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Study on Snakes, Its Ecosystem, is Best CSC Undergrad Research

A groundbreaking local study which identified 21 species of snakes in a barangay in Virac and their impact on ecosystem won this year’s “Pisog nin Uswag Award,” an annual search for best undergraduate researches implemented by the Catanduanes State Colleges Research Services.

John Ronel S. Gil, a graduating BS in Biology student conducted actual samplings for his thesis titled Snake Inventory in Barangay San Vicente, Virac, Catanduanes. He documented the frequency, relative population density, morphology, classification, feeding behavior and habitat of snakes from April to December 2009.

The researcher divided the barangays of San Vicente Proper and San Vicente Ibong Sapa into four study areas or stations in conducting snake specie inventory. He classified it according to the area’s ecological make up -- rice field with a stream and an irrigation facility, forested rocky mountain with diverse canopy of trees, grassland with waterfalls and residential areas.

The snake species identif…

Cellsite Scare in Virac - CT

Two weeks ago, the management of the Gogon Elementary School called the local press to a meeting to express its vehement opposition to an alleged plan to construct a cellsite at a lot near the school.

The Virac MPDO, however, revealed that at the time, nobody had yet filed an application for the issuance of a locational clearance for the construction of a cellsite in the barangay.

Based on the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)’s locational guidelines for base stations of Cellular Mobile Telephone Services (CMTS),

According to the same guidelines, aside from the required maps and other documents, the applicant has to have the written consent or affidavit of non-objection from majority of actual occupants and property owners within a radial distance equivalent to the height of the proposed base station measured from its base, including all those whose property is adjoining the proposed site of the base station or cellsite. This does not include the resolution of the barangay …

I-Force Early Warning System

“The best there is in Asia”: Multi-Hazard Warning System Installed at Provincial Capitol

A multi-hazard warning system capable is issuing loud siren warnings against specific types of emergencies and hazards is now installed at the roof deck of the provincial capitol, courtesy of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Described by the installation engineers as the best there is in Asia, the I-Force Early Warning System was turned over to the provincial government last March 8 in a brief ceremony attended by Governor Joseph C. Cua and former DOTC Assistant Secretary Cesar V. Sarmiento, who was instrumental in bringing the system to Catanduanes. Also present were DOTC’s Gina Rodriguez, Dr. Eucente Frias of Eufrix Eastern Enterprises which installed and tested the system, and Rudy Rojas, designate-head of the Provincial Disaster Management Office.

The early warning project is a project of the Department of Transportation in partnership with the International Telecommunication…

Water Sources Drying up: El Niño’s Damage to Rice Fields P8.5-M and Rising - CT

The on-going drought triggered by the El Niño phenomenon has already caused P8.5 million in damages to rice fields in six of the province’s 11 towns, according to the Provincial Agriculture Support Office. Provincial Agriculturist Herbert Evangelista reported to Governor Joseph C. Cua last Friday that the loss in rice production amounting to 1,976.04 metric towns is expected to increase when the rest of the municipal agriculture offices submit their reports this week. The partial report covered only the towns of Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban and San Andres, with the other towns accounting for over 4,000 hectares of rice fields. The drought has affected 1,656 hectares of standing rice crops tilled by 1,443 farmers in the six towns, Majority of the rice crops were in the reproductive stage. Of the total, 567 hectares have been assessed as having no chance of recovery. The lack of rainfall that started in September 2009 has led to dried and cracked rice paddies even in…

AAGAPAY Conducts Coastal Clean-up in 6 Virac Barangays - CT

The non-government organization AAGAPAY Catanduanes, together with the Catanduanes Sagip Kalikasan Peoples oOrganization, inc. and AAGAPAY Bicol Youth (ABY), Inc., conducted a coastal clean-up at the shorelines of five barangays in Virac recently.

The clean-up at the beaches of Conception, San Pablo, Salvacion, Sta.Cruz, Rawis and Francia was in support of the AAGAPAY Simultaneous Nationwide Coastal Clean-Up Drive "OPLAN KALIKASAN COASTAL" on February 14, 2010 in response to the prevailing effects of climate change and addressing environment protection issues in order to contribute to the government’s effort in environmental care and preservation programs. The event was kicked off by registration and opening program at the Virac town plaza spearheaded by Abdulrahman Villaluz, spokesperson of AAGAPAY Catanduanes and chairman of Catanduanes Sagip Kalikasan Peoples Organization, Inc.

The AAGAPAY Catanduanes Council were joined by more than 200 participants from DENR/CENRO, CD…

Piss on the Covenant - CT

Last Sunday, after hearing Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, most local candidates (Congressman Joseph Santiago sent his chief of staff joined the signing of their covenant at Plaza Rizal in Virac.

The covenant is intended to assure constituents that Catanduanes will have honest and peaceful automated elections in May.

By signing the covenant under the eyes of the Commission on Elections, the Roman Catholic Church, the PNP and voters who took time to linger at the plaza, the candidates vowed neither to bribe the voters with money, directly or indirectly, nor intimidate them through violence or threat.

To their fellow candidates, they also pledged to conduct the campaign by law and in the spirit of friendly rivalry, address issues and avoid character assassination. Apart from their promise not to maintain private armed groups, those present pledged not to pay for permit-to-campaign cards of the enemies of the state.

In contrast to a similar covenant in Pasay City, the Plaz…