Saturday, November 18, 2017

TEACHER CORNER | What is quality education? by Ernan Esquivel Echalas

by Ernan Esquivel Echalas

When speaking about learning, many individuals like to toss around terms like “quality education” to describe their dreams with regard to this universal necessity. But what really is quality education, in relation to our personal experience as Filipinos in charge of educating the present and future generations?

I believe quality education is relevant, inclusive, and offers the opportunity for lifelong learning. It is these three factors that contribute to learning that is responsive and ideal for 21st century pupils and students.

Relevant education

Quality education means teaching skills and knowledge that are responsive to the immediate and future needs of learners. It means using examples found in the local context of the learners to help them access the information more easily. It also means providing learning experiences that are directly applicable to their personal aspirations or interests. Furthermore, it means connecting lessons to current issues and concerns. Teachers, administrators, and education officials are all equally responsible for ensuring that education is relevant to the learners.

Inclusive education

Education should to be a privilege granted only to those who are more fortunate in life. Gone are the days when only selected members of society get education. Today, it is every learner’s right to be included in education, regardless of their gender, age, religion, class, or ability. All are called to learn, participate, and contribute in learning.

Lifelong learning

Quality education goes beyond teaching the learners basic literacy and numeracy. It prepares them for a life of learning by introducing and encouraging them to engage in critical and creative thinking. It equips them with the competencies they need to adapt to a rapidly-changing world. This includes not only teaching them knowledge, but also values, attitudes, and skills, which they will use for employment and comfortable, decent living.

To achieve quality education, the healthy partnership of the government and the private sector is of utmost importance.
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RABASERO ni Vince Villar | Huli man daw, Habol pa rin


Iyo na talaga an kinatuudan ta,
Maaksyon pag may nangyari na
Wara labot pag an sitwasyon ok pa
Mapulok pulok pag naperwisyo na

Kunsabagay sabi sa kasabihan daa
Maray ng huri kaysa dae baga
An importante wara ng mangyari pa,
Sa masunod mapupugulan na

Isipon mo an satuyang bulkang Mayon,
Haloy ng yaon kaito pang panahon
Dae lamang baga niyato huhunaon
Igwa palan gusto siyang BABUYON

Kutana kaito pa kita igwang regulasyon,
Pag bawal sa anuman na aktibidad sa Mayon
Urog na kun yaman kaini rarauton
Aabusuhon, kumita sana nin MILYON

Ngonyan sarung ordinansa na an bubusulon,
Ngani an Mayon satong pangatamanon
Irayo sa peligro mga tawong sarawayon
Tawan padusa an ibang madudunong

Huni man bagang ATV riding Operation,
mga turista muyahon asin ugmahon
Uru aldaw yaon sa pamitisan kan Mayon
Darang peligro dae lamang hunaon

Kun warang nangyaring HORORDAPAN
Dae pa lamang kita mapupukawan
Ordinansa an satong kaipuhan
Ngani sinda ma istriktuhan naman

HUri man na masasabi, satuya pa man na pasalamatan
Ining mga nag iskusar, mga honorableng kinatawan
Rañola asin Imperial, saindang pigpangenutan
Pagpasar nin ordinansa, an talaga ng kaipuhan.
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GENTLE BREEZE by Nelly Favis-Villafuerte | Looking beyond our daily chores


A man approached a construction site and noticed three men shoveling dirt out of a long ditch. He asked the first man what he was doing. The man sneered back with a surely-you-can-figure-it-out-yourself attitude, “Digging a ditch.”
He walked on to the next man and asked the same question. The reply was only slightly more kind, “I’m makin’ a living. Just makin’ a living. Gotta feed the wife and kids, you know.”

When he asked the third man what he was doing, the man said with a great deal of positive energy and pride, “Sir, I am creating part of a masterful set of irrigation channels that are going to turn this dry ol’ valley into a garden rich with produce to feed the world’s hungry!”

Look beyond the seemingly meaningless chores and minor failures of today and see a bigger picture – ultimately, one that serves others. You’ll find greater satisfaction in your daily grind if you see yourself as making jewels for the Lord’s crown, rather than simply polishing rocks.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time…

Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.

HABAKKUK 2:3 NKJV

Reference: God’s Little Devotional Book

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Hawak ni Cristo | ni Fr. Joey Gonzaga


Hawak ni Cristo. Ini an saro sa apod kan Simbahan na tinugdas ni Cristo. Tano ta an Simbahan, inaapod na Hawak ni Cristo?

An siring na ladawan kan Simbahan gikan sa katukdoan ni San Pablo (1 Cor. 12: 12, Romans 12: 4) Siring na an hawak nin tawo may payo asin manlaen-laen na kabtang o parte. An Hawak ni Cristo, an Simbahan may payo o pamayo na iyo si Cristo. May manlaen-laen na kabtang o parte na may kanya-kanyang katongdan na dai na nagkakanya-kanya na mayo nin pakiaram sa lambang saro kundi sararo na naghihiro, nagtatrabaho para sa karahayan kan bilog na Hawak nin Kagurangnan.

Saro lang an pamayo ta saro man lang an Cristo, saro man lang an nagtugdas kan saro, banal, Catolico asin Apostolicong Simbahan. Saro lang an payo o pamayo ta kun masaen an payo iyo man an direksyon kan bilog na hawak. Ta kun may duwang payo an hawak makurontrahan, an mga bitis, an mga kamot, an mga mata asin iba panga parte kan hawak ta duwa an magigin padudumanan kan hawak na may duwa o tolong payo.

An hawak nin tawo mayo nin buhay kun mayo nin kalag o espiritu. An Hawak ni Cristo mayo nin buhay kun mayo an Espiritu Santo na nagrarasyon o nagwawaras sa manlaen-laen na kabtang kan Simbahan nin mga grasya, para sa karahayan kan bilog na Simbahan.

Sa Hawak ni Cristo an lambang binonyagan ki Cristo kabtang kan hawak. Hapoton ta an satong sadiri. Anong parte o kabtang ako kan Hawak ni Cristo? Mata? Talinga? Dungo? Kamot? Bitis? Puso? Kuko? Takyag? Gigis? Dila? Apdo? Dila?

Gabos na kabtang, parte kan hawak nin tawo, may pakinabang minsan gigis o kuko lang ini. Iyo man ini sa Simbahan, an Hawak ni Cristo, gabos na parte kaiba, kabtang, katabang, may pakinabang para sa misyon nin kaligtasan ni Cristo na iyo man an misyon kan Simbahan.

Igwa nin saliwikain sa Tagalog na nagsasabi: “Ang sakit ng kalingkingan damdam ng buong katawan.” Sa Hawak ni Cristo, an kasalan o karahayan nin sarong kabtang apektado an bilog na mga kabtang kan Simbahan ta kita saro sanang Hawak nin Kagurangnan.
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ISTORYANG BIKOLNON ni Bert de los Martires | An harong mi mapreskuhon


Kan kami saradit pa, maorogmahon kami na nag estar sa samuyang tablang lanob asin tiklad na harong sa ibabaw nin banwitan na katubigan digdi sa Naga. An burukas asin mayong bintana na balkon iyo magayon pag tukawan sa pagka aga nin pamahaw na yaon an mahibog na tasa nin barako asin pandesal na pig lahid sa mantikilya. An samuyang sala na may mga tukawan na narra iyo an pig titiriponan kun bangui iyo an padagos an turugan nin kubong asin banig, burukas an bintana ta mayong parahabon asin adik, matuninong an palibot.

Maogmang maghirigda matapos an novena asin pamanggi nin Ligo na may kangkong. An harong na ini mayong koryente asin an solamenteng orgullo iyo an radyo tatak Singer na an pig dadanog iyo sinda Eddie Alanis, Fiorel Salvo, Jun Lagrimas, Rufo Tuy, mga dramang Tang tarangtang, Reynante Dantes, Mila Rosa asin Liberty Big Show.

An mga sikat na kanta iyo an a Beatles, Matt Monro asin an mga kawat iyo an soft ball asin Chess. An mga aki naghuhuna na sinda mayaman kun igua nin kusinilla asin petromax. An magpasiring sa Manila sarongzs pangitorogan arog nin pag inom nin Royal namamate sa aldao sana nin kumpleanyo asin kalintora.
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CASE IN POINT by Dean Ed Vincent Albano | When probation not granted


Probation should not be granted to the accused in the following instances:

When the accused is convicted by the trial court of a crime where the penalty imposed is within the probationable period or a fine, and the accused files a notice of appeal; and

When the accused files a notice of appeal which puts the merits of his conviction in issue, even if there is an alternative prayer for the correction of the penalty imposed by the trial court or for a conviction to a lesser crime, which is necessarily included in the crime in which he was convicted where the penalty is within the probationable period.

Both instances violate the spirit and letter of the law, as Section 4 of the Probation Law prohibits granting an application for probation if an appeal from the sentence of conviction has been perfected by the accused.
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Soldier shot dead, robbed of Christmas bonus in Albay



LEGAZPI CITY 11/18/17 (Bicol Standard) — A regular member of the Philippine Army identified as Private First Class George Rey Murillo was shot in the head, robbed of his Christmas bonus and his service firearm at 6 a.m. today at the marketplace at Barangay Anislag, Daraga, Albay.

Murillo, 27 years old, was killed instantaneously by three unidentified armed men suspected to be members of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit.

He was alone doing market chores when he was shot by the assailants, the reports said.
PFC Murillo was a resident of Cumadcad, Castilla, Sorsogon.

Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, spokesman of the Albay police, said he suffered several gunshot wounds, the most fatal among which was the bullet that hit his head.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Kgd. Soltes itatao an bonus sa makatukdo ki Abrasado


TINAMBAC, CSur –“Itatao ko bilang premyo an sakuyang bonus na kantidad P70,000.00, sa sisay man na makakatukdo kun yaon saen si Melchor Abrasado.”

Ini an sabi kan biyong napupungot na si Jonas Soltes, municipal councilor kan banwaan na ini, sa entrevista saiya.

Si Abrasado iyo an empleado kan Tinambac, Camarines Sur na naglalay kan kantidad na P3.4 million, na para kuta sa bonus kan mga empleado kan gobierno municipal.

Hasta ngonian, mayo pa nin informasyon an mga awtoridad kun yaon saen si Abrasado, asin tarabang na an mga awtoridas sa paghinirib kun saen siya tatago.

Idinagdag ni Soltes na naghahalat na kuta an labing 100 na mga regular na empleado asin official kan saindang banwaan na recibihon an year-end na bonus kan gobierno.

Nagsabi an mga official kan banwaan na haloy nang tinitiwalaan si Abrasado, kaya siya an parateng kaibahan sa pag withdraw nin cuarta sa banko.

Maging an ibang official asin empleado kan banwaan na nangangapodan sa saiya na magluwas na asin atubangon an problema, asin i-oli an cuarta na bako man para saiya sana.
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Cheerdancers haleng Iriga City, gana sa world championships

Photo: Iriga City Official

IRIGA CITY—Proud to be Filipino, Proud to be Bicolano, Proud to be Irigueño: ini an pagmati kan mga cheerdancer na hali sa ciudad kan Iriga na naging Champion sa ginibong 9th Cheerleading Championship sa kan Nobyembre 11 hasta 12 ngunyan na taon sa Takasaki Arena, Takasaki City, Gunma Japan.

Nasungkit man lang kaya kan MAG Dancer an Bulawan na medal sa Senior Cheer dance competition asin Double Senior Cheer Dance Competition.

An mga cheerdancer iyo sinda Dannielle Briones Sasaluya, Gericho Canoy, Alice Vargas, Joshua Blanco Belen, Katrina Marvinne Lomanog, Junia Febe, Marie Callos,

Jed Nhiko Cabañes Nagales asin Lorenz Dela Rama.

Si Alkalde Madelaine Alfelor labi an kaugmahan asin pasasalamat sa mga nagpagal para lang matukdol an Kampyunato sa nasambit nang kompetisyon. (ni Joe Caguimbal)

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Gov Bichara: Punduhon an STL sa Albay



LEGAZPI CITY 11/17/17 (Bicol Standard)—Gustong hagadon ni Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara ki Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na pondohon an operasyon kan Small Town Lottery (STL) sa saindang provincia.

An desisyon na ini ibinulgar kan gobernador sa press conference huli kan incidente nin baradilan sa atubangan kan Ayala Mall digdi.

Makusog an pagtubod na binadil kan sarong aldaw si Alex Herman Alemania kan mga suspechadong sinda Marlon Magsino asin Michael Malveda nin huli sa iriwal kan mga gustong magpadalagan kan sinambit na sugal.

Si Magsino asin Malveda pareyong dayo sa Albay hale sa provincia kan Batangas.

Maroromdoman na kan sarong hapon, mantang nasa may Ayala Mall digdi, na binadil suboot kan magkaibahan na sinda Magsino asin Malveda an piglulunadan na van ni Alex Herman.

Huli kaini, nagsapo nin tama nin bala si Herman pati an saiyang kaibahan na 24 anyos na babae na si Querobin Anne Marie Lagman.

Sabi kan pulis na nagresponde sa krimen, nabadil kan saindang mga tawohan si Magsino na tulos nagadan sa pinangyarihan kan incidente.

An kaibahan ni Malveda may tama nin bala sa lawas pero dai napurohan. Pig pigbubulong siya ngonian sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital sa Daraga, Albay.

Naheling kan pulis na may mga tattoo sinda sa lawas na pareyo an retrato, kaya pigtutubodan na miembro sinda nin criminal gang.

Siring man, may nakua pang suboot na aguimat, o anting-anting, na gustong pa-asiron kuta, pero dai napakinabangan kan badilon kan pulis.

Mientrastanto, pig coconsiderar kan pulis na solved na ninda an casong ini.


Reclamo ni Bichara

An pagtubod ni Gov. Bichara na nagdulot sana an STL nin kariribokan asin krimen sa Albay, kaya desidido na siyang hagadon na papondohon an operasyo kaini.

Sabi sa report, P70 M an dapat remittance kan STL sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sa bulan-bulan na operasyon sa Albay.

Alagad, an Albay igwa sana nin nakukuang P18,000.00 kada bulan, hale digdi.

Mientrastanto, an mga banwaan kan Albay an nagrereclamo na man dahil na diiton na porcientong nakukua ninda.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini dai pa nagpapaluwas nin pahayag an local na Opisina kan PCSO digdi.

May nagbungkaras na informasyon na dinadaya kan operator kan STL an gobierno, sa paagui kan paggamit nin duwang libro de benta kan saindang mga transaction.

An sarong libro iyo itong ipinapaheling sa PCSO, mantang an saro iyo an listahan kan saindang tago na operasyon na pighahalean kan suboot payola, sa nagkapirang mga napapaboran na mga tawo.
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Mayor Cruz knocks down VM Imperial



2017 ANNUAL BUDGET CONTROVERSY

NAGA CITY 11/17/17 (Bicol Standard)— Branch 27 of the Regional Trial Court under Presiding Judge Leo L. Intia here has ordered the Sangguniang Bayan of Pamplona, Camarines Sur to cease and desist from implementing Appropriation Ordinance No. 2017, until the issues raised in the main case are resolved or until this Order is revoked or annulled.

This order, which was issued on November 6, 2017, stemmed from a complaint filed by Augustus Caesar “Ace” M. Cruz III, incumbent mayor of Pamplona, against the Sangguniang Bayan members of the said town, headed by Vice Mayor Gemino A. Imperial.

Other officials who were impleaded as defendants in the said case were the members of the municipal council, namely: Joselito S. Legaspi, Renato A. Buendia, Felix E. Rifarial, Nilda A. Donacao, Marlene L. Raymundo and Lourdes B. Butial.

The case is for the Declaration of Nullity of Appropriation Ordinance no. 2017-01, Resolutions Nos. 2017-04, 2017-004 (C) and 2017-004 (B), with prayer for temporary restraining order (TRO) and Writ of Preliminary Injunction.

The issue
Mayor Cruz, the plaintiff in this case, recommended an executive budget amounting to P106,108,449.25 to cover the expenses for the year 2017.

The Sangguniang Bayan, however, reduced the said amount to only P66,508,638.93.

Mayor Cruz noted that the municipal council glaringly scrapped the entire mandatory allocation for the Municipal Economic Development Fund which amounts to P18,016,568.00.00.

The same fund was transferred to the un-appropriated balance.

Meanwhile, Mayor Cruz insisted that the said budgetary allocation is mandated under the Local Government Code, hence it should not be removed as it is an essential part of the annual budget, nor be left under the so-called “un-appropriated amount.”

The chief executive also emphasized that the Local Government Code clearly mandates that “it shall appropriate in its annual budget no less than twenty per cent (20%) of its annual internal revenue allotment for development project.”

“By not appropriating any amount for the Municipal Development Projects, the Sangguniang Bayan has overstretched its powers beyond its limits, and against the mandate guaranteed by the Local Government Code,” Cruz said.

At the same time, the reviewing officer of the said Appropriation Ordinance clearly stated that “non-provision of the required 20% of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for development projects shall render the budget inoperative in its entirety, as provided by law.”

5% Calamity Fund

The 5% Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF) which amounts to P5,305,422.46 was also classified by the Sangguniang Bayan as “Lump Sum Appropriation.”

Mayor Cruz said this is not in conformity with the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) 7160 in relation to R.A. 10121.

In addition, the defendants in this case also provided an additional requirement, before the calamity funds could be utilized.

They (the defendants) insisted that before utilizing the calamity funds, a state of calamity shall be declared by both the Province of Camarines Sur and the Municipality of Pamplona.

“Without both declarations, the utilization of calamity funds is considered illegal for all intents and purposes,” the defendants insisted.

This matter, however, was questioned by Mayor Cruz. He said the resolution passed by the municipal council is an act ultra vires that must be struck down.

Relief prayed for

Until and unless restrained, defendants will continue to block the actual disbursement of funds for projects, programs and activities slated for calendar year 2017, according to Cruz.

“Hence, our constituents will continue to suffer,” he said.

“Moreover, the town will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury inasmuch as I can be accused of not doing my job and implementing programs, projects and activities lined up for 2017 based on the prepared budget,” he added.

During the hearing of the Application for the Issuance of Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order, Cruz testified to prove his allegations in support of the application.

Defendants, through counsel, manifested that they are not presenting evidence and will instead file a memorandum.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

3 magturogang nahulog sa salog; ama nakasalvar


MERCEDES, CNorte 11/16/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Saro pa sana sa tulong aki na inatong sa salog kan Mercedes, Camarines Norte an nasapod ngonian na aga kan mga miembros kan rescue/retrieval team na compuesto kan mga tawohan kan MDRRMO, Coast Guard, Maritime asin PNP sa banwaan na ini.

Sa entrevista kan Bicol Standard, sinabi ni Jude Hernandez, pamayo kan MDRRMO, na an tulong mga aki, iyo sinda Jasmine, 9 anyos, John Adrian, 6 anyos asin si Jommel, 4 anyos.

Base sa informasyon, an tulong mga menor de edad kaiba kan saindang ama na si Jerry Sierra, hale sa banwaan kan Daet.

Papuli na sinda sa saindang harong sa Barangay Manguisoc, kan maaraman ni Jerry na dai na ninda kayang i-ogsod an saindang sakayan ta barado na sa guilid.

Huli kaini, nag desidir si Jerry na maglakaw na sana sinda, mahagidhid sa salog para makapuli sa barangay.

Confirmado an bareta na si Jerry Sierra naka-inom.

Mantang naglalakaw sa guilid kan salog, nahulog sa tubig an mag-arama.

An tulong mga aki dinara kan makusog na sulog, asin hasta ngonian saro pa sana sa sainda an nakukua, na mayo na nin buhay.

Nagprobar pa man kuta an ama na isalvar an saiyang mga aki.

Alagad dai na kinaya ta inatong na kan sulog.

Mientrastanto, nahimo pa kan magurang na maka langoy pasiring sa pangpang kan salog, asin yaon ngonian nagpapaomay sa hospital.

Ipinahayag ni Hernandez na ipapadagos ninda ngonian na hapon an rescue asin retrieval operation sa mahiwas na parte kan salog, para makua an duwa pang aki na nawawara.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BJMP personnel binadil, gadan sa Masbate


MASBATE CITY 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard) – Binadil kasubagong alas 7:20 nin aga si Allan Alburo, Jail Officer 3 kan Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, na distino sa banwaan kan Placer sa provinciang ini.

Nangyari an krimen sa Barangay Matagangtang, sabi sa report kan mga imbestigador.

Sabi sa report, an victima mahale pa sana saindang harong lunad sa owner type na jeep, kan siya dinulok asin binadil kan dai nabistong mga tawo.

Nagtutubod an pulis na an paragadan mga miembros kan New People’s Army na aktibong maray na nag ooperar sa nasambit na banwaan.
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Dating GM kan PNR, akusado sa Sandiganbayan

Jun Ragragio
Photo from Alfredo Perdon's Facebook account
NAGA CITY 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard)– Isinangat na kan Ombudsman sa Sandiganbayan an duwang kaso nin pagbalga sa Republic Act 3019 (Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) contra ki dating PNR General Manager Junio Norberto "Jun" Ragragio.

Ini an informasyon na hale ki Jigs Magpantay, Vice President kan Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) na iyong orihinal na nagreklamo.

Afuera ki Rargragio, an iba pang mga akusado iyo sinda dating division managers Rosendo Calleja, Abdul Aziz Pangandaman, Estilito Nierva asin Ruben Besmonte, assistant department manager Divina Gracia Dantes, principal engineers Cesar Bocanog asin Mario Arias asin legal counsel Neofito Perilla.

Segun sa akusasyon na pigpreparar ni graft investigation and prosecution officer Leilani Tagulao-Marquez, si Ragrario, nakipag kutsaba sa iba pang mga official kan PNR, nag aprubar kan bayad na nagtotal na P47,134,980 sa Nikka Trading, na may address sa Cityland Herrera Tower asin Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati City.

An bayad itinao sa supplier nin duwang pago sa pagbakal nin 10,490ng pidaso nin bridge ties, 942 na pidaso nin joint ties asin 41ng padir nin switch ties na anas malumoy na kahoy na pig importar sa China.

An pagsangat nin caso sa nasambit na persona inaprobaran ni Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales kan Mayo 19, 2017, alagad pig file sa Sandiganbayan kan Noviembre 7.

Ipig sangat an reklamo kan Citizens Crime Watch, Bicol Chapter kan Abril, 2014.
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DepEd Bicol to acknowledge best practices, implementers of Brigada Eskwela 2017


DepEd Bicol will recognize Brigada Eskwela's (BE) best practices, best school implementers and most active stakeholders in a one-day awarding activity dubbed as "Regional Brigada Eskwela Sharing of Best Practices, Awarding Ceremony and Stakeholders' Appreciation," at the Iriga Plaza Convention Center, November 17, 2017.

The event will highlight the three schools considered as Hall of Fame Awardees by continuously making it as BE best school implementers in three successive years, generating very high resources, engaging increasing number of volunteers and expanded scopes of work and projects that benefitted the learnes. Representatives of Juan M. Alberto Memorial School (JMAMES) of the Division of Catanduanes, Basud National High School of the Division of Camarines Norte and San Antonio National High School of Iriga City will share their school's best practices that made them excellent in implementing the program.

This year, two schools each from the Divisions of Camarines Norte, Iriga City and Masbate and one school each from the Divisions of Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Legazpi City and Sorsogon made it as Regional and National Awardees for the 2017 Brigada Eskwela.

The following are the awardees for Elementary Schools Best Brigada Implementers: Mamlad Elementary School of Albay, Barcelona Central School of Sorsogon, JMAMES of Catanduanes, Tulay na Lupa Elementary School of Camarines Norte and Iriga City Central School of Iriga City. For the Secondary Schools the awardees are: Cagbacong High School of Legazpi City, Mary Perpetua E. Brioso National High School of Masbate, Basud National High School of Camarines Norte, Pamplona National High School of Camarines Sur, San Antonio National High School of iriga City and Aroroy National High School of Masbate.

The BE Regional Validation Committee who handled the inspection of 41 contending schools around the Region during the third quarter of this year, certified the schools on its cleanliness, orderliness, installation of learning kiosks and facilities, hand and sanitation facilities, environment-friendly facilities and evident support of the community and education stakeholders. Those who made it to the standards were recommended to the BE National Validation Committee.

Stakeholders who have been a regular and an integral part of BE's implementation will also be given recognition, including the Local Government Units who have institutionalized BE in their communities by issuing resolutions for the integration of the program in their annual budget and regular programs.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Tonisito Umali, DepEd RO V Regional Director Ramon Fiel G. Abcede and some invited LGU heads and stakeholders will sit as resource persons in a press conference in the morning of November 17 before the awarding program.

An estimated 500 participants to the event comprising of the awardees, stakeholders, DepEd officials and guests will be attending the said event jointly-hosted by the Schools Division Office and the LGU of Iriga City.

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Tinambac aide runs away with Php3.4M bonus budget

TINAMBAC, Camarines Sur 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard) – At least 115 regular employees and 11 elected municipal officials of this town will be affected after cash amounting to Php3,426,340.55 was carted away allegedly by an employee of the local government unit.

Melchor C. Abrazado
Photo by Joe Caguimbal/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
The suspect was identified as Melchor Abrazado y Contrata, of legal age, married, and a resident of Barangay Sogod, this town.

The police narrated that at 10 a.m. Tuesday, OIC Municipal Treasurer Ma. Teresa Hermogenio-Betito together with Dedina Ariola Ortiz and Felipe Madrona Jr. y Poliquit went to the Land Bank Naga City Branch, at General Luna, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Naga City, to withdraw cash to be used for the Christmas bonus of the employees.

Betito claimed that after the teller handed her the money, she put the cash in a bag, which she handed to Abrazado.

The suspect told their group that he will go outside to call their driver.

He failed to return immediately, however, and after an hour of waiting, Betito tried to call him via cellphone.
The contact number was already unattended, she said.

Mayor Ruel B. Tuy called for a press conference this morning to announce that investigation is underway.

He clarified that Abrazado has been serving as Administrative Aide III under the Office of the Mayor for the past 18 years.

He (Abrazado) was retained because of his unblemished record, according to Tuy.

Meanwhile, Betito said that she was complacent and trusted the suspect, because he had been accompanying her in several withdrawals.

A task force has already been created to trace the whereabouts of the suspect, Tuy declared.

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DPWH warned on Virac infra projects that pose danger

Mayor Samuel Laynes
VIRAC, Catanduanes 11/15/17 (Bicol Standard)—The "ostensible negligence" caused by the DPWH Catanduanes Engineering District in this town causes danger to motorists, Mayor Samuel V. Laynes said.

In a letter dated November 10, 2017 to Engr. Elmer R. Redrico, District Engineer of the Catanduanes Engineering District, and Engr. Joel B. Turado, Chief, Construction Section, Laynes claims his office has been receiving numerous reports of traffic accidents, some officially reported, but most not.

“The cause of the accidents is due to the absence and/or lack of early warning device to remind the public of the ongoing construction/project implementation,” Laynes explained.

He cited the wooden barrier positioned in the middle of the national road within the vicinity of the Virac Cathedral.

“Although the barrier serves as protection for the curing stage of the concrete, it poses danger to the traffic. Accidents would have been averted had your contractors observed due diligence by providing early warning devices, particularly lighting during nighttime,” he wrote.

Laynes issued a stern warning that unless the concern is attended to, he may consider filing necessary legal actions the erring contractors and government officials.

“We are also encouraging you to remind these contractors of the time frame for the completion of these projects to avoid undue delay which causes unwarranted inconveniences to the public,” he added.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bicolanos positive of ASEAN Summit gains


By Connie Destura

LEGAZPI CITY -- Bicolanos from all walks of life have a positive outlook of the ongoing 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings, emphasizing the country's gains in tourism, environment, economy and security.

Cristina Agapita Pacres, Legazpi City tourism officer, said strengthening ties between ASEAN member states and powerful nations like Japan, India, US, Russia and China opens doors for economic growth not only on the business aspect but will boost tourism development in the region as well.

She added that the ongoing summit is helping the Philippines promote economic ties with neighboring countries which will result to more business opportunities and at the same time lure more foreign visitors.

Ken Tabuena, a student from Bato, Catanduanes, said the Philippine economy and tourism will grow hand in hand.

He also cited the Filipino designers who were given the chance to create and craft modern Filipiniana outfits for the world leaders would acknowledge the skills of Filipino designers.

"We should also be proud that we are hosting this monumental event in its golden year. ASEAN continually helps to pursue equality and pushing boundaries to further strengthen the economic ties between countries (sic)," Tabuena added.

Nong Rangasa, Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) executive director, for his part, said the interests of the people should be the main concern right now as member nations move forward towards a stronger ASEAN Community.

He said ASEAN’s bold vision of attaining and achieving free flow of quality of goods, services, investment, and skilled labor in the region can directly help the country achieve higher productivity and economic diversification with the right action, adaptation policies and program of activities.

“As we continue to forge stronger support and collaboration to address the greatest threats to our respective nations and the region as a whole -- terrorism, global warming and climate change -- we must ensure and build on the increased competencies and capacities of our people and local communities to address and contribute towards our goal of fostering equitable and progressive sustainable economic development across the region,” Rangasa said.

“As an ASEAN Community, we want an integrated, recalibrated, peaceful, stable and sustainable community. But much work needs to be done in order that this community that we all seek to build will be better and relevant and will help usher in a better life for all the people in the region,” he added.

Col. Perfecto Penaredondo, former Brigade commander in Albay, said he expects the summit to be smooth sailing and substantive in terms of enabling ASEAN member states achieve collective and respective national objectives.

Police Superintendent Marlo Menese said: "Sana mag-cooperate ang mga kababayan natin to sacrifice a little inconvenience (traffic, restrictions of movement, etc.) resulting from this summit. Any positive result in business, economics, environmental/climate change, risk reduction, human rights, terrorism issues, among others, from this meeting will benefit each and every Filipino".

"Also, any good reception we gave to each and every leader will likewise benefit our OFWs working in their respective countries. If our OFWs are treated well, they earn and remit or inject more money to our economy," Meneses added.

Jocelyn Atos, a mother from Legazpi City, said, "the ASEAN Summit is in Manila yet the impact or the result would benefit the entire country. We must support our government if we want change."

Meanwhile, Christine Villanueva, a teacher from Davao City who has now made Albay and Masbate her home, said: "The government is doing what's best for us. The ASEAN summit would boost our economy and it would generate more jobs, not just here but also with the member nations. (PNA)
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Personal conduct standards for Filipino public employees

by Michelle Aguirre Lo

Public officials and employees in the Philippines are mandated by law to observe standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties. This is elaborated in Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”



This law, which was promulgated in 1989, establishes a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees, to uphold the time-honored principle of public office being a public trust, granting incentives and rewards for exemplary service, enumerating prohibited acts and transactions and providing penalties for violations thereof.

Under this law public officials and employees should adhere to certain norms of conduct. These include commitment to public interest, professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and democracy, commitment to democracy, and simple living.

As an example, public officials and employees are encouraged to avoid wastage in public funds and revenues. They are also mandated to provide service to everyone, regardless of political affiliations or other prejudices they may have.

Meantime, public officials and employees are also directed to act promptly on letters and requests, submit annual performance reports, process documents and papers expeditiously, act immediately on the public's personal transactions, and make documents accessible to the public.

On the other hand, the same law enumerates the prohibited acts and transactions, including financial and material interest, outside employment and other activities related thereto, disclosure and/or misuse of confidential information, and solicitation or acceptance of gifts.

As an employee of the Philippine government, I recognize and abide by these personal conduct standards. I believe they ensure that I discharge my duties with responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty. They also guide me to act with patriotism and justice, lead a modest life, and uphold public interest over personal interest.

I encourage all my fellow employees and public officials to abide by the same, not for fear of the penalties, but because this is not only our lawful duty to our children, countrymen, and the future generations.

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Striving for excellence in the workplace

by Michelle Aguirre Lo

In whatever endeavor you set your eyes on, striving for excellence is always a good rule to follow. In the workplace, a person who strives for excellence not only is on the fast track to promotion and recognition, but also feels a sense of fulfillment and joy in what they do.



This does not necessarily mean achieving excellent results in everything. Rather, it means having a specific mindset that prefers to always perform well and turn in quality work, whether or not there is a superior or even a colleague who is aware of what one is doing.

Here are several ways by which one can practice striving for excellence in the workplace:

1. Go the extra mile. Rather than simply complying with the most minimal requirements in accomplishing a task, it is recommended that professionals go beyond what the job demands. This entails extra effort, which may be more arduous, but will certainly get one noticed and rewarded. To achieve this, it may be necessary to change one’s attitude into an optimistic one, even in challenging and demanding situations, especially if one has the tendency to be pessimistic.

2. Empower yourself. This means trying to learn new skills, and not sticking to the ones you already have. Learning new skills enhances capability and makes a worker a more valuable part of the team. This also means challenging oneself to be self-motivated, and having a personal sense of responsibility, even in the face of obstacles. Furthermore, you must be willing to check the quality of your own work, whether it not only passes your standards, but also surpasses the goals you set out to do.

3. Be organized. Having a checklist and a work plan for the day, the week, the month, and the quarter is helpful for ensuring that you achieve the tasks you wish to complete. Even if you do not accomplish everything in the list, this encourages you to be organized and responsible for the day-to-day activities. You must also try to evaluate periodically whether you are able to achieve your goals or not, and what were the factors that contributed to your success or failure.

Excellence, they say, is not something innate, and rather is something that you can develop and strive for as a professional. By going the extra mile, empowering yourself, and being organized, it will be easier to strive for and achieve excellence in the workplace.
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DOLE gives P3-M livelihood grants to Oas residents


By Connie Destura

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office in Bicol has given a total of PHP3 million worth of livelihood assistance to 168 beneficiaries in Oas town in Albay.

Rovelinda Dela Rosa, DOLE-Bicol regional director, on Monday said, “Yes, we are going down to the barangay for our livelihood program in response to the order of Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to reach the grassroots.”

The first awarding of livelihood aid was recently held at San Ramon Pavillon, Barangay San Ramon, Oas, Albay, where 88 beneficiaries received assorted tools needed for food vending, hog raising, sewing, vulcanizing, welding, carpentry and hair styling, with a total amount of PHP1,634,075.

The second awarding was held at the covered court of Cagmanaba, Oas, Albay for 80 beneficiaries composed of fishermen, hog raisers and dressmakers who each received a “sibid-sibid” (local name for a small, manually operated fishing boat). The total amount for said grant is PHP1,408,986.

Fatima R. Calusim, one of the beneficiaries in Barangay San Ramos, who received a food vending package, thanked DOLE for her "early Christmas gift". She promised to make the most out of the livelihood assistance she received.

"Thank you very much, DOLE for having a program like this and for choosing me as a beneficiary. I will use the boat for livelihood," Daryl Bartolome, a fisherman, said in the vernacular.

“Let me reiterate these grants are in the form of hand tools and equipment and not cash. This is one of the main strategies of DOLE to generate employment and curb poverty by providing alternative livelihood,” Dela Rosa stressed.

DOLE-Bicol said there are more grants coming before the year ends not only in the province of Albay but also in other provinces.

Dela Rosa said, “Just seeing the smile drawn on the face of our beneficiaries gives us (DOLE) fulfillment”.
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LGU Presentacion underscores importance of donating blood

Photo by Gerry Ramirez/Bicol Standard

PRESENTACION, Camarines Sur 11/14/17 (Bicol Standard)-- To meet the need for safe and quality blood at the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City, the Local Government Unit of Presentacion, Camarines Sur partnered with the hospital in a bloodletting activity today dubbed "Dugo Mo, Buhay Ko."

"Donating blood can save lives," said Mayor Jimmy Deleña in an interview with the Bicol Standard.

"The people of Presentacion are happy to help fellow Bicolanos through this yearly endeavor," he added.

"Through this, we are able to ensure that patients at the BMC have an adequate supply of safe and quality blood in the case of emergencies."

Deleña extended his gratitude to all the volunteers who participated in the activity at the Municipal Covered Court today.

Almost a hundred individuals are currently participating in the bloodletting activity.
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Over half a million pesos in cash, checks stolen in Sipocot, Cam Sur


SIPOCOT, Camarines Sur 11/14/17 (Bicol Standard)--Three days' worth of remittance from Avon representatives amounting to P528,587.00 cash and checks with a value of Php107,000.00 were declared missing by the branch manager of the direct selling company at South Centro, this town, Monday morning.

The victim Julius Cesar Torralba y Toledo said that the items were placed inside the vault of the Avon branch.

The still unidentified suspect/s, he said, carted away the items with the use of the vault's key.

The victim was unharmed in the incident, the report clarified.

The Sipocot police is still conducting a thorough investigation regarding the incident.

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DSWD Bicol temporarily suspends financial assistance for Albay


LEGAZPI CITY 11/14/17 (Bicol Standard)--Educational assistance for the second semester starting November 13, 2017, and Burial and Medical Assistance starting November 20, 2017 for the province of Albay from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 5 have been temporarily suspended.

In an advisory sent to the Bicol Standard by the DSWD, the office said this is due to the lack of funds and surpassing of its target.

The office added that interested parties are requested to wait for advisories with regard to the financial assistance.

DSWD Bicol further clarified that this is only true for Albay, and not for the rest of the Bicol provinces.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

NHA housing units up for grabs?


NAGA CITY 11/9/2017 (Bicol Standard) – Only twenty out of the 939 residential units constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in a housing project in Barangay Del Rosario, Pili, Camarines Sur originally earmarked for members of the Army and the police are occupied as of this writing.

The low-cost housing project, that was initially funded with a total of Php240-million for 1,000 units, began implementation in 2014, but many of the priority beneficiaries are not showing interest.

Engr. Albert A. Perfecto, Department Manager A for Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region, told the BICOL STANDARD that they have started making their inventory of the said project for possible awarding to other interested takers, including teachers and employees of local government units.

He said that since there are more than 1,000 enlisted personnel, both coming from the PNP and AFP, the agency conducted a raffle for those who have shown initial interest in acquiring the units of house and lot.

“If the priority beneficiaries would not utilize the housing units, the award will be cancelled and the same would be offered to other interested government employees,” Perfecto said.

“The amortization rate for a 40-square meter house and lot is only P200 a month, or P240,000, payable within 30 years,” he added.

Meantime, Bicol Standard sources say that there are two reasons why the priority beneficiaries have declined to pursue their plan to acquire house and lots from the same project.

One is because they have been transferred to assignments in other locations, hence it is cumbersome to live in said area.

Others say that the 40-square meter property is too small and inadequate for comfortable living.

There are also some who said that the houses are constructed with poor-quality materials.

The same source said that some of the units are already dilapidated or vandalized, because there are no caretakers to oversee the project.

Perfecto said they are now giving special attention to the project that would certainly benefit low-income families of government employees.
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EDITORIAL | ASEAN Summit 2017: Partnering for Change, Engaging the World


We are one with the Philippines in welcoming the delegates of the ASEAN Summit 2017. This coming together of leaders is a unique and important opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the region and collaborate on ideas for the future of the ASEAN nations.

It is also a time to review how the association can work together to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region, via joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations.

As stated in the aims and purposes of the ASEAN, among the objectives are promoting regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter; promoting active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields; providing assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres; collaborating more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples.

In addition, it aims to promote Southeast Asian studies; and to maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.

It is also worth reviewing the fundamental principles on which this esteemed organization is built: mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, and national identity of all nations; the right of every State to lead its national existence free from external interference, subversion or coercion; non-interference in the internal affairs of one another; settlement of differences or disputes by peaceful manner; renunciation of the threat or use of force; and effective cooperation among themselves.

We fervently hope that as the hot issues of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and multi-lateral agreements are discussed, the ASEAN leaders stay true to these aims and principles so that they will come up with solutions that are beneficial for every member nation.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A teacher's take home pay


MANILA -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones recently signed the DepEd Order (DO) 55 or the “Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of PHP4,000 Net Home Pay for the DepEd Personnel.”

DepEd said this DO would prioritize loan deductions due the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and would ensure that these teachers would have no less than PHP4,000 net in their monthly take-home pay.

The agency further said the move aims to help teachers manage their finances after data showed that many teachers avail of various loans.

Is this good news for teachers? Is PHP4,000 enough? Why do teachers need to avail of loans? One teacher shared with the Philippine News Agency her insights on this matter.

Let's call her "Ma'am Mich" - a typical Grade 10 Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teacher.

First, she said the signing of DO 55 is very important, since it allowed them to have something to budget. "Napakahalaga (ng DO 55) kasi meron pang nababudget kahit paano," she uttered.

However, the mother of two said PHP4,000 as take-home pay isn't enough, and wished that it could be at least PHP10,000.

A teacher's salary is not enough, she attested. DepEd told PNA the current basic salary of a public school teacher is PHP19,077.

I asked her why she opted to pursue the teaching profession, despite knowing that teachers don't earn much/enough.

"Ma'am Mich" cited that tuition in Education course is cheap. Second, it is a stable job. Her third reason was that teachers would get pension when they get old.

Since the teachers' salary is not enough, many of them opt to avail of loans.

Latest data from the DepEd revealed that teachers from across the country have incurred PHP178 billion worth of loans from private institutions.

Briones earlier told PNA that when she came in as DepEd chief, the total debt of teachers is PHP120 billion; and emphasized that just after a year, it has reached PHP170 billion.

The Education Secretary also remarked that private institutions entice teachers to borrow money, even when their employment papers have not yet been issued.

This is why Briones said financial literacy is really essential for teachers.

But why do teachers avail of loans? Has it become a need for them?

"Teachers avail of loans because their net pay is not enough, especially for those who are Teacher 1 to Teacher 3 levels because their gross pay is only about PHP20,000 to PHP25,000," "Ma'am Mich" explained.

She continued that if you lessen the tax, PhilHealth and PAGIBIG contributions, the net pay would be roughly around PHP15,000 to PHP18,000.

"That (net pay) is not enough for the month's bills, food and other expenses. Teachers also get their allowance from that net pay," she continued.

The TLE teacher further explained that they are required to innovate teaching strategies and methods, which means they need to buy a laptop, design their classrooms and buy other materials that the school could not provide.

"Usually, teachers also avail of loans for urgent matters like hospital bills, because PhilHealth's deduction in hospital bills is not much. Others need to avail of loans because they're sending their kids to college. Teachers could not afford these things with a small net pay," she noted.

Teachers also need the money to take masteral courses, because according to "Ma'am Mich", they need the additional graduate study units to get points for promotion.

There are others who avail of loans to acquire a house, she added.

Of course, teachers have various reasons why they avail of loans. The DepEd chief said the agency is initiating its own financial literacy programs, and that a good number of civil organizations want to partner with DepEd for these programs.

Briones also told PNA that DepEd had a study which it would reveal in the proper time.

“In this study, we asked where does the borrowed money go? What are the expenditure patterns of teachers these days?” she shared.

There are very interesting findings indicating that things are really changing, according to her.

“During my time, a great part of our expenses is for the tuition of our children, although there are also some which go to consumer expenditures. We look at these things in this study,” she said.

DepEd on Friday said it would continue to explore ways that would enable teachers and other personnel to manage their finances.

In its statement, DepEd said that over-borrowing money had been affecting the teachers' lives for years. Thus, the agency said it would help its personnel to truly reap the fruits of their hard work. (PNA)
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Gov't allots Php29.77-M to upgrade Malinao drug rehab center


LEGAZPI CITY 11/12/17 (Bicol Standard)—The government has allotted P29.77 million to develop the facilities of the public drug treatment and rehabilitation center (TRC) in Malinao, Albay in 2018.

This is according to Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, a member of the House appropriations committee, who added that a total of Php563 million for next year has been set aside to develop said facilities across the country.

Of this amount, Bicutan, Taguig City will get P172.14 million; San Fernando City, La Union (P25.96 million); Dagupan City (P25.00 million); Ilagan, Isabela (P34.70 million); Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija (P20.00 million); San Fernando, Camarines Sur (P50.60 million); Pototan, Iloilo (P57.06 million); Argao, Cebu (P24.20 million); Cebu City south district (P25.00 million); Cebu (P13.00 million); Dulag, Leyte (P11.73 million); Cagayan de Oro City (P17.91 million); and Surigao City (P55.50 million).
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