Friday, September 29, 2017

Suspected rebels torch construction equipment in Albay


DARAGA, Albay 9/29/17 (Bicol Standard)--DARAGA, Albay 9/29/17 (Bicol Standard)--A group of around 50 suspected rebels is believed to be behind the torching of construction equipment owned by E.M. Cuerpo Incorporated at the construction site of Bicol International Airport in Barangay Alobo, this town 8:20 p.m Thursday.

The torching, according to the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, was done simultaneously with two separate harassment incidents in patrol bases of the army and police.

Among the pieces of heavy equipment that were set on fire were five heavy trucks, one mini dump truck, one double cab truck, one grader, one mixer, one crane and one owner-type jeep.

A firefight also lasted for around 25 to 30 minutes between the government troops and the suspected rebels.

As of this writing, the cost of damages is yet to be determined, pending declaration by the construction company.

Meantime, the 9th Infantry Division said that extortion is possibly the motive behind the incident.

In a statement, the Army said the incident is proof of the rebels being "anti-poor" and "anti-development."
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Watch 'Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog' this Saturday, Sept. 30



The Camaligan LGU will host the pilot performance of the musical “Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog” at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 30 at the scenic Camaligan wharf.

This play, written and directed by Sining Banwa’s acclaimed scriptwriter Sari Saysay, is a product of discussions with senior citizens in seven barangays along the Bikol River and in Naga City. Flora and fauna, enchanted creatures, as well as ghosts live again to sing and dance their stories about life along the river.

The senior citizens will be treated as special guests in the presentation, to return to them the memories and stories they shared about the river in an artistic form. Youth and students are also especially invited in the hope that they will accept the work of caring for the poor, the river, the flora and fauna, and the earth in general.

“Mga Aninipot” is the product of Sumaro sa Salog (SULOG, Inc.)'s cultural project, “Saving the Bikol River through Collaborative Inter-Disciplinary Artistic Production” and submitted to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for funding under the Taripon grant with NGO partner Associates in Research and Community Empowerment Services (ARCES), Inc. as conduit. Private citizens have since been giving support for bridge funding for the play which will be shown for free in riverine communities, to be hosted next by Canaman.

Bel Borja of Sangre de Naga theater group serves as stage manager, while Vic Nierva is musical director, with songs by Jireh Pasano and some musical arrangements by Joseph Reburiano. The Montessori Children's House of Learning generously provided a venue for the rehearsals. Teatro Sta. Luisa through director Alcid Valencia, Teatro Aliento through Jenn Romano, Totoy Badiola of the MetroNaga Development Council (MNDC), Bigg’s, Inc., Fer Basbas, and Muloi Prado also assisted in the production.

SULOG is an organization of volunteers engaged in strengthening citizens' participation in river governance and helping clean and save the rivers and waterways of Naga City and Kabikolan. The cast and crew of the musical play are all volunteers too. - SULOG

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

CSur SP wants Partido Development Administration abolished



PILI, CAMARINES SUR 9/28/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A resolution urging the immediate abolition of Partido Development Administration (PDA) in view of its failure to serve its lawful purpose for which it was created was unanimously approved by the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday.

The PDA was created by Republic Act No. 7820 (the PDA Charter) and was approved on November 18, 1994.

It covers ten municipalities in Camarines Sur, including Caramoan, Garchitorena, Goa, Lagonoy, Presentacion, Sagnay, San Jose, Siruma, Tinambac, and Tigaon.

"A perfunctory look at the history of PDA would show that when this GOCC was created, the author of its originating House Bill was himself designated as a member of the Board. While the same author was in office, he caused the amendments to the PDA Charter which became embodied in Republic Act No. 8989. These amendments caused the removal of the development and planning coordinator of the Province of Camarines Sur from the PDA Board. Previously, two (2) Provincial Board Members from the third district of Camarines Sur were to province with annual report of activities and finances. This has been deleted by the amended Section 8(b) (4) of the PDA Charter. Previously, Section 10 of the PDA Charter provinded that the provincial governor of Camarines Sur may recommend the administrator to be appointed by the Board. Again, this was deleted to remove checks and balances essential to the transparent operation of the government corporation," the resolution reads.

"It now appears that the PDA was created to further political ends rather than to serve its constituents," it continues. "Almost twenty-three years later, we have come to realize that the creation of the PDA was an exercise in futility, resulting merely in the duplication of functions already properly vested by the Local Government Code to other offices."

Prior to this, six out of ten municipal mayors belonging to the Partido District also signed a resolution urging the dissolution of the PDA.
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CIDT to question dismissal of complaint vs. arrested cockfighters



NAGA CITY 9/28/17 (Bicol Standard)--A Motion for Reconsideration will be filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) headed by PCI Ronnie Fabia.

This is for contesting the Provincial Prosecutor's dismissal of the criminal complaint filed against 60 individuals who were apprehended on Monday inside the Camaligan Sports Complex for being allegedly involved in illegal cockfighting.

The Provincial Prosecutor dismissed the case "for lack of probable cause" and directed the CIDT to "release the arrested individuals unless they are detained for any other lawful cause."

According to the Inquest Resolution, the apprehended persons were able to show a Business Permit and a Special Permit issued by the local government of Camaligan, Camarines Sur.

In an exclusive interview by the BICOL STANDARD, Fabia pointed out that his team raided said cockpit while the 60 persons were holding a cockfighting activity on a Monday, which is expressly prohibited under Presidential Decree 449 (Cockfighting Decree).

Fabia said the suspects were rounded up by the cops in flagrante delicto together with other pieces of evidence including 53 fighting cocks, 19 gaffs, one tally board, one bundle bet slip, and bet money amounting to P11,560.00 in different denominations. (With report from Joe Caguimbal, photo by Oscar Esmenda)
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Kabayan Partylist grants scholarship to 62 CSur, CNorte studes

Kabayan Partylist Rep. Ron Salo


NAGA CITY 9/28/17 (Bicol Standard)--Kabayan Partylist has announced that 62 students in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte are now scholars under the CHED-Kabayan Partylist Tulong Dunong Program.

Under the scholarship, the students will receive 24,000 per year.

All CHED-accredited schools are covered under the scholarship program.

In addition, at least 18 more scholarship applications are set to be approved in the coming weeks, Jennis Nidea, Focal Person of Kabayan Bicol told the Bicol Standard.

The 62 scholars will gather at the ER Hall, 3rd Floor, Municipal Hall Building, Canaman, Camarines Sur for the formal distribution of the Notice of Awards tomorrow, Sept. 29.

Kabayan Partylist Rep. Ron Salo, meantime, underscored the partylist's commitment to helping give the Filipino youth better opportunities in life through education.
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Salalima urged to run for Albay 3rd District Representative


LEGAZPI CITY 9/28/17 (Bicol Standard)--The resignation of Sec. Rodolfo Salalima from the Department of Information and Communications Technology could lead to a change in the political landscape in the 3rd Congressional District of Albay.

This early, a group of Albayanos is pushing for Salalima to run for Congressman in said district.

Lito Tuanqui, former Vice Governor, said of Salalima: "He is a MAN of courage, honor and integrity - a truly ideal PUBLIC SERVANT. His educational background and work experiences speaks well of him. Atty. Rudy Salalima is a graduate of San Beda College, Manila and is from POLANGUI, ALBAY.

In an interview with the BICOL STANDARD, Tuanqui, who is also Salalima's cousin and former classmate, said he [Salalima] "was already asked to run for that position several times previous by his cousin, Cong Joey Sarte Salceda but he declined coz he was with Globe Telecom then."

Salalima is a former chief legal counsel and senior advisor of Globe Telecom.

He also served as Senior Vice President for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and Managing Director of Ayala Corporation.

He was a former classmate of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in the San Beda College of Law Class of 1971.

He resigned from his post last Sept. 22.

Presently, Cong. Fernando Gonzalez is the Albay 3rd District Representative. He, however, is on his third and last term as Congressman.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Legazpi City’s EO 36-2017: Unwarranted, overreaching, prelude to more abuses--NUPL

LEGAZPI CITY 9/27/17 (Bicol Standard)--"Executive Order No. 36-2017 is a curtailment of the constitutionally enshrined rights of abode, travel and privacy. The Legazpi City Mayor overreached jumping in his executive order under the pretext of maintaining peace and order and preventing criminality," Atty. Bart Rayco of the National Union of People's Lawyers Albay said in a press statement.



Said Executive Order penalizes residents for not registering visitors staying for 24 hours.

Otherwise known as "An Executive Order Prescribing Guidelines for the Inter-Barangay Travel Registration Mechanism," the Executive Order says that registration of visitors is needed to achieve a crime- and drug-free country, and to protect barangays from drug users and pushers, as well as from criminals and other unwanted personalities.

Rayco, in response to the Executive Order, added: "The requirement of logging at the barangay curtails the freedom of movement and liberty of abode and encroaches on the privacy of the people, the limitation/s to which has already been provided by the Constitution and is not within the discretion of any local government official to regulate without a valid basis.

That it is akin to signing and logging in when one visits government offices is an off beam comparison. It is certainly not similar to a visit to a relative or friend based on a very plain reason: the first is official business while the second is private.

Just because it does not impose any penalty does not mean we will let sleeping dogs lie because it is an attack to our freedoms.

The EO’s directive for the barangay officials to maintain a logbook of the individual staying in the barangay premises for 24 hours or more and the reporting of presence of individuals based on the very broad term ‘suspicion’ coupled with the present situation of extrajudicial killings and rights violations in the course of war against drugs makes the people ask, "Are we under Martial Law? Or is Martial Law brewing up in Legazpi as well?”

Its vagueness makes it more evil because it leaves implementation, at a very wide discretion, on the hands of enforcement and barangay officials.
“This is another ill-advised Big Brother scheme under the guise of order but without peace. It is in open violation not only of the fundamental right to privacy but also freedom to travel and liberty of abode. Indeed it is open to question of constitutionality. The problem really is that national and local government officials and public officers take their cue and are emboldened by the draconian gimmicks and fascist fantasies of the national leadership”, NUPL President Edre Olalia said.

He added, “Duterte has sent the signal that brazen and orchestrated violations of individual rights is the new normal and you can let it slide in the name of the fight against criminality and drugs.”

The fight against drugs and maintenance of peace and order is for the people to enjoy a peaceful life and their civil liberties. Thus, an order or any law for that matter should not run roughshod over the constitutional rights of the people.

EO 36-2017 is an overreached hind feet of the state that hurts the freedoms of its own people. Because, clearly, the order has no basis; it is unwarranted. It does not bring order. Worse, it fuels the fan of fire for more abuses because of its vagueness. It sets a very bad precedent and a prelude to more rights violations."
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VM Legacion, ipigbiklad an mga plano sa trafico sa Naga

Traffic light in Naga City
BICOL STANDARD Photo
NAGA CITY 9/27/17 (Bicol Standard)--Matapos magluwas an resulta kan 2017 Third Quarter Naga City Poverty and Governance Public Opinion Poll, particularmente manungod sa problema sa trafico, sinabi ni Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion na kadakol an solusyon sa nasambit na problema.

Sa entrevista kan Bicol Standard asin 91.9 BBS FM, sinabi ni Legacion na saro an pagpapahiwas kan mga tinampo.

"An malinaw po itong sa MT Villanueva Avenue. One time po ngani hale ako sa Bagumbayan Norte papunta po ako sa City Hall. One hour po an inabot, nin huli ta duman po ako napa-agi. Ano po an pwedeng gibuhon sa areang yan? Widening po an kaipuhan para mas may espasyo sa mga vehiculo," sabi ni Legacion.

"An problema po ta may maapektuhan na mga properties na pagsasadire kan mga pribadong individual including po an Naga College Foundation. Agree man po in principle si mga landowners, alagad si mas contentious issue po itong pagputol nin kahoy na maaapektuhan kan road widening. Dai man po pwede na nagwiden ka nin tinampo, natada si mga kahoy," sabi ni Legacion.

"Kaipuhan man po magconstuir kita nin mga bagong road networks. Kaya po ngani an SP pigsisibot si Atty Perfecto Bragais III para sa acquisition kan road right of way duman sa Calauag-San Felipe circumferential road. Pag nahaman na po yan, si ibang mga vehiculo na nag-aagi sa MT Villanueva Avenue, digdi asin Magsaysay, pwedeng duman na po mag-agi sa Calauag San Felipe Road, going to Matiway and then paluwas na po sa Cararayan and then Del Rosario, and then luwas sa Maharlika Highway. And then si pagconstruir kan Balatas City Science road, tanganing makatabang po sa pagdecongest kan traffic dyan sa Magsaysay. Asin iba pa pong road networks na dapat iconsider asin maaksyonan po tulos kan local na gobierno kan Naga."

Afuera kaini, importante man an disiplina kan mga tawo sa paggamit kan mga tinampo, segun pa sa Bise Alcalde. (Report hale ki Joe Caguimbal)
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nagueños perceive drop in crime incidence; Mayor Bongat, VM Legacion rated 'very good'

NAGA CITY 9/26/17 (Bicol Standard) – Almost four out of ten Nagueños (36.8%) perceive a decrease in crime incidence in the city between July 2016 and July 2017, while more than a quarter (28.5%) perceive an increase.

This is according to the 2017 Third Quarter Naga City Poverty and Governance Public Opinion Poll results released by the Ateneo Student Researchers Pool earlier today.

The decline in crime incidence is attributed to greater police visibility and effort (23.8%), the anti-drug campaign (19.7%) and fear of the Duterte administration (17.7%).

On the other hand, unchanged or increased crime incidence is attributed to the war on drugs/Oplan Tokhang (27.5%), police and local government negligence (15.5%) and the presence of illegal drugs (12.4%)

One out of three Nagueños perceive themselves as “poor”

In the same poll, one out of three Nagueños considered themselves “poor” in the This self-rated poverty incidence decreased by about 5% from last year’s 39.8%. Those who are poor perceive themselves as such because they have low income (57.1%), lack a permanent job (27.9%) and eat less than three meals a day (6.4%).

Mayor Bongat, VM Legacion receive “very good” net satisfaction ratings

Mayor John Bongat got a +55.7% or “very good” net satisfaction rating (65.6% satisfied, 9.9% dissatisdied. Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion received a +50.4 or “very good” net satisfaction rating (62.7% satisfied, 12.3% dissatisfied). Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod have “neutral” to “good” net satisfaction ratings.

President Rodrigo Duterte has a +3.6 or “neutral” net satisfaction rating while Vice President Leni Robredo gets a +57.9 or “very good” net satisfaction rating.

Nagueños strongly agree that traffic is a problem in the city

About two-thirds of Nagueños (64.8%) agree that the traffic situation in Naga City is a problem. It registered a +46 or a “strong” net agreement rating. To solve the problem of traffic, Nagueños recommend road widening or other road projects. However, Nagueños have opposing views on whether to remove or reduce traffic lights (13.1%) or install more traffic lights (10.8%).

Residents favor cutting of trees and the demolition of structures to give way for road widening

More Nagueños favour cutting trees and demolishing houses and other structure within road right of way to facilitate road widening. The cutting of trees gained +16.7%, a “moderate” net agreement rating (48.5% agree, 31.8% disagree). With regard to demolishing houses and other structures, more than half of Nagueños (62%) agree. This resulted to a “strong” +44.2% net agreement rating (62% agree, 17.8% disagree).

Nagueños observe that the smoking ban is not strictly followed


A substantial majority of Nagueños are aware of the implementation of the smoking ban in Naga City in public areas. Of those who are aware, 74.2% observe that the ordinance is not followed by Nagueños.

Survey background

The 2017 Third Quarter Naga City Poverty and Governance Public Opinion Poll used face-to-face interview of 400 respondents randomly selected from voting-age population in all barangays in Naga City. The margin of error is ±4.9%.

The survey was conducted from July 9 to August 11, 2017 by the Ateneo Student Researchers Pool, under the guidance of the Ateneo Social Science Research Center and was funded by the University Research Council.
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Sandiganbayan metes 90-day suspension to Mayor Bongalonta


PILI, Camarines Sur 9/26/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Mayor Tomas Bongalonta has been meted a 90-day suspension by the Sandiganbayan for dismissing private complainant and municipal accountant Eileen D. Ceron from service.

This is pursuant to Criminal Case No. SB-11-CRM-0203-People v. Tomas P. Bongalonta, Jr. based on the Minutes of the Proceedings held on September 5, 2017.

Mayor Bongalonta has not issued a statement as of this writing. (Report by Joe Caguimbal)
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60 nabbed for illegal cockfighting in Cam Sur


CAMALIGAN, Camarines Sur 9/26/17 (Bicol Standard)--Sixty persons were arrested yesterday afternoon at Camaligan Sports Center, otherwise known as the Fulgentes Cockpit, at Barangay San Roque, this town for violation of Presidential Decree No. 449.

The following are the names of the apprehended individuals:

  1. FRANKLIN FULGENTES y DEL CASTILLO
  2. WILLIAM GADOS y EDUARTE
  3. EDWIN YAO y PASAYON
  4. GERONIMO ESTABILLO, JR y PAAT
  5. REGALADO SANTOS y BARADIA, JR
  6. JERIC SANTOS y BARADIA
  7. RIZALDY BALONG y ABUEDO
  8. ROMEO PAGO y TUAZON
  9. ALVIN JANUARIO y CAPARDO
  10. ALEJANDRO NICOLAS y DOBAS
  11. JIMMAR VILLARE Y ARAZAS
  12. RAMADON STA. ANA y BELDAD
  13. RICKY HILARIO y REYALDA
  14. ARNOLD DELA CRUZ y DE JESUS
  15. AGAPITO ALBALATE y TABLAY
  16. CHRISTIAN BEA y ABELADO
  17. ANTONIO VERGARA y COMPAS
  18. FROCTOSO COBAL y PELAEZ
  19. ARIE PAPA y BIATA
  20. JEFFREY SALUD y ROSERO
  21. RODEL PANTE y FAJARILLO
  22. NESTOR JAY GAVERIA y LANUZA
  23. RICANTE POLAN y ANSUS
  24. EDGARDO MARIANO y ABILAY
  25. DOMINGO BELMORO y SALALIMA
  26. NHELIO SLUD y ROSERO
  27. ARIEL AGNA y ASUTELIO
  28. ERWIN ITIS y BOBARES
  29. JOSE BALLERDA, JR. y ALERIA
  30. ZANDY PORTEZ y VILARMENO
  31. JEFFREY PEÑALOSA y VARGAS
  32. EDGAR ESCAÑO y PACHECA
  33. SALVADOR AMADOR y PIJEDOR
  34. ERIC PUYO y BARASINA
  35. RENE CELERIO y ESTONIDO
  36. PEDRO RUIZ y IBARRA
  37. GENER BONGALOS y VILLEGAS
  38. RUSSEL PIMPOLIO y IMPERIAL
  39. REY MARK MONTERO y ALBIS
  40. NORBERTO SALAMANGQUI y TIKYO
  41. ERWIN MADAYAO y SANCHEZ
  42. GARRY ANCIANO y MADRIGAL
  43. JULIUS MEDRANO y BARELA
  44. ARJAY RAYRA y PASIDILLA
  45. ARON DELOS SANTOS y CAPE
  46. ALVIN ENCISO y FRANCISCO
  47. GREGORIO RITA y BRAZERO
  48. SANTOS OCIANA y OLAYRES
  49. RODRIGO DOMITITA y CAPE
  50. JESUS BALISTAMON y MIÑA
  51. REYNALDO CORDEZ y BONITE
  52. JOHNNY RIANO
  53. ADELINO LLAMERA, JR
  54. ALEX PARRA
  55. HEYRON BOBILES
  56. RENANTE VERSOSA
  57. ROMY RAMOS y AGUILAR
  58. JASON ALMENRAL
  59. CRISANTO ALANO
  60. ANTHONY ALANO

The anti-illegal gambling operations were conducted by joint elements of CIDT-Camarines Sur, PIB-Camarines Sur, and Camaligan Municipal Police Station.

The joint operatives confiscated 53 fighting cocks, 19 gaffs, one tally board, one bundle bet slip, and bet money amounting to P11,560.00 in different denominations. (With report and photo from Oscar Esmenda)
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Traffic lights sa Naga: inomaw, tinuyaw

Naga City (BICOL STANDARD file photo)

ni Joe Caguimbal

NAGA CITY 9/25/17 (Bicol Standard)--Dawa na ngani pigtutuyaw asin padagos na nag-aani nin negatibong reaksyon an mga traffic light sa Naga, nagtutubod si Sangguniang Panlungsod Public Safety and Order Committee Chairman Konsehal Lito Del Rosario na kaipuhan ini sa ciudad nin Naga huli ta parte suboot ini kan progreso.

Dapat na matuod an mga motorista sa Naga kan traffic light ta bakong gabos na panahon yaon an mga miembros kan PSO para magmando kan trafico.

Lalo na kun mauran, dapat traffic light an gamiton, sabi ni Del Rosario.

Maroromdoman na kaining mga nakandaging aldaw sundo sa mga panahong ini dakul an nababaldi na mga motorista na nag-aagi sa Bagumbayan Sur, Peñafrancia asin Balatas ta kun ginagamit an traffic light mas minagurubot an bulos kan trafico sa mga nasambit nang lugar dawa tapos na an kafiestahan igdi sa Naga.

Pero an simbag igdi ni Konsehal Del Rosario, yaun pa an fiesta atmosphere, dakul pa an nagpapasiring sa Basilica kaya halaba pa an traffic.

Pagkatapos daa nin mga duwang simana mawawara na daa yan.

Mientrastanto, sabi kan sarung engineer asin negosyanteng nakaulay kan Bicol Standard na habu nang magpasambit kan saiyang pangaran, saen daa na anggulo malaog an sinasabing progreso o pag-asenso, kun naaabala an mga tawo.

Kun mahuri an sarung empleyado o empleyada sa trabaho huli sa trafico, may pag-asenso daw? Kun an sarung negosyante mahuri sa saiyang appointment, yaun saen daa an progreso?

Dai minakomporme an traffic light sa kalabaan kan Magsaysay, Peñafrancia asin Bagumbayan ta hayakpit an tinampo sa mga nasambit nang lugar, sabi pa kan dai na nagpabistong engineer.
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AdNU researchers to bare results of poverty, governance poll in Naga City

NAGA CITY 9/25/17 (Bicol Standard)--The Ateneo Student Researchers Pool (ASRP) will reveal the results of the 2017 Third Quarter Naga City Poverty and Governance Public Opinion Poll tomorrow, September 26 at the Fr. James O'Brien, S.J. Library, Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU).

Samantha Joy S. Ventura, ASRP President said the poll was conducted from July 9 to August 11, 2017.

A representative sample of 400 Naguenos were interviewed regarding their opinions on povery and hunger situation, traffic conditions, local governance, the smoking ba, local crime incidence, and perception on security, national government's tax reform package and religiosity.

The survey also included the satisfaction ratings of selected national and local government officials.

The poll was done under the guidance of the Ateneo Social Science Research Center of the Ateneo de Naga University.
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Comelec to translate voter instructions into Bicol, 5 other languages

In a bid to minimize probabilities of voter errors, voter instructions for the October 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls will be provided in Bicol, Waray, Kapampangan, Bisaya, Ilokano, and Ilonggo.

This is according to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, who added that initiative is based on Minute Resolution No. 17-0503.

"The Commission resolves to approve the translation of instructions in native dialects, which will be posted in all precincts nationwide in connection with the October 23 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE)," the Minute Resolution said.

The order noted that translated instructions in all precincts nationwide must be printed on bond papers and must be posted or attached to the cover of the Ballot Secrecy Folder.

For the sake of uniformity, all local Election Officers shall use the template/design to be prepared by the Comelec Education and Information Department and make available for download at the commission's official website.
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Mountaineers apprehended for scaling Mayon


MALILIPOT, Albay 9/25/17 (Bicol Standard)--Thirty-one mountaineers were apprehended at around 10 a.m. today at P2, Barangay San Roque for violating a provincial ordinance that prohibits climbing Mayon Volcano without proper coordination with the Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The male and female mountaineers were led by Jeff Barientos y Mansibang, 31 years old, and a resident of Los Banos, Laguna.

Investigation is still underway as of this writing.
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EPIC FAIL? | Drug suspect eludes arrest, takes with him P18,000 buy-bust money


NAGA CITY 9/25/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A well-planned buy-bust operation of an alleged bigtime drug dealer went up in smoke after the drug suspect was able to elude arrest, taking with him the P18,000 buy-bust money.

Christopher Mendonez, a resident of Barangay Triangulo, has long been in the watchlist of the Naga City Police Office for his alleged involvement in the drug trade in the city and nearby towns.

Mendonez, the police said, agreed to receive the buy-bust money in exchange for the drug commodity.

After receiving the money, however, he allegedly pulled out his gun, pointed the same to the poseur-buyer and immediately fled.

The reports say that the apprehending team tried to capture Mendonez, firing several gunshots towards his direction.

None of the shots, however, were able to hit the suspect.

As of this writing, the whereabouts of the suspect have not been traced.

Meantime, the police involved in the buy-bust are confronted with the problem of explaining why in spite of the planned operation, the same went down the drain. (With report from Boyet Paderes)

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Four fatal gunshots end life of Naga City drug suspect

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

NAGA CITY 9/25/17 (Bicol Standard)--Four fatal shots ended the life of an alleged drug suspect, only identified as Michael or "Bolbol" in an anti-drug operation at 2:20 a.m. today at Zone 1, Barangay Lerma.

According to the police, the suspect engaged in a transaction with the police operatives.

Sensing, however, that he was transacting with a police asset, he tried to flee to the residence of Verginia Canet, which is located in the same zone.

He was overpowered by the police in the master's bedroom.

The police said the suspect tried to draw a firearm while the police tried to arrest him.

The suspect was hit by four shots on the chest, killing him on the spot, according to the SOCO.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard, Canet said he did not know the suspect.

Residents of nearby houses said, however, that Canet and the suspect are in a relationship.

Meantime, the police also discovered a certain Lito Rey inside Canet's house.

Rey, who is a resident of Liboton, said he passed the night in Canet's residence because he was going to Pasacao.

SPO2 Toby Bongon, Naga City Police Office spokesperson, confirmed to this newspaper that Rey is in the drug list and has previously been jailed.

The operation was conducted by the RPDEU, CPDEU and SPDEU in coordination with the PDEA, Bongon said.

Investigation is still underway as of this writing. (With reports from Boyet Paderes and Oscar Esmenda)
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Magtarabangan kita: Arts, Culture, and Tourism Office


ni Joe Caguimbal

NAGA CITY--"Tama na an kompetisyon sa lado nin turismo, tama na an kurumparahan kun siisay an mas dakul na turista an nagdadayu, panahon na para matarabangan asin magkasararo para pausbungon an turismo kan tulong ciudad sa Bicol."

Ini an pahayag ni Arts & Culture Tourism Office Head Alec Santos kan makaulay kan Bicol Standard.

An Tri-City Circuit Tourism, sarong programang magkakasararu an mga ciudad kan Naga, Iriga asin Legazpi para magriribayan nin ideya tangaring mag-usbong an turismo sa lambang ciudad.

Segun ki Santos, nakatalaan na bago magtapos an taon 2017 mapag-uulayan an nasambit nang programa kan tulong alkalde na sinda Mayor John Bongat, Madelaine Alfelor asin Noel Rosal tangaring paglaog kan taon 2018 may mga programa naman na iiimplementar tangaring dakul na mga turista an mabirisita sa nasambit nang mga ciudad.

Tinawan duon ni Santos na dakula an nagiging kapakinabangan kan turismo huli ta igdi nakasalalay an imahe kan sarung lugar o ciudad tangaring dakul na mga turista an magdayu o magbisita na nagdadara man nin engreso baku lang sa gobyerno lokal kundi pati naman sa mga pribadong negosyante.
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Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017


ni Joe Caguimbal

NAGA CITY— Naglalaom an Sangguniang Panglungsod sa paagi ni VM Nelson Legacion na maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtapos an taon 2017 base naman daa an sa promisa ninda Engr. Joel Martin kan SWMO asin Engr. Chito Palmeano kan CEO.

Reaksyon ini kan Vise Alkalde sa pahayag ni EMB Provincial Chief Mrs. Lilian Ornido na pipenaran kan NSWMB an LGU NAGA kun dai maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtumba an taon 2017.

Aminado kaya si PD Ornido na halawig nang panahon an naidarang inkunbenyensa sa pirang barangay na nakapalibot sa Balatas, kasali na an malaen na parung hali sa nasambit nang basurahan.
Kenyentos mil pesos (P500,000) an penalidad kun dai maisasara kan LGU NAGA an Balatas Open Dump Site base sa Section 9 kan RA 9003 o Solid Waste Management Act.

Kaya man sa masunod na sesyon iimbitaran liwat kan SP Naga sinda Engr. Joel Martin, Engr. Chito Palmeano asin City Legal Officer Atty. Perfecto "Junjun" Bragais para aramon kun anu na an kamugtakan kan itutugdok na sanitary landfill.

An mga pahayag na ini kan Vise Alkalde katakod pa kan nagluwas na isyu mapapadapit sa reklamo sa Graceland huli kan kawaran kan nasambit nang facilidad, kaya man sa pagluwas kan isyu sa Graceland napag-araman na an NCPM asin Balatas Dump Site an mga likidong minabulos aba-a nang tigni.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Screening for Kasanggayahan Festival Queen begins Sept. 27


From the Office of the Provincial Governor of Sorsogon:

When: September 27, 2017 (1:00 pm)
Where: Fernando’s Bistro (Bitano, Sorsogon City)
BRING CASUAL WEAR AND 1 PIECE SWIMSUIT. WEAR LIGHT MAKE-UP.


One of the highlights of Kasanggayahan Festival this year, KASANGGAYAHAN FESTIVAL QUEEN 2017 is a beauty pageant depicting Sorsogon’s people and culture slated on October 24, 2017. It will showcase the cultural heritage of the candidates’ display of loveliness and artistry without vulgar display of skin. The promotion of Sorsogon pride, people’s awareness of our bounty, culture and development as a Province will be the main emphasis of the pageant.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Must be a naturally born female, single and never been married or given birth to a child.
2. A Filipino citizen. In case of dual citizenship, the candidate should have established at least 6 months residency.
3. At least 17 and not more than 25 years of age.
4. Born in Sorsogon or any of her parents is a naturally born Sorsoganon.
5. At least 5’4 in height.
6. Must represent any municipality or Sorsogon City.
7. Must never been proven of any scandal that tarnished her character.
8. Must possess excellent physical condition, beauty of face and proportionate body structure.

MAJOR AWARDS:
>Kasanggayahan Festival Queen 2017 - P75, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>1st Runner Up – P50, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>2nd Runner Up – P25, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
MINOR AWARDS:
>Best in Gown - P5, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>Best in Festival Attire - P5, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>Best in Swimwear - P5, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
SPEACIAL AWARDS:
>Gayon Sorsogeña (Miss Photogenic) – P3, 000 cash, photo frame, trophy, sash and bouquet
>Online Choice Award - P3, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>Ugaling Sorsogon Award (Miss Congeniality) - P3, 000 cash, trophy, sash and bouquet
>Best Designer Award (Festival) – P5, 000 cash, trophy and bouquet
OTHER THAN THE PRIZES MENTIONED, THE TOP 3 WINNERS WILL BE RECEIVING PACKAGES SUCH AS FREE TRAVEL AND A CHANCE TO REPRESENT THE PROVINCE TO NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS. Corporate awards from various sponsors shall also be given. Non-winners will be receiving gift packs as consolation prizes.

GENERAL CRITERIA (Festival Queen):
>Beauty of the Face – 25%
>Figure – 25%
>Personality and Bearing – 25%
>Interview – 25%
Minor awards will be judged according to elegance, relevance, decency, authenticity, neatness and functionality of the attire. On the other hand, Gayon Sorsogueña or Miss Photogenic shall depict the face and attitude of a Sorsogueña, while Ugaling Sorsoganon Award shall be chosen by the candidates among themselves. Online Choice Award shall be given to any candidate who shall garner the highest LIKES in an official Facebook account of the Kasanggayahan Festival Queen.

ANY MUNICIPALITY OR THE CITY OF SORSOGON IS ENTITLED TO ONE OR MORE REPRESENTATIVE PROVIDED THEY PASS THE SCREENING.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DOTr Usec. Chavez shrugs off graft complaint



NAGA CITY 9/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--DOTr Usec. Cesar Chavez said he deliberately withheld payment to Busan Universal Rail Inc. to protect public funds, and hence is antithesis to graft.

Earlier today, Chavez was among those named in a graft complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman by Korean-Filipino maintenance service provider Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) for unpaid obligations amounting to P176 million.

"How can I be charged of graft when I am only protecting public funds?" he told the Bicol Standard.

"Isa sa gusto nilang bayaran ng DOTr sa kanila ay ang Logic Vehicle Unit. P4million ang halaga. Nabili nila ito sa Diamond Pearl, na pag-aari ng pamilya ni Marlo De La Cruz. Ang LVU ay bahagi ng Automatic Train Protection (ATP), or onboard signaling. Ang original equipment manufacturer ng signaling system sa MRT ay Bombardier. Walang Certificate of Origin at Factory Inspection Report na nakasama sa billing ng LVU. So saan galing ito? Hinihingi muna natin ng Certificate of Origin na kaya na withheld ang payment nito.

Pag kumpleto ang mga dokumento na requirement ng COA, binabayaran natin. Pag hindi, hindi rin natin binabayaran.

Bakit kailangan masinop sa pagsusuri ng billing? Para matiyak na original ang spare parts, at hindi rin galing sa 'cannibalized' o kinuha lang na piesa sa ibang bagon. Ito ay para sa kaligtasan ng mga mananakay," Chavez said.
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CNorte punong brgy falls in entrapment op


DAET, Camarines Norte 9/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--A punong barangay was arrested in an entrapment operation for robbery extortion yesterday at around 3:45 p.m. at Freedom Park, Provincial Capitol Compound, Daet, Camarines Norte.

Ramon Avendano y Gonzales, of legal age, punong barangay, and resident of Barangay Manlucugan, Vinzons, Camarines Norte asked for P300,000.00 from victim Salve Delos Santos y Mago, the Vinzons police said.

Said money was for the retraction of the case for violation of Republic Act 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Act) in which said barangay official was the complainant against the Delos Santos.

After negotiation, they agreed to the amount of Php170,000.00 since according to said baranagy official he will give some money to a certain media practitioner in the province.

The entrapment operation resulted to the arrest of the punong barangay and the recovery of the following items: Php 20,000.00; Php5,000.00 notarized entrapment money; case folder for violation of Republic Act 7610; “Kasunduan” dated September 18, 2017, signed by Punong Barangay Ramon Avendaño; two (2) pieces of live ammunition for caliber .45 pistol; and one cellular phone containing the conversations of the victim and the said media practitioner.

The punong barangay is presently under the custody of the Vinzons Municipal Police Station while the case against him is being prepared.
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NKP-NKB hosts 19th Gawad Kilyawan


NAGA CITY 9/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--Nu Kappa Phi- Nu Kappa Beta Honor Fraternal Organization in collaboration with UNC Federation of Student Organization, Fraternities and Sororities sponsors the 19th Gawad Kilyawan, an annual art exposition of UNCeans’ aesthetic and artistic skills.

This year, the 19th Gawad Kilyawan is dubbed as “ORASAN: Mga Agi-aging Ginigirumdom nin Huli sa Tinatanaw na Pagka-aga” is inspired by the 70th founding anniversary of University of Nueva Caceres.

The event is composed of different activities which aim to showcase the works and talents of every organization thru a friendly art competition.

Each activity will be participated in by promising representatives from different academic/non-academic organizations, fraternities and sororities inside the university.

The event is slated on September 27, 2017 at the Students' Pavilion and Sports Palace.
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VG Pimentel lobbies for CNorte hospital upgrade

Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camarines-Norte-Provincial-Hospital/216874988337215

DAET, Camarines Norte 9/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--While recognizing that the services of Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital (CNPH) are wanting, Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel sought for public understanding regarding the problems that presently beset the state-run facility.

In his priviledge speech before the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan today, Pimentel narrated that several media outlets criticized the insufficient bed capacity of the provincial hospital.

He explained that on the day the media outfit visited, there were 239 patients confined in the hospital, which is more than double the bed capacity of 100.

It was mentioned in the media report that in one bed, there were two mothers and two infants. In addition, the bed covers were ripped and in deplorable condition.

Pimentel, instead of shunning the report and the negative comments it generated on social media, invited the members of the media to see for themselves the situation of the CNPH.

"Panahon na upang mabigyan ng lunas ang kakulangan sa bed capacity ng CNPH," he stated. "Isipin po natin kung paano tayo makatutulong sa problema dahil ang kalutasan nito ay mangangahulugan ng mas magandang serbisyo ng CNPH patungo sa katuparan ng kanilang misyon."

In an interview, Pimentel revealed that an annex with more beds is now in the pipeline to accommodate more patients.

The annex project has the support of Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

"The provincial government is not taking the situation lightly," Pimentel stressed.

This, he said, is in line with the hospital's mission of "high quality service and patient-centered satisfaction."
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Cracks show anew in San Jose Bridge

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

PILI, Camarines Sur 9/20/17 (Bicol Standard)-- Shortly after the San Jose Bridge has been repaired, at least two cracks have started to show again.

The larger of the cracks measures approximately twelve inches in width while the smaller one is about three inches.

In an interview with the BICOL STANDARD, Mayor Tom Bongalonta said the repair of the cracks is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

"An DPWH an dapat mag-asikaso kan problemang ini. Dai ngani sinda nagpapaisi sa LGU sa pig-implementar na project. Dai sinda matakot sakuya ta dai man ako nagpaparahagad-hagad nin kwarta," (The DPWH should be the one to focus on the problem. They don't even coordinate with the LGU in implementing the project. They shouldn't be afraid of me because I don't ask for money) Bongalonta said.

In a related development, the Sangguniang Bayan of Pili has brought the concern to the attention of the Office of DPWH Sec. Mark Villar.

Sangguniang Bayan member Paul Manaog, who has been very vocal about the problem, stressed again that the problem is urgent as it concerns the safety of the public.

Last month, a team from the DPWH central office inspected the bridge and conducted several tests.

They have yet to release the results of the investigation to the public.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Use of seatbelt for kids hurdles House Com


The House committee on transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes), voting 11-2, approved Monday a substitute bill which seeks to provide special protection to child passengers in motor vehicles.

The unnumbered bill substituted House Bill Nos. 1319 and 5595.

The proposed “Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act of 2017,” principally authored by Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde (Party-list, BUHAY), states it is the policy of the State to ensure the safety of children while being transported in any form of motor vehicle.

Likewise, the State recognizes the right of children to assistance, including proper care and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse and other conditions prejudicial to their development, including exposure to safety risks while on board vehicles.

Velarde said the Philippine Seat-belt Law or Republic Act No. 8750 mandates the installation of seat belts in front and rear seats of private vehicles.

“But the law does not require the use of child restraints or child restraint devices for young children on board,” Velarde said.

Sarmiento, another author, said among the road safety laws being pushed by the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the requirement for the use of child restraint is one of the few remaining, if not the only remaining safety measure that the Philippines has not yet legislated.

He said based on the data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), there had been 24,656 road crashes as of 2015, leaving 1,040 people dead.

“Moreover, in its Health Policy Notes, the Department of Health stressed that among children 0 to 17 years of age, road crashes are the second leading cause of death next to drowning,” Sarmiento said.

The bill provides it shall be unlawful for the driver of a privately-owned motor vehicle not to secure at all times a child in a child restraint system while transporting such child on any road, street or highway.

It also provides that even if the child is being secured in a child restraint system, at no instance shall such child be left unaccompanied by an adult in a motor vehicle.

The bill prohibits any child under 12 years old to occupy the front seat of a motor vehicle.

Under the proposal, the term “child” refers to any person 12 years old and below.

On the other hand, the term “child restraint system” is defined as a device capable of accommodating a child occupant in a sitting or supine position. It is so designed as to diminish the risk of injury to the wearer, in the event of a collision or an abrupt deceleration of the vehicle, by limiting the mobility of the child’s body.

The bill mandates the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to use as benchmark the standards set forth in UN Regulation 44 and UN Regulation 129 including its evolving standards in the approval or disapproval of child restraint systems that will be sold, distributed and used in the Philippines.

The DTI is further tasked to conduct a mandatory testing of all locally manufactured child restraints system and shall certify imported child restraints systems.

The bill directs d all manufacturers, importers, distributors and sellers of child restraints systems to secure from the Bureau of Products Standards (BPS) a Philippine Standards (PS) mark license and/or Import Clearance Certificate (ICC) license prior to the marketing, sale and distribution of their products.

It is unlawful for any person, company, partnership, sole proprietorship, manufacturer, distributor, and/or importer to manufacture, use, import, sell, distribute, donate, lease, advertise, promote or otherwise market the use of substandard or expired child restraint system.

Any driver of a privately-owned motor vehicle who fails to secure at all times a child in a child restraint system while transporting such child on any road, street or highway; who left such child unaccompanied by an adult in a motor vehicle; and allows any child under 12 years old to sit in a front seat of a motor vehicle shall be fined P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000 for the second offense; P5,000 and suspension of the driver’s license for a period of one year for the third and succeeding offenses.

Any driver who knowingly allows the use of substandard and/or expired child restraint system or permits the use of child restraint system that does not bear the PS mark or the ICC sticker and certificate shall be fined P1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense and P5,000 and the suspension of the driver’s license for a period of one year for the third and succeeding offenses.

Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of the PS mark or the ICC stickers in the child restraint system shall be punished with a fine of P50,000 to P100,000 for each and every child restraint system product without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.”

Other authors of the bill include Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Reps. Edgar Mary Sarmiento (1st District, Samar), Florida Robes (Lone District, San Jose del Monte City), Johnny Ty Pimentel (2nd District, Surigao del Sur), Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), Edgar Erice (2nd District, Caloocan City), Renato Unico (1st District, Camarines Norte), Henry Ong (2nd District, Leyte), Micaela Violago (2nd District, Nueva Ecija), Crystal Bagatsing (5th District, Manila), Carlo Lopez (2nd District, Manila), Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija), Alfred Vargas III (5th District, Quezon City), Eric Olivarez (1st District, Parañaque City), Horacio Suansing (2nd District, Sultan Kudarat), Mark Aeron Sambar (Party-list PBA), Gavini Pancho (2nd District, Bulacan), Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Jesulito Manalo (Party-list, ANGKLA), Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr. (2nd District, Camarines Sur), Winston Castelo ((2nd District, Quezon City), Erico Aristotle Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol), Edwin Ong (2nd District, Northern Samar), Rosemarie Arenas (3rd District, Pangasinan) and Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. (3rd District, Pampanga).

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DA Bicol turns over farm machineries to farmers



PILI, CAMARINES SUR – As the dry cropping season starts, the Department of Agriculture hastened the turn over of a total worth of P33,654,432.00 of farm machineries and postharvest equipment to farmers associations regionwide.

DA Bicol Regional Executive Director said she directed the immediate mass distribution of equipment and machineries to aid farmers in their land preparation, harvesting and portharvest works. She also engaged the banner programs to conduct a monthly turn over and distribution of farm machineries to farmer recipients.


The Rice Program headed by OIC RTD Rodel Tornilla turned over 4 units rice transplanter to four farmers organizations and 43 units hand tractor to 43 farmers organizations, totaling P6,564,000.

The Corn program headed by Lorenzo Alvina, regional program coordinator, turned over P24,645,000 worth of machineries consisted of 5 units Four Wheel Drive Tractor, 2 units corn combine harvester, 5 units mechanical corn sheller, 2 units mobile corn dryer, and 3 units corn mill to 14 farmers’ organizations.

The Organic Agriculture (OA) Program led by its focal person Adelina A. Losa turned 1 unit power tiller worth P230,000 to the provincial local government unit of Albay. Albay Provincial Agriculturist Cheryl Rebeta personally received the machinery.

Under the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) led by regional program coordinator Rosita Imperial, a total of P2,215,432 worth of farm equipment were turned over to farmers’ organizations. Equipment distributed were 6 units power sprayer to six cooperatives and vegetable growers associations; 4 units power tiller to 4 farmers organizations; 14 units water pump to 14 farmers groups; and 2 units cacao grinder to two farmers organizations.

Dr. Edgar R. Madrid, RTD for Research and Regulations urged the recipients to prepare a guideline on the use of the farm machineries and equipment to maximize its and use and ensure that all members of the association will avail of its services. He added that the DA is distributing these machineries to farmers groups only as the limited funds of the agency will not suffice to provide said machineries to individual farmers.

After the turn over, there were demonstrations on the use of the small equipment. Prior to the mass distribution, the banner programs have already conducted some training on the maintenance and use of big machineries particularly the combine harvester and 4 wheel drive tractor. (by Lovella P. Guarin)
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COMELEC moves barangay, SK election period, period of filing of COCs, campaign period


In order to give the public more time to prepare for participation in the #BSKE2017, should the elections not be postponed, the Commission en Banc today approved the following changes in the implementation calendar:

Election period - the election period will now commence on 1 October 2017, and will run until 30 October 2017.

Filing of Certificates of Candidacy - the period for filing COCs will commence on 5 October 2017 and will end on 11 October 2017.

Campaign Period - the period for campaigning will run from 12 October 2017 until 22 October 2017.

In light of these changes, please note that the effectivity of various election prohibitions - particularly the Gun Ban - will likewise be moved. The Gun Ban, therefore, will commence on 1 October 2017, and not on the 23rd of September 2017 as indicated previously. The period for the filing of applications for exemption from the Gun Ban, however, will still commence on 21 September 2017 as previously scheduled.
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Bicolana bags 1st gold for PH in 9th ASEAN Para Games



LEGAZPI CITY 9/19/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A native of Albay bagged the first gold medal for the Philippines in the 9th ASEAN Para Games for javelin throw F54/55 on Monday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cendy Asusano, a mother of a three-year-old girl, and a newcomer of the Para Games, said: "Lagi lang ako nagdadasal na bigyan ako ng Panginoon ng lakas at sana magtagumpay" (I always pray to God to give me strength and hopefully become triumphant).

“Gusto ko ipakita na kaya kahit may kapansanan ako (I want to show that I can do it even if I am differently-abled),” said Asusano to the media.

She registered 13.04 meters on her third try in the competition.

The Bicolana para athlete who resides in Santo Rosario, Bulacan has been training since January 2017.

She is a double gold medalist (javelin and discus throw) in the 2015 Philippine National Games (PNG), a sports program of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
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SSS transactions jump by 18% in Bicol region, opens bigger branch in Daet


The state-run Social Security System (SSS) opened its newly relocated SSS Daet Branch on Sept. 14, following the 117,876 increase in the number of transactions facilitated in the region on the first six months of 2017.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the Luzon Bicol Division facilitated 765,141 transactions during the first semester of 2017, which was higher by 18.21 percent from the same period of last year.

Dooc said that more than half or 57.55 percent of the overall SSS transactions are contribution payments.

“SSS branches in Luzon Bicol Division processed more than 400,000 transactions for contribution payments, followed by registration and loan repayments with over 113,000 and 104,000 respectively. This is a good indication that more members and employers recognize the importance of SSS membership and they make it a habit to pay their contributions and loan amortizations regularly,” Dooc said.

As of first semester of this year, SSS Luzon Bicol Division also processed 77,787 benefit transactions and 29,208 salary loan transactions. Top three branches that received the largest transaction volume were Naga (184,556), Legazpi (192,683), and Daet (96,926).

“Cognizant to the increasing volume of transactions in Bicol region is the public’s constant call for prompt and efficient delivery of benefits and services. That’s why we have decided to continue our branch relocation efforts not only to create bigger office spaces but also to serve our growing number of transacting clients” Dooc added.

The SSS Daet Branch is now relocated to a bigger office space at the Ching Building in Brgy. Lag-on, which caters to 12 barangays, with about 4,179 registered employers and more than 60,000 covered employees, self-employed workers and voluntary members.

Working as a full-service branch, SSS Daet will facilitate several transactions such as issuance of Social Security (SS) number, employer ID number and certificate of registration; payment of contributions and loan; availment of data capture services; issuance of Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) Card; and receipt of salary loan, sickness, maternity, disability, retirement, death and funeral benefit applications.

The formal branch blessing and inauguration of SSS Daet branch was spearheaded by SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, Camarines Norte, Governor Eduardo Tallado, Daet Mayor Benito Ochoa, Labo Mayor Joseph Ascutia, Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla, Sta. Elena Mayor Emelita Mendoza and Mercedes Mayor Alex Pajarillo, together with other SSS officials. (SSS)
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DepEd salutes teachers’ unwavering efforts in raising lifelong learners


Recognizing the exemplary efforts of Filipino teachers in instilling lifelong values and competencies among learners, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones enjoined all schools and DepEd offices in commemorating the National Teachers’ Month (NTM), which started on September 5 and will culminate in a grand celebration of the National Teachers’ Day (NTD) and World Teachers’ Day (WTD) on October 5.

The Education Chief conveyed her sincerest gratitude toward those in the teaching profession for bringing to the ground the various reforms of the Department, and ensuring the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education to all Filipino learners.

Anchored on the theme, Gurong Pilipino: Kaakbay sa Progreso, these celebrations aim to honor those who are in the teaching profession, and acknowledge and give emphasis on their crucial role, loyal service, and dedicated commitment in developing global-minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.

These celebrations also aim to revitalize the image of and respect for teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in the Philippine society; take the occasion as an opportunity in building the image of teaching as an attractive and fulfilling profession; generate widespread support and assistance for teachers; and express gratitude for the positive influences of teachers on Filipino learners.

When asked about valuing those in the teaching profession, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service and School Sports Division Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq. said, “Where will we be without our teachers? Teachers are one of the first people who actually believed in us and helped shape us to be the people we are today.”

“I have so much respect for our teachers and I am very delighted that I am part of an agency that constantly does something for the benefit of our teachers. Together with our Honorable Secretary, we are doing our best to make their daily lives better and for them to get the benefits that they deserve. But on this special day, the Department and all our partners will maximize its efforts to be able to honor our teachers,” he added.

Schools, offices, community participation
All elementary and secondary schools—both public and private—district, schools division and regional offices are set to have synchronized programs, projects and activities (SPPAs) in line with the NTM.

Moreover, to boost public awareness on the NTM, NTD, and WTD celebrations, all schools and DepEd offices are encouraged to post streamers with the required logo. The digital files of the streamer designs may be downloaded at www.deped.gov.ph/others.

All school heads, district supervisors, schools division superintendents (SDSs), and regional directors (RDs) are enjoined to actively lead all activities for the said celebrations.

To further campaign the NTM celebration, the Metrobank Foundation and Microsoft Philippines, in close collaboration with DepEd, launched the NTM Twibbon, which allows Facebook users to customize their profile photo with the NTM badge. This feature may be accessed at http://bit.ly/2ex8wUP.

Grand celebration, culmination activities
Furthermore, DepEd is set to conduct the NTD and WTD celebrations at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation on October 5 in Legazpi City, Albay. The DepEd National Capital Region (NCR) will also hold a culmination program on October 2 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

“On that day, we want our teachers and all the people who will participate to enjoy because that day is really for them. We will do our best to come up with an event that they will remember even after five or 10 years. We will be there to celebrate with them and we will be the first to thank and honor them for all the things that they continuously do for our children and for the education sector as a whole,” Umali expressed.

These efforts are pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 137, series of 2017, or the 2017 National Teachers’ Month and National Teachers’ Day/World Teachers’ Day Celebrations, which is available online at http://www.deped.gov.ph/memos/dm-137-s-2017.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

LABO : Nawawarang lalaki nakuang malipot nang bangkay



LABO, CNorte 9/18/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Nakuang malipot nang bangkay an lawas ni Alexander Mapusao, 54, taga P-1, Barangay Malangcao, Basud, Labo, na nalamos sa salog kan nasambit na barangay.

An bangkay kan victima nakua kasuodmang alas 6:00 nin aga (Sept 18).

Segun sa declarasyon ni Punong Barangay Michael Rigodon, nagbalyo sa salog an victima kasabay kan duwa niyang ataman na carabao, kan Sabado (Sept 16).

An sabi sa imbestigasyon, dai pig lalaoman, na an saro kan saiyang ataman na carabao an nagbwelta sa ibong na pang-pang kan salog, kaya pig probaran niyang lamagon ini.

Sa dai piglalaoman na panghayari, nalamos an victima.

Dai tulos nakua an saiyang hawak kaya pig tarabangan na pighanap kan mga taga Barangay Malangcao Basud katuwang an Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) sa laog nin haros duwang aldaw.

Kan madukayan an saiyang lamos na lawas, naheling na igwa nin mga lugad, na pwedeng sinuag kan damulag, na iyong naging rason kan saiyang pagka lamos.

Hinagad kan mga miembros kan saiyang familya na magkaigwa nin autopsy sa saiyang bangkay para maaraman an tunay na rason kan saiyang pagkagadan.
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140ng bagong soldados na Bicolano, pinadara sa Mindanao



PILI, CSur 9/18/17 (BICOL STANDARD) -140ng mga bagong maglaog sa pag soldados hale sa Bicol an ipinadara sa Mindanao, hale sa Camp Elias Angeles, sa Pili, Camarines Sur.

An send off ceremony ginibo sa Quence Martires Parade Ground kasuodma.

Sinda kabale sa Candidate Soldier Course Class 464-17, na nagtapos kan saindang training kan fecha 1 ngonian na bulan (Sept).

Naglunad sinda sa C 130 na eroplano pasiring sa Laguindangan Airport.

Dadarahon sinda sa 4rth ID, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro.

Sa ceremonya na ginibo kasuodma, sinabi ni BGen Danilo Chad D. Isleta, Assistant Division Commander kan 9ID na an pagdistino sainda sa Mindanao parte kan saindang training bilang mga miembros kan Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Segun sa pahayag kan AFP, parte ini kan saindang sinumpaan bilang servidor kan banwaan, na kun saen preparado na idistino saen man na parte kan nasyon.

Hinagad ni Gen Isleta sa mga bagong soldados na itanom ninda sa saindang mga puso an pagp-otob kan saindang obligasyon asin padagos na magtiwala sa Kagurangnan.

Kasabay kan nasambit na mensahe iyo an pagpasalamat kan 9ID sa mga familya kan mga soldados sa suporta sa saindang mga kamawotan asin kan AFP.

Nagtutubod an liderato kan 9ID na magigibo kan mga bagong soldados an saiyang sinumpaan na mga obligasyon.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lalaki, gadan sa buy-bust operation sa Sorsogon City



SORSOGON 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Binawian nin buhay si Crisanto Bautista Platino a.k.a “Anto”, residente kan Barangay Sampaloc, Sorsogon City, sa buy bust operation kasubagong alas 10:15 nin odto.

An incidente nangyari sa Maharlika Highway, sa Barangay Pangpang, Sorsogon City.

Base sa report kan pulis, an pinag sarong fuerza kan mga pulis an nagconducir nin buy-bust operation sa nasambit na persona.

Alagad, narisa kan victima na an mga saiyang katransaksyon mga awtoridad kaya nagbunot kan saiyang armas, kaya nabadil kan mga pulis.

Pig proceso kan mga miembros kan SOCO an lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente para maaraman an detalyes kan pangyayari.
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1 gadan sa karambola kan 3ng motorsiklo sa Legazpi City



LEGAZPI CITY 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Saro an gadan asin walo an nagkarulogadan sa aksidente sa motorsiklo digdi kasubago, sabi sa report kan pulis.

An nagadan iyo si William de la Cruz, taga Barangay Balosbos, Sorsogon, na backrider sa motorsiklo na minamaneho ni Manny dela Cruz.

Sabi kan imbestigador kan Legazpi City Police, nagdadalagan si Manny dela Cruz sa may Sitio Agna, Barangay Humapon, kan makalaog siya sa linya kan duwa pang motorsiklo.

Nangyari an aksidente sa curbadang parte kan tinampo.

Nabudalan kan pig mamanehong motorsiklo ni Manny dela Cruz an motorsiklo na pigmamaneho ni Joven Enano, na kasunod an mag agom na Eduardo asin Florida Enano.

Nin huli kaini, nasagi pa an saro pang motorsiklo na an driver iyo si Noel Asagra, na kasunod man an mag-agom na Gregorio asin Virginia Paete.

Mientrastanto, huli kan pagsimplang kan nagkabarangaan na vehiculo, nagsapo nin mga bakros asin rungas sa saindang lawas an mga nakalunad sa motorsiklo.

Anag sindang idinalagan sa hospital.

Si William dela Cruz an dae nakasalvar sa aksidente huli sa tama sa saiyang lawas asin payo.

Nagpapadagos pa an pagsiyasat kan nasambit na aksidente.
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1 gadan, 1 irido, kan tagaon sa Catanduanes



VIRAC, Catandunes- 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Binawian nin buhay sa pinangyarihan kan krimen si Sonny Buella, mantang si Victorio Buella, pig bubulong ngonian sa JMA hospital sa banwaan na ini.

Segun sa report kan pulis, poco mas o menos alas 6:00 nin bangui (Sept 17), an suspechadong si Dante Buella, burat asin may dara nin armas.

Dai aram an rason, basta na sanang tinigbas an mga victima.

An enot na tinamaan iyo si Sonny Buella na nagadan sa lugar kan krimen sa Kilometro 27, Barangay Bislig, San Andres, Catanduanes.

Mientrastanto, marikas na nagdulag an suspechadong si Dante Buella.

Hasta ngonian hinahanap pa kan mga awtoridad.

Bakong malinaw an rason kun tano ta tinigbas an mga victima.
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Lalaki, nakuang gadan sa Labo, CNorte



LABO, CNorte 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Sarong 19 anyos na lalaki na nabisto sa pangaran na Erwin Fernando an nakuang saro nang malipot na bangkay sa barangay Anamean digdi.

Segun sa pag siyasat kan mga awtoridad an nakaheling kan nagrurugnas nang lawas kan victima iyo si Rolando Marte, mientras na pig lalabahan si saiyang bado sa sarong canal.

An nakuang gadan nagkapira nang aldaw na hinahanap kan saiyang familya, ta dai nagpupuli sa harong ninda.

May informasyon na ipinaabot sa mga awtoridad na an gadan may helang nin epilepsy kaya pwedeng inatake kan mate asin nadagosan nang nagadan.

Si Fernando nag-eestar sa Plaza kan nasambit na barangay.

An mga awtoridad nag-iimbestigar pa kan sinambit na pangyayari.
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Bantay sa poulty farm sa Libmanan, nakuryente, gadan



LIBMANAN, CSur 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Binawian nin buhay si Rommel Madara, 24 anyos na bantay sa poulty farm sa banwaan na ini huli sa pagka-kuryente kasubago.

An incidente nangyari mantang an victima nag-sasablay kan mga basa na tela na gamit sa pag-ataman nin manok sa poultry farm, digdi.

Nagluluwas sa pag-siyasat na dai narisa kan victima na nakadukot sa drop wire an saiyang sinasablayan kan linabahan, kaya nagkanayap pasiring sa saiyang lawas an kuryente, na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

An mga nag responde sa aksidente idinalagan pa kuta sa hospital an victima.

Alagad, ipig declarar kan doctor na mayo na siya nin buhay.

An bangkay ni Madara nakahutad sa saindang residencia sa Sipocot, Camarines Sur.
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PARACALE: Nag dynamita nin sira, naputokan, irido



PARACALE, CNorte 9/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Idinalagan sa hospital para ipabulong si Narding Arnelio, 44, residente kan Barangay Bagumbayan sa banwaan na naputokan nin dynamita na gamit sa illegal na pagdakop nin sira.

Nangyari an incidente kasubagong alas 3:45 nin hapon, sabi sa report kan pulis digdi.

An sabi sa report si Arnelio nag gibo nin dynamita na pandakop sira, alagad kan saiya nang sinubsuban, aksidenteng nagputok sa saiyang kamot.

Huli kan pangyayari, haros magburak an saiyang toong takyag asin may mga lugad pa sa saiyang lawas, huli kan makusog na pagbuag kan bomba.

Inagapan siya kan mga miembros kan Municipal Risk and Disaster Office (MDRRO) sa bandana na ini asin ngonian nagpapa-omay sa hospital.

Dai nasambit sa report kun kakasohan siya nin pagbalga sa ley sa illegal na pagdakop nin sira gamit an dynamita.
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