Saturday, June 2, 2012

Vehicles buyers… be aware.. 
PNP HPG seizes 12 “hot cars” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 1, 2012 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) urges Boholanos into buying cars to coordinate first with them before paying to be assured that the vehicle one buys is cleared and have no problems. 

“Your PNP HFG can access records from the national database and can easily tell if the vehicle you are paying is clean,” PNP HPG Director Leonardo Espina said while officiating the public presentation June 1, 2012 Friday, of the 12 “hot cars” unwittingly sold to Boholanos in the last few years. 

This as The PNP HPG, in coordination with the Presidential Anti Crime Council seized the 12 “hot cars” mostly Utility vehicles, Commuter van and Sports Utility Vehicles in its latest anti-carnapping operations in the Visayas. 

In a presentation to the media, PNP HPG Director Leonardo Espina issued the advice while he moved on to say that the 12 hot cars in Bohol are part of the 67 SUVs, AUVs and commuter vans, including sedans the authorities netted in six months of recovery operations in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and General Santos City. 

Among those confiscated from Boholano owners were three Isuzu Crosswinds with plate numbers KEF 600 (red), GSV 653 (violet) and GSV 683 (white) all of which were stolen from while parked and unattended in Makati and Paranaque Cities. 

The HPG has also in its possession seven Nissan Urvan commuter vans, most are stolen and with tampered engine and chassis numbers but have been registered in the present year. 

The fleet includes a white Nissan Urvan with plate number YDZ 881, with engine and chassis numbers that do not match, both of which come from two different stolen units, white Nissan Urvan with plate number YHL 958 with tampered chassis and engine number, reported stolen from Makati City last April 24, 2004 and a green Nissan Urvan with plate number YDZ 971, which was loaned from a bank, but the owner defaulted payment, tampered the chassis and engine numbers and then sold it to a Boholano. 

Other four white Nissan Urvans, one with plate number YHD 654 is now confiscated when highway patrol authorities noted tampered engine and chassis numbers. The other three, with plate numbers GPC 882, PRV 633 and GJE has tampered engines and chassis numbers or had unauthorized change of engines, according to the HPG. 

Among the hot cars was a black Mitsubishi Pajero with plate number TSR 512 had delinquent registration and is found in violation of the LTO and Traffic Code. 

The PNP HPG also impounded a white Isuzu DMax pick up which bore plate number PPS 888 for illegal transfer of plate numbers and the use of fake plates. 

PCSupt Espina also said the HPG Visayas operation came from earlier assessment that Central Visayas has become a major hub in the processing and trafficking of stolen vehicles from Luzon and shipped to the south by a syndicate fed by a notorious carnapping network called Baktin. 

The group’s connection in Manila, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro has already been neutralized, according to him. (30)

20 cop stations score 
Perfect CSEs in April 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 1, 2012 (PIA) – Twenty police stations including the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) score perfect crime solution efficiency (CSE) for the month of April, among Bohol’s 47 towns and once city. 

This as Bohol enjoyed a decrease in the crime volume in April, one that police authorities attributed to the increase in the number of police-initiated operations and accomplishments. 

PSSupt Constantino Baro also said they achieved the decreased crimes through the active support of the community as reflected in the significant decrease of index crimes. 

Anda, Batuan, Balilihan, Bilar, Bien Unido, Buenavista, Candijay, Cortes, Dagohoy, Danao, Dauis, Guindulman, Loboc, Mabini, President Garcia, Sevilla, Sierra Bullones, Tubigon, Valencia and the PPSC based at Camp Dagohoy had crime incidents recorded for the month, but its police operatives clocked in efforts to have the crimes solved to attain a 100% crime solution efficiency. 

For April, police solved 124 of the 145 index and 64 non-index crimes, capping a 59.3% general crime solution efficiency. 

The PPSC had 6 non index crimes and Tubigon police station tallied 5 index and 1 non index crime for the month, both disposed of them by filing appropriate cases, topping the records with the most crimes solved. 

Balilihan (3 index and 1 non index), Valencia (2-2) and Mabini (3-1) police stations also had 4 cases each and neatly disposed all of them. 

Meanwhile, Alburquerque, Antequera, Corella, Dimiao, Getafe, Garcia Hernandez, Maribojoc, San Isidro and Sikatuna could go as the most peaceful and orderly towns in Bohol for April with zero crimes committed, at least according to police station based reports gathered by Camp Dagohoy. 

For Bohol, police operatives succeeded in apprehending 19 persons involved in illegal drug trade, confiscated 20.07 grams of shabu, 1.80 grams of dried marijuana leaves and some assortment of drug paraphernalia. 

In its campaign against illegal gambling, police arrested 15 persons in 13 operations and filed 14 cases while collecting P20, 626 cash, fighting cocks, voluminous tally sheets for illegal numbers game, fax machines and two motorcycles. 

In its campaign against illegal possession of firearms, police recovered 5 high powered and 8 low powered firearms, filed 9 cases of illegal possession and apprehended 8 suspects in April. (30)

Crimes dipped following 
3 months of rising trend 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 30, 2012 (PIA) – Criminality in Bohol dipped for the first time in 2012, after following a consistently rising trend since January this year. 

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting May 29 at the Governor’s Mansion, police authorities reported that crimes in April dipped to a season low at 209 from 288 in the previous month. 

Crimes , as entered in police logbooks throughout the province continued its rising trend from 246 in January to 272 the month after. 

In March, crime statisticians at Camp Dagohoy Police Headquarters still tracked crime incidents at 288, the highest in the first four months of tally. 

Crime statisticians also noted that April 2012 crime incidents went down at 209, although it still ranks considerably high, when compared to the previous year. 

In April of 2011, Camp Dagohoy recoded only 181 cases. 

But that is not a cause of alarm, says police authorities. 

They explained that the increase in crimes recorded in April as reported also tells something ordinary people do not see. 

Bohol Police Provincial Director Constantino Barot, in his report showed that while 2012 crimes are more than those in 2011, he said there is a significant increase of the non-index crimes tallied in 2012. 

PSSupt Barot presented to the council members a chart which showed 2011 crimes 181, where 32 of them were non index crimes. Index crimes then reached 149. 

For comparison, in 2012, total crimes reached 209. 

Of the 209, index crimes diminished by four at 145 while non index crimes surged to half at 64, when in 2011, police recorded only 32. 

According to Camp Dagohoy Intelligence chief, PSInpsector Jovito Atanacio, index crimes are those which are classified as crimes against persons or property, which also showed that there were fewer crimes of the sort in 2011. 

A high crime incidence which shows a considerably high non-index crimes tell us one thing, Inspector Atanacio pointed out. 

While index crimes are reported to police desk officers, non index crimes are listed after police led operations net criminals and keep them off the streets, camp Dagohoy sources elucidate. 

“It simply means your police are working for you, performing foot patrols, leading operations and raids, which is also a specific PNP mandate,” Inspector Atanacio said. (30)

DOE shrugs off accusations that 
Biofuel blends destroy engines 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 28, 2012, (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) shrugs off accusations that the country’s introduction of biofuel blends in car fuel is causing engine deterioration. 

Picking up the allegations from high end car manufacturers and car owners who complained of fast wear and tear in vehicles using bio-diesel and bioethanol blends, Renewable Energy Management Bureau Director Mario Marasigan dared the detractors: show us your studies. 

“You can not just cast accusations without showing proof of your allegations,” Director Marasigan directed his strongly worded statement to non adoptors of the blended fuels, during the recently concluded Information Education Communication Planning Workshop of the National Bio Fuel Board held last May 21 to 25, at the Bohol Tropics Resort here in Tagbilaran City. 

The REMB director also pointed out that since the introduction of the alternative fuel blends in diesel and gasoline in 2007, “five years have lapsed and even the old taxis, which are more prone to the “effects”, if there are, are still running.” 

“Besides, we have the Philippine National Standards (PNS) testing and certifying the suitability of the fuel blends and the entire mix for brand new cars and old or used vehicles, and there have not been any industry repercussions,” the bespectacled Marasigan explained. 

“Of course, we have high-end manufacturers who refuse to use biofuel blended diesel or gasoline for their vehicles, but what we know is that the international association of car manufacturers have green lighted the vehicle’s adaptability to bio-fuels, even without the necessary engine modification. 

Since passing the Biofuel Act of 2006, the law has mandated adding 1% to 2% biodiesel to diesel fuels in pumps all over the country in the first two years after the effectivity of the law. 

The same also mandates that the blend would be gradually increased to 5% in 2016. 

For gasoline, since passing the law, the DOE has regularly spot checked gasoline stations to monitor compliance of the 10% bioethanol content supposedly present in gasoline. 

The law is in response to the need to wean the country form expensive imported fossil fuel and map the country’s direction in developing, testing and promoting the bio-fuels as indigenous sourced energy resource. 

Blending bio-fuels to diesel or gasoline reduces the amount of diesel or gasoline used, while producing the same performance from the car’s engines. 

The over-all plan is to make the country buy lesser fossil fuel by 2030, DOE’s Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. shared. 

By that time, the country’s biofuel industry would be making available 85% biofuel blends in gasoline and 20% blend in diesel, which should be substantial. 

Aside from being called indigenous fuel source, biofuels are also good for the environment as it causes lesser gas emissions aggravating climate change. 

Biofuels sourced out from biomass also tends to help farmers earn more income as instead of discarding farm wastes, these can be used for the bio-fuel process, thus alleviating them economically, representatives from the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Sugar Regulations Authority add. (30)

CV consumers want to 
revive “consumernet” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 1, 2012 (PIA) – Members of the Regional Consumer Assembly want to revitalize the Consumernet for better linkages towards consumer rights education and protection here. 

The assembly aims at providing updates on the current initiatives and the policies the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas pursues, revealed Lucille Autentico, DTI Bohol information officer. 

It also aims to update consumer groups on the status of programs they initiated in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. 

At the recent regional assembly organized by the DTI -Central Visayas, and held at Harold’s Hotel in Cebu last May 23, delegates emphasized the need for an association of representatives from consumer groups, concerned government agencies and partner business establishments in Region 7 to advance consumer issues. 

The Consumer net used to be a very visible group but slowly disintegrated after members ventured into different personal occupations, according to DTI sources. 

“A revitalized Consumernet will hopefully be a strong mouthpiece of consumers in Central Visayas in the lobbying for and crafting of substantial and consumer-friendly policies during the forthcoming National 

Consumer Congress in October 2012,” said Bohol DTI consumer division chief, Jose Hibaya. 

Hibaya was among the resource persons who gave updates on Consumer Laws and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, along with DTI Negros Oriental division chief Angeline Gonzales. 

DTI – Central Visayas Director Asteria C. Caberte, who provided the rationale and overview, formally opened the one day activity. 

On the other hand, Division chief Rosemae M. Quinanola of the DTI Regional Office 7 presented the inputs to the workshop and the flow of output presentations from the consumer groups and representatives of 

concerned National Government Agencies. 

AT the assembly, five Boholano delegates joined the activity: four officers of Consumer Watch-Bohol, Inc. 

(CWBI) and the Capitol’s Effective Development Communication (EDCom) head Augustus Escobia. 

Dioscoro Ayag, Jr., CWBI vice president came with three members of the Board of Directors: Engr. Benjie Culpa, Vicente Loquellano and Jose C. Nazareno. 

Bohol delegates presented the issues confronting the association and the best practices CWBI. 

Edcom’s Escobia provided substantial inputs in crafting the 1-year plan of CWBI, which Mr. Ayag also presented during the plenary. 

The Bohol plan focused on strategies that aim to empower local consumers as pro-active citizens who are 

conscious of their rights and responsibilities and the sustainability of the various CWBI programs. 

Bohol delegation participation was arranged by DTI-Bohol who has been a very active partner of CWBI in 

organizational strengthening and the pursuit of its various programs, CWBI members said. (30)

Balilihan grants high-school 
Scholarships to 4 students 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 1, 2012 (PIA) – The school year opens with fewer worries for four of Balilihan’s less fortunate students who have passed the screening and are to breeze through high school, via the Municipal Scholarship Program (MSP). 

Mayor Dominisio Chatto said he always believes that giving the opportunity to poor but deserving students gives them enough leverage to show their abilities and then help their families economically gain better stature, as long as they persevere. 

“The town has pursued the direction of extending scholarship grants as its visible crusade to advocate for education and hopefully encourage poor and yet intelligent kids to excel and get free schooling expenses,” he said. 

Ma. Elena Maniwang, Balilihan Information Officer identified the lucky students who will get to high school as: Roger S. Balili of Boyog Sur, Anna Marie Suarez of Cogon, Jhomel A. Marquez of Hanopol Weste and Rosalyn A. Sab of Baucan Sur. 

She said the students underwent a rigorous screening process by the Municipal Scholarship Board, which Mayor Chatto heads. 

The applicants, who must be Balilihan residents in the first place, need to be among the top ten of the graduating class to qualify for the screening, she disclosed. 

Moreover, according to her, the board also determined that scholars must come from families whose annual income do not exceed P60,000.00 or from those who could hardly send their kids to high school. 

“This is a provision that should hit the targeted students, those who have proven they have the brains, but may not have the means to enhance and show off their mental skills and abilities,” she explained. 

Finally, the scholarship can only be good for students entering high school to enroll at the Bohol Island State University (BISU)-Balilihan Campus. 

Applicants earlier under went a qualifying examination set last May 21, and the screening board determined the grantees from among those who made the cut, Maniwang shared. (30)

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