Friday, October 8, 2010

Oct 25 elections, special

non-working holiday

MALACANANG has declared October 25- Monday as a special non-working holiday to give time for Filipinos to go out and vote for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.


In Proclamation 48 issued October 6, 2010, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III said it is imperative that the people be given the fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote.


With the proclamation too, Filipino voters registered in the country's 42,000 barangays can also find the necessary travel time to go back to their precincts with the long weekend, which allows them ample time.

The next Monday also, November 1, is another holiday, bringing in two holidays in the immediate weeks.

By tradition, November 1 is observed as the All Saints' Day.

This day, thousands of Filipinos visit cemeteries to honor their dead relatives.

In 2007, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the bill on holiday economics, which aimed to give the public more long weekends to enjoy.

Republic Act 9492 amends a provision in the National Administrative Code of 1987, to allow the government to move holidays – except those with religious significance – to the nearest Monday. 

The law also pegs four holidays on a fixed date: Jan. 1 or New Year's Day; Nov. 1, All Saints' Day; Dec. 25, Christmas Day; and the last day of the year, Dec. 31. 

Other holidays especially those religious in nature as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Eid'l Fitr have always been set on movable dates so they are unchanged under the law.

For these kind of holidays, the President, by law shall issue a proclamation, at least six months prior to the holiday concerned, according to reports. (PIABOHOL)

Anti rabies program hits

2-years sans rabies mark


TWO years and counting.


Bohol anti-rabies advocates and Boholanos has a reason to pick October 8, 2010 as a day of celebration: the day completes a two year mark when health authorities have not found any rabies case in human or canines involved in bite cases all over the province's 47 towns and a city.


The last reported canines rabie case was in October 8, 2008, or exactly two years ago, shared Bohol veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz during the recent Kapihan sa PIA.


At the weekly forum aired live over DyTR and broadcast from the PIA at K of C Drive in this city, Dr. Lapiz said that while Bohol may be declared as the next rabies free province in the country if the zero rabies case is sustained for three years, floating in the horizon however is a bigger goal, to be declared internationally as a model for its community based efforts against rabies.


According to the Department of Health, absence of human and canine rabies occurrence in a place for three consecutive years merits a declaration as rabies free.


To date, the island province of Siquijor has kept its citation as rabies free.


For Dr. Lapiz, while Bohol has been using international standards in its moritoring and evaluation for its rabies program, snagging an international recognition may not be that distant goal.


Keeping her hands close to her chest, Dr Lapiz said all of the achievements so far,  she credits to the man Boholano barangay volunteers, communities and the international and national donors whose funding support has kept the program yapping.


Bohol used to be ranked number 4 and number 3 among the country's rabies watchlist in 2005 and 2006.


Eversince, the provincial veterinarian said the help they get from these institutions and sectors have pushed for the 2 year milestone.


Since 2006, Bohol launched its Provincial Anti Rabies Prevention and Elimination Program with an initial local government fund of P1M, national government support fund and some P7.5M from a non government organization partner called Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).


According to Dr. May Elizabeth Miranda of the GARC, their organization got interested in counter-part funding the Bohol programs as they belived that Bohol would be in a better position to show to the world that rabies is preventable,  and that community mobilization against rabies is one effective and efficient tool.


An organization into helping countries fight rabies, GARC's Dr. Miranda said they are excited of the developments in Bohol as it may put the province in the limelight being a world model for community based rabies control, which their organization can share.


Owing to the need to make the program as integretaed and as massive to be provincewide, the BRPE council led by the governor engaged communities by institutionalizing the Bantay Rabies sa Barangay who will be doing the dirty job of dog surveys, registration, vaccination and dog related incident arbitration in their local levels. (PIABohol)

Towns, brgys earn P10K

for own rabies programs


LANDMARK initiative and the country's first province-led health summit opened with authorities handing out the governor's award for outstanding programs in rabies control to 10 towns and 23 barangay winners Thursday October 7.


The award, comprising of P10,000.00 cash and plaque of appreciation is a form of motivation conptualized by the Bohol Rabies Prevention and Elimination Council to engage more local governments in getting serious about the problem which at a time posed one of the biggest public health problems in Bohol.


The towns of Inabanga, Maribojoc and Cortes led the 10 winners who were evaluated and found to have attained a general vaccination percentage of more than 80%.


Also among the winners were Batuan, Jagna, Baclayon, San Isidro, Alicia, Loboc and Bien Unido.


Members of the BRPEC evaluated these towns on a rating system developed basing from the minimum international standards on rabies, said Provincial Veterinarian and program executive officer Stella Marie Lapiz.


But with the most exciting competition was with the barangays admit an evaluation team member who added that she has seen the full powers of local government leaders exercised to its extent with the rabies program implementation in the barangays.


Topping the very prestigious list of awardees for barangay local government units' anti-rabies watch as Best Performing Bantay Rabies Programs are Cogon Norte Loon, San Roque Mabini and Haguilanan Catigbian.


In these places, innovations, political will, discipline and educating prople about responsibkle pet ownership sorad to the max, she continued.


The most of the dirty work in the implementation of the province-wide rabies elimination program are on the shoulders of local leaders, barangay livestiock aides and rabies watch council.


Also winning with the three barangays are Oy Loboc; Santo Nino Inabanga; Canduao Oriental Valencia, Moto Sur Loon, Lapsaoan Dimiao, San Agustin Sagbayan, Lawis Inabanga and Basac Loon.


Danicop Sierra Bullones, Can-agong Sikatuna, Cabanugan San Isidro, Poblacion Inabanga, Tabuan Antequera, Tangohay Dimiao, Poblacion Bien Unido, Tupas Antequera, San Agustin Sierra Bullones and Aurora Pilar. (piaBOHOL)

Bohol convenes the country's

1st multi-sector health summit


THE country's first provincial government convened Health Summit happened here in Tagbilaran Thursday, October 7, 2010.


The health summit gathered Bohol's health sector representatives including chief of government hospitals, devolved health facilities, rural healt unit heads, health sector representatives, government sector, media and non-government organization representatives to map out plans to make the still usually "hard to access" affordable health and medical services for the poor.


Health assistant Secretary Pauline Jean Ubial, who came in leiu of Secretary Enrique Ona, heaped praises for the Bohol initiative.


She admitted that similar health summits were conducted on the national and regional levels but these were convened by the national government through the Department of Health.


"This is the first time that I heard of a health summit called by a province, and his is truly a first in the country", Asec Ubial said.


Governor Edgar M. Chatto said the move to promote effective and comprehensive health care systems for Boholanos has been one of his main priorities since he assumed powed in June.


In his message, he shared that somehow Bohol's poor have asked why it has not been as easy and affordable for them to access medical care services.


On the first day of the summit, a pandoras box of health sector issues tumbled open as Boholano sectors poured in a multitude of problems and proposed solutions in focused discussions and group workshops.


Some of the issues involved the incapacity of the District hospitals to respond to the poor's medical service needs, the lack of manpower, financial assistance to indigent patients and the seemingly politicized access to government ambulance services.


On this, Chatto shared that he has felt it as an obligation to look into the issue of the health sector and assure that reforms could be implemented to pat on the matter.


Even before the Chatto leadership has warmed its seat, the provincial government went into a strategic planning workshop to review and revalidate the province's vision, mission and goals which his leadership as then the top legislator crafted.


Credited for crafting the Bohol vision to become a prime eco-cultural tourism destination and a strong agro-economy in the country, Chatto, by consultation, has now added Health and Education after Agriculture and Tourism as the province's new priority targets now that he is the chief executive.


Haunted by scanty government resources which is apparently barely enough to kepp its devolved hospitals opening its service doors, Bohol leaders have seen that raising the chances of affordable basic health and education by the poor has to be made present priorities. (PIABohol

Focus on job generation,

Livelihood, wiping graft

Pinoys ask Pres P'noy


AFTER cruising through the first 100 days of administration trudging trough the straight path, Filipinos now want President Benigno Simeon Aquino to focus on job generation, livelihood programs and eradicating corruption in the days ahead, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).


"The survey shows what the people want the President to do in the days ahead. Jobs and livelihood programs for themselves and their families are their real and immediate concerns," Presidential Communication and Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said today.


The PIA survey was conducted from Sept. 28-29 and involved face-to-face interviews with 629 sectoral leaders, including elected officials, businessmen, religious, media, and the uniformed services.


Of those polled, 78 percent said jobs and livelihood should be on top of the government's priority list, while 66 percent considered the fight against corruption as of utmost importance.


More than half (59 percent) of the respondents also urged the administration to improve access to quality education even as almost the same number (57 percent) recommended the implementation of measures that will control the spiraling of prices of basic goods.


"The people's wish list is being addressed and the Aquino administration aims to fulfill its social contract with the Filipino people," Coloma said.


The survey also shows that people (34 percent) see President Aquino's integrity, simple lifestyle, and the people's continued trust in him as his strongest point even as almost the same number (33 percent) considered his handling of the Manila hostage incident as his weakest point during his first 100 days.


He was also praised for the investments generated during his US trip (10 percent) and the prudent spending (6 percent) being practiced by his administration.


On the other hand, 19 percent of those polled pointed to factionalism in the Cabinet and appointment of underserving/corrupt officials as one of his low points during the same period.


The survey also wants President Aquino to prosecute officials linked to various anomalies (48 percent); stop jueteng and other illegal gambling activities (45 percent); pursue peace initiatives (44 percent); and fast track vital infrastructure projects (43 percent).


"The survey also gives us a clear idea of what the Boss wants. I am sure the President will respond in the best possible way he can," Coloma said. (PIA)

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