Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lalaki hinoldup sa Bula, Cam Sur


NAGA CITY 11/11/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Pirit na inagaw kan duwang dai nabistong lalaki an kantidad P8,500.00 na cash pati an saiyang cellular phone sa nangyaring holdup sa Barangay San Miguel, Bula, Camarines Sur.

Nangyari an incidente kasubagong alas 11:50 nin aga.

An victima iyo si Marcia Olano y Velasco, empleado kan Bless Microfinance Corporation sa Ciudad nin Naga.

Segun sa declarasyon kan victima, nakalunad saiya sa motorsiklo pasiring sa Barangay Sagrada hale sa Barangay San Miguel, Bula, Camarines Sur.

May nagpara saiya nin duwang lalaki na an saro may armas na badil, na dai aram kun anong calibre.

Mientras na nakapondo si saiyang pig lulunadan na vehiculo, inagaw kan saro sa mga suspechado si llave kan vehiculo, asin si sarong kaiba nagtutok saiya kan armas na badil.

Marikas na maray si mga pangyayari, na pirang segundos sana, nakua na sa saiya an kantidad P8,500.00 asin an saiyang gamit na cellphone.

Pakatapos lang kan incidente nagdulag an mga suspechado pasiring sa direksyon kan Barangay Bagumbayan, Bula.

Mayo pa nin ideya an mga awtoridad kun sisay an mga responsable sa krimen.

An Bula, Camarines Sur an saro sa mga banwaan na usong maray an robbery holdup sa nakalihis na pira nang taon, dugang pa sa report.
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Harong sinalakat kan mga katabang sa Mandaon, Masbate


LEGAZPI CITY 11/11/17 BICOL STANDARD –Nawaran nin kantidad P100,000.00 si Catherine Uy y Mercader, 26 anyos, negociante na taga Barangay Poblacion, Mandaon, Masbate.

An incidente nangyari alas 8:00 nin banggui, kasuodma.

Suspechado sa krimen iyo si Elmer Banuelo y Arceo, 21, soltero, na taga Barangay Conomoy asin si Japs Caridad y Padayao, na mga residentes kan Barangay San Juan, Mandaon, Masbate.

Nagluluwas sa pag-imbestigar na nadiscubre kan victima na si saiyang saray na cuartang P100,000 an nawara sa drawer asin an duwa niyang mga empleado na sinda Banuelo asin Caridad iyo an saiyang mga suspechado.

Huli kan siring na pangyayari, dinakop kan pulis an mga suspechado.

Katuwang kan pulis sa pag imbestigar kan caso iyo an mga miembros kan pulis asin suportado kan 2nd Maneuver kan MPPSC.

Ipig turn over na an mga suspechado sa hepatura kan pulis sa Mandaon, Masbate.
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Samsung Philippines boosts future of science, tech with Smart Classroom


Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation launches its latest Smart Classroom in Tagontong, Goa, Camarines Sur. The new space at the Philippine Science High School - Bicol Region (PSHS-BRC) is the tech giant’s 15th site in its continuing efforts to develop exceptional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students. This is also the fourth time that Samsung collaborated with Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc. (PSHS-FI).

The Samsung Smart Classroom program aims to enhance the quality of education via technology. The brand equips public and rural high schools with state-of-the-art devices, such as Galaxy tablets and Samsung LED screens, furnished with modules from e-learning content developer FrontLearners, to create a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

“While the PSHS system is known for producing some of our most gifted scientists, its Bicol campus boasts an impressive robotics and research program that is recognized regionally, and internationally,” says Twyla David, Head of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung. “Through this program, we want to help PSHS-BRC develop competent STEM graduates that contribute not only to the development of their region, but the whole nation.”

To demonstrate the functionality of the classroom, the school conducted interactive physics lectures led by Glaiza Reobilo, a Physics teacher at PSHS-BRC. The school plans to use the classroom for technical electives such as computer-aided design, electronics, microprocessing, and programming.

More than providing access to information, the Galaxy tablets also expedite discussions, particularly in methodology-based subjects. In programming and mathematics, for example, checking the solution is as important as getting the right answer. A Samsung Smart Classroom setup enables teachers to access their students’ work via wirelessly connected tablets. They can highlight parts of a student’s solution or code, for instance, and flash it on a big LED screen for the whole class to discuss. Questions can also be inputted on the devices for the teacher to facilitate and display on the board.

“Our country is in dire need of more competent scientists,” says Elsie Ferrer, Campus Director of PSHS-BRC. “Bicol, for example, is a hotbed for natural disasters—yearly typhoons, earthquakes, floods, among others. Our local government units encourage schools to create solutions centered on disaster management. That is one important field that our future scientists can contribute to.

“We are grateful that Samsung continues to provide us with a fully digital educational experience. This will help in upholding our track record of mentoring the next generation’s thinkers, scientists, and innovators. We are looking forward to more partnerships with them,” says Ferrer.

The Samsung Smart Classroom launch in PSHS-BRC strengthens Samsung’s drive to be a global leader in technology and innovation, improving the lives of its consumers in every way.
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Nagpabistong NPA pinadakop ni Mayor Abarrientos sa entrapment


NAGA CITY 11/11/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Narata sa kamot kan mga miembros kan Del Gallego PNP an lalaking nagpabisto na miembro kan New People’s Army (NPA) sa entrapment operation na ginibo kasubagong alas 10:00 nin aga sa Regalado Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City.

Sabi kan pulis dinakop ninda si Alejandro Concepcion y Avila, 27 anyos, taga Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City, huli kan reclamo ni Mayor Lydia Abarrientos y Borral, 62, kan Barangay Sinuknipan 1, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Segun ki Mayor Abarrientos si Concepcion na nagpabistong NPA pirang beses na naghagad saiya nin cuarta para sa mga rebelde.

Para madali na maihatod sa suboot NPA an cuartang hinahagad, ipig text kan suspechado an numero kan Smart Padala sa saiyang victima, na may instruksyon na maghulog tulos nin kantidad P5,000.00.

Huli kan bagay na ini, isinumbong ni Mayor Abarrientos an incidente sa pulis kan saindang banwaan, kaya naglansar nin entrapment operation.

Pakalihis nin pirang minutos na pagbantay kan mga pulis sa lugar na papadarahan kan cuarta, nacierto na ninda na an suspechadong si Concepcion, iyo an naghahalat kan kantidad, sa Regalado Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City.

Kan marecibe na niya an cuarta hale sa Smart Padala, dinulok na siya kan mga pulis asin inarestar.

Sinabi ni Mayor Abarrientos na pigplano ninda an entrapment kan suspechado tanganing madakop an persona na nagpapara patakot saiya na kun dai magtao kan hinahagad na kantidad, may mangyayaring daing data sa buhay kan alkalde.

Sasangatan tulos nin caso criminal an suspechado.

Mientrastanto, pig-aaram pa kan mga pulis kun totoo mananggad na miembro kan NPA si Concepcion.
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Man shoots two with 'sumpak' in Buhi, Cam Sur


BUHI, Camarines Sur 11/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--Two men were hurt after a suspect shot at them using an improvised shotgun Friday afternoon in this town.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Pamparo y Eduagal, 39, married and a resident of Barangay Sta. Cruz.

The Camarines Sur police said Pamparo initially fired at his first victim David Ponciano y Martinez, 75 years old, married and a resident of the same barangay, on the latter's forehead at around 12:10 p.m.

Around five minutes later, he aimed his sumpak at the back of the head of Angelito Philip Ignao y Nacion, 38 years old, married, and an Agricultural Technologist at the Department of Agriculture Buhi Office.

The suspect pulled the trigger, but the sumpak did not fire, the police explained.

The responding cops tried to seize the firearm, but the suspect aimed the shot gun at the police officers.

Sensing imminent danger, the responding police officer fired at the suspect.

The suspect was hit and was rushed to the Buhi Community Hospital, where he was declared Dead on Arrival.

Recovered from him were the shot gun with one piece 12 gauge shot gun live ammunition, two pieces of 12 gauge shot gun live ammunition, wallet containing his voter's ID and several receipts, and a mobile phone battery.

Furthermore, a piece of 12 gauge shot gun fired cartridge was recovered at the motorized banca while an empty shell was found at the DA Buhi office.

The first victim was brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City while the other to Dona Maria Josefa Foundation Hospital in Iriga City.

The police said the motive is still being determined as of this writing.
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PNP-Bicol deploys battalion of cops for ASEAN summit


By Connie Destura

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office in Bicol has deployed a battalion of policemen that would augment security and assistance to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Metro Manila on Nov. 13 to 15, a ranking police official said Friday.

Sr. Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5), in an interview Friday said deployed were 800 police officers undergoing Basic Internal Security Operation Course (BISOC) detailed in the regional headquarters.

She said the deployed policemen would assist in ensuring a peaceful and orderly summit.

Calubaquib said each member of the team has specialized capabilities and is physically and mentally able to perform the task of safeguarding the participants in the summit.

She noted that PRO5 always sends an augmentation force to the PNP based on the directive of its leadership like during the visit of the Pope and regional religious activities like the Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City and DaragangMagayon Festival in Albay.

For his part, Chief Superintendent Antonio Gardiola, PRO5 director, assured the support of PRO5 to the national headquarters' requirements for the 31st ASEAN security coverage. (PNA)
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

PLACER: 65 anyos na gurang, rinapado sa payo, gadan


PLACER, Masbate 11/9/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Sarong 65 anyos na gurang na lalaki na nabisto sa pangaran na Pablito Nunez y Hinongo, an nagadan pakatapos na bagohon nin pirang beses.

An suspechado sa krimen iyo si Reynante Cueva y Bacatin, 35 anyos an edad, asin mayo nin trabaho.

An incidente nangyari kasubagong aga, poco mas o menos alas 10:00, sa Barangay Pasiagon, sa banwaan na ini.

Base sa imbestigasyon an suspechado asin an victima pareyong residente kan Barangay Pasiagon.

Sinabi sa imbestigasyon na nagkaigwa sinda nin mainit na diskusyon, na iyo an guinikanan kan krimen.

Mientrastanto, sabi kan imbestigador, an ginamit sa pag gadan sa victima iyo an kaputol na kawayan na ihinaruman sa payo kan gurang na victima.

Pakatapos na mangyari an krimen, nagdulag an suspechado pasiring sa direksyon kan Barangay Burabod, sa banwaan na ini.

Hinahanap pa kan mga awtoridad an responsable sa krimen.

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Still no classes in Cam Sur on Nov. 10


NAGA CITY 11/9/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Classes in all levels are still suspended tomorrow, November 10, 2017, Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte announced earlier tonight.

He added that work in government offices is also cancelled. 

However, all offices directly involved in disaster risk reduction and management shall maintain their respective operations to ensure the continuity of the delivery of services to the province, the governor added.
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PDEA nets Php3-M worth of shabu in Sorsogon City


SORSOGON CITY 11/9/2017 -- Half a kilo of a substance believed to be shabu was confiscated by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Office in Bicol from an alleged drug group in Purok 2, OLV Pangpang, Sorsogon City Wednesday night.

The suspects were identified as John Din Lajada, Armando "Thomas" Cruz and Cristine Joy "Jacky/Pimar/Barak" Woodside.

The drug bust was conducted by virtue of a search warrant at the residence of said persons.

It would be recalled that a few days ago, four individuals in possession of a kilo of shabu amounting to Php6-million were arrested by the PDEA in Naga City.

The PDEA further added that the price of the prohibited drug may double or triple when sold on retail.
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Salceda welcomes P6-B add’l fund for free college tuition


Salceda

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has welcomed the recent Malacañang announcement of an additional PHP6-billion fund for the celebrated Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, from a recent debt settlement by the Philippine Airlines (PAL) with the government.

Republic Act 10931, the free tuition law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, was principally authored in the lower house by Salceda. Doubts on whether the government can fund the program were doused after Congress realigned and allotted some PHP41 billion from the 2018 budget, a month after the new law was enacted.

Malacañang has announced that the PHP6-billion settlement by PAL will be used to fund the education of students in local and state universities and colleges (SUCs) under RA 10931.

“This shows us that the Duterte administration sincerely wants Universal Access to QualityTertiary Education Act to start off on the right foot next year,” said Salceda, adding that RA 10931 will usher in the Duterte administration’s “next wave social revolution in building a more egalitarian society” and “a most vital social legislation, second only to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill in terms of significance and permanence.”

Free tuitions and miscellaneous fees in government-run colleges and accredited technical vocational schools is no longer a dream, he said.

Salceda is senior vice chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, which ironed out the 2018 budget for the new law.

RA 10931 provides for free tuition and miscellaneous expenses in state universities and colleges, local governments’ community colleges, techvoc schools under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and LGU-run Technical Vocational Education and Trainings or TVET.

At the state-run Bicol University in Albay’s Second District, which Salceda represents, some 28,000 students stand to benefit from the measure with a subsidy of about PHP480 million per year.

There are 114 SUCs and 16 local universities and colleges (LUCs) accredited by the Commission on Higher Education and 122 technical vocational institutions accredited by TESDA in the country.

Salceda said he filed his version of the universal access to education bill, HB 2771 in July last year “to solve the continuing paradox that while college education helps us to escape poverty, Filipinos have to be rich to afford one.” The measure was merged with the bills filed by party list Representatives Antonio Tinio (ACT) and Sarah Jane Elago (KABATAAN).

The components of the breakthrough legislation include: Free Higher Education in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs); Free Technical-Vocational Education and Training in Post-Secondary Technical-Vocational Institutions; Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) for Filipino Students, and; Student Loan Program (SLP) for Tertiary Education.

Salceda said the program also provides for some PHP1.3 billion in student loans for those who belong to the lowest 30 percent who may need additional financial resources in pursuing their college studies.

Aside from its mechanisms that provide all Filipinos equal opportunities to quality education in private and public educational institutions, RA 10931 also aims to prioritize academically able but poor students, ensure optimized utilization of government resources in education and recognize the complementary roles of public and private institutions in the tertiary educational system.

The new law drew much of its provisions from the Albay model on Universal Access to College Education program that Salceda pioneered when he was governor of Albay for nine years. The program had assisted some 88,888 students in completing their studies. Together with his other creative program initiatives, it has helped reduce Albay’s poverty incidence from 41 percent in 2007 to 15 percent today. (Johnny C. Nuñez/PNA)
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‘Salome’ wrecks 13 boats in Tabaco City

Photo by Kev Andres
TABACO CITY, Albay 11/9/2017 (Bicol Standard) – At least thirteen boats were reportedly destroyed at Barangay San Roque, this city, due to the rough seas brought about by Typhoon Salome earlier today.

Among the boats identified were Shepherd, Marjorie, Penafrancia, Salvar, St. Joseph, and
Jayvan, according to San Roque resident Kev Andres.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The amount of damages is yet to be determined.

Albay was among the areas placed under Typhoon Signal No. 1 by DOST-Pagasa.

Photo by Kev Andres
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Naga City employee arrested for shabu possession


NAGA CITY 11/9/17 (Bicol Standard) – A member of the Public Safety Office here was arrested after being allegedly caught possession of a sachet of a substance believed to be shabu at around 8:30 a.m. today.

Identified as Loiue Berja y Panti, 37, single, and a resident of Sto. Nino, Barangay Penafrancia, this city, the suspect was nabbed at Zone 7 Sitio Sagrada Familia of the same barangay.

The police said one of their cops was about to report for duty when he chanced upon the suspect in possession of the sachet.

The suspect allegedly threw away the sachet when he realized the cop was looking at him.

The police officer arrested the suspect and brought him to the nearest police outpost for proper disposition.
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Bicol Express: Pirming masiram, orog na kun malipot an panahon

Bicol Express
Retrato hale ki Elaine P. Orong
Bicol Express: Pirming masiram, orog na kun malipot an panahon
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3 Bicolanos top Midwife Licensure Examination


NAGA CITY 11/9/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Three Bicolanos are among the ten topnotchers in the October 2017 Midwife Licensure Examination.

They are Connie Jane Manlangit Convicto of Catanduanes State University and Joel Cadag Almoguerra of Masbate Colleges, who tied in the second highest place with their score of 88.65%.

Meantime, Stephen Kyle dela Cruz Sierra of Bicol University Tabaco notched the eighth spot, with his score of 87.45%.
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Marine vessel runs aground in Sorsogon


A marine vessel has run aground in Barcelona, Sorsogon, due to the bad weather condition brought about by Tropical Depression Salome this morning.

As of this writing, it could not yet be determined whether it is a passenger or cargo vessel.

The vessel was spotted at around 9 a.m.

Mayor Wowo Fortes in a media interview said they will send Bantay Dagat personnel to check on the marine vessel later today.

The MDRRMC is also instructed to assess the possible destruction of corals. (With additional reports from Edgar Tumangan)
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#SalomePH in Bicol: No classes in elementary, high school in Sorsogon City

Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee has ordered the cancellation of Classes in all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the City of Sorsogon today, November 9, 2017 in Executive Order No. 24, Series of 2017.

This is in view of the extreme weather conditions brought about by Tropical Depression Salome.



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#SalomePH in Bicol: Sagnay-Tiwi Road still open but prone to landslide


DPWH personnel clear the Sagnay-Tiwi road this morning
Photo courtesy of HaroldBryan Arenque SanFelipe

NAGA CITY 11/9/2017 (Bicol Standard) --Tropical Depression Salome is expected to bring more rains in the Bicol Region today.

Landslide-prone areas such as the Sagnay-Tiwi road are now being manned by personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

As of 10 a.m., said road is still passable, but is still dangerous due to the continuous downpour of heavy rains.
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Naga City misses good governance seal anew; Albay sole Bicol province in list



NAGA CITY 11/9/17 (Bicol Standard) — Naga City, which dubs itself as the “Center of Good Governance,” failed once again to notch the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) this year.

To become an SGLG recipient, an LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas – Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas – Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, or Environmental management.

Meanwhile, among the six provinces in Region V, only Albay managed to secure an award in the Provincial Government category.

Legazpi City seized the City Government award along with the cities of Sorsogon and Masbate.

Furthermore, the municipalities which qualified for the SGLG include: Basud and Paracale in Camarines Norte; Canaman and Siruma in Camarines Sur; Virac in Catanduanes; Placer in Masbate; and Juban in Sorsogon.

Local government units which qualify for the SGLG get Performance Challenge Fund incentives, access to window programs of National Government Agencies, continuing Capacity Development (CapDev), and access to loans.

On the other hand, LGUS which are unable to hurdle the SGLG get continuing CapDev, especially in areas where the LGU is weak; access to loans, if the LGU gets the Seal of Good Financial housekeeping; and access to program windows, as applicable.

In a related development, all provinces in the Bicol region are included in the list of 2017 Good Financial Housekeeping passers, as of October 31, 2017. All cities of Bicol are likewise in the list.

In Albay, the towns of Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Jovellar, Libon, Malilipot, Malinao, Oas, Pio Duran, Polangui, and Rapu-Rapu are passers.

In Camarines Norte, the towns of Basud, Capalonga, Daet, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Jose Panganiban, Labo, Mercedes, Paracale, San Vicente, Santa Elena, Talisay and Vinzons are in the list.

In Camarines Sur, included are Baao, Balatan, Bombon, Buhi, Bula, Cabusao, Calabanga, Camaligan, Canaman, Caramoan, Del Gallego, Gainza, Garchitorena, Goa, Lagonoy, Libmanan, Lupi, Milaor, Minalabac, Nabua, Ocampo, Pamplona, Pasacao, Pili, Ragay, Sagnay, San Fernando, San Jose, Sipocot, Siruma, Tigaon, and Tinambac.

In Catanduanes, the towns of Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres, San Miguel, Viga, and Virac are listed.

In Masbate, Aroroy, Baleno, Balud, Cataingan, Cawayan, Claveria, Esperanza, Palanas, Pio V. Corpuz, Placer, San Jacinto, San Pascual, and Uson are among the passers.
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BSP launches PESONet system


MANILA -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched on Wednesday the Philippine Electronic Fund Transfer and Operations Network (PESONet) to increase the number of electronic payments in the country.

In his speech during the PESONet launch at the BSP office in Manila, BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) system will be a big help for the businesses, the government and individuals because it provides electronic payment system.
“It will enable e-commerce and lower cost of doing business,” he said, citing that this is “liberating and truly-empowering.”

He said that, for one, this e-payments system will allow individuals and business to easily pay their taxes and other fees intended for the Department of Finance (DOF), Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DITC), and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

“While this is already being partially implemented we see wider government participation...It will lead to more efficient budget utilization,” he said.

The central bank chief said a study has shown that 98 percent of Filipinos can be included in the formal banking system with the help of electronic channels.

He admitted that most consumers will have a hard time accepting e-payment as mode of payment because they are not used to it, thus, he asked bank officials to have stronger effort to address this problem.

To date, 33 banks and Non-bank Electronic Money issuers in the country have signed up to be part of PESONet, the first automated clearing house under the National Retail Payment System (NRPS) program spearheaded by the central bank.

Among the banks that are already part of the system are Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI), state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Sy-led Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. (BDO), Bank of Commerce, China Bank Savings, Eastwest Banking Corporation (EastWest Bank), Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, and Union Bank of the Philippines.

In a briefing, Union Bank SVP and head of PESONet Technical Working Group (TWG) John Ong said transactions using this system will have minimal fee at around the same level as interbank withdrawal fees, which is around PHP12 to PHP16 per transaction.

“The idea is to make it cheap and competitive,” he said, noting also that the BSP will not dictate pricing on the service fee “so it’s an open market.”

Ong said consumers will still have the last decision on which banks to choose.

He added that transaction fee will only be collected from the senders’ side so remitters. (PNA)
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Classes suspended in Naga City from preschool to high school


NAGA CITY 11/9/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Mayor John Bongat has announced that classes in preschool, elementary (kinder to grade 6) and high school (Grade 7 to 12) levels, in both public and private schools, are suspended starting 11:30am today, November 9, 2017.

This is in view of the LPA that will pass through the Bicol Region today and the continuous heavy rains expected all throughout the day.

Classes shall resume tomorrow morning at all levels, the local chief executive added.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2 Nigerians reportedly among sources of shabu in Naga City fall in buy-bust

Photo courtesy of PDEA

NAGA CITY 11/8/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Two Nigerians who are reportedly among the sources of the Php6-million worth of shabu recently confiscated in this city have been arrested by joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The buy-bust operation was conducted along Centennial Road, Kawit, Cavite at around 12:15 a.m. earlier today.

The suspects were identified as Solomon Lewi Anochiwa and Desmond Chima Ozoma.

Anochiwa is 34 years old, married and a resident of Lancaster New City Subdivision, Kawit, Cavite while Ozoma is 35 years old, married, and a resident of Raya Garden, Bicutan, Parañaque.

According to the PDEA, the two were arrested after selling an estimated one kilo of a substance believed to be shabu to an undercover agent.

The operation, the PDEA added, was a result of the leads given by Olivia Encinas y Salinas, one of the four persons arrested in a drug bust in this city on November 4.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

APSEMO: Mayon Volcano remains at Alert Level 1 status


APSEMO PREPAREDNESS STATEMENTS
November 7, 2017

1. Mayon Volcano remains at Alert Level 1 status. Don't enter nor stay within the recommended 6 km-radius permanent danger zone. Risk reduction is in effect within the 6 km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). Outside of of the 6 km-r PDZ is SAFE and normal, except during heavy to torrential rainfall, within the range of 40 to 60 mm per hour for lahar avoidance of those residing near the Mayon gullies or river channels.

2. Be multi-hazards thinkers. The month of November is the month of strong typhoon occurrences like: Rosing - Nov. 3, 1995, Loleng-Nov 2, 1998, Reming- Nov 29 2006, Yolanda Nov 8, 2013, etc.
In case of typhoon be prepared for the critical threats of destructive wind, storm surge, flood, landslide, flash flood and debris flows and lahar.
In case of other weather hazards like cold front, low pressure etc, they have no wind warning but be prepared for their associated hazards such as: flood in the flood plains, landslides along the slopes, flash flood and debris flows at the river channels and lahar near the gullies around the volcano.

Remember, our Goal is RESILIENT COMMUNITY, our Objective is ZERO CASUALTY.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Cong. Andaya para gobernador?



NAGA CITY—“Kun kaipohan, I’m willing to run for governor."

Ini an simbag ni Camarines Sur 1st District Congressman Ronaldo “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., sa entrevista kan BBS FM dapit sa saiyang plano sa politika sa masunod na eleksyon.

Si Andaya nagseserve sa ika tulong turno bilang deputado kan primer distrito. Sakop kaini an mga banwaan kan Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot asin Cabusao.

“Haloy pa man yan. Mahapot pa ako sa sakong mga pag-iriba. Kaipohan na macombensir ko an sakong sadire na dapat magkandidato sa cargong gobernador,” dugang pa niyang pahayag.

Malinaw an simbag kan deputado na gustohon niyang maray na magdalagan sa cargong gobernador.

Pero, afuera kan ma-consulta sa mga pag-iriba, naghahanap nin guiya por medyo nin pangadyeon na an saiyang pagtapsok sa pwestong ini makakatabang sa mga constituentes kan provincia.

Mientrastanto,sa hapot kun ano an effecto sa politika sa Camarines Sur kan pag-sumpa kan haros gabos nang mga lokal na elehidong official sa PDP Laban, dai niya sinimbag nin direkta an kahapotan.

Idinagdag niya na saiyang pag-iriba sa politika igwa pa nin saro pang grupo na inaapod na PDP na an kahulogan Partidong Dating Pagiriba (PDP).

Tinawan nin doon kan deputado na dai niya papabayaan an mga pag-iriba sa lokal na politika, maski pa nagluluwas na magka-alyado na sinda sa PDP Laban kan administrasyon.

Maroromdoman na an deputado iyo an aki kan dating Congressman Rolando Andaya Sr.

Nagtapos siya nin Business Economics, Major in Legal Management sa De La Salle University, asin graduado nin abogasiya sa Ateneo de Manila University.

Afuera kan pagiging congressman, nagserve man siya bilang Budget and Management Secretary.

An saiyang esposa iyo si Marissa Lirio Mercado. Igwa sindang duwang aki na sinda Rolando M. Andaya IV asin Katrina Isabella M. Andaya.

Tugang niya man an alcalde kan Pasig na si Maribel Andaya-Eusebio.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Overseas Filipino Bank to start operations on Jan. 2 '18


MANILA -- The proposed bank targeted for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will commence operations on Jan. 2, 2018.

Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) president and CEO Alex Buenaventura, in an interview by PNA Friday, said they re-submitted to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday their application to acquire Postal Bank.

He said he was able to talk with BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. and was given an assurance that the policy-making Monetary Board (MB) “will fast track the approval before the year ends.”

Landbank is seeking the Board’s approval for the proposed Overseas Filipino Bank’s PHP1 billion authorized capital, PHP700 million of which will be classified into common shares while the balance of PHP300 million will be preferred shares.

Buenaventura said the MB approval is needed for the OFW Bank to forward to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the proposed amendments of its Article of Incorporation and By-laws.

He, however, said that sans the SEC approval the OF Bank can start its operations.

“The amendment is not a prerequisite for the Overseas Filipino Bank,” he said.

While operations will start on January 2 next year, Buenaventura said formal launching will be held in April of the same year.

He said initial marketing of the bank will be done by the bank’s head office, to be located at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, by talking to OFW beneficiaries.

“We will meet with OFW beneficiaries and market the products for their OFW relatives. We will give out kits,” he said.

Buenaventura said a pilot representative office will be opened at the Consular Office in Dubai by April next year.

Asked for the reason why Dubai was chosen, the Landbank chief said it was recommended by the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment).

President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed on Sept. 28, 2017 Executive Order (EO) 44, directing the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) and the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) to transfer their Postalbank shares to the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) at zero value.

Under the EO, Landbank was ordered to ensure the capitalization of Overseas Filipino Bank, which will be headed by Landbank's chairperson.

Postalbank officials who will be affected by this transfer will be offered an early retirement incentive plan. (PNA)

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FEATURE | Tech paves new way towards correct Filipino



MANILA - Is it 'imahe' or 'imahen?' 'Dyaryo' or 'diyaryo?'

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is developing a software that aims to help address misspelling of words in Filipino, the country's national language.

Targeted for launching in 2018, KWF's first spellchecker software will operate much like Microsoft Word's own by alerting people about wrong spelling of Filipino words they type on computers and providing the correct spelling for these.

"It's part of our campaign to promote use of Filipino," said KWF language researcher Jeslie del Ayre who's involved in development of the software.

She said KWF targets making such software available to the public for free.

"We also plan installing the software in national and local government offices nationwide for use in respective official communication, transactions and correspondence," she noted.

EO 335 series of 1988 enjoins all government offices nationwide to take steps that'll enhance use of Filipino in such undertakings.

"Intensified use of Filipino language in official transactions,
communications and correspondence in government offices will hasten greater understanding and appreciation among the people of government programs, projects and activities throughout the country, thereby serving as an instruments of unity and peace for national progress,"
notes EO 335.

Such EO supports the 1987 Constitution which set Filipino as the Philippines' national language.

"Subject to provisions of law and as the Congress may deem appropriate, the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system," the Constitution also read.

According to del Ayre, the spellchecker software is based on KWF's orthographic rules for the Filipino language.

She said KWF already has a prototype of the software.
"We're testing that prototype to improve it further," she said.

Orthographic rules for the Filipino language underwent reforms over the years, noted KWF.

The latest reforms are included in 'Ortograpiyang Pambansa' which KWF published in 2013.

Orthography is an important tool for effectively teaching correct writing and reading in Filipino, KWF said.

Del Ayre said programmers from National University offered helping KWF develop a spellchecker software for Filipino.

They proposed the matter to KWF, she noted.

"It's KWF's mandate to promote Filipino and other Philippine languages so our agency accepted their proposal," she said.

KWF continues exploring ways of further carrying out such mandate, she clarified, however.

Among KWF's activities is translating various reading materials into Filipino and other languages in the country.

Several previous KWF-led fora highlighted Filipino's versatility by featuring experts who use this language when teaching technical subjects related to their fields.
Those fields include medicine, engineering and information technology, noted KWF.
KWF continues urging the academe to increasingly use Filipino and other local languages nationwide, believing doing so will help improve the learning process.
Earlier, KWF identified the Philippines' eight major languages as Bikol, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Pampanggo, Pangasinan, Sebwano, Tagalog and Waray. (by Catherine Teves, PNA)

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PHOTOS | PDEA presents Php6-M shabu from Naga City drug bust





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