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Naga is richest city in Bicol region

Naga City, Bicol’s financial, business, educational and religious capital now has a total net worth of over P4.675 billion, making it the richest local government unit (LGU) in the region, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). The City of Ligao, in Albay province, followed far second, with a total […]

Internal Revenue collection for October 2014 hits P101.8 billion

The Bureau of Internal Revenue has collected P101.8 billion for the month of October 2014. The tax revenue collected is 6.5% or P6.2 billion more than in October of 2013. For October this year,2014, collections from operations amounted to P99.64 Billion, which is P6.42 billion or 6.88% more than in […]

Regional fishport facility slowly rising in Calabanga

Regional fishport facility slowly rising in Calabanga . This is a photo update on the regional fishport facilities now in construction phase in San Miguel bayside barangay of Sabang in Calabanga town of Camarines Sur. The facility is coming into physical reality, the product of Philippines House of Representatives Bill […]

Bicol NIA has new regional chief effective September

NAGA CITY -– The Bicol regional office, here, of the National Irrigation Administration has a new chief, part of the reorganization instituted by the current board of directors. Engineer Vicente Vicmudo was named the new regional manager replacing engineer William Ragodon, who has been reassigned to Region 4A or the […]

Masbate farmers coop acquire rice processing center

PILI, Camarines Sur, -– The Narangasan multi-purpose cooperative based in the town of Milagros in Masbate province recently received a rice processing facility built by the agriculture department (DA). The building with an area of 300 square meters was completed at the cost of P56 million equipped with a multi-pass […]

Phase-out: Post offices in Camarines Sur undergo consolidation

The ease of usage by cellphone text messaging and the internet has finally caught up the territory previously dominated by the post office, that of sending and delivering letters. Little did many surmised before that it could lead to something economically disadvantageous to some sectors. One government agency is slowly […]

Inmate bolts Sorsogon prison, another dies in Masbate jail

LEGAZPI CITY, July 21 — Residents have expressed concern over the situation in local jails after a prisoner escaped from the city district jail in Barangay Balogo, Sorsogon City on Sunday afternoon while an inmate died of ailment inside his detention cell in Masbate early Monday morning. According to the […]

Pag-Ibig fund regional office transfers to Naga City

By September 15th this year, the Pag-Ibig fund regional center will move to Naga City. The new address will be housed in an office building now undergoing rehabilitation and repainting in time for the transfer. It is in the same structure being occupied by its Naga branch at Roxas avenue. […]

P50-M fund to kickstart construction of Yawa bridge now available

LEGAZPI CITY –- The public works and highways department is almost set to start the expansion to four lanes of the Yawa bridge here at a cost of P140 million. According to public works Bicol assistant regional director Armando Estrella, the initial amount of P50 million is now ready, hoping […]

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 […]

Albay, Legazpi to showcase economic potentials in APEC meet

Legazpi City — The province of Albay and this city will be able to showcase as a booming economic and tourism hubs outside Manila in the coming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2015, DFA Undersecretary Laura del Rosario said Thursday. Earlier, reported here that probably 10 of 63 APEC ministerial […]

Legazpi Water to increase rate despite dirty non-potable supply

Legazpi City, Albay — Still aching from the unabated electric power serrvice interruptions courtesy of Albay Power energy corporation, the residents of this city are also beset with another problem. Consumers within the service area of Legazpi City water district (LCWD) face the probability of a fresh round of rate […]

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 […]

Is PH losing drive on rice self-sufficiency production target?

The Philippines is a sour loser when it comes to effective rice production in the country despite the presence of International Rice Research Institute and the Philippine Rice Research Institute both within its grasp and under its “disposal.” Can we forget how in December of 2011, one and a half […]

Watch PNoy favorite of hecklers, now twice in June

Watch here. President Benigno S. Aquino III is a favorite of hecklers. In less than a month, this June, he was heckled by disgruntled vocal members of the society during speaking sorties in the provinces. Protesters strike again, disrupting President Aquino’s speech, this time in Iloilo. Authorities say they will […]

100 fishermen from Mercedes receive boats worth P1.8-M

One hundred fishermen from the town of Mercedes in Camarines Norte province received fishing boats worth P1,884,115.00 from the Department of Labot and Employment. The beneficiaries came mostly from the coastal barangays of Catandunganon, Mandisok and Kulasi of said town. The boats were made by a local craftsman which was […]

Bicol police chiefs sacked undergo refresher course

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -– So, what has been done on the city and municipal police chiefs removed from their respective posts earlier reported here: PNP Bicol sacks police chiefs? The 22 chiefs of police sacked last week from their posts after failing the target policy output being implemented […]

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 […]

Gov. Villafuerte bats for an Express tollway in Camarines Sur

A proposed 15.2 kilometer road project traversing communities in the municipalities of San Fernando, Minalabac and Pili is being eyed by governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte as a possible priority public-private partnership (PPP) project in the province of Camarines Sur. Envisioned as the Camarines Sur Express Tollway project, the new road […]

PNP Bicol sacks 28 police chiefs

LEGAZPI CITY, June 14 (PNA) — Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Bicol Regional Police Office director, sacked 28 chiefs of police and an intelligence officer in Bicol after they failed to pass the performance target set for them. Deona announced in a press conference Friday that the officers removed from […]

Move to boycott Albay power operator San Miguel Energy gains ground

Gov. Joey Salceda joins move to boycott payment to APEC LEGAZPI CITY, -– A boycott move against the San Miguel Energy Corp. (SMEC) is gaining ground as its newly acquired controversial Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco), now named Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC), has yet to deliver its much-vaunted stable […]

President Aquino led 116th PH independence day celebration in Naga City

Naga City — This premier Bicol city shares the limelight nationwide during the celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence day anniversary. President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday, graced the celebration. He delivered an Independence Day speech and acknowledged the 15 Bicol martyrs during the Philippine Revolution. The president raised the […]

Bitano Massacre was a grave insult to every Albayano

Albay governor Joey Salceda just called the power blackout that inconvenienced constituents for eight days and eight nights as “Bitano Massacre”. Adding that the hapless occurrence which highlighted the seervice of the Albay Power and Energy Corporation, a creation of the San Miguel Enenergy Corporation, may have made residents firmer […]

No salary increase for public school teachers this year – Malacanang

MANILA – As the first day of classes opens nationwide, public school teachers are greeted with the announcement by Malacanang that their desired salary increase will have to wait until next year. Reposting here newsbrief from The Bulletin Today Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma, Jr. explained that a raise could not […]

Albay power blackout enters sixth day

LEGAZPI CITY, — Power blackout in Legazpi City and parts of Albay entered its sixth day on Monday after the 35-year-old 20-MVA transformer in the Bitano sub-station here, covering four feeders, totally collapsed on Wednesday morning and is now beyond repair. The problem in power supply lack came a few […]

Albay Power Energy Corporation plunges Legazpi City, other towns in darkness

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, June 1, 2014 — For four days now, the entire city of Legazpi including the towns of Sto. Domingo and Manito, are still plunged into total darkness by the Albay Power Energy Corporation. According to reports a 20-MVA power transformer of a sub-station of the electric service […]

City mulls statue of St. John Paul II

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government will pursue its plan to build a monument of Saint John Paul II here. Vice Mayor Vittorio Roces said Tuesday they could not help regretting why they had not done it before. This is not a very original idea, but more of a copy […]

Rapu-rapu mine left behind jobless and farmless residents

RAPU-RAPU, Albay -– What happens now that the mining operations of a giant multi-national industrial firm in the mineral-depleted barangay of Pagcolbon, on which most villagers were made dependent on for their livelihood for years, have terminated? How about their lands within the 180-hectare site which were turned barren by […]

Proposed regional fishport facilities to rise in Calabanga

The Bureau of Fishiries will provide P6-M for the rehabilitation of San Miguel bay and P20-M for the proposed regional fishport infrastructure that will be located in Calabanga town of Camarines Sur. The fishport will include an ice plant and fish storage facilities. This vague details was shared by the […]

Citizens Crime Watch says PNR uses soft wood on train ties

LEGAZPI CITY — The Citizens Crime Watch Bicol chapter will file before the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday a complaint against Philippine National Railways officials on the procurement of allegedly sub-standard wooden railroad ties for the repair and maintenance of the rail line in the Bicol region. The complaint […]

Salceda chides PNR for use of special train not in Bicol route

LEGAZPI CITY –- Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has announced he is filing charges against the Philippine National Railways for using the premium tourist train not in the Bicol-Manila route where its acquisition was intended. The PNR utilizes the trains on Tutuban-Laguna run instead of the Bicol route where it is […]

Bicol city celebrate, honors Naga river

NAGA CITY — The officialdom of the city government here is leading a non-traditional festivity that bestows respect and honor not to an individual citizen or group. The honoree is the city’s Naga river. Today, and every second Saturday of March every year, has been proclaimed Naga River Day. The […]

“Agaton” strand thousands of passengers and vehicles in Matnog

LEGAZPI CITY — About 7,500 passengers and 445 vehicles composed of 251 trucks, 128 buses and 66 cars have been stranded at the Matnog port in Sorsogon, the Office of Civil Defense said Friday. The number of stranded passengers at the Matnog port surged due to shortage of ferry boats […]

ALECO faces disconnection for unpaid P300-M power bill

LEGAZPI CITY — The seemingly endless saga of Albay province’s lone electric cooperative continues. Already saddled with a four-month-old labor strike, the Albay Electric Cooperative is again facing another threat of power disconnection after it received on Wednesday the notice for its failure to settle last year’s outstanding power bills […]

CamSur 3rd district gets P1.4B project allocation for 2014

NAGA CITY — The third district of Camarines Sur will get at least P1.4-billion worth of projects in 2014 from the national government even as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has been scrapped after the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional. Before the scrapping of the PDAF or […]

No new tax imposition this year – Malacanang

MANILA — There will be no new tax imposition this year. This assurance came from Malacanang reassuring the public that there will be no new tax policy to be imposed by the government in 2014. A palace deputy presidential spokesperson instead said the Aquino administration will continue to focus on […]

DOST urge public to synchronize with Philippine standard time

MANILA, Dec 31 — As the country is set to usher in the coming of year 2014, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo urged the public to synchronize their time with the Philippine Standard Time. Through following the PST, everyone would be able to inculcate the value of […]

SSS starts collecting new rate of member-employer contribution in 2014

MANILA – The Social Security System will start implementing the new rate of 11 per cent in monthly contribution beginning January 2014 as previously announced. The current rate of contribution is 10.4 per cent regularly collected by the state-owned pension fund. The increase in contribution rate is part of the […]

DSWD provides capital assistance to Calabanga senior citizens federation

A federation of senior citizens in the municipality of Calabanga in Camarines Sur is a recipient of a P1 million investment capital assistance from the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The fund will be earmarked to finance the opening of a drug store in the […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Election Marred with Malfunctioning Machines

Majority of the fifty million registered voters trooped to Philippine polling precints as early as six in the morning Monday in the nationwide exercise of electing a new set of government officials from the president down to municipal town councils.

Bicol city celebrate, honors Naga river

NAGA CITY — The officialdom of the city government here is leading a non-traditional festivity that bestows respect and honor not to an individual citizen or group. The honoree is the city’s Naga river. Today, and every second Saturday of March every year, has been proclaimed Naga River Day. The […]

Denial or Whatever, Are We Really Independent?

On July 4, 1946, the Bicol High School led the celebration of independence day in Calabanga. One of the highlight of the occasion was a parade around the town with adorned floats of young maidens and men of the locality, many of whom were students of the distinguished school. It […]

Good riddance, 2 Albay police chiefs get axed

CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City — Two Albay local police chiefs get the ire of their superiors very lately, that eventually get axed in the current cleansing of the force in the region. The Bicol regional police office here has formally removed two police chiefs from their respective […]

Is PH losing drive on rice self-sufficiency production target?

The Philippines is a sour loser when it comes to effective rice production in the country despite the presence of International Rice Research Institute and the Philippine Rice Research Institute both within its grasp and under its “disposal.” Can we forget how in December of 2011, one and a half […]

SSS starts collecting new rate of member-employer contribution in 2014

MANILA – The Social Security System will start implementing the new rate of 11 per cent in monthly contribution beginning January 2014 as previously announced. The current rate of contribution is 10.4 per cent regularly collected by the state-owned pension fund. The increase in contribution rate is part of the […]

Rapu-rapu mine left behind jobless and farmless residents

RAPU-RAPU, Albay -– What happens now that the mining operations of a giant multi-national industrial firm in the mineral-depleted barangay of Pagcolbon, on which most villagers were made dependent on for their livelihood for years, have terminated? How about their lands within the 180-hectare site which were turned barren by […]

Comelec Disqualifies Party-List Ako Bicol in the May 2013 Election

The Commission on Elections today announced the disqualification of party-list Ako Bicol from participating in the coming May 2013 mid-term election. It must be recalled during the 2010 general election, the Bicol party-list received about 1.5 million votes enough for three seats of their nominees in the House of Representatives. […]

Albay Receives Today Robredo’s Pamana Award

Albay province gets recognition for its innovations and excellence in local governance with the 2012 Gawad Pamana ng Lahi from the Department of Interior and Local Government. The award is the penultimate seal of good housekeeping given only to local government units with consistent showing over a consecutive three-year period. […]

No new tax imposition this year – Malacanang

MANILA — There will be no new tax imposition this year. This assurance came from Malacanang reassuring the public that there will be no new tax policy to be imposed by the government in 2014. A palace deputy presidential spokesperson instead said the Aquino administration will continue to focus on […]

Bonot and a Beach Memoire

It was one of those summer and Holy week scheduled vacations when we packed our bags for a short respite from the pressures of office work and daily commute from Antipolo to Makati. Days we looked up to as the only opportune time we connect with relatives in the province.

Pag-Ibig fund regional office transfers to Naga City

By September 15th this year, the Pag-Ibig fund regional center will move to Naga City. The new address will be housed in an office building now undergoing rehabilitation and repainting in time for the transfer. It is in the same structure being occupied by its Naga branch at Roxas avenue. […]

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PNP installs new Legazpi police chief, 100 more cops and 100 Glock firearms

Legazpi City has new police chief, 100 more cops and 100 Glock firearms CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City, Dec. 2 — The Bicol Regional Police Office leadership has installed a new police chief, assigned 100 more police officers and turned over 100 Glock 9mm-caliber pistols to the Legazpi […]

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Bicol police chiefs sacked undergo refresher course

LEGAZPI CITY, June 23 (PNA) -– So, what has been done on the city and municipal police chiefs removed from their respective posts earlier reported here: PNP Bicol sacks police chiefs? The 22 chiefs of police sacked last week from their posts after failing the target policy output being implemented […]

Bonot and a Beach Memoire

It was one of those summer and Holy week scheduled vacations when we packed our bags for a short respite from the pressures of office work and daily commute from Antipolo to Makati. Days we looked up to as the only opportune time we connect with relatives in the province.

SSS starts collecting new rate of member-employer contribution in 2014

MANILA – The Social Security System will start implementing the new rate of 11 per cent in monthly contribution beginning January 2014 as previously announced. The current rate of contribution is 10.4 per cent regularly collected by the state-owned pension fund. The increase in contribution rate is part of the […]

Phase-out: Post offices in Camarines Sur undergo consolidation

The ease of usage by cellphone text messaging and the internet has finally caught up the territory previously dominated by the post office, that of sending and delivering letters. Little did many surmised before that it could lead to something economically disadvantageous to some sectors. One government agency is slowly […]

City mulls statue of St. John Paul II

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government will pursue its plan to build a monument of Saint John Paul II here. Vice Mayor Vittorio Roces said Tuesday they could not help regretting why they had not done it before. This is not a very original idea, but more of a copy […]

The Bicol Farmer and Double Talk on Rice

In time of domestic rice shortages, to whom the Philippine government rely more often than not. Or at least, for the immediate past year? No, not the Filipino farmer, are you kidding me!

NDRRMC updates: Yolanda death toll rise to 3,631 dead, 12,487 injured and 1,179 missing

Here is the official tally update on the death count, injuries, damages and destruction brough about by the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda. According to the official report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 1,962,898 families or 9,073,804 persons were affected in 9,303 barangays in […]