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Friday, September 30, 2016

DA Sec cites agri, fishery agenda for the country

By Julius B. Embile

POLANGUI, ALBAY Sept. 30 (PIA) – To address the recent agricultural decline this year, Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol has bared the administration’s plans in resolving the drop of the agriculture industry.

During the opening National Rice Technology Forum 2016 held in Polangui Albay last September 27, the secretary conveyed in a message relayed by Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) acting executive director Sailila Abdula that the department’s concern on the reduction of the country’s agricultural performance by 4.4 percent between January and March of this year.

Citing the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), secretary Piñol said that this is already the agricultural sector’s fourth consecutive quarterly decline since the second quarter of 2016. He further stated that this has raised the administration’s concern, considering that the agriculture is one of the keys in realizing the Philippines’ economic goals.

“What are we doing to arrest this decline? We, and President Duterte, came up with a simple solution. Agriculture and fisheries must go back to the basics, which are to produce food and address poverty,” the statement cited.

Specifically, according to the secretary, the DA would be focusing its efforts on food sustainability by improved production of staple food commodities, and generate jobs and foreign earnings by developed high value crops production.

This plan, as per the secretary, will be implemented in accordance to the DA’s 10-point agricultural agenda, which includes agricultural and fisheries mapping and food consumption quantification study, a massive institutional restructuring of the DA, intensive technology updating and agricultural credit review for lower interest rates.

The goal of the 10-point agenda is to forge a more forceful, comprehensive, efficient and transparent management and delivery of services to farmers, specially the poor smallholders.

To address food sufficiency, DA looks to initiate a comprehensive technological upgrade for staple food farming, like that of rice and corn.

By the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to free the farmers of irrigation fees, the department is now thoroughly study of the country’s water management, irrigation and soil analysis. DA, as well, reviewing the adoption of solar irrigation technologies, in order to sustain water systems and preserve watersheds.

The DA also  envisions a more productive land-use policy, due to the declared two-year moratorium on land conversion. He added that agricultural losses is also expected to be minimized through effective soil rehabilitation and fertilizer programs, coupled with modern post-harvest facilities.

To improve on high value crop production, like that of coconut and livestock farming, the DA promises to give focus on the elimination of pestilence that has caused considerable agricultural damage.

Regarding the directive of President Duterte concerning the Coco Levy Fund distribution, Piñol expressed the DA’s full support on the president’s decision as the funding is to be utilized in extending assistance to coconut farmers by giving scholarships to their children, elimination of coconut pests, and replacement of old coconut trees.

The department also aims to promote urban farming in cities, in order to provide sustained vegetable production, through modern green house technology.

DA also plans to cleanse itself internally and ensure that there is no corruption within their ranks, in accordance to the orders of the president. In close cooperation with the Bureau of Customs and other line agencies, the department is also eyes putting an end to illegal trade and smuggling of agricultural products. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

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Bicol Medical Center, LGUs to ink agreement over adolescent care

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA)—The 2012 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey reveals that one in 3 Filipino youth aged 15 to 24 has engaged in premarital sex. Meanwhile, more boys engage in sex before marriage (37%) than girls (29%).

This suggests that more and more adolescents are in need of quality friendly facilities that will encourage them to open up sensitive concerns related to teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, anxiety/depression among others.

Joannah B. Ramores, Center for Research Training and Development Naga College Foundation (CRTD-NCF) director, underscored the role of LGUs in helping the adolescent or the teenagers,    saying it was “considerably vital” in encouraging the youth to look after their welfare and seek medical attention concerning the various health dilemmas that confront them.

NCF was commissioned by Bicol Medical Center to help it in implementing the project “Design Implementation of the BMC Adolescent Youth Reproductive Health (AYRH) Wellness Center. As part of its task, NCF drafted agreements that would encourage the chief executives of LGUs in the province and the heads of various government agencies to formalize their commitment to help the adolescent or the teenagers in prioritizing their health concerns that have been neglected for so long or were left unattended for fear of rejection or uncalled judgment.

 “We recognize that it would entail a holistic approach to address adolescent issues and engaging various stakeholders that’s why we really need the help and assistance that an LGU can extend to effectively respond to the needs of the adolescents,” Ramores added.

Aside from the LGU partnership, Ramores expressed belief that the health professionals should also have enough understanding of the adolescent issues for them to better respond to it.

Just recently, the BMC along with the Naga College Foundation (NCF) organized  a two-day training on “adolescent friendly services” held at Villa Caceres Hotel here to increase capacity of health personnel in providing services to adolescent youth in Bicol.

Held last Sept. 13 to 14 and taken part by around 30 health workers, was part of the project design and pilot implementation of Bicol Medical Center Adolescent Youth and Reproductive Wellness Center Project.

This was geared towards the founding of the BMC Teen Wellness Center that shall cater to adolescent health concern with special focus on teenage pregnancy in Bicol.

The discussions sought to equip the BMC personnel with a “deeper understanding” on the special needs and concern of adolescent and to identify appropriate approaches to effectively address these concerns.

This was also to familiarize the participants on the basic concepts of adolescent care and adolescent friendly services.

Aside from providing BMC health personnel with a quick guide on how to handle some adolescent health problems and risk behaviors, the training will eventually contribute to the improvement of health care delivery among adolescents in Bicol region.

Resource speakers were Dr. Rosa Nancho, SAMPI, Philippines Children Medical Center; Stanley Dy, dean, NCF College of Nursing; Ma. Concepcion Aslor, dean, NCF College of Midwifery; Imelda Dacanay of the Department of Health Region V and lawyer Girlie Prado.

The BMC Teen Wellness Center is said to be the first in the region under the full support of Medical Center chief  Dr. Ma. Estrella Litam and Dr. Mary Jane Uy. (EAD/LSMacatangay-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PHL remains with "very strong economic fundamental” -- BSP official

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) --- Speaking before the 2016 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) awardees  from various private institutions, government sectors, academe and other stakeholders, BSP Monetary Board member Juan D. De Zuniga, Jr. has assured the country is still enjoying a very strong economic fundamental.

Zuñiga, in response to a query of a reporter on the implication  of the current P48-$1 dollar exchange, said, "the BSP governor has made a statement that this is more due to external factors. We have analyzed this is more externally induced because the investors are positioning themselves to a possible upgrade in the interest rates in the US government."

He added that the Philippines still have a very strong economic fundamental, growth is still positive, inflation is within target and the international reserves being held by the Bangko Sentral is at a record high of about $85B.

“That is a record high in international reserves for the Bangko Sentral. We have a strong and stable banking system,” Zuñiga expounded.  

Zuniga, who was also invited as keynote speaker of the 2016 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for BSP Stakeholders in Bicol, clarified that the pronouncements of President Duterte were mainly directed towards his campaign against crime, corruption and drugs.

“That is the target of all his pronouncements and if there will be some foreign policy implications arising from these statements, this are also arising from the same issues. The foreign policy pronouncements are related to the same issues on his campaign against criminality and drugs.”

He also noted that in spite of the past pronouncements made by The President against EU and US, the president still enjoys huge political capital.

Zuñiga also lauded President Duterte for allowing BSP the independence it always enjoys.

“To the credit of the Presidents and all the presidents before him, they have all respected the independence and autonomy which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas enjoys under the constitution and under our charter. We have not lost our independence.

Before ending his speech, Zuñiga encouraged everyone to support the president’s policies to realize a more robust economy in the future.

“In the domestic sphere, the assumption of the new political administration invites us to give our all-out support and align our vision of writing a new and more prosperous chapter for the Philippines.”   (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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BSP honors outstanding stakeholders, partners in Bicol

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) ---  In recognition of their invaluable contribution in nation building and support of its advocacy programs, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) conferred accolades to their deserving institutional partners and stakeholders on Tuesday at the BSP Assembly Hall here.

Now on its 23rd year, BSP honored organizations and institutions that have provided exemplary support to the BSP’s statistical undertakings, especially in disseminating vital information regarding the BSP’s programs and advocacy in its 2016 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for their stakeholders in Bicol region.

With the theme “sustained partnership, sustained economic growth,” BSP took cognizant of the successful alliance that they have built with their partners through the years, highlighting their assistance in delivering the BSP’s primary mandate of promoting price stability and ensuring financial stability.

Ngo & Sons Trading and Industries, Inc. was this year’s Outstanding Respondent among Large and Medium Firms while Ramarplus Incorporated was recognized as the Outstanding Respondent among small firms for the Business Expectation Survey (BES) in Region V.

The award is given to respondents who have regularly submitted their responses to the quarterly BES on time.

This year’s Outstanding Partner for the report on regional economic developments award went to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Region V.  Also awarded as Outstanding Regional Partners in currency programs of BSP were the Diocese of Legazpi for coin recirculation and Albay Bankers Association and Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Demonetization of the New Design (NDS) series.

The award given to the outstanding regional partner in currency program of the BSP for the demonetization of the NDS reconizes stakeholder’s efforts in providing exemplary support in the promotion, coordination and implementation of the demonetization of the NDS banknotes of the BSP.  Recipients may come from partners coming from the private, public, non-government organizations, groups or individuals.

This year’s Outstanding regional partners for implementing BSP advocacy on the conduct of Public Information Campaigns was awarded to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) (Naga Branch).

DSWD and CBSUA were cited in terms of their responsiveness to requests, logistics support and invitation of participants to ensure the smooth conduct of PICs in their respective localities. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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DOLE on ENDO: 285 contract workers in Bicol are now regular employees

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) – The number of contract workers being absorbed as regular employees by their companies has been increasing since, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol.

DOLE Bicol officer in charge Atty. Ma Karina Perida-Trayvilla stated that more local firms in the region have voluntarily absorb their contract workers fourteen days after attending the End of Contractualization  (ENDO) Regional Consultation conducted by DOLE Bicol on September 1.

“Actually we were expecting this to happen. We know that our local firms would understand the context of ENDO and will positively react about it,” Trayvilla said.

She furthered that the increase in the number of local companies voluntarily absorbing their contract employees has at least doubled after DOLE Bicol publicly announced the first three companies which voluntarily absorbed employees right after said regional consultation.

Based on recent records, some 285 contract workers were absorbed as regular employees by 24 local firms or principals, referring  to the main business firm or establishment that hired the services of a manpower agency, from all over the region.

The absorbed contract workers were from shopping malls, restaurant, manufacturing, distribution, Electric Cooperative, sales and even from a national government agency.

“This is a very positive development at least the absorption of the workers were voluntary. We hope that other establishments would follow. As I always say, we are all Bicolanos and I am appealing to the principals as a Bicolano so that they would absorb workers voluntarily,” the DOLE chief said.

During the regional consultation, Trayvilla reiterated that it will be more beneficial to both the manpower agency and the principal to voluntarily absorb workers rather than wait for DOLE Bicol to rule a Labor-Only-Contracting (LOC) order as the office may even give some sort of a lee-way, in terms of the monetary benefits, which is better compared to issuing a Compliance Order.

“If we issue a compliance order then there the process would have to be followed. What the order says then it shall be upheld. So we really suggest that we do it the voluntary way,” she said.

Furthermore, some ten manpower agencies have set meeting with DOLE to clarify ENDO issues and concerns.

“Again we welcome this development. At least they (agencies) are the ones coming to us already. “  Trayvilla noted.

DOLE Bicol has publicly announced that at least 50% of the recorded contract workers must be absorbed by the principals before the end of 2016 in adherence to the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte and DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello, III.(MAL/SAA/DOLE5-PIA5/Albay)

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DTI urges Cam Sur entrepreneurs to venture on online business

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA)     ---  The imminent impact of digital prominence to the economy prompted the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bicol to launch in Camarines Sur  the “Grow Competitive with E-Commerce”  Seminar held September 26at the Starview Plaza Hotel, here.

The gathering of more than 100 entrepreneurs with ventures on processed food, wearables and homestyle, and tourism support sectors intends to encourage these entrepreneurs to widen their services and products by venturing on E-Commerce or E-marketing.

DTI Bicol regional director Jocelyn LB Blanco said that entrepreneurs especially in Camarines Sur have to compete globally as they have a lot of advantages since the province has a closer access to bigger markets and have academes to support the endeavor in technology-based business.

“In order for an economy to grow, we should go beyond what is normal. We should go out of the box. The technology-based business is a way to go, not only to existing businessmen, but for those interested or with potential, especially the millennials. The mindset should be such that, they are directed and anything is possible in these days and age,” Blanco explained.

To help facilitate and give the participants an overview on how to start an online business, DTI has invited Jannette Toral of Digital Filipino to discuss the E-Commerce Business Model and E-Marketing, as well as the E-Commerce Roadmap and Consumer Protection.

They have also invited platform players, such as OneStore.Ph, Air21Global, Pan Asia Exchange, and Travelbook.ph to make a presentation on how to go about the online business from finding a niche product that consumers have difficulty finding, to shipping the products to consumers.

On accepting online payments, they have invited Shopify, TackThis/Paymaya, and GCash to present their E-Payment Platforms. Participants were also given an actual hands-on of the service application and some of them have even already enrolled on the spot.

Also in support of this venture, , DTI announced the establishment of “Negosyo Centers” in strategic locations of the province to promote “ease of doing business and facilitate access to services” or simply bringing DTI closer to the people. In Camarines Sur, “Negosyo Centers” has been established in Naga, Pili, Tigaon, Sipocot, Iriga, Nabua, and more to open by next year.

Blanco hopes that the participants and small entrepreneurs will take on their challenge. She purposely graced the seminar to give the participants the encouragement because she believes that Naga and Camarines Sur will definitely shape as to where the region is going. (LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861475024865/dti-urges-cam-sur-entrepreneurs-to-venture-on-online-business#sthash.VYEQQUOT.dpuf

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Iriga City Police Station nakiisa sa kampanya para sa "One Million Lapis"

Ni Danilo Abad

LUNGSOD NG NAGA, Set. 27 (PIA) -- Suportado ng mga kapulisan ng Iriga City Police Station (ICPS) ang kampanya ng Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) na “One Million Lapis” project na bibigyan tulong ang mga underpriviledged students ng public elementary schools sa bansa.

Ayon kay ICPS chief of police PSupt. Alex S. Pederio ay naglagay sila ng drop box sa kanilang istasyon at kanyang hinimuk ang bawat mamamayan na tumulong at makilahok sa naturang proyekto.

Sinabi ni Pederio na hanggang Oktubre 31, 2016 ang kanilang pag kolekta ng lapis at ibibigay nila ito sa tanggapan ng CWC na siyang tumatanggap ng mga lapis na donasyon.

Layunin ng proyektong ito na makakolekta ng isang milyong lapis para makikinabang dito ang mahihirap na estudyante ng pampublikong elementarya na nasa 4th hanggang 6th class na munisipalidad. May mga mag-aaral kasi dahil sa kawalan ng pagkakataon na humabol ng klase at kailangan na may gamit na pansulat ay prayoridad na tutulungan ng CWC

Naglalayon din ang kampanya na makapasok sa Guinness World Record ngayon taon para sa mahabang linya ng lapis.

Noong nakaraang Abril ay inilunsad ang kampanyang ito at magiging bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng 2016 National Children’s Month sa darating na Nobyembre.

Ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na bahagi ng proyekto ay ang DILG, DSWD, DepEd,DOH, NEDA, PNP, National Nutrition Council at mga business establishments gaya ng SM Supermalls at National Bookstore.

Ang final counting at official declaration ng lapis ay sa Nobyembre 5, 2016 na kasabay din ng pagsimula ng mga aktibidad ng National Children’s Month Celebration sa bansa.

Samantala, ICPS ay patuloy sa kampanya kontra ilegal na droga. Bahagi ng programang Oplan Tokhang ay ginagawa ng kapuluisan ang house to house visitation at pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga konstitwentes ng barangay tungkol sa kampanya. Namimigay din ang mga tauhan ng ICPS ng flyers tungkol sa drug awareness. (DCA-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Feature: First Filipina Chess GM visits hometown of Legazpi

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) – Today, local officials and residents of this city welcome its new hometown hero and pride Janelle Mae Frayna, the first and only Filipina chess grandmaster.

Frayna, originally from Barangay 16- East Washington in Legazpi City, is also currently the youngest to have ever achieved the title at the age of 20.

On her arrival today on her home-city, Janelle was received by a homecoming reception headed by Legazpi City mayor Noel Rosal and members of the city’s local government, along with crowds of supporters and members of the press. The chess master’s visit, however, is only a one-day event as she is scheduled to fly back to Manila for a college examination.

“The city (Legazpi) is in great gratitude to Janelle, as she brought us big honor on a worldwide scale”, said Mayor Noel Rosal earlier today, during Frayna’s reception. On a brief ceremony, the city government of Legazpi awarded Janelle a certificate of recognition and a cash gift.

Maximizing the limited time available, Janelle is scheduled to attend a series of engagements today, arranged in her honor. Frayna is to attend a motorcade for her to be seen by her supporters, and a press conference later on for the local media.

Last September 11, Frayna made history when she defeated international chess master Daavademberel Nomin-Erdene during the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. On a gripping match-up, Frayna outplayed the Mongolian Erdene on the ninth round of the said championship, earning the Filipina the coveted grandmaster title.

"It is by hard work and perseverance, add up to the discipline, that I was able to achieve this feat. It didn't happen in an instant, but by ups and downs and plenty of sacrifices on my part and my family, especially my parents,' Said Frayna.

However, on a radio interview during Janelle’s homecoming parade, Jayson Gonzales, her coach for six years, revealed that it was not an easy journey for the young chess master. He said that Frayna also had to overcome her share of defeats before reaching the top.

Janelle showed great intelligence at a young age and became a consistent honor student through elementary and high school. In 2010, she formally began her track on higher level chess when she joined the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence, where she first met coach Jayson.

“There were many others who are immensely talented who came before her, but nobody was as hard working as her,” remarked Gonzales.

According to Gonzales, Janelle has had defeats from other chess when she first began. But fueled with determination, she underwent training for six to eight months until, in 2011, she became a chess junior champion at the age of 14.

“There are players who would tend to skip on their training, but she (Janelle) is not one of them. In FEU (Far Eastern University), the chess team would basically practice twice a week, but Janelle would go as far as six times a week,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales, himself being the 8th Filipino to have held the grandmaster title, further commended the young Bicolana, saying: “You are the first, you have made history, and others would now just be following you.”

Upon returning to Manila, Janelle and coach Jayson would begin their preparations for the upcoming Pacific Chess Tournament this December. Gonzales also said that Janelle would also attempt winning the World Championship title by 2018, an honor last achieved by a Filipino in 1983 (Eugene Torre).

With the achievement Janelle has brought home to Legazpi, Mayor Noel Rosal declared the city’s full support to the Frayna.

“She is an inspiration to us all, a real role model for the young generation,” he stated.

The soonest time, according to Gonzales, "We will request arrangement to have a courtesy call with President Rodrigo Duterte to present to him the achievement of a young Filipina bringing honor to the country in the field of sports."  (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301474868919/feature-first-filipina-chess-gm-visits-hometown-of-legazpi#sthash.M0dZuYen.dpuf

Monday, September 26, 2016

Local governments, agencies join hands to ease water shortage in Sto. Domingo

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) – In the wake of the local government’s declaration of state of calamity, officials and residents of Sto Domingo, Albay are calling for assistance to ease shortage of domestic and potable water supply in this municipality.

Mayor Herbie Aguas of this town has requested the provincial government of Albay and other government agencies for assistance to provide potable water to the affected individuals/families.

Echo Caceres, a resident of barangay Bical, said the wells they used as water source have indeed dried up.

"Please help the people and families there. When I got home we really have to look for other sources. The source has dried up,” she said.

Emma Ballesteros, a balikbayan from Japan, who had her vacation at barangay Fidel Surtida affirmed difficulty in water supply.

Lhen Vecilos, another resident, also said, “The wells that were once abundant with water have dried up.”

The provincial government of Albay in response has mobilized its Water and Sanitation Team (WATSAN) to deploy and assist in providing potable water supply to affected areas. Albay’s WATSAN has mobile water filtration units and 12,000 liter capacity water lorry used during humanitarian missions to calamity stricken areas across the country.

Likewise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is closely working with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) for the logistics and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for the distribution of safe potable drinking water to the affected population.

DSWD will be providing packs of bottled water as augmentation support to the LGU in its efforts to ease the impact of the water shortage on affected citizens.

“Water, especially potable water is a basic necessity — it’s a human right. We cannot afford any delays in the delivery of the support and services we provide to the people affected.  There have been reports that a water shortage also took place in the previous years, so this seems to be a recurring problem in Albay. We now recognize that this problem requires a more concrete and long term solution. We at the DSWD want to contribute to finding and implementing a solution,” DSWD Secretary Judy M.Taguiwalo said.

Efforts to assist the Albayanos affected by drought was also made in coordination with current Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay first congressional district and Tabaco Mayor Kristel Lagman-Luistro.

Aside from the preparations for the water shortage, the department is currently stepping up its preparations in the province as Mayon Volcano, located in the heart of the province, continues to emit smoke. Although no volcanic earthquake is reported, the situation is still considered to be abnormal.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) continues to monitor developments. Mayon Volcano has been declared under Alert Level 1, prohibiting the entry of residents in the six-kilometer danger zone

As of now, DSWD Bicol has reported 23,140 individuals in 14 barangays affected by the water shortage.  The barangays affected are Sta. Meisirecordia, Fidel Surtida, Bagong San Roque, San Andres, San Roque, Nagsiya, San Raphael, San Pedro, Calayucay, Salvacion, Buhatan, Alimsog, Sto. Domingo, and San Vicente.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5-PIA5/Albay)

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DA Bicol taps Albay teachers in stepping up rabies info drive

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) – More than 50 elementary teachers representing different municipalities in Albay with confirmed cases of animal and human rabies since 2010 were tapped by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol to spread rabies awareness among parents and young students.

The Rabies Awareness Symposium for Teachers in Albay was recently conducted by the DA together with the provincial government of Albay at Ysabelle’s Restaurant, Legazpi City with the theme “Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate”.

Dr. Rona Bernales, chief of the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) of DA Bicol, said that although rabies education was integrated in the school curriculum in Bicol which is also a first in the whole country, there are still rabies cases with a number of victims among children.

Dr. Maria Glofezita Lagayan, Veterinarian of the DA-Bureau of Animal Industry, said that this activity is crucial in spreading awareness since the teachers have a strong influence on their students and thus, use these students in educating their parents.

Lagayan said that rabies can be transmitted through saliva, tears and sweat.

In 2015, there were 26 animal rabies cases and 24 human cases in Bicol. This year, 12 animal rabies cases were recorded as of September 9.

She added that “every ten minutes, there are human deaths caused by rabies especially children in developing countries worldwide.”

Albay Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Florencio Adonay cited that in Albay, more than 86,000 dogs were vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccines in over 700 barangays. But in 2015, five rabies cases were recorded along with two cases this year.

He noted that rabies is 100% preventable if only dog owners are aware and the rabies prevention programs of the government are strictly implemented.

Marlou Guiriba of Camalig North Central School, one of the teacher-participants in the said symposium, admitted that it was only through the internet that she learned some information on rabies.

She furthered that in their school, there are more cats than dogs roaming around. One of her students in Grade 4 class was even bitten by a cat last August and was rushed to the animal bite center of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital.

Tagaytay Elementary School Head Aquilles V. Chavez of Malinao, also one of the participants, said that in 2012 they had Rabies Information Drive especially on Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007. However, there are still stray dogs roaming around the community especially in his school further citing the barangay officials for not being strict in the implementation of the law and for lack of awareness.

Among the topics discussed during the symposium are Animal and Human Rabies Situations; Information on Rabies, Virus, Clinical Signs and Symptoms; How to avoid dog bites and proper wound bite management; Education in Schools, Five Freedoms of Animals/Responsible Pet Ownership; and Frequently Asked Questions on Rabies.  (MAL/SAA/DA5-PIA5/Albay)

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World Rabies Day ipinagdiriwang sa Naga City upang maiwasan, makontrol ang paglaganap ng sakit

By Danilo Abad

LUNGSOD NG NAGA, Setyembre 26 (PIA) -- Nanguna ang Naga City Veterinary Office (NCVO) sa pagdiriwang ng World Rabies Day noong Biyernes Setyembre 23, 2016 na tinampukan ng libreng pagbabakuna sa mga alagang aso at pusa na libre para maiwasan ang rabies.

Ayon kay Dr. Junius Elad, hepe ng NCVO, maliban sa libreng pagbabakuna ay mayroon din isinagawang pagkapon ng mga lalaking aso at pusa, gayon din may libreng pamurgang gamot na ibinigay sa mga alagang hayop.

Nagsagawa rin poster making contest at "rabies quiz bee" upang mapataas ang antas ng kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral na nakasentro sa temang "Educate, Vaccinate at Eliminate".

Sinabi ni Elad na magkakaroon din ng film showing sa SM City dito sa susunod na linggo mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes upang ipakita at ipaalam sa mga mamamayan ang epekto ng rabies sa tao. Isang sinehan ng SM ang nakatalaga sa mga mag-aaral upang manonood simula ika-9 ng umaga hanggang ika-12 ng hapon sa tatlong grupo na may kabuuang 470 mag-aaral sa bawat grupo.

Dagdag pa ni Elad, na ginagawa ito upang maintindihan ng mga mag-aral kung ano ang rabies, paano maiwasan ang kagat ng aso, at kung papaano ang responsableng pag-aalaga ng aso. Sa pamamaraan ng ganitong aktibidad ay malaking tulong ito na mailigtas sila sa kagat ng aso at pusa balang araw, dagdag pa ni Elad.

Ipinagmamalaki din ng NCVO na tumanggap sila ng pagkilala bilang Best Implementor ng programa mula sa Australian Government. Nakasama ang LGU-Naga City at halos isang daan na munisipyo sa buong bansa ang napili sa pagkilala.

Umabot na din sa 11,000 na mga aso at pusa ang nabakunahan ng anti-rabies taun-taon ng NCVO.

Nakiisa din ang mga ahensiya sa selibrasyon ng World Rabies Day sa lungsod sa pamagitan ng Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) sa ilalim ng Dept. of Agriculture, DepEd, DILG, DOH pati na rin ang Australian Aid at iba pang pribadong grupo. (MAL/DCA--PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/851474857341/world-rabies-day-ipinagdiriwang-sa-naga-city-upang-maiwasan-makontrol-ang-paglaganap-ng-sakit#sthash.9YLcJoFm.dpuf

Friday, September 23, 2016

Project NOAH chief cites vital role of hazard mapping in averting disasters

By Sally A. Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) – Technology and education can be used to avert disasters, said multi-awarded Filipino scientist and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) official during his visit here this week.

Mahar Lagmay, geologist and executive director of Project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards under the DOST, is the resource speaker for the first day of the Quality Assurance and Finalization of Learning Materials on Climate Change Adaptation (CCC) and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR).

DOST-Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay talks about the integration of Project NOAH and probabilistic hazard mapping in the K to 12 education curriculum through CCA  and DRVR learning materials during the first day of the Quality Assurance and Finalization of Learning Materials.

The event is hosted by the Local Climate Change and Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) in partnership with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Department of Education (DepEd) in this city on September 19 -21, 2016.

 LCCAD executive director Manuel Rangasa said the crafting and mainstreaming of CCA-DRVR learning materials in K to 12 Philippine education curriculums is one of the targets of the current administration.

In the press conference held after his discussion, Lagmay cited the important aspects of effective disaster prevention and mitigation noting the responsibility of the government in giving warning, the response of the people, and the use of appropriate hazard maps.

"It is the responsibility of the government to deliver accurate, readily accessible, understandable and timely warnings. However, no amount of warning will work or will be effective if hazard maps are inappropriate,” he said.

Hazard mapping and risk assessment

 Lagmay presented the deterministic and probabilisitic types of hazard maps used by the government in depicting hazard scenarios and executing DRR plans. Deterministic type is based mainly on history and the people’s experience which might make it inaccurate in predicting disasters. Probabilistic type on the other hand relies mainly on scientific evidence in assessing risk by simulating future multiple scenarios of disasters such as flood, storm surges and landslides.

 “While historical losses can explain the past, they do not necessarily provide a good guide to the future; most disasters that could happen have not happened yet. Probabilistic risk assessment simulates those future disasters which, based on scientific evidence, are likely to occur. As a result these risk assessments resolve the problem posed by the limits of historical data,” he explained.

Lagmay cited the thousands of lives killed and ruined due to use of inaccurate maps such as during the onslaught of typhoon Pablo in Compostella Valley in 2012 and supertyhoon Yolanda where evacuation centers were constructed in disaster prone areas killing people right at the evacuation centers where they supposedly seek refuge.

Super typhoon Yolanda destruction in Tacloban City (Photo from inquirer.net)

“In Compostella Valley, 566 people heeded warnings by seeking refuge in an evacuation center but it became their grave when debris flow overwhelmed the site,” he said.

“Another example is the Yolanda disaster where 70% of evacuation centers in Tacloban were inundated by storm surges, which only tells us that the storm surge hazard maps were erroneous if they were used in the city’s disaster mitigation plan,” Lagmay furthered.

 Lagmay said deterministic type was used in those times.

Moreover, it was in 2012 when the government invested on hazard maps using frontier science and advanced technology to map out the Philippine landscape at very high resolution.

With this map, he noted, safe and hazard prone areas can be accurately identified to build a well-planned and resilient community against disasters.

Hazard maps available for public use

 Lagmay said DOST-Project NOAH has completed the detailed hazard maps for landslides and storm surges. Flood hazard maps, however, are still incomplete because they are more difficult to generate.

 “All maps are available in the DOST-Project NOAH website at http://noah.dost.gov.ph and in an award-winning mobile app called Arko. The NOAH maps are distributed to empower local government units (LGUs) and individuals,” he said.

Hazard map for the province of Albay has been completed.

Lagmay noted that by knowing the hazards in their neighborhood, people are made aware of the dangers in their community – the first step in effective disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Moreover this entails long term education and rooting of culture of safety and preparedness in communities along with the standardization of national CCA-DRR program.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211474599087/project-noah-chief-cites-vital-role-of-hazard-mapping-in-averting-disasters#sthash.mfF2p3P9.dpuf

CamSur spearheads coastal clean-up celebration in Bula and Calabanga coastlines

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

PILI, Camarines Sur, Sept. 23 (PIA) ---  In unison with the entire conservationists and environmentalists in the country, the provincial government of Camarines Sur recently launched a simultaneous coastal, lake and rivers clean up in the 220 barangays in Camarines Sur Wednesday, September 21.

Governor Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte said the initiative intended to ensure a healthy aqua and marine sanctuary to all water organisms and save the ocean from being polluted and keeping it away from its eventual death. Every year, tons and tons of garbage, mostly plastic wastes are being thrown in different bodies of water by uncaring individuals.

In full support of the clean-up are officers of barangay councils, together with its residents and other organizations.

One of the highlights of the activity was the throwing of bokashi balls at Barangay Ombao, Polpog by its residents and students of Omabo Polpog Elementary and High Schools.

Bokashi balls used effective microorganisms to cleanse the river. It neutralizes harmful substances in the rivers and can contribute to restore the state of environment in the said body of water.

On the same day, the team also launched the Nipa Bio-ethanol Project in Calabanga. Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and DENR graced the said occasion.

PhilRICE demonstrated the technology in extracting and distilling the nipa sap into bio-ethanol which is an alternative fuel source. This project will make Camarines Sur one of the pioneers in the wide-scale utilization of nipa for clean and renewable energy.

The simultaneous clean-up was spearheaded by the provincial Environment, Disaster Management and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO) headed by, Lucena Bermeo.

Team EDMERO was joined by volunteers from the Provincial Governors Office (PGO) EL VERDE Youth and Environmental Advocacy Officer Emman Cleodoro.

Cleanups are being institutionalized along these communities especially in Bicol River, aiding in the rehabilitation and conservation of the natural resources of the province.  (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

 - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861474613364/camsur-spearheads-coastal-clean-up-celebration-in-bula-and-calabanga-coastlines#sthash.Ed6k4hTI.dpuf

Apat katao na sangkot sa droga, patay; iba pa nahuli sa Lungsod ng Naga

Ni Danilo Abad

LUNGSOD NG NAGA, Set. 23 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang ginagawang imbestigasyon ng mga awtoridad ng lungsod na ito kaugnay ng pagkapatay ng apat na drug personalities kagabi sa sityo Matiway, barangay San Felipe dito.

Ayon kay Naga City Police Office (NCPO) spokesperson SPO2 Tobias Bongon, sa kasalukuyan binubuo pa ang kompletong investigation report ng PNP ukol sa mga napatay na drug pushers/ users na nanlaban sa ginawang buy bust operation sa naturang lugar.

Ang mga suspek ay kinilala sina Gualberto Manlagñit Jr., 46 years old ng sityo Matiway; Michael Imperial y Bufete ng Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Celso Rosanes Jr., ng Doña Clara Subdivision dito at ang isa ay nakilala lamang sa pangalan na Esperida.

Nabawi sa mga suspek ang mga baril, mga plastik sachet na may laman na pinaghihinalaang ilegal na drogang shabu, buy bust money at iba pang drug paraphernalia, ayon sa NCPO.

Samantala, sa karatig na barangay nagkaroon din ng operasyon ang mga awtoridad noong Lunes Setyembre 21, 2016 bandang alas 8:40 din ng gabi sa sityo Sagrada Familia ng barangay Peñafrancia, Naga City.

Isang suspek ang nadakip na kinilalang si Jimmy Sultan y Gavino ng naturang lugar. Nabawi ang halagang P2,500 na buy bust money at 6 na pirasong plastik na pinaghihinalaang shabu.

Ang operasyon ay isinagawa ng NCPO-Police Station 3 na siyang may sakop sa lugar.

Nadakip din ang isa pang nasa Drug Watchlist na si Alfredo Valencia Jr. y Esmarin noong September 22 alas 9:30 ng gabi sa barangay Triangulo dito.

Nagkaroon ng drug operation ang Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at NCPO-Police Station 2 sa lugar.

Ang mga Anti-Drug Operation o kaya Buy Bust Operation na isinagawa ay bahagi ng Project Double Barrel ng Philippine Nationbal Police (PNP) at Oplan Big Berta ng CIDG na kampanya Laban sa Ilegal na Droga at Drug Traffickers. (DCA-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/851474600976/apat-katao-na-sangkot-sa-droga-patay-iba-pa-nahuli-sa-lungsod-ng-naga#sthash.hD1MbGsX.dpuf

Libreng sakay para sa mga mag-aaral ng Barcelona , ikinagalak ng mga mag-aaral at magulang

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Set.  23 (PIA) - Pinasalatan ng mga mag-aaral sa sekondaryal at kolehiyo ang pagbibigay ng libreng sakay sa kanila sa bayan ng Barcelona, Sorsogon hatid ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Ani ng mga magulang, malaki ang pakinabang ng mga mag-aaral ang inisyatibong inumpishan ni Alkalde Manuel Fortes Jr. at ang matitipid ng kanilang mga anak ay maari pang maidagdag sa iba pang mga proyekto ng mga ito.

Pinasalamatan naman ng mga mag-aaral maging ng mga magulang ang estratehiyang ginawa ng lokal na pamahalaan kung saan P50 rin ang natitipid ng mga bata sa maghapon pagpasok sa Gubat State College at karatig na paaralan.

Ayon sa alkalde naglaan siya ng 2 pampasaherong dyip  para magsakay at maghatid ng mga estudyante patungo sa kanilang pinapasukang paaralan kasama na rito pati na rin ang paghatid sa kanila hanggang sa uwian.

Panawagan naman ng mga magulang sa opisyal na sana’y regular nang gawin ito ng sa gayon ay maging kagaanan na sa kanila ang matitipid ng mga anak sa tuwing papasok sa paaralan.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal na pinag-iisipan na rin niyang palawakin pa ito sa susunod na mga buwan sa iba pang barangay upang mapagsilbihan din ang mga kababayang hikahos subalit disididong makapagtapos ng pag-aaral. (MAL/FBT-PIA5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2581474601133/libreng-sakay-para-sa-mga-mag-aaral-ng-barcelona-ikinagalak-ng-mga-mag-aaral-at-magulang#sthash.0ZB9v0dz.dpuf

Kapihan sa PIA in Camarines Norte promotes cultural identities, good values

By Rosalita B. Manlangit

DAET, Camarines Norte, Sept. 23 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency and the National Culture and the Arts (NCCA) highlighted discussions on cultural identities and good values during the Kapihan sa PIA of the Camarines Norte Information Center at Paseo de Bienvenidas here recently.

Tito G. Valiente, head of film journalism of the Executive Committee on Cinema, NCCA said that very seldom in a city or town discusses culture because it is something that is not soft; capitalism, politics and religion are cultures.

“Culture is a way of claiming, as anthropologist, I don’t believe that there is one distinct culture, I believed that when you identify yourself different from other people there is a distinct culture in you”, he said.

He said that there is very significant development in regional cinema wherein we will be having a National Cinema Rehiyon in Naga which we will be held on November or December, a gathering of independent film makers.

He said that “Labunturan” in Compostela Valley, a small town has already conducted international film festival where the jury came from Germany, France and other countries.

“We are respecting regional identities like tausug, kinarayan, dinukot, binalot because we celebrate diversities, we believe that national culture is a lie as politico insist”, he said.

He said that there is also politics in cultural events but the importance is that the identity is there, he said.

“Habo ko na ang bida magayon, dae yan realidad, our cinema or the mainstream cinema is a big lies”, Valiente said.

He said that the Ateneo de Naga University has put up an Institute Bicol History and Culture which he headed now, and the latest project is the autography or the use of K or C in the word Bikol or Bicol.

PIA Regional Director Aida A. Naz on the other hand said that we study culture appreciation as self-satisfaction but to me this is the soul in the hierarchy of needs.

She said that we should be open-minded, not ashamed of whom we are because culture is our soul.

She said that once upon a time she suggested to the Department of Education (DepEd) to have a contest of different kinds of pantomina.

 “I’am happy that Peninsular News and Bicol Post in Camarines Norte are still existing and I suggested reviving the City News Week, also an old local newspaper in Camarines Sur because we should also preserve culture in journalism”, she said.

She also announced that the NCCA is encouraging the local government units and media to submit project proposals related to integrated area-based culture development projects, institutionalization of culture-focused program in LGU, culture and environmental management, culture and arts summit, community arts festival, production of new creative works and cultural studies, capability enhancement, cultural research and publications, massive cultural promotions and Indigenous People Youth Training on heritage management.

Abel C. Icatlo, museum curator of the provincial government said that culture should be developed at the grassroots, it has to grow not a top down but a bottom up process and people themselves should feel, understand and learn.

“Totoo hindi kami gumagawa ng gusali pero ang pinapanday namin ang pundasyon ng tao ang kanilang pagmamahal sa kultura hindi lang sa turismo sapagkat malaki ito tulad ng bikolnon, tagbanua, ilonggo”, he said.
Culture is the foundation or bedrock of economic development, we believe that culture should play a huge part because socio economic development efforts will not prosper unless it is grounded with the good values strengthened in the society, he said

He said that economists in International Monetary Fund and World Bank suggested that development should not only factor Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but should also factor in the Human Development Index (HDI) which is the culture and education.

He also mentioned that the NCCA has conducted a write shop or workshop on culture and the arts project proposal in partnership with the provincial government and local government unit of Daet. (RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/871474596929/kapihan-sa-pia-in-camarines-norte-promotes-cultural-identities-good-values#sthash.dIthLc7F.dpuf

Mahigit P63 milyon pondo para sa mga programa at pagpaplano sa kalamidad, inilaaan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Camarines Norte

Ni Reyjun Villamonte

DAET, Camarines Norte, Set. 23 (PIA) -- Naglaan ng P63.5 milyon pondo ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Camarines Norte para sa taong 2017 na gagamitin sa disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery and response plan and program.

Ito ay matapos maaprubahan kamakailan ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) ng lalawigan ang naturang panukalang budget.

Ayon kay PDRRM Officer Antonio E. España ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, ang Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM) Fund ay nagmula sa limang porsiyento ng total estimated income ng provincial government sa taong 2017.

Aniya, ito ay nakasaad sa Republic Act 10121 kung saan 30 porsiyento o higit pa sa P18.9 milyon ay nakalaaan sa Quick Response Fund habang ang 70 porsiyento o higit pa sa P44.5 milyon ay para naman sa preparedness.

Dagdag pa ni España, 70 porsiyento ng budget ay binubuo ng mitigation, preparedness, disaster response, recovery at rehabilitation.

Sinabi pa niya na ang mitigation ay structural na kapapalooban ng kabuuan at ang konstruksiyon ng evacuation centers, pagpapatayo ng potable water system at konstruksyon ng slope protection.

Ganundin ang konstruksyon ng mga road opening habang ang non-structural ay kasama sa coastal resources management project at sustainable upland management strategy sa pamamagitan ng integrated social forestry, forest protection ng Abasig-Matogdon-Mananap Natural Biotic Area, at provincial mangrove aqua silviculture at reforestation project.

Ayon pa kay España, habang sa preparedness ito ay tinatawag na mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Management/Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA) at iba pang development plan at decision making process, map digitization ng critical elements para sa hazards at vulnerability assessment kasama ang geo-tagging, stockpiling at pre-positioning ng resources, information dissemination at public awareness, training orientation sa knowledge management ng DRRM/CCA.

Ang disaster response ay ang maintenance at operation ng PDRRM operation center at training institute habang ang recovery and rehabilitation ay ang pagkakaroon ng Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), emergency repair of critical public infrastructure and provision of humanitarian assistance ayon pa rin kay España. (MAL/RBM/ROV/PIA-Camarines Norte)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/881474594414/mahigit-p63-milyon-pondo-para-sa-mga-programa-at-pagpaplano-sa-kalamidad-inilaaan-ng-pamahalaang-panlalawigan-ng-camarines-norte#sthash.1oTX9dnZ.dpuf

PRRD declares full backing to the Armed Forces

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) --- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed his full backing to the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in his quest to achieve full victory over the administration’s fight against terrorism and drugs.

He made this clear during his recent visit at the 9th Infantry Division at Camp Elias Angeles, San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur, Wednesday, September 21.

In his brief but clear message to the Spear Troopers, the President said that terrorism will come - the reason why there is a need for the government to prepare and learn to adjust, not just their strategies but also their armaments.

“Learn to deal now, make the most of this time, come up with the doctrines and everything, how to deal with terrorism. Terrorism will come, learn to adjust, kaya sabi ko bibigyan ko kayo ng sidearms. Pati itong GLOC 30 bibigyan ko kayo lahat. Am starting to purchase as many as the manufacturers can produce,” Duterte added.

The President also elicited laughter from his audience when he shared that he likes GLOC 30 since it sounded like “GLOC- terte,” referring to the phenomenal DU30 moniker or catchphrase that he used during the elections.

GLOC 30 is a sophisticated weapon said to have been developed for an elite law enforcement unit.

 Aside from sophisticated weapons, President Duterte also assured the soldiers that he will give the Armed Forces all the equipment that they need to give them a higher chance of survival and greater edge over the terrorists.

PRRD also said that he already ordered the conversion of the presidential plane to an air ambulance and will turn it over to the medical corps to serve as a stand by air vehicle cum hospital just in case our soldiers need an emergency treatment. He said he also improved the AFP’s military hospital to ensure that soldiers will receive utmost medical attention.

 With President Duterte in his brief but historic sortie in the province of Camarines Sur were Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs (PAMA) Undersecretary Arthur Tabaquero, Defense Operations Under Secretary Cesar B. Yano, AFP Vice Chief of Staff (VCS) LTG Glorioso V. Miranda, Philippine Army Commanding General LTG Eduardo M. Año and Commander of Southern Luzon Command LTG Ferdinand F. Quidilla.  (MAL:/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861474606332/prrd-declares-full-backing-to-the-armed-forces#sthash.BBnNGC1K.dpuf

Thursday, September 22, 2016

NYC cites ‘red flags’ on Bicol’s youth stats

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, September 22 (PIA) – To provide a better grasp of the situation of today’s youth in the Bicol region, the National Youth Commission (NYC) presented the latest statistics and demographics of the youth population in the region.

The said data presentation, entitled “The Bicolano Youth”, was reported to youth advocates and stakeholders during NYC’s Philippine Youth Development Consultation Workshop last September 19 here.

The activity was aimed at gathering ideas and best practices for the formulation of youth development and protection programs in the country.

The data presented in “The Bicolano Youth” included statistical counts, surveyed preferences, and even study of the common disposition of Bicolanos classified as ‘youth’, specifically those between the ages of 15 and 30 years old. The information was collected by NYC in cooperation with other government and private organizations, such as the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

According to the data, 27% (1,464,942) of the total population in the Bicol region has been categorized as youth, while 73% (3,946,579) are non-youth. 52% (767,869) of the said youth population of Region-5 are male, while 48% (697,073) are female.

In terms of youth population in Bicol, Camarines Sur has the largest (500,300), followed respectively by Albay (343,831), Masbate (211,296), and Sorsogon (196,230). Catanduanes (66,034) has the least youth population, followed by Camarines Norte (147,251).

Considering the large size of the Bicol region’s youth population, NYC stressed the need for development, assistance, and protection programs for the adolescent and young adult in the region’s community, specially that studies have identified some ‘red flags’ to be focused on.

As per education, Bicol region may have ranked fifth in the percentage of in-school youths (ISY), but considerably 17% of the youth population who has not had any form of schooling. For those were able to go to school, data shows an apparent ‘over-crowd’ of students enrolled in teaching and business courses, while personal services and transportation course have considerably minimal enrollees.

In the labor aspect, Bicol ranks tenth in the country in terms of percentage of youths in the labor force. It was inferred from the data analysis that more than one in five youth are already working.

What concerns experts is the youth group’s status in reference to health, which reflects a drastic change in moral perceptions and lifestyle in comparison to previous generations.

Research shows only 44.5% of the youths in Bicol exercise at least two to three times a week, and 43.9% or 2 in 5 youths consumes street foods at least once a week. 47.1% of the youth population consumes carbonated drinks or “softdrinks” at least once a week.

Vices also became rampant among teens and young adults, as Bicol region takes the fifth rank when it comes to percentage of youths who smoke tobacco with 19.3%. One out of three youths (33%) in Bicol also admits being liquor drinkers.

 Considerably alarming, according to NYC, is that 3 in 100 (2.6%) of Bicolano youths have used illegal drugs. 7.7% also admitted to have considered committing suicide, which shows a real concern to the psychological health of the young citizens. According to the data collected by NYC from the Commission on Population (POPCOM), the number youth suicide attempts sharply increased between 2002 and 2013, from 2.3% to 3.7%.

Statistics in terms of teenage pregnancy were also presented. Studies shows that 8.8% of females in the region, between ages 15 and 19, have begun childbearing. As of 2013, 7.3% of these teens are already mothers, while 1.2% is pregnant with their first child.

While Region 5 is currently ranked second from the lowest concerning the percentage of teen pregnancy, DOH and still counted a total of 1,647 live births from mothers aged between 15 and 19 years old, and 34 live births from mothers between 10 and 14 years of age.

Experts attribute these incidences of teen pregnancy to the youths’ lack of guidance on sexual matters. Data reveals 34.7% of the youths in Bicol have sexual experiences, 62.9% within the 20 to 24 years age group and 16.2% are between 15 to 19 years of age.

As of the 2013 data, 21.1% of male and 18.4% of female youths in the region had engaged in sexual intercourse before 18 years old. Four in five (84.6%) of Bicol’s youths admits that their first pre-marital intercourse was unprotected against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Of all these red-flags or point-of-concerns identified by NYC’s research, the commission is still optimistic that such issues may still be resolved. After gathering all the best ideas from their nationwide series of consultation activities, NYC would begin crafting the Philippine Youth Development Program (PYDP) for the years 2017 until 2022 in order to address the said red-flags. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301474537731/nyc-cites-red-flags-on-bicol-s-youth-stats#sthash.YGHSWJPh.dpuf

PRRD calls on AFP to help win battle vs. drugs, counter terror threats

PILI, Camarines Sur, Sept. 21 (PIA) – President Rodrigo Durterte has reiterated his call on members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to help win the battle against illegal drug in the country, in support of the campaign now carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government law enforcement agencies concerned.

President Duterte visited Wednesday afternoon the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA) in Camp Elias Angeles in Barangay San Jose, this municipality for a troop visit and dialogue.

Maj. Gen. Manolito P. Orense, commanding general of the Army 9th ID, initially gave the President a situation briefing upon his arrival at the Officers’ Club at around 3:30 pm.

During his speech an hour later before the soldiers in Bicol, the President stressed on the encompassing problem on the proliferation of illegal drug, noting that the drug menace has since been and come to destroy the nation.

The President said the illegal drug problem will “destroy your children and the next generation” if not given full attention and preference by the government and all sectors of the society working together.

President Duterte said however “the technicality of the law makes it hard for me to deal with the problem on illegal drugs.”

“What is very disturbing about this country now, ang droga kasi within the government na ang away. (the fight against illegal drugs has reached the ranks of the government),” he added.

The President furthered ordered the military to come up with doctrines on how to deal with terrorism, noting that “Terrorism will come, I am sure. When? I do not know. So, learn to adjust.”.

He then promised them support in terms of firearms and equipment.

He also gave initial three Glock 30 and four magazines to the soldiers which he said were for use countering terrorism, while assuring them that they will be provided what is due to them to protect the people and the country.

“I will give you everything you need, just give me a good and safe republic to live in”, said the President.

President Duterte is the first Philippine president to visit the Philippine Army 9th ID, the headquarters of government militaty troops in the Bicol region since it was established in 2004.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said President Duterte has to visit the military camps just like the previous presidents to boost the soldiers’ morale and to personally interact with them on the government’s programs lined up for the AFP.  (MAL-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211474509142/prrd-calls-on-afp-to-help-win-battle-vs-drugs-counter-terror-threats#sthash.Pz0tDWsd.dpuf

Albay to offer more tourism services, tour packages

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 22 (PIA) – The province of Albay will be stepping up its tourism programs to offer better experience for all local and foreign tourists visiting the province.

In his message during the first meeting of the Albay Tourism Council this year, Governor Al Francis Bichara calls on tourism stakeholders to have a united and coordinated front for the betterment of the tourism landscape in the province.

Bichara directed council members to work together to further uplift the quality of tourism services provided by stakeholders and to come up with more affordable tour packages.

He likewise urged representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways present in the meeting for improvement of tourism infrastructures to ensure that all tourists are not just comfortable, but also safe in their travels.

Also in the said meeting, Albay Tourism Officer Dorothy Fernandez Colle presented the Annual Investment Plan of the Provincial Tourism and Culture Affairs Office along with achievements and programs implemented during the first half of the year.

Colle cited the success of the Daragang Magayon Festival which still remains as the top tourist drawer for the province and the successful participation and collaboration with the Department of Tourism and other provinces in the region in the recently concluded Philippine Travel Mart in Manila, the largest and longest running travel exhibit in the country.

Albay booth was adjudged as the most visited and was the People’s Choice award first place winner.

Tourism stakeholders and council members composed of tourism officers, accredited tour operators, tour guides and members from the transport groups also presented varying problems and concerns they encountered. Sub-committees were then formed to address these issues and concerns. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DSWD trains LGUs to sustain Kalahi-CIDSS projects

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has since conducted series of seminars and trainings for the local government units (LGUs) in the region to ensure that Kalahi-CIDSS’ community development  projects are maximized and sustained,

The ‘Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan’ – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) is a community-driven development project, wherein communities and local governments are trained to choose, design, and implement sub-projects that addresses their most pressing needs.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said that as of September 1 of this year, 517 out of 1,381 sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle1 (between 2014 and 2015) were completed, while the rest are expected to be finished by the end of this month.

"However, while initiating these well-needed projects is good, it is also necessary to ensure that they are sustained to benefit the community on a long-term basis. This compelled the DSWD in conducting the Sustainability Evaluation Orientations, a series of seminars and trainings for LGUs to guarantee sustainability of the projects in their respective communities," he added.

DSWD Bicol conducted the first batch of the Sustainability Evaluation Orientation in Legazpi City last September 13 to 15, which included lectures and discussions on sub-projects’ sustainability were presented during the training. On-site application of sustainability evaluation and the actual administration of sustainability evaluation tool on the identified sub-projects were also done.

Sustainability evaluation utilizes a survey tool that uses indicators as basis for assesses the functionality of the completed sub-projects in terms of organizational and institutional component, financial management system, physical-technical operations, and maintenance condition. It also evaluates the effects of the project to its host community.

The training activity is participated in by the LGU official of the communities that are beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects. After the training, they are expected to administer the sustainability evaluation by forming Multi-Stakeholders Inspectorate Teams (MSIT), composed of department heads and local officials with the assistance of DSWD’s technical staff.

A simulation of sustainability evaluation was done last September 14 in Guinobatan, Albay, wherein the local government led by Mayor Ann Ongjoco assured commitment in the sub-projects sustenance. The same training had also begun today in Naga City, which is scheduled until September 23.

 As of today, 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion that started on 2014, with a total grant of Php 4,497,448,178. The community-driven development (CCD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS had proven effective since its implementation, and has now expanded nationwide. (MAL/JBE/DSWD5/PIA5)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Albay officials, health partners back Duterte health programs

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 20 (PIA) – Albay local chief executives and health officers recently convened last week for an orientation seminar on the new strategies of the current administration in strengthening health programs.

The Department of Health Albay provincial office conducted the orientation seminar on the “Duterte Health Agenda” dubbed “All for Health Towards Health for All Program” to inform the local chief executives and health leaders on the activities and plans that the DOH will be implementing and in turn align the local health programs to this initiative.

Albay board member and Health Committee chair Howard Pem Imperial said the provincial government supports DOH and other LGUs in their drive to achieve their health goals.

“We, the PGA will show solidarity and provide full support to all your endeavors, the idiom Health is Wealth is just casually thrown around these days but no one really gives it much attention, I call on all of you to share your skills and knowledge in the field of health and challenge you to use them in the service of others.” Imperial said.

Imperial furthered that investing in the health care of Albayanos will not just give them happy lives, but also help in the growth of the province, noting that healthy Albayanos are active and productive members of the community.

During the orientation, DOH Albay presented that although there are positive growths in the health landscape in Albay, it is still below the national average and is moving at a slow pace.

Moreover, aligning the health programs of all LGUs to the DOH Health agenda would allow the province to reach its health goals at a faster rate.

DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial has earlier stressed the important role and support of local partners and various stakeholders in achieving the goals of the “Duterte Health Agenda” which aims to implement the three-point goals of President Rodrigo Duterte to achieve better health outcomes and attain the goal of Universal Health Care (UHC).

The first goal is for all Filipinos attaining their best health outcomes, living longer in a healthy age with few illnesses and preventing premature deaths from the scourges of stressful daily living and emerging public health threats like drug addiction.

The second goal centers on ensuring that all Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor, will gain freedom from high costs of medical care, prevent financial ruin and to be liberated from profit-oriented health services.

The third and final goal is for all Filipinos to have satisfactory experience when they access health services, where they feel respected and valued, and finally become in charge of their own health care.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Special Recruitment Activity para sa trabaho sa ibayong dagat isasagawa sa Camarines Sur

By Danilo Abad

LUNGSOD NG NAGA, Set. 20 (PIA) -- Ang Camarines Sur Employment Center ng pamahalaang lalawigan ay magsasagawa ng tatlong araw na Special Recruitment Activity (SRA) para sa mga nagnanais magkatrabaho sa loob ng bansa at overseas man.

Sa pamagitan ng White Dove Recruitment Corporation at Camarines Sur Employment Center ay umaalok ng mga bakanteng trabaho sa bansang Hapon.

Sa darating na Setyembre 27 mula alas 8 ng umaga hanggang alas 5 ng hapon ay isasagawa ang SRA ng naturang ahensiya sa lobby ng Provincial Capitol sa bayan ng Pili..

Para sa engineering jobs ay kinakailangan may edad na 20-25 years, babae o lalaki, walang tattoo sa katawan, may taas na limang talampakan o higit pa, may kursong BS Computer Science o kaya BS Industrial Technology, Bachelor of Technology Engineering at iba pang technical courses.

Para sa industrial jobs naman ay dapat marunong sa trabahong welding, machining, painting, automotive, packaging, casting,plastic molding, electronics assembling, electrical assembling at iba pang industrial works.

May edad na 19-26 na taon, babae at lalaki, walang tattoo, kahit nakapagtapos ng high school at may taas na limang talampakan o higit pa.

Samantala, sa darating naman na Setyembre 28-29, 2016 ang First Northern International Placement Inc. ay magsasagawa din ng SRA sa kaparehong lugar.

Kailangan ng ahensiya ang mga manicurist, cleaning worker, masahista, florist, secretary, hair dresser, house service worker, receptionist, marketing in charge, civil engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, carpenter, driver , tailor, waitress at iba pang trabaho sa ibang bansa.

Ang mga interesado ay pumunta lamang sa itinakdang araw at magdala ng mga sumusunod: comprehensive resume, 2x2 photo, school credentials, certificate of employment, certificate of training mula sa TESDA, valid ID at passport.

Sa iba pang detalye ay bumisita lamang sa tanggapan ng CamSur Employment Center, 2nd flr., Capitol Main Building, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. Pwede din tumawag sa 09988868269; 09175020406 o mag email sa camsur_peso@yahoo.com. (MAL/DCA-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bulusan’s explosion has no more threat to the community, says PDRRMO

By Bennie A. recebido

SORSOGON CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) – Bulusan volcano's phreatic explosion yesterday afternoon has no threat to the community, according to report of Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (SPDRRMO).

The document signed by SPDRRMO provincial head Engr. Raden Dimaano likewise said that there was no evacuation reported following the ash explosion.

However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has maintained advisory to the local government units and the public that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.

Bulusan Volcano Bulletin issued by Phivolcs this morning said that six volcanic earthquakes including the explosion-type earthquake yesterday were recorded by the Bulusan Volcano’s seismic monitoring network, though steaming activity was not observed due to thick clouds covering the summit.

The volcano yesterday, at around 4:54 pm, startled residents and local rescue teams in four towns and one city in Sorsogon when a steam driven explosion occurred that lasted for approximately more than four minutes ejecting a high dark gray ash column reaching a 1500 meter-high from the crater rim and drifted to the North- East direction.

During the ocular inspection that was immediately conducted yesterday by the SPDRRMO, moderate ash falls were noted in Barangays Inlagadian, Escuala, Casay in Casiguran town and in Brgy Sta. Lourdes in the municipality of Barcelona.

Light ash falls were felt in Barangay Bentuco, Tigkiw and Togawe in Gubat and Barangays Bagacay and Alegria, also in Barcelona.

As reported, there were also presence of ash falls in Brgy. Bonga in Bacon District, Sorsogon City and in Barangays Carayat, San Fernando, Calao, Ulag, Sta. Lourdes, San Isidro, Perlas, Gogon, Maningcay, ,Briliante, Tupaz and Rizal in the town of Pto. Diaz.

According to Municipal DRRM Officer of Casiguran Louie Mendoza, more than 200 families were affected in Casiguran alone by the sudden explosion, and were right away given face masks and face towels.

PDRRM Council chair Robert Rodrigueza through the SPDRRMO directed all the concerned MDRRMOs to have a close coordination with him and the members for updates and possible response actions and likewise continue to monitor the condition of Bulusan Volcano and implement the Blue Alert status.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 1 or abnormal level remains in effect over Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon. This indicates that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.

DOST-PHIVOLCS is closely monitoring Bulusan Volcano’s condition and any new development will be relayed to all concerned. (BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Chief PNP cites police efforts, civilian support vs illegal drugs

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Chief PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has cited, expressing his utmost gratitude alike, to officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office in Bicol and Bicolano civilian groups who joined in the government's drive of quelling illegal drug abuse.

During the chief PNP’s visit in Albay this morning in celebration of the 115th Police Service Anniversary, Dela Rosa was also met by member organizations of the Kasurog Kontra Droga (K2D, Bicolano for “allies against drugs”) who showed a strong and unified support on the police force’s drive against illegal drugs.

Carrying banners and plaque cards showing support on the police’s efforts and declaring their detestation of illegal drugs, K2D members in attendance included members of the academe, non-government and community based organizations, and volunteers that acts as anti-illegal drugs watch groups and advocates in their respective localities.

“Di ko mapigilan, gusto kong umiyak sa saya sa pinapakita nyong pakiki’isa sa aming kampanya laban sa droga. Ang dating parang impossible dream, ngayon possible na” (I can’t help myself, I want to cry for joy for the support in our campaign againt illegal drugs. What seemed to be an impossible dream now seems possible), said the chief PNP.

According to the general, the civilian communities’ help and cooperation now provides a ‘whole of mission approach’ to the so-called ‘war against illegal drugs’.

As of the moment, with the two months that already lapsed in the 6-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the General dela Rosa confirms that 40% of the target accomplishment had been achieved with more than 7 thousand names in the drug watch list either surrendered or neutralized.

“Even if we are left with four more months, what is the 60% remaining if we all work together? Yes, I admit it is difficult but we are doing our best” stated the chief PNP. Dela Rosa also stated that the PNP still eyes winning the war against drugs before January of 2017, the deadline of the 6 month timeline.

The chief PNP also confirmed that the administration is set to channel its resources in eliminating illegal gambling, after completing the anti-illegal drug campaign. He explained that the government just opted to focus on illegal drugs first as it presents a greater challenge.

“Police operations against illegal gambling are already on-going. It’s just that we chose to focus first on illegal drugs. If a person involved in illegal gambling is ordered to stop, I assure you they will stop. Unlike a drug personality, who wouldn’t just stop because of their mental dependency,” explained dela Rosa.

If PNP is to initiate an all-out drive against illegal gambling, dela Rosa said that the administration wants it to be as impacting as their anti-illegal drugs campaign. For the chief PNP, failure is not an option, which is also the challenge he set forth all the members of the PNP in Bicol. “The expectation is high, but we cannot afford to fail the president and the people”, said dela Rosa.

However, General dela Rosa also expressed his confidence with the PNP of the Bicol region, based on what was it has already contributed and achieved on the anti-illegal drug drive. “This is Bicol, the home of the ‘uragons’ (tough guys). I am confident that you will remain strong and not bog-down”, said the general. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

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A dream come true for Naga River

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Tomorrow will be the annual fluvial procession where the image of Inang Peñafrancia will be brought back to the Basilica Minore via the Naga River.

Pilgrims who regularly witnessed the river procession will surely notice the development and changes along the Naga River banks made possible by the Naga River Revetment and Flood Control Project which was inaugurated on September 9 and personally graced by Vice President Leni G. Robredo.

City officials led by Mayor John G. Bongat, Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, City Councilors, Punong Barangays and officials, the media and other stakeholders joined her during the historic occasion.

What used to be just a dream for the revitalization of Naga River is now a realization.

The project worth P375-Million was funded and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) where P300-Million of which was funded by Camarines Sur 2nd Engineering District.  The P75-Million was through the DPWH Regional Office thru the representation of VP Robredo while she was still the representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur. It covers 5,670 linear meters of revetment that spans from Barangay Sabang to Barangay San Felipe, here.

This Naga River Revetment was a dream of the late Jesse M. Robredo when he was still Mayor of Naga City. Due to difficulty in requesting fund from the National Government, for decades this project was all but a dream.

“This is an achievement for everyone, in the sense that it is not only because of one person, not only because the City Government worked hard for it, but of so many people who helped and cooperated for this dream to be realized. With the past administration, our dream was heard as we were given P375-Million to clean the Naga River and maximize its utilization for the benefit of the people,” Robredo stated.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat, in his message said that the completion of the project is a meaningful and historic occasion since this has been a long dream here in Bicol and Naga City with the Naga River being used as the primary setting for the Fluvial Procession during the Peῆafrancia Fiesta.

“We now have a river that is clean and convenient for the devotees and pilgrims who pay homage to Our Lady of Peῆafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia every year in September. Second, this will not materialize if the best did not conspire – with then Congresswoman Leni Robredo who solicited the fund from the National Government and the District Engineering Office for their unwavering sacrifice to fund and implement the project, and for that we are most thankful.”  (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

US-funded agri-water project helps Bicol farmers cope with El Niño

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) – To help Bicol farmers produce and maintain their crops amidst impact of El Niño on availability of water supply, the Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) has initially set up supplemental irrigation water sources in the region.

Department of Agrarian (DA) Bicol Director Abelardo Bragas said the small scale irrigation systems installed in Camarines Sur and Albay are climate risk management technologies serving as supplemental irrigation water sources for forty-one BAWP farmer-beneficiaries.

With these systems, farmers can produce crops even during the onslaught of El Niño.

For Buhi and Nabua in Camarines Sur, shallow tube wells (STWs) were Small Farm Reservoirs (SFR) were put up in Polangui Albay.

Based on BAWP monitoring date, the STWs installed in barangay Iraya in Buhi irrigated 15.5 hectares of land producing an average of 11.61% increase in yield of 12 farmer beneficiaries recorded during the wet season in 2015 as compared to the same season of the previous year.

Likewise, the STWs in Nabua irrigated 6.5 hectares of land in barangay San Esteban with eight farmer-beneficiaries and 5.45 hectares in barangay San Roque-Madawon with 16 farmer-beneficiaries.

Bragas said increase in yield in both barangays were similarly observed at 9.67% and 9.23%, respectively.

Meanwhile, the collected and stored water from the Small Farm Reservoirs (SFRs) at barangays La Medalla and Kinuartelan, Polangui, Albay were used to irrigate 4.3 hectares of rice fields.

The average yield of five farmers benefitting from it increased by two cavans of palay per hectare equivalent to a P1,300.00 monetary increase per hectare.

Bragas bared that the project applied 50 kilograms of chicken dung to the SFR to reduce the amount of water seepage. The organic material covers the bottom of the SFR by sealing it with manure, thus blocking soil pores and producing secondary biological clogging later on due to slime-forming organisms.

To maintain the SFRs’ working conditions and to minimize soil erosion along the reservoir, the Municipal Agricultural Services Office of Polangui, Albay facilitated the construction of slope protection facility on February 3 - 15, 2016.

BAWP is a grant project funded by the U.S. Embassy's United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the UP Los Banos Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office V (DA-RFO V).

BAWP is further supported by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society-Columbia University (IRI-CU), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry.(MAL/SAA/DA5/PIA5/Albay)

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Bishop Gainza Trade Fair showcases Bicolano ingenuity

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) --- Handicrafts, tokens, home accessories, furniture, including fresh and processed foods took anew the center stage in this year's Francisco Gainza Agro-Industrial Fair (BFGAIF)  2016, providing tourists and locales alike a wide array of souvenir items to choose from in time for the celebration of Peñafrancia fiesta.

The agro-industrial fair which commenced September 8 until 19 endeavors to serve as avenue for aspiring entrepreneurs to showcase their innovativeness and transform their ideas into wonderful work of arts.

For the past six years since its resumption in 2010, the trade fair has become synonymous with the Penafrancia festivity, uplifting the lives of Bicolanos in honor of the legacy of  Bishop Francisco Gainza.  This added more colors to the visiting pilgrims and both the local and foreign tourists who made it a habit to bring special souvenir items when they return to their own places.

The Archdiocese of Caceres, the event's organizers through the CARITAS-CACERES, considered the event in a positive light and note its alignment to their intent to promote Bicolanos’ novelty as one of the salient elements of business and marketing while highlighting their various lines of expertise.

This year's theme "Experience tradition; Showcase Ingenuity; celebrate culture", speaks of Bicolanos’ high regard for creativity and uniqueness in producing globally competitive products and crafts at par with the other international quality. This also promotes responsibility in business as part of empowering the people's deep sense of community.

In a press statement, the organizers also accentuated the trade fair's role in providing and broadening the possibilities where Bicolano people and other entrepreneurs across the country and those who are into micro, small and medium enterprises coming from the various dioceses of. Bicol can showcase a variety of products that promote our very own resources.

One of the most active participants of the annual BFGAIF this year is the Consuelo Chito Madrigal Foundation (CCMF). Bicol office, a non-stock, non-profit organization that seeks to create productivity,  promote charity that enables capability and fight poverty through responsible entrepreneurship.

Headed by Fr. Wilmer Tria, CCMF Bicol Chief Executive Officer, CCMF Bicol as envisioned by the late Dona Consuelo, will continue to serve the less privileged by empowering more and more indigent Bicolanos through the countless opportunities that the foundation offers.

For CCMF-Bikol, an active participant since 2010, the BGAIF is an excellent opportunity to mainstream micro-enterprises. The fair serves as platform for the products of the beneficiaries of the Foundation's pro-poor programs. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Intensified drug campaign cuts down Legazpi City index crime by 57%

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – The intensified campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte against crimes and illegal drugs has greatly helped reduce the number of index crime in Legazpi City, according to the newly installed city police chief here.

 “The number of index crime recorded from April to August 2016 shows a significant decrease of 57% from that of the total index crime recorded in 2015. This can be attributed to the intensified campaign of our President and the hard work of our policemen in fighting crimes and   illegal drugs, “Philippine National Police Legazpi Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena reported.

Garchitorena made the report for period April to August 2016 during the joint meeting of the City Peace and order Council (CPOC) and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) presided by Mayor Noel Rosal Tuesday this week.

Table 1: Comparative Data on Non-Index Crime in Legazpi City for period April - August  2015 and 2016

A total of ninety-six (96) index crime were recorded from April – August 2016. This data is one hundred twenty-six (126) or 57% lower than the two hundred twenty-two (222) index crime recorded in the same period of 2015.

 “Out of the ninety-six (96) index crime recorded from April to August 2016, 35 cases or 36% are theft incidents, making it the most committed index crime for the period,” Garchitorena said.

 Robbery and physical injury ranked second with 19 cases each accounting to 40% combined, followed by 13 cases of rape or almost 14% of the total index crime. Carnapping accounts to almost 4% of the total index crime with four cases recorded while murder and homicide both has three (3) cases or 6% combined.

Project Double Barrel

For the implementation of Project Double Barrel, Garchitorena reported a total of 2,381 voluntary drug surrenderees since July 1, 2016, of which 2,135 or 90% are users and 244 are pushers.

 “For the users, 201 or 9% are watchlisted and 1,934 or 91% are newly identified while for pushers, 54 or 22% are watchlisted while the remaining 190 or 78% are newly identified,” he said.

Table 2: Number of
Drug Surrenderees in Legazpi City from July 1 to September 5, 2016

Garchitorena bared that also among the surrenderees are elected officials and barangay tanods.

Out of 834 target houses to be visited for Operation Tokhang, 504 were already visited from July 1 – September 5, of which 296 or 35% surrendered, 84 or 10% arrested and are now on jail and 1 killed.

 Among the top drug personalities arrested are Brgy Rizal councilor Ronnie Abunda Ventura considered as high value target, Jury Tupase Nares of Guinobatan who ranked 2nd in Guinobatan police watchlist, and Christian Bahoy Barcelon of Victory Village and Rodolfo Bahoy ranked 10th in Legazpi police priotiy target.

Non-Index Crime

 However, non-index crime increased by 14% with 993 cases recorded for the period April to August 2016 compared to 870 cases recorded for the same period in 2015, with traffic and vehicular accidents mainly contributing to the increase.

Garchitorena said the city police recorded 504 traffic and vehicular accidents in 2015 which rose by 15% or 77 cases this year noting that this will be addressed through increased checkpoints and intensified flag down of violations.

Furthermore, crime solution efficiency raised to 32% wherein 351 cases were considered solved out of 1,089 crime volume recorded. Crime Clearance Efficiency for the period is likewise higher at   93% having cleared 1015 cases out of the total crime volume recorded.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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