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Rappler's latest stories on Albay


People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

In the fight vs COVID-19, these women mayors didn't take chances

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis

Albay couple gives free vegetables to neighbors from ECQ to MGCQ

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Jonathan and Dalyn Yap heeded the call of the Albay government for residents to tend vegetable gardens during the lockdown, and they have been providing free vegetables to their community since then

URBAN GARDEN. Jonathan and Dalyn Yap tend their vegetable garden in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Albay LGU launches massive contact tracing of mobile nurse positive with coronavirus

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:50 AM

The nurse had gone around town to administer vaccinations the previous week, servicing at least 41 persons, says Oas Mayor Domingo Escoto

Tesda eyeing 'gulayan sa barangay' in Camalig as agri school site for Bicolanos

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Residents of Barangay Salugan in Camalig, Albay, can get free vegetables in the 'gulayan'

FREE VEGGIES. Farm worker checks out eggplants at "Gulayan sa Barangay" owned by the family of village chairwoman Shiela Dino in Barangay Salugan, Camalig town. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Legazpi City reiterates rules vs discrimination of frontliners, OFWs

May 23, 2020 - 12:51 PM

The Legazpi City government gives the reminder following reports and complaints from residents who were harassed because they were suspected to be coronavirus carriers

CITY HALL. Legazpi City Hall in Albay. Photo by Irvin Parco Sto. Tomas/Wikimedia Commons

Salceda warns PNP to stop illegal cockfights in Albay

May 19, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The Albay congressman says the gambling activities in his province may ignite a COVID-19 outbreak

Albay village offers a healthy option to residents in time of pandemic

May 18, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Barangay captain, Shiela "Kap Shie" Dino, of Salugan in Camalig town, wants her townmates to have access to fresh vegetables as they stave off the coronavirus

Albay village establishes 7 hectares of gulayan ng bayan to ensure balance nutrition of the residents. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Albay needs to evacuate 300,000 residents as Typhoon Ambo nears

May 14, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Local disaster councils are advised to follow evacuation and health protocols the provincial government put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease

TYPHOON PREPARATIONS. Residents in Barangay Maoyod, Legazpi City prepare their homes for Typhoon Ambo winds. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Phivolcs warns Ambo might trigger Mayon Volcano lahar

May 13, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Phivolcs calls for vigilance, warning that volcanic deposits from Mayon's 2018 eruption could mix with rainfall from Severe Tropical Storm Ambo (Vongfong), possibly resulting in lahar

MAYON VOLCANO. A farmer walks along a rice field near the foot of Mayon Volcano in Albay on December 11, 2014. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

'We need to be bold': Provinces make difficult decisions on 1st day of GCQ

May 02, 2020 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) 'We need to be bold and act on this health emergency in our locality especially if we still have active cases of COVID-19,' says Bangsamoro Parliament member Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesperson of the Lanao Del Sur IATF

EXTENDED. Aurora Governor Gerardo Noveras meets with provincial government and police officials to discuss matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo from Province of Aurora Facebook page

IATF approves Albay request to extend ECQ

May 02, 2020 - 8:02 AM

Albay has 3 new cases on Friday, bringing its total to 31, based on the tracker

Albay maintains border lockdown under GCQ

May 01, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Albay has 33 coronavirus cases as of April 30

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Albay provincial government workers handle sacks of rice for distribution to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Al Francis Bichara

'Keep the lockdown': Anxiety sweeps provinces as coronavirus quarantines ease

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Many people refuse to open the borders and allow outsiders to enter their provinces, including fellow residents who are stranded elsewhere and have waited for weeks to return to their homes

CONTINUING OUTBREAK. Transport hubs are now tightening security and safety measures following the spread of the novel coronavirus to the Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Albay mayors oppose IATF move to place province under general quarantine

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Citing new cases and a recent death, the mayors of Legazpi City and Tabaco City want to extend enhanced community quarantine measures in the province

'VOLATILE'. Legazpi City installs tents to serve as temporary quarantine facilities for its probable cases. RHaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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

Albay port congestion worries staff, truckers

Apr 13, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Cargo trucks are piling up at the Pio Duran port in Albay and nearly a hundred drivers and crew are stranded, making physical distancing nearly impossible to implement

Photo from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Pio Duran, Albay Facebook page

Albay sets new protocols for PUIs waiting for coronavirus test results

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Patients under investigation (PUIs) must stay in the hospital and wait for their COVID-19 test results before they are allowed to go home

Photo from RITM

121 Albay residents who escaped Manila are stranded at the border

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:27 PM

(UPDATED) Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara closes the border to returning residents, a decision that he says is based on consultations with the 18 mayors of the province

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020.

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 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

Even locals cannot enter or leave in Albay's hard lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Albayanons returning to their homes in the province are not allowed to cross the border

Albay governor declares state of calamity due to coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The declaration of a state of calamity will allow local government units to use calamity funds to help people affected by the enhanced community quarantine

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

Albay requires self-quarantine for residents who traveled outside province, Bicol

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:20 AM

The executive order requires travellers to immediately report to their barangay health workers upon their arrival in Albay

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020.

Senior high school students of Albay school in quarantine after Senate visit

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:10 PM

St Agnes Academy in Legazpi City also suspends classes until March 25

ALBAY'S OLDEST CATHOLIC SCHOOL. St Agnes Academy in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Ringer/Wikimedia Commons

Albay sets up Mayon Skyline Hotel as coronavirus quarantine center

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

It can accommodate 24 patients

NEW QUARANTINE CENTER. An aerial photo of the Mayon Skyline Hotel in Tabaco, Albay, taken from a Philippine Air Force chopper. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay suspends classes due to torrential rains and flooding

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office directs all city and municipal disaster officials to initiate measures and closely monitor areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

LEGAZPI FLOOD. Albay suspends classes due to torrential rains and flooding on March 6, 2020. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay bans pigs, pork products from Camarines provinces

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Albay seals its border after pigs in neighboring CamSur are tested postive for African swine flu

SAFE. The city government of Legazpi conducts boodle fight with DA officials held at SM City Legazpi to show off that pork is safe to eat in Albay following the spread of ASF virus in the country. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

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.

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)

Legazpi cops sue man who 'pretended' to be sick with novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The man reportedly laid down and acted sick in front of a popular mall in Legazpi City

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.

Women’s group in Albay donating harvest to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM

As survivors themselves, the group Women for Progress Movement in Albay gives back by donating their freshly harvested sweet potatoes to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees

WOMEN FOR OTHERS. The Women for Progress Movement in Albay helps Taal Volcano eruption evacuees by donating their sweet potato harvest. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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

What other LGUs can learn from Albay's Mayon response plan

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:51 PM

The association of disaster responders from the towns and cities of Albay province has come up with a list of local governments' daily priorities for 4 months following a volcanic eruption

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

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Christmas eve, local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) by evacuating residents and preparing equipment ahead of its landfall

Ahead of Typhoon Ursula's landfall, the local government unit of Naval, Biliran deployed evacuation tents with some tents dedicated for senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women. Photos courtesy of @biliranisland on Twitter

How this Albay village keeps its Christmas tradition alive with ‘Bulilit Pastores’

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:15 PM

In Legazpi City, young children sing and dance to 'Pastores-A-Belen' before Christmas Day, continuing the age-old and unique Christmas tradition of Bicol to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ

BLOOMING. Bulilit Pastores, comprised of 12 young boys and girls performing a reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ, showcases the colorful Christmas tradition of Bicol through a contest at the Penaranda Park on December 19. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Albay governor asks mayors to correct 'bloated' typhoon damage reports

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara says the provincial government is 'counterchecking' the Typhoon Tisoy damage reports of the local government units

ALBAY GOV. Albay Governor Al Bichara addresses the regional peace and order council. Photo from the Facebook page of Gov. Al Bichara

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

LOOK: Christmas village brings holiday cheer to Legazpi City

Dec 14, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The Christmas village in Sawangan Waterfront Park cheers up Bicolanos affected by Typhoon Tisoy

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Legazpi Airport rehabilitation could take up to 40 days

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:42 PM

While the rehabilitation is ongoing, the airport's international arrival area will be used as its interim pre-departure area

MAJOR DAMAGE. The Legazpi Airport passenger terminal was heavily damaged when Typhoon Tisoy made landfall in Sorsogon last December 2. Photo by Simvale Sayat/AFP

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