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Illegal Lumber Confiscated in Bohol Island

By June Blanco

"Bohol's pristine environment is its primary tourism come-on. It must be protected at all cost, otherwise we will have no tourism industry to speak of."

  Gov. Erico Aumentado expressed grave concern when, reports reaching him early this year indicated that naturally growing trees like molave, locally known as tugas, even in watershed – and therefore protected areas – have been cut by unscrupulous persons and even shipped out of the province.

  The confidential reports revealed that illegal cutting of trees have been prevalent in Bohol especially in secluded forest areas even as transportation of timber or lumber from questionable sources was facilitated with fake, falsified or recycled documents.

  This prompted Aumentado to reconstitute through an executive order (EO) Task Force Kabukiran. The governor sits as chair, the police provincial director as co-chair and executive officer, the mayors of four strategically located towns as vice chairmen; and the prov…

Priority Projects in Tagbilaran City

Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim yesterday asserted that all his priority projects are in response to the needs of the city.

 "There is one thing I can promise our people, no matter what our critics say, we have no other motive but the comprehensive progress of our city," the mayor stressed.

 Lim said that while there may be those who disagree with his methods or the technology that he is embracing, no one can say that his projects are not needed by the city.

 The mayor made the remark as he expressed gratitude for the support of the people for his priority projects.

 This was based on the results of the Bohol Poll 2008, a survey conducted by the Holy Name University last April 3-20.

 The survey revealed that 98% approved of the campaign against illegal drugs while 96% agree with the move of the city government to close open air karaoke spots at 10 pm.

 As expected, 91% of the respondents said they were aware and were satisfied with the giving of free uniforms, shoes, bags and other schoo…

Winners of the Sandugo Street Dancing

An island cooperative which is making waves in converting a lost livelihood hunting endangered species into a lucrative tourism enterprise wowed thousands of spectators when it took to the streets Sunday to show its wares marking the 2008 Sandugo street dancing spectacle.

Not to be  outsmarted, Tribu Maribojoc also showed excellent performance to gain the nod of judges to bag the Best in Field Performance.

Jagna's Sinuog Estokada was also the darling of the crowd when it went home with the Best in Street Dancing plum rounding up the three winners in the street dancing exhibition. Although it was made it clear before the revelry started that it was no contest, people in the crowd already trained their sights as to the possible winners. Sixteen Sandugo street dancing groups made up this year's entries in the yearly activity.

The Baclayon contingent represented by the Pamilacan Island Tourism Livelihood Multi-Purpose Cooperative was a stand out in production design. No wonder it …

Philippine Population Bill Elicits Protest from Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church here is leading a huge prayer rally on Tuesday expressing its opposition to a bill in Congress seeking to control population growth.

Expected to gather a huge cross-section of the community, Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Vicar General Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog has appealed on members of the clergy, religious, seminarians, school administrators, government officials and mandated church organizations to join the rally.

In his letter calling for "pro-life" advocates, Bishop Medroso says the Reproductive Health Population Act of 2007 which is looming approval at the House of Representatives is "anti-life, anti-family and anti-church".

"The provisions of this bill include legalization of abortion, sex education to the youth and adolescents, that cause more confusion, massive promotion of the artificial methods of birth control," Medroso said.

The Catholic hierarchy considers artificial methods of birth control, such as pills, IUD, condoms and …

Bohol Sandugo Street Dancing with Congressman Pichay

By Kit Bagaipo
Bohol Chronicle

This year's Bohol Sandugo streetdancing will feature 16 performing contingents representing schools and local government units.

The street dancing, which will start at 1 p.m. today is a yearly major highlight to cap the Sandugo festivities.  It will traditionally re-enacts the first Blood Compact between Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna with Spanish conquistador, Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Streetdancing committee chair Carmen Gatal told the Chronicle that each performing group will render a free interpretative dance depicting the message of the theme "Bol-anong Kultura, Kakugi ug Kina-iyahan, Palambuon."

Three major awards will be given to the top performing contingents in different categories with 6 minor prizes even though this year's streetdancing is a non-competition.
Participating groups are representatives of the Municipalities of Jagna, Balilihan, Carmen, Tubigon, Maribojoc, Bien Unido and Loboc.

Also performing are contin…

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