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PLDT-SME Nation Targets Enterprises in Bicol

Bicol, composed of the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate, is one of the Philippines’ fastest growing regions. In 2009, the region’s economic growth was registered at 8.2 percent.

In the small and medium and enterprises sector, Bicol is famous for its handcrafted products and ethnic food delicacies. Bicol’s signature products include native furniture, abaca decor and accessories, gold jewelry, pottery and chili- and pili-based food items.

For example, Calabanga, a first class municipality by the coast of San Miguel Bay wants to expand its production of export quality dried fish and enter the international market with the product processed through modern technology provided by government experts. At present, the fish is dried using an environment friendly mechanical dryer.

Earlier, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the local government would welcome a rise in bank lending to micro and small businesses in the area.

The local government hel…

Bb Pilipinas Titlist Gersbach, 2 Others Die in Road Mishap

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—(UPDATE 2) Binibining Pilipinas International 2009 Melody Gersbach, 24, died on the spot late Saturday morning when the car she was riding in collided head-on with a passenger bus, an Army official said.

The two other persons confirmed dead were identified as Dodong Ramos, the driver, and Alden Orense, couturier of the beauty titlist.

Two other persons—the driver and couturier of the beauty titlist—also died in the accident, which occurred at 11:45 a.m., said Major Harold Cabunoc, public information officer of the 9th Infantry Division based in Pili, Camarines Sur, who was quoting from initial police reports.

"The accident occurred in Barangay Pawili in Bula, Camarines Sur," said Cabunoc in a text message.

Gersbach and her companions were on board a Toyota Innova en route to Naga City when it collided with a Guevarra Bus Line driven by Wilson Pontillas.

The bus driver voluntarily surrendered to police, said Cabunoc.

Radio anchor Pio Fernandez of DZ…

Youth Day

The twelfth of August could have been a triple celebration worth commemorating by the people of Catanduanes: International Humanitarian Law Day, International Youth Day, and the start of International Year of Youth, which spans from August of this year to August of 2011.

At least with the first, Red Cross Catanduanes Chapter has consistently sustained the event through a parade tagged with "Walk for Humanity" battlecry. It was participated in by densely populated DepEd schools in the capital town of Virac and TESDA-affiliated tech-voc schools.

The second and third celebrations must have been largely concentrated in Manila, being the host of the 11th International Youth Day Convention on August 10-12, 2010. Said gathering was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), expecting a delegation of 600 student and youth leaders ages 15 to 24 (which represent one sixth of the global populace) from the Philippines and the world.

Since its birth in 1991, Internat…

SUWECO Hydropower To End Daily Brownouts

Hounded by daily power outages for years, residents and businessmen in Catanduanes are pinning their hopes on two new hydropower plants of the Sunwest Water and Electric Co., Inc. to provide reliable power beginning this month.

The two multi-million-peso power facilities owned by SUWECO, an an affiliate of the Sunwest Group of Companies which is chaired by Bicolano businessman Elizaldy S. Co, will be switched on this month in the towns of San Miguel and Caramoran to supply half of the island’s energy demand of 6.5 megawatts.

The company’s P314-million hydropower plant in Solong, San Miguel, has a rated capacity of 2.1 megawatts and its P213-million plant in Hitoma, Caramoran has a rated capacity of 1.5 megawatts.

Jose Sylvestre Natividad, SUWECO president, said these facilities will help alleviate the decade-long power problem in Catanduanes.

He said the energy demand in the island province is 6.5 megawatts and grows 10 percent annually. SUWECO’s Solong and Hitoma projects will supply …

Sorsogon 3D Tour

Below is a 3D tour of selected attractions in our neighboring province, Sorsogon.

This province is famous for "Butanding" or the giant whale sharks. View the tour as it dives underwater or see the crater lake atop Mount Bulusan.

You can stop the tour to view the surroundings or see additional information. Please comment if you found out-of-location balloons so adjustments can be made. Enjoy!

Hitoma Flood Control Project: Showcase of Filipino-Taiwanese Cultural Engagement

Caramoran, Catanduanes - In what is now emerging as showcase of Filipino-Taiwanese lasting community development collaboration , the 19-member fourth batch of volunteers of the Eden Social Welfare Foundation ended their 10-day fruitful and memorable community flood control project in the Hitoma area in the third-class municipality of Caramoran, Catanduanes on July 9, 2010. This time, the batch was headed by two dynamic young volunteers, namely: Ms. Yang Yang Wang and Mr. Yu-Hsin Tung.

Accordingly, in recognition of said noble activities conducted by the Taiwan-based non-government organization founded on December 1, 1982 by Ms. Liu Hsia, the barangay officials headed by Barangay chairman Noel M. Brizo tendered a farewell party at the Hitoma Plaza on July 8. Once again, this send-off party provided them the opportunity to show case their respective cultural heritage and Asian mutual fellowship.

The batch (16 females and 3 males) started their community work on June 29 by gathering stone…

Safety at Sea for Marginal Fishermen

Admitting that many of sea-going motorized bancas in his town are unregistered, BagamanocMayor Odilon Pascua has said he will pursue the registration of the bancas along with the provision that the owners make sure that there are lifejackets in the frail vessels.

Years ago, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued the directive requiring owners and/or operators of such vessels to carry lifejackets whenever they sail. The order, however, has been largely ignored by marginal fishermen, who probably preferred to buy bait instead of the life-saving equipment.

Mayor Pascua deserves to be emulated by local chief executives of the other 10 towns, who should not tarry longer as the country goes into the typhoon season. Our fishermen, who may not earn enough to be able to buy cheap lifejackets, need the assistance of the government in this regard.

Last Sunday, a civic-spirited individual donated lifejackets to fishermen in Bon-ot, San Andres in the hope that like-minded people would foll…

2010 International Year of the Nurse

The 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) is the centennial year of the death of the founder of modern nursing - Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). To celebrate, the 2010 IYNurse was established to actively involve the world's nurses - estimated to be more than 15 million - in a celebration of commitment to bring health to their communities, locally and worldwide.

Nurses are the heart of healthcare and they touch our lives everyday. 2010 is the International Year of the Nurse - a collaborative initiative that is recognizing nurses for their contribution to making a healthier world for us all.

The following video was created by HeartMath in celebration of nurses everywhere that are making a world of difference with their care. Join us in honoring nurses by giving more of your care to others whether it be a family member, a co-worker of a neighbor. Share your care and pass this video on. Remember, your care can make a difference.

Bicolana Wins ING Business Award

THE NETHERLANDS – Marianne Olano’s biggest dream is to become a well-known journalist. Before venturing into business, she worked as a writer for ABS-CBN Naga City and various publications in the country. But after chasing her dream for several years, she realized she needed to find a more financially-rewarding career. Unlike others, however, who sought better jobs in big cities, Olano went back to her hometown in Naga City and explored the possibility of starting her own business. Her father strongly disagreed with her plans, citing her lack of knowledge and capital. But she was determined to succeed. She started with handcrafted items like wind chimes and Christmas decors but was barely making money out of it--until she attended a trade fair where she noticed the number of people gathering in one booth. “They were selling stuff that I couldn’t see because there were so many people milling around it. When I saw what they were selling, I discovered those were costume jewelry from…

CVS Calls for Catanduanes Development Blueprint

Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento has proposed the creation of a blueprint for the development of Catanduanes that should be followed regardless of whoever is elected into office.

In his remarks during the 2nd quarter meeting of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council at the RHAJ Inn last Friday, the congressman said such a blueprint is needed if only to ensure that our development efforts continue without interruption. He also called for all government agencies to ensure that there are no overlaps in their individual programs and projects.

Sarmiento likewise disclosed that he has told the DPWH Catanduanes officials and personnel to expect a different congressman in the implementation of infrastructure projects.

"I will personally ask the blacklisting of a contractor if his road concreting projects becomes "ampaw" in six months or one year," the solon said, vowing to take efforts to create a different kind of infrastructure. The changes, …