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  • Naga City (3 June) -- Outraged member-consumers of Casureco II have protested the increase in the power rates effected clandestinely by the power cooperative, and have signed resolutions contesting the said hike.

    In a general assembly of members held last June 1 at the Naga City Gymnasium, an estimated 5,000 irate members unanimously approved prepared resolutions presented by Naga City Legal Officer Atty. Angel Ojastro.

  • If the City Government of Naga were to be asked, one man's trash is another man's treasure indeed.

    The local government recently signed a joint venture agreement with an energy group for the construction of a power facility using trash from the city's landfill in Brgy. Balatas.

    According to Oscar Orozco, head of Naga's Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), the newly signed agreement would facilitate the establishment of a gasification facility in the city landfill that could generate energy to augment the needs of local electric cooperatives.

  • "Not disabled but enabled," according to incumbent Naga City councilor David Casper Nathan Sergio, referring to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) sector.

    In a move designed to give members of the PWD sector greater opportunities to access various city services, Sergio is now proposing the creation of the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office or PWDAO through a city ordinance to serve the needs of differently-abled individuals in Naga.

  • 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).

  • "Yellow" fever hit thousands of Bikolanos on Tuesday as yellow ribbons lined roads and highways in Camarines Sur as the campaign period for national positions officially started.

    Clad in yellow shirts and donning streamers on their vehicles, hundreds of presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's local supporters embarked on a day-long motorcade across the province's towns, ending in a political rally at Naga City's Plaza Quezon.

  • A team of specialists from the Czech Republic returned to Naga City this month to assist in the implementation of the city government's 10-year solid waste plan.

    Jan Pavlik, the team's project manager, was accompanied by technical experts Jaroslav Jakubes, Jiri Klicpera, Jaroslav Koubal, and Ivo Pospisil. The experts conducted several inspections and engaged in dialogues with some city officials during their week-long stay.

  • NAGA CITY --- With 14 confirmed cases of swine flu in the country, City Health Officer Dr. Vito "Butch" Borja assured the public that the city is well-prepared in the event of a swine flu outbreak.

    In an interview, Dr. Borja said that a previous suspected case in the city two weeks ago resulted in the activation of a contingency plan formulated for disease outbreaks. The suspected patient, a four-year old girl who had come home with her parents from San Diego, has since been cleared by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Metro Manila.

  • Camarines Sur - A source from the underground world of Jueteng blew the whistle on the numbers game's increasing popularity in this province. The insider, who chose to be known by his alias, "Rod", said that for the past three years, Jueteng has spread unchecked under the protection of several key figures in Camarines Sur.

    Rod revealed that he has contacted Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz and Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson about his defection from the underground business. He has also surrendered several bundles of jueteng receipts and collection tallies to Archbishop Cruz as evidence. Along with his exit from the jueteng business, Rod divulged information about the daily collections from the province's four congressional districts.

    According to Rod, jueteng operators operated along the political structure of the province, with management teams controlling each congressional district. He added that operators are able to maintain their grip on the province because of protection money allegedly being paid weekly to police officials, government officials, and journalists.

  • The Sangguniang Panglungsod of Naga unanimously approved a resolution authored by education committee chairman Nelson Legacion, reminding school officials in the city about the Department of Education's (DepEd) "no collection policy".

    In the resolution, Legacion expressed concern over reports that some public elementary and secondary schools in the city were collecting fees from students and parents presently during enrolment. The city councilor said that some of the reports and complaints were verified in Sabang Elementary School.