Saturday, December 22, 2018

Ako Bicol Congressman Batocabe shot dead at gift-giving

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe succumbed to death after he was shot by an unidentified assailant while he was attending a gift-giving to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) at around 3 p.m. at the covered court of Barangay Burgos, Daraga town today.

This was confirmed by Rep. Joey Salceda in his Facebook post, citing a police report.

Initial reports say Batocabe was hit in the head.

Along with Batocabe, his escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz was also shot.

The two victims were rushed to the hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.

Batocabe was a candidate for mayor of Daraga and was on his last term as congressman of Ako Bicol partylist.


DepEd urges schools to enforce anti-bullying campaign

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded public and private schools about the adoption and enforcement of anti-bullying policies.

This, after videos showing a junior high school student of Ateneo de Manila University bullying several boys went viral on Thursday.

In a statement released Friday, the department urged kindergarten, elementary, and secondary public and private schools to implement DepEd Order No. 40 series of 2012 or the Child Protection Policy.

In one video, the high school student attacked a taller student in the bathroom whom he asked to choose between "bugbog o dignidad" (getting a beating or dignity).

"Kasi kung pinili niya ang dignidad, papaluhurin ko siya, tapos hahalikan niya ang pareho kong sapatos, tapos papahalikan ko sa kanya 'yung bayag ko (If he chooses his dignity, I would tell him to kneel, kiss my shoes, and kiss my genitals),” the bully said in the video.

In another video, the same student forces his peer to admit being dumb and to kiss the bully’s shoes so the latter won't receive a beating from him.

The policy institutionalizes zero tolerance against any form of violence against the child and provided for the establishment of a Child Protection Committee (CPC) in all public and private schools.

DepEd also cited DepEd Order No. 55 series of 2013 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10627, otherwise known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.

The order requires public and private schools to submit copies of their respective anti-bullying or child protection policies within six months from the effectivity of the IRR to their Division Office.

"The same shall be submitted to the Regional Director in addition to the requirements for an application for permit to operate and/or recognition as prescribed by the existing rules of the Department," the statement read.

DepEd stressed that Rule IV of the order requires a "comprehensive and multi-faceted bullying prevention program", which includes education stakeholders and personnel.

The victims, bullies and other parties involved in or affected by the bullying incident must undergo intervention strategies to enhance their psychological, emotional and psychosocial well-being as provided by the concerned schools.

"Private schools that fail to comply with the requirements of RA 10627 or of the IRR may face penalties under the law," the statement read.

The DepEd also encouraged learners, who experience or witness bullying, abuse, or retaliation, "to speak up and report verified incidents to their peers, parents, teachers, and the appropriate authorities for proper intervention."

It also reiterated that the CPC and school personnel must treat the identity and personal circumstances of bullies, victims, or witnesses with utmost confidentiality.

On Thursday, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School principal Jose Antonio Salvador said the incidents depict "an evident act of violence that constitutes a serious violation of disciplinary misconduct."

"The Ateneo Junior High School is dealing with this matter seriously beginning with an immediate investigation that ensued the moment the report reached us," he said. (PNA)

TESDA, DOTr eye skills training for 13K PUJ drivers, operators

MANILA -- A new tie-up between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyed to give skills training to about 13,000 people from 2018 to 2022.

The two agencies signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last week to provide skills training to drivers and operators, who will be affected by the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program.

The families of the affected drivers and operators are also included as beneficiaries, TESDA Deputy Director General Gaspar Gayona, officer-in-charge of communities and local government units, said on Wednesday.

Qualified beneficiaries will be determined by the DOTr, according to TESDA.

The agency added that the DOTr has allotted PHP350 million for the program, which will run from 2018-2022.

Gayona said the MOA includes the development of training regulations and skills training.

He said initial preparations for the program have started this month.

The beneficiaries can choose the skills they would like to train for, he added.

The trainees will also get PHP350 daily allowance once they complete the training.

TESDA and DOTr will collaborate in developing training regulations and curricula for the needed qualifications for Transport Safety Officers, Automotive Servicing, and Fleet Management.

"At present, we don't offer these courses or qualifications at TESDA. That's why these will be pursued," Gayona said. (PNA)

DPWH starts civil works on CamSur expressway

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol regional office has recently started the construction of the Camarines Sur expressway that is part of the national highway in the province.

DPWH-Bicol Regional Director, Engineer Vergilio Eduarte, said in an interview on Wednesday that his office started last Nov. 26 the implementation of the San Fernando to Pili segment of the main thoroughfare.

The project has a total of 15 kilometers of road concreting with an initial allocation of PHP792.163 million from the national government, funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2018.

Eduarte noted that the civil works of the project involve the four-lane road with bicycle lanes as well as sidewalk with waterways structures including farm crossing overpass structures, access roads, drainage and slope protection structures, rest bays and expressway safety features.

The project would serve as an alternate route of motorists going to the southern and eastern municipalities of Camarines Sur including those going to the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon as well as portions of Mindanao, he added.

Eduarte said the construction of the expressway would reduce travel time and resolve the traffic congestion particularly during the Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City and the summer months when there is an influx of travelers to Camarines Sur and other parts of Bicol region.

The project is part of the "Build, Build, Build" program of the national government which aims to improve infrastructure development in order to boost the economic activities in the countryside. (PNA)

Army's 9ID in Bicol has new commander

9th Infantry Division
Bicol Standard photo
LEGAZPI CITY -- Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad on Wednesday took over the reign of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division (9ID), replacing Maj. Gen. Jesus Mananquil, who is retiring this month.

Capt. Joash Pramis, 9ID public affairs chief, said Thursday that Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto, Army commanding general, officiated the formal turnover rites at the 9ID headquarters in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Trinidad, before his new command assignment, was the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and considered as among the top military intelligence strategists.

Pramis, in a phone interview, said Trinidad is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Batch 1986, and his tour of duty includes being chief of the Army Civil-Military Office (CMO), commander of the 31st Army Battalion in Sipocot, Camarines Norte, and 903rd Army Brigade commander in Castilla, Sorsogon.

Trinidad said he would further intensify the government's campaign against insurgency and closely coordinate with various stakeholders in Bicol.

The 9ID with headquarters in Pili, Camarines Sur, has under its command three brigades operating in the provines of Albay, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon. (PNA)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Give the gift of creativity with Arog Kaito art fair in Daet!

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Bicol Standard is a proud sponsor of a two-day art fair featuring the finest young creatives of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to be held at Café Morga on December 21 to 22, 2018 here.

Shop for artsy and exciting holiday gifts at Arog Kaito while supporting local talents such as up-and-coming art and crafts dealership Artsikrap;handmade calligraphy by the Calligrafer and Edward Alipio zines and prints by Sam Escueta; handpainted shoes by Lakaw; sculptures and paintings by Paolo Gerero Arte Sacro and artworks by scholars and alumni of Teknikas Benming Corp..

The art fair is open from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Mayor Bongat: No to STL in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Mayor John Bongat vehemently objects to the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in this city based on legal and moral grounds.

“I have always been against any form of gambling, but especially STL, which does not differ from jueteng except for its cloak of legality given by the national government,” he told the Bicol Standard this morning.

“Hence it will, like jueteng, corrode the moral fiber of our fellow Nagueños who will be addicted to this form of gambling,” he said.

The local chief executive added that STL will also promote indolence and induce dependence on luck rather than good, old-fashioned hard work to better their future.

Bongat thus requested authority from the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to file a case for Injunction with Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Prohibition Injunction against Evenchance Gaming Corporation (hereafter Evenchance) from operating STL within the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City.

Evenchance holds office at DSI Building, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, and is represented by its Vice President Jerome A. Bañez, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), represented by its General Manager Alexander Balutan.

“Evenchance justifies its operation of STL in Naga City with the decision of Regional Trial Court Branch 213 in Mandaluyong City permanently stopping PCSO from implementing its board resolutions intending to accept applicants for and awarding STL agency agreement in the Province of Camarines Sur, and directing Evenchance to wind up its operations in said province,” Bongat noted.

“However, while geographically, Naga City is inside Camarines Sur, the former is an independent component city. Ironically, while said decision applies only to the province of Camarines Sur, Evenchance is not operating in the province but inside the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City,” he explained.

“Legally, Evenchance’s operation of STL in Naga City stands on precarious ground,” he stressed.
The request was sent to Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga City Nelson S. Legacion.

Meanwhile, Bongat added that he has informed Senior Supt. Felix Servita, City Director of the Naga City Police Office, of this issue.

Servita replied that he has referred the same to the legal section of Police Regional Office 5, and has not received any word as of press time.

Cam Sur Mobile Passport Service offers 4,000 slots

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard)—No less than 4,000 slots for processing and availment of passport are available at the Mobile Passport Service organized by the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur through the Camarines Sur Employment Center in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs - Manila scheduled on March 13 to 14, 2019 at the Capitol Convention Center, Capitol Complex, Cadlan, this town.

In line with this, the Camarines Sur Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has announced that it is now accepting pre-registration to determine the number of applicants who will avail processing.

Said office announced that the DFA will strictly implement the No Walk-in Applicants policy during the Mobile Passport Service.

Applicants with lost valid passport will not be accepted, the office clarified.

Meantime, according to the DFA, the following are the core requirements for adult new applicants: confirmed appointment, personal appearance, accomplished application form, original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper, and any of the specified valid IDs with one photocopy.

The following is the list of acceptable IDs: SSS/GSIS Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card, LTO Driver's License (student permit may be accepted in card format), PRC ID, OWWA, iDOLE card, COMELEC Voter's ID or Voter's Certification from Election Officer (with dry seal), PNP Firearms License, Senior Citizen ID, School ID (if applicable), current valid ePassport, host government-issued IDs showing Philippine citizenship for applicants based overseas.

Application forms and the list of requirements are available at the Camarines Sur PESO or through the DFA website.

Camarines Sur PESO also reminded the applicants to write legibly on the application forms with no erasures, and to fill out all information needed.

Only one valid and active e-mail address per applicant is accepted.

It also reminded applicants to attach the original documents with the photocopies and have them in a short brown envelope with nothing written.

All application forms with attached requirements must be submitted on or before January 31, 2019 at Camarines Sur PESO.

For more information, kindly contact the Camarines Sur PESO.

Pulis, Army sa Bicol nasa full alert ngonian

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ibinugtak sa full alert an gabos na police sa Bicol Region kasunod kan serye nin pag atake kan mga communistang New People's Army (NPA).

Segun ki Chief Supt Arnel Escobal, PNP Regional Office V chief, an mga NPA nag lansar nin serye nin pag-pamate sa mga police stations, sarong mobile force company asin sa sarong grupo nin mga soldados, digdi sa Bicol.

May posibilidad na mag-atake mga rebelde sa masunod na mga aldaw, kaya pirmeng nasa red alert status an mga pulis, sabi ni Escobal.

Mientrastanto, sarong companiya kan Special Action Force (SAF) an naghuhunting na ngonian kan mga NPA na iyo an responsable sa nasambit na pag atake.

Enot kaini an CPP nag declarar nin "unilateral ceasefire" sa minasunod na mga fecha asin oras:
Alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 24, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Disyembre 26, 2018.

Poon alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 31, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Enero 1, 2019.

An Communist Party of the Philippines asin an New People's Army (CPP-NPA) macelebrar kan saindang founding anniversary sa fecha 26 ngonian na bulan (Diciembre).

Maroromdoman na an liderato kan Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nagsayuma na mag declarar nin ceasefire sa mga aldaw na pig nag declarar nin unilateral ceasefire an CPP-NPA, nin huli ta segun sainda mayo nin saysay an declarasyon, ta sinusurongan man sana sinda kan mga rebelde maski pa may ceasefire.

Utang kan DPWH Bicol sa mga contratista, nagpapara dakula pa

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Dakula nang problema an inaatubang ngonian kan Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Bicol nin huli sa dakula nang kantidad nin cuarta an dai nababayadan sa saindang mga contratista.

Segun sa pahayag kan official kan DPWH sa region, na habo magpasambit kan pangaran, nag aagrangay na an mga contratista nin huli sa matatapos na an taon, dai nakaka collecta an mga contratista, na mayo sinda nin cash.

Mismong an officina regional kan DPWH an nagkukulog na an payo sa kasisimbag sa kapotan kan mga contratista, na nag ngangayo-ngayo na magkaigwa nin collection, ta dakul na an saindang mga babayaran, kabale an mga benefisyon kan mga empleado na dapat maitao antes magtaon an taon.

Base sa pahayag kan informante, dai makulang sa limang bilyon na pesos an dapat bayaran sa mga contratista hasta sa katapusan kan Nobyembre, nin huli sa tarapos nang patrabaho, alagad mayo nin cuarta an opisina.

Sabi kan budget officer kan sarong distrito sa Camarines Sur, nakatambak na sa saindang officina an mga papeles kan mga contratista, poon pa kan naka-aging tulong bulan, alagad maromarom an paglaom na sinda mababayaran sagkod sa katapusan kan taon.

Mayo pa nin pahayag si DPWH Region V Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte mapadapit sa problemang ini.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FDA: Be cautious in buying Noche Buena products

MANILA—The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) reminded consumers anew to be cautious in buying food items specially this holiday season.

Authorities from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and FDA recently seized various processed food products that were either expired or tampered in Manila following reports received by FDA’s Regulation Enforcement Unit.

Health authorities, on the other hand, also reminded the public to always check the expiry date of the products to avoid possible food poisoning.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also urged business operators and sellers to strictly follow the suggested retail prices (SRPs) of Noche Buena products, as well as basic necessities and prime commodities to avoid fines and penalties. (FDA PR)

Bicolano cage player gets drafted into PBA

Jorey Napoles

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A Bicolano is among those who got drafted into the Philippine Basketball Association earlier this week.

Jorey Napoles of Daraga, Albay, is also the first player from the Technological Institute of the Philippines to get drafted into the PBA.

He will play for Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA confirmed.

Called a “surprise pick”by local sports analysts, Napoles is said to be unlike the players from the UAAP and NCCA who are used to getting national attention.

Napoles is noted for his rebound and defense.

The other picks, meanwhile, include:
CJ Perez (Columbian Dyip)
Bobby Ray Parks (Blackwater Elite)
Robert Bolick Jr. (NorthPort Batang Pier)
Paul Desiderio (NLEX Road Warriors)
Trevis Jackson (Meralco Bolts)
Jayvee Mocon (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Abu Tratter (NLEX Road Warriors)
Jayjay Alejandro (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Jesper Ayaay (Alaska Aces)
Michael Calisaan (Magnolia Hotshots)
JP Calvo (Columbian Dyip)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Faeldon, Jr. faces charge with stiffer penalties

Photo courtesy of Bicol PNP
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Nicanor Faeldon, Jr., the son of the chief of the Bureau of Corrections, is now facing a complaint for violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 which penalizes the maintenance of a den, dive, or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form.

This after the Naga City Police Office amended the original complaint, which charged Faeldon, Jr. for violation of Section 7 of R.A. 9165, which penalizes employees and visitors of a den, dive or resort.

The charge was changed upon the recommendation of the City Prosecution Office, after Faeldon, Jr. made a statement that he was not a visitor of the alleged drug den, but had been residing there for the past six months, SPO2 Tobias Bongon, Naga City Police Office spokesperson, told the Bicol Standard.

The penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) to Ten million pesos (P10,000,000.00) shall be imposed upon any person or group of persons who shall maintain a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form, Republic Act 9165 reads.

As of this writing, Faeldon, Jr. remains at the detention center in Naga City Police Station 1.

Meantime, also charged were: Russel “Bubbles" Lanuzo y Bermudo, for violation of Sections 11, 12, and 15; Allan Valdez y Grate for violation of Section 7 and 15; and Manuel Niebres y Millares for violation of Section 7 and 15.

All four were arrested at Barangay Mabolo on December 14 at the residence of Lanuzo in an operation led by the Naga City Police Office.

Earlier, Faeldon, Jr. tested negative for the presence of dangerous drugs, while Lanuzo, Valdez, and Niebres tested positive.

Safe PH Project to improve police response time, deter crime

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday clarified that the Safe Philippines emergency response and monitoring system is not primarily for surveillance but is an integrated system to improve police response time as well as to deter and reduce crime.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the project will level up the 911 emergency system of the DILG-Philippine National Police (PNP) and will be used to improve public safety, evidence collection in the event of criminal activities, incident prevention measures for disaster-related mitigation and response, and police and fire emergency response in addressing traffic and criminal incidents.

"A similar system is in place in many cities in the world especially in large metropolitan cities like Metro Manila. It's about time we have a similar system in our country," the DILG chief said in a news release.

"Under this project, we can reduce crime by 15 percent and improve response time by 25 percent," he said.

On Nov. 19, the DILG signed the USD396.8-million contract with the winning bidder China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) for the construction and installation of monitoring systems in Metro Manila and Davao City.

Under phase 1 of the Safe Philippines Project, DILG will provide 18 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and Davao City with integrated operations and command centers and a remote back-up data center.

Año said all cities in Metro Manila and Davao City will have their own command centers to be located at the PNP city headquarters.

Meanwhile, a national command center will be constructed in Metro Manila, while its remote back-up data center will be placed in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Metro Manila was identified as the pilot city for the project due to its dense population. Davao City, on the other hand, was chosen to complement the monitoring system already in place in the city.

Data protection

The DILG Secretary assured the public that they will take necessary measures such as installing protocols and standard operating procedures to protect the data stored in the CCTV system.

"The DILG will install the necessary firewalls to protect the system from hackers and other threats. This will be installed by the DILG and funded by our government," he said.

“The public also doesn’t have to worry about data breaches in the project as there will be no storage of classified data or information inimical to national security in the CCTV system,” Año said.

“The project will simply allow our police to respond to criminal activities, address disasters and traffic issues, and apprehend suspects in the event of threats to public order, safety and security,” he added.

Meanwhile, Año clarified that while Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. was one of the three bidders of the project, it did not win the bid.

“Huawei and CMEC were disqualified from the bid because they did not meet the standards and specifications of the Special Bids and Awards Committee. Only CITCC met the requirements,” Año said.

The PNP has been wanting to build a similar system since the previous administration, but it never took off because of the high cost, he said.

The DILG prepared the feasibility study of the National Safe Cities Project, which was submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in December 2016 for approval.

The name was changed to the Safe Philippines Project together with the submission of the final feasibility study to NEDA, which was approved in January 2018.

The Safe Philippines Phase I Project is a joint project between the governments of the Philippines and People’s Republic of China to ensure the effective and efficient management of public order, safety and security.

"People living in Metro Manila and Davao City will feel a lot more safer walking the streets at night knowing that this system is in place," Año said.

“This will further empower local government units and our police to be more responsive and proactive in addressing crime-related incidents,” the DILG chief said. (PR)

Task Group to probe killing of Cam Norte village chief urged

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Police Senior Supt. Godofredo K. Tulo-o, Officer-in-Charge of the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, has recommended to Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 5, the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that will focus on the investigation of the killing of Punong Barangay Joel Baricas y Apin of Barangay Lalawigan, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

This will fast track the investigation, Tulo-o said during the case conference at Camp Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, Brgy. Dogongan this morning.

Punong Barangay Baricas was shot several times by still unidentified perpetrators at about 11:45 PM of December 15, 2018 while he was on his way home after attending the barangay’s Christmas Party held at the covered court of the aforementioned barangay.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body that caused his untimely death. 
Continuous follow-up investigation is being conducted to identify the culprits, the Camarines Norte police said.


Elderly woman shares Christmas message

Amidst the commercialization of the Yuletide event, an elderly woman from the countryside reminds everyone of this annual affair’s essence.

Mercoria Merino who grew in Daraga town only finished primary education because of poverty. They can’t even bring their parents to the hospital. She believed that her mother died of pneumonia because of persistent coughing.

Even now, she considers her own family as indigent because of limited revenue from farming. Their income descended because her husband died who mainly worked for them.

She has six sons and only one of them lives with her because the rest have their own families. Two of her grandchildren also live with her.

Despite these things, Mercoria serves her community without reluctance.
She devotes her time as a religion volunteer teacher for the elementary children in their village. She was also elected as the president of the senior citizen’s organization at Brgy. San Ramon, her residence.

On the other hand, Mercoria just turned 68 years old last December 12. After she got the stipend of P1,500 from the DSWD Social Pension Program payout on the same day, she hurried to the grocery and bought ingredients for spaghetti as her treat for her family. She also bought some supplies before heading home.

“Bumili ako ng spaghetti para daw pampahaba ng buhay (I bought spaghetti as a symbol for long life),” she explained.

As a Social Pension beneficiary, she also advised her fellow senior citizens to keep the money for the upcoming Christmas celebration.

“Mahalaga na magkakasama ang pamilya sa Pasko na may pinagsasaluhan kaya sana, gabayan din ng mga anak ang kanilang magulang kung paano gagastusin ang makukuhang [Social] Pension ngayong buwan (Coming together with a simple feast as a family every Christmas is important, so I hope that elderly will also be guided by their families on how they will spend the [Social] Pension which is available this month),” Mercoria said.

The elderly also encouraged those senior citizens to get their IDs from the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) to enjoy various benefits and discounts from availing goods and services.

She also said that the children living with their elderly parents should relentlessly manifest support, love and care because they are God-given gifts to each another.

Amidst poverty, one can choose to be grateful of the blessing received from the family. The elderly never demands but reciprocating their sacrifices is sufficient to make them feel loved and important during this crucial stage.

Family’s love is still the greatest gift anyone can receive this Christmas.

PhilHealth raises the stakes in public service

Through the years, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) remains one of the country’s best in providing the public with exceptional service. As evidenced by multiple citations and undisputable surveys, PhilHealth upholds a reputation of efficiency, commitment, and discipline.

In a survey conducted by Novo Trends in 2016, PhilHealth registered an awareness rating of 94% while 82% of the respondents claimed to have had very satisfactory experience during benefits application. Novo Trends employed a series of focused-group discussions and covered the period October-November 2016. Based on the results, the No Balance Billing facility and maternity care package surfaced as the top service/benefit known to PhilHealth beneficiaries.

These were the by-product of effective marketing campaigns aimed at empowering PhilHealth members to seek proper medical care and treatment for themselves and their qualified dependents. The highest in awareness level among regions soared as high as 99.3%. Central Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region scored an identical mark of 98.3%.

According to the 2017 Philippine Trust Index, the EON Group’s proprietary research mechanism, the state health insurer was one of the most trusted government agencies that provide social services. Clearly, PhilHealth’s consistent, reliable, and dynamic services were enough to earn a 95% trust grade. The group was consisted of 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above.

This year, Novo Trends has finished a preliminary report on intercept interviews for frontline services. The report is a component of the 2018 Client Awareness and Satisfaction Survey which is currently being polished by the same firm.

The report was intended to determine the satisfaction level of clients who transact with PhilHealth Regional Offices (PROs) as well as their sources of PhilHealth information and suggestions for services improvement. A structured questionnaire designed by the Governance Commission for Government-owned and Controlled Corporations was used to conduct random face-to-face interviews.

PhilHealth earned net satisfaction ratings of over 92% from individual customers and business organizations. The respondents lauded the frontline services such as member enrolment and premium payment, among others. An average of 94.1% pleasing mark was netted by the Corporation in this regard.

When broken down to geographic levels, PhilHealth received a satisfaction grade of 96.5% in Metro Manila and 92.7% for the rest of Luzon. Further, the ratings of Visayas and Mindanao brought up the national score to 92.8%.

In addition, the Corporation’s all-encompassing benefits were a major factor for garnering the nods of approval of beneficiaries. From the All Case Rates to the Z Benefits, PhilHealth proved that it has responded to the challenges of Universal Health Care (UHC).

The report conclusively affirmed the efficiency of PhilHealth’s frontline services. The participants were in agreement that processes were simple, documentary requirements were reasonable, and over-the-counter transactions were swift. Moreover, the respondents deemed PhilHealth information to be clear and easy to obtain.

Indeed, the results were irrefutable and placed PhilHealth on the right track of obtaining outstanding rating from the public that its serves. Despite issues thrown at the Corporation, PhilHealth never strays from its vision: “Bawat Filipino Miyembro, Bawat Miembro Protektado, Kalusugan ng Lahat Segurado”.

Last June, the Corporation was certified compliant to the ISO 9001:2015 standards or Risk-Based Thinking. According tothe AJA Registrars Philippines, PhilHealth is one of the few government entities to have its head office and all regional and local health insurance offices nationwide certified at the same time.

Finally, PhilHealth recently received a Certificate of Collaboration for the implementation and Operation of the 8888 citizens’ complaint hotline and designation of focal and technical persons. As of November 6, 2018, PhilHealth was able to address 97.8% of the concerns routed through the 8888 hotline and boasted a 95.65% resolution rate for inquiries logged via Contact Center ng Bayan. The social health care provider not only resolved complaints at a high clip but was also commended to be among the government agencies that recorded the fastest turn-around-time.

Dr. Roy B. Ferrer, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said in a statement, “We, at PhilHealth, are honoured to serve the Filipino people. Indeed, true and lasting progress can be attained if we can preserve a strong, healthy, and productive population. Be assured that PhilHealth will continue to be dedicated, decisive and dependable in the years to come. We will deliver and sustain the trust of the Filipinos in our journey to the realization of the Universal Health Care in the country.” END (JJ Rico)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

LGU Naga City, stricto sa mga paputok

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Pig orolayan kan mga oficial kan LGU Naga asin an 27ng Punong barangays kan Ciudad an mga estratihiya para maseguro na maging matuninong an halawig na holidays, en connection kan pag gamit nin mga rebentador asin pyrotechnics.

Tinawan nin orientation an mga punong barangays kan mga rekisitos sa pagpabakal nin rebentador asin iba pang pyrotecnic products sa saindang mga lugar, sabi kan gobierno lokal kan Naga City.

Siring man, tinawan pa nin briefing an mga punong barangay kan mga lugar na pig designar bilang community fireworks display places sa saindang mga barangays, sabi ni Renne Gumba, an pamayo kan Public Safety Office asin chairman kan Task Force Paputok, durante kan press briefing.

Mientrastanto, an hefe kan Marketing Enterprise and Promotions Office nag rerepaso na ngonian kan mga pig sumitir na mga applications kan mga retailers asin distributors, na saro sa mga rekisitos sa pagpabakal nin mga productong siring kaini kun panahon kun Pasko.

Idinugang ni Gumba na an mga matinda dapat mag agi sa orientation asin seminars na pig organisar kan gobierno lokal kan Naga City asin sa pakikipag tabangan kan Bureau of Fire protection, antes na approbaran an saindang applications asin i-release.

Nag badil sa Albay broadcaster, kinasohan na sa DOJ

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Sinangat na sa oficina kan Procurador sa Provincia kan Albay an casong murder sa pag-gadan sa boardcaster na si Joey Llana, sabi kan Presidential Task Force on Media Security.

An complaint for murder ipig file sa Office of the Provincial Prosecutor kan Albay kan Dec 7 kan Daraga Muncipal Police Station contra ki Erwin Talagtag asin duwang dai pa nabibistong mga suspechado.

Si Talagtag saro suboot na miembro kan notorious na Concepcion Criminal Group, na imbuelto sa robbery hold-up, extortion, asin gun for hire activities sa Bicol, sabi sa report.

Segun sa resulta kan forensic examination na pig sumitir kan Albay Police Provincial Office sa Presidential Task Force on Media Security, an mga kapidasong parte kan bala na hale sa calibre .45 na narecover sa lugar na ginadan si Llana kapareyo kan badil na ginamit sa gadan sa sarong pang persona na imbuelto si Talagtag.

Maroromdoman na an broadcaster na si Joey Llana, binadil asin nagadan mantang nagmamaneho kan saindang awto sa Barangay Penafrancia, Daraga, Albay kan Hulyo 20, aldaw na Byernes.

Binadil an biktima nin 14ng beses gamit an calibre .45, asin saro pang 9mm pistol, mantang nag mamaniobra kan saiyang awto paluwas sa garahe sa Brgy. Penafrancia.

Si Llana nagsapo nin mga tama nin bala sa saiyang payo asin lawas.

Antes siyang badilon naka recibe na ngona siya nin mga huma sa saiyang buhay, dagdag pa sa bareta.

Punong barangay kan Mercedes, CNorte, binadil, gadan

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) - Binadil nin pirang beses sa saiyang lawas si Punong barangay Joel Baricas y Apel, na taga Barangay Lalawigan, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

Nag atendir nin Christmas party si Baricas na ginibo sa convered court kan nasambit na barangay kan dinulok siya kan dai nabistong suspechado, dangan pigpara badil.
Binawian tulos nin buhay an biktima sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

An incidente nangyari kasuodmang alas 11:45 nin bangui.

Hinahalat pa an resulta kan imbestigasyon dapit sa bagay na ini.

DepEd Naga halts school-organized film showing

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Schools Division Superintendent William E. Gando has ordered a halt for school-organized film showing in movie houses for analysis or allied purposes.

In Division Memorandum No. 333, Series of 2018 dated December 11, 2018, Gando said complaints have been reaching the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office regarding such activities.

He emphasized that the same goes against DepEd’s No Collection policy, aside from causing anxiety due to the price of tickets.

He sternly warned the violators that they will face administrative sanctions if they continue said activities.

The memorandum is directed to public and private elementary and secondary school heads and all others concerned.

SSS receives lot donation from CamNorte LGU

DAET, Camarines Norte -- The state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Tuesday received a 1,000-sq. meter land from Camarines Norte’s government for the construction of the SSS provincial office and processing center in Sto. Domingo, Vinzons, here.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc expressed his gratitude to the Camarines Norte provincial government, headed by Governor Edgardo A. Tallado and Vice Governor Jonah G. Pimentel, for the land donation.

“This piece of land will be helpful in bringing SSS services closer to the public. It will benefit Bicolanos in Daet as social security protection is now within their reach. We would like to sincerely thank the local government of Camarines Norte for donating this lot,” Dooc said in a news release.

Camarines Norte, through Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 474-2018 issued last Sept. 26, granted Tallado the authority to donate the land to SSS for the construction of a processing center in the area.

Based on the deed of donation, the SSS will construct a service office and a processing center on the lot within three years after the property has been legally transferred to it.

The soon-to-rise SSS offices will cater to approximately 603,000 registered members in the Bicol region. It will be the first SSS processing center in the province.

The service office will be under the supervision of SSS Daet Branch, which currently serves more than 48,000 registered members. In the first semester of 2018 alone, SSS Daet Branch served an average of 800 transactions daily. Transaction volume refers to the number of forms received through the receiving centers and number of transactions through electronic transfer.

“The processing center will expedite the processing of claims filed by our members, pensioners and their dependents. A shorter processing time will let our claimants reap the benefits of their contributions to the pension fund,” Dooc said.

The SSS has 10 processing centers (PC) nationwide, which are located in Diliman, Makati, Pasig, La Union, Tarlac, San Pablo, Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. In addition, the Diliman PC has an extension office in Naga while the Davao PC has an extension office in Zamboanga.

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