Friday, March 16, 2018

Alleged Catanduanes shabu lab caretaker arrested

VIRAC, Catanduanes (Bicol Standard) -- The alleged caretaker of the mega shabu laboratory discovered in Palta Small, this town was arrested at 10:10 a.m. Friday at Hilawan, San Andres, Catanduanes.

Lorenzo Flores Piñera, the police said, is 42 years old, married, and a resident of said barangay where he was collared.

Joint elements of San Andres Municipal Police Station and Virac Municipal Police Station led the service of the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Lelu P. Contreras of Regional Trial Court Branch 43.

Piñera was brought to the Regional Health Unit of San Andres for medical examination and is presently held under the custody of the Catanduanes police.


Expect bigger, better Bicol Business Month ‘18: MNCCI

Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry members meet with the media to discuss the plans for Bicol Business Month 2018. (Photo: Bicol Standard)

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), in partnership with the City Government of Naga, is inviting Bicolanos to a bigger and better Bicol Business Month 2018 this year.

In a press conference at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, the Chamber’s members met with the media to bare the plans for the July event.

“Every year we are trying to reach bigger milestones than the previous year,” MNCCI President Ferdinand Sia said.

This is the fourteenth year that the Chamber is holding the Bicol Business Month, he explained.

“This year, with our theme ‘Bigger, Better and More,’ we are tapping as many sectors in the community as possible,” he remarked.

“As always, we want the community, and not the MNCCI, to take center stage,” he said.

“Through this event, we aim to showcase the strong partnership of the public and private sector,” he said.

This year’s chairperson is Elaine Zuniga Montemayor, who announced the schedule of activities for the Business Month:

  • July 5 - National Dog Show
  • July 6-11 – BBM Exhibits and Trade Fair
  • July 10 – Farmers’ Congress
  • July 13 – Angat Kabuhayan
  • July 13-16 – Agriculture Fair
  • July 14- 18 – BCBEX Bicol Construction and Building Expo
  • July 14 – Cardio Marathon
  • July 15 – Color Fun Run
  • July 20 – ECOP Seminar
  • July 20-22 – Wheels 2018 Car Show
  • July 21 – Bicol Business Youth Summit
  • July 24 – Department of Science and Technology Exhibitions
  • July 25 – 2nd Bicol Tourism and Hospitality Congress
  • July 25 – 29 – Techno Lounge Electronics Fair and ICT Expo
  • July 26 – DTI event
  • July 27 – Women’s Congress
  • July 27-29 – Education Summit 2018-03-16
  • July 28 – Halyao Awards
Also present in the event was former MNCCI President Gilbert Albero, who said he also plans a Bicol Retail Conference to underscore the region’s role as a retail hub.

CPP Regional Secretary killed in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A ranking officer of a rebel group was killed Thursday night when a composite team tried to serve Warrants of Arrest at an underground house in Camella Heights Subdivision, Barangay Cararayan.

He was identified as Joey Fajardo, a.k.a Owen/Budoy, and was allegedly the Secretary of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Fajardo was killed along with Liz Ocampo y Berizo, who was staying with him at said residence.

The composite team was made up of the Regional Special Operations Group, Camarines Sur Provincial intelligence Branch, and 9th Infantry Division.

The police reported this morning that a fire fight ensued as the composite team was trying to serve the warrants of arrest for Double Frustrated Murder and Damage to Property.

Said fire fight resulted in the death of Fajardo and Ocampo.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered from the residence the following:
  • one caliber 45 pistol
  • .30 carbine with magazine loaded with ammunition
  • several empty cartridge cases
  • several cell phones
  • one rifle grenade with casing
  • one MK2 fragmentary grenade
  • three pieces of live ammunition with casing
  • one wallet with assorted cards, including a driver’s license with the name Merilos, Alfredo y Dino of L2, B12 Orlur Subd., Bibingkahan, Sorsogon
among others

The Warrant of Arrest for Double Frustrated Murder with CC# 09-1724 was issued by Judge Ronaldo Delemios Bobis of RTC Branch 64, Labo Camarines Norte dated January 18, 2009. The Warrant for Damage to Property with CC# 2962 was issued by Rafael H. Estuye of MCTC Bulusan-Barcelona dated October 27, 1995.

The cadavers of the two persons were brought to Cristo Funeral Services.

Investigation and monitoring are still ongoing as of this writing.


Masbateño tops Physician Licensure Examination

Jerald Lalaguna Pelayo
Photo grabbed from Facebook

MASBATE CITY (Bicol Standard) -- A Masbateño has emerged as the topnotcher in the March 2018 Physician Licensure Examination.

Jerald Lalaguna Pelayo, a graduate of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, got a score of 88.17% in the exams.

Previously, the 24-year-old Pelayo also topped the Nursing Board Exam in 2011.

Pelayo on Facebook narrated that the night before the exams, he cried his heart out to God "because the pressure squatting on my shoulders was too heavy for [him] to carry."

"But this brought me to my knees as I prayed this prayer of David in Psalm 17:8, “keep me as the apple of Your eye, hide me in the shadow or Your wing”, and the prayer of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:12, “...we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” My fears were hushed! I was able to sleep for 8 hours with peace and God-confidence. I went to the examination site bringing with me nothing save from my precious Bible. I felt His abiding presence! And right before the examination commenced, God spoke to me through His Written Word and promised me something in 1 Kings 20:13, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Have you seen this great multitude? Behold, I will give it into your hand this day, and you shall know that I AM THE LORD!’” he posted.

"Today we see the fulfillment of His promise! This success is authored by God himself in order to vindicate His name. If there’s One person who should be praised, it’s not me. May God’s name be lifted to the highest heavens!" he added.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Panawagan sa mga kabataan sa Sali(n) Na, Angela!

Iniimbitahan ang lahat ng mga kabataang nasa edad 12–17 na lumahok sa Sali(n) Na, Angela!, isang timpalak sa pagsalin ng mga tula ni Angela Manalang Gloria, na itinataguyod ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino bílang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas sa Abril.

Maaaring pumili sa mga tula ni Gloria na “Poems,” “The Debt,” at “1940 A.D.,” na isasalin mulang Ingles tungong Filipino. Ang magwawagi ay tatanggap ng sumusunod na gantimpala: PHP5,000.00, unang gantimpala; PHP3,500.00, ikalawang gantimpala; at PHP1,500.00, ikatlong gantimpala.

Isinilang sa Pampanga, ngunit lumaki sa Albay, itinuturing na ina ng mga makatang babaeng nagsusulat sa Ingles si Angela Manalang Gloria. Noong 1940 ay kinilala siya bilang “Natatanging Kabataang Babae sa Panitikan” ng Philippines Graphic. Ang kaniyang aklat ng tula na Poems (1940) ay ang una at tanging koleksiyon ng tula bago ang Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig na isinulat sa Ingles ng isang Filipina.

Patuloy itong panghihimok ng KWF sa mga kabataan na magsalin ng mahahalagang akda tungo sa wikang pambansa at kasama ang timpalak na ito sa ikaapat na taóng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan na may temang Pingkian Panitikan.

Tatanggap ang KWF ng mga lahok hanggang 6 Abril 2018. Para sa mga detalye, maaaring tumawag sa 736-2519, o bumisita sa

Homeowner shoots suspected robber

JUBAN, Sorsogon (Bicol Standard) --A homeowner shot a suspected robber as the latter allegedly tried to forcibly enter his residence.

In a report to the Bicol Standard, the Sorsogon police said couple Robert and Mylene Jao were awakened by noise from outside their home at around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Allegedly, the suspected robber tried to attack Robert, who retaliated by shooting him with a pistol.

In the scuffle, Robert hit him at his lower abdomen, but also accidentally hit his wife at her upper right arm.

Elements of the Juban police responded to the scene and found the wounded suspected robber, who was rushed to Peter Paul Hospital, Barangay Balogo, Sorsogon City and placed on hospital arrest.

Meanwhile, the wounded wife was also rushed to Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital for medical attention.

The police said the case is still under investigation as to the criminal liability of the homeowner.

The firearm used, the police added, is subject to record check and verification.

PHOTOS | Handog Regalo Kahit Hindi Pasko

Who says Christmas is the only time for gift-giving? Cops from Daraga Municipal Police Station hand out school supplies as gifts to day care children on the town as part of their "Handog Regalo Kahit Hindi Pasko" program.


DILG: Check for Boracay-like symptoms in your areas

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano directed the newly-promoted directors and other DILG officials to check for violations of environmental and other laws in their respective areas to prevent a Boracay-like crisis from happening.

Speaking during the first-ever mass oath-taking held at the DILG central office, Ano said that the current problem in Boracay is just a symptom but the real sickness is the implementation of the law.

"I urge you to help us rectify and solve the problem in Boracay by making a chain of actions in your areas so that other parts of the country will not suffer the same fate," he said.

He enjoined the newly promoted officials to understand and learn from the Boracay problem and how they can avoid similar situations in their place of assignments.

The DILG chief said that LGUs should not wait for an environmental crisis to happen in other tourist spots like El Nido, Coron, Siargao, Camiguin, etc. "As DILG field officials, you can prevent a similar crisis from happening. You should be vigilant," he said.

On the issue of Barangay appointment scams, the DILG Chief directed the newly-promoted officials to get the names and gather the facts of those personalities or groups who are peddling and asking for payment in exchange for alleged appointments relative the upcoming Barangay and SK elections.

"The DILG does not authorize any group or individuals to solicit any money from anybody. Beware of these poseurs and report to us immediately so they will be given appropriate sanctions and cases will be filed against them pursuant to the law," he said.

Rank has its responsibilities

Of the 31 newly promoted officials, 20 are Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) VIII holding the ranks of City and Provincial Directors. Five were promoted as Director III who now holds the position of full-pledged Assistant Directors. Three others now hold Director IV positions as Bureau Directors and three Regional Directors have newly adjusted ranks as Career Executive Service Officers (CESO) from CESO IV to CESO III.

He said that the officials really deserve their long-overdue promotion having faithfully worked as true public servants in the Department.

Ano said that along with the phrase “rank has its privileges”(RHIPs), there is also an accompanying phrase that goes “rank has its responsibilities” (RHIRs).

"Spiderman once said that greater power means greater responsibilities and with that, I urge you to work much faster, more effectively and more efficiently now that you are already holding higher positions," Ano said.


Briones salutes Global Teacher Prize finalists, including Sorsoganon Ryan Homan

Deped Sorsogon teacher Ryan Habitan Homan (left) poses with Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and Schools Division Superintendent Loida Nidea after Briones recognized his inspiring story of helping Bicolano children learn.

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones highlighted that Filipino teachers are now being recognized internationally for bringing great difference to the lives of learners and their communities through various innovations and techniques in delivering quality education.

“Nowadays, Filipino teachers are becoming much more important and are now being recognized not only in Asia, but all over the world,” Briones stated.

The Education chief proudly cited the inspiring story of Dr. Jesus Insilada, who was recently dubbed as one of the top 10 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize of the Varkey Foundation for transforming the lives of his learners through culture-based teaching and inclusive learning.

“I hope this will inspire all of you. If you do well in your profession, or in the things that you do, there is no limit to how high you can go… Dr. Insilada, the only Filipino among the top 10 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize award – a member of an IP community, a PhD holder, writer, and teacher-awardee – also has his fair share of struggles in life, but that did not stop him to strive for his dreams. And now he’s making a difference in the lives of his students,” she mentioned.

She stated that Dr. Insilada serves as a role model to all Filipino learners, especially to IP students, and noted that everyone – even those in the marginalized sector – must not be afraid to reach their aspirations as opportunities are given not only to those in the urban centers.

Insilada is an advocate of IPs’ rights and welfare, and strives to contribute to making education culture-sensitive. Now, at least 87 percent of his pupils have shown improvements in their grades as they learn through traditional dances, songs, local games and crafts.

“Through quality education, backed by motivation, perseverance, and active support from the community, learners may achieve success in whatever path or career they choose in life,” the Secretary pointed out.

Furthermore, Briones also recognized the inspiring story of Ryan Homan, a Filipino teacher who is included in the Top 40 of the said Prize.

Homan is known in his community as a champion of literacy who initiated various reading programs to help learners who are at risk of dropping out. Through his Balsa-Basa project, along with the home reading corners and community reading centers that he helped establish, the school’s academic achievement showed continuous improvement.

He also tapped his learners’ parents and capacitated them to become nanay-teachers – mothers who are capable of teaching and mentoring their own children, especially in developing critical thinking and reading comprehension.

Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize will conduct its awarding ceremony on March 18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the Global Education Skills Forum.

The Secretary, along with other Ministers of Education and select champions in the field of education all over the world, is set to give inputs as a mentor to the finalists on the importance of integrating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning.

Other finalists are from Turkey, South Africa, Colombia, United States, Brazil, Belgium, Australia, United Kingdom, and Norway, who all brought positive changes in the lives of learners and their communities.


DILG warns of raps vs. 638 village chiefs in Bicol

By Mar Serrano Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY -- Some 638 village chieftains in Bicol could be charged with negligence for failing to organize a Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), said a top official of the regional office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Elouisa Pastor, DILG- 5 (Bicol) regional director, in a phone interview Tuesday said the barangay captains would be charged administratively with simple to gross negligence if they continue to fail to organize a BADAC in their respective areas.

Pastor also revealed that some BADACs are saddled with operational and organizational issues, such as failure to submit a regular report, including a drug watch list identifying illegal drug personalities in the villages.

Some officials, she said, also fear for their safety from illegal drug syndicates or groups, and of being tagged as coddlers or cohorts of illegal drug personalities.

For a BADAC to be organized and become functional, it should hold monthly meetings and submit a monthly report of activities and updated drug watch list, she added.

Pastor said the agency would issue village chiefs an ultimatum to organize a BADAC but failure to do so could lead to administrative sanctions.

DILG statistics show that of the 3,471 barangays in Bicol, 82 percent or 2,833 villages have BADACs while 638 or 18 percent have failed to have an organized council.

Pastor said the provinces with fully organized BADACs are Albay; Camarines Norte; Catanduanes (91 percent); Camarines Sur (86 percent); Masbate (52 percent); and Sorsogon (38 percent).

The Regional Oversight Committee led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that of the 3,471 villages in Bicol, at least 547 (16 percent) are considered as drug-affected.

According to Pastor, the committee, based on its evaluation, considers these affected villages as “manageable”.

The committee also said that 51 villages in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte have been declared “drug-cleared” areas. (PNA)

DILG: Until a law is passed postponing the barangay elections, preparations will continue

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo Ano said today that the DILG is full blast in its preparations for the Barangay and SK Elections until a law is passed postponing it. Nonetheless, the DILG is hoping that the Barangay and SK elections will not be postponed for a third time in order to allow the public to cleanse the ranks of barangay officials of the non-performers.

Ano expressed alarm over the consolidated report of PDEA that out of 42,036 barangays in the country, 32.3 percent or 6,744 barangays are moderately affected, while the remaining one percent or 208 barangays are seriously affected by the drug menace.

“With almost 7,000 barangays moderately or seriously affected by illegal drugs, the forthcoming elections will allow the public a chance to change their leaders in their communities and install leaders who will be more active in fighting illegal drugs and supportive of the government’s thrust to stamp out illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption,” he said.

“Many of the barangay officials have not even organized their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACS). How can we win the war on drugs if our barangay officials are non-performing?” he said.

“We need a new set of barangay officials who are supportive of the agenda of change of the President. Let’s hold the elections so that the people can choose a new set of officials,” he added.

The DILG chief also said that on the local governance perspective, elections are all about accountability. Without elections, there is no way for the public to hold their officials accountable for their performance. “Holding the elections as scheduled will allow the people to hold their barangay officials accountable for their performance while in office,” he said.

“The incumbent barangay officials have been elected by the people for a 3-year term only; at present they have already served for almost 5 years. That’s already enough. Let’s allow the people to either give them a new mandate or remove them from office,” he said.

In a bid to remove non-performing barangay officials, the DILG together with COMELEC launched last month its campaign for Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahang Barangay and SK officials to encourage the public to choose leaders who possess these three minimum qualities that are important to carry out meaningful peace and development initiatives in the communities.

According to DILG Spokesperson Asst. Secretary Jonathan Malaya, a barangay and SK official who is “Matino” exhibits the following traits: 1. hindi "corrupt" at lumalaban sa katiwalian; 2. lumaban at lumalaban sa iligal na droga; 3. tapat sa serbisyo at bukas sa publiko; 4. magaling at may disiplina; and 5. walang kaugnayan sa masasamang tao or grupo.

For a 'Mahusay' candidate – 1. may platapormang pangkaunlaran at pangkapayapaan; 2. huwaran at modelo ng kanyang mga kabarangay; 3. sumusunod sa mga alituntunin ng pamahalaan at ng komunidad; 4. maayos makitungo sa mga kabarangay; and 5. may patas na pagtingin sa iba’t ibang problema sa barangay.

While for a 'Maaasahan' candidate, Malaya identified the following: 1. maalam at may kakayahan sa pagpaplano; 2. alistong tumutulong sa panahon ng sakuna; 3. nagmamalasakit sa kapwa; 4. madaling malapitan sa oras ng pangangailangan; and 5. subok sa pagtulong sa pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan.


Bicolana among PNPA top grads

Police Cadet Maricar Sison Ansus of Barangay Salvacion, Bacon, Sorsogon City is among the top ten new cadets from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) who will be joining the police force soon.

She is part of PNPA Maragtas (Magiting At Responsableng Alagad ng Batas na Gagabay sa Transpormasyong Alay sa Bayang Sinilangan) Class of 2018.

Ansus and her fellow cadets will be conferred the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) upon graduation and will be appointed to the initial rank of Inspector in their respective service bureaus.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte will induct 106 members of the “Maragtas” Class of 2018 as Commissioned Officers in the police, jail and fire service bureaus at the 2018 PNPA graduation rites on March 23 in Camp Gen. Mariano N. Castaneda in Silang, Cavite.

Seventy-six graduating cadets will join the Philippine National Police, while 13 will serve in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 17 in the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The PNPA Maragtas Class of 2018 is composed of 79 males and 27 female graduates. (With report from PNA)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dating Municipal Councilor, gadan sa raid kan PDEA asin PNP sa Sorsogon

  • Ni Vince Villar
Matnog, Sorsogon – Kinumpirma kan liderato kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency o PDEA Regional Office an pagkagadan kan sarung dating Konsehal asin nagsirbi man na Municipal Administrator kan banwaan nin Matnog, sa probinsiya kan Sorsogon, matapos na ini suboot manlaban sa mga operatiba na makundusir kuta nin search warrant impelementation sa saiyang pigrerentahan na residensiya kan nakaaging Domingo, Marso 11, 2018 sa Sorsogon City.

Binisto an nagadan na si Edgar Gardon y Ricaforte, 55 anyos, na naging municipal administrator kan banwaan nin Matnog kan mga nakalihis pang administrasyon.

Sa intrivista kay PDEA Bicol Regional Director Christian Frivaldo, bandang alas 7:15 nin aga kan Domingo kan ikasa kan pinagsarong pwersa kan PDEA Sorsogon, PDEA RO5, Sorsogon City asin Sorsogon Police Provincial Office - Provincial Intelligence Batallion an search warrant kontra sa suspek sa saiyang pigrerentahan na residensiya sa Monreal street, Sorsogon City, alagad nanlaban ini sa mga awtoridad, rason ngani mabadil ini sagkod magadan.

Narecover sa sinambitan ng operasyon an duwang plastic bags na may laog nin pigtutubudan na shabu, na may gabat na maabot sa kabangang kilo asin pigkakarkulong may kantidad na P3 million.
Nakua man an nagkapirang badil, live ammunitions, nagkapirang puminutok na basyo asin na-deform na mga bala.

Nasa Regional Crime Laboratory pa ngonyan an nakuang pigsususpetsarang Shabu ngani matesting ini.

NEDA sees export potential of coffee, cacao

By Leslie Gatpolintan

MANILA -- The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is looking to tap into the huge potential for growth in exports of high-value products especially coffee and cacao, in its efforts to diversify the country’s export products.

NEDA Undersecretary for Planning and Policy Rosemarie Edillon told reporters over the weekend that these products enjoy high demand in international markets.

For cacao, Edillon sees huge potential for exports of premium chocolates, as the country could comply with the single source origin preference of importers.

“The markets are there actually especially with respect to coffee and cacao. They (buyers) are asking these from us. Our problem is being able to produce the volume that they need,” she said. ‘

The NEDA official cited Nestle, a food and beverage company which wanted to buy all the coffee the country could produce.

“But we cannot produce the (required) volume. It requires long-term planning because this is a permanent crop. There has to be a clear direction,” Edillon said.

“There has to be convergence with other programs because we need to produce volume for export,” she added.

The government is targeting an 8-percent growth in merchandise exports for 2018, supported by a revival of the agribusiness sector.

“To achieve this, the Philippines needs to build up integrated industries that would generate higher value addition, especially for key products such as bananas, cacao, coffee, mangoes and rubber as well as for other emerging high value crops,” NEDA Director-General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia earlier said. (PNA)

PLDT leads the way in digital finance transformation

Taguig City--SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced the completion of the SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) solution implementation for PLDT, Inc., the country’s largest telecommunications company. This implementation makes PLDT the first in the Philippines to use RAR as a step in addressing the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance requirements.

The project is part of PLDT’s digital finance transformation efforts. It is aimed to continuously improve business processes to adopt to changing market and regulatory requirements. The company first adopted SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 2006 in order to streamline and standardize finance practices across the group and to change the role of Finance from bookkeeper to enterprise controller, business planner and adviser. This paved the way to increased transparency, improved reporting capabilities and faster decision-making. Over the next few years, PLDT’s Finance Team has initiated additional technology-enabled process enhancements in the area of treasury and cash management, investment management and most recently in the legal and management consolidation functions with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC).

2017 proved to be yet another significant year as PLDT prepared for transformation in financial reporting and compliance. With the adoption of SAP RAR, PLDT’s SAP system is able to generate reports that helped the company towards the adoption of IFRS 15, a new revenue recognition standard, mandated by the Philippine Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC) and the Board of Accountancy, which took effect last January 2018.

The new IFRS 15 revenue recognition standard eliminates the transaction and industry-specific revenue recognition guidance under current U.S. GAAP and replaces it with a principle-based approach for determining revenue recognition. The change can affect companies’ reported revenue, how and when they report financial performance, and overall financial decision making.
Chaye Cabal-Revilla, SVP and PLDT Group Controller and concurrent Smart CFO, said “We are happy to usher in a new digital era in finance within PLDT. As a publicly listed company in the Philippines and in the U.S., it is crucial for us to move forward towards IFRS 15 – both at a country and global standard level.”

Revilla also noted that as a large and diversified conglomerate, the PLDT Group has challenges in integrating different organizations and different Lines of Business who usually maintain their own operation and system of record. With the latest SAP technologies, PLDT is able to look into these entities’ performance and contribution to PLDT consolidated operations. Soon, when S4HANA becomes its digital core, PLDT will be able to embark on another Finance Transformation project that will be focused on business users’ empowerment, predictive capabilities, collaboration between Lines of Business and partner networks and mobile-ready applications.

Commenting on the completion of the project, Edler Panlilio, SAP Philippines Managing Director, said “For SAP, it has always been our purpose to help Filipino conglomerates like PLDT to run better. With this strong collaboration, we are extending SAP’s expertise to guide them in their journey towards digital transformation just as SAP has enabled the world’s leading conglomerates to run better.”

“Our best consultants around the world have been pulled in to moving this complex project forward,” adds Ella Mangubat, SAP Philippines Digital Business Services (DBS) General Manager, whose team led the implementation. “PLDT has also embraced SAP cloud solutions which showed a very strong commitment for a true digital transformation. We at Digital Business Services will provide PLDT all the support they need in their journey.”

The SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) application automates and simplifies revenue accounting and supports companies as they comply with both current and impending accounting standards. This is the first in a series of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) solutions from SAP designed to help finance executives comply with IFRS 15, IFRS 16 and IFRS 9.

Dela Rosa wants more cops on the streets

By Benjamin Pulta

MANILA -- There must be more police officers on patrol in the streets instead of manning desks.

This was stressed by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa as he presided over the ceremonies for the promotion of 670 national headquarters-based field-grade Police Commissioned Officers and Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officers who were promoted to the next higher rank under the 2017 regular promotion program.

"You should build a strong foundation sa inyong career. Wag yung PO1 pa lang andito na sa Crame na-assign, hanggang nag-SPO4 (You're here in Crame when your rank is PO1 and you'll be here until you're already an SPO4. It should not be like that)," Dela Rosa said.

"Kung kayo ay paikut-ikot ngayon sa Crame na inspector na kayo, lumayas na kayo rito. (If you are roaming around here in Crame as an inspector, get out of here.) You scram from Camp Crame, go to the field. I need you to be leading men on the field. Hindi yung pa-aircon-aircon dito, pa pirma pirma ng papel (You should not just stay in an air-conditioned office and just sign papers)," dela Rosa said.

These 670 personnel stationed in the national headquarters are among a total of 9,853 PNP personnel from different units and offices nationwide who were qualified for promotion. Simultaneous oath-taking ceremonies were also held in all Police Regional Offices across the country.

Likewise during his speech, Dela Rosa ordered the newly-promoted personnel to continue to have zero tolerance for scalawags in uniform, describing the previous situations where corrupt policemen bragged to each other about the amount of graft they collected.

"Sabihan niyo ako kung mayroon pang nagyayabang diyan ng koleksyon sa drug o kaya illegal gambling sabihan niyo ako, ako mismo ang uupak sa pulis na yan (Tell me if there's somebody there bragging about his collection from drugs or illegal gambling. I will personally deal with that police officer)," Dela Rosa said.

"Huwag na nating ibalik sa ating hanay yung panahon, yung dark era natin wherein yung yabangan ng mga pulis yung magkano ang kanilang kinikita magkano ang kanilang koleksyon from illegal gambling, kundi naman yung kanilang koleksyon from illegal drugs. Dapatnever again (Let's not bring back the dark era wherein the police are bragging how much they earned from their collection from illegal gambling or illegal drugs. It should not happen again)," he added.

Dela Rosa urged the men to remember that they are duty-bound to check their peers, subordinates and seniors.

"Lahat ng miyembro ng ating organisasyon dapat binabantayan ninyo, kapag sila ay gumagawa ng masama sitahin na ninyo. Huwag na ninyo hintayin na lumaki pa ang ginagawang kasalanan bago pa tayo umaksyon (You should keep an eye on all members of our organization. If they commit something wrong, call them out. Don't wait for their acts to worsen before doing something)," the country's top cop said.

He added that in the past, ignoring scalawags resulted in the corruption worsening to alarming levels. (PNA)

Education chief reiterates DepEd’s commitment to serve marginalized learners

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones recently reaffirmed the Department’s commitment and advocacy to cater to the educational needs of all learners, including those thriving in the margins.

The Secretary mentioned this during her speech at the 15th International Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) which carried the theme, “Thriving in the Margins: Inclusive Education Re-Imagined.”

“So we, in DepEd, reaffirm our commitment, our advocacy, to serve the people, especially the learners, who are thriving in the margins… We know that they are still there and their number might still increase if they remain to be neglected,” Briones stated.

She further highlighted that education opens opportunities to learners and makes their choices in life possible: “We have to provide them with access to quality education that will give them a chance to make choices, to become better version of themselves, and to land on their target careers.”

With around 26.6 million learners nationwide, the Department ensures to make education truly inclusive for the different Filipino groups through various programs and projects including the Alternative Learning System (ALS), Special Education (SpEd) Program, and Madrasah Education Program, among others.

“In DepEd, the attention is not only given to our formal education system, but also to the various alternative modes in delivering quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education,” Briones pointed out.

The said Conference aimed to provide an opportunity for the participants to rethink and reflect on the current and good practices in inclusive quality education and how these lessons can be applied in their individual contexts and realities. It was held from March 6 to 8 at the Pearl Hall, SEAMEO INNOTECH in Quezon City, and was attended by around 200 educators and other education stakeholders from 14 countries.


Legazpi City to construct 1K-room permanent evacuation center

By Emmanuel Solis

LEGAZPI CITY -- The city government here is now in the process of preparing all the documentations in preparation for the construction of a permanent evacuation center in Barangay Homapon.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview on Monday that his administration will buy 20 to 30 hectares of land at the hilltop of the southern portion of the said village to be the location of the proposed 1,000-room, two-story building with water system, kitchen, electricity and other facilities.

He noted that the PHP-100 million funding for the project would be submitted by the AKO Bicol Party-list to Congress so that it could be included in the General Appropriations Act of 2019.

Senators JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Juan Edgardo Angara, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sherwin Gatchalian and Joel Villanueva have also pledged PHP10 million each or a total of PHP 60 million for the project.

Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos has likewise vowed to give PHP2 million from the Ciara Marie Foundation named after her daughter to support the construction of the permanent evacuation center, the mayor said.

The facility would serve as temporary shelter of residents of the four villages covered by the eight-kilometer extended danger zone at the foot of Mt. Mayon during the volcano's eruptive episodes so that the students' classes would not have to be disrupted when schools are used as evacuation centers, Rosal added. (PNA)

Detachment kan CAFGU sa Lupi, sinurongan kan NPA

LUPI, CSUR (Bicol Standard) –Nairido an duwang miembros kan Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units (CAFGU) na nakadistino sa Barangay Casay digdi kan surungan sinda kan mga miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA).

Sinabi sa report ni Col. Paul Regencia, spokesperson kan 9th Infantry Division kan Philippine Army na linaog kan mga rebelde an territory kan mga CAFGU sa nasambit na barangay, na haloy nang pig coconsiderar na controlado kan mga tawohan kan gobierno.

Pig confirmar kan Army na nakipagbadilan man an mga CAFGU na naglawig nin pirang minutos, kaya nag atras an mga NPA.

Nagsabi ni Regencia na an duwang miembros kan CAFGU nagsapo nin mga menor man sanang lugad sa saindang lawas.

An pangaran kan mga victima iyo sinda CAA Ramos asin CAA Dele Pena.

Pareyo sindang pigbubulong ngonian.

Monday, March 12, 2018

3ng parasira na ipinadpad sa dagat, salvado na sa peligro

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Salvado na sa peligro an tulong mga para sira na nasapod sa dagat kan Barangay Butawanan, Siruma, Camarines Sur.

An saindang mga pangaran iyo sinda Louise Vallespin, 20, Richard Vallespin Candelaria, 21 asin Seneriano Fernandez Camacho, 20, anas mga residentes kan Barangay Bislig, San Andres, Catanduanes.

Segun sa pinaluwas na bareta kan Office of the Civil Derence (OCD-BICOL), ASIN Mercedes Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), nasusug an kamugtakan kan mga para sira, sa paagui ni Virgilio Borja, 65, na saro man na para dakop nin sira.

Kan Marso 6, naglawod an an tulos hale sa Catanduanes. Alagad dai na nakapuli nin huli kan naraot an makina kan saindang piglulunadan na baroto. Nagpatawparaw sinda sa tahaw kan dagat, antes na may magabot na nakasapod sa tulong para sira.

Nakikipag coordinar ngonian an ahensiya kan Philippine Coast Guard sa Camarines Norte substation, Police Maritime Unit asin Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resoutces (BFAR) sa familya kan mga para sira, tangani na sabihan sinda na nasa maray na sindag kamugtakan.

DepEd Bicol receives P200K worth of gym equipment

The Department of Education Regional Office V received P200,000 worth of Gym Equipment from GreatPhil Inc. and Nestle Philippines after winning the Best Region in the implementation of Wellness Campus Program for 2017.

DepED V was acknowledged for its practice of supervision and implementation of wellness programs in the different schools in the region.

The Wellness CAMPUS program is a continuing joint initiative by Nestlé Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) which aims to educate public school students on how to live a healthy life, by choosing healthier food and drink options and physical activity.

The program also emphasized nutrition education and encouraged schools to start other initiatives beyond the Wellness CAMPUS curriculum to promote healthy habits among learners all year round.

LOOK | Naga City celebrates River Day

NAGA RIVER DAY 2018 was celebrated over the weekend with a citywide clean-up by the city hall employees and barangay officials, bokashi balls throwing and tilapia fingerlings dispersal. The Naga River Day is a yearly endeavor of the city to promote and encourage everyone to take part in the caring for and revitalization of the river.

FED UP | Wife stabs husband to death on Women's Day

TABACO CITY, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- In a fit of anger, a woman stabbed her husband on his neck on International Women's Day after the latter came home from a drinking spree.

In a report by the Tabaco City Police Station, the woman was identified as Melva Camatoy y Begino, 43 years old, and a resident of Barangay Oson.

The victim, meanwhile, was Rodolfo Camatoy y Carilo, 44 years old, and a farmer.

The police said Rodolfo came home at around 2:30 a.m. after drinking with his friends and relatives.

At around 4 a.m., one of their children reported to have heard a scream.

When the children got up to see what was happening, they saw their father with a stab wound on his neck.

He was rushed to Ziga Memorial District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The suspect was immediately arrested with the help of Punong Barangay Clara Boringot.

The bolo which was used was confiscated from the possession of said suspect.

In the investigation, the police discovered that every time the husband came home drunk, he would threaten the family with the same bolo.

The husband would also allegedly abuse the wife and children physically and emotionally.

As of this writing, the complaint against the wife is being prepared.

(With report from Vince T. Villar)

COMELEC Bicol mum on alleged poll anomaly in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)--Commission on Elections (Comelec) Assistant Regional Election Director begged off for the moment to comment on the allegation of Senator Tito Sotto that there was an anomaly in May 2016 in the election in Libon, Albay.

According to the poll body official, a deeper investigation is necessary to make everything clear.

It would be recalled that Sotto on March 9 said there was an alleged early transmission of votes by certain VCMs (voting counting machines) to the Municipal Board of Canvassers.

The town of Libon, Albay came up after the transmission code which was said to have transmitted the results prior to the official conduct of the polls was identified to be that of Libon.

The results were said to have been transmitted on May 8 to 9, Sotto earlier said.

Serrano said he does not know how the anomaly could have happened.

However, he states that he doubts that the adjustment in the date must have been where things went wrong.

(With report from Vince Villar)

Naga City cases on drugs, crimes dismissed due to police lapses

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Five cases related to illegal drugs, heinous and sensational crime were dismissed by the Regional Trial Court due to lapses and/or negligence by police personnel.

Specifically, the committee which reviewed the reasons behind the dismissal pointed out that there was “inconsistency and contradicting testimony of the police operatives, doubtful sequence of events, and difficulty identifying the items confiscated during illegal drug operations.”

The cases were against Sps. Marissa Comprado y Bien and Dionesio Bien y Solis; Walfredo San Jose y Tan; Joven Dellova y Delos Santos and Junel San Jose y Aguirre; Wilbert Tolosa y baloro and Luis Tron Lee y Zaens’ and Jomar Aureus y Pavia.

The committee recommended to the police to thoroughly read and understand the affidavit before filing in court.

In addition, all circumstances must be established in order to prove the guilt of the accused.

The affidavit must also be specific as to the sequence of events and description of the items confiscated.

Lastly, the police must conduct case conference prior to the conduct of hearing.

The Case Review Committee was presided by PSupt. Gilberto E. Remo, DCDO, under the direct supervision of City Direction Jonathan O. Panganiban.

DSWD-Bicol seeks help in locating relatives of foundlings

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V Reception and Study Center for Children is seeking for the public's help in locating the family and relatives of foundlings under its care.

In case they will not appear to claim the children, they shall move towards the their declaration as legally available for adoption.

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LOOK: Naga City studes to compete in US robotics tilt

Grade 12 students from Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) in Naga City are slated to compete in a robotics tilt in the USA after winning in the Robotics Category of the National Science and Technology Fair 2018. (Photo: CEPPIO)

LOOK: Bicolana beauty Catriona Gray in princess costume

Bicolana beauty Catriona Gray dons a Muslim princess costume for the Binibining Pilipinas National Costume competition. (Photo via Gray's Facebook page)

Lolo, nakuang gadan sa motel sa Naga City

NAGA CITY - Pig-aaram pa kan mga autoridad kun may foul play na nangyari sa nakuang gadan na 74 anyos na lolo sa laog kan sarong lodging house sa barangay Tabuco sa ciudad na ini.

Sa entrevista sa caretaker kan lodging house, sinabi kaini na nagcheck-in an gurang kaibanan an sarong babae poco mas o menos alas 5 nin hapon.

Alagad, kan magluwas an babae, solo na sana ini asin dai kaibanan an lolo.

Nin huli kaini, nagdesisyon an caretaker na dumanan sa kwarto an lalaki.

Duman nadiscubre an nakahubang hawak kan lalaki, na dai na nagreresponde.

Sinabi kan caretaker na bako ini an enot na beses na nagcheck-in an duwa sa nasambit na lodging house.

Maroromdoman na kan nakaaging taon, ibinareta an nakuang lolo sa ibang lodging house na nakuang gadan nin huli ta nasobrahan sa pigtomar na sex drive enhancer. An nasambit na insidente nangyari sa pareyong barangay.


Motor sa dagat nalubog, 1ng pasahero nawawara

LAGONOY, CSur - An saro sa 4 na nakasakay kan motorized banca na byahe pasiring sa Barangay Balaton, Garchitorena, Camarines Sur an pig hahanap pa ngonian kan malunod an sakayan sa delinquenteng lugar sa tungod kan Barangay Mapid, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Sabin i SPO3 Alven Alvaran, kan Lagonoy PNP, nangyari an aksidente poco mas o menos alas 11:45 nin odto.

Ipinahayag kan mga informante na posibleng magabat an cargamento kan sakayan, kaya kan makasabat nin darakulang alon, dai ini naka agwantang malikayan an hukol.

An mga naka sakat sa de motor na baroto iyo an minasunod: Alex Mabag, 32 anyos, Arwin Mabag, 30 anyos, Ariel Abainza, 39 asin asin si Allan Baao, 30 anyos an edad.

Sa presente, pig hahanap pa si Baao, nakabutas sa sakayan na saindang pig lulunadan.

Pig iimbestigaran kan mga awtoridad kun ano an rason ta nalunod an baroto.

Afuera kan apat na personas na nakalunad sa motorized banca, cargado suboot ini nin mga gamit sa contruction (cabilla) na dadarahon sa Barangay Balaton.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, inako kan mga awtoridad na nadifisilan na maray na mahanap an saro pang nawawarang tawo, nin huli kan darakula an makusog an alon sa nasambit na lugar.


DENR to LGUs: Be prepared for increased garbage this summer

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging local officials to plan ahead on how to manage increased volume of garbage this coming summer season.

“Local government officials should amplify their measures in managing wastes particularly in tourism sites as we expect an increased volume of garbage with the arrival of tourists this summer season,” Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.

Cimatu said local officials should put more trash bins in tourist sites to encourage proper waste disposal. He also appealed to tourists to be responsible for their wastes and avoid littering especially along the shorelines and in the waters.

“We do not want the same situation in Boracay Island to happen to other vacation sites. LGUs should be keen in monitoring waste issues in their areas of jurisdiction. Segregation activities should be strictly implemented. Tourists should also throw their garbage only in designated trash bins,” Cimatu emphasized.

RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 mandates the segregation of solid wastes which includes the order that LGUs shall divert at least 25 percent of all solid waste disposal facilities through use, recycling and composting activities and other resource recovery activities.

Under the law, wastes should be segregated as ‘compostable,’ ‘non-recyclable,’ ‘recyclable’, ‘residual waste’ and other appropriate classifications.

Compostable wastes or biodegradable wastes are wastes that can be broken down to non-poisonous substances through the natural action of microorganisms. These include food wastes and soiled paper and wood. Similarly, residual wastes are wastes that are non-biodegradable, non-compostable and non-recyclable.

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) said residual wastes should be disposed through a long-term disposal facility or sanitary landfill. Residual wastes include among others Sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, worn-out rugs, cartons with plastic lining used for milk and juice containers, ceramics, candy wrappers or sachets and other soiled materials that cannot be composted and recycled.

Meanwhile, recyclable wastes are waste materials that can still be converted for beneficial use. Some of these are newspaper, ferrous scrap metal, non-ferrous scrap metal, corrugated cardboard, aluminum glass, glass, office paper, and tin cans.

Improper waste disposal especially along the shorelines affects marine life. Plastic products like PET bottles, candy wrappers sando bags and the like pose a threat to marine life that are prone to mistake plastic trash as food.

As increased tourist arrivals lead to a sharp rise in waste generation, Cimatu said LGUs in tourist cities should strictly enforce segregation of wastes to avoid environmental problems such as uncollected garbage and soil contamination among others.

Cimatu said the DENR can provide technical assistance and support to LGUs in terms of development of solid waste management plans.

Statement of the DILG on the list of Barangay officials implicated in illegal drugs

The decision whether or not to release to the public the names of Barangay officials involved in illegal drugs is the call of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Whatever the decision of PDEA in this matter has our full support.

We wish to clarify that the "narco list" is not prepared and maintained by DILG. It is prepared and maintained by PDEA. What the DILG and its attached agencies do is to provide information on drug personalities and activities to PDEA for verification and inclusion in the narco list. As lead agency in the fight against illegal drugs, PDEA prepares and finalizes the list and acts on it accordingly.

Pursuant to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law, PDEA is the overall lead agency in the anti-illegal drug campaign. It also serves as the chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) created by President Duterte under Executive Order No. 15.

The DILG through the Philippine National Police (PNP) has been proactive in supporting PDEA in the war against illegal drugs. The public knows that the PNP has been going after drug personalities whether they be public officials or private individuals. The DILG will not waver in its commitment to end the menace of illegal drugs in our country and we will provide all the support needed by PDEA.

The DILG sees the forthcoming Barangay elections as an opportunity for the people to remove officials with ties to illegal drugs. This is the reason why we are urging the public to vote for candidates who are actively fighting the war against drugs in the Barangay level.

In the meantime, should there be evidence against incumbent Barangay officials, DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano has directed the PNP to do case build up so that the necessary cases can be filed against them without delay.


DILG urges barangay, SK candidates to prioritize water in their platform

With just barely two months to go before the the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges aspiring candidates to prioritize water programs in their platform agenda for their respective barangays.

DILG OIC Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that water is a basic necessity and as wannabe leaders in their respective communities, barangay and SK candidates are faced with the great challenge of ensuring that all their constituents have easy access to safe and potable water.

“Water is life and more than just quenching our thirst, it is one of the vital building blocks in nation building particularly in creating jobs and in supporting the human, social, and economic development,” Ano said.

The DILG Chief made the call in time for the celebration of World Water Day on March 22 this year.

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) has designated the World Water Day (WDD) on March 22 as an international day to ensure availability and ensure sustainable management of water and sanitation by 2030 as part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 6. This year’s WWD theme is “Nature for Water.”

World Water Day 2018

Ano said that the Department is now in the thick of preparations for the upcoming WWD 2018 with the hope to raise awareness and make the general public understand the importance of conserving nature for more abundant potable water supply.

He said that the Department has been actively participating in the series of inter-agency meetings headed by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to discuss about the series of collaborative activities during the weeklong WWD celebration on March 15-23.

The DILG is one of the national government agencies involved in the water sector with the implementation of potable water supply projects in the countryside like the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG), Assistance to Municipalities (AM)- Potable Water Supply Projects, and Pro-Water, a Spanish-funded program under the iWash Governance.

“The DILG joins the United Nations and the entire Philippine government in advocating nature-based solutions that can potentially solve the water crisis we are facing like flood, drought, water pollution, diminishing and limited access to potable water supply,” Ano said.

Water Forum

The DILG Chief said that during the series of inter-agency technical working group (TWG) meetings, several activities have been mapped out to be conducted during the weeklong WWD celebration like water forum for college students, nature walk, sungka tournament, and awarding ceremony for individuals, groups, or projects who are water advocates.

“We fervently hope that through the series of WWD activities to be conducted nationwide, our Filipino people will take a more proactive action towards better care of our nature and our water resources,” Ano said.

Aside from the DILG and DENR, other TWG partners are Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Climate Change Commission (CCC), Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), The Manila Water Company, Inc., National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), and National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

High-value drug suspect killed in Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) –A former town administrator of Matnog, Sorsogon was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation, a report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said.

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said their team was dispatched to serve the warrant of arrest against Edgar Gardon, an alleged high value target (HVT) in his rented unit at Balay Dormitoryo, in Moreal Street, in Barangay Talisay, of the said town.

While the PDEA agents were about to serve the search warrant in the said apartment, the suspect resisted being arrested, and instead pulled his handgun, prompting the policemen to fire at him.

Gardon was killed in the place of the incident.

Meanwhile, Senior Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquip, Bicol police spokesperson said the operatives several handguns were recovered from his residence, including a sub-machine gun.

He was allegedly connected with Peter “Jaguar” Lim, a suspected top drug lord operating in the Visayas and Mindanao.

He was the municipal administrator of Matnog during the incumbency of former Mayor Emilio Ubaldo.

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