Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cam Sur teachers honored

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)— Thousands of teachers from the Division of Camarines Sur gathered at Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum on Wednesday for the celebration of National Teachers' Day.

The event, which is spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd), honors and highlights teachers’ contributions to society.

As part of the Education Secretary’s 10-point agenda to expand the scope of welfare of its teaching and non-teaching personnel, DepEd is committed to continuously provide adequate compensation for the invaluable contribution of teachers in the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.

Under the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) in 2019, a Teacher I with Salary Grade 11 will receive a basic monthly salary of P20,754, with P2,000 worth of Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA), a monthly allowance granted to augment government employee’s pay due to the rising cost of living.

Teachers’ annual benefits also include clothing allowance in the amount of P6,000; mid-year and year-end bonuses equivalent to one-month salary each; cash gift of P5,000; productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) worth P5,000; performance-based bonus (PBB) which ranges from 50 to 65% of the basic monthly salary depending on the school’s performance; and cash/chalk allowance in the amount of P3,500.

Teachers likewise receive proportional vacation pay (PVP) equivalent to 70 days during the summer for those who have rendered full services during the school year, and Christmas vacation pay equivalent to 14 days during the holiday break.

Step increment, meanwhile, is the increase in salary from step to step within the salary grade of a position due to length of service. They also receive loyalty cash incentive depending on the number of years in service (starting on the 10th year amounting to P10,000, and P5,000 after every five years).

Other benefits and incentives include special hardship allowance for those assigned in hardship posts or those that cannot be reached by regular means of transportation through hiking or banca/motorcycle rides, mobile teachers, and multi-grade teachers; honoraria for those with teaching overload subject to funds availability; and additional incentives/allowances from the local government unit in selected divisions.

These are on top of the leave privileges, vacation service credits, and social security benefits including GSIS benefits, Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums (RLIP), and PhilHealth benefits (hospitalization, annual physical examination) afforded to them.

Egay Tallado ready to run for governor

DAET, CNorte — The Special Seventh Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) has partially granted the petition for review by petitioner Edgardo "Egay" A. Tallado against respondents Office of the Ombudsman and Edgardo S. Gonzales, in a decision released last September 26.

In the dispositive portion, the court said "Wherefore, in view of the foregoing case, the instant petition for review is PARTIALLY GRANTED. Petitioner Edgardo A. Tallado is found guilty of Simple Misconduct and is meted the penalty of suspension of six (6) months.

It will be recalled that this case started as early as October 2, 2015. The Office of the Ombudsman had issued an Order finding the petitioner (Tallado) administratively liable for Oppression/Grave Abuse of Authority.

He was imposed a penalty of suspension from public service for one (1) year. In the criminal and administrative complaint, Camarines Norte Provincial Veterinarian Edgardo Gonzales, questioned his re-assignment from the position of Provincial Veterinarian to Provincial Information Officer. When the private respondent refused to report for work, the Tallado dropped him TALLADO from p.1 from the rolls.

Meanwhile, interviewed by the media, Sherwin Mata, Public Information Officer of Camarines Norte said Tallado wanted to have a complete reversal of the decision of the Ombudsman which meted a penalty of dismissal against him. But, the Court of Appeals had only partially granted the petition. 

The CA added "petitioner should only be held liable for simple misconduct. Simple misconduct is punishable under Section 46 (D) (2) of the Revised Tules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS) with suspension of one (1) month and one (1) day to sixe (6) months. 

Considering the circumstances obtaining in this case, particularly petitioner's failure to immediately heed the directive from the DILG to desist from performing the functions of Governor of Camarines Norte on August 5, 2016.

We deem it proper to impose a penalty of six (6) months suspension."

"It must be noted that the petitioner had already vacated the Office of Governor as early as March 14, 2018, by reason of the Decision of the Ombudsman so that he has already fully served the penalty imposed herein."

In an interview, Tallado declared that he is now ready to run for the top position in the province.

DepEd ensures extension of GSIS deadline for settlement of due loans

PASIG CITY--The Department of Education (DepEd) recently secured the assurance of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) that member-borrowers who have past due loans will still be able to update these accounts, with automatic waiver of penalties and surcharges, one month after the original September 30 deadline set by the social insurance institution.

“We just received a call from GSIS President and General Manage Jesus Clint Aranas bearing good news for our teachers and other personnel – that they are extending the deadline until October 31,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

On September 7, Secretary Briones sent GSIS a letter appealing for the extension of the September 30 deadline to December 31 to give its 122,926 affected member-borrowers sufficient time to settle or update their past due accounts such that penalties, surcharges, and compounded accrued interest may be waived. DepEd has also requested the GSIS for the condonation of compounded accrued interest on past due loans.

In a meeting last September 24, Executive Vice President Nora Saludares expressed to the Department that GSIS may give consideration to DepEd’s request for an extension.

The Education chief noted, “Given the huge population of its workforce, DepEd recognizes the challenges in communicating the urgency of the GSIS Conso-Loan in such a short period of time. Many of the affected personnel are not aware of the discontinuance of the automatic waiver of penalties and surcharges, and we want to buy them ample time to renew or avail of the Conso-Loan.”

While the one-month extension may be a sigh of relief for several affected personnel, Secretary Briones and Finance-Disbursements and Accounting Undersecretary Victoria Catibog are still in direct negotiation with Aranas and Saludares, respectively, so that the deadline may be further extended.

JUST IN: Land Bank Pili Branch Head sacked

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Land Bank of the Philippines Pili Branch Head Cristina Jusi was relieved today after a meeting of LBP Manila Representative First Vice President Marilou I. Villafranca, South Luzon Head, with Acting Vice Mayor Rudel Divinagracia.

The former Branch Head of Land Bank Sipocot, Marivic S. Oliva, has taken over the position as of this writing.

Also present during the meeting was LBP Naga Branch Manager Maria Lourdes V. Mancinido.

Meantime, the Land Bank representatives asked for an apology for any inconvenience experienced by their Pili branch customers.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DILG to mayors: Ban pedicabs, tricycles on national highways

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is reiterating its call to all city and municipal mayors to ban pedicabs and tricycles along national highways, whether in Metro Manila or in the provinces.

“For safety reasons, no tricycle or pedicab should operate on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour,” says DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

Año says that while the government recognizes that tricycle and pedicab operations provide livelihood and income to Filipinos, both in the urban center and rural areas, “allowing them on main thoroughfares poses hazards to other motor vehicles, the riding public, and even to the drivers themselves.”

“The regulation of tricycles and pedicabs on national highways is, therefore, to the best interest of everyone,” he says.

He explains that said vehicles may only be allowed by concerned sangguniang panlungsod or sangguniang bayan to traverse main highways if there is no other alternative route.

The DILG OIC reiterated the Department’s directive after receiving reports from its field offices regarding the unregulated operation of tricycles and pedicabs along main thoroughfares which pose serious hazards to the passengers, drivers, and other vehicles.

Año says that under the Local Government Code, city and municipal mayors, through their respective sanggunians, are authorized to regulate the operation of tricycles within their territorial jurisdiction, subject to the guidelines prescribed by the Department of Transportation.

He also urges local authorities to strictly adhere to the standards and guidelines provided by Memorandum Circular 2007-01, which contains the basic considerations in the preparation of city or municipal tricycle and pedicab franchise and regulatory ordinance or code.

Said guidelines include banning of tricycle and pedicab operations along national highways; prohibiting said vehicles to carry more passengers and goods than what they are designed for, or more than what is authorized in the franchise, among others.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

May sadire nin resto bar, GRO, dakop sa buy bust

PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Sinangatan nin caso an sarong GRO asin an kagsadire kan resto bar na nadakop sa buy bust operation kan PNP sa suboot sex den sa Brgy. Tambo, sa banwaan na ini.

An suspechado iyo si Lenie Arnaldo, 32 anyos, asin iyo an kagsadire kan Vince Resto bar na si Antonia Roblo, 39 anyos an edad.

Segun sa pahayag ni S/Insp Greg Bascuna Jr, hefe kan pulis sa Pamplona, inalok ni Arnaldo nin druga an puseur buyer kan PNP sa nagsagin-sagin an customer.

Afuera kan pig tangro na shabu, pig offrecirar pa suboot kan suspechado an pulis na makipag sex saiya.

Digdi na pinusasan si Arnaldo, na tulong bulan pa sanang nag tatrabaho sa bar.

Dinakop man kan mga awtoridad an kagsadire kan bar nin huli ta malinaw na tinugotan niya na magtinda nin shabu sa laog kan saiyang establisimiento.

An casong pig sangat kan mga awtoridad ki Arnaldo iyo an pagbalga sa RA 9165, an Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Mantang si Roblo kinasohan siyang pagbalga kan RA 10364, an Anti Trafficking in Persons.

Taga-Iriga na nagtindang droga sa Naga, tinuklo

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Nadakop man guiraray si "Madam Bibi," na an tunay na pangaran Amelia Silvestre, na consideradong high value target sa nagpapadagos na illegal drug operation sa Ciudad nin Naga.

An suspechadong shabu dealer taga Brgy Cristo Rey, Iriga City.

Tinuklo siya sa Brgy. Balatas, pakatapos na pabakalan niya an undercover na ahente kan pulis na nagsagin-sagin na adik na mabakal nin shabu.

Nangyari an operasyon kasuodmang poco mas o menos alas 3:05 nin hapon, sabi ni Supt. Errol Garchitorena, an hefe kan Naga City Police Drug Unit.

Nakua sa poder ni "Madam Bibi" an 100 gramos nin shabu na igwa nin street value nin P680,000.

An suspechado yaon ngonian sa detention facility kan ciudad mientras na pighahalat an pag sangat nin caso para sa illegal possession of drugs, asin illegal drug pushing.

SAP Go lauds peace, development efforts in Bicol

SAP Bong Go in Pili, Camarines Sur (BICOLSTANDARD.COM photo)
PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Special Assistant to the President, Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go expressed his gratitude to the 9th Infantry Spear Division (9ID) of the Philippine Army for their invaluable efforts in supporting peace and development in the Bicol region.

Go, who was the guest of honor during the celebration of the 14th Founding Anniversary of the 9ID at Camp Elias Angeles, San Jose, this town Monday afternoon, said the strong cooperation and collaboration among the Army, local political leaders, law enforcers, private sector partners, and other stakeholders, is the formula to achieving peace and development.

Meanwhile, in the same occasion, Go stressed that the government is reiterating its commitment to improving the transportation of goods and services in Camarines Sur and the rest of the region through the administration’s Build Build Build Program.

“In August 2018, the Department of Finance has included in its shortlist the proposed Camarines Sur-Catanduanes Friendship Road as one of its twelve big projects which will be funded by the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB),” he revealed.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now conducting its studies on the Php 2.25-billion Camarines Sur Expressway project,” the Secretary added.

Also among the government’s projects is the Php300-billion PNR South Long Haul Project which will shorten the travel time from Manila to Sorsogon and vice versa, Go bared.

He added that also in the pipeline is the Pasacao-Balatan Coastal Tourism Highway in Camarines Sur worth P4.74-billion, which will be funded by the AIIB.

“The transportation projects will surely encourage tourists to visit the watersports park here in Pili and other local attractions throughout the province.”

Meantime, for Albay, “the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the construction of waterworks systems and upgrading of exisiting water system facilities in several towns to provide adequate and safe water supply in the entire province,” he announced.

Further, Go emphasized the three-point campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against drugs, corruption, and criminality, for which he sought the continued support of Bicolanos.

Apart from the members of the 9ID, in attendance were BGen Arnulfo C. Matanguihan , Assistant Division Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and MGen Jesus A. Manangquil, Jr., AFP Commander, leaders of local government units across Bicol, representatives of the Philippine National Police Regional Office 5, and several local entrepreneurs.

DFA shortens wait time for passport releases

MANILA--Passport applicants will no longer have to wait almost a month before they could get hold of their passports as these would be available in as early as six working days effective 1 October, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced recently.

“We made a promise to the President and to our kababayan that we will work hard to give them fast, efficient, and secure passport services,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement from New York where he is attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“Shortening the length of time our kababayan would have to wait before they could receive their passports is part of that promise,” Secretary Cayetano said in announcing the new passport releasing schedules.

The Secretary said that beginning Monday, applicants at DFA Consular Offices in Metro Manila who pay the regular processing fee of P950.00 can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 15 working days. Those who opt to pay the express processing fee of P1,200.00 can receive theirs after 6 working days instead of 7.

Secretary Cayetano said applicants in DFA Consular Offices outside Metro Manila can receive their passports after 12 working days instead of 20 for regular processing and after 7 working days instead of 10 for expedited processing.

Secretary Cayetano said the DFA is also currently working on reducing the waiting time for passport applications filed at Philippine Embassies and Consulates General around the world that currently takes as long as two months.

Aside from reducing the processing time for passport applications, the Secretary said the DFA has also been able to shorten the waiting time of applicants in securing online appointment slots to as early as two weeks to one month compared to as long as two to three months last year.

The Secretary said this was the result of reforms that have been initiated since last year that included efforts to increase the capacity of the DFA to absorb the surge in passport applications such as the e-payment and the opening of at least 10,000 slots at 12 noon and 9 pm, Monday to Saturday, except holiday.

“From the 9,500 passports that were being processed daily in May last year, we have increased our capacity to almost 20,000 passports a day. We endeavor to increase this number to 30,000 by the end of the year,” the Secretary said.

“Providing better passport services is at the heart of our work at the DFA,” Secretary Cayetano said in assuring the public that the agency will continue to work hard to further improve the delivery of passport services to them so they can study, work and travel abroad as they may desire.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Drug dealer sa Naga City, nahulog sa kamot kan PDEA

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Pig confirmar kan PDEA kasuodma na naka comfiscar sinda nin carculadong kantidad P340,000 na shabu hale sa pig susuponiran na para tinda kaini, sa hotel sa Naga City kasuodma.

An suspechado na para tinda nin druga iyo si Felipe Sabdao, alyas Don, 32, taga Brgy. Salugan, Camalig, Albay.

Dinakop siya kan mga awtoridad sa ginibong buy bust operation sa Moraville Hotel sa Brgy. Mabolo, Naga City.

Nangyari an buy bust kan Sabadong poco mas o menos alas 3:00 nin hapon, sabi ni PDEA Bicol acting chief Christian Frivaldo.

Duwang plastic packets na may laog nin 50 gramos nin methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) an nakua sa poder kan suspechado.

Sa presente, an Chevrolet Camaro sports car na sadire kan suspechado an pig impound kan PDEA, sabi ni Frivaldo.

Segun sa pahayag ni Frivaldo sa 13ng nadakop ninda na high value targets sa laog nin sarong semana, kabale na si Sabdao, nag abot na sa kantidad P850,000 an valor kan druga na saindang nacompiscar digdi sa Camarines Sur.

Lalaki binadil sa Tinambac, gadan

TINAMBAC, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Binadil sa angog kan dai nabistong lalaki si Nathaniel Filipino y Acayen, 31 anyos, residente kan Brgy. San Juan Bautista, Goa, Camarines Sur kan sarong aldaw.

Nangyari an incidente sa Brgy. Lupi, Tinambac, Camarines Sur, poco mas o menos alas 8:30 nin banggui (Sept. 28).

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, tulong mga dai midbid na mga lalaki an imbuelto sa krimen na ini.

Idinagdag sa report na pakatapos badilon si Filipino, marikas na nagdulag pasiring sa direksyon kan 
Goa, Camarines Sur an mga suspechado.

Nag gamit sinda nin motorsiklo na lunadan para madali na makadulag.

Mientrastanto, dinara pa man kuta an biktima sa Goa Infirmary para ipabulong, kundi haros marungkab an saiyang payo sa tama kan bala na hale sa dai pa aram na kalibre nin badil.

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