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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…