You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.


Vol. 27 Issue 33 05-11 Jan 2010

Frontpage News

All PTCs suspended, warns police to licensed gun owners
Saturday, January 9th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 7 - Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi called on the PNP to conduct a more intensified campaign against loose firearms proliferating in the Bikol provinces.

Baylon urged the PNP to undertake an aggressive campaign against loose firearms in the region specifically in Masbate province where undocumented guns and high powered firearms reportedly exist in every household.

Bishop Baylon, who has been the Bishop of Masbate for 10 years, said as part of his evangelization program, he has been advocating making Masbate a gunless province.

Bikol News

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 5 - As Mt. Mayon's seismic activity is gearing up towards normalcy, disaster authorities here are continuing to enforce the "No man's land" rule in designated danger zones surrounding the volcano.

Albay Governor and Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) chairman Joey Salceda directed the Philippine Army (PA) to strictly enforce the ban on any human activity in the permanent danger zone (PDZ).

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 5 - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) hailed Albay's Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) for its recent Mayon volcano eruption disaster preparedness and response strategy.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

PILI, CamSur (6 January 2010) --  The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported that some 11,700 underweight children in some 204 remote and coastal barangays of the province of Camarines Sur have benefited under the LRay Vita Kidz Nutrition Program last year.

The 11,700 children beneficiaries last year brought to a total of 25,574 children beneficiaries since the project was launched in year 2005 by Governor LRay Villafuerte.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

PILI, Camarines Sur, Jan. 5- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Consular Office in Bikol will resume its Mobile Passport Service (MPS) to cater to the passport needs of residents in Camarines Sur who wishes to go abroad for employment or tour purposes.

MPS is an initiative of Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte, in partnership with DFA Legazpi City RCO, aimed to provide ease and convenience to local populace as they no longer have to travel far to secure their passports.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Instead of lavishly spending the holidays, the Alfelor clan chose to end and start their new year with a spiritual activity. Dubbed as FOAS or the FOAS or Felix Ordas Alfelor Senior (FOAS), the family retreat was held at the Caritas Christi, Concepcion Grande, Naga City on December 29, 2009.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 7 - The provincial government of Albay has released the initial assistance to the remaining evacuees from Barangay Anoling, Camalig town amounting to P3 million for the construction of their core shelters.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda announced Thursday that the remaining 258 families from Barangay Anoling can start building their core shelters (houses) in the lots already given to them by the provincial government of Albay inside the FVR resettlement site.


Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA - Magtatapos na ang ika-sampung taon pagkapresidente ni Gloria Arroyo, at matatag ang kanyang kulturang kontribusyon. Kakaiba ang mga ito sa karanasan ng mga kamakailang presidente ng bansa. Ito ang pinakamasahol na kulturang kontribusyon ng anumang presidente sa kagyat na kasaysayan ng bansa. Lantaran naman ang gamit ng fasismo ng anumang rehimen pero ang kay Arroyo ang naghasik ng pinakabangkaroteng kulturang tahasang ginamit para sa politikal at ekonomiyang ganansya.

Church News

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA, January 8, 2010-In connection with the theme of the 403rd procession of the Black Nazarene, a voter's education program will be given on the eve of the feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila today.

This year's theme is "Tunay na deboto, matuwid at masunuring katiwala ng Poong Hesus Nazareno."

According to Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, the program has been prepared in relation with the forthcoming national elections on May 2010.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA, Jan. 7, 2010- Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales called on politicians to spare the Black Nazarene feast on Saturday from early election campaigning.

Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo parish priest, said the cardinal is reminding the politicians to respect the solemn observance of the feast.

"We are sensitive about this and our beloved cardinal is also appealing that the Black Nazarene feast will not be used for politicking," Ignacio said.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

, Jan. 6, 2010─Focusing on the interior renewal of the clergy in this year dedicated for priests, an intense five-day national priests' congress will be held this month that will gather diocesan and religious clergy around the country.

The second National Congress of the Clergy set on January 25-29 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City will be days of spiritual reflection and profound prayer for priests aimed at providing them a deep religious experience "that will hopefully lead to spiritual conversion and greater commitment."

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA, January 7, 2010-The East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI) of the Ateneo de Manila University in collaboration with the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF)-Southeast Asia has officially opened the 1st Biblical Pastoral Ministry course.

Launched January 5, the academic program is a three-month pastoral training intended for priests, religious men and women and the lay biblical workers from the different parts of the world.

National News

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA, Jan. 9 -Senator Richard J. Gordon is optimistic that millions of employees of delinquent employees could now re-avail of their benefits from the Social Security System (SSS) with the enactment of the SSS condonation law.

Republic Act No. 9903, or the Social Security Condonation Act, would also help ease the burden from non-compliant companies that were facing economic difficulties.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) and long-time partner, PhilHealth, recently signed a memorandum of agreement whereby PVB will be providing PhilHealth Region 3 employees ATM and payroll services including PVB's unique "5-in-1" card that works as a company ID, ATM, timekeeping card, debit card, and discount card . The MOA was signed by PVB President and CEO Ricardo Balbido Jr. (2nd from left) and PhilHealth President Dr.


Editorial Logo
Saturday, January 9th, 2010

At the beginning of the ,  of Caceres issued a pastoral letter entitled "Hope and Wait with Perseverance" which we published in this paper. The Archbishop's letter intends to be a pastor's guide to our local communities as a preparation for the historic and critical 2010 Automated National and Local Elections.

Touring Germany
Saturday, January 9th, 2010

In December 2009 the Act on Economic Growth Acceleration passed the German Parliament. This act is a response to the world economic crisis and the intention is to reduce taxes so that people keep more money to spend on consuming. This - so the idea - should well promote the re-growth of German economy.

For Bikol and the World
Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Now that the New Year is well underway, it is best we also start defining our action agenda. Our over-arching concern this year, of course, is environment. Hence, we may consider our own muddy experience with Ondoy and other climate change catastrophes across our land vis-à-vis the annual World Development Report 2010 of the World Bank.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

"Mayon, the volcano that has destroyed the coast town of Libog, and several neighboring villages in the Philippines, has aroused itself after a slumber of twenty-eight years. The eruption has not come as a surprise to students of volcanoes, because although quiescent, it was known to be active. During the nineteenth century 26 eruptions occurred, with especially violent ones in 1814 and 1897.

Mayon Limited
Saturday, January 9th, 2010

FACEBOOK HAS BEEN EATING UP many people's schedules lately. Unlike Friendster which had gone boring and stale as an old loaf of bread, Facebook or FB has gotten people's attention including the bosses and the senior citizens in such large scale that I think every computer in the world has in its cache remnants of logging in to and out of FB. In my experience, this didn't spare the Filipino literary writers.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

"...if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Rom 8, 25)

A Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi on the Forthcoming Philippine Elections 2010


As we celebrate the motherhood of Mary, we reflect on her faith and how she cooperated with God's plan. As the Mother of God, she is our hope and refuge. Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, is the hope of every Bikolano and every devotee.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

MANILA - The Arroyo administration is, hopefully, about to end its term by the middle of next year. Lasting for nine years and a half, it is the longest-running presidency since the Marcos dictatorship. In fact, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is second only to Ferdinand E. Marcos who, for 20 years, held the reins of power the longest in the country's history.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

We from Bicol Movement for Disaster Response (BMDR) are saddened by the fact that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her economic spokesperson Gary Olivar are callous to the plight of Mayon residents who have been evacuated due to the volcano's imminent eruption.

With President Arroyo going to Hong Kong to have a vacation while many Albayanos are facing the loss of their lives and property she only showed her true nature and that she does not care for Albayanos or for Filipinos. She only thinks of what can extend her hold to power.

Opposite Poles
Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Philippine politics is riddled with fraud, deceit, corruption, bribery, and manipulation. Politicians have been used to capitalizing on the weakness and powerlessness of the poor, and profiting from the silence and poverty of Filipinos. The son and daughter of a dictator mustered the callousness to run for senator and governor. An ousted president has filed his candidacy in a desperate attempt to go back to Malacanang.

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

MANILA - The Ampatuan massacre last November 23 shocked the nation and the world. It was shocking not only because of its ferocity, claiming the lives of 57 innocent people including passersby, and barbarity, which included the rape of women, desecration of bodies and beheading of some victims, but also because of the brazenness in the commission of such abhorrent atrocities.

Syndicate content