Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thousands join Fluvial Procession in Naga City

Balatas Road, Naga City
Bicol Standard photo
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Thousands of devotees of the Virgin of Peñafrancia converge for the annual fluvial procession this afternoon at Naga River. 

Due to the heavy rainfall brought about by Typhoon Ompong, the water level rose, according to Bernardo Pagador Jr. of the Philippine Coast Guard.

They are thus taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew of at least 160 bancas that will pull the float of the image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia and the Divino Rostro.

In addition to the security preparations, the Office of Civil Defense Bicol recently turned over 500 life vests that would be used by the response volunteers of the fluvial procession.

Meantime, roads leading to the Metropolitan Cathedral have been closed to vehicular traffic since this morning.

The cellphone signal has also been temporarily shut down until after the end of the procession.

Across the city, members of the police and force multipliers have been deployed in strategic places.
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Aika Robredo for Mayor kan Naga City?

Aika Robredo

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ngonian na aldaw nakatalaan na gibohon an pag orolay kan mga oficial kan Team Naga asin ni Vice Presidente Leni Robredo.

An obheto kan orolay, para determinaran an processo kan pagpili kan magiging standard bearer kan saindang grupo sa cargong alkalde para sa nag dadangadang na election sa Mayo, sa masunod na taon.

Sabi ni Alkalde John Bongat, an meeting dapat nangyari kan Viernes pa, kan sarong semana.

Pero pig oktaba ni VP Robredo huli ta kulang si saiyang panahon ta dapat magbwelta sa Manila kan kapareyong aldaw.

Maroromdoman na enot pa kaini aram na kan mga oficial kan Ciudad na si VM Nelson Legacion an pinangakoan mamanokon bilang alkalde.

Igwa nin confirmasyon an baretang ini sa mga interview ki Mayor John Bongat, na si Legacion iyo an saindang magiging panlaban.

Mientrastanto,, kan naka aging duwang semana, pakatapos na magbungkaras an controversiya sa STL asin sa pagpa arkila kan Plaza Rizal, nagkaigwa nin bagong huyop nin duros sa politika sa Naga.

Nag declarar si City Councilor Nene De Asis na determinado siyang magkandidato bilang alkalde kan Ciudad.

Sabi sa report, tangani suboot na maibitaran an pagka-buruwag kan grupong Team Naga, mapatahaw si VP Robredo, para areglaron problema.

Hale sa informante sa City Hall, nag alisngaw an bareta na may desenyo sa politika na hale ki Robredo.

An recomendasyon, dapat mag conducir lugod nin survey para aramon kun sisay sa duwa, an popular, ta iyo an bebendisyonan na magdalagan.

Si Concilor de Asis nagpahayag sa media na makusog an saiyang pagtubod na kun si Legacion an tatambodan, dakula an posibilidad na mapipiligrohan kan saiyang kalaban.

Pig ngisihan sana ini ni VM Legacion.

Sa ibong na lado, an negosyanteng si Tato Mendoza nag confirmar kan sarong aldaw sana, na dagos man guiraray siya sa pag dalagan bilang alkalde kan Ciudad.

Si Mendoza maroromdoman na kontra ki Legacion, nin huli sa dakul na mga rason.

May informasyon man na kun dai magkasundo si VM Legacion asin si Consejal Nene de Asis sa proceso kan pagpili kan kandidato kan Team Naga, si Aika Robredo an mabutwang ilalaban bilang alkalde kan ciudad.

Enot pa kaini nagsabi si Aika Robredo na dai siya interesado na magkandidato sa maabot na pirilian.
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Bill declaring Catanduanes as 'Abaca Capital of PH' OKd

Sarmiento
The House Committee on Agriculture and Food chaired by Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., CPA, LLB (Party-list, ANAC IP) has approved a substitute bill seeking to declare the province of Catanduanes as the “Abaca Capital of the Philippines.”

Principally authored by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes), the bill pursues Section 1, Article XII of the 1987 Constitution which provides that the State shall promote industrialization and full employment based on sound agricultural development and agrarian reform, through industries that make full and efficient use of human and natural resources, which are competitive in both domestic and foreign markets.

In line with this policy, the bill declares it is fitting to give recognition to the contribution of Catanduanes to the total abaca production of the country and the world where the province is considered to be the top abaca producer, providing 87.17 of global output.

The bill grants the province of Catanduanes the official designation as the “Abaca Capital of the Philippines.”

“We recognize Catanduanes as the number one producer of abaca not only in the Philippines but in the world,” said Panganiban in a recent hearing conducted by the committee.

Following the committee’s approval of the bill, Panganiban said the next step of the panel is to consider another bill which provides for appropriation for the establishment of an Abaca Research and Development Center in Catanduanes.

Sarmiento said per the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) statistics, the country produced a total of 496, 069.10 bales of abaca in 2016 and 130,090.30 bales in the first quarter of 2017. One bale is equivalent to 125 kilograms.

Meanwhile, Sarmiento said Department of Agriculture (DA) statistics showed that from 2009 to 2013, the Bicol Region was the top producer of abaca fiber with 22,987 metric tons, which comprised 39 percent of the total national production.

Sarmiento said Catanduanes produces about 92.3 percent of the total abaca production of the Bicol Region and about 34.9 percent of the country’s total abaca production.

Catanduanes has over 35,500 hectares of abaca land and about 15,454 Catanduangon farmers are engaged in abaca for livelihood, according to Sarmiento. “Thus, Catanduanes earned the title “abaca country” for being the biggest abaca-producing province in the Philippines,” he said.

Moreover, he said Catanduanes is also considered as the top abaca producer in the world, providing 87.17 percent of the global output. By itself, he said Catanduanes produces 23,540 metric tons of abaca.

“Our small island province even beat Ecuador, which is only second in global production and with a total produce of 8,555 metric tons. Our abaca exports are worth $114.79 million, and our abaca is bought by countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento said abaca grows innately in Philippine soil. Known worldwide as “Manila Hemp,” he said abaca is superior over all fibers because of its great strength and resistance to water. “Thus, it is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber,” he said.

The approved bill substituted HB 7369 authored by Sarmiento. Other authors of the substitute bill are Panganiban, Reps. Deogracias Ramos, Gabriel Bordado, Fernando Gonzalez, Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, John Marvin Nieto, Maria Vida Bravo, and Francisco Datol. | Rowena B. Bundang

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Friday, September 14, 2018

1 CAFGU tinadtad bala sa Masbate


MASBATE CITY (Bicol Standard) -Sarong aktibong miembro kan CAFGU an binadil kasubagong alas 10:30 nin aga, (Sept 14). sa Purok Acacia, Brgy. Malinta, digdi.

An biktima iyo si Joseph Lapida y Roy, 34 anyos, soltero, residente kan Brgy. Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate.

Naka distino siya sa Army detachment sa Brgy. Maingaran, Masbate City.

Segun sa imbestigasyon si Lapida naghahalat nin lundan pasiring sa Mandaon, Masbate kan siya badilon kan duwang dai nabistong mga para gadan.

Igwa siya nin mga tama nin bala na hale sa calibre .45.

Base sa Masbate City Police Station si Lapida tinamaan nin bala sa daghan, asin sa mata, na iyo an saiyang ikina gadan.

Pakatapos na siya badilon an mga kriminal nagdulag pasiring sa direksyon kan Brgy. Sinalogan, Masbate City.

Dinara pa kan mga kriminal an mga gamit kan biktima.

Mientrastanto, an bangkay ni Lapida dinara sa Masbate Provincial Hospital para sa post mortem examination.

Nakua sa pinangyarihan kan krimen an 20ng baseyo nin bala hale sa calibre .45.

An sinambit na incidente parte kan mayong kapondohan na garadanan sa provinciang ini, na an causa an mainit na ralaban kan mga rebelde asin soldados kan gobierno.
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8 bulan na omboy nalamos sa irarom kan harong



PIODURAN, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- Mayo na nin buhay an walong bulan na omboy kan ini madiscubre kan saiyang magurang na yaon na sa sirong kan saindang harong na namumugtak kataid kan sapa.

Sa report ni P/Chief Insp Joseph Jarabelo, hefe kan pulis digdi na an magurang kan omboy nag-ako sainda na hararom na maray asin nanok na entero si saindang pagkaturog nin huli halawig na bulog kan uran asin malipot an panahon.

Sabi sa pag siyasat, kan naguimata an mga magurang kan omboy, biyo ining nataranta, ta mayo na sa kataid ninda an kadurog na aki.

Pirang minutos sana, nadiscubre an omboy na yaon sa irarom o sirong kan saindang harong, mayo na nin buhay.

Sabi sa report, posible na amay naguimata an omboy, nagkamang hale sa higdaan, asin nahulog sa labot kan salog derecho sa sirong kan harong, na kan panahon na ito, halangkaw na an tubig na huli kan makusog na hugnak kan uran.

An harong kan familya kan biktima yaon sa guilid kan salog, kaya kun minalangkaw an tubig, inaabot an sirong kan saindang pig eestaran.
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PHOTOS | Gainza Trade Fair 2018

At least 26 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), 10 local government units, four government agencies including the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Camarines Sur II, 2 schools and one corporation are participating in this year’s Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair of the Archdiocese of Caceres at Robinson’s Place, Naga City. (Photos: DAR)

Gainza Trade Fair 2018

Gainza Trade Fair 2018

Gainza Trade Fair 2018

Gainza Trade Fair 2018


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PDEA holds confab for DDB authorized reps in Catanduanes

Mr. Lemuel P. Surtida, the Provincial Administrator, representing Governor Joseph C. Cua, welcomes Atty. Cesar G. Posada, the guest speaker of the orientation seminar for Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Authorized Representatives of the province, this September 4 at the Conference Room of his office.

To facilitate the processing and filing of petitions before the court, for the application of Surrendered Drug Users (SDUs) for their treatment and rehabilitation, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) spearheaded by Provincial Officer, Agent Arlene B. Galiza, conducted an orientation seminar for Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Authorized Representatives of the province last September 4 at the Provincial Administrator’s Office-Conference Room.

Atty. Cesar G. Posada, former Chief of the Legal Affairs Division and Resident DDB Ombudsman and currently, the Consultant of Legal Matters and DDB Authorized Representatives, and also the guest speaker of the event, comprehensively tackled the salient features of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165.

The provision requires that a court order is issued for the confinement of a drug dependent in a treatment and rehabilitation facility.

Posada presented the sections of the law by providing concrete examples and sharing relevant instances regarding the issue and handling drug cases effectively.

“In order to win a battle, you have to know your enemy- and that enemy is drugs,” Posada said.

He also shared about how drugs were first introduced in the Philippines, showing that marijuana was the first abused drugs by the Ancient Sumerians, followed by opium which was introduced by a merchant named Marco Polo, until it was widely-produced in the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan) and Golden Triangle (Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar) of Asia.

Posada also said that there are two drug rehabilitation centers in the region which are located at Malinao, Albay and San Fernando, Camarines Sur. He also suggested that the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (Mega DATRC) at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija accepts free rehabilitation of indigent drug addicts as long as they have a referral from the local government.

Moreover, he also emphasized the functions of support institutions and agencies such as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Alternative Learning System (ALS) which are in charge of the distance learning and out-of-school education for recovering SDUs.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are in-charge for their livelihood and job opportunities.

“Sa mga batang hamog o batang gala naman na hindi kilala ang mga magulang, DSWD na ang in-charge,” he added.

As part of its efforts to ensure proper implementation of regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board, the PDEA, through an Agency Memorandum Circular, has ordered all its Regional Directors to coordinate with Chairpersons of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (MADACs) for the designation of DDB-Authorized Representatives who perform a big role in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug dependents.

The DDB authorized representatives of the province, if willing, will serve as witnesses of the government in the court with the help of Dr. Gibson Gabitan and Dr. Angel Lamban, the two local physicians accredited by the Department of Health (DOH), petitioning the SDUs to undergo a treatment and rehabilitation program.

Furthermore, Posada also told the representatives that if there are any problems that they will encounter, the Provincial Attorney’s Office (PAO) is ready to help as they (DDB and PAO) both had entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Meanwhile, Mr. Lemuel P. Surtida, the Provincial Administrator, representing Governor Joseph C. Cua, expressed his support in another endeavor of their partner agencies and support institutions for their vision of a drug-free Catanduanes, as they recently launched the first Balay Silangan in Bicol.

Also present during the event were PDEA-Provincial Officer, Agent Arlene B. Galiza; Dr. Hazel A. Palmes and Dr. Magdalena Martinez of Provincial Health Office (PHO); Dr. Lilian Olfindo, Municipal Health Officer of San Miguel Rural Health Unit (RHU); 1st and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Companies (PMFC)- Catanduanes Provincial Police Office (CATPPO) operatives; CATPPO health service nurses; and representatives from different municipal police stations in the province. (Catanduanes PIO)

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DA Bicol distributes farm machinery worth Php6.2M

DA Bicol recently launched the High Value Crops Development Program in Daet, Camarines Norte to help address the nutritionel deficiencies of students.

by B. Nunez

DAET, Camarines Norte — After the successful launching of the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program in Camarines Sur and Sorsogon, the Department of Agriculture Bicol through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) once again launched the same activity this time on September 6 at this municipality.

Said program intends to augment the fund needed in order to address the nutritional deficiencies of school children and at the same time help families to earn additional income through planting vegetables in school.

The harvest will also be used for supplemental feeding.

Some 80 selected elementary schools received sets of garden materials which include : 14 meters PE-UV tunnelling Film; fine net; seeding trays; hoe; rake; sprinkler; shovel; organic fertilizer and assorted vegetable seeds. School coordinators were also trained on vegetable gardening and nursery establishment.

Marilene Dimacalungan , HVCDP staff served as the resource speaker.

According to Nene Rosal Merioles, School Division Superintendent, The Gulayan sa Paaralan Program is the best convergence program initiated by the Department of Agriculture.

Parents , school teachers and children have their roles to play particularly during Brigada Eskwela activities .

Dr. Mary Grace Rodriguez said that this program will encourage school children to engage in agriculture since they will actually try their hands with the garden tools which they only see on books.

A team will be created to monitor and create guidelines for the best gulayan project .

Meanwhile, The DA distributed Php6,222,874.00 worth of farm machineries and equipment to qualified Farmers Association and Cooperatives on the same day at the Camarines Norte Lowland Rainfed Research Station.

The machinery/equipment composed of: pineapple processing facility,roasting machine, dehuller/skin Remover, grinder pulverizer, kneader/mixer, stainless working table, decorticationg machine, water-pump, power tiller, rainshelter and 4wd tractor.

In his message, Engr. Almirante Abad, Provincial Agriculturist of Camarines Norte, reminded the recipients of the shared responsibilities.

“The Association should maintain the equipment and shoulder the cost for repairs. Our farmers are soon to retire due to age which is 57 onwards. Our agricultural areas are diminishing because of massive urbanization. Our population is rapidly increasing. It’s now time to adopt modern mechanization to lower cost of labor and increase production," he said.

“Nagulat po ako dito, hindi namin inaasahan na mabibigyan kami ng 4wd tractor” said Tyron Paul Weber, Chairman of Labing Farmers Association."

"Sa amin sa Paracale, mahal ang gulay. Malaking tulong and binigay sa amin ng DA upang mapadali at maparami and aming produksyon. Pag nakita ng anak ko na may makabagong paraan sa pagsasaka, baka siya na mismo ang magkusa na magsaka”, he narrated.

Officials present during the turn over ceremony were: Dr. Mary Grace Rodriguez, OIC Chief, Operations Division; Engr. Almirante Abad, Provincial Agriculturist; Engr. Bella Frias, Agricultural Center Chief II and other officials from various Farmers Association.
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Brigada Eskwela best implementers in Bicol lauded

Photo: Albay PIO
LEGAZPI CITY — The best implementing schools of the Brigada Eskwela in Bicol were recognized by the Department of Education in an awarding ceremony held last September 10 at the Albay Astrodome.

For the Elementary Level, the awardees were:
Small Category –Mamlad ES, Albay; Bonot ES, Tabaco City; Tonga ES, Masbate Province
Medium Category – Barcelona CS, Sorsogon Province; Virac CES,  Catanduanes; Balatas ES, Naga City
Large Category -  Tulay na Lupa ES, Camarines Norte; Canaman CS, Camarines Sur; Pioduran West CS; Albay
Mega Category – Iriga CS, Iriga City; Tabaco Northwest CS, Tabaco City; and Rawis ES, Legazpi City
Meantime, for the Secondary Level, the awardees include:
Small Category – Revil Bajar NHS, Masbate Province; San Vicente Grande HS, Albay; San Pedro NHS, Iriga City
Medium Category – Mary Perpetua Brioso NHS, Masbate Province; Tuaca NHS, Camarines Norte; Sagrada NHS, Iriga City
Large Category – Goa HS, Camarines Sur; Bantayan NHS, Tabaco City; Larap NHS, Camarines Norte
Mega Category – Pamplona NHS, Camarines Sur; Aroroy NHS, Masbate Province, Vinzons Pilot HS, Camarines Norte.


Dr. Gilbert Sadsad, Regional Director of DepEd Regional Office V in his message told the awardees: "Let us continue to inspire students, embrace education and for them to realize their dream."

Also in attendance was Gov. Al Francis Bichara, who said that the Provincial Government of Albay is willing to support schools that lack resources.

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Wilfredo Gavarra, town mayors, and stakeholders were also present during the activity.
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Simon Li Tuanqui: Chinese Catholic benefactor of Peñafrancia Shrine

Courtesy of Mr. Lito Tuanqui
The earliest known Chinese Catholic identified by name in Bicol history is Simon Li Tuanqui. A pure Chinese, he was described by the 19th century scholarly Dominican Bishop Francisco Gainza as “an cristianong inchic.”

Although he is now most known for donating the now equally well-known pair of “Li Tuanqui Bells” to the Peñafrancia Shrine in Nueva Caceres in 1863 and 1868, he shared more than mere bells during his lifetime.

From Nueva Caceres (now Naga City), he later took permanent residence in Polangui, Albay due to his marriage to local lass Maria Sarte, and thus became a parishioner and benefactor of the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. His extended family in Polangui donated a portion of land to this Parish. The lot is located behind the Church.

Li Tuanqui’s life as a devotee and philanthropist to the Peñafrancia Shrine is documented by Bishop Gainza, the 25th Spanish prelate in the See of Caceres, in the annex to his Bikol account of the history of the Virgin of Peñafrancia, which was translated to English by Jose Barrameda Jr. 

According to verbal accounts obtained by Barrameda from people who heard descriptions of Li Tuanqui from earlier descendants who either saw Simon or his pictures, which are now non-existent, or heard of the descriptions passed on from much older people, Li Tuanqui wore his hair in the traditional Mandarin Chinese pigtail.

In his early 40’s, Li Tuanqui was baptized by Bishop Gainza himself, and given the Christian name Simon, after Simon Vela, the French Marian devotee who, out of divine guidance, found the original image of the miraculous Lady in Peña de Francia, Spain in 1534.

In 1863, when Bishop Gainza started renovations on the Peñafrancia Shrine, Simon donated the major portion of the funds for the belfry. In addition, he gave the first of two “Li Tuanqui Bells.” He donated the second, identical bell in 1868. They are said to have been cast in Binondo, Manila.

In 1994, Barrameda inspected the man-sized bells to see for himself the inscriptions thereat. On the first bell were indeed inscribed the words: “PARA SA IGLESIA DE NTRA. SRA. DE PEÑAFRANCIA ANO D. 1863 SIMON LI TOANGOUI” and some Chinese ideographs. On the second bell were etched the words: “OBSEQUIO DE SIMON LI TUANQUI A NTRA. SRA. DE PEÑAFRANCIA ANO. 1868.” [Note how the spelling of the name evolved, which is characteristic of Chinese surnames.]

In 1997, the “Li Tuanqui Bells” created a stir, when the Filipino-Chinese Centennial Movement headed by anti-crime crusader Teresita Ang-See formally requested for the donation of the antique bells to the organization, in exchange for replica bells, so that they could showcase Chinese influence and contribution to Philippine culture and history at the Kaisa Heritage Center, a museum in Intramuros, Manila during the country’s centenary celebrations. Msgr. Leonardo Legazpi, Archbishop of Caceres, had acceded to the request but parishioners and other sectors including local media opposed, so the bells remained where they presently are.

Li Tuanqui’s generosity led to his good standing with the Church hierarchy. He is the only Chinese mentioned by name in Bishop Gainza’s writings. He wielded influence among the local Chinese as a successful trader. His wealth included real estate in the heart of downtown Naga. With his stature, he spearheaded the local Chinese community in financing the building of the first Pagoda, the water vessel now called “Sakay”, used in the annual procession of the Ina in the Naga River.


Li Tuanqui had four children by Maria Sarte. His only son Rufino became mayor of Polangui, and then a provincial board member, and finally a governor in 1916. Among his present-day descendants are Marcial Estevez Tuanqui—former vice governor of Albay and past president of Albay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fr. Eleuterio Espinas—former ambassador to Canada and the Netherlands, Clementina Natividad, Manuel Tuanqui, Tomas Tuanqui, Glicerio Tuanqui, Godofredo Tuanqui, Dr. Ramon T. Caceres, Dr. Arnel T. Borja, Vicente T. Natividad, Rudy Tuanqui, Marcial Tuanqui IV and Michael Tuanqui.

Li Tuanqui lived a tranquil and upright life in Polangui, where he passed on to his extended Filipino family a tradition of special love for the Ina. In fact, his descendants led by Marcial E. Tuanqui, inspired by the deeds of their illustrious forebear, donated a substantial amount to the Peñafrancia Shrine in 1996 for the renovation of the wooden belfry into concrete. The Li Tuanqui descendants again donated in 2014, this time to the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Polangui, Albay, a generous amount for the construction of the QuadriCentennial-Pearl Arch, a grand main gate to serve as memento of the Parish’s 430th milestone anniversary.

Simon Li Tuanqui died in 1896. But even after the passage of 118 years, he lives on in the annual Peñafrancia phenomenon, in his descendants who find it worthy to emulate his unselfish deeds, and in the two Li Tuanqui Bells, which continue to peal to the faithful every single day, to this very day, for more than 151 years now… and will continue to do so for a long, long time. (Courtesy of Mr. Lito Tuanqui)
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

CHAMPS | Iriga South Central School Kab Scouts

CHAMPS | Iriga South Central School Kab Scouts
Photo courtesy of Mr. Pilo Ramos
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The kab scouts of Iriga South Central School were declared champions in Category B of the 2018 Regional DXMC/BSP/GSP Marching Parade Competition earlier today in Naga City.

The scouts were trained by Mr. Pilo Ramos, and supported by the other faculty members of ISCS.

On Facebook, the group thanked the Virgin of Penafrancia for their victory.

The competition is part of the Penafrancia Festival activities.

CHAMPS | Iriga South Central School Kab Scouts
Photo courtesy of Mr. Pilo Ramos
 
CHAMPS | Iriga South Central School Kab Scouts
Photo courtesy of Mr. Pilo Ramos

CHAMPS | Iriga South Central School Kab Scouts
Photo courtesy of Mr. Pilo Ramos
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Bicol cops urged to uphold duty

117th PNP ANNIVERSARY. Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez is guest of honor and speaker as the Police Regional Office 5 celebrates the 117th Police Service Anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO V)

By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY -- A ranking official of the Philippine National Police on Tuesday urged the police force in Bicol region to always uphold their duties and to sacrifice for a more capable, credible, and efficient law enforcement.

PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez, enjoined the lawmen to always be motivated to do their duty in running after lawless elements and waging war against illegal drugs and to make the communities safe and secure.

Mendez was the guest of honor and speaker as the Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol) celebrated the 117th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola here.

In his message, he said the celebration's theme, "Pagbabago sa Hanay ng Pulisya, Hatid ay Ligtas sa Pamayanan Laban sa Kurapsyon, Krimen at Iligal na Droga", will trace the great strides of policing and its development over the years since the national police was formally established in 1901.

Mendez also pointed out the policy of PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde to prioritize the discipline and cleansing of ranks to achieve the best police service.

Meanwhile, Bicol police director, Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal said in an interview that aside from the program conducted inside the camp here to celebrate the police service anniversary, personnel of Regional Police Community Relations Service launched various activities, such as the anti-illegal drugs advocacy campaign and school-based programs, including an information drive on disaster preparedness and response and campaign against crime and drug abuse prevention.

Also during the program, awards were given to units and individual police personnel who have performed well in their duties and service.

The unit awardees were: Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (PPO), Best Provincial Office; Sorsogon City Police Station, Best City Police Station; Goa Municipal Police Station, Best Municipal Police Station; 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, Best Provincial Mobile Force Company; 504th Maneuver Company, Best Mobile Force Company in 5th RMFB; Police Service Management Unit of Albay PPO, Best Police Strategy Management Unit;

Women and Children's Police Desk of Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office, Best WCPD; Human Rights Advocates Office (HRAO) of Catanduanes PPO, Best Provincial Human Rights Desk; Regional Finance Service Office 5, Best Regional Administrative Support Unit and Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (RCIDU5), Best Regional Operational Support Unit.

A total of 11 individual awardees were recognized for their unwavering support and service to the police force.

They were Senior Supt. Jerry Bearis, provincial director of Camarines Sur PPO as Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer (PCO) for Administration; Supt. Paul Abay of Regional Police Community Relation Division, Best Senior PCO for Operations; Senior Insp. Karol Joseph Ricafort of Regional of Regional Police Service Management Unit (RPSMU), Best Junior Police PCO for Administration; Senior Insp. Arnold Reonal of RPSMU, Best Junior PCO for Operations; SPO2 Ma. Ana Coritha Patanao of RPSMU, Best Senior PNCO (Police Non-Commissioned Officer) for Administration; SPO1 Geoffrey Ruz of Naga City Police Office, Best Senior PNCO for Operations; PO3 Zoilo Guerina of Regional Police Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD), Best Junior PNCO for Administration; PO3 Joker Albao of Naga City Police Office, Best Junior PNCO for Operations and Special Individual Awardee (PNCO); PO2 Glenda Berango of Naga City Police Office, Special Individual Awardee, NUP (Non Uniform Personnel); Teresa Entereso of RPHRDD, Best NUP for Spervisory level; and NUP Rey Orduna of Lagonoy Municipal Police Station, Best NUP (Non-Supervisory level). (PNA)
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Cancellation of fluvial procession remote--Mayor Bongat

Fluvial Procession file photo
by Othelo Orpiada Padre
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- City Mayor John Bongat said the possibility of cancelling the annual fluvial procession is quite remote.

"Bicol is no direct hit of Typhoon Ompong according to all forecasts," he told the Bicol Standard in an interview this afternoon.

Nevertheless, he convened the Naga City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Liga ng mga Barangay led by Councilor Dodit Beltran, Naga City Government Management Committee (MANCOM) led by City Administrator Jun Tam Mongoso, and the Joint Operations Center (JOC) for Peñafrancia Fiesta 2018 earlier today for a briefing on the weather situation.

Meantime, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol also turned over 500 units of life vest to the CDRRMC, to be used by response volunteers during the fluvial procession this coming Saturday.

The OCD also advised the local disaster council to prepare for Typhoon Ompong.
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Filing of COCs moved to Oct.11-17

James Jimenez
MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- COMELEC en banc has authorized the re-scheduling of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections to October 11-17, 2018, excluding Saturday and Sunday.

This is according to COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez.

He added that on the last day, there will be no extension of filing hours.
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Gov. Bichara recommends suspension of classes in Albay

Bichara

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Gov. Al Francis Bichara recommended the suspension of classes for both private and public schools in the pre-school, elementary and high school levels effective tomorrow morning and until lifted.

This is in view of the approaching typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut), which may place Albay under Typhoon Warning Signal No. 1 by tonight or tomorrow, he said.

He also recommended the following:
  • No sailing to all fishermen.
  • Restriction of any shoreline activities such as swimming, etc.
  • Avoidance or delay of any planned inter island travels along the eastern seaboard to avoid the disastrous impacts due to rough and very rough seas.
  • All LDRRMCs should be on heightened alert in their areas of jurisdiction and to monitor status of typhoon through the PAGASA Legazpi and local broadcast media.
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Bicol PNP units on full alert for 'Ompong'

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde
Photo via PNP PIO

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A directive from Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde places all Luzon-based PNP Units, including the Police Regional Office 5, on full condition effective tomorrow, September 13.

This, Albayalde said, is to ensure availability of resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations in areas threatened by the destructive effects of Supertyphoon Ompong, including other areas in Luzon that may experience torrential monsoon rains as a result.

The PNP-SAF, Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group, Police Community Relations Group, Health Service; and all Regional and Provincial Mobile Forces are likewise placed on Full Alert to ensure their rapid availability for possible disaster response and rescue operations.

As an initial response in anticipation of the expected landfall of Supertyphoon Ompong, Albayalde directed resources and personnel from these operational support and maneuver units with disaster response capability to preposition within closest and safest proximity to threatened and high risk areas along coastlines, riverbanks and geohazard zones for rapid deployment in the event of contingency.

PNP provincial, city and municipal offices and stations have also been instructed to undertake road clearing operations for debris in coordination with LGUs and DPWH, especially along national highways and major thoroughfares to allow unhampered movement of emergency vehicles, troops, equipment, supplies and market commodities.

Meantime, at the PNP National Headquarters, the PNP Critical Incident Management Committee (CIMC) chaired by Police Deputy Director General Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, thru the PNP Sub-Committee on Disaster Management (SCDM) chaired by Police Director Eduardo Serapio M. Garado, The Director for Police Community Relations (DPCR) is constantly monitoring the situation in areas affected by the weather disturbance thru the NDRRMC.
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Sangguniang Panlungsod Student Participation Program


Since 2013 when the SP Student Participation Program was initiated by Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, this is the first time in our history to have as guests 200 students in one session, with them divided into five batches to be accommodated in the SP Gallery. Picture shows the fifth and last batch for the day. (SP Naga)

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With measles cases in Bicol on the rise, DOH urges vaccination


Seeing the rise of cases of measles in the region, the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol intensified its prevention campaign and urged the public to avail vaccines. According to DOH, unvaccinated children and pregnant women are among the population with increased risk of acquiring measles.

The DOH Bicol has recorded 197 cases from January to September this year, which is a 194% spike from the 67 cases from 2017. Masbate holds the highest record among the other provinces with 69 cases as of date, followed by Camarines Sur – 60, Camarines Norte – 41, Albay – 12, Sorsogon – 12, and Catanduanes - 3. The DOH attributes the rise of cases to the public’s resistance to vaccination.

“The increasing trend of cases of measles in Bicol is alarming and that is why we are strengthening our information caravan to increase the level of awareness of the general public regarding tigdas (measles), as well emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated as part of the prevention method,” said Regional Director of DOH Bicol, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo. He also advised the public to seek and avail vaccines from Supplemental Immunization Activities of DOH.

“Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for measles so the best that we can do here is make sure we prevent it, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine is 93% effective at preventing measles and we included it in our Basta Wednesday Bakuna Day program,” he added.

Complications from measles can be serious and even fatal resulting in blindness, severe diarrhea, respiratory infections such as pneumonia, encephalitis or the acute inflammation of the brain, and even death.

DOH Bicol assured that it would continue its information and education campaign on the prevention of measles in the region. Part of the strategy that DOH employs is the routine measles vaccination for children through school health caravan, and fixed house-to-house immunization.

DOH Bicol Family Health Cluster Head, Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon reminded that vaccines are safe and further encouraged stakeholders to help their immunization program.

“We want to inform everyone that vaccines are safe and it is the primary prevention for measles. We also have ongoing campaigns in schools and communities and we would need everyone’s support in order to make Bicol tigdas-free,” said Ang-Bon.//NSAU
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Senate urges Comelec to reset filing of candidacy to Oct 11 - 17, 2018

Sen. Tito Sotto
Senate file photo
MANILA -- The Senate adopted yesterday Concurrent Resolution No. 13 urging the Commission on Elections to move the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections from October 1 to 5, 2018 to October 11 to 17, 2018.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who introduced the resolution, said Congress would be in session until October 12, 2018.

"Concurrent Resolution No. 19 provides for the legislative calendar for the regular session of the Seventeenth Congress of the Philippines which provides that it shall hold its session on August 28, 2018 to October 12, 2018 and adjourn on October 12, 2018 to November 11, 2018," the resolution said.

At the moment, the resolution explained, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines are deliberating the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Bill and other priority measures that "require their utmost and undivided attention."

To enable members of the Congress to fully attend to their legislative duties and meet the deadline for the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2019 national and local elections, the resolution said it is imperative that the period for filing of the certificates of candidacy be moved from October 1 to 5, 2018 to October 11 to 17, 2018.

The House of Representatives had filed a similar resolution today. A concurrent resolution adopted by both Houses does not require the signature of the President and does not have the force of law.
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Gov. Migz orders LGUs to prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut



PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte has directed the mayors of Camarines Sur to send representatives of their City or Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (C/MDRRMO) for a meeting tomorrow (September 12) to prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut.

In a memorandum, the Camarines Sur Governor said the meeting will involve pre-disaster risk assessment, necessary preparation in anticipation of the typhoon’s possible effects, and communication protocol, among others.

Typhoon Mangkhut has Maximum Sustained Winds of 130 kph near the center, and Gustiness of 160 kph.

Forecasts indicate that it will be entering the eastern border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon.
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DA helps Bicol brace for coming typhoon

A farmer in Mandaon, Masbate shows her field.
File photo courtesy of DA Bicol
PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has announced that its regional office at San Agustin, this town, will lend two combine harvesters/threshers to farmers who want to save their crops from flooding or strong winds.

This after news broke out that Bicol will experience heavy rains due to typhoon Mangkhut these coming days.

Apart from the two units at the DA regional office, there are also combine harvesters at the Research Outreach Stations in Asid, Masbate City; Calasgasan, Daet, Camarines Norte, Cabid-an, Sorsogon City; and Camalig, Albay.

The DA said these can also be borrowed to save crops.

Meantime, farmers who are done harvesting may dry their crops at the flatbed dryers at cooperatives, associations, and local government units across the region.

The office also recommended that grains, fertilizers, and seedlings be covered with laminated sacks for these to stay dry.

In areas where flooding usually occurs, animals should be brought to higher ground or to the designated evacuation centers for animals.

Trees should be pruned for accidents to be prevented, the DA further said.

The office likewise assured the public that in any eventuality, they have seedlings and seeds for rehabilitation purposes.
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BAGYO | DA Bicol, mapasubli nin combine harvester/thresher sa mga parauma



PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Ipapasubli kan Department of Agriculture Regional Office sa Bicol an duwang combine harvester/thresher kan opisina rehiyonal sa San Agustin, Pili sa mga interesadong parauma para anihon mga paroy na pwede nang anihon para maisalbar sa duros o sa baha.

Ini pig-anunciar kan oficina kan magputok an bareta na may paabot na bagyo na madara nin mahiwas na pag-uran sa Bicol.

Apuwera sa duwang unit na nasa DA regional office igwa man nin mga combine harvester sa mga Research Outreach Stations kan DA sa Asid, Masbate City; Calasgasan, Daet, Camarines Norte; Cabid-an, Sorsogon City; asin Camalig, Albay na pig-abisuhan na sublion kan DA para magamit sa pag-ani kan mga pwede nang anihon.

Para duman sa mga nakaani na, idiretso na paalangon an mga paroy sa mga flatbed dryers na nakabariwas sa mga kooperatiba, asosasyon asin LGUs sa dakul na lugar sa rehiyon Bikol.

Para dai mabasa ang mga naka-stock na paroy, abono asin banhi tahuban ini kan laminated sacks.
Duman sa mga lugar na binabaha darahon an mga ataman na hayop sa halangkaw na lugar o sa mga pig-disignar na evacuation center para sa mga hayop. Mag-pasiguro nin pambahog para sa hayop o kaya gibohon an cut and carry para makasigurong igwang pambahog sa mga ataman na hayop.
Gibohon an pruning kan mga kahoy para maibitaran an pagkatumba o pagkaputol kan mga sanga.

Kun dai maibitaran na tamaan kita kan bagyo, an DA pirming igwang handang mga pantanom o banhi para sa rehabilitasyon.

Mientrastanto, nagpagiromdom an DA sa publiko na maghanda, magpasiguro, mag-arang po kita asin magpangadye na maglihis an bagyo sa satuyang rehiyon.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Comelec sets sked of filing of COCs on Oct.1-5

Comelec
MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- The filing of Certificates of Candidacy for the May 13 midterm elections has been scheduled from October 1 to 5, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced.

“No person can run for the position of senator, member of the House of Representatives, provincial, city, municipal, or ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) regional official unless such aspirant accomplishes and files a sworn COC in the form prescribed by the Commission,” Comelec Resolution No. 10420 reads.

In addition, no COCs shall be filed through mail, e-mail, or fax, according to the same.

An aspirant who wishes to withdraw his/her candidacy must provide a sworn statement of withdrawal in five copies, to be submitted to the office where he/she filed the COC, the same Resolution states.

Comelec Resolution No. 10420 was promulgated last Friday.
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Gov. Migz earmarks P465-M for health



PILI, CSur— Gov. Migz Villafuerte has allocated an additional P465 million this 2018 for health infrastructure and equipment in a bid to further improve public health services in the province.

This week, he announced that he has allocated an additional P90 million for Phase 4 of the construction of the Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital located at Barangay Banasi, Bula, Camarines Sur.

Another Php 145 million has been set aside to construct, expand and improve the district / municipal hospitals in Caramoan, San Jose, Ocampo, Garchitorena, Siruma, Libmanan, Ragay and Sipocot.

To compliment the construction and upgrading of the district and municipal hospitals, he has ordered the purchase of modern medical equipment in the amount of P175 million.

Meantime, more barangay health centers and Rural Health Units are slated to be constructed this year.

“Productivity and prosperity will be achieved only if our people are well,” he said.
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TEAM NAGA | VP Leni re-skeds consultation on standard bearer

Nene de Asis and Nelson Legacion
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The scheduled meeting last Saturday to thresh out the standard bearer of Team Naga did not push through as planned, City Councilor Nene de Asis told the Bicol Standard.

The hectic schedule of Vice President Leni Robredo was the reason why the announcement of the much-awaited political decision was delayed for these next few days, de Asis added.

"I was informed of this decision in a phone call by Mayor John Bongat. I was also assured that when the Vice President returns home for the Penafrancia fiesta, there will be a meeting for the announcement of the selection process," she said.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Legacion said he is ready for whatever the outcome of the meeting with the Vice President will be.

He confirmed that 26 out of 27 punong barangays, and an overwhelming majority of barangay kagawads, are committed to support his mayoralty bid.

"We will just wait for the announcement," he told the Bicol Standard.

Vice President Robredo was briefly in Naga City to attend the Traslacion and a gathering of women entrepreneurs held in a hotel.
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DPWH-5 assures worry-free trip for devotees

DPWH Bicol Regional Director Virgilio Eduarte
LEGAZPI CITY— Daang Maharlika in Bicol Region is now ready for the expected influx of domestic and foreign visitors for Our Lady of Peñafrancia festivities in Naga City this September.

Through a memorandum recently issued by DPWH Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte, District Engineers (DEs) in the mainland provinces were instructed to set up Motorist Assistance Centers (MACs) along its national road.

A total of eleven (11) MACs were installed along the conspicuous places of the national road, three (3) in Albay, one (1) in Camarines Norte, five (5) in Camarines Sur and two (2) in Sorsogon.  Roving Teams from Maintenance Division of DPWH Regional Office will also closely monitor the entire stretch of the Daang Maharlika in Bicol Region.

These teams will render 24/7 assistance to the pilgrims for the period from September 6-8 and 13-17, 2018.

This activity is in coordination with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), and concerned Local Government Units (LGUs). 

Each DPWH Assistance Team is composed of Engineers, Mechanics and Equipment Operators. 
These members are oriented on their specific assignments for the delivery of the best service to the public.  For proper identification, field personnel will wear shirts with the seal of DPWH and name tags.

In a meeting with DEs and key staff of DPWH in Bicol, Director Eduarte echoed the instruction of Secretary Mark A. Villar to keep the national road safe for travelers at all times. 

Thus, the director ordered that all roads particularly those leading to the pilgrimage site must be thoroughly maintained with installed appropriate informative/directional, regulatory and warning signs. 

National roads with ongoing civil works shall also be monitored on its compliance as to road work safety, traffic management and good housekeeping practices.
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Cam Norte's pineapple, coco geonets get P634-M funding


Gov. Jonah Pimentel
by Annielyn L. Baleza

DAET, Camarines Norte — The Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) of Camarines Norte for coco geonets and pineapple has generated P634.95 million-worth of investments both from PRDP and other national government agencies three years after its approval.

This was one of the major findings of a team of planners and monitoring and evaluation officers from the Philippine Rural Development Project Central Office, Project Support Office South Luzon and Bicol during an Assessment on the PCIP Institutionalization in the province on August 15-17, 2018, this municipality.

The Project gathered stakeholders from key players in the Commodity Investment Plan (CIP) of Camarines Norte for coco geonets and pineapple consist of the Provincial Local Government Unit, the Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU), Department of Agriculture and other national government agencies as well as other stakeholders including the private sector, farmers and cooperatives. The assessment evaluated the CIP as a planning tool, determined whether interventions were met and discussed major findings and recommendations to enhance the plan.

To collect data for the CIP assessment, three separate focus group discussions with the key players were conducted. The team also sought testimonies from representatives of each group.

The key players agreed that having a PCIP prevented duplication of interventions and projects, opened opportunities to improve the Value Chain of priority commodities and made stakeholders feel empowered and heard.

“Nadagdagan po ang aming kaalaman at nalaman po namin na ang mga agencies po ay tumutulong po sa gaya naming mga magsasaka upang matugunan ang aming mga hinaing at maibigay po sa amin ang mga kinakailangang ipatupad (We gained additional knowledge and we’ve learned that various government agencies are willing to respond to our woes and facilitate the delivery of the services that we need),” Eduardo Terelios, President of the Malimonsito Agri Farmers Association (MAFA), said.

During the PRDP team’s exit conference with Governor Jonah Pimentel, they shared the facilitating factors in the formulation and implementation of the CIP including the creation of the PPMIU through Executive Order No. 2014-28, conduct of regular consultations with line agencies and other stakeholders, and biannual convergence meetings with line agencies.

They also discussed the issues and concerns that hampered the desired impact of the CIP such as limited and inconsistent representation of different stakeholders, lacking commodity data by municipality, and limited awareness, utilization, and resource mobilization for PCIP.

According to Governor Pimentel, the PCIP is an effective tool to fast track the development of the province’s priority commodities.

“With this strategy, we were able to cull out the ideas, the perspectives of the stakeholders particularly the farmers and in that manner, we’ll be able to respond appropriately to their needs,” he said.
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