Saturday, April 14, 2018

China to hire 2K Filipino English teachers

By Ferdinand Patinio

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment has signed a bilateral agreement with China for the hiring of 2,000 Filipino English teachers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement was signed during the visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to China this week.

“We have just signed a bilateral agreement with the Ambassador of China for the deployment of an initial 2,000 English teachers to China,” he said in a radio interview Friday.

Bello said that the monthly salary being offered is $1,200.

He noted that the bilateral agreement with Chinese government can be renewed after two years if the need arises.

“They (China) actually need 100,000 English teachers,” Bello said.

Early this year, Duterte said he is looking at China as an alternative destination for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Bello added that there are some 300,000 job opportunities, including musicians, nurses, teachers, cooks, household service workers, and caregivers, that could open up for OFWs.

Aside the job opportunities, Duterte brought home some $9 billion worth of investment pledges from China. (PNA)

Catanduanes Rep. Sarmiento addresses General Assembly on PH actions on improving global road safety

NEW YORK, U.S.A. — Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento, Chairman of the Philippine House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation addressed the General Assembly earlier this week during the Plenary Meeting which adopted by consensus the resolution on "Improving global road safety." The Philippines co-sponsored the bi-annual resolution together with 71 other Member States, with the Russian Federation as the main sponsor.

"The Philippines wishes to express its solidarity with Member States in reducing global deaths and injuries from road crashes and providing access to safe, efficient and sustainable transport systems," Congressman Sarmiento said.

The resolution on "Improving global road safety" promotes the importance of reaching the road safety-related targets, such as target 3.6 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to halve, by 2020, the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Since 1999, the Philippines has enacted seven (7) laws that address key risk factors that were identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), in support of the passage of evidence-based global road safety laws, including the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 and the Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016.

According to the United Nations, road traffic crashes are responsible for more than 1.3 million deaths each year, while estimates of the burden of non-fatal injuries range from 20 million to 50 million.

The Representative of the Lone District of Catanduanes and an active member of the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators also participated in the 25 Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration at the UN Headquarters which commenced today upon the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The two-day meeting officially launched the UN Road Safety Trust Fund at a meeting led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed who urged all stakeholders to contribute to the Trust Fund and to step up their efforts to achieve global road safety targets. Every US$1,500 contributed to the Fund could save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries.

The Philippines recognizes the UN Road Safety Rust Fund to support progress towards achieving the road safety targets," Congressman Sarmiento stressed.

In their capacities as UN Member States and Observers. the European Union, Monaco, Luxembourg, Sweden (host of the 2020 High-Level Meeting on Global Road Safety), Oman, U.K (represented by Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Towards Zero Foundation), Australia, Moldova, Armenia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain, Nigeria, Tanzania, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, delivered their respective interventions which expressed strong support for both the resolution and the establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.

We put ourselves at the forefront together with the others to advance this goal in all its phases — politically, economically, socially and even culturally, for the sake of road safety," Congressman Sarmiento concluded.

More LGUs to be charged over open dumps, waste law violations

By Catherine Teves

MANILA – The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is set to file this year before the Ombudsman more cases against local government officials reportedly violating Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, such as those who allow open dumps in their communities.

"We want increased compliance with RA 9003 to help protect public health and the environment," said NSWMC Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso.

Ildefonso said the NSWMC is already validating more than 100 reports alleging various RA 9003 violations by several cities and municipalities nationwide.

"The validation will show if those reports are true, so we can file corresponding complaints against the erring LGUs (local government units)," he said.

The NSWMC, which is under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), targets to complete the validation by July this year.

Ildefonso said among the reported violations is the continuing operation of open dumps (ODs).
The environment official cautioned LGUs against maintaining ODs, saying RA 9003 has already banned them.

"No ODs shall be established and operated, nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including LGUs, which constitutes the use of open dumps for solid wastes, be allowed after the effectivity of this Act," RA 9003 reads.

RA 9003 also disallows ODs as final waste disposal areas. Solid waste is "all discarded household, commercial waste, non-hazardous institutional and industrial waste, street sweepings, construction debris, agricultural waste, and other non-hazardous/non-toxic solid waste," RA 9003 read.

Earlier, the NSWMC reported ODs nationwide except in Metro Manila. The reported sites are in the regions of Ilocos (23 ODs), Cagayan Valley (13 ODs), Central Luzon (31 ODs), Calabarzon (26 ODs), Mimaropa (4 ODs), Bicol (29 ODs), Western Visayas (21 ODs), Central Visayas (103 ODs), Eastern Visayas (44 ODs), Zamboanga (27 ODs), Northern Mindanao (27 ODs), Davao (1 OD), Soccsksargen (1 OD), Caraga (14 ODs), Cordillera Administrative Region (19 ODs), and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (1 OD).

Ildefonso reminded the LGUs to comply with RA 9003.

"Under RA 9003, LGUs are primarily responsible for implementing and enforcing this law within their respective areas of jurisdiction," he said.

He noted that RA 9003 requires segregation and collection of solid waste, particularly biodegradable, compostable, and reusable ones, at the village or barangay level.

"Collection of non-recyclable materials and special wastes shall be the responsibility of the municipality or city," RA 9003 also reads, adding such requirements are in line with relevant provisions of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

The NSWMC first filed with the Ombudsman a set of cases against erring LGUs in 2016.
Ildefonso said the first batch of filed cases were against more than 50 cities and municipalities nationwide, implicating more than 100 local officials and other individuals.

Ildefonso said while waiting for the Ombudsman's decision on its first batch of complaints filed in 2016, the NSWMC prepare to file the new charges. (PNA)

DILG, Comelec on guard against third-termer barangay officials running for the same post

With the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are on guard against third-termer barangay officials running for the same post which is prohibited by law.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that under the Local Government Code, "no local elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of service for the full term for which the elective official concerned was elected."

"The law is very clear regarding the prohibition of third termers to run for the same post. Do not file your candidacy if you will go beyond the third term, or consider running for another post. Better yet, let the others have their chance to become barangay leaders," Ano said.

Based on the submission of the 17 DILG Regional Offices as collated by the DILG National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), there are 8,927 third-termer incumbent punong barangays in the country and 51,273 third-termer sangguniang barangay members.

During a joint press conference with the Comelec and the National Youth Commission, DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the Department has already submitted to Comelec the names of incumbent punong barangays and sangguniang barangay members serving their third consecutive terms in office in the same position.

“This initiative of the DILG to be on guard of third-termer barangay officials is in line with Department’s commitment of support to an honest and clean elections,” said Malaya.

The DILG submitted the list of names to Comelec for review and clearance for posting in the Comelec website so it can be referred to by its election officers nationwide.

Malaya assured that once approved by Comelec, the DILG will also post the list in the Department’s website.

Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesperson Director James Arthur Jimenez said that the public posting of the names is for the assessment and approval of the Comelec en banc.

“There are some measures that have to be sorted out first. This initiative is very welcome and we will see what we can do. The point is to give as much information to the voting public as possible. Katulong niyo kami para sa ikabubuti ng mga botante natin,” Jimenez said.

Region 6 (Western Visayas) has the most third-termer punong barangays numbering 1,030 followed by Region 4-A (CALABARZON) with 936 and then Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) with 823.

Moreover, Region 4-A has the most number of third-termer sangguniang barangay members at 5,367 followed by Region 6 with 5,345 and then Region 8 with 5,320.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is on April 14 to 20, 2018. The election period is on April 14 to May 21 this year.


DepEd utility worker, dakop sa buy bust sa Virac

LEGAZPI CITY 4/14/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) –Mayo nin karayaan an 57 anyos na utility worker sa kan Department of Education (DepEd)  sa Catanduanes, kaya siya nadakop liwat kan mga ahentes kan PDEA sa buy bust operation, kan sarong aldaw.
Si Nelson Camara, balo, residente Imperial Homes Subdivision sa Barangay San Isidro, Virac, Catanduanes, dinakop liwat kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), nin huli sa illegal possession of illegal drugs.
Sabi ni Chief Insp Josefino Titong Jr., si Camara dati nang nadakop kan Abril 30, kan sarong taon , sa pagbalga sa kan kapareyong ley.
Segun sa despacho kan pulis hale sa Virac, an suspechado nahulog sa kamot kan PDEA kan Jueves (Abril 11) sa laog kan tricycle, sa Barangay Gogon, Virac.
Nagluluwas sa record na si Camara dati nang i-kinunkon sa priso, sa laog nin pitong bulan, alagad nasa luwas kan carcel ta nag fianza.
Nag rason si Camara na an shabu na suboot nakua sa saiya sa buy bust operation, “planted” kan police na nag arrestar saiya.

Friday, April 13, 2018

PO1 Napoles, kandidata kan Bicol sa Gandang Pulis 2018

LEGAZPI CITY 4/13/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Si PO1 Gersa Napoles, na miembro kan PNP Provincial Office sa Camarines Norte, an napili na mag representar kan PNP Region V, sa Gandang Pulis 2018.
Sabi ni P/Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan PNP Regional Office No. 5 an Gandang Pulis, sarong programa kan PNP na mawot ipaheling an talento asin gayon kan mga babaeng miembro kan police force, asin para makatabang sa pagpalakop kan advocasiya na ipig tutulod kan organisasyon.
Siring sa dati, sentro kan programang ini an pagbalangibog kan kamawotan na matawan nin magkakanigong protection asin respeto an derehos humanos kan mga kababaehan asin mga aki. Idinagdag pa digdi an pagtao nin protection sa mga kababaehan na pig kukulgan sa laog kan saindang harong.
Naghagad nin tabang an PNP Bicol na suportaran an si PO1 Napoles, na iyo an official na kandidata kan Bicol sa programang ini.
Para makatao nin suporta ki PO1 Napoles, hinahagad an tabang kan gabos na Bicolano na makamtam niya an People’s Choice Award.
An kandidata na may pinakadakul na shares asin likes makakarecibe nin special award.
Gigibohon an Grand Coronation Night sa Abril 23, 2018.

Nag-iwal saka an misis, agom na lalaki naghugot

LEGAZPI CITY 4/13/10 (BICOL STANDARD) – Pinili kan lalaki na tapuson an saiyang buhay sa paagui kan pag bitay kan saiyang sadire sa laog kan saindang harong.
An pulis na nag-imbestigar kan incidente nagsabi na nakuang mayo na nin hinangos si Charles Manuel, 47 anyos, kan mag-abot an saindang grupo, sa Barangay Abas, Pilar, Sorsogon.
Ipinahayag kan imbestigador kan Municipal Police sa Pilar na an nakadiscubre kan bangkay kan victima iyo an saiyang agom na si Vilma, na iyo man an nag report sa pulis.
Pig dara man guiraray sa hospital si Manuel, pero ipig declarar nang mayo na nin buhay.
Mientrastanto, sa pag usisa kan mga awtoridad, nagluluwas na nagkaigwa nin hararom na dai pagka-intindihan an mag agom na sinda Charles asin Vilma, na nagresulta sa malanit na ribayan nin mga maharang na taramon.
Dai na nagka-ulian an boot kan duwa, kaya, pwedeng ini an rason kun nata tinapos na kan lalaki an saiyang buhay, por medio nin pagpatiwakal.
Sabi pa kan imbestigador, mayo sindang naheling na senyal na may ibang tawong naglaog sa saindang residencia, na pwedeng masahotan na tinuyo an pag-gadan.
Ipina autopsy man guiraray an bangkay ni Charles para sa masegurong mayong nangyaring bako siyang victima nin krimen.

Dating CAFGU binira kan NPA sa Pasacao

NAGA CITY - 4/13/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Lagarto an tama nin mga bala sa lawas ni Armando Paloma, dating miembro kan CAFGU, na binadil kasubagong aga, (Abril 13, Viernes), sa bukid na parte kan Barangay Balogo, Pasacao, Camarines Sur.
Segun sa despacho kan pulis, nangyari an incidenteng ini poco mas o menos alas 6:00 nin aga.
Nakaabot sa atensyon kan mga awtoridad an pangyayari sa paagui nin mensahe sa text, alas 8:20 na nin aga, kasubago.
An krimen isinasahot sa mga miembros kan rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) na aktibong nag ooperar sa nasambit na lugar.
Idinagdag sa report na an pulis asin mga miembros kan Philippine Army an nagpadara nin grupo sa pinangyarihan kan krimen tangani na mag imbestigar.
Mayo pa nin malinaw na motibo o rason kun tano ta ginadan si Paloma.

P300,000 na shabu, dakop sa buy bust sa Naga City

Retrato hale sa PDEA Cam Sur
NAGA CITY 4/13/18 (Bicol Standard) -- An carculo kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Camarines Sur, maabot sa kantidad P300,000.00 an valor kan shabu na nacompiscar ninda sa buy-bust operation kasubagong alas 4:32 nin hapon.

Base sa report, an team kan PDEA pinanginotan ni Agent Vidal DC Bacolod, katuwang an Naga City Police Office, asin iba pa, sa lindong kan supervision ni PDEA Acting Regional Director Christian O. Frivaldo.

Na-arrestar ninda si Jerry Cornel y Agunos asin Axl Jordan Chavez y Coral, sa Zone 4, Barangay Triangulo, sa buy-bust operation na ini.

Nakua sa poder kan mga suspechado an 2ng pidasong heat sealed plastic bag asin 1 pidaso nin plastic sachet na may laog nin puti na pulbus,na pig tutubodan na shabu na may gabat na poco mas o menos 50 gramos.

Narecover man kan mga tawohan kan PDEA an ginamit na buy bust money na ginamit sa operasyon.

An mga suspechado yaon ngonian sa poder kan PDEA Camarines Sur para sa magkakanigong disposisyon.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nagtagaan sa Vinzons, CNorte, saro irido

VINZONS, CNorte – Maray ngani na bakong mortal an lugad sa takyag ni Alenn Trapalgar y Roxas, 43 anyos, pintor, kan siya tagaon ni Lorena Umerez y de Panes, 40 anyos na paraoma, na pareyo residentes kan Barangay Aguit-it, digdi.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, mainit an diskusyon kan suspechado asin victima, nin huli sa haloy nang dai problema, na nagtundag sa pagtaga kan victima sa saiyang takyag.

Idinagdag kan mga imbestigador na duwang beses na tinaga si Trapalgar kan mangurol na sundang na gamit kan suspechado, kaya bakong hararom si mga lugad sa braso.

Pakatapos kan incidente, idinalagan sa  Labo District Hospital an victima.

An suspechado, sa ibong na lado, inarestar kan tanod sa barangay asin dinara sa hepatura kan pulis, tanganing imbistigaran.

Pwedeng sangatan nin magkakanigong caso an suspechado na pig iimbistigaran kan pulis.

Comelec, may paguiromdom sa mga makandidato

LEGAZPI CITY – Mayo nin sisay man na interesadong magkandidato sa Barangay asin SK elections an sasayumahan kan Commission on Elections (Comelec), bastang sinda qualificado susog sa Election Code.

Ini an pahayag ni Atty. Annie Fortes, an Provincial Election Supervisor kan Albay, sa intrevista saiya kan mga miembros kan media.

Pig linaw kan nasambit na official na bakong kaolangan sa pag file nin Certificate of Candidacy (COC) kun an sarong makandidato napangaranan na imbuelto sa controversiya, kabale na an mga nasa listahan kan mga imbuelto sa ipig papangalad na bulong.

“An pinaka importante sa mga kandidato na sinda qualificado sa pwesto na saindang kakandidatohan. An pig babasehan kaini iyo an Codigo Electoral asin an ley sa election,” sabi pa niya.

“Kun mag dugang nin mga papel na nagbabandilyo kan saiyang kakayahan sa pag pugol kan pwesto na saiyang pig aapiraran, o na siya may matanos na record asin maray na plano, dugang na sana ini,” sabi pa.

Pinaguiromdom kan Commission on Elections na may malinaw na guidelines an saindang officina kan mga dapat complehon, na magkakanigo na reparohon kan makandidato.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PH pili nuts bag top prize in French food competition

by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that Philippine food brand "Mount Mayon Volcanic Pili Nuts" bagged the top prize in a French food snack competition held at the Porte de Versailles on April 4.

The Filipino brand bested two competitors for the “dry savoury impulse products – self-service ready-to-eat products category,” during the Le Snacking D’Or 2018.

The Philippines has been testing the "acceptability of pili nuts" among some of the top pastry chefs and culinary institutions in the southern part of France, according to Jean Luc Sini, public relations consultant for the Mount Mayon Volcanic Pili Nuts, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center, the Commercial Section of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Paris.

The feedback has been "overwhelming", he noted.

"The award further confirms that the pili nut has vast potential in the discriminating palate of the French market," he added.

Sini said that the Mount Mayon brand, which is processed in a facility in the eastern part of the Philippines in Subic, may have also caught the attention of the voters because it is halal, kosher, vegan certified and non-GMO verified.

Les Snacking d'Or, an annual competition held in France, awards top food products from the world in the last three years.

The DFA said that only the top three entries made it for the final round of voting for the its "Produit d'impulsion secs sales" or the dried salted snacking category. (PNA)

DILG conducts Citizen Satisfaction Index System anew to improve LGU performance

On its fourth year, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducts the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) anew to solicit citizen feedback for the improvement of local government unit (LGU) performance.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that for the past years, CSIS has effectively aided in addressing the 'gaps' in LGU performance and helped improve local governance and it will continue to do the same on its fourth year.

"We hope to give a little nudge to LGUs as to how their constituents see their programs. Do these programs have a great impact on the lives of their constituents? What areas should they improve on? These are some of the questions the data collected from the CSIS initiative can answer," Ano explains.

The CSIS is a set of data tools and mechanisms designed to generate relevant citizens' feedback on the local governments' service delivery performance.

According to Ano, the CSIS is undertaken to help LGUs perform their mandate of ensuring the welfare of the citizens and to guide them on areas of improvement in the delivery of basic public service as provided by the Local Government Code of 1991.

"The CSIS is the voice of the people, and as what history tells us, the voice of the people remains to be the strongest opinion and sometimes the only opinion that matters for it conveys their perspective on issues that concern them," says Ano.

The CSIS targets 15 pre-determined LGUs belonging to the fourth tranche of chosen municipalities since 2016 using criteria such as their eligibility as beneficiary of the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program for 2018; availability of Local Resource Institute/s (LRI/s) that shall provide research services; and a recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance.

"With CSIS, we hope to provide selected LGUs which are also AM beneficiaries a more systematic and inclusive procedure of considering the current needs and persistent concerns of citizens," he said.

Among the 15 LGUs selected are the municipalities of Banaue, Ifugao; Bauang, La Union; Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya; Macabebe, Pampanga; Pagsanjan, Laguna; Ogiongan, Romblon; Juban, Sorsogon; and Culasi, Antique.

Included also are the municipalities of Alicia, Bohol; Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Dumalinao, Zamboanga Del Sur; Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; Kapalong, Davao Del Norte; Surallah, South Cotabato; and Carmen, Agusan Del Norte.

The DILG Secretary also said that results of CSIS will then be presented to the decision makers of the chosen LGUs through Utilization Conferences which shall involve initial identification of key development issues and possible interventions deemed to address these challenges as suggested by the result.

Implementation of CSIS began in March and will end in September 2018 in various utilization conferences.


Año: Reintegration assistance ready for Reds who will lay down arms

With the revival of peace talks with the CPP-NDF-NPA, Department of the Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano assures the public that the DILG is ready to assist rebels who would lay down their arms. More than 2,000 former rebels have been assisted through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the DILG.

“The E-CLIP of the DILG is an investment for peace. It is the government’s way of opening its arms to former rebels and assisting them to return to normal, productive, and law-abiding way of life,” says Ano.

Just recently the President approved the release of almost half a billion pesos to support the E-CLIP, enough to support the more than 1,000 expected surrenderees for this year.

"We call on the families, relatives and friends of rebels to help us convince them to go down from the mountains and take this life-changing opportunity," he says.

For the past three years, the DILG has provided financial assistance to hundreds of former communist rebels who have returned to mainstream society. A total of P59.68-million has been utilized for immediate assistance to 471 former rebels, while 459 got livelihood assistance, 361 with reintegration assistance, and 132 were given firearm renumeration.

As of December 31, 2017, there are 2,082 former communist rebels enrolled in CLIP. 1,357 are in Mindanao, 448 in Luzon, and 277 in Visayas.

“I share the sentiment of the President that I hope this time the Communists will not waste this opportunity. Let this be THE peace talks that will lead to a peaceful, progressive Philippines. No more death of peace talks, no more people dying,” he points out.

The DILG Chief also assures full cooperation in the Task Force Balik-Loob created by the President through Administrative Order No. 10 to integrate government’s rebel-returnee assistance programs namely the DILG’s E-CLIP and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP)’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program.

“The creation of the Task Force Balik-Loob signifies the administration’s genuine sincerity, readiness, and resolve to end this decades-old conflict. We make change happen and it is now,” says the former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff.

The E-CLIP facilitates the mainstreaming of former NPA rebels and Militia ng Bayan as productive citizens. The program also compensates and remunerates all turned-in firearms.

A former rebel gets an immediate assistance in the amount of P15,000 for mobilization expenses, livelihood assistance in the amount of P50,000, skills training, shelter and legal assistance, among others.

A financial assistance amounting to P5-million is provided per local government unit (LGU) for the construction of a halfway house which is a facility for former rebels that will house him/her while awaiting his/her enrolment to E-CLIP and shall serve as a venue in conducting rehabilitation and healing sessions, and education and skills training activities.

Forty-five million pesos has been spent on construction of halfway houses for rebel-surrenderees in nine provinces: Kalinga and Mountain Province, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato.

DepEd cancels assessment exam

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the cancellation of the National Achievement Test for Grade 12 completers (NAT 12).

In an advisory released on Wednesday through Regional Testing Coordinator Dr. Angie Buaron, DepEd said NAT 12, which is scheduled on April 12, has been cancelled until further notice.

Senior High School (SHS) institutions nationwide were given a copy of the advisory through their respective division offices.

University of Santo Tomas and Xavier University were among the few Senior High School institutions that have already announced the cancellation through their social media accounts.

DepEd has yet to release an official statement regarding NAT12's cancellation.

NAT12 is one of two assessment tests that the DepEd planned to conduct this summer. The other is the Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) scheduled in May.

It aims to evaluate the system of implementation of the K to 12 program, as well as assess what Grade 12 completers have learned, but not with a "pass or fail" standard.

NAT12 was supposed to be done through "random sampling" of schools while BEEA is "mandatory to all SHS graduates" in both public and private schools, according to DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Lorna Dig-Dino's previous announcement. (PNA)


4 Reds killed, 5 others captured in 2-day clash in CamSur

By Saul Pa-a

CAMP GEN. NAKAR, Lucena City – Three members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist group were killed while five others were captured by government troops during an armed skirmish around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday in Bato, Camarines Sur.

Earlier on Monday, an NPA rebel was also killed in an encounter with the military in Barangay (village) Gubat in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag, commander of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) based in this camp said military troops from the 83rd Infantry Battalion (83rd IB) engaged the outlawed terrorist group in an hour-long gun battle on Tuesday, killing three NPA rebels and captured five other members.

Pamonag said two of the five NPA captives who were wounded were given medical treatment.

He reported that there were no casualties on the government side.

He said the government troops also recovered the terrorists’ three M16 rifles as the military’s pursuit operations are ongoing.

According to Pamonag, “although SOLCOM supports President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s intention to resume peace talks, the military troops under SOLCOM operating in Southern Tagalog and Bicol will still perform their mandate to protect the people.”

He added that the troops’ concern for their fellow Filipinos and respect for human rights are to be commended.

This, he said, was demonstrated when one of the wounded rebels had almost died but the military doctors did their best to treat and revive him.

Pamonag also reported that the 83rd IB troops’ clash with the NPA terrorist group in Barangay Gubat in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur around 8:40 a.m. on Monday prompted the rebels to retreat, leaving behind their dead comrade in arms.

The government troops recovered an M14 at the battle site.(PNA)

DA Bicol turns over P2M cacao processing facility to local cacao growers

BINANUAANAN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – This is a dream come true! Said Edison Petallo, amidst the welling of his tears as he accepts, in behalf of the Binanuaanan Farmers Community Development Association Inc. (BFCDA), the P2 Million worth Cacao Processing Facility from the Department of Agriculture, during its blessing, inauguration and turn over on April 6, 2018.

The DA Bicol through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) recently completed the construction of the processing facility and turned it over to the BFCDA in this municipality. Edison Petallo, the association president said the establishment of the processing center is the long awaited dream of the association as it can only apply for License to Operate and product registration from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if they have a processing center.

Rosita Imperial, regional HVCDP coordinator said the facility is a first in Camarines Sur, and will be equipped with cacao roaster, grinder, pulverizer and vacuum sealer. Fermentation boxes will also be provided to produce quality fermented cacao beans to improve the quality of dark chocolate or tablea. The facility will create additional jobs and value adding activities. Fermenting dried cacao beans for only five days will increase its selling price to P150 from only P30 selling price of fresh cacao beans. The DA HVCDP will also provide trainings on new technology in cacao processing for the association. A multi commodity solar dryer will also be established adjacent to the cacao processing facility as the 310 sq. meters Choco Farm is also a haven to organic vegetables and other crops. In the past years, the DA has conducted some trainings on Good Agricultural Practices for cacao and gabi for the members of the BFCDA. A seedling nursery was also provided to the association.

The BFCDA is an agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. Currently, it has 103 members coming from the 11 barangays of Pili, namely Binanuaanan Sur, New Binanuaanan, La Purisima, Binobong, Palestina, Caroroyroyan, Sto. Nino, Bagong Sirang, Curry, San Jose and Del Rosario. Some 37 of them are cacao growers and 25 members (19 of whom are women) will focus on cacao production and processing.

Petallo said they have been processing cacao food products in the individual households of the members since 2013. The group of 25 started from the initial P5,000 capital collected from the members. Now they are processing 40 kilos cacao beans processed into different food products such as sweetened and unsweetened tablea de cacao; tablea candy in pouch; semi-sweet tablea in muscovado; chocolabat; choco-meric ice cream; and empanaditas de cacao. They also process other food products such as extra strong instant salabat with turmeric and pandan; 10-in-1 instant salabat; sugar coated pili nuts; peanut butter; kapeng barako; banana and sweet potato chips; atchara and dried gabi leaves which they process out of 150 kilos fresh harvests every 15 days.

These food products are being sold in Pasalubong Centers in Pili and Naga City under the label B-Farm Products in various attractive packaging achieved with the aid of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mayor Tomas Bongalonta expressed hope that with the establishment of the cacao processing facility, and with the existing 20 hectares cacao plantation in Pili, his town will soon be the center of cacao industry in the province and even in the region.

Other national government agencies that have been supporting the BFCDA have pledged additional support to the group. Mary Ann Palmero who represented the Cam. Sur provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry has invited the BFCDA to bring their products to trade fairs, particularly in the upcoming international trade fair. The DTI has also been instrumental in the creation of the mandatory information in the B-Farm products label – the nutrition facts of cacao. President Petallo has also attended 10-sessions of Kapatid Mentor Me Program of the DTI.

Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology provincial office represented by Pat Felizmenio, committed to provide trainings on food safety and good manufacturing practices in preparation for their application for FDA certifications.

Department of Agrarian Reform provincial office representative Gay Labad on the other hand lauded the BFCDA especially Petallo for their sheer determination and persistence to achieve the goals of the association. After the organization of the BFCDA in 2009, the DAR has been providing them the needed trainings and production support. Recently, the association has been identified as site for Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty in Camarines Sur. “Ang makusog na organisasyon, namamakyaw nin proyekto sa gobyerno,” said Labad.

Also present during the inauguration were the members of the BFCDA; Binanuaanan Bgy. Captain Marcelo Buscargas; Pili Municipal Agriculturist Damaso Olivares; DA APCO Nena Adupe who represented DA Bicol RTD for Operations Rodel P. Tornilla.

Pili is a first class municipality and the capital of the province of Camarines Sur. Composed of 26 barangays, it is one of the towns comprising the metropolitan area of Metro Naga, serving as the center for agro-industrial development. (Lovella P. Guarin / photos by Raymond Adversario)


2K cops to secure Masbate village, youth polls

By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY -- Some 2,000 police officers under a task force will be deployed in the island-province of Masbate in order to ensure a peaceful and orderly barangay election on May 14.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol regional spokesperson Malu Calubaquib said the 'Task Force Masbate' will be formed to combat violence and the rising cases of shooting incidents in the province, as the election period starts on April 14.

"Regional director headed by Chief Supt. Antonio Gardiola Jr. planned to assign additional police officers in Masbate and ask the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), especially Philippine Army, to field additional soldiers in the area,” she said in an interview on Tuesday.

Citing data of PNP Bicol from January 1 to March 28, Calubaquib said there were 90 cases of shooting incidents recorded in Bicol region, wherein Masbate topped with 42 incidents, followed by Camarines Sur, 20; Albay, 17; Camarines Norte, seven; and Sorsogon with four cases.

The PRO5 is still consolidating the latest recorded shooting incidents this April, especially in Masbate.
The police are still investigating if these shooting incidents were perpetrated by the New People's Army, or members of private armed groups; and if those were election-related violence.

Some of the recorded incidents were the killing of councilor Joey Pacheco of Capaculan Village in Milagros town early morning of Jan. 17.

Councilor Donald Carba was shot dead on the evening of Feb. 6 by three unidentified suspects. He was shot inside his store and in front of his wife in Barangay Mabini, San Pascual town.

On Feb. 21, incumbent village chairman Pedro Arizala of Barangay Poblacion, Cataingan town was shot dead by alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels identified as Reynaldo Mollejan alias 'Ka RM' and a certain 'Ka Manong.'

Incumbent village chairman Shiela Drio, 47, and her husband Regalado, 48, were shot dead also by alleged NPA rebels inside their house in Barangay Dayhagan, Aroroy town on March 22. After they were shot, their house was ransacked by the suspects.

Former priest and businessman Aldrin Aguran, 49, of Barangay Tugbo, Mobo town was shot by suspect Ariel Miralles of Barangay Panique, Aroroy town last March 27. Aguran allegedly was planning to run this coming barangay election as chairman. (PNA)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Duwang drug surrenderer, binadil gadan sa Albay

Ni Vince Villar

Daraga, Albay - Gadan an duwang drug surrenderer mantang lugadan man an saru pang nadamay kan sinda pagbabadilon kan riding-in-tandem kasubanggi sa Brgy. Inarado, Daraga, Albay.

Sa intrivista kay Police Supt. Elcid Roldan, Hepe kan Daraga Municipal Police Station, binisto kaini an mga nagadan na sinda Dare Ruanje Lorena y Monsalve, 19 anyos, soltero asin Christian Lomerio, mga residente kan nasabing barangay.

Si Lomerio, an dead-on-the-spot, mantang si Lorena an nagadan mantang pigbubulong sa ospital.

Nadamay man asin nalugadan si Sherwin Marbella y Magallon, 20 anyos, soltero, kan kaparehong barangay.

Segun kay Pol. Supt. Roldan, nasa recovering stage na ini ngonyan alagad padagos na pig oobserbaran.

Sa pag iimbestigar kan pulisya, bandang alas 7:45 kasubanggi, Abril 8, 2018, mantang nagbabarbecue an an mga biktima sa barbeque strand na pagmamaysadir ni Lorena, kan biglang puminundo an sarung itom na Suzuki Smash na warang plate number, buminaba an duwang naka full face helmet na mg asuspek, dangan pinagbabadil an mga biktima.

Tulos na nadara sa ospital an duwa sa mga biuktima apwera kay Lomerio na nagadan on the spot.

Piglinaw ni Roldan na sobra sarung oras na bago na-ireport sa sainda an insidente, kun kaya nahaluyan man an responde.

Sa record kan PNP, si Lomerio asin Lorena an duwa sa mga drug surrenderers ninda kan Pebrero 21, 2016.

Huli kaini, may relasyon sa droga an enot na nahihiling na anggulo kan krimen.

Binasol man ni Roldan an mga biktima huli ta haloy na palan nakakahiling an mg aini nin kaduda dudang mga persona sa saindang lugar, alagad dae man lamang nagreport o nagsumbong sa pulisya.

Padagos pa ngonyan na iniimbestigaran an pangyayari, ngani mabisto an mga nasa likod kan krimen.

Magigirumduman na kan 2016, na sa nasabing barangay, nagadan an Brgy Kapitan kaito na si Rommel Marticio, matapos na manlaban sa mga otoridad na nagsagibo nin buy bust operation kontra sa saiya.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

LTO acquires plate-making machines

By Aerol John Pateña

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will now have the capability to produce its own vehicle plates following its procurement of plate making machines.

This, as Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected seven units of manual embossing machines at the LTO motor vehicle license plate facility on Friday.

The plate making machines, which were delivered last Feb. 26, were part of the contract of Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH Joint Venture, which won the contract for the procurement of motor vehicle and motorcycle license plates to address the backlog from July 2016 and beyond.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III, LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz, and other road sector officials of the DOTr were also present during the inspection.

The contract stipulated only five manual plate making machines, but the contractor added two more for temporary use at no additional cost.

One unit of automated embossing machine will also be delivered in July and is poised to be operational by August this year.

“Ayaw na nating maulit ‘yung problema sa plaka. Kaya naman mas maigi kung tayo na lang mismo ang mag-manufacture kaysa nagpapagawa pa abroad na nagpapatagal lang ng proseso. With the proper equipment and training, kaya naman natin,” Tugade said in a statement.

The seven units of manual embossing machines are capable of producing 22,000 plates a day while the automated embossing machines can produce 12,000 plates per day. (PNA)


Naga City 2050 visualization tilt launched

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The City Government of Naga has launched a competition for architecture students to present their visualization of the city in the year 2050.

Mayor John G. Bongat and Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion said that this is part of the city's 30-year Sustainable Urban Development Plan (SUDP), 2021-50 pursuant to City Ordinance No. 2016-038.

The contest is open to all architecture students from Naga City or those studying in universities or colleges in the city. They can participate as an individual or a group of 3-5. Each entrant may submit as many entries as they want.

The contest covers five of the Sustainable Development Goals which comprise the plan: Sustainable Housing and Urban Settlements, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Infrastructure, Sustainable Center of Urban Governance, a Resilient City of Happy People, and Sustainable and Integrated Resource Management.

Each entry shall revolve around the theme "Maogmang Naga: A Sustainable Metropolis by 2050." Among others, it should reflect Naga's response to the challenge of anchoring sustainable urban development within the Metro Naga area, attaining equitable socio-economic growth that benefits all, developing resilient urban settlements and communities amidst climate change, and preserving its role as center of Bicol arts and culture.

An entry must contain the following: a scrapbook containing a writeup about the entry printed on long size bond paper and at least five drawings--one for each of the five themes. Each of these drawings will be laid out or printed on a half-cartolina paper; and a digital 3D photorealistic rendering of the drawings in video format.

The last day of submission of entries is on May 4, 2018, while the public presentation, judging and awarding of winners is on May 9, 2018.

P50,000 and a certificate awaits the first prize winner; P30,000 and certificate for the second placer; P20,000 and a certificate for the third placer; and three consolation prizes (P5,000 and a certificate each).

Entries and other clarifications may be submitted to the City Planning and Development Office, Rm 208, 2/F City Hall, Juan Miranda Avenue, Naga City 4400.


PH to observe 76th anniversary of Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9

By Ben Cal

MANILA – The gallantry and heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who fought in World War II will be honored during the 76th grand anniversary of “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor) in Bataan on Monday.

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office said that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will be the guest of honor and speaker.

When the Japanese invaded the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941, they thought they would conquer the country in less than a month, but they underestimated the heroism and sacrifices of the Filipino and American defenders who held their ground in Bataan. The fighting lasted for three months and two days.

Pvt. Teodoro Clarin, this writer's uncle, was killed in action in Bataan.

The delay altered the war plan of the Japanese Imperial Army to conquer countries in Asia.

This also enabled Gen. Douglas McArthur, commander of US forces in the Philippines, to undertake a daring escape to Australia aboard a torpedo boat on his way to the United States where he planned a counter attack to retake the Philippines to fulfill his promise to the Filipino people of “I shall return.”

Meanwhile, guerrilla forces were organized across the archipelago to continue the war against the Japanese. This writer's mother, Milagros Bautista, joined the guerrilla movement as a courier, while his younger brother, Jose Bautista, was drafted to the Philippine Scout as a second lieutenant with headquarters in Palawan.

When Bataan surrendered on April 9, 1942, some 60,000 Filipino and American troops were taken prisoners of war by the Japanese.

They were made to walk some 112 kilometers from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac under the scorching sun with no food and water for days in what is known the world over as the “Death March.”

Some 18,000 Filipino soldiers and 650 Americans died during the “Death March” due to exhaustion or were either shot or bayoneted to death.

For the next three years, Filipino and American guerrilla forces continued the fighting against the highly superior Japanese Imperial Army.

On Oct. 20, 1944, McArthur fulfilled his promise of “I shall return” when he led US and allied forces made a triumphant landing in Palo, Leyte to liberate the Philippines from the clutches of the Japanese invaders.

The Japanese were clobbered and forced to retreat, the first time since they occupied the Philippines, but they were pursued wherever they went.

A week later, the USS Submarine Gar (206) transported guns, ammunition and other logistics to Filipino guerrilla freedom fighters in northern Luzon to fighting the remaining Japanese forces until they were crushed and forced Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men to surrender.

The “Araw ng Kagitingan” on Monday will honor the thousands of Filipino and American forces, who fought and gave their lives for freedom and democracy to live in peace in the years to come. (PNA)
Share: to help expand MSME marketing

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will tie up with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) expand their market and reach clients online with the

“MSMEs are the backbone of the Philippine economy. And as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s whole-of-government approach to assist MSMEs, we are teaming up with DOST to impact the lives of more Filipino entrepreneurs,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

The is a first government e-commerce platform (Business–to-Customer and Business-to-Business platform) dedicated to marketing high-quality Filipino products of MSMEs through the worldwide web by “bringing quality products at Filipino doorsteps.”

This comes as DTI intensifies marketing capabilities of MSMEs to help them reach the mainstream market.

Under the agreement, DTI will Promote the to MSMEs through Negosyo Centers as a platform where they can market their products on-line.

At the same time, DTI will make Negosyo Centers accessible to clients of DOST and allow clients to display and dispatch their products with its payment and logistic partners in One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines HubStores, subject to availability of space and to DTI priorities and promote oneSTore and provide signage for the spaces provided for and oneSTore hub in every OTOP Store identified as co-branded hub, among others.

The One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines is DTI’s collaborative program with national government agencies and local government units as a customized intervention to level up the products of various localities and drive inclusive local economic growth.

DOST, on the other hand, will develop and maintain where its accredited Regional Hubs and MSMEs may sell products and services to its clients and engage with payment and logistics partners and provide better services to its accredited Regional Hubs, MSMEs and its partner agencies.

DOST will also Provide priority to jointly identified OTOP products for product development initiatives including improvements in packaging and labeling, subsidy or discounts in testing fees, equipment support such as the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), and strengthen research and development efforts.

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