Friday, July 15, 2016

Naga City tops most competitive component cities list anew

PASAY CITY, July 15, 2016  Naga City secured its position as the nation's overall most competitive Component City in the 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit organized by the National Competitiveness Council.

Legazpi City notched third place in the same list.

Meanwhile, topping the list of overall most competitive Highly Urbanized Cities (HUC) is Quezon City followed by  Makati City at 2nd and the City of Manila  at 3rd place.

On the overall most competitive 1st-2nd Class Municipalities category, Cainta, Rizal is 1st place while its neighbor Taytay, Rizal moved one notch to 2nd place. Last year’s overall top municipality General Trias, Cavite slipped to 3rd rank.

On the other hand, Infanta, Quezon emerged as the overall most competitive 3rd-6th Class Municipality, with Baler, Aurora in the 2nd notch, while Calamba, Misamis Occidental placed third.

NCC also cited the most competitive provinces, led by the Rizal Province, which placed 6th last 2015, followed by Cavite, which also jumped from 9th spot in the previous year. South Cotabato moved one notch to 3rd place in this year’s rankings.

Under the Economic Dynamism Pillar for HUC, Makati City performed best followed by Pasig City and Quezon City. For the Component Cities, Naga City, Camarines Sur got 1st place, while Imus City and Biñan City trailed in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. For 1st-2nd Class Municipalities, General Trias, Cavite topped the category with Cainta, Rizal in 2nd , and Sta. Maria, Bulacan in 3rd place. For 3rd-6th Class Municipalities, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental ranked first, followed by Manito, Albay and Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

On the Government Efficiency Pillar for HUC, City of Manila is the most competitive, with Quezon City as second and Iloilo City as third. For Component Cities, Cotabato City led the ranking followed by Naga City and Legazpi City. For 1st-2nd Class Municipalities, Cainta, Rizal ranked first, with Taytay, Rizal and Midsayap, North Cotabato next in the list. For 3rd-6th Class Municipalities, Calape, Bohol  topped the category followed by Paoay and Pasuquin, both in Ilocos Norte.

Lastly, under the Infrastructure Pillar for HUC, Quezon City is the best in the category, trailed by Makati City and Pasig City. For Component Cities, Naga City ranked first, while Bacoor City, Cavite and Legazpi City, Albay placed second and third places respectively. For 1st-2nd Class Municipalities, Cainta, Rizal is the most competitive, followed by Malay, Aklan, and Taytay, Rizal. For 3rd-6th Class Municipalities, Infanta, Quezon led the category, with Pagsanjan, Laguna and Baler, Aurora next in the list.

Aside from these citations, NCC recognized the most improved LGUs from each category: Taguig City for HUC; Ormoc, Leyte for Component Cities; Pagbilao, Quezon for 1st-2nd Class Municipalities; and Barugo, Leyte for 3rd-6th Class Municipalities.

This year’s CMCI has the largest number of participants, with 1,389 LGUs, 144 of which are cities and 1,245 are municipalities. This equals to about 85% of total LGUs in the Philippines. When CMCI started in 2013, only 285 or 17% of the LGUs in the country joined the index. The data used were gathered with the help of the 16 RCCs, which are composed of public and private sectors and the academe.

CMCI measures LGU’s competitiveness based on the three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

The increasing coverage of the index signified a higher level of interest and awareness on the importance of being measured based on the three pillars and a stronger commitment to improve LGU performance based on the resulting ranking.
NCC believes that LGUs are the building blocks of national competitiveness, the reason it encouraged the creation of RCCs. These RCCs are tasked to regularly assess local competitiveness indicators, formulate programs to improve competitiveness, and engage in investment promotion activities to attract investors and create new jobs.

By developing competitive LGUs across the nation, NCC is optimistic that this would contribute to the overall attractiveness of the country as a preferred place to do business.

Aside from the awarding, NCC also launched the 2016 CMCI website, which contains the detailed information on a particular LGU. The CMCI data may be used by businesses and government, as a tool for policy making, planning, governance, budget management, and investment promotion.

Stakeholders coming from the national government agencies, business chambers, development partners, diplomatic community, and the academe have joined this annual event.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking developed by NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCC) with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Globe Telecom.

Comelec issues SK, barangay polls sked

NAGA CITY, July 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — Today is the official start of the period of filing of applications for registration of voters for the barangay elections, and applications for membership to the Katipunan ng Kabataan.

This was confirmed in an interview with morning with Comelec Camarines Sur spokesperson Alex Marpuri.

The period, Marpuri said, is until July 30, per Comelec Resolution No. 10151.

According to the same resolution, the aspirants for the positions in the village and youth elections scheduled on October 31 are only given nine days to campaign, from October 21-October 29.

It is prohibited to make any donation or gift in cash or in kind; construction or maintenance of public roads and bridges; use of armored land, water, or aircraft; and appoint special policemen during the said period.

Campaigning will be prohibited on the eve of elections on October 30 until Election Day.

On October 31, Election Day, voting hours in polling precincts will be from 7:00 o’clock in the morning to 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The counting and canvassing of votes, as well as the proclamation of winning candidates will then take place immediately after the close of voting at 3 p.m.

Moreover, the Election Period for the Barangay and SK polls will start on October 1 and will end on November 7.

During the Election Period, Comelec prohibits the alteration of precincts or establishment of a new precinct.

Also prohibited are the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons; use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates; transfer of officers and employees in the civil service; and suspension of any elective local official (With report from PIA).

‘Bicol Vigilante’ strikes again, kills 1 in Naga City

NAGA CITY, July 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — The second victim of an entity called Bicol Vigilante was shot dead last night at Zone 7, Barangay San Felipe, this city.

An entity which identifies itself as 'Bicol Vigilante' has claimed another life in Naga City.
Photo by Aljin Belen
The victim, identified as Allan Alforte Castro, a resident of San Jose, Barangay Penafrancia, was on his way on a motorcycle to the downtown area from Barangay Pacol.

He suffered gunshot wounds, two of which were mortal, causing his instantaneous death.

His body was found next to a cardboard sign with the words “Wag tularan ang mga pushers – Bicol Vigilante.”

Police now are conducting a thorough background check to ascertain whether the crime is drug-related.

“We are still waiting for the SOCO to process the incident,” SPO2 Toby Bongon, Naga City Police Office Information Officer said.

“As of the moment, we are still unsure if Bicol Vigilante is really a vigilante group, or is only one with personal grudges riding on the issue of illegal drugs,” Bongon said.

It would be recalled that last Saturday, a victim identified as Ronald Elustre was shot in the neck at Barangay Dayangdang allegedly by the same unidentified entity.

DTI chief challenges LGUs to process business registration in 24 hours

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez challenged local government units (LGUs) to process business registration in 24 hours, in compliance with the direction of Duterte administration to make transactions with government offices easier for Filipinos.

Lopez stated his challenge to LGUs during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center on Thursday, where leaders of cities and municipalities across the country attended the event.

At the sidelines of the summit, the official told reporters that he targets for one-day transaction for those with five- to 10-day processing period.

He added that even his own department is planning how to implement one-day processing and approval of business registration.

Lopez said the DTI intends to approve first the applications for business registration before checking for their complete compliance.

“Our proposal is give them curing period for compliance for them to be able to comply. If they don’t comply, revoke (the registration),” the new DTI chief said.

“But I’m sure they’ll work on that but they don’t have to wait for one month or two months just for them to be registered,” he added.

Lopez clarified that this fast tracking processing time does not mean lowering the standards or compliance for concerns such as safety and sanitation among many others.

“It’s just having a new sequence,” he stressed. (By Kris M. Crismundo, PNA)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Search warrant yields P4.2-M worth of shabu in Catanduanes

PANDAN, Catanduanes, July 14, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—Seventy-one packs, locally known as “bulto,” of suspected shabu was found buried in the residence of an alleged drug personality.

Photo via Mayor Tabirara
Said packs have an estimated street value of P4.2 million pesos, according to Pandan Mayor Raul Tabirara.

This is the biggest volume of shabu recovered so far in the Bicol region since the start of the all-out campaign against illegal drugs.

Randy “Bong” Eusebio, 33 years old, of Barangay Balangonan, Libod, Pandan was served Search Warrant No. 2016-33 and 34 earlier this morning, Police Regional Office Bicol Information Officer Malu Calubaquib said.

Found in his possession were 12 sachets of a substance believed to be shabu.

While on his way to the police station, Police Senior Inspector Virgil Bibat, Pandan Municipal Police Station Chief of Police prodded Eusebio to divulge more information about the illegal substance.

Eusebio confessed that he had more of the substance buried at his residence.

When the police conducted a follow-up investigation, said 71 sachets were discovered.

Eusebio is now presently detained, while the suspected illegal drugs will be turned over to the Catanduanes Provincial Crime Lab.

Meanwhile, Mayor Tabirara has issued a statement saying he was pleased with the accomplishment of the Pandan police.

He said he fully supports the anti-drug campaign of the present administration.

He also added that as of the moment, he cannot divulge the name of the large drug syndicates operating in his town as investigation is still underway.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Five Naga City cops under probe for alleged drug links

NAGA CITY, July 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—Five police officers in this city are subject of an on-going investigation for their alleged involvement as protectors of those in the illegal drug trade.

File photo
This was confirmed by SPO2 Toby Bongon, Naga City Police Office Information Officer in an interview this morning.

Bongon, however, refused to divulge the identities of the cops so as not to pre-empt the on-going inquiry.

In a separate interview, Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe, Regional Director of the Bicol PNP admitted that there are really cops whose names have been repeatedly mentioned by the drug surrenderees.

"Mahigit apat sila. Marami pang iba. Kahit kabaro iimbestigahan natin" (There are more than four of them. There are many others. We will investigate them even if they are one of us), Buenafe told the media.

"Hawak ko na ang listahan" (I already have the list), he added, while begging off to reveal the names.

Buenafe said he will send a message to the cops on the list to report to Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City this week to give them the opportunity to explain their side.

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Ronnie Fabia of the Camarines Sur Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said they intentionally did not inform the Naga City Police Office about their One Time Big Time raid at Sagrada Familia (Isla Sison), Barangay Penafrancia. This was for fear that information about the operation would leak.

He added that the intelligence community forewarned them that several local cops are protectors of drug dealers and users.

DON'T MISS: CIDG raids 11 houses at Isla Sison, Naga City

1 gadan sa karambola nin 4 na awto sa Daraga, Albay

DARAGA, Albay, July 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Saro an gadan sa karambola nin 4 na vehiculo sa banwaan na ini kasubagong aga sa Brgy. Malabog, sabi sa imbestigasyon kan pulis.

Si Marvin Dado, taga Purok 2, Oro Site, Legazpi City, sarong trabahador sa construction, asin iyo an driver kan motorsiklo na imbuelto sa aksidente, an binawian nin buhay.

Sabi sa report, an tulo sa mga vehiculo na kabale sa aksidente: Honda Wave, na an driver iyo si Marvin Dado (na binawian nin buhay); Isuzu PUJ, na pigmamaneho ni Johnson Montenegro y Ranada,taga Caloocan City; asin Mitsubishi PUV, na dae pa bisto an pangaran kan driver.

An mga ini nagdadalagan sa direksyon pasiring sa Poblacion kan banwaan na ini, hale sa banwaan kan Camalig, Albay.

An ika-apat na vehiculo, na sarong Isuzu tanker na pigmamaneho ni Roger Tandaan, nagdadalagan sa sabat na direksyon.

Pag-abot sa Zone 1 sa Brgy Salvacion,nabudalan kan Mitsubiship PUV an Honda Wave asin an Isuzu PUJ.

Huli kaini, nakabale na sa karambola an Isuzu tanker.

Bilang resulta kan barangaan dinara sa hospital an kasuno na sakay kan Honda Wave asin an 7ng mga nakalunad sa Isuzu PUJ.

Alagad, si Dado, na iyong nagmamaneho kan Honda Wave na motorsiklo ipig deklarar na gadan na kan maka abot sa BRTTH sa Legazpi City.

Sa intrevista kan mga miembros kan media kasubago, ki Frank Dado, inako kaini na posibleng may hangover pa an saiyang tugang na nagadan ta nag-irinuman sinda kasubanggui.

An gabos na mga vehiculo na imbuelto sa aksidente an nasa poder pa ngonian kan pulis.

DepEd reminds public schools on ‘No Collection Policy’

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reminded public schools nationwide that the collection of authorized contributions is purely voluntary.

In a statement, the DepEd reiterated its goal to provide all Filipino learners with free basic education in public elementary and secondary schools.

This is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 41, s. 2012 which includes the implementing policies on the collection of voluntary contributions.

Under the guidelines, these authorized contributions include those made for Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Anti-TB Fund Drive, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and school publication fee.

The contribution per learner for the BSP and GSP is PHP50, PHP35 for the PNRC, and PHP5 for the Anti-TB Fund Drive.

The Department stressed that an excessive amount for the PTA contribution must be avoided.

”This contribution may only be collected after the PTA presents to their members and to the school head/principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year’s collections and their proposed budget with program of activities,” DepEd said.

For the school publication fee, no more than PHP60 may be collected from elementary pupils and not more than PHP 90 for high school students.

The publication of the school newspaper, although not compulsory, is encouraged to bolster the journalism program at the elementary and secondary levels.

”DepEd maintains that contributions should not become monetary constraints for parents and learners, and acknowledges the many expenses they incur just to send their children to school,” it said.

DepEd also reiterated that failure to settle these voluntary school contributions must not be used as a basis for non-admission, non-promotion, or non-issuance of clearance to a student.

Pusikit na paraikit sa Naga City, nadakop

NAGA CITY, Julio 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard)  Pakalihis nin halipot na ralamagan, natringkahan asin dagos nang nadakop si Bethoven Bravante y Combo, an suspechadong pusikit na mandurukot digdi.

Sabi sa record kan pulis, si Bravante linamang ni Bgy. Kgd. Ernesto Velasco Jr., kan Sta. Cruz, sa atubangan kan Largo Eatery, pakatapos na habonan kan suspechado si Buenconsejo Orbillo y Rivera.

Si Orbillo, 74 anyos, iyo an Brgy. Secretary for Senior Citizen Affairs, kan Sta. Cruz.

Nakua sa poder ni Bravante an mga hinabon niyang gamit ki Buenconseyo, siring kan Naga City Senior Citizen Federation ID, Voter’s ID, Barangay Residence ID, asin Naga City Senior Citizen ID.

An iba pang nakua saiya iyo an cash na kantidad P1,300.00 na na collection hale sa Senior Citizen Registration, asin mobile phone.

Mientrastanto, kan rekesahon an laog kan darang bag asin backpack Bravante, nakakua an mga awtoridad nin sari-saring color nin t-shirts na pwedeng ginagamit sa pagpaghabon.

Nagtutubod an mga imbestigador na kada nakakadukot an suspechado, tulos siyang minadulag, asin minaribay nin bado para dae mabisto.

An iba pang laog kan dara niyang gamit iyo an minasunod: sari-saring clase nin school supplies, kabali ngani an sarong pencil case.

An saro sa mga bags na nakua sa suspechado pagsasadire ni Shiela SJ Javier, Nurse II sa Provincial Office kan Department of Health.

Oya an iba pang laog kan bag kan nurse: sarong camera; cellphone charger, key chain, mga tabletas, asin mga gamit sa pagbulong.

Igwa pang nakua sa saiyang baseball cap, cellphone asin motorsiklo na mayong plate number.

An suspechado yaon ngonian sa laog kan carcel mantang pigpepreparar an caso na isasangat contra saiya. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Partido District to launch food sufficiency program initiative

PILI, Camarines Sur, July 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol is resolute in his pronouncement of support to doable and viable agricultural programs of the province of Camarines Sur.

Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol
Speaking before Bicol Region governors, district representatives, party-list leaders and farmers at the Tapatan: Gobyerno at Mamamayan forum held at the RIARS Training Center, Dept. Of Agriculture-RFO-5, San Agustin, Pili, Cam.Sur, Piñol presented the agricultural agenda of the Department that calls for the "availability and affordability of food" for 105 million Filipinos.

"The DA will be President Duterte's arm in fulfilling his moral obligation to deliver food sufficiency to the people," he said.

This will be accomplished, through a paradigm shift that accords importance and attention to the challenge of climate change vis-a-vis the country's agricultural realities, and a back-to-basics approach that will focus mainly on the crops that grow best in the locality, he explained.

The thrusts and directions set by the Department aligns well with the Food Summit initiative mounted by former 4th District Representative Wimpy B. Fuentebella for Partido area, and now being continued by Congressman Noli Fuentebella, who drafted a unified food production convergence plan that addresses not only food security but also that of raising the purchasing power of the low-income sector and enabling agricultural stakeholders to contribute in responding to the province's high poverty incidence.

Partido is being eyed as food production hub. A convergence program on food sufficiency will be replicated by Cong. Noli Fuentebella together with the DAR, NIA, DTI, NFA, Cooperative Devt. Authority, Phil. Rice Research Institute to achieve vertical and horizontal alignments of development plans of the national, regional and provincial development councils. (by Kaylee T. San Jose)

DOLE-Bicol to launch hotline against fake inspectors

LEGAZPI CITY, July 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office will officially launch its hotline where business owners may report bogus inspectors and other elements who illegally use the name of DOLE Bicol.

The hotline number is 0918-309-6665 and will be operational starting July 14, 2016, DOLE Bicol Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

Said hotline may be texted or called in case business owners receive information of individuals who ask for money in the name of DOLE Bicol.

The number is directly connected to the office of DOLE Bicol Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Arrested drug suspect gunned down in Naga City

NAGA CITY, July 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard)  A drug suspect was shot dead by a police officer after he attempted to seize the service firearm of a lady cop.

He was identified as Rafael Penera, of legal age, and a resident of Barangay Penafrancia, this city.

Police said that earlier this afternoon, Penera was flagged down by personnel conducting Oplan Sita for driving a motorcycle without a helmet. He was also found to have no registration papers and no license.

Furthermore, shabu paraphernalia and a piece of plastic containing a substance believed to be marijuana were found in his possession.

The suspect was being brought to the Isla Sison (Sagrada Familia) Police Outpost for verification when he tried to wrest the service firearm from the grasp of PO1 Joan Ancheta.

This prompted SPO1 Carlos Neola to come to her rescue and shoot the suspect.

The suspect was rushed to the Naga City Hospital in the same barangay, but was declared dead.

The scene is still being processed by the Scene of the Crime Operatives Crime Lab as of the time of this writing.

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NEED A JOB? Paramount-Star Pharma needs med rep

Pharmaceutical drug distributor Paramount-Star Pharma, which operates in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, is in need of a medical representative.


A graduate of any 4 year course (preferably A.B. English, B. S. Nursing or Marketing)
Proficient both in oral and written communication
With good scholastic rating
A resident of Camarines Sur or Camarines Norte
Willing to be trained
Can work with minor supervision
A team player
Male or Female

Compensation: Basic salary with per diem and incentive.

Interested applicants may send their resume with 2X2" picture to

Paramount-Star Pharma is located at Unit 2E, Prifel Bldg., J. Miranda Avenue
Zone 5,Concepcion Pequena, Naga City.

1,389 LGUs join 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit

Over 1,389 local government units will participate in the 4th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit slated on 14 July 2016, 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, where National Competitiveness Council (NCC) will recognize the most competitive cities, municipalities and provinces.

The summit will highlight the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index 2016, which ranks local government units (LGUs) across the country based on their performance on three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure Awards will be conferred to LGUs in four categories: 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities. An award for the Most Competitive Province and Most Improved City and Municipality will also be given this year.

The NCC hopes that this annual report will enable LGUs to evaluate their performance yearly and share best practices across the regions. This will also allow them to benchmark their performance against local and global standards and make transformative and well-informed decisions towards sustainable development.

Apart from the awarding ceremony, the CMCI website containing the data provided by the LGUs will also be unveiled. The data may be used by potential investors in deciding where to locate their businesses. More importantly, the data may be used as a tool for policy making, planning, governance, budget management, and investment promotion.

Gov. Tallado: Cam Norte may be drug-free in 6 months

DAET, Camarines Norte, July 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Governor Edgar Tallado believes that Camarines Norte will be drug-free in six months' time. This is if everyone cooperates with the intensified anti-drug campaign initiated by the Duterte administration.

Over 100 drug users from Barangay Awitan and San Isidro, Daet surrendered to Gov. Edgardo Tallado to take an oath to abandon drug use. (Photo via Gov. Tallado)
He said that government officials such as mayors, vice mayors, punong barangays, and barangay officials must take the lead in eliminating drug use in the province.

"Walang dapat ikatakot ang sinuman kung wala siyang tinatago," Tallado said.

He added that there is no more need for an Executive Order to be issued requiring all government officials and employees to undergo drug test.

In Camarines Norte, 821 users have surrendered, three arrested, and one killed in connection with Oplan Double Barrel/Tokhang from July 1 to 10, according to the Police Regional Office 5.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Drug suspect shot by ‘Bicol Vigilante’?

NAGA CITY, July 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—The Naga City Police Office is still conducting an investigation regarding a shooting incident that occurred Saturday near the Civic Center at Barangay Dayangdang, this city.

Ronald Elustre, the police said told the BICOL STANDARD, was shot by an unidentified person, hitting his neck.

At the site of the incident, the suspect who remains unidentified left the following message written on a piece of cardboard: “Wag tularan ang mga pushers— Bicol Vigilante”

Elustre is being treated at the Bicol Medical Center as of the time of this writing.

Investigations reveal that the victim is from Odicon, Pasacao, Camarines Sur but is presently renting an apartment in this city.

In a related report from Police Chief Inspector Alexander Monge, Pasacao Chief of Police, it was learned that Ilustre is included in the town’s drug watch list.

Naga City Police Office Information Officer Toby Bongon said additional investigation is still underway to ascertain the identity and motive of the suspect. He, however, told the Bicol Standard, that this is the first time that they have heard of a group or person called Bicol Vigilante.

AFTER 2 YEARS: Wife of missing Minalabac engineer still looking for husband

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur, July 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—The wife of Municipal Engr. Ferdinand Aquino is still pleading for help to locate her husband two years after he went missing.

Missing Minalabac Municipal Engineer Ferdinand Aquino
On her Facebook account, Mercy Valencia Aquino appealed to her friends: "Hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming komunikasyon sa kanya, labis n kaming nag-aalala para sa kanya. Kaya kung sino man ang may nakakaalam ng kinaroroonan niya, nakikiusap po kami na mangyaring ipagbigay-alam po sa amin. Para sa kanyang apat na anak, mga magulang at lahat ng kapamilya. Maraming salamat po."

Investigators earlier said the disappearance of Aquino is drug-related.

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police previously joined forces to search for Aquino's whereabouts. However, the search had been futile.

Engr. Aquino left their residence on July 12, 2014 and has not been heard from since.

DON'T MISS: In Minalabac, 11 drug users surrender

Mercy Valencia Aquino and her family


Gov. Rodrigueza directs PNP to inspect Provincial Jail for drugs, contraband

Gov. Robert Lee Rodrigueza
SORSOGON CITY, July 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — Gov. Robert Lee Rodrigueza has issued a directive to PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt. Ronaldo Cabral to inspect the Provincial Jail Compound for drugs and other contraband items.

This after the governor received reports that illegal drug activities are allegedly undertaken inside the Provincial Jail by inmates.

“Should there be any illegal drug or contraband inside the facility, the PNP may temporarily take over/augment the supervision and control, initiate/recommend prosecution of violators pursuant to the existing mandate of the PNP Provincial Director, Province of Sorsogon,” Rodrigueza said.

The directive is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, the provincial chief executive added.

Ombudsman raps former DOH Secretary for P392M hospital project bid anomaly

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has found probable cause to charge former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona and two other officials for the anomalous procurement of its hospital modernization program in 2012. Ona together with Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa and Assistant Secretary Nicolas Lutero III are set to face trial before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).

Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona
In addition to the criminal charges, the Ombudsman also found Ona, guilty of Grave Misconduct. They were ordered dismissed from the service and meted the accessory penalties of perpetual disqualification from holding public office with forfeiture of retirement benefits. In case of separation from the service, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to respondents’ one year salary.

Investigation found that in September 2012, the DOH implemented its modernization program for the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) with a project cost of P392.2million. Five bidders joined the public bidding for the project with two bidders, EM Cuerpo Inc. and Specified Contractors & Development Inc. (SCDI), declared as post-disqualified for failure to comply with the agency’s detailed estimate requirements. Aggrieved, SCDI, the second lowest bidder, filed a motion for reconsideration that was eventually denied by the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC). On 23 August 2013, a Notice of Award was issued to the 3rd lowest bidder, Northern Builders Inc. (NBI). No protest as provided under the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9184) was filed by SCDI.

In August 2013, SCDI filed a letter-complaint with the Office of the President alleging anomalies in the procurement project. Ona then requested Lutero to conduct a fact-finding investigation on the matter.

On 13 September 2013, Ona instructed the chief of R1MC, Dr. Joseph Rolando Mejia, to provide an update on the procurement project. Three days later, on 16 September 2013, Herbosa sent a letter to Mejia “enjoining him to nullify or set aside the issuance of the Notice of Award to [NBI] and to continue with the post-qualification of SCDI.” On 30 September 2013, Ona issued a Cease and Desist Order to Mejia pending investigation of the SCDI complaint. In December 2013, the DOH conducted a re-bid for the project.

In its Resolution, the Ombudsman stated that when SCDI did not file any protest or appeal, “the SBAC’s resolution had become final and respondents could no longer intervene and issue a Cease and Desist Order.”

According to Ombudsman Morales, “while Ona had the power to investigate any infractions or violations committed by its employees including the members of the SBAC, this does not mean that he could simply invalidate and declare null and void the proceedings and decisions made by the SBAC without observing the provisions of R.A. No. 9184.”

“This Office is convinced that Ona, Lutero and Herbosa conspired with one another in giving unwarranted benefit, advantage or preference to SCDI,” added Ombudsman Morales.

10 LGU Naga employees may surrender for drug use, says punong barangay

NAGA CITY, July 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard)— At least ten employees of the Naga City government who are residents of Barangay Abella are expected to join the growing number of drug surrenderees nationwide at the Naga City Science Centrum on Tuesday.

Drug surrenderees in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
This was confirmed by Punong Barangay Ed Albo who added that apart from said employees, some 123 drug users will also troop to said office where they will be required to sign an undertaking to abandon drug use.

"But this number may still increase to about 200 before the end of the day," Albo said.

The punong barangay begged off to divulge the identities pending investigation, but promised to bring the matter to the attention of the City Hall.

He also revealed that he was surprised by the turnout of drug users after they conducted a massive information drive in support of the national anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.

2 Cam Sur town councilors among drug surrenderees

PRESENTACION, Camarines Sur, July 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – An incumbent municipal councilor and a former municipal councilor voluntarily surrendered to Mayor Jaime Deleña on Thursday and Sunday in this town.

Camarines Sur map via Province of Camarines Sur website
The incumbent municipal councilor, identified as Elias Deleña, is a relative of the mayor. Meanwhile, Boy Relleta, the former municipal councilor, is the son of former mayor William Relleta of this town.

Initially, Chief Inspector Samuel San Jose, who is the Chief of Police of this town, showed a list of the known drug users and pushers of this municipality to the mayor as part of the intensified anti-drug campaign.

Upon seeing the list, Mayor Deleña took the lead in convincing the aforementioned incumbent and former municipal councilors to surrender.

Meantime, in the same list are seven out of the 18 incumbent punong barangays, who are now subject of the said campaign. (With a report from Oscar Esmenda)

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