Friday, June 29, 2018

Mayors who cannot solve crimes to face charges: Duterte


By Jelly Musico

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday gave an ultimatum to mayors who cannot solve crimes and illegal drugs in their respective jurisdictions.

Duterte said he has instructed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to conduct assessment on the top local government units (LGUs) leaders.

“I said those mayors who cannot control crimes and every now and then may buy-bust here and there and it numbers like 20 buy-bust operations a day, you remove them. I will put my police. You are now the mayor,” Duterte said in his speech during the 25th Annual National Convention of the Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP) in Panglao, Bohol.

Duterte also threatened to file cases against mayors who do not perform their mandate to provide safe community for everyone, particularly children.

“I will file a case against you. Serious neglect of duty or simple neglect, or gross ignorance of the law or oppression, or simply doing nothing,” he said.

The President said he can also order Año to recommend the dismissal of incompetent mayors and he will sign it.

“I am not satisfied by the way they have responded to the problem and I see that there has always been a rise in the municipalities throughout the Philippines to those mayors who do not want to do their duties. Nonchalant attitude,” said Duterte, a former local chief executive for 24 years of Davao City.

He called on local leaders to help him in cleansing the country of illegal drugs, criminality and graft and corruption.

The President, meanwhile, commended local leaders who work hard to address the social problems including illegal drugs, criminality and graft and corruption.

“Indeed, I cannot over-emphasize that you play a pivotal role in the administration’s task to rid the society of these ills that have made our people suffer and have long impeded our country’s development for so long,” Duterte said.

“As part of the LGUs, you are one of our front liners in bringing the government closer to the people. May you continue to be a partner in helping us attain peace, progress, and prosperity for our communities and our country,” he added. (PNA)
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LGU Pasacao employee takes own life


PASACAO, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) The Disbursement Officer of LGU Pasacao was discovered hanging inside his residence at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Camarines Sur Police said.

Ambrosio Malate Jr. y Zape, 50 years old, married, and a resident of Barangay San Cirilo, Pasacao, was reportedly suffering from depression due to financial problems.

According to her daughter, Malate hung himself using a dog chain from the coco lumber ceiling joist.

He left a suicide note asking for forgiveness for his decision, and telling his family to take care of themselves.

The victim was rushed to Pasacao Rural Health Unit, where he was pronounced dead.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cam Norte Provincial Gov’t offers free LET, Civil Service Exam reviews


DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – The Provincial Government of Camarines Norte has announced that it is once again offering free review classes for the upcoming Civil Service Examinations and Licensure Examination for Teachers.

Spearheading the review is the Provincial Youth Affairs Office(PYAO), according to Youth Affairs Officer Gino Villafranca.

“Anyone who wishes to avail of the review may register at the Provincial Capitol from 8 am to 5 pm,” he said.

The Civil Service Exam Review is slated on Saturdays and Sundays from June 16 to August 12 while the LET Review is scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from June 30 to September 15.

As of this writing, 199 have registered for the Civil Service Exam review and 439 for the LET Review.

Gov. Jonah Pimentel said the review is a big help for Cam Nortenos to realize their full potential.

Pimentel, along with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, Provincial Administrator Alvin Tallado and Provincial Youth Affairs Office also congratulated those who passed the exams held earlier this year.

Licensure Examination for Teachers
(March 25, 2018)
Aberia, Schenlie G.
Abiera, Donna Mae D.
Acabado, Essencia B.
Adorio, Christy A.
Asis, Danica O.
Annuevo, Christopher D.
Barramed, Bernard A.
Bermundo, Freddie A.
Biso, Arwin A.
Calderon, Alvin D.
Caro, Evelyn N.
Catayong, Lesley Ann R.
Esplana, Josephine D.
Ferrer, Royce Don A.
Gonzalez, Jhoanabelle Angela R.
Ilan, Elaine D.
Nava, Cheenee V.
Pardo, Arvin Christian E.
Paycana, Aaron A.
Rafer, Dhanica Aubrey M.
Rayos, Lara Mae D.
Salvador, Rhonalyn J.
Sta. Rosa, Realyn M.
Asis, Jocelyn L.
Asug, Rome B.
Cuento, Jacob S.
De Rama, Jessica Y.
Dasco, Rhodora A.
Gadil, May Ann S.
Garcia, Arianne D.
Nagera, Manilyn B.
Ogayon, May Ann G.
Peñaflor, Abigail A.
Savilla, Elaine Ann R.
Villegas, Rochelle R.
Zamora, Gemma C.
Villapando, Fidely Joy L.
Civil Service Examination
(March 18, 2018)
Abaño, Jessica N.
Abcede, Dannah Katrina B.
Bilano, Jamaica L.
Calmateo, Jerickson E.
De Lemon, Emerson A.
Habla, Recalexces L.
Jalimao, Ma. Louralie L.
Llorca, Rosario G.
Lopez, May Lyn N.
Micoleta, Baby Joy M.
Poblete, Honey Lyn P.
Tresvalles, Michelle G.
Bauca, Divina Gracia

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Ex-AFP member killed in buy-bust in Sorsogon


SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) – A former member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was killed in a drug buy-bust operation at Purok 7, Brgy Cambulaga, Sorsogon City Tuesday afternoon.

He was identified as Ariel Marasigan Dimaala, 31 years old, and a native of Gumaca, Quezon Province.

Dimaala, the Police Regional Office 5 said, was a newly-identified drug personality.

The joint elements of Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit- PRO 5 (lead unit), City Drug Enforcement Unit- Sorsogon CPS, Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit- Sorsogon PPO and PDEA Sorsogon Enforcement Team conducted said buy-bust operation that resulted to an armed encounter between the arresting officers and the suspect, leading to his neutralization.

A police poseur buyer was able to purchase from the suspect two sachets of suspected shabu.

After the transaction, the pursuer buyer gave the signal to execute the operation, prompting the operating team to effect the arrest.

Upon approaching, the suspect who was armed with an unknown caliber of firearm started shooting towards the police officers, which prompted them to return fire.

Operating units tried to revive the suspect and called for the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Team for medical assistance, but the suspect was pronounced dead by the attending physician Dr. Ruel Rebustillo, City Health Officer.

The operatives were able to recovered the following items:
  • Two heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected as shabu obtained thru buy-bust operation;
  • Thirteen heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected as shabu (under custody of PCLO-Sorsogon);
  • One caliber 45 pistol with chamber load and one magazine inserted loaded with four pieces of ammunition;
  • Two fired cartridge case of calibre 45;
  • Two fired cartridge case of 9 mm;
  • One deformed fired bullet;
  • One cellphone
  • One leather wallet with different IDs and money in different denominations; and
  • Two pcs of five Hundred peso bills bearing serial number GN240314 and DU895928 used as buy-bust money.
The suspect was brought to Labalan Funeral Homes, Brgy. Piot, Sorsogon City for autopsy.

Meantime, the firearm recovered from the crime scene was placed under the custody of PCLO-Sorsogon for ballistic examination.
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Social workers on-call 24/7 to aid loitering minors: DSWD


By Azer Parrocha

MANILA -- In an effort to rid the streets of loitering youths, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday assured that their centers and social workers will be on-call 24/7 to give necessary assistance to poor Filipinos aged 18 and below.

DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo made this remark after President Rodrigo R. Duterte, on Monday, ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to pick up loitering teenagers to protect them from crime and illegal drugs.

Orogo said that DSWD centers’ doors will be open to loitering youths the same way they are open to street children and their families.

“Yung DSWD matagal na pong may programa para sa mga batang nasa kalsada. Ang ginagawa po namin, pag dumating po sa aming mga centers, sila po ay aming inaalagan at inaayos yung kanilang case (The DSWD already has a program for children in the streets. What we are doing is, when they arrive at our centers, they are taken care of and we try to fix their case),” Orogo said in a Palace briefing.

DSWD has previously urged the public to report, through Twitter, sightings of street children so that social workers can be sent to rescue them.

Moreover, Orogo said social workers also take calls through the national emergency and complaint hot lines, 911 and 8888, respectively.

“Merong mga social workers po, sinabi nga natin sa DSWD ngayon, 24/7, on-call. May mga field offices po kami na pag tinawagan po sila ay pumupunta naman po sila doon at yung mga social workers, inaayos yung kanilang mga case (There are social workers, we’ve said that the DSWD is now open 24/7, on-call. There are field offices that immediately attend to their needs and attend to their cases),” Orogo said.

“Yung mga children, kung may mga magulang ‘yan, kinakausap yung magulang, kung wala po dinadala natin sila sa centers (And the children, if they have parents, social workers talk to them, if they don’t, we bring them to our centers),” he added.

Orogo said that at present, the DSWD has a total of 72 centers but usually accommodate senior citizens. However, she said that the agency is currently adding 50 more beds in each center to accommodate more people.

Silungan sa Barangay

There is also an upcoming program called “Silungan sa Barangay,” meant to allocate space for street kids and their families, which is on the table for further study.

“Meron po kaming bago ngayong ilulunsad na programa ito yung tinatawag naming Silungan sa Barangay. Ito po ay bagong programa kung saan kakailanganin namin ang tulong ng bawat mamamayan sa barangay (We are going to launch a program called Silungan sa Barangay. This is a new program where we will need the help of every citizen),” she added.

Orogo said that she is currently coordinating with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año and Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño on allocating space in barangay centers for street children as well as loiterers need a place to stay for the night until picked up by their parents.

“Nag-usap na po kami initially ni Secretary Año at ni Undersecretary Diño, para iyong barangay po ay magkaroon ng space, mag-allocate sila ng space, puwedeng building, puwedeng kung mayroon mang government (I have spoken to Secretary Año and Undersecretary Diño so that they can allocate space in barangays, or even a building),” Orogo said.

She said that barangay centers are already providing a multi-purpose space for children and determining how many it can accommodate.

“Ang aayusin lang ngayon iyong siguro gaano karami itong mga batang itong ilalagay sa barangay, tapos immediately ipo-process at magkakaroon tayo ng case study sa bawat bata para mailagay sa centers kung talagang walang magulang (What we need to determine is how many children will be accommodated in the barangay, and then we will immediately process and there will be a case study to find out if we can place those without parents in the centers),” she added.

The DSWD chief, meanwhile, renewed her call for support from stakeholders to address the plight of poor Filipino children whose lives are at risk on the streets. (PNA)
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Lalaki binadil sa Magallanes, Sorsogon


LEGAZPI CITY- Mayo nang huraw incidente nin garadanan sa Provincia kan Sorsogon, an pinakabago nangyari kasubagong aga, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Si Bong Tobias, 48 anyos an edad, residente kan Sitio Binalyuhan, Brgy. Caditaan, Magallanes, Sorsogon an ipig report na binadil, gadan kan dai pa nabibistong tawo.

Segun sa sumbong sa pulis ni Jimmy Cadales y Madaraso, Brgy. Kagawad kan Caditan, an biktima nagsapo nin mortal na mga tama nin bala sa saiyang lawas.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, dai pa nabibisto an criminal.

Afuera sa tad-tad nang caso nin garadanan sa Sorsogon, nadidifisilan pa guiraray an mga awtoridad na determinaran an causa kan serye nin garadanan.

Enot kaini, nagkapira nang tawo an ginadan sa Sorsogon, na an sabi kan mga imbestigador, pwedeng nin huli sa problema sa insurgencia asin sa ilegal na droga.

Mayo pa nin oficial na pahayag an mga awtoridad sa barangay na ini.

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P381-M irrigation dam to rise soon in Sorsogon


By Mar Serrano

LEGAZPI CITY -- A PHP381-million small irrigation dam will soon rise in the rich farming town of Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon to benefit hundreds of farmers in 15 villages, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Bicol said.

On Monday, NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya led national and local officials in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ibingan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) in the said town.

Ed Yu, NIA-Bicol spokesperson, said Tuesday, the irrigation dam project is a 27.20-meter high zone earth-filled dam with a total storage of 0.6591 million cubic meters (MCM) of irrigation water.

The dam will cover 489 hectares of irrigable land, benefitting 584 farmers.

Majority of barangays in the town of Prieto Diaz have no existing irrigation system, the reason farmers can only irrigate their rice fields during wet season.

The project aims to provide sustainable irrigation system to improve agricultural productivity through the provision and improvement of irrigation and drainage infrastructure, and is thus expected to increase farmers' income and uplift their standard of living.

Yu said initially, some PHP294 million has been spent under this project involving pre-construction facilities of 1.6 kilometers of access roads, construction of 39.2 km of line canals, 86 units of canal structures, 7.8 kilometers of service roads and 18 road structures.

Visaya, in an interview on Monday, said the small dam project is among the several locally-funded projects for implementation this year.

He said his office is also looking forward for the PHP3.6-billion Chico Irrigation project in Ilocos funded by China under the Official Development Assistance program.

“We are still working on eight foreign projects from China and another PHP11.5-billion project to be funded by Korea in Isabela,” Visaya said.

He said for this year, NIA is working on a PHP42-billion funding and is requesting for a PHP56-billion budget for 2019. (PNA)
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

APEC optimistic of ERC's P1.8-B upgrade approval


By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Power Energy Corp. (APEC) expressed optimism that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will grant the firm's request for PHP1.8-billion Capital Expenditures (Capex) for upgrading the power facilities in the province.

Carlos Laruza, APEC general manager, in an interview on Thursday said the Capex, once approved by ERC, would upgrade the antiquated power transformers and transmission lines that have hampered their operations since the firm took over management from the Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco).

He said the upgrade will help them give thousands of consumers efficient and effective power service.

"Upgrade is necessary to give more efficient and sustainable electricity supply to the Albayanos," Laruza said.

He said APEC's upgrading process would take at least a five-year period for the facilities to be fully operational.

Laruza, however, explained that if Capex will not be approved by the ERC, “it will take the firm 10-15 years to push through with the needed upgrading because we will get it from our PHP5.6-million monthly revenue".

He said currently, APEC provides 130 megavolt amperes (MVA) of power to hundreds of households in the 15 towns and three cities of the province. Once the Capex is approved, the power capacity would be increased to 155 MVA.

For the 1st district of Albay, the existing capacity is 25 MVA which will be upgraded to 35 MVA; for 2nd district, 80 MVA; while for 3rd district, from 25 MVA to 40 MVA.

APEC has monthly “system losses” of 11 percent due to illegal connections, defective kilowatt-hour meters and other forms of pilferages.

Laruza said every one percent system loss is equivalent to more than a million pesos or about PHP27.5 million losses per month.

"That is why we are visiting all the city and municipal mayors of the province and even the village chiefs to seek their assistance in bringing down the system loss,” he said.

Laruza expressed hope that local officials would encourage their constituents to pay their monthly bills on time and help APEC combat illegal connections and other pilferages to solve the problem on system losses. (PNA)
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Salingoy Art Group receives Special Award from LGU Naga


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – “For preserving and enriching Bicol history and cultural heritage through visual arts and other artistic forms,” Salingoy Art Group was given the Special Community Award by the City Government of Naga last week.

The Mayoral Awards is a yearly charter event in Naga City that aims to honor groups and individuals— ordinary men and women whose excellent performance and exemplary achievement in their own respective fields have been continuously bringing pride and honor to the City of Naga.

Headed by foremost visual artist Pancho Piano, Salingoy Art Group “has provided an avenue and forum for aspiring artists to hone their craft and be part of a group that lends it hands to those who aspire to spread the colors of hope, beauty and everything that tells of the goodness of man and the universe,” according to the commendation.

Its members include Boyet Abrenica, Hermel Alejandre, Fritz Arcilla, Warren Balane, Melissa Basmayor, Brian Ramos, Mark Borja, Concep Buenavente, Evelyn Calara, Dan Calisura, Sherry Calisura, Richard Cruz, Anne Daliva, Lomi Daliva, Ariel dela Cruz, Dar Buan Encinas, Mario Gacer, Roderick Imperio, Lorna Margate, Christina Oliveros, Gemmalyn Padilla, Juanito Penera, Richard Perez, Rommel Perez, Angelo Perida, Pancho Piano, Sylene Sabino, Emman Salvosa, Roland San Andres, Peboi Selleza, Jerome Sta. Maria, and Leah Uvas.

Salingoy Art Group is named after the Bicol word for "to look back."

Formed on March 2, 2011 by its President, Pancho Piano, Salingoy Art Group is an independent non-profit organization of individuals who believe in the power of art and expression in contributing to community growth and wellbeing.

Salingoy Art Group members are advocates of community development, tourism, health, environmental protection, initiating and supporting projects that promote the same not only within but also outside the region.

Today, Salingoy Art Group is composed of over twenty members, each dedicating his or her life to the arts.

As its members look back to their Bikolnon roots, they also look forward to a future where each member's creative potentials are realized to the fullest in the service of the Bicolano, Filipino, and international community.
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Lalaki tinadtad nin bala, pinugotan payo sa Masbate


MASBATE (Bicol Standard) – Tinadtad ngona nin bala dangan pinugotan nin payo an lalaki na nabisto sa pangaran na Ruben Panghunasan, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Nagluwas sa bareta na si Panghunasan residente kan Sitio Pajo, Brgy. Bangon, Aroroy, Masbate.

Sabi sa enot na report, an biktima iyo an solong pig sasarigan kan saiyang familya sa saindang pagbuhay.

Mantang sinugurat an baretang ini, mayo pang detalyes na nagluluwas dapit sa motibo kan krimen.

An mga awtoridad nag-gigibo pa kan pag-siyasat.

Segun sa report kan pulis, an banwaan kan Aroroy iyo an saro kan maribok na banwaan sa islang provincia kan Bicol.
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7 NIA execs in 'hot water' over unfinished, substandard projects


By Mar Serrano

LEGAZPI CITY -- At least seven officials of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) are facing investigation due to alleged project irregularities in their respective areas, according to the agency's top official.

Ricardo Visaya, NIA administrator, said in an interview on Sunday the anomalies ranged from substandard to unfinished projects.

He said the project delays were very disadvantageous to the agency in terms of time frame and also spelled losses to the government coffers.

“We have to take action on this because this was the marching order I received from President Duterte when I took over NIA,” Visaya said.

He recalled that when he assumed office, his priority was to initiate an anti-corruption program in line with the Chief Executive's order to cleanse the agency of corrupt officials. “The cleansing process would push through from top to bottom,” he said.

Visaya begged off from identifying the officials though, saying that the charges are still being investigated by the agency and the Office of the Ombudsman.

He, however, said some of them are regional and provincial managers while others are construction engineers with work assignments in Central Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Visaya is set to lead national and local officials in the groundbreaking ceremony of the PHP381-million Ibingan Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP) in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon.

The irrigation dam project is a 27.20-meter high zone earth-filled dam with a total storage of 0.6591 million cubic meters (MCM) of water. It will cover 489 hectares of irrigable land, benefitting 584 farmers in 15 villages. (PNA)
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DILG urges barangay captains to vote for reform-oriented Liga ng mga Barangay leaders


Following the oath taking of newly-elected barangay officials before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds punong barangays (PBs) to vote for reform-oriented candidates in the Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) election scheduled on July 30, 2018.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano says that PBs must be mindful in electing their Liga officials. He says that they should always look at the capacity of a leader that can represent them well and not choose them simply because he/she is the choice of the Local chief executive.

"So to our kapitans who will vote for their LnB leaders, choose the capable ones that will steer the organization to a better performance," says Ano.

"Iboto ang tunay na Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan na lider. 'Wag na po tayong magpasilaw sa ano mang halaga, o dahil siya ang gusto ng mayor o gobernador, o sa simpleng popularidad lang. Let us choose someone who can carry out the great responsibility of leading the organization while maintaining a clean record," he adds.

Ano says that in a directive, the DILG prepared a timeline of LnB election-related activities starting on June 25 leading to the official election day on July 30. He also adds that provisions of Republic Act 10952 stipulates the localized conduct of the LnB election for ex-officio positions at the municipal, city and provincial level must not be later than July 31, under the supervision of DILG.

According to the timeline, the process of electing LnB leaders for the Component City and Municipal LnB Chapters shall start on June 25 until the proclamation day on July 16 followed by Provincial, Metropolitan, Highly Urbanized City, and Independent Component City Chapters on July 16-30, 2018.

DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says that any complaint or report of irregularities on the conduct of the Liga elections should be reported to the local DILG field office with jurisdiction over the area.

"The DILG is mandated under the law to supervise the Liga elections. Thus, we wish to ensure the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections free from outside interference," says Malaya.

Component City and Municipal LnB Chapters

In DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2018-90, the incumbent LnB President must send a written notice of meeting to the general membership, as well as the incumbent Liga Chapter Board Members for the purpose of forming the various committees and boards by June 25 followed by a meeting for the formation and designation of the members of the Committees and Boards on July 2.

On July 9-11, the Nominations Committee shall make available to the prospective candidates the candidacy forms and shall only accept Certificates of Candidacies on or before 5 PM of July 11, 2018.

The Nominations Committee must determine and certify prior to the elections as to the qualifications of the candidates according to the LnB Constitution and By-Laws and Election Code by July 13 and must post in the chapter office prior to the elections a list of the qualified candidates.

The synchronized LnB election for Component City and Municipal Chapters is scheduled on July 16 where the various committees such as Registration/Credentials Committee will take charge in the accreditation and registration of delegates to the election meeting; prepare and issue necessary proofs of presence of a quorum; prepare and issue the voter's credential for election purposes; and render a report on the number of voting delegates duly registered, certified and accredited.

On the same day, the Election Committee must exercise supervision and control over the election proper and the proclamation of winners; the Board of Canvassers must be responsible in canvassing, counting certifying of the votes garnered by the candidates, and submit the result to the Election Committee using Form 7; and Board of Election Supervisors shall resolve any controversies such as 'breaking the tie' and call the presence of the Philippine National Police if it warrants so.

Provincial, Metropolitan, HUC, and ICC LnB Chapters

DILG Chief Ano says that LnB election process for Metropolitan, Highly Urbanized City (HUC) and Independent Component City (ICC) follows the same route as the Component City and Municipal Chapters just in different dates.

Incumbent LnB President must send a written notice of meeting to the newly-elected PBs in Metropolitan, Highly Urbanized City (HUC) and Independent Component City (ICC) and to the newly-elected President of the LnB Component City and Municipal Chapters on July 16, as well as the incumbent Liga Chapter Board Members for the purpose of forming the various committees and boards.

By July 23, incumbent LnB President, must convene a meeting for the formation and designation of the members of the Committees and Boards.

On July 24-26, the Nominations Committee of the LnB Chapter Secretary shall make available to the prospective candidates the candidacy forms and shall only accept Certificates of Candidacies on or before 5 PM of July 26, 2018.

The Nominations Committee must determine and certify prior to the elections as to the qualifications of the candidates according to the LnB Constitution and By-Laws and Election Code by July 27 and must post in the chapter office prior to the elections a list of the qualified candidates.

The synchronized LnB election for Provincial, Metropolitan, HUC, and ICC Chapters is scheduled on July 30.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

SSS Prexy Dooc is Daet Dangal ng Bayan awardee

Atty. Emmanuel Dooc, SSS President and CEO
DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc has been given the Dangal ng Bayan Award during the Pinyasan Festival and fiesta of Daet over the weekend.

The recognition, given to outstanding Daeteños, was given by Mayor Benito S. Ochoa and other officials of the Province of Camarines Norte.

Atty. Dooc finished school at Mabini Colleges and taught in various schools in Camarines Norte.

His major achievements include the Baldomero B. Aguinaldo Award (Outstanding Head of Agency, Department of Finance Cluster); 2016 Honorary Insurance Commissioner of the State of Louisiana, USA, 2015; Outstanding Bedan, 2013 and 2014; Ulirang Ama Awardee for Law, 2001; and Most Outstanding Rotary Club President, 2000.

Among the highlights of his career are the following: Chief Compliance & Governance Officer of all the member companies of the Philam Group Tax Lawyer, SGV Tax Division; Corporate Secretary, Several corporations; Senior Vice President & Chief Governance & Compliance Officer, Philam Life & General Insurance Company, 2010 to 2011; First Vice President & General Counsel, Philam Life & General Insurance Company, 1997 to 2005; Vice President, Operations Department, American International Assurance, Ltd., HK Head Office 1988 to 1996; Public School Teacher for the blind, indigenous peoples, juvenile delinquents and regular students from 1969 to 1979.

In a media interview, Dooc said he is grateful for the recognition from the local government. He added that his service to the local community, however, will not end with the award, and will rather continue, especially as he continues to serve in the government.

The SSS CEO added that as head of the agency, he was able to add to the Target Goal Collections some Php16-billion monthly, which will be of use to the 36 million members of the SSS across the archipelago.

Prior to his leadership, the SSS used to collect only around Php12 billion monthly, which was largely inadequate for the needs of the SSS members.

As head of the SSS, Dooc is responsible for responsible for the overall planning, organizing, directing, controlling, monitoring, and coordinating the activities of the SSS to achieve its overall objectives and targets.

Likewise, he is responsible for defining the corporate vision, setting the tone, and cultivating values appropriate to the SSS as a civil service and a government financial institution. A member of the Social Security Commission (SSC) and a member of the Risk Management and Investment Oversight Committees.

He is furthermore a resource person for Audit; Governance, Organization and Appointments, Information Technology and Coverage and Collection Committees.

Dooc receives the Dangal ng Bayan award in Daet, Camarines Norte
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3ng lalaki nakuang gadan sa Ragay


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Naghahagad nin justicia an nabayaan na familya kan tulong lalaki, na nakotkot sa hababaw na lubongan sa Brgy. Patalunan, Ragay, Camarines Sur kan Viernes na hapon.

Sa ipaabot na informasyon ni Ariel De Guzman y Ranola, residente kan nasambit na lugar, nagduda siya na posibleng sa saiyang daga ilinubong an nawawarang mga lalaki na nawawara kan nakalihis na bulan na Mayo.

Nin huli sa tabang ni Punong Barangay Elisa Francisco y Literal, nadiscubre na an tulo manangad na bangkay na nakalot sa hababaw na kalot iyo an nawawara na mga lalaki, na nabisto sa pangaran na Robero Ramos y Naris, 30 anyos, Ronel Naris, 28 anyos, asin Antonio Bonagua y Delos Reyes, 19 anyos.

Anas sinda residente kan Barangay Patalunan, Ragay, Camarines Sur.

An barangay Patalunan sarong pwerang barangay sa Ragay, Camarines Sur na bistadong territoryo kan mga maka walang grupo, an New People’s Army (NPA).

Segun sa sumbong kan sarong informante, an tulong bangkay nagkokopras sa lugar kan sinda nawarara kan fecha 13 kan Mayo, 2018.

Dinara tulos sa Rural Health Unit kan banwaan na ini an nag-rurugnas nang bangkay para sa post mortem examination.

Nin huli sa sinambit na pangyayari, naghahagad nin tabang an familya kan mga gadan na matawan sinda nin justicia.

Mayo nin makapagsabi kun sisay an responsible sa saindang kagadanan.

Ipinahayag kan pulis sa Ragay na nagpapadagos pa an saindang pag siyasat kan incidente.

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DOLE Bicol grants P2.9M for livelihood projects in region


Legazpi City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region V awarded P2,974,144 worth of livelihood projects and P9,934,05 emergency employment to five (5) accredited co-partners in Sorsogon and Albay provinces this June.

The recipients of the 2.9 M livelihood projects comprising of various kabuhayan starter kits are BLGU Pangpang, Sorsogon City amounting to P1,649,945; Province of Sorsogon with P940,931 worth of livelihood grant and; BLGU Cabiguan, Pilar, Sorsogon amounting to P383,268 livelihood assistance.

A total of 160 local beneficiaries in Sorsogon will be benefitting from these livelihood projects.

Pedro J. Jolloso, barangay captain of Pangpang village, Sorsogon City thanked DOLE RO 5 for the grant received. “We are grateful for this amount for our Pangkabuhayan Enhancement Through Entrepreneurial Resources (PETER) which will be beneficial to 87 beneficiaries composed of barbers, bakers, beauticians, burger maker/vendors, car washers, sewers, carpenters and many more,” he added.

Present during the awarding were Brgy. Captain Jolloso and Treasurer Rufino C. De Ocampo of Pangpang, Sorsogon City; Sorsogon Gov. Robert Lee Rodrigueza and PESO Manager Lorna Hayag and; Brgy. Captain Lelani Millano of Cabiguan, Pilar Sorsogon.

Livelihood or Kabuhayan Program is a component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program which grants assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. It provides a working capital solely for the purchase of equipment, tools and jigs, raw materials, among others, to be used in their livelihood undertakings.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of Albay has received P3,322,800 worth of grant for the Rehabilitation of Damage Barangay Facilities and Clean and Green Project for the municipalities of Libon, Polangui and Camalig under Emergency Employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

The City Government of Tabaco has likewise received P6,611,250 worth of assistance for the Clearing/Disilting of Various River Channels, Clearing of Various Creeks and Coastal Clean-up in Tagas River, Tayhi and Pawa rivers in Tabaco City.

There are 1,025 resident-beneficiaries for this project.

PESO Manager Rafaelita M. Nicoleta, PESO Manager Felix Danilo D. Berces and, Vice Mayir Nes San Pablo of Tabaco City were present during the awarding of cheques.

TUPAD Program is a community-based (municipality/ barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. /jveg/

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Newly-elected punong barangay nabbed in drug bust


SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) –A newly-elected punong barangay of this city was collared by joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Philippine National Police on June 22.

The Police Regional Office 5 identified the village chief as Misael Hebres Larosa, who is allegedly the head of the Larosa Drug Group and is third in the provincial target list.

Larosa, also known as Boboy or Cobra, is 48 years old, married, and a resident of P-7 Brgy. Sampaloc, Sorsogon City.

Recovered from his possession were three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be”shabu” placed in a candy container, buy-bust money, a motorcycle, and a cellphone.

Larosa was brought to Sorsogon CPS for booking and documentation and presently under the custody of PDEA Sorsogon for proper disposition.

The appropriate case is being prepared for filing against the suspect.

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Naga honors 51 outstanding Nagueños

2018 Mayoral Awardees

by Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

A total of fifty-one (51) awardees— the highest number of awardees since— were named in the 2018 Mayoral Awards conducted June 16 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel.

Universidad De Sta. Isabel (USI), a charity university in Naga City, was hailed as the 2018 Juan Q. Miranda awardee— the highest honor among the recognitions being given in the Mayoral Awards.
As an educational institution, USI has been continually serving as a training ground of men and women, such as government leaders and church heads, who strongly contribute in the empowerment of the community.

The next five (5) awardees were Consuelo ‘Chito’ Madrigal Foundation- Bikol, Naga Optical Clinic, Dr. Nelba Olaso, Mr. Ryan Rubi and Laarni Victoria Vina who each received the Leon SA. Aureus Award, the second highest award, for their contribution in empowering the various groups of people in the community through their own ways and means as individuals, groups, and institutions.
Meanwhile, the Camarines Sur National High School Robotics Team, and Maria Yzabell Angel Palma from the Philippine Science High School- Bicol Region Campus, were conferred with the third highest award— the Jesse M. Robredo Youth Award— for their ingenuity in introducing innovations in the field of Science and Technology.

The fourth highest award, the Lt. Delfin Rosales Award, was given to Mr. Salvador Quibot— a tricycle driver— for returning a bag of jewelries amounting to P100,000.00 back to its rightful owner.
Under the Mayoral Recognition category, thirty- one (31) awardees were named due to their exemplary achievement in the field of education, sports, and the arts: Sean Arman Abergos, Anthony Anier, Jenelle Bernice Barbosa, Chester Beluang, Mary Lovey Benavides, Nonielo Bracino, Anne Margarette Bron, Camarines Sur National High School Supreme Student Government, Katherine Chancoco, George De Hitta, Gian Hector Diamante, Atiya Therese Dimaiwat, Dinry Ferch Fulgentes, Sharlemaine Gaile Harris, Robyn Therese Jocom, Ron Arby Lucero, Enrique Maronilla Seva, Alexandra Maronilla Seva, NCF Tigers Basketball Team, Marie Noelie Perez, Rufus Pesimo, Rachel Louise Peters, Jearl Reylie Pineda, Tinago National High School Supreme Student Government, Angelo Jose Tondo, Jillian Hannah Uy, Hans Mackenzie Uy, Julius Glen Vasquez, Carmel Joy Vergara, Wystan Villareal, and Dominic Villegas. 

In the Special Community Award category, eleven (11) awardees were named for their active and voluntary involvement and contribution in the various community affairs: Ateneo de Naga University Dugong Atenista, Vicente Avila, Andres Compuesto, Flora Cuerdo, Regner Ducot, Jr., Gualandi Formation Center, Salvador Mison, Missionaries of the Poor, the Morano Family, Naga View Adventist College, and the Salingoy Art Group.

The Mayoral Awards is a yearly charter event in Naga City that aims to honor groups and individuals— ordinary men and women whose excellent performance and exemplary achievement in their own respective fields have been continuously bringing pride and honor to the City of Naga.
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Comelec to resume voter registration on July 2


The Commission on Elections today announced that the system of continuing registration of voters for the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections is set to resume on July 2, 2018 until September 29, 2018.

“It is the duty of the Commission to conduct regular voter registration in order to enfranchise and enlist qualified voters nationwide, with the exception of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur in light of the current situation in the area,” COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Applications for new registration, transfer/transfer with reactivation, reactivation, change/correction of entry and inclusion/reinstatement of records in the list of voters shall be accepted.

Applications shall be personally filed at the Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) of the city/district/municipality where the applicant resides, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays.

The COMELEC will also conduct satellite registrations during this period, wherein field officials go to barangays, public plazas, schools and other public places to register voters. In such offsite registrations, preference shall be given to members of the vulnerable sector such as indigenous peoples (IPs), senior citizens, and pregnant women.

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3ng pusikit na holduppers nabadil kan pulis


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Pig confirmar kan Provincial Office kan PNP sa Camarines Sur na tulong personas an nagadan sa ginibong sarabay na operasyon kan mga awtoridad digdi, kan sarong aldaw.

Nagpahayag si P/Supt. Ruben Padua, an hafe kan Provincial Drug Enforcement Enforcement Unit (PDEU) sa Camarines Sur na kabale sa mga binawian nin buhay iyo si Roy Nathan Ignacio, an pig coconsiderar na No. 1 sa listahan kan mga drug personalities sa Brgy Binalay, Tinambac, Camarines Sur

Sabi kan pulis, naki badilan sa mga awtoridad an nagadan, mantang nagpapadagos an saindang operasyon.

Siring man, nakagadan sa suway na operasyon an duwang miembros kan Sta. Ana Robbery asin Hold-up Criminal Gang, na iyo sinda Jonal Llames asin Enrique Sta. Ana, na arog kan enot enot, naglaban man.

Si Llames asin Sta. Ana, pareyong mayor na suspechado sa serye nin mga holdups sa Calabanga, Tinambac, Goa, asin mga pagtaraid na mga banwaa.

May mga reports na igwa pa nin mga incidendente nin holups na ginibo an saindang grupo sa Ciudad Nin Naga.

Nagluluwas sa pahayag kan mga imbestigador na mahalnas na maray sa pulis an mga holduppers nin huli ta aram na ninda an mga pasikot-sikot na mga agihan sa sinambit na mga banwaan.

Haloy na man sindang naka timbre sa mga pag taraid na banwaan, asin kan Viernes sana sinda na timingan kan pinag saradong grupo kan PDEA asin pulis.

Pig coconsiderar sindang mga peligrosong tawo nin huli ta armado nin man laen-laen na clase nin armas sa lambang operasyon kan grupo.

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