Saturday, March 31, 2018

LGU- Naga to employ 330 studes for summer job

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Naga targets to hire 330 students this year for summer job under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The students will be divided into two (2) batches to work for the months of April and May respectively.
About 200 studs were already called for the first batch and made to attend the orientation conducted on March 22, 2018.
The first batch of SPES employees will be assigned their workstations at the City Government of Naga, and will render work from April 10 to May 8, 2018 whereas the second batch will start on May 9 to June 5, 2018.
Submission of the requirement for the SPES application ended last March 16, 2018.
The program employs high school, vocational, or college students, as well as Out-of-School Youths (OSY) within 15 and 30 years of age— prioritizing those low- income earners.
With the aim to support students in pursuing their studies, SPES provides poor but deserving high school, vocational or college students the opportunity to be employed and compensated during the summer and/or Christmas vacations— to help augment their family income and eventually be able to send themselves to school. (Naga Smiles News)

MNWD celebrates World Water Day 2018

World Water Day Press Conference
Bicol Standard photo

NAGA CITY--The Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) celebrated one of the most anticipated events by all water districts across the Philippines, the World Water Day.Ph 2018 with the theme, “Nature for Water” and ‘MNWD Report to the People at the Robinson’s Place, Naga City on March 22, 2018.

It was indeed a reason to celebrate for the MNWD community as the occasion was attended by Atty. Salvador S. Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel whose authority will be instrumental for the effective management of Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP) as the main water recharge area for the province of Camarines Sur; Sec. Antonio A. Cablitas, Presidential Adviser on Foreign Investments and Toshikazu Nomura, Director & Chief Executive Officer of Global Utility Development Corporation Ltd. who will be vital in advancing MNWD’s financial viability; and Dr. Christopher G. Newhall, Former US Geological Survey Volcanologist and Mirisbiris Garden and Nature Center Consultant whose expertise will guide the district in developing suitable projects for MINP.

The MNWD Board of Directors headed by Chairman Jorge T. Palma, Dr. Marilissa J. Ampuan, Monina Lily A. Claveria, Adolfo L. Olivan, and Agileo Michael R. Pauig were all present during the occasion. Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat also graced the occasion and gave a message of support, assuring the public and the MNWD Management of LGU-Naga’s strong involvement in all of its endeavors.

The event had a number of segments: press conference with the media; the introduction of delegates from the central government, guests from the local government and various agencies, and other partners by Dir. Ampuan; the welcome speech which provided the public an initial overview of water statistics in an international perspective by Dir. Claveria; rationale of the event which emphasized the importance of Unity and Water in order to attain nature-based solutions by Chairman Palma; Overview of MINP Geological Compositions and Status by Dr. Newhall; MNWD’s Performance from 2015 to 2017 and future projects by AGM Virgilio M. Luansing I; Endorsement of Support on Water Projects by Sec. Cablitas who also commended the report on MNWD’s Performance; Panibagong Panunumpa sa Panunungkulan and Effective Protected Area Management for MINP by Atty. Panelo; a brief talk on water projects by Mr. Nomura; and awarding of Certificates of Commendation to the honorable guests and partners.

The event ended with a closing message from Dir. Pauig acknowledging all the guests and participants, reiterating the reason of the celebration, and reinforcing the campaign on water conservation.

As Chairman Palma puts it, “The World Water Day Celebration is not only about defining practical solutions but also, it is about showing our people and partners, our sincerest gratitude for their transformational intervention to the success of the MNWD.”


DA Bicol pays tribute to women partners

NAGA CITY – To pay tribute to the agency’s women partners in the countryside, a one day event dubbed as Women Partners’ Day was held in this city on March 21 as one of the activities for Women’ Month Celebration this March with the theme “We make change work for women.”

A total of 100 Rural Improvement Club leaders, women entrepreneurs, outstanding rural women regional and national awardees and GREAT Women project 2 beneficiaries participated in the event and brought their products for the Product Assessment.

For the Food Products Category, Adelia Q. Magsino and Carina Arellano, both National Outstanding Rural Woman runners up served as evaluators. For the Non-Food Products Category, Bernadette delos Santos, also a National Outstanding Rural Woman runner up and GREAT Women Project 2 beneficiary served as evaluator.

Honorable Cecilia V. De Asis, Naga City councilor and President of Bicol and National Rural Improvement Club Council welcomed the participants.

The women partners were also briefed on financial literacy, savings, budgeting, investments by Flor Joson of Bankgo Sentral ng Pilipinas Naga City branch. Know Your Money: Gain or Loss was discussed by Annie Panerio, General Manager of Cam. Sur Mulit-purpose Coop; Social Media and You by Bernadette delos Santos, owner of La Huerta farm in Baao, Cam. Sur; Women as Agents of Change was discussed by Rebecca Purisima, Chieftain of Tinawagan Tribal community in Tigaon, Cam. Sur and 2017 National Outstanding Rural Woman; Health is Wealth was given by Luzviminda Oropesa of Baras, Catanduanes, National Outstanding Rural Woman 2015.

Aloha Gigi I. BaƱaria expressed her appreciation to the rural women leaders present who are the DA’s partners in gender and development, especially in providing livelihood opportunities to the rural women to ensure that women will not be left behind in the pursuit of change.

She also imparted the essence of the theme which emphasizes that women should be the drivers in bringing about positive change, but at the same time should also reap from the fruits of development efforts. (Lovella P. Guarin)


Briones leads awarding of 2018 Metrobank Math Challenge champions

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones led the conferment of winners of the 2018 Metrobank – Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) – DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) National Finals held on March 24 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City.

Joining the Education chief in the awarding ceremony were Metrobank Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Nicanor Torres Jr.; MTAP President Sr. Iluminada Coronel, FMM; Metrobank Foundation Trustee Elvira Ong-Chan; and DepEd Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD) Director Jocelyn Andaya.

First place winners for the individual competition were Sean Neyers Gungon from Renato Lopez Elementary School in Mandaluyong City for Grade 6, and Dion Stephan Ong from Ateneo de Manila Junior High School in Quezon City for Grade 10.

Meanwhile, team competition first placers were Christopher James Yap and Christian Jacob Yap from St. John’s Institute in Bacolod City for Grade 6, and Andres Rico Gonzales III and Alec Nowell Ranara from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila for Grade 10.

Out of the 574,823 learners who competed in the nationwide elimination rounds which started in January 2018, 48 learners representing 30 public and private schools have successfully advanced to the final leg of the competition.

“I'm so delighted that the individual winner for elementary is from the public school, a good number of them made it. And also, of course, the continuous strength of the private schools in the field of Mathematics,” Briones shared when she delivered her inspirational message as the guest of honor.

The Education Secretary also encouraged all schools to initiate the re-imaging of Math wizards, “Perhaps in our schools, we should also campaign to put up our Math champions as idols, just as basketball players are idols, just as our singers in our schools and dancers in our schools are idols. Because they deserve to be idolized, just like all other kids”.

The national finalists solved complex mathematical problems mentally within 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and one minute. They sent their answers directly to the judges through tablet computers. The top three winners in each category were awarded with trophies, medals, cash prizes, and educational subsidies through their Metrobank Fun Savers Club savings account. They also received giveaways from sponsors including Casio Philippines, Manila Tytana Colleges, Philippine Science Centrum, Active Fun Children’s Play and Party Centers, Tom’s World, and Money Tree. Other cooperating institutions included PSBank, Itemhound, and City Garden Hotel – Makati.

Now on its 17th year, MMC is the most widely-participated Math competition in the country among elementary and secondary school learners. It has produced Math wizards who competed and won in international competitions such as the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong where the Philippines garnered its first gold medals.

In conclusion, Briones reiterated the importance of Mathematics in the citizens’ day-to-day living, and to the country’s development.

“We have to have learners and citizens who will think rationally, who will analyze carefully, who will look for solutions in addition, of course, to making criticisms, who will look at all sides of a problem, before jumping into very irrational, illogical conclusions. Math teaches us that.”


Friday, March 30, 2018

Mega shabu lab suspect, sa Virac, nagsuko sa NBI -NCR

LEGAZPI CITY 3/28/18 (BICOLSTANDARD)- Sinabi kan Nationl Bureau of Investigation (NBI) na nagsuko sa saindang oficina si Atty. Augusto Eric Isidoro, an dating regional director kan NBI na nakasabit sa caso kan mega shabu laboratory na nadiscubre sa Palta Small, Virac, Catanduantes, kan 2016.

Si Atty. Isidoro, naging acting regional director kan NBI-Central Mindanao Regional Office.

Sa enot na mga report kan pulis, si Isidoro iyo an ipig tutukdo na kagsadire kan daga na binugtakan kan mega-shabu laboratory sa Virac.

Base sa pinaluwas na informasyon ngonian na aldaw, (Marso 28, Mierkoles) ni Atty. Ferdinand Lavin, si Isidoro nagsurrender sa NBI - Capital Region (NBI-NCR) kan Marso 20 pa.

Yaon ngonian sa poder kan Security Management Division (NBI-Jail) mantang pig hahalat an commitment order hale sa jusgado sa Virac, Catanduanes.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na an mega-shabu laboratory na nasa propiodad kan suspechado may naka bugtak nin anom (6) na hydrogenerators, na pwedeng maka gibo nin 9.6ng tonelada nin shabu an kada bulan.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

LGU Bula employee, dakop sa buy bust

NAGA CITY 3/28/18( BICOLSTANDARD) – Nahulog man guiraray sa kamot kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa Camarines Sur an pigtutubodan na saro sa mga pusikit na para bariwan nin shabu digdi asin sa mga pagtaraid na banwaan.

Segun sa PDEA Camarines Sur na pinapamayohan  ni Agent Vidal DC Bacolod, sa lindong kan supervision ni Dir. Christiano Frivaldo, Acting Regional Director kan PDEA RO5, nadakop kan ninda si Sylvia B. Valera alyas Ebyang, sa buy bust operation.

Nangyari an operasyon poco mas o menos alas 10:00 nin bangui, kan Marso 27, 2018 sa atubangan kan San Agustin Elementary School, sa Barangay San Agustin, Canaman, Camarines Sur.

Si “Ebyang” Valera, empleado kan LGU Bula, Camarines Sur.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an sarong plastic bag na may laog nin 4 na pidaso nin heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet na may laog nin maputing pulbos na pig tutubodan na shabu.

An shabu may gabat na 20 gramos asin carculadong may valor na P152,000.000, sa barakalan sa lugar.

Afuera kan shabu, narecover sa poder ni Valera an sarong brown paper bag na may laog kan buy-bust money, na ginamit kan PDEA sa saindang operasyon.

Yaon ngonian an suspechado sa poder kan PDEA Camarines Sur Provincial Office, mantang pig hahanda an caso na isasangat contra saiya.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PHOTOS | LTO Legazpi inspects PUVs

LTO Legazpi conducts its second day of ocular inspection of public utility vehicles at the Legazpi City Grand Terminal coming to and from Manila. The inspections are to ensure safe travels for commuters this Semana Santa. (Photos: LTO)

Former priest shot dead in Masbate

Photo courtesy of Jet Ramos
MASBATE CITY (Bicol Standard) -- A former priest was shot dead at around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday at Barangay Tugbo, Mobo, Masbate.

The victim was identified as Aldrin Aganan, 49 years old, and a resident of said barangay.

He worked as a staff member of former representative and mayor Bong Bravo.

The Mobo police said the suspect was shot to death by an unknown perpetrator using an unknown caliber of firearm.

The motive of the incident is yet to be determined.

Follow-up investigation is ongoing.

6 PDEA informants get P7.5-M reward

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA -- At least six informants have received cash rewards amounting to more than PHP7.5 million from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The cash rewards were given under PDEA's Operation: Private Eye (OPE), a scheme designed to encourage private citizens to report any suspected illegal drug activity in their community.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino commended the informants, identified through their codenames, Krugger, Jacpat, Mata, Keeper, BI-1, and Highway Man, for providing anti-drug information that had led to the seizure of illegal drugs and the arrest of drug personalities.

Aquino handed the rewards at the PDEA National Headquarters in Quezon City on Monday.

The OPE Rewards Committee, composed of members from the academe, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement, and religious and business sectors, approved a resolution granting a total of PHP7,525,235.19 in monetary rewards to the six informants after careful deliberation.

Among the informants, “Krugger” received the biggest reward of PHP2 million.

Krugger’s information resulted in the seizure of 162.55 kg. of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, and the arrest of two drug personalities along A. Bonifacio St. in San Juan City on Dec. 23, 2016.

“Jacpat” was rewarded with PHP1,878,527.66 after he provided information that led to the confiscation of 76,695.70 grams of shabu and the arrest of two drug personalities - who were being served a search warrant at Celadon Residences on Felix Huertas Road, District 3, Manila on Jan. 21, 2016.

“Mata” received PHP1,565,684.96 after the information he gave led to the seizure of 29,883.88 grams of shabu and the arrest of four drug personalities following a buy-bust operation in El Dia Beach Resort in Centro 2, Claveria, Cagayan on June 23, 2016.

“Keeper” was presented PHP1,403,986.98 for providing information that resulted in the confiscation of 28,564.07 grams of shabu and the apprehension of a drug personality during an entrapment operation in Dreamville Subdivision in Barangay Carsadang Bago-2 in Imus, Cavite on May 20, 2016.

A cash reward of PHP502,779.19 was given to “BI-1” after he supplied information resulting in the seizure of 19 pieces of ecstasy tablets and 17.9943 grams of marijuana; the dismantling of a small-scale clandestine shabu laboratory; and the arrest of six drug personalities during a search of Unit 2104 of Eugenia Tower at the Tivoli Garden Residences on Coronado St. in Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong City on Nov. 1, 2017.

“Highway Man” received a cash reward of PHP174,256.40 after he supplied information resulting in the confiscation of 74,945.1 grams of marijuana leaves and 12,183.1 grams of marijuana stalks; and the arrest of 13 drug personalities during an interdiction operation in Sitio Lomon, Barangay Paykek in Kapangan, Benguet on April 12, 2017.

Those who want to report illegal drug activities and be eligible for Private Eye Rewards need to follow these directions:

Legibly fill out the Information Report Form (IRF) and send report to PDEA by fastest means: Fax No. ‎(02) 927-2899; via mail/messenger to Operation: “Private Eye” c/o Room 207 PDEA Bldg., NIA Northside Road, National Government Center, Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City; Telephone No. ‎(02) 920-0967; or via email to:; or by visiting the nearest PDEA Regional Office.

PDEA also has a round-the-clock message center known as the “PDEA 24/7 Text Hotlines” that is accessible to those who want to report any suspected illegal drug activity occurring in their neighborhoods.

To send anti-drug reports to PDEA 24/7 Text Hotlines, text the name of the drug users/pushers and complete information to: for SMART Subscribers - ‎0999-888 PDEA (7332); for Sun Subscribers - ‎0925-573 PDEA (7332); and for Globe Subscribers- ‎0927-9150616. (PNA)

DILG asks public to report to the police any extortionist offering barangay OIC appointments

The Department of Interior and Local Government is again warning the public of scammers and extortionists promising bogus OIC appointments in barangays using the name of the President, DILG, and the federalism campaign.

DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that there is absolutely no truth to the claim of OIC appointments especially now that the Barangay and SK Elections are officially proceeding as scheduled in May.

"The Senate has shut the door to any postponement, so our Barangay officials should worry about reelection in May rather than allowing themselves to be victimized by these unscrupulous individuals," said Malaya.

He said that DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano has directed the Philippine National Police to be on the look-out for the scammers and immediately file the necessary charges against them before more people are victimized.

The police has so far arrested two alleged scammers in Laguna and in Bohol this month for extortion in the guise of the federalism campaign.

“Kami'y natutuwa na nadakip na ng ating kapulisan ang itinuturong ulo ng grupong People’s Congress na napabalitang ilang buwan na ring nag-iikot sa iba’t ibang probinsya at nambibiktima ng mga kababayan nating napapaniwala nilang maitatalaga silang barangay o local government official kapag naipagpaliban ang Barangay election o natupad ang federalism sa bansa o di kaya sa ilalalim ng revolutionary government (RevGov),” said Malaya.

He said that all DILG field offices should be vigilant and report any similar illegal activity to the PNP.

Malaya said that despite the adjournment of the 17th Congress without passing a law postponing the Barangay elections, they are still getting reports that scammers are still going from province to province giving false hopes of appointments in barangays to unknowing victims.

Last month, Ano issued an advisory to all local government units, civil society organizations, people's organizations, and DILG regional offices warning them of such illegal activities and directing them "to report to police authorities the unauthorized use of the DILG logo or the DILG name in unofficial federalism activities in localities."

Ano encouraged concerned groups, offices, local officials to get in touch with the office of Asec. Malaya who heads the DILG Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform at (02) 8763454 local no. 3801 or 3802 or with the Local Government Academy at (02) 6389649 or 6341906.


Estudyante, nalamos sa sarong beach sa Catanduanes

ni Vince Villar

Gadan an sarung highschool student matapos malamos mantang nagkakarigos sa sarung bistadong resort sa Virac, Catanduanes kasuudmang Lunes, Marso 26, 2018

Sa report kan Virac Municipal Police Station, binisto an biktima na si Jayhard SJ. Dela Rosa, 17-anyos, estudyante kan Pandan School of Arts and Trades o PSAT, asin residente kan Brgy. Napo, Pandan, Catanduanes.

Base sa ginibong imbestigasyon, nagkarigos suboot an biktima kaiba an mga barkadang sinda Rioven DR. Trinidad asin Whelming Escaro Jr. sa diving spot o hararom na parte kan Twin Rock Beach Resort, sa Brgy. Igang, kan nasabing banwaan kan bigla ining anudon nin makusog na sulog kan dagat sa irarom.

Napag araman na dae man palan tatao maglangoy an biktima kun kaya marikas ining nalunod.

Binalo pa man kuta na isalbar ini kan mga pag iriba, alagad, huri na.

Dinara pa man kuta ini sa Eastern Bicol Medical Center o EBMC alagad dineklara ining dead on arrival (DOA).

CAFGU, binadil gadan sa Albay

Ni: Vince Villar

Polangui, Albay – Dead-on-the-spot an sarung Cafgu mantang daplis sana an tama kan kairiba kaini, matapos tadtadon nin bala kan riding-in-tandem kasubagong aga.

Sa intrivista kay Police Chief Inspector Edgar Azotea, Hepe kan Polangui Municipal Police Station, binisto an nagadan na si Arnilo Secretario y Reonisto, 40 anyos, may ka live-in, CAA member nan aka base sa 22 Infantry Batallion kan 9th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, residente kan Molosbolos, Libon, Albay, asin nagtatrabaho bilang safety officer sa sarung construction sa Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Tinamaan man sa saiyang hita an kaiba backride kaining si Junasis Bonit y Manzano, 22 anyos, soltero, nag iistar sa Brgy Gabon, Polangui, Albay alagad native kan GMA, Cavite City.

Nangyari an insidente bandang alas 6:15 nin aga ngonyan na Lunes, sa Brgy Centro Occidental, kan nasabing banwaan, mantang mantang sakay kan rouser na motorsiklo an duwa pasiring sa Nabua ngani maglaog nin trabaho.

Suboot bigla na sanang pig cut kan mga suspek an mga biktima saka na tinadtad nin bala si Secretario.

Sa enot na putok, tinamaan na sa hita si Bonit alagad nangalas siya na si Secretario lang nanggad talaga an pinuntirya kan mga parabadil.

Nakua sa pinangyarihan kan insidente an 11 basyo kan bala kan 9mm asin 7 basyo kan bala gikan sa cal .45.

Matapos an insidente, tulos na duminulag an mga suspek pasiring sa Libon, Albay.

Segun kay PCI Azotea, may nakua na sindang kompya kan CCTV footage, alagad kaipuhan pa ninda ipa enhance ngani na mabisto an dae man naka helmet na mga suspek.

Inisyalmente, nahihiling na motibo ni Azotea, iyo an pagiging dating miyembro kan biktima sa noturyusong Concepcion Gang kan Libon.

Suboot, harani an biktima kay Gilbert Concepcion, lider kan grupo, bago ini nagsuhay asin nagtrabaho na sana bilang safety officer.

Monday, March 26, 2018

DOH: Stay hydrated this Semana Santa

In the observance of the Holy Week this year, the Department of Health posed this timely reminder to keep one’s self hydrated especially during, as what experts claim to be, the dry season, particularly on those who will do their annual rounds of Visita Iglesia.

“Remember to always carry a water bottle, ready-to-eat meals and umbrella as you visit churches,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III reminded the public. He added that by doing these simple tips, one can avoid diseases that are rampant during the dry spell such as heat stroke or severe exhaustion. “When feeling exhausted or hazy, immediately grab a glass of cold water,” Duque continued.

He also cautioned penitents or those having themselves nailed on the cross to ensure that nails and other sharp objects to be used during the penitential act are well sterilized to avoid contracting tetanus infection. Tetanus can be easily contracted with the use of unsterilized or rusty nails.

Hypertensive or people with high blood pressure are advised to stay home, especially between 10AM to 3PM usually when the temperature is at its peak, as hypertension can be aggravated by severe heat and too much sun exposure. ​

Avoid bringing of small children or babies in crowded places to prevent them from contracting diseases, as they have lowered resistance against infections compared to adult/teens

When travelling during the Holy Week, the public is advised to bring medicines along with other necessities as a safety precaution. Before setting on a journey, one must first check the road worthiness of the vehicle.

The public is cautioned as well against other emerging diseases this dry season including sore eyes or conjunctivitis, cough and colds, skin diseases and rabies.

“The DOH is one with the Christian community in observing the solemnity of the Holy Week. We would like to emphasize that it can also be enjoyable it is disease-free, worry-free and stress-free all throughout the season,” the Secretary concluded.

5 Bicol police chiefs relieved

LEGAZPI CITY — Five chiefs of police in the Bicol region had been relieved from their posts for failure to stop illegal gambling operations in their areas of responsibility, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 5 said on Monday.

In an interview, Police Senior Inspector Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, the spokesperson of the PNP regional office in Bicol, said the chiefs of police relieved from posts headed the Daet Municipal Police Station and Mercedes Municipal Police Station in Camarines Norte province; Lagonoy Municipal Police Station and Pasacao Municipal Police Station in Camarines Sur; and Donsol Municipal Police Station in Sorsogon.

One of them is a superintendent and four are chief inspectors, Calubaquib added.

Calubaquib said the relief of the police officers was part of the one strike policy being implemented upon the order of PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa.

Data released by the police regional office showed that from February 3, 2017 to March 18, 2018, 1,226 police operations on illegal gambling were conducted regionwide and a total of 2,912 suspected illegal gamblers, including five elected officials, were arrested.

In Albay, the arrested suspects include a vice mayor and barangay officials; and another government official in Sorsogon province.

The arrested suspects were involved in sabong, jueteng, fruit game, drop ball, mahjong, color game, sakla, cara y cruz, STL bookies and other forms of illegal gambling. Police operatives were able to confiscate bet money amounting to PHP666,060.30.

“In the coming days there are other chiefs of police who might be relieved from their stations as some high-ranking officers in Camp Gen. Simeon Ola and the reviewing panel they created are now in the process of reviewing the overall performances of all the COPs and provincial directors,” Calubaquib added.

Chiefs of police relieved from their posts will undergo retraining and face administrative penalties. (PNA)


RETRATO | Bisikleta Iglesia sa Camarines Sur

BISIKLETA IGLESIA. Dinumanan kan mga Katolikong siklista an nagkapirang simbahan sa Arquidiocesis nin Caceres bilang parte kan programang Bisikleta Iglesia ngonyan na Cuaresma. (Retrato kan Archdiocese of Caceres)


LTO-Bicol: Report colorum vehicles to authorities

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)—The Land Transportation Office in Bicol has issued a reminder for the public to choose the vehicles they will board to or from the capital this summer season.

Assistant Regional Director Vincent Nato said that passengers need to be discerning in selecting vehicles.

First and foremost, they need to know if the vehicle is legitimate or operating without a franchise, otherwise known as a colorum vehicle.

If it is a colorum vehicle, they must not board it and instead report the same to the authorities, Nato said.

It would be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegally-operating vehicles.

Specifically, he ordered the arrest of colorum vehicle drivers and operators, as well as the impounding of said vehicles.

In a recent speech, Duterte also chided politicians and the police, who should be responsible for putting a stop to the practice that gives rise to road accidents.

Duterte’s pronouncement came after a crash in Occidental Mindoro last week, which left 19 people dead.

PHOTO | Coastal cleanup

Personnel of Mercedes Municipal Police Station (MPS) and Camarines Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company led by PCINSP CHARLES N DE LEON, Chief of Police of Mercedes MPS, under the supervision of PSSUPT CERILO D TRILLES JR, Provincial Director of Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, participated in the coastal clean-up initiated by Local Goverment of Mercedes, Camarines Norte at Baybay Beach, Mercedes at about 7 AM of March 24, 2018.


PHOTO | Bountiful catch

PB Melquiades Jun Teodoro Bellen of Catburawan, Ligao City shared this photo showing the bountiful catch from Albay's West Coast. (Photo via Cong. Fernando Gonzalez)

DOH, may patanid sa mga bakasyunista, mapenetensiya ngonyan na Holy Week

ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Higot an pagirumdom ngonyan kan Department of Health (DOH-Bicol) sag abos na mga masagibo nin Flagilation o penetensiya na likayan na an gawing ini, alagad kun dae talaga mapapugol, magpakunsulta o magpahiling tulos sa doctor pagkatapos.

Segun kay Mr. Ken Nuyda, Health Educational Promotion officer kan DOH, delikado asin pwedesir na ikagadan kan sarung tawo an paglugad sa lawas sa paagi kan penetensiya, kun dae ini malilinigan nin tultol asin dae maipapahiling sa doctor.

Suboot, posibleng magka-tetanus an nagpepenetensiya na pwedeng ikapahamak kan saiyang buhay kun kaya importante an pagkunsulta sa doctor.

Sinabi kan opisyal nan aka code white alert man an DOH asin naka stand by an gabos na mga partner hospitals ninda kun kaya pwede sindang maghagad nin asistensiya medical sa mga ini anuman na oras.

Miyentrastanto, pinag iingat man kan opisyal an gabos laban sa mga water born diseases na pwedeng Makua ngonyan na seman santa siring kan cholera asin Food Poisoning.

Sinabi kaini na dapat malinig asin maray an paka prepara kan mga pagkakan ngani maiwasan an pagkahudong.

Likayan man an mga overcrowded na mga lugar ngani malikayan an Flu asin iba pang viral diseases.

Huli ta mainit an panahon, kumon man an heatstroke kun kaya dapat na mamantinir an pag inom nin 8-10 baso nin tubig asin mantiniron na presko an lawas.

Kun mabiyahe, siyertuhon nan aka kondisyon pakaray an sasakyan na gagamiton asin dapat na an driver an physically fit man ngani maiwasan an road accidents.

Sa pagkarigos sa mga beaches o resorts, dapat sa mga malimpoy pang oras siring kan alas 7-9 nin aga asin alas 3-6 nin hapon, ngani dae masulo an kublit.

Pirming pasulugon nin ID na may telepono numero kan mga magurang, kun mapasiring sa mga matawong lugar ngani magamit kun encase mawara an aki.

Pirming mag check kan kamugtakan kan panahon antes magbyahe asin magdangog pirmi nin bareta para sa mga importanteng anunsiyo.

Reading in the eyes of Global Teacher Prize finalist

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

MANILA -- The sun shines its brightest, his floating school glides smoothly over the river as he puts right mispronunciations in the singsongy reading of stories, eager learners heed his corrections.

This was how 32-year-old teacher Ryan Habitan Homan described his usual reading class back at their far-flung community in San Jose, Donsol, Sorsogon.

The Global Teacher Prize top 40 finalist is a firm believer that the ability to read is every child’s greatest weapon against any form of abuse.

“Through reading maraming matutunan ang mga bata, hindi sila maloloko ninoman (Through reading, children will learn many things, they will not be fooled by anyone)," Homan said in an exclusive interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Reading: Basic tool in learning

Homan emphasized the importance of reading, saying it is a basic skill that can bring both children and adults to different worlds and inspire them to have big dreams.

“Reading is a basic tool in making the learners understand the subjects na tinuturo sa mga bata. Kapag ang bata marunong magbasa, they can understand the different subjects like Math, Science, English and Filipino (Reading is a basic tool in making the learners understand the subjects taught. When a child can read, they can understand the different subjects like Math, Science, English and Filipino),” said Homan who currently teaches Grades 4 to 6 students at the San Jose Elementary School in Donsol.
Homan explained young children who cannot read are often bullied -- they feel defenseless and insecure. Hence, they must be taught how to read so they’ll feel empowered and capable of pursuing higher studies.

“Ang mga batang marunong magbasa ay may self-confidence silang tinatawag na maipagpapatuloy nila sa high school or even college (Children who can read have self-confidence to continue their studies in high school or even college),” Homan said.

According to Homan, reading is best learned through physical books. He said this is especially true for students until primary level as young learners need to touch and be engaged in every page of the book for better comprehension.

“Hindi ako against sa e-books, sa videos ganyan, gumagamit din naman kame ng mga e-learning, pero sa experience ko iba ang progress sa pagbabasa lalo ng maliliit na bata kapag humahawak ng libro (I’m not against e-books, videos, we also use e-learning, but in my experience, the process of learning especially among young students is different when they hold books when they're learning to read)," Homan said.

Teaching reading: Homan’s advocacy

Being the first teacher in his community in Sorsogon, Homan took it upon himself to teach every child he knows to read through his Balsa-Basa and Walk with Knowledge projects.
Financial constraints did not stop him from establishing the Balsa-Basa project in 2013 when he noticed that kids in his community were having difficulty going to school for various reasons.

"Because they (kids) don't go to school, I put up a floating school in the river. I use this to reach my students in the mountains every Saturday," Homan said.

He said he spent PHP5,000 for the "balsa", while non-governmental organizations donated books and other supplies for his floating school. One of the challenges in maintaining the project is that he has to change the "balsa" every year since it rots easily, he said.

While these projects are globally-recognized and well-supported today, their beginnings brought a lot of hardships to Homan.

The main problem Homan had to solve back then was the lack of interest of parents in his reading program. They would rather have their children help them harvest coconuts than send them to Homan’s mobile schools.

“To the parents, learning reading is a waste of time. They stop their children from studying because of the harvest season. So, the children become seasonal students,” Homan said.

However, the parent’s resistance did not last long. When they saw the impact of Homan’s advocacy to the community and to the world, they volunteered their children to learn reading. Some parents even volunteered themselves as teacher assistants.

Teaching reading: Homan’s passion

Teary-eyed, Homan shared how he used to spend all his money just so he could buy reading materials for his students.

“Dumating sa point na isinisangla ko ang ATM ko para makabili ng books, nagagalit na ang asawa ko (It has come to the point when I pawn my ATM just to buy books and my wife gets mad at me),” Homan shared.

Homan said he has faced, and he continues to face challenges regarding his reading advocacy but he just can’t stop.

“Nakikita ko ang sarili ko sa kanila na talagang hirap, sino pa po ang tutulong sa kanila kundi ako na teacher din. Sabi nga po kahit saan ka ma-assign, sabi nga wherever you are planted, you grow (I can see myself in them, truly poor, who else would help them but me, a teacher. As they say, wherever you're assigned, wherever you are planted, you grow)," Homan said.

Homan, with his life experiences as an educator in a remote community, couldn't emphasize enough the importance of teaching illiterate children how to read.

"Teachers must have passion and not just focus on the pain brought by lack of resources, being assigned to teach in the mountains or separation from family. Pain is part of our mission as teachers to help every child read," Homan said. (PNA)

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Albay police on high alert for Holy Week

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Albay Provincial Police Office (PPO) is now on high alert to maintain peace and solemnity during the observance of the Holy Week across the province.

NSenior Insp. Emmanuel Ramos, Albay PNP spokesman, in an interview on Saturday, said the Albay PPO will be fielding additional personnel to provide support in manning assistance centers established in various highways, airports, ports, including malls and communication relay stations.

"Conduct of security patrols and ensure maximum police presence in places of convergence such as malls, markets, churches resorts, bus terminals (will be carried out) and we will deploy route security to roads leading to tourist destinations and recreational areas,” Ramos said.

Ramos added they would ensure that no untoward incident will take place that would endanger the lives of the people from elements who would like to sow terror during this religious event.

He said checkpoints and assistance centers would be set up to assist motorists and other visitors coming from other places.

It is expected that visitors would be arriving in various parts of the region due to this long holiday.

Security checks would be strictly enforced in bus terminals, major seaports across the region. (PNA)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

DSWD Bicol nag release nin P276 M para sa 4Ps

LEGAZPI CITY 3/25/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) An officina kan DSWD sa Bicol an nag release kan kantidad P276 Milyones para sa primerong batch kan 115,356 na Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries sa Bicol para sa Unconditional Cash Transfer Program (UTC).

Sinabi ni Arnel Garcia, an regional director kan DSWD sa Bicol, na an mga 4Ps beneficiaries na may landbank cash cards an primerong marecibe kan UCT assistance na an kantidad P2,400.00 an kada bulan sa bilog na 2018.

Mientrastanto, ginigibo ngonian an validation kan Listahanan. Pig lalaoman na matatapos ini sa laog nin tulong bulan asin an final na listahan kan mga benefisyaryo na target ninda matatapos sa bulan na Mayo.

An distribusyon kan UCT assistance para sa Listahanan pig lalaoman na mangyayari sa Junio 2018.

An UCT component kan Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) program kan gobierno national.

An obheto kaini, matabangan an mga tios na familya na affectado kan pag langkaw kan presyo kan mga barakalon nin huli kan implementasyon kan bagong tax reform program.

An Listahanan iyo an national household targeting system.

Brgy. Kapitan asin agom, tinadtad nin bala sa Masbate

MASBATE CITY 3/25/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Tinadtad nin bala an lawas kan barangay kapitan asin an saiyang agom sa Barangay Dayhagan, Aroroy, Masbate.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, an biktima iyo si Punong Barangay Shiela Mataverde-Drio asin an agom kaini na si Reglalado Musico Drio.

Nagluluwas na an limang dai nabistong suspechado nagdalaw sa harong kan mag-agom na biktima, asin nagsaguin-saguin na igwa sinda nin transaksyon sagkod an Punong Barangay.

Kan makalaog na an mga suspechado, tinakot tulos an mga biktima asin fuersahan na kinua sa sainda an kantidad P200,000.00, na saray kan mag-agom sa saindang harong.

Pirang minutos sana an nakalihis, binadil na tulos an mag-agom kan mga dai bistong lalaki.

Binawian nin buhay an mga biktima sa pinangyarihan kan incidente.

An ginamit na armas iyo an calibre .45 na badil.

Nakakua nin 17ng baseyo nin bala an mga awtoridad hale sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Ginigibo pa hasta ngonian an pag-siyasat kan pangyayari.

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