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Let Us Exercise Our Right to Organize as Consumers - CT

As expected, the emergency meeting of the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council on the power situation had so much finger-pointing that it ended with no solutions in sight for the pestering brownouts. For one, FICELCO OIC Rodolfo Mendoza and NPC Plant Superintendent Edwin Tatel came as a pair an hour late. Apparently the dynamic duo had to make sure one of the NPC’s Marinawa plant went on line so that there would be no brownouts during the meeting. And indeed, no blinking lights. But barely had the council members went out of the venue when the brownout recurred. There are some who say that the power situation is out of the consumers’ control and that all we have do for now is to suffer the inconvenience for about four months more until the last quarter of this year when the Hitoma mini-hydro power plant of SUWECO begins delivering cheaper electricity to the FICELCO grid. The problem is that work at the hydro sites at Hitoma, Caramoran and Solong, San Miguel i…

VPES, CNHS Delegates Shine in 7th YES Camp - CT

Delegates from the Virac Pilot Elementary School and the Catanduanes National High School held their own against other participants in the 7th Youth for Environment Summer (YES) Camp held at Teachers’ Camp in Baguio City last April 26-30. Dr. Salve T. San Juan, Education Supervisor I for Science and Secondary Math said that pupils for the Division Pilot Special Science and Math Class won second place in the Sayawit (elementary level). The participants were Nhielsan Albuero, Anne Gille Balmadrid, Mark Gregory Guerrero, Emmazaida Latorre, Kathleen Pagunuran, Stephanie Sarmiento, Katherine Tabo, Edelyn Tatel, Nonito Tatel, Samantha Faye Tribiana, Johanz Tupas, Lorraine Valencia, and Shaira Mae Vargas. Copping third place in Story Telling were DPSSMC pupils Virgil Balmadid, Ariella Meg Marino, Imma Lea Lareza, Keecee Panti, and Neil Andrew Soneja, while Mar Macaranas participated in the poster making contest. They were accompanied by advisers Mrs. Salome Corpuz and Mrs, Joji Ordoña. I…

Magayon Festival 2009

For accurately portraying life and culture on this island, the Catanduanes delegation to the Magayon Festival in Albay bucked heavy rains and banked on excellent choreography and pure energy to bag second runner-up honors and P100,000 cash in the street dancing competition where 12 teams competed. Gov. Joseph C. Cua led other provincial officials in providing moral and financial support to the delegation.

Catanduanes Colleges Foundation Day

The Catanduanes College, the premier institution of higher learning in the island-province, aspires to promote academic excellence by providing programs, strategies and activities that are relevant to the total human development needs in Catanduanes, the Bicol Region, and the Nation. It offers complete Secondary Course, College of Liberal Arts, Education, Commerce, Computer Science, Secretarial Administration, Technical Vocation Courses, and Master of Arts in Education major in Filipino, English, Science, Math, College Teaching, Values Education and Administration and Supervision. It also offers Master in Management Catanduanes College
Brgy. Salvacion, Virac Catanduanes 4800
Tel. No: 63.52.811.1280

Arcilla, Political Law Bar Examiner - CT

A Viracnon has done it again. For four Sundays of September, law graduates undergo the most important rite of passage in the legal profession: the BAR examinations. The Bar is a rigorous test of eight subjects, each testing the graduates’ knowledge, reasoning and writing abilities. One of the examiners in the 2008 Bar Exam is Atty. Juanito Gianan Arcilla of Marcelo Alberto, Virac. Atty. Arcilla prepared the Bar questions on Political and International Law. The said exam consisted of the following subjects and its corresponding weighted average: Political and International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (15%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%), and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises (5%) for a total of 100%. Examiners are deemed experts in their respective fields, and are chosen on the basis on their contributions to legal education. Other examiners of the 2008 Bar were Atty. Salvador Poquiz (Labor and Social Le…

Updating Virac on Google Maps

Summer is fun and entertaining especially if you have something worthy thing to do. And I think, this one is easy and worth your time to spend. Click first the left navigation blue arrow in the middle to clear out the text page to see the unfinished maps along the western seaboard all the way down to Virac. As you can see, Virac map is almost done, except that there are no street names yet in some sections. Maybe you can make some contribution to make our map complete as well as our neighbors. Enjoy!

Burden of Gold: Children Mine Workers in Bicol - ILO

VIRAC, Catanduanes: Each day starts early for Aiza, her sister Angeline and their mother Emily. Today is like any other day in the village of Gumaos, Camarines Norte, where for generations, the search for gold has been many a poor family’s means of survival. Gold, too, has sent many a young child away from home, school and play to the perils of the mines. Liza is unsure of her age, but she knows that she’s been working in the mines for as long as she can remember. Aiza learned from her mother, and six-year-old Angeline is now learning from her. Last year, Aiza’s mother fell ill, and Aiza quit school to bear the burden of earning for the family’s food and her mother’s medical needs. Our bodies ache, but we go on. I reached up to Grade 5 only, and I don’t want my children to be like me. I want them to be able to finish school, find a job they like. But I have no money for their education, says Emily, her mother. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday, Aiza, along with other child mine w…