Orosipon – Banking Security in the 80s

When I was a kid, I was able to get inside this station. And on one corner, I remember, were lines of cables connected to some boxes with labels like PCI, PNB, UCPB. I surmise these cables were connected to the said banks, in which UCPB is the nearest while PNB is the farthest. Back in the 80s, this is a INP post.

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Taps to a Hero from Sorsogon

I just found out that the former deputy police chief of Cainta is from Sorsogon. He died from a police encounter last week.

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SNHS Old Canteen

It’s where we would have our snacks. I could still remember the late Mrs. Samar serving her fellow faculty members. She runs the canteen back then.

I never really planned to take a picture of the old canteen of SNHS. But by coincidence, I did take a picture of it last February 2012. More than a couple of years before it was demolished.

I never really planned to take a picture of the old canteen of SNHS. But by coincidence, I did take a picture of it last February 2012. More than a couple of years before it was demolished.

On the right side of the canteen is our room back on 1989. Eventually, the said area was converted into school canteen, which is composed of 2 rooms. It’s way bigger than the original canteen on the left side of the building.

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Albay-Sorsogon road project nearing completion

A road that will link Manito, Albay and Bacon, Sorsogon and reduce travel time by as much as three hours, is expected to be completed this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

The road project, which will help decongest the Daang Maharlika Road, is expected to be completed this year, DPWH – Bicol regional director Danilo Versola said.

Bacon-Manito Road will be a 15.3-kilometer, two-lane road with five bridges cutting through mountainous terrain along the east coast of Albay and Sorsogon.

According to Versola, currently, motorists from Manito, Albay have to pass by lengthy secondary roads and congested Daang Maharlika Road to get to Bacon, Sorsogon and vice versa.

With the completion of the project, motorists can bypass the usual route which is four times longer than the Bacon-Manito Road.

The road project, Versola said, has three segments.

The first segment covers the 3.9-kilometer gap in Barangay Osiao to Barangay Sto. Niño in Bacon, Sorsogon which is already 93.7 percent complete, Versola said.

DPWH allocated P183 million in this segment to undertake road opening, paving, drainage construction, and right-of-way acquisition.

The P110-million second segment, involves the opening of 699 lineal meters, concreting of 232 lineal meters, and construction of two bridges in Bacon, Sorsogon.

This segment is now 40 percent complete.

The last phase involves the P150 million concreting of 836 lineal meters, gravelling of 756 lineal meters, and construction of two bridges also in Bacon, Sorsogon.

“This road will provide a better and safer alternative route to the traveling public. It will not only result to substantial savings for motorists but also improve economic condition of these nature-rich areas of Albay and Sorsogon,” said Versola.

Original article is published in Manila Bulletin on February 11, 2018.

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Sorsogon town mayor admits non-remittance of GSIS contributions

Bulsn, Sorsogon. Image is via Wikipedia.

MANILA, Philippines — Bulusan, Sorsogon Mayor Michael Guysayko has pleaded guilty to criminal cases over his alleged failure to remit the Government Service Insurance System contributions of the municipal employees from 2010 to 2011 totaling P2.3 million.

In a decision promulgated by the Sandiganbayan First Division, the anti-graft court noted that Guysayko, during his arraignment on Jan. 12, 2018, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of violation of Section 52 (c) of Republic Act 8291 or the GSIS Act of 1997.

Guysayko’s co-accused, municipal treasurer Jasmin Garcia, municipal accountant Ramon Belleza and municipal budget officer Marieta Negrite also pleaded guilty to the cases.

The First Division said all the respondents were duly assisted by their respective lawyers when they entered their guilty plea.

The court imposed no imprisonment for any of the respondents but instead sentenced them to each pay a fine of P50,000.

Section 52 (c) of the GSIS Act mandates the heads of government offices and agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations and financial institutions, to remit all premium contributions, loan amortization and other accounts due to the GSIS, within 30 days from the time the amount is due and demandable. GSIS premiums are payable every 10th day of the month.

Based on the information of the cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman in June last year, Guysayko, together with his co-accused, failed to remit to GSIS the premium contributions of the municipal employees from July 2010 to July 2011 totaling to P2,339,199.14.

For 2010, the respondents supposedly failed to remit on time the following amounts of contributions: P212,585.01 for July; P209,425.05 for August; P208,284.09 for September; and P236,186.68 each for October, November and December.

For 2011, the respondents supposedly failed to remit contributions amounting P241,221.68 for April and P253,041.09 each for May, June and July.

The original article is published in Philippine Star on February 7, 2018.

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Sorsogon nurse arrested for cyberlibel

A 49-year-old nurse was arrested for libel under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 Monday afternoon.

Cynthia Lagco Galido, of Sitio Mahingan, Barangay Balogo, Sorsogon City was nabbed by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Rofebar F. Gerona, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 53.

The bail recommended for her temporary liberty was P16,000.

Original story is from Bicol Standard.

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Sorsoganon teacher enters top 50 for Global Teacher Prize

Ryan Homan, a local champion for education, has been making waves through unconventional
reading initiatives in San Jose in the coastal town of Donsol in Sorsogon Province. Ryan first
stirred hearts when he caught the attention of media with ‘Balsa Basa.’ Armed with only passion,
he took on the challenges of poverty and topography, to make sure children realize their rights to
‘Balsa Basa’ is a reading initiative in San Jose Elementary school that centers on a raft. Teacher
Ryan uses the floating reading center to reach his students in far-flung areas so that he can teach
them to read. The raft is roofed and equipped with life vests. Books and food are brought aboard
usually every Saturday for some reading time with children. Teacher Balsa Basa is only one of his
reading initiatives.
His brain also cooked up Bangkaaraman (Boat of Knowledge), Walk for Knowledge, Reading
Festivals, organizing Nanay-Teachers for home-based reading corners to name a few. These are
all designed to make reading accessible to more children.
To date, Teacher Ryan has impacted the lives of hundreds of children not only in San Jose. He has
also started sharing the fruits of reading initiatives to other communities in Donsol, Sorsogon,
with the help of the municipal government. Last year, he was given the Civil Service Commission
Dangal ng Bayan award, the highest recognition given to government professionals in the
Philippines. International NGOs such as Fundación Educación y Cooperación – EDUCO enlists him
as one of their local child rights and education champions.
EDUCO has been working with Ryan Homan since 2015. It was through the Foundation’s support
that reading initiatives in San Jose was fully implemented as Ryan intended it, leading to clear
improvements in the literacy rate of his school. Community members, fellow teachers, parents,
and community officials, were initially doubtful of education initiatives that went beyond the walls
of a classroom. They’ve had their hearts changed through eyes of children who’s finally read their
first words on their own.
And now, Varkey Foundation, the institution that runs the annual Global Teacher Prize is likewise
recognizing the extraordinary efforts of Ryan Homan to be one of the world’s best. This year’s
search puts Ryan at the top 50. They are scheduled to do validation visit to San Jose tomorrow
until Friday (4 to 5 January 2018).
The Global Teacher Prize awards US$1 million to one teacher who made exceptional contributions
to teaching as a profession, based on a set of criteria that looks at innovation, values, and impact.
A winner is usually announced every February. Ryan is one of two Filipinos up for the prize this
year, with Jesus Insilada of Bukidnon, also in the running.

Original story is from Bicol Standard.

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