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.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Lalaki, nag-suicide sa Ligao City

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Yaon pa sa pag siyasat an mga pulis sa nakuang bangkay ni Joseph Banga, kan P4 Binatagan, Ligao City kasubagong alas 6:20 nin aga (Junio 2).




An agom kan victim na si Estrella Zaragoza-Banga, enot nagpasabot ki Antonio Crisol, barangay tanod kan barangay dapit sa nadiskubreng pag patiwakal nin buhay kan victim.

Si barangay tanod Crisol iyo an nagpaisi sa pulis kan pagkadiscubre kan bangkay ni Banga.

Sabi kan pulis, pig iimbestigaran pa ninda an casong ini.

An pahayag kan agom kan victima nagsabi na nagbitay an saiyang esposo na iyong causa kan saiyang kagadanan.
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Most Wanted sa Pamplona, dinakop kan pulis

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) — Nadakop na kan mga pulis sa banwaan kan Pamplona, Camarines Sur si Arnel Aranez y Morauda, 339, taga Zone 2, Pamplona, Camarines Sur na akusado nin 3ng counts nin pagbalga kan provisyon kan Sec 6 (a) kan R.A. 9262 , mas bisto sa apod na Violence Against Women and Children.



Si Aranez considerado kan mga awtoridad na No. 10 sa Most Wanted Person sa banwaan na ini.

An akusado igwa nin warrant of arrest na firmado ni Judge Rosita Laluani kan Branch 28 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Naga City. 

An mandamiento de aresto pinaluwas kan fecha 18 kan bulan na Mayo, 2017.

May recomendadong fianza na kantidad P24,000.00 para sa temporaryong libertad kan akusado.

Dinara an akusado sa hepatura kan pulis sa Pamplona, anted na i-presentar sa RTC tanganing atubangon an saiyang caso.

Nadakop an akusado sa Zone 2, Tambo, Pamplona, Camarines Sur.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Turista sa Labo, CNorte, inatong sa baha

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Tarabang na an mga opisyal kan banwaan asin an mga residentes kan Labo, Camarines Norte sa paghanap kan sarong turista na inatong kan tubig sa sapa kan nasambit na banwaan.




Segun sa pulis, nabisto an nawawarang turista na iyo si Crisanto Villoria, 53, taga Provincia kan Pangasinan.

Base sa enot na resulta kan pag-siyasat, an victim asin an amigo niyang si Adonis Estante, nagprobar na magbalyo sa salog kan Busig-on kan i-atong siya kan makusog na bulasok kan tubig baha.

Dakul nang mga tawo an nagtarabang na maghanap kan hawak kan victima, alagad hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, dai pa siya nasasapod.

An mga opisyal kan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council kan Labo, katabang an Philippine National Police (PNP) tarabang sa paghanap kan nawawarang hawak kan victim.
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Mayor Ochoa probes alleged anomalous project in Daet

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Three major projects that were implemented by the previous administration of former Mayor Tito S. Sarion will be investigated in order to shed light into the alleged anomalous transactions committed by the former town executive.



The projects include the construction of the Daet Central Terminal at barangay Camambugan, purchase of heavy equipment, and the controversial P20 M Waste Segretation Facility at Barangay Bibirao, here.

As an intial step, Mayor Ochoa issued a letter addressed to the members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) during the term of Sarion, and to several other town officials who may have knowledge regarding the implementation of the questioned projects.

In his letter, Ochoa told the officials concerned to immediately inform him of their participation, if any, in the procurement, including the implementation of the P20 M Waste Segregation Facility, which, until now, is left idle and useless.

The chief executive said that last May 22, he received a letter from Roberto Asistin Albia, a resident of this town urging him to investigate the project.

Included in the list of officials who are required to explain their participation are Engr. Jesus Thomas L. Fernandez Jr., who was the BAC chair; Santiago M. Mella Jr., Ronnel C. Yu, Charles B. Abarca, BAC members, and Engr. Carmichael S. De Alva, BAC secretary.

He (Ochoa) had ordered Julian Daria Jr., former head of the General Services Office, Rene A. Rosales, former Municipal and National Resources Officer (MENRO); Ramon R. Ramos, Municipal and Natural Resources officer (MENRO), Municipal Accountant; Caroline Maisie J. Robles and Municipal Treasurer Rodante V. Forbes to submit written reports regarding their participation.

Mayor Ochoa said he wants to get the details regarding the procurement and implementation of the said projects from above-mentioned town officials to serve as his guide in seeking the truth behind the allegation that certain officials could have violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (R.A. 3019).

At the same time, he ordered the said officials to provide him with all the documents that would help shed light to the issue.

“I will proceed from here. It will all depend on the documents and information that I will be able to generate from the above-mentioned town officials if I will proceed with the legal actions or not,” he said.

“It is my intention to clarify the issues,” he further stressed.

“Of course I also want to know who among them should be held liable, if any,” he added.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ex-Viga, Catanduanes officials indicted in Sandiganbayan


NAGA CITY 5/30/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The former town officials of Viga, Catanduanes have been indicted over the purchase of a backhoe without the required public bidding.

Said backhoe was purchased for P13.95 million in 2005.

Among those charged are former mayor Jose Torres, vice-mayor Yolanda Tuquero, and councilors Lourdes del Rosario, Asuncion Odi, Rosario Mollasgo, Horacio Aquino Jr., Domingo Villanueva, Orbel Tonio, William Tuplano, Gomercindo Litong and Nerissa Usero.

They have allegedly violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Said section reads: "In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful: (e) Causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. This provision shall apply to officers and employees of offices or government corporations charged with the grant of licenses or permits or other concessions."
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Improvised explosive device, nagsabog sa Goa, Cam Sur


GOA, Camarines Sur 5/30/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Sarong truck kan mga miembro kan Philippine Army an tinamaan kan magsabog an sarong improvised explosive device (IED) sa Barangay Pinaglabanan sa banwaan na ini poco mas o menos alas 5:30 nin aga kasoodma (Mayo 29).

Nakasakay sa military truck an mga miembro kan Alta Company kan 3rd Infantry Batallion na nakabase sa Barangay Hiwacloy sa banwaan na ini, na pabalik na kuta hale sa 83rd Infantry Batallion sa Mabalodbalod, Tigaon, Camarines Sur.

Segun sa Goa Municipal Police Station, nagtutubod sinda na mga lokal na terrorista an nagtanom kan nasambit na IED, na gibo sa apat na pedasong double A na pila asin sarong rolyo nin electrical wire.

Dinagdag pa kan Goa MPS na mayo man nin nakulgan sa nasambit na pagsabog.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

DepEd Bicol opens hotline for Balik Eswela concerns



LEGAZPI CITY 5/29/17--The Department of Education Regional Office V has opened today a hotline intended to accommodate all concerns and queries relative to the opening of classes on June 5, 2017.

Mayflor Marie Jumamil, Public Information Officer of Department of Education Region V, announced through media interviews that the Regional Office has formally activated its hotline number to help ensure the smooth opening of classes for school year 2017-2018.

The hotline will be facilitated by the members of the Oplan Balik Eskwela Information and Action Center (OBEIAC) Committee headed by Assistant Regional Director Tolentino G. Aquino, with the support of the members of the Regional Public Affairs Unit of DepEd Region V and the other officers of the Regional Office.

Jumamil said the DepEd Regional Office V will accommodate public concerns from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday until June 16, 2017.

She added that the Regional Office will create a Quick Response Team to address concerns and queries that require immediate action or as the need arises.

Meanwhile, aside from the hotline, a regional and division help desk/action center was also established to accommodate walk-in clients at the Regional Office and Division Offices.

For Balik Eskwela Concerns, the regional office may be reached through these hotlines:

Text: 0947-813-00-42

E-mail: depedrov.pau@gmail.com

Social media DepEd Region V (Facebook)

ROV_DepEd (Twitter)

Helpdesk: Public Assistance Desk
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Cam Norte Anti-Drug Abuse Council bares proposed projects


DAET, Camarines Norte 5/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A proposed budget of P6.12-million was recently endorsed by the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) for the anti-illegal drug program in this province.

Among the projects and activities for said program are the creation of a database of drug dependents by municipality and barangay, profiling and evaluation of identified drug personalities, conduct of drug tests among government employees and students, organization and activation of Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADACs) in the municipalities and barangays, and capability-building for local ADAC members and organization of house clusters.

Also part of said program are the clearing of drug affected barangays in the province; intensification of anti-illegal drugs campaign using quad media; neutralization, arrest and prosecution of all drug pushers and users; establishment of checkpoints; conduct of consultation, workshop, meeting of concerned agencies; organization and strengthening of Barangay Intelligence Networks.

Furthermore, there will be an inventory of barangays with or without organized MASA MASID through the conduct of dialogues with barangay officials, peace forum, house to house visitation, and conduct of seminars, lectures, symposium and education campaign in school and community to increase awareness on anti-drug campaign.

The PADAC will also lobby for the inclusion of anti-drug abuse advocacy dissemination in the school curriculum.

Said budget and activities will be forwarded to the Sanguniang Panlalawigan for their approval.
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Woman ends life after discovering she had hypertension


DARAGA, Albay 5/29/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A 54-year-old woman decided to end her life yesterday afternoon shortly after learning she had hypertension.

Merly Britanico y Armillo, married, a helper, and a resident of P-2, Brgy. BaƱadero, this town, was discovered by her song hanging on the wooden trusses of the ceiling.

The son, Lito Britanico y Armillo, told the authorities that his mother had a check-up at the Brangay Health Center and was "deeply depressed upon learning the status of her health."

The discovery, he said, may have prompted his mother to kill herself.

Mrs. Britanico was rushed to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital in Legazpi City but was pronounced Dead on Arrival by the attending physician.
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Threat of second-hand smoke remains high due to inaction of LGUs


The Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control – Philippines (FCAP) on Sunday said the inaction and passiveness of many local government units (LGUs) in the country is the main reason why the threat of second-hand smoke (SHS) remains high.

FCAP executive director Dr. Maricar Limpin said many LGU officials have continuously disregarded the provisions of Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which bans smoking in several public places.

“The main reason why the threat of second-hand smoke continues to be prevalent is because many local government units opt not to implement the ban on smoking in public places,” Limpin said.

Based on the 2015 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) – Philippines, SHS exposure is highly prevalent in public places, particularly in bars and nightclubs at 86 percent.

Second-hand smoke exposure was also found to be prevalent in public transportation at 38 percent; followed by restaurants at 22 percent.

Other public places also affected by second-hand smoke are in government buildings at 13 percent; schools at 11 percent; and healthcare facilities at 4 percent.

SHS exposure was also found to be high in workplaces at 21.5 percent; while exposure to it at home is at 35 percent, according to the 2015 GATS.

Under the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, smoking is absolutely prohibited in public places such as schools, recreational places, shopping malls, movie houses, hotels, public and private hospitals, health centers; and public conveyances and public facilities, such as airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurants, and conference halls.

Limpin, however, pointed that SHS exposure is already on a decline as seen when the 2015 GATS – Philippines data in comparison to the 2009 results.

“There is a significant improvement in the SHS exposure rate because it went down. However, it remains to be high in some places,” said Limpin.

Based on the 2009 GATS – Philippines, SHS exposure is at 55 percent in public transportation; 33 percent in restaurants; 25 percent in government buildings; and 7.6 percent in healthcare facilities.

In 2009, workplaces provide SHS exposure to 32.6 percent; while homes have a 54 percent SHS exposure rate.

Meanwhile, Limpin said that the newly-signed Executive Order No. 26, which bans smoking in all public and enclosed places, can be a big help in pressing LGUs to do their part in prohibiting smoking in all public places.

“This EO comes at an opportune time as it orders all LGUs to really protect the public’s health against the ill-effects of second-hand smoke because the President is really serious about this,” the FCAP Official said.

Last May 16, President Duterte signed EO 26, which fulfills his campaign promise of providing a smoke-free environment in the entire country. (LSJ/PNA)
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