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Bicol's weeklong zero-streak ends with patient No. 69 in Legazpi City

May 28, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The new COVID-19 case comes on the first day of Bicol Region's transitiion into a modified general community quarantine

QUARANTINE. File photo of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol’s lone COVID-19 testing machine destroyed by Typhoon Ambo

May 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

DOH Bicol sends to the RITM in Metro Manila the 146 remaining samples from the region that were not tested due to the fluctuating current brought about by the typhoon

COVID TESTING CENTER. The Bicol Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory. Photo from the DOH Bicol Facebook page

Bicol on red alert, prepares for tropical depression Ambo amid coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 8:13 PM

Bicol prepares for a 'complex disaster' amid the coronavirus pandemic. Evacuation will need to follow strict protocols for COVID-19 prevention.

Satellite image of Tropical Depression Ambo as of May 11, 2020, 11 pm. Image from NOAA

Bicol hospital cuts down admission of patients as staff get coronavirus

May 05, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay is transferring patients to other government and private hospitals

The region's biggest government tertiary hospital, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital limits patients admission for non-COVID-19 and emergency cases after more than 100 medical health workers subjected to quarantine. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

3 more Bicol medical frontliners test positive for coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:24 AM

Patients #37 and #38 are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, says the Department of Health Center for Health Development in Bicol

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PNP Bicol raises more than P10M for Filipinos affected by coronavirus pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Police Brigadier General Anthony Alcañeses, PNP Bicol director, calls the initiative Bayanihan Fund Challenge, where the men and women of the Bicol police force pitched in 'to lend a hand and assist our fellow Filipinos who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic'

Tents install by the city government of Legazpi at ICR as temporary quarantine area for Legazpi City PUIs while awaiting for lab test results. Photo by RHaydz B. Barcia

Teenager, another nurse get coronavirus in Bicol

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Five cases in the region recover, but health officials expect additional cases as they trace the contacts of the new ones

Legazpi City records first coronavirus death

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:11 PM

The Department of Health's Bicol office says the patient also had diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease

43 Bicolano workers headed home after Manila quarantine

Apr 17, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The workers sought shelter at the Redemptorist Church compound in Baclaran, Parañaque City for a 14-day quarantine period

Bicol records first coronavirus death

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The Department of Health regional office announces the patient was COVID-19 positive 3 days after he passed away

Coronavirus cases rise outside Metro Manila as tests slowly keep up

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health warns the public numbers will increase as government acquires more test kits and sub-national laboratories are accredited to conduct tests nationwide

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Pinukpok designer in Albay makes face masks, protective gear for frontliners

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Local designer Jean Alta is calling on those from the fashion industry to show their bayanihan spirit. She urges helping frontliners by producing personal protective equipment for them.

PROTECT. Jean Alta of Kutur ni Jean showcases the sample of PPE intended for physicians responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

DOH Bicol reports 4th coronavirus case

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The 4th patient is a 60-year-old female from Guinobatan, Albay

DOH Bicol confirms first 3 coronavirus cases

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Two male patients are now admitted at the Bicol Regional and Training Hospital, while the female case is confined at the Bicol Medical Center

Masbate suspends collection of utility bills

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Other local governments in Bicol have also implemented measures to help sectors most vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak

MASBATE GOVERNMENT. The Masbate Capitol Building. Photo by Ringer at Central Bikol Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons

Bicol doctors start fundraiser for frontliners' protective equipment

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The fundraiser asks Bicolanos to each donate a set amount of P850 for the purchase of PPEs and other vital medical equipment for an under-equipped regional hospital

Bicol LGUs report over 97,000 being monitored for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) DOH Bicol warns: 'The coronavirus disease is already in our doorstep'

BICOL SITUATION. Ernie Vera, DOH Bicol director, meets the media. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Iriga mayor asks constituents to stay at home as city records 10 PUI cases

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:55 PM

One of the persons under investigation from Barangay Perpetual Help has a heart condition and is in severe condition, Iriga Mayor Madelaine Alfelor says

MADELAINE ALFELOR. Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor, Image from Iriga City Official Facebook Page.

Legazpi City imposes curfew due to coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The curfew is from 9 pm to 4 am daily and will cover all persons within the city, including those who are just visiting

Three dioceses in Bicol suspend masses to prevent virus spread

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Albay Bishop Joel Baylon also asks the faithful to 'continue praying the Oratio Imperata for COVID-19, begging the Lord to save us from this deadly threat'

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

DOLE Bicol approves regional minimum wage increases

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The Bicol wage board pegs the daily minimum wage in the region at P335

INCREASE. File photo of Filipino factory workers. Photo by Therence Koh/AFP

12 persons monitored in Bicol for coronavirus symptoms

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Before this new batch, there were 5 PUIs, who all eventually tested negative

Bicol has two persons under investigation for coronavirus

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Two cases of persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus come from Bicol, though no additional details have been given, other than they are isolated and in hospital already

Bicol on blue alert over suspected coronavirus cases

Feb 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

The Bicol Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council raises the alert status after 3 patients in Albay were being observed for the 2019 novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS. At least 3 patients in Albay are being monitored for the 2019 novel coronavirus.

PNP Bicol hunts thieves who stole Phivolcs equipment monitoring Mayon Volcano

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The PNP chief of Bicol orders Albay cops to get the culprits ASAP

File copy of Mount Mayon magmatic eruption in 2018 where children watch the fury of the country's most active volcano at Penaranda Park, one of the viewing sites designated by the provincial government as safe viewing area. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay governor cancels Magayon Festival

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara also creates a task force to prepare Albay from a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak

Albay gov. Al Francis Bichara orders cancellation of month long Magayon Festival set on April to prevent and retain Bicol from novel coronavirus.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

Albay job seekers get tips on money management, workers' rights, and business startups

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Provided as part of a job fair held in Albay on January 28, the learning events let participants listen and ask questions about money management, employees' rights, and business starter ideas

FINANCIAL LITERACY. The first batch of the financial literacy orientation held at Ayala Malls-Legazpi. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol.

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

How about breadfruit for rice?

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The agriculture department's Bureau of Agricultural Research aims to conserve Bicol's breadfruit, one of the region's emerging traditional crops

BREADFRUIT. Can breadfruit serve as an alternative to rice? Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

PDEA Bicol seizes P136 million worth of shabu at Matnog port

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The suspected shabu was hidden in 20 individual teabags, which weighed around 20 kilos overall and were placed inside a gray luggage bag

Petition vs EDSA provincial bus ban hits a bump

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Even with a Supreme Court dismissal, there is still an injunction on the bus ban issued by a Quezon City court in July 2019 that favors provincial operators

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen along EDSA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Legazpi bishop leads Simbang Gabi: See God's image in IPs

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon urges the parishioners of Albay to stand up for indigenous peoples in need, especially those affected by Typhoon Tisoy

SIMBANG GABI. Catholics thronged the St Gregory the Great Cathedral on the first night of Simbang Gabi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Robredo’s Angat Buhay donates P4.58-million relief to Tisoy victims in Bicol

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Angat Buhay and its partner organizations donate sacks of rice, hygiene kits, and an undisclosed amount of financial assistance to typhoon-hit areas in the region

HELP AFTER TISOY. Vice President Leni Robredo hands out the hygiene kits in communities in Albay and Sorsogon, where her office extended relief assistance to families affected by the typhoon. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Bicol workers get due payment, employment benefits through DOLE's SEnA

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Single Entry Approach program gives workers access to a speedy, impartial, and inexpensive settlement procedure for all issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations

CLAIMED. Workers and the employer during the payment of separation pay witnessed by Ching Banania, SEADO and Raymund Avengoza of DOLE PFO Albay. Photo courtesy of DOLE Albay

Duterte to visit Bicol as Typhoon Tisoy leaves agriculture, housing damage

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The damage to fisheries and livestock in Sorsogon province alone is estimated at nearly P700 million

ALBAY HIT. Strong winds and heavy rain toppled electrical posts, trees, and debris in Legazpi, Albay, blocking roads in some areas across Bicol after Typhoon Tisoy battered the region for nearly 8 hours. Photos from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Robredo to visit, give aid to Typhoon Tisoy victims in Bicol

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will help provide housing materials and potable drinking water to typhoon victims

AFTERMATH. Typhoon Tisoy causes flooding at Barangay Basud in Polangui, Albay on December 3, 2019. File photo by Sheyla Agawa

LTO suspends bus trips as Typhoon Tisoy threatens Bicol

Nov 30, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The Land Transportation Office and those deputized by the agency are ordered to apprehend bus drivers who will defy the temporary suspension of trips to the Bicol Region

SUSPENDED. The Land Transportation Office suspends bus trips to Bicol. File photo from LTO Bicol

Bicol prepares for Typhoon Kammuri

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Governor Francis Bichara suspends classes in all levels in private and public schools in Albay on December 2 and 3

PREPARATION. RDRRMC Bicol conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment in preparation for Typhoon Kammuri which is expected to affect the region. Photo from Civil Defense Bicol Facebook page

From Bicol to Manila: How Biggs made it big

Nov 10, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The Bicol favorite is finally in Manila

DOH Bicol warns region is high risk for polio outbreak

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:43 PM

DOH Bicol is aiming to immunize from polio about 125,000 children below five years old

VACCINE. File photo of a child receiving the anti-polio vaccine in Baseco Compound in Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Masbate village chief killed in military encounter with communists

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Wolfert Dalanon alias Ompong, chairman of Barangay San Antonio in Milagros town, allegedly allowed 'terrorists' to train in his village, the military claims

SEIZED. The military recover these items from the encounter site in Milagros, Masbate. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division

Bicol's biggest food chain opens first Manila branch

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Bicol icon is finally coming to Manila

IN PHOTOS: Sorsogon sets Guinness World Record for largest Philippine folk dance

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Over 7,000 people, including Governor Francis 'Chiz' Escudero and wife actress Heart Evangelista, perform the Pantomina sa Tinampo at Sorsogon's Kasanggayahan Festival for the historic feat

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. Sorsogon sets a Guinness World Record for largest Filipino folk dance on October 31, 2019. Photo from Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Office

FALSE: PNR Bicol Express ‘reopened’ in September 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Bicol Express, a passenger train service that plies the Manila-Bicol route, remains suspended as of October 2019

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

Albay designer uses 'pinukpok' to promote Bicol culture

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Young designer Jean Alta supposedly got her break when she was asked to design the barong Tagalog of a groom and his father using fabric made from abaca fiber

'KUTUR NI JEAN'. Some of the creations of Legazpi designer Jean Alta using pinukpok or abaca fabric.Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Batocabe widow on Baldo's bail: 'It's like the 2nd time my husband is killed'

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'[It happened] just when we are picking up the pieces of our lives, moving on,' says Gertie, the wife of murdered AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

'MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.' Gertie Batocabe, flanked by her sons Justin and Kiel, talks to reporters after the alleged mastermind behind her husband's killing was allowed to post bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

House probe sought to clarify provisions of GCTA law

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:06 AM

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr says the possible early release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez may set a precedent that may benefit others convicted of heinous crimes

THE CATALYST. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Ako Bicol to allocate P200 million for waterless areas in Bicol

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Level 2 water systems will be put up in 24 waterless communities, many of them in Albay, which Rappler reported had gone waterless for 7 months in 2019

Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Elizaldy 'Zaldy' S. Co allocates P200 million budget to provide for waterless communities in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler