Friday, April 8, 2011

P108-M poverty fund to 

Tickle Bohol economies 

Tagbilaran City, April 8, 2011 (PIA)---ECONOMIES mainly in the second district of Bohol gets a capital boost in cold cash infusion of around P 108 million, representing conditional cash transfer funds for December 2010 and January 2011, shared a social service provider based in Cebu recently.

Economists expect the funds to trickle and drip to Boholano pockets, even those who are indirect beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilya (2Ps) program.

At the recent Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) social worker based in Cebu and 2Ps point-person for Bohol and Siquijor bared that P108,204,300 has been released in Bohol since December 28 to February 4.

According to Jocelyn Adalid, DSWD social welfare officer, another set of funds would be due for the next two months as the government shifts from a quarterly release to a once in two months interval.

The changes in the schedule of release, Aileen Lariba explained, happened after President Simeon Benigno Aquino III responded to the public clamor to facilitate the cash access as people need cash to respond to their children’s daily needs.

Lariba, the 2Ps regional information officer also highlighted the President saying, Kayo ang Boss ko.

The government cash grant however strings conditions: the beneficiaries’ kids need to attend schools 85% of the month, for beneficiaries’ regular attendance at family development sessions for their social empowerment inputs and to regularly get to a health care facility, Lariba explains.

Absent that, the beneficiaries do not get the full cash assistance of P300 per child of 0-14 years old in the household and P500 education, according to the outspoken Lariba.

It’s not much so its called aid, as we expect them to have livelihood and so we do not help prop up a culture of dependence leading top mendicancy, she hinted. 

In a status of implementation shared by Adalid to the Kapihan sa PIA, Landbank has paid over the counter for January and December the sum with Ubayanons getting the largest cash infusion at P16.48 million for its 1,353 beneficiaries.

Following Ubay is Buenavista with P12.58 million for its 1,204 beneficiary households, Carlos P. Garcia with P11.67 million for its 928 beneficiary households and Bien Unido with P10.7 million for its 872 household beneficiaries.  

Other beneficiary towns in Bohol include Getafe, Trinidad, Mabini, Pilar, Alicia, Carmen, Dagohoy, Inabanga and Danao, dteialed Adalid at the forum aired live over DyTR. (racPIABohol)
P17M submarine cable
Project for Cabilao on

SO how much does it take for Cabilao island to scour every source to get the development it dreams?

For starters, a P17 million power interconnection project that would supply the juice to power the island’s dream of fully immersing into its underwater treasures investments is on, hinted Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez in a media encounter recently.

The island, which boasts of a ring of one of the world’s best dive sites, is the second in a series of islands from mainland Bohol. While the first island; Sandingan is connected to the mainland by Tahang causeway, Cabilao is separated from Sandingan island by a short and deep channel with characteristic strong currents that make it difficult to build a land bridge.

This fact also makes it hard for the island’s five villages to get sustainable power supply from the mainland.

Host to diveshops that cater to international and local divers, Cabilao’s main power requirement is supplied by a generator set that operates from 6:00 PM to midnight and serves an estimated 6,000 inhabitants in five barangays, said Lopez to the media.

With around 12 world-class dive sites ringing the island and frequented by snorkelers and dive enthusiasts, the power is barely enough to jumpstart the tourism activity that locals would want to embark, said a dive operator in a chance talk.

On the problem, Lopez said that they already had an informally generated commitment for the local electric cooperative to put in half of the P17M funding requirement to tap the island to the mainland.

The island also has the country’s first solar powered internet-station at the Cabilao High School but the source is by far only confined to the internet facility.

Media also found out some dive facilities with solar panels but most of them are for water heaters and lighting inhouse facilities.  

Over the apparent need for more sustainable power, the mayor revealed that the plan is to put up a submarine cable that would cross the span of Mocpoc in Sandingan to Talisay, in the eastern side of the island.

“It’s not official yet although we hope it would materialize so we could source out the remaining fund from our sources,” the mayor who is also a doctor added.

He also said they could put up some local counterpart funding and then source out some from Capitol and the congressional appropriations.

Lopez, who is a close cousin of Representative Rene Relampagos is also optimistic that the plan could be done and already hopes the premiums can be better lives for Cabilaonons and Loonanons. (racPIABohol)

Barot explains one-strike policy

SO what happened when some chiefs of police still stand on their town posts despite successful operations by other units in their areas of responsibility?

According to the Philippine National Police doctrine of one-strike policy, to weed out non-performing chiefs of police, any officer whose area of responsibility still nets illegal activities as evidenced by a raid by a higher unit, he should be booted out as top cop.

“That however, is not always the case,” explains Pssupt. Constantino Barot at the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) hosted by Loon in Cabilao island.

While admitting that there have been chiefs of police sacked for their inability to produce results on mandated campaigns against illegal drugs, gambling and other illegal activities, the Bohol police chief said there are police officers who provide the information that resulted in the successful raid in their areas.

At the TSIP, the Negrense police officer also implied that there are cases when local police can not mobilize for the reason that criminals are familiar with the men they easily slip out when they smell the presence of local cops.

We can not say they were remiss in their jobs because they provided all the information and coordinated with the higher unit to produce positive results.

In Bohol, police Director Barot named several of these police chiefs who have retained their posts and were not booted even with the raids conducted by the Camp Dagohoy-based Provincial Public Safety Company comprised mostly of specially trained special weapons and tactic team.

Bohol police find themselves challenged by Governor Edgar Chatto to dent on two separate orders: perform anti-illegal gambling and anti-drug operations over and above their usual anti-criminality and other law enforcement tasks.

The top cop also said the problem of going against drug and illegal gambling is that these are “highly organized groups who have set up their own intelligence networks.”

43% women mainly decide
What to do with earnings

Tagbilaran City. April 7, 2011 (PIA) --- NOW that’s women’s liberation.

Recent developments about women’s liberation in Central Visayas has manifested in a 2008 survey which showed that nearly 43% of earning women here decide for themselves how their earnings are to be used.

According to the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted from August 7 to September 27, 2008, 42.8% of the wives mainly decide on the how their earnings are spent.
This may be a new development in a strongly traditional society influenced by Spaniards which still believe that wives are more apt to stay at home and care for the kids while husbands earn for the family’s sustenance.

The same survey also showed that about 51.9 % of the 894 Central Visayan respondents say they jointly decide with their husbands on how the wives’ earnings are spent.

The survey, implemented by the National Statistics Office and funded by the USAID however showed that 47.6% of the wives’ earnings are lesser compared to their husbands.

Only about 24.1% say their earnings are about the same.

The survey also shows that almost 2/3 or 62% of currently married women whose husbands receive cash earnings report that decisions about the use of their husbands’ earnings are made jointly by them. The women respondents also say only 9% of husbands decide on their earnings without consulting the wife.

The NDHS survey, which runs once every five years since 1968, finally includes questions on women empowerment in terms of employment, type of earnings, control over cash earnings and freedom of movement.

Women here however say that they agree a husband is justified in hitting his wife for specific reasons.

Wives neglecting their children tops the list of justified beatings at 9.7% of respondents she deserves it.

Along the list of justifiable beatings include wife going out without telling him (2.7%), wife arguing with him (1.9%), wife burns the food (1.5%) and if she refuses to have sexual intercourse with him at (0.9%) (racPIABohol)

More users get contraceptives
At stores than gov’t sources

OVER the issue of government spending public funds for contraceptives, a survey on family planning practices of women in the country revealed that government facilities provide contraceptive methods to only 46% of users.

The rest obtain their contraceptive devices from private medical sources, the most common single source of which is the pharmacy, according to the National Demographic and Health Survey.

The survey which the National Statistics Office conducted from August 7 to September 27 2008 on United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funds also showed that pharmacies supply 40% of modern method users.

The survey, which is designed to assess the demographic and health situation in the country covered a national sample of 13,000 households and some 14,000 women aged 15 to 49 years.

The survey, the 9th in the series conducted every five years since 1968, showed that the contraceptive prevalence rate for married women in the country has increased almost four-fold over four decades or from 15% in 1968 to 52% in 2008.

In Central Visayas, the survey took on 894 sample households and visited 928 eligible women generating an over-all response rate of 97%.

56.7% of Central Visayan women currently use any family planning method, while registering the highest percentage across regions in the use of male condoms at 3.6%, the survey said.

The NDHS survey also showed that 84.9 % of male condom used as source of modern contraception is sourced out privately while the government supplies only 6.7%.

Pills, another popular modern contraceptive method is usually sourced out from the private sector at 74.3% while only 22% of it is government funded, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, the government provides 83.9% of injectable contraceptives to users while some 15.3% but their intravenous contraceptives from private sources.

The government also supplies 80.8% of Intra-Uterine Devices, also a common modern contraception while only 17.3% is sourced out from private drugstores.

Just as the government supplies 73% of female sterilization services, the private sector still provides services to 26.6% of family planning couples.

The survey also admitted that as expected, government sources supply a large proportion of users of permanent methods such as female sterilization. (racPIABohol)


Baluartes’ things of value 
May be Cabilao’s bastion

(Cabilao Island, Loon, April 6, 2011, (PIA) ---- FROM the viewpoint in Cabilao island off Loon town, the sentinel scans the horizon from south to the faint shores of Cebu and then slowly sweeps his gaze to the northern and eastern expanse to pick out the faints signs of approaching ships.

On this vantage point, he has a commanding view of three quadrants of the sea that has been a route of the notorious southern pirates on their pillages north of Mindanao.

The sea before him is also frequented by 18th century Portuguese ships intending to assert its claim on Spain’s intrusion to the islands in defiance of the Treaty of Tordesillas that say this part above the equator is Portuguese territory.

A stone throw from the cliff where he stands, a flotilla of barquillas de Guerra lay anchored and swaying with the wind, the gentle waves lapping on its hulls.

Behind him, the somber coral stone building imposes its presence while sheltering a small band of men.

Some of the soldiers lazily lay in suspended hammocks, others busy themselves oiling their muskets; these men comprise the small regiment of a Spanish naval force detailed to deny the advance of any ship with harmful intentions to the northern islands including the new seat of government in Manila.

Every once in a while, the stiff wind carries a crack of boisterous laughter from a Spanish soldiers mending a torn sail on the boat decks below while above them, terns playfully glide with the wind in this part of the Baluarte.

In Baluarte, stands an abandoned fortess that has been there even before Cabilao Island’s five barangays: Pantudlan, Cabacungan, Talisay, Cambaquiz and Looc asserted their political independence.

Spanish navy stocked the fortress with lantacas and ammunition, the stone fortification on top of the viewpoint a visible threat to anyone daring enough to make that bold crossing.

The stone fortress was a bastion (baluarte) of the Spanish naval force and the place where it was located was called by the same name, said Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, referring to the old fort now slowly being transformed into the island museum.

Centuries later, when pirates become a footnote in history and Portugal has ceased its claim to the islands, the sentinel still stands proud beside the abandoned fortress as it surrenders to the eroding power of time.

Seeing its history and its contribution to the fortification of the church and Christian community of Virgin de la Luz, Loon local government eked out a restoration program and adaptive re-use for the old structure believed to be built in the late 17th century. 

Historical facts, data, memorabilia and anything that facilitates understanding of the Loonanon and the people of Cabilao finds its place in the museum, Zosima Lapez, 48 years old esplained.
And since the bastion also commands an excellent view of the island’s world-class dive sites, Mayor Lloyd Lopez said when the restoration is completed the old fortress would be Baluarte Point’s museum showcase.

The building, a 20 by 20 feet coral stone structure now sports a faux Moroccan red adobe tile roof complete with realistic eaves, meter thick walls and windows that look out to the sea.

Aside from a community life showcase which should display the famous Cabilao romblon (pandanus) native bags in drab cream and in a variety of handsomely crafted mix of different media, Mayor Lopez said the biggest come on should be the treasures of the underwater scenes found all over the island.

A local romblon weaver organization, the Cabilao Romblon Weavers Network provides livelihood to 75 members and spins the native bags they enter into concession with the Bohol Bee Farm, the mayor who is also a doctor said.

A dive center in the island, the Polaris asserts: Cabilao is a marvelous place for scuba diving and snorkeling, in its website.

The area is the perfect dive spot for beginners and experienced divers and scuba diving is possible all the year round.

Dive sites categorized under the island’s offer are the Gorgonia Wall, ViewPoint, lighthouse, Fallen, Looc, Cambaquiz, Cambaquiz Slope, Talisay and Talisay Pier, SouthPoint, Chapel and 3-Coco.

Let this soon to rise museum be the window of locals and foreigners who would have wanted to dive but still gropes for the strength to don on the neoprene wet suit.

We would like to make this a learning showcase for our younger generation to learn to nurture these wonderful gifts at their thresholds to engage them into activities that would help us sustain the sea, a local fisherman whose wife weaves native bags said. 

And like the lighthouse that stands proud braving the storms, let Cabilao’s baluarte be a center for environment protection and a learning center for respect cultures, peoples and their priceless heritage. (racPIABohol)

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