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DepEd Bicol says no major problem during first day of school

For lack of proper monitoring standard, an official of DepEd Bicol summarily said there were no major problems met on the first day of school in various provinces and cities of the region. Spokesperson Mayflor Jumamil said the education department had prepared for “Balik Eskwela” this school year with 973 […]

Camarines Sur tops tourist arrivals in 2014 among Bicol provinces

The province of Camarines Sur registered the biggest number of tourist arrivals in 2014 among Bicol provinces. According to the Department of Tourism, CamSur experienced a growth rate of 20.25 per cent from 1,547,678 in 2013 to 1,861,010. In contrast, Albay province attained a measly growth of 8.92 per cent, […]

Catanduanes Friendship-Tourism bridge proposal get endorsement from Bicol RDC

VIRAC, Catanduanes, March 20 — Can a bridge connect Catanduanes to the mainland Bicol and facilitate land travel bothways? Cantanduanes governor Araceli Wong made her thoughts ring loud and clear dreaming of the mega infrastructure now called the Friendship-Tourism bridge. Ambitious as it is, the 10.8-kilometer concrete bridge will traverse […]

Catholic Diocese of Virac celebrates 40th anniversary

VIRAC, Catanduanes – The Catholic pious of the island joins the Diocese of Virac on a celebratory mood during the occasion of its Ruby anniversary with the theme “Bagong Ebanghelisasyon: Pagpabunga kan Pagtubod.” According to steering committee secretary Rev. Fr. Eric John Rojas, they expect thousands of devotees on Aug. […]

7 provinces under Signal 3 as Typhoon Glenda maintains strength

Seven provinces are now under public storm signal No. 3 as typhoon “Glenda” has maintained its strength and continues to move westward towards Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday. Public storm signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is […]

353 Catanduanes State students given scholarship

Some 353 students enrolled at the Catanduanes State University were granted scholarship amounting to P60,000 per head by the Commission on Higher Education this school year. The program on expanded student’s grants-in-aid for poverty alleviation targets indigent but deserving students from families enrolled in the 4P’s of the social welfare […]

Catanduanes experiences massive electric power blackout

The island-province of Catanduanes has been declared under a state of calamity, not because of a recent typhoon, but due to the massive power blackouts encountred in majority of the service area of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative. Since the start of second quarter of 2014, the province has been […]

Friendship Bridge proposal will link Catanduanes with Bicol mainland

The Maqueda channel separates the island of Catanduanes from Bicol mainland province of Camarines Sur in its nearest opposite points at approxiamtely 10.8 kilometers. And provincial governor Araceli Wong hopes that one day that great divide will become part of the past. The solution is a proposed bridge, linking Barangay […]

3 Bicol provinces set to formalize tourism alliance

A new grouping of Bicol provinces into a local tourism industry development alliance is finally taking shape. The new group, which will be referred to as “Triple C,” include the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. It will comprise a tourism development area. The two sub-tourism areas under […]

Bicolano police cadet tops PNPA graduating class of 2014

VIRAC, Catanduanes, March 20 – The topnotcher of this year’s graduating class of the Philippine National Police Academy is Police Cadet Glenn Tabo Santelices, 25, from the town of San Andres of Catanduanes province. Before entering the academy, Santelices attended Claret seminary in Quezon City and finished Philosophy as cum […]

Catanduanes province soon to be mining-free zone

There is a silver lining on the quest of the people of Catanduanes to eventually stop any possibility of mining activity in the island. The lower house of representatives recently approved a bill declaring the province a mining-free zone. House Bill 670 was passed on final reading as endorsed for […]

10 New judges get appointment for various courts

MANILA, Dec. 22 – Ten new judges get appointment in various courts in different provinces of the country. The transmittal letter dated November 27, 2013 by Malacanang to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes O. Sereno also contain the appointment documents of the new judges destined for the provinces of Catanduanes, Benguet, […]

DOH Dugong Bicol Awards given to LGU heads

Sixteen town and city mayors, and hundreds of barangay captains, received recognition from the regional office of the Department of Health for initiating blood-letting drives in their localities during the agency’s Dugong Bicol Awards. Awardees include the mayors of Tabaco city and Tiwi in Albay, Naga city, Ragay, Sipocot, Cabusao, […]

Catanduanes governor cancels X’mas party, will donate food to the poor

Provincial capitol employees of Catanduanes will skip the Christmas party this year. This was confirmed as the governor of Catanduanes has scrapped the traditional merriment in favor of a very noble purpose.. Governor Araceli Wong said in a statement that the savings by the provincial government from the cancellation of […]

Abaca 101: The eco-friendly fiber maintains unshakable significance

LEGAZPI CITY – Despite the emergence of synthetic substitutes, abaca, keeps Bicol on top of its producers’ circle. It remains unshakable in both the domestic and international markets, according to the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development. Synthetic ropes may have some technical advantages but abaca has […]

New judges in the lower courts get Malacanang appointment

MANILA — Malacanang has appointed four regional trial court judges and six others for municipal trial courts in various regions of the country. During the regular palace press briefing on Friday, spokesperson Abigail Valte announced that President Benigno S. Aquinoo III appointed the judges on November 22. The appointees for […]

DPWH-Bicol helps in clearing, rehabilitation in Samar, Leyte

In the aftermath after the super storm Yolanda pummelled many areas of the country, Team Bicol stand as one in offering an immediate helping hand. It can be said of the personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways Bicol regional office. They are now on their seventh day […]

Telcos need restore service in provinces of Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Mimaropa regions

Telcos need to restore service in everal provinces of Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Mimaropa regions. The National Telecommunications Commission on Saturday said restoration of communication signal in some areas in the Visayas may be delayed due to port operations suspension. The NTC during Saturday morning’s briefing at the National Risk […]

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands Signal 4 on Samar, Samar, Leyte, S. Leyte, Biliran; Signal 3 on N. Samar, Masbate, N. Cebu, Bantayan, Siargao, Dinagat, as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through […]

Bicol Provinces on Blue Alert Status as Typhoon Santi Approaches

Bicol provinces on blue alert status as typhoon Santi approaches. The Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense have raised the blue alert status in the Bicol region due to Typhoon “Santi.” Blue alert means all PDRRMCs in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, […]

Signal Number 1 Up Over Catanduanes as Tropical Storm Santi Approaches

The province of Catanduanes is now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression Santi has intensified into a tropical storm expected to stay within the country’s territory until weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA defines a tropical storm as moderate […]

PNP Bicol sacks 6 police chiefs due erroneous crime stat reports

The Philippine National Police Bicol regional office sacked the chiefs of police of six local government units in the region because of erroneous reports on crime statistics in the respective areas of responsibility. Insp. Malou Calubaquib, PNP Bicol regional spokesperson, identified the sacked police as Supt. Lorenzo Trajano of Daraga […]

Bicol Congressmen Use P3.881Bn Pork Barrel Funds Between 2009 and 2013

Bicol congressmen received a total of P3.881 billion pork barrel funds between 2009 and March 2013, according to the records of the Department of Budget and Management. The amount represent funds released to 24 present and past congressional representatives of the six Bicol provinces. Representative District  Amount 1 Bravo, Narciso […]

Catanduanes receive PDAF Hot Money From Party-lists A-TEACHER and ALAGAD

As we qet more clear concept on how lawmakers dipped their hands into the Presidential Development Assistannce Fund, there will be more stories that will unravel. Here’s one for the province of Catanduanes, courtesy of the Party list representatives of A-Teacher and Alagad. Books as gardening manuals and worms for […]

Law enforcement agencies raid suspected drug den in Viga town of Catanduanes

Law enforcement agencies raid suspected drug den in Viga town of Catanduanes. On Saturday the previous week, law enforcement authorities, arrested persons suspected of drug trafficking, seized a gun, shabu, and drug paraphernalia, in a suspected drug den in the town. A joint raiding team of policemen, from the provincial […]

33 Fishermen in Catanduanes Missing; Virac Commercial Building Hit with Fire

Thirty-three fishermen from four towns in Catanduanes were confirmed missing since Saturday, an official of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said in a phone interview on Sunday. Catanduanes province is under public storm warning signal no. 3, due to the presence of tropical Storm “Labuyo.” Edna […]

55 Towns, 5 Cities in Bicol Vulnerable to Landslide and Flooding

The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences in Bicol (MGB-V) reiterates its previous warning made earlier this year to residents of at least five cities and 55 towns in all six provinces of the region highly susceptible to landslide and flooding. Regional Director Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestano said “… with […]

Bicol is 7th Poorest Among Geographic Regions of the Philippines

The latest info-statistic release by the National Statistics Coordination Board should not surprise us at all. With a poverty incidence of 34.1 percent during the first six months of 2012, Bicol is the seventh poorest region in the Philippines, based on the latest study of the agency which is releasing […]

How Bicol Provincial LGU’s Spent People’s Money in 2009

We are crunching figures here.  This time, we discuss how the six Bicol provinces spent the people’s money in 2009. Selected were five current operating expenditures which ate up much of the operating income of, and by comparison with, all six provincial local government units. General Public Service The province […]

Catanduanes and Virac Capital Town Winners and Losers of May 13, 2013 Elections

PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR of CATANDUANES WONG, CELY 54,195 CUA, JOSEPH (LP) 51,154 JOSON, PIO JOSE 1,111 QUE, LARRY 277 PROVINCIAL VICE-GOVERNOR of CATANDUANES TEVES, JOSE JR. (LAKAS) 57,847 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN of CATANDUANES – (WEST DISTRICT) FIRST PROVDIST REYES, JORGE (LP) 30,815 FRANCISCO, SONNY (LP) 29,582 BALMADRID, GIOVANNI (LP) 22,625 ASANZA, […]

Bicol Congressional Winners and Losers May 13, 2013 Elections

MEMBER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of CAMARINES SUR – THIRD LEGDISTROBREDO, LENI (LP) 123,843 Proclaimed Winner VILLAFUERTE, NELLY (NPC) 35,160 FAUSTO, CHARINA INDEPENDENT 2,296 ARCILLA, OSCAR JR. (PDP) 640 MEMBER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of CAMARINES SUR – FIFTH LEGDISTFORTUNO, SAL (LP) 85,914 Proclaimed Winner ALFELOR, FELIX JR. (NPC) 45,217 CORTEZ, REZ […]

CamNorte Capital Daet Highest Earning Bicol Municipal LGU in FY2009

The capital town of Daet was the highest-earning municipal local government unit in Bicol for fiscal year 2009 based on the totals of income from local sources and external sources. Also interesting that of the 107 municipal LGUs of Bicol region, 22 received an IRA share for the fiscal year […]

Aroroy LGU Tops Bicol Municipal Tax Revenue Collection in FY 2009

The local government unit of Aroroy town of Masbate province topped in the combined collection of real property, business and other taxes for the fiscal year of 2009. It was able to collect the sum of P30,339,656 ahead of 106 other local government units in Bicol. The combined collection of […]

CamSur, Albay, in Provincial LGU Billionaires Club for FY2009

In 2009, the premier Bicol provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur maintained their stellar performance in fiscal management in company with the   billion-pesos-earning LGUs of the Philippines for the second consecutive years.  In 2008, Albay and Camarines Sur registered an annual income of P1,071,063,490.47 and P1,036,642,000.00, respectively. Twenty seven […]

Sorsogon highly dependent Bicol province on IRA share for fiscal year 2009

The short discussion here will delve on the “External Sources” of income by the provincial local governments. That is specifically referring to the LGU share in (1) Internal Revenue Allotment, (2) other shares from the National Tax collections, (3) inter-local transfer, (4) and extraordinary receipts, grants donations and aids. The […]

CamNorte is 32nd of PH Provinces on Income from Local Sources in 2009

Presented on the first part of this series, was how the 80 Philippine provinces ranked in tax revenue which is the sum of taxes on real property, business and other taxes. On this second installment the focus is on the individual province’s total non-tax revenue which consists of collections from […]

CamSur Ranks 22nd in the 2009 Tax Revenue of PH Provinces

Here is the unofficial financial data about the Philippine provinces on tax revenue for fiscal year 2009.  Tax revenue include real property, tax on business and other taxes. Of the 80 provinces, 11 collected property tax over P155M. The list is topped by Pangasinan with collection of P437,984,080; followed by […]

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20 Towns and Cities Over One Third of Bicol Population

In the official national census conducted for May of 2010, twenty Bicol cities and towns registered a total count of 2,051,067 equivalent to over one third or 37.84% of the regional total. Eight of these cities and municipalities has population exceeding the 100,000 population mark. The eight cities and municipalties […]

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New judges in the lower courts get Malacanang appointment

MANILA — Malacanang has appointed four regional trial court judges and six others for municipal trial courts in various regions of the country. During the regular palace press briefing on Friday, spokesperson Abigail Valte announced that President Benigno S. Aquinoo III appointed the judges on November 22. The appointees for […]

Signal Number 1 Up Over Catanduanes as Tropical Storm Santi Approaches

The province of Catanduanes is now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression Santi has intensified into a tropical storm expected to stay within the country’s territory until weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA defines a tropical storm as moderate […]

Sorsogon highly dependent Bicol province on IRA share for fiscal year 2009

The short discussion here will delve on the “External Sources” of income by the provincial local governments. That is specifically referring to the LGU share in (1) Internal Revenue Allotment, (2) other shares from the National Tax collections, (3) inter-local transfer, (4) and extraordinary receipts, grants donations and aids. The […]

7 provinces under Signal 3 as Typhoon Glenda maintains strength

Seven provinces are now under public storm signal No. 3 as typhoon “Glenda” has maintained its strength and continues to move westward towards Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday. Public storm signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is […]

Catanduanes province soon to be mining-free zone

There is a silver lining on the quest of the people of Catanduanes to eventually stop any possibility of mining activity in the island. The lower house of representatives recently approved a bill declaring the province a mining-free zone. House Bill 670 was passed on final reading as endorsed for […]

55 Towns, 5 Cities in Bicol Vulnerable to Landslide and Flooding

The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences in Bicol (MGB-V) reiterates its previous warning made earlier this year to residents of at least five cities and 55 towns in all six provinces of the region highly susceptible to landslide and flooding. Regional Director Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestano said “… with […]

Forty Eight Bicol Towns Earn P2.5B in 2004

For the fiscal year of 2004, 48 Bicol towns out of 107 earned an income of P37M or more which totalled P2,478,990,989 out of the regional earnings of P3,951,780,429. Of these local government units, twenty breached the P50M yearly income while the reamaining 28 municipalities earned between P35 but less than P50M.

33 Fishermen in Catanduanes Missing; Virac Commercial Building Hit with Fire

Thirty-three fishermen from four towns in Catanduanes were confirmed missing since Saturday, an official of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said in a phone interview on Sunday. Catanduanes province is under public storm warning signal no. 3, due to the presence of tropical Storm “Labuyo.” Edna […]

Aroroy LGU Tops Bicol Municipal Tax Revenue Collection in FY 2009

The local government unit of Aroroy town of Masbate province topped in the combined collection of real property, business and other taxes for the fiscal year of 2009. It was able to collect the sum of P30,339,656 ahead of 106 other local government units in Bicol. The combined collection of […]

Nokor Rocket Launch a Dud, even as Bicol Folks were Forewarned

The Philippines remained a great bystander before and during the much ballyhoed Unha-3 three stage rocket launch by North Korea that was after all a great dud. Some four hours after the rocket exploded over the Yellow Sea, the North admitted the satellite had failed to enter orbit, and that […]

PNP Bicol sacks 6 police chiefs due erroneous crime stat reports

The Philippine National Police Bicol regional office sacked the chiefs of police of six local government units in the region because of erroneous reports on crime statistics in the respective areas of responsibility. Insp. Malou Calubaquib, PNP Bicol regional spokesperson, identified the sacked police as Supt. Lorenzo Trajano of Daraga […]

Catholic Diocese of Virac celebrates 40th anniversary

VIRAC, Catanduanes – The Catholic pious of the island joins the Diocese of Virac on a celebratory mood during the occasion of its Ruby anniversary with the theme “Bagong Ebanghelisasyon: Pagpabunga kan Pagtubod.” According to steering committee secretary Rev. Fr. Eric John Rojas, they expect thousands of devotees on Aug. […]

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Naga and CamSur Shows 2003 Earning Power

The province of Camarines Sur and the city of Naga lead the list of top earners in their category for three consecutive years of 2001, 2002 and 2003. The perennial seconders are Albay province and Legazpi city for the same reference periods.

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For Catanduanes, Is it Quo Vadis, Abaca?

We are late posting in here the good news about abaca in the Bicol region where once again last year, the indigenous plant top-ranked production in the country. But it seems, whatever encouraging news the accompanying piece brought forward may just be a footnote to the aspirations of abaca farmers […]

3 Bicol provinces set to formalize tourism alliance

A new grouping of Bicol provinces into a local tourism industry development alliance is finally taking shape. The new group, which will be referred to as “Triple C,” include the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. It will comprise a tourism development area. The two sub-tourism areas under […]

33 Fishermen in Catanduanes Missing; Virac Commercial Building Hit with Fire

Thirty-three fishermen from four towns in Catanduanes were confirmed missing since Saturday, an official of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said in a phone interview on Sunday. Catanduanes province is under public storm warning signal no. 3, due to the presence of tropical Storm “Labuyo.” Edna […]

DepEd Bicol says no major problem during first day of school

For lack of proper monitoring standard, an official of DepEd Bicol summarily said there were no major problems met on the first day of school in various provinces and cities of the region. Spokesperson Mayflor Jumamil said the education department had prepared for “Balik Eskwela” this school year with 973 […]

Forty Eight Bicol Towns Earn P2.5B in 2004

For the fiscal year of 2004, 48 Bicol towns out of 107 earned an income of P37M or more which totalled P2,478,990,989 out of the regional earnings of P3,951,780,429. Of these local government units, twenty breached the P50M yearly income while the reamaining 28 municipalities earned between P35 but less than P50M.

Telcos need restore service in provinces of Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Mimaropa regions

Telcos need to restore service in everal provinces of Eastern Visayas, Bicol and Mimaropa regions. The National Telecommunications Commission on Saturday said restoration of communication signal in some areas in the Visayas may be delayed due to port operations suspension. The NTC during Saturday morning’s briefing at the National Risk […]

CamSur Ranks 22nd in the 2009 Tax Revenue of PH Provinces

Here is the unofficial financial data about the Philippine provinces on tax revenue for fiscal year 2009.  Tax revenue include real property, tax on business and other taxes. Of the 80 provinces, 11 collected property tax over P155M. The list is topped by Pangasinan with collection of P437,984,080; followed by […]