Friday, July 21, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: In Naga City, bakwits from Marawi cry for help

NAGA CITY 7/19/17 (Bicol Standard) – “We have lost everything, except the hope of living again,” 22-year-old Norhana Bonca, one of the 50 or so bakwits or evacuees from war-torn Marawi City who came to Naga City told the BICOL STANDARD.

Now residing in a small and cramped house in Lerma, Bonca narrated that they fled their city after a bomb fell on their rooftop.

“We were feeling very unsafe as we would hear gunfire and bombings all day long,” she said.

Taking only the most basic needs that they could carry, they went to Cagayan de Oro City to escape the crisis.

“We had nothing to eat for a week. We had limited money, and the price of a sack of rice there reached more than 7,000 pesos.”

Some bakwits, she narrated, even turned to eating non-edible items such as Styrofoam, if only to stave off hunger.

Bonca said their group decided to go to Naga City, where they have a relative, Armela Bonca-Paqui.

Bonca-Paqui, who now hosts the evacuees in her home, said she did not hesitate to welcome her relatives, who have nowhere else to go.

“Some of the children are still suffering from trauma. One even has stopped speaking and just lays down in bed all day long because of what they experienced in their village,” she said. “They probably need medical attention."

Meantime, 26-year-old Alinoding Alexander, is being treated at Bicol Medical Center for internal bleeding.

“We are appealing to the good people of Bicol to send us help as we try to rebuild our lives,” Norhana Bonca pleaded, blinking back tears.

Hinulid's Mark Laccay wins Best Sound at 40th Gawad Urian

NAGA CITY 7/21/17 (Bicol Standard)--Mark Laccay of Bicol film Hinulid won the Best Sound Award in the 40th Gawad Urian Awards held last night at ABS-CBN.

"Para po sa gabos na Bikolnon ini," Mark Laccay said during the awards show.

"Dakulang pasasalamat sa gabos na nagmamakulog asin nagtatabang samuya!" Director Kristian Cordero posted on Facebook.

The film was also nominated for Best Actress (Nora Aunor), Best Supporting Actor (Jess Mendoza), Production Design (Ryan Cuatrona & Celine Belino).

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Suspect sa illegal drugs, binadil sa hotel

DAET, Camarines Norte (BICOL STANDARD) –Saro na naman na suspechadong paratinda nin illegal na droga an nabadil, gadan kan mga awtoridad.

Nabisto siya sa pangaran na Rey Dela Pena, alyas “Rey”, na natimbog sa buy-bust operation sa Room A-5, kan Ritz Hotel, sa barangay IV, Daet, Camarines Norte kan sarong banggui, alas 7:30.

An suspechado nag eestar sa Urban Poon, Barangay Alawihao, Daet, Camarines norte.

An imbuelto sa operasyon iyo an mga miembros kan Daet PNP asin mga katuwang na mga awtoridad na nag tarabang sa pig planong operasyon.

Ipinahayag kan mga awtoridad na durante kan buy bust operation naka malesya si De la Pena na mga police an saiyang naka transaction kaya nag bunot siya kan saiyang armas na calibre .45, kaya binadil kan mga awtoridad.

Afuera kan badil, nakua sa saiyang poder an mga illegal drugs asin drug paraphernalia na pugol ngonian kan mga pulis.

Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

DARAGA, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- 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.

Segun sa report an Department of Transportation dai pa nag issue kan notice to proceed sa construction kan P4.8B na international airport, na dapat matapos kuta na sa laog kan tulong taon na target kan gobierno.

Sabi sa informasyon, an delay nangyari huli ta maski pa inaprobaran na an “notice of award”, mayo pa nin “Notice to Proceed”, para sa International Airport.

Si Presidente Duterte iyo an nanginotan sa groundbreaking ceremony kan Bicol International Airport kan Deciembre 2016 na kun saen ipig promise kan hefe ejecutibo na matatapos ini sa laog nin tulong taon, na mayo nin corruption.

Mientrastanto, poon kan pinonan ini, an Bicol International Airport, an gobierno nag gastos nan in kantidad P1.6 B para sa pagbakal kan daga asin construction kan 2.1 kilometros na runway.

An airport namumugtak sa barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay, asin namumugtak sa 148 hectaryas na daga na may 2,100 na metro na runway strip.

US-funded Bicol agri-water project benefits over 600 farmers

Over 600 local farmers are now adopting new technologies and disaster-resilient rice farming practices to reduce the impact of natural calamities and improve food security in the Bicol region.

These benefits were gained through the completed PHP76-million Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) that received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“USAID is pleased to work with our partners to help rice farmers in the Bicol region gain new knowledge and skills that will help them be prepared and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards,” said USAID Philippines Executive Office Acting Chief Timothy Marlowe in a statement.

As a result of the project’s Climate Field School Program, local government partners have also adopted the use of a seasonal climate forecast.

USAID also presented the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) with a training manual for farmers on how natural disasters impact rice production and how they could use different farming techniques to improve harvests.

“Preparedness is much better and cheaper than response and through the Bicol Agri-Water Project, farmers are now better prepared for the future,” said DA-Regional Field Officer 5 Regional Executive Director Dr. Elena De Los Santos.

The project is implemented by the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI), in partnership with the DA’s Regional Field Office 5 (DA-RFO5), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, International Research Institute – Columbia University, Central Bicol State University, Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry, and the local governments of Camarines Sur, Albay, Nabua, Buhi and Polangui. (LDV/PNA)

Bicolano writer Carlos Arejola passes away

NAGA CITY 7/20/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Bicolano writer Carlos A. Arejola has passed away due to a heart attack earlier today.

Among his initiatives are the the Premio Tomas Arejola Para sa Literaturang Bikolnon, the Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat Bikol, Pili Banwaan Ko, Padangat Ko Cultural Heritage Society.

He was also the recipient of the Carlos Palanca Award for Literature, 2003 Gawad Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the 2002 Homelife Poetry Prize.

His works include Wala Akong Bitbit na Sawiang Puso Tuwing Naglalakbay; Si Miriam asin an Saiyang Samhod, Panlampaso, Pantrapo, asin Panhakbot nin Ati; and part of Boom, Boom, Boom An Mga Aki kan Camarinezoom.

He was a member of Kabulig Bikol Writer's Association, Sumaro Bikolnon, Philippine Center of the International PEN, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and Child Labor Education Task Force (CLETF).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Duterte warns Catanduanes drug suspects

President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not mince words when he warned the NBI director involved in the Catanduanes shabu laboratory that he will not be spared.

"May isa pa ditong NBI director...bantay ka sa akin. Yung sa Catanduanes," he said in his speech at the Malacanang last Monday.

"Sinesekreto niyo lang yan, 'di ninyo binabalita. Bilyon 'yun," he said.

The NBI Director, who was not named by Duterte in his speech, is Atty. Augusto Eric "Tay Eric" C. Isidoro.

Isidoro, according to the amended complaint filed by Ernesto Besmonte Tabor, Jr. last July 4 "masterminded the manufacture of dangerous drugs" in said facility.

The clandestine shabu laboratory could produce at least 300 kilos of the illegal drug per day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Caltex to grant up to P100K for Bicol high school teachers selected in Fuel Your School program

NAGA CITY – The days of chalk and Manila paper are over as far as teaching Science and Math is concerned for the highest-need public high schools in the Bicol Region. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, and Southern Cross Distribution Inc. (SCDI), Caltex branded marketer, today launched Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning into the 21st century.

CPI Country Chairman Peter Morris said during the launch event of Caltex FYS in the Caltex station along Diversion Rd., Naga City, “From August 1 to September 30, 2017, for every 1-liter purchase of Caltex with Techron at any Caltex station in Bicol Region, we will donate one peso (P1) to support qualified projects in STEM subjects.”

CPI is allocating P3 million for the purchase of learning and teaching equipment for students and teachers in Bicol Region’s 30 highest-need public high schools. “Tomorrow’s engineers are today’s school children. Caltex Fuel Your School is a social investment that doesn’t just help us – it helps the communities where we operate. The jobs of tomorrow are important not only to the success of our business, but also to a country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace,” stated Morris.

“We are very grateful to find a partner in Southern Cross Distribution Inc. or SCDI that reflects Chevron’s values in the way we do business and the way we help communities. Aside from leveraging their network of 22 Caltex stations across Bicol, SCDI is also donating P1.5 million to the project in support of STEM and to challenge other businesses, especially those that rely on STEM workers, to support the same,” added Morris.

The multi-awarded Caltex FYS is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the American Chamber Foundation (ACF), and SCDI. The partners hope to boost the teaching of STEM subjects by equipping less privileged public high schools with quality learning materials.

The DepEd Region V office selected the highest-need public high schools in the region to participate in the campaign. AmCham will screen the proposed projects (to know more about the selection, visit Caltex Facebook page), with the resulting shortlisted schools’ projects to be posted on the Caltex FYS Facebook page for voting.

The target P3 million will be used to buy interactive multi-media projectors, LED TVs, laptops, tablets, WIFIs, lab equipment and other modern teaching aids.

Morris assures that Caltex FYS is set to fuel up STEM learning in more schools in the country every year. Aside from Bicol, the program has already raised P8 million over the past two years which is helping almost 200,000 high school students in Metro Manila and Davao better learn STEM.

“We are issuing a call-to-action to other businesses to join Chevron in supporting project-based learning methods to increase engagement in STEM and promote engineering design thinking in classrooms. This is not a small challenge, and the business community has to do its part. If we want to truly make a difference, we must all work together to provide educators with resources to interest students and prepare them for STEM related careers,” said Morris in his address.

CPI is committed to contribute to the development of education in the country through its long-term Energy for Learning initiative under which more and more programs are being created to provide learning and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people.

Legazpi City is Child-Friendly Local Governance Awardee

LEGAZPI CITY 7/18/17 -- The city government of Legazpi bagged the Best Local Government Unit award for its implementation of a child-friendly program in the entire region.

Legazpi Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Tuesday morning received a plaque of recognition from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol at La Roca restaurant in this city.

Rosal said that one of the most priority agenda of his administration is the child welfare program as part of protecting the children from abuses and encouraging them to finish their studies for their good future.

The city government of Legazpi has constructed elementary school buildings in different villages here and Special Program for Education (SPED) Centers, all located at the down town areas of this city, Rosal added.

He noted that the 13 school buildings established by his administration would serve as an instrument for improving the high quality education of children particularly those residing in far-flung areas of Legazpi.

City Councilor Vince Baltazar III, author of the City Children’s Rights and Welfare Code enacted by the members of the City Council, said that based on the Code, Legazpi must be a conducive place for the holistic development of children residing in this city to make sure they are always protected from all forms of abuses.

Baltazar noted the city administration should always protect the rights of the children for their survival and development.

According to the code, the city government shall support the family as a basic social institution by giving assistance to children in various forms and providing trainings to parents to make them more capable of rearing healthy children during the earliest stages of infancy to adolescence, Baltazar pointed out.

He said the city government should encourage private and people’s organizations and other non-government groups to sponsor programs and projects designed to promote health as well education and general welfare of the children.

Other LGUs of Albay that received the same awards were Ligao City and the Municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig, Polangui, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Malinao, Tiwi, Bacacay, Daraga, Jovellar, Libon, Oas and Rapu-Rapu. (Emmanuel Solis/PNA)

Monday, July 17, 2017

NPA claims shooting alleged robber in Sorsogon

JUBAN, Sorsogon 7/17/17--An alleged robber was killed while a bystander was injured after six unidentified members of the New People's Army (NPA) fired at them at Barangay Sablayan, this town yesterday afternoon.

Arvin Habana Janoras, 43 years old, an electrician, and a resident of Barangay Tughan, this town was going to the house of Danny Diamante to deliver a fighting cock.

Six men led by one "Steve," armed with two M16 rifles and two short firearms approached Janoras and fired a gun several times, hitting him on the different parts of his body.

Bystander Louie Sentes Diego was hit on his left leg.

After shooting the victim, the perpetrators told the bystanders not to be afraid and that the victim was a robber.

We will liquidate all the groups of robbers, they said.

The victim, who died instantaneously was brought to Juban Municipal Health Office for autopsy.

Meanwhile, Diego was rushed to Sorsogon Provincial Hospital.

Recovered from the crime scene were ten (10) empty shells for caliber .45 and one (1) piece of live ammunition for caliber .45.

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