PNP Bicol needs 340 new cops

LEGAZPI CITY — The Bicol regional office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here is now accepting applications for Police Officer 1 (PO1) positions, according to its Public Information Office.

Police Sr. Inspector Ayn Espinas Natuel of the regional police PIO said this year’s recruitment intends to fill up the regional and provincial offices’ personnel requirement to be more responsive to the demands of an efficient and effective police office in the region.

Espinas said the applicants will undergo the rigid six-months Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) training upon passing all the mandatory processing requirements for appointment.

Espinas said applicants must be a natural born citizen, of good moral character, must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution, must be eligible in accordance with the standards set by the Commission, must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, physical, medical, dental and drug test to be administered by the PNP Health Service and Crime Laboratory or any NAPOLCOM accredited government hospital for the purpose of determining the appointee’s physical and mental health.

The applicant must also have no pending criminal case in any court, including the Office of the Ombudsman or administrative case if he/she is already an employee of the government, must not be dishonorably discharged from military employment or on AWOL or dropped from rolls from the PNP service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government, must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude

The applicant must also be at least 1 meter and 62 centimeters (1.62cm) in height for male and 1 meter and 57 centimeters (1.52cm) for female, must weight not more or less than 5 kilograms (5.0 kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her height, age and sex, and must not be less than 21 nor more than 30 years of age

The applicant shall be considered to be 21 years of age on his/her 21 birth date and shall be considered more than 30 years of age on his/her 31st birth date.

The following requirements must be submitted by the applicant in a white folder with white tabbing, duly accomplished CSC Form 212 (Revise 205) handwritten (Black Ball Pen), birth certificate authenticated by the NSO, eligibility authenticated by the issuing authority (NAPOLCOM, PRC RA 65060), 2 pcs 2”x2” black and white picture indicating applicant’s name, one piece bust picture, one piece whole body picture, transcript of records and diploma (authenticated by the school registrar), clearances from barangay, local police station, RTC/MTC/NBI, medical certificate issued by local health office and ECG result fingerprints and handwriting specimen from NAPOLCOM.

The applicant must directly submit their application folders to their respective Police Provincial Offices, which in turn will endorse the same to the Regional Selection Board/Committee at the regional office in Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

For inquiries and more details, interested applicants may visit RPHRDD, (R1) of Bicol PRO or call this office at 481-1449, 820-0537. –MA-Loterte

Tiwi fishery council wins Gawad Saka plum

GAWAD SAKA WINNER - Willy Chavenia (right) and Jose Condat (2nd from right), chairman and vice chairman respectively of the Tiwi Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) pose with their members in a portion of their mangrove reforestation projects.

LEGAZPI CITY — Bicol Region has another milestone achieved in the fisheries sector, as the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) of Tiwi, Albay bagged the 2010 Department of Agriculture National Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding FARMC.

BFAR Bicol Regional Director Dennis del Socorro said that Tiwi MFARMC won over five other finalists from other regions by being the most complete council in terms of accomplishments since its inception in 1999.

Tiwi MFARMC was an achiever on Coastal Resource Management (CRM), law enforcement, livelihood projects for the fisherfolk associations, information dissemination and advocacy activities, fund sourcing, and filing of resolutions on fisheries, which they recommend for enactment by the Sanguniang Bayan such as the Municipal Fishery Code and consolidated CRM Plans.

The town’s fishery council received a cash prize of P300,000 and a Presidential plaque of recognition during the awarding rites in Malacañang on Feb. 18.

The same council also won the Best Scrapbook award given by the National Technical Evaluation Committee.

Tiwi MFARMC also boasts of having its own funding from the local government unit and a FARMC Resource Center in Barangay Bolo.

In 2006, Tiwi MFARMC received US$40,000 or P2.4 million from United Nations Development Project – GEF-SGP as project grant winner in the Panibagong Paraan 2006 (Marketplace of Ideas) Likas Yaman Kabuhayan Project for its CRM activities.

FARMC is organized in every coastal, lakeside, or riverside municipalities or cities nationwide by virtue of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and Fisheries Administrative Order 196.

It is composed of municipal and commercial fisherfolk, LGU officials and representatives from the private, non-government organization, women and youth sectors.

The 2010 Gawad Saka Search for Outstanding City or Municipal FARMC is the maiden year for this category, making Tiwi MFARMC its first national winner.

Moreover, the MFARMC in partnership with Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings, Inc. also won an award of excellence in the 46th Anvil Awards competition given by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines and the 46th Anvil Awards Committee for the Coastal and Fishery Resources Management Program in Tiwi. –RCAnabe

UNEP soars high on its 63rd Foundation Anniversary

“Addressing Global trends for the Bicolano Workforce”, this year’s theme of the University of Northeastern Philippines’ (UNEP) for their 63rd Foundation Anniversary, perfectly corresponds to the institution’s objective to put more and more Bicolanos on their successful career paths and rightfully put them in their respective niches in the society.

This is also consistent with the university’s battlecry to create more and more Bicolano achievers who are at par with the skilled workers and professionals all over the world.

The celebration do not only speak of the length of years the institution have weathered but the quality of service and significant endeavors it has lovingly dedicated in nurturing its students.  The event also addresses, not only the familiarity that each faculty and staff have comfortably felt but the steady camaraderie that have kept them together all through these years.

Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda, UNEP President said that while they choose to celebrate the event in a much simpler way, the essence of what they are celebrating is what matters the most.

“UNEP is not just a composition of teachers, members of the faculty, department heads and its staff and students, but of family members who look at UNEP Community as their home where we nourish them to become morally upright children.  At the same time, it also serves as their educational field where we cultivate their academic skills and hone them to become future leaders.”

The celebration was also graced by two of the Alfelors siblings from the United States who at the same time, are serving as Officers of the Board of Trustees; Dra. Filipinas Alfelor and Ms. Eleanor Alfelor.

The 2-day event, which took place from February 23 to 24 featured various activities: the traditional wreath laying at the founder’s monument, opening of Book Fair , Academic contest participated in by selected elementary students and the night’s highlight, the Student Night which featured acoustic songs.

On the second and last day of the celebration, a Grand Bingo Socials was conducted, followed with the Employer’s Sports Fest, Festival of Talents and the Awarding of the lucky winners during the Elementary Academic Contest.

Highlighting the celebration is the Employees Awards Night where UNEP management gave recognition to loyal employees who have dedicated their time and service in line with UNEP’s mission and vision. –J Lizel S. Macatangay

DENR turnovers seized lumber to DepEd

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol will be donating 25,000 board feet of wood products to the Department of Education (DepEd) for use in the construction of classrooms, desks, chairs and other educational facilities.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada ordered recently the speedy transfer of the confiscated forest products in line with a previous directive of Sec. Ramon Paje that all confiscated logs and lumbers should be donated to the DepEd instead of auctioning to curb shadowy practices wherein unscrupulous financiers benefitted.

Fragada said the donation of confiscated logs and lumbers is one of the priority programs of the DENR this year, adding that field officers are preparing all legal instruments for the handover.

Out of the total volume, 17,000 board feet of confiscated logs and lumbers will be granted to the DepEd Camarines Norte Division Office.

Camarines Norte Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Elpidio Orata reported that these logs shall be made available to DepEd once the memorandum of agreement is signed by DENR, DepEd and the provincial government of Camarines Norte.

“The logs and lumbers were confiscated by operatives of a joint task force from DENR, Phil. Army and Phil. National Police. The confiscated lumber materials were abandoned inside the Bicol National Park in Camarines Norte. At present, these confiscated lumbers are under the safekeeping of the provincial government  and impounded in their motor pool at Vinzon, Camarines Norte”, Orata said.

Nationwide, the reported wood products already donated by DENR to DepEd totaled to 1,273,685.67 board feet, which is equivalent to 2,474 arm chairs, 124 units of desks, three table set, seven cabinets, 42 units of buildings repaired, and used as materials in a city hall renovation and a low-cost housing in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. –Jessel S. Basanta