Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Disaster risk reduction and management education

By Allan Ronquillo

Bicol is a region where many potential natural hazards may occur. We are often in the direct path of typhoons and have active volcanoes in our territory. Apart from these, there is always the possibility of earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and floods, among other disasters. There are also what DepEd calls human-induced hazards such as structure collapse, fire, chemical spills, vehicular-related accidents, electrical blackouts, red tide, bomb threats, kidnapping threats, hostage taking, and civil disorder. With the possibility of these, it is thus crucial for the education sector to integrate disaster risk reduction and management into the curriculum.

Primarily, disaster risk reduction and management education raises awareness on the causes and effects of disasters. Furthermore, this allows the learners to develop and contribute to a culture of prevention and reduction of the risks of disasters. This also improves the capacities of the members of the community to not only respond to emergencies in times of disasters but also to cope after they occur. Disaster risk reduction and management education likewise restores the normalcy after the disasters and gives the people affected with hope for the future after these disasters occur.

It is a reality that we cannot put a stop to disasters. However, we can minimize the damages if we take actions in preparedness and mitigation, response, and rehabilitation.

DepEd in its Disaster Risk Reduction Resource Manual says that prevention and mitigation in schools begins with knowing which hazards and risks the school is exposed to in a process called “hazard mapping;” meeting with all stakeholders in education and making plans to reduce those hazards and risks; and implementing plans to reduce vulnerabilities.

Disaster risk reduction and management helps ensure sustainable development, which is especially important in a developing nation like the Philippines.

Disaster risk reduction and management should be a national and local priority, and should be supported by institutions like schools, colleges, and universities.

As an educator, I urge all Bicolanos to support disaster risk reduction and management education by cooperating with DepEd in its endeavor to teach the same to our learners. These include

We must also follow the government’s recommendations in preparing for and responding to disasters, such as cooperating in earthquake drills, creating an earthquake survival kit, participating in school advocacies on disaster preparedness.

TD "Urduja" maintains strength as it moves towards Bicol region

By Lily Ramos

MANILA— Tropical depression "Urduja" has maintained its strength and heads towards the Bicol Region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The state weather agency said as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, "Urduja" was last observed at 455 kilometers east of Surigao City with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 65 kph.

It is forecast to move north northwest at 7 kph and expected to intensify into a tropical storm by Thursday.

Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Mindanao and the rest of the Visayas will have cloudy skies, scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms due to “Urduja.”

Metro Manila, the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, and the rest of Central Luzon will also have scattered rains due to the northeast monsoon.

PAGASA warned fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture over the eastern seaboard of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and the Caraga region as coastal waters will be moderate to rough. (PNA)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Second ACSSSAlympics held in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY – A three-day live-in workshop in which will tackle Gender Advocacy and Development (GAD) and Fiscal Management opened earlier today at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City and Misibis Bay Resort until December 14.

The participants in the said workshop activity are the members of the Association of Camarines Sur Secondary School Administrators (ACSSSA).

During the 3-day gathering, there will be lectures that will focus on important topics, like ACSSSAgip Puso, Christian Innovative Leadership; Financial Management ("Let Your Money Work For You") and Stress Management.

At least 200 participants, mostly School Heads, Public Schools District Supervisors, members of the Medical Team and Division Office personnel were in attendance in the said occasion.

Apart from the lectures and workshops the said off-campus gathering also aims at giving the school heads and their staff members a little break due to the never-ending activities inside and outside the school campus.

This activity was spearheaded by Crespin S. Adayo Jr., ACSSSA President assisted by the officers of the organization.

Army saka NPA nagbakbakan sa Sorsogon

Nagkaiga na naman nin encontrada kasuodmang alas 11:30 nin odto sa Provincia kan Sorsogon kan mga miembros kan army asin pulis, kalaban an mga tawohan kan NPA.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay Salvacion, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

Enot na napalaban an sarong platoon kan 31st IB kan army sa dai makulang sa 30ng mga NPA.

Segun sa report, si ILt Eddie B. Badol kan army an lider kan mga soldados kan gobierno, na nasa regular na pag patrolya, kan makasagupa ninda an dai makulang sa 30ng mga armadong miembros kan NPA, na pinapamayohan ni Edwin Dematera a.k.a “Ka Dupax”, sa may barangay Salvacion, Magallanes.

Naglawig nin 30 minutos si baradilan, pakatapos nag atras na an mga rebeldeng NPA pasiring sa direksyon kan Barangay Biton, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

Mayo nin report na may nalugadan o nakulgan sa parte kan mga soldados, mientras na may sarong nagadan hale sa kampo kan mga NPA.

Nakakua pa an army nin duwang “high powered” na mga badil, hale sa mga nag dudurulag na mga NPA.

Huli kan grabeng baradilan, nagbugtak nin mga blocking force an mga soldados kan gobierno sa mga banwaan na kataid o harane sa pinangyarihan kan laban. Pig dirihiran an mga intelligence operatives na liboton an gabos na mga hospital asin mga clinics tanganing aramon kun igwa pang mga may lugad na NPA na pwedeng pig bubulong sa sainda.

Army’s 9th ID in Bicol gets new chief

LEGAZPI CITY -- Brig. Gen Danilo Chad Isleta is the newly installed commanding general of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division (ID) in Camp Elias Angeles, Barangay San Jose in Pili town in Camarines Sur.

Isleta took over the command on Friday in a turn-over ceremony at the Army headquarters in Pili town, said Army Capt. Joash Pramis, 9th ID spokesperson.

Pramis said Isleta replaced Army Maj. Gen Monolito Orense who has reached the mandatory retirement age.

The 9th Infantry Division oversees three Army brigades operating in the six provinces of Bicol.

Before his new designation, he was assistant division commander of the 9ID.

A 1985 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, Isleta is also the former commander of the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, assistant chief of staff for Civil-Military Operations, chief of Army’s Strategic and Special Studies Office and senior military aid to the Secretary of National Defense. (PNA)


Lanterns made by inmates light up Ligao City’s giant Christmas tree

By Rhaydz Barcia

LIGAO CITY -- A 54-foot Christmas tree adorned with blue lanterns made by inmates of Ligao City Jail was lighted on Sunday night as a symbol of unity and solidarity, following the blessing of the Nativity display made by Msgr. Ramon Tronquid, parish priest of St. Stephen Parish here.

Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua and Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzalez lighted the tree situated between the parish church and the city’s colorful plaza with the flip of a switch.

“We are keeping the tradition of spreading holiday cheer to thousands of spectators from villages and nearby towns for 22 years now. This tradition is done for unity and solidarity,” the mayor said.

She said that the city government asked the inmates to make the lanterns that now adorn the giant Christmas tree as well as the city plaza and St. Stephen Church, to provide livelihood to them.

Aside from the giant Christmas tree here, also lighted up was the Walt Disney’s Cinderella wonderland-themed Yuletide display at the city plaza.

Blue and green LED light bulbs were switched on, making the night bright and cheery, to the delight of people from all walks of life who flocked to the area.

Rep. Gonzalez said that the lighting up of the giant Christmas tree has now become a tradition that inspires unity, love, merrymaking and creating economic activities to the people specifically to local farmers selling their products in the city.

Last year, Mayor Alsua chose Disney’s Frozen character with white and green motif for purity, safety, cleanliness, understanding, peace and abundance.

Former mayor Linda Gonzalez of this city, who pioneered the Christmas tradition of putting up the giant tree and Yuletide display, said: “We made this tradition for unity and solidarity and so as promote tourism. Farmers can bring their products in the city for our agricultural promotion and enjoy the lighting event.”

Mayor Alsua also said the city government is celebrating Christmas with peace, purity and prosperity throughout the year despite having hit by natural calamities.

“Last year, typhoon Nina hit us on Christmas Day but we rose up after the calamity as resilient community,” she said.

Rep. Gonzalez said that Bicol has experienced so many typhoons but was able to stand up all over again and became more developed after the disasters.

Gracing Sunday’s lighting events were members of the Women’s Club of Ligao City headed by former Mayor Linda Gonzalez and church officials. (PNA)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PDEA arrests shabu dealer in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY 12/12/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Another successful buy bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Bicol which has yielded at least 80 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).

The PDEA operatives identified the apprehended suspect as Efren Manansala a.k.a. “Mangga”, a resident of Barangay San Roque here.

Manansala is a high value target, allegedly involved in the illegal drug distribution in the different towns in Albay, but his main operation is focused in this city.

Bicol PDEA regional director Christian Frivaldo said that the confiscated illegal drugs has a street value of at least P500,000.00.

It was also revealed by the PDEA agents that Manansala is one of local retailers who gets his supply from Ismael Onsad and Angelo Ariraya, who were also arrested last week while in possession of one (1) kilo of shabu, valued at P7.7 M, last Dec 2, at Barangay Oro Site, Legazpi City.

Friday, December 8, 2017

VP Leni blasts Sec. Tugade on Naga Airport

NAGA CITY 12/8/17 (Bicol Standard) – Vice President Leni Robredo lashed at the Department of Transportation this morning for not including the Naga Airport in the 2017 and 2018 budget, and conversely including a new airport that will be constructed in San Jose, Camarines Sur.

“We have been trying to communicate with Sec. Tugade for weeks, but have not been able to secure an appointment to discuss the matter,” Robredo stressed.

In a press conference here this morning, Robredo blasted what she called a “surreptitious” planning of the San Jose Airport that did not go through the proper procedure of being studied the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

She explained that in 2013, the DOTC commissioned a feasibility study to examine the improvement of the Naga Airport located in San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur.

Among the seven options examined in the study were: (1) the relocation of the Naga Airport to Libmanan, Camarines Sur, (2) the relocation of the Naga Airport to Ocampo, Camarines Sur, (3) the relocation of the Naga Airport to San Jose, Camarines Sur, (4) North South reorientation of the existing Naga Airport, (5) Southeast Northwest Reorientation of Naga Airport, (6) extension of the Naga Airport and (7) an upgrade of the Naga Airport.

The feasibility study recommended option 5, the Southeast Northwest Reorientation of Naga Airport.

She added that the study emphasized that there should only be one airport in Camarines Sur, “so that the full benefits would be reaped,” she said.

The same was submitted to the RDC and the NEDA. In 2015, the Naga Airport reorientation got an allocation of P670 million, and in 2016, P1 billion.

To her surprise, however, Robredo said there was no more budget in 2017 and 2018 for the Naga Airport, and instead there is budget for an airport in San Jose, Camarines Sur.

“Two airports only forty minutes apart would not be beneficial for the province,” she said. “It doesn’t make sense.”

Robredo said she wanted to ask Tugade if the Naga Airport project would be discontinued due to this new development.

“Unfortunately, our attempts to secure an appointment with him have been proving futile for the past few weeks,” she said.

Robredo added that Catanduanes solon and chair of the House Committee on Transportation Cesar Sarmiento was also surprised by the report.


Meanwhile, Robredo declared that the recent PNR forum in which former Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez was present left more questions than answers.

Among these was why the option of Official Development Assistance (ODA) was selected over PPP Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

In her opinion, PPP would be the more advantageous choice, as it means the government would not spend for the project, instead of borrowing from a foreign entity.

She also did not understand why China was chosen as such foreign partner when it offered a higher interest of 2% over Japan’s 0.5%.

Another forum, she said, would possibly shed light on these issues.

Joint statement

Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Gabriel Bordado, who was seated next to Robredo during the press conference, urged the local government units, Naga City and Camarines Sur Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the media, to come up with a joint statement to appeal to the authorities to seek answers on why the PNR and the Naga Airport are not given the due attention they deserve.

He also expressed his disappointment at Tugade, who according to him has not been honoring their requests for a chance to discuss the important issues.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

PDEA Cam Sur welcomes PNP assistance in drug war

PDEA file photo

NAGA CITY 12/6/17 (Bicol Standard)--"We welcome the PNP to join and continue the collaborative efforts in the government’s drug war."

This is the statement of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Camarines Sur following President Duterte's memorandum that reassigned the PNP to join the drug war.

The PDEA here has been receiving various commendations after having been able to arrest bigtime drug suspects and confiscate big volumes of the prohibited substance.

Although they admitted that their campaign is effective, more help would be welcome in solving the drug crisis, the office said.

Agent Vidal DC Bacolod, head of PDEA Camarines Sur, has been notably visible in his coordinated effort with PDEA agents in coming up with a series of arrests.

DPWH-5 lawyer Atty. Rodulfo suspended for six months by Ombudsman

QUEZON CITY 12/6/17 (Bicol Standard) — A penalty of six months suspension without pay has been slapped by the Ombudsman against Oliver Todoc Rodulfo based on its decision received by the Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways dated November 16, 2017.

In said letter by the Ombudsman, which was signed by Gerard A. Mosquera, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon, Rodulfo is ordered suspended for six months without pay, as a result of the Administrative Complaint signed by Reynaldo G. Tagudando, who served as the DPWH Regional Director of Bicol.

He (Rodulfo) was administratively charged for Grave Misconduct, Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and Conduct Unbecoming of a Public Official.

The Ombudsman’s decision stemmed from the Complaint filed by Tagudando, who in order to assure the prompt attendance of all employees issued a memorandum to include Atty. Rodulfo to use the Electronic Time Card, instead of the Daily Time Record (DTR).

Instead of simply complying with the said directive, Rodulfo prepared and issued a Reply-Memorandum, which contained “libellous, indecent, arrogant, insubordinate, defiant, unprofessional and malicious insinuations and accusations,” which charges the complainant DPWH Regional Director as “incompetent and poor in management.”

“You became a director because of politics,” Rodulfo added in his memorandum in answer to Tagudando’s directive to require him to use the Electronic Time Card via biometric machine.

Furthermore, the complainant stressed that in the blatant attempt of the respondent to embarrass and defame him, he even furnished copies of his reply to the DPWH Secretary, Chief Administrative Officer and Financial Management Division, Civil Service Commission, Presidential Action Centre and Office of the President.

The respondent, in his Counter-Affidavit, denied that his memoranda were libellous and slanderous as they are privileged communications and were made without malice or intent to destroy the integrity and reputation of complainant.

Meanwhile, Rodulfo was found guilty of two offenses with the same penalty of suspension of one (1) month and one (1) to six (6) months. One of his offenses will be considered as an aggravating circumstance. There being an aggravating circumstance with no mitigating circumstance, the maximum penalty for these offenses, which is six (6) months suspension from office without pay, should be imposed, the Ombudsman said.

The charges of Grace Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service must fail.

Meanwhile, reports reaching the Bicol Standard say that Rodulfo, on his own, had volunteered to the Ombudsman to serve the six-month suspension without pay.

As of this writing, it could not yet be ascertained if the Ombudsman has taken cognizance and approved of his voluntary service of the suspension without pay penalty.

Based on the letter signed by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon, Gerard A. Mosquera, the Secretary of the DPWH has been directed to cause the issuance of an order immediately suspending the respondent, Rodulfo. This letter was only received last November 26.

The Ombudsman also said that within ten (10) days after receipt of the letter, the Office must be informed of the date when the suspension will take effect and will end.

Furthermore, for the Office of the DPWH Secretary is directed to submit within ten days a report after compliance of the suspension order.

Due to abovementioned order from the Ombudsman, it is not yet clear if the respondent’s voluntary service of the administrative suspension, which allegedly commenced last November 16, is proper.

Finally, the Ombudsman Act of 1989 is immediately executory and may not be interrupted by any motion, appeal, or petition that may be filed by the respondent.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cam Sur has highest number of rape cases in Bicol: PNP-5

NAGA CITY 12/5/17 (Bicol Standard)—Camarines Sur, the province in Bicol with the biggest population, has the highest number of reported rape incidents, according to the Police Regional Office 5 Crime Statistics Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.

The province has 247 rape cases on record during the period of January 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017.

Meantime, Albay has 119 reported rape cases; Masbate - 98; Sorsogon -50; Camarines Norte – 45; Catanduanes – 37; and Naga City – 27.

The region has a total of 909 cases in the same report relayed to the Bicol Standard earlier today from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS).

Monday, December 4, 2017

RJ's Buffet at Villa Caceres Hotel opens Dec. 7

NAGA CITY 12/4/17 (Bicol Standard)--RJ's Buffet at Villa Caceres Hotel offers a "Fiesta All Day" experience starting December 7.

RJ's Buffet at Villa Caceres Hotel opens Dec. 7
In a press conference earlier tonight, owner Robert Obiedo said the offering completes what he calls the family of the Obiedos--a group of dining experiences named after the members of the family. These include Bistro Roberto's night entertainment, Anne's healthy food selections, Rolando's East-West dishes, and the Villa Caceres' Victorian-inspired accommodations.

RJ's Buffet has a selection of Bicolano, Filipino, and international dishes to refuel any hungry soul.

The place is also perfect for gatherings of family and friends such as baptisms, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions.

RJ's Buffet rates start at P499 for breakfast, P699 for Mondays to Thursdays lunch, P749 for Mondays to Thursdays dinner, P749 for Fridays to Sundays and holidays lunch, and P849 for Fridays to Sundays and holidays dinner.

Kids below 3 feet get to eat free of charge, while those below 4 feet are entitled to a 50% discount. 

The leftover charge is P1,000.

Discounts and privileges may also be availed of by Villa Caceres cardholders, senior citizens, persons with disability, and in-house guests of Villa Caceres and Robertson Hotel.


CNorte Governor's Task Force seizes 14 boxes of dynamited fishes

DAET, Camarines Norte 12/4/17 (Bicol Standard) -- At least fourteen boxes of allegedly dynamited fishes caught off Calaguas Islands were confiscated by the Governor's Task Force at Barangay Minaugan, Vinzons, Camarines Norte.

Pending the release of confirmatory tests, the name of the person behind the illegal activity has not been disclosed.

If proven that the fishes were caught using the prohibited means, the suspect will face a criminal charge.

Gov. Tallado told the Bicol Standard that he is staunchly against any illegal activity that harms the evnironment.


Group promotes “Santa’s Guide for Safe Toys”

With the onset of the Christmas toy bonanza, a non-profit watch group has called on consumers to be on the alert for play things that may bring harm instead of joy to young children.

In a bid to promote consumer vigilance against dangerous toys, the EcoWaste Coalition has come up with an eight-point “Santa’s Guide for Safe Toys” that will come in handy for toy buyers this gift-giving season.

“Not all toys are created equal. There are plenty of toys out there that have not passed quality and safety standards. It is therefore very important for consumers to be extra careful when shopping for gift items to prevent hazardous toys from reaching the hands of our children,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“With the health and welfare of young children in mind, we have come up with toy shopping tips to assist consumers in selecting safe toys this Christmas season,” he said.

Safe toys, according to the “Santa’s Guide,” must be 1) age-appropriate, 2) well-made, 3) no small parts, 4) string shorter than 12 inches, 5) injury-free, 6) not coated with lead paint, 7) not made up of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, and 8) duly labeled and registered

By following “Santa’s shopping tips,” children will be safer from play things that may pose chemical, choking, laceration, poking, strangulation and other safety hazards to their developing minds and bodies, the EcoWaste Coalition said.

1. Choose age-suitable toys. Check the recommended age on the product label and select the one that is appropriate to your child’s age, abilities, habits, and maturity level. Refrain from buying toys that are not labeled for age appropriateness.

2. Pick toys that are durable and well-made. A sturdily made toy will last longer and will be safe for parts that could break or fall apart with frequent use. Detached or shattered parts could injure or pose a choking hazard to a curious child.

3. Shun toys with small parts to reduce the risk of choking. Marbles, tiny balls and toys with button batteries and small components pose a choking risk. As a general rule, toys and toy parts should be bigger than a child’s mouth.

4. Avoid toys with a cord longer than 12 inches to prevent strangulation incidents. Toys with a cord or string longer than 12 inches can be deadly as it can wrap around the neck and asphyxiate a child.

5. Go for injury-free toys. Refrain from procuring toys that can injure a child’s ears, eyes, skin and body such as toys with pointed parts, sharp edges and those that can eject small objects such as toy pellet guns.

6. Think lead-free. Refuse painted toys if there is no assurance that the paint used is safe from lead, a neurotoxin. Toys should be painted only with lead safe paints to prevent a child from being exposed to this toxic chemical that can cause intellectual impairment and mental retardation, among other adverse effects.

7. Opt for toys that are not made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic to prevent a child from being exposed to harmful chemicals additives such as toxic phthalates that can leach out when a toy is chewed or sucked.

8. Seek duly labeled toy and childcare articles (TCCAs) that are notified with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Notified TCCAs have undergone the FDA’s quality and safety verification procedures.

Toys that are properly registered with the FDA will provide the following information on the product label: the license to operate (LTO) number of the toy manufacturer or distributor, age grade, cautionary statements/ warnings, instructional literature, item/ model/ stock keeping unit (SKU) number, and manufacturer’s marking, including the complete name.

“Keep your children safe by following ‘Santa’s Guide for Safe Toys’ this Christmastime and all year round,” Dizon suggested.


Jogger sa Basilica, nahabunan

NAGA CITY 12/4/17 (Bicol Standard)--Pighahanap pa ngonian an suspechado sa pag-ikit kan mga gamit ni Ronald Fabi y Arellano na nagparada kan saiyang motorsiklo sa laog kan compound kan Basilica Church kasoodmang amay na pagkaaga.

Sa report na ipinadara sa BICOL STANDARD, nagjogging an victima sa pag-oltanan kan alas 5:30 asin 6:15 nin aga sa nasambit na lugar sa Barangay Balatas sa ciudad na ini.

Kan magbalik siya sa saiyang vehiculo, nareparo niya na an saiyang wallet na ilinaag sa U-Box nawawara na.

Kaibanan sa mga laog kan wallet iyo an P8,000 na cash, man laen laen na ATM card asin ID, asin iba pang importanteng dokumento.

Segun sa victima, an saiyang motorsiklo ipinarada niya sa atubangan mismo kan Security Guard Outpost.

Padagos pa an pagsiyasat sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2 gadan, 1 irido sa saraksakan sa Catanduanes


VIRAC, Catanduanes 12/3/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Duwa an gadan, sarong irido sa burolyadang nangyari sa baylehan sa Barangay Buenavista, Caramoran, Catanduanes kasubagong mag-omagahon.

Nagpoon an burolyada kan saksakon ni Elvie Castor y Pamplona, si Sunny Fernandez y de Leon, na mga residente kan kapareyong barangay.

Mortal na tama kan lansetas na ginamit ni Castor, sa pagsaksak ki Fernandez, kaya binawian tulos an victima nin buhay.

Mantang na-gagaotan nin kutsilyo an lawas ni Fernandez, duminulag na si Castor, na biyong nagsasarisid an lakaw, huli sa makuring kaburatan.

Kagsing asin siwik nin mga tawo an biyong nag-alingawngaw sa baylehan sa Plaza.

Pirang minutos sana an nakalihis, may saro pang palna nin mga tawo an liwat nagburolyada, asin sinaksak an saro pang lalaki, na nabisto sa pangaran na Noli Coral, 21 anyos an edad.

Si Coral taga Barangay Maysuram, sa Caramoran

Mientrastanto, kan magliwanag na an lugar pakatapos na saraksakak, sa distanciang 100 metros hale sa plaza kan barangay, naheling an nakabulokon na lawas ni Castor, si nagsaksak ki Fernandez na tad-tad man nin tama nin saksak.

Afuera kan mga lugad nin saksak, pinasa pa an saiyang payo, kaya siya tulos naotsan.

Si Noli Coral pig bubulong pa ngonian sa hospital.

An mga imbuelto sa pangyayaring ini, anas mga parahagot nin abaca.

Sa ibong na lado, an mga imbestigador nag sisiyasat pa kan incidente, para maisangat an mga caso sa mga responsable sa krimen.

Bank teller tinadtad nin saksak sa Masbate

MASBATE CITY 12/3/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Mayo pang nakakabisto kan nag-gadan ki Relan Sumalinog y Arcueno, na sarong teller sa banco na nakadistino sa Cataingan, Masbate.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, an incidente ipig report sa hepatura kan pulis ni Resurrection Sumalinog, an ama kan victima.

An krimen nangyari poco mas o menos alas 11:00 nin banggui kan Dec. 2, sa Barangay Balocawe, Dimasalang, Masbate.

Sabi sa declarasyon kan ama kan victima, may birthday party sa saindang harong, kan magtindog an victima asin nagpasiring sa National Highway.

An distancia kan lugar, 200 metros sana hale sa harong kan victima.

Nin huli ta dai nagbabalik an victima para mag-atendir kan celebrasyon, sinusog siya kan siyang sobreno na iyo an nakaheling kan nakadapa nang lawas kan victima.

Igwa siya nin mga tinagaan sa lawas, na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

An sabi ni Regie Sumalinog, an sobrino kan victima, mayo siyang naheling na tawo sa lugar na pwedeng iyo an kag gibo kan krimen.

Nagtitiwis pa si dugo sa lawas kan victima kan abotan kan sobrino, kaya dinara pa kuta sa Rural Health Unit kan Dimasalang, Masbate.

Alagad, an sabi kan doctor na nagheling kan mga lugad kan victima, makuri an tama sa lawas asin sa payo, na iyo an ikinagadan.

P7.7-M worth of shabu confiscated in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 12/ 3/ 17 Bicol Standard) - Alleged big time suppliers of methamphetamine hydrochloride, more popularly known as shabu, were arrested by the agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agengy (PDEA), according to the report released by Christian Frivaldo, PDEA Bicol Chiet.

The prohibited substance is valued at P7.7 million and was confiscated in a buy-bust operation here Saturday evening.’

PDEA agents, the reports say, arrested Ismael Onsad, alias “Opaw,” who was carrying at least one kilo of suspected shabu worth P6.9 million.

His companion, identified as Angelo Ariraya was also arrested in possession of 150 grams of drugs, with an estimated street value of P750,000.

The two suspects (Onsas and Ariraya) were arrested at Purok 2m Barangay Oro Site, here.

The PDEA operatives also said that the place where they were apprehended was being used as their hideout, and could be where they have been disposing the illegal drugs, Frivaldo said.

In the same report, it was revealed that the undercover agents of PDEA have been conducting surveillance operation since October this year.

The arrested suspects were also pinpointed by the witnesses as the major supplier of drugs in Albay.


Celebrating creation: Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

by Melissa Villa-Real Basmayor

The declaration of the name of the pop-up art fair Guibo Mi Yan as a statement of what one can do is bursting with pride. Paradoxically, however, the event did not have any iota of arrogance, and rather a sense of humility, at least to me who was drawn into their unassuming, approachable, and friendly setup at the entrance of Tugawe Cove Café, Robinson’s Place Naga on the afternoon of December 2.

In small tables only large enough to display a handful of zines, art prints, stickers, necklaces, tote bags, keychains, and a plethora of other quirky items, the local artists from Naga City, Camarines Sur, and even Albay, the artists gamely talked about their creative processes, signed their works, and even posed for selfies with fans. While waiting for buyers or in between conversations, some artists took the time to doodle on paper or on their devices. Meantime, others acted as the dutiful social media influencers that they are by posting photos and videos as the event unfolded.

Each artist brought his or her personality into the setup. Isabella Oropesa had miniature easels on her table and a giveaway for those who purchased above a certain price, while Four-Eyed Wonder gave visitors to her table a chance to win her merchandise. Bem Zenit’s table was aglow with fairy lights, illuminating her resin necklaces and rings, and Ryan Jay Avila’s table had a small musical carousel that matched the color palette of his digital illustrations. Karen of Sweet Cheeks brought her two precious children who greeted customers with their adorable smiles and giggles. And apart from having a number of zines, John Leir Castro and Krizzia Esperanza’s table had original paintings whose prices one can decide on, for a minimum of P100. Jasper Gomez and Imagininja had both illustrated zines and prints on show.

In other words, the event was perfectly Instagrammable, and instantly inspiring even for people who claim to have no artistic sense. Not surprisingly, the event drew in not only the expected millennials, but also people from the older crowd. After all, appreciation for art knows no age, especially with the level of skill and creativity the participating artists have, which also included—apart from those already mentioned—  Yvette DucutAnjo Arandela, husband-and-wife team Jay and Ahj Salvosa, and blogger The Indy Miss.

I fervently hope there would be succeeding Guibo Mi Yan pop-up fairs. I would suggest a larger and more conspicuous venue where more artists, from the six provinces of the region can convene. I also urge the government and private organizations to back this project as it supports local makers and furthers arts and culture. Perhaps to attract more to take part in the event, I would also suggest performances by local artists, talks, and demos.

All in all, Guibo Mi Yan was a celebration of Bicolano artistry and craftsmanship, a rare and valuable opportunity for makers and art enthusiasts to come together and engage in conversation. The event supports what is possibly a kind of cosmogony for the digital age, where people with exceptional skills and extraordinary passion participate in the act of creation.

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Guibo Mi Yan pop-up art fair in Naga City

Melissa Villa-Real Basmayor is the Editor-in-Chief of Bicol Standard, the region’s most-read and fastest-growing news source. A former Humanities instructor, her creative works (paintings, illustrations, and poetry) have been part of various visual art exhibits and publications.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

PDEA CSur nakadakop na naman nin drug dealers

NAGA CITY 12/2/17 (BICOL STANDARD) An paka-arestar ki Marilex Arbuis y Comprado kan Nov. 23, 2017, iyo an naging llave para maaraman kan mga ahentes kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) an pig guiruikanan kan droga sa Camarines Sur.

An operasyon kan mga ahentes kan PDEA sa Camarines Sur iyo man an naging dalan sa entrapment operation na nagresulta sa pagkadakop ki Ronald Paredes y Javier, Salvador Durana y Casalja, asin Jonathan Lara y Laudato sa Km 27, E. Aguilando Highways, sa Barangay Anabu II, Imus, Cavite, kasuodma (Dec. 1).

Sa nasambit na operasyon nakua kan PDEA an carculadong 300 grams nin shabu hale sa mga suspechado.

Kaibahan sa operasyon na ini an Camarines Sur Provincial Office kan PDEA na pinpamayohan ni Agent Vidal DC Bacolod asin katuwang an PDEA RO4-A na pinapamayohan ni Dir. Archie A. Grande na nasa lindong kan over all supervision ni Dir Christian O. Frivaldo.

An operasyon kan mga awtoridad ginibo alas 2:30 nin hapon sa nasambit na lugar.

Naging madali sa mga tawohan kan PDEA an pag appreherndir kan mga suspechado huli sa mga informasyon na naguno hale sa Ciudad nin Naga.

An mga suspechado yaon ngonian sa poder kan PDEA.

1 pulis gadan, 6 irido sa ambush sa CNorte

Photo grabbed from Rey Kenneth Oning's Facebook account
DAET, CNorte 12/2/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Saro an gadan, 6 an may lugad sa mga miembros kan Philippine National Police na tinambangan kan mga armadong lalaki sa Sitio Binuang, Brgy. Daguit, Labo, Camarines Norte.

An incidente nangyari kasubagong ala 1:00 nin amay, ngonian na aldaw.

Nabisto an nagadan na pulis na iyo si PO2 Richard M. Abad, mantang an mga may lugad iyo an minasunod: PO2 Ronald Gutierez, PO2 Ericson De Vera, PO1 Jeffrey Tarrobago, PO1 Pedro Valeros, PO1 Romar Umandap asin PO1 Johnson Espana, na anas nakadistino sa CNPMFC, sa Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office.

Si PSSuspt. Cerilo D. Trilles Jr., an acting Provincial Director kan PPO sa Camarines Norte nagpadara tulos nin mga tawohan asin naabotan an mga mga lugad na pulis sa tinampo.

Idinalagan tulos sinda sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital para ipabulong.

An mga miembros kan PNP katuwang an Armed Forces of the Philippines an nagpadara nin mga tawohan tanganing lapagon an mga responsable sa nangyaring ambush.

Pigtutubodan na mga rebeldeng grupo an nasa likod kan incidente.

Lokal Holiday Bazaar offers fun-filled pre-holiday shopping in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 12/2/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Find a collection of lifestyle brands with everything from fashion to food at Lokal Holiday Bazaar on December 2-9 at 3F Ayala Malls Legazpi!

Lokal Holiday Bazaar offers eight days of fun-filled pre-holiday shopping, holiday food finds, crafting workshops, jam sessions, open mic performances, and musical performances by local artists Nina Alvarez, Earl Recamunda and First String Acoustic.

The event, backed by Ayala Malls Legazpi, allows local brands and entrepreneurs to flourish.

Participating local food brands and businesses include Granjeros Central, 528 Ilawod, Dob's Buko Batchoy, Beer Heart, 1123 Modern Boheme, Supah Kid, Sideprojects, BidiBidi Enterprises, Femene, and more.

Meanwhile, the sponsors include Bigg's Diner, Soleil, Pullout Productions, Muy Bien Creatives, Alan Segui Photography, Davies, Education Center for Australia, Artisans Specialty Coffee.

BICOL STANDARD is a proud media partner of Lokal Holiday Bazaar.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Akusado nin Parricide, arestado sa Tinambac

NAGA CITY 12/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Mayong ipig recomendar na fianza si RTC Judge Pedro M. Redona sa akusadong si Maria Christina Flores y Brugada, may agom, residente kan Barangay Sogod, Tinambac, Camarines Sur.

Si Flores may casong Parricide na nakasunad sa Branch 63 kan RTC sa Camabanga, Camarins Sur.

Inarestar siya kasubagong alas 11:55 nin odto sa sinambit na barangay, huli sa Warrant of Arrest na firmado ni Judge Redona.

An casong inaatubang kan akusado iyo an Criminal Case No. 17-2740.


Naghabas nin motorsiklo, nadakop sa Bato, CSur

NAGA CITY 12/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Tulong lalaki na suspechado sa pag-carnap nin motorsiklo an inarestar (citizen’s arrest) kan an saindang hinabas na vehiculo mag-simplang sa may riles kan tren sa rail road crossing sa Barangay San Miguel, Bato, Camarines Sur.

An incidente nangyari kasubagong alas 3:00 nin mag-omagahon.

Segun sa report kan pulis an tulong suspechado sa pag carnap nin motorsiklo iyo sinda Ruben Solano y Pelicia, taga Anoling, Camalig, Albay, Jeffrey Moyo y Guiriba, residente kan Salugan, Camalig, Albay asin sarong menor de edad na nabisto sa pangaran na Alex, taga Barangay Anoling, Camalig, Albay.

Hinabas an motorsiklo sa Barangay Agos, Polangui, Albay.

Sabi sa report kan mga awtoridad, an tulong suspechado sa pag carnap kan motorsiklo na-aksidente kan sinda magbaktas sa riles kan tren sa Barangay San Miguel, Bato, Camarines Sur.

Nin huli sa pagtubod na hinabasan an motorsiklo kaya inarestar an tulo na mga suspechado.

Alagad, nin huli ta may mga rungas sa saindang lawas an duwa sa mga suspechado kaya idinalagan sinda sa hospital para ipabulong.

An ika tulong suspechado an dinara sa pulis tanganing imbestigaran.

Mientrastanto, an motorsiklo yaon ngonian sa poder kan mga awtoridad.

Pig pepreparar na kan mga awtoridad an pag sangat nin caso contra sa mga imbuelto sa casong ini.

Albay STL operator may lose franchise

MANILA (Bicol Standard)—“Authorized Agent Corporations who continue to fail to remit their required Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipts or PMRR will face appropriate sanction such as cancellation of their authorization to play STL."

This is the statement issued by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan to the BICOL STANDARD in response to the complaints of Albay political leaders on the alleged non-remittance of the correct share of local government units in the daily operation of Small Town Lottery (STL).

Balutan issued the statement following the killing of Alex Herman Alemania, chairman of Lucky V Prime Enterprises, an Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC) playing STL in Albay.

Balutan added that if the AACs will continue to fail in the remittance of the Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipts, PCSO will have no other recourse but to hold another bidding to find another licensee.

“To avoid this scenario, AACs have to comply with the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to continue to operate the STL,” he clarified.

“The PCSO will not tolerate any internal dispute among its AACs as this would greatly affect STL revenues. They are supposed to help us increase our revenues which will be used for PCSO’s charitable services and programs,” he further emphasized.

Depending on the result of the investigation and if proven that the killing was due to internal dispute, Balutan said Lucky V Prime may lose its authorization to play STL.

“PCSO will not hesitate to revoke their contract if the dispute is not settled immediately,” he said.


2ng driver nin motorsiklo, gadan sa aksidente sa Labo, CNorte

Photo: MDRRMO Labo

DAET, Camarines Norte 12/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Pareyo binawian nin buhay an driver kan duwang motorsiklo na nagkabangaan, mantang nagsapo nin mga bakros asin rungas an saindang mga kasuno, sa aksidenteng nangyari sa barangay 7, Banahaw, Labo, Camarines Norte.

An mga victima iyo sinda Edmar Sereno, 28 anyos, asin si Enrico Oning, 48 anyos, na sabatan na nagkasalpakan kan mga motorisiklo na pig mamaneho ninda.

Base sa pagsiyasat na ginibo kan pulis, pareyong marikas an dalagan kan duwang motorsiklo asin head-on collision an nangyari sa lugar kan aksidente.

Si P/Supt. Ricky Camisola, an hefe kan pulis sa Labo, Camarines Norte nagsabi na segun saindang mga imbestigador difisil na mabuhay an mga victima nin huli sa tama sa saindang payo asin lawas.

An mga nakasuno sa sainda pig bubulong ngonian sa hospital.

Mientrastanto, naaraman kan mga imbestigador na pareyong burat an mga drivers kan naaksidenteng motorsiklo kan nangyari an aksidente.

Nagpapadagos pa an pagsiyasat kan aksidenteng ini hastang ngonian.

No classes on Dec. 4 in Albay--Gov. Bichara

LEGAZPI CITY 12/1/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Classes in all levels on December 4, 2017 are suspended in both private and public schools in Albay except those schools located in the island and remote/far flung barangays/areas that will be determined by the local school authorities.

This was announced by Governor and PDRRMC Chairman Al Francis C. Bichara this morning.

The suspension of classes is in view of the impending mass transport strike on December 4-5, 2017 by the transport sector and in order to maintain peace and order and public safety.

Bichara added that there is no suspension of Work in both government and non-government office.

He recommended early marketing and buying of food stuffs, medicines and other errands, and avoiding unnecessary movements until the public transport system in the province resumes.

Ambulance services of all LGUs/MHOs must be on stand by and ready to assist emergency cases within their respective areas, he said.

Mayor Bongat submits P1.14B budget for 2018

Mayor John Bongat
Photo by Kikoy Lim
NAGA CITY--Mayor John G. Bongat has submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the city’s proposed annual budget for the year 2018 in the amount of P1, 138, 780, 544.31 which is slightly higher than the 2017 budget of P1, 111, 041, 440.30.

Still, if approved, it is still the highest budget for any city in Bicol and the only one breaching the P1B budget mark.

Job and livelihood creation, services in health, and education and solid waste management programs remain in the priority list, along with other development projects to be undertaken by the city government in the coming year.

As reflected in the proposed budget, the City Government will be sustaining its support for education— making opportunities especially for the less privileged families to send their children to school— setting aside P13M budget for the scholarships.

Pushing forth to improve its social welfare services, the proposed budget also includes P20.14M for food supplies expenses for the patient’s meal. This will include those in the city hospitals (the Naga City Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary), as well as the wards at the Naga City Children’s Home.

The family beneficiaries of Sanggawadan will also be benefitted by the allocated food supplies as well as the feeding programs for the malnourished children of the Naga City Population and Nutrition Office, among others.

It also includes P19.60M for drugs and medicines of the city health facilities, while P6.3M will be for dental and laboratory equipment, to further beef up its health programs.

As the city also tries to respond to rising demand for infrastructures, a big bulk of the budget amounting to P67M will be allotted for road projects and other infrastructure and building constructions.

With its thrust also in capacitating its people with necessary knowledge and skills especially during emergencies, a budget of P57M will be for the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF)— to be used in various basic life support and first aid skills trainings, as well as in acquiring necessary emergency supplies for relief goods operations, to better the city preparations and response to unwanted disasters that could strike.

As part also of the safety and security initiatives of the city government, a P5M will go for the installation of new streetlights particularly in the minor city streets and alleys, to ensure safety for the walking public and students, especially at night.

With the continuous undertakings in the waste management program of the city, a P16.75M will be for the acquisition of additional garbage trucks— for a more efficient garbage collection, while other solid waste management programs will be given a P40.70M budget under the Local Development Fund (LDF).

Under still the LDF, which is a separate fund of the city for major development projects, initiatives for the rehabilitation of the Naga River will get P11.39M.

Reflective in the city budget is the comparatively lower dependency of the city government upon the national government’s allocation for the city (Internal Revenue Allocation)— comprising only 46% of its budget fund, than that of the city’s own income (local revenue sources).

Meanwhile, the proposed budget is still under scrutiny by the Sangguniang Panlungsod while budget hearing are still being regularly conducted by the Committee on Appropriations with the active participation of the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC), Liga ng mga Barangay and women’s and various organizations. (By Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO)

Burglars break into CBSUA female dorm

PILI, Camarines Sur 12/1/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- A group of burglars, allegedly including two women, surreptitiously broke into the female dormitory of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, and carted away valuable items such as cellphones, ATM cards, and wallets at around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Said dormitory is located inside the compound of the university at San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur.

The police said the unidentified suspects removed the jalousie window panes and reached the lock of the doors.

One of the victims told the investigators that she saw at least two suspects, both female, inside the dormitory.

One of them was armed with a kitchen knife.

The suspects, the victim said, scampered upon knowing that she was awake.

Recovered from the scene was a green half-face helmet, believed to be owned by one of the suspects.

Meantime, the security guard of said university reported that their CCTVs have long been out of order, and thus could not be used in the investigation.


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