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Health Office Strengthens Malaria Prevention and Elimination Program

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Sept 6 (PIA) -- The ceremonial transfer and acceptance of the "Biyaheng Kulambo (Mosquito net travel)” campaign from the Department of Health (DOH) to the Catanduanes Provincial Health Office (PHO) will mark and form part of the new advocacy campaign against malaria with the theme "Saving Lives, Preventing Deaths and Sustaining Investments for Malaria.” The said campaign will be highlighted by the “Traveling Long-Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN)” or the Biyaheng Kulambo. With this, a symbolic LLIN will travel through all the provinces of the country starting from malaria-endemic areas in anticipation to the Malaria Awareness Month. Aside from the transfer and acceptance, there will also be the affixing of the provincial logo on the ceremonial LLIN as a symbol of the province’s participation at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 7 at the governor’s office, provincial capitol. The Malaria Prevention and Elimination Program is an advocacy campaign of the De…

PRC to Administer LET in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Sept 19 (PIA) -- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will administer the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in the province on September 30. All examinees from Catanduanes who filed applications either in Virac or Legazpi City shall take the test in Virac following PRC's approval of the Resolution 190-2012. Said resolution was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan requesting the chairman of PRC, Teresita Manzala, to administer LET in the province. It was approved on July 9, 2012 with Provincial Board Member Wilfredo Santelices as the sponsor. Santelices cited that residents of Catanduanes have to take a long trip just to take the exam in mainland Bicol and other testing centers. LET takers were thankful to the SP as well as PRC since the conduct of LET in the province will ease their financial burdens and other related expenses. (EAB/PIA Catanduanes) Source: PIA

ERC Order Cuts Power Rate by P1

A recent order of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) mandating the charging of the claims for rate adjustments of the National Power Corporation (NPC) against small island grids to the Universal Charge-Missionary Electrification (UC-ME) fund has resulted in a reduction of over P1 per kilowatt-hour. FICELCO General Manager Samuel Laynes said the cooperative already incorporated the rate reduction in the power billing received by over 40,000 member-consumers for the month of August 2012. It may be recalled that in December 2011, ERC authorized NPC’s Small Power Utilities Group to recover P4 billion in fuel and foreign current losses partly through an increase of P1.4282 per kilowatt-hour to be applied for four years, or until 2016. The NPC rate increase brought the cost of each kilowatt-hour of electricity on the island to about P12.50 per kWh for residential consumers. In the province of Catanduanes, power rates increased to as much as P14 per kWh, especially when the cooperat…

Maid Tells Senators of Employers' Abuse: 'I Was Their Dog'

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED 1:52 PM) Abused housemaid Bonita Baran told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that she was held in slave-like conditions at the Quezon City home of her employers for four years, repeatedly beaten and tortured, and generally treated like “their dog.” Baran told senators it was Mrs. Annaliza Marzan in particular, who beat and maltreated her to the point of rendering her blind. Mrs. Marzan denied the accusation. The Senate hearing was the first occasion for Baran to confront her former employers, who had gone into hiding for weeks until they were arrested and detained temporarily by the Senate while the hearing on Baran’s case is ongoing. Mr. Reynold Marzan did not personally torment Baran, but it was revealed at the Senate hearing that Mr. Marzan had also abused his wife. At one point, Annaliza tried to choke her, Baran said, while the woman screamed, Bakit ang tagal mong mamatay? Mr. Marzan intervened, but only to ask his wife, At saan mo itatapon…

Calatagan-Tibang RIC Vies for National Gawad Saka Award

The Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Calatagan-Tibang in Virac is a strong bet to win at the national level of the 2012 Gawad Saka, the annual search for outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries. Last week, a panel of evaluators from the National Technical Committee spent over two days in Virac interviewing members of the club and inspecting their home-based livelihood projects. Governor Joseph Cua, Mayor Cito Alberto, Provincial Agricultural & Fishery Council (PAFC) chair Ulysses Tabelin and Virac MAFC chair Jorge Reyes led local agriculture officials in welcoming the panel at Rakdell Inn. The evaluators - Dr. Gina Nilo of the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM), Emiliana Mayor of the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC) and Alicia Rose Nebreja of the Agricultural Training Institute – arrived Aug. 29 and interviewed the RIC members that same afternoon. In his message, Gov. Cua said that winning the Gawad Saka this year will become a lasting testimon…


Last night, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the southeastern seaboard of Samar in the Visayan region. Strong tremors were also felt in nearby provinces including Catanduanes... Earthquake and tsunami alert -…— Catanduanes (@catanduanesph) August 31, 2012Naramdaman din sa catanduanes. Lakas talaga! Eto na ba ang isa sa mga signs na end of the world na sa 12 21 12?— iamrochelle (@xielle1347) August 31, 2012@joseph_morong Bakit di kaya binabanggit ang Catanduanes sa tsunami alert? Di sila apektado?— milen samonte (@agomniallan) August 31, 2012Tsunami warning includes Catanduanes. Uh-oh. #StaySafe :(— Camille Santiago (@cam4ille) August 31, 2012@marchmallooows@itsmikojosh kahuna q sa catanduanes sana!— Joash De La Cruz (@mojojoash) August 31, 2012naramdaman din ung earthquake here in Catanduanes..— erika gianan (@07_ganda) August 31, 2012Hey peeps omg!!! earthquake!!! we got a long earthquake here in Catanduanes. Im so nervous BTW Vote @onedirection