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

Thursday, January 30, 2014


RSSPC OPENING : Philippine Information Agency Director General Jose Mari M. Oquiñena delivers his inspiring message during the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) held at Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School, Guinobatan, Albay on  January 29, 2014. (Alex Cal/PIA5)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DepEd bares Palarong Bikol 2014 schedule of activities

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 29 (PIA) - Barely three-days before the 2014 Palarong Bikol, Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Catanduanes has released the schedule of activities for the event.

According to Jose L. Doncillo, DepEd Catanduanes officer in charge, a solidarity meeting among the delegations will be held at Virac Sports Center at 8- 11 in the morning of February 2.

The kick-off activity—parade of delegations will take place in the afternoon of Feb. 2 to be succeeded by the opening program at Catanduanes Athletics Complex.

During the opening program, Bishop Manolo Delos Santos will give the invocation to be followed by words of welcome from Mr. Doncillo, Virac Mayor Flerida Alberto and Catanduanes Vice-Governor Jose J. Teves, Jr.

The presentation of the different athletic delegations will follow to be led by the athletic delegation head.

The hoisting of the Regional Flag will be done by DepEd Assistant Regional Director Ramon Fiel G. Abcede and Engr. Ronald C. Asis. It shall then be succeeded by the hoisting of delegation flags by the governors, city mayors, schools division superintendents and supervisors.

Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento will also give an inspiration message to be followed by the introduction of the guest speaker—Hon. Araceli B. Wong.

The athletic torch will be carried by Julio M. Bayaban, Fastest Living Catandunganon and Philippine holder of 100 meter dash and Salve C. Bayaban, Bicol Sprint Queen.

To provide entertainment, a showcase of Virac’s festival will also be held to be followed by special presentation from selected students in the province.

A fellowship night on the same day will also be sponsored by the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Catanduanes Chapter at Virac Plaza Rizal.

Meanwhile, Mr. Doncillo disclosed that Virac Athletics Complex will be the venue for archery, athletics, baseball, basketball boys (elementary & secondary), lawn tennis, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, football, softball, swimming, volleyball and athletics for differently abled athletics.

Other games will be held at Catanduanes State University (gymnastics, arnis, table tennis), Virac Plaza Rizal (basketball for secondary girls and boxing), Virac Sports Center (badminton and goal ball for differently-abled athletes), Sta. Elena Covered Court (taekwondo), and Provincial Capitol Dome (chess).

The official added that they will prioritize the safety of athletes and they will ensure that standard procedures and safety measures will be followed to avoid untoward incidents. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

50 star scouts, troop leaders join GSP’s first Prov’l Star Holiday

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 29 (PIA) -- At least 40 girls and eight adult leaders from three schools of the division of Catanduanes participated in the first Provincial Star Holiday spearheaded by the Catanduanes Girl Scout Council from January 17- 19, 2014 at the Virac Pilot Elementary School campus.

The participants-- nine Star scouts were from Panganiban with two troop leaders while 11  girls from Gogon Elementary School arrived with two troop leaders. Around 21 Star scouts were from Virac Pilot with four troop leaders.

GSP Council board president Aida A. Dianela said that the activity aims to make the young participants be more independent and responsible children as they grow up to be the future women leaders of this island.

During the duration of the activity, several activities were lined up to enhance their experiences focused on the theme “Stars in Fantasy World.”

They attended to daily chores, learned table setting, flower arranging, and bed making (fixing). To develop their creativity and imagination while addressing waste management, they were made to come up with the most creative costume using garbage materials.

Afterwards, they paraded in their costumes. They were given a chance to show-off their talents, listen to fairy tales and act them out. They were made to work by patrols to teach them cooperation, friendship and sisterhood, and respect for each other’s individuality.

The Girl Scout Movement is the only worldwide organization that aims to prepare girls and young women to be empowered women leaders prepared for their responsibilities in the home, nation and world community. The different activities offer them a chance to put to practice concepts/ ideas learned in the different subject areas in school under the supervision of trained troop leaders and committed women leaders of the community who work as volunteers.

Currently heading the council is the Board President, Dr. Aida A. Dianela, Vice President for Academic affairs of the Catanduanes State University. ASDS Jose L. Doncillo, Commissioner for Administration, oversees membership and the implementation of its programs. Ms. Gina S. Gianan is its council executive.

The other officers and members of the Board are Mrs. Genena O. Robles, Vice President for Field; Dr. Estrella Placides, Vice President for International Participation; PBM Shirley A. Araojo, Vice President for Fund Development; Mrs. Paz Teves, Board Secretary; Mrs. Maria Laynes, Asst. Secretary; Mrs. Ma. Daisy Gapaz, Treasurer; Ms. Agnes Solero, Asst. Treasurer; and, Dr. Salve San Juan, Auditor.

Mrs. Bella Pitajen, Commissioner for Program; Dr. Antonia Molina, Commissioner for Training; and, Committee Chairs Mrs. Marilou Vargas (Finance), Mrs. Florencia Columna (Program); Mrs. Maria Odeza Sy (Communication); Mrs. Josefa Zape (Membership); Dra, Vietrez Abella (Personnel); Mrs. Remy Tabilin (Properties and Building); Mrs. Emelina Tabuzo (Camping); and, Fr. Joey Aguilar (Legal).

The committee members are Mrs. Mencita Samiento, Dr. Julieta Joson, Mrs. Irene Torzar, Mrs. Sonia Soriao, Mrs. Yolivia Israel, Ms. Febrianny Tugano, Mrs. Ma. Theresa Satairapan, Mrs. Soledad Conche and Mrs. Minda Capsa. Mrs. Valeriana Arcilla handles all registration processing and clerical work.

The Council Board has aligned several activities for the year, local, regional, national and interrnational. (MAL/EAB-PIA Catanduanes)

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DILG awards Seal of Good Housekeeping to LGU San Miguel

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan 29, (PIA) - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has conferred the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for 2012 to the municipal government of San Miguel.

In a letter sent by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to San Miguel Mayor Edna Bernal, the agency bared that as a recipient LGU San Miguel will now have access to other national program windows such as the Bottom-Up Budgeting Program (now called as Grassroots Participatory Budget Process), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana), Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat Program (Salintubig) and Special Local Road Fund.

According to Bernal, being able to qualify as a recipient to SGH is a big opportunity to their municipality which shall help not only the LGU itself but as well as the constituents.

She said that it shall also encourage effective, transparent and accountable local governance.

SGH is being awarded to LGUs which successfully meet the requirements of the full disclosure policy, have exemplary standards of frontline services and procurement and proven to have no adverse or disclaimer audit findings by the Commission on Audit.

By next year the department will scale up the SGH into the Seal of Good Local Governance. It will cover a much wider range of LGU performance, such as 1) good financial housekeeping; 2) disaster preparedness; 3) social protection for the basic sector; 4) business-friendly and competitiveness; 5) environmental compliance; and 6) law & order, and public safety.

In 2011, DILG here bestowed its ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ to the towns of Pandan, Viga and San Miguel for passing the agency’s 2011 assessment on good governance and performance.

Moreover, in 2012, Baras town bested all other town’s of Bicol in LGU revenue collection making it an SGH recipient of the said year. (MAL/EAB- PIA5/Catanduanes)
- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=841390981207#sthash.lRbFa1QN.dpuf

Chinese tourists will have a first taste of the country’s newest tourist gateway

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA) – Some 156 Chinese tourists will fly in directly from Xiamen, China tomorrow here in time for the eve of the Chinese New Year while marking the opening of Albay’s international gateway to the world and for the historic first direct international flight from abroad to Bicol or even Southern Luzon.

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) chief Dorothy F. Colle said the visit of the Chinese tourists, who preferred this t time to celebrate the Chinese New Year here, is an offshoot of the efforts of leaders and other stakeholders in Albay prodding to open its gate to the world with the maiden international charter flight of Philippine Airlines from China to the Legazpi City Airport ferrying the first batch of Chinese tourists.

Albay, with its majestic Mayon Volcano, pristine environment and world class resorts like Misibis Bay, will have the Chinese holiday-seekers a run for their money in the country’s promising next best destination right at the heart of Bicolandia.

Colle  added another batch of Chinese tourists from the same region carrying another contingent of 156 persons will arrive in Albay on February 3.

The aggressive tourism promotion, according to Colle, is a public-private initiative of Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Misibis Bay Casino and Resorts and CTS China.

The international test flights will be the gauge whether a direct international flight from Xiamen, China to this will be added as a regular route for the national carrier.

“We see June to September as a plausible target date for offering said voyages considering Southwest monsoon or Habagat will be prevailing within these months affecting the west coast and we want to make our province as the primary alternative destination” she said.

These international flights will also prepare Albay for global engagement while the province readies itself for the Albay BOOM, an ambitious multi-faceted development programs conceived by Salceda.

Meanwhile, Misibis Bay Casino and Resorts general manager Ian Varona said in an interview that every detail of their 5-day/4-night trip—from their departure in China, arrival in Legazpi, tour and travel activities in Misibis Bay, Legazpi City and Donsol until their return trip—has been carefully planned to ensure that they will spread the word about the “spiciest” tourist destination in the Philippine islands.

The two groups will tour beautiful spots of the province and Legazpi City as well as take a side trip to visit Donsol in Sorsogon to catch a glimpse of whalesharks, locally known as Butanding.

The resort, according to Varona, has readied all of its 90 hotel rooms and villas expected to be fully occupied, as well as all its amenities to give the best possible travel experience for the influx of Chinese tourists starting tomorrow.

“This may be the start of an influx of tourists which will enable to help us reach our goal of 600,000 international tourists by 2016 and this will also be the Province’s contribution to the country’s own goal of enticing more than 10,000,000 international tourists by 2016,” Colle said.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DTI Bicol mulls geographical indication for “Bicol Pili”

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office here is mulling to facilitate registration of geographical indication (GI) for “Bicol Pili” as part of product developmental approach in the use of industrial property for the total development of the pili nut industry.

DTI Bicol regional director Jocelyn Blanco said the initiatives will be facilitated by the agency, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHL).

Blanco explained that geographical indication means a specific intellectual property right that designates a product from a specific region and whose characteristics result in both the natural conditions of its origin and the expertise of local producers.  

“Most commonly, a geographical indication consists of the name of origin of the goods.  Famous example: CHAMPAGNE is used exclusively for French Wines in the champagne province of France,” she said.

GI, according to Blanco, is a powerful intellectual and economic asset not only of the region but also of the nation, as it leverages products to compete globally.  It is a valuable marketing tool in today’s global economy.

“DTI’s move towards GI for “Bicol Pili” aims to promote and better protect pili nut in the local and international markets,” she said.

She furthered that this dynamic instrument leads to wider market reach including trade negotiations between and among economies.

DTI Bicol meanwhile slated a consultative conference with stakeholders on February 18, this year to present the prospect and equip the pili industry stakeholders with enough information on the requirements needed for the registration of “Bicol Pili” as GI.

On the same conference, the Technical Working Group (TWG) that will draft the Code of Practice will also be created.

Blanco noted that after almost a couple of years of negotiations, DTI Bicol is able to build an institution from a cross sections of stakeholders of the pili industry. (MAL/JRBerango-DTI5/PIA5/Albay)
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VIWAD starts groundworks for Rapid Sand Filtration Project in Catanduanes town

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 28 (PIA) - Virac Water District (VIWAD) has commenced groundworks for its Rapid Sand Filtration Project in Sitio Cawayan of Calatagan Tibang village here will address the problem on water turbidity especially on rainy season .

VIWAD general manager Merci Mendez said that the project is part of the rehabilitation works of the Cawayan Treatment Facility that include the use of of rapid sand filter or rapid gravity filterin water purification and is commonly used in municipal drinking water facilities as part of a multiple-stage treatment system.

The project which is expected to be fully functional in six months time was funded from Internally Generated Fund of the agency at a cost of P7.85 Million.

According to VIWAD administration, the rehabilitation of the abovementioned facility is just one of their priority projects that will be implemented to assure potability of water in the municipality.

Furthermore, to prevent the drying up of vital water sources in Padurog, Sibanhan and Cawayan, VIWAD already implemented necessary measures also for the protection of water shed areas.

VIWAD is the major supplier of water to various concessionaires in Virac town and some neighboring areas. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

Monday, January 27, 2014

VPES studes rule 2014 Division Elementary Presscon

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 27 (PIA) - Campus journalists from Virac Pilot Elementary School (VPES) dominated the individual and group competiton leading to victory in the recent Catanduanes 2014 Division Elementary Press Conference held recently at Twin Rock Beach Resort here

The Division Pilot Special Science and Math Class (DPSSMC) of the VPES was declared as the overall champion tailed by student writers from Catanduanes State University (1st runner-up) and VPES Main (second runner-up).

Ville Saint John School (VSJS) and Bato Central Elementary School tied for third runner-up.

Winners of other related events also included for News Writing (English) - Rica Angel Razal (CSU), 1st; France Ingrid Valderama (Viga Central ES), 2nd; Martina Sam Serilla (VPES Main), 3rd; Krishelle Faith Bael (VPES-DPSSMC), 4th; and, Angelo Gabriel Icaranom (Pandan  Central ES), 5th.

News Writing (Filipino) – Jeane Armeia Rapio (VPES Main), 1st; Czymon Balmadrid (Baras Central ES), 2nd; Emce Jenelle Asanza (VPES-DPSSMC), 3rd; Aisha Julienne Lopez (VSJS), 4th; and, Mary Jane Talan (Virac Central ES), 5th.

Editorial Writing (English) – Neil Arman Abundo (VPES-DPSSMC), 1st; Erwin James Gianan (CSU), 2nd; Elyssa Joy Tabayocyoc (Bato Central ES), 3rd; Adrian Lumabi (San Andres Central), 4th; and, Monique Ann Olfindo (Viga Central), 5th.

Editorial Writing (Filipino) – Cristina Fleur Cabalo (VSJS), 1st; Reden Uchi (Soboc ES), 2nd; Edessa Mae de Guzman (CSU), 3rd; Mary Grace Rodriguez (Cabugao Integrated School), 4th; and, Daphne Kaye Avila (Pandan Central ES), 5th.

Photojournalism (English) – Denzel Jan Tubao (Viga Central), 1st; Mari Siatong (JMAMES), 2nd; Cassandra Elaine Camacho (CSU), 3rd; Daphne Fel Pastor (VPES-DPSSMC), 4th; and, Denise Ann Barcelon (Cabcab Central), 5th.

Photojournalism (Filipino) – Precious Valerie Vargas (VPES Main), 1st; Zyla Mae Tribiana (San Miguel Central), 2nd; Kaye Julia Valeza (Cabcab Central), 3rd; Maria Isabel Velasco (VPES-DPSSMC), 4th; and, Lady Aurea Sarmiento (Virac Central), 5th.

Copyreading and Headline Writing (English) – Mariah Franceen Tubalinal (VPES-DPSSMC), 1st; Dhenise Rose Manlangit (CSU), 2nd; Jhonalyn Zafe (Virac Central), 3rd; Victor Joseph Icaranom (Pandan Central), 4th; and, Joey Romero (VPES Main), 5th.

Copyreading and Headline Writing (Filipino) – Michael Velasco (VPES-DPSSMC), 1st; Julienne Andrea dala Cruz (Bato Central), 2nd; Preciliza Joy Ortega (CSU), 3rd; Jermaine Lois Jarabejo (Pandan Central), 4th; and, Daphne Wayne Able (Viga Central), 5th.

Sports Writing (English) – Deric Jay Tulalian (Viga Central), 1st; Jaybee Jordan (CSU), 2nd; Apollo Iliano Publico (VPES-DPSSMC), 3rd; Leo Neal Valeza (VPES Main), 4th; and, Jarol Vince Lopez (JMAMES), 5th.

Sports Writing (Filipino) – John Denzel Romero (VPES-DPSSMC), 1st; Ivan Chris Tapit (Cabugao IS), 2nd; Rondell Rojas (Bato Central), 3rd; Nicole Patricia Taule (VPES Main), 4th; and, Val Andrew Rubio (VSJS), 5th.

Feature Writing (English) – Marielle Tabo (VPES-DPSSMC), 1st; Nariel Turreda (VSJS), 2nd;  Hannah Camille Abundo (CSU), 3rd; Alliah Thamora Tendenilla (Viga Central), 4th; and, Franchesca Myluck Samonte (San Andres Central), 5th.

Feature Writing (Filipino) – Erika Rose Cabrera (Cabugao IS), 1st; Justine Benavidez (VPES Main), 2nd; Marjorie Solsona (Cabcab Central), 3rd; Laila Joy Clemente (Virac Central), 4th; and, Jodee Calin Torio (Pandan Central), 5th.

Editorial Cartooning (English) – John Vergel Taopo (Baras Central), 1st; Maxine Ogena (Viga Central), 2nd; Darby Bobiles (VPES-DPSSMC), 3rd; Aliza Arcilla (VPES Main), 4th; and, Russell Zafe (CSU), 5th.

Editorial Cartooning (Filipino) – Zydie Krizia Camacho (VPES Main), 1st; Sheena Camille Salameña (Caramoran Central), 2nd; Luis Laynes (VSJS), 3rd; Roland Louis Tabor (VPES-DPSSMC), 4th; and, John Michael Prensader (Bato Central), 5th.

Radio Broadcasting (English) – Bato Central ES, 1st; VPES-DPSSMC, 2nd; Ville Saint John School, 3rd; CSU Elementary Laboratory School, 4th; and, Juan M. Alberto Memorial ES, 5th.

Radio Broadcasting (Filipino) – VPES-DPSSMC, 1st; CSU Elementary Laboratory School, 2nd; VPES Main, 3rd; Bato Central, 4th; and, JMAMES, 5th.

Best Anchor Award – Bato Central; Best News Presenter – VPES-DPSSMC; Best in Technical Application – VPES-DPSSMC; Best Infomercial – VPES-DPSSMC; and. Best Script – Ville Saint John School.

Best School Paper (English) – The Star (VPES-DPSSMC); Best School Paper (Filipino) – The JMAMESian (JMAMES); Best in Editorial/Opinion Section (English) – The Star; Best in Editorial/Opinion Section (Filipino) – Ang Lunday (Tambongon Central ES); Best in News Section (English) – The Star; Best in News Section (Filipino) – Ang Lunday; Best in Features Section (English) – The Lab Image (CSU); Best in Features Section (Filipino) – The JMAMESian; Best in Sports Section (English) – The Star; Best in Sports Section (Filipino) – The JMAMESian; Best in Lay-Out and Page Design (English) – The Star; Best in Lay-Out and Page Design (Filipino) – Ang Lunday.

Science & Technology Writing (English) – Angelo Gabriel Icaranom (Pandan Central); Monique Ann Olfindo (Viga Central); Franchesca Myluck Samonte (San Andres Central); and, Joey Romero (VPES Main).

Science & Technology Writing (Filipino) – Mary Jane Talan (Virac Central); Daphne Kaye Avila (Pandan Central); Jodee Calin Torio (Pandan Central); and, Daphne Wayne Able (Viga Central).

Top four in the individual contest will represent Catanduanes during the Regional Press Conference on February 5-7, 2014 in Iriga City. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)
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DOH’s massive measles catch-up vaccination campaign until Feb. 3


LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) – Health authorities in Bicol urged local government health unit to prioritize children aged 6 months to less than 3 years old, especially among localities with laboratory-confirmed cases of measles, starting this date until Feb. 3, 2014.

This, following surveillance data from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) show that most confirmed measles cases in 2013 were those aged 3 years old and below and the Department of Health has recommended prioritizing for Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) among those in the age group, according to Department of Health Bicol regional director Dr. Gloria Balboa

The measure, according to Balboa, is to control spread of measles virus circulation and minimizing bigger outbreak.

DOH Bicol has also reiterated appeal to parents to bring their children to health centers until Feb. 3 in line with measles catch-up vaccination campaign.

The health agency has earlier urged local government units across Bicol to intensify and fast track active immunization drive to prevent infection and spread of diseases, particularly measles that has stricken mostly infants and children already.

Balboa meanwhile informed the same officials pertaining to mass national immunization campaign to be conducted by DOH tentatively set in September 2014.

“We also has our full support to every endeavor of everyone in helping control measles virus transmission,” she noted.

Confirmed measles cases in 2013 were Camalig (1), Daraga (2) and Legaspi City (3) in Albay; Canaman (1), Magarao (1), and Pili (1) in Camarines Sur; Castilla (4), Pilar (1) and Sorsogon City (1) in Sorsogon Province and Palanas Masbate (1).

DOH Bicol earlier expressed appreciation on the anti-measles campaign of the DepEd among public school children as it will help prevent the possible spread of the virus.

DepEd earlier issued a memorandum directing school heads to send home students who exhibit “flu-like symptoms and also asked them to disseminate information about measles, immunization and coordinate with local government health units for the “complete vaccination of children.”

DOH further reminded the public that as the virus is spread through droplets by coughing, sneezing or close personal, direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions, sending home students who exhibit the early signs and symptoms of measles would surely help prevent its further transmission.

Furthermore, the virus remains active and contagious in the air or on infected surfaces for up to two hours. It can be transmitted by an infected person from four days prior to the onset of the rash and up to four days after the rash erupts.  (MAL/DOH5/PIA5/Albay)

Albay vows domination to reclaim championship in the Palarong Bikol

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- With this year's Palarong Bicol (Bicol Games) at bay, Albay has vowed domination to reclaim the championships in the regional games set on February 2 to 7 in Virac, Catanduanes

Albay provincial sports coordinator Roderick Mendoza the province's prides carrying the monicker "Albay Vulcans" is comprised of  723-man delegation ready to show force in the Palarong Bicol 2014 , sending a strong message of its will to bring back the championships it held in 2011 and 2012.

Mendoza is confident Albay’s athletes and officials are well prepared to bring home the championships.

The Vulcans, fresh from a 45-day rigorous training at the Provincial Sports Center in Travesia, Guinobatan are set to avenge their loss to Camarines Sur for the top honors in last year’s edition of the competitions.

In last year's Palrong Bicol, Camarines Sur wrestled back the championship crown from Albay, followed by Camarines Norte and Naga City to complete the top four places.

The Vulcans are favored to dominate the athletics, swimming events, basketball and volleyball games in this tough week-long sports event.

Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda meanwhile has approved the provincial government’s financial assistance of P1,000 for each athlete and official to boost the province’s campaign in the 17 sports disciplines where Albay has notable entries.

The send-off for the entire delegation will be today at the Provincial Sports Center.

Salceda is expected to join the Vulcans during the opening ceremonies on February 2.

Organizers meanwhile said more than 6,000 athletes, coaches, trainers, officials, and support staff are expected to troop to the Catanduanes Athletic Complex for the week-long sports competion.

The province of Catanduanes hosts to at least 12 visiting delegations in the Palarong Bicol for the second straight this year.  (MAL/PGAlbay/PIA5)

Friday, January 24, 2014

AQ, DOLE Bicol slate Jobs Fair on Jan. 27

Legazpi City, JAN 24. (PIA) – The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) of Aquinas University, a school-based PESO, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol will spearhead the Jobs Fair on January 27, 2014 in the university main campus in Rawis, this city.

The jobs fair will commence at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Aquinas Dome.

Some 25 local companies and six overseas companies will participate in the activity with an estimated 500 local job vacancies and 400 overseas job vacancies up for grab.

Interested applicants should bring resume, 1x1 or 2x2 ID picture, transcript of records, diploma, all kinds of certificates and any other document that could help in the hiring process.

For more inquiries about the jobs fair please feel free to contact DOLE-Albay at 480-5987 or DOLE-TSSD 480-5831 look for Ms. Emma Acuña or contact directly PESO Aquinas.  (MAL/DOLE5/PIA5/Albay)

16 LGU’s in Bicol ink MOA with DSWD to utilize “Listahanan”

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- Sixteen local governments in Bicol region inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office (DSWD) in Bicol for the utilization of information management system dubbed as “Listahanan” to determine prospective beneficiaries of social protection programsof the government.

DWSD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the municipalities of Del Gallego, Garchitorena, Baao, Tinambac, Magarao, Milaor, Ocampo, Nabua, Ragay & Sagñay in Camarines Sur province, San Lorenzo Ruiz in Camarines Norte, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes, Baleno and Palanas, Masbate, Jovellar and Polangui Albay were already among the local governments who requested the data for utilization.

Listahanan is the country’s database of poor households which makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

Garcia noted that earlier, DSWD Bicol convened and presented the concept of the “Listahanan” to local chief executives in Bicol and their respective local social welfare officers and planning and development officers

He added that they in return expressed their support to the upcoming household assessment to be conducted this year.

The data sets will contain list of poor households with their basic information such as names, date of birth, age and address.

Such information will be used by LGU’s as a primary targeting mechanism in determining potential beneficiaries or recipients of the programs and services. This is to ensure that the benefits of their program go to those who really in need.

Data Monitoring

The “Listahanan’s’ data is protected under a memorandum of agree­ment, which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.
A MOA is required if the information be­ing requested includes the names of family or household members.

Also, as stipulated in the MOA, the data user must integrate “Listahanan’ in all its social marketing activities highlighting or emphasizing the use of the targeting system in identifying beneficiaries of its social protection programs and projects.P

The must also rovide regular feedback on data utilization and resolution on complaints regarding beneficiary eligibility and ensure the confidentiality and use of requested data only for purposes agreed upon.

At present, DSWD Bicol has a total of 37 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with various organizations utilizing the Listahanan’s data. MAL/CRBarrameda-DSWD5/PIA5)

DENR Bicol holds census of migratory bird in CamSur critical habitat

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, through its Protected Areas Wildlife Division (PAWD), has started since January 11 the Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC) at the Cabusao Critical Habitat in Camarines Sur.

DENR Bicol regional executive director Gilbert Gonzales said the annual census of migratory birds helps in the local monitoring and conservation efforts in relation to global monitoring by ascertaining the trends of migratory cycle.

The census will last up to three weeks.

“These migratory birds are from various parts of the world and cover tens of thousands kilometers just to visit our place as part of their migratory cycle. For this reason, it is our responsibility to monitor them and provide data for national coordinators who in turn will submit these to the AWC,” he explained.

Gonzales said more than 8,500 waterbirds were monitored last year in the Cabusao Critical Habitat.

“Northern Shoveller, Philippine Duck, Northern Pintail, Pacific Golden Plover and other shorebirds were among the most observed species are the,” he added.

A report from PAWD revealed that taxonomically, the family Anatidae, which include the marsh ducks, is the most numerous followed by the egret species.

The AWC was initiated in 1987 in India subcontinent and has grown since to cover the Asia-Pacifi region. (MAL/JSBasanta-DENR5/PIA5)

TV/Radio guesting for the information campaign for the Guinness Word Record attempt for the most number of organ donor registrants on February 28, 2014 at Jessie Robredo Gymnasium, Naga City. (Alex Cal/PIA)


In line with the National Kidney and Transplant Institute’s (NKTI) project to vie for the “Guinness Attempt for the Most People to Sign Up as Organ Donors”, a Press Conference was conducted last January 22, 2014 at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), City Hall Compound, Naga City. Special Guest at the Conference was (L-R) Naga City Councilor Nathan A. Sergio, Dr. Freddie Sy, Dr. Antonio Paraiso, Project Manager of the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) who expounded the project to the media, Dra. Mary Jane Uy, Asst. Medical Dir. BMC, Dra. Evy Sarmiento and PIA-OIC Regional Dir. Aida A. Naz. (Alex Cal/PIA5)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2 business ventures in Bicol notch DTI Gold Bagwis Seal, 16 others bag Silver and Bronze

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) — Two establishments in Bicol region have qualified for the Gold Seal of Excellence for their efforts to promote balance between pursuing its business objectives while safeguarding the welfare of consumers, according to top official of the Department of Trade and Industry regional office here.

DTI Bicol regional director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said the Caleb Motor Corporation and SM City, both in Naga City in Camarines Sur were named to the DTI Gold Bagwis Seal award for 2013 following thorough deliberation and evaluation by the DTI National Certification Committee.

“These establishments were found to be compliant with all fair trade laws, have effective and efficient customer relations, store management operations and social commitment and responsibility, Blanco said.

The DTI Bagwis is a Certified Establishment Program (Bagwis Awards) that aims to promote and foster the highest level of business ethics and uphold a fair and honest marketplace through voluntary self-regulation and service excellence
The program is recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) as one of the best practices of the country in Consumer Protection.

The Bagwis Program in particular, includes setting up of Consumer Welfare Desks (CWDs) in business places aimed at providing accessible and speedy resolution of complaints to consumers.

In Bicol 18 other establishments qualified for the DTI Bagwis Seal of Excellence, including the two that qualified for the Gold, 6 for Silver and 10 for Bronze, after having met the criteria under the said program.

The establishments that received the DTI Silver Seal of excellence were   Davao Citi Hardware/Deco Arts Marketing, Nagaland E-Mall and Lisam Enterprises in Camarines Sur; J.C. Cua Construction and Supply, Virac Junction Hardware and Virac Sunrise Saver’s Supermarket in Catanduanes                      

While the establishments that received the DTI Bronze Seal of Excellence were Savemore and Sorsogon D’Best Store in Sorsogon; Savemore Metro Hub and Savemore Silverscreen in Albay; Glasshauz Hardware and GemmaGlenn Supermart in Camarines Norte; Virac Eastern Hardware Corporation and Virac Pioneer Grocery and Gen. Mdse. In Catanduanes; Lopez Center and Educational Supply and Transmaster Enterprises and Service Shop in Masbate.

Balnco said DTI Bicol is very much pleased that more establishments have recognized the necessity to obtain the DTI Bagwis Seal not only to help the consumers and enterprises, but most importantly, to help themselves grow as model businesses. (MAL/JRBerango-DTI5/PIA5/Albay)
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Legazpi eyed as Special Economic Zone

by Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -– Mayor Noel Rosal of this city is elated by the prospects of this prime Bicol city being the country’s next Domestic Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) as identified by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP).

“The city government under my stewardship welcomes this development very much as being a DSEZ would facilitate the coming in of more investments in the manufacturing field, tapping the local labor market,” Rosal on Thursday said.

His administration, Rosal said, is willing to provide long-term policy assurance to investors in this proposed facility as jobs in manufacturing are far higher in terms of productivity and would translate to higher wages for workers and contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth, he said.

Featuring integrated mixed land-use activities, a DSEZ combines airport, seaport, tourism, utilities, industrial park and commerce under a single authority.

Employing either public-private partnerships (PPP) or private developer approaches, the zone would be set within a revamped regulatory framework offering investors supply chain competitiveness and superior location advantages, Rosal explained.

On job generation as a result of the DSEZs, rural laborers are not transferred to Metro Manila as it decentralizes manufacturing, he said, adding that it would also be favorable to workers in agricultural and fisheries sectors who lost their source of livelihood in the Visayan areas recently ravaged by typhoon "Yolanda."

“These workers economically displaced by the super typhoon could find better opportunities in the manufacturing sector once this economic zone is established here, given the proximity of the city to the Visayan regions,” Rosal said.

This is one way of generating jobs that would bring the workers to an industry with higher levels of productivity in the wake of the disaster, he added.

Earlier, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda announced that “Albay province will soon be host to low-cost, labor-intensive manufacturing enterprises with its potential capacity to be developed into a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) where labor costs are substantially lower compared to Central Luzon and Metro Cebu.”

Salceda based his announcement on recent statement issued by the ECCP that noted the province’s high potential, considering its favorable climate in such factors as investors-friendliness being able to provide low-cost leases, more attractive labor policies and considerate to PPP contracts to attract real estate firms to develop businesses on reduced costs.

In a letter to Salceda received over the week, ECCP vice president for external affairs Henry J. Schumacher told the governor that “we feel that Albay could be such a location and we would like to discuss our concept in more detail with you during your next visit to Manila.”

Identified as location of the DSEZ are areas here such as Barangays Banquerohan and Homapon that are both located at the southern outskirt of the city and far from the threats of disaster emanating from Mt. Mayon eruptions, flash flood and avalanches of lahar and other volcanic materials stored from the slopes of the active volcano.

Way back in the late 1990s, Barangay Banquerohan had already been proclaimed by the Philippine Economic Zones Authority Board's as among Bicol region’s SEZ.

The city government has been investing in the development of the site composed of over 33 hectares where preferred industries such as processing of food and beverage, manufacturing of light metal, electronic appliances, furniture and fixtures, garments, textiles and wearables, ceramic and non-metallic products, among others, will be located.

In the latest prospect, these areas -- including Embarcadero de Legazpi, a posh tourism-oriented commercial hub sitting in a vast seafront property at the heart of the city and the Legazpi Domestic Airport -- have been initially declared as DSEZ, according to Salceda.

Areas along the Maharlika Highway in Polangui, a first-class Albay municipality located at the province’s boundary with Camarines Sur, are also included in the proposed DSEZ, the governor said.

In naming Albay as host to the first DSEZ in Bicol, the ECCP, according to Salceda, also recognizes that the province has also a large pool of new workers which can be trained through a proposed Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Industrial Scholarship Program wherein high school graduates aged 18 years old and above are hired for apprenticeships for 18-24 months.

Priority is given these days to locating these zones in less-developed regions of the country, where there are ample numbers of young workers available to be trained, especially new high schools graduates under TESDA’s apprenticeship program.

With that proposal, the governor said he is confident of an “Albay BOOM” resulting from the province’s conversion into a new ecozone in Southern Luzon.

Salceda said he is bent on making it a reality with the creation first in Albay of a Domestic/Export Enterprise Zone (D/EEZ) which is an initial requirement for developing ecozones.

The focus is on such industries such as the food, garments, footwear, and furniture industries where Albay has potentially recorded an impressive growth.  (MAL/DOC-LGU Legazpi CIty/PIA5)
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Catanduanes to provide relief goods to victims of Yolanda

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 23, (PIA)- The provincial government of Catanduanes  will be distributing relief goods before the end of this month to soem areas of the province devastated by the recent typhoon Yolanda .
 Catanduanes Governor Araceli B. Wong has directed the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to distribute of remaining 184 sacks of food packs consisting of rice, cans of sardines and sausages, milk and coffee; and other non-food items, including used clothing, 57 pairs of boots, 48 raincoats, 35 helmets and 51 pairs of gloves to families that were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

According to Wong, she will make sure that the relief packages will be given to deserving beneficiaries whose names are yet to be determined by PSWDO.

Around 3,000 family food packs costing about P1.8M is also bound for distribution to all 11 municipalities under the Food for Work program which will be given only after the beneficiaries have rendered some service to their barangay as defined by the LGU.

Wong also prodded the PSWDO to give P5,000 worth of housing materials to those whose houses had been completely damaged by Yolanda along the municipalities of Bato, Baras and Gigmoto.

PSWDO head Edna Bernal is also looking for possible warehouse to accommodate additional relief goods due for delivery by the DSWD head office in Manila.  (EAB/FGianan-LGU Catanduanes/PIA5)

DSWD Bicol turns over P4.2 M livelihood assistance for Sorsogon, Masbate

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office in Bicol has recently released a total amount of P4,224,530 to fund livelihood initiatives in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon.under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) approach

Acting regional project coordinator Generosa Millete of the Livelihood Unit of DSWD Bicol turned-over the check to the recipient-provinces, including P650,000 for Magallanes, P605,000 for Pilar  and P1,349,220 for Donsol, all in the province of Sorsogon

The financial assistance is allotted for various skills training like food processing and preservation, dress making, masonry, engine repair, carpentry, welding, among others.

In Masbate, Mayor Percival Castillo of Mobo town received the amount of P1.1 million from Millete.

Castillo said the amount will be used to fund various trainings like cut flower raising, bio-intensive gardening, nursery management and seed banking.

Targets are around 206 qualified individuals from the women, senior citizens, youth sector and agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Aroroy town likewise received a cash grant of P520,000 for the 100 SEA-K beneficiaries which will venture on noodle production.

BUB system is an approach of the government in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of the poor cities andmunicipalities as identified in  their respective local poverty reduction  action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector and other civic society organizations.  (MAL/EEJerusalem-DSWD5/PIA5/Albay)
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‘Filipino time’ to set goals, direction and thinking for development prospects and policy directions – DOST


LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) now adopts the slogan “Juan Time is always on time” commencing on in carrying out science and technology (S&T) initiatives and undertakings that will set the pace for others to follow suit.

"The campaign pursues "One Time, One Goal, One Direction and One Thinking” and that ‘Juan’ is a generic name for Filipinos and ‘Filipino time’ was synonymous then for being late but this notion will soon be replaced with positive outlook," DOST Bicol public information officer Pilita Lucena said during the “Aramon Ta Daw (Let Us Know)” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) this week.

“As mandated to provide central direction, leadership and coordination of all scientific and technological efforts toward the achievement of maximum economic and social benefits for the people, DOST is determined in making a difference in the country,” Lucena said.

On February 4, 2013, the Republic Act 10535 known as the Philippine Standard Time (PST) Act of 2013 was enacted into law requiring all national and government offices to display the PST on their official time devices, including bundy clocks, synchronized with the official time provided by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) as mandated keeper of the Philippine Standard Time (PST)

DOST-Pagasa as mandated keeper of the Philippine Standard Time (PST) is committed to continuously serve Filipinos through quality, relevant and appropriate S &T initiatives and undertakings.

The law also stated sanctions for violations specifically for owners of private television and radio stations who failed to calibrate and synchronize their time devices with the PST during their broadcast shall be penalized with a fine of not less than P30,000.00 but not more than P50,000.00 on the first offense and revocation and cancellation of their franchise to operate on the second offense.

The law also ordered all national and local government offices including all public and private schools to conduct a continuing information campaign about the value of time and the need to respect the time of others in order that the people may realize the imperative of synchronizing the official time.

The PST Act of 2013 also institutionalized the celebration of the National Time Consciousness Week every first week of January yearly. With PST law, ‘Filipino time’ will now be known as exact time.

Now it is time to calibrate and synchronize our time devices, including our attitude, to the ‘new’ Filipino time if we desire for changes, development and progress. (JJJP-PIA5/Albay)
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DPWH to fast track completion of Mabulao Bridge in Daet


DAET, Camarines Norte, Jan. 22 (PIA) –The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) district engineering office here assured that the rehabilitation of the Mabulao Bridge in Daet town will be completed on or before mid June.

Officer in charge district engineer Simon N. Arias of the DPWH in Camarines Norte said that his office is waiting for the release of funds under General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2014 which will be intended for the completion of the said bridge as well as other infrastructure projects of the province.

The Mabulao Bridge will now be a four-lane bridge, he said.

He said that the delay in the rehabilitation of the Mabulao Bridge was due to budget released last year amounting to P5.2 million was intended only for concrete piles and concrete capping of bridges along National roads, Mabulao Bridge and Poblacion-Magang Road.

Earlier this month, Mayor Tito Sarion of this municipality sent a letter to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson informing that the said bridge was totally demolished but until now, the construction itself of a new one remains to commence.

He said that the Mabulao is just a small bridge measuring 15-20 meters but the effect of not being able to utilize it on a daily basis greatly affects the people of Daet as it connects a major and commonly used road.  It is now almost a year and yet nothing concrete and certain as to when it will really be completed.

Sarion explained that constituents are continuously sending their sentiments of disappointment since they are the ones most affected by the situation especially the students and employees of Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) and the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)
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NSO Catanduanes undertakes January 2014 Consumer Expectations Survey

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 22 (PIA)- The National Statistics Office (NSO) provincial office here will undertake the January 2014 Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) that intends provide quick and regular assessments of consumer perceptions and expenditure plans

According to NSO provincial statistics officer Anavi Camacho the assessment output will be utilized as a tool for evaluating the consumer’s own financial situation, key economic indicators and the economy’s condition over a reference period.

She said that the survey is a joint undertaking of the National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Bangko Sentralng Pilipinas (BSP), with the latter as the funding agency.

The January 2014 CES is the 35th in a series of surveys since July 2004. The NSO conducted the CES mainly for the National Capital Region (NCR) from July 2004 to October 2006. In January 2007 to January 2008, the BSP thru a private agency conducted the CES including areas outside NCR. In April 2008, the conduct of CES was contracted back to NSO.

The respondent shall be the household head or any responsible member of the household present during the time of interview who can provide reliable answers to the questions asked by the enumerator.

The reporting unit is the household which means that the statistics emanating from this undertaking will refer to the characteristics of the population residing in private households

The authority for the survey emanates from Commonwealth Act No. 591, which authorizes the NSO under Section2 “to conduct by enumeration, sampling or other methods, for statistics purposes, studies of social and economic problems of the country.

Like any other surveys undertaken by the NSO, according to Camacho, the data that will be gathered in the said survey are for statistical purposes only and will be published in summary forms. Information obtained from the respondents shall be held strictly confidential and shall not be used for investigation, taxation and law enforcement purposes and shall not be divulged to any person except authorized NSO personnel acting in the performance of their duties.

In the province, one (1) sample barangay, will be interviewed, covering sixteen (16) sample households in Barangay Bothoan, Caramoran.

Actual interview of sample households is from January 22, 2014 to February 1, 2014. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)
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Coco twine makers in Albay get 1.49M livelihood grant


LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released this week the P1.49M livelihood grant to coco farmers and twine makers in the province of Albay.

“This is the second livelihood release of our office this year under the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) sytem. Hopefully, we want to see this succeed” DOLE Bicol assistant director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said during the turn-over.

The grant is part of the BUB system of the department which aims to prioritize the development of the grassroots sector in the budgeting process.

The grant was given in a form of equipment, supplies and materials to 150 member-beneficiaries of the Guinobatan Coco Twine Workers Organization (GCTWO) in Guinobatan Albay to be used for coco twine manufacturing.

Members of the GCTWO come from the upland villages of Bubulusan, Lomacao, Malabnig, Upper Binogsacan, Muladbucad Grande, Muladbucad Pequeño, Inascan, Mapaco, Lower Binogsacan, San Jose, and Mauraro.

These villages are known for wide coconut plantation areas.

Guzman said the added facilities can increase production of coco twine products which can eventually augment and be a primary source of income for the beneficiaries.

 “Actually this coco twine making will only serve as their alternative livelihood since their primary livelihood is coconut farming. However, with the income projections from coco twine sales, it may seem that it will become their primary source of income.” ARD Guzman said.

With the new facilities each beneficiary is projected to produce at least 240 hanks of coco twine per day.

The twine can be sold at P2.60 per piece or total sales of P624.00 giving them a projected income of P332.80 per day.

Further weaving the coco twine into a full coco net product can increase the income to P872.00

Coco net is a woven coco twine with a standard dimension of 1-meter by 50-meter. Market demand for this product has increased after being recognized internationally as the best solution in preventing soil erosion.

The Philippines, particularly Bicol, is one of the major suppliers of coco net.

“The future for this product is very promising. We at DOLE foresee that in 2 or 3 years time this project will significantly improve the lives of the beneficiaries.” Guzman added.

Aside from the grant, DOLE will also be helping in identifying potential buyers while the local government of Guinobatan will also be assisting in marketing. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free TESDA training to benefit youths- Teves

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 21 (PIA)- To uplift economic status of youths in the province, the office of Catanduanes Vice Governor Jose J. Teves, Jr. has spearheaded program on technical and vocational courses for youths with training at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

According to Teves, the program will offer free training to marginalized sector of the community, out-of-school youth, the unemployed and underemployed especially Viracnons with ages 18 years old and above who want to learn technical and vocational courses.

The following courses will be offered under the Business Opportunities for New Graduates (BONG) in Technical Vocational Education & Training: Dressmaking NCII; Food and Beverage Services NCII/Table Skirting and Table Setting; Massage Therapy NCII; Hair Dressing NCII; Beauty Care NCII (Pedicure/Manicure);

Entrepreneurship Program; Trainers Methodology Course Level I (for Bachelor’s Degree and NC Holder); and, Silk Screen Printing. Graduates will be provided training certificates and National Certificates.

Teves furthered that the Office of the Vice Governor will establish linkages to public and private employers for job placement of the trainees as well as extend livelihood support funds to the graduates who want to engage in micro, small and medium enterprises.

Enrollment started on January 15, 2014 and classes will begin on February 01at the Provincial Livelihood Skills Training Center at the third floor of the Youth Center Mall in Virac. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

Gov't., stakeholders in Asia Pacific review achievements, challenges and plan out RSHR for all

MANILA, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- Hundreds of delegates from civil society organizations, government policy makers, program implementers and development partners since Tuesday, Jan. 21 for the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Reproductive Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Dr. Eden Divinagracia, chairperson of the International Steering Committee, said the four day conference will provide the venue for the stakeholders to examine the region’s performance, current good practices for diverse population segments (adolescents and youth, women of reproductive age, men, and the elderly), the roles and accountability of different stakeholders, as well as lessons learned, issues and challenges in realizing the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action and in attaining the RSHR-related MDGs.

This year's conference is the country's second hosting of the 7th APCRSHR in time for the 20th year after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo and the year before the reckoning of the Millennium Developoment Goals (MDG) achievements.

This year’s APCRSHR evolved on the  theme "Examining Achievements, Good Practices and Challenges: Towards a Strategic Positioning of RSHR for All."

The conference takes place on the 20th year after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo and the year before the reckoning of the Millennium Developoment Goals (MDG) achievements.

Divinagracia furthered that the gathering will also generate new paradigms, innovative ideas and strategies that would address emerging RSHR issues and challenges beyond 2015,” she said.

"Alike the previous conferences, we will ensure that this gathering will be a productive and enjoyable learning experience for all the participants and our development partners," she said.

The 1st APCRSHR was convened in Metro Manila in 2001 by the Philippine NGO Council (PNGOC) on Population, Health, and Welfare Inc.

This event took place two years after a group of Asians who attended the 1999 ICPD +5 Review in The Hague assessed that the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations (CSO) needed to come together with our development partners to regularly review RSHR issues, challenges and actions. CSOs in Thailand, Malaysia, India, China, and Indonesia have successfully convened the subsequent conferences every two years. The PNGOC is again honored to host the 2014 APCRSHR.

“the 7th APCRSHR promises to be a great opportunity to take stock of the Asia-Pacific countries’ many good practices, lessons, and challenges in meeting our commitments to the 1994 ICPD Program of Action and to the RSHR-related MDGs,” Divinagracia also said.

“I am optimistic that CSOs in partnership with professional health practitioners, health and social workers, parliamentarians, donors, social scientists, and governments would arrive at viable scenarios beyond 2015 that would strategically position RSHR for all,” she added.  (MAL/MDR-PGAlbay/PIA5)
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WB to release P12-M grant for old dump closure; LBP to finance methane gas project in Legazpi City

by Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The World Bank (WB) will soon release P12 million in grant to the city government here for the closure and rehabilitation of the old dumpsite and for the operation of the to adjacent new sanitary landfill in Barangay Banquerohan in this city.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal said that the grant materialized when Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje was impressed by the new sanitary landfill when he visited this city during the term of former mayor Carmen Geraldine B. Rosal and vowed to give P12 million for the closure of the open dump.

The project was also validated and affirmed its efficiency following the visit of A WB supervision team and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Environmental Program and Management Department team.

Paje moreover commended the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) chief Salve Corral and other members of the local finance committee for their efforts on this project.
Out of the six local government unit beneficiaries of the Integrated Persistent Organic Programs (IPOPs) projects, Rosal said the WB has chosen Legazpi City as a model LGU in implementing Solid Waste Management Program.

The recognition was based on the proper segregation of solid waste materials and effective campaign in preventing the open burning garbage in the community and a clear presentation of Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPPOP)action plan made by CENR Officer Salve Corral.

The WB representatives said that next mothn, his office will discuss with the city’s IPOP team the procurement process and funding of the project. After the evaluation, the WB will release on quarterly or monthly installment basis the P12 million grant through LBP.

Another big opportunity for this city, according to Rosa, is the that Land Bank of the Philippines is very interested to examine and evaluate the more than 20 years deposited garbage in the old dumpsite to determine the amount of methane gas and convert it into power as part of the Carbon Finance Support Facility (CFSF) a flagship program of the LBP for the promotion of climate change mitigation projects through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

LBP Environmental Program and Management Department chief Josefina Ramos revealed that the city government has also submitted already in her office the necessary requirements and other documentations in connection to the Clean Development Mechanism project.

The CDM is designed to implement the Kyoto Protocol in reducing or remove the Green House Gas emissions (GHG) by carbon sequestration in the developing countries.
She pointed out that in the time of implementation of the CFSF-CDM project, LBP can facilitate for the city government of Legazpi to avail of a technical and capacity building assistance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency through its Global Methane Initiatives.

LBP will comply with all the environmental rules and regulations for the implementation of the project and pay all the Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) to the city administration as the owner of the landfill.

Ramos said the CDM-Program of Activities (PoA), a coordinated action by the LBP for landfill projects, was already submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2012.

The PoA will introduce the construction of landfill gas recovery system and how to reduce the GHG emissions.  (MAL/EPSOlis-LGU Legazpi City/PIA5/Albay)
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IN ALABAY : Albayanos  joins the whole nation  to celebrate the ‘One Nation in Prayer”- Isang Bansa, Isang Panalangin. Five o’clock in the afternoon a simultaneous prayer and solemn reflection on the tragedies of 2013, and to thank God for the county which upon His Guidance remains strong and resilient,  held at Peñaranda Park on January 20. 2014.  (Alex Cal/PIA5)