Bohol Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Coucil

Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Coucil (P- SMED) officers and members hold its 2nd out of town meeting at the Inabanga Cultural Center on September 16. Marietta Gasatan of the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Indusrty (BCCI) chaired the council which is composed of different government and non- government agencies.

  Gasatan acts as moderator as the group thrashes out its regular agenda with particular concern of Local (Inabanga) Micro, Small and medium Enterprise in Loomweaving and its value chain output.

  Municipal Councilor Amormeo dela Torre, president of (BUWRPA) Bohol United Woven Raffia Association gave a short presentation of the Inabanga Raffia Loomweaving Industry.

  Meanwhile, DTI Provincial Director Nanette Arbon presented a draft of the Bohol Raffia Industry value chain output- a result of the focus group discussion from the municipalities of Inabanga, Tubigon, Danao, Albur and Catigbian .

  It was later decided that Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with Department of Labor and Employment will facilitate a socio economic training to all people's organization under the BUWRPA association to strengthen the foundation of the group.

  It was agreed that the council next regular meeting will be on October 21 at Tagbilaran City.

Inabanga Bohol Public Service

  Nothing beats refreshers to ensure that frontliners, especially in the towns, are on their toes where courtesy as well as competent and efficient service to the public are concerned.

  As such, Municipio Inabanga recently initiated a service excellence in the workplace training workshop for department heads, mayor's office staff and Information Community Relations Officers (ICRO).

  Training Division Chief Ella Lachica and Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Grace Lardizabal from the Center for Industrial Competitiveness (CIC),  a bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) based in Manila flew in for the purpose, accompanied by Blair Panong and Nita Balaba of DTI-Bohol.

  In his statement of purpose, Panong said the local government unit (LGU) is a service industry that should answer the needs of the constituents.

  "This is an attempt to improve the delivery of services that will give us a fresh outlook on how to deal with the constituency being front liners of Team Inabanga," he said.

  Lachica explained the need for service excellence as the constituents' expectations are higher than before.

  She discussed service management, common difficulties in organizational change effort, the right attitude in delivering quality service and understanding the need of the constituents.

  "Your attitude towards clients influences your behavior. You cannot always camouflage how you feel," she pointed out.

  Lardizabal facilitated the workshop in setting quality service standards.

  "The delivery of government service can be improved by setting service standards: establish a target, communicate expectations and create a valuable management tool," she said.

  Reporting of the standards created by group capped the activity. 

Inabanga Bohol Peace Team

Peace workers here have joined hands to prevent crime – a job admittedly not for the police alone, but everybody's concern.

  Municipal employees, members of the municipal and barangay Peace and Order Councils (POCs), barangay officials, tanods and students recently gathered for an orientation on their roles to keep the peace conducted by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) that Gov. Erico Aumentado chairs.

  Revolving around the theme Krimen Sugpuon, Pamilya Palig-unon, the activity formed part of this town's participation in the nationwide observance of Crime Prevention Month which aims to promote community involvement and participation in crime prevention.

  This town became a stop in the PPOC's provincewide information campaign to generate awareness and promote crime prevention in the common tao.

  Provincial Director Rustica MascariƱas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led a panel of speakers that discussed the responsibilities of citizens in peacekeeping.

  "This symposium will remind us that peace and order is the concern of everybody in the family and in the community," she said in her statement of purpose.

  She also elaborated the criminal justice system pillars to include crime prevention, law enforcement, prosecution and court, rehabilitation and community. 

  Inabanga Chief of Police, Sr. Insp. Melanio Artiaga welcomed the participants while Ch. Insp. Uldarico Palgan, head of Police-Community Relations of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) explained the role of the community in crime prevention. He acknowledged the role of tanods as their counterparts in implementing peace and order. He also discussed the major activities recommended in OPLAN Sugpo Krimen.

  Meanwhile, Cpl. Reynaldo Colongon, representative of the Philippine Army's 2nd Special Forces Battalion based in Bilar town discussed the Bohol Local Integrated Security System (Bliss) and the barangay security system.

  For his part, SFO4 Gaudioso Subsuban, chief of the Administrative Branch of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Bohol gave prevention tips to avoid fire disasters as well as saving lives and property.

  Aside from Inabanga, the PPOC team also stopped in Ubay, Jagna, Talibon, Carmen and Tubigon towns.  

Balilihan Bohol Non-working Holiday

The Arroyo government has declared tomorrow a non-working holiday in Balilihan in deference to the observance of the town's 181st foundation day.

Dubbed as Sumad 2009, the day also marks the 8th  death anniversary of the town's illustrious son, the late assemblyman Eladio "Kiking' Chatto, father of the incumbent congressman. 

It will be the first time in the history of the twin celebration that the town observes a non-working holiday

Proud Balilinhons have marked Sumad, an annual week-long observance that climaxes on their town's Foundation Day every September 29, and cited unity with their leaders as their key to development. 

Balilihan is emerging as another interior Bohol center of agri-tourism and education which they said only proves the workings of its officials led by Mayor Victoria Chatto and Vice Mayor Dominisio Chatto with the  support of the town's venerable son, the young congressman. 

New vital infrastructures have taken place and existing ones improved, including better roads that provide veins for faster flow of rural economic lifeblood. 

The 181-year-old municipality has finalized its tourism masterplan that harmonizes with the grand design for the ambitious Abatan River Development Project. 

Integrated agricultural technology has been applied to the predominantly farming locality, enabling farmers to attain food-self sufficiency while supplying vegetables and other products to Tagbilaran City markets, even tourism-related establishments like hotels and resorts. 

Rep. Chatto, together with the guests, municipal and barangay officials, yesterday opened the Sumad 2009 Agro-Industrial Fair, another highlight of the celebration which started last Wednesday. 

The week-long festivities will commence on Tuesday with the inauguration of projects like the Bureau of Fire Protection Building, Municipal Health Office extension building for laboratory and dental clinic, soft launching of the Municipal Museum, and inauguration of the Balilihan Central Elementary School Library Hub and three-classroom building. 

As a testimony to its becoming an educational center, Balilihan will mark tomorrow the 1st Foundation Day of the well-equipped Congressional District Library, one of only five in the country today. 

The library stands within the Balilihan Campus of the Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT), a technical/vocational/skills institution preparing young Boholanos to be globally competitive.  CVSCAFT's existing main campus is in Bilar. 

There are also Candijay, Calape and Clarin campuses under the CVSCAFT System, which Chatto has worked out to become the first state university in Bohol thru a bill he has principally authored in Congress. 

Balilihan is also home to the new training center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 

                                                  SUMAD ACTIVITIES

Another highlight of Sumad 2009 was a mass wedding solemnized inside the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. 

Celebration guests will be treated to demo farm field visits today while the selection and coronation of the Mr. and Mrs. Sumad 2009 take center stage tonight. 

Grand parade and streetdancing competition will enliven the celebration tomorrow afternoon, followed by a film showing at the Congressional District Library and socio-cultural Bayle sa Tibuok Kalibutan in the evening. 

The foundation anniversary finale and celebration closing activities/ceremonies on September 29, Tuesday, will include the Pista sa Nayon and launching rites for Republic Act 9706, Municipal Citizen's Charter, ISWM Ten-Year Plan and BCES Library Hub by concerned agencies with Chatto and town officials who will be joined by guests DepEd Usec. Jesus Galvan, DILG Regional Director Pedro Noval, Jr. and Gov. Erico Aumentado, among others. 

Awards will be given to Balilihan's Ten Outstanding Barangay Officials of the Year (TOBOY), best purok per barangay, outstanding exhibit booths and pinaka products of the agro-industrial fair. 

Balilinhon board and bar passers will likewise be honored as part of the181st Foundation Day and Sumad 2009 finale at the Assemblyman Eladio I. Chatto Sports and Cultural Center. 

Meanwhile, Board Member Alfonso "Ae" Damalerio II took exceptions to brickbats heaped on Cong. Chatto that he did nothing tangible in his own hometown. 

The young board member shared the observations of many Balilinhons that there's such a thing as charity begins at home and Damalerio minced no words in heaping extravagant praises to his mentor—Chatto. 

According to Damalerio, Balilihan would not be the center of  eco-tourism and education without the assistance of Cong. Chatto.

The board member was one of the guests of honor during the opening of the week-long celebration of Sumad 2009 last Wednesday. 

The congressman's wife Pureza pinched hit for her husband during the opening rites. 

This year's celebration rotates on the theme "Kahiusahan: Yawe sa Kalambuan sa Balilihan" or "Unity: Key to the Development of Balilihan." (With reports from Ven Rebo Arigo)  

Clarin Bohol Project

At least two barangays with an estimated 100 hectares of rain-fed rice fields will stand to benefit from a water impounding facility.  

Located in Poblacion Sur, the irrigation project was thru the efforts of Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap who is on a project giving binge in his capacity as Cabinet steward for Bohol

Yap's effort to give projects outside his turf doused cold water to speculations that his concentration in spreading the gravy of the agriculture department was limited to the third district where he is eyeing the Congress seat. 

The Clarin facility replaced the old one which was wiped out by a water spout which hit the irrigation area last year.

Construction of the project started in earnest and  as of last report the work phase ran the gamut of setting up the stone rip-rap.

The DA allotted P9 million to finish the project.

Aside from Poblacion Sur, the neighboring village of Candajic will also benefit from the irrigation project.