List of Municipalities in the Albay Province within Region V in the Republic of The Philippines
Bacacay | Camalig | Daraga (Locsin) | Guinobatan | Jovellar | Libon | Malilipot | Malinao | Manito | Oas | Pio Duran | Polangui | Rapu-Rapu | Santo Domingo (Libog) | Tiwi
Cities in the province of Albay: Legazpi City (Capital) | City Of Ligao | City Of Tabaco
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Albay's 'Yolanda' efforts, DRR programs to be cited
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014
- (PNA), LAP/FGS/CBD/
LEGAZPI CITY, March 11 (PNA) -- Team Albay’s “great job” for its humanitarian efforts in Tacloban after super typhoon “Yolanda” last year will be highlighted during the inauguration of Humanitarian Assistance Emergency Warehouse on March 25 at Clark Air Base in Pampanga, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said Tuesday.
The inauguration will be one of the main highlights of the visit to the Philippines by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel M. Margallo.
The humanitarian warehouse in Clark is one of the six units to be erected across the country and will be used for strategic stockpiling of humanitarian relief items.
Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Pedro Manuel Domecq personally invited Salceda to join representatives of United Nations agencies, Spanish non-government organizations and top local and national officials of the Philippine Government.
In his letter, Domecq said the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Team of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) is noted for taking the lead in DRR provincial policies in the Philippines with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
“I would be very honored if you would join us on that day to celebrate this milestone of Philippine-Spanish friendship and mutual support,” Domecq said.
The Spanish Ambassador explained that the inauguration will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the collaboration between Spain and the Philippine Government and their commitment to strengthen the Philippine emergency preparedness and response capabilities along with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).
Earlier, APSEMO chief Cedric D. Daep received an initial information from AECID informing the Provincial Government of this event and requested that the Albay DRR-APSEMO Team be present along with the two water treatment plants (WatSan) and the communications car -- all donated by AECID.
The making of Legazpi as ‘City of Fun and Adventure’
- Monday, March 10, 2014
- By Danny O. Calleja [(PNA), CTB/FGS/DOC/CBD/]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 10 (PNA) –Time was when tourists would visit the City of Legazpi only for the breathtaking view of Mt. Mayon, one of the world’s most active volcanoes made famous by its magically-configured perfect-cone form.
Today, the city, which is the Regional Government Center of Bicol that is hurriedly rising as the region’s foremost investment hub and named as one of the country’s most visited tourism spot, is already very much different from what it was a decade and half back.
The city is recognized now as a “convention capital,” owing to its attractiveness as venue of big formal gatherings such as international conventions, conferences, meetings and reunions.
Nearly a hundred of such kinds of activity are held in big hotels and convention centers that have sprouted in the locality within the past years.
Indeed, Legazpi has been able to transform itself from nothing special but Mt. Mayon into a sparkling metropolis loaded with heavy tourism-related activities and a world-class city that plays host to an influx of investments and massive urban development.
Asserting these gains, among others, is the tremendous growth in the local tourism industry that recently placed the city in the 14th spot among the country’s top destinations following an uptrend in tourist arrivals -- reaching some 438,000 in 2012.
And since tourism growth enlivens trade and commerce, the local business climate has also been made pleasant as investment opportunities have been going broader and more fortified.
In 2006, Legazpi City was recognized as one of the “most competitive cities in the Philippines” by the Asian Institute of Management and cited in 2011 as the “most business-friendly city” for South Luzon by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In the same year, the Department of Interior and Local Government, then under the late Sec. Jesse Robredo, also named Legazpi as Bicol’s “most business-friendly local government unit” -- citing its effectiveness and efficiency in paving the way for the area to become haven of investments.
Among the latest and most significant additions to the city’s commercial landmarks are the Central Bus Terminal cum Metro Hub and Lifestyle Center, a P300-million Public-Private Partnership (PPP) investment that refurbished the city’s public transportation landscape into a first-rate facility for travelers.
The Landco Business Park that sits on a massive site at the heart of the city has also been continuing with its development and opening of more rooms for profitable investments while Liberty Commercial Center (LCC) sustains its aggressiveness by expanding more convenient stores around the city.
LCC, whose management has branded Legazpi as an “investment wonderland,” is likewise in the process of constructing a more modern mall within a 1.5-hectare site at the city’s commercial district for its latest expansions.
The Marina-inspired Embarcadero de Legazpi has also been continuously expanding its facilities from a mere information technology hub and high-end commercial complex into a first-of-its-kind tourist-oriented leisure park in Bicol.
Embarcadero,which sits on a premier waterfront property, is an over P1-billion private investment supported by a huge infrastructure expansions towards the establishment of the New Legazpi Urban District whose P300-billion development through PPP is now being pipelined by the city government.
This development is part of the local government’s public investment that now works on the “mega highway” project to connect the city’s urban district with the Southern Luzon International Airport, now undergoing construction in the nearby Daraga town and expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.
According to City Mayor Noel Rosal on Monday, the mega highway whose prime section is the now-famous Legazpi City Boulevard, will traverse several upland villages of the city and “will be our new investment haven and another site for our tourism industry development.”
The boulevard is a four-kilometer stretch of wide concrete road bordering the long beach of Albay Gulf and serving as an artistic milieu for physical fitness activities that is well-lighted at night, clean, easily accessible, secure and free from air pollution.
Tourists have learned to love this boulevard as much as they love all other local wonders, both man-made and natural, which make Legazpi known today in the tourism world as the City of Fun and Adventure.
Apart from the experience of riding ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) over lava hills and along rugged crevices down Mt. Mayon slopes, a climb to Lignon Hill Nature Park is among the exciting experiences for tourists.
Ligñon Hill is a 156-meter peak serving as one of the city’s most famous tourism landmarks that offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the city, Daraga town, Albay Gulf and of the volcano.
Certainly, the making of Legazpi as the City of Fun and Adventure is the work of a “tourism champion” in the person of Rosal who was named as such by the DOT during its First Gayon (Beautiful) Bicol Awards held in September last year.
In that occasion, Rosal was recognized as the “man behind” the popularity of Legazpi as a convention capital and City of Fun and Adventure.
Another boost to these gains of the city in terms of tourism and investment is the proposed “sister cities” tie with Xiamen, a major city on the southeast of the People's Republic of China that is one of the four original special economic zones opened to foreign investment and trade when China began economic reforms in the early 1980s.
The proposal was formally offered to Rosal by Philippine Consul General to China Julius Caesar Flores during his recent visit to the city, along with a team of Chinese journalists on familiarization tour of the city’s tourist spots.
Rosal said this proposed Legazpi-Xiamen sister city relationship is good as it would serve as an open window for opportunities to uplift the lives of all the people living around the territorial areas of the two cities.
Salceda to Albayanos: Brace for dry spell, brownouts, power rates increase
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
- (PNA), PDS/JCN/PJN
LEGAZPI CITY, Mar 9 (PNA) --Albay Governor Joey Salceda has sounded the alarm over the forecasted dry spell in April, and ordered local disaster councils in his province to prepare countermeasures against its ill effects on public health, agriculture, water, food and power supply.
Salceda, co-chair for developing countries and Southeast Asia of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), warned the dry spell could affect major parts of Luzon and trigger, among others, longer brownouts and spikes in power cost at the Wholesale Electricity Stock Market (WESM). About 32% of Luzon’s energy depends on hydro power sources.
The warning was based on the actual rainfall readings in January with 114.3 mm (despite typhoons "Agaton" and "Basyang") and February’s 47.8 mm. The cumulative "below normal" rainfall of 160 mm is way below the supposed normal of 550 mm, for a precipitation deficit of 400 mm
The rainfall readings, Salceda noted, indicate “way below normal” figures for many places in Luzon, including Albay, which could possibly trigger the start of a dry spell which is technically and officially declared after “three months of consecutive ‘below normal’ rainfall.” The trigger will be the March figure.
Salceda’s warning is supported by a "climate watch" bulletin issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which reported a “50 percent chance that equatorial waters in the Pacific will warm sufficiently to meet the criteria for an El Niño.”
This early, the Albay Provincial Agricultural Services (PAS) office has reported more than P112 million worth of damage to farm crops due to lack of rains in the January and February.
“Since it is largely a Luzon phenomenon, I shudder at the most probable scenario of how we will allocate our limited water reserves for irrigation (food), domestic use (potable) and energy (hydro). It may mean protracted brownouts, spikes in WESM prices and unexpected power outages,” he said.
The phenomenon, Salceda added “threatens the real productive investments which create jobs that will suffer, and growth and markets will once again concentrate on the financial economy of the rich with condos, malls and financial markets, while we import from China the daily needs of our middle class.”
PAS figures show that about 200 hectares of rice farms in Oas and Camalig town, tilled by some 196 farmers have already been affected by the imminent dry spell and the situation could get worse. Of Albay’s 64,000 hectares of rice fields, 51,955.95 are irrigated and 11,337.37 are rain-fed.
Based on records, Salceda said, dry spells bring about worse effects, both in casualties and damages, compared to other climate change-related calamities. As GCF co-chair, he wants Albay to maintain its global standard of disaster risk preparedness.
Daragang Magayon Festival 2014 to lure more tourists to Albay
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
- By Johnny C. Nunez [(PNA), CTB/JCN/PJN]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 8 (PNA) -- This year’s month-long 2014 Daragang Magayon Festival, which kicks off last week of March, is expected to increase tourist flow to Albay and further perk up and boost its booming tourism industry.
Daragang Magayon Festival, which derives its origin from the legend of Mayon Volcano, is the new name of the former Magayon Festival, one of the country’s top five festivals, Daragang Magayon literally means ‘Beautiful Maiden.’
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Daragang Magayon Festival is now world-class show and more and more foreign tourists now flock to Albay yearly to witness it. Its elevation to world-class standard was further boosted last year, when Albay was featured as a highlight tourist destination in the Philippine exposition at Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) - Berlin, a convention of international trade and tourism stakeholders.
Salceda said the province has taken a new economic momentum from its former ‘Albay Rising’ development drive to ‘Albay BOOM!’ towards 2016. Daragang Magayon Festival, which helps lure more tourists, he added, plays a big role in the scheme. Albay now is considered as the new tourism giant in southern Luzon.
Albay opened in January its Albay International Gateway (AIG), which now provides direct travel links to the leading cities of China, Korea and Taiwan, initially. It is seen as a breakthrough, and over 350 Chinese tourists flew in immediately on board two inaugural flights of the country’s flag carrier.
This year’s Daragang Magayon Festival, Salceda said, will treat visitors to more exciting events including the now much awaited Parade of Higantes (Giants) of “Mythos kan Albay,” the Festival Showdown of all winning street dancers and presentors from other festivals of the Bicol Region, and the Mutya ng Daragang Magayon Beauty Pageant which had already produced several international beauty titlists, among others.
Festival organizers have also prepared a list of outdoor activities for visitors like Whale Shark (Butanding) Interactions, a 360-degree run around Mayon Volcano, the ATV adventures, mountain climbing, trips to various tourism sites in the province and special treats from noted entertainment celebrities.
The festival is also expected to further boost the Almasor (“Soul of the South”) tourism alliance which bundles up all the tourism potentials of the three provinces of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon as a tourist destination package. It targets some 500,000 foreign tourists in the next five years.
Legazpi water supplier puts up P15-M reverse osmosis facility
- Friday, March 7, 2014
- (PNA), FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD
LEGAZPI CITY, March 7 (PNA) -- The Philippine Hydro, Inc., a multimillion-peso bulk water supplier in this city, has sunk P15-million worth of investment to build a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis (RO) facility in this city, a ranking company official said on Thursday.
Engineer Sofronio G. Adelantar, PhilHydro president and chief executive officer (CEO), who led the ground breaking ceremonies for the new structure that will house the RO assembly, said it is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
“Once operational, the RO facility will be the biggest of its kind in the Bicol,” Adelantar said, adding, “It will have the capacity to treat five million liters per day (MLD) of raw water from a developed spring between barangays Pawa and Bogtong in this city.”
Reverse osmosis is a water purification technology that allows the capture of mineral and contaminants by forcing water to pass through a semi-permeable membrane.
Minerals and contaminants that are too large to fit through the membrane's microscopic pores are removed from the water.
Adelantar said in a press briefing that in its bid to further improve its operations, the PhilHydro is adopting the RO technology to help address the elevated level of iron, manganese, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium in the city's raw water sources.
"We've done a lot of technical studies to better understand the raw quality situation -- from chemical to engineering to volcanic. It appears that the high mineral concentration is due mainly to Mayon volcano," he said.
Adelantar said their plan is to purify enough raw water using reverse osmosis, and then blend this with PhilHydro’s conventionally treated water.
“This easy, we reduce the total dissolved solids and hardness of our water supply," he added.
For the past four years the Legazpi City Water District (LCWD) and the PHilHydro are being saddled with poor water quality problems such as high total dissolved solids (TDS), total hardness and color.
Recent laboratory findings indicate that the water TDS has exceeded by 75 milligrams the allowable 500 milligram/liter (mg/l), while the total hardness is 20 milligram/liter higher than the permissible limit of 300mg/l and the color is 10 total chloroplatinate units (TCU) -- double of the allowable unit of 5 TCUs.
These findings have forced City Mayor Noel Rosal, on recommendation of the Department of Health, to suspend the company's business permit and will renew its license to operate only if it initiates corrective measures to improve the current water quality being provided to 15,000 household consumers.
PhilHydro is now a subsidiary company of Maynilad Water Services, Inc., a water service provider owned and chaired by Manuel V. Pangilinan.
Adelantar said that aside from the P15-million investment for setting up a RO facility, Maynilad has already invested about P19 million to improve its operations and water supply facilities since it took over PHilHydro management two years ago.
He said the company plans to further infuse some P64.7 million additional investment for facility improvement, which includes: replacement of leaking 350 mm spiral pipe, construction of deep well, pipes and pumps, impounding reservation, installation of water clarifier, two multi-bag filters and development of springs as an additional water source.
Albay readies for El Niño threats
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
- By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo [(PNA), CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/]
LEGAZPI CITY, Mar. 6 (PNA) -- At this early, the provincial government of Albay is already preparing for the possible negative impacts of El Niño on the province.
Based on the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the province has registered a lower-than-normal rainfall in the past two months of the year.
In January, the rainfall posted only 114. 3 millimeters (mm) compared to the normal measurement of 311.7 mm, despite typhoons "Agaton" and "Basyang."
On the other hand, PAGASA chalked up 47.8 mm in February, compared to the expected 236 mm.
It expects a normal rainfall of 193.8 mm in March, while the rainfall measurement is expected to drop much below the normal level in April.
PAGASA, however, said it can only declare a dry spell if it will register a below-normal level of rainful in three consecutive months.
Against the expected scenario, Governor Joey Sarte Salceda immediately called for an emergency meeting of concerned agencies like the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Office, Office of Civil Defense, PAGASA, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, among others.
Salceda directed these agencies to prepare counter-measures for the coming of hot season that might lead to a dry spell.
He said that based on record, drought is the worst or has the most adverse effects on an area due to climate change compared to other calamities like strong typhoons, especially in terms of number of deaths, although it has not been given much attention.
The United Nations Green Climate Fund chair said dry spell affects the service of electric power since 32 percent of the energy requirement of Luzon Area depends on hydro power sources.
He called the attention of water utilities in the province like the Legazpi City Water District and the Daraga Water District to prepare for the dry spell.
He also asked the PHO to ensure the health safety of Albayanos against any eventuality.
In the agriculutural sector, Salceda asked the concerned agencies to ensure enough supply of water in the province to secure food security.
The PSWDO and the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol said they are ready with emergency food packs in times of need.
Albay girds for Daragang Magayon Festival 2014
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- By Johnny C. Nunez [(PNA),CTB/JCN/UTB]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 5 (PNA) -- Albay is all set for the grand staging of the month-long 2014 Daragang Magayon Festival, which kicks off last week of March, fired up by the province’s recent successes in the field of tourism, and prepared for the expected flood of foreign tourists and visitors.
Albay opened in January its Albay International Gateway (AIG), which now provides direct travel links to the leading cities of China, Korea and Taiwan, initially. It is seen as a breakthrough, and over 350 Chinese tourists flew in immediately on board two inaugural flights of the country’s flag carrier.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Magayon Festival is now elevated to world-class standard as more and more foreign tourists come in by the AIG or the normal route, with Albay now considered as the new tourism giant in Luzon.
Salceda said the province has taken a new economic momentum from its former ‘Albay Rising’ development drive to ‘Albay BOOM!’ towards 2016. Daragang Magayon Festival, he added, plays a big role in the scheme.
Daragang Magayon Festival was renamed last year from the former Magayon Festival, one of the country’s top five festivals, which derives its origin from the legend of Mayon Volcano. Daragang Magayon literally means ‘Beautiful Maiden.’
The festival’s elevation to world-class standard was also pushed last year, when Albay was featured as a highlight tourist destination in the Philippine exposition at Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) - Berlin, a convention of international trade and tourism stakeholders.
Salceda said this year, Daragang Magayon Festival will treat visitors to more exciting events including the now much awaited Parade of Higantes (Giants) of “Mythos kan Albay,” the Festival Showdown of all winning street dancers and presentors from other festivals of the Bicol Region, and the Mutya ng Daragang Magayon Beauty Pageant which had already produced several international beauty titlists, among others.
Festival organizers have also prepared a list of outdoor activities for visitors like Whale Shark (Butanding) Interactions, a 360-degree run around Mayon Volcano, the ATV adventures, mountain climbing, and trips to various tourism sites in the province.
National officials and movie personalities are also expected to once more grace the various festival programs. The festival also boosts Almasor (“Soul of the South”) tourism alliance organized by Salceda as Bicol Regional Development Council chairman. Almasor bundles up all the tourism potentials of the three provinces of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon as a tourist destination package. It targets some 500,000 foreign tourists in the next five years.
New technologies heighten expectations from 'tilapia' industry in Bicol
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- By Danny O. Calleja [(PNA), LAP/FGS/DOC/CBD/]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 4 (PNA) –- The infusion of new technologies into Bicol’s freshwater fisheries resources is setting significant improvements in the "tilapia" industry of the region.
These improvements boost the drive of the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) based here towards a production level that in due time would realize the region’s goal of producing tilapia for both the domestic and international markets.
Dennis del Socorro, the BFAR regional director, on Tuesday said the technologies he is referring to are those recently developed by researchers at the Regional Freshwater Fisheries Center (RFFC) stationed in Buhi, Camarines Sur.
RFFC now serves as the regional hub of freshwater aquaculture technologies and also for the post-harvest technologies engaged mainly in the production of tilapia fingerlings.
It is also the center for verifying, adopting and techno-demonstration of different freshwater aquaculture technologies developed in its national counterpart.
But the RFFC, according to Del Socorro, does not limit its capability on this as any chance to develop, improve and innovate technologies, the Center will do it and an example of this is the SCV-Artificial Fish Egg Incubator for intensive tilapia hatchery, refinement of induced spawning of African Catfish and breeding of Giant Freshwater Prawn.
This technology was developed in the Center into a new method of breeding tilapia that sets a new trend in the industry with the remarkable results of trials in intensive hatchery providing fingeling recovery that is more than what was expected.
The new technology would enable Bicolano tilapia growers to speed up production of at least one million fish fry within 15 days, Del Socorro said.
These fingerlings are either distributed to fishpond and tilapia cage owners or released to several freshwater resources that are highly suitable to large-scale production like Bato and Buhi Lakes in Camarines Sur; Danao Lake in Polangui, Albay; Bulusan Lake in Sorsogon and other smaller sites across the region.
The region’s inland water resources capable of tilapia production are measured at 246,063 hectares of swamplands, 253,854 hectares of brackish water fishponds, 200,000 hectares of lakes, 31,000 hectares of rivers and 19,000 hectares of reservoir.
BFAR also has eight fish farm facilities located in the six provinces of Bicol which are committed to increase the production and develop new technology or methods of fish farming in the region.
BFAR and RFFC also have seven ongoing studies on various freshwater species of fishes for various applications in aquaculture and its initial findings are now helping in the promotion of the technology in the region.
Without these researches, diffusion of technology to farmers and pond owners would be easy because they are based on generated technical experiences.
Thus, the language in technology presentation is easily adjusted to the level of farmers, fishers and technicians to facilitate understanding during seminars and training.
Vital is the research on giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, and this is RFFC’s self-reliant approach that succeeded three years ago and now in a fine-tuning stage which later this year or earlier next year will be promoted to production at farmer level, Del Socorro said.
Given these resources and new technologies, Bicol could already come up with about 15 metric tons of marketable tilapia yearly, Del Socorro said.
For the domestic market, stepping up production of the presently popular small-sized tilapia (scientific name: Tilapia nituka) varieties called “tilanggit” is being encouraged among local stakeholders in aquaculture to take advantage of the fast-expanding domestic market of tilapia which is now officially considered the Filipino poor man’s fish, replacing “galunggong” (roundscad).
For the export market, on the other hand, which is keener on big-sized tilapia with enough flesh for fillet processing, Del Socorro, said they are adopting the genetically improved Nile tilapia strains to innovate on existing nursery and grow-out culture systems to suit the requirements for large-sized fish and intensive production.
Under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAANRD)-coordinated National Tilapia Research and Development Program (NTRDP), researchers are enhancing local capacity to compete in the world market.
Latest report of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association said that in the United States, tilapia has shown the biggest gains in popularity among seafood.
This trend is expected to continue as consumption increased from 1.5 million tons in 2005 to 2.5 million tons in 2012.
Del Socorro said Americans and Europeans have the passion – and taste – for tilapia since they consider it as “white meat,” a health food low in cholesterol and fat.
Also, European chefs have a preference for its firm meat.
And because of its large demand in the world market, tilapia commands a high price as in the US, Del Socorro said, adding that this trend would improve the quality of life of the common farmers and fishers in Bicol.
Albay celebrates 1st World Wildlife Day
- Monday, March 3, 2014
- By Nancy I. Mediavillo [(PNA), LAP/FGS/NIM/CBD/]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 3 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Albay and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday morning led the first and possibly the country's biggest celebration of World Wildlife Day.
This effort scored another first for Albay and added one more feather to its environmentalist credential, observers and participants said.
The activity, which started at 7:00 a.m. with a motorcade, began at the Capitol and ended at the Albay Parks and Wildlife (APW) at the foot of the Lingnon Hill here.
It was participated in by national government agencies, Armed Forces of the Philippines units, local government units, environmental non-government organizations and schools.
The APW is the only one of its kind and the largest in southern Luzon. It is Albay's second most important tourist destination after Cagsawa Ruins Parks.
A Mass was celebrated, followed by a mural painting and ostrich eggshell painting contests among students.
Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, world-renowned as chairman of the Green Climate Fund and UN's senior champion in the fight against climate change, said he cancelled international commitments just to ensure he could personally lead the celebration of the 1st World Wildlife Day with his people.
“The overall goal of Albay is a nourishing environment by nurturing nature, and the protection of endangered and vulnerable species is a major action agenda of climate adaptation to preserve biodiversity needed for the survival of our civilization as we know it,” Salceda added.
He said he is looking forward to working with the DENR, especially with its new regional executive director, engineer Gilbert Gonzales, his classmate, in pursuing new environmental programs to protect the birds and save the orchids of the Mayon ecosystem.
On Dec. 20, 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim March 3, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness on the world’s wild fauna and flora.
Anti-smoking advocates want stricter implementation of no-smoking, other ordinances
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
- By Manilyn Ugalde [(PNA), CTB/FGS/MU/CBD/RSM]
LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 (PNA) -- Anti-smoking advocates have called for a strict implementation of the no-smoking and other important ordinances in the province of Albay and some of its local government units.
The provincial anti-smoking ordinance reinforced the already-existing anti-smoking ordinances in the cities of Legazpi, Ligao and Tabaco and some municipalities in Albay, the second biggest province in Bicol next to Camarines Sur.
To prove his genuine motive to kill the smoking habit in the province, Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda began and triumphantly succeeded in repulsing and stopping his smoking addiction three months before he signed the anti-smoking provincial ordinance in 2012.
Salceda, who claimed he used to consume three packs of cigarettes a day, has even urged President Aquino, his classmate, to quit smoking too -- saying it is for his own good health.
The once-heavy smoking governor said that after successfully quitting smoking, his health has shown a very impressive improvement.
But anti-smoking advocates claimed that the provincial ordinance has never been implemented, citing the case of Tabaco City, among others, where smokers have their heyday smoking everywhere.
These advocates noted that the city public market, where market-goers and vendors smoke freely, does not even have posted anti-smoking signs, saying what is being shown inside the market is the warning against the use of double plastic bags -- which is not also observed by vendors.
The same is true in beer and other entertainment houses.
Tabaco City Mayor Marie Demetriou cannot be contacted for comment but her administrator, retired police Col. Elizir Bron, said the new leadership is slowly addressing the situation, saying the mayor is facing no ordinary problem inherited from the two-decade long administration of her predecessors.
One Tabaco City retired teacher complained that when she secured a police clearance, she noticed that a police on duty was smoking freely while entertaining complaints and writing them on the police blotter even as complainants around him had shown irritation and resistance to the smoke coming from the policeman’s cigarette.
In his Bible-inspired radio program, a pastor assailed city hall officials and the police for not implementing the anti-smoking ordinance, saying that even policemen are seen with their motorcycles passing the city poblacion road without wearing the required helmet, in open violation of the Helmet Ordinance.
Environmentalist provincial board member Arnold Embestro, who was the former provincial committee on environment chair, said in a text message that the province boasts of anti-smoking ordinance but is “zero” in performance.
“It’s discouraging that ordinance has not been supported by political will from local government units,” said Embestro.
Legazpi city Mayor Noel Rosal boasted that his office may not have the impressive campaign against smoking but “we have the output,” adding that they have records of effecting the most number of arrests of violators who were even penalized.
Rosal said his anti-smoking campaign even got awards from the Department of Health as a model LGU in the country during the years 2010 to 2013.
He added that everywhere in city establishments and open public places, warning signs against smoking abound.
The city mayor said that recently at least 20 firms were given awards by the city for maintaining a 100-percent smoke-free record based on the report of the City Health Office, which regularly inspect establishments.
Critics, however, noted that like in other cities and towns, Legazpi City also has an off-and-on campaign against motorcycle riders not wearing helmets despite the ordinance against it.
Albay Women's Month celebration kicks off with walk, zumba
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/FGS/EMC/CBD/PJN
LEGAZPI CITY, March 1 (PNA) -- In line with the National Women’s Month celebration, the province of Albay will start with a Juana Walk and Juana Zumba on March 8.
The activity will begin at 6:30 a.m. from the Peñaranda Park going to the Philippine National Police Regional Office 5 in Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.
The walk will be followed by a short program and the One Billion Rising Dance to be performed by children from Haven, one of the centers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the lead advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
The dance will be participated in by members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their children, local government units and and people’s organizations.
The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) is done each year to recognize working women around the world, according to DSWD Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia.
Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 declared the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day.
Proclamation No. 227 series of 1998 provided for the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role in the history month.
The celebration recognizes the role of women in the rehabilitation process and their over-all contributions to progress.
This year’s theme “Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!” pays tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes here in the country and across the globe, Garcia said.
It is the best time to highlight the “drivers of change” who untiringly volunteered themselves in times of disaster, conflict and calamity, he added.
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