By By Fernan A. Gianan
An auspicious week for Mayor Sammy Laynes
posted 12-Nov-2018  ·  
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Save for the traffic jam that marked All Saints’ Day, the past week was a good one for Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes.

Following the capital town’s expected triumph in the 2018 Palarong Panlalawigan, in both elementary and secondary levels no less, the DILG released the results of the 2017 Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) in which Virac’s ranking among Bicol’s 96 municipalities audited rose from No. 70 in 2016 to 10th in last year’s assessment.

The considerable leap in the rating given by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) shows the Laynes administration’s unwavering concern for the children and the youth of the municipality through its various programs and projects.

It may be recalled that recently, Virac was not in the list of municipalities which won the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for 2017.

A source told this writer recently that the main reason behind the unfortunate development in the 2017 SGLG was the LGU’s missing the deadline for the completion of the P2-million project charged to the Performance Challenge Fund.

Specifically, Mayor Laynes insisted that the ambulance for the Rural Health Unit (RHU) to be purchased with the fund should be complete with all the facilities and compliant with the standard requirements of the Department of Health (DOH). The ambulance has already been delivered and is the only one in the entire province that would pass the stringent licensing standards of the DOH.


There is a strong possibility that one of the two local politicians named as first nominees of their respective partylist groups will abandon his dream of a backdoor entry to a seat in Congress.

And there is nothing that bars him from doing so, according to a member of the Philippine Bar.

All the partylist has to do is to remove him as nominee, with his former political party then adopting him as substitute for the local post where a proxy bet had conveniently filed his Certificate of Candidacy.

According to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), substitute bets will be allowed to take the place of candidates, who will withdraw their COC, only until Nov. 29.

Previously, Comelec Resolution No. 10420 stated that “the substitute for a candidate who died, withdrew his candidacy, or was disqualified by final judgment, may file a COC up to mid-day of election day”.

The new resolution, No. 10430, has retained the rule that substitute for a candidate, who died or is disqualified by final judgment after November 29, is allowed to file a COC until mid-day of election day, but it noted that the substitute and the substituted should have the similar surnames.

On the other hand, there will be no substitute to be allowed for any independent candidate.


Frustrating once again the wish of many air commuters from Catanduanes, the Virac airport is not among the priority listing of 28 airport projects for construction/rehabilitation/ upgrade by the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr), particularly for  night rating.

As of October 2018, the DOTr said, 20 out of the existing 42 airports nationwide have already been night-rated. In 2017, four airports - Legaspi, Roxas, Dumaguete, and Caticlan - were equipped with night-rating capabilities. And early this year, the Tuguegarao airport has also been night-rated. Four more airports - Naga, Dipolog, Cotabato, and Cauayan - are targeted to be completed.

Equipping airports with night-rating capabilities allows them to accommodate evening flights, thereby increasing their daily service capacity, it said.

With Congressman Cesar Sarmiento graduating with flying colors next year with a masterful performance in the Lower House compared with his recent predecessors, it will be the job of the incoming congressman to be elected in May 2019 to pursue the dream of Virac airport once again having night-rating capability.


I KNEW THAT! President Bush is rehearsing his speech for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He begins with “Ooo! Ooo! Ooo! Ooo! Ooo!”

    Immediately, his alert  speechwriter rushes over toi the lectern and whispers in the president’s ear: “Mr. President, those are the Olympic rings. Your speech is underneath.”

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