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Bulusan volcano spews ash, the second eruption this week

BULUSAN, Sorsogon — Active Mount Bulusan, here, spewed a kilometer-high ash cloud that lasted for around nine minutes early morning on Wednesday, its second time this week. Volcanologists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanolgy and Seismology (Phivolcs) found 0.5 millimetres traces of ashes that drifted towards villages in this town. […]

Lone gunman kills ABC-Bicol president

DONSOL, Sorsogon — The village chief of Barangay Tinagonan of this town was shot multiple times by a lone gunman on Sunday afternoon. The fatality was Joel Briones, 47, the current president of the Bicol Association of Barangay Captains who died on the spot after a lone gunman riddled his […]

Sorsogon’s Bulusan Volcano gets restive again

Calabanga, Cam Sur, May 3 — Just when the whole nation is on tight watch of the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather boxing bout, here in the Bicol region, more specifically in Sorsogon province, concerned government agencies are closely monitoring Mount Bulusan after the volcano spewed steam and ash on […]

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, […]

Soldier suffers injury in Sorsogon mine explosion

Soldier on disaster response mission wounded in mine explosion in Sorsogon LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 6 — A soldier assigned to a disaster response mission in Sorsogon was wounded after his team stumbled on a mine in Irosin, Sorsogon, around 11.45 a.m. Friday. Army Col. Cesar M. Idio, commanding officer of […]

Geothermal plant enundates Sorsogon barangay with flooding

SORSOGON CITY — A village in Bacon district here may soon be erased from the map if the geo-hazard threatening it would not be acted upon, the village chief on Monday warned. Osiao barangay chairman Tito Dio said typhoon Glenda spawned massive flooding in their locality, made worse by the […]

Sorsogon officials say Albay bloats disaster report

SORSOGON CITY – After the storm that hit the Bicol region comes the backlash. Sorsogon provincial officials accuses the Albay leadership of allegedly seeming and deliberate exaggeration and padding on estimated disaster report on the value of devastation wrought by Typhoon Glenda. Of the six Bicol provinces, Albay claimed to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Update: Bicol mainland, other areas under massive power blackout

Typhoon “Glenda” left behind with majority of electric cooperatives, power retailers, in the Bicol mainland and other areas powerless, as noted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). In the NGCP’s 7:00 a.m. update Wednesday, identified these cooperatives as the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), Samar Electric […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Fil-Am businesswoman urges Sorsogon coop members to mount “people power”

Fil-American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis rallies Sorsoganons to mount a “people power” movement to help resolve the woes faced by the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (Soreco II). Lewis who hails from Sorsogon said during a media briefing, “I am calling on my fellow Sorsoganons to do a people power for Soreco […]

DENR Bicol to provide mangrove propagules for Sorsogon towns

LEGAZPI CITY — The regional office here of the environment and natural resources department has made a commitment of providing mangrove propagules for the towns of Donsol, Pilar, Casiguran, Magallanes and Sorsogon city. Learning from the sad experience of the Visayas regions that were badly ravaged by the storm surge, […]

“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 […]

Six dead on SUV, PUB crash in Sorsogon town

LEGAZPI CITY — Six persons died when a Suzuki sports utility vehicle collided head-on with a passenger bus early Sunday morning along the Maharlika Highway in barangay Bacolod, Juban, Sorsogon, a Philippine National Police official in Bicol said. Inspector Malu Calubaquid, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said the Suzuki SUV with plate […]

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, […]

Miss Earth beauties visit Sorsogon for resorts wear competition

SORSOGON CITY — All thirty-two international beauties from countries over the world descended on this city Tuesday to compete in the “Resort Wear” segment of the Ms. Earth International competition on Wednesday at the provincial gymnasium. The candidates arrived late Tuesday morning from Metro Manila and proceeded to the Siama […]

Sorsogon serves as jump-off point of Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Samar

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 27 – Sorsogon serves as jump-off point of Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Samar. As of Nov. 25, there were 21 families and 69 individuals who received aid from DSWD through the Public Assistance Desk. Herminia Diorico of Barangay Maya, MacArthur, Leyte, and six other members of her […]

DPWH, DENR condemns 785 trees in Sorsogon highway

A total of 785 old first-class species of shady and fruit-bearing trees that have been giving life to the environment will be cut down in Sorsogon. Earlier, there was a similar plan to remove more than 650 same old trees in Naga city, and discussed also here 651 Trees on […]

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, […]

Landslide in Sorsogon Town Kills 12 Year Old Boy

A 12-year-old boy died on Saturday afternoon when a portion of a hill suddenly collapsed and buried him alive in Barangay Calomagon, Bulan, Sorsogon, an official of the Philippine National Police Bicol said Sunday. Inspector Malu Calubaquid, PNP-Bicol spokesperson, identified the victim as Noel Hachero, a resident of Sitio Buntay, […]

81 Families in Juban Town of Sorsogon Temporarily Displaced by Army-NPA Encounter

An encounter between Army troopers and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Sunday afternoon in Barangay Upper Maalo, Juban, Sorsogon, forced at least 81 families to scamper for safety. Soldiers belonging to the 31st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and a band of NPA guerrillas clashed at about 3 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baluko of Sorsogon Emerges as Exotic Food for Seafood Aficionados

Baluko is a meaty shellfish that can be cooked in many ways like fried, adobo or seasoned in coconut milk with lots of chili to taste like the super hot Bicol express. Ii is now a popular wet market commodity in Sorsogon province as exotic delicacy for seafood lovers. Baluko […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sorsogon Province and City Losers and Winners May 13, 2013 Elections

PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR of SORSOGONLEE, RAUL (UNA) 85,520DIONEDA, ERIC 85,347LAURINARIA, RENATO (LP) 25,694BRIN, AMADEO 1,752 PROVINCIAL VICE-GOVERNOR of SORSOGONESCUDERO, ANTONIO JR. (NPC) 95,230FRIVALDO, VLADIMIR RAMON (LP) 63,531 MEMBER, SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN of SORSOGON – FIRST PROVDISTESCUDERO, JUN (NPC) 47,332AQUINO, REBECCA (NPC) 38,275ANONUEVO, ROLANDO 26,122RAVANILLA, FRANCO ERIC (NPC) 25,071RELATIVO, EVER (NPC) 24,722AMOR, OWEN […]

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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, […]

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Landslide in Sorsogon Town Kills 12 Year Old Boy

A 12-year-old boy died on Saturday afternoon when a portion of a hill suddenly collapsed and buried him alive in Barangay Calomagon, Bulan, Sorsogon, an official of the Philippine National Police Bicol said Sunday. Inspector Malu Calubaquid, PNP-Bicol spokesperson, identified the victim as Noel Hachero, a resident of Sitio Buntay, […]

Sorsogon NPA’s Declare Unilateral Ceasefire

The threat of eruption of Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon and its possible challenges to the surrounding populace has one immediate positive effect, if we can qualify it as one. The provincial unit of the rebel movement in the province has made known their declaration of a unilateral suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) in areas near the volcano.

Baluko of Sorsogon Emerges as Exotic Food for Seafood Aficionados

Baluko is a meaty shellfish that can be cooked in many ways like fried, adobo or seasoned in coconut milk with lots of chili to taste like the super hot Bicol express. Ii is now a popular wet market commodity in Sorsogon province as exotic delicacy for seafood lovers. Baluko […]

A Sperm Whale Dies in Rapu-rapu

The recent discovery of the humongous dead sperm whale is another thorny issue that is being blamed and connected to the current mining operations in the island of Rapu-rapu.

Daet Ranks 1st in 2005 Bicol Earnings

There is no stumbling block on the surge of Camarines Norte’s capital of Daet to the top of regional ranking by income of Bicol municipalities for the year 2005. Albay province’s top earner Daraga did not even take the second spot and was relegated to number 3. LGU Labo (again, of Camarines Norte) ranked second.

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 […]

Lone gunman kills ABC-Bicol president

DONSOL, Sorsogon — The village chief of Barangay Tinagonan of this town was shot multiple times by a lone gunman on Sunday afternoon. The fatality was Joel Briones, 47, the current president of the Bicol Association of Barangay Captains who died on the spot after a lone gunman riddled his […]

Fil-Am businesswoman urges Sorsogon coop members to mount “people power”

Fil-American businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis rallies Sorsoganons to mount a “people power” movement to help resolve the woes faced by the Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (Soreco II). Lewis who hails from Sorsogon said during a media briefing, “I am calling on my fellow Sorsoganons to do a people power for Soreco […]

The Bubbling Water of Lake Nag-Aso in Manito

The rural town of Manito is opening up to the influx of tourists brought about by the eco-tourism drive of the government. While it is home to the 160-megawatt Manito-Bacon geothermal plant, the site is being developed to cater to tourists.

81 Families in Juban Town of Sorsogon Temporarily Displaced by Army-NPA Encounter

An encounter between Army troopers and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Sunday afternoon in Barangay Upper Maalo, Juban, Sorsogon, forced at least 81 families to scamper for safety. Soldiers belonging to the 31st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and a band of NPA guerrillas clashed at about 3 […]

Geothermal plant enundates Sorsogon barangay with flooding

SORSOGON CITY — A village in Bacon district here may soon be erased from the map if the geo-hazard threatening it would not be acted upon, the village chief on Monday warned. Osiao barangay chairman Tito Dio said typhoon Glenda spawned massive flooding in their locality, made worse by the […]

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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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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Sorsogon’s Bulusan Volcano gets restive again

Calabanga, Cam Sur, May 3 — Just when the whole nation is on tight watch of the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather boxing bout, here in the Bicol region, more specifically in Sorsogon province, concerned government agencies are closely monitoring Mount Bulusan after the volcano spewed steam and ash on […]

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 […]

DPWH, DENR condemns 785 trees in Sorsogon highway

A total of 785 old first-class species of shady and fruit-bearing trees that have been giving life to the environment will be cut down in Sorsogon. Earlier, there was a similar plan to remove more than 650 same old trees in Naga city, and discussed also here 651 Trees on […]

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 […]

Update: Bicol mainland, other areas under massive power blackout

Typhoon “Glenda” left behind with majority of electric cooperatives, power retailers, in the Bicol mainland and other areas powerless, as noted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). In the NGCP’s 7:00 a.m. update Wednesday, identified these cooperatives as the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), Samar Electric […]

Daet Ranks 1st in 2005 Bicol Earnings

There is no stumbling block on the surge of Camarines Norte’s capital of Daet to the top of regional ranking by income of Bicol municipalities for the year 2005. Albay province’s top earner Daraga did not even take the second spot and was relegated to number 3. LGU Labo (again, of Camarines Norte) ranked second.

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 […]