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Bicol Region's 2 coronavirus testing centers now operational

May 28, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The two coronavirus testing facilities are located in Bicol's major cities of Legazpi and Naga

BICOL TEST CENTER. Combo photos of the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (left)in Legazpi City and the lBicol Medical Center in Naga City.

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 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

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

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

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.

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

Residents in 2 areas in Tiwi, Albay asked to leave due to land cracks

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Evacuation is ordered for fear of landslides

LANDSLIDES. Firefighters carry a body buried in a landslide in Barangay Sugod in Tiwi, Albay on December 30, 2018. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Modernization underway as Bicol's first gov't hospital turns 100

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda envisions the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital to become 'the Philippine General Hospital of the south'

FIRST. A woman walks in front of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

RORO vessel runs aground in marine protected area in Albay

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 PM

MV Jack Daniel has departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon town on its way to Masbate province

M/V JACK DANIEL runs aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis, Libon town, Albay, some 1.2 kilometers from the shore. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Barefoot Bicolana lass is Palarong Pambansa 2018's first gold medalist

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Lheslie de Lima dedicates her first Palarong Pambansa gold medal to detained Senator Leila de Lima, whom her lolo says is a 'close relative'

Lheslie de Lima from Camsur (bicol athletic region )the first gold medalist of the games showing her feet as she ran barefeet . Photo by Mau Victa

Cagayan Valley leads early Palarong Pambansa 2018 medal race

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:26 PM

A niece of detained Senator Leila de Lima who ran barefoot is among the early gold medal winners in the Palarong Pambansa hosted by Vigan

GOLD MEDAL. Rashied Faith Burdeos, who won gold for the shot put, poses for a photo with his coaches. Photo courtesy of Jose Gumabay

DSWD plans for immediate recovery in case of Mayon eruption

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM

According to DSWD, at least 10,405 families or 40,565 individuals in 39 barangays and 7 municipalities in Albay are affected by Mayon's impending eruption

PAGASA warns Bicol officials of more flooding, landslides

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Authorities say two motorized boats capsized in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, due to rough seas

LANDSLIDE. Landslide hits in Bato town, Catanduanes, due to torrential rainfall. Photo courtesy of Ramil Soliveres.

Heavy rains cause floods, landslides in CamSur, Catanduanes

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) Floods were also reported in low-lying communities of Naga City and neighboring Magarao town in Camarines Sur

TORRENTIAL RAINS. Flloods in Catanduanes cause landslides.  Photos Jessica Templonuevo

LOOK: Bicol braces for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Close to 5,000 passengers are stranded in various seaports in Bicol region

PREPARATIONS. Fishermen bring their boat to safety in preparation for Tropical Storm Urduja. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

#SaferRoadsPH forum on making Bicol roads safer

Oct 27, 2017 - 4:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 4th leg of the caravan will be held at the Arrupe Convention Center, Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City, Camarines Sur on January 24 from 12 pm to 5 pm

DepEd hosts National Teachers’ Day celebration in Legazpi City

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:48 PM

DepEd's theme for Teachers’ Day is 'Gurong Pilipino, Ka-akbay sa Progreso' aims to recognize the role of teachers in honing the full potential of students towards nation-building

Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Members of the military in Bicol who spearheaded the donation drive thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

AID FOR MARAWI. Bicolano soldiers led by Capt Ronnie Madrinan of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division stand in front of the trucks containing relief goods for Marawi evacuees. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

In Bicol, military spearheads relief drive for Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

We might be sleeping soundly here but our brothers in Marawi City are in miserable condition Colonel Alden Juan Masagca commanding officer of the Army s 901st Infantry Brigade says in his appeal to Bicolanos

BICOL'S PRIDE. Army Col. Alden Juan Masagca, commanding officer of the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade, says they're ready to send additional soldiers in Mindanao if needed. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Power restored to 811,000 Nina-hit households

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The DSWD also says aid amounting to P158 million has been given to families affected by Typhoon Nina Nock ten

CHRISTMAS TYPHOON. Motorists ride past electric posts damaged by Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) in Tabaco, Albay on December 27, 2016. Photo by Charism Sayat/AFP

Duterte in typhoon-hit Bicol: Let's return to normalcy ASAP

Dec 27, 2016 - 8:52 PM

The President also asks victims of the typhoon to give the government time to get things done

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DSWD: P8M worth of goods prepositioned for Typhoon Nina

Dec 24, 2016 - 6:08 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development assures the public that emergency response teams are already on standby to address incidents in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

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Dec 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

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Typhoon Lawin: Over 14,000 people in 136 evacuation centers

Oct 20, 2016 - 9:45 AM

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Lawin has affected a total of 13 428 families or 61 126 persons in 118 barangays

EVACUATED. More than 700 residents living along the shoreline take refuge in Alcala Gymnasium after pre-emptive evacuation due to Super Typhoon Lawin in Alcala town, Cagayan. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

450 passengers stranded in Bicol ports due to Lawin

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:26 PM

At least 24 rolling cargoes and 7 other sea vessels were grounded in ports in Catanduanes and Albay according to the Office of Civil Defense Bicol

Image from PAGASA

Over 1,000 passengers stranded in Bicol seaports

Oct 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has enforced the no sailing policy on all fishermen while coastal villages in the eastern seaboard of the province have been alerted to avoid possible storm surges due to Tropical Storm Karen

Image courtesy of PAGASA

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Jun 22, 2016 - 12:10 PM

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Bichara could be Duterte’s 'big guy' in Bicol

May 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The incoming governor says he is willing to accept the post of PDP Laban regional chairman in Bicol to help Duterte with his programs in the countryside

PROCLAIMED. Outgoing second district solon and incoming Albay governor Al Francis Bichara is proclaimed by members of the board of canvassers of the Commission on Elections. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

Bongbong Marcos sets foot in Robredo's home region

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:15 PM

All the 5 vice presidential candidates running against Marcos trace their roots to Bicolandia

BONGBONG IN BICOL. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr campaigns in the home region of his opponents in the vice presidential race. Photo by Jasmin Dulay / Rappler

Salceda gone? LP stalwarts vow Roxas-Robredo victory in Bicol

Apr 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The ruling party s stalwarts in the region are banking on their strong local candidates to boost the chances of the administration tandem

BICOL CAMPAIGN. Administration tandem Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo court the Bicol vote on February 13, 2016. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Palaro Bicolano brothers play basketball for OFW mom and diabetic dad

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Inspirasyon namin ang aming parents gusto naming maging proud sila sa amin

BROTHERS. Rufino B. Sablaon III, 14, and brother John Remo B. Sablaon, 12, of Polangui, Albay show off their basketball skills to Albay’s Schools Division Office employees. Photo by Sercy Sallao

#PHVote: The rise of 'fat dynasties'

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

In a forum organized by the Ateneo School of Government experts say political dynasties are one of the reasons why economic growth remains slow

PATRONAGE SYSTEM. Dr Ronald Mendoza, incoming dean of the Ateneo School of Government, says patronage politics is one of the reasons why political dynasties thrive. Photo by Charles Salazar/ Rappler

No equipment? No problem for Bicol's 1st gold medalist at Palaro

Apr 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Student athlete Daniella Camonoga makes up for the lack of training equipment by using bamboo as a javelin and a rock for shot put

A GOOD START. Daniella Camonoga of Guinobatan, Albay managed to seize the first gold for Bicol Region despite of the fact that they lack of facilities and sports equipment for the training. Photo by Ricky V. Tid

Travel guide: Caramoan Islands, 2-day island hopping camping trip

Apr 03, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Watch a moonrise visit the enchanting lagoon of Matukad Island camp out under a sky full of stars – all while taking in the raw beauty of the Caramoan Islands

Photo provided by Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos

Bicol honors female cops as PH marks Women's Month

Mar 13, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Bicol s female police officers are praised for being role models and persevering despite challenges

IN PHOTOS: Roxas, Robredo, LP coalition court Albay

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:05 PM

LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II running mate Leni Robredo and several senatorial candidates visit Tabaco and Ligao in Albay a province in the vote rich Bicol region

LP TANDEM IN BICOL. Administration candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo court the Bicol vote on February 13, 2016. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Bishop calls for more troops in Bicol to stop poll violence

Oct 16, 2015 - 7:00 AM

At least 3 provinces in the Bicol region have been considered hot spots in past elections

Who is running in Bicol | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Bicol

VP bet Leni Robredo comes home to Naga

Oct 10, 2015 - 4:16 PM

After she is declared as the vice presidential bet of the Liberal Party she tells her kababayan it might be time to draw attention to the neglected Bicol region

HOME. Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo addresses a crowd at the Naga city hall covered court, two days after she was declared in Manila as the vice presidential bet of the Liberal Party. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol a ‘cradle’ of VP candidates

Oct 05, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Like a sili the presence of Bicol stalwarts will add spice to the vice presidential contest says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto who notes there are 4 aspirants from the region so far

BICOLANOS. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV (1st from left), Chiz Escudero (2nd from left), and Gringo Honasan (1st from right) as well as Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo (2nd from right) all come from the Bicol region.

Bicol LGUs to use social media in disaster response

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Project Agos conducts workshops to train local government representatives and volunteers to have a ZeroCasualty mindset in times of disasters

#ZEROCASUALTY. A participant uses the Project Agos Alert Map during the workshop.

Project Agos to conduct workshop in Naga for disaster managers

Jun 02, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Rappler holds a capacity building workshop on the use of social media in disaster information management on June 4 – 5 in Naga

Sorsogon towns evacuate residents ahead of multi-hazards

May 07, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Sorsogon province evacuates more than 1 000 people amid the twin threats of a pending volcanic eruption and an approaching typhoon

OFF LIMITS. Volcanologists have warned local officials and residents of Irosin town in Sorsogon province not to enter the 4-kilometer permanent danger zone around Bulusan volcano. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Runner from Bicol Region wins first Palaro gold medal

May 07, 2015 - 11:38 AM

Inspirasyon ko yung pamilya ko at sa tulong ng Diyos nakuha ko ang tagumpay na ito says April Boy Adricula a fisherman s son from Libmanan Camarines Sur

FIRST GOLD. Runner April Boy Adricula from the Bicol Region says his victory is for his family. Photo by Junmar dela Cruz/DepEd/Rappler