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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 24 declared as non-working holiday in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct 23 (PIA) – The Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) here has declared October 24 as a non-working holiday in celebration and commemoration of the Legazpi Port district fiesta.

Similarly, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal has issued an executive order (EO) “declaring October 24, 2014 as non-working holiday for city government of Legazpi and public schools within Legazpi Port area in commemoration of Legazpi Port district fiesta.”

Private and public establishments and national offices within the area are likewise encouraged to support the feast of St. Raphael the Archangel as the patron saint of the city by declaring the said date as non-working holiday for its EMPLOYEES.

“The holiday would enable the city parishioners to PAY homage to their patron, St. Raphael the Archangel, and encourage them to show gratitude for the blessings received through his intercession,” the EO stated.

It furthered that the special day would also serve as an occasion for family bonding and reunions, thereby strengthening ties among family members.  (AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DTI holds 1st Product Standards Fair in Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY, Oct 22 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry held on October 21-23 the first Product Standards Fair themed “Product Standards for Safe and Clean Environment” to encourage consumers to patronize quality products and to use innovative products that comply with standards.

DTI Bicol INFORMATION officer Jocelyn Berango said the activity is timely since product standards is a big factor in protecting the environment.

“Considering the frequent occurrence of typhoons and heavy rains, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to alert the consumers on the effects of the use of uncertified and unsafe products and the destruction that they will bring to people’s lives and properties, “ Berango said.

The fair convened consumers and the business community for them to learn and be familiarized with standards REQUIREMENTS based on Philippine National Standards (PNS) of various DTI regulated products.

Likewise, consumers were discouraged to buy or use cheap and unsafe products for greater economic benefits.

On the part of the manufacturers, the fair served as a venue for them to provide quality products, increase product visibility and generate MARKET leads.

Ten companies exhibited their products which include polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, ROOFING MATERIALS, lighting materials, solar panels, tires, black iron and galvanized iron (BI-GI) pipes, fire extinguishers, cement, and other innovative products.

 “These products are guaranteed safe and certified, thereby protecting the environment and the public against unreasonable risks of injury,” Berango added.

Apart from the product exhibit, a Standards Seminar was also conducted and participated in by hardware owners, engineering students, and contractors along with the 3rd Regional Consumerism Challenge for high school students in the region.   (AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Albay folks join 40-Day People’s Walk for Climate Justice

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct 20 (PIA) – The province of Albay is all set in joining the Climate Walk, a 40-day 1000-kilometer (km) journey by foot in solidarity with the global call for climate justice, slated to arrive in the province on October 21.

The Climate Walk in the country started on October 2 at Rizal Park, Luneta Manila set as kilometer zero and will culminate at Tacloban City as ground zero of Yolanda/Haiyan on November 8 in time for the first anniversary of super typhoon’s historic landfall.

“Climate Walk is dedicated to all people in the Philippines and around the world who confront the reality of climate change. It’s time to take action, not just words,” Climate Change COMMISSION chief Naderev “Yeb” Saño said.

Saño has been acclaimed worldwide for his emotional appeal to global leaders to address the impact of climate change at the UN Climate Talk in Warsaw in 2013 days after Yolanda devastated the country particularly Tacloban, his father’s hometown.

He is one of the 30 core walkers along with Alan Burns of the Fast for the Climate and Carolina Climate Action, Manuel Mendoza of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Albert Lozada of Greenpeace Southeast Asia and writer Gregorio Bituin Jr. of Sanlakas.

The Climate Walk Albay leg will arrive in Polangui on October 21 at around 1-2pm and will proceed to Oas at 4-6pm for dinner and rest.

Chief executives, municipal officials and local walkers will meet and join them as they walk from one municipality to the other.

On October 22 they will proceed from Oas around 6am and expected to arrive in Guinobatan around 12-1pm. A Climate Fair will be held in Travesia evacuation center at 5pm.

Afterwhich they will be passing by Camalig and will be bound to the Climate Change Academy in Bicol University for dinner and rest.

On October 23, climate walk will depart from Legazpi to Sorsogon around 6am.

The route will be from Legazpi to Putiao, Pepita, Casiguran, Irosin and Matnog.

They will be travelling by boat from Matnog on October 27 to Eastern Visayas.

The participation of local government units (LGUs) in Albay in the said Walk is also part of the pre-birthday celebration of Governor Joey salceda on October 26.

Climate Walk is part of the initiatives of climate advocates to roll out local climate plans as the initial start of concerted efforts to make local and national policies coherent particularly in adaptation, energy, and finance.

It has been done globally in more than 150 countries to drive momentum for grassroots social action to strengthen global public opinion on climate change and provide the push for countries to finalize a fair, equitable, ambitious and durable new climate agreement at the climate change international conference slated in Paris on 2015.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PCA steps up defense to curb threat of cocolisap infestation in Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY, Oct 14 (PIA) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has been stepping up its information campaign, monitoring and eradication operations as key strategies in strengthening defense against the threat of Coconut Scale Insect (CSI) or cocolisap infestation in the Bicol region.

PCA Bicol regional manager Mateo Zipagan said part of these strategies is the creation and training of the Bicol CSI Task Force held on October 8-9 at the PCA Albay Research Center in Banao, Guinobatan Albay to further strengthen their stand against the threat of CSI spread in the region.

“This activity aims to strengthen our stand against the threat of CSI spread in all fronts. Focal persons from all provinces and partner agencies in the region will be part of the task force and our field team whenever surveillance and control operations are to be done,” Zipagan said.

He revealed that nine coconut trees in Sta Elena and Del Gallego have been identified as infected with cocolisap but is now under control after conducting trunk injection further noting that a defense line has been established to prevent further spread and ensure proper monitoring.

Quarantine operations has likewise been conducted in the region to prevent the spread of CSI from infested to non-infested areas as specified under Executive Order No. 169.

The said EO aims to establish emergency measures to control and manage the spread and damage of Aspidiotus Rigidus or cocolisap in the country designating the PCA as the lead agency for the purpose.

“Land and seaport checkpoints have been established in all provinces in the region manned by deputized plant quarantine inspector (PQI) and quarantine guards,” Zipagan said.

From the said checkpoints, he cited the interception and return to origin of 500 pieces coconut seedlings and 60 pieces mango seedlings from Unisan, Quezon and confiscation and burning of 30 pieces infested coconut seedlings from Gumaca, Quezon to Macahadoc, Sta Elena, Camarines Norte.  
CSI outbreak has been declared in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon.

CCA senior science research specialist Johana Orense said infestation of CSI anchored in masses on the underside of infested leaflet involves yellowing and wilting of infested leaves and eventual drying at advanced stage.

“Among the visible damages are lesser and undersized nuts, shorter leaves and discolored leaflets due to drying and reduced photosynthetic activity,” she said.

Orense noted that among the factors that can trigger pest outbreak factors are temperature, relative humidity, pollutants level, climate change, planting density, susceptibility of host plants and population imbalance of the pest and natural enemies.

“If all the environmental factors favorable to CSI outbreak are met and no interventions or treatment will be made, then an outbreak will most likely occur within a 15 kilometer radius from the focus of infestation in less than a year,” she explained.

Three species of beetles and wasps identified as natural enemies of cocolisap are being mass-produced in the laboratories of PCA and Regional Crop Protection Center.

“These natural enemies are being released to control the population of cocolisap and restore a balanced ecosystem,” Orense said.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

DSWD now accepts application for data utilization awards for LGUs

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office, through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is now accepting applications for the first Gawad Listahanan or the Data Utilization Awards.

The awards are open to local government units (LGUs) to recognize the efforts of our data users in providing services and assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor families.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the first Gawad Listahanan will focus solely on LGUs but the DSWD is planning to expand the award eligibility to non-government organizations and other stakeholders in the future.

The activity also aims to promote the convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the different aspects of poverty.

Qualified LGUs will be classified under one of three categories: municipal, city or provincial government.

LGUs may be nominated to the competition provided that they follow a set of minimum standards like: 1) must have an active memorandum of agreement with the DSWD on Listahanan data sharing; 2) funded and implemented a social protection program that provides direct service/intervention to the Listahanan-identified poor, such as but not limited to scholarships, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, and skills/livelihood training; and, 3) must be 100-percent compliant with the annual reportorial requirement of data sharing as stipulated in the agreement (submission of updated reports which includes the list of programs and their respective beneficiaries, who were identified using the database). The participants have until Oct. 15 to submit their entries.

The awarding ceremony will be held during the DSWD anniversary in January next year.

The awardee for each category will receive a plaque citing the highlights of its contribution and/or significance of their partnership with the DSWD and cash incentive of at least Php 50,000 to be provided based on a project proposal that will promote the Listahanan.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)
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