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Christmas Cheers Now on 25th Year - CT

The annual Christmas Cheers begins marking its 25th year this December 16, making it probably the longest running privately-organized Yuletide extravaganza in Bicol region since Mons. Jose "Ping" Molina began the show in 1985 in response to the gloom following a typhoon. Last week, the organizing committee chaired by DPWH District Engineer Ignacio T. Odiaman finalized the activities and the required budget for the 13-night series of shows at the Virac town plaza. The theme for the `09 Cheers is "Ang Kapaributan sa Pangpang ning Atbong" or roughly translated ‘The Environment on the Brink of Destruction." The opening ceremony on Dec. 16 will be kicked off by a torch parade featuring ati-atihan dancers, at least six Santa Clauses, the Jollibee mascot and the 2008 Little Ms. Christmas Cheers. Sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Virac, the parade will start at the capitol grounds at 6:30 P.M. and end at Plaza Rizal for the official start of the program featuring a…

Would Viracnons Go for One With A Vision for A New Virac?

Many voters are expecting Congressman Joseph Santiago to battle friend and ally Joseph Cua for the governorship.

This assumes that he is handing over the bid to topple Virac Mayor Santos Zafe to former Mayor Cito Alberto, who has reportedly agreed to test his health in the rough-and-tumble of a new campaign in 2010. However, some residents of the capital town say that nothing would change, management-wise, both rivals being of the same feather.

Last week, Idoy Tablizo, who still nurtures his dream of becoming chief executive of Virac, came to town to probably test the waters for a new bid. The architect has been busy the past three years designing and supervising multi-million peso projects all over the country and it would be correct to assume that he has the cash to at least offer something to money-hungry voters here.

Idoy would certainly be a better alternative. Since the EDSA revolution in 1986, the people of Virac has had only one kind of mayor – all gamblers – from Dr. Rudy …

Community Saves Christmas for Flood Victims

Thanks to generous donors, Hollywood Casino and an Aurora martial arts school, flood victims in the Philippines will have a little more help. Last month, West Aurora High School student Ben Arcilla asked the community to donate supplies for victims of Typhoon Parma. Arcilla and his father have relatives who lived in Quezon City, just outside the Philippine capital. Everyone in Arcilla's family survived the typhoon, but their home and possessions were wiped away. Arcilla mentioned this to his martial arts instructor, David Luna of 36th Camber Extreme Martial Arts in Aurora. Luna offered to host a collection point for blankets, food, building supplies and more. No one was sure how much they would receive or how they would ship it. In less than a month, they collected eight boxes -- more than 1,000 pounds -- of supplies. Then, Hollywood Casino agreed to pay for the shipping, Luna said. It will take about a month for the supplies to reach the Philippines by boat -- hopefully just …

Top 10 November 2009 Midwifery

The Professional Regulation Commission has released the Midwifery board exam results as PRC announced that 3, 110 examinees passed the November 14 and 15 2009 licensure exams given by the Board in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Tuguegarao, Legazpi, and Zamboanga.
Romeo Jr Cruz Tuazon, Bataan Peninsula State College-Balanga (Bataan Poly. SC.) - 89.35%Erica Bocala Obogne (Catanduanes State Colleges-Virac - 88.95%RJ Santiago Manlapas, Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela - 88.85%Teresita Cruz Santos, Dr. Yanga's Francisco Balagtas College - 88.50%Lalaine Lim Perlas, Our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela - 88.25%James Altura Baguio, Saint Mary's University - 88.15)Eiz Ocfemia Cabrera, Baliuag University - Baliuag Colleges - 88.10  Jonna May Aquino Quintal, Catanduanes State Colleges-Virac - 88.10%Dhenalyn Dayapan Aquino, Southern Luzon Polytechnic College-Lucban - 88.00%Aldrin Riel Tabuyan Boyano, Holy Infant College, 87.90Albert Rodriguez Agunias, Southeast Asian Col…

Spain Gives Catanduanes P30M for Abaca Strippers - BM

VIRAC, Catanduanes—The Fiber Development Authority (FIDA) has received a P30-million grant from the Spanish government for the acquisition of mechanized abaca-stripping machines as part of the aggressive abaca development program being undertaken by the government.

The amount covers this province, noted as the “abaca capital of the Philippines,” and Caraga, also a promising abaca producing region in Mindanao.

Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua last week said that under the program funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para Desarollo (AECID), nine of the province’s abaca-producing municipalities will initially receive one unit of the machine.

These machines will significantly improve the province’s abaca-fiber production, citing a Fida study. Cua said the spindle-type equipment can produce 100 kilos to 200 kilos of S2 fiber every day, while manual stripping yields only about 10 kilos each day.

The Spanish grant would be coursed through active abaca farmers’ cooperatives…

RP Signs Agreement with Japan to Put Up Radar System for Storms - BM

A STATE-of-the art meteorological radar system which has the capability to accurately predict the movement and strength of a brewing tropical depression as well as the amount of rainfall it is expected to create will soon be put up in three Philippine areas often visited by tropical cyclones. Yesterday, the Philippine government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) formally signed a grant agreement for a P1.6 billion project which aims to replace three existing meteorological radar Systems in Aparri, Cagayan, Virac, Catanduanes and Guian, Samar with Doppler (S-band) radar systems. The country has existing radar systems in the said areas but they are "conventional" with limited capabilities, PAG-ASA Director Prisco Nilo said. Unlike the existing meteorological systems that the government uses, the Doppler radar systems will have the capability to accurately detect the movement and strength of a tropical depression as far as 500 kilometers away, said Mr. Nilo.…

Wanted: A Minute to Save the World - BM

IT starts with a minute from an individual’s effort to deliver a message that can cut through millions of people’s hearts and inspire them to begin a collective fight against climate change. This best describes the theme “My View: The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest,” sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This is ADB’s way of tapping people’s involvement in putting a stop to the worsening effects of climate change.

More parts of the world are starting to experience climate change, most especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Many families from this region, including the Philippines, suffer from shortage of food supplies coupled with their inability to access clean water and proper sanitation. Ann Quon, principal director of ADB’s External Relations Department, believes that every person from any nation has “a role to play” in fighting climate change. She hopes that through the competition, people will make use of this opportunity as a channel to express their stand …

Outstanding Bicol Students Search Launched

LEGAZPI CITY – The search for the Ten Outstanding students of Bicol (TOSB) was launched last Sept. 5, 2009 at the Embarcadero de Legazpi here.

A project of Ako Bicol in partnership with the Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisers (PACSA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the search for the 10 outstanding students of Bicol seeks to recognize the academic excellence, leadership potential and community service rendered by our studentry.

In his speech, Dr. Dennis Rebueno, representing CHED regional director Dominador Peralta Jr., said that the search for the TOSB is indeed a welcome development in the academe of Region 5 considering that in the past 15 years, the CHED has also been tasked to undertake the search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSB).”

He added that the search for the TOSB would promote not only academic excellence but also the leadership potentials of the college students.

Lawyer Rodel Batocabe, Ako Bicol president, said: “By spo…

CSC Researches, Technologies, Featured at Catandungan Trade Fair

Eight researches, six technologies and five information materials of the Catanduanes State Colleges were featured at the Catandungan Festival 2009 Agro-Industrial and Technology Fair at the Virac Youth Center on October 22-24.

The researches, presented in posters forms were Financial Capability and Buying Practices of Barangay-Based Abaca Entrepreneurs in Catanduanes; Maximizing Agri-Fishery Land Use; Biodiversity, Culture and Use of Endemic Edible Fungi in Catanduanes; Inventory of Cyprea Species in Catanduanes; Efficiency of Updating Database Using Data Environment Object and ADO Object Built through CODE; The Role of Women in Abaca Farming in Catanduanes and Pantomina Catanduanes.

The technologies exhibited were Climate Change Adaptive Technology for Sustainable Production of High Value Vegetables; Improvised Exposure Photographic Machine; Low Cost Mechanical Cellphone Charger; Low Cost Universal Cellphone Charger; Improvised Drafting Tool for Pattern Making and Abaca Specialty Pro…

Outside Catanduanes: SP Bans Sale, Transport of Abaca Suckers for 5 Years - CT

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved an ordinance banning the sale and transport of abaca suckers outside the province of Catanduanes for five years in a bid to safeguard the abaca industry here.

The ordinance, sponsored by PBM Nel Asanza, was enacted in response to reliable reports of the indiscriminate practice of some abaca producers and traders who sell abaca suckers to buyers from the mainland and transporting them outside the province.

"This practice poses a great danger to abaca fiber production as it would result to a probable depletion of abaca plantations and in time would lead to the weakening of the abaca industry in the province, to the prejudice of abaca farmer and traders would be greatly affected," the provincial board stated.

The rampant sale and transport of suckers also present an obstacle to the Catanduanes Unlad Abakamasa (CUA) program of the provincial government which seeks to uplift the quality of life of marginal abaca farmers and at the same tim…

San Andres, Bato SBs Reject Inclusion in Virac Landfill Plan - CT

The municipalities of San Andres and Bato have rejected their inclusion in Virac’s plan considering the two towns as among the source of revenues of the proposed P83-million sanitary landfill project which would be funded through a controversial P75 million loan.

Through Resolution No. 78-2009, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres informed the local government of Virac that San Andres is not interested in dumping its garbage in the proposed landfill. The identification of San Andres as a possible landfill client is a welcome development, the municipal council said.

"However, after perusal of the terms in the proposed dumping fees and charges, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres found the amount to be hugely prohibitive an d therefore, the financial capacity of the municipality would be inadequate to pay off the corresponding charges," the measure said. The council, led by Vice Mayor Alan del Valle, said the town has decided instead to establish its own landfill.

On the other …

Virac Landfill Study Flawed, Critics Say - CT

The P1.5-million feasibility study made by Woodfields Consultant, Inc. is so riddled with flaws and wrong assumptions that the Virac municipal government should seriously reconsider its decision to secure a P75-million loan for a sanitary landfill as recommended by the consultant.

This was pointed out by critics of the proposed Sangguniang Bayan resolution that would grant Mayor Santos V. Zafe the power to negotiate the loan with the three financial institutions which tendered offers recently. Among the critics are Councilor Lemuel Surtida, DPWH assistant district engineer Gil Balmadrid, barangay officials and school principals who called on the municipality to re-evaluate the Woodfields study and defer the loan until after the 2010 elections.

The title of the study alone, which refers to the conversion of the existing open dumpsite, is in conflict with the content which considers the proposed project a new landfill. This has raised concerns that Woodfields simply lifted the contents …

CNHS Stude is Bicol’s Entry in 2009 National POP Quiz -CT

Another student of the Catanduanes National High School is representing the Bicol region in a national academic competition, this time the 2009 National POP Quiz. A fourth-year student of the Science and Technology-Oriented Class (STOC), Raffy Canaria topped the regional level quiz held in Legazpi City Sept. 25 on the theme "Educating the Youth to Fight Against Poverty." He was ably coached by Mrs, Bella Rima. He and his coach will represent DepEd Region V to the National POP Quiz this Oct. 13 at the Baguio Convention Center in Baguio City. On behalf of the Catanduanes Schools Division office, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Socorro V. dela Rosa congratulated Canaria and Rima for their feat. She likewise congratulated CNHS Principal Rudy Tolentino and his staff for the support given their student. Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 07 October 2009

CNHS Student Wins Award in Int’l Earth Science Olympiad - CT

The student of the Catanduanes State Colleges who was one of the top four students in the national qualifying exam held last August has won an award at the 3rd International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) in Taipei, Taiwan recently. Emmanuel A. Codillo received the best presentation award for international team field investigation. His fellow delegate, Lance Co Ting Keh of Philippine Science High School main campus got the silver, the Philippine’s first ever in the IESO, while Ralph Ugalino, also of PSHS Main, and Gio Elegado of PSHS-Bicol, got bronze medals Fifty students from seventeen (17) countries, including the USA, Japan, Italy,Thailand, India, UK, Korea, and other nationa, participated in the event. The gold went to Taiwan (4 students) and Korea (1). The 10 silvers went to Japan (4), Korea (3), Thailand (1), Philippines (1), and Indonesia (1).  There were 19 bronze medals given, with two going to the Philippines. In an email to Dr. Carlo Arcilla, a Catandunganon who heads …

Probe of Pandan Narra Seizure Set - CT

The Philippine National Police in Catanduanes will make a full report on the controversial seizure of more than 200 pieces of narra lumber near a Pandan councilor’s farm and impose appropriate sanctions on erring lawmen, including relief from their posts. PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Rodegelio Gerero made the vow during a meeting between Governor Joseph C, Cua, Vice Governor Alfred M. Aquino and members of the provincial board, on one hand, and the Philippine Amy. Cua also said that the DENR is also sending an investigation team to probe the conduct of foresters and policemen involved in the seizure, including allegations of bribery. In the same meeting, Gov. Cua asked Army Lt. Col. Romeo Basco of the 83rd Infantry Battalion based in Lictin, San Andres for help in preventing the smuggling of narra lumber to the Bicol mainland. In response, Lt. Col. Basco promised to ask Army units in coastal areas of the mainland to guard entry points in Tiwi and Tabaco, both in A…

Suweco Can Invest P1.1B for Catanduanes Hydro Plant–ERC

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said it recently approved Sunwest Water and Electric Co. Inc.’s (Suweco) petition to increase the project costs of its three mini hydro projects in Catanduanes.

Suweco’s three mini hydroelectric-power plants have a total capacity of 6.4 megawatts (MW).

In its 12-page order, ERC said Suweco petitioned ERC for partial reconsideration and modification of its January 19, 2009 order.

In its petition, Suweco revised the earlier project costs to P1.106 billion from P729.423 million for the 2.3-MW Solong mini hydroelectric-power plant in San Miguel, 1.5-MW Hitoma 1 mini hydroelectric-power plant in Caramoran, and 2.6-MW Capipian mini hydroelectric- power plant in San Miguel, Catanduanes.

The revised project cost, according to Suweco, would have an impact of P5.3955 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from an earlier project cost impact of P3.6642/kWh.

Suweco said it had to increase its project costs from its original estimates due to force-majeure events such as soil er…

Mining Consultations in Catanduanes Reset - INQ

VIRAC, Catanduanes—The Department of Energy (DoE) has reset public consultations on coal mining projects in three towns in Catanduanes for next month.

Energy Undersecretary Ramon Allan Oca cited some logistics problems in Manila as reason for the postponement of consultations in Caramoran, San Andres, and Panganiban towns.

In a phone interview, Oca said the agency had to prepare a budget for the travels and arrange the schedules of personnel who would be assigned to the consultations.

The department, he said, was also preparing for the budget hearings and other activities.

The postponement came on the heels of Philippine Daily Inquirer reports about plans to mine coal in the island-province by Monte Oro Resources and Energy Inc., which is owned by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s businessman-ally, Enrique Razon.

Panganiban Mayor Gregorio Angeles confirmed that the public consultations would not be held in his town.


Earlier, Bishop Manolo De los Santos of the Diocese of Virac wa…

Creating People-Centered Jobs and Communities - PDI

LIVELIHOOD and social services are important parts of the Bicol Agenda to improve the quality of life of Bicolanos. With enough income and income opportunities, they are able to answer needs like education, health and shelter, and participate in development initiatives in their communities. Civil society organizations now engage local governments for projects which help address both – from organic farming in Camarines Sur and building water systems in Sorsogon to prevention of diseases and domestic violence in Catanduanes. Water system In Pilar, Sorsogon, the Provincial Alliance of NGOs and POs for Development (Pangopod) helps establish water systems in response to basic needs of residents. One of its members, the Pilar New Life Learning Foundation, established a water system in Barangay (villages) Palapas in cooperation with the community. A memorandum of agreement between them encourages beneficiaries to plant trees around the water source to rehabilitate the water table and man…

Freddie Aguilar Sings for Bicol - BM

Freddie Aguilar is set to storm Bicolandia on September 17 at the Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City. The high-end dinner concert, called Concierto Pakarahay Ning Caramoan, will be the first of a series. Ka Freddie, with his band Watawat, pairs up with DJ Alvaro, the singer that popularized “Ang Tipo kong Lalaki ay Maginoo, Ngunit Medyo Bastos”.

The undertaking is a fundraising campaign of Caresma (Caramoanons with Residences in Metro Manila), headed by Annabelle Arcilla. Its priority project of restoring historical churches in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, is only the first of many. Arcilla, the concert producer, is assisting and complementing Camarines Sur Gov. L-ray Villafuerte in his goal to put the once sleepy town of Caramoan on the world tourism map.

Pakarahay means renewal or restoration. Caresma, aside from its focus on history and heritage, aims to uplift the culture and values of Caramoanons and prepare them for the upcoming tourism development growth in the area.

For a start, Arc…

CSC, DTI Conduct Entrepreneurial Training to 11 Towns of Catanduanes

An inter-agency program on entrepreneurial development is jointly undertaken by the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC), through its Extension Services Center, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The DTI Region V, through a memorandum of agreement, has enlisted CSC as consultant in this undertaking by providing a pool of lecturers for the series of trainings.

Displaced workers, unemployed college graduates, entrepreneurs, farmers and fisherfolks, members of cooperative and NGOs, RICs and ARCs from the 11 towns of the province are the beneficiaries of this collaborative program.

To date, five municipalities in the province are already covered by this project, with 279 training beneficiaries. Six hundred seventy participants are expected to be trained on starting up a small business

The training module is carried out in a day and consists of lectures, workshop and presentation of outputs.

Topics provided to the participants are basic entrepreneurial skills and competencies, bus…

Loren Urges Shift to Cleaner, Greener Fuel in Lieu of Coal

Senator Loren Legarda cited today the urgent need for the Philippines to shift to cleaner energy sources instead of shooting for a yearly increase of 11.7 percent in the production of coal, a highly polluting fuel source blamed for 30,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Founder and chair of the environment group Luntiang Pilipinas, Loren issued the statement in view of the strong opposition expressed by the church to a planby a company to extract coal worth P6.2 billion in Catanduanes.

"The operation of this coal mine would be a double blackeye to the environment as it would increase our carbon emission while decimating trees and foliage in an area of 7,000 hectares," said Loren.

"Not only would our carbon footprint increase, but the loss of trees and greeneries in the affected areas, said to be three times the size of Makati City, would further reduce forest cover which helps fight air pollution," she explained.

Loren said that while coal-related air pollut…

A Charter for Bicolanos -

By the time this column goes to press, I will be in Lake Buhi, a lake in Buhi, Camarines Sur made famous by sinarapan which is the world’s smallest commercially-harvested fish. Sometimes Bicolanos use the name buhi for the fish as well but the real name is appropriate because it is said to be “talagang masarap.”

We, Manilans seldom know about these things — how the lake was formed and why it should be home to a good-tasting fish. Bicolanos speak of its incredible beauty.

No wonder it was chosen by the advocacy group Bicol for Greater Autonomy to write their charter. This resort town could stand more development for its bountiful resources — fish, a forest beside the lake with different species of birds as well as flying lizards and civet cats. Only the people who live in Buhi can truly appreciate the beauty and riches of the province but they are discouraged from doing so because they do not have proprietary rights on development. Under the present system they merely inhabit the place…

Plane Swerves Off Runway in Manila - GMA News

A 32-seater passenger plane on Sunday noon met a “slight incident" after its normal landing at the Manila Domestic Terminal, an airline official said.

Avelino Zapanta, president of Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), said their Dornier 328 Flight DGO24 from Caticlan encountered wind shear at about 12:30 p.m. upon landing at the airport.

“We had a slight incident. Flight DGO24 was taxiing when it encountered cross wind shear that caused the aircraft to veer off the runway," he told GMANews.TV.

No one was hurt as the passengers were all off the terminal when the incident occurred, he said.

Zapanta said he does not see the incident to affect SEAIR’s business.

“It (wind shear) is a natural phenomenon. There was wind crossing. The aircraft is ok," he said.

Also known as wind gradient, a wind shear affects air speed during landing and taking off.

Last July, SEAIR’s Dornier 328 had a flat tire while taxiing to the Caticlan ramp after a smooth landing.

While Caticlan airport aut…

“Rotatree”: Our Mangrove Planting Project - CT

The Rotary Club of Virac, R.I. District 3820, launched the “Rotatree”: Mangrove Planting Project last 02 August 2009 at Barangay Guinobatan, Bato, Catanduanes. The launching was marked by the planting of more than 1,000 mangrove propagules, made possible by an agreement between RC Virac President Atty. Al Aquino and Guinobatan barangay captain and SB member Gabriel T. Tejerero.

The planting was participated by FICELCO; Philippine Coast Guard (PCGA) 905th Squadron; Kabalibat Civicom 955 Catanduanes Chapter, and Master of Arts in Teaching Biology (MATBio) Students of the CSC Graduate School, as partner organizations. This activity is in line with the 6-Nationwide Projects of the ten (10) Rotary Districts, R.I., Philippines, this Rotary Year 2009-2010. RC Virac recognized the project as essential in the campaign against the ill-effects of Climate Change.

Why did we choose Barangay Guinobatan for this project? Guinobatan is one of the barangays along the chain of estuaries of the Cabuga…

Ammonite Fossils Found

There may be fossils of marine monsters in the Silungan ning Higante site north of Dugui Too in Virac.

Last April 5-7, three staffers of the National Museum – museum curators Roberto de Ocampo and Priscila Ong, and budget officer and ISLA composer Jerry Tabirao – joined Oseas Alberto, her sister Marilyn and five guides in a grueling, eight-hour trek to the site to verify the fossil find reported last year by Mr. Alberto.

A proper expedition to the site would need funding, something which the Museum does not have. Probably, foreign scientists could take a look at the site in the near future.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 22 April 2009

Bicol Bishops All Out vs Coal Mine Project - CBCP

MANILA, August 18, 2009— Roman Catholic bishops in Bicol region are all out against the planned coal mining project in the region alleging that it would destroy ecology.

Despite strong opposition from church leaders and residents of Catanduanes province to Monte Oro Resources and Energy Inc., the mine still obtained green light from the Department of Energy.

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said mining has “ripped apart” the ecological, cultural and social fabric of many communities in Bicol where there’s mining.

He criticized the government for adhering to business interests over the welfare of the people who suffer much from the “ill effects” mining operations.

“Once you engage in mining, you scratch the land and it only destroys the land… there is nowhere to go but (destruction),” Bishop Bastes said.

The church leader made the statement on Tuesday after Virac Bishop Manolo De Los Santos vowed that the church will block the coal mining project in Catanduanes.

Bishop Bastes said all ch…

Top 10 June 2009 Nursing

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has released the Nursing board exam results as it announced that 32,617 out of 77,901 examinees passed the June 6 to 7, 2009 licensure exams given by the Board for Nursing in Manila and all regional offices.

Golda Manto Yap, Felipe Verallo Memorial Foundation - 86.80%.Ronie Rose Capati Arevalo, Adamson University - 86.40%.Michelle Alejandro Barberan, Arellano University Manila - 86.20%.Caroline May Rellosa Chamen, Philippine College of Health and Sciences - 86.00% Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, Naga College Foundation - 86.00%Marco Magtulis Dometita, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Margaret Cheung Encarnacion, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Marc Bago-Od Marzan, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Lalaine Lim Perlas, Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 85.80% Debbie Rose Uy Tanengsy, Velez College - 85.80%Lisa Angelica Vela Evangelista, University of Santo Tomas - 85.60%Adrian Patrick Patawaran Calimag, University of Santo Tomas …

Virac to Borrow P75 Million for Sanitary Landfill Project - CT

The administration of Mayor Santos "Doc" Zafe has asked the Sangguniang Bayan of Virac for authority to negotiate with financing institutions a P75-million loan for the proposed conversion of the existing Casoocan dumpsite into a sanitary landfill.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilor Eulogio Talaran, Jr., underwent first reading during the regular session of the municipal council last July 20 and was immediately referred to several committees. The loan proposal is based on the recommendations of Woodfields Consultant, Inc., which was reportedly paid P1.5 million for the 114-page study submitted to the municipality just this month.

The project seeks to establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility at the 2.19-hectare controlled dumpsite at Casoocan 10 kilometers from the poblacion. The dumpsite, the consultant claimed, lacks the technical engineering soundness required for a proper disposal facility and poses health hazards due to exposed wastes and unmitigated g…

CSC Enrolment Up by 3.36% - PIA

Virac, Catanduanes (7 July) -- A 3.36 percent net increase in enrolment was posted by the Catanduanes State Colleges tertiary level this first semester of school year 2009-2010.

As of July 3, the total number of students enrolled both at CSC Main Campus here and CSC Panganiban Campus collegiate level reached 5,644, which is 184 higher as compared last year.

At the main campus, the College of Technology (CoT) posted a total of 2,203 enrollees, while the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) has 892; College of Education (CEd), 785; College of Health Sciences (CHS), 664; College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), 317; and College of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF), 270.

However, the College of Agriculture and Fisheries has the highest rate of increase in enrolment at 27.35 percent. During the first semester last school year, CAF had 212 enrollees.

The CSC Panganiban Campus meanwhile also recorded a 10.08 percent net increase of enrolment in its three degree programs this year. Its Bachelor…

NSO Reports on Consumer Price Index in Bicol Region - PIA

Legazpi City (18 June) -- Price situation year-on-year: The year-on-year inflation rate of Bicol region continued to move at a slower pace of 4.9 per cent in May 2009 from 6.1 per cent in April 2009 or a decline of 1.2 percentage points. Compared to the 8.9 per cent inflation rate in the same period last year, this month's inflation rate was way below by 4.0 percentage points. The decline in the annual inflation rate of Bicol region was due primarily to the negative annual rate posted in fuel, light and water (-3.5 per cent from -2.9 per cent) due to the price rollback in LPG and kerosene. The slower annual inflation rate for food, beverages and tobacco (5.8 per cent from 7.7 per cent), housing and repairs (4.2 per cent from 4.3 per cent), services (6.9 per cent from 7.8 per cent) and miscellaneous items (3.5 per cent from 3.6 per cent) also contributed to the downtrend in the all items index. On the other hand, annual rate of clothing index remained at its last month's rat…