Saturday, December 15, 2018

Treasurer's Office kan Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon sinalakat; P755 k an cuartang nawara



SORSOGON - Sinalakat nin dai bistong tawo an Municipal Treasurer's Office (MTO) kan Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon, asin nahabon an kantidad P755,147.86, na para kuta sa sweldo kan mga empleado.

Segun sa report na naguno ipinaabot sa pulis, si Ronnie Dionela, an acting na Tesorero Municipal kan banwaan na nasambit, iyo an naka discubre na bukas na an saiyang opisina asin mayo na saray niyang na cuarta sa laog kaini.

Malinaw sa imbestigasyon na pig fuersa na binukasan kan para habas an bintana kan opisina sa paagui kan pag gi-at kan bintana, na ginamitan nin steel bar.

Hasta ngonian nagpapadagos an imbestigasyon.

Mayo pa nin suspechado sa krimen na ini.

Makuri an paghadit kan mga empleado kun saen sinda makua nin cuartang panribay sa nawarang kantidad para sa sweldo kan mga tawo.
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Awto kan Casureco I nakabanga nin 5 anyos na aki sa Pasacao



NAGA CITY - Maswerteng dai nalagarto na nabangaan kan awto kan Casureco I an 5 anyos na aki sa Pasacao, Camarines Sur kasubago.

Segun sa pulis, an awto sadire kan Casureco I, asin pig mamaneho ni Arnold Castaneda, 52 anyos an edad.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na an aki nagdadalagan ta mabalyo sa tinampo sa Brgy. Caranan, Pasacao, kan masagi kan vehiculo.

Nakabig man kan driver an manibela kaya dai nalagarto an aki.

Mientrastanto, nagsapo man guiraray nin mga rungas an aki sa saiyang lawas kaya idinalagan sa Mother Seton Hospital sa Naga City, para ipabulong.

Pugol pa kan pulis an driver kan awto mantang ginigibo an imbestigasyon.
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Gob Rodrigueza preparado maging resource peson sa Congresso



SORSOGON - Preparado si Gov Bobit Lee Rodrigueza kan Sorsogon na mag aparicir sa congresso para maging resource person dapit sa sinasabing dai makulang sa P10 B na infrastructure project na pig iimplementar kan Department of Public Works and Highways na isiningit sa budget.

Sabi ni Rodrigueza, mayo nin problema sa saiya na magbuyagyag kan katotohanan para sa karahayan kan kagabosan, orog kan saiyang nasasakopan.

Haloy na suboot na pig tutukar an issue na ini sa lokal na lebel.

Pero, nasasahotan sana an mga nag didiscutir kan temang ini na "namumulitika" sana kaya mas maray na nagbuyagyag na lugod sa national an issue.

Hinagad lugod ni Gov. Rodrigueza na i-blacklist na lugod an CT Leoncio Construction and Trading en caso maprobaran na igwa man nanggad nin negative slippage sa saindang mga patrabaho.

Naka sentro ngonian an gobernador sa issue kan pag siyasat kan mga ginigibong proyekto kan DPWH sa provincia asin naglalaog na mayo nin "suroholan" na nangyayari.

Nagtutubod an gobernador na an mga congressmen an may pagka-aram kaolay kan DPWH sa issue kan mga proyekto, asin bakong an gobierno probincial na haros mayo man nin poder asin participasyon sa mga patrabaho.
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Nicanor Faeldon Jr., negative sa pag gamit nin droga - PNP Naga



NAGA CITY - Ipinahayag ni SPO2 Tobias Bongon, an spokesman kan Naga City PNP, na nagluwas na si resulta kan drug test na ginibo sa apat na personas na nasa laog kan residencia ni Russel Lanuzo, a.k.a "Bubbles," na iyo an subject kan search warrant kasuodmang aga.

An sinambit na residencia, segun ki Police Sr Supt Felix Servita Jr., haloy nang ginagamit bilang drug den sa Brgy. Mabolo, Naga City.

Base sa resulta kan drug test, si Nicanor Faeldon Jr., an aki ni BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon, negatibo sa drug test, sabi ni SPO2 Bongon, ngonian na aga.

An tulong iba pa na pina drug test iyo sinda Allan Valdez, 44, taga Sampaloc, Manila, asin Manuel Nebres, 39 anyos na taga Mabolo, digdi, an anas positibo sa pag gamit nin droga.

Nin huli kan siring na resulta kan drug test dai na kabale si Faeldon Jr., sa mga sasangatan nin caso sa pagbalga kan R.A. 9165, sabi kan pulis.

Maromdoman na kasuodma, sinabi ni BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon na mademiter siya sa puwesto bilang pamayo kan Bureau of Corrections kun magluwas na an saiyang aking si Nicanor Jr. magpositibo sa drug test.
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Faeldon Jr., dakop sa Naga City sa drug raid


NAGA CITY--Nagpahimutik si Nicanor Faeldon Jr., aki kan pamayo kan Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) na si Nicanor Faeldon, na dai siya imbuelto sa maski anong transaksyon sa illegal na droga digdi.

Si Faeldon Jr., 32 anyos, college student sa Taytay, Rizal kaiba sinda Allan Valdez, 44 anyos, taga Sampaloc, Manila asin Manuel Nebres, 39 anyos, taga Mabolo, Naga City an nadakop kan mga awtoridad.

Si Faeldon Jr., binitbit kan pulis kasubagong pasado alas 5:00 nin mag-omagahon ta nasa  laog siya kan harong ni Russel Bermudo Lanuzo, alyas "Bubbles" na iyo an subject kan search warrant asin consideradong "high value target" sa operasyon kan illegal drugs digdi.

Dating empleado si Lanuzo kan Metro Naga Water District digdi.

Pig serve kan pulis an Search Warrant sa pig eestaran na residencia ni Russel "Bubbles" Lanuzo, sa Mabolo, Naga City antes maglinawag an aldaw ngonian.

Sabi ni SPO2 Tobias Bongon, an spokesperson kan PNP Naga, sa BICOL STANDARD, si Faeldon Jr., ipapa drug test ngona para sierto kun siya nag gagamit nin droga o dai.

Mientrastanto, naaraman sa mga imbestigador na si Faeldon Jr., ka relasyon kan aki ni Lanuza na si Xandra Mae Lanuzo, kaya duman siya nag turog sa harong kan babae.
Kabale sa dinara sa pulis station No. 1 iyo si Xandra Mae Lanuzo.

Si Xandra nagpuli pa sana sa Naga City kan Mayo, 2018, kaiba an saiyang live-in partner na si JR tangani na mag eskwela guiraray.

Sa presente, naka enroll suboot si Xandra sa Ateneo de Naga University asin nag tatrabaho bilang student assistant.

Durante kan pag implementar kan search warrant, may mga nakuang pig tutubodan na shabu sa lugar asin iba pang drug paraphernalia.

Idinagdag ni SPO2 Bongon na hinahalat ninda an resulta kan drug test ngonian.

Dai pa nakontak si Nicanor Faeldon, an ama ni JR para mahagadan nin reaksyon dapit sa baretang ini.

Si P/Supt Errol T. Garchitorena Jr., an namayo kan grupo kan mga awtoridad na nagserve kan search warrant contra ki Lanuzo. 
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

3 lalaki tiklo sa drug raid sa Legazpi City



LEGAZPI CITY - Tulong suspechado na imbuelto sa pagtinda nin illegal na droga an dinakop kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) kasuodma.

Nahulog sinda sa kamot kan mga awtoridad sa ginibong illegal drug operation sa coastal na barangay digdi.

Segun sa pahayag ni Christian Frivaldo, acting director kan PDEA-Bicol, an mga suspechado iyo sinda Michael, James, asin Paul, na gabos may apelyedong Decano, asin mga residentes kan Barangay San Roque, digdi.

An total na valor kan illegal na droga na na kua sa sainda carculadong kantidad P178,000.

May darang search warrants an mga ahentes kan PDEA kan mag laog sa pig ookupar na lugar ninda James, Michael asin Paul.

Ginibo an operasyon kan PDEA alas 6:00 nin aga, kasubago. 

Nakakua an mga awtoridad nin 27 gramos nin shabu sa lugar na ginibo an pig implementar na search warrant.

An mga suspechado gabos dinara sa detention cells mientras na pig hahanda an pag sangat nin kaso contra sa sainda.

Hasta sa presente, an PDEA nagpapadagos kan saindang mayong hotahot na operasyon sa mga lugar na pig tatagoan kan mga nagpapabakal nin droga asin mga para gamit kaini.
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"Double dead" na karne, nakumpiscar sa Naga City


NAGA CITY - Pinatanidan kan mga official kan Ciudad nin Naga an mga mabakal nin carne na pasegurohon na fresko pa an mababakal ninda, orog na ngonian na masunod na mga aldaw.

Segun sa informasyon, an Naga City Price Monitoring and Coordinating Council, na pinapamayohan ni Consejal Ray-An Cedrick Rentoy, biglaan na nagconducir nin pag inspection kan mga tindahan nin carne para maheling an kalidad kan saindang mga tinda.

Pakalihis nin pirang oras na paglibot sa mga meat shops, nadiscubre kan sinambit na team an mga "double dead" o "botcha" nang mga carneng orig na pig titinda.

Tulos nag sugo sa mga miembros kan team na compiscaron an mga paninda, na nag aabot sa 276 kilos gabos na "doble dead meat."

Afuera kan pag compiscar kan mga panindang carne, pinatanidad gabot na mga paratinda na dai nangad mag probar na magbalga kan reglamento kan ciudad dapit sa saindang mga paninda, nin huli ta may kastigong pwedeng ipataw sa sainda.

Pig lalaoman na magiging segido an pag inspection kan mga tindahan nin carne orog na ngonian na madali nang mag pasko na kun saen dakul na mga parabakal an pig lalaoman.
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Bula PNP dai pa aram kun saen dinara an pig kidnap na babae digdi



BULA, CSur-- Mayo pa nin lead an Bula PNP sa nangyaring pag kidnap ki Judy Asaula y Juelas, an agom ni Philbert Asaula y Guerinia, na dinara kan mga armadong lalaki na nag-surong sa saindang residencia sa Brgy. Palsong, digdi.

Segun ki PSI Reynaldo Balindan, OIC Chief of Police kan Bula, nagpapadagos an saindang paghanap sa biktima na nawawara poon pa kan sarong bangui.

Nakikipag coordinar man an pulis digdi sa agom ni Judy Asaula, na si Philbert na igwa man nin tama nin bala sa saiyang kamot, pakatapos na badilon kan dai nabistong mga armadong lalaki.

Sinabi ni Balindan sa BBS news na si Philbert pig bubulong ngonian sa hospital, sa luwas kan Camarines Sur.

Mientrastanto, an mga pag taraid na police stations kan Bula an anas na man na isi an sinambit na krimen, asin nakikipag tabangan sa Bula PNP.

Naghahanap pa nin mga informante an pulis, na pwedeng makatabang sa pagsusug kan mga suspechado.

Sa presente, tinatawan kan mga awtoridad nin importansya an mga lugar na may CCTV na pwedeng nakakua kan retrato kan pangyayaring ini.

Maroromdoman na binitbit si Judy Asaula kan mga armadong lalaki pasado alas 12 nin matanga kan sarong bangui, hale sa saindang barangay sa Palsong.

May mga nasagap na informasyon na pwedeng may relasyon sa treasure hunding an pag kidnap sa biktima.

Habo pang magtao nin detalyadong informasyon an mga pulis tangani na dai maka-affectar sa saindang pag siyasat.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Do not give alms to street dwellers, DSWD appeals


MANILA—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is once again reiterating its call to the public to refrain from giving alms to street children and families—a scene that is prevalent during the holiday season.

“We appeal to our kababayans especially here in Metro Manila not to give alms to children and families on the streets, as this will perpetuate their beliefs that it is okay to ask for alms and that it is a good way to earn,” DSWD Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Glenda D. Relova, said.

According to the Assistant Secretary, in addition to street dwellers, members of indigenous people’s (IP) groups usually go to Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces to ask for alms during the Christmas season, based on the observation of the DSWD.

“Ang madalas po nating nakikita ay iyong mga kapatid nating Aetas at Sama-Bajau. Simula buwan ng Oktubre, bumababa sila dito sa Manila para manghingi ng limos o pamasko, as it is a means of livelihood for them (Starting October, we usually see our fellow citizens who are Aetas and Sama-Bajaus go to Metro Manila to ask for alms, as it is a means of livelihood for them),” she explained.

Asec. Relova said that she understands that many people may not help but feel pity towards street children and families, especially this Christmas season.

“Naiintindihan po natin na kapag ganitong kapaskuhan, ang mga tao ay may extra love at care na ibinibigay. Mabait ang mga tao at mas maluwag sa kanilang magbigay. Kasi nga, it is the season of giving (We understand that during Christmas season, people give extra love and care. They are more generous as this is the season of giving),” she clarified.

“Ngunit huwag po tayong magbigay ng limos (But let us not give alms). We believe it is not the best solution. Kung hindi magiging accessible sa kanila itong mabilisang pera, hindi na nila ipu-pursue pa ulit yung ganitong gawain (If quick cash won’t be accessible to them, they will not pursue this practice anymore),” Asec. Relova further explained.
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Atty. Glenn Chong slams poll fraud in Bicol

Chong
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Former Biliran representative and now senatorial candidate Atty. Glenn Chong has chosen Naga City to kick off his series of sorties to explain to the public the alleged irregularities that transpired in the three previous automated elections.

Interviewed over 91.9 BBS FM’s program An Ciudadano, Chong narrated: “What brought me to Naga City and Camarines Sur were my findings that there was very serious election fraud in the towns of Ragay and Calabanga and parts of Naga City,” he said.

In Ragay, he said that election results were transmitted one day before the actual poll.

Ragay is but one of the 459 precincts across the country which transmitted election results prior to the election proper, he said.

Meantime, in Calabanga, he noted that most of the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) were out of order on the day of the election.

“Said VCMs had to be repaired in Laguna, thereby stalling the elections and allowing for an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to tinker with the election results,” he said.

“The same is true in Naga City, which is considered the bailiwick of the Liberal Party,” he said.
Chong revealed that his understanding of the election fraud was substantiated when former Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte filed an election protest at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) for the 2016 election.

“I was given the opportunity to review election issues that happened in 2010, 2013, and 2016,” Chong narrated.

He admitted that he himself was also a victim of the massive election cheating when he ran for re-election in 2010, and lost by only around 300 votes.

“That was when I got interested in discovering for myself how the authorities manipulated the election count,” he revealed.

His background as a Certified Public Accountant and a lawyer, as well, proved useful in untangling the issues surrounding the automated election process, he said.

“Filipinos deserve to have their votes counted so their preferred leader would be the one to represent them,” he clarified.

“Unfortunately, it is no longer the electorate that selects the winners. It appears that the winners are pre-selected and programmed into the code of the Vote Counting Machines,” Chong lamented.

Partial remedy

As a partial remedy, he suggested to the Comelec that a receipt be printed out after the voter casts his/her vote in the 2019 election.

This is to make possible a comparison between the vote cast and what the machine recorded.

To prevent the use of the receipt in vote-buying, he further recommended the use of a receptacle in which the receipt would be deposited after the voter makes the comparison.

Comelec took him up on his suggestion, Chong said.

“This is why in the upcoming election, voters will be issued a receipt after voting,” he explained.

Gag order?

Chong said that due to his exposés on poll fraud, he feared that he could be the subject of a gag order which would effectively prohibit him from further revealing the anomalies allegedly perpetrated by what he calls the “riding-in-tandem syndicate” of the Comelec and Smartmatic.

“There was no other way by which I could continue with my crusade for clean and honest polls than by running for an elective position in the national level,” he said.

Repeatedly, Chong dared the Comelec and Smartmatic to file a complaint against him if they believe that what he says is untrue.

“I can prove my case in court so as to put an end to this sham of an electoral process,” he stressed.

Neither money nor machinery

Chong said he plans to hold a caravan from Luzon to Mindanao to get people informed of their fundamental right to vote, which is the essence of democracy.

“I have neither a huge sum of money nor powerful political machinery to organize large rallies,” he said.

“However, I do have a massive following on social media composed of people who are not known to me but share my sentiments,” he added.

“This is my advantage over other candidates: my genuine commitment to safeguard our sacred votes, not only for our generation, but for also for the future,” he said.

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Husband shot, wife kidnapped in Bula, Cam Sur



BULA, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Police operatives of Bula Municipal Police Station are still tracking down the whereabouts of Judy Asaula y Juelas, who was allegedly abducted last night by more or less ten unidentified armed persons.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard with Police Senior Insp. Reynaldo D. Balindan, Chief of Police of Bula, he said they are still gathering information on the surrounding circumstances which led to the alleged kidnapping and shooting incident.

The report said that gunmen barged into the house of the Asaulas at Zone 2, Barangay Palsong, at around 12 midnight on December 11 (Tuesday) and shot Philbert Asaula y Guerenia, hitting him on his hand.

Afterwards, the suspects fled, taking with them Philbert’s wife, Judy.

Philbert told the police that this could have stemmed from the treasure hunting operation at barangay Palsong.

No other details, however, were disclosed.

Balindan said he had dispatched a team of investigators to conduct an in-depth inquiry on the incident.

The incident was reported to the police only at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DepEd assures teachers of bonuses, allowance hike

Department of Education Undersecretary Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla (left) assures teachers of their bonuses this year. (PNA Photo by Ma. Teresa Montemayor)

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) assured on Monday that all teachers and personnel will receive their bonuses for the year.

"We will make sure that everyone will receive the anniversary bonus, this is PHP3,000. That's all employees. Also, the year-end bonus," DepEd Undersecretary Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla said in a press briefing.

Sevilla said DepEd has issued the guidelines on the distribution of the anniversary bonus as early as October.

She added DepEd is a big organization, so it might take time for teachers and personnel in remote schools to receive their bonuses.

"Siguro na-delay lang... November 15 pa lang po naibigay narin ang year-end bonus, baka po special case o baka po isang empleyado na meron pang mga requirements na kelangan ma-clear (Maybe there's just a delay... The year-end bonus was given starting November 15, it could be a special case or one employee who still have requirements to be cleared) that's just an exemption to the general rule," she said.

Sevilla added DepEd has worked hard to implement an increase in the allowances and the benefits stated in the Magna Carta for Teachers and other personnel.

"Increase for chalk allowance will be in 2019. In fact, there will be more increases in 2019. We just don't want to announce hangga't di pa siya naisasabatas (while it's not yet ratified)," she said. (PNA)
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RD Escobal beefs up security as holiday season kicks in

Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal
Bicol PNP Chief
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Police Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal, chief of the Bicol police, has ordered all cops in the region to tighten security and safety operations this holiday season.

In a directive sent to Provincial Directors and the City Director of the Naga City Police Office, Escobal said he wants a massive and thorough inspection of all establishments involved in the selling of firecrackers.
He added that all illegal firecrackers such as the watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large judas belt, bawang, pillbox, boga, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rockets, lolo thunder, kwiton, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, og, giant whistle bomb, kabasi and other unlabeled and imported fire crackers must be confiscated to avert injuries, destruction of property, and fatalities.

Escobal emphasized that those found guilty of buying, distributing, and using illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics will be penalized with a fine of not less than Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) but not more than Thirty Thousand Pesos (P30,000.00) and imprisonment of not less than six (6)months, but not more than one (1) year of both tantamount to the charges he/she facing.

Furthermore, the police will strictly enforce the mandate of Republic Act 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, and distribution of fireworks under the law, any person who desires to manufacture, sell or distribute fireworks and other pyrotechnics devices shall file his application for the issuance of license or business permit with the PNP chief through the Provincial Director, but before the PNP can grant a permit to, he should secure first a fire safety inspection (FSIC) from the City or Municipal Fire Marshal having the jurisdiction, Escobal said.

Meantime, he also reiterated the ban on indiscriminate firing during the Christmas and New Year’s celebration.

Escobal said he appeals to the community for public support and active involvement by reporting any relevant and timely information that may disturb the peaceful celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Day through the PNP’s Facebook Account (Kasurog Bicol); and Twitter Account @PRO5 React. Those with information may also call or text the hotline number 09173097862.
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Cops to get pistol, rifle each by 2020: PNP


PALO, Leyte – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing to provide a pistol and a rifle for each of the 200,000 policemen in the country by 2020, a key police official said on Monday.

Chief Supt. Angelito Casimiro, PNP Director for Logistics, said there is an ongoing procurement of equipment to boost the operation and intelligence functions of the police.

To date, only 82 percent of policemen have pistols while 68 percent have rifles. However, the figures are higher than the 33 percent of policemen with short firearms and 24 percent with long barrel firearms before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“If we want our policemen to be respected, we have to provide them with decent police car, equipment, investigation kits, and proper training,” Casimiro told reporters.

The PNP’s small firearms are produced from one of the world’s largest gun-makers, Forjas Taurus, which is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Casimiro personally inspected the factory to check the capability of the firearms.

Casimiro was in Leyte to lead the handover of PHP56.8 million worth of internal security operations equipment and field investigators crime scene kit for PNP regional office and field offices in Eastern Visayas.

The distribution is part of the PNP modernization program where the law enforcement agency got a higher budget under the Duterte administration. The official said this is just the first batch of delivery.

Casimiro said the central government provided PHP2.9 billion for 2019 and PHP7.79 billion for 2018. This is higher than the PHP2 billion annual budget received by PNP from 2008 to 2016.

On top of firearms, the PNP has been procuring choppers, patrol cars, thermal imagers, global positioning system, field investigation kits, protective gears, and other assets “critical for the performance of PNP’s functions.”

“The present leadership provided us resources that made history in PNP. This will further boost our operation and intelligence functions as well as the morale and welfare of our personnel. Gone will be the days that we will be fighting the enemy with both hands held behind use because we don’t have the equipment and protection,” Casimiro added.

The official emphasized the need to boost the capability of PNP, considering that policemen are present in every city and town. Just like the Armed Forces of the Philippines, some policemen are also engaged in internal security operations and counter-terrorism. (PNA)
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No mandatory contributions, solicitations for Xmas parties: DepEd


MANILA -- A few days before the Christmas break, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reminded public schools not to impose mandatory contributions or solicitations for their students' Christmas parties.

"We're just reiterating an earlier memorandum from 2009, contributions for celebrations should be strictly voluntary, walang sapilitan (no one will be obliged to give)," she said in a press briefing on Monday.

Briones added that Christmas decorations in classrooms and schools should be simple and inexpensive.

"Siguro iyong mga recycled decorations lang, gaya dito sigurothose who have been covering us for many years, sinasabi siguro, hinukay na naman sa baul (Recycled decorations would do... those who have been covering us for many years might say, [our decorations are] have been the same) and this is a very common practice here)," she said.

Stressing that gift-giving must be done in the spirit of sharing, Briones reminded teachers and students to refrain from extravagant spending.

She also said any disruption of academic activities to make way for Christmas parties must be voluntary.

Elementary and secondary students in public schools nationwide will have their Christmas break on December 15 up to January. Classes will resume on January 2, 2019. (PNA)
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Outstanding groups from Naga City schools lauded

Balatas Elementary School was commended by the Naga City government for being the Champion in the 2018 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School -- Medium Category.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Resolutions commending and congratulating groups from various academic institutions in this city were presented on Monday morning by the local government unit to the recipients. 

Among those commended were the Naga Central School I Children's Rondalla for emerging as this year's national champion in the NAMCYA Children's Rondalla Category; the Lycans Pep Squad of the City College of Naga for having placed 2nd in the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) - COED College Cheer Category Regional Qualifying Round; the Greyhounds of the University of Nueva Caceres for being the Champion in the National Dance Championship -- Bicol Regional Qualifying Round: Mixed Senior High School Hip Hop Division; the Ateneo Knights of the Ateneo de Naga University for being the Champion in the National Dance Championship -- Bicol Regional Qualifying Round: Mixed Senior High School Hip Hop Division; and Balatas Elementary School for being awarded as Champion in the 2018 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School -- Medium Category.

Meantime, the Naga College Foundation Tigers were also congratulated for making it to the Elite 4 of Philippine Collegiate Champion's League -- Philippine Regional Championship.

The local government unit of Naga continually recognizes and appreciates the efforts of outstanding members of the community in an effort to inspire others.
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Legazpi City bags regional Sandugo award


LEGAZPI CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO) has been named by the Department of Health (DOH)-Bicol as the best implementer of the agency's blood services program in the entire region.

City Health Officer Dr. Fulbert Gillego, in an interview on Monday, relayed receiving the Regional Sandugo Award from DOH Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Ernie Vega last December 7 at the Legazpi City Convention Center.

The recognition was based on the blood-letting activities conducted by the CHO with the participation of barangays as well as fraternities and other stakeholders who donated blood as one way of promoting voluntary blood donation and to help ensure adequate supply of safe blood for transfusion.

The Sandugo award is part of the commitment of the city administration including all the barangay officials toward the successful implementation of DOH's National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) that aims to ensure an adequate, sustainable supply of safe blood for blood transfusion purposes.

Gillego noted that his office collected 2,366 bags of blood from January to November 2017 which is higher than DOH's requirement of at least one percent of the total population. Legazpi's population is about 202,902, one percent of which is 2,029, he added.

Gillego thanked the donors as well as the academe, fraternities, barangay leaders, the youth and other stakeholders who supported the implementation of the blood-letting program of Legazpi.

Those patients who want to avail of safe blood should simply present to the CHO a letter from a doctor in order to know what type of blood they need, he said.

Meanwhile, on that same awarding ceremony, the DOH also chose Legazpi City as third placer for the regional Purple Ribbon award.

The Purple Ribbon is one of the most coveted recognitions being given to the national, regional, provincial as well as local government units including civil society organizations and individuals for their exemplary practices, accomplishments and innovations in response to the implementation of Reproductive Health Law and Family Planning Program and compasses all the services that should be given for women to be safe in their entire lifetime.

Gillego said the award is a clear manifestation of efficient and effective implementation of the city’s Family Planning Program as one way of educating all the mothers regarding proper birth spacing in order for them to give their children good health and quality education as part of reducing the rate of poverty incidence in the community.

He said he will continue to conduct a series of educational campaign, nutrition counseling, maternal health care and other related medical services to make sure both the health of mothers and babies are always in good condition. (PNA)
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Monday, December 10, 2018

FDA releases statement on unregistered lambanog


The FDA, through its inspectors at the Regional Field Offices (RFO) and agents of its Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU), in coordination with the Philippine National Police (with whom the FDA has an existing MOA), is continuously monitoring the sale of the unregistered alcoholic beverage, Lambanog, and will not hesitate to confiscate these products being openly sold to the public, to prevent further loss of life to unsuspecting consumers. The FDA issued an Order for the seizure of these unregistered products, and the RFO inspectors and REU agents are on heightened alert status to make sure that none of these toxic alcoholic beverages are marketed in the public.

This is in line with its recent findings that laboratory tests of the sample products from Luisiana, Sta. Rosa and Calamba, Laguna, Antipolo, and Tarlac, which tested positive for high levels of Methanol, a prohibited additive in Lambanog, and which is suspected to have caused the deaths of some individuals.

FDA is also monitoring other Lambanog products in the market as part of its heightened Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS), which are being immediately subjected to product registration verification, and qualitative and quantitative analysis by its Common Services Laboratory (CSL), to prevent further injury and loss of life.

FDA will be filing cases against the identified peddlers of these unregistered, out of specs, and/or adulterated alcoholic beverages, and will be coordinating with other law enforcement services, for the filing of the appropriate criminal cases against the perpetrators – especially those involved or connected with the deaths allegedly caused by these unregistered products.
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Coast guard intensifies monitoring of Bicol ports


LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Philippine Coast Guard has announced that it will intensify its monitoring of ports in Bicol this holiday season.

It has already hoisted full alert status nationwide due to the expected significant increase in the number of passengers.

Handa na ang buong puwersa ng Philippine Coast Guard sa inaasahang pagdagsa ng mga pasahero na uuwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya para sa darating na Pasko at Bagong Taon (The Philippine Coast Guard is prepared for the expected influx of passengers going to their provinces for Christmas and New Year),” PCG commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino said in a statement.

The PCG will conduct pre-departure inspections in seaports to ensure that sea vessels will only board passengers in accordance with its capacity. Its personnel will also issue safety tips to the passengers.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started implementing its “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2018” from Dec. 10, 2018 until Jan. 5, 2019.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade directed all sectoral offices and attached agencies of the department to go on heightened alert for the Christmas season. (With report from PNA)
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DepEd Sec. Briones lauds two Bicolano teacher-awardees

MANILA -- Two outstanding Bicolano teachers were among those lauded by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday morning for their exemplary performance in the field.

They were Windel Alvarez from Caramoan, Camarines Sur and Lowel Solayao of Pilar, Sorsogon.

Solayao taught reading to the young learners from Sorsogon, while Alvarez introduced the Alternative Learning System to the families living in the Lahuy Island, Caramoan, Briones stated.

"What makes them outstanding besides the awards is going beyond their call, of what teachers should be," Briones said of Alvarez, Solayao, and four other educators from other parts of the Philippines.

Briones said the teacher-awardees signify that teaching is a special profession which does not only involve "counting of work hours, bonuses and benefits."

"I'm touched by their loyalty and by their love for the learners, not thinking of what they lack. They show that teaching is parting of knowledge, guiding of learners and shaping of lives," she added. (With report from PNA)
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LTO Pamplona starts operations

Photo: LTO Bicol

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Land Transportation Office Extension at Del Rosario, Pamplona, Camarines Sur has started its operations today, LTO Bicol announced.

The office serves primarily the municipalities of Pamplona, Pasacao, Libmanan, Cabusao, and Sipocot in Camarines Sur, and San Pascual and Claveria in Masbate.

The formal inauguration is scheduled on December 11, 2018 to give way to the completion of some technical details for the activation of its full services.

Earlier, it was announced that the services available are: student permit issuance, driver's license processing, conductor license processing, among others.
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Van, hauler collide in Cam Norte; 4 dead, 5 hurt


DAET, Camarines Norte – Four persons were killed while five are undergoing medical treatment at the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital after a utility van and a hauler collided at Barangay Tuaca, Basud, Camarines Norte at around 7 a.m. Monday.

Johaiber Ote, the driver of the utility van, was on its way to this town from Legazpi City when he lost control of the vehicle due to the slippery road caused by the incessant rainfall, the police said.

The van crashed into a hauler driven by Romulo Aliboso, Jr. on the opposite lane and then into a residence.

Said van was on its way to Lupi, Camarines Sur.

Ote is now under the custody of the Basud Municipal Police Station as of this writing.

Investigation is still ongoing as of this writing.
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Cut holiday trash, groups urge


As the Christmas fever continues to soar, groups sharing a common concern for people and the environment have come together to create pretty decorations for the most joyful season of the year.

Using items mostly pulled out of garbage and storage bins, members of the EcoWaste Coalition, Buklod Kabataan and DeafEye (a pun of “defy”) showed how inexpensive holiday decorations are made through upcycling, which will surely enliven the Christmas spirit while reducing the so-called “holitrash” (holiday + trash).

At an advocacy event for a greener Christmas, the groups presented a variety of upcycled decorations fashioned out of discards such as used party wares, gift wrappers, plastic bottles, product containers and wrappers, tin cans, and even e-waste.

“The creative reuse of discards, also known as upcycling, is a practical way of cutting the amount of materials that we throw away. Giving seemingly useless materials a new lease of life, such as by turning them into Christmas decorations, will help reduce what goes into dumps and landfills that are filling up fast,” said Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“With these upcycled Christmas ornaments, we hope to encourage more Filipinos, especially the youth, to make it a habit to find artistic and imaginative uses for discards, including residual ones, before tossing them in the bin,” he said.

He noted that “aside from reducing the volume of materials to be disposed of, upcycling activities will also help in easing the production for and consumption of new materials, which will in turn contribute to less resource exploitation and pollution.”

“Upcycling can also be a good vehicle for creating awareness about our nation’s recurring waste problem, and the need for long-term sustainable solutions to problematic waste materials such as single-use product packaging choking our water bodies, including the oceans,” Alejandre said.

As an example, he cited the emptied packs and sachets used by the group for some Christmas ornamental crafts. “Companies should start paying attention to ecological packaging and delivery solutions that will eliminate chemical and plastic pollutants wreaking havoc on marine life.”

Among the upcycled Christmas decorations on display that attracted attention were : 1) a toilet seat wreathed with computer mouses, earsets and electrical plugs and labeled with a “warning hazard” that says “mind your e-waste”; 2) wreath of used paper cups with a paper bell saying “mag-reusable tayo” (let’s go for reusables); and 3) a band of five angels dubbed as “Pink Carolers,” which were made out of pink plastic containers of a fabric conditioner.

DeafEye members created an assortment of upcycled Christmas decorations around the theme “Cozy White Christmas,” while those from Buklod Kabataan converted used party wares into instant holiday adornments such as paper cup wreaths and letter cut-outs on paper plates.

Iconic Snowman, Three Kings, reindeer and Santa Claus figures were also created out of used paper bags, food paper boxes, wine bottles, metal cans, and various plastic containers, and enhanced with used bottle caps, buttons, bows and ribbons.

Fabric softeners, roll-on deodorants and toilet paper cardboard tubes were transformed into Christmas angels.

Tin cans and lids decorated with cut-outs from used Christmas wrappers were turned into nice wind chimes, too.
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Sorsoganon teacher pays it forward



MANILA --There is a saying that when you give, you receive twice as much.

But when Lowel Andrian Solayao once received help, he paid it forward and gave back countless times.

The 27-year-old Teacher III from Pilar National Comprehensive High School in Sorsogon is no stranger to the struggles of an impoverished life. After graduating as valedictorian from Bayasong National High School, he passed the entrance test at Bicol University and was able to enroll in his dream course -- Bachelor in Secondary Education, Major in Physics.

But he had to strive hard to make both ends meet. Despite this, Solayao finished college as cum laude, but not without the help of families and individuals who believed in him. First was a family in Legazpi City, Albay, who allowed him to stay in their house for a year in exchange for house chores and errands.

A pastor, meanwhile, adopted him and allowed him to stay in the church in Legazpi City during his third year in college. He enjoyed free board and lodging through the generosity of Engr. Ulysses Fundano.

Solayao was also grateful to the inspiration and support of two God-sent professors from Bicol University -- Prof. Flor Jenkin, who introduced him to Dr. Nemah Hermosa, who then granted him with monthly support enough for his personal and academic needs.

He was even able to extend help to his two sisters back home. Most importantly, he allotted certain amount for books and reading materials, including magazines, which he shared with his friends.

Reading center, review sessions

From a circle of five friends reading together and sharing books and other learning materials, more and more students joined Solayao’s group. One of them convinced his grandmother, Lola Belen, to turn the extension of her nipa hut built on stilts above the seashore into a reading space that would house their collection of books. The space, albeit small, was clean and conducive for reading, as well as for holding group activities.

Solayao, who was then the associate editor of “The Mentor,” the official student publication of Bicol University College of Education, led the establishment of the said reading space into Pilar Reading Center (PRC) -- an alternative learning hub for kids and other youth residing in the Tulay Community at Purong Batya, Banuyo in Pilar, Sorsogon. Appended on the seashore, PRC officially started serving the community on July 25, 2010.

“In the Philippines, specifically in Banuyo where people’s main concern is to do hard labor to survive amid poverty, investing time and effort in book-reading for their children is considered a luxury,” Solayao relayed. “Through PRC, we bring the books closer to them.”

His commitment to give back to the community which raised him led to the active participation of parents and families in the realization of his goal: making every child a reader, one child at a time. Through his persuasiveness and perseverance, Solayao was able to convince them of the crucial role of reading in the cognitive and affective development of their children.

While the PRC is already a huge responsibility, Solayao wanted to do more and continued paying it forward. He initiated the first ever Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET) review sessions at his alma mater, Bayasong National High School, in October of 2011. Through lectures and discussions, he helped aspiring college students pass the test. He did all these and more while preparing himself for the September 2011 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Dangal ng Bayan

After passing LET, Solayao continued doing free tutorials for kids and young people who come to the center. He proceeded with PRC’s various activities, including storytelling sessions, reading camps, spelling bees, and workshops both for kids and their parents with much gusto.

In 2012, he spearheaded the Project Bayanihan, a LET review tutorial and coaching for those who cannot afford formal review classes. With the guiding principle, “Bawat teacher ay bayani; tulungan natin silang makamit ang lisensya,” the project has already produced a regional top passer in the January 2014 LET.

Those who have already passed the board through the program also serve as volunteer teachers at PRC and the review center, both of which became a venue for those who share the same passion to serve.

To Solayao, these inculcate a culture of giving back, of kindness being passed on and paid forward.

It was no surprise then when Solayao became a recipient of the 2018 Dangal ng Bayan (DnB) award conferred by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to heroes in public service -- individuals who went beyond and above the call of duty and displayed outstanding work performance.

Despite his hardships in the past, Solayao chose the path less travelled. Now that he is a professional teacher, he could spend his hard-earned money for himself and his family. Yet, he chose to give back a part of himself to the community: he shoulders the monthly rent of the reading center and apportions an amount from his monthly salary for PRC’s resources.

“Teaching is a privilege to serve the community, and an opportunity to share our heads, hearts, hands, and health to the people,” the DnB awardee shared. “It is guiding and leading others to reach their own dreams and aspirations.” (DepEd PR)
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

TEACHER CORNER | In reading, hope springs


Esteban B. Camano
Master Teacher II
Gen.T. De Leon National High School

The wide spread of illiteracy is still one of the world’s biggest problems. It cripples every nation to be left behind from this era of industrialization and globalization; it paralyzes every human being to unable to stand from the doom of ignorance; and it imprisons humanity from the claws of poverty.

Undoubtedly, one reason for this illiteracy lies in the failure of acquiring or mastering reading skill by the majority people who happen to be in the marginalized sectors in every society of the world.

In the Philippines, a study conducted by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) revealed that Filipino non-school book (NSB) readers remain high at 80 percent which means four out of five Filipino adults still read books and other materials. However, the group noted that it represents a decline from the 90 percent notched in 2003 and 83 percent in 2007.

While the NBDB study did not pinpoint any reason for the decline of the reading habits of Filipinos, the consensus among experts is that social media, television and the new lifestyle among the young have contributed to their waning interest in reading.

The recent documentary report of Kara David in I-Witness entitled “Pag-asasa Pagbasa”virtually validates the problemin reading even among high school students in a public school. It is unfortunate that those high school students featured are just about to start learning the sounds of the English language instead of reading literature like novels. Failure to master the most basic skill in so far as students’ age and grade level are concerned is one of the saddest realities in the present situations inside the classroom.

The time passes by so fast, the responsibility is getting bigger; expectation is becoming greater. With this, in response to the pressing dilemma, the Department of Education declares November as the National Reading Month, a campaign that hopes to inspire students to read and the public to donate books. Education Secretary Leonora Magtolis Brionesurges students to experience the magic of reading and let books unleash the wonders of their imagination. Thus, schools nationwide are encouraged to hold different activities and events that would surely spark the passion for reading. Book-reading sessions, setting up mini-libraries and book donations are such symbolic activities.

Likewise, believing in the noble cause of this whole month celebration, all public and private schools under the leadership of school heads share their part and support. Language teachers feel obliged to spearhead different contests such as Reading Proficiency, Storytelling, Choral Reading, and Making Pop out and Big Books;Speech Choir, Quiz Bee,Spelling, Essay, Extemporaneous Speech, Recital Poetry are likewise conducted. Hence, talents are recognized; versatilities are honored; and values are nurtured inside the classrooms.

As always, the problem in reading among our students isa great challenge; it is a test of partnership and collaboration on the part of parents, teachers, school officials, and government as it cannot be solved overnight. It calls for a concerted effort to come up with concrete solution little by little. As reading being considered to be everybody’s concern, it must be sealed with hard work, commitment, and perseverance to be able make reading a habit in the mind and heart of this generation. When reading becomes everybody’s mantra, the future generation will surely be assured with a liberating force to change the lives of the last, the least, and the lost toward becoming literate, functional, and responsible individuals.

Indeed,the one-month celebration of the English month every November results to meaningful activities and proves responsive programs that resonate:“In reading, hope springs.”
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PSA | Provincial Gov't of Cam Norte to hold 2-day job fair


The Provincial Government of Camarines Norte will be conducting a 2-day Job Fair on December 14-15, 2018 at the Little Theatre, Provincial Capitol Complex, Daet, Camarines Norte.
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In holiday style with Parisian


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Maestro na taga Iriga City, nakuang gadan


IRIGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Mayo na nin buhay an sarong para tukdo sa eskwelas publicas kan nadiscubre kan saiyang mga paryentes na nakabitay sa kabaan kan saindang residencia sa Brgy. San Juan, digdi.

An biktima iyo si Anthony Absalon, 43 anyos an edad.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador nakua an malipot nang lawas kan biktima sa laog kan saiyang cuarto na may gakod sa liog asin nagbibitay-bitay sa kabaan.

Dinara pa man kura sa hospital si Absalon, alagad pig declarar na mayo na nin buhay kan doctor.

Inaaram pa kan mga awtoridad kun ano an rason ta nagibo niyang magpatiwakal kan saiyang buhay.

Mayo pa nin pahayag an saiyang familya kun ano an problema ta pinili ni Ablason na taposon na an saiyang buhay.
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Ex Gov Wong blasts revival of drug case


VIRAC, Catanduanes (Bicol Standard)—Former Catanduanes Gov. Aracely “Manay Cely” Wong has decried the refilling of the charges involving her two sons Joseph and Jardin in the mega shabu lab case.

In a statement titled “Panawagan at Babala sa aking mga Kababayan” sent to the Bicol Standard, Wong dubbed as “manipulation” the names of her sons are continuously dragged into the issue by people who want to remain in power.

‘Decent, God-fearing, industrious’

“Buksan po natin ang ating mga isip, at kilalanin ang pwersang gustong sumira sa ating kinabukasan. Malayo pa ang eleksiyon, ngunit may mga taong sakim na ngayon pa lamang ay gusto nang lasunin ang isipan ng bawat Catandunganon,” she wrote in her statement.

She narrated that she and her family have long been known by the Catandunganon people as decent, God-fearing, and industrious individuals.

“Kailanman, ang aming pangalan ay hindi nakaladkad sa anumang isyu ng kurapsyon, pandaraya o panlalamang sa aming kababayan. Hindi makakayang dalhin ng aking konsensiya na pahintulutan ang aking mga anak na makibahagi sa operasyon at distribusyon ng droga.”

Of her sons, she said: “Pinalaki ko sila bilang mabubuting tao, tinuruan kung papano mabuhay nang matino at kung papano igalang at ipaglaban ang bawat indibidwal na nangangailangan.”
Previous recommendation for dismissal

Wong said that during the time of Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, the case against her and her sons was recommended to be dismissed.

This was because, according to her, there was no evidence against them.

In the congressional inquiry, Wong recalled, a representative even said it was unjust for the name of the Wong family to be continuously tagged in the shaming brought about by the investigation.

Challenge

Wong said she strongly believes there are forces behind the re-filing of the case.

Nonetheless, she and her family will take this as a challenge.

“Ito ay isang sakripisyo na kailangan naming pagdanan sa aming layunin na makatulong sa Catanduanes. Hindi nila kayang durugin ang aming katatagan, dahil buo sa amin ang determinasyon na igiit ang isang makatao at matapat na gonbyerno para sa ating lalawigan.”

Wong also thanked her supporters and requested that they prepare themselves to continue what they have already begun.

She concluded: “Huwag po tayong pabulag sa ating mga nakikita.”
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