Thursday, December 6, 2012

BFP Sorsogon City intensifies fire Safety Inspection in preparation for yuletide season

SORSOGON CITY, Dec 6 (PIA) – In line with the forthcoming Yuletide Season, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sorsogon City spearheaded by the City Fire Marshal SInsp Walter Badong Marcial intensified fire safety inspection to all establishments dealing with the manufacture, distribution and sale of pyrotechnics/firecrackers as well as those selling Christmas lights.

Marcial said they have conducted the inspection on Dec. 3 and 4, 2012 for all the targeted establishments.

 “Under the provisions of Division 6 Rule 10 of the implementing rules and regulations of RA 9514 otherwise known as the Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008, the conduct of massive fire safety inspection on establishment selling, distributing and manufacturing firecrackers/pyrotechnics materials must be strictly complied to ensure public safety”, SINSP Marcial narrated.

He also said that considering the distressing rate of fire incidents and accidents during this season due to the usage of firecrackers/pyrotechnics, the BFP firmly implements the said code in which no one is allowed to sell, distribute or manufacture firecrackers without Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC).

“In addition, the  BFP personnel are also conducting fire safety inspection to all establishments selling Christmas Lights to make certain that it passes the DTI standard wherein the ICC seal are marked on their products, ” SINSP Marcial said as he ordered his fire safety inspectors to make sure that the products being sold are absolutely safe.

Moreover, the BFP had also coordinated other government agencies to realize this kind of undertaking which aims to promote public safety as well as to avoid any untoward incidents during the celebration of Christmas season.

Towards this end, the BFP appeals to the public to be more cautious and vigilant in choosing Christmas decors. In case of fire incidents or other related emergency situation, the BFP can be reach at their hotline nos. 421-6320; 211-7996/09072927215 or 160. (MGECorral, BFP/BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)

AFP salutes outstanding Colonel; confers Military Merit Medal

SORSOGON CITY, Dec 6 (PIA) – Another outstanding officer in the military service was recognized and conferred by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a Military Merit Medal (Interim) for his meritorious and invaluable service to the country’s defense force.

The recipient was Col. Felix J. Castro, Jr. who served as the Commander of the 903rd Infantry (Fight and Defend) Brigade, 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division, Philippine Army from January 17, 2011 to November 8, 2012.

The awarding of medal was pursuant to paragraph 1-6l, Section II Armed Forces of the Philippines Regulations G 131-053 dated 01 July 1986. Said medal is awarded to a military official for heroic achievement or meritorious service during, or in support of military action against an enemy.

Imbued with deep sense of responsibility, outstanding leadership, professional competence and managerial acumen, Col. Castro in his term as 903rd Brigade Commander, ably supervised the successful conduct of the 23 Brigade-size Operations, 62 Battalion-size operations, 97 Company-size operations and 12,026 Small Unit Operations.

These operations resulted to the neutralization of 43 NPA personalities (23 killed, 10 wounded, 9 captured and 11 surrendered) and gained 106 firearms (60 high powered/46 low powered), although many of these are outside the focus area of the brigade. The recovered firearms include: one Cal .30 LMG, nine M16, nine 653, two AK47, and one M14, among others.  Sixty Seven (67) improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also recovered.

Among the more significant operational accomplishments of the Brigade under Col Castro’s leadership include the death in an encounter of Andres Baja Despi @ Tisoy, the vice CO of SDG, FC79, Komprob Sorsogon; the arrest of Vanjie Herrero @ Vivian, Execom member of Komprob Masbate; the death in another encounter of Luis Gonzaga @ JP- CO of SPP, Ind KSPN, Komprob Masbate; the capture of CTL Felix MARCAIDA @MEGS/BOY/MIGO  presently Execom Member, KomProb Sorsogon, BRPC PSRL 4th quarter CY 2011 (the 3rd person of KomProb Sorsogon, BRPC; former Secretary of Komprob Sorsogon, BRPC year 2008, PSRL 4th quarter CY 2009; former Secretary of LArangan 3, KomProb Sorsogon.

In the absence of allocation for additional Civilian Active Auxiliaries (CAAs), the establishment of the Barangay Defense System (BDS) has been initiated to act as a holding organization in the cleared barangays. This has been proven effective as the NPAs find difficulty in recovering lost areas. 

The Brigade conducted 141 occasions of Civil Military Operations which targeted 406 barangays with a total of 268,188 beneficiaries which paved way to the good relationship of the unit with the populace. The Brigade focus area is Barangay Pandan in Castilla, Sorsogon which used to be influenced by NPA’s before the area was cleared in 2009.

The “Tarabangan sa Brgy Pandan” Project started with the construction of a two-classroom building sponsored by ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. Sagip Kapamilya for Pandan High School. Other projects soon followed after the initiative of ABS-CBN: one classroom building funded by Cong Escudero; another classroom building funded by DepEd; two- classroom (2 storey) funded by DepEd; five road improvement projects programmed for next year; ongoing cementing of the irrigation canal (P30M) funded by DA; six months feeding program by ABS-CBN; planned introduction of abaca growing by FIDA, and Mangrove Plantation at Sibago, Donsol, Sorsogon.

Another two-classroom building sponsored by Sagip Kapamilya is now being constructed by 9IB and 565th Engr Bn in Brgy Cabancalan, Aroroy, Masbate (our second focus area). Two scholarship slots were also given by ABS-CBN aside from the feeding program. The Brigade also had six Bayanihan Iskolars sponsored by ABS-CBN and the Lewis College in Sorsogon City.  

Col Castro and his men have been active in the programs of PAMANA.  The two provinces in its area have received funds for development-Sorsogon: P36M (seven focus municipalities) and Masbate: P50M (three focus municipalities).

The Brigade had enhanced intensive and extensive coverage through its intelligence networks with 591 informants that collected positive information. 

On training, the unit successfully conducted a total of 20 In-House Trainings.

On base development project, numerous buildings were renovated such as the NCO Mess Hall,Kalayaan Hall, NCO Bathroom and Comfort Room and Guard Houses. 

On mobility, procurement of two sea crafts and the unit was able to repair the unserviceable vehicles of the unit.

On Personnel, the Brigade was able to grant  a  total of 1,304 Military Commendation Medal, 298 Military Civic Action Medal and 59 Letter of Commendation; recommended 227 awards for military merit medal; 66 EP were reenlisted into the Regular Force, AFP for another term of three (3) years during his incumbency, and one Unit Cooperative was established.

On schooling, the unit was able to send two Officers and 15 EP for career advancement.

On DLO, a total of eight cases were resolved.

On Morale and Welfare 8 Officers and 89 EP were granted R&R and 16 socials were conducted, procurement and repair of the following; Basketball court , repair of billiard table, two chess boards two flat screen TV sets and table tennis, 198 jersey uniforms, 90 polo t-shirts and 250 t-shirts for the birthday celebrators and rifle experts.

With the above-mentioned accomplishments, the brigade was adjudged as the Best Brigade of 9th Infantry (Spear) Division, Philippine Army for 1st and 2nd Quarters of 2012.

Maj. General Romeo B. Calizo, Commander of 9th ID, said the commendable and outstanding performance of Col. Castro served as the hallmark of honor and prestige, thereby contributing immeasurably to the accomplishment of the 9ID mission.

“By these remarkable achievements, Col Castro earned distinct credit and honor not only for himself and for the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division but also for the whole Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he added. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon/9ID, PA)

BFP Sorsogon City nagsagawa ng masusing inspeksyon sa mga negosyante ng mga paputok at Christmas light

Ni: FB Tumalad

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Disyembre 5 (PIA) –Nagsagawa ng inspeksyon sa lahat ng mga maliliit at malalaking tindahan ng mga paputok ang mga kagawad ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sorsogon City noong Lunes Disyembre 3, 2012 sa syudad ng Sorsogon.

Martes, Disyembre 4 ay muli silang nagpatuloy ng inspeksyon upang tumutok naman sa mga tindahan ng Christmas lights upang siguruhing pumasa ang mga ito sa Department of Trade and industry (DTI) standard at markado ito ng Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers na ibig sabihin ang mga produktong ito ay ligtas gamitin ng publiko.

Ang inspeksyon ay alinsunod sa alituntunin ng Republic Act 9514 o mas kilala bilang Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008.

Ayon kay BFP Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Senior Inspector Walter B. Marcial, ang pagsasagawa nila ng malawakang inspeksyon sa mga istablisimyentong nangangalakal at gumagawa ng mga paputok at Christmas lights ay bilang pagsunod sa istriktong alituntunin ng batas at masiguro ang kaligtasan ng mamamayan.

Isa sa mga kinokunsidera ng BFP ang lomolobong bilang ng sunog at aksidente sa panahon ng kapaskuhan at bagong taon na karamihang dahilan ay ang paggamit ng mga paputok, pyro techniques at sub-standard na Christmas lights at palamuti.

Mahigpit na ipinapatupad ng ahensya ang sistema na ibig sabihin ay walang maaring magbenta mamahagi at gumawa ng mga paputok at Christmas lights ng walang Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) mula sa kanilang tanggapan.

Sa ngayon ay patuloy an nakikipag-ugnayan ang BFP sa ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno upang lubos na maipaunawa ang layunin ng kanilang hakbang kung saan nakatuon ito sa kaligtasan ng publiko at maiwasan ang hindi inaasahang mga pangyayari sa panahon ng selebrasyon ng kapaskuhan.

Panawagan pa rin ng BFP sa publiko na salubungin ng ligtas at mapayapa ang pasko at bagong taon at maging maingat at mapagmatyag sa pagpili ng mga binibiling dekorasyon at pailaw sa kanilang mga tahanan para makaiwas sa banta ng sunog.(FB Tumalad,PIA Sorsogon)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Librong tumatalakay sa mahahalagang obserbasyon tungkol sa Sorsogon ilalabas na

Ni: Bennie A. Recebido

The Author: Dr. Higino A. Ables, Jr.
LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Disyembre 3 (PIA) – Ilalabas na sa publiko bukas ang librong isinulat ng isang Sorsoganon na pinamagatang “We Are In The Same Boat: Recollections, Impression, Admonitions”.

Alas singko bukas ng hapon ilulunsad sa Provincial Museum sa Capitol Compound, Lungsod ng Sorsogon ang nasabing libro na isinulat ni Dr. Higino A. Ables, Jr., isang retiradong propesor ng University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

Ayon sa may-akda, magiging interesado ang mga Sorsoganon na basahin ang librong ito lalo’t naglalaman ito ng mga mahahalagang obserbasyon tungkol sa Sorsogon, noon, ngayon at ang maaaring maging kahihinatnan ng Sorsoogn sa darating na mga taon.

"Saan man tayo manirahan, ano man ang maging paniniwala natin, magkakatulad pa rin ang ating pangangailangan, hangarin at suliranin. Ang pagkakatulad na ito ng ating pangangailangan ang magtututro sa ating lahat upang matuto at mamuhay ng mapayapa sapagkat lahat tayo ay nasa iisang bangka," pinaliwanag ng may-akda kung bakit “We Are In The Same Boat” ang ipinamagat niya sa libro.

May mahahalang tip o pabatid din umano sa libro na maaaring makatulong sa mga guro sa pamamahala at pagbibigay payo sa mga mag-aaral.

Nahahati naman sa apat na bahagi ang libro. Ang unang bahagi na pinamagatan niyang “Where We Live,” ay tungkol sa Sorsogon, sa isang bayang naaala ng may-akda noong siya ay bata pa.

Ang ikalawang bahagi na pinamagatan niyang “How We Live,” ay tumatalakay sa responsibilidad ng mga mamamayan, pansariling kasiyahan at mga nakakatuwang anekdota ukol sa pagiging makakalimutin.

Tinalakay din dito ang tipikal na pamumuhay, ligtas na pagmamaneho at mabuting pag-uugali pati na rin ang tama at hindi tamang paggamit ng kapangyarihan.

Sa ikatlong bahagi ay may mga rekomendasyon naman para sa edukasyon sa kolehiyo at kung papaanong mapapatatag pa ang mga unibersidad at paaralang pangkolehiyo sa bansa.

Sa ikaapat at huling bahagi ay ang maikling sariling-talambuhay ni Dr. Ables. Ikinuwento niya dito ang kanyang pinagmulan at kamusmusan hanggang sa maging iskolar sya ng 4-H Club sa UPLB, ipadalang iskolar ng kaparehong paaralan sa abroad, bumalik at maging propesor sa UPLB at magretiro dito noong 2004.

Ang libro na inedit ni Ferdie M. Aragon ay may 154 na pahina. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)

SPDRMO nagsagawa ng media briefing

Ni: Bennie A. Recebido

LUNGSOD NG SORSOGON, Disyembre 3 (PIA) – Ipinatawag ngayon ng Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Management Office (SPDRMO) ang mga kasapi ng lokal na media sa Sorsoogn para sa isang media briefing kaugnay ng ginagawang paghahanda ng lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa pagdating ng bagyong “Pablo”.

Ayon kay SPDRMO Chief Raden Dimaano, mahalagang may iisang impormasyong inilalahad sa publiko ang media nang sa gayon ay hindi ito magdulot ng panic at kalituhan sa kanila.

Iprinisinta niya ang ilang mga mapang nagpapakita ng daang tatahakin ng bagyo at ipinaliwanag din niya ang magiging epekto nito sa Sorsogon.

Aniya, walang signal ng bagyong itinaas sa Sorsogon at hindi ito direktang maaapektuhan ni bagyong “Pablo” subalit dahilan sa malawak ang sakop nito, hindi nila isinasantabi ang pag-uulang dadalhin nito na maaaring magdulot ng mga pagbaha at pag-agos ng lahar lalo na doon sa limang munisipyo sa palibot ng Mt. Bulusan, ang Irosin, Bulusan, Juban, Casiguran at Barcelona.

Aniya, nasa 149, 924 na mga residente ang maaaring maapektuhan sakaling magkaroon ng malakas na pag-agos ng lahar.

Namahagi din ang SPDRMO ng mga babalang pangkaligtasan at ilan pang mga babasahing makatutulong sa pagtalakay ng media para sa kahandaan ng publiko. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)