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P450 Million Tagbilaran City Loan Approved

By Kit Bagaipo, Bohol Chronicle City lawmakers on Friday granted an authority for Mayor Dan Lim to proceed with negotiations for a P450 million loan to finance three major infrastructure projects. The approval came not without objections as Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso and three councilors in the minority bloc maintain reservations on such loan application. Majority of the lawmakers however pushed for the granting of the authorization together with two other measures requested by the mayor to be taken up during the SP regular session on Friday as special order of the day. The approval of the authorization, under Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Resolution No. 65-08, was opposed by Veloso and Kagawads Anne Mariquit Oppus, Zenaido Rama and Bebiano Inting. The vice mayor and three councilors wanted the loan authorization be deferred for further deliberations of the SP constituted as a committee of the whole, together with the two other measures. In his letter to the SP last Wednesday, Lim mo…

Bohol Mining Ordinance of 2008

The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan 'locked horns' on a sensitive provision of the proposed Bohol Mining Ordinance of 2008, deliberated during the second reading last week. The bone of contention was the provision in one of the "preambles" of the said Ordinance that an applicant must secure first an approved Ordinance from the SP prior to securing a permit to mine or extract quarry. It is perceived as an added burden on the part of a would-be permittee aside from securing permit and other documents such as Environmental Clearance Certifi-cate (ECC) to be issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The SP deliberated the proposed measure on a piece-meal basis, debating only articles I and II after a "hiatus" when it was calendared for second reading two months ago. The board decided to give ample time to study the measure. Board Member Alfonso Damalerio II, main sponsor of the measure, insisted on said provision while his co…

Bureau of Alternative Learning System

The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (ALS) which is considered as the third bureau of the Department of Education held its joint thanksgiving and induction program last Wednesday, at the People's Empowerment Training Center, Old City Hall Bldg., Tagbilaran City. A thanksgiving mass officiated by Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog preceded the affair followed by the distribution of certificate of recognition to the 22 ALS A and E passers for their exemplary performance having passed the National A and E Test conducted last Feb. 10. These secondary passers are qualified to enroll in any course in college depending on the choice of the learner. Moreover, one of the highlights of the program is the oath taking of the newly elected officials of the ALS District I Society of Barangay Officials (ALSSBO) and ALS Learner's Organization. The ALSSBO and ALSLO Officials were inducted into office by Atty. Danilo Bantugan representing the City Mayor, Atty. Dan Neri Lim as inducting officer. Newly i…

Death Anniversary of Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr

The Boholanos led by the Justice and Peace Movement (JPM), the Bohol Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (BAJFD), and the Coalition of Concerned Tagbilaranons (CCT) will commemorate the 25th death anniversary of former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. tomorrow which has been declared as a public holiday. A commemorative mass in memory of Sen. Aquino will be officiated at 6 o'clock in the morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church (K of C), Gallares Street, this city. After the mass, the joint 25th general assembly of the JPM, 7th general assembly of the BAJFD, and the 4th general assembly of the Coalition of Concerned Tagbilaranons will follow at 7 a.m. at Door 1, Seaside, JJ's Seafood Village, K of C Drive, this city. Lawyer Raul Barbarona, executive director of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) will be the guest speaker. He will talk on the topic, "The Prospects for Peace in Southern Philippines." He will also discuss the implications of the prop…

Squatter Demolition in Tagbilaran City

Despite the repeated call made by the provincial government for the squatters to relocate outside their illegally occupied government lot in Purok 6, New Capitol Site Cogon District, this city, the settlers have made no action. Still they continue to occupy the said place undermining the memorandum of agreement which they have signed during previous administrations to evacuate the place whenever it is used for government purposes.

In relation with this, DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elpidio Jala vowed to now go ahead with the construction of the new DepEd building on the site.

The demolition of houses owned by the squatters will start tomorrow.

Jala said that the governor has already instructed him to pursue the demolition so he will act on this immediately due to the urgency of the project.

"The project must be started now. The P5-million pesos funds coming from the coffer in Congress will go back to general funds (GAA) if it will not be utilized. Before the year ends,&q…

Duero Bohol DepEd Officials Under Fire

Ric V Obedencio - Bohol Standard - The row over the prize money of the Duero Central Elementary School (DCES) drum and bugle corps widens as the complainants, who are mostly parents, are still awaiting for the Ombudsman to investigate the mess. Some 52 parents, whose children composed the DCES Drum and Bugle Corp (DBC) who won in 2007 showdown, signed a petition for the Ombudsman to look into the "mismanagement done by the DCES principal Dr. Lourdes Castillo and organizer Cora Escobal and coach Gina E. Jano." It will be recalled that DCES DBC won the Alturas sponsored showdown last year pocketing the prize of P51,000 and another P35,000 prize. DBC organizers agreed that the prizes won't be divided among the 115-strong DBC children-members but instead children will be treated to a tour. The balance will be used to acquire instruments for the DBC, said Castillo in a phone interview Friday. In their petition, the accuser-parents alleged that DBC organizers including the sch…