Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

PHIVOLCS warns of Bulusan Volcano's increased seismic activity

SORSOGON CITY, November 19, 2016 (Bicol Standard)-- The seismic activity of Bulusan Volcano is increasing, PHIVOLCS announced in its bulletin this morning.


"The increased seismic activity may be precursory to minor steam-driven or phreatic eruptions that may occur at the currently active west-northwest, northwest, southeast, southwest or summit vents, based on past behavior of the volcano," PHIVOLCS said in its bulletin earlier today.

It also recorded 89 volcanic earthquakes from 5:00 AM to 7:30 PM yesterday and weak emission of white steam plumes.

Alert Level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano.
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LOOK: AdNU studes, faculty protest Marcos burial

Students and teachers of the Ateneo de Naga University staged a rally yesterday protesting the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Photos via @thepillarspub) 






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Friday, November 18, 2016

EDITORIAL | Train to Bicol

A well-publicized test run of the Bicol Express train is set on November 18, in line with the assurance of the Duterte administration to provide another mode of transportation for commuters from Manila to Bicol.

BICOL STANDARD file photo by Oscar Esmenda
Prior to Duterte, all other presidentiables in recent memory promised to fix and modernize the Manila-Bicol railway. This time, however, the pledge is coupled by a large budget allocation for rehabilitation that may bankroll a credible improvement.

If the test run proves successful, train operations would be resumed on November 24, Transportation Assistant Secretary Cesar Chavez earlier announced.

We Bicolanos are grateful for what appears to be finally a serious initiative to rehabilitate and revive the Bicol Express. This after numerous letdowns that the service would be reopened, first in September 2014, then in October and November of the same year, due to damages brought about by Typhoon Glenda.

Still, we can’t help but have some apprehension that there will be delay or derailment, or that the machine will conk out somewhere along the way during the test run, or even during the resumption of the service. But our apprehension is not unwarranted; our long history of experiences attests to these very real possibilities.

At the very least, let us hope the Duterte administration is sincere, and that the revival of the train is not an empty promise based on nothing but lip service.

Let us keep our fingers crossed that the once-popular Bicol Express will run again.
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PNP, Army in Bicol, undergo course to cope with bomb threats

LEGAZPI CITY--Some 57 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army and other law enforcement agencies from Bicol and the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regions are undergoing post blast investigation course at the Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO5) headquarters here to help them handle bomb threats and bombing incidents.


Senior Inspector Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said the course, that runs from November 14 to 25 at Camp Simeon Ola, headquarters of PRO5 in this city, is intended to enhance the capability of the military and law enforcement agencies in intelligence gathering and handling of bomb scares and incidences of explosions.

She said the participants are members of intelligence operatives, Special Warfare and Armed Tactics or SWAT, explosives ordnance division (EOD) of the Bicol and Calabarzon police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Directorate for Intelligence, Regional Special Training Unit-5, National Bureau of Investigation-5 and EOD Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division of the Army.

Calubaquib said police and military officers who have the expertise on intelligence gathering and bombs are handling the course.

She said the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other law enforcement agencies want to address the recent bomb scare in Luzon, especially in Bicol and Calabarzon regions.

Two weeks ago, some government agencies in Albay such as the Department of Interior and Local Government regional office, malls and schools received a bomb threat through text messages.

Investigation, however, showed it was a prank.

"Because of the bombing incident in Mindanao and the recent bomb threats in Luzon from a suspected terrorist group and lawless elements, we cannot disregard the possibility of terrorist attacks,” Calubaquib added. (by Jorge Hallare, PNA)
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BULA: Indian national, biktima nin holdup

BULA, Camarines Sur, Nov. 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Sarong Indian National na nabisto sa pangaran na Surjit Kaur Singh, 36 anyos, tasa Zone 6, San Agustin, Iriga City an nabiktima kasoodma nin tulong dae nabistong holdupper digdi.


Base sa nakaabot na sumbong sa pulis, si Singh inabangan kan mga holduppers sa guilid kan tinampo, tinutokan nin badil, asin inagawan kan saiyang cobranza sa negosyong 5-6.

Hale pa sana an victima sa Zone 1, (Guilid-Guilid), Brgy. Palsong, kan abatan siya kan mga armadong lalaki.

Fuersahan na kinua ki Singh an kantidad P4,5000 na cash, cellphone na kantidad P900 asin an saiyang piglulunadan na red/black na motorsiklo, na Honda ACC 110, na for registration pa sana.

Pagkatapos sanang makua an motorsiklo sa victima, marikas na nagdulag an holduppers pasiring sa Riverside kan Brgy. Palsong.

Nagluluwas na an Indian national balik-balik sa lugar na ini para mag-singil kan saiyang pautang.

Segun sa report, si Singh nag-eestar sa San Miguel, Iriga City.
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SIPOCOT: Brgy. kgd. tinadtad nin taga asin bala, gadan

SIPOCOT, CSur November 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Nakuang malipot nang bangkay an hawak ni Primo Belleza y Navida, na sarong kagawad sa Brgy. Carayrayan digdi kasoodmang alas 7:00 nin aga.



An nasambit na opisyal kan barangay tinadtad nin tama nin bala asin mga taga sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

Segun sa enot na nagluwas na informasyon kan pulis, nawawara an shoulder bag kan victima na may laog nin sarong handheld radio; cellular phone asin cash na kantidad P20,000.00.

Bago pa sanang magpesar kan saiyang copras na pwedeng naging rason kun tano posibleng pig-interesan an saiyang cuarta, segun sa mga imbestigador.

Mientrastanto, nakua kan mga awtoridad sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente an 1 pidasong capsula para sa 12 gauge na shotgun.

Hasta sa panahon na sinusurat an baretang ini pigtitipon pa kan mga imbestigador an ibang detalyes kan krimen.

Mayo pang nagluluwas na pangaran kan suspechado o mga suspechado.

Si Belleza iyo an ikaduwang barangay kagawad na ginadan sa laog sana nin sarong bulan digdi.

An bangkay kan victima yaon ngonian sa Sta. Rita Funeral Homes, sa San Juan Ave., North Centro, para sa Post Mortem External Examination kan Rural Health Unit.
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PILI: Parahabas nin motorsiklo, nag-atake naman

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov. 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – An harabonan nin motorsiklo an liwat naging uso ngonian sa man laen-laen na banwaan kan Camarines Sur.


An pinakabagong incidente ipigsumbong ni Rychell Tanaotanao-Tolentino sa hepatura kan pulis, huli kan pagkawara kan pulang KYMCO motorcycle na sadire kan saiyang agom.

Si Tolentino residente kan Zone 2, Brgy. San Agustin digdi.

Basado sa saiyang sumbong sa pulis, nawara an saindang vehiculo sa pag-oltanan kan oras na ala 1:00 hasta alas 3:00 nin mag-omagahon kasuodma.

An saindang motorsiklo nakagarahe sa likod sana kan saindang tindahan, sa nasambit na barangay.

Nangapodan an kagsadire kan motorsiklo sa gabos na may sadire nin arog kaining vehiculo na maging maingat sa pagsaray o pag-garahe kan siring na rogaring, nin huli ta ini an nagluluwas na bagong modus operandi kan mga parahabon.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pusher sa Nabua na taga Bula, nadakop kasubago

NABUA, Camarines Sur November 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Nahulog sa kamot kan pinagsarong fuerza kan pulis an persona ni Marvin Relato y Presado, 29 anyos, soltero, taga Brgy. Palsong, Bula, Camarines Sur sa ginibong buy-bust operation sa Z-1, Brgy. Aro-Aldao, digdi.



An operasyon ginibo kasubagong alas 3:10 nin hapon, sa turuwang na esfuerzos kan Camarines Sur PPO, PPSC , PIB asin an lokal na pulis digdi.

Nakua sa poder ni Relato an duwang sachet nin kemikal na pigtutubudan na shabu asin iba pang mga drug paraphernalia.

Segun sa report, an nadakop na suspechado haloy nang nagpapabakal nin ilegal na droga sa banwaan na ini.

An suspechado nasa hepatura kan pulis mantang pighahanda an isasangat na kaso kontra saiya.
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Salceda: Space agency for PH now a must

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has filed a bill in Congress that seeks to establish the country’s space development and utilization policy and create the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) as the primary state agency that will spearhead the program of space access, science and technology applications.


The measure, House Bill No. 4367, also referred to as the “Philippine Space Act of 2016,” serves as a response to the country’s growing need for a secure and independent access to space through the establishment of its own space policy and space agency. As conceived, PhilSA will be the central state agency that will address all national issues and concerns related to space science and technology applications, and safeguard the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests.

Salceda said PhilSA shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing and administrative body of the executive branch of government that will plan, develop, and promote a national space program in line with the Philippine Space Policy.

He noted that space technology has become ubiquitous so that many vital and modern activities would not operate without space systems, such as satellites, to provide capabilities in communications, navigation, environmental monitoring and disaster assessment, and defense and security, “This makes space infrastructure and capabilities as indispensable assets and an essential requirements for any modern country,” he added.

As a developing country and an emerging economic powerhouse in the Asia-Pacific region, Salceda said it is crucial for the Philippines to embark on an efficient utilization of space science and technology applications to address various national development and security issues and keep up with the rest of the world that is gradually becoming more space capable.

He said the “creation of a national space policy to serve as the Philippines’ primary strategic roadmap for space development will embody the goal of the country to become a space-capable and space-faring nation”.

The establishment of PhilSA to address space-related issues, advance space science and technology research, coordinate all national space activities, and provide a framework for harmonious cooperation will ensure the country’s space development goals are realized. With a strong national space policy and agency, the Philippines can become a significant member and contributor to the global space community in the future, he added.

As defined, HB 4367 aims to safeguard Philippine sovereignty, territorial integrity, interest, and the right to self determination as mandated under Article II, section 7 of the 1987 Constitution; support and commit to the development of science and technology and its application for national security and for the benefits of Filipinos; ensure access to space and its environs as a sovereign right; and stipulate the need to create a national strategy for space development.

The bill also seeks to: recognize the urgent need to create a coherent and unified program and strategy for space development and utilization to keep up with other nations in terms of space science and technology; ensure the country’s official representation in the international space community for establishing cooperation agreements and linkages on space development; and ensure that the Philippines abides by the various international space treaties and principles promulgated by the United Nations and is an active participant in the international space community. (By Johnny C. Nunez, PNA)
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TESDA offers 30,000 scholarships to Bicolanos

NAGA CITY, November 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – At least 32,396 scholarships are open for out-of-school youth and workers in the Bicol region, Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) announced.



Interested individuals may avail of the skills training scholarships by going to the provincial or regional offices or visiting TESDA’s website at www.tesda.gov.ph.

TESDA has also partnered with the Liga ng mga Barangay to inform the youth and workers of the scholarships.

TESDA Director General Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said that the scholarship program on skills training aims to help the youth get jobs easily.

Mamonding also said that providing scholarships would also make quality education accessible to the youth especially those who cannot afford to go to college.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

PAMPLONA: Construction worker dies in landslide

PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur, November 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--A laborer died after being buried while putting a culvert at Bicolandia Hills Subdivision, Zone 3, Barangay Del Rosario, this town.


The victim was identified as Rodelio Mandasoc y Magadiong, 47 years old, married, a resident of Zone 9 Brgy. Bagong Bayan Poblacion.

According to the investigators, the soil eroded as Mandasoc was putting said culvert.

The victim was rushed to NICC Hospital in Naga City but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.
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Nakasakay sa motorsiklo binadil sa Ligao City, saro an gadan

LIGAO CITY November 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--Dai nabisto an lalaki na nagbadil kasubagong alas 11:00 nin aga ki Grover Stephen Orogo y Lyco, 31, soltero, taga Brgy. 3 Pioduran, Albay.



Sabi sa report, mantang nagdadalagan sa tinampo an motorsiklo na pigmamaneho ni Erwin Paloyo y Odena, 37, may agom, taga P-1, Brgy. Banawan, Pioduran, basta na sana sindang pinaputokan kan dai nabistong suspechado.

Alagad, an lagartong tinamaan kan bala iyo an nakasuno sa motorsiklo na si Orogo, na binawian tulos nin buhay.

Mientrastanto, an driver kan motorsiklo na si Paloyo, nagsapo nin mga rungas asin bakros sa saiyang tuhod asin hita ta nagsukamang an saiyang vehiculo pasiring sa cale sa guilid kan tinampo.

Idinalagan si Paloyo sa JBDMDH para ipabulong. Alagad, ipiglipat na siya sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) asin duman pigbubulong.

An incidente nangyari sa Brgy. Tinampo digdi.

Hasta ngonian, nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon.

Mayo pang malinaw na informasyon kun ano an motibo sa nasambit na krimen.
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Sorsogon mayor, municipal engineer sacked by Ombudsman

BULAN, Sorsogon, November 14, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through Regional Director Elouisa Pastor, has implemented earlier this week the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman finding respondents Mayor Helen C. De Castro and Engr. Toby C. Gonzales, Jr. guilty of Grave Misconduct.

Bulan, Sorsogon Mayor Helen De Castro
Photo via Padabaon ta an Sorsogon
The Order reads: “They are hereby meted the penalty of dismissal from the service with cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualifications from holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination pursuant to Section 10, Rule III, Administrative Order No. 07, as amended by Administrative Order No. 17, in relation to Section 25 of Republic Act No. 6770.

In the event however, that the penalty of Dismissal can no longer be enforced due to respondents' separation from the service, the penalty shall be converted into a Fine in an amount equivalent to respondents' respective salary for one (1) year, payable to the Office of the Ombudsman, and may be deductible from the respondents' retirement benefits, accrued leave credits or any receivable from their office.”

The complaint, which was filed by Romeo Valeriano, averred that “the construction of the Bulan Integrated Bus Terminal, and slaughterhouse, with project costs of P32,984,700.00 and P4, 991,900.00, respectively was tainted with various defects and irregularities.”

“Respondent Mayor De Castro issued a Certificate of Acceptance and Turn-over dated December 4, 2007, stating that the construction of the Bulan Integrated Bus Terminal was 100% complete when it was only 99.42% complete as of August 19, 2008. In other words, it had unaccomplished deficiency which is equivalent to P191,536.13 overpayment.”

“The construction of the bus terminal was excessive by 6,968,937.18 above the COA estimated cost of Php26,015,762.82,” the decision reads.

The Office of the Ombudsman said it found substantial evidence to hold De Castro and Gonzales, Jr. liable for Grave Misconduct.

Meanwhile, the complaint for Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, Grave Abuse of Authority, Serious Dishonesty, and Grave Misconduct against respondents Dennis H. Dino, Rodosendo A. Razo, Jr., Sonia G. Revilla, Liza L. Hollon, Carmencita S. Morata, Orencio Luzuriaga was dismissed for lack of merit.
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LIGAO CITY: Motorsiklo nakisuagan sa bus; driver, gadan

LIGAO CITY November 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Kinakan kan motorsiklo na pigmamaneho ni Santiago Dancalan y Murillo an linya kan kasabatan na bus na minamaneho ni Lito Quinalayo y Rodriguez, kaya nagresulta sa tulos na kagadanan kan driver kan nasambit na vehiculo.



Nangyari an aksidente kasubagong alas 7:30 nin aga, sa national highway, sa Purok 1, Brgy. Batang, digdi.

Segun sa report, magkasabatan an dalagan kan duwang vehiculo; an bus pasiring sa Brgy. Tuburan mientras na an motorsiklo pasiring sa Brgy. Herrera digdi.

Ipigladawan sa report kan mga imbestigador na nakabig ni Dancalan an manibela kan motorsiklo palaog sa linya kan bus, asin dae na kinaya kan driver kan dakulang awto na malikayan an nasambit na aksidente.

Idinalagan pa kuta sa hospital si Dancalan sa JBDMDH Tiburan, alagad, pag abot pa sana, ipigdeclarar na kan doctor na gadan na an driver.
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Rep. Escudero lobbies for NCAE institutionalization

MANILA, November 16, 2016--Congressman Evelina "Nanay Evie" Escudero has filed a proposal to institutionalize the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) among high school students.

Rep. Evelina Escudero
Escudero, chair of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, submitted the House Bill 2867 or the National Career Assessment Examination Act aimed at harmonizing and matching the supply of the tertiary institution with the demand of the country’s employment market.

NCAE is created in recognition of the vital role of assessment that plays in education. Under the Department of Education (DepEd) Orders No. 05 s. 2005, its primary purpose is to monitor the education system and schools for public accountability, measure students’ achievement and evaluate their mastery skills.

At the present, the NCAE is being conducted yearly through the DepEd Orders No. 05 s. 2005 and DepEd Memo No. 368 s. 2006. Hence, for whatever circumstance the agency cannot conduct the examination, they may order so. Enacting the NCAE Act into law will mandate the DepEd to ensure that the NCAE will be held every year.

The bill, which already passed the second reading, also seeks to address the problem of underemployment. Due to a low percentage of graduates who successfully found jobs suited for their respective courses, there is a shortage of employees in blue-collar jobs while an oversupply in white-collar jobs.

The strengthened NCAE shall act as an instrument to maintain a viable balance among the number of white-collared employees, laborers, and entrepreneurs through a provision of career direction to secondary graduates.

In addition to maintaining the highest quality of education in the Philippines, the bill likewise aims to minimize the wastage in education arising from drop-outs, non-completion, poor performance of students and the decreasing the number of passers in professional licensure examinations.

“NCAE shall institutionalize a career direction program for secondary graduates which would assess the potential of the student to enter a four-year degree program or to take a technical/vocational course to embark to entrepreneurship,” Escudero said.

“More importantly, it shall answer the pressing and apparent need to prepare high school graduates for national development and global competitiveness,” she added.
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5 minors held for burning schoolbuilding in Cam Sur

SIRUMA, Camarines Sur November 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Five minors who are all residents of Barangay Tandoc are now in custody of the Municipal Social Welfare Office (MSWO) here, after allegedly starting a fire that razed a public school library and partially destroyed two other classrooms.


In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, FO3 Ricky Rebuya, the Fire Prevention Officer of the town, said that the 5 suspects, who are all minors were turned over to the MSWD.

Rebuya confirmed that the unnamed suspects admitted that they were responsible for torching the said public buildings, upon learning that one of them was not allowed to graduate high school due to a failing grade.

He also added that the original intention of the five members of the group was to enter the Principal’s Office, where the student’s diplomas are being kept.

“We tried to enter the principal’s office, but it was locked. Hence, we proceeded to destroy other parts of the building," said one of the members of the group.

"It was our initial intention to open the office of Mrs. Teresita Lopez, the school principal," he added.

They set on fire the room which was being used as the school library.

Meanwhile, the MSWD personnel said that they will refer the matter to the DSWD regional office, since they do not have facilities where the said minors would be accommodated, pending investigation of this incident.

As this developed, SFO1 Francia Saavedra said that based on their investigation the total damage caused by the fire was more or less P500,000.00.

The incident was reported at around 1:00 a.m. Monday.

In a separate report, it was learned from the police investigators that Tandoc has the highest number of drug addiction cases, based on intel reports.

The suspects in the said case also admitted that they were under the influence of liquor when the incident occurred.
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Water! Water! – more precious than a pot of gold

Water is the essential ingredient for life on this planet. We use water in all aspects of life. Water is life. Without water, we all die. We qualify it some more, clean water is essential to life. Without clean water, we might as well die. But we do take having adequate clean water for granted. It’s time for some fact checking.

In-house Meter Calibration. Water Meter Calibration is done in the MNWD office, where batches of water meters are calibrated to ensure its efficiency by personnel from the PLC & NRWMD.

Like most resources, clean water is increasingly becoming a scarce one. To date, 2 billion people lack access to clean water and 1 billion people do not have enough to even meet their daily needs according to the World Bank and World Health Organization.

Did you know that access to adequate clean water has positive impact on the following?

Education


When students are freed from gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years. An estimated 122 million youth globally are illiterate, of which young women represent 60.7%.

Hunger


Access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Schools can feed students with gardens, reducing costs.

Health


Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty.

Poverty


Access to water can break the cycle of poverty. The communities given clean water are ready to grow.

This is all according to The Water Project Inc.

Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles.

What MNWD does about this


Your local water district, the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD), takes rigorous measures to address this dwindling precious resource through its Non-Revenue Water Reduction Program.

What is Non-Revenue Water then? Non-revenue water is the difference between the volume of water put into a water distribution system and the volume that is billed to customers. NRW comprises three components: Physical (or real) losses, Commercial (or apparent) losses, and Unbilled Authorized Consumption.

• Physical losses comprise of leakages from all parts of the system.

• Commercial losses are caused by customer meter under registration, data-handling errors, and theft of water in various forms.

• Unbilled authorized consumption include water used by the utility for operational purposes, water used for firefighting, and water provided for free to certain consumer groups.

Working tirelessly despite the cold. MNWD plumbers excavate the area to repair the massive pipe leakage.
The Pipeline, Leakage Control and Non-Revenue Water Management Division (PLC & NRWMD) of MNWDspearheaded the program with the support of the District’s other divisions – the Commercial Services Division among others. Among the activities being managed are the leakage repair from the transmission, distribution, mainline, and lateral lines down to customer’s service connection; water meter testing to ensure the efficiency of water meters through the Utility Service Analyzer – a digital water meter testing Instrument; replacement of defective meters, meter cleaning and proper positioning for accurate meter readings; replacement of ageing water meters; regular meter reading of commercial establishments’ consumption; regular transmission line inspection and maintenance; and exploration of illegal connections.

To add, leak detections are being conducted by our leak detection personnel in the stillness of the night and during siestas wherein there is a minimal use of water making it easier for the plumbers to hear and detect leaks through the help of new equipment. The group also conduct massive street by street leak detections underneath drainages.


Once leakages are detected, our plumbers excavate the area, expose the leak and repair it. For service connection leaks, our plumbers seek the possible owner of the service line, for information.

How can a reduced NRW help us?


Among the benefits we will gain once the NRW is reduced to acceptable limit are:

• Treated water would be available to service customers;

• More people could gain access to clean water supply;

• Fairness would be promoted among users by acting against illegal connections;

• Consumers would have an improved service delivered by more efficient and more sustainable utilities;

• And more economic growth with new business opportunities.

How can you help?


As the saying goes “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller. Our beloved customers, men and women alike, as our partners in development have big roles to fulfill in this endeavor. Your help and cooperation is greatly needed in reducing NRW by saving water; reporting leakages and malfunctioning water meters; and reporting illegal connections.

Please report leaks, malfunctioning water meters, and illegal connections.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sobrena, pinahelingan kan ikinabuhay kan saiyang tiyo-on, nagreklamo

TABACO CITY November 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Pinaluwas na sa birole kan saiyang pantalon an ikinabuhay kan saiyang tiyo-on kan siya magprobar na abusohon an saiyang sobrena.



Ini an report hale sa Brgy. San Vicente, digdi, mapadapit incidente nin pag probar na pag abusokan sa saiyang sobrena.

An pig target na maging victima iyo an 21 anyos na daraga na itinago sa pangaran na Virginia.

Sabi sa report kan Zagitsit news duman sa Legazpi City, poco mas o menos alas 10:00 kasubangui, pig probaran na gibohan nin maraot si Virginia kan saiyang kadugo man sana.

Base sa declarasyon kan nagrereklamo, namate suboot ni niya na luway-luway na pig gugudyod si saiyang tamong, kaya siya nagbungkaras.

Malinaw na nabisto niya na an nagprobar na mag-ratak kan saiyang pagka-babae, iyo man sana an saiyang sadireng tawo, na tiyo-on, sa relasyon sa dugo.

Suboot an dae masabotan kan nagrereklamo ta apisar kan naheling na niya an pandok kan suspechado asin nabisto an pagkatawo, pirit pa lugod kaining pinaluwas an saiyang ikinabuhay sa atubangan kan malinaw pang mga mata kan saiyang sobrena.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, pig oorolayan kan mga partidaryos kan victima an pag sangat nin reklamo contra sa saiyang ama-on.

Pighahalat na sana kan victima an saiyang sinumpaan na deklarasyon para sa pag plantiar kan magkakanigong reklamo.
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#1 sa drug watchlist sa Capalonga, nabadil kan pulis

CAPALONGA, CNorte November 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Mayo nang buhay si Nonelon Hernandez y Parale, an pig coconsiderar na No 1 sa Priority Drug Watchlist sa banwaan na ini kan siya mabadil kan pulis sa buy bust operation kasubagong alas 9:25 nin aga.



Segun sa pulis, an pinag sararong fuerza kan pulis sa Camarines Norte an naglansar nin buy bust operation sa P-1, Brgy. Calabaca, tanganing madakop na an pinaka pusikit na para tinda nin shabu, digdi.

Alagad, pakatapos sanang magka-oyon si Hernandez asin an nagsagin-sagin na parabakal nin shabu, suboot naka malesya an suspechado, kaya nagprobar na magbunot ini kan saiyang badil.

An sabi kan pulis, dae na ninda hinalat pang ma-enotan na badilon ni Hernandez, kaya pinutokan na tulos siya  kan darang service pistol ni PO2 Rommel L. Orante, na nagserveng back-up security sa nasambit na operasyon.

Idinalagan pa kuta sa hospital si Hernandez, alagad ipig declarar na gadan na kan nag attender na doctor.

An suspechadong drug pusher tinamaan nin bala sa saiyang daghan, sabi kan doctor sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital (CNPH) Annex, sa Brgy. Catioan, sa banwaan na ini.

Nakakua an mga imbestigador nin sari-saring evidencia sa krimen, arog kan calibre .38 na armas ni Hernandez, 4 na bala, sarong sachet na may laog nin shabu, 3ng pidasong P100.00, na ginamit na marked money para sa buy bust operation, mga pina-alang na dahon nin marijuana, 2ng pinaputok nang capsula nin 9mm asin iba pang mga evidencia sa pag gamit nin illegal na bulong.
  
An bangkay kan suspechadong para tinda nin shabu an dinara sa St. Martha Funeral Homes, sa Brgy Poblacion, digdi.
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Motorsiklong sadire ni ex-kapitan, hinabon sa saindang harong sa Minalabac

MINALABAC, CSur November 15 (Bicol Standard) – “Digdi mismo sa samong harong hinabon si samong motorsiklo.”



Ini an pahayag ni Rebecca A. Decibar, agom ni dating Brgy. Kapitan Boyet Decibar, na nagreport kan bagay na ini.

“Kun sisay man po an mapabakalan kan pulang motorsiklo mi, pakireport man po sa pulis,” sabi ni Mrs. Decibar.

Segun sa pahayag kan kagsadire, dae ninda nagmalesya kun anong oras hinabon an vehiculo, mantang malipot asin tuninong an bangui.

Nagpaabot na nin report si Decibar kan bagay na ini sa saindang barangay asin ipapaisi man sa pulis, ngonian na aga.

Mientrastanto, nagluluwas sa report sa blotter kan pulis na nagdadakul an numero kan mga nawawarang vehiculo ngonian.

An nawarang motorsiklo may brand na Honda asin an plate No. 7295.
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Fire guts Masbate PNP Office

MASBATE CITY, November 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--A series of huge explosions followed by the roaring of flames were heard at portions of the Masbate Provincial Police at 1:30 a.m. earlier today.


Gutted in the fire was the building occupied by the Police Community Relations Branch, Intel Branch, Supply Branch, Women and Children Police Desk Office, PIAS Office, NAPOLCOM Office, and the Masbate Crime Laboratory Office.

Due to the fire, some fragments of the firearms and ammunition housed inside the stock room blew up and were hurled into nearby residences.

As of this writing, the cost of the damages is still undetermined.

Fire out was declared at 5 a.m.

Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib of the Police Regional Office 5 said they are still waiting for the official follow-up report. (With report from Jet Ramos/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Bicol writers meet for Taboan 2016

NABUA, Camarines Sur -- Bicol writers will meet here Tuesday (November 15) for the Taboan 2016, an annual literary gathering program of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), which will be hosted by Camarines Sur Polytechnic College (CSPC) led by its President, Dr. Dulce F. Atian and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Teresita B. Salazar.

The Bicol Taboan will feature a conversation with writers in the Rinconada language that include Estelito Jacob, Ben Escoto, and Elbert Baeta; and a book launch of five children’s stories written by Carlo Arejola at the CSPC Campus here. The conversation will be moderated by poet and book designer, Victor Nierva.

Jacob, a teacher at the Camarines Sur National High School, is a prize-winning poet and has recently won the Writer’s Prize for the novel in the Rinconada language. Escoto, a Sorsoganon who has relocated in Iriga City, is a published poet in both Sorsoganon and Irigueno language; while Baeta, who is on leave from his teaching job at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, is a poet and is taking his graduate studies at the University of Santo Tomas. He is also the Project Coordinator of the Bicol Taboan which will also include a research and documentation project of two Bicol oral practices, bansagan and rapsak songs.

A Visayan word meaning “market place,” the Taboan used to be a national event, but this year, the National Committee on Literary Arts of the NCCA decided to hold it on an island-cluster basis, with three such activities set in Luzon which include Bicol, one in the Visayas and one in Mindanao, according to Frank Penones Jr., the Southern Luzon Coordinator of the NCLA.
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Samurai, labaha, gunting hinabas sa Tabaco City

TABACO CITY, Noviembre 14, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Pighahanap pa ngonian an suspechado sa paghabas kan mga gamit na pigtitinda sa Atondo Cutlery & Handicrafts kan nakaaging Biyernes na amay na pagkaaga.


Segun sa oficial na report hale sa mga autoridad, nadiscubre na sana ni Virgilio Atondo na nawawara an mga minasunod na mga gamit: anom na scout knife, walong Rambo knife, siyam na Bartolome bolo, anom na labaha, doseng gunting, anom na bag, asin apat na Samurai.

Si Virgilio Atondo aki ni Salve Atondo na iyo an maysadire kan tindahan.

An mga nasambit na gamit may karkuladong kantidad na P24,550, sabi kan pulis.

Dinugang pa sa report na an suspechado posibleng nagsakat sa cyclone wire cover kan tindahan para makua an mga kagamitan.

Nagcoconducir pa ngonian nin follow-up investigation an Tabaco City Police Station para mabisto asin madakop an suspechado.
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Books by Bicolano authors make it to 35th National Book Awards list of finalists

NAGA CITY, November 14, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – At least four books by Bicolano writers are included in the list of finalists for the 35th National Book Awards.


These include Locust Girl: A Lovesong, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing, Inc. (for Best Novel in English); Gualberto Cea Manlagñit: Mga Piling Obra, ni Maria Celestina Manlagñit-Tam, Kristian Cordero, Tito Genova Valiente (mga editor), Ateneo de Naga University Press (For Best Anthology in a Philippine Language); Lyrical Objects, by Marne Kilates, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (for Best Book of Poetry in English); and Heartland, translated by Marne L. Kilates, Ateneo de Naga University Press (for Best Translated Book).

The finalists were announced by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle yesterday.

The awarding is slated on November 26, 2016.
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Nabua drug problem persists: 1 more killed

NABUA, Camarines Sur, November 14, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Multiple gunshot wounds caused the instantaneous death of a drug personality who earlier voluntarily surrendered under Project Double Barrel.



The victim, identified as Joseph Mabansay y Grecia, was 32 years old, married, and a resident of Zone 4, Brgy. La Purisima, this town.

The investigators said the victim was driving his motorcycle bearing plate number 1007 EF from Brgy. Sta. Eulalia, Baao, Camarines Sur to his residence.

When he reached his home, he was shot by still unidentified suspects on different parts of his body.

Recovered from the crime scene were a two small and a medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing a substance believed to be shabu, one fired slug, four cellphones, a wallet, and a coin purse.

Meantime, the victim was brought to Apocalypse Funeral Home for autopsy.

As of this writing, investigation is still ongoing, the police said.
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