Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bicol's minimum wage earners to get pay increase

Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol
LEGAZPI CITY - Minimum wage earners in Bicol Region will receive an additional increase ranging from PhP20.00 to PhP30.00 in their daily wage to be given in two tranches; fifteen pesos (P15.00) upon the effectivity of the Order on September 21, 2018 for all establishments regardless of the number of workers, and another increase of P5.00 and P15.00 on May 1, 2019 for those employing 10 workers and above and those employing 1 to 9 workers, respectively.

Thereby the effective minimum wage rates shall be from PhP290 to PhP310 (for establishments employing 10 workers and above) and from PhP280 to PhP310 (for establishments employing 1 to 9 workers).

This, after the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) affirmed Wage Order No. RBV-19, the newest wage order issued by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 5 (RTWPB 5).

“The adjustment of the minimum wage rate is one of the measures of the government to provide workers with immediate relief spurred by high prices of basic goods and services,” said DOLE Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, who chairs the RTWPB-5.

He added that the increase in the minimum wage rate was the result of the series of consultations and public hearing conducted by the Board.

The prevailing socio-economic conditions of the region as well as the viability of various business were among those considered by the Board in coming up with the amount.

Under Wage Order No. RBV – 19, the wage rate per day shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

Atty. Villamor added, “we also encourage those establishments in the wholesale and retail trade, construction industry to come up with productivity-based pay schemes that will allow for higher performance/ productivity of the enterprise and income among its workers.”

Excluded from the order, however, are kasambahays or domestic workers covered by Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361), persons in the personal service of another, and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178, as amended, and also provided under the Go Negosyo Act of 2013 (RA 10644).
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PHOTO | Devotion knows no age


DEVOTION KNOWS NO AGE. These kids proudly donning Viva la Virgen headbands are some of the youngest participants in the Traslacion this year. (Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
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Friday, September 7, 2018

10-day gun, liquor ban take effect in Naga City



By Mar Serrano

LEGAZPI CITY -- A 10-day total gun and liquor ban takes effect as the annual observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia kicks off Friday until Sept. 16 this year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said Friday.

PNP Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, in response to the request of the city government, directed police units in Naga City to enforce the 10-day total gun ban, said Chief Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP-Bicol spokesperson.

All permits to carry firearms out of residence are suspended effective today until Sept. 16 this year, according to Calubaquib.

She said the gun ban is a security measure that would ensure the safety of millions of devotees and local and foreign visitors that would gather in Naga City to observe the annual Feast of the Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol’s patroness.

Calubaquib said “this would serve as a warning to any gun holder to refrain from carrying their firearms when in Naga City as well as during the duration of the religious festivities".

Meanwhile, the Naga Police is implementing the liquor ban for the duration of the week-long festivities, which started with the Traslacion on Friday where the “Ina” or image of the Virgin Mary is set to be transferred from the Peñafrancia Basilica to the Naga Cathedral.

The celebration will be highlighted by the famous fluvial procession on Sept. 14.

Telecommunication companies operating in Naga City are still waiting for the National Telecommunications Commission to allow them to shut down communication signals during the big events of the feast such as the Traslacion and the fluvial procession. (PNA)
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DOLE Bicol: Mga empleado may aumento sa sweldo



LEGAZPI CITY - An mga obreros digdi sa Bicol makakarecibe nin aumento sa saindang sweldo poon sa Sept 21, sabi sa report na pinaluwas kan Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) kasuodma.

Segun ki Atty. Alvin Villamor, an Regional Director kan DOLE sa Bicol, an dagdag sa sweldo yaon sa pag-oltanan kan P20 hasta P30, na itatao sa duwang pago.

An primerong pago nakatalaan na itao sa Septiembre 21, 2018, para sa gabos na establisimiento, maski pira an saindang empleado.

An ika duwang pago P5 asin P15 sa Mayo 1, 2019, para sa may 10 na empleado o labi pa asin 9 na empleado o mas dikit pa, respectibamente.

Nin huli sa increase na ini sa minimum na sweldo, an P290 magiging P310 para sa establisimiento na may 10ng empleado o labi pa.

Para sa may empleado na 9 o mas dikit pa, an minimum na sweldo paghale sa P290 magigi nang P310 an aldiya.

An paglangkaw sa sweldo sa Bicol inaprobaran kan National Wages and Productivity Commission asin kan Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board sa Region V, pakatapos nin serye nin consultasyon asin public hearings na ginibo kan board.

An Bicol region iyo an pinaka grabeng tinamaan kan naglangkaw na maray na inflation rate, na nag abot sa 9%, sabi sa datus na hale sa Philippine Statistics Authority.

Digdi sa Bicol may pinakahalangkaw na dinagdag sa presyo kan sira, bagas, gulay asin carne.
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Rice allocation dinoble - NFA Bicol



LEGAZPI CITY - Pig awtorisaran kan National Food Authority (NFA) Bicol an anom na provincial offices na doblehon an alokasyon sa ipinapabakal na NFA rice, pakatapos na magrehistro na an rehiyon iyo an may pinaka halangkaw na inflation rate sa Pilipinas, na 9% kan nakaaging bulan.

Naaraman na kabale sa mga rason kan paglangkaw kan inflation iyo an pagbago sa supply kan karne, gulay, sira asin bagas.

Segun ki NFA Bicol Directore Henry Tristeza na an minimum na pwedeng ipabakal sa mga parokyano limang kilo na. Kun harayo an pig halean kan parabakal pwede pang dugangan an pwedeng ipabakal saiya.

An target kan NFA ngonian iyo an mapababa sagkod sa 4% an inflation rate sa Bicol sa laog nin tulong bulan, depende sa magiging effecto kan pagdoble kan pag release kan bagas na ipapabakal sa mercado.

Sinabi sa bareta na nag-momonitor ngonian kan sinambit na officina sa mga outlets na nagpapabakal nin NFA rice, na dapat an retail price P27 asin P32 an kada kilo. Kun maprobaran na mas mahal digdi an saindang presyo, igwa nin nakahandang kastigo, sa lindong kan kan inaapod na "one strike policy," sabi pa.

Pinara kan nasambit na opisina an paghadit na magkakaigwa nin pagkulang-kulang kan supply nin bagas, nin huli ta dakul an i-didiscargang bagas hale sa barko na nakadoong ngonian sa Tabaco Port.
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4 na Bicolano, nasa top 10 sa Electrical Board Exams


LEGAZPI CIITY - Apat na Bicolano an kabale sa top ten sa itinaong Registered Electrical Engineer Board Exams na itinao kan Septiembre ngonian na taon.

Kabale sa listahan iyo an top 1, na nakua ni Nino Boy Armario Dacer, nag graduar sa Bicol University, Legazpi; ika 5 si Cedie Orain Pamplona, Bicol University, Legazpi; an ika walo si Mark Joseph Bien Ceriola, Divine Word College, Legazpi City; asin an ika 10 iyo si Mhenbert Manalo Barranda, Bicol University - Legazpi.

Si Dacer, Pamplona asin Baranda, anas taga Guinobatan, Albay.

Nagrukyaw an familya ni Dacer kan magluwas an resulta kan exams nin huli ta dai niya piglalaoman na iyo an makakakua kan pinaka halangkaw na grado.

Inako ni Dacer na bakong facil si saiyang pag-eskwela nin huli sa sadit pa siya kan binayaan sinda asin an tulo niyang tugang, kan saiyang ama.

Naghibi asin nagmundo nin huli sa makuring kadeficilan na inagihan, tanganing makatapos kan saiyang pag adal poon elementarya, hastang magtapos nin curso sa college.

Sabi pa ni Dacer balon niya sa pag eskwela iyo an pangadyeon asin kumfianza kan familya asin mga amigo na nagpakusog kan boot na makatapos nin pag ada.

Apisar kan siring na mapait na experiencia na mayong nag-alalay na ama, sinabi niya na bukas pa guiraray an saiyang daghan na maheling an saiyang ama, ano man na oras.

Nakatalaan siyang mag oli sa Guinobatan, Albay sa fecha 10 ngonian na bulan, hale sa Cebu City na kun saen siya nag review antes na magkua kan sinambit na board examination.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cua challenges Sarmiento for probe on power crisis

Governor Joseph C. Cua
VIRAC, Catanduanes--Following his previous request during the Catanduanes National High School PTA Induction Ceremony, Governor Joseph C. Cua, for the second time, requested Congressman Cesar Sarmiento to push for a congressional inquiry to find those responsible for the province’ perennial power crisis.

In his message during the 41st General Assembly of FICELCO, the province’s lone power cooperative earlier this week at Bato Rural Development High School, Cua said that with the efficient kind of linkages Sarmiento has, he can use it to make the inquiry happen like the previous shabu laboratory inquiry, and the illegal logging inquiry.

The local chief executive also pointed that what is hampering the cooperative action to find solution for the infuriating brownout is the 2nd Amendment of the (ESA) Energy Sales Agreement between FICELCO and SUWECO.

As reference, Cua used the NEA (National Electrification Administration) audit report citing that NEA found irregularities in how the 1st and 2nd amendment was approved lacking in comprehensive study.

“That is why in my own effort as governor, during the CNHS PTA Induction Ceremony, I requested our dear Congressman to conduct Congressional Inquiry. And at this very point, I will request the same. Conduct a congressional hearing to find answers regarding the 2nd Amendment of ESA between Ficelco and SUWECO”, Cua said.

Cua further added that because of the onerous agreement between FICELCO and SUWECO has made it difficult for other (IPP) Independent Power Provider like Santrap, Sipcor and GS Engineering & Construction to enter the power agreement in the province.

“Dagdag uya ang dipisil na paglaog nin iba pang power supply provider dahilan sa 2nd amendment. Kutan-a igwa na kitang bagong Power Provider kung bako dahil sa 2nd amendment na nagpapahiling nin sarong ‘onerous’ o monopolyong kontrata”, Cua enthused.

The 2nd amendment states that “Should there be additional demand of electricity in the Province of Catanduanes in the future, FICELCO shall primarily inform the SUWECO of said need in writing and the latter is obliged to provide the same”

The NEA audit observation therefore cited that it may be possible that FICELCO cannot get other power provider in the future since in case of additional demand of electricity, it is obliged to primarily inform SUWECO of said need in writing and the same will be obliged by the latter.

“Sa ngonyan, gusto ko pong punan an informational campaign manungod sa status nin satuyang kuryente segun sa audit nin NEA nganing maliwanagan man an lambang Catandungan asin mas makatao nin magayon na argumento asin civic participation”

San Isidro Village Punong Barangay, Rudy Tolentino backed Gov. Cua in his request for Congressional Inquiry. He said that the people responsible for this will not say it in public unless put into an inquiry.
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'Gulayan sa Barangay' now leading distributor of veggies in Albay town

'GULAYAN SA BARANGAY'. The "Gulayan sa Barangay" of Maipon village in Guinobatan, Albay has helped improve the livelihood of residents, promote good nutrition, sustain vegetable supply and lower the cost of agricultural products. (Photo by Barangay Maipon chairman Steve Luces)


By Mike Dela Rama

GUINOBATAN, Albay – A community-based organization is now the leading distributor of different types of vegetables in this municipality, resulting in low vegetable prices, sufficient supplies, reduction of malnutrition among children and improved economic condition of local residents.

Steve Luces, Barangay Maipon chairman, in an interview on Wednesday, said the “Gulayan sa Barangay” otherwise known as Maipon Agricultural Integrated Producers Organization for Nature Inc., was established in 2013 by the village council to help improve the livelihood of the residents, promote good nutrition, sustain vegetable supply and lower the cost of agricultural products.

“Produced vegetables like eggplant, sili (chili), lettuce, carrots, potatoes, cucumber, radish, green bean and many more are being sold to 1,609 households in this barangay, and the rest are being sold in the organic trading post in Legazpi City, to drop buyers, and vegetable retailers in Guinobatan public market,” Luces said.

The organization alone is composed of 116 members and officers managing a total of 4,200 square meters of vegetable land.

“The success of the project was achieved due to collaboration between the barangay officials and community with support from the government agencies like provincial and municipal agriculture offices,” Luces said.

The Gulayan project, he said, is an effective approach in making sure there is food on every table.

“This is how we counter poverty in our locality and encourage community participation in order to eliminate dependency attitude,” he added.

“As of now, we cannot provide the exact figure or volume of vegetable products per harvest, but what we are sure of is that we have enough supply that can be utilized by our own village mates and other neighboring towns or city,” Luces said.

The village chief added that the council is also pushing for active participation of youth leaders in the expansion of the project in their barangay.

“This time, through Gulayan, we can also promote reduction of malnutrition among youth and adolescents,” he said. (PNA)
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Naga City Children’s Center, madali nang bukasan

Naga City Children’s Center

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) —Madali nang bukasan an Naga City Children’s Center para makatao nin mas marhay na serbisyo sa mga taga kaakian sa ciudad nin Naga.

Ini an pigconfirmar ni Alcalde John Bongat sa saiyang Facebook post kasuodma.

Makukua sa bagong Naga City Children’s Center an Post-SPED Manpower Training Center, Library, asin Children’s Museum.

Igwa man ini nin lugar na kawatan para sa mga aking sadit, breastfeeding center, asin teen counselling center.

Sinabi ni Mayor Bongat na saro sana ini sa mga inoofrecir na proyecto kan ciudad nin Naga para sa mga kaakian.

Dugang pa kan alcalde, pamana niya ini sa mga masunod pang henerasyon kan mga jovenes sa Ciudad nin Naga.
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Sobrina ni Miriam Quiambao na si Famaele Nica Quiambao Carriaga, kinoronahan na Miss Bicolandia 2018

Retrato hale sa Naga Smiles to the World
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Kinoronahan na Miss Bicolandia 2018 si Famaele Nica Quiambao Carriaga sa pinakafamosong beauty pageant sa enterong rehiyon kasubanggi.

Si Carriaga, na nagrepresentar kan Legazpi City iyo an sobrina ni dating Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-up Miriam Quiambao.

Namundag an beauty queen sa Bacacay, Albay.

Nagklase siya sa Divine Word College of Legazpi sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Management and Accountancy.

Kan nakaaging taon, kinoronahan man siya bilang Mutya ng Ibalong duman sa ciudad nin Legazpi.

Mientrastanto, an ibang mga nanggana iyo sinda:

Krystel Sales kan Naga City – 1st Runner-up

Eryka Vina Tan kan Legazpi City – 2nd Runner-up

Joane Tampoco kan Baao, Camarines Sur – 3rd Runner-up

Asin Denise Omorog kan Catanduanes – 4th Runner-up

An Miss Bicolandia iyo an pigcoconsiderar na pinaka-prestihiosong asin pinakahaloy nang beauty pageant sa rehiyon.

Ini ginibo sa JMR Coliseum.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DOH warns public vs. misuse of antibiotics

CAMPAIGN VS. AMR. Maribel Cruz, Pharmacist III of Department of Health (DOH)-Bicol, warns the public against misuse or overuse of antibiotics in order to prevent Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), in a press conference held in Legazpi City, Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo by Connie Calipay)

By Connie Calipay

The Department of Health 5 (Bicol) on Tuesday called on the public not to misuse or overuse antibiotics by taking them without doctor's prescription or discontinuing use before the specified date.

Refraining from misuse or overuse of antibiotics is needed to prevent Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), where microorganisms exposed to antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, develop a resistance to medicines, Maribel Cruz, Pharmacist III of DOH-5, said during a press conference at La Roca Veranda in this city.

"The best we could do is to be strict with prescriptions, and conduct more information caravans so we can convince people to change their behavior when it comes to taking antibiotics," she said.

According to Cruz, misusing antibiotics would render medicines ineffective and let infections persist in the body, which can increase the risk of spreading the disease to others.

"AMR also threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi," she added.

Cruz said one example of AMR is Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDRTB) that resists at least four of the core anti-TB drugs, as shown by data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Records from 2017 registered a total of 368 people in Bicol afflicted with MDRTB, mostly males aged 25 to 54.

Cruz advised the public to consult a doctor before taking antibiotics, follow and finish the correct regimen when taking medicines, and desist from giving excess antibiotics to others.

When coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth to prevent bacteria from spreading, she added.

Cruz also reminded the public that drugstores have been told not to dispense antibiotics without prescriptions.

To strengthen their thrust of preventing AMR, DOH conducts lectures as part of most of its programs and observes the Philippine Antibiotic Awareness Week in November of each year.

Meanwhile, in observance of the Generics Awareness Month this September, Cruz reiterated that the use of bioequivalent or the commonly used term "generic" and innovator or "branded" medicines have the same effect.

"Generic medicines are available and it is for the buyer to decide what to choose," she said. (PNA)
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SM City Daet, LGU thresh out mall construction concerns


DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)—The members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Daet sat down with the developers of SM City Daet and representatives of government agencies to consider the far-reaching effects of the new mall on the community.

The SB announced that they had been receiving various recommendations from stakeholders, who believe that the mall effect changes in the community not only at present but also in the years to come.

Among the issues threshed out were the flow of traffic, drainage problem, and the effects of the mall on local businesses.

The Sangguniang Bayan emphasized that there should be a strict compliance with rules.

Invited were representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Municipal Engineering Office, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, barangay officials, and the developers of SM City Daet.

SM City Daet is expected to open in 2019.
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CBSUA opens call for new prexy

CBSUA
Bicol Standard file photo

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- The Central Bicol State University of Agriculture Governing Board has formally and publicly announced that the Search for Presidency is now open.
Applicants must possess the following minimum requirements:
A. Must be a natural-born Filipino citizen.

B. Must not be less than thirty-five (35) years old and not more than sixty-one (61) years old at the time of application for the position (61 years old shall mean from the actual date of birth and not a day older beyond 61 years old)

C. Must be a holder of an earned relevant doctorate degree from a reputable higher education institution,

D. Must have proven track record as administrator of a tertiary level institution (President, Vice-President, Dean, Campus Administrator, Director, e.g. Director for Instruction, Director for Research, Director for Extension, Director for Production, Director for Planning and Development, who reports directly to the Vice President or President) whether in public or private, for at least five (5) years.

E. Must not have been convicted of any administrative offense or of any crime involving moral turpitude.

Interested applicants must submit seven (7) sets/copies [one (1) set of original, and six (6) sets of certified photocopies] of the following documentary requirements:

A. Formal Application letter addressed to:

HONORABLE J. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA Officer-In-Charge, Commission on Higher Education 4th Floor, HEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

B. Detailed Curriculum Vitae, signed under oath ( personal data, educational qualifications, work experience including organizational chart of the institution showing the candidate’s position, research outputs and publications, extension activities, experience in resource generation, awards and certificates, conferences attended).

C. Certified true copy of documents in support of the data stated in the Curriculum Vitae. The HRM/ Records Officer of the organization where the applicant comes from may certify to the authenticity of the documents provided that the original is presented to him/ her for comparison.

D. Proposed Vision, Mission and Development Goals for the SUC in not more than five (5) pages ( double space, font 12)

E. Certificates/Clearance from the following government agencies, obtained not more than three (3) months from the date of filling of application, indicating applicant has no pending administrative and/or criminal case;

i. Sandiganbayan
ii. Civil Service Commission (CSC)
iii. Municipal/Regional Trial Court
iv. Ombudsman (for government employees)
v. Institution/Company where applicant is presently employed
vi. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

F. PSA-Authenticated Birth Certificate

G. Medical Certificate of Physical Fitness issued by a physician from a DOH- accredited health institution but not the same institution where the applicant is presently employed. Letterhead of hospital; or clinic must indicate DOH accreditation number, in case of private hospitals or clinic.

H. Results of Neuro-psychiatric examination conducted by a physician from a DOH-accredited health institution but not the same institution where the applicant is presently employed. Letterhead of clinic/ hospital must indicate DOH accreditation number. The test results shall also include a statement indicating the purpose for which the test is taken, it should be signed or endorsed by the neuro-psychiatric doctor, e.g. “that test was taken in connection with the applicant’s application for the presidency of CBSUA.

I. Duly accomplished CSC Form 212 made under oath.

The Search Committee for Presidency reserves the right to validate and verify the authenticity of documents submitted and the right to accept or reject any document that it deems to be questionable.

Deadline for submission of application and the required documents shall be on September 25, 2018, 5:00 P.M. (Philippine Standard time)

Applicants may submit their documents to:

HON. RONALD L. ADAMAT, Ph.D. P.D. CHED Commissioner and Chairperson, CBSUA Board of Regents 4/F HEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue U.P., Diliman, Quezon City

Attention:

MR. ALBERT A. AÑOSA Chief of Staff Office of Commissioner R. Adamat

or to:

DR. MINDA J. FORMACION Former Chancellor and Professor Emeritus, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo Chairperson, Search Committee for President Central Bicol State University of Agriculture or

Attention:

MR. REY ECO SANCHEZ Board Secretary V Central Bicol State University of Agriculture Secretariat, Search Committee for President cbsua.boardsecretary@gmail.com.

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DepEd's statement on review of teachers’ workload


Recognizing every profession’s need for conducive working condition and in keeping with Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones’s 10-Point Agenda, the Department of Education (DepEd) continuously reviews and reduces the workload of its teaching personnel as part of its expansion of employee welfare.

While DepEd continuously works to simplify the processes and reduce forms, it maintains that these reviews are being conducted not to eliminate reporting entirely but to ensure that the data collected are not compromised and are integral to proper assessment, planning, and allocation of resources and intervention. In essence, reports enable teachers and the Department to identify areas of improvement and set the direction for evidence-based decisions to aid in the delivery of quality basic education.

The review consists of a series of consultations with field representatives, teachers, school heads and regional supervisors. Third-level officials, who used to be teachers, have attested that the preparation of reports has become simplified and efficient over the years.

From 36 to 10 school forms

Two phases of DepEd’s review comprise of the creation of simplified school forms, standardization of format, updating and reduction of data needed in existing school forms, and making the most of the available technology and information system.

As a result, the Department has reduced 36 common school forms to 10 official school forms, which already include forms for Senior High School, and has streamlined processes – minimizing duplication and redundancy of data, and diminishing time and effort spent by teachers on work preparations.

Since varying forms required by different agencies for diverse purposes continue to emerge, DepEd is relentless in conducting reviews that will further simplify the forms and processes, thereby enabling teachers to focus more on teaching.

DepEd is also looking into interventions such as talks with teachers and process owners to consider data sharing instead of creating separate forms, and the possible creation of non-teaching items to prepare administrative and management reports.

Public service is hardwork

Workers in the Department – from members of the Executive and Management Committees to their staff who perform technical and administrative duties even during weekends, holidays, and hours before and after office; from teaching and non-teaching personnel who have lasted decades in service to drivers and utility personnel who go beyond their regular tasks – are toiling hard to keep the agency on track. Similarly, workers in all branches of the government are not immune to the suffering and joy of being in public service.

Along with teaching, professions that ensure the delivery of basic education and social services are among the noblest and most fulfilling calling one can devote the self to, and being in public service requires twice the passion and commitment. Being in public service is to experience suffering and joy at the same time: the risks and the challenges, and the excitement and satisfaction of touching people, changing lives and contributing to our betterment as a nation.
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Many faces, one Mary at Labo's Busig-on Festival

Dormicion de la Virgen

LABO, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- A one-of-a-kind display featuring images of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on show here as part of the Busig-on Festival.

Spearheaded by the Local Government Unit of Labo, the event  acknowledges the camareros or caretakers of the statues which are from the collections of various families, individuals, and religious organizations in Camarines Norte.

The oldest of the statues is a 19th century image of Virgen de Alegria with hands and head made of ivory, which goes out in procession for the Salubong rites every Easter Sunday.

A crowd favorite is the Dormicion de la Virgen, the Sleeping Virgin at the end of her earthly life. The image is under the stewardship of Enrico and Leonor Barrios.

The collection also features Our Lady of Sorrows and Hope (under the stewardship of Paolo Gerero and family), Our Lady of Remedies (under the stewardship of Vany Verzo), Mary Mother of God (under the stewardship of Ramil Edward Varin Carino), Our Lady of Sorrows (under the stewardship of Ramil Edward Varin Carino), an antique image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Peace, Nuestra Senora del Dulce Nombre (under the stewardship of Joseph Cuyt), Our Lady of Sorrows (antique processional image from Labo), Our Lady of Candelaria of Paracale (a replica of the original and canonically-crowned Madonna, under the stewardship of Ramil Edward Varin Carino), Our Lady of Manaoag,  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Labo, Our Lady of Penafrancia, La Virgen Costurera (Mary as a seamstress in the temple during her childhood years), La Festejada (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, under the stewardship of Joseph Cuyt), Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, Our Lady of the Poor (from the retablo of the Church of the Risen Lord of the Adorno Fathers in Sto. Domingo, Vinzons), Rosa Mistica (Under the stewardship of Ramil Edward Varin Carino), Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima, La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, Our Lady of the Visitation of Piat, Our Lady of Casaysay, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and various statuettes and miniature icons.

LGU Labo decided to include the event in the town fiesta lineup, as the Church celebrates the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8, which happens to be the date of the town fiesta. (Photos and information courtesy of Paolo Gerero)






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Man murdered at Cha Kamot’s Kinalas in Naga City

Cha Kamot’s Kinalas/Cordova's Kinalas, Naga City
Bicol Standard photo
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A person was murdered early morning today (Sept. 5) in one of the more popular noodle houses in this city.

Danilo Mallari y Cordova, of legal age, jobless, was discovered lifeless in a pool of his own blood in a room at the second floor of Cordova’s Kinalas, more commonly known as Cha Kamot, at Corregidor St., Barangay Dayangdang by househelp Virginia Bragais.

Cordova is a nephew of the noodle house’s owner, investigators said.

Bragais said the victim had been residing in the room adjacent to hers.

Police investigators told the Bicol Standard that the victim had been drinking the whole day with two men at the side of the kitchen prior to the killing.

The suspect/s have not been identified, although the weapon used—a kitchen knife from the noodle house— had been recovered.

Bragais, who sleeps at the second floor of the building, said that at around 1 a.m. today (Sept. 5), she went down the stairs to urinate.

On her way back upstairs, she noticed a drop of blood on the steps, and a little later, encountered a man running down the stairs with his face covered, she said.

The man acknowledged her before exiting the building, she added.

Meanwhile, another person jumped out of the window from the second floor, according to Bragais.

His identity, she said, is also unknown to her.

She reported the crime to the barangay officials at around 5 a.m., because according to her, she feared for her own life because the killer/s might go after her.

Bragais also narrated that on Tuesday morning, the victim posed for a photo while sitting on his motorcycle in front of the kinalas place. He jokingly said the photo should be placed on top of his coffin when he dies.

The barangay officials, who responded to the incident, declared that the victim is known in the community for drinking everyday.

However, he allegedly has no known enemies.

Meantime, the noodle house’s owner was not there when the incident occurred.

The investigation is still underway as of this writing.

Cordova’s Kinalas is known for its beef noodle dish known as kinalas, as well as banana fritters.
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4 nadakop sa buy-bust sa CSur


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Tinuklo mga tawohan kan Anti-Narcotics operatives an 4 na tawo, kabale an Indian national, na suspechadong nagpapabakal nin shabu sa magkasuway na operasyon kan Lunes asin Martes sa Camarines Sur, sabi sa police report kasuodma, Sept 4.

Si Manuelito alias Yonon asin Juvi, pareyo man apelyedong De Lima, na residentes kan Iriga City, an inarestar kan mga police operatives sa bisa kan search warrants sa saindang residencia sa Brgy. San Francisco, Iriga City, alas 3:55 nin amay, kasuodma.

An duwang suspechado nag aatubang ngonian nin casong pagbalga sa RA 9165 o an Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, sabi ni Police Chief Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan PNP sa Bicol.

Kan Lunes na bangui, si Jaggi Singh alias Jag, 31, may agom, sarong Indian national na nag- eestar sa Concepcion, Naga City, ns an mayor na hanap buhay pagpautang nin cuarta an nadakop kan anti-narcotics operatives sa buy bust operation sa Brgy. Tinago, Naga City.

Segun sa report kan pulis an suspechado nagpabakal nin sarong plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu sa undervocer na police officer na nagsagin-sagin na parabakal nin shabu sa Baylon Compound, sa San Quintin St., Brgy. Tinago, digdi.

Kan Lunes na hapon, poco mas o menos alas 12:50 nin hapon, si Jonald Raro alian Jerif, 30, soltero, conductor sa bus asin taga Brgy. Triangulo, Naga City an dinakop kan pulis nin huli sa pagpabakal nin shabu sa undercover na ahente kan pulis.

Nadakop an suspechado sa Jacob St., Brgy. Penafrancia, Naga City.
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Monday, September 3, 2018

RTC Judge Lelu brushes aside abuse allegations

RTC Judge Lelu Contreras
VIRAC, Catanduanes — A letter signed by inmates of Virac District Jail hurled accusations against RTC Executive Judge Lelu Contreras in connection with her alleged abuses and irregularities.

Said letter was forwarded to the office of Cong. Cesar Sarmiento, who represents the lone district of Catanduanes.

The letter was signed by at least 59 inmates from cells 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

It narrated that as poor and defenseless persons, they suffered oppression allegedly perpetrated by the Executive Judge.

The letter also claims that all such abuses are known to local lawyers, but no one among them has the courage to speak up.

Even some Church leaders, led by Bishop Manolo delos Santos, are “deaf, blind, and mute” as to said abuses, the same letter alleges.

As a result, they seek to have Contreras put under investigation, because of her alleged consenting to illegal acts committed by police officers, and forcing the accused to admit guilt even if they are innocent of the charges they are facing; among a litany of other claims.

Contreras refutes allegations


In an interview by the Bicol Standard, Contreras vehemently denied the allegations as “preposterous and without factual basis.”

She believes that the inmates could have misunderstood why Plea Bargaining in drug cases is not yet being considered in Catanduanes.

She explained, however, that she is just adhering to the Revised Guidelines on Continuous Trial on Criminal Cases.

She also answered the allegations one by one.

“I already have an idea as to who may possibly be behind this smear campaign,” she said.

However, she declined to reveal the person’s name. It is quite clear, she said, that the intention of the person is merely to shame her.

Confidently, she said she can defend herself in any forum to clear her name. (With reports from Ramil Soliveres)
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Who was Simeon Ola?


Simeon Arboleda Ola was the man who has the record in the history as the last general to surrender in the American Forces. He was born in Guinobatan, Albay on September 2, 1865. He was the son of Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda. And because he was the man with critical and imaginative mind, he studied Philosophy at University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City. But on 1896, he stopped his studies and joined the local branch of the Katipunan in his hometown, the province of Albay and later became a leader. With the help of a parish priest, Father Carlos Cabido, Ola was able to acquire arms to support his men.

Simeon Ola is a bright leader; he knows how to make things possible and real. With his strong personality, he recruited men to join his force. Some of the prisoners soon joined his army after he connived with the jail warden in his town, Sergeant Loame.

On April 1898, he fought in the battle of Camalig, Albay and was promoted to the rank of a Captain by General Vito Belarmino, the zone commander of the Revolution Forces in the Bicol Region. On January 23, 1900, he was again promoted Major after a daring ambush mission that led to the capture of the three Americans, Dubose, Fred Hunter and Russel.

In February 1900, his cousin Jose Arboleda died on the bloody battle against the Americans in Arimbay Legazpi, City, but this sorrowful happening did not make his heart weak and dampen his soul, instead he continued to fight and more men had joined his force. He fought in the battle of Binogsacan in Guinobatan with the army of Colonel Engracio Orence.

For over a month of July in 1901, his army rested for a while and on August in that same year he continued his attacked in the town of Oas, Albay and also the American detachment at Macabugos, Ligao. This caused the Americans to feel disgusted on Ola’s revolutionary army. The Americans took him seriously because of his subsequent valiant attacks on Albay towns. So they set up recommendation to stop Ola’s activities and sent emissaries to negotiate for his surrender which he politely refuses.

Ola continued for some attacks, and on July 15, 1903, he ambushed the 31st Philippine Scout Garrison under the command of Sergeant Nicolas Napoli in Jovellar, Albay. The persistent effort of the peace panel and his battle weary men made Ola realized that he could never win the war. So he became open to the agreement set by Colonel Harry H. Bandholtz, the Assistant Commander of the Constabulary in Lucena, Tayabas for his surrender. On September 25, 1903 the negotiating panel composed of Ramon Santos, Eligio Arboleda, Epifanio Orosco, Frank L. Pyle, John Paegelow, J.B. Allison and Joseph Rogers went in his camp in Malangaton, Mapaco, Guinobatan. Eventually, on that day Ola had finally surrendered to Governor Bette and Colonel Bandholtz. Charge with sedition, he was put on trial and Judges Adam Carson and James Blount presided over his case.

Source: LGU Guinobatan
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Kandidato kan Team Naga, pag oorolayan pa - Mayor Bongat



NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) Sarong tiripon an ginibo kasuodma kan mga miembros kan Team Naga na pinapamayohan ni Mayor John Bongat, tangani na hapiyapon an nagkukurabkutab nang daghan kan duwang aspirante sa cargong alkalde kan Ciudad nin Naga, sinda Vice Mayo Nelson Legacion asin Consejal Nene De Asia.

Sa atubangan nagkapirang pinili na miembros kan lokal na media, sinabi ni Bongat na igwa nin processo na pwedeng gibohon tangani na maging demokratico an pagpili kun sisay saindang duwa an tatambodan na Official na kandidato sa cargong alkalde sa pirilian sa masunod na taon.

Pig paliwanag kan alkalde na kan sarong aldaw, nagorolay na sinda ni Vice Presidente Leni Robredo, an Presidente kan Liberal Party, asin pig tukar na procedimiento kan pagpili kan kandidato.

Dai pig linaw durante kan press conference kun ano an magiging systempa kan pagpili.

Mientrastanto, pig confirmar kan informante kan Bicol Standard na sa maabot na Sept 8, magkakaigwa nin saro pang orolay, kahampang si VP Robredo para finalisaron an proceso kan pagpili kan kandidato.

Afuera ki Mayor Bongat, an iba pang presente sa press conference iyo sinda Vice Mayor Legacion, Concejal Nene De Asis, asin iba pang mga nakatukaw na consejal asin ex officio na miembro kan Sangguniang Panlungsod.

An mayo sana sa saindang grupo na mga official iyo si Consejal Jose Ranola na on leave, asin sinda Consejal Miles Raquid Arroyo asin Cedric Rentoy.
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Anibersaryo ni Gen Simeon Ola pig romdom



GUINOBATAN, Albay (Bicol Standard) Ginatos na mga taga Albay an nagtiripon kasuodma (Domingo) tanganing romdomon an ika 153 na anniversaryo ni Gen. Simeon Arboleda Ola, an ultimong Filipino na general na nag suko sa mga Americano sa pagtapos kan guerra kan Pilipinas asin America.

Segun ki Alkalde Ann Ongjoco, kan Guinobatan, Albay, dapat tawan honra kan mga Bicolano si Ola nin huli sa dakulang contribusyon sa katalingkasan kan nasyon sa kamot kan mga dayuhan.

Pinanginotan kan gobierno municipal an halipot na programa, na kabale an pag-itaas kan bandera kan Pilipinas asin kan revolutionary flags kasabay an 21ng gun salut, sa pag honra kan isog asin kusog nin boot ni Gen Ola.

Igwa man nin mga burak na pig atabang kan mga official kan gobierno lokal asin mga police asin military officers sa saiyang shrine sa centro kan Guinobatan.

Nag surrender si Ola sa mga Americano kan Sep 25, 1903, kaiba an 28 kan saiyang mga tawohan asin official, sa condisyon na tatawan sinda nin amnestiya.

Nag atubang bista si Ola asin na sentenciahan na mapriso sa laog nin tulong decado, alagad tinawan nin kapatawadan kan 1094.

Tulong clase nin rasa na naglupig sa Pilipinas an saiyang nalampasan -- an mga Spaniards, Americano asin Japanese -- kan 1898, 1945 asin 1946.

Binawian siya nin buhay kan Feb 14, 1952, asin pig lubong sa Roman Catholic Cemetery sa Guinobatan.
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No. 1 Most Wanted sa Nabua, arestado



NABUA, CSur (Bicol Standard) An No 1 na Most Wanted Person digdi na may na warrant of arrest an nahulog man guiray sa kamot kan mga pulis kan sarong aldaw.

Si Joven Silvano y Velitario, 33 anyos, taga Brgy. Duran, an tinuklo kan mga awtoridad nin huli sa casong Rape na saiyang inaatubang.

Mayo nin fianza an casong ini segun sa rekomendasyon kan Regional Trial Court. 

Si Silvano, bibistahan sa sala ni RTC Judge Judge Salve Q. Villareal-Dimabayao kan Branch 36, digdi.

Sa ibong na lado, si Silvano may inaatubang man nin 12ng counts nin pagbalga sa Republic Act 7610, na mas bisto sa apod na Child Abuse.

Sa casong ini si Judge Dimabayao nag recomendar nin fianza na kantidad P200,000.00 sa kada saro kan 12ng caso nin Child Abuse.
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Bicol RPOC nag iimbestigar sa"hotbed" issue sa drugs -- Mayor Rosal



LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)- Pig confirmar ni Mayor Noel Rosal kan Legazpi City an Chairman kan Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) sa Bicol nag confirmar na sinugo sinda kan National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) na imbestigaran an report na an Naga City iyo an "hotbed" kan shabu digdi.

Inako ni Rosal sa interview kan media na pig poonan na kan RPOC na siyasaton kan saindang grupo dapit sa report na ini, dangan nagpadara nin report.

Maroromdoman na si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte pirang beses nang sinambit na an Naga City iyo an "hotbed" kan drugs digdi, na pig confirmar man kan PDEA, NBI asin NICA, sa rehiyon.

Tubod si Rosal na igwa nin base si Duterte sa pag-sambit issue na ini, nin pira nang beses sa media.

Huli kaini kaipohan na magtabang an mga opisyales lokal sa pagtipon nin datus dapit sa isyu, alagad dapat patas sa pag siyasat.

Kabale sa pig iimbestigaran an gabos na official kan lokal na gobierno sa rehiyon sabi sa direktiba sa RPOC.
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