Monday, July 4, 2011

City crimes down by 27%
Compared to last year

CAMP DAGOHOY, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, July 1, (PIA) --CRIMES in Tagbilaran City may have alarmed residents here, data shows however that the crimes this year are lower compared to those which found in police blotters last year.

City police authorities noted a 27% decrease in crime volume this year compared to the past year, a comparative crime volume graph presented by the city police, PSupt. Arcadio Jamora Jr. showed. 

According to the presentation Jamora showed during the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) Wednesday at Camp Dagohoy Multi-purpose Hall, crime volume from January to May this year recorded 324 incidents, which was slightly lower compared to the same period last year which recorded 442 incidents.
Superintendent Jamora, who assumed as city police chief last month said for the same period, 242 index crimes were noted compared to only 42 non-index crimes.

Of all crimes committed here in 2011, Supt. Jamora cited theft as the most alarming, followed by robbery and carnapping.

Bohol Police chief and PSSupt Constantino Baro, during the same forum said that the major contributing factor for theft is that owners have been taken advantage, and we open to these criminals the opportunity to commit crimes.

Theft cases registered in police blotters for the period numbered 149 cases. In fact, in Supt. Jamora’s graph, it showed that theft cases soared highest in January at 44 cases, then in May at 41 followed by February with 39 cases.

The newly assumed city top cop also showed that most cases of theft occur in Poblacion 2 at 51 cases, then at Cogon at 34.

Of the 43 robbery cases which peaked in the City fiesta month of May at 32, most of the cases happened between 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM at 34 cases of the total 61 rob cases. He also noted that most rob cases happened in Poblacion 2, Poblcaion 3 and Cogon, also the most densely populated districts here.

Carnapping cases in the city peaked in February at 12, most of them happening in Cogon and Poblacion 2 areas between 2:00-4:00 PM and 4:00-6:00 AM.

Since December 30 to May 26, the city recorded 58 street crime incidents, 11 fire-arms related crimes and 16 crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riding elements. 

Since his assignment to the city police force, Jamora also said that in compliance with the “No plate, no travel Policy” since May 16 to June 5, the city police has impounded 84 motorcycles and vehicles, issued 102 citation tickets and 147 temporary operator’s permit in its checkpoint and city patrol operations.


Go mainstream, DTI urges

EFFORTS to entice underground economies to surface sound anew as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) authorities in Bohol reveal friendlier business processes to spur more investments.

Go mainstream, urged DTI’s senior Trade and Industry Specialist Blair Panong, adding that at a very measly P200 and P15 documentary stamps, one can already get a name for a business in a barangay.

In fact, a business name can now be easily had with the processes shortened and lesser signatories after a German- assisted project helped clean the mess up, he said. 

Besides that, getting a business name is a mandatory requirement to get permits and clearances to legally operate.

The DTI also announced a new rate for business names.

The new registration fees for business name registration (original and renewal), depending on the territorial jurisdiction covered in the application is P200.00 for Barangay operation, 500 for City and Municipality, P1000 for Regional 1,000.00, for regional and P2,000.00 for national operations for the first five years, the DTI facebook page announced.

Just as the DTI sounded the calls for business investors to go legitimate, The DTI also underscored a support system available for businesses to prosper.

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday which tackled issues on government and private sector support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Panong stressed that the SME sector which makes up 90% of Bohol’s economy should be given attention to stimulate a more balanced income distribution and decentralize development.

Panong, DTI’s senior trade and Industry specialist here highlighted the MSME and their major role on the country’s socio economic development through rural industrialization, creation of job opportunities which in the end, spurs economic development in the country-sides.

While most people look-up to local governments for employment, it is but just right that the government do something to motivate the establishment of micro economies and thus open up work opportunities in the rural areas, he explained.

By motivating investors to spread development to the rural areas, the government must also provide leverage to continue and sustain business operations, he continued.

Panong cited the government’s creation of a enabling business environment which can be seen in the establishment of a SMED Center at DTI and the Bohol Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS).

What used to be a long process for investors to start their legal identity in Bohol can now be completed in 14 minutes, says DTI information officer Lucile Autentico.

As long as the applicant has all the documentary requirements and as long as there is internet connectivity, the process can be done in 14 minutes, she boasted.

All of these can now be completed in one shop, the BOSS at the Bohol Investment Promotion Center.

There, all mandatory agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Pag-IBIG, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Social Security Systems, offices which are not located in one.

Asked as to their comment about the creation of the BOSS, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) President Marietta Gasatan heaped positive comments for the BOSS and quipped, there were no complaints from new investors.

The chamber president and banker picks out efficient time management at the BOSS which makes it click, one that was not as easily available then.

Also sitting as vice chair to Bohol SMED Council, Gasatan, who helps plan interventions to investors said aside from enabling business environment, the government and private sector is also working on developing markets access, access to finance and business productivity and efficiency as key help areas. (Rey Anthony Chiu)

BISU signs MOU on
national dairy dev’t

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 1 (PIA) -- EXPECT substantial advances in Bohol and possibly the country’s dairy industry.

This as the National Dairy Authority has found a partner who can localize the implementation of its mandates here in Bohol, and perhaps horn its way outside the region.

The NDA has tied-up with the Bohol Island State University (BISU)  in a memorandum of agreement binding the two in a partnership to formulate, implement, assess programs and projects designed to promote and provide direction for the accelerated development of the country’s livestock and dairy industry.

The agreement signed at the People’s Mansion Friday, July 1 is valid for two years, unless extended or terminated earlier.

Signatories to the pact are NDA Administrator Grace Cenas for NDA, an agency under the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Dr. Elpidio Magnate for BISU through its Resource Generation Office, Bilar Campus.

The NDA directs efforts to provide a conducive environment for local dairy industry development to ensure that technical and financial viabilities are met and to ensure the participation of rural smallholder livestock and dairy farmers, the MOU states.

On the other hand, the BISU through its Resource Generation Office, Bilar Campus has the facilities, personnel, research and extension capabilities of the various departments and colleges to pursue and undertake programs designed to carry out dairy and livestock development programs.

While NDA covers nationwide, BISU can collaborate with the DA agency as a partner in dairy research, development and training programs in the province of Bohol, Region 7 and elsewhere in the country when necessary.

NDA has requested BISU’s commitment to assist it in carrying out its mandated development of the local dairy industry, knowing that the Bohol institution has a Resource Generation Office willing to partner in the planning and implementation of dairy development programs and projects in the country, the MOU states.

The understanding binds the two in an undertaking to jointly develop dairy research and products development, testing, processing and marketing, technology education, training and promotion and dissemination.

Similarly, the understanding also puts the two in a livestock and dairy industry resource generation, technical cooperation in promotion and development of livestock farming and dairying in the rural communities and
collaborate in conferences, workshops, seminars and related endeavors related to the livestock and dairy industry of the country.

Just as the NDA identifies and approves projects, programs and activities, it taps the technical capabilities and available resources of the BISU, provides counterpart funds, resources and logistics for the implementation of the identified programs, projects and activities.

On the other hand, BISU provides technical and other asset assistance, consultancy and advisory services and collaborate closely with the NDA to undertake programs, projects and activities under agreed terms, provide the necessary counterpart funds, resources and logistics for the implementation of the identified programs, projects and activities. (Rey Anthony Chiu)

Bohol rabies program attacts
An international experts gab

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 1, (PIA) -- BOHOL rabies prevention and elimination program lures in international rabies experts who seek to learn about the program here as the province hosts their international meeting June 12-14, 2011 at the Bohol Beach Club.

Provincial veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz, who admitted she was humbled by the gesture has asked members of the Provincial Rabies Prevention and Elimination Council to work together in preparing for the activity where the pilot Bohol community based–anti rabies program would be presented.

While being humble in its relatively successful program implementation, Dr. Lapiz was quick to point out that much of the credits actually go to communities who have learned the values of responsible pet ownership and the need to safeguard communities from any public safety concern like rabies. 

The meeting which will start off with the Bohol presentation would have key authorities at the National Rabies Program on the national level and the World Health Organization’s collaborating Center for rabies Reference and Research leading the international experts.

While the national rabies prevention and control program is part of the presentations on the meeting’s first day, Dr, Lapiz said a huge part of the Bohol activity is the sharing of experiences by Bohol stakeholders who have long united against the threat of rabies.

In a tentative program sent to the media, Bohol’s stakeholders own a big share of the time pie for the experts’ stay here with more than a day for them to have the experts listening, observing and immersing in communities to get to know the program here.

Getting to the international experts’ attention, getting the limelight would be the program initiatives and progresses.

Thse would include the establishment of a para-legal system, program advocacy in the community based media partnership, school based curriculum integration, animal bite management and the initiatives by local councils.

Innovative initiatives by the local councils on anti-rabies programs include the active participation of the municipal rabies prevention and eradication councils in the program.

Another key learning area which Bohol shares to the international experts is the Bantay Rabies sa Barangay, which has engaged the communities in a province-wide rabies prevention. (Rey Anthony Chiu)


Noy urges votes for Palawan
river to New7naturewonders

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 1, (PIA) -- PRESIDENT Benigno Simeon Aquino III has issued a presidential proclamation declaring national and international promotions campaign to nail a Philippine entry to the global search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

The search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature (N7WN) officially started with a global polling campaign in 2007, immediately after the successful campaign to elect the man-made Official New 7 Wonders of the World.

With the campaign, which organizers claimed, took democracy to a new global level with more than one hundred million votes cast, the new campaign for N7WN took off with over 440 participants representing over 220 countries, which was short-listed  to a national qualification to the top 77 and finally to the top 28 official finalist candidates.

Now in its third and final phase, an estimated more than a billion voters will choose the top seven until the final declaration on November 11, 2011, the N7WN website revealed.

Although losing the Chocolate Hills, one of the previous favorites, in the shortlist of finalists, the Philippines is lucky to put in the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as per voting and recommendation by a panel of experts.

The PPUR is 8.2 kilometers long and is considered the longest underground river in the world, a UNSECO World Heritage Site and a National Geological Monument which could boost the country’s tourism potential, when it lands on the list, according to the proclamation. 

With the voting done by internet and mobile phones, “the proclamation intends to awaken the sense of patriotism and national pride of the 30 million internet users and 77 million mobile subscribers by encouraging them to support the campaign,” a government campaign material reads.

As to the N7WN website this week, PPUR is among the six finalist candidates whose votes have increased in the past weeks.

While the website do not show the rankings as of the moment, it also explains that the total votes would be according to national and international voting.

Among those finalists who have shown increased votes in the past weeks are the PPUR in the Philippines, Grand canyon in the US, Komodo Dragon in Indonesia, Galapagos Island in Ecuador, Maldives islands in Maldives and the Angels Falls in Venezuela.

With only about 130 days left in the voting before November 11, 2011, Filipinos are then urged to hurry and show support to the country’s lone entry to the list. (Rey Anthony Chiu) 

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