 na silag na plastic sachet, anom (6) na aluminum foil strip, na may latak pa nin maputi na pulbos na pwedeng shabu; sarong itom an color na Lenovo cellular phone asin duwang (2) mga plastic na tooters.

Pagkatapos kan pag-imbentaryo kan mga gamit na nakua sa saiyang poder, dinara an suspechadong si Olaytes sa hepatura kan pulis para sa pagsangat nin magkakanigong caso. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Babae, pinatok sa payo, gadan sa Goa; saro pa an irido

GOA, Camarines Sur-–Mainit na diskusyon an guinikanan kan makangirhat na krimen na nagresulta sa kagadanan ni Vevencia Borosca y Pahuway, 48, na taga Zone 1, Brgy. Lamon sa banwaan na ini.

An victima hinaromal nin patok sa saiyang payo, na iyong naging causa tanganing tulos siyang magadan.

Afuera sa victimang si Borosca, saro pang lalaki na pigbisto sa pangaran na Ruel Carino y Segundo, 37 anyos, an winatingan pa kan armas na patok kan suspechadong si Efren Carino y Sesgondo.

Alagad tinamaan sana siya sa saiyang walang takyag kan tarom kan armas na patok.

Si Ruel Carino, sabi kan mga imbestigador, ngohod na tugang ni ni Efren Carino, an suspechado sa krimen na ini.

Idinagdag pa sa report na ligtas na sa peligro an buhay ni Ruel.

Nangyari an krimen kan sarong aldaw, Viernes, Junio 10, poco mas o menos alas 10:00 nin aga.

Mientrastanto, pagkatapos tulos kan incidente, nagdulag an suspechado.

Ipinahayag pa sa pareyong report na may deferencia sa pag-isip an suspechado.

Hasta sa sinusurat an baretang ini mayo pang informasyon kun nasa poder na kan mga awtoridad an suspechado. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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