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.
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.
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 26, 2016
Jurix Pontanillas y Teñoso, a resident of Zone 5, Barangay La Opinion, Nabua, was shot to death in the barangay where he resided by two unidentified suspects who were onboard a motorcycle.
The suspects immediately fled after the incident.
Pontanillas, investigators said, is closely linked to Maning Lauta, another drug personality who was arrested in the nearby town of Bato.
At press time, the Scene of the Crime Operatives have been dispatched at the place of the incident.
It will be recalled that last week, a municipal guard here identified as Ronielo “Bro” Obredo was arrested in Oas, Albay together with an alleged drug personality. They were purportedly in possession of P325,000 worth of shabu.
As this developed, police operatives have already focused their attention on this town earlier believed to be a major trading center of the illegal substance.
Said warehouse was leased to a certain Jason Gonzales Uy.
Found during the operation were a hydrogenator, weighing scale, various glasswares, and motorized mixing apparatus and chemicals.
The inspecting team was composed of the police, Mayor Samuel Laynes, and Angelica Balmadrid.
As of this writing, said area has already been secured by the police and the Philippine Army.
Meanwhile, at 3:41 this afternoon, Police Chief Inspector James Ronatay, Virac Chief of Police, told the BICOL STANDARD that he could not as yet give any additional details as they have just applied for a search warrant to cover the area where they intend to conduct a thorough investigation.
The said motorized banca left Tamban, Tinambac early yesterday morning for a special mission in Garchitorena, where a high-value target was allegedly spotted.
However, the banca encountered big waves on the way, resulting to the accident.
Follow-up investigations revealed that only three out of the 14 persons who were on board the banca were wearing wearing life jackets.
Among them were Police Chief Inspector Ronnie Pabia of CIDG Camarines Sur, civilian agent Tomas Rentoy VII, and another police officer who did not know how to swim.
Interviewed this morning by BICOL STANDARD, Pabia said that Rentoy did not know how to swim, which was why he was given a life jacket. Pabia said he assisted Rentoy to get to the shore.
A few meters from the shore, however, a series of huge waves caused Rentoy to be separated from him, and for a few minutes, Rentoy disappeared from view.
Rentoy was later discovered at a rocky portion with injuries that caused his death.
Pabia also suffered minor injuries and collapsed near the shore.
Meanwhile, SPO4 Edwin Pagao, remains missing as of this morning.
Pagao, it was learned, was recently a recipient of an award for refusing to accept bribe money from an alleged drug personality who went to his office to hand him P50,000.
The cash was supposedly in exchange for a favorable report on two drug personalities who were arrested at the Bicol Central Station.
Pagao refused to accept said cash and instead arrested the person who tried to hand him the money.
In a related interview by the BICOL STANDARD, Councilor Edwin Lara of Garchitorena, Camarines Sur said the area where the boat capsized is a dangerous place. He himself is asking why despite the inclement weather, they proceeded with the trip by sea instead of using the safer land route.
An hawak kan victima nakua poco mas o menos alas 4:00 ngonian na aga na may tama nin bala, na iyo an saiyang ikinagadan.
Si Sandrino 45 anyos, naghahanap buhay por medio nin pagtinda nin sira, sinorongan sa saindang harong kan dae pa nabibistong paragadan.
Hastang sa panahon na sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos pa an pagtipon nin mga informasyon kan mga awtoridad na pwedeng makatabang sa pagbisto kan kriminal
Si PO3 Arlan S. Sevilla kan PNP Libon an namamayo kan grupo kan mga pulis na natokahan na mag imbestigar.
Friday, November 25, 2016
The event was sponsored by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) headed by Gilbert Albero, with Mr. Frederick D. Go, President and Director of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) as the guest speaker.
The winners are as follows:
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR
William I. Ong (Sorsogon)
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PERSON (per province)
Rudy Navera Mostar (Albay)
Maria Lydia P. Lomibao (Camarines Sur)
Allan S. Manjares (Camarines Norte)
Carlito T. Tariman (Catanduanes)
Judith Lee-Altarejos (Masbate)
The civilian agents were identified as Tomas Rentoy VII and Isagani Dadis while the missing person was identified as SPO4 Edwin Pagao.
The banca was en route to Garchitorena town.
As of this writing, a rescue operation is being conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard, PNP Maritime Group, and Lagonoy and Tinambac Municipal Police Stations. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)
At least 3,000 barangay officials from across the region converged to join Sueno at the Camarines Sur Convention Complex here this morning for the province-wide launch of the MASA MASID (Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga) Program.
MASA MASID, a community-based program for the prevention of corruption, illegal drugs and criminality in barangays, is envisioned to unite different organizations in creating safer and drug-free communities in the country.
Under DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116, the program has four main thrusts: information and education campaign in communities for government programs against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality; creation of a reporting mechanism on illegal drugs-related activities; formulation of community-based rehabilitation programs; and revive the spirit of volunteerism by creating a volunteer-friendly atmosphere for organizations that wishes to be partners for change.
Bayan-Bicol has released the following statement for the Black Friday protests happening across the region today:
Today's anti-Marcos protest will be the biggest and most widespread since the dictator was booted out of power in 1986. It is a testament to the commitment of the Filipino people to the call "Never Again".
To highlight the strong condemnation, Bicolanos are united in a coordinated multisectoral protest actions. We highlight the initiative of Albayanos beyond the progressives for providing a real funeral car in their protest and 9 people in robe to represent the 9 Associate Justices in favor of Marcos Burial.
“Beyond us, progressives, there are people who are really with us and are concern of our society,” Vince Casilihan of Bayan-Bicol said. “We congratulate and commend people who support our calls and demands. These initiatives prove that impunity is against people and Dictatorship has no place in a government ruled by people.”
To Bayan- Bicol, this #BlackFriday protests here in Bicol region is not just a historic display of indignation against the Marcos burial. The progressive organizations here demand justice not only to the victims of Martial Law but also to the victims of the imprints of Martial law that continue to exist today.
Wearing Black Shirts and conducting protest actions Different Organization, Sectors and Schools are symbol that Bicolanos are in unity to end impunity of the state.
In Daet, Camarines Norte, the program will be at 1:00-6:00pm in Eleveted Town Plaza. Brgy. Dumagmang, Malaya and BagongSilang in Labo, Brgy. Sta. Elena and Tamisan in Jose Panganiban; and areas inCapalonga are among the areas that continue to be victims of militarization.
CEGP Bicol will lead the "Flashback Friday: Revisiting Marcos' Dictatorship" at 4:30pm in Ateneo de Naga University and at 4:00pm, there will be Candle Lighting in Plaza Rizal, Camarines Sur. Just recently, many residents were reported victims of harassments of AFP troops particular in Ragay and Del Gallego municipalities.
Sorsoganons will march from provincial capitol at 9:00 am to protest against Marcos Burial and to demand AFP troops to go back to its barracks. Currently there is deployment of soldiers in its remote barangays.
There will be also a picket rally and candle lighting in Virac Freedom Park, Catanduanes at 4:00 pm. To note, Catanduanes is the first province in the region victimized by torture in Duterte Administration. It was July 26 when a young abaca farmer was tortured and interrogated by six (6) AFP troops.
In Legazpi City, Albay, at 10:00am there will be Women and Amihan Caravan and Ribbon Tying and at 3:00pm they will be marching from Daraga to Penaranda with Ago Medical and Educational Center and Bicol University and other organizations. AFP troops in the province are deployed in its remote barangays in Tamaoyan, Pawa and Kilicao at present and staying in barangay halls.
Black Shirt Campaign, Black Ribbon Campaign, Film Showing, Documentary Films, Educational Discussion Fest, Candle Lighting Event and Release of Statements per Student Organization are among the coordinated protest actions here in Bicol to be led by Aquinas University, University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP), Black Friday Protest of University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), Catanduanes State University (CSU) and Bicol University (BU).
The Marcos burial is not the end game for the dictator's heirs. It is just another step in their unending efforts to return to Malacañang, on or before 2022. When we say "Never Again" now, it is with the greatest sense of urgency and concern. The dictator's heirs are now closer than ever to achieving their return to the highest seat of power.
While they are grabbing their comeback in Malacañang, the troops of the state are blatantly sabotaging the peace talks by proliferating counter-insurgency operations in the gist of OplanBayanihan and even OplanTokhang.
The bloody records during Martial Law just increased every new administrations, from OplanBantayLaya 1&2 of Arroyo, OplanBayanihan of Aquino and now, OplanTokhang of the Duterte Administration.Our protests are aimed at the Marcos burial and the Duterte-Marcos alliance.
Duterte is accountable for the burial. We demand the reversal of the burial and for Duterte to once and for all abandon his alliance with the Marcoses. Especially, Duterte must not revive the Philippine Constabulary (PC).
The people likewise oppose the continuation of fascist or Marcosian measures the continuing militarization of communities and incarceration of political prisoners. These PC are just instrument during Martial Law to spread human rights violations. They are just asset in its counter-insurgency program.
Duterte should listen to the people's rage. He should understand their deep resentment of the dictator and the opposition to his rehabilitation. Militarization in the region continuous amidst ceasefire.
Contrary to what Duterte thinks, the burial is not simply a legal issue of Marcos being a soldier and a president. He was a soldier who faked his war records and he was a President who illegally held on to power for two decades, committing plunder, gross human rights violations and shameless puppetry to foreign interests. The burial is a moral, historical and political question, more than a mere legal issue.
The dark days of Martial Law ends however the imprints of Marcos dictatorship continues. We will never stop to fight because the suffering of the people will never gonna happen again.Whatever happens to the dictator's remains, were are assured that the widespread political awakening resulting from the burial will be the wellspring of people's opposition to the return of the Marcoses to power.
NAGA CITY 11/25/16 (Bicol Standard) –Tropical storm Marce is heading towards Panay Island this morning,(Friday), according to the latest report of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Typhoon signal number 2 is now hoisted over Roblon, Calamian Group of Islands, Southern Occidental Mindoro and Southern Oriental Mindoro, Northern Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Northern Antique.
Northern Palawan including Cuyo Island, Rest of Oriental Mindoro, Rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Island, Biliran, Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Negros Oriental, Rest of Negros Occidental, and Guimaras were placed under signal number 1.
The said weather disturbance is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday.
All residents in the abovementioned areas are advised to take all necessary precautions.
Amidst the various political issues that are hounding us, a mayor from Camarines Sur is shining a beacon of hope in the government.Mayor Bobby Matamorosa of Lupi town showed a lot of determination and exemplified that the government is still looking after its constituents. He put his own life on the line when he and his aides pursued suspected robbers.
Discovering that the suspects were armed, he could have easily fled the scene and kept himself and his escorts safe.
But flee he did not, and instead confronted the problem head-on by going after the suspects who, it appeared, had no intention of surrendering even after PO1 Matamorosa told them that he was a police officer, and that they should yield.
Perhaps it was still fresh in the mayor's mind how his own brother, the late Raul Matamorosa, was mercilessly murdered that he felt he could not simply witness a crime and not do anything about it.
Or perhaps it was instinctive for the mayor, a true public servant, to come to the aid of others when needed.
Regardless of his reason, Mayor Bobby Matamorosa's courageous action is indeed laudable and worthy of emulation.
And while not all of us may have the opportunity to run after suspected criminals, what we can do is to stand against the injustices in society, confront them directly as the mayor did, and never back down in the face of uncertainty.
We hope Mayor Matamorosa's example serves as an inspiration for the rest of us, (especially for our police officers, who are called to serve and protect the citizens) to work for justice without eyeing the promise of a plaque or a medal.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
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CALABANGA, Camarines Sur 11/24/16 (Bicol Standard)—A resident of Zone 1, Brgy. Manguiring identified as Leo Francis Maulion y Santamaria, was reportedly abducted by three unidentified persons wearing bonnets, according to a police report this morning.
Maulion was on his way to work on his farm when the unidentified suspects blocked his way.
At gunpoint, the victim was forcibly pushed inside an L-300 van bearing plate number ZGN 204, parked in front of the farm of the victim shortly before the abduction incident occurred, the report said.
The L-300 van was seen negotiating the road towards the upland barangays of this town.
Reports say that the said getaway vehicle was recovered 4:20 pm Wednesday at Brgy. Lugsad here.
Meanwhile, as of this writing, the whereabouts of the victim is not yet known.
The suspects’ identities remain unknown to investigators.
Probers are now focusing on the motive of the suspects.
Allegedly, Maulion has no known enemies in his barangays, the report added.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Camarines Sur-based Teatro Ragayano was recently named finalist for the Best Cultural Group Category of the 29th Aliw Awards.
The district is developing a new well in Sitio Caromatig, Carolina, Naga City. It is the third water source in the said Barangay. The actual well drilling has already been completed. The district is currently waiting for the final well design and water quality test result from the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). Construction of Pump House and Installation of Electro-Mechanical Equipment are included in the proposed 2017 budget. The well is expected to yield 46 Lps of water that can serve more or less 4,600 households.
In addition, one of the District’s most recent completed projects is the Jardin Real Pumping Station located in Jardin Real Subdivision, Del Rosario, Naga City. The Construction of the Pump House, Installation of the Generator Set, Installation of Electro-Mechanical Equipment, Conversion of Primary line, Installation of a Filtration Tank Vessel Treatment Facility with Katalox Light Filter Media and Installation of Distribution Transformer and Electrical Equipment were all finished last September 26, 2016. The whole project was started April 2015 and was already operational by the last week of September 2016. The Pumping Station can provide 10 Liters per second (Lps) of water.
The show, which opens at 4 p.m. on December 11, 2016, features the works of Hermel Alejandre, Dar Encinas, Roderick Imperio, Nitz Peñera, and Richard Perez.
LEGAZPI CITY, 11/23/16 (Bicol Standard) --Another Bicolana beauty will represent the Philippines in an international competition.
|Christine Arnedo with Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara|
Yesterday, Arnedo paid a courtesy call to the Office of the Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay, where she received well wishes from Governor Al Francis Bichara and the Sanggunian.
LUPI, Camarines Sur 11/23/16 (Bicol Standard) – A mayor pulled a move straight out of an action film as he and his escorts responded to a shooting incident of two Indian nationals in this town.
|Mayor Bobby Matamorosa|
“I saw a man who was wearing an army raincoat drawing his gun and firing directly upon the driver and passenger of a Mitsubishi Strada,” he said.
Sensing trouble, Matamorosa directed his security escort PO1 Jeric M. Matamorosa to step out of their vehicle to investigation.
The escort, he said, was fired upon by one of the suspects.
An exchange of gunfire ensued.
One of the alleged holduppers identified as Marvin Magdaong was neutralized at around 8:45 a.m. while the other, Rodolfo Gumatay, was able to flee aboard a motorcycle towards Ragay town.
Mayor Matamorosa said that he called the Ragay Municipal Police Station, Lupi Municipal Police Station, and the Philippine Army to set up a blocking force while he and his two escorts pursued the holdupper.
Gumatay later disembarked at Banga Caves, Ragay, Camarines Sur where joint elements of the police and army were waiting to apprehend the fleeing suspect.
Gumatay was apprehended at Sitio Nabuntungan at 1 p.m.
In an interview this morning, Camarines Sur PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt. Walfredo Pornillos clarified that the suspects were neither members of the Army or the CAFGU, as earlier believed.
Meanwhile, the two Indian nationals were idenfitied as Bahagwant Singh Buttar, 45 years old and Jaswinder Kaur, 36.
Investigators said the husband and wife were known moneylenders who resided in Barangay San Bartolome, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.
Only last week, another Indian national was victimized by motorcycle-riding holduppers in Bula, Camarines Sur.
Said Indian national, who was a resident of Iriga City, was also engaged in lending money.
An dating paratukdo nabisto sa pangaran na Ronald Esplana, 40 anyos an edad.
Si Esplana dinakop kan mga awtoridad sa PNR Site, sa Brgy. San Francisco, pakatapos sana suboot na magpabakal siya kan illegal na droga sa sarong ahente kan pulis, na nagsagin-sagin na parabakal.
Sabi sa report, si Esplana, dating maestro digdi sa sarong eskwelahan.
Alagad nakalaog sa negosyo nin pagbariwas kan illegal na bulong.
Ipinahayag kan mga imbestigador na halawig na panahon an inubos ninda para pasegurohon na matuklo mismo an suspechado sa aktong nagpapabakal nin droga.
Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, si Esplana yaon sa poder kan mga awtoridad, mantang tinatapos an mga documento para sangatan siya nin magkakanigong caso.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Ini an dagiton na pahayag kan tawohan kan sarong resort digdi na pig-okupar kan mag-partner na babae asin lalaki, na dinulagan an dapat bayadan na arkila kan cuarto.
Sabi sa report, an babae asin lalaki nag check in. Dangan nag order nin mga masiram na pagkaon, inomon na pampagana.
Nag-abot sa kantidad P4,000.00 an total na dapat nindang bayadan.
An sabi, nagpaaram an duwa na maluwas ngona para palinigan an cuarto ninda.
Alagad, hasta ngonian dae na nagbwelta. An gabos nindang gamit dara-dara na.
Mientrastanto, an dae aram ninda na an resort palibot nin CCTV na seguradong mabibisto an sisay man na maglaog o nagluwas.
Pigbibisto na kan manehamiento kan resort an magkaibahan na paradulag sa saindang babayadan.
Sabi kan informante, malinawon sa CCTV an pandok kan magayon-gayon na babae asin purosog na lalaki, na nagpa-siram-siram sana.
Nangangapodan an kagsadire kan resort sa duwa na bayadan an saindang utang, ta kun dae, may patanid na ibubulgar an saindang mga persona sa social media.
Mantang dae pa sinda nabibisto, binansagan ngona an duwa kan pangaran na “Romeo and Juliet”, ta sa saindang hiro-hiro, garo mahamis na maray saindang relasyon.
An resort owner, nagmamawot na mabalik sainda guiraray para areglaron an saindang na consumong pagkakan, asin arkila sa malipot na cuarto na ginamit ninda.
NAGA CITY, 11/22/16 (Bicol Standard)--Over the weekend, the the Naga City Price Monitoring and Coordinating Council inspected establishments which sell Christmas lights and plastic toys here.Many of the items which were being sold were confiscated due to fake or expired Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.
Nabisto an guardia na iyo si Ronielo “Bro” Obredo y Olayvan, 50 anyos, taga Brgy. La Purisima, Nabua, Camarines Sur, mantang an tricycle driver, iyo si Reymond “Temon” Broqueza y Alfro, 36 anyos, na saro man na carpentero.
Segun sa pahayag ni Police Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, an Information Officer kan Albay Provincial Police Office, an mga suspechado yaon ngonian sa pangangataman kan PDEA, sa Region V.
An nakuang shabu sa mga suspechado sarong small-sized asin large-sized sachets, na may gabat na 60.8134, sabi ni Gomez
Maroromdoman na kan sarong semana, saro pang residente kan Brgy. La Purisina an binadil, gadan kan dae nabistong mga suspechado, nin huli man guiraray sa illegal na droga.
An banwaan kan Nabua iyo an saro sa mga banwaan kan Camarines Sur na pigtutubudan na bagsakan nin dakulang supply kan bawal na droga.
Paghale sa Nabua, an shabu pigdidistribuir sa mga kataraid na banwaan sa Rinconada Area asin sa Provincia kan Albay.
An mga nadakop na suspechado sasangatan nin caso criminal sa pagbalga kan R.A 9165 na mas bisto sa apod na Comprehensive Dangarous Drugs Act of 2002.
Sa despachong hale sa pulis, saindang sinabi na mayo pang malinaw na informasyon kun ano an motibo sa nasambit na krimen.
An mga suspechado, marikason na nagpaharorot kan saindang sinasakayan na motorsiklo pasiring sa direksyon kan Ragay, pakatapos sanang paputukan an mga nakalunad sa D-Max na awto.
An mga imbestigador nagtitipon pa nin mga informasyon na pwedeng makataong linaw sa nasambit na incidente sa tinampo.
Hasta sa pig susurat an baretang ini mayo pa nin bagong report an pulis.
LEGAZPI CITY--A town mayor of Sorsogon, who stepped down from office after a dismissal order from the Office of the Ombudsman was served to her last week by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bicol, said she has filed two filed two motions for reconsideration with the Ombudsman for the cases she is facing.
|Helen de Castro|
Photo: Padabaon ta an Sorsogon
“That’s the reason I did not receive the Ombudsman order, there are still pending motions for reconsideration,” she said.
De Castro said should the Ombudsman deny her appeal, she would elevate the case to the Court of Appeals.
Uddin said the dismissal order had cited De Castro and her co-accused municipal engineer Toby Gonzales Jr. for committing “administrative acts that were prejudicial to the best interest of the service, grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct and serious dishonesty in pursuing the two projects in Bulan.
The DILG team led by DILG-Bicol Director Eloisa Pastor served the dismissal order against De Castro at her office on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. But De Castro had asked that she be allowed not to personally receive the order due to “legal technicalities.”
Her request was heeded by the DILG team which instead posted a copy of the dismissal order at the municipal bulletin board, which Uddin said was among the standard procedures in serving an order.
The posting of the order was followed by the turnover of the mayoral post to Vice Mayor Romeo Gordula as acting mayor and town councilor Jeofry Azur as acting vice mayor.
De Castro said she did not resist the dismissal order served on her as the complaint was just a simple offense since she was performing “ministerial functions” with regards to the documents being questioned.
She said the “technical aspects (of the case) had been remedied and that wala naman akong tinatago (I am not hiding anything).”
She said complainant Romeo Valeriano had an ax to grind against her concerning past differences between their families, with “politics seemingly at play" in the case.
Uddin said De Castro has the right to seek legal remedies to get back her elective mayoral post by submitting an appeal or a motion for reconsideration with the Ombudsman.
The Ombudsman order had exonerated the other members of the town’s Bids and Awards Committee who were included in the complaint sheet.
According to the Ombudsman's decision, a Commission on Audit (COA) report had said the P32.9 million cost of the construction of the bus terminal was overpriced by 26.79 percent or by P6.9 million as compared to COA’s estimated cost of P26 million.
The 16-page decision was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Sept. 23. (PNA)
LEGAZPI CITY, 11/22/16 – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol regional office and provincial government of Albay have reaffirmed their strong partnership in improving the lives of farmers and fishers as well as the aqua marine industry in the province.
Bichara shared his vision to invest in the province’s agri-fishery sector and upgrade the lives of Albayano farmers while making Albay known for emerging commodities.
Hubilla backed the governor noting that the PRDP is geared towards the same direction as the project mainly focuses on augmenting farmers’ income and developing an inclusive, climate-smart, and value chain-oriented agriculture and fishery sector in targeted project areas.
Hubilla encouraged Bichara to support the on-going and future sub-projects of the province under PRDP by providing technical guidance on prevailing issues and concerns such as lack of manpower, office, and other resources necessary to deliver an effective and efficient work performance.
In response, Bichara directed his current Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PMMU) headed by Engr. Macario M. Pavia to fast track the procurement process and follow the PRDP management’s timetable for each sub-project.
He also ordered the hiring of 23 technical staff to work on proposals for the targeted P1 billion sub-projects under PRDP in 2017.
Hubilla said Albay has been one of the strong provincial partners of PRDP since 2014.
Under the Project’s local and national level planning or I-PLAN component, four commodities in the province namely coco geonets, sweet potato, pili, and abaca already have approved value chain analysis (VCA) reports. Verification of VCA reports for seaweeds, organic rice, dairy cattle and laing is still on-going.
Under PRDP’s I-BUILD component, Hubilla cited one infrastructure development sub-project for the province - the P205.23-million worth Rehabilitation/Improvement of Pistola-Tablon FMR w/ 3 Units Bridges in Oas, Albay.
The province has also proposed two infrastructure sub-projects: the P2.75 million-worth Construction of Multi-purpose Drying Pavement and the Construction of 15 units Palay Shed amounting to P20.40 million.
Furthermore, Albay served as the pilot province for the PRDP’s enterprise development (I-REAP) component through the P7.68-million-worth Albay Coco Geonets Manufacturing Enterprise managed by the Tunay Tapat Lahing Pilipino Cooperative (TTLPC) in Libon, Albay.
The province was likewise granted a microenterprise project worth P1.28 million dubbed “Enhancing Farm Capacity and Adoption of Nutrition Technology for Goat Production.”
Albay’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture. About 39,433 farmers or 50 percent of the farmers in the province are engaged in coconut production while there are 4,785 sweet potato farmers in the province with a total area of 1,674.90 hectares.
DA-PRDP is a six-year project being implemented by the DA that aims to raise farmers’ income and establish an inclusive, market-oriented and climate-resilient agri-fishery sector in targeted project areas in the countryside. The Project partners with local government units in providing facilities, infrastructure, and technology to rural folks nationwide.
The major components for the implementation of the PRDP are infrastructure development (I-Build), enterprise development (I-Reap), local planning (I-Plan) and project support (I-Support).(MAL/SAA/DA5-PIA5/Albay)
MANILA, Nov. 22 - The Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) has opened “out-of-the-box” lending facilities for farmers, fisherfolk, and inventors along with small and micro entrepreneurs, especially in remote or unserved areas. This is in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to capacitate small and medium enterprises.
“LandBank has recently implemented EMBRACE in support of its continuing commitment to the government’s goal on financial inclusion as a means to achieve inclusive growth,” the LandBank said in a report.
Another “out-of-the-box” financing package available at the Bank is the Innovation and Technology (I-TECH) Lending Program which serves patented Filipino inventors who want to commercialize their inventions, LandBank said.
The bank did not specify in this report how much was initially allotted for I-TECH, but it said the Bank will work with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) on the features of this lending program, which aims to “make available a special financing window” for Filipino inventors.
EMBRACE aims to target 1.2 million small borrowers who are seeking financing for their projects that involve agricultural crop, livestock and fishery production, agri-enterprise and other livelihood initiatives.
The program covers 84 unserved municipalities in Luzon, 33 in the Visayas and 112 in Mindanao.
Small borrowers can each avail of a minimum loan of P25,000 and a maximum of 80 percent of their total project costs, but not to exceed P500,000 under this lending program.
In the I-TECH program, state colleges and universities with patented inventions and enterprises authorized by inventors to use their patents through a Deed of Assignment can also avail of the financing package.
Earlier, Dominguez, other Cabinet officials and members of the Congress had signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of a new law that aims to provide aspiring small entrepreneurs who would otherwise be considered as “unbankable” by traditional lending sources, with easily accessible loan facilities through accredited nongovernment organizations (NGOs) that exclusively provide microfinance services to small enterprises.
Qualified microfinance NGOs are eligible for preferential tax treatment of 2 percent tax—in lieu of national taxes—based on their respective gross receipts from microfinance operations under the IRR of Republic Act No. 10693, or the Microfinance NGOs Act.
Thus, poor families considered as “unbankable” loan clients can now tap government funding to open up small businesses by accessing credit facilities provided by microfinance NGOs.
One key feature of RA 10693’s IRR is the set of guidelines on the creation of a Microfinance NGO Regulatory Council, which is tasked to accredit NGOs that provide financial products and services to small entrepreneurs.
This new law is attuned to President Rodrigo Duterte’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda designed to sustain the economy’s high growth path and make its benefits felt by all Filipinos.
To keep LandBank’s primary function of serving the agriculture sector and small and micro enterprises, Dominguez has recommended that the government drop its plan to merge LandBank with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
The Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) had already resolved to cancel the implementation of Executive Order No. 198 issued by former President Aquino on the DBP-LandBank merger.
Dominguez and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, who both sit as ex-officio members of the GCG, were among the signatories to the resolution of the Governance Commission scuttling the merger of the state-owned banks.
According to Dominguez, the merger would not serve the public interest because the two institutions have two distinctly different functions.
A former agriculture secretary, Dominguez noted that the LandBank serves the agriculture sector, while the DBP takes care of the needs of industry.
Dominguez pointed out that the DBP is mandated to provide long-term financing, which is markedly different from the skills that are needed to extend short-term credit to farmers—the LandBank’s primary job.
He also noted that the two banks were set up through legislation, and, thus, only a law could legalize their merger.
LandBank was created through Republic Act 3844, while the DBP was originally named the Rehabilitation Finance Corporation under RA 85. (DOF)
Last week, Cormant Technologies presented iReport to IT enthusiasts in the Bicol Region as part of the Onwards Digital Bicol Summit of Bicol Business Month.
During the presentation, the company highlighted the features of iReport, including the support for photos, offline mode, a user-friendly design and menu.
iReport provides benefits to both the government and the general public. The use of the application empowers citizens to participate in policy creation through active participation via the app. It eliminates the need to memorize a hotline or e-mail address. With the structured reports that the government will receive, they will be able to monitor which issues have been addressed and which are still pending.
"We encourage the public to use the iReport app aside from posting their grievances and suggestions via social networks. Posts on Facebook or Twitter will most likely be noticed if they go viral, but there is no need for that to happen. With the use of iReport, your concerns and ideas will be forwarded to the proper authorities," Alma Rivera, Enterprise Solutions Manager of Cormant Technologies said.
iReport may be downloaded for free from either the Play Store or App Store.
They were identified as Ronielo "Bro" Obredo y Olayvan, 50 years old, a municipal guard of Nabua, Camarines Sur, and Reymond "Temon" Broqueza y Alfro, 36, a carpenter and tricycle driver.
Police Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, Information Officer of Albay Provincial Police Office said the suspects were nabbed after a buy-bust operation in Barangay Rizal, Oas, Albay.
The recovered shabu, which was contained in small-sized and large-sized sachets weighed 60.8134 grams, Gomez said.
The arrested suspects were brought to the custody of PDEA Region V.
In an early report this morning, police operatives of Libon, Albay implemented the warrant of arrest against Concepcion and his group at around 10 p.m. Monday at the residence of Ogie Lisaba at Brgy. Nogpo where the said suspects were spotted.
Jose De los Reyes, 50 years old, of Brgy. Nogpo died during the firefight while PO2 Manolo Nierva was wounded on his right hand.
Police Chief Inspector Arthur Ramirez Gomez, Spokesperson of Albay Provincial Police Office said this morning that a hot pursuit operation is still underway.
He added, however, that they have not received a report as to whether Concepcion was arrested.
It will be recalled that Concepcion is a former rebel who surrendered to the government.
He was, however, implicated in several crimes, including the murder of Makati City Engr. Nelson Morales.
Last month, a reward of Php3.5-million was offered by the family of family of slain Engr. Morales and Albay 2nd district representative Joey Salceda for anyone who can present Concepcion.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Nahulog sa kamog kan mga awtoridad si Ronald Esplana y Beroin, 40 anyos, sa operasyon kan pulis sa Brgy. San Francisco, kasubagong alas 6:27, ngonian na banggui.
Nakua sa poder kan suspechado an transparent plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu, kantidad P1,000 na ginamit na buy-bust money, 5ng pidaso nin mayo pang laog na plastic sachet; sarong unit nin Nokia cellular phone; asin sarong lighter.
An suspechado, haloy nang nasa listahan kan pulis na aktibong nagtitinda nin shabu hale sa Baao, asin an saiyang pigtatangroan na mga parokyano an mga taga Ciudad kan Iriga.
Si Esplana yaon ngonian sa poder kan pulis digdi.
Base sa report kan pulis, nakalunad sa likod kan driver kan pampasaherong tricycle si Diaz, hale sa Brgy. Talobatib pasiring sa banwaan kan Paracale.
Kan makaabot na an saiyang sinasakayan na vehiculo sa Sitio Sierra Bross, sa Brgy. Mahawan-hawan, pinara suboot an tricycle driver kan sarong lalaki, asin naglunad sa vehiculo.
Mayo nin ano man na pinagponan, basang na sanang binadil kan nakisakay na lalaki si Diaz, na tinamaan nin apat na bala sa saiyang likod.
Marikas na nagkutipas padulag an suspechado, na nabistong si Rolito Basto, na taga Brgy. Calabasa, digdi asin an saro pang kasapakat kaini.
Tulos idinalagan kan mga nagrespondeng mga miembros kan Barangay Public Safety Officer (BSPO) an victima sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital (CNPH) tanganing ipabulong.
An mga miembros kan pulis digdi nagpapadagos pa kan saindang imbestigasyon, asin pig hihingowa na madakop tulos an mga suspechado.
An incidente nangyari kasubagong alas 6:05 ngonian na banggui, sa National Highway, Zone 6B, digdi.
Kan narecibe kan BICOL STANDARD an report na ini, an mga miembros kan SOCO nagcoconducir pa kan saindang crime scene investigation.
An sinambit na persona haloy nang pigsusunod kan mga awtoridad huli sa pagiging pusikit kaini sa pagpabakal kan ipigbabawal na droga.
An report pinadara ni PSI Leonido Belleza, an hefe kan pulis.
|Gov. Joseph Cua|
He said he thanked Dr. Morales for giving consideration to said request.
It would be recalled that a Resolution earnestly appealing the Board of Regents of the Catanduanes State University, through Comm. Ruperto Sangalang, Chairman-Designate, to defer the proposed tuition fee increase was passed yesterday.
The Resolution was sponsored by Provincial board Member Giovanni Bani Balmadrid.
Registration fee is P150 for 3K and P180 for 5K.
The route for the 3K run is from the plaza to Penafrancia Avenue (Lucky 9) and back to the plaza.
Meanwhile, for the 5K run, the route is from the plaza to San Felipe Barangay Hall and back to the plaza.
The gun start is 5:30 a.m. for 5K and 5:45 a.m. for 3K.
Information and Communications Technology Assistant Secretary John Henry D. Naga signed Monday a memorandum of agreement with Masbate Governor Antonio T. Kho for the provision of free Wi-Fi services for provincewide coverage by next year.
Masbate, the southernmost province of Bicol region with a population of 892,393, is one of the priority areas for DICT’s “Juan, Konek! Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project.”
The measure comes after President Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address in July, promised free internet connection during his administration.
Although no details were given during the signing between the governor and the DICT as to how the government would deliver the state-funded service considering the government does not own a broadband network, ICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima shed light on the matter in a recent onscreen interview.
“The government will pay something to the telecom companies in exchange for the Wi-Fi connection and we offer it to the citizens for free,” Salalima said during an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source that was aired on Nov. 7 and has been uploaded to YouTube.
Salalima downplayed concerns that the free Wi-Fi access is expected to limit data revenue prospects for Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communications, saying the free wireless service is in keeping with the government’s bid to widen people’s internet connectivity, which the Duterte administration has deemed a human right.
“It is the duty of the government to see to it that the people who have no access to the telecommunication system be given the opportunity to enjoy the right to telecommunicate,” he said.
With internet speed of 256 kilobits per second, the free service will let the users do basic internet searches or access to Facebook.
Masbate Vice-Governor Jo Kristine C. Revil, who witnessed the signing, hailed the free Wi-Fi access as a “step forward,” saying people in Masbate are “looking forward to the implementation of this MOA in 2017.”
Other witnesses to the signing were town mayors including Arturo Virtucio of Aroroy; Byron Angelo E. Bravo, San Fernando; Charmax Yuson, Batuan; Zacarina A. Lazaro, San Pascual; and Kristine Hao, Mandaon. (EAD/PIA5-Masbate)
Nangyari an incidente sa Brgy. Dancalan, digdi.
An victima, miembro kan Philippine Army, na nakadistino sa Charlie Company, na nakabase sa Brgy. Pangpang, sa banwaan na ini.
Sabi sa report, si Avir, kaibahan an saiyang mga barkada nakatindog sa guilid kan tinampo sa atubangan kan Kiyo Beach Resort kan siya tigbason kan suspechado.
An suspechado, suboot burat kan mangyari an krimen asin dali-daling nagkutipas padulag.
Mientrastanto, kasubagong ala 1:40 nin aga, an suspechado isinuko kan saiyang ama na si Carmelo Avisado y Macandog ki SPO1 Willam A. Cantonjos sa hepatura kan pulis.
Durante kan enot na rangkada kan imbestigasyon naaraman na an suspechado 29 anyos an edad, asin residente kan Brgy. Dancalan.
An sabi, pakatapos na tigbason niya si Avir, dinara ngona an victima sa Donsol District Hospital tanganing ipabulong.
Alagad, nin huli sa mga lugad sa lawas kan victima, ilinipat siya sa BRTTH, asin digdi pigbubulong ngonian.
Segun sa intrevista ki SPO1 Larry Lorente Vibar kan BICOL STANDARD, sinabi kaini na yaon pa ngonian sa sinambit na hospital an victima.
|Engr. Guiseppe Andrew Bancaso Buffe|
Buffe is the son of telecommunications specialist Orville Buffe and Maria Shirley Bancaso Buffe.
He currently resides in Taguig City.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
In a media interview, Lagman said the burial was "premature, precipitate, and irregular," and needs to be corrected by exhumation.
The opposition lawmaker earlier sought to block the interment of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
This was narrated by Charlie Grizo y Jareno, 41, and Jimmy Grizo y Hadap, 71 both farmers and residents of San Pascual, this town when they went to the police to report the death of Verginia Grizo y Binas, 34, a resident of the same place.
Charlie Grizo is the husband of the victim while Jimmy is her father-in-law.
The investigators said that Jimmy and Charlie arrived home from work at about 4:30 p.m. and saw Verginia in the comfort room, profusely bleeding in the stomach.
Immediately, they called a tricycle to bring her to the hospital.
While inside the tricycle, the victim allegedly said, "Dai niyo na ako pagparahiwagon ta sinapian ako ki dwende na itom. Maoli na ako sa Bicol" (Do not stop me because I was possessed by a black 'dwende.' I'm going home to Bicol.)
Asked if there was a previous misunderstanding between the husband and wife, Jimmy said there was none.
In his official statement, Jimmy added that for several times, they saw that a bad spirit was attached to the victim.
Meantime, Verginia's son said he saw his mother sharpen the bolo just before she stabbed herself.