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Bicol University is now looking forward to the construction of the 321M Convention and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center after confirmation that initial funds amounting to 200M has been secured under the 2018 National Expenditure Program through the efforts of Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel M. Batocabe.
Bicol University President Arnulfo Mascariñas expressed his sincere thanks to Ako Bicol’s efforts with acknowledgement of the great contribution the facility will have in future academic, aesthetic and cultural development of students and stakeholders in the premier state university.
“Thank you for believing in the capability of this University in delivering quality education.” Mascariñas said. “Thank you for your unwavering support to Bicol University.”
Ako Bicol on their part is happy and excited to see the fruits of their labor take actual physical form.
“This is a great milestone not only for Bicol University but the Bicol Region itself.” Rep. Batocabe said. “We are honoured to have a part in the realization of a project that shall duly strengthen and develop further the capability and readiness of the Bicolano in disaster risk-reduction and adaptation.”
“From the initial talks that brought about its conception up to several months of relentless and zealous lobbying with various government agencies, we are grateful that all our mutual efforts has resulted into this success.” Batocabe added.
The project is under the Department of Public Works and Highways’s National Building Program and is expected to begin construction by January 2018.
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AKO BICOL attends awarding ceremony in Ligao City

Deputy Minority Leader and Ako Bicol Party List Representative Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr. graced the State of the Division Address, Stakeholders Recognition, School-to-School Partnership, Gulayan sa Paaralan, and Brigada Eskwela Best Implementer Awarding Ceremony on Thursday, July 27, at the Ligao City Gymnasium, Ligao City, Albay.


Cong. Garbin expressed his warmest congratulations to all the members of various academic institutions and other stakeholders who have done their part in the success of different government-initiated programs aimed to raise the quality and standard of education in the country, and in the local
communities, saying that it is only through education that we altogether transform our society into a better one.

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Cong. Garbin opposes lowering of minimum age of criminal responsibility

Deputy Minority Leader and Ako Bicol Party List Representative Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr. expressed his firm opposition to the proposed lowering of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) from 15 to 9 years old on Friday, July 28, during the Forum on the Lowering of MACR, saying that child offenders must be rehabilitated and not penalized as there usually are adults who force these criminal acts upon them.


In a statement, Cong. Garbin said “Lowering the MACR is not the answer to solving the criminality involving the children. Criminal justice should not advocate for absolute verdict especially among children who have committed non-heinous crimes. Instead, it must advocate for the child’s restoration and rehabilitation to become a responsible and productive member of the society – aware of the implications and consequences of his actions”.

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AKO BICOL aims to ensure reliability of electricity transmission

Cong. Rodel Batocabe of AKO Bicol Partylist attends the congressional hearing of the Energy Committee, with the agenda of drafting the Substitute Bill to pending House Bills aiming to ensure the integrity and reliability of the transmission and distribution of electricity, in consonance of promoting public safety. A Substitute Bill aiming to institutionalize the Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund was also arrived at at the said committee meeting.


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AKO BICOL spearheads Smokey Mountain meeting

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe spearheaded the hearing on the Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project dispute, acting as ad hoc subcommittee chairman. Oversight review and possible settlement terms were discussed and negotiated on the said hearing.


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AKO BICOL reviews internal rules of Legislative Franchises

Pushing for Legislative Franchises, AKO Bicol Rodel Batocabe joined his fellow legislators in the Technical Working Group meeting regarding the review of the Committee’s Internal Rules and templates for bills on legislative franchises.


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AKO BICOL questions legal accountability of TNVS incidents

During the House Committee on Metro Manila Development with Transport Network Companies (TNCs) Uber and Grab, AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe raises the question of legal accountability in cases of vehicular and road incidents involving TNVs.


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AKO BICOL joins Ways and Means Committee Meeting

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe joined the House Committee on Ways and Means hearing as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) sets out the parameters regarding the compromise agreement it previously entered into with Del Monte Philippines involving its tax liability for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013.


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AKO BICOL joins inauguration of LTO Legazpi District Office

Ako Bicol Party List Representatives Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr. and Christopher S. Co joined the Blessing and Inauguration of the new LTO Legazpi District Office at Embarcadero de Legazpi on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.


The occassion was graced by Usec Tim Orbos of DOTr and LTO Chief, Asec Edgar Galvante as Guests of Honor. They led the celebration of a successful public-private partnership project that paved way for LTO’s modern facility, with the hopes of replicating the same across the country.

Also present during the event were 2D Congressman Joey Sarte Salceda, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, LTO Regional Directors, Atty. Clarence Guinto of NCR, RD Edgar Catarongan of Region 8 and Atty. Joed Natividad of CAR DOtr and PNP RO5 Regional Director Antonio Gardiola.

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AKO BICOL joins 2nd Regional Health Summit for PWD

Ako Bicol Party List Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. joined the 2nd Regional Health Summit for PWD held last July 18-19 at Macagang Resorts and Hotel, Nabua, Camarines Sur.


Being true to its mandate to represent Bicolanos as well as the marginalized sectors, Ako Bicol Party List principally-authored House Bill 524, otherwise known as the “Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for All PWDs Act”, which was included in its priority legislative measures in the 17th Congress, and the same was approved by the Committee on Social Services last May 22, 2017.

In a message, Rep. Garbin said “Ako Bicol Party List has always been a strong advocate of human rights especially of the marginalized sectors, which include those of the differently abled members of the society, who experience abuse and discrimination even in the most unexpected circumstances”. “We have to continue creating avenues that will encourage more PWDs to become more productive by way of programs and trainings to increase their employability, creating a safe and supportive environment of their special needs, and giving them an equal chance towards a bright future”, he added.

This is yet another milestone as we continue to fight for equal rights and people empowerment!

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