Friday, February 1, 2019

4 MLGUs ready for DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS 4th cycle implementation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS) launched the fourth cycle implementation in the municipalities of Talisay in Camarines Norte, Uson, Mandaon and San Jacinto in Masbate.

The program conducted the Municipal Orientation in Talisay, Uson, Mandaon and San Jacinto last January 25, 28, 29 and 31 respectively.

This orientation is part of the Social Preparation and Community Consultation Stage of the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC).

It formalizes the engagement of the program through a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The activity also discusses the technical and administrative requirements of the implementation.

“The orientation is very momentous because it creates awareness and acceptance on the program,” Regional Director Arnel Garcia said.

As part of the program’s objective to improve the local governance, the Local Government Units (LGUs) will take over the Cycle 4 implementation who will manage the conduct of CEAC and facilitation of community empowerment.

“The LGU-led program implementation will serve as an indicator that the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach improves people’s engagement through a democratic and participatory process,” he added.

The orientation will also be conducted in Magarao, Camarines Sur on February 12, 2019.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

JUST IN | Bicol team notches 4 awards in National Schools Press Conferences

Four schools from the Bicol region garnered four awards under the Best School Paper Category in this year's National Schools Press Conference in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

6th place – Pahinang Balita – Ang Hulmahan, Bicol Regional Science High School, Ligao City (Secondary)

7th place – Science and Technology Page – The Agnesian, Legazpi City (Secondary)

3rd place – Pinakamahusay na Seksyong Editoryal – Kathang Mapagbago – Concepcion Grande Elementary School, Naga City (Elementary)

7th place – Pinakamahusay na Seksyong Editoryal – Ang Sinag – Albay Central School, Legazpi City (Elementary)

The National Schools Press Conference is held every year pursuant to Republic Act 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.

This year's theme is "Fostering 21st Century Skills and Character-Based Education Through Campus Journalism."

It is slated from January 28 to February 1, 2019.

Deal signed for efficient infra program implementation in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY -- The public may now expect faster and efficient implementation of infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program in the Bicol region.

This, after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs (OPABA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) aimed at forging strong cooperation between concerned agencies earlier this week in Naga City.

DPWH spokesperson Lucy Castañeda, in an interview on Wednesday, said the MOU gives OPABA the authority to conduct validation and review of projects implemented by the DPWH’s regional and district engineering offices.

“It will recommend termination of contracts and blacklisting of contractors violating provisions of their signed contracts and attend DPWH bidding process,” she added.

The DPWH was represented in the signing by the agency’s Senior Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Luzon Rafael Yabut while OPABA was represented by its Undersecretary Marvel Clavecilla.

"This MOU is our way of saying that DPWH is transparent in its day-to-day operations, particularly on project implementation," Yabut said during the signing.

He added that the DPWH is grateful to the OPABA for its initiative to be in partner with them in achieving the goals and objectives of the present administration to give effective and efficient infrastructure facilities to the public.

Witnesses to the MOA signing included DPWH-Bicol Director Virgilio Eduarte and Assistant Director Esmeraldo Sarmiento. (by Connie Calipay, PNA)

Php3.4-M worth of shabu seized in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- An 18-year-old suspect was arrested while in possession of 500 grams of a substance believed to be shabu with a street value of Php3.4-million on Wednesday night.

The suspect, Benedict Aliveros y Amoroso, is a resident of Barangay San Isidro, Pili, Camarines Sur.

The operation was a joint effort of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and Legazpi City Police Office.

Christian Frivaldo, acting regional director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Bicol, said the suspect was connected with the drug suppliers of the Rinconada area in Camarines Sur.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

LTFRB orders tight security measures in transport terminals

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has directed public utility vehicle (PUV) operators to implement stricter security measures in terminals following the deadly twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu over the weekend.

“The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are directing all PUV operators to install safety equipment in terminals, following the bombing incident in Jolo, Sulu. This is to ensure the security of passengers against those who are planning to stage terroristic acts,” the LTFRB said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Board also advised commuters to be alert and report any suspicious activity or person along terminals and public transportation vehicles to the concerned authorities.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has also alerted all its units in Mindanao, ordering them to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police in the investigation and apprehension of the perpetrators behind the bombing incident.

“I am reiterating the instructions of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to ensure that all security measures are in place and strictly implemented, particularly in all ports in southern Philippines. Be vigilant and keep our forces in the highest state of readiness,” PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino said in a separate statement.

Some 21 people were killed while about 97 others were injured when two blasts struck the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral during a morning mass. (PNA)

74 areas in Bicol under PNP election watchlist file photo

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)-- The Police Regional Office 5 has identified 74 election watchlist areas, or areas where poll-related violence may likely occur in relation to the forthcoming midterm elections.

Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PRO5 Spokesperson, said these areas were grouped into Category I (Areas of Concern), Category II (Areas of Immediate Concern), and Category III (Areas of Grave Concern).

As of January 28, 2019, Albay has 11 areas of concern; Cam Norte has 4; Cam Sur, 17; Catanduanes, 7; Masbate, 21; and Sorsogon, 14.

Areas under Category 1 have a history of current intense political rivalry among the contending parties. They may also have the presence of private armed groups which may be employed by political candidates; the occurence of validated election-related incident (VERI) in the 2016 national and local elections, provided there was no participation of domestic terror groups. The same areas may have suspected politically-motivated violent incidents involving elected government officials, aspirants, or supports from January 2018 to the present; occurence of politically-motivated election-related incidents (ERI) in the current election period, provided there was no participation of domestic terror groups; validated reports of candidates involved in illegal drugs or support by illegal drug groups, which may lead to election violence. Lastly, areas that were declared under COMELEC control in 2016 are also included in this category.

Areas of Immediate Concern include towns and cities with two or more identified factors under Category 1; are in the presence and serious armed threat posed by rebel groups; areas with reported extortion activities by rebels; and reports of the existence of rebel group-supported candidates.

Further, Election Areas of Grave Concern are those towns and cities with a combination of two or more factors under Catgory 1, together with the presence and/or serious armed threat posed by rebels.

The verification and the classification of election watchlist areas is part of PNP’s proactive approach to prevent the occurrence of election related activities in the region, the Bicol police said in a statement.

Thus, linkages and collaboration with other agencies are being made to ensure clean and peaceful elections.

DSWD suspends conditions for 4Ps in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here has temporarily suspended conditions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to help families affected by Tropical Depression (TD) Usman last December. 

Arnel Garcia, DSWD regional director, in an interview on Tuesday, said in times of calamity, DSWD suspends the conditions of the program to allow "the beneficiaries to receive their cash grants in full (100 percent) from the months of December 2018 until January 2019".

“Even if they (beneficiaries) are unable to comply with all the conditions of the program on the said months, they will still receive their cash grants without deductions as a way to aid the families from the onslaught of TD Usman,” he added.

DSWD's 4Ps record shows a total of 226,428 household beneficiaries in four provinces of Bicol region will benefit from the suspension of 4Ps conditions.

The figure is broken down as follows: Albay -- 73,570 affected households; Camarines Norte -- 31,361 households; Camarines Sur -- 106,192 households; and Sorsogon -- 15,305 households.

The 4Ps is a human development measure of the national government providing conditional cash grants to poor families to improve the health, nutrition and education of children aged 0-18.

Under the program, a beneficiary family receives a monthly health grant of PHP500 (total of PHP6,000/year); an education grant of PHP300 per child per month in Elementary or PHP500 per child per month in High School (total of PHP3,000in Elementary or PHP5,000 in High School per child per year).

For every household, a maximum of three children is allowed to benefit from the program.

Aside from the monetary assistance, the family also receives PHP600 worth of rice subsidy per month.

In order to receive the cash grants, the conditions set by the program are: availing pre and post-natal care for pregnant women, parents must attend Family Development Session, children aged 0-5 must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, children aged 6-14 must receive deworming pills twice a year and children aged 3-18 should have 85 percent attendance in school.

Meanwhile, DSWD has so far provided a total of PHP29.2 million worth of assistance including family food packs, malong, blankets, tents, family kits, kitchen, and dignity, sleeping and hygiene kits to families housed in evacuations centers or individuals affected by flood and landslides caused by TD Usman. (by Connie Calipay, PNA)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Proactive Approach to Prevent Terrorism

By LtGen (Ret) Clarence McKnight, MajGen (Ret) Kulwant Singh, UYSM, PhD, and Dr David Leffler

In his statement regarding the bombing of the Jolo Catholic cathedral; Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that he has directed his troops to be on high alert, to secure all places of worship and public places, and to initiate proactive security measures to thwart hostile plans.

We salute the Defense Secretary for taking proactive measures. The best proactive measure he can take is through a simple direct executive order. This measure can help his warriors gain a strategic and profound proactive advantage. It would prevent future terrorism instead of responding after attacks have occurred, for far less than the cost of conventional defenses. This unconventional yet highly effective approach with a proven scientific record for diffusing terrorism and violence is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT), based on the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) program.

As strange as it may sound, when large groups of trained practitioners practice the advanced TM techniques together twice a day, a powerful "field effect" of coherence and peace ripples throughout the consciousness of the surrounding population. The bigger the group the bigger the effect. The outcomes, confirmed repeatedly by extensive scientific research, are consistent and measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime.

This surprising effect was demonstrated over a two-month period in the summer of 1993, in Washington D.C., where 4,000 meditators gathered for an experiment to lower crime in America's capital. The result, as documented by an independent board of criminologists, was a 25 percent reduction in criminal violence. (Reference: Social Indicators Research, 1999, 47: 153-201).

In 1983-84, at the peak of fighting in the Lebanon war, as many as 8,000 but as little as a few hundred meditators gathered at different times in Israel, Lebanon, Europe, and the United States. The documented effects of these assemblies included increased cooperation between the warring parties (66 percent) and a decrease of hostilities (70 percent). The odds of these results occurring by chance or any explanation other than the meditation were calculated at one in ten million trillion! (Reference: Journal of Conflict Resolution, 1988, 32: 776-812, and 1990, 34:756-768).

Similarly, large TM groups in Manila, New Delhi, and Puerto Rico have generated significant declines in violent crimes. Alternative explanations could not account for the results. (Reference: Journal of Mind and Behavior, 1987, 8: 67-104).

For a minimal investment of time, manpower, and resources, the Philippines military could train and maintain a group of about 1,500 experts in the IDT strategy. Think of it as a "prevention brigade" whose members meditate twice a day to defuse the deeply-rooted regional stresses and hatred that are the cause of conflict. The research suggests that once such a program becomes operational, societal conditions in Philippines and beyond, would rapidly improve. For as long as the peace-creating group is sustained, the collective coherence throughout society would rise through the influences of greater harmony and peace. Better solutions will occur to the people and their leaders for improving their own living conditions. Violence will subside.

IDT is not restricted to the military; any large groups practicing the IDT techniques can accomplish the goal, meaning all types of citizens could be enlisted, from schoolchildren to retirees. Its coherence-creating effect has also been documented on a global scale in a study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. When large assemblies of civilian IDT experts gathered during the years 1983-1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72%, international conflict decreased 32%, and overall violence was reduced in nations without intrusion by other governments.

The Global Union of Scientists for Peace (, a global group of eminent scientists and leaders dedicated to support alternative, peaceful means of conflict resolution, have endorsed the IDT approach. Among them are Yukio Hatoyama, former prime minister of Japan; former president of Mozambique Joachim Chissano (who applied IDT programs to end that nation's civil war); Lt. General (Ret.) Vasyl Krutov, former chief of the Ukraine Anti-Terrorism Center; retired Ecuadorian Lt. General José Villamil (who also applied IDT to end conflict between Ecuador and Peru).

Given the countless efforts previously tried by Philippines that have not worked, now is the time to utilize this scientifically-validated method. IDT is simple and inexpensive, with a documented record of success: a cutting-edge brain-based technology that could potentially maximize the safety and security of Philippines's people and curb the bloodshed. Here is an opportunity for the Philippines to become a global leader in peace-making, so needed by this troubled world.

At one time, meditation was considered "mystical." Now, doctors routinely prescribe it, because research shows Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and improves health. Hundreds of studies confirm real benefits for individuals, including better energy, learning ability, job productivity, and happier relationships. The revelation that group meditation reduces turbulence in society and improves community or global health is simply an extension of the individual practice of meditation.

This is a new proactive paradigm for our times, ready to be implemented for it holds the secret for planetary peace. If wars start in the minds of men, then peace logically ought to start there as well.

About the Authors:

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr., (U.S. Army Ret.) is a former Director of Command, Control and Communications Systems for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.

Major General (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, U.Y.S.M., Ph.D., leads an international group of generals and defense experts that advocates Invincible Defense Technology.

Dr. David Leffler is the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS)

6 rebels killed in Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Six rebels were killed in a 20-minute firefight with government troops at Barangay Lupi, Tinambac, Camarines Sur at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The 9th Division Public Affairs Office in Pili, Camarines Sur reported that the Philippine Army encountered more or less 15 rebels.

An M16 rifle, grenade launcher, and a number of documents were found by the Army.

Meantime, Capt. Joash Pramis of the 9th Infantry Division said that the entire region is under full alert following the Jolo bombing.

Said directive was issued by the higher headquarters, Pramis said.

During previous interviews, Tinambac was identified as among the towns of Camarines Sur where there have been sightings of rebels.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tato hits LGU Naga leadership for high average monthly crime rate

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Naga City mayoralty aspirant Tato Mendoza lashed at the administration of the Naga City government, which has failed to address the rising criminality in the city.

This after Naga City was again named number one for having the highest average monthly crime rate in 2018 among 36 chartered cities nationwide, according to the Crime Research and Analysis Center of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management.

“How could you claim that there is progress, when the peace and order situation continues to deteriorate?” Mendoza asked.

“Nag abot na guiraray an oras na napatunayan kan presenteng administrasyon an kawaran kakayahan sa pag-patalubo kan Naga sa mas halangkaw na pagheling,” he said in Bicol in his official statement.

Interviewed by the Bicol Standard, Mendoza noted that this early, he could not yet say what course of action he will take if elected mayor, as he has not seen the data.

“But definitely, peace and order will be one of my top priorities,” he added.

Naga City had an average monthly crime rate of 218.16 for the year 2018.

DOT: 2018 records all time high 7.1m visitor arrivals

MANILA -- 7,127,168 foreign tourists visited the Philippines last year tallying the highest ever number in the country’s tourism industry according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The improvement came at a 7.65% growth rate compared to the 6,620,908 in 2017.

“This is a time that celebrates the 7.1 million tourist arrival count - the highest ever in our country’s history, while at the same time championing the cause of an economic activity that can support and transform lives of common Filipinos,” announced DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Puyat spearheaded the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016-2022 review that aims to reassess the NTDP targets and DOT's strategic action programs to make them more competitive, inclusive and sustainable.

“During this mid-term review, we must together revisit the goals set during the inception of the plan and determine which components need fine-tuning and which ones are working wonders as drawn. We have exceeded many of the NTDP targets, from our sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product or G-D-P, to our Domestic Arrivals. So I encourage all of you here to give your take in setting new industry goals.”

The NTDP midterm assessment was attended by DOT officials, tourism stakeholders and partners from the private sector.

Meanwhile, the growth rate of the Philippine tourism outdone the world average tourism growth and average growth for Asia and the Pacific of 6% according to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer.

This tourism milestone happened amidst the closure of the country’s flagship destination and the Department’s change of leadership last year.

“The challenging act of closing down Boracay- a flagship destination, the country’s top sun-and-beach destination has evidently become a blessing in disguise for secondary tourism spots to have a share of the lime light and attention they truly deserve. It shows that turning off the faucet when the water is unclear can bring a fresher flow in just an unexpected period of time. With this, we have also seen the transition from a mass tourism perspective shifting into a high-value tourism direction that prioritize quality over mere quantity,” Puyat added.

The island’s rehabilitation opened up opportunities for alternative destinations like Siargao, Iloilo, Palawan, La Union, Romblon and Siquijor, among others attracting more foreign tourists from the different markets.

South Korea remained the country’s top source market with 1,587,959 while China recorded 1,255,258 arrivals, the most improved market at an impressive 29.62 percent growth rate.

USA remained at third with 1,034,396 arrivals. Japan and Australia wound up the top five markets with 631,801, and 279,821 arrivals respectively.
Completing the top twelve markets are Taiwan, 240,842; Canada, 226,429; United Kingdom, 201,039; Singapore, 171,795; Malaysia, 145,242; India, 121,124, and Hongkong, 117,984.

December registered 687,726 foreign tourist arrivals second best to the month of January 2018 at 732,506.

“We are now in a time in need of vigilance - a dedication to the principle of a sustainable and inclusive tourism industry,” Puyat said. (DoT)

Army in Bicol on full alert

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- The Philippine Army in Bicol announced that they are on full alert, following the attack on a church in Jolo, Sulu that claimed the lives of 20 people, and injured around 100 others over the weekend.

In a statement, the 9th Infantry Division said it supports the heightened security measures being implemented by the Philippine National Police in Bicol in Joint Task Force Bicolandia.

They are currently focusing on particular areas in the region which have alleged insurgency activities.

Further, they sought the cooperation of the public in the peace and order program.

Statement of the DILG on ACT's complaint vs DILG-PNP

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in their complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman has raised a number of supposed causes of action against the PNP and the DILG. These are misplaced reliance on constitutional and statutory protections which time and again, as upheld by the Supreme Court, must give way to legitimate and compelling State interest.

We wish to reiterate that the alleged violations of ACT's right to association, assembly, or to petition the government is clearly a figment of their imagination and devoid of any evidence or basis. There is no police crackdown against the ACT and the complaint filed before the Ombudsman contains no evidence to support the alleged crackdown. This Ombudsman case is simply an attempt to earn precious media mileage before the May elections. We are dismayed that ACT has chosen to politicize this issue to increase name recall.

The DILG and the PNP reiterate its stand that intelligence-gathering is part and parcel of effective law enforcement. The PNP will be remiss in its job if it lets the revelation of CPP founder Joma Sison --- that ACT is among the CPP-NPA-NDF's communist fronts -- pass.

The PNP shall continue to perform its task of protecting the right to life, liberty, and property of the people while making sure that legitimate dissent, done within the bounds of law, is respected.

We will address their concerns directly in the Ombudsman and we will refrain from further commenting while the matter pends.

In the meantime, since this series of cases filed before the courts is clearly a propaganda ploy to earn public sympathy to earn votes for their party list group, we urge the public to be vigilant and discerning ahead of the forthcoming elections.

PCSO set to give P8B to PhilHealth in 3Q

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander announced on Tuesday that the agency is set to give P8 billion to PhilHealth in compliance with the Universal Healthcare (UHC) Program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The agency will give 40 percent from the 30 percent of our Charity Fund, which is about P8 billion for Universal Healthcare Program on the 3rd quarter this year,” said Balutan.

UHC will catalyze reforms for the health care system in the Philippines, particularly strengthening primary care services, through the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth.

UHC will ensure adequate funding through the Department of Health (DOH) annual budget, revenues from sin taxes, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, PCSO, and PhilHealth members’ contribution.

In 2018, PCSO has helped a total of 528,190 patients under its Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP), spending about P10.2 billion for hospitalization, request for medicines, chemo and dialysis sessions, laboratory and diagnostic procedures.

“Suportahan po ninyo ang ating mga produkto. Iwasan natin ang mga illegal numbers game para ‘yung pondo ay diretsong makarating sa ating mamamayan. Sisikapin naming makatulong sa lahat at dagdagan ang ating serbisyo. Pagagandahin po namin ang aming serbisyo at magiging malawak ang serbisyo na ihahatid natin sa ating mga branches nationwide,” said Balutan.

Balutan added that the agency is set to construct its own Corporate Center to be located at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City to decongest its extension office at Lung Center of the Philippines, which is catering about 700 patients per day.

“Sana maumpisahan na ito next year at mag-bi-bidding tayo. Dadagdagan pa natin ng lima hanggang anim ang ating branch offices. We will continue to help our indigent patients nationwide. We shall maintain the IMAP program though ang batas ng UHC ay nandyan na, tutulong ang PCSO sa pagkalap ng pondo sa PhilHealth.

PCSO Charter, or RA 1169, particularly on revenue allocation, provides that the revenue of the PCSO shall be allocated to 55 percent for prize fund (payment of prizes), 30 percent for charity fund (various charity programs and service) and 15 percent as operating fund (maintenance and operating expenses).

Charity Fund is divided into two: 60 percent of which is for IMAP and other charity programs such as Ambulance Donation, Calamity Assistance, Medical and Dental Mission, and others; while 40 percent is for mandatory contributions of PCSO to almost 28 government agencies like Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), among many others.

The Year of the Pig at SM Accessories and Toy Kingdom

The lovable Peppa Pig welcomes Chinese New Year in the traditional spring festival costume. Available this February at Toy Kingdom.
The kindly child born in the Year of the Pig is the heart and soul of any gathering or family unit. Self-reliant, easygoing, sociable and steady, this little goodwill ambassador is the kid every child and adult can agree to adore.

He works as hard as he plays, and has many friends. Dependable, dedicated, and determined, he perseveres where others would admit defeat. And should he experience defeat, he shakes it off with without discouragement.

A generous dispenser of hugs, kisses, and bottomless faith, your little Pig is an absolute treasure. He possesses the biggest heart around- unselfish, boundlessly sympathetic, generous, trusting, faithful, honest, sincere, and gallant: he will be your biggest fan and staunchest supporter.

SM Accessories Kids and Toy Kingdom celebrate the Year of the Pig with a collection of cute, lovable, and huggable pig plush toys and novelty items that will bring out the pig child in kids of all ages and zodiac signs. Led by the adorable Peppa Pig herself, these will not only make playtime lots of fun, but also bring lots of love and luck for Chinese New Year and beyond.

These are available at the SM Accessories Kids department of The SM Stores and at Toy Kingdom.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Animator with Bikolnon roots gets Oscar nomination

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- An animator with roots from Nabua, Camarines Sur got an Oscar nomination for his seven-minute short film "One Small Step."

In an interview with GMA News, Bobby Pontillas revealed that his family is from Nabua, but his mother Corazon Pontillas moved to the United States to join the Navy.

"When I was growing up, I would go back to the Philippines often and visit my family. I am always inspired by how they live there. Family and community is such a huge part of their lives. I am an only child to a single mother, and going back always reminds me of how we really have to look after and support each other. My hope is that this film is a reflection of that,” he said in the same interview.

“One Small Step,” he revealed, tells the story of Luna, a young girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

The film took over a year to complete.

1 NPA gadan sa encounter sa Bato, CSur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)-- Nagka sabatan na naman an mga miembros kan 83 IB asin an carculadong 10ng miembros kan CPP -NPA sa Brgy. Payak, Bato, Camarines Sur kasubagong alas 4:20 nin hapon, Enero 28.

Segun sa enot na despacho kan bareta, sarong (1) miembro kan NPA na dai bisto an pangaran an nagadan sa ralaban asin 1ng M16 na riple, backpacks na may laog nin mga personal na gamit an nakua kan mga soldados sa pinangyarihan kan baradilan.
Mayo nin casualty sa lado kan gobierno.
Nag conducir man guiraray nin hot pursuit operation an mga soldados, para lapagon an ibang nagdudurulag na rebelde, sabi pa sa report.

PH on track toward upper middle income status: NEDA

MANILA -- The Philippines is on track to becoming an upper middle economy by end-2019 on the back of reforms imperative in boosting growth amid global uncertainties, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said Monday.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed confidence the country could reach the threshold for becoming an upper middle-income country, with about USD3,900 gross national income (GNI) per capita this year, after hitting USD3,800 GNI per capita in 2017.

“If GNI per capita grows by 3 percent because population is now growing at 1.7 percent I think, we could still hurdle the threshold. (This is) just a conservative estimate,” he said in a media briefing on the initial results of the Socioeconomic Report (SER) 2018.

Pernia noted the country has made “great strides” in putting in place some critical reforms that will have long-term benefits, including the Philippine Identification System Act (PhilSys), the Ease of Doing Business Act, and the 11th Regular Foreign Investment Negative List, among others.

“With these key reforms, we expect the performance of the economy to be robust despite domestic and external risks and uncertainties. These reforms will likely strengthen economic and financial inclusion, make the delivery of public services more efficient, facilitate ease of doing business, and encourage more domestic and foreign investments,” he said.

“These reforms will help ensure that the economy will stay on a higher growth trajectory over the medium term and beyond,” he added.

The government targets the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growing to 7 to 8 percent this 2019 and next year. It accelerated 6.2 percent in 2018.

NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon noted “it is important that we keep our macroeconomic fundamentals very stable, very sound.”

Edillon is optimistic these key reforms could help the country achieve upper middle income status.

“Because all the reforms we are pushing for is really to open up more opportunities. That’s what we need, more opportunities for growth,” she said in an interview.

The NEDA official also cited the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program and the tourism sector which could support economic growth under the Duterte administration.

“Apart from that, if we can have other drivers, so much the better. If we can have more investors coming in for the manufacturing, to boost our housing for instance. The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will actually be very, very important for this. That one will really give a boost to housing,” Edillon added. (PNA)

Nakadulag na preso sa Baao, nadakop liwat

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) - Yaon na guiraray sa laog kan detention cell kan Baao, Camarines Sur an 20 anyos na detention prisoner na nakadulag kan sarong semana hale sa kulongan.

An saiyang pangaran iyo si Dionesio Boslon Jr. y Garcia, nadakop liwat kan mga awtoridad sa Brgy. Kinalansan, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

An saiyang kaso robbery o pananalakat.

Sabi sa record si Boslon taga Brgy. La Medalla, Baao, Camarines Sur, nalalangob sa selda, alagad nakadulag kan Enero 15, 2019, poco mas o menos alas 6:30 nin bangui.

Nagluluwas sa report na sinugo kan warden an suspechadong si Boslon na mag apon nin basura, pero dagos na siyang nagdulag.

An sabi sa report, inibahan man kuta siya kan warden na nasa duty bilang desk officer, alagad may nag apod sa telephono kan pulis kaya binayaan niya sa luwas kan carcel an priso.

Nadakop man guiraray si Boslon kan tarabang na fuerza kan Baao MPS asin San Jose MPS, na pinanginotan ni SPO1 Jeffrey Tabayag asin SPO4 Mario Coral sa saiyang tinatagoan na barangay.
Madadagdagan pa an kaso ni Boslon, nin huli sa pagdulag niya sa mga awtoridad.

Preparasyon sa Palarong Bicol nagpapadagos

MASBATE CITY (Bicol Standard)-- Haros 80% nang preparado an Masbate para sa Palarong Bicol 2019.

An Department of Education Bicol, sa paagui ni RD Gilbert Sadsad nagsabi na nag meeting na siya sa mga miembros kan technical officials sa Masbate para tukaron an ibang preparasyon sa Palarong Bicol na mapoon sa fecha 24 kan Febrero.

Inomaw ni Sadsad an mga oficial kan DepEd Masbate sa amay na preparasyon katuwang an mga lokal na official, para maseguro na magiging matriumfo an sinambit na pang rehiyon na karawat.

Mientrastanto, preparado na ngonian an mga lugar na kakawatan kan mga atleta hale sa 6 na provincias kan Bicol.

Ginigibo na an preparasyon para sa pag abot kan mga delegado hale sa man laen-laen na lugar kan Bicol sa Masbate.

THE PASSERBY | God and the digital age

THE final report of the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment that concluded last October has an interesting observation regarding the digital culture that is now pervasive in the world. It talks about the great benefits and the dangers that the digital world is giving us.

It is intriguing to note that the good and bad things in this world are becoming more and more blended. They do not come to us anymore in some clear-cut ways, but rather in a united way, so subtle that we now hardly can distinguish which is which.

Our new technologies are like Trojan horses that can appear to us as a great gift to humanity, but actually they contain a lot of concealed dangers. They are very treacherous. Whatever benefit and sense of success and accomplishment they bring are akin to a Pyrrhic victory when the good things are somehow nullified by the bad
things they also cause.

The new technologies and the digital culture have significantly changed the way people understand things in general and as a consequence, their behavior also. They create an “approach to reality that privileges images over listening and over reading that influences the way people learn and the development of their critical
faculty.” It’s like we are having a new ball game.

It’s true that these new technologies give a lot of benefits. They provide “an extraordinary opportunity for dialogue, encounter and exchange between persons, as well as access to information and knowledge.” It can “facilitate the circulation of independent information that can provide effective protection for the most vulnerable, etc.”

As to its dark side, the report says that the “digital environment is also one of loneliness, manipulation, exploitation and violence…Digital media can expose people to the risk of dependency, isolation and gradual loss of contact with concrete reality, blocking the development of authentic interpersonal relationships.”

Besides, the report noted that “there are huge economic interests operating in the digital world, capable of exercising forms of control as subtle as they are invasive, creating mechanisms of manipulation of consciences and of the democratic process.

“The way many platforms work often ends up favoring encounter between person who think alike, shielding them from debate. These closed circuits facilitate the spread of fake news and false
information, fomenting prejudice and hate…”

We don’t have to look far to validate these very serious observations and they definitely have to be addressed accordingly. And I believe that the only way to handle this predicament is to teach everyone to actively look for God everytime they get into the digital world.

There is no other way. Either one is strongly with God to be with the right footing in that very treacherous world or he is simply lost and carried away from the strong and irresistible forms of self-seeking that can only lead us nowhere.

I would say that the real challenge of the digital age is not so much on how to handle these technologies with technical competence and some norms of prudence to keep us safe and maintain a semblance of sanity and fairness. It is a serious call for everyone to be more authentic in their need and relation with God. It is for
everyone to be truly holy and apostolic.

It is a call to know more about God who in fact is the very foundation of reality, of what is truly good, beautiful and fair in this world. Our main problem is that God is not properly known, much less, loved by many, and so he is somehow regarded as irrelevant in dealing with this challenge of the digital age.

We need to wake up from our spiritual and religious stupor to properly handle this tremendous challenge of the digital age.

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

Camalig opens first “Botika ng Bayan” in Albay

Following the Botika ng Bayan (BNB) launching of Sorsogon’s Casiguran and Prieto Diaz, the municipality of Camalig spearheaded the opening of BNB for the province of Albay on January 18, 2019.

The relaunching of BNB is part of the Duterte Administration’s thrust to provide quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare service for the Filipinos. This is also in line with the Department of Health’s (DOH) reform program called Formula One Plus, which envisions Filipinos to be among the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2020 and in Asia by 2040. 

As one of the components of the Universal Health Care Bill is access to free medicines, BNB realizes the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte that “no Filipino should go home without free access to basic medicines when needed and that quality essential medicines should be accessible and affordable for all Filipinos.”

Through the enhanced BNB program, rural areas with outpatient and pharmacy services will be provided medicine for common diseases in the community. With the enactment of BNB, Local Government Units (LGUs) can help its people, especially the indigents, gain access to affordable, if not free, quality essential basic medicines. 

Camilig’s Hon. Vice Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr. noted that close connection and coordination from the LGU to DOH will ensure more programs will be available in Camalig. Baldo also added that the Camalig will allot budget to sustain the program.

DOH OIC – Regional Director Dr. Ernie V. Vera also assured that DOH will give its full support in the implementation and sustainability of BNB by providing technical and logistical assistance. Vera also cited that Camalig is the initial step to opening BNBs in other municipalities in Albay. 

“We emphasize our important partnership with the LGUs because we recognize their task in providing quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare services to the people. The DOH cannot do this alone that is why will continue the collaborating with LGUs in implementing and sustaining health programs for the Bicolanos. Rest assured, the DOH is always ready to serve,” said Vera.//nsau

Showband Soundwaves back onstage for Red Cross fundraising

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A fundraising concert for the benefit of the Philippine Red Cross Camarines Sur Chapter is slated on February 8, 2019 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, this city.

The concert dubbed “Soundwaves Goes Nutz” features homegrown showband Soundwaves, along with special guests Mixed Nutz, Fr. Don Federico, Fr. Francis Tordilla, and Brendalyn Arroyo.

Ningning David-Belmonte, of Soundwaves, said that they will perform songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to cater to a wide audience.

“As artists, we want to use our talents to help the Philippine Red Cross, which has been unrelenting in its service to the community,” David-Belmonte added during the press conference at The Boardroom, Avenue Plaza Hotel this morning.

“Singing is really our passion. We enjoy seeing people enjoy our music, with the added benefit of helping the Red Cross,” she further stated.

Soundwaves is among the more popular local bands which perform not only locally but also abroad.

Tickets for the two-hour dinner concert cost P2,000, P1,400, and P1,000.

The venue can accommodate around 700 guests.

“There will be lots of surprises,” she said, “We guarantee that the audience will have a good time.”

Meantime, Maria Theresa S. Bongiad, Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine Red Cross Camarines Sur Chapter said the concert is just one of the projects of the organization.

During the recent tropical depressions Usman and Amang, the Red Cross extended support in terms of relief goods and psychosocial services to the victims in the province.

“We aim to raise awareness through this concert about our initiatives, and encourage other people to help out,” Bongiad explained.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Naga City had highest average monthly crime rate among chartered cities in 2018--PNP

MANILA (Bicol Standard)--Naga City topped the list of the 36 chartered cities with the highest average monthly crime rate in 2018, the latest report from the Crime Research and Analysis Center of PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) states.

Naga City had an average monthly crime rate of 218.16.

The average monthly crime rate is the frequency of crime incidents relative to the population of a locality over a certain period.

Said data, according to the PNP, is the result of dividing the crime volume by the population in an area.

The quotient is multiplied by 100,000 and the result is then divided by the number of months covered.

The number of crime incidents cover both index and non-index crimes.

Last year, it was reported that from January to July 2018, the average monthly crime rate in Naga City was 202.80.

Borlagdan, Padrigon, Basbas win children’s story writing contest

“Kan Pinahali Si Tabi Sa Kahadean Kan Ugali” by Jaime Jesus Borlagdan of Tabaco, Albay, “Aninoni Nino” by PeyjPadrigon of Iriga City, and “KapistahankanBulan” by Ofero Basbas of Naga City were declared winners of Kabulig-Bikol’s Usipon Pan-Aki Writing Contest 2019.

These three stories were picked out as winning pieces from among 18 children’s stories written in different varieties of Bikol that were submitted as contest pieces.

The first prize winning piece is a rhythmic fable about using the Bikol word for ‘please,’ tabi. Note the cadence and rhyme in the first two lines: Warangdainakakamidbid kay Tabisakahadeankan Ugali. Ta sakahadeankan Ugali siTabi an hadi.

Aninoni Nino is about a boy who would rather play with a flashlight to cast shadows on the wall because he does not want his friends to see his disfigured face. Kapistahan is an ecological story about fireflies who were carried off by a strong wind to a mysterious and filthy place.

This Children’s Short Story Writing Contest is the second competition sponsored by Kabulig. In 2018, the writers’ organization sponsored a poetry writing contest on the theme of Girok: Erotika, the title of its first published book.

Other pieces that caught the judges’ attention were “Si CerinaAsin an KulayBulangiw Na Sira” because of its seascape setting and ecological theme, “Si Aselaasin an Takuring” for its playful use of sound, “An MakangangalasnaAparador” on how a child views an ordinary thing as magical, “An AlkansyaniAtoy,” “Si Kring-Kring An PambihirangKuting,” and “Kurob,” a nascent science fiction story. Some of these, however, were not appropriate for the target audience of 6 to 9-year old children or exceeded the word limit as spelled out in the contest rules. On the other hand, some are worth publishing as single books or as part of an anthology.KabuligBikol Inc. will provide assistance to the writers for the possible publication of the best works.

Cash prizes, trophies, and books will be awarded to the winners in a program on February 25, 2019, at Arabica café, from 3 to 5 pm. Excerpts from the stories will be performed.Tickets are available from any member of Kabulig-Bikol, Inc, Marissa Redburn, Frank Penones, Doods Santos, Esting Jacob, Jerome Hipolito, Elbert Baeta, and Aldy Manrique. Poets Niles Jordan Breis and EmmanBarrameda will also take their oath as new members of Kabulig.

Kabulig-Bikol, Inc. is a non-profit non-government organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Bikol arts and culture. Kabulig, meaning one who shares or helps in an endeavor, has been the most sustained Bikol literary organization in the last decade and has produced and supported many of the present crop of writers actively writing in the Bikol languages. The names of the organization and its members are now inscribed in the second edition of the CCP Encyclopedia. – Doods M. Santos

LGU-Naga allots bulk of Php1.3-B budget on health, education, urban development

NAGA CITY--Health and education programs, as well as urban development projects of the City Government of Naga, got the bulk of its P 1.3B budget for this year, 2019—these aside from other sectors that were also being prioritized and allotted huge budget by the city including disaster preparedness initiatives, among others.

The approved budget was higher by P 200M as compared with last year's budget of P 1.14B— an increase due to the growing revenue of the city government with the higher collection on business and real property taxes, as well as the expanding income of local economic enterprises that include the Bicol Central Station (BCS), Market Enterprise and Promotions Office (MEPO), Naga City Hospital (NCH), and the Naga City Abattoir.

To further cause improvements in the health sector and help ease the health needs in the community, various health institutions in the city including the City Health Office (CHO), City Population and Nutrition Office (CPNO), Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary (OLLI) and the Naga City Hospital (NCH), were allotted a total of about P 155M budget for the upgrading of the city's health facilities and services including the provision of X-Ray and Laboratory services and other health programs to respond especially to the problems on malnutrition and disease outbreaks.

Upholding the utmost value of education for its people, the city government also allotted more than P 100M in the Special Education Fund for various educational support such as in the purchase of needed instructional materials, conduct of seminars and trainings, construction and repairs of school facilities, and financial support to academic competitions. A budget of P 16M was also allotted for scholarship to help students with the financial needs for their studies, especially those in the marginalized sector.

Ensuring also that the housing needs of the less privileged families are being met, the City Government allotted around P50M budget to finance urban redevelopment projects and provide better facilities in urban poor settlement sites.

Among still the priorities of the city government is the disaster preparedness of the city— allotting P 62M for calamity fund that will be used to support programs, projects and trainings that will further improve the city's resiliency in times of unwanted disasters and emergencies.

Working also to improve the city's waste management initiatives, around P 90M budget was allotted for the operation of the sanitary landfill, waste-to-energy facility, and other garbage collection-related policies. Around P 13M was also allotted for the needed Naga River rehabilitation.

In the environment sector, the city government continues to ensure that their facilities and those of private entities are compliant with environmental laws— working out the operations of the wastewater treatment facility at the Naga City Hospital, Naga City Public Market and the Naga City Abattoir; enforcement of anti-smoke belching law; and protection of the Mt. Isarog National Park with the allotted P 11M budget.

To continuously manage the road and traffic flow inside the city, the Public Safety Office was supported with a P 38M budget for the assessment of needed road signages, as well as the functionality of traffic lights.

The City Engineer's Office was also allotted with P 45M budget for the construction of road projects to serve as alternate routes to decongest traffic in especially in the central business districts, as well as storm drainages to resolve flooding problems particularly in the low-lying areas in the city.

Strengthening its support to the vulnerable sectors in the community, the city government continues to apportion financial support for the conduct of programs for their benefit and empowerment—P 8.9M for the senior citizens, P 3.8M for the persons-with-disabilities, P 4M for the youth, and P 21.7M for the children sector.

Seeking also to address possible demands that may arise in the barangays, the city government allotted around P 50M to respond to their needs.

As with the other years, the city's budget reflects its lower dependency in the Internal Revenue Allocation of the national government which comprises only 47% of the the city budget than that of its own locally- generated revenue that makes up 53% of the fund— indication of the city's continued economic dynamism. (Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO)

TEACHER CORNER | The Challenges of a Mathematics Teacher to Millennial Learners

By Marissa D. Chavez
San Fernando National HS

Many teachers complain that it is difficult to teach millennials. Perhaps it is the way they embrace technology in a way that their predecessors did not. Perhaps it is in the way they demand information at lightning speed. Or perhaps it is in the way their attention seems to be fleeting at a rate much faster than previous generations.

As an educator of one of the most dreaded subjects—Mathematics—I see teaching millennials as a challenge and an opportunity. It is merely a test of my teaching skills and my nurturing capabilities. As a teacher, I adapt to their needs so that learning is meaningful and enjoyable.

On the other hand, I think it is fair for me to also challenge my learners not by fighting against the learning abilities that are common among members of their generation, but by harnessing them and exploring their full potential.

I challenge my millennial learners to keep up with the demands of a rapidly-changing environment. Affected by political division, cultural issues, as well as a changing climate, the world they find themselves in is far different from the ones my generation experienced. They must, therefore, not only be flexible, but also responsive to these changes in society. When needed, they should alter their behaviors and way of thinking, in order to cope with these demands.

I also challenge my learners to be open to learning opportunities that are different from the ones they are accustomed to having. Millennials are said to love interactive learning, assignments that encourage free expression, and the use of technology to get their work done. My challenge to millennial learners is to consider other ways of learning that do not cater to their preference, but will be of great help in the way they learn new concepts and skills. I encourage them to give old-fashioned books a chance, as well as take a stab at assignments that are more technical than creative in nature.

Lastly, I challenge the millennial learners to change the negative perception of people about millennials as a lazy, entitled group. They can do this by striving to become more hardworking, and never taking their privileges for granted.

I believe teaching millennials is a great opportunity to make a difference in the community. I am thus grateful for this opportunity, and urge my fellow educators to be thankful as well. In the end, there is no better chance to shape the future of the world than to shape the minds of young learners.

DA expedites calamity loans

PILI, Camarines Sur--To hasten rehabilitation assistance to the farmers recently affected by the horrendous rains brought by typhoon Usman in the close of 2018, the Department of Agriculture together with the Agricultural and Credit Policy Council (ACPC) convened the Provincial and Municipal Agriculturists and Municipal Credit Focal Persons of the municipalities in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte whose agricultural areas were damaged by the typhoon. The Consultation on PLEA and SURE programs was held on January 15, 2019 at Villa Caceres Hotel, this city.

Ding Pereyra, Project Development Officer II of the ACPC introduced the new loan program of the DA which are PLEA (Production Loan Easy Access) and SURE (Survival and Recovery Program). SURE is a quick response, post-disaster support facility of the DA in areas under “State of Calamity.” Under this loan window, an emergency loan or survival assistance amounting to P5,000 can be availed of immediately by the farmer-borrower (small farmers and fisherfolks). An additional recovery assistance amounting to P20,000 shall be loaned out to the farmer-borrower without interest and payable in three years. Those farmers who are recipients of the 4Ps are not entitled to the P5,000 emergency loan but they can avail of the P20,000 recovery assistance. The purpose of the loan is to finance the rehabilitation of their damaged farms or start new livelihood activities. Meanwhile, under the PLEA, farmer-borrowers can avail up to P50,000 to finance production of short term crops and up to P150,000 at 6% interest rate per annum to finance production of high value commercial crops.

Many farmers have already availed of the loan facilities under the SURE program particularly those affected by typhoons Nina and Yolanda in Camarines Sur. They can still avail of the SURE in connection with typhoon Usman provided they are up-to-date in their repayment of their previous loan. The ACPC has issued a moratorium of one (1) year for the loans under previous typhoons to give them ample time to recover.

Meanwhile, Pereyra also introduced two newest loan windows – the Working Capital Loan and the Farm Machinery Loan. The Working Capital Loan of up to P5 million is open to cooperatives and associations with established market and facilities, to finance working capital requirements of trading, marketing and processing of agri-fishery products. Meanwhile, the Farm Machinery Loan is open to individual farmers and can be used to finance acquisition of farm machineries, equipment facilities for production, harvesting to postharvest. The loanable amount shall be the acquisition cost of either one type of machinery (stand alone) or set of machineries (combo package).

Adelina A. Losa, Chief of Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) which is the ACPC’s partner in SURE and PLEA implementation, also solicited the assistance of the LGUs to fastrack the submission of list of qualified farmer beneficiaries and conduit banks and cooperatives in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. Losa said they are relying on the validated list of farmers affected by typhoon Usman submitted by the Municipal Agriculturists. She also urged the provincial and municipal LGUs of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte to endorse more potential lending conduits to the ACPC to add to the existing conduits.

Present during the consultation were existing conduits in Cam. Sur and Albay namely: Maymatan Multipurpose Coop based in Goa, Cam. Sur; Camarines Sur Multipurpose Coop based in Pili, Cam. Sur; Sampaloc Multipurpose Coop of Gainza, Cam. Sur; Camalig Bank in Albay and Banco Santiago De Libon.

In Albay province which was placed under “State of Calamity” in 2018 due to Mayon volcano eruption, the ACPC has released close to P100 million to the conduits ---- P80 million under the SURE program and P18 million under the PLEA program, Pereyra added. (Lovella P. Guarin)

City Hall to enforce towing ordinance

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--The city government of Naga is determined to implement the towing ordinance this coming February, City Councilor Joselito SA Del Rosario, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on transportation told the Bicol Standard earlier today.

Del Rosario said the ordinance should have been implemented earlier this year, but no towing company was able to qualify to perform the job.

In addition, they received several requests from local bankers and other businessmen to further discuss their concerns in connection with the towing ordinance, believing that the implementation will affect their business.

The towing personnel from the Public Safety Office in coordination with the Naga City Police Office will primarily focus on Central Business Districts (CBD) I and II.

As of the moment, the city government is still looking for an impounding area, which should be located near CBD I and II.

Violators will be imposed a penalty of P1,400, P400 of which will go to the city coffers, while P1,000 will go to the towing company, he said.

Del Rosario clarified that while the city is still scouting for a towing company, the City Hall will already start implementing the ordinance, temporarily using their own equipment to tow vehicles in no-parking areas.

Meanwhile, the implementation of the wheel clamp ordinance remains in full swing.

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