Saturday, August 11, 2012


Ubi production course 
now available online 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 9 2012 (PIA) –Boholanos, and even non-Boholanos who have seen the commercial viability of ubi industry has finally a place to go and get the proper technology. 

This as ubi production is now available in an online course developed by Boholano ubi growers and experts. 

The course “yummy yam: Online Ubi Production” Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Region 7 developed course as the government expands its agricultural extension services in the web. 

The course is also incorporated in a website that unifies agriculture, fisheries and natural resources sectors extension services and technology sharing through a course that offer skills supportive of the country’s agricultural productivity dream. 

Farmers and even non farmers can avail of electronic delivery of services online courses that offer certificates for graduates, said Merrian Piquero-Soliva, information officer of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI). 

The service is not new however, she said as she explained that it had been going on since 1997 and the government has, since then seen the crucial support this electronic service has given. 

Yummy yam and other agri-technology courses is available at www.e-extension.gov.ph and is in response to Department Order No. 3, s of 2007 which designates the ATI as lead agency for the provision of e-extension services in collaboration with other bureaus, agencies and institutional units under the DA, explains Soliva at the recent Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. 

Such is to unify, integrate and harmonize information communication technology based extension delivery system for agri-fisheries and resources, she added. 

This is to help agricultural extension service providers like agricultural technicians, non-government organizations and just individual farmers who feel they need to open up more options for farm and technology improvement to augment incomes, according to her. 

Now running with 27 courses offered “at-your-own-pace and at-any-place, the online courses can be completed on a average of three months but one can breeze through it. 

Courses at the user-friendly e-extension site include traditional feeding management alternatives, banana production, integrated pest management, pig production, straw mushroom production, jackfruit production, agri-extensions, abaca pest management, abaca cultural management, slaughter goat enterprise. 

Goat feeding, managing diseases in banana, IPM for banana, growing durian, citrus, yam, community organizing, agri-marketing extension, corn, artificial insemination, high value crops for green houses, organic fertilizer for sustainable agriculture, Arabica, vandal and vermin-composting. 

For more information, one can also call ATI 7 based in Cabawan District at 0917-321-8524, Soliva said. (30/ed)

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Jagna launches a 
local alert system 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 10, 2012 (PIA) – If there is anything worth telling about the disastrous whirlwind that tore across villages in Jagna town July 27, it was the help that patched the community’s brokenness, and the resolve to get better prepared, said a disaster council member of the town.  

It may be recalled that a whirlwind which originated from the upland barangays of coastal town Jagna on that fateful day bounced off communities leaving a trail of wreckage, 88 families (not houses as earlier reported) affected and an estimated P1.8M in damages to property. 

Engr. Araneta, Jagna Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council representative said that while the town buckled in the wreckage, the twister has bonded communities to help each other stand again. 

While the effort to help each other stand again was there, the local disaster team pushed to launch the Jagna Alert System (JAS). 

JAS is an internet based alert system that has links with the major world weather watch centers and climate monitors. This triggers a localized early warning system so that people can better be forewarned of any incoming disaster, Engr. Araneta said. 

Lodged at the Office of the Municipal Engineer, JAS makes available to the people real time information of upcoming disasters by texts on mobile phones and online internet communications. 

A town with a barangay also at the risk of landslides, Jagna has developed a warning system that lets people move out of the landslide danger zones especially during long rains which compromise the stability of the soil in Mayana, Araneta shared. 

As to the whirlwind packing little rain, post damage assessment revealed that two houses were a total wreck, motorized and paddle bancas were destroyed but no one was injured, he said. 

It was providential it happened at daytime, rescue and relief coordination was fast, he said citing Jagna Emergency Medical Rescue Unit and TaRSIER 117 immediately on rescue operations on site. 

Coming at a time when majority of the local officials were gathered at the town gymnasium to culminate the Nutrition Month activities, Araneta said everyone rushed to nearby Bunga Mar, Can-opaw, Cantagay and Ipil to bringing ropes, bolos and any help they can to evacuate the affected families. 

He said 42 families were affected in Bunga Mar, 43 in Can-opaw, 2 in Cantagay and 1 in Ipil. 

Immediately after the disaster, well meaning Jagna-anons and concerned Boholanos including Red Cross, Rotarians, donated construction materials, helped neighbors rebuild their houses while relief poured in. (30/cc)

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Cops demand marksmanship 
as camp firing range opens 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 10, 2012 (PIA) – Bohol police who could not make it as marksmen would be marked men. 

Bohol police assistant regional director for operations PSSupt Louie Oppus and Police Provincial director Constantino Barot bared this warning to policemen during the inauguration of the new Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) firing range at the back of Camp Dagohoy Friday, August 10. 

Speaking for Police Regional Director Marcelo Garbo who was in Manila, Oppus said the new firing range provides no more excuses for policemen in Bohol to fail marksmanship. 

This new facility is intended to improve your skills in fire-arms handling and proficiency as the police hierarchy envisions all PNP personnel to have been trained in fire-arms proficiency by the end of the year, adds PSSupt Barot, in his message to police station commanders, gun club members and key police officers. 

While he urged local police to use the new facility to better serve and protect the Boholanos and the province in general, he also said not getting as marksman has no excuses. 

“There is now no reason, why you can not do it”, PSSupt Oppus said, as he added that the police organization has provided each provincial and city police offices reloading machines to assure sufficient supply of ammunitions for range practice. 

He chided policemen who, upon a police test failed police marksmanship, saying that the new firing range would help police attain at least the marksman category. 

He also shared that the police organizations has programmed that each police office will have been issued a Glock 9mm service pistol by the end of the year. 

Police must get accustomed to his weapon, know when to shoot, where to hide and how to take care of your shots, he beamed. 

He said police must strive to abide by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), which puts up the shooters’ categories as novice, marksmen, sharpshooter, expert and masters. 

At the ceremonies, Pssupt Barot led the ceremonial firing and was joined by police officers, gun club members, government officials and anti-crime supporters. (30/sjp)

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2 cops lead Bohol awardees 
At 111th PNP anniv. rites 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 10, 2012 (PIA) – Two local cops lead Bohol awardees during the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) 111th Police Anniversary Celebration this Monday at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City, according to police senior superintendent Louie Oppus. 

Oppus, who sits as chairman of the awards and promotion committee of the regional PNP revealed the news Friday during the blessing of the new Bohol Provincial Police Office in Camp Dagohoy, Tagbilaran City Friday. 

Danao town chief, Police Inspector Norman L. Nuez and Senior Police Officer IV Geronimo C. Conarco of the Bohol Provincial Police Office in Camp Dagohoy lead the local awardees in the regional event which will have Police Deputy Director General Rommel Heredia as guest of honor and speaker. 

PInspector Nuez of the Danao Police Station is this year’s LEAD PNP awardee the region while SPO4 Conarco is the region’s best Senior Police Non Commissioned Officer (PNCO). 

Among the awardees are Bohol Provincial Public Safety Company led by PInspector Nicomedes Olaivar, as the Best Provincial Public Safety Company in the region, Danao Municipal Police Station as the best municipal station, while Governor Edgar Chatto receives a plaque of appreciation for its significant contribution to the attainment of PNP goals. 

It may be recalled that the PNP celebrates its anniversary August 8, when the Philippine Constabulary, forerunner of the PNP was established in 1901. On the same date in 1975, the Integrated National Police was founded, according to Camp Dagohoy sources. 

Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office is the region’s best PPO while Cebu City Police Office is the best city police office in the region. 

Cebu City Public Safety Company (PSC) is the best city PSC while Talisay City Police Station is the best component city police station. 

Other awardees include PSupt Rodofo Albotra Jr (CCPO) as the best senior police commissioned officer (PCO) for operations, PSinspector Maria Teresa Macatangay (RID) as the best Junior PCO. 

Best Junior PNCO is PO3 Reynaldo Solante (CPPO), Best Non Uniformed Personnel (NUP) on the non supervisory level is Catherine de Gracia (RPHRDD) and special awardees are PO2 Elrich Jourdin Catacutan (CCPO), PO1 Roy Ceniza (CCPO) and PO1 Ernesto Silva Jr. 

Also receiving plaques aside from Bohol are Negros Oriental PLGU, City Governments of Lapulapu, Mandaue, Share a Child Foundation, Legal Alternative for Women Inc., Children’s Legal Bureau Inc., Cebi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and PAGCOR Cebu.

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San Miguel success proves 
good governance is capital 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

SAN MIGUEL, Bohol. August 6, 2012 (PIA) – San Miguel town farmers record an increase in harvests from an average of 2.8 tons to 3.29 tons of rice harvest per hectare, a success they credit to a monitoring program that also increased social accountability of the local government. 

The harvest difference also propped a theory advanced by Ateneo school of Government (ASoG) that good and responsible governance can generate good things and resources for the local government. 

ASoG, which partnered with San Miguel town in a social accountability program using a template called Government Watch (G-Watch) put up a monitoring system on government programs and projects especially in rice production in an effort to advance LGU service delivery and squeeze more harvests for their farmers. 

In a town where even government employees still till a portion of and for rice, San Miguel mayor Claudio Bonior said they decided to put up a monitoring and evaluation on the government rice subsidy program, one that he said, never had any follow up activities to monitor its success. 

ASoG’s Joy Aceron, program director of G-Watch, said San Miguel’s experience is enough proof that increasing social accountability of governments is a potential tool which local government units can capitalize to engage other funding sources to help them. 

“We came to prove that good governance practice and encouraging people participation can generate resources for LGUS,” she said during the public presentation of the Bayanihan Undertaking for those Living in Healthy and Organized Neighborhood (BULHON) sa Panguma August 6, 2012 at the San Miguel Cultural Center. 

BULHON sa Panguma is a service delivery and government interventions monitoring and evaluation tool which tracks government and private sector interventions to see how these impacted to the goal of poverty alleviation, explains San Miguel municipal agricultural officer (MAO) Felix Lucip. 

ASoG partnered with San Miguel and organized local volunteers to monitor a national government program on the Plant Now Pay Later scheme, said Mayor Claudio Bonior. 

“Implemented two years ago, the Bulhon sa Panguma sent volunteers to San Miguel farms to check if indeed farmer beneficiaries really used the seed subsidies, used the correct farm inputs and the proper technologies to increase harvests,” the mayor who took the Agri-Pinoy Award in 2011 added. 

Aside from sending monitors to the farms, the program also delved into research and knowledge management, capacity building, trainings, information and communications, resource mobilization as well as utilization to integrate community transformation, Aceron also shared. 

More than the increased harvests, San Miguel picked Agri Pinoy award last year, one that fattened their agricultural revolution program by a cool million pesos more, Mayor Bonior said. (30)

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