Category: Changes in Bicol Series

Changes in Bicol # 5

Unlike before the 1991 Local Government Code (R.A. 7160), local government units (LGUs) nowadays have an automatic budget allocation called the internal revenue allotment popularly known as IRA. According to Section 285 of the LGC, the share of each LGU on the IRA is determined by the following formula: a. Population - Fifty percent (50%); … Continue reading Changes in Bicol # 5

Changes in Bicol # 4

Asked why the Bicol Region is poor, local officials would usually blame low budget given the region by the national government. That may be correct, in part, but with the advent of the Local Government Code of 1991 which gives automatic internal revenue allocation (IRA) to the local government units (LGUs) along with the power … Continue reading Changes in Bicol # 4

Changes in Bicol # 3

One of the major means of transportation in the Bicol Region in the pre-Martial Law period, and even during the Marcos era, is the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Train. But its importance diminished with the advent of the bus and airline companies and the opening of new roads such as the Quirino Highway. Add to … Continue reading Changes in Bicol # 3

Changes in Bicol — # 2

Another major change in the region is the rise of shopping malls. There are two major operators of mall in Bicol these days: The LCC Group and the Gaisano Chain of malls. An LCC Group iyo an pamosong local chain of malls sa rehiyon asin igwa ki mga branches ini sa Tabaco City, sa legazpi … Continue reading Changes in Bicol — # 2

Changes in Bicol — #1

My family and I have migrated here in Europe and it's more than two decades since I last set my foot in Bicolandia, my birthplace. Could you update us of the changes there? -- from an e-mail I find it uncomfortable to compare the present with twenty years ago. I was too young then hehehe. … Continue reading Changes in Bicol — #1