Saturday, October 13, 2018

SB Member kan Placer, binadil, gadan

MASBATE (Bicol Standard) - Sarong miembro kan Sangguniang Bayan kan Placer, Masbate an binadil, gadan kasubagong alas 9:30 nin aga, sa Brgy. Katipunan, sa banwan na ini.

An biktima nabistong iyo si Antonio De Ocampo y Mabuti, na residente kan Brgy. Daraga, digdi.

Segun sa pulis, si De Ocampo nakalunad sa motorsiklo kaiba si Michael de Ocampo y Rodrigo, na residente kan kapareyong barangay, kan bigla sindang paputokan kan dai nabistong mga lalaki.

Si Michael Angelo De Ocampo pig bubulong ngonian sa Cataingan District Hospital.
Base sa report na nakaabot sa pulis kan Placer, binantayan an biktima kan mga suspechado, kaya dai siya naka defensa kan saiyang sadire.

Pakatapos kan krimen, an mga suspechado nagsakay sa pump boat tangani na magdulag.

Alagad, may report na nag conducir nin hot pursuit operation an mga awtoridad tangani na madakop an responsable kan krimen.

8-month preggy woman arrested, admits stealing

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NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)— A 28-year old woman who is eight months pregnant is now in the custody of the police after she was positively identified in a CCTV footage as the person involved in the theft of cellphones, here.

The investigators identified the suspect as Aileen Lamrana.

During the police interrogation, Lamrana admitted that she was forced to engage in the illegal act of stealing because she badly needs money due to extreme poverty.

Among the evidence presented against her was the CCTV footage from a lawfirm establishment where she was seen giving intructions to a three-year old male child to get several bags which were left unattended.

The suspect admitted that at least seven cellphones were stolen by her in separate operations.

At press time, Lamrana is still in the police custody waiting for the filing of the cases against her.

She told the authorities that she is asking for forgiveness for the crimes that she had committed.

Continued water supply in Partido Area assured

MANILA —The Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation under the Office of the President ensured the public that there will be no disruption of the Partido Development Administration (PDA)’s operations, such as its water distribution services, pending the finalization of its disposition by the Privatization and Management Office.

It further clarified that the memorandum that abolished the PDA does not order the stoppage of the water distribution services.

“PDA shall guarantee and safeguard the continuous supply of water to its covered communities until disposition,” the letter of the Governance Commission reads.

Said letter, dated October 8, 2018 was addressed to Mr. Jimmy V. Deleña, PDA Chairperson; Mr. Ramon F. Fuentebella, PDA Administrator; Atty. Gerard L. Chan, Chief Privatization Officer; Benjamin Diokno, Secretary, Department of Budget and Management; Eduardo M. Año, Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge; Jay Daniel R. Santiago, General Manager, Philippine Ports Authority; Francisco B. Verdejo, Jr., Acting Secretary to the Sanggunian, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Province of Camarines Sur; Miguel Luis Villafuerte, Governor, Province of Camarines Sur; Jeci A. Lapuz, Administrator, Local Water Utilities Administration; Nelson Bueza, Garchitorena Municipal Mayor; Delfin Pilapil, Jr., Lagonoy Municipal Mayor; Marilyn Cordial, Caramoan Municipal Mayor; Raquel Lim, Goa Municipal Mayor; Evelyn Fuentebella, Sagñay Municipal Mayor; Antonio Chavez, San Jose Municipal Mayor; Sandy Ondis, Siruma Municipal Mayor; Pamela Rinah Fuentebella, Tigaon Municipal Mayor; and Ruel Tuy, Tinambac Municipal Mayor.

The same were invited to attend an urgent conference on October 22, 2018 at the Office of the Governance Commission in Makati City pursuant to the monitoring functions of the Governance Commission on the disposition of assets and implementation of the abolition of the PDA per Memorandum Order No. 29.

The PDA Board was also reminded of its obligations under M.O. No. 29 to ensure the following: preservation and maintenance of the assets of the PDA, and assistance to the PMO in the disposition of said assets; settling of the liabilities of the PDA; issuing the Notice of Termination to all affected officers and employees of the PDA within 60 days from the issuance of this Order; maintenance of a minimum number of personnel necessary to preserve and maintain the assets of the PDA, and assistance in the liquidation of its corporate affairs; settling the retirement and/or separation benefits of affected officers and employees of the PDA; and performing other acts necessary to implement the abolition of the PDA.

Friday, October 12, 2018

PCI Espenido assigned in Catanduanes

Police Chief Inspector Jovie R. Espenido

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Police Chief Inspector Jovie R. Espenido will be assigned in the island province of Catanduanes, Police Regional Office 5 Information Office Chief Inspector Malu Calubaquib confirmed to the Bicol Standard.

This is based on a memorandum dated October 11, 2018 from the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management of Camp BGen Rafael T. Crame in Quezon City, signed by Police Director Lyndon G. Cubos.

Prior to this, Espenido was assigned at Police Regional Office 10 as Police Chief of Ozamiz City.

It will be recalled that Espenido occupied the limelight in 2016 when he served as Police Chief of Albuera, Leyte when town mayor and drug suspect Rolando Espinosa was killed inside the Provincial Jail.

Espenido's new assignment was received positively by netizens, as he was known to be an strong anti-drug crusader during his previous stints.

Calubaquib also informed the Bicol Standard that as of this writing, Espenido is still abroad while on leave.

Dating hefe kan PNP sa Ligao City, kabale sa 'drug matrix'

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Pig confirmar kasuodma ni P/Chief Inspector Malu Calubaquib na an saro sa limang sinambit ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na kabale sa "drug matrix," dati mananggad na hefe kan pulis sa Ligao City.

Si P/Supt Lorenzo Bacia, enot nang hinale sa pwesto kan PNP nin huli kan nakasapog an saiyang pangaran sa transaction sa illegal na druga.

Mantang pig iimbestigaran si Bacia, matinir siya sa PNP National headquarters sa Kampo Crame.

Nagpahayag ni Calubaquib na mayong hotahot an maisog na kampanya kan pulis contra sa saindang tawohan na imbuelto sa mga illegal na aktibidad, orog na an dapit sa illegal na droga.

Pig confirmar pa niya (Calubaquib) na hinale na managad sa pwesto an sinambit na opisyal.

Brazil, para alkalde kan Bula

BULA, CSur (Bicol Standard) -- Si Atty. Felix Brazil, dating consejal kan banwaan na ini an nag file na kan saiyang COC, asin nagkakandidatong alkalde kan banwaan.

Segun sa pahayag ni Brazil, tinawan siya nin bendisyon kan saiyang partido, an Kusog Bicolandia na mag lansar kan saiyang kandidatora sa nasambit na banwaan.

Naglalaom an abogado na makakakua siya nin dakulang suporta sa saiyang banwaan sa maabot na pirilian.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bicolanos urged to invest in tourism

The Long Beach Area of San Vicente in Palawan was selected as one of the first Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZ) of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority. (Photo: TIEZA)
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – “The Bicol region is full of tourism enterprise opportunities,” Department of Tourism (DOT) Bicol Regional Director Benjamin Santiago said during the Naga leg of the Tourism Enterprise Zone Forum spearheaded by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) on October 11 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel here. 

The roadshow, which was in partnership with the Department of Tourism Region V and the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, reached out to investors around the region and informed them about the investment opportunities offered in Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs).

A Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) is an area of at least five (5) hectares in size and is in one (1) contiguous territory with historical and cultural significance, environmental beauty, or existing potential integrated leisure facilities within its vicinity.

Fiscal and non-fiscal incentives such as the six-year income tax holiday, 5% gross income taxation, tax and duty free importation of goods and services, capital investment and equipment, transportation equipment, lease of land to foreign nationals, employment of foreign nationals, and foreign currency transactions, among others, will be available to tourism enterprises, as provided under R.A. 9593.

“It is an opportune time for Bicolanos to consider investing in tourism, which is one the sunshine industries and is an indispensible element of the national economy,” Santiago stressed.

“Tourism must be harnessed as an engine of socio-economic growth and cultural affirmation to generate investments, foreign exchange, and employment,” he said.

The Regional Director added that in the region, many areas have the potential to be Cultural Heritage Tourism Zones, Health and Wellness Tourism Zones, Eco-Tourism Zones, General Leisure Tourism Zones, and Mixed Use Tourism Zones.

He urged both the public and private sector to work with the government in strengthening the Philippine tourism industry.

Present during the forum were various local and foreign chambers of commerce, developers, tourism enterprises, consultancy/law firms, tourism associations, and other tourism related establishments around the region.

Teen allegedly involved in slay of Albay teacher charged with Murder, Attempted Murder

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Charges of Murder and Attempted Murder have been filed through inquest proceedings against the minor who was allegedly involved in the slay of Albay teacher Mylene Durante y Veras, and the stabbing of two pupils.

These were docketed under INQ-I8J-00058 on October 11, 2018 at 9:35 AM at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Albay, Ligao Sub-Office, Ligao City, the Albay police said.

It would be recalled that a stabbing incident transpired at the Principal’s Office of Oringon Elementary School, Brgy. Oringon, Pioduran, Albay at around 11 p.m. of October 9, which led to the death of Durante.

Bicolano artists rally for biodiversity

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Five Bicolano artists from Salingoy Art Group are part of the select group of 100 painters, sculptors, and mixed-media artists whose works are featured at the "Art in Biodiversity" exhibit at Sining Makiling Gallery, DL Umali Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños.

They are Pancho Piano, Romualdo Rommel Perez, Richard Perez, Dar Buan Encinas and Roderick Imperio.

Their works, which are of a wide range of mediums, styles, and techniques, hinge on conservation as the raison d’être of biodiversity.

Highlighted are flora and fauna that are rather peculiar in the country and the Southeast Asian region.

The artists’ pieces are a tapestry of visual communication, and viewers decode their meanings in more ways one could possibly imagine.

The organizers of the exhibit earlier announced that they hope the exhibit would succeed not only in creating a platform for the celebration of biodiversity, but also in stirring public consciousness on its endangerment.

“Art in Biodiversity” runs until December 2018.

Salingoy Art Group is an organization of over twenty visual artists from the Bicol region dedicated to promoting arts and culture within and outside of the region.

The group was founded in 2011 by internationally-renowned artist Pancho Piano. (With additional report from JRYapo)

DOH Bicol: Avail of measles vaccines, newborn screening

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol, through the Family Health Cluster and Health Promotion Unit visited Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte to conduct a press conference regarding the Supplemental Immunization Activity and Newborn Screening Tests.

This is part of DOH Bicol’s strategy to relay information to the provinces in region 5 firsthand in order to raise awareness and gain commitment to support its health activities and advocacies.

DOH Bicol also hopes that through this activity, they will be able to address the public’s concerns and shed light on issues against vaccines to encourage the public to avail immunization.

Measles cases on the rise

The DOH Bicol has recorded an alarming 229 measles cases in Region 5 from January to September this year, which is over 200% increase from the 67 cases last 2017. Masbate holds the highest record among the other provinces with 78 cases as of date, followed by Camarines Sur – 63, Camarines Norte – 61, 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). The fact that measles is a vaccine-preventable disease means it is unacceptable to see more children suffering this disease,” said Dr. Monrey Isaiah Mancilla, Medical Officer III, in charge of Expanded Program on Immunization of DOH Bicol.

Mancilla noted that parents should not be afraid or hesitant to visit health centers to avail of the vaccine because the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines have been used by DOH since 1982 and had no adverse side effects reported since then.

“We are here because we want to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated as part of the prevention method,” added Mancilla.

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 also spearheaded the “Basta Wednesday, Barangay Bakuna Day” program, which distributes free vaccines in every barangay health centers in Bicol.

Expanded New Born Screening for expanded protection

DOH Bicol Family Health Cluster head, Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon, highlighted the importance of the expanded program, which can detect more disorders than the standard NBS and encouraged parents of newborn babies to avail of the Expanded Newborn Screening (NBS) program for early detection of disorders that can lead to mental retardation or even death.

According to data presented during the press conference by Twinkle Jean Lorilla, Newborn Screening Coordinator, Bicol achieved 79% of New Born Screening Coverage. DOH Bicol aims to increase this number to at least 85% by implementing programs and initiatives to strengthen the NBS advocacy through information caravans, conducting NBS Trainings and Orientations to heighten the quality of NBS services, as well as funding support to help positive indigent parents avail NBS.

Ang-Bon said the NBS for 6 disorders, which costs PHP550, is included in the newborn care package for Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) members. On the other hand, the Expanded NBS can detect as much as 20 disorders and costs PHP1,500.//NSAU

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LOOK | Dried fish at Naga City People's Mall

"The second floor of the Naga City People’s Mall houses dozens of stalls offering dried fish, squid, shrimp, and all forms of preserved marine life from all over Bicol at the lowest price possible," according to Alec Francis Santos, Chief-of-Office of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) in Naga City. "Best of all, the friendly sellers use food grade heat-sealed plastic pouches to lock in the freshness," he said. (Photo contributed by Alec Santos)

DA Bicol fetes Gawad Saka, Rural Women Achievers 2018

Usec. Evelyn G. Laviña, Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit lauded the farmers in the Bicol region for their continued support to food security and sustainability.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 honored the Gawad Saka and Rural Women Achievers 2018 at the Convention Center, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, on Wednesday afternoon here.

The awarding ceremony is an annual activity that recognizes the efforts of groups and individuals in agricultural development, food security, and sustainability in the region.

Usec. Evelyn G. Laviña, Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit, and Chairperson of DA-Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System, said the region is doing well in terms of agriculture.

In fact, she noted that many local farmers are reaping awards in the national level in the field of agriculture.

“Our goal then is to continue the programs and projects that will develop the agricultural products of the Bicol region, such as the pili and the sili,” Laviña emphasized.

She also expressed her gratitude to the local officials who attended the event for their unceasing support to the programs of the Department of Agriculture.

“Our common goal is healthy food for the future,” she added, noting that the awarding ceremony coincides with the celebration of World Food Day.

The Rural Women Achievers 2018 are Josephine G. Artiaga of Lupi, Camarines Sur – Regional Winner; Maricel G. Base of Polangui, Albay – 1st Runner-up; Fe B. Carranza of Panicuason, Naga City – 2nd Runner-up; and Remedios P. Ardenete of Irosin, Sorsogon – 3rd Runner-up.

Meantime, the Gawad Saka Achievers are: Genaro A. Tamon of Magarao, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Rice Farmer; Angelita A. Cerillo of Tigaon, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Corn Farmer; Pepito M. Amaranto of Daraga, Albay – Outstanding High Value Crop Farmer; Elmer S. Salazar of Tigaon, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmer; Josephine G. Artiaga of Lupi, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Small Animal Raiser; Napo RIC of Polangui, Albay – Outstanding Rural Improvement Club; MAFC Malilipot of Malilipot, Albay – Outstanding Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council (MAFC); PAFC Daet of Daet, Camarines Norte – Outstanding Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) and MFARMC of Tiwi, Albay – Outstanding Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC).

During the awarding ceremony, products of various local farmers such as food items, handicrafts, and accessories were also showcased in an exhibit.

DepEd Bicol Regional Director issues statement on Albay teacher murder

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Department of Education Bicol Regional Director Gilbert T. Sadsad has released an official statement regarding the stabbing Incident at Oringon Elementary School, PioDuran, Albay.

"We have been informed this morning that a stabbing incident happened around 11pm last night at Oringon Elementary School in Oringon, Pio Duran. One of our teachers died and two of our Grade six learners sustained stab wounds. We received information that with the help of the local law enforcement authorities, the suspect was immediately apprehended. The suspect, also a Grade 12 student, is from another school.

We are deeply saddened of this tragedy. Our hearts go out to those impacted by this tragedy, especially to the family of our teacher.

As soon as we learned of the incident, we notified the Schools Division Superintendent of Albay, Mr. Jose Doncillo, and sent his team to check and assess the situation in school, and speak with the local school authorities and possibly speak with the relatives of those involved in the incident.

We will be conducting a fact-finding investigation on this and we will accord the necessary actions for our learners and teachers impacted by this tragic incident. We will also be working closely with the authorities such as providing them with access to any resources that they may need in their conduct of investigation.

We are thankful to the local PNP and Barangay Officials of Oringon who took appropriate actions. We will closely monitor this case. This will also be reported to the DepEd Central Office."

Alleged teen killer of Albay teacher to face Murder charge

Maylene Durante
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A 17-year-old Grade 12 student is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police after he was positively identified as the Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL) involved in the gruesome killing of elementary school teacher Maylene Durante.

Late this afternoon, Police Senior Inspector Joseph Abel Jarabejo, Pioduran police chief told the Bicol Standard that they have already received the Certificate of Discernment from the Municipal Social Welfare Officer (MWSO) of Pioduran, Albay.

Said certificate shows that the person of interest, although a minor, has committed the crime with discernment.

The same certificate is a requirement for the filing of the criminal case, Jarabejo said.

The police chief added that the CICL was pinpointed by two other victims who slept in the same room as the teacher.

The CICL was in the hospital for medical examination.

Early tomorrow morning (Oct. 11) , a case for Murder will be filed against him in inquest proceedings at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Albay.

The CICL resides around 25 meters away from where the teacher and the two pupils were stabbed with a kitchen knife, the police chief added.

Meanwhile, Jarabejo noted that Teacher Maylene suffered 21 stab wounds, which caused her instantaneous death.

The two pupils who were with her also bore several injuries, but were able to escape.

Jarabejo narrated that the investigators are considering Rape as the motive for the crime.

On social media, relatives, friends, students, and fellow teachers are crying for justice for Teacher Maylene, who is a mother of two small children.

They said that she could have requested for a reassignment since the school is located in a far-flung barangay, but she opted to remain because she wanted to make a difference.

Meantime, the Department of Education in Bicol has not yet issued an official statement on the incident as of this writing.

Smoke belchers in Naga City decrease

NAGA CITY -- A substantial decline in the number of Public Utility Vehicles that were issued tickets for violation of the anti-smoke-belching law was reported last week, the City Events, Protocol, and Public Information Office announced.

Alexander N. Caning, head of the City ENRO, said the decrease in the penalized smoke belching automobiles was observed after in the period covering the months of April to September this year.

Inspections and tests conducted during the months earlier than April showed higher turnout of smoke-belching automobiles that range from 50-60%.

The ASBU conducts inspection by setting up checkpoints along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Concepcion Grande and in Barangay Bagumbayan Norte, here.

Jayson T. Vargas, City ENRO’s pollution control officer and officer in charge of pollution control and management division, said that this year’s September 27 and 28 roadside inspections bared that of 63 flagged down vehicles, 9 units or 14.28% did not make it in the opacimeter.

ASBU reported that in the month of April, there were only 30 vehicles failed the test, 11 in July and 38 in August.

Mayor John Bongat said the reason behind the consistent conduct of roadside inspection by the city government is not primarily aimed at generating income but to compel the motorists to comply with the Clean Air Act.

“We should be happier if we got a lower number of violators as this would mean we have a lesser number of contributors to air pollution,” Bongat said.

Albay teacher stabbed to death

Mylene Durante

PIODURAN, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- A teacher was stabbed to death by an unidentified assailant at around 11 p.m. Tuesday at Oringon Elementary School here.

Police Senior Inspector Joseph Abel Jarabejo, Pioduran police chief said the 23-year-old teacher Mylene Durante y Veras had been sleeping in the principal's office because she was a resident of Polangui town which is around 44 kilometers from her assignment.

Jarabejo narrated that based on initial information, there were signs of struggle inside the room that the teacher used as her sleeping quarter.

The investigators theorize that there is a possibility that the teacher knew the suspect, as there was no sign of forcible entry.

Also sharing the room were her two grade 6 pupils, Mechie Orbigo y Plaida and Hazel dela Vega y Pabelonia, both residents of Oringon, this town.

The pupils were probably awakened when the teacher screamed, the police. They were pursued by the suspect with a bladed weapon but escaped to an adjacent room, which they were able to lock.

The suspect went back to the teacher, who was already outside the room. She was stabbed several times, the police said.

Her lifeless body was found outside the principal's office.

Interviewed by the media on the possibility that there was an attempt to rape her, the investigators said they noticed that the victim's shorts were unzipped. However, this remains under investigation.

They also said that robbery was probably not the motive since nothing was reported to be missing.

Meantime, the pupils, who also had stab wounds, were rushed to Pioduran Memorial District Hospital for medical treatment.

PSI Jarabejo added that the school is located in a remote area, and there was no security guard.

The police chief promised they will give due attention to the case.

Asked if the incident is drug-related, he said that he has ordered the review of the list of drug surrenderers.

He is also appealing to anyone who may have information on the incident to report the same to the police. (With report from Vince Villar)

UPDATE as of 10/10/2018 5:30 p.m.: Teen suspect in killing of Albay teacher to face Murder charge 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Investment opportunities await as TIEZA’s TEZ Investment Forum hosts Naga

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), in partnership with Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Department of Tourism Region V, will hold a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) Investment Forum on October 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM in La Piazza, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Naga as part of its regional roadshow to reach out to the investors around the region and inform them about the investment opportunities offered in TEZs and Tourism Enterprises.

The forum is expected to be attended by various local and foreign chambers of commerce, developers, tourism enterprises, consultancy/law firms, tourism associations, and other tourism related establishments around the region. Meanwhile, speakers from TIEZA, Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), Trade & Investment Development Corporation (TIDCorp), and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will discuss about investment and business opportunities, incentives, guarantees, and other related matters that will help shed light and guide the attendees in tourism development, and the future of TEZ. The forum will also have one-on-one consultations after the event.

A Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) is an area of at least five (5) hectares in size and is in one (1) contiguous territory with historical and cultural significance, environmental beauty, or existing potential integrated leisure facilities within its vicinity. Investment opportunities await in Flagship TEZs such as, but not limited to, the establishment of waterfront development and cruise port in Rizal Park Complex, Manila; power utility, lodging and accommodation establishments, and hotel resorts in San Vicente, Palawan; hotels, cable car system, and museum in Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor, Bataan; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) Center, and family hotel resorts in PanglaoBay Premiere, Bohol; and commercial building, resort facilities, and themed gardens in Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte.

To date, TIEZA has already designated and registered seven (7) Private TEZs, namely, Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan, Queen’s Castle Golf and Resort in Cebu, Bravo Golf in Negros Oriental, Hijo Resources in Davao del Norte, Kingdom Global City in Davao, Aton Land & Leisure Zone in Negros Occidental, and Amorita Resort in Bohol. TIEZA also has two (2) Registered Tourism Enterprises (RTEs), namely, Magikland, which is located inside the aforementioned Aton Land & Leisure Zone and Kingdome Stadium, located inside Kingdom Global City.

For designated Tourism Enterprise Zones and Registered Tourism Enterprises (RTEs), fiscal and non-fiscal incentives such as the six-year income tax holiday, 5% gross income taxation, tax and duty free importation of goods and services, capital investment and equipment, transportation equipment, lease of land to foreign nationals, employment of foreign nationals, and foreign currency transactions, among others, will be available to tourism enterprises therein, as provided under R.A. 9593.

Interested attendees may register with Ms. Peachy of Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry at (054)-871-5552 or 0925-822-2843. For more information regarding investment opportunities, you may contact the TEZ Management Secretariat at (02) 512-01-14 or email us at and For more information about TEZs, you may visit our website,

Legacion is Team Naga standard bearer: Bongat

Photo: SP Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion will be the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in this city.

This was confirmed by Mayor John Bongat earlier today, following his discussion last night with the members of Team Naga.

Bongat added that Councilor Nene de Asis, who earlier announced that she was eyeing the mayoralty post, has decided to drop the same plan.

Meantime, the other candidates of the party will be revealed after their selection process.

2,701 arrested in Bicol anti-gambling ops from Jan. to Sept.

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Police Regional Office 5 has arrested 2,701 persons and seized P404,846 worth of cash and items in its Anti-Illegal Gambling Operation covering the period from January-September 2018.

In a report sent to members of the media, the Bicol police added that for the same period, 787 cases were filed in court for violating the anti-gambling law.

Topping the list is the province of Camarines Sur with 174; followed by Albay with 153; 149 in Masbate; 123 in Sorsogon; 69 in Camarines Norte; 26 in Catanduanes; and 22 in Naga City.

The existence of illegal gambling activities in the region has been considered as a social menace for it has become the means for corruption and an influential factor for individual’s disregard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift, Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal said.

He added that the Bicol police will continue to intensify the conduct of Anti-Illegal Gambling Operations in the region.

Likewise, the Police Regional Office urges the cooperation and support of the community as well as the collaboration of the different stakeholders.

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