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Wednesday, January 31, 2001
Albay prepares for possible resurgent Mayon eruption
After about five occasions of Mayon Volcano emitting ash puffs reaching about 200 to 500 meters high above the crater, PHIVOLCS alerted Albay Governor Al Francis C. Bichara of the possibility of raising the Alert level 3 to Alert level 4 which could mean the automatic evacuation of residents within the 6 km. Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).
Provincial Public Safety Office Chief, Cedric Daep, however added that said evacuation could even be extended to 7 to 8 kms. which could increase the number of evacuees from 12,000 persons to about 20,000 persons.
Daep identified the towns that will be involved in the evacuation within the 6 km. Permanent Danger Zone as Ligao, Tabaco, Camalig, Daraga and Malilipot while those municipalities covered by the 7 to 8 km. danger zone are Legazpi City, Guinobatan and Bacacay. The last two municipalities are the least concerned since they may only be affected by ash falls.
Bichara on the other hand, ordered the Provincial Engineering Office to inspect and if necessary make ready the evacuation centers, particularly the comfort rooms, water systems, lighting, communal kitchen and other facilities as soon as possible.
It may be recalled that earlier, when Alert level 3 was raised by Phivolcs, Governor Bichara mobilized all concerned Provincial Government offices and line agencies, alerting them of the present Mayon Volcano abnormality which could lead to a resurgent volcanic eruption.
He issued warning to all Albayanos, especially those who are staying dangerously close to the volcano, to stay away from the six-kilometer permanent danger zone and ordered all concerned PGA departments and agencies to make the necessary precautions in order to assure the maximum safety of the people.
“In the event of an actual eruption, the Provincial Government will once again do its utmost to provide optimum services and undertake all possible means to ensure zero casualty, as we had achieved in the previous eruption of Mayon Volcano,” Bichara, who heads the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, said. (JF. Españo)
Jan. 25, 2001
Henrico Jose, a quiet sixth grader from St. Agnes Academy, hauled in two more golds, thus anchoring Albay to a 4th over-all lead in the current Philippine National Youth Games-Batang Pinoy 2000 at Sta. Cruz, Laguna, January 25, 2001.
Jose’s record-breaking performance in the 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley swimming events brought him a total of three gold medals for Albay, with the fourth gold having been earned earlier by Tyrone Ng, who got a silver, this time for his heroic efforts in the 200-meter dash.
Albay provincial Sports Coordinator Leonardo Flores further revealed that Albay has now a total harvest of six silver medals, but that the 48-strong Albay athletes are expected to bag more honors for the province, thus raising hopes that they can boost Albay’s over-all standing.
Meanwhile, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara conveyed his congratulations to the Albay athletes, saying, “Our athletes’ outstanding performance is something to be truly proud of, seeing how we have placed 4th out of more than a hundred participating contingents nationwide.”
The silver medallists as of the latest count at 12 noontime, January 25, are :
Claire Anne Terminio (arnis)
Arlan Cenita (arnis)
Ernie Opiana (1500-meter run)
Therese Isah Riñon (50-meter breaststroke, swimming)
Tyrone Ng (200-meter dash)
The Albay delegation is expected to leave Laguna on Saturday, January 27. (GBGuidote/PIO-Media Bureau)
Jan 24, 2001
The Albay delegation to the Batang Pinoy 2000 Games finally won two golds, one silver and one bronze, even as its athletes continue to seek more medals as of 11 a.m., January 24, 2001.
Tyrone Ng and Henrico Jose led the athletes by garnering a gold medal apiece for their winning performance in the 100 meter dash and 100 meter breaststroke in the swimming event, respectively.
Ng is a First Year student of the Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School in Guinobatan, Albay, while Jose is a sixth grader of St. Agnes’ Academy in Legazpi City.
Another swimmer, John Carlo Lubag, a First Year student of St. Jude Catholic School, Legazpi City, garnered the silver medal in the 50- meter freestyle competition, while Claire Anne Terminio, a Grade 6 pupil from Ligao West Central School, Ligao, Albay, garnered the bronze medal in arnis. Both are still playing for either a silver or a gold as of presstime.
Albay Provincial Information Officer and Sports Coordinator Leonardo M. Flores, who heads the Albay contingent to said national sportsfest in Laguna, was happy to announce that all competing athletes from Albay have made it to the semifinals and there is a great possibility of more medals to be harvested in the finals. (GBGuidote/PIO-Media Bureau)
January 17, 2001
for Galing Pook Award
Because of the effective and successful implementation of the disaster management program of the Provincial Government of Albay during the last eruption of Mayon Volcano, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Albay Provincial Office, recently urged Governor Al Francis C. Bichara to enter said program in the annual search for the Ten Outstanding Program for Galing Pook Award for year 2000-2001.
The Albay Disaster Management Program was specifically cited for its “zero casualty” performance during the last Mayon Volcano eruption last January 2000, according to Mr. Cedric Daep, Head of Albay Provincial Public Safety Office.
On the other hand, the Galing Pook Award is being managed by the Center for Development Management of the Asian Institute of Management in cooperation with the DILG through the Local Government Academy. It aims to promote innovation and excellence in local governance by recognizing outstanding programs of the various local government units in the country.
To qualify for the Search, a program must be initiated or managed by a local government unit at the provincial, city, municipal or barangay levels; must have been one year in operation; and have demonstrated measurable/significant results.
Meanwhile, Governor Bichara is very enthusiastic on the possibility that the Albay Disaster Management Program will be recognized and subsequently served as model for other provinces in the country. (CSCamu)
January 09, 2001
with Asia Reach
The Provincial Employment Services Office in Albay conducted a 3-day special hiring with Asia Rich International Management and Services Contracting Incorporated from January 8-11, 2001, held at the PESO Office Tourism Building, Albay Astrodome compound in Legazpi City.
Two representatives came to the province of Albay for the special recruitment of possible workers in factories abroad, as well as domestic helpers particularly for Taiwan and Hongkong.
On the first day of hiring Ms. Lily Nicoleta office was crowded by some 65 applicants coming in from different municipalities of Albay.
Meanwhile, the applicants were told to come back next month for an interview and were required to bring with them their Medical Certificate, NBI Clearance, and passport. (AIL’ZN.Llorando piomb)
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