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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels gunned down a female village chief in Camarines Sur and a militiaman in Sorsogon in two separate incidents Sunday, an Army official said Monday morning.
Maritess Toldanes, the village chief of Pulang Daga in Balatan, Camarines Sur, was gunned down by three communist rebels outside her residence at around 1:30 p.m., while Rodrigo Felonia, 35, a militiaman in Poblacion Sur, Barcelona, Sorsogon, was shot dead while on his way home around 9:30 a.m., said Leiutenant Colonel Ernesto Cruz, commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion.
Cruz added that Toldanes succumbed to gunshot wounds on his head and chest. Army investigators found spent shells for a .45-caliber near the crime scene.
Cruz said Toldanes had received numerous death threats for her refusal to support the NPA rebels, whom the military alleged persistently demanded extortion money from the villagers.
Felonia, on the other hand, was dead on the spot after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.
Responding policemen found seven spent shells of a .45 cal. pistol and 15 spent shells for a 9-mm pistol near the scene of the crime.
An Army report said the attack on the two civilians had brought to 14 the number of people slain by the communists in the past five months of this year, six of whom were civilians.
Maj. Harold Cabunoc, spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division, alleged that Felonia and Toldanes were victims of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the NPA.
Cabunoc said that in 2009, the NPA killed 52 people in Bicol, which included 30 civilians accused of being military informants and who refused to pay the rebels” extortion demands.
By Mar S. Arguelles
Inquirer Southern Luzon
June 27, 2010 • 12:40 pm Comments Off
By Rhaydz B. Barcia, Manila Times Correspondent
LEGAZPI CITY: Following the opposition of Bayan Muna and other militant group to disqualify and disenfranchise the Bicolano homegrown regional political party, the entire Bicol governors and majority of solons urged the Commission on Election (Comelec) to proclaim immediately the three nominees of Ako Bicol to uphold the rule of law and the voice of the Bicolano eletorate here.
The appeal before the Comelec of the powerful Bicol bloc was led by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of Sorsogon wherein they’re urgently asking the poll body to immediately proclaim the regional party-list of the Bicolano people.
“Ako Bicol topped the elections in the party-list system of representation with more than 1.5 million votes nationwide with almost 1.1 million votes in the Bicol region alone. Notwithstanding, the overwhelming mandate given by our people to Ako Bicol, its proclamation has been deferred on the ground that there is a pending disqualification filed against it. Unfortunately, this disqualification case was belatedly filed last May 21, 2010 long after our people has given their mandate to Ako Bicol,” the Bicol bloc pointed out.
“The disqualification case of Ako Bicol as a regional political party with the intention to participate in the partylist system of representation should have been questioned at the time when it was still applying for accreditation and not after the Comelec has issued accreditation. Suffice it to state, the disqualification case is not a legal impediment that will bar the proclamation of Ako Bicol. We therefore, appeal to the Comelec to yield to the sovereign will of our people. Let us not disenfranchise the voters who reposed their trust and confidence on Ako Bicol. Proclaim Ako Bicol immediately to uphold the rule of law and the voice of the people,” the Bicol bloc said in a letter sent to the poll body.
The members of the Bicol bloc who signed for the immediately proclamation of Ako Bicol are Escudero, governors Joey Salceda of Albay, Raul Lee of Sorsogon, Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur, Scoot Lanete of Masbate, Edgar Tallado of Camarines Norte and Joseph Cua of Catanduanes while the solons are Al Francis Bichara of Second District of Albay, Fernando Gonzalez of Third District of Albay, Salvio Fortuno, Fifth District of Camarines Sur, Deogracias Ramos of 2nd district of Sorsogon, Salvador Escudero of the First District of Sorsogon and Renato Unico Jr. of First District of Camarines Norte.
Bayan Muna and other militant organizations in Bicol strongly contested the proclamation of Ako Bicol nominees such as lawyers Rodel Batocabe, Pido Garbin and Christopher Co because according to the oppositors the Ako Bicol does not represent the marginalized sector of the society here.
Tessa Lopez, regional spokesman of Bayan-Bicol told The Manila Times that besides the disqualification case they’re pursuing massive signature drive campaign to disenfranchise the Ako Bicol.
Elizaldy “Zaldy” Co, chairman of the board of Ako Bicol told The Times that proclaim or not proclaimed, Ako Bicol will continue pursue its primary thrust to help alleviate the lives of the poor communities, education and development of Bicol region.
Co also told The Times that the leftist group is strongly opposing the proclamation of Ako Bicol nominees because they turned town the request of Bayan Muna leaders to at least allocate or give one seat for Bayan Muna.
June 26, 2010 • 8:50 am Comments Off
Simple man ang paraan ng pagdiriwang, patuloy pa rin ang gabi-gabing kasiyahan dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon sa pamamagitan ng beer plaza at nightly band shows na sinimulan noong June 17, kaugnay ng nalalapit na kapistahan ni San Pedro at San Pablo sa darating na Martes sa susunod na linggo.
Pagdating sa mga naghahanap ng murang bilihin, makikita din ang Fiesta Caravan at Baratillo Grande sa isang bahagi ng capitol grounds at sa kanto ng Rizal Street patutungong Sorsogon City Pier.
Sa mga deboto naman, patuloy ang siyam na araw na nobenaryong panata para kay San Pedro at San Pablo.
Deklarado namang official holiday sa araw ng Martes, June 29 bilang pakikiisa ng lungsod sa selebrasyon ng kapistahan ng patron nito.
June 25, 2010 • 4:12 pm Comments Off
The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified on Thursday, June 24, 2010, that it is not distributing illustrated comics on sex education in public high schools contrary to what the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) claims. DepEd also plans to upload the modules which will be used for the pilot-testing of sex education program in 159 elementary and high schools to give everyone the chance to scrutinize it.
According to Education Secretary Mona Valisno, the comics which were shown on television by members of the CBCP were never part of the modules which will be used for the sex education program. “They may have obtained it from other sources but definitely it is not part of our learning modules on sex education,” she stressed.
Valisno emphasized that the fear of some —parents, teachers, and other stakeholders— that DepEd will teach the act of sex in school is not true. “Why would we do that? I believe that discussion on sex should be the responsibility of the parents who should draw guidance from the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. Both are our partners in educating our children,” she explained.
She said that DepEd is not insensitive to the students’ state of mind as what some critics allege the DepEd to be. “I believe it is grossly unfair to make public such document without really checking the source of the said sex education materials,” she lamented.
Meanwhile, to give the public the chance to review the contents of the modules, Valisno said electronic copies will be uploaded to the DepEd website. “Once the modules (are) uploaded, we would leave it to the public to judge if the critics of sex education are right in claiming that the materials are only about sex and condoms,” she said.
Valisno said that the modules to be uploaded are the same ones that have been used for the past three years in teaching students about hygiene, practice healthy behavior, and looking at the consequences of their actions. The materials also aim to enable young adults to plan parenthood.
She also maintained that the modules of DepEd that will guide the teachers on integrating sex education in various subjects were carefully prepared to suit the understanding level of students from Grade 5 to 4th year high school.
“We assure you that child psychologists were part of the team that developed these modules and we are careful that what is contained in the learning modules are age-appropriate,” said Valisno.
She clarified that the sex education program and the use of the modules are still in its pilot-testing stage and have not yet been implemented nationwide.
Valisno agrees that parents still have the primary roles of molding their children but there is also a need to complement this with proper teaching that will help strengthen the child’s values. “With topics on sex and sexuality circulating on all medium, the parents believe that teachers, who spend more time with their children, play an important role in building the character of the child,” she ended.
By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
June 25, 2010 • 3:56 pm 1
SORSOGON PROVINCE (June 25) – Inihayag ni Provincial Health Officer Dr. Edgar Garcia na nananatiling isa sa sampung kadahilanan ng pagkakamatay sa Sorsogon mula taong 2004 hanggang 2009 ang sakit sa bato o kidney disease.
Aniya, maging sa buong rehiyon ng Bikol at sa buong bansa ay nananatiling pangunahing suliranin din sa pampublikong kalusugan ang sakit sa bato.
Kaugnay nito, patuloy ang kanilang kampanya katuwang ang Philippine Information Agency at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ukol sa wastong pangangalaga ng kidney partikular ngayong Hunyo kung saan taunang ipinagdiriwang ang National Kidney Month sa bisa ng Presidential Proclamation 184.
“On-going din ang aming pagsasagawa urinalysis, blood glucose at total cholesterol testing at iba pang mga aktibidad na mahalaga upang mapukaw ang kamalayan ng publiko ukol sa pag-iwas sa pagkakaroon ng sakit sa bato,” pahayag pa niya.
Kasama rin sa kanilang kampanya ang pagpapabot sa publiko ng mga mahahalagang impormasyon ukol sa hakbang sa paggamot sa mga may sakit sa bato at ng organ donation program sa ilalim ng REDCOP o Renal Disease Control Program ng Department of Health at National Kidney and Transplant Institute o NKTI.
Samantala, isang libreng dialysis machine mula sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ang tinanggap ng Provincial Health Office nito lamang nakaraang linggo.
Ang dialysis machine ay handog ng PCSO mula sa presidential fund na naisakatuparan sa pagsisikap na rin ni Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee.
Ayon sa gobernador, bahagi ito ng limang milyong pisong halaga ng mga kagamitang kinabibilangan ng isang dialysis machine at anim na karagdagang mga ambulansya.
Dagdag din niya na sa pamamagitan nito ay maiibsan din ang bigat ng alalahanin ng mga pasyenteng dina-dialysis at kapamilya nito lalo pa’t malaki ang gastos na ginugugol ng mga sumasailalim sa dialysis. Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
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June 25, 2010 • 3:21 pm 1
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Nine excursionists were rescued Thursday night after their motorized banca capsized in rough waters between Samar and Sorsogon provinces, the Philippine Coast Guard here said Friday.
Honorio Mangaoang, duty officer of the PCG-Legazpi, said the unnamed motorboat with nine persons onboard overturned Thursday in the San Bernardino Strait—known to be dangerous to small vessels—off Juag Island, Matnog town, Sorsogon.
He said that initially, only four boat passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard that received the report about the distressed boat at 6:47 p.m. Thursday from the MV Grand Star Roro 3 of Philippine Harbor Shipping.
The first four rescued were identified as Jay Ann Veterbo, 19; Jean Veterbo, 18; Rolando Bacodjo, 29; and Randy Gillego, 30.
Mangaoang added that the Coast Guard in Matnog Port was able to rescue the other five passengers. They were identified as Argie Neblazo, 27; Joneal Veterbo, 21; Julius Esoren, 34; Alvin Gardoque, 28; and Godofredo Veterbo, 51.
Mangaoang said the nine passengers, who were all accounted for around 7:30 p.m., were residents of Barangay Sta. Isabel, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon who went swimming off Tikling Island.
“The group was on its way back to Sta. Isabel when their boat encountered a very strong current that caused it to overturn and drift toward Juag Island,” he added.
All nine were in good physical condition and able to return home safely Friday morning, the coast guard said.
By Rey M. Nasol
Inquirer Southern Luzon
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AJArbolente, PIA Bicol
ELEVEN Regions in the Philippines including Bicol joins the Department of Agrarian Reform 2010 on-the-spot Mural Painting Contest held at Quezon City Memorial Circle in preparation for the 22nd Anniversary of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform.
“Buhay sa Bukid ay Masaya kung may Sipag at Pag-aaruga” – that is the theme of the mural painting contest which every participants must portray in their piece. The contest conducted by DAR-PAS (Department of Agrarian Reform – Public Affairs Staff) headed by Dir. Hugo D. Yonzon III through the courtesy of Boysen Paint is aimed to sustain the interest and attention among students on the implementation of the CARP extension with reform by letting them interpret agrarian reform in visual art.
Despite the sweltering hot on that day, where temperature reached 38 degree, the 3-day Mural Painting Contest goes on. Among the participants from Bicol Region are Eunice Ann C. Negrete; Resmundo G. Demdam; Ronnie B. Borbo; Froilan B. Barbacena; and Jake L. Roldan; All of them are graduating students of Fine Arts in the Aquinas University, Legazpi City. They use cubism style of painting. On the 8x12ft canvas they draw an assortment of farm and aquatic products which were placed on a gear, and men were lifting it. Watching scrupulously their piece, a touch of Albay could be noticed by a true Bicolano, that is the color blue Mayon Volcano behind.
According to Dir. Yonzon, every participant is already a winner because each one has finished the work on time. All of the paintings are amazingly wonderful. It was a tough job for the judges. “For me, all of you are winners and best,” Bayani Jose, one of the judges said. True enough because they only differ in points. Region 11 got the first prize worth 150,000 pesos; Region 1 got the second prize worth 100,000 pesos; Region IV-A got the third prize worth 75,000 pesos; and the rest got consolation prizes amongst which are regions III; CAR; Bicol; IX; X; VI; IV-B; and XIII.
They were judged based on the following criteria: relevance (appropriateness to the theme) 30%; composition (technical quality) 30%; visual impact (extent and influence to public) 25%; and originality (uniqueness) 15%.
June 22, 2010 • 5:30 pm Comments Off
Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Bugso ng kagustuhang matulungan ang pamahalaan sa pagsusulong nito ng de-kalidad na uri ng edukasyon sa bansa, pinasinayaan noong Huwebes, June 17, ang NOAH Multi-purpose building sa Catanusan Elementary School sa Juban, Sorsogon, na naipatayo sa pamamagitan ng The Lions Club of Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines sa pangunguna ni Charlene Diamante at Lions Club Voerde/Niederrhein, Germany sa pangunguna naman ni Peter Koslowsky sa pakikipagtulungan ng Department of Education at lokal na pamahalaan ng Juban.
Matapos ang banal na misa ay agad na nagkaroon ng maikling programa na kinapalooban ng turn-over of deed of donation kay Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Dimaano na siyang tumayo bilang donee.
Nagsagawa din ng medical mission ang Lions Club Bulan at Voerde chapter, DepEd at LGU health personnel, private doctors at mga dentista kasama na rin ang mga barangay health officials kung saan umabot din sa daang mga residente ang nabiyayaan ng iba’t-ibang mga medical services.
Sa pamamagitan ng mag-asawang Dr. Peter Koslowsky at Dr. Marlene Ruth Hermo-Koslowsky, nagsanib sa pag-abot ng tulong ang Lions Club Bulan at Lions Club Voerde upang makapagpatayo noong 2003 ng karagdagang school building sa Brgy. Catanusan, na sa kasamaang palad ay nasira ng nagdaang malakas na bagyo at pagbaha.
Kung kaya’t noong ika-labingwalo ng Nobyembre 2009, matapos mapirmahan ang Award of Agreement ay sinimulan agad ang pag-aayos at pagtatayo ng bagong school complex sa Catanusan Elementary School kasama na rin ang pagkuha ng mga karagdagang guro. At noong Huwebes nga ay pinasinayaan na ito
Ayon kay Dr. peter Koslowsky, ang buong school complex ay nilagyan din ng library, furnitures, playing ground, pader na panlaban sa baha at malinis na tubig para magamit ng mga mag-aaral at guro.
Dagdag pa niya na hindi magtatagal ay magkakaroon na rin ng computer class dito at makapagpapatayo rin sila ng medical first aid station na magbibigay serbisyo hindi lamang sa Catanusan kundi maging sa mga kalapit-barangay nito.
Naghayag din ng katuwaan si Koslowsky matapos na malamang tumaas ng dalawangdaan-pitumpo ang mga mag-aaral na nag-enrol ngayon sa nasabing paaralan.
Aniya, sa patuloy nilang pagtutulungan, nakatitiyak sila ng magandang bukas para sa mga mag-aaral hindi lamang sa Brgy. Catanusan kundi sa mga kalapit na lugar nito.
June 22, 2010 • 4:47 pm 2
Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Patuloy ang Sorsogon Provincial Police Office sa pamumuno ni PNP Provincial Director PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit sa pagbibigay ng kasanayang pangkabuhayan sa mga kapulisan sa buong lalawigan ng Sorsogon.
Kamakailan lamang ay matagumpay na naisagawa ng SPPO ang Mushroom Culturing Seminar kung saan personal na lumahok din si Olitoquit at ang kanyang mga tauhan.
Kasama sa naging mga aktibidad ay ang educational exposure sa isang mushroom organization sa Brgy. Buhatan, dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon, upang higit na maunawaan ng mga kalahok ang mahahalagang detalye sa mushroom culturing.
At nito lamang nakaraang linggo ay naging mabunga din ang isinagawang vermi composting production seminar kung saan tinuruan ang mga kalahok ng kahalagahan ng bulate sa paggawa ng organic fertilizer.
Sa pamamagitan ng vermi composting production mas nagiging masustansya ang lupa para sa mga pananim at nakakaiwas ito sa epekto ng patuloy na pagbabago at pagsama ng panahon.
Ayon kay Olitoquit, maliban sa partisipasyon ng mga tga-SPPO ay nilahukan din ang nasabing mga livelihood seminars ng mga kapulisan mula sa iba’t-ibang mga police stations sa lalawigan, mga kasapi ng media at ng Sorsogon Islamic Guidance Association, isang religious fellowship group dito.
Ang dalawang magkasunod na seminar ay ang ikaapat at ikalimang serye ng mga pagsasanay na isinasagawa ng SPPO sa ilalim ng kanilang Livelihood Program na tinagurian nilang Pagkakakitaang Kabuhayan: “Benepisyo Ko, Benepisyo Mo”.
Ayon kay Olitoquit paraan ito ng mga kapulisan bilang suporta na rin sa Environmental Friendly Livelihood Program na ipinatutupad ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Arroyo.
Layon nitong ganyakin ang mga kapulisan at ang pamilya nito sa larangan ng pagtitipid at pagpasok sa mga profitable activities upang mapataas pa ang antas ng kanilang pamumuhay.
Matatandaang sumailalim na rin ang mga kapulisan dito sa pagsasanay sa pagluto ng mga minatamis na pili, pagsasanay ukol sa container gardening at sa pag-aalaga at pagpapa-itlog ng pugo.
Naging tagapagturo dito ang mga livelihood skilled trainors mula sa City Agriculture Office.
June 22, 2010 • 4:38 pm Comments Off
Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Walang sinuman ang nakakaalam kung kailan magaganap ang insidente ng sunog kung kaya’t nararapat lamang na pag-ibayuhin ng sinuman ang pag-iingat at pagiging responsable nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang pagkakasira ng mga ari-arian at pagkawala ng buhay.
Ito ang naging pahayag ni Bureau of Fire Protection Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Renato Marcial kasabay ng panawagan nila sa publiko na huwag harangan ang mga fire hydrants na nakalagay sa mga istratehikong lugar dito sa lungsod dahilan sa dito sila kumukuha ng tubig sa panahong nagkakaroon ng sunog.
Sinabi ni Marcial na base sa resulta ng isinagawa nilang fire safety inspection kamakailan, nadiskubre nilang ilang mga fire hydrants ang hindi na makita dahilan sa naharangan na ito ng mga sidewalk vendors, mga nakaparadang traysikel o di kaya’y mga basura at basurahan.
Kaugnay nito, inatasan niya ang kanyang mga tauhan na maglagay ng malalaking warning signs sa tabi ng mga fire hydrants partikular yaong nakalagay sa kahabaan ng Rizal at Magsaysay St.
Malinaw na nakasaad sa warning signs na ang pagharang sa mga fire hydrants ay paglabag sa Section 11.00.1D ng Republic Act 9514 o ang newly amended Fire Code of the Philippines.
Alinsunod sa batas na ito, ang sinumang haharang o magiging dahilan upang maharangan ang akses sa mga fire hydrants ay papatawan ng kaukulang penalidad na nagkakahalaga ng Php12,500 hanggang Php25,000.
Kaugnay nito, sinabi ni Marcial na hinihingi nila ang kooperasyon at suporta ng publiko sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing batas at mangyaring ireport sa tanggapan ng BFP ang sinumang kakikitaan ng paglabag nito.
June 22, 2010 • 4:34 pm Comments Off
Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Bilang paghahanda sa pagdating ng La Niña sa bansa, nagpatawag ng pulong ngayong araw si Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster and Coordinating Council (PDCC) upang buuin ang Sorsogon Task Force La Niña.
Matatandaang una nang nilagdaan ni Lee ang Executive Order No. 2 series of 2010, na bubuo sa Task Force La Niña ng lalawigan bilang bahagi ng aktibidad pangkahandaan ng PDCC.
Ang Task Force La Niña ang siyang magrerekomenda, susubaybay at magpapatupad ng mga kaukulang hakbang upang hindi lumala ang epektong dadalhin nito.
Sinabi ni Lee na bago pa man niya nilagdaan ang nasabing EO ay naging aktibo na ang Provincial Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration at ang Sorsogon Provincial Public Safety Disaster Management Office (SPPSDMO) dito sa paggawa ng proposal at plan of action na mahalaga upang mapigilan ang negatibong epektong maaaring idulot ng La Niña sa lalawigan.
Ayon naman kay SPPSDM Officer Jose Lopez, may ugnayan na rin sa pagitan ng provincial LGU at National Irrigation Administration para sa mga kaukulang paghahanda sa mga irrigation canals at drainage systems sa mga pangunahing lugar palayan at flood-prone areas dito.
“Ilang mga rekomendasyon na rin ang natanggap ng SPPSDMO mula sa mga kinauukulang ahensya at tanggapan dito na mahalaga sa pagbibigay proteksyon sa mga naapektuhang sektor sakaling may dumarating na kalamidad,” pahayag ni Lopez.
Samantala, inaasahan namang magbubunga ng positibong resulta ang isasagawang pulong mamaya.
June 22, 2010 • 12:12 pm Comments Off
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June 20, 2010 • 9:06 pm Comments Off
Bobby Q. Labalan, Media Solutions
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan asked the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to immediately stop the operation of the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the province for lack of endorsement from the council.
In its session held Tuesday afternoon the council members grilled representatives of the PCSO on the STL operations being run by Oceania Sur Gaming Corporation headed by its president identified as Rodolfo Luna.
Board Member Angel Escandor said the company did not have any endorsement from the provincial board and from the municipal councils as required under the regulations of the PCSO.
They expressed dismay over the failure of the agency to observe its own rules and allowed the operator to launch operation in eleven towns and one city even with incomplete requirements.
The board members also voiced suspicion that the STL bet collections were being diverted somewhere else or there was a bookies operation after the operator reported an overly understated collection of only P300,000 for its two-month operations.
According to Edna Banzuela, provincial head of PCSO-Sorsogon, they could not verify the actual collections of the operator as they were not allowed to do so.
She admitted that the accuracy of the collection report is one of the major issues being addressed by PCSO as similar complaint is also being aired in other provinces where STL has operation.
The PCSO official said she would inform the national office of the SP resolution and seek their guidance on what action to take.
The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, said it would await for official directive whether or not to stop the STL operation in the province.
Bishop Arturo Bastes had earlier denounced government officials for allowing STL to operate in the province saying it would only worsen the poverty of the people.
Bastes said STL is just being used to mask jueteng operations which target the poor sector of the community.
The prelate said STL is legalized jueteng which benefits only those in power while robbing the poor of their hard-earned money.
June 20, 2010 • 9:04 pm Comments Off
Bobby Q. Labalan, Media Solutions
At least six municipalities and one city in the province of Sorsogon are in danger of losing its power supply anytime this coming months if the local electric cooperative would not be able to settle its accounts with the National Power Corporation.
Officers of the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II) was compelled to reveal this at the special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan after information leaked out that the electric cooperative was heavily indebted to the power agency.
Lawyer Percival Alvarez, SORECO II acting general manager, said the electric cooperative owes Napocor as much as P240 million in power bills which had accumulated over the years.
He said Napocor officials had refused to renew their power supply contract which expired September 2009, leaving them without source of electricity once Napocor cuts its supply.
Included in SORECO II’s service areas are the towns of Donsol, Pilar, Castilla, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona and Sorsogon City.
During the session, he said that they were trying to negotiate with independent power producers (IPPs) but they were being required a deposit equivalent to at least two months consumption amounting to P66 million, which the cash-strapped cooperative does not have.
Alvarez attributed the huge debt of the cooperative to the high system’s loss and low collection as well as to the various internal problems which started in 1998 when its employees went on strike.
Coop insiders said one of the problems that saddle SORECO II is its Board of Directors whose members have taken an active role in the day-to-day operation of the power firm, hampering the smooth flow of transactions.
They said whimsical decisions of the board had also resulted in the bloated manpower as well as in the labor disputes which usually ended up with the coop paying for damages to its employees.
As of now, SORECO II pays for the salaries and wages of two general managers which were earlier dismissed by the board but were ordered reinstated by the labor department after it was proven that they were illegally dismissed. Worse, these managers no longer work at the coop but still draw salaries.
Members of the provincial board lamented the dire situation of the cooperative but rejected its plea for financial help saying the coop should shape up or ship out.
Board Member Cherrie Diaz, chair of the SP Committee on Energy, said coop officials should now seriously consider the possibility of privatization to save it from total collapse.
Diaz noted that members of the coop’s board are political wannabes who either lost in their political bid or awaiting local elections.
Diaz said there are some companies interested in acquiring the power coop and this should be properly considered by its officers.
Meanwhile, Gov. Sally Lee said the coop is grossly mismanaged which resulted to endless woes confronting its now.
Lee said the provincial government could not provide any financial help to the embattled cooperative as it would be unjustified.
The government came to SORECO’s rescue when it was badly hit by typhoon “Milenyo,” but now its mismanagement had caused this problem, she said.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan said all that it could do is to pass a resolution requesting the National Electrification Administration to release the P15 million balance of the P50-million assistance approved by Pres Arroyo when “Milenyo” battered the province.
June 20, 2010 • 6:38 pm Comments Off
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June 18, 2010 • 9:12 pm Comments Off
Over eight million Filipinos are now using mobile banking services in the country, which the central bank says would boost more efficient financial services in rural and other hard-to-reach areas at relatively lower costs.
BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said there are now 49 rural banks offering mobile banking from none before 2005.
These eight million users use the electronic money (e-money) services of major telecommunications companies Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, which offer Smart Money and G-Cash, respectively, BSP said.
These allow mobile subscribers, particularly those without bank accounts, to deposit, transfer, and withdraw money from one e-money account to another in the telecom company’s business centers nationwide.
Espenilla noted that the Philippines has been recognized by international organizations for its microfinance initiatives and is considered as the leading pioneer in mobile banking solutions for the poor.
Some banks even lowered interest rates on microfinance loans for clients who use text-a-payment platform by 50 basis points on monthly rates, Espenilla added.
“Technology extends outreach of microfinance and banking services to a large number of bankable but un-banked especially those in rural and hard to reach areas at lower costs and higher efficiency,” he said.
He explained that the mobile phone industry in the Philippines serves all income groups especially low income groups and more than 75 percent of the population have mobile phones.
Electronic transactions, which involve the payment of purchased goods and services, could also be used for remittances from Filipinos abroad, Espenilla noted.
“The amount of e-money transactions is already huge, and we expect it to grow further,” the BSP official added.
The BSP said it has ordered firms offering e-money services to register with the central bank as an electronic money issuer (EMI).
These could include banks, non-bank financial institutions, and money transfer agents. Those qualified as EMI include stock corporations with a minimum paid-up capital of P100 million.
E-money is also not considered a bank deposit and is not covered by the deposit insurance provided by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC).
The guidelines also limit the maximum amount that can be loaded to any e-money instrument to P100,000 a month. — OMG, GMANews.TV
June 18, 2010 • 11:10 am Comments Off
(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
Kaugnay ng kampanya ng pamahalaan ukol sa buwis, muling pinaalalahanan ng Bureau of Internal Revenue ang publiko sa kahalagahan ng paghingi ng resibo sa anuman at alinmang bagay na binibili upang makatulong sa pamahalaan.
Ayon kay Sorsogon District Revenue Officer Arturo Abenoja, mahalaga ang pakikipagtulungan ng bawat mamamayan upang umusad ang ekonomiya ng bansa.
Kaugnay naman ng pagkalito ng ilang mga residente dito ukol sa pagkakaiba ng sales invoice at official receipt na iniisyu sa kanila, ipinaliwanag din niya na parehong mahalaga ang mga ito at nagkakaiba lamang pagdating sa sale of goods or properties at sale of services.
Sinabi ni Abenoja na sa bagong Vallue Added Tax Law, Sec. 4.106-1, sales invoice ang ibibigay kung ang binayaran ay mga groceries, kagamitan o mga bagay na nahahawakan o yaong kabilang sa kategoryang sale of goods or properties.
Habang nakasaad naman sa Sec. 4.108-1 na official receipt ang ibibigay kung ang binayaran ay ang serbisyo, pati na rin ang pagpapaupa ng mga bagay o kagamitan, o yaong kabilang sa kategorya ng sale of services and use of or lease of properties.
Aniya, mahalagang naiintindihan ng publiko ang mga programang ikinakampanya ng pamahalaan nang sa gayon ay mas nagiging madali sa kanila na tumulong sa mga ginagawang reporma ng pamahalaan.
Dagdag pa niya na maliit na hiling lamang ng BIR sa publiko ang paghingi ng resibo, subali’t napakalaking bagay ang resultang ibibigay nito sapagka’t babayad ng tamang buwis ang mga business establishments at yaong mga nagbebenta ng serbisyo.
Binigyang-diin din niya na ang hihingiing resibo ay mag-re-reflect sa books of accounts ng mga may-ari ng negosyo, at ang hindi paghingi ng resibo ay magiging malaking kawalan sa kaban ng ating pamahalaan.
June 18, 2010 • 9:08 am Comments Off
(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
nagpapatuloy sa ngayon ang tatlong araw na monitoring activity ng mga kasapi ng Bacon-Manito Geothermal Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (BMGMMT).
Bahagi ito ng quarterly monitoring kung saan tinitiyak ng BGMMT na sumusunod pa rin sa itinakdang standard ang operasyon ng Bacon-Manito Geothermal Production Project (BMGPP).
Ayon kay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Dominguez ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), kabilang sa kanilang mga aktibidad ay ang air and water quality sampling, health safety procedures, watershed and forest protection kasama na ang law enforcement at pagsasagawa ng Information and Education Campaign sa mga nasasakupan nitong lugar.
“Kasama din sa aming monitoring ang socio-economic impact na dala ng Bac-Man geothermal project sa mga host communities nito tulad ng Brgy. Sto Niño at Osiao sa Bacon District, Sorsogon Bay, Brgy. Rizal, Cawayan River at Tanawon area na pawang nasa lungsod ng Sorsogon.
Nakatakdang iprisinta ang sectoral reports ukol sa kanilang mga obserbasyon at findings ngayon, June 18.
June 17, 2010 • 11:06 pm Comments Off
(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
Anim na libo walong daan limampu’t walong sako ng bigas ang sa kasalukuyan ay ipinamamahagi ng Philippine National Red Cross Sorsogon Chapter sa mga aydentipikadong pamilya sa apat na mga bayan dito sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa ilalim ng 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng pamahalaan.
Ang 4Ps ay binuo ng pamahalaan upang tulungan ang mga mahihirap na pamilyang Pilipino sa bansa upang maisaayos ang kalusugan, nutrisyon at edukasyon ng kanilang mga anak.
Ayon kay PNRC Sorsogon Chapter Manager Salvacion Abotanatin, sinimulan nila ang pamamahagi ng bigas sa bayan ng Pilar noong a-trenta y uno ng Mayo na natapos noong June 7, kung saan 1,392 na pamilya ang nabiyayaan doon.
“Sa kasalukuyan ay nagpapatuloy pa ang aming pamamahagi kung saan sa bayan ng Castilla ay aabot sa 1,045 na pamilya ang mabibiyayaan, habang sa Matnog ay 872 at sa Donsol ay 3,549 na pamilya ang makatatanggap ng tig-iisang sako ng bigas. Inaasahang matatapos ang aming distribusyon sa Hunyo a-trenta,” pahayag pa niya.
Samantala, nilinaw ni Abotanatin na ang Red Cross ang naatasang mamahagi sa halip na ang mga Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office dahilan sa sakop pa ang mga ito ng election ban hanggang sa June 30, at hindi na rin dapat na pagtagalin pa ang distribusyon sapagkat naideliver na rin dito ang mga bigas na dapat matanggap ng mga aydentipikadong pamilya.
Matatandaang nakasaad sa Comelec en Banc Resolution 8732, na mula ika-dalawampu’t anim ng Marso hanggang huling araw ng Hunyo walang opisyal o empleyado ng pamahalaan pati na mga opisyal sa barangay na mamamahagi, maglalabas o gagasta ng pondo ng pamahalaan sa anumang uri ng pampublikong gawain.
“Subali’t, ang distribusyon ng mga bigas ay matagal nang naaprubaha, dangan nga lamang at naabutan lamang ito ng election ban,” paglilinaw pa ni Abotanatin.
June 17, 2010 • 11:04 pm Comments Off
(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)
Mahigpit ang iniwang atas ni Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) dito ukol sa buo at aktibong partisipasyon ng mga departamento ng provincial government, paaralan, ospital at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan sa gagawing 2nd quarter simultaneous earthquake drill bukas, June 18.
Bago umalis ang gobernador patungong Quezon City upang dumalo sa limang araw na seminar na isinasagawa ngayon ng DOST-Phivolcs, inatasan nito ang PDCC partikular ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) a pangunahan ang nasabing earthquake drill.
Sa pulong na ipinatawag ng PDCC, ganap na alas nueve ng umaga bukas ito isasagawa at binigyan na rin ng mga kaukulang instruksyon ang mga pinuno ng iba’t-ibang mga ahensya dito ukol sa mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng mga ito partikular na isasama na rin dito ang kahandaan sa panahong magkasunog.
Matatandaang sa ipinalabas na direktiba ni outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo noong June 26, 2006, nakasaad dito na dapat gawin ang earthquake drills quarterly kung saan lalahukan ito ng mga pampubliko at pribadong tanggapan at mga establisemyento kasama na ang mga paaralan, hanggang sa tuluyan nang mapukaw ang kamalayan at maisabuhay na ng publiko ang mga dapat gawin sa panahon at matapos ang aktwal na paglindol nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang may masaktan o di kaya’y ang pagbubuwis ng buhay.
June 17, 2010 • 12:49 pm Comments Off
We would like to Congratulate Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for such a great initiative. This program called “Study now, Pay Never” is a first of its kind program in the country. Thank you sir for making education as your priority. Truly Bicolanos will be very proud of you & we’ll always remember you! Dios Mabalos!
June 17, 2010 • 12:16 am Comments Off
Over 20 overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia are now awaiting repatriation after they quit their jobs due to their company’s alleged contract violations.
However, just four days before their resignation’s effectivity, the 26 machine operators from Jeddah have yet to receive the final details of their repatriation and more importantly, a notice on who will shoulder the cost of their tickets.
As a result, the workers fear they may either be kicked out of the accommodation provided by their company, or forced to just finish their two-year contracts despite their complaints.
In an interview with GMANews.TV, a worker who requested anonymity said their company, Arabian Gulf Manufacturers Ltd. for Plastic, has failed to pay them for overtime work. Moreover, the company has reportedly been making illegal salary deductions.
The machine operator added they were given a contract different from the one they signed with their recruitment agency in Manila.
“In our original contract, we’re supposed to receive 1,200 Saudi riyals (about P14,760) but we’re only getting 900 (P11,070),” the worker explained.
The original contract dated March last year, obtained from migrants’ rights group Migrante-Middle East, also indicates the workers were supposed to be paid for overtime work, but the worker said they did not receive any extra compensation.
On May 20, the 26 workers filed their resignation effective a month later as required by Saudi’s labor law.
However, the workers remain uncertain if their agency, Armstrong Resources Corp. (ARC), would shoulder their repatriation.
In a separate interview, Labor Attache Vicente Cabe clarified the agency has agreed to pay for the workers’ plane tickets.
“(The agency) called me last week and said they will provide the tickets. We’re just waiting if indeed the 26 workers will push through with being repatriated,” Cabe told GMANews.TV.
But he was unable to give the exact date as to when the workers will be repatriated.
ARC refused to comment when reached by phone, saying it is attending to “more important issues,” a staff member who refused to be identified said.
According to the worker, they wrote the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to seek assistance regarding their plight as early as September 2009.
The POEA forwarded the letter to the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah for action, which Cabe said he did not receive.
Around April, Cabe said he initiated talks with the company for a possible resolution.
“We were unable to convince the company. The company was offering free transportation and accommodation, but the original contract includes provision for food and laundry. The workers found the offer unacceptable,” Cabe explained.
Cabe added the complaining workers originally numbered 36, but ten decided to just continue with their employment contract despite its departure from the original agreement.
If conciliatory talks now ongoing would not prosper, appropriate charges will be filed before the Primary Commission of Saudi’s Ministry of Labor, he said.
No tickets yet
With their resignation’s effectivity just a few days away, the workers remain unsure regarding the date of their repatriation.
“I am really worried so I did not go to work today. However, I did not receive any categorical response from the POEA, which is coordinating with the agency, if we already have tickets,” the worker said.
He added their company is also asking them to present their tickets two days before their resignation’s date of effectivity, so that their exit papers can be processed.
“If we can’t present the tickets, the company said they will ignore our resignation and force us to finish our contracts. We may also be kicked out of our accommodation, and we have nowhere to go,” the worker explained.
He likewise scored the POEA and the labor office in Jeddah for their slow response, and for seemingly ignoring their plight by allowing more OFWs to be deployed by their agency.
“Just yesterday (Tuesday), eight more OFWs arrived at the company deployed by our agency,” the worker said.
The POEA cannot be reached for comment as of posting time.
By RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV
June 16, 2010 • 4:15 pm Comments Off
Aabot sa mahigit 50,000 pang silid-aralan ang kailangan ng bansa para makasunod sa pamantayan kaugnay sa classroom-student ratio.
Sinabi ni Education Secretary Mona Valisno na sa ilalim ng international classroom ratio, kinakailangang mayroong isang classroom para sa 35 estudyante o ratio na 1:35.
Inamin ni Valisno na sa ngayon ay may average ratio ang mga silid-aralan sa bawat pampublikong paaralan sa bansa na 1:60 o isang classroom sa bawat 60 estudyante at kung minsan ay umaabot pa ng 1:72 o isang classroom sa bawat 72 estudyante.
Inihayag ni Valisno na ito ang dahilan kaya kinakailangan nilang humingi ng dagdag na pondo para sa sektor ng edukasyon sa susunod na administrasyon.
Sa ngayon, may isinasagawa nang konstruksyon para sa 3,613 classrooms sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa upang ipandagdag sa kasalukuyang mga silid-aralan.
Report from Jon Ibañez, DZMM/Radyo Patrol 35
June 16, 2010 • 4:14 pm Comments Off
Green advocates urged the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday to take the lead in turning the school system into a dynamic hub where Filipino students can learn and put into practice Zero Waste in everyday living.
“Next to our homes, the schools provide the best training grounds for instilling ecological awareness, responsibility and action among our kids, especially in preventing and reducing waste,” EcoWaste president Roy Alvarez said in a statement released in time for the reopening of classes.
“If DepEd will be able to pass on the Zero Waste value to the country’s over 23 million students, we’ll have a formidable army of earth-loving Filipinos who will shun wastefulness, including the irksome habit of mixing, littering and burning trash,” he added.
Alvarez also noted the familiarization of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Sold Waste Management Act of 2001 among the youth.
“By starting them young on how we can avoid waste and manage our discards in a way that will not degrade and damage the environment, we can have better chances of implementing Republic Act 9003,” Alvarez said.
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001 primarily requires comprehensive waste segregation at source, waste avoidance, waste volume reduction and the ecological management of discards such as reuse, recycling and composting activities, excluding waste incineration.
Eileen Sison, NGO-representative to the National Solid Waste Management Commission, drew attention to the need for a Department Administrative Order (DAO) on Zero Waste.
By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
Visit link: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/262174/deped-urged-lead-zero-waste-drive
June 14, 2010 • 8:43 pm 1
MANILA, JUNE 14, 2010 (STAR) By Mayen Jaymalin – More and more Filipino nurses are now opting to work in the United Kingdom than in the United States, according to local recruiters.
Citing data from the UK Borders and Immigration Agency, recruitment leaders yesterday said that the number of Filipino nurses deployed to UK in the past three years has already surpassed those deployed to the US in the same period.
From 2007 to 2009, an annual average of 7,000 Filipino nurses flew to UK under a study and work program that allowed them to study and work there at the same time.
Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), on the other hand, showed that less than 300 registered Filipino nurses went to the US to work during the three-year period.
Recruiters noted that Filipino nurses aspiring to work in the United States have to wait five to seven years for H 1-B working visas and between two to three years for EB 3 (immigrant visas) before they can enter the US.
Those hoping to study and work in UK can leave the country within six months.
Recruitment leaders further noted that the recent expansion of the UK study programs may give wider opportunities to thousands more Filipinos, including non-healthcare workers.
The imposition of new rules for Tier 4 student visa applications early this year may also favor Filipino nurses who want to be registered nurses and become permanent residents there.
Just a ‘temporary slack’
But the prevailing low demand for nurses abroad, especially in the US, is just temporary, according to Arellano University chairman Francisco P.V. Cayco.
Cayco said after the “temporary slack” in global demand for nurses, there could be a sudden surge especially once the effects of the enactment of the Health Care Reform Bill under the administration of US President Barrack Obama, takes root.
In an interview with The STAR earlier this week, Cayco said that with the potential rise in demand for nurses, those struggling with their nursing education would be in the best position to take advantage.
Cayco emphasized that the health care reforms being implemented by the Obama administration made health and medical care more affordable among Americans, which would subsequently result to a higher demand in nurses and doctors in US hospitals.
He said this turnaround was the reason why Arellano University is still giving their nursing school its deserved importance in their overall effort to further improve the quality of education in all their college programs.
“The temporary slack is not a reason to give our nursing education programs less importance,” Cayco said, pointing out that the weak demand for nurses in the US was not necessarily the case in other countries such as in the UK and Australia.
He boasted that just last month, the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia had forged agreement with Arellano University where their Filipino nursing students who have completed two years of studies can enroll directly with their Australian counterpart, which would put them in a position to become registered nurses in Australia immediately after finishing the nursing program.
Cayco said that despite its open enrolment policy, the quality of education in the College of Nursing of Arellano University Manila has remained high.
The school landed in the ranks of Metro Manila’s top nursing schools with a high student population whose graduates performed impressively in the 2009 nursing licensure examinations of the Professional Regulation Commission for 2009.
Cayco expressed overwhelming pride over the impressive performance of their graduates in last year’s round of PRC examinations, saying it will serve to inspire them in their bid to provide an affordable, but high quality nursing education to poor but deserving Filipinos wanting to become nurses whether here or abroad.
He noted that the high passing percentage rate of their nursing school’s graduates was a difficult feat considering that they have an “open” admission policy that does not bar high school students from public high schools who tend to have low academic competencies.
Cayco added that Arellano University-Manila’s College of Nursing has the lowest tuition rate among the big Metro Manila nursing schools that topped the 2009 PRC examinations.
“A lot of the big schools they have entrance exams. So they only admit those who already have high academic competencies,” he said.
Cayco said that these “raw material” from the public schools in Metro Manila and even from the provinces, have notable deficiencies in English, Science, and Math.
Apart from giving them a nursing education, Cayco said Arellano tries to address the academic deficiencies caused by the sub-standard basic education they were given.
“We give them a chance. We do not discriminate of you graduated from a public school and you have low academic proficiencies. But in spite of that, with our low tuition, we still produce hundreds of board passers every year,” he said.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) earlier released the lists of top nursing schools in the country, based on their graduates passing percentage in the 2009 PRC licensure examinations in June and November of last year. – Rainier Allan Ronda
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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June 13, 2010 • 2:15 am Comments Off
by MS Arguelles
Legazpi City (11 June) — The Department of Environment and natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol was recently commissioned to develop a detailed geo-hazard maps to assist government planners and policy makers in identifying areas prone to natural hazards.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has contracted the DENR to produce a geo-hazard maps detailing hazard areas prone to flooding, landslides, sea level rising, storm surge, volcanic eruptions, lahars and mud flows and other disaster events.
Social Welfare Secretary Celia Capadocia Yangco in her recent visit here said her agency has released to the DENR some P1.9 million funding for the production of geo-hazard maps covering the six province of Bicol.
The funding is intended for the production and reproduction of geo-hazard maps with scales of 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 for distribution to local government units in selected provinces and towns in Bicol, Yangco said.
The agreement between the two departments was in line with DSWD’s “Bicol Recovery Project” supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Yangco and UNDP country director Renaud Meyer recently visited Albay to inspect the core shelter, water and electric facilities projects in the resettlement sites of the province.
According to Yangco, the DENR, through its Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), has provided some P1.6 million as counterpart fund for the project.
GB is the lead agency for the nationwide Geo-hazard Mapping and Assessment Program, which covers the production of geo-hazard maps for 840 priority municipalities.
Yangco said the technical expertise of the DENR on geo-hazard mapping and assessment, including the production of more-detailed maps, would serve as a database for planners once distributed to towns and barangays.
“The geo-hazard maps will be distributed to the lowest level of governance, the barangays, so that the communities living in these vulnerable areas will be able to manage and cope with the impacts of natural disasters,” according to Yangco.
Under the agreement, the DENR, through the MGB, will produce geo-hazard maps for Bicol’s three key cities, namely, Legazpi, Iriga and Sorsogon.
Geohazard maps will likewise be distributed to nine municipalities in the provinces of Sorsogon, Albay and Catanduanes.
Towns to be given geo-hazard maps include Pilar and Donsol in Sorsogon; Camalig and Guinobatan in Albay; and Pandan, Caramoran, San Andres, Virac, and Bato in Catanduanes. Said areas have earlier been mapped by the DENR.
The production and distribution of the large-scale maps are expected to be completed within twelve months.
Yangco explained the importance of the geo-hazard maps, saying that the capacities of barangay and municipal officers to understand and use geo-hazard maps for disaster preparedness are greatly enhanced with a geo-hazard map that show with relative accuracy ground area, rivers, lakes, roads and distances between features.
Aside from map production, the agreement also calls for the DENR to conduct trainings and information, education and communication (IEC) campaign for municipal and barangay officials, including other members of disaster coordinating councils of concerned local government units, on disaster preparedness and risk reduction.
June 11, 2010 • 11:32 pm Comments Off
By: BARecebido/ PIA Sorsogon
SORSOGON CITY — Dr. Nancy Rose Labarete of the Regional Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis/Programmed Management of Drug-Resistant TB Center here Sorsogon City calls on incoming local government officials to effectively implement the waste management ordinances in their respective areas of concern to prevent and control the spread of Tuberculosis (TB).
She likewise appeals to the public to observe proper spitting to avoid the spread of this respiratory disease.
Tuberculosis is a serious re-emerging bacterial illness that usually affects the lungs and is spread from person to person through the air.
TB may become active after 1-2 years after initial infection, but may be delayed for years, even a decade and becomes active after the onset of diabetes mellitus, during the period of stress, after steroid treatment, or when the immune system is impaired.
“Meaning, there are people who have been infected with TB but remains to be unrecognized,” Labarete explained.
“It can be prevented by keeping people from becoming infected with TB, treating people who have been infected of it, and above all, by implementing precautions in institutional settings to reduce the risk of TB transmission,” she said.
With the above-mentioned fact, Labarete bared that effective implementation of waste management ordinances particularly to depressed areas as well as passage and strict implementation of an anti-spitting ordinance is a preeminent means to prevent spread of the said airborne disease.
Meanwhile, Labarete said that Sorsogon is the only province in Bicol region which has an existing Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB/Programmed Management of Drug-Resistant (PMD) TB Center that cures identified MDR-TB and Extremely-Drug Resistant TB patients.
The MDR/PMD-TB Center here currently assists 10 patients, of which six come from Sorsogon City. And since this is a regional center, they also cater patients from other provinces in the region.
“The number maybe minimal but we do not remove the possibility that there are more TB patients that are left unrecognized due to its being asymptomatic, so we continue to intensify our information and education campaign so that the public will know that TB is already curable and we have here in Sorsogon a center that is ready to help them,” she said.
June 11, 2010 • 9:43 pm Comments Off
by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Handa na ang provincial at city government ng Sorsogon para sa isang simpleng seremonya kaugnay ng paggunita sa ika-isangdaan at labing dalawang taong anibersaryo ng kalayaan ng bansa bukas, June 12 na may temang “KALAYAAN:Tagumpay ng Bayan”.
Ayon kay Sorsogon Governor Sally A. Lee ipinalabas na niya noon pang ika-dalawampu’t walo ng Mayo sabay sa pagdiriwang ng Philippine Flag Day ang Memorandum No. 22 series of 2010 na nag-aatas sa lahat ng mga pinuno at empleyado ng mga tanggapan sa lalawigan na makiisa sa simpleng seremonya ng paggunita sa kalayaan ng bansa na gagawin sa Freedom Park, Capitol Ground.
Tatampukan ito ng seremonya ng pagtataas ng Watawat ng Pilipinas kasabay ng pagkanta ng Pambansang Awit ng Pilipinas sa pangunguna ng Philippine National Police, ganap na alas-syete y medya ng umaga.
Susundan ito ng Panunumpa sa Watawat na pangungunahan naman ng kinatawan mula sa Department of Education.
Matapos ito ay isusunod naman ang pag-aalay ng mga bulaklak ng mga chief of offices dito sa munumento n gating pambansang bayaning si Dr. Jose Rizal.
Samantala, ayon naman kay PNP Provincial Director PSSupt. Heriberto Olitoquit, nananatiling handa at alerto naman ang mga kapulisan dito kaugnay pa rin ng gagawing selebrasyon bukas.
Nanawagan din siya sa publiko na makiisa at panatilihing mapayapa ang anumang mga hakbang na gagawin bilang pagpupugay sa tunay na demokrasya sa bansa.
June 10, 2010 • 11:26 pm 2
By Ephraim Aguilar, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
SORSOGON CITY—In a village named after its natural springs, her generosity gushes forth for poor children thirsty for learning.
Browsing through the pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rosalia Laganzo-Enerio, a recently retired government worker, found a way to help some 300 pupils of cash-strapped Bucalbucalan Elementary School.
She set aside part of her retirement money to sponsor a daily supply of newspapers and to put up an Inquirer Learning Corner (ILC) on the campus west of this city.
Having grown up in the same coastal village, the 66-year-old donor said it had long pained her to see the school still lacking books and updated resource materials, particularly those which could improve the students’ communication skills in English.
“By putting up a learning corner here in Bucalbucalan, the students will be provided with updated news and information. It will develop in them the good habit of reading,” Enerio said during Wednesday’s signing of a memorandum of agreement among her, the school and the Inquirer on Wednesday.
She said the majority of students here grew up without enjoying reading materials at home, items considered a luxury for their parents who eked out a living mostly as fishermen.
Education is close to Enerio’s heart. Before working for the National Manpower and Youth Council in 1975 and the National Housing Authority main office in 1981, she taught at Bucalbucalan Elementary School from 1968 to 1975.
The search for better pay also drove her to switch jobs. Public school teachers at the time were paid a measly P212 a month, she recalled.
But even after quitting teaching, Enerio continued to support various projects on education. She volunteered, for example, for the Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, a group that promotes literacy through the art of storytelling.
Every graduation season, Enerio would also donate medals to different schools in Sorsogon City.
But soon she realized that she had to give something that would leave a lasting impact on the students.
Enerio came across the Inquirer’s Learning section and read about the ILC program, wherein public schools can get free subscriptions to the Inquirer courtesy of reader-sponsors. The newspapers are to be kept in a school corner called “Inqspot” for easy access.
First non-politician donor
The ILC program is aimed at creating a place in public schools where teachers and students can read the paper and discuss the day’s news or issues.
Enerio said she had been an avid reader of the Inquirer since its founding during the martial law years, when the Marcos regime dismissed the fledgling but stinging newspaper as part of the so-called “mosquito press.”
Inquirer senior product manager Roselle Fortes-Leung said Enerio had the distinction of being the first ILC donor who is not a politician.
The ILC in Bucalbucalan is also the first to open in southern Luzon, Leung added.
Three ILCs have been set up earlier in Quezon City and Zambales province, all sponsored by politicians.
In honor of parents
“This is my way of giving back to the community and to this school in honor of my parents,” said Enerio, daughter of Feliza Aquende and Restituto Laganzo.
She said her parents, who were not able to finish their studies because of poverty, always reminded her and her siblings about the value of education, saying it’s the only priceless legacy they could give them.
School principal Antonio Jintalan gratefully acknowledged Enerio’s contribution: “We’re amazed that someone from this village is able to help this school.”
Jintalan said the ILC would go a long way in helping develop the children’s love for reading and their awareness of current events.
Mere P5,500 budget
Jintalan noted that the school, which operates on a measly budget of P5,500 for maintenance and other operational expenses, could only afford to set up a small library with books that were rarely updated.
A pity, Jintalan said, since “80 percent of our learning still comes from reading.”
With about 350 enrollees, the school has been relying heavily on private sponsors for its improvements, he said.
Enerio may no longer be able to go back to her first love—teaching—but she nevertheless vowed to continue her advocacy and community work for education.
The retiree called on other private citizens to do their share for the benefit of today’s youth and future generations.
June 9, 2010 • 9:30 pm Comments Off
by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Nananatiling negatibo sa red tide toxin ang Juag Lagoon sa bayan ng Matnog at ang Sorsogon Bay sa lungsod ng Sorsogon kung kaya’t patuloy na mai-enjoy pa rin ng mga residente ang pagkain ng mga lamang-dagat mula sa dalawang look.
Sa pinakahuling bulletin na ipinalabas ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), nasa anim na lamang na look at katubigan sa buong bansa ang positibo na lamang sa paralytic shellfish poisoning na kinabibilangan ng Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay sa Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; Murcielagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte at Misamis Occidental at mga kostal na katubigan sa Bolina at Anda sa Pangasinan.
Subali’t binigyang-diin ni Provincial Fisheries Officer Gil Ramos na kahit pa nga nananatiling ligtas sa paralytic shellfish poisoning ang mga look sa Sorsogon, patuloy pa rin nilang pinag-iingat ang publiko sa pamamagitan ng tamang paglilinis at pagkain ng mga preskong lamang-dagat na nakukuha sa katubigan ng Sorsogon.
Binigyang babala din niya ang publiko na doblehin ang pag-iingat at higit na maging mapagmanman lalo na sa pagpasok ng La Niña kung saan matapos ang sobrang init ng panahon ay agad na susundan ng matinding tag-ulan sapagkat ang mga ganitong sitwasyon ang maaaring magpabalik sa mga organismo ng red tide.
June 9, 2010 • 9:28 pm Comments Off
by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Handang-handa na ang Philippine Coast Guard Sorsogon sa pagdagsa ng mga pasahero sa mga pantalan kaugnay ng nalalapit na pagbubukas ng klase sa susunod na linggo.
Ayon kay PCG Sorsogon City Station Commander Lt. Junior Grade Ronnie Ong, bahagi ng kanilang “Oplan Paghahanda 2010” ay ang pag-aalerto sa mga Coast Guard stations sa tatlong malalaking pantalan dito – ang Matnog, Pilar at Bulan – dahilan sa tiyak na pagdagsa ng mga estudyanteng pasahero dito.
“Nais naming matiyak ang kaligtasan ng mga pasahero kung kaya’t itinaas na namin sa full alert status ang aming mga tauhan simula pa noong unang araw ng Hunyo at nakipag-ugnayan na rin kami sa mga shipping companies ukol sa mga patakarang dapat nilang sundin,” pahayag ni Ong.
“May inilagay na rin kaming passengers’ help desk sa naturang mga pantalan upang tiyaking nabibigyang-pansin ang mga pangangailangan ng mga pasahero at tao sa pantalan,” dagdag pa niya.
Sinabi ni Ong na maliit man o malaking sasakyang pandagat ay dapat na sumunod sa patakarang ipinatutupad para na rin sa kaligtasan ng lahat, partikular na dito ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng overloading at ‘no lifejacket, no travel policy’, pati na rin ang ‘proper storage of cargos policy’.
Sa panig ng pagmamantini ng seguridad, full alert na ang kanilang K-9 dogs sa mga pantalan ng Matnog, Pilar at Bulan at ang kanilang special operations units sa pantalan ng Matnog.
Ayon pa kay Ong, maliban sa papalapit na pasukan ay naghahanda na rin sa ngayon ang kanilang tanggapan sa pagpasok ng mga bagyo sa bansa bilang bahagi na rin ng kanilang disaster preparedness plan.
Samantala, binigyang-linaw ni Ong na sa Sorsogon ang tatlong malalaking pantalan lamang ang may Coast Guard stations. Deputized naman aniya, ang mga Local Government Units na ipatupad ang mga regulasyong pangkaligtasan sa mga lugar na hindi na sakop ng coastguard.
June 9, 2010 • 9:27 pm Comments Off
by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon
Naging makabuluhan at nagbunga ng positibong resulta ang isinagawang Peace Youth Camp noong nakaraang linggo dito sa lungsod ng Sorsogon sa pangunguna ng Sulong CARHRIHL Youth Network Bicol sa pakikipag-ugnayan nito sa Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (PANGOPOD), Inc.
Ayon kay Bicol CARHRIHL Youth Network Steering Committee Chair Melvin E. Demdam, nagpapasalamat sila sa mga organizers ng nasabing Youth Camp dahilan sa pagbibigay oportunidad sa mga kabataang tulad nila na maunawaan ang programang CAHRIHL o Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law na isinusulong ng pamahalaan.
Bilang tugon sa programang pangkapayapaan na ito ng pamahalaan, isinama ng mga kabataan sa kanilang action plan ang pagbuo din ng Provincial CARHRIHL Youth Network dito sa Sorsogon upang magsilbing tagapagtaguyod sa local level ng respeto sa karapatang pantao at pagtupad sa alituntunin ng International Humanitarian Law bilang mga pamamaraan sa pagtamo ng makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaan.
Ang Sulong CARHRIHL Youth Network ay ang opisyal na katuwang ng Sulong CARHRIHL na kinabibilangan ng mga youth organizations mula sa iba’t-ibang mga komunidad at unibersidad sa bansa.
Nais din nitong ipaalam at ipaunawa sa kabataan ang kanilang kontribusyon at mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng mga tulad nila sakaling maharap sila sa sitwasyon ng kaguluhan.
June 9, 2010 • 9:23 pm Comments Off
PAGSUMITE NG 2010 ELECTIONS STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES NG MGA KANDIDATO HANGGANG NGAYONG ARAW NA LAMANG
by: Bennie A. Recebido, PIA-Sorsogon
Muling pinaalalahanan ng Commission on Election ang mga tumakbong kandidato nitong nakaraang halalan na hanggang ngayong araw na lamang sila tatanggap ng mga isusumiteng 2010 elections Statement of Contributions and Expenditures.
Ayon kay Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Calixto Aquino, nanalo man o natalong kandidato ay dapat magsumite ng kanilang statements kung ilan ang natanggap nilang kontribusyon at nagasta kaugnay ng kanilang pangangampanya nitong May 10, 2010 national at local elections.
Matatandaang nakasaad sa Comelec En Banc Resolution No. 8944 na hindi dapat lalampas ngayong Hunyo a-nuebe ang pagfile ng kanilang SCE sa tanggapan ng Comelec kung saan sila nagfile ng kanilang certificate of candidacy.
Ayon kay Aquino ang mga kandidatong hindi makakasumite ng SCE ay maaaring patawan ng multang isanglibo hanggang tatlumpong libong piso.
Kaugnay nito, muling nilinaw din ng opisyal na ang mga Statement of Contributions and Expenditures ay tatanggapin mula alas-otso ng umaga hanggang alas singko lamang ng hapon.
Wala din aniya silang balak na magbigay pa ng extension sa mga ito.
June 9, 2010 • 1:15 am Comments Off