Monday, January 27, 2014

Bohol eyes 4.0 MT 
Rice yield/hectare
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 24, 2014 (PIA) –The mission to increase the rice average production per hectare breaks off as local agriculture authorities take on the challenge to make a production record in the region. 

Engr. Eugene Cahiles, Bohol’s premier agricultural research center manager said the regional agriculture chief is excited and wants to stake another record for Bohol’s rice productivity this year. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Engr. Cahiles, Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center (BAPC) manager said since 2011, Bohol has been consistently breaking its own rice production per hectare record as the Provincial Government is intent on realizing Bohol’s bid of becoming the food basket in Central Visayas. 

In 2014, Bohol sets its eyes on a 4.0 metric tons (MT) per hectare, or .7 tons more harvest on a per hectare basis. 

This as Bohol now averages 3.4 MT per hectare

We also have reasons to believe that it can be done, said Engr Cahiles optimistic that Bohol has all the aces to attain the goal. 

Fresh from a meeting with the Department of Agriculture Regional Director Angel Enriquez at the APC, Cahiles cited the Bohol provincial Government’s support, the presence of key agricultural research facilities here, the National Irrigation Administration’s regional center, the presence of former agriculture secretary and the continued government support from the national to regional offices as the key in realizing Bohol rice production goal. 

Citing production trends, Engr Cahiles cited that in 2011, Bohol’s average harvest reached 2.89 MT per hectare, a figure that was later topped by 2012 with harvests breaching the 3.0 MT per hectare mark.

The increase is 3% over the previous year, according to Engr. Cahiles, citing data culled from Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reports. 

In 2013, BAS data also showed that Bohol’s rice production reached 3.3 tons per hectare, a high performance considering that agricultural experts earlier projected a 3.24 MT per hectare yield, shared Sergio Cuaco, crop division chief at the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) during the forum aired at DyTR. 

Asked if the earthquake which destroyed public infrastructure also affected Bohol’s rice sufficiency stake, both agriculture authorities agree the damage the tremor dealt to our rice claim is minimal. 

Saying that they would have to see the damage reports at the National Irrigation Administration, Engr Cahiles admits that there might be some problems with irrigated farms losing water, but there is very little reports of key agricultural infra suffering major damages. 

Besides, the NIA is certainly looking at the problem and could have already fixed the problems, according to Cahiles. 

The APC head also showed that the earthquake did little damaged to dent on the rice production goals of Bohol in 2013. 

Using BAS data, he said that from October to November 2013, Bohol harvested 128, 816 MT of rice, which is slightly higher than the harvest recorded from the same period last year. 

Last year’s rice harvest between October to November reached only 124,737 MT.

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Bohol rice yield in ‘13 
hits 3.4 MT/hectare 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 24, 2014 (PIA) –Again topping the 3.0 metric tons per hectare(MT/h) yield set last year, Bohol now notches a new rice production record with 3.4 MTs per unit area. 

This, while Bohol continues to do good in rice production all over the region, consistently breaking its own records since 2009, and keeping its tag as the rice-basket in Central Visayas. 

Bohol has attained n 2.58 MT/h in 2009, a yield which was largely increase two years later in 2011 with 2.89 MT/h. 

In 2012, Bohol aimed to make it big within the year, despite a lingering El Nino and posted a 3.08 MT/h, records from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) revealed. 

As Boholano farmers joined the excitement of a bountiful harvest brought about by hard work and effective application of leading farm technologies, year 2013 brought in a new win, with 3.08 MT/h, Crops Division Chief of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, Sergio Cuaco noted. 

The bigger target this year is to get to 4.0 MT/h this year, revealed Engr. Eugene Cahiles, manager of Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center (BAPC). 

This is despite the fact that harvestable areas are possibly lessened following a devastating earthquake that altered or completely covered rice paddies, agricultural production experts are still looking at an increased harvest. 

Agriculture authorities also said, increasing the planting frequency may do the trick in helping Bohol attain that goal. 

Bohol has acquired large irrigation facilities that could provide the answer to the perennial issue of few cropping due to lack of irrigation facilities. With water, planting frequency can considerably increase. 

As to the costs, Engr. Cahiles said they are now convincing farmers to adopt rationing for every third cropping so they’d spend less and still get a good harvest. 

Aggie officials also revealed a smart combination of farm mechanization, post harvest facilities, additional farm inputs, adoption of hybrid or high yielding varieties and hardwork. 

In 2011, the government which saw Bohol’s rice production potential, started bringing in farm mechanization implements such as hand tractors, floating tillers, rice threshers, multi-purpose drying pavements, flatbed dryers and tractors to increase production, said Engr. Cahiles. 

Since 2009, following a very promising harvest brought by a national subsidy on hybrid seeds, Bohol has been putting in subsidies to help farmers ease themselves into adopting the high-yielding hybrid or the inbred but certified seeds. 

The mere switch alone to high yielding varieties can make the difference, Engr Cahiles said, further stating that adoption of proper technologies in rice would also be a key.

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Tagbilaran rising anew, 
As Suzuki Bohol opens 
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL, January 23, 2014 (PIA) –A new car dealership opens here in Tagbilaran City, a strong statement that the city is on the rise again.

The city is on the rise again, said City Mayor John Geesnel Yap II during his message at the opening of Suzuki Bohol January 22, three months after a devastating earthquake rocked the city and left its economy on a slump. 

Speaking during the recent grand opening of Suzuki Bohol motors here, Mayor Yap said the opening of the new Suzuki automobiles dealership here symbolizes the rising again of the economy of Tagbilaran.

Suzuki Philippines President Hiroshi Suzuki, who personally came to Bohol for the new building’s inauguration, was excited on the development as he sees a new market for the company’s brand of cars. 

He also revealed that Suzuki Tagbilaran is the first dealership which the company opened in 2014 in partnership with Dr. Silvestre Lumapas, of the SM group of Companies. 

On the economy, Mayor Yap sees the golden opportunity which the dealership brings to Bohol, citing job opportunities, and the economic up scale in the city and over Bohol. 

The opening of the new dealership and service bays packed in a two storey glass building with cars showroom was supposed to happen October 18, but the earthquake that hit Bohol October 15 effectively reset the company’s schedules, according to Mayor Yap. 

The earthquake, although it did not topple or damage as many buildings in the city, three major malls here had to be closed to allow damage inspectors to see the buildings to assess habitability. 

The loss of power as a consequence of the earthquake also pushed several businesses in Tagbilaran to close shop as using generators can be costly. 

Customers and Suzuki car owners welcomed the opening of the car center as it saves them time and money to have their cars maintenance service. 

The dealership now sells the Suzuki brand in sedans like Swift, Celerio, DZire, SX4, Alto, Grand Vitara and its new product Kizashi. 

Lumapas urged Boholanos to make a Suzuki a Boholano way of life, which is also the branding slogan for cars known for its product quality, durability, reliable utility and value for money.

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Search for outstanding teachers on, 
Metrobank accepting nominations 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 22, 2014 (PIA) –Bohol already has a few winner teachers, but it can still stretch its winning streak of most outstanding teachers with Metrobank’s 30th Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) which it launched recently. 

The catch however is that there is just a few days left before nominations to the search which closes on February 27. 

“The search honors the teaching profession and awards to those who manifest commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership,” says Metrobank Foundation Incorporated’s (MBFI) Program Assistant Rachel Villareal. 

MBFI, as corporate social responsibility arm is engaged in social development projects in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare. 

Among the Foundation’s flagship programs are the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), College Scholarship Program (CSP), Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS), and the recently launched Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY). 

The search, which has awarded a total of 326 educators all over the country since 1984, is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED), MBFI and Commission on Higher Education (ChED), Villareal explained. 

The 2014 Search coincides with the 35th anniversary of MBFI and adopts the theme, “Launching Dreams towards Nation Building”, she adds. 

To join the search, nominations need to be accompanied with a two-page Basic Information Sheet (BIS) with no additional documents required. 

The BIS can be had from any Metrobank Office, DepEd regional and division offices, and CHED regional offices nationwide. 

The Search is open to all teachers in the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels in both public and private schools throughout the country, but can only be open to Filipino citizens who are actively teaching in the country for the last 10 years and with valid PRC license, according to MBFI. 

For the Elementary levels, schools are entitled to nominate two, each from Kinder to Grade III and Grade IV to Grade VI, while secondary schools and higher education competition are entitled to only one nominee. 

Sustained since then, past Regional Finalists and National Finalists who meet the basic eligibility requirements and have shown sustained good moral standing in the community, are deemed automatic provincial finalists, MBFI said. 

This year, MBFI has opened the search to 10 winners each getting half a million, a sum higher that the Php 350,000.00 offered last year. 

The awardees will also receive a medal, a trophy, and a plaque of recognition for their school. 

National Finalists not chosen as winners will receive Php20, 000.00 cash while Regional Finalists will get Php10, 000.00 cash incentive.

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Two Bohol public offices 
Earn CSC Excellence seal 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 23, 2014 (PIA) –Two key service offices in Bohol tops Central Visayas public offices in 2013, obtaining for them, a Seal of Excellence as Citizen’s Satisfaction Center. 

Bohol Field Office of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS Bohol) and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) earned the most coveted seal that assures service clients that the office is at the forefront of efficient service delivery. 

A recognition given to government offices which implement programs to improve service delivery by reducing bureaucratic red tape, the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence is the ultimate acknowledgement of improved service delivery and commitment to address negative issues of integrity and public service delivery as embodied in Republic Act 9485. 

GSIS Bohol Manager Grace Rada and PAO Bohol chief Atty Godfrey Tubo led their teams in claiming the accolade in fitting rites in Cebu City, January 17. 

For the 2013 evaluation, both offices showed they are the best in the entire region when they earned an Excellent rating in the Report Card Survey (RCS) as mentioned in the Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA). 

The ARTA provides that government offices and agencies providing frontline services shall be subjected to an RCS. 

The RCS targets to measure the agency’s efforts to follow the provisions of the ARTA. 

The CSC visited the GSIS Bohol office last July 17-19 and PAO last July 23-25. 

Of the two, PAO Bohol passed both core areas with no delinquent rating and obtaining a 91.84 equivalent to excellent, according to CSC Regional Director Karin Litz Zerna in her letter to PAO Tubo. 

Both offices also earned P100,000.00 in monetary award, which, according to the CSC can be used to purchase office equipment, materials or services that will further contribute to the improvements of service delivery. 

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Down but not out…
Quake denies soccer team bid, 
But wins trophy in kid’s hearts
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 24, 2014 (PIA)—A team of under-17 year old students in Cortes town may have lost the chance of a championship in the major soccer leagues, but without playing that hard, they have become champions in the hearts of earthquake traumatized kids in Bohol. 

The small town soccer future for the team was bright, said Lemuel Namit, the team’s conditioning coach, who oversaw the team’s homestretch of trainings, focusing on overcoming the opponent’s goal area with players playing quick bursts of speed and fancy footwork and getting a goal. 

Then the unexpected happened. 

Infant King Academy soccer team, a bunch of under-17 years old kids were determined to carve a name for soccer in Cortes, a town where soccer is virtually inexistent. But the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Bohol October 15, toppled the church in Cortes town, littering the soccer ground with coral stone debris.

The move painful fact is that it also toppled the kid’s chances of making it to the secondary schools athletic meet, where they vowed to make as their first step to greatness in local soccer. 

That morning, Gian Ike Ahon, 14 of barangay Salvador, and his team-mates were changing into soccer attire at the umbrella shed at the Cortes plaza when the earth under them shook and the church stones started falling.

It was a holiday but we were on the final days of training when the earthquake happened, Ahon confessed. 

Ahon was among the many IKA athletes who were wrapping up their training for the Bohol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS) Meet set three days later. 

As the news of the massive destruction in Bohol came, Ahon and his team-mates’ dream of a chance at soccer also collapsed. 

“Perhaps, soccer was not for us,” he once said, sadly shaking his head, hopeless.

FAILURES

Ahon and some of his team mates used to play representing the town. But at the Boholympics, a local version of the major leagues, an earlier coach and trainor abandoned them to root for a city team, which he earlier promised to bring to the same provincial sports competition. 

Bruised, muscles aching and spirits down, the team went home after the Boholympics, physically and figuratively lost.

“A chance to organize a school based soccer team resurrected their spirits,” admits Namit, the team’s new tactical and conditioning coach who drafted a two month crash training course for the kids. 

“They were so eager to get to BACS meet, many of them would eagerly run miles in a day, just to attain stamina needed for a full 90 minutes of game,” Namit shared, overlooking at the kid’s stretching activities in the background.

Namit, who used to play in the big leagues, admit that two months of rigid physical training and tactical play execution has primed the kid’s senses for goals in the upcoming private secondary schools athletic meet. 

Days into the opening of the competition, the earthquake struck, prompting game organizers to momentarily scrap the games. 

The kid’s chances buckled and crumpled like an empty sack. 

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

Clearly running out of options, the kids backslid, losing the vigor and stamina to continue with the passion for the games and stopped their daily jogging routines. 

The earthquake also forced church authorities to clear the soccer ground for church and school tents, leaving the kids with no grounds, and no opponents to play with. 

“Then an opportunity opened up itself,” said John Luiz Lacsado, team captain. 

As the earthquake toppled buildings and ruined houses, leaving countless kids in trauma, the University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics came to Bohol for a pioneering sports relief program. 

“With the Philippine Information Agency as IKAs Soccer Team co-organizer, the team found a new chance to share their soccer passion, not in a league, but to kids to ease their trauma,” Lacsado said during a team practice. 

Fully understanding the need to help other kids forget the calamity that shakes them to the bone every time an aftershock occurs, the team’s plan to get into sports relief hatched. 

“We were there with the UP-CHK and the Bohol Football Association in San Roque Balilihan, handling the soccer clinic for 45 elementary school kids,” Cecil Joseph Ligan, team full back, added. 

“We taught them the basics of soccer, immersed them into the idea of playing the game and this allowed the kids to process their trauma through sports activity,” he excitedly shared.

“We are so happy that the kids enjoyed the game, and UP CHK left us with free soccer balls,” said Noreen Calope, teacher at San Roque Balilihan. 

From Balilihan in December, the team has also joined the country’s premier soccer team Azkals in a sports relief in Tagbilaran City and played with golden boot awardee Chieffy Caligdong. 

In January, the team also gave sports clinics to kids in Tagbilaran and Lila and joined in their local government’s sports relief activities. 

VICTIMS THEMSELVES

“We have to understand that these kids themselves, were victims of the earthquake,” IKA class adviser pointed out. 

“But instead of sulking after they were denied the games, or cowering like other kids their age everytime they fail, they stood and acted as support for those who wish to forget the trauma,” she added. 

Now, while playing soccer, the only trace of the earthquake they too were victims is when somebody drives a ball towards a goal.

That is when you hear somebody shout.

“Bowaa, bowaa,” and everybody joins in good-hearted laughter.

Bowaa, is shouted, to scare off the dragon which moves the earth, causing the earthquake. #

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