Saturday, September 1, 2012

Volunteers get awards 
As Kalahi MT bows out 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 31, 2012 (PIA)—Two individual volunteers and two town partners in implementing its community driven development projects of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) went home with special awards tucked in their belts during the Ceremonial Exit of the Kalahi-Makamasang Tugon (MT) held at the Jjs Seafoods Village August 31. 

This as the World Bank and the Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded Kalahi MT marks its final stages of project implementation of the government’s flagship poverty reduction program in the 12 towns of Bohol and two towns of Siquijor. 

Started in 2003, the project has downloaded funds for local government counter-parting pay-scheme for projects which communities have identified, planned, implemented and monitored to make it a truly Local Government Unit-led community driven development. 

Since then too, Kalahi MT project has empowered people from 729 communities with implemented projects ranging from health, education and agricultural facilities, public infrastructure and have considerably easedthe chances of some 70,000 Boholanos and Siquijodnons to move out of the mires of poverty, according to an audio video presentation during the event. 

For their very pivotal roles in making sure that identified projects funded by the MT and the LGU are implemented properly, volunteers Samuel Aparece of Panghagban Buenavista and Eugenio Lloren of Lundag Pilar each got special DSWD citations in plaques. 

Aparece is DSWD Outstanding Community Volunteer while Lloren is Best performing Indigenous People’s Community Volunteer, announced Maribeth Agbon-Cabalda, DSWD lady of ceremony. 

On the other hand, Trinidad and Talibon towns also got each accolades for their pivotal roles in the speedy implementation of MT projects. 

Trinidad town, under Mayor Roberto Cajes received the Best in Sub-Project implementation among all 14 Kalahi MT beneficiary towns in Bohol and Siquijor, while Talibon, under Mayor Restituto Auxtero received a special award for accommodating the Kalahi MT with a Bohol Project Management Office. 

DSWD Assistant Regional Director Nemia Antipala, in her message during the event challenged the LGUs who have been left with the power to control key development decisions and resource mobilization to hang on tough with the principles of the Kalahi to truly succeed even after the project. 

Aside from empowering communities by opening up their access to development decisions, the program also ensures transparency, accountability and community participation, according to Pilar Mayor Wilson Pajo, Kalahi MT beneficiary town in Bohol’s third district. (30) 

Cops score against 
Crimes in Panglao 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

PANGLAO Bohol, August 28, 2012 (PIA)--Panglao police station recently recovered two stray fire-arms through Opan Kontra Boga, in line with the mandate to recover guns which may end up in the wrong hands,. 

Police Inspector Alexander Somontan, Panglao police station commander said his cops have forwarded to Camp Dagohoy at least two fire-arms on separate occasions. 

The latest was a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver bearing serial numbers 27735 and having two live ammunitions, which they forwarded to the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Sections (FESAGS) for proper disposition. 

According to a spot report dated August 19, at about 1:00 PM, a member of the Barangay intelligence Network of Barangay Doljo (whose name has been withheld to keep the person’s identity) turned over a fire-arm to the local police station authorities. 

The barangay-based agent alleged that he found the fire-arm in a secluded area of a beach resort in the barangay. 

He also said he believed that the weapon was left or probably misplaced by its owner. 

Earlier, Panglao PNP also turned over a US made .38 caliber pistol with serial numbers VR 882608 to FESAGS, after a successful relentless information drive and recovery operations, including positive responses from concerned individuals. 

Inspector Somontan said the Camp Dagohoy Chief, PSSUpt Constantino Barot has directed all police stations to accomplish the recovery of at least one illegal fire-arms in their area of responsibility per month, to lessen the number of stray fire-arms which could be used for illegal activity. 

To this, he said he cascaded the directive to his men hoping to make a score and keep Panglao safe. 

Assuming the local command since May, Somontan has had a few months with the town local peace keepers. 

Scoring also for Oplan Tracker, the PNP operational plan to account wanted persons, Panglao OIC chief Somontan also caused the arrest of Dominic Anthony Balual, of Tangnan, Panglao. 

Police sources said Balual was wanted for acts of lasciviousness and had an arrest warrant issued by Judge Leo Moises Lison of the Branch 3 of the regional Trial Court in Tagbilaran. 

The court also recommended Balual’s bail at P12,000, but he was committed to the Bohol District Jail. 

On Oplan Roulette, or the operational plan for illegal gambling, Panglao Police also scored last August 19 with the confiscation of paying cards and bet money, after three unidentified gamblers eluded arrest when police, on routine patrol chanced upon the trio playing “tong-its” near Lag-itan Purok Center in Doljo. 

Earlier, on August 4, the cops also swooped down on Maximo F. Araña of Bil-isan when the latter was caught red-handed, collecting bets. 

The suspect also yielded 40 sheets of improvised tally sheets, bundles of improvised swertes stubs, computer tip sheet, and P1,100 believed to be bet money. (RAC)

Panglao invests P15M 
Infra in last 2 years 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

In the last two years, Panglao has allocated more than P15 million and is expected to gradually put in more to complete a major facelift in the town’s economic landscape with its priority vertical infrastructure it funded in the last two years. 

The town under Mayor Benedicto Alcala and Evangeline Lazaro has consistently allocated millions annually for the continued work of the town market renovation. 

In 2010, Panglao put in P3 million for the construction of the public market block tiendas, a move supported by the Annual Investment Plan, according to Planning and Development Officer Jovencia Asilo. 

The fund was a part of the P7.9 million priority program development funded out of the accumulated 20% Internal Revenue Allotment fund for 2010, explains Alcala, who has been a leading believer in stirring up local economy by enhancing local trade and industry. 

By 2011, the town investment council again allocated P2 million for the town market construction, its works now on a substantial accomplishment rate. 

The town identified some nine priority projects to be funded by the 20% development fund, the public market still ranking high with 25% of the prioritized allocation getting into it, Alcala, who sits as president in the municipal investment council added. 

Already an established trade center for goods and services catering to the beach communities where tourists converge, Panglao Public Market has finally had its most overdue rehabilitation, an old sore government building in a clearly rapidly altering economic landscape in Bohol. 

While it is not yet certain if the town continues to stash in more funds for the full completion of the town trade center this year, the people who used to occupy the front stalls hope that they could reclaim their places as soon. 

Also in the 2010 budget, Panglao allocated P2 million for the construction of a Multi-purpose Building that would be the hub for the town health services, disaster response action center and fire department base. 

Now a visible building located beside the town hall, the Multi-purpose building has allowed the local government to gain enough working space for its numerous tasks expected of them by its constituents. 

Two other multi-purpose buildings were also funded form the 2011 20% development fund, the mayor adds. 

Barangays Tangnan and Bil-isan have each been apportioned half a mil of funds for such in their respective barangay centers, Asilo shared. 

Another big investment the town engaged into is this year’s P1M Municipal Health Center which now rises beside the Municipal Fire Station. 

Now, work is a-frenzy as Maghuyop Construction puts up the massive posts and beams to support the construction of a health facility aptly called “Tambalanan” that would soon serve the health and medical service requirements of the Panglaoanons, Jairus Fuderanan, a staff at the mayor’s office said during an ocular inspection. 

This year, the town also witnessed the concreting of Cloma Street, a Municipal Road, which the town leaders prioritized not just for its critical role in the enhancing local accessibility. 

It should also be taken as our tribute to a notable Panglaoanon who made it to international history as a respected seafarer. 

For that, the town apportioned P1 million. 

Another P2 million was also spent in last year’s 20% development fund for a concreting of a Public Market Road. 

Two smaller construction projects: a Public Restroom and Shower at Poblacion and a Public Terminal at the Public Market each got P.5 million from 2012 IRA Development funds. 

This year too, the town ventured into a street lighting project that put up town’s main streets like any town blessed with the fruits of its economic activities. 

Panglao had P7.9 M from its IRA share in 2011, a figure that increased to P8.1 million in 2012, according to Asilo. (30/ED)

Panglao puts P1.1M to 
restore old “municipio” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 30, 2012 (PIA) -- Determined to restore the pride and glory of the old municipio that it has abandoned in the 1980s, Panglao hopes that the P1.1 million starting fund would finally relegate its heritage sites a special niche in their children’s memories. 

Restoring the old municipio comes after the government has listed the nearby Panglao old stone watchtower as an important historical treasure. 

Abandoned after both having served glorious past, the two important heritage sites finally attracted attention enough to get governments dipping hands in its pockets to finally salvage a piece of history the present generation of Panglaoanons may not be too keen about. 


With its stone tablets clearly amassing the strength to last the test of time, the building’s wooden plank walls have deteriorated and surrendered to decay brought by drastic changes in the environment. 

Abandoned as a seat of local authorities in 1980s, the building has been bolted but its open windows and crumbling roof support has contributed to the fast deterioration of the inner structures, said culture and arts committee chair of Panglao, Councilor Francisco Montero. 

The building has been the hub of the town’s political activities in the past, and a mile stone jest below one of the old building’s gaping windows prove its importance to Bohol’s distance referencing system. 


Standing as a solitary sentinel rising over the mangroves and coconut groves, stretching its squinting eyes out toward the south, the five-storey Panglao Watch Tower is argued to be the tallest Spanish stone tower in the province if not the country. 

Believed constructed even before the old and ruined Panglao Church, the hexagonal tower could have been erected before 1850, surmises historian Regalado Trota Jose in his essays on watchtowers. 

In local history, Bohol was among the Visayan islands sighted by pirates to loot and find fair slaves from the early 15th to 1700. 

When the Spaniards and missionaries saw the destruction these piratical raids dealt on Bohol and the mission reducciones, they engaged the natives to build towers so they could spy on the coming raids enough to prepare communities to escape or unite and defend the villages. 

Affording guards the full vision of the southern horizon, Panglao watchtower plays a significant role in defending Bohol, local historians claim. 

For its strategic defense role to Bohol, the watchtower was became a part of the country’s historical treasures and allows use of government funds for its restoration and upkeep. 

And just as the National Historical Institute has the watchtower in its keep, the local government also puts in its humble share in perpetuating the value of historic cultural and heritage treasure in its old municipal hall. 

Now allocated with special funds, local officials hope by giving attention to the municipio, they have finally given the tribute to their past leaders who sat in the hall, who drafted the town’s development which they continue now. (RAC)

CSC to test applicants: 
Required fotos please 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 31, 2012 (PIA) –Complying with the personal photo requirements for the Civil Service can be a bit tricky, for the girls most especially. 

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) then advises: when you get to the studio, tell the cameraman you need the picture for the civil service, many of them know what to do. 

Complying the photo requirement for the CSC is made more complicated, to make sure that nobody gets to stand in for one person in the examinations, sources at the CSC said. 

To guard against possible misrepresentation, the CSC has made it a policy that all the standard requirement is “official passport sized pictures” in the examination application forms. 

CSC Bohol Provincial Director Elizabeth Mateo, at the Kapihan sa PIA said that the face in the photos should be properly tagged, and the face should occupy about 80% of the whole picture. 

By properly tagged, Director Mateo means the person photographed holds a name card, with a signature that matches the valid identification card the applicant hands for confirmation of the application. 

Mateo, who is the new CSC Bohol head also said the person in the photograph must not wear glasses, and women with long hair must make sure their ears show. 

To this, CSC information Officer Liezl de Rosario explained that eyeglasses and hiding ones ears sometimes alter a person’s true image. 

“We just would want to make sure that the one who is taking the application is indeed the one in the picture,” del Rosario added. 

The CSC brings to Bohol on October 21 this year, its career service examinations, one that is usually conducted in Cebu. 

Boholanos who take their examinations in Cebu tend to spend more for boat fares, accommodations and lodging, this sometimes affects their focus during exam days. 

With that, Director Mateo urged Boholanos never to let this opportunity pass, just as the CSC is already accepting applications until September 6. 

According to the CSC, those interested can get an application form available at the CSC Office near the TO in Tagbiaran or download the form from

Accomplished forms should be submitted before Sept. 6 at the CSC Office, along with four passport sized, clearly tagged pictures and a valid identification card. 

By valid identification, the CSC means a card with the holder’s picture, date of birth and signature of the issuing authority. (30/hd)

Karomata Fest: street dance 
Festival unlike anything else 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 31, 2012 (PIA) –Amid the rising trend of “street-dancing festivals” with nothing but cheap imitations of choreography and music from older and visibly more successful mother festivals, Trinidad comes out with the bold move. 

Already maturing enough to decide to go for the authentic, Trinidad, under Mayor Roberto Cajes has since adopted the Karomata festival, which was conceptualized in 2007 under then chief executive Judith Cajes. 

By bringing in fresh steps into its Karomata Festival, Trinidad can be taking the right direction following Loboc’s Bolibongkingking, Catigbian’s Katigbawan and other few meaning festivals whose originality in its steps and dance routines can be traced in their local history. 

At the Karomata Festival, a highlight of the town’s 65th Foundation Days Anniversary celebrated every August 30-September 1, street-dancers from five high school contingents in the town depict more of the mimes in a barter trade, one that led to the conceptualization of the festival, shared Aniceto Petarco, festival coordinator. 

Participating dance contingents in the street-dancing competition include Kinaoan High School (Tribu Sinangay), Tagum Sur National High School (Tribu Alili), Hinlayagan National High School (Tribu Tugbang), Kauswagan National high School (Tribu Tikang) and Saint Isidore Academy (Tribu Hangyo). 

Petarco said in their research, the learned that their town Trinidad used to be an informal settlement of migrants located along the river. These migrants, he said were into trading their main products: buri fabrics, raw material for nets, keep people from getting bitten by mosquitoes, which accordingly abound in the area. 

The buri fabric was known as Cabizon, thus the name was also used to refer to the place, an article at the town website showed. 

When the Spanish friars arrived and established themselves in the area, Cabizon was renamed Ipil, in reference to the giant Ipil trees abundant along the riverbanks, it added. 

With Ubay and interior parts of Talibon into cattle ranching, Ipil became a convenient trop-over and trading center engaged mostly in barter. 

People from the islands barter with produce from the highlands and traders from as far as Jagna and Guindulman get to Ipil on carabao drawn carts (karomata), carrying their produce. 

The long journey force the traders to equip their karomatas with roofs and provisions for sleeping and cooking while they hit the trails, Petarco said. 

These two: barter movements and the karomata provide the spine for a festival from which most choreographies are inspired, also said Jojeline Buendia, festival committee vice chair and town information officer. 

Known Boholano festival director and festival dance critic, Lutgardo abad earlier uttered a mouthful over the propensity to copy the Sinulog steps in the newly emerging festivals. 

In Trinidad however, Petarco assured that with their festival in for a formal registration and recognition from proper authorities, they have prepared for the eventual coming up of the issue. 

On the other hand, Trinidad town administrator Judith Cajes hopes that the festival becomes a new source of pride among the young in the town. 

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