Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NBI collars DPWH employee for 'sextortion'

IRIGA CITY – An entrapment operation spearheaded by the National Bureau of investigation (NBI) has led to the arrest of Acer Escobal, a job order employee of the 4th Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Escobal was collared by the NBI agents headed by Agent Bong Intia inside a hotel room in this city.

The investigation report revealed that Agnes (not her true name) through her sister, asked the assistance of NBI to apprehend Escobal who has allegedly been threatening her.

NBI Agent Intia said that the sister of the Agnes went to their office for assistance.

Agnes, it was explained by the sister, and Escobal were sweethearts for the past three years.

Their relationship started when they became friends on Facebook.

As days went by, their sweet relationship turned sour. Agnes wanted to break up with Escobal, to which the latter objected.

In order to force Agnes to continue with their relationship, Escobal sent pictures to her family, showing bed scenes.

He also warned her that should she make good her decision to break his relationship with him, he will spread their pictures on social media.

This has led to the entrapment operation conducted by the NBI agents against Escobal.

At press time, the suspect is in the custody of the NBI, while the complaint for violations of RA 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act is being prepared for filing with the Prosecutors Office of Iriga City.

No to privatization of ICWD –City Councilor Beriña

IRIGA CITY—The Liga ng mga barangays as well as the Sangguniang Panlungsod here are poised to nix the proposed privatization of the Iriga City Water District (ICWD), which is now allegedly the subject of negotiations initiated by Prime Water Corporation.

Prime Water Corp. is involved in Bulk Water Supply, Water Supply Improvement and Rehabilitation in the country.

City Councilor Freddie Beriña,Jr., in an interview declared his objection to the said idea since the water district does not buy the water which it supplies to the city residents.

Asked by Romulo Corporal Jr., General Manager of the water district, if they are losing money in its operation,  Beriña said he was informed that their financial condition and operation is doing alright.
Also, the Liga ng mga barangays as well as the other members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod when questioned GM Corporal, Jr.

Further, when GM Corporal was questioned about the plan to privatize by Liga ng mga barangays and the other members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the latter said they were told that the main reason is because they do not want to borrow money for the improvement of their existing facilities.

“If we borrow money from the banks, usually it takes time before the loan is approved, that’s why one of the options is to privatize the operation and to partner with Prime Water,” Berina said.

Prime Water also proposed to spend for the rehabilitation of the Water District”, he added.

The agreement between ICWD and Prime Water will be contained in a Memorandum of Agreement which is effective for 25 years.

The condition is that when the agreement is finalized, Prime Water will then manage the water district. (By Philip Baracena)

DA-Bicol wants Oas farmers to recover from eruption woes

OAS, Albay---Farmers Rodelio De La Cruz, Daryl Siares, and Eduardo Rea can now sing these lines to their vegetables---umula’t bumagyo, ayos lang, wag kang mangangamba, ayos lang!

“Gusto kan gobyerno na ayos kamo dawa nadanyaran kamo kan kalamidad kan Mayon Volcano (The government wants you to be okay even if you were affected by the calamity brought by Mayon Volcano),” says agriculturist Ronald Coprada of DA-Bicol High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

Quoting Rey Valera’s Kumusta Ka song, Coprada cited the advantage of this innovation of protective culture to their vegetables.

“Mag-uran man nin makusog, mag-init man nin matindi, mag-hulog man nin abo, ang saindong pananom protektado (Even if it rains hard, even if the heat of the sun is intense, even if there is an ash fall, your plants are protected).” Coprada said.

The 20 vegetable farmers from San Pascual, Balogo, Pistola, Ilaor, Ubaliw, Calpi, Bagsa, Maporong, Mayao, Cagmanaba, San Isidro, Ilaor Sur and Matambo were identified by Oas Municipal Agriculturist Leonardo Ondiz to participate in the last schedule of Training on Vegetable Production in Protective Culture on February 21, 2018.

The eruption-affected farmers will also be receiving Php9,200.00-worth of polyethylene UV-treated plastic; 100m of plastic mulch; two bags Durabloom; one unit of sprinkler and 100 pieces of bamboo stick for each farmer-participant as a start-up in the establishment of 8-10 tunnel-type greenhouses.

In an interview of the three farmers, their expected income could have reached as high as Php 100,000.00 from the harvest of their ampalaya, string beans, snap beans, hot pepper, eggplant and squash. However, in the afternoon of January 16, 2018, their farms were covered with ash and volcanic pebbles along with their expectations.

“Su pinya na tanom ko man sana an garo naogma sa abo (Only the pineapple which I planted seemed to be happy with the ash), said Siares. He added that it seemed there is a positive effect on his pineapple.

Albay Provincial Agriculture Service staff Rose Belludo encouraged the farmers to venture also in Mushroom Production because in 45 days, one can start harvesting their mushrooms. Mushrooms are grown inside a room or house, thus it is protected from rain, sun, and ash.

Belludo cited the advantage of protective culture in vegetables and mushrooms. Aside from protection from natural elements, they can be grown simultaneously, thus, sustaining their livelihood.

“Kaya, dapat adalan nin marhay an training na ini asin pagmakulugan an tinatao saindo kan gobyerno iyo ini an maparahay kan saindong pagkabuhay (So make the most from this training and give value on the free inputs being given by the government as this will improve your livelihood), advises Ondiz.

The greenhouses will be temporarily established in identified sites in Oas. They can grow short-term crops like pechay and tomatoes.

Since the greenhouses are collapsible, the farmers can dismantle the greenhouse and establish them again in their own farms upon decampment.

Coprada cited the government and private sector’s collective efforts in the conduct of this training. The DA, LGUs will continue to provide regular technical assistance and monitoring of the farmers’ greenhouses.

The lecture was capped with a hands-on demonstration. (jaysonmgonzales & yendimaculangan)


DILG welcomes Malacanang's pronouncement that barangay, SK polls is a go

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano welcomes the pronouncement of Malacanang that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections will push through as scheduled on May 14, 2018. 

“Malacanang’s pronouncement that the polls will proceed as scheduled should put to rest speculations that it will be postponed again. The DILG and the PNP are now in the thick of preparations to ensure that the polls will be as peaceful and orderly as possible,” says Ano.

With Malacanang’s statement, the DILG chief says the public should now be wary of individuals or groups that are seeking nominations or applications for those who would want to be appointed OIC-barangay captains because supposedly there will be appointments arising from a postponement.

“Nagsalita na po ang Malacanang na tuloy ang eleksyon. Kaya paalala po ulit na huwag tayong magpapaloko sa mga grupong umiikot at ginagamit ang pangalan ni Presidente at ng DILG para mangalap ng mga nomination o application para maging OIC-barangay captain,” he admonishes.

In a press briefing last Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. dismissed Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s allegations that administration lawmakers are out to postpone the elections to railroad Charter change.

Roque said he finds Drilon’s claims “strange” and “speculative” considering that Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel himself assured an audience of 4,000 village officials of Leyte last Friday that the polls will go on as scheduled.

DILG Spokesman Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said that both the DILG and COMELEC are fully prepared for the forthcoming Barangay and SK elections. 

"While there are 2 bills filed in the House calling for postponement, these bills have not yet been approved even on the Committee level. In the Senate, no senator has filed a counterpart measure. With barely 12 session days before Congress goes into recess, there is practically no time to pass a law postponing the Barangay and SK polls for a third time," said Malaya.

Malaya said that with Malacanang and the leaders of both houses of Congress seeing no reason to postpone the Barangay polls, the public can now be assured that the elections are a go. 

Matino, mahusay at maaasahan

The DILG spokesman said the Department is now promoting a campaign for "Matino, Mahusay, at Maaasahang" Barangay and SK Officials to encourage the public to vote for good leaders in the May polls.

He said that the DILG has come up with a guide which is a checklist of traits that they should look for in choosing their would-be barangay and SK candidates whether they are matino, mahusay, at maaasahan.

A Barangay and SK official who is “Matino” exhibits the following traits: hindi "corrupt" at lumalaban sa katiwalian; lumaban at lumalaban sa iligal na droga; tapat sa serbisyo at bukas sa publiko; magaling at may disiplina; and walang kaugnayan sa masasamang tao or grupo.

For a 'Mahusay' candidate - may platapormang pangkaunlaran at pangkapayapaan; huwaran at modelo ng kanyang mga kabarangay; sumusunod sa mga alituntunin ng pamahalaan at ng komunidad; maayos makitungo sa mga kabarangay; and may patas na pagtingin sa iba’t ibang problema sa barangay.

While for a 'Maaasahan' candidate DILG identifies the following: maalam at may kakayahan sa pagpaplano; alistong tumutulong sa panahon ng sakuna; nagmamalasakit sa kapwa; madaling malapitan sa oras ng pangangailangan; and subok sa pagtulong sa pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan.

Malaya said that with more than half of the barangays nationwide affected by the drug menace, the forthcoming polls give the people a chance to institute change in their respective communities.

Sec. Tolentino, pigsugo an pagbilog nin anti lahar intervention task force

ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Ngani prepararan an posibleng epekto asin peligro na pwedeng darahon enkaso magpara kusog an uran asin bumulos an milyunes na kubiko nin lahar gikansa bulkan Mayon, ipigsugo na ni Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs asin Mayon Crisis Manager Secretary Francis Tolentino an pagbilog nin Anti Lahar Intervention Task Force.

Sa ginibong briefing ngonyan na Aldaw, Pebrero 27, nagtao nan in istruksiyon si tolentino kay OCD Bicol Regional Director Claudio Yucot, na kaulayon an mga Hepe De Ehekutibo kan 4 na banwaan sa Albay (Guinobatan, Daraga, Sto domingo, asin Camalig) na iyo an direktang apektado kan  lahar flow.

Nagtutubod si Tolentino na, ngunyan pa sana, dapat ng prepararan an posibleng epekto kan lahar na segun sa PHILVOLCS, nasa 90 millions cubic meter na an ilinuwas kan mayon asin 37 porsyento kaini, an inaapod na loose materials.

Paliwanag kan opisyal, sa paagi kan pagpa-plano, digdi maaraman kung pirang pamilya asin mga indibidwal an pwedeng eebakwar ngani mapondohan kan gobierno.

Driver kan dumptruck, gadan kan maligis nin payloader habang nagtuturog

ni Vince Villar

Virac, Catanduanes - Haros marunot an lawas kan sarung construction worker makalihis na masagasaan nin sarung heavy equipment vehicle mantang nagtuturog sa Vicrac, Catanduanes.

Sa impormasyon, binisto an biktima na si Ramon Tapia, residente kan Brgy. Buhi, San Miguel, kan nasabing probinsiya, mantang an suspek iyo si Ernie Pardo.

Sa intrivista kan Radyo Peryodiko Virac sa suspek, Alas 10;00 na kasubanggi, Pebrero 26, kan mangyari an insidente sa pigkokunstruhir nindang runway kan Virac, Airport.

Pigmamaneho niya suboot an sarung Payloader kan biglang makadangog siya nin surihaw kan mga pag iriba matapos na masagasaan kan inutan na gulong kan nasabing sasakyan an biktima.

Sa pagtubod kan drayber, nangiturog sa sobrang kapagalan dulot kan halawig na oras nin pagtrabaho an kairiba niya.

Napag araman na driver man kan dump truck an biktima asin labi 14 oras na ining nagtatrabaho.

Nakakulong na ngonyan an suspek alagad grabe an paghagad kaini nin tawad sa mga kapamilya kan biktima huli ta dae man niya pigtutuyo an insidente.

An suspek asin biktima an parehas empleyado kan kumpaniyang Pacific Concrete Product.

PHOTO | Cops provide psycho-social support to Mayon evacuees

The Pulis Natin Caravan visited evacuation centers in Comun Elementary School, Malinao, Albay, Baligang Elementary School, Brgy Salugan, Camalig, Albay, Taladong Elementary School, Brgy Tumpa, Camalig, Albay to distribute relief goods and gift giving to Mayon evacuees Monday. The caravan was headed by PCSupt Rhodel O. Sermonio, Director of Police Community Relations Group together with the PRO5 Psycho-Social Intervention Team headed by PCSupt. Antonio N. Gardiola, PNP Bicol Regional Director.

Nalalapang bangkay, nakua sa laog kan 6kms PDZ kan Mayon

ni Vince Villar

Sto Domingo, Albay – Nagdayo pa an sarung lalaking taga Manila sa Albay asin naglaog sa 6 kms Permanent Danger Zone kan Mayon ngani sana man mag suicide.

Ini an nagluluwas sa pag iimbestigar kan pulisya sa banwaan kan Sto. DOminggo, ALbay, matapos na madiskubre an nalalapa ng hawak kan biktima na nakabitay gamit an strap kan sling bag sa poste kan sarung “payag” sa pamitisan kan bulkang Mayon kan Brgy. San Fernando kan nasabing banwaan.

Sa intrivista kay PSI Genevieve Oserin, Hepe kan Sto Domingo MPS, binisto an gadan na si Reynaldo Balistoy, 48 anyos, taga Valenzuela City.

Base sa nakua nindang impormasyon, Pebrero 21 kan nagbisita an biktima sa harong kan saiyang paryente sa nasabing barangay na si Edwin Balistoy.

Dae man suboot ini nagpara istorya nin kung anu paman manungod sa pagbisita niya.

Albay welcomes MMDA, Metro Manila Council

The Provincial Government of Albay welcomed the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Metro Manila Local Government Units upon arrival at the Albay Capitol Monday to give aid to the affected families of the Mayon Volcano’s continuous hazardous activities.

The Metro Manila Council Mayon Relief Operations convoy comprising of 125 personnel with 26 vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, pick-ups, etc.) isscheduled to personally bring food, medicine, and clean water from fire trucks to the different evacuation centers around the province for three days.

According to OIC general manager of MMDA, Jose Arturo Garcia Jr., they formed teams to make this Mayon operation possible.

He also gave a message from the 17 mayors of metro manila who said that they are pleased to help Albayanos, “Makita lang, makamayan, at maakap lang sila malaking bagay na yan.” He added.

The Metro Manila Council coordinated with Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, the appointed crisis manager for the Mayon volcano eruption.

Groups from Navotas and Parañaque already coordinated with their target municipality.

Navotas will be distributing relief goods to Ligao City, and financial assistance in Guinobatan. While Parañaque will give Relief and Financial Assistance to Camalig.

On the other hand, Malabon, Quezon City, and Valenzuela group coordinated with the Provincial Government of Albay for the lists of evacuation centers and number of evacuees to be able to identify which group is quantitatively capable to cater families on each evacuation centers.

While Muntinlupa, personally turnover their financial assistance to Governor Al Francis Bichara.

The Metro Manila Council Mayon Relief Operations was planned and organized during the emergency meeting of the Metro Manila Council where the Metro Manila mayors and the MMDA agreed to have a common fund with each LGU giving at least P500,000 from their local disaster funds.

The group attended the flag ceremony of the Provincial Government of Albay before their deployment to different evacuation centers. (PGA-PIO)


Alert Level 4 still up over Mayon; donations pour in for evacuees

By Mar Serrano Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY -- Mayon Volcano continues to be under Alert Level 4, over a month since it started its restive state, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Eduardo Laguerta, chief of Phivolcs in Bicol, said during the past 24-hour observation period, Mayon continued to show signs of sustained restiveness characterized by quiet lava effusion and degassing from the summit crater.

When asked about the possibility of lowering the volcano’s alert level from 4 to 3, he said that as long as there is still lava oozing out of the crater summit and other parameters for a possible imminent hazardous eruption to occur any time, Alert Level 4 remains in effect.

Mayon volcano has so far expelled more than 80 million cubic meters of molten lava for over a month, Laguerta said.

Phivolcs reiterates its warning to residents to keep out of the eight-kilometer-radius danger zone and to be extra vigilant for lahar flows along river channels during heavy rains.

Meanwhile, millions of pesos worth of donations from various private corporations and foundations keep pouring in as Mayon volcano continues to display its restive state, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said.

Reports reaching the RDRRMC said several companies from the mining industry and a private foundation have stepped up efforts to assist thousands of displaced families that were housed in various evacuation centers of Albay province.

Claudio Yucot, regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for Bicol and RDRRMC chairperson, in an interview on Monday said there are 17,329 families or 66,009 persons still seeking refuge in 61 evacuation centers in the towns of Malilipot, Bacacay, Santo Domingo, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, and the cities of Tabaco, Ligao, and Legazpi.

Yucot said the national and local governments have spent a total of PHP325-million in assistance given to the thousands of families displaced by Mayon Volcano's eruption.

A total of PHP7.7 million worth of relief goods, shelter and medical supplies were donated by major mining companies to the evacuees, according to Marionne Ruiz, Public Affairs chief of Filminera Resource Corp. operating a mine in Aroroy town, Masbate.

Ruiz was tasked by the Chamber of Mines to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Education (DepEd) for millions worth of relief assistance, including tents donated by 15 mining companies operating across the country.

Ruiz said the bulk of the contributions came from the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), which has a mine site in Aroroy.

The mining firm is the single largest investment in the province of Masbate. Its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) has enabled Aroroy to transform from being a fourth-class town into a first-class municipality.

The two firms under MGP -- Filminera Resources Corp. and Philippine Gold Processing & Refining Corp. -- jointly donated 25 large military-grade tents that can each shelter up to 40 people to the DepEd regional office to be used as temporary classrooms.

Schools and classrooms in Legazpi are currently being used as evacuation centers.

The OCD report indicated that currently, there are 72,166 learners in 53 public schools who were affected by the evacuation as a result of Mayon volcano eruption.

The report said the DepEd was able to build 188 of the 196 Temporary Learning Spaces it needed to accommodate the thousands of elementary pupils whose regular classes were affected by the evacuation.

Aside from the tents, the MGP has also donated PHP3.5-million worth of relief goods to the evacuees.

Other mining companies which contributed include Orica Philippines Inc., Oceana Gold Phils. Inc., Philippine Nickel Industry, Carmen Copper Corporation, Mt. Labo Exploration & Develop Corporation, Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Cordillera Administrative Region-Greenstone Resources Corporation, LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., Central Luzon IEC, National Community Relations Practitioners of the Philippines, Carascal Nickel Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, and FCF Minerals.

The donations were mostly food packs, dust masks, hygiene kits, medicine, and clothes. (PNA)

Bicol has enough supply of rice in markets: NFA

LEGAZPI CITY--- The National Food Authority (NFA) in Bicol has assured the public that there is no shortage of rice stocked in warehouses in the region, an NFA official said Monday.

Beth Jacob, regional information officer of NFA-Bicol, in an interview said, "Although we only have remaining 110,000 sacks of rice stocked inside our warehouses regionwide that will last for two to three days (of delivery), there is no reason to have a rice shortage in the markets."

Jacob said beginning last January 19, they were able to deliver NFA rice to their outlets especially in public markets of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon provinces.

Although limited as their stocks is depleted, NFA rice is available in the market for 32 pesos per kilo, Jacob said.

"Our office will continue to deliver NFA rice in said three provinces until March 9," and we are hoping that by April, the awaited 250,000 metric tons (5 million bags) imported rice will arrive to boost the regional stocks," she added.

"Catanduanes and Masbate actually did not stop supplying NFA rice in their markets...because they are island provinces and so we are prioritizing them," Jacob said.

In Albay, because of the ongoing Mayon eruption, selling of NFA rice in the market has been suspended to prioritize thousands of evacuees.

Jacob said Albay has 24,891 bags intended for Mayon evacuees; Camarines Norte has 9,792 bags; Camarines Sur-19,379 bags; Catanduanes-9,588 bags; Masbate-1,784 bags and Sorsogon has 24,751 bags.

Jacob, also added that if the importation of rice failed to happen in April they will ask the central office to allow them to withdraw from other regional offices to augment the needs of the region because of the present situation of Mayon volcano.

Jacob said currently, the stocks of commercial rice in the market total 346,493 bags while those in households, 993,761 bags.

The daily consumption of rice of all Bicolanos is 40,000 sacks. (PNA)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Andaya declares bid for governor of Cam Sur

NAGA CITY – 1st Dist Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. is expected to announce soon his decision to run for governor of Camarines Sur.

This information was confirmed to the Bicol Standard by no less that his longtime aide and 1st District Board member Russel Bañez in a telephone interview.

Andaya’s decision to run for the top position in the premier province in Bicol was reached upon consultation with some leaders coming from the five districts of the province in an gathering held in Metro Manila, last night.

Board member Bañez confirmed that Rep. Andaya is scheduled for an interview with the local media, to make public his plan to run for the said position.

Meanwhile, Marissa Mercado- Andaya, wife of Rep. Andaya, will run for congresswoman of the 1st district, while former Pasig City Mayor Maribel Andaya-Eusebio, who is the sister of Rep. Andaya will run for congresswoman in the 2nd district of Camarines Sur.

Maribel Andaya-Eusebio is said to be preparing to register as a voter in the town of Libmanan  from where her grandmother hails.

Banez also told the Bicol Standard that Andaya’s group will field a complete slate for all local positions.

Andaya's leaders are expected to meet this coming March in connection with this political development, Bañez said.

Ekipahe kan Philvolcs sa Albay, liwat na naman na hinabas

Ni: Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Liwat na naman na hinabas an mga ekipahe kan Philvolcs na yaon sa pamitisan kan bulkan.

Sa report kan Legazpi City Police Station, Sabado nin udto, Pebrero 24, 2018, kan madiskubre kan mga Science Specialist kan Philvolcs na nawawara na an duwang baterya na kantidad P12, 000 kada saru, asin duwa man na Solar panel, na kantidad P6,000 kada saru an nawawara sa saindang Hydrolab Station na yaon sa Purok-4, Brgy. Padang, Legazpi City.

Sa pag iimbestigar, napag araman na pwersahan na niraot kan mga mahabas an aluminum case kan nasabing mga baterya asin solar panel kaya marikas ining nakua.

Sa intrivista kay Director Renato Solidum, sinabi kaining importanteng maray an mga ekipahe ngani masukol kun nagbababa an water level kan bulkan.

Tinawang doon kaini na barato sana an mga ekipaheng ini, alagad dakula an tabang kaini sa saindang data collection na importante para sa pag analisar kan kamugtakan kan Mayon.

Inihayag kan Opisyal, na sag abos na mga nakataltag na ekipahe sa palibot kan Mayon, an Parteng Padang, Legazpi asin LIdong, Sto Dominggo, an pirmihan na may nawawara.

Pirang taon na an nakalilihis kan may nadakop na sa lugar asin nakasuhan alagad dae pa man liwat nagpupundo.

Nakihuron si Solidum sa mga residentes sa lugar na protehiran an mga ekipahe huli digdi nakasarig an safety kan mga Albayano.

Miyentrastanto, sasuhay na intrivista kay Dr. Cedric Daep kan APSEMO, sinabi kaining may suspek na kun sisay sa Baranggay an nagkua.

Pig iimbestigaran na suboot kan pulisya.

Sinasabing comon na nagagamit an mga baterya asin solar panel na pan-ilaw sa harong.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

EDUCO promotes mother tongue-based education

Commemorating International Mother Tongue Day , EDUCO stresses that teaching in a pupil’s own language is fundamental for reducing educational failure.

Mikel Egibar, Head of Education at EDUCO, insists that “when a child learns in a language that is the official language in the country and not the one spoken by his or her family, educational failure is considerably higher."

Forty 40% of the world population does not have access to education in their mother tongue according to UNESCO data. This figure includes more than 221 million primary school children. Egibar explains that “when children do not study in their mother tongue, they find it harder to learn, pass exams and participate in class. This leads to a loss in confidence and a lack of self-esteem because they don’t seetheir efforts rewarded”. Given this situation, EDUCO has been developing and supporting mother tongue educational programs in countries including the Philippines.

In the Philippines more than 170 languages are spoken, but most primary school children study in English or Tagalog, the two official languages. This often results in children not understanding what is being explained in the classroom. For this reason, EDUCO works in 192 schools in the country, promoting teacher training to enable them to teach in their pupils’ languages, and the creation of educational material and books written in their language.

The Education Department’s Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) Program was first introduced in 2009. It’s currently on its second phase. While it has encountered challenges in implementation, it is improving from its first phase of implementation.

In Bicol, for example, the Mother Tongue used by the Department was Bikol-Naga. Each province in the Region—even at municipal level—uses a different variety of Bikol as a local language. Teachers had difficulty teaching in local language because they are not used to it, they hail from another municipality, and they lack the materials or references to teach in Bikol.

EDUCO in the Philippines was part of identifying and solving these challenges by supporting the creation, publication, and distribution of contextualized books. Locals were given the platform and guidance to write and illustrate stories in their own local language. Books were published, and distributed to the communities that authored them.

Many communities still need similar support. The Education Department in Bicol continues implementing MTB-MLE, learning from teachers and students. It’s also taken from EDUCO’s experience as well as from the 2016 Program assessment that Bikol—as a local language, particularly its orthography or how it is written—needs to be standardized. EDUCO continues to work with DepEd to uphold quality and transformative education in Bicol region.


Bicolanas vie for Bb Pilipinas 2018

WILL A BICOLANA BE CROWNED BB. PILIPINAS 2018? Clockwise from top left: Angelica Corbe, Catriona Gray, Angeli Asuncion,  Sigrid Flores, Shane Tormes, Kayesha Chua, andMichelle Gumabao are setting their sights on the prestigious titl (Photos from Bb. Pilipinas website)

LEGAZPI CITY -- Seven Bicolanas are eyeing the Miss Bicolandia 2018 crown.

They are Michelle Gumabao (Baao, Camarines Sur), Catriona Gray (Oas, Albay), Sigrid Grace Flores (Catanduanes), Shane Tormes (Bula, Camarines Sur), Kayesha Clauden Chua (Legazpi City, Albay), Angelica Corbe (Legazpi City, Albay), and Angeli Aubrey Asuncion (Tabaco, Albay).

Among the Bicolanas, an early favorite is Catriona Gray, who was earlier crowned as Miss World Philippines 2016 and made it to the top 5 of the Miss World pageant.

Gray thanked her supporters on her Facebook page for their support and encouragement during the public presentation.

Meanwhile, also among the hot picks is Michelle Gumabao, who was a former Pinoy Big Brother housemate.

The coronation night is slated on March 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Last year, Bicolana Rachel Peters of Canaman, Camarines Sur was crowned Binibining Pilipinas.


Friday, February 23, 2018

NFA rice in Bicol only good for 4 days

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)—National Food Authority Bicol spokesperson Lilibeth Jacob has urged the NFA national office to shorten the time to import the staple commodity, as rice supply has dropped in the region.

Interviewed by the media, Jacob said that at present, she estimates that their buffer stock is only good for around four days.

She further expects that their stock will be completely gone by the last week of March or the first week of April, if no measures are undertaken.

Because of this, she suggests that the 250, 000 metric tons of rice be imported in April instead of the original June schedule.

According to Jacob, the presence of NFA rice in the market is a big help in keeping the price of the staple commodity low.

Commercial rice costs around P45 to P55 per kilo in the region, she noted.

Meantime, the spokesperson emphasized that the Mayon-affected residents of Albay and other calamity-stricken areas are still in the top priority of the NFA.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Legazpi mayor wants evacuation centers smoke-free

By Emmanuel Solis

LEGAZPI CITY -- The mayor here is reminding all Mayon evacuees to strictly follow the smoke-free policy of the city government in the public schools currently serving as their temporary shelters.

Mayor Noel Rosal told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview Tuesday that some of the evacuees were seen smoking in the centers.

"In Legazpi, we are strictly implementing this local ordinance as a firm commitment to maintain the healthful environment for the constituents and visitors in order to prevent cancer, heart diseases, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary and other tobacco-related diseases," Rosal said.

He directed the office of the smoke-free ordinance enforcers and the office of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) to ask the evacuees to stop puffing cigarettes in the compound of evacuation centers particularly at their respective rooms to prevent diseases caused by second-hand smoke.

Rosal also instructed the members of the enforcing team to conduct a regular monitoring of all the people in the evacuation centers and explain to them the penalties imposed on violators of the smoke-free ordinance of Legazpi.

Ordinance number ‎007-2009, otherwise known as the Revised Smoke-Free Ordinance which was approved nine years ago bans cigarette smoking in the city’s public places which include government offices, mass conveyances, parks, sidewalks, hospitals, school campuses, malls, public markets, cockpit arena, entertainment houses, restaurants, pub houses, roads sides, sports complex, evacuation centers and other crowded areas.

For three consecutive years starting 2010, Legazpi was a recipient of the yearly Red Orchid Award being accorded by the Department of Health (DOH) to local government units and other public institutions which have successfully implemented the anti-smoking drive.

In 2012, this city was named into the Hall of Fame of the DOH Red Orchid awards, an achievement testimonial of the city administration's commitment to free its communities of the hazards that cigarette smoking brings upon public health.

The search for the Red Orchid award that was launched by the DOH Center’s for Health Development aims to address the health risk posed by tobacco smoke, which kills at least 10 Filipinos every hour. (PNA)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DILG to barangays: Submit report on use of SK funds by March 15

In preparation for the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14, 2018, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds all barangays to submit their annual reports on the utilization of their SK funds last year not later than March 15, 2018.

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo M. Ano says that there is a need to ensure that the funds allocated for the SK were spent judiciously and for the benefit and welfare of the youth.

“Bilang mga lingkod bayan, nararapat lamang na ipaalam ng mga barangay sa mga mamamayan kung paano nila ginastos ang pondong nakalaan para sa mga kabataan,” says Ano.

Under the Guidelines on the Allocation and Utilization of SK Funds issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last year, “the 10% of the general fund of the barangay allocated for the SK shall be used solely for youth development and empowerment programs and projects until the new set of SK officials shall have been duly elected and qualified”.

The guidelines also specify that the SK funds shall be allocated for the Mandatory Training and SK Pederasyon elections and for youth development and empowerment programs and projects that will promote and ensure equitable access to quality education, youth employment and livelihood, anti-drug abuse, gender sensitivity, sports development, and capacity building, among others.

DILG Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said that DILG through the Local Government Academy is prepared to conduct the Mandatory Training for Newly Elected SK Officials but the cost of these trainings shall be charged to the 10% of the Barangay General Fund reserved for youth projects.

"We wish to remind all Barangays that they should reserve funds for the Mandatory Training of all SK officials to be elected this May. Thus, they should not spend the entire 10% otherwise their SK won't be able to attend the trainings," said Malaya.

Malaya said that barangays are required to submit the said reports on SK funds utilization to the Department through the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), copy furnished to the National Youth Commission (NYC).

He said that submission of 2017 annual reports on SK funds can be done through email to DILG NBOO at nboo.dilgco@gmail.com. Copy to be furnished to NYC can be sent through sanggunnian.nyc@gmail.com.

Task Force on Youth Development

As part of the Department’s advocacy on transparent and accountable youth governance, Ano says that the Task Force on Youth Development (TFYD) created in each barangay shall prepare the reports on the utilization of SK Funds as well as formulate the Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program until such time that the new SK officials shall have been duly elected and qualified.

He also points out that it is the responsibility of the TFYD to ensure and monitor the implementation of the youth development and empowerment programs, projects and activities.

Likewise, the task force shall conduct inventory of all properties, finances, and documents to ensure smooth transition to the incoming SK officials.

The TFYD is composed of a Sangguniang Barangay (SB) member, preferably the Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family, as Chairperson, and four members who are chosen from the list of the nominees of the youth organizations in the barangays.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Papin vs Alfelor, malaban pagka Vice Gov sa CSur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) - Posibleng magtapsok liwat si Imelda Papin sa lokal na politika sa provincia nin Camarines Sur.

Si Papin na nagi nang Vice Gobernador kan provincial, ultimong nag probar na maghagad nin mandato kan mga tawo sa distrito kan Partido, bilang congresista kan nakalihis na election, alagad dinaog nin dikit na boto ni Rep. Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella.

Base sa nagunong informasyon hale sa mga ayudante ni Papin, pig hihimunta guiraray niya an pwesto kan pagiging vice gobernador, ngonian na si Vice Gov Fortunato “Ato” Pena, dai pwedeng mag re-election.

Si Papin iyo an pig lalaoman na magiging ka-tandem ni Gov Migz Villafuerte, sa election lokal sa masunod na taon.

Mientrastanto, si Papin dai pa nin confirmasyon kan baretang ini.

Alagad, an enot na nagbungkaras na informasyon, preparado na siyang bweltahan an dati niyang pwesto sa gobierno provincial.

Mientrastanto, pwedeng makalaban ni Papin sa cargong vice gobernador iyo si Atty. Peachy Alfelor-Moraleda, na hale sa Ciudad kan Iriga, asin aki ni dating Rep. Nancing Alfelor Jr.

Si Alfelor-Moraleda nagdalagan kan naka aging election sa cargong vice gobernador, pero dinaog nin dikit sanang boto ni Vice Gov Pena.


Public Safety Officer, gadan sa saksak sa Oas, ALbay

Oas, Albay – Gadan an sarung Public Safety Officer sa banwaan kan Oas, ALbay, matapos na biglang saksakon ini sa saiyang daghan kan haloy na niyang kaiwal.

Sa Impormasyon kan Oas Municipal Police Station, binisto an biktima na si Arne Caño y Bisueña , 37 anyos, may agom, residente kan Brgy. Rizal, kan nasabing banwaan.

An suspek, iyo si Ian Saclag y Reburiano, 42 anyos, soltero, daeng trabaho, taga Brgy. Talongog, kan kaparehong banwaan.

Nangyari an insidente kan Sabado nin udto, Pebrero 17, 2018, sa mismong barangay kan suspek.

Segun sa istorya, nasa tindahan an biktima kan biglang ranihan kan suspek sa bay saksak sa saiyang daghan gamit an sarung kitchen knife na nakua sa sarung paratiyenda man sa lugar.

Matapos kaini, dulos kuminutipas nin dulag an suspek mantang an biktima na dinara pa man kuta sa JBDMDH, Ligao City alagad dineklarang dead-on-arrival ni Dr. Ma. Loielin A. Tolentino.
Sinasabing ang haloy ng iwal kan duwa an motibo kan krimen.

Tulos man na naarestar an suspek kan magsagibo nin hot pursuit an mga otoridad.

Sa ngonyan, sasangatan na ini nin maninigong kaso.

Bakwit, gadan kan makuryente matapos mag uli sa harong

Vince Villar

Ligao City – Dead-on-the-spot an sarung 17 anyos na daragang bakwit sa siyudad na ini matapos makuryente kan piglilipat niyuang saksakan nin kuryente mantang naglalaba.

Sa impormasyon na ipinaabot kan Ligao City Police Station, binisto an biktima na si Charlene Joy Yasol y Cardaño, grade-12 student kan Ligao City Technical Vocational High School, residente kan Purok-5, Brgy. Baligang, Ligao City  asin temporaryamenteng nag ebakwar sa Brgy. Nasisi Evacuation Center.

Nangyari an insidente bandang alas 9:00 nin aga nin Dominggo, Pebrero 18, 2018, sa harong kan biktima.

Segun sa istorya kan tugang kaini na si Marvin Yasol y Cardaño, 35 anyos, alas 5:00 nin aga kan maghali sinda kan saiyang tugang sa evacuation center ngani mag asikaso kan mga gibuhon sa harong ninda.

Pag abot sa harong tulos na nagbahog kan saindang mga ataman si Marvin mantang an saiyang tugang an nawalat ngani maglinig asin maglaba.

Alagad, kan magbwelta siya, nahiling niya an saiyang tugang na yaon sa laog kan kwarto, kapot an saksakan nin kuryente asin gadan na.

Nagtutubod si Marvin na nakuryente an tugang niya matapos ilipat an saksakan hali sa kubeta ninda pasiring sa kwarto.

BIR-Bicol surpasses 2017 tax collection target

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY -- The year 2017 was a fruitful one for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Bicol as it collected a total of PHP10.7 billion, surpassing its target of PHP9.1 billion.

"Almost all of our Revenue District Offices (RDO) attained their respective collection targets for 2017,"Mary Jane Asuncion, BIR officer-in-charge and assistant regional director for Bicol, said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) after the launch of the region’s tax awareness campaign dubbed, "Salamat Sa 'Yo", earlier this week.

“For January 2018, we were able to realize a PHP1.1 billion collection, surpassing our PHP784.7 million goal for the month and 17.22 percent or PHP174 million over our collection for the same period last year,” Asuncion said.

Of the BIR’s seven district offices in the region, RDO No. 67 covering Legazpi City topped the collection performance for the month of January with PHP447 million, marking a 10.42 percent increase compared to the PHP404.8 million collected in January 2017.

RDO 65, which covers Naga City, placed second for collecting PHP298.9 million, which is 26.16 percent higher than January 2017’s PHP237 million.

RDO 68, which covers Sorsogon City, ranked third with a collection of PHP140.85 million, 41.26 percent more than the PHP99.7 million collected in January last year.

The fourth top performer was RDO 70 in Masbate City, with PHP92.694 million.

"We really recognize the efforts of the BIR personnel for their professionalism and competence," Asuncion said, expressing optimism that more could be achieved in the coming months with the continued cooperation of taxpayers and tax agents and the collaborative efforts of revenue officials to pursue their thrusts for a strong republic.

This year’s collection target for Bicol was set at PHP12.1 billion.

For her part, lawyer Lorna Cruz, chief legal officer of BIR-Bicol, explained the importance and benefits of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

"The objective of this law, primarily is to alleviate poverty so that we can compete globally. In fact, one of the effects of the law is giving an exemption on withholding tax for those receiving PHP250,000 and below per annum. This will increase take-home money and bonuses," Cruz said.

The lawyer clarified, however, that the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), which was last amended in 1997, is still in effect.

"Some of the provisions in the NIRC were amended, not the entire revenue code and we are expecting that the taxation law will definitely be affected by the said amendments," Cruz added.

BIR-Bicol is set to conduct seminars and training courses to inform the public of the importance and benefits of the new law.

Meanwhile, the "Salamat Sa 'Yo" campaign acknowledges the public's contribution to the economy through the taxes they pay.

"Instead of explicitly asking the general public to pay taxes, we in BIR acknowledge their (public) contribution for the change that has come," Asuncion said.

The contribution of every taxpaying individual to nation-building has a ripple effect, she said, noting that while each tax contribution is small, its effect goes a long way.

According to the official, the BIR, as the lifeblood of the government, needs taxes to continue government programs and projects that benefit the people. (PNA)

SSS offers calamity loan assistance to Mayon-affected members, pensioners

Active members and pensioners of the Social Security Syastem (SSS) residing in areas affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption can get financial aid under the pension fund's Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) until May 15, 2018.

“SSS members and pensioners can avail of a maximum of P16,000 calamity loan, payable in two years. To further help them recover from this unfortunate situation, monthly amortization will only start after three months from the time that they received the loan,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said.

SSS has earmarked more than P193 million for the inplementation of the loan program in areas declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) due to Mayon Volcano eruption. SSS has estimated 19,354 potential borrowers with an average monthly salary credit of P10,000.

The calamity loan assistance program (CLAP) is a separate loan window from the regular salary loan. The loanable amount is payable within two years in equal monthly installments with an annual interest rate of 10 percent and monthly penalty of one percent for late payments.

“We also waived the one percent service fee as special consideration to our member-applicants,” Dooc added.

Qualified applicants under CLAP are those with home address or property in NDRRMC-declared calamity areas and have a minimum of 36 monthly contributions, six of which should be paid within the 12-month period preceding the date of application.

However, member-applicants with previous CLAP availments and outstanding balance under the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP), as well as those with final benefit claims such as for total permanent disability and retirement, are not qualified under the current program.

“OFW members whose residence is within the declared calamity area are also qualified to apply for calamity loan assistance. They only need to issue an authorization letter for their representatives to submit their application on their behalf,” said Dooc.

Aside from CLAP, members can also avail of three-month advance pension and Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan Program.

Pensioners applying for the advanced release of three months' worth of pension whose present address is different from the address in the SSS database will have to present a barangay certification as proof that they reside in the declared calamity area.

Availment of the three-month advance pension is until May 15, 2018.

Meanwhile, applicants under the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan Program must not be more than 60 years old and with at least 24 monthly contributions, in which three of the contributions were posted within the last 12-month period prior to the month of filing.

“Members can borrow a maximum of P1 million pesos with an interest rate of six percent per annum fixed for 15 years. We also waived the regular processing fee so that members will only focus on paying their monthly amortizations on time,” Dooc explained.

Members have one year to submit applications for Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan program which will run until February 15, 2019.

SSS is also set to distribute relief goods in Bicol on March 02, 2018 as part of the “SSS Cares Program”, the pension fund’s corporate social responsibility program.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Aki kan dating Chief of Police, pinagbabadil gadan sa Masbate

ni Vince Villar

Milagros, Masbate - Siyam na tama nin bala gikan sa dae madeterminaran na kalibre nin badil an tuminapos sa buhay kan sarung 27 anyos na soltero, na aki nin dating Chief of police, sa banwaang ini kasubanggi.

Sa report na naka abot sa Police Regional Office 5, Camp General Simeon Ola, Legazpi City, binisto an biktima na si Franklin Danao y Acaba, sarung Seaman, aki ni retired PSI Roberto Danao kan Milagros MPS.

Segun sa impormasyon, bandang alas 6:30 nin banggi, Pebrero 15, 2018, mantang nagmamaneho ini nin motorsiklo hali sa pagsaod, kan sabayan kan duwang suspek na naka motorsiklo man saka pinagbabadil sagkod magadan.

Sa ngonyan, duwang anggulo an tinututukan kan mga otoridad na pwedeng iyo an motibo kan krimen.

Enot an suboot istorya na may nakaiwal an biktima huli ta may sinaway ining karerebukan kan naka aging aldaw mantang an ikaduwa iyo an posibleng may kinaaraman sa dating trabaho kan ama kaini na kung saen dakol naging kadagit huli sa pagiging istrikto sa pag implementar nin mga ley.

Napag araman na pasakay na naman kuta sa barko an biktima asin nakaplanong magpakasal na sa saiyang ilusyon pakatapos.

Beyond ash and fire: the other effects of volcanoes in the community

WHITE AS SNOW. Ash-covered roofs line up with similarly ash-covered foliage in a town near Mt. Mayon while a test for particulate matter (PM) is ongoing. In the background is Mt. Mayon itself, shrouded in ash and fog. The ‘Minivol’ sampler on the right, from the Environmental Pollution Studies Laboratory (EPSL) or the UP-IESM, was used in cooperation with Bicol University to determine the composition of the air during the recent increased volcanic activity of Mt. Mayon.

ASIDE FROM being a fiery spectacle of nature, volcanoes are more than meet the eye—they are a force to be reckoned with. A single volcano has the ability to completely change the world’s entire atmosphere, maybe even permanently.

In the Philippines, which sits at the western edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire, adapting to living near volcanoes is commonplace.

Especially in the province of Albay, where sits Mt. Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines.

Mt. Mayon has recently exhibited increased activity which includes more lava flows and fountaining, and an increase of the emission volcanic gases like sulfur dioxide.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) measures that the current activity of Mayon is still ‘far from the peak explosion’ which may come in the coming weeks.

No stranger to volcanoes

Southeast Asia is one of the most geologically-active regions, of the world, if not the most, and had been home to the most destructive and powerful volcanic eruptions in history.

Some of the historic explosions of this region have made a critical impact in the atmosphere; Tambora, Indonesia, 1815; Pinatubo, in the Philippines, in 1991, which cooled the entire world by half a degree Celsius; Mt. Samalas, Indonesia, in the 13th century, which may have plunged medieval Europe into a series of famines due to anomalous weather changes that ensured, and Krakatoa in 1883, also in Indonesia, which also cooled the entire world.

In the Philippines, it is easy to feel the effects of a nagaalburutongvolcano—ash fall, difficulty of breathing, or even crop failure, andwhile we already know the long-term results explosive volcanic eruptions may effect to the atmosphere, it’s also important to take into account the finer details of its effects.

Atmospheric and environmental effects

According to Mylene Cayetano, Ph.D., the head of the Environmental Pollution Studies Laboratory of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology at UP Diliman, the most cause for concern is for the fine dusts coming from pyroclastic density currents.

“The fine dusts coming from the pyroclastic density current, or uson, due to its small size, can be resuspended in the air, and may eventually reach the residential areas outside of the danger zone. Then, if not washed off by rain, may spread farther. If inhaled, these dusts may trigger premature asthma attacks, allergic rhinitis, throat irritation, runny nose or sore eyes,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano, a chemist, also pointed out that the sulfur dioxidein the atmosphere may become acid rain in a matter of hours, which can injure the skin and damage crops and infrastructure, as well as disrupt bodies of water.

“Acid rain may impact the surrounding vegetation by damaging the leaves and crops, due to its corrosive character. The acid rain can directly contribute to the acidity of the ground and thus reducing the potential of beneficial microorganisms in the soil to thrive, and essential soil nutrients to be available, thus reducing the overall fertility of the affected area,” Cayetano added.

“With regard to fresh bodies of water, acid rain can also increase the alkalinity of lakes, rivers, and even those dedicated for aquaculture. When the alkalinity is altered, the growth of phytoplankton necessary for feeding fish might be inhibited, thus threatening the habitat of fish,” she added.


Tabang kan gobyerno nasyonal, NGOs sa mga Mayon evacuees, labi P250-M na

ni Vince Villar
Legazpi City – Labi sa P250 milyones na an natitataong tabang kan manlaen laen na National Government Agencies (NGAs) asin kan mga Non Government Organizations (NGOs) sa mga Mayon Evacuees sa Albay sa sobra sarung bulan ng pag alburuto kan bulkang Mayon.

Segun sa Office of Civil Defense (OCD-Bicol), pinakadakula digdi an P70 million na gikan sa Office of the President, mantang ikaduwa an DSWD na nag abot na sa P40.7 million.

P35 million an sa PCSO, na an P5 million personal na hinatod ni Board member Sandra Cam, mantang an P30 Million an uminabot pa sana kan nakalihis na semana asin tulos na binaranga kan 3 siyudad asin 6 na munisipyong apektado.

P30 million an gikan sa DOLE sa paagi kan cash for work program ninda mantang P23.4 million naman hali sa DOH.

P16.7 million hali sa DepEd sa paagi kan mga TLS asin Hygiene Kits, P12.7 million sa PRC o Philppine Red Cross, asin P9.012 million man sa OCD.

P8.1 million hali sa IOM, P3.7 hali sa manlaen laen na NGO’s, P1.8 million hali sa LGU CamSur, mantang labi P538k man sa DENR.

Sa kabilugan, uminabot ini sa P252, 003, 896.17.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura

4k Barrel at Tanog Bikol
Photo: Bicol Standard

Bikol music has definitely moved on from folk song “Sarong Banggi” and the Bikol chacha, any outsider would readily conclude after attending Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura.

A variety and wide range of original Bikol songs, from the kundiman to a bawdy song, to folk, rock, slow rock, pop, to reggae and rap were performed in Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura last Saturday, Feb. 10, in Naga City. The Bikol music makers showcased their talents both in music composition and performance in this event subsidized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA),

Organized by composer Romulo Prado Jr. with the assistance of broadcaster Don Amador who served as emcee, three individual musicians and seven groups presented an assortment of music/ literary work in this first ever celebration of music makers in Bikol’s celebration of National Arts Month, Tagbo 2018.

The proud Nagueños of 4k Barrel fired the first salvo with their hit songs “Pungaw ako Saimo” and “Proud Ako (Magin Nagueño),” plus a new rendition of Prado’s tribute to the river “Salog Naga.”

Finalists in the 2017 Bicol Music Festival Reloaded of radio station BBS also performed their pieces. Ivy Temporal belted out the first prize winner “Kugos,” with lyrics by Imelda Nardo and music by James Reburiano. Balatan rap artist John Benedict ‘Trykz’ Mangente sang “Paralawod” reggae style about the life of fisherfolk in his hometown, and rapped “Dayaday sa Puso,”a tribute to fallen military and police.

Moi Fernandez sang a drinkers’ bawdy song, “Ulod,” in a paradoxically operatic manner, inviting laughter from the audience.

Up-and-coming singer-composer Ajan Dolorical sang his Rinconada song “Kin Ako Migraan” and the all-instrumental rock piece “Capricorn” along with Harvey Jake Pacis on bass guitar and Stib Briones as percussionist of their band, The Chopping Board.

Joey Santiago did a far throwback to two Bikol angsty kundiman, one of them “Mga Bangging Bulanon,” now unfamiliar to the present generation. Santiago accompanied his songs on the guitar, with the added flair of Fernandez’s violin accompaniment.

Movie and drama scorer Jireh Pasano of Albay performed his musical rendition of poems by National Book Awards winner Victor Dennis Nierva, “Antisipasyon” and “May mga Pugot na Payo sa Luwas kan Bintana,” as well as Pasano’s own composition, “Mayô.” Jennelyn Bujo and Ken Romero accompanied by Khryss Arañas on the guitar rendered two more songs by Pasano from the river advocacy play “Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog,” the lovers’ serenade and “Kita an mga Aninipot,” lyrics by Sari Saysay.

Noyz Dotillos did a one-man act in singing the rhythmic “Kaidto asin Ngonyan” comparing the ways of the new to the past generation, and his love song “Hinahanap Ko.”

An original Spoken Word feature, well applauded by the audience, was performed by Melissa Basmayor, “Kun gusto mo maging maogma” which ended in a timely homage to cultural workers.

Other numbers were the slow rock pieces of Zultanite, “Pangako” composed by Tel Santiano, and “Minsan” by the group’s lead guitarist James Allen Sandagon. The other members of the rock band, which came all the way from Libmanan for the event, are Frederick San Andres, vocalist; Sonny Prado, rhythm guitarist; Hans David Sandagon, bass guitarist; Rymer Jann Meralpis, keyboardist; and Arnulfo Samonte Jr., drummer.

To cap the event, Wowie Nabua sang an acoustic version of the classic “Boses ni Lolo” by Henry Turalde accompanied by Jojo Peconcillo on the guitar, and “Bawal na Pagkamoot.” The band Siglo ni Abiel with Abiel Candelaria as vocalist, Jayson San Vicente as guitarist, Nora Navarette as drummer, and Loi Prado as bassist sang rock songs “Sako Saimo Mapuon” and “Aram na.”

Common themes of the songs are love, including love of mother, social critique, the ecology, and pride in being Bikolnon. Allusions to folk songs Si Nanay si Tatay and Sarong Banggi were notable in some of the lyrics.

Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura is part of the continuing effort of local music workers to arrive at a distinctive “Bikol Sound” via an increase in the production and preservation of original Bikol music. The concert was held at the Burabod Grill on Dayangdang Street in Naga City and was supported by the visual artists of Art Market 4400 who sold their wares at the venue. – Doods M. Santos, with Muloi Prado


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More than a thousand ruminants in Albay still in animal evacuation pooling sites

CAMALIG, ALBAY---There are 1350 cows, carabaos, horses, goats and sheep from 13 barangays in Guinobatan, Daraga and Camalig that are still being raised in 12 animal evacuation pool sites or feeding camps as of today.

According to the report of Albay Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Florencio Adonay and head of the Mayon Evacuation of Animal Team (MEAT), the ruminants were from the 432 affected livestock raisers from barangays Salugan, Anoling, Cabangan, and Tumpa, Bañadero,Budiao, Matnog, Salvacion, Mi-isi, Muladbucad Pequeño, Doña Tomasa, Muladbucad Grande, and Masarawag when Mayon Volcano erupted this year. Hence, the animals were evacuated in the identified pooling sites.

At present, there are no evacuated animals from the first district yet as ash fall are only experienced in the second and third districts of Albay.

The identified pooling sites are located in low-lying areas of the affected barangays outside the declared 8-9 km danger zone.

The MEAT also fed more than 1300 cats and dogs in barangays Masarawag, Muladbucad Grande, Muladbucad Pequeno, Maninila and Dona Tomasa in Guinobatan, Albay. The feeding of these animals was supported by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society Internationale (HSI) and Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

The team also established strategic feeding camps and provided laminated sacks to protect the feeder, water and feeds in case of ash fall; ruminant feeding concentrates; PVC drums as feeder/water containers; and 10-meter-nylon ropes. It also conducted animal tagging and veterinary mission service which include check-up, treatments, vitamin supplementations, and other healthcare activities.

The Department of Agriculture in Bicol already donated molasses, ropes, Combinex, feeds, copra meat, and salt as food supplement to the livestock animals and relief goods to the livestock raiser/farmer. Animal healthcare interventions and monitoring to prevent outbreak of volcanic ash-related diseases and disorders on livestock are conducted at the evacuation centers. Personnel were deployed to continue the update on-site validation for the identified pooling sites of livestock. DA-Bicol provided transport vehicles for the evacuation of animals. (jaysonmgonzales)


ISIPON OSIPON | An simbolo kan puso

Sarong misterio kun tano an simbulo kan puso iba man sa itsura kan totoong puso.

Alagad may nagkapirang teorya kun tano siring kaini an kinatudan.

Sabi sa mga pag-adal, kan 1400 ginamit na an simbulo kan puso sa mga baraha duman sa Europa.

Pero bago pa kaini, sinasabi na an simbolo hale sa lugar kan Cyrene sa Africa.

Duman, ginagamit an sarong masitas na pig-aapod na silphium, na ginamit bilang contraceptive.

An tulang o pisog asin an prutas kan silphium pareho an itsura kan simbolo kan puso, kaya pigsasabi na ini an pig gikanan kan Valentine heart.

Mientrastanto, may mga nagsasabi man na an simbolo kan puso sarong salang pagkurit kan mga enot pang artist kan tunay na puso.

Ngonian, popular nang maray an simbolo kan puso asin maheheling sa mga decorasyon, greeting card, dulce, asin manlaen laen pang lugar.

17 anyos, sinaksak kan tiyoon nin huli sa bulang

Viga, Catanduanes - Amay na natapos an buhay kan sarung 17 anyos na solterito sa catanduanes matapos na pagsasaksakon ini kan saiya man sanang sadiring tiyuon dahil sa iwal sa kwarta na resulta kan burulang.

Sa report kan Viga Municipal Police Station, binisto an biktima na si John Michael Bernisca y Timbal, mantang an suspek iyo si Arturo Timbal y Dela Torre, 25 anyos, parehong mga parahagot (Abaca Strippers) asin residente kan Brgy. P. Vera (Summit), kan nasabing banwaan.

Nangyari an insidente bandang alas 4:30 kasuhapon, Pebrero 13, 2018 sa harong kan ina kan suspek na si  Salve Bernisca y Timbal.

Segun digdi, nagduduyan duyan suboot siya kan uminabot si Arturo na dagit asin hinahanap an biktima.

Kan haputon kun ngata kaini hinahana, nagsimbag ini na sasaksakon.

Taod taod, uminabot man nanggad an biktima asin duman na nangyari an krimen.

Segun kay Nanay Salve, haloy ng pirming pig iiwalan kan duwa an pagiging adik ni Arturo sa sugal na bulang na dahilan para dae na ini makasuporta sa pamilya.

Matapos an insidente, duminulag an suspek sa dae maaramang direksyon, alagad, dae naghaloy, suminuko man liwat ini sa kapitan kan barangay na si Jaide Bernisca.

Tulos man ining itinao sa ipig turn over sa PNP Viga para sa maninigong disposisyon.

Legazpi model city for DOLE employment program

By Emmanuel Solis

LEGAZPI CITY -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III has commended Legazpi as a model city in the implementation of the JobStart program.

Bello issued the statement as he witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government and business establishments for the program's continuation benefiting a second batch of young Legazpi residents recently.

With Bello were Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Governor Al Francis Bichara, Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzales and Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, AKO BICOL Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin and other DOLE officials.

DOLE-Bicol Regional Director Exequiel Sarcanga together with Ara Rivera, representative of Casablanca Hotel; Jeniel Perez of Mang Inasal; Francia Galapate of Sunwest Corporation; Santi San Pablo of Sutherland and Elizabeth Tan of Tanvera Corporation signed the MOA at the DOLE regional office.

Rosal, for his part, said the JobStart start program is one way of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the jobseekers in the provincial areas in order for them to get decent jobs. It will also eventually help in decongesting Metro Manila, he added.

Legazpi City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Diosdado Raneses said there were 207 beneficiaries of the program when they first implemented it, mostly out-of-school youth and college students who were already hired as employees by different business establishments in this city.

He said that these beneficiaries underwent seminars and interactive life skills and technical vocational trainings.

Raneses said that his office is now starting to recruit possible beneficiaries for the second batch, where at least 200 slots are available. The orientation will start in May, he added.

He noted that JobStart is one of the programs of the DOLE that aims to give young Filipinos, especially the poor and out-of-school-youth, an opportunity for employment to uplift their daily living condition.

The JobStart is an employment facilitation initiative of the DOLE with funding support from the Canadian Government and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank to help young Filipinos start their careers and get better employment opportunities.

The program aims to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired by the job seekers in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. (PNA)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

STL pinondo na sa CSur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Igwa nin limang aldaw an Evenchance Gaming Corporation, an nagpapadalagan kan Small Town Lottery sa Camarines Sur, na maka file nin motion for reconsideration – pakatapos na cancelaron na an saindang authorization na iyo an mag operar kan STL, sa provincia.

Ini an ipinahayag ni PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan sa report na ipinadara sa Bicol Standard.

Alagad nin huli sa maisog na pagdakop sa mga nagpapataya kan STL sa Camarines Sur, susog sa direktiba na firmado ni Gob. Migz Villafuerte, pondo ngonian an pagtao nin medical assistance sa mga naghahagad saindang tabang na mga indigents o tios na mga tawo, segun ki Balutan.

Sinabi ni Balutan na poon pa kan sarong aldaw, paralisado na an saindang operasyon nin huli ta dinakop asin naka detinir an duwa nindang organic personnel na distino sa Pili, Camarines Sur.

Idinagdag ni Balutan na an ginibong pag arestar sa saindang empleado consideradong arbitrary asin illegal.

An duwang PCSO personnel na dinakop asin nasa carcel iyo an nag pipirma kan mga documento para sa oro-aldaw na ipig tataong assistencia financial sa mga tios, sabi ni Balutan.

Mientrastanto, idinagdag pa sa news report hale sa oficina ni GM Balutan na pusog an saiyang pagtubod na nangyari an raid sa saindang opisina, pakatapos kan interview sa sarong local na estasyon nin radyo sa Naga City, (bako sa BBS FM) ki PCSO Director Sandra Cam.

An interview mapadapit sa termination kan authority kan Evenchance Gaming Corporation na magpadalagan kan STL digdi.

An pag cancelar kan awtorisasyon sa Evenchance nin huli ta pigbalga kan STL kan Implementing Rules and Regulations.

Nagpapaherak pa ngani si Balutan kan sabihon kaini na an PCSO-Camarines Sur branch may oro-aldaw na allocation na kantidad P400,000, sa lindong kan flagship project na Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).

Base pa sa saindang record, nag aabot sa 22 na cliente an saindang pig seservehan, oro aldaw, na kadaklan hale sa tios na familia, na natatawan nin tabang, kada aldaw sa paagui nin medical assistance.

Mientrastanto, sa parte ni Rep LRay Villafuerte, pig question suboot niya an operasyon kan Evenchance sa Camarines Sur, nin huli ta dai kaini na susunod an pag remit kan inaapod na presumptive monthly retail receipt, na ipig promisa kan Evenchance na itatao sa gobierno, na nakapalaman sa saindang application.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Albay and Sorsogon to have alternative road soon--DPWH

An alternative route that can reduce as much as three hours travel time between Manito, Albay and Bacon, Sorsogon is being fast tracked for completion in 2018 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo E. Versola said the Bacon-Manito Road which will be a 15.3-kilometer, 2-lane road with five bridges traversing mountainous terrain along the east coast of Albay and Sorsogon is being implemented by the regional office with only three (3) ongoing contracts to be completed.

Director Versola noted that one of the contracts which covers the 3.9-kilometer gaps in Barangay Osiao to Barangay Sto. Niño in Bacon, Sorsogon is almost complete at 93.7 percent work accomplishment. For this segment, DPWH allocated P183 million to undertake road opening, paving, drainage construction, and right-of-way acquisition.

The contract covering the P110 million opening of 699 lineal meters road and concreting of 232 lineal meter road, and construction of two (2) bridges in Bacon Sorsogon is now 40 percent completed while the last phase involving the P150 million concreting of 836 lineal meter road, gravelling of 756 lineal meter road, and construction of two (2) bridges also in Bacon, Sorsogon.

Currently, motorists from Manito, Albay have to pass by lengthy secondary roads and congested Daang Maharlika Road to get to Bacon, Sorsogon and vice versa. With the completion of the project, motorists can bypass the city road and the original route which is four (4) times longer than Bacon-Manito Road.

“This road will provide a better and safer alternative route to the traveling public. It will not only result to substantial savings for motorists but also improve economic condition of these nature-rich areas of Albay and Sorsogon,” said Director Versola.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bicolanos attend Saling Panitik at UP Diliman

Photo courtesy of Peyj Padrigon
Fifteen Bicolanos are presently attending the first Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvendio Lumbera translators seminar at University of the Philippines Diliman.

They are: Roy Penolio of Nabua; Eilyn Nidea of Ragay; Ryan Remolacio of Sorsogon; Vicente A. Olanario of Tabaco City; Bonifacio B. Cana of Tabaco City; Pejay A. Padrigon of Iriga City; Fr. Raul B. Barcela of Bacacay, Albay; Elsie Albis of Minalabac, Camarines Sur; Rachelle D. Pineda of Camarines Norte; Teresita Abdera of Virac, Catanduanes; Adam Rudio of Virac, Catanduanes, Victor John Loquias of Iriga City; Elbert O. Baeta of Iriga City; Marissa R. Redburn of Naga City; Irvin P. Sto. Tomas of Canaman, Camarines Sur; Ryan Cuatrona of Buhi, Camarines Sur; Jovi Cadores of Naga City; Jusan Misolas of Naga City; Marvin Aquino of Tinambac, Camarines Sur; and Jerome Hipolito of Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

The seminar, which takes place today (Feb.8) until tomorrow at the UP Hotel, is in honor of National Artist and Institue of Creative Writing (ICW) adviser Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera.

This landmark ICW undertaking is in line with an existing UP EIDR grant, and accommodates a combined total of fifty (50) teachers, textbook writers, and college students.

Resource persons and discussants for this iteration of the workshop are Mr. Marne Kilates (translator and writer), Dr. Michael M. Coroza (writer and translator, Ateneo de Manila University), Prof. Ma. Crisanta N. Flores (faculty of the UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature and Commissioner of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for Pangasinense), Mr. Niles Jordan Breis (award-winning writer in Bicol and Filipino), and Prof. Junley Lazaga (Professor of Language and Literature in UP Baguio and renowned Ilocano writer).

The rationale behind this workshop is the training of translators of our regional languages, particularly of literary texts that are now being used in textbooks for our classrooms. This is crucial in light of developments brought about by the K-12 program.


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