Bikol News

House oversight committee to investigate "CARE" project

BULAN, SORSOGON – SOME governors and mayors in Bikol are now questioning how the P10-Billion “CARE” (Calamity Assistance Rehabilitation Effort) fund released by the national government early this year is ebing implemented by major government agencies to repair and revive Bikol provinces devastated by the 2006 typhoons.

Tira assailed during Senate hearing

NAGA CITY (Nov. 17) – In a joint public hearing of the Senate Committee on Local Government headed by Sen. Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III and the Senate Committee on Public Order headed by Sen. Gringo Honasan, Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo as well as other local government officials from Bikol assailed OIC Regional Director Police Senior Superintendent Balluigi Agnanayon Tira's mishandling of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region.

Creation of “Naga Police Force” urged

Naga City (November 14) - City officials here urged for the creation of a local police force under the supervision of the mayor to serve as augmentation force in maintaining peace and order in the locality. While attending the senate hearing on peace and order crisis involving the City, City Mayor Jesse Robredo said that this idea presented itself as an alternative solution to similar problems that any locality will confront.

Heavy rains suspend Andaya Highway rehab

Legazpi City - Because of the heavy rains and flooding in the Bikol Region in the last days of October, highway works at the Andaya National Highway have been suspended for more than a week. Field density tests are said to be required to determine whether the ground will allow the continuation of the concreting works in the road sections in Lupi and Del Gallego towns, all along the route of the Andaya Highway connecting Bikol to Quezon.

“Aussie Travel advisory will hurt Tourism in Bikol” – DOT

Legazpi City – Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Maria “Nini” Ravaanilla aired her protest that a recent travel advisory of the Austrian Government to avoid Bikol in ther travel plans in the country due to rebel attacks, “will definitely hurt the local tourism in this region,” Ravanilla said. Reportedly, the Aussie travel advisory was issued by its embassy in Manila last week, after an incident in Barangay Dumagmang, Labo, Cam. Norte, when communist rebels torched P10-Million worth of drilling equipment, vehicles, generators, and stole valuables from personnel of the El Dore Mining Company, a dominantly Australian mining venture in the country.

Comelec: Elections peaceful in Naga

NAGA CITY (Nov. 4) – The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections held last Monday was generally "peaceful" according to Commision on Elections Officer Atty. Maico Julia. Atty. Julia disclosed that the local Comelec field office encountered few, if any, problems in the city during the elections. He said that majority of complaints directed to the Comelec were the "usual problems" like missing names in the voters' lists.

Teachers to get paid soon – Comelec

NAGA CITY (Nov. 22) – Atty. Maico Julia, head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Naga Field Office, said today that as stated in Comelec Resolution No. 8300, public school teachers who served as members of the Board of Election Tellers during the Oct. 29 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections are entitled to receive the amount provided for by the resolution.

Senate hearing set on Naga’s peace & order crisis

NAGA CITY (Nov. 10) – As local government officials and representatives of different sectors have expressed disappointment over the worsening peace and order situation in the city, the Senate is set to hold a hearing on this matter. City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo disclosed that Sen. Noynoy Aquino has called for a senate hearing into the city's worsening peace and order situation. The hearing, which is scheduled for this coming Tuesday (13 November), is the only official response of the national government to the open letter.

Naga SP approves reward for witness in Jollibee robbery

Naga City – A reward of P100,000 is waiting to any witness who can provide positive identification of suspects in the robbery-hold up incident last week at a Jollibee restaurant here. The Naga City Sangguniang Panlungsod approved in its regular session the allocation of the said amount in order to effect the immediate arrest of suspects.

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