Sunday, July 15, 2012

Army tags “terrorist” 
rebels in NGCP blast 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 13, 2012 (PIA) –Rousing its favorite trick to sow fear among the people it vows to defend, four members of the rebel movement have been under close military intelligence monitoring for their alleged role in the terroristic bombing of a power tower in San Miguel Bohol, June 24. 

Major Josue Coberte of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines shared this information at the Regional Peace and Order Council Meeting which convened Thursday at the Bohol Tropics Resort, here. 

The development came, twenty days after that fateful early morning of June 24 when a huge blast awakened residents of sitio Caseyay, barangay Camanaga, San Miguel town. 

The bombing was the second terrorist incident involving power transmission towers in less than a year. 

Succeeding crime scene investigations revealed that perpetrators used a sizable amount of improvised explosive device enough to buckle the leg of a newly erected National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) tower no. 60. 

While crime scene investigators scouring the area declined to comment as to the identity or motives of the suspects in the bombing absent any official statements after the atrocity, rumors of a rebel terrorist hit was passed along intelligence circles and even reaching NGCP officials. 

Major Coberte shared that intelligence reports gathered as early as March said a key official of the contracting company erecting the NGCP towers received phone calls of a man who claims to be a negotiator of the Communist party of the Philippines New People’s Army National Democratic Front (CNN). 

The same intelligence reports said the caller allegedly demanded revolutionary taxes over areas where the power transmission lines pass. 

The Centcom officer also shared that military intelligence operatives have gathered reports of ammonium nitrates and blasting caps being shipped from Talisay Cebu to Tintinan Island in Ubay last June 6. 

A popular fertilizer, ammonium nitrate is also a key ingredient for bombs and explosives. The shipment was allegedly intended to blast NGCP towers and the Inabanga-Danao dam construction. 

These were then later transferred to Mabini and San Miguel towns. 

Military intelligence agents also gathered that an undetermined number of fire-arms arrived in Clarin from Negros Oriental, but was immediately split and shipped to Catigbian and San Miguel towns, when those shipping it got spooked. 

Sugbohol Task Force Commander Colonel Allan Martin admitted that while Cebu and Bohol were declared insurgency free, there were very strong moves from the CNN to reestablish the movement. 

On the development of the bombing, more patrols have been intensified in vital installations while more intelligence operatives have been fielded to identify the culprits, according to Colonel Martin. 

On his part, Bohol governor Edgar Chatto said he has directed barangay leaders where these towers are located to make moves to have these installations secured from any more acts of terrorism.

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BFDPI calls PWDS here 
To come out, organize 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 13, 2012 (PIA) – Blind, Mateo Quilas should have a valid reason for just staying put. 

But his incapacity to see is not keeping this man from “seeking” other differently-abled people in Bohol knowing that it is only in binding themselves as one can they be unstoppable. 

Fired with the passion to seek out all dis-abled persons to get them their deserved services, Quilas, who heads the Bohol Federation of Dis-abled persons Incorporated (BFDPI) has been organizing town chapters wanted to form a network of local workers and come up with a detailed database of the province’s dis-abled sector. 

“Forming the database makes it easy for us to identify programs to help these people like me get the proper interventions to be gainfully employed in the future,” Quilas said at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR. 

Born with a physical disadvantage that impedes them from competitively grabbing work opportunities, differently-abled persons adopt negative outlooks in life that complicates their productive capacity. 

Guesting the radio forum on air, Quilas along with a therapist at the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center came to announce the annual celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which runs from July 17 to 23. 

Taking time to explain the celebration’s theme “Mainstreaming persons with disabilities in Economic Development, Quilas said his group has been into giving skills trainings that allow the PWD gain the necessary skills to work for his sustenance. 

The blind but active PWD advocate shared that they have couple members who have successfully sent their kids to college, using their earnings as blind masseurs. 

At BFDPI, we train our members basic skills that assure them of additional income so their families would stop treating them as a burden in the family, Quilas said. 

The trainings, which are also fitted according to the capacity of the member include body massage, beautician courses, furniture making and small electronic gadgets repair. 

He also cited laws which provide for the benefits of persons with disabilities including education, work training and even assuring them of work after successfully getting the trainings. 

For this, Quilas called on Boholano PWDs and their families to have them listed in the database to facilitate program assistance. 

And to centralize al their advocacies in Bohol, Quilas said they have successfully established the Provincial Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office as a main hub for all sector-related activities here. 

Set for launching on Thursday, July 17, the center is located beside the OPSWD along Tamblot Street. (30)

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MSME national conference 
Slated July 19-20 in Cebu 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 12, 2012 (PIA)—Cognizant of the critical role of the micro, small medium enterprises in the country’s over-all development, the government brings together the country’s national and provincial entrepreneurs to the first Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Council’s National Conference on July 19-20, 2012 in Cebu City, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

The activity forms as a follow through of the regional MSMED Council Congress, and seeks to mainstream and cause greater awareness program of the SMED crucial role as well as generate commitment and action from the government and the Administration’s Big Push Policy for MSME development, adds DTI’s Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BMSMED). 

Being the secretariat for the National MSMED Council, BMSMED has partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit Private Sector Promotion Program (GIZ PSP) jointly organizes the first MSMED Councils National Conference. 

It also sets up the rare venue for the government to present the highlights of the DTI and GIZ PSP Program and its contribution to MSME development while it clarifies the functional mandates of the Provincial MSMED Councils (PSMEDCs). 

Moreover, it shall be an ideal setting for sharing and learning of good practices and exemplar initiatives as well as create and reinforce networks toward mutually beneficial partnerships, the DTI said. 

Activities lined up for the conference include presentation of good practices such as the use of the GIZ Capacity WORKS management model and others exemplifying the delivery of the MSMEDC functions. 

Up for presentations are policy formulation, program advocacy, program coordination and integration. 

The National conference will also be a showcase of value chain and local regional economic development (LRED) approaches adapted in the implementation of the MSME Development Plan, says DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte. 

To be similarly tackled are exemplary initiatives of MSMEs on development global themes that include gender, climate change, migration and corporate social responsibility, according to the Boholano DTI regional director. 

The event will be made more meaningful with the collection of all Provincial MSMED Councils policy, program, activity and project (PPAP) proposals that require the attention of national government agencies which the National MSMED Council will endorse to appropriate agencies. 

“Knowledge products” such as collaterals on the PPAPs that were introduced and implemented by the Provincial MSMED Councils will likewise be placed on exhibit as a side event during the Conference, the DTI shared. (30)

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Assault at Dagohoy Hill… 
Danao’s elite cops “seize” 
Dagohoy Hill from army 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 11, 2012 (PIA) –What the Spaniards failed to do in decades, Danao’s elite police took in a little over an hour. 

Dagohoy Hill, the famous bastion where Francisco Dagohoy put up gallant stand against pursuing Spanish soldiers finally fell into the hands of assaulting police team of Danao’s elite led by PInspector Norman Nuez. 

At the Danao Revolutions “Assault in Dagohoy Hill” Paintball challenge, Danao’s elite team’s strategy and knowledge of the terrain was a pointed advantage against the defending Baucan-based Army Special Forces (SF) Team led by Captain Elmer Namocat. 

Enjoying a vantage point, a trail ideal for ambush and steep almost-impenetrable cliffs, which afforded the “insurrectos” the perfect cover then, the home-team Danao police had so “mapped the terrain” in barangay Magtangtang to add up to the stakes in their advantage. 

Earlier, the SF defenders massacred a teen-team of the Victoriano David Tirol Advanced Learning Center who also attempted to assault the hill bastion in classic swarming move which proved fatal to the well entrenched army snipers. 

Rain soaked police team maintained a file formation and then broke into flanking defense to advance and pin down SF snipers ensconced in classic ambush position near useful decoys which had the police cop taking as bait. 

Suited in their battle combat attire, police and army SF defenders shot it out, after the SF snipers initially took out the police scout and his buddy positioned a good five meters behind the fallen compatriot. 

“The strategy of sacrificing the scout gave them their positions,” Inspector Nuez said meaning the snipers holding the police assault team at bay for quite a time. 

After successfully pinning down the army snipers for a good half an hour, the police crept through the army defense which slowly broke as soon as the SF defenders run out of paintball ammunition. 

According to the game umpire, the perfect tactical position of the SF defenders allowed them only 8 “bullets” against the police’s unlimited ammunition supply. 

Only when the police defenders successfully reached the crown of Dagohoy Hill did the umpire “bend” the rules to equalize the game as both opposing teams where clearly on even grounds now. 

Captain Namocat was finally tagged, but not without putting up a gallant stand, picking out five of the seven men police team, during the goodwill paintball match. 

Assault in Dagohoy Hill was just one of the four major activities put up by the Danao Adventure Park in time for the town’s Foundation Anniversary July 7-9, 2012, said Danao Mayor Thomas Louis Gonzaga. 

Other than the assault, the signature activities at the Extreme adventure park include a Duathlon, Mad Scramble, and Misty River Music Festival with alternative icons Joey Ayala and Lolita Carbon. (30)

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Trinidad tops CV Kalahi CIDSS 
MCC projects completion rate 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 11, 2012 (PIA) – Trinidad Bohol carves a new record for speedy implementation of government projects when it garnered a 99.46% rating in its community driven development projects under the government’s social payment program. 

Mayor Roberto Cajes, who had a long credit of political accomplishments under his name, broke the news to the wild applause of Trinidadnons attending their Flag Raising ceremony Monday, July 9. 

The mayor, who also heads the League of municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Bohol Chapter quoted Christopher Pasco, a financial analyst of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Cebu Regional Field Office. 

According to Pasco, with the ongoing developments in implementation of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services Millennium Challenge Corporation (Kalahi CIDSS MCC) Trinidad is currently leading the 14 areas in Region 7 in terms of project completion even before the due date. 

Pasco, the mayor said hinted that the feat could even put Trinidad on top of all the 14 areas in the region. 

Kalahi CIDSS MCC granted funds for projects simultaneously implemented in Bohol’s 12 towns and Siquijor’s two towns. 

Towns which benefited from the Kalahi CIDSS MCC include Pilar, Carmen, Mabini, Ubay, Bien Unido, Trinidad, San Miguel, Talibon, Jetafe, Buenavista, Danao and Carlos P. Garcia (Pitogo). 

In Siquijor, the government also funds projects implemented in Enrique Villanueva, and Siquijor, Siquijor. 

Program stakeholders including Jose Gener Torregosa, DSWD Region VII Municipal Monitor said the success of the project implementation in Trinidad which beat time is because everybody worked and complemented each other. 

Mayor Cajes did not allow politics to get in the way, he sees no political affiliations among people and he bridged political gaps to help people in the barangays, he shared. 

An area coordinator in the town also pointed the same. 

Diego Medina, Kalahi CIDSS MCC Area Coordinator said if people agree to set aside politics, success is assured. 

This is what made things happen in Trinidad under Mayor Cajes. He and the administration supports the empowerment of barangays, never allowing politics to get in the way of service, Medina adds. (30)

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Cong. Yap hints rice mills 
technology revamp in D3 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 13, 2012 (PIA) –Getting to the heart of the issue on good quality rice but not getting its premium price, Congressman Arthur Yap shared a plan to revamp milling facilities in Bohol’s biggest rice producing district. 

No less than the former agriculture secretary and now representing Bohol’s third Congressional District who broke the news about the program that could mean a “make or break” for his district’s strategic command in quality rice productivity. 

In a media interaction July 10, Yap, who realized his people would rather have him with them in his district than be holed in Manila making legislation, has been actively immersing himself with his communities to learn of their development priorities. 

In his engagements, he makes it a point to convince farmers to “make the big switch to hybrid rice,” and see the difference. 

The congressman led the launching of a hybridization program in Lila town this week. 

Already dangling the prospect of increased harvest with simply the switch, he also hinted that increased harvests must be converted to more income. 

He noted however that rice mills scattered all over the district use old technology that even with a good quality harvest, milling in old mills churn out low quality broken rice. 

“We want to get people into seeing that their good quality rice could command a premium price when it is milled right,” he shared to media during his press conference. 

On this, the representative hinted his possible help to revolutionize milling in his district. 

Asserting that new technology can bring to increase income prospects for farmers, Yap said the government has already placed a P150 million rice processing complex, which can be a good head-start. 

Yap strongly advocated for the establishment of the integrated rice-processing complex in Pilar town, in his stint as agriculture secretary. 

Erected amidst the vast rice fields of the district, the Pilar integrated post harvest facility would only be operationally viable if farmers make the most out of their farms, Yap said. 

Already provided with Bohol’s biggest irrigation facility, Yap’s district also owns Malinao Dam, which was conceptualized to dramatically increase harvest by making year-round cropping possible. 

Himself personally engaging farmers to get into hybridization, the representative has also dangled packages for the farmers’ adoption of certified and hybrid rice seeds. 

Hybridization puts up an additional 160 bags per hectare, he said, propping up the argument with data on Bohol’s pilot farms, which have surpassed the country’s average yields. (30) 

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