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Vol. 27 Issue 40 22-28 Feb 2010

Frontpage News

Buhi LGU limits release of irrigation water for farms
Sunday, February 28th, 2010

NAGA CITY, Feb. 23  - Some 15,400 farmers tilling 5,512 hectares of rice farms in five towns and one city in Camarines Sur stand to suffer P375 million in palay losses due to the limit imposed by the Buhi municipal government in the release of water for irrigation from Lake Buhi.

Bikol News

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 24  - Mayor Gerome Alcantara of Donsol, Sorsogon has appealed for presidential intervention to stop the rampant illegal trawling within the territorial water jurisdiction of this whale shark capital as well as in Masbate area.

Alcantara said that illegal trawling within the area continues to operate despite several attempts made by the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy. "I am just wondering why they operate within the territories of Donsol and in Masbate but up to now, no single apprehension has been made by the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard."

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 26  - Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago urged all local officials to help fight the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Bikol region.

In a forum on Drug Abuse, Prevention and Education Community Enforcement held here Friday, Santiago appealed to barangay officials and city/ municipal anti-drug coordinating councils to strengthen their efforts in order to make the whole Bicol region free from illegal drugs.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

CAMP OLA, LEGAZPI CITY (24 February) - THE MOUNTING VIOLENCE in the province of Masbate has again claimed another life.

An elementary school principal in Barangay Nursery, Masbate City was reported to have been shot according to the Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) at the PNP Regional Office-5 here, on Tuesday (February 23).

The Masbate police office identified the victim as, Ruel Doroja Gonzaga, 38, principal of the Nursery Elementary School in Masbate City.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Eighty-six volunteers literally bled for a cause during a bloodletting activity organized by Naga City councilor David Casper Nathan Sergio as part of the city's Sandugo Program. Blood donors flocked to the city hall lobby on Feb. 16 to participate in the activity.

Sergio was appointed by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo last year as the director of the new blood program to boost the city's efforts in ensuring ample supply of blood transfusions as mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Monday, March 1st, 2010

SORSOGON CITY, Feb. 23 -- As the El Niño phenomenon prevailing in some parts of the country ravages agricultural crops, a Cebu-based fertilizer manufacturer has came up with a product that could help plants withstand water shortage due to the dry spell.

In a statement recently released here, Amebocyte Cell Company, Inc. (ACCI), manufacturer of Vegegrow Organic Plant Food & amp (adenosine monophosphate) said this product is a pure liquid organic fertilizer derived from marine plant extracts.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Significantly highlighting the 62nd Founding anniversary of the university dubbed as the "Home of Bicol Achievers", was this year's service and loyalty awardees who have spent more than three decades of their life teaching and sharing their precious time and invaluable contributions to the university.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Attaining proper education in remote part of far away places is such a no ending sacrifice on the part of the parents as well as the children. Grateful enough to have a one room multiple grade school, the children mostly belonging to a very low profile formally, crave everyday for school almost (sad to say) a mile away from home.


Monday, March 1st, 2010

MANILA - A 2010 election watchdog group launched yesterday is geared not only to monitor the upcoming elections, but also to rally the public to respond accordingly should the electorate's will be frustrated.

Kontra Daya 2010, which was launched yesterday morning in Intramuros, Manila, has this early raised several fears about the May elections. These include the possibility of massive fraud and failure of elections.

Church News

Monday, March 1st, 2010

MANILA, Feb. 23, 2010- Another Catholic bishop warned voters against candidates who spend so much on their campaign ads to ensure victory in the elections.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez said the voters should turn down candidates who are guilty of overspending instead of using their money to help the less privileged.

"We should not vote for these candidates because it's a sign that they are not worthy of the people's trust," Iñiguez said.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Naga City (18 February 2010) -- The Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ComBibliA) headed by Fr. Jose Roberto Carpio held a Biblical Conference and Workshop at the Holy Rosary Major Seminary on February 6, 2010, attended by 70 lectors and catechists of the 16 parishes of the Archdiocese of Caceres and one religious congregation.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

VATICAN, Feb. 23, 2010-- Benedict XVI is expressing his concern and promising prayers after heavy rains last Saturday caused flash floods on the autonomous Portuguese island of Madeira.

In a papal telegram to Bishop António José Cavaco Carrilho of Funchal, sent through the Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, he offered his condolences to the families of the dozens who died. The death toll was at 42 today, but search teams were still working to find 13 missing.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

MANILA, February 25, 2010-A Special Education (SpEd) Convention attended by teachers, parents, volunteers and organizations advocating persons with disabilities was convoked Saturday.

It was convened by the Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHC) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on February 20, 2010 at the Paco Catholic School in Manila.

The organizers pointed out the urgency of teaching and forming children with special needs at an early age.

National News

Veterans Bank Signing
Monday, February 8th, 2010

The LGU Guarantee Corporation recently granted Philippine Veterans Bank a P1.0 Billion Automatic Guarantee Line (AGL) for Qualified Local Government Unit Debt Instruments. The AGL will be used initially by PVB in its recently arranged LGU bond and loan facilities to attract prospective co-funders.  LGUGC and PVB are working further to enhance its cooperation and partnership in order to strengthen the credit market for the LGUs. 

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Monday, February 8th, 2010

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) registered strong business volume and revenue growth in 2009.  Full year unaudited income rose to P8.5 billion, 33% higher than 2008 and equivalent to a 13% Return on Equity and 1.3% Return on Assets.  Correspondingly, net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was 7% better than 2008.


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Monday, March 1st, 2010

The dispute between the local government of Buhi, headed by Mayor Rey Lacoste, and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Bicol under Director William Ragodon over the water resource provided by Lake Buhi is a cause for concern since peoples' livelihoods are endangered in whichever course of action would be taken.

For Bikol and the World
Monday, March 1st, 2010

The spirit of our 1986 People Power Revolution that ended the Marcos Dictatorship is strong and happily nurtured in our schools for the ultimate transformation of our society.

Mayon Limited
Part 4 of 5. This is a five-part lecture delivered on 28 January 2010 on the occasion of the Ateneo de Naga University’s Philosophy Week: Philosophy and Philippine politics
Monday, March 1st, 2010

The many times we were with the media in our advocacy works were always tinted and hinted with political malice. There has always been that kind intimation for political leaning-and many times they were not intimations, they were blatant propaganda. One commentator would always make fun of the situation and would tell the reporter interviewing me, pakisabi ngantig ki Dato, buwisit siya ha.

Monday, March 1st, 2010

MANILA - The country is commemorating this week the 24th anniversary of Edsa People Power 1. Some would not bother celebrating the event because they feel that the country is no better off now.

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