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  • LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 12  -- Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon province belched on Friday morning a voluminous ash plume 700 meters above its crater rim that drifted and covered villages in the southwest flank of the volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

  • Legazpi City (11 June) -- Police chief General Jesus Verzosa said Sunday (June 6) that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will continue to issue permit to carry firearms to gun owners but the agency will ensure more stringent requirements to facilitate monitoring, control and misuse of the said permit.

    Verzosa, speaking at the PNP's Legacy Run Program at the Camp Gen. Simeon Ola, stressed that there is a need to control the carrying of firearms among gun owners to avoid abuse.

  • Legazpi City (5 April) -- Albay Gov. Joey Salceda was dismayed over the decision of the organizers of Binibining Pilipinas Universe replacing Ms. Venus Raj, this year's Miss Binibining Pilipinas Universe, with a second rank winner.

    Salceda said he would ask the organizers why Miss Diane Samar Necio, the 1st runner up, did not automatically take the place of Raj.

  • LEGAZPI CITY, March 2  - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said some 1,921 hectares were planted with trees in the Bikol region last year under the Upland Development Program (UDP).

    The DENR in Bikol reported the trees planted were in the UDP priority sites for development and management such as Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) projects, Protected Areas, Mangrove and Coastal Areas, and Watershed areas.

  • LEGAZPI CITY, March 4  --The Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) has shifted its disaster strategy from response to risk reduction following the lowering of the alert level in Mayon Volcano from two to one.

    The risk reduction strategy centers on the full relocation of households still living in the 6- kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ).

  • LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 16 -- Operatives of Task Force Masbate (TFM) on Sunday collared a village chief with a cache of high powered assault rifles at his residence in Placer town in Masbate, a police official said to PNA, Tuesday.

    Operatives of TFM arrested Antonio Deocampo, village chief of Barangay Daraga, Placer, Masbate.

    The arrest of the suspect brings to four elected local officials in Masbate nabbed for violating the Commission on Election (Comelec) gun ban at the onset of the May polls.

  • NAGA CITY, Feb. 10 - Three Philippine Army soldiers in Bikol were recipients of the Globe Telecommunications education grants in a recently held Philippine Army 9th Infantry Division Service Awards ceremonies held at Camp Elias Angeles, Pili, Camarines Sur.

    The awardees were First Lieutenant Wilbert Basquiñas, Private First Class Rene Belga, and CAFGU Active Auxiliary Mark Apollo Perias of the 9th Infantry Division.

    Each received P20,000 education grant from Globe to support the education of their dependents.

  • LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 11 -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said civil and electrical works will start for the rehabilitation of the Legazpi Airport runway lights which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Reming in 2006.

    CAAP has released some P12 million funding to finance the rehabilitation works with the installation of runway lights at 2.2 kilometers stretch of the Legazpi airport runway.

  • PILI, Camarines Sur, Feb. 4 - The strength of the communist movement operating in Camarines Sur was cut down following the surrender of two ranking New People's Army rebels to Philippine Army (PA), the Army Bikol spokesman said on Thursday.

    Those who surrendered were identified as Jolito Caneso, 33, his brother Benjamin, 34, all native of Bula town in Camarines Sur.

    Army Maj. Harold Cabunoc, 9ID Spokesman, said that two rebels surrendered to the 42nd Infantry Battalion, PA based in Nabua, Camarines Sur, on Wednesday morning.