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Bicol, the philippines january 13-19, 2013 p5.00
vol. xx, no. 29
PNP assures safety of pols sans armed escorts
DOH on alert over ‘imported’ malaria
BY REY M. NASoL LEGAZPI CITY – Health officials in Bicol are on tight watch to maintain ‘local’ cases of malaria despite two newly reported cases in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur have been managed appropriately by health experts This, even as transmission from person-to-person is now highly remote, as claimed by officials. As a pro-active measure, Albay governor Joey Salceda reminded the provincial health office to account for any case in Albay and avert
LEGAZPI CITY -- The regional police headquarters here assured local officials running for elective posts of protection even as they are prohibited to ask for police or military escorts during the election period, which will start on Jan. 13.
On the first day of the election period, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and all other government security and law enforcement agencies will recall their personnel serving as bodyguards of local officials based on the directives of Resolution No.9695-A recently issued by the Commission on Election (COMELEC). The resolution suspends the privilege of local officials, especially those who are candidates in the coming polls, of being personally escorted by government-employed armed security escorts as it forbids the PNP, military and similar agencies from doing so. Local politicians who can convince the COMELEC that
any possibility of influx of cases to maintain a malaria free province. He said Albay has just been declared clear of malaria last year and that health personnel are relentless in eradication of other mosquito-borne diseases
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JV urges PNP to intensify crackdown on loose guns
San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify its campaign against loose firearms to curb gun violence.
Ejercito Estrada made the statement amid renewed calls for tougher gun control laws following the death of 23 people in separate incidents barely a few days into 2013. A seven-year-old girl from Caloocan died after she was hit by a stray bullet in the head while watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve. A shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite left nine people dead on Jan. 4. A few days after, 13 people were killed in a shootout in Quezon province. The young lawmaker expressed apprehension that incidents of gun violence may increase if the PNP will not be able to immediately track down and apprehend the owners of some 500,000 illegal firearms. “The PNP must be able to account for these loose firearms especially since the Philippines is already in the thick of preparations for the May elections,” he said. Violent incidents tend to go up as election day nears. Ejercito Estrada said the govern(Turn to page 7)
City Councilor Esteban Abonal and wife Yolanda tried the set of rocking chairs for the elderly set up at the Atrium, 2nd level, SM City Naga. Standing behind from left were Mr. Tito Lorete Alcala, rocking chairs donor and founder of the project SILYA ( acronym for Saiyo Lolo at Lola Yantok aming Alay ), Senior Citizens Federation President Pedro Intia and Mall Manager Wesley Villanueva during the launching of SILYA last December 28, 2012.
Hotel Sogo to open in Naga
Hotel Sogo is set to launch its first branch in the Bicol Region with the opening of the new Hotel Sogo Naga this February. This new branch located near SM Mall beside the Central Bus Terminal is another milestone in the Chain’s nationwide expansion program. It signifies the company’s response and commitment for the development of the Tourism industry in the city and the generation of more employment for its residents. Being the largest Hotel Chain with over 30 branchservice at affordable prices. Along with its fully air-conditioned rooms, Sogo guests enjoy amenities comparable with higher class hotels such as 24-hr. food & beverage service, free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs with cable and in-house movie channels featuring the latest blockbuster movies. Mr. Danny Barredo, Hotel Sogo Naga Manager adds “We also ensure the privacy, security and safety of all our guests. We have secured private parking, generators to make sure there are no brownouts, and a central fire protection system for emergencies.
es across the country, Hotel Sogo maintains its winning formula of being in very convenient locations and offering the cleanest rooms with excellent
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(Atty. APA – chairs Acyatan & Co., CPAs-DFK International – is PICPA past president and Hall-of-Famer, past chair of ASEAN Federation of CPAs, and ACPAPP Lifetime Achievement Awardee). LITIGATION: The Supreme Court has issued new procedural rules in the handling of both criminal and civil cases. To expedite and speed-up hearings, presentation and testimony of witnesses are now required to be done by way of judicial affidavits (question and answer form). The rule will cut short the time both for the direct and cross examination of witnesses. The affidavit must be properly identified and the signature thereon affirmed in open court. The preparation of the judicial affidavits requires in-depth study (well in advance) and clerical work. The Prosecutors’ League admitted that such endeavor will be tedious for their members, and they petitioned for exemption from the rule. The Supreme Court relented by amending the procedure by mandating that compliance thereof in criminal cases shall be deferred up to 2014, except only when private prosecutors are involved in the cases. O.R. EXPIRY: The BIR issued Rev. Reg. No. 18-2013 with reference to the adoption of the online system in the application (and submission of required documents) for Authority to Print (ATP). It prescribed that “all unused or unissued receipts and invoices x x x printed prior to January 18, 2013 shall be deemed valid only until June 30, 2013”. Thus, all taxpayers must apply for new ATP on
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DENR lists climate change as top priority for 2013
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will continue to implement programs geared towards the reduction of carbon emissions and climate change mitigation as a way of dealing with extreme weather events and other impacts of global warming. DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said addressing climate change remains a top priority of the department considering that the Philippines is among the countries in the world most vulnerable to this global phenomenon given the number of deadly typhoons visiting the country every year. “Mitigating and adapting to climate change have long been inherent in the mandated functions of the DENR, more so since the country has been considered as one of the most vulnerable to its adverse effects,” Paje pointed out. According to the 2013 Global Climate Risk Index, the Philippines placed fourth among more than 190 countries around the world that have suffered the most extreme weather events such as flooding and storms over the past 20 years. Paje said the DENR has undertaken initiatives to reduce carbon emissions through its reforestation and other treeplanting projects, and anti-air pollution programs. He said the department is now drawing up fresh action plans to meet its target to plant trees on some 300,000 hectares for 2013 under the National Greening Program, which aims to cover some 1.5 million hectares with trees by 2016. Paje said massive tree-planting could lessen the impact of global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions. “Reforestation reduces carbon emissions because trees absorb carbon dioxide, which is one of the major contributing elements to the greenhouse effect that causes climate change,” he explained. The environment chief said the DENR will also intensify its campaign to minimize air pollution by promoting the use of clean fuel and energy efficient products. He said the agency will continue to coordinate with local officials and the Land Transportation Office in curbing pollution from mobile sources by cracking down on smoke belchers. The DENR had earlier set emissions standards for different types of vehicles, including motorcycles, to conform to European standards. Paje reported that the Philippines has also successfully implemented clean development mechanism (CDM) projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of environmentally sustainable fuel technologies. “Our country is globally ranked 10th in terms of number of CDM projects, with 59 registered with the United Nations,” Paje said. “The country’s success in implementing these CDM projects was also the reason why the Environmental Performance Index gave the Philippines a perfect score of 100 percent under the indicator for carbon dioxide per capita,” he added. CDM is one of the instruments created by the Kyoto Protocol to facilitate carbon trading. It enables countries with emissions reductions commitments to reach their targets in an economically efficient way. At the same time, Paje noted how an effective solid waste management was able to cut the amount of garbage brought to sanitary landfills from barangays in Metro Manila, thus reducing waste that emits methane, a toxic greenhouse gas. “We have monitored a 62-percent compliance in segregation of waste among local government units in Metro Manila,” Paje said. Data from the National Solid Waste Management Commission also indicated a 90-percent collection efficiency in Metro Manila, while areas outside the nation’s capital region where trash is as problematic, registered an 80-percent efficiency.
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or before May 1, 2013 (60 days before expiry date). Per RR 18-2013, the term “principal receipts/invoices” refers to written accounts evidencing the sale of goods and/or services issued to customers in the ordinary course of business which include both VAT and Non-VAT sales invoices/receipts. Upon application for new ATPs, taxpayers must surrender all unused/unissued receipts/invoices to the RDO, complete with inventory list. New ATPs are valid for five (5) years or until the approved serial numbers are fully used. ANNUAL REPORTS: There are many business reports due for submission to BIR up to January 31, 2013. These include Withholding Tax Information Return on Compensation and Final Withholding Tax (FWT) for calendar year 2012, and Inventory List as of year-end 2012. All head offices, branches and other offices of enterprises must be registered with the appropriate BIR districts of their location. The Certificates of Registration must be reviewed to check the mentioned business line and the reports that are required to be periodically submitted. Non-submission or delayed submission of said reports will render the business liable to penalties. We also remind our readers that the business (Mayor’s) permit must be secured from the LGU political authority within the first twenty (20) days of January. PHL PESO: Our local currency has appreciated against the US Dollar – and against other major currencies. The peso strength is caused by the constant inflows of foreign exchange - OFW remittances and foreign investments. This phenomenon creates disadvantages to our modernday “heroes” and PHL exporters since their beneficiaries will receive lesser pesos for every dollar earnings they will get. A strong peso may also discourage tourists from coming in – if they compute that the dollar or other foreign currencies they will bring in can be exchanged to lesser amount of pesos. Of course, they can use said pesos to buy “more” values in terms of goods and services. Expanding our analysis – since our imports will cost less in terms of pesos, then foreign goods should also be less costly – thus keeping our domestic cost of living more affordable. PROVERB: Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
Checkpoint Rules, Gun Ban Favors Criminal elements & 17 Billion Planets
The “Tempo” dated January 12, 2013 reported the following lists of guidelines released by the Philippine National Police so that the general public may be informed whether or not the police checkpoints are legitimate and following their standard operating procedures. Among them are: (1) Policemen are limited to conducting visual inspection of vehicles. (2) Checkpoints must be welllighted, properly identified and policemen have to be in proper general office attire (GOA) or patrol uniforms and not in combat uniforms or camouflage. (3) There should be a sign indicating that it is a checkpoint, the name of the team leader and there should be a marked police vehicle. (4) Upon approval, motorists must slowdown, dim headlights, and turn on cabin lights. Never step out of your vehicle. (5) Do not submit to a physical or body search. (6) Motorists are not obliged to open the compartment, trunk or bags. (7) Ordinary or routine questions may be asked. Be courteous but firm with answers. (8) Assert your rights, have presence of mind and do not panic. (9) Keep driver’s license and car registration handy and within reach. (10) Be ready to use your cellphone anytime. Speed dial emergency number and report violations
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immediately. (11) Police can only inspect vehicles or their drivers and passengers to get off under “extreme circumstances and when there are reasonable grounds such as if the vehicles are suspected to be getaway vehicles” or hot cars. Chief Superintendent Generoso Carbo, PNP spokesperson, said that Policemen should be polite when approaching drivers as this would inspire trust on motorists. This is for the information of the public and the policemen. *** There are people proposing a gunless society and the imposition of a total gun
ban to address the increasing incidence of heinous crimes in the country. But will it solve this problem? I don’t think so. A total gun ban can be implemented on law-abiding citizens who legally bought guns, paid the required fees, etc. to protect themselves but not on lawless elements. We do not have enough number of policemen and many policemen do not even have guns. So, who will protect them? How can the government implement a total gun ban on criminally minded people with illegal guns? With gun runners, smugglers, drug addicts with guns, Abusayaff, Akyat-Bahay Gang, Salisi Gangs, etc.? A total gun ban will make law-abiding citizens shooting ducks of criminals. Gun ban will prevent them from protecting themselves. This is favorable to criminal elements. *** It was reported in the “Tempo” issue dated Jan. 9, 2013 that our Milky Way is home to 17 billion planets that are similar in size to Earth, a new estimate suggests. That’s more thant two Earth-size planet for every person in the globe. Just how many are located in the
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The Pinoy’s unanswered question
I came across last week an interesting piece written by F. Sionel Jose for the Philippine Star entitled, China on our minds. Its reference to ethnic Chinese in the Philippines arrested my curiosity, their lowly status before and their climbing to the top today. How did the Chinese achieve what to many others seemed near impossible? Some of the richest Chinese are said to be destitute before. A good number, according to one story, were former mambobote (bottle vendors). That was how they were described.Their transformation, however, did not come in the wink of an eye. It was slow, painfully slow. With their legendary Confucius values of patience, industry and perseverance, they have outpaced natives in the search for a better life. Now because of their money, they are masters in their adopted country while the Pinoys have degenerated into atsoys.
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I am not putting our own people in a bad light but I think there is an urgent need to march faster toward progress using the old habilidad of our native merchants before. According to F. Sionel Jose, quoting author Amy Chua in her book, World on Fire,just one per cent of the population, the ethnic Chinese, control as much as
60 per cent of the private economy including the country’s four major airlines, and most of the country’s banks, hotels, shopping malls and major firms. He said that when foreign investors do business in the Philippines, they deal exclusively with the Chinese. A recent survey showed almost all the billionaires are Chinese with Filipino blood. The rapid modernization of China in the last two decades was hastened by billion of dollars sent home by the overseas Chinese. Some of the Chinese are big businessmen in our country. Look at the whooping amount and compare that money with the few hundred dollars sent home by Filipino overseas workers. In the colorful language of street smart people, it is ‘peanuts/’very small, almost nothing.
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20,000 tech-voc courses now listed with TESDA
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) now has close to 20,000 registered programs all over the country, dominated by in-demand courses such as those related to Information and Communication Technology and Tourism. “College education is still popular among our youth, but technical vocational education and training (TVET) is offering them a new route to rewarding careers,” Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said. “The increasing number of registered programs, now totalling 19,991 as of November 2012, is only matching the popularity of TVET, which has been gathering pace through the years,” Villanueva said. He also cited that with the growing demand for skilled workers locally and abroad, TVET courses have become the best option for those wanting to get employed within a shorter period of time. To ensure that graduates of TVET programs are given
Lray gives aid to Milaor school
PILI, Camarines Sur – Immediately upon returning to the province from Metro Manila Wednesday, Jan. 9, Governor LRay Villafuerte found time to visit and extend assistance to Milaor National High School in San Jose, Milaor, which sustained partial damage from a fire that razed at least nine classrooms of the school last January 7. After a brief tour of the premises, Gov. Villafuerte assured school officials the soonest rehabilitation of the damaged classrooms. The rehabilitation will include repainting of the building, refurbishing with at least 300 chairs and necessary equipment like computers, TV sets, ceilings fans and a refrigerator with secure electrical wirings. Faulty electrical connections is suspected to have caused the fire. The entire low-lying school grounds that is recurrently under water during the wet season will also be raised with at least a foot and a half of earth fill. If possible, the rehabilitation will start as soon as the three classrooms in the school, also provided by the
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VILLANuEVA quality training, TESDA requires all technical vocational institutions (TVIs) to register the programs they offer under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS). Through this process, the agency reviews the TVI’s curriculum, qualification of faculty and staff, facilities, tools, supplies and materials and see to it that they meet the set standard. “This is to guarantee that schools are not offering substandard courses and that their
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The main building of Milaor National High School in barangay San Jose shown in above photo that was partially damaged by fire that razed at least nine classrooms will look better than mint-new with complete rehabilitation and refurbishing assured by Governor LRay Villafuerte (left, inset) during his visit last Wednesday, January 9. Shown with Governor Villafuerte are Prov. Engineer Jeremias Epres, Milaor HS Principal Ramon Bolivar (middle) and CamSur Schools Division Superintendent Gillbert Sadsad. gbc/mvilladares
uNEP says YES to DoLE’s program
The University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment Office (DOLE) recently forged a joint agreement that will open doors of golden opportunities particularly to its business students. The project, dubbed as YES or Youth Entrepreneurship Support officially started its timeline on Friday, January 11 after the two (2) contracting parties agreed to be partners in the promotion and realization of several livelihood undertakings. The joint endeavor also aims to utilize the government’s resources and its partner’s counterpart and cooperation. The momentous signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) binding UNEP and DOLE to officially commence the full implementation of the YES Program was witnessed by UNEP Department Chairman and Deans headed by its University President Atty. Remelisa Alfelor Moraleda. “We feel blessed that we are given the opportunity to introduce our students to this kind of business prospects. It is really important for an educational institution like us to expose them to great people and grand opportunities, just like this partnership. Admittedly, we don’t exist in a vacuum- that is to say that we need the government support to also realize our vision particularly for our students,” Moraleda quipped. DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said that the enterprise also aims to lessen the unemployment rate besetting the fresh graduates every year. About one million youth enter the labor force each year thus taxing the capacity of the economy to absorb them in wage employment. DOLE’s response to this is their YES Program which is under the working Youth Center undertaking. It aims to reduce the
unemployment problem in the country mostly affecting the new graduates, particularly in the rural areas. UNEP Executive Vice President and VP For Finance Deli A. Tibi congratulated Dean Elmer H. Lolin of the College of Business Education (CBED) and his students for patiently going through the nitty-gritty process of completing the requirements in order to realize the said partnership. “We did not get this opportunity by just sitting down. The UNEP management, particularly the team of Dean Lolin worked hard and completed all the requirements from the coordination, to their attendance in orientations and seminar up to the presentation and defense of their business and financial plans. The efforts are all worth it, “ Tibi said in an interview. A total of P500,000.00 was allocated for the five (5) groups whose business plans
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governor and now under construction, are completed. Meantime, Villafuerte has directed Provincial Engineering Office head, Engr. Jeremias Epres, to immediately erect temporary classrooms for the affected students, possibly under giant tents that will be privately donated by Governor Villafuerte and his son, Migs.
Moreover, Villafuerte offered college education assistance for the next school year to graduating students of the high school: 100% scholarship if they enroll in a public college and financial assistance if they enroll in private schools. Education has always been a major component of Villafuerte’s multi-point develop-
ment agenda, implemented through a comprehensive educational development blueprint that has benefitted hundreds of schools and thousands of constituents in the form of infrastructure support, educational scholarships and financial assistance from pre-school up to post-graduate education. -gbclaveria
Evacuation center soon to rise in Malilipot
By SALLY ATENTo LEGAZPI CITY -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the provincial government of Albay recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of an evacuation center at San Jose Elementary School in Malilipot, Albay worth P10 million. Evelyn Jerusalem, DSWD regional information officer, said that the project will benefit around 1,000 families from barangays San Roque, Canauay, Calbayog, and San Jose. “These barangays have been affected by flooding, lahar flow and landslides and
remains susceptible and prone to the same hazards,” she said. Jerusalem said that the project is a multi-purpose center complete with facilities that can be used as evacuation center during disasters and calamities and as classroom dur-
ing normal situations. The project is part of the relentless campaign of the provincial government to achieve “zero casualty” during disasters where affected residents can take shelter in time when pre-emptive evacuation is advised.
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Tours and Travel – In Focus
Real Estate tycoon Andrew Tan considered as one of the countrys’ richest men is investing big on Tourism. This development through his holding firm Alliance Global Group Inc. will bankroll to the tune of 1.5 billion the building of more than 5,000 hotel rooms over the next five to seven years. This would in effect make him as the largest hotel chain owner/ operator nationwide. Investment wise this was reached by AGGI in view of the positive outlook of our economy which had been fueled by high remittances coming from OFW, low interest rates and strong corporate earnings. This is aside from AGGI joint venture with Genting Hongkong Ltd. which is now on its final stage of preparation for the construction of a new gaming complex to be known as the Resorts World Bayshore. The budget for this gaming complex is estimated to go as high as P 1.1 billion. The target year for its completion is the year 2016. As a complex for gaming it will also be offering 3500 hotel rooms with leisure, retail, entertainment and gaming facilities comparable if not better than that found in Macau and Las Vegas. Initially, the project will include the construction of a state of the art 5 star hotel, a Grand Opera House with a seating capacity of 1,500 which is double than the seating across Ninoy Aquino International Airport newest airport terminal. We must take note of the fact that this 25 hectare Resorts World Manila have attracted 4.5 million domestic and foreign travelers with the number increasing to 7 million last 2012. This is due to the country’s economic improvement and continued fiscal revenue growth notwithstanding the below par external demand. The Philippine economy have completely transformed from being a laggard to one that keeps on attracting investments that would ultimately redound well for our tourism industry. Accordingly, AGGI in partnership with Marriot International Inc. have announced that sooner than what was expected will build an additional 200 rooms in a 2 year period expanding its 342 room hotel in Resorts World Manila. As a gesture of AGGI’s commitment to the country’s tourism industry, Sheraton Hotel will also rise at the Resort World Complex further boosting its currently hotel portfolio of 1, 570 rooms. With all of these positive developments at hand, more tourists are expected to come to our shores once these four casino resort hubs along Roxas Boulevard open from year 2013 up to year 2016. As the saying goes “It will be more Fun in the Philippines.”
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Terry Muñoz-Beriña, outstanding Nurse
She is not just a nurse. She has produced many nurses in her life as a nurse-educator...which is more than just a nurse. Many who had passed in her hand as nursing students are now very successful, not just professionally but also financially. Many have good works abroad and earning very well. That could be a manifestation of the kind of nursing education they had under Terry Berina’s tutelage having been for dean of two prestigious colleges of nursing in the Bicol Region at two different times, first at the University of Saint Anthony in Iriga City and later at the Ago College of Nursing in Naga City. Both schools can claim of very remarkable passing grade in the nursing board under Dr. Beriña’s deanship. Terry is a doctorate degree holder in Nursing. Honored as Outstanding Anastacia Giron Tupas (AGT) Awardee for Region V, the highest award given to a nurse during the 90th Foundation Anniversary. 55th Nurses Week celebration and National Convention held recently in Manila. Anastasio Giron Tupas Award was conceived not only to honor the founder of the Philippine Nurses but as reminder of the uniqueness and nobility of the nursing profession as exemplified by the recipients of the award. Terry as she is fondly called, more than deserves the award for the numerous accomplishments she has added to her name. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Nurses Association Region V, the national chairman of the Association of Deans of the Philippine Colleges of Nursing, a board member of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for nurses and President of the Philippine Nurses Association, Iriga and Rinconda chapters, Region V. She had been cited as outstanding alumna of the University of Saint Anthony and the School of Graduate Studies of the same university. A mother of six children who are all professionals, a widow of the late Dr. Romeo O. Beriña, Terry was bestowed the honor of outstanding mother of the Diocese of Caceres and by the Mother Butler League for outstanding services to the church. ————ooo————— November born all, Terry Viola, Vicky SD. ortega, Terry M. Beriña, Aiding M. Caganda, Lourdes Magistrado, Tessie Margallo and Fr.Boboy Catura had a simple birthday bash at the Iriga Plaza Hotel last November 15. Belated happy birthday to all of you. May your have many more birthdays to come. Email email@example.com
capacity of the famous and world renowned Newport Performing Arts Theater. What is laudable about this project is that in order to attract travelers from around the world AGGI aggressive stance is to make sure that our government will attain its target of increasing tourist arrivals from 3.5 million last 2011 to 6.5 million in 2016. Lately, AGGI made an announcement that the company would be spending another P350 million to P400 million for the construction of more hotels within Resorts World Manila, its first casino venture located
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from my window . . .
sweet spot where water could exist is “simply too early to call” Francis Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reportedly said when he presented his work at an Astronomy meeting Monday. For me, the millions of stars in the Milky Way is already mindbogging. So much more with this new information of seventeen billion earth-like planets. When I was in college taking up Geology as an elective subject, I was wondering why the millions of stars do not collide with each other. Now, I wonder more. But my belief is the same. There is God whose hand controls the universe. You can call God in any name but He is God.
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You can not expect much from our overseas workers. They have small income.The overseas Chinese are big traders, earning hundred million dollars yearly. In Legazpi City, who are those with the biggest department stores, the biggest banks, the biggest hotels? Not the native Filipinos but the half Filipinos whose parents have Chinese blood. The natives live in swamps infested with mosquitoes, while the Chinese live in posh subdivisions. away from where floods can sweep them to the sea during typhoon months. Squatters, they are also described in Tagalog as the yagit, the small people. It is not the fault of the Chinese to prosper in their adopted country. They acquire their wealth through industry, patience and hard work. From a wretched mambobote to a wealthy trader.That is almost similar to the Cinderilla fairy tale minus a godmother.
The Chinese live below their means which accounts for the easy growth of the money. However, it is not exactly true that the Chinese prosper because of their business skills which the Filipinos do not have. In an article, Myths of Filipino Businessman, written by Horacio de la Costa, S.J., Filipinos before were very active traders, establishing trading settlements in Malacca where they had warehouses for their goods. Called Luzon men, these Filipino traders were described as too enterprising and too successful by the easy-going Malaccans.This attitude was unfortunately later on adopted by easy-going Filipinos. The article said it was not true that Filipinos before were good only as barbers, crooners, beauticians, lawyers. In Pangasinan, it said, residents formed themselves into a coop and pooled their capital. Their principal resource was they knew what people in one area wanted and where to get
the merchandise to sell to where they were in demand. This talent was labeled in Spanish as habilidad. There was even a mention of shipwrights in Catanduanes , making sailing vessels not only for themselves but for sale to other seafaring people.But how did they transport the crafts in quantity so as to make selling them profitable? In the l7th century, a Spanish Jesuit, Francisco Colin, said the shipwrights built their crafts in carefully graduated sizes so that the hulls would fit into each other like the boxes of a Chinese puzzle. They would thus transport three or four hulls in their largest vessel with the outriggers, masts and other gears disassembled but ready for fitting. This was described as enterprise combined with a fairly high degree of intelligence. Filipinos before were as good as the Chinese? They were. But what becomes of the habilidad of the native traders of old? That is the unanswered question.
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Manpower pooling for Australia continues at CamSur Capitol
Manpower pooling for painters, carpenters, cabinet makers, and tile setters for deployment to Australia continues at the Provincial Capitol through the auspices of Camarines Sur Employment Center (CSEC). Meanwhile, other workers such as hairdressers/ beauticians and blacksmith/tinsmith are also needed and reception of applicants will continue as with other mentioned positions. Applicants for hairdressers/ beauticians must have undergone formal training and have relative experience while those for blacksmith/ tinsmith must have at least one year college studies or two years vocational course. Interested parties should apply personally at CSEC and must bring copies of their comprehensive resume with detailed job description, original and photocopy of school credentials, photocopy of their passport, and certificate of employment. Passport sized photo in business attire and white background as well as 1x1 sized pictures are also required. Non-original documents must be submitted in 3 sets in a folder. Inquiries may be made via CSEC’s landlines 4775858/ 477-7468 and 4780109 and cell phone number 09198775952 or personally at its office at the 2nd floor of the Capitol Main Building, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. CSEC’s e-mail address and Facebook account is firstname.lastname@example.org. -FERNANDEZ/MMEC
ADNu stude wins in Rizal model student search
By RoDoLFo SB. VIRTuS JR. Senior Philosophy student Javier Leonardo V. Rugeria becomes the eighth student from the Ateneo de Naga University to win the Search for 10 Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines (JRMSP). On Rizal Day last year, Rugeria and nine other students in the country received the award from the Order of Knights of Rizal, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, and Rizal’s direct descendant Gemma Cruz Araneta, among other national figures. He ranked second, maintaining the school’s place last year and continuing ADNU’s winning streak in the same Search for the last five years. Rugeria secured the school nomination after going through competitive paper screening and panel interview, which was organized by the Office of Student Affairs. The Order of the Knights of Rizal then named him as one of the 30 national finalists from the hundreds of school nominees across the country. In a final panel interview on Dec. 8, he faced prominent educators, historians, and public servants. The Search’s judges found Rugeria’s academic performance and leadership, the search’s criteria, were most outstanding, thereby epitomizing Rizalian qualities and the virtue of love of country, and serving as living model to his fellow youth. Rugeria is a five-time President’s Lister and Kristong Hari Foundation scholprovince and the whole of Bicol Region including Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Masbate and Catanduanes . Tragic as the 1814 Mayon Volcano eruption was, Salceda noted, the cataclysm also helped demonstrate the resiliency of Albayanos. Today, Albay is a United Nations global model in disaster risk reduction, after rising from the ashes of 1814 and similar comparable disasters along ar. In 2012, he was conferred with the Gawad Natatanging Parangal Pang-Akademiko by ADNU Supreme Student Government. As a scholar and student leader, he has both international and national exposures. In April 2012, he was chosen by ADNU to participate in the Exchange Program on Education, Culture and Teaching Objectives (EPECTO) in Germany. In this program, he experienced being a student and joined various academic and cultural activities at Alexander Gymnasium, a partner German school of ADNU. This opportunity also allowed him to have cultural exposure not only in Germany but also in France and Switzerland. In 2009, Rugeria was the school’s ambassador to the the way. The Cagsawa Church was built in 1724 by Franciscan friars in the small town of Cagsaua, the forerunner of what is now Daraga town, where the survivors of the 1814 disaster fled and settled down. Next month’s festival includes at least 50 activities, mostly outside the confines of the protected Cagsawa Ruins Park and Resort. It will offer tourists new adventures including a traditional healers (herbolario) convention, trail run, cross country bike race, a chicken eating contest, and an on-the-spot “Pamaypay (fan)” making competition, handcrafts being one of Daraga town’s main products. One other major festival event is a one-of-a-kind journey into the culinary world of the famous hot chili, known locally as lada. The journey goes beyond the limits of the traditionally known ‘Bicol Express’ cuisine. Aside from the Cagsawa Festival, Albay has three other major festivals held annually -- Magayon, its oldest which spotlights on Mayon and all things beautiful in the province; Culinaria which celebrates Albay’s native and new cuisines; and Karangahan Festival: Green Christmas, graduates possess the competencies required of the job,” Villanueva said. Most of the programs are available in the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Region IV-A (Calabarzon) and Region III (Central Luzon). Tourism (Hotel and Restaurant); Information and Communication Technology; Health, Social and Other Community Development Services; Construction; Automotive and Land Transportation; Metals and Engineering; and, Electronics emerged as the top sectors with the most number of registered programs. Among the sectors that need boosting are agriculture and fishery; maritime; aviation; and garments. “For both the strong and the not-so-popular sectors, we are monitoring closely the
RuGERIA Ateneo Student Leaders Assembly, a leadership program organized by the Ateneo de Manila University. In ADNU, he is currently the Secretary-General of the Student Tribunal, the student government’s judicial branch, serving as arbiter in some constitutional disputes in student politics. He also sits in the school’s Disciplinary Board for students. He is a peer counselor and volunteer of the College Guidance Office. He has served during group guidance activities, orientation seminars, and Alternative Class Program activities, among others. He is also an active member of the Days with the Lord-Men, Philosophical Society, and Triumph Yearbook staff. Like Rizal, Rugeria aspires to be a doctor and teacher someday as his contribution to Bicol development. In his essay, he shared: “Sweet are the hours in one’s country; and should I study, or go overseas, I shall always return to the Philippines, my Inang Bayan, where the real battle is; and there I shall strive to realize my visions for my country and become a Dr. Jose Rizal of my own as each and every one of us Filipinos potentially could become. that features an environment friendly and safe celebration of the holidays. In addition, Albay’s 15 towns and three component cities also celebrate their own festivals spread throughout the whole year. -Johnny Nuñez delivery of our TVET institutions and even the employment rate of their graduates to encourage more students to take courses in these related fields,” Villanueva said. Especially now that the country has institutionalized the K to 12 curriculum, where TVET is envisioned to play a great role, Villanueva said that TESDA should be able to offer a more diversified courses to students that will suit their interests and skills. “We are training tomorrow’s workforce, that will always be TESDA’s motivation,” he said. Related to this, Villanueva has advised prospective enrollees to check in the TESDA website if the courses they will enroll in are included in their list of registered programs. They can also call any of the agency’s provincial/district office to get information.
alBay to celeBrates cagsawa festival . . .
The scenic Cagsawa Ruins from where one gets a panoramic view of the nearly perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano, now serves as a favorite destination for both Filipino and foreign tourists. Albay province and the town of Daraga have teamed up for the month-long festival that will focus on the site of the ruins, just eleven kilometers away from the crater of Mayon Volcano. Now in its second edition, the Cagsawa Festival ushers in Albay’s year-long series of festival celebrations. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda and Daraga Mayor Gerry Jaucian forged a partnership last year that gave birth to the month-long Cagsawa Festival, elevating it to the level of the province’s most significant festivals; Daragang Magayon, Karangahan sa Pasko, Ibalong, Tabak and Pulang Angui. Historic events have interwoven the significance of the Cagsawa ruins and Mayon Volcano and their images have been captured in popular Albay postcards with the relic Cagsawa belfry in the foreground and Mayon in the background. The two are important landmarks of the
The Innovative Scheme in the Implementation of the CY 2011 Kindergarten School Building Program
DepEd Order No. 91, s. 2011 re: Kindergarten School Building Project states the guidelines for the implementation of the CY 2011 Kindergarten School Building Program (SBP). Aside from following strictly the guidelines of said DepEd Order, the proponent devised an innovative scheme in order to fastrack its implementation and produces above-the-board kindergarten school buildings. The innovative scheme has four stages namely: the planning stage, preparation stage, actual implementation stage and reporting stage. During the planning stage, a written approval from the Regional Director to adopt the scheme was seek and preparatory plan was drawn out by coordinating with the Regional Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), BAC Secretariat and Technical Working Group (TWG). In the preparation stage, a list of new set of Regional Inspectorate Team was submitted, conducted orientation of the TWG and the Regional Inspectorate Team and informed all Division Phyiscal Facilities Coordinators (DPFCs) and DepEd Project Engineers (DPEs) on the innovative scheme of the CY 2011 Kinder SBP during the Regular Regional Coordination Meeting. In the actual implementation stage, Region V was given a total allocation of Php34,079,479.83. Bicol Region was divided into three (3) lots with the corresponding school and divisions with their respective budget allocations as follows: LoT SCHooL Approved Budget DIVISIoN Cost (ABC) F. Baldovino ES Php 855,360.00 Batobalani ES 855,360.00 Cam. Norte Talisay ES 855,360.00 Claudio Villagen ES 855.360.00 Milaor CS Magarao CS Tinambac South CS II Tabuco CS Panicuason ES Sabang ES Julian Meliton ES La Purisima ES Iriga CS San Miguel ES Sub-total for Lot 1 Bacacay East CS Anislag ES Camalig South CS Sua Igot Barrio ES Oson ES San Lorenzo ES Estanza ES Pinit ES Mahaba ES Malama ES San Andres CES Php 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 11,836,440.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 872,190.00 840,510.00 Albay Cam. Sur Mayngaway ES Cabugao IS Bagamanoc CES Agban CES Sub-total for Lot 2 Prieto Diaz CS Barcelona CS Jose Alindogan CS Cambulaga ES Rawis ES Bogña IS Leonardo Barrun ES Divisoria ES Nainday ES Bantigue ES Espinosa PS Sub-total for Lot 3 GRAND ToTAL 857,340.00 840,510.00 860,029.83 841,500.00 Php 12,961,789.83 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 841,500.00 846,450.00 846,450.00 846,450.00 846,450.00 846,450.00 Php 9,281,250.00 Php 34,079,479.83 Sorsogon Catanduanes
Masbate Masbate City
Tabaco City Legazpi City Ligao City
The pre-construction meeting was conducted with the presence of Lowest Calculated Responsive Bidder (LCRB), school heads of recipient schools, DPFCs, DPEs, Regional Inspectorate Team and the Regional Construction Committee. The Program of Works (POWs), plans and specifications were given to the school heads. The roles and functions were clearly defined during the meeting. Inspection, monitoring, supervision and validation were conducted regularly by the Construction Committee while the Regional Inspectorate Team conducted inspection when the constructors requested for partial billings and final billings. The Regional Physical Facilities Coordinator (RPFC) regularly reminded the constructors to finish the project on or before completion date to avoid liquidating damages (LD). However, if some inevitable circumstances happened, they may file requests for time extension for a reasonable number of days. In the reporting stage, the proponent prepared and submitted the complete report of the accomplishments of the CY 2011 Kindergarten SBP. Fortunately, a huge savings in Lot 2 and other savings in Lot 1 and Lot 3 when summed-up enable to procure four (4) additional kindergarten school buildings wherein two (2) will be for the elementary schools of the Division of Camarines Sur namely Cagliliog Elementary School and Siruma Central School while the other two (2) will be for Legazpi City Division schools namely: Arimbay Elementary School and Homapon Elementary School. Another innovative scheme is the holding of pre-construction meeting for the savings of CY 2011 Kindergarten SBP in the recipient divisions. The purpose of which is to validate the accuracy of the site appraisals. With these innovative scheme, there will be assurance on the fasttrack implementation of the kindergarten school buildings and good quality of classrooms that will give positive impact to the teaching-learning experiences and eventually redound to the improved kindergarten education in the schools. __________________ Engr. Ronald C. Asis EPS III/RPFC Rawis, Legazpi City
20,000 tech-voc courses . . .
Republic of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways oFFICE oF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER Camarines Sur 3rd District Engineering Office Caraycayon, Tigaon, Camarines Sur
january 13-19, 2013
pnp assures safety of . . .
there is imminent danger to their lives or to members of their immediate family, however, could be allowed to acquire the services of authorized private security agencies to provide them a maximum of two armed bodyguards. Private security agencies, on the other hand, are allowed to arm their security personnel to be assigned to politicians only with guns that are not higher than 9mm or 12-gauge shotgun in caliber. These personnel must be licensed and have undergone proper training. In seeing to it that the candidates and the public are safe from violent incidents during the election period, policemen would be assigned to maintain peace and order during legal political gatherings like campaign rallies and meetings, said Chief Supt. Clarence Guinto, newly installed PNP-Bicol regional director. Guinto said candidates could request for the fielding of uniformed policemen during their political gatherings from the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (JSCC) that will be under the supervision of the election supervisor in each of the six provinces of Bicol. Police and military will man COMELEC the 24-hour checkpoints along the roads and highways in line with the implementation of the total election gun ban that would run starting Jan. 13 until June 12, the entire duration of the election period this year, he added. The PNP regional chief said that special attention is given to the island province of Masbate where top provincial positions are being hotly contested between the equally powerful political clans of incumbent Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, who is running for reelection, and reigning Congressman Antonio Kho of the second congressional district, her challenger. Guinto said the PNP Masbate provincial office headed by Senior Supt. Heriberto Olitoquit and the PNP Regional Special Task Group organized and fielded by the police regional headquarters as the lead force in securing the conduct of the elections in the province are working hand in hand to disarm and disband at least six local partisan armed groups(PAGs). They are also tasked to initiate massive operations to recover the over-6,000 loose firearms from the hands of civilians and politicians in the province, he added. Police records place the total number of loose firearms in Bicol at 30,000, of which around 11,400 are in Camarines Sur; 7,829 in Albay; 2,860 in Camarines Norte; Sorsogon, 2,777; and Catanduanes, 694. “We want to recover as many as we could if not all of these loose guns, before the coming elections to minimize if not totally prevent election-related violence in Masbate and in the entire region,” Guinto added. -PNA quito bites an infected person and then bites another. The early signs and symptoms of an infected person are fever, chills, sweating, and headache. Later on he may experience jaundice which may be mistaken for other diseases such as hepatitis. Any person experiencing such early symptoms should seek medical consultation immediately especially if he is in a malarious area or had previous travel to malarious areas. interview. The students will venture on the approved livelihood undertakings which include Banana Chips enterprise, Choco Cup Phoria, Street Food vending, Emerald Cupcake Collection and HealhTea. “Making them Managers of their own businesses and achieving the financial milestones when they stepped out of the university, I think that is the greatest legacy that UNEP will leave to our students,” Moraleda stated.
INVItAtION tO BID
The Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH Camarines Sur 3rd Engineering District, Caraycayon, Tigaon, Camarines Sur, through its Bids and Award Committee, (BAC), invites contractors to apply to bid for the following contract(s): 1. Contract ID# Contract Name Contract Location PRoJECT ID#13FF0002 CLUSTER-I (Roads, Spillways, Footbrige-2nd Tranche CY-2012) 1) Const. of MPP, San Francisco, LAGONOY Php 294,002.81 2) Const. of MPP, Balaton, LAGONOY 294,000.01 3) Conc. of Brgy. Road, Minoro (Zone 3) SAN JOSE 293,998.17 4) Conc. of Brgy. Road, Del Carmen (Pob.) SAN JOSE 293,998.17 5) Const. of MPP, Calawit, SAN JOSE 294,092.16 6) Const. of MPP, Bahay, SAN JOSE 293,904.18 7) Const. of MPP, Tominawog, SAN JOSE 294,092.16 8) Const. of MPP, Pugay, SAN JOSE 293,998.17 9) Conc. of Brgy. Road, Catalotoan, SAN JOSE 490,000.00 10) Const. of MPP, Pili-Centro, CARAMOAN 293,997.51 11) Const. of MPP, Pili-Tabiguian, CARAMOAN 293,998.28 12) Const. of MPP, Tongon-Bantigue, SIRUMA 293,998.09 13) Conc. of Brgy. Road, San Jose (Tiltilan), TINAMBAC 294,000.27 14) Const. of MPP, San Vicente, TINAMBAC 294,000.00 15) Const. of MPP, Sagrada (Campo), TINAMBAC 293,997.84 16) Const. of MPP, San Isidro (Pob.), TINAMBAC 293,999.40 Multi-Purpose Pavement/Road Concreting Php 4,900,077.18 90 C.D. Php5,000.00 PRoJECT ID#13FF0003 CLUSTER-II (FLOOD CONTROLS -2nd Tranche CY-2012) 1) Const. of Flood Control (Spillway), San Roque, LAGONOY Php 2) Const. of Flood Control (Spillway), Hanoy, CARAMOAN 3) Const. of Flood Control (Seawall), Canatuan, CARAMOAN 4) Const. of Flood Control (Seawall), Tandoc, SIRUMA 5) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), Pandanan, CARAMOAN 6) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), CARAMOAN 7) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), Ili-Centro, CARAMOAN 8) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), Solnopan, CARAMOAN 9) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), Talojongon, TIGAON 10) Const. of Flood Control (DrainageSystem), Mabalodbalod, TIGAON Flood Control/Drainage System/Spillways Php3,599,932.00 90 C.D. Php5,000.00
Scope of Works Approved Budget for Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Tender Documents 2. Contract ID# Contract Name Contract Location
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972,022.47 291,623.59 291,630.32 291,653.89 292,941.00 291,636.26 291,636.29 291,636.29 293,528.96 291,622.93
Scope of Works Approved Budget for Contract (ABC) Contract Duration Cost of Tender Documents
Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures specified in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Rules and Regulations, DPWH-Department order No. 064 series of 2012 and other Applicable DPWH-D.o. and Memorandum. To bid for this contract, interested contractors must download the Bid Documents including the plans at the DPWH Website and must pay the non-refundable amount of state above for tender documents at the cashier of any DPWH Office on or before the deadline, and the contractor must meet the following major criteria: (1) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative or joint venture with PCAB License applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC of the DPWH-Regional Office No. V will conduct the eligibility checking using the Civil Works Registry (CWR) system. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their application for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of payment for tender documents. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractor’s application for registration, with complete requirements, and issued the Contractor’s Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be download at the DPWH website, www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Pre-Bid Conference 2. Receipt of Payment of Bid Documents (Deadline for Presentation of OR) 3. Submission and Opening of Bids 3. Submission of Bids 4. Opening of Bids January 23, 2013 February 04, 2013 February 05, 2013 Until 10:00 A.M. @ 2:00 P.M. @ 10:00 A.M. Until 12:00 Noon
such as dengue and filariasis. DOH CHD Bicol Regional Director Gloria J. Balboa clarified in a statement that the new reported cases are “imported” malaria cases meaning the infection was contracted abroad. One of the two male patients came from Angola while another from Zambia, all in Africa. Last year Bicol also had another imported case, a male patient from Ghana, Africa. Both patients in their early 30’s are still under private hospital confinement and given adequate anti-malarial drugs by the DOH. With the efforts of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the DOH, we have not detected any indigenous case of malaria. In fact, five (5) of the six (6) provinces in Bicol have been declared Malaria-Free. Only the province of Camarines Norte remains undeclared, Director Balboa said. An indigenous case is one
where both the parasite and the vector are present in a certain area, Camilo H. Aquino DOHCHD Bicol Regional Mosquitoborne Diseases Prevention and Control Program Coordinator explains. Hence, if any of the two or both are not present there is no indigenous case of malaria. The vector is the mosquito “anopheles flavirostris”. Transmission is done when the mos-
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were approved by the DOLE, P100,000.00 of that will come from UNEP as their equity while the remaining P400,000.00 will be coming from DOLE as their assistance. “This is also the concept of Public-Private-Partnership or PPP which the Aquino administration is promoting. This is basically a “partnership of trust”, where both parties should be amenable to,” Lacambra said in
Prospective bidders shall present their ORIGINAL OFFICIAL RECEIPT OF PAYMENT for Bid Documents, project specific, to the BAC Secretariat of this Office before the deadline stated above for inclusion in the list of contractors for eligibility processing. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in the form with the following schedule: FoRM Cash, Cashier’s /Manager’s Check, Bank Draft/guarantee conformed by a Universal or Commercial Bank or Irrevocable Letter of Credit Surety Bond callable on demand issued by a surety or insurance company duly certified by the Insurance Commission as authorized to issue such security. Any combination of the foregoing. Minimum amount in % of ABC two percent (2%)
five percent (5%)
Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security.
Bid Securing Declaration that is an undertaking which states, among others , that the bidder shall enter into contract with the procurign entity furnish the required performance security within ten (10) calendar days, or less, as indicated in the Bidding Documents, from receipt of the Notice of Award, and committing to pay the corresponding fine and be supported for a period of time from being qualified to participate in any government procurement activity in the event it violates any of the conditions stated therein as required in the guidelines by the GPBB. Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished form as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. The Technical and Financial Documents must be bounded, all documents shall be tabmarked. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and the post-qualification. The DPWH, Camarines Sur 3rd Engineering District Office, Tigaon, Camarines Sur reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract Award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidders. APPROVED: (Sgd.) ALICE B. MAGISTRADo Engineer III (BAC Chairman)
(Sgd.) GEMMA B. TIMBANG OIC-District Engineer
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NAME oF DECEASED SALVADoR B. FERNANDo MALBE R. TADuRAN ENRIQuE H. CADACIo AQuILINo DC. RIoS JR TRINIDAD S. TALAY HoMER J. RELATIVo SR. EVELYN A. FEBRES DEMETRIo B. BRoFAS JR DuLCE SJ. uNDECIMo ALEX C. NERo NoRMA J. PARCo ADELINA M. CAPRICHo WALFRIDo P. DAVID LYDIA R. SAYNo AMADo R. STA.RoSA MELINA B. DIAZ GLoRIA A. SANDICo
DATE oF INTERMENT December 1, 2012 December 2, 2012 December 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 December 6, 2012 December 8, 2012 December 11, 2012 December 9, 2012 December 11, 2012 December 11, 2012 December 15, 2012 December 19, 2012 December 21, 2012 December 20, 2012 December 24, 2012 December 23, 2012 December 27, 2012
BIKOL REPORTER Published: January 13, 2013
january 13-19, 2013
legazpi school showcases . . .
started in a campus that offers not enough space to put up gardens for its “Gulayan sa Paaralan” project introduced last year by the Department of Agriculture (DA) among public schools in Bicol. The project puts together school children, their parents, barangay leaders and community volunteers into a concerted undertaking of growing vegetables inside children the importance of producing food right in their backyards. Besides not having space for traditional backyard gardening, the CES ground is easily submerged by flood waters during rains as the campus lies on a lower ground rimmed by commercial and residential buildings, making it a catch basin of water flowing from the surrounding higher grounds. “This situation makes it impossible for us to put up gardens on our remaining vacant grounds,” according to Wilson Anza, the school principal. The school, Anza said, learned about this simple gardening technology when it participated in the Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Program--an undertaking of the DA’s Regional Field Office (RFU) for Bicol under its High Value Crops Development (HVCD) program being implemented in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). CES is just one of the 800 public elementary and secondary schools in the region that participated in this year’s Gulayan project, according to HVCDP regional focal person Rosita Imperial. “We started the project in August last year after our attendance in the Gulayan sa Paaralan training-seminar conducted by a DA HVCDP team at the Daraga National High School in the nearby Daraga town,” Ma. Raquel Obias, the CES Gulayan coordinator, said. As a participating school, Obias said, CES was provided by the DA with vegetable seeds, organic fertilizers, carbonized rice hull and garden tools like rakes, shovels, hoes and water sprinklers. Gardening manuals were also made available to serve as visual guides and technical references. Starting with the project, however, was not easy, given that gardening is strange to almost all of the 1,021 population of the school which is a mix of children belonging to urban families living either in congested slum areas or middle-class subdivisions where growing plants is a rare experience, according to Obias. To develop the eagerness of the children and their parents into taking part in the project, she said the school administration came up with a contest wherein all grade levels from Day Care to Grade VI were listed as participants to win valuable prizes donated by various civic organizations, City Mayor Geraldine Rosal and other local officials and community leaders. And so, the ball started rolling especially that parents who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were called to action by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). These parents brought in garden soils as the school ground cannot be a source, being sandy and not suitable for growing garden plants. Others produced scrap materials like worn-out garments, empty plastic bottles, cans, car tires, coconut shells, bamboo
poles and anything that could hold soil. The materials were converted into pots making it easy for the plants to be transferred to elevated places when flood comes. Rosal herself helped in the preparations of the pots and planting materials during the launch of the program. Now, barely four months after its Gulayan project was started, CES has become a showcase of a productive urban gardening undertaking. Pechay, radish, okra, bell pepper, tomatoes, bush sitao, ampalaya, mongo, malunggay, turmeric, ginger, alugbati, upland kangkong, carrots, peanuts, cucumber and squash are all around the campus, seen in places where they are less expected to thrive. Creeping plants like ampalaya, squash and bush sitao planted on the makeshift pots were made to climb on trellises made of ny-
lon ropes toward walls, perimeter fences and even roofs of school buildings. “We do not sell harvests from these improvised gardens. We use them in our feeding program for our malnourished pupils. Some are taken home by the children to provide fresh vegetables to their siblings and parents,” Anza said. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the school serves morning and afternoon snacks such as mungbean soup with malunggay, macaroni soup and arroz caldo for its about 120 severely malnourished pupils. “Our home economics classes also prepare vegetables derived from the gardens as viands for lunch that are sold at P1.00 per serving to indigents pupils who eat at the school. These children have learned to love eating vegetables, especially that they are products of their labor,” the school principal added. - PNA
jv urges pnp to intensify . . .
ment particularly the PNP must be able to assure Filipinos that it is capable of safeguarding their lives as well as the sanctity of the ballot. He challenged PNP Director General Alan Purisima to prove that President Benigno Aquino III made the right decision in appointing him as national police chief and in entrusting him with the task of maintaining peace and order in the country. - Alex Irasga
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE SPEED PAWNSHoP, JR. Bichara Complex, San Antonio Poblacion, Calabanga, Camarines Sur, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at RoWENA ASPE PAWNSHoP, P. Burgos St., corner J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
SOLID gOLD PAWNSHOP NAgA CItY
Notice is hereby given that all pawned items for SEPTEMBER 2012 which were not redeemed will be auctioned on FEBRuARY 5, 2013 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Ipinapaisi sa publico na ang gabos na ipinagsangra kan SETYEMBRE 2012 isusubasta sa PEBRERo 05, 2013 alas 9:00 nin aga. The Management
BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 13, 2012
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at E. BoY ASPE PAWNSHoP, Prieto Street, Filabel Arcade, Dinaga, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE EXPLoRER PAWNSHoP, Ground Floor, Bichara Complex, Abella St., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
SOLID gOLD PAWNSHOP
ubaliw, Polangui, Albay Notice is hereby given that all pawned items for SEPTEMBER 2012 which were not redeemed will be auctioned on FEBRuARY 5, 2013 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Ipinapaisi sa publico na ang gabos na ipinagsangra kan SETYEMBRE 2012 isusubasta sa PEBRERo 05, 2013 alas 9:00 nin aga. The Management
BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 13, 2012
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at R. M. ASPE PAWNSHoP, Cor. Panganiban & Elias Angeles Street, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE IGuALDAD PAWNSHoP, Cor. Igualdad Ext. & J. Hernandez Ave., Igualdad, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE CRoWNJEWEL PAWNSHoP & JEWELRY SToRE, Bichara Mall corner J. Hernandez & Gen. Luna Sts., Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
NOtICe tO tHe PuBLIC AuCtION SALe/SuBAStA
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE SuPERPAWN PAWNSHoP Crown Jewel Holdings Inc., Elias Angeles St., San Francisco, Naga City, pawned from AuGuST 01-31, 2012 whose terms have expired will be sold to public auction sale on FEBRuARY 2, 2013 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NooN. Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the above-mentioned date will be honored until JANuARY 28, 2013 only. THE MANAGEMENT BIKoL REPoRTER Published: JANuARY 6 and 13, 2013
REgIOnaL ExPOnEnT fOR PROgREss
Albay to celebrate Cagsawa festival
outstanding local newspaper
for five consecutive years by the st. peter Baptist catholic mass media awards
january 13 - 19, 2013
DARAGA, Albay – Albayanos celebrate next month the second edition of their Cagsawa Festival to mark the 199th year anniversary of the February 1814 cataclysmic Mayon Volcano eruption that buried underground an entire community and its imposing baroque Cagsawa Church, leaving above ground only its belfry. (Turn to page 5)
uNIQue VeggIe gArDeN
The Cabañgan Elementary School in Legazpi City showcases innovative urban gardening using old pairs of boots, pants and even brassiere to grow okra, tomatoes, pepper and other vegetables. (Photos by PNA Legazpi bureau).
Legazpi school showcases new urban veggie garden
LEGAZPI CITY -Food production is simple and easy even within congested inner-city settlements and constantly flood-submerged communities. A showcase of this muted authenticity is what the constricted campus of Cabañgan Elementary School (CES) at the heart of this city’s urban center features charming presentation of creativity that teems the place with healthy-growing garden vegetables. Old pairs of bra with growing green onions, trimmed denim pants filled up with soil-bearing tomatoes that bear fruits splendidly, worn-out shoes and boots sprouting with gingers and used socks and stockings with pepper plants — all these are fastened on walls outside CES classroom buildings. Pechay (Pak choi) plants growing up from inside tattered school bags, okra on half-broken glass jars and garlic thriving on cut jumbosized soft drink bottles hanging outside windows and tree branches are some more common sights inside the campus. Halved palm tree trunks emptied of its core and replaced with soil are arranged along classroom roof gutters bearing camote (sweet potato) plants hanging as decorative vines that offer fresh tops used as vitamin-rich vegetable combination for the hometown-favorite fish “sinigang.” These are only among the innovative vegetable gardening styles that the school has
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