By By Fernan A. Gianan
PAL to suspend Virac flights due to CS’ loss?
posted 2-Jun-2019  ·  
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A day after the May 13, 2019 elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) called upon all local officials and candidates to lead a clean-up drive and immediately remove campaign materials scattered in their respective localities.

Sec. Eduardo Año urged the candidates to tell their supporters to remove the election garbage from their communities.

He said that all barangay captains, mayors, and governors should lead in the clean up together with LGU employees and that everyone should work together and act fast in cleaning up election trash because these might clog canals and waterways which may later cause flooding.

The DILG’s appeal could fall on deaf ears, especially if the ears belong to chief executives who lost their bids for reelection.

With the turnover looming large in their eyes, the defeated mayors and governors have started cleaning up their personnel complement of excess baggage. Many casuals or job-order employees have been laid off, it is claimed, so as to leave the incoming executive with enough funds to hire his own crew.

The job of cleaning up the campaign trash would largely fall on the barangay officials and residents. The DILG, in coordination with the LGUs, should direct the barangays and municipalities to set aside a weekend for such a clean-up campaign.


On May 8, 2019, Virac, Catanduanes got into the record books of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) when the synoptic station at San Isidro Village recorded the highest heat index in the country this year at 52.2 degrees Celsius.

Heat index is the “apparent” temperature or what human perceives or feels as the temperature affects their body. It is a combination of air temperature and humidity, thus, it is higher by at least two to three degrees Celsius from the actual air temperature reading.

PAGASA Virac officer-in-charge Juan Pantino Jr. clarifies that the highest temperature last week was not that Wednesday, when it rose to 34.2 degrees, but on Monday, May 6, when it topped at 34.6 degrees.

Still, this is far below than the 37.8 degrees recorded on Aug. 23, 2018, the highest ever temperature in Virac.

With the hot and humid weather to continue even until and during the “habagat” season, the public is warned of the danger of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.


According to a reliable source and would-be passengers who have been informed to refund their plane tickets, Philippine Airlines will stop their Clark-Virac-Clark flights effective June 17, 2019.

It is claimed that, as the flights were added by the airline to its schedule upon request of Cong. Cesar Sarmiento as a political concession, his lopsided defeat in the May 13, 2019 gubernatorial polls largely contributed to the PAL management’s decision.

It is not known whether PAL would leave the Virac route solely in the hands of Cebu Pacific Airways as it is claimed PAL would resume flying to the island by October.

The airline’s temporary cessation of flights here is a big loss to not only to the fledgling tourism industry in Catanduanes but also to ordinary commuters who have found PAL’s generally on-time service preferable to Cebu Pacific’s often-delayed flights.


THE PRESCRIPTION. A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like to buy some cyanide."

The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?" The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.  The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now. That's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."

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