Bohol, Naga, Davao pilots in connectivity

     By JUNE S. BLANCO     FORTY national government agencies in one-stop shops in Ubay and Talibon towns? Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District), chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology said the idea is not far-fetched. This after Bohol in the Visayas, Naga in Luzon and Davao in Mindanao will be piloted for the first ever satellite-based internet connectivity project. Aumentado said the project augurs well for a stable connection so that Ubay and Talibon as well as their counterpart towns in Luzon and Mindanao may soon set up these one-stop shops initially with These will spell savings for residents in these and nearby towns as they may just go to these shops to secure clearances and transact businesses with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security System and the like – for an initial 20 agencies. Aumentado said Ubay and Talibon still has poor connectivity hence he pushed for the inclusion of these towns as project pilots. Ubay and Talibon, he said, are the most populous towns in Bohol. Both have seaports while Ubay has an airport. This spells booming business for both towns although at times, he said, the connectivity is poor. “That is why Ubay and Talibon should get the first crack at better connectivity,” he explained. This will give Bohol a competitive edge in the wake of the Asean integration, he said. It is about time that Ubay should level up its business climate. With reliable internet, suppliers can find clients and buyers can find suppliers. Since both parties are working from their...

Aris: Chinese investor eyes Bohol for bamboo plantation

    By JUNE S. BLANCO   A CHINESE investor intends to establish a bamboo plantation and processing plant in Bohol. Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado’s (Bohol, 2nd District) said he recently met the investors’s Philippine representative here as the latter scouted around for suitable sites for the plantation and plant. The solon said the big-time investor is looking for one million hectares of idle government and private lands throughout the country for the project. He is also eyeing Ubay as the center of his business operations due to its central location in the country, the solon added. The investor’s representative also observed that Ubay already has an airport and seaports suitable for big cargo vessels. These infrastructures are vital to move raw materials and finished products, he said. The bamboo stem can be processed into all types of building materials. On the other hand, its leaves and twigs can be processed into cloth. The investor’s representative said farmers who plant bamboo can earn as much as P30,000 a month. Bamboo’s advantage is it is not as labor intensive in planting as rice. It does not require close monitoring so that farmers can still attend to other activities. It also propagates prolifically hence, there is no need to replant in three months to four months as rice. An added advantage of bamboo, being a “perennial” plant, on top of capturing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air is it gives off oxygen. And just like other plants, it absorbs and holds rain and runoff water thus contributing to a healthy aquifer. It also helps retain water in dams, thus ensuring...

SP members in hot water over “persona non grata”

TAGBILARAN CITY – Seven of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) who are mostly allied with Gov. Edgar Chatto are facing charges for their declaration of lawyer Salvador Diputado as ‘persona non grata.’ Diputado filed a civil case against provincial board members Venzencio Arcamo, Kristine Alexie Tutor, Abeleon Damalerio, Ricky Masamayor, Elpidio Jala, Agapito Avenido and Romulo Cepedoza. The charge sheet is docketed in civil case No. 8798 “for nullification of Resolution and Damages” subscribed and sworn to by lawyer Romulo Puagang, Clerk of Court VI, Regional Trial Court branch. Diputado asked the court to invalidate the SP Resolution No. 2016-508, declaring him as persona non grata “for being ultra vires, invalid and illegal” The said SP Resolution in question was based on the Committee of the Whole report No. 2016-15 dated September 7, 2016, Diputado said. Diputado also asked the court to order the respondents (the SP members who signed the said committee report) to pay him Php2 million for moral damages; Php500,000 forexemplary damages; and Php20,000 for incidental cost. The alleged illegal acts of the defendants caused him “sleepless nights, mental anxiety and untold social humiliation,” Diputado said in his complaint. It will be recalled that Diputado floated as what SP called rumor the Php81 milion bank account allegedly owned by an unnamed Capitol official in an undisclosed bank in this city. Diputado maintained that he has a source who reveal this bank account to him and that he would not reveal the identity of his source since the said information (on bank account) still has to be verified. This prompted the SP to give attention...

Vietnam is good, but no place like home

BAC NINH – Vietnam is a good place to go for OFWs. “Tahimik dito (It’s peaceful here),” Susie Rebatis responded like it was a no-brainer when asked the advantage of working in Vietnam. She pointed out that guards don’t carry guns and even clubs at work, proof according to her that there are hardly any trouble-makers. The quality control supervisor of the Oishi manufacturing plant in Bac Ninh says she has little reasons to complain. Rebatis said her pay is good and the company provides for the needs like food and accommodation of expats like her. “You don’t hear workers complain about conditions in the work place,” she added in Tagalog. The second in a family of nine daughters, she considers working in Vietnam a marked improvement from her life in the province. Another Filipino working in the company said the only thing missing for him is his family. “I want them to come over,” said Jomar Padon who has a wife and a son in the Philippines. Padon said he wants them to see for themselves the kind of work he has so they will better appreciate the sacrifices he has for them. Like Rebatis, he only has kind words for the Vietnamese. “They are pleasant and respectful,” the plant maintenance supervisor explained. Padon said the Vietnamese are respectful to foreigners and those who work under him do not cause him trouble. Jeremie Molina shook her head when asked if she has any complaints about the people she deals with in the company and those in the community. “They are easy to get along with, no complaints,” she...

Media Coverage Joint Oathtaking June 30

EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT June 28, 2016 M E D I A A D V I S O R Y TO : ALL STATION MANAGERS/ REPORTERS Radio Stations ALL EDITORS/ WRITERS News papers RE : M E D I A C O V E R A G E This coming Thursday, June 30 will be the Joint Inauguration and Oath-Taking Ceremonies for the elected/ re-elected Provincial Officials, including the Congressmen of the Province of Bohol. The day will start with the 7:15 am Thanksgiving Mass at the St. Joseph Cathedral to be followed by the Oath-Taking ceremonies at 9:30 in the morning at the Bohol Cultural Center. Considering its importance, may we request you and your media to cover the said event. Since this is also a solemn event, may we also request you and your media to come in business attire. Thank you so much and let us work together for the success of this event and promoting a better Bohol. Very Truly Yours, AUGUSTUS E. ESCOBIA...

2016 SANDUGO SONGFEST HIGHLIGHTS NOVELTY, UPBEAT AND LOVE SONGS 15 finalists named

Unlike previous Sandugo song festivals, this year will feature novelty, upbeat(fast) and love (ballad) songs. Winners will be proclaimed based on these three categories. This year, fifteen (15) original Boholano compositions have already been selected as finalists namely; for novelty: Novelty-Nalingaw ko sa Bohol by Raul Saletrero, interpreter Fedrianne Villanueva; Dear Tatay by Rudy Tutor, interpreter Tarcs Bebe Edulan; Kaniadto ug Karun by John Rey Fuertes; Adunay Forever by Marvin Russel Elaba and Ang Gusto Ko by Maria Luza Brua, interpreter Cindy Claire Echavia. For the Love Song Category: finalists are Barotong Papel by Dr. Nandie Maniwan,, interpreter Charity Espejo Monteron; Dili Na by Humprey Mark Nicasio, interpreter Jhusica Villafores; Balik na Pinangga Ko by Sergie Peter Balaba; Hagit by Engr. Soc Saletrero, interpreter Florie Lyn Vergara; and Bahandi O Kadungganan- by Analiza (Glee) Orcullo, interpreter Florie Lyn Vergara. Entries for the Upbeat category are Pahimangno by Nice Tumulak; Bagyo og Linog by Arnel Mascariñas with lyricist Fr. Roel Lungay and interpreter Humfrey Mark Nicasio; Kupido by Charlven Remolador, interpreter Dadoy Elorde; Tambayan by Clyde Ebojo; and Ikaw ug Ako by Ralph Maligro, interpreters Angelito Zamora Jr. and Mercedita Quiachon. There will be one winner in each category and will receive P50,000.00 each. The Best Interpreter will receive P5,000.00 while non winning entries will receive P10,000.00 as consolation prizes. The songfest will be held at the Bohol Cultural Center on July 21, as one of the highlights of the month-long Bohol Sandugo Festival. The annual songfest committee is chaired by Eddie Orig, with Engr. Ben Redulla, Yoyon Ramasola, Rene Balbin, Bonie Quirog, Atty. John Mitchell Boiser and EDCOM Head...

Aris to distribute P52 M in checks for livelihood

By JUNE S. BLANCO THREE more farmers’ and fishermen’s associations out of eight in their batch will receive livelihood checks worth an aggregate of P8 million from Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado’s (Bohol, 2nd District) within the month. The beneficiaries are women’s organizations in San Miguel, Getafe and Inabanga towns who are wives of members of farmers or irrigators associations. Aumentado said the livelihood projects are designed to augment the incomes of farmers and fishermen. This way, he said, their families will not rely solely on the incomes of the husbands, especially when rice harvest is poor or when fish is scarce due to stormy weather. He noted that additional income is always welcome considering the skyrocketing prices of commodities and schooling nowadays. The livelihood funding comes from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which the farmers and fishermen can avail of through the Active Responsive Initiative for Sustainable (ARIS) Development. The solon’s office had assisted the women’s groups win preparing their respective feasibility studies. The projects range from flatbed driers, hand tractors, meat processing, fishing equipment and hog fattening. The fund releases are under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). In an e-mail message, Aumentado expressed elation that his efforts at helping his constituents are now bearing fruit. He also expressed appreciation for DOLE for its quick response considering that the people’s needs are immediate. He added that on top of the eight, the documents of 12 more people’s organizations are now being processed. DOLE’s quick processing of the papers is “a great help” in his partnership with that department in fighting poverty among his constituents,...

THE TOP HEADLINES

By: Ben Emata I was laughing real hard when I read in the Internet report which quoted Sen. Johnny Ponce Enrile as saying that Pres Noy Aquino is the worst president the country ever had. Certainly, his observation has some relation to the fact that it was during Aquino’s regime when he was jailed for plunder together with Sen. Bong Revilla and Sen. Jinggoy Estrada. Until now Enrile is supposed to be in jail but considering his age of 92 and suffering from some ailments, he was released under hospital arrest. He is not free yet. I see Enrile’s greatest blunder in life is his great love for power and wealth. He could have retired long time ago and enjoy life at home with his children. He craved for more money instead and he met his waterloo in shame. 0 0 0 Sen, Koko Pimentel, during the last political campaign revealed that if Rodrigo Duterte wins, Jejomar Binay will be the first big fish who will go to jail. I surmised his speculation was based on the fact that Binay has several plunder cases pending relative to the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati parking building. As a matter of fact the senate Blue Ribbon committee recommended the filing of plunder cases against him. What aggravated the issue was Binay has acquired vast estates worth millions and even billions of pesos. Worst is he cannot explain his wealth. 0 0 0 Sen. Drillon announced recently that Sen. Koko Pimentel will be the next senate president. If this is the case, Kagay-anons have good reason to celebrate for...

MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION

By: Ben Emata Whether one is in an European city, in the Arab world, the American continent, in the Philippines or anywhere around the world, journalism will always be the most dangerous profession. The simple reason is journalists are advocates of truth and following the principle of logic, the matter sometimes hurts. People differs in places and culture. In some areas specially in advance countries, where culture and education existed even before the Philippines was discovered, media has always been the target of ire or irritation. This is so because as guardians of society or civilization, it runs counter to ugly behavior, attitude, misdemeanor, or negative aspect of life. In any place, there are only two kinds of people that walk around – – the good and the bad. Journalists appreciate the former for their righteousness like being kind, courteous, caring, helpful, religious and the like. On the same manner, it also shun, criticize, despise, ridicule the bad ones, more particularly on negative actuations. The same thing is true to other institutions whether it is business, religious, family, group of people, school and anything. Remember the old adage that journalists are the soul of the community, the eyes and ears of civilization and anything around it? It is the, “fiscalizer”, or the guardian of government funds and properties and further is part of a democratic society on the issue of check and balance. By this we stand on the edge of a cliff ready to fall. Without the media, who will safeguard public possessions, funds, etc. from corruption, mismanagement, bickering, stupidity and recklessness? Who will inform the taxpayers and...

Makabayan pledges support to pro-people and pro-poor policies of incoming President Rody Duterte

Makabayan pledges support to pro-people and pro-poor policies of incoming President Rody Duterte Makabayan Coalition welcomes the overwhelming victory of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 presidential election. We recognize such victory as an expression of popular outrage over and rejection of the regime of “daang matuwid” and a cry for sweeping change in the elitist and anti-people system. We are encouraged by his pro-people and pro-poor policy pronouncements on a number of issues, including the immediate resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front and the release of detained peace consultants and political prisoners; putting an end to labor contractualization; increasing support to farmers and prioritizing education, health, food aid and other essential services over big infrastructure projects in the light of mass poverty and hunger. Makabayan pledges its full support for the fulfillment of the said promises. At the same time, we challenge the incoming Duterte administration to immediately hold responsible outgoing President Aquino, DBM Secretary Abad and other officials for the illegal and graft-ridden Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the circumvention of the Supreme Court ruling against the pork barrel system and for all the anomalous transactions they entered into.Aquino and other responsible officials must also be held to account for the Mamasapano carnage and the killing and maiming of protesting farmers in Kidapawan. Furthermore, we challenge incoming President Duterte to repudiate the neoliberal economic policies pursued by previous administrations that have failed to bring about real development and prosperity to our people and perpetuated gross social inequality, Instead we urge him to implement an economic development program anchored on national industrialization (to create increasing numbers of regular jobs) and...