Saturday, September 10, 2016

Visual, culinary arts come together in Naga City's Kinalas y Kinolor

NAGA CITY, September 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The culinary and the visual arts converged earlier today in Kinalas y Kinolor, a joint effort of the Naga City Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO), Salingoy Art Group, Bicol Expressions, Kitchen Everywhere, The Carmen Hotel, and ABS-CBN.

Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City BICOLSTANDARD.COM photo
Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City
During the activity, artists from Salingoy Art Group and Bicol Expressions painted bowls on which the local dish kinalas was later served.

The activity was held at the roof deck of The Carmen Hotel, a new hotel along Penafrancia Avenue.
The first activity of its kind in the heart of Bicol, Kinalas y Kinolor is a testament for the now booming arts and culture scene in Bicolandia.

Kinalas y Kinolor is part of the long lineup of events for the Penafrancia festival, which the city is celebrating at present.

It is the brainchild of Alec Francis Santos of ACTO; Renato Jao, staff member of Albay's tourism promotions; Pancho Piano, and Rommel Perez of Salingoy Art Group.

Kitchen Everywhere's Kinalas
Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City
Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City

Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City
Kinalas y Kinolor in Naga City

CD Muñez: Di, alisin n’yo na ako rito!

NAGA CITY September 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard)  After receiving an overflowing amount of praises and commendations due to the well-implemented security plan during the Traslacion Procession yesterday, City Police Director Sr. Supt. Muñez had blown his top when the sidewalk vendors issue was raised today, over a radio broadcast on DWNX.

Naga City OIC City Director PSSupt. Julius Muñez
Photo via Naga Smiles to the World

Muñez was confronted regarding the complaints that had arisen when some sidewalk vendors who have been permitted by the City Hall to occupy the sidewalks to sell their goods were rounded up by the members of the Task Force COMET, upon the direct order issued by him.

“How could that have happened when we were legally authorized by Mayor John Bongat to occupy the sidewalks to sell our goods? We have valid permits, and have paid our taxes and fees to the City Government, including the barangay," said one of the vendors who aired his gripes over the air lanes.

Interviewed by DWNX, Muñez, at first, appeared to be in high spirits, as he acknowledged to the radio audience that he had received a call from Mayor John Bongat, congratulating him for the peaceful Traslacion Procession.

He also said that he had received a commendation from OIC PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Melvin Buenaflor.

Who ordered the clearing of the sidewalks?

“Ako, kasama ko ang task force COMET,” said Muñez.

“Pinangunahan ng isa kong opisyal. Ako ang nag-utos. Alam mo, hindi alam ng ating butihing mayor ang lahat na area na ‘yan,” he said.

He clarified, however, that an employee of the city is responsible to allowing sidewalk vendors to occupy the city streets.

“Alam mo maliit and daan natin. Sila ang magbigay linaw. Gusto mo ng security plan, tapos kayo rin ang nagpasikip ng masikip na daan,” he said.

“Ano ba talaga ang gusto n’yo? Kung gusto [n'yo], alisin na ako rito. Dapat, ang lahat na daan malinis. Ang trabaho ko linisin ito," Munoz clarified.

“Ang trabaho natin ay security. Kun may reklamo sila, kasohan nila ako. Basta sa akin, importante ang security ng mga tao,” he added further.

Meanwhile, he made it clear that the security plan must be strictly followed. “If anything happens, I will be the one responsible,” he emphasized.

Side of the vendors

A teary eyed vendor who said he has not yet eaten his breakfast was devastated when his commodities were confiscated. “I was granted a permit by the City Hall to occupy a specific portion of the sidewalk to sell his goods after payment of the taxes, fees and licenses to the City Treasurer’s Office” he said.

In fact, this permit allows him to do business here starting September 5 until September 18, 2017. He even showed his permit and other documents duly signed by the City Treasurer and Mayor Bongat himself.

The sidewalk vendors sought the assistance of the media to air their side since they could not understand why despite the fact that they are in possession of all legal documents, the task for COMET, still confiscated their goods.

A vendor named Roel Santillan, who is a resident of Minalabac, Camarines Sur, said that he has been a sidewalk vendor here for many years now. He claims that he has completely no idea why they raided their stalls the other night, with all their goods confiscated.

“I was personally assisted by the barangay officials of Sta Cruz, together with the representatives of the City Government, when they pinpointed the exact place where we can set up our small stalls, here. Why are they doing this to me?” he asks.

“As of now, we want to urgently recover the goods that were confiscated from us," Santillan added. “Dae kami inatubang kan taga PSO.”

Furthermore, the aggrieved vendors begged for the assistance of the city government for the immediate return of their commodities, which, they claim were mostly loaned from local businessmen, here.

“Inutangan mi lang po si mga paninda. Mayo ngani kaming pamahawan ngonian, ta an pig aasahan mi, si pwedeng kabaklan kan samong paninda," said one vendor pleading his case over the radio.

As these developed, the city government has not yet issued any explanation regarding the brewing controversy.

1 gadan sa buy bust sa Daet

DAET, CNorte September 10, 2016 (Bicol Standard)  Nagadan sa pakikibadilan sa mga tawohan kan pulis si Anthony Dacillo y Moreno, 41, residente kan Purok Ubas, Brgy. Gubat, digdi kasoodmang alas 11:00 nin aga.

Susug sa imbestigasyon, naglansar nin buy-bust operation an mga awtoridad na an target iyo si Dacillo.
Nag gamit an pulis nin tawohan ninda na nag-saguin-saguin na parabakal nin shabu sa victima.
Alagad, nakamalesya an victima na tawohan kan pulis si saiyang naging katransaksyon, kaya bigla siyang nagdalagang papuli sa saindang harong tanganing kuahon si saiyang saray na calibre .45 badil, para makipaglaban.
Nagluluwas sa pulis report na napurohan nin tama nin bala an victima sa saiyang pakiribayan nin putok sa mga awtoridad, kaya siya binawian nin buhay sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente.
Nakua kan mga miembros kan SOCO hale sa suspechado an sarong calibre .45ng pistola na may trademark na Coll Government Model na may Serial No. 65934, na may sarong live ammunition na nasa laog kan chamber asin 5ng iba pang bala sa laog kan magazine.
Afuera kaini, igwa pang shabu, kantidad P8,222.20, 14ng asin may iba-ibang clase nin mga llave an an yaon sa laog kan bulsa kan ni Dacillo.

Friday, September 9, 2016

PHOTOS | Traslacion 2016

Traslacion 2016
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Sorsogon security tightened; Gov. Rodrigueza takes the lead

SORSOGON CITY, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza is taking the lead in Sorsogon in the response to President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 55 (Declaring A State of National Emergency On Account of Lawlessness in Mindanao).

In an interview with Bicol Standard, Rodrigueza said, "I personally checked the situation at Matnog Port since it is an entry point from the Visayas and Mindanao and could be prone to danger as far as this issue is concerned."

On September 6, he called for a Provincial Peace and Order Council Special Meeting at the Farmer's Training Hall, Capitol Compound, Burabod, here to discuss the measures to be done in connection with the declaration with police officials, military officials, and representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In said meeting, Rodrigueza called for the public's support and cooperation as they tighten security measures.

Meanwhile, Sorsogon Provincial Police Office OIC Senior Supt. Ronaldo Cabral, who attended the meeting said their team is focused on increasing police visibility and designating additional checkpoints.

Unattended attaché case yielded no bomb: Naga City PNP

NAGA CITY, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Panic erupted here when a black attache case left unattended under an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) near the NICC Hospital was discovered and reported to law enforcers.

Naga City OIC City Director PSSupt. Julius Muñez
Photo via Naga Smiles to the World
In response, the law enforcers immediately sent a bomb-sniffing canine to check if the bag contains an explosive device.

The canine, it was reported, sat down on the attache case, causing bystanders to panic.

As a result,Naga City OIC City Director PSSupt. Julius Muñez himself immediately proceeded to the area to personally clarify the reported incident.

It turned out, however, that the attaché case, when opened, contained wires, a microphone, and other materials used by technicians.

Further, it was revealed that a certain Benjamin Callo, an employee of the Naga City government, was the one who left the attache case.

Callo said he was tired and thus had forgotten his bag at said location.

City Councilor Jose Sonny Ranola, who is the head of the NICC, told the media that he already reprimanded Callo for causing alarm.

Sandiganbayan suspends LRay Villafuerte for 90 days due to graft charge

MANILA, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Sandiganbayan has suspended Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. and former Gov. LRay Villafuerte for 90 days.

Left: LRay Villafuerte
Right: Carlo Batalla
"Wherefore, the prosecution’s motion to suspend the accused Pendente Lite is hereby granted, and accused Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. is hereby directed to cease and desist from further performing and/or exercising the functions, duties and privileges of his position as Congressman of the Second District of Camarines Sur, or any other position he may now or hereafter be holding effective immediately upon receipt hereof and continuing for a period of 90 days,” the decision reads.

This is in connection with the questionable purchase of P20-million worth of fuel from a single proprietor without the required public bidding in 2010.

The complainant in said case is Carlo Batalla of Citizens Crime Watch.

Batalla, in an interview with Bicol Standard, said that the decision is long overdue.

Meanwhile, The court ordered Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to implement the suspension order.

The signatories in the order were Chairperson Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada and members Associate Justices Oscar Herrera Jr. and Karl Miranda.

As of 3 p.m. today, the said suspension order was already referred to the House Rules Committee for appropriate action.

Villafuerte has not issued a statement as of press time.

Traslacion 2016 street scenes

Photos by Oscar Esmenda


CamNorte allots P63.5-M budget for 2017 disaster preparedness program

DAET, Camarines Norte, September 7, 2016 – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved P63.5 million budget for 2017 disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery and response plan and program for the province in a meeting held here recently.

Storm photo via Pixabay
PDRRMO chief Antonio España said that the Local DRRM Fund will come from the 5 percent of the total estimated income of the provincial government in 2017.

He said that as mandated under Republic Act 10121, the 30 percent or more than P18.9 M is allocated for Quick Response Fund and the 70% or more than P44.5 M is allocated for preparedness. The 70 percent of the budget is composed of mitigation, preparedness, disaster response, and recovery and rehabilitation.

España said on mitigation will comprise the structural like the completion and construction of evacuation centers, construction of potable water system, construction of slope protection and construction of road opening while the non-structural are integrated coastal resources management project and sustainable upland management strategy through integrated social forestry, forest protection for Abasig-Matogdon-Mananap Natural Biotic Area, and provincial mangrove aquasilviculture and reforestation project.

For preparedness, he added, are mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Management/Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) and other concerns in development plan and decision making process, map digitization of critical elements for hazards and vulnerability assessment and geo-tagging, stockpiling and prepositioning of resources, information and dissemination and public awareness, training orientation on knowledge management on DRRM/CCA.

"It will aso deal on site identification DRR assessment and monitoring, support to accredited community disaster volunteer organization, conduct of provincial skills olympics for DRR/CCA, conduct of summer camp, infrastructure project, reducing health risk and strengthening of local DRRM council organizational structure," he said.

España explained that the disaster response will be the maintenance and operation of the PDRRM operation center and training institute while recovery and rehabilitation will be the conduct of Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), emergency repair of critical public infrastructure and provision of humanitarian assistance. (RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte) 

Motorcycle back rider dies due to road accident in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — A vehicular accident was reported today at 6:00 am, at Rizal Street, where a delivery truck driven by Giovanni Landagan y Dilla of Balatan, Camarines Sur allegedly bumped from behind a motorcycle, driven by Ricardo Beltran.

Based on the investigation, the truck driver was trying to overtake the motorcycle on the left side of the road.

At this point, the truck accidentally hit the motorcycle on its rear end, which resulted into its swerving and finally falling to the cemented road.

The motorcycle driver suffered injuries in different parts of his body, while the motorcycle back rider identified as Marilyn Nunez y Moraleda died due to head injury.

The victim is a resident of MH del Pilar St., Inamnan Grande, Guinobatan, Albay.

She was pronounced dead on arrival when her body was brought to the hospital.

Mobile signal in Naga City will unavailable from 12 NN-6PM, say Globe, Smart

The mobile signal in Naga City will be temporarily unavailable from 12 noon to 6 pm today, telecommunications service provider Globe and TM Mobile announced to its subscribers.

This, according to TM, is in keeping with an advisory from the National Telecommunications Commission, and is part of the preparations for the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia.

Below is the full message from TM:

"Ka-TM, alinsunod sa abiso ng National Telecommunications Commission, pansamantalang mawawalan ng mobile signal sa Naga City ngayong araw mula 12 NN hanggang 6 PM. Ito ay bilang paghahanda sa pagdiriwang ng pista ng Our Lady of Penafrancia. Para sa service updates, i-follow kami sa Twitter at @Talk2Globe. Salamat sa inyong pang-unawa."

Below, meanwhile, is the advisory from Globe:

"Dear customer, as part security measures during the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia, there will be a temporary loss of mobile signal in Naga City today from 12 NN to 6 pm. This has been mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission."

UPDATE: Smart has issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

"There will be a temporary loss of mobile signal today in Naga City from 12:00nn to 6:00pm as part of security measures at the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. This was mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Thank you very much for your understanding."


Alert level 1 still in effect over Mayon, Bulusan volcanoes

LEGAZPI CITY, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard)— Alert Level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect over Mayon Volcano here and Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology confirmed in its bulletins this morning.

Mayon Volcano
Bicol Standard file photo
As regards Mayon Volcano, Phivolcs said that this means that presently no magmatic eruption is imminent, however it is strongly advised that the public refrain from entering the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides/avalanches at the middle to upper slope, sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit.

On the other hand, alert level 1 over Bulusan Volcano indicates that hydrothermal processes are ongoing beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.

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

Mayon Volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded one volcanic earthquake during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, five volcanic earthquakes were recorded by the Bulusan Volcano’s seismic monitoring network, Phivolcs added.

MNWD gears up for the fiesta rush

The recent El Niño Phenomenon has taken its toll on many areas of the country. The severe dry spell brought about by the phenomenon did not exempt Naga City. The barangays that were most affected are Concepcion Grande and Pequeña, Del Rosario, Abella, Tabuco, and Mabolo. As we wait for the rain to recharge our watersheds, the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) prepares its concessionaires for the water supply shortage expected with the deluge of guests and devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia this September.

Nature is a tough adversary. The considerable rainfall that we have been praying for has not yet come to replenish our sources. Apart from the reactivation of the Almeda Pumping Station last July 2016, the recent reactivation of the Monte Cielo Pumping Station, and the activation of the newly constructed Jardin Real Pumping Station were done to augment the existing water supply sources of the District.

Since the last two weeks of August, the MNWD’s Public Relations Section, under the Office of the General Manager, has been busy disseminating advisories regarding water conservation through different media. The district has been reminding everyone to conserve and store water when supply is well – usually in the evening, so that when there is little or no water they will still have some to use.

Public Service Advisory Tarpaulin Posting. MNWD’s Public Relations team got to work in putting up tarpaulins in different barangays in Naga City – prioritizing those which were severely affected( Mabolo, Del Rosario, and Abella pictured above).

Public service announcements were released through the official website; social media via known entities, such as Naga Smiles to the World, SM City Naga, and Philippine Information Agency; mobile announcements; tarpaulins; text messages; media interviews and advisories; and even tapping the whole MNWD workforce to help spread awareness of the situation via word of mouth. They have also been visiting different barangays, especially those which were severely affected by the El Niño, bringing with them tarpaulins to be posted in strategic and conspiciuous places in each barangay for more effective information dissemination. Hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments especially those near the central business district were also personally visited by the Public Relations team.

Full-scale Information Dissemination. Hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments especially those near the central business district were personally visited by the Public Relations team.

As we celebrate this Feast of the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, let us all work in unity to conserve and store water. May we continually pray that Bicolandia be blessed with rain at the soonest time to counteract the effects of El Niño phenomenon and the subsequent water crisis to finally end.


MNWD Pumping Stations Up and Running

In its continuous commitment to provide adequate and clean water supply to the public, the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) has integrated in its system the reactivated pumping station located in Monte Cielo, Barangay Del Rosario, Naga City last Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and the newly constructed pumping station in Jardin Real, Barangay Del Rosario, Naga City last Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The Monte Cielo and Jardin Real pumping stations can both produce water at 10 liters per second (LPS). The assimilation of these new water sources will greatly help in the needs of the households in the Del Rosario and Concepcion areas where big subdivisions are located.

These two activated water sources could supply more or less 2,000 households in barangays Concepcion Grande and Del Rosario, Naga City.

Up and running. Monte Cielo Pumping Station. Activities conducted during its reactivation: Generator Set-up, Electrical Wiring Installation, Site Clearing, and Flushing.

To ensure water safety. Disinfection and flushing was done in the newly constructed Jardin Real Pumping Station in Barangay Del Rosario before it was injected into the MNWD water system.


Kurahaw nin deboto | ni Fr. Joey Gonzaga

ni Fr. Joey Gonzaga

Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro! Ini an kurahaw ko ta deboto ako! Deboto na ako, Bicolano pa ako!

Tano man ta magkurahaw ka, bongog an saimong Dios Ama?

Bakong bongog o dai nagdadangog an Dios Ama kundi makurahaw ako ta naoogma ako! Makurahaw akong nagpapasalamat ta dinadangog ako kan Dios Ama!

Makurahaw ako ta iyo na sana ini an tingog ko, an pamibi ko! Makurahaw ako ta dai man ako pinupugulan kan Kagurangnan na magkurahaw minsan may mga bagay na dai ko naiintindihan.

Makurahaw ako sa aga, ngonian asin sagkod pa man ta ako padagos naheherakan kan Kagurangnan!

Bicol Death Squad owns up to killing of Masbate cop allegedly involved in drugs

MANDAON, Masbate, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—A police officer here was shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects at around 8:10 last night at Barangay Poblacion.

PO2 Gersom Pinat
The victim was identified as PO2 Gersom Pinat Jr, who is assigned at the Municipal Police Station here.

Found at the crime scene was a piece of cardboard with the words "Pusher na pulis ako! Protector ng mga pusher, wag tularan. Bicol Death Squad." (With report from Jet Ramos)

Traslacion 2016: Schedule and Flow of Events

Source: Archdiocese of Caceres


Fishing boats allegedly owned by Balatan mayor, 2 others, apprehended

LIBON, Albay, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — Three fishing vessels (pangulong) identified as FB Ruth, FB Erna, and FB Angelou are now in the custody of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) after being apprehended at 8 p.m. last night while allegedly involved in illegal fishing activities.

Mayor Ernesto Bagasbas
(Photo via Marites Timado Falcon)
This was confirmed by Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, Information Officer Regional Office 5.

The said vessels are presently docked at Pantao Port here while the investigation is still underway.

Reports say that the apprehension was a joint effort conducted by elements of Pasacao Municipal Police Station and BFAR.

Early this morning, Punong Barangay Jopet Fernandez of Pantao confirmed the information regarding the presence of said fishing vessels.

Furthermore, Fernandez said that the fishing vessels belong to Balatan Municipal Mayor Ernesto Bagasbas, Jun Borja, and Ruth Borja, all of Balatan, Camarines Sur.

Marcelo Villafuerte of the BFAR Quick Response Team also confirmed said information.

This is part of the ongoing intensified campaign against illegal fishing launched by the BFAR and the PNP.

Ragay Gulf, where the fishing vessels were apprehended is a rich fishing ground where illegal fishing vessels reportedly continuously operate.

As of press time, the abovementioned alleged owners of the fishing vessels have not yet been reached for comment by Bicol Standard. (With report from Mark Kevin Arroco)

BREAKING: Bigtime drug raid implemented in Baao, Camarines Sur

BAAO, Camarines Sur, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—A drug raid is ongoing at present against a suspect identified as Ninfa Sinfuego.

Photo by Maria Theresa Iraola

This is a joint operation of the Baao and Nabua Municipal Police Stations.

PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Melvin Buenafe and Provincial Director Senior Supt. Walfredo Pornillos are at the location of the incident as of the moment.

The raid was done based on a search warrant issued against said suspect.

More or less 300,000 of cash was confiscated, along with suspected shabu worth about P600,000.
(With reports from Maria Theresa Iraola/PRO5)


HAPPENING NOW | Preparations for the Traslacion 2016 procession

NAGA CITY, September 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Quadricentennial Arch at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral is adorned with elaborate flower arrangements for the Solemn Pontifical Concelebrated Mass at 5:30 p.m. after the Traslacion procession today. (Report and photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


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