Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sorsogon pig yogyog nin linog


SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Namatean kan mga residente kan Sorsogon asin Albay kasubagong hapon an linog na magniture 4.5 magnitude.

An Phivolcs nagsabi na nag tama ini alas 5:26 nin hapon kasubago.

An epicenter kan linog nasusug sa distanciang 15 kilometros sa sulnopan kan Sorsogon City, Sorsogon.

May rarao nin walong kilometros asin tectonic an guinikanan.

Namatean an linog na intensity II sa Legazpi City asin Sorsogon City.
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Lalaki nagkakan katoy nin butete, gadan

File photo - Bicol Standard

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Dai na nakalibre sa kagadanan si Joseph Lebantino, 27 anyos na residente kan Brgy. Dalupaon, Pasacao, Camarines Sur pakatapos na magkakan nin katoy nin butete o tikong.

Segun sa informasyon na hale sa ama kan biktima na si Rolando Lebantino, linuto guiraray ni Joseph an inapon na nganing katoy kan sira.

Haros taon-taon igwa nin napipiligrohan na tawo na nagagadan sa pag kakan nin tikong, nin huli ta dai sinda nag aaram na peligroso an pagkakan kan katoy kaini o kan ibang parte kan menudencia, na digdi naka concentrar an hilo.

Antes na linuto kan biktima an katoy, nagpatanid pa suboot ini sa mga aki sa Dalupaon na dai magkakan kan tikong o butete, na pwede sindang magadan.

Pirang minutos sana pakatapos na hamlian kan biktima an katoy kan butete, nagkulog na tulos an saiyang tulak, nagkaigwa nin halangkaw na kalintura, nagturoog an saiyang lawas, kaya pig probaran pang darahon sa hospital.

Pag abot sa doctor, pig declarar siya na "dead on arrival."

Mientrastanto, binabasol na naman an Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources (BFAR) sa Bicol ta pirme na sanang nadadakop na turog sa saindang obligasyon na mag informar sa mga tawo, dapit sa siring na peligro.

Kada bulan na Noviembre, Disyembre, Enero hasta Pebrero, iyo an panahon na nag pipiga an butete o tikong, kaya mataba asin darakula an katoy asin piga kaini, na nakakahilo, kun makakan nin tawo.
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Mga empleado, opisyal kan Libmanan, mayong sweldo

Brioso asin Bulaong
LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Hasta ngonian, natatakloban pa nin makuring problema an mga empleado kan Libmanan, Camarines Sur, nin huli ta duwa an nag-hihingako na sinda an hefe ejecutibo kan banwaan.

Si Mayor Bernard Brioso, an elihidong alkalde kan banwaan na ini, liwat dinuholan nin "preventive suspension" kan Sangguniang Panlalawigan, nin huli sa reklamo na pig sangat contra saiya.

Apisar kan "preventive suspension" na ini, habo niyang bayaan an tukawan kan Oficina kan Alkalde, asin padagos na nakikitusayan, sa argumento na habo niyang sunodon an sinambit na kasuguan.

Sa ibong na lado si Vice Mayor Rommel Bulaong, na iyo an dapat mag asumir bilang acting na alkalde, nin huli kan suspension ki Brioso, dai man nakaka functionar, hastang sinusurat an baretang ini.

An problema: hasta ngonian na aldaw, an mga empleado kan Libmanan, dai pa nakakakobre kan saindang sweldo asin beneficio bilang empleado nin huli sa kariribongan kun sisay an dapat mag ehirsir kan poder kan Oficina kan Alkalde.

Mismong an opisina kan Municipal Local Government Operations Officer an dai nakaka desisyon kun sisay sa duwa -- si Brioso o Bulaong an dapat mag functionar, bilang hefe ejecutibo kan banwaan.

Siring man, segun sa nagunong report, an depositary bank kan banwaan an nag iibitar na honrahon an firma kan duwa, mientras na naghahalat suboot sinda nin legal na basehan, kun sisay sa duwa an awtorisado na mag firma sa checke kan banwaan.

Ini pig confirmar ni Mun. Kgd. Jess Camara sa entrevista kan Bicol Standard.
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Lorenzana, Año madalaw sa Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard)--Piglalaoman na maabot sa Bicol si Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año asin si Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, tanganing discutiron sa mga lokal na lideres an dapit sa implementasyon kan Memorandun Order No 32.

An sinambit na Memorandum Order iyo an pig basehan kan dagdag na mga soldados asin pulis na ididistino sa region, bilang parte kan pinakusog na kampanya kan gobierno contra sa insurgencia asin para mantiniron an paz y order.

Segun ki Mayor Noel Rosal, an Chairman kan Bicol Region Peace and Order Council (RPOC) sa Bicol, makakatabang ini sa panahon na kaipohan na maray kan lugar an trankilong region, orog nang may nakatalaan na election sa masunod na taon.

Maroromdoman na an Bicol, kaiba an Samar asin an duwang provincias kan Negros an pinili ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na distinohan nin dagdag na mga soldadso asin pulis, nin huli kan seguidong pag atake kan mga rebelde.

Afuera kan halawig nang garadanan sa Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay asin Camarines Sur, si nangyaring ambush kan mga pulis sa Lupi asin pag-ambush kan mga pulis na hale sa medical mission sa Brgy. Bagamelon, Libmanan, Camarines Sur an naging mayor na rason sa pag bugtak kan Bicol sa siring na sitwasyon.

Si Secretary Año nakatalaan na magbisita sa Bicol sa fecha 17 ngonian na bulan, mantang si Secretary Lorenzana, madigdi sa Bicol sa fecha 18.

Parte ini kan paglatag kan mga dapat sunudon na reglamento sa pagdistino digdi kan dagdag na miembros kan Special Action Force (SAF) asin mga miembros kan Philippine Army.
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TEACHER CORNER | Numeracy and the modern world



By Frell Mirana-Arazas
T-III
Pamplona National High School

Few Filipino students would pick Mathematics as their favorite subject in school. Indeed, many would rather have Math scrapped from the educational curriculum.

Many students question the value of Math in real life, and argue that it is too difficult, or even a burden to students.

But in this changing world, where technological advancements progress almost at lightning speed, the value of numeracy cannot be underestimated.

Numeracy is defined as the ability to apply numerical concepts. These include not only the basic mathematical operations, but also measurement, geometry, statistics, and probability.

Numeracy, or the lack thereof, has tremendous impacts on the life of people in contemporary society.

For one, it can affect educational opportunities. Students who exhibit poor performance in Math are often excluded from prestigious schools, especially universities and colleges which have high academic standards.

This has a subsequent effect on employment or business opportunities. Research has repeatedly shown that people with poor numeracy skills are more unlikely to be employed, or succeed in entrepreneurial ventures because of the big role of numeracy in the workplace. Sometimes, people with poor numeracy skills fall into scams and other traps that involve finances because of poor number sense.

On the flip side, more opportunities, both in academics and during the working years, are often available for those who show good mathematical skills.

Meantime, as the digital age presents us with more and more numerical data, it has become increasingly important to have good numeracy skills.

Computers, as their name implies, are tools for juggling numbers, but in order to use them effectively, one needs to enter the right data and decide on some mathematical problems.

In this modern age, we use math in many aspects of our lives—from computing shopping discounts to booking trips, to assessing whether the sports team we are rooting for is winning, to deciding on the best deals on a home or room for rent, even to measuring the ingredients for our meal. Let us, therefore, give math and numeracy the value it deserves as it plays a crucial role in our society.
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Catandunganon stude bags top prize in two nat'l art tilts

Evasco
VIRAC, Catanduanes (Bicol Standard) -- A student of Catanduanes State University (CSU) bagged the top prize in two national art contests.

Godfrey Evasco of the College of Industrial Technology won the grand prize in the water-based media category of the 2018 Vision Petron national art competition.

His piece, titled "Resureksyon," was done in watercolor. It was a response to Petron's theme of ‘Tuklas Kultura’ which focuses on unique traits that sets Filipinos apart in terms of how we live, what we do, make, think, and value as people.

Evasco also bagged first prize in Charcoal Rendering during the National Culture and the Arts Forum and Festival held at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City.

Meantime, fellow CSU student Isaiahjim Torillos won third place in the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest. (With report from CSU)
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Jeepney drivers, operators to get P20K fuel subsidy in 2019



MANILA -- The government is set to provide fuel subsidies amounting to PHP20,000 to public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers to mitigate the impact of higher fuel prices due to the imposition of excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, a transportation official said Wednesday.

“As we prepare for 2019, the Pantawid Pasada fuel subsidy distribution will continue. As announced, the subsidy will be in the original amount that was proposed which is something like PHP 20,000,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra III said in a press briefing.

The program, launched last July, distributes fuel subsidy cards worth PHP5,000 to around 180,000 PUJ operators and drivers this year.

Each card contains the complete name of the franchise holder, plate number of the PUJ, region where the franchise was registered, and card number. Beneficiaries must sign a deed of undertaking that the subsidy cards will only be used for purchases of petroleum products at gasoline stations.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier said the fuel subsidies worth PHP20,000 will be provided next year.

Latest data from the DOTr and LTFRB show that a total of 67,721 Pantawid Pasada fuel subsidy cards were distributed to jeepney operators and drivers, amounting to some PHP338.61 million.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) to implement higher fuel taxes as petroleum prices continue to decline in the world market.

Under the TRAIN law, the oil excise tax hike may be suspended if oil prices in the world market average USD80 per barrel or higher for three consecutive months.

The current oil price has gone down to USD53 per barrel after reaching a peak of close to USD80 per barrel. (PNA)
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PEACE, ORDER, SECURITY


Dennis de la Cruz, staunch supporter of the Bato de la Rosa For Senator Movement represented the former PNP Director General during the Legazpi City Women's Federation 10th Year Anniversary held at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation on December 4. De la Cruz conveyed the message that Bato would focus on the anti-drug campaign, peace and order and security, if given the chance to serve in the Senate.
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Naga City ushers in Christmas season with Kamundagan Festival 2018 opening

The team of the Barangay Bagumbayan Sur who was hailed the champ anew in this year's Kirikiti Street and Exhibition Dance competition. (Photo: LGU Naga)
NAGA CITY -- Teeming with lights and colors on the dusk of December 1, 2018 was the Plaza Quezon at the downtown centro-Naga with its Disneyland-inspired theme as the City Government of Naga welcomes the month of December for this year with a colorful parade and merriment in the opening ceremonies of the Kamundagan Festival 2018.

A yearly practice, the residents of the 27 barangays of Naga, clad in their creatively-crafted Christmas costumes portraying varied characters and stories— Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus; Santa Claus; Santa's Elves; the Journey to Bethlehem; and the Birth of Christ, among others— joined the parade that made its round in the main city streets— culminating at the Plaza Quezon where competing barangays in the Kamundagan Festival 2018 Kirikiti Street and Exhibition Dance Competition showcased their varied performances before the cheering crowd and judges.

Barangay Bagumbayan Sur champed the Best in Street Dance, Best in Costume and Best in Exhibition Dance categories of the competition— making them as this year's Overall Champion again for the third time since 2016.

First to be done for this year is the Inter-Office Costume Parade competition with the theme centering on sci-fi, animated movies where City Hall offices showcased varied concepts ranging from 'Alice in Wonderland', to 'Hotel Transylvania', and to 'Moana', among others.

The Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO), with their Hotel Transylvania-themed costume got the first place in the competition, followed by the City Treasurer's Office (CTO) who placed second and the City Engineers Office (CEO) who placed third with their Alice in Wonderland and Moana-themed costumes respectively.

One of the highlights of the event is the Synchronized Christmas Lighting Ceremony where the giant Christmas Tree was lit up as led by the city officials who graced the opening ceremonies.

First Lady Farah Bongat chaired again this year's Kamundagan Festival 2018, with city councilors Cecilia de Asis and Elmer Baldemoro directing the Opening Ceremonies and Synchronized Lighting, and the Kirikiti Street and Exhibition Dance Competition respectively.

Aside from Christmas celebration, Kamundagan Festival also signifies the birth of the City of Naga as a chartered city—an Independent Component City as inaugurated last December 15, 1948—and so aims to showcase as well the arts and culture of the Nagueños.

Other activities lined-up for the Kamundagan Festival 2018 include the Yuledance Concert and the Naga City Hall Chorale Concert, among others. (By Armie Gunay, CEPPIO)
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Albay brings joy to kids on 'Pasko para sa mga Bata,' State of Children Report

Albay kids attend the Pasko Para sa Mga Bata and State of Children Report
(Photo: Albay PIO)

LEGAZPI CITY -- "This is a special day for children," Gov. Al Francis Bichara said as the Provincial Government of Albay through the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office gathered hundreds of Albayano children for the “Pasko para sa mga Bata” and the 1st Local State of the Children’s Report.

Bichara said the event was organized to bring joy to children by giving them their right to participate in the community and boost their confidence in themselves.

Bichara also said he is doing his best together with the provincial government to bring quality and affordable hospital service to mothers who needs prenatal care through building new Provincial Hospital in Ligao and rehabilitating the hospitals all over the Province.

According to the governor,  the reason why he pushed for the free optical mission is for the young Albayanos who needs the free check-up and free corrective eye glasses was to help them in their academic performance.

Meantime, Ms. Eva Grageda of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office reported that a total of 610 corrective lenses were provided for Albayano Children and a total 58 assistive wheelchairs were provided for PWD Children.

The Bahay Pag-Asa for Girls is also now operational, she said.

The “Pasko para sa mga Bata” and the 1st Local State of the Children’s Report was further organized to give information about the government’s efforts for the Children and also inform them of the services they can avail.

“Ihanda ta ang mga kaakian ta, dapat ang mga aki ta mas matibay satuya mas maurag satuya kaya pigaalagaan ta sinda ki maray,” the governor added.

Meantime, Eva Ribaya, Chairperson Committee on Women, Children, Family and GAD, reiterated the importance of having this occasion for the Albayano kids.

“They are the source of inspiration: yakapin lang tayo ng ating mga anak, masaya na tayo at napapawi ang ating pagod,” she said.
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PSA: Bicol inflation rates highest outside NCR



MANILA (Bicol Standard)--Among the regions outside the National Capital Region, the Bicol region still had the highest annual inflation rate in November 2018, the Philippine Statistics Authority announced this morning during the Press Briefing on November 2018 Inflation and October 2018 Employment Statistics.

Bicol's inflation rate in November 2018 was 8.9%, as compared to October 2018's 9.9%.

Meantime, the lowest annual gain remained in Central Luzon at 4.4%.

Further, year-on-year Inflation in areas outside of the National Capital Region decelerated to 6.2 percent.

Overall, headline inflation in the Philippines was 6.0%.

The top three contributors to the overall inflation are (1) Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages; (2) Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels; and (3) Transport.

Among major commodity groups Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, and Other Fuels, and Communication posted slower annual increases in November 2018.

Two major commodities retained their previous month’s annual rates. These were Transport at 8.9 percent and Education at -3.8 percent
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NFA buys 1M bags of palay from local farmers


MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) was able to procure a total of 1,012,172 bags of palay from local farmers from January to November this year with 926,854 bags or 92 percent bought during the months of October and November. This after the agency introduced an additional PHP3/kg buffer stocking incentive (BSI) on top of its support price of PHP17/kg last October 12.

NFA said the cumulative procurement total without BSI from January to September was only at 85,318 bags, but for November alone, it was able to buy a total of 630,934 bags of palay from the top palay-producing provinces of Mindoro Occidental, Batangas, Mindoro Oriental, Bukidnon, Isabela, Capiz, Iloilo, North Cotabato and Camarines Sur.

NFA OIC Administrator Tomas Escarez said the remarkable rise in procurement may be attributed to the agency’s additional PHP3/kg incentive on top of its PHP17/kg palay support price and up to PHP0.70/kg delivery, drying and cooperative incentives.

“This means that given the right price, the NFA will be able to buy more from our farmers,” he said.

The PHP3/kg BSI is given across-the-board based on the agency’s table of Equivalent Net Weight (ENW) parameters for moisture content and purity. For clean and dry palay, the total buying price of NFA can now reach as much as PHP20.70 per kilogram.

“With the additional PHP3/kg incentive, we were able to entice more farmers to sell their harvest to us. At a time when private traders were buying at P20.28 or lower than the NFA buying price, our farmers decided to sell to us instead,” Escarez said.

The NFA chief emphasized that the agency serves as buyer of last resort to provide a fair income for farmers.

“In fact, the NFA is here to encourage traders to buy high to the benefit of farmers,” he said.

Meanwhile, an estimated PHP6.22 billion was saved by the consumers from the marginalized sector from the more than 10.36 million bags of low-priced rice distributed by the NFA from January to November this year.

An ordinary consumer saves at least PHP12 per kilogram every time he buys NFA rice sold at PHP27 per kilogram compared to the lowest imported well-milled rice sold at PHP39 per kilogram based on suggested retail price.

According to NFA, this savings translate to bigger purchasing power for ordinary consumers that they can use to buy other food items and necessities.

Escarez said that the food agency has accredited a total of 19,231 rice retail outlets nationwide currently selling NFA rice.

“We are utilizing several platforms to make sure that NFA rice reaches our poor kababayans even in the remotest and farthest barangays and island provinces,” he said.

Aside from its network of dedicated and individual rice retail outlets in public markets, the agency has also accredited non-traditional outlets such as Barangay Bagsakan and Barangay Food Terminals and Bigasan sa Parokya.

It has also partnered with the Department of Agriculture’s TienDA Malasakit and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Tulong sa Bayan Suking Outlets on Wheels.

NFA is also deploying mobile stores through its “Tagpuan Day Rice Response Delivery” (TRRD) in partnership with the accredited operator and local government units in remote barangays and resettlement areas around the country to serve marginalized consumers including the indigenous people (IPs).

TRDD is a rice distribution strategy where the PHP27/kg NFA rice is sold directly to poor and marginalized beneficiaries in the area at an appointed time and place in close coordination with the local barangay.

Escarez, meanwhile, said the delivery of 297,000 metric tons (MT) rice shipments under the open tender scheme in the NFA warehouses is almost complete.

With these new fresh stocks, the food agency can continue to inject low-priced rice to make it accessible and available to more consumers through its network of accredited retailers. (PR)
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EDITORIAL | Fighting the online drug trade



This week, the Naga City police have sounded alarm on the use of the Internet in the local drug trade.

Enterprising pushers in the locality, it appears, are now using social media to communicate with customers.

This resulted in a buy-bust operation and the arrest of several people involved in a pot session at the residence of the suspect.

However, this is but one case, which merely confirms what many of us have long suspected: that the drug trade has migrated from dark street corners to the Internet.

Who knows how many others are clandestinely using social networks as a platform for facilitating drug trade? And how do we find out?

Some would probably recall how, in 2013, the major online market place for illegal goods called the Silk Road was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Silk Road was notorious as a cryptomarket, where anonymous buyers and sellers found each other and traded prohibited items.

Since then, the Silk Road was never resuscitated, but many other cryptomarkets, capitalizing on the huge revenues of the illegal trade, have since sprung up.

Researchers studying the Silk Road case recommended that to tackle the Internet-facilitated drug trade, a combination of traditional investigation techniques, online detection strategies, and coordination among law enforcement agencies could play a facilitating role in curbing the problem.

Local law enforcers would likely do well to learn from the Silk Road example, and be extra vigilant as criminal minds find new illegal uses for technology.

Meanwhile, the rest of us better cooperate with the law enforcers if we truly want to see the end of this drug war. As it now appears, the problem has grown to gargantuan proportions. Or perhaps we never even knew its magnitude in the first place.
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DOTr, LTFRB blast name-dropping ‘fixers’



QUEZON CITY – Unwavering in the Duterte administration’s stance against corruption, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) blasted the “name-dropping” modus operandi of several alleged fixers preying on transport operators in the guise of assisting them... in participating in the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

This comes on the heels of a letter sent to the LTFRB by the Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP), supported by LTOP Board Resolution No. 10-24/2018.

The group served notice to authorities and the general public on the activities of a certain Joseph Z. Abeleda, a former LTOP member who, together with a certain Robert Bacuyag and a Regevie Capalac, has been using the name of DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade and LTFRB Chairman Martin B. Delgra III to convince transport operators to pay for the preparation of a technical survey and a route survey, as requirements for applying for franchises under the PUVMP process.

In their letter and board resolution, LTOP alleged that Abeleda and his group have been name-dropping Secretary Tugade and Chairman Delgra, and claiming “payola” involving millions of pesos purportedly delivered to the Office of the Secretary (DOTr) and the Office of the Chairman (LTFRB). Abeleda and his group would then charge transport operators thousands of pesos to produce the so-called technical survey and route survey.

Abeleda has been disowned by LTOP in light of his illegal activities with some resulting in criminal cases of “estafa” filed against him. Several members of a certain transport cooperative have previously attested under oath that Abeleda collected PhP30,000 of cooperative funds from them as payment for road rationalization evaluation and demographic engineering survey, with an assurance that they will be given franchises under the PUVMP with the help of his alleged connection inside DOTr and LTFRB.

Meanwhile, a separate anonymous letter accused Abeleda and his group of playing “protectors” of colorum transport vehicles plying the Montalban to Cubao route, and that the group allegedly pays off LTFRB officials with PhP3,000 a month as protection money.

Both Secretary Tugade and Chairman Delgra CATEGORICALLY DENY ANY CONNECTION OR INVOLVEMENT with Abeleda and his group. The officials have also strongly condemned the use of their names in this criminal activity.

According to the DOTr and LTFRB, a route survey is not for sale, and does not serve as basis for a public utility vehicle (PUV) to ply a route. Instead, a route survey is conducted to see the potential of a particular route in terms of commuter demand and PUV supply.

LTFRB further clarified that even if a particular transport group has requested for the opening of a certain route, no exclusivity is granted to the requester. If the route is eventually approved, it will be opened to all applicants subject to a pre-qualification process.

The DOTr and LTFRB reiterate their resolute stance against corruption in the public transport industry, fully supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign for clean governance.

For his part, LTFRB Chairman Delgra requests the public’s help in the fight against corruption by exposing personalities who demand monetary consideration for LTFRB services that are meant to be free of charge.

“Walang bayad ang prankisa,” Chairman Delgra stressed.

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EDUCATION | How to succeed in Senior High School


By Joan Rull-Dulong
Project Development Officer 1
Division of Naga City

Just this year, we have the first batch of Senior high school who graduated and are now on their respective exits: tertiary education, employment, entrepreneurship and vocational-technology.

It was a great leap for our education system where students get additional two years in their basic education. How ready are they with their chosen career now is the question. Did their school prepare them enough to the transition? Whatever the answer may be, bottom line is they have succeeded Senior high school and that is a great achievement.

As we go further in the implementation, it is best to evaluate what are the effective ways and those that need improvement in order to make our students’ transition go more smoothly. Here are some tips that might help:

Take studies seriously. Studying is the first responsibility of a student. It might be a cliché but earning good grades is your first goal in school. It quantifies how much effort you put in learning your lessons. This also provides foundation to be more confident in school.

Get some new skills. We have those skills that we have already like cooking. Trying a different skill might give you more edge both in work and in life. It might be a challenge learning something new, but the more you know things, the better.

Familiarize yourself with other culture. When I say culture, both locally and internationally. It is appreciating the uniqueness of the people you interact with. It will help you adjust better to any environment you might be in after graduation.

Socialize with people. Your classmate might be your former boss or your teacher might be your future employee. The world is full of surprises. Remember to invest on people. Linkages and networking help in building careers. Besides the friends you have established good relationship with will also be there when you needed a shoulder to cry on.

Be productive and maximize your time. Schooling might be tiring with voluminous projects or performance tasks. Remember to allot time for important things and you should know your priorities. Balancing might be a skill, you might prioritize doing more important things but never forget to play especially when things are becoming too exhausting. Cultivate sports and recreation, this where you can beat monotony and always have something to look forward to as a reward for your hard work.

The goal is always find fulfillment in everything you do. Always put your best foot forward, for at the end of the day what will matter is not what people have to say about you but how you have tried to give your best shot. It is not having regrets and “leave no stone unturned.”
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

LTO Pamplona, ready for business

The new Land Transportation Office (LTO) Pamplona, Camarines Sur Extension Office has been furnished with signs and other amenities to better guide the public through the services offered by the office.

Priority seats are also aptly labeled to cater to PWDs, pregnant women, and the elderly, LTO Bicol said.

LTO promises to continue to improve its services and amenities in the newly opened LTO Pamplona extension office to better serve the public better.







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DOH Bicol, nagpatanid kontra sa pagamit sa scam kan pangaran kan Regional Director


LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Nagpaluwas nin abiso an Department of Health Regional Office V na mag-ingat an publiko sa mga nagagamit kan pangaran kan OIC Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera sa scam.

Segun sa post kan DOH Bicol, nagpapabisto an dai pa nabibistong indibidwal na siya suboot si RD Vera.

Gamit an numerong 0920-286-9918, naghahagad ini na padarahan siya nin cellphone load.

Dangan masagin-sagin pa na makaipo nin catering service para sa man laen laen na pekeng aktibidades kan DOH sa rehiyon.

Sa oficial na pahayag ni Dr. Vera, nunca siya magibo kan siring na pagputik.

Dugang pa kan Regional Director, habo nyang lokohon an mga Bicolano na naglalapigot makakua sana nin kadikit na sweldo.

Sinabi kan DOH Bicol na nasa proseso na ini kan pakipagtabangan sa mga autoridad tanganing masusog kun sisay an may kagibo kan scam na ini.

Dinagdag pa kan oficina regional na gabos na aktibidad kan DOH pinapaagi sa Provincial DOH Offices, Provincial Health Offices, asin ibang health partners.

Dai man naghahagad nin bayad an DOH para sa mga serbisyo kaini.

Kun may informasyon sa nasambit na mga scammer,  mag-apod sana sa 204-0040 o 724-1731 local 551, sabi pa kan oficina.
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DOST seeks help in trumpeting S&T benefits to public


MANILA -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña is seeking more partnerships with the media to inform the public about the benefits of science and technology.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday afternoon, Dela Peña said one executive had commented that the DOST is only known for the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) and PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration).

"These (attached agencies) are visible due to disasters, and their programs that benefit the people," Dela Peña noted.

He said the most common DOST program that the public knows is its scholarship program but awareness about it, however, is still low.

"We can work hard (to address this)," the DOST chief admitted, saying the DOST's partnership with the National Press Club (NPC), Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and other government agencies, is a good example on how the DOST deals with the low public awareness of its programs.

Recently, he was able to watch a DOST show, where a taxonomist at the National Museum is being interviewed.

"How would the public know that there is a taxonomist at the National Museum? How would they know taxonomy's benefits and how important it is? We need our partners to share these things with the public," Dela Peña stressed, lamenting further that public officials, both at the national and local levels, are sometimes not aware of the important benefits of research in their areas.

"Also, there are many kids, who would like to become chefs because that is what they see on television. Only a few would say they would like to become a scientist or an engineer," he said. "So, we need partners to help us inform the public about the benefits of science and technology, and about our programs." (PNA)
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FEATURE | Angel Tree puts a smile back on faces of children at risk

Photo: DOLE Bicol
AROROY, Masbate – Mavi entered a small mining sinkhole to work with his father one Saturday noon. He started hauling ore that his father dug from the ore-bearing soil down the pit. But when he was going out from the pit bottom, he felt some rocks falling on his head. Fortunately, he was able to escape from the collapsing mine pit that could have buried him underground along with his dreams and aspirations. Incidents such as this one could happen to any child laborer like him.

Mavi, 16 has been working to help his father look for gold in the remote village of Gintong Araw, Aroroy, Masbate where he currently resides.

He started helping his father with mining works when he was 14 years old. During weekends or school vacation, he would lift and carry heavy sacks of ore to earn P500 per day.

He is the youngest among four (4) children of a housekeeper and a miner. And extraction of gold has always been their main source of livelihood.

 “Kaupod ko si papa pa sagka sa bukid para mag ukad san duta. Nagakuha kami sin bato na buhay, ginabuak-buak kag ginapino-pino. (I would go along with my father to the mountains. We would go underground to look for ‘bato na buhay’ and crush it until pulverized),” shared Mavi.

 “Kada Sabado kag Domingo kag kun bakasyon ako naga bulig para makatabang kila papa kag mama (During weekends and school holidays, I make it a point to help my parents earn extra income),” he continued. He also shared that their daily income is almost never enough which is why they only eat meals twice a day. There are times however, that they have nothing to eat at all.

But this struggle has only fueled him to continue his education and fulfill his ambition to become an electrical engineer someday.

Not far away from Mavi’s village is an old shanty where another child worker lives. Joma (not the real name) is a 15-year-old Grade 10 student who lives with his parents and three (3) siblings at Barangay Purok Pag-asa, Aroroy.

Just like Mavi, he would join other children of his age to get ore and carry them on his shoulders.

At 15, he looks shorter and leaner than the other boys.

“Nag pa-panning po ako. (I do panning. I extract gold from a placer deposit using a pan),” he described his weekend activity.

From panning, he earns P300 to P500 per day, albeit he would only do it during weekends. Joma also dreams to become an electrical engineer.

“Gusto ko pong matulungan and aking pamilya at makapag-ipon para matugunan ko ang pangangailangan ko sa eskwelahan. (I also want to help my family and earn money so I could buy the things I need in school),” he added.

When asked if he wants to be a miner like his father, he responded: “Ayoko po. Mag-aaral  na lang po ako para matulungan ko po ang nanay at tatay ko. Kapag nakapagtapos ako ng pag-aaral, magkakaroon ako ng magandang trabaho (No, because I’d like to finish my education first so that I’d be able to find a better job. That way, I’d be able to help my parents).”

He also added that he does not want his future children to work at a young age. For Joma, it is a tough job to carry sacks of ore and he will not have his children experience this kind of life.  

A number of children work in mining, and many are exposed to harmful chemicals that could threaten their wellbeing. But their health is not the only aspect that is at stake, they are also being robbed of their childhood given that their priority is to support their family. Even if it means doing the same work as adults.

In a report, there are around 500,000 small-scale miners operating in the Philippines. In Masbate province alone, there are around 30,000 engaged in small-scale gold mining, including artisanal gold mining or gold-panning activities. Aroroy, spanning 44,030 hectares is known as a mineral-rich area in Bicol region. Most of the families in the said town make a living from mining.

Project Angel Tree

Meanwhile, Mavi and Joma were thankful when Project Angel Tree of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol thru its Provincial Field Office of Masbate was brought to their town in celebration of the 26th National Children’s month.

They are among the 100 beneficiaries of said project from Panique National High School who received educational supplies and a happy meal.

“Masaya po ako at naramdaman ko ulit ang sarap na balikan ang pagiging bata. Panandalian kong nakalimutan ang stress sa school at hirap ng pamumuhay namin. (It feels good to experience being a kid again. Somehow, it helps me forget my problem in school like deadlines. I also momentarily forget life’s difficulties),” Mavi said in delight.

Joma, on the other hand, was ecstatic upon seeing Jollibee’s mascot.

“First time ko po makita si Jollibee kaya na-surprise po ako at na excite. (I got surprised and excited to see Jollibee for the first time),” he said. “Isa sa mga pangarap ko ay natupad. (One of my wishes came true.)”

Small acts such as this one offer a precious opportunity for child laborers to have a positive outlook in life even in the face of insurmountable poverty.  While child labor is a reality that would take a long time to eradicate in a community, extending one’s support and compassion can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

According to Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office V, there is a continuous identification and profiling of child labor in the region which will serve as a basis for the provision of appropriate services and interventions necessary to address the prevailing issue.

“We make tremendous efforts to provide more protection to children and effectively keep them away from being used as laborers. Hence, we are now starting making referrals to concerned agencies for provision of services and assistance needed by children and their families,” Villamor said.

“Together with other government agencies and private institutions, we unite in the common vision to transform the lives of these child workers, so we can keep them safe, out of hazardous mining working conditions and in classrooms where they can learn, play and socialize,” he remarked.

He added: “We also try to help the parents and siblings of these child workers obtain livelihood and employment opportunities. Simply put, there are child workers because of the poverty of their families. We are doing our best to alleviate their poverty and their apparent exclusion in the “inclusive growth” equation. It’s not only a matter of doing something       about the inflation rate and the poverty threshold but also doing something to help these families rise above and overcome their poverty.”

Through the Project Angel Tree, which is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, an array of social services are made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families, ranging from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities. 

This project forms part of the combined efforts of the government and private sector to keep the children away from dangerous workplaces. It would also greatly help if the parents and the whole community are involved in keeping the children safe and protected from exploitation.

 “Nag-enjoy po kami sa activity at nadagdagan po ang aming kaalaman na ang pag-trabaho nang mabigat ng isang bata below 17 years old na naapektuhan ang pag-aaral, pagtulog at socialize ay tinatawag na child labor, (We enjoyed the activity. Besides, we were able to learn that a child below 17 years old whose work interferes with his ability to attend regular school and deprives him of the right hours of sleep and socialization with other children is a form of child labor.), Joma recounted the key message he learned from the focal person of DOLE during the orientation on child labor in the morning.

This is the reality of child labor and those children who live below the poverty line often have a similar tale in the hope of helping their family get by on a daily basis. Mavi and Joma are just two of the thousands of children ages 5 to 17 who work in hazardous conditions in the Philippines.
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3 nabbed for gun possession at Masbate checkpoint


MASBATE CITY (Bicol Standard) – Three persons were arrested by the local police for illegal possession of firearms in Dimasalang town at a checkpoint on Sunday afternoon.

The suspects were identified as Ilmar “Nonoy” Lorieta y Mompil 22 years old, male, single, jobless; Raquel Piañar y Lorieta, 42 years old, female, married; and Jael Pavilando y Lorieta, 36 years old, female, married; all residents of Brgy. Tugbo, this city.

Citing police reports, Senior Supt. Aarne V. Oliquiano, Officer-in-Charge of Masbate Provincial Police station said that at around 5:15 p.m., personnel of said police station were conducting checkpoint operation at Brgy. Poblacion, Dimasalang, Masbate when they flagged down a Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle bearing plate no. 0561-0114609 driven by Ilmar Lorieta with two backriders.

The police said the suspects tried to evade the law enforcers who then tried to chase them them.

Confiscated from their possession, control and custody were a 12 gauge shotgun bearing serial number 244921 loaded with one live ammo without pertinent documents from competent authority.

Further, the driver failed to show the certificate of registration and official receipt of the said motorcycle. Hence, a temporary operator permit number 166012265 was issued for violation of Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

The arrested persons are currently detained at Dimasalang Municipal Police Station while charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 are being prepared for filing in court.

Senior Supt. Oliquiano said the operation is part of the intensified efforts against proliferation of loose firearms in the province.

He further noted that the leadership of Masbate Police Provincial Office will continue its strengthened campaign against loose firearms to curtail killings and other forms of illegal activities with the use of firearms.
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TEACHER CORNER | Practicing positive discipline


by Maricris V. Albo

Quoting the famous Indian Independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Simply, it means retaliation or revenge shall not bring any benefit and deeply cause division and harm.

Correlating it to Child Discipline, the quote also has a significant bearing. Basically, there are two (2) types of Child Discipline; one is the negative punishment were a child is being reprimanded when he or she has done something wrong. But, as time passed a positive one came into existence wherein children are being rewarded for doing something good and eradicating violence when the child has done something wrong but instead focusing more on counseling and advice-giving.

In a country like the Philippines where family-oriented values are deeply embedded, it has been common for parents to use the punishment system. Parents or guardians have several ways of punishing their child but the most popular and dominant is the whipping. The most commonly used object are slippers, piece of wood and belt. For some parents and guardians, they think that the best way for their children to learn from their mistakes is through enduring physical and emotional pain.

But studies suggest that there is a tendency for children who constantly receive punishment to be violent when they grow up. They may have the false narrative that they should seek revenge because they were constantly hurt by their parents and guardians. It could also be detrimental to parents and children relationships as feelings may sway apart causing hostility among children and parents. Exposure to violence can also bring harm to others as children may think that they experience is just normal and they may do it to other students or worse- to their teachers and authorities.

Also, children who grew from punishment usually have a low self-esteem, low self- respect and poor academic performance in school or even become worst parent themselves when they grow up.

Unlike punishment, positive discipline focuses more on values re-orientation. A calm approach toward children who misbehaved. Positive discipline works on the principle that there are no good or bad children, just good or bad behaviors. Parents and guardians let their children realize that what they did was not right. Positive Discipline teaches them lessons in handling problem in a calm and non-aggressive way. Some of the best benefits of Positive Discipline and better parent-child relationship and better recognition of positive values by children.

The government also took steps in order to minimize violence and child abuse among Filipino households. Known as the Republic Act no. 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act." It provides special protection to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty exploitation and discrimination and other conditions, prejudicial their development; provide sanctions for their commission and carry out a program for prevention and deterrence of and crisis intervention in situations of child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Also a proposed Bill known as Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2010, prohibiting all Corporal Punishment and all other forms of humiliating or degrading punishment of children and promoting Positive and Non-violent Discipline of children is in the Senate for approval as a law.

The children of today are more expressive, they want to be disciplined but not punish or hurt.  Parents, guardians as well as teachers should adopt the Non-punitive Discipline or Positive Discipline. Their vital role is to guide their children to become productive citizen of the future. It is important for a child, even in his young age, to understand whatever mistake done should not be repeated. Let all children feel that the love, respect and acceptance that they truly deserve from custody and days to come.
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LOOK| The Provincial Capitol of Sorsogon is ready for the holidays




The 102-year-old Provincial Capitol Building of Sorsogon is ready for the holiday season, with its stunning display of colorful lights all over the edifice. (Photos: Von Andre Labalan)
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AFP always evaluating troop missions



MANILA -- Even before the issuance of Memorandum Order 32, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is always conducting "operational needs inspection" to determine whether its troops on the ground are accomplishing or meeting their missions.

This was emphasized by AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo in an interview with DZRH Sunday.

"Alam po ninyo (You know), even before the issuance of MO 32, ang (the) AFP po ay nagco-conduct ng tinatawag naming (conducts what we call) operational needs inspection, if I may call it that way, where ina-assess po natin (we assess) how are (we) faring with respect to our mission (and) our timetable. Paano po natin ito na-accomplish (How we have accomplished it) based on the situation on the operation, on the ground," he added.

With this procedure, Arevalo said the military is able to make necessary adjustments in terms of troop deployments if needed.

He added that such procedure is essential in preventing the spread of lawless violence in other parts of the country.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, earlier, said Memorandum Order 32 will allow the deployment of strike forces against rebel groups operating in these provinces, which includes Samar, Bicol and Negros Oriental and Occidental.

He added that the order was warranted because New People's Army forces in the above-mentioned regions are still quite formidable.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued Memorandum Order No. 32 on Nov. 22 amid "sporadic acts: of violence" allegedly committed by lawless groups particularly in the provinces of Samar, Negros Oriental and Occidental, and Bicol Region.

"There is a need to reinforce the directive of the President in order to prevent further loss of innocent lives and destruction of property and bring the whole country back to a state of complete normalcy as quick as possible,” he said in the memorandum order. (PNA)
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Monday, December 3, 2018

BFAR, nangapodan na dai pag-abusuhon an mga butanding

Retrato hale sa BFAR Bicol

NAGA CITY – Nangapodan an Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources na ipaisi sainda kun may maheling na butanding na nakasabit sa hikot.

Ini matapos manotaran na yaon na naman an mga butanding sa Ragay Gulf asin Burias-Ticao-Masbate Pass.

Naheheling an mga butanding digdi pag-abot kan bulan kan Disyembre sundo Julio kan masunod na taon.

Iyo ini an panahon na dakol an plankton, na iyo an kakanon kan mga butanding, sa mga nasambit na lugar.

Mientrastanto, sinabi kan BFAR na dai pag-abusuhon an inaapod na mga “gentle giants,” lalo na ta sinda maboot na klase nin hayop.
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DA's SAAD turns over carabaos to Masbate, Sorsogon beneficiaries


PILI, CSur—If the dog is man’s best friend, the carabao is the small farmer’s best buddy as it helps ease farm works and also helps transport farm produce through all kinds of terrain. Thus, the DA's Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program granted the requests of some of the beneficiaries of the program to have their own draft animal.

As of October 30, 2018, the SAAD program in Bicol has distributed a total of 50 carabaos (native caraheifers) to 40 individual beneficiaries in the municipalities of Balud, Mandaon, Esperanza and Pio V. Corpuz all in Masbate and to 10 farmer-beneficiaries in Sorsogon.

The beneficiaries of the SAAD in Masbate were very grateful for the carabaos they received as they really need draft animals in cultivating their lands especially now that they could scarcely afford the petroleum necessary in operating a tractor.

Most of the beneficiaries are living in remote areas which are not passable to public utility vehicles. Transporting goods from their farms to the market centers have long been a problem. With the carabao’s heavy built, it can travel in all kinds of terrain and can carry their produce including their children.

Other interventions already distributed to the beneficiaries in the provinces of Masbate, Catanduanes and Sorsogon included native goats, native pigs, native chicken, and ducks; white corn seeds and upland rice seeds with complete fertilizer; packets of vegetable seeds such as okra, pechay, bush and pole sitao and ampalaya, organic fertilizers, drums, garden tools, plastic trays, wheelbarrows, UV treated plastic for greenhouse and HDPE pipes.

A number of trainings have been conducted in coordination with the DA RFO 5 banner programs to prepare the mindset of the beneficiaries and equip them with the necessary skills to sustain the project. (Lovella P. Guarin)
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DOH Bicol boosts immunization campaign

Immunization Campaign press conference
Photo from DOH Bicol
LEGAZPI CITY--To control and prevent an increase in the measles cases in Bicol, the Department of Health Center for Health and Development (DOH CHD) Bicol, under the initiative of the Health Promotion Unit, conducted a series of press conferences in the provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon last month.

Data from January to November 2018 shows that the measles cases increased to 314 with 85 new cases since September of the same year. Masbate holds the highest record among the other provinces with 139 cases as of date, followed by Camarines Norte – 73, Camarines Sur – 71, Sorsogon – 15, Albay – 13, and Catanduanes - 3. The DOH attributes the rise of cases to the public’s resistance to vaccination.

The DOH has also recorded a total 10 deaths from measles now, 5 from Camarines Norte, 4 from Masbate and 1 from Albay. The Provincial Health Offices have confirmed that all of which are children who have not received immunization against measles.

“It is very sad to see lives lost to measles because measles is a disease preventable disease. Most of the parents we have interviewed said they were too busy or too scared of the possible side effects of the vaccines. The only thing scary is the very real complications of measles,” said Dr. Monrey Isaiah Mancilla, National Immunization Program Coordinator of DOH CHD Bicol.

“What we want everyone to understand here is that there’s no reason to be scared of these vaccines because we have been using the same MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines since 2010 and upon close monitoring, we have not recorded adverse effects,” added Mancilla.

Currently, the DOH has only achieved 58% of the 95% immunization which is why key health strategies are being employed such as routine measles vaccination combined with mass immunization campaigns, along with fixed house to house immunization. The DOH is also working on lobbying to draft provincial ordinances to further strengthen its immunization campaign.//nsau
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I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING | CSur Teachers Choir-Secondary

I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING. The members of the Camarines Sur Teachers Choir-Secondary are ready to represent the Division at the upcoming Regional Choir Competition in Masbate City.
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Court strikes down tree-cutting permits

SAVED. This lone tree survived the tree-cutting spree brought about by DENR-issued permits, which were struck down by the RTC. Trees in Naga City were cut in connection with the road-widening project of the DPWH. (Bicol Standard photo)

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Environmental advocates scored a win in their bid to strike down as void the Special Tree Cutting Permits (STCP) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

By virtue of a 20-page decision by Judge Leo Intia of Branch 27 of the Regional Trial Court of Naga City released on November 16, 2018, the Court declared the assailed STCP as illegally-issued, hence null and void.

Accordingly, the Court also directed Defendants to pay the value of the trees cut as a result of the illegally-issued permit in the amount of P653,405.38 as actual damages; P50,000.00 as moral damages; and P50,000.00 as exemplary damages.

Further, the court issued a continuing mandamus ordering both plaintiffs and defendants to submit an inventory of the trees standing along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises, or in any other public ground in Naga City within three months from receipt of the Decision.

Continuing mandamus is a writ issued by a court in an environmental case directing any agency or instrumentality of the government or officer thereof to perform an act or series of acts decreed by final judgment which shall remain effective until judgment is fully satisfied.

Meantime, the DPWH and DENR were also directed to regularly prune and trim the trees in Naga City for the safety of the public, aesthetics, and maintenance of tree health.

This is in accordance with the mandate and objectives of DPWH Department Order No. 93, Series of 2000, immediately but not later than the month of January 2019, and every six months thereafter, and to submit a Compliance Report to the Court not later than February and July of every year.

In case defendants DPWH and DENR fail to perform the task mandated by law as emphasized, plaintiffs, including minors and generations yet unborn are directed to perform the duty and tasks which defendants should fail to perform, at the expense of the defendants, without prejudice to the consequence of liability that defendants may be held liable as a consequence of their failure to perform their task under the law and as mandated in the Decision.

Finally, the Court made permanent the previously-issued Temporary Environment Protection Order (TEPO) insofar as the mahogany tree situated in Zone 2, San Felipe, this city, is concerned.

The same is the lone tree which survived the tree-cutting spree brought about by the assailed permits.
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