Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PNP confers Silver Eagle Awards to outstanding police stations in Camarines Sur

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) --- “Today, we make one step farther to our transformation journey, as we confer the compliance status of the performance system with the frontline units of Naga City Police Office and Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office.”

This was the opening statement of PCSupt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe, PNP Bicol regional director, during the conferment of Performance Governance System (PGS) “Compliant” Status and Awarding Ceremony to outstanding City and Municipal Police Stations (C/MPS) of the Camarines Police Provincial Office and stations of Naga CPO, October 18 at SM  City Naga Activity Center, here.

Among the 35 MPS and 2 CPS in the province, 6 were conferred with the Silver Eagle Awards in recognition of their outstanding commitment and unwavering support in the effective implementation of PNP Patrol Plan 2030  as it endeavor to attain a highly capable, effective and credible police service.

Topping the list of awardees was the Camarines Sur Police Public Safety Company (CSPPSC) headed by PS Rodrigo Benedicto H. Sarmiento Jr. after garnering a total of 94.49 points during the Unit Certification and reporting of PGS for the compliance stage of MPS held in July at the CSPPO.

Among the C/MPS, Iriga City police station under the headship of PSupt. Alex Pederio garnered the highest score with 93.15 points, followed by Ocampo MPS under PCI Noel P. Aquino, OIC, with 92.25 points.

Bula MPS under the stewardship of PCI Rodolfo T. Oliver Jr., ranked 3rd with 90.04 points, followed by Calabanga MPS under PCI Ace Christian R. Mendoza, Assistant COP and Sipocot MPS under PCI Jerome L. Regachuelo, Assistant COP, with collected points of  90.03 and 90.02 respectively.

“The PNP P.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 has remarkably brought life to our organization and sought to re-ignite interest and brought fresh inspiration to many of our colleagues, who before its implementation may have either lost interest or have allowed themselves to be immersed in the mediocrity and nonchalance that has furthered tarnished the image of the organization,” Buenafe added.

PSSupt. Walfredo G. Pornillos, CSPPO Acting Provincial Director vowed to continue to strengthen the PNP’s resolve to fight criminality and ensure the safety of the community through the strict implementation of Project double barrel and compliance to the peace and order agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule-Of-Law,” otherwise known as PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030.
Buenafe also thanked the members of the different Advisory Councils at the level of the region, the province, the city and the municipal police stations for their indispensable participation and contribution to the PNP.

Before formally wrapping up the ceremony, he enjoined every policeman to walk an extra mile to realize the PNP’s dream of a reformed organization worthy of the trust of the people they pledged to serve and protect.

“As we bring the compliance stage to a triumphant close, I implore you to keep the fire burning and prepare for new challenges the next stage, which is the proficiency stage. I am sure, we will be incorporating already our new projects, especially the projects, especially the “Double Barrel” or our anti-illegal drugs campaign.” (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

“Karen” leaves over P670M damage to agri, infra in Bicol

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) –Typhoon Karen has brought damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the Bicol region amounting to over P670 million as based on the data collated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) today.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol has reported total amount of damage to the agriculture sector amounting to P653, 884,654.77 with 17, 996 affected farmers from some 23,485 total affected land area.

Mostly damaged are rice commodities at maturity stage pegged at P411, 879,953.74 followed by high value crops damaged by flooding and strong winds at P201, 352, 416.03, corn at reproductive and maturity stage at P40, 528,035.00 and livestock at P124, 250.00.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol on the other hand reported infra damage in Catanduanes estimated at P12, 317,500.00 for national projects such as roads, bridges and other structures and P8,000,000.00 for local infra due to damaged spillway in Brgy. Sagrada, Bagamanoc.

As reported by the Department of Social Work and Development, 35 families or 149 persons are still in the evacuation centers as of 9:00am today. A total of 14, 801 with 24, 528 persons were affected and utilized 340 evacuation centers all over the region with initial assistance given amounting to P487, 659.00.

A total of 91 houses have been partially damaged, 88 of which are in Camarines Sur and three in Catanduanes.

As to reports of casualties during the onslaught of typhoon Karen, the Department of Interior and Local Government has validated that the deaths are not typhoon related. Moreover three persons are still reportedly missing in Viga, Catanduanes. They are Zaldy de Jesus, Luis Tubig and Rene del Valle.

OCD Bicol Chief Rafael Alejandro said all national roads in the region are passable, with water supply back to normal while power restoration still ongoing in some parts of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Seaport and airport trips likewise resumed operations.

As Karen exit over the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) today, typhoon Lawin has entered and is moving in a West Northwest direction.

Typhoon signal #1 is hoisted as of 11:00 am today in Catanduanes including Cagayan, Calayan group of islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Aurora and Polilio Islands. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)

CamSur records highest population in PSA 2015 census

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) --- With 1.95M population in 2015, Camarines Sur topped the list of Bicol provinces with the biggest population recorded last year.

This is according to the data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority PSA) here during the POPCEN 2015 Provincial data dissemination forum held at the Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay here, Friday.

The province of Albay ranked second among the six provinces in the region in terms of population size with 1.31M count.  The coastal province of Masbate ranked third with 892,000 followed by Sorsogon with 793,000 and Camarines Norte with 583,000.

The island province of Catanduanes has the smallest number of population with 261,000.  The province posted the lowest population growth rate (PGR) of 1.11 percent.

Over all, Bicol region reached the 5.8 million population mark based on the 2015 Census of Population. According to the fact sheet released by PSA, this is higher by 376,578 as compared to the 2010 population of 5.4m.

PSA  Camarines Sur provincial chief Clemente Manaog said that the results of this census is an important economic tool  and are essential and timely indicators particularly for planning managers to determine the kind of programs that they are going to implement in their respective areas of jurisdictions.

The demographics are also significant in the formulation of policies and programs for the effective and efficient delivery of basic services to the constituents, especially in the allocation of resources and revenues.

The statistical data relating to the population also determines the consumer demands and supply of labor for the production of goods and services and is significantly helpful in the identification of business sites. It can also help in measuring the attainability of the millennium development goals that our country commits to achieve by 2018.

POPCEN 2015 was conducted pursuant to Republic Act No.10625 or the Statistical Act of 2013 which mandates the PSA to conduct national censuses and survey and surveys and Executive Order No. 352 which requires the conduct of mid-decade census.

The same EO also mandates the designation of statistical activities that will generate critical data for decision making of the government and the private sector. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/ Camarines Sur)

Population growth has policy implications – Abanto

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Oct. 18 (PIA) - The result of population census has policy implications in political, economic, social and ecological dimensions for sustainable development, according to Dr. Rusty Abanto, vice-president for Academic Affairs of the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC).

Abanto said during the Provincial Dissemination Forum conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) here recently that in terms of political dimension like in Daet which has increasing trend in population, the data will be used to prioritize programs and projects of the local government units or even of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other stakeholders.

He said that population is also important when it comes to economic; investment has increased in Daet because of growing population that is why the town was adjudged as the most competitive municipalities in the country.

In Population Census 2015, Camarines Norte was the fastest growing province in the Bicol Region, because of the latest data, the investment maybe felt later, he said.

Social policies in housing, population control and other basic services also requires population counts in planning of the national government agencies and legislative branch he said.

Abanto said that in ecological dimension, we also consider not only the needs of the present generation but also the future generation  because population growth  increases pressure in the use natural resources  like the forest land which are converted into residential, commercial and other uses.

During the forum, the PSA announced that Camarines Norte was the fastest growing province in the region with an average annual population rate (PGR) of 1.38 percent during the period 2010-2015 according to the latest POPCEN 2015.

Camarines Norte was followed by Camarines Sur -1.32%, Sorsogon 1.30%, Masbate – 1.28%, Albay 1.22% and Albay 1.22% while Catanduanes posted the lowest PGR of 1.11%.

The province of Camarines Norte has population counts of 583,313 of the   100.9 million in the country.

The other topics discussed during the forum were background of the 2015 Census of Population, 2015 population counts, population density and population counts by legislative district. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

DOLE awards P5.3M fund assistance to 13 barangays in Labo

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) –  A total of 13 proponent-barangays received some P5.3 million fund assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the 789 home-based and self-employed workers from the municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte.

DOLE Camarines Norte provincial head Jane L. Rolda turned over the check with the corresponding amounts to respective village chiefs along with other barangay officials present to witness awarding ceremony.

The fund assistance were downloaded to the barangays and will be exclusively used for the purchase of equipment, tools and jigs for the beneficiaries' identified livelihood undertaking such as carpentry/masonry, welding, auto-mechanic, electrical servicing, dressmaking/tailoring, beauty care/hair cut, food processing and the like.

The 13 identified barangays belong to the second batch that qualified as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) of DOLE, namely Pag-asa, Malasugui, Baay, Bagacay, Pangpang, Bakiad, Macogon, Talobatib, Bautista, Pinya, Gumamela, Fundado and Tulay na Lupa.  The first batch was composed of 7 barangays who received the same in 2014.

Rolda acknowledged the significant contribution of the barangays in the effective delivery of projects/services of Department that reaches even the farthest communities and provides them livelihood assistance towards income-augmentation of disadvantaged workers in the informal sector.  (MAL/REAlano-DOLE5/PIA5)