Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bicol wage hike up for deliberation

LEGAZPI CITY 4/1/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The members of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) are scheduled to deliberate on the issues surrounding the possible wage hike that is expected to be effective this year.

“The wage consultation is scheduled on a per province basis on separate dates. We urge our fellow Bicolanos to attend this very important event that will directly affect the wages of workers here in the region,” DOLE Bicol regional director and RTWPB chair Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

A public wage consultation is a requirement in determining as to whether or not an increase in the recent minimum wage is needed, she explained. It is during these consultations that issues regarding intervening factors and their effects on wages are discussed by both the labor and management sector hand-in-hand with the government thru the RTWPB.

The following is the schedule of said wage consultation per province:

Camarines Norte - April 4, 2017 (Tuesday) - 1:00 pm - Villa Milla Hotel & Garden Resort, Vinzons Ave., Daet, Camarines Norte

Camarines Sur - April 5, 2017 (Wednesday) - 1:00 pm - Naga Regent Hotel, Elias Angeles St., Naga City

Albay - April 6, 2017 (Thursday) - 1:00 pm - AVP Catering Services Hall, Imelda Roces Ave., (Tahao Road) Legazpi City

Catanduanes - April 7, 2017 - (Friday) - 1:00 pm - ARDCI Corporate Inn, San Roque St., Virac, Catanduanes

Masbate - April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) - 1:00 pm - Grennview Hotel, Brgy. Nursery., Masbate City

Sorsogon - April 21, 2017 (Friday) - 1:00 pm - Casa Dominga Restaurant, #8 Alegre St., Maharlika Highway, Sorsogon City

TEACHER CORNER | Truly an ROI: The story of 2nd Lt. Kaye M. Robles

by April B. Ventajar-Bigueja
MT II, Antipolo National High School

The author, April B. Ventajar-Bigueja
When I learned that one of the graduates of PMA Class 2017 is female who had her high school years in Antipolo National High School (ANHS), my first wish and steadfast want is to talk with her and hear her story, second is to write about it subject to her concurrence. The next thing – I found myself practically running fast from SHS building and went straight to the vegetable garden to see my co-teacher. I do not personally know Kaye because I was never her teacher. She already finished high school when I came here. So I needed someone who knows her. I had my morale lifted when she told me that Kaye’s family will most likely be amenable to my intent. My excitement was flooding out that I decided on the very same day to have my first visit to Kaye’s house.

Kaye was not there but I felt grateful when the mother told me that she will send me a message as soon as Kaye arrives. To my surprise, Kaye reached home the following day, Friday. I was informed by my student that Kaye is willing for an interview on Sunday – also their scheduled thanksgiving celebration. I cannot suggest Saturday because I learned ahead that she has important appointment. Honestly, I did not want Sunday interview. I anticipated she would have many visitors, maybe a hundred or even more, whom she ought to pay courtesy. I did not want to cut off from that momentous event save the fact that I also want a level of exclusivity for our dialog. Consequently, I decided to visit her in the evening of Saturday. I knew it was stubborn but at times reasonable obstinacy brings advantage. That is persistence and it did work. After an hour, I saw a young, tough, smart military woman, void of overbearance. “How may I address you? Ma’am?” With a shy smile she said, “Kaye lang po Ma’am.” And I heard it all.

Kaye never envisioned herself to be one of the future commanding officers of the armed force. It was not in her mind for she wanted to become an engineer if not a lawyer. She was aware that her parents cannot afford it. Guilt feeling still visits Kaye’s mother recollecting the many times when she discouraged her daughter of her aspiration to have a college degree. Without subtlety she told Kaye that her dream is far more than they can provide even if she could obtain university scholarship. All those times, Kaye kept silent. Going to school without breakfast and boiled sweet potatoes for supper are circumstances not unknown to her. Nevertheless, when I asked her to describe her childhood happy is the clever honest answer she gave.

“Happy Ma’am. I know poverty but I was not looking at it. When I entered the academy I met cadets who may be tagged rich kids. I have heard their story and I may say that I consider myself blessed for going through the hardship. In general, my childhood was happy Ma’am. I used to fly my kite. Many of my classmates did not have that experience,” she said with smile and satisfaction.

It was August of 2012, more than 500 examinees assembled at the University of Nueva Caceres to vie a slot in the academy. All throughout the Philippines about 14 000 aspirants measured themselves against others. In October, the list of passers was published in a national newspaper. Out of that big number, only 284 stood out. Kaye was one of them. Few days passed and Kaye received a visitor sent by someone who was a graduate of PMA, also a native of Minalabac. He advised Kaye the preparation she has to make particularly in the physical training. Topping it all, he told Kaye never to let go of that very rare opportunity.

March 31 of 2013, the academy aspirants were convened at V. Luna Medical Center waiting for the clock to hit 11:00 PM – their departure for Philippine Military Academy. Families, relatives and friends swarmed to pour support to their hopefuls. Kaye’s family wanted to give her much but restrained by means. All she had that day was her unflagging mother. I felt the pain when Kaye’s mother with incipient tears told me how hurtful it was to see her daughter without father that moment to give an assuring tap and the rest of the aspirants had it. Travel was costly to them, so the couple agreed that only one will go – stark truth. I was saddened more when the mother recounted to me the time when she had to leave Kaye at 9:00 PM. She could not wait until the departure because she had to catch the 10:00 PM bus back to Bicol. Her money in the wallet then could not afford to miss that bus. Her pain was ineffable when she refused Kaye’s offer to accompany her to the main gate of V. Luna. She knew it would be harder if she let her. On her way out, she had the glimpse of the parked cars which seemed countless along with the academy buses. She was certain that those private vehicles would convoy the aspirants in transit – just one of the many things she wished she could have done for Kaye. Anxiety of parting was there made unfathomable by the reverberating words she could not consume: “Your child ceased to be your child. They are now children of the government.” Prayer was all her recourse.

April 1st came. Reception. It was the first day of her military career. All of the cadets formed at the Borromeo Field and took their oath of office as cadets of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. There at the Fajardo Memorial Grandstand, families and friends stood to witness the strenuous tradition with pride and fear, to give a boost, or to extend an arm in case of retreat. No one was there for Kaye yet her family was always her strongest drive. Many pulled back that very moment of reception rite and I asked Kaye if the thought occurred to her. Never was her answer because she knew that nothing awaits back there. April 1, 2013 is a date very significant to her. It was on that day she claimed with certainty and as a matter of right that she is for the academy and the academy for her. The four years in the academy had not been easy for Kaye. Circumstances tested her indomitability from being plebe to her last day of being first class cadet. When asked of the attributes she capitalized in this feat she plainly named two: Determination and faith. I was about to shoot my final query on her best learning in life. Before I did, Kaye already affirmed it: Poverty is not a hindrance to pursue one’s aspiration. I may say that life offers choices even when we thought it offers nothing. I heard it and felt it in my dialog with Kaye and her mother. 2nd Lt Kaye M. Robles is truly an ROI to her family, to her alma mater, to our country.

PHOTOS | Naga City takes part in the National Simultaneous Earthquake, Fire Drill

Naga City took part in the National Simultaneous Earthquake and Fire Drill on March 31, 2017. (Photos by Oscar Esmenda)


Daraga, naloko nin P16K sa paagui kan Smart Padala

TABACO CITY 4/1/17 (Bicol Standard) – Nadaya nin kantidad P16,000.00 an sarong residente kan P-1, Brgy San Lorenzo digdi nin huli sa grabeng confianza asin pagmawot na makatabang sa magurang kan saiyang ilusyon na suboot naka-confine sa hospital, pero dai man palan.

Nag-osip an victimang si Edel Queen Bogingot y Tuason na may nag-apod saiya sa cellphone na nagpabistong tugang kan saiyang ilusyon, asin naghagad nin kantidad P10,000.00 para sa naghehelang suboot na ina kan saiyang boyfriend, na an ngaran Fe.

Huli sa pagmakulog sa ngapit magiging panugangan, napadara tulos si Boringot nin kantidad P10,000.00, sa paagui kan Smart Padala, na hale sa nagpabistong tugang kan saiyang ilusyon.

Nakalihis sana an pirang oras, nagtext liwat an suboot tugang kan saiyang ilusyon. Iba nang numero kan cellphone an gamit. Naghagad liwat nin cuarta asin pinadarahan niya nin kantidad P4,000.00.

Igwa pang sunod na apod, kaya tinawan liwat nin P2,000.00, anas sa Smart Padala.

Huri na kan maaraman ni Boringot na an nag-aapod saiya bako man si Bless o Blessilda na tugang kan nobyo niya. Iba man na tawo, na dai niya bisto. Swindler palan, na ginamit sana an pangaran ni Blessilda.

Naaraman niya na dai man nin helang an magurang kan saiyang ilusyon.

Mientrastanto, pig probaran kan pulis digdi sa magkaigwa nin entrapment operation para madakop an nagloko saiya.

Alagad, dai na ini nag-apod sa saiya

An total na cuarta na nakua sa victima kan estapador may total na P16,000.00.

Liwat, nagpatanid an pulis na dai basta magtiwala sa dai bistong tawo. Ini an parateng ginagamit na paagui kan mga manlokolo gamit an Smart Padala.

April 3 is regular working day in Albay

Despite exerting all his efforts, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara cannot declare Albay Day, April 3, 2017, a Monday, a special non-working holiday in the Province of Albay, without the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement released earlier today by Provincial Legal Officer Attorney Jose Noel R. Rubio, a House Bill declaring a special non-working holiday for is not yet forthcoming and cannot be enacted due to time constraint.

The statement also said that “In any event, we will have a simple program to be held at the Provincial Capitol on April 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.” to commemorate the event.

The Province of Albay was founded on April 3, 1574, 443 years ago. (PGA-PIO/RCFernandezIII)

Daragita sa Ligao City ginadan sa tilok; dai linupigan

LIGAO CITY 3/31/17 (Bicol Standard) -- “Ginadan por medyo nin pagtilok.” Ini an pahayag ni PCI Arthur Gomez kan Albay PNP, dapit sa kaso kan 15-anyos na estudiante na ginadan sa cuarto kan LC Lodge kan sarong aldaw.

An victima taga Brgy Nasisi asin estudiante sa NHS.

Sabi ki Gomez, mayo nin senyal na linupigan an menor de edad segun mismo sa ginibong autopsy sa saiyang bangkay.

Sa presente, an pulis igwa na nin natipon na mga evidencia na pwedeng magtukdo kan responsable kan krimen. Alagad muya nindang maseguro na pusog an papasandigan kan isasangat na kaso.

“Pig bibilog pa kan mga imbestigador an mga affidavits asin dugang na mga prueba antes na magsunad nin reklamo sa suspechado,” sabi kan pulis.

Hasta sa presente, dai pa sierto kun pira talaga an pwedeng sangatan sa reklamo nin huli ta 2ng personas an naheling kan mga testigo na nagsundo kan victima sa sarong lugar.

An sabi kan testigo, pinalunad an babae sa motorsiklo dangan dinara sa LC Lodge na kun saen kakua an saiyang gadan nang lawas.

An mga imbestigador igwa nin pugol na informasyon an an suspechado dati nang imbuelto sa paghanap nin mga menor de edad na binabayadan para makuanan sana nin video, na ipinapabakal.

Nangapodan guiraray an pulis sa sisay man na may aram sa kasong ini na makipagtabangan sa sainda para maresolveran an krimen.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Daet: 1 nalamos, 1 nakasalvar sa Bagasbas Beach Resort

DAET, Camarines Norte 3/31/17( Bicol Standard) Saro an nalamos, an saro naisalvar sa Bagasbas Beach Resort, sa banwaan na ini.

Nangyari an incidente kan sarong aldaw (March 29), alas 5:35 nin hapon.

An binawian nin buhay iyo si Richard Cole y Gallarde, taga Davao del Sur, mantang an na-agapan iyo si Romeo Anana, pareyong nagtatrabaho sa ESCO Tech Corporation, na nakabase sa Metro Manila.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, dai kinaya ni Cole si darakulang alon na dara kan makusog na duros amihan.

Si Anana, sa ibong na lado, naisalvar kan mga lifeguards na sinda Diosdado Lelis asin Salvador Oclaris asin nagpaparahay ngonian sa hospital.
An Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office nagsabi na si Cole asin Anana kaibahan kan grupo nin mga empleado kan companiya sa saindang company outing.

Lalaki na may lugad sa sentido, nakuang gadan

LEGASPI CITY 3/31/17 (Bicol Standard) Mayo pa nin ikatukdo na suspechado an pulis sa paggadan ki Raphael Del Agua y Brinces, 63 anyos na balo, alagad may kasaroan, na nakuang malipot nang bangkay kasubagong alas 5:30 nin aga sa saindang residencia.

Si Del Agua naka-estar sa P-2, Brgy. Dita digdi.

Segun sa report na ipinaabot sa pulis, nadiskubre an bangkay kan victima kan saiyang kasaroan na si Salvacion Arena, 65 anyos, likod kan harong na saindang pig eestaran.

An bangkay igwa nin lugad sa saiyang sentido.

Idinagdag sa report na ultimong naheling na buhay si Del Agua kan saiyang sobreno na si Jeffrey Del Agua y Malate kan Marso 30, alas 8:30 nin aga, na nakahigda sa lugar na naheling an bangkay.

Mientrastanto, nagsabi an kasaroan na si Salvacion na binayaan niya si Del Agua na solo sa saindang harong, aga, kan fecha 30 kan Marso.

Alagad, kan magbwelta siya sa saindang pig eestaran, alas 5:30 nin aga ngonian na aldaw (Marso 31), gadan na.

Sabi kan mga nagrespondeng mga pulis, hinale na an bangkay kan victima sa original na kinakamugtakan kaini kan mga paryente niya asin ibinugtak sa payag-payag.

Mapadagos pa an pag siyasat kan incidente, sabi sa report.

Paracale businesswoman arrested due to drugs

PARACALE, Camarines Norte 3/31/17 (Bicol Standard) –A local businesswoman here identified as Ailene Delemios y Cereno, 42 years old, was arrested this morning during the implementation of a search warrant by the combined operatives of the government.

The police report said her arrest was made at around 6 am today at her residence at Brgy. Poblacion Norte, this town.

The joint elements of the Paracale MPS, RDEU5, and PIB in coordination with PDEA 5 had her residence searched and nine pieces of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu were recovered.

The search warrant was implemented and witnessed by media representatives and barangay officials.

As of this writing, the suspect is being interrogated at the police headquarters here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

FICELCO seeks new General Manager

VIRAC, Catanduanes 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) --The First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) is in immediate need of a General Manager, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) announced.

To be qualified, an applicant must be a graduate of Business Administration, Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical ECE), Accounting, Finance, Management, or Behavioral Science; preferably has a master's degree or postgraduate degree; have at least five years of managerial experience in a utility-related business enterprise; computer literate; and willing to relocate with his/her family to Catanduanes.

The starting salary is P65,000.00

Application forms and additional information may be obtained from the Institutional Development Department, 6th Floor, NEA Building, NIA Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

The deadline for submission is on 11 April 2017.

DTI Sorsogon urges use of E-Presyo app

Shoppers in Sorsogon may now use an app called E-Presyo to know the prices of primary commodities in the market, DTI Sorsogon announced.

The app can help shoppers compare prices and select the shops which offer the cheapest ones, the agency added.

Meantime, DTI announced that it is monitoring the large shops that operate in the growth areas of Bulan, Donsol, Pilar, and Matnog.


Kagawad sa barangay, tiklo sa ilegal na droga

MATNOG, Sorsogon 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) –Yaon na sa laog kan PDEA Regional Office sa Bicol si Levy Geneblazo y Gardon a.k.a Apin, barangay kagawad kan Camachelis, sa banwaan na ini na nadakop sa buy bust operation kasuodmang alas 5:30 nin hanpon sa aktong pagpabakal nin shabu.

Inabot nin kadimalasan an suspechado ta si nakabakal kan saiyang panindang droga paon palan kan PDEA, katuwang an iba pang mga awtoridad.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an 2ng transparent sachet nin droga.

Segun sa pahayag ni PCI Jeric Sadia, hefe kan pulis digdi, haloy na nindang pig manmanan si Geneblazo, por medio sa mga sumbong na nagpapabakal siya nin shabu.

Mientrastanto sabi kan COP nin huli ta an suspechado naarestar sa “drug cleared” na barangay, magkakaigwa liwat sinda nin pagrepaso kan “flow chart”, base sa DDB Resolution na kaipohan gibohon sa laog nin 24 oras sa Provincial Police Office kan Sorsogon. Siring man, an BADAC matiripon liwat, asin magkakaigwa nin assembleya sa barangay para tukaron an incidente.

Gustong maaraman sa meeting kun affectado guiraray an barangay na ini kan illegal na droga.

An nadakop na barangay official iyo an namamayo sa consejo ninda kan comitiba dapit sa ilegal na droga.

THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D. | Beautiful but unreal world

In Four Values in Filipino Drama and Film, author Nicanor G. Tiongson, said that movies could give moviegoers a means of escape from a harsh world. He probably had in mind destitute people who would not think twice parting with their last peso to see a movie.

Written years ago, the message still rings true today. Movies with abundance of barilan, patayan, suntokan, tawanan are earning millions for producers, are keeping the cash register ringing. The ingredients have made movies addicting.

Inside the cavernous hall, moviegoers enjoy living in a vastly different world outside the cinema. There, they do not go hungry, do not suffer exploitation, do not experience cruelty. Outside, their lives are nightmarish.

Movies, including Philippine-produced, are skillfully crafted to inveigle people into living the life of the beautiful leading men and women, to relish in their triumphs, to shed tears in their defeats.

Captive moviegoers willingly allows producers to pick their (moviegoers) pockets for a couple of hours in a make-believe world. Never mind if a child is sick and needs a doctor. She can wait.

Movies can tickle the ribs and rouse them to laughter or tug at their hearts and make them cry rivers or movies that show human blood drenching the earth, are their favorite fares.

Sulit na sulit, they would say.

Sadly, however, most Filipino moviegoers are not after the quality of the film. Nora Aunor’s skillful portrayal of a Muslim girl had earned for the film international acclaim but did not bring the expected monetary windfall in the country.

There are movies that have all the elements of a great film.

Heneral Luna, a film by Jerold Tarog, about the life of a firebrand General Antonio Luna, is one. John Arcilla who played the lead role, is convincing in his portrayal of the Filipino hero. He brought me back to year 1989 and the period that followed.

What had touched me deeply was when his aged mother entered his room and noticing the weariness in his eyes, asked if he could still sleep.

The war was raging and Filipino forces under his command were on the retreat.

His mother brought out a wooden stool, asked him to take a seat and close his eyes as she recalled the days when he was a young boy, when his father was alive, his family intact and the rumblings of war were far away. From somewhere, a music was playing.

The mother and son took a walk and finally, the mother said to his son, “take care of yourself.” At that very moment, his enemies in the Aguinaldo camp were plotting his ouster.

Not long after, he was murdered.

In Spartacus movie, the final scene showed Spartacus, a former slave turned rebel leader, hanging on the cross along a stony road, life ebbing. A young woman with a baby in her arms approached.

At the foot of the cross, she stopped and called out to him to take a look at his son.

“I will tell him about you when he grows up,” she tearfully said. The baby was Spartacus’ son by the woman.

Then the woman’s companion led her to a wooden cart that would take her away from Rome. Spartacus followed them with his eyes.

In the movie, Casablanca, set in Europe during WWII, a beautiful woman, played by Ingrid Bergman, pleaded with the saloon crooner to sing, As Time Goes By. But he refused, saying that his manager played by Humphrey Bogart had forbidden him to even hum the song.

The reason was that his boss could not stand the song which would remind him of an unfaithful girl.

Earlier, the woman vowed to marry him. They were sweethearts. But at the last minute, she backed out. She did not show up at the train station, their meeting place.

While she was talking with the crooner, the boss arrived. The latter could not believe his eyes. Here was the woman who had dumped him. She introduced her male companion as her husband who had escaped from a German prison.

He was the reason why she backed out.

Great movies can make you forget whatever ills you have. But such movies are far from real.

Cam Sur-Catanduanes Friendship Bridge nears reality

VIRAC, Catanduanes 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) –The Camarines Sur-Catanduanes Friendship Bridge will soon be a reality.

It is one of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will complete or break ground by 2022.

Said bridge is expected to be built from Rungos Point in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, to Barangay Tibang in San Andres, Catanduanes.

It is expected to boost tourism in both Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.

Salceda is new DND advisory council chair

Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda was recently elected chair of the Department of National Defense (DND) Multi-Sector Advisory Council (MSAC), tasked to provide direction towards the desired goals of the Philippine Defense Transformation Roadmap (PDTR) 2028.

MSAC was established along the principles of the Performance Government System or PGS, which promotes “good governance, transparency and accountability within the framework of stakeholders’ engagement and consultations, in accordance with the council protocols.”

It aims to ensure that DND is able to perform its defense mandate, and guide and help assess the implementation of its various policies and programs for the protection of the people and the state under PDTR 2028.

Salceda, who was first appointed as MSAC adviser prior to his election as its chairman also sits as chair of the Regional Advisory Committee for Philippine National Police Transformation and Development in the Bicol Region.

He presently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP reserve force and is the regional commander of the 33rd Air Force Group Reserve in Bicol.

Salceda and other MSAC members took their oath of office last March 9 at Camp Gen. E. Aguinaldo in Quezon City in front of senior defense officials. (PNA)

Vista Mall to rise in Naga City

NAGA CITY 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) – A new shopping mall will soon be constructed along Maharlika Highway, Barangay Del Rosario here.

Vista Mall, a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes and a sister company of Starmalls, is expected to break ground this year.

Other shopping malls under Vista Malls include Evia Lifestyle Center, Lakefront Boardwalk, Lakefront Wharf, Vista Mall Pampanga, The Village Center CDO, Vista Mall Antipolo, Vista Mall Taguig, Vista Mall Balanga, and Vista Mall Santa Rosa.

May kasong murder dinakop sa Labo, CNorte

LABO, Camarines Norte 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Yaon na sa laog kan carcel si Reynaldo Galleta y Mago, 53, taga Brgy. Bagacay na akusado sa kasong murder.

Si Gallete dinakop kan mga pulis kasuodmang alas 4:00 nin hapon sa nasambit na barangay nin huli sa inaatubang na mandamiento de arresto na firmado ni Judge Romeo A. Escaro kan Branch 64 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) digdi.

An kaso ni Galleta may numero 98-265 na mayo nin rekomendadong fianza.

101 sacks of pirated CDs seized in Bicol

DARAGA, Albay 3/30/17 (Bicol Standard) – Over a hundred sacks of pirated CDs and DVDs were confiscated from sellers along Rizal St. here Wednesday night.

Said operation was led by Optical Media Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano, along with personnel of the Daraga Municipal Police Station.

The pirated CDs were confiscated pursuant to Republic Act 9239, otherwise known as the Optical Media Board Law.

More than 10 stalls were closed down, according to the police, due to the operation.

Said CDs will be the basis for the filing of criminal complaints, the Optical Media Board said.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kin of slain boy from Pioduran seek deeper probe

LEGASPI CITY 3/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The family of the allegedly murdered 13-year-old boy has sought the assistance of police investigators and barangay officials to shed light on the death of the victim.

The boy, reports said, went missing for more than a week.

He left their house without the knowledge of his parents.

When his body was discovered by his brother on March 27, his lifeless body was tied by the neck and feet to two trees.

Some parts of his body appear to have been burned.

PCI Arthur Gomez, Information Officer of Albay PNP told the Bicol Standard that they now have a suspect.

Earlier, it was reported that the boy allegedly committed suicide, but the members of his family said they believe there was foul play.

An autopsy will be made to be sure if the boy was killed intentionally.

Norly Bronzal y Llames was a grade 6 pupil of Basicao Elementary School.

Gomez said their initial investigation reveals that the motive of the killing could be a land dispute among some members of the family.

It is unclear as to how the boy was allegedly involved in said dispute.

7ng taga CNorte, dakop huli sa shabu

DAET, CNorte 3/29/17 (BICOLSTANDARD)  Pito an nahulog sa kamot kan pulis sa nagpapadagos na operasyon kontra sa illegal na droga sa Camarines Norte.

An pinagsararong miembros kan Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, Camarines Norte Provincial Public Safery Company, CNCIDT, PDEA, Regional asin Provincial Drug Enforcement units-Special Operations Units, asin an mga police sa 5ng banwaan sa Camarines Norte an tarabang sa one time big time operation.

An mga sinakyada kan nasambit na grupo iyo an mga banwaan kan Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Talisay asin Vinzons, kan fecha 27 asin 28 ngonian na bulan.

Sa Talisay, an nadakop sa buy bust operation iyo si Joe Mar Ubana y Ramos na nakuanan nin shabu asin marijuana sa saiyang poder.

Nadakop man si Jullius Mediavillo y Olis alias Emo sa Barangay Parang, Jose Panganiban na may pugol man nin 6 na pidasong heat sealed small plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu.

Mientrastanto, sa Purok 5, Brgy. Santa Rosa Sur, Jose Panganiban, an nakuanan nin shabu iyo si Rommel Sayson y Leria, sa ginibong search operation sa saiyang residencia.

Sa Purok 7, Barangay Malatap, Labo, ipig iplementar an search warrant sa residencia ni Jayson Belmonte y Gaza, asin nakakua man nin 5ng pidaso nin plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu an mga awtoridad.

An saro pang nadakop sa kapareyong barangay kasoodmang alas 4:00 nin hapon iyo si Mario Hernandez, na may pugol nin 6 na pidasong small-heat sealed shabu.

Si Daniel Zenarosa y Maigue, na taga Bautista St., Barangay Poblacion, Vinzons nadakopan man nin shabu asin si Noel Villarete y Evangelista, taga Mercedes, Camarines Norte, nabakalan man nin shabu asin may nakuang mga drug paraphernalia sa saiya.

An mga search warrants na ginamit sa operasyon kan mga ahentes kan gobierno firmado ni Judge Evan Dizon, Executive Judge kan Regional Trial Court sa Daet, Camarines Norte.

Gabos sinda sasangatan nin kaso sa pagbalga kan ley sa illegal na droga.

Mag-agom binadil, lalaki binawian buhay

PARACALE, CNorte 3/29/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Saro an nagadan asin saro an nalugadan kan sinda badilon nin dai nabistong tao kasoodmang alas 2:00 nin aga sa Purok 7A, Brgy. Bagumbayan digdi.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, nanok sa saindang pagturog an mag-agom na Jojo Mataya y Enova asin Mylene Mataya y Balmadrid kan laogon sinda sa saindang harong nin 2ng dai bistong mga tao. An duwang suspechado sa krimen nakataklob nin bonet sa saindang payo asin lalawgon asin naka sulot nin jacket kaya dai nabisto kan victima.

An pagtubod kan imbestigador, an tuyong gadanon iyo si Jojo Mataya, na an trabaho parakabod nin bulawan.

Tinamaan siya nin bala kan dai maaraman na calibre nin badil sa saiyang walang pisngi asin walang abaga.

An saiyang agom na si Mylene igwa man nin lugad sa angog ta natusok nin dai maaraman na matarom na bagay.

Mientrastanto, idinalagan pa kuta si Madrid sa Labo District Hospital para ipabulong. Alagad, sabi ni Adolfo Rosales Jr., mayo na siya nin buhay kan makaabot sa hospital.

Pakatapos na mabadil an mga victima marikas na nagdurulag an 2ng suspechado pasiring na dai aram na direksyon.

Mayong makapagsabi kun ano an motibo sa nasambit na krimen.

DPWH readies roads for Holy Week

RD Danilo Versola

LEGASPI CITY 3/29/17 -- Road networks in Bicol are now being prepared for the expected influx of domestic and foreign visitors this Holy Week.

"I may be new in this region, but I am aware that Region 5 is known for its amazing tourist destinations here and abroad," said Regional Director Danilo E. Versola of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a recent meeting with key officials.

Through a memorandum issued by DPWH Sec. Mark Villar concerning the Lakbay Alalay program of the government, RD Versola instructed all District Engineers to intensify the road maintenance activities in their areas of jurisdiction.

"All road sections must be well-maintained and free from potholes," he said.

Where construction, improvement, or maintenance activities are ongoing, or where traffic congestion on a particular route may be encountered, DPWH project or maintenance engineers were instructed to install appropriate traffic advisory where specific locations and corresponding distances of entry and exit points for alternate routes to bypass these areas are indicated.

This early, the director ordered the preparation for the activation of Motorist Assistance Teams regionwide.

Thirty-one Motorist Assistance Centers will be installed along the conspicuous places of the national road: 12 from the mainland provinces and 19 from the island provinces.

This is in coordination with the LTO, PNP, and concerned LGUs.

(UPDATED) Estudiante sa Ligao City, nakuang gadan sa laog kan LC lodge

LIGAO CITY 3/28/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Sarong bangkay nin 15 anyos na babae, Grade 9, an nakua sa laog kan LC Lodge sa Brgy. Danao digdi.

An menor de edad taga P5, Brgy. Nasisi, Ligao City.

Sa report kan pulis ngonian na aga sinasabing an security guard na nabisto sa pangaran na Jeovin Ravano, taga Brgy. Guilid an nakadiscubre kan bangkay sa laog kan LC lodge, na nakasulot nin PE uniform na may imprentang Barangayng NHS. May sulot man siyang itom na leggings.

Si Ravano nagsabi sa pulis na naheling an gadan sa laog kan toilet (CR) sa laog kan LC lodge.

An bangkay naka tukaw sa inodoro, may busal sa ngimot, asin nakahuros an leggings.

Nagkakasiribot pa ngonian an mga awtoridad digdi sa pag usisa kun sisay an imbuelto sa paggadan kan babae.

Nagpaluwas nin informasyon an pulis na nakakua nin pregnancy test sa laog kan kwarto kaya may pagduda na bados an estudyante.

Magkakaigwa nin autopsia tanganing aramon kun talagang bados an victima.

Segun sa enot na imbestigasyon, may naheling na lalaki na kaiba an babae kan maglaog sa LC lodge.

Alagad dai pa nabibisto an saiyang pangaran hastang sinusurat an baretang ini.

Nangyari an incidente kasubanguing alas 7:30, sabi sa bareta.

Mientrastanto, dinugang pa ni Gomez na bawal magpalaog nin mga menor de edad an mga lodging house.

2 holdupper sa Legaspi City, nadakop

LEGASPI CITY 3/29/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Ikinonkon sa carcel kan pulis an duwang lalaki na pareyong suspechado sa serye nin panholdup sa ciudad na ini.

Nabisto an mga suspechado na iyo sinda Ruben Pepano y Diaz, 26, taga P6, Brgy. 7-Bano, Legaspi City asin si Bernard Benitag y Regondola, 37, residente kan Brgy. 16-East Washington Drive, Legaspi City.

Nadakop sinda pagkatapos na magsumbong sa pulis si John Paul Armagosa y Pamorada, taga Brgy. Paulba, Ligao City, na saro sa mga biktima kan mga holduppers kasuodmang aga sa Brgy. Bano digdi.

Huli sa hot pursuit operation kan pulis nadakop an mga suspechado asin nakua sa sainda an mga hinabonan na gamit hale sa victima.

Kabale sa na-recover sa mga suspechado iyo an sarong iPhone na kantidad P16,000.00 asin relo na an kantidad P5,000.00.

Mientrastanto, nangapodan an pulis na helingon an persona kan duwang suspechadong mga lalaki ta tibaad sinda iyo an mga dati nang imbuelto sa pangingikil asin pagholdup sa sainda.

Modern fish port to rise in Bulan, Sorsogon

BULAN, Sorsogon 3/29/17 (Bicol Standard) — A modern fish port, which costs an estimated Php511 million, will be built in this town.

The fish port will be equipped with modern facilities, and will service Masbate and Samar, apart from Sorsogon.

Bulan presently has a mini fish port managed by the local government unit of Bulan.

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero led the groundbreaking ceremony of the two-phased infrastructure project last week.

Bahay Pag-Asa to open in Ligao City

LIGAO CITY, Albay 3/29/17 (Bicol Standard)—A home for children in conflict with the law, called Bahay Pag-Asa or House of Hope, will soon open in this city.

This after a memorandum of agreement between Gov. Al Francis Bichara and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was signed last week.

The juvenile support facility will be housed inside the DSWD Complex at Barangay Nasisi.

Children in conflict with the law, or those alleged as, accused of, or adjudged as, having committed an offense under the law, may take refuge in the facility.

Under the MOA, the provincial government will improve, manage and maintain the building to provide short-term residential care to said children.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

EDITORIAL | An sagradong pagpili

Mayo na gayod na mas popular na tema ngonian kundi an pig anunciar na pag-oktaba na naman kan election sa barangay.

Magibsaw an mga pabor asin an mga kontra, orog pa.

Sa mga pabor an solamenteng rason iyo na 40% daa kan mga nakatukaw na opisyal kan barangay imbuelto sa ilegal na droga.

Maski mayo pang inaprobaran na ley na talagang an election sa barangay liwat ma-ooktaba, may senyales na desidido si Pres. Duterte asin an saiyang mga pag-iriba sa Congreso na ipirit an planong ini.

An prueba iyo an ipig sunad na House Bill 5359, na an tema para sa pagpostpone kan Barangay asin Sangguniang Kabataan Election sa ika tulong semana kan Oktubre, 2017.

An padrino kan House Bill 5359 iyo si Rep. Ace Barbers na arog ni Pres. Duterte, taga Mindanao man.

Mawot niya na isibog sa Mayo 2020 an election kan mga barangay officials, asin sa kada ika tulong taon.

An propuesto ni Barbers, kun maaprobaran, mangangahologan na an gabos na nakatukaw na opisyales kan barangay tapos na an turno. An presidente daa iyo na an may poder na mag numbra kan mga officers-in-charge sa barangay.

Sa pagtubod ni Barbers kun igwa man nin mga provision sa saiyang bill na minabalga kan Constitution, an mga dai afectado magpapadagos na efectibo pa guiraray.

Alagad, syempre, ini saro sanang parte kan nagluluwas na barangang kaisipan sa issue kan pag-oktaba kan election.

An mga senador na kakampi kan administrasyon nagkaigwa nang pag-orolay asin pigtukar an magabat na issue.

Igwa nin mga nasa administrasyon na nagtutubod na bako ining facil na plano.

Ngonian pa sana, dakul nang mga may kabatiran sa ley an nag-didiskutir kan legalidad, bentahe asin dis-bentahe kan siring na kaisipan.

Halawig pa an discusyon dapit digdi.

An dai dapat malingawan, na sa sarong demokratikong nasyon, arog kan Pilipinas, mas maray na an poder sa pagpili kan saindang mga lider, dapat ipaniwala sa mga elector.

Totoo, naglangkaba na talagang entero an problema sa droga sa nasyon.

Halawig na panahon kayang napabayaan ini kan mga nakaaging administrador.

Iyo, pwedeng bulawan an valor kan kaisipan ni Presidente Duterte sa paglaban sa droga.

Alagad, iyo na sana daw talaga ini an solamenteng paagi?

Kun illegal na droga an problema, gamiton kan gobierno an gabos niyang fuerza. Gamiton an pulis, militar, PDEA, jusgado, asin iba pa.

Pwedeng halion an sisay man na oficial kan barangay basta may magkakanigong causa. Kun 40% talaga na may sala, ano ta dapat kastiguhon an 60% na dai man nin kasalan?

Dai dapat pag agawon sa mga elector an derecho na sagrado para sainda. Sinda an dapat magpili nin lider por medio nin election.


SPOTLIGHT | Here come the sun(flowers)

In the upland barangay of Pacol in Naga City, a new tourist destination blooms, promising to make the Maogmang Lugar known for something new: sunflowers.

Naga City sunflowers
The destination is on a small flower farm near Caceres Heights, a brief walk from the road, from where the rows and rows of radiant yellow blossoms are hidden.

The sunflowers come in a variety of sizes. Some are as huge as plates, while others are the size of a child's palm.

Tourists, who come from Naga City and even as far as Daet, Camarines Norte, are free to take Instagram-worthy selfies, or purchase sunflowers for as low as P20 per bloom.

Other cut flowers are also available for purchase or picture-taking.

Know of more interesting places in Bicol? Feel free to share them with us at

Naga City sunflowers


Daet P20M garbage project quizzed

Former Mayor Tito Sarion
DAET, Camarines Norte — The pile-up of uncollected garbage in this town has urged residents to revive the inquiry on where the P20 million garbage funds last year went.

Residents here say they can no longer bear the deafening silence of the town officials who have been simply ignoring the crucial issue which is affecting the health and sanitation of the town.


Last week, an employee of the local government unit provided the BICOL STANDARD with a 48-page photocopy of documents pertaining to said project.

Included in the said group of documents were the disbursement voucher; purchase request for the supply and installation of the Fiber Reinforced Plastic Board System (FRPBS) for non-biodegradable wastes; and the Supply of Quick Composting System (QCS) for biodegradable waste 1- Supply of Equipment.

The supply contracts were awarded to Ecogreen Valiant Alternatives Corporation, with address at PH5E B8 L1 Eastwood Subdivision, San Isidro, Rodriquez, Rizal, thru a negotiated deal for a total cost of Php20 million.

The garbage project was initiated by Ecogreen Valiant Alternatives in a letter sent to former Mayor Tito S. Sarion on 1 August 2014.

The supplier offered twelve months of warranty period after trial runs.


BICOL STANDARD’s informant pointed out that it appears questionable that the local government unit simply accepted outright the proposal and offer of the supplier for Php20 million without bargaining for a discounted price.

With the negotiated contract having been perfected and completed on 21 March 2016, Sarion requested the Commission on Audit (COA) for its inspection.

It was only on 31 March 2016, when the Supervising Auditor of the COA signed the 1st Indorsement letter addressed to the COA Regional Director.

In addition, it appears on record that before 21 June 2016, the contractor was already fully paid, except for the remaining balance and retention money of Php2 million.

The informant revealed that an internal controversy arose between Mary Ann Roxas, the Vice President of Ecogreen Valiant Alternatives Corporation, and Engr. Maritel T. Deza, the president of the same company. Both claimed to be the authorized representative of the company to receive the retention money.

Roxas, records show, sent a letter to Sarion dated 21 June 2016 that she is the duly-authorized representative of the corporation to collect the retention money, allegedly by virtue of a board resolution of the corporation.

Deza outright denied said claim in a letter addressed to Sarion on 27 June 2016.

This was barely three days before Sarion turned over his office to newly-elected town mayor Benito Ochoa.

Highly irregular?

Furthermore, in the abovementioned letter, Roxas also admitted to Sarion that their company has not yet provided technical assistance to the Materials Recovery Facility, hence admitting that the project was not yet complete at the time the full payment was made.

BICOL STANDARD’s informant confirmed Roxas’ claim.

“It is highly irregular that they were fully paid despite the fact that the project was not even operational. Even until now, it still not operational and remains idle,” the informant said.

What is left to be collected is the 10% retention money, which amounts to P2,000,000.00.

This was withheld by the local government after they discovered some discrepancies in the implementation of the contract.

Meanwhile, volunteers of advocacy group Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) have promised to look into this matter to ascertain whether there is a need to initiate a complaint with the proper government agency.

BICOL STANDARD is presently exerting earnest effort to get the side of former Mayor Sarion regarding the issue.

More Sorsogon-Northern Samar ferry schedules eyed

TACLOBAN CITY – The possibility of more ferry boats plying Northern Samar and the Bicol region on a regular basis will be looked into by the House of Representatives, an official said.

Rep. Cesar Sarmiento said Monday the idea for additional schedules came following the conclusion of the first "House of Representatives Western and Eastern Nautical Highway Expedition” from March 17 to 27.

Sarmiento, House committee chair on transportation, also said that all ferries registered with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) should follow their schedule of departure.

“If they don’t follow that, they are violating the right of the public to be ferried on time”, Sarmiento said in an interview.

Ferries not following their assigned schedule have caused both passengers and goods inconvenience and prolonged their travel time.

The House of Representatives Western and Eastern Nautical Highway Expedition was conducted to give legislators first-hand perspectives on the state of roll-on roll-off projects of the government, the conditions of road network and the transportation system in the provinces.

“The expedition also sought to give the legislators first hand information for the 2018 budget season, and to determine if there are potential and existing infrastructure and tourism projects that need funding support from the national government,” Sarmiento said. (PNA)

PHOTO | Come to Cam Norte

COME TO CAM NORTE. Calaguas Island, now a top choice for tourists due to its pristine beach and crystal-clear waters, is among the areas being given priority by the Provincial Tourism Office. (Photo: Romil del Moro)

PHOTO | Young achiever from Albay

YOUNG ACHIEVER. Jose Carlo Salazar, a grade six student of St. Agnes Academy, is one of the 200 outstanding students of Albay who were recipients of the Governor Al Francis Bichara Leadership Award 2017.

DepEd bans unhealthy food, beverages in schools

MANILA 3/28/17 (Bicol Standard) —The Department of Education had released guidelines on which food and drinks may and may not be consumed by students, teachers, and non-teaching staff, and sold in the school canteens.

These guidelines were stated under the “Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in Schools and in DepEd Offices,” which was signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones last March 14.

The policy gave strict instructions against the consumption of foods like chips, French fries and other deep-fried food, instant noodles, ice cream, sweet pastries, and all candies. Beverages like soft drinks, energy and sports drinks, flavored and sweetened water, and powdered juice drinks are also prohibited.

Instead, DepEd promotes eating nutritious food, and drinking only sugar-free beverages, or potable water.

This is in line with their goal to encourage healthy eating habits and create a healthy environment for students, teachers, and employees.

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

NAGA CITY 3/28/17 (Bicol Standard) — Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

An parateng biktima iyo an mga cuarto nin mga estudiante na nasa palibot kan Brgy. Pe├▒afrancia, na bistadong pig eestaran kan mga nag-aadal sa paralibot na eskwelahan na namumugtak sa nasambit na barangay.

An pinakabago na incidente nagsalakat nin sarong cuarto sa Catura’s Boarding House sa No. 14, San Antonio St., Brgy. Pe├▒afrancia na arkilado kan mga eskwelang sinda Jean Belen y Almediere, Jerymy Belen y Almediere, asin Jenny Buiding y Belen, na anas taga Brgy. Taisan, Bula, Camarines Sur.

An parahabon naglaog sa mayor na pwertahan kan harong, dangan nagpasiring sa ika duwang eskalon na kun saen namumugtak an pig aarkilang cuarto kan mga victima.

Mantang nasa ika duwang eskalon an parahabas, fuersahan na rinaot an gibo sa plywood na pwerta asin an barrel bolt na kandado tanganing makabwelo sa pagkua kan gabos na nakursunadahan na ikiton.

Base sa repot sa pulis, nangyari ini sa pag-oltahan kan oras na alas 3:00 hasta alas 5:00 kan Domingong mag-omagahon (Marso 26). An mga victima anas nanok sa pagturog sa saindang kwarto.

An mga nawara iyo an minasunod: sarong cellular phone, kantidad P3,500.00; P10,000.00 na cash; sarong cellular phone na an kantidad P7,000.00; asin sarong cellphone na an valor P2,500.00.

Afuera kan nasambit na pangyayari, nagkapira pang mga incidente nin harabonan an nanotaran digdi. Dai pa nabibisto o nadadakop an mga responsable.


June 9 – 11, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Civil Law
Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

June 16 – 18, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Civil Law and Legal Ethics
Asso. Dean Teresita L. Cruz
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

June 23 – 25, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Commercial Laws
Prof. Zarah Villanueva-Castro
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

June 30 – July 1-2, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Commercial Laws
Prof. Maria Lulu G. Reyes
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

July 7 – 8, 2017 (Friday, Saturday)
Land Registration; Private Int’l. Law & Special Commercial Laws
Prof. Ed Vincent A. Albano III
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

July 9, 2017 (Sunday)
Civil Law
Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

July 14 – 16, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
SLUVP Jason R. Barlis
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

July 21 – 23, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Prof. Noel P. Ortega
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

July 28 – 30, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Political Law
Prof. Edwin R. Sandoval
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

August 4 – 6, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Political Law
Prof. Edwin C. Yan
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

August 11 – 13 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Criminal Law
Prof. Victoria C. Garcia
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

August 18 – 20, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Criminal Law
Prof. Victoria C. Garcia
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

August 25 – 27, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Labor Laws
Dean Salvador Poquiz
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

September 1 – 3, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Labor Laws
NLRC Arbiter Benedict G. Kato
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

September 8 – 10, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Labor Laws
NLRC Comm. Isabel P. Ortiguerra
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm
September 16 – 18 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Remedial Law
Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

September 22 – 24, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Remedial Law
Dean Reynaldo U. Agranzamendez
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

September 30 – Oct. 1-2, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Remedial Law
Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano
5:00pm to 9:00pm;
9:00am to 12:00nn; 1:30pm to 6:30pm

NFA-Bicol prepares for peak harvest

Even with the onset of the summer harvest season of palay this month, the National Food Authority (NFA) in Bicol expects the harvest months for the grain to peak only by April and May as farmers in some provinces devastated by typhoon Nina last December had delayed their planting and those in other low-lying areas were unable to plant at all.

Edna de Guzman, assistant regional manager for NFA-Bicol, said “advance spotters” fielded by the agency prior to the arrival of mobile palay procurement teams had reported that some farmers were already starting to harvest their palay in Malinao, Albay and in Libmanan and Cabusao towns, both in Camarines Sur.

De Guzman, in an interview late Monday afternoon, said the deployment of mobile palay procurement teams is part of the strategies of the agencies to make it easier for farmers to sell their palay to NFA and take advantage of the good buying price offered by the teams.

She said in some areas the “spotters” and mobile teams even offer sacks to the farmers that they could fill up with their palay harvest.

NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino noted in the agency’s website that mobile procurement teams are being deployed to closely coordinate with the local government units and farmers’ organizations to reach farmers even in far-flung areas.

He said it is a way of “protecting the local farmers by giving them a ready market for their palay and at the same time offer them a better return on their investments.”

In Bicol, a report of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) said there were 8,888 farmers affected and 7,221 hectares of riceland destroyed in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes during typhoon Nina last December 25.

Among the six Bicol provinces, Camarines Sur is the region’s top rice producer and has been ranking sixth nationwide in rice production from 2014 to 2016.

De Guzman said NFA-Bicol’s average buying price for the farmers’ palay harvest is PHP18.21 per kilo, which is higher than the government support price of PHP17 per kilo. (by Gina V. Rodriguez, PNA)

Top Nabua drug suspect falls

NABUA, Camarines Sur 3/28/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –The alleged bigtime, notorious, elusive, and self-confessed asset of the PDEA and PNP here was finally arrested in a buy-bust operation at around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

In an interview by the BICOL STANDARD, Police Chief Inspector John Murray Cutaran, the town’s Chief of Police confirmed that Orlando P. Bigayan, a resident of Brgy. San Antonio, along with Zaldy V. San Jose and Joey A. Bernales, both residents of Brgy. San Agustin, Iriga City were all arrested in the said police operation.

Confiscated from their possession were 9 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu, 1 heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected marijuana, an improvised pistol loaded with one piece of live ammunition for shotgun, and the buy-bust money.

It will be recalled that two years ago, Bigayan was the subject of police surveillance due to his alleged participation in the distribution and sale of drugs in the towns in the Rinconada area, including the City of Iriga, and in the adjacent municipalities of Albay.

PCI Cutaran confirmed the report that he (Bigayan) is a drug surrenderee last year, during the initial stage of the implementation of Oplan Tokhang.

Meanwhile, apart from his alleged connection with illegal drug trade, Bigayan’s name was also mentioned in some illegal activities, including the theft of fighting cocks here and adjacent municipalities.

One of the more prominent incidents was the theft of at least 72 heads of fighting cocks, valued at P600,000.00 in August 2015, where his name came up as among those who were investigated.

Eng. Ramiro Fortuna Jr., the owner of Aribawong Farm located at Brgy. San Antonio, was not able to identify the persons who stole his fighting cocks.

Antecedent to this report, residents here believe that this town has been used as the staging area for the illegal drug trade allegedly due to presence of several notorious persons believed to be involved in selling the prohibited commodity.

Bigayan’s name was one of those repeatedly identified, the police report says.

Regarding the allegation that arrested Bigayan is allegedly an asset or informer of the police, PCI Cutaran belied said report.

Bicolana GandaPulis Bernadette Detecio needs your votes!

SORSOGON CITY 3/28/17–The Police Regional Office 5 is urging Bicolanos to show support for PO2 Bernadette Detecio, Bicol's official contender for Ganda Pulis 2017.

The competition is the first-ever nationwide search for the policewoman who personifies, not only beauty and intelligence, but more importantly, the attitude and virtues of a good Filipina who strives to work for positive change in our society.

To vote for Bernadette, please follow these steps:

1. Please LIKE the "Ganda Pulis 2017" Facebook page using this link:

2. Click LIKE and COMMENT on the photo of PRO5's very own PO2Bernadette B Detecio using this link:

3. SHARE her photo with the hashtags #GandaPulis#MsPNP2017 on your post.

No. 1 Most Wanted sa Caramoran, dakop sa kasong Rape

CARAMORAN, Catanduanes 3/27/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Dinakop kasoodmang poco mas o menos alas 7:30 nin aga si Edwin Navata y Villegas, an sinasabing No. 1 Most Wanted Person sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, si an arestado may inaatubang nin tulong counts nin Rape.

Si Nevata nadakop duman sa Niog 1, Bacoor, Cavite, por medyo kan tarabang na operasyon kan Catanduanes police asin Bacoor City PNP.

An arestado bibistahan sa branch 42 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Virac, Catanduanes.

Mayo nin ipig rekomendar na fianza an jusgado.


Albay, Cam Norte get livelihood grants from DOLE

Six villages and 333 villagers in Albay and Camarines Norte have benefited from a total of PHp2.1-million livelihood packages given over a one-week period by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an officer of DOLE-Bicol said.

The distribution of the livelihood packages, which were given from late February to early March, were part of the labor department’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP, which seeks to provide an alternative livelihood to identified beneficiaries and ease poverty in the communities, said Raymond Escalante, DOLE-Bicol’s public information officer.

“We are not only giving away free stuff but what we are giving here, really, is the hope for a new life and new beginnings,” DOLE Bicol Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, said.

In Camarines Norte, five barangays in Labo town received P1.5-million worth of livelihood package consisting of small hand tools, materials and equipment for 239 beneficiaries.

In Albay, 94 beneficiaries in far-flung Barangay Balogo in Oas town received a P0.6-million livelihood grant from DOLE. (by Gina V. Rodriguez, PNA)

No. 1 Most Wanted sa Magallanes, arestado sa kasong Parricide

MAGALLANES, Sorsogon 3/28/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Nadakop na kasoodma kan mga pulis si Antonio Aringo y Ebis, an pig coconsiderar na No. 1 na Most Wanted Person digdi huli sa inaatubang na kasong Parricide.

Si Aringo nadakop alas 4:30 nin hapon kasuodma, sa Brgy Barra, Lucena City.

An mandamiento de arresto kontra ki Aringo firmado ni Judge Adolfo G. Fajardo kan Regional Trial Court (RTC).

5ng parakuryente nin 'anunutsot,' arestado sa Bula

BULA, Camarines Sur 3/28/17 (Bicol Standard) – Huli sa sahot nin pagbalga sa Section 92 kan Republic Act 8550 na pig emiendahan kan Republic Act 10654 (Fisheries Code), lima (5) na mga residentes kan Brgy. Casugad sa banwaan na ini an inarestar kan mga pulis katuwang an representante kan Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) sa Bicol.

An sabi sa report, sinda Reynante Paulino y Quinti, 40 anyos; Alfredo Prestado y Figuracion, 41; Raffy Baldoza y Espanto, 21 anyos; Ryan Cyntina y Paunil, 25 anyos asin si Edwin Prestado y Sanyo, 28 anyos, imbuelto sa pagdakop nin mga sarong klaseng anunutsot na nakukua sa mga oma asin sapa, sa paagui nin paggamit nin kuryente.

Dinakop sinda kasoodmang alas 5:50 nin hapon sa Brgy. Salvacion digdi.

Afuera kan 10ng kilong anunutsot na nakua sa sainda, kinumpiskar man kan pulis asin tawohan kan BFAR an anom na electro fishing device na ginamit kan mga nasambit na persona.

Bogus tour operators in Bicol warned

DOT Bicol Regional Director Maria Ravanilla

LEGASPI CITY 3/28/17 (Bicol Standard) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office 5 here reminded the public to be wary of fake online travel and tour agencies, which usually offer travel packages with suspiciously low rates.

DOT-Bicol Administrative Officer Bobby Gigantone said that Bicolanos may avoid falling victim to fake travel operators by checking the list of travel agencies accredited by the DOT.

The travel agencies approved by the DOT, as of March 27, 2017, are as follows:








































It will be recalled that Regional Director Maria Ravanilla has been promoting Bicol as a tourist destination not only to domestic tourists, but also to international ones.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Grade 6 pupil nakuang gadan, nakabitay sa kahoy

PIODURAN, Albay (BICOL STANDARD) – Sarong 13 anyos na aking lalaki na sarong semana nang naghale sa saindang harong an nakuang nakabitay sa kahoy, por medyo nin pisi na nakagakod sa saiyang liog.

An aki na taga Purok 6, sa Brgy. Basicao, Interior sa banwaan na ini nakua kan saiyang matuang tugang na nakatakod pa sa sanga kan kahoy.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, an aki, grade 6 sa Basicao Elementary School.

Nagluluwas sa deklarasyon kan familya kan gadan na basta na sanang naghale sa saindang harong na mayo nin paaram an aki.

Mayo pa nin malinaw na informasyon kun tano ta naglayas o naghale sa saindang harong an aki asin kun ini talagang nagpatiwakal kan saiyang buhay.

Itinago an pangaran kan aki huli ta siya menor de edad.

An incidenteng ini pig-iimbestigaran pa kan pulis.

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