Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bohol to get P 128M MCC 
grant for ‘Kalahi projects’ 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 16, 2012 (PIA) – A Boholano source privy to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) deals with the Philippines says the corporation tends to grant Bohol community driven development (CDD) projects some P128.5 million. 

The grant is part of the fund the MCC’s $434 million grant to the country as aid to help it advance its attainment of anti-poverty and human development milestones. 

Lined up for the grant are people beneficiaries of Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) of Ubay, Carmen, CPG, Buenavista, Danao, Pilar, San Miguel, Mabini, Trinidad, Getafe, Talibon and Bien Unido. 

In a shared press material, former Commission on Audit Commissioner and Boholano financial wiz Silvestre Sarmiento said the MCC has tended to grant funds for development projects in Bohol, during their current meetings with the corporation. 

Set us as an entity to smartly inject United States government assistance to developing countries who have committed to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the MCC grants foreign aid to fund projects that dent on poverty alleviation through sustainable economic growth, promote opportunities of growth, elevate living standards and push for a better community by impacting on the goals set up by the United Nations, and all of these considering protection and conservation of the environment. 

The fund is set to augment local funds in prioritized projects including opening up or rehabilitation of key farm to market access roads, bridges, water systems, rain water collectors, farm infrastructure, water impounding systems, community health and education facilities including birthing centers, school buildings, day care centers, post harvest facilities and key community infrastructure which communities have identified as priority, Sarmiento said. 

Managed by the Millennium Corporation Account-Philippines, the fund grant is targeted to also achieve mandated objectives which focus on community driven development identified by communities through a consultative selection process; community led selection and identification and community led implementation, monitoring and success evaluation, according to Sarmiento in a press statement. 

Sarmiento, who was one of the Ten Outstanding Boholanos Around the World (TOBAW) winners in 2009 also shared that the MCC looks at the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS as an interesting channel in as much as it has set up a strong resident-stakeholder relationship that ahs been tested in previous projects. 

Agog with the development, Sarmiento urges Boholano strong and continuing commitment to show that with beating poverty can only be through cooperation and a generous amount of responsibility. (30)

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More dolphin interaction stirs 
Bohol marine conservationists 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 17, 2012 (PIA) –Increased dolphin and whale watching activities along the southern coasts of Bohol stirs marine conservationists. 

Although generally considered good for ecotourism, dolphin and whale watching activities, when not properly managed, present lasting effects that could again drive the dolphins and whales back to the distant wilds. 

“The waters surrounding Bohol are among the most productive in the Philippines, resulting in highest cetacean biodiversity in the country,” states Katrina Pahang, information, education and communication coordinator of a non government organization into the research of Bohol’s large marine vertebrates Project (LAMAVE). 

Bu, “without proper, effective management and protection, these pressures [dolphin and whale watching activities] will negatively impact the key assets of our tourism,” she said highlighting the need to advance the information on the protection and conservation of these cetaceans. 

She said research has shown that 18 of the 28 species of marine mammals in the Philippines are found in the waters surrounding Bohol, likely due to the nutrient-rich water. 

“Their presence promises a great future for our province’s economy through ecotourism. However, as tourism grows, increased pressure on the environment and marine life are inevitable,” says Kristina Pahang. 

Along this line, she and the rest of the non government organizations that are working in the areas south of Bohol steer towards more responsible dolphin and whale watching operations consistent with internationally accepted standards and policies. 

Now, a volunteer group formed in the late 90’s, in partnership with non government organizations is holding the 2nd Bohol Dolphin festival to raise awareness on how to further protect these marine mammals and the marine environment, Pahang said. 

Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Mammals (BRUMM) brings access to information about whales and dolphins in one venue where students and adults can learn about the animals in one stop, Pahang said explaining the festival. 

Set as a capping activity for the Ocean Month, the festival on May 31, 2012 will be in Tagbilaran City from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The event is a follow-on of the successful First Bohol Dolphin Festival last year, she said. 

In its second year, the festival aims to continue raising awareness for the protection of local marine mammals and to attract tourists through this unique, environmentally-conscious festival. 

The festival will include a parade, educational displays and activities, guest speakers and a dolphin mural. 

There will be booths from different government agencies and NGOs to show their work. 

Different activities about dolphin biology and conservation will also be conducted both for children and adults, covering subjects like dolphin communication, diet, and threats to these animals. 

The event also comes at the heels of a controversy that has international community criticizing a whale shark interaction in nearby Cebu. 

We do not wish similar incidents happening in Bohol’s marine eco-tourism activities and shoo away our great potential, BRUMM, Bohol Environment Management Coastal Resource Coordinator Adelfa Salutan adds. 

It may be recalled that while whale sharks also pass Bohol seas, efforts to organize interactions are starting and marine conservationists have agreed putting things in the right perspective helps Bohol attain a truly sustainable activity. 

Along this line, another non government organization calling themselves as Physalus has slowly engaged local government units to set up enabling ordinances on dolphin interactions considering their being animals in the wild. 

We can only truly say we are pro-environment when we can say our dolphins and whales are safe and protected, former BEMO head and now an NGO director in Bohol Nunila Pinat adds. 

Responsible dolphin and whale watching tours are helpful to the animals. The tours inspire people to protect the animals and provide an economically viable alternative to hunting or capturing them for aquariums. But there must be proper decorum when on an interaction, Dr. Aessandro Ponzo commented. 

Poorly conducted tours cause problems. Too many boats, getting too close to dolphins, creates stress for the animals and interferes with their socializing, breeding and feeding, he added. 

The festival also aims to educate people on how to handle the tours as well for Boholanos to help protect and conserve these wild animals. 

According to Melanie Parker at www.idwatch.org, we need to remember that wild dolphins are not cuddy toys or pets, so we do not chase or harass dolphins-especially when they have young. 

She also said we so not touch a dolphin’s blowhole, or we should not stray far from the lead boats to make sure no animals are hurt during interactions. (30)

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Anda assures security, 
Wants new cop station 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

ANDA, Bohol, April 18, 2012 (PIA) –Securing Anda’s becoming Bohol’s newest tourism destination is anchored on keeping peace and security of the place, that local officials believe securing their police keeps that dream going. 

In the most recent turn of events, Anda Mayor Angelina Simacio said putting a new building for its town police is their biggest priority for now. 

“We have just allocated P200,000 as our local counterpart apart from a lot which we donate for the new Philippine National Police (PNP) building,” she told members of the media during the recent out-of-town Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP), April 18, 2012 at the Anda Global beachfront resort. 

Anda has submitted the request for the PNP to fund the construction of the new building, but Camp Dagohoy officials have temporarily shelved their request. 

PSupt. Clarito Baja, Camp Dagohoy assistant provincial director for operations said that the PNP wants Anda to secure a Sangguniang Bayan Resolution formalizing the lot donation before the PNP brass could consider the town request. 

Intent on realizing their request, Vice Mayor Paulino Amper committed to work with the town SB to comply with the requirement as fast as possible. 

Located in the southeastern most part of Bohol island, Anda boasts of powdery untouched white beaches and secluded coves comparable to the best in the world which have opened up for high-end resorts and leisure investments. 

We know we are groomed as the next tourism destination in Bohol and we are pushing hard to develop tourist destinations, she beamed. 

Anda’s Lamanoc Island Mystical Experience has far stirred local and foreign tourists, and its dive spots are now getting into international dive circles. 

About 100 kilometers from Tagbilaran, travel time to Anda is an hour and forty five minutes on paved roads along scenic coastlines of Bohol. 

With a few beach resorts slowly stirring up local economies, Anda local officials shared that a stable peace and security in the town contributes greatly to the dream of opening its doors to more investments. 

But distance also set assigned policemen in town at a certain degree of discomfort. 

“We have about 10 policemen who do not come from the town, we have to host them so they would stay with us,” the lady mayor reasoned, emphasizing the need for a separate police office that would have some semblance of decent living quarters for its police men. 

“We prioritized a separate PNP building where police can hold office in comfort,” she said adding that the present station at the side of the town hall is “too small and the men temporarily converting a town bodega mezzanine as their living quarters.” 

Mayor Simacio, who bared that the town supplies at east three sacks of rice and a box of sardines for the police in town said they have to motivate the local police into doing their job of keeping Anda ready when the time comes. 

She also bared that aside from the regular police, Anda also maintains an active Bantay Dagat team making sure they keep their seas perfect for the upcoming tourists. (30)

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Walking the underground 
streams of Cantijong cave 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 19, 2012 (PIA) – How far is it? We asked a group of women weaving baskets on an open porch while referring to a cave that had us hooked for the visit to San Isidro town. 

We were a small group of adventure mountain bikers out to explore the beauty of Bohol countryside and the terrain that San Isidro town provides lit the change enough to get us into an exploratory ride to the town’s planned tourism destinations. 

“Cantijong, you mean? It’s still a bit far,” one replied, completing the action with the non-verbal gesture of the spout to the general direction of the southwest. 

In Bohol, a gesture of a snout means a distance of at least a kilometer more of easier gear crunching pedal skirting hills and negotiating rough country roads. Thanks to easy shifting Shimano Acera and Altus on our sturdy frames, the trek is bearable. 

The mountain bike trek to Cantijong two-storey cave was relatively moderate for mountain bikers, although a bit hard for amateur velo-addicts. 

It came doubly hard for us who had decided to pick our individual bikes from the rack some 7 kilometers from the town center where we left our transporter. 

Although access to the town was through a largely all weather road, the ascents fully engaged the front and rear de-railers and descents were never really freewheeling. 

Add up to the struggle the intense wrath of the summer mid-day sun and the sudden gush of rain and it becomes a Lenten punishment comparable to flagellation. 

Arriving the town proper was already a feat, but it was still another five or six kilometers of puddle holed back country roads, until we stopped by to take shots at native weavers by the roadside. 

Had the view not been spectacular, amateur riders in the group could have easily waked their bikes through the ascents. The downhills, perfect for our hardtail bikes quickly eased the you body torment. 

Pus the thought of getting into a nearly undisturbed cave as a premium keeps our legs steadily pumping. 

Its here, our guide on a motorbike tells us. 

Where? It was basically a plain of rice fields bordered by lush hills of secondary growth particularly similar to Chocolate Hills. 

Behind that hill, he pointed at the distant grove of coconuts at the base of a hill, slightly visible in the distance. 

We left the bikes unlocked at a roadside, and walked through rice paddies. Along the way, we talked to farmers were newly harvested rice, chased chickens and pulled a carabao to keep it from blocking our path. 

We filed into a paddy where at certain points, water has weakened the foundations and a thin plank of wood acts as stepping board. Or at times, huge stepping stones test our agility with the foot. 

Fifteen minutes of navigating rice paddies and abandoned rice-fields, we were on to the ritual cleansing. 

Cantijong cave, one which has a stream running through it, can be accessible down stream or upstream where we would literally walk in the direction of the flow. 

The time to get really wet came when we had to step into ankle deep stream steadily flowing into some unseen curve and then a thick knitted vegetation seemingly told us to stop. 

Vines, shrubs and gnarled roots stifle ones quick advance and the murky rivulet sometimes falls off to knee deep and then waist high waters in a step or two. We have to be extra careful despite the cramps creeping up my tired thighs, and the sudden immersion into the cold stream. 

But we were set and ready to take on whatever is there for adventure sake. 

Cantijong cave can best be appreciated with one’s full understanding of a fragile cave system. 

First, one can not get into a cave expecting a paved trail. Or a welcome band. 

Like most of the newer caves in southeastern Bohol, Cantijong’s lower chamber is wet and narrow. The stream that flows through it carved its way around boulders, making a passage that allows humans to squeeze through most of them. 

That also means a local guide should be there to advice if entry into the cave is suitable: entry during the rainy season is a high risk as indications of flooding shows that the ankle deep water flow can get really into a nasty six feet in tight passages, leaving only a few inches of room to spare for breathing spaces. 

Not for the claustrophobic, Cantijong features very narrow passages that only allows sideways maneuvers. 

It becomes a consolation however because portions of the cave still gives us the chills, especially when even our guide has to grope his way into the dark, damp dungeon. 

The caves stone formations are superb: untouched stalactites and stalagmites have formed a range of small to large columns, cascade formations meet you very now and then and a magnificent chandelier marks a turn pike that has its own deep pool we have to skirt the cave walls to keep ditching our equipment. 

Like most cave explorations, Cantijong can be coursed though in 45 minutes to an hour, and at a certain point, bat poop scent makes your nose twitch, but most excellent caves do. 

The exit is, like any other cave exits, a spectacular scene. Light floods on an ante-parlor covered by a thick canopy of leaves, that would be perfect resting place. 

That is also the perfect place to relax and contemplate on the mystery of caves, earth’s orifices listening to how man keeps the earth. 

There is a surviving myth that the name Bohol comes from “boho,” a reference to the numerous sink holes, crevices and fissures that are much more characteristic of the limestone island. 

True enough, Bohol’s more than a thousand of these caves present itself as a nature’s way of letting people get into its heart, and the degrees of exploration and exploitation one nature lover does may determine this kind of relationship. (30)

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PnpSB binds communities 
Into solid anticrime force 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

VALENCIA, Bohol, April 19, 2012 (PIA) – Philippine National Police (PNP) authorities and communities here in Valencia town bind further into a more cohesive force against crimes with the recent implementation of the Pulis Nyo Po sa Barangay (PnpSB). 

Faced with a threat of more violent and sometimes well-armed criminals making its flung villages as lairs or escape routes, local anti-crime forces now stand a better chance of winning the peace with a police officer now part of the barangay force. 

The program, according to Camp Dagohoy Police Community Relations Officer Antonieto Cuyos assigns a police officer as supervisor and regularly sits down with the barangay peace keeping officers and peace and order council to discuss strategies and pro-active measures against criminal elements. 

An addendum of the Letter of Instruction on the organization of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPATS), the program is also implemented as one of the ten point agenda cascaded by PNP Chief Police General Nicanor Bartolome to all PNP units in the country. 

Under the PnpSB program, Barangay Peace keeping and Security Officers or Barangay Tanods are joined by a police officer who will supervise the barangay in their anti-crime operations. 

At the PnpSB launching here April 18, their Camp Dagohoy key officers marched to their assigned towns in Duero, Dimiao and Lila to orient Barangay chairmen and tanods on the mechanics of the program which had its first batch of trainings the week before. 

According to Cuyos, PnpSB is a gesture of PNP commitment to pursue an effective community partnership in support of sustained barangay based anti-crime strategy, said PSupt Cuyos before a crowded ABC Hall in Valencia town. 

“Through the PnpSB, policemen who add the barangays in their beats also act as conduits between his community and his office station or unit, while he holds office at the barangay in times a week,” PSupt. Cuyos explains. 

“This provides a strong momentum to the community policing,” he told peace keeping officers while stressing LOI 22-09 Bayanihan or the directive mandating Barangay Peacekeeping Operations through the BPATs. 

Attending the launch were chiefs of tanods, barangay chairmen of 35 town villages and local officials led by Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon and SB on Peace and Order Chairman Aristotle Cometa. 

Highlighting the new program as a conglomeration of barangay security sectoral groups, the community relations expert stresses that community volunteers act as force multipliers under the PNP. 

The designation as PSB supervisor is additional job of the police officer which he does over and above his present duties, he told policemen who shall make the rounds to their assigned barangay clusters. 

When there, the police officer acts as the focal person monitoring the peace and order situation in his assigned barangay on 24-hour basis, so that he designs his personal schedule to serve, he instructed his local counterparts. 

To the local officials, Cuyos also asked help in monitoring the police in the barangays to note that they visit their assignments at least once a week and at the same time, carry out police community based activities including engaging communities in dialogues and pulong-pulongs, meetings, house visits, give crime prevention and safety awareness lectures, hand in personal safety leaflets and other IEC materials. 

The police, along with his local tanods identify peace and order issues and other public safety concerns including prevalent crimes, drug problems, health issues and disaster prone areas to better update town leaders for planning and legislative support. 

The police presence in the communities also helps them provide immediate assistance in emergencies and disasters. 

Even before the PnpSB, Valencia Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon publicly commended the towns police for sincere service in front of key Camp Dagohoy Officials. 

PNP Valencia is worth commendable for its performance in the last few months, he said. 

Speaking to represent Mayor Henrietta Gan, Buslon also stressed that attaining peace is impossible without progress. He also said neither can progress happen without peace. 

VM Buslon ended his message by insisting that peace and progress can only happen when communities work with the police. (30)

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School dads note increase 
in enrollment at 4Ps areas 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 20, 2012 (PIA) –School authorities in Carmen town reports an annual increase of at least 10-15% in enrollment and pupil performance. 

At least the two school supervisors in Carmen District ascribe the increase in pupils and students attendance and performance to only one thing: the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program (4Ps). 

Renato Calamba and Ma. Rowena Balduman, public schools district supervisors in Carmen West and East respectively said “not only had the 4Ps has brought back children who stopped school, but also pushed parents to get their three-year-olds to day care centers to maximize on the cash assistance.” 

“The increase in enrollment, will bring in another problem,” according to Calamba, who sees that the lack of classrooms and furniture would be a concern when the classes open. 

He however said the problem would just be temporary as the school also has also regular allocation of classroom building and furniture. 

“There may be problems during the opening months but pupils could settle right after the school could have opened the new classroom,” he said. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA aired over DyTR Thursday, both Calamba and Balduman agree that the program has significantly increased the parent’s awareness towards their responsibility in sending their children and pushing them to school. 

The 4Ps transfers cash to families who agree to abide by the conditions of the grant. 

The conditions include sending at most three children aged 0-14 to school and them attending at least 85% of the classes, making sure the kids regularly visit the health center for vaccines, and allow barangay health workers to monitor on their health progress, push every mother or pregnant woman to visit the clinics for maternal health and pre or post natal care and for them to attend regular family development sessions. 

By abiding to these conditions, the government believes it can attain a huge degree of success in curtailing childhood and post maternal mortality was well as dent on malnutrition. 

Balduman, Carmen East district supervisor added “…the program, through its Family Development Sessions instilled in parents, a new sense of health where most children of program beneficiaries come to school bathed and refreshed to tackle the day’s lessons.” 

Adding to that, Carmen West 4Ps parent leader Luzviminda Jumawid said 4Ps has also made her capable of packing lunch for her kids, a fact she could hardly do without the cash the government has transferred to her. 

Jumawid and the rest of the parent beneficiaries in Carmen town receive P300.00 educational allowance for each of the family’s three schooling kids. 

The government also gives another P500 for families who religiously attend to health sessions which the beneficiaries schedule regularly. 

Every pay-out, which happens every two months, Jumawid, who has three kids in school gets P2,800.00 for the kids’ education and the family’s health allowances. 

When it was so hard to prepare lunch packs because the family still needs to find rice to cook for lunch, Jumawid said she “makes sure she buys enough rice until the next pay-out.” (30)

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17 more towns get into list, 
4Ps now in 29 Bohol towns 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 20, 2012 (PIA) -- By the opening of the next school year in June, indigents from 29 towns in Bohol have something to look up to, this as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) assure them and some 6,343 families of a head-start in their kid’s education. 

The more than 6000 families come from 17 towns which are included in the set 6 of the grants, revealed Aileen Lariba, regional information officer of the flagship social service program. 

Speaking during the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, Lariba identified the 17 towns as Alburquerque, Antequera, Baclayon, Bilar, Corella, Cortes, Dauis, Dimiao, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Loay, Loboc, Maribojoc, Panglao, Sevilla, Sikatuna and Tubigon. 

For set 6, Tubigon gets the most number of family beneficiaries at 949, followed by Jagna at 882, Garcia Hernandez (469), Bilar (465) and Dimiao (435), according to the list which Lariba provided. 

The 17 towns up Bohol’s town count as beneficiaries for this set to 29. 

Also familiarly known in countries across the globe as conditional cash transfer, the 4Ps picks out through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) the country’s poorest of the poor to selectively focus on the government assistance with attached conditions for compliance on their health and education. 

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the 4Ps allows a family’s three schooling aged kid of 0-14 to get an educational assistance of P300. The parents also are obliged to send their kids to school 85% of the time to continually receive the government support. 

Another assistance, some P500 is given to the family who has religiously attended the Family Development Sessions where key resource persons tutor family heads tips on health and nutrition, community living and cooperation. 

It may also be recalled that the towns of Alicia, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Carmen, Inabanga, Getafe, Mabini, Pilar, Carlos P Garcia, Trinidad and Ubay were already included in the third set of the 4Ps beneficiaries. 

Earlier on, beneficiaries of the towns of Guindulman, Candijay, Clarin, Duero, Lila, San Isidro and Valencia 

4PS also crossed over to Anda, Balilihan, Batuan, Calape, Catigbian, Danao, Loon, Sagbayan, San Miguel and then to Talibon, Tagbilaran City and then Sierra Bullones. 

This then puts almost 50,000 poor Boholano families availing of the government assistance. (30)

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Feature… 
Trinidad assures cheap 
educ at its town college 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 20, 2012 (PIA) – Tough times call for tough decisions. Certain that education is the quickest way to help its people out of poverty, Trinidad town continues to shoulder the responsibility of making quality education affordable for its constituents. 

Sending a child to college is already expensive enough, getting him away from the farm and paying for a boarding house in the city may be too much for a poor family in Trinidad, explains former mayor Judith Cajes. 

We need to have an affordable school which does not sacrifice quality education and allows students to be near their families so they could double up working in support to their farms, she added. 

The decision to absorb the operation of the Trinidad Junior College by the local government unit was easy, even if by so doing, the town would be saddled with the burden of streamlining the school operational processes to cut on costs, Cajes shared, the risking the taunt of local governments shunning form school operations for its being a much too heavy investment. 

A college established by well meaning residents in 1985 for exactly the same purpose, the school administration desperately needed fresh management capabilities that could overhaul the operational processes and thus keep the tuition fees competitively low. 

In 2003, then Mayor Judith Cajes administration took over the operation of the school and started managing its operations, streamlining processes and re-organizing set-ups towards a more efficient operation to cut losses and bring down tuition fees, said former congressman now Trinidad Mayor Roberto Cajes. 

Adopting the new name Trinidad Municipal College (TMC), the town struggled to keep the school operational until a few years ago, that is, in 2007, local officials realized running a school with cheap tuition fee and boasting of quality education can even become an economic enterprise, shared Jojeline Ruiz-Buendia, town information officer. 

At P125.00 per unit, TMC can proudly claim that it has the lowest tuition fee among the schools in the area,” Buendia said. 

Anchoring on information and industrial technology training as the newest most promising course that could hand young students work certificates especially with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority implementing its ladderized programs, TMC student proved they can be a force to reckon with, during the recent district skills meets. 

“Under the excellent stewardship of the Board of Trustees, led by Mayor Roberto Cajes, the school rose to prominence and gained respectability when it topped the 1st Bohol ICT Summit held at the Bohol Cultural Center, Tagbilaran City last year,” she proudly beamed. 

IT students flaunted their knowledge during the quiz bowl, web designs, Pinoy IT henyo and graphic design competitions and secured top spots as they competed against other colleges in the province of Bohol during the summit, according to Buendia. 

“We do not just leave our graduates to find work, we train then so it has also become out responsibility to help them land jobs,” Cajes, who administers to his husband’s office work as the town chief executive said. 

Proof of that, the town accordingly accepts on the job trainings by their school graduates and eventually hired its graduates to the government’s key positions. 

Hired graduates who are now steering key positions in town include Municipal Human Resource and Development Officer Quirino Nugal Jr. Municipal Budget officer Medina Macua, I.T Department Head Marlon Macua and TMC School Registrar Apolonia Balonga. 

This year, TMC offers Bachelor of Arts (AB) Major in English and Political Science, Bachelor of arts in Elementary and Secondary Education. It also opens up additional courses for SY 2012-2013 like Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and other related courses. 

With over 1069 students last year, the town has funded the construction of more buildings to accommodate the increased enrollment, confirms Mayor Roberto Cajes. 

Serving not only Trinidadnons but also students from distant towns, TMC has equipped itself well with facilities that help students in their physical and mental development. 

TMC has a gymnasium, volleyball court, twin tennis courts, Library and also shares the Municipal Library, computer laboratories and its own Chemistry laboratory. 

The school also maintains a 24-hour security service to ensure safety and protection of all students and personnel. 

Even with all these, a streamlined operation still absorbs the costs otherwise lost to cumbersome processes is what keeps the school maintain the lowest tuition fee rate in the region. 

Interested students can enroll at TMC anytime as classes start June 13, according to Buendia. (30)

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