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Saturday, October 10th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 10  - Starting this month, the provincial government will no longer deduct the loan payments in the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from the salaries of its employees.

"President Arroyo's approval of my demand side relief package with immediate effectivity will help both local and national government employees cope up with the recent crisis brought by the recent typhoons," Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

MANILA, Oct. 7, 2009-The National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) has formally appointed its new head.

Jose Cuisia, Jr., a prominent businessman and a member of the Opus Dei, was recently appointed as Chairman of the independent poll watchdog.

Mr. Cuisia succeeds Henrietta de Villa who resigned last month to devote more time to her work as head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), which focuses on voter's education.

Namfrel is a poll watchdog accredited by the Commission on Elections to conduct quick count of votes.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Notwithstanding the typhoon season, 899 volunteer faith-educators gathered and celebrated the Archdiocesan Catechists' Day (ACD) last September 28, the feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila - their patron Saint.

Many of them were in their late years but this was not a factor at all as catechists came in droves to shout their battle cry "Katekista Para sa Banwaan" (Catechist for the Country/Society). Affirming their role in

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, October 6, 2009--The Filipino community in Kuwait will celebrate the third annual feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia on Friday, October 9, at the Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait's Holy Family Cathedral Parish, Kuwait City.

Legazpi apostolic administrator Lucilo B. Quiambao said he was invited by Albayano priest Fr. Ruben Barrameda and Kuwait's Vicar Apostolic Camillo Ballin MCCJ to grace the occasion with his presence.

He and Fr. Rolando T. Panesa will leave for Kuwait today.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The Archdiocese of Caceres will have another parish on October 18, 2009 with the canonical erection of St. Peregrine of Laziosi with its seat at Sto. Domingo, Calabanga Camarines Sur. This will be the 79th parish of the archdiocese. The parish will be composed of barangays Sto Domingo, San Bernardino, Pagao, Dominorog, Balatasan, Punta Tarawal, Balongay, Carigsa and San Lucas, all within the municipalities of Calabanga, Bombon and Magarao CS.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Twenty-eight (28) contingents coming from private and public schools from all over the region gathered at the vast UNEP ground on October 1, 2009 and paraded towards the main thoroughfares of Iriga City, all hopeful that they will take the top prize this year.  Eighteen (18) of them came from public schools while the remaining contingents came from private universities.    This, as the whole Rinconada community commemorates the annual holding of the Army ROTC Activation Day now on its 47th year of existence.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

PILI, CAMARINES SUR - THE HIGHLY PRIZED YELLOW FIN TUNA, locally known as "Kiyawon"  and traditionally considered as the best quality of the four "Bangkulis" or tuna fish specie found particularly in Lagonoy Gulf in this province, has been reported by a monitoring office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to have dwindled in number based on the August and September catch by fishermen in the Nato, Sangay and Sabang, San Jose towns.


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 8 -- A total of 150 naval reservists successfully completed the five-day training program on disaster response and mitigation cum humanitarian mission, sponsored by the Philippine Navy (PN) Naval Forces Southern Luzon.

The training program, dubbed as "Exercise Pagsasama ", commenced Monday until Oct. 5, this year at the PN-NAVFORSOL headquarters in Barangay Rawis, this city.

Lt. Darwin Nieva, PN Southern Luzon spokesman, said the program educated and equipped college students on disaster emergency assistance and rescue training.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 8  -- At least 302 hectares of private lands in Sorsogon are planted with trees, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office in Bicol based in this city.

Some of the trees were planted as early as 1940, like the 39 narra and five dao trees in the 0.75 hectare-lot owned by Domingo Bayan in Barangay Pamurayan, Sorsogon City.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

NAGA CITY --- National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario says he sees bright future for the Bikolano artists, given their esteemed recognition, which should not go the way of their counterpart in the national search for artists that regretfully has been haunted by selection controversy marred by selfish agenda and political patronage and pressure.

"Nabibili na an national artist ngayon," he kidded aside but continued talking about the universal quest for truth and the value of honesty in all human endeavors, especially in the fields of arts, politics and culture.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

NAGA CITY - TWO LOCAL RESIDENTS, a couple engaged in trading were divested of cash amounting to P 300,000 pesos during a lightning robbery-hold up at M. Castro St., near the Tinago National High School at 3:15 P.M. last October 7.

Initial Investigation by the Naga City Police District Office revealed that couple, Enrique Serrano Sanchez, 44 and wife Rosemary Prado Sanchez, 44, both residents of Dons St., Barangay Dayangdang in this city, were reportedly followed by suspects riding a Black XRM Honda motorcycle, after withdrawing the huge amount of cash at the local branches of banks UCPB and Land Bank.
Saturday, October 10th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY (8 October) - WITH THE REPORTS concluded yesterday (Oct.7) on the clearing of landslides in Catanduanes province as a result of heavy rains brought by typhoon "Pepeng" in Bikol, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office here has summed damages to infrastructures in the three affected provinces in Bikol at an estimated P 56- Million Pesos.

DPWH Asst. Regional Director Jaime Martinez told Vox Bikol that clearing operations on several landslides along the Circumferential Road leading to the capital town of Virac, Catanduanes were extensively cleared on Tuesday (October 6).

Heavy rains last Oct. 2, triggered landslides along the national highway in the towns of San Miguel, Pandan, Caramoran, San Andres and a partially cleared highway with a wash-out box-culvert in Bagamanok town.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Jose Rizal can now sleep in peace--at least in Naga City--after the Supreme Court (SC) decided on which between Naga City and Camarines Sur province can rightfully administer and supervise the plaza named after him.

Plaza Rizal, located within the old central business district of Naga City, has been the subject of a heated and long-standing dispute between the city and the province, which has controlled the Plaza even after Naga became an independent component city in 1948 through Republic Act 305.

The city has sought a declaration that the administrative control and management of Plaza Rizal should be given to it because the plaza is situated within its territorial jurisdiction. But the province argued that it was the legal and absolute owner of the plaza and, therefore, had the sole right to maintain, manage, control, and supervise it.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MANILA, October 2, 2009-Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has announced that a special collection will be gathered at all the Sunday masses throughout the Archdiocese of Manila this weekend in parishes, chapels and malls to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy.

"This coming Sunday, October 4, a special collection will be made at all Sunday Masses, including the anticipated Masses, in Parishes, Chapels and Malls for the victims of the Ondoy disaster," the cardinal said adding:

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MANILA, October 1, 2009-The Vatican announced at 6:00 PM Thursday (Manila Time) the appointment of Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon as new bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi in Albay province.

The Diocese of Legazpi, with over a million Catholics, has been under an apostolic administrator, Bishop Lucilo Quiambao, after the resignation of Bishop Nestor Cariño in November 2007.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Camarines Sur (2 October)-More than 1,000 couples walked down the aisle in the "Kasalan sa Ngalan ng Diyos" church mass wedding held at the St. James de Apostle Parish church, Libmanan under the sponsorship of the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur here October 1-2.

The two-day affair tops the spot as the biggest mass wedding ever conducted under the Kasalang Bayan Program held at various municipalities in Camarines Sur with some 526 couples sealing their wedding vows during the first day and at least 600 on the second day.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MANILA, Sept 30, 2009-The Bishops of Samar Islands along with the local government units headed by Easter Samar Governor Ben Evardone have decided to give a posthumous award to the murdered priest, Fr. Cecilio Lucero.

Evardone said that this move to grant Lucero an award is a recognition and tribute to his involvement in creating peace and development in their province.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

NAGA CITY (30 September) - - CARETAKERS OF THE 60-HECTARE Romualdez Ranch situated in barangays  Tambo and Del Rosario in Pamplona, Camarines Sur has sought police protection after illegal settlers had threatened with violence the ranch employees.

The Police Provincial Office (PPO) here reported that earlier, two ranch security guards of the SunStar Security Agency, a certain Rolly Arandia and Ading Padilla, were pelted with stones and hurled empty bottles by the squatters, prompting Arandia to fire his 12-gauge shotgun on the attackers.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MANILA, Oct. 2, 2009-The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) plans a massive increase in its relief aid program, with an initial allocation now reaching to around P30 million.

National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa) executive secretary Sr. Roseanne Mallillin announced the decision in a press conference Friday due to increasing number of families ravaged by typhoon Ondoy.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY (2 October)-The municipal government of Vinzons, Camarines Norte ordered the preemptive evacuation of residents living in the town's coastal villages.

PAGASA hoisted storm signal number 2 over Camarines Norte after Typhoon "Pepeng" had threatened the northernmost Bikol province.

As of 11:00 am today, 500 persons have been evacuated to Vinzons Pilot Elementary School in the town proper from the affected villages. The number is expected to rise, according to Michael Narido, planning officer at the Mayor's office.

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