Saturday, October 20, 2018

NIA inaugurates P74-M pumping station in Camarines Sur

Ricefield in Bicol
Bicol Standard file photo
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – No less than 1,728 farmers and their families in Camarines Sur stand to benefit from a new P74-million pumping station of the Libmanan-Cabusao Pump Irrigation System (LCPIS) inaugurated by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on Oct. 11 in Awayan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur.

“The newly-inaugurated pumping station has four units of brand-new 250 HP diesel engines and pumps which will irrigate 2,195 hectares of farmlands,” Director Ramon Bogacia, Regional Manager of NIA Bicol said.

At least ten barangays in the town of Libmanan, and two barangays in the town of Cabusao will be serviced by the pumping station, he said.

The LCPIS was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the Integrated Area Development Program of the Philippine government.

Back then, it was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The original pumping station had four units of electrically-driven engines and pumps. However, in 1998, the electric engines were replaced with diesel engines, of which only two remain operational today,” Bogacia explained.

Among the six provinces in the Bicol region, Camarines Sur has the largest potential irrigable area of 123,700 hectares.

As of June 2018, NIA has already irrigated a total service area of 77,043 hectares in Camarines Sur, attaining 62.28 percent of irrigation development.

The new pumping station of LCPIS is projected to add to the percentage of irrigation development in the province.

“NIA as the lead government agency mandated to develop all possible sources of water for irrigation remains dedicated to its mandate of providing efficient, reliable, and sustainable irrigation service to the Filipino farmers through the construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance of irrigation systems nationwide,” the regional manager added.

Friday, October 19, 2018

DOH launches Mental Health Fair, Congress

LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Health in Bicol strengthened its response to mental health by tying up the launch of the 2nd Mental Health Fair and the 6th Mental Health Congress with the theme “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World” at the Embacardero De Legazpi Convention Hall last October 11.

A total of more than 700 participants comprised of students, health workers, non-government organization, senior citizens, and other stakeholders attended the event which tackled the topics regarding mental health, particularly in adolescents, and the prevalence of substance abuse in youth. 

According to Dr. Melissa Paulito Mariano, from the Department of Psychiatry, in general, problematic pattern of use of the Internet / computer can be considered as internet addiction disorder. Mariano stated that poor real-life social or peer dynamics prompts teenagers’ excessive use of the internet. She also noted that people who develop addiction have higher risk to development mental disorders. 

Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Elham Mae Bocalbos also shared that 50% of teenagers consider lack of understanding from family or peers as the main factor contributing to their depression. But on top of that, she mentioned that there is an emerging depression caused by using social media and dubbed it as “Facebook Depression” wherein users feel the lack of acceptance from online peers. 

Bocalbos added that if depression is not left in check, it may add difficulties in learning, impair relationships, or even lead to suicide. She discussed the symptoms of depression of an individual comes in the form of constantly feeling fatigue, lack of concentration, having trouble sleeping, sudden loss or gain of weight due to unusual appetite, anhedonia or the inability to feel pleasure, and surging feelings of guilt or worthlessness. 

Bocalbos urged the participants to take note of these symptoms or red flags to prevent matters from escalating. She suggested that they talk to an individual if they notice a symptom of a depressive behaviour. People can also encourage them to seek professional help when necessary.

A public consultation on the implementing rules and regulations of the National Mental Health Act was also conducted under the supervision of Frances Prescilla Cuevas, National Program Manager of DOH. 

To end, OIC Regional Director of DOH CHD Bicol, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo reiterated the importance of talking and not hesitating to seek help. He also assured that the DOH would strengthen its campaign and advocacy to destroy the stigma on mental health. Arevalo also added that despite DOH CHD Bicol being the model of mental health care in the Philippines, it would continue to look for ways to upgrade its services.//NSAU

CBSUA president aspirants bare plans

Top photo: Alberto N. Naperi, Bottom: Engr. Henry A. Mabesa, Jr.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The two aspirants for the presidency of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) were presented to the public at the CBSUA Auditorium in Pili, Camarines Sur Thursday morning.

They were Engr. Henry A. Mabesa, Jr. and Alberto N. Naperi, who both presented their vision, mission, and development goals for CBSUA.

Mabesa, a bio-systems engineer, and a faculty member of CBSUA, stressed the importance of recognizing CBSUA as an agricultural university.

His development goals include: sustained quality and excellence in instruction, innovative research and development programs, viable resource-generation programs, quality facilities and infrastructure, and good governance and efficient management system.

Meantime, Naperi, the SUC Vice President II of Sorsogon State College, said he wants CBSUA to be the regional center for agricultural development.

Naperi batted for recognized curricular programs by the stakeholders and by the industry, increased faculty experts and focus on research publication and utilization, student-centered and friendly service delivery approach to open opportunities and increase productivity, institute community-based extension projects that reduce poverty incidence, and the strengthening of general administrative services and simplified processes to complete projects with integrity.

A public forum, where members of the university community were allowed to ask questions that concern their sector, followed the presentation of candidates.

A candidate for the presidency, according to the requirements, must be a natural-born Filipino citizen; must not be less than thirty-five (35) years old and not more than sixty-one (61) years old at the time of application for the position; must be a holder of an earned relevant doctorate degree from a reputable higher education institution; must have proven track record as administrator of a tertiary level institution whether in public or private, for at least five (5) years; and must not have been convicted of any administrative offense or of any crime involving moral turpitude.

CBSUA, a state university in Camarines Sur, has its main campus in the municipality of Pili. Other campuses are located in the towns of Pasacao, Sipocot, and Calabanga in Camarines Sur.

Albayalde visits ambush victims in Cam Sur

Photo: Bicol Standard

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Police Director General Oscar Albayalde called for a Command Conference at the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office Friday morning to identify possible lapses which led to the death of three police officers and injuries in four others in Lupi, Camarines Sur on Oct. 18.

In a closed-door conference attended by the chiefs of police in the towns that were in the route taken by the convoy of Food and Drug Administration Director General Nela Charade Puno to Daet, Camarines Norte, he directed each to narrate the sequence of events.

Also in attendance at the conference were PNP Bicol Regional Director PCSupt. Arnel Escobal, PSSupt. Reynaldo Pawid, OIC of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office.

After a four-hour meeting, Albayalde proceeded to the Multi-purpose Hall inside the Camarine Sur Provincial Police Office grounds to pay respect to the fallen cops.

He personally conferred the Medalya ng Kadakilaan (Posthumous) to the fallen cops.

The three officers, SPO1 Percival S. Rafael, PO3 Carlito S. Navarroza, and PO1 Ralph Jason D. Vida, were rendering route security to Director General Puno while on board a PNP Patrol Vehicle along Maharlika Highway portion of Sitio Castilla, Baranga Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur when the incident occurred.

“Their courage and supreme sacrifice are clear manifestations of the highest form of service and deep devotion to their sworn duties as police officers worthy of praise and pride by the Philippine National Police,” the commendation reads.

He also had a brief meeting with the immediate members of the family of the victims and assured them of the full support coming from their organization.

Meanwhile, the families of the victims called upon President Rodrigo Duterte to help them find justice.

Albayalde later headed to the Mother Seton Hospital in this city to visit the other injured victims.

As of press time, it could not be ascertained who the principal target of the ambush was.

A continuous pursuit operation is still ongoing to trace the whereabouts of the perpetrators.

Photo: Bicol Standard

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cops pursue Cam Sur ambush suspects

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Philippine National Police is conducting a continuous pursuit operation to apprehend the suspects in the ambush of police officers by alleged rebels earlier today in Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur.

In an interview with the Bicol Standard, Police Supt. Venerando Ramirez, Spokesperson of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office, said the PNP received a directive from the higher headquarters to provide security escort to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Charade Puno.

The suspects, he said, could have been waiting in the vicinity several hours before the ambush since the investigators discovered signs that they cooked their food in the area.

It will be recalled that SPO1 Percival Rafael, one of the cops killed, was also the investigator of Lupi Municipal Police Station.

Rafael talked to the media just yesterday about the murder of Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) member Teodoro Adaptante, who was killed inside his house at Barangay Alanao, Lupi, Camarines Sur the other day.

Suspected rebels were also tagged in said killing.

Members of the rebel group have not issued a statement of their alleged involvement.


PDEA seeks surprise drug test for 2019 polls bets

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday proposed the conduct of a surprise drug test for aspirants in next year's mid-term elections.

“Wala naman plano. Bigla lang pumasok sa utak ko. (The drug test) should be surprised, otherwise, we are not doing (it) properly. It doesn't serve the purpose. Mas maganda surprise drug test sa lahat ng kandidato (There is no definite plan. It just entered my mind. The drug test should be surprise, otherwise, we are not doing it properly. It doesn’t serve the purpose. It would be better if there would be a surprise drug test for all candidates),” PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said in radio interview.

“Hindi ko pa alam kung legal or not. Kung ako tatanungin, mas gusto ko yung ganun (I am not sure yet if this is legal or not. If you ask me, I would rather it happens),” he added.

In a related development, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) encouraged aspiring candidates to submit to a mandatory drug testing once they are elected.

DDB Regulation No. 13, series of 2018, provides for the establishment and institutionalization of drug-free workplace policies in all government offices, including the conduct of authorized drug testing for local officials and appointive public officers.

This covers all appointive public officers in all offices, including all constitutional bodies, departments, bureaus, and agencies of the national government, government-owned and -controlled corporations, state and local universities and colleges, and elective officials of local government units.

Any personnel found positive for use of dangerous drugs will, at first offense, will be charged with grave misconduct and may be dismissed from public service.

Heads of agencies or local chief executives who fail to formulate or implement a Drug-Free Workplace Policy within two months after the effectivity of the Board Regulation will also be penalized under Section 32, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act No. 9165.

A prison term of six months to four years and a fine ranging from PHP10,000 to PHP50,000 would be imposed on any person found violating any regulation issued by the Board.

“As civil servants, we must lead by example of living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. We cannot expect the Filipino people to be drug-free if we, ourselves, are involved in these substances,” DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy said in a statement on Wednesday.

Board Regulation No. 13, series of 2018, supplements an existing regulation on a one-strike policy among government officials and employees through establishing clear protocols to ensure that the government remains drug-free.

The regulation was signed on Aug. 30 and took effect on Oct. 6 after publication in three newspapers of general circulation. (PNA)

3 cops killed, 3 others injured in Cam Sur ambush

Photo courtesy of PNP
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Three Philippine National Police Security Escorts detailed to Food and Drug Administration Director General Charade Puno were killed while three others were wounded in an ambush incident along the national highway of Lupi, Camarines Sur at around 9:10 a.m. Thursday. 

The Camarines Sur police said that killed in action were SPO1 Percival S Rafael; PO3 Carlito S Navarroza; PO1 Ralph Jason D. Vida while wounded were PO1 Jonathan P Perillo; PO1 Ruby S Buena; and PO1 Rodolfo F Gonzaga.

The same were on board a PNP marked vehicle en route to Daet, Camarines Norte, where Puno was scheduled to attend a Consumer Awareness Advocacy and Collaboration Activity.

The suspects are believed to be more or less 20 members of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG).

Puno, meanwhile, was unharmed in the incident.

Route security personnel from 1st Camarines Sur PPSC were able to immediately respond to the area and retaliate, thereby suppressing the enemy and preventing further damages or casualties, the Camarines Sur Police said.

The wounded personnel were immediately brought to Bicol Medical Center here for treatment.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Use money wisely, UltraLotto 6/58 winners told

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan has advised the two lucky winners of the P1.1 billion to use their money wisely and productively even as he congratulated them for bagging Sunday night draw the UltraLotto 6/58 jackpot prize after nine elusive months.

“Like I always say, having a huge money, especially winning millions of pesos can change your outlook in life, lifestyle and priorities. Mind your priorities. Don’t lose yourself. Keep something for yourself and for your family. Don’t become one-day millionaires. Spend your money wisely,” Balutan said.

This is the second time this year that two people won the Ultra Lotto 6/58 prize. Last February 16, two winners shared the P331-million prize.

“I would like to congratulate our two lucky winners. The winning combination was 40-50-37-25-01-45 and they were brought at the following outlets: Lucky Circle Corp., in SM City Tahao Road, Legazpi City, Albay. Bet type: Self pick, system 9 and Ma. Myra C. Locando, Limbauan St., Brgy. H, Borongan, Eastern Samar. Bet type: Self pick, standard,” Balutan announced.

Apart from the two jackpot winners, 100 bettors will each get P169,930 for hitting five winning combinations correctly.

Balutan reminded all lucky winners to keep their tickets, sign it, as whoever holds the winning ticket is the winner.

“That’s why we always tell our customers to keep their tickets. You might now win the six winning combinations, you can still get five to three winning numbers correctly,” he said.

He said the public may follow the official social media page of his office at for updates.

“When claiming your prize, bring two valid identifications cards. Show the winning ticket to the prize claim section of the Accounting and Budget Department. After the ticket has been validated, the Treasury department will issue a cheque indicating the amount won with the winner’s name. The winner can now go to the LandBank of the Philippines to encash the cheque or he/she can pen a bank account for safekeeping purposes,” he added.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Gov Cua: Mayong problema kun si PCI Espedido distino sa Catanduanes

Gov. Cua

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -Mayo nin naheheling na problema si Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua sa nagluwas na bareta na madidistino sa saindang provincia an controversial na si Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. Ini an saiyang enot na pahayag sa intrevista kan mga miembros kan media.

Sabi ni Cua dai dapat tawan nin maraot na kahulugan an siring na desisyon kan Philippine National Police (PNP), orog na kan mga nagpapalakop nin mga opinyon sa social media.

Inako kan gobernador na enot pa kaini, nagpadara siya nin surat ki Bicol PNP Regional Director Arnel Escobal para maghagad nin listahan kan mga pangaran na pwedeng pag pilian kan magiging bagong provincial director kan pulis sa saindang provincia.

Mientrastanto, sa parte ni Espenido dai man dapat ikahadit kan mga tawo an saiyang presencia, ta maski pa igwa siya nin mga inaatubang na asunto sa jusgado, dai pa nin desisyon kun siya may sala o mayo sa akusasyon.

Hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, dai pa ma sierto kun anong pwesto an saiyang pupugolan sa Catanduanes.

Si Espenido may rangong Chief Inspector, asin an kaipohan na magpugol kan pwesto bilang PNP Provincial Director, dapat P/Superintendent o P/Sr. Superintendent.

Maroromdoman na an Catanduanes naging controversial kan enot na mga taon nin huli sa pagka discubre kan Mega Shabu Laboratory sa Brgy. Palta Small, sa banwaan kan Virac.

An nasambit na caso pig dadangog pa ngonian sa jusgado.

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