Saturday, August 13, 2016

BU grad places second in Mining Engineer Board exams

LEGAZPI CITY, August 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—A graduate of Bicol University-Legazpi notched the second spot in the most recent Mining Engineer Board Examinations.

Donna Mae Parpan Longga scored 88.55% in the examination administered by the PRC Board of Mining Engineering headed by its Chairman, Cornelio Q. Casido and its members Rufino B. Bomasang and Augusto C. Villaluna on August 9 to 11.

Meanwhile, two other graduates of the same university made it to the top ten: Kimberly Paguia Rapirap, 5th, and Hazel Nunez, 9th.

According to the PRC, 211 out of 259 passed the exams.

Metro Manila mayors approve removal of provincial bus terminals along EDSA

MANILA, August 13, 2016 (PNA) -- In a bid to ease traffic congestion along the 23.8- kilometer Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), the Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Friday approved a resolution relocating the operations of provincial buses and its terminal along EDSA.

Cubao Araneta Bus Terminal
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos said the resolution was unanimously approved during MMC meeting held at the MMDA office. The MMC is the policy-making body of MMDA.

“They approved the removal of bus terminals in EDSA. It is now up to them (mayors) to prepare for the eventual removal. This will be in Pasay and Quezon City,” Carlos told reporters after the MMC meeting held at MMDA Office in Makati City.

“Although the response will not be done immediately, we told them to prepare pending the request of the emergency powers (that will be given to President Duterte) since the permits are issued by the mayors,” Carlos said.

He said that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto approved the resolution were the cities of Pasay and Quezon City have the most number of bus terminals in the metropolis.

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

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

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

Carlos said that the MMC also agreed to enforce the Nose In, Nose Out ” policy for drivers in exiting their terminals along Edsa while the terminals were yet to be removed as stated under the “Resolution Rationalizing the Operations of Provincial Buses and its Terminals Along EDSA”.

“As a matter of policy, no additional provincial bus terminals shall be allowed to be established along Edsa,” according to the resolution.

Carlos said that the owners or operators of existing bus terminals were also directed to make the necessary preparations “for their eventual removal from Edsa” and “consequent transfer to strategic areas outside of the metropolis.”

The MMC in its resolution noted that the move was in line with the directive of President Rodrigo R. Rodrigo during the State of the Nation Address that all bus terminals, which are located along EDSA, “must eventually be removed and referred to strategic areas outside of the metropolis with the end of decongesting said major thoroughfare.”

Carlos said that the removal of the terminals would help improve the flow of traffic since provincial buses would no longer enter Metro Manila to load and unload passengers. (PNA)

2ng lalaki ginadan sa Baleno, Masbate

BALENO, Masbate August 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Parehong binawian nin buhay sinda Garry Franco y Zaragoza, 44, asin si Gregorio Gernale y Rejuso, 42, na mga residente kan Brgy. Bagauma, Aroroy, Masbate kan sinda badilon nin mga dae nabistong mga tawo kasoodma.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, an duwang victima nakalunad sa sarong motorsiklo na sinda paarakasakan nin bala hale sa mga suspechado.

An incidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas 5:45 nin aga kan Jueves, Agosto 11, sa National Highway, sa Brgy Lohong digdi.

Marikas na nagdurulag an mga suspechado pasiring sa dae maaraman na direksyon.

Nagluluwas sa report hale sa mga awtoridad na si Garry Francisco iyo an ikatulo sa listahan kan mga pigtutubodad na may dakulang partisipasyon sa distribusyon kan ilegal na droga digdi.

Base sa mga nakalap na informasyon, posibleng an mga victima ginadan kan mga tawo na imbuelto sa serye nin extra-judicial killings digdi.

Mientrastanto, sa parte kan mga pulis, saindang sinabi na nagtitipon pa guiraray sinda nin mga evidencia na pwedeng maging dalan para masusug an responsable sa krimen.

Miss Bicolandia 2015 Ara Diocos showcases Naga City's colorful culture

NAGA CITY, August 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Miss Bicolandia 2015 Ara Diocos has been photographed by Playlight Studios in various locations in Naga City in an effort to promote the city's colorful culture and breathtaking beauty.

Among these locations are the the Porta Mariae, Naga Cathedral Church, Penafrancia Basilica, Plaza Quince Martires, Naga River, and even a local bulastog stall.

In the photoshoot, her outfits are by Jaycee Bedrero, while her hair and makeup are by Gene Davales.

Don't miss our interview last year of Ara Diocos to get to know the Bicolana beauty.

For inquiries about Playlight Studios, please visit or contact 09175496469.

Nagtindang shabu, dinakop sa Nabua

NABUA, Camarines Sur August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Nahulog na sa kamot kan mga awtoridad si Crispin Tomenio y Cabreras, 36, may agom, taga Topas, na saro sa pigtutubodan paratinda nin shabu sa banwaan na ini.

Sa ginibong buy-bust operation, nadakop an suspechado mantang nagpapabakal kan ipigbabawal na bulong.

Sarong lalaki na tawohan kan mga pulis asin nagsagin-sagin na parabakal nin droga an napabakalan ni Tomenio kan puting pulbos na pigtutubodan shabu.

Nakua sa saiyang poder iyo an mga heat-sealed plastic sachet na shabu; plastic container na may laog nin limang heat transparent plastic na may laog nin droga, asin tulong pidasong P100 na cuarta na ginamit na buy-bust money.

Yaon ngonian sa poder kan mga awtoridad sa hapatura kan pulis an suspechado, mantang pighahanda an caso na isasangat contra saiya.

Pagbalga kan Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 an kasong aatubangon kan suspechado, sabi kan imbestigador.

Bicol short film wins CCP Gawad Alternatibo prize

NAGA CITY, August 13, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – A 15-minute Bicol film “An Kapinunan kan mga Alon sa Danaw” was awarded Best Regional Entry in the 28th Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula At Video (Gawad Alternatibo).

An Kapinunan kan mga Alon sa Danaw

An Kapinunan kan mga Alon sa Danaw (Where the Lake's Ripples Begin), is the fourth directorial work of Jenn Romano, a young regional filmmaker who graduated from Ateneo de Naga University. Romano co-produced it with the visual artist and photographer Gerard Jan Asay who also served as one of the film’s cinematographers.

The film was shot entirely at Buhi, Camarines Sur where the film’s inspiration came from. It tells the story of El and Ira who are caught up with their past, alongside the tragedies of some legends in Buhi.

“The cast members of An Kapinunan kan mga Alon sa Danaw are not professional actors, they are merely lovers of the craft,” the film’s information sheet reveals. The film features Bernice Paita and Jia Dollano, both graduates of Ateneo de Naga University. The film’s crew are purely made up of Naguenos and Buhinons, they added.

An Kapinunan kan mga Alon sa Danaw was screened at the Sinag Maynila 2016 where it also won as a runner-up, prior to receiving the CCP prize.

PDEA to probe agent's role in husband’s illegal drug deal

LEGAZPI CITY, August 13 (PNA)-- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Bicol has begun investigating a shootout where four alleged drug pushers were slain by police anti-narcotics operatives in Guinobatan, Albay.

The incident prompted PDEA to conduct a probe after one of the victims, Ferdinand Rigo, a former policeman and alleged leader of the illegal drug group, turned out to be the husband of a PDEA intelligence officer in Bicol, said Jeamary Buendia, acting PDEA information officer.

Buendia, in a phone interview, confirmed a police report that Ferdinand Rigo was the husband of PDEA Intelligence Officer 2 (IO2) Judith J. Rigo.

The name of Rigo’s wife was discovered after police operatives recovered classified documents about 'Oplan Tokhang' from the service vehicle of Ferdinand.

Tokhang is an anti-illegal drug campaign jointly conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and PDEA.

Documents seized included a validated list of “drug personalities” and drug-affected villages.

Also among those recovered was a designation order of Judith, wife of the slain drug peddler.

When asked if the victims of the Guinobatan shootout were included in PDEA's illegal drug watch list, Buendia declined to answer for lack of authority from her superiors to issue classified reports.

Buendia, however, assured that the investigation would be thorough and include the “possible involvement of the PDEA officer in her husband’s illegal drug deals”.


Meanwhile, Sr. Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) 5, said that aside from Rigo, also slain in the Guinobatan shooting was Private First Class Joel Coderes, 26, assigned at the 31st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Juban, Sorsogon.

She identified the third and fourth cohorts of Rigo who were slain, as live-in partners Valdemar Olaguer, 36, and Crisanta de Castro, 29, both from Barangay Mauraro, Guinobatan.

The four drug suspects died before reaching the Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital in Ligao City, added Calubaquib.


She said another suspected drug pusher was slain Thursday night by a combined team of law enforcers in a buy-bust operation in the neighboring Albay town of Camalig.

Calubaquib identified the slain as Emerson Llanza Jr., alias “Kulot.”

Llanza, 29, was killed after allegedly resisting arrest at the operation in Barangay Del Rosario, Camalig, she said.

He sustained several gunshot wounds and was declared dead at the Camalig Municipal Health Unit.

Recovered from him were a .38-caliber gun and a plastic sachet of shabu. (By Mar Arguelles and Jorge Hallare)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bicol records 47 new HIV/AIDS cases this year; highest since 1984

LEGAZPI CITY, August 12 -- A total of 47 new cases of the Human Immuno Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) were reported in the Bicol region from January to May this year, the highest number since the first case was reported in the country 32 years ago, said the Department of Health (DOH).

World AIDS Day 2015 in Naga City
BICOLSTANDARD.COM File Photo by Oscar Esmenda

“This was the highest number since the Philippines' first case in 1984,” according to the Department of Health (DOH) Philippine HIV and AIDS registry.

From 1984 to the present, a total of 422 cases were recorded, 83 of them have AIDS while 339 were “asymptomatic.”

Asymptomatic means the virus is present in the body but there is no symptom of any infection.

In the Bicol region, the 422 cases recorded from 1984 to the present, by province, showed that Camarines Sur has 155 cases, Albay-129, Sorsogon-54, Masbate-40, Camarines Norte-28, Catanduanes-15, and from an undisclosed Bicol province -1

In terms of cases by sex, the report showed that 47 were female and 375 were male. The mode of transmission of the virus also showed that 184 of them were homosexual, 133-male bisexual, 101-heterosexual and 4 of of unknown gender.

During the same period it was noted that there were 56 HIV/AIDS cases among Overseas Filipino Workers in the Bicol region.

Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, director of Department of Health-Bicol, recently urged local government units and local partners to take the necessary action to prevent spread of the infection in the region.

He said the local AIDS Council should become “operational” and each local government unit (LGU) should allot a budget for a prevention and control program for HIV/AIDS.

In Bicol, the cities of Tabaco, Legazpi and the municipality of Daraga, all in Albay and Naga City in Camarines Sur are the LGUs which have an operational local AIDS Council.

Meanwhile, the Albay AIDS Council program management has stopped operation on June 30, 2016 when Gov. Al Francis Bichara took over from the previous administration.

The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Bicol region has expressed alarm over the increasing number of bisexuals and gays infected with HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Gayon Albay, an LGBT community-based organization here, announced that massive information and outreach activities are being conducted throughout the region.

Toots Rivac, Gayon Albay director, said that regular community outreach and school-based information and education were being conducted that include condom distribution to identified high-risk groups.

The organization has asked all local government units to comply with a memorandum from the Department of Interior and Local Government directing LGUs to establish their aids response at the local level.

The Department of Budget and Management here also issued a “local budget memo” requiring LGUs to allocate a budget for the HIV/AIDS program.

(By Mike de la Rama, PNA)

AFP taking measures to counter possible ISIS threats to upcoming Miss Universe Pageant

MANILA, August 12, 2016 -- While it is still trying to verify the authenticity of the ISIS video threatening to sabotage the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant in the country next January, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday it is already taking measures to counter the threat.

"That notwithstanding, we are taking the threat seriously. As in any threats, whether verified or not, it behooves the AFP -- in coordination with the PNP and other counterpart agencies -- to take appropriate measures to counter the threats," AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo told the Philippines News Agency.

With this development, AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya is calling on all Filipino citizens to remain calm, he said.

"Threats that are intended to cause panic and chaos are the ends of terrorist groups like ISIS," Arevalo stressed.

The military official also reiterated that there are no ISIS cells in the country and instead what the Philippines has are groups claiming affiliation with the terrorist group in a bid to draw funds.

Arevalo also said it is not farfetched for ISIS to claim to have cells in the Philippines to show global membership.

"General Visaya nonetheless calls on our people to be vigilant, not only because of the threat, but more so because security is a concern for everybody not only of the security forces. (As the old adage goes), it's better to err at the side of caution," he added. (PNA)

Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12-13: DOST-PAGASA

NAGA CITY, August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Bicolanos are in for a spectacular sky show--that is, if the weather permits. According to DOST-PAGASA, the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours of August 12 to 13.

Meteors are easiest to observed if there is no moonlight and light pollution and the sky is clear, the state weather bureau announced.

Meteors in a shower appear to radiate out from the constellation Perseus, which is located in the eastern horizon during August.

At least 50 or more meteors will be observed during peak time.

SA CAPALONGA | 17 anyos na daragita, tinadtad nin taga, gadan

CAPALONGA, Camarines Norte, Agosto 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Orog pang pinahiwas asin pinararom an pagsiyasat kan kasong paggadan kan sarong 17 anyos na daragita, na nakuang saro nang bangkay, tadtad nin taga sa manlaen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

An victima nabisto sa pangan na Aivy Camora y Menion, Grade 9, asin estudiante sa Delia Diezmo National High School.

Sabi sa report, nadukayan na mayo nang buhay na hawak kan victima, poco mas o menos alas 4:40 nin hapon sa Prurok 5, sa Brgy. Mactang, digdi.

Idinagdag sa report na papuli na sa saindang residencia an victima kasoodmang alas 4:00 nin hapon kan siya hinipaan kan paragadan, dangan pigparataga.

Dinara pa kuta sa hospital an may lugad na lawas kan victima, alagad, mayo na siya nin hinangos.

An pulis digdi nagtitipon pa nin mga informasyon asin evidencia na pwedeng magtaong giya sa pagkabisto kan kriminal.

MNWD reminds public of hotline numbers

NAGA CITY, August 12, 2016 -- If there's a burst pipe in your neighborhood, who are you gonna call?

In its continuous commitment to give the utmost service to the public, the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) again reminds its consumers of the Hotline numbers they can call for any concern regarding their water connection.

Open 24/7, all day and night, seven days a week, the call center is manned by trained customer service representatives to take the calls. Most especially appreciated by the Water District are reports about leakages, burst pipes, and of course, no water or low pressure incidents. Inquiries on new connections can also be coursed through the Holtine numbers.

The Water Distribution and Restoration Division (WDRD) 24/7 Hotline Numbers are the following:
Smart - 0919-6486365
Globe - 0927-4631859
473-2040 and Trunk line numbers 473-7813 and 472-1685

The numbers to call from 8 am-5 pm Mondays to Fridays - Commercial Service Department (CSD) :
Smart - 0919- 6486369
Globe - 0927- 4635596

For news and public affairs announcements, please visit (by Sarah Imperial)

Bicol film 'Hinulid' needs your financial, moral support

NAGA CITY, August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- With just a little more financial help, Kristian Sendon Cordero's Bicol film Hinulid starring Ms. Nora Aunor will be finished.

Hinulid: Pelikulang Bikol ni Kristian Cordero
The project, which is currently in its postproduction stage, is a finalist in the 2016 Qcinema Film Festival this coming October 2016.

"We need your moral and financial support to do this project," Cordero said.

"For details please check our FB page

Send your donations to “Kristian S. Cordero” --  BDO SM NAGA CITY Branch, 006828010354  (BDO Swift Code BNORPHMM).

Kindly scan the deposit slip and send it to together with the name you want to appear in the film."

Ibalong, the Musical to enthrall Bicolanos

Get ready to be enthralled and haunted by Rody Vera's Ibalong, the Musical!

The show is Jonathan Tadioan, based on Tuxqs Rutaquio's original direction.

Ibalong, the Musical tells the story of how in the midst of a great war between mortals and monsters, a serpentine creature falls for a man, leading to the birth of a new civilization.

Their love story – between a warrior and a monster – defines the greatness of Bicol as it explores an individual’s capacity for good and evil, and a land’s history marked by progress and destruction.

The show is set to be staged on August 17 and 18, 2016 at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City.

Guinobatan drug raid claims 4 lives

GUINOBATAN, Albay, August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard)-- Four alleged drug personalities were killed last night in a firefight during a buy-bust operation at Barangay San Francisco here.

Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre
The fatalities were identified as follows: Ferdinand "Dindo" Rigo y Delos Reyes, who is allegedly the husband of a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent; Joel Codores y Serdan, alleged member of the 31st Infantry Batallion of Philippine Army assigned in Juban, Sorsogon but is said to be a resident of Iriga City; Valdemar Olaguer y Ogayon and Crisanta de Castro y Villarino.

Said alleged drug personalities engaged the police enforcers in a firefight which resulted into the death of the drug personalities.

The buy-bust operation was under a composite team of police officers.

Investigation regarding the incident is still underway. (With report and photos from Othelo Orpiada Padre)

Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre


Teachers warned against corporal punishment

MANILA, August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued an official statement on the incidents of student punishment in two schools in the Bicol region.

"On August 3 (Wednesday), the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office received a formal report of an incident at Zeferino Arroyo High School in Iriga City—where a teacher/Citizen’s Army Training (CAT) facilitator hit a Grade 10 student, supposedly when the latter behaved defiantly after being reprimanded by the teacher and mocked by his peers.

In a separate incident on August 5 (Friday), a video showing a student made to kneel outside the classroom, exposed to the morning heat, went viral on social media. This was supposedly a punishment for coming to class late and lying about being a member of the day’s assigned classroom cleaners."

Said incident occurred at San Isidro National High School in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

It added: "All parties in both incidents have thus been heard, and the teachers have expressed remorse.

While the DepEd is one with the belief that education should also instill and reinforce the values of respect, responsibility, and discipline—it does not, without reservations, condone any act of violence or abuse in the conduct thereof.

The DepEd would like to reiterate that even though teachers and school administrators hold authority over students, they are also responsible for their welfare and protection. This is reiterated by the DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 (Policy And Guidelines On Protecting Children In School From Abuse, Violence, Exploitation, Discrimination, Bullying And Other Forms Of Abuse). This is likewise mandated by Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

It is also disheartening that one of the mentioned incidents happened during a CAT class, a subject where a student is supposed to learn a sense of community, social responsibility, and respect for the rights of citizens. Furthermore, the DepED would like to reiterate that no form of humiliation or emotional abuse is deemed necessary or justifiable, even if done with the intention of teaching responsibility.

The DepEd enjoins all teachers and school administrators to always uphold the rights and welfare of the students. Let it be remembered that children learn best by doing and that during the years they spend in school, they are most heavily influenced by authority figures. As such, no excuses should ever be made for corporal punishment and similar actions."

Bicol Death Squad, inako an paggadan kan suspechadong imbuelto sa droga sa Masbate

CAWAYAN, Masbate, August 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –“Drug Lord Ako! Wag Tularan - Bicol Death Squad."Ini an nakasurat na mga tataramon na iwinalat kan mga naggadan ki Rey Lopez y Pontiras, 29, na sarong negosyante sa banwaan na ini.

Binadil sa payo si Lopez kasoodmang alas 9:00 nin aga sa atubangan kan saiyang bago pa sanang ipinatugdok na harong.

An sabi kan mga imbestigador, dinulok an victima nin duwang mga armadong lalaki, dangan binadil tulos an siya sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

Para maseguro na an victima talagang magagadan, pigranihan pa suboot ini kan mga suspechado, asin binadil pa sa saiyang payo.

Pakatapos kan incidente, an mga responsable sa krimen tulos nagdurulag pasiring dae madeterminaran na direksyon.

Dinara pa kuta an victima sa Cawayan District Hospital, alagad, ipigdeclarar na mayo na siya nin buhay.

Ini an pinaka primerong estorya sa serye nin mga extra-judicial killings na an mga paragadan nagpabisto na mga miembro kan Bicol Death Squad.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Drug pusher sa Talisay, Cam Norte nabadil, gadan

TALISAY, Camarines Norte, August 11, 2016 ( Bicol Standard) – Nabadil, gadan si Rommel Sapurco y Cabezudo, kay siya suboot nag-ansyas na makilaban sa mga awtoridad.

Camarines Norte
Nangyari an incidente kasubagong alas 12:30 nin mag-omagahon sa Brgy Poblacion, sa banwaan na ini.

Segun sa report, an grupo kan mga awtoridad nag conducir nin buy-bust operation sa suspechado, na saro sa mga personang nasa listahan kan mga nagpapabakal nin droga, digdi.

Nakua sa poder ni Cabezudo an sarong calibre .38ng badil, pubos na pigtutubodan na shabu, asin iba pa.

Nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon kan casong ini hasta ngonian.

Dating NPA binadil sa Placer

PLACER, MASBATE August 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Sarong negosyante na suboot dating miembro kan New People’s Army (NPA) an binadil, kasubagong poco mas o menos alas 5:00 nin aga, sa may National Highway sa Brgy. Ban-ao, digdi.

Base sa report kan pulis, an victima iyo si Benjamin Condrillon y Duran, 48 anyos, may agom, taga-Sitio Talisay, Pasaigon, sa banwaan na ini.

Mayong nakabisto kan mga suspechado sa krimen.

An mga awtoridad naggigibo pa kan saindang imbestigasyon sa casong ini hastang sa oras na sinusurat an bareta ini.

No need to worry about Martial Law -- Palace

MANILA, August 11 -- Malacanang on Thursday reiterated that there is nothing to worry about martial law that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has previously mentioned while defending his anti-illegal drug campaign against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

”There is no need to worry about martial. As PRRD has said: ‘I want to make specific changes without having to do with martial law,” presidential spokesman Secretary Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Abella explained that based on the results of the anti-illegal drug campaign and the previous statement of President, there is no need to impose martial law.

He also clarified the President is not circumventing the judicial process while fulfilling his election campaign promise to end illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

”It’s not a circumvention so much as shortening the process. He is simply facilitating the whole process by encouraging those who have already been considered as persons of interest, to be able to come up and explain themselves,” Abella explained.

”We really live in extraordinary times that demands an extraordinary action. It’s extraordinary, 600,000 people surrendering – isn’t that amazing? So, this is where he’s coming from. Nobody really knew the depth and width and breadth of the drug situation, and now he’s trying to facilitate the whole thing,” he further explained.

Last Wednesday, Presidential Communications Operations (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said President Duterte was just asking ‘rhetorical question’ when he asked Sereno: “Woud you rather I declare martial law?”

Duterte was reacting to Sereno’s statement saying she will advise the judges included in the drug list of the President not to surrender to authorities unless an arrest warrant is issued by the court.

Abella, meanwhile, said the President has never ordered extra-judicial killings that marred the intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

”Let me say first and foremost, the President has never ordered extra judicial killings. But he is deeply concerned about the deaths, he deeply concerned about what’s happening,” Abella said.

Abella said the President has ordered to investigate the extra-judicial killings.

According to the report, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already arrested over 3,000 and killed almost 500 drug pushers in connection with its aggressive drive to eradicate drug problems in the country. (by Jelly F. Musico, PNA)

BEAUTIFYING BULAN | Gov. Rodrigueza backs Bulan Eco-Park rehab

Sorsogon Gov. Robert Lee Rodrigueza has shared photos of the rehabilitation of Bulan Eco-Park, which he said he is doing in honor of his promise to improve the dump sites in every town in the province.

The governor added that the rehabilitation is being done in compliance with Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.


Legazpi City to put up tourism desks

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal
Photo by Rico Manallo
LEGAZPI CITY, August 10, 2016--Expecting an influx of tourists for the 25th year celebration of Ibalong Festival this month, Mayor Noel Rosal called on the City Tourism Office (CTO) to establish numerous tourism desks in Legazpi City’s major tourist attractions.

He asked City Tourism Officer Antonio Reyes to put up desks at Lignon Hill, Embarcadero de Legazpi, the City Boulevard, Grand Terminal station and other areas sought by tourists.

Rosal said that aside from serving as a monitoring station on tourist arrivals, the desk will assist visitors who want to spend their vacation in this city.

Legazpi City, which has been tagged as a “city of fun and adventure” by the Department of Tourism, was recognized on July 14 as the third most competitive city among more than 1,300 local government units nationwide for offering an attractive business climate to investors. (by Emmanuel P. Solis, PNA)

How to prevent the spread of flu

It's the flu season once again, with the viral infection that attacks the respiratory system caused by influenza virus A, B, or C becoming prevalent in the Philippines.

How to prevent the spread of flu
How to prevent the spread of flu
Flu, according to the DOH is transmitted when the influenza virus enters into the respiratory tract when someone coughs or sneezes. It is also transmitted via ontact with the surfaces, material, and clothing contaminated with discharges of an infected person.

Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of flu include fever of at least 38°C, runny nose, sore throat, cough, or other respiratory manifestations, and sometimes muscle of joint pains.


Flu is prevented by minimizing contact with a person who has influenza, avoiding crowded places, and getting vaccinated against the viral infection yearly. Washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing also helps prevent the spread of the virus.


The use of antiviral agents, such as oseltamivir or zanamivir, within the first 2 days may shorten the illness and help prevent serious complications, the DOH says. Also important are having adequate rest and increasing the intake of fluids and nutritious food. For fever, paracetamol may be taken.

LTO Tigaon open for business

Tigaon, Camarines Sur, August 11, 2016-- With the conversion of Goa Camarines Sur LTO Extension Office into a Regular LTO District Office as mandated by Republic Act No. 10765 approved in April 2015 by former President Aquino, the municipality of Tigaon becomes the new site of the agency.

LTO Tigaon
In a soft opening program held in August 9, 2016, Tigaon Mayor Chiqui Fuentebella joined LTO Region V Administrative Officer Jaime Masagca, LTO District Chief Arlete Logronio and LTO personnel and stakeholders as they ushered in the operationalization of the agency in Partido District.

The move further bolsters the Department of Transportation's commitment to uphold LTO's mandate to work towards the rationalization of land transport services & facilities, implement transportation laws, and serve the district and its environs towards a progressive land transport sector.

LTO Partido District Office will cater to a wider clientele as included in its coverage is a part of Rinconada area. LTO V Admin. Officer Masagca said that LTO Partido District Office is bigger than Catanduanes and Ragay District Offices. He further said that relocating LTO to the town of Tigaon is a shot in the arm for the municipality's growing economy with the sprouting of business ventures around the establishment, and the generation of local employment.

Mayor Fuentebella affirmed Masagca's statement and expressed her optimism that with the LTO Partido District Office in her town, economic activities would be boosted significantly. Requests for Mayor's Permits for new business enterprises like eateries, insurance companies, emission testing centers, have started rolling in.

Fuentebella thanked former Cam. Sur 4th District Congressman Wimpy Fuentebella for his initiative in the conversion and transfer, and her predecessor, Mayor Arnie Fuentebella for offering the building to house the new LTO District Office.

Andanar defends disclosure of ‘drug list’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--Secretary Martin Andanar has defended the President’s disclosure of the names of the list of drug personalities in the country that include judges, politicians, policemen and military personnel.

Martin Andanar
Andanar, who heads the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), told the local media here Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte did not err in disclosing the names in a televised speech.

“The drug list and names of the personalities involved underwent a thorough and a very rigorous process,” Andanar said.

The list that President Duterte read in a televised speech over the weekend contained the names of judges, politicians and police officers who are or have been reported to be either drug lords or protectors of drug traders, several of whom were already dead or have retired from government service.

Andanar said before the national police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) submitted the list to the President, the agencies properly and thoroughly verified it to ensure that what the Chief Executive would receive was “top notch” information.

“The PNP and PDEA have their own vetting process in writing down or including personalities in the drug watch list,” Andanar told reporters during a meet-and-greet with the local media here.

“It’s not easy to be included in the list [of] drug watch personalities, in the same way that it is hard for a person to be taken out of that list,” he explained.

In removing a person from the drug watch list due to death, for instance, he said, the family of that person has to go to PDEA or PNP and present that person’s death certificate as proof.

Andanar said the reason some of those are still in the list even though they are already dead or no longer in public service is that the family did not bother to go to the law enforcement agencies to have their names taken out.

President Duterte’s disclosure of the names on the list by using the executive power of immunity was a “masterstroke,” which led the drug personalities to come out in the open and submit themselves for investigation in order to clear their names, Andanar said.

He said that no other Philippine President in the history of the country has done anything to stop the widespread proliferation of illegal drugs than President Duterte.

According to Andanar, the Filipino people have to provide the necessary support to the President in the fight against illegal drugs in order to save the more than three million people who are threatened by the illegal drug trade.

Andanar said that the list has long been in existence, even during the past administrations and only now has it been revealed to the media because the anti-drug campaign is one of President Duterte’s priority programs. (by Jigger J. Jerusalem, PNA)

Number 1 drug personality sa Viga, Catanduanes, binadil

VIGA, Catanduanes Agosto 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Irido si Sammy Rojas y Tulalian na idinalagan sa Viga District Hospital kasubangguing poco mas o menos alas 8:10 huli sa tama nin bala sa saiyang likod.

Siya nagtatrabaho bilang Administrative Aide I sa Central School digdi.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, si Rojas iyo an pigcoconsiderar na pinaka pusikit na persona na imbuelto sa ilegal na droga na nag-ooperar sa banwaan na ini.

Sa record kan pulis, an victima iyo an number 1 na high value target na drug personality digdi.

An nagbadil saiya, dae bistadong tawo na nakasakay sa motorsiklo.

Mientrastanto, huli sa peligro na dara kan tama kan bala, si Rojas, ibinalyo sa EBMC, pag hale sa Viga District Hospital, tanganing duman ipabulong.

Pagkatapos na mabadil an victima, an mga suspechado marikas na nagdurulag pasiring sa dae madeterminaran na lugar.

Hasta ngonian,si Rojas pigbubulong pa sa hospital.

An krimen nangyari sa Barangay San Jose Poblacion, sa banwaan na ini.

Pig-aaram pa ngonian kan mga awtoridad kun ano an motibo sa sinambit na krimen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Civil Service computerized exams on hold

The Civil Service Commission informs the public that the CSC Computerized Examination (CSC COMEX) for Career Service Examination for Professional and SubProfessional levels is still on hold.

Interested individuals are advised to apply instead for the Paper-and-Pen Exam on October 23, 2016.

Filing period is ongoing until September 1, 2016.

Acceptance of applications is on a first-come, first-served basis and shall be closed any time before the deadline if the CSC Field Offices have already reached the target number of applicants.

No online offering and reservation of examination slots are currently offered to the public. Hence, there are no available examination schedules posted in the CSC COMEX website for the meantime.

CSC, however, accommodates requests from government agencies for the conduct of COMEX for their employees who need to obtain eligibility and to be considered for regular employment and/or promotion. The CSC conducts the special COMEX on Tuesdays at the Central Office. Please be guided accordingly.

VP Leni: Mr. Marcos is no hero

NAGA CITY, August 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--"We strongly oppose the decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Vice President Leni Robredo said in a statement posted on her Facebook page.

VP Leni Robredo
Robredo, who won against Ferdinand Marcos' son Bongbong in the previous vice presidential race added: "How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

This decision will not bring unity to our country; it will only deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under the Marcos presidency.

Furthermore, his heirs continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole.

It is our responsibility to teach our children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers.

And Mr. Marcos is no hero."

Former Chief Justice Puno bats for ‘hybrid’ con-con to amend Constitution

MANILA, August 10, 2016 -- Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno recently pushed for a “hybrid” type of constitutional convention that would amend the Constitution and pave the way for a change into a federal system of government.

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno

Speaking at the Forum on Federalism sponsored by the Development Academy of the Philippines’ Council of Fellows at the Virata Hall of DAP Pasig, Puno said such a type of con-con would see delegates being elected at large and a select group of legislator representatives being appointed by Congress to the body that would decide changes in the Constitution.

Such changes would enable the country to shift from a highly centralized form of government into a federal system, as proposed by various quarters, including no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself and such highly-respected civil society leaders as former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., who along with Puno was the main speaker in the forum that also served as an occasion for the conferment of their membership to the DAP Council of Fellows.

Method of amendment

Puno, who spoke on the judicial system in federalism, appeared to favor a method of constitutional amendment different from that of a constituent assembly, where Congress itself and appointed representatives would convene to undertake the amendments, or a people’s initiative.

Puno’s “hybrid” method in constituting the body, however, would include elements from both a con-con and a con-ass, which is a group made up of members of Congress joining delegates elected in a con-con.

The former Chief Justice stressed that “uniformity of thought cannot be imposed on diverse cultures” as Filipinos have, saying that what plagues the Philippines is “our multi-cultural reality that colonizers and imperial Manila tried in vain to overcome” through economic control and an educational system that promoted one culture and religion as superior over all others.

Jose Rizal

Puno said that no less than the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal, advocated federalism in his writings, including a piece he wrote entitled “The Philippines a Century Hence.”

The highly-respected legal expert opined that the judicial system, as well as mutual advantages for the people, is frequently the most neglected area of concern in formulating a Constitution in the Philippines. He lamented the fact that the judiciary to this day has no financial independence in spite of there being three branches of government, including the executive and legislative branches that control the purse and the budgets, thus holding the judiciary under its control.

Unlike in Great Britain, however, Puno said that the judiciary in the Philippines can stop or interfere with the other branches of government through its decisions under the so-called concept of politicization of justice or judicialization of politics, where the Supreme Court can strike down the powers of elected officials.British parliament

In contrast, the sovereignty of the British parliament cannot be diminished by the courts, with the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government being one and the parliament being regarded as the protector of the people’s rights.

Puno also discussed other models of federalism, including the federal-presidential form as exemplified by the United States, which Pimentel himself favors, and the French federal-parliamentary model that Duterte on the other hand prefers.

Under the US model, the supremacy of the Constitution is recognized. The government is also divided into the executive, legislative and judicial branches under a system of checks and balances.

Under the French model, a constitutional council is integrated with the legislature, previewing proposed laws prior to their enactment. The High Court also acts as the Commission on Elections and provides opinions on constitutionality issues and their conformity with foreign policy. (PNA)

Comelec cannot disqualify aspirants in barangay, SK polls for supposed link to illegal drug ops

MANILA, August 10, 2016--The Commission on Elections (Comelec) cannot disqualify aspirants in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls for their supposed link to illegal drug operations.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said Tuesday such accusations are not grounds to exclude those who will file their Certificate of Candidacy (CoC).

"If these are merely allegations and accusations, then they are not grounds for disqualification,” Bautista said, noting that for a candidate to be disqualified to run for public office, he or she should have been sentenced by a court.

“Before you can be disqualified, there has to be final conviction and bears perpetual disqualification,” Bautista pointed out.

The filing of CoCs for the Oct. 31 polls will be from October 3 to 5.

Over the weekend, President Rodrigo R. Duterte identified more than 150 individuals for their alleged link to illegal drug operations.

Included in the list were officials of local governments, law enforcement agencies, and the judiciary. (PNA)

DSWD programs contribute to the fast economic growth of Bicol, says NEDA

LEGAZPI CITY, August 10, 2016--The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office here has reaffirmed its commitment to further strengthen social protection programs and services to help uplift the live of the Bicolanos after alluded as one of the contributors in propelling the economic growth of Bicol region.

It can be recalled that Bicol regional director Agnes Espinas has credited the programs and initiatives of DSWD Bicol in helping achieve the significant growth of the regional economy in 2015.

Espinas noted that Bicol’s improving economic status was due to the continuing inter-agency efforts in the region, noting that of DSWD Bicol's as an example in the contribution to the economic growth with its various trailblaizing initiatives that now benefit the poorest of the poor in the remote areas.

Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) Bicol regional director Cynthia Perdiz meanwhile said during the media conference on the 2015 Report on the Regional Economy of Bicol Region last week that the regional economy of Bicol recorded the highest growth rate of 8.4 percent which it has ever attained in terms of gross regional domestic product (GRDP).

Perdiz said Bicol region topped in terms of economic growth among other regions nationwide accelerating to 8.4 percent in 2015, almost double its pace in 2014.

According to her, the "services' sector has contributed the biggest share of the region’s economy with 56.1 percent while the "industry" share some 22.5 percent in 2015 which has improved by 2.8 percent in 2014.

DSWD Bicol has really bankrolled on services by investin in people through the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program or 4Ps wherein a total of about 369,000 received benefits from conditional cash transfers in 2015.

With the 2015 Listahanan household assessment, jobs were since generated in the other services sector employing 2,966 field staff all across the region for the conduct of the second round of assessment.

Moreover, the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS has contributed on the other capital outlays with the construction of 1,370 classrooms for senior highs school, 221 community centers or multi-purpose buildings, 217 flood/river control structures and 215 school buildings. Some 7,843 core shelter units were also completed under the Core Shelter Assistance Program. (PIA)

Albay crafts comprehensive plan for war against drugs

LEGAZPI CITY, August 10, 2016--Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has urged all local governments units and other overnment agencies to develop a unified strategic strategy vital in the province’s anti-drug campaign in the wake of emerging problems due to the increasing number of personalities involved in peddling and use of illegal drug.

Governor Al Francis Bichara
Bichara said the present protocol being utilized has no clear establishment in the roles of all concerned stakeholders, management while referral systems are not properly established yet with links to proper screening, assessment, and management of surrendering drug users still lacking.

The provincial government, according to the governor, will tie up with the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol and the Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center to conduct a two-day training activity among key personnel of local governments to remedy some gaps in the fight against illegal drugs and address other needs of personalities who submit themselves for reforms.

The stakeholders will train on "Rapid Screening, Assessment, and Management of Surrendering Drug Users in Bicol” on August 11-12, 2016 in Legazpi City.

"With such training plus other interventions, we hope that every city and municipality in Albay will have a formidable cast which will face the seemingly insurmountable task of properly managing the colossal turnout of surrendering drug users," Bichara said.

Bichara also proposed earlier during a meeting with the Provincial Peace and Order Council for the construction of a makeshift rehabilitation center using tents in Tula-tula, Ligao City to act as temporary shelter while more permanent and long-term solutions are being developed and implemented.

Bichara further called for a solid partnership from all concerned agencies to eradicate all presence of drugs in the province, including users and pushers who continually operate in Albay. (PIA)

Basud cops assist school officials against truancy

BASUD, Camarines Norte, August 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--Basud National High School Principal Arnilo Ibasco has sought the assistance of various sectors in the community to address the problem of students who have been cutting classes and drinking liquor during class hours.

In a meeting with the Municipal Advisory Council Meeting, he spoke to the stakeholders to help him find the proper solution to the concern.

He added that many teachers have been administratively charged or reprimanded after having reportedly laid their hands on erring students.

Meanwhile, Basud Chief of Police Chief Inspector Rogelyn Calandria confirmed to Bicol Standard that they will request for a Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Meeting to seek the help of parents in said concern.

Already, Calandria said, the police have detailed officers to man the school perimeter from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and lunchtime to assist in the enforcement of the school regulations.

Basud National High School has one of the largest number of enrollees in the province.

Penafrancia 2016 Theme

Jesus Christ, the face of God’s mercy, nourishes the family in the Eucharist

Si Jesucristo, an lawog kan pagkaherak kan Dios, nagpapakakan kan familia sa Eucaristia

Calauag, Quezon alleged drug dealer busted in Naga City

by BICOL STANDARD News Team/With report from Boyet Paderes

NAGA CITY August 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The so-called "Calauag, Quezon drug ring" has suffered another major setback last night when one of its leaders, was nabbed in an anti-illegal drug operation by the local police here.

Photo by Boyet Paderes
The suspect was identified as Resty Ian Villareal y Broquesa, of Sta. Maria, Calauag, Quezon.

Villareal, allegedly a well-known drug personality was arrested at around 8:20 p.m., at Sweet Sixteen Lodge, located along Diversion Road, Brgy. Tabuco, this city.

Confiscated from the suspect was an estimated 50 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu.

The illegal drugs that was recovered from the suspect had an estimated street value of P160,000.

Also seized from the suspect was P24,000 that was used as buy-bust money.

Villareal, along with Razel Erepol y Bandagoza who was arrested yesterday, are both believed to belong to a group of drug dealers from Quezon, investigators said.

Previous intelligence reports suspect that the two alleged drug personalities have been supplying shabu in this city and other parts of the province.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, SPO2 Toby Bongon, police spokesman here said that there is an intensified anti-illegal drug campaign, as part of the Project Double Barrel initiated by the Duterte administration.

“In 36 hours our police here have conducted five (5) major illegal drug operations with positive results,” Bongon said.

“First, we have used the strategy of visiting the houses of drug personalities, knocking on their doors. We persuaded them to surrender, if they are indeed drug users," he said.

"The second part is this one that we are doing now, like the implementation of search warrants, buy-bust operations and other strategies that would be useful in our campaign,” he added.

Bongon reminded those who are still involved in illegal drugs that the police operatives would not relax their campaign, until the last drug user or dealer is apprehended.

Photo by Boyet Paderes

Duterte declares August 18, 2016 special non-working day in Naga City

NAGA CITY, August 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- To commemorate the death anniversary of former DILG Secretary City Mayor Jesse Robredo, August 18, 2016, Thursday has been declared Special Non-Working Day in Naga City.

This is under Proclamation No. 37 s. 2016 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Robredo, it would be recalled, passed away in an accident on AUgust 18, 2012.

Ex-Masbate mayor indicted for withholding allowance

MANILA, August 10, 2016--The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the indictment of former Milagros, Masbate (now vice mayor) Natividad Isabel Magbalon for withholding the representation and transportation allowance (RATA) allotted for the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (OMSWD) in 2013, in violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

Natividad Magbalon
Image via Kwentong Kasilyas: ZOD Tales of Change in Masbate
Investigation revealed that Magbalon issued a memorandum in January 2013 designating an officer-in-charge (OIC) for the OMSWD in lieu of the duly appointed Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) who was placed on “floating status” on account of purportedly partisan political activities. Thereafter, the OIC started receiving the monthly RATA of P8,000.00 despite the absence of express authority for the purpose. 

In affirming the charge, the Ombudsman said that Magbalon’s act was tainted with malice and bad faith because “no proof was adduced to prove such allegation [partisan political activity] nor did she notify complainant of her removal as MSWDO.”

“Contrary to the view advanced by respondents, RATA is attached to the position and not to the person. Clearly, when complainant was put on floating status, she was merely prohibited from performing her actual duties for reasons beyond her control and not of her own volition, but she still holds the position as MSWDO which entitles her to receive RATA,” stated the Resolution.

Agriculture and the K-12 Education

by Imelda C. Barbacena
Juan F. Trivino Memorial High School
Caranan, Pasacao, Camarines Sur

It is taught in the most basic of Philippine education that our country stands out for its flora and fauna. For centuries, people from all over the world have sought our country for our wealth of natural resources. Being one of the richest and most biodiverse countries in terms of raw materials and agricultural and economic development potential, it is only fitting that we, as dedicated and proud Filipino citizens, all strive to nurture it.

This is the primary reason why Agricultural Science is being offered in the Philippine K-12 Education. In an effort to improve not only Philippine education, but also the lives of all Filipinos and the condition of our country, the heavily-debated, brand new K-12 curriculum had kicked off just this school year.

Since the dawn of our nation, we have used agriculture to sustain our lives.The Philippines was, and still is, a predominantly agricultural country. We have always relied heavily on this discipline to ensure technological and economic development, as well as the nutrition of the Filipino citizens. Even before, our ancestors, who were already aware of our country's resource wealth and potential, had spent years developing and innovating ways to better the agriculture in our land. This is why it is important that we are including specializations on this subject in the curriculum of our newly-implemented K-12 Education, so that we may honor and further the progress of our ancestors towards our common goal of a better future for our country.

Agricultural and food education provides guided learning and instruction on crop production, resource efficiency and waste reduction, livestock management, water and soil conservation, as well as technology and nutrition. These are all information that could increase production and enhance product quality and resource conservation.

This course of study, which is not only limited within the classroom, but extends even beyond the school campus, offers plenty of experience necessary for personal growth. It also provides a foundation of learning suited for pursuing careers in production, business, food and nutrition, conservation, and natural resource industries. The students will be guided so that they acquire certain essential skills such as perseverance, self-confidence, responsibility, interpersonal skills, and many more, which will all aid in their journey towards individual development and career success. As a bonus, it even further develops and boosts the young Filipinos' interest and love for our country. This education will produce ready and well-rounded individuals who will soon run the agricultural industry, upon which the Philippine society depends on.

By helping our students not only understand, but also apply these scientific concepts, as well as develop these skills, we are guaranteed a better shot at an improved quality of life, not just for farmers and agricultural advocates, but also for the whole Philippine population.

It is clear that by incorporating agricultural science and education to the K-12 curriculum, we are all on the right track. By disseminating this information to the Filipino youth, as well as helping them learn how to utilize them, and inspiring them to develop the agriculture of our country, we uphold the fundamental purpose of the K-12 education -- to help further prepare the Filipino youth, and steer them towards creating a new, bountiful era, which will benefit the Filipino society, and the generations that will come.

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