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Thursday, November 15, 2018



SAN PABLO CITY (Nov.15) - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the National Commission for the Culture  and Arts have joined resources to sponsor a 4-day “Heritage Caravan” to create awareness on stories about heritage, the culture and the arts in CALABARZON to media participants from  the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol Region and Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

Our first stop is at Casa San Pablo this city. Crossing the hanging bridge from the resort pool area to the cottage, signifies that your have entered the compound as guest. The amenities in this famous Bread and Breakfast Hometel is not at par with 5 star hotels but it has unique features that can only be found in this place.

From a simple coconut plantation, Sinforoza Alcantara Gomez-fondly called as Inay - built a rest house in 1937. Information disclosed that it  was her gift to her husband Pepe Gomez. The rest house was built to accommodate many guest that Pepe would invite. A good place of good cheer and warm hospitality. Then it became the favorite guesthouse of people from San Pablo especially when there were important visitors from out of town and stayed with the Gomez’ couple and later named “Sambat”.

In 1997, Boots and An Alcantara continue the dedication to offer warmt and hospitality that the Gomez couple are known for.  Boots is the eldest grandson of Pepe and Sinforosa Gomez and  married An for years. The couple both came from large  families and is very happy to share their home they designed themselves and the traditions.

Air conditioned rooms, swimming pools, cafe, clay shop, art barn, art gallery, pavilion and team building areas are available for use by the guests. A pasalubong center offers goodies from San Pablo and surrounding area, mostly straight from the farmers, fishermen which proudly indicates the rich heritage. (Mar de la Cruz-DZGB-Am-Legazpi)

Saturday, September 8, 2018



LEGAZPI CITY (Sept. 8) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and productivity Board (RTWPB) in Bicol has approved Wage Order No. RBV-19 providing wage increases of P20 and P30 for wokers and employees in the private sector regardless of the number of workers and another increase of P5 and P15 on May 1, 2019 for those employing 10 workers and above and those employing 1 to 9 workers, respectively.

“The new minimum wage rate will now be P310 from the previous P290 for establishments employing 10 workers and above while workers in establishment employing one to nine personnel will get P310 from the P280 daily minum wage said DOLE Regional Director  and chairperson of RWPB-5Atty. Alvin M. Villamor.

 “The adjustment of the minimum wage rate is one of the measures of the government to provide workers with immediate relief spurred by high prices of basic goods and services,” Villamor added. He said that the increase in minimum wage rate was the result of the series of consultations and public hearing conducted by the Board. The prevailing socio-economic conditions of the region as well as the viability of various business were among those considered by the Board in coming up with the amount.

Under Wage Order No. RBV – 19, the wage rate per day shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

Excluded from the order, however, are kasambahays or domestic workers covered by Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361), persons in the personal service of another, and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178, as amended, and also provided under the Go Negosyo Act of 2013 (RA 10644).

Atty. Villamor added, “we also encourage those establishments in the wholesale and retail trade, construction industry to come up with productivity-based pay schemes that will allow for higher performance/ productivity of the enterprise and income among its workers.” (Mar de la Cruz)

Sunday, August 12, 2018



Legazpi City (August 12) – Saturday (Aug. 11)  marked the paradigm shift for aspiring entrepreneurs and micro small and medium enterprise owners to scale up their lives now that they are equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship.

Organized by PBN Broadcasting Network Inc – DZGB, President Brenda Bayona-Locsin in partnership with  Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and the city government and Ayala Malls-Legazpi, the joint initiative of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry mentored more than 300 mentees registered to the Mentor Me on Wheels Legazpi through a free-on-one 30-minute session with successful entrepreneurs on its 6th leg at Ayala Malls this city.

Mentoring session was participated in by the French Baker Founder and CEO Johnlu Koa, Albay 2nd Dist. Rep. Joey Salceda, Romy Tan of LCC Foundation ,LCC Malls and LCC Ayala-Legazpi , 1st Colonial Grill Owner Bong Aspe, BM Allan RaƱola, Doc. Joey Betito CEO & Chairman of Miracle Health Corporation and other entrep-mentors who shared their expertise on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing.

In his keynote address, Mr Koa said that MSMEs must focus on three factors: Money, Market, and Mentorship to succeed. Go Negosyo find ways to put together programs so that the 3M’s would be accessible to small businessmen in the MSME sector. He emphasized that mentorship is the software for every entrepreneur to be successful.

In her final statement, Mrs. Bayona-Locsin expressed his appreciation to the mentees and the mentors for realizing the PBN-DZGB’s dream of bringing Go Negosyo in Bicol to be accessible to every individual and for everybody to become successful entrepreneur someday. Now is the time to act, find ways, research, reach out, and find where they really fit in and actively partner with public and private institutions to provide mentorship, money and market. (Mar de la Cruz)

Monday, July 23, 2018



LEGAZPI CITY (July 23) - Go Negosyo’s Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW) will be on its 6th  leg on August 11, 2018, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the activity center of Ayala Malls-Legazpi.

Mentor Me on Wheels is an effort to further expand Go Negosyo’s program reach nationwide especially to those aspiring and underserved entrepreneurs from far-flung areas. This program also provides an avenue for capacity building in realizing the goal of President Rodrigo Duterte’s building of an inclusive economy.

The MWOW-Legazpi is the initiative of PBN Pres. Brenda Bayona Locsin who is now the Bicol’s Mentor Me Champion and partner of Go Negosyo after attending the first leg of MWOW in SM Mall of Asia last May 11. Mam Brenda’s passion of scaling the lives of others is reflected in one of the PBN Broadcasting Network, Inc.- DZGB’s flagship program Business, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood.

Attendees will get to experience a 15-minute one-on-one mentoring from the pool of successful Go Negosyo Mentors. The 1-on-1 mentorship will provide access to quality capacity building and motivate the existing entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurship, and potential mentors.

EVP Glenn J. Barcelon who is the event director said that through this free mentorship program, micro-small business owners can now be equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship. “The foundation of a values-oriented entrepreneur will be the primary topic on the aspect of entrepreneurial mind-setting”, he added.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Mr. Joey Concepcion-Founder of Go Negosyo will be joined by Sec. Ramon Lopez of the Dept. of Trade and Industry, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala – CEO and Chairman of Ayala Corporation who will share their expertise on how to become an entrepreneur. 

Interested mentees can register on line or at DZGB-Am, Imperial Court Subdivision, Brgy. 23, Legazpi City.((Mar de la Cruz)

Friday, July 20, 2018



LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY (July 20) – A  mediaman based in this province was killed by still unidentified suspects while on board his Isuzu MU Wizard near his house in Brgy. PeƱafrancia, Daraga Friday morning.

Initial investigation  disclosed that  broadcaster Joey Llana was on his way to his boarding duty when the killing happened. Llana suffered multiple gun shot wounds on his head and other parts of the body while the SOCO team recovered more than ten (10) spent shells of calibre.45 and 9mm on the crime scene.

As of this writing motive is still unknown and no identification of suspects had been established. Daraga COP PCI Benito Dipad assured  of a thorough investigation regarding the treacherous killing of Llana with high hopes that witnesses will surface  for fast resolution of the case.

In an exclusive interview by VP Henry Maceda on DZGB’s Primetime program Morning Hirit, KBP President Tito Ordinario condemned the killing of Llana and called for a meeting of all the KBP officers to come up with an official statement on the incident.

The killing of Llana is the 3rd incident against media practitioners in the province since the ambush of Jun Villanueva and Roel Endrinal years ago that remains unsolved up to this date. (Mar de la Cruz)

Thursday, July 19, 2018



LAOAG CITY (July 18) - On July 23, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to implement its 20-percent increase in the prices of Lotto tickets, resulting from the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. From P20 lotto tickets will now be sold on the different outlets nationwide at P24 each.

TRAIN law imposes a 20 percent documentary stamp tax (DST) on all lotto tickets. This 20 percent will go a long way in building bridges, roads, and other infrastructure projects of the Build Build Build Program of President Duterte.

“Let us not look at this 20 percent as just an additional burden, but look at it at the brighter side because in the long run, we will all benefit from this,” Balutan said.

Balutan appealed to the public for help, to President Rodrigo Duterte, and the government in its fights against illegal numbers games and promote and support STL and other PCSO games.

“With more revenues, more funds will be provided to your respective local government units and to your constituents,” he added.

The formal announcement was made by GM Balutan at the 2nd Quarter Sama-samang Talakayan at Liwanagan held at the Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino, this city.

The quarterly forum has been a regular activity of PCSO for the general manager to report to the public its revenue collections.

“We are doing this because we want to show the public that we are transparent in all our dealings. We want to let the public know where their money goes and what the PCSO has done in support to the Universal Heathcare coverage program of President Rodrigo Duterte,” said Balutan.

PCSO’s revenue for the second quarter is P6.4 billion or 26 percent higher compared with the same period last year.

“Figure don’t lie and our revenues for the second quarter, which is 24 percent higher compared to the same period of last year is proof that PCSO under the able leadership of Chairman Anselmo Simeon Pinili and yours truly together with the rest of the members of the Board is on the right track of hitting its P60-billion target by the end of this year,” said Balutan. (Mar de la Cruz)

Saturday, July 14, 2018



Legazpi City (July 14) – Payout of P2,400 under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program kick-start Saturday simultaneously in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes.

UCT is a cash subsidy under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to lessen the negative economic effects by the said law to poor Filipinos covering the year 2018-2020.

In his statement, DSWD Bicol Regional Dir. Arnel B. Garcia said that UCT cash grant cannot cover all the household expenses but only an augmentation to the poorest of the poor affected by  inflation.  For this year, Garcia said, "each beneficiary will receive a total of P2,400 which is equivalent to P200 per month and for the succeeding years, a beneficiary will receive P300 monthly or P3,600 annually".

UCT will be given to beneficiaries of Social Pension and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Listahanan identified poor households. With the ongoing payout, Social Pension Program beneficiaries are advised to present their Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) Identification Cards and Cerfication issued by DSWD Regional Office. 

DSWD Bicol said that more than 195,000 indigent senior citizens in the region is expected to benefit from the said subsidy. (Mar de la Cruz)