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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Brigada Eskwela kicks off in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, May 31 (PIA)—The Department of Education’s Division Office here launched Brigada Eskwela yesterday, May 30, to ensure smooth opening of classes on June 13.

Socorro V. dela Rosa, schools division superintendent, urged all stakeholders—parents, teachers, students and barangay officials—to take part in the Brigada Eskwela which will run until June 4 in 234 elementary schools and 42 secondary schools.

Dela Rosa said the goal of Brigada is to see to it that on June 13, classrooms are busy with the lessons because the schools have already been prepared.

Backed by other government agencies, the annual Brigada Eskwela is an activity where all sectors are contributing to make sure that the schools are clean, safe, disaster-prepared and conducive to learning when the students troop back to schools.

Highly visible at the launch were the personnel ffrom police stations in the 11 towns of the province and the Philippine Army 83rd IB. (EAD/EAB/PIA5 Catanduanes)

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Bicol U named center of development and excellence

LEGAZPI CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has declared three departments of the Bicol University (BU) as centers of development and center of excellence.

BU’s Teacher Education Department was proclaimed Center of Excellence (COE) along with the Fisheries and Nursing Department as Centers of Development (COD).

The awarding ceremony was held May 17 at the HEDC Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

CHED’s COE is conferred to a department within a higher education institution, which continuously demonstrates excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages and institutional qualifications.

COD, on the other hand, refers to a department within a higher education institution, which demonstrates the potential to become a Center of Excellence (COE) in the future.

As designated as COEs and CODs, the said departments may avail of financial assistance on a project proposal basis geared towards the development of improvement of the programs, particularly cutting-edge technology in the different disciplines, provided that the implementation of the project should conform to the policies stipulated in the respective CHED memo orders.

In return, the COEs and CODs are expected to take the lead in uplifting the quality of education in their respective disciplines and in their areas of responsibility.

The COEs are expected to offer quality graduate degree programs, initiate linkage and networking projects focusing on faculty development and industry-academe collaborations, enable sharing of equipment and library resources, and joint research activities.

The said recognition is valid from April 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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POPCOM asks civil society to conduct family planning classes

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY,  May 31 (PIA) – In response to the huge increase in population in Bicol, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) in the region is stepping up efforts in reproductive education, asking civil society organizations (CSO) to embark on ‘responsible parenthood and family planning’ (RPFP) classes and engagements.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Bicol region’s population increased from 5,420, 411 to 5, 796, 989 between 2010 and 2015. It shows a growth rate of 1.72% for a five-year period, a tentatively significant increase from the 1.90% between 2000 and 2010 (ten-year period).

This population increase has caused concerns to POPCOM, which raised the problem during a meeting of Bicol’s Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) in Daraga, Albay last May 25. According to POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellara, this increase is attributed to unawareness on proper family planning method and teen pregnancy.

As a solution to this, POPCOM is appealing to CSOs to join their reproductive education by conducting RP-FP classes.

According to POPCOM, interested CSOs are welcome to approach the RP-FP in-charge of their office. However, the CSO must have an orientation related to reproductive health like those in the medical and social field.

Interested CSOs must qualify for accreditation from POPCOM and COA. To qualify, they must submit pertinent documents, including their track record for the past three years, financial reports and list of personnel available for the engagements.

Once accredited, the CSO would be signing a memorandum of agreement with POPCOM. They will be provided training and mobilization allowance for the activities, including forms and modules for the classes. Each RP-FP class must have 10 couples in attendance per target community.

In accordance with the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, the assistance and contribution of CSOs are recognized in order to achieve universal access to reproductive health by the public. (EAD/JBE/PIA5 Albay)

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Monday, May 30, 2016

DTI welcomes school opening with Balik Eskwela Diskwento Fair

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, May 30 (PIA) --- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office here steered another round of its Balik-Eskwela Diskwento Fair from May 25 to 27 , just in time before the opening of classes this coming June.

The three-day activity held at the DTI Camarines Sur ground endeavors to help the consumers, especially the mothers who usually handle budgeting and balancing finances inside the family, to get hold and avail of the big discount for school supplies and household items offered at the fair.

DTI CamSur senior trade and industry development specialist Jay Ablan stated that the annual Diskwento Fair being espoused by their office regularly allows consumers to avail of the low-priced school-stuff, prime commodities and other basic necessities like personal care and hygiene implements and also food items.

“This is one way of helping our consumers, especially mothers and students, for them to be able to stretch their budget, because this is the time when expenses both in household and school piles up, such as tuition fees and purchase of school supplies and other items needed by students.”

Prices of items like school uniforms, bags, shoes, crayons, art materials, paper, pens and other school supplies, pang baon goodies like biscuits and beverages can be availed with a 5 per cent to as high as 50 % discount rate.  There are also “buy one, take one” offerings and other freebies.

Participating stores or companies also had their own gimmicks and promos that enticed more buyers to participate in the said fair.

Twenty-three exhibitors participated in the 3-day Diskwento Fair. For those who want to avail of organic veggies, herbal products and supplements, liniments, wellness and beauty products, Farm Paradise,  Goldshine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Harnnayet Trading and JC Premier Marketing have this products with them.

The National Food Authority (NFA) offers its low-priced rice for consumers. Grocery needs such as milk, cookies, noodles, candies, canned meat, noodles, toothbrush, sanitary napkins, lotion, powder, beauty soaps, shampoo, conditioner, dishwashing liquid, pambaon items like juice drinks and other basic commodities were offered by SM Supermarket, RT Montana Distributors, Twin Peak Marketing, MJ Prilles Enterprise/Gentle Supreme, ZEST-O Corporation, Power Deals Trade Haus, MESCO, Prime Seller marketing and, New Staple Marketing and Trading Corporation.

Naga Savers Fashion Mart, Super Metro and New Master Square Supermarket offer its discounted school supplies and uniforms for fair buyers. Hataw Hardware products also offered handwoven products like bag, blanket, pillow cases, towels and purses.

DTI Camarines Sur provincial director Edna Tejada shared that they encourage buyers to avail and promote Bicol’s homegrown products like handwoven items from the weavers of Buhi, Camarines Sur.   The said   products are environment-friendly. The materials which were used came from scrap collars and factory waste materials.

Other companies also participated to offer their products and services to the buyers: Globe Telecoms for internet, mobile concerns and related promos; Sheridan Marketing for focus lightning fixtures; Tupperware for its branded products and Lumina for those who intend to avail of socialized housing privileges.

Aside from the price discounts, DTI assures the public that all products being sold at the Diskwento Fair are of good quality and are pre-screened by the DTI personnel to protect consumers from any health hazards on products sold, such as papers, notebooks, plastics and crayons. (MAL/LSM–PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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TACDEC brings programs, services to village residents of Rapu-rapu island in Albay

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 30 (PIA) – Armed with the drive to provide assistance to their fellow Albayanos in Rapu-rapu Island, heads and representatives of several national and provincial government line offices plus a couple of private entities combined their efforts on Thursday, May 26, for the Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan  or TACDEC.

This summer, TACDEC has extended information services and humanitarian care to hundreds of village residents from 15 barangays of the island town of Rapurapu which many locals lack access to crucial services due to distance from the mainland.

For the TACDEC out-reach held in Rapu-rapu, medical and dental services, including consultation, check ups with free medicines, were provided by the services providers fro the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Department of Health (DOH) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The same team has facilitated blood pressure screening, sugar and cholesterol tests, eye screening, among others, which many took advantage for they seldom while some none at all availed of similar services for a long time.

The Dios Mabalos Po Foundation, a philanthropic non-profit organization, aslo distributed nutrient packs for under-weight newborns and mothers. The foundation also distributed up to twenty correctional glasses to the visually impaired residents of the island.

In the TACDEC, the Commission on Population (PoCom), in partnership with the Team Albay Youth Organization (TAYO), brought the ‘U2U Teen Trail’ to Rapu-rapu to educate the youth on the implications of pre-marital sex and to counter teen pregnancy.

Civic consultation services were also offered during the TACDEC.

Representatives of PhilHealth-Albay were present on the activity to ensure that the people are aware of their medical coverage as PhilHealth members.

 “Through extensive campaigns, 99% of Rapu-rapu residents are now PhilHealth members and they should know their benefits,” said Bibs Mediana of PhilHealth-Bicol, during the TACDEC.

"We intend to continuously inform and empower members in far-flung areas about their rights and responsibilities under the National Health Insurance Program," Mediana added.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also joined and contributed by providing consultation on land ownership. Albay’s Office of Civil Defense (OCD) was also present on the activity and distributed materials campaigning disaster risk reduction.

Agricultural and livelihood assistance were also given focus on the TACDEC. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a Livelihood Skills Training and Demonstration of processed food manufacture. The Provincial Agricultural Services Office of Albay also contributed by distributing pili and cacao seedlings to the locals to reinforce their sources of income.

Veterinary services, including artificial insemination of farm animals and pets, were also offered as the Provincial Veterinary Services of Albay was also present.

Civil Security and Rescue Training were also promoted in the caravan, with the unified efforts of the AFP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Philippine National Police. (PNP).

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Albay provincial office meanwhile spearheaded the hour-long information dissemination campaign that enabled locales interact and raise the concerns with the participating government agencies and private organizations.

TACDEC is a joint out-reach activity of the government and private organizations in the Albay province, providing a venue for different sectors of stakeholders to cater services and information to the grassroots.

Adequate and necessary information and services on health, education, livelihood, and vital economic programs are provided for the most vulnerable populations.

TACDEC underscores linkages with local government units and national government agencies, and the involvement of civic organizations and other stakeholders working together towards peace and development.

TACDEC is a brainchild of Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda created through EO 2013-09-A as a strategy to effectively and efficiently provide basic services to the most far- flung areas in Albay.

"Albay must not only be safe for tourists, for traders, Albay must be safe for its own people. Development should proceed in the middle of all the risks. Your highest rights, my highest duties,” stated Salceda as he steered Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan in full throttle, delivering the most complete programs, services and initiatives for the people of the province.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464332810/tacdec-brings-programs-services-to-village-residents-of-rapu-rapu-island-in-albay#sthash.VcPf1E4u.dpuf

NCPC highlights participatory and inclusive governance under the USAID project

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, May 30 (PIA) ---  For the past 20 years, the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) has empowered various people organizations that paved the way for people’s participation in local governance, subsequently leading to an economically and socially sound community as it replicates the various programs in their own locality.

A by-product of City Ordinance No. 95-092, NCPC already have 90 members classified into thirteen (13) sectors which include the urban poor, youth and children, business, labor,  senior citizen, women, persons with disabilities,  peasant, transport, barangay people’s council, education, civic, professionals and enthusiasts, and NGO sectors.

In a press conference on Thursday, May 26 at Bistro Roberto, Villa Caceres Hotel here, Johann Dada Dela Rosa, NCPC executive director presented their accomplishment on a project supported by the USAID Philippine American Fund.

The project dubbed as “Advancing and Instituting Greater accountability and Transparency through Expanded Civic Engagement in Metro Naga Area” was implemented in 7 municipalities, namely: Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Minalabac, Camaligan. Calabanga and Ocampo .

Some of the salient activities which were implemented in line with the realization of the said project include farmer and fisherfolk consultative forum, organic rice farming demo farm and orientation on local legislation processes to the people council’s leaders in San Fernando ; dialogue with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) regarding IP representation in barangays in Ocampo and other leadership training and seminars in other project sites among others.

NCPC partnered with 2 major funding agencies for the realization of various projects in the Metro Naga area; the United Democracy Fund for the 1st batch of LGU beneficiaries and USAID Phil-American Fund which awarded the council with P6M.

“The objective of the two programs is to promote and replicate the people’s council concept as a viable model for the advancement and institutions of greater accountability and transparency in governance that will lead to expanded civic engagement in the municipalities comprising the Metro Naga Area,” Dela Rosa stated.

He also added that very essence of the program is sustainability. He believed that assistance from NGOs should not cease even after the project has been completed. Project areas were picked based on their accessibility for easier monitoring.

City Mayor John Bongat who has been promoting participatory governance and transparency under his administration expounded on the importance and benefits of People’s Councils.

“Institutionalization of a program like the participatory and inclusive governance, where decision-making is not only owned by you leaders, but owned by everybody. Participatory and inclusive governance makes sense for the development of community. The procedure and processes for decision-making may be longer, but it is shot cut for swift and fast implementation.”

NCPC reported that at the end of the project, that one of the accomplishments of the people’s councils is their triumph to position themselves in the Local Poverty Reduction Action team giving them a voice what projects should be prioritized under the BUB.  (MAL/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861464575476/ncpc-highlights-participatory-and-inclusive-governance-under-the-usaid-project#sthash.gkjlx4GC.dpuf

DOST trains soldiers on mushroom production

By  Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 30 (PIA)—The Department of Science and Technology’s Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST-PSTC) here conducted recently what was dubbed as “Technology Training on Mushroom Production” for Army personnel.

 At the request of the Philippine Army Support Command’s 5th Forward Service Support Unit (5FSSU-ASCOM-PA) and tapping the expertise of the Legazpi City Agriculture Office, DOST-Bicol held the event with the objective of providing soldiers with livelihood and capability to assist communities where sources of food and income are scarce.

With the threat of the current ‘El Niño’ and predicted La Niña phenomenon, the training focused on the production and cultivation of mushrooms as the plant cannot be critically affected by changes in temperature of the environment.

Government agriculturists say mushrooms can be cultivated indoors and are widely used as meat substitute or extender.

During the training, modern technology in mushroom growing was demonstrated and participants were  given a hand-on experience in mushroom production.

Cristina Villaraza, a resource person on agricultural technology, recommended the use of oyster mushroom as it was easy she said to cultivate and can thrive anywhere in the country.

According to Villaraza, oyster mushrooms only take three days to cultivate “so a daily harvest is feasible.”

At Legazpi City’s market, mushrooms can be sold for P300 a kilo.

Participants were given three fruit bags of oyster mushrooms each, harvest of which could be realized in one week.

Organizers said they envisioned that after the training, production of mushroom can be done right at home or at military camps, whether it be for personal consumption or for sale. (EAD/JBE/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464586018/dost-trains-soldiers-on-mushroom-production#sthash.CcntCaow.dpuf

Friday, May 27, 2016

P20.7M worth DA subprojects underway for Bicol farmers, fishers

LEGAZPI CITY, May 27 (PIA) – About P20.7 million-worth of microenterprise (ME) sub-projects proposed by 15 groups of farmers and fisher folks from disaster-prone areas in the Bicol region has been approved.

The Department of Agriculture Philippine Rural Development Project’s (DA-PRDP) Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) approved and endorsed the proposals after listening to the presentations of the proponents earlier this month in Legazpi City.

According to Adelina A. Losa, PRDP-Bicol enterprise development (I-REAP) component head, ME sub-projects in calamity-stricken areas aim to provide sustainable income generating activities to farmers and fisherfolk in Bicol whose livelihood were affected by typhoons Lando and Nona in 2015.

“These provinces include Catanduanes which was hit by typhoon Lando as well as Albay and Sorsogon which were affected by typhoon Nona. RPCO V requested for the PRDP National Office’s approval to include Camarines Sur and Masbate because of the high damage they also incurred based on the damage report,” Losa said.

Eleven of the ME sub-projects reviewed, approved, and endorsed for PRDP funding by the RPAB were proposed by groups of farmers and fisherfolk from Sorsogon who will engage in native chicken production, gabi and ginger production and marketing, cottage handicraft industry and cassava chips processing as well as organic vegetable and other foodcrop production and seaweed production and marketing. The said MEs are worth P10.6 million.

 “This will slowly elevate the living conditions of fishermen for them to support their family through seaweeds. We hope to further improve it   so as not to waste the trust given to us by the government and the PRDP,” said Samahang Mangingisda ng Tomalaytay president Roberto A. Salgado whose P1.2 million-worth Tomalaytay Seaweeds Production and Marketing ME was among those approved by the RPAB for Sorsogon.

Likewise, about P2.9 million-worth of ME sub-projects proposed by the Municipalities of Esperanza and Milagros in Masbate were endorsed by the RPAB. These ME sub-projects will venture in charcoal briquette production and farm mechanization and briquetting of rice hull into charcoal.

Meanwhile, two MEs worth P2.7 million from Gigmoto and Pandan, Catanduanes were also okayed by the RPAB. The said MEs will take on rice production as well as broiler production and marketing.

Furthermore, the RPAB gave green light to Albay Small Ruminant Raisers Association (ASRRA)’s proposed P1.3 million-worth Enhancing Farm Capacity and Adoption of Nutrition Technology for Goat Production.

RPAB member Jocelyn Lb. Blanco, regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry, urged the proponent groups to work on the sustainability of the approved microenterprises.

“See it as an opportunity for you to progress. Let your group serve as a vehicle for other organizations to avail the same benefits from the government,” she said.

The RPAB also reviewed, approved and endorsed the Seaweeds Nursery and Production Project proposed by the Biga Farmers and Fishermen Association in Magallanes, Sorsogon. The P3.2 million-worth sub-project is the region’s first Global Environment Facility (GEF)-supported ME designed to contribute to biodiversity conservation and strengthen the coastal and marine resources base in targeted project areas.

In Bicol, the Donsol-Ticao-Burias Pass was one of the biodiversity/international waters pre-identified by DA and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as target GEF sites for PRDP. The Project will integrate the P287-million-worth grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an international organization that helps address global environmental issues, to its institutional reforms.

The RPAB is an inter-agency multi-disciplinary team composed of DTI, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government and Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council mandated to review and approve plans, feasibility studies, detailed engineering designs and program of works proposed for PRDP funding. It is chaired by the Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture.

PRDP is a six-year project being implemented by the DA designed to establish an inclusive, market-oriented and climate-resilient agri-fishery sector. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571464330342/p20-7m-worth-da-subprojects-underway-for-bicol-farmers-fishers#sthash.4IPFc9io.dpuf

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Albay police nabs three wanted persons

LEGAZPI CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- Police authorities in Albay scored anew in its campaign against wanted persons on Tuesday, May 24, 2015.

Three wanted persons who are facing criminal charges for estafa, rape (sexual assault), and violation of Social Security Act 1997 were arrested.

Edgardo Ornillo y Dayandante, 49 years old, married and a resident of Brgy. Tastas, Ligao City; was arrested by elements of Ligao City Police Station (CPS) about 8:30 AM at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Ligao City.

Dayadante was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Manuel M. Rosales, Vice-Executive Judge of Regioanl Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60, Iriga City dated April 15, 2016 for Estafa with recommended bail fixed at Php 24, 000.00.

Antonio E. Barcelon, 52 years old, and a resident of Purok 6, Brgy. 70, Legazpi City was arrested at about 11:00 AM of same date.

Joint elements of PIT 3, RIU5; 5th RPSB, Intel PLT, 2nd IB and 9MIB of Phil Army, NISL-SL and warrant personnel of Legazpi CPS arrested Barcelon by virtue of warrant of arrest issued and signed by Hon. Solon B Sison, Presiding Judge, RTC 1, Legazpi City dated June 27, 2013 for Rape (Sexual Assault.) docketed under criminal case no. 12326 with recommended bail fixed at Php 24,000.00.

Meanwhile at about 11:30 AM, Sylvia F. Ayala, 68 years old, widower, and a resident of P-6 Renilisan, Brgy. Bonot, Legazpi City; was similarly arrested by warrant personnel of Legazpi CPS led by SPO2 Marilito Watiwat.

The virtue of warrant of arrest is issued by Hon. Elmer M. Lanuzo, Presiding Judge,, RTC 6, Legazpi City dated January 12, 2016 for Violation of Sec 22 (a) in relation to Sec. 18, 19 (a) & (b) of RA 8282 otherwise known as Social Security AcT of 1997, under criminal case no. 13459 with recommended bail fixed at Php 24, 000.00.

The arrested suspects were initially placed under the custody of their respective local police station where their fingerprints and mug shots were taken prior to turning them over to the court that issued their warrant of arrest. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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CHED Bicol names top outstanding students

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 26 (PIA) – After a rigorous screening process, the Bicol region’s “Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines” (TOSP) for 2016 have been named and awarded in a ceremony held here last May 23.

Now on its 55th year, the TOSP Awards, a program sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), aims to promote academic excellence of the youth and their servant leadership through community involvement.

This year, seven highly-achieved students have been selected from across the Bicol region to join the TOSP Batch of 2016. But out of these seven finalists, only three were chosen as TOSP awardees and will represent the Bicol region on the nationwide TOSP search.

Claiming the esteemed achievement as Bicol’s TOSP Awardees are Jay Chester delos Santos Usero of Catanduanes State University, Ron Ephraim Banda Roluna of Ateneo de Naga University, and Andrew Ollet Refareal of Bicol University’s Polangui Campus.

Usero, a Cum Laude English Major, is a Dean’s Lister of his school and an advocate of humanitarian aid programs in Catanduanes. Roluna, a BS Biology student, is an advocate of HIV awareness for the youth, and a Youth Advisory Panel of the United Nations’ Population Fund. Refareal, an English Major Magna Cum Laude and a two-term editor-in-chief of their school publication, is the first TOSP awardee from a university’s external campus.

These three awardees will represent Bicol in the TOSP national search, but all seven finalists have been incorporated in the TOSP Alumni as Batch 2016 with the batch name “Bungkaras” (‘Rise-Up’ in Bicolano).

Joining the awardees in TOSP Batch 2016 are their fellow finalists; Mary Joy Lumbria Alcobera of the University of Nueva Caceres, Bryan Albaniel Cariaga of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (Pili Campus), Francis Parañal Orasa of the University of Nueva Caceres, and Kristuffer Darcyth Tan Pring of the Bicol University.

The candidates for the award underwent a strict selection process by a Regional Screening Committee, with members from the academe, business, science and humanities field. The selection was overseen by a Regional Executive Committee (REXECOM), composed of representatives from CHED and other government and private sectors.

“These kids have done so well,” said Dr. George Colorado, Regional Director of CHED 5 and Chairman of the REXECOM. On his message to the awardees, he also stated: “Let us all inspire each other as we learn, lead and serve for life, for the love of God, of our fellow Filipinos, and of our country, the Philippines.”  (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301464332973/ched-bicol-names-top-outstanding-students#sthash.TOei6JJj.dpuf

Albay police nabs three wanted persons

LEGAZPI CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- Police authorities in Albay scored anew in its campaign against wanted persons on Tuesday, May 24, 2015.

Three wanted persons who are facing criminal charges for estafa, rape (sexual assault), and violation of Social Security Act 1997 were arrested.

Edgardo Ornillo y Dayandante, 49 years old, married and a resident of Brgy. Tastas, Ligao City; was arrested by elements of Ligao City Police Station (CPS) about 8:30 AM at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Ligao City.

Dayadante was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Manuel M. Rosales, Vice-Executive Judge of Regioanl Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60, Iriga City dated April 15, 2016 for Estafa with recommended bail fixed at Php 24, 000.00.

Antonio E. Barcelon, 52 years old, and a resident of Purok 6, Brgy. 70, Legazpi City was arrested at about 11:00 AM of same date.

Joint elements of PIT 3, RIU5; 5th RPSB, Intel PLT, 2nd IB and 9MIB of Phil Army, NISL-SL and warrant personnel of Legazpi CPS arrested Barcelon by virtue of warrant of arrest issued and signed by Hon. Solon B Sison, Presiding Judge, RTC 1, Legazpi City dated June 27, 2013 for Rape (Sexual Assault.) docketed under criminal case no. 12326 with recommended bail fixed at Php 24,000.00.

Meanwhile at about 11:30 AM, Sylvia F. Ayala, 68 years old, widower, and a resident of P-6 Renilisan, Brgy. Bonot, Legazpi City; was similarly arrested by warrant personnel of Legazpi CPS led by SPO2 Marilito Watiwat.

The virtue of warrant of arrest is issued by Hon. Elmer M. Lanuzo, Presiding Judge,, RTC 6, Legazpi City dated January 12, 2016 for Violation of Sec 22 (a) in relation to Sec. 18, 19 (a) & (b) of RA 8282 otherwise known as Social Security AcT of 1997, under criminal case no. 13459 with recommended bail fixed at Php 24, 000.00.

The arrested suspects were initially placed under the custody of their respective local police station where their fingerprints and mug shots were taken prior to turning them over to the court that issued their warrant of arrest. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571464330533/albay-police-nabs-three-wanted-persons#sthash.oHi3YQJr.dpuf

392 instant jobs at Labor Day jobs fair in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- Some 329 job applicants were hired on the spot (HOTS) in this year’s Labor Day jobs fair led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Bicol region.

DOLE Bicol recorded some 3,206 job applicants in the simultaneous Mega Job and Livelihood Fair at the Ayala and Pacific Mall in Legazpi City on May 1 and the Finale Job Fair at SM Naga City on May 2 graced by Assistant Secretary Ma. Joji V. Aragon.

However even with the high number of applicants registered, DOLE Bicol’s record shows that only less than half were listed under “qualified applicants” of which 422 are male and 862 are female.

“They (HOTS) are really lucky. Imagine out of these thousands you get picked right then and there. We are more than happy with the results, we met our HOTS target and for sure more Bicolanos will be hired even after Labor Day,” DOLE Bicol Regional Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

Trayvilla said DOLE Bicol has earlier set 20% HOTS target from the overall number of qualified applicants, which so far is the toughest target compared to the past years.

“Actually we were worried.  Our HOTS target this year is actually doubled at 20%. Good thing that everybody cooperated which is the reason why we still achieved it,” she said.

Trayvilla added that the high recorded HOTS may be connected to the massive advocacy campaign done by the office this March in time for the graduation rites including the advertisement tie-up with ABS-CBN and MOR Bicol as the official media partner for the Labor Day 2016 events.

“Yes we do believe that the media played a vital role in all this,” Trayvilla said.

She cited that although not all HOTS will be staying in their newly found jobs as some might even change jobs after about a month,  it will still serve as a stepping stone in finding better jobs to have a brighter and more secured future.

“Staying on a job really depends on the person. We cannot control it. All we do at DOLE is to give them an opportunity to find one,” Trayvilla noted.

Moreover, DOLE Bicol has recorded  large percentage of HOTS who have actually stayed on their “first job” and have “climbed up the ladder” based on previous job fairs.

The Labor Day 2016 Job Fairs were conducted in cooperation with Ayala Malls Legazpi, Pacific Mall Legazpi, SM Naga, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Albay, Metro Naga and Camarines Sur; Naga Colleges Foundation, ABS-CBN and MOR Bicol. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571464159448/392-instant-jobs-at-labor-day-jobs-fair-in-bicol#sthash.s4oujzQQ.dpuf

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DSWD pushes for accreditation of civil society organizations in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, May 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has pushed for the accreditation of civil society organization based in the Bicol region to ensure that government programs and projects are properly, efficiently, and effectively carried out.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said the need for the accreditation is being pursued in order for the government agencies can properly monitor and safeguard the proper use of funds on programs and projects carried out in partnership with CSOs.

Garcia explained that the measure is aligned with Section 34 and 35 of RA 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code, which mandates local government units (LGUs) to promote the formation and operation of CSOs to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy especially in the delivery of basic services, capability-building, livelihood projects and development of local enterprises designed, among others, to enhance the well-being of the people.

"CSOs, composed of community members are being recognized by the government to have better position to implement projects. Accountability and transparency of the project are exact if the implementers of the government projects are based in the community," he added.

He furthered the CSOs likewise play critical role in preparing the communities not only to receive government funds but eventually manage and implement government projects themselves.

Guidelines for accreditation of CSOs provide that a.) must have operated for at least three years prior to the date of application for accreditation in the Geographical Areas of Activity and Technical Area(s) of activity being applied for accreditation; b.) must not have any incorporator, organizer, director, trustees, offices or affinity to any DSWD official involved in the processing of its accreditation, or any official of the Government Agencies funding and implementing the program or the project to be implemented by the CSOs; c.) must not have any derogatory record with any government agency; d.) must not be in default or delay in liquidating any.

At present, there are four CSOs accredited and seven CSOs are under assessment.(MAL-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211464162208/dswd-pushes-for-accreditation-of-civil-society-organizations-in-bicol#sthash.gz4Ago2g.dpuf

CWC launches “one million lapis” for kids‘education

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 25 (PIA) – In their advocacy to promote children’s education, he Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) launches the “One Million Lapis” project with the target of collecting one million pencils for  less fortunate children.

The ‘One Million Lapis’ project is an endeavor of CWC, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), in preparation for the National Children’s Month celebration in November 2016.

By November, CWC plans to distribute one million pencils to children in-need of educational assistance, which is being envisioned to enter the Guinness Book of Records by 2016.

“The ‘lapis’ (pencil) is a symbolic representation of the child’s need to express ones ideas and feelings, be empowered through learning, in recognition of the importance of writing skills and materials.

According to CWC, there are far-flung areas in the Philippines where one pencil is divided into three by elementary students just so that they can share it and be able to write. This shows the lack of materials for writing compounded with inadequate school facilities and the long distance of travel from home to school.

In this project, drop-boxes where everyone can donate pencils will be available at government offices, SM Malls and National Bookstores.

All the pencils will be collected and counted on the kick-off celebration of the National Children’s Month in November 5, and will be distributed by DepEd by November 20.

“Education plays an important role in helping children develop, reach their potentials, be able to engage meaningfully and build resiliency, ” stated Elino Bardillon, head of CWC’s Public Affairs and Information Office.

“This means that ensuring education of a child promotes child protection by empowering them to build resiliency. Provision of quality and relevant education to girls and boys decreases their risks of becoming victims of violence,” he added.

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3261463733255/cwc-launches-one-million-lapis-for-kids-education#sthash.MAwstWlw.dpuf

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Villagers plant mangroves on 50 hectares land in Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- The coastal village of Tiris in Gubat, Sorsogon identified the Mangrove Reforestation as a priority intervention during the first cycle of Kalahi-CIDSS which was the result of their Damage Assessment Needs Analysis (DANA) in 2015.

The increasing intensity and number of typhoons had greatly affected Tiris’ 474 households damaging properties and affecting their livelihood. Strong waves and winds during typhoons continuously destroy their bakawan, Tiris’ natural protection against these threats.

Bakawan is not only a defense against the effects of typhoons but also a source of livelihood for most of its women residents who harvest shells, pawid (mangrove leaves for roofing) and hagnaya for food. Planting more mangroves will also enrich the marine life in Tiris.

Thus, Tiris decided to plant more mangroves to protect their properties, families, and livelihood and definitely, conserve the environment. They got funding from Kalahi-CIDSS which amounted to Php1,640,680.00 with a total of 2,319 beneficiaries.

The residents of Tiris had made their contribution to save the environment from Climate Change.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a DSWD program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through community-driven development (CDD).  (MAL/DSWD5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211464162277/villagers-plant-mangroves-on-50-hectares-land-in-sorsogon#sthash.Nkubr8zt.dpuf

Monday, May 23, 2016

AKB: 'By Bicolanos, for Filipinos'

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- “Rest assured, we shall take good care of this mandate through sincere and dedicated service to our fellow Bicolanos and the Filipino nation.”, said AKO Bicol (AKB) Party-list Congressman Rodel Batocabe, following his party-lists recent victory on the 2016 National and Local Elections, last May 9.

As of 6:00pm of May 19, the result of the senatorial and party list group race for the said elections have been finalized, and the winners have been proclaimed. Taking the top spot for the party-list polls is AKO Bicol Party list, a congressional party list initially created to represent and voice the welfare of the Bicolano people since 2010.

AKB first started as a non-government organization named ‘SOS Bicol”, an outfit dedicated to providing rescue and assistance to Bicolanos victimized by natural calamities. The party list started gaining popularity and earned their first three congress seats in 2010, by imploring solidarity amongst the Bicolanos with the platform “Iboto ang Sadiri (Vote for your own)”.

With their victory on the 2010 elections, ranking second on the election results, the party list focused on education and disaster preparedness. Their congress representatives; Rodel Batocabe, Christopher Co, and Alfredo Garbin Jr., acted as proponents of twenty three house resolutions, authors/co-authors of eight house bills, and contributor to twenty three enacted laws.

In 2013, AKB bid for re-election, but it was not allowed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) due to alleged failure to represent the marginalized community. This, however, was disputed and escalated to the Supreme Court, causing COMELEC’s decision to be forestalled.

Once again, AKB targeted re-election this 2016 and impressively bags first place amongst 113 party lists candidates, with 1, 635, 274 votes or 5.2% voting percentage.

“Kudos to the Bautista-led COMELEC for the speedy, decisive and fair proclamation of winning party list.” said Batocabe, going beyond earlier altercation with the commission.

The victory of AKB, as it appears, is credited mainly on their answered call for a solid Bicolano support. According to reports, the party even garnered 347,777 votes in Camarines Sur alone.

According to statements released by AKB, they vow to provide quality service, not just for Bicolanos, but for all Filipinos. With the slogan: “Nakatabang na, ma-tabang pa (Have helped, Will help)”, the party list promises to continue help those in-need with a Bicolano heart.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3261463721120/akb-by-bicolanos-for-filipinos-#sthash.MluyC0mP.dpuf

Friday, May 20, 2016

DOLE Bicol: “Beware of fake inspectors”

By Julius Embile

Legazpi City, Albay – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol region has warned the public of bogus inspectors posing as DOLE employees.

“We have received many circulating reports about individuals posing as DOLE inspectors and have been doing solicitations,” said newly appointed DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.

“Let it be known to the public that it is prohibited, for employees of DOLE, to receive any form of solicitation,” she added.

On their Management Committee (ManCom) meeting, Trayvilla said their Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) are not allowed to go to any company or office without prior authorization from the regional director. As of now, DOLE Bicol only has fourteen LLCOs, and their prime functions are only to check salary and assist companies to voluntarily adhere to DOLE’s regulations.

In order to identify authorized LLCOs, the public is advised to check DOLE’s website (www.ro5.dole.gov.ph) where the names and photos of their LLCOs are posted.

“We have also received reports about people introducing themselves as DOLE employees or retired employees, offering special arrangements allegedly from DOLE. These are fake”, stated Trayvilla. DOLE made it clear that their retired or dismissed employees are not authorized conduct visits to any company or to represent the department.

The same reminder has been released by DOLE seven years ago, and again in 2013, when news were received about people falsely representing DOLE to ask for money.

According to DOLE Bicol, the focus of their office is to provide clean, honest, and efficient service to Bicolanos in the labor aspect. Any authorized payment to be received by DOLE can only be done within their respective regional and provincial offices, stated DOLE.

Trayvilla also is also urging everyone to report to their office, or other proper authorities, if they would encounter anyone untruly representing DOLE. This is a form of fraud, and is punishable by the law.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3261463622034/dole-bicol-beware-of-fake-inspectors-#sthash.lRvW3wS7.dpuf

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ECC steps up compensation program advocacy in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, May 18 (PIA) – Workers who might go through work related injuries, disease or death can have additional compensation and benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) of the government.

The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) again reminds workers and employers from the public and private sectors of their rights and duties under the ECP which aims to provide appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies.

“The ECP provides added compensation and benefits for injuries, disease or death that are work related aside from the claims and benefits provided by the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth and Pag-ibig which requires mandatory contribution. For ECP the employee is covered right on the first day of employment,” ECC Deputy Excecutive Director Atty. Jonathan T. Villasotto said during the press conference held at La Piazza Hotel today.

The press conference is part of the ECP information campaign done in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol to impart ECP to the media and encourage support in disseminating information through quad-media.

Moreover Villasotto noted employer-employee relationship is required to avail of the program.

“Any engagement or contract for performance of work without employer-employee relationship is not covered,” he said.

EC claimant or his beneficiaries can be filed at the SSS for private sector employees and the GSIS for public sector employees.  

 Among the ECP benefits are temporary and permanent compensation in case of loss of income benefit, supplemental pension, reimbursement of medical services, death and funeral benefit and rehabilitation services.

“Claims for compensation must be filed within three years,” Villasotto said.

Also part of the ECP awareness campaign in the region is the advocacy seminar to be conducted tomorrow in Tabaco City with more than 120 expected participants from the public and private sectors.

“The seminar will focus on the three major components of the ECP – prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services – along with recent ECP reforms  considered as ECC’s ultimate strategies anchored on “3Es” – equalized, enhanced and expanded – reforms to answer challenges facing the ECP,” ECC Bicol focal person Ma. Yvette C. Bonavente said.

Various programs, projects and services of DOLE in the region will be discussed as well.

Consultation meeting with the GSIS and SSS is also slated on May 19, 2016 to update officers on the recent ECP policies to facilitate processing of EC claims.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463555575/ecc-steps-up-compensation-program-advocacy-in-albay#sthash.RUQANdK2.dpuf

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Missing school principal in Sorsogon City found; Sorsoganons lauded PNP efforts

By Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon City, May 17 (PIA) – Relatives, friends, acquaintances, including Governor-elect Robert Rodrigueza, lauded the efforts and strategies employed by the Philippine National Police here in investigating and taking quick action to locate the whereabouts of the missing elementary school principal, Christian Ana Delos Angeles.

After barely two weeks of tough effort to find Delos Angeles, public school principal of Ticol Elementary School in Sorsogon City, local authorities here considered the search as finally over.

In a press release, P/Supt. Nonito F. Marquez, Police Community Relation-Public Information Office head of Sorsogon Police Provincial Office, divulged that at around 8:50PM of May 16, 2016, elements of Sorsogon City Police Station (CPS) led by P/SInsp. Romeo Triñanes Rocio, Jr. while conducting Oplan Sita along Alegre St. in Brgy Burabod, this city, flagged down a black skeleton motorcycle driven by a minor with also a minor backride.

The driver failed to present necessary documents of ownership and upon verification, the chassis and engine number matched with the Honda Dash 110 of the missing school principal, consequently, have them arrested.

Ensuing a lawful search on the driver’s sling bag, two (2) Indian arrows with sling and one (1) brass knuckles were recovered. Also recovered from the possession and control of the back rider was one (1) balisong 6.5 inches from handle to tip.

The driver likewise narrated voluntarily that he knew the location of the cadaver of the missing Delos Angeles.

Thereafter, personnel of Sorsogon CPS together with the driver immediately proceeded at Sitio Gabao, Brgy San Roque, Bacon District, Sorsogon City and found a male dead person with multiple stab wounds lying in a creek near the pathway at the said place.

Likewise, follow-up operation resulted in the arrest of four (4) other suspects, all minors.

At about 10:00 PM, personnel of Sorsogon Provincial Crime Laboratory Office led by SPO1 Aljo M. Liray processed the crime scene and recovered one black sling bag without a content which according to the victim’s relative belongs to Christian Delos Angeles.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that Pulis Kasanggayahan created the Provincial Task Group Delos Angeles under the supervision of Acting Provincial Director PSSupt Ronaldo R. Cabral to focus and intensify the investigation on the disappearance of Delos Angeles.

Delos Angeles, 39 years old, single, resident of Alegre St., Brgy. Burabod, Sorsogon City, was reported missing by his father, Benjamin Delos Angeles on May 4, 2016 at around 4:30PM. The father’s report to Sorsogon CPS said that his son left their house on May 2, 2016 at around 11:00PM on board a Honda Dash 110, plate no. 5834-ET, to talk to a certain Flores of undisclosed place. However, his son failed to return to their house until the time of reporting.

“We have already exerted efforts to locate his whereabouts by asking some friends and co-workers but no one knows his exact location. Moreover, his driven motorcycle can no longer be found and his contact numbers can no longer be reached,” the father said.

The cadaver of the victim was brought to a funeral parlor in the city for autopsy.

The said minors were referred to CSWD, Sorsogon City for proper disposition while appropriate case is being prepared by Sorsogon CPS against the suspects. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/801463463832/missing-school-principal-in-sorsogon-city-found-sorsoganons-lauded-pnp-efforts#sthash.ac4ZFmC3.dpuf

Monday, May 16, 2016

DepEd Bicol marks K to12 law 3rd anniversary

LEGAZPI CITY, May 16 – The K to 12 program was signed into law three years ago and will be on full implementation this year.

 As such, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoins the public in the observance of its 3rd year anniversary after President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III signed the Republic Act No. 10533, An Act Enhancing the Philippine Education System by Strengthening Its Curriculum and Increasing the Number of Years for Basic Education otherwise known as the K to 12 Law.

In time for this observance, DepEd Bicol is holding a ten-day Regional Orientation-Workshop on Senior High School (SHS) staffing in preparation for the implementation of SHS, Grade 11 this school year.

“The Curriculum and Learning Management Division and Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD) shall conduct the Regional-Orientation-Workshop on SHS staffing on May 12-21 to come up with the final SHS grades 11 and 12 class programs/schedules and determine the number of SHS teachers needed per school,” DepEd Bicol Director Ramon Fiel Abcede said.

Abcede said the orientation-workshop likewise aims to “discuss some issues on DepEd Order No. 3, series 2016 or Hiring Guidelines for SHS teachers, train participants on the use of the electronic tool for SHS staffing, utilize the system as a management tool in determining SHS teachers who are underloaded and may still teach SHS subjects.”

As part of the pre-work activities needed in the actual workshop, Abcede directed concerned school heads to draft school personnel assignment list and basic profile for this coming school year and class programs for grades 11 and 12.

The K to 12 Program covers 13 years of basic education with the following stages: Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6, Grade 7 to 10 (Junior High School) and Grades 11 to 12 (Senior High School). This is found to be the best period for learning under basic education.  It is also the recognized standard for students and professionals globally.

The Program holds distinct significance this coming School Year 2016-2017 as the Department begins  the implementation of the Grade 11 of the Senior High School (SHS) Program, the first of the 2 cohorts (Grades 11 and 12) which were added to the country's 10-year basic education system.

Recently, the Supreme Court on March 15 dismissed several petitions filed against the implementation of the K to 12 Program, thus paving the way for its continued   operation particularly the said SHS Program.

 As the country girds for the opening of classes this coming School Year 2016-2017 on June 13, 2016, the Department through Education Secretary Br .Armin A.  Luistro FSC invites and enjoins everyone to give their full support to the successful implementation of K to 12 Program specially the SHS Program.(MAL/SAA/DepEd5/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463385633/deped-bicol-marks-k-to12-law-3rd-anniversary#sthash.w6SzNtf2.dpuf

Techno-demo on mushroom culture, Abaca scrunch making set may 24

VIRAC, Catanduanes, May 16, (PIA) -- The Abaca Festival Committee, under the auspices of provincial government of Catanduanes, in cooperation with the Provincial Tourism Office, will spearhead a techno demo on mushroom culture and abaca scrunch making on May 24, 2016 at the Capitol Grounds here.

According to .Carmel B. Garcia, provincial tourism officer of Catanduanes, the activity will provide additional agricultural perspectives in venturing in the trade of mushroom and abaca scrunch as a livelihood undertaking.

The techno demo, spearheaded by the Provincial Agricultural Services Office (PASO) together with the Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Science and Technology, will present new techniques in mushroom culture and further show the health benefits and sustainability of income for the community.

PASO head Roberto Ceballo said that the mushroom culture training hopes to enlighten and supplement ideas to further improve trade to farmers, especially those who uses other media other than abaca such as rice straw, coco dust, rice bran, rice hull and many others.

He added that for years now, the mushroom culture has been gaining popularity from household consumers to hotel and restaurants as a connoisseur’s delight.

The demand for mushrooms in the urban and rural areas has grown because of the preference for pesticide free food.

"Demand is high not only because of the health benefits and nutritional values but as well as the availability of the indigenous raw materials, small area requirement for growing, less capital needed for investment and potential profits," Ceballo noted.

Meanwhile, abaca scrunch making training is designed to demonstrate the application of abaca fibers in the trade of abaca scrunch.

Abaca Scrunch is made from matted fine fibers of abaca bonded by starch solution or glue. It is used to produce finished products such as placemats, handbags, photo frames, among others.

The training will be a combination of trainer demonstrating the technique and hands-on activity by the participants. (MAL/EAB/PTO/PIA5/Catanduanes/PTO)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/841463370794/techno-demo-on-mushroom-culture-abaca-scrunch-making-set-may-24#sthash.HK1cxk1K.dpuf

Friday, May 13, 2016

Albay names top 10 schools in 2015 National Achievement Test

LEGAZPI CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The provincial government of Albay honored teachers and education partners in the province through the Titsers’ Nyt: Gay Palcon Achievement Award Ceremony held yesterday at the Albay Astrodome.

Now on its 9th year, the awarding ceremony highlights the recognition of top performing schools in the 2015 National Achievement Test (NAT) by subject areas and by overall mean point scores.

NAT is a set of examinations administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) for students in grade 6, 10, and 12. Students are given national standardized test designed to determine their academic levels, strength and weaknesses. The test is divided into 5 subject areas; English, Filipino, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Around 135 awardees coming from all over the province received cash awards, plaques and certificates during the formal ceremony.

The Top 10 Best Performing Schools to get awards are Legazpi Port Elementary School (ES),  Sto. Domingo Central School, Ligao West CES in Binatagan (Big Schools, Grade VI), Buga ES, Upper Bonga ES, Hindi ES (Medium Schools, Grade VI), Dapdap ES (Tiwi), Pinagbadilan ES, Busay ES (Small Schools, Grade VI) and San Agustin IS of Libon for Medium Schools, Year IV.

Overall, Albay placed 35th in the NAT this year which has been a big leap from being 177th in 2007.

Re-elected Board Member (BM)  Richard Benjamin Imperial, the Chairman on Education of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay, recalled in his message his first dialogue with Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda when he assumed office in 2013, noting the strict conditions given by the governor on his chairmanship of the said Committee.

“The Governor told me to never decrease the budget of education, in fact, see to it that it gets bigger, he also asked me to create long term plans for education in Albay where the momentum created will continue to grow,” BM Imperial said.

Imperial added that each year, Albay provides a minimum of 30 million pesos to deliver assistance to Albayanos for higher education, noting that the PGA also provides assistance to teachers who wants to further their education, ensuring that the quality of education in Albay progresses.

Outgoing Senior Board Member Glenda Ong Bongao, speaking in behalf of Vice-Governor Harold Ong Imperial, said that “the award ceremony is more than just honoring our beloved teachers, but it also represents the years of persistent and dedicated efforts of educators which forms the mold of the future for Albayano youth.”

“Tonight, we honor our teachers for all the preparation and hard work that you do each day and each night, and we, the PGA, would like to thank you for bringing dignity to your noble profession worthy of all the praises heaped upon you,” BM Bongao said.

The Titser's Nyt (Gay Falcon Achievement Awards Ceremony) is an institutional program of the PGA through the Provincial Education Department that was started in 2007 under Governor Joey Sarte Salceda. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463122950/albay-names-top-10-schools-in-2015-national-achievement-test-albay-names-top-10-schools-in-national-achievement-test#sthash.r7A6pd4D.dpuf

DTI’s “Fish-ta sa Nayon” showcases Cam Sur’s finest marine products

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camarines Sur provincial office has launched yesterday a specialized public fair at the Naga Land E-Mall here, showcasing the province’s premium marine products. .

Dubbed “FISH-ta Sa Nayon, atbp: A Product Launching of Processed Marine Food Products,” the event that  will run from May 12-15 endeavors to continuously improve and help micro and small entrepreneurs in the fishing industry in the Bicol Region, particularly in Camarines Sur.

DTI Camarines Sur provincial head Edna Tejada said that the activity was also made possible through the help of other agencies who have the same objective of uplifting the lives of families whose livelihood sources are dependent on the sea.

“This marketing activity is organized by DTI where we see to it that good manufacturing practices are followed to ensure high quality of fish products are produced, and that buyers are assured of superior quality as compared to those available in the market because the production of these products are clean.”

Around nine individual and group entrepreneurs coming from the coastal municipalities of Calabanga, Gainza, Cabusao, Bombon, Del Gallego, and Naga City participated in the said fair. Featured products include ready-to-eat “tinapa” (smoked fish) from Naga City, bottled and powdered “dinaelan” (shrimp paste) and shrimp chips from Cabusao, crab paste from Gainza, ‘hibe” (dried shrimp) from Bombon, assorted dried fish from Calabanga, and ready-to-cook fish products all sourced out in Camarines Sur.

According to DTI Camarines Sur Senior Trade Industry Development specialist Lilibyl B. Fuentebella, products featured at the fair are guaranteed clean and safe because the primary processing is done at the common service facility (CSF) provided by the Local Government and the processing facility under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) provided by the DTI.

Customers are assured that the products are safe, well-packed, hygienic and properly labeled since DTI installed vacuum packaging equipment at the Naga City People’s Mall.

From this launch, these products and entrepreneurs will be part of the bigger event of DTI in the coming “Orgullo Bicol” which will be held in October 2016 at SM Mega Hall, Mandaluyong City. (MAL/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861463112702/dti-s-fish-ta-sa-nayon-showcases-cam-sur-s-finest-marine-products#sthash.5E2eMPVH.dpuf

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Winners in Bicol’s election hotspot proclaimed

MASBATE CITY, May 12 (PIA)—Masbate, the lone election hotspot in Bicol in Monday’s elections, has proclaimed its newly elected officials.

The board of canvassers of Masbate proclaimed former Governor Antonio Kho as the province’s new chief executive on Wednesday, May 11.

Kho, who ran under the Nacionalista Party, bested his rivals, former Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, former Representative Narciso Bravo and businesswoman Mercy Cabiles.

Poll officials also proclaimed Bravo’s running mate, Acting Vice Governor Jo Kristine Revil, who was elected in a landslide to extend her time in office until June 2019.

Kho’s ticket, however, was only able to get one of the 10 provincial board seats.

Six of them were won by the allies of Lanete while the rest went to Bravo’s candidates.

Also proclaimed were reelectionist Representatives Maria Vida Espinosa-Bravo (first district), Elisa Olga Kho (second district) and Scott Davies Lanete (third district).

All winning candidates in 20 towns and a city in the province were officially proclaimed winners.

Rowena Tuason won her second term as Masbate City mayor in landslide victory over former city Vice Mayor Allan Cos.

Tuason first defeated Cos in 2013.  Cos served as vice mayor for six years.

Poll officials proclaimed unopposed reelectionist Mayor Salvadora Sanchez of Uson.

Also proclaimed was unopposed candidate Nilo Du for the mayoral post of Placer.

Arturo Virtucio was proclaimed as the new mayor of the mining town of Aroroy.

In Baleno, Mayor Romeo dela Rosa tightened his hold over the town. Dela Rosa was reelected, while his wife Maritess won the vice mayoralty race.

In Mandaon, reelectionist Mayor Kristine Salve Hao easily defeated her two challengers to win a third term.

In Milagros, the Magbalons retained their grip on the town after Jose and wife Natividad Isabel were proclaimed mayor and vice mayor respectively.  The couple swapped positions when term limits barred Natividad Isabel from seeking a fourth term in the town’s highest post.

In Mobo, Susan Castillo won the mayoral race to succeed her husband, outgoing Mayor Percival Castillo.

In Balud, reelectionist Mayor Ruben Jude Lim was given fresh mandate.

In Batuan, Charmax Jan Yuson, son of the incumbent mayor, was elected in a landslide win over his two opponents.

Froy Andueza, the incumbent vice mayor of Claveria, routed his opponent for the mayoralty post.

In Monreal, reelectionist Mayor Ben Espiloy also trounced his challenger to win a third term.

In San Fernando, Byron Angelo Bravo handily defeated his opponent to succeed his father, Mayor Narciso Bravo, who ran but lost in the gubernatorial race.

Nelly Altiche-Delavin was proclaimed mayor of San Jacinto, the seaside town known for its dive site that teems with manta rays.

In San Pascual, winning a third term was a breeze for reelectionist Mayor Zacarina Lazaro when she defeated her challenger by landslide.

In Cataingan, former mayor Felipe Cabataña reclaimed his old post in a sound victory over his lone rival.

In Dimasalang, former police chief inspector Edgar de Lara unseated Mayor Henry Naga.

In Esperanza, reelectionist Mayor Ian Peter Sepulveda trounced his two challengers to win a second term.

In Pio V. Corpus, reelectionist Mayor Allan Lepasana was given a fresh mandate.

In Cawayan, incumbent Vice Mayor Ramon Abinuman was proclaimed as the town's new chief executive.

In Palanas, reelectionist Mayor Rudy Alvarez was given a fresh term. (Ernesto Delgado/PIA5-Masbate)    

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SSS offers Loan Restructuring Program for calamity-stricken members

VIRAC, Catanduanes, May 12 (PIA) -The Social Security System (SSS) has launched the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) for members with past due calamity loans and other short term-member loans who reside or work in calamity areas as declared by the national government or National Disaster Risk Reduction and management Council (NDRRMC) .

SSS Virac Branch head Divina T. Avila said that the program aims to ease the burden of calamity-stricken workers, who face difficulties in paying their SSS loan dues.

Avila said that under a restructured term, depending on their capacity, members can clean up their overdue loan principal and interest in full or by installment wherein both payment schemes offer condonation of loan penalties.

According to Avila, the program gives delinquent member-borrowers a chance to regain their good SSS standing and enjoys SSS benefits and privileges in the future but she clarified that borrowers can only avail of the LRP once and they cannot participate in any future SSS condonation or restructuring programs to instill credit discipline.

The LRP covers short term SSS loan programs including the Salary Loan, Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP), Emergency Loan, Calamity Loan, Voc Tech Loan, Y2K Loan, Investments Incentives Loan, Study Now Pay Later Plan, and the previously offered Educational Loan, which is different from the ongoing Educational Assistance (Educ-Assist) Loan Program. Stock Investment, Privatization Fund and Educ-Assist loans are excluded from the LRP.

To qualify, the loan must be past due for at least six months and the member must be living or working in a declared calamity area as of the date of the disaster attested through an affidavit of Residency. Members granted any final benefit claim prior to the LRP availment period and those who committed fraud against the SSS are disqualified from the program.

Members can file their LRP application at any SSS branch and monitor their loan statement of account at the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph)

The one year availment period started last April 28. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

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Provincial winners in Albay proclaimed

LEGAZPI CITY, May 12 (PIA) – On the nigh of May 10, the canvassing of election results in Albay has ended and the winning candidates in the province have been proclaimed with old time candidates taking the winnings for all three congressional seats in Albay.

Atty. Edcel Lagman has regained his seat as representitve of the first congressional district of Albay. Lagman returned to the post after making way for his son, Rep. Greco Lagman, last 2013 following his three-term in congress then.

Incumbent Albay governor Joey Salceda notched the seat for the second congressional district with an overwhelming votes from his constitutents.

While incumbent Rep. Fernando Gonzales also garnered overwhelming number of votes to retain his seat for Albay's third congressional district.

Incumbent Rep. Al Francis Bichara of the second congressional district meanwhile won the gubernatorial seat and incumbent Vice Governor Harold Imperial would also be assuming office as Albay’s vice-governor.

Meanwhile in the national contest, though it is not enough to overcome the colossal lead of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the presidency, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas and most of his LP colleagues dominated the Albayano votes.

The Certificates of Canvass (COC), released by Albay’s Provincial Board of Canvass (PBOC), shows Roxas ranking first in the province’s polls with 221,778 votes, which is 36.77% of the vote percentage.  Ranked second is Grace Poe with a hair-line margin with 221,578 votes (36.74%), only 200 votes away from Roxas’.

Following respectively are Rody Duterte with 13.32% (80,361 votes), Jojo Binay with 10.47% (63,144 votes), Miriam Santiago with 2.58% (15,595 votes), and Roy Señeres with 0.09% (599 votes).

For the vice-presidency, LP’s bet and Camarines Sur congresswoman Leni Robredo reigned triumphant with 380,754 votes, or 64.70% of Albay’s voting percentage. She is followed respectively by fellow Bicolano Sen. Chiz Escudero with 117,113 votes (19.90%), Ilocos congressman Bongbong Marcos with 42,324 votes (7.19%), and Duterte’s running-mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with 23,713 votes (4.02%).

In the senatorial race, LP and independent candidates reigned supreme in Albay. The top-seeds, ranked respectively, are Frank Drilon (LP/6.53%), Leila De Lima (LP/6.20%), Riza Hontiveros (AKBYN/5.76%), Kiko Pangilinan (LP/5.65%), Miguel Zubiri (Ind./5.46%), Joel Villanueva (LP/5.23%), Dick Gordon (Ind./5.09%), Francis Tolentino (Ind./4.89%), Ping Lacson (Ind./4.73%), and Win Gatchalian (NPC/4.71%).

As per the Commission on Elections, the province of Albay has a total of 742,204 registered voters.  636,596 registered voters actually voted in the province for the 2016 elections, garnering a voters’ turnout of 85.77%. (MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)

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Comelec proclaims Camarines Sur governor, other local victors

Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, CAMARINES SUR, May 12 (PIA) --- Re-electionist Camarines Sur Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte’s hands were finally raised at around 5:30 yesterday afternoon after the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) agreed to proclaim him even with the absence of the election returns coming from the municipalities of Tinambac and Calabanga.

The abovementioned municipalities failed to electronically transmit the election returns after their vote counting machines (VMCs) malfunctioned. The Secure Digital (SD) cards were brought to the COMELEC main office accompanied by counsels of various political parties and is expected to be returned to the PBOC anytime within the day.

Under the rule on lowering the thresh hold of the vote percentage to 90 per cent , Villafuerte was proclaimed by COMELEC Camarines Sur Election Officer Atty.Romeo Serrano, PBOC Vice Chairperson Prosecutor Richard Cu and Department of Education (DepEd) Camarines Sur Division Superintendent Dr. Arnulfo Balane

Camarines Sur 5th District Rep. Salvio Fortuno (LP) was also proclaimed after garnering 134, 372 votes as against his contender, Felix Alfelor Jr. (UNA) with 36, 680 votes.

With 100 per cent of election returns from the 5th district already certified by the PBOC, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members Rex Oliva (NP), Emmanuel Noble (NP) and Butch Figuracion were consequently proclaimed too.  Oliva got the highest vote with 90,060 while Figuracion and Noble garnered 87, 636 and 87,417 votes respectively.

The 5th district is composed of 7 municipalities with a voting population of 240,559.  Based on the provincial canvass report, 201,814 actual voters casted their votes

At 4:30pm, re-electionist Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. was also proclaimed by the PBOC after reaping an overwhelming vote of 55,526 as against the 22,185 votes from his political opponent, Fr. YonYon Napoles (NPC).

1st termer Russel Bañes topped his other opponents as board member of the same district after snuggling 42,894 votes as against incumbent Board Member Warren Señar (NP) with 27,228 and Carlos Batalla (PMM) with 1,799 votes.

The 1st District is composed of 5 municipalities, namely; Cabusao, Del Gallego, Lupi, Ragay and Sipocot.  It has a total voting population of 106,740.

Former Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte (NP) , accompanied by Governor-elect Migz and wife Lara was also proclaimed as the next representative of the 2nd Congressional district in Camarines Sur late in the afternoon after garnering a total vote of 85, 696 as against his opponent Ava Arceño (NPC) who garnered a total of 37,029.

3rd and 4th  District representatives and board members cannot be proclaimed yet as election returns from Calabanga, for the 3rd district and Tinambac for the 4th district, might still affect the figures of the votes casted for the said candidates. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tensyon dala ng nagdaang National at Local election humupa na at balik na sa normal

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Mayo 11 (PIA) - Sa wakas ay humupa na rin at balik na sa normal ang tension sa hanay ng  mga kandidato maging ng mga botante sa nagdaang  election fever sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon  pagkatapos ng 90 araw na campaign period hanggang  sa pagboto at deklararasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato sa lokal na posisyon.

Bagamat ang iba namang kandidato at mga suportadores na hindi pa rin matanggap ang pagkatalo ay dinadaan na lamang sa usapang kanto ang pagkabigo ng kanilang mga manok sa larangan ng pulitika.

Kung susuriin ang naganap na halalan ngayong 2016 ay maituturing na isa sa mga halalang naramdaman ang kapayapaan at kaayusan  na walang naramdamang pagkatakot at pag-aalala ang mga botanteng Sorsoganon sa kabila ng pagkakaroon ng pagkawatak watak  ng pamilya sa kung sino ang ibubutong kandidato.

Marahil ito ay dahil na rin sa tulong ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at iba pang mga organisasyon kinabibilangan ng Commission on Election, Department of Education, Phil. Army, PNP , PPCRV, NAMFREL at LENTE na nagpuyat , nagpagod sa pagbabantay  makamtan lamang ang maayos at mapayapang eleksyon.

Samantala, kaunay naman sa viral ngayon ng nawawalang ng  Brgy. Ticol Elementary  school na si Cristian De Los Angeles na nakipag-ugnayan na rin si elect governor Bobet Rodrigueza sa kaanak ng naglahong parang bula na biktima at mga awtoridad.

Maging ang pamilya ni Cristian ay dumulog na sa tanggapan ng Criminal Investigation and detection Group(CIDG) Sorsogon upang humingi ng tulong para mahanap ito.

Sakaling may nakakakilala at nakakita aniya kay Angeles ay mabuting ipagbigay alam ito sa pinakamalapit na police station at tumawag sa PNP Hotline number na 0948-2548-691 at tanggapan ng Phil. Information Agency  Sorsogon sa numerong 0917-855-3402. (MAL/FBT-PIA 5/SORSOGON)  

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Comelec proclaims new elected leaders of Sorsogon

Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, May 11 (PIA) – The Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) of Sorsogon officially proclaimed yesterday, May 10, the winners of the 2016 election provincial posts in the province of Sorsogon.

Former provincial administrator Robert Lee Rodrigueza won as governor with a vote of 135,191 equivalent to 44.92% of the total votes.  Rodrigueza and will replace his father Gov. Raul R. Lee as governor who did not run anymore in the same post to give way to his son.

For the vice-gubernatorial race, incumbent Casiguran Mayor Ma. Ester Hamor won over a landslide victory with 206,066 or 71.75% of the total votes against her opponent, incumbent Vice-Governor Antonio “Kruni” Escudero, Sr.

The province of Sorsogon, divided in two congressional districts has 14 municipalities and lone city with a total registered voters of 425,025.

Provincial Certificate of Canvass issued by the Comelec bared that of the total number of registered voters, 363,980 or an equivalent of 85.63% have actually voted. As per record, no ballots were rejected by the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).

For the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the new set of board members will be composed of incumbent board members Jun Escudero (ranked 1st) and Becky Aquino (2nd), neophyte Ryan Dioneda (3rd), incumbent board member Eric Ravanilla (4th) and incumbent Sorsogon City East District Councilor Peter Ravanilla.

The first district is composed of six (6) municipalities including Sorsogon City with 213,458 registered voters. Total number of registered voters who actually voted were 180,374, equivalent to an 84.50% voter’s turn-out.

For the second congressional district, proclaimed new composition of board members will be incumbent Board Members Arze Glipo (ranked 1st) and Joey Guban (2nd), incumbent Bulan Mayor Marnelie Robles (3rd), Benedict Hao (4th), the son of incumbent Board Member Bong Hao who passed away before election date due to illness, and former Juban Mayor Ma. Teresa Fragata (5th).

The second district is composed of nine (9) municipalities with 211,567 registered voters. The total number of registered voters who actually voted were 183,606 or an equivalent 86.78% voter’s turn-out.

Unopposed Rep. Evelina “Nanay Evie’ Escudero, mother of Sen Chiz Escudero will still be the representative of the first dstrict of Sorsogon to the 17th Congress of the Philippines, while incumbent second district of Sorsogon Rep. Deogracias “Ding” Ramos garnered a total of 111,608 votes, equivalent to 70.34% of the total number of voters who actually voted.

Meanwhile, Comelec Sorsogon headed by acting election supervisor Atty. Maria Aurea C. Bo-Bunao, said that they will release the official Certificate of Canvass for the 14 municipalities and Sorsogon City mid next week.

The Comelec, PNP, Philippine Army and DepEd were unanimous in saying that 2016 election in Sorsogon was generally peaceful. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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Camarines Norte provincial winners proclaimed

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, May 11 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office here finally proclaimed winners yesterday evening, May 10, in the recently national and local elections after delays were encountered due to the interruption of results from the towns of Vinzons and Labo.

Edgardo “Egay” A. Tallado of Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) will be back at the provincial capitol after he got 111,318 votes to his close rival 1st district Rep. Catherine Barcelona Reyes of the Liberal Party (LP) with 106,103 votes in gubernatorial post.   It can be recalled that Tallado was suspended as governor in the last quarter of 2015 by the Ombudsman over his failure to implement Civil Service Commission Order to reinstate a provincial veterinarian.

For vice governor, Vice Governor Jonah Pedro Guinto Pimentel, NPC won with 108,653 votes over Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion with 80,156 votes.

Former 1st District Rep. Renato Jalgalado Unico Jr., LP won with 56,143 votes to his close rival Josefina B. Tallado, NPC with 53,620.  Josefina is the wife of Egay Tallado.

The 1st district board member winners were Arthur Michael Canlas, LP; Erwin Lausin, LP; Reynoir Quibral, LP; Artemio Serdon Jr., NPC and Muriel Moral Pandi, NPC.

Marisol “Toots” Panotes, LP, wife of the late Rep.Elmer Panotes, won the congressional seat in the 2nd district of Camarines Norte with 54,406 votes over former Rep. Liwayway Vinzons Chato, NPC with 45,414 votes. She was proclaimed in the afternoon yesterday along with the board member winners.

The 2nd district board member winners were Rodolfo Gache, NPC; Joseph Stanley Alegre, LP; Renee Herrera Depante, NPC; Gerardo Quiñonez, NPC and Godfrey Parale, LP.

On the other hand, a barangay captain of Camambugan, Daet Benito Ochoa, NPC, won over Concon Panotes, LP in Daet mayoral race while Connie Sarion, LP, won vice mayor over Joan Tabernilla de Luna, NPC. They were proclaimed by the Comelec Daet on May 9 evening. Connie is the wife of Tito Sarion, the 3rd termer mayor of the town.

Meanwhile, results for the presidential race: Grace Poe got the highest votes in this province with 114,239 followed by Mar Roxas with 64,444; Rody Duterte with 40,000; Jojo Binay with 18,555; and Miriam Defensor with 4,306.

For the vice presidential race: Leni Robredo has a landslide votes here with 132,757; Chiz Escudero with 60,208; Bongbong Marcos with 25,899; Allan Cayetano – 9,405 followed by Trillanes and Honasan.

For the top 12 senatorial bets are Joel Villanueva, Frank Drillon, Panfilo Lacson, Leila de Lima, Win Gatchalian, Kiko Pangilinan, Vicento Sotto, Ralf Recto, Migz Zubiri, Dick Gordon, Francis Tolentino and Risa Hontiveros. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Albayanos thankful for infra projects under Aquino administration

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, May 6 (PIA) – President Benigno Aquino III led yesterday the inauguration of at least P380M worth of infrastructure projects in this city conveying at the same time his gratitude for the Albayanos who supported him and his governance programs throughout his administaration that is about to conclude less than two month from now.

The P83.5 million widened Yawa Bridge in barangay Rawis and the P296.3 million Tibu Pumping Station in barangay San Roque are just two of the major infra projects implemented in the province of Albay under Aquino administration, together with the P3.4B worth Bicol International Airport in barangay Alobo, Daraga Albay.

The President likewise expressed his gratitude to the Albayanos for supporting his administration citing the increased budget allocation for the province in terms of infrastructure, from P4.3 billion in 2010 to P21.8B from 2011 to 2016.

I am thankful to all of you for supporting my administration.  Back in 2005 to 2010, P4.3B was allocated to the province of Albay in terms of infrastructure. From 2011 – 2016, under my administration, 21.8B was given to Albay without raising taxes so that was still your money,” Aquino said.

The Albayanos in turn, expressed their appreciation for the programs implemented particularly for the newly inaugurated infra projects in Legazpi City.

“Thanks to President Aquino for giving importance to cities in provinces.  Let us be united to continue the good programs in this city,” Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said.

Rosal joined the President for the inauguration together with Albay Governor Joey Salceda, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon Paje.

Joselito Martinez, Barangay San Roque Chairman, lauded the present administration for the comprehensive infra programs responding to the needs of the city particularly of their barangay.

“We have felt the positive changes under the present administration. The national government has assisted us to respond to the needs of our constituents through the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) wherein financial assistance is downloaded to the provinces and cities outside Metro Manila,” Martinez said.

The construction of the Tibu Pumping Station is part of the Legazpi City Urban Drainage Improvement Project conceptualized to solve the perennial flooding in the commercial district and nearby resident areas in and around the city by keeping the sea water from encroaching inland and discharging run-ff storm water directly to the sea.

“The pumping station in our barangay is an effective response to our flooding problems prompted by improper garbage disposal. This project has the capability to segregate garbage from flood water for easier water discharge. So we are assured that even in times of heavy rain, the water level will easily go down,” he said.

“With the new pumping station, Legazpi City is now an all-weather city in the province,” Martinez added.

The Yawa Bridge, expanded from two-lane to four lane highway, is the primary bridge connecting the northern barangays of Legazpi City to the central business district. The widening of the bridge is intended to ease traffic congestion and provide convenience to the riding public and facilitate easy means of transporting marine and agricultural products and other basic services.

The expanded Yawa Bridge has likewise responded to the problems on traffic congestion due to increased population in our city. We now have wider and faster flow of traffic.  We are assured that it will not be easily damaged as it was properly and efficiently constructed,” Martinez said.

Albayano netizens likewise lauded the present administration for the improvements in infrastructure in the province.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Ligao City to pilot DSWD’s PWD program

By  Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, May 6 (PIA) – Deemed as the most active in the Bicol region in terms of Persons with Disability (PWD) care, Ligao City in Albay was chosen by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office as the pilot location for the Community Action and Resources for Accessible, Better and Leverage Environment (CARe-ABLE) for PWDs.

The CARe-ABLE is a program which aims to increase the potentials of PWDs by providing interventions and reducing barriers for greater access to resources from the government and private sectors.

The program proposes having a PWD desk, manned by a resgistered social worker and funded by DSWD, in every barangay for the purpose of monitoring and assisting PWDs in the given area. Social enhancement and capability building activities would also be administered in order to boost the PWD sector.

Last April 28, at Legazpi City, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the local government o Ligao and DSWD officials to formalize the cooperation for the CARe-ABLE program. Signing the MOA were Ligao City Mayor Patricia Gonzales-Alsua, ‘Samahang Nagkakabuklod ng Ligao Incorporated’ President Edgardo Salcedo, and Social Technology Bureau Director Thelsa Biolena to represent DSWD.

The program will be carried out by five pilot barangays in Ligao City, namely: Basag, Tuburan, Pinamaniquian, Maonon and Mahaba. The level of implementation of the program will be raised throughout its duration.

Ligao City was selected to pilot the project for its active observance and support of the local government to PWD programs and activities. Mayor Alsua highlighted Ligao’s dedication by saying that their city is visited by academics as they have established the benchmark for PWD programs.

“Ligao City is a place full of positivity nad a city where good things happen. We will commit ourselves to the success of this project. We are ready to take on this challenge.” said Mayor Alsua.

According to DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel B. Garcia, presence of disability is inevitable; but, nonetheless, they must adjust their sails in order to succeed and reach their destination.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay)

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

PNoy to inaugurate Sabang, Calabanga Fishport and Cold Storage Facility

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur, May 5 (PIA) --- President Benigno Aquino III will inaugurate today the Sabang Fishport  and Cold Storage Facility located at Barangay Sabang, here.

The Sabang Fishport Development Project under the supervision of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) covers the construction of a fish port in a reclaimed back-up area with a terminal shed, including public comfort rooms within the vicinity.

The project is worth P50 million endeavors to develop a new fish port facility that will accommodate the fishermen’s catch coming from the eight (8) coastal towns along the shorelines of San Miguel Bay.  This is expected to enhance economic activity within the fishing village and alleviate poverty in the neighboring towns.

It is expected to benefit not just the local fisher folks but also the fish brokers or forwarders, construction suppliers and the local populace.

The President is also going to inaugurate and unveil the marker of the cold storage facility also located just a few meters away from the Sabang, Calabanga Fisport area.

The construction of the facility was supervised by the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) to address the numerous hitches affecting the fishermen especially concerning handling and distribution of fish and fishery products. This is also meant to preserve the catch and at the same time retain their quality until after its disposal.

The project aims to sustain the growth momentum of the local fishing industry and translate this growth into investments and jobs.

The Sabang Fish port accommodates 1,271 units of fishing bancas, a mixture of commercial fishing vessels, and both motorized and non-motorized bancas unloading more or less 13.61 metric tons a day.

There are 13 hectares of freshwater fishpond in Calabanga producing about 0.08 metric tons a day. Of the said produce, about 99 per cent  comes from the marine fisheries and only one percent from the aqua culture facilities.

The two projects are expected to uplift the lives of the residents and spill the growth in its neighboring barangays and municipality.

After the Calabanga visit, President Aquino will be in Naga City for the meeting of local leaders.   (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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P-Noy to Albayanos: “Thank you. I could not have done it alone” in pursuit of positive, considerable growth

By Julius B. Embile

LIGAO CITY, May 5 (PIA) -- With only fifty-six days before the end of his Presidency, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III has conveyed his gratitude to the people of the province of Albay during his visit here and in Legazpi City today.

On a gathering at at the City Pavillion here, he was but thankful to all the Bicolanos’ support of his administration during its stay, with cooperation resulting to positive and considerable growth.

The growth Aquino is pertaining to are the infrastructure improvements in the province due to the increased budget to Php 21.8 billion from 2011 to 2016 for infrastructure projects, in comparison to Php 4.3 billion last 2010.

Reinforced by the testimonies of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients, President Aquino took pride of the program’s effectiveness which now supports 77,536 beneficiaries in Bicol.

The President also mentioned the lowered unemployment rate and increased heath care coverage in Albay, in reference to the rise of PhilHealth membership to 1.8 million. With this, he said that we (the Filipinos) have already started moving forward and we should continue on.

Before going to this city, Aquino attended the inauguration of two development projects in Legazpi City: the widened Yawa Bridge, and the Tibo Pumping Station.

He stressed that these are two very important projects, specially the pumping station which lessens threat of flooding in Legazpi City.

“I could not have done it alone” said the President during his speech in this city as he showed appreciation of the support from the Albayanos. Aquino even asked if he could keep the “P-Noy, Salamat” sign held by the crowd as a souvenir.

President Aquino took his time with his speech, then said: “I’m sorry if I’m taking too long, but it’s like I’m saying good-bye”.

The visit in Bicol is perhaps Aquino’s last visit as the current president of the Republic of the Philippines, with the national elections only three days away. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pres. Aquino to inaugurate Yawa Bridge expansion, Urban Drainage System projects in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY, May 4 (PIA) -- With less than two months to go before the close of his term, President Benigno S. Aquino III has continued to showcase what citizens across the nation have gained in the last five years of his administration.

This time, President Aquino is slated to visit Legazpi City tomorrow to inaugurate the newly-completed improvement and expansion project for Yawa Bridge connecting the Maharlika Highway in barangays Bonot and Rawis and the Tibu Pumping Station in barangay San Roque as part of the Urban Drainage Improvement Project.

Department  of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol regional director Reynaldo Tagudando said the improvement and expansion of the former  two-lane Yawa Bridge to now four-lane bridge, with total project contract amount of P83.599 million, has now been completed.

 “The project has a project allocation of P90 million yet completed with the contract amount of P83.599 million, including the widening of 140 linear metter bridge to more than 2 lanes, 720 linear meter 4-lane PCCP including bridge approach and roads, drainage structure and 313 linear meter slope protection works,” Tagudando said.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal has earlier said the expansion of the Yawa Bridge will facilitate easy means of transporting agricultural products and other basic services and make transportation convenient for the riding public.

“The improvement of the structure of this bridge will serve as an open gate to facilitate the transport of goods and services across the region,”Rosal said.

The bridge and connecting road network caters to motorists along DM junction of Legazpi City - Sto. Domingo – Tabaco - Camarines Sur boundary and is within the territorial bounds of barangay Rawis where the national government’s regional offices are located.

“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.” he added.

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 further expressing his gratitude to the President for giving importance to the provinces.

 “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… thanks to President Aquino for giving importance to cities in provinces. Let us be united to continue the good programs in this city,” Rosal noted.

Tagudando meanwhile said the Legazpi City Urban Drainage Improvement Project on the other hand was conceptualized to solve the perennial flooding in the commercial district and nearby residential areas in and around the city.

Rosal for his part stated, “The construction/improvement of dikes and jetty structures, seawall, widening of river channel and pumping stations in strategic location will reduce flooding in the city center and residential areas thereby reducing health risks and boosts economic activities."

He added that the construction and completion of this project will be beneficial not only to the city but also the adjacent municipalities in the province of Albay, particularly flood prone areas.

"The improvement of the drainage system is expected to further boost the city’s economy as job opportunities will be translated for its constituents," he noted.

Part of the said project is the construction of Tibu Pumping Station to keep sea water in barangays San Roque and Bonot to keep sea water from encroaching inland and discharge run-off storm waters directly to the sea.

Tagudando said the construction of the pumping station started in June 2013 and completed on December 2015 with a fund allocation of P335 million.

“The project comprises of construction of the pumping station, power house, flood gates, discharge channel, RC retaining wall, perimeter fence, bridge and approaches, main gate and land development with the electro-mechanical works,” he said.

DPWH Bicol study cited that the flooding in the city is due to three reasons, namely, (1) the overflow of runoffs from rivers due to heavy downpour from the upper reaches of their catchment areas which comes from the neighboring town of Daraga, (2) localized flooding due to urban storm runoff and (3) the increase in water elevation of the drainage channels due to saline water intrusion during high tide.

Rosal said that this anti-flood control project materialized after the city suffered the unforgettable destruction brought by the aftermath of super typhoon “Reming” in 2006 that resulted in the huge number of casualties and destroyed the agricultural sector in this locality. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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