Saturday, June 16, 2012

City airport fully open 
By end of July - Gov 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 15, 2012 (PIA) – Civil works at the Tagbilaran City Airport is expected to be finished by the last week of July or the first week of August, Governor Edgar Chatto said Friday last week. 

The announcement came as a welcome relief after passengers and tourists passing through the facility complained of inconvenience as the construction work progressed and services were hampered. 

Works at the rehabilitated Tagbilaran City Airport include the additional second floor pre-departure area, the transfer of airline ticketing offices to free more space on the second floor, the widening of the ground floor passenger lounge and other related development. 

Chatto told Boholanos during his weekly radio program aired all over Bohol that the rehabilitation would put up a combined 570 seats in the departure areas on the first and second floors. 

The P37 million project is the government’s response through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to provide necessary measure to serve the tourist island province while the new Panglao Bohol Airport is still on the implementation process. 

From the inconvenience of the civil works in the construction however sprout complaints from tourists and riding public about the stifling heat while awaiting out-bound flights. 

On this, the local government spun into action by urging CAAP through Aerodrome Development and Management Service (ADMS) for the installation of additional air-conditioning units and the necessary support infrastructure to get them working. 

The governor, who admitted he has to step into the problem to know the real score of the work just as Bohol ended a month-long fiesta with homecoming Boholanos and tourists going through the hot lounge ordeal. 

Trying to get the assurances from the airport authorities, Chatto said CAAP has already purchased the air-conditioning unit but due to its size and capacity, a separate power transformer is needed to the cooling equipment running. 

Unluckily, Chatto said the there is no local supplier for such a transformer and it has to be sourced out from Manila. 

To this Chatto added that as per government procurement and bidding procedures, a process has to be followed before the installation could be done. 

By the end of July or the first week of August, the facility will be fully operational, he assured. (30)

DSWD to compile MT success 
Stories in coffee table book 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 15, 2012 (PIA) –Beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration funds in the Makamasang Tugon (MT) in Bohol and Siquijor provinces craft the spine for an ambitious project: a coffee-table book telling the successes of the implemented projects here. 

The Story Writing Workshop for Community Volunteers in 14 MT areas in Bohol and Siquijor is intended to equip our people the skills for a project which shall become a book exclusively telling about the successes of communities in Bohol and Siquijor, said Simeon Remata III of the regional Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD). 

Regional project Manager and DSWD Central Visayas Assistant Regional Director Nemia Antipala welcomed the participants during the activity even as she encouraged more community engagements to spur more participation in governance while putting up monitors to assure that government does its function well. 

On the other hand, Remata, who is with the DSWD Regional Social Marketing Office (RSMO) said participants of the two-day workshop held at the Water Paradise Resort in Taloto District from June 14-15 include community volunteers and peer community facilitators from the two provinces and who are expected to write good stories. 

He said the stories should be depicting successes in community empowerment brought about by the implementation of infrastructure and other human development projects through the government’s Kapig Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi CIDSS) and its new form, the MT. 

Under the program, local governments who were able to put up counterpart funds received community driven development funds which people implemented in their respective barangays. 

The coffee table book is a project of the RSMO in its effort to document the successes as well as award the communities with the recognition they deserve for leading a revolution in good governance and participation, the out-spoken officer added. 

DSWD Regional Training assistant Maribeth Agrbon also said they designed the training to accomplish the goal of equipping community volunteers to get into the habit of telling good stories, especially those that have positive impacts in communities. 

The two-day workshop had DSWD Regional Information Officer Jaybee Binghay, Agbon, Remata and Bohol Philippine Information Agency taking turns as resource persons. 

PIA Bohol handled steps in writing and Components of a Good Write Up, while helping the DSWD Core team edit and critique the draft stories as outputs of the workshop. (30)

Independence Day message… 
Defend freedom, urges 
Chatto at June 12 rites 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol June 15, 2012 (PIA) – Governor Edgar Chatto rallied Boholanos to stand in defense of freedom from intellectual pursuit, economic independence and the real threats of lasting peace, during the recent 114th Independence Day rites at the Plaza Rizal Tuesday. 

Chatto, who led the rites here pointed out that even with the country’s won political independence from its colonizers, said Boholanos still need to struggle for true independence. 

“Free Bohol from poverty,” Chatto called during the event attended by national, provincial, and local government officials and employees. 

The multi-awarded provincial executive beamed amidst Boholanos gathered for the annual event saying “there is still that binding poverty threatening us.” 

He said Bohol may have achieved some independence but the struggle continues until true independence gets the people free. 

He also called for Bohol’s freedom from want and hunger and from the clutches of criminal minds who want to disturb the peace. 

“We all want to achieve true freedom because we want to be genuinely free,” he said. 

By that, he means freedom also from illiteracy, malnutrition, abusive regime, where the real peace harmony and independence is anchored in genuine justice. 

Inheriting the governance after it has been declared insurgency free, Chatto’s leadership is now threatened by reports that abandoning rebels have attempted to reconnect their lines with their mass base to continue their protracted fight against the government. 

Chatto however is openly emboldened with an unconditional support from the legislative branch, who also showed their full support by coming in force for the event. 

The governor also cited the participation of Boholano youth during the event. 

Youth from Trinidad and Mabini towns presented a full length dance drama about some snippets of history in Bohol. 

Over this, the governor also called on the youth to keep the spirit of nationalism to actualize their roles as hopes of the fatherland. (30)

“Kidney forum” set at 
GCGMH AV Hall Wed. 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 15, 2012 (PIA) – Persons who may have kidney problems, those interested in kidney disease prevention or those who are caring for patients with kidney malfunctions are invited to attend a layman’s forum about kidneys. 

Dr. Mayida Pureza Concepcion Ybanez said the forum would be at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) on Wednesday June 20 at 9:00 AM at the hospital Audio Visual (AV) Hall. 

Dr. Ybanez, resident nephrologist at the GCGMH said the forum puts up kidney disease specialists who will talk about the renal disease prevention and control, current government initiatives and healthy lifestyle as disease prevention measure. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Dr. Ybanez said the forum is in line with the hospital’s activities in support of the National Kidney Prevention Month in June. 

She added that hospital authorities noticed an alarming increase in Boholano patients taking the queue for the use of the hospital dialysis machine. 

This indicates a growing number of patients needing the machine to externally purify the blood and prevent toxins from poisoning the patient whose blood cleansing kidneys have malfunctioned, she explains. 

In Bohol also, a steady stream of patients needing financial support for dialysis is an everyday occurrence in charity foundations, indicative of how critical it is to get the kidneys in shape because a malfunction is a sure financial drain in the family’s resources. 

Diet and healthy lifestyle, insists Dr. Ronald Sales, another nephrologist who added that eating low salt, low fat and low calorie food can help keep the kidneys healthy. 

Moreover, Bohol kidney program coordinator Machiavelia Caliao of the Provincial Health Office said they are continuously networking to get available information about the disease prevention to every barangay, in the hope of finally arresting the disease. 

On this, she said the Renal Disease Prevention program has put up two free clinics: June 16 at 1:00 PM at the Island City Mall and June 30 at 1:00 PM at the Bohol Quality Mall. 

She also said a gathering of rural health unit officers and resident hospital specialists and technicians into kidney disease prevention, and treatment is set on June 27 at the GCGMH AV Hall for an updating on the current developments on the disease control. (30)

Visayas’ first wakeboard 
facility opens in Getafe 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 15, 2012 (PIA) – Bohol continues to assert its dominance as a province of endless possibilities for tourism activities when it opens Visayas’ first wakeboarding facility in Pandanon island, Getafe town Saturday June 9. 

Bohol now joins the elite league of Camarines Sur and Batangas, two known wakeboarding destinations, entrepreneur Michael Tan of the Board Shop said. 

The Board Shop is the wakeboarding outfitter and accessories’ company who helped set up the facility in the neat white sand bar in Pandanon. 

No less than Governor Edgar Chatto cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially get the facility running, a little over 1:00 PM Saturday. 

It also signaled the official start of First Bohol Wake Fest, a wakeboarding competition participated in by local and international wakeboarding enthusiasts. 

Wake-boarders took turns literally in pulling out the most spectacular “tricks from their hats” while towed by cables set up by a computer run program called Sesitec 2.0. 

Wake-boarding is a surface water sports which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. 

It is an aqua sports developed by combining skills of snowboarding, water skiing and wind surfing techniques, in which the rider uses balance to performs tricks on the wake while being towed by a speeding boat. 

For environmental considerations however, Getafe facility uses a closed-circuit cable-course where computer controlled specifically designed cables that tows the riders at certain speeds to get the wake-boarders skimming on top of the water. 

Governor Chatto, who is a staunch advocate for Bohol’s vision of becoming an eco-cultural tourism destination, hailed the people who developed the facility, which heaps more options for tourism in Bohol 

Himself among those who conceptualized the campaign slogan “It’s All in Bohol,” Chatto has said Bohol must not stop developing new tourism products to remain competitive. 

At the sidelines of the competition, Getafe Councilor Tonypet Ouano revealed that they would re-assemble the wakeboarding facility near the mainland in Getafe, while the set up in Pandanon is testing the waters for the aquasport viability. 

“The opening up of the competition in Pandanon is a strategy to promote the sports, get Getafe into the tourism map and open up international consciousness among tourists to experience Pandanon,” Ouano, whose family owns the only beach resort in the island said. 

“It was a bold move,” admits Getafe Information Officer Nelson Socias, who added that the wakeboarding facility in Pandanon uses power generators to run the cable motors. 

“Putting the facility in the mainland in Getafe, where cheaper power is easily available, would certainly put Getafe on the tourism map,” Socias added. 

Pandanon island is located some thirty minutes of boat ride from Getafe municipal port and would entail navigating through shallow shoals of Danajon Double Barrier reef, skirting islets and getting a peek at Asia’s biggest mangrove reforestation project at the nearby Banacon Mangrove Reforestation Reserves. (30)

“63rd Foundation days” throb 
With Katigbawan showdown 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 17, 2012 (PIA) –Catigbian becomes a hub of pulsating activity throb today as the town’s 63rd Foundation Days builds to a climax with the 8th Katigbawan Festival Street Dancing Competition unfolding at 1:00 today. 

Granted its township by virtue of an Executive Order 229 by then President Elpidio Quirino on June 17, 1949, Catigbian has since commemorated its Foundation day without let-up, and 8 years ago, it put up the Katigbawan Festival. 

Using the festival as a perfect opportunity to promote tourism and investment potentials of the town, Katigbawan is coined from the Visayan words for katigbi; a local plant that bears beads for fashion accessories, kabawan; the town’s livestock auction market and tigbao, an old term for caves and its exploration, says Mayor Roberto Salinas. 

Himself a veteran naval captain and a firm believer of mobilizing men to facilitate a fast completion of a task, Salinas said Katigbawan is also a town’s celebration of human and spiritual satisfaction. 

Picking up the Foundation Days theme: Catigbian: sustaining its excellence, Salinas said the activities, which started Friday include a blood letting activity, an agricultural fair with Department of Agriculture OIC regional Director Angel Enriquez as guest, Pista ng Bayan, Karambola and a variety show. 

On June 16, Saturday, Catigbian celebrated its livestock day which featured elaborately dressed carabaos on parade, carabao race and showdown with Philippine Carabao center Director Caros Salces as guest. The afternoon’s activity feature sports activities with the town Sanguniang Kabataan in basketball and volleyball championship games. In the evening, Katigbawan Princess 2012 unravels at the Catigbian Sports and Cultural Center at 7:00 PM, according to Maria Nila Tapales. 

Tapales, Catigbian town information officer added that Sunday, June 17 caps the three day celebration with climactic activities. 

On the other hand, Municipal Tourism Officer Ardissa Estavilla said Sunday gyrates the festivities to the town’s adventure park in Poblacion West. 

The days activity however start with a thanks giving mass at 8:30 at the Immaculate Conception parish, blessing of completed projects at 9:30 and then moves to the DATE Park for an anniversary Road show presentation at 10:00. 

Activities resume at 1:00 PM with the Katigbawan Street Dancing and Parade which winds from the town hall to the Catigbian Livestock and Auction Center, Catigbian Business Activity Center and ends at the Catigbian Central Elementary School Oval where denacing contingents prepared for the street dancing and ritual showdown. 

According to Mayor Salinas, a ceremonial inauguration of completed projects happen before everyone braces for the annual Katigbawan streetdancing and ritual showdown. 

The festival ends with the lighting of and releasing of solidarity lanterns, Salinas said. (30)

9 dance contingents stomp 
It out at Katigbawan fest 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 15, 2012 (PIA) – Six high school and three elementary dancing contingents would attempt to bring home the trophy this year as the 8th Katigbawan Street Dancing Festival comes to an exploding climax Sunday afternoon at the Central Elementary School grounds. 

Festival Champion for the secondary category Immaculate Mary Academy would be tightly defending the crown as the town’s best dancing contingent, following last year’s narrow escape from the challenge posed by Catigbian National High School. 

Last year too, Mantacida National high School put up an impressive choreography that had audiences howling, despite a soaking rain that rendered the field too slippery for a fast paced dance routine. 

Competing in the secondary street dancing and ritual competition, aside from IMA, CNHS and MHS are Holy Infant Academy, Hagbuaya High School and Haguilanan High School, said street dancing committee chairman and Sangguniang Bayan member Mariano Maglahus Jr. 

On the other hand, Catigbian West Elementary would attempt to stomp out the dare from its sister school Catigbian Central in this year’s Katigbawan street dancing competition and showdown. 

Also posing a challenge to grab the title as best elementary dancing group is Baang Elementary School, Maglahus said. 

While these groups have been preparing themselves with their routines since weeks past, dance choreographers and team managers said they are al set to give everyone a good time, rain or shine. 

Catigbian’s Katigbawan this year unfolds as a tropical depression is critically affecting rain patterns all over the Visayas. 

Even then, 14 more dancing contingents from Catigbian’s 22 Barangay elementary Schools bravely put up dancing groups for the street dancing parade. 

Throwing in the hat for the parade are Alegria Elementary School, Ambuan Elementary School, Bagtic Elementary School, Cambailan Elementary School, Candumayao Elementary School, Cang-iras Elementary School, Causwagan Norte Elementary School, Hagbuaya Elementary School, Haguilanan Elementary School. 

Liboron Elementary School, Mahayag Norte Elementary School, Maitum Elementary School, Mantacida Elementary School, Triple Union Elementary School and Bohol Northwestern College as a guest performer for showdown. (30)

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