Saturday, August 18, 2018

DepEd to probe Bicol Central Academy schoolbag burning incident

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones has directed DepEd Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad to submit an incident report regarding the burning of schoolbags at Bicol Central Academy, Libmanan, Camarines Sur last Friday.

Sadsad told the Bicol Standard that he had also instructed the Camarines Sur Superintendent Cecile Rivera to conduct an inquiry on the same.

On Monday, Sadsad together with other DepEd officials are scheduled to visit said school and conduct their own probe on the matter.

Provincial Board Member James Jaucian, who has been identified as the person involved in the burning incident and is also the head of the school, will be required to explain why he should not be sanctioned.

Meanwhile, attempts from Bicol Standard to get Jaucian’s side through phone has proven futile.

As of this writing, the students and parents continue to clamor for action from concerned agencies.

It will be recalled that the bags were burned allegedly after some students did not follow the school directive that no bags should be brought on formal attire day.

The bags which were burned reportedly contained cash, gadgets, and other personal belongings.


Naga City First Lady Farah Bongat, tinuyaw an tiangge sa Plaza Rizal

Kua kan Bicol Standard

Kua kan Bicol Standard

Kua kan Bicol Standard

Kua kan Bicol Standard


Ini an pahayag ni Naga City First Lady Farah Bongat tanganing linawon an isyu asin kontrobersiya sa imbuelto an pagbugtak nin mga tiangge asin tindahan sa palibot kan Plaza Rizal digdi.

Inako ni Mrs. Bongat na “nawara an gayon sa plaza” nin huli sa baralanggado na pagbugtak kan mga stalls.

“Kun nailaag kutana sa tamang lugar na dai makakaperwisyo, dai man garo ini maani nin pagtuyaw sa mga tao,” sabi pa niya.

Kan enot na mga bulan, sinabi niya na siya talaga an nasa likod kan pag-organisar nin mga saradit na negosyante na makahanapbuhay sa Plaza Rizal.

Malinaw na sinabi kan esposa kan alkalde na maski siya, dai pabor sa pagbugtak kan mga nasambit na stall.

Makulog sa mata na paghelingon ini, dagdag ni Mrs. Bongat.

Mientrastanto, maski si Mayor John Bongat sa saiyang simbag sa post kan saiyang agom, nagsabi na kakaulayon niya an Sangguniang Panlungsod asin si Vice Mayor Nelson Legacon dapit digdi.

Gustong maaraman kan alkalde nun pa’no pigpili an “organizer” asin kun sisay an nagpili kaini.

Sa ibong na lado, sarong konsehal kan ciudad na nakiolay na dai pagsambiton an pangaran an nagconfirmar sa Bicol Standard na igwa sinda nin inaprobaran na ordinansa na nagtutugot na patindahan an lugar.

“Aram ini ni Mayor,” sabi kan informante.

“An opisina kan Tesoreria an may directamenteng pagkaaram sa pagpatinda sa lugar na ini kun panahon nin Penafrancia fiesta,” idinugang pa niya.

Sa pakihumapot kan Bicol Standard sa City Hall, nagluluwas na an Ordinansa Numero 214-052 iyo an ginamit na basehan sa pagpatinda sa lugar.

Sabi sa Ordinansang ini, kaipuhan kan mga transient vendor nin Mayor's Permit antes sinda magtugdok kan temporary stall, shanty, o maski maglatag kan saindang efectos.

Sakop kan pagboot na ini an mga organizers kan trade fair, an sponsor, o kabaing na exhibit.

DILG to LGUs: Use local DRRM fund to build evacuation centers

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging local government units (LGUs) to prioritize, using a portion of 70% of their respective local disaster risk reduction and management fund (LDRRMF), the construction or upgrading of evacuation facilities in their areas.

“In order to counter the adverse effects of disasters, LGUs are hereby directed to invest in the construction of durable, safe, and properly-designed evacuation facilities that meet national standards for building safety and are responsive to the needs of their constituents,” says DILG Officer-In-Charge Eduardo M. Año.

Año says the increasing frequency and intensity of hazard events occurring in the country necessitates immediate action from LGUs in ensuring the availability of sturdy evacuation centers that can accommodate their constituents in times of disasters.

He says that at present, schools, covered courts and other government infrastructures are being used by some LGUs as evacuation centers resulting to the interruption of classes and disruption of services of the government offices used.

“Evacuees tend to face more threats to health, safety and overall well-being within said temporary evacuation facilities which were not built to serve such purpose. Local governments should therefore address this issue by putting up evacuation facilities to ensure the safety of their constituents when there is a need for evacuation,” he points out.

Section 21 of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act provides that the LDRRMF amounting to not less than five percent of the estimated revenue from regular sources shall be set aside to support disaster risk management activities.

The LDRRMF covers 30 percent lump-sum allocation for Quick Response Fund and 70% for disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery, including the construction of evacuation centers.

In Memorandum Circular 122 series of 2018, the DILG outlines the guidelines for the construction of evacuation centers such as construction sites, design requirements, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of facilities.

According to Año, these structures must be able to withstand wind speeds of 300 kilometers per hour and earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter Scale.

Evacuation buildings must not be constructed close to high risk sites such as military and insurgent camps, power plants, and factories, nor should they be constructed on “no-build-zones” and hazard zones.

Such centers must be both easily accessible to evacuees and have easy access to hospitals, markets, water, electricity and communication.

Given that evacuation centers will be populated by families during disasters, the buildings must be sufficiently ventilated and well lit, allow for temporary partitions, provide separate toilet and bathing facilities for both sexes, give accessibility to persons with disability, among other requirements that guarantee humane living conditions.

“The Department will conduct a yearly audit of the structures and immediately after a hazardous event to ensure the safety of our citizens when the need to evacuate arises,” says Año.

Aside from apportioning 70% of the LDRRMF for evacuation centers and other related operations, LGUs may likewise utilize 20% of the Local Development Fund.

However, in order for the funds to be released, such initiatives must be stated in the Local DRRM Plans and integrated in the approved Annual Investment Programme (AIP) of the LGU.

To complement efforts to establish resilient evacuation centers, Año also urges localities to formulate and issue policies on pre-emptive and forced evacuation; put in place early warning and evacuation alert systems; develop and implement protocols for evacuation; conduct evacuation drills once every three months; and invest in strengthening the capacities of concerned LGU officials.

The English Language in Science and Mathematics Learning

By: Judith B. Sabio
Head Teacher 1
West Coast High School
Calabanga, Camarines Sur

Science, may it be in any form, has a key role to national economic prosperity. It has been a universal reality that no nation can advance without foregoing and utilizing the outcome of scientific researches or their applications in the industries, military, medicine and in the other aspects of human existence, hence, it is applied in one’s practical life situations (Baylon, 2014).

On the other hand, Mathematics is equally important as it has a pervasive influence in our everyday lives. It is used in many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision-making. It equips us with a uniquely powerful set of tools such as; logical reasoning, problem solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways to understand and change the world. Mathematics is said to be a language that we need to be aware of and sensitive to, the way we need and use language to convey meaning (Lerio, 2006).

In another spectrum, the role of language in learning these subjects has been noted with great importance. For instance, communicating mathematical ideas is among the twelve components that are considered by the NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics) as ‘essential’ for any successful mathematics teaching and learning (Ellerton and Clarkson, 1996). When students learn Mathematics, they do more than basic skills; they acquire a concise and powerful means of communication. Knowledge of mathematical language, structures, and operations will help students to justify their conclusions, and to express ideas clearly.

The challenges in learning these critical subject areas can be traced to the use of language as a medium of instruction. In the Philippines, these subjects are being taught in English. One of the reasons why language factor needs special attention these days is the fact that many students are currently learning mathematics in their second or third language (Austing&Howson, 1979: Ellerton& Clarkson, 1996). The reason for this is globalization, and the extensive use of the internet or information technology which literally annihilate walls and any boundary; the legacy of colonialism, and the multiplicity of local languages. This in turn narrows down the adaptability or suitability of textbooks and other learning and teaching materials to the actual learning needs of the students.

As cited of Baylon (2014), the Philippines is far beyond in achieving quality education, as shown in the UNESCO report that ranked the Philippines at the bottom of the Education Development Index, and the results of Trends International Mathematicsand Science Study (TIMMS) from 1995 to 2015. Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and Japan continue to outperform all participating countries, including the Philippines, in mathematics and science maintaining a 20 year edge according to the results of TIMSS, the longest running, large scale international assessment of mathematics and science education in the world (

Science is taught in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and the native languages of all those who topped the international assessment. Therefore, language has crucial role to play in communicating and developing science and mathematics education. It has formative effect on the learner’s understanding as it serves the students when they speak and reason about physical ideas and phenomena.

In a study conducted by Baylon (2014), entitled: “English and Mathematics: Determinants of Physics Achievement”, published in Asia Pacific Journal for Multidisciplinary Research, it was found that, The obtained overall correlation coefficients (rxy) between English along reading, Literature, Grammar and Speaking, and Physic were higher than the critical values of r at 0.01 and 0.05 levels of significance. These results implied that these areas in English were positively correlated with Physics. If a student is good in English he is also good in Physics. Therefore, the learning competencies in English are needed to facilitate effective understanding of Physics.

These findings were supported by the study of Lerio (2006). He found out that those who were good in English were also good in Mathematics. On the other hand, those who were poor in English were also poor in Mathematics. English is also the medium of instruction in Physics and highly mathematical; hence English was significantly related to Physics. He also stressed that the application of Gardner’s MI theory would provide a deeper understanding of the interconnection of the development of one skill with another, from verbal linguistics to logical-analytical intelligences.

The significant relationship between language and physics achievement was further illustrated by Jay Lemke (2005). He stated that the primary activity that students encounter and participate in, in a physics course, was representation. The use of language is one of the many ways of representation. Therefore, the first ability that the students have to develop is the ability to represent ideas and physical processes in different ways and to move between representations which can only happen if one is equipped with enough communication skills.

As it continues to be a dilemma in Philippine Education on how students perform in science and math, and how their knowledge and skills are utilized in developing newer technologies to fair with neighboring countries and the rest of the world, academic program developers must ascertain that learning competencies along these areas are genuinely developed.

As suggested by Taylor (2007), curriculum may be structured through strengthening the relationship between science and Mathematics and English both in terms of how the formal curriculum is expressed and in terms of day-to-day teaching and learning practices. Language-focused activities could either be incorporated into the science or Mathematics units of work or students may work on parallel language-based units of work. Language-focused activities would be part of the Mathematics and science teachers’ responsibilities. The separate language-based units of work, using science and Mathematics content, would be taught as part of the English language integrated in content teaching curriculum.Teachers must employ varied learning opportunities for the students particularly in the identified less-developed competencies. Although each subject follows a particular set of competencies, educators and managers, at least, in the division and school levels should plan and initiate an integration program of the three (3) key areas to ensure that what must be learned had been learned.

4.5K unfilled positions available in DepEd-Bicol

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Education’s (DepEd) office in the Bicol region has more than 4,573 unfilled teaching and non-teaching positions.

Roy Bañas of the DepEd Policy, Planning, and Research Division, in an interview on Thursday, said the Schools Division Offices (SDOs) has begun the recruitment and will start the selection and evaluation process once they have received the complete and detailed applications.

“The employment of the new teachers is guided by DepEd Order No.3, series of 2016,” he said.

Bañas said based on records, of the 4,573 unfilled positions, 2,600 are teaching positions and 176 are non-teaching positions available this year, while 1,797 positions are for Teacher 1 that were available since last year.

"The 2,600 for 2018 teaching positions are for junior high school and senior high school with 1,902 and 698 positions for Kinder to Grade 6," he said.

Albay has 492 available positions; Camarines Norte, 448; Camarines Sur, 649; Catanduanes, 27; Masbate, 689; and Sorsogon, 61. Among the cities in Bicol, Iriga City has 16 unfilled positions; Legazpi City, 52, Ligao City, 8; Tabaco City, 63; Masbate City, 44; and Naga City, 51.

Of the 176 unfilled non-teaching plantilla positions, Albay has 38; Camarines Norte, 13; Camarines Sur, 94; Masbate, 23; and Sorsogon, 8.

Bañas explained that the remaining 1,797 are the remaining unfilled positions for 2017 that will be added for 2018.

Of the number, Albay has 316; Camarines Norte, 171; Camarines Sur, 776; Catanduanes, 69; Masbate, 191; and Sorsogon, 194. Among the cities in Bicol, Iriga City has 6; Legazpi City, 19; Tabaco City, 10; Masbate City, 19; and Naga City, 26.

Bañas said the DepEd allocated additional posts to strengthen the implementation of the K to 12 program. (PNA)

Developing leadership qualities

Rene Homer M. Flores
Sto. Nino Elementary School

Leaders are made, not born. It is not necessary for a person to be born in the “right” circumstance, to the “right” parents, and at the “right” place and time. Rather, one can be a leader by observing what works for other leaders and learning from them.

Leadership involves acquiring a set of skills to successfully manage a group of people. Implementing these skills and assessing which ones are more suited to a particular situation are part of the daily challenges for those aspiring to be leaders.

One such leadership skill is knowing one’s strengths. Harnessing these gifts, which were brought about by a person’s upbringing and experiences, and which are unique to every individual, can make a huge difference in developing one’s leadership style. For example, a person who is naturally people-oriented can use this strength to get in touch deeply with what others are thinking and feeling.

On the other hand, it is equally important to acknowledge the weaknesses one has. These areas of difficulty should be seen not as stumbling blocks but as windows of opportunity for growth and development. Likewise, they can be chances for the rest of the team to offer their help to the leader in the spirit of teamwork and cooperation.

Another leadership skill is setting general and specific goals for oneself and for the team. These will define one’s vision, mission, and objectives for the team. In the process, make sure the team also understands why it is necessary to have these goals, and how, individually and as a group, they can work towards their accomplishment.

Lastly, it is vital to maintain a positive attitude towards work. This upbeat disposition will help inspire and transform the group into becoming positive team players and ultimately reaching potentials they probably did not even realize they had. With a positive attitude, a leader sees problems as challenges to be solved, and difficult situations as opportunities to be creative and resourceful.

Acquiring leadership skills does not happen overnight. More often than not, it is a continuous process that involves not only the leader, but also the team, superiors, and even the community. It consists of being open to change and constructive criticism, as well as of acknowledging one’s victories.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Video showing burning of schoolbags in Libmanan goes viral

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A video of an unidentified male person shouting at the top of his lungs to a group of students allegedly at a school in a Camarines Sur town has gone viral.

According to the person who posted the video: “Bags were burned because students didn’t comply with said restriction not to bring excess things since students were wearing formal attire. Said bags contain personal things such as phone, laptop, money, etc.”

“Is this reasonable? Why are we being treated this way?” the post continues. “We came to school to learn and be a better individual. We are not stupid. AND WE WILL NOT STAY SILENT.”

Another person who posted the same video said:
I'm not a victim. We admit na may mali kami. But there's always a reason. Yung mga student na nasunugan ng gamit halos lahat malayo ang mga bahay. And the only reason kaya may dala silang backpack ay para hindi na sila umuwi ng lunch. Kasi in the afternoon may nakasched din kami na gagawin namin para sa projects namin. And dahil naka business attire kami (dress, heels and etc.) kailangan namin ng pamalit. That's why may dala silang backpack. Kawawa naman sila, umuwi sila ng walang wala.

Siguro acceptable pa kung tinapon lang sa basurahan. Pero hindi eh, sinunog pa. We can accept all those punishments para sa kasalanan na nagawa namin. Pero sana next time wag nang ganto.

We are just students. Pero alam din naman namin ang karapatan namin. Those laptops, cellphones, bags and other things na nasunog ay pinaghirapan ng mga parents. Hindi yun mabibili with just a snap of a finger.

Hindi ako hater. Gusto ko lang na malaman din ng iba ang point of view naming mga student.

Allegedly, the incident took place at Bicol Central Academy in Libmanan town.

The video has been shared 1098 times as of 9:37 p.m.

Attempts have been made to get in touch with the school officials, but the same have not been reached as of this writing.


CONFIRMED | Tallado to run for governor in 2019

From L-R: Gov. Jonah Pimentel, Former Gov. Egay Tallado, BM Pol Gache, Talisay Vice Mayor Mahang Aguilar, Rep. Marisol Panotes, Talisay Mayor Ronnie Magana 

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Former Camarines Norte Governor Egay Tallado declared today (August 17, 2018) his decision to run for governor in 2019.

He made this announcement in a meeting attended by his allies in the town of Talisay.

"I have no Plan A nor Plan B. I am running for governor in the midterm elections next year," he said.

"I am making this announcement if only to clarify issues hurled against me that I am no longer qualified to run for the same post," he explained.

He added that he consulted with his election lawyers who advised him that there is no legal impediment that would prevent him from running for governor.

Furthermore, he said that it has been rumored that his son Alvin will be the gubernatorial bet of the group, but he explained that the same is not true because he is the one running.

Current Gov. Jonah Pimentel will be his running-mate, Tallado said.

Asked under what political party he will join, Tallado said: "When I ran for governor in 2016, I was under the banner of the Nationalist People's Coalition, but immediately after assumption to office, I shifted to PDP Laban. This coming election, our group is considering to reunite with NPC."

Meanwhile, second district Rep. Marisol Panotes has joined the group of Tallado and Pimentel.

In said gathering, Board Member Pol Gache endorsed the candidacy of Mahang Aguilar for Mayor of Talisay.

It will be recalled that Gache who is in his last term as Board Member earlier announced his intention to run for mayor of Talisay.

However, he declared his support for Aguilar, if only to make a united stand for the good of the residents of his hometown.

Also in attendance during the meeting were nine incumbent town mayors and other political aspirants who expressed their support to Tallado in his decision to make a political comeback.


PDIC starts paying depositors of closed Camarines Norte bank

MANILA -- The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) said Wednesday it started mailing postal money orders (PMOs) to depositors of the closed Rural Bank of Sta. Elena (Camarines Norte), Inc. on Monday, six working days after the bank's takeover last Aug. 3.

In a statement, the PDIC said PMOs have started to be sent to depositors eligible for outright payment and who maintained deposits with the closed bank.

Eligible for outright payment of deposit insurance are depositors with valid deposit balances of PHP100,000 and below, who have no outstanding loans with the closed bank, and have complete mailing address in the bank records or updated this information through the PDIC Mailing Address Update Form (MAUF).

The RuralBank of Sta. Elena was ordered closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last Aug. 2.

It is a single-unit rural bank located in Sta. Elena town in the province of Camarines Norte.

Depositors who have not received their checks are advised to contact the PDIC's Public Assistance Department at telephone numbers (02) 841-4630 to 31, or e-mail PDIC at

Depositors outside Metro Manila may call the PDIC Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342).

Inquiries may also be sent to the official PDIC Facebook account at (PR)


21 schools in Bicol warned against dengue

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Twenty-one schools in the Bicol region have been given the early warning for possible dengue transmission in due to high population density of mosquitoes.

This was under the Dengue Vector Surveillance Advisory for the third week of August 2018 by the Bicol Integrated Dengue Vector Management Program.

These schools include:

Camarines Norte: Larap National High School and S. Basilio Elementary School

Masbate: Monreal Central School, Mobo National High School, Cataingan National High School, Jose Zurbito Sr. Elementary School

Catanduanes: Gigmoto Central School

Sorsogon: Abucay National High School, Irosin Central School, Jose Alindogan Central School

Camarines Sur: Pasacao Central School, Pili National High School

Albay: Oas Polytechnic School, Cabraran Elementary School, Tabaco South Central Elementary School, Albay Central School, UST Legazpi, Malilipot Central School

Sorsogon: Gubat National High School, Sorsogon Pilot Elementary School, Pangpang Elementay School.

The Program clarified that the identified schools do not necessarily have dengue cases.

In response to this development, the Bicol Integrated Dengue Vector Management Program has advised immediate action to prevent and control dengue.

Schools, households and barangays near the schools are advised to search and destroy dengue mosquito breeding sites; secure self-protection; seek early consultation if fever lasts for two days already; and support spraying to prevent impending outbreak.

Local health authorities for their part are advised to continue monthly entomological survey; search for more areas of HI of more than 5% and BI of more than 20%; sustain and intensify disease surveillance; mobilize the community to conduct clean up drive and search and destroy breeding sites; and intensity information dissemination on dengue prevention and control.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bicolana scientist: I want the PH to reap benefits of science


LONDON--“I want to return to the Philippines to train future scientists,” said Bicolana scientist Jhalique Jane Fojas who is currently completing her PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Neurophysics) from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom (UK). Fojas is also pursuing a Masters of Medical Sciences degree in Clinical Investigation (Neurology and Neuropsychiatry) at Harvard University in the US.

Philippine Ambassador Antonio Manuel Lagdameo received Fojas at the chancery on 08 August 2018 when she visited the Embassy to discuss the developments of an initiative she and another Filipino student, Reg Lagaac, have been pushing for in the past two years. Through the efforts of Fojas and Lagaac, the Cambridge Global Health Partnership group will be bringing their technology and expertise to three hospitals in the Philippines, particularly in Legazpi, Bacolod, and Davao. The group aims to provide free world-class medical services to the poorest communities in these areas.

This is only the start of Fojas’ dream to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos through science. Having been educated in Harvard Medical School and Cambridge University after obtaining her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines, Fojas is passionate about using what she has learned from two of the world’s most prestigious universities in making quality healthcare accessible to all.

During her stint in Cambridge, Fojas developed a non-invasive device to treat drug addiction. According to Fojas, a similar device was approved in the UK to treat Parkinson’s disease. She has also been working on a project to bring psychiatry to the community in an effort to zap the stigma many people today still associate with obtaining treatment for issues in mental health.

“Funding and opportunities remain a big challenges,” Fojas disclosed when asked about the challenges that young scientists like her are confronted with in their pursuit to bring knowledge, technology, and innovation home. “We also need a collaborative space where we, overseas Filipino scientists, can gather in to share what we have learned from our work. That is one of my dreams—to establish a national laboratory.”

Ambassador Lagdameo lauded Fojas’ determination in seeing her dream through. “The Philippine Embassy supports the work undertaken by our overseas Filipino scientists. We are here not only to listen but to provide links and to establish meaningful partnerships and networks knowing fully well that for scientific work to flourish, it must be fuelled by strong collaborations that transcend nationality or geographic boundaries.”

Ambassador Lagdameo underscored the high calibre of overseas Filipino scientists and how the indelible marks they have made in their respective fields. “Through the trails they have blazed in both the natural and social sciences, overseas Filipino scientists have made an impact in their respective fields that have advanced the global scientific agenda.”

Fojas is set to meet with representatives from the Philippine Department of Health towards the end of the year before the full implementation of the medical mission. After which, she returns to Harvard Medical School to complete her studies.

Consul General and Deputy Chief of Mission Senen T. Mangalile and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Stacy Danika Alcantara-Garcia participated in the discussion during Fojas’ courtesy call with the Ambassador.

Lumang Kapinunan Art Exhibit to open in Bacacay, Albay this week

BACACAY, Albay (Bicol Standard) – Local visual artists will converge to bring the public an art exhibit called Lumang Kapinunan: Pinta, Kurit, Ukit at Casa Simeon from 17 August to 17 September 2018.

The exhibit will feature the works of Bicolano artists including Renato Jimenez, Boyet Lopez, Randy Alzaga, Larry Quirona, Pop Sierra, Caloy Calleja, Jing Bitare Templado, Regine Eina Esternon, Vicky Balunzo, Glenda Navera, Caitriona Nunez, Lemuel Nunez, Dan Vincent Barotilla, Melchor Sabariza, Harold Gomez, Micah Hilotin, Cris Fragata-Gomez, Doodler Gee, Nilo Betito, Jr., Cyrill Severo, Jonnel Batalla, Christine Mae Barnetdo, Niel Bryan Bronoso, Paul Basilla,Jan Angelo Sambajon, Rafhael Barbacena, Edcel Basilan, Shiela Quijano, Tin Barcoma, Grace Campillos, Sherry Yumul, Lan Borlagdatan, Joseph Laurel, Mel Baranda, Jun Tolosa, Antonio Basilla, and Glenn de Guzman.

According to the organizers, the event was named Lumang Kapinunan because the exhibit will take place at Casa Simeon, an ancestral house.

This was the brainchild of Tingkalag Art Group of Bacacay, Albay, with the support of participating artists from Naga City and Legazpi City.

The organizers said they hope the event will inspire not only locals but also those from other places to witness and appreciate the art of the region.

Gallery hours will be from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.

Premyo Valledor now accepts entries for 2018 Best Novel in Bikol

A new literary prize has been launched by the Ateneo de Naga University Press in cooperation with the National Book Development Board (NBDB), the Institute of Bikol History and Culture and the Ateneo de Naga Center for Arts and Culture last August 14, 2018 at the Richie Fernando Hall, Ateneo de Naga University. Attended by writers, administrators, librarians, students and writers, the launching ceremony was graced by NBDB Chair Neni Sta. Romana Cruz and the writer's prize donor, Victorio C. Valledor, a native of Catanduanes. 

The donor who has been very supportive to the NBDB projects shares that he did not hesitate when he was asked by Kristian Sendon Cordero, deputy director of ADNU Press, to sponsor a writer's prize for the region considering that Bikol has a rich literary tradition. Mr. Valledor in his speech during the launching shared to the audience that as a Bikolano, he has never for a minute forgot that he comes from the Bikol in particular in the island of Catanduanes. He wished that thru the writer's prize, the Bikolano writer will continue to reflect, criticize and embrace the many narratives about the region. 

"A brief profile about the donor which is available in the internet shows that Mr. Valledor is a man of intelligence and is our hope that many Bikol writers will respond to the challenge set by this competition", according to Dr. Noel Volante, Ateneo CCA Director who formally introduced Mr. Valledor to the audience. 

Victorio Cabangon Valledor joins the insurance industry since 1967. Starting as a clerk with a small local insurance company, he rose to become the President and CEO of Citytrust Insurance Brokers Phils., the Philippine affiliate of Citicorp Insurance Brokers in 1987. In 1994, Vic, in partnership with Citicorp Nelson Hurst Insurance Brokers, formed a joint venture company in the Philippines known as NHV Insurance Brokers, Phils., Inc. Since then NHV's name evolved to what is now known as Lockton Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers, Phils., Inc. Today, Lockton Phils. is ranked as one of the top ten insurance brokers in the country. It is also one of the most profitable. Mr. Valledor is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Program.   Mr. Valledor is also involved in charity work especially in his home province, Catanduanes, where through the Scholarship Foundation he founded in honor of his maternal grandfather, over one hundred scholars have so far completed their technical and vocational education and are now all gainfully employed. He continues to provide scholarships to at least 25 poor but deserving students from his province every year.  He is also a member of the prestigious Makati Business Club and Manila Jaycees Senate, among others. He is the immediate past president of the Association of Insurance Brokers of the Philippines and currently sits in its Board as one of its directors.

Fr. Wilmer Tria, the university press director thinks of the said award as a good occasion to rekindle the revolutionary spirit among our writers. "In a time when the public discourse has gone so low, and has been polarized by so many fake news and ad hominem attacks prevailing in our monitors and television screens, we are being called to return to books, to return to writing and critical reading so that we may continue to forge and discern the best things we can offer for our regions, for the nation and for the world", said Fr. Tria.   The deadline of submission of entries is on November 30, 2018. A shortlist will be announced on February 2019 and the awarding is set on April 27, 2019 in time for the celebration of the National Literature Month. The winning writer will receive the amount of P 50, 000.00 and a publishing grant from the Ateneo de Naga University Press.

The mechanics and guidelines are as follow:

The PREMYO VICTORIO C. VALLEDOR PARA SA NOBELANG BIKOL is an annual award to be given to the best novel in any Bikol language.
The award is named after Victorio C. Valledor, a native of Catanduanes. He is the current CEO and President of the Lockton Companies.

As someone who hails from the Bikol region, he aims to actively support the development of literature by holding this annual competition and other literature-related activities that will highlight the importance of Bikol contemporary writings. The Bikol language herein refers to the languages spoken in all six provinces (Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) in the region as identified by the Komisyon Sa Wikang Filipino Language Map. The Ateneo de Naga University Press in cooperation with the National Book Development Board will be the primary agencies responsible in calling for entries, judging the best entry and awarding the winner on April 27, 2019 in celebration of the National Literature Month.

1.1  The award is open to all Bikol writers of legal age, except to the officers and employees of the National Book Development Board and the Ateneo de Naga University Press.

1.2  Participating writers must register with the National Book Development before they can be considered eligible for the said contest. The NBDB registration form and the Premyo Vallaedor may be downloaded thru the Ateneo de Naga University website  or may be requested by emailing with the following subject: NBDB FORM-PREMYO VALLEDOR.
1.3  The confirmation form from NBDB will be one of the requirements to be submitted alongside with all other documents. The writers are expected to work and pay their own registration fee.

1.4  For Bikolanos living abroad, their entries need not be notarized; if, however, an entry from abroad is shortlisted, then the Official Entry Form and Grant/Assignment of Rights and Consent for (adaptations) must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and received by the Ateneo de Naga University Press Staff on or before the April 1, 2019 (Philippine time) of the contest year in order to qualify to receive an award.

2.1 Applicants must submit an accomplished entry form, which shall contain the applicant’s curriculum vitae with the synopsis of the project, and the final output of the project which shall be submitted in four (4) printed copies.
2.2 Entries must be computer-encoded, double-spaced on 8 1⁄2 X 11 inches bond paper. There should be a one- inch margin on all sides. The page number should be typed consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be either Arial, Times New Roman, or Book Antiqua. The font size should be 12. All entries must be notarized.  
2. 3 The theme/style is open and free. There will be no limit on the number of pages; young adult novels and graphic novels are welcome. In case of co-writing, the writers must declare it in their entry form and they should provide their respective CVs.
2.4 A writer may only submit one entry per year. A translation or an adaptation of a previous or another work is not allowed. Manuscript shall not bear a pen name or the name of the applicant in any of the pages. All manuscripts received with identifying marks shall be disqualified.
2.5. All entries will be judged by three members of the jury who will be identified by the Ateneo de Naga University Press and the National Book Development Board.  
2.6   Deadline of submission of entry together with the curriculum vitae of applicant(s) and other requirements shall be on  NOVEMBER 30, 2018.   NO SUBMISSION BY E-MAIL WILL BE ACCEPTED.
All entries shall be addressed to:
The Secretariat
Ateneo de Naga University Press
1/F Xavier Hall, Ateneo Avenue, Naga City 4400
Attention: Kristian Sendon Cordero, Deputy Director
2.7     The jury members will announce a shortlist on or before February 28, 2019. Entries that are not selected shall not be returned anymore.          

2.8 All shortlisted authors will be invited for a public lecture in the Ateneo de Naga University. The author(s) of the winning entry will be announced in a special ceremony on April, 2019 as part of the National Literature Month Celebration. He/She/They will receive the amount of FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (P50, 000.00) and a publication grant from the Ateneo de Naga University Press. 

3.1     The winner(s) hereby grant(s) the Ateneo de Naga Univeristy Press the first option to publish the winning manuscript. The Ateneo de Naga University Press will have the right to produce or authorize to be produced, for staging, telecasting, broadcasting, or cinema or other forms of exhibition from time to time any output of the winning manuscript. The AdNU Press will also be allowed to include excerpts from the winning entries in the respective websites of the sponsoring agencies.
3.2     It is understood that the entry submitted has not been submitted to any other award body or has not received any prize. Any violation of the guidelines shall mean the withdrawal of the prize and any amount paid to the winner shall be returned to the Ateneo de Naga University. The award then will be transferred to the entry which garnered the second highest votes during the deliberation.

Villamor is new DOLE Bicol Regional Director

Legazpi City - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region V (Bicol) welcomed its new Regional Director (RD) Atty. Alvin M. Villamor on August 13, 2018 during the Monday program and simple turn-over ceremony at the Activity Center, DOLE Bldg., Doña Aurora St., Old Albay, Legazpi City.

RD Villamor replaced RD Exequiel Sarcauga in view of the latter’s retirement last June.

One of the highlights of the event was the ceremonial turnover of the Key of Responsibility of OIC RD Rovelinda dela Rosa to newly-installed RD Villamor.

In his speech, with a hundred nine days left, he stressed: “I will improve on what has just accomplished and try to improve the way it is being done. We have only 3 months before we are graded. In that 3 months time, I will just to try to improve on the accomplishments, plans and programs of DOLE RO 5. I’ll focus on voluntary regularization and on campaign on ending ‘endo’, livelihood and job facilitation.”

The event was graced by the key officials of the Region, including Assistant Regional Director Rovelinda dela Rosa, Provincial Heads, Technical Support and Services Division and Internal Management and Services Division Heads and the rest of the Department’s personnel.

Sorsogon gov't, Smart prepare SoSorsogon Digital Tourism app

Mr. Johnny Y. Palanca – PLDT and SMART VP, Luzon Region Head with Sorsogon Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Provincial Government of Sorsogon has teamed up with SMART Communications for a new mobile application that will help promote tourism.

The SoSorsogon Digital Tourism app is an initiative that taps mobile technology to provide travelers with timely, relevant, and accurate cultural, historical and tourism information. Through the project, SMART and the Provincial Government of Sorsogon will produce a free mobile application that will serve as a digital travel guide to the Province of Sorsogon and deploy interactive markers and download stations that will use Quick Response (QR) codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) tags to deliver relevant information on the province.

In the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement yesterday, Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza thanked the communications company for its support in promoting tourism in Sorsogon.

“This will encourage more people to visit our beautiful Province, which has a lot to offer. Malaking tulong din po ang teknolohiyang ito para sa dagdag kaalaman ng lahat sa mayamang kultura at kasaysayan ng mga Sorsoganon. This technology will also boost our Disaster Preparedness and Response activities as a result of enhanced communication,” the governor said.

Legazpi City is number 1 component city overall; Naga City first in Economic Dynamism

Photo via Mayor Noel Rosal's Facebook account
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Legazpi City ranked number 1 as the overall component city in Overall Competitiveness.

This was announced at the 6th Regional Competitiveness Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila earlier today, August 16.

Legazpi City also placed second in terms of Economic Dynamism, 14th in Government Efficiency, first in Infrastructure, and 16th in Resiliency.

Meanwhile, Naga City placed first in terms of Economic Dynamism among 145 component cities across the country, Mayor John Bongat confirmed.

Naga City was also second in Overall Competitiveness.

In Government Efficiency, Naga City placed ninth; in Infrastructure, second; and in Resiliency, 6th.

The award was given by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The goal of the awards was to measure all cities and municipalities (the Philippines has 1,634) annually and to eventually institutionalize and embed this data-gathering and analysis in cities so they could use their own data to plan their futures.

The criteria were initially categorized under three broad pillars—economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure—for a total of 30 indicators.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New DepEd Bicol RD to focus on basic education

Gilbert T. Sadsad
Photo by Connie Calipay/PNA

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – New DepEd V Regional Director Gilbert T. Sadsad aims to develop programs related to basic education.

In a press conference with the members of the local media Monday, Sadsad said this will be his focus as he leads the regional office.

Sadsad underscored the role of basic education in improving the lives of Filipino learners.

He added that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve Bicol, where he began his career in 1988 as a teacher in Magarao, Camarines Sur.

Previously, he was the regional director of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa).

Sadsad replaced Ramon Fiel Abcede who has been reassigned to the DepEd Central Office as OIC Assistant Secretary for Finance-Budget, Project Monitoring and Procurement.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Teachers to have less work at night, more productivity by day with improved LIS

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday reported substantial improvements in the performance of its Learner Information System (LIS), which helps teachers cut the time spent on the system and allows them to focus on teaching.

Following the migration of LIS to DepEd’s Cloud facilities and the provision of enough resources for more than 100,000 daily users, which is four to five times the usual capacity of LIS, more users are able to work with the system during the day than at night or wee hours of the morning.

“Complaints from parents and teachers have been passed on to us about the LIS, which keeps them sleepless; the continuous improvements in the Department all aim to help improve the welfare and efficiency of our teachers and personnel,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones noted during DepEd’s press conference on August 8.

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said that the LIS dashboard now registers an average of 130,000 teachers accessing the system from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. and only less than 1,000 users at night – opposite of the common traffic.

“This is only the beginning of a Department-wide effort to improve the efficiency of existing DepEd systems; it is long overdue and it will go a long way in helping our teachers have more time to teach than working on the LIS,” Pascua stated.

Since the improvement, system problems due to high volume of users were encountered for only three days between July 30 and August 1. The increase in capacity of key resources to accommodate more users resulted in minimal reports of slowdown.

Migration to the Cloud was a strategic decision which allows DepEd to easily increase or decrease the capacity of the LIS based on the current requirements without going through the long process of purchasing new equipment. It also ensures that LIS will continue operations even in cases of blackouts or other untoward events that might affect the DepEd Data Center.

DepEd has also established a project team whose sole purpose is to improve the LIS. Recent enhancements now allow schools to enroll eligible learners from schools that were not able to finalize enrollment in the previous school year, Balik Aral learners who have no record in the previous year, and transferees from public and private schools. Once all the planned interventions are completed, teachers will no longer need to spend long hours complying with the requirements of the LIS.

“We are working non-stop in our assessment of existing systems, apart from the LIS, to ensure that they fulfill their objective of simplifying work,” stated DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Director Abram Abanil.

Barkong cargado nin copras, nasangrad sa Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY (BICOL STANDARD) Sarong barkong cargado nin copras an nakasangrad sa tungod kan Brgy. Arimbay, digdi kasubago, sabi kan Philippine Coast Guard.

An barko may pangaran na MV Jerly Lily may lunad nin 18ng tripolantes.

Nangyari an aksidente kasuodmang alas 12:00 nin odto nin huli ta hunas o ati na an dagat sa nasambit na lugar.

Dakulang parte kan Pasig reef, na namumugtak sa distanciang poco mas o menos 500 metros paghale sa guilid kan dagat sa Legazpi City an naraot nin huli kan aksidente.

DILG lauds BJMP for 307 drug-free jails in less than a year

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauds the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for 307 drug-free jails in less than a year of its intensified internal cleansing campaign.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that BJMP has made great leaps in ensuring that jails in the Philippines are free from illegal drugs in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's campaign to rid the country, including Filipinos behind bars, of the influence of illegal drugs.

"I commend BJMP for their admirable accomplishment. The proliferation of illegal drugs in hundreds of prisons in the country have been an endemic issue which entails a lot of work and political will and for BJMP to produce positive output in less than a year, in a matter of months, is truly worth praising," says Año.

"As one of the attached agencies of DILG, we are extremely satisfied with the progress BJMP was able to accomplish in the past months," he adds.

According to Año, through the efforts of BJMP, an increase of 74.51% of jails manned by BJMP are now drug-free, a far cry from 68 jail facilities certified by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as "clean of illegal drugs" early this year.

"Numbers cannot lie. From 68 early this year, we now have 307 drug-free jails which can only be attributed to the relentless campaign of BJMP to keep up with the President's vision of a country free from illegal-drugs," he says.

The DILG Chief also lauds BJMP Chief Jail Director Deogracias C. Tapayan for his leadership and consistency in carrying out the various initiatives of the Jail Bureau and "for being a firm partner of the government in the fight against illegal drugs".

He says that in less than a year of assuming as the BJMP Chief, Tapayan remained a steadfast leader steering the bureau to its best performance yet while gearing to better improve jail facilities as a place of new beginnings for detainees rather than a dead-end.

"What BJMP Chief Tapayan did is truly remarkable. Umaasa akong magpapatuloy ang kanyang pagpupursige na lalo pang mapabuti ang BJMP at ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan sa likod ng rehas," says the DILG Chief.

Efforts for drug-free BJMP

Año explains that for a jail facility to be marked as drug-free, it has to comply with the standards and requirements set by agencies such as PDEA and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"Eight regions have been declared as drug-free using the standard set by PDEA and PNP. All these regions are 100% compliant meaning they were able to meet the very strenuous requisites identified," he says.

According to BJMP, the conduct of random-drug tests among inmates and jail personnel, jail-based intervention program on anti-illegal drugs, and absence of any illegal drugs paraphernalia in the facility are some of the parameters used to declare a jail facility drug-free.

BJMP Chief Tapayan also spearheads the BJMP project PRRD or Personal Progressive Cleansing and Build-up, Recruitment and Revamped Training and Reorientation, Rehabilitation of Facilities, Safekeeping and Development of Persons Deprived of Liberty, and Decongested De-radicalized drug facilities.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PDEA and BJMP was also inked last November for the conduct of regular drug-clearing operations in all city and municipal jails in the country.


Concepcion Criminal Gang, nakasagupa kan pulis sa CSur

Stock image from Pixabay
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Nagka sagupa guiraray kasubagong aga (alas 6:30) an mga pulis asin an mga miembros kan notorious na Concepcion Criminal Group sa banwaan kan Bato, Camarines Sur.

An Concepcion Criminal Group (CCG) bisto sa Bicol na an mga miembros "gun for hire", sabi sa report kan pulis.

Susug sa despacho na pinadara ni Chief Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan PNP Bicol, an mga miembros kan police mobile forces kan Camarines Sur an nagpapatrolya sa lugar kan masabatan ninda an 10ng mga miembros kan criminal group sa Brgy. Del Rosario, kasubagong aga.
Naglawig nin 20 minutos si ribayan nin putok.

Idinagdag sa report na may mga miembros kan CCG an nalugadan sa baradilan.

an mga pulis naka recover sa pinangyarihan kan encounter nin M4 Colt rifle, tulong handguns, mga bala kan M16 rifle, 9mm asin .45 caliber pistols asin cellphones.

Sinabi pa sa report, an 10ng mga armadong lalaki iyo si parehong grupo na nakalaban kan mga pulis kan Viernes sa Brgy. Along-ong, Libon, Albay. Pakalihis nin pirang minutos na baradilan, nagdulag sinda pasiring sa banwaan kan Bato, Camarines Sur.

Mientrastanto, an mga pulis sa kataid na banwaan kan Libon, Albay digdi sa Camarines Sur nag bugtak nin mga checkpoints tangani na mahipaan si mga nagdudurolag na mga miembros kan Concepcion Criminal Group.

Afuera kan mga check points, linibot man kan mga awtoridad an mga hospitals na harane sa lugar para isihon kun igwang dinara saindang paciente, na may tama nin bala, nin huli kan baradilan kan Viernes.

Akusado sa mga casong Rape, dakop sa barko sa Tabaco City

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) - An pig sasabing number 3 na most wanted na persona sa Bicol, na nabisto sa pangaran na Domingo Pena y Frias, an nahulog na sa kamot kan mga awtoridad kasuodma.

Si Pena, tinuklo kan pulis mantang nakalunad sa Calixta 6, Regina Shippine Line sa Tabaco Port, Tabaco City nin huli kan inaatubang na mga caso.

Nag aatubang siya 6 na counts nin casong Rape, na anas mayo nin rekomendadong fianza.

An arrest warrant firmado ni Branch 43 RTC Judge Lelu Contreras, duman sa Virac, Catanduanes, asin mga caso sa sa sala ni Judge Ruben B. Carretas RTC Branch 9 kan RTC, sa Legazpi City.

An mga akusasyon contra ki Pena anas sa casong Rape, na mayo nin rekomendadong fianza

Indian National binadil nin riding in tandem criminal sa Guinobatan

GUINOBATAN, Albay -- Sarong Indian National, na nabisto sa pangaran na Durleep Singh Brar, na residente kan Doña Maria Subd., Brgy. Tagas, Daraga, Albay an binadil kan dai nabistong mga lalaki na nakalunad sa motorsiklo.

An incidente nangyari kasuodmang poco mas o menos alas 10:50 nin aga, sa Brgy. Banao, sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi kan imbestigador, sarong concerned citizen an nagreport sa Guinobatan MPS, dapit sa krimen.

Nagluluwas sa pag siyasat kan pulis na an biktima nakalunad sa motorsiklo kan siya hipaan kan dai nabistong mga tawo, na nakasakay man sa motorsiklo.

Tulos binadil kan mga suspechado an biktima na tinamaan nin bala sa saiyang lawas.

Nin huli kaini, idinalagan si Brar sa hospital asin pigbubulong ngonian.

Mayo pa nin makapagsabi kun sisay an mga kriminal na imbuelto sa incidente.

Siring man, pig sisiyasat pa kan pulis kun ano an motibo kan pangyayari.

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