Saturday, July 21, 2018

San Miguel Bay Writers Workshop now open to applicants

The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture- Calabanga College of Education in cooperation with The Writers Project and Parasurat Bikolnon- Calabanga Chapter are inviting young aspiring writers who are within the bay areas of 3rd and 4th District of Camarines Sur (Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, and Siruma) to the SECOND SAN MIGUEL BAY WRITERS WORKSHOP to be held from July 25 to 27, 2018. This workshop, as an extension program, is open to non-CBSUA writers.

Applicants should submit original works written in Bikol, English, or Filipino. To be considered as fellows, applicants for poetry should submit two (2) poems, applicants for fiction should submit two (2) short stories, and applicants for creative non-fiction should submit two (2) creative non-fiction. Selected fifteen (15) fellows will have a chance to hone their craft.

Manuscripts should be submitted at on or before July 20, 2018. It should be encoded using Arial font, twelve (12) point, one (1) inch margin on all sides, double spaced, and must bear only the author’s penname. The applicant’s real name, address, contact number and selfie picture must appear in the letter of intent which should be   submitted accompanying the manuscript and addressing the workshop directors.

Panel members of this workshop are the alumni of Saringsing, CBSUA, and First Bay Area Writers Workshops namely  Lanie Biato Bogate, Edwin Breva, Jr.,  Maybz Bueson, Krisma Cabrador, Graciel Esperida Tandog, Ramil Estuya, Richard Pineda, Kristopher Magellan Reyta , Ma. Gloria Señar, Jan Oliver Tabinas, Mon Imperial, Jenly Balaquiao, Clark Juzzhua Locairo, and Ryan Cuatrona. 

This year’s SMBWW Directors are Abegail Sta Ana and Wende Tolalian. 

For more details, feel to contact 09074654082/09158360504.

Authorities raid Paracale mines operating sans permits

PARACALE, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- A composite team led by representatives of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central and Regional Offices, Environmental Task Force, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Camarines Norte Provincial office, along with members of the police, army, and barangay officials trooped to several mines in this town earlier this week.

These include two mines operating at Barangay Casalugan, which according to the composite team had no permits. Said mines also did not have the required Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) and other necessary legal documents.

Because of such alleged violation, they had a Cease and Desist order from the MGB Central Office.

Recovered from the mining sites were pieces of heavy equipment used in mining such as payloaders and generator sets.

No person was at the mining site at the time of the raid, according to the composite team.

Governor Cua OKs scholarship for aspiring doctors, lawyers

VIRAC, Catanduanes--Governor Joseph C. Cua finally signed the ordinance institutionalizing scholarship program for would-be doctors and lawyers, true to his promise during the State of the Province Address (SOPA) in 2017.

“Kulang pa an mga doktor asin abogado uya sa sato. Dahil free tuition na kita, an sobrang pondo sa scolarships, i-alokar niato sa planong magbukas ning scholarship grants sa deserving na mga estudyanteng gustong magin doctor asin abogado, pati na man itong mga ga-pursue nin higher learning on the condition that they will have to serve the province for a maximum of five (5) years,” Cua stated in his SOPA speech last October.

However, instead of five years, grantees will render return service obligation for one year for every two scholarship year.

Under the ordinance, applicants must be bonafide resident of Catanduanes and actually residing for at least five (5) years prior to the application;

Applicants must also have a general weighted average of 1.75 or its equivalent in undergraduate program. Likewise, he/she must pass and obtain a rating of 85% in Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT), and at least 90% in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT).

The ordinance also featured scholarship grants to teachers pursuing Masteral and Doctoral degree.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Governor’s Office-Information Unit located at 2nd Floor, Provincial Capitol Building.

Meantime, Governor Cua also thanked the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for their support and cooperation.

PTFoMS forms task force to probe on Llana death

Joey Llana

By Liza Agoot

BAGUIO CITY -- The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said a special investigation task group, dubbed “Task Force Llana”, has been formed, less than six hours after the reported killing of Blocktime broadcaster Joey Llana in the morning of Friday, July 20.

PTFoMS Executive Director and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco in an interview with Baguio media said the task force would extensively look into the killing of the journalist.

“Para mas mabilis yung imbestigasyon ng ating mga pulis sa local, mahuli agad yung mga gumawa noon (To speed up the investigation of the local police and immediately arrest the perpetrators),” he said.

Egco pointed out that PTFoMS directly participates in issues involving the security and safety of the media practitioners like that of Llana.

"Sayang kung nabanggit niya agad, naaksyunan agad natin (Pity, if only he had mentioned it right away, we could have acted on it fast)," he said. "Hindi natin hahayaang walang mangyari sa kasong yan just like what we did in past and previous cases of killings of the members of the media. Iniimbestigahan agad natin, naso-solve naman natin yan, nakikilalala at napaparusahan gumagawa niyan. hindi katulad noong araw na wala lang, deadma lang. This time, hindi na pwede yan (Just like what we did in the past and on previous killings of members of the media, we will not allow this case to just be part of the record. We are already investigating and we will be able to solve this, identify the perpetrators, and place them behind bars, unlike before when it was left unattended. This time, it will not happen).”

Egco said he had spoken with Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and expressed confidence that the information on the death of Llana was already brought to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He revealed that since 1986, there have 170 cases of media killings, including that of Llana.

Under the present administration, there are three verified media work-related killings, which include that of Larry Que in December 2016, Christopher Lozada in March 2018, and another.

He, however, said there were 13 killings involving media workers, but only three were work-related. The nonwork-related cases include the Cebu incident, where the house of a media practitioner was robbed and he was killed in the process.

Egco defined mediamen as all those involved in the process of news gathering.

PTFoms info campaign

"Napakahalaga na bumababa kami sa local, nalalalaman ng mga kasama natin sa hanapbuhay na meron na palang ganitong task force na pag may konting problema, sumbong mo agad sa amin, naaksyunan agad natin (It is very important that we go to the local so that fellow media practitioners will know that there is a task force where they can go report for whatever problems and we act on them),” Egco continued.

He said just like the event here in Baguio on Friday, the PTFoMS visits regions and provinces to do information campaigns, inform the stakeholders, not just the members of the media. From Baguio, Egco said he would go to Bicol to personally see the situation. They will also go to Visayas and Mindanao.

"Bumababa tayo. We do face to face campaign kasi nga hindi natin pwedeng basta iasa lang na maireport. Being a journalist myself, naintindihan ko yun kung bakit. So with that in mind, bumababa na ang Malacañang sa ilalaim para ipaalam ang good news na ito (We go down. We do face to face campaign and we cannot just rely on news reporting. Being a journalist myself, I understand the situation and with this in mind, we bring Malacañang to the community to relay the good news).”

PTFoMS protocol

Egco said there are five instances when the PTFoMS can come in--when a media practitioner receives a threat, is threatened online, physically harmed, subjected to surveillance, and when killed.

He related that the media practitioner reports to the task force or to the nearest police station, which is the basis of the task force to handle the case.

He said that the PTFoMS is going to the grassroots, holding seminars. The goal is for the creation of local PTFoMS and the identification of special prosecutors who will handle cases of work-related killings or injuries.

He added with the PTFoMS informed, the media practitioner could be provided with an armed escort or with an intelligence cover acting appropriately.

The local councils, he said, would do a risk mapping. “Sino nanganganib, sino may threat, sino may banta, kailangan mai-document yun. Hindi pwedeng ilihim tapos pag namatay na may problema tayong lahat. Proactive and progressive campaign. Why wait to be harmed. Threat pa lang aksyunan na (Who is at risk, who is threatened, it has to be documented. It cannot be kept and later on when someone dies, it becomes a problem for everybody. Our campaign is proactive. Why wait to be harmed? A mere threat has to be acted upon),” he said.

The Administrative Order No. 1 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte is envisioned to address the vulnerabilities of the media, who are “being used as pawns in a proxy war”. (PNA)

Friday, July 20, 2018

ADNU Senior High teacher found dead

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The lifeless body of Senior High School teacher was discovered hanging at the room she was renting at CEMENI Dormitory along Arana St., Barangay Sta. Cruz, this city Thursday evening.

Marylen Aguilar Malate, 20 years old, single, and a teacher at Ateneo de Naga Senior High School Department, was found hanging from a cabinet with a black plastic straw by one of her boardmates.

The boardmate cut the straw, and tried to revive the victim before the authorities arrived, the Naga City police said.

The victim was declared dead by the City Health Officer, Dr. Vito Borja.

Her body was brought to Abiog Funeral Parlor, Naga City.

According to the police, the family refused to have an autopsy conducted on the victim's cadaver.

2 women tagged in carnapping in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Two women were named suspects in the latest carnapping incident at a food joint at Barangay Dayangdang, this city, early Friday morning.

One of the suspects was suspect was identified as Heyzel Adan y Camacho, 18 years old, a resident of Calauag, Naga City, and a cook of System Technology Institute (STI).

The Naga City police said Adan, along with fellow suspect Andrea Mendoza of Villa Karangahan Subdivision, San Felipe, Naga City, were the suspects in stealing the motorcycle of victim Palpito De Luna y Vasquez while the vehicle was parked at DYD Hub between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The motorcycle was a Honda Wave model with plate number EMB 8206.

Adan was arrested and is presently detained, while Mendoza is still at large, according to the Naga City police.

The police said this is not the first time that the duo has been involved in carnapping.

Adan was identified by police operatives through the CCTV recording.

Previously, however, no complaint was filed against the two.


Kusog Bikolandia party aims to spur regional development

Kusog Bikolandia officers hold a meeting regarding their plans for the Bicol region.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A new regional political party that aims to spur inclusive and genuine socio-economic development in Bicol has recently emerged.

Kusog Bikolandia, which is headed by its chairman Noel N. De Luna, seeks to promote "development, empowerment, leadership, unity, nationalism, and autonomy."

De Luna, a former broadcast, print media, and public relations practitioner, also previously worked as president and authorized managing officer of Wellconstruct, Inc.

“I envision Kusog Bikolandia to take the lead in promoting the interest of the Bicolanos, especially those at the margins of society,” De Luna said in an interview by the Bicol Standard.

“This will be realized not only through the concerted and conscientious efforts of its officers, but also of the region which it serves,” he added.

Kusog Bikolandia Party’s officers include:

Atty. Jorge Sarmiento – President; Former Post Master General; Former President of PAGCOR; Former USEC of DICT

Atty. Robert Rafael Lucila – Executive Vide President; Current head of Legal Department of GMA Network, Inc.; Former Deputy Executive Secretary of Malacanang

Redencion De Leoz, Jr. – Secretary General; Former Presidential Management Staff Program Head

Flor B. Azotea – Executive Treasurer

Jose B. Perez – Vice President for Sectoral Affairs; Editor-in-Chief, Bicol Mail

Atty. Steve Resari – Executive Director; Vice President for Albay

Atty. Felix Brazil – Vice President for Camarines Sur

Juan Escandor, Jr. - Vice President for Sorsogon/Masbate

Febes B. Rada - Vice President for Camarines Norte

Fred Gianan – Vice President for Catanduanes

De Luna said he hopes this new initiative would bring genuine growth to the region.

He further stated that they are presently evaluating possible alliances with other groups.

20-year-old hangs self in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- A love problem reportedly pushed a 20-year-old man to take his own life in the room he was renting at San Jose Dorm, P3, San Jose Street, Barangay Penafrancia, this city.

The Naga City police identified the victim as Mark Jay Velascuez y Placio, single, and a resident of Barangay Alawihao, Daet, Camarines Norte.

His body was found in a state of decomposition hanging from the side rail of a double deck bed at around 6:25 p.m. Thursday, after foul odor was reported emanating from his room.

The police said he left his cellphone on video recording mode during the incident.

Velascuez allegedly had been having problems with his boyfriend prior to the incident, the police said.

He was in Naga City to seek a job, and was last seen alive on July 17 with another friend.

Albay broadcaster shot dead

Joey Llana

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A radio broadcaster was gunned down earlier today (July 20) at Alternate Road, P6, Penafrancia, Daraga town.

The victim, Joey Llana y Manata, 38 years old, was on his way to work at 4:45 am when the suspect shot him using caliber 9 mm and 45 firearms.

He was hit two times on the body and five times on the head.

Llana was a blocktimer at radio station DWZR Zoom Radio. He was known for his hard-hitting commentaries.

Recently, he would announce on air that he had been receiving threats.

He was declared dead at 6:05 a.m. by the Emergency Management Staff, the regional police said.

Investigation is still ongoing as of this writing.

Albay Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster Chair Tito Ordinario this morning condemned the incident. He also reminded broadcasters to be careful. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

LGU Naga turns over Material Recovery Facilities to four barangays

Photo courtesy of CEPPIO

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) —Four mobile Material Recovery Facilities were turned over to four barangays to reduce the waste brought to the city’s dumpsite by 50%, the City Events, Protocol, and Public Information Office announced this week.

The MRFs were given to Barangays Tinago, Del Rosario, Concepcion Grande, and Concepcion Pequena after the flag ceremony Monday morning.

Said facilities will help increase the waste segregation efficiency, Engr. Joel Martin, SWMO chief explained.

Martin added that the city has very poor compliance on waste segregation, achieving only 20 to 33% segregation efficiency.

“The construction of stationary MRF costs about P50,000 each while the price of the trailer-type has an estimated amount of more or less P85,000 each. The mobile MRFs are to be installed in barangays that are situated in commercial or business district which do not have sufficient spaces to acquire stationary MRF like Dinaga, Tabuco, Peñafrancia, and San Francisco,” the CEPPIO news release reads.

Martin is expecting all 27 barangays to start operating their own MRFs before the Peñafrancia Fiesta this year.

Meantime, the city also purchased new plastic garbage bins that are now placed along the city’s major roads.

Such efforts are in compliance with Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as “The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000,” which reinforces the role of the local government units down to the barangay level in the segregation and collection of solid waste.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2 commercial fishing vessels intercepted in Cam Sur

Tubs of fish were confiscated by the authorities after the apprehension of two commercial fishing vessels.

BULA, Camarines Sur -- Joint operations of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Philippine Coast Guard on July 17, 2018 resulted to the apprehension of two commercial fishing vessels, FB Rosie Moneth and FB Reyanna.

According to BFAR, the vessels were in violation of the amended Fisheries Law (RA 10654) specifically, Section 86 (Unathorized Fishing), Section 93 (Use of Fine Mesh Net), Section 113 (Commercial Fishing Vessel Operators Employing Unlicensed Fisherfolk, Fishworker or Crew), Section 121 (Use of Unlicensed Gear) and Section 128 (Other Violations) in relation to Fisheries Administrative Order No. 198 (Rules and Regulations on Commercial Fishing).

The vessels were intercepted after its fishing operations in the municipal waters of Calabanga, Camarines Sur within the San Miguel Bay.

Confiscated were 49 tubs assorted fish, mostly anchovies, with estimated total valuation of P9,800.00. These will be distributed to charitable or penal institutions nearest the apprehension site.

Corresponding administrative and criminal charges will be filed against the owners, three highest officers and other offenders.

The joint operation is in line with the swift order of the Undersecretary for Fisheries/BFAR Director Eduardo B. Gongona to end illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to eradicate hulbot-hulbot and other destructive fishing methods in the country.

BFAR Bicol Regional Director Dennis del Socorro emphasized the need to fully understand why fishery violations are happening and why it is necessary to raise the level of awareness on socio-cultural sensitivities.

Del Socorro further cited that there must now be an integrated and multi-sectoral law enforcement approach to have an effective implementation of the fisheries law, rules and regulations. BFAR will continue to conduct “soft-approaches” such as social marketing and mobilizations, information and education campaigns and community-based resource management and “hard-approaches” in fishery law enforcement such as visibility and covert patrolling, deceptive tactics, market denial and inspections and multi-agency collaborations.

Counterfeit cigarettes seized in Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) – A resident of Barangay Balogo, this city, was arrested early Wednesday while in the act of transporting 14 boxes of undocumented and allegedly counterfeit cigarette products.

The police identified the suspect as Osama Diora Madid, 38 years old, and a vendor.

The cigarette products have an estimated value of P210,000.00.

Madid will be charged with violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines (Republic Act 7394), the regional police reported.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Random tests done to verify prevalence of drug use, not users: DepEd

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

MANILA -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said Friday it is too early to conclude on the effectiveness of the random-sampling done by the department as the drug testing process on high school and college students is not yet complete.

This, after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino said DepEd's current system on drug testing is "ineffective as it couldn't pinpoint who should be hit by the drug test".

In a press conference at Pembo Elementary School in Makati City, Briones explained that the objective of DepEd's drug testing process is to determine the prevalence of drug use in schools in specific areas and not to determine who the drug users are.

"It is too early to say it's not effective at all...We have different numbers because we use different methods. And sampling is really acceptable, legitimate manner of determining the status of a particular phenomenon," she said.

DepEd spokesperson and Chief of Staff of the Office of Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan explained that the sampling methodology DepEd uses for familiarity is similar to the sampling methodology done by Pulse Asia or Social Weather Stations where they can provide a representativeness of their survey with respect to the entirety of the Philippine population.

"Again, DepEd's mandate is to determine the prevalence as an input to our preventive drugs or anti-illegal drugs program. It is not to determine each and every drug user or in the entire secondary school and we also showed them the initial resource, it is a less than, even less that 1% so far, the partial result that we are getting," he said.

Recognizing the need for a single comprehensive education material on drugs, Malaluan said, DepEd will seek the support of PDEA and other agencies so that learners will be well-informed about illegal drugs use.

"In the development of such a comprehensive material, the information that was mentioned or was presented to us by the PDEA Director General can be included," he added.

When asked if she's amenable to PDEA's proposal of mandatory drug testing for high school and college students, Briones said DepEd's current drug testing process is legally allowed and that the department wants to avoid cases and protests about matters on privacy.

"They asked for our support and my answer was that I cannot make a commitment by my lonesome self. They have to do a lot of consultation with the parents, with the rest of society...and privacy is very difficult and very sensitive," she said.

If PDEA wants to push through with the proposal, Briones said it would need to propose a bill which will make drug testing mandatory for high school and college students as it involves all sectors of the society. (PNA)

UCT beneficiaries swarm Land Bank Naga for payout

UCT payout in Naga City
Photo by Monica Basmayor

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--Beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) converged in the Land Bank General Luna branch here for the start of the payout on July 15.

This caused heavy traffic in the area, but the beneficiaries stayed until around 9 p.m. to claim the money, which amounts to Php200 per month.

UCT is a cash subsidy provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to lessen the adverse economic effects brought by the said law to poor Filipinos.

This will be implemented for three years (2018-2020).

Motorized banca partially capsizes en route to Matnog

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Twenty-one passengers en route from Northern Samar to Sorsogon were rescued by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Matnog, Sorsogon.

The Police Regional Office 5 citing a report from the Philippine Coast Guard said that the motorized banca the passengers were riding partially capsized at around 4 p.m. Saturday at the territorial seawaters of Northern Samar.

Rough waters was the cause of the incident.

The boat, which was marked Nonon Matnog Sor., was carried off to Bulusan, reports said.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lalaki tinaga an agom na babae; nag-suicide

NAGA CITY 7/15/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Pinili kan sarong padre de familya na magbitay na sana kan saiyang sadire, tangani na magadan, pakatapos na tagaon an saiyang agom sa payo.

Sabi kan imbestigador kan pulis sa San Fernando, Camarines Sur, si Joel Marco, 38, asin an saiyang agom na si Vivian, nagkaigwa nin grabeng iwal, poco mas o menos alas 11:00 nin bangui kan naka aging Sabado (Hulyo 14).

Bakong pang malinaw sa mga awtoridad kun ano si saindang pig iwalan.

Nin huli sa iwal kan mag agom, tinaga kan agom na lalaki an saiyang esposa na tinamaan sa payo, na iyo an rason para siya aragap-agapan kan mga residentes kan lugar.

Idinalagan sa Bicol Medical Center an agom na babae, na apisar kan dakulang lugad sa payo, nakalibre sa kagadanan.

Mientrastanto, an agom na lalaki, nagbitay kan saiyang sadire sa paagui kan pag gakod nin pisi sa liog, na iyo an saiyang ikinagadan.

Pig iimbestigaran pa an kasong ini.

An babae nagpapa omay ngonian sa BMC.

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