AM Trans (formerly AMA Trans) a leading tourist aircon bus company plying Bicol-Manila-Bicol owned and managed by JAM Group of Bus Companies is causing a stir in the transportation industry with the launching of their new promotion dubbed as "Libreng Pasalubong mula sa Jollibee at AM Trans".  According to JAM operations chief Bong Infante the promo, is the first joint venture of Jollibee-Sto. Tomas (Batangas) and AM Trans.  Jollibee-Sto. Tomas is approximately the midway point between Manila and Bicol, where all the AM Trans Buses will be stopping by for its paying passengers to claim the "libreng pasalubong".

     Infante said that from March 22 to June 30, 2001, just in time for those who plan to travel for the summer vacation from Manila to Bicol and back, for every purchase of bus ticket (a minimum fare fare of P 200.00), a passenger will be given a coupon for a free "pasalubong", redeemable at Jollibee-Sto. Tomas.  The pasalubong is a Value Meal which the passenger can take home to their families and friends.  It includes hamburgers, chicken joy, and the jolly hotdog.  There will be different Value Meals offered everyday, he added.

     He said that this is one way of thinking their passengers as it is a common practice of travellers to take home something (pasalubong) everyone will enjoy "and what's better than Jollibee?", Infante pointed out.



     Republic Act 9031 authored by Camarines Sur District  IV congressman Salvio Fortuno and signed by her excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring May 27 as an annual public holiday for the entire province of Camarines Sur covering the cities of Naga and Iriga, and all towns of the province in the observance of its yearly founding anniversary.




     Top officials of the Commission of Elections (COMELEC) in Bicol met their counterparts in the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) during the Second Consultative Conference at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola here, Friday, to discuss and map out strategies to insure a clean and honest May elections in the region.  Atty Zacarias Zaragosa, COMELEC Bicol regional director, exuded enthusiasm that the coming elections for national and local officials will be honest and peaceful.

     "With the support if the PNP, DECS and other agencies, there is no doubt that the goal will be achieved," Zaragosa told the participants which include Bicol PNP regional director Marcelo Navarro, Jr., DECS regional director Teresita Diaz-Naz and representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as representatives of government line agencies.

     Among the issues discussed during the conference were:  giving the teachers a copy of the election returns, legal protection of teachers were:  classroom preparations, absentee voting for AFP personnel, proposals for putting some barangays in Sorsogon under Comelec control, Catanduanes police request for DPWH vehicles, the number of qualified legal consultants for each candidate during vote canvassing, reassignment of police officers/problems on partiality of officers, rules to follow in filing cases against vote buyers.

     The PNP has classified the province of Albay and Sorsogon including Legazpi City as areas of immediate concern (AIC) and Masbate as among the areas of concern.  "The police should not bow down to political pressures during elections," Bicol police director Marcelo Navarro, Jr. told the participants adding that "requests for reassignment of police officers should be studied carefully as well as the role of higher headquarters."

     DECS regional director Teresita Diaz-Naz assured Comelec officials that classrooms will be prepared days before election proper.  "Our teachers are prepared to help the Comelec," when the voters go to the polling places they can immediately vote.