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Salceda hails SMC take over of Aleco

leGaZPi ciTY – albayanos view the possi- ble entry of business conglomerate san Miguel corporation (sMc) into their province as an- other “business trophy” that further consoli- dates albay’s development gains in the last six years.

SMC, one of the coun- try’s largest independent power producers, may pos- sibly take over the manage- ment of the cash-strapped Albay Electric Coopera- tive (Aleco), which was recently cut off from the national power grid for its mounting debts and failure to fully pay its monthly billings. Energy Secretary Jer- icho Petilla, who visited Albay on Thursday, con- firmed SMC’s interest to

take over of Aleco, after SMC emerged as the sole bidder for the power cooperative. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda hailed SMC’s interest to take over ALECO and said he con- siders it as another “business trophy that sends a strong sig- nal to the investment commu- nity of the Albay’s economic potentials.” Albay has recently be- come country’s fastest grow- ing economy, even with the constant threats of blackouts despite its vast geother-

the constant threats of blackouts despite its vast geother- Gov. salceda mal wealth, due to Aleco’s

Gov. salceda

mal wealth, due to Aleco’s mounting debts which has now reached P 4 billion. With a stable electric supply, the province is destined to soar higher, Salceda said. “Given SMC’s vaunted management expertise and marketing clout, there are huge synergies that can fur-

marketing clout, there are huge synergies that can fur - ther propel Albay to a higher

ther propel Albay to a higher level of economic stature,” he said, adding that since SMC operates Caticlan Airport, the principal gateway to Boracay, it may be possible to establish a direct Legazpi-Caticlan air route after the completion of the Southern Luzon Interna- tional Airport in Daraga, Al- bay to further enhance both tourism destinations. Having long been in the corporate world, Salceda said with SMC around, Al- bay will have not just stable power supply but also the conglomerate’s strong brands and destination networks that will help enhance Albay as a prime tourist destination. In addition, he said, the “SMC group has distinguished it- self for impressive corporate results and corporate social

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Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo showing a photo of the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo during the photo exhibit held at Plaza Rizal, Naga City. With Representative Robredo is her daughter Jillian and some city hall employees.

Legazpi mayor wants more job fairs

leGaZPi ciTY - legazpi city Mayor noel e. rosal urged the Public employment services of- fice (PESO) of this city to conduct more job fairs to give the city constituents, particularly the under- graduate and high school students, an opportunity to get employed.

Rosal disclosed that two international companies, the American-based Sutherland Global Services and Austra- lian firm One Half Philip- pines have established call center facilities in the city. Sutherland has a capacity of 1,200 seats and has offices near the seafront in Embarca- dero de Legazpi, while One Half Philippines established a 500-seat call center at the former Bicol Hair building in Barangay Bonot here donated by a Japanese company to the City Government of Legazpi. The two giant firms are already operating their call center businesses wherein some of fresh graduates of the city are employed. Rosal said the Informa- tion and Business Process Outsourcing Association of

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the Philippines awarded Legazpi City in 2012 for having the most effective ICT council and local gov- ernment unit during the term of his wife former Mayor Geraldine Rosal. He said his administra- tion will continue to invite other investors from dif- ferent parts of the country

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book on people power to be launched in bicol

book on people power to be launched in bicol by JOSePh JOhN J. PeRez leGaZPi ciTY

by JOSePh JOhN J. PeRez

leGaZPi ciTY -- The edsa People Power commis- sion (ePPc) has launched last week at the Bicol Univer- sity book on the People Power revolution of 1986 titled “edsa.” EDSA rekindles flames of the bloodless revolution for the present generations to know and live up to the meaning and challenges of the historical event. “The story book contains shared experiences crafted not only for children but for teachers and parents as well, meant to be shared to keep the spirit of EDSA alive,” EPPC project officer Nenito-Ro Laman said. The book is in black and white. Initially launched on July 16 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the children’s storybook EDSA features sacrifices and demonstrations of Filipino bravery and idealism for the crusade for freedom and justice as well as the selfless stand by countless Filipinos for the future generation, EPPC said in a press statement. “We believe people power revolution was not only confined to EDSA and Metro Manila but to the provinces too making significant contributions as well,” Laman said. Plans are also underway for a similar book launching of EDSA in Sorsogon in October. Some of Sorsogon’s personalities played significant roles prior and during the People Power Revolution of 1986 such as Senator Grogorio “Gringo” Honasan who hails from Bu- lan town and Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) founder Eugenia Duran-Apostol and editor Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc who both come from Sorsogon City. There was also Sorsogon’s Bishop Emeritus Jesus Varela, the founder of the Good News Sorsogon Foundation, Inc that manages the DZGN-Spirit FM of the Catholic Media Network (CMN) that served as a relay of Radyo Veritas in Bicol Region in 1986. The book was written by Palanca and PBBY Salanga Writ- er’s Prize awardee Russel Molina who is a well-renowned writ- er of children’s books, illustrated by internationally-acclaimed children’s book illustrator Sergio Bumatay III, and published by Adarna House, Inc. The book is available in major book- stores nationwide. The EPPC was created through Executive Order 82 in 1999 by former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada to perpetuate and propagate the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Through annual celebrations every February 25, holding provincial EDSA symposia, and recently through the EDSA storybook, EPPC seeks to enshrine EDSA People Power as continuing and permanent source of inspiration for future gen- erations, EPPC said.

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EXCESS FUNDS: There are clear indications that many people are holding on to money beyond their present needs. They are searching for investment outlets where they can profitably “park” said excess funds. Since bank deposits – including time and trust placements are not paying enough – many of them are going for fixed-term investments. The business expectation index (BEI) has peaked at 55% during the second quarter which favors more permanent placements. Business appreciates the efforts of government to improve public and corporate governance, which moves somehow assure that the 7%-8% growth attained during the first quarter can also be garnered for the whole year. Nomura Investments of Japan predicts that the 2013 GDP of the Philippines will reach 7.3% triggered by more quality investment spending of government and private sector. Let’s hope for the best always! PEACE AND ORDER: The Budget Department has released P2.86B to the DILG for the latter’s peace and order program. The fund is intended to support PNP’s Operational Transformation Plan, aimed at enhancing the capability of the country’s police force in improving crime prevention and security nationwide. The expenditure will also cover repair and maintenance of

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police supplies. Also budgeted are procurements of mission-essential equipment for mobility (transport), firepower, communication and investigation. The Budget Secretary said the releases will support and better incapacitate our police force, allowing them to safeguard our people and make crime prevention efforts more strategic and efficient. Equipment to be purchased includes patrol jeeps, long firearms, and mobile radios. PANDESAL: Our cost of pan de sal (as sample bread product) has been kept under control with the lower cost of imported Turkish flour (which cost surprisingly cannot be matched by our local flour producers). By way of protection to local producers, the Dept. of Agriculture has recommended to the authorities the imposition of 20% tariff on Turkish flour. With the new higher cost of ingredient – pan de sal and “tasty” will have to be priced higher. An Anti-Dumping probe has been initiated against the Turkish Flour

importers. In their defense, they have petitioned that Sec. Proceso J. Alcala inhibit himself from the investigation. The petitioners pointed out that the DA secretary has already pre-judged the case against the importers. Until the case comes to a close – the projected increase in the price of bread will not happen as yet – as Turkish flour will continue to be shipped in. CAR IMPORTS: Another pricing area that the government is looking at is the tariff valuations versus selling prices of imported motor vehicles. Like the Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) in the case of transfers or ownership of real properties – the BIR will impose the one ATRIG (authority to release imported motor vehicles) automobile policy. The new policy is aimed at ensuring payment of revenue collections. There are observations from the Dept. of Finance and Board of Investments that cars imported from major auto exporting Asian countries have construction value declarations that are priced much lower than the selling prices of similar cars in their home markets. This practice violates free trade rules and is somewhat akin to “product dumping”. The one ATRIG policy of BIR will work to curtail if not fully solve this problem.

PSALM: My Lord - as always, your word is lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.

Regional Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia, On Sex Video & P-Noy’s family to keep 1,500 hectares

The feast of our regional Patrones, Our Lady of Penafrancia on September is fast approaching and I believe many if not most of us Bicolanos are preparing and looking forward to this religious celebration. And rightly so because Our Lady of Penafrancia is our spiritual mother. As such, it is just right to prepare ourselves, our homes and our places to be fit to receive our beloved Ina, who cares for us and intercedes for us to Jesus. No doubt, many of us are already planning what foods to serve our guests. Others are preparing different entertain-ment activities for foreign and local tourists. The number one tourist attraction is Our Lady of Penafrancia. Hundreds of thousand devotees come to her and join religious activities. Let us hear mass, greet her and show our love for her. I believe the Bicol Region is peaceful because of Ina’s presence and protection and her son Jesus who love us all. * * * * * One of the talk of the town nowadays is the sex video of a singer of a famous band named Chito Miranda with his girlfriend on the internet. It is also like what happened to the sex video of Dr. Hayden Kho with his girlfriends.

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In this connection, I want to give an unsolicited advise to girls and women in love to be extra careful and not to allow their sexual acts be recorded on video or anything of the like because they are the losers. They should have self- respect and not put their families and even them-selves to shame. If the man (her boyfriend) truly love her, he will not think of recording their sexual act and not risk the possibility of putting her to shame. He will protect her and marry her. Please have self-respect and think of the consequences. Well, this is my personal opinion. You can take it or leave it.

* * * * * The Philippine Daily Inquirer dated August 8, 2013 reported the following with its “Across the

Nation” page written by Tonette Orejas: It is entitled “P-Noy to keep 1,500 hectares”. “City of San Fernando – The family of President Aquino is retaining more than one thousand five hundred (1,500) hectares of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) finishes the distribution of land in the sugar estate through the government agrarian reform program.” Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which is mandated by law, all landowners are entitled to a retention of not more than five hectares. Hundreds of thousands families are suffering after they lost their main sources of income when their lands were taken away from them thru this government program which was touted as the centerpiece of the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino adminis-tration. The CARP law was immediately implemented since 1988 on small and middle class landowners but not the Cojuangco-Aquino family which until now is not yet finished. Is the unequal and selective application of the CARP law “Matuwid na Daan?”

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CamSur PeSO conducts recruitment for hongkong

700 domestic helpers needed

The camarines sur em- ployment center (camsur Peso) of the provincial government thru its prin- cipal the Kan-Ya interna- tional services corpora- tion announced another special recruitment activity and principal-employer’s interview for some 700 fe- male applicants wanting to work as domestic help- ers bound for Hong Kong. said one-day recruitment activity is scheduled sep- tember 12, 2013 starting at 8:00 aM until 5:00 PM at the capitol convention center, capitol complex, cadlan, Pili. This good news is relayed by CamSur PESO head, Ms. Sha Torallo, when she happi- ly announced that their office is looking for hundreds of

Bicolano female applicants aged 23-46 years old, prefer- ably with experience work- ing abroad but those with no experience and yet interested and willing to work as do- mestic helpers are likewise welcome to apply as long as they can speak and under- stand the English language. Those who want to try must bring the following documents: comprehen- sive computerized resume with detailed job description with a 2x2 photo attached; 2pcs. 2x2 and 1x1 pictures; original and photocopy of school credentials ( Form 137, Diploma, Transcript of Records); certificate of em- ployment (if available); and a valid ID and passport. For other details on this announcement, the CamSur

Employment Center may be reached at Telephone No. 054-4775858/ 4777468/ 09198775952 or may be vis- ited at their office at the 2nd Floor, Capitol Main Bldg, Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. Another way to reach them is through their email address and Face- book account camsur_peso@ yahoo.com It must be noted that one of the priority thrusts laid out by CamSur Governor Migz Villafuerte as chief executive of the province is to be able to generate employment for his constituency because he believes that one of the keys to lasting progress and de- velopment in a community is for its citizens to be produc- tive and employed. -JMTS/ MMEC

bicol records high compliance in settlement of labor cases

by MARLON A. LOteRte

leGaZPi ciTY -- The department of labor and employment (dole) re- gional office in Bicol has recorded high compliance on payment of settlement of cases between employers and employees amounting to P17,938,503.79 benefit- ing a total of 1,602 workers from January to July this year. DOLE Bicol regional di- rector Nathaniel V. Lacambra explained the total amount of P17.9 million were recorded following resolutions of labor relations cases filed with the agency and were settled ei- ther through the Single Entry Approach (SENA) program or the issuance of compliance

orders. “These are actual figures derived from the decisions of the med-arbitration office MAO), headed by Atty. Kar- en Trayvilla. These numbers would show us how effective our labor relations program in Bicol. Rest assured that we will continue to maintain this kind of accomplishment,” Lacambra added. DOLE Bicol record- ed payment amounting to P13,992,287.47 benefiting 327 workers following issu- ance of compliance orders which are issued by the agen- cy to establishments which failed to rectify labor law violations. “Issuance of compliance orders would mean enforce- ment of the actual payment

by the establishments of the labor standards benefits due to its workers. If establish- ments received a compliance order, they must immediately comply. If they fail, the agen- cy’s sheriff upon legal orders can sequester and freeze their assets to cover payment for the workers,” RD Lacambra said. DOLE Bicol also report- ed that some P3,946,216.32 were awarded to 1,275 work- ers trough amicable settle- ment. In amicable settlement, Lacambra explained, estab- lishments or companies with violations voluntarily pay the amount due to workers. If an establishment or a company pays thru amicable settlement then the DOLE need not issue

pays thru amicable settlement then the DOLE need not issue PACt on GARbAGe SeALeD JeSSeL bASANtA

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DeNR Secretary Ramon Paje(2nd from right), Albay Governor Joey Salceda (3rd from right), Regional executive Director Gilbert Gonzales (right), and Mayor Glenda Ongjoco (2nd from left) sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the installation of a materials recovery system in Guinobatan, Albay. the system will help resolve the garbage problem of the town. the DeNR also donated to LGu Guinobatan a garbage shredder and a truck for garbage collection.

DeNR supports garbage system in Albay, donates shredder, truck

denr secretary ramon Paje signed an accord with albay Governor Joey sal- ceda and Guinobatan town Mayor Ann Ongjoco estab- lishing a pioneer Materials recovery system (Mrs) that he considered a novel effort in Bicol region. in a ceremonial launch he also handed over a garbage shredder and a garbage truck collector intended to transport and collect solid wastes in the town. “MRF system is a com- plete system of recovering wastes that can still be of use – from recyclable materials to kitchen waste that can be

a compliance order. “Actually we are more into amicable settlement as such process would be much easier for workers and employers. Such can be re- solved through the Single Entry Approach (SENA) which is non-adversarial and

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turned into compost, which will be implemented here in Guinobatan as their compli- ance with the ESWM Act,”

EMB, a projected recovery of

According to Paje almost 700 LGUs have complied with the eco-waste manage- ment law and this will be

Engr. Nanette Tidon of the Environmental Management

an addition to the statistics of those compliant with RA

Bureau said.

9003.

In a baseline study of the

He pointed out that there’s a need to address the problem

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percent of recyclables and

of municipal waste because

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percent of biodegradable

of the rising cost that the

wastes will be diverted from the waste stream, while the remaining 8.72 percent of to- tal waste composition can be disposed of to a final disposal facility or be re-used as func- tional products by available alternative technologies. “There’s a need for com- pliance of every local gov- ernment unit to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, so we are launching this recov- ery system to help this town, and added to that we are also donating a garbage shredder and a truck for transport and collection,” Sec. Paje ex- plained.

government is taking in pro- viding medicines for diseases brought about by garbage pollution. Citing a report from the Department of Health, he averred that the government spends close to 50 billion pesos every year on treating illnesses due to pollution and 50 percent of the medicine is for upper respiratory ail- ments, so an imperative so- lution is to resolve the prob- lem of municipal waste and since establishing landfills is expensive, however, a bet- ter alternative is clustering of towns for their own SLF. -Jessel Basanta

IRRI exec says Golden rice field trial to continue

Basanta IRRI exec says Golden rice field trial to continue international Rice Research institute, deputy director

international Rice Research institute, deputy director general for Communications and Partnership , bruce V. tolentino ( right) personally came to the project site to assess the situation and meet with the project team. he is shown here at the site with Dr. tony Alfonso, plant breeder from PhilRice and project director of Golden Rice and con-currently national coordinator of DA biotechnology (center) and Department of Agriculture (bicol) regional executive director eng. Abelardo R. bragas. (DA-RAFiD 5)

by ANALizA S. MACAtANGAy

Pili, camarines sur - The field trial for the gold- en rice variety will continue despite opposition and de- struction recently made by protesters in the testing site within the compound of the department of agriculture regional Field Unit 5 here, according to a top official of the international rice re- search institute (irri). Deputy director for Com- munications and Partnership of the International Rice Re- search Institute (IRRI) Bruce Tolentino made the state- ment following his visit here Saturday and assessment of the damages at the Golden rice pilot site destroyed by members of the militant Ki- lusang Magbubukid ng Bikol (KMB) and Sararong Inisyat- iba nin Kahinwanmaan na

Wasakon ang Agrokemikals na Lasong-GMO (SIKWAL – GMO) militant group, Thurs- day morning last week. In a press conference on the same day, Tolentino ex- pressed dismay over the up- rooting of the Golden rice plants which are already on their booting stage. DA Bicol regional execu- tive director Eng. Abelardo R. Bragas and members of the research and technical team strongly condemned the actions of the protesters, uprooting and destroying the plots for the Golden rice plant. The protesters had re- portedly also destroyed the fence and other government properties resulting to loss of valuable data and research investment. Bragas said that agency

may take legal action against the perpetrators, who are mainly composed of more than 400 farmers coming from Camarines Sur, Cama- rines Norte and Sorsogon. DA RFU 5 information of- ficer Emily Bordado said that the testing of propagating the Golden rice was made known to the concerned individuals and groups prior to field trial. Bordado recalled that series dialogues with local leaders and community rep- resentatives were conducted prior to the conduct of the field trial. The field testing was closely monitored by the In- stitutional Biosafety Com- mittee (IBC) composed of researchers and experts from the DA, CBSUA, barangay captain, municipal council and religious group.

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Role of Schools in Disaster Risk Reduction

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School head, Visita de Salog high School

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is one of the main issues included for discussion in the enhanced curriculum of the K-12 education program. This aims to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of disaster management for children, teachers and communities. The Philippines is prone to hazard due to typhoons, volcanic activity, floods and earthquakes. The start of the rainy season signals the need to be prepared for possible disaster especially the typhoons that hit the country not just once but around 19 tropical cyclones or storms enter the Philippine area of Responsibility in a typical year and these, usually 6 to 9 make landfall in one year. This impacts the education sector: school buildings are damaged, regular teaching is disrupted for long periods, teachers and students are killed and injured and students drop out. School activities are disrupted during disasters because schools are used as emergency or evacuation centers. Generally, children are the most vulnerable group during disasters, but teaching DRR in schools helps to raise awareness and understanding of not only chidren and teachers but of their families and communities as well. Losses from disasters can be reduced by children knowing about disaster risk. Another is investing mor in strengthening school- building structures before disasters take place would help reduce long term costs, protect children and ensure education continuity after disaster. There are 242 secondary schools in Camarines Sur while there are 7,683 secondary schools in the Philippines but there is an absence of the documents on how many schools are naturally at risk based on location. The available data is on damages and losses from earthqualkesz and volcanic eruptions freom 2000 to 2006 to school buildings as a result of these disasters was 1,279 million USS. To provide the risk disaster, educatin children is the best approach in minimizing risk, Studying keenly and actively the safety of their own schools with the help of the reacher and community members can be possibly reduced and protect them. They can also tap the stakeholders to come up with festivities that well help in preparing them during disaster. Next is, raising consciousness inside the school. Conducting earthquake and fire drills with the teachers and students, conducting disaster quake contest, school contest on disaster reduction knowledge; information dissemination disaster safety, and turning school students into promoters and initiators of risk reduction. Prevention is better than cure. To reduce the risk, develop disaster education materials; using alternative or innovative ways to educate children, youth, teachers, and parents about disaster risk reduction issues; involve the chidren in varied activites so they know what to do in times of disaster. There is need to ensure that the buildings are safe. School buidings must be built strongly to minimize vulnerabilty. A standard earthquake-resistant schools in high risk areas to low risk area is a must to save the lives of the childrden. Public awareness and education for disaster risks reduction turn human knowdege into action. People are mobilized if they know what specific moves can be done to reduce the risks; they are convinced that these actions will be effective and they believe in their own ability to carry out the tasks. This is where the role of the school comes in. Inform and involve the public!

BRTTH opens first digital radiography facility

by SALLy A. AteNtO

Wednesday 14th of august 2013 TweetFace- bookYahooemailshareThis leGaZPi ciTY, aug 15 (Pia) -- The Bicol regional Training and Teaching Hos- pital (BrTTH) here is now conducting “film-less radi- ology procedure” with the inauguration Thursday last week of the digital radiol- ogy department. Instead of traditional pho- tographic film, this procedure uses digital x-ray sensors to generate digital images that can be transmitted for easier and faster results. It is currently used for X- ray and CT scan and will be applied soon to ultrasound and mammogram. The facil- ity can load 100 images of X- ray and 10 images of CT scan in a day and can generate re- sults within 30 minutes with the internet reading support of radiologists from Manila or even abroad. We lack radiologist in the region who can read and in- terpret test results but with the new digital radiography facil-

ity, we can cater to the needs of Bicolanos for state of the art health facilities that can provide faster and cheaper services,” BRTTH medical professional chief Dr. Salva- cion Macenas said. “Operators of traditional procedures also know how to read results but legally they are not authorized to do it. We only have a few radiologists in the region leading to de- lays in results. Since we can now generate digital images we can transmit it to doctors and hospitals outside the re- gion accredited to read and give results within 24 hours,” Macenas explained. Traditional procedures typically take five days read- ing time. Aside from time efficiency, Macenas said digital proce- dures are more environment and health friendly since it doesn’t involve chemical pro- cessing and radiation expo- sure to generate images. Processing techniques can also be used to enhance the overall display and clarity of the image. The facility is under the

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tours and travel – in Focus

Recent developments relative to the Metro Naga Development Council composed of 16 local government units with Naga City as its flagship unit is now gaining ground in tourism emphasizing the on-going NAGA X brand of choice destinations. The experiences that are being offered to tourists foreign or domestic are diverse, satisfying and economy- wise. Varied adventures with nature, islands hopping, beaches caves and river cruises including journey to century old churches with exploration of various places known for its heritage and culture awaits well meaning tourists. Naga City and its adjacent municipalities are rich in natural resources with incomparable tourists destinations which are even better than other popular sites in the country. Many tourists who come to Bicol most particularly Metro Naga keep on coming back after experiencing fun-filled activities which can only be found in this part of our country. Summing it up Metro-Naga is indeed colorful, vibrant and innovative. A case in point is its biggest Marian festivity being celebrated every 3rd week of the month of September. It can be said that the colors of Bicolano life-spicy, diverse and expressive are in itself the very reason why tourists have learned to love Metro Naga and its environs. In the city alone its nightlife throbs with music and good clean fun making it as one of the most progressive city in the country today. Its breath taking nearness to nature ensures an environment that is devoid of noise and pollution. Naga X brand of tourist sites and destinations are in itself accessible, strategically located with varied options for going out on excursions within and beyond its areas of coverage. Among its target tourist clientele are tourists both domestic and foreign, OFW’s and balikbayans. Included are group of friends, families and relatives looking for fun-filled adventures and a meaningful time to spend their vacations experiencing wholesome nature as its best and a diverse culture which can only be found in this southern part of the island of Luzon. With

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the Marian devotees flocking to Naga City come September other professional, civic and religious organizations are most welcome in the City of Naga where they can hold their meetings and conventions in a place that is peaceful and secure. With it goes popular recreation sites plus comfortable accommodations as part of the amenities in coming to Metro-Naga. Surely, the lure of endless possibilities are in itself an assurance for visitors to experience boundless adventures awaiting intrepid travelers and tourists. The highlands of Metro-Naga are in itself a breathtaking panorama, with its flora and fauna at its best. What is more relaxing is the fact that waterfalls and cool streams abound in this part of Metro-Naga. With Mt. Isarog being the highest forested peak in South Luzon tourists will find this dormant volcano as a haven for mountain climbers because of its challenging moss and cloud covered trails. What’s more important is the fact that many visitors will be happy and delighted by the wonderful adventures which are in store for them like zip lining, wall climbing, rappelling, wave pool, helmet diving, horseback riding, biking, ATV rides, driving range and a golf course. All of these sports and fun filled activities would not be enough not

unless visitors would dip and swim in

the therapeutic geothermal hot springs of Mt. isarog Among the sites and destinations which are must see places are the following, to wit:

1. Haciendas de Naga- This tourists

site offers a wide array of activities with a 2, 000 square meters wave pool overlooking the city. Here you can enjoy fishing, horseback riding with a driving range and golf course. You can also experience pili nut picking.

2. Consocep Mountain Resort- This

is located at the eastern portion of Mt.

Isarog Travelers to this mountain, retreat can experience first hand local custom like eating the age old betel nut which in local dialect is known as “nganga”. Here you will be treated to a deer farm and swim into the cool waters of Mt. Isarog waterfalls.

3. Malabsay Falls-This tourists site

is a 40 feet high of cascading pristine cool waters from the slopes of Mt. Isarog which is barely 10 minutes ride by car from Panicuason Hot Springs. It

is a refreshing delight for visitors after a half hour trek through rain forest with a breathtaking view of Naga City and the greenery surrounding it.

4. Panicuason Hot Springs Resort-

This resort offers a number of natural pools with temperatures ranging from a refreshing 20 to a relaxing 39 degrees Celsius. This prime tourists spot in Metro Naga is tucked away at the bottom of one of Mt. Isarog river ravines in Naga City East Highland Tourism zone. Other fun-filled activities awaiting visitors in this tourism zone are as follows, to wit:

1. Water Falls Hopping – Metro Naga in its majestic setting Is blessed with more than 40 known waterfalls. In Metro Naga X Brand of tourists zones, the 40 meters high Nalalata Falls is found in Bula, Camarines Sur, the Engkanto Falls is in Libmanan, Camarines Sur including the giant waterfalls in Pili, Camarines Sur. 2. Hiking-Tourists who are hike

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inner chess

by J. heNRy DANiCAN

inner chess by J. heNRy DANiCAN
inner chess by J. heNRy DANiCAN

august 18 - 24, 2013

Bikol reporter

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Archdiocese of Caceres launches 1st Penafrancia Film Festival

by ANA-LizA S. MACAtANGAy

PDRRMCbaresdisaster preparednessinCamNorte

naGa ciTY - as one of the highlights of the month long-celebration of the Feast of our lady of Peñafrancia come september, the arch- diocese of caceres, through the caceres commission on communications (cccom) launched the 1st Penafran- cia short Film Festival over the weekend. Under the theme “Grow- ing in Catholic Faith in Je- sus Christ with Mary at the Service of Social Transfor- mation,” the Archdiocese of Caceres is enjoining everyone to spread the faith and devo- tion to Inang Penafrancia by utilizing the new media and showcasing this religious zeal through a short film. Caceres Archbishop Ro- lando J. Tria-Tirona, OCD commended the organizers for coming up with this en- deavor. “We are not just celebrat- ing the feast of our Lady of Peñafrancia but we are also drawing creativity in three (3) aspects: through partnership, spirituality and concrete ac- tion. Spirituality is not just a subjective emotion but should be transformed into action,” Tirona said before the mem- bers of the tri-media. Fr. Louie Occiano, CCCom Director and Project Chair of the 1st Peñafrancia Short Film Festival, believes that our devotion to Inang Peñafrancia should not get lost in the midst of the digital revolution, but rather compli- ment in disseminating this faith across the globe. “We now belong to the new era of digital world, and what better way to promote Ina’s virtues but through this medium. I am enjoining ev- eryone, particularly the short film makers, professional or non-professional, and inter- ested video enthusiasts to support this first ever endeav- or as we embark on spreading the devotion to our Lady of Nuestra Señora de Peñafran- cia,” Occiano added. The contest is open to all professional and non-profes- sional short film makers. Par- ticipants should submit a reg- istration form and may submit no more than one (1) original video. The videos may have multiple co-producers but only one should be listed as the primary contact once the entry has been approved by the board of jurors. The short film, with a 30-minute maximum dura- tion, must depict the essence of Bicolano devotion to our Lady of Peñafrancia by por- traying positive values, pro- moting deep faith in God and inculcating Bicolano identity. Entries containing immoral, defamatory, obscene or scan- dalous content, or any similar content which, in the discre- tion of the organizer, is not in keeping with the accepted culture of Bicolanos, will be deemed ineligible.

accepted culture of Bicolanos, will be deemed ineligible. Archbishop tiRONA Respected jurors from the film industry

Archbishop tiRONA

Respected jurors from the film industry will judge the entries in the following cri- teria: Adherence to the theme (30%), Originality (20%), Composition and coherence of audio and video ( 25%) and Quality of Cinematogra- phy (25%). Three (3) winners will be chosen and will be given cash prizes of P100,000.00, P75,000.00 and P50,000.00 for the first, second and third placers respectively. A special award dubbed as “People’s Choice Award will be be- stowed to the most liked vid- eo downloaded in YouTube

by Rosalita b. Manlangit

daeT, camarines norte -- The Provincial disaster risk reduction and Management council (PdrrMc) bared its disas- ter preparedness and miti- gation programs and activi- ties in the province during “Talakayan sa Pia” held July 31. Carlos Galvez, chairper- son of the PDRRMC, said that the provincial council was recently named “Best PDRRMC” in Bicol as Gawad Kalasag Awardee to- gether with the Camarines Norte National High School, first place in Best School

Urban Category; DQ Liwag National High School, first place in Best School Rural Category and San Felipe Na- tional High School, second place in Best School Rural Category. He said the disaster con- sciousness month activities in the province was highlighted with the province-wide regis- tration of the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC) who are graduates of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) to be tapped during disaster response and reha- bilitation. Galvez said he is hopeful that the municipal disaster risk reduction and manage-

and Facebook. The winner of the People’s Choice award will receive P25,000.00. The local government of Naga, through the headship of City Mayor John Bongat is also in full support of this activity. Interested partakers may get in touch with the CCCom

Office through Fr. Luisito A. Occiano at 6985635 or through the email ad:

cccom1_naga@yahoo.com

or through Mr. Alec Francis A. Santos, Naga City Arts Culture and Tourism Officer and Project Co-Chair of the 1st Peñafrancia Short Film Festival.

ment and climate change ad- aptation (DRR/CCA) plans of the 12 towns will be finished this year and after 2013, ba- rangays will also have their own plans. Provincial Director Ed- win Garcia said that disaster alertness is a 24/7 preparation wherein the Department of Interior and Local Govern- ment (DILG) is continuously conducting trainings and capability building for pre- paredness. “Dapat maialis natin ang tao sa panganib o alisin ang panganib sa mga tao” he said. Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) of the provincial government representative Thelma Bardon said their office was tasked to study hazard characterization, vulnerability and risk assess- ment based on hazard, risk to properties and people as basis of their planning specially in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). She said that the CLUP will serve as a tool for deci-

sion makers in the implemen- tation of their programs and projects in their area. Ramon Avila, focal per- son for disaster preparedness program of the Department of Education (DepEd), con- gratulated the three schools cited as winners in this year’s Gawad Kalasag wherein the DQ National High School as representative of Bicol is expecting to become the first placer in the national awards. He said the schools in the province have conducted sev- eral activities in connection with the disaster conscious- ness month. Teresita Orendain former principal of DQ Liwag said that they held several cluster trainings for teachers, stu- dents and parents and they mainstreamed DRR/CCA. Orendainhe will also intro- duce this to the Moreno Inte- grated School being its new principal. Meanwhile, PIA was tasked to support information dissemination for disaster preparedness.

Schedule of Activities for the birthday celebration of Mayor tito S. SARion

August 30, 2013

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Bikol reporter

august 18 - 24, 2013

Naga passes ordinance promoting positive discipline on children

by ANALizA S. MACAtANGAy

velopment. The same ordinance also complements implementa- tion of Republic Act of No. 7610, otherwise known as Special Protection of Chil- dren Against Abuse, Exploi- tation and Discrimination Act. The law specifically states the “State shall inter- vene on behalf of the child to protect him or her against abuse, exploitation and dis- crimination when such acts against the child are commit- ted by the his or her parent, guardian, teacher or person having care custody of the same.” City Ordinance No. 2013- 026 was filed by Rentoy and co-authors city councilors Cecilia Veluz-De Asis and Dan Paulo R. Morales. “This Ordinance is enact- ed to impose upon parents, teachers, guardians, chil- dren and all persons legally responsible for the care and custody of the child the pres- ervation of his or her dignity and the protection of his or her welfare at all times to the end that the child becomes a useful and active member of the society,” Rentoy added. This endeavor is also in line with the national govern- ment’s effort to promote the welfare of children, particu- larly under the Presidential Award for the Child-friendly Municipalities and Cities ini- tiative initiated by the Coun- cil for the Welfare of Chil-

dren pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Es- tablishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” is- sued on December 13, 1999. This also encourages local government units to be child- friendly. Deserving local govern- ment units will be bestowed with the Presidential award if they have implemented programs that pushes for the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly gov- ernance. Naga City was already conferred with the Hall of Fame Awards together with other five local government units, namely, Vigan City, Tuguegarao City, New Luce- na, Iloilo, Dumingag, Zam- boanga del Sur, and Alicia, Isabela. These LGUs have consistently increased their final scores for three consec- utive years. Highlighted in Rentoy’s ordinance are offenses which include physical maltreat- ment, psychological harm or

suffering which refers to acts or omissions causing mental or emotional suffering to the child, deliberate neglect of

a child’s mental, emotional,

physical, social and spiritual needs when said neglect is intended as punishment, and verbal abuse among others.

naGa ciTY --- The sangguniang Panglung- sod (city council) of naga has unanimously approved the ordinance, “Promot- ing Positive discipline of children,” to employ posi- tive and non-violent forms of disciplinary actions on children. Ray-An Cydrick Rentoy, main author of the City Or- dinance No. 2013-026, said the legislation seeks to pro- hibit corporal punishment and all forms of degrading and humiliating punishment

on children, further help strengthen family solidarity, and recognize parents’ rights to rear their children in ac- cordance with the demands of responsible parenthood. The new ordinance aligns with the 1987 Philippine Constitution’s provision which mandates that the state will defend the rights of chil- dren, including proper care and nutrition, and give spe- cial protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation and other condi- tions prejudicial to their de-

tours and

enthusiasts can reconnect with nature by hiking their way to Mt. Isarog Natural park thru Panicuason which is barely 15 minutes from the City. Hikers can take a short trail before reaching the park entrance where they can continue traversing through a tropical jungle brimming with giant ferns amid a cacophony of endemic insects and other wild animals. In said park hikers will enjoy to their hearts delight the cool waters of Malabsay falls including Nabontolan Falls which is 45 minutes hike way. 3. Mountain Climbing – Sports enthusiast will enjoy this activity considering that its now a fast growing sports activity not only in our country but in so many parts of the world. Mountain climbers will find it gratifying via the most famous path to the summit of Mt. Isarog which is known for its rich biodiversity. This dormant volcano is as captivating as it is challenging. Now it can be told that Naga City as a tourists service center of its adjacent municipalities boasts of 1609 hotel rooms, 56 accommodation establishments, two major airline services, regular overnight bus trips and convention sites that could accommodate more than a thousand participants at any given time.

legazpi mayor wants

to put up businesses here as part of his strategy to create more job opportunities to reduce poverty incidence in this city. PESO Manager Ma. Cris- tina Zantua said her person- nel had already visited the 70 barangays of the city and informed the villagers about the job opportunities under

the city’s “Trabaho Alay sa Barangay Program.” Zantua said her office, in partnership with the De- partment of Labor and Em- ployment Office Region 5, has conducted a Barangay Empowerment Training for three barangays of the city to strengthen the participants’ skills and abilities. -PNA

daet undergoes

Daet, he said, is a famous surfing and kite boarding spot, given its long stretch of magnificent beach in Bagas-

bas which the Dept. of Tour- ism has accredited as a local

surfing spot because of the at- tention it has gotten from the local surfing community. The Calaguas group of is- lands off the town’s northern coastline has garnered atten- tion from both local and for- eign tourists who are fasci- nated by its being considered

as a “virgin island” having no

physical development intro- duced yet. – Danny Calleja

physical development intro - duced yet. – Danny Calleja Brtth opens first digital public private partnership
physical development intro - duced yet. – Danny Calleja Brtth opens first digital public private partnership

Brtth opens first digital

public private partnership program of the government between the BRTTH and the Media Archives Philippines Inc. (MAPI), a private ser- vice provider to the global healthcare industry chosen to provide the facility through a bidding process.

“Although the BRTTH is managing the facility our private partner has infused financial capital so service rates are higher compared to our usual rates but it is still cheaper compared to other health facilities and private hospitals, Macenas said.

DeeD OF eXtRAJuDiCiAL SettLeMeNt OF eStAte

Notice is hereby given that the named parties are the legal heirs of the late Spouses MAGNO b. tOSCANO and MeRCeDeS M. tOSCANO who died on August 2, 2000 in Bgy. Carolina, Naga City and n February 1, 2002 in Clairemont, San Mateo, California, U.S.A., respectively, without any Will or Testament and with no known debts, left a parcel of land with TCT No. 28355 (Registry of Deeds, Naga City), situated at Bgy. Carolina, City of Naga; that pursuant to Rule 74, Sec. 1 of the Rules of Court, the named heirs adjudicate unto themselves the described real property in the manner set forth in the Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate duly signed by the parties, as acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Mart R. Rabelas, Jr., Doc. No. 521, Page No. 125, Book No. XXV, Series of 2013. biKOL RePORteR Published: August 18, 25 and Sept. 1, 2013

AFFiDAVit OF ADJuDiCAtiON With SALe

Notice is hereby given that Andres Samar is the only surviving brother of the late MARCeLA SAMAR who died on June 12, 2011 without any Will or Testament and with no known debts, left a parcel of land with TCT No. 315218 situated at Capucnasan. Milaor,Camarines Sur; that pursuant to Rule 74, Sec. 1 of the Rules of Court, the party adjudicate unto himself the described real property by means of this Affidavit; that for and in consideration of the sum of FIFTEEN THOUSAND (P15,000.00) pesos, in hand paid by John Pornelosa and Jubail Pornelosa of Capucnasan, Milaor, Camarines Sur, the heir do hereby SELL, CEDE, CONVEY and TRANSFER unto John Pornelosa and Jubail Pornelosa, their heirs, assigns and successors-in-interest a portion of the property containing an area of Two Hundred Forty (240) square meters more or less; as acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Arheen Alain B. Gomez, Doc. No. 091, Page No. 19, Book No. IV,

Series of 2012.

biKOL RePORteR Published: August 18, 25 and Sept. 1, 2013

eXtRAJuDiCiAL SettLeMeNt OF eStAte With WAiVeR Notice is hereby given that the named parties are the surviving heirs being the wife and children of the late DeOGRACiAS D. bASCuÑA, who died intestate on August 3, 1994 at Pili, Camarines Sur, left an estate consisting of one-half (1/2) share on a parcel of land together with improvements thereon, located at Villa Corazon Subd.,

Del Rosario, Naga City, the parties all of legal age hereby divide, partition and adjudicate unto themselves said parcel of land; that the heirs REMY BIANCA G. BASCUNA and ALTON G. BASCUNA, hereby waive, convey and transfer by Waiver unto their mother, EMERLINA G. BASCUNA, her heirs and assigns, their share, rights and interest in the described parcel of land with improvements thereon, as acknowledged before Notary Public Attorney Jose T. Rojas, Doc. No. 121, Page No. 25, Book No. 14, Series of

2013.

biKOL RePORteR Published: August 11, 18 and 25, 2013

NAMe OF DeCeASeD DAte OF iNteRMeNt 1. SOCORRO V. eLeAzAR July 2, 2013 2. LOuRDeS
NAMe OF DeCeASeD
DAte OF iNteRMeNt
1. SOCORRO V. eLeAzAR
July 2, 2013
2. LOuRDeS F. CACeReS
July 5, 2013
3. RObeRtO L. MeNDiOLA
July 6, 2013
4. NORA A. CLeDeRA
July 7, 2013
5. teD t. PALACiO
July 8, 2013
6. SANtOS M. bOSQuiLLOS
July 11, 2013
7. J u L i O P.
N it O
July 13, 2013
8. AuRORA C. DizON
July 13, 2013
9. eNRiCO SV. NeLLASCA
July 18, 2013
10. MAy M. PAbALAN
July 19, 2013
11. J u AN P. PANGAN ib AN JR.
July
18, 2013
12. eMMANueL M. MuÑOz SR.
July 20, 2013
13. AuRORA F. bAyRANte
July 21, 2013
14. ALViN M. PADiLLA
July 24, 2013
15. JeSuS S. RAQuitiCO
July 27, 2013
16. ROSALiNA G. CADACiO
July 28, 2013
17. iRViNG S. LARA
July 30, 2013
18. SALVADOR b. bORbORAN
July 28, 2013

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august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT
august 18 - 24, 2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT

Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year

2013 Bikol reporter 7 Daet named 2013 LGU of the Year daeT – The Philippine Foundation

daeT – The Philippine Foundation for the rehabili- tation of the disabled (PFrd) has announced that the mu- nicipality of daet, the capital town of the province of cama- rines norte, has been selected as this year’s lGU of the Year in the prestigious apolinario Mabini awards. The PFrd cited daet’s “exceptional pro- grams and services rendered to further the welfare and protection of its PWd con-

stituents through the ordi- nances and executive orders passed and implementation of programs that create PWd awareness.” awarding cer- emonies will be conducted at the Heroes’ Hall, Malacañang Palace on Wednesday, august 28, 2013 with no less than President Benigno aquino iii to hand the award. The Mabini awards is a bi- ennial undertaking in honor of Apolinario Mabini, the Sub-

lime Paralytic, whose bravery and heroic acts during the Phil- ippine revolution of 1896 has greatly influenced his compatri- ots in fighting agains the tyrants who ruled the country despite his severe disability. The Apolinario Mabini Awards was launched by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. (PFRD) in 1974 on the oc- casion of its silver anniversary. Since then, it has been a major

program of the PFRD. The Apolinario Mabini Awards has the following ob- jectives:

• To recognize individuals, groups and agencies that have made outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. • To promote wider recog- nition of disabled persons as self-respective and self-reliant citizens. The LGU of Daet, under the

Search on for Galing Mason Award

by JOSePh JOhN J. PeRez

leGaZPi ciTY -- The Holcim Philippines incor- porated, a cement manufac- turer venture, in cooperation with the Technical educa- tion and skills development authority (Tesda), has launched this year’s 7th Gal- ing Mason award to honor Filipino masons who show great skill and pride in their work and are also model citi- zens in their community. In a press statement, Hol- cim Philippines announced it has not started accepting nomi- nation for working masons who are at least 25 years old and resident in their area for at least a year. The nominee must be a holder of valid Certificate of Masonry from TESDA. Any reputable individual or legitimate organization may nominate a qualified mason. Certificates of good moral character from at least two lo- cal organizations, along with other necessary documents should accompany the nomina-

tion to be submitted to TESDA provincial office in their areas. Nominations will be accepted until August 16, 2013. Nominees will go through three levels of selection pro- cess: provincial, regional and national. Only the top three nominees from each region will compete in the regional level, the winners of which will move on to the national competition. The winner will be chosen based on his or her productivity, technical compe- tence and professionalism. The awarding ceremony is set on October 25 at New World Ho- tel in Makati. The most outstanding ma- son will get P150,000 cash plus a Mason Statuette crafted by renowned Paete artist Glen Cabanan. Meanwhile, the re- gional winners will receive P25,000 cash while the nomi- nating individual or organiza- tion with the most number of nominees will be rewarded with P15,000. The First Galing Mason

Bicol records high

maintains harmonious labor- management relationship,” Lacambra explained. DOLE Bicol has since Jan- uary this year recorded a total of 288 labor cases filed in the regional office, wherein 254 were disposed posting an 89 percent accomplishment rate in its labor relations program. Only 25 cases are being pro-

cessed and pending resolution for a month while six cases are six months or older while all the rest are current cases. “Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz has directed all area offices of DOLE to fast track dis- position of labor cases. We believe that justice delayed is the worst form of injustice.” Lacambra stressed.

is the worst form of injustice.” Lacambra stressed. Award in 2007 was bagged by Sergio Barliso

Award in 2007 was bagged by Sergio Barliso of Cebu, the 2009 competition was won by Rodante Andres of Capiz and the 2011 grand champions were Eduardo Latap of the National Capital Region and Alejandro Tagle of Cagayan Valley. “Masons play a critical role since they help build structures necessary for our country’s development,” Holcim Phils. Sustainable Development Head Michael Cabalda said. It is fitting to honor those who do their job well and at the same time are role models in their communities, Cabilda added. “We hope that organizations familiar with these workers will go out of their way to nominate them.” The Holcim Galing Ma- son Award, which is held ev- ery two years, is part of the company’s flagship corporate social responsibility program done in partnership with TES-

DA, Philippine Contractors Association ((PCA) and As- sociation of Construction and Informal Workers (ACIW). Its other components are the Gal- ing Mason Olympics, a three- day masonry competition and the Galing Mason Training, a seven-day skills enhancement and certification program. Holcim Philippines imple- mented the Galing mason Pro- gram to help improve the skills and knowledge of masons about their trade and professionalize the industry. The company has helped train over 8,000 mason under the program. For more details about the competition, please contact the Galing Mason Award hotlines mobile numbers 0919-536- 7425; 0917-866-4252 and email galingmasonawards@ yahoo.com. Nomination kits are available at Holcim and TESDA offices and PCA and ACIW chapters nationwide.

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPe SPeeD PAWNShOP, JR. bichara Complex, San Antonio Poblacion,

Calabanga, Camarines Sur, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at e. bOy ASPe PAWNShOP, Prieto Street, Filabel Arcade, Dinaga, Naga City, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC

AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at R. M. ASPe PAWNShOP, Cor. Panganiban & elias Angeles Street, Naga City, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have

expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC

AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPe CROWN- JeWeL PAWNShOP & JeWeLRy StORe, bichara Mall corner J. hernandez & Gen. Luna Sts., Naga City, pawned from

MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

leadership of Mayor Tito Sarion and the active support of the Sangguniang Bayan members, have become a shining light to other municipalities in the country in terms of providing laudable programs and services for the PWD sector in compli- ance with the provisions of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It had passed ordinances creating the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), establishing the Mobility and Accessibility Monitoring Team (MAMT), is- suing PWD Ids and Purchase Booklets, prohibiting ridicule and vilification against PWDs

and supporting the formation of PWD groups down to the ba- rangay level. A Bicolana, Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc, younger sis- tern of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and director of the Physicians for Peace-Phil- ippines Walking Free program, will be accorded the 2013 Ma- bini Presidential Award, the highest recognition given to individual whose works and accomplishments promote the human rights and dignity of Filipinos with disability. She follows the footsteps of another Daeteño, Prof. Rex Bernardo, an outstanding PWD advocate, who received the same award in 2008. – Dr. Alex A Bernardo

salceda

responsibility.” With a more reliable power distributor, Salceda said, the Albay local government can now focus on economic de- velopment through its various programs including Disaster

Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, educa- tion and health, tourism and agriculture, enterprise devel- opment particularly in value- adding and value-chain man- agement, and infrastructure development. -PNA

irri exec says golden rice

Bordado said that DA RFU 5 officials have always opened their doors for dialogue with the protesting groups to avoid re- sorting to violent acts and settle things in a peaceful manner. Meanwhile, Bert Autor, co- ordinator of SIKWALGMOs and secretary general of the KMB, said in a press state- ment that the farmers were not able to control their emotional outburst, and that they (farm- ers) were fired up by warnings from “concerned scientists and peasant leaders” about the dangers of the Golden rice or genetically modified (GM) rice to health and its threat to bio- diversity. He said that the Golden rice “was nothing but a ploy of agrochemical TNCs, like Syngenta, to satisfy their mo- nopoly on seeds and rake more profit.” DA RFU 5 officials how-

ever denied the allegation bat- ting that the field trials were duly permitted by the Depart- ment of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), the national regulatory authority in the Philippines for biotechnol- ogy research and development, after establishing that the trials will pose no significant risks to human health and environ- ment. Golden rice is a new type of rice which contains beta carotene, a source of vitamin A. Leading nutrition and agri- cultural research organizations are working together to evalu- ate Golden Rice as a potential new way to reduce Vitamin A deficiency. Part of this evalu- ation is the conduct of multi- location field trails to ensure that Golden rice is effective and safe, and can be planted, grown and harvested just like other popular rice varieties.

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC

AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ROWeNA ASPe

PAWNS h OP, P. b urgos St., corner J. h ernandez Avenue, Naga City, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPe eXPLOReR PAWNShOP, Ground Floor, bichara Complex, Abella St., igual-

dad, Naga City, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01,

2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the

above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013

only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

notiCe to tHe PUbLiC AUCtion SALe/SUbAStA

All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPe iGuALDAD PAWNShOP, Cor. igualdad ext. & J. hernandez Ave., igualdad, Naga City, pawned from MARCh 01-31, 2013 whose terms have

expired will be sold to public auction sale on SePt. 01, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until AuGuSt 28,

2013 only.

the MANAGeMeNt

biKOL RePORteR Published: AuGuSt 11 and 18, 2013

Mayor SARiON
Mayor SARiON

Realizing tHe DReAM beyond 2013

Realizing tHe DReAM beyond 2013 Daet undergoes multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines
Realizing tHe DReAM beyond 2013 Daet undergoes multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines

Daet undergoes multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood

multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by
multimillion-peso ‘facelift’ as town vies for cityhood daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by

daeT, camarines norte – Fresh from being named by the national competi- tiveness council as Bicol’s most competitive municipality, this provincial capital is doing a massive facelift as it aggressively vies for cityhood.

The NCC, in its first ever “Cities/Municipalities Competitiveness Index” released late last month, said besides being Bicol’s best, this town also ranked fourth in competitiveness among the country’s 1,491 municipalities. The council is a Public- Private Task Force on Phil- ippine Competitiveness created by the government to address the improvement of the country’s competi- tiveness from the bottom

third of rankings to the top third by 2016.

It ranked the cities and

municipalities based on 30 weighted indicators measuring economic dy- namism, government effi- ciency and infrastructure. Of the 163 entries in the NCC index of first class municipalities, Daet was fourth behind Gua- gua, Pampanga; Carmona, Cavite; and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur -- which were ranked third, second

and first, respectively. Gen- eral Trias, Cavite was fifth in the rank.

A first class municipality

of nearly 100,000 popula- tion, Daet was ranked num- ber one under infrastructure indicators that include road network and basic utilities of the competitiveness in- dex report in the munici- palities. Mexico, Pampanga and Virac, Catanduanes were ranked second and third, respectively, under these indicators. Mayor Tito Sarion on Monday here said that be- ing adjudged as the most competitive in Bicol and fourth in the country comes as good news for the mu- nicipality as the rankings were based on programs and projects that created economic impacts. Among those that were considered by the NCC in coming up with the rank- ing were the achievements of the local government unit in business process- ing and licensing systems, infrastructures, result of the

ing and licensing systems, infrastructures, result of the Daet Cultural & Convention Astrodome Daet Science high

Daet Cultural & Convention Astrodome

result of the Daet Cultural & Convention Astrodome Daet Science high School Daet business Arcade Daet

Daet Science high School

Cultural & Convention Astrodome Daet Science high School Daet business Arcade Daet Livelihood & training Center

Daet business Arcade

Astrodome Daet Science high School Daet business Arcade Daet Livelihood & training Center for Persons with

Daet Livelihood & training Center for Persons with Disability

Livelihood & training Center for Persons with Disability Daet Government Complex Daet Connecting bridges 3 &

Daet Government Complex

Center for Persons with Disability Daet Government Complex Daet Connecting bridges 3 & 4 Waste Recycling

Daet Connecting bridges 3 & 4

Daet Government Complex Daet Connecting bridges 3 & 4 Waste Recycling Plant & Solid Waste Management

Waste Recycling Plant & Solid Waste Management

3 & 4 Waste Recycling Plant & Solid Waste Management Daet Kalinangan, ice Plant and Abbatoir

Daet Kalinangan, ice Plant and Abbatoir

Waste Management Daet Kalinangan, ice Plant and Abbatoir Daet elevated Plaza Daet Central terminal and Airport

Daet elevated Plaza

Daet Kalinangan, ice Plant and Abbatoir Daet elevated Plaza Daet Central terminal and Airport Daet Gabay

Daet Central terminal and Airport

Daet elevated Plaza Daet Central terminal and Airport Daet Gabay Guro(2G) Farm Village Daet Fish Port

Daet Gabay Guro(2G) Farm Village

terminal and Airport Daet Gabay Guro(2G) Farm Village Daet Fish Port bagasbas beach Front Royale Daet

Daet Fish Port

bagasbas beach Front Royale

Farm Village Daet Fish Port bagasbas beach Front Royale Daet Library hall GK enchanted Farm &

Daet Library hall

Daet Fish Port bagasbas beach Front Royale Daet Library hall GK enchanted Farm & Pinyasan Friendship

GK enchanted Farm & Pinyasan Friendship Villages

hall GK enchanted Farm & Pinyasan Friendship Villages Daet Center for Disaster Preparedness basud-Daet &

Daet Center for Disaster Preparedness

basud-Daet & talisay- Daet Landmarks

Preparedness basud-Daet & talisay- Daet Landmarks Daet Rizal Monument & River Promenade Daet Center for

Daet Rizal Monument & River Promenade

Daet Landmarks Daet Rizal Monument & River Promenade Daet Center for the elderly Daet Motor Pool

Daet Center for the elderly

Monument & River Promenade Daet Center for the elderly Daet Motor Pool community-based manage - ment

Daet Motor Pool

community-based manage- ment system, local gover- nance, financial management and good housekeeping, ac- cording to Sarion. He said it was also consis- tent with the previous citation that the municipality achieved in poverty reduction wherein it was listed by the National Census and Statistical Board as the lowest in terms of pov- erty incidence among towns and cities in Bicol in 2012. “This has a good impact on the local economy and my dream now is to inspire our people and work hard for more cooperation for

programs and projects here through public-private part- nership as the rankings will serve as a guide for investors in choosing where to put up businesses,” Sarion said. It will also boost the town’s aspiration to be el- evated into the cityhood that the municipal government is aggressively pushing with the help of the congressmen rep- resenting Camarines Norte’s two congressional districts, he said. “We are presently in the process of implementing large-scale facelift projects such as the P30-million lo-

cal government complex transport terminal and an im- proved airport as we prepare for cityhood,” Sarion said. The projects include a new face of the town’s elevated plaza which is necessary to decongest the downtown and rebuild the center of the com- mercial district wherein the United Architects of the Phil- ippines has agreed to design the new plaza through a P3- million grant provided by the party-list group Bayan Muna, he said. The proposed government complex will make transac- tions with provincial and na-

tional government agencies more convenient while the new legislative hall will cre- ate a breathing space and a better working environment at the municipal hall, where offices are crowded, Sarion said. “We have sufficient in- come to support these devel- opments as well as our bid to be elevated into a city. The town’s total revenue in 2011 as listed by the Commission on Audit in its latest report was about P692 million, in- clusive of its P590.2-million Internal Revenue Allotment for the same year,” he said.

This total revenue posted an increase of nine percent from the previous year, “an indication that our income generation capability is im- proving,” he noted. “Another thing that we are pursuing in relation to our bid to become a city is our tourism industry where- in an intensified promotion of our tourist attractions is to be given utmost attention so that our place become more competitive in this field which is today’s big- gest economic development driver,” the mayor said.

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