Saturday, August 27, 2011

Keeping tourists at peace
With the PIPS in Panglao
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

PANGLAO, Bohol, Aug 26 (PIA) --A grossly outnumbered force and tourist police complement keeps Panglao a haven for tourists peace, how do they do that?

Tasked with keeping peace and order for the almost 26,000 Panglao-anons and the daily influx of local and foreign tourists, the men in blue here have an ace in their sleeves however.

The Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) is the key, admits PInspector Cesar Acompañado, who said the system allows them to make do with the scant resources available to him and his force. 

Panglao’s alluring beaches and its homey resorts coupled with world class dive sites has made the town a popular destination for local and foreign tourists, adding more concern to the police as tourism is sensitive to issues of peace and order.
Through foresight and the strict implementation of the PIPS, Panglao police has seen a 78.5 percent decrease in crimes on the period from January 1 to August 15 compared to last year, said Panglao police deputy chief.

From January to August of 2010, Panglao police blotter recorded 49 crimes, according to Acompañado.

This year, with the implementation of the PIPS, he reported at the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) at the Flushing Meadows Resort Tuesday, that the station recorded only 16 crimes.

Bohol PSSupt. Constantino Barot and his leadership at Camp Dagohoy adopted the PIPS, which focuses on three crime areas and approaches criminology scientifically.

PIPS makes police crime response effective by getting to profile crime situations and apply these formats to future crime responses and preventive patrols, explains Police Deputy Regional Director for Operations Louie Oppus.

Oppus, former Tagbilaran City Police chief before his promotion to a higher post in Cebu said PIPS profiles crime maps, crime days and crime clock to determine where and when to conduct mobile and foot patrols for crime deterrence.

This is also complemented by a checkpoint manned by police officers who know what they are doing, he stressed.

The checkpoints are manned by at least eight police officers who know what they are doing and are doing it right, Oppus said.

For Panglao, aside from the strict PIPS implementation, he also admitted before the media gathered at the forum that deterring crimes also means letting people know that somebody watches over them.

When our intelligence network reports a stranger in town without a clear business interest, the police initiates contact with the person.

Even the complimentary Tourist Police assigned at the Bolod detachment agree that the PIPS has raised the bar of police service in the area of tourism.

Made a template for the national implementation of the tourist police, Bohol’s initiative at putting up more police visibility in tourist areas through foot and beat patrols or bike and mobile patrols has cut police response time, reports PInspector Cesar Misola.

Misola, Tourist Police Chief said the unit has signed a memorandum of agreement with tourist establishments in their area of responsibility to have police officers on visibility patrols in the areas with a bulk of tourists to watch. (30)


Panglao ups tourism ante,
Plots direction in Summit
By: Rey Anthony Chiu

PANGLAO, Bohol August 26 (PIA) -- Will Panglao just let its bullish tourism industry to horn its way to its taken course or will local stakeholders take on the reins and wrestle it to town’s dream of becoming truly the ultimate destiny for tropic escapades?

This has apparently been a poser for Mayor Benedicto Alcala who insists, Panglao needs to step up to get its locals and tourists the chance to enjoy the good life with sustainability.

The mayor reveals that the town is convening tourism stakeholders in a Tourism Summit that would spur the industry into a brisker industry by engaging its sectors in the light of its vision of people participation in governance.

The end goal is to draft a blue print for the town’s tourism plans for the next years, towards sustainable resource use, the mayor explained.

Alcala said he hopes the Municipal Tourism Summit next month would mark Panglao’s tourism turning point.

Tourism stakeholders including Bohol Tourism Council Chair Atty Lucas Nunag met at the Panglao Mayor’s Office Conference Hall Friday to dig deeper into the details of the summit processes.

Nunag said they want to create break-out discussion groups in workshops to exact issues and concerns and then propose solutions which the private or government sectors can act on.

The mulled tourism summit is also consistent with the mission to promote and enhance a responsible tourism industry, admits a member of the Municipal Tourism Council, who represents a key sector in the town.

Speaking during a radio interview last week, Alcala, who is also an engineer explained that like the recently concluded provincial summit, they too would be having workshops where the local government and the tourism stakeholders can level off and discuss issues to make their industry even more competitive for the global market.  

“We do not want unplanned development for our town and so we would like to screen for the bigger investors,” the mayor said amidst claims that real property value in the island has soared exorbitantly.

In the thick of preparations while similarly engaged with the feast-day of Saint Augustine, the town’s patron August 28, the mayor has called meetings to usher in the summit.

We want to gather all stakeholders and for the veteran out-spoken chief executive who is also an engineer, is keeping up with sustainable development, tourism that is responsible, education that uplifts, pervasive productivity, social service delivery, unity among sectors and participative governance for all Panglao-anons.

We envision Panglao to be a community of God-loving people, enjoying the quality of life founded on strong cultural values and well balanced, sustainable eco-tourism development, the mayor points to the vision statement posted at the Panglao website.

Panglao grabbed the opportunity of a lifetime when its kilometric powdery white sandy beaches, seas teeming with life in a dazzling fiesta of colors lured a many local and foreign tourists willing to splurge huge extravagant amounts for these come-ons.

For the people here, it was also the perfect time to lay their bets.

But, with decades of slow but steady unregulated development, the issue on judicious use of resource has triggered alarms that local leaders pooling in tourism stakeholders may just be the move in the right direction as the town’s leading industry stays clear of the threats. (30)

Bil-isan defends crown
as 24th Hudyaka breaks
by Rey Anthony H. Chiu

PANGLAO Bohol, Aug 26 (PIA) – Defending champs Barangay Bil-isan attempts to defend the street-dancing and ritual crown from nine other equally preparing dance contingents as “Hudyaka sa Panglao” breaks out Sunday, August 28.

Hudyaka has been an annual festive dance drama spectacle that winds through the town main thoroughfare as an offering of thanksgiving to Saint Augustine, the town patron saint.

Performed by competing contingents from the town’s ten barangays, Hudyaka has been an annual fiesta fare that has performed through Panglao streets and plaza without skipping a beat in the last 24 years.

Expected to seriously contend for the crown are contingents from Tangnan and Tawala, last Hudyaka runners up, but the other barangay dancing contingents are not bowing their heads out.

Most of the contingents have hired out-of-town choreographers, this should tell us the level of competitiveness that the street dance drama contest promises, adds Jovencia Acilo, tow planning officer.

“In fact, with the flurry of preparation and rehearsals getting feverish every night which culminates Saturday, it’s still everybody’s ball game,” says Hudyaka Street Dancing Committee chairman Abelio Arbilo in an informal interview Friday.

Two time consecutive winners Bil-isan and the nine contenders however are set to compete on a level playing field: instead of dancing to the throbbing drums, organizers use canned music instead.

“We want to help contesting contingents save on the cost of hiring instrumentalists as the drum and bugle groups to accompany the dancers,” Arbilo explains.

The street-dancing competition is participated in by 50 to 60 bonafide resident performers for each of Panglao’s ten barangays who shall dance using a common canned music.

Contingents converge in front of the Panglao Central East Elementary School Sunday at 1:00 PM where the dance procession starts at 2:00 PM using progressive dance steps towards the front of the San Agustin Church where they perform the last streetdance routine and then walks to the plaza for the five minutes apiece of ritual showdown, organizers said.

Judging criteria for street-dancing include choreography at 40%, Performance 30%, Hudyaka ambiance 20% and overall impact 10%.

For the ritual free interpretation, criteria include choreography at 40%, performance 30%, costume and production design 20% and audience 10%.

Each contingent would be rated at 40% of street-dancing score and 60% final showdown.

Other than the coveted championship crown, also at stake at Best in street dancing award, Best in Production Design, Most Punctual, Most lively, Most Colorful and Most disciplined group awards. (30)

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