Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PNP-Bicol implements tight security measures under 'Oplan Undas'

By Mar Serrano

LEGAZPI CITY -- Tight security measures are to be carried out as police assistance desks and checkpoints would be set up in all cemeteries, churches, transport terminals and major highways for the All Saints' Day observance on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said Monday.

Police Senior Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said in an interview she is calling on the public not to bring any bladed objects, liquors, portable radio or stereo components and other prohibited items as cops deployed in cemeteries would confiscate them.

In an interview, she said cops would be very strict in checking belongings brought by persons when visiting their departed relatives at the cemetery.

“We shall issue advisories to the public containing the standard operating procedures or dos and don'ts with regards to the observance of All Saints Day,” she said.

Hundreds of policemen would be deployed to beef up existing police forces across the six provinces of Bicol, Calubaquib said, noting that the PNP in Bicol will be on full alert status as part of “Oplan Undas.”

Policemen would not be allowed to go on leave and those who are on leave would be recalled and be placed on duty during the religious observance.

“The security measure would ensure the safety of all residents and visitors that would be arriving here to observe the All Saints' Day,” Calubaquib said.

The police assistance centers in various transport terminals will assist incoming and outgoing passengers in the cities of Naga, Legazpi, and Masbate and in Virac town in Catanduanes.

Calubaquib said checkpoints would be set up to assist motorists and visitors from other places.

She said they are closely coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), DPWH, Philippine Army, Department of Health (DOH) and civic organizations to implement "Oplan Undas" in the six provinces of Bicol.

Calubaquib said the police would also closely coordinate with the Army on the security measures for cell site relay stations and towers in remote villages that have been prone to attacks by the New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas. (PNA)

Notorious Xio Long Gong drug group member arrested in Libmanan

LIBMANAN, CSur 10/31/17 (BICOL STANDARD) -- Agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) led by P/Chief Insp Ronnie M. Fabia, Provincial Officer, together with the members of Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) have arrested Jessie Lagua Berin, an alleged member of a Filipino drug group that is affiliated with Xio Long Gong, a Chinese drug group operating in CALABARZON area, NCR, and other parts of Regions 1, 3 and 5.

Fabia told the BICOL STANDARD that Berin in included in their watchlist of persons who are purportedly involved in criminal activities, including the illegal drug trade.

The CIDT here has been alerted since three months ago by their counterparts in Cavite regarding the transactions of the said person.

During their case buildup, Fabia said Berin used to visit his relatives in San Juan, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, although he would only stay for one or two days.

Based on the information that was relayed to Fabia by his counterparts in Cavite, Berin has been involved in the drug trade in San Juan City, Metro Manila in 2014, where at least 600 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) were confiscated.

He was also informed that apart from the illegal drugs, the operatives also confiscated radio transceivers and sketch plans.

Berin, according to the CIDT is facing a criminal charge for Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Violation of Section II, Article II of Republic Act 9165) pending in the sala of Judge Matias M. Garcia II, Regional Trial Court Branch 19, in Bacoor City, Cavite.

The arrest warrant was issued on November 21, 2016, under Criminal Case No. B-2016-1276.

No bail was recommended for the temporary release of the accused.

He was arrested yesterday (Monday) at 3:45 pm at Barangay San Juan, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

The accused was transported to Cavite City last night to be presented to the Regional Trial Court where he is facing a non-bailable case.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

2ng buy-bust ginibo sa Cam Sur

NAGA CITY 10/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Duwang magkasunod na buy-bust operation an ginibo kan kan PDEA sa Camarines Sur kasuodma, sa tabang kan mga miembros kan PNP sa Baao, Camarines Sur.

An primerong buy-bust ikinasa 1:15 nin hapon sa lugar kan Lendes Tourist Inn, sa La Medalla, Baao.

Nadakop sa operasyon na ini iyo si Ryan Medialdia y Prima, na nagpapabisto na sobreno ni Exec Sec Salvador Medialdea.

Naarestar man sa pareyong operasyon iyo si Romeo Guevarra alyas Mansy o Amang, asin si Chistian Banaria alyas Chano.

Nacomfiscar sa saindang poder an kantidad P480,000 na pig tutubodan na shabu.

An grupong ini haloy nang pig babantayan kan mga tawohan kan PDEA, alagad kasuodma sana sinda na tyempohan na mabanwit sa operasyon.

Mientrastanto, sa BAAO man guiraray, saro pang buy bust operation an ginibo kan PDEA.

Nadakop si Leo Peyra, taga Sta. Teresita, sa banwaan na ini.

Carculadong kantidad P300,000 an shabu na nakua sa saiya.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bicolano cleric installed as parish priest in Rome

MANILA -- The new parish priest in the Vatican City is a Filipino--Father Bonifacio “Ted” Lopez, born and raised in Ligao City, Albay in the Bicol region.

Known by his colleagues and friends as a bubbly and humble servant, Father Ted is the first Bicolano Gregorian priest and the third Filipino to become a parish priest inside the Vatican City in Rome.

The installation of Father Ted was held at the Saints Elizabeth and Zachary Parish of Vatican City on Friday (October 27, 2017).

“I know that this new calling comes with deeper sense of commitment to the Lord. I believe that this is His plan for me and I whole-heartedly accept it. To God be the Glory,” said Fr. Ted.

After completing his high school studies at St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Fr. Ted went to Rome to finish a college degree and fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a priest.

In December 1994, he was officially ordained to priesthood. Lopez has been living in Italy for 30 years and serving the Roman Catholic Church for 22 years. He recently served the Parrocchia Nostra Signora di Lourdes (Our Lady of Lourdes), Diocese of Rome.

In January 2015, Lopez was part of Pope Francis’ delegation during his visit in the Philippines where they went to Tacloban for spiritual support to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
“He cracks jokes every once in a while and it always gathers a good laugh for a solid minute or two,” one of Fr. Lopez’s seminarian classmate said.

It’s clear that his sense of humor doesn’t go unnoticed, that is why his fellow seminarian classmates think he is going to be a great parish priest.

Fr. Lopez remembered a Latin adage: “When parish priests are outside Rome, they are considered as bishops. Because inside Rome, the Pope himself serves as Bishop."

Fr. Lopez is thankful for the trust that was given to him by their Bishop, none other than Pope Francis himself. He said that this has a greater meaning, which is to guide a part of his flock.

“It is a privilege for me as a Filipino to serve as parish priest in Rome. Historically, it was the Europeans who introduced the Catholic faith to Filipinos. Now, it is the Filipinos who will spread the faith in Europe,” Fr. Ted said.
Fr. Ted is following the footsteps of his fellow Bicolano, the late Bishop Jose Barlin -- the first Filipino Bishop in the Catholic Church who was anointed as the 28th Bishop of Nueva Caceres by the Vatican on Dec. 14, 1905. Barlin's episcopal consecration was held on June 29, 1906 in Manila. (PR)


New Mobile App Features to Help Tourists Save on Airfare

Taguig City – Tourists who are looking to go on vacation to different parts of the Philippines will now have an easier time booking cheaper flights thanks to new features from a popular mobile app.

Traveloka Philippines has announced the addition of Price Alerts and Best Price Finder: two new functions in its mobile application. With these features, the online flight and hotel booking service provider aims to minimize the time and effort involved in finding flights that fit the average consumer’s budget.

Fare-conscious Filipinos are sure to love Traveloka’s Price Alerts feature which flashes notifications on mobile devices whenever a flight’s rate goes within a user’s desired price range. This helps you secure coveted deals before all the slots are taken within minutes.

Meanwhile, Best Price Finder is a great tool for tourists who have flexible travel dates. This feature allows you to view a flight route’s prices on a calendar, making it easy to see which dates have the best rates. This is a dramatic improvement over traditional booking methods where users need to enter information repeatedly for every date they want to check.

Both features are extremely handy especially as domestic travel surges during the last quarter of the year. Couples, families and groups of friends are certain to find flight booking more convenient than ever before thanks to Traveloka’s two new exclusive app features.

Traveloka is one of the Philippines’ most reliable flight booking service providers. Users can get excellent deals by booking through their website or by using the Traveloka App which is available both on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More cops to be deployed for 'Oplan Kaluluwa' in Bicol

By Mar Serrano Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY -- Hundreds of policemen would be deployed to beef up existing police forces across the six provinces of Bicol as security measures for the upcoming All Saints' Day on Wednesday next week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said Wednesday.

Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said police checkpoints and assistance centers would be set up in cemeteries, major highways, airports, seaports and bus terminals as security measures on All Saints' Day, a religious tradition observed throughout the country.

Calubaquib said security preparations were in place for “Oplan Kaluluwa,” where additional policemen would be deployed to support various police assistance centers set up in cemeteries, terminals, ports, and highways.

She said PNP in Bicol would be on full alert status. Policemen would not be allowed to go on leave and those who are on leave would be recalled and be put on duty during the religious observance.

“The measure would ensure the safety of all residents and visitors who would be arriving here to observe All Souls' Day,” Calubaquib said.

The police assistance centers will assist incoming and outgoing passengers in the cities of Naga, Legazpi, and Masbate and in Virac town in Catanduanes.

Calubaquib said checkpoints would be set up to assist motorists and other visitors from other places. Also, security checks would be strictly enforced in bus terminals and major seaports across the region, she added.

Calubaquib said they are closely coordinating with the Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Army, Department of Health and civic organizations to implement "Oplan Kaluluwa" in the six provinces of Bicol. (PNA)

Wheelchairs found in PhilPost await delivery: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has clarified a news report on “dozens of wheelchairs (that) were found dumped” by the department at the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) office in Quezon City.

In a press statement, the DOH said the wheelchairs at the PhilPost warehouse were the remaining units that would be delivered to health facilities in the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate in the Bicol region.

“The DOH is due to deliver these wheelchairs -- 88 units for Virac, Catanduanes and 312 units for Masbate," the DOH said.

“Their Provincial Health Offices cited their limited storage space and requested for temporary holding at the Post office, thus delaying the delivery of the courier service providers hired by the DOH,” it added.

In an online report released last Sunday, a “concerned citizen” saw the wheelchairs “moldering in the PhilPost” office along NIA Road.

The concerned citizen said that according to a guard, the wheelchairs were brought to PhilPost by the DOH as it lacked space in its office.

In its statement, the department cited a PhilPost report that the supposedly damaged wheelchairs were not actually damaged but were removed from their boxes “when they were soaked due to leakage from their ceiling”.

“All of them were already transferred to another location for cleaning before delivery,” the DOH said, assuring that it was doing its best to ensure that “no single centavo of the people’s taxes is wasted". (PNA)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

400 unused wheelchairs for Masbate, Catanduanes discovered at Philpost office

MANILA 10/25/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Around 400 unused wheelchairs meant for Virac, Catanduanes and Masbate from the Department of Health (DOH) were recently discovered at the Philippine Postal Corporation office in Quezon City.

Said wheelchairs have been at the aforementioned office since the time of the Aquino administration, under the leadership of then-Health Secretary Janette Garin, instead of being distributed to the people of Catanduanes and Masbate.

Media reports added that the 400 wheelchairs were part of the 32,000 units which were supposed to be delivered to various parts of the Philippines.

They were discovered by a concerned citizen who chanced upon the unused wheelchairs while taking a walk at the Philpost compound.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Caramoan ex-Mayor Co released on bail

NAGA CITY 10/24/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The petition for bail of Caramoan, Camarines Sur former mayor Marilyn Co has been granted.

The bail amounted to P300,000.00.

"The evidence against her is not strong, that's why the bail petition was granted," according to Atty. Carlos Cortes, Co's legal counsel.

Co is presently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation office here, but will be released after she completes the requirements for bail.

The case is pending at the sala of  Judge Ma. Angela Acompanado-Arroyo at the Regional Trial Court, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

Clothes, documents, ice packs, cash, stolen in Nabua

NABUA, Camarines Sur 10/24/17 (Bicol Standard)--Cash, documents, clothing items, and even a cooler with several ice packs were stolen from a man who parked his vehicle at Zone 6, Brgy. Paloyon Proper, this town, earlier today.

The police said the victim, Danilo Moreno y Tagle, 57 years old, and a resident of Barangay San Gregorio, San Pablo City, Laguna, left his black Suzuki Multicab at the left shoulder of the barangay road unattended.

When he returned, he discovered that four hand-carry bags containing the aforementioned items, were already missing.

The police are still trying to find the suspect in the incident as of this writing.

Have a merrier Christmas with Samsung TV’s Bigger and Brighter Holidays Promo

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. People are starting to shop for gifts like busy little elves, putting a lot of thought into the items that they will buy for the countless parties they’re attending and using the money they have saved up for months. The weather is a little bit colder and the streets are much merrier, filled with lights and decorations all over.

And now, Christmas at home can even be bigger and brighter with Samsung’s wider screen TVs with stunning visuals and vivid color display. Lucky for you, the tech giant’s Christmas deals allow you to get the items you’ve always wanted and still have enough money for all the other gifts that you have to buy.

Samsung TV’s Bigger and Brighter Holidays nationwide promo will run from October 18 to December 31. Receive the gift of the best viewing experience while scoring great deals on Samsung’s state-of-the-art home entertainment devices. Get discounts of up to 40% on our Samsung Flat and Curved UHD TVs. Buy a Samsung Soundbar with Dolby Atmos Technology or the Samsung Sound+ Curved Soundbar at a lowered price and get a free Wireless Audio 360 Speakeror Blu-Ray Player, respectively. From November 1 to December 31, enjoy discounts on other flat and curved Samsung Soundbars.

Sit back and relax while watching your favorite Christmas films with upgraded 4K picture quality on your Samsung UHD TV. The stunning 4K resolution, which is 4x better than Full HD, will give you an immensely satisfying viewing experience. Meanwhile, spread the holiday cheer as you listen to your favorite tunes with the Samsung Soundbars. Its high-quality audio played by multiple built-in speakers will be a hit at your parties.

With Samsung TV’s Bigger and Brighter Holidays Promo, TVs and Soundbars are just one trip to a Samsung authorized dealer near you. Know more about this promo by visiting Samsung Electronics Philippines’ official Facebook page or samsung.com.ph.


DSWD warns public vs. fake FB account on child adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday warned the public against the fake Facebook account, “DSWD Online Baby Adoption PH”.

"The account is a scam and is not authorized by the DSWD," the department said in a statement.

It said the Facebook account uses the DSWD logo, carries photos of children who are allegedly for adoption, and is directly facilitating the placement of children for adoption for a fee.

"The public is advised not to make any transaction or social media engagement with this fraud account," the DSWD said, reminding prospective adoptive parents to coordinate directly with the DSWD by calling telephone number (02) 951-74-38; or accessing the official DSWD Facebook account "Department of Social Welfare and Development", official Twitter account @dswdserves, or official e-mail address: adoption@dswd.gov.ph. (DSWD)


Monday, October 23, 2017

Family of slain 3-year-old girl from Tinambac cries for justice

Slain 3-year-old girl from Tinambac Mica Azana
Photo grabbed from Arnel Eclarinal's Facebook account

TINAMBAC, Camarines Sur 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard) – The family of a three-year-old girl who was brutally murdered and possibly molested a few days ago are crying for justice.

Days after the victim was found in a swampy area around a hundred meters from her home in Sitio Gogon, Barangay Union, the family is desperate as there is no suspect or witness in the crime.

The victim, who was identified as Mica B. Azana, was last seen alive playing in a nearby chapel.

When her body found the next day, her skull was cracked, and she was half-naked.

The investigation is still ongoing as of this writing.


Teacher gunned down in Masbate

MASBATE CITY 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard)--A teacher was gunned down while he was at a dance party at around 9 p.m. Saturday evening at Barangay Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate.

The victim, who suffered three gunshot wounds at his head, was identified as Allan Bunan.

The police recovered a cal. 45 shell at the crime scene.

The motive of the shooting is still being determined as of this writing.

(With report from Jet Ramos)


3 gunmen shoot Tinambac tanod

TINAMBAC, Camarines Sur 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard)--A tanod of Barangay Tamban, this town, was fired upon by unidentified persons while buying coffee at a store yesterday morning.

The police said the bullet missed Aladino Jacinto, of legal age, married, and a resident of said barangay.

However, the three perpetrators, all armed, continued to run after him into the barangay hall.

The tanod managed to escape, the police said.

Recovered from the scene were four pieces empty shells, three unfired cartridges, and one slug, all for suspected cal. 45 and one empty shell for suspected cal. 9mm.

Follow-up investigation is being conducted by Tinambac MPS for the possible identification and arrest of the suspects.

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Maestro sa elementarya, dakop sa buy-bust

Retrato hale sa Canaman MPS

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Sarong 36 anyos na maestro kan Bataan Elementary School sa Bataan, Tinambac, Camarines Sur an timbog sa buy-bust operation kasoodma sa Progress Homes Subdivision, Brgy. Del Rosario, sa banwaan na ini.

An suspechadong si Bryan Caezar Pederio y Bobis a.k.a "Maestro" nadakop kaiba sinda Berna Magsino y Barsabe a.k.a. "Bern", 25 anyos, mayong trabaho asin residente of Progress Homes Subdivision; Jhodel Nepomuceno y Abellano a.k.a. "Jhodel", 29 anyos, soltero, construction worker asin residente kan Brgy. Calauag, Naga City; Charlotte Caña y Conosta , 28 anyos, mayong trabaho asin residente kan Barangay Calauag, Naga City; asin Salvador Alegre Jr. a.k.a. "Luis Alegre Jr/Tatay" kan Progress Homes Subdivision.

Nasa custodiya na kan PDEA an mga nasambit na persona.

Lunad sa Balod sa Sorsogon, dinayo kan mga surfer

SORSOGON CITY 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Bilog an suporta ni Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza sa Lunad sa Balod Surfing poon pa man kan siya Provincial Administrator kan Sorsogon.

Maogmang ibinareta ni Rodrigueza na ngonian na taon, nadoble an numero kan mga nagpartisipar sa okasyon, hale sa man laen laen na parte kan nasyon.

Dinugang pa kan Gobernador na an Buenavista Surfing Area sa Gubat, Sorsogon saro na sa mga dakol na destinasyon kan mga turista sa provincia.

An Lunad sa Balod parte kan mga aktibidades kan Kasanggayahan Festival 2017.

Sorsoganon designer's eco-padyak lauded at Manila FAME 2017

SORSOGON CITY 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- For its "bold innovative redesign" that opens a world of possibilities," Sorsogon designer Milo Naval's eco-padyak was awarded the Editor's Choice Award by Locale Magazine at Manila Fame 2017.

Bamboo was used as the finishing for the eco-padyak.

"This time we would like to revive the use of this type of transport as a sustainable alternative," the vehicle's description reads.

Padyak is used as a mode of transportation mostly in small towns in the provinces.


Bukas-kotse sa Naga City, nahagop kan CCTV; KBP chairman nabiktima

NAGA CITY 10/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Naghahagad nin tabang si Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Camarines Sur Chairman Romar Vasquez na mabisto an sarong lalaki na naheling sa CCTV na nagbukas kan duwa nyang awto sa Barangay Dayangdang poco mas o menos alas 4 nin aga kan nakaaging Biyernes.

Sa pahayag ni Vasquez, gabos na maagihan na kotse kan lalaki, pinuprubaran kaining bukasan.

Ini naheling man sa CCTV footage na ipigheras ni Vasquez sa social media.

An insidente nangyari pirang metro sana an distansya sa barangay hall kan Dayangdang.

Segun sa KBP Chair, mahanap pa siyang mas malinaw na kua kan CCTV tanganing mas madali mabisto an nasambit na lalaki.

Protect the butanding: DENR

Known to local tourists as butanding, this so-called “gentle giant” will take center stage as the Philippine delegation led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pushes for the crafting of a concerted action to ensure its protection in range countries, including its inclusion in the CMS Appendix I while maintaining its status in Appendix II, during the 12th Meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species slated for October 23-28, 2017 in Manila. Photo courtesy of Mr. Alessadro Ponso of Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE). (DENR)

House acts to provide Pinoys comprehensive mental care

With at least one study claiming that one out of every three Filipinos grapples with mental issues, the House of Representatives passed on second reading a measure that would address the growing need for a national mental health system that really works for Filipinos needing psychological care.

Coming just one more step for approval with the formality of a third reading is House Bill 6252 entitled "The Comprehensive Mental Health Act" which intends to deliver an integrated mental health services, while protecting the rights of persons availing psychiatric, neurologic and psychosocial health services.

The bill's principal author, Deputy Speaker Rep. Romero Quimbo cited several studies in the Philippines which called attention to the lack of proper care for mental health patients who are prone to abuses in the health care system.

Mental health refers to a state of well-being in which every individual realizes one’s own potential; is able to cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to the community.

Rep. Angelina Tan (4th District, Quezon), chairperson of the committee on health, and Rep. Chiqui Roa-Puno (1st District, Antipolo City) sponsored the bill on the floor.

Ultimately, the proposed law wants to ensure that Filipinos are able to contribute to the development of the country and are able to attain better quality of life because their mental needs are assured along with their overall physical and health needs.

The bill integrates mental health care in the general health delivery system, especially in the programs of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It also promotes the study of mental health in both elementary and secondary educational systems to prevent depression, obesity, and teenage pregnancy among students of this age group.

The bill strengthens the functions and reconstitutes the composition of the Philippine Council for Mental Health (PCMH) which was created under Executive Order 470 and attached to the DOH to provide a coherent, rational and unified response to mental health problems, concerns, and efforts through the formulation and implementation of the National Mental Health Care Services Delivery System.

Likewise, it provides for the rights of person with mental illnesses or who is being treated for a mental illness such as the right to freedom from social, economic, and political discrimination and stigmatization.

Under the bill, mental health professionals shall have the right to have a safe and supportive health environment; participate in a continuous professional development program; and participate in the planning, development, and management of health services.

Aside from Quimbo, Roa-Puno and Tan, the other authors of the bill are House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Deputy Speakers Pia Cayetano and Linabelle Ruth Villarica, among others.


Mga kabuhan kan LTFRB sa Cam Sur, nagdadarang badil?

Report ni Joe Caguimbal

NAGA CITY 10/23/17 -- "Pigtutugutan daw ninda na magdara nin haralaba asin haralipot na badil an mga kabuhan kan LTFRB apisar na baku man sinda parte kan pwersa armada kan Pilipinas?"

Ini an hapot na boot ipaabot kan pamayu kan Condor Piston sa Camarines Sur na si Joel Pillogo ki PNP Regional Director CSupt. Antonio Gardiola sa entrevista kan Bicol Standard asin 91.9 BBS FM.

Pakihapot naman daa kun may mga permiso an mga badil ninda, naipahayag ini ni Pillogo ta nakakamati daa sinda nin harassment.

Sinasabi pa ngani na tinatakot daa sinda na kun dai daa magsali o mag-iba sa Tree Planting, dai daa makaka-transakyon sa laog kan nasambit nang oficina.

Mayu pa man pinapaluwas na pahayag an LTFRB sa Bicol dapit sa mga binutasan na pahayag na ini ni Pilloco.

Idinugang pa ni Pilloco na mayo man maraot kun igwa nin programa para sa kapalibutan partikular an tree planting, pero helingun man an mayor na problema sa transportasyon na dapat tawan nin maninigong solusyon.

Haloy na oras sa pagkua nin confirmation, haloy na pagpaluwas kan mga decision o frankesa na pig-renew, kawaran nin transaksyon sa dakulaon na oficina kan LTFRB sa Naga asin aba-a nang sakit makaulay na pamayu kan nasambit nang oficina: pira lang daa ini sa mga problema pa man giraray sa nasambit nang ahensya.


1 gadan, 1 irido sa iriwal sa videoke sa Presentacion

Retrato hale sa Pixabay

NAGA CITY 10/22/17/ - Nin huli sa aragawan nin kanta sa videoke, sarong lalaki an ginadan mantang an saro tinaga asin herido ngonian.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay Bicalen, Presentacion, Camarines Sur.

Sabi kan imbestigador, nagpoon an dai pagkaintindihan kan duwang biktima asin an duwang suspechado sa aragawan nin mikropono asin an kanta sa videoke.

Binawian nin buhaw si Ireneo Papillera, 40 anyos mantang nalugadan si Balela Millano sa kurokuso kan kariribokan.

Pigpoonan kan iriwal an diriskusyonan kan duwang victima asin kan duwang suspechado na iyo sinda George Naa asin Steven Plamiano.

Nin huli kan saindang iwal, tinaga kan suspechadong si Naa si Papellera na tinamaan sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

Mortal an mga lugad kan victima kaya binawian tulos siya nin buhay sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Si Plamania, sa ibong na lado, igwa man nin mga lugad.

Hinahanap kan mga pulis si Naa tanganing sangatan nin caso.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

BOC warns public against online love scam

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has cautioned Filipino and foreign netizens against an online scam that lures victims with fake love and promises.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena issued the warning after receiving reports of increasing incidents of the internet scam, citing data from the bureau’s help desk, BOC-CARES.

From January to September 2017, the help desk had received a total of 1,263 reports and inquiries on various online scams. Of the total number, 412 reports were made via phone calls, 159 via email, and 692 via social media.

The numbers, however, reflect both verified scam incidents and those that were merely reported but remained unverified because the caller or the email sender did not provide further details.

"If things are too good to be true, get out, that's a trap," he said in a statement.

Records showed that some of the names often used by the scammers are Danica Mae Chavez, James Henry, John Deck, George, Ben Anthony, Jojit Padilla, Luzviminda, Michael Wilson, Lea Gomez, Edward, Jenalyn, Karren, and Rowena.

Also, the common names used as couriers are SpeedEx Cargo, Speed Cargo, Global Express Cargo, Skyline Delivery Express, Express Cargo, Blue Express, Airtrack Cargo, United Global, Alpha Blink, Sky Express, Quick Cargo, Oceanic Delivery, ABC Cargo, Unifed, Link Up Freight, ECC Cargo, ACC Cargo, and Union Cargo.

Accredited Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) de-consolidators' list shows no record of the couriers commonly used by the scammers.

The Customs chief said the agency recently received a complaint from a scammed resident of Pangasinan by an internet sweetheart who befriended and promised her a package containing signature bags and gadgets.

The victim was duped to pay PHP30,000 to a certain Jenalyn Miranda for the release of the package said to be held by Customs. However, after paying Miranda via money transfer, the suspects asked for an additional PHP80,000 for the release of the package.

According to the Enforcement and Security Service, online scams mostly make use of online dating sites, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through phone calls, text messages, and emails.

The scammer often preys on their victims by befriending them online and promising to send them a package containing gifts along with huge sum of money. Bogus receipts and tracking numbers of packages are also sent to the unsuspecting victims.

Others are victimized via text messages or phone calls claiming they have a package held by Customs, often citing the BOC in Cebu, and the victim has to send money to get the package.

"They would usually use the name of the bureau and pose as BOC employees who are asking money to shoulder the duties and taxes in exchange for the release of the package," Lapena said.

The victims are often asked to deposit money through money transfer service or bank accounts in Cebuana, Western Union, or BDO.

The BOC chief noted that they collect customs duties and taxes through accredited agent banks (AAB) and not through personal bank accounts or other money transfer services.

"If in case a stranger texted or chatted you about an unclaimed package held by BOC, or there is money in the package, you can double check the existence of the package by reaching the BOC Helpdesk at ‎705-6000 or by sending us a message at our Facebook page Bureau of Customs PH," he added.

Likewise, online scam victims are advised to report the incidents to the cybercrime divisions of the Philippine National Police (PNP) or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). (Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA)


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Remains of Albayano soldier who was killed in Mindanao clash arrive in Legazpi

Contributed photo

LEGAZPI CITY 10/21/17 (Bicol Standard)--A requiem mass was held today for Albayano soldier PFC Romeo Rayco who was killed in the clash in Mindanao.

Rayco, who was 28 years old, hailed from Tobog, Oas, Albay.

His remains arrived at around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Rayco was one of the last casualties of the war in Mindanao, according to Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal.

He is the fourth casualty from Albay in the war in Mindanao.

BSP reminds public not to damage, deface money

The Bangko Sentral ng Pillipinas (BSP) reminds the public to avoid any damage on Philippine banknotes.

This after a recent video of the burning of what appears to be Philippine banknotes has come to the attention of the BSP.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 247, it is unlawful to deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the BSP.

According to the BSP, any person who shall violate this Decree shall be fined in the amount of not more than P20,000 and/or be imprisoned for a period of not more than five years.

Moreover, no person or entity may put into circulation notes, coins or any other object or document, which in the opinion of the Monetary Board of the BSP might circulate as currency, as stipulated under Section 50 of the New Central Bank Act. It is also prohibited to reproduce or imitate the facsimiles of Bangko Sentral notes without prior authority from the BSP.

The BSP is authorized to investigate, make arrests, conduct searches and seizures in accordance with law, for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the currency.

“We wish to highlight that the general public should take pride in our Philippine banknotes that honor Filipinos who played significant roles at various moments of our nation’s history as well as depict the country’s world heritage sites and iconic natural wonders. The Philippine banknotes remain a constant reminder of our ancestors’ patriotism and bravery, as well as centuries of journey for a better future for our countrymen,” the BSP states.

The Bangko Sentral enjoins the cooperation of the public in our commitment in maintaining the integrity of the Philippine currency. Any act of desecration of our Philippine currency by mutilating, defacing or burning, should be reported to the nearest police/law enforcement agencies, for appropriate action or to the Currency Issue and Integrity Office, BSP at ‎(02) 988-4833 and ‎926-5092. (BSP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)


Budget Chief speaks up on doubling salaries of soldiers, cops by 2018

“The commitment is to double [military and uniformed personnel’s] salaries by January 2018. We are doing everything to honor that commitment,” Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno told reporters during a press conference on October 18.

The draft resolution containing the modified base pay schedule of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) prepared by DBM was concurred with by the Office of the President on September 20, 2017, and has already been endorsed to Congress.

“We need the approval of both houses of the Congress to implement this,” Diokno said, “because Congress has the power of the purse.”

The Resolution, if approved by both houses of Congress, will double the base pay of a Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police (PNP) or a Private in the Department of National Defense (DND), and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). A PO I and those with equivalent rank will enjoy a 100% increase resulting to a monthly base pay of P29,668.00. Overall, the salary adjustments will result to a 58.7% average increase for all MUP ranks, effective on January 1, 2018.

The increase in base pay will result to an increase in other allowances and bonuses that are computed as a percentage of base pay such as the longevity pay (or foggy pay) and mid-year and year-end bonuses. This will also effectively discontinue the grant of provisional and officers’ allowances, an interim measure pending the modification of the base pay schedule.

The net take-home pay will be much higher than the previous arrangement because the longevity pay, for example, will be exempted from taxes. Interim allowances, such as provisional and officers’ allowances are subjected to income tax. Tax-exempt collateral allowances (e.g., flying pay, sea duty pay, instructor’s duty pay, etc.) are expected to increase as well.

Finally, the passage of the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform program will further increase the net take-home pay of the MUP with the lowering of income tax rates.

According to DBM estimates, the increase in the base pay of soldiers, police, firefighters and jail guards will entail an additional cost of P63.4 billion. The increase in the compensation of the MUP will be funded by the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF), and from any available allotment in the respective budgets of the agencies concerned. (DBM)

DAR beneficiaries told to sustain, expand livelihood projects

DAR Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong listened as ARB member Gloria Aguilar explained the strategies she will employ to sustain and expand the egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines project she received during the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato. Secretary Bistoyong was joined by DAR-12 Director Nasser M. Musali (right) and other top officials of DAR in the region.

SURALLAH, South Cotabato – Beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program were encouraged to develop, sustain and expand the livelihood projects that are part of the comprehensive support services they receive from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong spearheaded the distribution of various livelihood projects to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato on Wednesday, October 18.

Bistoyong urged the beneficiaries to take care of the projects, make them sustainable to benefit the other ARBs in the area.

The distribution of livelihood projects was made possible through the joint efforts made by DAR, Pilmico Foods Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Aboitiz Foundation.

Bistoyong said the livelihood projects is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) endeavor that DAR entered into to help ARBs augment their income.

A total of nine selected ARBs from three barangays in Surallah received egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines and hog dispersal kits.

“Our responsibilities do not end upon receipt of these livelihood projects. We need to ensure their sustainability to benefit the other ARBs,” she pointed out.

An increase of household income of ARBs through livelihood projects will also help end cases where awarded lands are leased or sold, Bistoyong emphasized.

The turnover ceremony was also joined by Apol B. Castro, vice president for corporate strategy and business development of Pilmico; Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita; Director Leomides Villareal of the Public Affairs and Media Relations Service of DAR Central Office; DAR Region 12 Director Nasser M. Musali and other top DAR officials in the region.

In her message, Castro said the aim of the project is to develop and build a purpose-driven community through sustainable livelihood.

She also emphasized that support to ARBs in the area is part of the corporate social responsibility of Pilmico and Aboitiz Equity Ventures under the project “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” which aims to support home-grown products and backyard farmers who aspire to become farmer-entrepreneurs.

Among the recipients present was Gloria Aguilar who expressed gratitude in lieu of her fellow beneficiaries.

Aguilar assured they will take care the projects, sustain and expand to elevate their way of life.

Mayor Bendita also thanked DAR and Pilmico for choosing the ARBs of Surallah as recipients of the project.

He also expressed full support to the thrusts and programs DAR to help farmers uplift their lives.


DTI eyes funding aid for startups

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) eyes funding support for newly-set up businesses instead of providing them with fiscal incentives.

In a press conference during the Slingshot ASEAN Friday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency targets to increase the available funding that can be tapped by startups to boost their businesses.

But the DTI chief is not keen on giving tax perks to startups, as funding support from the private sector is also pouring into the sector.

He added that these incentives might be abused, only to increase deductible taxes.

“Providing funds might be the better way for now,” Lopez said.

“Because if we talk of incentives, we run the risk also of that incentive might also be abused. We’re already looking a lot of guys that might just been funding and using that an excuse to increase the tax detectability. So, that’s my another immediate concern,” he said.

He said the government pushes the local startup ecosystem to flourish and to be a driver for inclusive and innovation-led growth.

For DTI alone, it already has its micro-financing program "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or P3, which provides loan with low interest rates to discourage loan sharks.

Banks and other financial institutions also offer financial services that can be tapped by startups.

In a separate interview, QBO Innovation Hub President Rene Meily told the Philippine News Agency that many foreign investors and venture capitals are looking into funding Philippine-based startups.

“There is a huge increase in the number of venture capital funds and foreign companies that interested in investing in Philippine startups. Especially in those scalable and can grow from the local market to the regional and global market,” Meily said.

“They sensed that the Philippines is a growing market by itself. In addition, there are new ideas happening here. We have so much talent, and it is really the young people coming up with this idea and they really change the way we do business here,” he added.

The Slingshot ASEAN has attracted around 20 foreign funders from New York, Australia, and Southeast Asia, looking at potentials of Philippine startups. (PNA)

Groups cite benefits of phasing out leaded paints in PH

QUEZON CITY--Environmental, health and labor groups cited the country’s ongoing effort to phase out lead, a toxic chemical, in paint, as a step in the right direction that will benefit millions of Filipino children, mothers and workers today and the future generations.

The groups lauded the government’s decision to phase out leaded paints as the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is commemorated from October 22 to 28 to raise awareness and promote action to address the human health effects of lead exposure, particularly for children. The Week of Action is spearheaded by the United Nations Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO)

“While many developing countries have yet to enact mandatory lead paint standards and regulations, our country took a bold decision to phase out lead in paints with the primary goal of protecting vulnerable populations, particularly the children, women of child-bearing age and the workers,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Working hand in hand, government, industry and civil society leaders took part in several consultative and technical meetings that paved the way to the adoption of a groundbreaking regulation in the form of a Chemical Control Order (CCO),” he added.

The CCO for lead and lead compounds released in 2013 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provides the road map to the country’s transition to paints without lead additives.

The CCO stipulates for a three-year phase-out schedule from 2013 to 2016 for lead-containing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints, and a six-year phase-out period (2013-2019) for lead-containing industrial paints. It also sets a total lead content limit of 90 parts per million (ppm), the world’s strictest regulatory standard for lead in paint.

The three-year phase-out period for ADH paints provided paint manufacturers, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, to find suitable replacements to lead used to enhance color, make drying faster or reduce corrosion on metal surfaces.

“The phase-out of leaded paints is good news for our children’s brains as childhood lead exposure is known to harm the brain causing reduced intelligence and mental retardation,” said Ines Fernandez, Founder of Arugaan, a mother-led movement promoting breastfeeding and child and maternal health.

“Replacing lead additives in the production of paints with safe alternatives will minimize occupational exposures to lead. Workers in paint manufacturing, construction, painting, renovation, demolition and related sectors will benefit from a toxic-free working environment that is safe from lead and other hazardous substances,” said Allan Tanjusay, Spokesperson, Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Eliminating lead paint now is more cost-effective than remediating lead-contaminated homes, schools and other facilities used by children later, the groups said.

In US, as per estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency the costs for lead paint abatement range from $8 to $15 per square foot, and a typical house will require a minimum of $10,000 to treat.

Above all, removing lead in paint will prevent dust and soil from being contaminated by lead from chipping or deteriorating lead painted surfaces that can be ingested on inhaled by children, the groups added.

Lead, according to WHO, is especially dangerous to children's developing brains, and causes reduced intelligence quotient (IQ) and attention span, impaired learning ability, and increased risk of behavioral problems.

“Lead paint is a serious threat to the long term health of our children. WHO calls on all countries to phase out lead paint by 2020 to protect the health of this and future generations,” said Dr. Maria Neira Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health for the WHO.

To encourage further industry compliance to the phase-out of lead paint, the EcoWaste Coalition on Monday will hold an event to mark the country’s achievement so far in removing lead in AHD paints.

The group will release the findings of its latest study in collaboration with IPEN (a global NGO network for a toxics-free future) showing significant reduction in the number of leaded solvent-based AHD paints sold in the market.

Alleged notorious crime group leader killed in Sorsogon

Photo by Vincent Nato

SORSOGON CITY 10/21/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An alleged notorious leader of a gun-for-hire and robbery hold-up group was killed in a police operation by joint elements of PNP Sorsogon Friday afternoon.

The Sorsogon police said it received information from a concerned citizen regarding the presence of a a certain Rommel D. Sium at Sitio Baribag, Barangay Bibincahan, this city.

Sium, the report said, was armed with a firearm with an unknown caliber.

Joint elements of Sorsogon police proceeded to the site to to verify the report. Upon arrival of the operating unit, Sium took notice of their presence, and boarded his tricycle to evade arrest, the police reported.

Sium and the police exchanged gunfire.

The suspect was hit and was killed instantly, the police said.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the area were two fired cartridge cases, one pistol of unknown caliber and five cartridges inserted in a magazine. These were put into custody of Provincial Crime Laboratory for examination.

Meantime, the cadaver of the victim was brought to St. Anthony Funeral Parlor for autopsy examination.

Sorsogon Provincial Police Office Director Senior Supt. Marlon C. Tejada said of the incident: "Sorsogon PPO in its relentless campaign against criminality is iron-fist in dealing with criminals and other lawless elements to maintain peace and order in the province of Sorsogon."

Friday, October 20, 2017

DOTr reveals Bicol Express plans

NAGA CITY 10/20/17 (Bicol Standard) – Reconstruction, not rehabilitation.

This is the plan of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Usec. for Rails Cesar Chavez as regards the much-awaited Bicol Express project of the Philippine National Railways.

“Bagong riles, bagong estasyon, bagong bagon, management, sistema,” is how he described to Bicol Standard the government’s vision.

Chavez revealed that they intend to have the Manila to Bicol line be operational by 2022.

Under the new Bicol Express, passengers from Paco, Manila to Matnog, Sorsogon will have a travel time of only 7 hours.

He also revealed that the project, which is estimated to cost P175 billion, will be funded by China.

“Action will start in six months,” he said.

China, he added, committed to finish the construction in three years.

Meantime, the government is tasked to relocate the informal settlers in two years, and to clear the road right of way.

There are around 100,000 informal settler families that would be affected by the project, according to Chavez.

“We will have a whole government approach,” he explained, “We will coordinate with other government agencies like the NHA and DILG, among others, to make this goal a reality.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IN NAGA CITY: No work, with pay

Wilfran Calleja

NAGA CITY 10/19/2017 (Bicol Standard) — Depending on how you see it, a Naga City Hall employee is the luckiest or unluckiest person for receiving full salary although he has no work for the past five years.

“Sige ako sweldo, mayo man pigtataong trabaho sako sa gobyerno local sa haloy nang taon na nakaagi” (I am continuously being paid a salary, even if I have not been working for the local government for the past years). This is the declaration of Wilfran Calleja, who has been connected with the City Hall since the time of the late Jesse M. Robredo, but has been under a floating status since he was relieved of his post as City Agriculturist Office (CAGO) around 5 years ago.

“Sayang man kan sakuyang kakayahan na dai man napapakinabangan kan lokal na gobiero kan Naga ta sige sana an resibe ko nin kwarta hale ki Juan de la Cruz maski dai ako tinatawan nin trabaho” (My capabilities are being put to a waste by the local government as I am receiving money from Juan de la Cruz even if I am not given the corresponding responsibilities),” he lamented.

He confided to Bicol Standard that he is seriously considering legal action against City Hall officials who continuously ignore this anomaly.

He also promised to divulge more information as it is hurting not only him, but also the city coffers.


Legazpi airport night operation resumes today

Photo courtesy of Gov. Bichara

LEGAZPI CITY 10/19/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The Legazpi airport night operation resumes today, Gov. Al Francis Bichara announced this morning.

Governor Bichara was able to mediate the issue and fast-track the repair of Runway Threshold Identification Lights (RTIL) to resume the availability of night flights in Albay.

This news was confirmed by the operations department of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to the governor earlier today.

Albay PENRO arrested in drug bust

LEGAZPI CITY 10/19/2017 (Bicol Standard) – The Chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Natural Resources Regional Office 5 was arrested in a drug bust by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao City earlier this week.

Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel was nabbed along with Dr. Stephen So Tay, a surgeon of Metro Davao Medical Center, at #3, Marigold Street, San Pedro Village, Davao City.

According to the PDEA operatives, Medel and Tay are both high-value targets.

Both suspects tested positive for drug use.

PDEA, however, has yet to confirm if Medel is also a pusher.

Medel, who is Tay’s fraternity brother, went to Davao City to attend a conference.

Medel also previously served as PENRO of Catanduanes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#Kasanggayahan2017 | Re-enactment of first mass in Luzon

The Community-Based Theater and Arts Group re-enact the first mass in Luzon as part of the grand opening of Kasanggayahan Festival 2017. The re-enactment was held at the provincial gymnasium, Sorsogon City.

Barangay tanod shot dead in Sorsogon

GUBAT, Sorsogon 10/18/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A tanod of barangay Bonifacio, this town was shot to death by two unidentified armed men at Barangay Cogon, this town late yesterday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Allan Jolasco y Encinas, 45 years old, married, and a resident of Barangay Bonifacio, this town.

The police said the suspects were wearing a face mask and shot the victim at close range.

Said suspects fled on board a motorcycle heading towards the direction of Bacon District, Sorsogon City.

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity and motive of the culprits as of this writing.


SPES in Bicol may now claim stipend at any M Lhuiller branch

LEGAZPI CITY--The long wait is over. As a measure to address the long queuing just to get the remaining of the 40% SPES stipend, DOLE Bicol regional director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa has initiated a partnership with M. Lhuiller to speed up the release of SPES stipend.

The move, in a report to DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III by Dela Rosa, is a corrective measure to solve the delay in SPES payment in which the regional office has been experiencing for the past years.

“Yes, we have had delays. That’s true. But we would like Bicolanos to see that we are continually improving our services to our clientele," Dela Rosa said.

SPES beneficiaries may now claim their stipend at any M Lhuiller branch nationwide upon receipt of the reference number sent through SMS by the DOLE Provincial Offices to their registered cell phone numbers. Upon receipt of the reference number, the beneficiaries can present this to any M. Lhuiller branch to claim their stipend.

“If in any way they changed their CP numbers that they have entered in their application they can go to the nearest DOLE Provincial Office or PESO to retrieve their reference number,” she explained.

It’s not only faster and easier; it's also safer for DOLE Bicol personnel as well, as the new payment facility being adopted eliminates the transporting of large amount of cash especially in island provinces where the partner bank could not service and check encashment.

“It’s more comfortable and time-saving rather than going back and forth just to follow up the stipend and waiting a long line just to en-cash the check. At least now we will just wait for the reference number and we can get the cash at our convenience," Shiela Marie M. Populi, a 19-year old single, from Bay, Ligao City and currently enrolled as a 3rd year AB-Political Science student at Ligao Community College said.

With the positive response from SPES beneficiaries, DOLE Bicol is also looking at said initiative to be used in rolling out payments in its emergency employment program TUPAD and the GIP project.

Cordero selected as writer-in-residence in Sitka, Alaska

After his three-month stay in the University of Iowa as the Philippine writer-in-residence, where he joined other 34 writers from different countries, Kristian Sendon Cordero will be participating in another writing residency program in the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska from November 7-28, 2017. His participation is courtesy of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department.

During these past three months, Cordero has been giving lectures, screenings and readings in various academic and cultural communities in the US. He was one of the three featured poets in The Poetry Foundation in Chicago where he read his poems in Bikol and Filipino together with the Palestinian poet Fatena Al Ghorra and Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Aside from his scheduled visits to New Orleans, Washington and New York, Cordero will also be present for the screenings of Hinulid (his second full length feature film) in San Francisco for the Filipino International Cine Arts Festival (Facine 24) on October 20-24, and in the University of Michigan where he will screen the same film and present his paper on his poetics and his novel-in-progress on the Virgin of Peñafrancia on October 24-27. The event in Michigan is sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Philippine Studies Group.


Kasanggayahan Festival kicks off in Sorsogon

Sen. Chiz Escudero and Sorsogon Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza at the opening of Kasanggayahan Festival 2017

SORSOGON CITY 10/18/17 (Bicol Standard) -- This year, Sorsogon celebrates its 123rd foundation as a province through the Kasanggayahan Festival. It is a province-wide commemoration, with the center of activities in Sorsogon City.

In his message at the formal opening at the Provincial Gymnasium, Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza underscored the theme of this year's celebration: "Pagkasararo Asin Pasasalamat, Satuyang Padanayon."

"To all my beloved Sorsoganons, by constantly thanking God for all his blessings, let's altogether be one and make this year's Kasanggayahan more significant as we celebrate meaningfully our 123rd founding anniversary as a province."

Governor Rodrigueza also acknowledged Sorsoganon senator Francis Escudero, for gracing the occasion.

"Senator Chiz and I have been discussing since his arrival today about exciting new plans which certainly the Provincial Government of Sorsogon will support. These new plans will come as a lovely surprise to all Sorsoganons."

Kasanggayahan is an ancient Bicol word, the meaning of which can be assembled from this short rhyme:

"When the fields are green and the grains are golden; when the machines work well and all business prosper; when the birds in the sky chirp freely and men on earth are peacefully happy; in Bicol, it is KASANGGAYAHAN, meaning, a life of prosperity."

The Kasanggayahan Festival, which is listed by the Department of Tourism as one of the yearly Philippine Festivals, is eminent with a series of cultural, historical, religious, agro-industrial and economic activities, showcasing Sorsogon as abundant agricultural products, particularly food and decorative items from the versatile Pili tree, which is indigenous to the Province.


Corriador sa STL hinoldup sa Labo, CNorte

LABO, CNorte 10/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –An ahente kan STL na si Ronnie Aquino y Matcha,hinipaan sa tinampo nin tulong lalaki na may mga armas, dangan pirit na kinua si saiyang dara-darang cuarta na kantidad P3,200.00.

Segun sa report kan pulis si Aquino mapuli na sa saindang harong sa Purok 3,Tulay na Lupa sa banwaan na ini kan siya inabangan kan mga lalaki.

Base sa declaras kan victima, alas 10:20 bangui kasuodma, nakalunad siya sa motorsiklo paghale sa bola kan STL sa Central Plaza kan Daet, Camarines Norte, kan abangan kan mga suspechado nan aka sulot nin bonnet asin armado nin mga badil.

Sabi kan victima, nagbaralintong siya sa saiyang pig lulunadan na motorsiklo ta tinaonan nin barbed wire an tinampo kaya nagsayasay an saiyang darang vehiculo.

Mientrastanto, nagrani saiya an suspechadong naka bonnet asin tinutokan siya nin badil sa loong, dangan nag declarar nin hold-up.

Sabay kinua an saiyang darang cuarta na kantidad P3,200.00 na yaon sa laog kan sling bag.

An saro pang suspechado nagtutuk man saiya nin lancetas.

Pakatapos na makua an saiyang cuarta marikas sindang nagdurulag pasiring sa direksyon kan centro kan banwaan.

Mayo nin plaka an ginamit na motorsiklo kan mga nagholdup kaya dai aram kun sisay an responsable sa pangyayari.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DAET: 17 anyos na adik sa computer games, naghugot

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DAET, Camarines Norte 10/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Tinapos kan sarong 17 anyos na soltero an saiyang buhay sa paagui nin pagbitay sa kisame kan saindang harong gamit an nylon na lubid.

An victima nabisto na iyo si Mark Jovit Cosido y Revecencio, residente kan Purok 6, Barangay Alawihao digdi.

Nadiscubre an saiyang malipot nang bangkay kan saiyang ama na si Jovido Cosido y Mirandilla, alas 8:00 nin aga sa laog kan saiyang cuarto, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Antes siyang naghgot narisa na kan saiyang magurang na mamundo an victima asin parate gustong mag solo-solo.

Siring man, pirang semana na an nakaagi an victima inaabot nin amay na aga sa pagpuli sa harong.

Segun sa magurang parate yaon sa computer shop an victima asin na-adik na sa computer games.

Ipinahayag kan mga imbestigador kan pulis na pigreparo ninda an lawas kan gadan asin mayo man sindang naheling na senyal na pwedeng tuyo siyang ginadan.


Gov Tallado, VG Pimentel join PDP-Laban

Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel have joined the flock of political leaders who are set to take oath today here in Pili, Camarines Sur under the PDP-Laban Party. They are joined by an army of local leaders, most of them incumbent. (Photo by Romil del Moro/Bicol Standard)


Agricultural achievers in Bicol feted

Bicol Standard photo
NAGA CITY 10/17/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- Underscoring the integral role of agriculture in the lives of Filipinos, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 recognized the Gawad Saka, Corn Quality and Rural Women Achievers at the Convention Center, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue here today.

Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Administration, Agribusiness & Marketing and Regional Engagement and Chairperson, DA-GAD Focal System, who graced the event with her presence, lauded the achievers for their contributions in boosting productivity and the economic growth of the agriculture sector.

Romulo-Puyat conferred the awards, assisted by Dr. Elena B. De los Santos, Regional Executive Director, DA RFO 5; Mr. Rodel Tornilla, Dr. Edgar R. Madrid, RTD for Research and Regulation, DA RFO 5; Dir. Dennis del Socorro, Regional Director BFAR- RFO5, and Mr. Alfredo R. Rillo, Chairperson, RAFC-5.

The following are the awardees:

Gawad Saka Achievers

1. Edgar A. Pesebre - Polangui, Albay - Outstanding Rice Farmer

2. Valentin L. Lopez - Daraga, Albay - Outstanding High Value Crop Farmer

3. Joji A. Belodo – Oas, Albay – Outstanding Young Farmer

4. HML Foods Corp. – Daraga, Albay - Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur

5. Mr. and Mrs. Rodolfo L. Brinola and Family – Castilla, Sorsogon – Outstanding Farm/Fisherfolk Family

6. Inararan Rural Improvement Club – Bulan, Sorsogon – Outstanding Rural Improvement Club (RIC)

7. Tigbao 4-H Club – Aroroy, Masbate – Outstanding Young Farmer Organization

8. Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative – Gubat, Sorsogon – Outstanding Small Farmer Organization

9. MAFC Canaman – Canaman, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Municipal Agricultural & Fisher Council (MAFC)

10. Manito Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) – Manito, Albay – Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal (LGU-operated)

Corn Quality Achievers

Outstanding MLGU/CLGU

1. MLGU of Calabanga, Camarines Sur

2. MLGU of Goa, Camarines Sur

3. CLGU of Iriga City, Camarines Sur

4. MLGU of Tigaon, Camarines Sur

5. CLGU of Naga City, Camarines Sur

Outstanding Municipal/City Agriculturists (MAs/CAs)

1. Mr. Gil Gabriel H. Bordado III (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

2. Ms. Felina A. Sanoy (Goa, Camarines Sur)

3. Mr. Ruben S. Delos Santos (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

4. Ms. Lea M. Beltran (Tigaon, Camarines Sur)

5. Ms. Maria Edna B. Bongalonta (Naga City, Camarines Sur)

Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs)

1. Mr. Joshua T. Ipo (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

2. Mr. Ryan F. Calatrava (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

3. Mr. Jerry M. Mercado (Goa, Camarines Sur)

4. Ms. Marly L. Corporal (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

5. Mr. Honesto C. Sirios, Jr. (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

6. Ms. Jonafel A. Taduran (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

7. Mr. Noel O. Manaog (Buhi, Camarines Sur)

8. Mr. Buster A. Ibarbia (Buhi, Camarines Sur)

9. Mr. Hector O. Llagas (Bato, Camarines Sur)

10. Ms. Annie C. Lumanog (Bula, Camarines Sur)

Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Award (CCMEA)

Tuburan United Farmers Association (Cawayan, Masbate)

Rural Women Achievers

1. Rebecca S. Purisima – Tigaon, Camarines Sur – Regional Winner

2. Lazara O. Nibungco – Guinobatan, Albay – 1st Runner-up

3. Hilda H. Martinez – Casiguran, Sorsogon – 2nd Runner-up

4. Norlinda A. Zaldua – Daet, Camarines Norte – Special Citation

5. Teresita M. Pisit – Daet, Camarines Norte – Special Citation

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Hospital in Daet ordered to answer complaint re: deposit

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Ernie V. Vera, OIC – Director IV of the Center for Health Development Bicol – Department of Health...