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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Pili, Camarines Sur (15 November) -- The Biotech for the Media and Advocacy Resource Center (BMARC) spearheaded the Training on Biotechnology for some 100 town/provincial officials of the two Camarines provinces last November 8-9 at the Capitol Complex, here.
Naga City – The local government of this city is set to file cases against Police Senior Superintendents Bal Tira, OIC PNP Regional Director for Bikol and Romeo Tambungui, Camarines Sur PNP Provincial Director. This is in connection with the perceived unwarranted relieve of 14 organic member of Naga City Police Office.
The 18th Philippine Catholic Congress on Deafness (PCCD) will be held at the Pili, Capitol Convention Centre on November 23-26 with the theme “WE CARE: Creating an Enabling & Inclusive Environment for the Deaf.” Initiated in 1989 by Fr. Luke Mootgard, the Executive Secretary of the Health and Handicap Committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines then, the annual Philippine Catholic Congress on Deafness is a gathering where insights and stories of the delegates are shared with other members of deaf organizations coming from the entire country.
Pili, Camarines Sur – About P13.1 Million in aqua-culture damages to government fishery facilities and privately operated fish ponds was declared by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office in Bikol, as a result of heavy rains and flooding in this region since October 27, this year.