Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

War years lecture held in Naga City


by Frank Penones Jr.

NAGA CITY--There were comfort women in this city during the war years, a Bicol historian said during a lecture on World War II in the region over the weekend.

“This is confirmed by an entry in the diary of a Spanish resident of Naga, Tapia del Rio, who noted the nocturnal queue and arrival of trucks at a walled house in Barlin street housing several women” said Dr. Danilo M. Gerona in his lecture, Social History of Wartime Provincial Capital of Naga, held at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.

The women were clearly conscripted, “but that’s just the sad note in an otherwise relatively calm atmosphere in Naga during the war,” he explained.

“While Naga had a big number of Japanese soldiers deployed in various places in the city, there were little indications of aversion to or collaboration with them. In fact, we have very few recorded cases of Filipinos punished by the Japanese,” he added.

He cited as an example the story of the local Kempetai head, Capt. Matsui, who spared the lives of ten suspected Bicol guerillas in deference to the request of then Mayor Monico Imperial.

The convivial relationship of Matsui and Imperial, Gerona said is an example of social history of the war, those aspects of the conflict which had a bearing on the social relations of people which are usually forgotten or obliterated by the emphasis on battles and bloody encounters by war historians.

Gerona, author of Ferdinand Magellan: The Armada de Maluco and the European Discovery of the Philippineswherein he argued that the Portuguese sailor could not have fought Lapu-Lapu as the latter was already 70 years old then, also expressed doubt on the existence of the so-called Yamashita Treasure buried in some parts of Bicol.

“Were there gold stashed somewhere, these would not have been part of the Yamashita loot, these would have come from the mining towns of Camarines Norte,” he said.

Another lecturer, Dr. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director of the Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, explained the role of the Japanese manga as propaganda medium.

He said that the Japanese strategy utilized the bunkajin or “men of culture,” who targeted Filipino children for their cultural policies and practices.

This explains, he said, the use of komiks as they appeal to children whom he described as “future adults.”

The one-day lecture was organized by Sumaro Bikolnon, and was meant to remind the youth of Bicol about this chapter in the country’s history, according to Nathan Sergio, the project director.

It also featured a war memorabilia exhibit and the presentation of the Hiyangta award to three prominent Bicol guerilla leaders, Maj. Juan Q. Miranda, Maj. Teofilo B. Padua, and Commodore Jaime C. Jimenez Sr..

The award, which comes from an old Bicol word meaning noble, was received by the respective heirs of the receipients.

Maj. Miranda was one of the founders of the famous Tancong Vaca Guerilla Unit (TVGU) and later served as a Congresman representing Camarines Sur. Padua headed the guerilla group based in Camp Isarog; while Jimenez, also a TVGU member, founded the first maritime school in Bicol.
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Theater group brings Christ's passion to the boondocks




by Frank Penones Jr.

PILI, Camarines Sur – Residents of several mountain villages here witnessed for the first time for the past thirty-eight years a live performance of a theater group which had been depicting the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ on Holy Wednesday.

The Lenten presentation was made through the invitation of Fr. Tito Oliva, the parish priest of Nuestra Sra. De Los Remedios in barangay Curry based here. The barangay is named after the first governor of the Province of Camarines Sur, George Curry, an American military officer who eventually also served as the 18th Governor of New Mexico when he returned to the U.S. mainland.

“We have to be creative in making the passion and death of Christ alive, so I invited our group,” said Oliva.

Oliva was one of the original cast members of the youth group which started performing Christ’s passion in the streets of Iriga in 1979 and for which it was popularly called a “street passion play.”

They were recruited from the participants of the summer Youth Encounter Program of Fr. John Tria, who perished in 1995 when the military plane he boarded carrying relief goods for typhoon victims crashed at Tancong Vaca mountain range in Libmanan town.


A PETA alumnus, Bonnie Cruz, handled the initial directorial job of the presentation which was inspired by the “tanggal,” a traditional Lenten spectacle popular in the Bicol region.

In its early years, the performances were supported by the local chapter of the Jaycees. Eventually, the members took over the management of the annual Good Friday event, including solicitation of financial support.

At one time, now Channel 5 host Nina Taduran, also an original member of the group, even shouldered the whole expenses of the presentation, including an out-of-town trip to Baguio.

The presentations also gained media attention, including a write-up in a national magazine, as well as inclusion in a drama monograph by Nick Tiongson.

They also inspired other theater groups in the city and in the neighboring towns to have similar Holy Week presentations.

In the 90’s, the group reorganized themselves into an all-male Friends for the Love of Jesus choir and regularly sang at the 7:000 p.m. mass at the St.Anthony of Padua Parish.

This led them to invitations to various engagements like singing at weddings and other events, at the launch of the Gold Service of Philtranco at the Coconut Palace in Manila; and serenading Boy Abunda and then Ms. Cristine Bersola for a feature shot in Iriga.

They also sang the garbage segeration campaign song of the city government, titled Suway-kin-Suway.

Dennis Caayao, an accountant of the Department of Education in Iriga and who has taken over the directorial job 35 years ago, said these presentations have become a life-time commitment.

“My teenage son is now even also part of the cast. This is a proof how we have imbibed the lessons we want to show through these presentations and how we want to continue bringing them to other places, to other streets,” he said.
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PHOTOS | Visita Iglesia in Camarines Sur

Can you name these churches in the province of Camarines Sur?
(Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)








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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Barangay day care workers in Albay to get added benefits


LEGAZPI CITY — A provincial government official in Albay announced a new set of benefits that barangay day care workers or BDCW could avail of under “an integrated and comprehensive approach” that would ensure children in the province could acquire quality education.

Provincial Board Member Howard S. Imperial, in an interview, said the package of benefits and incentives include Philhealth insurance coverage, medical examination in government facilities, free legal assistance, financial assistance and use of government facilities for BDCW’s conventions.

He made the disclosure following passage of the “Barangay Day Care Workers Benefits and Incentives” ordinance on April 10 by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay or SPA (Provincial Council).

Imperial said the measure which ensures a holistic approach to day care services programs was approved on its third and final reading by SPA.

He said the ordinance will be providing additional benefits aside from those currently being enjoyed by the BDCW.

"It will motivate them to sustain and…improve further their performance and services," said Imperial.

He said all registered BDCW who are actively performing their duties as certified by the punong barangay (village chief) shall be entitled to the benefits.

Imperial said that for Philhealth insurance coverage, all registered BDCW may be enrolled in the national health insurance program through the “point-of-care” or sponsorship scheme so they can receive personal health services.

These point-of-care facilities are the three district hospitals in the province, among them the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital in this city.

“These services may include in-patient hospital care, out-patient care, emergency and transfer services and other supplementary health benefits subject to existing rules and regulation,” he said.

Imperial said a BDCW of Albay can also receive free medical exam in any hospital that is owned, operated and managed by the provincial government.

He said the hospital shall provide such a service as a requirement for its registration or renewal of registration.

“They can also avail of free legal representation and consultation services from the provincial legal office should they encounter any legal problem in performing their duties as BDCW,” he added.

Imperial said the ordinance provides that a BCDW can also avail of a quarterly financial assistance of PHp2,000 from the provincial government as a recognition of valuable services.

He said the Provincial Association of Barangay Day Care Workers will be allowed free use of provincial government facilities for their official functions.

Imperial said that if the additional incentives to the BDCW would require expenditures from the provincial government fund these will be validated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

The establishment of barangay day care centers for Filipino children up to six years of age is provided for by Republic Act No. 6972 that was promulgated in 1990.

A BDCW is selected, trained and accredited by DSWD which sets the standards for the operations of the day care centers.

Under RA 6972, a BDCW receives a monthly allowance of PHp500 charged from the budget of DSWD. (by Connie B. Destura, PNA)
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2 GRO nag-iwal, saro pinokpok nin bote, sinaksak pa


LEGASPI CITY 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Nagka-initan sa laog kan 8 Waves Videoke Bar an duwang babae na iyong pinonan para saksakon ni Vanessa Fuentes y Tumani si Nicole Fernandez y Tuan, alyas "Yakuri” na taga Cagayan de Oro City.

Base sa report na pulis nangyari an incidente kasubagong alas 5:50 nin aga.

Sabi sa imbestigasyon, nagkua nin bote nin soft drink si Fuentes dangan hinaromal niya an victima sa payo asin sinaksak pa sa llikod.

Huli kaini, nagsapo nin lugad an victima, kaya siya idinalagan sa Albay Doctor’s Hospital.

Mientrastanto, naaraman sa mga imbestigador na an victima nagtatrabaho bilang entertainer sa Videoke Bar.

An suspechado, saro man sa mga entertainers digdi, taga Brgy. Capalon, Davao del Norte.

Nakadalagan man tulos ni Brgy. Captain Rolando Toledo kan Brgy. Bogtong, Legaspi City na iyo na mismo an nag-arestar kan suspechado.

Sasangatan nin caso an suspechado.
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10 kilos of suspected shabu discovered in Matnog


SORSOGON CITY 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--At least 10 kilos of a substance believed to be shabu was discovered at Matnog Port, with the help of a bomb-sniffing dog of the Sorsogon Provincial Police Office earlier today.

Said illegal substance was found in a Toyota Revo vehicle with plate number WLP 687.

The vehicle was bound for Samar.

Initially, it was thought that the vehicle contained a bomb, but was later found out that it had bundles of the illegal drugs. (With report from Edgar Tumangan)
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NATION | New LPA threatens PHL


MANILA -- A low-pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao but still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) may intensity into a tropical cyclone (TC) that can cause gloomy weather and some rains in eastern areas of Central and Southern Philippines.

"If near Philippine landmass, that TC can bring cloudy skies and light to moderate rain to Eastern Visayas and eastern areas of Mindanao this weekend," said weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

It's unclear if the LPA will intensify into a TC while outside PAR or once inside this area already, he noted.

"The LPA may enter PAR around Thursday (April 13), however," he said.

For April 2017, PAGASA forecast zero or one TC to enter PAR. (PNA)

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Burat, nalamos sa hababaw na tubig sa Albay


STO. DOMINGO, Albay 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Posibleng nalamos sa tubig na an rarom tres pie may otcho pulgadas si Jose Marco y Balabaldo, 50 anyos, na nakuang gadan sa Brgy. San Isidro sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi sa report, natuparan kan nagrespondeng grupo sa victima na nakadapla sa tubig, na mayo nang hinangos.

An victima sabi pa, burat kan mapadapla ini sa hababaw na tubig, na iyo na an naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Idinalagan pa kuta si Marco sa Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital kasuodmang alas 6:00 nin aga, pero ipig declarar kan doctor na siya gadan na.

Nagpasabot an mga paryente kan victima na dai na ipa-autopsy an saiyang lawas.
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Lalaki, gadan sa Daet buy-bust operation


DAET, Camarines Norte 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Gadan an sarong pigtutubodan na imbuelto sa illegal na droga sa buy-bust operation kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit asin kan pulis digdi.

An binawian nin buhay iyo si Sherwin Mendoza alyas "Regor."

An sabi sa report, namelesyahan ni Mendoza na an napabakalan niyang droga ahente palan kan pulis, kaya nagprobar siyang maglaban.

Huli kan siring na pangyayari, napiritan an mga awtoridad na defensahan an saindang sadire, kaya nabadil si Mendoza.

Nakua sa victima an sarong badil na dai pa madeterminaran kun anong calibre.

Idinalagan pa kuta siya (Mendoza) sa hospital, alagad an sabi kan doctor mayo na siya nin buhay.

Nangyari an incidente sa Brgy. 3 digdi.
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P100K reward offered for lead on suspects in BM Ravanilla slay


SORSOGON CITY 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--The Provincial Government of Sorsogon, through Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza, is offering reward money amounting to P100,000.00 to whoever may give information on the suspects responsible for the murder of Board Member Pedro Ravanilla.

Rodrigueza also announced that the Sorsogon police, under the leadership of PSSupt. Ronald R. Cabral has issued a directive to immediately arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

Earlier today, Board Member Ravanilla was shot three times by an unidentified gunman in front of Roda Building, Maharlika Highway, Barangay Pangpang, this city.

"Prior to his election as Board Member, Honorable Ravanilla unselfishly served as Councilor of Sorsogon City for three (3) consecutive terms (2007-2016), in which he proved his worth as a public servant," Rodrigueza said.

"His untimely demise is a big loss to the Province of Sorsogon," the governor added.

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Pagbasura kan caso kontra ki Gov Kho, hinahagad baliktadon


MANILA 4/11/17 (BICOL STANDARD) -- Hinagad kan Ombudsman na baliktadon kan Sandiganbayan an desisisyon na nagbasura kan caso kontra ki Gov. Antonio Kho kan Masbate, manongod sa Php 4.9 milyones na suboot anomaliya sa pagbakal nin likidong abono.

Ini nangyari kan taon 2004.

Sa 7ng dahon na motion for reconsideration, sinabi kan mga procurador na dai nin pagka-abala na nangyari sa lado kan Ombudsman dapit sa pag kompleto kan preliminary investigation sa caso.

Sabi pa kan mga procurador, na dai man nag apelar an mga respondent sa issue kan pagkaabala, ante pa kan pagsangat kan caso sa Sandiganbayan.

Hinagad kan mga procurador na kaipohan ipadagos an pagdangog kan kaso bilang pag-otob kan mandato kan ley na an estado igwa nin inherent na derecho na magsangat nin caso sa mga nagkasala.

Sinahotan kan Ombudsman si Kho asin Rapsing na suboot nakipag kotsaba ki Ajero asin Alex Rivera, an presidente kan Hexaphil, na nagtao nin dakulang beneficio sa companiya.

Ini sa paagui pagpabakal sa LGU Masbate nin 7,141ng bote nin liquid fertilizer sa kantidad na Php 700.00 an kada saro na dai nag-agi sa subasta.
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FLASH REPORT: Sorsogon Board Member shot to death


SORSOGON CITY 4/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--Sorsogon 1st District Board Member Peter Ravanilla was shot to death in the head this morning at around 8:30, in front of his house at Barangay Pang-pang here.

Ravanilla, 64, had been fixing his establishment when an unidentified male person drew a short firearm and shot him three times.

The suspect, who was wearing a yellow shirt and a black cap, then boarded a Rusi motorcycle with a driver who was wearing a white shirt.

They fled towards the direction of Diversion Road.

At present, the police are conducting an investigation to establish the motive of the killing.

Ravanilla was aligned with the group of Gov. Bobet Rodrigueza. (With report from Edgar Tumangan)

UPDATE
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Monday, April 10, 2017

11ng para tsungki nadakop sa Naga City


NAGA CITY 4/10/17 (Bicol Standard) Sasangatan nin casong pagbalga sa Drangerous Drugs Act of 2002 an 11ng katawong naabotan kan mga pulis sa duwang harong sa Triangulo digdi mientas na nasa drug session.
An saro sa 11ng ini, 15 anyos an edad.
Durante kan buy bust operation nag abot tulos si PC/Supt Melvin Ramon Buenafe, an Regional Director kan Police sa Bicol.
Sa intrevista ki Buenafe inako niya na haloy na pig manmanan kan pulis an kasong ini.
Inabotan mismo sa harong na sadire ni Eufemia Ambulo an mga nadakop na nasa drug session.
Nakakua an mga awtoridad nin 13ng sachet nin pigtutubodan na shabu asin dagmang na mga gamit sa pag gamit nin shabu.
Mientastanto, nagpahayag ni Ambulo, an kagsadire kan harong, na dai niya aram na an saiyang pa-arkilahan na harong iyo an ginigibong tatagan kan mga para shabu.
Siya pa suboot an nagpasabot sa mga opisyal kan barangay kan nasambit na problema.
An mga suspechado yaon ngonian sa kamot kan mga pulis, mantang pighahanda an kaso na isasangat kontra sainda.
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Gov. Cua is 'grateful' for good governance seal


VIRAC, Catanduanes 4/10/17 (Bicol Standard)--The Province of Catanduanes was conferred a check worth 4 million pesos as Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) for receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

Gov. Joseph Cua said he is "greatly honored" to have received the check, and that he is "grateful to the collective efforts of all the department heads and employees for making this possible."

"This calls for a greater challenge in sustaining and committing to 'tapat at mahusay na pamahalaang lokal," he said.

Cua also announced that this morning, the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Team and Technical Working Group (TWG) together with DILG Regional Director Elouisa Pastor met at the G.O. Conference Hall to review the criteria and indicators for the SGLG Assessment CY 2017 to achieve the Hall of Fame of the SGLG award.

"The award determines the effectivity of the public services and programs delivered by the provincial government not only for mere compliance but also to see what positive changes it makes in the communities," Cua explained.

For an LGU to become an SGLG recipient, an LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas—Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas—Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order or Environmental Management, the DILG says.

LGUs meeting the minimum criteria shall not only be conferred with the SGLG, but will also entitle them to a package of incentives, such as the Performance Challenge Fund and access to other national performance-based programs.

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SSS opens satellite office in Labo




LABO, Camarines Norte 4/10/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Town mayor Joseph Ascutia has expressed his deep appreciation and thanks to Social Security System (SSS) President Emmanuel Dooc, after the latter visited his municipality for the formal launching of the satellite office of the said government agency.

Ascutia told Bicol Standard that the SSS satellite office here would benefit not only the residents of his town, but also those coming from the nearby towns in the 1st District of Camarines Norte.

Prior to this, SSS members had to go to the town of Daet, where the agency has its branch.

The town executive also offered a space in the LGU building which the SSS could use for their satellite office.

The said occasion was attended by no less than the President and Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Dooc, Social Security System (SSS), who was recently appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dooc also said that the new thrust of the SSS is to bring their service much closer to their members.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Motorcycle driver gadan kan magbudal sa lubot kan truck na nagpondo sa tahaw kan tinampo


PIODURAN, Albay 4/9/17 (Bicol Standard) --Nakabudal sa likod kan truk na pigmamaneho ni Cresencio Marcial y Camain si pigmamanehong motorsiklo ni Jorian Macandog y Nevarez, kan biglang magpondo an truck sa tinampo kasubagong poco mas o menos alas-9 nin aga.

Segun sa imbestigador, nabigla an driver kan truck kaya nag preno kan makaheling nin halas na nagbaktas sa tinampo, kaya makusog si pagtapak niya sa preno.

Siring man, an victimang si Macandog dai naghuhuna na mapreno an saiyang sinusundan na truck, kaya dai na niya nakontrolan an dalagan kan motorsiklo.

Huli kan aksidente, binawian nin buhay si Macandog, mientras an saiyang kasuno na si Cesar Mesa, yaon ngonian sa hospital pigbubulong.

An driver kan truck taga San Felipe, Naga City.

Nangyari an aksidente kasubagong alas 9:00 nin aga, sa Brgy. Buenavista digdi.

An nagadan na victima taga Brgy. Buenavista asin an irido residente kan brgy Carataga, pareyo sa banwaan na ini.
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Ligtas SumVac 2017 launched in Bicol



LEGAZPI CITY--The head of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) said they have put in place “Ligtas SumVac 2017” covering the summer vacation period during which police help desks will be stationed in major areas of convergence to ensure public order and the security and safety of tourists and southbound travelers from Metro Manila to any part of the Bicol region.

Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, regional police director, said aside from the police assistance centers, the Philippine National Police will be establishing beat patrols and traffic management teams, especially in areas of convergence in main thoroughfares and highways heading towards different tourist destinations.

He said Ligtas SumVac 2017, which will cover the period from April 7 to June 13 or from the start of the students’ vacation up to the opening of their new school calendar year, include the observance of the Lenten season, Araw ng Kagitingan, Labor Day, Flores de Mayo and various town fiestas usually held in the summer months of April and May.

He said during this period, thousands of people will be in major thoroughfares, business and commercial centers, recreational areas and tourist destinations.

Buenafe said traffic congestion and accidents are expected in the areas where the crowds converge while criminals such as robbers, pickpockets and other lawless elements are expected to step up their activities.

Aside from the PNP personnel, who will be assigned in all strategic places, the Bicol police has coordinated with partner agencies like the Department of Health, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, private radio groups, non-government organizations and other community-based volunteers to help them provide public assistance in ports and road safety services.

Buenafe said he has directed all the provincial police office directors and the city director of Naga City Police Office to maximize their PNP personnel to ensure the community is protected and local and foreign vacationers are safe.

“They have to be vigilant and must always take precautionary measures against domestic threat groups and lawless elements who may take advantage of the occasions," he said.

Buenafe has appealed for the active support and involvement of the public by reporting any relevant and timely information that may distract police operations during summer.

He said the Bicol police is accessible through the social media Facebook account “Kasurog Bicol,” twitter account @PRO5 React, or they can call or text CRMS hotline 0917-3097862, 911 and Text Bato 2286. (PNA)
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Bicol's 1st Bahay Pag-Asa to rise in Camarines Norte


MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), signed on Tuesday a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Camarines Norte province for the construction of a Bahay Pag-Asa Center, the first for Bicol region.

Bahay Pag-Asa, a 24-hour child-caring institution established, funded and managed by local government units (LGUs), provides residential care for children in conflict with the law (CICL). Republic Act No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 mandates the construction of Bahay Pag-Asa centers in 81 provinces and 33 highly urbanized cities in the country.

Under the agreement, the national government will allocate PHP10 million, lodged under the JJWC, for the construction of the Bahay Pag-Asa in Camarines Norte, to be called Center for Children in Conflict with the Law.

The provincial government, in turn, will provide PHP5 million and make available a 10,000-sq. meter lot for Bahay Pag-Asa. It will also ensure the logistical and manpower support for the operation of the center.

The DPWH, on the other hand, will construct the Bahay Pag-Asa.

According to JJWC, Camarines Norte was selected for the Bahay Pag-Asa construction project as its provincial government has a Comprehensive Local Juvenile Intervention Program.

Council members who were present at the signing ceremony were National Youth Commission Undersecretary Cariza “Aiza” Seguerra, Education Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Hope Hervilla, Atty. Marijoy Segui of the Council for the Welfare of Children, and Human Rights Commissioner Leah Armamento.

Hervilla said Bahay Pag-Asa shows their commitment to care for the youth, even the CICL, and give them the opportunity to become better citizens.

Some 36 Bahay Pag-Asa centers are operating nationwide.(PNA)
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DOH-Bicol observes World Health Day with forum on depression


LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) observed World Health Day Friday with a forum on depression as a way of increasing awareness on the condition, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says affects more than 300 million people worldwide and the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

Some 200 senior citizens, members of academe and government agencies attended the forum on depression here that stressed “It’s Ok not to be Ok, Let’s Talk.”

Noemi Bron, health education provincial officer of DOH-Bicol’s non-communicable disease prevention and control program (NCDPC), told participants to the forum that it is important to be sensitive to the signs and symptoms of depression which she said is a reality.

“Listen and talk to that person,” she said.

Dr. Jesus Camposano, municipal health officer of San Jacinto, Masbate, shared during the forum that ordinary sadness when it becomes prolonged, leads to depression.

“People who are depressed tends to withdraw from society so it is important to be able to talk with them,” he said.

The burden of depression, a medical mental disorder, is on the rise globally and is seen by WHO to become a major public concern by 2030, according to Windalyn Baluis, coordinator of DOH-Bicol’s mental health program under NCDPC.

She said depression can render a person to become unproductive and at its worst can lead to suicide.

Baluis said a “global school-based health survey” in the Philippines in 2015 showed suicide “peaks” in the 15 to 25-year-old age group.

She said studies have also shown that senior citizens tend to be most prone to depression compared to the other age groups.

Baluis said depression is one of the priority conditions covered by WHO’s “Mental Health Gap” action program which DOH-5 has been implementing in the various provinces in the region over the last two years.

She said through the mental health program, patients in the communities get access to proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication from public health doctors and health workers.

Baluis said DOH-5 provides continuing technical assistance to all public health doctors and health workers in the region to enhance their assessment and management of the patients in their communities.

Camposano, in an interview, said that in San Jacinto, a municipality with 21 barangays and a total population of 31,493, the municipal health office is currently handling 100 mental health patients.

“The patients are identified by midwives, barangay health workers, nurse development program coordinators and barangay officials,” he said.

He added majority of the patients suffer from schizophrenia, post-partum depression, psychosis and anxiety disorders.

“We go to the patients and give them free medications or ‘psychotropic’ drugs,” he added.

Camposano said the patients’ families are engaged in giving psychotherapy to the patients while those acutely ill are referred for hospitalization.

Baluis said if the patients are not accepted, they are neglected and become a burden to the family.

“It is important to help the patients return to normalcy so they can become productive members of the community,” she added. (By Gina V. Rodriguez, PNA)
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Rosal: Civil works for closure of Legazpi's old dumpsite completed



LEGAZPI CITY--Mayor Noel E. Rosal of this city told environment officers from different parts of the country that the civil works for closure of the old dumpsite in the southern part of the city have been completed.

Said environment officers gathered here for a three-day training on the best technology for solid waste management,

The University of the Philippines National Engineering Center (UP-NEC) spearheaded the three-day training for the municipal and city environment and natural resources officers or MENROs and CENROs that ends today at the Oriental Hotel.

Focus of the training has been on the “Best Available Technology and Best Environmental Practice (BAT/BEP)” for solid waste management and on how the emissions of “dioxins and furans” from solid waste materials could best be reduced.

Rosal said the rehabilitation and closure of the old dumpsite site, which materialized through a PHp12.6-million grant of the World Bank Global Environment Fund (WB-GEF) to the city, had been a requirement for the implementation of the “Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants” or UPPOP project.

The UPPOP project came about after the global funding body recognized Legazpi City’s efforts in properly segregating its solid waste materials and its effective campaign in preventing the open burning of garbage in the communities.

Rosal said the city used the financial grant for civil works of the closure project.

“The civil works included the site preparation, road construction, leach collection system, slope protection, erosion control, flood control, drainage system, gas venting, final capping, aesthetic improvement and landscaping” of the old dumpsite area, he said.

Rosal said his administration plans to build a housing project “or even a golf course,” recreation center and other related tourism infrastructure projects at the newly closed old dumpsite.

He said he wants to ensure that the land will be used as part of the developments in Legazpi City that will benefit its people, especially the residents in the upper portion of the southern villages.

Rosal told the participants of the UP-NEC training that the city government has been implementing a “no segregation no collection policy.”

“We want to make sure all the residual waste materials will be deposited at the sanitary landfill as the best way of maintaining the cleanliness in our locality,” he said.

He said Legazpi City practices the no burning of garbage in public places, backyards, residences and all other areas in the communities.

Rosal said the measure aims to reduce air pollution that causes serious health problems and destroys the environment.

He said that his administration will continue to implement that proper way of disposing waste materials to maintain the image of Legazpi as one of the best implementors in the Bicol region of the national government’s solid waste management program.

Rosal said since inception of the city’s solid waste management program in 2010, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office or CENRO has been collecting waste materials from 49 barangays (villages) in the downtown areas of the city.

“But now we have already 57 barangays (in the expanded list) because of the eight villages who have conformed to the city’s ecological solid waste collection practices,” he pointed out. There are 70 villages in Legazpi City.

Rosal disclosed that his administration has also received a grant from the WB for three garbage trucks and eight motorized collection equipment that could be used to improve the city’s solid waste disposal program.

The old dumpsite is located adjacent to the engineered sanitary landfill, that was funded by a grant from Spanish development agency AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), in Barangay Banquerohan in the southern part of this city. (PNA)
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