Sorsogon News

COVID-19: Heart, Pia Show Support For Each Other’s Relief Efforts

COVID-19 – Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach have been encouraging in each other’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The Philippine government has released billions to provide aid to the families who are greatly affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus crisis. they have also allotted money for the COVID-19 frontliners. Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that the P275 billion is not enough. Good thing, Filipino celebrities are also doing their part to support. Recently, Heart Evangelista and Pia Wurtzbach showed support for each other’s coronavirus relief efforts. The two update their fans about their relief efforts on social media. In a previous article, Sorsogon Governor Chiz...

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...

Sorsogon Vice Gov. Wowo Fortes says ECQ market offers discounted items

Residents of Barcelona, Sorsogon can make their P500 food coupons go a long way by shipping at the ECQ market operated by local government officials. This was according to Sorsogon Vice Gov. Wowo Fortes, who said on Facebook that the ECQ market is now open. The market offers discounted prices for pork, rice, egg, smoked fish, coffee, sugar, and vegetables. By shopping here, they could get more items for their money, he said. Who doesn’t love a bargain? “Barcelona LGU ECQ MRKT: With Food Coupons worth 500 Pesos distributed to every family in Barcelona, the residents have food choices at the ECQ Market operated by the LGU officials and employees at discounted prices. Pork at 150/kilo, Rice at 25/kilo, Egg at 5/pc., Tinapa at 50/kilo, Coffee and Sugar at 20% off, Vegetables at 30% off the reg...

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...

Batang nagtitinda ng camote cue, isinauli ang napulot na cellphone sa may–ari nito

Itinampok ng isang netizen ang isang batang babaeng nagtitinda ng camote cue na nagsauli ng kaniyang cellphone Nahulog niya umano ang cellphone habang siya ay nasa simbahan Tinawag niyang “anghel” ang naturang bata dahil sa katapatan at kasipagan nito Minsan, sa kahahanap natin ng mga anghel sa langit, nakaliligtaan nating maaaring may mga anghel din sa lupa. Maaaring nasa lansangan, nagtitinda, at nasa anyong bata. Ibinahagi ng isang netizen na nagngangalang “Jam Loresto” sa kaniyang Facebook post ang kaniyang karanasan hinggil sa pagkawala ng kaniyang cellphone, at ang pagkakapulot at pagkakasauli nito sa kaniya ng isang batang babaeng nagtitinda ng camote cue sa lansangan, na tinawag niyang  “A Beautiful Angel on the Street.” Ang naturang matapat na bata ay kinilalang si ...

“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...

An urgent call for unified action

We are now into the third week since the lockdown, otherwise known as the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). To be exact, we are on Day 20 of the lockdown since March 15, 2020. To date, 136 people have died and 3,018 have been found to be COVID-19 positive. This is a 12-fold rise in deaths (from 11) and 21-fold rise in positive cases (from 140) in just 20 days. Seventeen fellow doctors – many I personally know – have fallen. Nakakalungkot. (That is so sad.) These figures are just the tip of the iceberg. In the following weeks, we will see more and more cases detected and more deaths. This can become a deeper disaster if we don’t get our acts together NOW. In this time of great uncertainty brought about by the disruptive COVID-19, we need adaptive responses to the challenges that don...

Persistence of COVID-19 ‘devastating’ for children in poorest areas of the world, NGO warns

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is certainly impacting the world as we know it, but according to non-governmental organization (NGO) Educo, it is devastating most especially for children in the poorest areas of the world.advertisement In a press statement, Olga Rodriguez, country Director of Educo Philippine explained: “In order to avoid transmitting the coronavirus, it is vital to wash your hands various times a day. This simple gesture saves lives, but if there is limited to no access to clean water in the homes, schools, and communities, the virus will spread very quickly.” Educo also expressed concern on the children’s access to nutrition, saying children often depend on the meals they receive daily in Educo schools. With schools closed, children may suffer from undernour...

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...

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