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.

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