Naga anti-drug board formed

The Naga City government under the leadership of Mayor John G. Bongat, recently launched a comprehensive program for combating drug abuse in the city.

Bongat ordered the formation and activation of the  Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (NCDDB)  to coordinate and implement the various projects and activities under the city’s comprehensive anti-drug abuse program.

The NCDDB is composed of directors and heads of concerned government agencies, department heads of the local government, and representatives from the academe, religious, private sector, and NGO/PO.

The board serves as the exclusive policy-making, monitoring, and coordinating body on the prevention and control of drug abuse in the city. Its mandate is to execute programs and projects as well as implement short-term, long-term, and sustainable solutions to the problem of drug abuse.

Bongat sits as board chairman with Councilor Raoul Rosales as presiding officer. In addition to the executive committee, the NCDDB also includes three working committees focusing on the following areas: (1) public information, campaign, and education; (2) intelligence, enforcement, and prosecution; and (3) early intervention and rehabilitation.

NCDDB initially convened in November 2010 and another one in January 2011 where plans were put in motion. The meeting of the board is slated on  a quarterly basis.

The operations of the NCDDB shall be supervised by its executive committee through its secretariat.

Meanwhile, Bongat expressed support for the creation of the Barangay Anti-drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) to effectively counter the dangers of drug abuse and the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city’s 27 barangays.

As mandated by Memorandum Circular No.98-227 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), BADAC shall be composed of the following: Punong Barangay as Chairperson, Barangay Kagawad /Chairperson of the Peace and Order Committee as Vice-Chairperson, SK Chairperson, School Principal, Barangay Tanod Executive Officer, Representatives of NGO-PO, Parents-Teachers Associations, and Religious Organizations as members.

The primary role of BADAC is to plan, implement, and evaluate drug abuse prevention programs. Consequently, it shall be a mechanism for: (1) coordination of existing and planned services and programs, (2) obtaining funds, volunteers, facilities, and technical expertise, and (3) performance of other related responsibilities as may be assigned by competent authorities.

Initially dubbed as “Action Against Drug Addiction”, the Reorganization and Orientation Seminar of BADAC was conducted last Aug. 11, 13, and 20, 2010 at the Naga City Youth Center. The seminars featured lectures and inputs from the DILG officials and anti-drugs advocates in Naga City.

Majority of the barangays in the city have already reorganized their respective BADAC’s. A city-wide general assembly of all BADAC members shall be conducted on Feb. 28 2011.

A representative of the BADAC shall sit as member of the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (NCDDB).

DPWH finishes 532 new projects

Shown in photo is the Dapdap Bridge that connects Victory Village to the coastal barangays of Puro and Lamba in Legazpi City.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bicol region completed 532 various infrastructure projects under its CY 2010 program.  “These projects are part of the P5.9 billion region-wide allocation implemented by our regional and district engineering offices,” said DPWH Regional Director Danilo Dequito.

These projects include roads, bridges, water supply, school buildings and other public structures.  “The COMELEC building in Legazpi City, Cagraray Eco Park in Bacacay and the now famous Puro Boulevard also in Legazpi City are among our accomplishments in Albay Province alone,” Dequito said.

The DPWH executive said that  “More high-impact projects were implemented in other provinces of the region.”

Puro Boulevard is part of the 4.085 km. Legazpi City Coastal Road that traverses the coastal barangays of Victory Village, Dapdap, Puro and Lamba.

“Amenities like jogging lane, bicycle lane, rock-causeway and lighting facilities were provided to attract tourists in the area”  Assistant Regional  Director Jesus Salmo added.

This coastal road now serves as an alternate route to decongest traffic jam from the City proper and likewise provides commuters safe access and easy transport of marine, livestock and agricultural products to commercial centers.

The allocation for last year’s infra corresponds to a total of 786 projects wherein 131 are still ongoing and 75 are not yet implemented due to the late release of funding requirements. – LVC

UNEP hosts grand reunion, international homecoming

IRIGA CITY —   The University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) hosted the significant gatherings of its beloved alumni in two separate blasts of celebration,  the 2nd International Grand Alumni Homecoming sponsored by UNEP CN International Alumni Association Inc. USA and the 59ers Grand Reunion hosted by MMC UNEP High School Batch 1959.

One of the highlights of the celebration is a thanksgiving dinner and cultural night participated in by former UNEP students who came all the way from various parts of the continent just to partake of the celebration.

Joining the celebration is Fr. Ed Amata-Dura who also served as the officiating priest during the mass.  Fr. Dura is also one of the active members of the alumni and one of the organizers who made the “Magbinaydan” event happen in Iriga City .

UNEP Executive Vice President and concurrently the university’s VP for Finance, Ms. Deli Alfelor-Tibi was given the privilege to introduce the guests who are just too happy to set foot in their alma matter. Also at the helm of the event is no less than the young and dynamic university president, Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda.

“One good thing about seeing each other is the moment when we start remembering all the good and the bad things with a smile in our face. It is when we try to bring back old memories that mean a lot to each and every one of us.  It is actually a comforting feeling knowing that you still share the same sentiments after all these years,” Tibi said in an interview.

The group of professional nurses also had their share in reminiscing their days at the UNEP campus when they were still weaving their dreams and productively plotting their career paths.

This year’s Alumni Homecoming was sponsored by the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) College of Nursing and the UNEP College of Nursing (UNEP-CN) International Alumni Association Inc. USA under the theme: Challenges in Nursing: Philippines/ United States versus opportunities.”

Focused on bringing a positive whisk of opportunities for Graduating Nursing students, the event was filled with lectures on how job opportunities will be trickled down to UNEPians who are now on their toes, preparing for the big challenge of finding a lucrative profession, not only here in the Philippines but also in the foreign land.

Ms. Eleanor R. Alfelor, Dean of UNEP College of Nursing cited that the event was indeed a combination of merriment and public service.

“This is one historic gathering for I believe that what we will be sharing here could serve as doors for bigger prospects especially for our nursing students.”

The UNEP College of Nursing International Alumni Association based in San Leandro , California has been consistently sending assistance to poor but deserving students who want to enlist as Nursing Students.  Since 2003, they have been very supportive of this cause, giving scholarship grants to a lot of aspiring nurses.

Visit Daet 2012, Sining Galing set

Mayor SARION

SARION

In line with the declaration of February as National Arts Month through Presidential Decree No. 683, the Daet local government  marked the Arts Month with Sining Galing Year 2 last Feb. 4, 2011, 8:00 a.m.  at the Casa Illustrados of the Daet Heritage Center to showcase the skills of elementary and secondary students in a talent competition.

Various schools in elementary and secondary levels participated in the arts event after an opening program led by Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion with the Municipal Tourism, Culture and Arts Division as the frontline office.

Coinciding with the celebration of the Arts Month is the launching of Visit Daet 2012 with the presence of the guest speaker, a Venezuelan artist namely Ms. Katiushka Borges.

The Visit Daet 2012 is a celebration of Daeteños unique trait that makes them stand out from all the men and women in the rest of the world.  This event primarily aims to honor the  commitment and perseverance of natives of Daet living and working abroad whom, inspite of difficulties in the foreign land have been contributors in the development of Daet and have carried the flag of Daet with pride and honor.

The winners in the  Sining Galing Year 2 contest were:

VOCAL SOLO

Elementary Level

1st Place – Kimberly Baluzo – San Luis Elem. School

2nd Place – Mary Wyn Ichiano – Daet Elem. School

3rd Place – Ella Marie Santos – Mantagbac Elem. School

Secondary Level

1st Place – Ryan Faith Samante – Alawihao Nat’l. H/S

2nd Place – Joelene Tychingco – Cam. Norte Nat’l. H/S

3rd Place – Airish Faye Saludes – Porfirio Ponayo H/S

ESSAY WRITING

Elementary Level

1st Place – Dessa Gutierrez – Gregorio Pimentel Elem. School

2nd Place – Zhaevi Isabelle Mago – Daet Elem. School

3rd Place – Patricia Mae Rafer – Mantagbac Elem. School

Secondary Level

1st Place – Joyce Vianney V. Abando – V. L. Basit Memorial H/S

2nd Place – Karen Mariano – Alawihao Natl. H/S

3rd Place – Divina Grace Elen – Cam. Norte Natl. H/S

POSTER MAKING

Elementary Level

1st Place – Kathleen Leaño – Daet Elem. School

2nd Place – Princess Ann Aguilera – Pandan Elem. School

3rd Place – Juniel Aldrin Adlawan – UP Teachers Village E/S

Secondary Level

1st Place – Robert Pajarillo – Cam. Norte Natl. H/S

2nd Place – Junie Edrian Adlawan – Alawihao Natl. H/S

3rd Place – Francis Jan delos Santos – VL Basit Memorial H/S

“May Visit Daet 2012, a program under Daet on the Go, serves as a vehicle in the promotion of culture and arts in the municipality as well as encourage the Daeteños who are in other parts of the country as well as those in the overseas to come and visit our place and experience a homely atmosphere after years of hard work in other land…” Sarion said.

KB Bicol backs ‘El Verde’

NAGA City — The Kaboronyogan nin mga Bicolnon (KB Bicol), Inc. is extending its all out support  support to the El Verde Movement spearheaded by the provincial government of Cam.Sur, which will be launched on Feb. 23, 2011.

KB Bicol (formerly Kabalikat Bicol) is a private/non-government voluntary organization with more 60 chapters in the Bicol region.

KB Bicol was the 2009 National Gawad Kalasag Awardee of the National Disaster Coordinating Council as Outstanding Private/Non-Goernment Volunteer Organization in the Philippines under the leadership of then Regional Governor Jennis I. Nidea (30-01).

It is one of the original incorporators of the KBNet Philippines, Inc., a national network and umbrella organization of volunteer groups in the country.

Regional Governor Irvin C. Ayo (30-54) said that the Regional Executive Council (REC) is coordinating with the Provincial Executive Council (PEC ) of Cam. Sur headed by  Jaime M. Kalaw, Jr. (30-59) in mobilizing the officers and members of the chapters within the province of Cam.Sur.

Ayo also said that he has already instructed the KB Bicol regional officers to send delegations from other chapters in the Bicol region to participate and support the “greening” efforts of Cam. Sur.

El Verde Movement aims at protecting the ecosystem of the province and also to help attain food security for its people. It will be launched in response with President Noynoy Aquino”s directive to promote the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources.

Conceptualized by CamSur Governor Luis Rymund Villafuerte, the El Verde movement is envisioning a greener province by extensively planting some 500,000 forest and fruit bearing trees in various parts of the province on Feb. 23, 2011.  The activity will cover 1,036 barangays in the 35 towns and two cities.

Ayo said that KB Bicol members who will participate in the launching of El Verde Movement on  “should confirm their attendance by texting CamSur PEC chairman Jun kalaw at CP No. 09175803059 or the REC at CP No. 09218277139.

All KB Bicol members must be at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Cam. Sur Council Headquarters, Pangniban Avenue, Naga City on or before 8:00 in the morning of Feb. 23 before proceeding in convoy to the launching area in Bgy. Sto Niño, campo, Ocampo, Cam. Sur. -JIN

Eco-friendly school contest launched

LEGAZPI CITY —The DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Bicol has invited schools and universities in the region to join the 2011 regional search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.

The contest is open to academic institutions in the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels and aims to encourage academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at practical and local levels.

Furthermore, the contest aims to develop skills and understanding in initiating active responses and increasing community awareness and participation on environmental concerns among students, faculty and school administrators. With the search, environmental initiatives and other multi-faceted programs of the schools are also recognized.

The participating schools will be selected based on the following criteria: Environment-related aspects of the school’s policy (20 points), Environmental dimensions of school operations (30 points), Environmental-related features of the school curriculum (30 points), Presence of vibrant eco-organizations in campus (10 points), and Presence of environmental partners and linkages in various programs/projects (10 points).

Interested schools may submit their official contest entry forms and supporting documents in both printed and digital copies on or before April 29, 2011. Schools in the elementary and high school categories must submit their entries to the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office while schools in the college category may submit their entries directly to the EMB Regional Office.

One school will be selected as regional finalist. Each finalist will be awarded a Certificate of Recognition as well as a prize of P10,000 in cheque. The finalists will also compete in the National Search which will be held in Manila.

The Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools is a partnership program among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), DepEd, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and SMART Communications Inc. The said agencies will also handle the screening and actual assessment  of the participating schools.

For inquiries, kindly visit the EMB V Regional Office at the Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, or call (052) 482-0197 or visit our website www.sustainableschools.ph.

Palarong Bicol begins

By AIDA ALCAZAR-NAZ

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay province led by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda with Department of Education (DepEd) Albay are ready to host this year’s annual Palarong Bikol 2011 scheduled Feb. 13 to 19 as some 6,000 athletes and their delegations from 13 provinces and cities are ready for the friendly competition.

In a radio interview over PIA Bicol’s Aramon Ta Daw, last Tuesday, Feb. 8, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Maria Luisa Samaniego said that DepEd Albay is all set with the preparation for the sports meet.

Despite the announcement, Samaniego stated that they are still following up the critcal aspects of preparations like billeting, water supply and electricity especially in the quarters of the delegations.\

So far, five days before the meet or starting Feb. 8, some participants from Masbate have arrived. Today almost all of the delegations are now in their quarters, except for Iriga and Legazpi cities groups who are expected tomorrow, Saturday.

Albay has the biggest group with 819 while Tabaco City has the least number with 200.

The number of delegations per province is, Albay, 819; Camarines Norte, 652; Camarines Sur, 655; Catanduanes, 509; Masbate, 500; Sorsogon, 419.

Among the cities Naga has the highest number of participants with 500, Iriga, 335; Legazpi, 450; Ligao, 284; Masbate, 400; Sorsogon, 247; and Tabaco 200.

Each of the delegation has their quarters in different schools located in four municipalities. Albay is billeted in Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School (MORMS) in Guinobatan; Camarines Norte in Daraga North Central School; Camarines Sur in Daraga National High School, Catanduanes at Guinobatan West Central School; Masbate Province at Camalig South Central School and nearby Ilawod High School while Sorsogon Province’s quarters is Camalig North Central School.

Iriga City is in Cabangan Elementary School, Camalig; Legazpi at Binogsacan Elementary School, Ligao City; Ligao City in Ligao; Masbate City in Malabog National High School, Daraga; Naga City in Guinobatan East Central School; Sorsogon City at Project Impact in Malabog, Daraga; and Tabaco City at Ligao East Central School.

The five-day actual sports competition to start Feb. 14 until 18 will be held in 18 different venues. Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Swimming will be played at Albay Provincial Sports Center, Travesia, Guinobatan; Arnis and Sepak Takraw at MORMS, Guinobatan; Archery and Table Tennis at Camalig South Central School; Football and Softball at Bicol University, Legazpi City; Badminton at Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City; Boxing in Daraga Covered Court; Chess at People’s Hall, Albay Provincial Capitol, Legazpi City; Gymnastics, Ligao City Gym; Sipa at Republic Colleges, Guinobatan; Taekwando at Arandurugan Hall near the Guinobatan Municipal Building; and Tennis at Camalig Tennis Court.

The grand opening is on Sunday Feb. 13 at 1 in the afternoon. Prior to the opening, a solidarity meeting will take place 9 in the morning at the Albay Astrodome.

The parade of delegation on opening day will have the marshall, colors, and Embaracdero’s E-jeepney at the forefront followed by DepEd officials and guests.

The order of the parade per delegation is Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Iriga City, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Sorsogon Province, Sorsogon City, Catanduanes, Masbate Province, Masbate City and last is Albay followed by officiating officials and the Mr. and Ms. Palaro Albay.

To accompany each delegation are different school drum and lyre corps of MORMS, Travesia Elementary School, Guinobatan West Central School, Libod Elementary School, Camalig North Central School, Camalig South Central School, Pioduran East Central School and Don Jose Pavia Central School of Pioduran; plus the Clusters A, B and C Teachers Drum and Lyre Corps.

Preceding the closing ceremony on Feb. 19 is the selection of athletes who will represent the Bicol region in the national Palarong Pambansa.

Meantime, Governor Salceda is planning to bid towards the hosting of Palarong Pambansa 2012.