Friday, October 15, 2010

Police assures safety offers escorts to Danao

POLICE authorities offer escorts and assure its presence along the way to the extreme adventure town of Danao in Bohol.

“Tourists wanting to go to Danao can pre-arrange their trips with Danao Eco-Tour Advanture Park and police security would be arranged from there,” said Pssupt. Constantino Barot, during the monthly Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) Wednesday October 13 at Camp Dagohoy in Tagbilaran.

This is the usual security arrangements with the adventure facility, and anybody who fails to notify the park is in for a breach of protocol. It is safe however but for tourists who still have apprehensions, coordination with the authorities could be done, Col. Barot explained.

“This is part of our assurance to tourists that the isolated case of highway robbers victimizing tourists would never happen again” said PInspector Norman Nuez, Danao police chief.

It may be recalled that last August 22, some three vans loaded with tourists to Danao were flagged down by highway robbers in Sitio Mabuhay, barangay Tabok of Danao and tourists were divested of cash and personal belongings, Nuez reported.

No one among the tourists however was harmed.

Police thereafter conducted pursuit operations when investigatons revealed that at least some of the prepetrators were local boys.

Subsequent operations pegged a score for the Camp Dagohoy based Provincial Public Safety Company of special weapons and tactics officers when it succeeded in apprehending some of the suspects identified in the Danao incident in a raid in Loon.

Acting immediately to reassure tourists of their safety, Danao Mayor Louis Thomas Gonzaga asked the Bohol Police Office to augment police security and presence along the access routes to Danao to ensure safety.

On this, Camp Dagohoy has installed police detachments along the way, using integral poluce elements from Sagbayan, Inabanga, and Danao stations, Inspector Nuez bared.

Insisting that Danao is back on the track, Mayor Gonzaga said it has just recently hosted the nationwide Thrill of the Trail race which brought to the town professional and amateur marathon enthusiasts to compete in the 20 and 10 kilometer races. (racPIABohol)

Police outlaws “thinner guns”

LOCAL police authorities have issued warnings against people who own improvised “thinner” guns as these are now considered deadly weapons.

At the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis, PSInspector Ramoncillo Sawan said Camp Dagohoy has started confiscating improvised polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe barrel guns using compressed gas and toy marble as projectiles.

We have run tests with these improvides guns and we agree that with its capacity to get its marble projectile through a 1.4 inch thick plywood placed at a specific distance could ve bery fatal to humans, police inspector Sawan said.

Bohol Provincial Police Commander, Pssupt Constantino Barot added that his tests also confirmed that the weapon is fatal as it could deal a substantial damage to a banana trunk, which he pointed out, is denser than a human body.

Police authorities also shared that several people use the improvised gun to scare off cattle and livestock straying into their personal properties, but in the proactive side of things, keeping these guns off would be pre-emptive against future crimes.

In the election season and with the implementation of the gun ban, the same improvised thinner guns are outlawed.

It’s a simple contraption, explains a police officer after the TSIP forum.

“All you need to to is store the right amount of gas in a collecting chamber, often a plastic bottle container and put in a gas exhaust vent that you channel to the PVC barrel,” he explained.

It’s sometimes called “thinner gun” because many would use the highly volatile lacqueer thinner or lighter fluid into the pressure container to produce the powerful compressed gas.

“With the gas collected in the container, all you need is a spark for the gas to ignite and push its way into the barrel, releasing the pressure that pushes the marble at incredible speed off the tightfitted barrel.”

A simple lighter igniter, which can be taken from a disposable lighter works as improvised gun igniter which produced the spark to ignite the compressed gas and you have a boom, he said as he gingerly showed the gun operation to the media.

When that ignition happen, the last thing you would want to be is at the wrong end of the barrel. (racPIABohol)

“Swertres-free” towns Bear burden of proof

TOWNS who have issued certifications of “no illegal numbers game” bear the burden of proof, hints PSSupt. Constantino V. Barot during the recent Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) held at Camp Dagohoy.

Recently, the provincial police director has received certifications issued by at least 22 town leaders who declared their towns “swertres free.”

Towns declared emancipated from illegal numbers game or swertres operations are Alburquerque, Alicia, Balilihan, Batuan, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Calape, Clarin, Corella, Cortes, Dagohoy, Danao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Loay, Loboc, San Isidro, Sevilla, Sikatuna, Trinidad and Valencia.

The list also drew reactions from media present during the forum, as text messages reported by the public continue to negate the absence of swertres as reported.

The Camp Dagohoy police chief said he is now organizing a team to monitor and validate the town’s claims. If fund to out that there still are operations contrary to the certifications, the local police chief would be in the hot seat, he assured.

He also urged the public to report directly to the police any information contrary to the claims of the their town leaders. Police hotline is 0917 305 1833 or 0912-808-9279.

Barot also added that the PNP is mandated by higher authorities to implement the “One Strike Policy.”

According to the police chief, by one strike policy, if elements of a higher unit operates on a town and finds evidence contrary to the claims that illegal numbers game has been inexistent, it would immediately cost the axing of the town’s police chief.

Of course, a different unit conducts the operations so as not to burn out local police assets and at the same time keep the usual element of surprise in the swift operations whithout fear of operational leakages, PSSupt. Barot explained to the media.

This too came as daily text barrage reaching media stations have gone to the level of naming alleged financiers, coordinators and even their operations bases, many of which are calimed to be just a stone throw away from police stations. (racPIABohol)

Haguilanan finds dev’t fund source in dog registration

WITH insufficient internal revenue allotment to fund its development needs, a barangay here goes literally to the dogs to prop up its revenues.

Using a provincial ordinance that allows local officials to exact fees for the registration and vaccination of dogs, Haguilanan Catigbian Barangay Chairman Cristobal Rasonabe said they had already collected a sizable amount they are now using to keep a localized implementation of the provincial anti-rabies ordinance on the go.

Admitting that theirs is a poor barangay with noble hopes for development, Rasonabe, who spoke in Cebuano said “we cant always rely on the IRA if we want to get things moving.”

In fact, the decision to implement the anti-rabies program as mandated by the ordinance had officials worrying, it was perceived as a step backward in gaining the confidence of their residents.

We just had to explain to the people the benefits of registering, neutering and vaccination of dogs to control the possible spread of rabies which will endanger not just our children but the adults as well.

The biggest premium is reducing the risk of our people and our dogs getting rabies, Rasonabe admittted.

The anti-rabies program, which Bohol has cascaded to the barangays has empowered barangays to institutionalize the Bantay Rabies sa Barangay (BRB), the group tasked to implement and monitor the dog surveys, population control and regular vaccination to keep rabies off.

Barangay Livestock Aide and councilor Melchor Malaya said as concurrent livestock aide, his group has to supervise the dog registration.

In 2007 when they started the program, there were 168 dogs surveyed, a number that dwindled to 120 the following year, Malaya said, apparently showing a more trimmed number of pets.

We also instruct pet owners to be responsible, to at least provide their pet dogs clean and dry resting areas, in return for the dogs’ watch, he added.

Vaccinated and registered dogs immediately sport a dogtag which issuance is recorded in a dog registration manual that would identify the dogs to its owners.

At registration, the barangay collects 50% of the registration fees, turns over the 30 to the provincial government and hands over the 20% to the municipal government, according to the sharing scheme embodied in the ordinance.

In 2010, Haguilanan was able to collect a share of P1,425, which represents the 50% share of its collected fees for registration. The barangay has been collecting and registering since 2008, Rasonabe said. (racPIABohol)

Public’s little help can help sustain fisheries

IT is these little things that will matter in the long run.

This was the gist of the statement issued by Bohol’s prime Environment and Natural Resources Officer to the public during the recent Kapihan sa PIA which was aired live over DyTR.

At the weekly forum held at the PIA at K of C Drive this city, PENRO Nestor Canda who spoke on the national celebration of the Fisheries Conservation Week October 8-15, said that simple planting and protecting or conserving mangroves, seagrass beds and corals would go a long way to ensure breeding and spawning grounds for fish and other marine resources.

Even texting authorities about an illegal fishing activity would be a big help, he said.

Local police authorities has appointed a regular text and call hotline for such instances of the public seeing the commission of a criminal activity. Hotline 0917-305-1833 or 0912-808-9279 is manned 24 hours, 7 days a week, said PSSupt Constantino Barot during the hotline numbers launching held a couple of weeks earlier.

The national celebration comes at the time when authorities in Bohol meet with fishery stakeholders to discuss mitigation schemes on the high market price for fish.

Capitol has created a technical working group to look into the matter and hopes to bring down the market price of fish. It has also strengthened its coastal law enforcement assets to aggressively implement coastal laws.

Marginal fishers here also air the problem of dwindling fish catch, and alleged that the intrusion of commercial fishing into the municipal waters had dealt harsh issues to coastal communities dependent on small time fisheries.

Tackling up “Asenso sa pangisdaan, makamit sa sama-samang pagtutulungan,” Canda said while the government is addressing issues within its powers, communities can pitch in and show vigilance.

Local fishery officials still agree that despite very strict implementation of coastal resource management laws by the Coastal Law Enforcement Councils, some still manage to poach areas and revert to destructive fishing for quick results.

These marine protected areas should be managed well by communities and operated like a bank, Canda said.

In banks, ideally, we do not withdraw the principal amount deposited, we only get the interest, he said as he urged communities to harvest only those fish that stray out of the marine sanctuaries to assure continued supply of fish. (racPIABohol)

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