Saturday, October 6, 2012

Parole office seeks volunteer 
Aides for its probation prog 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 4, 2012 (PIA)—Believing in the innate goodness of man and his capability to straighten his ways given the chance, government authorities now ask well-meaning civic-minded individuals to help. 

Help comes in helping a clearly undermanned Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) monitor individuals who may have slipped and committed crimes but have been granted probation, explained Raquelito Rollan, Bohol PPO chief. 

Probation is a sentence whereby the convict is released from confinement but is still under court supervision, and instead of a prison term, he is released to family members on conditions specified by the probation officer, according to Rollan. 

But, he added, probation officers needed to supervise clients are getting more and more occupied, saying the in Central Visayas alone, there are already 4,500 clients needing monitoring. 

Probation officers work with socially handicapped offenders, supervising those who are serving non-custodial sentences. They conduct offender risk assessments to protect the public, and ensure offenders' awareness of the impact of their crime on their victims and the public, adds PPA officer in charge Georgette Paderanga, during a visit at the Philippine Information Agency. 

It is also the task of probation officers to manage and enforce the court ordered conditions which involve the offender doing activities such as unpaid work, attendance to programs aimed at changing offenders' attitudes and behavior and alcohol or drug rehabilitation, she explained. 

Because of this task, probation officers regularly interact with offenders, their victims, police and with local authorities, social services, and a wide field of voluntary sector partners. 

All of these, to make sure that the offender under probation can get back to the social mainstreams, probation being a less costly alternative to imprisonment to first time offenders who are most likely to respond to individualized community based treatment programs. 

But the acute problem of few probation officers push to the surface the critical need to complement it with Volunteer Probation Aides (VPA), OIC Paderanga said. 

VPA is a strategy wherein the PPA can get maximum community help where good standing citizens can volunteer to assist probation officers in supervising clients and design along with PPA programs that bring about community healing and facilitated mainstreaming of the probationer in the future, she added. 

It’s more like a big-brother / big sister in the community whom the probationer can run to in times of problems or crisis, Rollan describes the VPA. 

Persons of legal age, in good health, financially stable and willing to supervise a client are what PPA needs in the volunteer program. 

The help can also come in being resource individuals for values formation seminars, livelihood skills trainings and client assessments, on a voluntary basis. The Department of Justice, which also exercises supervision of the PPA approves the VPAs and issues the appointment papers for such task, Rollan concludes. (30/hd)

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Gov’t agencies commit to 
Sustain LED in PaDayon 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 4, 2012 (PIA) – At least 10 government agencies have filled in commitments for the tourism and the environment’s local economic development (LED) for Panglao, Dauis and Baclayon (PaDaYon) town members of the Bohol Marine Triangle. 

In its recent meeting at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Conference Hall, the agencies, which are members of the Provincial Economic Transformation Team (PETT) for tourism pitched in individual commitments to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnership in the area, increase responsible tourism based enterprises in the area, establish market supply links between food and non food industries in promoting PaDayon BMT as sustainable prime-eco-cultural tourism destination. 

The inter-agency PETT for tourism is set up to plan and implement the vision of transforming Panglao, Dauis and Baclayon into sustainable prime eco-cultural tourism destination while making sure this tourism feeds its people, according to Louisella Lucino, Local Government Support Program’s LED secretariat head. 

Bannering itself as the flagship tourism destination cluster in Bohol, PaDayon also shares the common sea that forms a triangle with Baclayon’s Pamilacan Island, Balicasag and Panglao mainland. 

Also known as the Bohol Marine Triangle, these seas teem with marine resource and are now threatened by unsustainable tourism and commercial practices. 

The establishment of clear market supply links between food and non-food industries in the area has been cited as a potential entry point for intervention where empowered communities can work to make tourism industry in the area very relevant to their daily living and thus push them to engage in sustainable practices, PETT members say. 

On strengthening multi-stakeholder partnership, PETT member and Department of Trade and Industry commits resource on Business Processing and Licensing Sytems E-TRACs, Local Investments and Incentives Code, Blair Panong shared. 

On the other hand, Bohol Investment Promotions Center assists PaDayon investors in small business advisories and Business One stop Shop as well as social coverage for employees and sharing of Bohol MSME data, according to Flora May Aberia. 

On increasing responsible tourism establishments in the area, Bohol Island State University commits to hold a Training Needs Assessment on PaDayon project to identify entry points for assistance, said Dr. Ernesto Rulida. 

Philippine information Agency on the other hand shares its Livelihood Enhancement Training Seminar workshops for tourism stakeholders, technical assistance on communication dissemination and tourism, culture and heritage mapping with Bohol Tourism Office. 

BISU and TESDA on the other hand offer skills trainings on bartending, table setting and related skills while the local labor department conducts skills registry system and jobs fairs, John Paul Nistal offered. 

Department of Agriculture Agricultural Promotions Center and Agricultural Training Institute also commit to develop the capacity of fishers and farmers as eco-tourism suppliers in the area with trainings and product development while DOLE said it can even work out for its assistance in integrated Livelihood Program. 

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) also commits to provide livelihood inputs on fish cages, seaweeds, aquasilvi and oyster cultures as alternative food products, Rommel Malinao shared. 

In making PaDayon BMT a sustainable eco-cultural tourism destination, government agencies at the PETT agree that strong information education and communication plan needs to be put in place and a marketing support be afforded. 

For this, everybody committed to partner with LGSP-LED and local government units to attain the desired transformation. (30/ED) 

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Catigbian opens aqua, kids 
Park complement to DATE 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol October 4, 2012 (PIA)—Tracing a development plan that complements its tourism image as a wholesome family fun and adventure destination, Catigbian town opens Friday its new ace on the sleeves. 

Bet ‘n Choy, is a children’s themed and water park situated within a 10-hectare private property of the Salinas family. 

It is some 700 meters from the highway, and the park is Catigbian’s latest attraction addition, bolstering its claim as a wholesome family destination. 

Catigbian first opened up Dagook Adventure Tourism Experience (DATE) Park as a family destination with extreme activities and rides ideal for kids and adults alike. But the hour-long activity needs a complement that keeps tourists’ interest at its peak here, said Ardissa Estavilla, municipal tourism officer. 

The park, is Catigbi-an’s answer. 

Located a stone throw away from the town police station, the children’s park features a children’s playground with world class amenities including twin twisting tunnel slides emanating from laddered towers, children’s mazes and obstacles that promise to pre-occupy every energetic child’s idea of play. 

This side of the park also features see-saws, swings and animal rides in an enclosure laid with rubber mats to assure safety, says a female park attendant on its launching September 28. 

A few meters from the children’s playground is a massive water park that topbills two level swimming pools, a towering platform from where two gigantic snake water slides, and open swan slide provide a thrilling experience of conveniently wet sliding and then dropping into the pool cool pool. 

The pools get its water from a nearby spring uncovered by a long generation of Salinases who have since owned the rolling acres of and where the park sits, according to Mayor Roberto Salinas. 

An estimated ten-feet manmade waterfall drapes a curtain of cascades from the tower into the pool while another water fountain sprouts from the top of a mushroom shed set in the middle of the upper pool. 

It exudes an ambiance of exhilarating activity, bustling colors, and pure fun in a park tucked deep in the serene hills of town, said a tourist during park opening day. 

It’s a scene plucked straight from some urban theme park and placed in a remote area in town that makes it a very unique park for fun and adventure, admits a Manila-based tourist who was in during the launching rites. 

Developed in a natural crevice fed by age-old springs of the town, the park springs also feed water into about 8 ponds where tourists and picnickers can fish tilapia and other endemic fishes, for a pay. 

In the inaugural message, park developers Catigbian’s Salinas family represented by Mayor Salinas said they envisioned a unique park that would allow their town’s people to experience the feel of a sub-urban park while keeping the town’s plan of aligning its development to the “family” theme. 

Now with a children’s themed water park and playground, Mayor Roberto Salinas hopes this new addition to its DATE park brings in more tourists for the town, which has been using the money it earned from its investment to bankroll its development priorities. (30/ed)

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Boholanos walk to realize 
Poor kids’ college dreams 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 4, 2012 (PIA)—By the time you are reading this, donations from concerned individuals and establishments have slowly fattened the pool fund for young financially-challenged Boholanos whose college education have remained as dreams. 

This as thousands of socio-civic organizations, academe and government employees rose ahead most of us and joined the Alay Lakad 2012, the annual walk for a cause activity that pools money to fund the college education of out-of-school youth and deserving students whose finances are a bit too in the rough. 

Last year, the walk for a cause raised P309,722.40 and this was used as intended, according to last year’s organizers who are also setting up this year’s activity. 

In its annual “airathon” activity, the organizing committee led by Gibyrlu Lumayag, through City Information officer Fiel Angelie A. Gabin reported that they have generated cash and commitments from we meaning business establishments and government offices, as well as private individuals, but admits there are still collectibles as well as donations expected during the walk. 

This morning, three groups simultaneously assembled in three locations starting 4:00 AM to 4:45: Booy Elementary School, Bohol Wisdom School and Mansasa Seaside Chapel and walked from these locations towards the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex, where a program was held. 

The groups, composed of walking delegations, drum, bugle, lyre corps or school bands walked off at about 5:00 AM towards the CPG complex. 

Organizers said Group I was led by Bohol Island State University and marched off from Booy Elementary School with more than a hundred individual organizations, government agencies, councils and socio civic groups. 

Group two also marched from Bohol Wisdom School with University of Bohol leading the walk and followed by 150 groups, organizations and establishments who sent in their workers to join the solidarity walk. 

Group 3 walked from Mansasa Seaside Chapel lad by Holy Name university and some 50 government offices, 52 schools and organizations and some 30 establishments. 

Awarded during the program were last year’s biggest contributors; top ten donors led by Department of Education City Division with P13,665.50, Bohol Island State University P13,586.25, Englewood Hospital and Bohol Bankers Association with P5,000 donations. 

Also awarded were BOHECO 1 (P4,000), DepEd Bohol (P3,650), Holy Name University (P3,289), PetroBest Petron Service Center (P3,000), Philippine Mining and Sinter Corporation Bohol Limestone Corporation (P3,000) and the Governor’s Office (P3,000). (30/HD)

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