Friday, June 24, 2016

Mt. Bulusan emits ash anew

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon on Thursday spewed a dirty white ash plume that drifted towards the town of Juban, the Philippine Institute of Volcanolgy and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, said the volcanic event was phreatic or steam-driven, exhibiting a vigorous steaming activity due to hydrothermal pressure building at the volcano’s vent.

“The dirty white plume suggests a low-energy ash emission,” Laguerta said.

In a text message, he said the ash ejection was observed visually at around 9 a.m. Thursday and lasted for about 18 minutes.

Before and during the ash emission, Phivolcs' instruments indicated that the event was a shallow volcanic episode as no seismic signal was detected.

"The instruments did not detect any seismic activity underneath the volcano, indicating a shallow volcanic source," Laguerta said.

Raden Dimaano, Sorsogon PDRRMC chief, said in a phone interview that only a minimal volume of ash drifted towards Juban town.

He said there is no need yet to call for an evacuation of residents. However, he said precautionary measures have been put in place should the condition worsen.

Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect and the Phivolcs warned villagers not to enter the 4-km Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) as sudden steam-driven explosion may occur.

It also advised residents living near river channels to be on alert for lahar flows in case of heavy rains.

It further advised pilots not to fly their aircraft near the volcano summit. (PNA) LAP/FGS/MSA/CBD/RSM

DTI-Bicol vows to push local entrepreneurial innovation
By Mike de la Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) –- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bicol Regional Director Joy Blanco has urged local leaders and entrepreneurs to make new products using science and technology (S&T).

During the grand opening of the three-day “Negosyo Konsyumer at Iba Pa” conference held here starting Thursday, Blanco cited the importance of S&T-based entrepreneurship as a strategy where regions that acquire better understanding on how to build this capacity will have an enduring advantage in technological innovations, economic growth and ultimately quality of life.

“Support from local leaders is very important to address the building of S&T-based knowledge in the region to enhance national competitiveness, particularly outside the Philippines,” she said.

In the Bicol Region, according to her, entrepreneurship will lead to poverty reduction, but, there must be an intervention from national and local governments in order to capacitate local entrepreneurs and think for global competitiveness.

The DTI, Blanco said, is offering different programs to small and medium business enterprise in order to develop their products and make more production whether for domestic and foreign markets.

“Our challenge to local entrepreneurs is to make their business grow, empowered, competitive and creative,” she said.

The DTI official explained that creativity is development and utilizing science and technology to help boost one's production and aspire for ambitious innovations.

She also said that the application of advances in technology, in conjunction with entrepreneurship and innovative approaches to the creation and delivery of goods and services, translates scientific and technological advances into more productive economic activity.

“This results in economic growth in the Bicol Region, for instance, if market structures and the regulatory environment will enable the more productive activities to expand,” Blanco said.

The DTI provides support to local business groups or individual training and skills development and information session like trade promotion to learn how to get started in exporting or increasing sales to global markets.

It guides government trade promotion and business development officers, Philippine exporters, and prospective be exporters in finding the right market for their product and services identified in the Philippine Export Development Plan.

The “Negosyo Konsyumer at Iba Pa” also dubbed as “One DTI Services” is a breakthrough event that brings together the services of the department under one roof.

This initiative aspires to heighten the awareness of the citizenry, especially micro, small and medium enterprise and consumers about the services being offered by DTI.(PNA) BNB/FGS/MDR) /CBD/RSM

3 police stations in Albay open doors to yielding drug suspects
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- Three police stations in the province of Albay have invited drug pushers and users to come out in the open and voluntary surrender before the police conduct an extensive and strict implementation of the anti-drug law.

The police offices are the Libon Municipal Police Office (MPS) led by Chief Insp. Edgar Azotea, Malinao MPS headed by Senior Insp. Keenan Ruiz and the Tabaco City Police Station under Supt. Robert Capuz.

The three chiefs of police almost simultaneously called on the residents of their localities to help them in the campaign to eradicate the problem on drugs and asked the suspects to surrender and live a new life.

Capuz said they are opening the door of their station and will welcome those who will yield with open arms and stop their illegal activity.

Instead of filing charges against the suspects, especially the drug dependents, they will help them undergo rehabilitation.

He said they are coordinating with the Malinao Drug Rehabilitation and Facility Center in Malinao, Albay, on the rehabilitation of suspects.

The Tabaco City police chief said they are giving a big chance to drug suspects before they go full blast in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs in all towns of Albay.

In Tabaco City, he said, the number of drug personalities in their drug watchlist went down from 370 to 176. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/RSM

Cristobal leads opening of 3-day DTI service caravan in Albay
By Nancy I. Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian Cristobal led the opening on Thursday of the three-day service caravan of the agency at the Albay Astrodome.

With him were Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya and all bureau directors of the department.

Governor Joey Sarte Salceda and other local officials welcomed the DTI officials.

DTI Bicol Regional Director Joy Blanco said the DTI has chosen Albay as it is the regional center of Bicol.

Aside from this, interested persons can see one of the six fabrication laboratories given by DTI to six regions of the country and it is located in the College of Industrial Technology of the Bicol University.

Blanco said the packaging center of Albay in the Agro Ethno Eco Village found Camalig town is also a recipient of the program of the department.

Dindo G. Nabol, DTI-Albay Business Development Division chief, said the fabrication laboratory in the Bicol University came from the Massachussets Institute of Technology.

Nabol said all ideas in the field of business can be produced by the machine and its product is a prototype.

He said the three-day occasion, from Thursday to Saturday, is full of activities like Bicol trade fair, display of the services of different DTI agencies like training and seminar-workshop for different businesses and livelihood projects.

The are 32 participants in the trade fair -- 19 SMEs in the region, especially in Albay and 13 standard exhibitors.

The DTI will open a "negosyo center" on Friday while the training on e-commerce will be done on Saturday wherein topics that will be tackled are online transaction, selling and buying, and safety nets.

Salceda said the service caravan of the DTI is like the TACDEC or Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD/RSM

Boom truck driver electrocuted while bringing down concrete post
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- A boom truck driver suddenly shook and dropped dead in front of the steering when he got electrocuted while the vehicle was lowering a concrete post that hit a live wire at BarangayTabon-Tabon, Daraga, Albay at about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, a police report said Thursday.

The report of the Daraga Municipal Police Station identified the victim as Marlon Mercader, 33, a resident of Barangay Malabog, Daraga, Albay, and a worker of the Hi-Tone Construction Co. of Barangay Bogtong, Legazpi City.

The report said that while the boom truck being operated by Mercader was lowering the concrete post, its steel cable rope got entangled with a live wire of the Albay Power and Energy Corp., electrocuting him.

Mercader died as a result of the high voltage that entered his body.

Truck helper Martin Benosa, 23, of Barangay Salvacion, Daraga tried to save Mecader but he was also electrocuted.

Fortunately, Benosa was able to save himself by releasing the hands of the victim. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/RSM

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PNP-Bicol chief bares big changes in police's tasks in July
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., Police Regional Office 5 regional director, said there will be great changes in the performance of the police personnel in the region starting the first day of July.

Marquez announced this in a press conference held Wednesday at the conference room of the administration building of Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

He called the press meet after a command conference he held with the six provincial directors of PRO5.

Marquez said incoming PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa called him up Tuesday and gave the marching order on the strict enforcement of the laws – from the small ordinances of city, municipal and provincial councils to the laws of the national government.

He said that starting July 1, the performance of the more than 7,500 police officers will be monitored not only by Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola but also by Camp Crame and warned that they will file cases against those who will not perform their work.

The Bicol police regional director said that about two weeks ago, he had already ordered the six provincial directors to make an inventory of the ordinances, resolutions and laws approved by the city, municipal and provincial councils from the small ones -- like jaywalking, curfew, traffic, loitering in the streets and public places without shirts, loud and untimely use of videoke – to laws being enforced by the national government and these have to be enforced starting July 1.

Marquez asked the assistance of the media to inform the public about the implementation of all laws and warn the people about it.

Despite the strict enforcement of the laws, the enforcers, however, will give leeway at the start by warning those who would be arrested to obey the laws next time or face punishment.

The Bicol police chief gave as example the curfew ordinance among minors.

He asked his men to find out first why a minor is still out in the unholy hour and when the reason is plausible, the police officer should bring the child home.

He said that based on the report of the provincial directors, there were towns in the Bicol Region which still do not have approved ordinance on peace and order in their respective places like those in the entire Masbate province where only Masbate City has an ordinance on curfew.

As a result, Marquez ordered the provincial directors to meet and have dialogues with the local chief executives to convince them to pass related ordinances that will be enforced in their respective local government units.

He said the PRO5 was making a template on the possible ordinance to be presented to the municipalities that could be pushed by the mayors and passed by the local councils.

Marquez said one of the problems of the region he wanted to address was the traffic problem whereby he wanted to remove the causes of congestion like vendors without permits, streets being used as basketball courts and others.

He said he had talked with incoming governor Congressman Al Francis Bichara wherein they agreed to revive the Provincial Traffic Safety Code approved in 1998.

Marquez said the Albay Police Provincial Office will select policemen who will undergo motorcycle-riding course to help in the enforcement of traffic laws in Albay.

He said Bichara promised to buy the needed motorcycles.

Marquez ordered his men to rid the Maharlika Highway from Matnog, Sorsogon to the last barangay Sta. Elena town in Camarines Norte of all causes of traffic.

This is aside from their enforcement of the various laws in the localities against criminality and the arrest of wanted criminals. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/RSM