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Bus Falls Into River; 7 hurt

Seven persons were injured when the bus they were riding to Bagamanoc fell into a shallow part of the river along the national road in Kilikilihan, San Miguel last June 21. Catanduanes PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Lito Pitallano identified those brought to the Viga district hospital as Teresita Peña of Sta. Teresa, Bagamanoc; Cylamie Tuquero of Burgos, Viga; Winnie Olesco of Roxas, Viga; Lenlen Villacorta of Bagamanoc; and, three unnamed members of the Llamera family from Panganiban town. They fortunately suffered only minor injuries, according to the police, who quoted officials at the Viga district hospital. The report said the “Blem-Blem” bus owned by the family of Bagamanoc Mayor Odilon Pascua was traveling from Virac when at 12:45 P.M., the kingpin of its steering mechanism was accidentally detached, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The heavy bus went off the road and fell straight down a 10–meter embankment, with its nose resting below the w…

Skyjet flies to Virac July 1

Set to fill the void to be left behind by Zest Airlines is newcomer Skyjet, which plans to operate a leased 94-seater British Aerospace BAe146-200 to the capital town beginning July 1. Its first flight to Catanduanes is scheduled just two days after Zest Air’s MA60 jetprop makes its takeoff from Virac airport on June 29. Leased from Lionair Inc. with an option to buy, fhe four-engine Skyjet’s flight time to Manila will be just 40 minutes, shaving 25 minutes off ZestAir’s usual flight duration. It will also fly to Virac on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, which would ensure that there will be daily airplane flights to the island. Seats on board the jet, however, would be slightly costly as the airline plans to offer full hospitality and inflight service: unlimited snack and drinks, and newspapers. “Snack items like mamon, chips, coffee, water and soda will be offered after take-off and passengers can still ask for a second round and refill of drinks anytime they want,” the airlin…

Diarrhea Kills 3 in Catanduanes

MANILA, Philippines – Two children and a 59-year-old man have died from diarrhea in Virac, Catanduanes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday. NDRRMC said the 3 male victims, aged 1, 6 and 59, died of severe dehydration due to acute gastroenteritis. Eighteen others are being treated at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center. According to the NDRRMC, the victims may have been drank contaminated water from a spring at the Sto. Domingo River. 2010 Virac population per barangay. Drag your pointer on the shaded area on the map and click to open the info window. The darker the shade the higher the population. The agency also cited lack of sanitary toilets, lack of potable water, poor hygienic practices and improper disposal of solid and liquid waste as possible reasons for an increase of diarrhea cases. NDRRMC also said the increase in diarrhea cases in the province coincided with an increase in cholera victims. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM So…

Information Bill Gains Ground as Senate Starts Plenary Talks

A PRIORITY measure seeking to ensure easy access to state information was yesterday tackled at the Senate plenary session. Government is an instrument owned by the people, and all information in the custody of the State should be available for the people to access, Senator Gregorio B. Honasan, public information and mass media committee chairman, said in his sponsorship speech, recommending approval on second reading of the Freedom of Information (FoI) bill. The FoI bill is part of the administration’s platform on transparency and has been identified as a priority by the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council. If we have freedom of information… high-placed syndicates and conspiracies, and excesses of partisan politics would be drastically reduced, if not eradicated, Mr. Honasan said. Under the bill, every Filipino citizen has a right to and shall, on request, be given access to any record under the control of a government agency. The bill requires national agenci…