Typhoon “Tisoy”(international name “Kamuri”) virtually spared  much of the Bicol Region from its more severe wrath after gradually  negotiating a south –west direction late in the evening of Monday, December 2, 2019.

Earlier detected by weather specialists to be taking a north-west direction, there by threatening to hit Catanduanes province for its landfall, and then proceed towards the direction of Caramoan Peninsula in Camarines Sur (forecast to hit Caramoan, Garchitorena, Lagonoy,  Tinambac and Siruma), Tisoy reduced its speed from about 20 kilometers per hour down to 15 kilometers per hour. As it veered southward.

In updates provided by weather specialists from PAGASA, as well as Michael Padua of Weather Philippines, blow by blow accounts were provided to the local broadcast entities. Practically all of them gave uniform accounts that Tisoy was moving southwest, instead of northwest. Thefrequent direction of typhoons in the country.

As weathermen kept on feeding the public of...

December 6, 2019

LEGAZPI CITY ---- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was expected to arrive here on Thursday, Dec. 5 to see for himself and assess the extent of damages wrought by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ when it battered Bicol region on Monday.

Preparations are being finalized as to the agenda to be presented and discussed during the joint National and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils meeting to be presided by the chief executive, Claudio Yucot, regional director of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) announced during the RDRRMC meeting  here on Dec. 4.

The president, upon arrival in Legazpi Airport would see for himself the extent of damages caused by the typhoon on the airport Passenger Terminal Building and immediately proceed to the Legazpi City Convention Center for the meeting.

The president would be accompanied by NDRRMC officials, NIA Administrator Ricardo Visaya and other national government officials, the report said.

December 6, 2019

SORSOGON City can soon host athletic events in the local, regional, and national level, as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) undergoes rehabilitation and expansion works on the Balogo Sports Complex in Sorsogon City.

As the largest sports facility in the province of Sorsogon, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar hopes that the implementation of the project will lead to locals’ increased participation in sports events and encourage students to develop their skills in various recreational sports.

“Now that more Filipino athletes thrive in the international sports arena, it is high time to encourage everyone, especially the youth, in exploring their capabilities and participating in sports-related events to bring pride to our country,” Villar said.

The P887 million project’s implementation, funded under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA), will be divided into four phases.

“We will ensure that the four  phases of implementation will be closely monitored to guarantee that t...

December 6, 2019

NAGA CITY---The Committee on Housing and Settlement Development of the Sanguniang Panlungsod of Naga finally endorsed the complete housing loan documents of the Villa Maria Homeowners Association (VMHA) to the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) recently.

City Councilor Miles Raquid-Arroyo, committee chair, said the VMHA loan papers were submitted to the SHFC for deliberation by the agency’s credit committee this month.

Arroyo submitted the endorsement together with the loan documents at the office of SHFC-Bicol Coordinator Engr. Frederick de Real, who will forward the same to the office of  SHFC President Atty. Arnolf B. Cabling.

The loan documents, which was prepared by the VMHA, are requirements under the housing program of the SHFC for families living in poverty.

The preparation of the loan documents of the association was delayed for two years due to misunderstanding about the documentary requirements needed by the housing agency.

In July this year, a groundbreaking ceremony...

December 6, 2019

Over 800 rice farmers of Daraga, Albay were the first recipients of certified rice seeds (RC 222 and RC 216) distributed by the DA-PhilRice under the Seed Component of the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund  (RCEF).

Governor Al Francis Bichara, DA Bicol OIC -Regional Executive Director Rodel P. Tornilla, and Albay Provincial Agriculturist Cheryl Rebeta led the distribution of seeds and technical briefing at the Albay Farmers Bounty Village in Cabangan, Camalig Albay on Nov. 27, 2019.

The RCEP aims to reduce the average production cost of palay (unmilled rice) from the current P12 per kilogram (kg) to P8/kg by 2025 through various interventions under the Rice Tarrification Law.

Of the total RCEF fund, P5B will be set aside for farm machinery, P3B for inbred rice seeds, and P1B each for credit, and training and extension.

December 6, 2019

It was with great sadness that we learned of the enormous and heartbreaking devastation by Typhoon Tisoy as massive destruction in agriculture, homes, businesses, properties and infrastructure filled the news especially in Bicol Region.

Together with the artistic community in the Bicol Region, we assure you of our prayers and extend our sympathy and solidarity to all those affected by this calamity.

Community recovery in the aftermath of any disaster is indeed a crucial challenge thus we, in the Kurit-Lagting community would like everyone to know that we are always open to initiate creative spaces for art therapy activities especially those from disaster-affected communities to bring people together, and offer everyone a vehicle for healing.

We believe that disaster recovery must also include the emotional and spiritual healing of the community aside from material necessities such as food and shelter to reduce feelings of trauma and anxiety.

We also believe that the arts have a strong...

December 6, 2019

People must be educated about earthquakes in order not to panic. The recent Mindanao tremors is a natural phenomenon that happened simultaneously not only in Mindanao but also in other parts of the world like Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and even the USA. 

It was there from time immemorial and will be here as a natural occurrence as long as we live in this imperfect earth. It has nothing to do with religion, politics or economics. It cannot even be predicted, although there are attempts to forecast it. But there is one thing on the horizon, and we can talk about it now, the new advancements in science and technology - the fourth Industrial Revolution or 4IR. Do we have a chance, or has time arrived that aside from its intended economic benefits, the new 4IR technologies will give man the power to predict earthquakes and therefore save lives and properties?

This fourth stage of technological innovation has already happened without most of us being aware of. We have been hearing...

December 6, 2019

LEGAZPI CITY -- Mayor Noel Rosal here believes the reinstatement of mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for senior high school students is long overdue.

In an interview on Dec. 4, Rosal said it is time to train young people, “gabos man kami nag aragi dyan, maski may aki akong lalaki mas gusto kong madiscipline (we’ve all been there, I have a son and I want him to be disciplined and also become patriotic)”.

“Our patriotism must always be there, that’s why I am very much in favor of ROTC. Especially nowadays, young people must be disciplined instead of roaming around and worse, getting involved in illegal drugs,” Rosal said.

The mayor suggested that the ROTC for senior high school students should be held for two hours every week.

Joshua Martinez, a radio broadcaster, in a separate interview, also favored the reinstatement of the ROTC.

“ROTC will teach our children how to be responsible that is needed to become a better person in the near future,” he said.

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December 6, 2019

THREE persons facing rape cases in different courts in Camarines Sur were arrested by police authorities over the weekend.

The first to be arrested by operatives of the Del Gallego Municipal Police Station (MPS) was Reniel C. Gaon, 19, single and a resident of Barangay Bagong Silang in Del Gallego town. Gaon was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest in connection with Criminal Case No. L-7133 issued by Judge Irma Isidora B. Zamudio of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 56 in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.  

The second rape suspect who was arrested on November 27 by members of the Buhi MPS is Sammy B. Catina, 51, and a resident of Barangay Namurabod in Buhi town.  Catina, a farmer, was finally collared by the police after one year and nine months of evading law. He is ranked 18th among the most wanted persons in Camarines Sur based from the list of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office.

Buhi MPS chief Capt. Elein Legacion said Catina was nabbed after an informant tipped them of the su...

December 6, 2019

NAGA CITY---Over 100,000 people in several Camarines Sur towns were evacuated by local officials before Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ hit the province.

 Evacuated to safety were 107,397 individuals living in flood and landslide prone areas in several towns of the province, the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) said.

 The data provided to Bicol Mail by Police Master Sergeant Bella Tabirao of CSPPO show the total of evacuees of the following municipalities from the 1st and 2nd Districts of the province, is as follows: 29, 917 persons evacuated consisting 625 persons in Del Gallego; 161, Sipocot; 146, San Fernando; 1,886, Pamplona; 9,449, Libmanan; 7, 362, Minalabac; 5, 266, Cabusao; 4,572, Pasacao; and 450, Gainza.

 In Rinconada Area, some 15,550 persons were brought to different evacuation centers, broken down as follows: 2, 646 in Buhi; 3, 724, Balatan; 2, 623, Baao; 1, 731, Bato; 1, 502, Nabua; and 3, 324, Iriga City.

 Evacuees in Partido Area totaled to 29, 983 persons, consisting of:...

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