Friday, September 8, 2017

Virac PNP declares Catanduanes State U bomb threat 'false alarm'

Students and employees of Catanduanes State University (CSU) were sent home at around 11 a.m. today due to a bomb threat that the police have declared a false alarm.

Said bomb threat was allegedly sent to an employee at the University's Office of the President, reports said.

A statement from PSI Dexter D. Panganiban, Deputy Chief of Police of Virac Municipal Police Station will be issued later today regarding the incident.


Cellular network signal to be interrupted in Naga City for Traslacion

NAGA CITY 9/8/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Cellular network signal will be interrupted from 2 to 6 p.m. today, September 8, in Naga City, per advisory of the National Telecommunications Commission.

The interruption is for the security of those attending the annual Traslacion of Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia.

Last year, the network signal was also jammed during the Marian procession.

Cam Sur grad tops registered electrical engineer licensure exam

NAGA CITY 9/8/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A graduate of Camarines Sur Polytechnic College-Nabua got the highest score in the recent registered electrical engineer licensure exam.

Edilbert Vallecera Tandaan of Dolorosa, Nabua, Camarines Sur got a score of 91.80 percent.

The Professional Regulation Commission announced that 2,807 out of 4,460 registered electrical engineers hurdled the exam.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bicol gets 140,000 sacks of rice from Vietnam

LEGAZPI CITY 9/7/2017 (Bicol Standard)--To augment the low stock of rice in the region, some 140,000 sacks of well-milled, long grain white rice from Vietnam arrived in Tabaco City yesterday, NFA Bicol announced.

Among the six provinces, Camarines Sur will receive the biggest allocation with 40,000 sacks. Albay will get 31,000; Sorsogon, 25,000; Catanduanes, 12,000, and Masbate, 12,000.

Said sacks of rice will be brought to NFA warehouses in the coming days.

The rice came from supplier Hiep Loi, aboard MV Thanh Ba and MV Vimaru Pearl.

EVENTS | Naga City hosts art shows this Penafrancia Fiesta 2017



NAGA CITY 9/7/17 (Bicol Standard)--The Bicol art scene is booming this Penafrancia fiesta as several exhibits are lined up here in time for the annual Marian feast.

On Sept. 8-12, a two-man exhibit by Hermz Alejandre and Ray Ubaldo will be held at the Atrium or 2nd floor of SM City Naga. The exhibit, titled "Obra Para Ki Ina," is a cubism painting exhibit.

On September 9 to 22, Carmen Hotel plays host to "Sagum," a two-man and a woman watercolor show featuring the works of Sylene Sabino, Dar Encinas, and Rommel Perez. The show opens at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Gabay Scholars Organization and Ateneo de Naga University also present "Ina nin Bikol," a solo show by Roderick Imperio on Sept. 4-11 at Xavier Hall, Ateneo de Naga University.

Finally, a reunion exhibit is slated on Sept. 18 to 21 at SM City Naga's Atrium by Salingoy Art Group dubbed "DiskARTEng Bikolnon."

All four art shows will feature fiesta or Bikolnon-themed visual art pieces by the region's top-notch and upcoming artists.

Gov’t, private groups formalize partnership for Peñafrancia Festival 2017

Representatives from various state agencies in Camarines Sur province have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC), sealing their commitment to help ensure a “safe and peaceful” feast of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, especially during the Traslacion procession on Sept. 8 and throughout the fluvial procession on Sept. 16.

City Mayor John Bongat said that the city government and the other members of the reactivated Joint Operations Center (JOC) will work as a team during the duration of the religious celebration in honor of the patroness of Bicol.

JOC members were clustered into task groups. The clusters were divided into medical group, service/support group, and the media/communications group.

The medical group is composed of City Health Office, Philippine Red Cross’ Camarines Sur chapter and the Bicol Medical Center with Department of Health Regional Director Napoleon Arevalo at the helm.

The Metro Naga Water District, Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative, General Services Office, City Engineers’ Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and the Solid Waste Management Office make up the service/support group.

Other members of the JOC include the Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Land Transportation Office, Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Also tapped to help ensure the safety of the devotees are the PNP composite teams of the Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. (PIA)

Miss Bicolandia 2017 winners

Miss Bicolandia 2017- Kayesha Clauden Chua
1st Runner- Up - Paula Ortega
2nd Runner-Up - Julia Novel Gonowon
3rd Runner-Up - Leorosa Maria Kennedy 
4th Runner-Up - Sigrid Grace Flores

Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chiz bucks proposal to rename Sorsogon State College after late father

A pending bill in Congress converting the Sorsogon State College (SSC) into a state university to be named after the late congressman Salvador H. Escudero III may not get a counterpart support in the Senate from Senator Chiz Escudero himself.

Escudero, son of the late congressman, said he will not adopt the bill in its present form out of delicadeza and will instead refer the proposal back to its original form, which proposes SSC's university conversion to be known as Sorsogon State University.

"While our family appreciates the move of my late father's colleagues in the lower house to name the Sorsogon College after him, I will not and cannot adopt the same once the bill is transmitted to the Senate for conflict of interest. I will refer the bill back to its original form as filed," the senator said.

House Bill No. 6203 seeks to convert the Sorsogon State College into a state university with Rep. Evelina Escudero, the senator's mother, and Representatives Deogracias Ramos and Anthony Bravo as authors.

During the period of amendments, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas moved and got the majority's support to endorse SSC's conversion but to also name it after the late Congressman Escudero.

"I am throwing my support all the way for the conversion of this gem of an educational institution in my province. It has already earned its rightful place to be conferred a university status by producing top-notch graduates who can compete globally. But I will not, during my term in the Senate, advocate to name a government project after my father or any relative for that matter," Escudero said.

The SSC has been granted its present status from an arts and trades college through the late Congressman Salvador H. Escudero III's authorship in 1993.

"SSC has earned its stripes. It deserves to become a state university. To maintain objectivity and fairness to the public and its money entrusted to the government by way of taxes, SSC should be converted and should be rightfully named Sorsogon State University," the senator said.

Almost P2-M worth of jewelry allegedly stolen in Pili

PILI, Camarines Sur 9/6/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Jewelry items amounting to almost Php2 million were reported missing by the grandson of spouses Juan Go y Dy and Maria Clemente Go in this town yesterday.

The grandson, Jon James Go y Cepeda, said they believe the pieces of jewelry were taken by the housemaid Josie Asor y Doe who left the residence without their knowledge or approval, according to the police report.

Among the missing items are a set of blue sapphire items valued at around Php750,000.00, a set of diamond pieces amounting to more or less Php600,000, and a set of pearl items amounting to around Php600,000.00.

Go said they reported the incident late because his grandfather was hospitalized in Naga City.

Follow-up investigation regarding the incident is still being conducted as of this report.

New DOLE 5 OIC-Regional Director assumes post

LEGAZPI CITY 9/6/17 (Bicol Standard)--Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa vowed to improve labor relations and labor standards as she assumed her post as the new OIC-Regional Director of Department of Labor and Employment Bicol.

Dela Rosa in the simple turnover ceremony here the other day told the media that she will also prioritize ENDO, the Jobstart program, Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Jobs Fairs and livelihood programs.

Through Administrative Order No. 345 signed by Labor Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III, the former Assistant Regional Director replaced Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla who was transferred to the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns in Manila.

Trayvilla underscored the accomplishments of the office during her term. Among these is the accomplishment regarding ENDO which almost exceeded the target of 2,000 employees.

Dela Rosa, for her part, asked the public for support and assistance in her new task.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Masbate PNP scores vs illegal fishers

MASBATE CITY 9/5/17 – Thirteen fishing boats were apprehended here over the weekend at the seawaters off Guinluthangan Island, Milagros, Masbate.

Said fishing boats were allegedly fishing making use of trawl, "hulbot-hulbot" or modified Danish Seine.

PSSupt. Froilan Elopre, Masbate PNP Provincial Director, said this accomplishment was in support of Governor Antonio T. Khos’ call to intensify the campaign against illegal fishing within the territorial waters of the province.

“The provincial government is very supportive on our campaign against illegal fishing by employing a strategic concept and holistic approach dubbed as “Oplan Sagip Karagatan”, aimed towards the upliftment of the economic conditions of marginalized fisherfolks, that’s why we’re doubly inspired,” Elopre said.

The apprehended fishermen are facing charges for violation of Sections 86, 89 and 93 of Republic Act 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code).


PD Tejada kan Sorsogon: Imbestigaran an gabos na caso nin garadanan

SORSOGON CITY 9/5/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Inako ni PSSupt. Marlon Tejada, an bagong magtukaw na Provincial Director kan PNP sa Sorsogon, na antes pa siyang magtukaw bilang pamayo kan pulis sa provincia igwa na nin nangyayaring shooting incidents digdi.

Hasta ngonian, nagpapadagos pa ini.

Sinabi ni Tejada na tinatawan niya nin atensyon an problema sa paagui kan pag-imbestigar kan mga incidente para mapanimbag an mga suspechado asin kun sisay an mga imbuelto sa mga caso nin pambabadil.

Naglalaom an opisyal na masasangatan nin caso an mga responsable sa krimen.

Mientrastanto, nagpaliwanag si Tejada na bakong gabos na shooting incidents digdi an isinasahot sa riding-in-tandem criminals.

May ibang incidente na connectado sa problema sa insurgencia, may personal na kaanggotan, asin an iba may relasyon sa ilegal na droga asin iwal sa negosyo.

Nagpromisa si Tejada na gigibohon kan pulis an gabos na makakaya, kasabay kan pagpaluwas niya nin direktiba sa saiyang mga tawohan na mag gibo nin follow up investigation sa mga nangyayaring incidente nin garadanan sa Sorsogon.

Monday, September 4, 2017

FDA strengthens ‘regulatory muscle’ vs fake products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ramps up its regulatory muscle to fight fake products.

“Noteworthy is the strengthening of FDA’s regulatory enforcement capabilities that received a boost with its partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Task Force D-PUNCH which stands for Destroy Products Unfit for the Consumption of Humans,” said FDA Director General Nela Charade G. Puno.

Puno said FDA and the PNP are one in the goal to minimize, if not eradicate counterfeit, unregistered, adulterated and misbranded health products in the market that pose danger to life, health and safety of the public.

According to FDA, since August 2016 to mid August of this year, its Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU) has seized over P4.3 million worth of unregistered and fake drugs and medicines, cosmetics, medical devices and violative hazardous urban household substances products.

Likewise, FDA’s REU has provided service of legal orders such as Summons and Cease and Desist Orders, surveillance/investigation, assistance to FDA regional field offices and other law enforcement agencies, the Department of Health, and Service of Search Warrants.

It has also padlocked some 29 establishments that are operating without license and selling products without the required certificates of product registration.

As a result of Joint Entrapment Operations and Implementation of Search Warrant with the PNP-CIDG in Region 4A and NCR, the FDA has seized and confiscated violative HUHS products confiscated in Rizal and Manila.

The total number of suspects arrested in the joint Entrapment Operation with PNP CIDG is 13, with Criminal Cases referred to the Prosecutors Office.

Meanwhile, Puno assured to strike a balance between the protection of consumer safety and supporting ease of doing business with partners in the industries that FDA regulates.

“We will accomplish this while following President Duterte’s three marching orders of zero backlog, 72 hours turnaround time and strengthened enforcement,” Puno said.

FDA has already posted a 33 percent reduction in all accounted backlogs as of July 31, 2017.

Mechanisms are also being put in place to ensure 72-hour turnaround time in response to inquiries, requests and other transactions in the FDA.

“We are committed to reduce our backlogs in applications for license to operate, Certificate of Product Registration and legal decisions by 90 percent by the end of this year,” Puno said.

FDA is developing IT innovations for the benefit of the public and stakeholders. A mobile application will soon be available that will allow the public to check the status of food, medicines, cosmetics, medical devices and health products.

“We will undertake organizational reform and development. Strengthen our inspection and enforcement actions. Upgrade our facilities and tools. Improve our policies by creating and implementing smart regulations. Strengthen our public information delivery and services,” the FDA chief added.

Anti-Crime week underscores new policing system

LEGAZPI CITY 9/4/17 -- The National Police Commission (Napolcom) is leading the on-going observance of the 23rd National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) in Bicol region with the theme “Pamayanang Mapagmasid, Kapayapaan ang Maihahatid.”

Napolcom Regional Director Josephmar B. Gil said Napolcom geared this year’s observance to the adoption and immediate implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System.

The CSOP system will serve as foundation of crime prevention strategy, Gil said.

“This year’s celebration intends to focus on building collaborative partnership among the community, law enforcement agencies and local executives through the adoption and implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System, with the end in view of creating a more revitalized, secure and safe community,” Gil said.

Gil noted that the CSOP system is undertaken through the collaboration and cooperation of the local executives, the citizenry, and the integrated law enforcement agencies.

“The CSOP system aims to bolster a system of coordination and cooperation among the triumvirate composed of the police local executives and community through the complementation of funds, personnel and logistics for the effective delivery of basic services to the community,” he said.

For Bicol, Napolcom is mounting a series of information drives to amplify public awareness and further strengthen partnership among the community and individuals or groups that have an investment, share, or interest in law enforcement and crime fighting.

The 23rd NCPW and 117th year of Philippine Civil Service were jointly launched last Friday, Sept. 1, in simple rites at the Bicol University by the Napolcom and the Civil Service Commission.

On Monday, Sept. 4, the Department of the Interior and Local Governments will lead the whole-day NCPW Information Caravan at Ayala Malls, featuring one stop information shops, distribution of government’s information campaign materials and showdown of government musical bands.

The showdown among the PNP Combo of the Philippine National Police, Firelane Band of the Bureau of Fire Protection and Reformer’s band of the Bureau of Jail Management and Phenology, is set in the afternoon at the Ayala Malls.

Before the band showdown, a forum dubbed “Ugnayan para sa Ligtas at Payapang Pamayanan” will take place at the same venue starting at 1 p.m.

The forum will deal with crime prevention tips, updates on the intensified drug campaigns, drug awareness and prevention and fire prevention tips.

Student Crime Prevention Committee officers from secondary schools in Legazpi City will convene on Sept. 5 at the Ibalong Conference Hall, Legazpi City Hall compound.

On top of the topics are crime situation updates in the city, legislative updates and plans for the youth, project double barrel basic concepts, guidelines and procedures of mandatory drug test for students, drug abuse and prevention, basic constitutional rights of the youth and salient provisions of anti-bullying and anti-hazing law.

Rounds of “Ugnayan sa Barangay” fora will also be conducted between Sept. 1 and 7 in various barangays in the province of Albay to intensify information dissemination on crime prevention and drug clearing campaigns.

Member agencies of the NCPW technical working group plugged the upcoming events over the “Aramon Ta Daw” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency last Aug. 29.

Updates on NCPW celebration and on programs implemented by member-agencies will be aired on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Classes suspended in Naga City on Sept. 8 for Traslacion

NAGA CITY 9/4/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Classes in all levels, public and private schools, in the City of Naga are suspended on 8 September 2017, Mayor John G. Bongat announced in an advisory earlier today.

This is view of the staging of the annual Peñafrancia Traslacion Procession or the Transfer of the image of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia from the Peñafrancia Shrine to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, an event attended by thousands of devotees and pilgrims, and upon the recommendation of the Peñafrancia Inter-Agency Task Force – Joint Operations Center.

In addition, work in all departments and offices in the City Government of Naga, as well as in all government offices and/or agencies in the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City are likewise suspended on 8 September 2017, Friday, from 11:00AM, except those involved in the maintenance of peace and order, traffic enforcement, disaster and risk reduction management, health and sanitation, Central Bicol Station Operation, Naga City Abattoir Operation and solid waste management services.

Private entities are also encouraged to adopt this advisory, the advisory reads.

The advisory is issued to ensure public order, safety and convenience and reduce traffic congestion during the occasion.

30 houses razed in Masbate fire

MASBATE CITY 9/4/17 (Bicol Standard) -- At least thirty houses were razed by the fire that hit Purok 3, Barangay Kinamaligan, Masbate City at around 9:42 Sunday morning.

The fire started in the residence of Junie Vergara y Cantuba, the police said.

The fire spread to the other houses which were made mostly of light materials.

The Bureau of Fire Protection declared fire out at 12:30 p.m. of the same date.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire and the amount of damage as of this writing.

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