Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sari-saring lalawgon kan baha na dara kan TD Usman sa Naga asin Cam Sur

Sari-saring lalawgon kan baha na dara kan TD Usman sa Naga asin Cam Sur (Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)



MGA SIRA NA DARA KAN BAHA: Hito, carpa, tilapia na tinitinda sa may Baraka Bridge, San Fernando, Camarines Sur sa tahaw kan makusog na baha asin uran. (Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)


TD USMAN | 3 killed in landslide in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Three people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed in a landslide brought by the heavy downpour at Purok 2, Barangay San Franciso, this city earlier today.

They were identified as Mauro Alegre, 26 years old; Mia Loreto, 20; and Marco Alegre, 3.

They were three of the 13 residents in their household.

The other ten were unharmed.

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Chief Cedric Daep said the residents in said barangay were advised to evacuate, but several still decided to stay.

Heavy rainfall red warning alert was earlier hoisted in the province.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PHOTOS | Legazpi cops conduct coastal cleanup

Legazpi City cops held a coastal cleanup activity along the seashore of Puro, Legazpi City on Christmas Day in connection with the Legazpi Cops Clean, Protect, and Save (LCCPS) Environment Project. (Photos courtesy of Legazpi CPS)


Bato North Central School recognized for time consciousness, honesty

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Bato North Central School in Poblacion, Bato, Camarines Sur was named 3rd runner-up by the The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines in the implementation of Project W.A.T.C.H. (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty).

In a ceremony held on December 17 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City, the school from Bicol was awarded P15,000, the DepEd said in its news release.

In a written message, DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones congratulated all the awardees: “I wish to congratulate the best implementers and awardees for championing punctuality and honesty – values that we aim to inculcate among our Filipino learners who will be our future nation-builders.”

She likewise conveyed her gratitude toward the JCI Senate of the Philippines and the DepEd External Partnerships Service-Special Events Unit (EPS-SEU) for the successful conduct of the 2018 national awarding ceremony for the Project W.A.T.C.H.

“With the K to 12 Basic Education Program, DepEd strives to produce 21st century, lifelong learners equipped not only with competencies, but more importantly, with the core values that will enable them to contribute to the betterment of society,” Briones concluded.

Also present at the event were DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, JCI Senators Cesar Ochoa, Apollo Enriquez, and Jeanine De Jesus, and other officials and personnel.

Project W.A.T.C.H. is an advocacy movement for punctuality and honesty jointly undertaken by JCI Senate Philippines and DepEd, pursuant to President Proclamation No. 1782 dated May 21, 2009. This year’s awarding carried the theme, “Oras ay Ginintuan, Katapatan para sa Kinabukasan.”

Army in Bicol on full alert on CPP anniversary

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Government troops are on full alert as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

9th Infantry Division Spokesperson Col. Pol Regencia said they are continuously conducting monitoring operations and bracing themselves for possible attacks.

He told Bicolanos to be vigilant, especially since the rebels have recently been silent.

Meantime, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the yearend meeting of the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council earlier this month that Bicol is one of the areas in which there are a considerable number of rebels.

DILG to LGUs, PNP: Enforce regulations on firecrackers

To prevent fires and accidents caused by the illegal use of firecrackers, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directs local government units (LGUs) all over the country and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain vigilant and be on top in enforcing the regulation of firecrackers in the country, particularly during this holiday season.

“Upang maiwasan ang anumang sakuna o sunog na dulot ng paputok, kailangang ipatupad ng mga LGUs ang kautusan laban sa paggamit ng paputok,” says DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

The DILG chief says that their target is the continuous decline of firecracker related injuries this year. "For this year, sana mas bumaba pa ang mga masasaktan dahil sa paputok. Kaya naman natin kung gugustohin," he says.

Under Republic Act 7183, an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, the PNP should determine what constitute as prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and promulgate rules and regulations necessary to regulate and control their use.

Likewise, local chief executives are authorized to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their territorial jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Executive Order 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which provides for the regulation and control of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, states that the use of fireworks shall be confined to community fireworks display.

EO 28 says that fireworks display must be conducted on the occasion or as part of a celebration, competition, or similar event held in a venue other than a place of residence, and must be done under the supervision of a trained personnel duly licensed by the PNP.

Display of fireworks must also be granted permission by the concerned LGU through a permit specifying the date and time of the fireworks display and the specific area in which the display will be conducted, in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.

Año says that the PNP and LGUs must be cognizant in implementing the stipulations of the law to ensure the continuous decline of fireworks related accidents during the holiday season.

"Napakahalaga ng bahagi ng PNP at LGUs sa pagpapatupad ng batas laban sa pagpapaputok tuwing panahon ng Kapaskuhan at Bagong Taon, at sa pagtiyak ng kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan," he says.

Among the banned firecrackers are: Watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large Judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, bosa, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rocket, lolo thunder, coke in can, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb and kabasi.

Oplan Iwas Paputok

In the same vein, the DILG Chief directs the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to never let their guard down to provide assistance in case fire incidents, including those caused by the illegal use of firecrackers, occur during the period.

Records from the BFP show that last New Year's Eve, there were 14 fire incidents reported nationwide which took place between the evening of December 31, 2018 leading to January 1, 2018.

In the said data, majority of fire accidents were caused by pyrotechnics and firecracker usage.

Año says that as most fire incidents last New Year's Eve originated from residential areas, the persistence of the BFP, PNP and LGUs in communicating the relevance of fire safety measures is timely and relevant.

"In this Christmas and New Year's season, when people can get a little too excited, fire accidents are likely to take place kaya naman mas lalong higit nating kailangang bantayan ang ating mga kabahayan at gusali laban sa sunog," he adds.

BFP Spokesperson F/Supt. Joanne Vallejo says the fire bureau has been on its toes in ensuring that the Christmas and New Year's season will be fire-hazard-free through its Oplan Iwas Paputok program.

Vallejo says that Oplan Iwas Paputok aims to promote public safety against fire and emergencies through intensified fire prevention information campaigns; to enforce the provision of the Fire Code; and coordinate all efforts in fire and emergency response with concerned agencies, LGUs, law enforcement agencies.

"Hindi po kami magpapabaya. Ang Oplan Iwas Paputok po ang aming paraan upang tiyakin na ang pagdiriwang ng Bagong Taon ng ating mga kababayan ay magiging ligtas. Makakaasa po sila na BFP will be there when they need us," she explains.###

9-year-old kid drowns in Sorsogon on Christmas Day

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) – A grade 4 student drowned in the seawater of Barangay 1, Poblacion, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon on Christmas Day.

Lawrence Noah M. Gabrillo, 9 years old, was declared dead on arrival at Matnog Medicare Community Hospital after he and his cousin were recovered by Benjamin Garbin and Ronaldo Formanes of Barangay 1, Poblacion, the police said.

The victim sought his parents’ permission to swim, but was not allowed because of the strong current, the investigators reported.

They were shocked to learn that the kids still proceeded despite not having permission.

The victim’s cousin was saved and is now recovering, the police added.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

PNP looking at all angles in Batocabe slay

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is looking at all possible angles and motives in the killing of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, in Albay on Saturday afternoon.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said these include a close look into politics and the involvement of the New People’s Army (NPA) and private armed groups (PAGs).

“There is an information na parang ito nagbibigay or hinihingan ng revolutionary tax or extortion ng mga (from the) NPAs sa lugar (in the province) that’s one and also hindi natin tini-take (we are not taking) for granted or isinasawalang bahala ‘yung political side, political motive,” Albayalde told reporters on Monday.

“Pareho natin iniimbestigahan yan at meron tayong mga information na sinasabi nila na merong nagmi-maintain ng private armed group sa lugar na yan, these will all be operated on at ‘yan ay magko-conduct tayo ng case buildup kahit sasabihin natin na may nagtago, we will still case buildup dito sa mga sinasabi nilang nagmi-maintain ng PAGs. (We will conduct an investigation on both angles and we have an information that a private armed group is operating in the area, these will be evaluated and that we will conduct a case buildup despite efforts to conceal them… we will still have a case buildup against the alleged maintainers of these PAGs), he added.

Alayalde has ordered the creation of a special investigation task group that would exert all efforts to identify the perpetrators, including the possible mastermind of the slaying.

“As of this time nakausap natin yung RD doon (I already talked with the Regional Director), they were in a conference but I directed no less than the director of the CIDG to take the lead in the investigation dito sa pag-iimbestiga (to conduct probe) and the timeline natin dito is as soon as possible,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde said the identification of the gunmen is crucial to the solution of the case, adding that the facial recognition by some of the witnesses is a big help in going after them.

“We appeal to the public to immediately report to the police any information that could lead us to the perpetrators and to help us quickly solve this case,” Albayalde said.

Politicians crossed party lines to condemn the killing, with some of the congressmen raising at least PHP30 million so far as a reward for any information that could lead to the solution of the case.

The provincial government of Albay, on the other hand, is also raising separate reward money.

Batocabe had filed his candidacy for mayor of Daraga in next year’s mid-term elections.

Reports showed that Batocabe was shot by a still unidentified suspect while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Barangay Burgos in Daraga town.

Batocabe and his escort were brought to a nearby hospital in Legazpi City but were both declared dead on arrival. (PNA)

Blow your torotot with care - EcoWaste Coalition

A group promoting non-toxic alternatives to firecrackers and fireworks emphasized the need for parental supervision as children may opt for torotot (paper or plastic hornpipe) as a substitute noisemaker in the run-up to the New Year.

The EcoWaste Coalition, a partner of the Department of Health-led Iwas Paputok campaign, issued the reminder as torototvendors enjoy brisk sales with the New Year revelry fast approaching.

“If a torotot is the preferred noisemaker, parents should select a well-made torotot and supervise a child while she or he plays with it. The importance of parental responsibility cannot be overemphasized as the torotots being sold in the market contain zero instruction on proper use and their quality and safety cannot be guaranteed,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“While a torotot will not blow off a child’s fingers or give off toxic fumes, it may cause injuries requiring medical care as well as add to the revelry garbage,” he warned.

Among the potential injuries from the use of torotot are 1) choking due to the accidental ingestion of the horn’s mouthpiece or whistle, 2) cuts or lacerations due to the sharp edges of the horn’s bell, and 3) noise-induced hearing loss due to loud sounds.

“A torotot contains small parts like the mouthpiece or whistle that can be detached and get swallowed by a child causing an airway blockage,” Dizon explained.

Dizon cited the two choking incidents in 2010 involving children aged 3 and 8, which prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue Health Advisory 2011-017 entitled “Warning on the Possible Choking Hazard Associated with the use of Torotot.”

“Some cone-shaped plastic horns have sharp edges that can cut a child’s sensitive skin,” he said.

“Also, some torotot may produce very loud sounds that can be harmful or distressing to humans as well as animals,” Dizon said, adding that “sound exceeding 85 decibels can damage hearing.”

The EcoWaste Coalition further raised the issue of torotot adding to the New Year revelry garbage.

“Torotots are often disposed of as trash after the festivities. It’s not difficult to spot them on the heaps of garbage following the merrymaking on New Year’s eve,” Dizon said.

“The proliferation of plastic torotots is a cause of concern as this may be unnecessarily adding to the mounting plastic pollution that the global community is faced with and is trying to address,” he said.

“The plastic torotots after their useful lives will have to go somewhere and we are not sure how much of these are reused or recycled at all,” he said.

To save money and to avoid the generation of more garbage this New Year, the EcoWaste Coalition stressed that banging pots and pans will definitely do the trick.

No matter what your preferred noisemaker is, parental supervision is highly recommended to prevent any untoward event that may harm a child, the group pointed out.

Tropical depression may affect Bicol this weekend

via Weather Philippines
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Bicol region will likely be affected by a tropical depression on Friday and Saturday, Weather Philippines reported.

This system is expected to enter PAR later today and could be named locally as “Usman.”

Residents are advised to prepare for moderate and extreme rains of 30 to more than 100 mm beginning Friday (December 28).

Other areas that may be affected are Northeastern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.

Monday, December 24, 2018

LTO Naga gives road safety tips to PUV drivers

Land Transportation Office - Naga continues its relentless endeavor of providing the drivers of Public Utility Vehicles road safety tips to ensure safe travel this holiday season. (Photo courtesy of LTO)


Save the Children Philippines calls on parents and teachers to address causes of bullying

Save the Children Philippines said parents and school authorities should look into the causes of a child’s misbehaviors such as bullying to address violence against children in all settings.

Wilma Banaga, Children Protection Advisor, Program Development Quality of Save the Children Philippines said adults should learn that interventions should be on both the child who was the target of bullying and the one who committed bullying.

“We need to understand that a child might bully another due to difficulties in managing anger, aggression, non-tolerance for individual differences, experiences of violence at home, or the lack of good role models at home,” said Banaga in a statement.

Save the Children believes that it is important for adults to be good role models to children. Positive Discipline or establishing a warm, nurturing and supportive environment at home can help prevent bullying from happening.

“Parents need to find the time to build a loving relationship with their children, and provide them the necessary guidance for them to grow up to be caring and non-violent individuals, and not children who accept that it is alright to hurt others,” said Banaga.

Save the Children Philippines is pushing for Positive Discipline that eliminates all forms of physical and humiliating punishment against children. The Positive Discipline bill has already been ratified by both Senate and House of Representatives.

Banaga also called for protection of privacy of all Ateneo Junior High School students involved in the viral video of bullying act circulating in the social media.

She said sharing of the bullying act in it itself and calling for harsh punishments for the child who committed the bullying constitute “cyber-bullying.”

“Save the Children Philippines believes that bullying should be taken seriously and immediately addressed by the school or community, and by the families of the children who are involved in this,” said Banaga in a statement on Friday.

Bullying is a form of violence being experienced by 3 out of 5 Filipino children, according to the 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NBSVAC) of the Council for the Welfare of Children.

Banaga said bullying is commonly perpetrated by schoolmates and close friends and considered to be part of having ‘fun’ among friends. “(But) bullying is still a form of violence and has physical and psychological effects on the child being bullied, the child who committed the bullying and those who have witnessed it.”

She said cases of bullying should be reported to proper authorities. In school, the matter can be reported to a teacher or guidance counselor based on the school’s procedures in handling cases of bullying as mandated by Republic Act No. 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act, and by the Department of Education’s Child Protection Policy (Department Order No. 40 s.2012).

She also called on schools handling cases of bullying to follow due process. “Although schools can impose suspensions or expulsions if circumstances warrant it, we hope that this will be the last resort as such disciplinary measures have been found to increase the risk of children experience negative outcomes later in life, and do little to deter a student from misbehaving.”

DPWH reactivates 'Lakbay-Alalay'

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reactivated its ‘Lakbay Alalay’ program, in anticipation of the heavy flow of traffic during the Christmas rush.

The program began Friday and ends on January 2, 2019.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said that motorist assistance stations manned by assistance teams will be set up in different locations across the country to assist road users.

He has directed regional directors and district engineers nationwide to deploy maintenance personnel, keep all communication systems operational, and be ready to provide emergency services to motorists and the traveling public.

The DPWH is coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), and local government units (LGUs) to ensure safe travel for the public during the holiday season.

Prior to the holidays, the district engineering offices of Western Visayas have been instructed by DPWH 6 (Western Visayas) Director Wenceslao Leaño Jr. to regularly conduct routine maintenance along that carriageway and roadsides and remove obstructions to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

He also reminded regional maintenance engineers to ensure the installation of necessary pavement markings, informative and directional roads signs, including tents and tarpaulins that adhere to DPWH standard design.

Motorists are expected to travel to their respective provinces for the long weekend and spend the holidays with their loved ones. (PNA)

Gift-giving advice: Avoid unnecessary wrapping to reduce trash

As shopping for gift items hits frenzy level as Christmas nears, a waste and pollution watch group urged the public not to make the cheerful tradition of gift-giving a sad one for environment due to the thoughtless use and disposal of gift wrappers.

“Gift-giving can generate a lot of discards that, more often than not, go straight to the bin. Instead of keeping them for the next gift-giving, we find gift boxes, wrappers, and accessories habitually tossed into the dump,” said Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Gift-giving need not dirty and pollute our environment with more garbage. With a little creativity, we can make our gift-giving tradition less wasteful and less stressful for Mother Earth,” he pointed out.

To conserve resources and cut on gift wrap waste, the EcoWaste Coalition has come up with some suggestions to avoid the purchase and ensuing disposal of gift wrappers and trimmings this merry season.

1. Choose gift items with less packaging or require no wrapping.

2. If wrapping is needed, opt for substitute wrappers such as magazine pages, Sunday comics, potato-chip packs, etc.

3. For tying, go for abaca and other native twine, strips of scrap fabric, etc.

4. To protect fragile items from breakage, try crunched or shredded paper in lieu of bubble wrap or foam peanuts.

5. Make use of brown grocery bags, shoe boxes, tin cans, empty jars, etc. as gift receptacles.

6. Upcycle old clothes, fabric scraps, spare scarves, orphaned socks, and old pillows into gift wraps.

7. To embellish recycled gift packs, use unwanted fashion accessories, old cards, magazine cutouts, dried leaves and twigs, etc.

8. Try Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping, using vintage scarves or fabric scraps (check the Internet for free tutorials).

9. Put an unwrapped gift into a reusable cloth bag, which can be reused as a carry or shopping bag.

10. Refrain from putting wrapped gifts in plastic bags.

11. Cut and turn old Christmas cards into gift tags.

12. Carefully unwrap gifts and save the wrappers, ribbons and bows for the next gift-giving.

Another idea is to altogether drop gift wrapping and to just ask the recipient to close her or his eyes for a few seconds and then reveal the gift as it is.

The EcoWaste Coalition had earlier called for a plastic-less celebration of Christmas and New Year holidays, so as not to aggravate the country's ballooning waste production of over 40,000 tons per day.

For a plastic-less Christmas and New Year, the group offered the following tips: 1) bring reusable bags and containers on your trip to the wet market, tiangge, department store or shopping mall, 2) refrain from buying over packaged products, 3) avoid disposable cutlery (spoons, forks, knives) and crockery (dishes, plates, cups), 4) give plastic-free gifts, and 5) opt for home-made reusable holiday decorations.

THE PASSERBY | The joy of Christmas

The joy of Christmas
THE joy of Christmas springs from the fact that Jesus Christ, our savior, is born. “Puer natus est nobis,” says the entrance prayer in the Christmas Mass. A child is born for us, he is Christ the Lord, our Savior.

This good news should give us unspeakable joy. Whatever we may experience in this life, and many of them will not be good, we are sure of our salvation because Christ, the Son of God, the perfect
image that God has of himself, and the pattern of our humanity, has come to redeem us, to reclaim us as his own.

He will bear all our burden, our sins, our miseries, and conquer them with his passion, death and resurrection. He will give us everything that will enable us to recover our dignity as children of
God, image and likeness of God, no matter how unworthy we feel we are of such dignity, no matter how we mess up our life.

As long as we show some openness to God’s mercy, salvation is assured, without prejudice to some purifying processes that may be necessary, and the truth about hell. But God’s mercy, which goes
together with his justice, abounds more than our sins.

This is the very core of our joy in Christmas. We are given a tremendous gift—God himself in Jesus Christ made present in our life through the Holy Spirit. He has made himself visible, tangible and accessible in the Church, in the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, in his word recorded in Sacred Scripture, in the lives of saints, etc.

We really have no reason to worry. On the contrary, we have every reason to be happy in spite of whatever. We may not be able to fathom the depth of his love for us, nor capture the richness of
his mercy, but God is bent to save. He predestines no one to hell. If we get to hell, it is because of us, not because of him. And sad to say, we are capable to choosing hell rather than heaven.

The practical consequence of this truth of our faith is that we just have to be sport in our life, trying our best to do what we ought to do, although we know that we often miss the mark. We just
have to help one another to be holy, to try to be worthy of God’s love by corresponding as fully as we can to his love. We have to be patient with one another.

We have to learn to be like Christ who is willing to suffer for all of us. This is the way we can attain our true joy, and not be deceived by the many forms of false joy proliferating in the world today.

We need to train ourselves to have our sense of joy properly rooted. In this regard, let us try to be theological about it and not just sentimental or emotional, though the latter are also important, but as expressions of the objective foundation of our joy.

The spiritual and supernatural foundation of our joy has to be expressed also in a human way, through our emotions and passions. This is also to be learned, because many people do not know
how to translate their interior joy externally, or to show their spiritual joy on their faces.

Let us try to keep our Christmas joy alive all throughout the year. This is the kind of joy that can be felt even in the midst of our suffering and difficulties. It is the joy, and the peace that goes with it, that the world cannot give. It only comes from God!

Fr. Cimagala is the chaplain of the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE), Talamban, Cebu City. E-mail him at roycimagala@gmail. com.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Residence of Ako Bicol representative Garbin robbed

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) –More or less half a million pesos’ worth of valuables were robbed from the residence of Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Jr. at around 9:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

This comes a day after Garbin’s fellow Ako Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe and aide were gunned down during a gift-giving Saturday afternoon.

The police said the suspect gained entry at the awning type window of the comfort room located at the second floor of their residence at Barangay Buragwis, this city.

The valuables, composed of three wristwatches and checks, were inside the personal bag of the congressman.

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