Monday, December 20, 2010

Bohol police to go for
no-plate motorcycles

GETTING seriously concerned with the alarming crime trend perpetuated by persons on board motorcycles, Bohol police are now running after motorcycles without plate numbers.

In a Letter of Instruction (LOI) issued by Camp Dagohoy for dessimination to the town police stations, Police Provincial Director Constantino Barot revealed that the "no plate no travel policy", would be effective immediately to get criminals off the streets and integrate crime deterrence efforts all over Bohol as well.

At the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis held in Candijay Bohol, PSSupt Barot clarified that issuing Letter of Instruction 63-2010 would start the campaign that should show to the public that the cops are serious on the campaign.

“We are trying to prevent the occurrence of crimes here, and while we are doing this, we hope the public can see it that way and not that we are putting hassles on our drivinga nd riding public,” Barot said.

He also explained that in going after criminals, police could not be choosy and as police sees any violation on the policy, they can apprehend anybody at any the time, whether it is an operation or on a simple flag down situation.    

PSSupt. Barot also told media that the police would start its campaign among themselves to show their seriousness.

The proliferation of crimes committed by motorcycle riding men have pushed police to go for these perpetrators who detach or mutilate or does not use plate numbers in motorcycles  to lower the chances of the motorcycles involved in crimes from being identified, a police officer explained.

Col. Barot and members of the Bohol police believe that the Police Integrated Patrol System would be a big boost in crime prevention.

Barot also added that Bohol police, including its men, intelligence assets and force multipliers would be implementing the campaign.

The Camp Dagohoy chief said they intensifying the use of intelligence information reports and working up dosiers of known criminal groups in the local community would enable them to successfully pursue criminals.

Admitting on the campaign’s  inutility without the support of the community, Barot went on to plead for help to make the campaign score high.

Barot said the campaign would also deploy police on foot and mobile patrols in areas determined in their cime clock and crime maps.

Preventive measures in crimes include checkpoints, random checkpoints, foot and mobile patrols, information campaigns and other pro-active crime deterrent activities, he summed. (racPIABohol)

No work holidays on Dec. 24,
25, 27 and picks anew on 31

CHRISTMAS long break begins on December 24 to 27 and picks up anew on the 31, capping the list of holidays for ending year 2010.

This as Malacanang palace clarified the rumors spread about holidays, which the local authorities could hardly elucidate until an official pronouncement by the palace authorities was made recently. 

Through an advisory, Malacanang has revealed that the official break for the holidays begin on December 24 (Friday) which has been declared additional special non-working holiday.
On declaring the holiday, the proclamation states that the government finds it fitting to declare the 24th to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully.

The following day Saturday, December 25 is Christmas Day.

Christmas day has been earlier declared regular holiday in the Philippines through Proclamation 1841.

And because December 26 is a Sunday, it’s again a no-work day for state workers.

By applying the same proclamation, which declares regular holidays, special (non-working days) and special holidays for 2010, December 27, the Monday nearest to December 30 is a holiday in place of December 30.

The Philippines commemorates Rizal Day on December 30 but by application of holiday economics, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has approved the moving of the holiday to the nearest Monday to create longer holidays and possibly boost local tourism.

Another holiday comes on December 31, the last day of the year, through the same proclamation. (racPIABohol)
Cops “seal guns”
For the holidays

AS far as Bohol police is concerned, no men wearing the blue uniform from the police force would be discharging their fire-arms to add to the din of Christmas celebrations.

On Monday, to emphasize the committment, a simultanoeus ceremonial taping of the muzzle of cop's service fire-arms happens all over Bohol, reveals Bohol top cop.

At the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis in Candijay, PSSupt Constantino Barot also said in line with the practice of higher headquarters, Bohol police would also seal their guns to make it easy for later inspection which service firearms have been discharged in line with the celebrations.

At the flag raising ceremonies of Camp Dagohoy, ceremonial taping by members of the police force would be witnessed by the media as similar activities would be happening in the town flag raising ceremonies.

The campaign to ease up on the incidence of gunshots or accidental stray bullet hits during the season has been launched while authorities have found easier ways to determine who has abused his service fire-arm during the holidays.

In the country, alarming reports of stray hits occurring during Christmas revelries have kept authorities worried.

To narrow down on the suspected perpetrators, the country’s police officers who carry service fire-arms would be taping their gun’s muzzles to make sure no slug comes out of it during the holidays.

The use of explosives and the discharge of firearms has become traditional shows of how Filipinos drive the bad spirits away.

The tradition has  also pushed police officers and armed members of the military to seal off their muzzles as a stressful sattement of their committment to a safer celebration during the Christmas season.

On the other hand, PIsnpector Ramoncillo Sawan added that Camp Dagohoy has issued a letter of instruction to police stations to help curb firecracker explosives and pyrotechnics accidents.

Insp. Sawan has hinted that those who could not be stopped from buying firecrackers should obtain their explosives from accredited suppliers and sellers.

Several firecracker accidents have been caused by substandard firecrackers, which sell easily along side walks.

Sawan, who sits as Police Deputy for operations said the police would be accosting illegal and unaccredited vendors selling firecrackers beginning this week. (racPIABOhol)

Chatto, fuel stakeholders
to discuss price variance 

CAPITOL is initiating a move to solve the price variance of fuel in Bohol, Governor Edgar Chatto said Friday.

The capitol step was in response to the clamor of fuel consumers for authorities to act on it.

Consumers here feel the choking price of fuel being compounded by the anomaly of fuel cost differerence in Tagbilaran City compared to Talibon or Ubay towns.

Reports said both the towns get their fuel from the city depots.

At the weekly Kita ug ang Gobernador Friday, Chatto revealed that he, representing Capitol and the rights of the Boholano fuel consumers would meet with fuel distributors and stakeholders this week to determine measures to respond to settle the anomalous cost variance.

It has been reported that there about P2.00 price difference in unleaded fuel costs in Tagbilaran City compared to other areas in the province.

The same difference is also reported in prices of Bohol fuel compared to cost passed on by fuel distributors in the region.

The meeting, set on Tuesday would hope to clarify the noted anomalies as well as attempt to consult with the stakeholders in efforts to stabilize the fuel costs here, Chatto told the media.
The price disparity is even made more pronounced with the costs of gasoline in Mindanao, where a report of smuggling has helped bring the costs down, added media workers monitoring the regional prices of gas.

The governor also admitted he has heard similar reports of fuel smuggling, accounting to the lower prices of fuel in Mindanao.

He implied however that his sources have gone to the level of knowing that the smuggling is being done from Malaysia and comes through the borders to Mindanao distributors.

As to the insinuation that the same be allowed in Bohol, Chatto he has always been against illegal activities, much more on the economic reality of nodding on to smuggling.

The meeting, Chatto said, would be participated in by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Energy and local distributors including distribution consultants and all to investigate and would look into the cause of the cost variance. (racPIABohol)

“BPO” is unlike
cyber sex trade

A government body and an umbrella organization for business process outsourcing providers denounce and condemn on-line sex trade saying further that those involved in such practice should be criminally prosecuted.

The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) has aired their denunciation amidst faulty insinuations that commercial cyber sex trade is part of the country’s outsourcing capabilities.

Business process outsourcing (BPO) is unlike commercial cyber sex operations, both insist.

In a press statement, both clarified that commercial cyber sex is not in any way part the country’s BPO capability.

Some media reports have allegedly attributed incidences on cyber sex to an illegal practice to “Outsource”, said BPAP Director for external operations Marti Crisostomo. 

Meanwhile, the same statement quoted that CICT Chair Sec. Ivan Uy statement which said that cyber sex and illegal sex dens as reported recently is pervasive on the worldwide web and they are being committed from various locations, thus they are not being offshored to the Philippines.

We should not attribute or compare cyber porn with our flourishing BPO industry, the press statement quoted Sec Uy. 

For his part, BPAP President and CEO Oscar Sanez called commercial sex on the net as on-line porn and not part of the Off-shoring industry.

He accordingly called these illegal activities being done around the world and is not at all related to the outsourcing industry and certainly not at all connected with BPO.

The BPO government arm and industry association made the statement to clarify fearing that the “Sunshine” industry, which is now getting the Philippines on the global map mat slide back.

The phenomenal rise in the country’s BPO rests in the strength in local scalable skills in business and corporate services that can support US and European companies, Crisostomo said.

The BPO industry has been growing at an average of 26% per year and is expected deliver to the economy some US$ 9 billion in revenues by year-end as it has provided jobs half a million workers.  

CICT is the government body overseeing the over-all welfare of the country’s ICT development while BPAP is the umbrella association of BPO companies which houses some 320 members in the Philippines. (racPIABOhol)

Guv issues warning against
“abusive” public officials    
SHAPE up or ship out.

The stern warning came from no less than Governor Edgar Chatto who minced no words in condeming officials who are making Bohol as their convenient mulcting grounds.

“We will not allow that in Bohol”, Chatto uttered the warning against individuals who prey on innocent Boholanos by their gross abuse of authority.

The warning that was  educed from the governor came when he was asked to comment on the case of police officers under the Traffic Manegement Group (TMG) who are facing probes for highly irregular activities ranging from intimidation to extortion.

Recently, members of the TMG hugged the media limelight when they were accused of extortion by no less than a membert of the Sangguninag Panalalwigan.

The case also prompted an investigation with the accused grilled before Bohol legislative body headed by Vice Governor Concepcion Lim.

But even with the on-going SP investigations, more and more complaints of irregularities pop up against the same group for undue impounding of vehicles, apprehensions and systematic operational flag downs ending in the apparent suggestion by members of the group to amicably settle the named violation through under tha table means.  

Complaints even come as police from the traffic group are accused of holding a list of "hot cars" which they would unduly deprive the owners of their right without due process.

Some complaints bare that the TMG still keep in their impond lots apprehended cars despite payment of penalties.

On this, Chatto’s warning against corrupt officials also come with assurances that due and just proceses would be given to accused cops.

Moreover, the governor called the media and the public for vigilance and close coordination to help follow up on the movements of these enforcement groups to provide details to help build up cases.

“We need to put on the pressure,” Chatto urged as he egged on the need for dynamic media following up  on the ongoing investigations. (racPIABohol) 

“Bohol-generated data”
on tourist arrivals soon?

RECENT records by the National Economic Development Authority in Central Visayas show Siquijor and Cebu beating Bohol in tourism arrivals.

Siquijor posted more than 15% rise in arrivals followed by Cebu at 5.13 and then Bohol at 3.53%, NEDA economic situationer for the first quarter of 2010 showed.

Local tourism officials who saw the available data think these are not as accurate for it excludes day-tourists who visit to Bohol in droves in the count. 

Bohol Tourism Office chief Josephine Cabarrus, at a weekly forum at the Mansion explained that the World Tourism Organization has defined tourists as those that come to a place for pleasure or business and those who stay overnight.

To compare, she said that most of what Bohol gets are “day tourists” who could not be counted among the tourists entering a place.

Admitting too that the local tourism stakeholders have no available data as to which resorts hosted overnight guests except a few, Capitol also saw an opportunity to clarify issues with through province-wide profiles of resorts with the German Development Foundation funding the project.

The profile would hopefully organize and generate the data much needed to analyze real tourist arrivals, Cabarrus shared.

On this, a workshop on profiling tourism sites, infrastructure and establishments in Bohol to get hold of the data, was done to exactly generate the data we need to see if indeed our tourism arrivals have gone that bad as depicted in the reports, said Cabarrus. 

The workshop, at the Governor’s Mansion last December 7 was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry–Bohol, SMEDSEP– German Technical Cooperation and the Provincial Government of Bohol through the Bohol Tourism Office, shared Lucille Autentico recently.

Autentico, who sits as DTI information Officer said an earlier recent workshop held at the Metro Centre Hotel introduced and oriented the tourism stakeholders on the value chain approach for the purpose.

In partnership with the provincial government, the workshop had municipal tourism officers (MTOs) on value chain and profiling of tourism sites, infrastructures and establishments in the province.

Autentico said the workshop output would give Bohol promotions its necessary boost because the profiles generated would also be uploaded to Google Earth.

“This is a free promotion to practically the whole world. Hopefully, the MTOs will be able to complete and submit the profiles as scheduled so we can review, upload and show how this Google linkage works during the planned Tourism Congress in the first quarter of 2011, Autentico added.

The workshops hope to generate primary data and information on the tourism sites and infrastructure of the towns, secondary data on the tourism operators and tourism-related establishments of Bohol to unify them into a monitoring group to gather the data we need, she revealed. 

Of the 47 towns in Bohol, 42 participants came, mostly Municipal Tourism Officers as invited by the Bohol Tourism Office

Uwe Sturmann, GTZ-PSP Component Manager on Sector Competitiveness explained that the workshop can generate data to analyze the status of the tourism sector and how to upgrade it. (racPIA Bohol)

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