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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diocese of Virac’s Ruby Anniversary celebration kicks-off

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Aug. 21, (PIA) - Diocese of Virac’s celebration of its 40th Foundation Anniversary of Canonical Erection kicked-off  on August 17, 2014, via the arrival of the Batalay Holy Cross to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish and a Holy Mass.

The Novenary Days also started on Aug. 18 until Aug. 26. During these days, church bells are being rung every 5 o’clock in the morning followed by Holy Mass, daily confessions, Rosary and Novena Prayers every 5 p.m. and Novenary Mass at 5:30 p.m.

The image of "Ina" also visit Eastern Bicol Medical Center and Catanduanes National High School on Aug. 19 and 20, respectively.

"Ina" will also visit the Provincial Capitol and Catanduanes State University on Aug. 22, Camp Francisco Camacho on Aug. 23, Antipolo District Church on Aug.25, and Local Government Unit of Virac on Aug. 26 plus a dinner concert dubbed as “Boses Catandungan” for the church’s renovation at the ARDCI Function Hall.

The main celebration of the foundation anniversary will be held on August 27 which will be highlighted by “Diana” around Poblacion Virac, Holy Mass, ringing of Church bells in all barangays chapels, Liturgical Reception and Pontifical Concelebrated Mass.

By Virtue of the Papal Bull "Divino Christi Mandato", on May 27,1974, the Diocese of Virac, suffragan of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres and formerly part of the Diocese of Legazpi in the province of Albay, was created a separate diocese by Pope Paul VI and canonically erected on August 27,1974 with the Most Rev.Jose C. Sorra,DD as its first Bishop.

Twenty years after,on August 12,1994,the Most Rev.Manolo A. de los Santos,D.D., was appointed as the second bishop of Virac and ordained as bishop on September 12,1994 by Jose Tomas Cardinal Sanchez and on October 10,1994 he was installed as the second bishop of Virac.

This year, the Diocese is on its celebratory phase on the occasion of the Ruby Foundation Anniversary with the theme: “Bagong Ebanghelisasyon: Pagpabunga kan Pagtubod.”

According to Rev. Fr. Eric John T. Rojas, Steering Committee Secretary of the event, they are expecting thousands of devotees during the main day of celebration on Aug. 27 where 15 bishops from the various Dioces in the Philippines are expected to grace the events particularly at the Holy Mass.

Relative to the celebration, Police Senior Superintendent Adelio Benjamin G. Castillo, PNP Catanduanes provincial director said that they will deploy police elements during the duration of the festivity to ensure the safety of the devotees and the peaceful celebration of the Ruby Foundation Anniversary of the Diocese.

He added that they have already started conducting checkpoints in various strategic areas in preparation for the event.(AAN/EAB/ PIA Catanduanes)
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DOST holds South Luzon cluster science and technology fair in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 19 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol hosts this year’s Southern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair held in this city on August 18-20.

DOST Bicol director Tomas Briñas said the cluster composed of Regions III, IVA, IVB, V and National Capital Region (NCR)  chose the theme “Building Smarter MSMEs’ and Communities through Science, Technology and Innovation” to re-affirm DOST system’s deeper commitment to leverage smarter technologies, innovations and in effect, create a positive change to the lives of the people.

“Taking a closer look into the Southern Luzon, this geographic cluster has so much to offer with its bountiful natural resources and its pool of talented students, researchers and experts,” Briñas said.

“The right time has come to capitalize and harness these immense potentials in accelerating countryside development and providing solutions to pressing problems on food security, environmental sustainability, livelihood generation and climate change, among others,” he added.

The three-day event features scientific developments and technological solutions showcased through interactive exhibits, infographic, story wall, fora, training and other activities intended to make science and technology accessible particularly to micro-small and medium (MSMEs) entrepreneurs and communities at the grassroots level.

It also aims to serve as an avenue to inspire and entice the public’s awareness and appreciation for science and technology.

“Let us work closely together as we continue to take strides in building smarter MSMEs and empowered and safer communities,” Briñas noted.

For the Bicol region, Briñas highlights the five critical strategies implemented in building smarter MSMEs and communities.

These include the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), technical assistance and consultancy services, packaging innovations, laboratory and testing services and community empowerment through science and technology.

“The SETUP remains the banner program that encourages entrepeneurs’ adoption of smarter technologies resulting to better products, processes and systems,” he added.

Despite the small industry-base in the region since 2002, Briñas said over a hundred of MSMEs have availed of these interventions in the form of acquisition of smart technologies, capacity building and training activities, and consultancy services.(AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Albay gears up for possible Mayon eruption


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 18 (PIA) – Some 12, 000 families from high risk municipalities and cities within the six to eight kilometer danger zone will be evacuated should Mayon Volcano be raised to alert level 3 said Albay Governor Joey Salceda.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Mayon alert level 1 to alert level 2 Friday due to the growth of a new lava dome preceded by swelling of the middle slopes and significant increase in sulfur dioxide emission.

“Based on Mayon’s behavior exhibited in recent eruptions, current observations may indicate the advent of quiet lava extrusion that may eventually lead to greater unrest,” Phivolcs said.

Earlier today, Salceda convened the regional and provincial disaster risk reduction and management council RDRRMC-PDRRMC for a joint meeting to beef up measures needed to ensure the safety of population at risk.

In the said meeting, Phivolcs Bicol Director Ed Laguerta said Mayon Volcano’s current seismic network did not detect any volcanic earthquake during the past 24-hour observation period although moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting northeast and increased sulfur dioxide emission have been observed.

“Data indicate that the volcano may have been experiencing increased volcanic gas emission and slight but persistent swelling due to the intrusion of magma beneath,” Laguerta said.
Moreover Laguerta noted that an eruption like what happened in 1814 is unlikely.

“Mayon has a lot more to show should it erupt like what happened in 1814 but as of now it is not showing any signs toward such kind of eruption,” he said.

Other DRRMC member agencies also ensured their readiness in executing their contingency plans and in providing needed support.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said they have about 30,000 family packs and added 200 sacks of rice for relief distribution.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has designated alternate roads should major highways be affected and has also pledged their assistance in evacuation, delivery of goods and clearing operations.

Local chief executives likewise alerted the barangay captains concerned to review and set in action their barangay disaster preparedness plan.

Meanwhile the local governments of Sto. Domingo, Daraga, Ligao City and Legazpi City declared that there are no residents inhabiting the area within the six kilometer permanent danger zone except for Camalig, Tabaco and Guinobatan.

Furthermore, Salceda has immediately issued an advisory right after Phivolcs elevated Mayon Volcano status from abnormal alert level 1 to alarming alert level 2 ordering measures to prevent casualty in line with the zero casualty goal of the province in time of disasters.

The advisory reiterates the “no mountain climbing” policy of the province noting that mountaineering is subject to prior notification to Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) and Department of Tourism (DOT).

“No ATV beyond lava fronts. Definitely, no green lava valley. No orchid picking, no vegetable harvesting in the delineated 6-km radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) of Mayon Volcano, “Salceda ordered.

The governor also urges for extra care and caution in conducting human activity near the perimeter of the 6-km PDZ and prohibits Mayon Skyline hotel visitors in the North of Mayon Volcano from visiting at night.

The city, municipal and barangay DRRMCs of the cities of Ligao, Legazpi and Tabaco and municipalities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Sto Domingo and Malilipot are likewise ordered to immediately submit to the PDRRMC through APSEMO the number of population (families and persons) still residing within the 6-km PDZ around Mayon within the week and the names of heads of families.(AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Napolcom Bicol sets PNP entrance, promotional exam this September

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 18 (PIA) – The National Police Commission (Napolcom) Bicol has announced the schedule for walk-in filing of application for Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance examination on September 1-12 and promotional examination on September 15-30.

Napolcom Bicol Director Rodolfo Santos Jr. said the On-Line Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) is suspended in the region and will accept walk-in application for this year’s exam set on November 9.

“The On-Line Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) is suspended in Region V for this exam period only, and will accept walk-in filing of exam application,” Santos said.

Santos said applicants should personally appear at the Napolcom regional office here on the scheduled dates specified for exam application processing.

Entrance examinees should bring their transcript of scholastic records, birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registry or national Statistics Office (NSO), two recent and identical 1x1 color ID picture with white background and with complete name tag, one legal size window envelope with P15  worth of mailing stamp and P400 exam fee.

Police Officer 1 with temporary appointment should have their certified copy of attested appointment and plantilla appointment or Order.

Applicants must not be more than 30 years of age with a  Bachelor’s degree and height of at least 1.62 m or 5ft.4in for males and 1,57m or 5ft.2in for females.

Promotional examinees, on the other hand, should have their certified attested appointment, plantilla or PNP absorption order, report of rating or certification issued by the Napolcom Central Office, CSC certification of eligibility or PRC board of eligibility, two recent and identical 1x1 color ID picture with white background and with complete name tag and one legal size window envelope with P15.00 worth of mailing stamp.

Examination fee is P400 for police officer (PO), P450  for senior police officer (SPO), P500 for inspector (Insp) and P600  for superintendent (Supt).

“PNP applicants must file their application in complete GOA type “B” uniform,” Santos said.

“Acceptance of application shall be on a first come, first served basis giving priority to residents of the Bicol region and for PNP personnel assigned herein,” he added.

Napolcom, said Santos, reserves the right to limit the number of examinees it will accommodate based on the predetermined quota for every exam category.(AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

PNP Catanduanes celebrates 113th Service Anniversary

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Aug. 17 (PIA)- Philippine National Police (PNP) Catanduanes Police Provincial Office marked its 113th Police Service Anniversary through a short program and awarding ceremony held on August 15, 2014 at Camp Francisco Camacho.

This year’s celebration was  anchored on the theme: “Pulisya Kaagapay ang Mamamayan para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”

In his message, Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento, guest of honor and speaker of the event expressed gratitude and congratulated Catanduanes Provincial Police for continually ensuring the safety and protection of every Filipinos particularly the Catandunganons.

He also said that as the province’s representative in Congress, he is committed in working and cooperating with PNP to ensure peace and development of Catanduanes.

The solon also expressed his support to the leadership of PNP Provincial Director, Police Senior Superintendent Adelio Benjamin Castillo.

Awarding of certificates of recognition, appreciation and achievement were also given to PInsp Johnny Ray DG. Isic, Best PCO; SPO1 Raymond G. Vidal, Best Senior PNCO; PO3 Joseph T. Teope, Best Junior PNCO; PO1 Albert M. Catacutan; Best in the Enforcement of Motorcycle Helmet Act; Purita Zuniga, Best NUP; Donnie Vic G. Tabirara and Janelyn V. Rima, Media Achievement Award;Brgy. Tanod Salvador Isidro Tabuzo, Recognition Award; Virac MPS, Best Municipal Police Station and Best in Campaign on Special Laws on Anti-Illegal Drugs & Illegal Gambling; Baras MPS, Best in Campaign on Special Laws on Anti-Illegal Fishing; Catanduanes PPSC;  Best in Campaign on Special Laws on Anti-Illegal Logging; and Panganiban MPS; Best in Accounting of Most Wanted Persons.

In an interview, PD Castillo expressed his gratitude to the various sectors of the community and their stakeholders for trusting and cooperating with PNP.

According to him, PNP has been successful in carrying its mandate through the years since 1901 because of the help of every Filipino.

He likewise asked for continued support and confidence to the policemen to ensure peace and order in the province. (AAN/EAB/ PIA V/ Catanduanes)

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