Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gov speaks at webinar

On Rabies Day Sept 28


GOVERNOR Edgar Chatto would be the only Filipino and the only local government leader and resource speaker during the webinars on World Rabies Day September 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM, said reports from the Bohol Rabies Prevention and Eradication Council (BRPEC).


A webinar is a workshop or lecture delivered over the web. They may be one-way Webcast, or there may be interaction between the audience and the presenters, almost similar to a virtual seminar, web conference and webcast, according to pcencyclopedia.


Provincial Veterinarian and BRPEC Acton Officer Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz said Chatto's participation in the web-based seminar is a great privilege for Bohol to share its experience in rabies prevention and control to the whole world.


One of the country's leading anti-rabies program, Bohol's rabies prevention has even taken off ahead of the passing of the country's anti-rabies program and its implementing rules and regulations.


With a perfect record of zero human or canine rabies cases 23 months after launching the province-wide community based anti-rabies program, authorities couldn't hide their excitement on the success considering that Bohol used to be among the top provinces threatened by rabies.


Gov. Chatto, she said would be sharing the "Implementation of the Bohol Provincial Rabies Elimination Program: Perspective of the Chief Local Executive" as a way of input on a web seminar that top-bills the world's leading anti-rabies advocates.


He could be seen on the web on September 28, 6:00 PM.


Home-based inter-actors who pre-register on a pre-determined link can join the webinar, co-hosted by Global Alliance for Rabies Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Speakers, along with governor Chatto include Manhattan-based Betsy Miranda of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control on Generating Community Support in Implementing a Rabies Elimination Program, Brenda Rivera of Puerto Rico's Department of Health who will be speaking on Engaging school-age children in the fight against rabies: The Puerto Rico experience.


Also on the webinar is Katinka deBalogh of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome Italy, who will speak on the One Health Concept as an opportunity for Rabies Control, Todd Smith of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta with his Past, present and future rabies biogenics, G. Robert Weedon of Global Alliance for Rabies Control on Animal Population Control and Rabies Prevention. (rac/PIABohol)

Jatropha funders back out,

Capitol reviews contracts


WITH the project jatropha showing signs of being in jeopardy, Governor Edgar Chatto said he has commissioned a study group to review the contracts and see what the provincial government can do.


Then briskly sold by capitol through a point person, Project jatropha hopes to ignite in Bohol's idle lands the habit of cultivating jatropha curcas, as an alternative source of livelihood and at the same time furnishing the source for the government's bio-fuel development program.


Former governor Erico Aumentado believed that growing jatropha is a good alternative livelihood especially when the government itself is buying through the Philippine National oil Company under the Department of Energy's alternative energy development program.

The project jatropha accordingly assures some 24,000 farmhand jobs, and the governor wasted no time in inking a memorandum of agreement with Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corporation (PNOC-AFC) that would seal the Project Jatropha here.

The initial covenant was for Bohol to convert its idle lands into productive green-fuel source with the initial 3,000 hectares of jatropha curcas plantation, the farmers themselves getting paid P1.25 per plant while eight years later still owning the fruit-bearing tuba-tuba.

That agreement signed in 2009 also allowed PNOC to put up P23,000 per hectare as mobility fund which would be used for sourcing out for planting materials, labor component and inputs.

According to sources, one of the MOA provisions, call for the PNOC to buy jatropha from Bohol farmers in the next 25 years, considering the escalation costs.

But despite a dream-come true promise for Bohol farmers, recent reports said that financiers have backed out of the agreements and the present governor is at a loss on how to manage the problem.


Left with practically a combustible investment with people already nurturing fruiting jatropha and no buyers, Governor Edgar Chatto said part of the study is to determine the content of the initial agreements, identify the sites reforested with jatropha, and what are the deliverables of each signatory. 


We need to review the agreements to that we will have an idea on how to approach the problem and craft solutions, Chatto said. (racPIABohol)

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