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    www.turistatrails.comwww.choosephilippines.comSUMLANG LAKE QUITINDAY HILLS

    24th IbalongFestival opens

    NAGA CITY -- Will-print Graphic Center celebrated its 30th year in the printing business with several thanksgiving

    activities at the Missionary of Charity in Concepcion Grande, in this city.

    The management and personnel of the company

    were joined after the ce-lebration of the Mass by members of the Mormons Helping hands in distrib-



    L E G A Z P I CITY The g r o u n d w o r k has been done positioning the city on a fiesta mood for the opening of this years Ibalong Festival.

    The celebra-tion, now on its 24th year fires up early morn-ing of Aug. 9 with City Mayor Noel Rosal pull-ing the trigger at the Legazpi Boulevard of the starting gun that would send hundreds of local, na-tional, and in-ternational tri-athletes racing for glory in the 2nd Mt. Mayon Triathlon, the kick-off event of the month-long celebration.

    First staged last year, also as

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    the New York (US) stock market. Analysts say that continued buying

    of local stocks prevailed in the last trading days, especially of those that reported encouraging first half earnings results per audited financial statements. Investors were also encouraged by record low inflation of 0.8 percent for July. Meanwhile US interest rates are expected to rise and this means fund holders may simply shift to bank fixed deposits instead of investing in stocks. If US stock trading falls, Phl stock trading might follow.

    FDI INFLOWS: Now the bad news! A further slump in the inflow of foreign direct investments (FDIs) in the Philippines looms in the coming months. This was the warning of our top businessmens group PCCI. They say the downtrend is eminent unless the government eases its restrictive investment policies. With our present varied regulations from all control agencies, the Philippines appears the weakest among the Asian countries in protecting its investors from local intervention.

    A recent study by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia has affirmed that we belong

    to the over-protective countries in the Southeast Asian region with restrictive rules in terms of Foreign Direct Investments. Aside from regulatory issues PCCI cited other challenges such as port congestion and the instability in our power and water supply as reasons adverse to foreign investors interest in the Philippines. Government functionaries must liberalize their approaches!

    GRACIOUS: Blame the pollsters, blame those who chose the name of Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares for pushing the lady senator to aspire for the presidency. We can see that ambition in her eyes as she subtly explains the mystery of her citizenship. The burden of her decision is harder since her political choice will impact on the corresponding aspirations of her friend Sen. Chiz. As we wrote before the Sorsogon senator had to move now since his term will be over by 2019.

    ABS-CBN news anchors are flaunting the legal opinions of Atty. Romulo Makalintal as if his verbal pronouncements are jurisprudence! He already ruled that the natural-born citizenship of Sen. Grace is final and executory. I almost believed that such is a final verdict issued by an official panel. I was disgusted to see the lawyer seated beside the prospective presidential aspirant acting as her legal counsel during the radio interview. Eh, hindi pala siya independent!

    WISDOM: We need the eyes of faith to see Jesus in our daily events and in every person we meet.

    (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).

    LOW IN JULY: Inflation eased to a record low of 0.8% in July, 2015 with slower price increases in food, electricity, housing, water, other fuels and transport. This rate is lower compared to 1.2% percent in June 2015 - and 4.9% percent in July 2014. This is the lowest in the past twenty years. The BSP said July 2015s rate is well within the banks forecast range of 0.5% to 1.3%. With lower prices of basic goods, the public will be able to savor the effects of our economic advancement.

    BSP Gov. Amando Tetangco, Jr. pointed out that with the reining in of our inflation rate, our liquidity remains ample, growing by 9% to P7.7 trillion in June compared with that of a year ago. On the other hand, the BSP chief also explained that credit growth continues at a steady pace, expanding by 14.5% to P4.6 trillion in June this year. That level is P500 billion higher than P4.01 trillion record in June last year.

    STOCK MARKET: Share prices continued to rally in the last few days - bringing the benchmark index back above the 7,600-point mark. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index gained 64.26 points in yesterday - or 0.84%, to close at 7,662.55. The broader All-Shares index likewise closed in positive territory at 4,382.94, up 34.13 points or 0.78%. These increases are significant considering the upswing in

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    that the administrations CCT program is suffering from high leakage and under-coverage, resulting in 30 percent of the budget not reaching the intended beneficiaries. Part of the reason could be the so-called National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction developed by the DSWD to determine which poor households are to receive the CCT aid. Some funds could be going to people who should not be in that DSWD list of supposedly poor households. There is also the fact that 10 percent of the total CCT budget goes to salaries and other operational expenses.

    The CCT program doles out funds monthly to listed families in return for a promise that they will keep their children in school. The government says the program benefits 4.5 million poor households and assures that 4.2

    million children thus go to school. Critics, however, say the program fosters a mendicant mentality. Families receiving the dole-outs are not encouraged to find productive work; they just wait for the monthly dole-out. Critics also charge that it is being used to buy political patronage from the poor.

    There are better ways to achieve the objective of helping the poor and thus minimize poverty in the country. The money could be used to set up enterprises that would not only boost national production but would also provide employment.

    The CCT was just a P9-billion program when it was carried out by the previous Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administrat ion, which adapted it from programs in Brazil and Mexico. Since then, the CCT budget has steadily grown every year to this years P62 billion. For next year, an election year, the budget has been further increased to P66 billion.

    We have no expectations that the administration will be holding back in its CCT operations in this its sixth and final year. But the officials concerned should look into the findings of the ADB and plug the high leakage it has reported.

    The following editorial of the Tempo dated June 29, 2015 entitled Plug the leakage in the CCT Program inform that the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino program of this administration is using money borrowed from the Asian Development Bank which we taxpayers will pay and the money amounting to P19 billion (nineteen billion) do not reach the intended beneficiaries. Is this the administrations MatuwidnaDaan? Where did the money go?

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that 30 percent of the funds approved for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Progam (4Ps) does not reach the intended beneficiaries. This years CCT budget amounted to P62 billion; 30 percent of this is about P19 billion.

    The CCT is partly funded by loans from the ADB and the World Bank. The Philippine government is not content with using available funds from taxes and other local revenue and has taken to using borrowed funds for this dole-out program. Since 2008, these loans have amounted to $805 million equivalent to over P34 billion. This explains the ADBs interest on how the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is spending CCT funds.

    The ADB said its study indicates

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    Armed StruggleDavao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

    is just being true to form when he told Jose Maria Sison, who is based in the Netherlands, that if the NDF Chair ends the NPAs armed struggle, he might consider running for president.

    Poker players may call this a bluff on the part of Duterte but it also shows what is probably inside his mind.

    One, he may be showing Sison to see the importance of the negotiating table as a preferable path to peace.

    Second, as a leader of a city that itself has a history of bloodbath, and coming from Mindanao which has a bigger history of bloodbath; he may be telling the whole country about the futility of violence.

    Third, he may be raising the issue of armed struggle for our national reflection and examination.

    For instance, is the doctrine of jus bellum justum or just war, enough justification for the NPAs continuing armed struggle?

    Is perpetual poverty, both in the urban and rural areas of the country, which is seen as an institutional violence inflicted by the State, reason enough for the continued rebellion against the government?

    Filipinos who have observed the growth of the Communist movement in the country since the late 60s, still very well remember Maos dictum among its adherents and comrades in arms in the Philippines, about power growing out of the barrel of a gun.

    Is this metaphor still rational, or is it just a betrayal of what the movement is really after, i.e. power?

    Is it time for the Biblical conversion of swords into ploughshares?

    By raising the spectre of armed struggle in the current brewing political season, Duterte who is also espousing the Federal system of government for the country, may well just be setting the stage for the exorcism of the spectre of armed struggle that had been strewing the countryside with blood these past three decades.

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    investing in peoplefor a better world

    M A N D A L U Y O N G CITY, Philippines Pana-sonic Corporation (Japan) through the Panasonic Group of companies in the Philippines continues to invest in people along with its commitment to contrib-ute in pursuing a better life and realizing a better world as it awarded recently the 2015 Panasonic scholarship grants to six technical-voca-tional students, judiciously selected nationwide.

    The certificates and schol-

    arship pins were presented to the recipients by Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) presi-dent & Panasonic Scholar-ship (Philippines) chairman Nobuo Yasuhira, Panasonic Precision Devices Philip-pines Corporation (PPRDPH) president Muneyuki Oimatsu, Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC)-Mandaluyong presi-dent & rector Fr. Vitaliano Dimaranan, PMPC executive director & treasurer Yoshi-yuki Takahashi, DBTC-Man-

    daluyong vice president for student affairs Fr. Demetrio Carmona, PMPC executive director & Panasonic Philip-pines vice president Masaru Toyota, DBTC-Canlubang TVET director Fr. Fernando Urbano, and DBTC-Man-daluyong TVET director Al Cagaoan.

    Two of the recipients are students of DBTC - Can-lubang: Chad Belen, 18 years old from Calamba City; and Edmund Ramos, who is also 18 years old

    from Calamba City. The other recipients are students of DBTC - Mandaluyong: Adonis Riel Gamali, 21 years old from Mandaluyong City; Andrelo Oclarit, 17 years old from San Pedro, Laguna; Ian Justine Esmayor, 17 years old from Mandaluyong City; and Jasper Jan Dignaran, 17 years old from Manila. All of them (Batch 2015) are taking up a 15-month technical-vocation-al training certificate course consisting of a 10-month "in-center" training and 5-month

    supervised "in-plant" train-ing.

    In his opening message, Fr. Dimaranan commended Panasonic for its continu-ing endeavor to help also in securing better future for the less privileged but deserving students.

    Mr. Yasuhira, for his part reiterated that Panasonic Group operates to ensure that all its business activi-ties are appropriate for its basic concept that a com-pany is a public entity of society.

    By offering opportuni-ties for learning, we act with enthusiasm and commitment to provide a healthy upbring-ing to our younger genera-

    tion, who will be responsible for the future of our planet, giving them the chance to make the most of their indi-vidual abilities and potential, and thus contribute in pursu-ing a better life and realizing a better world, Mr. Yasuhira said.

    Panasonic Corporation funds the localized Pana-sonic Scholarship programs in the Asian region. In the Philippines, the scholarship program, which is offered to undergraduate and vocational students is administered by Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation with the support of Panasonic Pre-cision Devices Philippines Corporation.

    MLNI hones small micro entrepreneurs to compete in global market

    Beth Agarao continually improves her quality of life through the embroidery business she established. Inset photo shows the barong products of Agarao Gowns and Barong Embroidery displayed in MLNI stores.

    Bicol Heritage group invites golfersBy Rosalita B. Manlangit

    DAET, Camarines Norte A reinvigorated group of Bikolnon is eyeing the pub-lication of a coffee-table book on the regions cul-tural heritage.

    In its meeting at Caf Felisa of the Aloha Hotel in Manila, the Bicol Advo-cates for Heritage Education and Development (Bicol AHEAD), the groups new-ly named Secretary General Frank Penones Jr. said that the book, tentatively titled Tungkos, will focus on 100 Bicol Cultural Icons.

    We hope to help strengthen Bicol regional consciousness or agimad-mad and concern or pag-

    makulog for our heritage and culture as a resource for de-velopment, he said.

    To jumpstart the project, Bicol AHEADs President, Atty. Taike Calleja, who is also the president of the Planters Products Inc., said the group will sponsor a golf tournament on October 14 at the Villamor Air Base Golf Club in Pasay City.

    So we invite Bicol golf-

    ers to participate, not just for the sport, but also for getting in touch with other Bicolanos for a cultural cause, Calleja said.

    Proceeds of the tour-nament will be used to fi-nance the Bicol history cof-fee table book and its other programs, like the docu-mentation of cultural prop-erties in the region, cultural

    More Filipino micro-en-trepreneurs are assisted by Mga Likha ni Inay (MLNI), a fast growing member in-stitution of CARD Mutual-

    ly Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), in growing their own business. One of these micro-entrepreneurs is Beth Agarao.

    Beth Agarao is a five-year member of CARD and one of the regular suppliers of em-broidered products of MLNI. MLNI helps her in the pro-motion of her products and in handling their marketing to the mainstream market.

    It was in August 2004 when she and her husband opened Agarao Gowns and Barong Embroidery with a Php5, 000 capital and took a step towards creating world-class embroidered products. The knowledge and experi-ence I gained from my pre-vious work helped us in the production and management of our own embroidery busi-ness, shared Agarao.

    It was in 2010 when she met her first customer in CARD, the same year when

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    inner chessBY J. HENRY DANICAN



    FRANk PEones jr.

    An mga proyektong ini nagpapahiling sana kan development paradigm kan gobyerno, na nakakiling sa urban o mga sentro. Kaya an inaapod na urban-rural divide sigurado na orog pang mahiwas sa mga proyektong ini ta malinaw na ginibo ini para an mga tawo nganing magpasiring sa syudad (bako lang sa depinisyon kaini kan mga Griyego) kun bilang espasyo nin oportunidad asin solusyon sa saindang kapagtiosan sa mga baryo.

    Hapot ngani kan samong presi-dente sa PRRM na si Isagani Serrano sa saiyang sinurat na Assessing Rural Development Under PNoy; Why is it so easy to sink in money to further widen an already wide hi-way? Why is it so hard to spend for barrio roads, communal irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, potable water, a rural clinic, a barrio school? Why must a highland dweller be made to pay for the amenities and convenience of big city inhabitants? Why is it so easy to let big corporations in food, seeds, feeds, machineries, and biotechnology dominate the economic activity throughout the countryside?

    Ini an usong tataramon na gamit kan mga huben para sa mga aktong sa hiling ninda, sobra asin eksaherado. An ginigibong rehabilitasyon, kun susublion ta an tataramon kan DPWH, kan mga tinampo ngonyan, sarong ehemplo nin pagigin wagas. Halimbawa, sa may Pecuaria, kun pwede na lang garong sakopon an mga bulod, sesementohon pa kan DPWH. Basta may espasyo pa sa kalsada, sinisemento kan DPWH. Alright! Rock and roll to the world!

    Sabi kan iba, overdue na daa ini, alagad, sa pagkabuhay ko ngonyan ko lang nahiling an siring na frenetic na patrabaho kan gobyerno. Tano ta ngonyan lang? Kasimbagan daw ini sa akusasyon na nag underspend an administrasyon ni Pnoy kaya lakop pa giraray an kapagtiosan daw asin sabi kan saiyang mga paratahing bareta na we never had it so good. Sinda garo, sabi man kan iba.

    An reklamo ko lang sa phenomenon na ini iyo na garo may pagka-comedy, kun bako man surreal an ginigibo kan DPWH. Isipon mong may nakatindog na poste kan CASURECO asin mga akasya sa pigsemento ninda. Bako daw ining delikado o arog daw kayan an tiwala

    kan DPWH sa mga driver na maiiwasan an mga ulang na ini sa tinampo? Malinaw na sibot an DPWH na magibo an saindang gibo alagad malinaw man na nagkulang ini nin panahon na tukawan talaga an plano. Ano ta garo dai nagulay an DPWH, an mga electric cooperatives, an mga LGU asin DENR manonongod sa mga poste asin kahoy na ini? Klaradong panibagong gastos, kun bako man buwis pa nin buhay an magigin resulta kan mga trabahong ini.

    Ano daw kun tinaan man nin orog pang atensyon asin proyekto an mga tinampo pasiring sa mga baryo kun sain yaon an mahiwas na kapagtiosan?

    Improving the outcome of mathematics instruction requires that concerted efforts be made to find out an instructional strategy that can be used and operated upon in order to improve the quality of elementary school graduates in mathematics. The effect of formative testing on pupils achievement in elementary school mathematics. The formative tests and Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) were constructed, validated and used for the collection of all relevant data.

    The formative test with feedback and through remediation will be performed well by grouping. Then formative tests are used for diagnostic purposes, the cognitive results obtained are usually better than when given as a series of summative tests. This was the case when the results of the formative tests served as a basis for finding out the sources of difficulties.

    Concerted Efforts in Teaching Math By VICTORIA P. VARGAS - Teacher II

    Sta. Barbara Elementary SchoolIn this way, the teacher is able to give necessary remediation and

    correctives. It was recommended that school administrators should emphasize to their teachers on regular basis that the teaching of mathematics in elementary pupils, should be carried out by providing regular diagnostic tests and adequate feedback and mediation for the learners.

    They should allow and provide incentives for teachers to attend seminars, workshops, conferences and inservice trainings to enhance their performances and acquire necessary skills for constructing formative tests, and how to blend formative evaluation with classroom instruction procedures.

    Curriculum designers should take into cognizance while designing the learning tasks for learners that learning in mathematics is not solely a cognitive affair.

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    Sentiments in Action

    "Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." -- Edward Abbey

    Some people simply want to make the world a better place and I am privileged to know a few of them. These are the idealistic few who see the world from a non-cynical point of view. They see light beyond the gloom and they find hope in the midst of despair. When others are either too afraid to express their sentiments or do too numbed to feel any senti-ment, these people take direct action rather than merely wait or wallow in apathy. They may not have the political power, wealth or influence to create big projects but what they do have sufficient impact on individuals who are in need not of dole out but of inspiration.

    Inspiring others is the main message of the Food Not Bombs movement. As what my friend and convenor of the Food Not Bombs (FNB) movement in Naga City, Noel Rega-chuelo, pointed out, the main point of the FNB movement is not charity but rather solidarity. It is a form of political protest against wasteful consumerism, authoritarianism, apathy and greed. FNB conveys the message of volunteerism and mu-tual aid. It is a movement that has its roots in the anti-nuclear bomb protests in the 1980s. The movement was founded in 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by anti-nuclear activists, Keith McHenry, Jo Swanson, Mira Brown, Susan Eaton, Bri-an Feigenbaum, C.T. Lawrence Butler, Jessie Constable and Amy Rothstien. FNB soon grew into a global movement of social activists, mostly anarchists.

    My friend Noel has been regularly conducting monthly FNB activities mainly at the Plaza Rizal for almost a decade now. He is able to rally support from various sectors of the community, which include the vegetable vendors of the Naga Peoples Mall (the former Naga Supermarket), bakeries and several volunteers. The regular menu typically includes mac-aroni soup, goto, bread, vegetables and fruits. Most of these are from donated food ingredients that otherwise would have been spoiled. The volunteers prepare the food and distribute them at the Plaza Rizal to whoever would want to eat.

    Aside from the usual soup kitchen setup, the regular monthly FNB activities at the Plaza Rizal in Naga City also include film showing and sometimes live dance, musical per-formances and on-the-spot painting. The performers are also volunteers from among Noels friends and acquaintances. In a few FNB activities, some Nagueos from the general pub-lic donate used items such as clothing and school supplies. There was even one instance wherein Mayor John Bongat dropped and donated some used items after learning about the event on Facebook.

    At a grander scale, the regular FNB activities of Noel Re-gachuelo and friends at the Plaza Rizal may seem insignifi-cant and Quixotic but as long as there are people who are inspired to become volunteers, the main point of the activity has already been effectively communicated. The message is actually simple, which most of us Filipinos could easily under-stand. It is the spirit of bayanihan that is very much alive in the FNB activities.

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    Robredo stresses investment in children's health

    HAPPY AND PROUDNaga Central School II, Grade I pupils are all smiles after the vaccination.


    Triple C team to studyALMASOR tourism gains

    NAGA CITY --- While others savor the comfort of a school bus and a hefty amount of baon to get them through the day in school, others have to cross dangerous bridges and navigate slippery roads just to listen to their teachers lectures and take with them a piece of knowledge when they got back home.

    Rep. ROBREDO


    Speaking before the con-gregation of cabinet mem-bers, local government offi-

    munization program here recently, Camarines Sur 3rd District Congresswoman Atty. Leni Gerona-Robredo attested to this reality after personally witnessing the sad plight of many schoolchildren just to ensure their attendance in school.

    In our district, we had stories of schoolchildren who had to brave dangers just to go to school and have a shot at a better life. During my regular and frequent visit to the barangays, I had experi-ence the dangerous passages and I could only imagine the worries and anxieties of their parents.

    Robredo specifically cited Sitio Ilihan in Ba-rangay Tomagodtod in the coastal town of Calaban-ga, Camarines Sur where school children have to pass through a wobbly and shaky bridge perilously situated over Tigman River before they can get to the nearest school.

    The area becomes more treacherous during the rainy season and harsh weather conditions.

    Other pupils who are living near the river-side villages of Barangay Borobaybay in Magarao, Palo, San Nicolas, Iquin and Mangayawan in Cana-

    man have to bravely cross the extensive vastness of the Bicol River lodging themselves on boats with-out outriggers.

    These snags had been ad-dressed with the construc-tion of a spill way in Sitio Ilihan and replacement of the old hanging bridge that

    poses danger to the lives of the pupils every time they braved through their way to school. Also to avoid crossing the Bicol River, Robredo through her con-gressional allocation built the Palo Integrated School for pupils residing in the riverside.

    cials and other stakeholders during the launching of the nationwide school-based im-

    LEGAZPI CITY The Bicol Regional Tourism Committee (BRTC) has set a learning visit for the Ca-marines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes (Triple C) technical working group to the Albay, Masbate, Sor-sogon (ALMASOR) tour-ism sites on August 18-20, 2015.

    The main objective of the activity is to gain insights from the success stories in

    ALMASOR that can be rep-licated in the Triple C such as tourism involvement and participation of communities and how they benefitted from managing tourism sites, De-partment of Tourism (DOT) Bicol tourism officer Fe Bue-la said during the 3rd quarter BRTC meeting held July 29 at the DOT conference room.

    The ALMASOR tourism development plan (TDP) has been completed and is be-


    ing implemented by partner agencies and stakeholders while the Triple C TDP is at the preparation stage being undertaken by the Triple C working group.

    The implementation of the ALMASOR TDP was suc-cessful in creating synergy in tourism development through the combined efforts and re-sources of the stakeholders. ALMASOR has been placed

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    Notice is hereby given that MATHIAS RULL VELASCO is the only surviving son and sole heir of the late Sps. MATIAS L. VELASCO and REMEDIOS R. VELASCO, who died intestate on October 26, 2013 and July 2, 2015, respectively at Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines, leaving no LAST WILL or TESTAMENT and no known debts or obligations; that said deceased left parcels of agricultural and commercial/residential lands and buildings in Naga City and Camarines Sur and several business establishments in Naga City; that said Heir adjudicate unto himself the entire estate; as acknowledged before Notary Public Atty. Carlo C. Villanueva, Jr., Doc. No. 112, Page No. 23, Book No.146, Series of 2015.BIKOL REPORTERPublished: July 26; August 2 and 9, 2015

    fOR A bRIgHTeR fUTURe Photo by ED G. YUNIA Bicol Director Vicente Vicmudo (center, standing) watches as Mayor Natividad Isabel Magbalon (right) and Richard Gulapo, president of the irrigators association, open the intake gate of the newly completed Matagbac Dam in Milagros, Masbate. The new communal irrigation system worth P18 million can irrigate 200 hectares benefiting 200 farmers. Inset photo shows two boys, sons of farmers in the area as they join the NIA director and town mayor in the ceremonial gate opening symbolizing the start of a brighter future for the farmer beneficiaries and their children.

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    among the dozens of events fea-tured during the same celebra-tion, this grueling competition has been voted into the second slot of the search for the 2014 Run Race of the Year Awards organized by the SWIM-BIKERUN.ph (SBR.ph), the biggest online multisport com-munity forum.

    Besides being one of the most exciting and tourist-packed inclusion to Ibalong Festival, the Sunday race is also an official entry of the city to Visit Philip-pines Year (VPY) 2015, the year long invitation from the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for ev-eryone to discover the countrys best destinations and events.

    Declared by Pres. Aquino through Proclamation No. 991 dated March 30, this year, VPY-2015 is in response to the need to consolidate the activities and products of the public and private sectors into one calen-dar of events to showcase the outstanding work of Filipinos in music and arts, lifestyle and entertainment, sports and ad-venture, business, and history and culture.

    It also seeks to unveil the many historic treasures, natu-ral wonders, and unforgettable adventures of the country to the fact that tourism can be used to mobilize resources for enhancing infrastructure and product devel-opment, generate employment, and stimulate investments.

    Ibalong Festival is a yearly non-religious fiesta depicting here Bicols early beginnings based on the Ibalong Epic writ-ten by the late Prof. Merito Es-pinas that tells of mythical su-per heroes, villains, monsters, and wild animals in the ancient times.

    First celebrated in 1992, the celebration that relives the epic featuring the extraordinary feats of strength, courage, and hero-ism of these ancient heroes, has since then lived to become the longest running tourism promo-tion-related festival in the Bicol Region that expresses warmth and goodwill to all people and encourages visitors and tourists to celebrate with the Legazpe-

    os.The festivals formal open-

    ing this year will be on Aug. 20 but preliminary activities like the Mt. Mayon Triathlon, the Filipino martial arts competition and exhibition dubbed Iba-longArnisan Showdown on Aug. 16, and ANCOP Global Walk on the same day, among others will serve as advance activities.

    City Tourism Office chief Antonio Reyes described the Global Walk as an annual fund-raising event of the Couples For Christ ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) Foundation, a Christian, Catholic non-profit organization that dedicates itself to proclaiming Christian faith by uplifting the plight of the poor.

    The Walk will be held si-multaneously in various cities and provinces and cities around the Philippines and also in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

    This city was chosen as its venue for Bicol and since the date falls within the Ibalong Fes-tival, it was decided upon by the Festival Committee to include the event with the celebration this year, according to Reyes.

    Other events that would run starting on the festivals for-mal opening on Aug. 20 are the Eucharistic Celebration at the St. Gregory the Great Cathe-dral to be followed by Mardi

    Gras Parade and ceremonies at the Ibalong Heroes Monument honoring the Ibalong mythical heroes Baltog, Handyong, and Bantong.

    Also slated are the 3rd Iba-long National Women Beach Volleyball Championship, the 1st Ibalong National Cross Country Mountain Bike Race, Invitational Golf Tournament, National Dragon Boat Race, 1st Ibalong All-Albay Pigeon Race, Mutyang Ibalong Beauty Pageant, and the Ibalong Street Presentation.

    The events list includes the Ibalong Football Clinic with James and Phil Younghusband to be held at the Bicol Universi-ty Football Field on Aug. 23-24, the Annual General Assembly of the Catholic Media Network on Aug. 26-29 at The Concourse, and the Vice-Mayors League of the Philippines 2nd Quarter Lu-zon Area Conference at the Ori-ental Hotel on Aug. 27-29.

    In summary, the festivities will be loaded with events that will offer fun, exciting adven-tures, and lot more of surprises such as tours, fairs, and adven-ture events as according to Ro-sal, we are once more mak-ing Ibalong Festival the living testimony of our places being known in the international travel world as the City of Fun and Adventure.

    uting educational supplies, raincoats, slippers and oth-er items, as well as in feed-ing and giving gifts to the children.

    Willprint was estab-lished by William Yee Concepcion Sr. on August 2, 1985, starting with let-terpress machines and 12 workers at a small space at the corner of Panganiban and Misericordia streets.

    Today, with its state-of-the-art printing ser-vices and equipment, it has opened its branches in Legazpi City, Daet and Quezon City.

    education for children and Bikolnon in diaspora.

    Bicol AHEAD is the brainchild of Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion, who will also sit in the Board of Directors which include historian Dr. Danilo Ge-rona, Capt. Jess Morales, Rene Fernandez, Paolo Teves, Edilberto Dames, Michael Guysayco, Rom-mel Alanis, Ping Peralta, Ian Francis Loria and Kim Blasa.

    in the global tourism market. It is important that success stories of the ALMASOR be incorpo-rated in the Triple C area devel-opment plan, Buela said.

    The Triple C technical working group is composed of technical staff from regional line agencies, provincial/ city planning development coordi-nators, provincial/city tourism officers and Regional Develop-ment Council (RDC) private sector representatives.

    The group will be visiting the mangrove ecopark in Pri-eto Diaz and Masacrot Spring, Bulusan Lake, BalayBuhaysa Uma and Bulusan Lake Church in Bulusan on the first day of the tour.

    During the second day the group will travel from Bulan, Sorsogon to Ticao Island in Masbate to explore various rock formations in this island along with visits to Halea Na-ture Park, Udok Island and Cat-andayagan Falls.

    The group will be in Ca-malig, Albay the next day to visit and experience rafting and

    boating in Sumlang Lake and trekking in Quitinday Hills.

    Buela said DOT chose these two new tourist sites for Al-bay tour among other famous destinations for the Triple C group to see the ongoing de-velopment and practices done by the community in manag-ing the sites.

    Sumlang Lake in barangay Sumlang is now becoming fa-mous for its lush green scen-eries and serene waters while Quitinday Hills in barangay Quitinday is a long stretch of lush green hills dubbed as the counterpart of Chocolate Hills in Bohol.

    The BRTC was organized by the Bicol RDC to provide the critical institutional structure and facilitate coordination and management of tourism promo-tion in the region.

    Tourism is identified in the Bicol Development Plan 2011-2016 as one of the growth driv-ers to boost regional economy through job creation and in-creased income of ancillary ser-vices. -- PIA5/

  • Bikol reporter 7august 9 - 15, 2015

    NATIONWIDe NAgA SCHOOL-bASeD IMMUNIzATIONDOH Sec Janette Garin, Rep. Leni Gerona Robredo, DepEd Usec Rizalino Rivera, Philhealth Bd Member Riza Hontiveros, Vice Gov. Ato

    Pea and Mayor John Bongat led the Naga launch of the governments immunization program.

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE IGUAL-DAD PAwNSHOP, Cor. Igualdad Ext. & J. Hernandez Ave., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from MARCH 1-31, 2015 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 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, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: AUGUST 2 and 9, 2015


    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE EXPLOR-ER PAwNSHOP, Ground Floor, Bichara Complex, Abella St., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from MARCH 1-31, 2015 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 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, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: AUGUST 2 and 9, 2015


    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ROwENA ASPE PAwNSHOP, P. Burgos St., corner J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga City, pawned from MARCH 1-31, 2015 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SEPTEM-BER 01, 2015 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, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: AUGUST 2 and 9, 2015


    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at R. M. ASPE PAwNSHOP, Cor. Panganiban & Elias Angeles Street, Naga City, pawned from MARCH 1-31, 2015 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 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, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: AUGUST 2 and 9, 2015


    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 1-31, 2015 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 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, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: AUGUST 2 and 9, 2015


    mlni hones . . .

    Social Media survey shows Reyes, Sarion lead

    Rep. REYES Mayor SARION

    An informal survey conducted by a national daily photographer and Camarines Norte broad-caster on Facebook on Sunday (August 9), showed the prospective team-up of Rep. Cathy Barcelona Reyes and Daet Mayor Tito S. Sa-rion leading their pos-sible opponents.

    As of the end of the day of the survey in the Facebook page of Phil-ippine Star photogra-pher Francisco Elevado, Reyes leads incumbent EgayTallado and pos-sible candidate, Jesus Typoco, with 70 in her favor over the 15 and 6 votes for Tallado and Ty-poco respectively.

    In the vice-gubernato-rial race, Sarion leads, 73 -20, over incumbent Jonah Pimentel.

    In Elevados survey, those with Facebook accounts were asked to just write the letter cor-responding to the can-didate to denote their vote.

    A teacher of a Daet

    college, however, said the survey is wanting in scientific methodol-ogy, while a vendor at the public market said the numbers could be indicative of a trend on how the Cama-rines Norte electorates would vote next year for their provincial of-ficials.

    she joined CARD as a mem-ber. When I joined CARD, not just orders started to pour in but also opportunities, Agarao recalled. MLNI guided me and other micro-entrepreneurs in profession-alizing and institutionalizing our businesses in prepara-tion for a bigger market, she added.

    MLNI also stages the tal-ents and creativity of its cli-ents through fashion shows locally and internationally. MLNI gave me the opportu-nity to show my embroidered products not only at local venues but also abroad. I am

    thankful that many people value our very own prod-ucts, she uttered.

    I recognize the big help of CARD to the success of my business. It has been helping micro-entrepreneurs like me in introducing our talents and products to different mar-kets, shared Agarao. Today, about 50% of our sales come from MLNI. Exposures, trainings and workshops pro-vided by the institution gave us wider opportunity to reach more of our potential clients, she added.

    MLNI is targeting to open boutiques and kiosks in 22 ar-eas in the country by the end

    of the year. We ensure that our presence is felt whenever micro-entrepreneurs needed assistance, said Chairman AristeoDequito of MLNI, Inc. Together with the in-stitutions and organizations that share the same mission as ours, we will continue to provide the best service we could offer to our local arti-sans to improve their quality of life, added the chairman.

    Aside from promoting clients products, MLNI is conducting capacity-building workshops to help its mem-bers improve their products and business processes for them to compete with the big players in the mainstream market.

    NAGA CITY The Ma-nila-based nutrition surveil-lance division of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) has expressed optimism that by 2016 this city is free from inci-

    Nagas zero malnutrition status eyeddence of underweight children.

    This, after the chief of the NNC division said that the target is doable not only because of ef-fective nutrition programs of the city government that are being implemented in close partnership with the citys 27 barangays but because of their strong determi-nation to pursue a zero-malnutri-tion campaign.

    Hygeia Ceres Catalina Gawe, chief of NNC nutrition surveil-lance division, said she believes that the target by the city govern-ment is truly realizable since at this early stage there are already two barangays that have achieved the zero-malnutrition rate or zero prevalence of underweight chil-dren. This means that Nagas programs on nutrition are effec-tive, efficient and practical, she reiterated.

    I see that LGU Naga and the 27 barangay councils possess the three elements which I used as bases for a municipality or city to obtain successful results in its drive against malnutrition. These elements are: good leaders and leadership, good nutrition

    program, and the heart for ser-vice, Gawe said.

    Gawe was in the city last Friday for the citywide nutrition awarding wherein the LGUs of Barangay Dinaga and Baran-gay San Francisco were given recognition for their exemplary performance in the citys nutri-tion drive.

    The nutrition surveillance division is tasked to monitor the nutrition situation of LGUs at the national level including the programs being developed by the LGUs to be able to improve the nutrition needs of children and mothers in their respective areas

    of jurisdiction.Gawe said a malnourished

    child should be treated the soon-est possible time as his/her status would be irreversible if he is al-ready beyond two years old.

    More than one third of all child deaths are caused by malnu-trition, although it is seldom listed as the direct cause. Wrong feed-ing practices, inadequate breast-feeding, and unhealthy foods are common causes of malnutrition among children. Infection par-ticularly frequent or persistent diarrhea, pneumonia, measles, and malaria also undermines a childs nutritional status.