Saturday, January 20, 2018

CNorte mercury use monitored

Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics
DAET, CNorte—In a bid to enhance the the public's awareness and involve them in addressing current social issues related to chemicals management, the use of mercury in the towns of Jose Panganiban, Paracale, and Labo in Camarines Norte has been put to the spotlight.

An advocacy group called BAN Toxics has been making rounds in the three towns to monitor the use of mercury and educate the public of its ill effects.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard, Sarah Marie Aviado, the BAN Toxics Development Program Manager admitted that mercury use is quite prevalent in Camarines Norte.

"Mercury is known to be used in the Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector not only in the Philippines but also in many places around the world. Based on the DENR-EMB’s 2015 Mercury Inventory of the Philippines report, they estimated that 300 metric tons of mercury is emitted from the country’s ASGM sector annually. The baseline study BAN Toxics is conducting will help improve on current estimates, as it will give a clearer picture as to the presence and concentration of mercury in the environment in Camarines Norte," Aviado said.

"Inhalation and ingestion of elemental mercury during handling and processing can result to health problems, which include pneumonia, bronchitis, chest pain, central nervous system-related diseases, and many more," she warned.

Government participation

Asked about the participation of the local government units in their project, Aviado said: "The local government offices of Jose Panganiban, Paracale, and Labo are heavily involved especially in coordinating the community visits and sampling."

Earlier this year, Mayor Dong Padilla of the municipality of Jose Panganiban said he believes that formalization of the Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASGM) through Minahang Bayan is key to addressing problems in the sector like environmental hazards, health problems, child labor, and working conditions.

Padilla also expressed support and confidence in the work that BAN Toxics is doing to formalize the mining sector.

"Madaling i-police at i-manage kapag legal na. Kung hanapbuhay ang standpoint natin, eh i-legalize na. BAN Toxics has the leverage to push for it because it's a widely recognized organization by both government and other development players -- walang adyenda at walang malisya so you have the authority and influence to push for its legalization. (We can easily police and manage it once it is legalized. If our standpoint is livelihood, we have to legalize it. BAN Toxics has the leverage to push for it because it's a widely recognized organization by both government and other development players -- you have no hidden agenda nor malice so you have the authority and influence to push for its legalization.)", Mayor Padilla said.

Furthermore, officials of the Municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte led by Mayor Joseph Ascutia highlighted the programs and projects that provide alternative livelihood to small-scale miners during the focus group discussion conducted by BAN Toxics.

Engineer Victor Zabala of the Municipal Environment Office emphasized local agricultural and educational programs that can provide long-term alternative options to the mining sector.

“Kahirapan ang isa sa ugat ng problema. Mayroon kaming farm-to-market road programs para sa agricultural sector at educational scholarships para makapagpatapos at makakuha ng maayos na trabaho lalo na ang mga mahihirap”, Zabala said.

"Meanwhile, the DENR - EMB Region 5 conducts quarterly monitoring of mercury levels in Mambulao Bay in partnership with the LGU. This study complements that effort and is being conducted as part of the CARING Gold project jointly implemented by BAN Toxics and the International Labour Organization, with financial support from the US Department of Labor, covering the areas of Labo and Paracale and USAID covering for Jose Panganiban," Aviado added.

Various government agencies are engaged in the project including DOLE, DSWD, DOH, and DENR.

"Results from this study will greatly help the government in identifying interventions that will be beneficial to the said communities," Aviado stressed.

Friday, January 19, 2018


PANTY DRIVE. Kids of Nato, Sagnay, Camarines Sur are all smiles after they received underwear from JCI Naga Inc.'s program, Panty Drive.

"With the help of LGU Sagñay, AKAP, JJC Naga and Bantay Bata Bicol, we were able to gather 280 girls that we instilled with the right awareness and knowledge. We believe that this is an essential first step in protecting our young. The panty advocacy is a way to block the lustful eyes of dangerous persons that dwell and interact with children in our neighborhood. And raise awareness to parents of the reality of this danger. It's a call to protect the dignity of children at all times," the organizers said. 

Bicol Standard is a proud partner of JCI Naga's Panty Drive.

Search on for 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino teachers

PASIG CITY – In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) opens the nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachers.

The Award aims to recognize outstanding Filipinos who are responsible citizens, exemplary public servants, and agents of positive change in their respective communities.

Four teachers will join three soldiers and three police officers to comprise this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. Each awardee will receive P1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion. They will also be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September.

Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones acknowledged the vital role of teachers in instilling relevant knowledge in the minds and honing the skills and talents of all learners, which serve as key ingredients for the betterment of the nation. The Education chief also seconded the message of MBFI President Aniceto Sobrepeña, that by giving them due recognition, the awardees will inspire the Filipino nation to contribute in realizing and achieving our collective task of building a strong and progressive society.

The Search is open to all Filipino educators teaching in the elementary (including kindergarten level, provided it is part of the integrated curriculum or part of an elementary school system), secondary or tertiary level, including graduate school and alternative learning system, with full-time or permanent appointment and with full teaching load.

Nominees must have an average performance rating of at least “very satisfactory” in the past ten years of teaching and must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree.

Winners of local awards organized by provinces and municipalities for outstanding teachers are encouraged to join, provided the eligibility requirements are met.

Nominations must come from qualified nominators; self-nomination shall not be accepted nor considered. The deadline for submission of nomination forms is on or before March 1, 2018, through courier to Metrobank Foundation, 4th Floor, Executive Offices, Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil J. Puyat, Makati City.

The nomination form and the detailed guidelines are accessible through the DepEd Memorandum No. 3, series of 2018, or the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachers, which is available online at You may also visit Metrobank Foundation’s official website at and the Awards’ official Facebook page at for more information.

NFA to continue to sell affordable rice

National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Aquino assured the public that the agency will continue to sell rice at the government prescribed price of P27/kilogram (kg) for the regular milled variety and P32/kg for the well-milled variety.

The NFA issued this assurance in the wake of speculations that rice prices may be affected by the increase in fuel prices under the new tax reform law.

At the same time, Aquino has directed the agency’s finance and operations departments to conduct a cost analysis of any impact of the new tax law on the price of rice.

“As watchdog of national food security, the NFA’s role is to make rice, our basic staple, available, accessible and affordable in any part of the country at all times,” Aquino said.

The NFA administrator also issued a warning to rice traders not to take advantage of the ongoing speculations by unduly increasing prices.  “The NFA implements rice trading rules and regulations, therefore we can sanction any traders who will be violating our laws,” Aquino said.

He urged the public to help the agency in continuously monitoring illegal activities in the grains trade such as rice overpricing.

Bulkang Mayon, Alert level 3 pa giraray maski naglie low nin diit - Philvolcs

Legazpi City - Mantinidong nasa Alert level 3 pa man giraray an bulkang Mayon sa ibong kan pag lie low kan mga aktibidades sa nakalihis na 24 oras.

Base sa Seismic monitoring system kan Philvolcs, 24 rockfall events asin sarung volcanic earthquake na sana kuta an nairehistro.

Segun kay Mr. Ed Laguerta, Resident Volcanologist kan Philvolcs-Legazpi, padagos pa daa kaya an pagbulos kan lava sa Miisi channel na ngonyan lampas ng 4kms an dinalagan.

Halangkaw pa giraray an nairerehistrong gas emission kung saen nakakapagrecord sinda nin 1,478 tonelada kada aldaw na haros 300% na halangkaw kaysa sa ordinarayong 500 tonelada kada aldaw sana.

Reparo man na hubagon pa an lawas kan bulkan na boot sabihon, igwa pa giraray nin magma na posibleng iluwas.

Dahilan kaini, delikado pa man giraray suboot an mga yaon sa 6kms Permanent Danger Zone asin 7kms extended danger zone urog na an mga nasa South West na porsyon kan bulkan siring kan Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan asin Ligao City.

Sa ngonyan, duwang scenario pa man liwat an pighihiling ninda na mangyayari sa bulkan.

Enot, iyo an posibilidad na magkaigwa nin explosive eruptions asin an ikaduwa iyo an padagos sanang magbulos an lava sagkod na magbwelta na sa normal. (Vince Villar)


10 NPA, nagsuko sa Albay

Daraga, Albay - Sampulong mga aktibong miyembro kan mga rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) an suminuko sa tropa kan militar sa probinsiyang ini.

Sa intrivista kan Bicol Standard kay Capt. Jomar Clavel, Civil Military Operation Officer kan 901st Brigade, Phil. Army na nakabase sa Villa Hermosa, Daraga, an sampulong mga rebelde an kumpwesto kan 4 na babae, asin 6 na mga kalalakihan.

4 suboot sa mga ini an taga Daraga, 3 an mga taga Legazpi, 2 an taga Sorsogon, mantang 1 an gikan sa Camsur.

1 sa mga ini an sqauad leader, 1 political guide, asin duwang medic.

Kasabay sa pagsuko kan mga ini an mga de kalibreng armas siring kan 3 na M16, 1 na 12 gauge na shot gun, 1 na M79 grenade Launcher, mga Improvised Explosive Device o IEDs, mga bala, asin subersibong mga dokumentos.

Segun kay Capt. Clavel, nahahandal na suboot kan saindang mga buhay an mga rebeldeng ini sa buhay ninda kaya nagsuko na.

Maidadagdag pa suboot digdi an padagos na panloloko kan saindang mga lider mantang sinda an nagsasakripisyo asin nahahampang sa peligro.

Huli kan saindang pagsurender, nakarisibi nin incentibo an mga ini mantang isasairarom pa sa CLIP o Comprehensive Local Integration Program kan gobyerno ngani matawan nin tabang kabuhayan sa saindang pagbabagong buhay.

Sa ngonyan, yaon una sinda sa pangataman kan militar ngani masiguro an saindang salbasyon laban sa mga aktibo pang mga pag iriba.

Sa kabilugan, sa karkulo ni Capt Clavel, nasa 100 pa suboot na pwersa kan NPA an yaon ngonyan sa Albay.

Katakod kaini, padagos an pangapudan ni Brigd. Gen. Alden Juan Masagca, commander kan 901st  brigade, sa mga rebelde na magsuko na huli ta bukas palad nindang aakuon an mga ini. (Vince Villar)


Haros 500 evacuees sa Albay, nagkahelang - PHO

Legazpi City - Inihayag kan Provincial Health Office (PHO) kan Albay na nakapagrehistro na sinda nin abuton sa haros 500 na kaso nin manlaen laen na helang sa mga evacuation centers dara kan pagtuga kan bulkang Mayon.

Segun kay Dr. Antonio Ludovice, Provincial Health Officer, nangengenot sa mga kasong ini iyo an Acute respiratory infections na may 238 na.

Ikaduwa an kalintura, na igwang 34 na kaso.

Pagkalibong na igwa nin 25, Hypertension na may 24, asin 17 na mga nalugadan.

Nilinaw ni Ludovice na an mga ini an tulos man na natawan nin medikal na atensyon sa manlaen laen na hospital siring kan Josefina B. Duran Memorial District Hospital sa Ligao City, Ziga Memorial Hospital sa Tabaco City, asin Bicol Training and Teaching Hospital o BRTTH sa Legazpi City. (Vince Villar)


Tanod na nagbabantay sa evacuation center, nagadan

Guinobatan, Albay - Gadan an sarung Brgy. Tanod mantang nagbabantay sa sarung evacuation center sa banwaang ini matapos atakehon sa puso.

Sa informasyon na naguno kan Bicol Standard, binisto an tanod na si Martin De Dios, 63 anyos, Soltero, residente kan Muladbucad Grande, kan nasabing banwaan.

Nangyari an insidente kan Miyerkules nin banggi, Alas 10:00, sa Muladbucad Elementary school.

Napag araman na kan mangyari an insidente, nataon na yaon mismo sa lugar si Mayor Gemma Ann Ongjoco dahil ta nagdistribwer nin mga relief goods.

Mantang sibot sa relief operation, bigla na sanang natumba an biktima asin nahulog hali sa itaas na lugar na naging dahilan ngani makabadol an payo kaini.

Tulos na pinagtarabangan kan mga naka designar na mga nurses kan evacuation center an biktima ngani ma revive ini.

Pagkatapos, dinara ini sa Josefina B. Duran District Hospital sa Ligao City alagad dineklarang dead on arrival (DOA).

Huli kan serbisyo kan tanod, nakarisibi man tulos an pamilya  kaini nin burial assistance hali sa Lokal na Gobyerno kan Guinobatan. (Vince Villar)

Haros 500 evacuees sa Albay, nagkahelang - PHO

Legazpi City - Inihayag kan Provincial Health Office (PHO) kan Albay na nakapagrehistro na sinda nin abuton sa haros 500 na kaso nin manlaen laen na helang sa mga evacuation centers dara kan pagtuga kan bulkang Mayon.

Segun kay Dr. Antonio Ludovice, Provincial Health Officer, nangengenot sa mga kasong ini iyo an Acute respiratory infections na may 238 na.

Ikaduwa an kalintura, na igwang 34 na kaso.

Pagkalibong na igwa nin 25, Hypertension na may 24, asin 17 na mga nalugadan.

Nilinaw ni Ludovice na an mga ini an tulos man na natawan nin medikal na atensyon sa manlaen laen na hospital siring kan Josefina B. Duran Memorial District Hospital sa Ligao City, Ziga Memorial Hospital sa Tabaco City, asin Bicol Training and Teaching Hospital o BRTTH sa Legazpi City. (Vince Villar)

Sobra 3,000 na mga hayop, pigdudulag naman kay Mayon sa Albay

Legazpi City - Sobra 3,000 na mga baka, karabaw, kambing, asin karnero an sarabay ng binababa kan mga maysadiri kan mga ini hali sa pamitisan kan bulkan pasiring sa salbadong lugar na pig disignar kan Provincial asin Local Agricultures Office.

Sa intrivista kan Bicol standard kay Dr. Florencio Adunay, Provincial Veterinary Officer kan Albay, peligroso na sa mga nasambit na mga hayop an padagos na pagbuga nin abo kan bulkan kun kaya dapat na mailipat na an mga ini sa lugar na dae muna makakasabsab nin awot na kontaminado kan abo.

Sa banwaan kan Daraga, 480 na mga hayop an ibababa, 950 sa Camalig, mantang 1,500 sa Guinobatan.

Gabos ini an pinapalakaw na sana pababa kan mga maysadiri, alagad sa Ligao City, na igwang 200 man na hayop, kukuahon an mga hali sa duwang brgy na apektado asin isasakay sa mga trucks pababa sa Brgy Nasisi.

Nilinaw ni Dr. Adunay na sulamente an mga hayop sana na nagsasabsab nin awot an idudulag ninda sa abo huli ta iyo lang an pwede o madaling madanyaran.

Segun sa beterenaryo, an sulfur na yaon sa abo kan bulkan an delikadong makakan kan mga hayop na ini huli ta minaresulta ini nin blood poisoning na pwedeng ikagadan tulos.

Magin an pagparong kan abo an pwedesir na magresulta man nin toxic pneumonia.

Pigsiyerto ni Adunay na wara man nin magiging problema an mga paraoma sa ataman ninda huli ta nagpadara na an Regional Office kan Department of Agriculture nin mga concentrated feeds, inuman nin tubig, lubid asin temporayamenteng masisilungan kan mga baka.

Kasabay kaini an nagkapirang doktor asin technicians hali sa DA mismo asin mga volunteer NGOs ngani mag asikaso kan salud kan mga hayop.

Kun dae pa naililipat sa pigdisignar na lugar an mga hayop, may aviso si Doc Adunay na hugasan muna nin tubig an mga sinakateng awot antes ining ipakakan.

Sa presente, wara pa man na nairereport na casualty nin hayop an Provincial Veterinary Office na causa kan mga ash explosions puon kan naka agi pang mga aldaw. (Vince Villar)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Pamplona Vice Mayor assumes post

PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur--The dismissal order of Gemino A. Imperial, who was elected Vice Mayor of this town, has been served on January 15, 2018 by Provincial Director Melody A. Relucio of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

This was confirmed by Mayor Ace Cruz, one of the complainants in the administrative complaint filed against Imperial for Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial of the Best Interest of the Service.

In an interview over 91.9 BBS FM, Cruz said the new vice mayor, Ronaldo Franco, has assumed his post following the law on succession.

Franco, it would be recalled, was the number one municipal councilor in the previous polls.

Under Franco's leadership as vice mayor, Cruz added that he believes that the budget will be approved.

Dismissal from service

Imperial was meted the penalty of dismissal from service, with the accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of civil service eligibility, and is barred from taking the Civil Service examination.

According to the complaint, on January 14, 2014, Imperial, then Mayor, representing the Municipality of Pamplona, Camarines Sur leased to Rodolfo Pua, a back hoe and motor grader at a rate of P500 each day.

The complainants said that the said contract between LGU Pamplona and Pua violated the provisions of Ordinance No. 001-2008, which fixed the rental for both pieces of equipment at P1,200.00 per hour.

Pua only paid LGU Pamplona the amount of P40,000.00 on March 11, 2015, after using both pieces of equipment for eighty (80) days.

The complainants told the Ombudsman that LGU Pamplona should have been paid the total amount of P768,000, which is based on the computation that the equipment was used for eighty (80) days, for 8 hours working period per day.

In the counter-affidavit of Imperial, he denied the allegations against him, saying that the complainants failed to show that the contract was manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the government.

He also said that he did not benefit or gain from the transaction, or acted in bad faith with gross inexcusable negligence.

DOLE looking to regularize 300K temps this year

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking to regularize some 300,000 contractual workers in 2018.

With this, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has directed regional offices to require all business establishments in the country to submit a list of their employees and the nature of their employment as well as program of regularization.

“I have instructed our Undersecretary for Labor Relations to order all our regional offices to require all business establishments throughout the country to submit a list of their employees and the nature of their employment. At the same time, they must submit a program of regularization,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

“Through our intensified labor inspections and voluntary regularization of collaborating establishments, we are expecting more workers to enjoy stable employment status. As President Duterte has committed, we are pursuing the campaign to stop this pernicious practice with more vigor,” the DOLE chief furthered.

At present, there are 541 Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) who conduct assessment and inspection of around 937,554 small, medium and big business establishments in the country.

There were also 55 social partners comprised of 45 labor groups, five employers’ groups, and five other organizations who were trained on Labor Laws and Social Legislation.

Meanwhile, Bello said that President Rodrigo Duterte would issue “any time soon” an executive order (EO) that would broaden the prohibition of labor contracting in a wide range of industries and enterprises across the country.

“We are waiting for the meeting of the labor sector with the President anytime this week or next week. During that meeting, we are expecting the President to sign an Executive Order regarding the issue of contractualization,” he said.

Bello added that the EO, which was drafted by labor groups, was also approved by companies.

“The EO was concurred to by management groups. So, maganda ito,” he said.


PCSO to provide aid for Mayon evacuees

MANILA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through its Charity Assistance Department (CAD) will be providing medical assistance to evacuees and affected families of Mayon Volcano’s eruption in Albay.

“I’ve already instructed our Charity Assistance Department to keep tab on the situation on the ground, lalong-lalo na sa mga evacuation centers. And also, coordinate with the provincial hospital there and other hospitals para sa agarang assistance natin sa pasyenteng naapektuhan ng kalamidad,” PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said in a statement Wednesday.

He said PCSO would shoulder the hospitalization of victims and would provide medicines for the evacuees.

The province of Albay has already been placed under a state of calamity on Tuesday in order to allow its local government units to fully mobilize all agencies and resources to respond emergencies.

As of Wednesday morning, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center of Albay Province has reported 36 barangays, 9,291 families, and 37,739 individual persons affected in the municipalities of Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, and Ligao City.

Dr. Jose Gochoco Jr., officer-in-charge of the Office of the Assistant General Manager for Charity Sector at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, said the instructions of Balutan were already relayed to all the PCSO branches in the Bicol region to join hands and provide assistance to the Mayon victims.

“We will maximize our assistance depending on the patients’ needs and the severity of the situation. We will act accordingly. We are on standby,” Gochoco said.

PCSO has a yearly calamity fund of PHP100 million approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for natural and man-made disasters. Requests for financial assistance are being made in the hospital or health facility through the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).

Patients who are confined in any health facility, those receiving health care management as outpatients, those who are undergoing dialysis, receiving cancer treatment, needing medicines, cardio and transplant procedures, rehabilitative therapy, etc. can avail of the IMAP.

Albay social worker Charo Loilo reported that apart from portable toilets, no immediate health assistance is needed as the people are still in the process of evacuation.

“We just noticed people going back to their homes to take a bath or do their personal necessities. Portalets (portable toilets) are needed right now,” said Loilo.

Once the evacuees have settled in, that’s when PCSO enters in coordination with the health facility or hospitals as evacuees usually get sick due to harsh conditions at the evacuation centers.

Some of the common health issues encountered in the past include cuts and bruises during evacuation, high blood pressure, respiratory sicknesses and infections (caused by ash falls and fumes), asthma, severe coughs and colds, and heart attacks.

On Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that while the volcano is not yet “explosive”, authorities are not discounting possible eruption as pyroclastic flow, which contains volcanic gas, ash, and fragments, is slowly flowing out of the crater.

Phivolcs earlier raised Alert Level 3 for Mayon Volcano which means a “hazardous” eruption is possible within weeks or even days. Phivolcs will raise Alert Level 4 should there be an indication of hazardous explosion with “lava fountaining” based on the high gas content and the frequency of recorded tremors. (PNA)


DTI warns vs trade exploitation of Albay calamity

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bicol has warned traders against increasing the prices of basic commodities after the province was placed under a state of calamity due to the Mayon volcanic activity.

Jocelyn Berango, DTI regional information officer, in an interview Wednesday said, businessmen must not take advantage of the situation of the evacuees and other people affected by the multi-hazard -volcanic eruption, flood and heavy rains. "We are closely monitoring the price and supply of basic necessities in stores throughout the province of Albay," she said.

DTI would make sure there was sufficient and reasonably-priced basic necessities like canned sardines, evaporated and condensed milk, coffee, laundry bar, detergent powder, candles, bread, salt, bottled water, and instant noodles, Berango said.

She added, however, that “we have so far not noticed any exorbitant pricing in various markets in Albay”.

Berango said there must be no price increase within the 60-day period upon declaration of a state of calamity for Albay on Tuesday afternoon.

She asked the traders to show compassion especially to those who were affected by the calamity. "They are already out of comfort so let us help them by being compassionate," she added.

Health concerns

Meanwhile, Dr. Antonio Ludovice, provincial health officer, reported that there were some evacuees getting sick but assured them of prompt delivery of medicine and health services.

The most common ailment, he said, was cough and cold with a total of 49 cases. Camalig town alone has 36 cases.

In all the evacuation centers across the province, a total of 113 people had sought consultation and were treated by medical station personnel.

Top cases are respiratory infection/cough and cold (49 cases), fever (24 cases), hypertension (13 cases) and wounds.

There were also two cases of chicken pox in Guinobatan who were advised to be confined at the Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital.

Ludovice said the provincial health office had deployed two teams to monitor the evacuation camps, each composed of a doctor, nurse, administrative aide and a driver.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office said it had adequate stockpile of commodities for 13,352 persons and standby funds for relief operations.

Jesseshan Aycocho, DSWD-Bicol chief, said that as of now, they had prepositioned goods for towns mostly affected by ash fall. Food packs would be distributed anytime upon request of concerned local government units, she added.

Each DSWD family food pack contains six (6) kilos of rice, four (4) tin cans of corned beef, four (4) tin cans of sardines and six (6) packs of energy drink or coffee sufficient for five members of a family and good for two days, said the DSWD.

“The LGUs affected by the eruption just have to ask for augmentation if needed,” Aycocho said.

Mayon update

Ed Laguerta of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said lava effusion and lava collapse events characterized Mayon Volcano’s eruptive activity in the past 24 hours.

One hundred forty-three (143) lava collapse events and one (1) tremor were recorded by Mayon’s seismic monitoring network, he added.

The lava collapse events corresponded to rock fall along the front and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows downriver of Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies within the Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

These events generated ash cloud that drifted towards the southwest. Sulfur dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 3293 tonnes/day on Tuesday.

Alert Level 3 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days, Laguerta added. (PNA)


LGU Naga seeks aid for Albay

LGU Naga City is seeking help for those affected by Mayon Volcano's eruption in Albay.

The immediate needs, which were identified by the local government unit, include:

Hygiene kit:
Sanitary napkins
Body soaps
Face towels

Face masks

Canned goods
Bottled water

Used clothing

You may bring your donations at the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Hall Compound, Naga City, the LGU said on Naga Smiles to the World.

The first mission is slated on  January 20, 2018, 5am. Cut- off for accepting donations for the first mission is on January 19, 2018, 6pm.

The second mission is on January 27, 2018, 5am. Cut- off for accepting donations for the second mission is on January 26, 2018, 6pm.

Yesterday, the organizers convened to work out details for the preparation and delivery of much needed support for the affected people.

Klase sa ibang evacuation centers sa Albay, nag resume na ngonyan na aldaw

Legazpi City - Pinunan na kan nagkapirang eskwelahan, na ginibong evacuation centers kan mga residenteng naglikay sa peligro kan pagtuga kan Mayon sa Albay, an klase ngonyan na aldaw nin Huwebes, Enero 18, 2018.

Sa intrivista kay Kevin Arroco, saru sa tagapagtaram kan DepEd Bicol, sinabi kaining kanya kanyang implementasyon an mga School authorities sa pagbubukas nin emergency classes ngonyan na aldaw, alagad, bako pa man enterong 33 na mga eskwelahan na inukupar kan mga evacuees.

Paliwanag ni Arroco, may mga bako man grabe an bilang kan mga evacuees kaya madali na nakapag-resume kan klase alagad su iba, depende sa bilang kan ukupadong classrooms, may duwa sagkod tulong shifting kan klase na mangyayari kada aldaw.

May mga eskwelahan man arog sa mga banwaan kan Sto Dominggo asin Malilipot na kusang sa luwas nag-giribi nin makeshift houses o payag an mga evacuees kun kaya nakabwelo pa an klase.

Sa San antonio Elementary School a Malilipot, nagpa contest pa an principal sa mga evacuees kung sisay an may pinakamalinig na kwarto iyo an tatawan nin premyo o insentibo.

An ibang eskwelahan an dae man suboot nadipisilan huli ta may dati ng mga Tents na tinao kan UNICEF pa kaito na magagamit bilang Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS).

May mga dati naman na napatugdok alagad pwede pang gamiton sa ngonyan.

An problema sana suboot ninda ngonyan iyo an mga blackboards para sa mga TLS na ini.

Sa ngonyan, nagdidispuner na an DepEd para sa pagkua kan siring na mga gamit.

May proposal naman an DepEd Bicol ngonyan para maghagad pondo sa mga LGUs asin OCDS ngani na magpagibo nin 208 na mga TLS sa bilog na probinsiya na magastos nin kinakarkulong P17.7 million.

Apwera kaini, mahagad man donasyon an DepEd sa sisay man para sa mga hygiene kits asin cleaning materials na kinakarkulong abuton sa labi un milyones de pesos man.

Mahurot pa an ahensiya na magsagibo nin psychological first aid para sa 16,791 learners asin 319 personnel ninda na naapektaran kan pagtuga kan Mayon.

Sa presente, abuton sa 8, 583 pamilya o 33, 064 na individual an yaon nag uukupa sa 33 na eskwelahan o 445 na classrooms kan DepEd.

Apwera sa 33 na dae makaklase nin tultol huli sa mga evacuees, may 17 na eskwelahan pa na dae magamit an DepEd huli ta laog ini sa 6kms PDZ asin 7kms extended danger zone. (Vince Villar)


Gov. Bichara kay Pres. Duterte: “Pagkatiwalaan niyo kami!”

Mayor Noel Rosal, Gov. Al Francis Bichara, Atty. Harry Roque

Legazpi City - “Pagkatiwalaan niyo kami!”

Ini an naging maduon na pakihuron ni Gobernador Al Francis Bichara kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte katakod kan hinahagad kaining asistensiya para sa mga residenteng apektado kan pagtuga kan Bulkan Mayon sa Albay.

Sa Malacanang Press briefing na ginibo kasubago ni Presidential Spokeperson Harry Roque kaiba si Bichara, Ipinaliwanag kan Gobernador na siya asin an mga Alkalde kan 8 mga Munisipyo asin Siyudad sa Albay an pare parehas an dinadanas na kadipisilan sa pagpapaluwas kan saindang mga 5% Calamity Fund.

Sinabi ni Bichara na sa bulan na ini wara pang ibinababa na pondo sa sainda.

Aram suboot ni Pres. Duterte bilang dati man na Local Chief Executive an kamugtakan na ini kan mga lokal na gobyerno na naka dependeng maray sa IRA o Internal Revenue Allotment.

Kun mahalat pa suboot sa bearucratic process kan gobyerno, baad tapos na an gabos, saka pa sana maitatao an pondo.

Ipinagirumdom ni Bichara an ginibo kaito ni dating Presidente Joseph “Erap” Estrada kan taong 2000, na tulos pinermahan an sarung checke asin tinao tulos sa mga LGUs an tabang.

Suboot, katwiran kaito ni Erap, accountable man an mga LGUs sa pondong ipinagkatiwala sainda, kaya bahala na an mga ini.

Iyo ngonyan an gustong mangyari ni Bichara ngani na marikas na matawan nin tabang an nasa haros 40 mil ng evacuees.

Sa nakalipas na limang aldaw na nin pagtiner sa evacuation centers, tig 3 kilos pa sana nin bagas na inutangan sa NFA, an naitatao kan LGU Albay sa mga Evacuees.

Apwera kan pagkakan, problema pa ngonyan an pagpagibo nin mga Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) kan sobra 16 mil na mga estudyanteng nadistorbo an klase huli ta ukupado kan mga evacuees an saindang classroom.

Sa ngonyan nangangaipo nin 208 na TLS para sa tulong Schools division na apektado kan kalamidad.

Tinawan doon kan gobernador na dapat makua na ninda an pondo para makapagibo nin TLS sa urog na madaling panahon huli ta dae dapat madistorbo maray an klase kan mga aki. 

Sa naging reaksyon ni Atty Roque, simpleng sinabi kaini na makaka abot kay Duterte an hurot kan gobernador. (Vince Villar)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Water source na causa nin diarrhea sa 3 evacuees sa Albay, bawal ng inuman

Guinobatan, Albay – Ipinagbawal na kan Lokal na gobyerno an pag inom gikan sa water source kan sarung barangay na nag causa ngani magka diarrhea an 3 mga evacuees.

Sa intrivista kay Mr. Igmedio Vericio Jr, an MDRRM Officer kan Guinobatan, sinabi kaining pinatanidan na suboot an mga evacuees kan Muladbucad Grande Elementary school na dae na magharok nin tubig sa lugar kung gagamiton man sana na pang inom.

Napag araman na kataid lang kan gate kan nasabing eskwelahan an kinamumugtakan kan water imponding source na pig inuman kan 3 mga evacuees na nagkurulog an tulak kan nakalihis na aldaw.

Segun kay Vericio, posibleng nakontaminar an tubig dara kan matinding mga uuran kan puon kan mga nakalihis pang aldaw.

Ta ngani na makasiguro, sa sarung poso na sana pipaharok an mga evacuees, kung saen, mga 100 metros na distansiya gikan sa nasabing eskwelahan.

An nasabing poso an tested na suboot na malinig asin salbadong inumon.

Apwera kaini, nagpadara naman suboot sinda nin mga mineral water sa mga residentes sa lugar an MDRRMo, asin sa aga ma set up naman sinda nin water purifying machine sa Munisipyo ngani na padagos na makapag supply nin malinig na tubig inumon.

Sa ngonyan, 79 families o 310 na persona an yaon nag-uukupar sa Muladbucad Grande Elementary School.

An mga ini an gikan sa tulong mga sitios kan nasabing barangay na nasa laog kan 6kms PDZ asin 7 kms extended danger zone.

Sa kabilugan, igwa nin 1, 233 families o 4,342 na evacuees an Guinobatan, hale sa mga barangay kan Maninila, Tandarora, Masarawag,a sin Muladbucad grande. (Vince VIllar)

DSWD sends relief aid for Albay evacuees

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its field office in the Bicol region, sent PHP5.42 million worth of relief assistance to families who evacuated to safety as lava continued to flow from Mayon Volcano in Albay province.

"DSWD-Bicol today sent a total of 5,500 family food packs, amounting to PHP2,211,000, and 11,000 pieces of malong, amounting to PHP2,750,000, to the provincial government of Albay for distribution to the families staying in evacuation centers in the province," the department said in a news release issued Tuesday.

DSWD has also provided 500 food packs, worth PHP210,000, and 1,000 pieces of malong, worth PHP250,000, to the local government of Legazpi City, bringing the total assistance cost to PHP5,421,000.

Based on the 2 p.m. report of the DSWD-Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) on Tuesday, the number of affected families has increased to 23,729 individuals in 30 barangays in Albay.

Some 18,793 persons are taking refuge in 23 evacuation centers in the municipalities of Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, and Santo Domingo and the cities of Ligao and Tabaco; while 4,936 persons are staying with relatives or friends.

DSWD Officer in Charge Emmanuel Leyco said they are closely monitoring developments in Albay.

“We are in close coordination with local government units regarding the needs of their constituents during this period of emergency. We also appeal to the public to give support to all government efforts, as well as those of the private sector, to assist affected families and communities,” Leyco said. (DSWD)


Naga to host Palarong Bicol 2018

by Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

Naga City will be hosting this year’s Palarong Bicol 2018, after holding the same event in the city two years ago.

Mayor John Bongat already confirmed the news, eventually directing concerned offices including the General Services Department and the City Engineer’s Office with the putting up of the Palarong Bicol flags to usher in the event which will kick-off on February 3, 2018.

Mayor Bongat is optimistic that the city can once again be hailed as the over-all champion, same as the city achievement two years ago.

Last year, 2017, Naga City landed second to Camarines Sur, with only one gold medal to beat.

Naga City will also be hosting for this year the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA)- Bicol on February 22 and the Batang Pinoy- Luzon Leg on June.

Meanwhile, the city is now busy preparing for the staging of the three sports events, especially with the billeting centers wherein 15 schools’ classrooms will be utilized to accommodate players and delegates from the other provinces of Bicol.

Nagadan na evacuee sa Albay, bako casualty kan Mayon

Tabaco City - Tulos na nilinaw kan Albay PDRRMC na bako casualty kan pag alburuto kan Mayon an nagadan na evacuee sa Albay kun kaya dae pa ini makakarisibi nin asistensiya hali sa gobyerno.

Segun kay Dr. Cedric Daep, Chief kan Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office o APSEMO, pneumonia an  kinagadan kan 81 anyos na Teodolo Precia kan Buang, Tabaco City asin bako dahil sa epekto kan bulkang Mayon.

Sa katotoohan, segun kay Daep, wara ni anu pa man na epekto sa Siyudad nin Tabaco an bulkan.

Maski an ash fall an dae pa man nakaka abot sa lugar huli ta yaon ini sa North quadrant kan bulkan mantang yaon sa south west an apektado kaini.

Sa report kan Albay PNP, alas 5:00 nin aga kan Martes, Enero 16, 2018 kan magadan si Lolo Teodolo mantang yaon sa Mayon Elementary School na naging evacuation center kan mga taga brgy Buang. (Vince Villar)


Mga evacuees, kanya kanyang gibo nin payag sa sarung banwaan sa Albay

Sto Domingo, Albay – Kakaiba an ginibo kan mga evacuees sa banwaang ini, huli ta imbes na umasa sa Gobyerno, kanya kanyang pagibo sinda nin mga payag o makeshift houses sa luwas kan mga evacuation centers.

An rason? Ngani na magkaigwa nin privacy an pamilya asin dae maka istorbo maray sa klase kan eskwelahan na saindang pig ukupar.

An nasabing mga eskwelahan iyo an yaon sa mga barangay kan Salvacion asin San Andres, kung saen, yaon an labi 200 na pamilya o 800 na mga individual gikan sa mga brgy kan Lidong, San Isidro, Sta. Miserecordia, Fidel Surtida, asin San Fernando na nagdulag sa peligro kan Bulkan.

Sa Intrivista kay Alkalde Herbie Aguas, nakatuudan na suboot kan saindang mga residentes an siring kaining gawi tuyong may pagtuga an Mayon.

An nasabing lakdang iyo an inomaw kaito kan Department of Health – DOH huli ta malilikayan kaini an posibleng outbreak nin helang.

Nilinaw tulos ni Mayor Aguas na sadiring gastos kan mga residentes an pagconstruer kan nasabing paramiyentras na maiistaran.

Sa ngonyan, mga kubeta asin mga dagdag na mapagkukuanan na sana nin tubig an pig aasikaso kan local na gobyerno kan Sto DOminggo para sa mga nasabing evacuees. (Vince Villar)


Haros 900 na pamilya, natawan na nin relief sa Daraga

Nakapag distribwer na puon kasuudma nin tig 6 na kilo nin bagas, asin mga sardinas an lokal na gobyerno kan Daraga sa  gabos na mga evacuees ninda.

Segun kay Mrs Tess Bausa, MDRRM Officer kan nasabing banwaan, 

Enot na panao ninda iyo an 3 kilong bagas asin 2 lata nin sardinas para sa 796 na pamilya.

Nasundan ini nin tig 3 kilong bagas hali sa Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO) para sa 844 na pamilya.

An nasabing mga evacuees iyo an hale sa mga brgy kan Miisi, Budiao, Salvacion, Matnog, asin Banadero.

Nilinaw ni Bausa na sa nasabing bilang dae pa nakabale an mga nagdagdag pa sanang mga evacuees kasuudma.

Sa ngonyan nag rerepack na suboot sinda ngani itabang sa mga baging abot.

Sa presente sobra 900 o sobra 4,000 na mga individual na an mga nasa evacuation centers na kan Daraga.

Miyentrastanto, nagpipreparar naman ngonyan an brgy Alcala ngani mag ebakwar.

Segun kay Bausa, huli sa pagbaba nin grabe kan lava sa Miisi channel, natakot naman an mga residentes maski nasa luwas kan 6kms PDZ.


Albay, isinairarom na sa State of Calamity

Legazpi City - Nagkasararong inaprubahan kan mga miyembros kan Sangguniang Panlalawigan kan Albay an resolusyon na minadeklara sa Albay sa irarom kan State of Calamity kasoodma Enero 16, 2018 dahil sa padagos na pag alburuto kan bulkan.

Si Liga ng mga Barangay President JP Lee, Chairman kan Committee on Crisis and Emergency Management, an nagbusol kan nasabing resolusyon.

Dahilan kaini, makakabwelo na an PDRRMC sa paggamit kan 5% Calamity fund ngani maipang ayuda sa sobra 20 mil na mga residentes na nasa mga evacuation centers na ngonyan.

Sa naging presentasyon ni Dr. Cedric Daep kan APSEMO, sinabi kaini na igwa pang sobra P90 million na pondo para sa kalamidad an Albay.

30 percent kaini an mapapasiring sa food assistance mantang an iba an magagamit sa pagpakaray kan mga facilidades kan mga evacuation centers arog kan mga toilet asin water system.

Alagad, tulos na nilinaw ni Daep na sagkod 10-15 days sana an idudurar kan pondong ini asin an masunod na lakdang iyo an maghagad na nin pondo sa Nasyunal asin mga international na organisasyon.

Sinabi ni Daep na oras na kapuson nin pondo, tulos nindang ipapadeklarang depleted na an pondo ngani makahagad ayuda sa Nasyunal.

Miyentrastanto, nihayag ni Daep na poon ngonyan nagbubulos na an tabang hale sa ibang mga probinsiya sa rehiyon.

An Catanduanes asin Sorsogon an mapadara na suboot nin saindang mga water purifying machines sa aga.

Apwera kaiyan, nagrequest naman sinda sa coordinator kan AECID ngani darahon sa Albay asin ipagamit an 3 mga units kan purifying machines sa Clark, Pampangga.

An DSWD asin Phil Red Cross an nakipag koordinar naman sainda ngani magtabang, mantang an NFA an enot ng nagpautang nin sobra un mil na sako nin bagas ngani may maidistribwer na sa mga evacuees.

Masurat man si Daep sa gabos na mga dati ng international partners siring kan UNDP, UNICEF asin iba pa ngani magpadara nin tabang mantang kun kinakaipuhan pa, makunduser siya nin donors forum sa Metro Manila.

Paliwang ni Daep, bako siring kan bagyo o iba pang kalamidad, posibleng maghaloy an mga tawo sa mga evacuation centers huli ta dae sigurado kun sa arin makulpa an pag alburoto kan bulkang Mayon. 

Sa presente nasa 6,459 na pamilya o 24,752 na persona an inebakwar hale sa 29 mga baranggay na gikan sa 6kms PDZ asin 8kms extended danger zone.

Sagkod ngonyan nasa alert level 3 pa an bulkan. (Vince Villar)

Trabaho, Negosyo Kabuhayan in Masbate set on January 25

Masbate City – Calling all those who are looking for a job or wanting to change jobs in the province of Masbate: this is your chance as DOLE Bicol in cooperation with DTI and partner LGUs bring the third Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) installment in the island province of Masbate this 25 January 2018 at the covered court of LGU Dimasalang, Masbate. 

The whole day TNK Job and Business fair is open not only to all Masbateños but to all Bicolanos in the region as the activity will be participated in by 10 Local, 2 Overseas employers and 2 Government Agencies offering hundreds of vacancies here and abroad.

Also, a one-stop-shop composed of major government agencies such as NBI, SSS, Pag-Ibig, PSA, BIR and Philhealth will be there to cater to the documentary needs of job applicants.

Moreover, during the event, a free medical-dental check-up will be an added service to the public sponsored by the Provincial Government Provincial Health Office (PHO) Masbate and LGU Dimasalang while provision of skills-business training and consulting services will be spearheaded by TESDA and DTI respectively.

“It’s a very big event for Masbate. There will even be free haircut, massage and other beauty and wellness services. That’s why we are really urging not only jobseekers but all Masbateños to come and participate in this TNK at Dimasalang,” DOLE Bicol Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga said. 

Job seekers are advised to bring at least 10 sets/ photocopies of their documents like resume, diploma, transcript of records, passport if any, and TESDA training certificate if any and related documents such as certificate of employment.

“Remember that in a TNK Jobs Fair there are many employers. I advise them to submit to every employer to increase their chances of getting hired,” DOLE Bicol asst. reg. dir. Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa added.

More than the job opportunity, free training will be up for grabs to qualified applicants with the participation of the Philippine Nippon Technical College (PNTC). The PNTC is offering free skills training and sure job placement to Japan to qualified applicants in a study-now-pay later arrangement. 

The TNK Jobs and Business fair will run from 8am to 5pm on said date. Advocacy for the fair will be co-handled by PIA Masbate and ABS-CBN Bicol.

'Biological needs' kan mag-agom, saru sa tututukan kan Albay PDRRMC

Legazpi City - Makaulok man sa iba, alagad reyalidad suboot kan buhay na may mga “pangangaipo” o biological needs suboot an mga mag agom na yaon sa evacuation centers na dapat tawan atensyon kan Lokal na Gobyerno kan Albay.

Segun kay Dr. Cedric Daep kan APSEMO, dapat suboot na mawara na sa termino kan kadaklan an “mabahog nin orig” na iyo an pigkakantyaw sa mga mag agom na naghahali sa evacuation centers ngani mag uli para miyentras sa saindang residensiya.

Kan pagtuga kan taong 1993, nauso an terminong ini asin sagkod ngonyan kada vez may evacuation minalataw pa sa mga kararawan.

Segun kay Daep, may mga medyos naman sindang ginibo kan panahon asin dadagdagan pa sa ngonyan.

Kabale sa mga naisip na lakdang ni Daep iyo an pag escort sa mga mag agom pauli saindang residensya alagad makalihis an sarung oras kakatukon an mga ini ngani magbalik liwat sa evacuation centers.

Kan naka aging mga pag ebakwar, nagtao pa nin passes sa mga hotel an Gobyerno sa mga mag agom o kaya  nagbugtak nin “Love House” sa mga evacuation centers alagad dae suboot naging epektibong maray kun kaya pag iisipan pa ninda kun ibabalik ini.

Pinaka maray na ideya suboot an mag istrikto sa bilang kan pamilya sa laog kan sarung classroom.

Dapat suboot na 8-10 families sana an yaon sa laog asin kanya kanya na sanang bugtak nin mga division.

Kada paka pamanggi, Mabugtak man nin mga palabas siring kan cartoons para sa mga aki asin mga musikero para sa gabos.

Tinawan doon ni Daep na an pangangaipong sekswal kan mag agom an dae suboot pwedeng pabayaan kan gobyerno.

Sa dakol na beses suboot niyang pag obserba sa mga evacuation centers, comon na nagigibg problema ini kan mga mag agom apwera sa pagkakan asin kabuhayan kan pamilya.

Miyentrastanto, tatawan man atensyon an pagbubugtak nin pasimidad para sa mga daraga asin mga nagpapadudo nin mga aki.

Sinabi ni Daep na dapat maging gender sensitive an mga evacuation centers.

Dahilan kaini kun kaya prayoridad man an pagkonstruir nin mga nursery rooms para sa mga lactating mothers mantang lugar nin sanglian man para sa mga kadaragahan. 

Sa presente, labi 5 mil ng pamilya o sobra 25 mil ng persona na an mga nasa evacuation centers sa bilog na probinsiya nin Albay. (Vince Villar)

ENTERTAINMENT | Miss Bicolandia 2013 Angelica Corbe joins Bb Pilipinas 2018

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Miss Bicolandia 2013 Angelica Mae Corbe is setting her sights on the Binibining Pilipinas crown this 2018.

The 24-year-old financial analyst from Legazpi City, was also previously crowned Mutya ng Ibalong 2012.

She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Sccountancy from Aquinas University of Legazpi.

According to her, she is an advocate of lupus awareness.

Below is the list of candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018:

Jerelleen Rodriguez
Jehza Huelar
Angelica Corbe
Juliana Kapeundl
Wynona Buot
Rosantonette Mendoza
Sigrid Grace Flores
Kristie Rose Cequeña
Enalouis Velasco
Ana Patricia Asturias
Muriel Orais
Angelie Aubrey Asuncion
Karen Gallman
Trixia Marie Maraña
Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
Janette Sturm
Sarah Margarette Joson
Janice Roman
Henna Kaizelle Nicole Cajandig
Eva Patalinjug
Anjame Magbitang
Samantha Avestruz
Loren Artajos
Samantha Bernardo
Marie Sherry Ann Tormes
Katherine Ventura
Maria Andrea Verdadero Abesamis
Patrizia Garcia
Mary Joy de Castro
Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton
Catriona Gray
Samantha Lemonon
Analiza Vizcarra
Kayesha Chua
Ma. Ahtisa Manalo
Sophia Baino
Agatha Romero
Rose Marrie Murphy
Stephanie Joy Abellanida
Michele Gumabao

Albay, nagsuspinde nin klase ngonyan

Legazpi City – Sinuspinde ngonyan na aldaw, Enero 17, 2018, kan Gobyerno Provincial kan Albay an klase sa gabos na level, pampubliko o pam pribado man.

Sa intrivista kay Dr. Cedric Daep kan APSEMO – Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, sinabi kaini na dahil ini sa magdamlag na uran na nadanasan sa bilog na probinsiya asin sa nakatalaan na maghugpa pa na grabeng uran sa mga masunod na mga oras.

Paliwanag ni Daep, kasubangging alas 10:00 pa sana, naka Yellow warning (MONITOR weather conditions) na an Albay, alagad ngonyan na aga, nakataas na ini sa Orange Warning (ALERT for possible danger and evacuation)

Sa presente, mahibog na panganuron suboot an nakapatos ngonyan bako sana sa ALbay kundi sa bilog na Bicol Region na pwedesir na magdara nin mas matitindi pang uran..

Katakod kaini, inavisuhan man an gabos na mga namamanwaan na mag ingat bako lang sa baha kundi pati man sa landslides.

Pipapreparar man an gabos para sa posibleng evacuations.

Miyentrastanto, matinding mga pagbaha man an nadadanasan sa probinsiya kan Catanduanes huli sa magdamlag man na pagbulos nin pag uran.

Sa banwaan kan Virac, nagsagibo nan in rescue operation sa barangay Gogon, huli ta sagkod iksan (beywang) na an baha.

Dahil digdi, nagpaluwas nan in kasuguan si Mayor Sammy Laynes na minasuspinde kan klase puon Kinder sagkod High School. (Vince Villar)


Albay, duwang beses na naglinog kasubagong mag agahon

Legazpi City - Duwang beses na nakamati nin paglinog an nagkapirang lugar sa Albay ngonyan na mag agahon, Enero 17, 2018.

Sa intrivista kan Bicol Standard kay Philvolcs Director Renato Solidum, sinabi kaini na enot na namatian an magnitude 2 na linog bandang alas 12:01 nin mag agahon sa may parte kan Ligao City (coordinates 13.30N, 123.58E).

An ikaduwang linog namatian bandang alas 12:37 na nin mag agahon sa parte na kan banwaan kan Oas (coordinates, 13.31N, 123.57E)

May kusog ining 3.1 magnitude.

Kasabay kaini, namatian man an Intensity 3 sa Legazpi City.

Pirang segundos man sana suboot an pigdurar kan linog.

Tulos man na nilinaw ni Dir. Solidum na an linog iyo an dara kan Tectonic earthquake asin bako dahil sa pag alburuto kan bulkan. (Vince Villar)


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Autopsy on victims to unmask people behind Dengvaxia mess: PAO

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA -- Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta on Monday said they are waiting for the autopsy results on the bodies of the victims who died after they were given shots of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

Acosta said these results are essential to determine the officials who must be held liable for the controversial PHP3.5-billion dengue vaccine project of the Department of Health (DOH).

So far, among the more than a hundred requests, Acosta said the PAO forensics team has autopsied seven children who have died after being vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

“We are waiting the final report of our forensic team and also out pathologist,” she said during the Kapihan sa Manila Hotel.

“Hindi tayo nagmamadali kasi magru-rule out po tayo ng kung sino lang po talaga ang dapat kasuhan. We will not use shotgun method na lahat, hindi po, yun lang talagang may kagagawan dito na dapat managot (We are not in a hurry. We will rule who are the people who will face charges. Those officials will face sanctions.) ,” she explained.

In the meantime, Acosta would not yet reveal whom her office intends to sue regarding the Dengvaxia issue.

“Sa mga kakasuhan ayoko munang mag-announce pero alam ng taong bayan kung sino dapat kasuhan dito sa pagkamatay ng mga bata, (I don’t want to announce who will get sued but the public knows who they are),” she said.

Acosta explained the PAO is focused on the civil, criminal, and administrative aspects of the case, while, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which is also conducting its own probe will be handling on should be held liable for graft and plunder.

Acosta said her office requested last Friday from the DOH a master list of the over 800,000 children who got inoculated with the vaccine.

She added she will also ask copies of the master list from the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Pag ho hindi nag-produce (ng master list), may obstruction of justice (They could be charged with obstruction of justice if they fail to produce the master list),” she warned.

She cited that under the Anti-Red Tape Law the masterlist should be released within 10 days from the day it was requested.

She also urged local health officials and workers not to contribute to the cover-up of the real cause of deaths of children who received the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

“Yung mga midwives, health workers, mga doktor, mga clinician, hindi po namin kayo idedemanda sapagkat kayo lang ay na-misled (To the midwives, health workers, doctors, clinicians, we will not sue you because you were only misled),”she assured.

“Yung mga natatakot na maglagay ng tamang antecedent and underlying cause, wag na kayong matakot. (Those who fear saying the right antecedent cause and underlying cause of deaths, do not fear),” she added.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued Department Order (DO) No. 792 ordering PAO to “extend free legal assistance in civil, criminal, and administrative cases to all possible victims of Dengvaxia related injuries, illness and deaths.”

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) called the immunization program "worse than any heinous crime," and urged the DOH to set up help desks to receive complaints from concerned parents and also vowed to help them seek compensation for the families whose children may have received potentially risky anti-dengue shots.

The VACC is also pushing for the conduct of investigation in order to hold those responsible for the mass vaccination.

The DOH said around 10 percent of the over 700,000 school children who received the shots at risk to a "severe" case of the disease, prompting DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III to order the suspension of the dengue vaccination program pending recommendation on further action from experts from the WHO.

Pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur recently issued an advisory to the public that its product Dengvaxia is effective for people who have had dengue prior to immunization but creates a risk of a "severe" case of dengue for people who have not yet had dengue. (PNA)


DOTr asked to submit update on jeep modernization

By Azer Parrocha

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) should submit its report on latest developments regarding the jeepney modernization program to avoid “confusion,” a senator said Tuesday.

Senator Grace Poe reminded the DOTr to enlighten the public on the latest developments regarding the jeepney modernization program amid its planned roll out this year.

Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said that all the details should be laid out on the table because for ordinary jeepney drivers, it is their livelihood at stake.

“We want to know what has happened to the modernization program. Has the DOTr come up with clear guidelines on how to implement this? There are still many things to be ironed out,” Poe said in a statement.

She, meanwhile, appealed for sobriety among jeepney operators and drivers mulling to hold street protests following the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” program, which some groups are linking to the modernization program.

“The lack of transportation hits the commuters hard and disrupts work and classes,” Poe said.

Last December, Poe, in a hearing with transport officials and jeepney drivers and operators, recommended the conduct of a pilot test of the modernization program amid the absence of clear guidelines and lack of consultation with the transport groups.

She suggested that the DOTr test the program on specific areas, and focus first on doable tests, such as compliance to safety, road worthiness and smoke emission.

The DOTr vowed to have a continuing dialogue with PUV organizations, operators and employees.

Poe also appealed that old models which passed road-worthiness tests be allowed to continue plying their routes and that jeepney operators comply with the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) results which had been recently set up by the DOTr.

She said that while there was a need to modernize the country’s public transportation, such as jeepneys, the program should not result in killing the source of livelihood of the drivers.

“The government should step in to ensure the public a convenient and safe way to commute, with the opportunity for the drivers and operators to upgrade their vehicles. However, it should not be too burdensome for them,” she said. (PNA)

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