Saturday, January 7, 2017

'Drug den' sa Naga City sinakyada kan pulis, 14 drug suspects dinakop

NAGA CITY 1/07/17 (Bicol Standard) Linusob kasubagong aga kan mga tawohan kan Philippine National Police (PNP) asin Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) an pigtutubodan na “drug den” digdi.

Sabi ni PSSupt Julius Munez, an City Director kan Naga City Police, 14 personas an saindang nadakop sa sinambit na operasyon.

An “drug den” namumugtak sa Brgy. Penafrancia, digdi.

Base sa report kan pulis, haloy na nindang target an grupo kan mga suspechado, orog na sinda Janelle Orante, 31 anyos asin Maribel Jurado, 46 anyos.

Idinagdag pa sa report kan mga awtoridad na duwang semana sindang nagtyaga na bantayan an mga hiro-hiro kan mga suspechado na aktibong nagpapabakal kan ipigpapangalad na bulong.

An drug den yaon sa laog kan residencia ni Jurado.

Mientrastanto, sinda Orante asin Jurado iyo an enot na nadakop. Alagad, pirang minutos sana an nakalihis, nasusug na man kan mga operatiba kan pulis an 12ng iba pang kaibahan.

Kabale sa mga rinamalan kan pulis an aking babae ni Jurado.

An mga naggibo kan raid nakakua nin 19ng sachet nin pig tutubodan na shabu asin mga drug paraphernalia.

An gabos na suspechado yaon ngonian sa poder kan pulis, mientras na pig pepreparar an isasangat na akusasyon contra sa sainda.

Maroromdoman na dae pa lang nahahaloy an mga pulis digdi naka-recover nin maabot na kantidad kabangang milyon (P500,000.00) na kantidad na droga hale sa 6 na mga suspechado sa laog nin sarong drug den digdi.

Akusadong parahabon sa Pili, nadakop kan pulis

PILI, Camarines Sur –Pigtarabangan na dakopon kan mga pulis sa banwaan na ini si Richelle Dol y Buita, na nag-aatubang nin casong QualifiedTheft, na bibistahan ni Judge Vivencio Gregorio G. Atutubo III kan Branch 32 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) digdi.

An akusadong si Dol nadakop kan mga awtoridad sa Zone 1, Brgy, Santiago, digdi.

Nagluluwas na an suspechado haloy nang hinahanap kan mga awtoridad.

Alagad, nadakop siya kan mga awtoridad por medyo kan Warrant of Arrest na firmado ni Judge Atutubo.

Nagrecomendar an jusgado nin fianzang kantidad P80,000.00 para sa temporaryong libertar kan akusado.

Sa presente si Dol nalalangob ngonian sa hepatura kan pulis, sa banwaan na ini.

Lalaki, binadil sa Masbate, gadan

CAWAYAN, Masbate 1/07/17 (Bicol Standard) – Binadil asin nagadan si Nonong Jumao-as na taga Brgy. Calumpang digdi.

Ini an ipinaabot na sumbong ni Roberto Lipetin, an Punong Barangay kan Brgy. Pin-as, sa banwaan na ini.

An nasambit na report ipinaabot ni PB Lipetin por medio nin apod sa telepono sa pulis kan banwaan.

Segun sa report, mayo nin nakabisto kan mga responsable sa krimen.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, dae pa aram kun ano an motibo kan pag-gadan sa victima.

Ginigibo pa ngonian an follow-up investigation kan casong ini.

VIRAC: Akusado sa illegal drugs, inarestar kan pulis, CIDT

VIRAC, Caranduanes 1/07/17 (Bicol Standard) --Inarestar kan pinagsararong tawohan kan Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT), asin pulis digdi kasoodmang alas 6:30 nin banggui si Ronald Camacho y Tevez, na akusado sa sala ni Judge Lelu Contreras kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 digdi.

Si Camacho kinasohan nin pagbalga kan Section 5(i) kan R.A. 9262, o paglapas sa Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

An jusgado nag-recomendar nin fianzang kantidad P24,000.00 para sa temporaryong libertad kan akusado.

Si Camacho yaon ngonian sa carcel kan pulis, digdi, antes siyang darahon sa jusgado na nagsugo kan pag-arestar saiya.

#AURINGPH: Severe weather bulletin no. 1

ISSUED AT 11:00 AM, 07 January 2017


•Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
•Residents of areas with TCWS #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
•Expected to make landfall over Surigao Provinces between Sunday evening until Monday early morning.
•Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

Location of eye/center: At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression "AURING" was estimated based on all available data at 260 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur(7.8°N, 128.6°E).

Strength:Maximum winds of up to 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 7 kph.

Forecast Positions:
•24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 120 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur(8.5°N, 127.4°E)
•48 Hour(Monday morning):In the vicinity of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur(9.0°N, 125.9°E)
•72 Hour(Tuesday morning): 95 km West Northwest of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental(9.5°N, 122.5°E)
•96 Hour(Wednesday morning):In the vicinity of Puerto Princesa, Palawan(10.0°N, 118.7°E)
•120 Hour(Thursday morning):25 km West of Pagasa Island, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(11.0°N, 113.9°E)


TCWS #1(30-60 kph Expected in 36 hours)
Mindanao: Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Province.

Impacts of the wind:
•Very light or no damage to low risk structures,
•Light damage to medium to high risk structures
•Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged
•Twigs of small trees may be broken.
•Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

Wave Height: (Open Sea) 1.25-4.0 meters.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next weather bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today.

Akusado nin pag-ikit, i-kinunkon sa carcel sa Bato, CSur

BATO, Camarines Sur 1/07/17 (Bicol Standard) – Dinakop kan mga pulis kasubagong alas 7:10 nin aga si Joenel Ramos y Tabagan, 22, soltero, residente kan Brgy. Sta. Cruz, sa banwaan na ini.

Si Ramos akusado nin casong pag-ikit (Theft) sa sala ni Judge Maria Clarissa L. Pacis-Trinidad, kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 36 sa Iriga City.

Natagboan siya kan mga awtoridad sa Brgy. Tres Reyes digdi.

An jusgado may recomendadong fianza na kantidad P40,000.00 para sa saiyang temporaryong libertad.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, an akusaso yaon ngonian nalalangob sa carcel digdi.

Fire guts CBSUA office in Cam Sur

PILI, Camarines Sur 1/7/17 (Bicol Standard)-- Fire razed the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture Office of Student Affairs and Services at around 7:45 a.m. today.

Damaged in the fire were records and other office supplies, the investigators said.

The fire started at the comfort room of the second floor, where flammable items were located.

There was no power when the fire happened, so short circuit has been ruled out.

Investigators are looking at the possibility of a cigarette starting the fire.

They are also considering whether the fire was intentional.

Fire out was declared at around 9 a.m. (Report by Oscar Esmenda)

Friday, January 6, 2017

OPINION | The film Oro: Caramoan Massacre

The Price of Gold

by Margret V. Basmayor

I am also honestly heartbroken by the cruel slaughter of the helpless dog that was explicitly shown in the movie, but BEFORE YOU JUDGE "ORO"...

I would like to reiterate that this beautiful work of art is actually the retelling of the CARAMOAN MASSACRE, which is narrated in detail in the link that I have attached.

I have watched the movie myself, I can tell that the narration of events was spot-on, as it was tightly based on the tragedy of the four gold panners who were massacred. Even the places where the film was taped were the real deal  yes, including the ball mill, and even the hut where the killings happened. In fact, before filming the scene of the killings, the crew had gathered to pray for the souls of those who were murdered there.

Even the gunshots were fired at the exact same places, as shown in the movie. (Yes, one of the victims had actually been shot in the eye  imagine! And another one of them had not yet even swallowed the rice that he had been chewing, when he was shot in the back.)

All of this violence, this bloodshed  it was a lot to take in, even for a movie. As a lover of fictional stories and dramas, this movie, which is packed with heart-wrenching emotion, had kept me occupied from the moment that I had seen it. What had made it most 'disturbing,' as one of my closest friends had described it, however, was the fact that it ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

The people of Lahuy island lived in peace until this unsettling tragedy. They came to a point where they feared for their safety, especially after sundown, which forced them to cut their work hours short. They were harassed and detained in their own land by people who were outsiders and who did not have the authority to do so. The village's traditional means of livelihood, which was mining, had been seized from them by the so-called "Patrol Kalikasan," because of the latter's "concern for the environment"  obviously a mere cover-up for their insatiable lust for gold and power.

Because of this, the village people had to live in uncertainty for months, not knowing whether they would have some food to lay on the table when the dawn breaks, as they gaze in worry at their sleeping children while they shoo the mosquitoes away  despicable creatures that are no different than the selfish, bloodthirsty barbarians who took the lives of the miners.

Above all the the abuses that had happened in this period of darkness in Caramoan, however, the worst had to be the killings (both human and animal).

Beloved pets were nabbed from their owners, skinned, cooked over a roaring fire, and then eaten with rice and an occasional swig of alcohol. It cannot be denied that the eating of the fluffy animals we love to cuddle and play with is a common practice in some places. It is, however, banned by Philippine law, and it is not something that we can easily tolerate because of the norm. Besides, why would you want to feast on such a lovable creature, which had looked you desperately in the eyes as it pleaded for mercy, only a few moments before you had shot it in the head and dragged its bloodied corpse into your kitchen?

Perhaps they had consumed the pure, untainted flesh of man's best friend in an attempt to neutralize the evil that flows like poison through their veins. The nerve of those people  if they can do those horrible things to pets without as much as the slightest inkling of guilt  I daresay that they are more of beasts than humans!

It is no surprise, then, that the same people who had committed these heinous crimes were also responsible for the manslaughter of the four innocent men. They were only eating their dinner after a hard day's work at the gold mine, for crying out loud! They were no threats to anyone at that moment, not even to the pesky mosquitoes that were once again attempting to feed off the blood of another unsuspecting and unwilling host. Still, they were gunned down without a hint of hesitation or conscience, butchered like the poor animal that the culprits had devoured before.

How could one even ever justify such a crime? How would you explain to the children that their fathers are never coming back, because a group of men armed with guns had simultaneous temper tantrums? How would you calm the wives who became widows, and the mothers and fathers who lost their precious sons in the blink of an eye? How would they, experts of their craft, then pass on their knowledge to aspiring miners of the next generation, when THEY'RE DEAD?

The movie "Oro" had expertly captured these events in its frames, radiating pure agony from the big screen towards the audience. I couldn't give it five stars, though, because of the actual reenactment of the events where dogs were abused  a crime which I personally will never forgive, and an offense that will forever scar my animal-lover heart. They could have given the idea in a different, more subtle way, rather than just throwing the image of a skinned dog directly to our faces! The members of the team behind the film were obviously gifted people  they could have at least used prosthetics, or innovated other ways to deliver the message.

Perhaps they thought that showing the 'real thing' would create the most impact and generate plenty of feedback from the viewers. Still, I stand firm by my disapproval of the animal abuse. Even if they did have a noble purpose, teaching a virtuous lesson should never come at the price of taking the life of a living being, even if it is that of an animal.

However, I still recommend watching the film, especially to those who are also from Camarines Sur. Remember, the massacre took place somewhere in Caramoan  once your ideal, go-to tropical paradise, correct? The fact that it had happened so close to home, that it had actually taken place, and that it was NOT just commercialized fiction written for the movies, still sends chills to my spine.

Indeed, the movie is an excellent eye-opener, warning us that not all that glitters is gold, that some people, even authorities, may take you for a fool and manipulate you into doing their bidding, that monsters like the murderers portrayed in the film do exist, and that some people will do anything  even kill another  to get what they want.

I am truly hoping that instead of, or at least more than generating anger for the slaughter of the dogs in the making of the film, that this movie spreads awareness among everyone regarding the situation in our society. The massacre happened in 2014  years have passed, and probably today, similar events are still happening and we don't even have the slightest clue about them.

Therefore, we should start being more cautious and alert of what is happening in the society. We must learn to protect ourselves, as well as our fellow citizens. Even when we are scared, we must stand up to those who think they can put us down and take what's ours. We must listen to one another, negotiate, and cooperate. We must learn to fight, not to charge into the battlefield, but to defend our rights and create peace.

This is our land, our home. Let us not allow it to run red with the blood of our people.

Two most wanted persons arrested in Goa, CSur

GOA, Cam. Sur 1/06/17 (Bicol Standard)  Two persons, both facing the criminal charges of murder, were arrested today by the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), here.

First to be arrested by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Noel D. Paulite, Presiding Judge of Branch 30 of the Regional Trial Court in San Jose, Cam. Sur., was Joselito Gonza y Flororita, 53 years old, who is accused of rape by sexual assault (4 counts).

He is considered the number one most wanted person in this town.

Gonza was arrested at Sitio Amilig, Brgy. Balaynan, at 9 a.m. today.

His case is not bailable.

Meanwhile, Gorinio San Juan y Armea was also collared by the police at Sitio Amillig, Brgy. Balaynan, at 9:30 a.m. today.

He is the number two most wanted in this town.

His case is also non-bailable.

Lineman kan DCTV, nakuryente, idinalagan sa hospital

POLANGUI, Albay 1/06/17 (Bicol Standard) – Marikas na idinalagan sa hospital kasubagong alas 10:00 nin aga si Manly Nasol, residente kan Brgy. Libod, Camalig, Albay kan siya mahulog hale sa poste kan pighihirahay niyang linya nin kuryente.

An sabi sa record kan pulis, si Nasol, empleado bilang lineman kan DCTV.

Suboot, nagsakat siya sa poste kan Digitel, tanganing maghirahay kan saindang linya.

Alagad, mantang yaon sa itaas kan poste, nakadoot an saiyang buhok sa primary line kan APEC, kaya nagdalihig an kuryente sa saiyang lawas.

Iyo ini an naging rason para mahulog siya hale sa itaas kan poste kan Digitel, asin luminagapak sa daga.

Nagsapo nin mga rungas sa lawas si Nasol, kaya siya pigbubulong ngonian sa  Estevez Hospital.

An incidente nangyari sa Maharlika Highway, sa Brgy. Basud, sa banwaan na ini.

Naga airport passenger arrested for violating the Anti-Bomb joke law

PILI, CSur 1/06/17 (Bicol Standard) – A resident of Naga City, identified as Geraldine B. Duro was arrested this morning by the security personnel of the Naga Airport for violating PD 1727, otherwise known as the Anti-Bomb Joke Law.

The report said that while the airport police were conducting security inspection, Duro, an outbound passenger of Cebgo Air Flight DG 112 for Manila was heard saying that her grey trolley bag has a “bomb” inside.

Following those utterances, the security force reminded Duro that uttering those words is punishable under the law, even if it turns out as a joke.

Meanwhile, instead of heeding the advice of the authorities, she still insisted by saying that indeed, there is a bomb inside her grey trolley bag, the report said.

It was at this point when the security force discontinued the checking of her luggage, to find out if indeed there is really a bomb inside.

Aside from the airport police, the duty K-9 officer who was assigned at the airport was alerted to check on her bag.

It turned out, however, that no bomb was found inside.

The suspect was immediately arrested and brought to the Municipal Police Station here for further interrogation followed by the filing of the necessary charges against her.

Duro is a resident of Zone 4-A, Magtuto Compound, Dona Clara Village, Naga City.

Diokno: Teachers to get 3% salary hike this year

MANILA 1/6/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- Teachers will get a 3% increase over their salary last year.

This was revealed by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno in an interview with the CNN Philippines.

"Teacher 1, which is the entry level, will get something like P27,000 per month," he said.


Philippine Army member arrested for Sorsogon robbery-holdup

IROSIN, Sorsogon 1/6/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A member of the Philippine Army was arrested for robbery-holdup of a courier service here.

PCF Allan Hubilla Talento, of the 31st IB, 9ID, Philippine Army (PA) was nabbed while he was on a motorcycle with his wife Rizel Placer Talento at around 5:30 a.m. Friday at Sitio Caladgao at Brgy. Buruburan, Juban, Sorsogon.

The holdup incident happened at at ML Quezon Street, Corner Fr. Burgos Street, Brgy. Julian at 2:55 p.m of the same date, the investigators said.

Talento is a resident of Brgy. Old Camp, Camarines Norte.

Ailayin Gonzales Sus, 28 years old, is the Customer Associate of said LBC branch.

The investigators said that the suspect entered the LBC branch, pretending to be a customer.

After few minutes, he allegedly drew his firearm which was placed inside his black sling bag, and pointed the same at the victim and declared hold-up.

He was able to forcibly take away the amount of P7,758.00.

After the incident, the suspect fled toward the direction of Juban, Sorsogon.

The suspect was identified through the CCTV footage of the establishment.

The joint elements of Irosin, Juban and Sorsogon PNP, conducted a hot pursuit operation that resulted to the arrest of the suspect.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession were a sling bag with one colt .45 caliber gun, with serial No. 787007, with inserted magazine loaded with 7 live ammo, a hand grenade, P3,500 cash, cellular phone, AFP ID, AFP payslips and photographs, among others.

The suspect is now under the custody of the police here.

CSC extends deadline for filing of applications for Career Service Examination

The deadline for the filing of applications for the March 12, 2017 Career Service Examination Pen & Paper Test (CSE-PPT) has been extended up to January 20, 2017.

As always, please note that acceptance of applications shall be on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis and shall be closed any time before the deadline if the CSC Field Office has already reached the target number of applicants.

Meanwhile, CSC Albay and Camarines Sur Field Offices will put up mobile processing centers in various venues to accommodate more examination applicants. Instead of going to CSC Field Offices, interested examinees may opt to file their exam applications at these mobile processing centers:

Polangui Municipal Hall - January 5, 2017
Tabaco City Hall - January 6, 2017

Iriga City Hall - January 6, 2017 & January 13, 2017
E-Mall, Naga City - January 12-13, 2017
Naga City Hall - January 12-13, 2017

Avoid the long lines and file before the deadline.

For more information on the CSE-PPT, CSC RO V’s Examination and Services Division can be reached through 482-0699.

LGU Sorsogon province wins P1 million in Be Riceponsible campaign

The provincial government of Sorsogon, Bicol’s lone entry to the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) nationwide BeRiceponsible Search for Best Advocacy Campaign was adjudged as champion under the Provincial Government category and won P1 Million cash prize.

Photo by OPAG Sorsogon
Hazel V. Antonio, director of the Be RICEponsible campaign led the awarding ceremony which was held at PhilRice in Nueva Ecija on December 27, 2016. Members of the Sorsogon BeRiceponsible team and staff of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Levy Barcelon, Engr. Hiroshi De Vera, Annavi Layco and Debbie Ferwelo received the award in behalf of the LGU.

The search for RICEponsible champions is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture to encourage the farmers, consumers and policy makers to promote or advocate non-wastage of rice and consumption of healthier forms of rice in their communities. Launched in August 2015, the BeRiceponsible search was opened to all LGUs, government offices and public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) aggressively promoting and advocating responsible rice consumption and reduction of wastage and appreciation of rice farmers using multimedia approaches.
A total of 35 public schools nationwide competed under the Academe Category and 25 Local Government Units (LGUs) competed under the LGU category. Winners in the two categories were given cash prizes: P1 million for the first prize; P500,000 for the second prize; and P300,000 for the third prize. All winners also received plaques of appreciation.

Antonio added that the Sorsogon LGU through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist which bested all other LGU entries, has implemented the best strategies and created the most impact on their campaign capped with the enactment of a Rice Conservation Ordinance requiring all food establishments in Sorsogon to offer half-rice servings.

Also seen as vital factor in the campaign of the LGU Sorsogon was the forging of partnership with more than 30 public and private schools, government and non-government organizations in advocating responsible rice consumption. With funding support from the DA regional office and other partners, several thousand copies of leaflets, flyers and stickers about the campaign were printed and distributed to schools, offices and restaurants, and intensified use of social media and special events like brown rice feeding and simple fora greatly helped in the campaign.

In cooperation with the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) of the Department of Agriculture Bicol, the province conducted the Run4Rice year 4 in November 2016 which was well attended by more than 700 runners.

Taking off from the National Year of Rice 2013, the Be RICEponsible campaign tapped the RAFIS in all regions to engage all Filipinos to do their part in achieving rice self-sufficiency in the country through elimination of rice wastage; eating brown rice; mixing rice with other staples such as corn; and showing appreciation for our rice farmers. (Lovella P. Guarin)

'Color Surge' art show in Albay features 5 watercolorists

LEGAZPI CITY 1/6/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Ayala Malls Legazpi will host an art show featuring five watercolor artists starting today at 4 p.m.

Dubbed "Color Surge," the show features Maria Magdamit, Rommel Perez, Renato Jimenez, Alain Acosta, and Eduard Loquinario.

The show, which is curated by Apo Gonzales, runs until January 31, 2017.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mayor Rosal named chairman of Regional Peace and Order Council

LEGAZPI CITY 1/5/17 (Bicol Standard)-- Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the Regional Peace in Order Council (RPOC) in Bicol.

Mayor Noel Rosal
He was recommended by DILG Sec. Ismael "Mike" Sueno by virtue of the authority vested in Sueno as Chairperson of the National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 773, s. 2009.

This is the first time that a mayor will hold said post.

Casureco II releases sked of barangays' energization

NAGA CITY 1/5/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II) released the service dropping and lateral energization tentative schedule for Naga City barangays yesterday, ten days after Typhoon Nina hit the city.

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Del Rosario

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Balatas (Magsaysay)
San Felipe
Concepcion Grande

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San Isidro

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Meanwhile, the barangays of Abella, Bagumbayan Norte, Bagumbayan Sur, Concepcion Pequena, Dinaga, Igualdad, Mabolo, Sabang, Sta. Cruz, Tabuco, Tinago, and Triangulo have already been energized.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Typhoon-devastated Catanduanes implores for help after Nina hits the island province

Catanduanes humbly appeals to your kind hearts for assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Nina, the worst typhoon to hit the said island-province in more than ten (10) years. Worse, the typhoon came at the height of the holiday season of the Philippines.

On a national scale, the estimated costs of damage to the Philippines is at more than Five Billion Pesos (P5,000,000,000.00) billion and had claimed the lives of six (6) Filipinos.

In Catanduanes, the wrath of Nina of 185 kph, devasted the island. As a result, many areas in Catanduanes still do not have access to clean water and power. At least five (5) schools were heavily damaged. Many Catandungans were forced to evacuate from their homes which mostly were left in shambles. Notably, the municipalities of Bato, Baras, San Miguel, Virac, San Andres, and Gigmoto were particularly hit hard by the typhoon.

Abaca farming, which is one of the major sources of livelihood of the Catandungans since it employs around 12,789 farmers, suffers the most. The typhoon damaged 27,936 hectares of abaca land leaving many families without any means of income. Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento pointed out that while the immediate need is disaster relief goods, the long-term goal is in ensuring that Catandunganons are given alternative jobs.

The Office of Congressman Sarmiento as well as the local provincial government are currently organizing relief efforts. Food, water, shelter, and livelihood are what are sorely needed by Catanduanes.

For those who would like to send their assistance or donations to Catanduanes, please contact 09175539468 or at 442-4071. Your support and assistance will be deeply appreciated by the people of Catanduanes in this time of great challenge.

DILG 5 Dir. Pastor confirms Tallado's re-assumption as governor

LEGAZPI CITY 1/4/17 (Bicol Standard)-DILG Bicol Regional Director Elouisa Pastor has clarified yesterday that Edgardo Tallado has re-assumed office as governor of Camarines Norte last December 19.

Director Pastor said that the basis for this assumption is the decision issued by the Court of Appeals.

"The DILG recognizes [Tallado's] continued exercise of the powers and functions appurtenant to said office," Pastor's memorandum to now Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel reads.

In view of said CA issuances, Pimentel has been notified to reassume the Office of the Vice Governor.

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BSP extends deadline for exchanging old PH banknotes to March 31

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) here announced the extension of the deadline for the exchange or replacement of the old Philippine banknote series, also known as the New Design series banknotes or NDS to March 31, 2017.

Marlyn Paje, BSP deputy director in Bicol, said NDS is “at par with the New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes and can be exchanged without charge.

“The NDS banknotes may be exchanged with BSP’s its authorized agent banks,” she said.

Paje said the recent decision of the Monetary Board to extend the period of exchange from end of December 2016 to end of March 2017 is a response to the public’s clamor to extend the deadline in replacing their old banknote series.

She said after March 31, the NDS banknotes which have not been exchanged shall cease to be a liability of the BSP and shall de demonetized.

Meanwhile, the BSP also warned business establishments and market vendors who refuse to accept coins that they would face the necessary sanctions.

The BSP has received reports that there were stores, especially market vendors, who refuse to accept the 5-, 10- and 25-centavo coins.

It urged the public to file necessary complaint to their office against erring business establishments or market vendors. (PNA) 

DA Bicol: P4.1-B losses in crops due to typhoon Nina

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – The total losses in the production of rice, corn and high-value crops, including vegetables and fruit trees, that cover a total of around 80,000 hectares of farmlands, due to typhoon Nina have reached Php 4.1 billion, said the Office of Civil Defense in (OCD) Bicol.

“The Department of Agriculture (DA) (in its report to OCD) has estimated the value of production losses at Php4.1 billion,” said Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, head of OCD-Bicol and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

He said there was a total of 80,087 hectares of farmlands affected: rice areas-56,593 hectares, corn areas-11,235 hectares, and high value crops, including vegetables and fruit trees-12,259 hectares.

Alejandro said the total number of affected farmers in the region were 82,793, most of them from Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Albay. Of this number, 72,766 were rice farmers, 6,962-corn farmers and 3,065-high value crop farmers.

He said the national government has announced the release of P50 million in the form of palay seeds to help farmers recoup their losses by planting anew.

“Bicol region is expecting another P50 million based on the recommendation of DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Alejandro.

DA-Bicol has also committed to augment the budget release of the national government for the rehabilitation of affected farmers with funds derived from the available calamity funds of the region, added Alejandro.

He said DA-Bicol has buffer stocks of around 6,000 bags of palay seeds. Aside from this, it will buy 5,000 bags of certified palay seeds, 6,000 bags of hybrid palay seeds, 3,000 bags of hybrid corn seeds, 1,000 kilograms of vegetable seeds, 50,000 pieces of fruit trees and 30,000 kgs of urea fertilizers for rice and corn farmers.

In its report to OCD-Bicol, DA Bicol said it will also provide 40 heads of carabaos, 5,000 ducks, 5,000 native chickens and 10 units of incubators.

DA-Bicol said it soon also provide 1,000 units of farm tools and additional tractors. It also earmarked funds for the repair of small-scale irrigation facilities and flatbed dryers, vaccines and animal feeds.

OCD-Bicol said an initial Php500 million has been earmarked by the national government for the rehabilitation of the fishery sector.

He said some Php55 million of the fund will be used for the immediate rehabilitation of the abaca industry in Catanduanes, release of rice seeds and fertilizers for an estimated 5,000 hectares of rice land and repair of fisheries’ infrastructures damaged by the typhoon.

Alejandro said 85 percent or 27,936 hectares of the 33,000 hectares planted to standing abaca plants in Catanduanes suffered heavy damage due to the typhoon.

Catanduanes is deemed the biggest single producer of abaca in the world today with farmers earning around P100 million from the natural fiber.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education-Bicol reported to OCD that five schools in Catanduanes suffered heavy damage from typhoon Nina.

The Albay Provincial Veterinary Services reported that the initial damage to livestock and poultry has amounted to Php 1.2 million.

Dr. Florencio Adonay, provincial veterinary officer, said most of the livestock drowned during the typhoon while poultry suffered due to hypothermia.

He said the affected farmers and livestock owners will be given technical assistance by the provincial government and DA, “including replenishment of their livestock.” (PNA)


PHOTOS | Long queues at Bicol Central Station after the holidays

Commuters form long queues at Bicol Central Station in Naga City after the holidays. It would be recalled that many passengers were stranded here due to the effects of Typhoon Nina. (Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Partido power restoration in full blast

Committed to immediately restore power supply in typhoon-hit areas, the Department of Energy (DOE) with support from local government units and private institutions has brought back electricity to priority areas in Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions before New Year.

MERALCO teams up with CASURECO IV in restoring power lines. Photo via Wimpy at Work FB account.
“Restoring power in town centers and nearby communities affected by Typhoon Nina would not be possible if not for all the strong men and women who continue to give their full effort and time in restoring damaged energy facilities,” said Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.

'ROUND THE CLOCK | MERALCO, FICELCO work day and night to restore power

MERALCO partners with FICELCO in Catanduanes to immediately restore the supply of electricity in the island province.

MERALCO volunteers work day and night to immediately restore electricity in Catanduanes. The island province is one of the hardest-hit provinces in Bicol by typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of Ramil Soliveres.
Volunteer workers from the giant firm work day and night to expedite the power reconnection.

Catandunganons have expressed their gratitude to the partnership of FICELCO and MERALCO.

Mga tios na pamilya sa gilid kan dalan

Ini na lang po an natada kan saiyang sadit na dampa. An tios sa pagkabuhay na may sadiri kan harong na ini, naghingowa guiraray na patindogon an apat na harigi kan saiyang "inaapod na harong." Apat na harigi, may lipod na sako, asin sinala-salang dahon nin niyog an saiyang pandong. Tama sanang turogan kan sarong tawo an saiyang nahaman na palasyo. Retrato na kua ni Vince Villar.

Ini an kamugtakan kan mga harong sa gilid kan tinampo hale sa Sagnay, Camarines Sur, pasiring sa Tiwi, Albay. Maroromdoman na an lugar na ini iyo an dalan kan bagyong si Nina. Sa likod kan mga gaba na harong, an nagkapira sa mga nakatindog na puon nin niiyog, na pirang taon dae mapapakinabangan, huli ta piniripit kan makusog na kalamidad. Retrato na kua ni Vince Villar.


Harong-harong sa Patitinan, Sagnay, Camarines Sur

Biktima kan Bagyong Nina sa Barangay Patitinan, Sagnay. Retrato ni Vince T. Villar.

Sadit na harong-harong na arog kan kantang "An Harong Mi Sadit Sana," na paboritong kanta kan mga aki sa elementarya. An harong-harong na ini, pigtatarabangan kan sarong familia na mabilog liwat pagkatapos na rapakon an orihinal nindang sadit na harong kan maringis na bagyo.

Task Force Kapatid, nagtatatabang sa Sorsogon Electric Cooperative

Maski mainit, o nag-uuran-uran, nasa itaas kan poste an mga empleyado kan Sorsogon Electric Cooperative, na naghihirahay kan mayor na linya nin kuryente sa Sorsogon. Retrato hale ki Jinky Tabor.

TASK FORCE KAPATID. An mga tawohan kan Task Force Kapatid mahigos na nagtatabang sa mas madali na pagbwelta kan kuryente sa probinsyang ini. Retrato hale ki Jinky Tabor.


21st UP Harong AcadFest highlights youth's role in food security

NAGA CITY 1/4/17 (Bicol Standard)— The University of the Philippines (UP) Harong’s 21st Academic Festival will be held at the Ateneo de Naga (Pacol Campus), Naga City.

This year’s theme is “CULTIVATING THE FIELDS: The Youth Venture for Capacity-Building towards Inclusive Food Security.”

“In a country where the prime crop is rice, securing a stable food supply is very much needed,” reads the event’s primer. “However, food security doesn’t end with food production; it comes a long way from obtaining the seeds to plant all the way to the cooked meals on our tables. Food security, in the same way, is intertwined with many social and economic problems in our country such that of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy, economic instability, agricultural disputes and many more. Thus, it is a concern that does not only require the involvement of the government nor the farmers alone but rather, of every single Filipino, old and young.”

“With the Bicol region being considered as an agriculture giant having the largest agricultural area and ranked second in terms of people employed in the agriculture sector across the country, UP Harong believes that food security, among others, is a matter of great importance and relevance to all Bicolanos.”


The individual events comprising this year’s AcadFest include: the 21st Tingog nin Rason Debate Tournament, the 19th Boses kan Jovenes Public Speaking Contest, the 15th Harong nin Dunong Quiz Bee, the 14th Sural Essay Writing Competition, the 13th Gayon Bikolnon Poster Making Contest, the 9th Ladawan nin Kabikolan Photojournalism Contest, the 7th Istoryang Suanoy Storytelling Contest, and the 4th Heras sa Banwaan Radio Broadcasting Tournament; and the Gala Night.

About the organization

Established in November 1995 with the aim to serve and give back to their beloved mother province, the University of the Philippines Harong serves as a ‘home away from home’ for UP Diliman students coming from the province of Camarines Sur and the cities of Naga and Iriga.

The primary advocacy of the organization to contribute in the social and academic development of the Bicolano youth has taken the form of holding our annual flagship project, the Academic Festival (popularly known as AcadFest). For twenty-one years, AcadFest has been considered as the single biggest educational endeavor ever created by any youth organization in Camarines Sur. (Princess Joie Anne Cleofe)


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rep. Salceda lists 12 top events driving Philippine optimism for 2017

MANILA 1/3/17 -- Filipinos have witnessed how the latter half of 2016 ended on a positive note, both on socio-political and economic aspects. The Philippines registered its most significant gains in 2016 under President Rodrigo Duterte, as the fastest growing economy in Asia -- a 7.1% third quarter growth, its most robust in three years, which even surpassed China’s 6.7% and Vietnam’s 6.4%.

Looking forward this time, what significant developments could drive Filipino optimism for 2017, as noted in a recent survey report? Noted economist Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, a member of the Duterte economic team, lists a dozen economic developments and events this year, on which the man on the street can brightly look forward to, as growth drivers.

Salceda’s list is topped by the Philippine chairmanship and successful hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) summit which he said “drive the Filipinos’ optimistic outlook for 2017.” The Philippines accepted last September 2016 the ASEAN chairmanship, which has adopted the theme “Partnering for change, engaging the world,” a reference to President Duterte’s campaign slogan, “Change is coming.”

The Philippines’ ASEAN chairmanship coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the 10-member regional bloc. “During the Philippines’ chairmanship, we will highlight ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player, with the interest of the people at its core,” Duterte stressed.

“We will pursue initiatives and enhance cooperation with global partners to ensure that ASEAN citizens live in peace, stability, security and growth, all the while retaining ASEAN’s centrality, unity and solidarity, that we will maintain for all times,” he added.

Second in Salceda’s list is the completion and launch of 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan (PDP) earlier this year. The PDP will translate AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the administration’s 0+10-point Socio-economic Agenda into strategies, policies, programs, and activities that emphasize “Malasakit at Pagbabago tungo sa Patuloy na Pagunlad” (Concern and change towards continuous growth).

AmBisyon 2040 represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years.

It describes the kind of life they want to live, and how their country will be by 2040. As such, it is an anchor for development planning across at least four administrations.

Seen as third most important economic event in 2017 is the approval and proper implementation of the proposed Traffic and Congestion Crisis plan, that gives Duterte emergency powers to solve the debilitating transport problem and save the country billions of pesos in daily loses.

Fourth is the enactment of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN that will reduce the personal income taxes of ordinary working Filipino families by P156 billion.

Supporting this is the fifth in list; the initial implementation of the Tax Administration Act or TARA, which paves way for the government’s efficient tax collection strategy. Both measures were sponsored by Salceda in the lower house.

Likewise among the top of these 2017 events are the Final Peace Agreement with the National Democratic Front Comprehensive Agreement on SocioEconomic Reforms or CASER, and the creation of Bangsa Moro Authority by legislation. Salceda said these will ease up the government peace and order campaign, resulting to improved economic conditions.

The year 2017 also jumpstarts the “Golden Era of Transportation in the Philippines, the eighth significant event, that includes the rapid development of international airports in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Daraga in Albay, and Panglao in Bohol.

This also includes the kickoff of the Mindanao Railways and the Southline component of the North-South Railways Program; the implementation of the bridges between Matnog, Sorogon and Allen, Samar, and between Leyte and Surigao.

The list puts in ninth the implementation of the 42 Industry Roadmaps, Manufacturing Resurgence Program, Small and Medium Enterprise in Global Value Chain development and the new Investment Priority Plan of the Duterte administration.

In 10th spot are the Business trophy investments from Japan including billion committed by Marubeni and the big-ticket infrastructures funded by loans from China, seen to push further the country’s economic growth.

Capping these developments that drive Filipino optimism for their truly brighter future, is the submission to Congress of the proposed Federal Government set up for the Philippines and the convening of the Constitutional Assembly, which is not only historic but also opens doors to a broad prospects of economic growth.

Salceda stressed that providing solid support to these developments, the 12th in his list is the strong leadership and united front by the Executive, Legislative, Local government units and civil society organizations against poverty and strategic alliance for global competitiveness. (by Johny C. Nunez, PNA)

Gen set at Ateneo de Naga University catches fire

NAGA CITY 1/3/17 (Bicol Standard)— A generator set at Ateneo de Naga University's main campus caught fire earlier today.

In a report aired over the radio, the investigators said the generator set was located at the university’s Madrigal Building, which houses a cafeteria and a dormitory.

Said fire was immediately put out, preventing other parts of the building from catching fire, the investigators said.

Monday, January 2, 2017

LEGAZPI CITY: Gadan na lalaki nakua sa Banquerohan Cemetery

LEGAZPI CITY 1/02/17 (Bicol Standard) – Sarong bangkay nin lalaki an nakua sa laog kan laguerta kan Banquerohan Public Cemetery kasubagong alas 12:52 nin odto.

An gadan nabisto sa pangaran na Roberto A. Medes, 39 anyos, residente kan sinambit na barangay.

Segun sa mga imbestigador, enot nakaabot an informasyon ki PO1 Leron, na iyo an desk officer kan PCP 4.

Mismong si Punong Barangay Melvin B. Andez an nagpaisi sa pulis.

An mga miembros kan SWAT team asin an Criminal Investigator kan police station an nagduman sa laog kan cementeryo tanganing confirmaron an report.

Sabi kan mga Imbestigador an bangkay dinara sa Bejer Funeral Parlor para sa autopsy examination.

Mayo pang ibang detalyes an baretang ini.

Minabalac, pirang aldaw pang mayong kuryente –Casureco II

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur 1/2/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Mayo pa lamang nin senyal na makakabalik an supply kan kuryente sa banwaan na ini, 9 na aldaw makalihis na padaplaon an sinambit na lugar kan makusog na bagong si Nina.

Ngonian na hapon, an mga residentes digdi, poon sa boundary Milaor nagbabantay na mag-agi an service crew kan Camarines Sur II Electric Coop, Inc. (Casureco II) sa paghuna na makakabale na sinda sa mga papabulosan nin kuryente.

Sa intrevista kan radyo kasubangong aga ki Rolly Pante, an oficial na parataram kan cooperatiba, inako kaini na difisil na maray an saindang kamugtakan, huli sa grabeng distroso na iwinalat kan bagyo.

Afuera kan nagkapirang centrong mga lugar sa Naga City, nagkapira pa sanang mga banwaan an may tig-dirikit na kuryente sa mga poblacion.

Nagpahayag si Pante na may maabot na tabang hale sa ibang mga cooperatiba nin kuryente na dae tinamaan kan bagyo, ngonian na maabot na aldaw.

An nagconfirmar na kan saindang tabang iyo an hale sa Camarines Norte asin sa Eastern Samar.

Mientrastanto, an mga banwaan kan Pili, Tinambac, Siruma asin Minalabac an pwedeng mahaloy pa antes nakanamit nin ilaw, huli ta dakul an nadistrosong mga linya asin poste kan kuryente.

Davao City mataong P7.4-M na tabang sa Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY 1/2/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An provincia kan Camarines Sur an nakatalaan na magrecibe nin kantidad P7.4 milyones hale sa gobierno lokal kan Davao City.

Segun sa report, sarong resolusyon an inaprobaran kan Sangguniang Panlungsod kan sinambit na ciudad na nagtatagama nin tabang sa mga grabeng nadanyaran kan nag-aging bagyong Nina.

Sinabi ni Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte na an tabang ipapadara ninda sa mga lokal na gobierno sa paagui nin cash o cheke.

Mientrastanto, afuera kan Camarines Sur, tinagamahan man nin kantidad P1.3 milyones an Albay, P1.065 an Catanduanes.

An resolusyon na nagtataong tabang sa mga tinamaan kan bagyo inapobaran kan gabos na miembros kan Sangguniang Panlungsod.

An tabang na cuarta hale sa Calamity Fund kan Davao City.

Lalaki binadil sa Oas; miembro kan Navy an suspechado

OAS, Albay 1/2/17 (Bicol Standard) – Idinalagan sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) si Christopher Rivero kan siya badilon kan suspechadong si Ericson Realuyo, na sarong miembro kan Philippine Navy, na nakadistino sa NAVRESCOM, Intramuros, Manila.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, an incidente nangyari kasubagong alas 12:30 nin odto sa Brgy. Ilaor Sur, sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi kan mga nakaheling kan incidente, pakatapos na badilon kan suspechadong si Realuyo an victima, marikas ining nagdulag pasiring sa dae maaraman na direksyon.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, mayo pang report kun na-arestar na o nagsuko na an suspechado sa mga awtoridad.

DAR chief awards 1,441 hectares of lands to Bicolano farmers

QUEZON CITY -- The Department of Agrarian Reform distributed 1,441 hectares of agricultural land to some 858 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Bicol during the recent visit of Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano in Camarines provinces.

Ka Paeng personally handed the certificates of landownership award (CLOA) to the ARBs from the six provinces of the region, held in two occasions.

The first part of distribution was done at the Amphitheater Agro Sports & Cultural Center in Daet, Camarines Norte wherein ARBs from the municipalities of Basud, Capalonga, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, and Sta. Elena came in full force to receive their CLOA individually from Ka Paeng himself, assisted by regional director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. and Camarines Norte provincial chief Roseller Olayres. The occasion was also graced by Basud Mayor Adrian Davocol and Governor Jonah Pimentel represented by Mr. Alvin Tallado.

Ka Paeng awarded the remaining land titles at the Milaor Municipal Covered Court in Milaor, Camarines Sur, during the 2nd leg of his first day visit in the region. The agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur 1 and 2, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon came all the way to the site to attend the simple awarding rites, and meet the Secretary in person. RD Bueno together with his assistant regional directors and respective provincial executive committees headed by its provincial agrarian reform program officers were also in attendance for the significant event.

Sec. Mariano in his speech advised the new ARBs to cherish the land granted to them, take care of it, make it productive, and keep it in their possession for a long time since losing their farmlands would defeat the purpose of the government’s agrarian reform program. He also assured that he will continue to protect the rights of the farmers under his administration, and urged to strengthen the Barangay Agrarian Reform Committees (BARC).

“Pagyamanin natin ang lupang iginawad sa atin, huwag nating hayaang mawala ito sa atin. Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa pagpapunlad ng ating kabuhayan; makabitaw sa tanikala ng pagkakabaon sa utang, makaipon, at sa huli’y makatulong din sa kapwa natin magsasaka na mapagaan ang kanilang buhay,” he encouraged, in Filipino language.

Prior to the land title distribution, Ka Paeng also led the walk-through and turn-over of the more than P48 million worth Agrarian Reform Communities Project Phase II (ARCP II) in Camarines Norte.

Said completed ARCP II projects include the concreting of six (6) farm-to-market roads in barangays Iberica, Lugui, Mabilo, and Macogon in Labo town; barangay Tuaca-San Pascual, and barangay Caayunan in Basud town; and; likewise, the construction of one (1) warehouse with office in barangay Laniton in Basud town.

The above-mentioned projects are just part of the 58 total subprojects allocated to Camarines Norte with fund release of almost half a billion pesos through a loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with support from the national government through its National Assistance for Local Government Units or NGALGU. (DAR)

Old man dies in Camarines Sur fire

BOMBON, Camarines Sur 1/2/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An old man died after being trapped in a burning house at Barangay San Antonio, this town earlier today.

The man identified as Ildefonso Eligoyo y Villote, according to a report from the Police Regional Office 5, was 84 years old.

Eligoyo's house caught fire at around 3 AM. Fire out was declared by 5 AM, the police said.

The case is still under investigation as of this writing.

The cause of fire and the damage to property are still unknown.

Meantime, the victim was brought to Alteza Funeral Homes in Barangay San Roque, this town.

Yesterday, separate fire incidents occurred in the towns of Camaligan and Libmanan.

Coast Guard sa Pasacao, arestado sa pagpakanta kan saiyang badil

PASACAO, Camarines Sur 1/02/17 (Bicol Standard) –Nakasapog sa nagkakala-kagang problema si Petty Officer 3 Ryan Lumbre y Betito, Commander kan Philippine Coast Guard Detachment sa PNR, Tutuban, Taguig City kan siya arestaron kan mga pulis sa salang Illegal Discharge of Firearms, na nangyari kasuodmang alas 5:00 nin hapon.

An pagbalga kan ley ipigreport sa pulis, na tulos nagpadara nin mga tawohan sa Sitio Pinagpala, Brgy. Balogo, na iyong pinangyarihan kan incidente.

An suspechado residente kan Sitio Tribu, sa Brgy. Balogo.

Base sa record kan mga awtoridad, kasoodmang alas 6:30 nin bangui, nakarecibe sinda nin mensahe sa text hale ki Eugenio Morales, na miembro kan barangay tanod, na nag-susumbong kan salang gibo ni Lumbre.

Inabotan kan mga pulis an suspechadong miembro kan Coast Guard na si Lumbre, asin tulos siyang inarestar.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an 1ng bala para sa 9mm, asin limang baseyo nin bala para sa kapareyong calibre nin badil.

Alagad, dae nakua kan mga pulis an armas.

An suspechado yaon ngonian sa hepatura kan pulis digdi, mantang pighahanda an caso na isasangat contra saiya.

Segun sa informasyon, duwang caso an isusunad kan pulis, primero an caso criminal para sa Illegal Discharge of Firearms asin an ikaduwa iyo an caso administratibo laban saiya.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, katugon-tugoni sa sainda na prohibido an pagpakanta kan badil kan mga awtoridad, antes, durante, asin maski anong panahon na dae ini kinakaipo.

Pag-IBIG calamity loans available for 'Nina' victims

NAGA CITY 1/2/17 (Bicol Standard)--With the declaration of the state of calamity in the provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, and Camarines Sur, and in Calapan City, Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG said it is making available its Calamity Loan Program to those who have been affected by the typhoon.

File photo via OCD Bicol
It has allotted Php4.6 billion for said calamity loan program.

To qualify, members must have at least 24 monthly contributons, and must not be in default in their payments of their Pag-IBIG Housing Loan or Multi-Purpose Loan.

The office has branches in Naga City, Legazpi City, and Virac.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

PNP Dir. Gen. Bato: 9 injured, 1 dead during Christmas, New Year’s celeb

MANILA 1/1/17 (Bicol Standard) –Nine cases of stray bullet injuries and one death was recorded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the entire duration of the Christmas and New Year, PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa confirmed today (Sunday).

“It was generally peaceful”, he said.

Dela Rosa congratulated the 160,000 members of the police force, Department of Health, Local Government Units and other government agencies for the successful campaign to reduce the fire-cracker-related injuries during last year.

The DOH has also reported that during the entire holiday season, a total of 350 injuries were recorded, which is 60% lower compared to the same period last year.

This is also lower that the five-year average from 2011 to 2015.

Mayor Bongat suspends classes in Naga City

NAGA CITY 1/1/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Mayor John Bongat has issued an advisory suspending classes from preschool and kindergarten to senior high school in both private and public public and private educational institutions in the City of Naga are ordered suspended on January 3, 2017, Wednesday.

"[Classes] shall resume on Monday, January 9, 2017."

This is "in view of the prolonged power outage in most parts of the city due to damaged electrical lines and of continuing debris clearing operations in city streets and school campuses as a result of the massive destruction left by Typhoon Nina."

"Presidents/Heads of Universities and Colleges and techvoc institutions may, at their discretion, likewise suspend classes in the tertiary level, for reasons stated above," the same advisory reads.


No indiscriminate firing; no stray bullet casualty in Albay

LEGASPI CITY 1/01/17 (Bicol Standard) – Albay Police Provincial Director PSSupt Antonio R. Cirujales has announced today that there are no reported cases of indiscriminate firing as well as no stray bullet victim for the last 24 hours.

Cirujales has extended his commendation to all members of the police force in Albay, due to the said report.

“We were all ready to serve the people. At least, there were no reported untoward incidents in our area of operation,” he said.

GOSPEL | January 1, 2017 LK 2:16-21

January 1, 2017
LK 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Crime rate naghuros 32%; 1 milyon labi an nag suko sa kampanya sa illegal na droga

MANILA 1/1/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Nag-abot na sa labing sarong milyon an numero kan mga surrenderers sa maisog na kampanya kan gobierno kontra sa illegal na droga.

Ini an sinabi ni Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, bilang suporta sa dae naglilipot na pakikipag-guerra kan administrasyon ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte sa droga.

“Malinaw na tama an dalagan kan kampanya kan gobierno sa illegal na droga."

Alagad, mas pa sa statistics na nasambit, ipinahayag ni Andanar na naghuros nin 32% an crime rate sa nasyon base sa pinaka bagong report kan Philippine National Police (PNP).

Segun ki Andanar an halangkaw na satisfaction, approval asin trust ratings na itinao ki Pres Duterte, nin huli sa determinadong guerra niya sa ilegal na droga.

Sa ibong na lado, an PNP nagsabi na naglangkaw nin 18% an caso nin murder, sa kapareyong peryodo kan sarong taon.

“Mas maray an pagmate kan mga tawo ngonian. Salbado sinda sa carjacking, rape, pananalakat, physical injury asin maski sa ordinaryong harabonan. Ini an sitwasyon ngonian”, sabi ni Andanar.

Causa kan kasulo sa Libmanan, pig-aaram pa

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur 1/1/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- Pig-iimbestigaran pa hasta ngonian an causa kan kasulo sa banwaan na ini sa kasagsagan kan preparasyon para sa Bagong Taon kasubanggi.

Kua ni Roderick Imperio
Ini segun ki Fire Officer 2 Josel V. Jeremias sa entrevista kan BICOL STANDARD.

Susug sa saiyang pahayag, nagpoon an kasulo 11:18 nin banggui.

Ini man pigdeclarar na "under control" kan alas 12:30 nin maomagahon asin pag-abot kan alas 6:10, pigdeclarar na fire out.

Sinabi pa ni Jeremias na an natuprod na propriedad iyo an Shajah Express Mart sa Barangay Poblacion, sa banwaan na ini.

An tindahan pagsasadire ni Danilo Nieva Pamplona.

Pig-aadalan kan Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) an gabos na pwedeng naging causa kan kasulo, kabali an biglang pag-abot kan supply kan kuryente kasubanggi sa nasambit na barangay.

"Alagad ini iveverify mi pa," sabi ni Jeremias.

An mga nagresponde sa kasulo iyo an BFP Pamplona, Sipocot, Cabusao, Naga White, asin Chin Po Tong. (Report ni Oca Esmenda)

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