Saturday, November 26, 2011

Host Bohol leaders say
All set for CVRAA ‘11
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov. 25, 2011 (PIA) – Everything is set and ready to get the balls rolling for the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA Meet) which starts here on Monday until December 2, Bohol leaders said.

That day, almost 7,000 athletes from 19 teams of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor schools compete in the grueling 4-day sports and cultural competitions to pick out the region’s best to comprise a team for the Palarong Pambansa, said Bohol Division Superintendent Lorna Rances recently.

Participating teams include the biggest delegation of Cebu Province (710 athletes and delegates) followed by Cebu City (690), Bohol Division (638), Mandaue City (632), Dumaguete City (588), Negros Oriental (560), Lapu-lapu City (528), Talisay City (520), Danao City (416), Bayawan City (360), Bais City division (315), Bogo, Carcar and Toledo cities (300 each), Siquijor (235), Naga and Tanjay (250 each), Guihulngan City, 248 and Tagbilaran City, according to data from the DepEd.   
Bohol hosts this year’s CVRAA event while the Department of Education (DepED) has earlier coordinated to raise the P8M budget needed to bring the thrill and excitement of the best regional athletic competition to Bohol soil, according to Governor Edgar Chatto. 

Information from the Bohol Division of the Department of Education shows that the athletic competition breaks out in at least 18 venues in Tagbilaran city and nearby towns after the opening ceremonies Monday afternoon.

Hub of most sports competitions is the newly refurbished Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex where most of the athletics events (elem. and sec. boys and girls), basketball (elem. boys), football (elem. and sec. boys), tennis (sec. boys and girls), swimming (elem. and sec boys and girls) and volleyball games (sec. boys) are to be held.

Aside from the CPG Complex, sports competitions are also expected to be hotly contested at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Taloto District (elementary baseball and volleyball), Maribojoc Central Elementary School grounds (baseball).

Victoriano D. Tirol Sports Oval (softball for elem. and sec. girls), some matches for basketball sec. boys and athletics’ throwing events for both elem. and secondary), Holy Name University (HNU) Main Gym (basketball sec. girls), HNU Dampas (taekwondo for elem. and sec. boys and girls and volleyball elem. girls), Dao Covered Court (secondary girls volleyball).

Archery for both boys and girls shoot at the Camp Gov. Esteban Bernido in Dao, while Bohol Island State University hosts the sec. boys and girls’ arnis matches.

Elem. and sec. badminton for boys and girls are played at the Upper (Eastern) Cogon Covered Court while spectators can expect a good trading of punches when shopping with boxing matches for elem. and sec are set at the activity center of the Island City Mall.

CVRAA’s cultural competitions for the secondary levels unfold at the Bohol Cultural Center while chess boards open for both elem. and sec. boys and girls at the BPSTEA building along Tamblot Street.

Maribojoc Cultural center is the venue for all the gymnastics events for boys and girls in the elem. and sec. while Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School hosts the sepak takraw for sec boys and sipa for elem. boys.

Table tennis for elem and sec. for boys and girls open at the University of Bohol Gym, tennis for elem. girls happen at the People’s Mansion tennis Court while Capitol tennis court hosts the tennis for elem. boys.

Meanwhile, Gov. Edgar Chatto called all Boholanos, especially those near the sports venues to be hospitable tour-guides to delegates and athletes.

He said TaRSIER has eyes on the events while closed circuit televisions have been installed in some of the venues should easily pick those who disrupt the flow of events.

Bohol Police Director Constantino Barot has also ordered police deputies scattered along the venues and barangay tanods have been mobilized for the events. (30)

Brown outs set in some Bohol 
Areas Sunday, Wednesday 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 26, (PIA) – Today, November 27, if you are a power consumer served by Bohol Electric Cooperative I (BOHECO I), Bohol Electric Coperative II and Bohol Light Company, expect a power service interruption between 6 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.

This as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities for repairs especially along the Tagbilaran- Garcia Hernandez 69 kilovolts transmission line.

In and advisory sent to the media, NGCP through Atty. Cynthia Alabanza said two sets of power service interruption are in fact, expected within the week.

Areas affected in the temporary shutdown of transmission lines November 27, from BOHECO 1 are consumers of Loay, Lila, Dimiao, Loboc and Sevilla.

The same shutdown would also affect power consumers of BOHECO II from the towns of Valencia, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Duero, Guindulman and Valencia.

And since Philippine Mining Sinter Corporation uses the same line that is strung until Tagbilaran, the sintering corporation’s services can be disrupted on the same day.

In Tagbilaran, consumers served by Bohol Light Company Inc. also get to experience the power outage between 6 AM to 5 PM.

While NGCP did not specify if the power service cut would be for the entire duration, the company hinted segmented activities along the transmission line and added power interruptions are expected 45 minutes before and 45 minutes after the activities.

Meanwhile, on November 30, Wednesday, the Ubay Substation and the transmission line along the Ubay-Alicia 69 KV is also set for annual preventive maintenance and structure repair activities between 6 AM to 5 PM.

Areas to be affected are those served by BOHECO II in the towns of Guindulman, Candijay, Mabini, Anda, parts of Alicia and Duero including Marcela Industrial Plant.

Normal operations will immediately resume after work completion, NGCP assures.

NGCP’s customers then and the general public are advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption. (30)

Bonifacio Day as is, 
Wednesday holiday 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov. 25, 2011 (PIA) – The country pauses for a holiday Wednesday as Filipinos celebrate Bonifacio Day.

Traditionally celebrated every November 30 as a regular holiday, the observance is to commemorate the birthday of one of the country’s very important historical figures.

Born November 30, 1863, Andres Bonifacio was considered the father of the Philippine Revolution having organized Katipunan, a secret society that will cause serious headaches among the ranks of the Spanish authorities ruling Manila.

But, through Republic Act 9492, or the act rationalizing the celebration of Philippine holidays, the celebration of Bonifacio Day every November 30 could be reset to the nearest Monday, in a move better understood as holiday economics.

While the move has afforded many Filipinos the opportunity to travel and as tourist areas report influx of local tourists caused by long week-ends, not everyone was happy with the results.

Even for the right purpose, moving the holidays to a different date loses the essence of the celebration, a con on the holiday economics state.

To probably correct the move, President Simeon Benigno issued Proclamation 84 late last year.  

Signed December 2010, Proclamation 84 has declared the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holidays for 2011.

The same proclamation has pegged Wednesday, November 30 as the day when Bonifacio Day is celebrated nationwide. (30) 

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