Friday, March 23, 2018

BREAKING | CBSUA prexy Bordado fails bid for reappointment

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) President Georgina Bordado has failed to get the unanimous vote required for her to be reappointed in her position.

During the meeting of the Board of Regents yesterday in Manila, two members of said Board objected to her reappointment while five voted in her favor.

The rules, according Commission Memorandum Order 16 provide that for her to be reappointed, she needs a double outstanding rating from both the Endorsement Committee and the Board of Regents.

In an interview on BBS DWLV FM, CHED Commissioner and CBSUA Board of Regents Chairperson Ronald L. Adamat said that Executive Director Elena B. De Los Santos, Ph. D. of Department of Agriculture Region V and Faculty Federation President Henry A. Mabesa, Jr., Ph. D. voted against Bordado. 

Adamat said that the Board of Regents has passed a resolution seeking for the clarification of the validity and legality of Commission Memorandum Order 16. 

This may cause the decision of the Board to be reconsidered, Adamat explained. 

He admitted, however, that it has not happened in history that the decision of the Board of Regents was reconsidered because of a resolution questioning the validity of the Memorandum Order. 

Meantime, asked in which particular areas Bordado failed, Adamat said he cannot speak for those who voted against her. 

The members of the CBSUA Board of Regents include: Ronald Adamat, CHED Commissioner; Francis Joseph G. Escudero, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture represented by Salvador B. Belaro, Jr., Representative, Ang Edukasyon Partylist and Ann K. Hofer, Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education represented by Christian Jay M. Millena; Agnes M. Espinas-Tolentino, Director, NEDA Region V; Elena B. De Los Santos, Ph.D., Executive Director, DA Region V, Cesar Armando S. Camba, Sr., President, Alumni Federation, Henry A. Mabesa Jr., Ph.D., President, Faculty Federation, Kryzelda M. Ochavo, President, Student Federation, and Rey E. Sanchez, Secretary of the CBSUA Board of Regents. 

Bordado, it would be recalled, took her oath as president of CBSUA on April 4, 2014.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DepEd reaffirms efforts to achieve ideal class size, teacher-student ratio

QUEZON CITY– In its relentless effort to provide students and teachers with environment conducive to learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) reassured the Committee on Basic Education and Culture of the House of Representatives (HoR) that the Department has been conducting interventions to achieve ideal class size and teacher-student ratio in public schools nationwide.

DepEd Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo acknowledged that one way of improving the learning environment is to reduce the class size, classroom-pupil and teacher-studio ratios, and noted that cases in urban centers may be different because of reported overpopulation, among other contributing factors.

“Kung titingnan natin, yung teacher-pupil ratio dating nasa 1:45. For School Year 2017-2018, the teacher-student ratio is 1:31 for the elementary level, 1:36 for Junior High School level, and 1:31 for Senior High School level,” Mateo enumerated.

The clarification was made in response to House Bill 473, or An Act Regulating Class Size in All Public Schools and Appointing Funds Thereof, which proposes that a class to be handled by one teacher shall be fixed at a standard size of 35 learners, with a maximum of no more than 50 students.

Further, Undersecretary Mateo pointed out, “Hindi po one size fits all ito. Halimbawa, sa Kinder, ang ating ginagamit na parameter ay 25 learners tapos maximum 30. Ibig sabihin nito, we try to hit the 1:25 pero pag sumobra nasa 31, decision point yun na magdagdag ng guro. Pagdating sa Grades 1 and 2, ina-attempt natin na magkaroon ng 1:30, 36 is decision point to provide additional teachers. Pag dating sa Grade 3, ang maximum nasa35. Pagdating ng Grade 5-10, ang planning parameter ay 1:40. Sa SHS, bagama’t1:40 din ang ating planning parameter, we have to factor in the subject specialization of teachers.”

Aside from reducing class size, the Department’s efforts to provide an environment conducive to learning include acquisition of land for school sites, construction of multi-story school buildings in areas with limited land space, and use of shuttle services in cooperation with LGUs to transport students to schools with available classrooms. DepEd also conducted early registration activities to prepare for arising issues and concerns that learners, teachers, and parents may encounter in the upcoming School Year.

Moreover, the Department has requested for the creation of more non-teaching positions for support staff in schools such as bookkeepers, disbursing officers, among others, to ensure that teachers will have more time to focus on lesson preparations and conduct of classes.


DILG to barangays: Prove support to anti-illegal drugs drive by activating BADACs

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano challenged all barangay captains to prove their commitment to rid their communities of illegal drugs by forming and activating their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) otherwise they could face administrative charges.

“Patunayan ninyo na kaisa kayo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Kumilos na kayo at pakilusin nyo na ang BADAC sa inyong barangay,” says Ano.

The DILG chief says that as the first line of defense, barangay captains should lead the fight against illegal drugs and the activation of the BADACs will ensure that there is a convergence of efforts among barangay leaders to carry out the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the community level.

He says that if barangay leaders refuse to organize their BADACS or fail to activate their BADACS, they could face administrative charges from the DILG. “Pinag-aaralan na natin ang mga kasong isasampa sa lahat ng Punong Barangay, so sana umaksyon na kayo bago mahuli ang lahat,” he said.

Ano says that he has designated Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino to monitor compliance with his directives and to recommend the immediate filing of charges against non-performing barangay officials.

He says that it is the role of BADACs to plan, strategize, implement and evaluate programs and projects on drug abuse prevention in the barangay as well as to organize and orient BADAC Auxiliary Teams on their roles and functions and in formulating plan of action to address the problem.

He says BADACS are also expected to coordinate and collaborate with other institutions like the PNP and the municipal or city government in implementing programs and projects on drug abuse prevention at the barangay level.

“Trabaho rin ng BADAC na mangalap ng impormasyon tungkol sa lahat ng drug-related incidents sa kanilang lugar at ilista ang mga suspected drug users at pushers sa kanilang barangay at isumite sa PNP o PDEA for validation,” he says.

According to Ano, BADACs should also refer suspected drug users to the city/municipal ADAC and other institutions for counselling and/or rehabilitation. Moreover, they should also conduct an information and education campaign on illegal drug demand reduction and monitor the disposition of drug-related cases filed.

The BADAC is composed of the Punong Barangay as chairperson, and the sangguniang barangay member who is the chair of the peace and order committee as vice chairperson. Members include: the sangguniang barangay member who is the chair of the committee on women and family; Sangguniang Kabataan chair; public school principal or his or her representative; executive officer or chief tanod; and one representative each from a faith-based organization or a non-government organization. Serving as BADAC adviser would be the city or municipal chief of police or his representative.

Based on reports from the DILG’s National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), 94 percent or 39,417 of the 42,036 barangays nationwide have already organized their BADACs. Of the 39,417 compliant barangays, 86 percent have organized their auxiliary teams. However, only 61 percent have formulated their BADAC Plan of Action.

The Department reminds all punong barangays to ensure that the BADACs are functional and are implementing anti-illegal drug activities based on their BADAC Plan of Action.

Matino, Mahusay at Maasahan

DILG Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya says barangay leaders should go beyond the usual activities such as the “clean and green, palaro sa fiesta and feeding program” and instead help the government in its campaign against illegal drug activities.

“Part of our criteria sa pagboto sa darating na Mayo ay dapat lumalaban sa droga. Kung hindi ka matino, mahusay, at maasahan, huwag kang tumakbong barangay official. Kung hindi mo kaya, huwag kang sumali,” says Malaya.

He likewise explains that the role of Barangay and the BADAC is essential in getting the information needed by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Ang darating na halalan sa Mayo ay pagkakataon para alisin natin ang mga non-performing barangay officials. Kung wala namang nagawa ang mga yan sa kampanya laban sa droga, kailangan na silang mag-retiro,” says Malaya.


PHOTOS | Virac shabu lab inspected

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 and 43 Executive Judge Lelu P. Contreras with Virac Municipal Chief of Police Police Chief Inspector JosefinoTitong and some members of the local media conducted ocular inspection at the discovered Shabu Laboratory in Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes this morning. The purpose of the inspection is to recommend to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the destruction of the equipment and other substances, chemicals present/stocked in the laboratory after the filing of complaints against the suspects in the Shabu Laboratory operation discovered on November, 2016.(PIA/EABAGADIONG)

Sorsogon lines up zumba party, music, firedance for Earth Hour 2018

The province of Sorsogon is ready for the Earth Hour challenge this year, going beyond the usual switching off of lights to exciting events such as a zumba party, mangrove planting, kite flying, firedance, and live band performances.

This is according to Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza who said Earth Hour, the global movement of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has grown from a symbolic event in 2007, to the world's largest grassroots environmental movement spanning over 7,000 cities and 180 counties and territories.

Sorsogon started to celebrate the event in 2009.

This year, the provincial chief executive invites Sorsoganons to participate anew in the Earth Hour celebration scheduled on March 24, 2018.

The Local Government Unit of Sorsogon and the Provincial Tourism Office, in partnership with the City Government of Sorsogon has slated the aforementioned events at the Rompeolas in Sorsogon City before the Earth Hour countdown.

Earth Hour, Rodrigueza said, has the goal of inspiring the public to go beyond the hour and making long-term commitments to do more for the planet.

"The Earth Hour's new theme moves us to respond collectively and #CONNECT2EARTH as we help strengthen awareness on biodiversity and sending out a strong message to take action and protect our planet from the effects of climate change," he said.

FLASH: Sorsogon village chief gunned down

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The punong barangay of Lapinig, Gubat, Sorsogon was shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in front of his residence at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The village chief was identified as Romeo D. Gavino.

Following the incident, Gavino was rushed to the hospital, but was declared Dead on Arrival.

The Gubat police said they have already established checkpoints in Gubat and nearby towns for the arrest of the suspects.

They are also looking at the possibility that members of the New People's Army may have been the perpetrators of the shooting.

Reportedly, Gavino mentioned that he had been receiving threats from alleged members of the rebel group recently.

Patiribayan sa pagtigsik gamit an cellphone, ipiglansar


I. An Patiribayan. Hatod kan Parasurat Bikolnon Inc. asin Bicol Standard, an TigsTXT reloaded, sarong bulanan na patiribayan sa pagtigsik gamit an cellphone bilang behikulo.

II. Katuyohan. Minamàwot kan patiribayan na buhayon an tradisyon nin pagtao nin tuyaw sagkod reparo sa paagi kan pagkawat sa mga tataramon, asin darahon ini sa bagong henerasyon.

III. Durasyon. Madalagan an patiribayan sa laog nin apat (4) na bulan poon Abril 2018 sagkod Hulyo 2018. An tema sa lambang bulan iyo an mga tuyaw asin reparo sa:

Tig-init (Abril) – kaharasahásan kan panahon nin tig-init asin iba pang kapurisawan;

Mayong-mayo (Mayo) – kawàran, kakulangan asin mga bagay na haranapón sa buhay;

Burukasan Klase (Hunyo) – an mga eskwela asin paratukdô sa panahon nin kralasehan; dangan

An satuyang Salud (Hulyo) – an pangangataman sa satuyang lawas asin kapalibotan.

Bubukasan an pag-akò nin mga entra asin masarado sa minasunod na mga petsa (Abril 9 – 23; Mayo 1–25; Hunyo 1–22; dangan Hulyo 1–22) oras sa Filipinas (Philippine Standard Time).

IV. Mga Partisipante. Bukas an patiribayan sa gabos na Bikolnon sa laog asin luwas kan ronâ na igwa nin cellphone. An lambang partisipante makakapadara sana nin abot limang (5) entra lambang bulan.

V. Mga Entra. An mga tigsik kaipohan: a) yaon sa arin man na tataramon Bikolnon, b) sosog sa tema, k) malinaw an mensahe, asin d) mapangisi.

Kaipohan igwa ini nin duwa hanggan 4 na linya na dai malampas sa 12 an silaba (syllables), asin sarambit o igwa nin rima (rhyme).

Ipapadara an tigsik sa 09397356290 kaiba an pangaran, edad asin lugar gamit an sadiring numero kan kagsurat.

Porma: Tigsik an paratigsik/ Sige sanang tigsik/ An laway nagtaralsik// JUAN DE LA CRUZ, 20, STA. CRUZ, NAGA CITY

VI. Premyo. Sampulong (10) matitibay na tigsik gikan sa sampulong (10) mangiriba-ibang partisipante an pipilion bulan-bulan na maipupublikar sa Bicol Standard sa huring semana kan bulan. Sarô (1) sa mga ini an manggagana nin tropeo gikan sa Kintab Artists Group asin mga papremyo. Makakaresibe nin sertipiko an mga mapipiling paratigsik.

VII. Katanosan sa Pagsasadiri. Tinutugotan kan kagsurat na gamiton an mga ipinadarang tigsik para sa sarong antolohiya na ipupublikar kan Parasurat Bikolnon Inc. na igwa nin kredito an lambang kagsurat.

Security guard fires at fellow guard in church compound in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--A heated argument between two security guards led to a shooting incident right inside the compound of Basilica Minore church in Barangay Balatas, this city, Tuesday night, the police reported.

The suspect was identified as Glenn B. Satimbre, of legal age, and a resident of Pili, Camarines Sur.

Meantime, the victim was identified as Serafin S. Labrador, of legal age, a resident of Siruma, Camarines Sur.

Both are security guards of Stanch Security and Investigation Agency Inc.

The investigators reported that the suspect tried to shoot the victim with his service firearm, a cliber 38 revolver but missed, hitting the concrete post.

The victim tried to flee for his safety on his motorcycle but was chased by the suspect, who also boarded his motorcycle, towards the direction of Barangay Cararayan.

Recovered from the place of the incident was a caliber .38 revolver loaded with four pieces of live ammunition, one empty shell on its cylinder, and one fired bullet.

As of this writing, an investigation by the Naga City Police Office is still ongoing.

Lalaki, pinukpok nin badil matapos maubusan bala an parabadil

ni Vince Villar

Swerteng pukpok sana nin badil an sinapo kan sarung lalaki sa Polangui, Albay matapos maubusan nin bala an nagparapambadil sa saiya kasuudmang udto, Marso 20, 2018 sa barangay Magurang, kan nasabing banwaan.

Sa report kan Polangui Municipal Polce Station, binisto an biktima na si Jojo Samonte y gianan, 36 anyos, soltero, driver, residente kan San Vicente, Bato, Camarines Sur.

Sa report kan sarung concerned citizen, alas 12:25 nin udto, mantang an biktima nagmamaneho nin motorsiklo, bigla ining binukod kan saru pang motorsiklo sakay an 3 na mga dae namidbid na suspek asin saru sa mga ini an pinutukan siya alagad dae tinamaan.

Pag abot sa kurbadang porsyon kan tinampo sa Brgy. Magurang, nadihalnas sa tinampo an motor kan biktima asin kan ini buminuhat pinutukan liwat ini alagd dae na naman tinamaan.

Pakatapos kaini, duminulag na an biktima pasiring sa mga tanuman nin batag asin duman na siya pina uranan nin sunod sunod na putok kan suspek alagad dae pa man liwat tinamaan.

Kan maabutan an biktima, ubos na palan an bala kan suspek, kun kaya, pinukpok n asana ini ni badil sabay kinua an saiyang driver’s license.

Sinasabi na an buminadil sa biktima naka jacket nin itom, naka kalo, naka pulang sando asin halaba na kulot an buhok.

Sa presente, padagos pa ang hot pursuit operation kan PNP ngani mabisto an mga suspetsado.

PNP launches Ligtas SumVac 2018

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to launch its Summer Security Plan dubbed as “Ligtas SUMVAC 2018” on March 23, Friday, coinciding with the closing of the school year.

PNP Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” M Dela Rosa said the 90-day security plan covers the last week of March until the second week of June to ensure a safe and secure summer holiday season.

To implement the Enhanced Managing Police Operations, the security personnel will conduct mandatory security checks at airports, seaports, and bus terminals to guard against criminal and terrorist elements that may take advantage of the holiday rush.

Meanwhile, Oplan Bantay-Lakbay Police Assistance Centers along national highways will be placed in the entire stretch of Maharlika Highway, and other major thoroughfares. The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) will spearhead road safety operations in coordination with territorial units.

Ligtas SUMVAC 2018 will be in effect during Holy Week break and closing of the school year in March through April, onwards thru the fiesta and Flores de Mayo season in May, and will extend until the opening of classes in June, Dela Rosa said.

In addition, the PNP will field more security personnel and establish assistance desks in seaports and in all domestic and international airports nationwide.

In Metro Manila, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will spearhead the Oplan Bantay-Lakbay in coordination with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other concerned government agencies.

“There have been no validated reports of terrorist threats in Metro Manila while security forces and the intelligence network are continuously monitoring and doing their jobs,” Dela Rosa added.

The PNP urges the public to stay vigilant and assures those sufficient units are on standby, ready to respond to any situation and act on contingencies.

The PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame will serve as the hub and nerve center of all nationwide operations under Oplan Bantay-Lakbay. (PNP-PIO)

An tigsik sa modernong panahon

ni Aida B. Cirujales

An sabi kan duwang bantog na parasurat na sinda Dr. Maria Lilia F. Realubit asin Mr. Jaime Malanyaon, an gustong sabihon daa kan tigsik “toast.” Kaidto kaya kun nag-iirinuman, bago ligukon an tagay sa baso minatigsik ngona. Alagad, an tigsik sarong porma man nin komunikasyon sa paagi nin pagpapalayog nin mga tataramon na igwa nin tolo o apat na linya asin may magkaparareho an tanog sa hurihan kan kada linya. Ini ipigpasa satuya kan mga apo ta na kan panahon kawat-kawat sana ninda ini orog na kun bangging bulanon. Kawat-kawat sana alagad nakakapatarom nin isip, nagtatao nin kaugmahan nin huli kan mga ideya na panu-pano nin kahulugan.

Tigsik ko an sarong buskay/ Na nagliligid-ligid sa baybay/ Dawa gurano pa an kalilikay/ Natutugbok man daa giraray//

An tigsik sarong parte kan kulturang Bikolnon sa linya nin literatura. Ini haloy nang nawara kaya ngani an kadaklan orog na an mga kaakian dai na nag-aaram kun ano ini. Ini ginigibong paagi kan mga soltero asin daraga sa pagpapalayog asin pagpapahayag kan sa indang namamatean orog na kun an soltero dai nakakataram o dai nakakadiga sa sarong daraga. Halimbawa: Tigsik ko ining sarong daraga/ Na an hamot garo sampaguita/ Magpuon kan maheling ko siya/ An isip ko dai napapauntok na// Kun may gusto man an daraga minasimbag man sa siring na paagi: Tigsik ko ining sarong soltero/ Ipaheling kun an sinasabi totoo/ Tanganing an puso ko makua mo/ Pitong bulod ngona an tukadon mo// Kun habo an daraga o kaya dai na pwede, an simbag siring kaini: Tigsik ko ining sarong lalaki/ Sayang an sa imong pigsasabi/ An pag-abot mo tunay nang huri/ Ta an puso ko igua nang kagsadiri//

Alagad ngunyan sa pagbwelta kan tigsik, orog pang pigpauswag kaya sa manlaen-laen nang tema piggagamit. Ginagamit na ini sa pag-umaw: Tigsik ko an mga paratukdo na iba/ Na amay pa nasa eskwelahan na/ Preparado, mga ileleksiyon ninda/ Para makanuod an mga eskwela//; sa pagtuyaw, siring kaini: Tigsik ko an mga pulitikong mahabas/ Garo mga linta na biyo nang badat/ Matatadusan nang kuto an tulak/ Alagad habo pa giraray na bumutas//; sa borobentot: Tigsik ko an sarong babaye/ Na an agom yaon sa Saudi/ Naheling ko sa laog kan sine/ Kaibahan an saiyang padi//, o bilang pakonswelo: Tigsik ko an iba sa mga parapadyak/ Burukol na mga tabay sa kasisikad/ An karibay kan kakadikit tang bayad/ An parong kan yukyok na nagwawarak//

Sa pagsurat nin tigsik, kaipuhan na mag-isip nin sarong tema, halimbawa kalamay. Mag-isip nin mga tataramon na igwa nin kaparehong tanog arog kan marhay, giraray asin lumay dangan bilugon na siring kaini: Tigsik ko baga ining kalamay, Na mapuluton na marhay/ Pakakakan minahagad giraray/ Ta an siram kaini nakakalumay//

An tigsik pwedeng isurat sa tolo o apat na linya sa kada stanza asin importante na igwa nin rima o magkaparareho an tanog sa hurihan kan kada linya, halimbawa:  Tigsik ko ining mga manay/ Na nagkakaridkid kan kiray/ Kaya makanuson na marhay/ Garo bagong mundag na ukay//; o kaya: Tigsik ko an paratigsik; Sige sanang tigsik; An laway nagtaralsik//

Ilulunsar giraray kan PARASURAT BIKOLNON INC. (PB) sa pakikipagtabangan kan BICOL STANDARD asin KINTAB ARTISTS GROUP an TigsTXT Reloaded sa gigibohon na BUKLAT: AN ART AND BOOK EXPO SA 368 ART GALLERY, PEÑAFRANCIA AVE., SYUDAD NIN NAGA sa Abril 9, 2018. Inot na binuksan taon 2013, an TigsTXT sarong bulanan na patiribayan sa pagtigsik gamit an cellphone bilang behikulo. Itinutulod kan organisasyon an pagpangataman asin pagpatalubo kan manlaen-laen na mga tataramon na Bikolnon sa paagi nin pagsaligsig, publikasyon, kan akademya, asin pampabalangibog sagkod elektronikong media. Antabayan an Guidelines asin Mechanics kan patiribayan!

Drug surrenderer na imbuelto sa extortion, binadil gadan sa Libon

ni Vince Villar

Libon, Albay (Bicol Standard) – Gadan an sarung Muslim na sinasabing dati nang nagsuko huli sa droga asin naimbwelto man sa mga extortion activities matapos na pagbabadilon kan mga dae namidbid na suspetsado kasuodma, Marso 21, sa banwaang ini.

Sa report kan Libon MPS, binisto an biktima na si Amir Ampoan y Sallao, 32 anyos, may agom, taga Brgy. Magallang, Libon, Albay.

Nangyari an insidente bandang alas 7:50 nin aga, mantang naglalakaw an biktima pasiring sa saiyang nakaparadang motorsiklo sa atubangan kan harong kan sarung nagngangarang Edmund Macauyam sa Purok 1 kan nasabing barangay.

Matapos pagbabadilon, nakadalagan pa man suboot nin pirang metros an biktima antes na padagos ining natumba hasta bawian nin buhay.

Napag araman na imbwelto sa iligal na droga asin extortion activities an biktima asin base sa record, drug surrenderer ini kan November 26, 2016.

Matapos maproseso kan Scene of the Crime Operatives an bangkay kan biktima, tulos ining kinua kan mga pag iribang Muslim na hali sa Naga City ngani na ipalubong.

Detainee attempts suicide by drinking muriatic acid

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- A detainee of Sipocot Municipal Police Station attempted to take his own life Tuesday afternoon by drinking the muriatic acid which was intended to be used to clean the custodial facility.

In a report from Camp Simeon Ola this morning, the detainee was identified as Casimiro Mancilla y Cena, 39 years old, a barangay tanod, and a resident of Barangay Tara, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

The police said the detainee was rushed to the hospital after vomiting due to the ingestion of the cleaning substance.

His wife was also informed of the incident, the police said.

Outstanding students of Bicol named

By Connie Calipay

NABUA, Camarines Sur -- Being the lone warrior of the island province for the 2018 search for outstanding students has not weakened the spirit of a student but has instead made him more eager to finish his studies despite lack of resources.

Ace John Tabuzo, of the Catanduanes State University of Virac in Catanduanes, was awarded Monday in Nabua Camarines Sur for being the topnotcher in the Search for Ten Outstanding Students in Bicol (TOSB).

He got the highest points among the final 10 winners chosen on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service and essay/interview. Tabuzo was also awarded as Best in Essay.

Tabuzo said the recognition is one way of encouraging students to be competent, competitive and active especially on being a good community leader --the key to quality education.

“To be recognized as one of the ten outstanding students of Bicol means to continue the crusade we believe in to pursue progress, to effect change, to serve others more than ourselves. The distinction must not rest on the name itself; it must go beyond that,” he said in a speech at the awarding ceremony at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges.

The award to the 10 outstanding students was given also in recognition of their unwavering commitment to youth participation for Bicol development.

Keynote speaker Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque commended all the parents who always support their children.

“As I look at the ten outstanding students of Bicol, I know that all 10 of you will make a profound impact not only in the Bicol but in the rest of the country, harness and discipline not only to achieve personal goals of uplifting your personal life as well as your immediate family but also recognize as models students from different state universities you have benefited much from the oil of hardship of others,” Roque added.

Other awardees included Jessa Brioso of Camarines Polytechnic Colleges who ranked second; followed by Joan Redota of University of Nueva Caceres; Eric Mirabueno of Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges; Mika Ramos of Marines Polytechnic Colleges Foundation; Mark Adrian Henera of Divine Word Colleges; Arnel Turiano of University of Saint Anthony; Aira Mae Diocariza of Ligao Community College; Gene Harvey Amoroso of Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges; and Bob Vincent Gonzales of University of Saint Anthony. (PNA)

Chiz tells education sector: Pay attention to youth with special needs

The education sector should focus on ensuring inclusive education for children and youth with special needs (CYSNs) in order to provide equal opportunities for all students, particularly access to education services, Sen. Chiz Escudero said.

Escudero, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, sponsored on Tuesday Senate Bill No. 1732, also known as the Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs Act, in a bid to equip the education sector with the tools and resources to make it responsive to the needs of CYSNs as it geared towards integration.

"Para sa akin dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga children with special needs. Sa ngayon ang polisiya ng DepEd ay integration. Ibig sabihin, i-integrate sila sa mga ordinaryong klase at paaralan upang maging mas normal ang kanilang pamumuhay," Escudero said.

According to recent data from the Department of Education (DepEd), they already recognized a total of 648 special education centers as well as regular schools that offer programs for children with special needs. Out of this number, 471 cater to elementary while 177 cater to high school students.

DepEd records also showed that at the elementary level, there were around 250,000 children with exceptionalities who were enrolled for School Year 2015-2016 while there were around 100,000 who were enrolled at the high school level.

Escudero noted that one of the main problems confronting this sector of learners is the lack of resources as well as proper training for teachers who will handle the classes of children with special needs.

"Our current public education structure lacks the necessary tools and resources in better assisting children and youth with special needs in their learning environment, and the role of the government is to provide the essential devices and employ the right people who will aid them to do well in a natural learning environment," Escudero said.

He added: "Importanteng makapagbigay ng sapat na mga kurso para mabigyan ng sapat na training at kaalaman ang mga teachers upang sa gayon makuha natin ang eksaktong datos. Ilan nga ba at gaano karami yan upang makapaglaan din tayo ng sapat na resources para matugunan ang problema at pangangailangang yan."

CYSNs are with children with exceptionalities, including those who are gifted or talented, with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, physical or health disabilities, speech and language disorders, emotional or behavioral disorders, hearing and/or visual impairments, autism, deaf, blindness, and multiple handicapping conditions, who are in need of special education needs as well as rehabilitation services.

According to Escudero, the measure is envisioned to addresses the need for inclusivity in the education system for a fair and just system since most of the schools in the country, both private and public, are unable to cater to the needs of CYSNs.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DILG to LGUs: Require contractors to inform public before any road project starts or face sanctions

Following the marching orders of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is calling on all local government units (LGUs) to require contractors to properly notify the public before commencing any road projects or face sanctions.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that during a cabinet meeting held recently, the President was firm in addressing the recurring complaints of Filipinos regarding stalled road projects and the dangers they pose to the public.

“Our President was clear in his orders to eliminate the hazards posed by stalled and ongoing road projects to the public. Local chief executives should therefore ensure that contractors will duly notify the public about scheduled road projects and undertake measures to ensure their safety,” said Ano.

He said governors and mayors should likewise see to it that there is no delay in the completion of road projects to avoid more inconvenience to the public.

“Ensure that they are strictly following the timelines that they have set for their road projects because further delays would be a big hassle to the public and businesses in the area,” he pointed out.

Ano warned that LGU non-compliance may result to serious repercussions and is tantamount to negligence of duty punishable in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations, and other pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

“We will not take this sitting down. The problems posed by stalled road projects and ultimately, of an uninformed public have pestered our kababayans in many parts of the country. If the LGUs will not monitor the actions of their contractors, we have no choice but to apply the law,” he said.

In memorandum circular 2018-30 dated March 7, 2018, Ano urged LCEs to ensure that contractors coordinate with the local traffic management group or its equivalent unit to guarantee the provision of sufficient manpower complemented by appropriate equipment for the enforcement and maintenance of safe and orderly traffic within the project site on a 24/7 basis.

At the same time, contractors should also be required to comply with safety and protection measures to include installation of proper warning signages placed 100 meters and 50 meters which shall include lights or reflectors during night time before any road or bridge construction.

He said LGUs should see to it that contractors will inform the public through tarpaulins, posters, or any form of signages, among other media, that are easily noticeable and recognizable by the public in compliance with the Commission on Audit’s circular titled ‘Information and Publicity on Programs/Projects/Activities of Government Agencies’.

He also ordered the DILG regional offices to make certain that LGUs comply with the directive through stringent monitoring of the respective LGUs under their jurisdiction.

Presidential Task Force on Media Security probes grenade blast in Legazpi City

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the grenade explosion which destroyed the engine of a pickup van owned by a local radio station parked in a subdivision in Legazpi City on March 18, 2018.

The van, a service vehicle of Zagitsit FM radio station, was parked along the road in Our Lady’s Village Subdivision in Barangay Bitano when the suspect hurled the grenade at it at about 1:15am.

Upon receipt of the report of the incident, PTFoMS Executive Director USec. Jose Joel Sy Egco immediately directed the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management as well as SSupt Nilo Berdin, Legazpi City Police Chief, to conduct a thorough investigation to unmask the perpetrators behind this.

While it is yet to be confirmed if this incident falls under the mandate of the Task Force in relation to the Administrative Order No. 1 (AO1) of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte in protecting the life, liberty and security of Media Workers, there is a possibility that this incident may be related to the commentaries of Hermogenes “Jun” Alegre Jr., owner and station manager of Zagitsit FM station and former president of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) Albay chapter.

Alegre, who handles a daily morning public affairs program, suspects that influential people and politicians hit by his commentaries were behind the grenade explosion. He considers the incident as a “harassment to stop us from exposing irregularities.”

He also stated that this incident was already the third aimed against the station. The first was in 2016 when the windshield of the station service van that was parked at the radio station’s parking area was broken by unknown people. It was followed last year by a shooting incident where a helmeted gunman on board a motorcycle fired at the car being driven by Carlos Sasis, an anchorman of the station followed shortly by text messages received thru the official mobile phone of Zagitsit radio from an unidentified sender apologizing to Sasis and stating that the attack was actually meant for his co-commentator Walter Magdato.

The PTFoMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and provide the necessary security and legal assistance to Alegre.

The Task Force is committed to fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them.


China vows to finish PNR South project before 2022

By Jelly Musico

MANILA – China has promised to finish the Philippine National Railway (PNR)’s south railway rehabilitation and restoration project before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022, Malacanang said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the assurance was made by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during their meeting two weeks ago.

“I’ve talked to the ambassador of China and he told me that the term (of President Rodrigo Duterte) will not be finished without the revival of the south railway,” Roque said in a press conference in Camarines Sur.

Roque said the construction of the PNR’s South Line Manila to Legazpi City in Bicol has been awarded to China.

“So be patient the south railway will be finished and even the President had said he will not leave without fulfilling this promise,” Roque said.

The revival of the PNR’s south railway stretching from Paco, Manila to Matnog, Sorsogon will be funded by a loan from China reportedly worth PHP175 billion payable in 20 years at two percent interest per annum.

The South Line is one of the flagship projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

The 683-kilometer South Line will have nine train stations in Paco, FTI, Los Banos, Lucena City, Gumaca, Pili/Naga, Legazpi/Camalig, Sorsogon City and Matnog.

Meanwhile, Roque welcomed the signing of a loan agreement with Japan worth PHP51.3 billion for the construction of the initial phase of flagship subway system project.

“We are moving a step closer to having our first subway system that would help alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Roque said.

He said the construction of the 36-kilometer subway will begin next year and is expected to be completed by 2025.

“The subway will begin partial operations by 2020. Once completed, the subway will have 16 stations and will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport,” Roque said. (PNA)

Comelec: Village polls preps to continue sans postponement law

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday reiterated that it will continue to prepare for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) set for May 14, unless a law postponing the polls is passed.

“Without a law postponing it, the BSKE2018 must continue to be considered a 'go',” the poll body official added.

Jimenez made the statement after the House of Representatives on Monday passed on the third and final reading the bill postponing the polls to October this year.

“While this move undoubtedly brings us one step closer to a third postponement of the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, the Comelec will continue with the work of preparing for polls,” said Jimenez.

The village and youth polls was originally scheduled on October 31, 2016. It was postponed to October 23, 2017 and then to May 14, 2018.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III earlier said the postponement of the barangay and SK elections has no chance of passing in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) opposed the move to postpone anew the polls.

“The renewed congressional initiative after two postponements is fast becoming a habit and it is not good for our country that proclaims itself as “democratic and republican” (Section 1, Article 1, The 1987 Constitution),” the church-based election watchdog group said in a statement. (PNA)


P276M UCT aid released to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Bicol

by Glorei Lindio

A total of P276,854,400 has been released to 115,356 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Bicol for the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with land bank cash cards are the first to receive the UCT assistance of P2,400 (P200 per month) for the whole year (2018). The remaining 258,215 pantawid pamilya beneficiaries of which 252,552 beneficiaries come from Regular Pantawid Pamilya and 5,663 beneficiaries come from Modified Conditional Cash Transfer without cash cards will receive the UCT grants on April 2018 through partner conduits.

UCT is a component of the national government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program that aims to assist indigent Filipinos that will be affected by the rising prices because of the implementation of the new tax reform program.

As stipulated in the TRAIN act, DSWD is responsible for the implementation the UCT scheme for three years.

For this year 2018, an amount of P2,400 (P200 per month) will be released. For 2019 and 2020 an amount of P3,600 (P300 per month) will be provided to beneficiaries of UCT.

Among the beneficiaries of UCT in the Philippines, are 4.4 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, three million indigent senior citizens of Social Pension Program and 2.6 million households selected from the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR) which will undergo through validation process.

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the validation process of Listahanan is expected to last for three months and the final list of beneficiaries are targeted to be out by the end of May. “Thus, distribution of the UCT assistance for Listahanan are targeted to be done by June 2018,” he explained.

One of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who received the cash grant for UCT is thirty-eight year old Cherry Escario of Busay, Daraga, Albay. “Hindi po namin ito inaasahan, pero maraming maraming salamat po. Gagraduate na po ang anak ko ngayon na Marso at malaki po itong tulong sa amin, lalo na sa pag-paaral ng tatlo ko pong anak,” she said.

China to bring a million tourists, investors to Legazpi

by Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY–At least one million tourists and investors from Hengyang, China are expected to boost Legazpi City’s tourism and agricultural industry.

“The Hengyang municipality of China is expected to bring at least one million tourists every year and help boost the city’s agricultural industry,” City Mayor Noel Rosal said.

In a recent dialogue with Hengyang Vice-Mayor Gong Xueye and other officials at the Oriental Hotel in this city, Rosal noted the good relationship of Legazpi and Hengyang as key for long-term agreement that will serve as open windows for opportunities to uplift the lives of people from both localities.

Rosal added that the one million tourists expected from Hengyang are also potential investors who will help boost the city’s local economy through increased business activities.

Xueye, on the other hand, expressed his anticipation to go back to the city, noting the beauty of Mount Mayon, the exciting Lignon Hill and the relaxing ambiance of the city boulevard.

In the dialogue, the local governments of Legazpi and Hengyang shared their best practices in the implementation of programs on tourism and agriculture to address and sustain the increasing number of tourist arrivals and improvement of agricultural productivity.

Hengyang is a historically significant city, renowned as the 'Bright Pearl in Southern China'. It is also known as 'Wild Goose City' since it is considered as the resting area of flocks of wild geese flying south for the winter.

Babaying may kinasuhan huli sa utang, binadil, gadan

ni Vince Villar

Tabaco City (Bicol Standard) – An kasong Estafa laban sa saiyang barkada an saro sa mga pighihiling na anggulo kan mga otoridad kun ngata binadil, gadan an sarung babaying negosyante sa laog mismo kan compound kan simbahan sa Tabaco City kan Domingo nin banggi, bandang alas 9:40, Marso 18, 2018.

Sa intrivista ki Police Supt. Jefferson Araojo, Hepe kan Tabaco City PNP, inisyalmente, iyo an nagluwas na anggulo matapos maaraman na kina agahan kuta nin Lunes, Marso 19, maatinder nin hearing an biktima na may kinaaraman sa nasambit na kaso.

May dakula kaya suboot na pina utang an biktima alagad dae na nagbabayad sa haloy nang panahon.

Binisto an biktima na si Joan Cereza y Calla, 34 anyos, may agom, negosyante, asin residente kan Poblacion, Malinao, Albay.

Segun ki Supt. Araojo, may sadiring hardware, trucking business asin restaurant an biktima.

Nangyari an insidente mantang mabisita kuta ini sa saindang paryentes sa Brgy San Juan, Tabaco City, kaiba an duwang aki asin duwa pang pamangkin asin pinsan.

Napag araman na kada Domingo, pirming nag uuli an biktima sa lugar kaya posibleng natudan na an pattern na ini kan mga suspek.

Naenot na an mga suspek sa lugar asin nag aabang na sa biktima, sabi pa kan pulis.

Mantang nakapundo an sasakyan, basang na pigtahawan kan mga ini an sasakyan saka na pigbadil an biktima sa manlaen laen na parte kan hawak.

Maray na sanang dae man dinamay an apat na kaakian na kaiba kan biktima, segun sa pulis.

Matapos an insidente, naglakaw lakaw sana an duwang suspek parayo sa lugar.

Nahiling kan sarung tanod sa lugar an mga suspek alagad saru sa mga ini an tinutukan siya kaya nagtago na sana sa laog kan outpost.

Segun man sa guwardiya kan LCC Mall, nahiling niya an mga suspek na suminakay nin sarung SUV saka nagdulag parayo sa lugar.

Dae man naplakahan an nasabing getaway vehicle.

Matapos an insidente, narecover sa pinangyarihan an 3 basyo nin cal .45, asin 7 basyo kan cal .22.

Sa presente, pig-rereview na kan pulisya an gabos na CCTV sa lugar ngani mapandukan an mga suspek.

An cellphone man kan biktima an itinao na muna sa Cyber Crime Unit kan PNP ngani isairarom sa digital forensic examination.

​​BISCAST is now ISO-certified

NAGA CITY--The Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) is now ISO 9001:2008- certified following the certification audit conducted by TÜV Rheinland last March 12.

The certification audit focused mainly on the management system and conformity assessment of the whole institution under the provision for tertiary education services.

Mary Grace Balobalo of TÜV Rheinland led the certification audit together with Hilario Capili, Jean Laguitao, Kharen Concepcion and Rafael Magsino.

The audit looked into the following areas: top management, internal quality audit, educational design and planning process; planning, development and management information system, control of externally provided processes, product or services; administrative service laboratory, admission and registration; educational delivery process, library and human resource services; guidance, counselling and testing process; research and development, extension services; and medical and dental services.

Some of the commendations given by the TÜV auditors were the excellent involvement and empowerment of students on climate change awareness as regard to BISCAST’s Climate Change Resilient Pilot Housing (CCRPH); prudent spending of budget for the medical office as well as its gallant service to nearby communities; and the Learning Resource and Development’s LIBRO system for the monitoring and inventory of books and provision of security alarm chips for the control of security library holding.

The auditors also commended ICT’s improvement on infrastructure through process automation such as the implementation of Procurement Management System in 2017 and implementation of Electronic Contract Assistive Module (ECAM).

They likewise complimented BISCAST’s continual improvement of facilities like the MANFABLAB, rehabilitation of classrooms using passive ventilation for energy preservation and construction of sports facility using an unused rooftop.

The Internal Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standard bodies (ISO member bodies) and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through effective application of the system.

Moreover, ISO 9001:2008 is an international recognized Quality Management System which provides a framework that could be easily adopted across all areas of industry and commerce, including academic institutions. It externally assesses management principles including customer focus, leadership and involvement of people, process approach, continual improvement, fact-based decision making, and mutually beneficial supplier.

Meanwhile, BISCAST President Dr. Richard H. Cordial acknowledged the effort of all the staff, faculty members and volunteers who worked unselfishly to adapt ISO’s standard as a “way of life” in the institution.

Cordial said, “Let’s celebrate this new milestone for BISCAST and let’s keep the fire burning. Let’s not stop the momentum and be ready for the next challenge.”


Bichara is PDP Albay prexy

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara is now the President of PDP Albay Provincial Council via an appointment through a letter signed by Senate President Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, the PDP National President, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, National Secretary General, and by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the Vice Chairman.

Gov. Bichara, readily accepting the monumental task, shall lead all party members in Albay to solidify the local government landscape in promoting positive change towards achieving a better quality of life for each and every Albayano.

Another responsibility placed on Bichara’s shoulders is to pursue local programs which shall institutionalize major party platforms to fight drugs, corruption, criminality, and terrorism.

The appointment cemented the position of Governor Al Francis Bichara as a stalwart of the PDP and one of the earliest supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a recently concluded meeting with local chief executives, President Duterte acknowledged Governor Bichara as one of the few local politicians who aligned with him and supported him in his bid for presidency.

Duterte said that during his national campaign he didn’t know many of the local leaders and was thankful of the valuable support of the few that showed their support to his campaign.

Gov. Bichara in a statement said that he is thankful and honored by the trust and confidence bestowed upon him by the party and like many of his responsibilities, as Chairman of the Bicol Regional Development Council, National Chairman of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, President of Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), and of course, Governor of the Province of Albay, shall perform his duties to the best of his abilities, and more.

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan, more commonly known as PDP–Laban, is the ruling political party in the Philippines. Current President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the National Chairman of the party. (Albay PIO)

Monday, March 19, 2018

DOT Region V leads tourist site checks

RD Benjamin Santiago

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)— Department of Tourism Bicol Regional Director Benjamin Santiago is taking the lead in conducting tourism site assessments, tourism consultations across the region in time for the summer season.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard, Santiago said that since January he has been in three provinces validating and addressing concerns in tourist destinations such as Calaguas and Sombrero Island, among others.

Starting next week, he will be in other provinces to do the same.

Santiago further underscored the importance of security of tourists, for whom they will conduct a program called TopCop (Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Peace) Training for their protection.

Meantime, asked for a reaction on the plan of the DENR to inspect resorts and other tourist destinations in the region after the Boracay mess, he said: “It’s a good move from the DENR to check on poor waste management and possible encroachment on beach areas.”

“We have already alerted them during the Regional Development Council meeting about some infra projects in the east coast of the first congressional district of Albay that are detrimental to tourism, marine biodiversity and mangrove ecosystem,” he told the Bicol Standard.

That said, they have yet to receive an official communication about the DENR’s plan as of press time.

Last week, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the DENR announced that it would soon start inspecting resorts that were earlier issued Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC).

This is to check on solid waste and drainage facilities, sewage, and septage, according to Eva Ocfemia, EMB-Bicol Regional Director.

Said initiatives are in light of the summer season and the recent Boracay crisis.

Meantime, the Department of Interior and Local Government has directed its officials and directors to check for violations of environmental and other laws in their respective areas to prevent the same problems the famous Visayas beach is presently confronting.

"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," DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Ano told the officials earlier this week.

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