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Coastal municipalities in Philippine provinces

By Robert E. RoperosBUTUAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- The provincial office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Agusan del Norte has urged the officials of the coastal municipalities in the province to implement coastal clean-up, in support to the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment and natural resources as presented in the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino administration.Provincial Fishery Officer Ernesto Jamero recently said the province's lone city of Cabadbaran has already included in their city ordinance, directing the Cabadbaranons through the different barangays to implement coastal clean-up monthly.Jamero added this will not only help in protecting the environment but will also give good health especially to all the people living in the coastal areas.The BFAR official said all municipal officials should also craft ordinance to enforce costal clean-up regularly.

Regional Office of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

by Jay Vincent V. DemainA regional Office of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will soon be built inside the capitol compound. This, after the provincial government here gave its go signal by virtue of a resolution.Through Sanggunian Resolution No. 290-2011, it allowed PCSO to occupy 728 square-meter lot adjacent to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan office which will be used for the construction of its regional branch to serve as its Provincial District Office here in the province.According to PCSO officials, the agency chose the provincial capitol for its strategic location, accessibility to human traffic and cost-efficient in terms of lease found most advantageous to the government.Under the terms of a memorandum of agreement between PCSO and the provincial government, the agency will lease the lot for a period of 50 years, renewable for another 25 years.Upon the expiration of the agreement, the building and its improvements shall become the property of the pro…

Baba Yap on Sports Development

City Councilor John Geesnell "Baba" Yap II delivers a message during the John Geesnell Baba Yap Habitat Village Inter- Group Basketball League. The basketball league organized by the Habitat Homeowners Association Officials headed Mr. Gorgonio Auguis Jr. , President, Isadora Suico, Chairman on Sports and Mr. Fausto "Argie" Astronomo, Co- Chairman. Councilor Baba Yap stresses the need to promote good physical and mental health through sports, which is in line with his program B.A.B.A ( Building An empowered Barangay Advocacy). Councilor Yap likewise extended his support by providing prizes, new basketball board and sports equipments for the league.

Government Should Stop Destructive Panglao Reclamation Proposal

By Sunday Post The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol virtually "drove the final nail to the coffin" of the Panglao reclamation plan in a protracted battle by a proponent to rise above partisan consideration as the law-making body deliberated the project's viability in economic and political terms. But all efforts of Noris Oculam, main player of the project and the man behind Oasis Leisure Islands and Development Inc. (OLIDI), came to naught when the highly-partisan SP wrote finis to his pet project. In his appeal to SP, Oculam sought the conduct of an environmental study to find out if it affected economically and environmentally all stakeholders in the project. Sought for his reaction, Oculam said it was unfortunate that he was caught in the political crossfire of partisan interest. It was widely surmised that what put Oculam in an uncompromising situation as he pushed for the approval of the project was his close association with former governor Erico Aumentado now seco…

Bad State of Education in Bohol as Legacy of Aumentado Administration

Bad State of Education in Bohol as Legacy of Aumentado Administration

The state of public education particularly elementary and secondary schools in the province appears to be in sad state even as local officials and stakeholders are largely relying on the national government for help.

The situation in the inadequacy of facilities and lack of funds and teaching force is still hounding public education in the province.

But the report of the Department of Education regional office did not include the true picture of tertiary level being run and funded by the government.

This, maybe, prompted the local officials with the participation of multi-sectoral groups to launch the First Bohol Education Summit held at the Bohol Cultural Center on November 10-11, 2011 in a bid to come up with a right direction and courses of actions towards common agenda in improving the education.

In his power-point presentation before the Summit's participants, DepEd regional director Recaredo Borgonia said that …

Anda, Bohol Best Place in Bohol Island

Anda, Bohol - Feverish preparations are underway as this cape town is to host the first international sports event --- international triathlon --- slated on December 2-4, 2011, said Vice-Mayor Paulino Amper in an exclusive interview last week.

In separate interview, municipal tourism officer-designate Arvin Deligero Rubillos confirmed this, adding that Timex company is one of the sponsors of the event.

Amper said that organizers of the big event have visited here to see for themselves and decided to hold it here after finding that the town offers the ideal arena for the sport said to be the first to be held in the Visayas and Mindanao. He was then reluctant to accede of the holding of the event because of lack of infrastructure and services. But he realized that his may be an opportunity as it will definitely boost the town's tourism promotion for more investments that eventually generate job opportunities.

What worries him most is that the town may not be able to offer and accommoda…

Bohol Congressman Attacks Reproductive Health (RH) Bill

By JUNE S. BLANCO

Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol) has exposed House Bill No. 4244, popularly known as the RH Bill, as unconstitutional, inherently infirm, and redundant as it is covered already by 15 laws and executive issuances.

The solon bared his strong opposition against the RH bill during his three-hour interpellation and debate on the controversial measure with Minority Leader Edcel Lagman, the principal author.

The debate between Lagman and Aumentado started Tuesday night and ended Wednesday night, despite the house rules which provide for only a one-hour interpellation.

Aumentado said the bill is unconstitutional as it contravenes the constitutional provision which states that the State "shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn – from conception" because according to scientific studies especially by the United Nations International Agency research on cancer by 21 scientists, contraceptives are carcinogenic –causing cervix, breast…

Danajon Double Barrier Reef

By: JUNE S. BLANCOTHE House Natural Resources Committee has approved the bill seeking to establish the Danajon Double Barrier Reef Natural Park (DDBRNP).Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol), author and sponsor of the bill said as a natural park, the DDBRNP will become a protected area.But, the solon clarified, bill the guarantees freedom of legal fishing and of navigation at all times within the area except across established marine sanctuaries and fish pens or cages. For this purpose, he said, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) is tasked to establish a 250-meter buffer zone.It also ensures LGUs abutting the park of shares in future income as eco-tourism facilities shall have been established.The Region 7 offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR 7) and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) as well as Namria endorsed the bill. The committee chaired by Rep. Francisco Matugas of Surigao del Norte unanimously approved th…

Golf in Bohol

BOHOL ASSOCIATION IN METRO MANILA TO HOLD GOLF TOURNEY
Atty. Julius Gregory B. Delgado

The Boholano Association in Metro Manila, Inc. (BAMMI), the umbrella
organization of all Boholano town and sectoral associations in Metro Manila, will host its
2nd Charity Golf Tournament on October 14, 2011 from 6 a.m. to 12 noon at the Villamor
Air Base Golf Course, Pasay City.

BAMMI, led by its president, Mr. Geronimo Ambe of Ubay, VP for
Comptrollership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), aims to raise
funds for its outreach projects and social initiatives in Bohol. The golf tournament will
culminate with a Fellowship Dinner and an Awarding Ceremony at the Golf Course Club
House with the participants getting the chance to win exciting raffle prizes.

Ticket is at P2,500.00 which includes free registration, fairways fee, caddy fee,
snacks and dinner and a chance to win and drive home a KIA PICANTO CAR as Hole-
in-One Prize. For more details please contact Mr. Ronnie Ambe (09178065193) or …

Bohol Island Like Bali of Indonesia

By PHOEBE JEN INDINO
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim has vowed to support and give priority to the Tagbilaran-Panglao tourism plan, saying the province is positioned as the top potential tourism destination development area in the country.Lim, who served as one of the guest speakers of the 1st Bohol Tourism Summit last Friday, stressed that tourism in the province is very bullish and that the department will help fund the feasibility study on how to further improve the current Panglao Airport, which will soon accommodate international flights to attract more tourists and investments.He cited the upgrading of key tourism facilities like road infrastructures, sewage system, improvement of Panglao water supply which is currently a problem in the island, and other sanitation issues crucial in attracting investments."Improvement of accessibility, policy and infrastructure is very important in the development of tourism along with the creation of mark…

Water Problem in Corella, Bohol, Philippines

Like Cortes town, Corella did not agree with water compensation paid by service provider. Now, it is digging the dirt against the water deal with Bohol Water Utilities, Inc. (BWUI), which is extracting water resources in its back yard with a very low price tag.

After Cortes town annulled similar Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) over alleged "unfair" water transaction, BWUI is facing yet another legal battle over the same deal. This is aside from another case to be elevated to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) by city government over the water bill collection that retroacts in 2006.

Sensing that the MOA is disadvantageous to townsfolk all these years, Corella officials filed Civil Case No. 7939 for "Declaration of Nullity of Memorandum of Agreement and Damages" before the Regional Trial Court based here.

Named respondents is the BWUI represented by Mr. Romeo G. Robles, senior manager in the said case filed by the Municipality of Corella through Mayor Jose Nicanor …