Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cops nabbed lady drug pusher operating in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY, June 28 (PNA) -- Anti-illegal drug police operatives collared on Monday a suspected lady drug peddler during a raid at her residence in Barangay Sabang, a coastal village here, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in this city said.

The raiding team arrested Shirley Esplana, a city resident and illegal drug pusher whose name is included in the anti-narcotics watch list, said Police Supt. Joselito Esico, City police chief.

Barangay Sabang is considered by anti-illegal drug enforcement authorities as among the hot spot village in this city.

Esico said seized from the suspect during the raid conducted at about 3:40 p.m. Monday were 35 sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride popularly known as shabu and illegal drug paraphernalia.

The raiding team were armed with a warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trail Court Judge Frank Lobrigo against the suspect for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

The suspect is in the custody of the police awaiting court disposition.(PNA) FFC/CBD

US Navy Mercy Hospital ships in Albay for 2-week humanitarian mission

LEGAZPI CITY, June 28 (PNA) -- Hospital ship Uinted States Navy Ship (USNS) Mercy with 1,000 United State Naval personnel arrived on Monday and docked at the waters off Albay Gulf some 5 kilometers from the City port.

USNS Mercy ship would hold a two-weeks Pacific Partnership 2016 Humanitarian and disaster relief preparedness mission that kicked off Monday, hosted by Albay province, said Lt. Commander Kris Hooper, Pacific Partnership public affairs officer.

Hooper in an interview with Philippines News Agency (PNA) said the Pacific Partnership aims to bring partner nations like the Philippines together “shoulder to shoulder” prepare to face natural disasters so it can effectively respond when crisis happens.

Hooper said the joint Philippine US Navy Service humanitarian mission would be both a sharing and learning exercise between the two nations in handling disaster and building communities.

Mercy ship, homeported in San Diego, is a 894-feet-long ship and is out fitted to provide mobile acute and surgical medical services in disaster or humanitarian relief efforts.

The hospital ship has a team of medical professionals which include nine doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff that offers surgical specialists, internal medicen, radiology, dental and eye health services.

The Pacific Partnership which starts today until July 11 will hold series of medical, dental services including construction and repair of school buildings in poor villages of Camalig, Daraga, the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao.

Miguel Gutierrez, Commander, Medical Corps, USN Director of Medical Operations and Planning, Pacific Partnership 2016 in an interview said thousands of poor villagers are expected to benefit from the medical and dental services of which 250 patients would undergo surgical services at the Mercy hospital ship docked at the Albay gulf.

Gutierrez said five local doctors from the Department of Health, the Provincial Health Office and the Legazpi City Health Office would assist nine USN doctors.

Surgical services offered include general surgery, hernia, bone realignment, cataract operations, cleft palate, including neuro and paediatric examinations.

For dental services the ship can accommodate 10 to 15 patients a day.

The humanitarian mission is expected to treat some 4,000 local patients on board and in designated areas in Albay.

Gutierrez said a joint team of doctors and medical personnel will also hold medical and dental engagement in poor communities in the cities of Ligao, Tabaco and Legazpi.

It will also hold symposiums on nursing care, blood banking and transfusion procedures, medicine administration and practices.

The Navy crew at the end of the medical mission would hand over the remaining medical supplies to the local government health units.

Phil. Army Lt. Col Baylon Aler of the Army Engineering Brigade in an interview said for the engineering component the joint team of engineers have started construction works of two-classrooms building with comfort rooms including repair works of other classrooms in barangays Cotmon, in Camalig, Kinawitan in Daraga and construction of a water tank and lavatory in Mabini Elementary school in barangay Mabini, Daraga all in Albay.

Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham , US Armed Forces Counterpart, Phl-USNS Pacific Partnership Humanitarian Exercise at the event opening ceremony at the Albay Astrodome said the humanitarian exercise would side by side, shoulder to shoulder strengthen relationship between two nations.

“We are committed then as we are now to enhance our multilateral relationship to improve security and stability through partnership,” Gillingham said.

He claims that the thrust between our nation would provide learning experience from each other the skills, knowledge that would build capacity in strengthening the relationship of both nation.

Gillingham committed the 600 medical personnel of the Mercy ship in bringing medical dental health services “shoulder to shoulder” with the Philipine counterparts.

Pacific Partnership began in response to the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia. Along with other nations the US deployed US Navy assets, including Mercy, which later returned to the region in 2006 for the first Pacific Partnership mission.

Outgoing Albay Gov. and newly elected 2nd District Congressman Joey Salceda and Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal gave a warm welcome to members of the USNS Pacific Parnership humanitarian mission group.

Salceda said the province have played host to at least six PHL-US Humanitarian exercise among them was the two US navy warships USS Comstock, USS Peleliu, US Airforce Pacific engagements and two RP-US Balikatan military exercises where thousands of residents benefitted from the exercise.

As this developed Bayan Bicol on Monday staged a protest rally against the US Pacific Partnership, hundreds of militant activist march at the main streets of this city.

The rally was closely monitored by police anti riot units already positioned in possible areas where the militant Bayan Bicol would hold its protest action.(PNA) BNB/CBD

(Obit) PNA-Legazpi Bureau Chief writes 30
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 29 (PNA) -- Philippines News Agency (PNA) Legazpi Bureau chief Floreno G. Solmirano died of heart attack on Monday at the age of 70.

Born on July 6, 1945 in Torrejos, Marinduque, Solmirano, more known to his friends as "Sol", grew up in Sampaloc Manila.

His family then transferred to Bago Bantay (Santonio) Quezon City, where he studied elementary and high school. He was a consistent honor student. In fact, his writing career could have been sparked when he joined and won in a feature writing contest while in second year high school.

Sol started his path as a young writer when he enrolled at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City and joined the writing staff of the publication "The Guardian".

Being the eldest of the eight siblings, he assumed the role of a breadwinner after his father died. He needed to stop temporarily as he started to work as a messenger and salesman to many companies in Manila. While working, Sol decided to continue his studies where he enrolled in the night class program of the then Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA).

There, Sol became the managing editor of PSBA's official publication " The Business Journal." He was also a member of the College Editor League.

He graduated at the age of 27 in AB Economics with accounting as his minor.

Since he was a child, reading and writing is Sol's passion.

He began his formal writing career in Metro Manila as economic writer of Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (PDCP), the private sector counterpart of Development Bank of the Philippines.

In 1980, he accepted the offer of his company to as project assistant of the PDCP branch in Legazpi City. Two years later, Sol was promoted as Bicol head of PDCP.

In 1985, he decided to resign and become the editor of the local newspaper, Bicolandia News. With his rich experiences in business, Sol also accepted consultancy works, especially in preparing feasibility studies in applying bank loans. He also worked as a correspondent of the Manila Standard.

His longest stint as a journalist was his job as chief of the southern Luzon bureau of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) for more than 13 years.

Sol was also a member of an advisory council of Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) Bicol regional office and Albay.PPO.

He was a founding member and incumbent President of the Albay Legazpi Press Association (ALPA), a media organization formed in the 90’s with member media practitioners connected with local and national outfits.

Sol was also the founding member and editor-in-chief of the defunct Bicolandia Times, a weekly local newspaper that circulated in Bicol.

He served as a resource person and lecturer in various campus journalism seminars, including the Department of Education (Deped)'s sponsored provincial and regional press conference competitions.

After his retirement as Bureau Chief of PDI in 2011, he joined the government as Bicol Bureau chief of the Philippines News Agency (PNA), a web-based news wire service of the Philippine government, from 2013 up to the present.

He is one of the pioneers of JCI Legazpi and an active member of Beta Zigma fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, and two children Floreno Jr and CPA lawyer F. Alfontino Solmirano

His remains lie at St. Peter funeral Homes, Brgy. Bogtong Legazpi City

Interment is on July 6, 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Lake Memorial Park here. (PNA) BNB/CBD

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Barangay regional league, PRO5 ink pact vs illegal drugs
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 27 (PNA) -- The regional chairman of the league of barangays in Bicol and the Police Regional Office 5 head signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) supporting the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action (NADPA) 2015-2020 after the weekly flag-raising ceremony at Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here Monday.

Nelson A. Maraña of Barangay Maracabac, Castilla, Sorsogon, regional chairman of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas-Bicol Chapter (LBP-Bicol) and PRO5 Regional Director Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr. signed the MOU for their respective organizations..

The occasion was also the kick-off ceremony for the 21st Police Community Relations Month of the Philippine National Police to be observed in July.

Maraña was the guest and speaker during the occasion, which has for its theme "Matatag na Ugnayan, Ligtas na Pamayanan".

Also signing the MOU as expression of support for the NADPA were Regional Director Elouisa T. Pastor of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede of the Department of Education and Regional Director George M. Colorado of the Commission of on Higher Education.

Marquez thanked Maraña for his support to the intensified campaign of the PRO5 against the rampant problem of illegal drugs in the region.

He also called on the public to help the police in eradicating the drug menace that has been the primary cause of crimes not only in the Philippines but also in the entire world.

This, the PRO5 chief said, is the priority of the Duterte administration.

Maraña pledged his full support and that of all barangays in the Bicol Region to the campaign of the government and the police against illegal drugs.

With the signed MOU, Marquez hopes for a stronger support from the villages through the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in the region. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/CBD

PRO5 man tops, 7 fellow officers in first 20 in Napolcom eligibility exams
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 27 (PNA) -- A member of the Police Regional Office 5 emerged topnotcher while seven fellow officers placed among the top 20 in the eligibility examinations given by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) on April 20.

The PRO5 men garnered the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th and other places up to the 20th place for the superintendent, police inspectors, senior police officers and police officers eligibility exams.

PO3 Heraclio J. Vargas, assigned with the Regional Police Strategy Management Unit 5 (RPSMU5), clinched the 1st place or topnotch slot for Senior Police Officers Eligibility Examination with a grade of 86 percent, while P/Insp. Christine B. Llorin of the Guinobatan Municipal Police Station placed second in Police Inspectors Exam.

P/Insp. Romeo B. Hugo, Naga City Police Station member, is the 9th placer for the Superintendent Eligibility Exam with a score of 76.57 percent.

For Senior Police Officers Exam, PO1 Aldrin Carlo L. Unza of the Daraga Municipal Police Station got 83.60 percent to place 10th; PO1 Charles Vincent O. De Mesa of Claveria MPS, 12th placer with a score of 83.20 percent; PO1 Aiza C. Corteza of Viga MPS, 17th placer, 82.20 percent; and PO1 Lanie E. Basilio, Catanduanes Provincial Public Safety Company, 20th placer, 81.60 percent.

PO1 Cristine S. Ramos of the Camarines Sur Provincial Public Safety Company is 19th placer for the Police Officer Eligibility Exam with a grade of 79.40 percent.

Aside from these results, the recently-released results of the Napolcom examinations on Oct. 20 last year showed six police officers of PRO5 landed in the Top 20 in the eligibility examination.

Insp. Archie L. Cristobal of the Aroroy MPS placed 6th in the Napolcom Police Inspector Exam with a grade of 75.08 percent; SPO1 Gil Y. Dumapias of the Vinzons MPS, 74.69 percent, 10th placer; Insp. Rosalio O. Capile Jr. of the Daraga MPS, 74.17 percent, 12th placer.

For senior police officers, 11th placer was PO1 Maybelle B. Carretas of the Masbate Provincial Public Safety Company, 83.03 percent; 12th placer is PO1 Christy M. Hosana of the Naga City Police Station, 82.80 percent.

Senior Insp. Ace Christian R. Mendoza of the Camarines Sur PPO got 75.39 percent to place 20th in the Superintendent Exam.

Police Senior Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 acting information office and spokesperson, said the PRO5 men started placing in the Top 20 in the exams after Police Senior Insp. Dexter DLR. Panganiban, deputy chief of police of Libon Municipal Police Station, twice placed 1st in the April 27, 2014 Napolcom Police Inspector Exam and in April 26, 2015 Napolcom Superintendent Exam.

In the Police Inspector Exam, Panganiban got 83.12 percent while another PRO5 official, Insp. Roque D. Danao III, was 19th placer.

When Panganiban took the Superintendent Exam, he again excelled as No. 1 in the entire country with a grade of 89.71 percent, while PO1 Walter A. Bantog of the Camarines Sur PPO was the 11th placer.

Calubaquib said that since Panganiban twice topped the exams, his fellow officers get pointers from him for the Napolcom Exams.

Even those from other regions call him up for advice.

Some individuals are even advising him to prepare a Napolcom examination reviewer.

PRO5 Regional Director Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr. expressed delight for the honors brought by his men in the Napolcom exams.

Marquez immediately sent his congratulatory messages to the eight police officers of PRO5.

He said he will ask the PRO5 Promotions and Awards Board to convene and study if the government top level exams like that of the Napolcom can be considered to receive medals if they place in the Top 20.

Right now, he said, he is preparing letters of commendation for his men who brought honors to the PRO5.

Marquez said the top places achieved by his men in Napolcom eligibility exams will certainly bring better and more efficient service to the Bicolanos. (PNA) SCS/FGS/JH/CBD

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sorsogon cops nab 2 wanted brothers

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PNA) -- Members of the Sorsogon City Police Station arrested two brothers who are ranked No. 9 and No. 10 in the Sorsogon City's list of Most Wanted Persons as they were coming home in Barangay San Isidro, Bacon District, Sorsogon City at about 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively, on Friday.

SPO1 Orlando Dondonilla Jr., leader of the arresting law enforcers, identified the suspects as Sedrick E. Despabiladeras, 20 and ranked No. 9, and his brother Joram, 22 and ranked No. 10 -- both wanted for attempted murder.

Dondonilla's team was armed with a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Maximo Ables of the Regional Trial Court Branch.52 in Sorsogon City.

First arrested was Sedrick, then Joram who was caught in a follow-up operation.(PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/pjn

Cops net 4 men for drug in Camarines Norte

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PNA) -- Police in Camarines Norte arrested four suspected drug pushers in separate One Time Big Time operations in three towns of the province from 4:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The law enforcers caught Alberto Moral in Purok 1, Barangay Tugos, Paracale; Roberto M.Palmero in Purok 7A, Barangay Bagumbayan, Paracale; Antonio V. Raviz, businessman, in Purok 1, Barangay Sta. Rosa Sur, Jose Panganiban; and Oliver P. Aman, a farmer, in Purok 4, Barangay Calero, Jose Panganiban.

The members of the Jose Panganiban Municipal Police Station (MPS) and Paracale MPS were armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Arniel Dating of the Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Daet.

Confiscated from the residences of Moral and Palmero were six sachets of shabu each and drug paraphernalia; from Raviz, 23 sachets of shabu, 18 bullets of caliber 22 gun and four bullets of caliber 9mm and drug paraphernalia; and from Aman, one sachet of shabu and three opened plastic sachets with shabu residue.

Personnel of the Labo MPS also swooped down on the residence of suspect Myrna C. Muñoz in Purok 5, Barangay Tulay na Lupa, Labo, Camarines Norte, at about 10 p.m. on the strength of a search warrant but failed to get the suspect.

They found a sachet of shabu and a plastic sachet with marijuana seeds and drug paraphernalia.

The police immediately filed cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or Anti-illegal Drugs against arrested men and Muñoz.(PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/pjn

Masbate City fire razes 34 houses

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PNA) -- A fire of undetermined origin burned 34 houses in Purok 6, Barangay Bagumbayan, Masbate City, at about 2 a.m. Friday.

The conflagration turned the houses, mostly made of light materials, into ashes after more than two hours, a report reaching Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here said.

The report said the residents were fast asleep when they were suddenly awakened by the blaze, sending them scampering for safety with whatever belongings they could bring.

An investigation of the Masbate City Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire started at the residence of a certain Letlet Estonilo and immediately spread to neighboring houses.

The BFP declared the fire out at about 4:30 a.m. and is yet to determine the amount of its damage to property.(PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/pjn

Cops nab 20 men for illegal fishing in Camarines Norte

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PNA) -- Joint operatives of the Jose Panganiban Municipal Police Station and Camarines Norte Provincial Anti-Crime Task Force arrested 20 fishermen they caught in the act of fishing using the illegal method called "buli-buli" or using fine mesh net in the waters off the town at 5 a.m. Thursday, a police report said Saturday.

During their routinary seaborne patrol, the police apprehended suspects Rosalito Palacio, Nelson Reota, Garben Arbe, Bernardo Balado, Joel Marbella, Nardo Callion, Sherwin Buino, Alvin Palacion, Jerry Jeres, Olbido Monforte, Salvador Monforte, Arnel Carandang, Ronaldo Banogbanog, Eduardo Ablaneda, Rodney Tarroy, Sonny Portugal, Willy Mena, Benjie Basares, Eduardo Monforte and Jolly Arbie -- all residents of Barangay San Lorenzo and Sta Elena towns in Camarines Norte.

Confiscated from the suspects were a motorized banca, fine mesh net, 25 kilos of various fish species and other fishing paraphernalia.

The Provincial Anti-Crime Task Force immediately filed charges against the suspects for violation of Republic Act 10654.(PNA) PGL/FGS/JH/CBD/pj

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Salceda bares 15 accomplishments as Albay head for 9 years
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -- Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda disclosed his 15 notable accomplishments in an email to the Philippines News Agency Friday.

First, Salceda said, is that the province posted the lowest poverty incidence among the provinces of the Bicol Region -- 32 percent in 2006, which went down to 24 percent in 2015, a decrease of 8 percent or 4 percent lower than the national figure. The national poverty incidence was clipped only by 2 percent.

In terms of education, there have been 88,444 college scholars sponsored by the Provincial Government of Albay while the province ranked 19th in the National Achievement Test, up from the previous ranking of 177.

The beneficiaries of PhilHealth rose from 18,000 to 172,000 while the collection of hospitals owned by the provincial government increased from Php1.7 million to Php120 million.

The sixth achievement he made, Salceda said, is the influx of foreign tourists from 8,700 in 2006 to 374,000 in 2015.

With the addition of domestic tourists, the number jumped from 123,000 to 1.4 million.

The 95,000 sacks of rice produced earlier rose to 150,000 in 2015, or from 74-percent sufficiency to 104-percent sufficiency.

Also, from the 6,300 hectares of forests in 2003, the number jumped to 26,000 in 2006 to 53,000 in 2015.

Albay became the No. 1 Province in Governance from 2010-2013 based on DILG Pamana ng Lahi Award.

Salceda also mentioned Albay’s zero casualty goal during disasters as an achievement.

For his 11th accomplishment, he said, he has established the Climate Change Academy, Provincial Education Department (the only LGU in the Philippines with a permanent office for education) and Albay Agri Adaptation Center (with IRRI).

The governor said he also modernized the Bicol University, including establishment of the BU College of Medicine and the BU Albay Sports Complex.

Under his watch, the province hosted the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, the most successful in the Department of Education’s history with 18,000 participants, 40,000 national visitors and 120,000 regional visitors.

He also modernized the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital -- including the Philhealth Ward, acquisition of Php680 million modern equipment, construction of Emergency Room Trauma, construction of Health Center and soon, Cancer Institute and 600-bed capacity hospital.

For his last accomplishment, he modernized provincial hospitals, especially Duran Hospital and Ziga Hospital, and established four new LGU hospitals -- Polangui, Guinobatan, Bacacay and Daraga.

Salceda said his administration achieved these accomplishments with the help of every Albayano, saying the secret of Albay is its being one community.

"We have the same spirit of consensus building, mutual understanding because Albay is one community. We shared goals, shared values, shared dreams and shared impacts," he said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD

Shipment of medical equipment for Legazpi hospital from US to arrive next week
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The shipment of the first four of six containers of medical equipment donated by the World Medical Relief Inc. (WMRI) based in Detroit, Michigan, USA is expected to arrive here anytime next week.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Friday said that Ambassador David Zarate, a US-based Filipino doctor, was impressed by the plan and design of the city hospital and vowed to have the equipment delivered to Legazpi City as soon as possible.

Zarate, his wife and other members of the WMRI inspected the area of the on-going construction of the health facility on June 20.

Rosal the city and its constituents are very lucky as the WMRI has chosen Legazpi City as one of the beneficiaries of medical equipment, which can save for the local coffer almost Php84 million.

The equipment include X-ray machine, CT scan, laboratory gadgets, dialysis machines, tables and other medical equipment to be used for the operation of the hospital.

There will also be medicines.

The project is being constructed through a counterparting agreement between the Department of Health, which poured in Php60 million, and the local government unit of Legazpi City, which gave a share of Php20 million.

Its classification is level one hospital, which will have an operating room with standard equipment, sterilization, supplies and beds.

The hospital is located within a 3,000-square-meter lot owned by the city inside the eight-hectare central business district at the heart of the city in Barangay Bitano.

Rosal said the civil works of the project are now having final touches and he expects to have a soft opening for its operation this coming October.

“We will initially put up 25-50 beds plus additional beds and other medical amenities to be donated by the US-based Filipinos,” he added.

Rosal described the project as a state-of-the-art public hospital, which will be one of the most modern public health facilities in the entire Bicol.

It will be manned by professional doctors, nurses, midwives and other medical personnel who will render health care services to the city’s indigent patients and those of neighboring municipalities.

Upon completion of this project, the hospital can offer medical services to less serious cases, simple surgical operations and emergency treatment, among others.

The mayor said the operation of this health facility would decongest the highly congested Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital that presently caters to the medical needs of patients from the entire province of Albay and neighboring provinces.

Rosal said the city will shoulder the yearly operational expenses of the hospital that require at least Php50 million for salaries and wages of medical practitioners who will manage the hospital operation.(PNA) PGL/FGS/EPS/CBD

Salceda thanks Capitol employees for supporting him for 9 years
By Nancy ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- Governor Joey Sarte Salceda thanked the department heads and employees of the Provincial Government of Albay during the midyear assessment activity of the province at the Albay Astrodome Thursday.

Salceda said his administration succeeded because of the cooperation of every individual at the Capitol, adding Albay's secret lies in its being one community.

"We have the same spirit of consensus building and mutual understanding because Albay is one community. We shared goals, shared values, shared dreams and shared impacts," he said.

In shared goals, the governor said, he meant zero casualty, millennium development goal, sustainable development goal and speedy recovery after calamities.

Salceda said the Bible of his administration is his principle of constant kindness, stressing his programmatic themes.

First theme, he said, is the "Albay Mabuhay", with which his administration worked on after super typhoon "Reming" hit the province in 2006.

"It was rebuilding our boat after the province was devastated by a very strong typhoon. The theme was focused on the rising of the province after the calamity, including the reconstruction with relocation in 18 months, disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation, environmental protection and agriculture and food security," he said. .

The second theme is "Albay Rising", which means all are included in the road to development and no one will be left behind, especially in education and health.

The third is "Albay Boom", which he dubbed as "Paddling Towards Our Destination" to expand economic base in tourism, agriculture diversification and small and medium enterprises.

Salceda mentioned the fourth as "Albay Rocks" or towards big-time flex competitiveness for light industrialization and energy development.

He admitted that his administration did not succeed in bringing big industries to the province but, he said, the province can still achieve this.

During the occasion, the outgoing governor lauded the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Harold Imperial.

Thanks to the best vice governor of Albay," he said.

He said all the ordinances and resolutions asked by the Office of the Governor were unanimously passed by the council, which, he said, is his partner.

In this connection, Imperial praised and also thanked Salceda who, he said, should be given a tribute fit for the best and most successful governor the province ever had.

"Let us give our gratitude to the man who stirred our shift to the direction of excellence and progress. We need to understand how our leadership and governance made the necessary and significant impact on the many aspects of our lives in addressing our concerns and challenges and in delivering the the promise of genuine service to all Albayanos," the vice governor said.

During the occasion, Salceda gave certificates of commendation to the provincial officials and employees.

Nely Tejada, human resource and management officer of the province, said more that 1,500 employees of the provincial capitol attended the occasion. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD

FDA warns public on using unregistered products

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bicol has warned the public against the use of a product labelled as "Guyabano Juice" with unapproved health claims.

In the advisory emailed to the Philippines News Agency Friday, the FDA explained that the product claims that it has a natural cancer cell killer, 10,000 times stronger than drug used in chemotherapy.

Further, it said, this product claims to have health benefits, which are not duly approved by FDA.

The product's label claimed that the guyabano has cancer-curing abilities; lowers high blood pressure; keeps bones healthy; is rich in vitamin C, B1, B and potassium; boost good cholesterol level; and prevents anemia, migraine, urinary tract infection, leg cramps and pregnancy complications.

The product is not registered with the FDA, including all aforementioned claims.

Taking food and or food supplements that have not undergone evaluation and testing in terms of safety and quality may present harmful effects to one's health, the FDA said.

The food products that are not registered with the FDA should not contain any misleading, deceptive, and false claims in their labels that will provide erroneous impression on products' character, the agency said.

The FDA is exercising it mandate to continue informing the public about the unauthorized selling of the product.

For more information and inquiries, the agency advises the public to send an email to to report any distribution of unregistered health products or call the telephone numbers 857-1991 to 93. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD

Bicol posts lowest dengue cases nationwide in Q2
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The Bicol Region registered the lowest number of dengue cases in the second quarter of this year among the country's 18 regions.

Noemi Bron, health and education and Promotion Officer III of the Department of Health-Bicol, said that based on the record from May 29 to date, there have been 678 cases recorded in the region.

Region 4A chalked up the most number of dengue cases at 6,867.

Among the Bicol provinces, Camarines Sur listed 283 cases; Albay, 157; Masbate, 102; Sorsogon, 65; Camarines Norte, 48 and Catanduanes, 22.

One individual from Bukidnon acquired dengue in Sorsogon.

Bron attributed the low incidence of dengue in Bicol to the strong campaign of DOH-Bicol against dengue and the cooperation of the community.

She said that included in the enhanced action of the agency is the integrated dengue vector control program through the cooperation of other departments like the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government and others.

The DOH-Bicol also conducted an information drive that included forum and training simultaneous with announcements over the radio. (PNA) LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD

Saturday, June 25, 2016

9 to get DENR awards for environmental care

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- Nine individuals, corporations and private and government entities will receive the 16th Saringaya awards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on June 27 at the Casablanca Suites, Legazpi City.

The awardees are Energy Development Corp.'s Bacon-Manito Geothermal Project, Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. and Tiwi Facility of the Philippine Geothermal Production Co. Inc. for private entities; the local government units of Naga City and Sorsogon Environment and Natural Resources Office; Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges for academe; TAO-KALIKASAN Foundation of the Philippines Inc. for non-government organization; and Joshua B. Guinto and Abner B. Avisola for the individual category.

All awardees underwent a series of screenings and evaluations and were found to have significant programs and projects that have significant positive impact on the environment.

Each will receive a trophy that has a design that symbolizes the origin of the award.

The Saringaya awards, Saringaya is Bicol term for bountiful, started in 2000 and continued up to the present to encourage more individuals and entities to promote environmental conservation and protection.

The occasion will be led by incoming Regional Director Crisma Paje Rodriguez, niece of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje who will be the guest of honor.

Rodriguez took over engineer Gilbert Gonzalez who will be the head of the Environmental Management Bureau Central Office. (PNA) JFM/FGS/VTV/CBD

9-month pregnant woman, father nabbed for drug pushing
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- Members of the Legazpi City Police Station and Albay Police Provincial Office's Provincial Intelligence Branch arrested a nine-month pregnant woman and her father in the act of selling shabu in a buy-bust operation in Purok 2, Barangay Sabang, Legazpi City, Albay, at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

Supt. Jose Esico, LCPS chief, identified the suspect as Rochelle V. Esplana, 29, on family way for nine months now, and her father, Rogelio D. Esplana, 53, a porter and resident of the place.

Esico said they had been monitoring the activities of the father-and-daughter tandem for several days and set the operation up after finding them positive to selling drugs.

He said they immediately planned for the operation and executed it.

Esico's group seized seven sachets of shabu from the suspects.(PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD

Police to revive environmental desk in Bicol
by Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The Police Regional Office (PRO 5) here will revive its Police Environmental Desk Office (PEDO) in police stations in cities and towns in Bicol which will act on the complaints and problems regarding environmental destruction like illegal mining, illegal logging and illegal fishing.

Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez, PRO5 regional director, said he has been receiving reports of the continuous illegal mining operation, illegal fishing and rampant cutting of trees in mountains and even lowlands.

He said they have been long planning to revive the PEDOs but they have been very busy, especially during the elections.

Marquez said the PEDO has long been inactive in police stations and many officers now do not know about its role and functions.

The PEDO will receive complaints, reports and information and will act to arrest suspects engaged in illegal operations relative to mining, fishing and tree cutting.

He said he will call for a meeting of the provincial directors to form and train the PEDO members.

Marquez said that Mar Guidote, USAID country director for the Philippines, has promised to give budgetary assistance and equipment for the project. (PNA) LAM/FGS/JH/CBD

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

Man dies in strange way
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- A 32-year-old man fell asleep, dropped into a fishpond, came out safe but got his feet entangled in "kangkong" plants and bumped his head on hard wood at Barangay Sabang, Bulusan, Sorsogon at about 6:35 a.m. Tuesday.

A police report identified the victim as Noli E. Galan, who was a special child and resident of Barangay Looban, Bulusan.

The report reaching Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here said the victim was walking when he felt sleepy and lay down at the side of the fishpond but fell in to the pond in the process.

He was seen coming out of the pond but when he was about to walk, his feet got entangled, causing him to fall at the other part of the fishpond where there were hard wood and stones to which his head bumped.

Galang was rushed to the Bulusan Rural Health Unit but was declared dead on arrival due to celebral hemorrhage. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/RSM

PNP-Bicol chief, 6 provincial heads undergo drug test
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., Police Regional Office 5 director, and Bicol's six provincial directors submitted themselves to voluntary drug testing Wednesday inside Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here to manifest to incoming president Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and incoming Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa that the PNP Bicol supports them in their fight against illegal drugs.

Marquez had earlier asked the provincial directors of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon and Masbate to join him in the drug testing, together with his directorial staff.

Members of the PNP Crime Laboratory at the camp got urine samples from Marquez and his subordinate officials for laboratory examination, whose results will be known Thursday.

Marquez then asked the six provincial directors to order their chiefs of police to undergo drug test and make a random testing of their men, especially those suspected of using illegal drug.

Whoever is found positive to the drug test faces a strong punishment from the PNP national leadership, he said. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/RSM

Drug pusher dies in shootout with cops; 1 arrested

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- Instead of giving up, a 38-year-old alleged drug pusher shot it out with arresting police officers from San Jose Municipal Police Station (SJMPS) and Lagonoy MPS who were about to serve a search warrant in Gawad Kalinga Site, Barangay Telegrafo, San Jose, Camarines Sur about 4 p.m. Monday, a police report reaching Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here said Wednesday.

Police officers tried to bring the dying suspect, Roy S. Abragan, 38, to the Partido District Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Abragan's companion, Jarmark Hara, who was a target of another search warrant, surrendered peacefully.

Recovered from Abragan was a caliber 22 gun with four bullets while seized from Hara were four sachets of suspected shabu, .45-caliber pistol bullets and drug paraphernalia.

Senior Insp. Bernardo Peñero and Senior Andrew Alcomendas, chiefs of police of SJMPS and LMPS, respectively, served the search warrants signed by Judge Ma. Angela Acompañado-Arroyo after verifying a report on the scheduled transaction of the suspects. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD

Female drug pusher, buyer fall in Masbate buy-bust operation

MASBATE CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- A female drug pusher and buyer were apprehended in a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of the Masbate City Police Station (MCPS) and Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Masbate Police Provincial Office on Monday afternoon along Boulevard Extension, Barangay Ibingay here.

The police led by Chief Insp. Norlando F. Mesa, MCPS deputy chief of police, arrested suspects Sharon G. Burdeos, 33, separated, jobless and resident of Sitio Matungao, Barangay Tugbo, and Jaylord E. Carmen, 18, single and a resident of Barangay Nursery -- both of Masbate City.

They recovered from Burdeos’ possession one piece of pink sling bag (Lacoste brand) containing a small, colored green pouch with six medium-sized heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Also recovered were a multi-colored pouch containing PHP1,100, a black face powder container with two aluminum foils, an empty medium-sized transparent plastic sachet which is believed to have shabu residue, a disposable lighter and two mobile phones (Alcatel and SKK brands).

Mesa said they suspected Carmen that had been buying shabu from Burdeos.

All recovered pieces of evidence were accounted and sealed in the presence of the suspects and witnesses Rey B. Ubac and Raul Nadal -- both village officials of Barangay Ibingay, and Danny V. Liao, Department of Justice representative.

The arrested persons and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to the MCPS for proper disposition and appropriate charges are now being prepared against them before the Masbate City Prosecutor’s Office, Masbate City.(PNA) FFC/FGS/NBT/CBD

Cops nab 2 Albay village chiefs, 6 others in illegal gambling raid

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- Police operatives on Tuesday arrested eight people, two of them village chiefs, in separate illegal gambling raids in Daraga town in Albay, a report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office here said Wednesday.

The police raiding team also seized at least Php271,942.75 in bet money in a “poker” game at the Maranaw Restobar and Josephine Ihaw-ihaw and Food Service in Barangay Sipi, Daraga town, according to Police Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson.

Calubaquib said the raid was initiated by the Daraga Municipal Police Station where its men arrested Wilfredo Nayve, 47, village chief and resident of Barangay (village) Market Site, Daraga; Napo Cardel, 53, village chief of Barangay Binanuahan, Legazpi.

Others collared were Margie Barcelon, 51, of Barangay Sagpon; Elvie Mapagdalita, 44, of Barangay Bagumbayan; Dick Galicia, 50, of Barangay Sagpon; Noel Repolles, 39, of Barangay Sagpon; Michael Millena, 39, of Barangay Tagas -- all in Daraga town -- and Edgar Manzano, 18, resident of Barangay 16 in this city.

The arrested persons, confiscated bet money and gambling paraphernalia were brought to the Daraga town police station for documentation and filing of illegal gambling charges against the suspects. (PNA) LAP/FGS/MSA/CBD/RSM

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

16,442 dogs in 68 Legazpi villages get vaccination

LEGAZPI CITY, June 21 (PNA) -– The Legazpi City Veterinary Office (CVO) has recorded a total of 16,442 dogs vaccinated in 68 out of the 70 villages of this city.

This was done during the recently-conducted high-density vaccination spearheaded by the city anti-rabies vaccination team, Dr. Nancy Andes, city veterinary officer, said Tuesday.

Andes said her office is now in the process of surveying the dog owners in the two remaining barangays and surely the number of dogs to be vaccinated will increase after the vaccination work of the team will be finished, probably next week.

Anti-rabies vaccination is an annual activity of the CVO as part of eliminating the negative effects of animal bites as well as to maintain the city's status as a zero-rabies territory.

Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of the people, which may cause loss of appetite, weakness and death of the victim.

Andes said that based on the data gathered from the City Health Office, in 2015, the CHO posted 1,650 animal bites -- usually by dogs and cats.

“In the first five months of 2016, the CHO recorded 375 animal bites but we have no death case from rabies virus because we strictly implement the dog vaccination program in the barangays,” she added.

The city veterinarian urged all pet owners to always make themselves responsible for caring their pets to lessen the cases of animal bite.

At the age of three months, the dogs and cats should be vaccinated already and the owners of the animals should always consult a veterinarian regarding the status of the health of their animals, Andes said.

After this anti-rabies vaccination, the CVO will conduct stray dog elimination in order to prevent the widespread circulation of rabies virus in the community, she said.

The CVO will also have a search for Outstanding Barangay Health Workers in December with the following criteria: 100-percent dog population survey, 100-percent rabies vaccination as well as rabies awareness and participation in programs in the barangay concerning rabies.

It will also select three best performing large barangays and three small villages under the criteria of 100-percent dog vaccination, zero stray dogs, programs implemented and ordinance enacted related to rabies control.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD

Poor Bicol villages get PHP689M for school buildings
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 21 (PNA) -- Poor villages in need of additional classrooms in Bicol have received a total grant of PHP689 million for the construction, rehabilitation and repair of 473 school buildings from 2002 to the present from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia on Tuesday said the financial assistance was given under the community-driven development (CDD) program of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) that seeks to help alleviate poverty.

Of the total school buildings, there have been 254 already completed and the rest are under construction.

These will benefit 115,737 households, Garcia said.

Luz Jubelo, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of Donsol, Sorsogon, said classrooms are vital for her children’s education so she proactively participated in the construction of their one unit, three-classroom school building in Barangay Dancalan, which was implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS.

Projects under Kalahi-CIDSS following the CDD approach are identified by the residents themselves and funded based on the approval of the people through the Barangay Assembly and undergoes the public’s consensual decision in the municipal prioritization activity called Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum (MIBF).

The management of funds and resources are directly given to the elected residents of their respective projects with the assistance of the barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs).

To date, LGUs provided their local counterpart contribution of PHP69.9 million for these school buildings.

“Ang tutok ng Kalahi-CIDSS ay CDD. Ibig sabihin, magkakasama ang mamayan na susuriin ‘yung kanilang sitwasyon at sila ‘yung magtutukoy kung ano ‘yung mahalagang proyekto na nagbibigay solusyon sa kanilang nakitang pangunahing problema (The focus of Kalahi-CIDSS is CDD. Meaning, the citizens come together to review their situation and they will also identify important projects that will provide solutions to their main problems found),” Garcia quoted DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman as saying.

The operations of the CDD approach expanded into a national scale, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS.

There are 101 poor municipalities in Bicol that have under expansion from 2014 to 2019 with a total of grant of PHP4.5 billion.

From 2002 to present, there have been 4,283 community-identified projects that will provide basic access infrastructures, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation in 106 municipalities for Bicol Region alone.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD

Death penalty is under the Constitution -- Salceda
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 21 (PNA) -- "Follow the Constitution!"

This was the statement of Albay Governor and Congressman-elect Joey Sarte Salceda in an interview with the Philippines News Agency Tuesday about his stand on the plans of the incoming Duterte administration to impose death penalty.

The outgoing Albay governor emphasized that before the death penalty can be implemented, it must be studied carefully and must be done in accordance with the law of the land.

"The Constitution is the law of the land, we must obey and follow it," Salceda added.

He explained that the police force must investigate fully and, in this connection, the Public Attorney's Office must be given fund in order to defend the rights of the poor -- and justice must prevail.

Most of the accused that are in the death row are poor -- those who don't have knowledge in law and of their rights, the governor explained.

Republic Act 7659 or An Act to Impose the Death Penalty on Certain Heinous Crimes, amending for the purpose the revised penal laws and for other purposes, provides that under the Constitution, specifically Article III, Section 19 paragraph (1) thereof, "Excessive fines shall not be imposed nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall death penalty be imposed, unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it".

The crimes punishable by death under this Act are heinous for being grievous, odious and hateful offenses and which, by reason of their inherent or manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity are repugnant and outrageous to the common standards and norms of decency and morality in a just, civilized and ordered society.

The alarming upsurge of such crimes has resulted not only in the loss of human lives and wanton destruction of property but has also affected the nation's efforts towards sustainable economic development and prosperity while at the same time has undermined the people's faith in the Government and the latter's ability to maintain peace and order in the country.

The Congress -- in the interest of justice, public order and the rule of law, and the need to rationalize and harmonize the penal sanctions for heinous crimes -- finds compelling reasons to impose the death penalty for said crimes. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD

DSWD-Bicol to release latest database of poor Bicolanos
By Samuel M. Toledo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol will release the updated database of the households in the Bicol Region that are considered poor on Wednesday at the Hotel St. Ellis here.

The new database was the result of the household assessment conducted by the Listahanan in 2015, covering all the rural and urban areas in the six provinces’ 107 municipalities, seven cities and 3,471 barangays across the region.

Listahanan, formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that identifies who the poor Bicolanos are and where they are located.

The database will provide the different social protection stakeholders’ information that could serve as relevant basis in identifying the right beneficiaries.

DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said the highlight of the event is the presentation of the latest profile of poor households in the Bicol Region.

“A presentation on the innovations applied in the 2015 Listahanan assessment will also be done as well as the methodology and models used in identifying the poor,” Garcia said.

Meanwhile DSWD’s Assistant Secretary and Director of Information Management Bureau Noel M. Macalalad will be the guest speaker of the database release.

The launching is expected to be participated in by different local government units, government agencies, non-government organizations, academe and the media. (PNA) LAP/FGS/SMT/CBD/SSC

PNA, Bicol University ink student internship pact
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- The Philippines News Agency (PNA) and the Bicol University have again signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) showing the former's commitment to the latter to train more future journalists.

The MOU was signed Friday afternoon in front of hundreds of journalism students and faculty members of the Print and Broadcast Department of BU College of Arts and Letters.

PNA acting executive editor Luis A. Morente delivered his inspirational message and urged the students to work harder and motivate themselves to become what they want to be.

The MOU is a contract that allows students of BU to undertake the PNA internship program here in Bicol and in the central office.

Under the MOU, the PNA shall:

* Assist in the implementation of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program in partnership with the Bicol University and subsequently endorse employment referral mechanisms with institutional partners, linkages and networks;

* Select the student-trainees from the academic institution partner through its set of guidelines, standard screening and curricular requirements;

* Implement the program with its institutional partner as an avenue for the qualified and accepted student-trainees for them to write news reports and feature articles, and who wish to be trained on developmental slants/angles and whose stories shall be credited as part of their practicum.

On the other hand, the BU shall:

* Recommend the student-trainees who are officially enrolled in their junior year and have complied with academic standards and curricular requirements to undergo the OJT Program;

* Comply with the qualification criteria for student-trainees who possess good moral character, in good standing and with general weighted average grade of 85 percent;

* Inform the student-trainees that incidental expenses related to the OJT program are to be borne by the student-trainees as part of the curricular requirements;

* Assist the student-trainees in the implementation of the program and that the latter are duty-bound to the academic institution for the work program and number of hours required in the OJT;

* Require the student-trainees to execute the waiver for any deviation from the work assignments or school activities unrelated to the OJT Program;

* Adopt the standard assessment and evaluation mechanisms based on curricular requirements and template by contracting parties, respecting confidentiality and privileged communication in the performance and upon completion of the OJT Program; and,

Perform academic duties, rules and regulations concerning the students-trainees welfare and well-being under existing laws.

After the MOU signing, one of the highlights of the program was the graduation of the 16 PNA Interns who had successfully completed the 200-hour on-the-job training last summer. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD/SSC

Phivolcs closely watching Mt. Bulusan
By Rhaydz B. Barcia

SORSOGON CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is closely monitoring the restive Mt. Bulusan, which has recently exploded twice in a span of one week.

Mt. Bulusan erupted at about 1:03 p.m. Sunday.

Last week, the volcano exploded at 11:35 a.m., emitting ash column of about 6,562 feet or 2,000 kilometers high.

Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist in Bicol, said Mt. Bulusan's Sunday explosion was steam-driven, spewing 300-meter ash column above the crater.

The event lasted for seven minutes.

“The explosion is a bit weak, not so energetic and lacked pressure. The steam-driven explosion was just 300 meters above the crater,” he said.

The Phivolcs official said the recent explosion is also phreatic or steam-driven in nature.

Last week, the explosion lasted for about five minutes, based on the seismic record, which a high-column ash that drifted towards the northwest portion of the volcano.

Mt. Bulusan, some 70 kilometers southeast of Mayon volcano and approximately 250 km southeast of Manila, suddenly ejected a grayish cauliflower-shaped steam ash after a week.

Bulusan's last magmatic eruption took place more than 40 years ago.

The volcano is one of the active volcanoes in the country with an elevation of 1,547 meters above the sea level and is said to have been formed almost 40,000 years ago.

The mountain has four hot springs and four craters, just like a caldera, which was formed due to eruptions.

One of these craters is Crater No. 1, which is called Blackbird Lake and is 20 meters in diameter and 15 meters deep.

The oval Crater No. 2 is 60 meters by 30 meters and 15 meters deep; crater No. 3 is about 90 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep, while Crater No. 4, which is near the northeastern rim, opened during the 1981 eruption.

There is also a 100-meter fissure, measuring 5 to 8 meters wide, below Crater No. 4.

Aside from the four calderas formed due to eruption, the volcano has several hot springs surrounding it -- San Benon Springs, Mapaso Springs, San Vicente Springs and Masacrot Springs.

Its adjacent volcanic edifices are Mt. Homahan, Mt. Binitacan, Mt. Batuan, Mt. Calungalan, Mt. Calaunan, Mt. Tabon-Tabon, Mt. Juban and Mt. Jormajan.

The volcano has erupted 15 times.

The last major eruption of Mt. Bulusan took place in the 17th century.

Bulusan volcano is classified as stratavolcano (composite volcano) and one of the most active volcanoes in the country with a base diameter of 15 kilometers.

The volcano’s seismic monitoring network did not record any volcanic earthquake during the past 24-hour observation period when the explosion took place.

Steaming activity could not be observed due to rain clouds covering the summit.

Precise leveling survey results from April 27 to May 5, 2016 indicated slight deflationary changes of the edifice relative to the February eruption.

However, the ground deformation measurements from continuous GPS data as of June 2 indicated a slight inflation of the edifice since May.

Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Mt. Bulusan, indicating that hydrothermal processes are underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.

The local government units near he volcano and the public are reminded that entry into the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft, the Phivolcs advised.

Similarly, residents living along river channels -- especially on the southwest and northwest sector of the edifice, should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahar in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.(PNA) JMC/FGS/RBB/CBD

Mt. Bulusan quiet after Sunday afternoon blast
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- Mt. Bulusan calmed down anew after a seven-minute steam-driven ash explosion at 1:03 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Monday.

Resident volcanologist Crispolo Deolata said the Philvolcs recorded two quakes during the past 24-hour observation period.

Aside from this, the tip of the volcano is no longer visible due to the clouds covering it. It is also drizzling now in Sorsogon province.

Deolata said Sunday's blast was mild and the ash spewed reached 300 meters high. This is far different from the June 10 phreatic explosion that spewed ash as high as two kilometers.

The ash fell on the surrounding villages and almost 8,000 residents were affected.

While this Sunday's event registered only two quakes, the Phivolcs recorded more than 100 jolts on June 10.

Despite the relative hush, Deolata warned against any human activity or entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone.

He said the volcano still poses danger to residents as a phreatic explosion may occur anytime while alert level one is raised.

The Phivolcs official also warned of possible lahar flows once rains continue pouring as these would certainly bring down old and new deposits.

To be affected are barangays Cogon and Patag in Irosin and Barangay Aniog in Juban.

Deolata said the most common targets of ash fall are barangays Inlagadian and Mabini in Casiguran, and Puting Sapa and Aniog in Juban town.

He said there are still no evacuees in Sorsogon and that the Phivolcs continuously coordinates with the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. (PNA) JMC/FGS/NIM/CBD/EBP

Phivolcs warns 13,000 residents of Albay town vs pyroclastics, lahar flows
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned 13,000 residents of villages in Guinobatan town to be directly hit by pyroclastic and lahar deposits from damaged river channels along the slopes of Mayon Volcano once heavy rains brought by the La Nina phenomenon pour down.

Dr. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist said the local government unit of Guinobatan and residents should be well prepared for the threatening danger, especially to residents in Barangay Maninila and Barangay Masarawag because they would the ones to be hit first by million of tons of deposits that cascaded down the river channels and created another routes last year due to heavy rains and storms.

He said his fellow geologists from the head office in Manila are conducting mapping in the area and the Phivolcs Legazpi is waiting for the results as to the volume of the deposits threatening the residents, what areas are to be hit and the final recommendation of the scientists.

Engineer Eufronio Garcia, officer in charge of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Southern Luzon and Bicol, said these areas in Guiobatan will be among those greatly affected.

Based on the record of the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office headed by Dr. Cedric Daep, almost 3,203 families or 13,403 individals are under threat in seven villages of Guinobatan in the different parts of the destroyed river channel along slopes of the volcano.

These are barangays Maninila, Masarawag, Tandarora, Dona Tomasa, Muladbucad Grande and Muladbucad Pequeno, San Rafael and the upper part of Travesia.

Residents threatened by the deposited pyroclastic materials like boulders and sand are 1,739 families or 8,144 individuals in barangays Maninila, Masarawag, Muladbucad Grande and Muladbucad Pequeno.

There are 1,464 families or 5,259 residents in Baragay Tandarora and Barangay San Rafael.(PNA) BNB/FGS/JH/CBD

PRO5 honors cop who gunned down fellow cop who robbed LBC Legazpi branch

LEGAZPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez on Monday morning honored and awarded the brave police officer who responded and killed a fellow officer who held up the LBC Branch in Old Albay District, Legazpi City, at about 1:20 p.m. last June 8.

The honor was conferred on PO1 Milgar Nocos, a member of the Traffic Division of the Legazpi City Police Station (LCPS), after the Monday 7:30 a.m. flag ceremony at Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City.

Nocos was given the PNP Merit Medal by Marquez in recognition of his heroism when he killed PO2 Ronnie Sandrino, a member of the Pilar Municipal Police Station, who shot it out with him after robbing the LBC outlet and got away with PHP11,000.

Marquez said the PRO5 members should emulate the bravery and loyalty of Nocos in the service of the public.

After the honor ceremony inside the camp, Nocos and Legazpi City Chief of Police Supt. Jose Esico went to the office of Mayor Noel E. Rosal where the city chief executive stressed the importance of the recognition to a new but heroic police officer.

Rosal said it is but fitting that the city honors Nocos for defying the danger in the performance of his duty, even though it was a fellow officer who was involved.

He also extolled the LCPS leadership for its continuous campaign against illegal drug operations in the city.

The mayor said the LCPS arrests drug pushers almost daily but still encouraged Esico to intensify more their operations.

The police officers catch not only small-time drug personalities but also those considered "big fish", he said. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD/EBP

Woman electrocuted by cellphone being charged
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAPI CITY, June 20 (PNA) -- Her parents found their 27-year-old daughter lying on the floor, believed electrocuted by the cellphone she was charging, inside their house in Canda St., Barangay Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City, Camarines Sur at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

A police report said her parents found Angelie B. Regalado lying on the floor at the second story of their house while the burned cellphone was still on top of her breast near her neck, making them conclude that the lady was charging her cellphone.

The cellphone's wire and insulator were also burned and still plugged in the female socket.

Her parents tried to rush Regalado to the Mother Seton Hospital but she was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending doctor. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/CBD/EBP

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Cops nab 3 for illegal mining in Camarines Norte
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 17 (PNA) -- Members of the Paracale Municipal Police Station (PMPS) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) of Daet town caught three men in the act of illegally mining in Sitio Bulaay, Barangay Palanas, Paracale, Camarines Norte, at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A police report identified the suspects as Roger C. Abad, 32, gold panner and resident of Purok 8, Barangay Gumaos, Jose Panganiban; Joseph G. Cambiado, 30, tagger operator, and resident of Purok 4, Barangay Luklukan Norte, Jose Panganiban, and Alkouriza Aguil, a resident of Purok 1, Barangay Batobalani, Paracale -- all of Camarines Norte.

The law enforcers led by Senior Insp. Lister A. Saygo and Senior Insp. Steve dela Rosa also confiscated from the suspect assorted mining tools like five cap lamps, two submersible pumps, one blower and two sacks of mineral ore.

They brought the arrested suspects to the PMPS and the seized tools to the CIDT. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/cbd

Sea guardians net 12 illegal fishers
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 17 (PNA) -- Members of the Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bantay Dagat and municipal police station of Sipocot town in Camarines Sur caught 12 fishermen in the act of illegally fishing in the villages of Anib, Cotmo and Calampinay at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The law enforcers led by Chief Insp. Jerome Regachuelo were on a seaborne patrol when they found the fishermen doing the illegal activity.

Arrested were Pedro DL.Villacruel, Apollo DL. Villacruel, Ricky Y. San Juan, Crisologo R. San Juan, Michael C. Yanson, Arix R. San Juan, Ryan Dela Concepcion, Marcel S. Baer, Roland R. Pinangag, Camelo P. Bincolado, Alex S. Villajean and Alejandro A. Abanto.

All suspects are residents of Barangay Castillo, Cabusao, Camarines Sur.

The sea guardians also confiscated the suspects' motorized boat, six mesh fish nets and 30 kilos of various fish species.

Regachuelo said they launched the seaborne patrol at the seas off Sipocot town due to the complaints of local fishermen about the encroachment of illegal fishers from other places in their fishing area. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/cbd

Salceda wants OCD detached from NDRRMC

LEGAZPI CITY, June 17 (PNA) -- It's about time to separate the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and make it a separate agency that will focus on the program of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said Friday.

Salceda said one of the bills that he will submit to Congress this July once he formally assumes office as congressman of the 2nd District of Albay is to detach the OCD from the NDRRMC and make it a new agency to be called the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

He noted that present, the OCD is held back in the implementation of its programs, especially in responding to the onslaught of various calamities like typhoon because it does not have its own disaster fund, has no mobile equipment to be used in disaster response, lacks personnel and other problems.

The outgoing Albay governor, a climate change adaptation expert, said that if the OCD becomes a real agency, it will have its own budget, office, personnel, facilities, and equipment.

"It is important that OCD has its own budget, especially for disaster fund, so that it will no longer rely on other agencies to speed up response to any form of approaching calamity," he said.

Salceda said that through the NDMA, the release of disaster fund would be expedited for immediate preparation for the coming calamity, unlike the present practice that the funding comes out only after a calamity.

"Under this proposed new agency, officials can give more attention to the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation like what Albay is doing now," he said.

The new agency should study and prepare a comprehensive land use and relocation plan for the entire country and study how to fight different big calamities like the dreaded sea level rise and other disasters brought about by global warming and climate change.

It should study and plan for the relocation of coastal residents and provision of livelihood to affected fishermen.

Salceda said that based on his own study as a climate change champion, disaster comes and happens faster than expected in many places because no one moves to fight it. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/cbd

Friday, June 17, 2016

Landslide buries driver alive inside truck
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 16 (PNA) -- A driver was buried alive inside his truck when a part of the mountain in Sitio Pinaric, Barangay Ogod, Donsol, Sorsogon, eroded around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

A police report identified the victim as Salvador M. Cadag, 40, a resident of the place, who was rushed to the Donsol District Hospital after being dug out by a rescue team but was declared dead on arrival by the attending doctor.

The report said Cadag saw the sliding soil and large trees going towards the parked truck beside the mountain and quickly went inside to move it to a safe place.

However, tons of eroded soil buried him and the truck.

Residents said heavy rains in Donsol in the past days was the likely cause of the sudden soil erosion. (PNA) LAM/FGS/JH/CBD/EDS

Bicol netizens to experience better Internet traffic
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 16 (PNA) -- Internet users in the Bicol Region will soon have an improved local Internet traffic quality and better Internet experience

This, after leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT has moved to establish a bilateral IP peering arrangement with Globe Telecom that will give these benefits to the subscribers of both telco operators.

“This is a very positive development and is in line with our digital pivot. We are focused on taking effective measures to improve Internet services in the country. IP peering is one such measure. By keeping local traffic local, we improve the Internet experience of both PLDT and Globe subscribers,” Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT executive vice president and head of enterprise, said in an emailed statement..

The other complementary effective measure, Alberto said, is local caching.

"PLDT is working with global Internet players like Google, Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft to store more popular Internet content in the Philippines so Filipinos can access this more quickly. Caching is needed because about 90 percent of Internet content frequently accessed by Filipinos come from overseas. This is one reason why PLDT is building more state-of-the-art data centers in different parts of the country,” said lawyer Ray C. Espinosa, PLDT Legal and Regulatory Group head and member of the PLDT board of directors.

Another effective measure, Espinosa said, is the utilization of radio frequencies.

"Hence, Smart is quickly integrating the newly accessed frequencies from the San Miguel telco businesses into its mobile network roll-out plan to provide additional capacity to handle the rapid growth of data traffic. Complementing this, PLDT has stepped up its investment in fiber to the home. We currently have about half a million fiber lines, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps already available in certain areas,” he added.

With the peering arrangement, PLDT and Globe will now allow direct local exchange of traffic between PLDT’s Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX) and Globe Internet Exchange (GIX) that is destined to each other’s own broadband and mobile customers.

“The intention here is to keep local traffic within the country which should lower latency due to less hops and, thus, should result in marked improvements in fixed broadband and mobile internet services in the country,” Alberto noted.

Senator Bam Aquino witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PLDT and Globe held in Makati Thursday.

The MOA paves the way for the initial phase of bilateral peering which is localized IP traffic exchange between the PLDT Group broadband and mobile subscribers and Globe Group subscribers, which should be completed 30 days after the execution of the MOA.

It also dictates that the two telcos will work towards executing a fuller bilateral peering agreement within 90 days after the initial phase has been accepted. (PNA) BNB/FGS/CBD/EDS

Masbate town cops nab housewife for drug

LEGAZPI CITY, June 16 (PNA) -- Joint operatives of the Uson Municipal Police Station (UMPS) and the Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Masbate Police Provincial Office arrested a housewife at her residence at Barangay Buenavista, Uson, Masbate, at about 7:48 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Philippine National Police Bicol spokesperson, identified the suspect as Analyn S. Marcaida, 33, from whom the police confiscated 13 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, 10 aluminum foils with suspected drug residue, one magazine, cash money amounting to PHP700,640, one weighing scale, one improvised homemade shotgun, one cal. 22 rifle and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Marcaida and the seized pieces of evidence are now under the custody of the UMPS for proper disposition.

The raiding police were armed with Search Warrant Nos. 2016-74 and 2016-75 issued by Judge Manuel L. Sese of Regional Trial Court Branch 45, Masbate City, covering the residential house of the suspect and her spouse Darwhen L. Marcaida. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD/EDS

Masbate town cops nab man for gun, shabu

LEGAZPI CITY, June 16 (PNA) -– Members of the Mandaon Municipal Police Station, Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Masbate Police Provincial Office and Masbate Criminal Investigation and Detection Team arrested a man for possession of a gun, ammunition and suspected shabu in Barangay Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Caught was Ronaldo D. Rotone from whom the law enforcers confiscated one caliber .45 model MK, two steel magazines for caliber .45, 10 live ammunition for caliber .45, one live ammunition for caliber 9mm and one black inside holster for caliber .45.

The raiding team also seized four small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing crystalline granules believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu, six strips of used aluminum foils, four used small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, four disposable lighters, two rolls of aluminum foil, one improvised tooter, two cellular phones (SKK and CKK mobiles) and cash amounting to PHP2,150 in different denominations.

The police were armed with Search Warrant Nos. T-2016-143 for violation of RA 9165 and T-2016-144 for violation of RA 10591.

Inventory of the confiscated items was made in the presence of Barangay Chairwoman Lilibeth A. Lapida and Gil Rivera, a local media practitioner.

Rotone and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to MMPS for proper disposition, while appropriate case is being prepared against the suspect. (PNA) FFC/FGS/JH/CBD

US Pacific Partnership team in Legazpi on June 27
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY. June 16 (PNA) -- The United States Navy (USN) Pacific Partnership team is expected to arrive in this city on June 27 to provide medical services to the people of Legazpi and neighboring towns, City Health Office chief Fulbert Gillego said Thursday.

Gillego said village chiefs of pre-qualified patients should give them referrals to the US medical team for them to avail of medical services such as medical check-up, minor surgery, optical, dentistry and other public health services.

The USN, in partnership with the Department of Education, will also construct school buildings in different villages of the province, he added.

The US Pacific Partnership is an annual deployment of forces from the USN Pacific Fleet, in cooperation with the local government units and military forces.

Gillego said the USN personnel will teach barangay health workers the proper caring for their patients and interact with students of the Tamaoyan Elementary School in the southern portion of this city to know from them what kind of services the team should give to the people in the community.

The USN crewmen, CHO personnel and other employees of the city will also hold a clean-up activity in different coastal areas of this city, he said.

Gillego said the USN and the personnel of Naval Forces for Southern Luzon will jointly perform a three-day live band entertainment for the local residents at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Albay Astrodome and Bicol University.

The medical mission of the US Pacific Partnership to the Philippines is part of strengthening the relationship and security ties between the two nations.(PNA) BNB/FGS/EPS/CBD

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bicol cops net 10 wanted persons in 2 days
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -– Members of the Police Regional Office 5 hauled to jail nine persons wanted by the courts for various crimes in the past two days.

Arrested on Tuesday were Mario Jose Lorenzo N. Avila, for failure to appear during the scheduled arraignment; Arlene L. Pardines, for violation of a municipal ordinance; Abraham B. Banao, for failure to appear in court hearing for a robbery case, and Noel P. Velasco, violation of Section 68 of PD 705.

Earlier on Monday, police apprehended Fred Dionisio C. Santiago, Jio B. Binamira, Diomedes E. Binamira, Sonny P. Nido, Ricky B. Hantal and Jose R. Ginete.

Avila was arrested in Naga City jeepney terminal by members of Bonbon Municipal Police Station (MPS) on order of Judge Ma. Christine Imperial-Bernarte of Municipal Trial Court of Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Nabua MPS personnel caught Pardines based on a warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Ammelina Bernadette Corazon Palma-Crescini, presiding judge of MCTC, Nabua-Bato Camarines Sur.

With a WOA issued by Vivencio Gregorio G. Atutubo III, presiding judge of RTC Branch 32, Pili, Camarines Sur, operatives of Pili MPS cornered Banao at Barangay Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur.

Lagonoy MPS police officers found Velasco at his residence in Barangay Himagtocon, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur, to whom they presented a WOA signed by Noel Paulite, presiding judge of RTC Branch 30, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

Santiago got cornered at his residence in Barangay Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate, virtue of a WOA for direct assault with frustrated homicide (Contempt of Court) signed by Teofilo B. Tambago, presiding judge of RTC Branch 46, Masbate City.

The Binamiras were caught in Bacacay, Albay, by virtue of a WOA for violation of Section 101 of RA 10654, issued by Carlos Bona, presiding judge of MCTC Sto. Domingo-Manito, Sto Domingo, Albay.

Elements of Sagñay MPS handcuffed Nido in Barangay Nato, Sagñay, Camarines Sur, by virtue of two WOAs for rape by sexual assault and statutory rape, issued by Pedro R. Soriao, presiding judge of RTC Branch 8, Legazpi City.

Hantal did not resist arrest when found at his residence at Barangay Caditaan, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

Ranked as No. 3 Municipal Most Wanted Person of Magallanes, he was ordered arrested for rape by Adolfo G. Fajardo, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 65, Sorsogon City, with no bail recommended.

Sorsogon CPS got hold of Ginete at Barangay Polvorista, Sorsogon City, by virtue of a WOA for Violation of Section 10(a) of RA 7160, issued by Bernardo R. Jimenez, presiding judge of RTC Branch 51, Sorsogon City. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/CBD/EDS

PhilHealth-Bicol makes services easier for public to reach
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Bicol has made its services more easily available to the public.

Anel Santiago, PhilHealth-Bicol public information officer, said that aside from the system package program that their office is giving to the public, the agency added more PhilHealth portals and customer service information system.

Santiago explained that the program aims to lessen the burden of the patients and their family and they will not need to go to the PhilHealth office anymore as the documents are already available in their accredited hospitals.

He added that in order to avail of the services of the PhilHealth, one must be a member for at least three months. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD

Salceda heads Task Force Albay Park and Wildlife
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Albay (PGA) has formed a task force that will focus on the operation of the Albay Park and Wildlife in this city to ensure the safety of local and foreign tourists visiting the park.

The Task Force Albay Park and Wildlife is composed of the representatives of 10 departments of the PGA headed by Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda as chairman with a representative each from the Provincial Veterinary Services Office as vice chairman and those from budget, tourism, engineering, public health, civil security, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) and environment and natural resources departments as members.

Salceda said the task force will manage not only the safety of visitors but also the maintenance of the park and the care of the animals.

The incoming Albay 2nd District congressman said that aside from the amusement that the park can give to the visitors, they should also feel safe, especially that there are added attractions in the park like the newly-bought robotic dinosaurs from China, which cost Php3 million.

Newly arrived attractions are 12 pairs of avian species like exotic ducks and pheasants.

The province is expected to buy more species of animals for the park, Salceda said.

The place is like Disneyland in structure with a new gym, Savannah and gazebo.

The PGA has allotted Php80 million for the betterment of services in the park and wildlife as it is the second most visited spot in Albay, second to the Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga town. (PNA) SCS/FGS/NIM/CBD

Phivolcs warns vs. climbing Mt. Bulusan
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned mountain climbers or mountaineers to avoid climbing the Bulusan Volcano due to the danger posed by a sudden phreatic explosion.

Dr. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, said the present condition of the volcano could not indicate when it would explode.

Laguerta said that aside from ash, there are rocks deposited along the slopes that could slide down if there are individuals, especially within the four-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

He explained that this is the behavior of Mt. Bulusan where Alert Level I has been up since last year due to the series of explosions that have occurred in the volcano since May last year.

Before the recent explosion on Friday, there was as similar episode that happened on Feb. 22.

Laguerta said that on April 9, the Phivolcs recorded another eruption, followed by another on May 10.

He said that a day before the Friday phreatic explosion, the Phivolcs registered 113 volcanic quakes as a result of increase in the temperature of water inside the volcano.

Laguerta warned that once the volcano erupts again, the areas that would be affected are the towns of Casiguran, Juban, Barcelona and Bulusan due to the southwest monsoon.

In this connection, Crispolo Deolata of Phivolcs Sorsogon, said their office did not register any quake during the past 24-hour observation period. (PNA) BNB/FGS/NIM/CBD/EDS

NPA rebels attack 5 motorcycle-riding cops in Masbate town; 1 wounded

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- Suspected New People Army (NPA) rebels attacked five motorcycle-riding policemen on Wednesday, wounding one of them, in a village in Pio V. Corpus town in Masbate, a sketchy report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol regional office said.

The incident happened at about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Casabangan, a village seven kilometers from Pio V. Corpus town proper.

The report said the team of policemen was on its way back to the town police station on board three motorcycles when attacked by suspected NPA rebels.

Police Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said the policemen were able to engage the communist rebels in a firefight.

Calubaquib identified the wounded policeman as PO2 Rodolfo Tayong Jr. who was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Before the attack, the policemen led by Police Insp. Jaime Gonzales provided security assistance at the village fiesta of Barangay Bunducan.

Combined PNP elements and Army soldiers are still in pursuit operation as of press time. (PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD

Kalahi-CIDSS hires 47,283 villagers for 1,304 projects
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- At least 47,283 villagers have been employed by the Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), receiving total wages amounting to PHP97.6 million, in the construction of 1,304 community-managed projects in almost 99 poor municipalities in Bicol from 2015 to present.

The projects are expected to provide basic access infrastructure, basic social services, community production, economic support and common service facilities and environment protection and conservation.

Each laborer receives a minimum of PHP260 per day, depending on the prevailing rate in the locality, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Arnel Garcia said Wednesday.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development (CDD) program of DSWD aimed to reduce poverty in poor villages.

As part of the gender mainstreaming in Kalahi-CIDSS where men and women are given opportunities in labor works, Kalahi-CIDSS hired a total of 9,202 women in the construction of the community projects with a total labor cost of PHP16.1 million, Garcia said.

Moreover, he added, 37 percent of the 47,283 laborers are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who received a total PHP29.3 million for their salaries.

Necita Mesa of Baao, Camarines Sur, a housewife with three children was one of the residents who built their access road.

Her colleague who belongs to the Barangay Subproject Management Committee (BSPMC), the community implementer of the Kalahi-CIDSS project in their village, recruited her.

“Hiring workers within the community where projects are being constructed will not only give them additional income but also ensure quality workmanship because they themselves are the beneficiaries of these endeavors,” Garcia said.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD

Albay town cops put twist to PNP’s anti-criminality ‘One Time Big Time Operation’ program
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PNA) -- Senior Insp. Dexter Panganiban, Philippine National Police Libon town deputy chief of police, admitted that it pains his heart every time he hears parents cautioning their children to behave or else they would be arrested by a policeman.

And the same feeling is true with his fellow officers.

He said they feel sad when a parent warns, “Stop crying, the policeman is here. He will arrest you.” Or, “Stop playing and go upstairs now for there is a policeman.”

Panganiban remembers a similar situation when elderly village folk would say if they wanted to warn the younger ones, “Don’t go out, the evil spirit will get you.”

“This could, perhaps, be the reason why the public shy away from police officers even they, except for some, do not do anything bad at all,” the police official said.

To reverse this situation and win back the trust of the public, the Libon Municipal Police Station (LMPS), headed by Chief Inspector Edgar Azotea as chief of police, launched "One Time Big Time (OTBT) Operation” with a twist.

The PNP’s OTBT Operation is its anti-criminality program where its men relentlessly go after criminals, especially those with warrants of arrest, until they are captured.

With the successful OTBT operations of the PNP, the LMPS has found an idea and instead of going only after criminals, its members have gone into winning the hearts of village folk through the unit’s "OTBT with a Twist".

This program finds the LMPS personnel going to villages and bringing with them food, school supplies and community projects like tree-planting, coastal clearing and other beneficial activities.

Panganiban said they started the project on May 21 in Barangay Talin-Talin.

On Tuesday, they were in Barangay Sta Cruz to formally launch the "One Time Big Time Operation with a Twist".

With them are the members of the LMPS Municipal Advisory Council and representatives of the religious sector.

They were gladly welcomed by village officials headed by Barangay Captain Lilia Rosanes.

The group held a program at the Sta. Cruz Elementary School where the LMPS members distributed T-shirts, school supplies and food to 200 students from Kinder to Grade 6.

The T-shirts have the marking "One Time Big Time with a Twist".

The program was followed by a tree-planting activity in the barangay.

Partaking of a sumptuous meal boodle fight-style by the police officers and village officials, including barangay tanod, capped the morning activities.

The parents were very cooperative and attentive during the consultation dialogue wherein the LMPS presented their campaign against illegal drugs, women and children protection, environmental protection and the implementation of the Oplan Lambat-Sibat, Performance Governance System/PNP Patrol Plan 2030, "Call and Blast" hotline and other programs of the PNP for the attainment of peace and order in the barangay.

Azotea and Panganiban distributed certificates of commendation to the village officials.

Aside from the village officials and the parents, the pupils also expressed their gratitude to the police officers.

Some of them were Earl Tangilod, a Grade lV pupil; Bryan Ocampo, Grade lll; Jonelyn Rellata, Johanna Rose Leron and Mary Rose Ann Llegodo, Grade l; and Zyra Sesa, Kindergarten.

Sta. Cruz Elementary School teacher-in-charge Alden Bobier was very thankful to the LMPS for bringing the program to the school as it was the first such program that the students had experienced and enjoyed.

Bobier said the students likened the police officers to their television series idols "Kuya Kardo" and "Ate Glen" in "Ang Probinsyano", who give protection and entertainment to children.

Panganiban said they will continue the program in all the villages of Libon town in the days to come. (PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/CBD