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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Glenda affected gov’t workers in Albay may file 5-day leave until Aug 15


LEGAZPI CITY, July 31 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced to government workers directly affected by typhoon Glenda in Albay that they can file their special emergency leave until August 15.

“The special emergency leave may be availed of by the affected government employees within 30 days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government authorities,” said CSC Bicol information officer Lynbee Niebla.

Albay has been declared under state of calamity on July 16.

The special leave is granted to state workers directly affected by natural disasters, specifically those stranded in affected areas, suffering from disease or illness caused by natural calamity or disaster, taking care of immediate family members affected by such or needing urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house.

The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported some 98,263 families in the province with damaged houses equivalent to P2.9 billion.

The special emergency leave can be applied for five straight working days or on staggered basis and will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits,” Niebla said.

Heads of offices will take full responsibility in granting and verifying the employee’s eligibility to avail of such.

“Heads of offices may validate the place of residence of the affected employee based on latest available records or verify if the place of residence is covered in the declaration of calamity area,” Niebla said.

Provinces in the Bicol region also declared under state of calamity due to typhoon Glenda are Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1,657 workers who undergo TESDA programs were employed in Camarines Norte


DAET, Camarines Norte, July 30 (PIA) – Some 1,657 locales who trained under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are already either hired or self-employed based on the results of the impact assessment survey conducted by the TESDA in 2012 and early part of 2013.

TESDA Senior Specialist Flora Raña said the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) which was cited as one of the accomplishments during State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III last July 28, has contributed much providing source of living to these locale-beneficiaries of the program.

Raña said that some 3,775 were trained last year by the TESDA through school based training, community based training and at their Training Center.

"Of the 3,664 “competency assessment” recorded last year, 2,835 have passed and were given National Certificate and will have the chance to be employed here and abroad," she said.

Meanwhile in 2012 there were 100 workers trained under Specialista Technopreneurship Program and were given an individual starter kit for free after the training.

Those who have received starter kits were massage therapists, hair dressers, welders, electricians, masons, plumbers and carpenters.

She said that aside from the TWSP they also offer Private Education Financial Assistance (PESFA) wherein this year they have 508 and 283 scholars, respectively.

TWSP beneficiaries are 18 years and above who are college level or college graduates and who are unemployed and wanted to have skills in order to have more job opportunities. The PESFA qualified beneficiaries are 15 years and above who are high school graduates whose family income is below P120,000 per year.

She said that among the priority sectors for the scholarships in this province are technical vocational in line with electronics, fishery, tourism and construction.

She said there were 22 accredited training schools in this province wherein the TESDA pays for the training cost and pre-assessment of qualified student beneficiaries. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/CamNorte)

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PNoy SONA highlights Albay’s zero casualty goal, Albayanos all praises for Salceda


LEGAZPI CITY, July 30 (PIA) – President Benigno Aquino III commended in his SONA last Monday the province of Albay for attaining zero casualty goal in the wake of the wrath of recent typhoon Glenda citing in particular the good governance of Governor Joey Salceda.

 “In Albay, which recently had to endure the wrath of Typhoon Glenda, there were no recorded casualties attributed to the storm, thanks to the effective leadership of Governor Joey Salceda,” the President said.

“And if a province that is considered a highway for storms can achieve this, is there any doubt that any and all other LGUs can achieve the same,” he added after drawing cheers from the crowd.

Proud Albayanos are in turn also all praises for the governor who is also personally present at the Sandiganbayan to witness the event.

April Echimane, a Filipino residing in Thailand posted “So proud to be an Albayano. You are indeed a great blessing to us Gov! Thank you for keeping your people well equipped and safe in times of disaster. Congratulations po! God bless you Sir and God bless Albay.”

Myrna Morales, Salceda’s fellow resident of Polangui, said “Proud to be Albayano much more being a Polanguenio where the governor came from. Keep up the good work; we're very proud of you.”

“I salute the governor for job well done in Albay. I hope those succeeding the position will maintain your zero casualty project. I guess you formed a well suited team on your belt thus the success of your projects with your knowledge and your team’s swift actions in sync with your objectives, app developer Jvc Evangelista said.

Hundreds of netizens likewise expressed their elation most of which are praises for the governor.

“Be proud gov, you worked very very hard for it! No sleep, no peace of mind, no rest, just to make sure Albay is safe,” Jonah Manzanilla commented.

“You countlessly make us proud, I always want to be an Albayano,” Rome Candaza added.

“You deserve that recognition. And I'm sure the whole province of Albay is more motivated  to continue that good start in good governance,” Joanna Enano posted.

“It’s time to savor the good compliments and appreciations, that is, after the hard hard work. Congratulations my leader, our leader, now the winner,” commented a certain Manoy Owen.
The province of Albay has been hardly hit by typhoon Glenda but sustained its zero casualty goal.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda earlier credited the residents themselves for the zero casualty noting that communication and training made them aware of the risks in times of disaster.

“Taking care of themselves has become ordinary, as taking a bath or eating,” Salceda said.

A day before Glenda was expected to arrive, Salceda has ordered pre-emptive evacuation of families in areas threatened by floods, landslides, mudflows and lahar and storm surges.

From these families, Salceda reported a total of 65, 082 families or 320, 784 persons heeding the governor’s call to leave their homes and go to safer grounds with foods given to them before evacuation to ensure food is provided before disaster strikes.

Different government agencies and disaster responders in the province have likewise joined hands to ensure full preparations and immediate response including prepositioning of medicines and vehicles for evacuation, continous monitoring of updates and on stand-by deployment of responders.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)  
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Popcom to bare symbolic 100 millionth babies in Bicol on Aug 4

LEGAZPI CITY, July 30 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (Popcom) will reveal Monday next week the symbolic 100 millionth babies born around 12:06 in the morning of July 27 in the Bicol region.

The population of the Philippines has been estimated to reach 100 million on July 27 as projected by the Philippine Statistics Authority on 2010.

Part of this event is the Search for the 100 millionth Filipino babies nationwide aimed to mark the country’s projected population.

Popcom Bicol planning officer Jo Chua said seven babies will be chosen to represent six provinces and one city in the region.

"Provinces and cities taking part in the Search for the 100 millionth Pinoy will be given a week period to report the birth of the baby," Chua said.

Qualified for the Search are babies born around12:06 in the morning yesterday at a national or local government licensed health facility run by the government.

The health facility must be observing the Philippine Standard Time to ensure uniformity in the time of birth nationwide and certified by the attending birth attendant or doctor.

Chua said the parents of the baby should be residents of the city or municipality in the province where the health facility is located.

“The baby was born through normal spontaneous delivery. Induced birth or caesarean section will not be accepted,” Chua added.

Philhealth member will be given additional weight in case of a tie.

Likewise, LGU reperesentative or the local chief executive should be present in the health or birthing facility on the date and time of birth of the newborn to account for the new constituent in the locality. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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DOH launches Pilipinas Go4Health promoting healthy lifestyle

LEGAZPI CITY, July 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here will launch tomorrow, July 31, the Pilipinas Go4Health in this city joining the nationwide kick off of the movement pursuing healthy lifestyle among Filipinos of all walks of life and all ages.

DOH BIcol regional Director Gloria Balboa said the Pilipinas Go4Health is the nationwide healthy lifestyle movement that intends to step up to information campaign and encourage Filipinos to practice and pursue a healthy lifestyle by making a personal commitment to physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption.

Through the movement, according to Balboa, DOH and its partners work together to promote and establish a sustainable environment for healthy living.

The regional director explained that the Pilipinas Go4Health movement believes that every Filipino has the right to a healthy family, community, and country.

"DOH works with different sectors in this endeavor to provide venues for healthy living and make it accessible to as many people as possible," she added.

The movement ultimately hopes to contribute to successful nation and inclusive development by encouraging Filipinos to embrace four key health habits: physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption.

Balboa stressed that one must improve his or her lifestyle to improve health, adding up to a practice of avoiding smoking and alcohol.

"Filipinos must not only focus on diet and but must give more time engaging in physical activitiesm, and this paradigmn shift on healthy living must also meet the individual’s specific needs to keep his or her health up and the body in good shape.

With the adage “health is wealth”, healthy lifestyle is all about making one’s health and well-being a priority.

As many advocates and living witness to this practice, healthy lifestyle is a choice made by an individual, a commitment made for his own good and that of his loved ones.

It can be noted that both the private and public sectors are working on several programs, even investing a lot to which may it be for personal health gains and for ventures, to help Filipinos get a headstart on being healthy and enable them to stay healthy throughout their lives.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC), for its part as the authority in ensuring the nutritional well-being of Filipinos, has recommended everyone to follow the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos for good health and proper nutrition.

Eat a variety of foods everyday.
Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth to six months, and then, give appropriate foods while continuing breastfeeding.
Maintain children’s normal growth through proper diet and monitor their growth regularly.
Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, or dried beans.
Eat more vegetables, fruits, and root crops.
Eat foods cooked in edible/cooking oil daily.
Consume milk, milk products, or other calcium-rich foods such as small fish and dark green leafy vegetables daily.
Use iodized salt, but avoid excessive intake of salty foods.
Eat clean and safe foods.
For a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, exercise regularly, do not smoke, and avoid.

It can be noted since and still thriving that several localities around the country, may it be local government or private sector initiatives, have developed healthy lifestyle programs, including free group exercise classes in public parks and open areas, good nutrition and proper diet, and healthy cooking demonstrations, among others.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pagibig assures aid for Glenda victims in Bicol


LEGAZPI CITY, July 28 (PIA) – Processing of calamity loans is ongoing for eligible members of Pag-ibig Fund in the Bicol region residing in provinces declared under state of calamity due to typhoon Glenda.

Maria Luisa Rivero, Pagibig Legazpi Marketing and Sales Division chief, assured the availability of funds and services to accommodate the increasing number of Pagibig members coming in their office to file their loan applications.  

“Pagibig is now accepting applications for calamity loans along with multi-purpose and housing loans although we’re still working on full recovery of our system since our internet connection is also affected by the typhoon," Rivero said.

Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon are the provinces in the region declared under state of emergency.

Rivero said under the Pag-ibig calamity loan program, members with at least 24 monthly contributions and with updated contribution five months before availment may borrow up to 80 percent of their total savings.

“This time, annual interest rate has been lowered from 10.75% to 5.95%. The loan is payable within 24 months after a three month grace period,” she said.

Rivero added that members with existing loans may still file for new calamity loan applications.

“Members with existing Pag-IBIG multi-purpose or calamity loans may still file for new calamity loan applications, provided that it has not incurred arrears and that the sum of all loans, including the new one being applied for, does not exceed 80 percent of his total accumulated savings,”she explained.

To further accommodate immediate loan applications Rivero said Pagibig will be having temporary assistance desks at various provinces until August 15.

She said the deadline of loan applications is on October 3 or 90 days from the date of declaration.

Rivero added that members with existing housing loans may also for file insurance claims against allied perils if the property covered by the loan was damaged by the typhoon.

The amount of which will depend on the extent of damage to the property.

Rivero also cited the Modified Pag-ibig II or MP2 program which is solely a savings scheme designed to provide Pag-IBIG I members with another savings option that would grant them with a yield higher than those given under the Pag-IBIG I membership program.

 “We are also inviting our Pagibig I members or our regular members to avail of our MP2 program wherein they can save a minimum of P500.00 added to their monthly contribution. They can withdraw it after five years, tax free and with dividend rates higher than Pagibig I contributions,” she said.

“Moreover MP2 program is just for savings and not for loan purposes,” Rivero added.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

SSS offers assistance package to members, typhoon victims

SORSOGON CITY, July 28 (PIA) – The Social Security System (SSS) branch here announced to members that it has since accepting applications last week for a special loan privilege for the regular active SSS members and pensioners.

“Considering the devastations brought by Typhoon Glenda in the province of Sorsogon, we would want to help our members by offering assistance loan package to at least help them recover from the said calamity,” said SSS Sorsogon branch manager Allen Bonafe.

He, however, clarified that SSS does not offer calamity loan like other government insurance system, but rather offers an early renewal of salary loan as well as house repair and improvement loan to regular members while pensioners can apply for a 3-month advance pension.

“Usually, before a member can apply for a renewal of salary loan, he has to pay 50 percent of the term which is one year or 50 percent of the total amount, but this time, a member can apply for a salary loan renewal even if they have just paid two months amortization. Loan proceeds will depend on how much a member has paid,” Bonafe explained.

According to him, the same guidelines for a regular salary loan will apply for the early renewal.

“The good news is, no more service fee will be charged,” he added.

To avail of a salary loan, a member must have at least 6-month contributions for the past 12 months prior to the date of application. Regular active members with current contributions for the past 36 months can avail of a one month salary loan while those with 72 months contribution can apply for a two-month salary loan.

Bonafe likewise said that pensioners can apply for a three-month pension, they only need to fill-up and personally sign the application form available at the SSS Office. Pensioners just need to bring their SSS ID. In case a pensioner cannot personally appear to SSS, an authorized representative can transact on his behalf with an authorization letter from the pensioner and valid ID of the authorized representative.

He however clarified that pensioners who availed of this assistance package will not receive their pension for three months since they have already availed of it.

Meanwhile, SSS offers House Repair and Improvement Loan for regular members but definitely no loan for new house construction. “We also lowered the interest rate to six (6) percent,” he added.

Interested members and pensioners can avail of the said assistance package until October 31, 2014. Processing of loans will be two days, and as soon as the application is approved, the check will be mailed to the member applicant.

For further inquiries, members can visit the nearest SSS office in their area.

The province of Sorsogon was placed under the State of Calamity as per the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 127 dated July 14, 2014 due to the damages brought by Typhoon Glenda in the province. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Albay pushes for speedy economic recovery amidst severe typhoon damage


LEGAZPI CITY, July 25 (PIA) – The province of Albay is pushing for speedy economic recovery and reconstruction despite the severe damage brought by typhoon Glenda which stayed almost stationary over the province for about seven hours with wind of 140-180 kph last July 14-15.

Right after declaring the province under state of calamity, Albay governor Joey Salceda ordered an executive order creating the Plan for Albay Glenda Early Recovery and Reconstruction (PAGERR) as the priority program of the province for immediate socio-economic recovery and reconstruction.

“The PAGERR is organized as the recovery and rehabilitation committee composed of several sectors to address speedy recovery and reconstruction and to meet the basic economic and subsistence need of the people affected by the typhoon,” Salceda said.

The governor included the economic cluster as one of the groups comprising the committee.
 The group is chaired by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director Digs Aguilar and co-chaired by Provincial Planning and Development officer Macario Pavia.

“The economic sectors group is tasked to ensure immediate restoration of lifeline facilities and critical resources on telecommunication damaged by typhoon Glenda and ensure livelihood oppurtunities to affected populace,” Salceda cited in the resolution.

Carrying out this task, the group adopted and endorsed resolutions to the Sangguniang Panlalwigan to facilitate the immediate recovery of the economic sector and meet the basic economic and subsistence need of affected Albayanos.

The resolutions seek the assistance of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) as government financing institutions “to infuse more money in circulation to pump prime the local economy and bring back the economic momentum Albay has gained prior to the typhoon.”

Should the resolution be approved, eligible members of HDMF can be granted an incremental cash flow of P150, 000.00 for automatic approval as home improvement loan.

Should the resolutions be approved, SSS and GSIS member borrowers can be granted a one year loan installment deferral while SSS pensioners can have three months advance payment of their pensions.

Eligible members of HDMF can also be granted an incremental cash flow of P150, 000.00 for automatic approval as home improvement loan.

It also appeals to the Albay Power Energy Corporation (APEC) and telecommunication companies operating in the province to expedite the rehabilitation and restoration of their services in the entire province within two weeks after the typhoon struck last July 15.

APEC in particular is requested to increase its restoration team from existing 12 to 20 teams through outsourcing.

Other sectors represented by PAGERR cluster members are agriculture/agrifacilities and food security, health and health facilities, housing,settlements and livelihood; public infrastructure, education, DRR agencies, hazard review and update and environmental protection.

Cluster representatives tasked to assess need, identify beneficiaries and implement projects for recovery and rehabilitation of their respective sectors.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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DPWH crafting green, sustainable building code up for launch in 2015

LEGAZPI CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has since been crafting the Green Building Code (GBC) in pursuit for sustainable building regulations to reduce greenhouse emissions and introduce electricity and cost savings for new buildings.

In an email from Public Information Division-Stakeholders Relations Service of DPWH, Sec. Rogelio L. Singson said the move is in response to the need for measures to implement initiatives on energy efficiency, water and wastewater management, materials sustainability, solid waste management, site sustainability, and indoor environmental quality.

GBC, according to Singson, is a separate referral code adherent to the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) and its implementing rules and regulation (IRR).

Singson clarified that under the NBCP, DPWH has the authority to revise, amend or create a separate referral code in conformation with NBCP and its IRR to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare, consistent with the principles of environmental management and control.

“The code will focus implementation among malls, offices, hotels, residential condominiums, retails establishments, schools and hospitals falling under the minimum qualifying criteria set forth by the code,” said Singson.

He added that the draft Code will be presented in the national and regional consultations tentatively scheduled later this year for stakeholders’ inputs before its refinement and eventual signing and/or approval.

DPWH has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group creating the Technical Working Group to draft of the GBC.

The TWG is comprised of duly authorized representatives from national agencies and professional organizations, like Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Interior and Local Government  (DILG), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE), Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME), The Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE) and Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines.

The DPWH chief furthered that keeping abreast with the international green building scene, GBC follows the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standard, a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods all over the world.

The GBC, if implemented properly, guarantees up to P35.2 billion ($800 million) savings among businesses and consumers by 2030, placing the Philippines at par with other developing countries.  (MAL/DPWH-PIDSRS/PIA5)
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

100 millionth pinoy will be born on July 27


LEGAZPI CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The 100 millionth Filipino will be born in the early morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014 at exactly 12:06 a.m.

The Commission on Population (POPCOM) in Bicol is launching the search for not just one baby but seven babies who will be born exactly or closest to the designated time one each from the six Bicol provinces plus one coming from a chosen city in the region.

Based on estimates derived from the 2010 population projections of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Philippines will reach 100 million population on the said date and time, POPCOM Bicol Regional Director Magdalena Abellera stated in a press release.

Abellera said that the 100 millionth baby is both a symbol of hope and challenge marking a celebration of life and a prospect for another productive citizen if proper care for his or her growth will be provided sustainably.

POPCOM Bicol Planning Officer Josephine Chua told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the lucky babies will be given each a starter kit worth P5,000.00 provided that they are born in a government licensed facility or hospital through normal or spontaneous delivery.

“We will distribute official nomination forms to the hospitals that need to be certified by the attending doctor based on the Philippine Standard Time (PST),” Chua said.

POPCOM will officially launch the search through a press conference tomorrow in this city. Prior to its launching, PIA – Bicol in its capacity as chair of the Regional Population Executive Board will facilitate the meeting of the technical working group (TWG) composed of representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH) and POPCOM.

According to PSA, the total population of the Philippines as of May 1, 2010 is 92,337,852 based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. The census counts up to the barangay level were made official with the signing by President Benigno S. Aquino III of Proclamation No. 362 on March 30, 2012.

The 2010 population is higher by 15.83 million compared to the 2000 population of 76.51 million. In 1990, the total population was 60.70 million, PSA further revealed.

This means the Philippine population is increasing at the rate of 1.90 percent annually, on the average, during the period 2000-2010. This means that there were two persons added per year for every 100 persons in the population, the PSA said.

 The same census also revealed that among the 17 regions, CALABARZON (Region IVA) had the largest population with 12.61 million, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 11.86 million and Central Luzon (Region III) with 10.14 million. The population of these three regions together comprised more than one-third (37.47 percent) of the Philippine population.

PSA – National Statistical Coordination Board Bicol reported that there are 5,711,500 Bicolanos in 2010 and the population will rise to 6,278,000 by 2015.

Camarines Sur is the most populated province in Bicol with 1,904,200 population in 2010 and will reach 2,102,200 next year. Albay comes in second with 1,313,900 people in 2010 and will reach 1,433,500 by next year. Meanwhile, Masbate lands at third with 870,200 population in 2010 which will have 960,600 population in 2015.

Sorsogon registered 803,400 population four years ago which is expected to increase to 889,900 next year. Camarines Norte’s totaled 564,000 in 2010 and will rise to 614,300 next year. Catanduanes remains as the less populated province in Bicol with only 255,800 population in 2010 and expects to have an increase of 277,500 in 2015.

The 2010 Census of Population and Housing (2010 CPH) was undertaken by the National Statistics Office in May-June 2010 pursuant to Batas Pambansa Blg. 72 and Commonwealth Act 591. About 82,000 fieldworkers, majority of who were DepEd public school teachers, were deployed during the nationwide census taking in 2010. The 2010 CPH was designed to take an inventory of the population and housing units in the Philippines nationwide and to collect information about their characteristics. Information on the count of the population and living quarters were collected with 12:01 a.m. of May 1, 2010 as the census reference time and date.

For the meantime, the country awaits to hear the first cry of the 100 millionth baby as Abellera referred to as a happy as well as challenging demographic moment in the lives of Filipinos. (MAL/JJJP-PIA5)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DOLE to hire at least 7,700 displaced workers of typhoon Glenda

LEGAZPI CITY, July 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here is mulling to hire at least 7,700 Albayanos comprising more than 10 percent of the total number of families evacuated in the province following the devastation of typhoon Glenda on Tuesday last week, according to the agency's top regional official.

DOLE Bicol regional director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the provision of emergency employment to residents, with the bulk coming from Albay province, affected by the typhoon will be implemented under the Tulong Alalay sa Ating Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD) program with some P25M allocated budget.

Lacambra clarified that workers to be hired will come from the areas hardest hit and labeled “priority” on the list of the Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils across the region.

Based on the Bicol RDRRMC data, Albay recorded at least 62,951 families or 308,046 individuals from 160 barangays that were evacuated.

"TUPAD will start up implementation in Albay considering this province suffered devastation the most from the recent typhoon Glenda and with the biggest number of families directly affected," he said.

In Albay, authorities from DOLE Bicol and Albay PDRRMC agreed in a recent meeting that Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office or APSEMO will identify the areas and the beneficiaries needing the “most” assistance.

“Rehabilitation requires team effort, thus data and recommendations from the Bicol RDRRMC and APSEMO regarding this concern will be our baseline. They are the ones in the field so they know which areas needed the most intervention.” he added.

It can be noted that as early as Wednesday, July 16, DOLE Bicol already received instructions from DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to map out plans for rehabilitation of typhoon-stricken areas.

At that time, DOLE Bicol acting assistant regional director Atty. Karina Perida-Trayvilla initiated coordination with the regional DRR authorities to determina the baseline data on the damage extent and utilized to analyze as to the fastest intervention the agency can offer that is emergency employment.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)
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P35.3M worth of assistance given to typhoon victims in Bicol – DSWD


LEGAZPI CITY, July 23 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported today the cost of assistance provided for the victims of Typhoon Glenda that ravaged the Bicol Region last week now totaled to P35,306,708.79 based on their latest record.

DWSD – Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia in his report submitted to Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, stated that the amount is broken down as P29.847 from DSWD, P5.410M from the local government units (LGUs) and P48,630 from the private sector.

According to Garcia’s report, Camarines Sur received the biggest assistance from DSWD totaling P24,053,491.10 followed by Albay with P2,037,575 and Sorsogon with P1,977,115.15.

DSWD also provided assistance to other Bicol provinces broken down as P654,080 for Camarines Norte, P650,000 for Masbate, and P475,000 for Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, LGU – Masbate provided a total of P1,684,453.98 worth of assistance to its constituents followed by LGU - Albay with  P1,643,627.68 and Camarines Sur with P1,079,563.84.

LGU – Sorsogon’s assistance totaled to P976,171.99 and LGU – Catanduanes released P27,000.00 worth of assistance. DSWD has yet to receive the report from LGU – Camarines Norte, Garcia said.

The assistance given to typhoon victims were family food packs each containing 3 kilos of rice, 5 packs of noodles, 4 cans sardines, 2 cans corn beef and 8 sachets of 3 in 1 coffee worth P269.30 good for a family of 5 members.

The LGUs utilized their calamity funds and the DSWD augmented the assistance once their calamity funds are exhausted.

Garcia also reported that 468,174 families and 2,003,605 individuals were affected by the typhoon. Further, there were 134,835 partially damaged houses and 33,898 totally damaged houses in the entire Bicol Region as of today based on Garcia’s report.

Camarines Sur reported 194,161 families and 742,878 individuals affected by the typhoon followed by Sorsogon with 121,796 families and 576,974 individuals affected then Albay with 110,527 families and 501,460 individuals.

There were 28,452 families and 116,504 persons affected in Camarines Norte, 9,170 families and 45,538 individuals in Masbate and 4,068 families and 20,251 persons in Catanduanes affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, Camarines Sur reported 85,022 partially-damaged and 23,717 totally damaged houses, Albay with 19,920 partially damaged and 4,775 totally damaged houses and Sorsogon with 17,244 partially damaged and 3,677 totally damaged houses.

Camarines Norte recorded 11,169 partially damaged and 1,167 totally damaged houses, Catanduanes with 863 partially damaged and 98 totally damaged houses while Masbate has 617 partially damaged and 14 totally damaged houses as of today. (MAL/JJP-PIA5)
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Training for LGUs on climate change action plan continues

LEGAZPI CITY, July 23 (PIA) – Despite the brunt of recent super howler ‘Glenda’ last week that devastated Albay and neigboring provinces, the 3-day training-workshop for the formulation of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) will go on as scheduled starting today until July 25, 2014 at the Hotel Casablanca, this city.

Executive director of service provider Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD, Inc.) and resident trainer for the LCCAP formulation, Nong C. Rangasa, assured the participants that the event has no hassle as the venue is very much ready with its facilities, good supply of water, an ample supply of electricity from its 210-Kilowatt generator set, continuous wi-fi internet, communication and other amenities. The same assurance was issued by the hotel management.

“For this batch (July 23-25, 2014), 11 LGUs have re-confirmed attendance of their delegates from the different municipalities of the provinces mostly from the northern regions of the Philippines,” Rangasa said, adding that the participants have scheduled their arrivals as early as Tusday, July 22, a day before the start of the training-workshop.

The LCCAP document is listed (number 16) in the array of requirements for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award to be given by the Department of the Interior and Local Govenrment (DILG) Central Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, among others.

The training workshop is a highly technical writing capacity building for LGUs to come up with their respective Local capacity assessment framework, climate change sectoral vulnerability assessment, undertake anticipatory adaptation measures, contingency plans  and LCCAP document. (MAL/RMN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)
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NEA suspends Canoreco former execs, directors for 60 days


 DAET, Camarines Norte, July 23 (PIA) – Seven members of the present Board of Directors and two past officer-in-charge of the Camarines Norte Electric Cooperative (Canoreco) were placed under 60 day preventive suspension under Administrative Case No.11-07-14b issued by Administrator Edita S. Bueno on July 7, 2014 of the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

The order was acting on the Memorandum dated May 27, 2014 of the Deputy Administrator for Electric Distribution Utility Services of EDUS after an evaluation of Canoreco’s Management’s Justification and Action Plans on the NEA Comprehensive Audit covering the period of August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2013.

The directive cited that the justifications lacked the merit to warrant consideration as the audit findings showed various significant lapses in the encroachment of the Board on PBAC functions by awarding the contract for the supply and deliver and installation of 2 units 5 MVA substation and the construction of 69kv line without observing proper bidding procedures and evaluation for bids.

Huge estimated price difference of almost P23.2 million was noted.

It further stated that other instances were grave abuse of discretion and open defiance to NEA guidelines to the disposal of the damaged 10 MVA power transformer through trade-in; and awarding of the contract with Strikeforce Alpha Security Services, Inc. which has the highest bid among the qualified bidders without considering P724,752 price difference.

It furthered the other cases were the wireless connectivity project wherein the contract was aborted due to revocation by the BP Integrated Technologies Inc. after an initial payment of more than P1.5 million; and the open defiance and perennial non-adherence to NEA guidelines regarding benefits and allowances, write-off of power bills.

NEA has been vested with the power to impose disciplinary and preventive measures upon erring members of the board of directors of electric cooperatives, its officers and employees.

Under the 60 day preventive suspension included Board president Arwin Segundo; directors Cesar Brondia, Domingo Sarmiento, Henry Zaño, Freddie Parale, Alexander Bardon, and Elmer Dasco while past officer in charge were Engr. Henry I. Sendon and Efren Belgado.

The project supervisor or acting general manager Wilfredo Bucsit of Canoreco was also directed to ensure the implementation and compliance of the concerned on the said suspension order.

It will be recalled that the NEA has taken over the management of Canoreco effective March 10, 2014  with the Resolution passed by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan to take over while there is no permanent manager of the electric cooperative.

This was followed by the resignation of then BOD President Jose Tomas Fernandez, Dante Lee and Arnilo Barrameda. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/CamNorte)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SSS, GSIS, Pagibig calamity assistance open for Glenda victims in Albay


LEGAZPI CITY, July 22 (PIA) – Victims of typhoon Glenda in Albay can now avail of calamity assistance offered by government financing institutions (GFI) as the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) has declared the province under state of calamity.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda earlier said that calamity assistance packages have been approved by the economic sectors group and requested with concerned agencies as part of the recovery and reconstruction plan of the province.

“A package of monetarist approaches to post-disaster reconstruction were approved by the economic sectors group as part of the Plan of Albay Glenda Early Recovery and Reconstruction (PAGERR) and were requested with the concerned agency present.” Salceda said.

These packages are offered by Pagibig, Social Security System (SSS) and Government System Insurance Service.

Eligible Pagibig members in Albay can avail of automatic approval of P150, 000 home improvement loans or up to 80% of member contributions payable in 24 months with 4% interest rate.

Pagibig board of trustees chair and Vice President Jejomar Binay also announced yesterday that some P6 billion calamity fund has been allocated for members affected by typhoon Glenda.

Loan applications can be filed within 90 days from the declaration of a state of calamity.

Meanwhile Albay-based SSS members, said Salceda, can avail of deferral of installment payment on housing and members’ loan for 12 months while pensioners can get in advance their three months worth of pension.

These benefits are part of the SSS calamity relief package which allows eligible members to renew their salary loans, avail of house repair loans with easier terms, and advance their pension payments.

The deadline of submission of applications under the SSS calamity relief package is on October 31, 2014.

The same assistance is also available for Albay-based GSIS members.

GSIS Legazpi manager Joel Defeo said eligible members can now file their application for emergency loans from July 21 – August 20, 2014.

“GSIS now accepts application for Emergency Loan effective July 21 - August 20, 2014 for active members residing or working in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, CamSur, CamNorte and Catanduanes,” he said.

“Loanable amount is P20,000 payable in 36 months or 3 years at 6% interest per annum,” Defeo added.

To qualify for the emergency loan, the member-applicant must be: a bona fide resident or employee of the government office within the declared calamity area; be in active service and not on leave of absence without pay; has no pending criminal or administrative charges; has no arrearages in the payment of mandatory social insurance contributions; and has no loan that has been declared in default. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Albay to celebrate Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary

LEGAZPI CITY, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Albay will celebrate the sesquicentennial or 150 years anniversary of the birth of profound thinker and political philosopher Apolinario Mabini, known as the brains of the Revolution.

Albay governor Joey Salceda has always acclaimed Mabini as his personal model and national hero for DRRM and climate change adaptation within the more overarching fight by the disadvantaged and disabled for social justice.

With the theme “Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan,” the event aims to honor Mabini, the “sublime paralytic,” who being physically handicapped was considered as the brains behind the Philippine revolution.

The event will be highlighted by the unveiling of the statue of Apolinario Mabini, made by reknown scuptress Julie Lluch, in the lobby of the Albay Provincial Capitol at 4pm on July 23, 2014.

Albay poet laureate and consultant for cultural affairs Abdon M. Balde Jr. will deliver a short biography of the hero.

Provincial administrator Jesap Salceda will read the governor's annual Mabini speech.

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay, PGA Department Heads, officials and staff, civic and military leaders and representatives of the academe, and the local media will be invited to join the event.

Apolinario Maranan Mabini was born on July 23, 1864 in what is now Barangay Talaga of the city of Tanauan in the province of Batangas, Republic of the Philippines.

He served as the prime minister and head of the cabinet of the First Republic under the administration of Emilio Aguinaldo in January 2, 1899. (MAL/SAA/PGAlbay/PIA5)

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Army musters troops for Task Force Sagip in response to typhoon Glenda


LEGAZPI CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The Philippine Army has since placed on alert its disaster response and rescue units (DRRU) all over Bicol as the region braced for typhoon Glenda early last week while the same carried out relief operations to typhoon victims immediately the day after the devastation of the extreme weather system.

Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso, commanding general of the Army's 9th Infantry Division, told Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Bicol that the army regional unit in Bicol activated its Task Force Sagip immediately as public storm warning signals were raised in several provinces in the region.

Depayso said  the DRRUs are composed of 660 rescuers from the army’s three infantry brigades, five infantry battalions, and division headquarters based in Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur.

He added the three infantry brigades are composed of 901st Brigade covering the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes, 902nd Brigade serving the Camarines provinces and 903rd Brigade based in Sorsogon and Masbate, Depayso added.

Army's DRRUs served on 24-hours duty in their respective areas of responsibility commencing on July 14 when PSWS 1 was declared, providing assistance to the municipal, provincial and regional disaster risk reduction and management councils by mustering the troops in preparation for evacuation, search and rescue operations in flood and landslide prone areas, and post disaster relief efforts.

The army also assisted some 350 residents in barangays Sula and Subang in Vinzons town in Camarines Norte in rescue operations and evacuation during the height of the typhoon..

Meanwhile, the Army's 42nd Infantry Battalion together with a national television network launched relief operations in some towns in Camarines provinces over the weekend.

Relief packs were distributed to residents of barangays Benito, Iraya and Salvacion in Buhi town in Camarines Sur last Friday with assistance from the Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion. Also in Bato, Camarines Sur, 475 families received relief goods.

The soldiers also joined with other agencies the clean up drive in Naga City as part of its civil military operations. (MAL/JJJP-PIA5)
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Monday, July 21, 2014

All roads in Bicol passable – DPWH


LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) confirmed today that all major roads in the entire Bicol region are passable following typhoon Glenda (international name : Rammasun) wrecked havoc in the region on Tuesday, July 15.

“All (national and secondary) roads in the region are passable since Friday last week,” DPWH Bicol public information officer Lucy Castañeda told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in a text message today.

Castañeda in the same message also relayed reports from DPWH First District Engineering Office (DEO) in Masbate saying that that Narangasan Bridge along Tawad – Balud junction road in Masbate was temporarily closed due to damages caused by the typhoon, however, a detour set up in the vicinity is already passable to light vehicles since Sunday, July 20,

As early as Wednesday, July 16, the day after the typhoon, Castañeda said that the Legazpi – Sorsogon Maharlika Highway has been already passable to all types of vehicles.

Even the roads to Bulan and Matnog in the province of Sorsogon were passable since Wednesday, Castañeda added. Bulan and Matnog are important links to the Visayas with its ports serving roll-on-roll-off (RORO) route.

“Our clearing operations are still on-going with numerous trees, electrical posts, transmission towers, houses and other debris still scattered and causing heavy traffic along roads and highways,” Castañedas said.

Castañeda added that DPWH Bicol is prioritizing the clearing of roads and highways to expedite transport of relief operations to areas badly hit by the typhoon and for other agencies and sectors to implement their rehabilitation works in the region.

Earlier, DPWH reminded the public on the dangers of planting trees and constructing houses on the roadsides that pose dangers and hazards especially during calamities. (MAL/JJJP-PIA5)
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Proactivism lessens impacts of typhoon Glenda to lives, properties of Bicolanos; damages peg at P4.5B


LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 (PIA) – Office of the Civil Defense Bicol regional director Bernardo Alejandro IV, also chair of the Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), has cited efforts of the the different national and local government units, private sector and the residents for their proactivism which lessened the impact of typhoon Glenda to the communities.

“The proactivism shown by the different government units, private sector and the residents can be credited for the lesser impacts of typhoon Glenda to the communities due seamless co-operations and support to achieve zero casualty and mitigate ill effects to properties. These damages’ estimated costs would have been higher without the 'bayanihan" spirit among all of us,” Alejandro said.

Bicol RDRRMC reported damages to agriculture and infrastructures in Albay brought by typhoon Glenda surged to P2.8 billion, according to the Bicol Regional Disater Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) as of 12:00 pm yesterday.

Albay records the highest agricultural loss at P1,711,647,869.29 followed by Camarines Sur with P893,110,191.29; Masbate P120,952,176.41; Camarines Norte P 88,394,266.16 and Sorsogon P88,152,899.41.

Catanduanes recorded the lowest damage on agriculture at P52,096,622.00.

Total agricultural damages in the Bicol region have surged to P2,954,354,015.56.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol reported during the Bicol RDRRMC full meeting Friday that rehabilitation plan for agriculture sector in the region is now being implemented.

The rehab plan includes provision of quality seeds and planting materials, fertilizer and pesticides and biologics for livestock and poultry raisers.  4WD tractors and hand tractors are also deployed for land preparation along with repairs conducted in DA station facilities, plant nurseries and other agri-infras.

Damages in roads, bridges and other structures in the province have amounted to P1,210,017,000.00.

Camarines Sur has recorded P139, 245,000.00 while Camarines Norte has P106, 600,000.00; Sorsogon P 39,400,000.00; Masbate P13, 500,000.00 and Catanduanes P 1,500,250.00.

Total infra damage in the region have summed up to P 1,510,262,250.00.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said almost all national roads in the region are passable except for Tawad-Balud Road due to damages Narangasan Bridge.  (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Bicol fishery sector reports damages worth at least P40M


NAGA CITY, July 21 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Bicol has reported an initial damage on infrastructure and production loss to the fishery sector amounting to P40 million and expected to increase once data from other areas reached the regional office.

Based on the initial assessment, Masbate reported an initial damage of P18M; Camarines Sur with an estimated damage of P10M; Catanduanes, P5.5M; Albay, P3M; Sorsogon, P3M; and Camarines Norte, P1M.

BFAR Bicol regional director Dennis Del Socorro said that damages were incurred on seaweed plantations in various coastal municipalities in the region.  These also include severe destructions in mangrove plantations and other mariculture projects implemented by the bureau and local governments.

The continuing research and development program of BFAR includes the putting up off mariculture zones and parks in various areas in Bicol.

Del Socorro stated that mariculture parks and zones are community-based marina type project in different municipal waters.  The project is being implemented through the cooperation and support of the municipal fisherfolks and members of said organizations in their locality particularly in designated fishery areas.

The mariculture zones promote mariculture as a major livelihood of coastal fishermen.

Del Socorro is currently at BFAR central office in Manila for an emergency management committee conference wherein he discussed with top officials the assessment report on damages to the fishery sector and impacts on livelihood, among others and possible assistance that the bureau can provide especially to small fisherfolks in Bicol region.

Fisherfolks and other stakeholders of the fishery sectors are hopeful that government interventions to regain thier lossess and new opportunities for sustainable livelihood will be ready for implementation the soones possible time especially for fishermen whose livelihood were devastated by typhoon Glenda. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Typhoon brings initial P1B production loss in Bicol - DA


PILI, Camarines Sur, July 19 (PIA) --- The Department of Agriculture (DA) regional field unit in Bicol has recorded an initial P1 billion worth of production losses from the devastation of typhoon Glenda to the agricultural sector in the region destroying some 40,801.21 hectares of farms and affecting more than 82,850 farmers.

DA RFU public information officer Officer Emily Bordado said the typhoon totally or partially damaged agricultural lands planted with rice, corn and other high value crops as well as livestock and other agri-infrastructure that also suffered enormous damages.

Bordado said that the initial damage report was based on the data forwarded by different local government units, other agencies and offices in the field of agriculture, covering almost all six provinces of the Bicol region.

Among provinces, Camarines Sur recorded  an estimated production loss of P450,034,504 affecting some 16,747 famers consisting of 55,403.64 metric tons of rice.

Of the 17, 727.01 hectares areas affected, 6,112.97 hectares have a chance of recovery while 11,727.01 hectares were declared as no chance of regaining the commodity at all.

Albay’s rice lands covering 8,873 hectares were also widely affected by the torrential rains with estimated rice production loss pegged at P135,024,846 and affected 12,259 farmers.

Corn farmers in Camarines Sur suffered the most on their crops compared to their counterparts in neighbouring provinces that totalled to 4,791.71 hectares while Albay and Masbate’s corn plantations only covered 547 and 242.35 hectares, respectively.

High value crop farmers from Albay initially numbering to 20,250 were also affected with agricultural production loss amounting to P242,334,287.50 while livestock loss due to death of various farm animals was pegged at P4,470,290.00.

DA also initially recorded an estimated damage to agri-infrastructure amounting to P371,514.105.43 but only involving the agency’s infrastructure such as dryers, palay and animal shades, barns and office buildings. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)
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U.S. Government helps communities in Bicol provinces on recovery efforts from typhoon

MANILA, July 19 (PIA) --The U.S. Government has provided approximately P6.5 million ($150,000) to help Typhoon Glenda victims in Albay and Sorsogon provinces return home and recover from the devastation brought about by thestorm.

Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg said, "On behalf of the American people, we extend our deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Glenda. The U.S. Government stands ready to assist the Philippine authorities in helping affected families bounce back from this tragedy."

The U.S. Embassy Manila's United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will work with World Vision International to distribute 600 shelter return kits—containing galvanized iron sheets, plywood, nails, blankets, mosquito nets, and plastic mats—to help families rebuild homes damaged during the storm.

Ambassador Goldberg likewise commended the efforts of the national and local governments and the cooperation of communities which helped to minimize the loss of life before during the storm.

"We will continue to work with our counterparts to help the Philippines mitigate, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters as we work on achieving inclusive and resilient growth," added Ambassador Goldberg.

On July 17, the US Government also announced it would provide Php107.5 million ($2.5 million) in assistance to build community resilience to flood and other disaster events in Metro Manila.

The support, provided through USAID, will make training and other forms of assistance available to communities in 15 high-risk, flood-prone barangays in Rizal and the National Capital Region (NCR), directly benefiting an estimated 43,200 people.  (MAL/US Embassy/PIA5)
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Search for "Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon" on

LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PIA) - The Albay Council on Education (ACE) and Search and Awards Committee (SAC) for the Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon convened last week developments on the implementation of the awards program that has since contibuted to the improvements to the quality of education in the province.

Now on its seventh installment, the annual Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon is an awards system that recognizes and rewards the significant contributions of teachers, principals, students and local government units to the cause of quality education in the province.

Board Member Richard Benjamin Imperial, chair of the Committee on Education as well as of ACE, said that education in Albay gets a lion’s share in the provincial budget and you can be assured that our full support will be given to education, adding that Governor Joey Salceda has assured him that no budget cuts will ever be made for the education sector.

 BU President Dr. Lauraya stated that although the ACE and SAC started out as an awards giving body, it has grown into a program that has included trainings to further develop and bolster the state of education in Albay.

 PED Head Nenita Villalon for her part lauded the Dep Ed divisions of Albay, Legazpi, Ligao, and Tabaco and acknowledged their efforts in the impressive growth that they have shown in the past 7 years.

 Villalon also asked all members of the conference to encourage more participants to the different categories where the PGA and PED extends recognition and awards to students, teachers, principals, LGUs, and barangays which have shown excellence in the field of education.

 “We are extending the deadline for the submission of nomination forms for candidates in SEAL, TOTAL, TROPICAL, BAKAS, and Kadunong from July 18, 2014 to July 21, 2014 to fully accommodate those that are eligible to receive the recognition they so deserve.” Said Villalon

 The ACE and SAC committee hopes to bestow the awards on October 5, 2014 in time with the International Teachers Day.  (MAL/PGAlbay-PIO/PIA5/Albay)
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LCCAP-trained LGUs now ready to tap P1B People’s Survival Fund, SGLG award

LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PIA)  – Local governments across the Philippines now have an option to hit many ‘targets’ with one ‘bullet’, the targets being the funds from the national government, the development partners, the international financial institutions as well as the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award and the single bullet, the tailored training workshop for the crafting of their respective Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)

While funding will be tapped from the Php 1-billion fund of the People’s Survival Fund (R.A. 10174), the mentoring and coaching for the crafting and implementation of the LCCAp will be provided by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD), the Local Government Academey (LGA) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of Legazpi.

The move is is in compliance with the Climate Change Act based on the National Strategic Framework on Climate Change (NSFCC) of the Climate Change Commission, headed by President Benigno S. Aquino III, that calls for science and risk-based planning processes and results  in which LGUs  must consider the local assessment of climate change impacts on the most vulnerable communities and areas, the ecosystems and other resources within their territories.

DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas III, said “the agency and all allied national government agencies are working together to ensure that the Philippines is ready for the future”.

DILG, in particular, sees to it that relevant policies and programs are propagated, instilled and actually implemented among all local government units in the country.

DILG Undersecretary for Local Government, Austere A. Panadero, noted with satisfaction that out of 1,700 target LGUs and agencies, around 500 have already undergone such LCCAP training-workshops that enabled them to better mobilize people’s resources, wider access to local information, indigenous knowledge for community actions, measures and activities.

 LGUs that have completed the LCCAP training-workshops are eligible to request for funding and tap the Php 1-billion fund of the People’s Survival Fund (R.A. 10174) as mandated to finance their proposed projects, programs and activities parallel to their Comprehensive Land Use and Development Plans and their respective LCCAPs.

Aside from said amount, their respective LCCAPs will also enable them to access other fund sources from development partners and international financial institutions, non government organizations (NGOs) and business organizations/communities through Public Private Partnership Initiatives (PPPIs) focused on climate change adaptation, disaster risk and vulnerability reduction and management.

LGA Executive Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo meanwhile said, “LGUs shall be the frontine agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas…(Climate Change Act or R.A. 9729, Sec. 14 of 2009) as amended by People’s Survival Fund Act or R.A. 10174 of 2012. The LCCAP of LGUs will be science-and risk-based, as its formulation will consider the assessment of climate change impacts on the most vulnerable communities and areas and the ecosystems and other resources within their territories.”

LGUs are made the fronliners in this programs since they are more familiar with the community adaptation-based approach and their importance to community livelihoods, environment and homes. They recognize the importance of Coastal, Health, Agriculture, Water, Forestry, Biodiversity, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure and in some cases, Mining (CHAWFBEEIM), as well as the other ecosystems as they can cope and continuously go building community resiliency.

It is clear to the global and national community that LGUs stand at the frontline of defense to climate change and disaster impacts. The island groups of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, as well as the individual islands, may face different challenges; possess varying views and perspectivves of their situation, and development directions and pace of growth. What they must do, however, is to always prepare resources and make them available when needed.

The multiple interrelated problems associated with climate change also differ for children, the youth, persons with disabilities, the elderly, women and men, rich and poor, indigenous peoples, communities and stakeholders. The most vulnerable are often the poorest of the poor.

Accomplishing close to half the target LGUs in the country with around 500 ‘LGU-graduates’ and a pioneer Barangay-level in the country (the 53 Barangays of Catarman, Northern Samar), LGUs urgently need to focus on the formulation of the barangay contingency and recovery plans (BRCP), conduct climate change sectoral vulnerability assessment and undertake other anticipatory adaptation measures following the ‘bottom-up’ approach to identify ‘no-regret’ options for re-defining and calibrating the local development planning processes.

The pioneer barangays were popularly supported and encouraged by their mayor, Francisco C. Rosales Jr and his frontliner Liga ng mga Barangay President Ruth Figueroa together with their action man, Jonathan Baldo, the MDRRMO-Catarman. Catarman has manifested an overwhelming enthusiasm towards LCCAP formulation as it is the only LGU in the Visayas to have completed LCCAP and BCRP.

Mayors Rosales and Rosal, commended each other, the former for his valuable support and the latter as the real champion and modelfor demonstrating the projects and programs in Legazpi City as the LCCAP capital in the Philippines, a thing that is replicable and implementable to other LGUs in the country.

“To capitalize on these strengths, LGUs must harmonize and maximize resources and promote PPPIs with identified community adaptation practitioners and local institutions or organizations for the purpose of achieving ‘horizontally and vertically aligned’ or cross-cutting climate change adaptation integration into local development planning processes such as BRCP at the meta level, annual investment plans (AIPs), comprehensive development plans (CDps) and comprehensive land use and development plans (CLUDPs) at the micro level, and ensure that such plans are integrated in provincial development investment plans (PDIPs), provincial physical framework and development plans (PPFDPs), and regional development plan (RDP) at the meso level and one common document the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) at the macro level,” Rangasa pointed out.

Seal of Good Local Governance

During the recent LCCAP formulation training-workshops, Mayor Rosal stressed another importance of the LCCAP document which is valuable inclusion to requirements for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for disaster preparedness (requirement No. 16), together with Disaster plan, CLUP plans, Contingency plan and standard operating procedure.

Earlier, Rosal encouraged his fellow mayors and senior technical managers of the LGUs from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to seriously undergo the LCCAP formulation training-workshop towards the attainment and achieving the goal of the millennium development and improving the human development index.

Rosal is ‘walking the talk’ in terms of CCA-DRVR implementation as he exemplifies Legazpi City’s strategies and mainstreaming measures against calamities and hazards by partnering and popularly supporting the LCCAD-spearheaded project, the LCCAP formulation training-workshops.

Common Barriers

LCCAD Executive Director and Resident Trainer Manuel ‘Nong’ C. Rangasa meanwhile cited that based on both the actual initial empirical and scientific findings of the series of LCCAP training workshops the following were discovered as common barriers to LCCAP preparation and implementation:

a) Limited knowledge and understanding of climate change and disaster risk reduction issues at provincial, city and municipal levels;
b) Limited transfer of knowledge and technology from involved agencies, particularly CCC, OCD, HLURB and NEDA;
c) Limited awareness of CCA, DRVR focal persons of provincial, city and municipal officers of the DILG;
d) Limited guidance, low human capacity & competency at local level to undertake this kind of adaptation planning;
e) Tendency to rely solely on available data by other LGUs and government agencies and institutions in formulating their respective LCCAP/etc.;
f) Lack of dynamism and dedication among LGUs that would be the CORE of creating resilient communities;
g) Inability to share knowledge and available data to replicate to their respective institutions and communities;
h) Limited financial resources and competing priorities among LGUs;
i) Lack of legislative framework that will guide all provinces,  cities and municipalities to prepare and formulate a comprehensive local climate change adaptation plan (LCCAP)
j) Difficulty in mobilizing multi-stakeholders to participate in   vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning and implementation activities;
k) Short political life of the Local Chief Executives (LCE) and decision makers;
l) Lack of support from the national government agency mandating and encouraging the LGUs to attend and to achieve Top to Bottom approach and vice versa; and
m) Untapped and immobilized PPP initiatives and resources.

Despite these barriers, the LGUs are striving their best to cope with and adapt to aspire for the national government funding supports and even those from the international financial institutions. The LGUs that have initially failed to come up with their respective LCCAPs are re-visiting (refresher) the training-workshop upon realizing its vital role in climate change adaptation and disaster risk and vulnerability reduction (CCA-DRVR).

“Aside from this, the LGUs are just beginning to realize that prevention policies are their first line of defense against disasters and, in particular, against human induced climate change impacts. As more people are expected to be affected in the future, increasing vulnerability of communities to disasters must be taken very seriously,” Rangasa explained while assuring that hopes rise with accomplishing their respective LCCAPs.

Rangasa also added that there are real fast-learners and to some extent, some are also finding difficulties coping up with the trainings, especially the LGUs that failed to send a complete technical team.

“Some of the earlier contingent-LGUs that have sent at least one or two representatives normally fail in other aspects of the CHAWFBEEIM vulnerability assessment and undertake anticipatory adaptation because the other vital sectors were not fully represented during the conduct of workshop phases of the technical writing sessions. Although they find it difficult during the initial stage of the workshop, no problem, it is part of the challenge of discovering and assessing their weaknesses which then results to their strengths and become their inspiration once their potentials for championing the cause of mainstreaming CCA and DRVR are ignited in the spatial local planning and policy-making processes,” he elaborated.

Despite these difficulties, Rangasa encouraged all LGUs to avail of the training-workshop and still hopes and believes in their dynamic abilities and competencies to adapt to, first, the trainings, and then the actual scenarios of climate change to adaptation and the disaster risk and vulnerability reduction management standardized by the user’s manual for LGUs, the published ‘power guidebook’ for the preparation of the stand-alone LCCAP document  developed by LCCAD and the LGA-DILG.

The nature of this training-workshop is totally different from all the rest because LCCAP revisits, redefines, integrates, mainstreams, calibrates vertically and horizontally aligns cross-sectors to existing plans and activities such as executive legislative agenda, annual investment plan (AIP), comprehensive development plan (CDP) and comprehensive land use and development plan (CLUP) and entry points all opportunities to harmonize to maximize provincial development and investment plans (PDIPs) and provincial physical framework and development plans (PPFDPs).

All things considered, LCCAD concludes that “at this time, only Adaptation in the best option that can guarantee the attainment of a zero-casualty goal, provided that it is scientifically-based and appropriately implemented, hence, more effective, less expensive and more sustainable than short-term prevention measures like pre-emptive evacuation or reactive responses such as rescue and relief operations,” Rangasa said.  (MAL/RMN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)
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Salceda joins US Ambassador to open Special Olympics in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PIA) -- Albay Governor Joey Salceda welcomed United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg  and joined him in the opening the Special Olympics for persons with intellectual disabilities at the Bicol UniversityInstitute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation Track and Field this morning.

Albay hosted for the first time the Special Olympics that has since been helping create an environment and community of inclusion providing individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to realize their potentials, develop their physical fitness and experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

In his message, Salceda thanked the esteemed guests from the US Government and partner institutions for their kindness and saluted their efforts for organizing the said event for the people of Albay with intellectual disabilities.

“Kindness and charity are two big words that I learned from my parents, these words entail doing good and extending help to others whom you know would have no way of helping you in return,” Salceda said.

“What better way would kindness and charity be demonstrated than in helping persons with intellectual disabilities to contribute in their physical, social and psychological development through successful experiences in competitive sports,” he further added.

Salceda likened the motto of the Special Olympics: “Let Me Win, But If I Cannot Win Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt,” to the resilience and indomitable spirit of the Albayanos in adapting to and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and the destructive forces of nature.

“We may not be able to win against the mighty forces of nature, but we must be brave in trying to,” Salceda stated.

In attendance to the two-day sports events and funfares were  at least 250 participants with intellectual disabilities from all over the province of Albay which was organized by the United States Peace Corps, Peace Corps Philippines Director Denny Robertson and Peace Corps Volunteers and Special Olympics Philippines Director Kaye Samson also graced the opening ceremonies along with representatives of the Special Olympics International.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics is a non-profit organization and a global movement created to help individuals with intellectual disabilities achieve their potentials through organized year-round programs of sports training and athletic competitions.

Special Olympics International Inc., with the affiliate Special Olympics Philippines in the country, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The organization serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year around the world.

Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is a non-profit organization and a global movement created to help individuals with intellectual disabilities achieve their potentials through organized year-round programs of sports training and athletic competitions.

United States Peace Corps volunteer Bryna Rabehl, also coordinator of the Special Olympics Development Team for the Albay leg, said, "It is right here where volunteers, along with other support organizations and even individuals, meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place providing a bright and meaningful future for this special sector of the community."  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)
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Albay braces for tropical storm Glenda


LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PIA) – Governor Joey Salceda has placed the province of Albay under preparedness status as of 12:00 pm today after the government weather bureau declared the province under public storm warning signal number 2 as tropical storm Glenda intensifies.

In the latest advisory of the Provinical Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Albay, Salceda has likewise suspended classes at all levels for both public and private schools.

The same advisory has directed all local DRRMCs to activate their respective Operation Centers for preparedness meeting and close monitoring of weather bulletins and PDRRMC advisories through infoboard and for timely application of countermeasures for disaster avoidance in their respective jurisdiction.

Salceda further reiterated his call for residents along river system and steep slope are advised to pre identify safer grounds and facilities for possible evacuation in case of flood and landslide for disaster avoidance.

They are also advised to monitor Albay PDRRMC Smart Infoboard and local broadcast stations for regular and periodic issuances of further emergency advisories.

No sailing policy has likewise been declared for all fishing vessels and passenger sea crafts.

In the latest Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa weather advisory, TS Glenda has intensified further as it continue to move in a westward direction at 28 kph threatening the Bicol region.

As of 10:00 am today, the center of TS Glenda is estimated at 620 km East of Virac Catanduanes with a maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120kph.

The province of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Albay have been placed under Signal number 2 with winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Barangay councils of 53 villages in Samar train on contingency recovery planning

LEGAZPI CITY, July 14 (PIA) – Fifty-Three barangays from Catarman, Northern Samar pioneered a 3-day training-workshop for contingency and recovery planning under the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its Local Government Academy.

DILG has partnered with the service provider, Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD), to conduct the same training in batches for 1,700 local government units across the country.

LCCAD executive director Manuel ‘Nong’ Rangasa, also the LCCAP resident trainor, said the pilot training workshop shall reinforce the ‘echo’ mechanism that synergizes a non-political strategy towards the attainment of zero-casualty goals even in the most calamity-prone areas.

He added that LCCAD has so far trained close to 300 LGUs from various parts of the country involving municipal and city technical teams directly involved in the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction.

The said punong barangays and  barangay officials consist the first batch of trainees on the roll-out of activities for the formulation of Barangay Contingency and recovery Plans now being catered to the front-liners to all disasters, hazards, and of course their strategic adaptation and contingency plan of actions, making all stakeholders resilient to  whatever type of calamities.

“In fact, the Barangay Contingency and Recovery Plan (BCRP) will be the input document to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and the LCCAP which shall find its way up to the National Climate Change Action Plan hierarchy.,” Rangasa explained.

Catarman Liga ng mga Brangay president Ruth Figueroa expressed optimism that with the said training held July 2-4 at the Hotel Casablanca here, LGUS will be empowered and helped maximize their resources to mobilize a concerted effort for adaptation measures.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal graced the event with his encouraging presentation of the best practices and strategies that put the city to the realm of being a Climate Change Adaptation Champion of the Philippines and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

On the other hand, Catarman Mayor Francisco Rosales, Jr. who also graced the occasion, extended full support by endorsing the said Association of Barangay Captains (ABCs) to an exclusive training-workshop, and even sent his Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Jonathan Baldo to assist the group.

Baldo is also the LCCAD provincial coordinator for Northern Samar to work out more LCCAP (for municipalities, cities and provincial levels) and Barangay Contingency and Recovery Plans for the villages.

The LCCAP training- workshop design builds on and expands the use of the concept in present and future adaptation planning policy and decision-making processes.

Rangasa said that the local framework and principles on climate change adaptation, disaster risk and vulnerability reduction and management (CCA-DRVR) are integrated in a science & risk-based approach and probabilistic risk assessment requirement to guide “bottom up” planning as well as identification and adoption of “no regret” options and actions.  (MAL/RMN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)
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Friday, July 11, 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Open Bicol’s First Special Olympics

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PIA) -- U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg will open the first Special Olympics in Albay during a ceremony on July 14, 8:00 am, at  the Bicol University Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation Track and Field here.

Joining the Ambassador will be Governor Joey S. Salceda, Bicol University President Dr. Faye Lauraya, mayors of various towns in the province, Peace Corps Philippines Director Denny Robertson and Peace Corps Volunteers, and Special Olympics Philippines Director Kaye Samson.

At Bicol University, Ambassador Goldberg will deliver remarks at the conclusion of a forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Guests include experts from the academe, local government units, and non-governmental organizations.  The forum will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m. at the Conference Room of the Climate Change Academy.

The U.S. Embassy meanwhile has invited all media interested in covering the Special Olympics and the forum afterwards.

Following his participation in the Special Olympics, Ambassador Goldberg will have a brief media pull-aside interview at 10:15 a.m. behind the grandstand.  (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

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New RD vows to bring glory to BJMP Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bicol welcomed J/SSupt Ignacio Sarabia Panti, DSC as the new regional director effective July 1, 2014.

Cited as “a man of few words who have exceptionally done his job through many years of government service,” RD Panti also calls on BJMPBicol personnel to follow his leadership vowing to bring glory to the region under his command.

Hailing from a humble beginning, Panti is a Bicolano born at Catanduanes and grew up at Anahaw Village here.

He is a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class Tagapagbuklod in 1989.

He has received numerous recognitions, commendations and awards in his 25 years of service to the government.

Panti said it is his delight to be assigned to his native land and he hopes to finish his government service in the region at the age of 56, the compulsory age for uniformed service personnel.

He further hopes to retain and add-on to the accomplishments of the previous RD J/CSupt Pio Capistrano who is now assigned at the national office as director, directorate for operations.

Panti was formerly assigned as RD of BJMP Western Visayas.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay/GSR-BJMP5)
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US Ambassador Goldberg to visit Albay on July 14

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 – United States Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg will be visiting the province of Albay on July 14, 2014.

In an advisory by the US Embassy in Manila, the Ambassador will be opening the first Special Olympics for persons with intellectual disabilities in Bicol hosted by the province of Albay at 8:00 in the morning at the Bicol University Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (BU-IPESR) track and field in this city.

Albay governor Joey S. Salceda will be joining him together with BU President Dr. Faye M. Lauraya, Peace Corps Philippine Director Denny Robertson and Special Olympics Philippines director Kaye Samson.

Mayors of various towns in the province and Peace Corps volunteers will also be coming.

United States Peace Corps volunteer Bryna Rabehl earlier said Special Olympics, through work in sports, education and community building, has since been addressing inactiviyt, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities.

Such approach, added Rabehl, leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society that helps to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place for one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

In the afternoon, Goldberg will be delivering his remarks for the conclusion of a forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

The guests for the said forum include experts from the academe, local government units and non-governmental organizations.

The forum will be at the Conference Room of the Albay Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training Institute (CCA-DRRMTI).

This forum is part of the Albay Provincial Summit on DRRM which aims to present and update the status of DRR in the province.

The US Embassy advisory further stated that all interested media are welcome to attend citing that the Ambassadorwill be available for a brief media pull-aside interview at 10:15 am behind the BU grandstand.  (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Pili local government sets priorities on education


PILI, Camarines Sur, July 11 (PIA) --- Among its top priorities, the municipal government here will put emphasis on the prominence of education to uplift the lives of his constituents.

This was reiterated by Pili Mayor Alexis San Luis III during the 1st Pili Education Summit held recently at the Pili Cultural and Sports Complex.

“The future lies in the ability of the children and the youth to take the cudgels of development. We must exert effort in providing good and quality education to our young people to ensure that they become productive citizens of our municipality and are provided the opportunity to realize their potentials to the maximum,” San Luis stated.

Included in the town’s development framework are innovative approaches to increase access to affordable education. This will be topped with infrastructure projects for proper education service delivery.

Three weeks ago, LGU Pili started the construction of the National Child Development Center situated at Barangay Anayan, this town.  The center will serve as a national learning center which endeavors to introduce best practices of the integrated early childhood care and development services to selected 0 to 4 year old recipients.

The center will also house a laboratory where research and innovations about early childhood development will be conducted.  It aims to enhance parenting skills and at the same time increase the level or capabilities of the educators.

The high-tech day Day care room which costs P2.3M is equipped with modern facilities to give children the optimal exposure to learning.

With the indigents in mind, San Luis ordered the strict implementation of a NO Collection policy to all 31 elementary schools situated in various parts of the municipality.  San Luis pointed out that although public education itself is free the parents still have to take the burden of paying the miscellaneous fees. Togas and medals are also given free by the LGU during graduation.

LGU Pili’s Local School Board Plan has allotted P3.5M as educational assistance for High School and College students and offers vocational trainings in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).  

LGU Pili Public Information Officer Carlos Arejola also relayed to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the local engineering office in their municipality has also undertaken the construction of classrooms, including repairs and improvement of daycare centers, multi-purpose rooms and classrooms.  Over 10 education-related infrastructure projects were funded from Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) and Comprehensive Development Plan which benefited more than 10 barangays.

“Even before I sworn into office, it has been my dream that policies and programs addressing the concerns of children and youth must be given priority for us to take pride in pursuing a truly meaningful development of our municipality and our people,” San Luis added.

San Luis believes that it is only through education that the younger generation becomes disciplined citizens and for them to be counted as members of the labor force with skills and capabilities at par with their counterpart. (LSM-PIA5/CamSur)
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bula takes pride in celebrating Bamboo and Tambubong Festival


BULA, Camarines Sur, July 10 (PIA) --- “Our People, our Treasure” has been aptly chosen as Bula’s theme for its 436th annual fiesta that clearly manifests the local government's appreciation of the significant contribution of its constituents, not only in their local economy but also in preservation of their rich cultural heritage.

Bula is famous for the rich supply and abundance of bamboo, known as one of the fastest-growing plants in the world – thus the creation of Bamboo festival here. Its economic significance was evident in the line of bamboo furniture makers along the Maharlika highway.

Mayor Rolando N. Canet has enjoined cooperation of every sector to be a part of the celebration as they take pride in celebrating their festival in this opportune time when the town of Bula rises behind new achievements for new and productive changes.

“After more than a year that the new mandate has been entrusted to us, in leading a responsive, new leadership to our constituents, it is only appropriate to give back and express our gratitude to God for all the blessings bestowed upon us through the intercession of Mary Magdalene.”

Canet also stated that it is not important that these accomplishments are enumerated but to ensure that the constituents can see, feel and experience these tangible changes.

This year, as Bula celebrates the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene, they have also prepared a long list of activities in time for the town’s feast on July 22.

A grand motorcade happening on July 12 will jumpstart the celebration.  On the following day, the organizers slated the Youth Day celebration which will be followed by a Barangay Day and three in one celebration of Senior Citizen’s Day, Health Day and Persons with Disability (PWD) Day on July 14 and 15 respectively.

In recognition of the farmers and fishermen who also contributed to the local economy of the municipality of Bula, there will also be Farmer’s and Fisherfolk’s day on July 16 where they can showcase their produce.  Bula is a first class municipality and classified as partially urban. It still boasts of its big ricelands where Bulaenos get their source of palay.

Tambubong for Bulaeños means palay on its early blooming stage.

Other activities lined up the following programs:  July 17- LGU Day; July 18- Araw ng Kababaehan and the much awaited Coronation Night of Ms. Bula 2014; July 19- DepEd Day and the one-day Civic parade; July 20- Military Parade; July 21 – Fluvial Procession of the image of Saint Mary Magdalene at Bula River and on July 22- the main date of the celebration.

Canet also commended the LGU’s elective officials, heads of offices and its employees, including the socio-civic and religious organizations for their unwavering support to rapidly transform the system of governance in Bula which resulted to the social and economic growth of the said municipality.

Bula, according to history, is among the towns in Camarines Sur founded by the Spanish conquistadores when they arrived in Bicol after their sojourn from Visayas in 1576. Other areas include Naga City, Quipayo,  Calabanga and Nabua. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)
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DA urges farmers, livestock owners in Albay to go organic

LEGAZPI CITY, July 10 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) teamed up with the provincial government of Albay to encourage the use of organic practices in backyard farming and livestock and poultry-raising in the province.

Dr. Antonio Basanta, officer-in-charge of Albay Provincial Veterinary Services (PVS) Office, said the accumulated effect of best organic practices even at a small scale can increase food supply and lessen harm to environment.

““If everyone has open spaces for the use of organic best practices in farm-related activities, even in small measure, then the accumulated effect would be abundance in food supply and a considerably lesser harm to our environment,” he said during a training course on Livestock and Poultry Production held recently in this city.

Some 30 participants joined the the three-day event which included lectures and hands-on training on several topicss uch as organic swine, poultry, and goat production, waste management, pasture development, and ethno-veterinary medicine.

Experts and personnel from ATI Regional Training Center in Bicol and Albay PVS facilitated the said activities.

Efren Sabularse, Center Director for ATI-RTC 5, said in his message that “livestock plays a big role in the nutritional cycle of our soil and using organic methods greatly decreases the harmful chemicals that are being fed into it.”

Basanta further encouraged the participants to become active partners of the provincial government in increasing food production utilizing organic technologies and practices.

“And we will continue to hold such trainings and other programs until we are able to achieve the goals that Governor Joey Salceda had instructed us to set for Albay,” he added.

The training culminated with a hands-on visit to a local farm in Ligao City where participants were able to view proper housing for animals, forage planting, milking, and live castration.

The government is promoting organic agriculture by lessening the use of synthetics and harmful chemicals in fertilizers and feed production to reduce the harmful effects they bring to the environment.

The focus on organic farming was developed to enhance the knowledge of local farmers who have developed such farming practices highly depending on harmful technologies which can endanger and taint not only the food supply but also the environment.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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