Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ex-Mayor sa CSur, convicted kan Sandiganbayan

NAGA CITY –11/25/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Inako ni dating alkalde Jesus Rico Sarmiento sa Sandiganbayan na siya nagkasala sa caso criminal na isinangat contra saiya dapit sa pag gamit kan luxury vehicles kan privadong contratista na may transaction sa municipio kan Garchitorena, Camarines Sur kan 2014.

Si Sarmiento dating alkalde kan banwaan na ini.

An desisyon kan 7th Division kan Sandiganbayan na pig promulgar kan Noviembre 10, nagpataw nin sentencia ki Sarmiento na envez mapriso, mag multa na sana nin kantidad P2,000.00. Ini sa rason na siya nag plead “guilty” sa akusasyon sa saiya.

Maroromdoman na kan sarong taon, ipig reclamo si Sarmiento sa Ombudsman huli sa pag gamit niya kan awto kan JM Cofer Construction na may contrata sa nasambit na banwaan.
An sabi kan Sandiganbayan, an gawi kan dating alkalde Sarmiento malinaw na pagbalga sa provision kan RA 6713.
Mientrastanto, nin huli sa pag ako niya kan kasalan, pig considerar ini kan jusgado na “mitigating circumstance”  kaya binabaan si kastigong ipinataw saiya.
Somalemte multang kantidad P2,000.00 an dapat niyang bayadan sa Garchitorena sabi sa desisyon na firmado ni Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.
Kan election kan 2016, Si Sarmiento nagkandidato man guiraray sa cargong alkalde kan Garchitorena,  alagad dinaog siya ni Nelson Bueza. 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

EVENTS | Young At Art: Art Show in the Park

MANILA 11/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Bicol-based advocacy organization Friday Book Club and Padaba Productions, are inviting volunteers, and art and book enthusiasts as they spread love in the metro this weekend.

Dubbed "Young at Art: An Art Show in the Park," the event is a an art/book drive to be held at Children's Park, Luneta, Manila at 2 p.m.

The event, according to Friday Book Club head Joana Verdeflor, is "for the young ones and the young-at-heart."

"Gather your books, brushes, and braid you hair because this weekend, we are going to have an art/book drive in the park and we are all set to have fun!" she said.

For more details, please contact 0917-824-0999 or e-mail

Naga City drug bust yields P600K worth of shabu

NAGA CITY 11/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An estimated 100 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of P600,000 was confiscated by PDEA Camarines Sur from a couple at the Central Bus District II Terminal in a buy-bust operation this morning.

The suspects were identified as live-in partners Marilex Arbuis y Comprado, 30 years old, and Cesar Galiza y Balinis, 30 years old, both residents of Barangay Del Rosario, Naga City.

The prohibited substance was confiscated from the duo, in addition to the vehicle they used for the transaction. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)

PHOTO | Bicolana entrepreneur meets PM Trudeau of Canada

BICOLANA ENTREPRENEUR MEETS PM TRUDEAU OF CANADA. Bernadette de los Santos of Baao, Camarines Sur is all smiles in a close-up meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister when he visited the Philippines to attend the ASEAN Summit. De los Santos was among a handful of selected and pre-qualified group of women entrepreneurs  who are beneficiaries of the Great Women Project funded by the Canadian government. Noticing her  big smile and T'boli neckpiece, PM Trudeau told her, "Okay, I will give you a kiss!" (Photo from Trudeau's Instagram)

Bicolano Transport Usec Cesar Chavez resigns

Cesar Chavez
Bicol Standard file photo

NAGA CITY 11/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez has announced his resignation Thursday morning, following the glitches and other problems surrounding the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

Chavez in a press conference thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for the trust.

"I want to give a chance to the President to appoint a new (Transporation Undersecretary)," he said.

He has not bared his forthcoming plans.

Chavez hails from San Jose, Camarines Sur.


Bicol STL triggers 3 killings

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – At least three persons were killed these past few days due to the raging controversy involving the Small Town Lottery operation in Albay and Camarines Sur.

In Albay, Gov. Al Francis Bichara and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal are both determined to work to have the operation stopped.

This was after a shooting incident occurred in front of Ayala Malls in Legazpi City where Marlon Magsino was killed on the spot and STL operator Alex German Alemania of Lucky V Prime Enterprises Inc., was injured and later died in a hospital.

Bichara said STL has only disrupted the peace and order in Albay. 

Meantime, in Magarao, Camarines Sur, a heated argument concerning STL led to a man being shot dead at Zone 5, Barangay San Francisco over the weekend.

The suspect Joel Bernas y Coballes claimed he won said game, but the victim Alberto Coballes y Leonardo did not give him the amount that he won, the police said.

As a result of the confrontation, the victim was shot by the suspect using a firearm of unknown caliber.

SP Cam Sur’s move

In response to this and other reports by concerned citizens, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has passed a resolution urging the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to revoke and/or cancel the franchise granted to local STL operator Evenchance Gaming Corporation.

This was due to various alleged violations of local ordinances, including the non-remittance or payment of LGU share.

Furthermore, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur in Resolution No. 386, stated that “Evenchance Gaming Corporation did not inform the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the Provincial Governor, as a matter of courtesy about the start of Small Town Lottery.”

“Many barangay officials are complaining of the arrogance of the personnel of Evenchance Gaming Corporation in ignoring the invitation of some Sangguniang Barangays to explain and/or apprise the Honorable Body, in aid of legislation, about the establishment and operation of STL in their respective barangays, more particularly in the collection of bets,” it added.

“There are also complaints and reports by many barangay officials that Small Town Lottery, or STL, as operated by Evenchance Gaming Corporation, the franchisee, is being used as a front for illegal gambling here in the Province of Camarines Sur,” the resolution reads.

“Many have observed that instead of using point-of-sales terminals to collect bets, the Evenchance Gaming Corporation allowed the use of ‘papelito’ or small sheets of paper, for betting, instead of PCSO-printed tickets, in violation of the implementing rules and regulations governing the STL,” it continues.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur added that “the numerous complaints relative to the blatant violation of the implementing rules and regulations governing the STL” along with the alleged “presumptuous act of arrogance on the part of personnel of Evenchance Gaming Corporation to the Sangguniang Barangays, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur, and the Provincial Governor” “are compelling reasons to cancel and/or revoke the franchise of Evenchance Gaming Corporation by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.”


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PDEA Bicol pugol na an caso sa Virac shabu lab

Kinumfirmar kan PDEA sa Bicol na ipig turn over na sainda an imbestigasyon kan nadiscubreng shabu laboratory sa Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes kan Noviembre 26, kan sarong taon.

Enot kaini, an mga miembros kan PNP iyo an nagsakyada sa gibohan nin shabu sa islang provincia kan Bicol.

Kasuodma, sinabi ni PDEA Bicol Spokesperson Cotton Talento, na pugol na kan saindang Legal Affairs Division an nagluwas na detalyes kan enot na imbestigasyon kan pilis.

An resulta kan enot na pag siyasat rereviohon pa kan PDEA na iyo na an leade agency, basta an caso may relasyon sa illegal na droga.

Sabi pa ni Talento, maski an mga kaso na isinangat contra sa mga prominenteng personalidad sa Catanduanes na isinasabit sa operasyon kan shabu lab an rerebisaron man.

Naga City shabu dealer slapped with life term

NAGA CITY 11/22/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A man caught selling Php200,000.00 worth of shabu inside a room of Villa Caceres Hotel in 2015 was meted life imprisonment by Judge Pablo Cabillan Formaran III of Regional Trial Court Branch 21.

In a decision dated October 27, 2017, Romeo Reconday y Neserio, the accused, was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

In addition to the life term, he is ordered to pay a fine of P500,000.00 with accessory penalties.

"The accused, being a detention prisoner, shall be credited in the service of his sentence with preventive imprisonment which he underwent by reason of this case," the court said.

The immediate transfer of Reconday to the National Bilibid Prison was furthermore ordered by the court.

The subject dangerous drugs were confiscated for turnover to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for their proper disposal.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ISTORYANG BIKOLNON ni Bert de los Martirez | One mistake, one stick

Makusog pa, matandaon pa: iyan si Maestra Lolita Recto, maestra ko kan Grade 5, Arithmetic Teacher kaidto sa Sta. Cruz Elem. School. Bantog si Maam Recto sa bansag na ONE MISTAKE, ONE STICK, an kada sala na simbag sa arithmetic may katumbas na sarong lapnit nin stick,, bako man makulog pati. Ngonian sa edad na 82,, aktibo sya sa pagwaras kan katukduan ni Maria, pigbibisita niya an dating eskwela tanganing magtao nin estampita nin pangadyeon.

DTI opens "Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano" in Naga City

"Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano"
Photo courtesy of DTI Cam Sur

NAGA CITY 11/21/17 (Bicol Standard)--Discounted products from Noche buena items, Christmas decorations, toys, gift items, appliances, gadgets, apparel, basic necessities and prime commodities are now marked down from 5% to 50% at Department of Trade and Industry Camarines Sur's "Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano."

The diskwento fair opened earlier today at DTI Cam Sur Grounds along Panganiban Drive, Naga City.

The fair runs from November 21 - November 23 and is open from 8am to 6pm. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)

"Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano"
Photo courtesy of DTI Cam Sur

"Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano"
Photo courtesy of DTI Cam Sur

"Pamaskong Diskwento Para sa Parabakal na Bicolano"
Photo courtesy of DTI Cam Sur

LGU Tinambac offers P200,000 reward for info leading to Abrazado capture

Tinambac, Camarines Sur Mayor Ruel Tuy

NAGA CITY 11/21/17 (Bicol Standard) -- P200,000 reward money will be given to anyone who can provide information as to the whereabouts of Melchor Abrazado, the principal suspect in carting away the P3.4-million budget for the Christmas bonus of LGU Tinambac employees.

The Sangguniang Bayan in a session today authorized Mayor Ruel Tuy to offer said amount for the early capture of Abrazado, who has been in hiding after allegedly stealing the payroll money.

This was relayed by Municipal Councilor Jonas Soltes in a statement posted in his Facebook account.

Furthermore, Mayor Tuy was given the authority to initiate the filing of a criminal complaint against the suspect.

Residents of Tinambac have been appealing to Abrazado to surrender and face the consequence of his criminal act.

Meanwhile, police operatives have joined forces with other law enforcement agencies in tracking down the suspect.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Camarines Norte earmarks P1.3-B for 2018

Tallado and Pimentel

DAET, CNorte—Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo “Egay” Tallado has submitted an Executive Budget amounting to P1.3-billion to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Said budget is a P200,000,000.00 increase over last year’s P1.1-billion.

Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is in the process of deliberating over the proposed appropriation ordinance on second reading

Under the said annual budget, P208, 746, 996.00 is allocated for the provincial development fund; Php 64, 741, 199.00 for disaster risk reduction and management fund; and Php 282,000.00 for the mandatory fund; and 202, 763.00 for special appropriation.

The proposed budget, Board Member Pol Gache said, also earmarks a substantial amount for health services and infrastructure.

He added that Tallado still puts premium to his ongoing Multi-Services Caravan, a project to bring government services closer to CamNortenos, and has not diminished previous allocation.

The caravan has been getting wider support from the constituents since, they say, it gives them the rare opportunity to rub elbows with their leaders.

Tallado promised that apart from the medical and agricultural services, the caravan also gives him the opportunity to listen to and personally address the concerns of Camarines Norte residents.


TEACHER CORNER | The importance of reading

by Sebastian Orada Ailes
Namurabod Elementary School, Namurabod, Buhi, Cam. Sur

Buhi South District

Reading is one of the most essential skills that a child needs to learn. Literacy has numerous advantages, which is why it has become one of the pillars of learning, along with numeracy. Reading literally is a passport to a better life, because it gives one access to an entire universe of words, written on everything from books, to street signs, to currency, and the packaging on food, among others.

Reading helps build vocabulary and boosts one’s writing skills. A person of any age who reads a lot learns a lot of words, and is more likely to use these words in writing. He or she is also more prone to learning about how to construct sentences and paragraphs.

Reading also improves focus and stimulates the brain. When one is reading, one’s attention is concentrated not the physical appearance of the letters, but on what they mean individually and in relation to each other. It is a good exercise for critical and creative thinking because it pushes one to respond, even subconsciously, if not consciously, to what one reads.

Reading encourages a thirst for knowledge. When one reads, his or her curiosity about the subject matter is often piqued. This often brings one to search for additional information to supplement what he or she has already learned from reading one text.

Reading reduces stress. There are studies that show that reading helps calm a person ways faster than listening to music or sipping tea. It reduces anxiety levels, and can help fidgety persons become more tranquil, especially in times of high stress.

Reading improves memory. When one reads, one is forced to remember certain facts which he or she needs to refer to later in the text. It thus encourages one to remember more efficiently as compared to one who does not read.

Reading gives one access to entertainment. Without reading skills, one has no access to a plethora of entertainment materials, which often involve written text. Lyrics, movie subtitles, and of course, books, are all made of text, and without reading skills one has no access to them.

As an educator, I make sure I am a model of good reading habits by taking the time to read as much as I can in my free time. Furthermore, I encourage conversations about what my students have read, apart from repeatedly emphasizing the value of reading in our goal to become lifelong learners.

TEACHER CORNER | A passion for education

by Sebastian Orada Ailes
Namurabod Elementary School, Namurabod, Buhi, Cam. Sur
Buhi South District

Everyone dreams of the ideal situation in education: well-prepared, well-fed, and excited students come to classrooms fully equipped with the best tools and materials, ready to face the equally enthusiastic teacher and the day’s list of lessons.

However, in the rural areas, the situation is often less than ideal. Several students have to battle with poverty, and thus come to school hungry and not prepared to take on the challenges of the learning activities. Some students have to walk many kilometers, or even cross streams, rivers, or seas just to reach the school. Often, they arrive to classrooms which are dilapidated, with books that are inadequate in number, and sometimes only have to imagine the instructional tools that students in more privileged schools take for granted, such as microscopes or computers.

Teachers, therefore, must bank on their burning passion for teaching these young minds to surpass these difficulties and ensure that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, gets access to quality education.

As an educator in a rural area, I am a witness every day to these stories of learners and teachers working hand-in-hand to surmount hardships and weave their own personal stories of hope. To be honest, what keeps me going is the light I see in the eyes of my students, whom I know are doing the best they can to realize their dreams of learning and eventually graduating and landing the job they want. Furthermore, I am inspired every time I see my co-faculty members going the extra mile if only to make sure that they drive home the lesson for the day.

Some would say teachers in the rural areas are not as fortunate as those in the urban centers, because they have to overcome more challenges. But I would beg to disagree. We teachers in the rural areas are blessed, because we have the opportunities to create change in unique and sometimes undeniably arduous situations. These chances we have to make a difference are something I would never trade, and for which I would forever and ever be grateful.


House finalizes bill improving nurse profession

The House committee on civil service and professional regulation chaired by Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño (5th District, Batangas) is finalizing a bill which seeks to provide a comprehensive nursing law towards a quality health care system.

The bill harmonizes House Bills 1693, 2548 and 3110 authored by Reps. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), Carlos Isagani Zarate (Party-list, Bayan Muna) and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (Partylist, DIWA), respectively.

The bills are similarly titled: “An Act Providing For A Comprehensive Nursing Law Towards A Quality Health Care System, And Appropriating Funds Therefor, Repealing For The Purpose Republic Act No. 9173, Otherwise Known As The ‘Philippine Nursing Act of 2002”.

The bills provide that RA 9173 must be amended to achieve the vision of the Philippine professional nursing care to be the best for the Filipino and the choice of the world by 2030.

The proposed amendments to RA 9173 provide a structuring of the scope and practice of nursing to include certification, specialization and educational requirements; expanding the powers of the Board of Nursing to strengthen its role in decision-making processes concerning the nursing practice; providing additional educational requirements for different levels of nursing practice to ensure competitiveness and further strengthen the nursing profession and provide a better practice environment.

The bills call for the creation of a Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing or Board that shall be composed of seven members who shall elect among themselves a Chairperson to serve for one term without re-election.

The President of the Republic of the Philippines shall appoint the members of the Board from among those recommended by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and ranked from a list of three nominees for each vacancy of the accredited integrated professional organization of nurses in the Philippines and who possess the qualifications for the position. The membership of the Board shall comprise the scope of the nursing practice.

A member of the Board must be: a natural-born citizen and resident of the Philippines for the past five consecutive years; a registered nurse in the Philippines and a holder of a valid and updated certificate of registration and a current professional identification card; have been conferred a master’s degree in nursing and preferably a doctoral degree from a university duly recognized by the government; have continuously practiced the nursing profession for at least 10 years prior to appointment; of good moral character and must not have been convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude.

Among the powers and duties of the Board are: (1) Ensure the proper conduct of the PNLE (Philippine Nurse Licensure Exams) which includes the application, test development, examination, correction and release of results; (2) Issue, suspend, revoke or reissue certificates of registration for the practice of nursing and ensure the widest publication through electronic and written media; (3) Enforce and monitor safe and quality standards of nursing practice, study the conditions affecting the nursing practice in the Philippines, and exercise the powers necessary to ensure the maintenance of efficient, ethico-moral, technical, and professional standards in the practice of nursing towards the optimal health and common good of the nation; (4) Ensure quality nursing education by examining and monitoring higher educational institutions offering and seeking permission to open nursing education programs and to ensure that standards of nursing education are properly complied with and maintained at all times; and, (5) Create a council for nursing recognition, accreditation and certification that will assist the Board in recognizing organized nursing groups, setting standards for advanced nursing practice, education, research and management, accrediting specialty and advanced nursing programs based on established mechanisms, credentialing individual registered nurse based on accepted criteria and monitoring and evaluating specialty and advanced nursing practice, education, research and management.

The Board shall be under the administrative supervision of the PRC.

The members of the Board shall not hold a position nor have pecuniary interest in any educational institution offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, review or training center for PNLE, or any training hospital or health facility with nursing affiliates.

They shall hold office for a term of three years. Any member of the Board may serve for two terms, or a maximum of six years.


2 soldiers injured after rebels throw grenade at LGU compound

MASBATE CITY 11/20/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Two soldiers sustained minor injuries after two unidentified persons threw a grenade towards their direction at the LGU compound of Cawayan, Masbate, Saturday evening.

The suspects, who are believed to be NPA rebels, were on a motorcyle with no plate number.

The police identified the victims as Dennis Orogo y Olidana, 36 years old, male, married,
and a resident of Brgy. Bañag, Daraga, Albay and PFC Alfie Romero y Daria, 26 years old, male, and single.

They were rushed to the Cawayan District Hospital for medical treatment.

An investigation is still being conducted as of this writing.


Is your refrigerator the perfect fit for your home? Smart tips in buying the right cooling partner

Makati City—November 20, 2017— The days of boring, old-fashioned refrigerators are gone. Today, manufacturers are constantly innovating technologies that make them more attuned to the needs of today’s buyers. But with the many brands available, how can you be sure that you are making the right choice?

According to Dyeun Zapanta, Sales and Marketing Head of Beko Philippines, households still put great value on the quality of the food that they eat. Despite the hectic pace of today's lifestyle, it is still important to serve only fresh and nutritious meals to your family. That is why your fridge must have all the right features to help you store your food items as best you can.

To help you make the right choice, Beko, one of the largest appliance brands in Europe, listed a few things to consider when buying a new refrigerator.

First things first: Type and Size

The first thing to consider when buying a new refrigerator is what type and size best suit your household needs. There are two general classifications of refrigerators- the Static (Direct Cool) and the No Frost. Static refrigerators form ice build up on freezer wall which is the source of cold temperature while No Frost allows you the full usage of the freezer space since it uses cold air to cool or freeze your food inside. Freezer and Fridge capacity varies by model or brand.

For families that buy more of the frozen items like meats and poultry products, freezer space is very critical. Big freezer space allows you to store bulky frozen items over an extended period. This is also ideal if you have a habit of cooking many dishes at the same time with the intention of storing them so that it can be eaten during the next few days. Fridges, however, can be used solely for your cooling needs. This compartment is ideal for storing all your fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairies and drinks.

There are also different types of refrigerators to choose from based on freezer location. Some of the examples are Single Door, Two Door Top Freezer, Two Door Bottom Freezer, Side-by-Side, Bar Fridges, among others.

Before buying, make sure to measure the space first where the appliance will be placed in your kitchen. Refrigerators are usually the biggest appliance that you'll have in your kitchen so it pays to plan the space well.

Cooling systems keep foods fresh, longer

Now that you know the type and size you need, the next thing you should familiarize yourself is the defrost system. Some refrigerators use the Manual or Semi-Automatic Defrost technology. If you choose the manual defrost system, you will need to defrost at least once or twice a week to clean and clear the compartments of ice build-up.

Then, there is also the Frost Free technology, which defrosts itself automatically. It uses sensors to automatically activate the heater to melt ice build-up at the back of the freezer walls, which block the air vents. The fan inside helps circulate the cold air to help freeze the food item inside the freezer or cool the food placed in the fridge compartment.

Beko refrigerators are best in its class as the brand developed the NeoFrost+® Technology. This innovative technology sets Beko Refrigerators apart from the others as it uses powerful Active Dual Cooling systems. It has a separate fan and evaporator on freezer and fridge compartment, which allows two times faster cooling. It also makes it possible for food items to stay fresh longer.

The NeoFrost+® Technology’s Active Dual Cooling System keeps humidity up to 90 percent in the fridge section for longer freshness. It also prevents odor transfer between the compartments keeping the air quality inside at maximum levels.

Moreover, it also keeps the fruits and vegetables fresh and crisp better because of its Active Blue Light Technology. This breakthrough technology continues the process of photosynthesis making it possible for fruits and vegetables to retain their natural flavors and nutritional value for up to 30 days.

Energy efficiency
Finally, make sure that you get the most of your refrigerators by referring to its energy efficiency factor ratings. Higher the EEF Rating means lower electricity it consumes.

For instance, Beko refrigerator model RDNT230I20VP has 325 EEF Rating consuming only 0.77kW per 24 hours of usage.   Other Beko refrigerators are made in with the brand’s environmental vision in mind. These refrigerators have A+++ and A++ ratings. An A+++ refrigerator consumes up to 64 percent less energy than the identical A product. Similarly, an A++ product consumes up to 40 percent less energy than an identical A product.  It is made possible with its ProSmart Inverter Compressor Motor which comes with a 12-year warranty.

Be sure to check this information with your dealer before making a purchase since this is one appliance you will use ‘round the clock.

Since 2015, Beko Philippines already doubled its distribution and tripled its sales through its improved and aggressive product line that continuously meets the need of the Filipino market.

Beko Philippines is now on expansion phase as it opens its door to other retail business partners as it aims to reach more Filipinos and become their Official Partner of the Everyday.

About Beko Philippines
BEKO is one of the strongest and leading brands in the whitegoods sector in Europe and has been the fastest growing brand in the European market.  Given that the brand sells every two seconds somewhere in the world, BEKO has always embraced the goal of “Being a World Brand.”  BEKO has been the first choice of 280 million consumers in more than 100 countries by carrying on its Turkish market success all over the world.

Designed to make your life easier thanks to super-fast programs and energy saving technology - BEKO delivers exceptional value for money, providing smart, innovative and energy efficient home appliances. These factors, combined with an affordable and reliable proposition, make BEKO the brand of choice for today and the future.

DepEd clarifies make-up classes need not be just Saturdays

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) recently clarified that make-up classes need not be conducted only on Saturdays.

“Make-up classes could be done by adding one to two hours per day in the class,” explained
Joyce Andaya, DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Division director.

She said the DepEd regional directors would find out how many hours are needed in their areas.

The DepEd also clarified that class cancellations are being decided by the national government (e.g. there’s a public holiday) and the local government units (LGUs).

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones also cited that there are instances, for example, when there’s no typhoon signal but an LGU would declare class suspensions because of a flood in the area.

With the recent nationwide transport strike, the hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit, and with the country being prone to typhoons, many schools have declared class cancellations.

Some parents think that class cancellations, except during typhoons, are a waste of time. Others think that their kids eventually suffer from make-up classes since these are usually held during weekends.

Lanie, a mom of a Grade 4 boy, thinks the time is wasted whenever there’s class cancellation.

“They (students) should have been in school, and they could have learned more,” she noted.

She is not in favor of such class cancellation as she thinks this is not good for the kids.

Marie Raquel feels the same way. "There were many days that my daughter experienced class cancellations due to typhoons. For weeks, she had to take make-up classes. Students, instead of being in school during those (days), had to catch up with the lessons," she lamented.

She further said that kids these days would only play with their gadgets at home, so for her, it would be better if they are in school.

Since most schools conduct make-up classes after class suspensions, a 31-year-old mom, Lovely, said she doesn’t agree with this. “Saturday and Sunday is a family day. Also, kids are already used to not having classes during weekends,” she pointed out.

Lovely, who has a Grade 5 son, also commented that students would not know that there’s a transport strike, for instance, while they are inside their classrooms.

Meanwhile, for mom Glenda, cancellation of classes due to transport strike is only applicable to elementary, high school and college students, but not to those in the nursery, kinder and prep.

“Most of these students (nursery, kinder, prep) have their own school service (vehicles). Even some elementary schools have their school service,” she said. Another mom, Edna, also pointed out that kids, especially those who have a school service, are not affected by transport strike. "It was just a day wasted, especially because for schools that were about to conduct the examinations week," Edna added.

Glenda also told PNA she thinks the class cancellations due to transport strike last month should only cover Metro Manila, and other provinces participating in transport strike.

She cited Cavite as an example, where not all areas participated in the strike.

“I think those who want to participate in the strike must enlist in the city hall or the municipal town. Then just base the class cancellations from there,” she pointed out.

The mom of two, however, appreciates that class cancellations would mean more rest for the parents. But Glenda, like other parents, also sees class cancellation as a day wasted since there are no remedial classes in her kids’ school. Her kids are now in elementary and kinder.

Working mom Joanne, on the other hand, is in favor of class cancellations to avoid the hassle, especially in students’ commute. She has a Grade 3 daughter.

Naga, Ligao get financial aid from Quezon City

Mayor Patty Alsua and Mayor John Bongat
Photo courtesy of Mayor Bongat

NAGA CITY 11/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--Naga City has received 20.268 million from its sister city, Quezon City, for rehabilitation purposes after the city was battered by Typhoon Nina in December 2016.

This was confirmed to the Bicol Standard by Mayor John Bongat, who announced that QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, together with the City Council (including QC Bicolana Councilor Ivy Lim Lagman) handed over the check in simple ceremonies after today's flag raising rites at the Quezon City Hall.

Ligao City Mayor Patty Patricia Gonzalez Alsua also received the amount of P27 million.

In Bicol, only Naga City and Ligao City received assistance, together with nine other LGUs from other parts of the country, Bongat said.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

RABASERO ni Vince Villar | Daeng pakinabang, di palayason!

Haros wara man pakinabang palan,
Palayason na nanggad an mga iyan
Ining negosyong pasugalan,
Sinda sana an nagyayaman

Mantang dakula an satong pangangaipuhan,
Para sa mga pobreng may mga kahilangan
Uru aldaw yaon naghaharagad tabang,
Pondo kan gobyerno, kapos man

Makaturutristeng maaraman,
Desi otso mil kada bulan!
Milyones an derilensiyahan,
sensilyo an satong kabangaan

Isipon nindo na kita pigboboa sana man,
Kaining mga operator nin pasugalan
Uru aldaw milyones an tarayaan,
Desi otso mil sana an buwis na binabayadan?

Pati mga taga PCSO grabe ng iuragan,
Pati sinda gari pigloloko naman
Dapat kuta 70 million kada bulan,
An bayad, harayo sa katotohanan

Sisay sana ngonyan an nagpaparayaman?
Ining mga nanginginabang sa surugalan..
Bako sana ining mga operators na dayuhan,
Kundi maging mga protector, na saindang sinusuhulan

Makangangalas kung ngata kaipuhang suhulan?
Kun an sabi, operasyon ninda legal man palan?
Dae daw tabi totoong may darayaan?
Ngani mas dakula an derilensiyahan?

Sa hiling nindo maabot daw tabi sa punto kan garadanan?
Kun bako milyones an saindang pig aaragawan?
Garu naka jackpot sinda nin kahon kahon nin bulawan,
Hale sa bulsa kan mga albayanong adik sa surugalan

Puko mas o menus, sarung taon na digdi an STL na iyan,
Puon kan an LUCKY V iyo an mamuhunan,
Aram ng dati kan gobryerno lokal an saindang kalokohan,
Hinalat pa nanggad na sinda magbaradilan?

An sabi, tama na, ta baad maglala an garadanan,
Tutal ngaya, dae ta man sana pinakikinabangan..
Ngata palan lugod ta pinahaloy haloy pa an mga iyan?
Pinapundo na dapat tulos, kan nagpupuon pa sana man!

Isipon nindo kun an konsepto kaining pasugalan,
Ipaparehas sa Lotto, may dakulang kapakinabangan
Lambang taya ta, aram ta an padudumanan,
Mga tawong may pangangaipo, sato pang matatabangan

Bako kan siring kan nangyayari sa ngonyan,
Lambang taya ta, pirang tawo an nagyayaman
Sa bisyo asin luho, urog pang nasisiraman
Inom, sugal, babayi, urog pang nadadagdagan

May mga pulitikong, dae ng kapiyerdehan
Huli ta may pang sustiner, sa mga dapat suhulan
Uru aldaw man hagadan, urog pang minayaman
Dae nahihiro an ibang hinabasan, ta yaon an pasugalan

Father of Albay Cong. Salceda passes away

Jesus Salceda

LEGAZPI CITY 11/19/17 (Bicol Standard)--Jesus Salceda, former Polangui town mayor and father of Albay 2nd Congressional District Representative Joey Salceda, passed away Sunday morning due to illness and complications.

He was 87 years old.

Jesus Saquido Salceda served as Polangui municipal councilor for 24 years, (1972 to 1991); vice  mayor for three years (1992 to 1995), and mayor for nine years (2001-2010).

His late wife Cielo Sarte was public school supervisor.

He is survived by his three children: Cong. Joey Salceda, Board Member Jesap Salceda and Dr. Anna Marie Salceda Mella.

Cong. Salceda took to Facebook this morning to express his grief over the passing of his father:

"Binawi na ni Jesus ang tokayo niya. Salamat po sa dasal. Papa loved the people. He was a good father. Miss ko na sila ni Mama."
Bicol Standard columnist and former Albay Vice Governor Lito Tuanqui also expressed his sadness over the passing of Jesus Salceda.

"He was a foremost pillar of Polangui, will be missed by Polanguenos and Albayanos, but will be forever remembered especially for his kindness, and sincere and dedicated public service," Tuanqui said. "He was a good tennis player, too," he fondly remembered.

STL triggers shooting in Cam Sur

MAGARAO, Camarines Sur 11/19/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A heated argument concerning Small Time Lottery (STL) led to a man being shot dead at Zone 5, Barangay San Francisco here Saturday afternoon.

The suspect Joel Bernas y Coballes claimed he won said game, but the victim Alberto Coballes y Leonardo did not give him the amount that he won, the police said.

As a result of the confrontation, the victim was shot by the suspect using a firearm of unknown caliber.

The suspect fled immediately towards and unknown direction following the shooting. Meanwhile the victim was rushed to the Bicol Medical Center but was declared Dead on Arrival.

Recovered at the place of the incident were one small spherical pellet and one ballpen.

An autopsy has been requested to determine the victim's cause of death.

The Magarao police have launched a hot pursuit operation to arrest the suspect.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

TEACHER CORNER | What is quality education? by Ernan Esquivel Echalas

by Ernan Esquivel Echalas

When speaking about learning, many individuals like to toss around terms like “quality education” to describe their dreams with regard to this universal necessity. But what really is quality education, in relation to our personal experience as Filipinos in charge of educating the present and future generations?

I believe quality education is relevant, inclusive, and offers the opportunity for lifelong learning. It is these three factors that contribute to learning that is responsive and ideal for 21st century pupils and students.

Relevant education

Quality education means teaching skills and knowledge that are responsive to the immediate and future needs of learners. It means using examples found in the local context of the learners to help them access the information more easily. It also means providing learning experiences that are directly applicable to their personal aspirations or interests. Furthermore, it means connecting lessons to current issues and concerns. Teachers, administrators, and education officials are all equally responsible for ensuring that education is relevant to the learners.

Inclusive education

Education should to be a privilege granted only to those who are more fortunate in life. Gone are the days when only selected members of society get education. Today, it is every learner’s right to be included in education, regardless of their gender, age, religion, class, or ability. All are called to learn, participate, and contribute in learning.

Lifelong learning

Quality education goes beyond teaching the learners basic literacy and numeracy. It prepares them for a life of learning by introducing and encouraging them to engage in critical and creative thinking. It equips them with the competencies they need to adapt to a rapidly-changing world. This includes not only teaching them knowledge, but also values, attitudes, and skills, which they will use for employment and comfortable, decent living.

To achieve quality education, the healthy partnership of the government and the private sector is of utmost importance.

RABASERO ni Vince Villar | Huli man daw, Habol pa rin

Iyo na talaga an kinatuudan ta,
Maaksyon pag may nangyari na
Wara labot pag an sitwasyon ok pa
Mapulok pulok pag naperwisyo na

Kunsabagay sabi sa kasabihan daa
Maray ng huri kaysa dae baga
An importante wara ng mangyari pa,
Sa masunod mapupugulan na

Isipon mo an satuyang bulkang Mayon,
Haloy ng yaon kaito pang panahon
Dae lamang baga niyato huhunaon
Igwa palan gusto siyang BABUYON

Kutana kaito pa kita igwang regulasyon,
Pag bawal sa anuman na aktibidad sa Mayon
Urog na kun yaman kaini rarauton
Aabusuhon, kumita sana nin MILYON

Ngonyan sarung ordinansa na an bubusulon,
Ngani an Mayon satong pangatamanon
Irayo sa peligro mga tawong sarawayon
Tawan padusa an ibang madudunong

Huni man bagang ATV riding Operation,
mga turista muyahon asin ugmahon
Uru aldaw yaon sa pamitisan kan Mayon
Darang peligro dae lamang hunaon

Kun warang nangyaring HORORDAPAN
Dae pa lamang kita mapupukawan
Ordinansa an satong kaipuhan
Ngani sinda ma istriktuhan naman

HUri man na masasabi, satuya pa man na pasalamatan
Ining mga nag iskusar, mga honorableng kinatawan
Rañola asin Imperial, saindang pigpangenutan
Pagpasar nin ordinansa, an talaga ng kaipuhan.

GENTLE BREEZE by Nelly Favis-Villafuerte | Looking beyond our daily chores

A man approached a construction site and noticed three men shoveling dirt out of a long ditch. He asked the first man what he was doing. The man sneered back with a surely-you-can-figure-it-out-yourself attitude, “Digging a ditch.”
He walked on to the next man and asked the same question. The reply was only slightly more kind, “I’m makin’ a living. Just makin’ a living. Gotta feed the wife and kids, you know.”

When he asked the third man what he was doing, the man said with a great deal of positive energy and pride, “Sir, I am creating part of a masterful set of irrigation channels that are going to turn this dry ol’ valley into a garden rich with produce to feed the world’s hungry!”

Look beyond the seemingly meaningless chores and minor failures of today and see a bigger picture – ultimately, one that serves others. You’ll find greater satisfaction in your daily grind if you see yourself as making jewels for the Lord’s crown, rather than simply polishing rocks.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time…

Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.


Reference: God’s Little Devotional Book


Hawak ni Cristo | ni Fr. Joey Gonzaga

Hawak ni Cristo. Ini an saro sa apod kan Simbahan na tinugdas ni Cristo. Tano ta an Simbahan, inaapod na Hawak ni Cristo?

An siring na ladawan kan Simbahan gikan sa katukdoan ni San Pablo (1 Cor. 12: 12, Romans 12: 4) Siring na an hawak nin tawo may payo asin manlaen-laen na kabtang o parte. An Hawak ni Cristo, an Simbahan may payo o pamayo na iyo si Cristo. May manlaen-laen na kabtang o parte na may kanya-kanyang katongdan na dai na nagkakanya-kanya na mayo nin pakiaram sa lambang saro kundi sararo na naghihiro, nagtatrabaho para sa karahayan kan bilog na Hawak nin Kagurangnan.

Saro lang an pamayo ta saro man lang an Cristo, saro man lang an nagtugdas kan saro, banal, Catolico asin Apostolicong Simbahan. Saro lang an payo o pamayo ta kun masaen an payo iyo man an direksyon kan bilog na hawak. Ta kun may duwang payo an hawak makurontrahan, an mga bitis, an mga kamot, an mga mata asin iba panga parte kan hawak ta duwa an magigin padudumanan kan hawak na may duwa o tolong payo.

An hawak nin tawo mayo nin buhay kun mayo nin kalag o espiritu. An Hawak ni Cristo mayo nin buhay kun mayo an Espiritu Santo na nagrarasyon o nagwawaras sa manlaen-laen na kabtang kan Simbahan nin mga grasya, para sa karahayan kan bilog na Simbahan.

Sa Hawak ni Cristo an lambang binonyagan ki Cristo kabtang kan hawak. Hapoton ta an satong sadiri. Anong parte o kabtang ako kan Hawak ni Cristo? Mata? Talinga? Dungo? Kamot? Bitis? Puso? Kuko? Takyag? Gigis? Dila? Apdo? Dila?

Gabos na kabtang, parte kan hawak nin tawo, may pakinabang minsan gigis o kuko lang ini. Iyo man ini sa Simbahan, an Hawak ni Cristo, gabos na parte kaiba, kabtang, katabang, may pakinabang para sa misyon nin kaligtasan ni Cristo na iyo man an misyon kan Simbahan.

Igwa nin saliwikain sa Tagalog na nagsasabi: “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan damdam ng buong katawan.” Sa Hawak ni Cristo, an kasalan o karahayan nin sarong kabtang apektado an bilog na mga kabtang kan Simbahan ta kita saro sanang Hawak nin Kagurangnan.

ISTORYANG BIKOLNON ni Bert de los Martires | An harong mi mapreskuhon

Kan kami saradit pa, maorogmahon kami na nag estar sa samuyang tablang lanob asin tiklad na harong sa ibabaw nin banwitan na katubigan digdi sa Naga. An burukas asin mayong bintana na balkon iyo magayon pag tukawan sa pagka aga nin pamahaw na yaon an mahibog na tasa nin barako asin pandesal na pig lahid sa mantikilya. An samuyang sala na may mga tukawan na narra iyo an pig titiriponan kun bangui iyo an padagos an turugan nin kubong asin banig, burukas an bintana ta mayong parahabon asin adik, matuninong an palibot.

Maogmang maghirigda matapos an novena asin pamanggi nin Ligo na may kangkong. An harong na ini mayong koryente asin an solamenteng orgullo iyo an radyo tatak Singer na an pig dadanog iyo sinda Eddie Alanis, Fiorel Salvo, Jun Lagrimas, Rufo Tuy, mga dramang Tang tarangtang, Reynante Dantes, Mila Rosa asin Liberty Big Show.

An mga sikat na kanta iyo an a Beatles, Matt Monro asin an mga kawat iyo an soft ball asin Chess. An mga aki naghuhuna na sinda mayaman kun igua nin kusinilla asin petromax. An magpasiring sa Manila sarongzs pangitorogan arog nin pag inom nin Royal namamate sa aldao sana nin kumpleanyo asin kalintora.

CASE IN POINT by Dean Ed Vincent Albano | When probation not granted

Probation should not be granted to the accused in the following instances:

When the accused is convicted by the trial court of a crime where the penalty imposed is within the probationable period or a fine, and the accused files a notice of appeal; and

When the accused files a notice of appeal which puts the merits of his conviction in issue, even if there is an alternative prayer for the correction of the penalty imposed by the trial court or for a conviction to a lesser crime, which is necessarily included in the crime in which he was convicted where the penalty is within the probationable period.

Both instances violate the spirit and letter of the law, as Section 4 of the Probation Law prohibits granting an application for probation if an appeal from the sentence of conviction has been perfected by the accused.

Soldier shot dead, robbed of Christmas bonus in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 11/18/17 (Bicol Standard) — A regular member of the Philippine Army identified as Private First Class George Rey Murillo was shot in the head, robbed of his Christmas bonus and his service firearm at 6 a.m. today at the marketplace at Barangay Anislag, Daraga, Albay.

Murillo, 27 years old, was killed instantaneously by three unidentified armed men suspected to be members of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit.

He was alone doing market chores when he was shot by the assailants, the reports said.
PFC Murillo was a resident of Cumadcad, Castilla, Sorsogon.

Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, spokesman of the Albay police, said he suffered several gunshot wounds, the most fatal among which was the bullet that hit his head.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Kgd. Soltes itatao an bonus sa makatukdo ki Abrasado

TINAMBAC, CSur –“Itatao ko bilang premyo an sakuyang bonus na kantidad P70,000.00, sa sisay man na makakatukdo kun yaon saen si Melchor Abrasado.”

Ini an sabi kan biyong napupungot na si Jonas Soltes, municipal councilor kan banwaan na ini, sa entrevista saiya.

Si Abrasado iyo an empleado kan Tinambac, Camarines Sur na naglalay kan kantidad na P3.4 million, na para kuta sa bonus kan mga empleado kan gobierno municipal.

Hasta ngonian, mayo pa nin informasyon an mga awtoridad kun yaon saen si Abrasado, asin tarabang na an mga awtoridas sa paghinirib kun saen siya tatago.

Idinagdag ni Soltes na naghahalat na kuta an labing 100 na mga regular na empleado asin official kan saindang banwaan na recibihon an year-end na bonus kan gobierno.

Nagsabi an mga official kan banwaan na haloy nang tinitiwalaan si Abrasado, kaya siya an parateng kaibahan sa pag withdraw nin cuarta sa banko.

Maging an ibang official asin empleado kan banwaan na nangangapodan sa saiya na magluwas na asin atubangon an problema, asin i-oli an cuarta na bako man para saiya sana.

Cheerdancers haleng Iriga City, gana sa world championships

Photo: Iriga City Official

IRIGA CITY—Proud to be Filipino, Proud to be Bicolano, Proud to be Irigueño: ini an pagmati kan mga cheerdancer na hali sa ciudad kan Iriga na naging Champion sa ginibong 9th Cheerleading Championship sa kan Nobyembre 11 hasta 12 ngunyan na taon sa Takasaki Arena, Takasaki City, Gunma Japan.

Nasungkit man lang kaya kan MAG Dancer an Bulawan na medal sa Senior Cheer dance competition asin Double Senior Cheer Dance Competition.

An mga cheerdancer iyo sinda Dannielle Briones Sasaluya, Gericho Canoy, Alice Vargas, Joshua Blanco Belen, Katrina Marvinne Lomanog, Junia Febe, Marie Callos,

Jed Nhiko Cabañes Nagales asin Lorenz Dela Rama.

Si Alkalde Madelaine Alfelor labi an kaugmahan asin pasasalamat sa mga nagpagal para lang matukdol an Kampyunato sa nasambit nang kompetisyon. (ni Joe Caguimbal)


Gov Bichara: Punduhon an STL sa Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 11/17/17 (Bicol Standard)—Gustong hagadon ni Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara ki Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na pondohon an operasyon kan Small Town Lottery (STL) sa saindang provincia.

An desisyon na ini ibinulgar kan gobernador sa press conference huli kan incidente nin baradilan sa atubangan kan Ayala Mall digdi.

Makusog an pagtubod na binadil kan sarong aldaw si Alex Herman Alemania kan mga suspechadong sinda Marlon Magsino asin Michael Malveda nin huli sa iriwal kan mga gustong magpadalagan kan sinambit na sugal.

Si Magsino asin Malveda pareyong dayo sa Albay hale sa provincia kan Batangas.

Maroromdoman na kan sarong hapon, mantang nasa may Ayala Mall digdi, na binadil suboot kan magkaibahan na sinda Magsino asin Malveda an piglulunadan na van ni Alex Herman.

Huli kaini, nagsapo nin tama nin bala si Herman pati an saiyang kaibahan na 24 anyos na babae na si Querobin Anne Marie Lagman.

Sabi kan pulis na nagresponde sa krimen, nabadil kan saindang mga tawohan si Magsino na tulos nagadan sa pinangyarihan kan incidente.

An kaibahan ni Malveda may tama nin bala sa lawas pero dai napurohan. Pig pigbubulong siya ngonian sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital sa Daraga, Albay.

Naheling kan pulis na may mga tattoo sinda sa lawas na pareyo an retrato, kaya pigtutubodan na miembro sinda nin criminal gang.

Siring man, may nakua pang suboot na aguimat, o anting-anting, na gustong pa-asiron kuta, pero dai napakinabangan kan badilon kan pulis.

Mientrastanto, pig coconsiderar kan pulis na solved na ninda an casong ini.

Reclamo ni Bichara

An pagtubod ni Gov. Bichara na nagdulot sana an STL nin kariribokan asin krimen sa Albay, kaya desidido na siyang hagadon na papondohon an operasyo kaini.

Sabi sa report, P70 M an dapat remittance kan STL sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sa bulan-bulan na operasyon sa Albay.

Alagad, an Albay igwa sana nin nakukuang P18,000.00 kada bulan, hale digdi.

Mientrastanto, an mga banwaan kan Albay an nagrereclamo na man dahil na diiton na porcientong nakukua ninda.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini dai pa nagpapaluwas nin pahayag an local na Opisina kan PCSO digdi.

May nagbungkaras na informasyon na dinadaya kan operator kan STL an gobierno, sa paagui kan paggamit nin duwang libro de benta kan saindang mga transaction.

An sarong libro iyo itong ipinapaheling sa PCSO, mantang an saro iyo an listahan kan saindang tago na operasyon na pighahalean kan suboot payola, sa nagkapirang mga napapaboran na mga tawo.

Mayor Cruz knocks down VM Imperial


NAGA CITY 11/17/17 (Bicol Standard)— Branch 27 of the Regional Trial Court under Presiding Judge Leo L. Intia here has ordered the Sangguniang Bayan of Pamplona, Camarines Sur to cease and desist from implementing Appropriation Ordinance No. 2017, until the issues raised in the main case are resolved or until this Order is revoked or annulled.

This order, which was issued on November 6, 2017, stemmed from a complaint filed by Augustus Caesar “Ace” M. Cruz III, incumbent mayor of Pamplona, against the Sangguniang Bayan members of the said town, headed by Vice Mayor Gemino A. Imperial.

Other officials who were impleaded as defendants in the said case were the members of the municipal council, namely: Joselito S. Legaspi, Renato A. Buendia, Felix E. Rifarial, Nilda A. Donacao, Marlene L. Raymundo and Lourdes B. Butial.

The case is for the Declaration of Nullity of Appropriation Ordinance no. 2017-01, Resolutions Nos. 2017-04, 2017-004 (C) and 2017-004 (B), with prayer for temporary restraining order (TRO) and Writ of Preliminary Injunction.

The issue
Mayor Cruz, the plaintiff in this case, recommended an executive budget amounting to P106,108,449.25 to cover the expenses for the year 2017.

The Sangguniang Bayan, however, reduced the said amount to only P66,508,638.93.

Mayor Cruz noted that the municipal council glaringly scrapped the entire mandatory allocation for the Municipal Economic Development Fund which amounts to P18,016,568.00.00.

The same fund was transferred to the un-appropriated balance.

Meanwhile, Mayor Cruz insisted that the said budgetary allocation is mandated under the Local Government Code, hence it should not be removed as it is an essential part of the annual budget, nor be left under the so-called “un-appropriated amount.”

The chief executive also emphasized that the Local Government Code clearly mandates that “it shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than twenty per cent (20%) of its annual internal revenue allotment for development project.”

“By not appropriating any amount for the Municipal Development Projects, the Sangguniang Bayan has overstretched its powers beyond its limits, and against the mandate guaranteed by the Local Government Code,” Cruz said.

At the same time, the reviewing officer of the said Appropriation Ordinance clearly stated that “non-provision of the required 20% of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for development projects shall render the budget inoperative in its entirety, as provided by law.”

5% Calamity Fund

The 5% Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF) which amounts to P5,305,422.46 was also classified by the Sangguniang Bayan as “Lump Sum Appropriation.”

Mayor Cruz said this is not in conformity with the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) 7160 in relation to R.A. 10121.

In addition, the defendants in this case also provided an additional requirement, before the calamity funds could be utilized.

They (the defendants) insisted that before utilizing the calamity funds, a state of calamity shall be declared by both the Province of Camarines Sur and the Municipality of Pamplona.

“Without both declarations, the utilization of calamity funds is considered illegal for all intents and purposes,” the defendants insisted.

This matter, however, was questioned by Mayor Cruz. He said the resolution passed by the municipal council is an act ultra vires that must be struck down.

Relief prayed for

Until and unless restrained, defendants will continue to block the actual disbursement of funds for projects, programs and activities slated for calendar year 2017, according to Cruz.

“Hence, our constituents will continue to suffer,” he said.

“Moreover, the town will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury inasmuch as I can be accused of not doing my job and implementing programs, projects and activities lined up for 2017 based on the prepared budget,” he added.

During the hearing of the Application for the Issuance of Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order, Cruz testified to prove his allegations in support of the application.

Defendants, through counsel, manifested that they are not presenting evidence and will instead file a memorandum.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

3 magturogang nahulog sa salog; ama nakasalvar

MERCEDES, CNorte 11/16/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Saro pa sana sa tulong aki na inatong sa salog kan Mercedes, Camarines Norte an nasapod ngonian na aga kan mga miembros kan rescue/retrieval team na compuesto kan mga tawohan kan MDRRMO, Coast Guard, Maritime asin PNP sa banwaan na ini.

Sa entrevista kan Bicol Standard, sinabi ni Jude Hernandez, pamayo kan MDRRMO, na an tulong mga aki, iyo sinda Jasmine, 9 anyos, John Adrian, 6 anyos asin si Jommel, 4 anyos.

Base sa informasyon, an tulong mga menor de edad kaiba kan saindang ama na si Jerry Sierra, hale sa banwaan kan Daet.

Papuli na sinda sa saindang harong sa Barangay Manguisoc, kan maaraman ni Jerry na dai na ninda kayang i-ogsod an saindang sakayan ta barado na sa guilid.

Huli kaini, nag desidir si Jerry na maglakaw na sana sinda, mahagidhid sa salog para makapuli sa barangay.

Confirmado an bareta na si Jerry Sierra naka-inom.

Mantang naglalakaw sa guilid kan salog, nahulog sa tubig an mag-arama.

An tulong mga aki dinara kan makusog na sulog, asin hasta ngonian saro pa sana sa sainda an nakukua, na mayo na nin buhay.

Nagprobar pa man kuta an ama na isalvar an saiyang mga aki.

Alagad dai na kinaya ta inatong na kan sulog.

Mientrastanto, nahimo pa kan magurang na maka langoy pasiring sa pangpang kan salog, asin yaon ngonian nagpapaomay sa hospital.

Ipinahayag ni Hernandez na ipapadagos ninda ngonian na hapon an rescue asin retrieval operation sa mahiwas na parte kan salog, para makua an duwa pang aki na nawawara.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BJMP personnel binadil, gadan sa Masbate

MASBATE CITY 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard) – Binadil kasubagong alas 7:20 nin aga si Allan Alburo, Jail Officer 3 kan Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, na distino sa banwaan kan Placer sa provinciang ini.

Nangyari an krimen sa Barangay Matagangtang, sabi sa report kan mga imbestigador.

Sabi sa report, an victima mahale pa sana saindang harong lunad sa owner type na jeep, kan siya dinulok asin binadil kan dai nabistong mga tawo.

Nagtutubod an pulis na an paragadan mga miembros kan New People’s Army na aktibong maray na nag ooperar sa nasambit na banwaan.

Dating GM kan PNR, akusado sa Sandiganbayan

Jun Ragragio
Photo from Alfredo Perdon's Facebook account
NAGA CITY 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard)– Isinangat na kan Ombudsman sa Sandiganbayan an duwang kaso nin pagbalga sa Republic Act 3019 (Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) contra ki dating PNR General Manager Junio Norberto "Jun" Ragragio.

Ini an informasyon na hale ki Jigs Magpantay, Vice President kan Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) na iyong orihinal na nagreklamo.

Afuera ki Rargragio, an iba pang mga akusado iyo sinda dating division managers Rosendo Calleja, Abdul Aziz Pangandaman, Estilito Nierva asin Ruben Besmonte, assistant department manager Divina Gracia Dantes, principal engineers Cesar Bocanog asin Mario Arias asin legal counsel Neofito Perilla.

Segun sa akusasyon na pigpreparar ni graft investigation and prosecution officer Leilani Tagulao-Marquez, si Ragrario, nakipag kutsaba sa iba pang mga official kan PNR, nag aprubar kan bayad na nagtotal na P47,134,980 sa Nikka Trading, na may address sa Cityland Herrera Tower asin Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati City.

An bayad itinao sa supplier nin duwang pago sa pagbakal nin 10,490ng pidaso nin bridge ties, 942 na pidaso nin joint ties asin 41ng padir nin switch ties na anas malumoy na kahoy na pig importar sa China.

An pagsangat nin caso sa nasambit na persona inaprobaran ni Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales kan Mayo 19, 2017, alagad pig file sa Sandiganbayan kan Noviembre 7.

Ipig sangat an reklamo kan Citizens Crime Watch, Bicol Chapter kan Abril, 2014.

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