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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Albay to feature local tourism at Phl Travel Mart

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 30 (PIA) – The amazing local destinations, activities and culinary delights of Albay province will be featured once again in the biggest and longest running travel trade exhibition in the country.

This year’s 27th Philippine Travel Mart is a widely anticipated event of both local and foreign travelers as it showcase Philippine destinations and provide the best discounted tour packages. It will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, on September 2 – 4, 2016.

Albay Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Dorothy Fernandez Colle said the inclusion of the province in the Travel Mart will serve as opportunity to invite more tourists and visitors.

“With the partnership with Department of Tourism Region V, the Provincial Government of Albay hopes that our inclusion in this year’s Travel Mart will extend our reach in delivering information about our beautiful province,” Colle added.

She added that their office is continuously creating programs and projects that are both sustainable and practical for the Albayano people.

“We will continuously be putting Albay in the tourism spot, making our province not only the hub for Philippine tourism, but also connect it to the rest of the world,” Colle said.

She noted that tourism will play a crucial role in developing jobs and income for Albayanos as witnessed in many highly developed countries and cities.

The Albay booth, clustered with the other provinces from the Bicol region, will be the lead participant to entice tourists and visitors with its amazing local destinations and activities and samples of local culinary delights.

Organized by the Philippine Tour Operators’ Association (PHILTOA), this year’s Philippine Travel Mart will feature around 400 booths manned by local government units, tour operators and other stakeholders like hotels and airlines offering great discounts for travel and accommodation packages.(MAL/SAA/PGA-PIA5/Albay)

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Monday, August 29, 2016

NEDA-ICC submits three transport infra-projects in Albay for funding

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, August 29 (PIA) –With three major transport infrastructure projects in Albay now given the ‘green light’ for funding approval by the National Economic Development Authority’s (NEDA) Investment Coordinating Committee, the province is given a good reason to celebrate as it is poised for a big economic boom.

As of early August, NEDA-ICC has recommended ten infrastructure projects to benefit from the Php320 billion budget meant to accelerate infrastructure development.

Incuded on these are the three projects of Php 170.7 billion worth North-South Railway Project (NSRP) –South Line, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) amounting to Php 4.79 billion, and the Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) worth Php 10.15 billion.

Though the project’s funding is still subject for final approval by the NEDA Board, with President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman, the NEDA-ICC’s recommendation of these projects was a much welcomed news in Albay as all three projects would be located in the province.

The NSRP-South Line, which was approved after extensive project modifications, is designed to be a 653-kilometer railway system from Tutuban in Manila to Legazpi City in Albay, and eventually until Matnog in Sorsogon. The railway transport is expected to provide a faster and more efficient means of shipping and commute.

The BIA, on the other hand, is expected to open the flood gates of the Bicol region in terms of international tourism, given that Albay is becoming a national powerhouse in eco-tourism after it’s declaration as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Initially mean for the benefit of agrarian reform communities, the IPAC is envisioned to enhance market access and competitiveness of farmers in rural community. After the completion of the IPAC in Albay, the productivity and marketability rate of agricultural goods in the province is seen to rapidly increase.

Combining the overall potential funding of these three projects, which is amounting to more or less Php 185 billion, Bicol (especially Albay) would technically benefit at an estimated 60% of the Php 320 billion budget.

The three projects were initially pushed three years ago by then Albay governor and now Albay second district congressman Joey Salceda, during his chairmanship of the Bicol Regional Development Council.

 According to NEDA, the final approval for the funding of the projects recommended by the NEDA-ICC would be decided by September. But, given the projects potential in uplifting socio-economic growth, the office is confident that it would have the President’s approval as needed. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301471943013/neda-icc-submits-three-transport-infra-projects-in-albay-for-funding#sthash.EnwdlNXH.dpuf

Friday, August 26, 2016

PSA Camarines Norte calls for cooperation of public in the conduct of surveys

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Aug. 26 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provincial office here called on for the cooperation of the public in their regular conduct of different surveys in line with their mandate as central statistical authority of government on primary data collection.

This was announced during the Talakayan sa PIA on air of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Norte here Monday, Aug. 22 at DWCN Radyo ng Bayan.

Registration officer Janice Espiritu said that one of their functions is to conduct statistical sample surveys on all aspects of socio economic life including agriculture, industry, trade, finance, prices and marketing information, income and expenditure, education, health, culture and social situations as well as the government and the political sector for the use of the government and the public.

She said that they are presently conducting Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment in the 14 establishments in the province which started in August 15 wherein the result of this will be used by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

They also conduct every first five days of the month the Price Survey of all the commodities for Consumer Price Index with inflation rate and purchasing power of peso.

Espiritu also thanked the cooperation of the public in their conduct of Population Census (POPCEN) in August 2015 wherein the province has recorded 583,313 populations of the 100.98 million in the country.

She said that the next survey for Census of Population and Housing will be conducted on May 2020.

She clarified that data gathered by the PSA is confidential only the statistical data is use by government agencies concerned while the number of population also served as a basis for the amount of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the barangay, municipality and province.

She also reiterates to the public that they can also request their needed documents like birth, death and marriage certificates via on line at psa.gov.ph. and will get the documents for 2-4 days.

Meanwhile she mentioned that the PSA together with the City, Municipal Civil Registrars and stakeholders on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Camarines Norte have joined in the 8th National Workshop on Civil Registration on August 23-25, 2016 in Iloilo City which aimed to provide a forum for best practices and sharing of experiences and ideas on CRVS.

She also announced that on Aug. 31–Sept. 2, 2016 there will be a National Convention on Philippine Statistician in Naga City wherein invited to this activity are the government stakeholders on planning, academe, students and among others concerned. (RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/871472025423/psa-camarines-norte-calls-for-cooperation-of-public-in-the-conduct-of-surveys#sthash.BC8dkl9M.dpuf

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Camarines Sur PPOC meets, delves on peace plans and war on drugs

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, Camarines Sur, Aug, 25 (PIA) --- Camarines Sur Vice Governor Fortunato C. Peña, presiding officer of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) stated, upon the direction of Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte that the province is one with President Rodrigo’s side on the government's campaign against illegal drugs.

“Our governor would like to convey his intent to make the province a drug-free zone and in fact has instructed the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to do everything in our means to come up with resolutions or ordinances in support of this endeavor,” Peña stated before the various government heads and representives who attended the council meeting, held Wednesday, August 24 at Villa Del Rey Function, Capitol Park here.

In a statement, Villafuerte invited the PPOC members to join him in the launching of a massive drug campaign, which will be immediately followed by the Provincial Youth Summit Against Drugs on September 1 at the Provincial Capitol.

The governor has invited all sectors to participate in the occasion - from the senior citizens down to the very young sector of the province.

His wage on war will be comprised of information and communication component which primarily endeavors to raise the awareness of the people, particularly among the youth on the ill-effects of drugs.  He also proposed the formation of Kabarangay ko, Tatabangan kong iwasan ang Droga or  (KATAID) in compliance with DILG Regional Memorandum Circular No 2016-015 dated Aug 22,2016.

KATAID will provide full support to OPLAN Tokhang  being spearheaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure strategic options for the convergence of the delivery of basic services, identify issues and concern and actions at the local level, make recommendations to higher level to answer pressing issues and ensure the integration of law enforcement agencies in the peace and order plan of the province and allocate fund for the said purpose.

The young governor also plans to establish a 24-hour quick response team for drug emergencies with operational hotlines. This will facilitate an effective communication system between the community and the provincial government. The  following hotlines were designated to respond to related queries: Smart 0998 5762 072 , 0998 576 2071  and for Globe 0917 5260 647.

Aside from establishing rehabilitation centers through the utilization of various district and municipal hospitals in the province,  Governor Villafuerte intends to provide scholarship fund for the youth who got hooked on drugs yet successfully completed the prescribed treatment for them.

This also goes true to the head of the families who will be provided with supplementary livelihood system after proving that they have indeed turned their backs from illegal drugs. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861472109775/camarines-sur-ppoc-meets-delves-on-peace-plans-and-war-on-drugs#sthash.L0BNxn4j.dpuf

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

‘Double Barrel’ in Bicol continues, yields drug-using minor

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, August 24 (PIA) – Since ‘Operation Double Barrel’ got implemented last June 2016, the police operations in Bicol continued to reap success in eliminating illegal drug use in the region. However, recent statistics on the operations’ turn-outs raised some concerns to the authorities as the number of surrendering drug offenders included teenagers and children.

Oplan Tokhang, an off-shoot police operation of Operation Double Barrel wherein suspected drug users and traders are convinced to voluntarily surrender, swept through the Bicol region and visited a total of 20,664 residences owned by suspected drug offenders. Because of this, Philippine National Police of Bicol (PNP-RO5) recorded a total of 41,474 surrenders, composed of 39,125 drug users and 2,349 drug ‘pushers’, as of August 21.

Aside from Oplan Tokhang, other police operations against illegal drugs intensified in the region. Also, as of August 21, the police has conducted a total of 270 operations, including 97 warranted searches, 130 ‘buy-bust’s, and 43 other anti-drugs operations.

These police operations resulted to 320 arrests, with 33 personalities who resisted were killed in encounters. The operations also yielded a big load of confiscated drugs, majority of which are methamphetamine (shabu), and other item being used for drug trade. These include 55 firearms, 23 vehicles, and money amounting to Php 303,017.25.

What the police and other authorities in Bicol find distressing is the number of drug offenders within minority age. According to the data collected by the PNP in the Bicol region, 703 of the total surrendering personalities are below 18 years old. 692 of these children are found to be illegal drug users, three are involved in drug delivery, while eight are involved in selling.

Classifying these children within their respective age group, 49 are 15 years of age and below, composed of 44 males and five females. Between the ages of 15 and 18 years, the police recorded a total of 654, wherein 60 are females and 594 are males.

“For our part in the PNP, this is very alarming. This indeed proves the extent of the drug menace, and the necessity of our operations in combating it,” said PSI Malu Calubaquib, spokesperson of PNP-RO5, during a radio interview with PIA-5 yesterday.

According to PNP-RO5, majority of these minors are first offenders (with only 17 repeat offenders). However, the police are already in close coordination with partner agencies, like the DOH and DSWD, to provide the necessary intervention and help them become fruitful members of society after their treatment.

“These drug-using minors are more like victims than violators, and it is commendable that they have taken the steps in changing their lives for the better by coming forward,” said PSI Calubaquib. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301472022421/-double-barrel-in-bicol-continues-yields-drug-using-minors#sthash.FtfJwoK6.dpuf