Sunday, December 23, 2012

89 “new” police arrive 
For Bohol assignment 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol December 21, 2012 (PIA)—A download of 89 police officers from the Central Visayas police regional office arrives here in Bohol in time when peace and order is at its most vulnerable: the holiday season. 

The new police officers: men and women who will soon be assigned to complement town stations are temporarily stationed at Camp Dagohoy pending unit briefings, according to PSSupt Constantino Barot last Thursday. 

These new police officers would be briefed of all the duties and responsibilities of all allied offices in the Camp, perhaps giving them an idea of where their current capacities would be most beneficial to the force, Barot revealed to media during a Camp activity early this week. 

Since the Philippine National Police implemented a minimum of 21 personnel assigned in a police station, some stations in Bohol have seen better operations. 

Some police desk officers however said even 21 is barely enough. 

In a small town for example, the 21 men could go on shifts to efficiently run the station without any interruption. 

For stations with three duty shifts, that means there would only be 7 police men on duty on a given time of day, informers shared. 

The problem is even compounded when there are police officers who were in their mandatory retirement ages, of some were granted their sought after transfer of assignments for personal reasons. 

In Bohol, where one town has 67 barangays, how far will seven go in a day to effectively cover its area of responsibility? asks Loon town Mayor Lloyd Lopez, who has openly asked the police organization to field in more men. 

But Colonel Barot also explained that new police assignments are dependent on the provincial share of the national government’s recruitment program for the year. 

Some of the arriving 89 new policemen would be assigned to the towns to fill in the towns that lack police officers, according to PSuperintendent Jovito Atanacio. 

The rest would be assigned for duty at allied services at the Camp, according to Barot. 

And since police stations also need intelligence officers to be truly effective in their crime-busting, Camp Dagohoy presented to the media some 50 new graduates for three day Police Intelligence Officer course. 

44 police non commissioned officers and five police officers were among the graduates who received completion certificates at the Camp Dagohoy Conference Hall and witnessed by Camp officials. 

The new trainees would be tested in their newfound crafts as assistant intelligence officers manning the desks in towns, according to PSSupt. Barot. (30/sjp)

Bohol vies for “Pamana 
ng Lahi” national award 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol December 21, 2012 (PIA)—By winning the regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, Bohol is now hoping for a double feat, one which may not be long, as the final national competition winners would be announced before the new year. 

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Information Officer Jose Jeffrey Bernasor bared this at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, which was aired live over DyTR, Thursday. 

Bernasor shared that Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto received the regional award publicly acknowledging Bohol’s a-one performance in governance last week, during a DiLG gathering in Cebu. 

He explained that the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi is a total award conferred to provinces, cities and towns which have shown exemplary performance in governance primarily based on the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS). 

The LGPMS is a performance rating based on Local Government Unit’s (LGU) Administrative, Social, Economic and Environmental Governance, reiterates Maria Reina Quilas DILG Bohol’s LGPMS focal person. 

To be pushed for the awards, an LGU must be a recipient of the DiLG Seal of Good Housekeeping, an accolade from an international awards giving body or has earned a national award for recognition as well as one which has implemented innovation in governance. 

For Bohol, it was an easy step into the national competition. 

With an LGPMS rating of almost 5 when the awards only seek a 4.0 minimum rating in the regional and 4.31 in the national competitions, Bohol has also pocketed consecutive Seal of Good Housekeeping recognition for the DILG meritorious silver awardee. 

Bohol has also been a recipient of countless national recognition: Best Governed Province, Kaakbay Award by Tesda and a Galing Pook Awardee for its Rabies Prevention and Elimination program, to name a few. 

With Bohol barging into the national finals, DILG’s Maria Reina Quilas also said that it would be a tough fight for Bohol. 

According to her, Bohol’s bid would be in for a tough contention with award winning provinces who have also been regional winners in the country. 

Bohol would be pitted against 11 other regional winners including equally multi-awarded provinces like Albay, she named. 

DILG sources however said that a national assessment committee has visited Bohol in October to validate Bohol’s achievements, Bernasor said. 

It is now in the hands of national evaluators, and when a new Gawad Pamana ng Lahi begins a new cycle in January, the national awarding could be not any farther, Bernasor said. (30/gg)

Bohol cops seal fire-arms 
To prevent holiday firing 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 20, 2012 (PIA) –Acting on reports that about 18 individuals were hurt by celebratory gunfire in the Philippines in 2012, Bohol Police said they would not allow a similar thing to happen here. 

Police Senior Superintendent Constantino Barot led his men, Camp Dagohoy officers and organic staff issued with fire arms in a ceremonial muzzle taping December 19 to assure the public that police are concerned for the Boholanos safety especially during the holidays. 

PSSupt. Barot engaged the private sector, specifically civilian gun owners in a partnership in vigilance against celebratory gunfire in a bid to make Boholanos safe from stray bullets and accidental firing during the holidays. 

On that, police had their service fire-arms taped and sealed from December 19 to January 3, if only to make sure these firearms are not illegally discharged for the holidays. 

Colonel Barot presented his previously un-loaded .45 caliber pistol side-arm to retired police inspector Alfredo Cubero, president of the Loay-based Regatta Gun Club for taping, as members of the media and other gun-club officers witnessed the ceremony. 

The Philippine Information Agency and Tagbilaran City Gun Club President Samson Sia put their initials on the tape, which will be put up for broken seal or tampering inspection come January 3. 

After him, both gun presidents sealed and initialed the side-arms issued to all Camp Dagohoy officers and organic personnel in line with the national policy to prevent abuse and celebratory firing during the season. 

In a ceremony during a formation at the Bohol Police Office Parade Grounds, also sealed for the holidays were service fire-arms of another 89 new police officers from the regional office, downloaded to Bohol, for further assignment in the town stations. 

At this, Camp Dagohoy sources said the same thing is happening al over town stations where government issued fire-arms are temporarily sidelined, if only to keep them from being abused during the holidays. 

Moreover, Bohol police authorities are also issuing reminders to holiday revelers in Bohol to be safe in handling firecrackers and other pyrotechnics for the holidays. 

According to the Department of Health, some 454 Filipinos suffered from firecracker related injuries last year. 

Over this, Camp Dagohoy said if it can be done, use other safe noisemakers and not firecrackers, which has victimized children. (30/sjp)

Bohol can’t get lax 
On rabies program 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 18, 2012, (PIA)—Having sniffed its way to collar the country’s most innovative award in anti-rabies program, “getting complacent is the last thing on our list,” says Bohol Rabies Prevention and Elimination Program action officer. 

Now fast becoming a benchmarking destination for its successful implementation of the national law on rabies rabies prevention and elimination, Bohol is also basking in the local government limelight, after it earned the national Galing Pook recognition for innovative programs in 2011. 

But Bohol rabies program action officer and Provincial veterinarian Maria Stella D. Lapiz feared a setback in the campaign when people thought that being a rabies free province is already the end of it all. 

Bohol’s anti rabies campaign started when health officials were alarmed at the right cases of rabies in Bohol, one that can not be tolerated in a tourism island. 

Brandishing a multi-pronged approach at taming the problem, Bohol rabies prevention and elimination council members rolled on their sleeves to popularize a program that does not just vaccinate dogs, it also looks into dog population control, community-based solutions to social mobilization and empowering communities to unite against the problem. 

With the Provincial Government tucking counterpart funds for the project, the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) sought and found international donors who showed interest in a trailblazing effort against a social menace. 

After years of continuous program implementation, Bohol scored consecutive zero human and animal rabies cases following years of high dog vaccination accomplishment, neutering and spaying as well as proactive practices of bringing the anti-rabies information in schools. 

This feat also led Bohol to the Gawad Galing Pook award for innovation in public health, a feat which BRPEC officials and Governor Edgar Chatto along with local officials claimed a huge milestone in rabies program. 

At the awarding in Malacanang, no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III praised Bohol for such initiative. 

But, a year after receiving the award, Bohol rabies officials suspect a possible recurrence of the threat when cases of human and animal rabies cases were noted in Tagbilaran and Panglao. 

Authorities are now looking into laboratory findings to validate the claims of rabies return. 

While at that, Dr. Lapiz said Boholanos should not rest for now. 

We have just become a benchmarking site for local governments who also grope with their programs, back-sliding would be too bad for us, she pointed out.

Boholano Rice soon 
available in markets 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 15, 2012 (PIA)—A new brand bearing the Boholano Rice would soon be available in the markets, this as a multi-million farmers’ post production facility starts its commercial operation serving local rice farmers December 10. 

The new rice brand finally breaking into the commercial market circuits which can truly be called the Boholano Rice, comes out from a state of the art milling facility in a one-hectare rice processing complex in Pilar Bohol. 

Coming out in transparent cellophane packs and plastic sacks, the new rice brand can be pearly white of the standard red rice popular among Boholanos. 

By this too, former agriculture secretary and now Bohol second district congressman Arthur C. Yap meant that Bohol farmers would now be saving huge post harvest loses attendant to poor post harvest facilities and technologies then. 

Agriculture officials unite in saying that about 15% of the country’s total rice production is lost due to poor post harvest facilities. 

“We insisted in pushing for the rice processing facility in Bohol, finding it feasible,” he shared. 

He also highlighted that “65% of the region’s total production (Central Visayas) comes from Bohol. 

The congressman, who, in his stint as agriculture secretary, has aggressively pushed for the country to bank on the 60th diplomatic anniversary for the two country’s bilateral alliance to ask South Korea to bring in to the country its rice processing program. 

“South Korea has had a fantastic agri-processing program,” now Congressman Yap told the thick audience attending the inauguration of the P206 million state-of-the-art Philippines-South Korea Rice Processing Complex in Pilar, Bohol. 

The Pilar RPC forms part of the Department of Agriculture advocacy of putting up modern RPCs in strategic locations across the country’s top rice producing provinces. 

Agriculture officials also said that the Pilar RPC followed the modern rice processing facilities in Baler, Aurora; Pototan Ilo-ilo and Santa Barbara in Pangasinan. 

Another state of the art rice processing facility rises in Davao del Sur early next year, agriculture officials said. 

With a milling capacity of three tons per hour, the facility would be a huge help in perking up production, the solon pointed out. 

“Now, farmers can sell their rice as rice, not as palay,” he said. (30/ed)

Cops note 77 less crimes 
This year over last year 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 15, 2012 (PIA) – November 2012 finds 77 less crimes in Bohol compared top the same period last year, a record that reflects the continuing downslide of crimes this year. 

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting at the Mansion December 13, Bohol Police chief Senior Superintendent Constantino Barot showed that crimes in last three months before December of 2011 were 231 (September), 244 (October) and 222. 

The figures drastically slid to lower levels when police noted that in 2012, Bohol enjoyed a continuing downtrend with 178 (September), 172 (October) and 145 in November, Barot’s presentation to council members showed. 

Reported at a time when Boholanos did not take lightly the notorious crimes including a grenade lobbing and a broad daylight slay of a city barangay chair, all in the last three months in Bohol, Barot took on the defensive and said significant crimes are reported but if we see the real big picture, we can see how really peaceful we are. 

Of the crimes reported in November, theft still comprised the highest index crime committed at 37.39% of the crime pie all over Bohol. 

Following theft is robbery, which owned another 26.27% of the crime pie for the month. Physical injuries ranked third among the top crimes in Bohol occupying 16.17% of the pie in November 2012, police records showed. 

Over all of Bohol, the police provincial director said the total crime clearance efficiency (CCE), a new system used by the police in determining crime case disposition, is pegged at 54%, a fact which Barot said is already low. 

This, according to Camp Dagohoy chief is 10% lower than the CCE of the previous month. He however immediately doused the police accomplishment down-dragger by saying that the 54% CCE this month is still high, when compared to the 39% efficiency rating in 2011. 

He also explained that CCE is pegged as a crime considered cleared as soon as a crime suspect has been identified, nabbed and appropriate case is filed, but the victim and suspect arrived at a settlement. 

This is different from the formerly used Crime Solution Efficiency when police get the credit after a suspect is identified, apprehended and corresponding cases have been filed in court. (30/sjp) 

DTI fears a surge of helmet 
Validation as deadline nears 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 15, 2012 (PIA)—Do not wait for the deadline. 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) authorities who noticed a rising trend in motorcyclists seeking standard helmet validation in the past weeks fear a sudden surge of sticker seeking motorcyclists lining up at the local office may be a huge inconvenience. 

This too as the days for helmet validation are slowly ticking off and only very few motorists have successfully acquired standard helmet validation through stickers even as January 2013 nears, according to DTI consumer division chief Jose Hibaya. 

DTI, the agency tasked by the law to validate standard helmets acquired prior to the effectivity of the law, has validated only a little more than 5,000 crash helmets, Hibaya bared at Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. 

In Bohol, observers estimate that the main bulk of motorcycle helmet owners would converge at the same time at the DTI for validation on the last remaining days before the deadline, December 31. 

According to Republic Act 10054, all motorcycle riders, including drivers and back riders, are required to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets at all times while driving, whether long or short drives, in any type of road and highway. 

Standard protective motorcycle helmets are appropriate types of helmets for motorcycle riders that comply with the specifications issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

At this, motorists who obtained their crash helmets prior to the effectivity of the law are given time to have their helmets validated by the DTI, to see if these crash helmets comply with the standards of product safety. 

But after a suspension of the implementation of the law, which should have been applicable since August 1, the DTI has issued very few stickers compared to a huge number of registered motorcycles in Bohol. 

Now, those who wish to beat the deadline and have helmet validation only have 8 more days before they would have to risk wearing substandard helmets and get flagged down on roadside inspections. 

December 24, 25 and 31 have been declared holidays in the country. 

The Land Transportation Office, the agency tasked to implement the road safety measure would be starting to randomly flag down of motorcyclists not wearing standard helmets beginning January 1. 

Any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet will be punished with a fine of P1,500.00 for the first offense, P3,000.00 for the second offense, P5,000.00 for the third offense, and P10,000.00 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses, according to the helmet law. 

After a suspension in the implementation of Republic Act 10054 in August, DTI believes the law would finally be implemented January 1, 2013. 

Hibaya said the DTI has been called for an inter-agency task group meeting on the last week of December, to discuss and coordinate the measures relative to the strict implementation of the motorcycle helmet law by January 1. (30/sjp)

Opt for ICC bearing lights, 
Always read labels – DTI 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 15, 2012 (PIA)—Christmas lights embellish many household lawns to spread the Christmas cheer, but how safe are these? 

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, as long as these are products that pass through the country’s standards bureau and are used properly, there is less chance of getting accidents. 

Still hounded by past news about fires caused by substandard Christmas series lights and improper installation, the government stresses consumer protection against products flooding the market which apparently skirt around government standards tests. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, DTI’s Jose Hibaya reminds: always read the labels when buying electrical products. 

And seek out the proper marks that tell that the products pass through products’ standards, he advised. 

Hibaya explained that for electrical products should bear the Product Standards (PS) marks of the DTI Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) for imported steady or blinking electrical products like Christmas lights. 

He also revealed there has not been any local manufacturer of Christmas lights which the DTI-BPS has given the PS mark. 

He could not also say if there were pending applications for such or there were simply none. What he is certain is that consumers should look for the ICC marks on the imported Christmas lights products sold here. 

The ICC marks, he hinted, should assure the consumer that the products are safe, as they pass through the safety standards set by the country’s premier standards testing bureau. 

He also said standard Christmas lights have bulbs that do not easily break, the lines used do not break easily and the plug prongs are sturdy. 

Beyond that, checking the ICC marks should be an assurance. 

The ICC marks are those silver logos placed in the product’s packaging. 

Along with the ICC marks, he also pointed out that products are labeled in compliance with the law. 

Some Christmas lights are set for indoor use, others can be used outdoors, he said. 

Christmas lights specified for indoors should not be installed outside, where they are exposed to sun and rain, which could make the product deteriorate rapidly, he warns.

Boholana chanter at NTF ‘12 
Among theater inspirations 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 15, 2012, (PIA) – A young teacher cast of Bohol’s official entry to the 4th National Theater Festival (NTF) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines brings glory to Bohol theater networks when she was hailed among the best featured musical actress and stars in the theater circuit in 2012. 

At the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Bravo, Best of the Theater 2012 Awards, singer chanter Geraldine Pancho, who is now teaching in Legazpi City was cited among the honorable mentions for Honorable Mentions Best Featured Actress in Musicals, 2012. 

The young Boholana from Maribojoc performed chilling chants for Bohol 1700: Duha ka Alimpo sa Habagat, the province’s official entry to the 2012 NTF. 

For her feat she now sits with Cherie Gil (“Nine”); Cris Villonco (“Jekyll and Hyde”); Aiza Seguerra (“Rock of Ages”); Angelina Kanapi and Mae Paner (“Stageshow”); Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Carla Guevara-Laforteza (“Nine”); Apple Chiu (“The King and I”) and Sheila Francisco (“Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle, The Musical”) 

Pancho, who also does the chilling historical narratives through chanting in the play Tawag sa Bantayan, has been cited as among the more brilliant hopes for the theater scene in the country that has slowly been unceremoniously sidled out of the way for the silver screen. 

This year’s NTF tackled issues on the evident dwindling of stage play patrons. 

Reasons quoted were the often that students, who may have been forced to patronize plays as supplementary learning, were out on vacations at the time of the staging, the perceived in-suitability of the material to audiences which results in the narrowing of the possible breadth of creative interpretations by play creative teams and still several inane reasons, bared Rody Vera of the Inquirer. 

But despite the beak scenario and the raging issues in the theater circuits which the NTF attempted to take, the new works which came from regional theater companies during the festival were glints of hope. 

Vera called these new exciting works ones which should ignite inspiring energy among theater workers as he has been inspired by the new works. 

“Ironically, it is in this bleak perspective that I gather the inspiring energy to do more for the theater I so love. We are compelled to take the optimistic, some say quixotic, stance, for not to do so would be to cease creating, he wrote. 

For Pancho’s feat too, Lutgardo Labad, Bohol theater networks artistic director said [Pancho] and other theater awardees make theater networks proud. (30/hd) 

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