The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the governorship of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Albay Veterinary Office (AVO) distributed small ruminants to the farmer associations from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office on January 18, 2022. The said distribution of goats to the farmers was part of the rehabilitation project to provide livelihood and uplift the economic development of the local farmers which were affected by the Typhoon Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses.

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the dynamic and innovative leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Albay Veterinary Office (AVO) conducted its initial site validation of the farmers’ association from the Municipality of Camalig, Tiwi and Bacacay, Albay who applied for the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) Program on January 20, 2022.

The INSPIRE program aims to calibrate repopulation and enhance the local swine industry to recover the sector’s capacity to produce sufficient supply of hogs and pork in the country. This is being implemented in the province by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 5 (DA-RFO 5), its relevant agencies and concerned Local Government Units (LGU).

Enhancing of medical services and ensuring the welfare of the Albayanos is one of the top priorities of the Provincial Government of Albay under the dynamic leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara. Today he visited the on-going enormous improvement of his project rehabilitating the Josefina Belmonte-Duran Albay Provincial Hospital (JBDAPH) located at Tuburan, Ligao City.

His vision was to put into reality in order to provide the best medical care to every Albayano. Alongside of the establishment of the JBDAPH are the rehabilitation and constructions of other medical facilities.









The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the dynamic and innovative leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO)  headed by Dr. Eva Grageda distributed 2 sewing machines  to LGU Pioduran while LGU Sto. Domingo was given sewing materials for curtains and eco-bag making last, January 14, 2022.  The PGA aims to support the livelihood program and uphold the welfare of Albayano women thus, to strengthen economic empowerment.

To uphold the mission in terms of  enhancing the  medical services  for the welfare of the Legazpenios, the Provincial Government of Albay under the good governance of Al Francis C. Bichara conducted the 1st Medical, Dental, and Optical Mission and COVID-19 Vaccinations on January 17, 2022, at the Matanag, Legazpi City, together with Bagong Abre, Legazpi City.

The lead agency for the said social services is the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by OIC-PSWDO Dr. Eva Grageda was able to give reading eyeglasses to both young and adults and 15 wheelchairs to the PWDs and senior citizens.

The eagerness of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara to provide a better medical service to the Albayano people, he make a way to put his vision into action by enhancing the former Josefina Belmonte-Duran Memorial District Hospital (JBDMDH) which now known as Josefina Belmonte-Duran Albay District Hospital (JBDAPH) that is  located to Tuburan Ligao City.

The said provincial hospital has a capacity of 28 beds housing 14 patients per building. This vision of Gov. Bichara is made for its people in order to give the best medical services that the Albayano deserved. Most of the people preferred to go to the hospital that really cared for them and also considering possible medical expenses, therefore, he became more motivated to accomplish this kind of project.

Not only the JBDAPH being improved, but some hospitals, like Ziga District Hospital, Tabaco Dialysis Center, Manito Municipal Hospital, Pio Duran Memorial District Hospital, and Rapu Rapu District Hospital, are also being improved.

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the governorship of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara through the Provincial Engineers Office (PEO) conducted its monitoring of the new development of the Albay Provincial Hospital located in Ligao City last, January 10, 2022.

The provincial government hopes to proceed with other renovations and constructions for more hospital facilities this is to uphold Gov. Bichara mission in sustaining the health and welfare of the Albayanos. Hence, to provide enhanced medical services for the welfare of the Albayanos by improving and rehabilitating the facilities of district hospital.

Aiming to effectively promote positive response to emergency situations brought about by disasters that occur in the province, the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the vibrant leadership of Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara had advanced the establishment of the new Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Operation Center Building in Salvacion Daraga, Albay. The purpose of the said new building is to create a well-equipped and disaster-prepared community and to enhance the province response capacity and disaster management. Thus, alleviate and control the impact of disaster in the community to have a resilient and progressive province.

The PDRRMC is composed of members that are trained in disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation and rescue operations. They are also in-charge of supervising disaster response trainings, capability building of respondents and staff and managing actual rescue operations. They are also the one to implement the required actions and measures pertaining to all aspects of disaster risk reduction and management, including good governance, risk assessment and early warning, knowledge building and awareness raising, reducing underlying risk factors and preparedness for effective response and early recovery. Hence, purchasing rescue equipment and food supplies for relief operations for those affected by calamities are also part of their tasks.

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) under the leadership of Gov. Al Francis Bichara in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Albay Provincial  Police Office (APPO), Albay Provincial Human Settlement Office (APHSO) and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development are in joined hands on monitoring the on-going Development of  Bubulusan Relocation Site Project for the displaced families in the areas of Barangay San Francisco, San Rafael, and Travesia, who were tremendously  affected by Typhoon Rolly and Quinta.

The said relocation site has a total land of 14 hectares (phase 1) 5 hectares , lot area- 80 square meter per lot( individual) and estimated house to accommodate – 139 units( 24 sq. meter per unit).  Hence, this project of PGA aims to provide a safer, inclusive, resilient and sustainable (SIRS) settlement in order to cater the welfare of the Albayanos.

(Legazpi City, January 8, 2022) – Fully aware of the possible consequences due to the rise again of COVID-19 cases at the National Capital Region (NCR), Governor Al Francis C. Bichara called yesterday on all Albay mayors for a meeting through a virtual conference, aimed to discuss and uniformly finalize the policies, provisions, and regulations in controlling and protecting the people of the Province of Albay from the prospect of a restart of the COVID-19 cases.

The meeting focused on the following agenda; namely, how to manage crowds at markets and other establishments and areas/events that are considered super spreader scenarios, enforce existing IATF rules on “mass gatherings,” localized-granular lockdowns, LGUs piloting “face-to-face” learning’s, and challenges of LGUs having low vaccination coverage.

It was initially presided by Provincial Administrator Engr. Vida Ma. Corazon C. Prollamante with the involvement of other concerned government agencies such as Land Transportation Office, PNP Provincial Director P/Col. Manolo Santiago, the Albay Provincial Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) headed by PGDH Dr. Cedric Daep, Bacacay MDRRMO, PGA consultants ex-Judge Jose Noel Rubio on legal issues, and Daniel Patrick Garcia on media communication.

In the said Mayor’s meeting, presided by Libon Mayor Wilfrido V. Maronilla, full and thorough deliberations were discussed on the agenda centrally focused on the regulatory travel policies and provisions specifically on the entry of travelers either by land, by air, or by sea to and from the province of Albay, seeking to establish a uniform implementation of regulations on crossing borders of travelers whether riding or commuting to and from, most particularly of all types of vehicles either with passengers or cargoes coming from the north of Luzon.

The Albay Chief Executives on travel restrictions confirmed by agreeing that all travellers must be checked at borders, to identify drop-off points in each town through wide public dissemination and to pass a resolution to Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) to seek lowering of antigen cost at PITX to ensure negative traveling passengers. On other travel restrictions, children 11 years old and below can be allowed to travel provided they must be accompanied by fully vaccinated persons or guardians.

All local government units (LGU) were asked to be responsible for securing their borders on riding passengers in vans, buses, other transport vehicles entering and exiting Albay province.

On malls, establishments, and restaurants, the Albay Mayors had agreed that only vaccinated persons will be allowed, to be restricted by issuing City/Municipal Ordinances, Executive Orders, and/or Advisory.  Included raised, discussed, and deliberated was the issue between human rights and public safety which was given sufficient legal opinion by ex-Judge Jose Noel Rubio, citing that no penalties are imposed for those violating the protocols of a travel advisory.

The Albay Mayors who attended were from Camalig, Guinobatan, Bacacay, Malilipot, Libon, Manito, Tiwi, Rapu-Rapu, Daraga, Pio Duran, Sto. Domingo, Malinao, Polangui and Tabaco City.

The Mayors’ meeting with Governor Al Francis C. Bichara was held virtually at one of the function rooms of Pepperland Hotel.

Jose M. Briones, Albay PIO

Photo Credits; Lorie B.

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