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Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15 MANILA, Philippines – Military offensives against the New People’s Army (NPA) have officially resumed and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday, April 17. The government’s unilateral ceasefire that was declared parallel to the lockdown of Luzon island and many other parts of the country lapsed at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 15, and combat operations against NPA guerrillas resumed on Thursday, April 16, said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a statement. The Communist Party of the Philippines, the parent organization of the NPA, extended its unilate...

Sorsogon province still free of COVID-19, governor says

Sorsogon province  in  the Bicol region was still free of the coronavirus disease as of Friday, Governor Francis Escudero said.advertisement In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, Escudero said the province’s number of persons under monitoring (PUM) has gone down from 18,000 to 600, and the number of its persons under investigation (PUI) has decreased from around 400 to 10. “Unang linggo pa lamang po ng ECQ (enhanced community quarantine), nagpatupad po kami ng sarili naming algorithm ng triage, ibig sabihin, sino lang ba ‘yung dapat dalhin sa ospital, sino ‘yung sa quarantine facility, sino yung isolation facility, upang sa gayon ay hindi maging mabigat para sa aming healthworkers,” the former senator said. Sorsogon, Catanduanes, and Masbate, are th...

Bicol cops arrest ‘HVT,’ over 500 illegal gamblers amid ecq enforcement

AGENTS of the Police Regional Office have arrested a known ‘high-value’ drug target and over 500 individuals found engaged in illegal gambling activities including ‘tupadas’ amid the strict enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the region, PRO5 director, Brigadier General Anthony S. Alcañeses told the Journal Group yesterday. The Bicol police director said around 9:45 p.m. last Wednesday, drug enforcement officers of the Pasacao Municipal Police Station in Camarines Sur arrested Roy Bañola, a 40-year old ‘HVT’ from Barangay Cirilo during a buy-bust operation which resulted in the seizure of 20 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu. Alcañeses said the arrest of the suspect came in the wake of the intensified anti-drug campaign by the Camarines Sur Police Provi...

Brgy. Chairman, nangingisda para ipamigay sa mamamayan

Kahanga-hanga ang isang barangay chairman sa Sorsogon na nangingisda upang may maipamahagi sa mga mamamayan. Sa ulat, nakilala ito na si Kapitan Jojo Geraldino ng Bulan sa nasabing probinsiya. Ang kanyang effort, upang tugunan ang krisis na kinakaharap ng lahat dahil sa enhanced community quarantine dulot ng coronavirus disease.Sa tulong ng kanyang mga kasamahan, tuwing umaga, nangingisda si Kap at nagpapasalamat sa biyayang bigay ng karagatan. Ang nakakatuwa pa, maging ang ibang barangay, nabibigyan din ng mga huling isda ng grupo ni Geraldino. “13 days and 13 nights na po kaming nagpalaot at patuloy na namimigay ng isda para makadugtong sa pagkain, simula nang ma-lockdown ang bayan ng Bulan,” ayon kay Kap. Bukod sa mga isda, nagpamahagi rin si Kapitan Geraldino ng mga pamingwit. “Sa pags...

“Kindness station” in Sorsogon allows residents to get free food, clothes, rice for free

A “Kindness station” was launched in Sorsogon Donors can drop off their donations there and residents in need of food and goods can just visit to ask anything for free According to the people behind the initiative, they want to foster the value of kindness and generosity and break the spirit of greed In Sorsogon, a station was launched to allow residents to just get food for free. Sorsogon’s “Kindness station” easily caught the attention of many netizens online for its ingenious way of reaching out to those in need. This station becomes the access of generous people to leave their donations and for those in need to easily get the food they need. The Kindness Station goes by the motto, “Give, Share, Receive.” Donors can easily drop their donations of rice, canned goods, coffee, fruits and m...

36 stranded na construction worker, tinulungang makauwi ng Ako Bicol, Escudero

Nakauwi na sa kani-kanilang pamilya ang nasa 36 na construction worker na mga taga-Sorsogon matapos ma-stranded sa Quezon province dahil sa enhanced community quarantine. Sa tulong ng Ako Bicol party-list at ni Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, nakarating na sa kani-kanilang lugar ang mga naipit na manggagawa, na ilang linggong na-stranded matapos na magsara ang kanilang construction firm na pinagtatrabahuhan sa Pagbilao, Quezon dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. Personal na binisita ni Ako Bicol Representative Elizaldy Co ang mga construction worker para bigyan ng mga relief goods at tulong pinansyal. Si Co din ang nag-asikaso para makipag-ugnayan ay Escudero para makauwi ang 36 na manggagawa, alinsunod sa striktong protocol na nilatag ng Department of Health. Ibig sabihin ay sasailalim sa mandat...

Pope Francis names a Sorsoganon as new Jolo bishop

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the vicariate apostolic of Jolo, Sulu. The appointment of Fr. Charlie Inzon as apostolic vicar of the Jolo Vicariate was announced by Pope Francis on Saturday, according to the CBCPNews, the official publication of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Before his appointment, Inzon had been serving as provincial superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) since 2018. Jolo has been without a bishop for 14 months. The 54-year-old Inzon replaced Bishop Angelito Lampon, who was appointed archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cotabato in January last year.  Another OMI priest, Fr. Romel Saniel, served as acting administrator of the Jolo Vicariate before Inzon’s appointment. An apostolic vicariate is a local chu...

Sorsogon, nilinaw an isyu sa hagad na makalusot sa ‘quarantine checkpoint’ an quarry materials na haling Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – Klinarificar kan Sorsogon Provincial Government an isyu sa surat ki Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases chairman asin Depratment of Health (DOH) Bicol Director Dr. Ernie Vera na naghahagad nin permiso na paagihon an mga quarry materials sa checkpoints na hali sa Albay pasiring sa Sorsogon. Ini makalihis na manotisyaran na kulang na an construction materials asin solamenteng pagkaon asin bulong an nakakalusot sa ikinaag na quarantine checkpoints. Paliwanag ni Dong Mendoza, tagapagtaram ni Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, gagamiton an mga nasabing materyales sa pighahabol na konstruksyon kan Sorsogon Dairy Farm na gagamiton bilang quarantine area kan mga persons under investigation (PUI) sa coronavirus.– Advertisement — Sa intrevista ka...

DOH deploys ambulances to Bicol provinces

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) – As the Philippines combats the escalating coronavirus threat, the Department of Health’s Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) started handing over ambulances to local government units (LGUs) and hospitals in Bicol region. “Fourteen units of land ambulances were already turned over last week,” Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-CHD regional director, said. The latest to receive the medically equipped vehicle—a sea ambulance– was the island town of Rapu-Rapu in Albay. The provincial breakdown of the ambulances is as follows: Camarines Sur-26; Albay -18; Sorsogon- eight; Catanduanes-6; and Camarines Norte-3. Last year, the DOH-CHD handed over five sea ambulances to the island province of Masbate. “The DOH-CHD hopes that with the distribution of sea and land am...

LOOK: Heart Evangelista to send bed foams to Sorsogon

Heart Evangelista is doing her part as the first lady of Governor Chiz Escudero. In her Instagram stories, Heart shared that she got a fast delivery of bed foams for Sorsogon. “Thank you for the fast delivery @uratexpremium of bed foams.” Heart also expressed her gratitude to people who donated pillows for the stranded Sorsoganons. “For our friends who donated more pillows for our Sorsoganons who got stranded in checkpoints that need to rest.” She even tagged her husband and said, “On the way @escuderochiz” Aside from helping Sorsogon, Heart is also busy sending donations to people on Twitter. She already donated food, medicine, masks and more. By Maine Aquino Source: https://www.gmanetwork.com/entertainment/showbiznews/news/61452/look-heart-ev...

Philippine mayors step up pandemic response in helping communities cope with lockdown

Trina Alejandra Firmalo-Fabic, a town mayor in the Philippines, was surprised when President Rodrigo Duterte announced on March 16 that he would lock down the entire island of Luzon. The one-month lockdown aims to stem the rising cases of COVID-19 infection in the Southeast Asian country. The directive, however, worried Fabic, the 38-year-old mayor of Odiongan. The coastal town is in the province of Romblon, more than 200 kilometers south of the Philippine capital, Manila. Most of its 45,000 residents rely on fishing and farming for their livelihoods and get basic supplies through the ferries that dock in its port. But the lockdown requires that everyone in Luzon – home to roughly half of the country’s 105 million population – stays at home and practices social distancing. And this cr...

Sorsogon mayors to identify quarantine areas for persons watched for COVID-19

LEGAZPI CITY –– Mayors of Sorsogon province were asked to identify government facilities or schools that may be temporarily converted into isolation and quarantine areas for persons under watch for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In an executive order, Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero said all local governments must establish COVID-19 special care facilities to manage the possible large-scale transmission of the disease in the province. Salvador Mendoza, Sorsogon information officer, said persons under monitoring (PUMs) would be housed in the identified facilities in every town or city. Other PUMs were home-quarantined, while the stranded residents in Bicol borders, who were rescued by the “sweeper team,” were housed in Matnog National High School, Bicol University Gubat Campu...

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