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Masbate town confirms first coronavirus cases

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Mandaon town's first coronavirus cases are a 4-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman who traveled from Subic, Zambales. Both are asymptomatic.

Bicol tightens border control after spike in COVID-19 cases

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:09 PM

The Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council implements the measure after the region recorded its highest spike in coronavirus cases. All of the new cases are returning residents.

NEW MEASURES. Members of the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council led by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara in a huddle after their meeting on July 8, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Noel Ebriega Rosal

Bicol records highest spike in COVID-19 cases, all returning residents

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The spike in cases comes a few weeks after the region opened its borders to locally-stranded indviduals from Metro Manila and Calabarzon

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Office of the President's Hatid Tulong program assist 115 locally stranded individuals board a train bound for the Bicol Region at the PNR Tutuban station on Saturday midnight, June 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bicol IATF seeks 1-month suspension of return of stranded residents

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Bicol's coronavirus task force says some local governments expressed concern that their isolation facilities are nearing full capacity

BICOL-BOUND. Over 100 locally stranded individuals board a train at the PNR Tutuban station in Manila bound for their respective provinces in the Bicol region on June 25, 2020. They are beneficiaries of the government's Hatid Tulong program. Photo by BEn Nabong/Rappler

Masbate province records first 2 coronavirus cases

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The island province in the Bicol region has been able to hold off the virus transmission for months since the pandemic broke out

117 locally stranded individuals board a train at the PNR Tutuban station in Manila bound for their respective provinces in the Bicol Region during the 2nd batch of Hatid Tulong program beneficiaries on Thursday midnight, June 25, 2020. The PNR is still expecting an estimated 300 more LSI's to avail of the free ride back to the province which will be scheduled early next month. Photo by BEn Nabong/Rappler

DepEd probes mask-sharing at graduation rites in Bicol

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:46 AM

'We would like to reiterate that graduation and moving up rites that require face-to-face interaction are postponed until further notice,' says DepEd, following a viral video of students sharing a face mask in Daet, Camarines Norte

MASK-SHARING. Students from a public school in Daet, Camarines Norte were seen sharing a single mask for their "graduation" pictorial. Screenshot from the viral video

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

Stranded worker dies while waiting for bus ride home to Bicol

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Single mother Michelle Silvertino stayed in a footbridge in Pasay City for several days, waiting for a bus ride to Camarines Sur

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’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