8/9/2019 Bikol Reporter January 4 - 10 Issue
8/9/2019 Bikol Reporter January 4 - 10 Issue
BIKOL REPORTER2 JANUARY 4-10, 2015OPINION
Our year-end economic fundamentalsare strong enough. It can
withstand bothdomestic and global disturbances. Thereare old and
new obstacles but with thenever-say-die resolve of Filipinos,
weshould expect another positive year forour economy. With the
liberalization ofbusiness and industry within ASEAN theresilient
Filipinos are expected to spiritedlyght it out in the open arena of
EDUCATION: The big changes arein the eld of education as the
Program comes into full gear. A lot ofadjustments have to be
made and thebudgetary funding therefor has beenprovided. Bigger
challenges lay beforeour educational institutions. They
needadditional classrooms, and technicallyqualied teachers. Some
colleges anduniversities now have problems in theemployment of
teachers and professors.
Effective this year, some institutionsof higher learning
adjusted their school
Most likely, we will miss most of the 8 Millennium
Development Goals(MDG) which reckoning year is
2015 particularly the rst which hopes to eradicateextreme hunger
and poverty, even if the targets
set are already minimal, to say the least.Natural disasters,
like Yolanda, have made
matters worse, i.e. they frustrated the attainment
of these targets, as they showed how our
governments disasters programs are geared
more towards rehabilitation and relief distribution,
than preparation and mitigation.
Social interventions, like the so-called PAPs
and CCTs (more popularly known as 4Ps), have
not been much of a source of relief or offering a
light at the end of the long and dark tunnel of our
countrys poverty situation.
In Bicol, for instance, an independent surveydone in the rst
quarter of last year showed thatalmost 70% of those pooled believed
that the 4Ps
have not made much of a difference to the lives of
the beneciaries which now reached 305,379 as ofJanuary last
These gures are supported by and consistentwith other statistics
which glaringly show thatnot much have improved in our peoples
Bicols poverty incidence reached 34.1 percent in2012 which made
us the seventh poorest region in
State apparatuses, like the national budget
for instance, can be our source of hope. Yet, we
must make sure that allocations for the poor and
poverty alleviation should not go to waste or to
graft and corruption, as shown for example by the
PDAF scam, or locally by the dismissal of three
city ofcials last year by the Ombudsman foroverpricing
fertilizers meant for farmers.
To be fair, the government has set in place
safeguards that these will not be so, such as the
Grassroots-Based Budgeting (which replaced theerstwhile
Bottoms-Up Budgeting scheme); which
hopes to ensure that the budgets are reective ofthe real needs
of the people.If we are failing the MDG targets, then we should
look towards a post-2015 scenario of recticationand correction,
by ensuring that henceforth, we
should closely watch and ensure that government
programs and budgets should be for sustainable
development, i.e. the economy, society and the
environment are factored in the equation andcoherently
reinforcing each other.
The natural calamities and the graft-ridden
Philippine political economy, should remind us
that we should not leave governance alone to
That is the least we can do in ensuring that
indeed, 2015 as the Year of the Poor, should
indeed be a year of reckoning for us, that we are
truly a nation which cares for the sick, shelter the
homeless and feed the hungry.
years, aligning start of classesand graduation periods. This is
tocalibrate their schedules with thoseof other countries,
especially from theadvanced and industrialized world.
Acomplementary (unpopular) policy isthe downgrading of Filipino
non-technical course). We agree withour nationalist educators
that this policyshift is negative!
ECO-POLITICS: The nextpresidential elections are still
seventeen(17) months away. But this early -politicalalignments and
strategic campaignsare already on. There are signs thatmoney will
again be the deciding factorin many contests, especially the road
toMalacanang. The Filipino voters mustbe re-educated so that
selling of votesto highest bidders can be negated.Candidates must
learn that money givenaway does not guarantee that they willget the
There are many political familieswhose members lost almost
totally in thelast elections because of family identity.But there
are still those who continueto dominate the political scenario.
Voters should teach these domineeringgroups by shifting voting
preferencesto new leaders. We need young inour government with
novel styles ofapproaches and leadership governance.We have
available, qualied aspirantsjust waiting to be tapped.
NEW YEARS WISH: May you staystrong and healthy ever looking up
tothe One source of our life.
(PICPA past president and Hall-of-Famer, and ACPAPP Lifetime
YEAR 2014: It was a tumultuous,challenging year with
weatherdisturbances wreaking damages to manyregions of our country.
we did not just survive we also attainedsome sort of economic
progress registering strides ahead of our ASEANneighbors.
Collection of revenues tosupport our economic and service
activitieswas commendably high, setting positivepatterns for the
years to come.
Opinions Unlimitedis apprehensive thatas the ASEAN Integration
goes into effectnext month (2015) we may be caughtstill unprepared
in many aspects, moreso in matters of production, technologyand
sciences. Our government mustwork double time so that our
moreadvanced neighbors may not beat us onthe draw. We should
analyze our presentcapabilities. Continue doing those wherewe are
good at and just rely on our ASEANallies to export to us cheaper
LOOK AHEAD: One bright light in the
immediate horizon is the ofcial visit toour country of our most
revered PopeFrancis. We have so much to learn fromHis Holiness in
terms of his pragmaticways in leading the 1.2 billion
worldwidemembers of the Roman Catholic Church.He can be the
long-awaited uniting forceso that Filipinos can be one regardlessof
sex, gender, color and creed. We canlearn from his gentle and
It seems that the aim is to make theopposition weak and
paralyzed before the2016 election with the incarceration of
itsleaders. Will it succeed?
* * * * *A team of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima
recently raided the National Bureau ofPrison in Muntinlupa and
discovered thatconvicted drug lords are still able to control
a signicant portion of the illegal drugs inthe country. It was
reported that they founddrugs, money, drug paraphernalia,
guns,bullets, air-conditioning units, Jacuzzi, hotelbeds which
cannot enter the prison buildingwithout the approval of the NBP
Dr. Ramon Ricardo Roque wrote thefollowing in the Tempo dated
Dec. 23,2014: This is plain, simple and clear
illustration of how the government, bothpersonel and system
becomes partnerin committing crimes. The raid negateswhatever
claims the government hasabout good governance in the country.I
agree with him.
I think thats one of the reasons whySen. Tito Sotto announced he
is goingto le a case reviving death penalty forviolation of the
Anti-Illegal Drugs Law. Itsonly for drug pushefrs. He said, there
isno hope that drug lords can be reformedwith imprisonment. It is
true that Godcommanded Thou shalt not kill. ButI look at Sottos
bill as killing in self-defense of would-be victims of illegaldrugs
and not just killing for bad intention.This deserves a serious
study. I believeGod will judge us on a case to casebasis. Illegal
drugs sent to the Philippinesbecause we do not have death
here. During the Martial Law days, wehad the death penalty. When
drug Lord,Lim Seng over shot, drug lords stoppedsending their drugs
* * * * *
As the year 2014 is ending this monthof December, several
unprecedentedthings happened. These never happened
before.Three justices of the Flora Division of the
Sandiganbayan inhibited themselves fromthe plunder and graft
cases of Sen. JinggoyEstrada. This happened after they heardthe
testimony of star witness Ben Hur Luy.The reason they gave was for
personalreason. They are Justices Rolando Jurado,the chair,
Alexander Gesmundo and MariaTheresa Dolores Estoesta.
It was published in the national dailiesthat they allegedly were
being pressured. Ofcourse this will be denied. They are beingasked
to explain their reason.
Rep. Rodriguez said that if they refuseto explain, the Supreme
Court should forcethem to do so. Rep. Rodolfo Albano III saidthat
the three justices should resign if theyrefuse to explain.
According to rumors from grapevinesources, the alleged pressure
is to convict
Sen. Estrada even if there is no evidence.But these are only
rumors. It may be trueor not, only the Justices to heard the callof
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada belongs to theopposition and is a vice
In my early years, I was happiest whengiving bent to my
wanderlust. My feet hadtaken me to almost every corner of thisover
7,000 islands. It was a carefree life.The future? I had nothing to
worry. I wassingle, a blessedness I treasured.
If there was already an exodus ofFilipinos to distant lands in
those days ,I would have joined the diaspora. I wasready to settle
in the worlds remotest
parts.This high point in my life abruptly ended,
when I was mesmerized by a youngbeauty in northern Catanduanes
in one ofmy sojourns there. It was the beginning ofthe end of a
carefree bachelors life. I hadfound the woman of my hearts
When my two boys came, one after theother in a space of 9 years,
my hungerfor distant, exotic places had taken abackseat. There were
moments, however,when I had found myself yearning forthe excitement
of going places , ofadventure.
But whenever I looked into the facesof my little boys,my untamed
longing for a
life on the go would recede.Catanduanes in early 70s
the northern Caramoran town was verypeaceful. There was a time
when it hadzero crime rate. Because of the peaceand quiet, ideal
for my restless spirit, Idecided to make it a home for my
There was one thing the provincelacked:electricity. Except for
capital townVirac which had a daily 3-hour power
supply, the rest of the provinces l0towns were pitch dark during
moonlessnights. The province was alive onlyduring full moon.
People stayed out late to enjoy thebright evening, listening to
the hootingof owls. Most communities had forestedareas nearby.
It was former United Nationsambassador Leandro Verceles, Sr.
who became governor who energizedthe whole province.
An owl from nearby forest across ariver in Caramorans barrio
Tucao paidus a visit one moonlit evening. It ewstraight into our
kitchen through anopen window disturbing our cat dozingnearby.I
tried to catch the intruder butits sharp claws sunk into my hands.
Icried in pain.
Caramoran in those days was linkedto Virac by a rough highway
built onthe side of a mountain range. Travelwas ve hours by jeepney
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BIKOL REPORTER 3JANUARY 4-10, 2015
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UNC H/S CLASS 68 CHRISTMAS PARTY 2014Ofcers and members of the
University of Nueva Caceres High School Class of 1968 Alumni
Association held their ChristmasParty last Dec. 13 at the Childrens
Educational Center along Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City.
KBP OFFICERS 2015
ROY SAN RAMON OF DWKMVice Mayor Nelson S. Legacion of Naga City
administered the oath of the new electedofcials of the Kapisanan ng
mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas-Camarines Sur Chapter, led byEdwin Lara
Naga City Vice Mayor
Nelson S. Legacion led the
oath-taking of the new of-
cers of the Kapisanan ng
mga Brodkaster ng Pilipi-
nas -Camarines Sur Chap-
ter (KBP-CamSur), head-
ed by its president, Edwin
Lara of BBS-DWLV.
Aside from Lara, ofcials
of the KBP this 2015 are:
Romar Vasquez of Love Ra-
dio, vice president; Reyna
Betare of RPN Iriga, trea-
surer; Janet Hirang of PBN
5, secretary; Alex Parfan of
Radyo Aguila, auditor; and
Rick Arnedo of FBN-DZGE,
In the induction ceremony
held last Dec. 17 at Eurotel,
Dinaga, Naga City, Lega-
cion congratulated KBP-
CamSur for supporting the
city government of Naga in
disseminating accurate in-
formation on city programs,
policies and activities , as
well as for promoting the
highest standards of quality
in the broadcast industry.
Legacion, however, coun-
seled the media practitioners
to always observe fair playin their reporting and com-
Legacion inducts new KBP ofcers
Madrigal Foundation eyesRinconada expansion
Climate fund proposalsreview set in Mid-2015
By FLOREO G. SOLMIRANO
LEGAZPI CITY -- TheGreen Climate Fund (GCF)
Board will likely start re-viewing funding proposals
in the second half of 2015,according to Albay Gover-nor Joey
Under Salcedas co-chair-manship of the GCF Board inOctober
2013-2014, the Boardachieved, despite skepticismand deep divisions,
two majormilestones -- the completionof the eight prerequisites
foroperationalization; and rais-ing of USD 10.2 billion forthe
initial resource mobiliza-tion.
"Apparently 2015 augurswell for developing nationsthat face
threats of climatechange," he noted.
The GCF was establishedto act as a central vehicle forclimate
nance under whichindustrialized countries wouldassist developing
countrieswith new nance for publicand private sector projects
programs, Salceda said.It offers unlimited oppor-
tunities for deploying resil-ient and clean solutions thatwill
foster economic growthand employment globally, headded.
We are fully condenton GCFs ability to start dis-bursing funds
next year and
encourage more countries tocome forward with contri-butions and
for contributingcountries to further raise theirambition, Salceda
quotedManuel Pulgar-Vidal, Min-ister of the Environment of
Peru and president-designateof the United Nations Frame-work
Convention on ClimateChange (UNFCCC) Confer-
ence of the Parties (C0P), assaying.The Albay governor also
remembered Pulgar-Vidal assaying that the GCF is theepicenter
that determines thedirection of both public andprivate investment
over thenext decades and the capital-ization of the Fund is one
ofthe wisest investments in the21st century.
This creates a positive at-mosphere for the start of suc-cessful
negotiations in Limain less than two weeks, thePeru ofcial added,
as quotedby Salceda.
The UNFCCC-COP hadits 20th session in Lima onDec. 1-12 and will
have its21st session in NovemberDecember 2015.
It encouraged governmentsthat have not yet contributed tothe
Fund to continue pledging.
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NAGA CITY --- The
Consuelo Chito Madrigal
Foundation (CCMF) Bi-
col honored its empoweredwomen and their big role
in shaping the economy in a
simple yet notable ceremony
held over the weekend at the
Jesse M. Robredo (JMR)
All the key players and
ofcials of the Foundation
also graced the occasion with
their presence as a testimony
of their untiring support and
commitment to alleviate pov-
erty particularly here in the
region and provide pro-poor
programs that will sustain the
communitys need for eco-
Speaking before a multi-tude of almost 8,000 bene-
ciaries, CCMF Board of Trust-
ees President Atty. Gizela M.
Montinola lauded their wom-
en-beneciaries for being the
foundations active partners in
pursuing development and by
engaging in projects that will
ght poverty through respon-
Im happy to see all of
you here. There are so manywomen in the Coliseum. This
means that in the eld of mi-
cro-nance, indeed women
are enterprising. CCMF will
not succeed if not for you. We
will not succeed in what were
doing if not for you. Your tri-
umph is our triumph. I think,
and as I see it, youre all lucky
not because of us, but be-
cause of your perseverance
and your effort, Montinola
The lady President also
took the opportunity to chal-
lenge the members to do
three things: rst, to realize
the Pay it forward schemewhich means to help others
since they were also blessed,
and nd someone that they
can also help; second, to love
their work and third, love their
neighbor and their country for
it is in these three essences of
lifes values that prosperity
and total development will
happen.Fr. Wilmer S. Tria, CCMF-
Bicol Chief Executive Of-
cer (CEO) gave his words of
thanks to everyone for con-
tinuously giving their support
to the programs of CCMF
and vowed that the Founda-
tion will continue to exist to
empower more and more in-
digent people through their
Fr. Tria announced the ex-
pansion of the CCMF-Bikol
Micronance Program to
the Rinconada Area which
includes, among others the
towns of Iriga, Buhi, Baao,
Nabua, and Bula. He addedthat CCMF is targeting 15,000
members before the end of
2015. Currently, CCMMF has
Celebrating a decadeof Wawas legacy
IRIGA CITY --- It couldhave been a decade now
since she saw the light 98years ago. Yet to this date,her
memories and the legacyshe left behind remains asthriving as she
making her dreams come
true years back. Her demisetwo years ago never stoppedher vision
Dr. Remedios Dy-SanchezRigoroso-Alfelor, Universityof
Northeastern Philippines(UNEP) matriarch, will belovingly
remembered on herbirthday come December 30.She might have
physicallyleft her mortal abode, but theinspiration and love she
hadunselshly shared will be re-membered till innity.
Fondly called Wawa byfamily members, loved onesand those close
to her heart,Wawa has left a priceless lega-cy the love for
learning, put-ting great value in education.She has instilled high
regardand appreciation for teachingand believed that embracingthis
profession will help hermold future leaders. And itdid! Now UNEP is
dubbed asthe Home of Global leadersfor producing top of the
linegraduates competing with theworlds best professionals.
It was her dream to havean affordable yet quality edu-cation,
especially for her con-stituents in the Rinconada area.
A dream which saw its fulll-ment over the years and madeUNEP-
her beloved institutionof learning what it is now- theHome of
Wawa was also so rich inlove and showed the generos-ity of heart
to those she left be-hind. She also made her religi-osity so
pronounced that otherswere also drawn into puttingChrist in the
center of theirlives. Her immediate fam-ily members, especially
UNEPExecutive Vice President andEVP For Finance Deli Alfelor-Tibi,
continued this devotion.
Her 100th birthdate will besimply remembered through asolemn
Ms. Deli, one of Wawasdaughters, took care of Wawawhen she was
already oldand ailing. She never misseda chance to sing her
favoritesong Let Me Call You Sweet-heart before going to work.
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BIKOL REPORTER4 JANUARY 4-10, 2015HALO-HALO
2015. What is in store for the Filipinos?X First Holy
We are an optimistic people. We do not lose hope easily.Maybe
because we are a praying people. No matter what
comes, they are only to make us even stronger. 2014 broughtabout
calamities. Typhoon Yolanda was the worst that hit thecountry.
Until now many have not yet recovered but still hoping.
We were likewise hit by Typhoon Glenda but we have moved on.We
celebrated Christmas happily. We sang Christmas carols thesweetest
way, we gave gifts, no matter how simple but straight
from the heart. We were short of nances but gladly survived.Our
bills were all paid before the year ended.
The Yuletide season was lled with joy. Finishing the
nine-daymisa de Aguinaldo was very satisfying and spiritually
uplifting.Although the season was marked with rain, we still found
lot of time having fun with friends and relatives. The
kan magpoon sindang magtanom bakona lang para sa saindang
kundi nganing magkaigwa nin kwartanganing makatransaksyon sinda
sabagong merkantilistikong sistema o
pagkabuhay. Nangangahulugan ini ninpaggamit nin mga kemikal asin
nganing magin produktibo an saindangmga oma. An resulta iyo an
pagluyakan pagooma sa katasan.
May kontemporaryong leksyon anbiological diversity sa satong
Kun pirme-pirmeng parehongapelyido an mamamahala sa satong
gobyerno, maabot an panahon namareynar an ley kan ekonomiya an
inaapod na law on diminishing
returns. Mababangkarote sinda samga bagong ideya kaya nasibog
sindasa tradisyonal asin probadong mga
pormula: gamiton an kapagtiosan kankadaklan bilang kakusgan kan
kapangyarihan.Sa huri, an mga namamanwaan an
pierde sa pagreynar kan political dynasty
kan mga luma asin tradisyonal na
pamilya sa gobyerno. Panahon namanna magkaigwa nin diversity,
Kun may patarikmas na kurit sa sakongtitulo, ini ta boot kong
ipahiling an rarom
kan satong tataramon. Naghahanapakong dakitaramon kan diversity
saBikol asin sakong narisa na an ugat na
tataramon na iba sakop asin dakop naan sakong hinanahap.
Inbwelto ako ngonyan sa sarongproyekto sa pagdakitaramon kan
saronglibro na pinag-adalan an tradisyonal na
gawi nin pagtanom sa mga katasan nalugar kan bukid kan Iriga,
Isarog asin saMasaraga kan mga katutubong Agta.
Nahiling kan pag-aadal na sarosa dahilan kan haros pagkawara
kan gawing ini, apwera sa migrasyonkan mga katutubo pasiring sa
lantad,iyo an pagkawara man kan diversity
o pagkakaiba kan mga pananom naitinatanom kan mga katutubo.
Kadto kaya, apwera sa paroy,
nagtatanom pa an mga katutubong Agtanin iba pang produktong
pagkakan arog kan batag, duma asin mgaprutas. An pagkakaibang
ini nagsiguro naan daga sa katasan, dai mapapagal asin
mawawara an mga taba o nutrients sa
sobrang pagtatanom o sa kontemporaryoasin usong tataramon
Nawara an kaibahan na ini huli sakolonyal na kasaysayan kan
nasyon si mga dating inaapod nangonyan na ancestral domain kan
katutubo napatitulohan kan mga taga-lantad asin sinda mismo
nawaran ninderechos igdi. Sa irarom nin kolonyalismo,
an luma nindang konsepto nin espasyo,nasanglian nin legalidad na
an epektoiyo an pagkawara ninda nin istaran o
displacement.Kinakaipuhan man nindang
makisabayan sa angat kan mga para-oma sa lantad asin sa ley nin
Conference cum Christmas Party of the Iriga City Water
Districtwas most enjoyable. Everyone one went home happy. Every
employee won rafe give-aways.Everyone had a reunion to
attend...with batchmates in school,
with friends who were out of town for some time and came
for the holidays. I missed Rosabel Guevara-Angeles and
thereunion of her high school class at the Mabini Memorial
Collegesafter fty years. Its too bad but I also missed the party at
ofce of the City Tourism. It was a formal party and I missed
itbecause I did not have a formal dress to wear to the occasion,
he. I also missed Trisha Amarantos Little Angel Kiddie
Yuan Corporal. Rose Blasco-Corporals daughter turned 7
last December and she was the picture of a very lovely
mini-debutante. Mrs. Corporal runs the local Kumon.
My darling granddaughter X, 9, received her first Holy
Communion last December with some 200 Grade III pupils of
the University of Saint Anthony Montessori School. It was amost
memorable and exciting event for the children and equallyexciting
for their parents and teachers. X had looked forward toit much
glee. Dressed in immaculate white with white shoes and
white stockings with a white veil decorated by white owers,
shewas very pretty as all other young girls her age. She told me
can now receive Jesus in Holy Communion regularly.So, whats in
store for 2015? We start hoping that when the
next elections on 2016 come, we will elect good and
national leaders and lead the country sa daang talagangmatuwid
at hindi gaya ng matuwid na daan kuno ni Pinoy na
bumaluktot ng husto. We hope the Philippine economy will
be better. We hope there will be no new taxes to pay, no
farehikes, no increase in electric bills. Casureco III has not
very kind to its consumers. During the last two weeks, we
havebeen experiencing brown outs.
I hope we will have less crimesless domestic violence
less child exploitation. I hope we be freed from serious
illness.I hope our children will grow up not just healthy but
respectfulto their elders and to authorities.
The Pope is coming to visit us. Thats a most welcome thing.
I have seen Pope John Paul II (now a Saint) two times and Iwill
cherish that wonderful memory as many Filipinos who sawhim too felt
May Pag-asa. Welcome 2015.
INNER CHESSBY j. HENRY DANICAN
Mawot kong magdanay sa saimong puro O Sabang
dawa dai itugot kaining hawak, kaining panahon,kaining
dawa pa an gabos an sako umulang.
Mawot kong magtukaw giraray sa gilid kan saimong baybayon
na garo baga naghahalat sana ako sa kun isay na dai man
maabot.an pagmate garo yaon na akong gayo sa pinakaibong kaining
kun yaon ako diyan O Sabang, diyan sa saimong puro.
Mawot kong makamata giraray nin mas amay, abutan sa saimong
an sinarom. Asin sa sakuyang hampang maatubang an kagayunan
kan palibot mo O Sabang: an alon, an baybayon, an tubig-askadkan
San Miguel Bay, kahiwasan sana kan langit an limitasyon.
Mawot kong madangog an mga sulog, mga sampalingkan tubig-askad
sa saimong break water.
Daing kasagkudan siring sarung mahamis na pagkamoot
Sarung pinapangaputan na paglaom.
Mawot kong sabaton an duros na hali pa sa kun saen
na lugar na dai ko pa nadudukayanasin mahiling an saimong huyom
dinuduyan kan saimong alon an mga paralahod.
Mawot kong mahiling liwat an paggibsawsa mga balde kan lumang
na perang aldaw na yaon sa tahaw kan dagat
hidaw an mga ngisi kan aki, nagkikirikilyab agid sa mga
Kaya dawa pa magayon an oras maglakaw
Magpasiring sa kun saen darahon kaining mga bitis
Mawot ko man giraray magpawalat nguna igdi sa taid mona garo
baga dai na ako mahali sa saimong baybayon.
jerome M. HipolitoNagtutukdo sa Central Bicol State
of Agriculture, Calabanga Campus
Nagin fellow sa 12th Ateneo National Writers Workshop
Mawot kong magdanaysa saimong Puro O Sabang
By jEROME M. HIPOLITO
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BIKOL REPORTER 5JANUARY 4-10, 2015
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PurgatoryoKan si Lola Vacion nabubuhay pa asin ako aki pang
sako ni lola an kada daa tipasing bagas o maluto na
sinasayangsarong aldaw sa purgatoryo an karibay. Kun totoo man na
purgatoryo perang taon kaya sa purgatoryo an mga tawong
pa-sosyal na naheheling ko sa mga food courts kan malls na kunsaen
kabanga lang kan inorder na maluto an kinakakan? pano
pa kaya si mga opisyales kan gobyerno sa NFA na sako-sakongbagas
an sinasayang asin napapabayaan magkaralapa sa mga
bodega? Siguro kun totoo an purgatoryo kulang an sanribongtaon
para sa mga tawong arog kaini!
Sa balyong lado, dae ta man talaga maiwasan na dae
magsayang nin paroy, bagas o maluto. Kadakli sato dae
mantinutoyo arog sana halimbawa kan mga parabunag sa tinampo.Dawa
gurano ninda sigidon para tiponon an binunag na paruy,
ugwang matatada sa tinampo o makakaiba sa mga rida kannag-aaging
mga sasakyan. Siring man kun masapna kita asin
may mga mauulang bagas sa bangerahan sa paghugas tanin bagas.
Kun isasapna naman minsan dae man tinutuyo namatututungan. Idagdag
pa igdi an mga nasasayang dahil sa
mga aki na mawarakon kun magkakan. Minsan man napanosna an bahaw
na maluto asin dae na pwedeng isanlag. An mgadae tinutuyong
pagsayang nin paruy, bagas o maluto dae man
talaga totalmenteng nasasayang ta nagagamit pang pangbahogsa ido
o kaya panghalo sa sagmaw para sa orig.
Alagad an makasura asin dapat kundenahon iyo anpagsasayang asin
kapabayaan kan nagkakapirang nasagobyerno na garo baga mayong
pagmakulog sa dakol an
nagugutom na Filipino. Kun satong matatandaan, napabaretana
sobra sa 11 million na sako nin imported na bagas (550,000metric
tons)an napabayaan magkaralapa sa mga bodega kan
NFA. Ini kinakalkula na 16.5 billion pesos an kantidad. Pwedena
kuta ining magpakakan nin kulang-kulang sa sarong milyong
pobreng pamilya sa laog nin sarong taon! Ini iyo an mga bagasna
nagkabarasa dahil sa bagyo o an iba man napabayaan onalingawan
isubasta kaya kinarakan na nin bokbok o tinuruboan
na nin alamag. Totalmenteng dae na ini pwedeng kakanon
kan tawo asin maski ataman na hayop dae naman pwedengmagkakan
kaini. Idagdag pa an insulto sa perwisyo ta an mga
bagas na ini bako man binakal hali sa mga paraomang
Filipinokundi hali sa ibang nasyon. Kun uugkuron ini saro man
pagsabotahe sa satong ekonomiya asin agrikultura.Base sa sarong
pag-aadal na ginibo kan Food and Nutrition
Research Institute of the Department and Science and
Technology(FNRI-DOST), minalaog sa 16 grams o one-fourthcup na
maluto an nasasayang kan kada Filipion sa sarongaldaw. Ini
minakantidad nin nagkakaperang milyones pesos na
garo ta man lang sinusulo ara-aldaw.Ngonyan na katatapos pa lang
kan selebrasyon kan
kapaskohan asin bagong taon, dae man maiwasan na ugwangmga
nasayang na bagas asin iba pang pagkakan. Ini siguropwede pang
mapatawad kumpara sa mga sinasayang kan mga
taga NFA. Kun totoo man an sabi ni Lola Vacion na an mgatawong
nagsasayang nin mga tipasi nin bagas mabakasyonsa purgatoryo, ini
siguro kulang na pasakit sa mga tawo sa
gobyerno na ginigibong impyerno an buhay kan mga nagtitiosna
Filipino arog na lang kan iba na napwepwersang magkakan
nin pagpag hali sa basura. REFERENCES:1.)
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CSur Energy Press Corps ofcers inductedNaga City. PIA--Cam-
Sur provincial head, Lizel
S. Macatangay led the of-
cers of the newly-organized
Camarines Sur Energy
Press Corps who were in-
ducted by Naga City May-or John G. Bongat during
the Media Appreciation
Day hosted by the Nation-
al Grid Corporation of the
Philippines(NGCP) on De-
cember 23, 2014 at the Av-
enue Plaza Hotel, here.
Macatangay is joined by
Melvin Machado of Radyo
Singko as VP for Radio; John-
ny Escandor of Inquirer/ Bicol
Mail as VP for Print; Sarah
Imperial of Manila Bulletin/Bicol Mail as Secretary; Ruel
Saldico of Inquirer/Bicol Mail
as Treasurer; and Ruben Babar
of Bikol Reporter as Business
Manager. Kate Delovieres of
ABS-CBN as VP for TV and
Ric Arnido of DZGE as Audi-
tor failed to make it on time
for the oath-taking.
The occasion which also
served as an advanced Christ-
mas Party, was facilitated by
NGCPs Dale Q. De Vera, Pub-lic Affairs Ofcer-South Luzon
Regional Communications Di-
vision and Mr. Nelson Bautista,
NGCPs Division Head of the
Regional Communication Divi-
sion who gave the inspirational
Edwin Lara, President
of the KBP-Camarines Sur
presented the Ofcers.
The NGCP also awarded all
the media entities a Certicate
of Appreciation for their sup-port to the Corporation, and
their cooperation in bringing
tion, anti-pilferage campaigns,
and transmission line safety
awareness to a wider audience.
Started in 1997 by the local
government unit here to speed
up the business permit process-
ing of the citys business estab-
lishments, the BOSS program,
which was later adopted by oth-
er LGUs in different parts of the
country, has proven to be an ef-
fective approach in business tax
assessment, using the Enhanced
Tax Revenue Assessment andCollection System (e-tracs).
Mayor John Bongat said that
for 2015 BOSS the process-
ing of such documents would
be more expeditious and a lot
easier because the usual 5 steps
adopted in business permit
and licensing approval in 2013
which was reduced to four steps
in 2014 will be further reduced
to three steps in 2015. This is
what we got from our efforts to
always look for possible means
BUSY BOSS IN JANUARY SEEN . . .
to innovate and improve our
services, he added.
This coming scal year,
what our business owners have
to do is to le only an accom-
plished application form, pay
for its processing and thereon
get the permit applied for,
Nilda B. Abonal of the City
Treasurers Ofce (CTO) saidthe transaction is shortened be-
cause of some procedures that
were simplied, unlike in previ-
ous years when every client had
to spend an hour or two to se-
cure the document, which were
already relatively fast and short
compared to other LGUs.
The matter is expected to
provide each of our clients with
transaction time that will not go
beyond 30 minutes, excluding
their waiting time she said in
The BOSS will operate from
January 5 to 31, 2015. Securing
of business and mayors permit,
taxes, fees, and charges beyond
January 23 will be charged with
penalties and surcharges.
Abonal appealed to busi-
nessmen or their employees to
avail of BOSS services at thesoonest possible time as it was
observed in previous years that
more clients only start to avail
of the one-stop shop services
when it was drawing to a close.
She also enjoined bookkeep-
ers who are securing permits or
renewals for 10 to 20 business
establishments to transact their
business after 5:00 oclock in
the afternoon, to give way to
those who are transacting with
lesser number of business per-
Frontlining the BOSS team
as in past years are: the busi-
ness permit and licensing ofce
of the CTO, the Ofce of the
Building Ofcial for building
clearance, City Health Ofce
for sanitary permit and health
cards, City Planning and De-
velopment Ofce for zoningclearance, and the Bureau of
Fire Protection for re safety
controlled corporations (GOC-
Cs) like the Government Ser-
vice Insurance System (GSIS),
Pag-IBIG Home Mutual De-
velopment Fund, and the So-
cial Service System (SSS) are
encouraged to join the BOSS
where they will be provided
with desks to assist their respec-
Wawa would surprisingly re-spond amidst hum and facialexpression
to let her daughterknow that she appreciates hergesture of
UNEP President Atty. Re-melisa Alfelor-Moraleda, oneof Wawas
beloved grand-daughters, continue to fulllWawas wishes and
vision,making UNEP now on the toplist of academic institutionswith
strong adherence to qual-
ity education.Indeed, its been a decade
now yet the legacy that thisstrong-willed woman leftbehin d
remains as s turdy asthe University of Northeast-ern Philippines
(UNEP) pil-lars, standing proud amidstthe passing of time. Justa
living proof that Wawaslegacy will still serve thenext and upcoming
CELEBRATING A DECADE . . .
In 2014, the local gov-
ernment generated a total of
P169M from 6, 938 business
the target set by the treasurers
ofce by more than P1M.
The effective tax campaign
that the city government is un-
dertaking resulted in the judi-
cious delivery of economic
and social services which in-
clude the implementation of
various projects that enhanced
the citys prosperous business
BONGAT BAUTISTA DE VERA LARA MACATANGAY VERDADEROVERDADERO
8/9/2019 Bikol Reporter January 4 - 10 Issue
BIKOL REPORTER6 JANUARY 4-10, 2015
AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADjUDICATIONOF THE ESTATE OF SOLEDAD I.
Notice is hereby given that ANGELO R. YAGO is theonly child of
Ramon I. Yago who died intestate onSeptember 9, 2000 in Pasig City
his parents, Sps. Soledad I. Yago and Pablo D. Yago,who died on
June 21, 2014 and February 24, 2006
respectively in Naga City; the deceased Soledad I.Yago died
without any will nor debts and left behind aparcel of land located
at San Pedro, Buhi, Camarines
Sur under OCT No. 2013000078 containing an area of356 square
meters; a parcel of land containing an areaof 36,002 square meters
located at Buhi, Camarines
Sur under OCT No. 28767; pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74of the
Revised Rules of Court of the Philippines, said
party Angelo R. Yago hereby adjudicated unto himselfthe
described parcels of land; as acknowledged beforeNotary Public
Atty. Grace C. dela Torre, Doc. No. 647,
Page No. 116, Book No. 1, Series of 2014.
BIKOL REPORTERPublished: Dec. 14, 21, 2014 and Jan. 4, 2015
For the Greater GoodBy SANNY P. AMISOLA
Private School Multigrade TeacherBaao Adventist Multigrade
Bagumbayan, Baao, Camarines Sur
It was proclaimed throughout the nation andit will bedone.
Around 5 years ago, Malacaang was rattled by the resultsof a
survey taken at that time wherein Philippines was recordedas one of
the 3 countries that still hadnt taken up the 12-year
education cycle currently known as K-to-12. With the futureof
the country and its global competitiveness and connection atthe
line, we had no choice but to solve the problem. Fortunately,the
President knew that the most likely solution to this
isimplementation of K-to-12.
And so, it was implemented. As of now, people know whatK-12 is.
The government sees it as the hope for the hope.After all, it was
all meant for the benet of the children. Sadlythough, it not all of
it shows the effect a benet should give.Even before it was
implemented, K-12 was the most likelytopic in a debate. It was
debated whether it would have moreadvantages or just the opposite.
It was expected that thenumber one concern by most parents is not
the improvementof education of the children but rather the upcoming
increaseof school nances as well as the additional 2 years at
school,which will eventually result to greater nancial crisis. That
wasthe main concern of the parents before K-12 was implemented.Now,
it proved to be true.
However, the complainants are no longer just the parents.After
it was implemented, complaints can now be heard fromthe student
body. Aside from the increase of projects and
activities, the difculty of the advanced lessons is startingto
get to every students mind. The lessons that were oncetaught to
college students were now taught to the 7th, 8 thand9thgraders.
Some say it was too advanced...or too difcult forthem. Both parents
and students are difcultly but slowly takingin shock of this sudden
change. Is K-12 really an advantage tous? If you think about it,
what is the worth of this suffering if youcould be successful in
life? K-12 is now the only way to assurea graduated students life
abroad because it will enable us toslightly, if not completely,
match up to other countries, though itprobably will take a long
Coping with K-12 may be hard for now, but soon enoughwe will be
fully adjusted to it. When we have done so, we cannow start coping
with other countries on educational basis andimprove not just the
state of our nation but also our businessrelationship with the
whole world. This is meant for us and weneed to accept it to
further improve our current state. This is forthe greater good.
EXTRA-jUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATENotice is hereby given that
the named parties are the
surviving spouse and only child and sole heirs of thedeceased
ANDRES BERNALES PEONES who diedintestate in Naga City on August 7,
2014 with no known
debts or obligations due against the estate, leaving realand
personal properties (1/2 of the conjugal properties ofthe decedent)
located in Naga City, Sagay and Tigaon,
Camarines Sur more particularly described as follows:
a)Residential House and Land located at Naga City; b)
Toyota Revo (2002 Model) with Plate No. PLW 985;c) Residential
and Agricultural lands located at Sagnayand Tigaon, Camarines Sur;
the parties adjudicate among
themselves in pro-indiviso equal shares the entire
estateparticularly the real property described, in the manner
setforth in the Extra-judicial Settlement, as acknowledged
before Notary Public Atty. Carlo C. Villanueva, Jr., Doc.
No.315, Page No. 63, Book No. 121, Series of 2014.
BIKOL REPORTERPublished: January 4, 11 and 18, 2015
received the award.. They wereaccompanied by Mayor Olivia
Bermillo, DA RFO 5 OIC Re-gional Executive Director Abe-lardo R.
Bragas, and Aloha GigiI. Banaria, DA regional GawadSaka
Secretary Alcala said thatwhile the agriculture sector isgreatly
affected by numeroustyphoons and the heightenedcompetition in the
ASEAN mar-ket, the DA is intensifying itsinterventions to help
farmers/sherfolk increase their income.He added that despite the
fre-quent typhoons, the agriculture
S'SOGON RIC GETS . . .
sector maintained its upwardtrend in the rst three quarters
of the year, with the crops sub-sector registering 1.2 %
growthand 1.05% for livestock sector,although the sheries and
poul-try sector are in the negative dueto typhoon Glenda and
Yolanda.Over all, the agriculture sectormanaged to achieved P1.1
tril-lion prot based on current pric-es, which is 9.55% higher
thanlast years prot.
Alcala said that these growthshave been possible because ofthe
interventions particularlyfocused on agricultural infra-
structure such as irrigations andFarm-to-Market roads and
themechanization and moderniza-tion of agriculture. In the rst
three quarters of the 2014, theDA has constructed 314
smallirrigation projects in areas thatwere not reached by national
andcommunal irrigation. Togetherwith PhilMech and other gov-ernment
agencies, the DA hasfabricated postharvest facilitieswhich can be
availed by farm-ers thru direct purchase fromaccredited fabricators
or fromPhilMech, and thru counterpart-ing scheme for qualied
farm-ers organizations. -- Lovella P.Guarin - RAFIS 5
Malamag beach, in the town ofPio. V Corpuz.
Smiling faces of people whoreceived gifts which consistedof a
pack of rice and groceryitems, from governor bright-ened up,
however, what could
have been a gloomy day.One of the recipients namedAlito said he
often felt the es-sence of Christmas every timehe received a gift
body, which is, this time, an op-portunity because it is not
onlya gift but a bundle of grocery
items that will answer his fam-ily's daily needs, at least for
Village ofcials and support-ers of Lanete made
themselvesavailable at the beach.
Public school teachers
formed a group and do the "ma-nanita," or early dawn
birthdayserenade at the governor's mainquarters.
Municipal mayors and vicemayors, including some of
theSangguniang Bayan ofcials,also attended the birthday bash.
MASBATE GOV PLAYS SANTA . . .
is set to fast track seedling
production to augment the
tree planting and seedling
growing activities of the
DENR Gonzales said.
Given the seedling pro-
duction capacity, the mecha-
nized nursery can produce at
least 200 seedlings an hour,
and for 2015, we are targetingto produce an estimated 26
million seedlings, to which
from the aggregate number,
16.8 million will be allocated
for DENR Bicol and 5.6 mil-
lion for Region 4A RD Gon-
Forestry experts posit that
mechanized nursery would
put prime on quantity as
well as quality seedling pro-
duction, the unconventional
way of speeding up seedling
DENR MECHANIZED NURSERY . . .
production and generating
high-quality saplings would
strengthen reforestation ef-
forts under the NGP that set
to be completed in 2016.
Engr. Raymond Sipin,
head of the Project Manage-
ment Unit reported that the
Sooc mechanized nursery
is nearly completed with atleast 87% work accomplish-
ment as of October 2014.
He said the facility will
operate in March 2015 or as
soon as all the machineries
and facilities are completed.
We must give other con-tributors the chance to surpriseus,
Salceda also quoted the re-mark of Henrik Harboe, newlyelected
co-chair of the GCFBoard and Deputy Directorof the Norwegian
Ministry ofForeign Affairs.
The GCF Board now hasthe critical role of translatingthese
pledges into nancingdecisions for climate projectsand programs in
developingcountries, the Filipino greeneconomist added.
The Berlin Pledge heldearlier, the UN-named climatechange
champion said, demon-strated that there is true prog-ress in
providing nancial sup-
CLIMATE FUND PROPOSALS . . .
port to developing countriesthat are willing to shift to
pathways, and at the same timeto lower their emissions.
The Funds pledges consti-tute the largest resource mobi-lization
for adaptation nancefor vulnerable countries.
The Pledging Conference
of the Green Climate Fundyielded unprecedented USD10.2
Governments unite behindthe Fund to leverage privateinvestment
ows to provideclimate nance.
The pledges were made by21 countries, including contri-
butions from four developing
countries.Their combined contribu-
tions provide for the largestamount the international com-munity
has ever mobilized fora dedicated climate nancemechanism within a
time frameof less than ve months, Sal-ceda said.
Resources allocated to theGreen Climate Fund will serveas a
multiplier to unlock -
nance ows from the privatesector.
Private investment owsare essential for the transitionto a
low-emission, climate-resilient future, the world-re-nowned
Filipino nancial andinvestment expert claimed.
These investments can bestimulated through applicationof
concessional public nanc-ing from the Fund, he said.
8,844 micronance members.
City Mayor John Bongat
was also invited to grace the
occasion. The Chief Execu-
tive was all hats up to the ac-
complishments of CCMF,
most specially for serving as
a tool for community transfor-
This is a classic example
of a partnership and pagta-
tarabangan ( helping each
other) . There is the academe,
the Ateneo de Naga, there is
the private sector the CCMF.
We are being taught on how
we, the private sector and
the government can help in
the development of our com-munity, our province, and our
nation. The bonus here is that,
we have the support of the
church, not only to help us to
be responsible citizens or Fili-
pinos, but to help us realize
that we have a responsibility
to also help the government
thru our own effort, Bongat
Under this years Durun-
gan sa Pag-Uswag, sa Hawak
asin Kalag theme which
MADRIGAL FOUNDATION EYES . . .
means total development, inbody and soul, Archbishop
of Caceres Most Rev. Ro-
lando Tria Tirona focused on
the value of sharing which is
the very purpose of the bless-
ings and graces received from
God. He emphasized the role
of prayer to deepen our re-
lationship with God and the
devotion to Mother Mary
as our model to our modern
CCMF-Bikol), a subsidiary
organization of the CONSUE-
LO CHITO MADRIGAL
FOUNDATION (CCMF), be-
gan operations in 2004. This
was after the late Doa Con-suelo Chito Madrigal ap-
proved the grant of Php 200M
for Bikol as her way of shar-
ing her blessings to the poor
segment of the society. The
initial phase started off with
then Ateneo President Fr. Joel
E. Tabora, SJ.
The partnership was even
strengthened when Dona
Consuelo learned that the late
Archbishop Emeritus Most
Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi,
O.P.,D.D. belonged to the Do-
minican Order, she extended
the service of her Foundation
to Bicol. Accounts says thather family owed so much to
the Dominicans because her
father, Vicente Madrigal, used
to be Dominican scholar at
San Juan de Letran. The rest
CCMF will continue to
empower the less privileged
by giving them a decent place
to live in, a job that they can
be proud of and a community
where love and harmony ex-
ist. -- LSMacatangay
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BIKOL REPORTER 7JANUARY 4-10, 2015
Campus Journalism: Training Studentsfor Professional
By MARICEL BERIA BERNAL, Teacher IIIRinconada National Technical
Sto. Domingo, Iriga City
Starting em young. Thats a very common saying. Thatjournalism
can be learned at a very young age is indeed verylaudable. This
could be one of the most important objectives ofthe Elementary and
Secondary PressCon which are an annualundertaking of the Department
of Education. The idea is noless than to get students at their very
young age to involve inall aspects of journalism, both print and
broadcast. To manystudents, involving in the annual competition in
journalism isenough reason to be proud. It is also a chance for
them to learnthe ropes of the trade and subsequently use what he
has learnedin the future should be opt enter in the journalism
world. It is giventhat before the competition, participants in the
presscon havebeen given thorough coaching from their mentors.
Probably,the intensive coaching may not even be premised on the
factthat their contestants the presscon have to learn but that
theyhave to win. Well, after all, it has always been the culture of
theFilipinos that participating in any contest means winning
whichis not exactly very ethical.
But no matter, campus journalism is aimed primarily to
developjournalism among the young. In the process, the young
campusjournalists with the training given them, the competition
itself andthe feeling of being a proud member of the fourth estate
can betaken as a guarantee of a making of a professional
Journalism is a wonderful career. It is a profession that
givesthe practitioner the chance to rub elbows with others,
men and women of prominence and leaders of the world. Itgives
one the chance to see the world while he reports on whatshappening
there. Journalism might not prove lucrative a career,but the fact
that one is doing a most wonderful job of reportingthe events of
the world or even just in the domestic front canalready very
The campus journalist can take it upon himself that young thathe
is and no matter how limited his areas of reporting is, which
isonly his campus, he is doing the different publics of his school
andhis community a big service, something he could be proud of.
Campus journalism can reward him a nice feather to his capand a
badge he can wear, a feather and a cap that could pavethe way to
Campus journalism is no different from professional
journalismexcept for the fact that the campus journalist is a young
studentwho is not working for a remuneration while the
professionaljournalist is working to eke a living.
days traditional Christmas Partywhich also marked the
yearendmerrymaking of City Hall of-cials and employees.
National awardsLast October, its exceptional
performances in local governanceonce again put the city
govern-ment in the limelight for win-ning three national
championshipawards in a row.
On Oct. 15, the city wasawarded as one of the countrystop three
most livable cities in thesearch called the Liveable CitiesDesign
Challenge organized bythe National CompetitivenessCouncil (NCC),
Asia-PacicEconomic Cooperation (APEC)2015 National Organizing
Coun-cil NOC), World Wildlife Fund(WWF), Alliance for Safe
andSustainable Reconstruction (AS-SURE) and Asia Society and
ban Land Institute (ULI).In the ranking among the
three, Iloilo came rst, this citysecond and Cebu third.
By launching this DesignChallenge, its organizers have
been able to start a movementfor better urban planning acrossthe
country to make cities fun,
vibrant, and safe places to live,work, invest in and visit.
A week later or on Oct. 21 thecity was given the Galing
Pooknational championship award forthis year.
This award program is a jointinitiative of the Local Govern-ment
AcademyDepartment ofInterior and Local Government(LGA-DILG), the
Ford Founda-tion, and other individual advo-cates of good
governance fromthe academe, civil society and thenational
The Public-Private Partner-ship (PPP) program won for thecity
the award under the TenOutstanding Local GovernancePrograms as it
was able to show
positive results and impact, pro-motion of peoples
and empowerment, innovation,transferability and
sustainability,and efciency of service deliv-ery.
On the same day, the most-coveted Silver Governance Trail-
blazer (SGT) award for excel-lence in local governance given
by the Institute of Solidarity inAsia (ISA) for its Public
Gover-nance System (PGS) awards wasalso received by the city
In this contest, the city gov-ernment garnered a score
higherthan 8.5 in the public revalidaor performance report in
plishing the Compliance Stage inISAs program for
institutionaliz-ing its PGS making the city theonly winner among
the countrysLGUs this year.
Tourist successAfter receiving over half amillion tourists last
year for awhopping increase of 32.27 per-cent from the previous
2014 VERY FRUITFUL . . .
of arrivals, the city this year isclosing in on some 700,000
arriv-als for another tremendous tour-ism development
As recorded by the regionalofce for Bicol of the Depart-ment of
Tourism based here, thetotal arrivals of both domesticand foreign
tourists in the city forthe whole year of 2013 reached579,470,
which was higher by141,370 over the 2012s 438,100gure.
That was good enough forlast year as we surpassed eventhe
523,832 arrivals that the en-tire province of Albay posted in2012.
This year, we already havealmost 700,000 and still counting.Our
goal is to hit the one-millionmark by 2016, Rosal said.
Tourists now visit Legazpinot only for the breathtaking viewof
Mt. Mayon, one of the worldsmost active volcanoes made fa-mous by
perfect cone form, but also for itssparkling metropolis loaded
withheavy tourism-related activitiesand exciting places to relax,
playand enjoy a healthful living, Ro-sal said.
After hosting 30 conventionsand similar big gatherings thisyear,
this key Bicol metropolisknown in the worlds travel in-dustry as
the City of Fun andAdventure believes it is scoringhigh to become
one of the coun-trys a leading convention city.
This year, we are condentof being recognized as one of
thecountrys ve favorite venues of
big regional, national and inter-national gatherings like
conven-tions, summits and similar grandoccasions, Rosal said.
He based his condence onthe citys being chosen this yearas host
to at least 30 big ofcialgatherings organized by variousnational
and international groups,among them the Association ofSoutheast
Asia Nations (ASEAN)
and the United Nations WorldTourism Organization (UNWTO)which
held last May their seriesof conferences on InternationalTourism
and Climate Change.
That UNWTO-ASEAN con-ferences and all those other gath-erings
brought in to the city the
bulk of visitors from almost allcorners of the world who
enjoyednot only the view of majestic Mt.Mayon but also the ambiance
ofthis city as a world-class traveldestination, according to
Our quest for preference asa venue of big national and
inter-national gatherings is anchoredon our being highly capable
nowof hosting and properly handlingfriendly visitors from any part
ofthe world, Rosal said.
Tourism is indeed taking a
crucial role in the citys continu-ing pursuit of inclusive and
hori-zontal growth that benets notonly big investors such as
hoteloperators but also the people in
the countryside, where most of itstourist destinations are
providing more opportunities foremployment and business
ven-tures, the city mayor stressed.
Infra developmentThe city government and the
Department of Public Worksand Highways (DPWH) arenow jointly
implementing thePhp300-million urban drainageimprovement project
funded bythe national government to putan end to the ooding
problemsconstantly confronting the centraldistrict of this
The project is covered by thefunding worked out by Rosalwith
Pres. Aquino and releasedduring the middle of this yearvia the 2014
General Appropria-tion Act (GAA), which was madeas part of the
Php2-billion oodcontrol program approved by thePresident for the
city last year andnow ongoing implementation.
The entire program will pro-vide giant pumping facilities to
pump out into Albay Gulf oodwaters from three strategic
lo-cations around the citys urbancenter covering the entirety of
itscommercial, industrial and resi-dential areas.
The widening of the Yawa
Bridge, a major bridge along thenational highway connecting
thecity with the rst district of Albay
province, has also been startedthrough the Php50-million
ini-tial appropriation under the 2014GAA released by the DBM.
Yawa Bridge is a 64-meter-long concrete structure whosetwo-lane
make has grown toonarrow for the burgeoning trafc
between the city proper and itsurban barangays on the
northernside down to Tabaco City and vemunicipalities of the
The trafc congestion beingcaused by the bridge as the
bot-tleneck would be eased by wid-ening it to four lanesa
projectapproved by Malacaang for anamount of Php140 million.
Works are at the same time inprogress on the Php
200-milliontourism mega highway that willopen a direct link between
thistourist city and the South LuzonInternational Airport (SLIA)
being constructed in the nearbyDaraga, Albay.
It will be a 10-kilometer con-crete road whose prime section
isthe now-famous Legazpi Boule-vard in Barangay Puro, a
four-ki-lometer stretch of wide concreteroad bordering the long
beach ofAlbay Gulf and serving as an ar-tistic milieu for physical
tnessactivities that is well-lighted atnight, clean, easily
accessible,secure and free from air pollu-tion.
The mega highway willtraverse several upland villagesalong the
southern sector of thecity and become the new localinvestment haven
and anothersite for tourism industry develop-ment. -Danny O.
For the rst time in the history of the Catholic church, a Popein
the person of Pope Francis listed 15 ailments of the VaticanCuria,
during his annual greeting to Cardinals, bishops and priests.Im
writing it here because it is also applicable to all priests
andCatholics. It was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer
datedDec. 24, 2014:
Ailments of Curia, according to Pope FrancisVATICAN CITYPope
Francis listed 15 ailments of the
Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to
thecardinals, bishops and priests who run the central
administrationof the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Heres the
1. Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable.A Curiathat doesnt
criticize itself, that doesnt update itself, that doesntseek to
improve itself is a sick body.
2. Working too hard. Rest for those who have done theirwork is
necessary, good and should be taken seriously.
3. Becoming spiritually and mentally hardened. Itsdangerous to
lose that human sensibility that lets you cry withthose who are
crying, and celebrate those who are joyful.
4. Planning too much.Preparing things well is necessary,but dont
fall into the temptation of trying to close or direct thefreedom of
the Holy Spirit, which is bigger and more generousthan any human
5. Working without coordination, like an orchestra thatproduces
noise.When the foot tells the hand, I dont need youor the hand
tells the head Im in charge.
Spiritual Alzheimers6. Having spiritual Alzheimers. We see it in
who have forgotten their encounter with the Lord in those
whodepend completely on their here and now, on their passions,whims
and manias, in those who build walls around themselvesand become
enslaved to the idols that they have built with theirown hands.
7. Being rivals or boastful.When ones appearance, thecolor of
ones vestments or honoric titles become the primaryobjective of
8. Suffering from existential schizophrenia. Its thesickness of
those who live a double life, fruit of hypocrisy thatis typical of
mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness thatacademic degrees
cannot ll. Its a sickness that often affects thosewho, abandoning
pastoral service, limit themselves to bureaucraticwork, losing
contact with reality and concrete people.
9. Committing the terrorism of gossip.Its the sickness
ofcowardly people who, not having the courage to speak
directly,talk behind peoples backs.
10. Glorifying ones bosses.Its the sickness of those whocourt
their superiors, hoping for their benevolence. They arevictims of
careerism and opportunism, they honor people whoarent God.
11. Being indifferent to others.When, out of jealousy orcunning,
one nds joy in seeing another fall rather than helpinghim up and
Funereal face12. Having a funereal face.In reality, theatrical
and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and
insecurity.The apostle must be polite, serene, enthusiastic and
happy andtransmit joy wherever he goes.
13. Wanting more.When the apostle tries to ll an
existentialemptiness in his heart by accumulating material goods,
notbecause he needs them but because hell feel more secure.
14. Forming closed circles that seek to be stronger thanthe
whole.This sickness always starts with good intentions butas time
goes by, it enslaves its members by becoming a cancerthat threatens
the harmony of the body and causes so muchbadscandalsespecially to
our younger brothers.
15. Seeking worldly prot and showing off.Its the sicknessof
those who insatiably try to multiply their powers and to do soare
capable of calumny, defamation and discrediting others, evenin
newspapers and magazines, naturally to show themselves asbeing more
capable than others. AP
FROM MY WINDOW . . .
Once, a woman with a very sick child boarded a jeepney inbarrio
Datag for an emergency hospital in Pandan, 7 barriosaway.The
hapless child died before reaching the hospitalbefore my eyes.I
could not bear the sight of a distraught mother,howling, clutching
her dead child close to her breast.
The memory of that tragedy still lingers in my mind.When the New
Peoples Army gained a foothold in
Catanduanes a few years back, the military followed to driveaway
the rebels.The rst casualty was the peace and quiet ofmany
The experience of Catanduanes was the experience of myCaramoan
hometown in the Bicol province of Camarines Sur.Free of rebels
during my high school days,I was shocked tolearn when I came home
after the decade that it was rebel
infested.Residents talked of the time when the townhall was
by insurgents who surfaced aboard a truck. They also talkedof l3
civilians who were killed by armed men who red at aspeeding jeepney
full with passengers.
Those dark days are seemingly past.Today, the once sleepy
coastal barrio Paniman, connected
to the town proper by a 3-kilometer road, which had
remainedunnished for half a century, has become a tourist haven.It
isnot unusual to see foreign tourists strolling down the beach
onearly mornings.The unnished road is now well-paved.
Paniman is my birthplace.I rarely come for a visit.unlike before
when home was
Paniman with my grandparents. Home is now Legazpi City. Butit
was in Catanduanes years ago.
My years of wandering are over.
A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE . . .
8/9/2019 Bikol Reporter January 4 - 10 Issue
REGIONAL EXPONENT FOR PROGRESS
OUTSTANDING LOCAL NEWSPAPERFor Five Consecutive Years by the St.
Baptist Catholic Mass Media Awards
JANUARY 4-10, 2015
BICOL RIC NATIONAL WINNER jUN COLLANTESThe Bicol delegation
headed by RED Abelardo Bragas posed with Secretary Alcala during
theawarding ceremony for the Gawad Saka 2014.
SUDOKU SUPER CHALLENGE AT SM CITY NAGAMath wizards from various
schools in Bicol competed for the Sudoku Super Challenge
Regionalelimination round recently conducted by the Mathematics
Trainers Guild at SM City Naga. Atotal of 274 high school students
from Hope Christian School, Camarines Sur National HighSchool,
Blessed Lights International Christian Academy, Universidad de Sta.
Isabel, AquinasUniversity and Naga City Science High School took
part in the competition. Winners of theelimination round have
qualied for the National Finals of Sudoku Super Challenge which
willbe held in SM North EDSA on January 31, 2015. Winners from the
National Finals will get thechance to compete for other world
Sudoku contest in different countries.
By Norman B. Tamar
MASBATE CITY -- Thesaying "It is better to give
than to receive" was the
spirit Masbate Governor
shared to her constituents in
celebration of her birthday
on Dec. 30, which coincided
with the 118th death an-
niversary of the country'snational hero, Gat Jose P.
The lady provincial chief
executive said people have
been receiving gifts from her
since the time when she was
still a congresswoman.
She added that more or less
7,000 families beneted fromthe gift-giving activity.
The weather was not good
on Dec. 30 here, but people
braved the rains and support-
ed her birthday celebration at(Turn to page 6)
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PICC, PASAY CITY The Rural ImprovementClub(RIC) of Miluya,
Castl-la, Sorsogon is this yearsnational outstanding RICawardee,
one of the total oftwenty-two (22) individu-als and organizations
thatpassed the agencys most
prestigious search.The award which consisted
of a P300,000 project grant,P50,000 cash award, trophyand plaque
of recognition, wasgiven by Agriculture Secre-tary Proceso J.
Alcala duringthe 44th national awardingceremony of the Gawad
Saka2014 Outstanding Achieversin Agriculture and Fisherieson
December 18 at the Philip-pine International ConventionCenter in
Roxas Boulevard,this City.
The club president JenieMatamorosa together withMiluya Bgy.
Captain andRIC committee on livelihoodchairperson Vilma
SALUBONG SA BAGONG TAON
8:00 AM Flag Raising Ceremonies
8:30 Opening of Business One Stop Shop (BOSS)
9:00 Inauguration / Blessing of Daet Go Negosyo Center
(Business and Investment Development Center)
10:00 Awarding of 2014 Outstanding Taxpayers
1:00 PM Go Negosyo Stakeholders Meeting Conference Room
7:00 AM Three Kings Celebration& Parade
(Central Plaza to Elevated Plaza Plaza Pineapple Fountain
9:30 Groundbreaking Ceremonies:
G2D Waste Recycling Facility and Metro Daet Satellite Market
(Barangay Bibirao and Camambugan)
3:00 PM Barangay Ofcials Assembly (Heritage Center)
Awarding of Paskong Kumukutitap winners
Launching of Gayon Daet, GayonBikol 2015
Launching of Gayon Bicol: Festival of Festivals
5:00 Gift-giving to Indigents of Daet Heritage Center
9:00 AM LGU-Daet Program Review and Planning Workshop
11:00 Meeting League of Municipalities of the Philippines
S'sogon RIC gets nat'l award