Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Akusado nin BP 22 sa Naga City, arestado


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) - Dinakop kan pulis si Maricar San Vicente y Alcaba, taga Grandview Heights Subd., sa Barangay Pacol digdi huli sa mandamiento de aresto na firmado ni Judge Jocelyn P. Gamboa-Delos Santos kan Brach 4 kan MTCC.

Si San Vicente may inaatubang na kasong 21ng counts nin pagbalga kan BP 22, na mas bisto sa apod na Bouncing Checks Law.

Dinara sa Custodial Facility kan Police Station 3 an akusado, antes na isuko siya sa MTCC.

Mantang bibistahan an kaso tinugotan kan jusgado an akusado na mag fianza.
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Police exec says crime index in Bicol down by 20.5%


LEGAZPI CITY—A ranking official of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) said the crime index in the Bicol region went down by 20.52 percent during the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year.

This was disclosed by Sr. Supt. Cirilo Trilles, chief of operation division of PRO5, who presented the data during a meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, RPOC head, convened the second quarter meeting of the council that was attended by heads of key local government units, government agencies and units of the Philippine National Police.

Trilles said the help of various government agencies, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the people in the communities themselves contributed to the decrease in the index crime.

He said that for the period January to May 2017, there was a decrease in the index crime to 3,235 cases from the 4,070 cases for the same period in 2016.

He said there was a downtrend in the incidence of most crimes cases such as theft-31.4 percent; cattle rustling-27.7 percent; robbery-25.6 percent; rape-25.6 percent; homicide-17.6 percent; and physical injury-2.1 percent.

Trilles, however, said their data showed that for the period compared there was 3 percent increase in the murder cases this year compared to last year.

He said PRO5 recorded 171 cases from January to May 2017 compared to 166 for the same period in 2016 for a 3.01 percent increase.

Trilles noted also that there was a very minimal decrease in the incidence of theft of cars and motorcycles, which went down by just “.86 percent.”

PRO5 records showed there were 116 cases of cars and motorcycles that were lost to theft or “carnapping and motornapping” from January to May in 2016 compared to 115 cases for the same period this year. (Jorge Hallare/PNA)
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Posts on highway worry motorists

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Motorists plying the national highway between the towns of Magarao and Bombon have raised their concern over the life-threatening danger posed by the electric and telco posts, which are now in the middle of the road due to an ongoing road-widening project.

"The national highway is an accident-prone area in the offing," claimed a motorist who frequents said highway in an interview by the Bicol Standard.

"Those concerned must not wait until it claims a life, or worse, lives," he added.

In a separate interview, Rolly Pante of Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (CASURECO II) said they have no available funds for the relocation of said posts.

Pante said this is a ticklish issue that they already tossed to the DPWH to settle.

A police officer of Bombon, Camarines Sur who requested anonymity told the Bicol Standard that they will make the recommendation to the proper authorities that the relocation of the posts be expedited.

"This can cause major traffic accidents," he said.
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All cut logs accounted for --DE Roces


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have both clarified that the logs recently cut from Magsaysay Avenue were not sold to furniture shops, contrary to reports of the same.

In an interview with the Bicol Standard, District Engineer Rebecca Roces of the Camarines Sur 2nd Engineering District said there is no way they would permit such irregularity.

She called upon the employees involved to personally shed light on the issue.

It was explained that some of the cut logs were brought to Barangay Del Rosario and Barangay Carolina in Naga City for DepEd's Project Silya.

Some, meanwhile, were taken to a furniture shop in Palestina, Pili, with whom they have entered into a verbal agreement to have the logs made into chairs and other office property for the DENR.

"Everything is documented. Everything is accounted for," Roces assured the public.

Forester Apolonio Gonzales of the DENR also confirmed Roces' statement, adding that they were even directed by the CENRO to monitor the activities so that no such irregularities would occur.

Previously, trees were cut from Magsaysay Avenue as a safety measure for motorists.
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Daet town officials may face graft raps



DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)—Former Mayor Tito Sarion and other past and present local officials are on the receiving end of the continuing controversy regarding the acquisition of the Waste Diversion Scheme.

Sarion, it would be recalled, loaned P20 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the project located at Barangay Bibirao, this town.

The loan covered the cost of supply and installation of Fiber Reinforced Plastic Board System for non-biodegradable waste and Quick Composting System for biodegradable waste.

Furthermore, it included the technology fee of P10 million, and technical training and technology transfer fee of P550,000.00.



Controversy



The controversy stems from the alleged failure of the LGU to study and evaluate the contract properly which gave rise to irregularities and anomalies.

Regarding the project, Roberto Asistin Albia, a resident of this town, wrote to Mayor Benito Ochoa, to seek investigation on the Waste Diversion Scheme.

He (Albia) pointed out in his letter: “In the separation of the biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage alone, LGU Daet spent the amount of ELEVEN MILLION NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY THOUSAND PESOS (P11,970,000.00).

He said the purported technical training and technology transfer also allegedly did not take place.

He added that there was no negotiated procurement, which is required by Section 35.5 of the IRR of R.A. 9184.

ano ngaya ta an ecogreen valiant alternatives corporation binayadan nin P350,000 para sa training kan mga mahandle kan fiber-reinforced plastic board system

P200,000 para sa quick composting system

“And now, who will pay the loan? This town (DAET) will be left paying the P20,000,000.00 that is overpriced, worthless and useless for generations to come,” Albia wrote.

Ochoa then assured Albia: “We will exhaust all means in determining whether or not the project is tainted with anomalies and irregularities, and who should be held liable therefor.”


Explanations



Following Albia’s query, Ochoa directed all the members of the Bids and Award Committee (BAC) during the previous administration to submit their written explanation.

The former members of the Bids and Award Committee (BAC) during the previous administration are: Engr. Jesus Thomas L. Fernandez Jr., Chairman Santiago M. Mella Jr., Ronnel C. Yu, Juan L. Daria Jr., and Engr. Carmichael S. De Alva.

All the three former BAC members, except for Engr. Carmichael S. Aliva who was on official leave of absence, submitted their replies.

In their answer, they categorically stated that they all acted within the ambit of their mandate.

Meanwhile, Ramon R. Ramos, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) told Mayor Benito S. Ochoa that he could not believe what he saw when he inspected the Bibirao dumpsite.

“There was a pile of garbage so enormous that it has already reached 30 meters in height from the road level,” he said.

“It’s a terrible mess,” he added.

He (Ramos) claimed he was surprised why his name was included in the list of employees who were directed to shed light regarding the alleged anomalies, when in fact he had no involvement in the project.

Meanwhile, Daet has been repeatedly warned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Office of the Ombudsman, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9003.

Bicol Standard's source learned that an anti-crime watchdog is now in possession of various documents regarding the alleged highly-irregular transactions involving former and incumbent town officials.

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Harong nin negosyante sa Sta. Elena, CNorte sinalakat


DAET, Camarines Norte 6/23/17 (Bicol Standard) – Mayong nakabisto kan personang imbuelto sa nagsalakat sa harong ni Marites Pida y Ona, kan Martes, sa pag-oltanan kan oras na alas 8:00 nin banggui hasta alas 2:00 nin mag-omagahon kan Martes (Julio 20).

An residencia kan victima yaon sa Purok 6, Sitio Cambulong, Barangay Basiad, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte.

Base sa report kan pulis, si Pida, 57, negosyante, taga Sariaya, Quezon, alagad yaon sa Sta. Elena nagbugtak kan saiyang negosyo.

An nagsalakat kan victima nakalaog sa harong sa paagi kan pagraot kan kisame na duman naglusot.

Kan makalaog na sa harong, nag derecho sa cuarto kan victima dangan kinua an cash na kantidad P8,000.00 na nasasaray sa sulong-sulong asin iba pang mga gamit.

Nag-oosisa pa an mga awtoridad kun sisay an naggibo kan pagsalakat sa victima.
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Soldados hale sa Masbate ipapadara sa Mindanao


NAGA CITY 6/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Mapadara nin dagdag na sarong battalion na soldados hale sa Bicol duman sa Marawi City, kun magpapadagos an guerra sa Marawi City.

Iyo ini an pigconfirmar kasuodma ni Capt. Randy Llunar, hefe kan Division of Public Affairs Office, 9th Division, PA sa mga miembros kan media.

Pig-aadalan an posibilidad na an mga miembros kan Army na distino sa Masbate, sa 2nd Infantry Battalion an i-susulong sa guerra, segun pa ki Capt. Llunar.

An 2nd IB an napili na ipadara sa Marawi City ta bago pa sana sinda matapos kan saindang refresher training.

Mientrastanto, pinara ni Llunar an pagduda asin paghadit kan iba, ta dai makulang an mga soldados sa Bicol maski pa magpadara nin dugang na fuerza sa Mindanao.

Sa kapareyong declarasyon, sinabi kan army na dakul pa an matatada sa Bicol na mga miembros kan army na masustinir kan laban kan gobierno sa mga rebelde, orog na sa islang provincia kan Masbate.

Carculadong 500 na soldados hale sa Masbate an pig eestira na dadarahon sa Marawi City.

Enot kaini, an army sa Bicol nagparada na sa Mindanao kan mga soldados na miembros kan 42ndIB, 49th IB asin 65th IB.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LGU Sorsogon is NCCA partner for arts, culture



SORSOGON CITY 6/21/2017 (Bicol Standard)--The province of Sorsogon was named a local government unit (LGU) partner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) at the 30th NCCA Founding Anniversary.

The LGU was recognized for its realization of programs, projects and activities that showcase Philippine culture, arts, traditions, and heritage.

"Magandang balita!" said Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza as he announced the same.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

P285B Manila-Bicol railways project pushes thru under Duterte admin


President Rodrigo Duterte is set to officially approve by the end of this month the PHP285 billion South line of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP) that will provide reliable rail system between Bicol and Manila.

After several hitches in the past, and after being reportedly stricken out of the Department of Transportation’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) list due to funding and investment problems, Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said the project will finally push through under the Duterte administration.

Salceda said the project will start this year, this time under a different procurement method, since it “remains a priority investment project of the national government” and a vitally urgent infrastructure for Southern Luzon.

It was reclassified under direct expenditure scheme, which means the national government and Congress “would find ways to look for the needed financing to implement it, said Salceda, senior vice chair of the House ways and means committee.

The project which will be completed by 2021, within the term of President Duterte, involves new sets of railway tracks from Tutuban to Legazpi City in Albay, then to Matnog in Sorsogon, crossing the Southern Tagalog region and mainland Bicol.

He said Japan and China have both recently pledged commitments to the project.

“As I have been advised, the Tutuban-Los Banos line would be financed (and therefore implemented) by Japan and the Los Banos-Matnog would be financed by China. This is a critical and central project of President Duterte,” said Salceda who recently had consultation meetings with Socio Economic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia, Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Rolando G. Tungpalan.

The NSRP south line was one of three railway projects approved by the NEDA-Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) during the joint technical board and Cabinet Committee meeting last June 1. It was approved in 2015 by the Bicol Regional Development Council which Salceda chaired, and endorsed to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Inter-agency Coordinating Committee for PPP. It was approved by the NEDA Board on February 16, 2015.

Salceda said the South Railway Line, when completed, will vastly improve connectivity and efficiency among urban centers and regional growth hubs and thus enhance productivity in the industry, services and agriculture sectors, and will further boost Bicol’s tourism by as much as 30 percent which forms part of the predicted 24% economic returns it will bring to the countryside when fully operationalized.

The lawmaker, one of the most ardent proponents of the project, said the NRSP South Line completes Albay’s multi-modal transport model -- air, sea, road and rails – and is expected to unlock the huge potentials of Bicol, particularly Albay, Bicol’s regional center and hub.

It is also expected to cut by half the present 12-hour Manila-Legazpi travel time and at the same time provide commuters a comfortable and reliable transport system. Its proposed PHP1,300 fare per passenger is deemed reasonable enough.

“The project will likewise expand trade and open more investment opportunities that will make Bicol’s agricultural and processed products more competitive in the markets of Divisoria, and in bringing in needed inputs to our industries, and basic commodities to our households. Tourism will receive the biggest boost from it, hiking tourist flow -- domestic tourism by 30% and foreign arrivals by 10% -- since a train ride from Manila to Legazpi is an attraction by itself,” Salceda added.

The new railways system involves seven train sets, 66 stations and 10 daily trips that will ferry some 316,000 passengers per day, when it opens in 2020.

Rail transport between Manila and Bicol is considered practical and convenient for students, vacationists, traders and workers. (PNA)
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Fake Bicolano mayor arrested in Manila


A man who ran for mayor but lost in the polls was arrested after allegedly posing to be the local chief executive of Uson, Masbate was arrested for a string of alleged estafa cases.

Lino Espinosa Lim, Jr., who hails from said town, introduced himself as having close ties with President Rodrigo Duterte, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and lawyer Fred Lim of the Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

His most recent victim lost the amount of P14.5 million to him, the National Bureau of Investigation said.

Lim was apprehended by virtue of arrest warrants issued by the Mandaluyong and Paranaque regional trial courts.

He is presently detained at the NBI.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Jeepney drivers slam City Hall

For refusal to implement ordinance




NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--Jeepney drivers and operators here have raised howl over the city government’s apparent unwillingness and negligence to implement Ordinance No. 2006-005 or “An ordinance regulating the operation of trimobile units for hire along national roads within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Naga, and prescribing penalties for violation thereof.”

In a recent meeting called by the City Hall, the jeepney drivers and operators voiced out their concerns over the presence of trimobiles on national roads.

The City Hall, through Councilor Lito del Rosario, invited the drivers and operators to remind them of their obligations to the SSS and BIR.

Also invited was the representative of the LTFRB, who did not appear during the meeting.

Aldrick Punzalan, speaking for the drivers’ and operators’ group said that it is difficult for the jeepney drivers and operators to religiously comply with their obligations because their revenues are being tremendously depleted due to the illegal operation of the trimobiles on national highways.

“To make matters worse, the City continuously approves additional franchises to e-trikes. The City said the e-trikes are only at an experimental stage. But the experimentation has been going on for so long. First there were the yellow e-trikes, then the green, the white, and the blue.”

“The continuing approval of the franchise of these e-trikes plus the negligence to implement the city ordinance that regulates the operation of tricycles along national roads are probably the main reasons why Naga City’s roads have become so congested with traffic,” Punzalan opined.

“With the unpredictable rise of the prices of gasoline, along with the aforementioned factors, it has become increasingly difficult for jeepney drivers and operators to comply with their responsibilities,” he added.

Ordinance no. 2006-005 mandates: “Trimobile units operating under the Regular Franchise are also allowed to operate along National Roads inside the Central Business District (CBD-1) and other areas within the City’s territorial jurisdiction except in the followings, to wit: National Road (San Felipe portion) –from Peñafrancia Cemetery towards Barangay San Felipe and the upper Barangays. National Road (Concepcion Pequeña to Del Rosario portion) – from the junction of Magsaysay Avenue– Roxas and Panganiban Drive towards Barangay Del Rosario. Along Roxas Avenue (Diversion Road) National Road (Magsaysay Avenue Portion) - From corner of Basilica Road-Dayangdang Street and Magsaysay Avenue towards Roxas.”

“The foregoing prohibitions shall not apply to trimobile units with valid Regular Franchise under the following circumstances, to wit: On special trips provided no passenger is on board on the way back from point of destination. On emergency cases to and from point of destination. Within the period from 9:00 o’clock in the evening to 5:00 o’clock in the morning. When crossing thru the following areas, to wit: - along the Roxas Avenue from CBD II Primo Outpost to ALDP Compound and vice versa,” it continues.

Apart from the ordinance, it will be noted that there is an existing national law that bans tricycles and pedicabs along national highways.

Road signs that tricycles are not allowed on said national roads have also been put up.

Last year, Mayor John Bongat ordered, through Task Force COMET (City Ordinance Monitoring and Enforcement Team), the strict implementation of some ordinances which have not been strictly enforced.

“But what use to us are an ordinance, a national law, Task Force COMET, and road signs when the law is not being implemented?” Punzalan questioned.

"We fervently hope our concern is addressed in the soonest possible time,” he said. “We earnestly want to cooperate with the government, but they should also protect our welfare by implementing the law which was crafted for the common good.”
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