Saturday, September 17, 2016

Farmer beheaded in Baleno, Masbate

BALENO, Masbate September 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) —A headless body was recovered at Sitio Cambangis, Barangay Cagara, yesterday morning, the police said.

He was identified as Victor Ampuan y Cortes, a 58-year-old farmer.

The initial report said that Ampan was allegedly forcibly abducted from his residence by two men, and then beheaded.

The incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. yesterday.

A caliber .38 pistol with four live bullets were recovered at the scene of the crime.

The victim’s head has not been located.

As of this writing, the investigation is still ongoing. (With report from Jet Ramos)

Mild quake jolts Camarines Sur before Fluvial Procession

NAGA CITY, September 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--A 2.9 magnitude tremor was recorded by DOST-PHIVOLCS at 4:40 p.m. today minutes before the fluvial procession of Our Lady of Penafrancia

The location of the tectonic earthquake was at 13.83°N, 122.98°E - 007 km N 06° E of Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

No aftershocks or damage are expected from the earthquake, according to DOST-PHIVOLCS.

Peñafrancia reunion: BICOL STANDARD publisher and NBI NCR Director

BICOL STANDARD Publisher Gil Basmayor and NBI NCR Director Ric Diaz meet up for a quick chat shortly before the fluvial procession.

Basmayor and Diaz were two of the most popular voices in radio broadcast in Bicol during the 70s and 80s.


ISIPON, OSIPON | Fluvial procession sa America

Aram daw nindo na sa Miramar Lake, San Diego, California, igwa man nin fluvial procession si Ina?

An mga debotos na bako lang Bicolano kundi mga hale pa sa ibang mga lugar na nagtutubod sa milagrosang patrona kan Bicolandia an nag-aatender sa okasyon na ini.

Ngonian na 2016, 40ng taon na an debosyon sa nasambit na lugar.

ISIPON, OSIPON | Fluvial procession sa America
Retrato hale sa Penafrancia San Diego


LOOK: Bato with Caceres Archbishop Tirona

GMA7 reporter Mariz Umali tweeted these photos of Philippine National Police Chief  Bato dela Rosa with Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona on the occasion of the Feast of Peñafrancia.


Prominent Bicol transport leader gunned down in Daraga, Albay

DARAGA, Albay, September 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — A prominent transport leader in the Bicol region was shot dead earlier today near his residence at Barangay Inarado here.

Oscar "Oca" Magallon (Photo via Ricardo Calamigan Cervantes Jr.)
Oscar “Oca” Magallon, who used to be a leader of Condor Piston Bicol in the 1980s, was allegedly killed by an unidentified suspect.

The suspect, the Daraga police said, was wearing a black jacket, short pants, and a belt bag. He drove away from the scene of the crime on a Black Fury motorcycle going to the direction of Camalig town, the report added.

The initial investigation reveals two possible motives for the killing. First is an alleged land dispute among the members of his family. Another could be the release of a franchise from the LTFRB, the reports said.

Meanwhile, according to the family, his brother Tomas, who is also a member of a transport group, received threats.

As of this writing, investigators are still at the scene of the crime.

Prominent Bicol transport leader Oca Magallon gunned down in Daraga, Albay
Photo via Joel Mendez


'Bato' sa mga pulis: Tigilan n’yo na ang pagtanggap ng payola sa illegal na sugal

LEGAZPI CITY September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) “Kung sinuman ang tumatanggap ng payola sa illegal gambling mas makakabuting ngayon pa lamang itigil na ito.”

 PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa
Photo: PNP 
Ini an matagas pa sa gapo na patanid ni PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa sa mga police na nagrerecibeng suhol hale sa mga operador nin ilegal na sugal.

Ipinahayag ni Director General Dela Rosa na isusunod na niya an maisog na kampanya sa mga ilegal na sugal, saen man na parte kan Pilipinas.

“Kung anong effort and ginagawa naming laban sa droga, ganon din an gagawin sa ikakasang giyera laban sa ilegal na sugal,” sabi pa ni Bato.

Segun sa saiyang pahayag, makakaolay sa gigibohon na operasyon kan pulis kun igwang mga miembros sinda na nagpapakinabang sa mga illegal na sugal.

Sabi pa niya, magagapos an arin man na kampanya kan mga awtoridad kontra sa illegal na sugal kun igwang mga nagkikinabang kaini, dagdag pang pahayag.

Throngs of devotees to join Our Lady of Peñafrancia fluvial procession

NAGA CITY, September 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Crowds of pilgrims and tourists will flock to the banks of the Naga River this afternoon to witness the transfer of the images of Our Lady of Penafrancia and the Divino Rostro via a fluvial procession to the Basilica Minore.

Peñafrancia fluvial procession 2015
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Many will be waving white handkerchiefs, praying the rosary, and holding candles amid shouts of "Viva la Virgen!" and "Viva El Divino Rostro" in this moving display of Marian faith.

Among the activities lined up in connection with the event are a pontifical mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral at 10 a.m., a community mass at the Quadricentennial Arch at 2 p.m., and a Pontifical Mass to be led by Archbishop Socrates Villegas at the Basilica Minore Grounds at 6:30 p.m.

The fluvial procession, which is held a day before the Solemnity of Our Lady of Penafrancia, will begin at 4 p.m. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Friday, September 16, 2016

DEVOTION | Tourism Sec. Teo pays homage to Our Lady of Penafrancia

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo pays homage to the original image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia on display at the Basilica Minore in Naga City earlier today, September 16.

A faithful Marian devotee, the secretary is visited Naga City the day before the Fluvial Procession, the highlight of the 306-year-old Peñafrancia Festival. Her visit marks the first time Sec. Teo has been to the Pilgrim City of Naga. (Words and photos by Alec Francis Altea Santos)

Mayor John Bongat presents a souvenir with the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia to DOT Sec. Teo. Also in photo are (from left) Councilor Ray-An Cydrick, Cong. Gabby Bordado, and DOT Regional Director Maria Ravanilla.

Bulusan Volcano generates phreatic eruption

BULUSAN, Sorsogon, September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--Bulusan Volcano generated a phreatic eruption for 280 seconds with 1.5 km high dark gray ash column at 4:54 PM today.

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) was in effect over the volcano during the eruption.


NTC: No signal in Naga City today, tomorrow afternoon

NAGA CITY, September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – All network services have been directed to temporarily cut off all network services in Naga City between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. during the Penafrancia Celebration 2016 today, September 16, 2016.

This is according to a memorandum sent to ABS-CBN Convergence, Smart Communication, Inc., Globe Telecomm, and Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc.

According to the same memo, there shall be no signal, direct or reflected coming from any cell site (base stations) in Naga City.

The memorandum is signed by Gamaliel A. Cordoba, NTC Commissioner.

Meantime, tomorrow, September 17, there shall be no signal between 12 noon to 6 p.m.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Voyadores festival performers energize Naga City streets

Energetic street performers in their ornate and colorful costumes expressed their unwavering devotion to Ina through their entertaining dances, which are creative reenactments of the Traslacion. This event, which is known as the Voyadores Festival, is one of the highlights of the Peñafrancia Celebration.

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Here is the full list of the winners of the 2016 Penafrancia Voyadores Festival Street and Pilgrims' Dance Competition:

1st place: Contingent #8 Grandview Elementary School
2nd place: Contingent #5 Naga Central School II
3rd place: Contingent #9 Naga Central School I
4th place: Contingent #7 Naga City School of Arts and Trades
5th place: Contingent #3 Concepcion Grande Elementary School
6th place: Contingent #10 Leon Q. Mercado High School
7th place: Contingent #4 Tinago National High School
8th place: Contingent #6 Julian B. Meliton Elementary School
9th place: Contingent #2 Don Manuel Abella Elementary School
10th place: Contingent #1 Carolina National High School
BEST IN PILGRIM DANCE: Contingent #8 Grandview Elementary School

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

With additional information from Naga Smiles to the World.

Penumbral eclipse to occur tonight -- DOST-PAGASA

NAGA CITY, September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Check out the skies tonight as a penumbral eclipse of the moon will occur.

The eclipse begins when the Moon enters penumbra (lighter part of a shadow) at 12:52 AM and ends at 4:56 AM (Philippine Standard Time), according to the DOST.


It will also be observed in Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe and eastern part of South America.

A penumbra refers to a partially shaded outer region of a shadow that an object casts.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the faint penumbral portion of the Earth’s shadow.

The lunar surface is not completely shadowed by the Earth’s umbra (darkest part of a shadow).

Instead, observers can see only the slightest dimming near the lunar limb closest to the umbra. The eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the Moon enters the penumbra.

LOOK: PNP Director General Bato dela Rosa in Legazpi City, Albay

PNP Director General Bato dela Rosa is in Legazpi City, Albay for the 115th Police Service Anniversary Celebration. (Photos by Othelo Orpiada Padre/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Illegal gamblers, you're next -- PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa

LEGAZPI CITY, September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Happy days are over for illegal gambling operators in the country after PNP Chief Director General Bato dela Rosa announced that they will pour their efforts into a strong anti-illegal gambling campaign after focusing on illegal drugs.

PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa
Photo: PCOO
This he bared during his visit to Camp Simeon Ola here this morning for the 115th Police Service Anniversary Celebration.

"Pepersonalin ko kayo. Mark my words," he said.

This is his first visit to Camp Simeon Ola since his assumption to office as PNP Chief.

Among those invited to attend the activity were the governors of the region.

Meantime, Dela Rosa also lauded the PNP’s relentless efforts to curb the supply of illegal drugs in the country.

He also led the launch of Kasurog Kontra Droga, the anti-drug campaign in Bicol that involves the participation of various members of the community.

Furthermore, the PNP Chief will give awards to outstanding police offices including the Iriga City Police Station, Daraga Municipal Police Station, Camarines Norte Provincial Public Safety Company, and Albay Provincial Police Office.

He, however, issued a stern warning against erring police officers.

Drug inmate Colangco to testify in the Congressional inquiry – Sec Aquirre

MANILA September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said today that Herbert “Ampang” Colangco,”, a convicted drug dealer and robber, is expected to testify next week during the Congressional inquiry to tackle the issue on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

Colangco, who is now locked at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison, is among the 18 high-profile inmates, who, according to reports, still manage to continue his illegal drug transactions despite his incarceration.

His name is in the matrix that was released to the media by President Rodrigo Duterte of illegal drug personalities.

The other names that were mentioned in the matrix were that of Senator Leila de Lima, her former driver Ronnie Dayan, and another illegal drug convict, Peter Go.

Apart from Colangco, several other high profile inmates in the NBP are expected to testify in the said congressional hearing.

Today is a special holiday in Naga City

NAGA CITY, September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Today is a special day in Naga City, according to Proclamation No. 654, s. 2013 signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on September 25, 2013.

The proclamation declares every Friday immediately preceding the third Sunday of the month of September of every year as special day in the City of Naga, in commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

This proclamation was declared per the request of the Office of the City Mayor to have the day designated as a special day to to strengthen the cultural and religious values of Nagueños.

Meanwhile, the date of the Peñafrancia Festival was moved to the Sunday following the octave of the Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The proclamation amends Proclamation 776 (s. 1991).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NEDA OKs Php4.8-B construction of Bicol International Airport

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved the Php 4.8-billion construction of a new domestic terminal with international standards at the Bicol International Airport during its first meeting on Wednesday.

Apart from this, it also okayed the Php 10.2-billion Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA); Php 2.4-billion modernization of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC); the Php 2.2-billion Gov. Celestial Gallares Memorial Hospital; and the hike in project cost for a change in the scope of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Project from Php 7.4 billion to Php 7.8 billion.

The acquisition of new vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project, which has an estimated cost of PHP8 billion, was also approved.

"Once implemented and completed, these approved projects will help attain our medium- and long-term development goals of making the agricultural sector competitive, improving mobility by making our transport system safer and more efficient, increasing disaster resiliency, and improving health services," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.

NEDA said the Board also approved new policies including the updating of economic hurdle rate from 15 percent to 10 percent "due to improved Philippine economic conditions"; and the rise in Investment Coordination Committees (ICC) project cost floor to Php 5 billion from Php 1 billion "to declog the pipeline of projects for ICC approval and to promote greater decision flexibility and accountability of line departments in implementing their priority projects." (With report from PNA)

LOOK: DOT Regional Director samples Naga City's Kinalas

DOT Bicol Regional Director Maria "Nini" Ravanilla (rightmost) samples kinalas, a hearty noodle dish for which Naga City is growing famous.

Also in the photo are (from left to right) Alec Santos, Chief of Office of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office, and DOT Region 5 staff members Antonette Diaz, and Salee Mora.

Ravanilla is in Naga City in connection with the Bicol Tourism and Food Expo at SM City Naga and the arrival tomorrow of DOT Sec. Wanda Teo, who is visiting the city for the Penafrancia fiesta.(Photo via Alec Francis A. Santos)

Hero's welcome awaits PHL's first woman Chess Grandmaster in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY, September 15, 2016-- A hero’s welcome awaits 20-year-old Janelle Mae Frayna, the first ever woman chess Grandmaster (GM) of the Philippines, when she comes home here.

“She is a Legazpeña who brought us this big honor, which is a historic achievement for all of us as Filipinos,” said Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal.

Janelle Mae Frayna
Janelle Mae Frayna

Janelle achieved the momentous feat at the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan Sunday night, September 11.

“I'm proud to announce that WIM (Woman International Master) Janelle Mae Frayna achieved the third and last result to become the first Woman Grandmaster from the Philippines,” said a press statement issued immediately after Frayna’s triumph by GM Jayson Gonzales, Frayna’s personal trainer and coach at the Far Eastern University (FEU).

Frayna scored six points on four wins and four draws against just one loss in nine games that earned for her the GM title.

Her opponents included three men's GM, among them Georgia's Nana Dzagnidze and India's Dronavali Harika. A major rival, Nomin Erdene, has a men's International Master title while two other WIM, Sabrina Latreche of Algeria and Alejandra Guerrero Rodrigiez of Mexico had fought against Janelle.

Rosal said Janelle’s achievement is something her “kababayans” (townmates) are very proud of.

He said the lady GM will receive an incentive from the local government.

The Mayor’s Office has ordered all the department heads and employees to prepare a heroes’ welcome for her.

A motorcade will tour Janelle around the city’s main streets while the local government is preparing a program to honor her.

Albay second district Representative Jose Salceda on Tuesday morning House filed Resolution 334 congratulating Janelle.

“The plan is to give her a congressional commendation as she is the first female Grandmaster of the Philippines,” he said.

Salceda has promised to give Janelle his one-month salary from Congress while pushing for support from among his colleagues in the Lower House for additional incentives.

“We (the family) almost forgot to sleep the whole night of Sunday after Janelle told us about the good news,” said Janelle’s mother Corazon Frayna, 55, an engineer working at the City Planning and Development Office of the local government.

She said the family, who is staying at the Teachers’ Village Subd., Washington Drive, in this city, was too stunned and excited to be thinking of anything but sleep after getting the call from Azerbaijan.

The family consists of Janelle’s father George and her two older brothers Don Marifil and Kevin.

Janelle is the youngest and only daughter in the brood.

Her mother remembers that Janelle was a typical pupil in kinder and prep school until her elementary years.

“She always fell asleep inside her class, especially when she was in grade 1 until grade 3,” said Corazon.

But during grades 5 and 6 at the Divine Word High School Janelle suddenly began to excel in class and aspired to be on top of all her endeavors.

“She graduated as the second salutatorian in elementary," said Corazon.

On her first year and second year in high school at the same school, Janelle continued to top her class.

During her third and fourth year, when she left Legazpi and transferred to Far Eastern University as a scholar on account of her acumen as a chess player, Janelle did not earn academic honors because most of her time was spent practicing for chess competitions.

“While at FEU Janelle initially was able to attend classes four times a week until it became three times a week and later two times a week. It came to a point that she was only present during their examination days,” said Corazon.

She said it was very difficult for Janelle to balance the schedules of her classes and chess practices and competition.

“But eventually she managed to cope despite the difficulties,” she added.

Corazon said during the days when Janelle was absent due to her obligations with chess, her classmates would text her about the lessons that were taken up in her absence.

"On such occasions Janelle always managed to squeeze the time to study hard,” she said.

Corazon said the family is very happy because all of Janelle’s hard work has paid off.

“Aside from being the first Pinay Grandmaster, Janelle is now a candidate for cum laude in BS Psychology upon graduation,” she said.

Corazon said her daughter began to show interest in chess when she was 12 years old and in grade six.

“This was when her Kuya Don taught her how to play chess,” she said.

The Frayna family loved toying with the chessboard as a past time which helped motivate Janelle to play the board game.

Her mother, however, said at that time Janelle was not that good yet in playing chess.

Corazon recalled how she handily beat Janelle a lot of times whenever they played chess at home.

When Janelle was a freshman at the Divine Word High School, Corazon enrolled her daughter at the Magayon Chess Club, a local chess club in Legazpi City, where she received her first serious training as a chess player.

Janelle was a club member for nearly three years during which she was able to hone her mettle as she was competing with the club’s brightest players.

“Her opponents were amazed at her because she was able to defeat all of them, including the more seasoned and senior players,” said Corazon.

This was until July 2010 when she transferred to FEU. "When Janelle defeated all the good players of their local chess club she began to ask me to go to other places to play,” she said.

Mother and daughter would then frequent Metro Manila and other places during Saturdays and Sundays just to get a chance to play in the invitationals.

“We were leaving Friday afternoons and returning Sunday evenings. From the terminal (after the 11-12 hour overnight bus trips) I would go directly to my office at the Legazpi City Hall and Janelle to her class on Mondays," narrated Corazon.

Janelle started earning berths in chess at the Department of Education Regional Meet or Palarong Bicol while in elementary and in her early adolescent years.

In 2008 when she was in grade six, Janelle competed at the Palarong Pambansa. “She emerged in fifth place in the overall under 14 years old category,” said her mother.

In March 2010, Janelle entered the “Davao Competition for National Age Group” and clinched the second spot.

Two months later, in May 2010, she joined the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Age Group Competition in Subic, Zambales, which Janelle topped.

Her win in this tilt earned her the opportunity to represent the country at the ASEAN Chess Olympic in Beijing, China in June of the same year. Janelle got the fourth spot. Janelle’s performances in the national and international competitions so impressed GM Jason Gonzales, a native of Libon town in Albay, who was also head coach of FEU in chess.

He offered Janelle to play with the university’s chess group.

The offer came with a free tuition fee but Corazon refused as she was afraid for her daughter’s safety in Metro Manila.

Corazon told the FEU coach she also had no means to support Janelle’s board and lodging and other personal needs.

Gonzales, however, saw a big potential in Janelle and insisted on providing, aside from the free tuition fee, the board and lodging expenses.

Corazon said Gonzales told her that it was the “first time the school had offered such a package to a player.”

Janelle transferred to FEU as a junior high school student and went to play with the university team.

During tournaments at the university, Janelle consistently shone.

“GM Gonzales even said Janelle was able to beat the female star player of their university and almost defeated the top male player of the school,” reminisced Corazon.

She said during Janelle’s early years in high school and in her college days they could not afford the three chess books costing P1,000 each that would help Janelle learn more about the board game.

Corazon said “someone” (whom she named as Efren Bagamasmad) lent Janelle the three chess books.

"And now, Janelle was able to fulfill her ultimate dream, that of becoming the first female Filipina Grandmaster," she said. (PNA)

About 90 to 95 percent of drug surrenderers will avail of community-based rehab program --DOH

MANILA. September 15, 2016 -- The Department of Health (DOH) estimates that only one to two percent of drug surrenderers to the authorities would need to undergo an extensive drug treatment and rehabilitation program.

DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial made the estimate during a recent press briefing as she cited the current number of drug surrenderers to authorities totaling 712,730.

“About 90 to 95 percent of the surrenderers actually fall in the community-based rehabilitation (category) and about two to three percent of them are outpatient. About one to two percent are in the residential rehabilitation program,” Secretary Ubial said.

She added that those who will be fitted to the residential rehabilitation program are those categorized as belonging to the “complicated or advanced” form of drug dependence.

These people are also classified as "heavy compulsive drug users."

The Health Chief said that those falling in the community-based rehabilitation are those that can already be assisted by barangay officials and social workers because they are just “experimental users.”

Experimental users are those who get addicted but not very much considered addicted as they have taken the substances because of curiosity, peer pressure, problems and other influencing factors.

They are also among those who are not frequent users of illegal drugs or substance abuse.

Under the community-based rehabilitation program, the drug users will be jointly managed by the local government unit (LGU) health professionals, community volunteers and church-based organizations together with social workers and other partners.

These people will work together with the families of the drug users in terms of ensuring that they will not go back to the said "old bad habit" that can ruin not only their lives but of others because of the negative effects of drugs that can result to crimes.

The Health Secretary said the outpatient components are those who can be referred to primary healthcare professionals but need not be placed in rehabilitation facilities.

She explained that since the number of surrenderers has been going up since the start of the Duterte administration's fight against drugs took place, the creation of community-based rehabilitation program has been looked upon and complemented with hastening of the training of health professionals that can handle and manage them.

“In August alone, we have trained about 1,300 health professionals in the country to do the brief counselling and assessment,” Dr. Ubial said.

She added that the DOH has already started giving four-day training courses to doctors and nurses to enable them to provide brief counselling and assessment of drug users in the barangays.

The brief course aims to give the said health professionals the capability to classify who among the surrenderers are fitted to a particular type of rehabilitation program by assessing and profiling them also based on the scope or level of their addiction.

Community-based rehab is also appropriate to do since the country has only 13 treatment and rehabilitation centers, which are already filled with patients and will not be enough to accommodate all.

The biggest of the said treatment center can be found in Bicutan, Taguig City. It is called the DOH-Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.

In line with the need to accommodate other drug surrenderers, the construction of a treatment and rehab center in Nueva Ecija, dubbed as "Mega Treatment and Rehabilitation Center," is currently being hastened and is targetted to open by November of this year.

The Health Chief said that in view of the big number of drug surrenderers, the expansion of the capacity of the Nueva Ecija mega treatment and rehab center from 2,500 to 10,000 patients is also being done right now.

She added that as a preparation, they will hold a job fair on Sept. 22 at the Robinsons' Mall in San Fernando City, Pampanga to recruit personnel needed for the rehabilitation of drug dependents.

“The job fair is to open the positions for personnel who will help us in staffing the new mega treatment and drug rehab center,” Dr. Ubial said.

She clarified, however, that the positions that will be open will be for contractual or job order only as the budget proposal for 2017 is still pending in the Congress. (PNA)

Poll duties no longer compulsory for public school teachers – Chairman Bautista

MANILA September 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Commission on Elections has announced today that poll duties for public school teachers will no longer be compulsory in the succeeding electoral exercises.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that the commission will start implementing Republic Act 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act during the next polls.

The poll body is now ready to enforce the implementing rules and regulations of the said reform law, Bautista added.

1,000 public officials in Duterte’s new drug list

MANILA September 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has a new list of government officials who are linked to illegal drugs.

In his speech before the members of the First Scout Rangers Regiment in Camp Tecson, he confirmed that there are about 1,000 public officials in his list, composed of punong barangays, mayors, governors, police officers and judges.

He further stated that he had already asked the intelligence community, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency (NICA) to fine tune and revalidate the said list.

He also promised to make the names public in the days ahead.

PHOTOS | Voyadores Festival 2016

Students donned colorful costumes and sported vibrant props for the Voyadores Festival earliert today here in Naga City.

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones
Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
Photo by Sheenalyn Santos Briones

Voyadores Festival - Penafrancia fiesta 2016
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