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LGu Naga activates BoSS program
BUsiness one-stoP shoPThe City has started this program in order
to help the Nagueos with their Business Apllications and renewals
of permitt. The process makes it more convenient and effi
Bicol international airport, Pnr southline top salcedas
LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda on Thursday
disclosed the line-up of his target and ongoing projects in 2016 as
he sought the co-operation of the Albayanos for their success.
"By the grace of God, let us work together for the greater glory
of Albay, Salceda said as he greeted ev-erybody a Hap-py New
With the Palarong Pam-bansa 105 days away, he said, all hands on
the paddle as we go full throttle in sustainable development
through tourism, agriculture, small enterprises, education, health,
social protection, disaster risk reduction and cli-mate change
The concurrent Regional Development Coun-cil Bicol chair, said
the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) will work with the
Department of Education family to ensure the success of Senior
By ANA-LIZA S. MACATANGAY
NAGA CITY --- From four stages last year, orga-nizers of this
years Busi-ness One Stop Shop (BOSS) dropped the count to three
easy steps: SUBMIT, PAY and CLAIM, giving busy entrepreneurs the
comfort and ease to renew their business permits without losing
their precious time.
First, the applicants need to submit a duly accomplished
application form, barangay clearance, quarterly income tax return
from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
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Typhoon 'Nona' causesP3.3-B damage in Bicol
LEGAZPI CITY -- Ty-phoon "Nona" slapped Bi-col with a
PhP3.3-billion damage to public infrastruc-ture and agricultural
crops when it ravaged the region in December last year, the
Regional Disaster Risk Re-duction and Management Council (RDRRMC)
said on Monday.
Showing its fury with howling winds and heavy rains, "Nona"
destroyed hun-dreds of public school class-rooms amounting to
PhP1.1 billion and PhP298 million worth of public infrastructure,
according to the RDRRMC
fi nal damage assessment re-port.
Ramon Abcede, Depart-ment of Education (DepEd) regional
director, said around
710 classrooms were totally destroyed while at least 1,199
public school classrooms were partially damaged in
bikol reporter2 january 3 - 9, 2016opinion
Wed love to, Your Holiness.In his year-end message, Pope
urged the media to give more space to positive and inspirational
stories amidst what he calls the insatiable thirst for power and
gratuitous violence in 2015.
Yes, wed love to.So heres an example. The government
is expecting a 7.5-8.5% growth year this year.
Thats bullish indeed. Yet, heres the proverbial rub. Prof.
Leonor Briones, however, is
asking: Is the good news about 2016 sustainable?
The convenor of the Social Watch Philippines is pointing at the
instability of this optimism, arguing that this projected growth is
brought about by election spending which generates more jobs such
as construction and campaign work, albeit temporarily.
To her, this election driven growth will not have sustainable
impact for the poor and unemployed.
So, there will always be good news but it is the job of the
media to see and show the downside.
Yes, wed love to report on the good outcome of the elections, if
the traditional triumvirate of guns, gold and goons will not rule
and ruin it.
Wed love to write about how the new president will take over the
reins of government, sans the bloodshed, the cheating, the
vote-buying that are accoutrements of Philippine elections.
Wed love to write the good news about our country, too. If only,
we can transcend our tendency to self-destruct along the way.
We will look for good news and we will give space to them, this
Thats a promise and self-imposed task we will do in 2016.
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Do not choose a candidate on the basis of published poll
surveys, he said. Surveys merely show trends, which may well change
in the course of the election campaign. Besides, he said, they are
affected by the methodology employed by a pollster.
Beware of those who employ dirty tricks against their opponents,
the CBCP president said. A candidate who seeks to demol ish the
reputation of fellow candidates must be suspect. He debases the
level of political discourse by pointing to the shortcomings of
rivals instead of discussing programs, projects, plans, and
While there are no perfect candidates, opt for those willing to
be better for the people; who may have been wrong in the past
are willing and ready to change their ways. Ultimately, what is
important are the qualifications and aspirations, the plans and
visions of the candidates.
O n p o l i t i c a l d y n a s t i e s , Archbishop Villegas
said the Christian voter should prudently choose others who may
have equal if not superior qualities and competenc ies fo r the
The bishops of the Church, the CBCP president said, do not seek
to persuade their flock to vote for any particular candidate. The
desired qualities of candidates and the options open to voters may
well be discussed in the context of prayer, in the light of Church
teaching, and with a sense of fairness and concern for the common
good, he said.
There are probably many other words of advice that will be given
by the leaders of our communities and institutions about many other
issues such as party loyalty, ideological considerations, rewards
and promises, and campaign funds. A l l such adv ice wou ld be
welcome, but the points made by the CBCP should be taken to heart
by all voters.
Because of its relevance, I am herewith quoting the advice to
voters from the CBCP, published in the Tempo dated Jan. 2,
Some words of advice to voters from the CBCP:
We can expect al l sorts of advice from responsible leader and
institutions on who to vote for in the coming elections. A recent
statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Phil
ippines (CBCP) is supposed to be a Guide for Catholic Voters but it
could well be used by voters of all faiths in the face of the
ongoing barrage of election propaganda and other developments in
Specifically for Catholic voters, Archbishop Socrates Villegas
of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the CBCP, said they cannot
support candidates espousing programs that are diametrically
opposed to Church teachings on such issues as abortion, euthanasia,
the death penalty, divorce, and Christian marriage. They should
not, however, close their minds to candidates who belong to other
faiths as there are noteworthy candidates from other Christian
communities and other religions, he said.
His other points may well guide voters of all kinds.
Guide for Catholic Voters
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Best wishes to all for this coming year
bikol reporter 3january 3 - 9, 2016
Christmas with ChildrenVP candidate Cam. Sur 3rd District rep.
Leni G. robredo joins the children in Concepcion Grande which she
said is a continuation of what her late husband had started in
Naga, also shown in photo is Naga City Councilor elmer
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. brought home the most awards in the
prestigious Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards for 2015,
including five Hall of Fame awards for its outstanding efforts to
improve its en-ergy efficiency.
SM dominated the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards
getting a total of fifty six (56) awards, a significant
im-provement from the forty eight (48) awards it received last year
and by far the most
SM bags 56 Don emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards
numbers of awards that it received since it started joining in
The Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards spearheaded by
the Department of Energy in recognition to oustanding compa-nies
and energy managers who have under-taken energy efficiency and
conservation pro-grams to achieve substantial savings in their
energy consumption. To read more about the story, please visit
SM Cares. Supporting Communities.
Another CArD Bank member awarded as 2015 Luzon Microentrepreneur
of the Year
ester Shiela Vitto holds the trophy of recognition as 2015 Luzon
Microentrepreneur of the Year. Together with her are (in her left)
Dr. Jaime Aristole B. Alip, Founder and Managing Director of CArD
MrI (right) Dolores Torres, President and Ceo of CArD Bank, Lorenza
Baez, executive Vice President of CArD Bank together with the staff
and other executive and management committee member s of CArD
Another CARD Bank member was awarded as 2015 Luzon
Microentrepre-neur of the Year through the annual Citi
Microen-trepreneurship Awards (CMA) funded by the Citi Foundation.
She is Ester Shiela Vitto.
Vitto was chosen as one of the outstanding microen-trepreneurs
(MEs) in the country that is supported by a microfinance
institution. Her business contributes to the growth of the economy
in her local community.
Present to commend Vitto in the awarding ceremony are the
executive committee and management committee members of CARD
Vitto, who has been a member of CARD Bank since 2007, is the
owner of the Bahag footwear and re-pair shop in Pinamalayan,
Oriental Mindoro. Estab-lished in 1999, the Bahag footwear is the
brainchild of Ester and her husband. The enterprise is one of the
most in demand footwears in the area, producing 70 pairs of shoes
and sandals per day. It has now three branches in the province.
They first concentrated on sandals for men using old rub-ber
tires. Receiving positive feedbacks from their custom-
ers, buyers started to pour in. She then started to offer
slip-pers as her second product.
Each pair is hewed us-ing quality materials. They created
original patterns and designs. Over the years, Ba-hag that reaches
only to in-dividual clients at first has now reached wholesalers
and retailers that have grown in number. Today, locals and tourists
patronize the brand.
Vitto is one of the 3.2 mil-
lion clients of CARD MRI who won the 2014 Malikhain award of
Galing ni Nanay Awards (GNN), an award created by CARD MRI that
recognizes outstanding mi-cro-entrepreneurs among its clients.
Through her membership in CARD, she received vari-ous trainings
and seminars about business improvement and development. CARD Banks
presence is not just
about lending capital but its existence is to assist our
cli-ents until they reap success. We offer not only financial
services but also capacity-building programs for our clients for
their continuous growth and development as micro-entrepreneurs,
said Dolores Torres, the President and CEO of CARD Bank.
Ernanie Llema, a member of CARD Bank, was also rec-
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LEGAZPI CITY- Un-believable as it may seem, but yes the
P3,900.00 wage from DOLE Bicols Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating
Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) pro-gram indeed provided a
steady income for a family of eight (8).
Meet Mrs. Ana Ana Ta-bagan Gamelo, 44-yrs. old, married to Boyet
Bongalos Gamelo, 46-yrs. old. A proud TUPAD Beneficiary, from Zone
8, Brgy. Tres Reyes, Bato, Cam. Sur, who proved that P3,900.00
could in fact, if used wisely, improve fam-
ily life.Oh, it was a big help. Yes,
it may look small but if you know where, when and how to use it,
then it could spell the difference, Ana said in Bicol Rinconada
Ana and Boyet was blessed with 6-children aged from 10 to
24-yrs. old. Their main income was fishing. However, their
old-ailing small wooden Banka didnt survive the wrath of the
ty-phoon that ravaged the region sometime in 2014. Although, it
wasnt fully destroyed, the Banka was already unser-viceable.
We didnt know what to do. How would we eat? My husband started
to take jobs but it was not steady. I looked for anything that
could give us income but, in nothing was steady, Ana recounted,
again in Bicol Riconada dialect.
With their status and the visible impact of the ty-phoon, Ana
was chosen as a beneficiarie of the DOLE Bicol TUPAD Program. It
was a 15-day work pro-gram in which beneficiaries, aside from the
free TUPAD shirt, buri-hat, rubber hand gloves and boots, will
Sec. Luistro stresses impact evaluation
The conduct of impact evaluation is the key to solv-ing many of
the countrys problems. This was stressed by Education Secretary
Bro. Armin Luistro on De-cember 16 at the Policy Fo-rum on Impact
Evaluation organized by state think tank Philippine Institute for
Development Studies (PIDS), National Economic and Development
Author-ity (NEDA), and Interna-tional Initiative for Impact
Evaluation (3ie). Luistro, who closed the event, urged
representatives from vari-ous government agencies to adopt the
practice of evalu-ating the impact of their programs and
Unless youre able to say that a particular program is successful
or that it needs to be enhanced and improved, its just another
activity, he said.
Impact evaluation can help improve government services by
providing a deeper under-standing of their effectiveness and by
assisting leaders and policymakers make informed decisions.
NEDA Deputy Director-General Emmanuel Esguerra who represented
Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisa-can stressed the importance of
institutionalizing impact evaluation across the govern-ment
bureaucracy. Related to this, Australian Aid Counsel-lor Robyn Biti
said her office awarded three research grants that will help some
govern-ment agencies assess the im-
pact of their programs. The 3ie administers one of these grants,
aiming to conduct an impact evaluation of the De-partment of Social
Welfare and Development's Sustain-able Livelihood Program. The
other grants are for the impact evaluation of the programs of the
Office of the President Ad-viser on the Peace Process, the
Department of Labor and Em-ployment, and the Supreme Court.
Impact evaluation provides evidence of effectiveness
The forum also featured presentations of impact evalu-ation
cases in the Philippines presented by PIDS Visiting Research Fellow
and former World Bank Lead Expert Vi-cente Paqueo.
Three major government programs have been subject to impact
evaluation, namely the Pantawid Pamilya Pro-gram (4Ps), the Legal
Mini-mum Wage Policy, and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa
Kahi-rapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services
bikol reporter4 january 3 - 9, 2016halo-halo
frank peones jr.
katapusan na pagiromdom na dai man nagigiromdoman o sinusunod.
Sa hiling ko dai man kinakaipuhan na pirmeng magin madugo an
Pasko asin Bagong Taon, kun totalmente nang gibohon illegal an
paggibo nin mga paputok siring sa piccolo. Sa kadakulaan asin mga
pangaran lang kaini, malinaw na bako ini para sa pangadyi o
selebrasyon para sa maogmang Pasko o mauswag na bagong taon. Para
ini nganing may malugadan o makulgan.
Panahon na para tapuson an madugong ritwal tang ini. Tama na an
garo makapangirit na death-wish tang selebrasyon na pinahiling kan
kagadanan kan sarong burat na lalaki na nagpaputok nin libentador
na an pangaran Goodbye Philippines.
Madugo man nanggad si cover photo mi kan nakaaging semana. Hali
idto sa Department of Health katakod kan saindang kampanya para sa
ligtas na selebrasyon kan Pasko. Alagad dawa mahigos asin mahigot
si DOH sa saindang kampanya, dakul pa man nanggad si
nagkapurutukan, katubuan mga kaakian asin an komon na dahilan iyo
an piccolo. Si retrato, sa hiling ko kun tano idto ginamit kan
samong publisher iyo tanganing ipahiling an resulta kan dai tataong
magdangog. Sa etika, ehemplo ini nin utilitaryanismo. Tinitimbang
kaini an positibo asin negatibo kan sarong sitwasyon asin
pinapaorog an marhay sa orog na dakul na tawo. Halimbawa, kun an
sarong madugong retrato nin biktima nin aksidente sa awto maraot sa
hiling kan mga partidaryo kan biktima alagad nakatukdo sa mga tawo
na orog na maglikay sa tinampo, sa irarom nin
utilitaryanismo an pagpublikar kan mga retratong ini, susog sa
An napuputukan asin napuputulan nin mga muro kada Pasko asin
Bagong Taon garo taunan nang madugong ritwal sa satong nasyon, na
garo na sinusudo-sudo an DOH, an media, an mga awtoridad sa
tip of aniceberGEmail: [email protected]
JanusSi Janus iyo an saro sa mga binibistong dioses
sa relihiyon kan mga kainot-inuting Romano. Sabi sa mitolohiyang
Romano, si Janus iyo an diyos kan pagpopoon asin transisyon. Kaya
ngani siya man an minarepresentar na dios kan mga pintuan, agihan
An dios na si Janus ugwang duwang pandok na an saro nakahiling
sa nakaagi asin an saro man nakahiling sa futuro. Tradisyonal na
nirerepresentar nin Janus an pagpoon kan kada bagong taon alagad
bako man saiya orihinal na ipinangaran an Enero kundi ki Juno.
Si Janus man an minatukaw na taga-kondukta sa poon asin
pagtatapos kan ano man na dirismintihan o iriwal. Kaya ngani saro
sa mga relihiyosong tradisyon iyo na an mga pintuan kan saiyang
templo binubukasan sa panahon nin giyera asin isinasarado sa
panahon nin katuninungan.
Dae man nawawara an pag-apod sa ngaran ni Janus sa gabos na
klaseng ritwal pang-relihiyon sa Roma kadto. Pirmi syang kaiba sa
mga pampublikong pagsamba magin siisay man na dios an
pinapangadyian. Bilang dios nin transisyon, ugwang importanteng
papel si Janus sa mga bagay-bagay na konektado sa kapangakian asin
Siring man kan lumang pagtubod kan mga Romano, satuya man na
tinutubodan ngonyan na an bagong taon minasimbolo nin bagong
pag-asa asin pagpoon. Dakol na posibilidad an gusto tang mamansayan
sa paglaog kan bagong taon. Kabali na igdi an mga panibagong
kadipisilan, huma asin oportunidad. Dakol sa mga ini an mayong
kasiguruhan asin dae ta kayang madiktahan. Normal na haralo an
satuyang mga pagmati kun arog kaining bagong taon. Apwera kan
maogmang pag-antisipar asin paglaom sa mas marhay na futuro, yaon
man dyan an takot asin pagduwa-duwa.
An iba sa satuya minagibo nin mga New Years Resolutions na dae
man talaga naootob nin seryoso ta nalilingawan o masyadong dipisil
guibuhon. An iba na medyo mapamahion mina-konsulta sa mga
manghuhula asin feng sui experts para daa mas makapagplano non
toltol sa bagong taon. Si mga mayaman na medyo praktikal asin
makatutuhanan kun mag-isip, minarani sa mga financial advisers,
accountants asin minakua nin manlaenlaen na klase nin
Alagad dakol sa satuya an mayo man nin konkretong plano para sa
futuro asin mayong toltol na nanodan sa nakaagi. Ini minaresulta sa
kawaran nin direksyon asin paulit-ulit na kasakitan na minsan
ibinabasol sa gobyerno asin sa ibang tawo.
An simpleng leksyon na pwede tang manodan sa mitolohiya ni Janus
iyo an pagkakaigwa nin dakulang pananaw. Ini sarong pananaw na
pirming may pag-asa sa futuro asin pagkanood sa nakaagi.
Tapos na an nakaaging taon. Tapos na an selebrasyon. Mayo na
kitang pwedeng maguibo para mabago an nakaagi. Alagad dae pa
naisusurat an maabot pang mga aldaw. Guibohon tang panalmingan an
nakaaging taon para makasurat kita nin mas marhay na bagong
kapitulo kan satuyang mga buhay.
Lugod magkaugwa kita nin duwang pandok arog ni Janus. Arog ni
Janus dapat atubangon ta an futuro alagad dae ta man dapat lingawan
na magsalingoy sa nakaagi.
Sa kada pagtapos ugwang pagpoon. Sa kada pagpoon ugwang bagong
paglaom. Dae ta man kaipuhan na maghalat nin bagong taon para sa
Dae ta man kaipuhan na maghalat nin pagtapos nin taon para
makumpleto an satuyang mga napoonan.
Life is so transitory so uncertain
Life is so transitory. People come and go in your life. You feel
bad. But you move on, just as they would/ should. May they find
their rightful places soon.
A good friend, journalist Rose dela Cruz, has written the above
quote on her Facebook account which I chanced on read-ing while I
was browsing Facebook on a cold morning in To-ronto a few days
As it struck me hard, knowing fully well the truism of her
words, I momentarily paused and began to think about the many
people in my life whom Ive lost contact withsome friends and close
friends whose whereabouts are either unknown or hard to find.
Yes, life is not only transitory but more importantly, life is
also very uncertainour friends who are with us today, they might be
gone tomorrow. Its a reality that we cannot deny -- people come and
go with our life.
Weve lost some of them, they've moved on just like the rest of
us--moving on with life.
Peoples coming and going is the ebb and flow of life; people
change, circumstances change, priorities change.
But let me share with you, my friends, this spiritual gem from
Gods Word which we can all reflect on, it says, Better to go to the
house of mourning than to the house of feasting, for that is the
end of every man, and the living should take it to heart,
(Ecclesiastes. 7:2), Attending an internment is a re-minder to us
that well meet the same eventualityour own deathso now is the time
to do something about life before we leave this world.
So, rather than wasting our life pursuing wealth and fame which
are temporary, surely well all leave these things behind us when we
diewhy not think about the shortness of life and live it in a
meaningful way so that when we die, we can all look forward to the
day when our Almighty Creator Jehovah God will resurrect us and
give us a chance to live again in this Para-dise Earth (Ps.37:29
Last night while I was flipping through my old telephone
directorylots of memories flashed on my mind.
This phone directory is an old one, some of its brownish pages
are already torn apart. And quite a number of people on the list
have already passed away. But Im also happy knowing that most of
them are still very much alive and kicking, so to speak, thus
making waves in their chosen careers. A number of them are my
former news sources, close friends, officemates, colleagues in the
media, college classmates/batchmates, rela-tives and neighbors.
However, Ive never heard of anything about the rest of them.
With the prevailing economic condition back home, I could not help
but be worried about what might have happened
By WILLIe JoSe
to themhopefully, they are all OK and doing fine too. The other
night, I tried to search for them on Facebook, but still there was
Ive been asking myself where are these people now. And even if
their names and telephone numbers are listed on my di-rectory, I
dont have any idea where and when Ive met them; maybe it comes with
my age and thats why I have difficulty remembering them.
Its really amazing, with todays technology-- Facebook, Ya-hoo,
Gmail, Skype, Hotmail finding friends is a cinch. With just one
click, some of our friends names and photos will sud-denly appear
on the computers screen; seeing them again brings immense joy. We
are also glad to learn that they have become successful in their
careers and family lifeoh, what a delight to see them on their
photos with their happy families, embracing grown children; they
are certainly enjoying lifes blessings
One time, I was trying to look for one name on Facebook, but
when it showed a number of young faces, I immediately knew they
were not the ones I was looking for.
I even googled their names on the internet but to no avail. I
had the urge to contact some of them by phone, and what hin-dered
me was their 6-digit phone numbers-- and I had this feel-ing that
they might have already changed those numbers.
However, a closer look at this little phone book tells me how
time flies so fast.
Times have changed with rapidity. Nothing is permanent in this
Yes, its true people come and go; we are all conscious of the
fact that the things we do now will soon be part of our treasured
memories. Meanwhile, we all have to move on, and to say it tritely,
we have to try our best to find our rightful place in the sun.
There are many things we would want to do in this life, there
are many goals we would like to achieve for ourselves-- things we
loved so much when we were still young but with the onset of old
age, things have changed; there are different rules to follow.
As they would say, the mind is willing but the flesh is weak; we
want to see our friends more often, but there are many things we
have to overcome now before we could even decide to do that.
For some of us living abroad particularly those who have already
retired from work, we have to ask ourselves if we have enough funds
for travelling? Do we have the physical stamina to bear the rigors
of long hours of travelling by plane? Do we feel healthy enough not
to worry about anything even if we take along with us our tons of
Oh, my friends, how I wish we were still young!
2016 regular holidays andspecial non-working days
Based on Proclamation No. 1105, regular holidays include New
Years Day, January 1 (Friday); Maundy Thursday, March 24; Good
Friday, March 25; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Sat-urday); Labor
Day, May 1 (Sunday); Independence Day, June 12 (Sunday); Na-tional
Heroes Day, August 29 (Monday); Bonifacio Day, November 30
(Wednesday); Christmas Day, December 25 (Sunday); and Rizal Day,
De-cember 30 (Friday).
Special non-working days are: Chinese New Year, Feb-ruary 8
(Monday); 30th anni-versary of the EDSA People Power Revolution,
February 25; Black Saturday, March 26; Ninoy Aquino Day, Au-gust 21
(Sunday); All Saints Day November 1 (Tues-day); and additional
special (non-working) days: Janu-ary 2 (Saturday); October 31
(Monday); Christmas Eve, December 24 (Saturday); and New Years Eve,
December 31 (Saturday).
High School in Albay with 21,800 students in 2016-17.
We will exert mightily to get the Bicol International Airport in
Daraga executed faster and the PHP171 billion Southline railway to
Legazpi be competitively bid in Feb-ruary 2016, Salceda said.
He said the PGA will work with its five development partners the
Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hos-
pital, Bicol University and the cities of Legazpi, Ligao and
Tabaco to make them become world-class institu-tions.
The Albay chief executive vowed to work for the exten-sion of
the San Fernando-Oas-Daraga Road to Legazpi City to serve as a
six-lane road to the international air-port.
And to give our bustling
urban zone a breathing space, a new road will connect Pa-dang to
Bogtong (Legazpi) to Binitayan to Miisi (Daraga) to Cabangan to
Libod (Ca-malig) which will also serve as escape route from the
six-kilometer danger zone, Sal-ceda assured.
He also saw the need to expedite the execution of the successor
six-year plan for AlMaSor (Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon) Tourism
through facilities develop-ment and road links to desti-nations
and the GuiCaDaLe Economic Township like up-land roads in
Guinobatan, Ca-malig, Daraga and Legazpi.
At the center, the governor added, will be the approval of the
conversion of the Legazpi National Airport into a 74-hectare
Legazpi Green City and the future location of Al-bay International
Convention Center. - PNA
bicol international airport . . .
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of farmers and the community or society as a whole and the
success achieved by Bicol in this field is part of the Aquino
administrations implementation of Republic Act 10068 or the Organic
Agriculture Act (OAA) of 2010.
The regions adoption of or-ganic agriculture based on the OAA --
which aims to enrich soil fertility, reduce pollution and farmings
environmental destruction, prevent natural re-sources depletion,
save on im-ported fertilizer, and protect the health of farmers and
consumers alike -- has been a proven ap-proach for increasing
productiv-ity and income.
Indeed, the Department of Agricultures (DA) Bicol re-gional
office gave this year more attention to the regions organic farming
communities from where the country owes around 74 percent of its
organic rice production.
According DA Regional Ex-ecutive Director Abelardo Bra-gas,
Bicol also contributed 44 percent to the countrys overall
production of other organic crops owing to their expansion of
or-ganic farming with the Php6-mil-lion upland farming project that
boosts the regions hefty contri-bution.
Under this project, the re-gions organically-produced up-land
rice was further developed for its market potential as some of
these traditional strains have been reported to outperform some
modern rice varieties.
The advantage of these tradi-tional varieties is in higher grain
production and drought toler-ance which has become a critical trait
amid the prevailing climate change threats.
Upland rice varieties gener-ally have an average yield of only
one to two metric tons per hectare, but selected Bicol variet-ies
which the DA projects use in reviving vast upland rice farms in the
region exceed such yield average.
Based on a report of the In-ternational Rice Research Insti-tute
(PhilRice), Bicol had 63,699 hectares of upland farms, some of it
rendered idle by unfavor-able weather conditions and pest in the
DAs development of the re-gions upland rice is very timely as
these varieties have the poten-tial to withstand higher
tempera-ture and less water supply which is needed amid the
threatening climate condition.
Upland rice production is ideal since it can make up for any
shortfalls in flood-prone lowland irrigated areas.
This is specifically during wet season cropping when flood-
ing in lowland prevails.Hence, uplands are now rice
production frontier in Bicol showing improved yield through
enhanced varieties and cultural management practices that suit the
soil, climatic and social con-ditions.
The DA started it all from its establishing in 2012 of a
technology demonstration farm in the nearby Bula town from where
the agency took off with its project for the revitalization of
organic agriculture in the re-gion.
Established within the vast agricultural property that the
Pecuaria Development Coop-erative Inc. (PDCI) is tending in
Barangay Lapigna, Bula, the one-hectare demo farm has been planted
to organic and aromatic rice varieties called JM2 and Basmati.
The experimental farm locat-ed within the 800-hectare Pec-uaria
Rice Central also grows traditional varieties such as RC 160 and RC
RC 160 is a high-yielding variety developed by the Central Luzon
State University while the MS 16 (Maligaya Special), which has good
eating quality, is from the PhilRice.
Since then, until now, the project has made PDCI the lead-ing
single producer of organic rice in Bicol and among the five
certified organic collaborators chosen by the DA nationwide for the
Development of National Organic Rice Seed Production Systems with
The seeds produced from this techno demo farm is being procured
by the DA and distrib-uted as starter seeds to farmers engaged in
organic rice produc-tion.
The project is one of the DAs programs and projects for the
promotion of sustainable ag-riculture.
This is a model farm that demonstrates the unity of Bi-colano
farmers evidenced by the success of PDCI towards the re-gions
commendable rate of rice production, Bragas said.
DAs revitalization of organic agriculture in Bicol and the
en-tire country is part of the Aquino administrations National Rice
Program being implemented for increased production towards
rice-self sufficiency of the coun-try and more income for Filipino
farmers to liberate them from the bondage of poverty.
Apart from the PDCI organic agriculture demo farm, a
four-hectare rice farm established in Barangay Binanuanan Sur here
by Carmela Cervantes, a faculty-researcher at the Central Bicol
State University of Agriculture, is another feather added to
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cap of the regions organic farm-ing initiative.
The farm certified by the Organic Certification Center of the
Philippines is now a popular destination of people who want to
learn and adopt organic farm systems serving as a laboratory cum
training farm showcasing sustainable agriculture through natural
The farm keeps a collection of 20 traditional rice cultivars
which is being mass-produced and using modern rice varieties like
RC 18 and NSIC 222 which they found to perform well un-der organic
production systems that give them average yield of 100 cavans of
palay per hec-tare.
It also produces organic seeds which are made available other
organic rice farmers in the province.
and other related documents based on the checklist that they
will be provided with.
Once checked and verified, applicants will proceed to the
Treasurers Office to pay their subscriptions, finishing up the
second step and upon presen-tation of the official receipts,
barangay clearance and Fire Safety Inspection Certificate, they can
now claim the endorse-ment, wrapping up the 3rd step required for
the renewal of their business and Mayor permits.
BOSS which will be held daily at the Naga City Peoples Hall,
commenced today, Janu-ary 4 and will end on the 20th of the same
In their Facebook page Naga Smiles to the World, LGU Naga
through the headship of Mayor John Bongat enjoined everyone to take
part in this yearly endeavor, particularly businessmen who are
dubbed as the citys economic actors, to register and renew their
business permits for the entire stretch of the BOSS duration.
"BOSS offers the customer the convenience of not running from
one department or sections to another just to finish the
re-quirements needed to operate or start up their business. Its
prima-ry purpose is to cut red tape and make life easier for those
who are willing to have their business venture in the city"
Top 400 early registrants who can complete the process will
bring home with them lim-ited 2016 city mugs, courtesy of the City
Events Protocol and Public Information Office (CEP-PIO) headed by
its Chief, Allen Reondanga.
Bongat also extended the venue for those who want to avail of
the BOSS program and
lGu naGa activates . . .crafted more innovations for the
convenience of Naga Citys business partners.
For the One-Stop-Shop, those who will renew at the Bi-col
Central Station (BCS) and at the market, the processing will be
done there. So, the process-ing will be reduced from 3 to 2 steps
submit and claim only, because some of the require-ments are done
at the Naga City Peoples Mall, about 1,800 stall-holders, Bongat
Documents which will be submitted at the Bicol Central Station
will be brought to the BOSS in bulk. Each stall hold-ers dont have
to go personally at the BOSS main venue in City hall. They can have
one repre-sentative from MEPO and Bicol Central Station.
Bongat is also positive that revenue for this year will be
higher than in 2015.
In terms of revenue, we should go back to the expected revenue
of the City. The ap-proved budget is P941M. Thats the expected
revenue, both IRA and local. We expect a higher increase because
there are more businesses developed in NAGA. There is a boom in
construction industry this will translate to real property taxes
and business taxes it will even overshoot the P941M conservative
budget for 2016.
ognized as 2014 Luzon Mi-croentrepreneur of the Year because of
her REL Seafoods Buyer and Dealer wherein she was able to employ
people in her community and helping them get out of poverty as
Our dream is to see our clients achieve their dreams. It is a
great privilege to be part of the success of our clients, said Dr.
another carD bank . . .istotle Alip, the Founder and Managing
Director of CARD MRI.
The CMA aims to recog-nize outstanding microentre-preneurs,
provide them with incentives to improve their businesses, products,
services, technologies, and accelerate income-generating
activities, and to highlight the microen-trepreneurs as
inspirations to other MEs.
a sure earning amounting to P3,900.00 or P260 per day, for the
duration of the pro-gram.
Our TUPAD is actually an emergency employment program designed
to pump-prime the economy after ca-lamities. It is designed to help
beneficiaries have income to at least buy food. DOLE Bicol Asst.
Reg. Dir. Atty. Ma. Karina Perida Trayvilla
Doles proGram for DisplaceD workers . . .stated.
Elated by the news the she was drafted by DOLE Provincial Office
Camarines Sur with of course, the help of the Barangay, as one of
the women beneficiaries, Ana immediately asked her hus-band to
assess the damage and compute how much is needed for the repair of
With proper budgeting
and salvaging what may be used, Anas P3,900.00 TU-PAD wage has
bought ply-wood, roof cement, nails and other materials to repair
their Banka. Not just that, Ana has also saved some money which
helped in the school dues of their children.
If it was not for the TU-PAD program of DOLE we would not have
recovered. Some may say its a small amount, but during the time
when you dont have anywhere to go, that small amount could make a
differ-ence. Thank you very much!, Ana stressed with full grin on
As of press time, the Ban-ka (in photo) is serviceable and has
brought steady in-come to the Gamelo family.
The story of Ana proves that the TUPAD Program can go a long
way. ARD Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla ended.
honor thy heroesJanuary 4 marks the 119th commemoration of the
Quince Marteres' death. They are remembered for the bravery they
have shown when they fought for our freedom. There was a wreath
laying ceremony, led by Mayor John G. Bongat. The flag was also set
at half mast to honor and respect these heroes.
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nGCP enerGy Press CorPs 2015 Christmas PartyMr. Nelson Bautista,
Head of the regional Communications Division of the National Grid
Corporation (NGCP), and PIA-Cam Sur Provincial Head and energy
Press Corps President Lizel S. Macatangay hosted the NGCP
post-Christmas Party for members of the media on Monday, December
28 at the Flamingo Hostel, Concepcion Pequena, Naga City. Bautista
thanked the Cam Sur media for their support in NGCPs programs and
mission as he looks forward to another fruitful and collaborative
2016 to come. (JrM, PIAV/Camarines Sur)
Bicol.Abcede said Sorsogon
posted the highest number of classrooms that were totally
damaged, 534; followed by Albay, with 71; Masbate, 65; and
Camarines Sur, 40.
The DepEd official also said that additional PhP77.6 million
worth of damage was recorded in non-infrastructure (furniture,
learning manuals and computer equipment) assets.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Au-thority
(TESDA) reported PhP7.2 million in damage while the Commission on
Higher Education (CHED) listed PhP980,000.
The Department of Pub-lic Works and Highways (DPWH) had PhP220
million in damage to various national roads and bridges, flood
con-trol structures and seawall projects across the region.
The Department of Agri-culture (DA) reported only four provinces
suffered enor-mous losses in agriculture, amounting to PhP827
million -- with Sorsogon having the highest losses amounting to
PhP351 million; followed by Masbate, PhP48.3 million; Albay, PhP7.1
million and Catanduanes, PhP7 million.
The DA report said dam-age caused by "Nona" af-fected 25,469
farmers tilling 25,139 hectares of rice lands, 6,044 hectares of
corn, and 4,611 hectares of land planted with high-value crops.
The fisheries sector also incurred some PhP39 million in
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) re-ported that
"Nona" destroyed PhP70.7-million worth of communal irrigation
systems and national irrigation system projects. -PNA
typhoon . . .
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organic agriculture keyto high Bicols rice yield
By DANNY o. CALLeJA
PILI, Camarines Sur Year 2015 saw Bicol main-taining its
dramatic feat in sustainable farming fi rst no-ticed in 2013 when
the region was cited as the countrys top organic rice producer.
Sustainable agriculture, more popularly known as or-ganic
farming, is an integrat-ed system of plant and animal production
practices having a site-specifi c application that last over the
It provides or secure human with safe and nutritious food,
enhances the quality of envi-ronment based upon which the
agricultural economy re-lies and makes effi cient use of
non-renewable resources and on-farm resources that are in-tegrated
into natural biologi-cal cycles and conditions.
The system also makes farm operations economically viable and
enhances the quality of life
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uP studes host academic festNAGA CITY -- The Uni-
versity of the Philippines Harong, an organization of UP Diliman
students com-ing from Camarines Sur and the cities of Naga and
Iriga, will once again host an academic competition among high
school students in the province on January 6-9, 2016 here.
With the theme, "Strength-ening the Ties: The Youth Engagement
in Appraising the Progress of Internation-alization," the 20th
AcadFest will feature the following competition areas:
* the 20th Tingog nin Ra-son Debate Tournament,
* the 18th Boses kan Jo-venes Public Speaking Con-test,
* the 14th Harong nin Dunong Quiz Bee,
* the 13th Sural Essay Writing Competition,
* the 12th Gayon Bikol-non Poster Making Contest,
* the 8th Ladawan nin Kabikolan Photojournalism Contest,
* the 6th Istoryang Suanoy Storytelling Contest, and
* the 3rd Heras sa Ban-waan Radio Broadcasting
Tournament.According to its Face-
book page, the academic fest aims to lead the youth to to be
more aware and partake in a very relevant discourse on the
progres-sion of internationalization, getting involved and
For the academic year 2015-2016, the UP Harong is led by Lheanne
Sherrie Begi-no as President; Paula Bianca Samson as VP for
Academic and Trainings, who is also this year AcadFest project
head; Joyce Hann Prades, VP for Finance and Marketing; Frances
Abygail Genio, VP for Membership and Internal Affairs; and Carla
Garchi-torena, VP for Public Rela-tions and Communications. -
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