Saturday, June 2, 2018

47 anyos na lalaki sinaksak, binawian buhay

TIGAON, CSur –Sarong 47 anyos na lalaki an binawian nin buhay kan siya saksakon kan suspechadong si Ramin Borigas y Rodriguez, 40 anyos, soltero, asin residente kan Zone 4, Brgy. Coyagyao sa banwaan na ini.

Nangyari an krimen kan Hunyo 1, poco mas o menos alas 4:00 nin hapon.

An sabi kan mga imbestigador, an biktima iyo si Roberto Tenoso y Obias, 47 anyos, soltero, residente kan kapareyong barangay kan suspechado.

Sabi sa pag siyasat, nag poon an krimen kan magkaigwang diskusyon an biktima asin an suspechado, kan amay na parte kan Hunyo 4.

Ipinahayag sa report na an bitima nagpasiring sa harong kan suspechado na mainit na payo, asin medyo nagbabalinghaw.

Hinanap niya an suspechado na dai man inabotan sa saindang harong. Huli kaini, nagbalinghaw an biktima sa paagui nin pagparataga kan poon nin batag sa may harong kan suspechado.

Makalihis an nagkapirang oras, aksidenteng nagkasumpongan an suspechado asin an biktima na tulos nagkaigwa nin diskusyon.

Sinaksak kan suspechadong si Borigas si Tenoso, na iyong naging dahilan kan saiyang kagadanan.

Nag coconducir pa nin imbestigasyon an mga pulis para aramon kun ano an guinikanan kan makangirhat na krimen.

Nagsuko man tulos sa mga awtoridad an suspechado na yaon ngonian sa laog kan carcel kan banwaan na ini.

Mientrastanto, pig pepreparar pa kan mga awtoridad an magkakanigong kaso contra sa suspechadong nagsaksak sa biktima.

Friday, June 1, 2018

CSur BM faces suspension by Sandiganbayan re: graft


MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- Provincial Board Member Gilmar "Maymay" S. Pacamarra, who was the former mayor of San Jose town in Camarines Sur, is facing suspension for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan in connection with the anti-graft case filed against him.

The criminal charge stemmed from his travel to Thailand using government funds during his incumbency as municipal mayor.

Aside from Pacamarra, also ordered suspended were former Sangguniang Bayan members Norman Bruzo and Roberto Primavera, and municipal accountant Imelda Caballero.

The anti-graft court explained that ‘Section 13 [of R.A. No. 3019] is so clear and explicit that there is hardly room for any extended court rationalization of the law. Section 13 unequivocally mandates the suspension of a public official from office pending a criminal prosecution under R.A. No. 3019 or Title 7, Book II of the Revised Penal Code or for any offense involving public funds or property or fraud on government.

According to the records of the case, Pacamarra, Bruzo, Primavera and Caballero used P279,724.60 worth of government funds for their travel to Thailand without valid travel authority, thereby causing undue injury to the government.

Albay village chief gunned down

Armillo (Contributed photo)

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The punong barangay of Harigue village in Libon, Albay was gunned down by an unidentified perpetrator Thursday evening.

Myrna Armillo y Ramos was ending her last term as punong barangay when the shooting occured in front of her sari-sari store, Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson told the Bicol Standard.

The perpetrator used a .45 caliber handgun, the police said.

Armillo died on the way to the hospital.

As of this writing, the Libon police is still conducting an investigation relative to the shooting.

Residents of Libon have taken to social media to seek justice for the punong barangay.


Roll out fuel vouchers, additional 10% fare discount to shield poor from rising prices, Poe urges gov’t

Where are the fuel vouchers for jeepney drivers, additional 10-percent fare discount and other subsidies to poor Filipinos? 

Sen. Grace Poe raised this question on Friday, June 1, as the government has yet to roll out a flurry of social mitigating measures to help shield the poor from rising commodity prices.

Poe urged the government to release the guidelines to implement the fuel vouchers, additional 10-percent fare discount, and other subsidies to minimum-wage earners, unemployed, and the poorest 50 percent of the population spelled out under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

“Una, dapat yung mga fuel vouchers ipamahagi na. Pangalawa, bilisan natin ang pagdidistribute ng pera dito sa unconditional cash transfer kasi may mga ilang porsyento pang hindi nakakatanggap nito so kahit papaano ay malaking bagay iyan,” said Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services and author of Senate Resolution No. 736 that set in motion the legislative inquiry held at the Albay Provincial Capitol about the effects of TRAIN Law on prices of fuel, transportation, electricity and water.

Poe urged the concerned government agencies to immediately implement the social measures, which should be effected retroactively.

“Sana gawin na nila kasi wala pang guidelines na nailalabas,” Poe added.

Transport and consumer groups and student leaders present during the hearing narrated that the Transport department has not yet discussed with them the possible subsidies they could get under the TRAIN Law.

A representative from the Transport department present during the hearing said they have a self-imposed deadline until end-June to publish the rules for Pantawid Pasada Program. Around P977 million is appropriated for the program this year, which would be distributed to some 179,000 jeepney franchise holders, senators were told.

Under Section 82 of the TRAIN Law, jeepney franchise holders are entitled to fuel vouchers; minimum-wage earners and the poorest 50 percent of the population are qualified for fare discounts, discounted National Food Authority rice and free skills training, while a total of 10 million low-income households will each receive P200 per month this year and P300 per month in 2019 and 2020.

However, only 4.4 million families had received the targeted cash transfers.

Five months into the implementation of the TRAIN Law, Filipinos are feeling the pinch of relentless price increases, which critics said have been fanned by the revenue-generating measure that imposed or raised taxes on fuel, vehicles and sweetened beverages.

“Many people feel the effects of higher prices, not just brought about by TRAIN but the world market, the prices of oil, but there are safety nets that we should be able to implement immediately and it’s in the hands now of the government to make sure that those subsidies are distributed on time to our countrymen so that the poorest who are affected by this will be given a reprieve,” Poe reiterated.

During last week’s hearing in Iloilo, Poe called for the immediate suspension of fuel excise taxes amid mounting complaints that the law aggravated price spikes on the back of rising global fuel costs and weakening peso.

But the Department of Finance has opposed calls for the suspension of specific portions or the entirety of the TRAIN Law, saying it was necessary to shore up revenues to finance various infrastructure programs and projects.

The TRAIN law, which overhauled the income tax regime and increased the ceiling for tax-exempt salaries, imposed a new P3 tax for every liter of kerosene, P2.50 for every liter of diesel and bunker fuel, and P1 for every kilogram of liquefied petroleum gas.

Poe’s call comes as the price of cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas increased by as much as P3.40 per kilogram and as fuel prices have increased for three consecutive weeks. She said that fare discount is also necessary as school opening looms.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd district), former Socioeconomic Planning secretary and one of the proponents of the TRAIN Law in the House of Representatives, acknowledged that while the TRAIN Law has inflationary impacts, the tax reform law only contributed 0.4 percent to the April inflation.

The former Albay governor also said that about P28 billion is appropriated this year for various measures to mitigate the impacts of the TRAIN Law.


Homegrown Bicolano company LCC records double-digit growth amid innovation

Liberty Commercial Center (LCC), the leading and one of the major retail establishments in Bicol, gave recognition to its business partners and vendors in the company’s Partnership Night, held recently at the Solaire Resort and Hotel.

This yearly celebration recognizes LCC’s business partners who have excelled in various categories as they work with the company towards bringing quality, competitively-priced products and new concepts to Bicolanos.

The Partnership Night celebrated the strong relationship and successful collaboration between LCC and its business partners forged in the past years. The company lauded brands and individuals that have helped the business grow and expand in the Bicol region.

The Grand Slam Award was given to CDO Foodsphere Inc. for exhibiting strong sales performance and remarkable initiatives in LCC stores for the past three consecutive years. This award is the highest recognition that LCC gives to its business partners.

Top consumer-brand companies like Unilever Philippines, Nestle Philippines, Procter & Gamble Philippines, San Miguel Brewery Inc., Monde Nissin Corporation,Gardenia Bakeries Philippines, Incorporated, and Emperador Distillers, Inc. also received awards under various categories. Home and personal care brands likeSanitary Care Products Asia, Inc., Megasoft Hygienic Products, Inc., International Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cosmetique Asia Corporation, Benby Enterprises, Inc., and Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines, Inc. were also honored in the event.

"Our business partners have been key players to our success. Without them, we could not have reached where we are today,” LCC Chairman and CEO Antonio Tan said. “We hope to continue to strengthen our partnership with them as the company constantly grows and innovates.”

The event also served as culmination of LCC’s successful run towards becoming the retailer of choice in the Bicol region. In 2017, the company recorded double-digit sales growth, which was driven by LCC’s aggressive expansion, store modernization, and facilities upgrade. This includes the newly expanded Supermarket Naga Felix and the opening of new branches of LCC Expressmart, LCC Supermarket, and LCC Marketplus.

LCC plans to open six new stores in 2018 and continue the modernization program of its existing stores by adapting to new trends and technology that will improve customer engagement.

Apart from strengthening and upgrading its existing Rewards Plus Card program, LCC also plans to establish partnership with mobile payment service providers to make more convenient and cashless transactions for customers. LCC also intends to boost its online presence and marketing initiatives to reach the younger market through various social media engagements and fun on-ground activities.

“We are focusing on improving our existing stores and services by keeping up with the new trends to provide the best shopping experience to our fellow Bicolanos,” Tan added.

The company is also looking to expand its footprint in the neighboring regions in the coming years.

Since it started operations in 1945, LCC has established a strong retail network comprised of 80 stores for both Supermarket and Department Store, which are strategically located across the region and is considered as the leading commercial store operator in Bicol in terms of sales market share.

Poe consults Albayanos on effects of TRAIN law

Sen. Grace Poe in Albay
Photo from Poe's Facebook page

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Senate Public Services Committee, led by chair Sen. Grace Poe, is conducting a hearing at the Albay Provincial Capitol here today on the effects of the TRAIN law on public services and utilities, particularly on gasoline, electricity, and water.

Earlier this morning, Poe led an inspection at the Ibalong Grand Central Terminal and talked to passengers, drivers, and operators regarding the rise in the price of oil and commodities.

In an interview following the inspection, Poe was told that premium gasoline now costs P57, and there remains no vouchers and discounts for the drivers. Jeepney fare, meanwhile, is still at P7.

She responded, “Kaya nga eh. Kaya nandito ako ngayon sapagkat diretso ninyong nasasabi sa akin at ako naman, masasabi ko sa DOF, ‘nasaan na ang pinangako ninyo na nasa batas din na dapat magbigay rin ng mga vouchers para makatulong nga?’ Kasi siyempre ang TRAIN law nandiyan dahil maraming programa ang gobyerno. Ang programa ng gobyerno ay para makatulong sa ating mga kababayan lalung-lalo na sa mahihirap. Pero kung ang unang natatamaan ay ang mga mahihirap, kahit anong proyekto pa ng gobyerno, siguro dapat ay isipin natin, ano ba ang prayoridad natin. So dapat tulungan muna natin ang ating mga kababayan. Kung merong subsidiya, ibigay na agad at kung pumalo man ng $80 per barrel, dapat ay suspendihin na ang excise tax.”

Meanwhile, among the agenda of the hearing are:






Below is the full text of Poe's opening statement:

An committee sa serbisyo publiko kan Senado yaon dig-di ngonyan para sa public hearing na kaipuhan para sa mga bills na may importansya bakò sana sa nasyonal kundi pati sa lokàl na lebel.
Dàti na tabí akong nagbisita digdi sa Albay. Pero ini an ínot na panahon na mag-conduct kami ki public hearing digdi.
Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa Provincial Government kan Albay budà sa mga Albayanon para sa ma-ogmang pagsalubong samò.
Nais kong pasalamatan din ang ating Governor Bichara na pinaunlakan niya kaming gamitin ang session hall na ito... At siyempre, ang aking hinahangaan na magaling na ekonomista at masipag na kongresista, dating Governor rin, siyempre ang ating kaibigan na si Congressman Joey Salceda. Siya talaga ang expert dito.
Ever since you have given me your trust and confidence in 2013, I have always made sure to truly and meaningfully listen and consult with our countrymen all throughout the country. Walang diyaryo o palabas sa telebisyon o radyo ang makahihigit sa direktang hinaing ng mga boses ng ating mga kababayan kung talagang nais nating malaman ang pulso at damdamin ng bawat Pilipino.
This 17th Congress, I am blessed and privileged to have been elected as the chairperson of the Senate committee on public services – pampublikong serbisyo ang tinututukan ng ating komite ngayon. Ang pampublikong serbisyo na nasasaklawan ng ating komite ay kinabibilangan ng serbisyong pantransportasyon, tubig, kuryente at lahat ng iba pang serbisyo o produktong ginagamit o kinokonsumo ng bawat Pilipino sa araw-araw.
Today, we seek to know directly from the people the answers to these three main questions: First, how are the prices of basic commodities here in the Bicol region and its neighboring regions in relation to the implementation of the TRAIN law? Second, are the public services here performing to the satisfaction of its customers? Third, what are your suggestions on how to improve their services?
In our efforts to bring the Philippine Senate closer to Filipinos nationwide, we have already conducted a similar public hearing last week in Iloilo City during which we listened to and consulted with officials, NGOs, civil society groups and consumers from the Western and Central Visayas. Today is our second leg as we now intend to look into the issues and concerns in the Bicol region and MIMAROPA region.

First, we will consider Senate Resolution No. 736 which will look into how public utilities such as gas, transportation, electricity and water are being affected by the implementation of the TRAIN Law. Naririnig po natin ang daing ng mga kababayan natin dala ng TRAIN Law at subukan nating makapag-ayos ng posibleng sistema ng pag-ayuda. I also would like to discuss the state of the public transport sector here in your region – kumusta na ba ang ating mga jeepneys pagdating sa modernisasyon, drivers and operators din natin dito?

Second, we will tackle three House Bills seeking to establish extension and satellite offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Ticao Island, Masbate, Narra, Palawan, and Brooke’s Point, Palawan. Kailangan ang mga ito upang mas matugunan ng LTO ang mga aplikasyon ng ating mga kababayan para sa driver’s license at pagpaparehistro ng mga sasakyan. Nais nating mapaikli ang mga pila, maiwasan ang mahahaba at magastos na biyahe sa mga sentro ng probinsya o lalawigan para lamang makakuha ng driver’s license at nais nating mapabilis at mapadali ang serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan.
Third, we will look into House Bill No. 6914 renewing the franchise granted to Peñafrancia Broadcasting Corporation located in San Agustin, Canaman, Camarines Sur. Nais nating ipakita at iparating sa ating mga kababayan sa Bicol Region at MIMAROPA na ang pagbibigay ng prangkisa ay hindi po basta-basta sapagkat kailangan nating siguraduhing magagampanan ng mga broadcasting networks tulad ng Peñafrancia ang kanilang mga nakalistang responsibilidad sa publiko at sa gobyerno katulad na lamang ng pagbibigay ng libreng “public service time” upang makapag-anunsyo ang pamahalaan ng mga importanteng babala ukol sa mga kalamidad at sakuna at upang magpaliwanag sa taumbayan ukol sa mga importanteng usapin at isyu sa ating bayan. Kailangan din nilang labanan at puksain ang paglaganap ng fake news at iba’t ibang disinformation. Dapat maging makatotohanan sila.
We would like to inform the public that we added a provision into franchises which requires them to hire locals where their businesses are located. Hindi naman lahat, pero dapat mayroon talaga silang kinukuhang tagaroon sa lugar kung saan sila may opisina. Nararapat lamang na ang publiko at ang mga negosyong ito ay parehong makinabang at nang magkaroon ng maraming trabaho para sa ating mga kababayan.
So with that, I hereby call this public hearing to order.

Thieves steal vital Phivolcs solar panels in Albay

GUINOBATAN, Albay (Bicol Standard) – Equipment from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) observatory station consisting of two solar panels were stolen anew here.

This was confirmed by Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta, who explained that the solar panels measure Mayon Volcano’s sulfur dioxide levels.

The solar panels, which were installed inside Masarawag Elementary School here, were discovered missing on Thursday.

It would be recalled that in January, a solar panel and batteries belonging to Phivolcs were also carted away by thieves.

Laguerta said the equipment is important, especially due to Mayon’s current status of Alert Level 2. This means that Mayon is at a moderate level of unrest, according to the bulletin released earlier today.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Naga City, may pinakahalangkaw na monthly crime rate sa Pilipinas--PNP

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Kun datus kan Philippine National Police an basehan, an Naga City an may pinakahalangkaw na monthly crime rate sa bilog na nasyon.

An record na ini para sa primerong quarter kan taon 2018.

Segun sa statistical date kan Crime Research and Analysis Centner kan PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management, an Naga City igwa nin 273.83 na average na bulanbulan na crime rate poon kan bulan na Enero hasta Abril ngonian na taon.

Sabi sa paliwanag ni PNP Spokespersonn C/Supt John Bulalacao, an crime rate, inversely proportional sa total na numero ka populasyon.

Gustong sabihon, kun mas dakul an tawo, mas hababa an crime rate asin kun dikit an populasyon, mas dakula an crime rate.

Ika duwa sa listahan an Mandaue City na may 214.71 na average, nagsunod an Pasay City, na may 136.26, Iloilo, 133.97, sunod an Cebu, Makati, asin Mandaluyong.

Mientras na an Ormoc City, an may pinakahababa na average monthly crime rate na may 15.06, sunod an Cotabato City, 17.75, Puerto Princesa, 21.50. An nagsunod iyo an Angeles City, Olongapo City, asin Davao City.

An walong crimen na focus kan anticriminnality campaign iyo an murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping asin motornapping.

Nanginot an Quezon City sa mga caso kan rape, physical injury, robbery, theft asin motornapping.

Mientrastanto, inaadalan na ngonian kan Naga City Police Office an nagluwas na record na an Ciudad nin Naga an may pinakahalangkaw na monthly crime rate sa bilog nna nasyon.

Sinabi ni P/Sr Supt Jonathan Panganiban sa intrevista kan media na pig hihingotohan kan saindang oficina an mga rason kun napano ta siring kaini an nagluwas na informasyon.

Ann saindang mga tawohan na hale sa City and Detective Management Branch an naka sentro an attention sa pag usisa kan mga rason digdi.

Dai ngona nagtao nin comentaryo si Panganiban dapit digdi. Pero, saiyang pig asigurar na sa orog na madaling panahon mapaluwas sinda nin official na pahayag dapit digdi.


Salceda sets aside P1.8-B to modernize Bicol hospital

By Rhaydz Barcia

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda has allocated PHP1.8 billion for the modernization of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in the next three years.

“We’re envisioning the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital to be the PGH (Philippine General Hospital) of the south, equipped with modern facilities to cater to the needs of Bicolanos,” he said during the centennial anniversary of the hospital on Tuesday.

Salceda said the amount will be used for the construction of a five-storey building with 600 beds.

The solon considers the BRTTH as a pillar of economic development, and is expecting an increase in the number of patients once the Bicol International Airport is fully operational in 2020.

“By 2020, which is the opening of the Bicol International Airport, your admission is expected to spike not only because BRTTH is the catchment area for medical services of neighboring provinces, including foreigners. We envision Bicol, specifically Albay province, as the California way of life in 2050, as a livable place,” Salceda said.

Dr. Rogelio Rivera, BRTTH chief of hospital, said the region’s first government hospital is preparing for the future to meet the global demand for better public health services.

“We’re heading to computerizing and developing (a) safer and green hospital in the country with water treatment sewage,” he said.

Rivera said BRTTH is the catchment area of Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, and other nearby provinces, and is catering to an increasing number of patients annually.

Aside from being the heart and cancer center, Rivera also said he hopes the BRTTH would become the region’s brain center to lure Bicolano medical specialists currently based in Manila to return to Bicol to serve the increasing number of patients in the area.

“The operation is very expensive but if the BRTTH will be the brain center, we can at least help minimize the expenses of the patients as they can no longer go to other hospitals for operation and treatment,” he added. (PNA)

Monday, May 28, 2018

100 teens attend DSWD’s youth forum on safer Internet usage

NAGA CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V convened more than 100 youths in the first youth forum on safer internet usage last May 18 at Prime Days Hotel and Restaurant.

Camarines Sur had notable cases involving online sexual exploitation of children. In 2016, there were four cases of child pornography recorded in the said province.

The said forum aims to mitigate child pornography by educating minors about online child safety. Teenagers were invited from 19 out of 27 barangays in Naga City to attend the one-day forum.

Julyka Mae Reola, 17, of Brgy. Mabolo, Naga City, is one of the youth attendees who said that the youth should be cautious when going online specially that they are frequent Facebook users.

“Kaipuhan na maprotektahan ang kabataan online dahil babad na kami sa cellphone. Kaipuhan mi na maaraman ang mga bagay na dapat iwasan sa paggamit ning internet at dapat limitahan ang oras ning pag gamit ning gadgets (We need to protect the youth online because we are exposed to cellphones. We need to educate ourselves on how to avoid abuses online and should limit our gadget usage),” Reola added.

The following topics were discussed during the forum: Social Media and Internet Safety Rules Against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children, Legal Basis and Procedures, Salient Points of Laws and Policies Related to Online Child Abuse, Legal process from reporting to conviction and the Digital Landscape in the Philippines and Globally.

Subsequently, a workshop was facilitated to solicit answers from the participants on what makes them feel unsafe online and how they can make the internet a safe space for children.

On the other hand, anyone can file a complaint against child pornography who can directly seek immediate assistance from their nearest local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) or report to Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC).

Moreover, victims of child pornography can access the mandatory services from different government agencies, namely, emergency shelter or appropriate housing, free legal and counselling services, medical or psychological services, livelihood and skill training; and educational assistance.

Under the Republic Act No. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 perpetrators are penalized with a life sentence or a fine up to five million pesos if proven guilty of child pornography.

Child pornography refers to any representation, whether visual, audio, or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, of child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activities.

4 na barangay sa Partido, may protesta sa resulta kan election

GOA, CSur 5/27/18 (BICOL STANDARD) Apat na barangay sa Partido area an dai pa guiraray tapos an election sa barangay.

Ini nin huli sa pig file na election protest case sa Municipal Trial Court na iyo an igwa nin jurisdiction sa siring na kaso.

Base sa informasyon na ipinaabot sa BICOL STANDARD, an mga mga protestang barangay iyo sa Matacla, Goa; asin sa Tigaon, igwa nin protesta sa barangay Consocep, Cabalinadan asin Casuna.

An mga nagkandidato sa election kan barangay igwa sana nin 10ng aldaw para mag file nin protesta, kun sa pag tubod ninda igwa nin daya o irregularidad asin diferencia sa election.

Segun sa Election Code, daiat an election protest isangat sa laog nin dae maglampas sa 10ng aldaw, pakatapos na pasumpaon an nanggana sa pirilian.

Nagluluwas na an ultimong aldaw sa pag tile nin protesta kan fecha 25 ngonian na Mayo, aldaw na Viernes.

Pig aaram pa kan BBS FM/Bicol Standard kun igwa pang mga barangay sa ibang mga banwaan an may protesta sa resulta kan pirilian.

DILG challenges LGUs, elevates SGLG assessment criteria anew

All or nothing.

This is the challenge posed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to local government units (LGUs) as it raised the bar of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) criteria a notch higher for 2018.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano says that the new "All-in" assessment criteria of SGLG is another innovation that is expected to demonstrate positive results from LGUs further pushing the Department's objective for excellence and continuous improvement of local governance.

"Engaging and challenging LGUs to elevate their performance is one way of ensuring that we are fulfilling our mandate of serving the people. SGLG will continue to usher in new tools to ensure that we push LGUs for the benefit of the Filipino people," says Ano.

According to the DILG Chief, unlike the '4+1' assessment criteria last year where LGUs are only required to pass four core areas and at least one essential area, SGLG 2018 presents a more challenging requisite of hitting the minimum criteria in SGLG's seven governance areas.

These core areas are Financial Administration; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection; Peace and Order; Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Environmental Protection; and Tourism Culture and the Arts.

The LGU also has to demonstrate positive result out of its reform efforts taking into account local leadership and the cohesive action of the entire workforce.

He also added that for a province to qualify, 10% of the total number of cities and municipalities under its jurisdiction must pass the SGLG as well.

"It may be daunting for some, from 4+1 now it's all 7 core areas that they need to pass, but this should not dampen their spirits, on the contrary, it should inspire our local chief executives to outperform themselves and keep improving," he said.

Deserving SGLG recipients from the 81 provinces, 145 cities and 1489 municipalities will be conferred with the 2018 SGLG marker; eligibility to the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development initiatives; and an access to other programs and capacity development assistance from DILG.

LGUs which will meet the '4+1' basic assessment principle shall also be recognized through a Certificate of Merit for their efforts in keeping up with the previous overall criteria.

In 2017, 448 LGUs composed of 28 provinces, 61 cities and 359 municipalities bagged the SGLG award, a 31% increase compared to 2016's 306 passers.

The SGLG Assessment kicked off on the 3rd week of April 2018 and will run for six months until the announcement of winners on October 2018.

New, upgraded criteria

In addition to the requirements in SGLG 2017, the new and upgraded criteria in the 2018 SGLG are the following:

On Financial Administration, the most recent audit opinion is unqualified or qualified plus 30 percent of recommendations acted upon; at least 5 percent increase in average local revenue growth for the last three consecutive years (2014-2016); functional local development council; full utilization of, or completion or projects funded by the Performance Challenge Fund (2015 and 2016), if applicable; 2018 annual budget is approved within the prescribed period; and full utilization of funds for, or completion of Assistance to Municipalities projects for 2012-2015, if applicable with 85% benchmark for 2016 (for municipalities).

On Disaster Preparedness, there must be at least three plantilla PDRRMO/CDRRMO staff complement for provincial and HUC qualifiers, one plantilla for independent component cities (ICCs) and component cities (CCs) and municipalities qualifiers for research and planning, administration and training, and operations and warning; at least 50% utilization rate of the 70% component of the 2017 DRRM Fund; at least 75% of barangays have CBDRRM plans (for cities); at least 75% of barangays have info guide (for municipalities); ICS Training Level II or above for provinces/HUCs, and Basic ICS training for ICCs and CCs.

On Social Protection, city qualifiers should be 2017 Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance Awardees; at least 85% completion or utilization rate of the fund for the Local School Board Plan; at least 80% of barangays have submitted their Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) reports (for cities and municipalities); at least 50% of provincial/city government-run hospitals are 2017 Philhealth-accredited; established Persons with Disability Affairs Office for provinces and HUCs, and designated a persons with disability affairs officer ICCs, CCs and municipalities; for cities and municipalities, full utilization of funds for, or completion of Salintubig projects for 2012-2015, if applicable with 50% benchmark for 2016.

On Peace and Order, there should be at least 75% implementation rate of planned activities, or at least 75% utilization rate of fund allocation for peace and order and public safety plan; for cities and municipalities, 100% organized and 100% trained barangay peacekeeping action teams.

On Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, there should be at least 60% completion or utilization rate of Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces for Road Repair, Rehabilitation and Improvement for 2016 (for provinces); and increase in the amount of capital investments derived from registered new businesses (for cities).

On Environmental Management, no operating and/or controlled dumpsite (for cities and municipalities).

On Tourism, Culture and the Arts, among the new sub-indicators for cultural heritage promotion and conservation are at least 75% completion or utilization rate of the budget appropriated for the conservation and preservation of cultural property for CY 2017, and documented and published narrative of history and culture.


Suspect sa pagbadil sa Siruma dakop kan pulis

SIRUMA, Camarines Sur 5/27/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Maswerteng nakalibre sa kagadanan si Owen Francia y Demesa, residente kan Brgy. Sulpa, sa banwaan na ini kan siya badilon nin kan suspechadong si Darwin Angeles y Chavez na residente kan kapareyong barangay.

Susug sa report kan pulis dai tinamaan kan bala an biktima nin huli sa maluyang paghimunta kan badil.

Pakatapos na mangyari an krimen, nagdulag asin nagtago an suspechado.

Alagad, dumumanan siya kan mga pulis sa saindang harong, na kun saen sa tabang kan saiyang ama na si Francisco Angeles y Delos Santos, ipig turn over an suspechado ki PO2 Sammy Colipano.

Kabale sa ipig surrender sa pulis an calibre .38ng revolver na may marking DCA-1, na may kargang limang bala.

An suspechado yaon ngonian sa Siruma MPS mantang pig pepreparar an isasangat na kaso contra saiya.


Lalaki, tinadtad saksak sa Caramoan; suspect pig hahanap

CARAMOAN, CSur 5/27/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) Pig hahanap pa hasta ngonian an suspechadong nag gadann ki Manny Plamiano y Cornel, na nangyari sa Brgy. Gibgos digdi kasusarong bangui (Mayo 26).

Segun sa pulis na si Liza Huit y Corpuz, an kasaroan kan biktima, si Plamiano sinaksak kan suspechadong si Ronald Clores y Cornel, na residente kan Brgy. Gibgos.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na an biktima papuli na sa saindang barangay kaiba si Romulo Valle y Estopin asin Arnel Tolero y Borbe, kan saksakon nin pirang beses si Plamiano kan suspechado.

Nin huli ta mortal an mga tama sa lawas, binawian tulos nin buhay an biktima.

Pakatapos na mangyari an krimen, nagdulag an suspechado asin sagkod ngonian pig hahanap pa kan mga awtoridad.

Gadan na lalaki nakua sa oma, dai pa nabibisto

MINALABAC, CSur 5/27/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) Nangapodan an pulis sa banwaan na ini sa sisay man na may nawawarang miembro kan saindang familia, poon kan sarong aldaw.

Segun sa report, sarong lalaki an naheling na mayo nin buhay sa Sitio Dike, Brgy. Del Carmen sa banwaan na ini.

An nag nakaheling kan bangkay iyo si Ando delos Santos y Bercasio, na Presidente kan mga jovenes sa sinambit na lugar, na iyo man an nagpaisi sa mga awtoridad.

Nakua an bangkay kan lalaki sa oma na mayo nin nakakabisto sa saiya sa barangay.

Nagpaluwas na nin noticia an pulis digdi sa mga pagtaraid na mga banwaan para ibandillo an informasyon na ini. Yaon sa sarong funeraria an bangkay kan lalaki, pakatapos na gibohon kan Municipal Health Office an autopsy sa saiyang hawak.


Tato Mendoza, lalabanan si VM Legacion

NAGA CITY 5/27/18 (Bicol Standard) -- Mahalat si Tato Mendoza na maaraman mismo hale ki VP Leni Robredo kun dai mananggad si Aika Robredo makandidatong alkalde sa election sa masunod na taon.

Ini an pirang beses nang sinabi ni Mendoza sa mga miembros kan media, kada hapoton siya kun igwa pa siya nin plano sa politika, orog na an pagkandidatong alkalde kan Ciudad nin Naga.

Malinaw na inako ni Mendoza na buhay pang maray an saiyang plano na magdalagan liwat sa cargong alkalde, bastang dai magkandidato an aki kan vice presidente.

Pig linaw ni Mendoza na susug sa olay ninda ni VP Robredo maaaraman niya an final na desisyon antes magtapos an bulan na presente.

Maroromdoman na kan naka aging election, nagtapsok na si Mendoza sa batalya nin politika digdi, alagad, dinaog kan nakatukaw na alkaldeng si John Bongat.

“Kun si VMayor Nelson Legacion man sana suboot an saiyang makakalaban, preparado siya lumaban digdi, orog nang hararom nang maray an dai pagka intendihan ninda sa mga naka aging mga aldaw asin bulan.

Laban sa pagka Pres kan Liga ng mga Barangay sa Naga, mainit na

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) - Garong dadalanon na sana ni Mayor John Bongat an pig babanabang encontrada sa pag oltanan ni Punong Barangay Dodit Beltran kan Bagumbayan Norte asin ni Pb. Lorenzo Narvaez kan Sta Cruz, Naga City, an duwang aspirante sa pagka presidente kan Liga ng mga barangay.

Sa parte ni Bongat, na yaon na sa ultimong turno bilang hefe ejecutibo kan ciudad, naheheling na nadidifisilan na maglantad kan saiyang desisyon kun sisay an tatabangan sa duwa.

Sa meeting na inatendiran kan duwang aspirante sa cargong Presidente kan Liga, sinabihan sinda ni Bongat na dapat tawan nin dakulang halaga an saindang halawig nang pag aramigohan, ki kan sa ambisyon sa politika.

An matukaw na bagong official kan Liga ng Mga barangay maserve sagkod sa taon 2020.

An sinambit na meeting na presente si Bongat, inatendiran man kan duwang aspirante na maging vice presidente kan Liga ng mga Barangay na sinda PB Corazon Penaflor asin PB Cyrus Llacer Cabacof.

Mayo pa nin malinaw na desisyon kun sisay sa duwa an mapahonod, o dagos man guiraray an laban ni Beltran asin Narvaez.

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