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Protection for Bicolano OFWS in Hongkong Sought

Legazpi City (27 August) -- The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Family Circles Confederation, Inc. in Bicol has sought the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here to take the necessary steps to protect OFWs based in Hong Kong from possible harassment and maltreatment as an offshoot of the tragic hostage-taking incident in front of Quirino grandstand last Monday.


Elsie Atienza, president of Bicol OFW Family Circle Confederation, Inc., said that organization and the families of OFWs in Hong Kong have expressed fears because of possible retaliation of some Chinese nationals following the bloody hostage drama.

"Actually some families of our OFWs based in Hong Kong and in mainland China are worried after the incident, that is why we are now coordinating with the OWWA to ensure the safety of our OFWs," Atienza said.

She also urged OWWA regional office in Bicol to put up a free overseas telephone line so that families of OFWs can easily communicate with their families …

CUA Program for Talents Launched

There’s another acronym for CUA: Catanduanes Upliftment of the Arts.

The new program was recently launched by Governor Cua and the board of directors of Catanduanes Institute of Technology Foundation, Inc. (CITFI) in order to provide support to Catandunganons imbued with skill and talent in the art.


As a starter, an art painting competition was held last July 31, participated in by 22 artists from all over Catanduanes.

The art contest was judged by CITFI Board Director and Artist Mar Vidal, fine arts teacher of UP and renowned portrait artist chosen by top personalities such as boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, former presidents Cory Aquino and Joseph Estrada, and Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal to undertake their portraits. Vidal was the teacher of Monique Llhuiller, international celebrity and owner of the Llhuiller shops and businesses in the country and abroad.

"I am impressed by the many talented artists in Catanduanes. I promise to visit Catanduane…

Bicol Registers RP's Fastest 2009 Economic Growth Rate at 8.2%

Legazpi City (12 August) -- Bicol Region's economy grew by 8.2 per cent in 2009, twice its pace in 2008 and much faster than the 1.1 per cent growth at the national level, reports the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in Bicol.

The same report shows that the industry sector remained the strongest performer with an 18.3 per cent expansion. Bicol Region topped all other regions in the country in terms of growth.

The Service sector, which remained the biggest contributor to the region's output at 41.8 per cent, grew at a faster rate of 5.0 per cent from 3.8 per cent the previous year. Except for Transportation, Communication and Storage, all subsectors recorded accelerated growths. Growth of Transportation, Communication and Storage slipped to 4.2 per cent from 4.3 per cent in 2008.

Trade, on the other hand posted a 2.8 per cent growth, a very slight improvement from the 2.7 per cent expansion in 2008. Similarly, Finance registered an uptrend at 8.5 per cent in 2009 a…

CSC Recognized by CHED as Provincial Institute in Agri-Fisheries

The Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) College of Agriculture and Fisheries was among the 77 colleges in the country recognized by Commission on Higher Education as Provincial Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries (PIAF).

With this recognition, the CSC was initially allocated with P250, 000.00 for the upgrading of its agri-fisheries facilities.

According to Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC president, the upgrading is one of the priorities of the college in support to the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES), including the strengthening of the program offerings of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries.

NAFES was created through RA 8435 which mandates CHED, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and appropriate government agencies such as state universities and colleges, to upgrade the quality, ensure sustainability and promote global competitiveness of agriculture and fisheries education.

The college will allocate P50, 000.00 for the purchase of instructi…

Fishing’s Fine Again at the Pier

The fishermen at the Virac pier are back in. PPA Virac port manager Flor Balota has ordered security guards at the port to allow entry at specified periods to the denizens of the pier who regular drop their hooks and lines in the early morning or at sunset, hoping to catch some fish for dinner.
The fishermen, however, are back at their own risk. They would be requested to submit a waiver stating that the PPA or manager Balota would not be responsible if something untoward happens to them inside the port. Those who want to go out on a date at the pier will be denied entry along with kids. The manager’s memory is still fresh of the incident wherein a man on a bike ran into the fallen steel post just after typhoon Reming. The biker died at the hospital after impaling himself on a protruding piece of steel. The PPA’s recent action to bar fishermen from using the port was an offshoot of a directive from Rene Agao of the Port Management Office in Legaspi. In his May 18 memo, he reminded …

Too Much Politics is Anathema to Progress

Inaugural Speech of Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento
Mga tugang kong Catandunganon!

Enot, gusto kong ipaabot sa sainyo ang sakong dakulang pasasalamat sa itinao nindong suporta kan nakaaging eleksiyon
. I am very grateful for the trust and confidence that you gave me. By this formal ceremony, I swear to exert all efforts within my power to serve the interest of all Catandunganons, as a manner of repaying the support that you bestowed upon this representation.

I also wish to express my deepest gratitude to my loving wife and kids, my mother-in-law and all my relatives, for their unselfish support and untiring efforts that, for the large part, contributed to my success in my last political foray.

Likewise, let me extend my invitation to everyone to attend our thanksgiving party – called Handog Pasasalamat, to be held tonight at the Virac sports center.

I have specifically opted to celebrate and mark the beginning of my term, in the midst of the common Catandunganon, who prayed, hoped and sac…

Filipinos Making Waves Festival & Parade 2010

The festival will showcase unprecedented cultural events, rockin' music and related fun-activities to illustrate the diversity of contemporary traditional Filipino arts and culture. In this two-day event, we are celebrating Filipinos Making Waves here in Canada and the world. Come and bring the whole family and enjoy the rich taste of the Philippines!

Type of Event: Filipino Festival & Parade
When: August 21-22, 2010
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada


The Fish Keep Getting Away

If people at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Catanduanes were fishermen, their bellies would have been full but their families would have nothing for dinner.


The other Sunday, the governor’s Task Force Kalikasan intercepted a wing van with a cargo of finished furniture and narra lumber tucked underneath its load of scrap iron, old newspapers and cartons.

It soon turned out that the shipment was covered by documents issued by the CENRO, although the shipper, Gina Tenerife Furniture Shop based in Tobrehon, San Miguel, could not present the Certificate of Lumber Origin.

What was questionable about the cargo was that the "stair steps" listed in the CENRO permit were not finished furniture, as it was merely passed over once with a planer and the quantity on the permit was erased and replaced with a figure ten times as much. For a government agency tasked with the vital job of protecting the dwindling forest resources of Catanduanes from rapacious ill…