Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bohol to supply CV rice demand 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 8, 2013 (PIA) – For the correct intervention given during the time when farms plants across the province were slowly wilting, Bohol now carries the responsibility of saving the entire Central Visayas (CV) region’s rice demand. 

And while Bohol supplies about 70% of the rice requirement in the region, this year, it will have to save the whole region with its positive rice production sufficiency as other provinces slipped to negative. 

It may be recalled that sometime between July to September of 2012, farmers started seeking Bohol Capitol intervention to break the long dry spell which had threatened to ruin agricultural production here. 

The dry season only brought the usual 138 millimeter rainfall to 6.8 mm, cracking most of the farms and threatening to dry-up irrigation facilities. 

Focused on its mission of supplying the rice requirement for Central Visayas, Bohol farmers and local officials agreed that a cloud seeding operation to induce rainfall and save the farms was in order. 

Governor Edgar Chatto, who stressed that saving then the cropping season from the deleterious effect of the rain deficiency is immediate, immediately sought the Department of Agriculture’s help and through its Bureau of Soils and Water Management conducted sorties for cloud seeding operations. 

The rains, albeit induced came in mid-August, just at the right time when plants have shown signs of distress. 

Had the cloud seeding been delayed by a few days, it would have been disastrous, said Larry Pamugas, who sits as the assistant provincial agriculturist here. 

At the harvest, while some farmers across the region would have to shake their head in despair, Bohol farmers feel differently. 

All over the region, only Bohol posted a positive mark in rice production, Pamugas shared. 

In fact, despite the compromising rain deficit, records from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics in Bohol showed that the yield increased from 231,569 MT in 2011 to 237,836 MT in 2012. 

If you compare yield increment from 2010 (which had 191,000 MT yield) to 2012, it is 24%, and is so far the highest, Pamugas said. 

The annual increase this year translates to a 2.71 percent increase, Pamugas, who also compared the data with other rice producing provinces in the region, points out. 

All other provinces in the region experienced negative changes in average harvests, he said. 

He showed that harvest yield in Cebu is .02 while Negros Oriental had -2.19. 

Worst hit was Siquijor which posted a -14.32 decrease ii yield from 2011. 

Aside from the timely rain-induced intervention, Pamugas also cites other interventions to farmers as the Rice Assistance Program for Institutional Development (RAPID) which puts in good quality seeds, technical support, inputs and fertilizers as well as other hands-on interventions from DA and the National Irrigation Administration. 

He also cited the farmers’ efforts in taking care of their farms and the quick response that was available in terms of pest and diseases control. (30/ed)

Bohol rice yield nets 
3.08 tons a hectare 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 8, 2013 (PIA) – For the first time, average farm yield for palay in Bohol has breached the 3.0 tons per hectare, according to data from the Provincial Agriculture Office here. 

This is already the start of something big, said Larry Pamugas, Bohol’s assistant agriculturist who also noted that Bohol farmers have been averaging 2.4 tons per hectare yield. 

Pamugas also revealed this during an executive meeting at the Governor’s Mansion Friday, one which showed that Bohol has finally breached the 3.08 ton mark, a portend of a golden period for rice industry in Bohol. 

The achievement is in fact so visible in the over-all rice yield for Bohol which has reached 237,836 metric tons this year, Pamugas pointed out. 

This however is still far from average production in other provinces where most of their lands are irrigated and farmers easily adapt to mechanized farming as well as modern technologies and inputs. 

He said the increase is pegged at 2.71% from the previous year’s total of 231,569 MT. 

Records from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics in Bohol showing its palay production bare the following: 2006 (162,697 MT), 2007 (163,441 MT), 2008 (218,701MT), 2009 195,445, and in 2010 (191,174). 

It may be recalled that Bohol has dreamt of becoming the rice basket in Central Visayas, owing to the government’s mega-infrastructure facilities invested in Bohol. 

Three major irrigation dams have contributed to make huge tracts of land in northeastern Bohol available for multiple cropping annually. 

But, agriculture authorities have admitted that so much more is needed to make most of the rainfed and upland areas cultivated for rice produce. 

According to Sergio Cuaco of the crops division at the OPA, Bohol records only 23,680 hectares of irrigated lands, while about 16,787 hectares are rainfed. There are also about 110 hectares here that are upland. 

In the most recent years, local leaders and agriculture officials focused on putting up the right technologies to make farmers get the most of their farms. 

Agricultural Promotion Center manager in Bohol, Engr. Eugene Cahiles has always insisted that the choice of good seeds alone can be a good motivation for farmers to get big paybacks in rice. 

With former agriculture secretary and now Bohol congressman Arthur Yap rolling his sleeves and aggressively engaging farmers to adopt new technologies, proper water management, correct timing in application of farm inputs as well as the option for inbred or the high yielding hybrid varieties, good things started to fall in place. 

According to reports from the office of the congressman, in the dry season’s planting period of 2011-2012, and using 1,300 hectares of pilot areas in Bohol for hybrid rice seeds and the correct technology, they noted dramatic increase in rice production. 

Reports from agriculture authorities also agreed that the use of hybrid seeds can produce an average of 5.4 tons per hectare. 

Cuaco, on the other hand said even by using inbred certified rice seeds in some areas produce the same dramatic results of between 3 to 5 tons per hectare. 

Records for the SL8 hybrid rice pilot tested in Bohol also showed it can yield some 7-11 tons per hectare. 

The difference in harvest can easily be the huge difference in income for farmers, Congressman Yap said once. 

With the present achievement, agriculture authorities here said their next target is to make sure they increase the number of inbred seeds or hybrid adoptors, and provide the timely technical assistance which agri-technicians are now into planning the most efficient way to help. (30/ed) 

Bohol seeks 15,000 runners 
for Red Cross MVR fund run 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 8, 2013 (PIA) –Will Bohol generate the 15,000 runners for the national fund run for the Philippine Red Cross? 

Both Bohol Red Cross Chapter Administrator Nenita Briones and Governor Edgar Chatto has been engaging Boholanos from all walks of life to show support to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) volunteer programs for humanitarian purposes by joining the PRC nationwide Million Volunteer Run (MVR) year 2. 

In December 4, 2011, around 750 Boholano volunteers participated in the MVR year 1, most of them from Trinidad, Garcia Hernandez, Duero and Tagbilaran City. 

This Sunday, Bohol aims to generate 15,000 volunteer runners to contribute to the national target of a million volunteers, Chatto said. 

The PRC is intensifying its program or youth and adult volunteers in its different humanitarian endeavors, Chatto’s letter to government agency heads stated. 

The volunteers, he pointed out, are the country’s humanitarian soldiers responding to every call for help from disaster-hit areas to rescue-necessitating incidents. 

In the PRC’s goal to empower the nation against disaster, developing its youth and adult volunteers is the best way to address the current humanitarian challenges. 

In Bohol, in 2012, the Red Cross trained 6,952 persons from 158 barangays in the province’s 11 towns, data from the local Red Cross reveal. 

Besides, the PRC claim that these volunteers often grow into more useful and responsible citizens of the country. 

The training for these volunteers entails resources however, so the Red Cross response is the MVR. 

Adopting the tagline, “I Choose to Run To Save Lives,” the MVR raises the funds for the noble endeavor especially the PRC youth and its volunteer trainings on disaster management and equipping communities with life-giving skills. 

Volunteer runners register, and at P120.00 for each adult and employee runner aged 25-65, the Red Cross gives him a Membership Identification Card for its Accident Assistance Benefits, one that the runner volunteer can get if, by any bad luck, he meets an accident. 

According to Bohol Red Cross Briones, student runners get discounter registrations at P20.00. (30/hd)

Jagna tops Bohol ‘12 
Nutrition awardees 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 7, 2013 (PIA) –Jagna town nutrition program tops the Provincial search for the best nutrition program of 2012, its second consecutive achievement that could lead it to a citation as among Nutrition Honor Awardees. 

Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla and town nutrition officer Anita Ocmeja excitedly received the plaque and cash award during the Nutrition Awarding ceremonies at the Jjs Seafoods Restaurant February 7. 

Bohol Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team leader Julieta Manliguez said it was a tough fight which Jagna got after besting Bohol’s 43 other town programs evaluated for in this year. 

She also explained that the evaluation was based on a template provided by the National Nutrition Council which also adds up some 5 more points to towns which deserve to get a bonus of 5 points for program innovation. 

Jagna romped with some 101.62 points to top the search, followed by Garcia-Hernandez with 100.45 points. 

Among the top ten municipal nutrition program awardees were Ubay (100.03), San Miguel (99.87), Trinidad (99.82), Alicia (99.62), Corella (98.54), Sikatuna (98.33), Balilihan (97.11) and Candijay (96.24). 

For their victories, Garcia Hernandez Mayor Migueliti Galendez, San Miguel Mayor Claudio Bonior, Trinidad Mayor Roberto Cajes, Corella Mayor Jose Nicanor Tocmo, Sikatuna Mayor Jose Ellorimo and other own representatives of mayors attended the awarding rites. 

Awarding guest of honor, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto hailed the towns for leading Bohol’s best nutrition programs but even challenged them to a bigger performance this year. 

Chatto, who chairs the Provincial nutrition Council pointed out that “recognizing good performance every year allows local nutrition planners to establish a benchmark for their targets to achieve the following year.” 

The governor however reminded everyone present to make sure that the good performance is not because of the award. 

“We are not doing good performance because of the awards, let it be clear that our ultimate goal is zero malnutrition for all of Bohol,” Chatto reminds nutrition action officers, barangay nutrition scholars and local officials cramped in a room at the Jjs Seafoods during the simple ceremonies. 

Also cited during the activity were Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Councils from Bohol’s three districts. 

Barangay Candavid of Maribojoc of Bohol’s First District, Guinobatan of Trinidad town for the Second District and Cayacay of Alicia town also received plaques and awards for their barangay programs. 

For his part, Chatto again committed to this year’s winner more awards in the form of project funds from the provincial government. He then instructed the winners to submit project proposals which are in line with nutrition program, for Capitol to fund them. (30/ed) 

Alicia, Trinidad grab triple 
Treats in ’12 nutri-awards 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 7, 2013 (PIA) –It’s triple celebrations for Trinidad and Alicia towns, as its programs both in the town and barangays get the attention of evaluators rounding Bohol’s best nutrition programs. 

Trinidad was adjudged 5th among ten outstanding town nutrition councils, while Alicia ranked 6th. 

Trinidad’s barangay Guinobatan is outstanding Barangay Nutrition Council for Bohol’s Second District while Alicia’s Barangay Cayacay is Third District’s Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Council. 

Both Alicia and Trinidad earned outstanding Puroks in Nutrition Award. 

Purok 3 of Barangay Kinan-oan in Trinidad and Purok 3 of Poblacion Alicia are among Bohol’s outstanding purok nutrition programs. 

At the awarding rite for the Provincial Nutrition Council’s search for the best nutrition programs at the JJs Seafoods Restaurant, Governor Edgar Chatto, who heads the Provincial Nutrition Council said he is happy Bohol is able to benchmark its performance. 

Putting up the Annual Nutrition Awards allows local governments in Bohol to raise its efforts a notch higher every year to get to its ultimate goal. 

In the presence of barangay nutrition scholars, town nutrition officers and barangay officials, Chatto issued the challenge for them to insatiably seek better performance. 

He however hinted that seeking good performance in nutrition for the awards is not the goal. 

“We are not doing good performance because of the awards, let it be clear that our ultimate goal is zero malnutrition for all of Bohol,” Chatto bared. 

Winning in the top 10 town nutrition councils are Jagna (1), Garcia-Hernandez (2), Ubay (3), San Miguel (4), Corella (7), Sikatuna (8), Balilihan (9) and Candijay (10). 

Winners received plaque, trophy and cash awards. 

To further motivate this year’s winners, Chatto revealed Capitol’s counterpart awards which come in forms of projects as additional paycheck for winning programs. 

Jagna, being on top gets another P100k worth of projects, while Garcia Hernandez and Ubay each earn P50K worth of nutrition related project funds. 

Towns ranked 4th to 10th also get P20K worth of nutrition impacting projects. 

Chatto then instructed winners to pass their own project proposals on projects that impact on your nutrition programs, get councils to pass a resolution approving such, because the Commission on Audit will not honor such without a legislative measure. (30/ed)

Trinidad capacitates 
Its water managers 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 8, 2013 (PIA) Getting P10 million water and sanitation project from the government is already huge challenge. Making sure it sustains its operations is even bigger. 

Faced with this responsibility and making sure it gets the maximum pay-offs for its people, the Local Government Unit of Trinidad town allots three days of leadership and water governance training seminar to its water and sanitation Technical Working Group members. 

The seminar workshop, a prior commitment by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) happened February 4-6, 2013 at the Trinidad Municipal Center, according to town information officer Jojeline Buendia. 

Members and Board of Directors of the 16 Barangay Water Service Associations (BAWASA) as end-users of the LGU-Trinidad implemented presidential priority project called Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat Program (SALINTUBIG) joined the leadership and water management seminar. 

According to Engr. Peolito G. Orioque, municipal engineer and co-facilitator, the seminar is set to enhance the basic leadership skills and capacity building of the members of the BAWASA-Board of Directors. 

In fact, even town administrator and former mayor Judith Del Rosario-Cajes, who was in the seminar reminded that it was Mayor Roberto Cajes’ expectation that participants can become self reliant in managing their respective potable water systems. 

“The ultimate goal is to efficiently maintain the operation of the water systems and assure its project sustainability in the long run,” she said. 

“It has been one of the major concerns of the Administration of Mayor Cajes: to have affordable and safe potable water system in all barangays,” she pointed out. 

She said the SalinTubig is a good way of effectively combating various water related diseases and bringing down the prevailing poverty incidence in town. 

The SalinTubig program is a water for the waterless barangays government priority project implemented by the Department of Health, DILG, National Antipoverty Commission and the beneficiary LGUS. 

While the DOH mainly funds the project, the DILG commits to capacitate local communities to effectively run and operate the system while the NAPC liaises with the project management to the office of the President. 

For Trinidad, the LGU also put in a counterpart fund amounting to P1.16million to evenly implement the project in its 15 barangays, Buendia added. 

Barangays with the existing SALINTUBIG projects are Poblacion, Guinobatan, Tagum Norte, Tagum Sur, Soom, Catoogan, San Vicente, Kinan-oan, Mabuhay Cabiguhan, Sto Tomas, Hinlayagan Ilaya, Bongbong, Banlasan, San Isidro and Kauswagan. 

The town is also processing the proposal to get the project to the remaining four barangays are still waterless, she ended. (30/ed)

Rico’s son Aris continues 
the “Aumentado” legacy 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 5, 2013 (PIA) –Now it can be told. 

Forty days after keeping the family’s silence, Aristotle C. Aumentado Bohol officially comes out to finally substitute his father, the late Congressman Erico Aumentado who died before the campaign period for the 2013 midterm elections. 

“I am here to continue the legacy which my father left: a legacy of honest and selfless service and development,” he told local media members. 

Before Aumentado died December 25 of 2012, he reportedly appointed through his last will, Aristotle to be his substitute. 

Some quarters and political analysts in Bohol also presumed that the wife; Perigrina has a better clout and gets a better probability of keeping grip at the congressman’s followers, than a neophyte son. 

But, according to the rules of substitution as promulgated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), it is the party’s call as to who it would nominate as the substitute. 

Accompanied by a throng of supports and a generous number of vehicles joining the motorcade to the Provincial Comelec Office, Aristotle Aumentado handed the NPC CONA to Bohol Election Supervisor Atty. Eliseo RZB Labaria a little over 10:00 February 4. 

With him was his mother Perigrina, wife Maria Vanessa Cadorna Aumentado and at least 8 mayors from Bohol’s second district. 

Seen during the submission of his substitution bid were mayors of Dagohoy Herminio Relampagos, San Miguel Claudio Bonior, Getafe Carry Boy Camacho, Buenavista Lowell Tirol, Danao Tomas Louis Gonzaga, Bien Unido Rey Niño Boniel, former Talibon Mayor Juanario Item and Ubay Eutiquio Bernales. 

“My candidacy has nothing different from the ways of my father where, in our hearts, genuine service has always been known,” Aumentado read his message during a press conference later. 

“This is the kind of service which eases poverty which is being felt by our people in the second district. This is so because the fight against hunger has always been a big and immeasurable fight,” the young blood said. 

The young Aumentado, who has been the late congressman’s chief of staff at the House of Representatives, also added, with the mayors in the second district, we trust that our common vision of development can be attained because it is rooted in our being true to each other, to our people. 

He also pointed out that one key factor in their victory is true and honest service which is not just a promise, because we are one in this crusade. 

Himself a young entrepreneur who has shares in some three or more businesses, Aumentado admits that over other candidates, his edge is that being a rookie, it allows him to strive harder to be always there to make the team win. 

Other than already working in partnership with his district’s local official, this new politician said he has agreed with their mayors to go hard against illegal drugs which he calls, a menace to the society. (30/gg)

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