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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 […]

Rejoinder, which Bicol city is ready to become an HUC?

After posting Legazpi City readies to become the first HUC in Bicol, this writer felt like taken for a ride (‘nakuryente’) by the information. So I reviewed some numbers to compare the remaining cities of the region. First. Bicol cities verified annual regular income from the years 2011 up to […]

Mayon disaster tourism has positive side

Even with the impending eruption of Mayon volcano, there are tell tale signs that disaster tourism has positive economic benefits to the province of Albay and Legazpi city. The national government thru its various national agencies are pouring millions of pesos as ready funds to finance expenditures and purchases of […]

Jail officers, inmates train in vinegar, nata de coco production

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 26 — Ten regional and provincial officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 30 resident inmates are now ready to make vinegar and nata de coco either for their families’ use or for business purposes. They learned the process in a recent skills training […]

20,000 sacks NFA rice, relief goods, spoil in Albay

Mention disaster preparedness and the province of Albay always comes to mind. But not all LGUs and government offices in the province “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” of the indefatigable governor Joey Sarte Salceda. In Tabaco, at least 21 sacks of rice and cartons of relief goods (noodles) […]

City reroutes traffic as Yawa bridge project starts

LEGAZPI CITY -– Commuters traversing the Yawa bridge here better find an alternative route to avoid inconvenience. Starting Monday, August 6, a traffic rerouting affecting buses, trucks and delivery vans take effect as works on the bridge widening project starts. While the project has an allotment of P140 million approved […]

APEC delay on power restoration irks Albay governor

Albay governor Joey Salceda expressed irritation on the announcement of the Albay Power Energy Corp. (APEC) that the electricity supply in the entire province will be restored in October this year yet. The announcement crossed the eyebrows of consumers in the province. Salceda said Saturday he has asked the assistance […]

Phivolcs repairs 15 monitoring stations disabled by “Glenda”

LEGAZPI CITY — Two teams from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Manila repaired nine of the 10 monitoring stations around Mount Mayon including six of the seven similar equipments around Bulusan volcano disabled by typhoon “Glenda” on July 15. Headed by Dr. Maria Antonia V. Bornas, Phivolcs […]

‘Glenda’ expected to hit Albay; 30,359 families evacuated in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, July 15 — As of 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, tropical storm “Glenda” was located at about 90 kilometers of this city and is expected to hit Legazpi City at about 4:00 p.m. The typhoon is expected to pass by Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon, then Legazpi and the First District […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tourist arrivals in Legazpi city hit .5M in 2013

LEGAZPI CITY – This Bicol city hosted last year more than half a million tourists, an increase of 32.27 percent from the previous year’s number of arrivals. As recorded by the Bicol regional office of the Department of Tourism, the total arrivals of both domestic and foreign tourists here for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Albay power blackout disrupted our lives, bigtime!

Legazpi City, Albay — Albay power blackout disrupted our lives, bigtime! On Wednesday, May 28 at about 9″00 o’clock AM the electiricity being supplied by Albay Power and Energy corporation (APEC) thru feeders 1, 2 ,3 and 4 in this city, suddenly went off. The APEC, (the company created with […]

Albay blackout: Blame it on the transformer

The blackout being suffered by Legazpi City, Manito town and some areas of Sto. Domingo town started on Wednesday morning after the 35-year-old 20-MVA transformer of the Bitano sub-station conked out. Imported during the Martial Law years, (during the implementation of establishing electric cooperatives in the country) in 1979, it […]

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 […]

Albay plays host to 3 meets; will cost the government P18-M

LEGAZPI CITY — Secretary General Taleb Rifai of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) will arrive on Saturday to preside over the 26th Joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia. Rifai, a Jordanian national, will also preside […]

Legazpi City mayor secures whale shark feeding ground

LEGAZPI CITY -– A proactive Mayor Noel E. Rosal here early this week ordered the city’s Integrated Coastal Resource Management Unit to fully secure the coastal water channel where whale sharks currently inhabit. “We want Poliqui Bay conserved by way of protecting it from illegal fishing activities, water pollution and […]

80,693 take licensure exam for teachers on Jan 26

Manila, Jan. 26 — A total of 80,693 examinees will be taking the board licensure examination for professional teachers today in 15 testing centers nationwide. The Professional Regulation Commission announced that the bulk of LET examinees will come from the National Capital Region with an estimated 18,055 examinees, followed by […]

World Bank to finance Legazpi dump sites with P12-M grant

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government of Legazpi will soon receive a P12M grant from the World Bank to finance the closure and rehabilitation of an old dump site and the operation of an adjacent landfill in Banquerohan, here. Mayor Noel Rosal said on Monday a WB supervision team and […]

Albay readies for arrival of first batch of Xiamen tourists

LEGAZPI CITY, — Albay opens its international gateway through this city on January 30th. On this day, about 156 Chinese tourists will visit the Bicol province during the initial direct flight from Xiamen, China. The Chinese nationals are expected to stay for a five-day tour. The domestic airport here has […]

Cebu Pacific plane disrupts airport operation in Legazpi

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 6 — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) here on Monday suspended for an hour the operations in the Legazpi City domestic airport after a Cebu Pacific plane that had just landed and was negotiating the runway suddenly stopped due to a mechanical trouble. Antonio […]

Miss Int’l 2013 Bea Santiago joins Albay in New Year countdown

LEGAZPI CITY — Fresh from her triumph in the Tokyo pageant, that definitely capped the year’s unprecedented haul of various international beauty titles ever, the newest Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago will be home in the Bicol region before the year ends. Bea Rose will mark her homecoming with […]

Gypped: 250,000 Aleco consumers face electric power rate increase

LEGAZPI CITY — Unknown to the 250,000 power consumers in Albay, the National Electric Administration has filed for a power rate increase in anticipation of the final takeover of the San Miguel Corp. of the operation of its recently acquired bankrupt electric cooperative of the province, according to documents obtained […]

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 […]

Bicol PDEA offers P50K for capture of barangay captain suspected of drug trafficking

CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has offered a reward of P50,000 for the capture of the barangay captain of Sabang in this city now hunted by authorities for alleged illegal drugs trafficking. Regional director Archie Grande identified the fugitive barangay official […]

Albay allocates P11M for upgrading of Legazpi airport

The domestic airport in Legazpi receives a boost from the provincial government of Albay with the allotment of P11 million for upgrading geared towards making the city a prospective gateway for chartered flights of foreign tourists. This was confirmed as the provincial legislature unanimously approved last week the allocation requested […]

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 […]

Proposed boulevard in north Legazpi city will boost tourism

LEGAZPI CITY -– The booming tourism industry here will get a boost as the city locates a new boulevard to be constructed in its northern part anytime next year after the completion of all the necessary requirements, permits and clearances, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview. The proposed […]

Bicol DSWD relief assistance update: 60,307 families in Eastern Samar given top priority

Good News here. Eleven municipalities and one city in Eastern Samar with a total of 60,307 dislocated families after the devastation brought by “Yolanda” have been given top priority for relief assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol regional office. “Operation for relief assistance continues to reach […]

Lone Bicolano Casualty in Zamboanga Stand-off Flown Home

Lone Bicolano Casualty in Zamboanga Stand-off Flown Home. The fall out from the Zamboanga hostilities that pitted a group of Moro National Liberation front fighters against government military personnel became more real and touching to the family of one Bicolano soldier. To the family of Corporal Jesi Chris Reyeg, 33, […]

ALECO Consumers Voted for Private Sector Management Instead of Coop to Coop Scheme

ALECO consumers voted for private sector management instead of Coop to Coop Scheme. The PSP proposal garnered 5,506 votes, over the coop-to-coop (C2C) scheme, which received 3,491 votes in Saturday’s referendum among member-consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative. Some 100,000 Aleco consumers were earlier expected to show up at the 23 […]

Legazpi City to Embark on P300Bn Urban Development Project via PPP

A P300 billion urban development project, that will be implemented through public private partnership, is now on the drawing board of the Legazpi city government. The project involve the reclamation of a vast portion of an area off the shoreline covered by two barangays at the southern coast here, City […]

The Legend of Handiong as a Musical Production Debuts in Albay Ibalong Festival

The legend of Handiong as a musical production debuts in Albay Ibalong Festival. That happened in Legazpi city, as part of this city’s month-long celebration. The Tanghalang Pilipino theater company, of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, unfolded last week with a two-day presentation, of “Ibalong the Musical” production, its […]

World’s Largest: Albayanos Lay 65 Meter Long Rosary-Shaped Artificial Coral Reef

Albay folks get the assistance of divers from various government agencies and civic organizations in laying out over the weekend a 65-meter-long artificial coral reef shaped like a rosary about 20 feet underwater off the coast of San Vicente and Pandayan, a kilometer from the town proper of Sto. Domingo. […]

Albay Province Brace the Prospect of Electric Power Disconnection on Monday

Legazpi city, July 21 — We are waiting, in a few hours from now, if the National Power Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be prevailed from cutting off the power supply to the Albay Electric Cooperative after 9:00 o’clock in the morning of Monday. Many times in the past […]

Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle Lays Eggs at Legazpi Coastlines

A two-meter long Leatherback turtle was freed Sunday night after laying hundred eggs on the shorelines of barangay Rawis of Legazpi city, a Philippine Navy (PN) officer said Monday. The giant turtle was freed at about 8:00PM Sunday by coastal villagers, including representatives from the PN Naval Forces for Southern […]

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Miss Int’l 2013 Bea Santiago joins Albay in New Year countdown

LEGAZPI CITY — Fresh from her triumph in the Tokyo pageant, that definitely capped the year’s unprecedented haul of various international beauty titles ever, the newest Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago will be home in the Bicol region before the year ends. Bea Rose will mark her homecoming with […]

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Living by the Hillside Provides a Healthful Respite

“The real reason for physical fitness goes beyond the benefits one accrues from a healthy lifestyle,” is a famous line by Richard H. Utt. I personally believe it could be the dogma of every person who believes that Life is the most precious gift given by GOD. Therefore, it is […]

Phivolcs repairs 15 monitoring stations disabled by “Glenda”

LEGAZPI CITY — Two teams from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Manila repaired nine of the 10 monitoring stations around Mount Mayon including six of the seven similar equipments around Bulusan volcano disabled by typhoon “Glenda” on July 15. Headed by Dr. Maria Antonia V. Bornas, Phivolcs […]

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 […]

How Seven Bicol City LGUs Spent People’s Money in 2009

Presented here is a short discussion on how the seven Bicol city local government units prioritized expenditures for the welfare of its constituents. Like the provincial LGUs, selected were five current operating expenditures which ate up much of the operating income of, and by comparison with, all seven city local […]

Hernandez Clan bereaved by demise of family members

For the well entrenched clan of Hernandez in Calabanga, the shadow of death come as a reminder of their being part of one root. Death become the source and cause of uncalled unhappy reunions, repeatedly as in the immediate past. Many family members may have found their way into distant […]

80,693 take licensure exam for teachers on Jan 26

Manila, Jan. 26 — A total of 80,693 examinees will be taking the board licensure examination for professional teachers today in 15 testing centers nationwide. The Professional Regulation Commission announced that the bulk of LET examinees will come from the National Capital Region with an estimated 18,055 examinees, followed by […]

Cebu Pacific plane disrupts airport operation in Legazpi

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 6 — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) here on Monday suspended for an hour the operations in the Legazpi City domestic airport after a Cebu Pacific plane that had just landed and was negotiating the runway suddenly stopped due to a mechanical trouble. Antonio […]

The Legend of Handiong as a Musical Production Debuts in Albay Ibalong Festival

The legend of Handiong as a musical production debuts in Albay Ibalong Festival. That happened in Legazpi city, as part of this city’s month-long celebration. The Tanghalang Pilipino theater company, of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, unfolded last week with a two-day presentation, of “Ibalong the Musical” production, its […]

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 […]

The Majestic Mayon Volcano in Albay

With its towering height of 8,077 feet (2,462 meters), the almost perfect-coned volcano is the main tourist attraction of the province and the regions’ natural wonder.

But don’t be guiled with its beauty and charm, for it has erupted times too many since its first recorded activity in 1776. The most destructive was in 1814 when the town of Cagsawa was buried under its mudflows and only the church belfry was left standing. The town was later relocated into what is now the bustling trade center of Daraga.

Albay Province Brace the Prospect of Electric Power Disconnection on Monday

Legazpi city, July 21 — We are waiting, in a few hours from now, if the National Power Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be prevailed from cutting off the power supply to the Albay Electric Cooperative after 9:00 o’clock in the morning of Monday. Many times in the past […]

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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.

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80,693 take licensure exam for teachers on Jan 26

Manila, Jan. 26 — A total of 80,693 examinees will be taking the board licensure examination for professional teachers today in 15 testing centers nationwide. The Professional Regulation Commission announced that the bulk of LET examinees will come from the National Capital Region with an estimated 18,055 examinees, followed by […]

More Detailed Account on GWR of Albay No Smoking Sign in Bicol University

Bicolanos from Albay province, numbering 13,892 out of 17,000 registered for the event from all walks of life led by Gov. Joey S. Salceda showed determination in shaping the world’s largest human no smoking sign for the Guinness World Record Friday at Legazpi city’s Bicol University football field. Braving the […]

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 […]

At the Port of Legazpi

Thankfully enough we have this boat on the foreground. There’s the hint of blue in the sky but so faint and the general mood of the day is drab and dreary. The port at the city of Legazpi is the port of call for cargo and passenger ships that ply […]

Proposed boulevard in north Legazpi city will boost tourism

LEGAZPI CITY -– The booming tourism industry here will get a boost as the city locates a new boulevard to be constructed in its northern part anytime next year after the completion of all the necessary requirements, permits and clearances, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview. The proposed […]

Legazpi and Camsur Occupies Income Leads in 2005

Looking deep at the 2005 income of cities and provinces of Bicol this time, the trend is no different from previous years. The moneys earned stay more on the uptrend. The cities of Legazpi and Naga are truly rivals. Sorsogon may seem to occupy the third position now and the next years to come.

Legazpi City mayor secures whale shark feeding ground

LEGAZPI CITY -– A proactive Mayor Noel E. Rosal here early this week ordered the city’s Integrated Coastal Resource Management Unit to fully secure the coastal water channel where whale sharks currently inhabit. “We want Poliqui Bay conserved by way of protecting it from illegal fishing activities, water pollution and […]