Sunday, August 19, 2012

DOST gives rapya world-class brand 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, August 18, 2012 (PIA) –Hand woven raffia has since been a product that could not reach soaring heights like most of Bohol’s traditional and marketable crafts, a fact that marketing experts account to a poor market packaging. 

“It’s quite a pity that a product that incorporates the long tale of traditions, industry, artistry and ingenuity of the Boholanos, could not get the right price it should command,” lamented Vina Antopina, information officer at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here. 

Raffia, a natural fiber obtained from “buri” palm, has been one of Bohol’s leading showcases of its hand woven industry, humbly emerging from a home based industry into firm-level production which has provided income and employment opportunities to the Boholanos. 

Raffia fiber is stripped from dried young buri palm leaves, some dyed, others in their natural colors and woven by hand or modern looms. 

Crafted with the skill and artistry of the weaver, a raffia roll is highly adaptable, durable and artistic, the Bohol raffia has breached out of its home-based loom industry to Bohol’s leading highly demanded green product, said Department of Trade and Industry trade and industry development specialist. 

What is just a pity is that; with all the time, toil and creativity incorporated in the weave, a raffia roll still could command a better price, Antopina said. 

It’s sad that raffia; a clearly pro-environment product when sold, is wrapped in ordinary paper or plastic, that demeans its being a highly demanded green raw material for bags, fashion accessories and home accent, she said. 

With the DOST, a technical assistance for a country branding for the raffia focused on its packaging, said Engr. Marcial Tanggaan, during a chance interview. 

Tanggaan, Bohol DOST head, believed that giving the raffia its right packaging and branding is just appropriate for a product that is very close to the heart of the Boholanos. 

Considering the toil, artistry and skill that is interwoven in the product, the product should keep a niche as one of Bohol’s best, Antopina said. 

Now, the Bohol raffia carries the Rapya brand, a neat packaging of sepia and the shades of brown, a market package that elevates the product into among those elaborately showing the excellence, hardwork and the world-class craftsmanship that gets the raffia among the lasting prides of Bohol and the Philippines. (30)

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PIA brings school paper 
Trng to Batuan Colleges 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, August 18, 2012 (PIA) – Thinking out of the box and bringing services closer to the people, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Bohol expands its Leadership Enhancement Training Seminar (LETS) Workshops to the Midland Gazette and Education students of Batuan Colleges Inc (BCI). 

Around 79 students, professors and school organ advisers completed the two-day course held at the Balay sa Humay, in Batuan town, which include basic feature, news writing, copy-reading and editing, photojournalism, basic lay-out and school paper organization, sources at the PIA said. 

The PIA offers School Paper Production Training (SPPT) as part of its LETS Workshops, a service incorporated in its training modules to enhance he leadership skills of students and out of school youth. 

We envisioned a student run-school paper that also advertises the kind of training we have n our school, one that also spreads a venue for our students to spread their literary creativity, said Chona Digamon, school registrar and school paper consultant. 

Skills trainings like this are important to our students to supplement the learning of our students, make them enhance their skills and hopefully make this as jump-off point towards a career in writing, according to Liwayway Tumanda, school paper adviser. 

The school based skills training is a program that allows students to master on their skills and possibly use them to better participate in community endeavors, PIA Bohol said. 

There is also a module in Cebuano, English or Filipino, PIA said, given free to organizations willing to venture into the news production industry, PIA added. 

Education department dean Nemesio Calacat hailed the training activity, saying that the content is allows students to learn, not only for school, but also for a career that may be good for a prolific career as a writer and local paper contributor. 

Now we know how to take artistic photos, shared Danilo Orog, BCI’s Midland Gazette’s editor in chief. 

The SPP training includes a basic photography and photojournalism using the analog and digital cameras as well as techniques in making shots for publication. 

Other than school paper production training, PIA also offers leadership training skills of youth on parliamentary procedures, organizational handling and arts workshops, believing that arts is an expression that allows the person to actualize his feelings and potentials. 

PIA LETS Workshops are available at the PIA in Bohol, LMP Building, K of C Drive in Tagbilaran City. Forinformation and details, email PIA Bohol at www.piabohol171@yahoo.com. (30/hd)

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Waterworks, peace and health… 
Dauis invests to keep apace, 
Ride on tourism bandwagon 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

DAUIS, Bohol, August 17, 2012 – With one eye fixed on keeping at pace with the quick unraveling or eco-cultural tourism potential, Dauis leaders under Mayor Jaime Jimenez makes sure the town steps on the right foot to keep up and cash on the very first opportunity. 

Asked for the top three programs his administration could well be credited, Mayor Jimenez said waterworks, peace and order and health and social services. 

The three runs parallel to Bohol’s visions and the town smartly complements by using its resources to run in support of the provincial dream. 

WATERWORKS REVAMPED 

A town that truly buffers the spilling over tourists from Panglao beaches, Dauis sees that getting their water services better enhances their chances of luring investments that support the vision of maintaining the strong image of a town with its people fully relishing from the sweet fruits of tourism. 

And putting its money where its mouth is, the town has spent more than P16 million to make sure that it can expand its water services not just to its remote sitios but to the bigger tourism investor who sees the beaches here comparable to the best in Panglao. 

In an interview a day before the town opens its first Foundations days after 292 years, Mayor Jaime Jimenez agreed that they can not just wait for the city water utility service provider to tap the town’s houses with potable water, in their own time. 

It is part of our pledge of service, adds a town legislator who confessed that making the SB do the necessary enabling support for the move came with very little snitches. 

“There has been admittedly lack of water supply for the town and of the very meager that we have, we rested when a city water utility provider got into our town,” the mayor said. 

When it was clear that Dauis was only an extended service for the water provider, we decided to look back at our older water pumping units and crafted a plan for its rehabilitation, said the legislator who wished to be incognito, fearing that his statements may be read as another political ploy to build up image on the incoming elections. 

In its second revision of Dauis annual investment plan (AIP), the documents showed that maintenance and operational expenses for the town waterworks, in its revamp stage plus professional service fees amounted to little over P10 million. 

The document, signed by Planning and Development Officer Ma. Mercedes Salinas and Budget Officer Samuel Penales, also showed that the town spent a little bit over P5 million for a lot and the eventual construction of a water reservoir, P120,00 more for the rehabilitation of the riser pipe and installation of service dropwires at pumping units 6 and 7 at Sitio Baliw, Biking. 

The town also spent for the provision of a power house for pumping units 3, 6 and 7 in Catarman and installed submersible pump and power house at Sambag Gamay, Dao. 

It also bankrolled for the revamp and relocation of main distribution lines from Union Poblacion to Mariveles and the secondary distribution lines from Catarman to Biking to a total of nearly P246,000, as to the revised Annual Investment Plan (AIP). 

To make sure they have sustainable water supply drawn from its pumping units, Dauis also bought 3 units 5 HP 3-phase submersible pumps and electrical motor for the Catarman water sources, 1 unit 3 HP single-phase submersible and electric motor and 1 more unit 3 HP single phase booster pump for Sition Baliw, Biking. 

The town bought 4 chlorinator units from April to June this year. 

Another waterworks development is Dauis latest venture, this time in Bingag where a drilling and installation of a 3 HP submersible pump has cots the town P150,000. 

PEACE AND ORDER 

True to a town that hopes to lure more and more investors as well as tourists, Dauis local government leaders think keeping peace and order in town helps a lot. 

But known to be a town largely influenced by city spill-overs, criminals come to Dauis to cool off and from this, local leaders realized they could insulate the town from criminals elements by forcing them to behave while in town. 

Set in Panglao island and connected to the city by two land bridges, Dauis can easily isolate criminals by strategically putting up criminal choke points at the land bridges. 

In its latest attempt to keep crimes low and criminals away from town, Dauis established two police outposts at entrance and exit points for the town, Mayor Jimenez shared. 

We have also purchased some 20 units of licensed handheld radios for our anti-crime and disaster communication and mobilization support, including the installation of fixed wireless networks and closed circuit cameras with sensors to help us identify criminals and pounce on them, according to the mayor. 

And to skip from the troubles caused by criminals disguised as scrap buyers, the mayor said the town has a workable ordinance that bans the conduct of the business of scrap here. 

A visible street lighting project that eliminates all dark places in the towns main thoroughfares is starting and the town has made sure it contributes to the goal. 

Of course, we would want the town to be a perfect place for tourists and we just have to make sure it happens so that they could come, the mayor said. 

HEALTH, SANITATON AND SOCIAL SERVICES 

Banking on its human capital and capitalizing on its location as its close proximity to Tagbilaran, Dauis has the utmost potential for the best workers. 

And to assure that things are according to plan, the town has opened up a past vision and worked on it to make sure that our people are served with utmost care and medical attention. 

The town put up some P300,000 for first aid and medical service including the provision of medicines and drugs, allocated some P5.2 million for medical service delivery, professional fees, P1.3 million for social services delivery and some P45,000 social enhancement of children, PWDs and senior citizens. 

For the war veterans, Dauis spent 20,000 and paid some P194,000 in honoraria for its Barangay health Workers, records would prove. 

The town also enrolled indigent constituents with its P.8 million Philhealth sa Masa. 

Recently, the town also hired consultants and special technical services, including nurses to increase its health service record a notch higher. 

With a ll these provided, the mayor urged his people to look back at the past in this rare opportunity and make sure this opens up the wellsprings of creativity and make a bright future for the town. (30)

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Feature… 
Date palms show the 
“Mariveles” of Dauis 

FROM the warm deserts of the middle east and the Arabian Peninsula, a plant has been carried to distant trading outposts, perhaps to be grown and constantly remind Arab travelers of home. 

Date palms, sturdy and drought resistant plants have been sources of desert food by travelers who stop by oases liberally sprinkled along the desert trade routes, and its fruits carried by sea traders to far-out trading centers along with the merchandise the middle east have been known. 

Endemic to the warm climates, date palms, owing to their sturdy nature have also been seen planted in trading centers where Mohammedans actively conduct business. 

In Dauis, where form as early as 1272, Bornean datus established a trading outpost here at the Dapitan, Chinese, Moluccans and possibly Arabs have established trade relations, probably bringing with them the fine craft of gold and silversmithing, local historians have openly presumed. 

Other than the age-old tradition of gold and silver jewelry crafts still existent in the shops of the Bunachitas, Claretes and the distant pawnshops owned by Dauis craftsmen, two centuries old date palms are the mute witnesses to the by-gone days when Dauis prominently figured out in the worlds trade routes. 

The two date palms, standing like guards by the bay, welcome the sailors who may have come from afar, beckon the weary seamen traders that they are welcome here. 

Planted too far out from the deserts of Arabia, these two palms, adorning the church plaza must have tickled the sensibilities of the adventurous Spaniards and frayles who never thought the palm could be surviving in a place like Dauis. 

The marvelous character of the palm could have pushed the Spaniards to call the plant maravillosa. 

Corrupted to mariveles, the characterizing date palms, probably the most imposing of all vegetation near the area is also used to name the place long time ago. 

To commemorate the presence of these two imposing palms, a new place now slowly emerging as a must see social venue, aptly called Terraza de Mariveles is now a stone throw away from the palms within the Dauis church complex. 

Established as a fitting reminder of a past so memorable, the Terraza de Mariveles is an al fresco venue, with the gigantic shades of the centuries old acacia putting everyone under her warm embrace. 

Both the acacia and the “mariveles” palms connect the pueblo de Dauis to a past, which even dates back more than 292 years ago. (RAC)

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