Friday, June 22, 2018

DILG to LGUs: Act now to achieve zero-casualty during disasters

With intermittent rain pouring in different parts of the country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is alerting governors, mayors, and punong barangays to adopt necessary disaster preparedness measures and aim for zero-casualty during typhoons or heavy rainfall.

“The safety of people tomorrow relies on what we do today. Make use of times of sunshine to mitigate risks of times of severe downpour,” says DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano.

He says that achieving zero-casualty or no deaths during natural calamities, as the ultimate barometer of effective disaster preparedness, is possible as proven during tropical storm Jolina last year and typhoon Chedeng in 2015.

“Our country has gone through deadly natural disasters. Whilst we prove to be a resilient nation, it’s time to aim for milestones in disaster preparedness involving the national and local governments, the private sector, and the people,” Ano points out.

While disaster preparedness should be done on a whole-of-nation approach, the DILG Chief emphasizes the critical role of local chief executives in taking the lead in preemptive actions towards making their areas of jurisdiction “listong pamayanan” (disaster-ready community).

In Memorandum Circular No. 2018-73, the DILG Chief prods local government heads to convene their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) and conduct pre-disaster risk assessments for areas with high susceptibility to floods, flash floods, rain-induced landslides and debris flow.

He says local government units (LGUs) should also prepare, review, and update their current adopted contingency plans for hydro-meteorological hazards and evaluate if established local preparedness measures are adequate.

“Closely coordinate with the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration) for timely weather updates, and with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau for adequate information on the threats of flooding and rainfall-induced landslides within your respective areas of responsibility,” he tells local chief executives.

All Early Warning Systems (EWS) such as automated rain gauges, water level stations and other local EWS within their area of responsibility should also be checked by LGUs in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Offices.

“Always be guided with the DILG Operation Listo manuals that provide set of minimum progressive response actions before, during and after a typhoon,” Ano says.

According to the DILG Chief, local governments may utilize the 70 percent component of the LDRRM Fund for their disaster preparedness and risk management activities.

He also reminds that LGUs must have designated evacuation centers complete with water supply, power, and health and sanitation facilities, and their locations made known or communicated to households.

The DILG is the Vice-Chair for Disaster Preparedness in the National DRRMC as mandated by Republic Act No. 10121 known as the Philippine DRRM Act of 2010.

LGUs may get in touch with the DILG Central Office Disaster Information Coordinating Center (CODIX) at email address or through the concerned DILG Regional Offices or Regional DRRMC for queries.


Legazpi City wants to become int'l sports tourism center

By Emmanuel Solis

LEGAZPI CITY -- After the successful XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon race held Sunday in this city, Mayor Noel Rosal expressed optimism that this City will become an international sports tourism center.

Rosal, in an interview on Tuesday, said he would make a necessary move to push Legazpi as an international sports tourism center, considering that different sports organizers have conducted their sporting events in this city that included the Mount Mayon Triathlon as well as the national beach volleyball, the dragon boat race, some PBA games and Le tour de Filipinas.

The city chief executive disclosed that some of the XTERRA athletes said “racing under the shadow of Mayon Volcano was very special and memorable” for them and they were also satisfied with the perfect ambiance of the city boulevard and the fresh air coming from the shore of Albay Gulf.

Rosal said the athletes have described Legazpi as stunning place, exciting with a variety of culture and they called this city as the ‘Hot and Spicy’ destination because of the spicy Bicol Express, Pinangat and Chili Ice Cream.

The XTERRA was presented by the city government of Legazpi supported by the provincial government of Albay as well as the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotion board of the Philippines.

Rosal pointed out that all the sporting events conducted in this city were the luminous symbol that Legazpi was one of the most safe and exciting places for sporting events and very qualified to become an international sports tourism center.

He noted that Legazpi will host an Asean Cup this coming Ibalong Festival in August, which will be participated by different athletes from Asia.

The city government is also eyeing for possible IRONMAN race next year.

"Organizers of IRONMAN have made already an initial meeting to hold this very exciting event here in Legazpi wherein around 1,000 foreign and local athletes are expected to join in the race," Rosal said.

He said his administration is always promoting sports tourism as one way of improving the number of tourist arrivals that will surely contribute to the economic growth of Legazpi. (PNA)

2 members of Sta. Ana Criminal Gang killed in Cam Sur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Two members of Sta. Ana Robbery/Hold-up Criminal Gang were killed during the implementation of a search warrant for Republic Act 9165 and 10591 at 2:15 a.m. Friday in Bagacay, Tinambac, Camarines Sur.

They were identified as Enrique Sta. Ana y Lastima and Jonald Llames y Kurasmag, according to the Police Regional Office 5.

Said personalities shot the approaching composite team which prompted the latter to retaliate.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives team is now processing the area.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Archdiocese of Caceres releases statement re: Rapinan murder

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Archdiocese of Caceres has released a statement in connection with the murder of Jeraldyn Rapinan, a woman who was found dead in San Fernando, Camarines Sur on June 15, 2018.

"We are shocked and saddened by her gruesome death. We sympathize with the family and we are one with them in the search for truth and justice," the statement reads.

"We are deeply troubled that in media reports, a priest has been alluded to as a person of interest," it continues.

"We hold the report very serious. The Archdiocese supports and will fully cooperate with the thorough investigation of the case by the proper authority.

The Archdiocese, at the moment, is conducting its own investigation and will take appropriate action in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

At this time that we are searching for truth, we ask for prayers and prudence.

We assure the family of the victim of our prayers and support in the search for justice."

The statement was signed by Fr. Darius S. Romualdo, Chancellor.

Monday, June 18, 2018

204 job seekers hired on Independence Day Job Fair

Legazpi City – At least 204 job seekers in Bicol region have gained employment on June 12, Independence Day.

A total of 1,078 applicants looking for new work and other training opportunities registered in the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fair at the Ayala Malls Legazpi in celebration of the 120th Declaration of Philippine Independence.

Of this number, 153 were ‘near-hires’ on top of the 51 who were hired on the spot, said OIC Regional Director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa of DOLE V.

Dela Rosa added that most of the hired-on-the-spot applicants were for the positions of visual inspector, service crew, office staff, finance staff, accounting staff, production operator, management trainee, encoder, IT admin and administrative staff

Meanwhile, ‘near hires’ are job applicants who may be considered as hired but need to submit additional or lacking requirements or may need to attend further interviews or tests.

They may be hired or placed depending on the outcome of their interview and compliance of pre-employment requirements of the hiring company.

HOTS and Near-Hired Applicants

One of the thousand applicants who got a job was Rosenda Decano, 22 of Brgy. Mauraro in Guinobatan town, Albay.

Decano is the eldest among the three siblings of Mr. Roden and Mrs. Violeta Decano. A graduate of a vocational course in Ligao Community College (LCC) in 2016 but found her first local employment as factory worker during the Independence Day TNK Job Fair.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil nagkaroon po ng job fair ngayon. Overwhelmed po ako kasi sa two (2) years po na unemployed ako lagi na lang sinasabihan na ‘tatawagan’ ng employer – ngayon po natanggap na ako at hired-on-the-spot pa,” she shared.

She added that this is good news to her mother, 49 who is working as food vendor.

While requesting for a photo opportunity holding the tag: “I’m H.O.T.S”, Decano said with glee on her voice: “Ipapakita ko po ito kay mama kasi makakatulong na po ako sa pagpapagawa ng bahay namin.”

Decano will start with her job as factory worker on June 16, 2018.

On the other hand, Mr. Santy Barnedo, 52 of this region told DOLE Bicol that he is near hired after applying to an overseas job.

“Ang nakuha ko pong trabaho dito sa Job fair ay Carpenter sa New Zealand. For formality na lang po kasi may experience na po ako sa ibang bansa gaya ng Qatar at Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The TNK Job and Business fair gathered 44 participating employers including local and overseas which brought nearly 7,000 jobs.

DOLE Bicol has also recorded two senior high school graduates who applied during the job fair and currently waiting for the results.

Meanwhile, government agencies who offered jobs were Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Navy, Philippine Statistics Authority, Region V and Department of Trade and Industry RO V.

The Department of Trade and Industry RO V (DTI) offered technical advisory services and seminars on ‘How to Start a Business’, Business Management and Project Management considering entrepreneurship as an alternative to having formal employment in establishments. On the other hand, the Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority V (TESDA) accepted/ initially processed registration of scholars in its accredited schools, and the One-Stop-Shop by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) composed of PhilHealth, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Statistics Authority provided permits/ clearances to job applicants during the job fair.

The 2018 Independence Day was observed with the theme, "Kalayaan 2018 Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan.

Arch. Tirona: Yes to karate, no to guns

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- Learning martial arts like karate may be an alternative to toting guns for priests to protect themselves.

This is the statement of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona today here as he celebrated mass for the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si.

"Priests cannot be like Superman or Spiderman," he said. "They should be able to protect themselves if the need arises."

This came after the murder of three priests in the Philippines in the last six months.

Priest is person of interest in death of Cam Sur woman

Jeraldyn "Ai-ai" Rapinan

BAAO, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – The death of 28-year-old Jeraldyn Bulalacao Rapinan of Barangay San Jose, this town, has rocked the Roman Catholic leadership in this province after a priest was tagged by locals as a person of interest in the killing.

Rapinan’s lifeless body was dumped in a grassy portion of a roadside along Maharlika Highway at Del Pilar, San Fernando, Camarines Sur on June 15.

She was discovered with several stab wounds on her chest, and there were signs that she was strangled. Her hands and feet were bound by a yellow nylon cord, while her face was covered by a malong when she was found.

In a post this morning by Fr. Louie Occiano, he said that as parish priest, he was interviewed about the issue.

Occiano is presently the parish priest of the town, but he is not the person of interest.

He was interviewed because he is the parish priest of Baao, while the person of interest is a resident of San Jose, Baao.

"I told the reporter that we will respect the ongoing investigation," Occiano added.

Occiano also made a statement that says he is not the suspect and he is not involved in any way.

The victim’s family

At their residence in Barangay San Jose, Vivencia Bulalacao Rapinan, the mother of the victim, looks intently at her daughter’s face through the casket, as if seeking for answers.

In an interview with the Bicol Standard, she revealed she feels a mixture of hatred and fear over what happened to her daughter.

“Ai-ai,” as Vivencia fondly calls her daught, had been looking for money to fund her child’s baptism, which was slated on Saturday, June 23.

She knew about the amorous relationship between her daughter and the priest, she said.

“It had been going on for some time already,” she said.

Ai-ai previously served as a helper in the residence of the priest, she noted. She stayed for ten years in said house.

While the interview was ongoing, the victim’s cousin and bestfriend, Sherilyn Rapinan, came forward to volunteer information.

She confirmed outright that her friend had a relationship with the priest.

“I know this because Ai-ai and I kept no secret from each other,” she said.

The victim informed her that she would be meeting somebody at the Diversion Road in Baao for about 15 minutes. Ai-ai said she was expecting said person to give her money for the baptism.

Asked whether the person was the father of the child, she answered “yes.”

When Ai-ai did not return after an hour, she started to worry.

“I tried calling her on her cellphone. It kept ringing, but no one was picking up,” Sherilyn narrated.

Someone texted her using Ai-ai’s number. The message said that she would not be going home that night.

She started to suspect that something was wrong because it was unusual for Ai-ai to suddenly decide not to go home.

“In fact she had no extra clothes with her, and her child was left at home,” she said.

Finally, the phone died, and she lost contact with Ai-ai’s phone.

Other reports

Meanwhile, other residents of Baao reported that there is another woman from the Rinconada area who also has an intimate relationship with the person of interest.

This information is still being scrutinized by the investigators.

Mayor Besinio

Baao Mayor Jeff Besinio said that many had been going to his office since the incident occurred, asking to verify rumors.

“I have already instructed the police to exert extra effort in finding information,” he said.

He would not give additional data as investigation is still pending.

Baao police

When Bicol Standard sought information from the Baao Municipal Police Station, the news team was told that the local police helped in the preparation of the affidavit of the mother.

They could not give additional details, however, as the case occurred within the jurisdiction of San Fernando Municipal Police Station.

At 5p.m., the chiefs of police of San Fernando and Baao are having a case conference in Baao, Camarines Sur.

Bicol Standard has not been able to contact the person of interest for his side of the story, as of this writing.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Nabudalan nin awto sa Ligao City, gadan

LIGAO CITY 6/17/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Binawian nin buhay an lalaki na nabangaan kan awto na pig mamaneho ni Moises Tan y Penaflor, mantang nagbabalyo sa tinampo sa P5, Brgy. Tuburan, digdi.

An aksidente nangyari poco mas o menos anas 3:20 nin aga, kasubago (Hunyo 17).

Segun sa report an biktima iyo si Jayson Monarca, 25, nagtatrabaho sa RJM Machineries, asin residente kan Siruma, Camarines Sur.

Idinalagan sa  JBDMDM sa Tuburan, Ligao City an biktima, alagad pig declarar na mayo nan in buhay ni Dr. Maria Jude Carmela Malagnit, an attending physician.

Sabi kan pulis nagreport sa saindang hepatura si Tan para ipaisi an nangyaring aksidente.

Motorsiklo itatao ni Gov Migz sa mga Kapitan

PILI, CSur 17/18/(BICOL STANDARD) Suportadong entero ni Gov Migz Villafuerte kan Camarines Sur an kampanya kan gobierno ni Pres Rodrigo Duterte kontra sa illegal na druga.

Sa pagpasumpa kasuodma kan labing 600 na mga punong barangay kan provincial, sinadol kan gobiernador na sa primerong semana pa sana kan saindang pag tukaw sa pwesto, mag gibo na tulos nin programa contra sa illegal na druga asin iba pang forma nin krimen sa kanya-kanyang barangay.

Tinawan nin doon kan joven na gobernador na importante na sunodon kan mga barangay kapitan an pangapodan kan Duterte administration na mag organisar kan functional na Barangay Anti Drug Abuse Council o BADAC, na iyo an matutok sa mga programa sa illegal na druga.

Nin huli kaini, nag promisa si Gov Migz Villafuerte na tatawan nin tig sararong motorsiklo an mga punong barangay na pwede nindang usaron sa kampanyang ini.

Sa presente, pig bareta kan gobiernador na pig hahalat na sana niya na matapos an bidding kan pagbakal kan motorsiklo, asin oras na makompleto na an processo, itatao na ini sa sainda.

Anas na brand new na motorsiklo an babakalon kan gobierno provincial para sa programang ini.

Ipig annunciar ni Gov Migz an baretang ini sa pagsumpa kan mga bagong elihidong barangay officials na ginibo sa Capitol Convention Center ngonian na aldaw.

3 buy bust ops sa Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 6/17/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Tulong separadong buy bust operation an magkasuway na ginibo kasuodma kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa Albay.

An enot na operasyon nagresulta sa pagkadakop ki Sriden Lunas y Ahammad, 34, nagtitinda nin kakanon sa laog kan Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), asin residente kan Brgy. Bogong, Legazpi City.

Temporaryo siyang nag eestar ngonian sa Brgy. Market Site, Daraga, Albay.

Nakabakal saiya an ahente kan PDEA nin shabu karbay kan kantidad P500, na iyong ginamit na buy bust money.

Mientrastanto, sa Brgy. Caratagan, Pioduran, Albay, nadakop man si Roger de los Santos, residente kan Brgy. 1, Pioduran kan mga awtoridad.

Nagpabakal siya nin shabu sa tawohan kan PDEA sa kantidad na P500. An mga evidencia, arog kan shabu asin an budol money narecover kan mga awtoridad sa suspechado kasubagong alas 3:45 nin hapon (Hunyo 17).

Sa sarong pang operasyon kan PDEA, nadakop si Christopher Brusola y Manlagnit a.k.a. Paki, 19 anyos, taga P5, Brgy Cormidal, Tabaco City.

Segun sa PDEA napabakalan an saindang ahente nin shabu ni Brusula, sa Brgy. Sto. Cristo, Tabaco City.

Afuera kan shabu, nakua man sa poder kan suspechado an kantidad P500 na gamit bilang buy bust money.

An mga nagkadarakop sa operasyon kan PDEA maatubang nin kasong pag balga sa RA 9165, an ley dapit sa illegal drugs.

Babae hinuldup nin P92,200 sa Guinobatan, Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 6/17/18 (BICOL STANDARD) Tinabag kan mga dai nabistong holduppers an kantidad P93,200 hale sa kagsadire kaini na si Marilyn Carpe y Pefano, 42 anyos, na residente kan Morga Hills, Brgy. Inamnan Grande, Guinobatan, Albay kasuodmang hapon.

Kabale sa nasambit na kantidad an iba pang mga bank cards, llave, asin sarong unit na cellphone, na nakabugtak sa bag na pwersang rinabsing kan dai nabistong lalaki.

May armas na badil an suspechado kan mangyari an incidente, na itinutok sa lawas kan biktima, kaya bwelo siyang naka gibo kan krimen.

Nangyari an incidente sa Brgy. Lower Binogsakan, Guinobatan, Albay, poco mas o menos alas 4:40 nin hapon, kasuodma.

Mayo nin nakabisto kan holdupper, na marikas nagdulag parayo sa biktima.

An PNP Guinobatan an may kapot kan kasong ini.

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