Saturday, July 9, 2016

BROKEN VOW: Drug dealer who surrendered, caught selling shabu on same day

NAGA CITY, July 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – A few hours after he voluntarily surrendered to Mayor John Bongat, a suspected drug dealer was apprehended Thursday evening in a buy-bust operation in possession of a substance believed to be shabu.

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The prohibited substance was estimated to have a street value of P100,000 according to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Camarines Sur which initiated the buy-bust operation.

Identified as Romer “Nono” Rapal, the suspect was nabbed at Barangay Balatas, this city, a few meters behind the barangay hall.

Rapal is a resident of Zone 7, Barangay Penafrancia, popularly known as Isla Sison, a well-known haven of illegal drugs for many years.

He was accompanied by a eight-months pregnant woman, whose sibling is also detained at Police Station 2, also for drug use.

Earlier that day, Rapal was made to recite an oath administered by the local chief executive to never be involved in the illegal drug trade again in a much-publicized anti-drug campaign, reports said.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Casureco II announces July 8, 2016 power interruption

NAGA CITY, July 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II) announced that it has a scheduled power interruption on July 8, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The affected areas include:

Feeder 13: Avenue Square, Bagumbayan Norte, Bagumbayan Sur, Balatas, Basilica, Calauag, Capilihan, Filoville, Dayangdang, Jacob St., Gimenez Subd., Kalye Trece Queborac, Mac Mariano Village, Magsaysay Ave. (part), Mayflower St., MNWD San Rafael Cararayan, Molave, Naga City Science H/S, NIA Compound Urban Poor, Queborac, BMC (old), Tapaz Compound, Urban Poor, Villa Karangahan, Villa Francia, Villa Obiedo, Vilmar Homes, Dona Clara Vill., Zone 7 San Rafael Cararayan, Ateneo Ave., P. Santos, Dalipay, Greenland and Peñafrancia Church.

Feeder 8: Arana, Avenue Square Hotel, Barlin (part), Bayawas, Concepcion Pequeña (part), Dimasalang, PNP-Arana, J. Hernandez, Ave., Jacob Putol, Jolly Neighbor Homes, Kayanga Ext., Magsaysay (part), Peñafrancia Ave., San Francisco, Old GSIS, Sta. Cruz, Naga Cathedral, City Hall, J. Miranda Ave., Taal Ave., Civic Center, P. Burgos, Liboton, Ma. Cristina St. and E-Mall, Abella, LCC MALL, Sabang, Sto. Nino, LTO.

Right of way clearing is the purpose of the power interruption, Casureco II said in its advisory.

Power supply may be restored any time after completion, it added.

Bullet-planting scheme now a 'thing of the past '- airport police

MANILA, July 7, 2016 -- A new policy being implemented in luggage screening is seen to rid once and for all the so-called "tanim-bala" (bullet-planting scheme) in Philippine airports.

Newly installed Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup) Director General Senior Supt. Mao Aplasca made this assurance to passengers traveling by air that they will no longer be extorted.

“The new policy is to look at the background of people (caught carrying bullets) before they are prosecuted. For example, the elderly are very unlikely to have criminal or terroristic intentions,” Aplasca told reporters in an interview on Thursday.

Aplasca said President Rodrigo Duterte and Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade ordered to end immediately these extortion attempts at the country's premier airport.

“If we do not find a hint that they are part of criminal or terrorist elements, we will release them. Anyway, they can be traceable based on documents they have,” Aplasca said.

They will profile all incidents and choose those that will be filed in courts, he said.

“Our primary job here is to provide assistance and protect the public. We are not here to find fault or prosecute... We equally assure that the public is protected of criminal elements and terrorist intentions,” Aplasca said.

The director general, however, advised the public to remain vigilant and proactive in checking their luggage.(PNA)

2 drug pushers sa Goa, binadil kan pulis, gadan

GOA, Camarines Sur, Julio 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Duwang suspechadong drug pushers sa banwaan na ini an nagadan kasubagong alag 4:40 nin aga, kan sinda badilon kan pulis sa sarong buy-bust operation.

Nangyari an incidente sa Children’s Park, sa Brgy. La Purisima, digdi.

An mga nagadan nabisto na iyo sinda Jayvee Neil Navea y Toriano asin Andy Villegas y Rodriguez.

Sabi sa report kan awtoridad, sinda Navea asin Villegas nagprobar na magtumang sa pulis durante kan kan saindang mamalesyahan na mga awtoridad si saindang ka-transaksyon.

Si Villegas iyo an pigcoconsiderar na number 2 sa listahan kan mga pusikit na parabariwas nin droga sa banwaan na ini asin sa mga pagtaraid na lugar.

Nakua sa pinangyarihan kan incidente iyo an 3ng pidasong transparent plastic sachet na an laog shabu; 1 pidasong cuartang papel na ginamit na buy bust money; 1 pidasong snub nose na revolver, 1 Samsung na cell phone, lighter, asin iba pang mga gamit sa pagshabu.

An bangkay kan mga victima dinara sa Abiog Funeral Homes. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Paratinda nin shabu sa Minalabac, nakadulag sa pulis

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur, Julio 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Gira na sana ni Eric Llagas y Fabio – 4ng sachet na may laog nin maputing pulbos na pigtutubodan na an laog shabu – an nakua sa saiyang residencia sa Brgy. San Jose, digdi kan laogon kan mga pulis kasubagong aga.

Afuera kan shabu, dakul na mga drug paraphernalia an na-recover kan mga awtoridad sa lugar na suboot parateng dudumanan kan mga paragamit nin droga sa sinambit na lugar.

Mientrastanto, sabi sa report kan PNP, an paghaloghog ninda kan residencia ni Llagas por medio sa ipinaluwas na Search Warrant na firmado ni RTC Judge Timoteo Panga, Jr. kan Branch 50, sa Ciudad kan Iriga.

Base sa pahayag ni Police Chief Inspector Edgar F. Valencia, haloy na nindang pigmanmanan an mga lakaw kan suspechado, na bantog sa sinambit na lugar na lantadan kun magpabakal kan ipinagbabawal na bulong.

Alagad, kan ginibo an pagrekisa kan laog kan saiyang residencia sa Zone 6 kan Brgy. San Jose, dae ninda inabotan an persona kan suspechado. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Number 1 Most Wanted sa Buhi, nabadil kan pulis, gadan

BUHI, Camarines Sur, Julio 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Binadil kan pulis an sarong personang sinasahotan na imbuelto sa pagpabakal nin droga sa banwaan na ini kasubanggui kan suboot mag-ansyas na magtumang sa mga awtoridad.

Sabi sa report, sarong buy-bust operation an ipiglansar sa Brgy. Jose Baybayon kontra ki Julbert Ricarte alyas Bobbir, poco mas o menos alas 8:53 kasubanggui sa Boncodin Higway.

Nagluluwas sa report na antes pang ma-recibe ni Ricarte an marked money, na gagamiton sa pagbakal kan droga, narisa kan suspechado an presensya kan mga pulis.

Huli kaini, nagbunot nin badil an suspechado, kaya binadil siya kan mga awtoridad.

Tulos binawian nin buhay si Ricarte sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente.

Mientrastanto, an team kan SOCO nagconducir tulos kan saindang imbestigasyon. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Youth voters are 15 to 30 years old -- Comelec

MANILA, July 6 -- Youth voters in the Oct. 31 polls are those that are 15 to 30 years old, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

According to Comelec Resolution No. 10148, those who are qualified to register as voters for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls are Filipino citizens; at least 15 but not more than 30 years old on the day of elections; residing in the barangay for at least six months on Election Day; and not disqualified by law.

Prior to the passage of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015, those who are qualified to apply for the youth elections are at least 15 years old but less than 18 years old on Election Day.

The order also requires SK voters, including those aged 15-17 years old, to have their biometrics data captured and registered, the same with regular voters. The biometric was not a requirement to youth voters in past polls.

Comelec resolution dated July 5 said that a regular encoding of demographics and capturing of biometrics in the Voters' Registration System (VRS) should be regularly performed for the Katipunan ng Kabataan, 15 to 17 years of age.

The biometrics data refers to the applicants’ digital picture, fingerprint, and signature.

Meanwhile, the Comelec said qualified to register for the Barangay polls are Filipino citizens; at least 18 years old on or before Election Day; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; a resident in the barangay he/she proposes to vote for at least six months before the day of elections; and is not disqualified by law.

“Registered voters in the May 9 national and local elections, and those who will register for the Barangay Elections, who are 18 but not more than 30 years old on or before October 31, shall be included in the list of voters for the SK,” the poll body said.

To be able to do this, they will extract the records of voters that are aged 18 to 30 years old immediately after the registration period.

“The Information Technology Department shall provide the technical procedures in the extraction of registration records of members of SK in the VRS,” the Resolution said.

Registration period for the village and youth polls will be from July 15 to 30, including weekends and holidays, in all Offices of the Election Officers (OEOs) in every city/municipality from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public may download application forms from the Comelec website (

Applicants are asked to print the form and filled up in three copies and personally filed at the OEOs.

Meanwhile, Comelec explained that the registration for the Barangay and SK polls shall not include those looking to transfer their registration records both within the same city/municipality and to other city/municipality.

But, correction of data entries as well as reactivation of voter registration will be accepted. (PNA)

Palace sees signing of EO to implement FOI on Friday

MANILA, July 6 -- Malacanang expects the Executive Order (EO) on the freedom of information (FOI) to be signed on Friday in line with the government’s policy of transparency.

Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the draft EO on FOI would be ready Thursday night.

“By the Grace of God, it will be signed (by President Rodrigo Duterte) Friday,” he said in a statement.

Andanar earlier said the order would require government offices under the executive branch to release details of their transactions. (PNA)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PHOTO | Eid ul fitr in Naga City

The Muslim community in Naga City celebrates Eid ul fitr.
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM


IN BULA: 5 local officials, 1 civilian in drug trade surrender

BULA, Camarines Sur, July 6, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Five barangay officials and one civilian who identified themselves as drug users voluntarily surrendered to the Chief Inspector Rodolfo T. Oliver, chief of police of this town Wednesday afternoon.

Said suspects are all residents of Barangay Ombao Polpog, this town.

They were subjected to a bio-profile and were requested to execute an oath to never engage in the drug trade again.

Present during the surrender is Brgy Captain Arlene Pornillos who served as witness.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Poor villages in Bicol get P689M for school buildings

LEGAZPI CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- Poor villages in need of additional classrooms in Bicol received a total grant of P688,986,604.7 for the construction, rehabilitation and repair of 473 school buildings from 2002 to present under the community driven development program of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) that seeks to help alleviate poverty.

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Out of the total school buildings, there were 254 completed and the rest are under construction that will benefit 115,737 households.

Projects under Kalahi-CIDSS following the CDD approach are identified by the residents themselves and funded based on the approval of the people through the Barangay Assembly and undergoes the public’s consensual decision in the municipal prioritization activity called Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).

Luz Jubelo, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Donsol, Sorsogon, said classrooms are vital for her children’s education so she proactively participated in the construction of their 1 unit 3 classroom school building in BarangayDancalan which was implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS.

The management of funds and resources are directly given to the elected residents of their respective projects with the assistance of the barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs). To date, LGUs provided their local counterpart contribution of Php69,912,845.62 for these school buildings.

According to DSWD “Ang tutok ng Kalahi-CIDSS ay CDD. ibig sabihin, magkakasama ang mamayan na susuriin yung kanilang sitwasyon at sila yung magtutukoy kung ano yung mahalagang proyekto na nagbibigay solusyon sa kanilang nakitang pangunahing problema (The focus of Kalahi- CIDSS is CDD. Meaning, the citizens come together to review their situation and they will also identify important projects that will provide solutions to their main problems found).”

The operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS. 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of P4,497,448,178.

From 2002 to present, there are 4,283 community-identified projects that will provide basic access infrastructures, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation in 106 municipalities for Bicol region alone.

JUST IN: Duterte names 5 police generals as drug syndicate protectors

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered five cops relieved from their posts for their alleged involvement as protectors of drug lords and syndicates.

The cops named were Gen. Marcelo Garbo Jr., Gen. Vicente Loot, Gen. Bernardo Diaz, Gen. Joel Pagdilao, and Gen. Edgardo Tinio.

Duterte announced the names as he spoke during the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) celebration of its 69th anniversary at Clark Air Base.

LOOK: Bicolana chef carves Duterte image on watermelon

Bicolana chef Jang Grageda displays a carved image of President Rodrigo Duterte on a watermelon at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. A multi-awarded cook, Camalig, Albay native Grageda works at a five-star hotel in Thailand.


Nora Aunor Bicol film project Hinulid seeks to raise funds

NAGA CITY, July 5 — The Philippine’s most celebrated actor, Nora Aunor, will play the lead in the second feature full-length film of award-winning Bikolano poet and columnist Kristian Sendon Cordero.

The film has been selected as one of the eight finalists in the third Quezon City International Film Festival. Cordero will receive a P1M grant from the Quezon City Film Development Council to finish the film that will have its premiere on October 14-22, 2016 during the film festival.
Hinulid, which takes inspiration from the story of Carlos Ojeda Aureus’ The Night Train Does Not Stop Here Anymore, tells the story of a woman and her son who died in a violent hazing incident while studying law in one of the Catholic schools in Manila.

Set at the beginning of the new millennium, Sita Dimaiwat which will be played by Ms. Aunor, decides to cremate her son’s remains and travels back to Bikol via the old PNR train.  Aided by a walkman— Sita listens to the recording of his son memorizing his lessons in law.

Sita, reconciling the intricate lines between tragedy and transcendence, tries to hold unto what is left for her.  In a filial act of mourning she will prove that memory is stronger than justice and that even the most broken life can be restored to its moments.

Hinulid is a kind of a homecoming because it will be Nora Aunor’s first film in her mother tongue, Bikol-Rinconada. Conceptualized as early as 2015, the film will be her first collaboration with Cordero, a recipient of many literary awards including the Palanca Memorial Prize for Literature and the Gintong Aklat for Best Work in Philippine Literature and National Book Awards, among others. Cordero is a faculty member of  the Ateneo de Naga University. Both Cordero and Ms. Aunor are from Iriga City.

In 2013, Cordero ventured into filmmaking with his first full length film, Angustia (Out of the Depths) which was one of the finalists in the Cinemaone Originals Film Festival.  Receiving a P 1M grant, a very minimal budget, Cordero was able to gather and manage talents and resources to do a period film that was set in late 18th century Bikol. Angustia was awarded one of the three Best First Feature Films in 2013 by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines.

The group of Cordero is set to shoot the film this coming month of July in the towns of Gainza, Pili, Pasacao, Baao, and the cities of Naga and Iriga. In a Facebook post of Hinulid Fan Page, the group is still raising an additional amount of P2M and is hoping against all odds that more Bikolanos, cineastes, and Noranians will give their support before they start shooting.

For those who are interested to help, kindly send your donations to this bank account “Kristian S. Cordero” BDO SM NAGA CITY Account Number:  006828010354. Kindly scan the deposit slip and send it to for confirmation. Should you need more information regarding this project, the team can be reached thru this mobile phone number 09167615121. Among those who have sent their support to this film project aside from the Noranians are award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee, Albay lawmaker Edcel Greco Lagman, Pasacao Mayor Niño Tayco, and Naga City Mayor John Bongat.

Briones eyes expansion of drug education in curriculum

MANILA, July 4 -- In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong pronouncement against the drug menace, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday that she will consider strengthening the curriculum in drug education and prevention.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones
In an interview, Briones said that the President has tapped her to include drug education in the curriculum as early as Grade 4.

She noted however that the DepEd is, in fact, already implementing an anti-drug abuse curriculum.

“It (Drug Education) is already in the curriculum. What we want is to strengthen the curriculum in that area,” Briones told reporters following the turnover ceremony held at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.

The Education chief said that the existing curriculum provides only a scientific approach to the dangers and ill-effects of drug abuse.

She added that the syllabus is currently being reviewed, emphasizing that future revisions will focus on the practical aspects in addressing the drug abuse problem.

“Intervention is not so much in running after those kids but in enriching the curriculum and also capacitating the teachers,” she said, adding that these include making supplementary materials available and additional training for teachers.

For his part, Senator Panfilo Lacson underscored the need to further intensify the campaign against illegal drugs, especially within school premises.

Lacson recognized the newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for committing himself in ridding the country of lawless elements and illegal drugs. Both of them attended the turnover ceremonies for the new DepEd Secretary. (PNA)

MMDA, DOTC, LTFRB mull relocation of provincial bus terminals along EDSA

MANILA, July 4 -- To ease traffic congestion on the 23.8-kilometer EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Department of Transportation and Communications have been discussing plans to relocate provincial bus terminals along the major thoroughfare.

In a meeting recently held at the agency’s headquarters in Makati City, Atty. Crisanto Saruca, MMDA traffic discipline head, said that they have tackled measures in addressing the traffic congestion along the major road.

He said traffic flow will improve if the bus terminals will be relocated near Metro Manila since provincial buses will no longer enter Metro Manila to load and unload passengers.

He did not cite any specific location where the buses will be relocated.

In 2010, then MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino proposed that some provincial bus terminals on EDSA, such as the Cubao terminal in Quezon City, be moved to Caloocan City.

Based on MMDA records, there are 85 provincial bus companies situated in Metro Manila.

Of the 85 provincial bus companies, 46 firms have terminals on EDSA, particularly in Cubao, Balintawak, and Taft Ave.

Around 3,300 provincial buses and 12,000 city buses pass through EDSA daily.

In 2013, former President Benigno Aquino III signed Administrative Order No. 40, establishing transport terminals in the north and south of the metropolis to decongest EDSA and restrict provincial buses from entering the major thoroughfare.

Under the order, three terminals should be constructed – the North Interim Transport Terminal for provincial buses originating from north of Metro Manila entering via the North Luzon Expressway, MacArthur Highway, Mindanao Ave., Quirino Ave., and Commonwealth Ave.; South Interim Transport Terminal for provincial buses originating from south of Metro Manila entering via the South Luzon Expressway; and the Southwest Interim Transport for provincial buses originating from south of Metro Manila entering via Coastal Road and the Manila Cavite Expressway. (PNA)

4 die in Camarines Sur fire

SIPOCOT, Camarines Sur, July 5, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Four people, including two minors, were killed when An-An Marketing, a two-storey hardware, was razed to the ground at around 4 a.m. today at San Juan Avenue, Barangay South Centro, this town.

Photo by Jhun Dia
The victims were identified as Antonio Lipiao, 70 years old, the owner of the establishment; Alicia Lipiao, 69; and their grandchildren Rayen Shobi Espiritu, 12; and Raven Alexi Espiritu, 11.

Fire Inspector Ramon Gregorio said the building stored various flammable materials such as paint, thinner, and plywood. An electrical problem possibly caused the fire, he added.

Gregorio furthered that the four were trapped in the establishment because the building was secured by a double lock.

Firetrucks and additional personnel from Libmanan, Pamplona, Ragay, and Naga City were sent to help put out the fire.

Fire out was declared at 6 a.m.

The four victims are presently in Alba Funeral Homes here. - With report from Manny Basa

Monday, July 4, 2016

30 drug users surrender in Naga City

NAGA CITY, July 4, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - At least 30 individuals who identified themselves as drug users surrendered to Mayor John Bongat at the City Hall this afternoon.

With their faces covered, they revealed they are from Barangay Penafrancia, this city.

A majority of them are women, the eldest among whom is 60 years old.

Bongat said the responsibility for their rehabilitation would have to be divided between the city government and the drug users.

He said the city has a budget for the rehabilitation. However, said budget is inadequate, so they are encouraging the private sector to assist in the rehabilitation.

The local chief executive said the drug users will be monitored by the police so they will not return to using the illegal substance.

PAGASA issues weather update on Tropical Storm Nepartak

Plaza Quince Martires in Naga City at 2 p.m. on July 4, 2016
At 10:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm Nepartak outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) was estimated based on all available data at 1,855 km East of Visayas (12.4˚N, 141.7˚E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 30 kph. It is expected to enter the PAR by Tuesday (July 5) and will be named “Butchoy”.

The Tropical Storm is expected to be at 1,655 km East of Infanta, Quezon by tomorrow morning. By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be at 935 km East of Aparri, Cagayan. By Thursday morning, it is expected to be at 255 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes and by Friday morning, it is expected to be at 450 km North Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes.

Meanwhile, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) East of Sorsogon City, Sorsogon has dissipated.

The general public and disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned are advised to monitor for the next update to be incorporated in the public weather forecast at 5:00 pm today and for the next advisory to be issued at 11:00 am tomorrow.


Naga City holds Art in the Park for Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day

Salingoy Art Group, in partnership with the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office of the City Government of Naga, spearheaded the activities at the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Week Art in the Park at Plaza Quince Martires on June 30 to July 2, 2016.

The activities included an art competition and free art workshops for students of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and public schools of the city.

Said activity aimed to bring the visual arts closer to the public.


Bicolano PBA player dies after practice

LEGAZPI CITY, July 4, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Legazpi City native and PBA player Gilbert Bulawan has passed away after succumbing to a heart attack after basketball practice on Sunday.

Gilbert Bulawan
Photo from Bulawan's Facebook Page
This was confirmed by Blackwater Elite team owner Dioceldo Sy, who added that Bulawan collapsed during practice.

Bulawan, who was 29 years old when he died, played for Blackwater Elite. He also previously played for Meralco Bolts and Barako Bull Energy Cola.

He is the youngest and very first active player to die in the PBA.


Bicolano out-of-school youth wows with artwork

Budding Bicolano artist Edmundo Flores

NAGA CITY, July 4, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Out-of-school youth Edmundo Flores impressed the participants and other onlookers Saturday at the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Art in the Park activity as he displayed his work of art.

Said piece, which featured various anatomical parts with vibrant splashes of color, was displayed alongside the creations of the pupils from various public schools across Naga City.

In an interview with Bicol Standard, fourteen-year-old Flores said had stopped schooling at grade four. However, he had been participating in art workshops around the city, such as those conducted by veteran artist Bobi Rayala. Flores said he comes to Naga City all the way from Camaligan, Camarines Sur to participate in said activities.

Flores said he was shy to join the free art workshop offered by Salingoy Art Group in cooperation with the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office (ACTO) of the City Government of Naga, but agreed to continue honing his craft.

The budding artist was provided free art materials and was offered to pursue a diploma through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).


Military to focus on disaster response missions

MANILA, July 4, 2016 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will focus on its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response missions, newly appointed AFP chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said.

"We will consolidate and ready our forces to become first responders and take proactive roles to protect our environment and mitigate the effects of climate change. we will then enhance our efforts to work closely with other agencies non government organizations and the private sector to firm up our mechanisms to realize these advocacies," Visaya said.

The Philippines is located in the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has recorded more casualties and devastation brought about by national disasters and calamities.

Aside from improving competencies in combat, soldiers would also be involved in the crackdown on criminality and terrorism, after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to join the anti-crime campaign.

"As I always intimate to our troops in my numerous field units we must instill in ourselves the desire to excel in all our endeavors and to continue our quest for excellence even beyond the call of duty. Every soldier is a fighter, a law enforcer, a rescuer, and above all a reformed man," he said.

In doing the job, he assured that they will "always be guided by the principles of transparency accountability and adherence to human rights, international humanitarian law and the rule of law."

"These values will never be lost despite massive change in the way we think and operate," Visaya added.

Visaya is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983. He replaced Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda who served as acting AFP chief last April.(PNA)

Ex-policeman, alleged drug dealer nabbed in Naga City

NAGA CITY, July 4, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - The war on drugs in Naga City has shifted to high gear as another buy-bust operation against an alleged notorious drug dealer was carried out Sunday evening, this time by the Naga City Police Office (NCPO).

The suspect, identified as Amelia Silvestre, 29 years old, was arrested after 7 medium-sized plastic sachets containing a substance believed to be shabu were found in her possession at Molave, Barangay Penafrancia.

Also confiscated was P14,000 in cash, which was believed to be drug money.

Noel Balla, a former police officer who is on absence without leave, was also in the same residence during the buy-bust operation, SPO2 Toby Bongon, Information Officer of the NCPO told the Bicol Standard.

Bongon said Balla tried to wrestle with the apprehending officers and tried to draw his caliber .22 firearm during the arrest in an attempt to defend Silvestre.

Said firearm, which had live ammunition, was found to be unlicensed, Bongon added.

Balla was thus arrested for Illegal Possession of Firearms.

The residence is in the same barangay where a big-time raid was conducted on Saturday where 13 persons were arrested and an estimated P50,000 of shabu were seized.

Both suspects are presently detained at Police Station No. 3, Barangay Penafrancia, this city. (With report from Boyet Paderes)


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bicol’s poverty threshold drops

LEGAZPI CITY — Poverty incidence in Bicol significantly dropped by 20 percent last year, owing to the government anti-poverty interventions, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Listahanan Survey bared.

Arnel Garcia, DSWD regional director, said the agency Listahanan survey indicated that poor households in Bicol decreased by 20 percent or 91,847 households from the 461,292 in 2009 to 369,395 last year.

The second Listahanan survey that covered 1,074,005 million households covering rural and urban areas showed 34 percent or 369,395 were considered poor.

Garcia cited that Bicol’s poverty threshold ratio is 3 out of 10 families in the region are poor.

Garcia, in an interview, said that the significant drop in the number of poor families as compared to the 2009 survey may be attributed to the government’s initiated socio-economic development programs.

He cited the P7.6 billion funds it has spent for the anti-poverty program benefiting thousands of poor families through the Conditional Cast Transfer (CCT) popularly known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kalahi-CIDSS) (Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrate Delivery of Social Service) and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The 4Ps program, government spent P4.4 billion in funds benefiting the SLP and poured in P380 million to finance livelihood and micro enterprise development project to 42,530 poor individuals, he said.

For the Kalahi-CIDSS, the agency spent P789 million for 532 community development projects in 26 poor towns in Bicol.

Garcia said with the billions of peso spent for social and anti-poverty project for Bicol’s poor families, a remarkable improvement in the level of living condition had been observed.

He said Masbate province had been delisted from the list of the poorest provinces across the country.

The DSWD's Listahanan assessment study indicates that most of these poor households in Bicol are found in rural areas with 84 percent or 310,706 while 16 percent or 58,689 are in urban areas.

Majority (53 percent) of the poor households live in houses with roofs and outer walls made of light materials, the study said.

The study also reveals that 123,238 households or 33 percent do not have access to electricity while 135,334 (36 percent) have no access to safe water source and 177,876 or 48 percent do not have toilets.

Other significant survey data indicate that of the 2.3 million poor individuals in Bicol, 52 percent or 1.2 million are male, 48 percent or 1.2 million are children and 3.8 percent or 87,928 are senior citizens while 1.3 percent or 29,346 have physical and mental disabilities.

As for their occupation, only 17,7 percent or 215,932 poor individuals are engaged in the agri sector as farmers, forestry worker or fishermen while the vast number or 624,221 individuals do not have any reported occupations.

The five-month enumeration and assessment period from May to September last year covered the entire Bicol with 3,471 villages, 114 cities and towns.

The province of Camarines Sur posted the biggest share with 126,476 poor households followed by Masbate with 77,227; Albay with 69,681; Sorsogon with 48,555; Camarines Norte with 32,190 and Catanduanes with 15,266 poor households. (PNA)

Bareta sa kamugtakan kan panahon

NAGA CITY Julio 3, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Kasubagong alas 4:00 nin hapon, ngonian na aldaw, an Low Pressure Area (LPA) sabi kan Pagasa yaon sa distanciang 85 km sa Sirangan kan Catarman, Nortern Samar (12.6N, 125.4E).

An Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) nakaka-affectar kan Sur na parte kan Luzon asin Visayas.

An centro kan Tropical Storm (Nepartak) namumugtrak sa luwas kan Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Carculadong nasa distanciang 2,060 km sa sirangan kan Mindanao (9.5N, 145.0E) na may pinakamakusog sa duros na 65 kph harane sa centro.

May paborobagong duros na nagaabot sa 80 kph.

Naghihiro ini sa direction na pasiring sa Norteng Sulnupan sa rikas na 7 kph.

Pwede ining maging sarong bagyo sa Martes (July 5).

Segun ki Glaiza Escullar, an maraot na panahon aapodon sa pangaran na Butchoy, kun maglaog na sa Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Alagad, piglalaoman na dae ini matugpa sa arin man na parte kan kadagaan kan Pilipinas.

Makusog na uran an pwedeng sapoon kan mga lugar sa Luzon asin Visayas poon sa Mierkoles hasta Byernes, sa masangling semana. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

TD to enter PAR Tuesday

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday said it is monitoring a tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) which is expected to enter the country on Tuesday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. center of Tropical Depression outside the PAR was estimated based on all available data at 2,020 km east of Mindanao (8.3N, 144.7E), with maximum winds of 45 kph near the center. It is forecast to move northwest at 10 kph.

Should the tropical depression maintain its speed and movement, Aurelio said it will be locally named 'Butchoy', the second tropical cyclone to affect the country this year.

He said that since tropical depression is still far, PAGASA is yet to confirm whether it will make a landfall. However, it is expected to intensify as it remains in the sea.

He added that the public should expect one to three tropical cyclones to affect the country for the month of July.

Aurelio said that the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia, is considered a breeding ground for low pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.

For Sunday's forecast, the ITCZ will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol Region and MIMAROPA while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the southwest to west over Mindanao. Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

The state weather bureau has not issued a gale warning which means it is safe for fisherfolks to venture into the seas. (PNA)

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