64,411 already enrolled in public schools – DepEd

The total enrolment represents 77 percent of the 83,240 which enrolled for SY 2019-2020, DepEd Catanduanes’ information officer, Dr. Gina B. Pantino, said.

CSC: Pres. Morales didn’t resign from CatSU office

“…(I)t is the opinion of the undersigned that per Section 104 of the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointment and Other Human Resource Actions (revised in 2018), no complete and operative resignation took place during the last board meeting since the measures enumerated by the said section were not complied with,” Commissioner Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag stated in his June 29 letter to Morales.

Viga woman gets life term for Virac shabu buy-bust

Last week, Nikka “Mikay” Lopez Tojon, who is in her early 20s, was found guilty of the offense by Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras.

Fisherfolk warned vs. catching, selling crablets, ‘pregnant’ mangrove crabs

Under Fisheries Administrative Order No. 264 issued on Jan. 22, 2020, it shall be unlawful to catch, possess, transport, trade and sell mangrove crablets (langaw-langaw, kuto-kuto and “alien”) and mangrove crab juvenile, and mangrove crablets less than 12 centimeters in carapace width from the wild.
The same order covers gravid or female mangrove crabs which are considered pregnant or carrying eggs in cluster at its belly.

Alleged NPA rebel acquitted in 2005 killing of airport cops

In junking the charges against him, Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada said that the guilt of Jovelio “Joelle” de Quiroz Isuela as one of the four perpetrators in the gunning down of the airport policemen and the taking of their firearms was not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

The President visits Payo

The town was abuzz with news that President Diosdado Macapagal was visiting Payo. It was election year and he was running for reelection against then Senate President Ferdinand Marcos who at age 48 seemed bent on fulfilling the promise he gave to his fellow Ilocanos when he first ran for Congress in 1949. “Elect me to Congress and I will give you an Ilocano president in due time.” President Macapagal on the other hand had a vigorous campaign, visiting even remote and far flung areas like Catanduanes and more remote towns like Payo. The president at that time was 55 years old.

Abaca stripper caught with hot lumber

The Catanduanes police reported last week that joint elements of the Viga police station and the 2nd Police Mobile Force Company were monitoring illegal activities at Almojuela at about 4:30 P.M. of June 25, 2020 when they encountered Felix Gamelong Minor, 39, a resident of the village, while in possession of 18 pieces of 2×2 and 2×3 “apnit” lumber with a total volume of 90 board feet and estimated value of P7,200.

DTI, local handicraft makers seek to strengthen abaca facemask industry

The DTI Catanduanes provincial office recently unveiled plans to expand production of the handmade abaca facemasks in the province as a necessity during the pandemic.

Pandan seeks tourism capital tag as Hiyop resort opens soon

By the last week of July, a private resort being developed by Mayor Honesto Tabligan II right the edge of the cliffs of windy Hiyop will be opened to the public and afford them a fantastic 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean.

DILG: Members of contact tracing teams lack training

During last week’s meeting of the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director Uldarico Razal Jr. expressed his agency’s wish to make sure LGUs have their own Contract Tracing Teams whose members are trained.