Friday, November 5, 2010

Capitol earmarks P6 M

as educational subsidy

ENLIVENING the spirit of Bohol’s poor and yet deserving students, Capitol has found anew a way to help the financially challenged dreamers realize their dreams.

By institutionalizing a special college subsidy program, which it launched last November 4, 2010, Capitol has to earmarked P6M annually to fund the Bohol Educational Subsidy Program (BESP).

The program is for avail-ment by poor high school students who would have been stopped by circumstances top pursue their dreams for college due to poverty.

THE BESP can be considered an offshoot and younger sib to the President Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Scholarship as it build on what the other could not totally serve.

The CPG scholarship was institutionalized in 1994 under the tandem of Gov. Rene Relampagos and Vice Gov. Edgar Chatto.

The new BESP however just started and opens the door wider for more slots available to high school graduates who can receive a semestral subsidy of P2,500 per student.

And just like CPG Scholarship, which is backed by a provincial ordinance, the BESP has and hopes to offer an alternative educational aid fund to students who may have failed the stringent screening for the CPG scholarship, Board member Cesar Tomas Lopez read on the program briefer.

The CPG scholarship gives beneficiaries some P5,000 for tuition fees, P400 to P600 monthly allowance, and a one time aid of P500 for books, Lopez said.

CPG scholarship beneficiaries, numbering 141 students and currently enrolled in the different colleges and universities attended the launching of its twin financial educational support program, the BESP.

Designed as a financial support to families of high school graduates, Lopez said that the BESP’s P2,500 per semester is renewable so a lucky scholar can get as much as 5,000 a year.

On this Capitol has earmarked P3 million per semester or P6M for a year, Gov. Edgar Chatto beamed.

We hope we can ease a bit the burden of families paying the full tuition fees, which does not come cheap, Bohol governor once said. (racPIABohol)
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Education crisis?- Not if

country listened to CPG

DECADES of neglect has caused a chronic illness to the country’s education system, one that may have never happened if the country listened to former President Carlos P. Garcia half a century ago.

In fact, according to Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the Boholano president has seen the “education crisis” and called for changes to heal the problem.

As early as 1959, Garcia has called for a review of the government’s financing program for the elementary and secondary schools to make it sustainable.

The year before that, the Boholano teacher, orator, poet, lawyer and public servant, apparently felt the problem and suggested reforms.

He accordingly called for a full day instruction for primary education and lobbied for reduced size of classes from 60 to 40.

That same year, the poor man from Sitio Luy-a, Barangay san Roque has called for the use of vernacular instruction on the first two years in the elementary, Luistro, who was the keynote speaker during the 114th Carlos P. Garcia Day in Bohol enumerated the reforms proposed by the most illustrious Boholono son.

Apart from a living a distinctive life as politician and statesmanship who helped prop up the precursor Association of South East Asian Nations in the South East Asian Treaty Organization, Luistro said he believes that the Garcia’s first two years as a public school teacher at the Bohol Provincial High School has shaped his personality.

Luistro sees the two years of his (CPG) life as the most critical as his being a teacher in the public school had in him the greatest impact on how he was to cover his government after he would assume the country’s top seat after the death of President Ramon Magsaysay.

CPG made a lasting impression on how to care for our bother Filipinos, Luistro intoned, not after reminding Boholanos of the Filipino First Policy and the Austerity program he played to the hilt.

“Every President leaves a lasting legacy, he left his by enunciating the Filipino First Policy.”

And when we see the government urging for the public-private sector partnership being frontloaded by the 2oth century Aquino Administration, as early as 1961, the private-public sector partnership has already been used by Garcia to help the public schools, Luistro said. (racPIABohol)
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Pilar mayor, hopeful of

new barangay partners

PILAR Mayor Wilson Pajo, who has been working to get the town off the list of most poverty stricken towns in Bohol said he appreciates the new team members who are getting the people’s mandate in the past barangay and Sangguninag Kabataan elections.

These people, he said would be his partners in plotting the development plans for the town’s 21 barangays.

This too as the town retained about half of its village chairmen while residents also elected 11 new punong barangays, town information officer Gualberto Jaspe said Friday.

And from independent sources, this early, at least two returning barangay chairmen and three more newly elected chairmen would be contesting the coveted seat of the town’s Association of Barangay Councils.

Winning however is another story, Jaspe said as he pointed out that these hopefuls would contend with incumbent ABC ex officio Sangguninag Bayan Member and still eligible candidate captain from Barangay Cansungay.

Newly elected punong barangays to man the town’s frontline offices in the basic local government units are Henry Tutor (Pamacsalan), Marcelino Auguis Jr., (Lumbay), Margarito Soriano (Ilaud), Rodelio Balaba (Lundag), Samuel Dusal (San Carlos).

Angelito Balaba (Catagdaan), Timoteo Andub (Inaghuban), Flavio Bernaldez (Buenasuerte), Aniceto Amper (San Isidro), Genaro Perenio (Estaca) and Arthur Ente (Poblacion).

Getting fresh mandates however were Mauricio Bitancor (Aurora), Tirso Albit (Bayong), Alfredo Daguplo (Bagacay), Nicomedes Lusica (San Vicente), Carlos Cagape (Cansungay).

Gabriel Lusica (Bagumbayan), Legorio Ruperez (La Suerte), Jonas Suson (Cagawasan), Celestino Jamil (Rizal) and Lilia Butron (Del Pilar).

Pilar has remained among Bohol’s towns with the most poverty incidence, one that has caught the attention of Capitol Officials who brought in along with the Provincial Peace and Order Council’s Civac, the HEAT Caravan.

Also seen as a town with huge potential for agro-industry, Pilar has caused District representative Artur Yap to scour government resources to build a rice processing complex that aims to reduce production losses in Bohol’s most potential town for rice production.

Hosting the region’s biggest man-made body of water, the Pilar Dam has the potential to irrigate around 5,000 hectares of prime rice fields in nearly its 21 barangays. (racPIABohol)
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5 awards exemplify Caloy’s attributes

FIVE Boholanos who help perpetuate the memory of Bohol’s most illustrious son and former Philippine President Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) earn recognition during the 114th CPG Day, November 4.

Chosen to exemplify the attributes of the Boholano president who was best known as a teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, statesman, sports enthusiast and guerilla leader, this year’s CPG Awardees were for public service, education, arts and sports.

Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio said an award for statesmanship was supposed to be handed out, but the committee couldn’t find time to screen potential awardees.

Boholano president Garcia was schooled in Bohol, Cebu, Silliman University in Negros Oriental and the Philippine Law School where he passed the bar among the top.

Despite the distinction, Garcia opted to be a teacher first rather than practicing law.

He then threw his hat into politics and rose until peaking at the country’s top political power seat.

114 years after his birth, Boholanos unite to commemorate the man who has popularized the patriotic Filipino First Policy and an Austerity Program that allowed government to save its scant resources.

To facilitate the easy memory of the man, Boholanos who have excelled in different but distinctive fields of endeavor reap the CPG awards.

EDUCATION

Boholanos and Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido earned their CPG award their innovative implementation of the Dynamic Learning program.

The equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Asia, the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation heaped praises to the Bernidos for opting to leave their lofty national posts to bring the much-needed change in the country’s education system.

The couple developed an efficient learning and teaching method via a student centered learning system, where teaching focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures.

Sources said that the set-up is 70% student activity–30% lecture/discussion, and usually national experts do the majority of the lectures via video, and the students learn independently, because each activity is provided with a clear, learning target.

Students also understand lessons on their own by reading the concept notes and exercises in their portfolio of works which act as their schoolwork documentation.

The Bernidos are also nationally acclaimed physicists and academicians having been assigned top positions at the country’s premier state university.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Local Civil Registrar of Loboc town here has been this year’s Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee, after a search by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Teodosia Bernaldez earned the annual national CSC recognition for outstanding public official and employees for their work performance in 2010 last September.

The Lingkod Bayan is notably the country’s Nobel Prize for public service.

Bernaldez beat Governor Erico Aumentado to the position as the former was also nominated in his capacity as Bohol top public servant.

Bernaldez won together with six other public officials and employees from across the country who were nominated to the prestigious search for this year.

ARTS

CPG awardee for the Arts is multi-awarded artist and cultural impresario Lutgardo Labad.

A recent winner in the Aliw 2010 Awards, Labad romped with the Best Stage Director for a Philippine Educational Theater Association play billed “Post Office” and as a musical composer for the zarsuela “Baler sa Puso Ko.”

The Aliw awards, one that recognizes the best in live entertainment is the latest addition to Labad’s personal achievements.

He took three FAMAS Awards, and the Best Film Scores each for Manunuri Award of the Film Academy of the Philippines, Manila Film Festival, Metro Manila Film Festival and the Golden Screen.

Aside from those, Labad has been cited nationally and internationally for his theater work and cultural advocacy.

SPORTS

Best known as a child chess wonder from Bohol, Jedara Docena has piled her victories in a heap while pulling the limelight for Bohol in the world of chess.

A native of Antequera, Docena impressed the country with a top ranking finish in the National Chess Championships two categories in 2006.

Docena showed her competitive form at previous Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) Meets in Dumaguete City 2003, Danao City, 2004, Tagbilaran City, 2006, the Nat'l Age-Group Chess Championship for Asia in Mandaluyong, May 2004 and in the National Open Women's Division in Cebu City, 2005.

She toppled equally competent chessers at the Palarong Pambansa in Naga City, May 2006, while ranking 3rd in the National Batang Pinoy, Puerto Princesa City, 2002.

Her skill amazed international chess aficionados when she topped 40 rivals in the ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship in Vietnam in 2004 and placed 7th in the Asian Championships in Singapore.

MUSIC

Failing to forget a popular Boholano novelty songs writer, lyricist, composer and performer, this year’s committee also handed a posthumous award to Roman Tesorio Villame, popularly known as Yoyoy.

A native of Calape Bohol, Yoyoy has won the hearts and hit the tickle bone of the Filipinos with his witty parodies and social commentaries of the Filipino society, all in music.

A gifted musician, drive and son of a fisherman, Yoyoy has a whole gamut of experience to put into his novelty songs. (racPIABOhol)

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DENR launches pilot

Home-lot titling here

PUBLIC land settlers who have been there for more than ten years get a chance to claim titles for their residential lots as the government eases the requirements and procedures.

By this, the lengthy court debacles for owners who have to wait for the court approval as demanded by the Public Land Law, has simply been scrapped in favor of the DENR title approval, research showed.

This window of opportunity takes effect after former President Gloria Arroyo signed it into law last March.

Known as Republic Act 10023, the act authorizes the issuance of free patents to residential lots has just had its implementing rules and regulations, but the environment department picks Bohol as its pilot site, reveals DENR Undersecretary Regidor de Leon.

The undersecretary came to Bohol in time for the 114th Carlos P. Garcia Day in lieu of secretary Ramon Jesus Paje who was still on an engagement abroad.

Bohol would be the first among the provinces, said the environment undersecretary as he aired the department’s confidence that the program runs well in a province where environment and natural resource protection and conservation is on top of the agenda.

Citing the successful crafting of the country’s first environment code, Usec. De Leon said that the choice for Bohol would also open up the chances of some 103,000 residential lots to benefit from the move.

In the first year of program implementation however, the DENR said they expect about 20,000 titles for beneficiaries as the remaining 80,000 plus lots first need to be reclassified, a task that would entail a fast-tracked action by the local legislative bodies.

The environment bigwig said the first 20,000 lots are those from the towns, which have already approved Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP).

Free patent law covers only agricultural lands and so a local legislation action is needed to make the local land use plans jibe with the law to facilitate titling.

We now urge local officials to fast-track the approval of CLUPS to let us cover the remaining 80,000 lots.

He stressed that aside for a potential source of revenues for local governments, titling grants owners a tenurial instrument that also makes them pay annual taxes to the benefit of local governments.

The DENR boasts of streamlined titling processes that makes the move cost-efficient, less hassles and allows owners an assured titles in 120 days. (racPIABohol)

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Of Manila galleons

and the Andalucia

MOST people who saw galleon Andalucia said it was huge. The Manila galleons however were enormous.

Just as Andalucia needed about 150 tons of steel and concrete ballasts to steady herself, the Manila galleons made in Cavite in the Philippines between the 16th to the early 18th century used between 500 to a thousand tons of weight to keep them manageable, according to research.

The visiting 51 meters museum-galleon Andalucia weighed around 500 tons. A Manila galleon once weighed between 1,700 to 2,000 tones and loads between 7000 to over a thousand people, an account quoted by historical researcher Dave Sandersfeld said.

16th century galleons averaged 700 tons, the size doubled to 1500 tons in the next century.

By the 18th century, galleons ranged from 1700 to 2000 tons, most of them built in Punta Cavite and these were the largest galleons the Spanish ever built out of Philippine hardwood, the researcher stressed.

The galleon Andalucia used a combination of iroko (African) word, teak and pine. Manila galleons used Philippine teak, pine, mahogany and possibly metal woods.

And why use these enormous ships?

The answer lies in the economy of loading big boats over the frequency of trips and the distance they have to cover.

While Ferdinand Magellan claimed the Philippines for Spain in 1521, it was Miguel Lopez de Legazpi who discovered and built Manila 1565, realizing that it was already an established trading center and was a hub of trade and commerce among prime Asian states.

Well within the “Spice Islands”, Manila port was closest Spanish port to Acapulco, about 9,000 miles and a short offloading and land route from Acapulco to Vera Cruz Port on the eastern Mexico cuts huge travel time and eliminates the threat of pirates awaiting for the bulky galleons at the Magellan’s Strait.

The galleons carry Chinese silks and porcelain, furniture, Burma jade and gemstones, Manila hemps, musks, exotic spices and other very valuable cargo for Spain, treasures that could lay a pirate comforts into his long retirement.

The usual ambush takes place at the strait of Magellan off the southern coasts of South America, where the galleons take on to Spain or on the coasts of the Americas.

Moreover, the areas around the Philippine archipelago seethed with Chinese, Japanese and Malayan pirates as the Dutch and English pirates waited for them at open waters.

When the galleon’s precious merchandise was an easy target for the pirates’ greed, and the galleons, but were quickly displaced by ships with much more loading space and defensive capacity, able to carry up to 50 canyons onboard.

The galleon Andalucia only had 10 defensive cannons.

In olden times, an ocean crossing galleon crew is always threatened by scurvy, epidemics, hunger, thirst, or exposure. The Andalucia comes complete with the modern amenities that a sick crew is never a problem.

Sailors of old depended on astrologers, cosmologists, cosmographic maps and experienced pilots. Andalucia crew had the comforts of a Global Positioning System that makes them virtually impossible to get lost.

As old sailors scamper on rope ladders to the crows nest and look out for shoals, reefs of sand bars, or drop sounding equipment to measure depths, Andalucia pilot need not visually navigate as he can always consult a radar system that gives him virtually everything in his finger tips.

But, whether aboard the Andalucia or on any one of the Manila galleons, the eerie feeling of a swashbuckling eye-patched pirate on a crutch and a parrot never fails to invade one’s memory. (racPIABohol)

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