Saturday, March 17, 2012

PSSupt Barot wants e-blotter, 
e-rogues, e-warrants by April 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 15, 2012 (PIA) –Bolstering Bohol crime incidence reporting is a system Bohol police is set to put in place in April. 

Bohol Police Chief, SSupt. Constantino Barot explained that the new crime incidence reporting system is computer based, thus also referred to as e-blotter, will greatly affect police coordination in the pursuit of criminals using the porous inter-town boundaries to their advantage. 

At the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) Wednesday in Jagna town, PSSUpt Barot said the e-Blotter System is a priority program of PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome. 

Police sources said the system is geared to “enhance the crime reporting system for effective law enforcement, public safety and efficient administration of justice” utilizing modern technology, such as computers and the Internet. 

This means that the daily logs in the station are encoded for easy transmission and sharing, in the hope that these blotter entries can be checked by authorities in nearby towns, before the criminal could slip off. 

The system links all police stations in the province through internet connectivity and uses a common program that allows inter-station access to relevant information in real time. 

Also at the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting last week, Barot revealed the plan not only to put up not the e-blotter but also the e–warrants and e-rogues. 

The e-warrants allows any law enforcement officer to access a database of warrants issued by any courts to check if any of their residents have aw enforcement problems elsewhere and are just hiding in their areas. 

This means that a police officer can just access the court issued warrant, and print it to serve it to any person upon whom the warrant is subjected to, police sources add. 

A Manila court may issue a warrant and put it in a database which can be accessed by any investigator. 

If a police officer or investigator finds a warranted subject in his area, he can just download the warrant from the system, print it and serve immediately without having to wait for Manila based police team to deliver the warrant. 

On the other hand, also set are e-rogues; or an internet-based online electronic gallery of suspected persons, for easy reference by criminal investigators. 

Set in a Bohol milieu, the e-blotter, warrants and rogues gallery could have technical problems in areas where internet connectivity is slow or nil. 

Already reporting problems with internet connectivity are Sierra Bullones, Pilar and San Isidro police stations. 

But Barot said, Governor Edgar Chatto has committed the help of Bohol Info-Communications Technology Unit based at the Capitol to work out the details of assuring province-wide connectivity through wireless network coverage. (30)

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HPG urges desk cops to be 
Accurate in blotter entries 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 16, 2012 (PIA) -- How indeed can the authorities track stolen or car-napped vehicles without the necessary data to identify the vehicle? 

This spices up the information dished by newly assigned Bohol Highway Patrol Group (HPG) team leader who stresses that vehicle owners need to keep their vehicle’s chassis and engine numbers and share this unique information to the police when something happens to the vehicle. 

Bohol HPG team leader PCInspector Demi Eguia explained that their mandates include tracking stolen vehicles and networks in close coordination with the Land Transportation Office to access data related to vehicles. 

He however admits their biggest upset is that carnapping or vehicle theft blotter entries do not contain the vehicle’s unique identification numbers. 

At the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) in Jagna town, Major Eguia, who was first presented to the media, station commanders and police officers, then urged desk and duty officers to make sure chassis, engines numbers and other relevant data are included in the blotter for easy reference. 

Hailing these identifying numbers allows the HPG and LTO to tag these in their systems and once these comes out in the open again, it raises red flags. 

Stolen vehicles are usually registered to different owners and to do this, there is a need to register the vehicle chassis and engine numbers, so the LTO can be alerted if these numbers pop-up. 

Sometimes, car-jack syndicates also tamper engine and chassis numbers but the HPG and the LTO can easily pinpoint if there is faking, sources at the LTO said. 

Highlighting the importance of accurate police blotters, Eguia hinted that false entries can push them into ghost chases when those reported carnapped were in fact a different crime. 

Eguia said that there were times when police blotters do not reflect the real stories, a thing that happens when desk officers do not ask probing questions. 

“Carnapping or vehicle theft is different from running off with a borrowed or lent vehicle,” he pointed out. 

Carnapping or theft means there is exerted force upon things, but when one gains access of a vehicle by borrowing it from a friend or a rental company, it is another crime, he explained. (30)

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18 of 28 whales in Phil 
Can be found in Bohol 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 15, 2012 (PIA) – The seas south of the Philippines has already been known as rich whaling grounds in the 18th century that the famed Yankee Whalers find the waters here perfect, says Dr. Alessandro Ponzo. 

A marine biologist and Italian veterinarian who has committed to gathering data on whales and other large marine vertebrates in the seas off Bohol, Dr. Ponzo highlighted the rare marine biodiversity that hosts more than half of the 28 whales and dolphins found in the country. 

Of the 28 species of whales and dolphin in the country, 18 have been found in Bohol, Dr. Ponzo, who is president of a non-government organization working with communities in the protection and conservation of whales and dolphins. 

President of non-government organization called Physalus, Dr. Ponzo also said that the Yankee Whalers hunt the bigger whales including blue and the sperm whales in Bohol seas and towards Sulu. 

Dr. Ponzo named six dolphins and twelve whale species that have been found by research teams. 

The six dolphin species, according to Dr. Ponzo are Rissos dolphin, Fraser’s dolphin, Pantropical spotted dolphin, spinner dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin and common bottle-nosed dolphin. 

Also found in Bohol, according to an emails shared by the marine biologist and conservationist are Pygmy Killer Whale, Short-finned pilot whale, melon-headed whale, Killer Whale, False Killer whale, Sperm Whale, Dwarf Sperm Whale, Pygmy Sperm Whale, Blainsville’s beaked-whale, Brydes Whale, Blue whale and Omura’s whale. 

He cited that the giant squids and plentiful food found at the deep trench that runs alongside southeastern Bohol from Anda to Jagna towns and then veering towards Pamilacan Island in Baclayon is the reason why whales and dolphins can easily be spotted near the coasts of Bohol. 

The Loboc River, which also spews out tons and tons of krill and plankton contribute immensely to the food most sought after by baleen whales, explains marine biologists, pressing for the importance of a clean river to keep krill and plankton coming to the seas. 

Dr. Ponzo, who is also finding sense in tourism value of these whales and dolphins in Bohol said this way can help in decreasing pressure on fishing and offering fishermen an alternative livelihood. (30)

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Watch out for fire hazards 
In unplugged appliances 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 16, 2012 (PIA) – Unknown to most of us, an unplugged home appliance could in fact trigger a house fire. 

While several consumers think an unplugged appliance, as long as it is not turned on, is safe from fire, firefighters say, think again. 

An unplugged appliance, even when it is not turned on, still has currents running its transformers, and when this overheats, it can cause fire, explains Fire Officer Vicente Ente Jr. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, Ente pointed out that modern appliances with remote control systems have standby power which activates when pushing the remote buttons. 

This means that the appliance is active and on standby mode, allowing the electrical currents to pass through the board circuits. 

At this, even when not in use, the power that runs through it can cause overheating, which also triggers sparks and the already heated circuits can easily catch fire. 

At the radio forum to commemorate Fire Prevention Month in March, firemen then urge people to unplug appliances which are not in use to prevent from any overheating incidents that can lead to fires. 

“That is why we would like to urge families to practice fire prevention tips and allow all members of the family to participate in the measures,” Bohol Fire Marshal Pepe Rebusa added. 

You can assign somebody to check that unused appliances are unplugged before going to bed, said Rebusa during the forum aired live over DyTR. 

He pointed out that when people are not familiar with what to do in the event of a fire in the house, the firemen’s work is doubled as they would attempt to salvage what can be saved and at the same time make sure everyone is safely out of the burning structure. 

There has to be a fire evacuation plan which every member of the family is familiar with, he stressed. 

With a plan, people would know what to bring as these have been pre-assigned to them, he hinted, possibly bringing with them the most valuable things, according to Rebusa. 

Underlining the need for fire drills even in the homes, Rebusa said that only then can people be conditioned to react the way they need to in times of fires. (30)

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Boholana earns award 
at Int’l Film Academy 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 15, 2012 (PIA) – A young Boholana has proven that she can carve a name for herself, not through politics which has made their family name one of Bohol’s political by-words. 

20 year old Joan Robie del Rosario Cajes, third daughter of Trinidad mayor Roberto Cajes and former mayor Judith, puts up a first-for the country at the International Academy for Film and Television when she credited to herself the distinction as the first true-blooded Filipino to be conferred the Best Student Thesis Award for her short film Akansiya. 

“Alkansiya” is an 11 minute film Cajes submitted to the Academy as completion requirement for graduation at the film and television school, shares Trinidad information Officer Jojieline Ruiz-Buendia in a telephone interview. 

According to Buendia, Cajes’ foreign mentors had mouthful of praises for the Boholana film shot in her hometown Trinidad, Talibon and Bien Unido in Bohol. 

American mentors who assessed the film described the film as “based on reality,” and went on to laud Cajes’ as a realist with the truest script.” 

“It was the best film I have even seen in my two-year stay in the Film Academy,” said another Italian mentor Buendia did not identify. 

A Scottish mentor said “It was not a student film, it was really a “film.” 

Mentors recommend the handing out of the award for the Best Student Thesis to a student whose thesis project shows the highest level of technical proficiency and artistic merit of her graduation. 

Cajes received the award last March 10, on the occasion of the school’s 23rd Commencement Exercises. 

The film was among those screened prior to the graduation ceremonies, separate sources said. 

Among those viewed before the rites were “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Unexpected,” “Alkansiya” and two entries called Acting Reel films by different film-makers. 

For her feat, the Film Academy awards the Bronze Level, Academic Excellence in Film-making Award to Cajes for having earned the highest accumulated grade point average of 90.95 % of her film-making graduating class. 

Buendia said Cajes is also reportedly putting up her short film at the independent film festival. (30)

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