Sunday, December 31, 2017

IWAS PAPUTOK | DOH advises parents, guardians to be more vigilant

The Department of Health (DOH) today strongly advised parents and caregivers to be more vigilant and never let their children buy or use fireworks or firecrackers.

“It is best to coordinate with local officials in your barangay to identify the designated public fireworks display in your area to avoid injuries arising from exploding fireworks or firecrackers.” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said, adding that these activities are better handled by experts.

The health chief added that under Executive Order No. 28 series of 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered communities to organize public display of fireworks in order to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties.

Under EO No. 28, a display of fireworks qualifies as a community fireworks display if it complies with all of the following conditions:
a. It is conducted on the occasion or as part of a celebration, competition, or similar event in a venue other than a place of residence;
b. It is conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly-licensed by the Philippine National Police;
c. It is allowed by the municipality/city concerned through a permit specifying the date and time of the fireworks display and the specific area in which the display will be conducted, in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.

Sec. 2 of RA 7183 enumerates the types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices that may be manufactured, sold and distributed in the country. Some of these are Baby rocket, Bawang, Small triangulo, Pulling of strings, Paper caps, El Diablo, Kwitis, Sparklers, Luces, Fountain, Trompillo, Airwolf, Roman candle and other similar devices.

Meanwhile, from December 21-29 of this year, there are now 72 fireworks-related injuries recorded. This is 59% (104 cases) lower than the five-year average (2012-2016) and 40% (48 cases) lower than the same period last year. There was no reported death. Also, there were no cases of fireworks ingestion and stray bullet injuries.

Majority (96% or 69 cases) of all cases were males. Most (76% or 55) cases were active users and 75% (54 cases) occurred in the streets. Top injury sites include hand (68%), eye (15%), head (10%), neck and legs (4% each). Other victims were injured in multiple body parts.
Majority (82%, 59 cases) of the cases sustained blast injuries without amputation while 15% (11 cases) are eye injuries. Age of cases ranged from 11 months to 62 years.

Top fireworks-causing injury are piccolo (61%), boga (8%), kwitis (6%) and whistle bomb (4%). Others were due to illegal fireworks.

Of the total 72 cases, majority were from the National Capital Region (38), followed by Western Visayas (9), Bicol Region (8), and Central Visayas (5).

At the National Capital Region, Manila has the most (21) number of cases, followed by Mandaluyong City and Quezon City with 4 cases each, Valenzuela City (3 cases), while Las Piñas City and Pasig City has 2 cases each.

“Fireworks injuries are preventable. Safe and secured public display of fireworks is one alternative to reducing injuries and deaths,” Duque concluded.

RETRATO | Pag-inspeksyon kan mga paputok

Naglibot an mga miembro kan Naga City Police Office para mag-inspeksyon kan mga pinapabakal na paputok ngonian na fecha 31 kan Diciembre. (Mga retrato kan Hipatura Uno)

Naglibot an mga pulis kan Hipatura Uno kan Naga City Police Office para mag-inspeksyon kan mga pinapabakal na paputok ngonian na fecha 31 kan Diciembre.


2018 Holidays in the Philippines

January 1, 2018, Monday – New Year's Day
March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday 
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan 
May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day 
June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes' Day 
November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day 
December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special (non-working) days:

February 16, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year 
February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday 
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day 
November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints' Day 
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary 
December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

Additional special (non-working) holidays:

November 2, 2018, Friday 
December 24, 2018, Monday

DPWH-Bicol is certified smoke free establishment

The Local Government Unit of Legazpi City, Albay has certified the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol Regional Office (DPWH Region 5) as 100 percent Smoke-Free Establishment.

The certification signed by Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Chairperson of Smoke-Free Legazpi City, was received by DPWH Region 5 Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Flocerpida B. Azotea in a ceremony held recently at Kenzon Function Hall, Legazpi City.

In his message at the DPWH flag raising ceremony, Regional Director Danilo E. Versola expressed his sincerest gratitude to the DPWH workforce, particularly the male officials and employees for their cooperation in making DPWH Region 5 Office a smoke-free zone.

“For an office like DPWH which is dominated in numbers by male employees, the no-smoking policy is a huge challenge,” added Director Versola.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Legazpi City issued City Ordinance No. 0007-2009 as part of the initiative to enact anti-smoking laws in accordance with Article 2, Section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that mandates the state to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.

Legazpi City Ordinance No. 0007-2009 aims to regulate and promote a healthful environment and protect the citizens, especially the youth, from the hazards of tobacco and, at the same time, ensure that the interests of others are not adversely compromised.

To ensure strict compliance to this policy, Mayor Rosal formed an enforcement team called the Legazpi City Smoke-Free Unit. The unit has 459 deputized agents who shall apprehend persons who will violate the ordinance within the City’s jurisdiction.

The giving of awards and certification to deserving private and government establishments is part of Legazpi City’s intensified awareness campaign to promote a clean and healthy environment in workplaces.


Construction worker drowns in Sorsogon City

SORSOGON CITY 12/31/17 (Bicol Standard)--A 22-year-old construction worker was found dead after having drowned at Barangay Gatbo, Bacon District, this city, Friday morning.

In a report to the Bicol Standard from PSupt. Edison A. Dumangas, Chief of Police of Sorsogon City, he said the victim Aljon Galvez Belaro was found in the mangrove area.

Prior to the incident, the victim attended a batch reunion and engaged in a drinking spree with a batchmate.

He reportedly fell asleep at the back portion of the house, which is adjacent to the river.

His lifeless body was later found at the seashore of said place.

The cadaver of the victim was brought to San Antonio Funeral Homes, Barangay Talisay, this city, for autopsy.


UP Harong to hold 22nd Academic Festival in Naga City

NAGA CITY 12/31/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The University of the Philippines Harong (UP Harong) will hold the 22nd Academic Festival this coming January 3-6, 2018 at Ateneo de Naga - Junior High School and Robinsons Place Naga.

The 22nd UP Harong Academic Festival is a regional competition predicated on developing academic excellence and social awareness of the youth. On its 22nd year, the AcadFest aims to reinforce the Philippine Contemporary Arts especially to the youth with the theme, Redirecting the Light: Focusing the Youth’s Mindset Towards the Empowerment of the Philippine Contemporary Arts.

The 22nd UP Harong Academic Festival is in partnership with City Government of Naga, Iriga City Official, Ateneo de Naga University Junior High School, Robinsons Place Naga, and Asiawise Study Center, Inc. in Cooperation with

Willprint Graphics Centre, Inc., also Brought to you by Nissin Ramen.

The official media sponsors are Bicol Standard and Naga City Guide.

With special thanks to: Myk Gregory Albao, Mica Marie Dudero, Fredrik Faurillo, Abigail Lanzuela, Bryan James Masalunga, Caselyn Jane Ponon, and Barbie Jane Rosales.

Registration will be on January 3, 7:30 AM onwards at the Ateneo de Naga - Junior High School.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Albay ex mayor, former DA 5 OIC charged by Ombudsman

QUEZON CITY 12/29/17 (Bicol Standard) – Former Department of Agriculture Bicol Officer-in Charge Hector Sales, former Mayor Emiliana Kare of Malinao, Albay, former municipal accountant Rosemarie Cea-Capus and former municipal treasurer Leonara Capus were charged by the Office of the Ombudsman with violation of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act (R.A. 3019) and Malversation of Public Funds.

This case stemmed from the alleged anomalous purchase of fertilizers in 2004.

According to the Ombudsman, the accorder unwarranted benefit to Feshan Philippines for the purchase of 2,000 liters of Bio-Nature Liquid Organic Fertilizer in 2004 without the required public bidding.

There were two tranches of payments made to Feshan: the first was dated April 26, 2004 worth P1.93 million and another on August 13, 2004 amounting to P1.039 million.

Included in the list of indicted persons was Norberto Resontoc, former Municipal Agriculturist of Malinao, Albay, who was also included as one of the respondents in the malversation chage against Kare.

The Ombudsman has recommended the amount of P140,000 bail each for Sales, Cea-Capus and Capus, and the amount of P180,000 was recommended for Kare and P40,000 for Resontoc.

JUST IN: President Rodrigo Duterte officially signed into law House Bill No. 5241.



APEC isolates flood-prone areas

LEGAZPI CITY 12/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) has isolated several flood-prone areas in District 2 to avoid untoward incidents related to electric power.

This is according to an advisory released earlier this afternoon.

Included in the isolated areas are:

- Puting Daga, Cabangan, Legazpi City

- Talisay St., Legazpi City

- Brgy. 17, Rizal St., Legazpi City

- Bogtong Elementary School area

- Pag-asa, Rawis, Legazpi City

- EMs Barrio (back of Simeon Ola)

- Sevel Village, Ddaraga, Albay

Distrcts 1 and 3 may also implement isolation if necessary.

Everyone is advised not to touch cut-off electrical wires and cables, and avoid flooded areas with sagging wires, APEC said.

New alliance brewing in Naga City?

 Naga City’s political stalwarts Fortunato “Tato” Mendoza, Sulpicio “Cho” Roco, and Nathan Sergio are captured in this photo while in a huddle at Sergio’s birthday party. 


2 killed, 1 arrested in joint police operations in CSur

BATO, Camarines Sur 12/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Two suspected criminal elements believed to be operating in Bato, Camarines Sur were killed, while one was arrested in the operation conducted by the joint personnel of Bato Municipal Police Station, Nabua Municipal Police Station, and Provincial Mobile Force Company at around 4 a.m. earlier today.

The Camarines Sur police confirmed that George Faranal and Odie Solares were killed in the operation, while Mariano Azuelo was arrested when the cops tried to serve three search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Confiscated in the operation at Brgy. Salvacion, Goyudan, and Neighborhood in this town were one caliber .45 pistol, two caliber .38 firearms and one hand grenade.

The search is still ongoing as of this writing.


DOTr resumes Bicol International Airport construction

MANILA--DOTr has resumed the construction of landside facilities in the Bicol International Airport after 11 years of delay.

In a report released to the media today, the DOTR said the facilities will consist of 17 buildings: administration, cargo terminal, air traffic control, crash fire rescue, air traffic control, power house, maintenance, material recovery facilities, pump room and water reservoir, chilled water pumphouse, chlorination house 1 and 2, guard houses and the quarters of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and is expected to be completed by 2019.

The project seeks to develop a new airport with international standards and would replace the existing Legazpi City Airport to accommodate bigger aircraft and serve a larger volume of passengers.

The Bicol International Airport is part of the various transportation projects across the country to ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila and promote ease of travel among commuters.(With report from Aerol John Pateña, PNA)


DOST-PAGASA releases Heavy Rainfall Warning

DOST-PAGASA has released the following Heavy Rainfall Warning for Tail End of a Cold Front
earlier today, 29 December 2017:

#Red Warning Level: #Albay 
Community Response
* SERIOUS FLOODING & LANDSLIDES is expected to occur.

Orange Warning: #Sorsogon #Catanduanes 
Community Preparedness
*FLOODING is threatening in low lying areas and LANDSLIDES in mountainous areas.

Yellow Warning Level: #CamarinesSur
Community Awareness
*FLOODING is possible in low lying areas and LANDSLIDES in mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate to at times heavy #rains over #CamarinesNorte and #Masbate including Ticao & Burias.

•This information was based on all available meteorological data.
•The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions, MONITOR the weather condition and watch for the next update to be issued at 10:00 AM.
•For more information and queries, please call telephone numbers (052) 481-4454 and (052) 481-4455 or log on to

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bongalonta’s 90-day suspension by the Sandiganbayan lifted; Gov Migz' 6-month suspension stays

NAGA CITY 12/28/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – The 3rd Division of the Supreme Court has issued a status quo ante order in favor of Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr., who was suspended by the Sandiganbayan for 90 days.

The said suspension order which was duly received by Bongalonta will expire on January 1, 2018.

It will be recalled that the local chief executive of Pili was slapped with a 90-day suspension order when he dismissed from service Eileen D. Ceron, the municipal accountant of the said town.

Bongalonta's order of suspension was signed by Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and served to him by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

As a remedy, the town mayor has filed with the Supreme Court a petition for certiorari and injunction with application for preliminary mandatory injunction.

He assailed the Resolution dated September 5, 2017 of the Sandiganbayan, in Criminal Case No. SB-11-CRM-0203.

In its order the Supreme Court said that without necessarily giving due course to his petition, it resolved to require respondents DILG and Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, as Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan to Comment on the Bongalonta’s petition (not to file a motion to dismiss) within a non-extendible period of ten (10) days from notice.

The same order was signed by Wilfredo V. Lapitan, Division Clerk of Court, by the authority of the Hon. Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., Chairperson of the 3rd Division of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, given last December 6.

The order only affects the Suspension order that was issued by the Sandiganbayan.

The administrative suspension that was imposed against Bongalonta for another 6 months signed by Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte, however, is not affected by this notice issued by the 3rd Division of the Supreme Court.

SP Catanduanes OKs Annual Expenditure Program

VIRAC, Catanduanes 12/28/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Catanduanes has just approved the Annual Expenditure Program for 2018.

This was confirmed by Vice Governor Shirley Abundo in a Facebook post this afternoon.

Over P800M was allotted for the General Fund and about 108M for Eastern Bicol Medical Center, she said.

Bicol sugar workers optimistic for 2018

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Sugar workers here are in high hopes after DOLE Bicol Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga personally presided the recent District Tripartite Council (DTC) meeting at Crown Hotel, Naga City.

“I really wanted to look deeper into this sector especially since there is still no mill sector representative appointed yet. It will be the priority for next year,” DOLE Bicol regional director Exequiel R. Sarcauga added.

Aside from specifying the importance of appointing a Mill Sector Representative, DOLE Bicol RD Sarcauga also looked at the Cash Bonus Fund (CBF) releases and distribution to sugar planters and workers for crop year 2016-2017.

“We want to ensure that the sugar workers really received their bonuses for this year,” Sarcauga added.

RD Sarcauga also ordered that plans 2018 Plans for 2018 must be crafted so that the welfare of sugar workers will be secured.

Six major activities for 2018 were identified by the body, including the conduct of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), orientation for sugar workers and sacadas, Orientation on latest Labor Issuances, Medical and Dental Mission, Project Angel tree, SRA activities and assessment of big planters regarding their compliance to labor laws.

“These activities for 2018 are geared towards improving not only the benefits but also the safety and health of sugar workers,” Sarcauga explained.

With the projected activities for 2018, DOLE Bicol is also aiming to foster voluntary compliance among the sugar planters.

The DTC is concentrated in the province of Camarines Sur and is being handled by DOLE Camarines Sur headed by Ms. Ana Christine Soriano. (by Raymond P. Escalante)


Barangay, SK officials urged to rid villages of piccolo, other illegal firecrackers

QUEZON CITY-- As the festive celebration of the New Year nears, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the country’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to comb streets within their jurisdiction to stop the sale of Piccolo and other banned firecrackers.

“We can win the war versus Piccolo, the biggest culprit behind most firecracker-related injuries, if barangay and SK leaders, together with the police force, will take action against recalcitrant dealers,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Local barangay officials are in a strategic position to monitor and halt the sale of Piccolo and other prohibited firecrackers like Atomic Bomb Triangulo, Goodbye Earth, Judas’ Belt, Super Lolo, Whistle Bomb and Watusi in areas under their care and jurisdiction,” she pointed out.

“We therefore urge the barangay and youth councils to spend the next few days combing the streets to apprehend sari-sari store owners and others engaged in the unlawful sale of banned firecrackers, including those that sell firecrackers to minors,” she said.

Republic Act 7183, a law regulating and controlling the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, penalizes violators with a fine of not less than P20,000 but not more than P30,000, or imprisonment from six months to one year, or both such fine and jail term.

For a safer and cleaner celebration of the New Year, the EcoWaste Coalition appealed to the public to take the following “don’ts” to heart:

1. Don’t light firecrackers.
2. Don’t fire guns.
3. Don’t use "boga" (improvised cannon).
4. Don’t burn used tires.
5. Don’t burn garbage.
6. Don’t release sky lanterns.
7. Don’t use substandard Christmas lights.

Tomorrow, December 29, the EcoWaste Coalition will stage another “Iwas Paputoxic” event in collaboration with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society to draw attention to the adverse effects of firecrackers and fireworks to cats and dogs.

The EcoWaste Coalition is civil society partner of the Department of Health-led "Iwas Paputok" campaign involving the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection and other agencies.


PNP Bicol releases list of prohibited firecrackers

The Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 has released the list of firecrackers that should be used only inside Firecrackers Zone (FZ)/Community Fireworks Display Zone (CFDZ):

1. Baby Rocket
2. Bawang
3. El Diablo
4. Judas Belt
5. Paper Caps
6. Pulling of Strings
7. Sky Rocket (Kwitis)
8. Small "Triangulo"
9. Other types which are not prohibited 

It also posted a list of the prohibited firecrackers:

1. OVERWEIGHT- firecrackers with more than 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 gram of net explosive ingredient.
2. OVERSIZED, like super lolo, giant whistle bomb, etc.
3. FUSE should not burn less than 3 seconds but not more than 6 seconds
4. IMPORTED finished product
5. MIXTURE of Phosphorous or Sulphur with that of Chlorates. 

Furthermore, it gave a list of pyrotechnic devices may be used outside Firecrackers Zone (FZ)/Community Fireworks Display —1 Zone (CFDZ):

1. Butterfly
2. Fountain
3. Jumbo Regular and Special
4. Lutes
5. Mabuhay
6. Roman Candle
7. Sparklers
8. Trompillo
9. Whistle Device
10. All kinds of pyrotechnic devices (Pailaw)
and 11. Other types equivalent to the foregoing pyrotechnic devices 

Pyrotechnic Devices that should be used only inside Firecrackers Zone (FZ)/Community Fireworks Display Zone (CFDZ) - Commercial fireworks intended for use outdoors, where an audience can be further away, and smoke and fallout is less of a concern. They are placed inside mortars with lifting charges and ignited with a squib as part of its assembly. This PD may only be used for fireworks displays designed, operated and performed by PNP-licensed Fireworks Display Operators. 

COA ki Ex-Mayor San Luis: Iuli sa LGU an P9.4-M na ibinayad sa computerization

Report ni Joe Caguimbal

PILI, Camarines Sur 12/28/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An Commission on Audit (COA) nagpaluwas na nin Notice of Disallowance (NOD) na nagsusugo ki Alexis San Luis, dating alcalde kan Pili 11 pang mga empleyado kan munisipyo na iuli sa munisipyo kan Pili an kwarta ibinayad para sa computerization program.

Sabi kan COA, an kantidad P9,450,000 pesos dapat iuli sa kaban kan Pili bago mag Hunyo 22, 2018.

An kasuguan na ini na may fecha Disyembre 11, 2017 firmado ninda Mesalyn V. Claro, State Auditor IV, Audit Team Leader asin Rosita F. Moreles, State Auditor V.

Naresibi ini ni San Luis asin mga pag-iriba kan Disyembre 22, 2017.

Enot na nagpaluwas nin kwarta an munisipyo si San Luis nin kantidad P5.4M kan Enero 25, 2015 asin an panduwang pagbutas nin kwarta na kantidad P4.05M pesos kan Abril 4, 2016, duwang bulan bago magtukaw si Mayor Tomas Bongalonta.

Sa kapareyong bareta, dai nagpaliwanag an suspendidong alcalde na si Tomas Bongalonta kun igwa o mayo nin sisimbagon an mga konsehal kan munisipyo sa transaksyon na ini.

Bicol Standard at 25 years hits 21 million views

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Bicol Standard, the region’s most read and fastest-growing news source, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a bang.

This December, it reached over 21,000,000 views on its website in just three years—an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Bicol region.

It furthermore fortifies its partnerships with national standout and radio station 91.9 BBS DWLV FM.

To date, Bicol Standard has a long list of prominent national and local advertisers, including SM City Naga, Isuzu, BDO, Caltex, Petron, Samsung, Dunkin’ Donuts, Coca-Cola, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, San Miguel Corporation, M. Lhuillier, PNB, Department of Agriculture, Land Transportation Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Crown Hotel, RJ’s Buffet at Villa Caceres Hotel, MySpa, Rise Coffee, Rampage Travel and Tours, among many others.

Bicol Standard has also been cited as source in major news outlets such as ABS-CBN, Rappler, Bombo Radyo, Interaksyon, and GMA.

With this milestone and other achievements, Bicol Standard continues its commitment to bringing the Bicolano audience information that is pirming enot, pirming bago (always first, always fresh).

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Landslide at Andaya Highway in CSur: around 100 vehicles stranded

DEL GALLEGO, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Around 100 vehicles from Manila to Bicol and vice versa are stranded due to a landslide that was recorded at Rolando Andaya Highway, Barangay Comadaycaday, this town at around 6 a.m. today.

The landslide, which brought about by the heavy downpour, rendered the highway impassable.

The Del Gallego Municipal Police Station has already coordinated with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to secure heavy equipment for clearing.

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: One lane of the Andaya Highway has been cleared and is now passable.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Alberto Abulta, MDRRMO Chair of Del Gallego said all vehicles are advised to take alternate route via Daet, Camarines Norte from Naga City to Manila and vice versa to give way to the heavy equipment clearing the highway.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Coffee table book 'Old Family Trees of Albay' now out

After years of exhaustive research of records and actual contacts with friends and relatives, the coffee table history book Old Family Trees of Albay is now complete.

It is a book of eight big family clans to whom author Marcial Estevez Tuanqui, Jr. is related.

For inquiries, please contact

2 victima nin 'stray bullets' sa Bicol: DOH

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)— Duwang stray bullet incidents an nakalugad nin 41 anyos lalaki sa Camarines Norte kan Dec 21 asin 5 anyos na aki sa Camarines Sur , sa enot na rangkada kan mga nalulugadan kun panahon kan Pasko.

Sa report kan DOH Bicol, namonitor ninda an duwang stray bullet incidents sa primerong 4 na aldaw kan pag monitor kan firecracker-related incidents poon kan Dec 21 hasta Enero 2, 2018.

An DOH Bicol Development Management Officer Jobal Bachilller nagsabi sa mga reporters na an primerong incidente nairecord alas 9: nin aga kan Dec 21 kan an 41 anyos na lalaking victima an idinalagan sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital.

Dai na ipinaluwas an pangaran kan natamaan nin stray bullet.

Sinabi sana sa report na siya taga Jose Panganiban, CNorte.

An singko anyos na aking lalaki na natamaan sa saiyang tabay kan bala sa Sitio Ankulan, Barangay Sta Maria, Presentacion, Camarines Sur, kan Sabadong odto.

Pigbubulong an aki sa Bicol Medical Center.

Si Senior Inspector Malu Calibaquib, spokesperson kan PRO 5, nagsabi na an aki tinamaan kan bala hale sa badil kan dai nabistong lalaki na iyo man an nagbadil kan sarong dating army na si Ricky Corbalan, na residente kan nasambit na lugar.

Mientrastanto, an mga official kan DOH nagsabi na 6 an mga incidente nin rebentado na pig report sa Bicol kan Dec 21 abot kasuodmang aldaw kan Pasko.

3 CNorte towns get gifts from Gov Egay, family

Photo via Nesstee Andrade Ella/Public Information Office Camarines Norte

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Gov. Egay Tallado, along with his son Provincial Administrator Alvin Tallado and wife Josie Tallado brought joy to residents of Jose Panganiban, Capalonga, and Paracale during the holidays this year.

Residents of these Tagalog-speaking towns are the recipients of the services of the last leg of the Multi-Services Caravan this 2017.

Also present were Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel and several Board Members.

The group of provincial leaders gave out food packs, seeds, medicines, reading glasses, slippers, and tilapia fingerlings, among others.

There were also free medical and dental services for the thousands of residents who flocked to the site of the caravan.

Gov. Tallado said the local government's flagship public service program continues to be true to its commitment of bringing government services closer to the constituents even during the holiday season.

Tallado said he enjoys spending time with the constituents during the holidays because they are already part of his family.

He further promised that this project will be continued in the coming year.


End of Season Sale at SM City Naga on Jan. 2-8

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) — SM City Naga will be having an End of Season Sale on January 2 to 8, 2018, with discounts up to 70% off.

This was confirmed by SM City Naga Public Relations Officer Tina Sumayao, in an interview with the BICOL STANDARD.

She said that there will be 0% interest on 3-month installments at The SM Store when you pay at least P5,000 using participating credit cards.

Buyers of at least P1,000 worth of items from SM Appliance also get a chance to win a Volkswagen Jetta, along with other prizes.

This sale will also be held at all other SM Malls nationwide.


Gov Migz suspends Bongalonta anew

NAGA CITY 12/26/17 (Bicol Standard) — Barely 14 days before the expiration his ninety (90) day suspension order imposed by the Sandiganbayan, Pili town Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr.,was again slapped with a six-month suspension order, this time signed by Gov. Miguel Luis "Migz" R. Villafuerte of the Province of Camarines Sur.

The suspension order that was issued by the graft court was related to the dismissal from service issued by Mayor Bongalonta against Municipal Accountant Eileen D. Ceron, pursuant to Criminal Case No. SB-11-CRM-0203, entitled People v. Tomas P. Bongalonta, Jr. based on the Minutes of the Proceedings held on September 5, 2017.

Meanwhile, the new six (6) months suspension order signed by Gov Villafuerte, was based on the November 3, 2017 Committee Report of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur in the form of Decision of the Special Committee on Administrative case No. 00-2017 (Yolanda M. Berina vs. Hon. Tomas P. Bongalonta Jr. for Gross Negligence, Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of Service.

Under the said decision, Bongalonta was found Guilty of Gross Negligence, Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of Service, hence, a six (6) months suspension from service was imposed against him.

Pursuant to the said findings by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Bongalonta was directed to cease and desist from further exercising the powers and performing the duties, functions, and responsibilities as mayor of Pili, Camarines Sur for a period of six (6) months effective upon notice.

The said notice was served upon Bongalonta last November 20.


Sorsogon is priority for agri development

For 2018, the province of Sorsogon is one of the three Bicol provinces included in the 10 priority provinces of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) nationwide. Thus, on December 6, 2017, the SAAD national and regional team convened the municipal agriculturists and local chief executives of the priority municipalities in this province for an orientation.

SAAD national Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan, in her presentation, said that the program is one of the strategies Secretary Manny F. Piñol introduced upon his assumption of DA’s top post to alleviate poverty and achieve food security. It started in 2016 in the 10 poorest provinces of the country, looking into the weaknesses of these areas, and their potentials in food production and livelihood programs. Each year from 2017 to 2022, SAAD will focus on 10 marginal provinces. The SAAD program anchors on Social Preparation and Food Production and Livelihood as tools to reduce poverty. To achieve greatest impact, Director San Juan explained that this program will reach the poorest of the poor in far flung areas who have not received any interventions from the regular programs of the Department of Agriculture.

Sorsogon Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) Chief Dominador O. Jardin said the SAAD program will boost the poorest municipalities of the province. Sorsogon’s top commodities are pili, seaweeds, abaca, coconut and cacao, he added.

Florentino Ubalde, Jr. DA - Agricultural Program Coordinating Officer for Sorsogon presented the profile of the province. Sorsogon has 14 municipalities, one city and 541 barangays with two congressional districts. It covers an area of 2,141.44 square kilometers. According to 2015 Phil. Statistics Authority (PSA) reports, Sorsogon has 31.65% poverty incidence. Matnog, has the highest poverty incidence rate among population (2015) at 45.2% and is one of six priority municipalities in Sorsogon under SAAD along with Donsol which has 44.1% poverty incidence, Magallanes (44.1%), Pilar (42.5%), Juban (37.3%), and Sta. Magdalena (35.5%).

Director San Juan said that SAAD targets the poorest of the poor, with agriculture related experience or willing to engage in agriculture. “Kahit yung mga nakiki-ani lang sa mga sakahan. Hindi kailangang may lupa. Maari ding i-organize ang mga out of school youths,” she stressed.

DA Bicol OIC Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension Rodel P. Tornilla shared that Sorsogon farmer-beneficiaries will first undergo training on crops and livestock production, value-adding activities, and enterprise development before receiving the program interventions in the form of upland rice seeds, fertilizers, garden tools and equipment, goat, native pig, native chicken and ducks. He also added that they will adopt the multiplier farm strategy, where next-in-line beneficiaries will ensure that the project interventions will reach them as well.

The program aims to establish small agri enterprises in the poorest barangays and ensure that there is food always in their homes.

Also present during the orientation were Mayor Benito Doma of Prieto Diaz; Regional Dairy Production and Technology Center (RDPTC) station superintendent Dolores Ricafranca; and the area coordinators who will officially start on their jobs in January 2018. The SAAD team of Sorsogon will hold office at the RDPTC in Cabid-an, Sorsogon City (Lovella P. Guarin/ RAFIS DA 5)


NAGA CITY | Wheel clamp ordinance, maigot na ipinapaotob

Retrato hale sa Naga Smiles to the World

NAGA CITY 12/26/17 (Bicol Standard)--Dai makulang sa 60ng mga awto na nakaparada sa prohibidong lugar an nadadakop na nagbabalga kan wheel clamp ordinance oro-aldaw sa ciudad nin Naga.

Ini an sabi kan Traffic Management Center, Task Force COMET asin Public Safety Office na nagconfirmar na maigot nindang ipapasunod an reglamento sa tahaw kan nagpaparahibog na problema sa trafico sa centro kan ciudad.

Segun pa sa mga oficiales sa pahinang Naga Smiles to the World, "Saro lang an wheel clamp sa option para disiplinahon an mga pasaway na driver na obstucting driveways; dakupon an mga ulang na mga vendors na ulang man sa pedestrian area; third one, mag provide traffic flow assistance sa paagi nin enforcers; mag designate nin mga areas, na pwedeng parking space for cars and motorcycles na dai makakaabla sa traffic flow specially su mga one way man an flow (example: kinastilyohan, one side of caceres and elias angeles, evangelista for motorcycles, general luna for cars. Nagbubukas naman po kita thru PPP nin mga satellite markets to declog centro."

"An problema lang ta an centro, suanoy pa po an plano. Tandaan ta po na an centro, centro na yan panahon pa nin kastila," idigugang pa kaini.

DTI wants to speed up EO on PUV modernization

MANILA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to fast-track the creation of an executive order (EO) to support the supply side of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said a new EO is needed to fund the agency’s support program for local body makers of modern PUVs.

This is aside from the DTI’s plan to reallocate some PHP9 billion for the third player under the PHP27-billion Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program.

“We need a new EO on that (PUV modernization program) so that we can get the budget as a support for the local manufacturing; for the local assemblers, body makers to supply modern PUVs,” Lopez told reporters.

The DTI chief said the support program for local assemblers may come later in the PUV modernization program while the replacement of old PUVs may already start as President Rodrigo Duterte targets to kick-off the program in January 2018.

He added that jeepney operators can get orders from local manufacturers or opt to buy completely build up (CBU) modern PUVs while waiting for DTI’s support program for local assemblers to supply modern vehicles.

Lopez noted the need to hasten the creation of an EO to support the supply side of the PUV modernization in order for the locally manufactured vehicles to compete with the price of imported vehicles.

For DTI Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba, she said it is best to source modern PUVs locally as service centers are already present compared to imported vehicles, which parts and services are not yet available here.

“It’s not our policy to restrict entry of imported vehicles. But for imported vehicles, there is also a need to invest in terms of services facilities, and parts should be ready and available locally,” Aldaba said in Filipino. (PNA)


Bicol farmers to get more aid from DA

Sec. Pinol

MANILA 12/26/17 (Bicol Standard) — Bicol's 5,344 farmers will get P 27.5 M worth of insurance payments for crops destroyed, seeds and fertilizers and an emergency loaning program of P25,000 per family affected by the twin typhoons Urduja and Vinta, Agriculture Sec. Manny Pinol announced.

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) through its president Jovy Bernabe earlier said P127-M was prepared for release to the regions.

The PCIC will update its damage assessments following the onslaught of a second typhoon, Vinta, which mainly affected regions in the Southern Philippines.

Asst. Secretary Andrew Villacorta, who is also the Field Operations head, reported that buffer seeds from other regional offices of the Agriculture Department are now being shipped to the typhoon affected areas.

Meanwhile, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) through its Executive Director Jocelyn Badiola, has been directed to validate the number of families of accredited farmers and fisherfolk affected by the typhoons so they could be granted the SURE loaning program.

The SURE Program which stands for Survival and Recovery, grants a P25,000 loan package to farming and fisherfolk families affected by calamities.

Of the amount, P5,000 is given as a grant while the remaining P20,000 is a no-collateral, no-interest loan payable in 3 years and designed to assist typhoon victims in the fisheries and agriculture sector to recover.

Local Government Units of typhoon-affected areas are required to submit a municipal resolution declaring a state of calamity in their areas which along with the NDRRMC data will be used as the basis for the granting of the SURE loans.

Undersecretary Francisco Villano, who is also Chief of Staff of the DA Secretary, has been directed to ensure the delivery of assistance and services to the typhoon affected areas.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Lalaki binadil sa irinoman sa Oas, Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 12/25/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Natapos na mamundo an kuta na maogmang celebrasyon ngonian na aldaw, Dec. 25 kan badilon nin dai nabistong persona si Wilfredo Reomares y Rayala, 50 anyos, na residente kan Barangay Saban, Oas, Albay.

An incidente nangyari kasubagong alas 3:15 nin hapon sa nasambit na barangay.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador an victima maogmang nakikipag-inoman sa saiyang mga kahampang kan siya dulokon kan dai bistong lalaki, dangan binadil sa lawas na iyo an saiyang ikinagadan.

Pig aragapan pa kuta an victima asin idinalagan sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) para ipabulong.

Alagad, makuri an tama niya hale sa bala kan calibre .45ng badil, kaya siya napatodan tulos nin hinangos.

Marikas na nagpatuyatoy padulag an criminal pasiring sa dai madeterminaran na direksyon.

An mga miembros kan Oas MPS nag gigibo pa kan saindang follow up investigation kan sinusurat an baretang ini.

Ex-Mayor Salceda, convicted kuta kan Sandiganbayan

LEGAZPI CITY 12/25/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Si dating alkalde kan Polangui, Albay Jesus Salceda Sr. napatunayan kutang nagkasala sa 2004 fertilizer fund scam, alagad antes na magluwas an desisyon kan Sandiganbayan, binawian na siya nin buhay.

Segun sa resolution na may fecha Deciembre 7 asin ipig post sa website kan 1st Divison kan Sandiganbayan, sinabing dai na idadagos an promulgation kan desisyon na nakatalaan kuta sa fecha 2 kan Febrero 2018.

En vez, pig derihiran kan 1st Division kan Sandiganbayan an prosecution team kan Office of the Ombudsman na confirmaron an pagkagadan ni Salceda sa Philippine Statistics Authority.

Si Salceda, 87 anyos, kan binawian nin buhay kan sarong bulan huli sa sari-saring helang asin complicasyon.

Nin huli ta siya gadan na, sa lindong kan Art 89 kan Revised Penal Code, napara nang entero an saiyang kasalan por medio ta binawian siya nin buhay antes kan promulgation kan final na desisyon isinangat saiyang caso.


Indian moneylender robbed of cash, jewelry on Christmas Day

VIRAC, Catanduanes 12/25/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An moneylender was robbed of cash and jewelry at Brgy. San Isidro, Viga, Catanduanes at around 3:40 p.m. earlier today.

The victim was identified as Tejinder Singh Toor, 29 years old, and an Indian national.

The police said an unidentified suspect forcibly broke the kitchen door of the victim's house and carted away jewelry amounting to around P40,000.00 and more or less P10,000.00 in cash.

Follow-up investigation is still being conducted by the Viga Municipal Police Station as of this writing.

Bicolano wins 6/55 Grand Lotto pot

MANILA 12/25/17 (Bicol Standard)--A bettor from Legazpi City, Albay won the P29.7 million lotto pot, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced.

The winner selected the combination 03-13-11-25-4-18, according to the PCSO website.

The winner bought the ticket from a lotto outlet in Barangay 7-Bano.

Archbishop Tirona celebrates Christmas at Iriga City District Jail

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres leads the Christmas Day celebration at Iriga City District Jail.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Army asin NPA nagbakbakan sa Masbate, 1 an gadan

LEGAZPI CITY 12/23/17 (BICOL STANDARD) -- Saro an nagadan sa madugong baradilan kan mga soldados kan gobiero asin rebeldeng miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA) kasubagong alas 7:15 nin aga sa Barangay Umbongan Diot, Baleno, Masbate.

Base sa report, nagpapatrolya an mga miembros kan 21st Infantry Battalion kan masabatan ninda an dai mabilang na mga rebelde na nagresulta sa biglaan na baradilan.

Afuera kan narecover na bangkay kan NPA, nabawi kan mga soldados hale sa mga rebelde an mga makukusog na calibre nin badil.

Duwang M16 na riple asin sarong M14 an nakua kan mga soldados sa pinangyarihan kan baradilan.

Mayo nin nakulgan o nalugadan sa parte kan mga soldados kan gobierno, sabi sa report.

2 pimps, American national fall in entrapment in Albay

TIWI, Albay 12/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A 92-year-old American national and two alleged pimps here are facing a complaint for violation of Republic Act 10364 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

In the entrapment operation conducted by the Tiwi Municipal Police Station at around 9 p.m. Friday, the authorities rescued a minor and arrested the two alleged suspects.

The authorities discovered that the suspects have been bringing the American national, who is staying at 27-7 Resort here, minors for a price of P1,000 each.

The Tiwi police found out about the scheme after the owner of the resort reported the same.

Police Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, Spokesperson of the Albay Police, led the ocular inspection of the room of the American national.

The police are now studying the cases that could be filed against the personalities involved.


RTC Pili issues TRO vs. CSur STL operator

NAGA CITY 12/23/17 (Bicol Standard) – Judge Vivencio Gregorio G. Atutubo III, Presiding Judge of Branch 32, Pili, Camarines Sur, has issued a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order against the Small Town Lottery operator in Camarines Sur, Evenchance Gaming Corporation (Evenchance), on Dec. 15, 2017.

Affected in this order are the towns of Pasacao, Minalabac, Milaor, San Fernando, Bato, Del Gallego, Buhi, Siruma, and Lagonoy in Camarines Sur where the local chiefs executive are the plaintiffs in the case filed against Evenchance.

In said order, the RTC set the reception of evidence for and against plaintiffs for a writ of preliminary injunction on Jan. 4, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The parties were directed to serve and file copies of the judicial affidavits of their witnesses, if any, at least five days prior to said hearing.

The court has partially granted the Motion to Dismiss insofar as plaintiffs Fortunato C. Pena, Fabio Figuracion, Alexander James D. Jaucian, Amador L. Simando, Romulo O. Hernandez, Wilfredo Rex C. Oliva, Emmanuel H. Noble, Nelson B. Julia, Gilmar S. Pacamarra, Nellie P. Largo, Antonio B. Chavez, Weny A. Sabalbero, Oscar C. Borja, Leonardo A. Agor, and Rogelio Raymund D. Regondola.

Friday, December 22, 2017

LTFRB grants special permits to buses for Xmas season

MANILA--The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has granted special permits to more than 1,000 provincial buses for this Christmas season.

A total of 472 applications for 1,087 buses were approved by the Board for the period covering December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

Northern Luzon has received 278 applications for 631 units followed by South Luzon with 92 applications for 267 units, Bicol with 59 applications for 103 units, Visayas with 35 applications for 74 units and Mindanao with eight applications for 12 units.

LTFRB has earlier moved the validity of special permits issued to provincial buses from December 23, 2017 to January 3, 2018 to December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018 in preparation for tropical storm “Vinta”.

Drivers are advised to take precautionary measures during their trips and those bus units with destinations directly affected by the typhoon and will pass through a RORO port are urged to cancel their trips and remain in their terminals until further notice. (PNA)

Jack of All Trades Naga art, music, poetry fair now open for submissions

NAGA CITY 12/21/17 (Bicol Standard)—Jack of All Trades Naga is inviting local artists, writers, and musicians to submit their works for consideration in preparation for an art, music, and poetry fair in 2018.

The initiative, which hopes to spur the growth of the local art, music, and poetry scene, is now accepting submissions through its e-mail ( and Facebook page (

Artists may submit at least 2 or more works of any medium (photography, digital painting, collage, watercolor, acrylic, among others.

Writers may submit at least 2 or more works. On the day of the event, they may choose to perform spoken word or sell zines.

Musicians may submit 2 or more works, whether original, cover, solo, duet, or band.

Submissions are only until January 1, 2018.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

DOH seeks kids' help in campaign vs firecrackers

MANILA 12/21/17 (Bicol Standard)—The Department of Health has called on school children to help in campaign against firecrackers this holiday season.

Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana said children should be encouraged to tell their parents and siblings to avoid firecrackers because of the injuries and accidents they cause.

Executive Order No. 28, Laxamana reiterated, now regulates and controls the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

This, she said, is for the safety not only of children, but also of the general public.

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