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    LTO Bicol inauguratesnew district offi ce in Ligao

    NEW LTO LIGAO OFFICEBicol LTO regional director Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey (left) is joined by Cong. Fernando Gonzales, Mayor Patty Gonzales-Alcusa and the members of the Municipal Council of Ligao City during the blessing and inauguration of the relocated Albay 3rd District Offi ce, from its old home in Guinobatan.

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    Fortuno bares SKpolls suspension

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    Lt. Gov. TSUTUSILt. Gov. TSUTUSI Mayor SARIONMayor SARION

    Rep. FORTUNO

    NABUA, Camarines Sur Veteran Cam. Sur 5th district Congress-manSalvioFortuno bared over a radio broadcast on Friday that Congress and Senate have agreed to pass a measure for the cancellation of the Sang-guniangKabataan (SK) election scheduled on Feb. 21, this year.

    Instead, both houses have re-scheduled the SK

    By SONNY SALES

    election simultaneous with the barangay election in Oc-tober 2016, but starting Mon-

    day (Jan 26) the cancella-tion of the SK election will pave way for Congress to amend certain provisions in the conduct of the SK election, Fortuno said.

    Among the proposed amendment is the changing of the voting age, which is 18 to 24 years old, while those running for SK po-sitions should at least be the same age bracket, he added.

    Fortuno said, that a ma-

    Vowing to provide im-proved services to its cli-ents, the Land Transpor-tation Offi ce-Bicol has recently transferred its Albay Third District of-fi ce in Ligao City from its old site in Guinobatan.

    The new facility is the

    biggest and most modern district offi ce of LTO Bicol to date. It boasts of air-con-ditioned waiting areas, bigger transaction areas, separate restrooms for people with disabilities (PWDs), and am-ple parking space.

    The January 23 inaugu-

    ration was witnessed by Atty. Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey, Regional Director of LTO-Bicol; Vincent Nato, Assistant Regional Director; Hon. Cong. Fernando Gonzales, Representative of 3rd Dis-

    DAET, Camarines Norte After this capital town was named the most competi-tive town in the country in 2014, bright business prospects for this locality is within arms-reach with potential business invest-ments to come to this town in 2015.

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    Hawaiian investment missioneyes Daet

    Hawaiian investment missioneyes Daet

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    VP Binays suggestion is reasonable and correct because the report of the Truth Commission should be credible for the people to believe it.

    It is not difficult to know what really happened because those involved and those not involved are talking on national television and radio. I already heard the side of the AFP, MILF, BIFF, SAF Director Napenas, OIC PNP Chief Espina onTV.

    Pres. Aquino spoke about his knowledge of the secret mission and that he talked to suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima about the intricacies of the operation of the said mission. He cleared Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa and OIC PNP Chief Espina and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas who were not

    informed about the secret mission.PNP-SAF Director Getulio Napenas

    admitted in an interview with Daily Tribune correspondent Arlyn de la Cruz, it was the President who gave the order of his mission.

    *****I saw former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos

    say on TV while being interviewed by Karen Davila in her program Headstart last week that Pres. Aquino violated the chain of command as the Commander-in-Chief by not informing OIC PNP Chief Leonardo Espinas. And for that, he can be charged for the massacre under the principle of command responsibility. As the Commander-in-Chief, Pres. Aquino is the only one who can command the Armed Forces of the Philippines to support and rescue those SAF troopers. After all their mission is for the good of the country. Pres. Ramos was a former Chief of Staff. He blamed the lack of association, poor tactical intelligence and poor strategic direction for the debacle.

    Evers ince I read the peace agreement of the Executive Branch of the government, with the rebel group called Moro Islamic Liberation Front, I immediately doubted if it is in accord

    Allies of the President in the Senate have proposed the enactment of a so-called independent Truth Commission and to grant Pres. Aquino the power and authority to select and appoint its member to investigate what happened in the Mamasapano debacle where 44 SAF troopers were killed by the MILF and BIFF.

    Vice-Pres. Jejomar Binay reacted to this proposal propounded by Sen. T.G. Guingona by suggesting that the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) be tapped to serve a search body for the nominees to the Congressional Truth Commission. A Truth Commission picked up and appointed by the President will create doubts of the fact-finding body on its independence, integrity and impartiality.

    While the creation of this body is an important first step in finding out what really happened and to determine accountability. We need to remove any doubt about the impartiality of its members. Binay proposed that the Catholic Church and other religious groups become part of this fact-finding body which should include former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and other eminent personalities who are not identified with the administration or any political organization.

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    or reporting minimal taxable Net Income, must pay the Minimum Corporate Income Tax (MCIT) equivalent to 2% of their com-puted Gross Income. The excess of MCIT over the regular corporate income tax (RCIT) due for the year, shall be consid-ered as advanced income tax (Prepaid Taxes) available for settling income taxes due in the next three years.

    RESPONSIBILITY: External Auditors attest that audited financial statements are fairly presented. Said certification is not a guarantee of the AFSs accuracy. But au-ditors must check if the statements were prepared in accordance with prescribed financial reporting, and that the internal control system is appropriate for the au-dited operations. They are not responsible for frauds unless their impact disturbs the AFSs fair presentation.

    The primary responsibility for the AFS rests with Management and to a certain extent with the policy makers (Board of Di-

    rectors). That is the reason why both the BIR and the SEC require submission of the Statement of Management Respon-sibility (SMR) signed by the Chairman, corporate President and the Treasurer. The SMR must accompany the AFS supporting the Income Tax Return, and the copy to be submitted to SEC.

    COMPLIANCE: Aside from submis-sion of periodic reports to BIR, corpora-tions have the additional responsibility to prove to the government that they are still operating. They must submit to the Securities and Exchange Commis-sion their audited financial statements (AFS-stamped received by BIR to avoid tampering). To avoid crowding, SEC has again set separate deadlines based on the last number of corporate SEC regis-tration certificates.

    Corporations and partnerships also need to regularly inform SEC the own-ership of stocks, members of the Board of Directors, Trustees or Partners, the management, and the name of their external auditors. This General Infor-mation Sheet (GIS) must be submitted within thirty (30) days from the date of Annual Stockholders or Membership meeting (per By-Laws). If no annual meeting is held, the Corporate Sec-retary must report the same (under oath) to SEC.

    PROVERBS: Be tranquil when your CONSCIENCE still disturbs you. Be worried when it no longer does!

    PICPA past president and Hall-of-Famer, and ACPAPP Lifetime Achievement Awardee).

    DEADLINE: In just more than two months, all financial reporters must file their annual income tax return. April 15 is the deadline for individuals as well as for corporations observing calendar year ac-counting. Under our Pay as you File sys-tem, the self-assessed income taxes due should be paid as returns are submitted. Tax payments are made through author-ized agent banks or by way of the electron-ic filing system (EFPS).

    The final income taxes due for the year net of any creditable withholdings and other tax credits must be paid in FULL. The only exception is when an individual taxpayer has to pay a big final income tax. He may pay 50% of that income tax pay-able on filing date, and the balance on or before July 15, 2015. Different classes of taxpayers must use the appropriate (new) income tax returns for their respective cat-egory.

    USEFUL TIPS: To simplify tax compli-ance, both individual and juridical persons may avail of the Optional Standard Deduc-tion (OSD) equivalent to 40%, of gross sales or revenues (for individuals) and, of gross income net of costs (for corpora-tions). Individuals adopting OSD are ex-empted from submitting itemized operat-ing and other expenses. Corporations still need to submit detailed income statements but their tax audits are last priority.

    Corporations with Net Loss for the year,

    Days before Pope Francis arrived,many had voiced their apprehension that he would be mobbed by fanatical Catholics. They had reasons to fear.This uncivilized behavior reared its head during the recent Black Nazarene fiesta in Quiapo. The unruly crowds could not be contained.

    When the Pope was in Sri Langka, the Catholics there had kept themselves at their assigned places, quietly waving to the passing Pontiff.. No balyahan, no tulakan, no sigawan. Very dignified, the Sri Langkans.

    In South Korea, the white lines painted on streets were enough to restrain the adoring crowds. No barricades, no human chain of cops, no appeal for people to behave.

    The South Koreans behaved very well.

    Our people can not, however, be demonized. What they showed during the Pope's visit was commendable. But why

    show this only now? Is it due to peoples fear of putting the country to great shame before the world?

    Or is it due to the daily appeal of the authorities to behave in the presence of the Pope? Whatever it is, that is probably stronger than the fear of giving the country a black eye. Or has the Christian

    God softened the hearts of Filipinos and let them see the consequence of their folly?

    Our people have earned pogi points for this refined manners. The stigma of Filipinos as notoriously undisciplined has seemingly floated away.

    Have they turned a new leaf.? Too early to tell. But if the change is for real, well and good. A miracle has happened.

    I could sense that the Pope was visibly worried by what he knows of the country. The too much poverty of the people amidst too much luxury of the few. His appeal to end corruption addressed to our leaders mirrored that apprehension.

    Everybody could feel his deep concern for the poor in his many pronouncements. Even before he touched Philippine soil, he knew that

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    Where the Buck StopsIt was a good thing President Aqui-

    no accepted responsibility for the death of the 44 troopers of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Janu-ary 25. Just as I am responsible for your loved ones, so too am I responsible for you, it is my duty to ensure that the sac-rifice made by your relatives are repaid, the President assured the families of the slain troopers.

    Some may see the Presidents words as mere fatherhood statement, all assur-ances and in Shakespeares words, all sound and fury. Yet, under the principle of command responsibility, he is the President, and the buck should stop with him. Besides, Filipinos need a scapegoat, like a stuffed toy that a dog can bit to piec-es which will lead him in the end to a cor-ner in silence. He likes the blame game, and once it is pinned on somebody, he is usually satisfied and turn smug. Blame this on our culture of forgetfulness. Or our Christian upbringing. We forgive even in the absence of contrition on the part of the culprit.

    So, letting Purisima go, was also good. Good riddance.

    Of course, let us support the Presi-dents quest for answers why Mamasa-pano had to happen at all. Were the lives of the 44 Filipino soldiers equal the life of one confirmed Malaysian bomber with links to the al-Qaida and for which the U.S. dangled a $6-million bounty on his head? Is their massacre big reason enough to abandon the peace talks with the Moro Is-lamic Liberation Front(MILF)?

    We think the government should go on talking with the MILF.

    As Sun Tzu said, There is no instance of a nation benefitting from a prolonged warfare.

    Somehow, one day the war in Mindan-ao should end. We all deserve peace.

    The Mamasapano incident should be viewed as a price of war and peace.

    We should take the risk for all possi-bilities that lie ahead. For to quote the great Chinese war strategist again, In the minds of chaos, there is also oppor-tunity.

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  • bikol reporter 3february 8-14, 2015

    P-Noy appoints Bicolano farmers' leader into NIA boardCourt orders arrest of newly appointed NIA

    GBI top execs to holdNPB meeting in Pampanga

    board director, 30 others for libel chargeBy DANNY O. CALLEJA

    By DANNY O. CALLEJA

    BONTO

    LEGAZPI CITY -- Accused of libel, Silvestre Ka Silver Bonto, the newly appointed member of the National Irriga-tion Administration (NIA) board of directors, and 30 high-profile employees of the agency are fac-ing arrest ordered by the Que-zon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

    We are posting bail anytime next week or as soon as we are able to get an official copy of the warrant of arrest issued by RTC Branch 224 presiding Judge Tita Marilyn Payoyo-Villordon, NIA regional spokesman for Bicol Edu-ardo Yu based in Naga City, who is among those charged, told PNA over the phone on Sunday.

    HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIESThese mothers are but some of the 647 pregnant women served by the health fair sponsored by the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), Microcredit Summit Campaign, and the Freedom from Hunger in Daet and Labo, Camarines Norte last month. (Photos by Cassie Chandler of Freedom from Hunger).

    BROTHERHOOD FELLOWSHIPSeated from left to right Raul MF LAGALAG Ramos Sr. Camarines Sur; FGGF UNICORN Albay and Alan NF BONG Gonzales South Cotabato. Standing from left to right Manuel NF MUSANG Biag Pampanga; Guilbert NF GBL Luciano Davao City and Sancho NF SCORPION Alcantara III Albay.

    Yu said they learned from the court last Friday that the arrest warrant issued as early as Nov. 6 will be officially released on Feb. 10, even as five of his co-accused based at the NIA Central Office in Quezon City have already been ar-rested by the police.

    The five, whom Yu begged off from identifying, are now out of jail after posting PhP10,000 bail for their temporary liberty.

    The libel complaint was filed by former NIA deputy administra-tor for engineering and operation Modesto Membreve based on an open letter published as a paid insert in the Philippine Daily In-quirer early last year which called the attention of President Benigno Aquino III on certain irregularities involving the implementation of

    multimillion-peso irrigation proj-ects in some parts of the country.

    Signatories of the letter were Bonto, representing the National Confederation of Irrigators Asso-ciations (NCIA), and the 30 heads of the NIA Employees Association of the Philippines, Association of Regional Directors and Operations Managers and National Federation of Employees of the Department of Agriculture.

    We were compelled into caus-ing the publication of the open let-ter addressed to President Aquino since the official letter bearing the same signatories we earlier sent to the President in January last year had not been acted upon because we have information that it was hijacked by somebody in Malaca-ang, Yu said.

    The publication, Yu said, prompted the President into order-ing the creation of a special probe team composed, among others, of the National Bureau of Investiga-tion (NBI) and the Criminal In-vestigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police which looked into the alleged anomalous transactions.

    In the investigations, the fact-finding body was able to initially discover irregularities surround-ing the implementation of some largely-funded irrigation projects in the Caraga Region allegedly in-volving Membreve and over 50 other highly-placed NIA officials, including members of the agencys Bid Awards Committee, according to Yu.

    So far, as of last August, the in-vestigating team led by the CIDG had already filed with the Office of the Ombudsman six counts of crim-inal and administrative charges for violation of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Prac-tices Act and R.A. 9184 or the Pro-curement Law against Membreve and all those found involved.

    Following these findings, NIA Administrator Florencio Padernal, on orders from President Aquino last July, stripped Membreve of his position as deputy administra-tor and placed him on floating status.

    Apparently directing his ire on the authors of the published open letter which opened the can of worms, Yu said,Membreve filed the libel suit against the group, including Bonto who last January was appointed by President Aqui-no into the six-member NIA board of directors representing the Rice

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    "Kalinga kay Inay"project reaches CNorte

    CAmARINES NoRTE, Philippines The Healthy mothers, Healthy Babies: Ka-linga kay Inay Project had its second community health fair on January 23-24, 2015 in Daet and Labo, Camarines Norte, respectively. The said event served 647 pregnant women and 34 lactating women from microfinance clients of CARD MRI and partner microfi-nance institutions as well as non-client members in the lo-cal community. Nine oB-Gyns, one pediatrician, nine nurse deployment project volunteers as well as nurses from CARD mRI and twelve barangay health workers provided their free services to the beneficia-ries. Representatives from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) of Daet also participated in the two-day health fair by provid-ing an orientation, updating clients account and giving non-member clients an opportunity to register especially pregnant women. TULAY saPag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI), one of the partner mFIs also joined the commu-nity health fair.

    A non-member client, Char-lynSacatento said that she en-joyed the program in their area, which was made especially for pregnant women like her. She hopes that the program will con-

    tinue. She also said that she is planning to join a microfinance institution.

    A press conference was also held at the Agro Sports Gymna-sium in Daet, Camarines Norte, where media friends of CARD MRI were able to witness the said event and interview key persons in the event.

    To serve more pregnant and lactating women, Kalinga kay Inay project is planning to have a three-day community health fair in Samar Province by the second quarter of 2015.

    Three organizations, CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institu-tions (CARD MRI), the Micro-credit Summit Campaign, and Freedom from Hunger came together to help the country achieve its MDG goal on mater-nal health through the Kalinga kay Inay Project. This project will reach more than 600,000 women microfinance clients by the end of 2015 by leveraging the reach of the microfinance sector to deliver vital health edu-cation and services to very poor women and their families.

    CARD MRI through its Mi-crofinance and Health Protection Program aims to continuously provide health care to its 2.75 M clients especially maternal health care to its women clients even after the conclusion of the project this year.

    LEGAZPI CITY - A Bicol-ano peasant who heads a broad coalition of farmers nationwide is now a member of the six-man board of directors of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

    The board is headed as chair-man by Sec. Francis Pangilinan, the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

    Silvestre Ka Silver Bonto was recently appointed into the board by Pres. Benigno Aquino III to serve the unexpired term of Engr. Ismael Tabije, who was stripped of the post along with two NIA top executives Modesto Membreve and Lorna Grace Rosario, deputy adminis-trators for engineering and op-eration and administrative and finance, respectively.

    As NIA board member, Bon-to is tasked by the President to represent the Rice and Corn Sec-tor in the board where NIA Ad-ministrator Florencio Padernal also sits as vice-chairman as well as Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, National Power Corp. (NPC) president Maria Gladys

    Cruz-Sta. Rita, and National Economic and Development Au-thority Director General Arsenio Balisacan as members.

    Bonto is the president of the National Confederation of Ir-rigators Association (NCIA) and head of the AngatAhon-Magsasaka, a non-government organization with thousands of the countrys farmers groups as members.

    As a farmer leader, Bonto, a native of Camarines Sur, has been working on the welfare of his sector, especially the rice-farming communities and con-sumers by way, among others, of his being very vocal against rice smuggling and the irregularities

    surrounding the operations of rice cartels in the country.

    In the appointment letter dated last Jan. 22, the President told Bonto that Pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, you are hereby appointed as Member representing the Rice and Corn Sector, Board of Directors, Na-tional Irrigation Administration, to serve the unexpired Term of Office that began on 01 July 2014 and will end on 30 June 2015, vice Ismael Tabije.

    Installing Ka Silver to the post is a very wise choice on the part of the President. He is a very competent person to rep-resent the Rice and Corn Sector in the NIA Board, Eduardo Yu, the NIA regional spokesman for Bicol and president of the NIA Employees Association in the region, said of Bonto.

    The unexpired term of Tabije that Bonto would be serving may be a very short time but certainly, he would be there to work double time for the welfare of the sector he represents, Yu said.

    Tabije, who was recommend-ed into the board by Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. Pro-

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    The GUARDIANS Broth-erhood Incorporated-National Policy Board (GBI-NPB) meet-ing as agreed last November 29, 2014 by the Board of Trustees during the last quarter meeting in Cebu City and as concurred by Ferdinand NF GEMINI-07 D. Casupanan Sr., National Vice President for Luzon, the special Policy Board meeting held last February 7, 2015 at Oasis Hotel, Don Juico Avenue, Angeles City, Pampanga.

    The said activity was hosted by Manuel NF MUSANG B. Biag, National Protocol Of-ficer and new member of GBI National Officers after he was promoted to the next higher rank of National Founder. He was assisted by officers of GBI Sto. Domingo Chapter, Angeles City headed by City Founder Joel FRMG YAN Balingit.

    Important agenda discussed on the special meeting is the forthcoming 5th GBI National Assembly/Convention and other organizational matters to con-vene on April 2015.

    Participants who confirmed their presence were: Atty. Joel NF MUMBAKI C. Obar, Na-tional Vice President for Visayas and the present OIC of the orga-nization; Ferdinand NF GEM-INI-07 D. Casupanan, Sr., Na-tional Vice President for Luzon; Alan NF BONG L. Gonza-les, National Vice President for Mindanao; Hilda NF DAHIL C. Payapaya-Cagayan de Oro City, National Personnel Officer; Gilbert NF GBL B. Luciano-Davao City, National Logistic Officer; Emmanuel NF CAR-JON N. Naval Leyte, Floor Leader; Adronico NF BRAVO O. Balais Samar, National Sec-retary General; Retired Army General Jose NF GM F. Gamos NCR, Chief of Staff; Ernesto NF ERGA V. Gallebo Ilocos Sur, National Treasurer; Gio-vanni NF PRECY F. Abenoja La Union, National Liason Of-ficer; Atty. Noel NF NOY D. Ramos Albay, GBI Consultant; and Raul MF LAGALAG A. Ramos Sr. Camarines Sur, As-sistant Prime Minister, National

    Triumvirate.In a related development,

    MF LAGALAG officiated the investiture ceremony at Sto. Domingo Elementary School, Angeles City to 58 newly pro-moted members from the rank of Ranking Magic Group (RMG) and Founders, Recipients of said promotion came from GUARD-IANS International District (GID) headed by Joel FRMG YAN Balingit and GUARD-IANS International Unified Command (GIUC) under Mar-vin FRMG TROPA Lazatin, both umbrella organization of GUARDIANS International In-corporated (GII) and the Phil-ippine GUARDIANS Brother-hood Incorporated (PGBI) led by Pepito FGMF PING Lacaz who were signified themselves to reconcile with the original GUARDIANS Brotherhood Incorporated (GBI) under Re-tired PNP General Quirino NF TORCH D. Dela Torre, GBI National President. Said recon-ciliation was made thru the ener-getic effort of NF MUSANG.

  • bikol reporter4 february 8-14, 2015halo-halo

    Manongod sa Estetika

    gongorog kan pangangaipo nin ka-ligtasan asin dikit sa estetika. Dai baleng sabihon na kun mahiling mo an saro, nahiling mo na gabos ta purupareho an mga disenyo kaini. Nagkakaiba lang sa kolor asin dikit na pagbabago sa mga tampok na parte kan harong.

    Boot tang sabihon, an mga arki-tekto kan mga harong na ini may-ong sadiring pagiisip manongod sa estetika. Paraarog-arog lang sinda o minasunod sana sa kagustuhan kan komersyo o kan nagpapaharong. Siguradong dalan ini sa kayamanan, bako sa distinggong disenyo.

    Liwat, sinasabi tang mayong sala kayan. Arog kaiyan an lais-sez faire asin demokrasya. Alagad, an arkitektura parte nin kultura nin sarong nasyon. Otrohon o arogon mo an sarong estranyo o dayuhan na pagiisip, naggigin kasabwat ka sa pagbiribid kun bako man dagos na pagpara kan kun ano an satong sadiring pagkamidbidan. An arte paglangoy sabat sa sulog, bakong pagpapatianod.

    Nagdakula ako sa harong na kati-pay an mga bentana. Kaya pagkaa-ga, an sirang kan saldang minalaog sa sakong kuarto na garo pigsirni an bangraw, bakong mainit, tamang tama sana an liwanag. Sa mga pa-gaadal sa estetikang Pinoy, sinasabi na an katipay na mga bentana susog sa satong pag-iisip na minapahiling alagad minatago. Arog man ini hal-imbawa sa materyal kan barong na sinamay o inabul. Tahob an hawak alagad may pasalom kan kublit.

    Maririsa ngonyan sa mga syudad an paglakop kan mga puruparehong disenyo nin mga harong na inaapod kong McDonald-style. Minimalist ini susog sa estetika kan mga Hapon. Mga pangenot lang na korte, kahon o rektangulo, malinig an linya, simple. An gamit na mga materyal katubuan semento, batbat asin salming. Ma-linaw na kasimbagan an disenyong ini kan mga arkitekto asin mga inhe-nyero sa pankinaban na pagbabago kan klima.

    Mayo man sala kayan kundi sa hiling ko an arkitektura dapat

    minauyon sa kapalibutan, susog sa pagkapahulugan kaini ni Frank Lloyd Wright, an pamosong arki-tekto kan Falling Water house. Na-hihiling ko an orog na pangangaipo sa bentilasyon asin liwanag kan mga disenyong ini. Kun siring, orog na pangangaipo nin kuryente. Kun siring, bakong masyadong susten-able an mga disenyo kaini asin su-hay sa tropikong kapalibutan asin klima kan Pilipinas.

    Para sa mga maysadiri kan mga siring na harong, siguro an nag-dadalagan na kaisipan iyo an pan-

    Character is virtue, it can be taught or caught. We learned a very simple quotation since elementary Cleanliness is next to Godliness. This can be easily memorized but hard to implement. Since our childhood days, our parents taught us cleanliness, orderliness and neatness. When we enter school, our teachers teach us, too. The way we clean then was very different from this days cleaning. I remembered my grandparents who swept our surrounding then burnt all the mess. Our surrounding was full grown fruit trees which emit fresh air. Burning of waste was then a mosquito repellant for our grandparents. Our atmosphere then was free from pollutants because we dont use plastics. We dont need aerosol spray because we use mosquito net to avoid mosquitoes and other flying insects in biting us.

    Little by little this virtue caused our environment

    Taught or CaughtIrene V. de Jesus Teacher III

    Rinconada National Technical Vocational SchoolSto. Domingo, Iriga City

    polluted and hot, especially when plastics are part of our daily living. Everything then is made up of plastics, furniture, household utensils, personal things and containers. We enjoyed using this light and cheap object but unaware that later; become hazardous to us, that even our climate will also be affected. Environmentalist realized that the convenience brought about by this thing, got worsen as days go by. I, myself realized this environmental problem when I became a science teacher and a girl scout leader. Seventeen years ago when I attended Trainers Update Course, held at Marina Yulo Vargas RPTC Capitol Hills, Cebu City, our lecturer then showed us a power point of dumping site full of garbage unsegregated.

    Our lecturer then fully explained to us the effect and disadvantages of improper disposal of our garbage. After that seminar, I started keeping my candy wrappers and other simple mess inside my bag and pocket. I started telling my students to dispose waste properly.

    To avoid littering, we can use our bags and pockets as our garbage bags then later throw them in trust bin or trust can. In seventeen years, waste management/segregating waste and proper disposal of waste are words that pained my ears. People continue to ignore this very important virtue. I tried everything to impart my learning about waste management, I sponsored symposia about RA (9003),I

    spearhead YES-O Camp and Training. I initiated a project to lessen the burning of biodegradable materials, and even sell recyclable materials. I am very frustrated that as if nobody understands, that even teachers that for me my partner in implementing my advocacy are also violators. I observed during Teachers Day and other activities by teachers, you see scattered plastic bottles, wrappers of sandwiches and biscuits. I hope that anybody who does the same will not be hurt of this observation. Let us change for the better, let us not just be clean in clothing and what we use, but also things that we dispose. We may not suffer the effects of these environmental problems, but we are not sure that this might be suffered by our grandchildren. I may not be perfect in everything but I hope that Ive shared this little insight. Let us not be LITTERBUG.

    Some Tips for Vocabulary DevelopmentDULCE B. CONCEPCION - Teacher 3

    San Agustin Elementary SchoolSan Agustin, Iriga City

    Tinagba Festivalin Iriga City is 40

    Mayor ALFELOR

    IRIGA CITY -- The 40th year celebration of Tinagba Festival start-ed February 3 with the opening of a two-week Food and Agri Fair at the City park followed by De-e-Deyan, a Spell-ing Bee the following day that was contested by the private and pub-lic elementary and sec-ondary schools in the city but the highlight of the celebration festival will be the February 11 Tinagba Festival.

    The festival will fea-ture floats and bullcarts and a socio-civic and military parade and the DepEd people around the city proper. The parade will also feature street dancing, tribal dance and surprise numbers of an invited military contin-gent at 1:00 pm.

    This years festival promises more color and the usual Fantillusion pa-rade which will surely at-tract spectators because it is going to be more en-ergized this year.

    Mayor Ronald Fe-lix Y. Alfelor believes the 40th celebration of Tinagba will attract more tourists especially for-eigners and come to Iriga and taste the hospitality of its people.

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    Epistemology(Part 4 of a 4-part series)

    III. What are the limits of knowledge?

    Justification may reasonably demonstrate the validity or truthfulness of knowledge such as in the case of experimental tests of scientific theories but there are limits to knowledge. Aside from personal biases, intellectual capacity, precision of instruments and accuracy of measurements, there are philosophical barriers that limit knowledge. These include the Gettier problem and the Mnchhausen trilemma.

    A.) Gettier problemPlatos theory of knowledge as justified true belief has

    been well-accepted and unquestioned among philosophers for thousands of years until 1963 when American philosopher Edmund Gettier challenged the theory in his short paper Is Justified True Belief Knowledge? Gettier expounded that there are situations wherein the classical definition does not apply. He gave two scenarios wherein the classical definition of knowledge is not applicable.

    Both of Gettier's counterexamples essentially follow the same general form:

    Smith justifiably believes that P. P is false. Smith correctly infers that if P is true, then Q is true. So, Smith believes Q, justifiably. Q is true, but not because of P. So, Smith has a justified true belief that Q.

    In these examples, and all true Gettier-style examples, the flaw arises from forming an inference based on a false premise, though there is sufficient evidence to believe that premise is true.

    The Gettier problem simply demonstrates that the limits of our knowledge include the disjunction in justification. Even if a belief is justified and true, there are conceivable situations wherein the belief cannot properly be considered as knowledge.

    B.) Mnchhausen trilemmaThe Mnchhausen trilemma deals with the circular nature

    of some justifications, infinite regress of justifications and axiomatic certainty of justifying knowledge. It was named after Baron Mnchhausen, who allegedly pulled himself and the horse on which he was sitting out of a swamp by his own hair. It is also known as the Agrippas trilemma, which has the same basic form.

    It is called a trilemma because it is consist of three problems of justification or proving knowledge:

    1. The circular argument, in which theory and proof support each other (i.e. we repeat ourselves at some point).

    2. The regressive argument, in which each proof requires a further proof, ad infinitum (i.e. we just keep giving proofs, presumably forever).

    3. The axiomatic argument, which rests on accepted precepts (i.e. we reach some bedrock assumption or certainty). The main problem with this last one is about certainty. How can one be certain that something can be considered axiomatic, especially in science.

    References:1. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/190219/epistemology2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemology3. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epistemology/4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology5. http://www.philosophy-index.com/gettier/counterexamples/6. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/M%C3%BCnchhausen_Trilemma

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    from my winDow . . .with our Constitution because it creates a state or sub-state within a state. I am in favor of peace in Mindanao but the peace agreement should follow the Constitution.

    This proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is favorable to the MILF but not to the people in those regions in the country. The wealth-sharing agreement gives so many things to the Bangsamoro which is not given to the people in the eighteen regions in the Philippines. What will be given to the Bangsamoro people under this law should also be given to the people in all other regions. Otherwise, this peace agreement with the MILFF will be an agreement that divides with its unconstitutional and unfair provisions.

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    Republic of the PhilippinesLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE

    Province: Camarines SurCity/Municipality: Libmanan

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

    CCE-0079-2014 R.A. 10172

    In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that GERALDINE CAYABYAB EVANGELISTA has fi led with this Offi ce, a Petition for cor-rection of entry in Sex from FEMALE to MALE in the certifi cate of live birth of GERALDINE CAYABYAB EVAN-GELISTA at Libmanan, Camarines Sur and whose parents are JOSE EVANGELISTA and GERONIMA CAYABYAB.

    Any person adversely affected by said petition may fi le his written opposition with this offi ce not later than February 13, 2015.

    (Sgd.) EMILIE S. AGNES-DAIRAO Municipal Civil Registrar

    BIKOL REPORTERPublished: February 1 and 8, 2014

    Republic of the PhilippinesLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE

    Province: Camarines SurCity/Municipality: Libmanan

    NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

    In compliance with Section No. 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that EULA GAY CHICA OMNES has fi led with this Offi ce, a Petition for Change of First Name from EULA GAY ESPERANZA to EULA GAY in the certifi cate of live birth of EULA GAY ESPERANZA CHICA who was born on October 26, 1955 at Taban, Libmanan, Camarines Sur and whose parents are JOVENTINO D. CHICA and MYRIAM ABAD.

    Any person adversely affected by said petition may fi le his written opposition with this offi ce not later than February 13, 2015.

    (Sgd.) EMILIE S. AGNES-DAIRAO Municipal Civil Registrar

    BIKOL REPORTERPublished: February 1 and 8, 2014

    Republic of the PhilippinesLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE

    Province: Camarines SurCity/Municipality: Libmanan

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICCCE-0075-2014 R.A. 10172& CFN-0006-2014

    In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that JESS DEL ROSARIO SAN BUENAVENTURA has fi led with this Offi ce, a Petition for Change of First Name from JESSA to JESS and correction of entry in Sex from FEMALE to MALE in the certifi cate of live birth of JESSA DEL ROSARIO SAN BUENAVENTURA at Libmanan, Camarines Sur and whose parents are JESSIE SAN BUENAVENTURA and FLOR DEL ROSARIO.

    Any person adversely affected by said petition may fi le his written opposition with this offi ce not later than February 13, 2015.

    (Sgd.) EMILIE S. AGNES-DAIRAO Municipal Civil Registrar

    BIKOL REPORTERPublished: February 1 and 8, 2014

    2015 PEOYSA, outstanding CAT Corps Commanders namedA new batch of awardees

    for the 2015 PHILIPPINE EAGLES OUTSTANDING YOUTH SERVICE AWARD (PEOYSA) was selected and named last January 24, 2014 at the Naga City Montessori School.

    Chosen as the Most Out-standing CAT Corps Com-mander in Region V awardee is CDDTE COL JORIETTE GAYLE B. VALENTINO

    than P. Huerno.Other awardees are:RANK 2 - CDDTE COL

    NADINE EINA E. LEGACION, Naga City Science H/S, Naga City - Levi N. San Jose; RANK 3 - CDT LT COL ROCKY R. TEXON, Lagonoy H/S, Lag-onoy, CS - Jorge Benjamin R. Favenir; RANK 4 - CDT COL BASILIO R. ALARCIO JR., Ocampo Natl H/S, Ocampo, CS - Mercedes L. Samar; RANK 5 - CDT COL ALDWIN B. BE-LANO, University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City; RANK 6 - CDT LT COL RANDY V. ESTEFANI, Magarao Natl H/S, Magarao, CS - Joel S. Bay-lon; RANK 7 - CDTTE COL LISETTE T. CATANGUI, Sto. Nio Natl H/S Iriga City - Te-resa G. Borromeo; RANK 8 - CDTTE LT COL NOELIZA S. GORDOLA, Calabanga Natl H/S, Calabanga, CS - Nolito C. Nieves and CDT COL MARK JERIC P. RUIN, Malawag Natl H/S, Nabua, CS - Tomas L. Ba-randon; RANK 9 - CDT LTC JOHN PAUL B. ZARCEDO, Partido State University, Goa, CS - Christian O. Pabia; RANK 10 - CDT LT COL JAY MARK A. DE LIMA, San Antonio Natl H/S, Iriga City - Eleuterio J. De Lima Jr. and CDT COL JASPER JOHN P. RIVERO, Dahat Natl Vational H/S, Lagonoy, CS - Raynan F. Luzon.

    FINALISTS:RANK 11 - CDTTE COL

    REJEAN I. OBELIDOR, Buhi St. Josephs Academy Inc., Buhi, CS; RANK 12 - CDTTE LTC MARIDONI SAMAN-THA G. UGABAN, Colegio Del

    VALENTINO (HS level) LEGACION (HS level) NUARIN (College level)from the University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City - Jona-

    Santisimo Rosario, Libmanan, CS - Elpidio P. Dacara; RANK 13 - CDT LT COL MARVIN BERMIDO, Palsong Natl H/S Bula, CS - Jaime R. Cuarteros; RANK 14 - LT COL JOHN CARLO A. ALARCON, St. Jude Agro-Industrial College, Nabua, CS - Tomas L. Baran-don; RANK 15 CDT LTC CRES LEE N. REMODO, San Rafael Natl H/S, Tigaon, CS - Ma. Corazon D. Nacario; RANK 16 - CDT LTC COL ROY MARK C. TELAR, Buhi Lyceu, Buhi, CS - Ricky F. Villanueva and CDT COL JOHN MICHAEL E. TANAY, Nabua Natl H/S, Nabua, CS - Lalaine M. Tolen-tino; RANK 17 - CDTTE MAJ SHAIRA AGRIDA, Sagurong H/S, Pili, CS - Rhodora C. Altez and CDTTE MAJ MARICRIS N. SISNO, Victor Bernal Natl H/S, Nabua, CS - Joanna Rose R. Rull.

    Likewise, the Most Outstand-ing PEOYSA for Secondary Level was also selected. Named as Top Awardee is JORIETTE GAYLE B. VALENTINO from University of Saint Anthony, Iri-ga City. RANK 2 - JAY MARK A. DE LIMA, San Antonio Na-tional High School, Iriga City.

    The other awardees are:RANK 3 - DAVE AARON E.

    CASTRO, University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City; RANK 4 - MARIDONI SAMANTHA G. UGABAN, Colegio Del Santisimo Rosario, Libmanan, CS; RANK 5 - MA. FILIPINAS R. GORPI-DO, Sagurong High School, Pili, CSur; RANK 6 - JOHN PAUL B. ZARCEDO, Partido State Univer-sity, Goa, CS.

    The Uswag Junior Eagles Club with the Federation of the Philippine Eagle Clubs Inc., and with the assistance of the Uni-fi ed Bicol Junior Eagle Clubs held the 6th Philippine Eagle Outstanding Youth Service Award (PEOYSA) which aims to acknowledge and highlight the achievements of these youth leaders from the secondary and collegiate level in the Bicol re-gion. This years theme for col-legiate level, Youth: Creating Positive Social Impact; Gear-ing for a Greater Purpose, give focus on young student lead-ers who have shown exemplary leadership, service, and have manifested commitment to their school and community in their effort to move the community forward.

    The applicants for PEOYSA have undergone three (3) lev-els of screening process. These stages are the following: Level 1- Paper Screening, Level 2 Initial Interview and Project

    * * * * * Proposal Presentation and Level 3 Final Interview.

    After the three level of screening process, Rolly Noarin of Unibersidad de Santa Isabel and Mr. Randy P. Iniego, USI PEOYSA Moderator receives the 6th PEOYSA Award of Recognition; Christian Lamud of University of Saint Anthony and Ms. Catherine C. Nazzarea - USANT PEOYSA Moderator; Mario Cagitla of Naga College Foundation and Michelle B. Din-Badong - NCF PEOYSA Moderator received the 2nd and 3rd places.

    The people behind the 6th PEOYSA are the following:

    Eagle Juan Carlos S. de los Reyes, Regional Adviser/Mod-erator; Bunso Brian Jay Ramos, President, Uswag Junior Eagle Club; Bunso Laurence Laure, External Vice-President, USJE, Bunso Elyssa V. Velasquez Over-all Head, 6th PEOYSA; Bunso Lovely Jean Moneda, Co-head; Bunso Ma. Riza Anika Mar-co, Secretariat Committee Head.

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    Among them is an important trade mission to visit the locality, the Hawaiian trade delegation with a scheduled two-day visit here, on Feb. 11 to 12 this year led by Hawaiian Lt. Governor Shan Tsutusi.

    Tsutusi, a Japanese-American offi cial of the state of Hawaii is heading a trade mission con-sisting of 40 delegates mostly leaders of business association, trade offi cials and leading busi-nessmen in Hawaii will visit the localities of Daet, Cebu City, Palawan and greater Manila area to explore investment opportuni-ties in the country.

    Mayor Tito Sarion, who re-cently, visited the US State of Hawaii is anticipating possible investment ventures on resorts and tourism in this capital town.

    Early this month, the local government of this town also opened a one-stop-shop of-fi ce for GO-NEGOSYO center at the lobby of the towns mu-nicipal hall, a program that will service starting business entre-preneurs mandated under RA-10644, which was passed into law with its proponent Senator Bam Aquino.

    According to Daet, GO-NE-GOSYO Center, investment of-fi cer Darius Mirasol, the newly established business assistance centere of the LGU had already

    catered to inquiries of a Japanese investor planning to open a min-eral resort and representatives from Manila-based call center fi rms eyeing expansion in the provinces.

    Mirasol also said that cur-rently Marikina-based trainers are conducting training for local entrepreneurs and their workers on foot wear and bag making production under the GO NE-GOSYO program of the local government.

    In a report at the Bicol Re-gional Development Council, Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion has pioneered the implementation of the GO NEGOSYO Center among towns and cities in the six provinces in 2015.

    While this week, Mayor Sa-rion also offered the transfer of 300 ambulant vendors at the Daet Central Terminal Complex in barangay Camambugan in this locality, after a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a satellite market at the said site where vendors will be relocated.

    The vendors were earlier oc-cupying the Felipe II and Pine-apple streets of Daet, the clear-ing of vendors in major streets of the town is part of Mayor Sa-rions MaaliwalasnaDaet pro-gram to clear alleys and streets of littering stores and vendors. SONNY SALES

    trict of Albay; Hon. Mayor Patty Gonzales-Alcusa and the Munic-ipal Council of Ligao City. Also in attendance were LTO Bicol Chief of Administrations Jimmy Masagca, Chief of Operations Mar Jose Magistrado, and Ligao Chief of Offi ce Noel Barbacena.

    Also present during the activ-ity are Paranaque councilor Alma Moreno, currently chairperson of the Councilor's League of the Philippines, and Pioduran Mayor Henry Callope.

    The newest district offi ce is expected to contribute in sustain-ing the agencys present gains.

    District offi ces of Iriga and Ragay were recently named Excellent in Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Watch by the Civil Service Com-mission, and will be cited in a national ceremony on February 20, this year. The LTO Bicol through its many innovations is geared towards streamlining pro-cesses and upgrading its facili-ties. It is also in the forefront of road safety education among students and youth through its project Students Today, Road Users Tomorrow, which to date has visited 52 schools all over the region.

    jor prohibition in the SK elec-tion amendment is the candi-dacy of any SK candidate, who are kin or family mem-bers of the incumbent elected offi cials from the President of the Philippines., to the lowest barangay offi cials..

    The Bicolano solon re-marked, that the proposed amendment in the SK elec-tion are considered major reforms in the Sangguniang-Kabataan, with political crit-ics saying, the youth sector represented in the barangay government system is being

    corrupted by incumbent town and barangay offi cials, which is needed to be reformed, or otherwise abolished.

    In Legazpi City, COMELEC regional direc-tor Atty. Romeo Fortes, an-nounced that with the can-cellation of the SK election this year, previously declared election period and the gun ban for the SK polls has al-ready been lifted, following the new announcements by the Congress and Senate to fi le measures to reform the SK. SONNY SALES

    ceso Alcala, was removed from the post following the transfer of the supervision of NIA from the DA to the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricul-tural Modernization under Pan-gilinan.

    This change, according to Yu, also paved the way for the removal from their posts of Membreve and Rosario whom NIA employees want to be in-vestigated for various irregulari-ties. -- PNA

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    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICAUCTION SALE/SUBASTA

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE EXPLORER PAWNSHOP, Ground Floor, Bichara Complex, Abella St., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from SEPT. 1-30, 2014 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on MARCH 02, 2015 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

    Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until FEBRUARY 25, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: FEBRUARY 8 and 15, 2015

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICAUCTION SALE/SUBASTA

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at R. M. ASPE PAWNSHOP, Cor. Panganiban & Elias Angeles Street, Naga City, pawned from SEPT. 1-30, 2014 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on MARCH 02, 2015 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

    Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until FEBRUARY 25, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: FEBRUARY 8 and 15, 2015

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICAUCTION SALE/SUBASTA

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE IGUALDAD PAWNSHOP, Cor. Igualdad Ext. & J. Hernandez Ave., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from SEPT. 1-30, 2014 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on MARCH 02, 2015 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

    Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until FEBRUARY 25, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: FEBRUARY 8 and 15, 2015

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICAUCTION SALE/SUBASTA

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE CROWNJEWEL PAWNSHOP & JEWELRY STORE, Bichara Mall corner J. Hernandez & Gen. Luna Sts., Naga City, pawned from SEPT. 1-30, 2014 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on MARCH 02, 2015 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

    Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until FEBRUARY 25, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: FEBRUARY 8 and 15, 2015

    NOTICE TO THE PUBLICAUCTION SALE/SUBASTA

    All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ROWENA ASPE PAWNSHOP, P. Burgos St., corner J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga City, pawned from SEPT. 1-30, 2014 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on MARCH 02, 2015 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON.

    Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until FEBRUARY 25, 2015 only. THE MANAGEMENTBIKOL REPORTERPublished: FEBRUARY 8 and 15, 2015

    Grand draw winner (l-R) Mr. Jerry Epac GPI-Promotions and Advertising Manager, Maria Lobina grand draw win-ner from Batasan Hills, Quezon City & Mr. JoeverAzuce-na GPI-National Marketing Director.

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    Love Radio Nagas Ms. Ninggay Hidalgo, DJ Nicole Hyala, DJ Kristine Dera, winner Juvy Capistrano-Naga City, GPI-RMC Ms. Luz Robrigado & GPI MRO Pom Nuyles.

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    millions here live in subhuman condition in squatters and far barrios.

    There is no need for the DSWD and other government agencies to collect the street people and deposit them where they can not be an eyesore to the

    Pope.The Pope has a complete picture of our country as the home not only of street people but of squatters living anddying in garbage mountains.

    His visit was to affirm that these people, forgotten and abandoned, have the love of his Church.

    and Corn Sector.The board is headed as chair-

    man by Secretary Francis Pangili-nan, the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization.

    Other directors of the board are Padernal, sitting as vice-chairman, and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, National Power Corp. (NPC) president Maria Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita, and National Eco-nomic and Development Authority Director General Arsenio Balisa-can as members.

    In the appointment letter dated last Jan. 22, the President told Bon-to that Pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, you are hereby appointed as Member representing the Rice and Corn Sector, Board of Directors, National Irrigation Administration, to serve the unex-pired Term of Office that began on 01 July 2014 and will end on 30 June 2015, vice Ismael Tabije.

    It is said that Tabije, who was recommended into the board by Department of Agriculture (DA)

    Secretary Proceso Alcala, was re-moved from the post following the transfer of the supervision of NIA from the DA to the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization under Pangilinan.

    Apart from being president of the NCIA, Bonto is also head of the AngatAhonMagsasaka, a non-government organization, with millions of the countrys farmers as members.

    As a farmer leader, Bonto, a native of Camarines Sur, has been working for the welfare of his sec-tor, especially the rice farming communities and consumers by way, among others, of his being very vocal against rice smuggling and the irregularities surrounding the operations of rice cartels in the country.

    He is also an advocate of agri-cultural modernization towards the government campaign for food se-curity and greater income for farm-ers and a staunch critic of anoma-lies involving the implementation of projects in agriculture. -- PNA

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    8 february 8-14, 2015Napolcom assures help to

    fallen Bicolano SAF trooperLEGAZPI CITY The Na-

    tional Police Commission (Na-polcom) Bicol Regional Office here has assured the family of slain Police Senior Inspector max Jim R. Tria of their full assistance and support to has-ten the death benefit claims as Bicolanos join the entire nation in mourning for the so-called Fallen 44 of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who met their tragic fate in masasapa-no, maguindanao recently.

    Tria hails from Catanduanes province and a graduate of Phil-ippine National Police Academy in 2009.

    We will extend assistance to the Tria family on their claims in preparing the documentary re-quirements to hasten the claims process, Napolcom Bicol Infor-mation Officer Ricardo Fonta-nilla said today in an interview during the Aramon Ta Daw (Let Us Know) radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol.

    Fontanilla disclosed the death benefits of PNP beneficiaries include the following: gratuity equivalent to the deceased PNP members one year basic sal-ary, burial expenses equivalent to three months basic salary of the deceased, monthly pension equivalent to eighty percent of the deceaseds basic salary for a period of five years from the date of death.

    We will also grant scholar-ship to the children of the de-ceased, Fontanilla added.

    Further, if a qualified family member opts to join the ranks of the PNP, he or she can be accom-modated under the attrition law, Fontanilla said.

    Earlier, the government al-ready released P250,000 finan-cial support for each family of the 44 slain PNP troopers and assured educational support for the children or siblings of the deceased, together with liveli-hood assistance and jobs for the widows and family members, housing assistance and medical assistance to sick relatives.

    According to Fontanilla, the death claims will be awarded to the surviving spouse or, if there is none, the surviving legitimate or legally adopted children, or if single to parents.

    In the absence of the surviv-ing spouse and dependent legiti-mate children, the non-depen-dent legitimate children together with illegitimate children, if any, or if there is none, the surviving parents or in their absence, sur-viving brothers and sisters of the fallen trooper. -- PIA5

    SM FOUNDATIONSCHOLARSAPPLICANTSOver a hundred stu-dents from public high schools of Naga City and various towns of Camarines Sur aspir-ing to be part of the SM Foundation Scholars took the screening and examination of appli-cants conducted by the SM Foundation Inc. last February 2 at the Event Center, SM City Naga. Qualified applicants will be enrolled in any of the 83 partner colleges and universities of SM Foundation located na-tionwide. The scholars will enjoy free tuition fees and monthly allow-ances. They may also get part-time jobs dur-ing summer or Christ-mas breaks to augment their allowance.