Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bohol benchmark model
bags four major awards
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Sept 10 (PIA) -- When it rains, it pours.

Four major distinctions embellish Bohol’s trailblazing methods in governance and public service, a distinction which may well be a benchmark model for other local government units aspiring to beat themselves in performance.

Last week, national dailies carried Bohol in its headlines for the honor it snagged by bagging the country’s best governed province in a web-based self assessment tool using a rating system called the Local Government Performance Management System as set up by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) .

Bohol netted a 4.937 on a scale of 5 for its performance in 2010, based on administrative, social, economic and environmental governance.

The week before that, the province also received a rare distinction for local governments with the Kaakbay Award in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which is a benchmark for partnership in job generation and technical education support.

The week before that too, Bohol hammered its stakes in nutrition by bagging the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee through the Regional Nutrition Council (RNC) in the Visayas.

This week also, The Civil service Commission (CSC) announced the Dangal ng Bayan Presidential Award for local government officials honor for Governor Edgar Chatto.

In his weekly radio program called Kita ug ang Gobernador, Chatto said the achievements are just part of the enhancement that Bohol is undertaking in improving the quality of its service delivery to the people. 

He said, “While we receive the honors of being the best province in governance and number one, we must not use it to brag but to inspire our people to better their service and to elevate our performance to the people.”

While inspiring, we public servants must use it as a challenge because we will be competing with our own performance.

We do not compete with any province, but with our own performance as a benchmark to top the following year, Chatto urged. (30)  


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NGCP plants power infra 
lures Bohol investments
By: Rey Anthony Chiu

CORELLA, Bohol, September 8 (PIA) – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) breaks ground last September 8, the Bohol Backbone Transmission Project (BBTP) as leaders here plant a time capsule containing the detailed blueprint of the P1.4 B project which Boholanos can economically harvest in the future.

The panting of the capsule also happened at the place where the new Corella Substation will rise in barangay Sambog.

Construction company representatives said unlike the usual burying of time capsule, the use planting instead as the event allows Boholanos to “reap” its fruits in the future.

The groundbreaking also turns on the keys to start the construction of the new transmission line that will bring efficient and reliable power from Imelda substation in Ubay, Bohol to Corella, some 10 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City.

The project includes the erection of overhead steel towers to string high tension wires that will carry boosted 138 kilovolts of power 95 kilometers away.

The line passes through scenic countryside in nine towns and sixty barangays to Sambog Corella, where the new substation will rise.

Power is passed on from Imelda substation, which also receives power from across the channel in Leyte through the clean energy supply from Tongonan Geothermal Plant.

This was made possible because of the completion of phase 1 of the Leyte-Bohol Power Interconnection Project (LBIP-1) years ago.

From Imelda however, much of power is lost over the distance and this is compounded by problems of power outages as obstructions like tree branches reach the lines strung in wooden or concrete posts running parallel to roads and highways to Tagbilaran.

Sudden inclement weather almost always means power outages, the downside of relying on one source, a light industry businessman in the city has said.

When this happens, sometimes most of Bohol is blanketed in temporary darkness, he added.

To remedy the problem, the National Economic Development Authority Investment Coordination Committee approved the BBTP which sets up the 138 KV overhead transmission lines on steel towers, which can also carry a fiber optic connection to wire the entire Bohol from Ubay to Corella.

NGCP president and Chief Executive Officer Henry Sy Jr., who was not able to come sent in Guillermo Redoblado during the occasion.

Redoblado said according to Sy, he believes the BBTP brings in more reliable transmission services in Bohol that will attract more investments and create job opportunities in the province.
   
Aside from a strong eco-cultural tourism dream, Bohol also envisions light and agro industries, which demand reliable and efficient power service, one that the BBTP provides. (30)


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NGCP pays for houses, farms
Hit by 138 KV power lines
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Sept. 10 (PIA) –Economy stirs in at least 60 barangays from nine towns here as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) downloads relocation payments for residences and farm lots affected by the 95 kilometer transmission line traversing across Bohol.

These people who directly benefit are just a small portion of the economic bonus that the P1.4 Billion Bohol Backbone Transmission Project brings to the integral development of the island envisioned to be an eco-cultural tourism and light industry capital.

According to the project plans, a series of steel towers would be put up from the Imelda, Ubay substation in Ubay town to Sambog Corella Substation, a distance of approximately 95 kilometers.

The project also involves expansion of the Imelda Ubay substation where two 138 KiloVolts PCB and substation accessories would be put up while a new 100 megavolt ampere 138 KV transformer, a 138 KV PCB and accessories plus three 69 KV PCB and accessories including a power protection.

The transmission line forming the newest power grid in the Visayas traverses through some 60 barangays of nine towns from Ubay to San Miguel, Dagohoy, Carmen, Sagbayan, Catigbian, Balilihan, Cortes and Corella.

According to NGCP experts, the transmission line establishes a 15 meter from the center of the transmission lines as right of way limits as part of the power line’s land rights.

Those residences and farmlands within the projected transmission line route are entitled to project compensation and benefits.

These include cash compensation for land, easement fees, tower occupancy fees, crops, plants and trees compensation, replacement cost of house and structures, disturbance compsensation including relocation costs, sources at the NGCP said. 

Owing to the fact that the transmission towers would be conduit of 138 kilovolts of power from Ubay to Corella, residences that are within the 15 meters from the center of transmission line are then relocated, the replacement cost of the house or structure paid by NGCP.

In the event that a house has to be moved away from the lines, the relocate is also entitled to a disturbance fee, according to the NGCP. 

Owners of agricultural lots where the lines traverse are paid easement fees, crops, plants, and trees are compensated and lots with erected towers are given tower occupancy fees.

Non-agricultural lands are compensated, same sources said. (30) 

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