The Provincial Government of Albay under the dynamic leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) headed by Cheryll Rebeta Agriculturist assisted by Devs Nabor Market Linkages Focal Person and Arvin Celso Coordinator launched its conceptualized project by linking farmer to buyer.

This priority project is to promote direct marketing to ensure high remuneration of the farmers as well as to reach the satisfaction of the consumers through direct sale with affordable prices. Additionally, farmers can able to receive instant feedback from customers on their products and services. Also, the farmer can improve his/her business through this input and increase farm profitability.


The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the leadership of the supportive Gov.  Al Francis Bichara through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO-Fisheries Division) headed by  Provincial Agriculturist Cheryll Rebeta in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-5) and Municipal Agriculture Office of Guinobatan and  Jovellar, Albay conducted its Tilapia Fingerlings Dispersal with a total of 132,630 pcs of fingerlings.

This is in support to the mission of Gov. Bichara to promote and uphold the welfare of the Albayano fishermen. The distribution also offers livelihood support and assistance under the Aquaculture Development Program.

(Legazpi City, April 26, 2022) – The Albay Provincial Health Office (APHO), headed by PGDH Officer-In-Charge Dr. Estela B. Zenit called an initial meeting of the stakeholders of the Albay Provincial Vaccination Operation Team focused on the resumption of the vaccination program in the next few months.

In the initial meeting of the stakeholders held at Albay Astrodome, it discussed the probable concerns primarily getting to hear suggestions on how to raise at least eighty percent (80%) target vaccination rate.

At the start of the meeting, Atty. Jose Noel R. Rubio, one of the legal officers in the Albay Capitol, in his opening message, strongly shared his insights, explaining the importance of having a strategic plan to combat the problems or challenges in implementing the vaccination programs in the Province of Albay.

Mark Gumba, Operations & Coordination Head of APHO, discussed the updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program coverage, telling the stakeholders that as of April 26, 2022, the Albay Health Office has recorded a total coverage of 872,902, equivalent to seventy-six percent (76%) have been vaccinated.

In its report, Mark Gumba said that the total fully vaccinated out of the 872,902 or 76% was 805,828, equivalent to seventy percent (70%) while those administered with individual booster shots totaled 79,501, equivalent to six percent (6%).

Gumba said that only the City of Legazpi, the City of Tabaco, and the Municipality of Tiwi have gained 80–100% coverage, highlighting that Legazpi City leads with a total coverage rate of 106 of which 93% were fully vaccinated, and 17% had been administered booster shots.

He said the rest of the 14 cities and municipalities were tagged as having 50–75% total coverage of vaccination. These were Malinao, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Manito, Polangui, Libon, Ligao, Oas, Pioduran, Guinobatan, Jovellar, Camalig, and Daraga.

The municipality of Rapu-Rapu, however, sadly recorded 39% of the total coverage, and only 37% of the population was fully vaccinated with 0% on booster shots.

Dr. Zenit showed her enthusiasm by citing her aim to reach a population of 1,148,506 in Albay, equivalent to 80% or more as the target number to be vaccinated with an anti-COVID-19 vaccine in the province of Albay.

From this overview, the stakeholders were invited to raise their concerns and suggestions on how to strengthen the implementation of the next vaccination program, one of which was to translate the IEC materials into Filipino or into a local dialect to facilitate easy comprehension by every individual, making it to become effective in the information dissemination drive.

Secondly, another concern raised was with regards to the “No Vaccination, No Entry” policy which was suggested to be strictly monitored.

Thirdly, a uniform vaccination card must be handed to vaccinated individuals in the whole province of Albay, explaining that it would be an effective way to mitigate the spread of the faux vaccination cards that are presented in public and private establishments.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Albay reported the ongoing orientation to parents and students on the compliance with the enforcement of the strict health and safety protocols, especially since some schools have resumed face-to-face classes.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) committed to the information dissemination campaign of the DOH and APHO, saying that they will move to deploy their personnel to vaccination sites in order to ensure the safety of every individual.

In closing, Dr. Zenit expressed deep thanks to all the members and stakeholders of the Albay Provincial Vaccination Operation Center (APVOC) who have shared their recommendations and concerns for the betterment of the resumption of the vaccination program, further saying that she hoped with optimism for an increase in the total coverage of fully vaccinated individuals in the province of Albay as envisioned.

Jose M. Briones/Kristel Abad, Albay PIO

Photo Credits:  Lorie Barcelon

Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) through the Albay Provincial Health Office (APHO) Josefina Belmonte Duran Albay Provincial Hospital in partnership with Advance Craniofacial Project Philippines Inc. will be conducting a Free Cleft Lip & Palate Surgical Mission on May 3-5, 2022 at JBDAPH, Tuburan, Ligao City.

Gov. Bichara aims to cater the needs and the welfare of the Albayanos in terms of health services, hence to support and uphold his mission in helping the patients from different municipalities/cities with facial deformities especially with cleft lip and palates. Additionally to help less fortunate children to receive free surgery and care at no cost to their family.

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the dynamic and innovative leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Youth Development Office (PYDO) headed by Mr. Rhondon C. Ricafort the Vice-Chairperson of APC and the Albay Provincial LGBTQ Focal Person convened with the Albay Pride Council on the 1ST Albay Pride Council Meeting yesterday, April 11, 2022 one o’clock in the afternoon held at the Governor’s Conference Room (Blue).

The agenda of the said meeting is in line with the SOGIE Salient Points, Agency/ Department Commitments, 1st LGBTQ Equality Day Activities/Budget and Other Matters. This meeting aims to discuss about the Duties and Functions of the Albay Pride Council specifically the offices and departments responsibilities mentioned in the ordinance. Additionally, to provide the LGBT the chance to show their role not only in their office but outside their comfort zone, an ordinance that promote a non-stereotyping community on which everyone will be treat right and just.

SOGIE Ordinance as the Provincial Ordinance No. 0065-2021 also known as PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBAY ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND EXPRESSION, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR the first LGBTQ+ ordinance passed in the Bicol Region that was signed into law on December 22, 2021, by Gov. Bichara. And in order to give life to the existing rules of the ordinance members were tasked to disseminate the information about the ordinance, this is for them to fully understand their duties and function on how to properly handle LGBTQ issues and concerns and in order for them to be knowledgeable enough about LGBTQ rights to promote human-rights, gender sensitivity and awareness.

Agency from DepEd, Provincial Police Officer, PGA Departments such as PHRMO, PHO, PIO, SK Provincial President Representatives were present during the meeting. The highlight of the meeting was about the LGBT Equality Day celebration as it was 1st in the province of Albay.

(Legazpi City, April 11, 2022) – In the one-day seminar-training conducted by the Provincial Human Resource Management Office (PHRMO) headed by Officer-in-Charge Maria Teresa Adopina Balane in coordination with Albay Provincial Agriculture Office (APAO) in line with Gender and Development (GAD) program held Friday, April 8, at Albay Farmer’s Bounty Village (AFBV) auditorium, it recommended the use of hydroponics, a new method of farming, to at least a hundred employees of the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) who attended said training-seminar.

Sharing his knowledge as the resource speaker, Mr. Francisco Dobie Obiña discussed widely the new method of planting called Hydroponics farming where the plants need less water to grow. Obiña explained that hydroponics farming uses natural water such as from a water well and rainwater, saying further that it provides enough advantages, stressing that this method of gardening requires minimal use of space, provides more control of the growing environment of plants, and attracts fewer pests or insects.

He said that a hydroponics gardener need not do heavy work such as cultivation and eliminating the growth of weeds or unwanted grasses, strongly emphasizing that hydroponic is more efficient than the soil-based growing system for the main reason that it eliminates the use of chemicals or pest control products, gladly saying that these pesticides are no longer needed when growing through hydroponics farming.

In hydroponics farming, Obiña added, the production increases up to 3 to 5 times, and the plants grow faster because the nutrients are perfectly absorbed by the roots because of the absence of pest control products. As for the use of space, hydroponics can apply vertical farming, allowing gardeners to make use of the excess spaces.

Obiña said that APAO grows parsley with the help of farming technology, as well as kale which is expensive in the market because it is used by Chinese medical experts as preventative herbal medicine for cancer because of the sulforaphane contents that help to combat cancerous cells even at their molecular stages and indole-3-carbinol that prevents the development of estrogen-enhanced cancers, including breast, endometrial, and cervical cancers.  Obiña further explained why less water is needed in hydroponics farming because of the reservoir system in which the water storage is not exposed to the sun, so no evaporation occurs. He mentioned that a solution is added to the water that helps the absorption of nutrients and minerals by the roots, which the plants need.

According to Obiña, it is the best method of farming, especially in areas without access to water. He also demonstrated the procedure of hydroponics farming to make it applicable to the participants’ respective backyards.

Officer-in-Charge Maria Teresa Adopina Balane through her representative, Ms. Jaymee Florence Estrada Ribaya, expressed deep thanks to the resource speaker Mr. Obiña, and to PGDH Che Rebeta for the free use of the AFBV Auditorium.

Jose M. Briones/Kristel Abad,Albay PIO

Photo Credits; Lorie Barcelon


The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the governance of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Dr. Eva Grageda presented the Special Drug Education Center (SDEC) Activities CY 2022 during the 1st Quarter Meeting of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Meeting held last March 25, 2022 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay (SPA) Session Hall, Capitol Building, Legazpi City.

This new center to be establish intends to care for the out of school youth in Albay, providing guidance and support to the Albayano Youth, who are one of the sectors at risk from the involvement to various vices such as the use of illegal drugs.

(Legazpi City, April 5, 2022) – Governor Al Francis C. Bichara awarded sixteen (16) departments of the Provincial Government of Albay and a Wind Vane Award personal special award to Dr. Cedric. D. Daep, Ph., department head of Albay Public Safefy and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) with Plaques of Recognition plus a cash incentive award in recognition of their outstanding performances and achievements in the last six years.

Governor Bichara in his brief message triumphantly smiled and proudly expressed his heartfelt thanks for the hard work achieved by the department awardees and for successfully institutionalizing the successes of their programs under his direction and leadership.

In handing the Plaques of Al Francis C. Bichara Excellence Award, each department was also given a cash incentive award in the amount of twenty-five thousand (25K), an added reward for their outstanding and excellent performances.

The Excellence Award Plaque states it was a special recognition and appreciation of the outstanding accomplishments and dedication to Public Service Excellence.

The sixteen (16) PGA departments award the AFCB Excellence Award were Albay Provincial Cooperative & Manpower Office (APCEMDO) headed by PGDH Lily Nicoleta, Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) headed by PGDH Che Rebeta, Provincial Education Department (PED) headed by PGDH Dr. Roman Chamberlane G. Zuñiga VI, MLGM, Ph. D., Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by PGDH Dr. Estela B. Zenit, Provincial Assessor’s Office ( PASSO) headed by PGDH Ren Del Rosario, Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office (PTCAO) headed by PGDH Dorothy F. Colle, Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) headed by PGDH Mayflor Atos, Provincial Budget Office (PBO) headed by PGDH Lilybeth Reforsado, Provincial Accounting Office (PAcctO) headed by PGDH Rey Samuel P. Locsin, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chaired by PEO PGDH Engr. Dante Baclao, Gender and Development (GAD) headed by Dr. Rowena Ondiz, Ph.D., Provincial Human Resource Management Office (PHRMO) headed by Officer-In-Charge Ma. Theresa A. Balane, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) headed by PGDH Dr. Cedric D. Daep, Ph.D., Provincial Planning and Development Office headed by PGDH Engr. Macario Pavia, Provincial General Services Offices (PGSO) headed by PGDH Oliver Cogasa, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by PGDH Dr. Eva Grageda.

Jose M. Briones/Kristel Abad, Albay PIO

Photo Credits;  Lorie Barcelon

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the administration of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) headed by Provincial Agriculturist Cheryll Rebeta together with the Philippine National Police, Police Regional Office convened with the Albay 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (2nd APMFC) who was tasked to maintain peace and order in the Province of Albay.

In connection with the inherent functions, the said unit was tasked to conduct Retooled Community Support Program to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Areas (RCSP-GIDAs) in reference to the PRO5 IMPLAN to NHQ PNP CMC No. 16-2021 Police Community Relations (PCR) Strategies in support to ELCAC. It is patterned from the National Task force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTFELCAC) by virtue of Executive Order 70 which aims to bring together agencies of the government for a “Whole of Nation” approach to end the insurgency problem in the country.

The Philippine National Police aims to continue its stronger partnership of helping each other hand in hand in giving public services to the Albayanos and achieving a safer Albay to live, work and do business.

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the governance of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) headed by Provincial Agriculturist Cheryll Rebeta  administered its One-Day Activity on Technology Training on Citronella Oil Extraction held at Essential Oil/Soap Making Facility on April 5, 2022 held at the AFB Ville, Cabangan, Camalig, Albay.

The said training is in partnership with the Social Action Center of Legazpi, headed by Rev. Fr. Eric B. Martillano, SAC Executive Director, Provincial DOST headed by Engr. Jacinto Alexis B. Elegado, Provincial Director, and PSTC Albay.

The technology training was participated by 30 Citronella Planters of San Bernardo Farmers Association of Tiwi, Albay.  Oil Extraction was a conceptualize project by Gov. Bichara which located in one of the facilities in the AFB Ville. Additionally, the Albayano farmers are now benefitting and enjoying the Albay’s One-Stop Agri-Complex.

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