Monday, March 28, 2011

Corrected BAS data says… 
Bohol attains 112% 
rice sufficiency ratio 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 25, 2011 (PIA) --- BOHOL last year attained 112% rice sufficiency level, not 138% as earlier reported. 

And had it not been for Bohol’s asking about the data, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) could have been giving their bent data and no one would have noticed. 

But conscious about going into the contentious issue of a 134% rice sufficiency level and yet finding tons upon tons of rice inflow, Bohol local officials at the Capitol posted the inquiry. 

The move also allowed BAS to uncover factor in their statistical formulation that can drastically alter their previously published data. 

The same inquiry also showed to the agency that Boholanos and not only agencies with concerns related to rice are reading their statistics as a primary tool for policy development. 

The inquiry made BAS realize that they only made three consumption level surveys in the span of time, one that matters on the rice sufficiency level of a province, says Governor Edgar Chatto while explaining the gist of the inquiry to BAS. 

By using the same data provided by the three consumption level surveys, BAS released a Bohol sufficiency level like 122%, some 15 years ago. 

This figure drastically decreased to 85% in the next survey, upon which the data was used as baseline for subsequent statistics. 

This also proved to be where BAS started churning out erroneous rice sufficiency data per province. 

The realization pushed the aggie stat agency to re-assess that entire country’s agricultural statistics and found different results that their previous published statistics, said Governor Edgar Chatto. 

BAS then advised the changes and a technical working group workshop was immediately called to come up with the corrected formula and straighten the figures. 

The corrected data then were as follows: 

In 2010, Bohol produced some 125,028 metric tons milled rice net from the 191,174 tons of palay at a milling recovery parameter of 65.40 used by BAS, a data from Engr. Maximino Servillon of Bohol BAS showed. 

That same year, National Food Authority data also showed 20,698 metric tons of inflow making a total of 130, 539 metric tons or rice made available for local consumption. 

This then posted not the 134% rice sufficiency data which was released by BAS earlier but only 112%, one percent higher that the corrected rice sufficiency level attained in 2009 using the corrected formula. 

The corrected data also showed Bohol attaining more than a hundred percent sufficiency ratio since 2005. (racPIABohol)

Chatto relays to CJ Corona 
new Hall of Justice plans 

Tagbilaran City, March 26, 2011 (PIA) --- CONSIDERING ease, comfort and assuring security of the workers in the judiciary, Bohol has shared to Chief Justice Reynato Corona the plan to build a new Hall of Justice that would house all salas. 

Governor Edgar Chatto shared this during his weekly Kita ug Ang Gobernador he hosts at the People’s Mansion every Friday. 

Corona, who was invited as a Commencement Speaker for a university graduation here met with Chatto to discuss issues that affect the judicial branch of government. 

According to Chatto, while meeting with Chief Justice Corona and Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, part of their interaction with the country’s chief of the Supreme Court was on the issues of salaries and benefits of workers in the judiciary. 

It may be recalled that one of the irritant issues between the judiciary and the executive, especially with the allegations that president slashed the budgets of the Department of Justice. 

Workers at the judiciary said the slashed budget would have been their long awaited benefits which the law provided but was implemented in a staggered basis. 

The issued has become too touchy that members of the judiciary has threatened to go on a holiday to press for the benefits which the President allegedly slashed due them according to law. 

One of the more relevant topics however was the plan for Bohol to build a one stop center that would allow ease and comfort of people appearing in courts. 

The governor pointed out the plan citing that at present, the judicial salas are in various locations al over Bohol and putting up a one location for all of them makes it easy for everybody. 

Our people find it hard to locate the salas since they are in different locations all over the province, the governor pointed out. 

Another thing, the security of our judges, it would be easier for our to security officers if they have only one area of work, he added. 

And it would also be convenient for our lawyers, said Chatto over the radio and aired all over Bohol. (racPIABohol)

PHO gears for measles-free 
children immunization drive 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 25, 2011 (PIA) ---THEY come in the local terms tipdas and da’ap and although it still has non fatal after-effects, the disease has tormented parents who are distressed when measles hit their children. 

With children and maternal health concerns compounding family economies, threats like that of measles dent on the family’s meager income pushing the government to focus on its elimination. 

Over this, Bohol health authorities led by the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot embark on a measles supplemental immunization activity starting April 4 to May 15, announces Dr. Fruserma Mary Uy Thursday. 

Highly contagious and capable of putting children in discomfort when infection manifests in fever, colds, itchy rashes and red eyes, the government shifts into gear another round of immunizations on a drive to have measles free Filipino children in 2012, said PHO information education program officer John Alexis Lofranco during the same forum. 

The localized immunization is part of the nationwide activity sequel to the national 1998, 2004 and 2008 supplemental immunization activities, she said. 

It aims to reduce the risk of children aged 9 months to 95 months from the risk of measles and rubella, she added during the recent Kapihan sa PIA. 

On the radio forum on air carried by DyTR AM, Dr. Uy, who sits as assistant provincial health officer explained that measles-rubella vaccines to be used in the activity would be done on a door to door strategy to make sure no child is missed. 

While measles has a lifespan of its infection, most children in non complicate cases recover easily, she said. 

According to her, blindness can occur if the disease is not properly managed. 

She also added that medical professionals have tried boosting one’s immune systems to limit the course of the illness. 

Bent on making sure areas would be measles free three months after immunization, the lady doctor said all children regardless of immunization status, would be immunized. 

She also assured that there is no such thing as over-dosage of immunization vaccines. 

Over this, Dr Uy calls people to help health authorities attain a high immunization rate to completely eliminate measles threat in the country. (racPIABohol) 

We’ve done everything for Pinoys 
on China death row - Bohol cops 

KEY police authorities here in Bohol believe the government has done everything possible to save the lives of the three Filipinos on death row in China for the serious crime of drug trafficking. 

Having appealed to China and even sent in Vice President Jejomar Binay to earn a delay in the execution, Police provincial Director Constantino Barot said we can not over-rule that laws we created to institute order in our societies. 

At a sideline interview after the provincial peace and order council meeting Friday, the Bohol poice senior superintendent cited that the three Filipinos were arrested, prosecuted and convicted by the laws of the Peoples Republic of China and we have to respect that. 

Let that also be a lesson for everyone who may have been wittingly or unwittingly recruited as drug mule that being kind is no excuse for being gullible to criminal activities, another ranking Camp Dagohoy police who refused to be named said. 

While some of those Filipinos jailed abroad for drug trafficking say they have been misled, the government is conducting an intensified educational campaign about the modus operandi to expose the recruitment and trafficking styles used by drug syndicates, said Nilo Manaclay of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). 

The PIA regional and provincial offices, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) does this to create heightened awareness on the modus operandi of drug syndicates that prey upon unsuspecting overseas Filipino workers who are recruited as drug couriers or drug mules. 

Through text messages, other officers here stressed a stance similar to Barot when they averred to the need to adhere to the full implementation of the law. 

These people should be made to answer to their crimes, a police in Camp Dagohoy’s community relations branch said. 

In his opinion, PSInspector John Gano said “they were tried and were proven guilty, and by their laws, the crimes they committed is punishable by death so they must suffer the consequences. 

The former tourist police chief also added that he hopes that death penalty be re-imposed in the country so drug pushers, financiers and protectors can be punished to the fullest extent of the law. 

As to the reports that one of the accused may have been unwittingly used to traffic drugs, drug agent Jeanette Reyes reiterates vigilance and cautions on the padala which may be used as a front for drug trafficking. 

Reyes, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head in Bohol said people must be cautious about those innocent requests to carry goodies across borders. 

Convicted and earning reprieve in last month’s death sentences were 42 year old Ramon Credo, 32 year old Sally Villanueva and 38 year old Elizabeth Batain. 

Both Credo and Villanueva were tried and to be executed in Xiamen on March 30, after Chinese courts found them guilty of trafficking heroin in 2008. 

Credo was accordingly charged with trafficking 4,113 grams of heroin which he brought from Manila. 

Days later, Villanueva also came into the same Gaoji International airport stashing 4,110 grams of heroin which she brought in form Manila. 

On the other hand, Batain was equally guilty of the same charge, a verdict handed by the Chinese People’s Court. All three of them are set for execution on March 30. 

From reports, one of the women’s relative said she worked as a cellphone dealer in Xiamen and was told to carry a luggage from Kula Lumpur in Malaysia to China. 

More than 6,000 grams of heroin were found in a sealed bondpaper ream she carried in her luggage. 

As President Benigno Simeon Aquino has acknowledged that earning a temporary reprieve for the supposed to be February 20 and 21 executions, he was also quoted as saying “we have to conform to their [Chinese] laws.” 

Even then, the government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, will continue to monitor and review the cases of other Filipinos arrested or convicted in China and elsewhere of drug-related and other crimes, for the purpose of protecting their legal rights and ensuring that they receive humane treatment, PIA Namaclay assured in a memo to the agency’s provincial officer. (racPIABOhol)

Crimes “continue to drop” 
as police patrols intensify 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 26, 2011 (PIA)---CRIMES in Bohol continue to drop in the last three months, a fact local police would credit to the effective implementation of an anti-crime program since November last year. 

PSSupt Constantino Barot, in a presentation at the Provincial Peace and Order Council Friday said that crimes in December 2010 reached 266, and was staved off by 27% in January which recorder only 194 crimes. 

The situation further got better in February where police blotters al over Bohol recorded 18 crimes for the month, a significant 7% reduction compared to the previous month. 

Car-napping however topped the list of crime types at 115 cases followed closely by theft where police records noted 114 cases. 

The rest of the cases were robbery at 88, physical injury at 53, murder and cattle rustling, Barot reported before a gathering which included the mayor members of the league of Municipalities, members of the provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Philippine National Police top brass. 

The Camp Dagohoy chief even broke police reporting tradition to respond to the PPOC request to make monthly crime comparative studies instead of comparing the incidents of the month with the incidents a year before. 

Bohol police under the leadership of Barot adopted the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) which targeted lowering crime incidents in three focused areas. 

Street crimes, after the PIPS went down from 6 in December to only two in the first week of March, Barot pointed out. 

Similar downtrends were also noted in fire-arms related crimes where from 10 weekly average in December, only two were recorded in March. 

Crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riding elements also went down to an average pof two per week from a high four weeks back. 

To impress more of community participation in crime fighting, police and civilian bikers pedaled from Tagbilaran City March 26 to Sikatuna and back, an activity that was also highlighted with a tree planting activity done by the partners at the Sikatuna Tree Park. 

A medical mission also happened in Canapnapan Corella while scubasurero, coastal clean up activities and A run for peace also wound along city streets. (racPIABohol)

Guv calls for partnerships 
in wiping tuberculosis 

GOVERNOR Edgar Chatto calls on the partnership of government and the private sector in the fight against the elimination of the threat of tuberculosis in time for the World TB day March 29. 

At the Kita u gang Gobernador, Chatto reiterated that if with the partnership like what happened with the anti-rabies campaign where Bohol is on counting the three years as rabies free, it can also be done with TB. 

Highlighting on the role of the private sector, the governor, who sits as the Provincial Council Against Tuberculosis (PROCAT) chairman, announced the: the opening of a first privately owned TB directly Observed Treatment System (DOTS) treatment center. 

“What is important is that we have to educate the people that TB is not anymore a disease to be feared. We now have the medicines, TB can be treated, what people would need to do now is to come out and religiously follow the treatment regimen.” 

They can go to the private or the public TB DOTS center. 

On this, he said that going to the public TB Dots at the rural health center may cause a stigma as everybody knows everyone. Going to the private TB Dots canter can be a good option, he said. 

The world TB day celebration here adopts the theme “Isulong ang Laban sa TB: Malusog na Kabataan, Pag-asa ng Bayan’, the Provincial Council Against Tuberculosis (PROCAT) –Bohol celebrates World TB Day, Provincial Health Office sources said. 

The day’s affair will kick off with a holy mass at St. Joseph Cathedral with special intention for people who suffered and died of TB. 

Then, a motorcade will follow starting at Plaza Rizal to ICM through JA Clarin and then going back to Calceta St. and CPG Avenue where it will end at the Metro Centre Hotel where a program will be conducted. 

Gov. Chatto is set to deliver an inspirational message and is expected to award LGUs who are consistently performing well in the TB program. 

He will also induct the new set of officers of the Bohol Federated TB Workers Association. 

Also expected to grace the affair is DOH Region VII Regional Director Dr. Susana Madarietta who will give her message and distribute 26 microscopes to microscopy centers. 

In the afternoon, there will be tuberculin skin testing at BQ Atrium where children 0-9 years old will be screened if they are infected of TB. 

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which is transmitted by means of inhaling cough or sneeze of a person having TB. 

Major symptom of the disease is cough lasting for 2 weeks or more associated with fever, weight loss, coughing of bloody discharge and night sweats. (AlexisLofranco/racPIA)

From forging peace partnerships… 
Convergence strategy now 
Shifts to school buildings 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 25, 2011 (PIA) --- FROM forging peace to taming insurgency, Capitol again brings convergence strategy into new fields, this time by forging similar partnerships for quality education while building on the bayanihan concept. 

Still saddled with the shortage of standard classrooms and the government’s backlog in its provision of structures, Bohol sought a solution to the problem by forming partnerships with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM). 

Not long after, the partnership found new recruits: the private sector who provides other support facilities needed to equip and ready the rooms for occupancy as school opens. 

With the Capitol funded classroom building prioritization program going a long way when implemented with the army engineers, Governor Edgar Chatto also revealed that the project savings our of labor and supervision goes to desks and other classroom appliances. 

He said a team of consultants tasked in identifying beneficiaries schools identified barangay Cagting in Ubay as a new project beneficiary. 

Chatto, who shared his experience seeing the school in Cagting said the school buildings there were made of light materials in bamboo and nipa built on dirt floors. 

Now, barangay Cagting gets completely built class rooms with desks, electrical connections, electric fans, computer units, television and video player and DVD learning modules, in either savings or dionations from wel meaning private sector groups. 

The governor added that the Bayanihan Coordinating Unit at the Capitol has succeeded in getting pledges for sewing and welding machines for the school’s vocational training program. 

After launching the first Bayanihan project under his term in Malinao Carmen, the Governor immediately issued to the AFP the notice to proceed with the school building project in Cagting. 

He also added that the notice to proceed goes with the turn-over of the initial release of funds for use in the construction in preparation for the opening of classes. 

Earlier, the partnership also delivered classroom buildings in the shortest possible time with the least cost compared to other implementing agencies while adopting the bayanihan system, Governor Chatto said in his weekly Kita ug ang Gobernador radio program. 

Right after the building construction, the turned-over fully equipped building was immediately used. (racPIABohol)

Fire marshal Rebusa shares to 
Towns ways to get fire-trucks 

FACED with a gargantuan task of equipping towns with fire fighting assets, Bohol fire marshal Pepe Rebusa advises local governments to find alternative sources to secure firefighting equipment in fire-trucks and at least, putting up fire hydrants. 

In time for the Fire prevention Month, Rebusa highlighted that Bohol still has a long way to go considering that it still direly needs fire fighting capabilities and assets. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA, PFSupt. Rebusa pointed out that despite organizing communities and sectors to disseminate information and prevention tips, local governments can actually build on their capabilities by securing fire-trucks through a variety of means. 

He shared that the national government through has an annual distribution of its 50 to 70 units procured by the Bureau of Fire Protection and tapping this source could be done, but LGUS with corresponding counterpart funds usually get a higher probability of getting a unit. 

Moreover, he said a sisterhood agreement with more economically advanced LGUS sometimes can allow the transfer of slightly used but fire-trucks units in perfectly working conditions, often without costs. 

He relayed that a similar agreement with Japan allowed Bohol some fire-trucks in the past. 

He also said congressional funds can be tapped if LGUs can convince district representatives to use their pork barrel sources to purchase surplus fire-trucks. 

Another possible source of funds for these is that calamity unused funds which the law allocates annually. 

A practice however among LGUs is to dip its hands into the calamity funds and use it a bonus for employees. 

Absent these fire trucks, Rebusa urges town planners to come up with an integrated fire and disaster plan to facilitate rescue or conduct of savage operations. 

Part of that is the setting up of fire hydrants especially for towns without without fire trucks or stations. 

Fires gut everything exceedingly fast and pulling out a fire truck from the scene to replenish its water tanks consume time and if it has to fetch water from a distant source, there’s a good chance that damage could be worse, he explained. 

Baclayon finds P4 M project 
Funds from friendly sources 

RESOURCEFUNESS and knowing which buttons to push work for the administration of Baclayon Mayor Alvin Uy and Jodel Theodore Cahajug as their leadership creativity and connections bid well for the town which gets P4M worth of projects funded by friendly sources. 

Still struggling to deliver quality education in a school classroom conducive to learning, local officials also admit that they have to prioritize their meager resources to be able to respond to other social services. 

The option to seek other sources surfaced and the determination to deliver the best for the people pushed local officials to persist and were rewarded handsomely for their troubles. 

As per records of the Department of Public Works and Highways first engineering district, the town’s biggest source of project funds is ABA Partylist through Representative Leonardo Montemayor. 

The representative allocated P2M for the town’s school building construction program. 

On the other hand, Senator Pia Cayetano, whose executive secretary is the mayor’s sister squeezed in another P1M for another school building repair and construction in barangay Tanday. 

Denya Gracia Uy-Anastacio could have been the inside link that connected the town to the lady senator, but Cayetano is also known to have a bias for the country’s education. 

According to Baclayon sources, P1M of Montemayor’s funds went to the construction of Poblacion Elementary School Building while another P1M went to similar education facility in Pamilacan Island. 

On the other hand, from other friendly sources and not their local coffers, the town also found an ingenious way to get a sourcing for the construction of a school building in Payahan Eementary School, another school building in Don Juan Buenaventura and a starting fund for the construction of the Municipal Health Center. 

According to the DPWH, these projects are now scheduled to advertisement and barring any problems, the town would only wait for three months or 90 calendar days to find 5 new or repaired school buildings ready to admit pupils for the coming school year. 

Ubay coastal law enforcement 
“Galing Pook awards” finalist 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 25, 2011 (PIA) --- UBAY town’s honest to goodness implementation of its Coastal Resource Management Resource (CRM) earned for the town a prestigious citation as one of the finalists during the recent Galing Pook Award 2010. 

For its participatory Coastal Law Enforcement that takes its Bantay Dagat to a higher level of engagement in coastal law enforcement, Ubay sits at par with other finalists as Iriga City, Goa Camarines Sur and San Agustin Isabela, according to municipal information officer Virginia C. Dupa. 

It may be recalled that December 1, last year, Ubay Mayor Eutiquio Bernales and a team from the local coastal law enforcement authorities flew to Manila to present the local program to the National Selection Commission at the Social Development Complex Conference Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. 

The mayor was with Alpios Delima, Ubay CRM Coordinator, Roselle Hilot, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Ubay representative, SB Allan Abad and CRM staff Ralph Lagura presented to the 14 person commission where they were feted against other national finalists. 

The same team flew back to Manila last March 17, 2011 to finally receive the awards at Malacañang Palace together with the Top Ten Awardees. 

The Galing Pook Foundation, one that hands the award recognizes innovation and excellence in local governance. 

Galing Pook winners are chosen each year from a wide array of programs from local governments after undergoing a rigorous multi-level screening process. 

In Ubay, the declining fish catch resulting from destructive illegal fishing practices and the lack of legal and technical skills of volunteers assigned as Bantay Dagat coastal law enforcers prompted the mayor to disband older group to start a more professional unit. 

The Coastal Enforcement Program Unit (CEPU) has members that are technically and legally competent to enforce the law, serve as the police arm of the CRM and are tasked to prevent, apprehend and prosecute violators and install a system that ensures easy detection, public reporting, efficient and timely response and relevant sanctions, Dupa said. 

These innovations immensely contributed to the increase of fish catch along the seawaters of the town, she stressed. 

These are the reasons why other LGU’s and even international organizations wanted to replicate the program we adopted here, she prided. 

The awards were handed out by President Benigno Aquino III and assisted by the Galing Pook Foundation. (mpio/racPIABohol) 

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