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    reGional eXponent for proGressvol. XXii, no. 28 bicol, the philippines april 5 - 11, 2015 p5.00

    easter 'urbi et orbi'Message of Pope Francis

    Daragang Magayon Festival 2015 onby ireNe A. soLMirANo

    LEGAZPI CITY (April 6) The Daragang Magayon Festival 2015 opened Monday morning at the Albay Astrodome here with Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda warmly welcom-ing guests, provincial and other local government unit offi cials, festival par-ticipants and residents.

    (Turn to page 6)

    Easter Sunday

    Easter is the greatest feast in the Churchs calendar. This is the feast from which all others stem the only feast kept and celebrated by the early followers of the Lord. The resurrection is so important that the Lords followers observe early Sunday, the Lords Day, as a little Easter. Lent has prepared us for the resur-rection feast, now in similar fashion the Easter Season is the liturgical continuation of this greatest feast.

    The Easter Season lasts for fi fty days, beginning with the celebration of the Paschal Vigil and crowned with the feast of the Pentecost. Dur-ing this whole season, we cel-ebrate the lifting up of the Lord which, in the mind of St. John means both the lifting up on the cross and the lifting up in glory to the right hand of the Fathers.

    The entire season is de-signed as a prolongation of Easter. The Feast of Ascen-

    (Turn to page 4) (Turn to page 7)

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!The Church throughout the world echoes the angels

    message to the women: Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucifi ed. He is not here; for he has been raised Come, see the place where he lay ( Mt 28:5-6).

    This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucifi ed, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it fi rst set out and contin-ues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

    That is why we tell everyone: Come and see! In ev-ery human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the

    (Turn to page 6)

    DAET, Camarines Norte To help promote judicious conservation and effi cient utilization of energy and to minimize negative environ-mental impacts, the Camarines Norte Elec-tric Cooperative (CANORECO) conducted a stakeholders meeting on power supply strate-gies recently, here.

    by rosALitA b. MANLANGit This is in line with the im-pending power crisis and the feared harmful effects of cli-mate change to the environ-ment.

    In response to this, the De-partment of Energy (DOE) is now aggressively promoting energy conservation and cost-effective options towards the

    effi cient use of energy.Project Supervisor/Act-

    ing General Manager Engr. Wilfredo O. Bucsit said that they have already identifi ed strategies to help address power shortage. One of their goals is to have a col-laboration effort with the

    SM EARTHQUAKE DRILLAn orderly qeue of sM employees evacuated the mall in participation to the simultaneous earthquake drill conducted by the rDrrMC last March 27, selecting sM City Naga as the ceremonial site for the 1st Quarter Cy 2015 National simultaneous earthquake Drill for bicol region.

    CANORECO draws up power crisis strategies

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    we want to be treated when we are already old. There is the truism in the saying in Bikol, Magurang ka man.

    Weeks after Pope Francis visit, during which he was baptized Lolo Kiko, he reminded the world to respect the elderly or suffer the consequences of sin. Not only is Honor thy father and mother the first of the seven commandments (after the first three) guiding relationships between and among humans, respect for elders is also ingrained in the Confucian and other pre-Christian traditions.

    In todays materialistic world of market-driven consumption, respect for elders comes down to this: Old people are moneyed people. They enjoy true economic freedom, which is more than what you can say of those younger and stronger but poorer. To illustrate, this cautionary tale of how a certain community was rocked by the scandal of a very wealthy widow who made the mistake of dividing her

    assets and properties among her children even when she was still hale and hearty, only to learn that a faction of her heirs, in-laws included, could not wait to drive her out of her house and home.

    As the silver population grows whiter and more numerous, so grows their spending power. With their income now freed from raising their families, in their silver years theyre discovering the truth and joy of the Chinese saying that money is not yours until you spend it. On yourself, if I may add money accrued from savings, retirement benefits, investments now bearing fruit, a simpler, less stressful life.

    For the benefit of grandparents, Buhay partylist Rep. Lito Atienza is prepared to add gold to senior citizens discount cards. He wants to add a 5 percent discount to their water and electric bills and exempt them from parking fees in shopping malls. In addition, seniors dont need a seniors ID to prove their age, any government-issued ID will do. Dont the elderly look old enough? Face value ought to do it.

    Lito was mayor of Manila in 1976 when he started his Mahalin si Lola at Lolo program. These days, Lolo Litos adviser is Romy Makalintal, who continues to butt heads with the cheapskates who will try anything to scrimp on those miserly discounts.

    Happy Easter to everyone! The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives hope to a Catholic like me that after death, we will all resurrect like Him on Resurrection Day because we were created in the likeness of His image and because He loves us. He gave His life to redeem mankind and its not for nothing.

    In his Easter message in St. Peter Square at Vatican, Pope Francis called for an end to the present absurd bloodshed and all barbarous acts of violence. He called to stop the persecution of Christians in Africa and the Middle East committed by Islamic militants. Lets join the Holy Father in praying to stop the on-going conflicts and violence in many places and think of ways to prevent this here in our midst.

    As I write this column, a radio report in DWNX say there is somebody in the Plaza Rizal of Naga City lambasting the Catholic religion using a microphone and there are already angry listeners. I hope we will all learn to co-exist even if we belong to different religions. We have freedom of religion under the Constitution.

    * * * * *In the following column, Medium

    Rare of Jullie Yap Daza in the Tempo dated April 4, 2015 is timely because I believe many of us need to be reminded that we are all growing old every minute, every day.

    We should treat each other the way

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    are strictly being assessed by SEC.

    Submission of the annual Income Tax Returns with the BIR offices or authorized agent banks (if there are payments) depends on the financial year chosen by corporations. Individuals must only observe the calendar financial year. They may file their ITR on or before April 15, 2015. Individuals with big amounts of Income Tax may pay 50% balance of the I/Tax not later than July 15. Those filing fiscal year (not calendar year) reports are due within 105 days after close of their fiscal year.

    PENALTIES!! One of the key measures instituted by the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore is imposition of stiff fines for violations of rules and regulations starting with traffic rules and sanitation (no spitting and throwing of thrash and cigarette butts). Our BIR has recently adopted comparable Penalty Schedules laced with horrendous Compromise Penalties. These are imposed in lieu of criminal prosecution.

    We agree that the power of Taxation can be expanded to inculcate Discipline among our taxpayers. However,

    penalties are just adjuncts of the revenue-producing power so it should not be so much as to be bigger than basic tax assessments. The BIR Commissioner needs to review the newly released Schedule of Compromise Penalties. Her district officers (OICs) have no alternative but to impose the penalties even if they commiserate with the beleaguered taxpayers.

    RESURRECTION: For those among us who are currently suffering health, financial, psychological or spiritual problems, we counsel them to heartily offer their ailments and inequities to our Lord (who hangs on his death cross as I write this column). Remember that in every life (as was with our Lord Jesus) there is always a Good Friday and this shall be followed by an Easter Sunday. For every crucifixion, there is a resurrection that liberates us from human troubles.

    Let us be unwavering in our Christian faith. Our God loves us all, in full and unequivocally. His Easter Sunday should bring us Renewal a change of heart and a change of life and lifestyle. If we can live closer to our Lords examples, we will be assured of a better life. If not here but surely in that place where He reserves ample rooms for those who truly believe in God and who share with others the love, mercy and compassion He wants for us all! HAPPY EASTER!

    WISDOM: Avail of Lent to review our past and present life to align them with the sacrifices of our Lord.

    (Atty. APA chairs Acyatan & Co., CPAs-DFK International is past chair of ASEAN Federation of CPAs, PICPA past president and Hall-of-Famer, and ACPAPP Lifetime Achievement Awardee).

    BIRTH BY LAW: In Taxation, persons are individuals or juridical persons. The latter are artificial creations of law granted privileges to perform acts including operating businesses. Corporations and partnerships are registered with Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) while cooperatives are authorized by the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA). All these juridical entities must comply with regulations to prove that they are still alive and operating.

    SEC-registered entities were previously required to submit copies of their Minutes of Stockholders or Members Annual Meetings. Said requirement has been dispensed with as their usual contents are now in the General Information Sheet (GIS) submitted to SEC [within 30 days after the annual meeting]. The second compliance is the submission of BIR-stamped (to avoid switching) audited financial statements erstwhile due within 120 days from close of financial year.

    DEADLINE: Since five years ago, to avoid crowding at the counters, SEC rescheduled the submission of the annual AFS based on the last number of the SEC certificate. For year 2014, all filings will be accepted up to April 10, 2015 only. After said date, acceptance will be weekly starting with those ending in 1-2, then 3-4, then 5-6, and so on. Penalties for non-filing (100%) or late filing (50%) of the required GIS and AFS

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    Legazpi City on trackfor Hall of Fame award

    Mining company backs rodeo Masbateo

    Nagas health offfice launches Belly Gud Pilipinas Go for Health contest

    TATOS SEND OFFMembers of the Ateneo de Naga High school Class 56 celebrated their 59th Graduation Day Anniversary last March 25 with a luncheon, a funeral mass at the basilica for their late classmate, Crisanto F. Castro, Jr., who was buried at eternal Gardens. tato Castro served as Class President and the incumbent treasurer when he died. He was the Chairman

    of the Committee on Finance and ways & Means as the Class prepares for its Diamond Anniversary celebration next year. He was the former undersecretary for Development for region iV and V, a former National President of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and a former Dean of the College of Commerce of his Alma Mater.

    EARTH HOUR AT THE MALLMajor lights were off for an hour starting 8:30PM at sM City Naga during the worldwide observance of earth Hour 2015 last March 28. Participants lighted candles at the mall's open park to show their commitment on the threats of global warming.

    THEATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENTteatro Ladawan of the Central bicol state university for Agriculture depicted the importance of caring for the environment during the earth Hour 2015 ceremonial switch-off program, led by Naga City Mayor John bongat, Vice-Mayor Nelson Legacion, City Councilors and eNro.

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    Not just for the sake of acquiring an attractive phy-sique but of good health as well.

    This was emphasized by Dr. Joframel V. Paz, medical officer IV at the City Health Office, as he encouraged his co-workers in the city govern-ment of Naga, especially those who have bulging stomachs, to participate in the Belly Gud Pilipinas Go for Health, a waist-reduction program of the Department of Health (DOH).

    The program, which is being pushed along with the on-going campaign against cigarette smoking and heavy drinking of alcoholic beverag-es or liquor, encourages every participant to have a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet.

    As implemented by the LGU, the city health office expects that the 6-month challenge would allow par-ticipants to reduce weight that would help them lower the

    risk of having a heart attack or acquiring heart ailments and other non-communicable dis-eases (NCDs) like diabetes, cancer and high blood pres-sure.

    The DOH pointed out that waist circumference, which indicates the amount of vis-ceral fat or fat surrounding inner organs in adults is a simple way to measure central obesity. Waist circumference is also a significant indicator of risk for NCDs, particularly heart disease and stroke.

    In fact, the nations top 3

    causes of death is non-com-municable diseases with heart stroke topping the list, not the infectious ones like tuberculo-sis and dengue, says Paz.

    We are encouraging those employees with high waist-line of more than 80 centime-ters for female and more than 90 centimeters for male to participate, he said. At pres-ent, the city health office has 19 participants who are now joining the Hataw, a physi-cal exercise program of the city health office which is be-ing conducted every Monday,

    Wednesday and Friday at the city hall grounds.

    Dr. Paz said that the LGU has hired the services of a dietician who would provide them with individual meal plan or list of food that they are going to take for 6 months. Every month, the CHO will measure each participants waistline and monitor their in-dividual weight.

    Their progress will be recorded, with recognition and rewards being given to two monthly winners who have lost weight more than the other contestants, he said.

    By September, this year, the biggest loser will be de-clared winner and will receive incentives like jogging suits, t-shirts, towels and rubber shoes.

    Mayor John G. Bongat said that they are looking at the possibility of expanding the challenge to the citys 27 barangays. - jasonneola

    by DANNy o. CALLeJA

    LEGAZPI CITY Fresh from winning the national championship crown of the Gawad Kalasag Awardsits second in two consecutive years, the local government here is taking this year the final segment of its path leading to the Hall of Fame of the same contest.

    Attesting to facts that this key Bicol metropolis--offi-cially recognized as one of the three most livable cities in the country today, is in-deed a place where everyone is safe from both natural and man-made calamities, the Na-tional Disaster Risk Reduc-tion and Management Coun-cil (NDRRMC) last Thursday awarded to the city govern-ment the same crown it first won in 2013.

    The national championship crown represents the city gov-ernments continuing excel-lence in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) performed by its City DRRM Council (CDRRMC) that once again proved its supremacy in this area of local governance over other component and in-dependent cities in the coun-try.

    The award was conferred at Camp Aguinaldo to City May-or Noel Rosal and CDRRMC action officer Wilfredo Pe-

    cos Intia by NRRRMC Chair and National Defense Sec-retary Voltaire Gazmin and NDRRMC Executive Direc-tor and Civil Defense Admin-istrator Alexander Pama dur-ing awarding ceremonies in conclusion of the 2014 search for the 16th Gawad Kalasag.

    Other than this city, 27 other winners -- including Ba-rangay Oro Site here which also retained the national championship crown it won in the 2013 search for the Best DRRMC in the Urban Ba-rangay Category--were also awarded during the occasion.

    Gawad Kalasag is a na-tionwide award being given yearly in recognition of the outstanding performances of local government units (LGUs) including barangays as well as civil society orga-nizations, private and public service institutions and volun-teer groups in DRRM and in

    MASBATE CITY -- Prep-arations for the Rodeo Mas-bateno 2015 are now in full swing with full support from the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), a gold mining com-pany in Aroroy, Masbate.

    The Rodeo Masbateo Inc. (RMI), organizer of the festi-val, launched the celebration in February with an immedi-ate assurance of support from the MGP.

    The Rodeo Masbateno is the province's biggest tour-ism attraction held every sec-ond week of April.

    Gene Gregorio, MGP communications director, said the company's active participation in the annual Rodeo festival is in line with its corporate social responsi-

    bility to promote tourism in the province for the common good of the Masbatenos.

    The festival will start on April 5 and will end on April 18, however, the Rodeo finals will be on April 14-18.

    The celebration will high-light competitions in cattle

    wrestling on foot, cattle wres-tling on horseback, bull whip-ping, load carrying relay, cattle lassoing on horseback, caram-bola, casting down, bull riding and herding competitions.

    It will also showcase, trade fair and livestock show which organizers claim to be

    the largest sports festival in the country.

    MGP will also sponsor one of the nightly activities at the Rodeo Grand Stand (the Filminera Night) -- a beer plaza amusement with live performing bands to entertain the public.

    The festival will start with a short horse parade with real-life cowboys demon-strating their whip-cracking skills down the street,

    The RMI officers are led by Judge Manuel Sese as president.

    Other events in the two-week festivities are parade of western-inspired floats and establishments, beef cooking contest, calesa ride and ranch tour, and the search for Mr. and Ms. Rodeo Philippines. -PNA

  • bikol reporter4 april 5 - 11, 2015halo-halo

    inner chessby J. HeNry DANiCAN

    Looming Power Crisis(Part 2 of a 3-part series)

    The convoluted power generation and distribution systems with multiple middle men, coupled with the mountain of debts are the main reasons of the high electricity rate. In fact, the per kilowatt-hour rate in the Philippines is the highest electricity rate in Asia and one of the highest in the world. It surpasses the electricity rates of some highly industrialized countries. The Philippine kWh rate slightly fluctuates on month-to-month basis depending on the market supply and demand forces as well as on other charges such as systems los. On average, the current kWh rate in the country fluctuates from around PhP10.50 to PhP11.00 or roughly 26 US$ cents. By comparison all of our Asian neighbors have lower power rates than us. Here are some of the recent power rates in Asia based on US$1 is to PhP43 exchange rate: Singapore at 23 US$ cents, Malaysia at 10 US$ cents, Vietnam at 10 US$ cents, Thailand at 10 US$ cents and Japan at 8 US$ cents.

    The Philippines is actually the fifth country with the highest power rates worldwide, trailing only behind Austria, which has a power rate equivalent of P11.78 (27.39 US$ cents), Italy at P11.84 (27.53 US$ cents), Germany at P13.87 (32.26 US$ cents) and Denmark at P14.98 (34.84 US$ cents). Based on a 2014 statistical study, industrialized countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada and Sweden have far lower electricity power rates at 10 US$ cents, 10.44 US$ cents, 8.10 US$ cents, 8.77 US$ cents and 7.87 US$ cents, respectively. The electric power infrastructures in these industrialized countries are also far more efficient and superior compared to those found in the Philippines. Filipinos pay a lot more for lousy electric energy services. These services are plagued by corruptions, unreliability and deficiencies in many areas, resulting to rolling blackouts and bankruptcies of electric cooperatives and power producers.

    The current problem is not only a problem of high power rate but also a problem of mismanagement. Many of the so-called electric cooperatives are so inefficient and politicized that they are nose-deep in depts. As a consequence, power generating companies are forced to disconnect these electric cooperatives. The accumulation of debts also causes some of the power producers to lose money, thereby forcing them to either stop their operations or increase their rates.

    The generation charges, however, only account for about 56% of the electricity bill that we receive each month. The electricity generated by power plants still need to be distributed in its high voltage form through the power grids, which is the role of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP (formerly NAPOCOR. This accounts for about 12% of the bill. Then the high voltage electricity has to be reduced to 220 volts and distributed to households, offices and industries. This is the role of the private power distributors such as MERALCO and electric cooperatives. The sub-distribution charge accounts for about 17% of the bill. Additional 6% is charged for the systems loss. The remaining 9% of the bill includes the universal charges, subsidies and government taxes. All of these are fluctuating because of several factors such as the exchange currency rates and the international cost of fossil fuel.

    The bill is high because the costs of some components of the operations also increase overtime. For instance, the cost of fossil fuel in the global market directly affects the power rate because almost half of the Philippine energy sources are derived from coal and oil that are mostly imported from the Middle East.

    HAPPY EASTER! Let us fully savor the special love of God who gave us through Christ's Resurrection the genuine proof that there is life after death.

    With our Lord's special blessings - let us be the trumpet that will announce to all and sundry that Jesus is Risen - three days after He has destroyed the human temple.

    GOD BLESS US ALL - ALWAYS!

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    sion occurs after forty days, but this does not change the spirit of the Easter season. The Ascension celebration helps us to look forward even more expectantly to the Holy Spirit and Pente-cost. The presence of the Holy Spirit depends on the presence of the risen and glorified Christ (Jn.20:22 ff).

    The Resurrection and

    exaltation of Christ, and the sending of the Holy Spirit on the Church are aspects of one and the same saving mys-tery. Seen as one, great fes-tive day these fifty days of Easter Season are an antici-pation of that other Day of the Lord at the end of time which brings about that God will be all in all. (1 Cor. 15:28), (CCM Catechetical Module VI)

    easter sunDay . . .

    sa Pagkabuhay liwat ni Kristo: Nilingawanan kasalan, giniromdom an karahayan!

    by reV. Fr. FerMiN P. VALieNte Jr.Igwang sarong dara-ga na magayon, sexy, nagdulok sa sarong padi asin naghapot, Padre, nagkakasala pa man po kamo? Kun nagkakasala pa man po kamo, saen kamo nagkukumpisal? Simbag man kan Padi sa daraga, Iyo pa man po nagkakasala pa kaming Padi, asin minakump-isal kami sa kapwa-padi mi. Sunod na hapot kan daraga, Padre, kami nagkukumpisal saindo, kaya aram nindo an kasalan mi, kamo, siisay nakakaaram kan mga kasalan nindong padi? Medyo nabigla asin naku-litan na si Padi sa daraga ta kadakul sanang hapot, sabi na sana kan Padi, An Mahal na Dios iyo an nakakaaram kan mga kasalan mi, Dangan na-ghale na si daraga.

    Paglipas nin nagka-pirang aldaw, nagbalik si daraga sa padi, sabi kaini na nagngingirit-ngirit, Padre, aram ko na po an mga kasalan nin-dong mga padi. Si padi ginanot pating malipot sa kabiglaaan, pero dae nagparisa, kaya hinapot niya an daraga, Ano daa an mga kasalan mi?

    Simbag kan daraga,

    Nangiturugan po ako padre kan sarong aldaw, hinapot ko an Mahal na Dios kun ano an kasalan nindong padi. An simbag kan Dios sako, aram ko an kasalan kan mga padi, pero lingaw ko na asin nilingawan ko na kun ano an kasalan ninda!

    Mga tugang satuya nang ipag-ogma, si Cristo nabuhay na liwat sa sato. Happy Easter po sa satuya gabos mga tugang! Palakpakan ta si Jesu-Cristo na nabuhay-liwat para sa satong ka-

    ligtasan!Pakatapos kan

    Saiyang pagsakit asin pagkagadan satuyang ipagrokyaw an sacrifi-cio asin kaligtasan niato huli ki Jesus. Satuyang ipagrokyaw an pagka-buhay-liwat ni Cristo para sa sato. Satuyang ipagrokyaw asin ipag-ogma ta si Cristo nabu-hay liwat hale sa mga gadan.!

    An Pagkabuhay-liwat kan satong Kagurangnan na si Jesu-Cristo, iyo an celebracion kan gabos na

    celebracion kan satong Simbahan na Catolico. Ini an panahon na nau-tob an gabos sa paagi ni Cristo. Ini an centro kan satong pagtubod an pagkabuhay-liwat ni Cristo sa mga gadan para sa sato, tangan-ing kitang nagadan sa kasalan buhayon asin iligtas paduman sa Ka-hadean nin Dios!

    Mga tugang nilin-gawan na kan Dios an satong mga kasalan! Si-nanglean na Niya ini nin bagong puso asin kalag tanganing makamtan na niato an grasya asin ka-murawayan! Sa medaling sabi mga tugang, sa pag-kabuhay liwat ni Cristo: nilingawan an kasalan, giniromdom an kara-hayan!

    Padagos tang pasal-amatan si Cristo na nagsakit, nagadan asin ngonian, nabuhay na li-wat para sa sato gabos!

    Sa liwat, maogmang Pagkabuhay-liwat sa sato gabos! Happy Easter! _____________

    Excerpt from:The San Francisco parish weekly

    (A weekly publication of the Parish of San Francis-co, Naga City)

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    DiLG launches'Project Listo'

    by ANA-LizA s. MACAtANGAy

    CArD-Mri unveils installation art on poverty eradication

    INSTALLATION ART UNVEILINGCArD Mri Management Committee gathers during the soft opening of the garden with the installation art created by Junyee on February 27, 2015 at CMDi, bay, Laguna. inset

    shows one of the bells in the installation, representing the individuals who contributed to poverty eradication in the Philippines.

    HEALTHY AND FUN-FILLED SUMMERThe Naga Sports Office announces the opening of the 11th Summer Sports Camp for Kids. Enrolment Forms may be obtained at the Camp secretariat at the JMr Coliseum.

    CORY MARKERFlanked by yellow flowers, a marker stands in the Nook of Memories for President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, a major advocate of poverty eradication and supporter of social development institutions.

    The contributions of people who are passionate about poverty eradication were immortalized in an installation art created by Luis E. Yee, Jr., popularly known as Juny-ee. The installation art, the first in the Philippines that is mounted permanently in a garden, is located at CARD-MRI Development Institute (CMDI), Inc. in Bay, Laguna.

    Only filled with bushes of flowering plants, sculptures made from Yakal wood were used in the installation to ap-proximate the absence of liv-ing trees. These sculptures hold the cables from where bells hang, gently making a sound when the wind blows. The bells are representation of every individual who made significant contributions to poverty eradication in the Philippines, Junyee states.

    Also placed in the nook is a marker devoted to President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, a supporter of social devel-opment institutions including CARD MRI. President Cory Aquino is one of our inspira-tion in continuing to em-power poor people. Because of the legacy she left us, we will continue to provide the socio economically chal-lenged families with better opportunities, says Dr. Jai-

    me Aristotle B. Alip, Found-er and Managing Director of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI). In 2005, President Cory Aquino awarded CARD MRI with the People Power Award.

    The artist also encour-ages CARD MRI staff and management to donate potted flowering plants to the gar-den as a symbol of their own contribution to the success of CARD MRI.

    CMDI is a member insti-tution of CARD MRI that serves as a training and learn-ing institute for individuals interested in social develop-ment. Now, CMDI is not only a place for individuals to learn about CARD MRI, but it is also a sanctuary for us to remember the pioneers who started our fight in poverty eradication, Edzel Ramos, Institute Director of CMDI states.

    NAGA CITY --- Readi-ness beats the ill-effects of untoward occurrences, saves lives and spare prop-erties from destruction this is the basic message that Project LISTO endeav-ors to convey to the partak-ers of the one-day disaster preparedness dialogue held over the weekend at the Star View Hotel, here.

    Listo , a local dia-lect which means alert was coined to represent the latest campaign of the Department

    of Interior and Local Gov-ernment (DILG) on disaster preparedness. It aims, among others to promote comple-mentation of efforts among the local government units (LGUs), civil society orga-nizations (CSOs), private sector, local resource institu-tions (LRIs), and the media in building safer, more adaptive and resilient communities.

    Prior to the said activity, all Punong Barangays from different Camarines Sur

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    we, the family of the late

    AMADOR DIALINO CUVINwho peacefully rests in the loving grace of our Lord

    on February 18, 2015

    wish to express our heartfelt gratitude and sincerest appreciation to all who offered masses

    and prayers, sent flowers and messages of sympathy and who in countless ways,

    condoled with and comforted us in our hour of bereavement.

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    up for summer vacation when various activities are being observed like Holy Week, Araw ng Kagitin-gan, Labor Day, National Flag Days, and Flores De Mayo when travelers also flock to the provinces for the traditional festivals and fiestas.

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    private sectors in implement-ing the program.

    He said that the province is expecting 26 megawatts this summer as compared to the normal usage of 20 mega-watts in the previous months.

    The cooperative is also

    expecting an increase of less than P1.00 charge due to the increased generation charge. This would mean that con-sumers will be paying more than P9.00 per kilowatt as compared to P8.07 in previ-ous month.

    To address this concern, the cooperative came up with various strategies: reaching out to customers, particularly those who consume more than the other consumers, inform them of the program, conduct caravan, enforcement on the usage of equipment/facili-ties that would require higher electric efficiency, encourage different establishments to utilize their own generation set during peak hours on sum-mer, invite investor and other consumers to put up Solar Power facilities, rehabilitation of lines and massive mainte-nance of lines.

    Bucsit also announced that they have recorded the lowest system loss of 6% last Febru-ary while during the previous months the cooperative was able to record below the 13 cap of the national. The co-operative is also working to minimize the system loss in the mining towns of Paracale and Jose Panganiban, he said.

    The cooperative manager also said that almost 100% of the barangays in the prov-ince are energized except one barangay in Calaguas Island of Vinzons. The electrifica-tion of far-flung barangays is in line with the governments thrust on total electrification and the mandate to provide reliable and adequate power supply in the province.

    The activity was attended by consumers using high voltage powers, information officers of the all the local government units and mem-bers of the media.

    This years festival is on its 16th year.

    And what a timely opening it is for each and every one of us: We have just had a whole Lenten season of self-exami-nation and of driving away our demons until Christ redeemed us from our sins and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday to celebrate our rebirth to a new life, Salceda said.

    Today, he said, the Albaya-nos celebrate life through this festival that showcases the best in every Albayano.

    It is a festival that is based on our heritageour history, our culture and our arts. It is a festival that looks back to our origins, that sifts through our collective memories, picks up the beautiful, the sweet and the happy moments, and showcas-es the models that would give

    meaning, direction and fulfill-ment to our lives, the provin-cial chief executive said.

    Thus, he said, the overall motif of this years Daragang Magayon Festival is MAGAN-DA, MASARAP AT MASAYA SA ALBAY!

    He recalled that in the past celebrations, the province looked back to the old traditions of the Albayanos.

    For example, in year 2013, we paid tribute to our aboriginal past by unearthing our natural resources and native arts and tradition, Salceda said.

    That was why the costumes the parade participants wore then shone brightly like gold kissed by the glow of the sun.

    This year, we return to our illustrious, colonial pastthe 329 years of Spanish influence from 1569 to 1898. As the mist

    of the ages begins to dissipate, it is now becoming clear in the annals of history that Albay has never been under the shackles of Spanish colonization, the governor said.

    During that period, he said, the province did not suffer abu-sive power, harsh forced labor or severe racial discrimination.

    This was because of the Albayanos relatively affluent lives resulting from an econom-ic boom that rode on the suc-cess of the abaca and coconut industry, Salceda claimed.

    In fact, during the Spanish regime, Albay was one of the richest areas in the country -- next only to Manila and Cebu, he added.

    The top Albay official boasted of the good relations between the Albayanos and the

    humanitarian assistance.Launched in 1998, the

    awards project is among the national governments mech-anism in obtaining sustained commitment and support from DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of the country and communities to disaster risks by recognizing their exceptional contribu-tions.

    Kalasag stands for Kalami-

    leGazpi city on track for hall . . .dad at Sakuna, Labanan, Sari-ling Galing ang Kaligtasan and since the 2014 champi-onship crowns were second in two consecutive years for both the city and Barangay Oro Site, they would be gun-ning for the Hall of Fame in this years search.

    While we have already proven the excellence of our DRRM, our obsession now is focused on improvements toward perfection not only to land in the Hall of Fame of Gawad Kalasag but primarily on sustaining our attainment of zero casualty and resil-ience in the face of disasters, Rosal told the Philippines News Agency on Monday.

    That awarded excellence does not erase the fact that ca-lamities remain a threat given the citys geographical setting that is exposed to typhoons, volcanic eruptions and other forms of natural hazards so, we have to work for more,

    Rosal, who also heads the CDRRMC as its chair, said.

    This inspires us towards ensuring further that the city is indeed a very livable place not only for Legazpeos but also for the thousands of peo-ple coming on a year-round basis to our place as tourists, visitors, students, shoppers, businessmen and delegates of dozens of national and international conventions, seminars, conferences, sports competitions and other grand occasions that choose the city as venue, he said.

    The city was cited last year as among the three winners in the first Livable City Challenge organized by the National Competi-tive Commission, APEC 2015 National Organizing Council, World Wildlife Fund, Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction and Asia Society and Urban Land Institute.

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    Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by lifes troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast Come and see!: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

    With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

    Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.

    Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.

    Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and aban-doned.

    Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also spread through neglect and dire pov-erty.

    Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various parts of the world have been kidnapped.

    Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely

    easter 'urbi et orbi' . . .professing their faith.

    We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and ev-ery conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.

    We pray in a particular way for Syria, beloved Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil popula-tion, but instead boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!

    Jesus, Lord of glory, we ask you to comfort the victims of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

    We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.

    We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and frater-nal concord in Venezuela.

    By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate to-gether with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the countrys future. On this day, may they be able to proclaim, as brothers and sisters, that Christ is risen, Khrystos voskres!

    Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!

    Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

    DaraGanG maGayon . . .

    towns were gathered for a 2-day orientation- workshop. The participants were tasked to come up with an action plan detailing the prevailing issues and concerns in their respective areas of jurisdic-tion and raise the awareness

    DilG launches . . .of their constituents through a wider information dissemi-nation strategy.

    DILG Camarines Sur Pro-vincial Director Arnel Re-nato L. Madrideo stated that it is their agencys primordial concern to identify key part-

    ners that will serve as coach-es for the conduct of Baran-gay Coaching on Disaster Preparedness manuals.

    The DILG, being the Vice-Chair on Disaster Prepared-ness at the national level and as the primary agency tasked to develop and scale-up the capacities of LGUs, launched Project LISTO primarily to help LGUs ensure the safety of their constituents.

    Also as part of the activ-itys output, partakers are ex-pected to come up with a lo-cally prepared manual which will be utilized by other communities or LGUs in the implementation of their disaster risk reduction and management activities and initiatives. This, DILG be-lieves, will strengthen the commitment and partner-ship among all the stake-holders in DRRM and Listo Movement.

    Madrideo also emphasized that although their focus is on disaster risk reduction and di-saster preparedness, they have also included gender and de-velopment (GAD) concerns which are consistent to the objective to include women in disaster-related activities

    as well as in the other devel-opment efforts of the LGUs.

    Project LISTO is com-posed of various phases: national launching, regional launching and orientation, provincial convergence ac-tion planning, preparedness dialogue, wemboree for DRR, one-on-one coaching with Local Chief Executives-DRRM Officers, barangay coaching and eventually the organization of DRRMO Federation.

    The said project is also pursuant to the realization of Republic Act No. 10121 or an act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Re-duction and Management System and Republic Act no. 9729 otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009 or an act mainstreaming climate change into govern-ment policy formulations, establishing the framework strategy and program on cli-mate change, creating for the purpose the climate change commission.

    Madrideo during the dia-logue, enjoins everyone to be an active partaker to ensure the success of the said initia-tive.

    Spaniards which, he said, re-sulted in the absence of intense and bloody revolution in Albay against Spain.

    What Albay experienced was a beautiful and rich rendez-vous with European culture; Salceda said.

    The Christianization brought by the Spaniards started from Camalig in 1578.

    In 1591, Fray Esteban Solis scaled the summit of Mayon Volcano and in the same year, San Pedro de Bautista founded the parish of Cagsawa; then in 1656, Fray Aspallargas taught the Albayanos to extract fiber from abaca.

    By 1667, the largest galleons that sailed the Manila-Acapulco Trade route were built in Pan-tao, Libon, Albay.

    In 1754 Fray Marcos de Lisboa, the first parish priest of Oas, published the Vocabolar-io de la Lengua Bicol.

    Then from 1854, Jose Ma. Penaranda started the massive infrastructure development of Albay.

    By 1860, the Sarzuelan Hugo de la Torre was performing the musicals Los Miserables and El Barbero de Sevilla in Cine Colon, Legazpi.

    The list of Spanish heritage is long and it goes on and on. Of course, we do not turn our backs on our long-remembered

    origins. Thus, we continue to showcase the best of our myths and legends. But this year we move on to our Hispanic past. Our costumes and dances and songs are uniquely Albayano with touches of that Iberian heritage, Salceda said.

    Thats why, he said, this years costumes for the festival are colorful.

    The celebration features the provinces delicious foods through the Culinaria Albayana, dance and song competitions, and lots of fun and enjoyment.

    Within the month-long fes-tival period, the Albayanos will continue to remember and hon-or their historic past.

    Inevitably, April 3, the an-niversary of the founding of the province, which Albayanos used to celebrate with parades and programs, fell on Good Friday, so the festival commit-tee included the parade and celebration within Mondays opening-day activities.

    On April 7, the heir of Gen-eral Simeon Ola, one of Albaya-nos illustrious heroes will turn over his memorabilia during a symbolic program in Penaranda Park, to be formalized later in the Museo Guinobatan a few days later.

    On April 23, there will be a grand parade and program to honor the provinces Heroes for National Liberation. -PNA

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    NAGA CITY Begin-ning next week, the City Engineers Office (CEO) will conduct a series of sur-veys along the banks of the Naga River to see to it that the 3-meter easement from the river side will be ac-cordingly implemented in the revetment of the 4-kilo-meter body of water.

    The Naga River Revet-ment Project (a flood control project), which is a part of the multimillion-peso Integrated Naga River Revitalization Program, has obtained addi-tional funding from the na-tional government through the office of Rep. Leni Ro-bredo.

    The implementation of the 3-meter easement was fully discussed in a public consultation last March 13, this year, after a number of stakeholders living near the river banks had requested the local government unit (LGU) here to enlighten them on the matter.

    The meeting was attend-ed by different stakeholders and concerned LGU person-nel along with representa-tives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the 2nd Engi-neering District of Camarines Sur, which is implementing

    the project in phases.In previous interviews,

    Robredo said that with our ongoing revetment and flood control projects in the Naga River, there is no more rea-son why we cannot bring our river back to life and keep our city and our people safer.

    As of March 10, this year, DPWH records show that the project is 27% completed in the portion of Barangay Dayangdang, 70.18% in Ba-

    rangay Peafrancia, and 36% in Barangay Sabang. Alto-gether, the project amount involved is P150M.

    For year 2015, the project is expected to be allotted with another amount of P200M, which will be spent on the different sections of the proj-ect in Barangay San Felipe, the remaining parts of Bgy. Sabang and the neighbor-ing barangays of Tinago and Lerma. jasonneola

    PNP-bicol assuresvacationers safety

    LEGAZPI CITY The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol has assured local and foreign tourists of their safety during the entire sum-mer vacation in the region starting this Lenten break by beefing up their forces and intensifying their presence.

    Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 information of-ficer Police S/Insp. Malu Calubaquib told the Philip-pine Information Agency (PIA) that mobile and foot patrols will be intensified in areas and in times where they are most needed.

    Police Assistance Desks (PADs) and Motorist Assis-tance Centers (MACs) will be established in places of convergence, bus marshals will be deployed, check-point operations and PNP/AFP interdiction patrols will be jointly conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to deter lawless armed ele-ments, Calubaquib said.

    PRO 5 will be deploy-ing a total of 5,000 PNP personnel during this Holy Week break with 1,198 as-signed in places of conver-gence such as churches, malls, markets, commercial areas, parks and commu-nity centers and major tour-ist destinations, Calubaquib disclosed.

    A total of 266 PNP per-sonnel in bus terminals and train stations, 2,901 PNP personnel for route secu-rity such as standby points,

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    road safety marshals, traffic management, checkpoint operations, mobile patrol and foot patrol, and 635 PNP personnel are to be de-ployed for vital installations and combat operations, she added.

    According to Calubaquib, force multipliers and volun-teer groups will also back up the police force. These in-clude 2,556 Barangay Peace Keeping Team/Tanod/Traf-fic Enforcers, 631 Security Guards and 581 volunteer groups composed of non-government organizations, civil society and communi-cation and radio enthusiasts with a total number of 3,794 volunteers.

    With the total strength of 8,794 composed of PNP personnel and vol-unteers, PRO 5 is confi-dent that peace and order will be maintained during the duration of the Lenten Season and other activi-ties that will be celebrat-ed this vacation time, Calubaquib said.

    She stressed that the movement of people gen-erated by major events during summer and activi-ties create traffic jams and congestions along major thoroughfares, commer-cial centers and places of convergence and also at this time of the year, criminals especially bur-glars, pickpockets, thieves and robbers usually take advantage of the conver-gence of people to do their

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