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The Good and Bad Sides of Jollibee Virac

Reports say that Jollibee Foods Corporation failed to hit its target of P1-million in sales during the opening day of its Virac store.


Still, the reported P740,000 total gross sales is easily the biggest ever for a local store. Too bad most of that moolah is going to Manila to the coffers of the giant fastfood corporation. This is the bad side of having Manila-owned stores like Jollibee, which gets all its raw materials from its commissary in Laguna.

The most that it can do to repay Catandunganons who fork over their hard-earned money for burgers, spaghetti, fries and chicken is to at least have the Jollibee Foundation spearhead CSR projects like the Busog-Lusog-Talino feeding program for indigent kinder pupils, build a classroom here and there, and hire local students as restaurant crew under its Skills Enhancement and Education Development for Students (SEEDS) program tie-up with DOLE.

On the side, local fast food establishments need not fret over the Jollibee thing; their burge…

Virac, Bato Sign Sisterhood Pact with Makati City

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Dec 11 (PIA)-- The towns of Virac and Bato here signed sisterhood agreements last November 23, 2011 at the Makati City Hall with Makati.


Present during the signing of the separate memorandum of agreement (MOA) were Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez and Virac Mayor Jose Alberto II with the members of their respective Sangguniang Bayan and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr.

The MOA will strengthen the friendship ties and mutual understanding of the local government units through exchanges in Science and Technology, Culture and Arts, Tourism, Planning and Urban Development, Commerce and Trade and Industry, Education and Sports Development, Environmental Protection, Public Health and Social Services, and other concerns.

The said towns will also benefit from the sisterhood with regards to the expected assistance from Binay which includes donation of books and multicab, scholarship grants at the University of Makati for the indigent students, calamity assistance, training…

PRC Conducts Mobile Outreach Program in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Dec 5 (PIA)-- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted a Mobile Outreach Program at the provincial capitol of Catanduanes on November 25-26. It is the first time for PRC to conduct such service in Catanduanes. According to regional director, Elenita Tan of PRC, the said program aims to make it easy for applicants in the renewal of licenses, registration of new passers, and application for those who would like to take the examination on December 29. She also said that their program will continue and their agency is also considering the establishment of an extension office in the province. Repeaters, she added, will have to take the examination on January 30, 2012; while on March 11, 2012 it will be the turn for those taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (2012). Those benefited by the program were thankful since it helped them save a lot in terms of convenience, time, money, and effort. (PIA/Catanduanes) by EA Bagadiong
Source: PIA Press …

NAIA-1 Gets P1-Billion Face-Lift

MANILA, Philippines - A newly refurbished Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will rise from the shell of the old, much-maligned main gateway, but still would not provide free sleeping quarters for vagrants and those on a tight budget. The repairs will cost P1 billion.


According to Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta, the NAIA-1 had a “dayroom” decades ago, rented at P840 per day ($20) and located near the arrival area, just beside the duty-free shops.

(The “dayroom” is still there, available for those who may want to use it, although it’s not being properly advertised by airport authorities. Most of the time, however, the area is used as a holding room for those scheduled for deportation and who are awaiting their flights.)

The face-lift of NAIA-1 will start in January and is expected to be finished within 2012. The 67,000-square-meter building has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year. Last year it served way beyond its capacity—or some 7.3 million people.

T…

CENRO Urges Public Not to Capture Marine Turtles

VIRAC, Catanduanes, August 24 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) is asking the public not to capture marine turtles (pawikan) released to the sea by neighboring countries.


According to CENRO OIC Officer Luvimindo F. Chioco, our partners in Saipan had installed satellite transmitter on the back of three (3) green sea turtles last summer and released them to the ocean.

Based from the satellite tracking, one of the turtles named Kumiko was said to have been detected between Catanduanes and Guinahoan or Refugio island north of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

There is a possibility that the turtle will also reach south Catanduanes waters. CENRO moreover advised the public especially those living in coastal communities not to capture the said turtles if ever they encounter such animal.

The turtles have transmitter on their back. It is advised that it would be better to just leave the sea turtle swim freely…

The Case for PAGASA's Doppler Radars

To get a better view of the storms approaching the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is looking to several more doppler radars across the country —on top of the three operational ones it is currently using for weather forecasting.

In a phone interview with GMA News Online, PAGASA's engineering and technology services division OIC Engr. Edwin Mandreza said the deployment of the radars in Antique, Busuanga and Zamboanga are currently in the planning stages.

On the other hand, two radars in Virac, Catanduanes and Tagaytay City, Cavite, are currently under construction, and will be finished before the year ends, Mandreza said.

Meanwhile, the doppler radar in Mactan, Cebu, will begin construction after the Tagaytay radar becomes operational by the end of 2011, while the radar in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is still being calibrated, he added.

A new doppler radar in Tampakan, South Cotabato, on the other hand, is set to …

The Save Our Sea Turtles (S.O.S) Project

What are Sea Turtles?
Sea turtles are often referred to by scientists as the only living remnants of the dinosaur age, but might not be around long enough. Unless sincere efforts are undertaken, sea turtles might follow dinosaurs into extinction.

Popularly known as pawikan, a typical Philippine Sea Turtle weighs between 180 to 210 kilograms, and unlike land turtles, cannot retract its head and limbs under its streamlined shell. It has large upper eyelids that protect its eyes, but has no external ear opening. Awkward on land, it is more active and graceful in the water, traveling as fast as 32 kilometers per hour using its long paddle-like fore and hind flippers.

Sea turtles vary in color - olive-green, yellow, greenish-brown, or black. The most common species in the Philippines is the Green Sea Turtle, which is also found in all tropical and sub-tropical seas, which includes our island, Catanduanes. Its most distinct feature is a more blunt and wider head than that of the Hawksbill Tu…

ACT Catanduanes Kicks Off at Baras

With its initial leg in Baras town completed Feb. 24-25, the provincial government has started an advocacy campaign for tourism, dubbed as A.C.T. Catanduanes, aimed at crafting a comprehensive and wholistic tourism development plan.


The campaign, being managed by the Provincial Tourism Office in close coordination with the Department of Tourism Regional Office V, seeks to make the people aware of the whole gamut of the tourism industry and enhance their knowledge on how tourism could be adopted as a development strategy.

In the island’s surfing capital, 56 participants from the government and private tourism stakeholders attended the two-day activity wherein the first day is devoted for lecture-series and the second day for assessment and validation of tourist attractions within the municipality as identified by the participants.

Mayor Chito S. Chi expressed his thanks to the provincial government for choosing Baras as the venue of its first leg of the province-wide tourism advocacy …

Advocacy Campaign for Tourism in Catanduanes Kicks Off

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Mar 4 (PIA) -- A series of tourism awareness campaign for the whole province kicked off late last month at the municipality of Baras which is anchored in spreading culture of tourism among the 11 municipalities of the province. The advocacy campaign which aims to familiarize the community with the concept of tourism and the whole breadth of tourism industry as well, in order to cope up with the common understanding with what tourism is all about and how its benefits can widen economic opportunities among the stakeholders. The tourism awareness campaign is a two-day activity designed to enhance participants knowledge on the concept of tourism as a sustainable development strategy, familiarize participants with the whole aspects of tourism industry, and promote adoption of tourism as an alternative strategy for development. The activity shall serve as a prelude to another planning session at the provincial level to be able to come up with a Tourism Development Pl…

Aquaculture Committee Okays 13 Bills

The House Committee on Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources has approved for plenary debate several measures that aim to enhance the country's aquaculture industry.

Rep. Benhur L. Salimbangon (4th District, Cebu) said the bills establish fisheries and aquatic resources centers, seaweed processing plants and Mariculture Development Parks in different provinces and municipalities nationwide.

"It is high time that the government move for the establishment of these centers, plants and research facilities to be able to preserve an ideal aquatic ecosystem which contributes a big portion to food security of the country," Salimbangon said.

The Mariculture parks, fisheries and aquatic center and seaweed processing plants will also benefit the provinces and municipalities economically, Salimbangon added.

The bills approved by the House panel are authored by Reps. Augusto Syjuco (2nd District, Iloilo), Francisco T. Matugas (1st District, Surigao del Norte), Antonio A. Del Rosario (1s…

Brgy Bagsakan of San Miguel Wins 2010 Gawad Saka National Award

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Feb.16 (PIA) - The Barangay Bagsakan project of San Miguel town has been adjudged as the National Outstanding Barangay Bagsakan (LGU- operated category) in Gawad Saka 2010 Search for Outstanding Achievers in Agriculture and Fisheries. The Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) of Catanduanes nominated the project to the Regional Gawad Saka Search Committee as the province’s entry and won earning a plaque of recognition and P50, 000 award from the Department of Agriculture regional field unit last December 16, 2010 at Pili, Camarines Sur. The municipal government of San Miguel headed by Mayor Edna Bernal is set to receive the Presidential Award and project funding worth P350, 000 from President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and top officials of the Department of Agriculture in Manila this week.

The Barangay Bagsakan is essentially a barangay-based food depot where there is a continuous supply of fresh food such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and othe…

One-day Seminar on Parliamentary Rules and Procedures Set

VIRAC, Catanduanes- A one-day seminar on Parliamentary Rules and Procedures will be held on February 12, 2011 at the Twin Rock Beach Resort, to be participated in by all the members of the sangguniang panlalawigan of Catanduanes.


Topics for discussion are : performance challenge fund benchmarking to be discussed by Engr. Luis L. Surtida, provincial administrator and Atty. Arnaldo E. Escober, Jr., department of interior and local government (DILG) provincial director of Catanduanes.

There will be a revisit of the internal house rules and SP’s standing committees wherein Vice-Governor Jose J. Teves, Jr., SP chairman, committee on rules and Hon. Shirley A. Abundo, provincial board member will serve as moderators. (PIA/Catanduanes)

by EA Bagadiong
Source: PIA Press Release
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Man Who Never Dies

Col. Salvador Rodolfo, Sr. (born 7 February 1919) is a Filipino War Hero who liberated the Island Province of Catanduanes in the Philippines from the clutches of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. He was known in Catanduanes as “Phantom” or the “Man who Never Dies” based on the comic book hero created by Lee Falk in 1936. He organized the Catanduanes Liberation Forces (CLF), the guerilla unit that paved the way for the liberation of Catanduanes in 1945. The CLF fought the Japanese without any external help. They were fearless and fought so hard that the Japanese forces were virtually destroyed before even the American forces, the supposed liberators, arrived in Catanduanes in 1945. Personal life Rodolfo was born in 1919 in Bato, Catanduanes, Philippines. He is a descendant of Don Juan Rodolfo of Almeria, Spain who went to the Philippines in the 18th Century and married the daughter of Datu Bantog who was then one of the Tribal Chieftains in Catanduanes in order to put t…

Global Kids Science Fair

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Google on Tuesday launched its first ever global science fair for young people aged 13 to 18, with the grand prize being a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a 50,000-dollar scholarship.


"Google is looking for the brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today," the Internet search engine said.

Students may enter on their own or in groups of two or three. Projects must be submitted by April 4.

As part of the entry, young scientists must create "either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the summary page of your project submission," Google said.

All materials must be written in English, it said, noting that Google Translate is available for those who need it.

Judging of all submissions is to be done by a panel of teachers, Google said.

Then, in early May, "60 global semifinalists will be announced and thei…

Project 1.11.11

(Lifted from Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento’s privilege speech in the House of Representatives Dec. 13, 2010 is this urgent message to all those who love life here in this island).


Half of Catanduanes used to be covered by lush, virgin forests untouched by man and inhabited only by wildlife. Sadly, that forest cover is now down to a mere 12 percent, even less, thanks to the continuing encroachment of human settlements and the relentless and illegal cutting of trees over the years. We cannot be proud of the verifiable fact that our island still has the highest percentage of forest cover in the Bicol region. We cannot, because we have not done enough to halt its decline.

When typhoons Reming and Loleng thus ravaged Catanduanes, national television feasted on pictures of trees and cut logs floating by our coastlines after being carried down by floodwaters from our mountains. Just like what happened in Ormoc, Leyte when a flash flood claimed 8,000 lives in 1991 due to illegal logging and

Strategic Planning for Power Development Set in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan.5 (PIA)- A strategic planning for power development in Catanduanes is scheduled at the end of January.


The purpose of the planning session is to make the province of Catanduanes an attractive destination for potential investors with an ever dependable supply and reasonable cost of electricity, to tackle issues and concerns related to local power generation and distribution, to discuss burning consumer concerns on refund of meter deposits, and rate reduction.

The session also hopes to gather valuable inputs from workshop representatives of the provincial government of Catanduanes, National Power Corporation (NPC), First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative Inc. (FICELCO), and Sun West Corporation.

Two staffs from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional office V will serve as facilitators during the workshop. Participants are the municipal mayors; municipal planning development officers; Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chairmen on appropriations, e…

International Year of Forests - 2011

The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. Forests are an integral part of global sustainable development. According to World Bank estimates, more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. The forest product industry is a source of economic growth and employment, with global forest products traded internationally in the order of $270 billion. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that every year 130,000 km² of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation. Conversion to agricultural land, unsustainable harvesting of timber, unsound land management practices, and creation of human settlements are the most common reasons for this loss of forested areas. According to the World Bank, deforestation accounts for up…