Saturday, April 6, 2013

SEAFDEC fishery experts 
Laud Calape R&D facility 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 5, 2013 (PIA) –Around 80 delegates from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) breezed through Bohol Friday and visited a key aquaculture facility in Calape, as efforts for aquaculture food sufficiency in the region spreads here. 

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Assistant regional Director Allan Poquita explained that the representatives from Asean member countries are in the Philippines for the 45th South East Asian Fisheries Development Council (SEAFDEC) meeting, which was held at the Radisson Blu in Cebu. 

While in the meeting, members also decided to visit sites which are supportive of the SEAFDEC’s mandates to conduct research, develop technologies, disseminate information, and train people in the farming of fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, and seaweeds for food, livelihood, equity, and sustainable development. 

Members shared that they are now interested in knowing how regions respond to the challenges in climate change and the food sufficiency especially in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. 

Two Bohol areas have been identified but due to time constraints, the team only took the Calape Fishery Complex. 

This site also happens to be called Central Visayas Multi-Species Hatchery and Demonstration Center (CVMSHDC) in Bentig Calape Bohol. 

Formerly called Central Visayas Regional Fisheries Research and Development Center, from the earlier Bohol Brackish water Demonstration Fish Farm, the brackish water fishponds has been BFAR’s field operating facility conducting research on marine water fisheries. 

Considered one of the BFAR facilities in the region, the CVMSHDC conducted research and development for BFAR while its mandates spread to conducting applied aquaculture research and development for both technology generation and technology verification. 

Now engaged in the research and development of milkfish, siganid, grouper, vanamei shrimps, and seaweeds, the facility also conducts research and development services in milkfish agribusiness project and test cultures for Gracilaria in brackish water Ponds. 

Gracilaria forms as feeds for abalone, which is also produced at the facility. 

The facility focuses on fingerling and marketable size production which it distributes to commercial fish farmers owning fish pens, fish ponds and fish cage operators or government aquaculture projects, academe, fisherfolks, people’s organizations and private sector groups, BFAR’s Poquita said. 

Asean members of the council were amazed at the local initiatives in making sure there is sufficient supply of fingerlings and broodstocks which are needed in fish pens, cages and fish ponds. 

Poquita said Bohol facility inside a 37 hectare compound produces an average of 10 million annual fingerlings and brood stocks in the brackish water ponds some half a kilometer from the highway. (30/ed)

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Bohol to mold local HR 
Monitoring teams here 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 06 2013 (PIA) – Three teams from the Bohol Provincial Peace and Order Council would soon spread out and organize local monitoring teams for possible human rights (HR) abuses in the on-going “conflict” between troops from the government and the communist insurgents. 

The move form the next steps as the PPOC members complete a two-day refresher course of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the conduct of Fact Finding Missions (FFMs) last week. 

It may be recalled that it was the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed component the New Peoples’ Army with the National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) arrived at several agreements in the conduct of the ongoing war to advance the rebels’ political beliefs and the government’s pursuit of peace. 

One of the agreements arrived at was the CARHRILHL, and the agreements gave birth to the JMC to check on alleged violations committed by either agreeing parties. 

In Bohol, the JMC assigned its powers to the PPOC Local Monitoring Board (LMB) who assumed the JMC’s tasks while the committee could not be physically present during FFMs here. 

In the event of complaints against abuses committed by either of the members of the state and non-state actors, the LMB can also assign part of its authority to LMBs in the towns. 

For this, the move to organize LMBs in Bohol is now piloted in six towns, and the plan is to widen community participation with the inclusion of eight more towns where the PPOC believes there would be likelihood of allegations of abuses owing to the resurgence of “movements” of unarmed insurgents now allegedly disguised as White Area Committee members. 

Set for LMB organization, are teams from Ubay, Bien Unido, Candijay, Anda, Danao, Buenavista, Panglao and Dauis, according to Bohol Provincial Social Welfare Officer Carmelita Tecson. 

Bohol LMB also set a Re-Echo of CARHRIHL/Fact Finding Seminar Workshop to Municipal Social Welfare and Development, Local Government Operations, Public Information Officers of these towns and the initial 6 towns piloted for the project here. 

The LMB has also identified the trainors with a pool of three teams comprised of members who shall be roving over Bohol to conduct orientation on CARHRIHL to barangay officials using a Bohol formulated CARHRIHL Cebuano module, says Fe Estillore, LMB action officer. (30/sjp)

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Child Wise Tourism launch 
With awareness bike, runs 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 4, 2013 (PIA) –Bike and fun runs set on Friday announce the launching in Bohol of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Child Wise Tourism (CWT) as stakeholders and children’s rights advocates attempt to insulate Bohol resorts from child sex tourism. 

The bike run starts after a brief program at the Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City to Alona in Panglao and simultaneous runs happen on the roads near the resorts and trails near Alona beach, organizers said. 

Open for the runs are 10 K open, 3 K fun and 3 K kiddie, shared tour guides who have signified to join the drum-up activities. 

Registration for the run is P300 while the bike, fun and kiddie runs are free, registration includes a race kit, hydration and other collaterals. 

The bike and runs actually form the opening activities of the second day of the ChildWise Training Workshop which starts Thursday April 11. 

For the activity, the DOT and stakeholders are inviting children, hotel and resort owners and Panglao establishments for them to be oriented with the steps they can do to keep their places children-sensitive. 

“We have engaged tourist resorts and establishments in Panglao to get them child-sex tourism proofed, noting that Bohol has made itself a name in international tourism,” said Jaypee Orcullo of the DOT desk here. 

Workshop includes inputs on ChildWise Tourism, the positive and negative impacts of tourism, children’s rights, UNWTO code of ethics in travel and tourism, ASEAN travelers Code, RA 9593 and a situationer in Bohol. 

Topics for discussion also include international policies on child sex tourism and protocols in handling child cases, before a workshop happens. 

During a coordination meeting and roundtable discussion in preparation for the launching activity to be held at Alona Kew Resort in Panglao on Friday, April 12, DOT officials shared that tourism has also made it easy for pedophiles and sexual perverts to disguise themselves as tourists and engage in illegal activities. 

Over the problem, the DOT launched in Boracay sometime ago the ChildWise Tourism, which has been picked by the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations as a best practice, while recognizing the government in its efforts toward this end. 

To drum up awareness about the launch, Bohol tourism stakeholders have committed to lead other activities, the 10 K fun run, bike and kiddie runs part of the launching activities, according to authorities at the Bohol Tourism Office, local event coordinators. 

To ferry runners to Panglao are tour transport services rendering free shuttle rides for the event participants from the Plaza Rizal at 5:00 Am on Friday, Orcullo said. 

Also expected during the day is a presentation if covenant for commitment for the protection of children in tourism and to be signed by resort owners and interest groups. (30/hd)

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Agri-heritage to enhance 
Abatan Community Tours
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 6, 2013 (PIA) –A Community Life Tour development council here is now crafting the blueprints for an enhanced tourism offer which would now include a region’s agricultural heritage as a surefire hit among eco-tourists. 

The Abatan River Development Management Council (ARDMC), the multi-sectoral group that oversees the integrated development of Abatan Community Life Tours believes the unique agricultural heritage of Bohol enhances the tourism lure of the five towns strung by Abatan River that by putting it, more and more people in these communities can get into support livelihood activities for poverty alleviation.

In its recent coordination meeting last week, PROCESS Executive Director Emilia Roslinda revealed the plan that includes the establishment of processing plants and demonstration centers for ubi production, nipa vinegar, bananas and special coconuts, rice museum and food processing center, bahay kubo showcases and boardwalks that would allow tourists an enhanced community life immersion while touring Abatan. 

Already packaged with its community life tours that center on community cultural presentations by Cortes, Lincod, Antequera, Balilihan and Catigbian Cultural Collectives, the Abatan tourism can still be enhanced by making it a learning center for the agricultural heritage and traditions of Bohol, Roslinda said. 

In Cortes for example, apart from the exploits of Wadji presented in dance drama, council members said putting up the ubi traditions including the processes in planting, caring for the ethno-religious crop and the processing of it into novelty food pasalubong items can greatly make the stop worthwhile.

In Lincod Maribojoc, where the community largely depends on the mangroves for their sustenance, council proposes a nipa wine making factory and processing including a bagsakan center that would enhance the come-on of the stop.

In Antequera, the verdant ricefields behind the village center in Santo Rosario presents the possibility of tourists being exposed to the rare rice traditions of Bohol, sources at the Provincial Agriculture Office shared.

The same includes an infrastructure development in a rice museum to guide tourists into an easy understanding of the stop and interactive activities.

In Balilihan, the tourist stop at the Kawasan Falls would be enhanced with the establishment of a model bahay kubo complete with backyard vegetable farms, livestock pens and herbal patches to impress on the need for food and self sufficiency. 

The Department of Agriculture has committed funds for the establishment of infrastructure support for the proposed enhancement, shared Council member agency Trade and Industry Provincial Director Nanette Arbon. 

The plan also seeks funding assistance for the full establishment of the Abatan Ecological Theater outdoor lights and sound fixtures for the outdoor presentations to be staged at the Abatan Main Village Center, according to a detailed plan prepared by Architect Nino Janus Guidaben. (30/ed)

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