Saturday, January 28, 2012

DOE launches nat’l e-trike
AutoCAD design contest 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 27 (PIA) – Here is something for Boholano CAD graphic designers.

If you or your friends are 18 years old or over, residents of the Philippines and familiar with computer based Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing, then designing the new generation electric tricycles (e-trikes) could be a starting challenge.

This as the Department of Energy (DOE) launches the Nationwide e-trikes Design Contest through two-dimensional (2D) or three dimension (3D) CAD design for the best aesthetic and functional design of the three-wheeled electric vehicle which sits a maximum of six passengers excluding the driver.

The catch however is that you will have to compete and assert your creativity by clawing to the top, where three designs are assured of a cool P200 thousand to pocket.    

Top 3 design winners automatically become DOE’s property and may be used, copied, reproduced and printed by DOE in any size or medium for exhibition, advertising and promotions or similar purposes.

The next top seven post is also tempting as placers can still be recompensed P50K each, upon which the short-listed design could be adopted in the implementation of the country’s e-trike project, according to the contest rules. 

Contest criteria includes aesthetics and creativity (50%), originality and innovation (20%), Safety and Functionality according to Land Transportation Office standards (20%) and ergonomics which include ease of accessibility, space requirements and total passenger comfort (10%).

Contest rules, which can be accessed by opening the DOE portal through, said one only needs to produce a 2D or 3D etrike design using AutoCAD software, with its corresponding design descriptions and specifications.

That is, after completely filling up the Official Registration Forms downloadable at the DOE portal or at

The design has to be new, original and has never been used for commercial or demonstration purposes, all designs not bearing any logo or similar markings that can be identified with any participating individual, school or establishment.

Entries must be submitted in CD and A3 hardcopy, sealed in an envelop with the contest Official Registration Form, a notarized Oath of Ownership of the submitted design and sent by courier not later than 4PM February 17 to  National e-trike Design Contest, c/o Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Department of Energt, Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, 1631.

For more information, contact PIA Bohol at 412-2292 or 501 8554. (30)

Voice behind Inyong Alagad 
Inducts new AUDIO officers
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 27, (PIA) Bohol Tri Media Association president and the iconic voice behind Inyong Alagad urges Bohol Information Officers to continue feeding the media with developmental news, a move to engage new breed of writers swerving from emerging trend of sensationalism.

At the induction of newly elected officers of the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) in Bohol, Inyong Alagad anchor Teofredo Araneta hinted that broadcast news in Bohol could even be more enhance with more local developmental stories.

Himself a respected veteran broadcaster, Araneta has seen how radio broadcasts could be presented much better with stories coming from the often left corners of the province.

While news streams everyday from local radio stations here, the bulk of stories rarely talk about the towns, a thing most information officers can actually do being part of their tasks.

In his message to the newly inducted AUDIO officers and members, Araneta also reminded information officers that even when news writings is just telling stories, he said news use specific story-telling skills which [information officers] learn through constant practice.

Acting as induction officer on his birthday, Araneta said it was the first time he celebrated his special day with his other family: media.

That same day, AUDIO re-elected Capitol media chief as its president for 2012, during its recent gab at the Casa Rey Francis, Thursday.

Augustus Escobia, former Philippine Information Agency employee and not Capitol Effective Development Communications head takes his second consecutive year steering the organization largely composed of developmental information officers from national government agencies and Local Government Units in Bohol.

Scheduled to finally get its Securities and Exchange Commission registration within the year, AUDIO, which has long been an informal organization seeking wider developmental information dissemination of programs and projects by respective government units and agencies would soon get its juridical personality, if plans do not miscarry.

Also elected, after the group ratified its constitution and by-laws, were two Vice Presidents. Members voted for Ma. Lydia Bantugan of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as Vice President for National Government Agencies and Trinidad Information Officer Jojielyn R. Buendia (VP for LGUS).

Elected Secretary is Garcia-Hernadez’s information officer Lindsey-Marie Vismanos, while Treasurer is Candijay’s info officer Judith Villamor.

Auditor is Sagbayan information officer Jildo Cempron while Board of Directors include Bruce Gideon Zabala of Bohol District Jail (District 1), Teodulo Yecyec Jr of Dagohoy (Distrcit 2) and Ruben Tinio of Duero (District 3).

Farmer marketing centers
Up for 4 ARC towns soon
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan 27 (PIA) – Agrarian reform’s integrated support for stirring the rural economy can never be more eloquently manifested that its slowly rising bagsakan centers with a wider scope now.

Officially termed Agricultural Information and Marketing Center (AIM-C) for Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs), the complex of the Bagsakan Centers also annex in them information and marketing center and offices.

While these structures sprouting in the country sides complement the government’s initiatives at perking up rural economies through increased spending, their effects to agricultural economic revolution and jumpstarting the engines for progress is undeniable.

Other than the AIM-C, Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) implementation of the country’s flagship social justice program in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms brings to four towns in Bohol stimulus funds through the foreign funded Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program (ARISP III).

The ARISP brings out counterpart funds for construction of irrigation and drainage facilities, post harvest facilities, farm to market roads, potable water supply development, institutional development and project administration, according to ARISP III website.  

“The logic is simple. You open up farm to market roads to make these areas accessible to development. Then you also open up information and marketing centers to production can be adjusted to demands while storage facilities also keep these harvests in a place where there is lesser chances of wastage,” explains project engineer into building these structures. 

This also opens for Alicia, Balilihan, Catigbian and Danao the chance to access support funds from Japan Bank for International Cooperation of its the AIM-C Post Harvest Facilities (PHF).

While several Bagsakan Centers have drastically altered the rural landscapes all over the country in the past years, these have been funded by the country’s agricultural modernization funds which have already dripped to a stop.

In Alicia, the Central Project Monitoring Office (CPMO) has recommended revisions for its 72 square meter warehouse’s detailed design and program of works as proposed by the LGU following October 28’s survey.

ARISP spends for the warehouse building construction while the local government spends for the display center and office in the AIM-C.

In Balilihan, its municipal AIM-C has already a P2.75M and construction is ongoing at pegs a 50% accomplishment, the building project utilized the LGU counterpart funds, and opting not to use the standard design furnished by the project proponents.

Here, the LGU puts up P2M for the project while ARISP III gives in the P750K.

Another P8.6M similar structure rises in Catigbian after the ARISP and LGU can agree on implementing the revisions recommended by project consultants for the structure’s detailed design and program of work.

Like Balilihan, Catigbian also opted not to follow the standard design for these projects.

Soon, another AIM-C PHF will rise in Danao, that is, after the feasibility study is completed and all the necessary requirements in place and complied with. (30) 

Mayor Cajes seeks advice on 
how to deal with some NGOs
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 25, 2012 (PIA) -- How do we deal with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), asks Trinidad mayor and former Congressman Roberto Cajes.

Feeling concerned over military reports which flagged a personality in his town as new head of the Bohol White Area Committee (BWAC), Mayor Cajes said he want to be clarified on how military sources tagged Eloy Tabada in the military’s peace and order situation report for Bohol.

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held in Antequera, Bohol, Cajes asks the council how a person identified as heading an accredited non-government organization (NGO) be easily flagged by the military.

In his report to the council, 802nd Brigade Commander Colonel John Bonafos reported the sectoral leadership change in the BWAC.

Ira Pamat was replaced by Carmelo “Eloy” Tabada, Col. Bonafos told council members.

Military intelligence reports earlier said that the BWAC has been largely responsible in coordinating the re-organization of the insurgent’s mass base in some barangays in Bohol.

The same reports said the reorganization is to lay the ground-works for the planned return of the fleeing rebels here on account of the building hostilities they encountered when they fled Bohol years ago.

BWAC is composed of several legal organizations, some apparently cooperating with government but are allegedly fronts for organizing former rebel-movement supporters to accept returning comrades, according to military sources.

Research showed that Ira Pamat, the former BWAC head leads Women’s Development Center (WDC), an NGO actively engaged in organizing women in rural areas for livelihood and rural development.

On the other hand, Carmelo Tabada is of Farmers’ Development Center, an organization largely engaged in forming farmer groups and owning wide access to rural communities engaged in agriculture.

While these organizations have been doing legitimate work on the surface, there is a different story running below, a source who used to lead the military’s special operation team revealed.

But for Mayor Cajes, who personally knows Tabada, he wants to be given guidelines on what to do with NGOs whose alleged tasks include organizing against the government.

I do not understand how the military marks Tabada when even the Presidential Security Group, who saw no alarm over these NGOs, green-lighted the past Presidential Visit here in my town, Cajes asked.

Himself assuming the leadership of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in Bohol, Cajes openly aired his wonder why international funding agencies continue to support these NGOs who have been allegedly stirring ill sentiments against the government.

Reacting to Mayor Cajes’ inquiry, Col Bonafos assured these NGOs are not illegal but hinted their “underground” activities so local leaders can be forewarned.

He also urged local leaders to keenly assess NGOS in their areas and note those that should be watched for above allegations. (30)

Irrigating peoples hopes
For a harvestable future
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- Cognizant of the help irrigation facilities can in doubling up rice harvests, farmers living in Bohol Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCS) lobby for their identified and prioritized Communal Irrigation Projects (CIPs).

Communal Irrigation Projects: irrigating community spirits

According to National Irrigation Authority, a Communal Irrigation Project (CIP) puts in a system: small-scale irrigation facilities constructed with the participation of farmer-beneficiaries thru their irrigation associations (IA).

This not only bonds farmers to a certain level of cooperation, it also lends to them the necessary skil to coordinate, construct and maintain the system they now own, a NIA Irrigation Development Officer said.

The operation and maintenance of CIS is turned over to IAs upon project completion subject to a cost recovery arrangement, that’s why.

Farmers amortize the chargeable cost for a period not exceeding 50 years at 0 percent interest at a pre-arranged and acceptable re-payment scheme by both parties.

And with Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR Bohol) seeing the point farmers have pressed, through the foreign funded Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III), the coordination works take root with the empowered farmers also compelling the lobby from local governments of Alicia, Balilihan, Catigbian and Danao for CIP green lighting.

For DAR Bohol, no convincing is needed.

DAR has seen that a CIP in one of Bohol’s top rice harvesting communities in Cayacay in Alicia town could increase average harvest per hectare with about 80 hectares of farms in its neighboring farmlands benefiting.

In fact, a survey by the Bureau of Agricultural statistics showed a huge disparity of average harvest yield on irrigated farms compared to rain-fed and upland farms.

Helping the town leaders and ARC beneficiaries, DAR forecasts a haul in better harvests with the small irrigation facility called the Cayacay CIP, set to be completed before 2014.

Project feasibility has pegged P22.5 million funds from the ARISP III needed, data from the Bohol Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) bare.

With post qualification ongoing, farmers here have shown an elevated enthusiasm especially that Pre construction conferences have been initiated last month.  

Not wanting to be counted out in the tally for spurring agricultural economic activity, local town leaders completed the P5M Cambaol CIP as its “dip-into-its-pockets” counterpart of the ARISP III agreements.

To even up the ante, Cambaol CIP can also sustainably irrigate 50 hectares of ricelands, local data showed.

That similar thing is also happening in Balilihan as with other ARISP III towns.

In another ARISP III beneficiary town, the Balilihan CIP, which is estimated to service 85 hectares of farmlands covers parts of barangays Sagasa (55 hectares), Dorol (20 has) and Sal-ing (10 has), according to the data from DAR.

Some P12.7 million funds have been spent here, and the ARISP has intimated for the funding of diversion structures, main, lateral canals and structures including some farm ditches.

The LGU has positively concurred to funding supplementary farm ditches, as its counterpart.

With the development, large patches of rain-fed farms would now find a better and more reliable water supply to significantly increase production, a farmer has earlier shared.

On the other hand, developing the Catigbian Irrigation Project has been in the works and DAR Central project Monitoring Office has validated the right of way claims when it was submitted late last year.

The approval of the project which is set to irrigate 75 hectares of farmlands in Poblacion and Ambuan could be approved anytime, updates a DAR Bohol source.

Per approved feasibility study, construction cost is a little more that P9M.

Irrigation development is also pursued in Danao town, a valley nestled amidst the rolling hills and mountains of Central Bohol.

Hibale-Nahud Communal Irrigation Project has been identified for development which is capable of irrigating an aggregate expanse of 75 hectares, ARC beneficiary farmers said.

While the feasibility study for the project is still ongoing, ARISP has initially assented to the development of diversion structures, water pumps acquisition, main and lateral canals construction, farm ditches and canal structures including culverts and embankments.

Enthused by the offer, the local government also initially committed to fund the construction of supplementary farm ditches.

The development have presented to the people a better reason to work together and mold a communal economic development direction while its also made a more cohesive working team at the DAR, upon whose shoulders lay the burden of effective service deliver and accountability.  (30)

ARISP III rolls out “ways” for
Better harvest marketability
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Jan 27 (PIA) -- Increasing product marketability has never been as easy as, in the ABCD template.

Soon, expect fresher, crispier, less-bruised and more succulent farm products reaching key Bohol markets in the next few months.

This as the binge of strategic road infrastructure constructions are spread out in four key agricultural towns: all because of the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III implemented in its template forms at Alicia, Balilihan, Catigbian and Danao (ABCD) towns.

The move to smoothen the road access to the markets came as the government, wanting integrated support to its Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) saw that increasing harvests still could not be translated into income for the farmer’s pockets even with the newly introduced farm technologies.

“Farm harvests have never been so good, but production loses still remain alarmingly high that the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Program (ARISP) spreads a network of strategic farm to market roads (FMRs) to get these harvests to the markets fast and in their highly marketable price,” DARs information Officer Ma. Lydia Bantugan shared.

In its entire project span, ARISP III, funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation has committed P151, 820, 301 to roll out some 42.229 kilometers of key roads that would link farms to key highways and markets.

And just as foreign funded ARISP projects involve tripartite approaches, the funds are leveraged by local sources, which open up much longer road networks via local sources, said another key DAR executive in Bohol.

“As the ARISP III projects spread into four Bohol towns, other government agencies there into similar mandates pool in resources to prop up local economies that are surely identified as dynamic engines of growth,” DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Atty. Antonio del Socorro explained some few months back.

For local counterparts, these towns agree on a 60/40 sharing of costs to fund the construction of community identified projects and this in a way helps extend government presence and effectively puts communities as co-owners of their projects, del Socorro added.

This way, protecting the projects and keeping its upkeep is assured, DAR aspires.

ARISP’s 42.229 kilometers of FMRs stretch further with the four LGUs funding some 46.58 key FMRs, record from DAR showed.

Of these LGU funded farm roads, Balilihan tops with 24 kilometers of FMR funded from in its local sources, Catigbian funds 11 kilometers more and Danao puts up 7.48 kilometers while Alicia opens up 4.1 kilometers of barangay access roads, according to the same record.  

While some of these road networks are still on their initial construction stages, DAR urges community residents to bear with the inconvenience of construction as project implementers also assured fast-tracking of such to get these infrastructure facilities operational by the next cropping.

In fact, since these roads sometimes traverse creeks and rivers, the project also includes components of bridges and culverts construction that an aggregate of 31.2 linear meters of bridges are also permanently set up as complements, records show. (30) 

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