Saturday, July 23, 2016

JCI Legazpi goes beyond borders

LEGAZPI CITY--The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Legazpi has ventured anew into showcasing leadership prowess in service to communities, this time on the drawing board are on ensuring road safety, provision of clean and safe drinking water, woman empowerment and urban gardening for the Calabarzon provinces.

President Richard Ong of JCI Legazpi said the upcoming projects are aligned with the national program of the organization much as in consonance with the thrusts of the Sustainable Development Goals, also being pursued by the world-wide organization.

JCI Legazpi has partnered with the local governments of Atimonan and Pagbilao—specifically with the barangays with jurisdiction over the area— to provide the essential personal needs of volunteer traffic aides so they can better perform services to motorists and the public passing through the “bitukang manok” or bypass zigzag road in Quezon province.

Other collaborators are Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Albay and Quezon provincial offices while donors include Six in One Corporation, Casablanca Hotel, Manzihing, LightPlus, Kaloigraphy Gafix Lab, Lava Resto, Ultra Aire Okina,

Ong said that the project dubbed “Vest of Life” for road safety project has been crafted to provide assistance to the volunteer traffic aides manning the critical and dangerous segments of the zigzag road in the entrance and exit portions.

Punong barangay Rene Colico of Silangang Malicboy in Pagbilao Quezon was all thankful after learning about the projects from JCI Legazpi noting that such would somehow ease the lives of the volunteer traffic aides providing their essential personal needs and complement resources while at work.

The volunteer traffic aides guide motorists in almost all road curves, be it hairpin or not, that they need to obey their flag signals. Or else if they do not follow the traffic signals, they may fall to the ravine and take days to be recovered.

“JCI Legazpi will donate 100 reflectorized vests, 30 flash lights, 50 blue rain coats and 50 water containers to augment the resources of the volunteer traffic aides who help ensure the safety of motorist plying the Bicol-Manila route and vice versa, among others, utilizing the bypass zigzag road,” he added.

According to Ong, JCI Legazpi members have also been frequently travelling the South Road from Bicol to Manila-vice versa and we observed these volunteer traffic aides need to wear reflectorized vests especially at night so that they will be visible for their own safety and can be easily spotted by motorists passing by while the flash lights can be used as a tool in guiding traffic.

On “Pinay Power” initiative, JCI Legazpi will also be providing the rain coats this time giving priority to the female volunteer traffic aides manning critical points of the zigzag road to protect them while they are exposed to rains and fog to prevent illness.

“We will also provide them with the 4-liter water containers, under the “Agua de Vida” project, to provide storage of adequate and safe drinking water to quench their thirst during breaks following the performance of their duties,” Ong added.

The zigzag road is located within the Quezon National Forest Park and acclaimed as one of the most popular roads in Southern Luzon. One of the well-known parts of the road system is what locals call the “siko” or one which looks like a bent elbow that a mistake of the driver on this part could bring disaster.

Ong furthered that the initiative also complements the response of government authorities to ensure safe and smooth travel along the South Road next time.

The series of project implementation in a span of three days will conclude with the “Botika sa Paso” project in Tagaytay City showcasing urban organic gardening promoting cultivation, processing and distribution of grown medicinal herbs.

The “Botika sa Paso”project also intends to educate village resident on the efficacy and benefit of the use of herbal medicines as alternatives to prevent, relieve, and treat illness.

The stakeholders are also encouraged to develop an area or more in their village where different herbal medicines will be planted in a terracotta pot or any recyclable materials following the garden concept. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

Almost 30,000 poor Bicolanos have disability, says DSWD

LEGAZPI CITY—At least 29,346 of the 2,340,468 poor individuals in the Bicol Region have disability, according to the recent household assessment result conducted by the Listahanan, the DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia said this on Monday during the kick-off activity of the National Disability and Prevention (NDPR) week celebration held at Albay Astrodome.

He said Camarines Sur posted the highest number of poor individuals with disability having 10,620 followed by Albay with 6, 658, Masbate 4,233, Sorsogon, 4,015, Camarines Norte 2,777 and Catanduanes with 1,043.

Garcia added that aside from the said data, the Listahanan have records on individuals with functional difficulties such as seeing, hearing, caring, walking, remembering and communicating.

He explained that disability is an umbrella term that depicts difficulties in functioning experienced by a person with a health condition in interaction with his/her environment.

Therefore, a person with difficulty in functioning may experience activity limitations, which means difficulties in executing bodily functions such as mobility, seeing and hearing, or cognition, that limit their activities in the everyday environment and life. Difficulty in functioning may range from no difficulty or slight difficulty to a severe difficulty / cannot do at all.

Moreover, he said that the agency is piloting a project for PWD’s in Ligao City. The project called Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better, and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for Persons with Disability (PWD) which aims to provide interventions to Persons with Disability and to reduce barriers for greater access to resources both from the government and non-government sector.

July 17-23 marks the annual National Disability and Prevention (NDPR) week celebration pursuant to Proclamation no. 361 s.2000 as amended by Administrative Order No. 35 s.2002.

The weeklong celebration aims to stimulate public awareness on disability and encourage every citizen to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social condition of persons with disabilities in the country.

This year’s theme is “Karapatan ng May kapansanan, Isakatuparan…Now Na!” which focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedoms and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.

AWOL Naga City cop killed in buy-bust

NAGA CITY, July 23, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Noel Balla, a former police officer here who was considered Absent without Leave (AWOL), was killed earlier today in a buy-bust operation.

According to the initial the report CIDG operatives from the region stormed his residence at around 9 a.m. today.

Balla, it will be recalled, also figured in a police report several weeks ago when an alleged lady drug pusher was arrested in his residence.

In said instance, he allegedly pulled his unlicensed firearms and was thus charged with illegal possession of firearms. He, however, was able to post bail for his temporary release.

Meanwhile, early this morning, in his residence at Zone 5, Greenfield Street, Brgy. Penafrancia he was again the subject of a buy-bust operation.

A sketchy report said that he tried to pull his gun when the CIDG members from the Regional Office fired upon him, causing his instantaneous death.

The said CIDG team was headed by Supt. Eymard Gomez.

The investigation is still underway at press time.

2 drug personalities nabbed in Naga City

NAGA CITY, July 23, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Two drug personalities from Camarines Sur were arrested early morning today in a buy-bust operation at Tabuco Travel Lodge, Tabuco St., this city.

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/ BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/ BICOLSTANDARD.COM
SPO2 Toby Bongon, NCPO spokesperson told the BICOL STANDARD that the police operatives was headed by OIC City Police Director Senior Superintendent Julius Monez.

Captured in the said raid were Allan Gonzalvo y Vergara of Apad, Ragay, Camarines Sur and Rodel Cantanjo y Rodrigazo, of Pamplona, Camarines Sur.

The same report said that the said drug personalities have been under the close surveillance of the authorities, after their names were mentioned by an alleged supplier of shabu here.

Meanwhile, recovered from the suspects were two (2) hand guns, along with eight bundles (bulto) of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value at P100,000.00.

Apart from the illegal drugs, the operatives were able to confiscate P16,000.00 cash and several pieces of US dollars of different denominations.

Two other female suspects were also arrested in the same raid.

One of the female suspects is a minor, who was brought to the local DSWD office here.

It will be recalled that several months ago Gonzalvo was already arrested in a similar operation in the town of Ragay.

Both male suspects are in the custody of the Naga City police for further investigation. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DepEd, DOH eye elimination of intestinal parasitism

The Department of Education (DepEd) continues its drive to eliminate intestinal parasitism among the public elementary school learners nationwide through its mass deworming program or the Integrated Helminth Control Program, in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH).

This mass deworming program aims to reduce the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) among school-aged children. If not treated, STH may lead to malnutrition, anemia, growth retardation, impaired cognitive functions and other health problems.

For the School Year 2015-2016, DepEd had given deworming medicines to 11.8 million school-aged children on the first round of the deworming activity, representing 80.56% of the target number of learners to be given with deworming medicines.

In the second round, the program served 10.6 million school-aged children, or 73.3% of the total number of target learners.

Under this effort, the DOH provides the medicines to be administered as a single dose once every six months to ensure the elimination of all types of worms. The medicine is given to school-aged children by DepEd health personnel, with help from other health personnel from the Local Government Units (LGUs).

For each school year, the first round of the deworming program is conducted in the whole month of July, while the second round is in January.

Medicines to be given are Albendazole 400mg or Mebendazole 500mg, both of which are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and DOH.

Since the program launch in 2006, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and WHO have reported that learners who had undergone the deworming treatment demonstrated significant improvements in language and memory development, and had better iron and vitamin A absorption.

School-aged children who are not enrolled and those who are enrolled in private schools are also encouraged to participate in this activity. Private schools may coordinate with their DepEd Regional Office for the allotment of deworming medicines.

Salceda backs federalism

LEGAZPI CITY, July 19 (Bicol Standard) -- Rep. Joey Salceda of the 2nd District of Albay is pushing for a revision of the Constitution towards federalism.

Joey Salceda
He said federalism "will promote political security in troubled areas of the country, and achieve peace and political, and economic stability.”

The former Albay governor added that he intends to co-author the bill on Charter Change filed by Davao del Norte Representative and incoming speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

In a related report, Alvarez said yesterday that federalism may help achieve peace in Mindanao by "allow[ing] the autonomous regions to reach their full economic potential."

Monday, July 18, 2016

2 minero nakuryente sa laog kan mina, gadan

PARACALE, Camarines Norte, Julio 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard)– Duwang personas an nagadan huli sa pagkakuryente sa Purok 5, Brgy. Tugos sa banwaan na ini.

Nabisto sinda sa pangaran na Ronel Vergel y Gutierez, 17 anyos, nagtatrabaho bilang para kabod nin bulawan asin si Mark Angelo Beraquit, taga Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, an bangkay ninda Vergel asin Beraquit nakuang mayo nang hinangos sa laog kan sarong labot na pigmiminahan sa banwaan na ini.

An kagsadire kan mina iyo si Susan Deviana y Asis, na taga Real Street., Brgy Poblacion Norte.

Mientrastanto, sabi ni Gilbert Vergel, na nagtestigo sa pangyayari, asin kaiba kan duwang nagadan na mga minero kan mangyari an aksidente.

Suboot, mantang gabos sinda siribot sa pagmina, aksidenteng nakapotan kan mga victima an sarong wire na may kuryente.

An makusog na voltahe kan kuryente iyo an naging mitsa kan saindang tulos na kagadanan.

Dinara an bangkay kan duwang naaksidente sa Belmonte Funeral Homes para sa post mortem examination.

An incidenteng ini nangyari kan fecha 16 ngonian na bulan, poco mas o menos alas 10:30 nin aga. (BICOLSTANDAND.COM)

3 Bikolnon children's storybooks launched

PILI, Camarines Sur, July 18, 2016 -- Three illustrated children's storybooks in Bicol were launched in time for the 2016 National Children's Book Day this month.

3 Bikolnon children's storybooks
The multilingual storybooks written by Carlos A. Arejola and illustrated by Angelo Perida, Abegail Bongalonta, and Johannsus Olarte Botor II were launched on July 16 at the Raul S. Roco Library in Naga City.

They will also be featured in book fairs coinciding with the Seminar-Workshop on Writing Stories for Children and Book Illustration at the San Jose Central School on July 23, and at the Baao Central School on July 30.

Author Arejola and book illustrators Botor and Micah Hilotin will be the resource speakers at the seminar series.

The storybooks, laid-out and designed by Froy P. Beraña, include the bilingual "An Amiga kong si Joni" (My Friend Joni), "An Mga Aki na Parasara ni Bulawan" (Ang Mga Batang Mananala ng Ginto), and the trilingual "Si Miriam asin an Saiyang Samhod, Panlampaso, Pantrapo asin Panhaklot nin Ati", book one of the Boom Boom Boom: An Mga Aki kan Camarinezoom Trilogy.

Copies of the children's books will be turned over to DepEd Pili District at the Libro para sa Aki kan Pili, a program commemorating the children's book day on July 28 at the Millennium Pavilion of the Pili Central School. The donation is made possible by the Support to Education Fund of the Pili Local Government.

3 Bikolnon children's storybooks were launched in Naga City on July 16, 2016.

Rep. Fuentebella assures study grants for farmers' children

NAGA CITY, July 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- It's killing two birds with one stone.

Camarines Sur 4th District Representative and former Deputy Speaker Arnulfo "Noli" Fuentebella addressed equal access to quality education and sustainable agriculture and fisheries development with the filing of House Bill 1590, an Act Granting College Scholarship to Legitimate Dependent Children of Farmers & Fisherfolks Attending State Colleges or Universities And Appropriating Funds Therefor.

Rep. Noli Fuentebella
"The mass exodus of agricultural workers to shift to a high-paying job in the urban areas or to even sell their farmlands in order to send their children to college or university has adversely affected agricultural productivity in the countryside," Fuentebella affirmed.

The bill seeks to offer an option to the plight of small, cash-strapped farmers and fisherfolks who are constrained to dispose of their lands and fishing boats to enable their children to pursue higher education, which defeats the government's purpose of encouraging agricultural growth in the rural areas. Considerable strain shall be lifted off the farmers' backs when they are assured of assistance for their children's college education, and they remain active contributors to the overall agriculture value chain.

Under the bill, an agricultural workers registry shall be established in every municipality or city that will serve as database for all farmers and fisherfolks who voluntarily register and a basis in determining the legitimacy of their occupation in the agriculture sector. The Department of Agriculture shall issue a certification for the purpose of availing by the farmers' children the college scholarship grant which covers tuition and matriculation fees in a state university or college.

While said measure assures quality tertiary education to children of agricultural workers, it likewise, purposely addresses the need to improve and strengthen agricultural and fisheries productivity, which, according to Fuentebella, is a significant factor that fuels the economy, contributing 35% to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). (by Kaylee San Jose)

50% of quarries in Albay have no permits – BM Rosal

LEGAZPI CITY, June 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- A rookie board member of Albay province wants government quarrying permits to be reviewed immediately following rumors of discrepancies in their issuances.

Raul Rosal
Newly-elected provincial legislator Raul Rosal said that it was about time to verify reports that he received regarding the status of these permits.

According to information he received from sources he did not identify, about half of those involved in quarrying operations in the province do not have the necessary government permits.

If that is the case, according to Rosal, Albay may have been losing millions in revenue for the past several years.

The law-maker however refused to play the blame game when prodded how these operations were able to exist during the past administration.

Rosal, who now chairs the Committee on Environment at the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, revealed that majority of these operations are in the First and Third Districts of the province.

Although he refused to name them, law-maker explained that some of these quarrying operators are big companies while most of the others are individuals.

The lawmaker said that he had already sent fact-finding teams to ascertain the truth behind the reports he received.

In line with his query, he plans to request the Gov. Al Francis Bichara to issue a moratorium to all quarrying activities in Albay while an investigation is going on.

In addition, he will also be asking for additional checkpoints against the transport of quarried materials.

In a recent radio interview, Rosal gave a stern warning to all those involved in illegal quarrying operations to stop immediately or face the consequences.

He threatened to name the culprits publicly and file cases against them if they do not heed his call.

Rosal asked that he be given a couple of weeks before he concludes his probe.

He also promised to look into several environmental issues like the rehabilitation of the former mining site in Rapurapu Island, several mining explorations and the alleged illegal black sand mining in the province.

The board member is a brother of Legazpi City mayor Noel Rosal and is also the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means of the provincial council. (JOEY B. GARALDE)

Help others, Asec. Brimon tells NKP-NKB new members

NAGA CITY, July 18, 2016, (Bicol Standard) -- "The best evidence of intelligence and greatness is helping other people," Assistant Secretary of Department of Labor and Employment Katherine Briguera-Brimon told the new members of Nu Kappa Beta (NKB) honor sorority.

Nu Kappa Phi - Nu Kappa Beta
This was during the acceptance and induction ceremony held Sunday afternoon at Bicol Shell Museum, Barangay Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur.

She underscored that while the organization puts emphasis on good academic performance, the members should not forget to show character, loyalty, and leadership in their daily lives.

These, she said, will distinguish the Nu Kappa Betans from the other people in society.

She also expressed her hope that one day, the members will say that the opportunities given to them by the fold were put to good use.

We should not just be patting each other's backs. Instead, let us allow the community to say what we have achieved in life, both in our academic, and beyond, she said.

Surpass what you have accomplished with the faculties that you have, she challenged the inductees.

Nu Kappa Beta was established in the early fifties to hone the abilities of students in the University of Nueva Caceres.

Meanwhile, the members of the Nu Kappa Phi (NKP) Fraternity were also inducted by Bicol Standard Publisher Gil Basmayor, who is also a member of the same fraternity. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Dae pinautang, binadil kan pig-uutangan

CASTILLA, Sorsogon, July 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard)-- Binadil, gadan.

Ini an nangyari ki Norman Lasalita Llorente, barangay kagawad kan San Vicente sa banwaan na ini ngonian na alas 6:15 nin aga.

Sa enot na report kan pulis, si Llorente, binadil kan saiyang ama-on na si Joel Lasalita, sa tahaw kan mainit na dae pagkaintindihankan kan duwa.

Nagluluwas sa informasyon na nagtuyo an victima sa harong kan suspechado tanganing mag-utang nin cuarta ta an saiyang agom yaon sa hospital.

Suboot, dae napahonrahan kan suspechado an victima kan saiyang kahagadan.

Huli kaini, pigparagapo ni Llorente an harong kan suspechado, na iyong ikina-anggot na maray kan suspechado.

Ipinahayag ni P/Insp Realuyo kan PNP Castilla na nagpapadagos pa an saindang imbestigasyon kan kasong ini. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

DTI Bicol cautions against purchase of unverified LPG devices

LEGAZPI CITY, July 18 -- Due to reports of unverified liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) anti-leakage devices being sold to the public, the Department of Trade and Industry of the Bicol region (DTI-Bicol) has released a public warning against the purchase of the said product.

Bicol Standard file photo
According to DTI-Bicol, the households are strongly advised to be on-guard as these alleged LPG anti-leakage devices are being sold door-to-door. Salesmen peddling these items convince their prospective buyers that the device can control the flow of gas and is a gas economizer.

DTI states that the said claims of the device are not verified as it does not bear any marking from a certifying body. It also does not bear the name and address of the manufacturer, which is a clear violation of the ‘Consumer Act of the Philippines’, also known as the ‘Minimum Labeling Requirement for Consumer Products’.

Sales of the device is also a violation of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 7394 (Consumer Act of the Philippines), better known as the ‘Home Solicitation Sales’. This law stipulates: “No business entity shall conduct any home solicitation sales of any consumer product or service without first obtaining a permit from the Department (DTI)”.

As per the information gathered by the department, the device is being sold for Php 3,890 per unit, when it can be bought at a much lower price in other stores. As of the moment, DTI is in the process of filing a case against the company or manufacturer of the device.

For those who are already using the device, DTI warns against continued use as the security of the said item has not been assured. Improper use of it may cause fire and accidents. (MAL/JBE/PIA5)

“Meat chopper” ginamit sa paggadan kan kasaroan sa Sipocot

SIPOCOT, Camarines Sur, July 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Haros piridasohon ni Allan Benosa, 28 anyos an edad an lawas kan saiyang kasaroan na si Rosalie Benosa, 30 anyos, kan sinda mag-iwal, kasuodmang poco mas o menos alas 7:00 nin aga.

An ginamit kan suspechado sa paggadan kan victima iyo an sarong klaseng sundang na pig-uusar sa pag tadtad nin carne, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Susug sa imbestigasyon, amay pa kasoodma, nag-iiwal na an duwa dapit sa problema sa familia, na dae na man ipig saysay sa report.

An ginadan na si Rosalie iyo an naghahanap buhay para sa saindang familia por medio nin pag rigaton nin sira.

An suspechadong si Allan Benosa, mayo nin trabaho.

Mientrastanto, an ikinautas kan buhay kan victima iyo an kadakol na tama nin taga sa manlaen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

Nagkapira sa mga hararom na lugad sa lawas kan victima an naging mitsa tanganing matitian tulos siya nin dugo, kaya binawian nin buhay.

An incidente nangyari sa Zone 5 kan Barangay Bolo Sur. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

SA MINALABAC: 4 na kapitan, 600 na iba pa, nagsurrender

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur, Julio 18 (Bicol Standard) -- Apat na mga barangay kapitan, sarong dating kapitan asin tulong mga barangay kagawad an kabale sa labing 600 na mga taga digdi an voluntad na nagsuko sa Municipal Police Station kan sarong aldaw.

Intrevista ki Police Senior Supt. Walfredo Pornillos
Piglalaoman na kadakul na iba pa an masunod na masuko ngonian na aldaw.

Ini an pigconfirmar ni Vice Mayor Pedro Benamira sa intrevista kan DWNX ngonian na aga.

An sabi sa report hale sa PNP Provincial Office, an mga nagsuko iyo an mga barangay kapitan kan Tariric, Manapao, Antipolo, asin Salingogon, asin an dating kapitan kan Manapao.

Sabi sa sinumpaan na promisa kan mga nag susurrender na mga personalidad na imbuelto sa droga, padagos na nindang isisikwal asin lilingawan an maraot na bisyo.

An iba sa mga nagsuko mga para gamit nin droga.

An ibang imbuelto digdi iyo mismo si mga parabariwas nin shabu.

Nagpromisa pa sinda na makikipagtabangan na sa kampanya kan Duterte administration tanganing puhoon an paggamit kan ipigbabawal na bulong.

Ngonian na semana dakul pang taga digdi an nagpaabot nin mensahe sa lokal na pulis na masurrender na man sinda.

An mga oficial na voluntad na nagsuko nasibot kan suboot pinadarahan sinda nin mensahe sa text na dadalawon na sinda kan pigtatakotan na Bicol Vigilantes.

An sinambit na grupo iyo an nag-akong naggadan kan sarong taga Naga City. May saro pang pig-akong binadil an sinambit na grupo sa Brgy. Dayangdang, kan sarong semana.

Mientrastanto, tinawan sana suboot nin plazong 24 oras an mga punong barangay na imbuelto sa droga na mag-eskosar na mag suko asin magbago.

Maroromdoman na pirang taon na an nakaagi kan nagbungkaras sa record kan pulis na an Minalabac iyo an ika-lima sa may pinadakulang supply nin droga sa Camarines Sur.

May informasyon na igwa pang mga oficial nin barangay an nagsabi an masurrender na man.

Sa katakod na bareta, sa intrevista ngonian na aldaw ki Sr. Supt. Walfredo Pornillos, an pamayo kan PNP sa Camarines Sur, saiyang sinabi na naoogma siya na mismo nang an mga imbuelto sa droga an voluntad na nadudulok na sa mga pulis.

An pinakahalangaw na local na oficial na enot nang nagsuko sa lindong kan programang ini iyo si naghahale sa banwaan kan Presentacion, na nagsurrender mismo ki Mayor Jimmy “Manghay” Delina, kan sarong semana.

An baretang ini hale sa pahina kan mga tiniripon na bareta hale sa Provincial Office kan Provincial Headquarters kan PNP Camarines Sur. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

More solons want national ID system established

MANILA, July 17 -- Lawmakers are pushing for the establishment of a National Identification Card to serve as the official identification of all Filipino citizens or alien permanent residents dealing with government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), firms or establishments.

Ako Bicol Party-List Reps. Rodel M. Batocabe and Christopher S. Co authored House Bill 523 to institutionalize a national identification card that will replace the current practice of requiring at least two valid government issued IDs when transacting business with different agencies in the country.

“The current program of a Unified Multi-purpose ID card (UMID) for members of GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig, pursuant to Executive Order 420 of April 13, 2005 serves as an excellent case study in favor of extending the National ID card to all Filipinos and alien permanent residents,” Batocabe said.

“Once enacted into law, all citizens, not only government employees and SSS members but the self-employed, the unemployed, minors, and Filipinos working abroad will be under the coverage of the National ID system,” Batocabe added.

The measure also known as the “Filipino Identification System Act,” shall provide official identification of all citizens of the Republic of the Philippines and gradually concert and consolidate all existing government-initiated identification systems into one integrated and efficient identification system.

Under the measure, every Filipino, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, is mandated to register personal information required by the ID system, and upon application shall be issued a non-transferrable Filipino ID card with an ID number that shall be valid for life.

The ID card may be replaced only when a child reaches the legal age of 18 years old; when there is change in name and family name by virtue of court order or by application of law, such as a married woman adopting the surname of the husband, for lost or destroyed, for other revisions that may deemed necessary by the cardholder such as changes in the facial features due to age or medical intervention.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as the implementing agency, shall determine, validate and administer the data and materials required to avail of the benefits of the identification system, while the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through Philippine embassies and consular offices shall handle the registration of Filipinos residing abroad.

The proposed ID card shall be honored in transactions requiring the identity, status, birth and all other personal circumstances, including application for passport, driver’s license; applications for any services and benefits offered by the Government Services Insurance System (GSIS), the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF); and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), courts, prosecutor and the police clearances.

Likewise, the ID card can also be used as proof of identity, status, age and address for admission in all learning institutions as well as for employment; for voting identification; availment of benefits afforded by law to senior citizens; and for banking and financial institution.

Violations are punishable by law, such as false information in applying for the issuance of the ID card or acquiring through fraud; refusing to accept or acknowledge the ID as the only official identification of the owner, any public official or employee who connives with the offender, causing the issuance of an unauthorized ID card or approves the application despite the knowledge of the existence of fraud or false information.

Violators shall be punished with a fine of not more than P500,000 or imprisonment of not more than two years or both, at the discretion of the court.

Offending government officials and employees shall suffer the penalty of perpetual disqualification from government service.

The penalties imposed shall be in addition to those imposed on acts punishable by existing penal and other laws, including acts of omission.

The PSA, as repository of all data, shall create and maintain a Filipino Citizen Registry that will contain the registered records and information of persons issued with the Filipino ID card.

The PSA shall institute the necessary measure to safeguard the information provided in the Filipino ID card and no such information shall be released to any agency, office or instrumentality, government or otherwise, nor shall it be used against any person except in cases stipulated in the proposed Act.

The PSA, in coordination with relevant agencies such as the DFA, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Elections, the GSIS, the SSS, the PhilHealth and the Bureau of Immigration, shall promulgate rules and regulations and exchange existing technologies and best practices on the issuance of identification cards to effectively implement the proposed Act.

Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary C. Alejano also filed a measure institutionalizing the establishment of a National ID system that will also serve as an important tool in upgrading the speed and quality of public service in the country without compromising the protection and privacy of personal information.(PNA)

Suspect na naghabas nin P3.4M sa Rapu-Rapu, nadakop

RAPU-RAPU, Albay, July 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Sa binino kan mandamiento de aresto na pinaluwas kan jusgado, dinakop kan mga awtoridad si Henry Bibat, 44 anyos, residente kan Brgy. Carcaran digdi.

Si Bibat iyo an saro sa mga suspechado na sinasahotan na naghabas kan kantidad P3.4 milyones na para kuta sa mga beneficiaryo kan Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) sa banwaan na ini.

Tinakma asin pinusasan an suspechado sa laog mismo kan saindang residencia kasoodma, Viernes, poco mas o menos ala 1:30 nin hapon.

Pigcoconsiderar si Bibat na ika duwa sa listahan kan mga “most wanted” na tawo sa banwaan na ini, huli kan inaatubang na asuntong pagsalakat na naka sangat ngonian sa Branch 4 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC.)

Sa record kan jusgado, si Henry Bibat asin an saiyang ama-on na si Eddie Bibat iyo an ipigtutukdo kan mga testigo na nag-lalay kan dakulang fundo para sa mga benefeciaryo kan CCT program kan Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Nawara an cuarta kan Enero ngonian na taon.

Mientrastanto, hasta sa panahon sinusurat an baretang ini dae pa nadadakop si Eddie.

Sa enot na imbestigasyon kan pulis, duwang lalaki na nakasulot nin maskara asin may darang armas na kutsilyo an fuersahan na naglaog sa pigpapaarkilahan na harong ni Bibat sa Barangay Villahermosa, sa Isla kan Batan.

Sa paarkilahan na harong na ini nag eestar an duwang mga empleado kan Saint Anthony Development Cooperative (SADC) na iyo an may pugol kan cuarta, antes sindang salakaton.

An sabi, bigla sanang linaog kan mga parasalakat si harong na kinakamugtakan kan cuarta asin binitbit an fundo na para kuta sa 1,350 na mga beneficiaryo kan programa sa CCT.

An mga empleado kan Saint Anthony Development Cooperative ginarapos ngona antes na kinua an cuarta.

Nagtutubod an mga imbestigador na “inside job” an nangyaring pag salakat.

Si Eddie Bibat elihidong consejal kan barangay na ini asin iyong kagsadire kan paarkilahan na harong na sinalakat. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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