Bikol News

Land Bank set to lend P2B to priority sectors

LEGAZPI CITY--The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) has earmarked P2-billion loan facility under its Development Advocacy Program for Bikol this year. Mauricio Feliciano, LBP vice president and general manager for Bikol, said the amount would finance projects of priority sectors such as small fishermen and farmers (SFFs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

All systems go for ‘09 Balikatan in Bikol

LEGAZPI CITY--Its all systems go for the RP-US Balikatan exercise beginning April 1, a ranking Philippine Army official said on Thursday. Army Col. Ariel Bernardo, commander of the 901st Army Brigade here, said that only humanitarian mission and civil engineering would be held in the selected barangays in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate...

US forces’ arrival in Bikol hit

LEGAZPI CITY--The first soldiers of an estimated 6,000-strong US contingent have started arriving in Bikol, according to Bikolano Alliance for Nationalism and Against Balikatan (BAN Balikatan) spokesperson Jocelyn Bisuña. She said that around a hundred soldiers are now booked in several prominent hotels in the city, prompting organizers of the Magayon Festival to look for alternate housing for tourists.

Bikol autonomy urged

NAGA CITY--In a forum calling for the creation of “genuine” Bikol Autonomous Region by amending the Constitution, lawyer Leonard De Vera, chairman of Equal Justice for All Movement, said what makes Bikol one of the poorest regions in the country is not its lack of resources but the bad effect of the country’s unitary form of government, and graft and corruption. “Your region is very rich in resources but it is taken from you. Mayaman ang Bikolandia ngunit mahirap ang mga Bikolano,” said De Vera in the presence of representatives from various sectors in this city.

SM Naga to open in May

Some of the count ry’s top merchants had a glimpse of the upcoming SM City Naga during the recent Tenants’ Preview at the SMX Convention Center. SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy welcomed the tenants during the event together with SCMC President Annie Garcia, VP for Leasing Daisy Chua, and SM City Lucena’s Mall Manager Jason Terrenal...

UNEP, Iriga government help Agta tribe

IRIGA CITY--Members of the Agta-Tabangnon tribe, a cultural minority group living at the foot of Mt. Asog here, have found strong partners in the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) and the city government of Iriga, in their continuing quest for recognition, equal socio-economic opportunity, and better life with the signing of commitment to advance and protect their aspirations.

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