Saturday, November 17, 2018

14ng pasahero sa jeep na nahulog sa Tinambac, salbado na

TINAMBAC, CSur - Binasol ni Municipal Councilor Jonas Soltes an Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa saindang kapabayaan na pakarayon an tulay na mina konektar sa Brgy. Binalay asin Brgy. Olag Pequeno, sa banwaan na ini, na iyo na rason sa aksidente na nagresulta sa pagkahulog kan pampasaherong jeep sa tulay.

Segun sa report, 14ng pasahero an biktima sa aksidente, sabi ni Lance Dexter Baloyo na saro sa mga biktima.

Ipinahayag ni Baloyo na mantang nagdadalagan an pampasaherong jeep, bigla na sanang napondo an makina kan awto mientras na nagbabaktas sa tulay, na patukad sa Brgy. Binalay asin Brgy. Olag Pequeno.

Huli kan pag pondo kan makina, naghuros pa-atras an awto sagkod na mawaran nin kontrol an driver kaya nahulog sa sapa an vehiculo.

Nagluluwas sa bareta na bako ini an primerong aksidente na nangyari sa lugar, nin huli ta pira nang tawo an binawian nin buhay, sa mga kapareyong aksidente sa lugar.

May plano an Sangguniang Bayan kan banwaan na ini na imbitaran guiraray an representante kan DPWH sa Partido tangani na maaraman kun igwa nin plano an sinambit na ahensiya sa paghiraray kan peligrosong tulay.

6 na pulis nalugadan sa ambush sa Libmanan

NAGA CITY 11/17/18- (Bicol Standard) Anom (6) na pulis na miembros kan Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) an nalugadan kan sinda ambuson kan dai madeterminaran na numero nin mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) kasubagong hapon.

Nangyari an ambush alas 4:30 nin hapon sa Sitio Patag, Mambulo Nuevo, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Segun sa informasyon, an siyam (9) katawong miembros kan Camarines Sur PMFC, pinapamayohan ni PO3 Jason G. Canoto pasiring sa Libmanan proper hale sa joint medical mission.

An sponsor kan medical mission iyo an 9th IB, 9th ID kan Philippine Army asin Medical Doctors kan Bicol Medical Center.

Hale pa sana sinda sa Brgy. Bagamelon, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, na kun saen duman ginibo an misyon nin pagbulong.

Sabi kan imbestigador nagpabuag nin Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) an mga rebelde, kaya nagbalos nin putok an mga pulis.

Pirang minutos sana an nakalihis, nagdurulag na an mga rebelde pasiring sa dae madeterminaran na direksyon.

Mientrastanto, huli sa sinambit na incidente, anom (6) na pulis an nalugadan asin pigbubulong ngonian sa Mother Seton Hospital digdi.

An mga biktima iyo sinda: PO3 Roland G. Hermogeno; PO1 Vladimir Guadalupe; PO1 Roy V. Carbonell; PO1 Eliseo Jomar N. Palaroan; PO1 Daisy Bhel Genova; asin si PO1 Mikhail Jose P. Concina.

Nagpapadagos an operasyon ngonian kan PNP asin AFP sa sinambit na lugar.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bicol employers reminded to give 13th month pay on time

LEGAZPI CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) RO V reminded employers to pay the 13th month pay of their workers on time and not later than December 24.

“We are reminding all private employers to release the 13th month pay of your workers on or before December 24,” said Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, DOLE RO V regional director.

According to Labor Law, the 13th month pay shall be the one-twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within the calendar year.

He said that all employers are required to pay their rank-and-file employees the 13th month pay regardless of the nature of their employment and irrespective of the methods which their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one month in a year.

“Your workers must receive it in cash, and not in other forms such as groceries or sacks of rice. If there are instances of this kind of distribution in your company, then it’s not your 13th month pay; it’s probably Christmas bonus or other bonuses or incentives from the company,” said Villamor.

The basic salary includes all remunerations or earnings paid by an employer to an employee for services rendered, but does not include cost-of-living allowances or COLA, profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night differential pay, holiday pay, and all allowances and monetary benefits integrated as part of the regular or basic salary of the employee.

“Employers are also required under the Labor Code to make a report of compliance with PD No. 851 to DOLE regional and provincial field offices not later than January 15, 2019,” he noted.

Villamor added that the report indicates the name of establishment; address; principal product or business; total employment; total number of workers benefited; amount granted per employee; total amount of benefits granted; and the name, position, and telephone number of persons giving information.

Labor laws and their implementing rules and regulations mandate the payment of the 13th month pay which is computed as total basic salary x number of months employed in the year ÷ 12 months = 13th month pay.

Using the minimum wage in the Bicol Region at P290.00 (from January 1, 2018 to September 20, 2018) and P305.00 (from September 21, 2018 to December 31, 2018) per day and a six-day workweek or an equivalent Monthly Basic Salary of P6,960.00 and P7,320.00, respectively, to wit:

January no absence P6,960.00
February no absence P6,960.00
March 1 day leave with pay P6,960.00
April no absence P6,960.00
May 2 days leave with pay P6,960.00
June 2 days leave with pay P6,960.00
July no absence P6,960.00
August 1 day leave with pay P6,960.00
September on maternity leave no salary
October on maternity leave no salary
November no absence P7,320.00
December 1 day leave without pay P7,320.00

Total basic salary earned for the year P70,320.00

P P70,320.00 = P5,860.00 is the proportionate 13th month pay

12  months

In addition, for those employees who have resigned or whose services are terminated at any time before the time of payment of the thirteenth-month pay is entitled to this monetary benefit in proportion to the length of time he or she has worked during the year, reckoned from the time he or she has started working during the calendar year up to the time of his or her resignation or termination from the service.

Thus, if he or she worked only from January to September, his or her proportionate thirteenth-month pay should be equal to one-twelfth (1/12) of his or her total basic salary earned during that period.

DOLE assures stable employment situation

Following the release of results of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on joblessness, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured the public that the employment situation is stable and that the labor department is steadfast in its employment facilitation services and the preservation and protection of employment.

“We recognize the SWS survey result, but on the other hand, we need to see the larger picture. The Labor Force Survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority says that the unemployment rate has decreased,” said Labor Secretary Bello citing the unemployment rate of 5.4 percent (2.3 million Filipinos) in the July 2018 round of the LFS.

The third quarter survey of the SWS meanwhile, showed that adult joblessness is at 22 percent (9.8 million adults).

The Labor Force Survey is the official source of employment information, the processes and criteria in the determination of which is adopted by the global economies, added Bello.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Renato Ebarle said that factors that account for the difference in the SWS and PSA surveys include the sample population, age, reference period of the survey, and criteria used to define unemployment.

The July 2018 round of the LFS reflected the country’s steady economic growth as the proportion of working persons in the labor force, or the employment rate inched up to 94.6 percent from 94.4 percent in July 2017.

Undersecretary Ebarle said that the number of employed persons exhibited a generally increasing trend. On the average, employment grew annually by 2.1 percent for the period 2010-2017.

However, he added that these positive gains were also offset as underemployment rate marginally increased by 0.9 percentage points from 16.3 percent to 17.2 percent during the same round of the LFS.

Addressing these setbacks, Bello emphasized the need to attract more investments to the country.

“Job creation is the effect of investment. If there are more investments in the country, they generate more jobs for the people. Our aim is to secure employment, make employment more meaningful, more productive, and more beneficial to the workers, which in turn will provide productivity to our employers and business establishments,” Bello said.

He added that the government is on the right track when it comes to enabling policies such as the Ease-of-Doing Business, and the implementation of the Build Build Build program, among others.

SSS goes after contribution evaders in Cam Sur

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Ten business establishments in Naga City and two in Pili, Camarines Sur were inspected by Social Security System Senior Vice President Voltaire Agas and his team in connection with its Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) program.

RACE is the agency’s campaign to raise awareness on contributions.

The SSS group said they received reports that these establishments were not complying with RA 8282 or Social Security Law of 1997, SSS Naga Branch Head Virgilio A. Santiago said.

The same team posted a copy of the Show Cause order on the store premises, which directs the employers to Show Cause, within a non-extendable period of 15 days from posting why no legal action/s shall be taken against the responsible officers for non-compliance with the law.

Failure to comply with the Order shall subject the violator to criminal prosecution, and upon conviction, a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment without the benefit of probation.

“We are doing this primarily for the protection of the workers, and also as a reminder to the employers to comply with their legal obligations,” Santiago added.

Following the RACE program, the SSS group met with various stakeholders explaining the importance of complying with the law on SSS contributions.

BSP-Legazpi urges vigilance against fake money

LEGAZPI CITY—The Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-Legazpi is urging the public to remain vigilant of counterfeit banknotes as it released the New Generation Currency (NGC) series coins.

“We just have to study these coins in order to get the hang of distinguishing one from another,” said Maja Gratia Malic, deputy director of BSP Currency Issue and Integrity Office.

To improve security and design, the coins have been reduced in size and weight with uniform color of silver and nickel-plating that corrodes less compared to that of the old series.

The P10 and P1 coin have ridges on the sides while the other value coins such as P5, 25 cents and 1 cent have plain sides.

In terms of banknotes, the colors and the people illustrated were retained to promote smooth transition from old to new.

Moreover, the Clean Note Policy of BSP aims to remove unfit and mutilated money from circulation. Unfit refers to those soiled, corroded, or discolored cash while mutilated includes severely disfigured, cut or shredded money.

However, mutilated banknotes can be recovered if at least 60 percent of the original surface area has been retained, and they still contain portion of any facsimile signatures, as well as the security thread remains embedded.

Cash holders must simply present their banknotes or coins to their depository banks or BSP for replacement.

Paulette Menguilla, BSP-Legazpi senior research specialist, also reminded the public through the Philippine Information Agency-5’s ‘Ugnayan sa Bicol’ radio program to use their cents instead of storing them in a jar.

She explained that cents or coins were important on the circulation of the national currency and should not be stored for a long time. (PIAV)

Gov’t workers reminded: You can’t campaign in polls

Lynbee Navio, CSC-5 information officer, says government officials and employees should refrain from endorsing or promoting their favorite candidates during an interview over PIA-5’s Ugnayan sa Bikol radio program.
LEGAZPI CITY—If you see Civil Service workers endorsing or promoting their favorite candidates during the campaign period for the 2019 national and local elections, please report to the Civil Service Commission in Bicol (CSC-5).Lynbee Navio, CSC-5 information officer, says government officials and employees should refrain from endorsing or promoting their favorite candidates during an interview over PIA-5’s Ugnayan sa Bikol radio program.

Lynbee Navio, CSC-5 information officer, said a joint circular of the CSC and Commission on Elections bans government officials and employees from endorsing or promoting candidates by posting on Facebook, wearing T-shirts or pins mentioning the name of the candidate, and engaging in other partisan activities during the election season.

“We encourage the public to be vigilant against these prohibited acts and report to us, or to any authority concerned, if there’s government employee who violated the law against political partisanship,” Navio said.

Navio said forming groups to support political candidate or party, holding political meetings or rallies, and making speeches or commentaries for or against a candidate are prohibited.

Also included in the coverage of what government workers are liable for administrative or criminal are the giving or receiving any contributions for political purposes, and utilizing government resources such as personnel and properties for the campaign.

“Directly or indirectly soliciting votes or pledges to support or defeat a candidate as well as becoming publicly identified with the success or failure of any candidate will be penalized,” she said.

The prohibition, however, exempts the President and vice President, members of the Cabinet, elective officials except for barangay (village) officials, and members of the reserve corps of the AFP.

Those who break the rules of political neutrality could be meted out suspension of one month and one day to 6 months for the first offense, and dismissal from the service for the second offense under the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, as quoted by Navio.

However, Navio said the government is not banning its employees from liking or reposting status updates from a candidate or political party’s social media site.

“They can still like, share, comment or re-post on social media as long as they do not intend to solicit votes for or against a candidate,” she said. (PIA5)

NEDA 5: National ID to provide integrated gov’t services

Representatives of various government agencies, students, private organizations and media practitioners take part in the Forum on Economic and Financial Literacy which focus the spotlight on the national ID system on November 6, 2018 at NEDA RO5, Legazpi City.
LEGAZPI CITY—The National Economic and Development Authority in Bicol (NEDA-5) confirmed that through the national identification (ID) system, the Philippines can achieve a unified delivery of key services.

NEDA made the pronouncement after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into a law on August 6, 2018 the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act which will serve as the government’s central identification platform.

“The PhilSys will synchronize and consolidate all existing government-initiated ID systems into one integrated and interconnected system,” said Richard Emerson Ballester, Director III, Trade, Services and Industry Staff, NEDA.

In addition, PhilSys ID will serve as the official government-issued identification document in all public and private transactions for lesser requirement demands and easy verification processes.

The ID will contain demographic data such as the full name, gender, date and place of birth, blood type, address, marital status, and nationality of either Filipino or resident alien. It will also include biometric information such as front facing photograph, full set of fingerprints and iris scan.

“There will be no stealing of identity in the implementation of national ID system, and it will provide a unique ID number. Through the verification system, there will be no duplication of IDs,” said Ballester.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is collaborating with the council especially in National Privacy Commission (NPC) and in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to secure its privacy and security.

The national ID system is also envisioned to prevent leakages, fraud and tax evasion as there will be no possibilities of payments to “ghost” workers and unreported payments for public goods and services. Ballester also said that this system will reduce transaction loss in the country.

Different programs and assistance of the government will also be given to the appropriate and deserving beneficiaries. Through this, the country can also improve the efficiency and transparency of public and social services.

Finally, this ID system is expected to reduce corruption and red tape in the country.

The PSA will spearhead the implementation of PhilSys together with NEDA, NPC, DICT, and the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Budget and Management, Finance, Social Welfare and Development, and Interior and Local Government.

Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Social Security System and Philippine Postal Corporation will also become part of the PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council. (CBalala/PIA5)

DILG to LGUs: Brace for tougher SGLG criteria

Local government units (LGUs) should brace themselves for tougher Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) standards as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is considering to raise its "all-in" criteria a notch higher for more improved local governance.

"We can only go up from here. The SGLG Awards will continue to raise its standards as we aim to provide the best service to our constituents, and inspire LGUs towards crafting policies for exemplary public service," says Department of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo M. Año during the SGLG 2018 awards ceremony held recently.

From the 1,682 LGUs assessed by the DILG nationwide, only 263 LGUs, composed of 17 provinces, 39 cities, and 207 municipalities, met the ‘all-in’ performance indicators of seven governance areas.

"Kung mapapansinninyo, bumabaangbilang ng mgananalongayongtaon, from 449 last year to 263 this 2018. With a higher standard set, we made sure that all the new seven key areas were not only met, but are satisfied with outstanding results," he says.

SGLG 2018 recipients, according to Año, underwent a stringent evaluation process utilizing the new "all in" scaled-up criteria tackling the seven governance areas: financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection; peace and order; business-friendliness and competitiveness; environmental management; and tourism, culture and the arts.

"Only the best of the best were given due recognition because we wanted to aim for 'quality, not quantity'. Naging matindi angginawang pagtutok ng ating mga evaluators upang masiguro na pasado sa antas ang ating mga nanalo," he adds.

The DILG Secretary also commends the LCEs for steering their LGUs to greater heights of public service saying that he "appreciates and recognizes their efforts" to improve local governance adhering to the strict parameters of SGLG 2018.

"Alam namin ang pinagdaanan ninyo at ang mga pagsubok na hinarap at nilampasan. Hindi ito madali at talaga namangnangailangan ng matinding sakripisyo at dedikasyon. Together with your staff, stakeholders and citizens, you have exemplified extraordinary teamwork that earned you the prestigious SGLG," he explains.

Año says that as an incentive, this year’s recipients will receive the 2018 SGLG marker; eligibility to the DILG Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development projects; and access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG.

SGLG law

Año also shares his elation to the impending passage of the SGLG Law which would only lead to more improved local governance and continued innovation for LGUs.

"I am happy to bring the good news, malapit nang maisabatasang Seal of Good Local Governance. Thanks to our legislators, who supported the institutionalization of the Seal," Año says.

Through the proposed institutionalization titled "The Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2018 or The SGLG Act of 2018", SGLG will be the primary performance-based measuring program of the government.

Under the SGLG Act, an LGU can only qualify for the SGLG Awards if it passes the 10 criteria stipulated under the Act.

Included in the 10 criteria are: good fiscal or financial administration or financial sustainability; health compliance and responsiveness; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity program; programs for sustainable education; business friendliness and competitiveness; safety, and peace and order; environmental management; tourism, culture and arts; and youth development programs.

The Council of Good Local Governance, compost of DILG, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance and National Economic and Development Authority, which will act as an advisory body in ensuring the proper implementation of the SGLG Award shall also be created under the SGLG Act.

The DILG will be the Secretariat of the Council and at the same time the implementing agency for the said Act.

Año also acknowledges Senator Sonny Angara and Senator Loren Legarda who took the lead in sponsoring the SGLG bill at the Senate, and Representative Luis Raymond Villafuerte, Jr and Representative Joet Garcia who authored the House version.

The Senate recently approved on third and final reading the Senate Bill No. 1843 to institutionalize the awarding of the SGLG Program garnering 19 affirmative votes with zero negative votes and abstention.

Bicol bags 4 awards at National Organic Agriculture Achievers Search

CEBU CITY – The Bicol Region bagged four (4) out of the nine (9) National Organic Agriculture Achievers Awards during the 15th National Organic Agriculture Congress held on November 13-15, 2018 at the Waterfront Hotel this city.

Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel T. Cayanan and National Organic Agriculture Focal Person Engr. Christopher Morales led the awarding ceremony.

The province of Albay received P3 Million project grant as National Outstanding Province implementing Organic Agriculture (OA) program. Governor Al Francis Bichara together with Provincial Agriculturist Cheryl Rebeta, DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Elena B. de los Santos, OIC RTD Rodel P. Tornilla and Adelina A. Losa, Regional OA focal person, received the trophy and P3 M check. The province garnered the highest award as it has successfully implemented the Family Based Food Production Program (AFBFPP) actively participated in by 100 households per barangay of the total 720 barangays of Albay which started in January 2017. The program helped each family put up a backyard vegetable garden and communal vegetable gardens in each barangay. All these families were trained to make their own organic fertilizers out of kitchen wastes and other indigenous materials.

Eleanor Daep, Albay provincial Organic Agriculture Program focal person also bagged the award for the National Outstanding OA Focal Person and received P50,000 cash award and trophy.

Joey Hade, 25 years old, who belongs to the indigenous tribe of Agta Tabangnon in Goa, Camarines Sur is this year’s national outstanding Young Organic Agriculture Farmer. He received P100,000 cash award and trophy.

Meanwhile, the Goa Agri Producers and Processors Association (GAPPA) was adjudged as national outstanding Organic Agriculture Farmers’ Group and received P500,000 cash award and trophy. GAPPA is the prime mover of organic farming system and the leading consolidator and distributor of organic produce of small holder group of farmers in the municipality of Goa, Camarines Sur. Organized in 2013, the GAPPA is now composed of 63 farmer producers covering 58 hectares of productive farm areas in Goa, and some parts of the municipalities of San Jose, Tinambac and Caramoan in Camarines Sur.

The national finalists were also honored during the ceremony. Five shortlisted national finalists from Bicol Region also received trophies. They are: Ligao City – national finalist for Outstanding City category; Arlene Dayo, municipal OA focal person of Goa, Camarines Sur – national finalist for Outstanding Mun./City OA Focal Person; Felix Gino Murillo of Ligao City – national finalist for Agricultural Extension Worker category; Rossini Obligacion – national finalist for Small Farmer Individual Category; and Edilberto Abad and family of Goa, Cam. Sur – national finalist for Organic Farming Family.

All the national finalists and major awardees were accompanied on stage by RED Ellen de los Santos, RTD Tornilla, and Adelina A. Losa. The Bicol Region is composed of over 75 delegates.

The OA congress depicted the theme “Organic Agriculture: Advancing the Local Food Culture Movement in the Philippines.” (Lovella P. Guarin)

5 hurt after ambulance crashes into house in Cam Sur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Five people were injured after an ambulance crashed into steel barricades and into a house at Barangay Amomokpok, Ragay, Camarines Sur Tuesday afternoon.

The police said driver Donald Sorreda y Timajo, fell asleep while driving the white Nissan Urvan Ambulance registered under Department of Health Catanduanes when the accident happened.

The victims, who were inside their residence during the incident, were identified as: Miccahella Parafina y Lacdao, 20 years old, single, vendor; Judylynn Vita Belleras-Nuñez, 21 years old, married, housewife; Micaela Magdato y Belleras, 13 years old, minor, student; Prince Elnathan Nuñez y Belleras, 10 months old; and Akio Brent Tating y Auxilio, 4 months old.

The victims were rushed to Ragay District Hospital, Ragay, Camarines Sur for medical treatment.

Meantime, the police said the driver has been apprehended.

Follow-up investigation is being conducted as of this writing.


Bicol International Convention Center seen to boost regional economy

CAMALIG, Albay -- The economy of Bicol region is expected to further develop with the realization of the proposed PHP3.5-billion Bicol International Convention Center (BICC) here.

Councilor Meden Gamboa, chairperson of the town council's committee on infrastructure, in an interview Wednesday, said the project is an initiative of Albay 2nd district congressman Joey Salceda to stimulate the economy of Bicol region "specifically the tourism industry with the biggest contributions to the GDP of the country”.

The proposed project received the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and is awaiting inclusion in the national expenditure program. It will be constructed on a 7.443-hectare land on Quituinan Hill in this municipality facing Mayon Volcano. Construction is targeted to start next year and expected to be completed within two to three years.

Gamboa said the PHP3.5 billion covers the architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical components of the entire project, which includes a sports arena with 4,000 seating capacity.

According to the local legislator, the feasibility study for the project has been completed and submitted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Albay 2nd district engineering office.

Gamboa added that the poor residents of the town are expected to benefit from the project, particularly from tourism receipts.

“This is expected to provide an avenue for conferences, tourism activity, market place for local products, create local jobs, livelihood and increase revenues. It will increase the income of the poor men and women and improve their livelihoods through active participation in the value chains,” the councilor said.

“The first to benefit from this project is the municipality of Camalig but at the end of the day, the entire region will benefit from it,” said Gamboa, pointing out that the BICC, which is a purpose-built conference center, will be of international standard.

Comparative data for fiscal year 2016-2017 showed there was 11.66 percent growth rate in foreign and domestic tourist arrivals in Bicol region.

“Data speaks for itself, I can say that BICC will not only boost tourism industry but fully contribute to improved economic condition of Albayanos and of Bicolanos,” he said. (PNA)

Firecracker store in Nabua catches fire

SFO4 Novela, Jr.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – An electrical wiring problem caused a firecracker store in Nabua, Camarines Sur to burst into flames.

SFO4 Justino Novela, Jr., Bureau of Fire Protection Deputy Marshall, said storeowner Delia Lumabay momentarily left the store to go to the public market.

When she returned, she was shocked to see the store ablaze.

Lumabay told the BFP that they had previously noticed that the wiring was emitting sparks, but her husband had already tried to fix the problem.

Around 150 firecrackers estimated to be valued at around Php8,000.00 were destroyed in the fire, she said.

Meantime, the BFP reminded the public to be vigilant regarding fire hazards to avoid any untoward incident.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bicol PNP nabs 2,701 in anti-illegal gambling ops

LEGAZPI CITY -- For the past three quarters covering the period from January-September this year, a total of 1,079 positive illegal gambling operations were conducted on its campaign against any form of illegal gambling.

The PNP was able to apprehend a total of 2,701 persons, the confiscation of P404, 846 worth of money/items, and 787 numbers of cases filed.
Police Regional Office 5 led by Police Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal issued a marching order from all Provincial Directors, City Director, Naga CPO down to city and municipal police stations to stride up in pursuit of the campaign against illegal gambling.

The province of Camarines Sur recorded the highest among all the provinces in the Bicol Region with 240 positive police operation, 124,790 estimated value of money/items confiscate and 167 cases filed in court; followed by Albay with 193 positive police operation, 94, 920 estimated value of money/items confiscated , and 140 no of cases filed in court; while in Masbate 173 positive police operations, 37, 829 estimated value of money/items confiscated with 114 cases filed in court; for Sorsogon with 241 positive police operations, 42, 696 estimated value of money/items confiscated with 193 cases filed in court; in Camarines Norte with 153 positive police operations, 48, 075 estimated value of money/items confiscated with 125 cases filed in court ; Catanduanes with 26 positive police operation, 49, 544 estimated value of items money/items confiscated with 35 cases filed in court ; and the last is Naga with 17 positive operation, with 6, 992 estimated value of money/items confiscated and 13 cases filed in court.

From January-September this year a total of 2,701 persons were arrested, wherein Albay recorded 493; 384 in Camarines Norte; 748 in Camarines Sur; 140 in Catanduanes; 301 in Masbate; 578 in Sorsogon; and 57 in Naga City.

The existence of illegal gambling activities 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.

RD Escobal said he will not tolerate the illegal gambling to proliferate in his area of responsibility, and that PRO5 will continue to intensify its Anti-Illegal Gambling Operations in the region.

Likewise, he urges the cooperation and support of the community as well as the collaboration of the different stakeholders to report any form of illegal gambling in their area.

'DOTA Kontra Droga' launched in Camarines Norte

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)— An innovative program to eradicate drug use in Camarines Norte has been launched by the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Edgardo Tallado, Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel and Provincial Administrator Alvin Tallado.

Dubbed “DOTA Kontra Droga,” the event enjoins gaming enthusiasts across the nation to participate in a 5v5 and 1v1 DOTA 2 Tournament on December 14-16, 2018 at the Agro Sports Center in this town.

At stake is a prize pool of P100,000. The champion will get P40,000.00 plus a trophy; first run- ner-up, P25,000.00; second runner-up P15,000.00, and third runner-up P10,000.00.

“We urge the youth to consider esports and gaming as a way to keep away from illegal drugs,” Gino Villafranca, Sports Coordinator and Provincial Youth Affairs Officer said.

Defense of the Ancients 2 or DOTA 2 is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena video games among the Filipino youth today.

At least 50 teams are expected to participate from across the regions, Villafranca said. There will be two categories: Local and Open.

The Local Category is open to all participants who are residents and born in the province of Camarines Norte, as shown by their birth certificate or Voter’s ID.

The Open Category, on the other hand, is open to all participants, but is limited to a nonprofessional DOTA 2 player.

Those who are listed in Gamepedia DOTA 2 Wiki Professional Players or have already played in major tournaments such as The International, Manila Master, among others, are considered as pro players.

“DOTA Kontra Droga” is organized by the Provincial Sports Office and Provincial Youth Development Office, in partnership with Metadaet Meta Wargods Pro Gaming Arena Daet, Zen Xtreme Gaming Cafe, Noxus Gaming Lounge Cyber Arena, Gaming RAW DOGS and AT Productions.

For more information, kindly contact 09981548333, the organizers said.

Garchi employees urge wage release

NAGA CITY— Officials and employees of the Local Government Unit of Garchitorena have not received their salaries since October 15, 2018, Acting Mayor Edmundo F. Simando, Jr. confirmed to the Bicol Standard.

“This is due to the continuing refusal of Municipal Treasurer Victoria Riva and Municipal Accountant Edmar Bombase to prepare the payroll,” Simando said.

He added that as Acting Mayor, he had already submitted all the legal documents that would authorize him to sign the withdrawal of funds for the salaries of the employees and officials.

He further noted that he tried to persuade both Riva and Bombase to expedite the withdrawal of the funds since the employees have already been clamoring for the release.

It will be recalled that Simando was installed as Acting Mayor when Mayor Nelson D. Bueza was slapped with an administrative suspension earlier this year by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan due to Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.

This after Bueza entered into consultancy contracts without authority from the Sangguniang Bayan.

The same is said to be in violation of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

Despite the suspension, Bueza convinced Riva and Bombase not to follow any memorandum issued by Simando primarily on the ground that he (Bueza) has a pending appeal with the Office of the President to have the suspension lifted or stayed.

Meanwhile, even without a stay order or an order lifting his suspension, Bueza insists that he is the legitimate town chief.

As this developed, employees said they already feel demoralized and have no idea as to when the controversy may be settled.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Bicolano journalist stabbed to death

Celso Amo
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A Bicolano journalist was stabbed to death while playing basketball at Daraga Covered Court at around 8:05 a.m. Sunday.

Celso Amo y Tan, 66 years old, widower, and a resident of Barangay San Roque, Daraga, Albay, was stabbed by Adam Johnson Abanez y Majestrado, 33 years old, married, and a resident of Dao, Pilar, Sorsogon.

Reports say that a small misunderstanding over the ball during the game led to the killing.

The perpetrator was immediately arrested by the local police.

Amo previously worked at The Philippine Star and the Philippine Information Agency.

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