Saturday, June 25, 2011

Crimes down by 32%
compared to last year

TAGBILARAN CITY, BOhol, June 24, 2011, (PIA)—CRIMES in Bohol went down 32% this year compared to a similar period in 2010, police records show.

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Meeting held at the San Roque National High School in Alburquerque town June 21, Bohol Police Director Constantino Barot cited May 2010 crime volume as reaching 1576, which was drastically reduced to 969 this year.

Camp Dagohoy credited to continuing decrease of crimes, which amounted to some 32 percent, to a program the local police is implementing which has been apparently effective against curbing criminalities and pro-actively deterring the commission of such, PSSupt. Barot shared.  

Bohol police leadership has implemented the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) which has rallied community help and maximized intelligence sources while using the tips people provide to stop crimes.

Index crimes for the period last year reached 1153, which was reduced to 786 this year, according to Barot.   

For the non-index crimes, police sources noted 423 last year, a figure which is now down to 183.

In the last five months of this year, the police provincial chief said theft, robbery and car-napping still top police concerns.

Within the period, there has been 332 theft cases recorded accounting to some 42% of the crime volume, a chart presented during the meeting showed.

Rob cases totaled 193 cases and accounts to some 25% of the crime volume for the period.

While Bohol notes some 119 cases of physical injuries, Barot said the police are more concerned with car-napping where some 61 cases have been recorded.    

Theft happens when there is no force exerted to get things while robbery uses force upon things, Barot explained while reasoning out that police are totally helpless in watching every household to stop theft.

As to robbery, he engaged communities to continue reporting to authorities any presence of suspicious looking persons who could be just awaiting for the perfect opportunity to commit crimes.

He also said that Bohol car-napping cases only involve motorcycles which have been mostly caused by owners forgetting to take off the keys while parking. (Rey Anthony Chiu)  

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7 cop units score perfect
crime solution efficiency

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 24, 2011, (PIA)—SEVEN police units here logged perfect records while Bohol pegged an over-all 47.3% crime solution efficiency rating, solving only 458 cases of the 969 cases occurring within the period covering January to May.

Based on records provided by the Office of the Bohol Provincial Director Constantino Barot, Alburquerque, Bilar, Garcia Hernandez, Maribojoc, Mabini, Valencia and Tourist Police Unit scored perfect in solving crimes.

The record, which PSSupt. Barot reported during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting in Alburquerque generated appreciation from no less than chairman Edgar Chatto.

Valencia police station had 22 cases recorded within the period, all of them reported as solved.

Mabini also logged similar accomplishment by solving nine of nine cases, followed by Alburquerque with seven cases, all reported as solved.

Maribojoc, Garcia Hernandez and Bilar each had five cases, all of them considered closed.

On the other hand, Corella Police Station fared worst with 0% crimes solved of the five cases recorded in the town.

Anda Police station also scored zero but had that was because the local police station found no cases to pursue from January to May.

Jagna Police station scored a dismal 11.1% by solving only two of their 18 cases recorded.

San Miguel police station, on the other hand pegged only 19% crime solution efficiency by solving four of the 21 cases elevated for police action.

Police stations with below the 50% crimes solution efficiency include Tagbilaran City (30.7%), Bacayon (25.0%), Buenavista (25%), Catigbian (26.3%), Dagohoy (37.5%), Dauis (29.6%).

Dimiao (45.5%), Getafe (43.8%), Loay (40.0%), Pilar (33.3%), President Garcia (40.0%), Sagbayan (42.9%), Sierra Bulones (27.3%) and Tubigon (30.8%). (Rey Anthony Chiu)  

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PPOC to PNP: increase police
officers at big town stations

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 24, 2011 (PIA)--THE Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) approved a motion asking the Philippine National Police (PNP) to consider adding some more police to the 21 minimum police warm-bodies in a station.

The motion, passed by Bohol Prosecutor Macario Delusa was unanimously approved Tuesday as the council met to tackle peace and order issues in Bohol.  

Even Camp Dagohoy has admitted that having 21 police officers in a station is barely enough, prompting PSSupt Constantino Barot to prepare a list of town stations prioritized for more police, should any more allocations come.

While it may be a national policy to make sure at least 21 officers and men are in a station, police duty is usually for 24 hours, thus dividing the force into teams of three is usually effected.

In fact, problems in bolstering police visibility have been saddling the local police force, peace and order councils in the towns have to agree. 

At the recent PPOC meeting held at the San Roque National high School Computer room, PPOC vice chairman Concepcion Lim asked PSSupt Constantino Barot about the policy of putting 21 police officers in a station.

Police sources have said that the 21 police officers are equally divided to do three shifts, making sure that a police station has a minimum of seven on an ordinary day.

But Vice Governor Lim feels that the equal distribution of 21 is unjust for bigger towns.

Camp Dagohoy through PSSut Barot also admits that Loon town, which has 67 barangays has only a 24 officers and added that it would be virtually impossible to secure the place especially during elections.

PSSupt Barot revealed that the last police allocation in Central Visayas, both Bohol and Negros Oriental received the same number of personnel, but Negros has fewer towns.

This implies that Negros police stations could have more policemen than Bohol does.

Governor Edgar Chatto, who sits as PPOC Chairman hinted that maybe the PPOC can express a manifestation to the gentlemen in Camp Crame to make the 21 police officers assigned to a station as a baseline.

He added further that an increase in the number of police officers must be effected in bigger towns.

Barot, who also reported that theft tops Bohol crime types, added that police officers could not practically watch over every household. (Rey Anthony Chiu)

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TESDA training scholarships
Still open at Bohol schools

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 24, 2011, (PIA)--OUT-of school youth, unemployed graduates of employable age can avail of training scholarships offered in some Bohol schools to generate jobs and raising people’s productivity.

According to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bohol head Dr. Francisca Opog, they are still screening for the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) which anyone of those mentioned above can avail.

PESFA is a government scholarship program implemented by TESDA for programs offered by private technical and vocational (TECHVOC) institutions.

As the name suggests, it is not a full scholarship, but a financial assistance offered on a per district availment, she explained at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA. 

It means Tesda pays for the training cost depending on the program directly to the school while the student pays for the materials and other expenses incurred during the training.

Individuals who can pass the competitive examination are further screened to make sure those who get the training truly need them, she explained.

Three institutions in District 1 namely AMA Computer, Saint Martha and University of Bohol accept PESFA training courses which include computer hardware servicing (AMA), household services (St. Martha) and commercial cooking at UB, the petite Tesda head shared.

In the district, competitive examinations have been given but the authorities are still screening the participants. 

In the second and third districts however, there are still several slots which trainee can get at some schools while getting government assistance.

She names Bohol Northeastern Star Colleges in Ubay and Bohol College of Science and Technology (BCST) as training venues for commercial cooking, metal art welding, housekeeping, computer hardware servicing, small motor repairs and carpentry, in the second district.

For the third district, trainings for computer hardware servicing can be had at Batuan Colleges and San Nicolas de Tolentino Training Center in Dimiao where they offer commercial cooking, housekeeping, food and beverages and book keeping.


Interested applicants can go directly to the mentioned schools for more details or visit TESDA at B. Inting street near the City Hall. (Rey Anthony Chiu)


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Blind advocate urges
PWDs to come out

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 24, 2011, (PIA)—THERE is still hope for persons with disability, as long as they come out in the open.

Mateo Quilas, blind and head of the Bohol Federation of Disabled Persons Incorporated which boasts of some 5,463 members all over Bohol urged members and non-member PWDs over at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday to grab the opportunity for livelihood skills trainings which the government is offering.

Although the offer is nothing new, Quilas said it still is a problem because overprotective families usually hide their PWDs from society.

Himself engrossed with the advocacy for rights of PWDS since the late 1990’s, the blind advocate admit it was a tough start.

Parents and relatives hide their PWDs, ashamed to admit they have them at home, so we could not help them, he said.

Now with a comprehensive list of PWDS including a detail on their impairments, Quilas said only very few PWDs are unaccounted in Bohol.

Now starting to feel the effects of his initiated move, he said he is elated over the milestones that they had achieved as an organization and individual.

PWDs are protected by law and they must claim the benefits due them, he stressed while revealing that the government put up Area Vocational Rehabilitation Centers (AVRC).

The AVRCs are centers of training for PWDs to help them become productive members of society and not just burdens to the family.

The AVRCs provide PWD skills trainings that make somebody with an incapacity, productive still.

He cited a visually impaired person who can go for therapeutic massage training, one skill that does not factor with their impairment.

At the AVRC, a PWD is given daily subsistence while on training, a meager allowance for his basic necessities, Quilas assured even as he called parents to send their PWDs to the center.

At the radio forum which was aired on DyTR, the blind but overly zealous PWD rights advocate said one can avail of the free trainings after social workers in their areas have submitted and approved case study reports. 

The forum was to drumbeat information and support to the 33rd National Dis-ability Prevention Week which would be celebrated June 17-23.

Within the week, Quilas said activities to spread information on disability prevention, support services and government efforts to help would be carried all across the country.

More than that, activities that support PWDs mobility happen as well meaning organizations hand out folding canes as walking guides for the blind, wheel chairs, talking watches and artificial limbs to help PWDs.

Quilas also shared that their current advocacy is centered on the legal implementation and observance of pharmacies of the 20% discount for medicines to PWD and the full implementation of the accessibility law which should allow PWDs to comfortably access government buildings and public facilities. (Rey Anthony Chiu)


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Marine volunteers rescue
trapped spinner dolphin

MARINE mammal rescuers free on June 22 a female spinner dolphin apparently trapped in the shallow waters on the coast of barangay Bahi, in Alburquerque, Bohol.

Rescuers led by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo of Physalus and members of the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Mammals theorized that strong waves spawned by storm Falcon must have separated the juvenile female spinner dolphin from the pod and forced it to knee-deep shallows.  

It was a highway maintenance team from the Department of Public Works and Highways who first saw the dolphin swimming in the shallows at around 10:00 A.M. and they reported it to Bahi barangay captain.

The village chair, Alfredo Agonia Sr. immediately called Alburquerque police and volunteers to effect a rescue.

Village fisherman Bonifacio Payusan and seaborne patrol member Victor Balo coordinated immediate rescue efforts which include guiding the dolphin into deeper waters and treating wounds with betadine antiseptic, which they initially believed as gunshot wound or harpoon piercing.

The two wounds, superficial lesions, according to veterinarian Dr. Ponzo could have been caused by cookie-cutter sharks.

“She was chubby and is swimming well, Dr. Ponzo said, adding that based on the position of the puncture wounds, and if there were caused by gunshots or harpoon, “it could have reached the animal’s lungs affecting the dolphin’s swimming.”

Ponzo, who heads a non government organization helps promote the protection of the environment with an emphasis on marine habitat protection through educating coastal communities by letting them understand their ecosystems said water getting into the animal’s lungs could make her swim on her side.

Aside from minor belly scratches, perhaps caused by swimming in the shallows, the wounded dolphin was swimming upright. 

Several attempts of guiding the dolphin to the deep proved futile.

“The waves produce too much noise that this could have disrupted the dolphin’s echolocation so she could not find her way,” Ponzo said.

After about six hours of guiding the animal to deeper waters and making her comfortable, the animal swam away, not before making a flash of tail before diving among the company of larger fish, reports a visibly elated Dr. Ponzo who has not slipped out of his wetsuit since 1 PM.

Asked what are the chances of survival, the veterinarian said it was a chubby dolphin and swims upright, indications that it was not sick, so he said there’s about 80-90 percent chance she can survive.

Rescuers did a visual survey of the coastlines an hour after the dolphin swam out but found no traces of another beaching. (Rey Anthony Chiu) 

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