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VOL. XXIV, NO. 40 BICOL, THE PHILIPPINES APRIL 23-29, 2017 P5.

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Bicol health authorities


remind public about

'6S'
this summer
By CONNIE DESTURA and control program, advised
the public to be aware of the
Dr. Nathaniel Rempillo,
provincial health officer of
PLDT HOME OPENS ITS FIRST SALES AND SERVICE CENTER IN NAGA CITY
Photos show Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion and Miss Universe-Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa
leading the ceremonial store opening together with the PLDT Home Business Development
Head, Louella Aquino (4th from left), and other PLDT executives.

Naga City is now Fibr-powered,


opens first PLDT Sales & Service Center
LEGAZPI CITY —- six common summer diseases Albay, said it is good to drink
Regional and provincial or conditions, referred to as plenty of water. NAGA CITY, Bicol --- net speeds of up to 1 Gbps, innovative services inside
health authorities in Bicol the “6S,” that can adversely “This will make one’s The ‘Heart of Bicol’ is now PLDT Home is also open- the store such as Infotouch,
have reminded the public affect one’s health. body fresh from too much one of the region’s first Fi- ing its first sales and service a self-care kiosk where they
to be more careful about “These are sore eyes, heat and will help in avoiding br-powered cities. center (SSC) in the city. The can view and print their
their health in the flurry of sunburn, suka at tae (diar- dehydration,” he said. PLDT Home’s nationwide strategically located and spa- PLDT bills; a digital me-
activities this summer sea- rhea), sipon at ubo (colds and Bron said drinking 8-12 rollout of its industry-leading cious 165-square meter store nuboard where they can shop
son because of the common coughs), sakit sa balat (skin glasses of water can help fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) at Centro Square, Penafrancia for PLDT products; giant in-
diseases that usually arise diseases) and sakmal ng aso avoid heat stroke due to too lines is bringing the country’s Avenue, will allow customers teractive screens where they
at this time. (animal bites),” she said. much exposure to the sun. most powerful broadband to to transact with greater ease can surf and play using a 32”
Noemi Bron, health edu- Bron said hand washing Rempillo said families Bicol, and Naga City is at the and speed and experience Telpad; and a cozy lounge
cation provincial officer can limit the spread of harm- should bring their own food heart of this groundbreaking first-hand PLDT Home’s with 50” video wall where
of Department of Health ful bacteria or viruses that while traveling to prevent development. products and services. they can watch Cignal TV

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(DOH)-Bicol’s non-commu- cause sore eyes or conjunc- food poisoning as food spoils In addition to provid- Customers will also en- channels.
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nicable disease tivitis. (Turn to page 4) ing families access to inter- joy the unique features and (Turn to page 9)

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2 BIKOL REPORTER OPINION APRIL 23-29, 2017

Peso Weaker in Asia


(Atty. APA – chairs Acyatan & capital outlays increased from
Co., CPAs-DFK International – is P345.3B in 2015 - but it was
past chair of ASEAN Federation
of CPAs, PICPA past president
OPINIONS short of the P533.1B budget
due to procurement difficulties
and Hall-of-Famer, and ACPAPP
Lifetime Achievement Awardee). UNLIMITED such as failure of bidders to
comply with bid requirements or
ANEMIC: The Phl peso was difficulty in complying with prod-
the lone currency in the region uct or service specifications.
that depreciated against the US Procurement and implemen-
dollar during the first quarter. tation of some projects under
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
Atty. TONY (APA) ACYATAN
the Dept. of National Defense
still sees a silver lining in the pe- are still ongoing, such as the
so’s weakness. Latest BSP data versus the US dollar. This means construction of an airbase of the
showed that the peso depreciated a stable foothold for the country’s Philippine Air Force in Cagayan
by 0.88% against the greenback exports – so Philippine exports De Oro City while some projects
during the first quarter 2017. In are expected to recover this year, under the Revised AFP Mod-
contrast, other regional currencies as BPO (business process out- ernization Program awaits pres-
strengthened during the same pe- sourcing) revenues will remain idential approval. Under spend-
riod. SK won appreciated 7.93%, robust. BSP expects exports to ing in infrastructure outlays also
Japanese yen, up 4.62%, Thai grow 2% this year, as OFW remit- stemmed from the delays in the
baht, up 4.02% and Singaporean tances will rise by at leeaet 4%. request for rail and port projecs
dollar, up 3.58%. INFRASTRUCTURE: Public of Philippine National Railways
The peso drifted to the P50:$1 expenditures on vital infrastruc- and Philippine Ports Authority in

Kabikolan at War
level, the weakest in over a de- ture jumped 42.8% to P493B last connection with their MOA with
cade. BSP said over a longer year, but the government still un- the Dept. of Transportation.
In the present context where the new generation of
period of assessment, such de- derspent against its target mainly REMINDER: We are more at
Bicolanos have but almost forgotten what it was to carry preciation represents some com- due to procurement woes. Lat- risk to sin when things are going
on with day-to-day living under war conditions, Sumaro pensation for previous strong ap- est DBM data showed that infra- well for us; we are most suscep-
Bikolnon,. Inc. sponsored a series of lectures that purposely preciation of the local currency structure expenditures and other tible!
treat on how Bicolanos coped during the war years (1942-
1945) when Japanese forces occupied Bicolandia.
The lectures, which was made more inviting by holding a
simultaneous exhibit on war paraphernalia and mementoes,
President Duterte ordered release of P6B for war
were held at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary last April 7, 2017.
The event was attended by the families of war veterans, by
veterans, Sen. Legarda’s suggestion and 78% backs
members and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
and the Philippine National Police and by students of history
Duterte’s war - SWS, De Lima’s Palm Sunday
and social sciences from the universities in Naga City.
Among the invited guests were P/Supt. Melvin Ramon G. Happy Easter to everybody! What not being able to attend the Good
Buenafe, regional director of PNP, and Maj. Gen. Manolito P. are the latest happenings in our Friday Procession in her hometown
Orense , AFP.
Midway in the lectures, Sumaro Bikolnon conferred
posthumous awards to three outstanding Bicolano guerillas
country? The good news is that
President Duterte ordered the early
FROM and not being able to touch the Sto.
Entiero was published.
who had shown bravery and sustained resistance against
the occupying forces, namely: Maj. Juan Q. Miranda, Infantry
P.A. of the Tancong Vaca Guerilla Unit, Maj. Teofilo B.
released of P6 Billion pension for war
veterans and other military retirees MY I wonder if Lelia de Lima
remembers when she was the
stressing that they deserve more as Secretary of Justice that she sent
Padua, Infantry P.A., of the Camp Isarog Guerilla Unit, and
Commo. Jaime c. Jiminez, a war veteran of the Tancong Vaca
Guerilla Unit and especially cited as the founder of Mariners’
their love for the country is unmatched.
The Daily Tribune dated April 10,
WINDOW many people to jail and be in the
same situation as she is now
Polytechnic Colleges, the first in maritime education to be 2017 reported the following excerpts: “I like in the cases of Pres. Gloria
established in the Bicol Region. The conferment of the award am directing the Department of Budget NENITA FUENTEBELLA-PEÑONES Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Jinggoy
titled as Hiyangta Award, is in line with Sumaro Bikolnon’s and Management and the Department Estrada, Sen. Bong Revilla, Sen.
advocacy to acknowledge and give honor to Bicolanos of National Defense to expedite conduct regular earthquake drills in
who have shown exceptional service and leadership in the
Juan Ponce Enrile, Sen. Panfilo
community. early release of the Armed Forces preparation for the coming of the Big Lacson who became a fugitive,
The lecturers who highlighted the occasion were Danilo of the Philippines retirees pension One. Janet Napoles, Atty. Gigi Reyes, etc.
Madrid Gerona, Ph.D., speaking on “Wartime Naga: a Social credentials for fiscal year 2008 to She cited the “5 p.m. chime” or De Lima is not a political prisoner
History”; Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Ph. D., discussing the 2013, in the amount of P6,421,000.00, the Municipal Disaster Management but involved in the drug trade,
subject, “Children In War: Japan’s Cultural Policies and as the Commander-in-Chief while he Radio Communication network in
Practices”, and Mr. Leo Paulo I. Imperial, speaking on
according to Justice Secretary
“Recovered Memories: Social History of Japanese Occupation paid tribute to the war heroes during Japan. The daily chime is a way to Vitaliano Aguirre. Let’s not jump to
in Kabikolan”. An Open forum followed after each lecture. the 75th Day of Valor commemoration ensure that the broadcast system conclusion and wait for the court’s
Sumaro Bikolnon, Inc., was organized in 2008 and regularly at Mt. Samat National Shrine. are working correctly because the decision.
hold seminars on history, sponsors Bikol literary events and I believe there are many veterans speaker network is use to warn *****
music festivals as part of its avowed activities. The project and military retirees here in the Bicol people of emergency situations
officer for this particular event was Mr. D. C. Nathan A. Sergio.
The Daily Tribune dated April
The current president of Sumaro Bikolnon is Mr. Ramon O. Region and this is a good news for especially disaster warnings. These 19, 2017 reported that President
Olano, Jr. , a Wikipedian writer and businessman. you. But I only wonder why they were are good ideas that should be done Duterte’s signature war on drugs
not given their pension since year immediately. contrive to garner majority public
2008? ***** support as a Social Weather
***** I read about Sen. Leila de Lima’s Station Survey on March 25 – 28
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Frequent, strong earthquakes are Palm Sunday in her detention cell in found that 78% satisfied with
happening all over the world and here the April 13, 2017 issue of the “Bicol the administration’s performance
in the Philippines recently. Scientists, Mail”. She had over 50 guests inside against 12% dissatisfied.
geologists and experts say they her detention quarters in Camp This shows that the people
cannot predict where and when it Crame. Among those present were want to contrive with his election
will happen and the kind of intensity former President Benigno Aquino promise to eradicate illegal drugs
that will occur. To me, this shows the III, Sen. Bam Aquino, her family, and corruption in the government.
Published every Sunday and circulated in the six provinces power of God which no technology or supporters and staff. But the administration exert more
and seven cities of the Bicol Region including Metro Manila. science can beat. Calamaties includes A mass was said by Fr. Manoling
And also mailed throughout the country and other continents.
effort to solve extrajudicial killings,
Editorial and Business Address: K-960 Aries St., Villa Grande tsunamis, super-typhoons, volcanic Francisco, S.J.. After the mass, De On the issue of graft and
Homes, Concepcion Grande, Naga City. Tel. No. (054) 884-93-76 eruptions like Pinatubo, Cabanatuan Lima thanked her visitors and friends. corruption, I can see he is also
earthquake, Yolanda super typhoon She must have a big cell to be able to doing this. He reportedly dismissed
and others. We need to pray to God. accommodate over fifty visitors. more than ninety (90) high ranking
Senator Loren Legarda has In the same issue, De Lima’s officials in the government.
reportedly urged the government to letter of sadness and frustration in I believe there are others more.
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KANTONG PUTIKON! A Ngaran ka Panahon Ta


Sekretong Talinga Isipon mo a upong-upong na A mga lalawgon naglulutow-
*'Kantong Putikon' sa Ciudad nin Naga saro nang
newspaper column ngonian. Bako lang sa mga kapehan/
panganoron
Sa ulwabo nababayad mo sa arayo Dis*Karte lutow
Sa taub ag ati ka kasaysayan.

*Kusyon
kofïshops sa malls and restorants sa Naga may kantong Kin sari ika, sa gilid ka angpas,
putikon kundi sa lambang lugar na may debate y dískusyon Mga kabayong layas, kaskas Isurat a ngaran
dapit sa mga maiinit na isyus kan aldaw. Pirming may Na nagdadaguso paiyan kanimo. ka panahon na arog kadi
secretong talinga na nagaantabay. Segun ki Ben Babar,
publisher kan Bikol Reporter, an column minaluwas sa
newstands sa centro serosemana. Kaya kwidaw kìta. An
Sa ibaba, kinakawikaw
*Kurso sa raga ka rugan.
Agko yan pirme
latest na tsismis, osipon, huringhuding, sugot, talayop asin Ka mga kukuw na kuku ka mga alon Lengwahe
tsika mababasa sa column na guínuno halï sa contribucion A pangpang, mantang Ka pangyayari.
o tîps mismo kan mga tambay sa kanto. nagaagrangay FRANK PEÑONES JR. (iriga, July 7, 2011)
*****
An kantöng putikon sa centro kan Naga pigmukna kan

Wh- and How … to Discipline a Child


golden years kan Bicol media sa pangengenot kaidto ni
Juancho Trìviño, Nick Prieto, Tony Carpio, Mon Tolaram,
Luising General, etc. kan dekada 60 sagkod 80. An
bagong grupong putikon compuesto nin mga mediamen, By MARILYN A. CUETO – Teacher II
negosyantes, retirees, professìönals and kìbitzers. Capuluan Tulon Elementary School
***** Guinayangan South District, Division of Quezon
Region IV-A CALABARZON
Open pa for new members, sabi ní Emil Saavedra,
chairman of d 'bored'.
*****
A behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set school. It is their second home and teachers serve also
WARNING No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk of rules or orders is called discipline. This also means a an important role as regards to child’s discipline. Parents
(but pay!) - Sa entrance kan sarong hotel/resort sa Partido. control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be and teachers shold work collaboratively in disciplining a
***** obeyed and punishing bad behavior. child.
Advance Hapi fiesta sa Milaor and Lagonoy sa May 1, In all organizations, though it is small or large, they When … to discipline a child?
fecha 3 Nabua and Minalabac, 8 Pamplona and Caramoan, have rules or orders to be followed by its members and Once a child commits mistakes bad behavior, he
May 17 Tinambac, 19 San Jose, 26 Buhi and 30 Ragay. jobholders. In home, parents also set their rules/orders should be corrected immediately. Always remind him the
May 27 CamSur Foundation Day (holiday sa CamSur, to their children as well as in school, teachers always do’s and don’t’s. Unknown author said, “Practice makes
Naga, Irìga) & birthday ni late Jesse M. Robredo. May
carried it out since the start of classes. But what is hap- perfect”, while the writer of this article states that “Prac-
15 pîsta kan gabos na lugar, baryo and sitio na an patron
si San Isidro Labrador & birthday ni Manny Gallardo.
pening nowadays? Both parents and teachers have tice makes a ha habit”.
Imbitado an gabos. . . sa init asin harasahas! been observed the misbehavior performed by most the Where … to discipline a child?
***** pupils. Aside from them, the elders were also comment- Disciplining a child should be given anywhere once
Ngonian na taon mapoon na an operasyön kan ed negatively towards children’s misbehavior, the youths a child commits bad behavior. However, proper place
dinastiya nin familia na makontrol kan print and broadcast of the 21st century. should be considered for a child to be unoffended. Nega-
media (tv, radyo, am-fm). Kontrolado an media, pirmi nang Such today’s situation when compared to traditional tive emotions like hatred needs great temper to avoid
köntrolado an politika saka kuarta! way of disciplining a child, it is not prudent but there was
***** physical punishment.
a good effect on child’s behavior which can be proven by Why … to discipline a child?
Maskì pa magkaigua nin Federalismo, an Bicol pugol
most of the elders. Good character traits such as obe-
man guìraray kan may medía na may kuarta pa. Garo Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero said, “Youth are
dience and respect to elders seemed to be deprived.
mayong pagbabago sa United State of Bicol. CamSur an the hope of our Motherland,” therefore they should be
biggest and richest. Progress cannot be measured only through computer
grown up with discipline and core values such as “Maka-
***** literacy but the most important is the quality of being a
Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa.”
An pagbabago lang ta tibaad maibuelta an regional man with fidelity.
How … to discipline a child?
center sa Naga/CamSur komo state capital. As teacher, he/she plays an important role in mold-
The Child Protection Policy was already implemented.
ing the child’s mind as regards to skills and behavior.
How about policy on child discipline? Most of the times,
Disciplining a child is one of the problems encountered
parents and teachers do not know how to discipline their

PELL-
by parents and teachers. The following are the questions
and insights regarding this matter: children due to the word, “bawal”. In short, any kind of
What … to discipline a child? punishment should be avoided where in fact it should be

MELL First and foremost character is the best. The teacher- given when necessary for those who commit bad behav-
sare really much concern with the performance of their ior. For every wrong doings there must be a correspond-
learners. It is not enough that they are good in academic ing judgement. The teachers really affected by this word
jokee BOTOR-REYES performance, but the most important is their character and resulted them not to enforce their rules and orders
traits molded through proper discipline. as their way of disciplining a child.
Who … to discipline a child? Truly, fear is develop among adults and disrespect
and disobedience among youths.
You can only get your birth Good characters of a child is the result of good dis-
cipline given by the parents at home before he entered What will happen next?
certificate with Addendum
in 4 months. President School DRRM Activities: A Success
Duterte does not like it
By LANIE G. PORTO – Teacher II
District Disaster Risk Reduction Management Coordinator
Guinayangan Elementary School
My grandson applied for a passport at DFA but was rejected Guinayangan South District
because his birth certificate entered Ospital ng Maynila as his Division of Quezon
place of birth but where it is located was left vacant. Of course, Region IV-A CALABARZON
it is in Manila. So he was advised to go to the office of the local
civil registrar in Manila and seek for an addendum. You think it Various activities being conducted quarterly in school disasters that might occur anytime.
is easy. You are wrong. You have to have the following docu- are part and parcel of National Disaster Risk Reduction Youth are trained by experts from DepEd and LGU of
ments furnished. (1) latest birth certificate to be corrected (local Management being channeled to School Risk Reduction various significant activities such as:
copy and PSA copy); (2) a certification from Ospital ng Maynila Management Coordinator. Pupils in Grade IV to VI are (1) Earthquake Drill (quarterly),
that it is located in Manila; (3) baptismal certificate which has a the one who help SDRRM coordinator and in coordina-
place of birth; (unfortunately, his baptismal certificate issued by (2) fire prevention,
tion with the officers of Youth in Environment in school
Our Lady of Loreto parish does not have a place of birth. This (3) safety and precautionary measures during / after
organization with their advisers in the success of those
is something to worked on too) (4) school records; (5) voters earthquake and typhoons.
different activities.
registration record from the Comelec. Quarterly reports are religiously done by SDRRM co-
These documents can be worked on but what is hurt- The success lies in the hands of the SDRRM coordi-
nator due to religious implementation of memorandum ordinator from SHS down to elementary level.
ing is registration at the Manila civil registrar’s is pegged at
and orders. MDRRM leader properly coordinated their activities
P1000.00; certified xerox copy is – P320.00 and transmittal
fee – P280. And the most hurting is you get the document after The SDRRM coordinator who has the advocacy to with the SDRRM coordinator, as partners to save lives
four (4) months. Repeat 4 months. Let President Duterte know save and prepare youth and the community to whatever in the community
this and he will be fuming mad.
Employees who do record must be very careful in accom-
plishing documents. The neglect of one J.N. Aguiles, R. O. 11
BICOL HEALTH AUTHORITIES REMIND PUBLIC ABOUT . . .
of the Office of the Civil Registrar of Manila who failed to write easily because of the heat. pools. downpour from time to time. Training Center where rabies
the address of Ospital ng Maynila as Manila did us a lot of “Always have oral rehy- “Remember to take a bath “Senior citizens are ad- vaccination is immediately
trouble, anguish, time lost and money. dration salt solution ready in before and after plunging into vised to get vaccinated available.
She should have known how to accomplish the document.
case one suffers diarrhea,” the pool and to refrain from against influenza before the Rempillo gave additional
Getting a passport needs a lot of time. Go online for ap-
said Bron. urinating in the pool,” said flu season begins in June,” tips to prevent diseases such
pointment and you get one after a month or so. Getting the
passport means fifteen (15) working days if you pay the regular She issued a reminder to Bron. added Bron. as avoiding use of dark-col-
rate but if you are loaded you can have it expedited and get the the public about the skin dis- She said colds and cough As to animal bites, particu- ored dress for it absorbs heat.
passport faster. eases that abound when one spread during the summer larly dog bites, she said there He told the elderly espe-
My friend Kay says…. wala na palang pinagbago sa Pilipi- swims in dirty water or un- season because of erratic is an animal bite center in the cially to “take maintenance
nas since she left the country 25 years ago. True. maintained public swimming weather that brings sudden Bicol Regional Teaching and medicine.”
APRIL 23-29, 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 5

48 city youth officials named


By JASON B. NEOLA

NAGA CITY --- The City


Youth Officials Executive
Committee has named 48 in-
school youth who will com-
pose this year’s batch of city
youth officials (CYOs).
The students will be as-
signed to handle different posi-
tions in the city government to
perform their mandated tasks
as city youth officials along
with their counterpart elected
officials, department heads and
chiefs of offices.
The installation of city youth
officials in various posts which
allows them to participate in
running the affairs of the city INDUCTION OF CITY YOUTH OFFICIALS 2017 JRM-PIA5/CAMARINES SUR
government as youth mayor, Induction of the new set of City Youth Officials (CYO) for 2017 held April 17, 2017 at the City Hall Grounds, Naga City. A rare opportunity for the 48 youths who
youth vice mayor, youth coun- will serve the city, and to serve side-by-side with the City Officials, and for them to be able to experience first hand how the city officials run the affairs of the
cilors, youth department heads local government. This year's CYOs is led by City Youth Mayor Angelica P. Agonoy, and City Youth Vice Mayor August Cezar Abad.
and youth chiefs of offices of
the city is provided under the G. Bongat said that the doors of the youth officials have started Youth Vice Mayor August Ce- Alinday, Brgy. Del Rosario. (Brgy. Calauag);
ordinance that institutionalizes the city government are always planning for the holding of dif- zar S. Abad, Brgy. San Felipe; The City Youth Officials Fernandez, Jonah Ann
the Naga City Youth Officials open, especially to the youth ferent activities that will high- 1st Youth Councilor Ma. Riza who will be working with their Marion C. (Brgy. San Fe-
Program. sector’s participation in various light the celebration of the Naga Anika A. Marco, Brgy. San counterpart department and lipe); Floranza, Shaina N.
City Ordinance 2009-017 undertakings that the city gov- City Youth Month. Felipe; 2nd Youth Councilor section heads: (Brgy. Dinaga); Francisco,
also declares the period from ernment has been pursuing. He City Youth Human Resource Weena Marie A. Palomiano, Abogado, Collin Mae C. Susie S. (Brgy. Pacol); Frias,
April 15 to May 31 each year even called on city hall employ- Department Head Mary Rose Brgy. Concepcion Pequeña; (Brgy. Concepcion Pequeña); Joriel Brinton B. (Brgy. San
as City Youth Month, an event ees to allow the CYOs to feel Asis said that that by Saturday 3rd Youth Councilor Audrey Aguilar, Zorilla Rizh A. (Brgy. Felipe); Garcia, Nelgem Mae
when youth officials are given the same warmth and friendli- they will come up with a list of Jescel A. Escoto, Brgy. Del Sta. Cruz); Añonuevo, Angelica M. (Brgy. Mabolo); Gianan,
the “opportunity to handle the ness they have shown to previ- activities for this year’s celebra- Rosario; A. (Brgy. Peñafrancia); Asis, Ma. Claudette H. (Brgy. Con.
operations of the city govern- ous batches of youth officials. tion of youth month. 4th Youth Councilor Chris- Mary Rose M. (Brgy. Bagum- Peq.); Llamasarez, Andro T.
ment aside from engaging in “Let them experience the The Naga City Youth Month topher Ken L. Mendoza, Brgy. bayan Sur); Badong, Mary (Brgy. Pacol); Maravilla, Al-
policy determining and mon- cordiality of your workplaces Program was awarded in 2007 San Isidro; 5th Youth Councilor France T. (Brgy. Sta. Cruz); bretch DR. (Brgy. San Felipe);
etary disbursements.” where they (CYOs) would per- as one of the country’s 10 out- Johnelle Jade T. Paredes, Brgy. Basbas, Fatima Fe A. (Brgy. Penino, Sy Jurn J. (Brgy. San
The students-turned-public form their functions alongside standing local governance Liboton; 6th Youth Councilor Bagumbayan Norte); Felipe); Perez, Pauline Mae
servants, after passing the quali- their counterpart officials in the programs. It is a competitive Danica Bea T. Falcon, Brgy. Bertes, Ericka Mae B. (Brgy. H. (Brgy. Liboton);
fying written and oral examina- legislative and executive offices local internship initiative that Tabuco; 7th Youth Councilor Liboton); Centenera, Julian Ponce, Zyra D. (Brgy. Sa-
tions, are given the opportunity of the city government,” Bon- exposes the city’s future lead- Khyrwin O. Hidalgo, Brgy. Del Carlo VI M. (Brgy. Concepcion bang); Razonable, Leny V.
to serve the constituency for one gat said. ers to the challenges of urban Rosario. Grande); Clavite, Axcel Chris- (Brgy. Triangulo); Rebancos,
and a half months. This year, With regards to the cel- governance. For a month each 8th Youth Councilor Jessa tian V. (Brgy. Panicuason); Maryvil O. (Brgy. Del Rosa-
none from the out-of-school ebration next month of the year, the project enables select- S. Nieves, Brgy. Triangulo; 9th Colico, Micol Joy O. (Brgy. rio); Refugio, James Nathan-
youth applied to be a CYO, un- City Youth Month, a member ed youth leaders to experience Youth Councilor Ian Kenneth Con. Peq.); De Castro, Jeselle iel (Brgy. San Felipe); Rel-
like in 2016 when there were of the staff of City Councilor how to handle local govern- T. Badong, Brgy. Concepcion Marie I. (Brgy. Calauag); De loso, Kathryn Angelic Grace
four who passed the exams. and CYO Executive Director ment operations. Pequeña; 10th Youth Councilor Leon, Ronald A. (Brgy. Caro- T. (Brgy. Cararayan); Rodolfo,
In his message, Mayor John Ray-An Cydrick Rentoy said This year’s batch of CYOs Kathleen Alexis C. Llorente, lina); Dollentas, Jean SJ. (Brgy. Nicko C. (Brgy. Peñafrancia);
who will work with their coun- Brgy. Sta. Cruz; 11th Youth Balatas), Dometita, Charmaine Rodriquez, Mary Philline C.

MSMEs gaining grounds, terpart elected city officials are:


Youth Mayor Angelica P.
Councilor Therese Elaine DC.
Lomeda, Brgy. Sta. Cruz; 12th
April C. (Brgy. Balatas); Espe-
dido, Frances Eloise E. (Brgy.
(Brgy. Con. Peq), and Rubi,
John Oliver B. (Concepcion

contributing to PH growth
Agonoy of Brgy. Mabolo; Youth Councilor Lea Marie V. Pacol), Estayo, Rachel O. Pequena).

By MAR ARGUELLES and CONNIE B. DESTURA

sector or region, saying “the


economic landscape shows
that MSMEs are significantly
contributing to the country’s
economic growth.”
Lantayola, DTI’s regional
operation group chief, at the
Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME)
program launched on Thursday
said there are 946,000 MSMEs
across the country.
She said the figure accounts
for 99.8 percent of the total
business enterprises operating
Dir. BLANCO in the country.
Engineer Jocelyn Blanco,
LEGAZPI CITY -- Mi- DTI regional director, said that
cro, Small, Medium Enter- in Bicol, over 50,000 individu-
prises (MSME) are gaining als, partnerships and corpo-
grounds as an economic rations belong to the MSME
booster by creating millions sector.
of jobs and producing Gross Blanco, when asked to
Value Added (GAV) revenue name successful MSMEs op-
in the country, a ranking of- erating in the region, cited the
ficial of the Department of Palanog Cement Plant, pulp
Trade (DTI) said Thursday. and paper producer ALIN-
DTI Assistant Secretary DECO, mining companies,
Blesila A. Lantayona, in an in- commercial malls, business
terview, said the MSME sector processing outsourcing firms
had been significantly contrib- or BPOs and big hotels.
uting to the country’s inclusive “The MSME industry’s
growth rate by accounting for success could be showcased
62.8 percent in job generation in presenting the best practices
in the Gross Domestic Product done by the country during the
or GDP while sharing 35.7 per- Association of Southeast Asian
cent in GVA revenue. or ASEAN summit to be held
She explained that GVA soon in the Philippines,” Lan-
is an economic indicator that tayano said.
measures the contribution to Nearly 200 participants
an economy of an industry, (Turn to page 7)
6 BIKOL REPORTER APRIL 23-29, 2017

ASEAN 2017 Information Kiosk


opens at Legazpi City Airport
LEGAZPI CITY – As in Legazpi City is designed
an initiative in promoting to rally public support for the
and educating the people country’s hosting of the 2017
of the Philippines’ impor- ASEAN Summit and is one of
tant role in the Association many throughout the country
of South East Asian Na- as part of the collective effort
tion (ASEAN), the Philip- in stressing the importance
pine Information Agency of the Philippines’ role in the
(PIA) Albay provincial of- ASEAN community.
fice will launch and open the The ASEAN 2017 Infor-
ASEAN 2017 Information mation Kiosk, Loterte added,
Kiosk at Legazpi City’s air- will be providing service
port this week. at the airport until Novem-
The establishment of the ber or December this year to
ASEAN 2017 Information provide information materi-
Kiosk manifests the com- als about ASEAN, not only
mitment of the Presidential to the locals but to visitors
Communications Operations and tourists alike, showcas-
Office (PCOO), as the lead ing audio-visual presentations
of the Committee on Media about the ASEAN, and even
Affairs and Communications periodicals to rouse the inter- LEGAZPI CITY AIRPORT
(CMASC), to spread aware- est of the people, adding up
ness and educate the people the IEC materials featuring when he announced the Phil- ways, benefit from the said “It is our (PCOO and PIA) to everyone, from all walks
about the Philippine chair- tourism, social-economic, de- ippines’ hosting and chair- regional association. to communicate to the public of life-- from government
manship and hosting of this mographic and other profiles, manship. Thus, the Philippine gov- by persuasive and creative workers, media, NGOs, civil
year's ASEAN that also co- agriculture, arts and cultures, Secretary Andanar ex- ernment was given the direc- execution trough various me- society, the academe, business
incides with its 50th anniver- among others of the covered plained that though 81% of tive to rigorously strengthen diums or channels. We would sector, the youth and even the
sary.. province, cities and munici- ASEAN citizens have actu- the public awareness on the be people-oriented and peo- grassroots communities.
The ASEAN 2017 car- palities in Albay province. ally heard of ASEAN, and ASEAN. “And so, we have ple-centric for Filipinos and The launching of the ASE-
ries the theme “Partnering “Our objective is to let ev- 24% among them have the even organized road shows fellow ASEAN citizens,” said AN 2017 Information Kiosk
for Change, Engaging the ery Filipino and every citizen basic understanding of what throughout the country. We Secretary Andanar. . will be graced by PIA Deputy
World.” of the ASEAN know what it is and its purpose. Because seek to reach every baran- For its part, the PIA in- Director General Angelo Vil-
According to PIA Al- their stake is in the commu- of this, the secretary said that gays, and target citizens from tends to inform, educate and lar, along with Albay Gov. Al
bay provincial chief Marlon nity,” said PCOO Secretary this is indeed troubling as all walks of life,” Andanar communicate to every Fili- Francis Bichara, Office of 2D
Loterte, the Information Kiosk Martin Andanar last January 4 all ASEAN citizen, in many said. pino how the ASEAN has Albay Rep. Joey Salceda and
benefited them and how the Mayor Noel Rosal, who ex-
Tourism chief wants Rodeo Masbateño populace can help strengthen
initiatives of ASEAN among
pressly manifest their support
towards this initiative of PIA

showcased in ASEAN summit its member-states.


The campaign will speak
in the area.
-MAL/JBE-PIA5/Albay
By NORMAN B. TAMAR and RHAYDZ B. BARCIA
deo Festival in the upcom-
ing Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN)
summit in December.
Expressing admiration
for the action-packed festi-
val showcasing the life of lo-
cal cowhands, Teo said such
an event, which is seen only
in the US, is the only one of
its kind in Asia.
Sec. TEO Dir. RAVANILLA “Rodeo Masbateño is the
most unique festival in the
MASBATE CITY —- hundreds of cowboys on country as locals portray a
While the unveiling of a horseback, some of them way of life in which men and
new bust or statue of a on foot, which stole the at- women dressed up in cow-
cowboy on horseback in tention of the spectators. boy outfits compete western
front of the capitol build- Particularly awed was style in bull riding and steed
ing here in this city gave guest of honor Tourism Sec- wrestling,” she said.
a new flavor to this year’s retary Wanda Teo who said Teo added the tourism de-
staging of the 34th Ro- the Department of Tourism partment will do its best so
deo Masbateño Festival, will work so the Philippines the rodeo festival could be
it was the long parade of can showcase the unique Ro- (Turn to page 8)

THE SEARCH IS ON
For the outstanding Nagueño and Nagueña! Nominate your family member, friend, acquaintance,
organization or company who have excelled and shown exemplary performance worthy of the
RODEO MASBATEÑO FESTIVAL 2017 city’s commendation and recognition.
APRIL 23-29, 2017 BUSINESS SECTION BIKOL REPORTER 7
IN PANAY ISLAND
CARD Bank continuously grows its network
Driven by its mission non-financial services. “We are
to create a vehicle for as- expecting current microfinance
sets ownership for the poor, members to encourage more
CARD Bank continuously individuals to join. CARD
expands its network in Pan- Bank is ready to serve them,”
ay Island as it opens its 82nd Ms. Dijan said.
branch last April 3, 2017, “CARD MRI, which is
at New Site, San Miguel, composed of 14 mutually
Jordan, Guimaras (Jordan reinforcing institutions has
Branch). four institutions that pro-
Ms. Lorenza dT. Ba- vide financial access for the
ñez, Executive Vice Presi- poor. CARD Bank is one
dent, CARD Bank, Inc., and of them, which is the first
Lourdes B. Dijan, Senior Vice microfinance-oriented rural
President for Finance, CARD bank that has evolved from a
Bank, Inc., management com- non-government organization open other branches in Mid- Malita in Davao to reinforce To date, CARD Bank, Inc., in 82 branches nationwide
mittee members, and staff at- (NGO),” she added. sayap in Cotabato and in its presence in Mindanao.” has over two million clients served by over 3,601 staff.
tended the grand opening. As CARD Bank celebrates
CARD Bank established
their presence in Panay Island
to empower socio-economical-
its 20th year in September,
Ms. Dijan, said that CARD
Bank continues to expand in
MNWDEU hosts National Council Conference
ly challenged women and their unbanked towns and islands
in the country. “Before the The Metropolitan Naga About 100 union members Mayor John G. Bongat de- the host union, was on top of
families. The institution offers
year ends, CARD Bank will Water District Employees of water districts from all over livered the welcome message the preparations and event ac-
both financial services and
Union (MNWDEU) hosted the Philippines attended the on the program proper on day 2. tivities, mostly at the function
the 31st Semi-Annual Na- conference. This year’s theme In behalf of the MNWD, Chair- hall of the water district’s of-
tional Conference of the Alli- is “Advancing Workers’ Rights man Jorge T. Palma and Acting fice.
ance of Government Workers to Ensure Delivery of Quality General Manager Virginia I. Recent issues and concerns
in the Water Sector (AGW- Essential Public Services.” Nero each gave their inspira- of individual unions with pro-
WAS) here in the 3rd Floor of Vice President of the Philip- tional messages. posed resolutions, educational
the MNWD Bldg., Naga City pines, Leni G. Robredo graced Ronald P. Sarmiento, forum on advocacy campaign
from April 19 to 21, 2017. the occasion on the first day. president of the MNWDEU, on watershed protection pro-
gram, launching of human
MSMES GAINING GROUNDS, CONTRIBUTING . . . rights to water and sanitation
of diverse persuasions in the for Southern Luzon regions, a
“After that we learned what “In a scale of 1-10, wherein
MSME sector joined the one- plenary, commitment settings,
to be improved,” she added. 10 is the highest, MSMEs in
day KMME launching on Lantayola said to date, the and action plans were the main
the Philippines are 6-7 ready,”
Thursday here. number of KMME programs said Lantayola. activities of the water districts
KMME is a 10-module conducted by DTI and PCE She said, however, that employees unions conference.
program organized by the DTI has reached 89 with mentees if given the “chance and the Any conference wouldn’t
with support from the Philip- expected to add up to 1700. know-how,” the Philippines be complete without a time to
pine Center for Entrepreneur- She said local MSMEs in can get a rating of 10. forge bonds. A solidarity night
ship (PCE) that aims to pro- the Philippines are ready to A separate launching of on the second day, April 20, was
mote the inclusive business compete or give services to KMME will be conducted in held at the Champagne Garden,
model in the country in which other ASEAN countries. Camarines Sur on May 10. Mayon Ave.,Naga City.
successful entrepreneurs
would be guided and mentored
by fellow entrepreneurs
DTI and PCE presented two
modules today: Entrepreneur-
ial Mind-setting and Values
Formation and Marketing.
The program will also assist
MSMEs to scale up their busi-
nesses by providing them free
lectures and mentoring and
coaching sessions on different
functional areas of entrepre-
neurship.
Lantayola said KMME was
piloted in Laguna and Man-
daluyong before the modules
were tested and the system
ENTERPRISING MEN rolled-out.
Ramon Barcoma, a fellow newsboy of Ruben Babar, publisher She said from two areas,
of this paper during their teenage days, meet each other after the number of areas conduct-
50 years at a beach resort in Caranan, Pasacao in which the ing KMME grew to 11 areas
former sells his trade (assorted households) to beach goers. in 10 regions in a span of three
months.

DOT ACCREDITED TRAVEL AGENCIES


The Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of the City of Naga would like to remind locals and
visitors to exercise caution in transacting with travel and tour agencies. Please refer to the
following listing of duly-registered and DOT-accredited travel agencies and tour operators
based in Naga City.
8 BIKOL REPORTER APRIL 23-29, 2017

TOURISM CHIEF WANTS RODEO . . .


presented to ASEAN lead- later turned into a contest of
ers. skills on livestock handling
The Philippines is host- such as lassoing, wrestling
ing the 50th anniversary of and cattle-riding among cow
ASEAN this year wherein hands or farm workers.
all heads of states, foreign Ravanilla said in 2010,
ministers, senior officials the number of tourists going
and other high-level officials to Masbate increased tre-
from the 10 member-states mendously due to the rodeo
of ASEAN will be visiting festival.
the country. She said the “notable
She said the festival, that tourist arrivals” great-
showcases Masbate as the ly helped fuel economic
top cattle producer in the growth in the province.
Philippines, will also pro- Masbate Governor Anto-
mote the country’s livestock nio Kho said the festival also
and be a top tourist draw in provided vast opportunities
the ASEAN conference. for the continuous growth
Teo added she will also of the province’s cattle in-
work so that airline compa- dustry.
Ten students from Grade 11 represented CMDI in the 1st ABM Cup 2017. Standing from left: John Drin Malabanan, Veronica nies will add more afford- “As a matter of fact a roll-
Guevarra, Ma. Kathleen Victoria, Marinela Hernandez, Rica Jane Espinosa, Rein Romari Malabana, Mike Diane Chelle Vio, able flights to Masbate due
Trisha Joy Ancajas, Erica Reyes, and Edrian Banania. (Photo by Leniefer Pielago)
on-roll-off (Roro) port has
to the increasing number of opened in the municipality

CMDI hailed as Business Mathematics tourists drawn to the prov-


ince.
Maria O. Ravanilla, Bicol
of Mandaon that will con-
nect it to Roxas City leading
to Caticlan in Boracay and

Champion in the 1st ABM Cup 2017 Tourism director, said the
Rodeo Masbateño festival is
vice versa,” he said.
Masbate Mayor Ro-
the only rodeo event in the wena Tuazon said for 24
The CARD-MRI De- The annual regional inter- lowing ABM subjects/ cat- for our students to interact entire Asia. years now, the festival has
velopment Institute, Inc. school quiz bee competi- egories: 1.) Organization and with other schools and to in- The festival has its roots been giving a distinct iden-
(CMDI) won the Business tion is an academic event Management; 2.) Business troduce CMDI as a school,”
from the day to day ranch tity to the province which
Mathematics Category in a of the JPIA that is open to Math; and 3.) Fundamentals according to Ms. Glenda
practice in Masbate that was (Turn to page 9)
competition themed “Like all colleges and universities of Accounting, Business and Lagarile, Deputy Director of
a Boss: Accountant’s Guide in Region 4 that offers Ac- Management. the Degree Educational Part-
to Success” organized by countancy, Business, and Rein Romari, Malabana, nership (DEP). EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH SALE
the National Federation of Management (ABM) track to Mike Diane Chelle Vio, Rica Engr. Micky Kalaw, Notice is hereby given that the named parties are the only
Junior Philippine Institute Grade 11 students. This year, Jane Espinosa, Marinela Mathematics Instructor, and surviving heirs of the late LUIS BALMONTE and TERESITA
of Accountants (JPIA) Re- 270 delegates (86-88 students Hernandez, and Trisha Joy Accounting Instructors, Ms. BAYRANTE BALMONTE, both died in Naga City on Decem-
gion IV at St. Anne College, per category) 23 schools at- Ancajas topped the Busi- Leniefer Pielago and Ms. Ara ber 10, 2012 and July 14, 2016 respectively; without any Will
Inc., Lucena City. tended participated in the fol- ness Mathematics category Joyce Villegas, served as the and no known debts; left a parcel of land situated in Brgy.
with 328 accumulated points. coaches for the event. Triangulo, Naga City covered by Transfer Certificate Number
Manuel S. Enverga Univer- The CARD-MRI De- v1493; that pursuant to Rule 74, Sec. 1 of the Revised Rules
Republic of the Philippines
velopment Institute, Inc. of Court of the Philippines, and with full capacity to contract,
LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE sity Foundation- Lucena and
the Heirs hereby adjudicate among themselves the land de-
Province: Camarines Sur STI College Lucena were at (CMDI) began as a training
scribed, pro indiviso; that for and in consideration of the sum
City of Naga second and third place, re- unit in response to the capaci- of TWO MILLION (P2,000,000.00) pesos, full receipt in cash
spectively. During the elimi- ty building needs of the insti- of which is duly acknowledged to have been received from
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION nation round, Rein Romari tution. After several years in EDWIN R. ENRILE referrred to as the Buyer, with postal
In compliance with the publication requirement and pursu-
Malabana, Marinela Hernan- its former location, the center address at Liboton, Naga City, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER
ant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guide-
lines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. dez, and Mike Diane Chelle was inaugurated in its present and CONVEY in a manner of absolute and irrevocable, the
Vio placed 2nd, 4th, and 5th location at Brgy. Tranca, Bay, land described; as acknowledged before Notary Public Atty.
1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby
in the same category, re- Laguna. CMDI was formally Nydia A. Hebrio,, Doc. No. 230, Page No. 8, Book No. 17,
served to the public that PRINCE KRISCEL OBEÑA PAS-
established as a self-sustain- Series of 2017.
TRANA has filed with this Office, a Petition for correction of spectively. In addition, Rein
BIKOL REPORTER
entry in Sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate Romari Malabana won 2nd ing human resources devel-
Published: April 16, 23 and 30, 2017
of live birth of PRINCE KRISCEL OBEÑA PASTRANA at place in the Business Math- opment institute.
Naga City, Camarines Sur and whose parents are CELSO ematics Category in the over-
SOLA PASTRANA and ALICE QUITO OBEÑA. all ranking.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may
Meanwhile, Ma. Kath-
file his written opposition with this office not later than
April 30, 2017. leen Victoria, Edrian Ba-
nania, Veronica Guevarra,
Erica Reyes, and John Drin




(Sgd.) ALEXANDER M. CAYETANO
City Civil Registrar Malabanan competed in the
FOR MARCH
Naga City, Camarines Sur Fundamentals of ABM 1 Cat- NAME OF DECEASED DATE OF INTERMENT
BIKOL REPORTER egory.
Published: April 16 and 23, 2017
“This is a good exposure MONICA F. DELOS SANTOS MARCH 3, 2017
VICENTE D. MACANDOG MARCH 3, 2017
WILLIAM D. ALFONSO MARCH 4, 2017
WINNIE B. BEGINO MARCH 4, 2017
FELIX L. BUCAD MARCH 6, 2017
ROGELIO S. BERMUDO MARCH 7, 2017
SANCHO M. TOLENTINO MARCH 7, 2017
MONINA D. CUIDADANO MARCH 7, 2017
ARIEL LITO R. HALLARE MARCH 8, 2017
GREGORIO V. NOLASCO MARCH 9, 2017
GERARDO S. BOLIVAR MARCH 10, 2017
ROMULO O. VILLACAMPA MARCH 11, 2017
MARIANO R. COLUMBE MARCH 12, 2017
LIBERATO A. OROPESA MARCH 12, 2017
EMILIA B. ABUCAR MARCH 12, 2017
ELISA H. ANGELES MARCH 13, 2017
MARIEL MAE A. MULTO MARCH 15, 2017
LETICIA L. SALES MARCH 19, 2017
MARK ANGELO F. CATOLICO MARCH 17, 2017
DEXTER F. CATOLICO MARCH 17, 2017
JACOB A. CASCABEL JR. MARCH 17, 2017
RUBEN C. RIVERA MARCH 16, 2017
MANUEL V. MORAÑO MARCH 18, 2017
VICSEL R. OJEDA MARCH 17, 2017
MARIA C. PEÑAFLORIDA MARCH 18, 2017
JOSEFINA G. MANCERA MARCH 19, 2017
RICO B. NAVALES MARCH 25, 2017
ARACELI RAYALA MARCH 19, 2017
AVELINO TRINIDAD MARCH 22, 2017
ARNULFO P. ENCISO MARCH 27, 2017
MARIO F. IMPERIAL MARCH 31, 2017
APRIL 23-29, 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 9
NAGA CITY IS NOW FIBR . . .
As the region’s com- Families will also enjoy
mercial and cultural center, added peace of mind with
Naga is one of the Philip- home security devices such
pines’ fastest-growing cities. as the home monitoring sys-
The partnership with PLDT tem Fam Cam, the cyber se-
Home will further the city’s curity platform Fam Zone
capabilities and its robust lo- and the multi-functional
cal economy, and empower kiddie gadget Smart Watch
the digital lifestyles of its which parents can use to
residents. track and contact their kids.
“We look forward to this Naga City Vice Mayor
partnership with the local Nelson Legacion added,
government of Naga City to “Strong partnerships are key
help bring the power of Fibr to the growth of any major
to more homes,” PLDT FVP city, and we are honored to
and Head of Home Busi- have PLDT, the Philippines’
ness Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. said. telco leader on our side. Naga
“With world-class internet City is proud to be Fibr-pow-
from PLDT Home Fibr, we ered.”
can help families take advan- Naga City is only the first
tage of opportunities enabled stop in PLDT Home’s con-
by digital technology.” tinuous and aggressive ex- BICOL EASTER RITE photos by YELLOW OCHRE/EFREN MALANA ABARRIENTOS/JANE SUMAYAO

PLDT Home Fibr now ‘Pagtunton’, the traditional Bicol Easter Sunday practice is restaged anew at the gaily-decorated castillos at the parish of St.
pansion in the Bicol region.
Jude Thaddeus and Peñafrancia Basilica Minore parish in Naga City (photos no. 1 & 2) and Camaligan, CamSur, the winner in
empowers Nagueños to ex- The country’s digital services an easter angel fund raising contest, playing the role of angel, lifts the black veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary signifying not only
perience high-speed equal leader targets to reach up to the end of her grief but also the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Right photo shows angel Kendra Coronado Sumayao as one of
upload and download speeds, 4.4 million homes passed by the easter angels in Camaligan parish.
and enjoy diverse and com- end of the year, as part of its
pelling entertainment and nationwide FTTH network 2018, PLDT envisions that transmission and distribution PLDT Home has also re- partnerships with local gov-
gaming content from PLDT rollout. PLDT has also de- all of its subscribers will be network infrastructure which cently declared Toledo City ernments and communities
Home partners and renowned ployed hybrid fiber technolo- in “smart homes.” now has 150,000 kilome- in Cebu and General Santos to expand its footprint and
providers like iflix, Netflix, gies over its existing copper PLDT has invested P300 ters of fiber optic cables that in Mindanao as ‘Fibr Cit- bring world-class internet to
Fox+, and iWant TV, among lines which can boost data billion or $6 billion over the transport the growing data ies’, signaling strengthened more Filipinos.
others, for as low as P1,899 speed of current subscribers last 10 years to roll out the traffic of its fixed line and
per month. up to 700 Mbps. By end- country’s most extensive mobile networks.

TOURISM CHIEF WANTS RODEO MASBATEÑO . . . Mobo, Palanas and Uson.


is blessed with vast pasture rade a so-called “festival of pion from among the eight Judge Manuel Sese, pres-
land and a prolific cattle in- festivals” was held wherein municipalities that joined. ident of Rodeo Masbateno
dustry. eight contingents from dif- Mandaon was first runner up Inc., has been overall chair-
“Since the staging of this ferent municipalities in the while Placer town was sec- man for five years now of
festival, it has been our lo- province performed street ond runner up. the festival that was initiated
cality’s show window,” she dancing. The other municipalities by former Masbate Gover-
said. The town of Balud was that joined the street pa- nor Emilio R. Espinosa in
Prior to the long horse pa- declared the grand cham- rade were Aroroy, Milagros, 1993.
Former President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo declared
Masbate as the “Rodeo capi-
tal of the Philippines” in
2002. -PNA

SUMMER YOUTH CAMP FOR PWDs JRM-PIA5/CAMARINES SUR


Culminating activity of the 3-day summer youth camp for Persons with Disability (PWDs)
dubbed as "PWDs on Theater" held at SM City Naga Event Center, April 21, 2017. A total
of 65 PWDs from Naga City, Tinambac, Cabusao, Libmanan and Bombon joined the camp
spearheaded by the City Government of Naga through the HELP Learning Center which aims
to put importance on the PWD sector in the community. The youth camp was held April 19-21
at Tinago Elementary School, Naga City.
10 BIKOL REPORTER APRIL 23-29, 2017

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