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Bicol cops kill suspect drug pusher, collars user

As the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration rite nears, more drug personalities are either busted or meet their death in the hands of police officers. Is this mere coincidence or cops are upstaging their buddies to be recognized of their loyalty to the new Malacañang tenant? Senior Insp. Bernardo Peñero and […]

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, […]

Spate of killings mars observance of Holy Week in Masbate

MASBATE CITY, Masbate, April 6 — A spate of killings mars an otherwise generally peaceful observance of Holy week in the province of Masbate. An incumbent village barangay head went on a shooting spree, killing a farmer and wounding another inside a cockpit on Saturday morning in Barangay Nabongsoran, Aroroy, […]

Acting Masbate governor stops government funded projects in Cawayan

CAWAYAN, Masbate, March 17 — The appointment of vice-governor Vince Home Revil as acting governor of Msbate province is disrupting government funded projects in this town. Revil allegedly withholds funding of projects alloted to the municpality which are already financed by the provincial government while detained Governor Rozalina Lanete was […]

Bicol DepEd release list of schools to offer senior high program in 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, March 14 – Despite the seeming unpreparedness in offering the proposed new senior high school (SHS) program, the Department of Education (DepEd) confirms that 1,251 schools in Bicol are ready (sic) to offer the K to 12 curriculum by 2016. DepEd V Education Program Supervisor Cecile Ferro disclosed […]

Murder of Masbate tabloid publisher-editor, 173rd in PH

MASBATE CITY , March 1 — A local tabloid publisher and editor in Masbate province was murdered Saturday. Ariel Verano Lerit, the publisher-editor of the tabloid Masbate Times was stabbed to death while inside a KTB bar in this city with fellow media personnel Bobby Bornillo. The unfortunate incident happened […]

Lanete, 4 other former House members face plunder and graft

Lanete, 4 other former House members face plunder and graft The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday filed plunder, graft and malversation charges against five former members of the House of Representatives before the Sandiganbayan over alleged fraudulent transactions involving P339 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gold town Aroroy wants to borrow P45-M to finance projects

The town of Aroroy, whose coffers is supposed to be full because of its rich gold and other minerals from mine operation, will secure a loan of P45 million to finance a housing project and acquire heavy equipment. According to Mayor Enrico Capinig, the loan proceeds that will be sourced […]

Poor Bicolanos get unsafe drinking water from ground wells- DSWD

LEGAZPI CITY — Official government data revealed that there are 187,673 Bicolano households which do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, according to the Department of Social Welfare. The provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur and Albay posted the highest incidences of households with no access to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Southern Bicol provinces prepare for landfall of Typhoon Yolanda

The southern Bicol provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate and Albay are getting ready for typhoon Yolanda. The howler is expected to bring heavy rains that could cause widespread flooding in the areas. In the thick of preparations for the coming typhoon, the Department of Education- Bicol regional office has readied schools […]

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, […]

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 […]

The 101 on Why Highlight Bicol Marine Wealth in a Regional Trade Fair

The 101 on why there is the need to highlight Bicol marine wealth and biodiversity into the spotlight of a regional trade fair. The regional office of the Bureau of Fishiries and Aquatic Resources partners with the organizers of the forthcoming regional Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair with its exhibition […]

BFAR: Widespread Corruption, Overfishing Plagues Bicol Fishing Industry

Overfishing, widespread corruption and uncooperative local executives are the key factors hampering the government’s campaign against illegal fishing practices slowly killing the industry according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. In a media briefing, Francisco Ombao, BFAR Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division chief, said that a study […]

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 […]

Search and Rescue of Missing Passengers of Masbate RORO Sea Mishap Over

The Bicol regional branch in Legazpi city of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Monday said teams had terminated the three-day search and rescue operations for the remaining missing passengers of the MV Lady of Mount Carmel, a roll on-roll-off passenger-cargo vessel that sank early Friday morning at the […]

Manila Standard Today Posted Erroneous Title of Masbate Sea Mishap

It isn’t funny anymore with the not-once-in-a-blue-moon errors of national dailies on news coverages which detail events outside Manila. This time, have you noticed the news from Manila Standard Today about the “Ship sinks off Bohol, 2 killed, 12 missing” posted on Jun. 15, 2013 at 12:02am and bylined by […]

Forty Passengers Rescued, 2 Die off Masbate RORO Sea Mishap

Legazpi city, June 14 (PNA) – At least 40 survivors and two dead persons who were aboard a passenger-cargo vessel that sank in the waters of Burias Pass early morning today have been retrieved by search and rescue operatives starting at about 7 a.m. today, according to a report of […]

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 […]

We Will Remember the Campaign Promise of the President in Calabanga

During the campaign period for the mid-term elections, President Benigno S. Aquino III. Aquino III, made whirlwind visits of cities and municipalities in the Bicol region. These video coverage courtesy of RTV Malacañang highlights the president’s campaign visit in the municipality of Calabanga at the Octagon multi-purpose hall. President Benigno […]

The Tiny Island off Cawayan Town has Similarities with Liouciou

In the midst of excitement and confusion attendant to the just concluded political exercise was the incident that happened in the vicinities below Batanes islands, but more specifically in the Balintang channel involving foreign fishermen and the Philippine coastguard personnel. We will not delve into the details and legalities of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Masbate Province And City Winners and Losers May 13, 2013 Elections

PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR of MASBATE LANETE, DAYAN (NPC) 127,173 KHO, TONY (LAKAS) 105,973 CASAS, PADRE LEO (LP) 24,078 ALBURO, ROMEO JR. (KBL) 3,334 PROVINCIAL VICE-GOVERNOR of MASBATE REVIL, VINCE (NPC) 132,179 TUASON, BOY (LP) 58,601 LEGASPI, DOK NONOY (AKSYON) 22,310 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN of MASBATE – SECOND PROVDIST REVIL, KAYE (NPC) […]

Legazpi LGU Earns the Most Among Bicol Cities in FY2009

The local government unit of Legazpi city in Albay proved a notch better than Bicol’s only independent component city of Naga when it grossed higher in its total operating income for fiscal year 2009 by a margin of P31,291,467. Other local cities income rank in order from high to the […]

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 […]

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Bicol cops kill suspect drug pusher, collars user

As the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration rite nears, more drug personalities are either busted or meet their death in the hands of police officers. Is this mere coincidence or cops are upstaging their buddies to be recognized of their loyalty to the new Malacañang tenant? Senior Insp. Bernardo Peñero and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Legazpi LGU Earns the Most Among Bicol Cities in FY2009

The local government unit of Legazpi city in Albay proved a notch better than Bicol’s only independent component city of Naga when it grossed higher in its total operating income for fiscal year 2009 by a margin of P31,291,467. Other local cities income rank in order from high to the […]

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 […]

Spate of killings mars observance of Holy Week in Masbate

MASBATE CITY, Masbate, April 6 — A spate of killings mars an otherwise generally peaceful observance of Holy week in the province of Masbate. An incumbent village barangay head went on a shooting spree, killing a farmer and wounding another inside a cockpit on Saturday morning in Barangay Nabongsoran, Aroroy, […]

Manila Standard Today Posted Erroneous Title of Masbate Sea Mishap

It isn’t funny anymore with the not-once-in-a-blue-moon errors of national dailies on news coverages which detail events outside Manila. This time, have you noticed the news from Manila Standard Today about the “Ship sinks off Bohol, 2 killed, 12 missing” posted on Jun. 15, 2013 at 12:02am and bylined by […]

We Will Remember the Campaign Promise of the President in Calabanga

During the campaign period for the mid-term elections, President Benigno S. Aquino III. Aquino III, made whirlwind visits of cities and municipalities in the Bicol region. These video coverage courtesy of RTV Malacañang highlights the president’s campaign visit in the municipality of Calabanga at the Octagon multi-purpose hall. President Benigno […]

Masbate Province And City Winners and Losers May 13, 2013 Elections

PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR of MASBATE LANETE, DAYAN (NPC) 127,173 KHO, TONY (LAKAS) 105,973 CASAS, PADRE LEO (LP) 24,078 ALBURO, ROMEO JR. (KBL) 3,334 PROVINCIAL VICE-GOVERNOR of MASBATE REVIL, VINCE (NPC) 132,179 TUASON, BOY (LP) 58,601 LEGASPI, DOK NONOY (AKSYON) 22,310 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN of MASBATE – SECOND PROVDIST REVIL, KAYE (NPC) […]

Rich Towns, Poor Towns of RP

They are the cream of an elite group unto themselves. If they are human, they could be living “la vida loca.” But since they are neither, then they could be comparable to virtual money machines, search engine optimized, sucks every single centavo that comes near their sphere.

Search and Rescue of Missing Passengers of Masbate RORO Sea Mishap Over

The Bicol regional branch in Legazpi city of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Monday said teams had terminated the three-day search and rescue operations for the remaining missing passengers of the MV Lady of Mount Carmel, a roll on-roll-off passenger-cargo vessel that sank early Friday morning at the […]

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The New Port of Pio Duran Unlocks Southwestern Bicol

The formal opening of the port of Pio Duran town of Albay ushers a new era for people and business to open up or look forward to progress. The modern roll-on, roll-off facilities of the port will serve primarily the southwestern Bicol.

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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, […]

PNP Dispatches More Personnel To Election Hot Spot Masbate

Barely a week in the electoral campaign in the Bicol region yet the Philippine National Police already has deployed additional police personnel to the province of Masbate. The island is home to a history of electoral violence during the conduct of previous elections may it be mid-term or presidentaial which […]

Gold town Aroroy wants to borrow P45-M to finance projects

The town of Aroroy, whose coffers is supposed to be full because of its rich gold and other minerals from mine operation, will secure a loan of P45 million to finance a housing project and acquire heavy equipment. According to Mayor Enrico Capinig, the loan proceeds that will be sourced […]

Houses on Stilts by the Sea

A boat ride is one way in getting to the city of Masbate and the island province of Masbate from the Bicol peninsula.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Southern Bicol provinces prepare for landfall of Typhoon Yolanda

The southern Bicol provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate and Albay are getting ready for typhoon Yolanda. The howler is expected to bring heavy rains that could cause widespread flooding in the areas. In the thick of preparations for the coming typhoon, the Department of Education- Bicol regional office has readied schools […]