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Finally, Skyjet in January

Capt. Ivanhoe Arcilla, whose shuttered ZestAir office will handle ticket sales for the new airline, said last Monday that Skyjet Airlines will finally fly the Philippine skies this December following the approval of its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.


The industry newcomer’s 94-seater British Aerospace BAe-146-200 will start its flights to Basco, Batanes on Dec. 14 on a thrice-weekly basis, to be followed by Virac flights in January, probably on the same frequency. It has the option to expand its fleet courtesy of Lionair which has two BAE146-200s, 72-seater BAe 146-100 aircraft, and a Dornier 328 jet. SkyJet has been quoted as promising first-class flying, including snacks and comfortable seats, at reasonable prices, with Virac flights estimated to cost about P3,000 one-way.

The same positive development, and the airline’s expression of gratitude, was communicated by Skyjet officials to Congressman Cesar Sarmiento, who had sought…

NDRRMC: Search On for Fisherman Missing off Catanduanes

Search operations are ongoing in Catanduanes province in Bicol for a fisherman who went missing after his motor boat capsized on Friday afternoon.


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the fisherman as Efren Salome, 52, a resident of Maculiw village in Panganiban town.

Citing initial reports, the NDRRMC on Saturday said Salome was with some companions when their boat encountered huge waves.

At the time, Salome was with Noel Cabrera, Alejandro Cabrera Sr., Alejandro Cabrera Jr., and Willan Cacilan. They were on their way to Barangay Maculiw in Panganiban.

The big waves caused the boat to capsize and sink, the NDRRMC said.

It added that the Office of Civil Defense is coordinating with the Coast Guard in Bicol to search for Salome. - VVP, GMA News

CSU Students Win Provincial Robredo Essay Contest

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 16 (PIA) -- Two Catanduanes State University students won the provincial elimination competition of the 2012 Bicol Essay Writing Contest on the life of the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.


John Ely Templonuevo, 3rd year BSEd student and Yllaisa Mae Gianan, 4th year high school student of Catanduanes State University were declared champions of the tertiary and secondary categories , respectively, during the provincial elimination held on November 10, 2012 at the provincial capitol dome.

The competition was conducted by the Bicol Harvest Magazine and Kaya Natin Movement, in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Catanduanes provincial office and Philippine Information Agency Provincial Information Center.

The theme: “The living Legacy of Secretary Jesse Robredo" aims to honor the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo for his achievements in service.


It aims to inspire local lea…

Catanduanes Student to Represent Bicol in National Engineering Quiz

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 15 (PNA) -- A civil engineering standout from the newly-created Catanduanes State University (CSU) in Virac, Catanduanes will represent Bicol in the 31st National Civil Engineering Student Quiz to be held at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City on Nov. 22. Roilan Magdaraog, a fifth year CSU Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) student, was chosen to represent the region in the national quiz sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) after emerging as champion in the annual Regional Civil Engineering Students Quiz recently held at the Camarines Norte State College in Daet, Camarines Norte. He bested over dozen other contestants from various colleges and universities in the region by garnering 12 points to capture first place. He was followed by the contestants from Camarines Norte State College, 2nd place; and University of Saint Anthony in Iriga City, 3rd place. The competition was three rounds covering four are…

PNoy Approves Law Elevating Catanduanes College Into a State University

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 6 (PNA) -- The premier state-owned higher education institution in the island province of Catanduanes is now a university, courtesy of a law recently signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.


Covering its main campus in the provincial capital of Virac and its extension campus in the municipality of Panganiban, the Catanduanes State College (CSC) was converted to Catanduanes State University (CSU) to provide advanced education; higher technological and professional instruction; and training on trade, commerce, fishery, agriculture, arts and sciences, industrial technology and nursing.

President Aquino signed the law for its conversion last Oct. 19.

CSC was established on June 19, 1971 through Republic Act 6341, a law authored in Congress by then Congressman Jose Alberto which converted the former Virac National Agricultural and Trade School into a state college.

Following its conversion into CSC, the school opened collegiate courses in Education, Arts and Scien…

200 Fishers to Benefit from P3-M RP-AusAid Project

Two hundred fishermen and their families in Bato and Baras towns will be organized and trained on disaster preparedness and management as well as livelihood ventures under a P3-million project funded by the Philippine Government and the Australian AID.


Implemented under the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), the project being managed by the Diocese of Virac Social Action Foundation, Inc. (DVSAFI) began last September in the fishing villages of Pananaogan in Bato, Putsan and Danao in Baras and will end on February 28, 2014.

Rev. Fr. Laudemer Jose Gapaz, DVSAFI executive director, disclosed that AusAid provided P2 million while the balance was shouldered by the government as counterpart. The 18-month project is in support of the government’s thrust to educate coastal barangay residents on the importance of disaster preparedness and management.

All 200 fisherfolks from the three barangays will be trained on disaster risk management and on the use of appropria…