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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Duterte’s SONA draws cheers, support from Albayano netizens

LEGAZPI CITY, July 26 (PIA) – Albayano netizens expressed their support and admiration for President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans for the country presented in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday.  

Dr. Cesar Chua said “The President was making points clearly to the ordinary Filipino people, and he made the points clearly and vividly to be understood by ordinary people like us!”

He furthered, “Political analysts expects to hear all that is to done in six years, hello, intellectuals, this is just the first SONA, Duterte was only reporting to the Filipinos what he will and do in the first year if his office! That is perfect for us ordinary citizens!”

Albayano journalist and China Radio International posted “What was earlier reported to be a tearjerker turned candid and straight from the hip. Digong knew nobody among the legislators except a handful believed he'll win. But now, almost all of them are on his side.”

Private school teacher Jo Omala said she likes Duterte’s reiteration of “not to do drugs” noting his sincerity in asking for cooperation in fighting illegal drugs and in protecting authorities who will be loyal in their duty yet also reminded them not to abuse their position.

“I also like the changes he proposed such as extended validity of driver’s license and his call “not to hate too much,” she added.

 King M. Reginaldo also noted the said remarks as the best part of Duterte’s SONA.

 “I love this part of the SONA of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte..The Best of All! Let me make this appeal to you: “If we cannot, as yet, love one another, then in God’s name, let us not hate each other too much,” so it was said. [applause] I say the same to you today."

Jose Dela Riva commented “just the beginning, only time can measure how great he will be as a leader, president. So far, some good policies seems to be working in his favor. I praise him for that,”

Other netizens likewise hailed the historic, peacefully rally of militant groups formerly done to express protest against past administrations by burning effigies but this time, conducted to support the president through “portraits of peace” murals.

It was also the first time for the militants to get nearer Batasan Road with the police peacefully standing nearby.

Rome Candaza reacted, “Dito ako naiyak, sa wakas nagkaron tayo ng gobyernong para sa Tao na nawala ang iringan ng pulis at mga raliyista. Totoong tao ang nasa posisyon. Ituloy natin ang gobyernong para sa Tao. Salamat PNP Chief Bato para sa pangunguna ng pagkakaisa at kapayapaan (this is where I got teary-eyed. At last we have a government for the people, with peace between the police and the rallyist. The people in position are sincere. Let us continue this kind of government. Thank you PNP Chief Bato for leading unity and peace).”

Nhaldz Bilan Bon also said “Disiplinado ang mga rallyesta militante. Walang tulakan at balyaha. Umpisa na talaga ng pagbabago, sana sa susonod pang mga SONA (the militant rallyists were disciplined, no pushing, no riots. It’s really the start of change, hoping the same for the next SONAs).”

On the president executive order on Freedom of Information, Gerald Gallenito said “At last Na aprub man graray. Tnx to d President." (At last it was approved this time. Thanks to the president).”(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571469509169/duterte-s-sona-draws-cheers-support-from-albayano-netizens#sthash.X7eBNNjK.dpuf

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DSWD: 29,346 poor Bicolanos have disability

LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 (PIA) – The recent household assessment conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) revealed that 1.3 percent or 29, 346 of the 2, 340, 468 poor individuals in the  Bicol region have disability.

DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia cited the said data as one of the guest speakers during the opening ceremony of the National Disability and Prevention (NDPR) week celebration held July 18 at the Albay Astrodome.

Garcia said Camarines Sur posted some 10, 620 persons with disability (PWDs), the highest among six provinces in the region, followed by Albay with 6,658, Masbate 4,233, Sorsogon 4,015, Camarines Norte 2,777 and Catanduanes 1,043.

Garcia added that aside from this data, the Listahanan have records on individuals with functional difficulties such as seeing, hearing, caring, walking, remembering and communicating.

Listahanan is DSWD’s information management system that identifies who and where the poor are.

He noted that disability is a general term used to depict difficulties in functioning experienced by a person with health condition in interacting with his environment.”

“Therefore, a person with difficulty in functioning may experience activity limitations, which means difficulties in executing bodily functions such as mobility, seeing and hearing or cognition that limit their activities in the everyday environment and life. Difficulty in functioning may range from no difficulty or slight to severe difficulty or cannot do at all,” Garcia explained.

He furthered that for the Bicol region, DSWD is piloting a project for PWDs in Ligao City called Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for PWDs.

“The project aims to provide interventions to PWDs and to reduce barriers for greater access to resources both from the government and non-government sector,” Garcia said.

This year’s NDPR Week is celebrated on July 17 -23 with the there “Karapatan ng may kapansanan, Isakatuparan…Now na!” which focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedoms and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.

The weeklong celebration aims to stimulate public awareness on disability and encourage every citzen to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social condition of PWDs in the country. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571469088161/dswd-29-346-poor-bicolanos-have-disability#sthash.r48n5i0n.dpuf

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Comelec Albay records 9,000 registrations for BKK elections

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, July 19 (PIA) – Since the start of the registration period last July 15 for the upcoming Barangay and ‘Katipunan ng Kabataan’ (KK) elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Albay province has recorded a total of 9,248 voters who have since enlisted.

According to Comelec Albay, as of July 18, it has recorded 6,624 new registrations for the KK voters, which are youths between the ages of 15 and 17. For the ‘regular voters’ or voters 18 years of age or above, the commission tallied a total of 2,074 registrations.

Comelec Albay also took into account 382 reactivations, for voters who had their registrations de-activated due to failure to vote for two consecutive elections. The total is also comprised of those who had registration updates, including 53 ‘change of name’ (for reasons like marriage), 34 entry corrections, and 81 reactivations with corrections.

Given that only three days have lapsed since the beginning of the registration period, COMELEC has stated that more registrations are expected in the days to come. The said period will be continuous from July 15 until July 30, and will be open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and even on holidays.

To apply for registration, the applicant must register personally at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) of their respective city or municipality.

The OEOs would be open during office hours, from 8:00AM until 5:00PM. However, Comelec strongly reminded  the public to register as early as possible to avoid the rush, as the given schedule is rigid with low-to-no possibility of any extension.

After the registration period, all registrations, reactivations and other applications would be subject for hearing by the Election Registration Board (ERB). Stated on the schedule released by the commission, August 4 would be the last day in posting the ‘Notice of Hearing’ with list of applicants or registration.

The last day of filing oppositions on the application would be on August 8, and the hearing for the approval or disapproval of applications would be on August 11. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301468908555/comelec-albay-records-9-000-registrations-for-bkk-elections#sthash.jZ6UAkqW.dpuf

Albay Guv vows full support for PWDs

LEGAZPI CITY, July 19(PIA) – Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has expressed his full support on programs and initiatives supporting and promoting the welfare of persons with disabilities in the province.

In his message as one of the guest of honors for the formal opening program of this year’s observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, Bichara pledged his full support in realizing the   fundamental freedoms and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws and providing even more for his fellow Albayanos suffering from any impairment.

“As the new Governor of Albay, I would like to assure you, especially the PWDs from this province, that we will adopt and follow this laudable advocacy of CHR, and perhaps, go a little farther by doing more, that is, by giving their sector more opportunities for progress and development,” Governor Bichara said.

The Commission on Human Rights Bicol led the opening ceremony of the weeklong celebration yesterday at the Albay Astrodome with the theme “Karapatan ng May Kapansanan, Isakatuparan… Now Na!”

Bichara furthered that “those who have less in life must have more in law, while CHR provides them with more protection in law, the provincial government of Albay envisions to promote their welfare and well-being so that just like the rest of us, they may also have a better quality of life.”

He also congratulated the CHR V and the Albay PWD sector for consistently holding the affair providing a channel for not only promoting awareness on the rights of the disabled, but also, in creating a higher level of self-esteem and self-worth among Albay PWDs resulting to them becoming more productive members of our society.

The third week of July is celebrated as the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 361 dated last August 19, 2000 and Administrative Order 35 dated last May 3, 2002. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571468894892/albay-guv-vows-full-support-for-pwds#sthash.kEWQe9zQ.dpuf

Monday, July 18, 2016

Albay KBP chair, radio reporters submit to voluntary drug testing

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, July 18 (PIA) – To show support on the present administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Albay chapter chairman Jun Alegre has submitted himself and his radio station’s reporters and employees to drug-testing, and urged all media practitioners to follow suit.

“We (media personalities) are the considered the watchdogs of society and should act accordingly as good examples”, said Alegre this afternoon, before submitting himself for drug-testing under the supervision of the Philippine National Police.

Alegre, also the station manager of Z100.3 Zagitsit News FM, voluntarily took the drug testing along with 20 employees and reporters of the said radio station.

“W have to walk the talk. We (in Zagitsit News) support the efforts of the government in combatting illegal drugs, which is why we do this,” stated Alegre.

Two weeks ago, during his interview with the new Presidential Communications Office (PCO) secretary Martin Andanar, Alegre expressed his and his station’s open support in the Duterte administration’s drive to curb illegal drug abuse.

Alegre believes that they are the first in Albay, if not the entire country, to take this initiative in conveying a drug-free stand on the local media body.

“On our upcoming KBP meeting, we will be sure in bringing this up so that the rest of the media community here in Albay would be one in this advocacy,” added the KBP chairman.

 Alegre is confident that many more of his fellow media practitioners would take the same initiative against drug use. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301468893983/albay-kbp-chair-radio-reporters-submits-to-voluntary-drug-testing#sthash.XG7TcoTV.dpuf