Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kristian Cordero wins Palanca award for Dulang Pampelikula

NAGA CITY 9/2/17 (Bicol Standard)--Bicolano writer Kristian Sendon Cordero is among the awardees honored at last night's 67th Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in Makati City.

Cordero won second prize in the Dulang Pampelikula category for his work Kulto ni Santiago.

He writes in Filipino, Bikol and Rinconada, and has translated Borges, Kafka, Wilde and Rilke to these languages.

Two of his most recent poetry collections received the 2014 National Book Awards; his debut collection of poetry in his three respective languages won the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2006.

He is the deputy director of the Ateneo de Naga University Press.

Alleged Concepcion Gang member nabbed in Libon, Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 9/2/17 (Bicol Standard)--An alleged member of the notorious Concepcion Criminal Gang was arrested last night at Sitio Balinsayawan, Barangay Macabugos, Libon, Albay by joints elements of the police.

Alwin De Dios Cabrillias, also known as "Nonong," 39 years old, married, unemployed, and a resident of Barangay Alongong, Libon Albay has a standing warrant of arrest for three counts of murder, the police said.

Prior to the arrest, the police received information of the presence of alleged members of the Concepcion Criminal Gang who are planning to liquidate a certain Muslim personality who was a resident of Sitio Balinsayawan, Barangay Macabugos, Libon, Albay, the police added.

The suspect was apprehended along with several pieces of evidence including a .45 caliber pistol marked COLT 1911 and two magazines loaded with nine pieces of ammunition.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Teatro Ragayano stages 2nd season offerings in tribute to Carlos Arejola

Teatro Ragayano, a semi-professional community theater based at Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School, in Liboro, Ragay, Camarines Sur pays tribute to its co-founder, mentor, and writer-in-residence Carlos A. Arejola on its back-to-back semi-musical plays to be staged at the Jose R. Serrano Hall on September 6, 2017 (9:30-11:30 a.m., 2:00-4:00, 4:30-6:30 p.m.) and September 7, 2017 (9:30-11:30 a.m.).

Expected to be among the audience are a number of family members, friends, and avid followers of Arejola from Pili, Camarines Sur and Naga City.

Kuwintas, script and libretto of Arejola, an adaptation of The Translucent Sun by Linda Ty-Casper published in the early 1960s, about the redeeming of a pawned family heirloom is deemed a swan song, because it is the last play that Arejola wrote, completed five days before his demise. It is topbilled by Eilyn L. Nidea, and Nerry Joy I. Villadolid as Sepa; Virna M. Asence and May Christine D. Ducay as Zenaida; with Daniel R. Camacho and Jaysaint P. Aclan as Julio; and Julliene Bien V. Enriquez and Amanda Leigh C. Magpantay as Antonia. Eilyn L. Nidea is the director, and the author of the finale song, Pagmamahal ang Sandigan. Ginalynn D. Parafina, is musical director, who incorporated Arejola’s instructions and wishes in the musical arrangements for the play. Fatima D. Batoon is assistant director.

Panaghoy ng Kalikasan, meanwhile, Arejola’s adaptation of Dalawang Mukha ng Kagubatan by Emelina G. Regis, and directed by Anabel A. Haber, with Alyssa J. Ramos as assistant, depicts the dangers human beings experience as outcomes of their abuse to the environment. The following are the main cast: Margot F. Banania and Aiza Mae O. Palenzuela as Inang Kalikasan; Roseville G. Arieta as Kamatayan; Carmela V. Manonson and Ella S. Llanita as Elena; Jaynard M. Benosa and Denise D. Calindas as Berto; Wilson D. Paalaman and Owen S. Manalo as Jun; Rennan D. Agustin and Jaymar G. Delas Alas as Mang Berto; Cheron Mika D. Vinzon and Berna Mae D. Carandang as Kapitana; Moira Natalei M. Miñada as Kagawad 1; and Casey J. Sarmiento and Jayra E. Paz as Kagawad 2. Also included are the Taumbayan, Puno, and rappers. The finale song is Masdan ang Kapaligiran by Asin accompanied by three guitarists.

In an interview with Anabel A. Haber and Christy G. Rañola, production managers, they stressed the support and appreciation of School Principal II Ana G. Palenzuela. “She steadfastly helps us overcome challenges and continue what we started in Teatro Ragayano with Sir Carlo,” they added.

The Creative Team which includes Georgette R. Imperial, Nilda R. Fuerte and Mary Ann A. Javier in production design; Mary Ann P. Lait, Charis Joy E. Carreon and Jzahn R. Isayas in lights and sounds; Trixie Mae C. Andal and Kaye T. Capisonda in stage managing; Mario R. Candelaria and Katheren Lea C. Nicolas in documentation; Neri F. Cerbo III in campaign; and Cyril L. Abragan and Phoebus B. Miñada in costume and make-up, started their preparations for the staging in late July and early August. “We do our best to follow instructions and specifications of Sir Carlo for the plays,” Imperial admitted.

Teatro Ragayano receives support and assistance on its second season from RNAFS teachers, employees, stakeholders, and Ragay LGU and other local leaders. Moreover, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its Sipocot Office donated 200 tree lings for planting. These will be distributed among the audience for them to apply the lessons, and values of the plays: that of nurturing the legacy of environment and family for future generations.

Results of random drug test among students confidential: DepEd

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) regional office in Bicol assured the public that the random drug testing (RDT) for junior and senior high school students, both in private and public schools, will be purely confidential, a DepEd official said.

DepEd-Bicol Assistant Regional Director Tolentino Aquino, in a press conference Thursday, said they need to protect the welfare, safety and security of the learners, so the results of the random drug testing will be 100 percent confidential to the public.

The main purpose of the conduct of drug testing in public and private schools is to determine the prevalence of drug use among the students and extent of the hard drugs problem in schools, Aquino explained.

DepEd recently released the guidelines for the conduct of drug testing for school year 2017-2018 with a 95-percent confidence level on the results.

"We have to emphasize, if a student who tested positive, the drug testing coordinator will inform the parents and students of the results, and the information is regarded with utmost secrecy and confidentiality," Aquino said.

Students found to be drug dependent will undergo the prescribed intervention program under the supervision of a Department of Health- accredited facility or physician or private practitioners in consultation with the parent. The process of observation and counselling shall be done in coordination with the drug counselor of the school, Aquino said.

He added that a positive confirmatory drug test result shall not be a ground for expulsion nor any disciplinary action against the student and shall not be reflected in any and all academic records.

The results shall not be used to incriminate any student for further legal action and shall not be used as evidence in any court or tribunal where the subject student stands to be accused.

Aquino said while the students undergo interventions, they will be subject to a modular type of teaching, adding that materials are available for that kind of scheme, and it will be a home-based type of learning.

He said students would not be exposed to humiliation if they test positive for drug use.

“The DepEd created a Data Confidentiality Committee. The parent and the student only will have the result of the test. The name of the students will not be released as well as the names of the schools,” Aquino said.

At present, DepEd-Bicol is undertaking measures to inform all public and private secondary schools of the said testing. (by Connie Destura, PNA)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Masbate Vice Gov named Outstanding Local Legislator 2017

MASBATE CITY 8/31/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Masbate Vice Governor Kaye Revil has been named as Outstanding Local Legislator by award-giving body Superbrands Marketing International for the year 2017.

Revil was recognized as a public servant who participates actively towards nation-building, particularly in local legislation.

The young legislator, who is also a lawyer, was awarded based on overall performance, with emphasis on social and environmental responsibility and projects for education, health, security, infrastructure and livelihood.

San Fernando's Mayor Mabulo suspended

NAGA CITY 8/31/17 (Bicol Standard) – Mayor  Fermin Mabulo of San Fernando, Camarines Sur has been suspended for three months and one day by the Ombudsman after he was found guilty of Simple Misconduct.

He (Mabulo) explained that in 2013, while he was the head of the Sagip Kalikasan Task Force of the Province of Camarines Sur, he was ordered by the governor to apprehend illegal loggers, miners, quarry operators and other perpetrators of illegal activities that brought about the filing of numerouns cases against him.

Of the many cases that were filed against him, Mabulo said all, except one prospered, which was the basis for this suspesnsion order.

Meanwhile, he and his lawyer had done their best to convince the Ombudsman that the three months and one day suspension is detrimental to the mandate given to him by the people who elected him to office.

“The offense--if indeed there was--happened in 2013, when I was in an appointive capacity. I’m sure a huge amount passed hands in that office to arrive at this stupid decision,” he said on Facebook.

“I would, however, abide by the decision and respect the Rule of Law,” he said.

Mabulo said in the same Facebook post that because of this three months and one day suspension, he will have more time for his family, business, his animals and cacao plants.

Mabulo is the President of the Municipal League of Municipalities of Camarines Sur.

DA Bicol: No bird flu in region

NAGA CITY 8/31/17 (Bicol Standard)--"There is no case of bird flu in the Bicol region," Dr. Rona P. Bernales, Regional Animal Health Coordinator announced to the media this morning.

In a press conference organized by Emily B. Bordado of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 this morning, Bernales emphasized that the agency has beefed up the measures in the inter-island transportation of birds and poultry products because of the recent threat of bird flu, also known as avian influenza.

"Those intending to transport birds must secure a shipping permit and a veterinary health certificate," she said.

She noted that since the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga, vendors of poultry products in the region have seen a decline in their sales.

Even the growers of corn, which are used as poultry feed, have reported less income recently.

"That is why we must strengthen our information drive," she said.

"There is nothing to fear, as bird flu has not been recorded in this region," she added.

Still, she said, farmers should be alert to the signs of bird flu: severe depression and inappetence, drastic decline in egg production, swollen and bluish combs and wattles, dehydration, severe congestion of musculature, severe congestion of conjunctiva, excessive mucous exudate in tracheal lumen, severe hemorrhagic tracheitic, urate deposits in renal tubules, hemorrhage and degeneration of the ovary, and hemorrhage and erosion of the gizzard lining.

The do's and don'ts in avoiding bird flu must also be followed.
  • Don’t eat raw poultry meat or egg
  • Don’t buy or eat smuggled poultry products
  • Don’t come in contact with transient, wild or migratory birds
  • Don’t go to areas with very large crowds or very poor air circulation
  • Don't release birds or expose them to the wild
  • Don't go to poultry houses, farms, or live poultry markets.
Further, Bernales differentiated bird flu from newcastle disease (NCD), locally known as "rabia," which affected some avian species in the region last year.

"Lab tests can confirm if the bird is affected by bird flu or NCD," she clarified.

"Bicol has had no history of a bird flu outbreak," Bernales said.

Meanwhile, as regards the migratory birds which are spotted in several parts of the region mostly during December to March, Bernales said they are employing a "no-touch policy."

The office is also conducting surveillance of domestic birds twice a year.

Asked about the upcoming derbies and cockfighting events this September in Bicol, Bernales said cockers should be prudent not to bring fighting cocks from the bird flu-affected areas.

Organizers of cockfighting activities should also screen the fighting cocks so as not to allow the spread of the dreaded virus.

"This is a concern not only of the Department of Agriculture, but also of the Philippine National Police and the local government units," Bernales said, urging the media to help in spreading information about bird flu.

Gov. Bobet strikes back; cries foul over 'distorted news'

SORSOGON CITY 8/31/17 (Bicol Standard)--"Simply a classic example of irresponsible news writing and malicious distortion of the truth."

This is the statement of Sorsogon Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza on the recent report that the salary of the contractual workers at Dr. Fernando B. Duran, Sr. Memorial Hospital or Sorsogon Provincial Hospital has been delayed for four months.

In truth, according to the governor, they were not paid their salaries only since July 2017 because their contracts were awaiting renewal.

The said report added that the reason is the computerization of the Personal Data Sheet (PDS).

Gov. Rodrigueza clarified that the real reason behind the delay is that they are waiting for the appropriation ordinance of the budget that is needed for the renewal.

"Actually, handa na ang mga PDS at naghihintay na lang ng instructions kung pwede na for submission," he explained.

He added that in fact, the salary of the contractuals were raised in January 2017.

"Naturally, added funds are needed for this. Patience is what is necessary to fix the system."

He blasted the "one-sided" report that was published (not this newspaper).

He asked: Should they not have rejoiced since it meant that the governor had acceded to their request for an additional remuneration?

He also lamented the fact that he was not even given the chance to explain his side before the story, which was very derogatory, was published.

All he wanted is a fair treatment on matters that would malign the reputation not only of himself, but also of other provincial officials, he said. (With report from Edgar Tumangan)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Graceland factory stinks; City Hall inaction blamed

Grease-Wastewater Traps. Along Barlin St., Sta. Cruz, Naga City
Photo courtesy of Clarito Limjoco

NAGA CITY 8/30/17 (Bicol Standard)--Time is up. This problem must be solved now.

This, in essence, is the sentiment of Clarito Limjoco who feels disheartened with the way the city government is handling the environmental and health issue regarding Graceland Food Industries, Inc.

Graceland's building, located at Barlin St., Barangay Sta. Cruz, this city, discharges foul-smelling wastewater and emits loud noises because of its operation and generator, apart from being located in the incorrect residential zone, he said.

Limjoco emphasized that DENR Regional Director Eva S. Ocfemia sent a letter to Mayor John Bongat on May 23, 2017 informing him of the findings of the validation inspection of the building.

"Said investigation revealed that the management [Graceland] failed to secure Wastewater Discharge Permits for the grease traps...Same failed in the Noise and Ambient, and Wastewater Sampling conducted," Ocfemia's letter reads.

DENR V said that Graceland committed to: immediately refrain from discharging wastewater until it passed the DENR standard, construct a wastewater treatment facility within sixty (60) days, maintain proper housekeeping, and submit the requirements as stated in a previous technical conference dated February 28, 2017.

The agency endorsed the issue to the Local Government Unit of Naga, which has jurisdiction over it.

Until now, however, Limjoco said they see no action on the part of the LGU.

Earlier today, he told the Bicol Standard that he visited the City Health Officer Dr. Butch Borja to air his gripes.

He was told that the matter is being handled by the Office of the Mayor.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Bongat, in an interview by the Bicol Standard, said: "Dai man ini pigpapabayaan kan gobierno lokal kan Ciudad nin Naga."

The local chief executive added that they are giving consideration to Graceland since it is a locally-grown business.

Bicol Standard's reporter tried to get the side of Graceland, but nobody wanted to speak for the company. (With report from Joe Caguimbal)

CBSUA grad tops 2017 Agricultural Engineering Board

PILI, Camarines Sur 8/30/17 (Bicol Standard) –An alumnus of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) has once again landed himself in the top ten in the recently concluded Board Exams for Agricultural Engineers given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

John Jeric Avila Batanes of the CBSUA got the fifth highest score among those who took the exams.

Included in the top ten are the following: (1) Christian Jake Espiritu Villamar, Central Luzon State University; (2) Rod Cadalig Dumanog, Benguet State-La Trinidad; (3)Ryan Cabangbang Ancheto, Isabela State University- Echague; (4) Camille Guhit Martinez, University of the Philippines, Los Banos; 5) John Jerik Avila Batanes; (6) Elman Cantero Torres, University of Rizal System –Tanay; (7) Deel Balestramon Lucena, Central Philippine University; (8) Eric Jhosua Delima Ballesteros,  University of Southestern Philippines –Tagum; (9) Melrose Marges Salona, Cavite State University (Don Severeno Agricultural College) and (10) Francis Pallones Diocton, Visayas State University (VISCA, LSU) Baybay.

The examination result was released two (2) days after the last day of the board examination.

Mayor Bongalonta faces new graft complaint

PILI, Camarines Sur (8/30/17 (Bicol Standard)--Four job order employees of the office of the Mayor assigned under the KALAHI-CIDSS program filed a complaint at the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon against Mayor Tomas Bongalonta, Jr. earlier today.

The complainants alleged that Bongalonta should be held liable for violation of Section 3 (e) of RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), Grave Misconduct, Grave Abuse of Authority, Oppression, and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.

The four complainants are Norma N. Eligoyo, Joy Reonal, Fatima Grace Divino, and Annabelle Frago. Of the four complainants, however, only Eligoyo, Reonal, and Frago affixed their signature on the document.

Among the allegations hurled against Bongalonta were his "unilateral, capricious, and whimsical rescinding of the Contract of Service of the job order employees without any justifiable ground or reason for the same."

"The act is an oppressive, abusive, vindictivem and malevolent conduct that caused undue injury to us [complainants] and the other Job order employees numbering to more than 150 persons, more or less," the complaint reads.

They further claimed that they should not have been removed because of the contractual obligation that was entered into between the municipality and the herein complainants that was signed by Acting Mayor Rogelio Raymond Regondola while Bongalonta was serving his preventive suspension .

They believe that they should not have been terminated because the valid grounds for termination are only: end of contract period, lack of funds, or when the services are no longer required.

None of the valid grounds for termination were present when they were terminated, they alleged.

They also expounded that after their termination, they were immediately replaced by people who are loyal to Bongalonta.

This complaint was sworn to before Prosecutor Rommel Chrisante F. Agbayani.

Mayor Bongalonta has not issued a statement as of this writing (With report from Joe Caguimbal).


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

PDAF scam issue vs Gov Bichara, 'politically-motivated' daa

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – “Politically motivated.” Ini an simbag kan kampo ni Albay Gov Al Francis Bichara sa nagluwas na report na pig iimbestigaran ngonian kan Ombudsman si saiyang PDAF, kan siya iyo pa an deputado kan ikaduwang distrito kan provinciang ini.

An sabi sa report may mga imbestigador hale sa Ombudsman na nag sisiyasat kan sala na pag gamit kan PDAF ni Bichara, na pig release sa Non Government Organization (NGO).

An field investigation office kan Ombudsman nagpadara nin surat sa mga local government units sa segundo distrito kan Albay para maghagad nin prueba na naka recibe sinda kan fundo hale sa foundation, na tinawan nin cuarta hale sa PDAF kan dating congressman.

May report na nagsasabi na an fundo na hinahanap hale sa PDAF ni Bichara na itinao sa Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) asin sa Kaagapay Magpakailan man Foundation, Inc. kan taon 2007 hasta 2008.

Itinagama fundo para sa pagbakal asin pag distribuir nin limang volume nin livelihood technology kits.

May pig sisinasar na report na pinaagui suboot ni Bichara an funding allocation por medyo kan National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) asin sa Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay ng Masa Foundation, Inc.

Mag poon ini kan 2008 hasta 2009 sa proyektong pag pag distribuir nin walong water pumps, pitong hand tractors asin mga seedling nin manga.

Kabale sa pighahagad na kakusgan kan Ombudsman iyo an listahan kan mga benefisyaryo, retrato, accomplishyment reports, certificate of completion asin iba pa.

Inaaram ngonian kun ginibo o dai an mga proyekto. Kun dai ginastos an cuarta sa mga sinambit na proyekto, pwedeng kasohan si Bichara sa Sandiganbayan, sa inaapod na Pork Barrel Scam.

Pig probaran na hagadan si Bichara kan saiyang reaksyon asin paliwanag dapit digdi.

Alagad, an tinawan nin poder na magpaliwanag sa isyu na ini iyo si Danny Garcia, an parataram kan gobernador.

Sinabi ni Garcia na may lagod nin politika an issue na pig-oorolayan ngonian (May report hale ki Susan Bernal Balane).

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nakabudal sa acacia, gadan

Gadan an driver kan sarong motorsiklo kan makabudal sa poon kan acacia sa gilid kan tinampo, sa Maharlika Highway, Brgy. South Centro, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

An incidente nangyari kasubanggui, alas 10:29.

Sabi sa police report, nakalunad sa motorsiklo an victima na nabisto sa pangaran na Christian Dicen, 24, taga De Guzman St., North Centro, Sipocot. Kasuno niya si Jeffrey Lapitan y Eclera alias "Naruto," residente kan San Bartolome, Brgy South Centro, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

Sabi pa sa police report, mantang an motorsiklo nagdadalagan sa tinampo, aksidenteng nakabudal siya sa poon nin acacia sa gilid kan tinampo.

Idinalagan sinda sa Sipocot District Hospital para ipabulong.

Alagad, an driver na si Christian Dicen, pig declarar na dead on arrival.
Kabale si Dicen sa listahan kan kadakul nang mga tawo na nadisgracia sa tinampo, sa paagui kan pagbudal sa poon nin kahoy.

Photos and list of Miss Bicolandia 2017 official candidates

Photo by Joe Caguimbal

Photo by Joe Caguimbal

Photo by Joe Caguimbal

Miss Bicolandia 2017 Official Candidates:
  • Julia Novel Gonowon - Iriga City
  • Sigrid Grace Flores - Panganiban, Catanduanes
  • Paula Madarieta Ortega - Ligao City
  • Kayesha Clauden Chua - Legazpi City
  • Leorosa Maria M. Kennedy - Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
  • Lyra R. Velchez - Tabaco City, ALbay
  • Febelin G. Pena - Daet, Camarines Norte
  • Maria Lina N. Prongoso - Iriga City
  • Elaine I. Pascual - Tigaon, Camarines Sur
  • Sandra P. Vivo - Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
  • Denise Omorog - Catanduanes
  • Trixia Jorgia P. Aganan - Naga City
  • Angelita O. Marasigan - Daet, Cam. Norte
  • Joime Louissa A. Arcilla - Naga City
  • Maria Angela M. Rodrigo - Magarao, Camarines Sur
  • Faith Kristel G. dela Pasion - Vinzons, Camarines Norte
  • Krizzia Ann P. Toral - Naga City
  • Azucena Desideria Quintana - Naga City
  • Ma. Kyla A. Magayanes - Ragay, Camarines Sur
  • Hannah Hei V. Aquino - Catanduanes


Featured Post

Suspects in marijuana trade arrested at dormitel in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Two 22-year-old residents of Iriga City were arrested in a buy-bust operation at Orange Dormitel at Barang...