Saturday, September 1, 2018

Miembro kan Army inambush, pigbubulong

RAGAY Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Sarong soldados an nalugadan sa ambush kasubagong aga banwaan na ini, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Nabisto an biktima na iyo si Sergeant Amador Mansion, commander kan detachment kan Philippine Army digdi.
Sabi sa imbestigasyon, mga miembros kan New People's Army (NPA) an nag ambush saiya, mientras na nakasakay sa motorsiklo kaiba an may apelyedong Portugal na miembro kan Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliaries.

Nagdadalagan an saindang vehiculo pasiring sa Brgy. Baya kan biglang hipaan kan mga NPA, dangan pina-uranan nin bala hale sa mga makukusog na armas.

An incidente nangyari alas 8:55 nin aga sabi sa report na hale sa opisina ni Chief Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan pulis sa Bicol.

May tama nin bala si Mansion sa totoong abaga pero nagibo pa niyang magmaneho kan saiyang motorsiklo parayo sa mga rebelde.

Si Portugal dai natamaan nin bala.

An biktima idinalagan sa Ragay District Hospital tangani na ipabulong.

Unloading of NFA rice stalled again due to rains

By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY -- The unloading of 200,000 sacks of Thailand rice that were purchased through Government to Government (G2G) process has been temporarily stopped at the Tabaco City Port in Albay province due to bad weather, the National Food Authority (NFA) spokesperson in Bicol said Friday.

Nelsie Alcantara, in an interview, said the sacks of rice on board MV Blue Emperor 1 that were ready for unloading underwent 12 days of fumigation process after weevil bugs or “bokbok” were seen crawling in some of the bags.

"The unloading is supposed to begin this morning after days of fumigation but suspended due to rain. However, anytime soon if the weather permit us to unload, then we will proceed. Our office is expecting to finish the unloading process in five days," Alcantara said.

The rice will be directly delivered to NFA warehouses in six provinces.

Camarines Sur province will have the biggest rice allocation of 47,000 sacks followed by Albay - 41,500, Camarines Norte -16,500, Sorsogon - 21,000, Catanduanes – 12,000, and Masbate - 12,000 sacks.

The NFA regional office has 50,000 sacks of allocation for its buffer stock intended for calamity victims and augmentation to all local government units in Bicol in case of emergencies.

Alcantara added that after the unloading of the 200,000 sacks of imported rice from the first cargo vessel, they will order the unloading of another 164,000 sacks of Thailand rice from MV BMC Bravo which arrived last August 25 at the Tabaco City Port.

The NFA is expecting the price of commercial rice in public markets to go down next month because of the expected pouring of NFA rice at accredited retailers.

Currently, the prices of commercial rice in the market, based on NFA monitoring, range from PHP45 to PHP50 for regular and well milled rice, and PHP48 to PHP52 for special or fancy rice. (PNA)

3 gadan kan maligis nin 14-wheeler truck sa Albay

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Tulong tawo an nagadan kan adodoson an saindang harong kan 14-wheeler na truck, sa gilid kan diversion road sa Brgy. Iraya Norte, Oas, Albay kasubangui, Viernes).

Segun sa report kan pulis an mga binawian nin buhay iyo si Sulpicio Gados, residente kan Polangui, Albay, Giovanni Raton asin Gerald Satuito.

An truck na naka-aksidente hale sa banwaan kan Camalig pasiring sa Metro Manila.

Ipinahayag kan imbestigador na an nakadisgraciang vehiculo pig mamaneho ni Roger Marcaida.
Kan inimbistigaran kan mga awtoridad si Marcaida inako niya na nawaran talaga siya nin control kan manibela kan awto, inadodos kan saiyang vehiculo an harong sa guilid kan tinampo, poco mas o menos alas 7:00 nin bangui.

Inako ni Marcaida na nagkaigwa nin mechanical problem an pig maneho niyang awto.

Mientrastanto, makuring pagbasol an sinapo kan driver sa nangyaring aksidente.

Naghagad na man siya nin kapatawadan sa mga miembros kan familya kan mga nagadan.

Naaraman pa hale sa informante magsaradireng tawo, afuera ki Gados na yaon sa sinambit na harong tangani na magdalaw kan saiyang ilusyon, na miembro kan familya Raton.

Sabi sa report, si Gados ikakasal na sa Disyembre sa sarong miembro kan familya Raton.

Nin huli sa nangyaring aksidente, sasangatan man guirary nin caso an driver kan truck, dugang pa sa report.

Busig-on Festival 2018 Schedule of Activities

(September 1 - Saturday)

*THANKS GIVING MASS (St. John the Apostle and Evangelist - 6:00am)
*FOOD FAIR (Labo sports Complex - 8:00am)
*OPENING PROGRAM (Labo Sports Complex - 8:00am)
*BLESSING OF MARIAN ICONS (ICT ROOM, 2/F Labo Municipal Building - 9:00am)
*OPENING OF AGRI TOURISM TRADE FAIR (Villaflores St., Brgy. Gumamela - 9:00am)
*FANCY AND SILENT DRILL COMPETITION (Labo Sports Complex - 1:00pm)
*BUSIG-ON MUSIC FESTIVAL (Labo sports Complex - 6:00pm)

(September 2 - Sunday)

*COLOR FUN RUN (Labo Convention Center - 6:00am)
*CICLOTURISMO (Labo Central Terminal - 7:00am)
*BUSIG-ON CONCERT (Labo Sports Complex - 6:00pm

(September 3 - Monday)

*RIVER GAMES (Hagdan Bato, Brgy. San Francisco - 8:00am)
*BALSA PARADA (Hagdan Bato, Brgy. San Francisco - 8:00)
*BUSIG-ON BOODLE FIGHT Cum STREET PARTY (Maharlika Highway - 4:00pm)

(September 4 - Tuesday)

*FARMERS CONGRESS (Labo Convention Center - 8:00am)
*KIDS PLAY DAY (Labo Sports Complex - 1:00pm)

(September 5 - Wednesday)

*BUSIG-ON QUIZ SHOW (3/F Labo Municipal Bldg. - 8:00am)
*SONG WRITING COMPETITION (Labo Sports Complex - 8:00am)
*BUSIG-ON LITTLE PRINCESS (Labo Sports Complex - 6:00pm)

(September 6 - Thursday)

*BARANGAY RESPONSE TEAM (Labo Poblacion - 8:00am)
*COCOMAZING RACE (Labo Sports Complex - 8:00am)
*BARABGAY NIGHT (Labo sports Complex - 6:00pm)

(September 7 - Friday)

*TODA DAY (Labo Poblacion - 8:00am)
- Tricycle Parade
- Palaro
- Bb. Tsuper

(September 8 - Saturday)

*STREET DANCING COMPETITION (Labo Sports Complex - 7:00am)
*MARIAN PROCESSION (Maharlika Highway - 4:00pm)

LOOK | Busig-on Festival Street Parade

The town of Labo celebrates Busig-on Festival, which is based on the Epic of Busig-on, a contemporary tale written by Carlos Galvez that tells of the heroism, values, and culture of the locals.

A parade with people dressed as characters from the epic was showcased earlier today in the municipality's streets.

(Photos by Mahatma Gan/Bicol Standard)


LGU Naga: No truth to claim law enforcers out to plant drugs at checkpoints

Naga City
Bicol Standard file photo

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Naga City Government belied the circulating information that various law enforcement agencies will be conducting checkpoints to plant drugs, allegedly for President Rodrigo Duterte to prove that Bicol is the source of the prohibited substance.

In a Facebook post this morning, LGU Naga said: “While of course there will be unannounced random scheduled checkpoints on various days that will be undertaken by various agencies in the city as part of our security preparations for the Penafrancia Fiesta, there is no truth however to this circulating information that it will be for the purpose of planting drugs.”

It added: “We assure the public that all activities of our law enforcement agencies are within the bounds of law.”

The circulating information cautioned motorists against the checkpoints that will be set up by the Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Office, Public Safety Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, which will be allegedly responsible for the planting of drugs.

LGU Naga, however, confirmed that there will be checkpoints that will be set up in preparation for the Peñafrancia fiesta, but these will not be used for the aforementioned illegal activity.

Meantime, the Land Transportation Office in Bicol also announced that it will be setting up Oplan Ligtas Byahe kiosks and Motorist Assistance Centers in various parts of Naga to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

It further assured the public that it will remain committed to its duty to protect the safety of motorists during the religious events.

Friday, August 31, 2018

EDITORIAL | The dawn of democracy in Naga City

Nagueños should rejoice at the recent tangible cracks in the alliances in the once-formidable Team Naga.

This is a clear sign that we will finally enjoy a true and healthy democracy.

A healthy democracy, it must be stressed, is not giving a single group virtually absolute power over the concerns of the city.

Rather, it is one where the administration truly gives premium to the welfare of the majority.

This is manifested by appreciating and entertaining the views of an opposition, and by extension, using such opposing views to clarify and fortify its own stand on vital issues.

Lamentably, we have for so long a time been under a monolithic group, which has proven perilous for our democracy.

What opposing views which may have arisen are often brushed aside, as if there were an unwritten law that it is forbidden to question the opinion of such ruling group.

Whatever happened, for instance, to the questions of former Councilor Nathan Sergio, who risked a showdown with his former political allies, to bring to the forefront alleged anomalies regarding the LGU’s missing documents on its expenditures?

Whatever happened to the critics who had been pointing out Naga City’s repeated failure to notch the Seal of Good Local Governance, despite the city branding itself as the seat of good governance?

These and other unanswered, silenced, and ignored questions expose the prime vulnerability of our local government in Naga: the lack of differing opinions that would challenge the administration.

We should stop bragging about the so-called “participatory governance” in Naga City, when the chosen representatives of the people’s organizations are mostly close allies, if not mere puppets, of the administration.

This being the case, there is no voice of a true opposition that would dare question the proposals and decisions of the administration.

Said opposition would function not only to provide alternative opinions, but also to revive the spirit of democracy from what has become a virtual rule of the few.

Naga City may have finally awakened from a deep slumber.

DA Bicol turns over P15.8-M farm implements during Agri Summit

Photo by DA Bicol
PILI, CSur — Close to 3,000 farmers witnessed the finale day of the First Bicol Agriculture Summit at the Capitol Convention Center here on Aug. 25. The Agri Summit was the highlight or culminating activity of the month-long Camarines Sur Business Expo, initiated by the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CSCCI) in partnership with the provincial government of Cam. Sur, which took place from July 27, 2018 to August 25, 2018.

DA Bicol was a major sponsor in the conduct of the said summit.

The guest of honor in the grand finale day was Special Assistant to the President Bong Go but he has an urgent appointment, thus, he sent Atty. Karlo S. Bello, Undersecretary of Field Operations Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Usec. Bello underscored the support services of the DAR and DA to the agrarian reform beneficiaries. “Hindi magtatagumpay ang proyekto ng DAR kung wala ang mga support services na nakakatulong para maiwasang ibenta ng mga magsasaka ang lupang nakamit nila. Hindi dapat nagtatapos ang repormang agraryo sa pagbibigay ng lupa kundi sa patuloy na suporta mula sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno,” Usec. Bello added.

Rodel P. Tornila, OIC RTD for Operations and Extension disclosed that the DA Bicol turned over a total of P15,845,266 worth of various interventions to individual farmers, farmers’ associations and 37 LGUs of Camarines Sur. The Rice Program, headed by OIC RTD Tornilla, distributed a total of P7,210,000 consisted of 3 units combine harvester, 1 unit 4WD mini tractor, 9 units handtractor, 6 units thresher, 8 units PISOS, 4 units shallow tube wells, 1 units rice color sorter, seed spreader and 100 bags 0-0-60 fertilizer and 18 bags rice seeds.

The High Value Crops Development Program, under its OIC Chief Dr. Mary Grace Rodriguez, gave a total of P3,016,400 worth interventions consisted of 12 units rainshelter, 5 units multi-commodity solar dryer, 1,400 kgs ginger planting materials, and vegetable seeds. The Livestock Program headed by Dr. Josefina Bañadera gave P1,143,500 worth of animals earlier at the DA regional office to save the animals from unnecessary stress in their transport. Livestock included 10 heads cattle, 30 heads swine, 2,950 heads native chicken. The Corn and Cassava Program under its program coordinator Lorenzo Alvina, distributed a total of P2,041,000 worth of intervention consisted of 150 bags OPV white corn seeds, 420 bags hybrid corn seeds, 2 units PISOS and 2 units cassava grater. The Organic Agriculture program led by Adelina Losa distributed a total of 920 bags vermicast, 40 packets Bio-N, and 10 bags corn seeds.

On the same occasion, Adelina A. Losa, chief of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) discussed the different loan windows of the DA through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC). These are: Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA); Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program; Working Capital Loan Easy Access (CLEA) for cooperatives; Mechanization Loan Easy Access; and Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF). Losa added that all these loan windows provide easy access to credit for marginalized and small farmers and fisherfolks by tapping lending conduits such as rural banks, cooperatives, NGOs and Associations registered with the DOLE.

The purpose of loan may be to finance production of crops, poultry, livestock and fishery. Up to P50,000 could be availed for short gestating crops while up to P150,000 for high value crops and long gestating crops at 6% interest per annum. Farmers can re-avail loans without having to undergo credit/background investigation. Small farmers who can avail of these loans are those who own or amortizing not more than 3 hectares. They could be tenants, leaseholders, stewards or engaged in backyard poultry and livestock.

During the opening of the Agri Summit, Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte of the host province of Camarines Sur warmly welcomed the exhibitors, participants and visitors to the agri summit which revolved around the theme “Bicol Agriculture in the Phase of Globalization. Senator Cynthia A. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, was the guest of honor during the opening day on August 23. She discussed her programs and advocacies on agriculture in the country and imparted recommendations to help Bicolano farmers become globally competitive.

The three day Bicol Agri Summit featured trade fairs, trade exhibit of innovative products and technologies and techno seminars to help farmers improve farm productivity. The DA AMAD invited a total of 21 exhibitors who showcased and sold their products. Losa revealed that the DA exhibitors garnered a total sales of P454,987 from the 3 day trade fair. (Lovella P. Guarin)

Disaster preparedness is a must--CNorte Gov. Pimentel

Gov. Jonah Pimentel
DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Gov. Jonah Pimentel emphasized the need for Camarines Norte to prepare for disasters, even if the province has not been put under state of calamity for several decades.

Pimentel made the pronouncement after meeting with Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Claudio Yucot, who also discussed the same with the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMO) of Camarines Norte.

Pimentel said the onset of the rainy season should signal CamNorteños to start preparing for calamities, both natural and man-made.

“It is always good to be prepared for any eventuality,” Pimentel said.

The PDRRMO, he announced, has formed several clusters to address the various stages of disaster risk mitigation and response.

These include the Cluster for Mitigation and Prevention, Cluster for Disaster Response, Cluster for Disaster Preparedness, and Cluster for Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Representatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) will provide assistance to these clusters.

Meanwhile, Pimentel said that while the government is leading the preparation against calamities, he stressed the need for households and individuals to initiate their own preparations.

For instance, they should be aware of the hazards present in their area, prepare their own disaster plans, devise evacuation and communications plans, learn first aid, inspect the home and eliminate preventable hazards, and regularly check safety devices such as fire extinguishers. Lastly, they should coordinate with the local authorities and learn about the community’s emergency plans and warning signals.

P340K shabu seized in Camarines Norte

DAET, CNorte— Anti-narcotics operatives nabbed on Tuesday night a lady drug pusher, who was in possession of suspected “shabu” or crystal meth worth PHP340,000, during an anti-drug operation at a hotel parking area in Daet, Camarines Norte, a Philippine National Police (PNP) report said on Wednesday.

Jazel Ponayo, 27, single, of Barangay Gahonon, Daet, was arrested while selling suspected shabu to a policeman posing as buyer around 6:30 p.m., according to Chief Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP-Bicol spokesperson.

The suspect is a high-value target (HVT) on the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's (PDEA) watchlist, said Cotton Yuson Talento, PDEA-Bicol Information Officer.

The suspect was transacting with a police poseur-buyer at a parking area of Villa Mila Hotel in Barangay Gohomon, Daet town when the drug buy-bust was carried out, Talento said.

Joint elements of the Daet police force and PDEA seized from the suspect a total of 50 grams of suspected shabu packed in several sealed plastic sachets.

The suspect was committed to the PNP Daet station, where charges of illegal drug peddling and possession will be filed in court. (PNA)

20 candidates eye Miss Bicolandia 2018 crown

NAGA CITY—Twenty (20) official candidates, who will be competing soon for this year's Miss Bicolandia 2018, were already chosen last August 25 during the pre-screening at the Avenue Plaza Hotel.

Twenty-nine (29) candidates originally filed their application for the said pageant. However, only twenty-three (23) of them passed the pre-screening.

The candidates made their first appearance during the Public Presentation held at the Atrium of the Robinsons Place Naga last August 25, 2018 wherein out of the 23, the applicants were trimmed down to 20 who will officially compete for the Miss Bicolandia 2018.

They are: Monalyn Abaluado (Legazpi City), Clarisse Minette Abasola (Libmanan, Camarines Sur), Ancela Karla Abay (Tinambac, Camarines Sur), Christine Arnedo (Legazpi City), Jacquelyn Bernarte (Tabaco City), Famaele Nica Carriaga (Legazpi City), Carmela Diane Doma (Magallanes Sorsogon), Jessica Holz (Sipocot, Camarines Sur), Maryjoy Jacob (Camalig, Albay), Loraine Mae Morano (Canaman, Camarines Sur), Krizzia Lynn Moreno (Naga City), Mary Mildred Naldoza (Libmanan, Camarines Sur), Denise Omorog (Catanduanes), Nikka Joyce Penolio (Daet, Camarines Norte), Ma. Angelica Reyes (Lagonoy, Camarines Sur), Krystel Sales (Naga City), Miki Santiago (Legazpi City), Joane Tampoco (Naga City), Eryka Vina Tan (Legazpi City) and Maria Khristiine Tolete (Magarao, Camarines Sur).

This coming Friday, August 31, the candidates will be meeting with the local media during the Welcome Dinner and Press Presentation wherein they will be made to respond to certain current issues as Miss Bicolandia candidates. The activity will also give the local media to choose their candidate to be awarded as the 'Darling of the Press'.

The candidates will also be competing in the swimsuit and evening gown in the Fashion Show on September 1.

On the Monday after, September 3, they will be making their courtesy visit with Mayor John Bongat at the Naga City Hall.

The Coronation Night of the Miss Bicolandia 2018 will be held on September 5, 2018, at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum.

The Miss Bicolandia is an official pageant event of the City Government of Naga being staged every year during the celebration of the Peñafrancia Festival. (Naga Smiles to the World)

Divsion Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers & Results-based Performance Management System Roll-out

Teachers attend the Divsion Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers & Results-based Performance Management System Roll-out. In photo are Ronald Enciso, Lilibeth Fajardo, Edna Fernandez, Lita Mijares, Yhen Umbao Dayan and Leah Resuena.

DPWH Bicol, bago an RD

RD Virgilio Eduarte

LEGAZPI CITY -- May bago nang Regional Director an DPWH sa Bicol, sa persona ni Engr. Virgilio Eduarte.

Si Eduarte iyo an nagribay ki Engr. Danilo Versola, na nag retire na sa trabaho kan Augusto 4, nin huli ta naabot na niya an compulsory age of retirement.

Si Eduarte nag asumir kan pwesto bilang DPWH RD, sa bisa kan Special Order 124, na firmado ni DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

Antes kan bago niyang assignment sa Bicol, si Eduarte nadistino bilang Regional Director sa Region 10.

Sa intrevista kan BBS FM ki Eduarte, saiyang sinabi na kaipohan pa niya an dikit na panahon para maadalan an mga programa asin plano para magkaigwa nin maray na dalagan an sinambit na oficina, asin mapara an duda na tatagan ini kan mga tawo na imbuelto sa corruption.


Virac, nasa 'state of calamity'

Magkatabang na pinagset-up kan mga personahes kan Virac MDRRMO asin Philippine Red Cross an Water Filtration System sa salog kan barangay Hicming tanganing makaprodusir nin malinig na inumon na tubig para sa pangangaipo kan mga konstituwentes. (Go Shine Virac)
VIRAC (Bicol Standard) -- Dagos na mananggad na pig declarar na nasa lindong kan state of calamity an banwaan kan Virac, Catanduanes, nin huli sa pira nang aldaw na na-experienciahan na pagkulang-kulang nin tubig na inomon.

Nanotaran kan gobierno lokal kan Virac na nagbaba na maray an lebel kan water sources sa lugar.

Pig confirmar ni Mayor Samuel Laynes na pinirmahan na niya an resolution na nagdedeclar sa Virac na nasa lindong kan state of calamity.

Mientrastanto, sabi sa report kan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) kan Virac, 11ng barangay councils kan Virac an nag aprobar nin resolution na naghohorot na kaipohan na magkaigwa nin siring na declarasyon.

An mga afectadong barangay iyo itong mga namumugtak sa sentro kan cabeserang banwaan na nakukua nin supply nin inomon na tubig sa duwa kan tulong water sources na iyo an Paturog asin Sibanjan.

Afuera kan kasakitan na makakua nin supply nin inomon na tubig, an mga tinanom anas nang luyos, asin an gatak kan daga risa na.

Bukbok sa NFA rice, nahale na

TABACO CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Pakalihis nin 7ng aldaw na "fumigation" asin 24 oras na pinadurosan, declarado na ngonian an 200,000 na sako nin bagas na binakal hale sa Thailand na mayo na nin bukbok, sabi kan Bureau of Plant Industry Quarantine Service (BPIQS).

Segun ki Danilo Doblon, an manager sa Bicol kan BPIQS, pwede nang i-discarga an bagas hale sa barko para iwaras na sa lokal na mercado.

An BPIQS nag inspection sa MV Emperor 1 na naka doong sa pier an Tabaco City, poon pa kan sarong aldaw.

Mismong an mga representantes kan National Food Authority sa Bicol an nag testigo sa ginibong sampling kan BPIQS sa tulong batches kan barko.

Idinagdag ni Doblon na nag gibo sinda nin rondom check asin pig resting an bagas na hale sa sako, asin napatunayan na "gadan na gabos" an bukbok.

An ginamit na "fumigant" o pan-spray, inaapod na Phosphine, na sarong chemical na nasa forma nin tabletas na iyo an pigbugtak sa lugar na nagtunaw pig patunaw sana tangani na maging "gas" na iyo an nakagadan kan buhay na peste.

Pakalihis nin pirang oras na pinadurosan an mga sinakong bagas, an sabi ni Doblon, an pig importar na bagas salvado nang kakanon.

Mientrastanto, sa enot na interview, ipinahayag ni Nelsie Alcantara, an spokesman kan NFA sa Bicol, na an shipment na ini parte kan 800,000 na sako nin imported na bagas na pig alokar para sa Bicol para ngonian na taon.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

PACC intensifies anti-corruption campaign in Bicol

PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – In a sincere effort to curb corruption in the Bicol region, Usec. Marvel Clavecilla, Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs, gathered the members of the Regional Executives and Directors Association (REDIRAS) to meet with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) headed by Chairman Dante Jimenez.

Jimenez started the dialogue with a brief explanation on the powers, duties, and functions of the PACC, which was formed by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.

The PACC, under Executive Order No. 43, has the power, on complaint or motu proprio, and concurrently with the Office of the Ombudsman, to hear, investigate, receive, gather, and evaluate evidence, intelligence reports, and information in administrative cases against all presidential appointees in the Executive Branch of the government and any of its agencies or instrumentalities occupying the position of Assistant Regional Director or an equivalent rank and higher.

He said their group will work with the agencies to ensure that projects are completed, turned over, and operationalized on time to prevent undue injury not only to the government but also to the citizens.

Since July 2018, the PACC have been inspecting and conducting fact-finding investigations on government projects in Bicol which are long delayed.

These include the Bicol Medical Center building projects, Calabanga infirmary, the circumferential road at Mayon Volcano, the Naga Airport, among others, according to Jimenez.

Jimenez further noted that 37 barangay health stations in Albay have poor flooring. Said health stations were funded by the national government in an P8.1-billion project by the Department of Health Central Office.

While he said that the PACC is “not on a witch hunt,” he still warned the Regional Directors that his group will go after corrupt officials, as this is the mandate of the PACC.

He further stressed that the investigations will not be based on political affiliations.

Atty. Manuelito Luna, PACC Commissioner, for his part, urged the Regional Directors to police their own ranks by organizing internal affairs offices that will look into irregularities.

“We cannot fail the Filipino people,” Luna told the group.

Jimenez, meanwhile, said that he wants Bicol to be a model region in terms of delivering services to the constituents.

“Ako po Bicolano man, kaya gusto ko kita an pangarogan,” (I am also a Bicolano, so I want us to be the model region) he said.

Except for the Regional Director of DOLE, all Regional Directors and Executives attended the event at Avenue Plaza Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.


Naga City is shabu hotbed in Bicol—PDEA, NBI, NICA

Regional Executives and Directors Association of Bicol with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – “I agree with the President that Naga is a hotbed of drugs,” PDEA Bicol Regional Director Christian O. Frivaldo told Chairman Dante Jimenez of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission during the Dialogue with the Regional Executives and Directors Association (REDIRAS) Bicol held at Avenue Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

Jimenez asked Frivaldo point blank to confirm or deny the statement that has stirred Naga City officials and residents this past week.

Frivaldo, however, qualified his answer, saying that Naga City is a hotbed of drugs in Bicol only.

He continued that as per records of their office, at least 21% of all illegal drugs seized in the region come from this city.

“Naga City serves as the distribution point,” Frivaldo said.

The illegal drugs, he added, come from Manila and Region 3, as well as Chinese and African drug syndicates.

They are distributed in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon, he said.

Seeking further confirmation, Jimenez also asked Regional Director Atty. Tomas B. Enrile of the National Bureau of Investigation the same question.

“I am unanimous with the PDEA. Naga is the hotbed in Bicol, but not in the entire Philippines,” Enrile said.

Jimenez also asked Chief Supt. Lito B. Pitallano, who represented Bicol PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, who was on official travel to Manila.

Pitallano declined to give a categorical answer, because he was only representing Escobal.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Ariel B. Bernardo of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) nodded to signify his confirmation of the hotbed tag.

He even added that should other agencies need their support for additional intelligence-gathering, his office would willingly provide it.

Jimenez emphatically stated that he is deeply against the use of illegal drugs because his brother was killed by drug users.

“Sisira yan ng kabataan,” (This will ruin the youth) Jimenez said in Filipino.

It will be recalled that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga City unanimously approved a resolution which expressed indignation against the tagging of Naga City as a hotbed of drugs.

President Duterte’s statement was labeled as “irresponsible” and “without factual basis” in the resolution.

The hotbed tag was “deep insult hurled against the dignity of all Nagueños,” according to the resolution.

For her part, Vice President Leni Robredo branded the tag as a personal attack on her, as she comes from Naga City.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Naga City welcomes new police chief

Senior Supt. Felix N. Servita, Jr.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—“I am here to do my job,” Senior Supt. Felix N. Servita, Jr., the new OIC Chief of the Naga City Police Office told the Bicol Standard when asked about his new assignment.

Servita, who hails from Taguig, Metro Manila, was plucked from his assignment as Director of Catanduanes Provincial Police Office to replace Senior Supt. Jonathan Panganiban.

Panganiban is now assigned at Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City.

“Relief and reassignment is a command prerogrative and is very normal in the police organization,” Servita said.

In fact, he said, every one or two years, he gets a new assignment.

Previously, he worked as Regional Chief of CIDG Socsargen, and also in the police offices of Masbate and Camarines Sur.

Reports earlier said that the sudden reorganization is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that Naga City was a hotbed of illegal drugs.

However, Servita said the issue is not for him to explain.

“What I can promise you is that I will be very professional, and coordinate with stakeholders of peace and order to serve and protect Naga City,” he said.

Meanwhile, he added that because of the upcoming Penafrancia fiesta, he will call for a staff conference to discuss the security measures that will be carried out.

He also vowed to sit down with the city officials of Naga.

A graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy, Servita is married to a resident of Tabaco City.

Injured grass owl rescued in Cam Sur

Photo courtesy of Jojo Villareal
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The team efforts of a group of Bicolanos paved the way for a grass owl to be saved from further injury, or even death.

Jojo Villareal of the Environment Disaster Management Emergency Response Office (EDMERO) and Kaddlagan Outdoor Shop & Services narrated that the grass owl was found in an injured state at a pig sty at Barangay Hibago, Ocampo, Camarines Sur by Benjie Benetiz.

Benetiz fed and applied first aid to the bird, which appeared weak.

Sensing that the bird needed more assistance, Benetiz posted photos of the grass owl on social media.

Villareal saw the post, and immediately coordinated with EDMERO Operation Chief Joco Celebrado and EDMERO Department Head Luzena Bermeo.

The team requested for an ambulance of the Province of Camarines Sur to be dispatched to Ocampo, Camarines Sur to rescue the bird.

Meantime, his friends from abroad recommended that the help of local veterinarian Dr. Williefredo Kho be sought.

“When we got to the grass owl, it was still bleeding and its right wing was badly broken,” Villareal said.

They brought the owl to Dr. Kho, who treated the wound in his clinic in Naga City.

The next day, they turned over the owl to the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which brought it to the Albay Parks and Wildlife for continuous treatment.

Villareal revealed that initially, he did not expect the EDMERO to respond to the incident, as the group is trained and experienced in rescuing victims of accidents.

However, he was heartened to note that the team believed the bird deserved to be given attention.

“Naisip ko na lang na tama man na igwa pa mga tao talaga sa Pilipinas na nag mamakulog man sa satuyang kalikasan na dapat pangarugan kan kadaklan po,” (I realized that it’s good that there are still people in the Philippines who are still concerned with the environment. They should be emulated by others.) Villareal said.

Photo courtesy of Jojo Villareal

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bicolano artists gather in region's biggest art exhibit

WORLD OF ART. More than 1,000 paintings, photographs, and sculptures are on display at SM City Naga for the ongoing "Art for Everyone", Bicol's largest art exhibit in its entire history. (Photo by Melissa Basmayor)

NAGA CITY -- An exhibit dubbed “Art for Everyone” gathered over 1,000 paintings from top caliber and emerging visual artists from Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon at SM City Naga’s Activity Center on Tuesday.

Naga City Mayor John Bongat graced the opening of the event, considered as the biggest held so far in Bicol. He said the exhibit is a unique chance to showcase the region's rich culture through various oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, and photography pieces.

“Bicolano visual artists have a plethora of talents that are just waiting to be recognized. It is high time that we give importance to them as they are ambassadors of culture,” he told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Pancho Piano, an internationally-renowned Bicolano visual artist, expressed hope that the event would provide more opportunities to local artists to share their work to the community.

“We are not only showcasing art here; we are making history,” he said.

Piano is the president and founder of Salingoy Art Group, which partnered with SM in organizing the biggest art exhibit in the history of the Bicol region.

In his speech, Piano expressed his gratitude to SM Supermalls, for the unique opportunity for Bicolano artists to congregate in one big event.

The region has been seeing a boom in the art scene, as shown by the string of art exhibits and other art-related events held in its cities and towns.

"Art for Everyone" will run until September 2 at the SM City Naga. (PNA)

Monday, August 27, 2018

"Kiss mark," causa kan pag suicide sa Daraga, Albay

DARAGA, Albay 8/27/18 (BICOL STANDARD) -Makuring pag selos an posibleng rason kan pag suicide kan lalaki kan maheling niya na an liog kan saiyang kasaroan na igwa nin "kiss mark" sa lawas asin daghan.

Ini an report na naka abot sa mga awtoridad kun nata ta nagdecidir an 20 anyos na lalaki na tapuson na lugod an saiyang buhay.

An biktima taga Brgy. Salvacion, sa banwaan na ini.

Pinangaranan sa police report na an gadan na iyo si Raymundo Aperin y Medina, residente kan Arimbay, Legazpi City.

Alagad siya nag eestar na ngonian sa Brgy. Salvacion, digdi.

Nagluwas sa imbestigasyon na mina abot pa sana an biktima hale sa Laguna.

Poon kan maheling kan lalaki an "kiss mark" sa saiyang ka live-in, nagpoon na si saindang pag iwal.

Pirang oras sana an naka agi, an biktima nagparainom nin alak, asin kan burat na nagbitay kan saiyang sadire, na iyo an causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Driver nin habal-habal, binadil sa Libon, Albay

LIBON, Albay 8/27/18 (BICOL STANDARD) - Gadan an sarong driver nin habal-habal kan siya badilon kan dai nabistong suspechado, mantang nahuhuron buda an saiyang agom kan Sabadong bangui sa Brgy. Villa Petrona, digdi.

Sabi sa report kan pulis, nabisto an biktima na iyo si Ramon Borromeo y Advincula, 50 anyos, taga Zone 6, kan sinambit na barangay.

Segun sa imbestigasyon, an incidente nangyari alas 7:30 nin bangui, mientras na an biktima nagduduyag sa kubo na kataning sana kan harong ninda.

Kan mangyari an krimen, nag eestoryahan an biktima asin an saiyang agom kan mag abot an dai bistadong lalaki na nagrani sainda.

Basta na sanang binadil si Borromeo kan suspechado, gamit an kalibre .45 na badil.

Dead on the spot an biktima nin huli sa tulong tama nin bala sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas.

Nakakua an mga imbestigador nin sarong baseyo nin bala pinangyarihan kan incidente. (Ni Vince Villar)

2ng ginadan sa Albay, dai pa bisto an suspechado

CAMALIG, Albay 8/27/18 - (BICOL STANDARD) Blanko pa an pulis sagkod ngonian kun sisay an mga suspechado sa duwang magkasunod na pambabadil na nagresulta sa pagkagadannin duwang tawo digdi kan Viernes asin Sabado, kan nagtalikod na semana.

An enot na binadil iyo si Roberto Montecalbo y Manzanero, tanod sa Brgy. Magogon, na ginadan kan Viernes na bangui.

Sabi ni PSI Alan Concepcion, Deputy Chief of Police digdi, na hasta ngonian nagtitipon pa sinda nin mga evidencia sa nangyaring krimen.

An pamilya kan biktima may declarasyon sa pulis na  nagluwas sa saindang harong si ama ninda ta may nag-aapod kan saiyang pangaransa luwas kan saindang residencia.

Pirang minutos sana an nakalihis, nakadangog sinda nin surunod na putok nin badil.

Dai naghaloy naaraman ninda na si saiyang ama iyo palan an tinadtad nin bala.

May tama sa payo asin lawas an saiyang ama, na iyong ikinagadan.

Sa saro pang krimen, binadil man si Apolinario Blazo na taga Brgy. Del Rosario, digdi.

An mga nagsisiyasat kan mga casong ini nagsabi na dai pa sindang mga evidencia na pwedeng makatukdo kun sisay an responsable sa krimen.

Pig aaram ngonian  kan mga awtoridad kun an serye nin garadanan digdi iyo an resulta kan nag-iinit na ralaban kan mga soldados asin pulis kan gobierno kalaban an mga rebeldeng miembros kan New People's Army (NPA).

Kan nakalihis na semana, duwang soldados an binadil, gadan, sa Brgy. Panoypoy sa banwaan na ini.

May  saro pang civilian an ginadan pakalihis sana nin duwang aldaw. (Ni Vince Villar)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

4 katawo binadil ngonian sa Masbate, gabos gadan

MASBATE CITY (BICOL STANDARD) — Apat (4) na tawo an binadil, gadan sa duwang separadong krimen na nangyari kasubago (Aug 26), sa Provincia kan Masbate.

Segun sa report, alas 12:35 kasubago, si Ret. SPO2 Rommel Borromeo y Genova, 58 anyos, dating Intel Operative kan RMFB5, asin si Antonio Barsaga y Cantoria, 65 anyos, retiradong security guard, an inambush sa Sitio Danta, Brgy. Calipatan, San Jacinto, Masbate.

Dai nabisto an mga imbuelto sa pag gadan sa mga biktima, alagad, pig tutubodan na mga miembros kan New People's Army (NPA).

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, hinapaan an mga biktima sa dalan, kan dai aram na numero nin mga rebelde, dangan pinabuag an bomba na itinaon sa agihan.

Pakatapos nin makusog na pagputok kan bomba, nagpa-arakasak nin badil an mga NPA, na iyo an naging causa kan kagadanan ninda Borromeo asin Barsaga.

Tinadtad nin bala an saindang lawas na naging causa kan saindang kagadanan.

Inabotan kan mga pulis na nagkakarigos sa saindang dugo an mga ginadan.

Mientrastanto, idinagdag kan mga imbestigador na sa lugar man na ini inambush si PO3 Noly Bartolay, kan Abril 16, 2018. 

Kan Mayo 6, 2018, may makusog na bomba an pinaputok sa kapareyong lugar.

May nakuang 52 na capsula nin bala an mga awtoridad hale sa 5.56mm, 10ng pidaso nin 5.56 na dai nagbutok na bala; asin 55 metros na color itom na TW detonating wire, sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Liga kan mga barangay President, kaiba, binadil man, pareyo gadan.

Mientrastanto, binadil man kasuodma an duwa pang lalaki sa Brgy. Daraga, Placer, Masbate.

Nangyari ini alas 6:00 nin bangui, ngonian.

An mga biktika iyo sinda Rommie Bagaan, asin si Eric Tupas, Punong barangay kan Brgy. Luna, Placer, Masbate, asin iyo an Presidente kan Liga ng mga barangay sa banwaan kan Placer, Masbate.

Dai nabisto an duwang lalaki na nagbadil sainda.

Segun sa imbestigador an mga biktima nakalunad sa motorsiklo, hale sa Poblacion, Placer, pasiring sa Brgy. Daraga, kan inabayan sinda nin duwa man na lalaki, na nakalunad man sa motorsiklo.

Kan matungodan na an mga biktima kan mga kriminal, bigla na sana sindang binadil asin tinamaan sa man laen-laen na parte kan saindang lawas.

Nagadan si Bagaan asin Tupas sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Pig aaram pa kan pulis kun ano an motibo kan pag gadan sa sainda.

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