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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 as g…

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…