Saturday, November 12, 2011

Over low conviction rates… 
Chatto bares scheme to 
Equip prosecuting cops 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 11, (PIA) – Saddled with very low convictions in crimes and at the risk of nasty backlash in its anti-crime campaign Bohol mulls on setting up a training program for police officers who may have to build up solid cases against suspects. 

Governor Edgar Chatto bared this even as he invites the members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in similar undertakings to help whet the program into a workable solution to the deformity in prosecuting cases. 

At the RPOC, which is now led by the Bohol governor, Chatto shared the plan in apparent response to the clamor of members of the local peace council to increase convictions and keep the criminals off the streets and behind bars. 

Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa, at a PPOC meeting in Guindulman few months ago admitted that the low conviction rate often happens when built cases are basically shot down on technicalities or are just too flimsy to withstand legal shaking. 

Chatto, who also chairs the PPOC has tasked Capitol Research Unit through Local Monitoring Board coordinator Romeo Teruel to find ways where Bohol’s innovative law enforcement assistance program can help. 

Bohol has initially instituted Legal Assistance for Effective Law Enforcement Program (LAELEP), one that legally aids police officers entangled in cases in the line of duty. 

While LAELEP helps in the prosecution by defending police officers through ag agreement with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the police investigator building a case is generally left on their own wits, a member of the PPOC said. 

With barely enough tools to build a case, police officers into prosecuting cases build shaky arguments, if ever they get to first base and not clipped by technicalities, a prosecution lawyer once said. 

Several drug cases for example, failed to dent on the anti drug operations as potential witnesses are think twice before sharing relevant information as to the uncertainty of conviction often allows the suspect to home in on the informant. 

Over this, Chatto said the program they are aiming hopes to strengthen the building up of cases to get a higher batting percentage. 

And by doing so, Capitol sees a program, a non degree course but earns police officers the proper skills to ensure conviction. (30)

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RPOC draws schemes denying 
Inter-province criminal entry 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 11, (PIA) –The Regional Peace and Order Council explores at least two measures to strengthen inter provincial security especially at its entry points even to discourage entry of criminal elements through porous inter-provincial boundaries. 

At the recent RPOC meeting held at Bohol Tropics Friday, the council has been on the defense over the potential re-entry of insurgents who have been driven off Cebu and Bohol and against terrorists out to draw international attention by dealing a major blow to the region’s tourism. 

The RPOC looks at the porous boundaries of seas separating Central Visayan islands as an easy and inviting coastline entry point as well as critical entry points in the ports. 

Over reports that insurgents have ease of access traversing the seas on small fishing boats, the RPOC is contemplating on adopting a color-coding scheme that would easily identify boats breaching inter-province boundaries. 

This way, any passenger landing from inter-provincial boats can be easily tagged for focused security check, Bohol Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio said. 

Over the motion, RPOC Chairman Edgar Chatto admitted the need for such measure and went on to task the secretariat to coordinate with its legal minds to draft a standard color-coding scheme to be adopted in the region. 

It should identify the boats hopefully to discourage the operators from bringing in criminal elements. 

While bigger passenger boats present no such major problem, its would be the smaller fishing boats under three gross tones which are registered by local government units by virtue of an execitive order, says Philippine Coast guard Aniceto Gabisan. 

On the other hand, Police Deputy Regional Director for Operations Louie Oppus proposed the tightening up of security in the ports by capturing images of transients. 

Oppus, who noted that a shipping company is already doing the same thing, thinks doing it to all shipping providers would auger well for the region’s security. 

Capturing images of transients have been a major deterrent for terrorists and criminals as every passage they do leaves a digital image of himself, says a known internal security and a retired military officer member of the council. 

This too as local internal security operators scramble to put in place a system where coastal barangays willing to do their jobs from their end, could be helped in their identification predicament. (30)

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“Pantawid” crosses over 
to 10 more Bohol towns 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 11, (PIA) – Some 11,311 poor Boholano families gets a temporary relief as the government picks them up and brings them across hard life through an expansion of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. 

The government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) implements in ten more towns in Bohol the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) which would enroll the households into the assistance program. 

The recent development increases the number of Boholanno recipients to 39,513 in 22 towns. (not 23 as earlier reported) 

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Pantawid regional information officer Aileen Lariba revealed these Bohol towns Pantawid expansions as Balilihan, Calape, Catigbian, Loon, Sagbayan, Danao, San Miguel and Talibon Batuan and Anda. 

These towns add up to 2010 Pantawid beneficiary towns Alicia, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Carmen, Carlos P. Garcia, Dagohoy, Getafe, Inabanga, Mabini, Pilar, Trinidad and Ubay. 

At the development, DSWD asks local government units in mentioned expansion towns to help families comply with the requirements for easy enrolment into the program. 

Pantawid started in Bohol in 2009 with Danao as its pilot site. This year, more of Danao barangays get covered, says Lariba. 

The recent expansion adds 259 more barangays to Bohol’s list of barangay beneficiaries and presents a rare opportunity for the poor in the country sides to work it out of the muck of poverty using a little help. 

Picked as beneficiary families are those with 14 years old schooling kid, does not have a regular income and are non government employees or officials, she adds. 

A beneficiary family with a child gets P300 for educational grant and P500 for health. Each family is entitled to a maximum of three children availing of the educational grant. 

The grant however is dependent on the family’s compliance with the conditions of the transfer: school attendance of the kid at 85%, regular visits at the rural health and parents’ attendance at the family development sessions or pre natal and post natal care. 

So far, the government has infused to Bohol a total of P178 million, cash that stirs up local economies and seeping into the community who indirectly benefit from the cash flow. 

The expansion also increases the prospect of more cash to perk up local economies not just for the 10 but to its neighboring towns as well. (30)

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“Pantawid” crosses over 
to 10 more Bohol towns 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov 11, (PIA) – Some 11,311 poor Boholano families gets a temporary relief as the government picks them up and brings them across hard life through an expansion of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. 

The government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) implements in ten more towns in Bohol the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) which would enroll the households into the assistance program. 

The recent development increases the number of Boholanno recipients to 39,513 in 22 towns. (not 23 as earlier reported) 

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Pantawid regional information officer Aileen Lariba revealed these Bohol towns Pantawid expansions as Balilihan, Calape, Catigbian, Loon, Sagbayan, Danao, San Miguel and Talibon Batuan and Anda. 

These towns add up to 2010 Pantawid beneficiary towns Alicia, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Carmen, Carlos P. Garcia, Dagohoy, Getafe, Inabanga, Mabini, Pilar, Trinidad and Ubay. 

At the development, DSWD asks local government units in mentioned expansion towns to help families comply with the requirements for easy enrolment into the program. 

Pantawid started in Bohol in 2009 with Danao as its pilot site. This year, more of Danao barangays get covered, says Lariba. 

The recent expansion adds 259 more barangays to Bohol’s list of barangay beneficiaries and presents a rare opportunity for the poor in the country sides to work it out of the muck of poverty using a little help. 

Picked as beneficiary families are those with 14 years old schooling kid, does not have a regular income and are non government employees or officials, she adds. 

A beneficiary family with a child gets P300 for educational grant and P500 for health. Each family is entitled to a maximum of three children availing of the educational grant. 

The grant however is dependent on the family’s compliance with the conditions of the transfer: school attendance of the kid at 85%, regular visits at the rural health and parents’ attendance at the family development sessions or pre natal and post natal care. 

So far, the government has infused to Bohol a total of P178 million, cash that stirs up local economies and seeping into the community who indirectly benefit from the cash flow. 

The expansion also increases the prospect of more cash to perk up local economies not just for the 10 but to its neighboring towns as well. (30)

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