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Thursday, August 28, 2014

DSWD completes validation of poor seniors, families in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 28 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has completed the special validation of indigent senior citizens and families under the Social Pension and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Families in need of Special Protection (MCCT-FNSP) program.

“The purpose of the special validation is to verify the poverty status of the social pensioners who are not registered in the database. Likewise, MCCT beneficiaries will be upgraded to the regular Pantawid Pamilya,“ DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said.    

Those who will be classified as poor under Social Pension will continue their monthly stipend while MCCT beneficiaries will be guaranteed advancement to the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Garcia added that some 10,643 social pensioners and 472 MCCT beneficiaries all over the region were validated through house to house interviews.

The  DSWD uses the Proxy Means Test (PMT)  to classify whether the beneficiaries are poor or not.

Joy Belen III, DSWD Bicol field coordinator, disclosed that some areas would take one whole day for the staff to reach and that most of the target beneficiaries were scattered in different locations.

“The distance and weather concerns have caused delay to the enumeration,” Belen said.

The social pension program of the DSWD provides P500 monthly stipend to indigent senior citizens as mandated by RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The priority beneficiaries of the Social Pension are senior citizens 77 years old and above who are frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

On the other hand, the MCCT-FNSP aims to increase the reach of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to help families that are in difficult situations and be able to mainstream them into the regular CCT program or 4Ps.

The target beneficiaries of this program are families in pockets of poverty not covered by the regular CCT such as those families who spend majority of their time on the street because it is where they earn their living.(AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Albay to craft 3-year work plan for adolescent health development

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 27 (PIA) –Members of the Albay inter-agency technical working group (TWG) on adolescent health and development of Albay met Tuesday to craft a three-year work plan for the Adolescent Youth Health Program (AYHP) of the province.

TWG co-chair and Albay provincial aids council focal person Mike dela Rama said the TWG is created to facilitate the formulation of local policy which will serve as the basis for comprehensive adolescent health master plan for the province.

The plan, according to de la Rama, will serve as the road map for agencies and institutions involved in adolescent-youth initiatives in the province.

“The primary purpose of the working group is to provide recommendation to the provincial government to establish a strong foundation to support the achievement of the adolescent council group; provide clear direction on specific activities, strategies, programs and policies for managing projects intended for the welfare and wellbeing of adolescent and the youth in the province,” he said.

 The AYHP work plan has three key strategies aimed at reducing teenage pregnancy which focus on governance or policy making, service delivery and strengthened communication with the adolescent youth.

“Strategies on governance include development of local government unit (LGU) – led, evidence-based, adolescent and youth inclusive, and participatory AYHP policy and plan development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, “dela Rama said.

Service delivery refers to the adoption if holistic and integrated approach to prevent or delay early and second pregnancy among adolescent youth through post-partum family planning (FP) counseling and services and early referral and provision of maternal care and FP information and counseling among pregnant adolescents.

Strengthened communication on one hand involves dissemination and promotion of appropriate and culturally relevant information to promote healthy attitude and develop skills to enable them to respond to real life situations in positive and responsible ways.

“Adolescents receive contradictory messages on how to address the daily choices which have lifelong consequences for healthy development. Millions are denied the essential support they need to become knowledgeable, confident and skilled adults,” dela Rama stressed.

“Because of this reality there is an urgent need to come up with a framework designed to respond to the unmet needs of adolescents in the province. Thus the TWG was organized,” he added.

The inter-agency TWG on adolescent health and development of the province was organized through the executive order issued by Governor Joey Salceda dated January 10, 2014 in support to the policy of the Department of Health (DOH) to address major adolescent health problems due to an increasing health risky behavior among Filipino adolescent.

Such initiative is among the reproductive health interventions and education-based programs implemented by the provincial government in partnership with other private and public agencies.

The Albay Provincial Population Office has reported that the teenage pregnancy rate in the province dropped by eight percent from 1,700 cases in 2011 to 1,571 in 2012 further noting that Albay has one of the lowest teenage pregnancies in the country at only 24 births per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 19 versus a national rate of 53 births per 1,000 wimen aged 15 and 19.(SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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DSWD lights up 2,661 streetlights in Bicol, brings safer streets to the public

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 27 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has installed some 2,661 streetlights in 85 barangays of nine municipalities all over the Bicol region bringing home security to over 23,000 households and safer travel for the public.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Gracia said the project was funded under Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program, another poverty reduction project of the government, with DSWD as one of the lead implementing agencies.

Garcia said PAMANA uses community-driven development (CDD) approach wherein beneficiaries from the communities take part in determining projects to be implemented to promote peace and development and build resilient communities.

“Just like in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, community-driven development (CDD) approach is employed in the PAMANA project which consults the people in the communities on how peace and development can be promoted and build resilient communities,” Garcia said.

PAMANA project is another modality of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP providing an annual block grant of P300,000.00 per barangay wherein a village implements the said project for three consecutive years to deliver basic goods and services in conflict-affected communities.

Garcia added that installation of streetlights are one of the community-identified interventions along with basic social services, basic access infrastructures and common service facilities in PAMANA project.

"In this particular project, DSWD also pursued the use of 273 solar powered lights and the rest are conventional ones generating electricity from the power grid," he said.

However 247 streetlights are reportedly damaged due to typhoon Glenda which pounded the southern part of the Bicol region last July 15.

Garcia said affected communities are now lobbying with their respective local government units (LGUs) for the repair of said streetlights vowing to intensify the implementation of the approved operations and maintenance plan as part of their commitment for the project’s sustainability.

The municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte is one of the recipients of the project. The small agricultural village of Mabilo II is identified as one among those needing lighted streets to maintain peace and order.

“Our streets are lighted. We can safely stroll at night,” Joana Lagarteja, a locale of Mabilo II enthused about their newly installed streetlights.

In addition to 16 units of barangay local government unit (BLGU)-funded streetlights, 38 posts were completed last June lighting up more areas in the said village.

Mabilo II barangay captain Jonathan Fruto said the BLGU provided a cash counterpart of P90, 000.00 for their streetlights along with P2, 500 monthly budget for its operations and maintenance.

He noted that with the additional streetlights, barangay police officers were now able to quickly respond to residents who summon them for help.

Community investigation prior to the installation revealed that 26.9% of Mabilo’s 348 total households are victims of criminal activities wherein robbery is rampant. Goods, agricultural products and properties are stolen affecting the income of the people while bystanders who shroud themselves in the dark to drink or prowl also harm students and commuters. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diocese of Virac’s Ruby Anniversary celebration kicks-off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOST holds South Luzon cluster science and technology fair in Bicol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Albay gears up for possible Mayon eruption


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Napolcom Bicol sets PNP entrance, promotional exam this September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

PNP Catanduanes celebrates 113th Service Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, August 15, 2014

6,000 top graduates in Bicol to benefit from Iskolar ng Bayan Bill


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 14 (PIA) – Over 6,000 top graduates from 653 public high schools all over Bicol region will be granted automatic scholarship and admission to state universities and colleges once the Iskolar ng Bayan Bill is enacted into law.

The Senate Bill No. 2275 or Iskolar ng Bayan Bill, authored by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, proposes for the government to mandate all state universities and colleges (SUCs) to give automatic admission and scholarship grants to the top ten public high school students of their respective graduating classes.

“This is one issue we could all agree on, no matter what political color you carry. That access to quality education is a right, not a privilege, even in the tertiary level. Let us provide Filipino families, especially the poor, the kind of education that would lift them up from poverty,” Cayetano said.

The Bill has been approved on third reading by the Senate and has recently hurdle the appropriations committee in the House of Representatives.

Under the bill, SUCs are expected to grant free tuition and other school fees to the Iskolar ng Bayan in all SUCs.

The lawmaker cited the latest data from the Department of Education wherein of the total 7,913 public high schools operating for school year 2013-2014, 653 are located in the Bicol Region.

“That is roughly 6,530 students who are sure of going to college if this measure is made law, 6,530 Filipino families who have a chance of waking up to a better future,” he said.

DepEd statistics show that there are 219 public high schools in Camarines Sur, 122 in Albay, 116 in Masbate, 97 in Sorsogon, 58 in Camarines Norte, and 41 in Catanduanes, giving the region a total of 653 schools.

Cayetano said the enactment of this measure becomes particularly important now that the PDAF has been abolished by Congress, leaving some 400,000 scholars on their own to fend for their schooling.

He particularly cited the experience in Taguig City and its local government’s strong stance against corruption, a policy that has propelled the city to be one of best cities in the country to live in.

“In 2010, the city’s scholarship fund was at a measly P5 million while the allocation for garbage collection was P500 million. It was a clear injustice. But when Mayor Lani won her first term, the contract for garbage hauling was cut and the savings was used to fund a scholarship program. Now with P400-million worth of scholarship funds under the LANI Scholarship Program, over 24,000 scholars since 2010 were given the opportunity to go to college and in the process find better and higher paying jobs in the future," he said.

“This is how it should be throughout the country. If we want to help Filipinos families have better lives, we have to focus on what is really important,” Cayetano added. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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DOST Bicol hosts South Luzon science and technology fair


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol will host the 2014 Southern Luzon Clusters Science and Technology (S&T) Fair and Exhibits (SLCSTFE) composed of the National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, CALABARZON (IV-A), MIMAROPA (IV-B) and Bicol.

Anchored on the theme, “Building Smarter MSMEs and Communities through Science, Technology and Innovation,” the fair will be held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation (ICR) this city from August 18 to 20 in partnership with the City Government of Legazpi.

“The fair will feature and highlight activities to show significant researches, technologies and products identifiable to the five regions of the cluster and aligned to the major thrusts or programs of DOST,” DOST Bicol Regional Director Tomas Briñas said in a release. Properly integrating science, technology and innovation with the globalization phenomenon is an essential step in achieving a “Smarter Philippines,” Briñas added.

Highlighting the commencement of the fair is the launching of Juan Time Is On Time and the unveiling of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Clock within the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Rizal Street this city between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will also install the GPS in nine major ports in Bicol namely, Legazpi, Tabaco and Pantao in Albay; Masbate; Bulan and Matnog, both in the province of Sorsogon; Virac and San Andres in Catanduanes and Pasacao in Camarines Sur, Briñas said.

Among the highlights of the event are Technology Exhibits, tour and visit of SETUP projects and firms in Albay; presentation of convergence programs of DOST Bicol to inform public and potential customers. Through lecture discussion and open forum, DOST V’s continued and strengthened initiatives and efforts in collaboration with other agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Bicol University (BU), DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) will be featured.

Star Communications will also present the GPS/PST clock features for the Juan Time is On Time advocacy with local government units, non-government organizations and private organizations in attendance.

SETUP cooperators will also be clustered based on focused industry to explore opportunities for business partnership and further S & T interventions. Display and Market Information Center’s (SDMIC) programs and services will also be presented together with updates on collaborative projects with other organizations.

A contest on disaster prevention and mitigation dubbed as Maging Wais, Iwas Sawi among students and professionals will be engaged to develop or upgrade their skills in the design of disaster preparedness or preventive technologies and other applications. The contest also aims to create greater awareness on disaster prevention and mitigation programs and initiatives and collaborative efforts among DOST, OCD, and other government and non-government agencies.

Outstanding scholars will be recognized during the Scholars’ Day on August 19 during which the DOST scholars all over the Bicol Region will gather to be updated on the current status of implementation of the scholarship program.

Visiting high school and college students in the fair will also have a chance to join the  S & T Quiz on August 20.

“We enjoin the public, communities/municipalities, provincial and regional officials, students, researchers, inventors, innovators and MSME’s to give time to participate in the different activities,” Briñas said. (AAN/JJJP-PIA5)

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DSWD, PYAP step up youngsters’ awareness on proper nutrition, disaster preparedness

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 15 (PIA) – Some 112 out-of-school youth and youth service from 22 municipalities in the Bicol region joined the recently held Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) 40th Foundation and Nutrition Summit  at the Kawa Kawa Hill, Tuburan, Ligao City.

“PYAP Maabilidad! Kalamidad Pagahandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan,” was the theme for this year’s celebration expressing the call for the youth to widen their awareness on proper nutrition and disaster preparedness.

DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said the activity further aims to engage the out-of-school youths in activities that will promote their leadership potentials and enhance their personalities.

“We want to engage the out-of-school-youths in activities that will promote their leadership potentials and also to enhance their personalities,” he said.

The participants were oriented on proper nutrition, basic life support, disaster preparedness and response.

Other activities during the summit were poster making contest, slogan writing, Nutri Quiz, Lakan at Lakambini ng PYAP and Nutrition Idol.

PYAP is a duly constituted barangay based organization of the out-of school-youth between 15-24 years old who are clientele of the DSWD.

The PYAP was first incorporated on July 29, 1974 with the SEC under the name of Pag-asa Youth Movement Inc. and thus become an affiliate organization of the DSWD.

It is organized nationwide and is federated from the municipal, city/provincial, regional and national levels and is a duly constituted barangay based organization of the out-of school-youths between 15-24 years of age.

The PYAP Federation of different levels serves as a strategy that provides forum to discuss youth issues and concerns related to their projects and come up with solutions/recommendations addressed to both the youth and other system involved in program planning and implementation. (AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay/DSWD5)
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Virac LGU, SSS ink MOA for social security coverage of job order personnel

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Aug. 14, (PIA) -- The municipal government here and Social Security System (SSS) provincial office in Catanduanes recently signed the Memorandum of Agreement for social security coverage of job order personnel under the Self-Employed Program.

According to Divina T. Avila, SSS Virac branch head, the program aims to give protection to job order personnel who are employed in job order status by the local government but not coverable under the GSIS Law.

The measure is backed by a Social Security Commission (SSC) Resolution No. 511-s.2013 approved on July 5, 2013.

Avila explained that as self-employed members, job order personnel are protected against the hazards of disability, sickness, maternity, old age and death and other contingencies that the SSS offers.

Some 104 job order employees of LGU Virac will be covered by said program.

She added that the activity sealed the commitment of both government agencies for the effective and continued implementation of the MOA.

On the other hand, Virac Mayor Flerida Alberto said that she is committed to give full support to this program for the benefit of all job order personnel.

Virac Councilor Alipio Abundo further authored Municipal Resolution no. 2014-02-45 (a) providing authority Mayor Flerida A. Alberto to enter Into MOA With SSS Virac branch relative to the expanded self-employed coverage of all employees on job order of the LGU Virac.

Under the MOA, the local government of Virac has the authority to withheld and remit SSS contributions of all its job personnel.

Hon. Alipio Abundo, SSS employees, LGU Virac employees and job order contractual employees were also present during the MOA signing. (EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dangerous Drugs Board trains brgy. officials on effective parenting

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY – Responsible parenthood remains to be the most effective warhead in the prevention and control against abuse of prohibited drugs especially among the youths.

Responsible parents are not likely to drive children to drug dependency, said Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Health Education and Promotion Officer II Nelia L. Fiecas.

Ms. Fiecas defined parents as those that begets or brings forth offspring; parenthood as the position, the function or standing of a parent; while pParenting is nurturing, giving, caring, loving and molding the character of a child.

She presented the Four (4) Styles of Parenting as Inconsistent/Wavering or those too liberated parents and do not set policy; Authoritative where parent controls everything and all the family members; Overprotective where the style of discipline is bound by fears; and Levelling/Democratic where democratic way of disciplining is observed, parents listen to opinion of members in the house and come up with a consensus and more of a consultative type.

Participants were also made to realize the difference between "good parents" and "responsible parents". According to her, good parents are usually well intentioned but nevertheless, their behavior robs their children of self-confidence and independence. They are so involved with their children that they believe they must do everything for them. Responsible parents are more concerned with building their children's feelings of responsibility and self-confidence than in protecting their own image in the community. They give their children choices and let them experience the results of their decisions.

“Responsible parents are geared  towards drug abuse prevention and control among children and youths,” Ms. Fiecas said.

Still according to her, reasons why parents do not notice that their children are into drugs are because parents tend to deny and do not accept that their children are into drugs. They, too, become enabling that they tolerate their children instead of disciplining them or bringing them out of drug addiction. “Most parents have also the shame and blame syndrome,” she added further.

Ms. Fiecas, likewise, stressed the role of parents in drug prevention saying parents should serve as models to their children, build resiliency at home, encourage children's self-worth and self identity by loving and praising them just as they are; truly know their children, their friends and their friends' parents; have a family connectedness to God, and have a family awareness sessions and talk on issues that affect family issues.

The DDB under the Office of the President has been going around  the country in response to the requests of local government units, schools and other organized institutions or groups to conduct seminar-workshops on Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP).

In Sorsogon, the DDB partnered with the Sorsogon City-LGU through City Mayor Sally A. Lee and the Sorsogon City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (SCADAC) through City Vice-Mayor Ma. Charo Dichoso-Logronio to realize the seminar-workshop on STEP held on August 6, 2014 at the Vicenta Hall in Sorsogon City.

“The activity primarily aimed to increase local officials' awareness especially in the barangay level on the root cause of drug use and dependency and in responding to  drug abuse problem in their respective communities,” said Vice Mayor Logronio.

Close to 80 participants attended the activity composed of brgy. officials from the 10 drug infected barangays in Sorsogon City, the PNP, media and other stakeholders. (AAN/BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)
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DSWD Bicol needs 372 field workers

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 13 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here still accepts applications for the 372 field workers needed for the expansion of Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or KALAHI-CIDSS program until August 15.

DSWD Bicol director Arnel B. Garcia said the program, now knows as KALAHI CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Project (NCDDP), will start in September this year.

“KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP will commence next month and we are making our best effort to complete the recruitment process for this program by the end of August,” Garcia said.

Applicants must submit their comprehensive resume with 2x2 picture and brief description of previously handled positions, photocopy of transcript of record and application letter addressed to Dir. Arnel B. Garcia at the DSWD Field office V, Magnolia St., PBN Buraguis, Legazpi City.

From the 372 field workers, 48 willl be designated area coordinators, 92 civil engineers or deputy area coordinators, 70 municipal financial analysts and 162 community facilitators.

Applicants for area coordinators, with salary grade (SG) 18 or P31, 351.00, must be a graduate of any four year course relevant to social development and with five years of relevant, progressive work experience of which three years should be in a supervisory or semi-managerial capacity or development assistance projects.

Deputy area coordinators, with SG 17 or P29, 028.00, must be a graduate of civil engineering course and preferably a licensed civil engineer and with five years relevant experience in rural or community-based infrastructure development of which three years are in foreign assisted development projects.

Business graduates preferably Accountancy graduates with at least one year relevant work experience can apply as municipal financial analysts with SG 13 or P21, 436.00.

Meanwhile community facilitators must be a graduate of any four year course relevant to social development and with two years of relevant and progressive work experience in development assistance projects. Qualified applicants will receive P21, 436.00 salary or SG 13.

All workers will be hired under contract of service (COS) or memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DSWD.
The agency had previously announced the vacancy last March to pool and pre-evaluates eligible candidates through paper screening.

DSWD targets to hire a total of 1,271 field workers by the end of the quarter.

For concerns about KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP hiring, applicants can call the HR department through 480-0381 or 480-0547 and look for Ms. Irish Mendez.(SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LGU Naga declares Days of Mourning over the passing of Caceres Archbishop Emeritus Leonardo Z. Legaspi


NAGA CITY, Aug.12 (PIA)--- Flags in all public places, buildings and installations in the entire city  will  be flown on half-mast today until the 13th after the 11th Sangguniang Panglungsod under the headship of City Vice Mayor Nelson S. Legacion enacted on joint and collective motion Resolution No. 2014-316.

In the said resolution, members of the august body expressed their deep condolences to the bereaved family of the Most Reverend Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P.,D.D., Archbishop-Emeritus. They are one with the entire Catholic family who are mourning over the demise of the church official.

The three-day period was also declared as days of mourning in the entire city of Naga as stated in Proclamation N0. 2014-005 signed by Naga City Mayor John Bongat. In the said edict, Bongat enjoined the people to assemble on that day in their respective places of divine worship, to bow down in submission to the will of the Almighty God and to pay homage of love and reverence to the memory of the late Archbishop.  

Legaspi joined our Creator on the early morning of August 8, after he succumbed to his long battle with cancer.  He was 78. The date coincided with the Feast of Our Holy Father St. Dominic de Guzman and the anniversary of his episcopal ordination dated August 8, 1977 by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippine Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani and Juan Velasco Diaz then Bishop of Xiamen and Jesuit Bishop Federico Escaler, then Bishop of Kidapawan.

In recognition of his contribution to the Marian devotion, the city of Naga then conferred to Legaspi the singular title of the “Beloved Honorary Nagueno” by virtue of Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution No. 2012-408, acknowledging among others his exemplary leadership in uniting and binding together all the devotees closer to their faith, particular to Inang Peñafrancia.

Legaspi first set foot in Naga City on October 20, 1983 after he was appointed as Archbishop of Caceres. He was 47 years old at that time. The next 28 years until his retirement on September 8, 2012 speaks of the significant changes to the many lives that the Archbishop has touched.

His immense power of faith was shared from across the land, spreading like wildfire as the devotees saw his personal devotion to Ina.  

From the Chapel of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Archbishop’s remains was flown to Legazpi City and was transferred to the Basilica Minore on Monday and was received by the  Archbishop of Caceres, Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, the entire family of the Archdiocese of Caceres and the people of Naga.

The Archbishop’s remains is now at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral until tomorrow and will return to Manila for the internment at the Santuario de Santo Domingo after the 2:00 p.m. Funeral Mass at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City in time for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

While in Naga City, memorial contributions may be made to The Fund for Retired and Sick priests during the funeral wake here. The Fund for the Educational Assistance of the Seminarians of the Dominican Province of the Philippines can be donated for the duration of the funeral wake in Manila.

Legaspi’s significant contribution to the propagation of deep faith to Our Lady of Peñafrancia is perhaps the greatest legacy that he left to all Marian devotees. (AAN/LSMacatangay, PIAV/Camarines Sur)  

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Farmers receive agri-farm equipment, machineries from DA


PILI, Camarines Sur, August 12 (PIA) --- Sixteen heavy duty trailers or hand tractors were given to various local government units present during the visit of Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala at the DA Regional Office, here Friday.

Dubbed as Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda, the activity was arranged to give immediate assistance to the farmers affected by TS Glenda when it battered the province with its howling winds and excessive rainfall.  It's also aimed to sustain the rehabilitation phase that the department is currently implementing in line with its quick response effort to fast track the restoration of agricultural damages caused by the typhoon.

DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Abelardo R. Bragas said that among the provinces, Camarines Sur recorded the highest agricultural loss as compared to its neighboring areas.  This was attested by AKO Bikol Party List Representative and Chairperson of the Bicol Recovery and Economic Development Committee Rodel M. Batocabe.

DA Public Information Officer Emily Bordado said that estimated damage wrought by TS Glenda on agriculture sector is valued at P3.9b.

“That is the aggregate total for crops, livestock, agri-infrastructure, abaca, coconut and fisheries. Production volume loss in metric tons for rice is 97,898; 44,567 for corn;  40,578 for high value cops and 3,039 for abaca.”

Alcala personally visited the ravaged areas and saw the need to give immediate assistance to the agriculture sector.

Aside from the hand tractors, DA also distributed 3, 217 bags of certified rice seeds; 18,500 packets assorted rice vegetable seeds; 18,500 assorted Pili seedlings; 111 sets of garden tools;  445 bags hybrid corn seeds and 18,500 pieces laminated sacks or canvass.

To aid the farmers in their agricultural works, Alcala also distributed agri- machineries and facilities like 4-wheel drive thresher, harvester and flat dryers among others.  Raffled off among the attendees were 10 units hand tractor with trailers, 10 carabaos with plow and harrow and 3 packets of sheeps and 10 sets of garden tools. Also turned over to the Saradit na Kristyanong Komunidad Organic Farmers Association based in Barangay Handiong, Libmanan were one unit of rice Processing Center (RPCI) and RPCII worth P6m and P16m respectively.

The 4–wheel drive tractor was turned over to LGU Bato and was received by Mayor Jeanette Bernaldes. The said equipment, together with other agri-machineries turned over to the LGU will be used according to the provisions of Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as  the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010.

Pursuant to RA 10121 provisions, the available farm equipment and facilities will be open for rental at a minimal fee to bona fide farmers or farmers’ association in the locality and will be paid in on hourly basis and availment of such will be on first-come first serve scheme.

The income generated from the rental will be used in the care and administration of the said equipment.

Fisherfolks from various coastal towns in Camarines Sur were also recipients of the raffled machineries which include 5 units fiberglass “sibid” bancas worth P10,000.00 each, 10 units of h.5. Hp marine engine worth P5,000.00 each and 10 fishing gears worth P3,000.00 each.

BFAR V Regional Director Dennis Del Socorro said that said equipment will significantly help the fisherfolks in recuperating from the economic damage that TS Glenda brought to the fishery sector.

Alcala said that the DA is more than willing to assist the agriculture sector until they recover their loss due to the recent typhoon that badly hit the Camarines province. (AAN/LSMacatangay, PIAV/Camarines Sur)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Daet adjudged 2014 most competitive town in the country


DAET, Camarines Norte, August 11 (PIA) – Daet was adjudged as the most competitive municipality based on the 2014 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index” (CMCI) conducted by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

This was the second consecutive year that the town emerged as one of the country’s most competitive municipalities. Last year Daet was named fourth most competitive municipalities.

This year, the CMCI featured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities or a total of 535 local government units in the country. The selection was based on 30 weighted indicators measuring economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure. Daet bested 399 other municipalities to come on top of the overall list and once again topped the infrastructure category.

For this year, the most competitive municipalities were Daet (Camarines Norte), followed by General Trias (Cavite) and Kalibo (Aklan). Daet was also ranked 1st in infrastructure indicators followed by the municipalities of Rodriguez in Rizal and Paniqui in Tarlac, based on road network, basic utilities and registered vehicles.

This accomplishment was one of the highlights of Mayor Tito Sarion’s mid-year METRO (Moving Economy Towards Real Opportunities) Daet report held Monday (August 11) to the Sanguniang Bayan members, chief of offices, national government agencies and the media.

Mayor Sarion said that these were achieve primarily due to Daet LGU’s persistent efforts to implement programs and projects that created economic impact, putting in place efficient business processing and licensing systems, modern infrastructures, effective data capturing and utilization of the results of community based management system, local governance financial management and the seal of good housekeeping, among others.

He said that these achievements will further embolden his administration to work harder and not lose the gains made during his incumbency, noting that there is already a pressure to consistently excel in local governance and always be at par with the best of the best.

Mayor Tito Sarion and the chief of offices of the local government of Daet personally received the twin citations during the 2nd Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit held August 7, 2014 at the Summit Hall, Philippine International Convention Center.

Meanwhile, the most competitive cities were Makati, Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental) and Naga (Camarines Sur).

Last year there were only 163 municipalities assessed all over the country. (AAN/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte).

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

GSIS offers emergency loan to pensioners in typhoon-stricken areas

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, Aug 10, 2014 (PIA) – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) sees to it that no one from among its members is left behind especially in enjoying benefits that the corporation offers.

According to GSIS Sorsogon Branch Manager Leon Ma. Fajardo, the GSIS offers emergency loan not only to regular active members but to pensioners, too.

He said the GSIS started to extend emergency loan for pensioners in typhoon Yolanda stricken areas, and now in areas placed under the state of cCalamity due to typhoon Glenda.

 “We have started accepting loan application for pensioner’s emergency loan since August 5, 2014 and will last until September 4, 2014,” Fajardo said.

Pensioners need to have their eCard photocopied and fill-up the pensioner’s emergency loan over-the counter application form.

“We would not allow representatives of the borrower to transact on their behalf. Pensioner-borrower is required to appear personally but in the event he cannot, GSIS personnel will go to where the pensioner is to facilitate the availment of the loan,” said Fajardo.

Pensioners can avail of a P20,000 loan payable in 36 equal monthly installments which shall be deducted from the monthly pension until full payment. Proceeds of the loan will be credited to the eCard account of the pensioner-borrower.

An interest rate of six percent per annum will be charged. Monthly amortization is P655.56 which shall commence three months after crediting of the loan proceeds such that the first monthly amortization shall be due on or before the 10th day of the 3rd month and every month thereafter until the loan is paid.

Unlike loans for regular members, all pensioner emergency loan borrowers shall be covered with a Loan Redemption Insurance (RI) which will depend on the age of the pensioner-borrower at the time of availment.

Fajardo made clear that emergency loan of pensioners can only be availed over-the-counter and in accordance with prescribed policies and guidelines.

“Once the emergency loan is approved and the loan proceeds have been credited in the eCard, the borrower can no longer cancel the loan. However, borrower may opt to pre-terminate it by paying the full amount of the outstanding balance including accrued interests,” he further explained.

Interested pensioners can visit their nearest GSIS office for further clarifications and inquiries. (AAN/BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)
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Bush fire incidents spark alert in Sorsogon

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, August 10, 2014 (PIA) – Bush fire incidents occurred in Sorsogon City and in Casiguran town during the past week until late last night caused local authorities and affected communities to be deliberately on guard.

According to Casiguran Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) head Louie Mendoza, at about 9:30 last night, bush fire blew up and intensified further in the upper part of Brgy. Inlagadian in Casiguran town.

“Help from barangay officials, firefighters from Juban Fire Station, and Philippine Army were extended to us but due to the dense forest and weedy path going to the area, we cancelled the operations last night and leave it for the next day,” said Mendoza.  

Initial assessment of the Casiguran MDRRM Office as of August 10, 2014, bared that more or less 30 hectares of land in Brgy. Inlagadian were affected by the fire damaging cogon grasses, root crops and coconut trees.

Local officials remain on guard but are confident that it will not spread further as it was already contained.

“We believe fire would not flare up to any further extent especially that the area is bounded by a deep inland waterway. But the few smokes and still flickering fire in the area compels us not to be complacent and be continuously on guard, “said Mandoza.

Mendoza however clarified that they are still conducting an assessment and verification of bush fires in Brgy. Sta. Cruz and in Brgy. San Pascual. “Communication through cellphone and VHF radio remains to be inefficient due to existing power outage and toppled repeaters brought by typhoon Glenda."

Still according to Mendoza, the fire sites are in mountainous area and are far from communities, however, they have advised the public including the private owners to temporarily stop going to the area due to possibility of re-ignition of fire. Most of the area were awarded to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of the Department of Agrarian Reform through Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA).

With the incidents of bush and forest fires happening in the region, local DRRMOs were already alerted while residents have been advised to be more vigilant and responsibly report immediately to authorities or to members of the DRRM Council any occurrence of bush or forest fire incidents.

Cause of fire in Casiguran is still unknown and extent of damage is yet to be determined.

Prior to the Casiguran bush fire, the same incident was also recorded in Sitio Tiagao, Magasang and Gajo in Brgy. Osiao and in Sitio Gayong in Brgy. Sto Nino, all in Bacon District, Sorsogon City last week.

Report from the Sorsogon City BFP Central Fire Station dated August 7, 2014, said that fire engulfed hectares of "talahib", cassava, young coconut trees, and other root crops which started about five days ago.

Bureau of Fire (BFP) Sorsogon City together with the personnel from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Sorsogon City Emergency Response Team (SCERT) upon notice immediately responded to the said incident averting further damage in the area.

“Though cause of the fire remains to be under investigation, the team suspected slash-and-burn farming or kaingin as the reason behind the said occurrence,” City Fire Marshal Walter B. Marcial said.

Based form the report made by the BFP Sorsogon, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office Operation and Warning Division Chief Manuel Romeo L. Jayco recommended for a joint aerial assessment of the area.

Community ENR Officer Krisma Rodriguez of DENR Sorsogon who joined the aerial survey yesterday morning, Aug. 9, at the Bacon-Manito area said that per their ocular inspection, there was no longer visible huge smoke that can be seen from their vantage point although there were small sporadic sources of smoke that were observed as they approached Pocdol Range, Manito side.

“Our pilots found it difficult to directly fly over said Range as the wind direction wasn't in our favor,” she added.

The Joint aerial survey was conducted by the team of Phil. Air Force Tactical Operations Group (TOG) 5, Sorsogon PDRRMO, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 5 and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 5.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that the DENR and PIA have combined effort through an intensified Climate Change Advocacy Campaign to raise public awareness on the serious effect of the climate change and of the global warming. Environment and weather experts say that global warming is increasing the frequency and severity of bushfires and will lead to increased days of extreme fire danger.

It is also a very timely call for the public to be more responsible in dealing with the environment and get rid of illegal forest activities. (AAN/BARecebido, PIA-5/Sorsogon)
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Friday, August 8, 2014

DSWD Bicol spearheads community driven development songwriting contest


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 8 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol urges talented musicians in the region to join the first Songwriting Contest with community driven development (CDD) as the central theme.

“We would like to engage the public to appreciate CDD by coming up with a song which simplifies the message of success in engaging ordinary citizens to participate in the planning, implementation and management of resources for local development,” DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said.

Song entries must incite the public’s interest to build appreciation and support towards the programs.

CDD is the approach used by the DSWD in its poverty reduction programs.

Among these programs are the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) implemented in the region since 2003.

DSWD Bicol information officer Jesseshan Marbella said the selection of the winning theme song will be based on originality, public appeal, musical composition and lyrics and its relevance to the theme.

The contest, said Marbella, is open to all Bicolano amateur and professional songwriters with a band who will interpret the composition.

The entry form and contest mechanics can be downloaded via DSWD regional website using the link: http://www.fo5.dswd.gov.ph/downloads/.

The deadline of submission of entries is on September 17, 2014.

“There will be an initial screening on September 30, 2014 to identify the top five qualifiers for the live performance during the grand finals scheduled on October 18, 2014 to be held in Legazpi City,” Marbella added.

The grand winner, to receive P30,000 cash prize, will record their original composition with the DSWD.

The other top four qualifiers will receive a consolation prize of 5,000 each.

The songs featured in DSWD 5’s Facebook fan page with the most number of likes will also receive 5,000.

“For other details of the contest, please call (052) 4805754 or text me at 09173747003,” Marbella said.

KALAHI CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services puts the power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves.

On the other hand, PAMANA project under its second pillar is implemented by DSWD to facilitate the delivery of basic services at the community level through CDD, and community livelihood interventions.

Both KALAHI CIDSS NCDDP and PAMANA aim to reduce poverty, empower communities and improve local governance.

In these programs, community residents consensually decide on what type of poverty-reduction projects they prioritize for funding based from the collective analysis of their needs.

Community proposals can vary from public goods/access projects, enterprise or livelihood projects or human development projects.
KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is one of the core social protection programs of DSWD along with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) (AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)
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Philippine Navy mobile recruitment now in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 8 (PIA) – The Philippine Navy has been conducting its screening for applicants in the Bicol region who will pass its naval officers candidate Course (NOCC) and basic Seaman Course (BSC) which started July 2 until today, August 8.

The examination is set on August 9-19 at the Naval Forces Southern Luzon (Navforsol) Naval Station, Regional Government Site in Rawis here.

Applicants must be a natural born Filipino citizen, single, of good moral character, height of at least 5”0” for both males and females, physically and mentally fir for training and must pass the AFPATB, IQ and SWE exams.

Initial requirements are transcript of records, NSO birth certificate, diploma, NBI Clearance and 2x2 ID picture with white background.

Applicants for NOCC must be between 21-28 years old and graduate of a four-year baccalaureate degree.

Passers will receive P27,425.00 basic salary, P4,400.00 monthly allowance and other benefits.

For BSC, applicants must be between 18-23 years old and holder of at least 72 units or graduate of a two-year vocational course.

Basic salary is P11,265.00 with additional monthly allowance of P5,660.00 and other benefits.

For submission of requirements, applicants should be in plain white t-shirt and maong pants.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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DA turns over P5.6M rehabilitation assistance to farmers, agri-stakeholders in Albay


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary Proceso Alcala leads yesterday the turn-over of over P5.6M worth rehabilitation assistance to farmers and other agri-stakeholders affected by typhoon Glenda in Albay.

“The initial P5.6M rehabilitation assistance is part of the quick response fund allocated by the DA and we will be increasing our assistance depending on the result of consultation to affected farmers and agri-stakeholders,” Alcala said.            
He will also be meeting with local officials in the province to fast-track rehabilitation efforts.

The assistance program is a quick response effort of the DA to provide initial assistance consisting of agricultural inputs, farm machineries and equipment and other assistance needed by farmers and fisherfolk to Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Sur, the three provinces mostly affected by the typhoon.

DA Bicol director Abelardo Bragas said distributed and turned-over to Albay are 1,000 bags of certified rice seeds, five units hand tractors, 9,000 packets assorted vegetable seeds, 9000 pieces sili seedlings, 185 bagshybrid corn seeds, 15 bags open pollinated variety corn seeds, 54 garden tools sers and 1,000 pieces laminated sacks or canvass.

Also raffled off to lucky farmer atendeed during the event are ten units hand tractors with trailers, ten carabaos as draft animals and three packets of sheep consisting of five females and one male sheep.

Bragas added that his office has submitted a comprehensive rehabilitation plan including the three other provinces of Bicol with corresponding budgetary requirement to the DA main office.

Albay governor Joey S. Salceda leads the local chief executives of the province in receiving the assistance.

On the same occasion, director Bragas and Tabaco mayor Maria Josefa Demetrio signed the Memorandum Agreement (MOA) for the construction of the Agri-Pinoy trading center in Tabaco city.

The ceremonial signing of the MOA for the implementation of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) was also held with Secretary Alcala, Governor Salceda, Dir. Bragas and PRDP Luzon B project director Shandy Hubilla as signatories.

Municipal and city mayors, agriculturists, associations of farmers, irrigators and fisherfolks along with local industry boards, agriculture and fishery council officers and local media are also present during the said event.

The quick response effort of the DA in Bicol was first launched in Sorsogon last week also led by Alcala.

He will be launching the same event today at the DA regional office compound.

DA Bicol information officer Emily Bordado said estimated damage wrought by typhoon Glenda on agricultural sector is valued at P3.9B, the aggregate total for crops, livestock, agri-infrastructure, abaca, coconut and fisheries.

Some 80, 435 farmers and fishers are affected.

Production volume loss in metric tons for rice is 97,898; corn is 44,567; high value crops 40, 578 and abaca 3,039.

Some 53,863,899 coconut trees are also affected.

Camarines Sur has the biggest area and volume of crop damaged followed by Albay and Sorsogon.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

DA Sec lauds increasing food production in Albay despite frequent calamities


LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 7 (PIA) –Department of Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala lauded the province of Albay for sustaining its increasing food production over the years despite calamities frequently visiting the province.

“I congratulate the good leadership and resiliency of the people of Albay for continued increase in production despite being hit by calamities,” Alcala said during the press conference for turn-over of rehabilitation assistance Wednesday to farmers and agri-stakeholders affected by typhoon Glenda in Albay.

“Eventhough constantly devastated by typhoons, the province has sustained its increasing yield,” he added.

Albay governor Joey Salceda noted in the same event that the rice sufficiency percentage of the province has increased in six years from 73% in 2008 to 94% in 2013.

He attributed such increase to the farmers in the province citing them as the”backbone of economic development in the province.”

The AlbayProvincial Agriculture Services earlier reported that based on official records, production in 2013 rose to 215 metric tons or 215,000 kilos in harvest from 52,000 hectares planted.

In 2012 160 metric tons or 160,000 kilos is in production from 43,000 hectares planted.

The Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) likewise posted increasing volume of production for coconut from 149,594.96 metric tons in 2008 to 180,333.07 metric tons in 3013 and pili nut from 1,528.71 metric tons in 2008 to 2, 132.45 metric tons in 2013.

The same is true with abaca from 1,404.64 metric tons in 2008 to 1,617.26 metric tons in 2013.

Salceda added forested areas in the province have also increased to 88% of which most of the trees planted are Pili trees provided by the DA.

Moreover, the governor cites climate change as a factor that hinders poverty alleviation among farmers in the province despite the programs implemented and assistance given by the DA.

He mentioned for instance coconut planters who lost their investment as typhoon Glenda severely damaged coconut trees with its fruits supposedly to be harvested this year.

 “Six years ago after Reming, our farmers planted coconut trees which take about six years to bear fruit. Now we are on the sixth year, supposedly a time for harvest, but we are hit by typhoon Glenda damaging our coconut plantations,” he said.

“Basically our farmers lost the capital they invested so what returns will they get?” Salceda added.

In response to the impact of climate change to agriculture, DA secretary said the present administration has been implementing long-term intervention through construction of concrete farm to market roads and provision of climate resistant rice varieties.

One of these varieties is the drought resistant, submarine type and salt water tolerant green super rice currently studied in Camarines Sur. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Widening of Yawa Bridge in Legazpi City to start this month

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- The city government will begin traffic re-routing of buses, trucks and delivery vans going to and from the First District of Albay on Monday next week to give way to the start of the Yawa Bridge widening project within the month.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal said Wednesday the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) Albay 2nd Engineering District will implement the project with a total funding of P140 million, which is included in the General Appropriations Act of 2014, and is expected to be completed in February next year.

An initial amount of P50 million was recently released by the national government to the DPWH Bicol Regional Office.

The Yawa bridge in the boundary of Barangays Bonot and Rawis has existing two lanes, which will be expanded to four lanes with a total length of 140 meters and width of 14.4 meters, with a 16.4-meter approach.

The bridge is also located near the national government’s regional offices are located.

Rosal said the construction of an expanded Yawa Bridge is very timely, considering the fact that this bridge has suffered heavy damages during typhoons that brought about heavy flows of flood waters, especially during super typhoon “Reming” in 2006, which conditions now has posed danger to motorists and commuters.

"Upon completion of this project, the bridge will bring multiplier effects to our constituents and the community, as tourists and investors will be more encouraged to come in, boosting the already-booming tourism industry and maintaining the city’s status as the best haven for investment in the region," said Rosal.

The improvement of the structure of this bridge with the addition of two more lanes will decongest vehicular traffic and serve as an open gate to facilitate the transport of goods and services to and from the 1st District of Albay.

Rosal said the expanded bridge will serve as an instrument of uniting the people and open a new horizon for progress, peace, education, business and employment.

“This project is a testament to the vision of the present administration of President Aquino and the dedication of the engineers and personnel of the DPWH Bicol office,” Rosal said.  (MAL/MPSolis-CGLegazpi/PIA5/Albay)

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