Monday, February 3, 2014

DILG allots BNEO capacity 
Seminars this Feb to April
Rey Anthony Chiu

CORTES BOHOL, February 1, 2014 (PIA) –As the elections in the country discriminates no one from running for office, the government also makes sure all those newly elected officials in the most basic unit of government knows what they are into. 

In this line, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) puts up the Barangay Newly Elected Officials program, a term-based capacity building program implemented to enhance the proficiency of barangay officials in performing their mandated tasks and responsibilities, said Josie Montes, DILG local government operations officer.

But, while it is term-based capacity development program for officials elected 2013-1016, the DILG sees this a one that must sustain beyond the term, adds Ma. Reina Quilas, another LGOO, citing other components that stretch beyond the term. 

The ultimate goal is to create better performing and more responsible barangay officials who will eventually be model public servants getting awards and recognitions in governance, Quilas points out. 

According to the DILG, this term’s BNEO is set to start within the month to April, considering that Bohol will have to train 10 officials on each of its 1109 barangays. 

Speaking at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, the DILG through local government officers Montes and Ma. Reina Quilas said the BNEO has been fine-tuned to allow local government officials to put up a planned deliverables. 

A 3-day capacity development seminar for barangay officials, BNEO contains skills trainings on basic rules and responsibilities of barangay officials, basic budgeting, basic finance, basic legislation including parliamentary rules and procedures, revenue generation as well as other specialized courses that would eventually help local government officials perform their tasks efficiently, Montes said. 

Lest people think that the BNEO is like the junkets that most people think would happen during gabs like this, LGOO Quilas explained that the training is also expected to get local leaders present three deliverables. 

The BNEO becomes a venue for local leaders to draft as a team, their Barangay Agenda for Governance and Development, Barangay Development Plan and the Barangay Capacity Development Agenda. 

The BNEO also orients officials to the Barangay Based Institutions which are mandated by law to assure the efficient operation and set the proper venue for peace and progress in the barangays.

A course which is also available in local government academies and training institutions, the BNEO can also be gleaned from the bible of the local governments and a simplified primer available at the town LGOOs, Quilas said.

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Bionas partners with Bohol 
In jatropha biofuel supply 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY BOHOL, February 1, 2014 (PIA) –The lure of earning P27,000 per month over a hectare of idle lands finally pick up as Dagohoy town in Bohol, hosts the provincial launch of jatropha, a bio-fuel source. 

Jatropha, specifically the jatropha curcas variety has been found to contain over 30% oil necessary for bio-fuel as an alternative environment friendly energy source compared to fossil fuels. 

Found to thrive well in tropical climates like Bohol, growing jatropha is like growing money and energy from a tree, said Bionas Philippines, in its paper hand-outs distributed during the launching at Dagohoy Clutural Center January 31. 

Dagohoy Mayor Sofronio Apat, who saw the promise of alternative income to local farmers, welcomed the development of the company’s option for farmers of his town, considering that Dagohoy has also wide tracks of still un-touched idle lands. 

Bionas Philippines partners with Dagohoy and the Provincial Government in engaging people to turn their idle lands into productive “energy fields”. 

Said to be consistent with Bohol’s green development agenda, jatropha does not compete with food production, has low maintenance, that is, does not need pesticides or insecticides, can grow with other existing crops so its assures reforestation and it has no wastes, its by-products perfect material for charcoal briquettes, feeds for farm animals, or as a medicinal plant. 

Bionas said the prospect for jatropha even gets better with a nano-emulsion and polarization technology that assures a minimum savings of 50 million dollars allows farmer suppliers a better buy-back rate for bio-fuels in the world, claims Bionas. 

The company pegs a buy-back guarantee of P11.00 per kilo for jatropha, which can be an average harvest per tree per month. 

When planted at 2 meters by 2 meters, it averages some 2500 trees a hectare. The tree can even go as high as an average of over a kilo a month after three years, according to Bionas. 

With a productive life expectancy of between 40-50 years, jatropha can be a convenient coaster towards a better and secure retirement, earning an average of 27,500 per hectare or more. 

Bionas hopes that from jatropha, they can come up with bio-petrol, bio diesel, bio-heavy fuel, bio-jetfuel, Bionas suiperlube, Bio energy emission solution coal enhancer and bio-booster tablets. 

Among the leading bio-products distributor in Asia, Bionas said they are intent on assisting governments streamline their national bio-fuels policy and implementation. 

Bionas is willing is willing and able to issue investments to meet the demand of any country for bio-fuel projects, and with support from all parties, biofuels projects can be expedited for the benefits of the world, said chairman Seri Mohd Safie M. Jaffri, Bionas group Executive chairman. 

The statement is also consistent with the global effort to curb climate change and global warming.

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2 Boholanos earn Metrobank’s 
Continuing service excellence 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, BOHOL, January 31, 2014 (PIA) –Two Boholanos earn the brightest spots in service excellence in their respective careers, a recognition that could prop up and light flickering hopes of Bohol rising after the megaquake. 

Police Chief Superintendent Louie T. Oppus and physicist scientist and professor Dr. Cesar Saloma are among this year’s recipients for Metrobank’s Award for Continuing Excellence in Service (ACES), a fest they get for consistently showing the way for selfless service to God and country. 

It may be recalled that MetroBank Foundation Incorporated (MBFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Metrobank, in partnership with Rotary Club of East Manila put in the search for the Country’s Outstanding Police in Service (COPS) as early as 1998, where every year, for four commissioned and 6 non-commissioned officers as an off-shoot of the best Community Oriented Police. 

The award seeks to identify gallant men and women in the police force who are able to work with the community to prevent and solve crimes. 

Born in Tagbilaran, Oppus studied at the Holy Name and went to the Philippine Military Academy where he bolstered his public service record from the elite Special Action Force of the defunct Philippine Constabulary which kept him visible especially during the EDSA revolution days. 

Picked as aided-de camp of then Defense Secretary and the President fidel Ramos, Oppus then went into the distinguished Presidential security Group as among the top ranking officers, which peaked in a Presidential Medal of Honor which President Ramos personally handed in 1998. 

Nagged with the desire to serve his hometown, Oppus politely refused key posts in Manila and settled for a Tagbilaran City Police post as chief in 1999 and immediately rolled on his sleeves to stabilize peace and order here believing that it forms the bedrock of sustainable development. 

His proactive community policing system ushered the bemedalled and muti-awarded police officer into the Country’s Outstanding Police in Service COPS which President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo handed in 2003. 

On the other hand, in the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) which MetroBank launched in 1985 to show the Foundation's commitment to promote a culture of excellence in education by recognizing the country's best mentor models, another Boholano sneaked into the list in 2007. 

Tagbilaran City resident Dr. Cesar Saloma, dean of the University of the Philippines College of Science and former director of the National Institute of Physics, showed to the country the resilient and relentless spirit of knowledge hungry Boholano. 

A professor and scientist, the Galileo Galilei awardee and holder of national and international patents as inventor is into photonics, signal processing, complex adaptive systems, management of research and development institutions in emerging economies. 

Dr. Saloma also keeps the country’s highest rank as a scientist and multi-awarded researcher greatly contributing to science and education while led him to Metrobank’s SOT for higher education in 2007. 

Since then, both Boholanos have consistently lived lives worthy of emulation by Boholanos and the countrymen as well. 

Both have also shown to the Boholanos something to aspire for, despite difficult times.

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Bohol eyes beach soccer 
to draw summer tourists 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY BOHOL, February 1, 2014 (PIA) –It’s all hands on deck for Bohol tourism, the efforts to briskly stand and regain its glory before the earthquake as the goal. 

In sports tourism, steps are in to bring beach soccer to Bohol, especially in the resort island of Panglao where the kilometric stretches of white fine sand can provide the fitting venue for a national and even international soccer event. 

Thaddeus Simpao, president of the Bohol Football Association (BOHFA) said they are exploring the possibility of converting a public area in the beaches of Alona and with a report partner, host a beach soccer event here. 

Simpao, who initially floated the idea of a beach soccer in Bohol on facebook accordingly got avid responses from soccer lovers all over the country, urging Bohol to finally take the cue. 

BOHFA has been successfully hosting competitions and local tournaments as well as handled the technical support for town club leagues and officiating requirements for 11-aside, 7 aside and the most recent futsal indoor soccer tournament here, Simpao said. 

At the aftermath of the megaquake that hit Bohol in October, BOHFA which is only official organization accredited by the Philippine Football League, also joined sports relief programs, partnered with outside sports groups into sports relief programs and managed trauma debriefing through sports. 

And just as Bohol is now struggling to rise and shake off the trauma of the calamities that came which derailed its tourism industry, getting beach soccer in Panglao will present a new allure, Simpao said. 

BOHFA planned to get the activity this summer, it being the perfect opportunity for tourism promotions, while potential team players can also bring in their family for a vacation and join the game, coach Louie Supremo shared. 

Both Supremo and Simpao cited a PFF team which BOHFA hosted in Panglao seeing the beach line and pointing to them the possibility of perfect beach soccer venue. 

It’s a two-birds in one stone endeavor, Simpao said taking note that an activity like that could very well boost local soccer clubs as well as bring in the needed tourists and help Bohol stand on its feet again. 

Beach soccer however has features that differentiate it from traditional 11-a-side football or futsal, making it’s a unique discipline, with certain rules that could not be set aside. 

Beach soccer matches are done in three matches of equal 12 minutes of play divided by quick 3 minute breaks, clocks stopping for goals or intentional delays by teams. Beach soccer matches do not allow draws, a final three minutes of play is set as overtime in case of ties and a sudden death penalty kick ensues. First team to score wins. 

The match uses five players on each team: a goal keeper and four outfielders, the game allowing unlimited substitutions. 

The match uses a small field, 26-28 meters by 35-37 meters, which also fits the beaches of Panglao. (30) 

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Amarela bags ASEAN 
“green hotel award” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 30, 2014 (PIA) – A Bohol resort whose owners consciously pick pro-environment principles in the tourist facility steps into Asian greatness, having been recognized among the 86 Asian resorts given the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Green Hotel Award in 2014. 

Amarela Resort, owned by the family of Atty. Lucas Nunag brings Bohol to greater promotional heights anew, being the first resort to gain the ASEAN recognition, a positive promotional push following the tourism slump brought by a devastating earthquake in October. 

The resort was also named among the best destinations in Bohol by independent travel rating company tripadvisor. 

Amarela, Portuguese for yellow, is a family owned resort in Libaong Panglao, focuses on packaging authentic Boholano in its motifs, architecture and food. 

Among the very few zero-carbon-resort adopters in Bohol, Amarela leads in environmentally friendly practices on its operations, notes the Department of Trade and Industry who has been implementing a German assistance in Pro-Green Economic Development policies. 

The ASEAN dishes out ASEAN Green Hotel Awards in appreciation to those hotels from member states, that show excellence in green practices and acts as models for environment friendly Asian resorts. 

A biennial award since 2008, the Green Award ceremonies has been in Thailand in 2008, moved to Brunei Darussalam in 2010 and in Manado, South Sulawesi in Indonesia in 2012. 

In 2014, the awards were handed in time for the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Kuching Malaysia January 10. 

The awards are based on principles of environmentally friendliness, as stipulated in the framework that the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard run, as agreed by all the ASEAN Member States since its drafting in 2007. 

Green Hotel standards include environmental policy and activities for hotel operation, the use of green products, collaboration with the communities and local organizations, human resources development, solid waste management, energy efficiency, water efficiency, air quality management for its indoor and outdoors, noise pollution control, waste water treatment and management and toxic and chemical substance disposal management. 

The tight competition in the hotel industry becomes the push factor on the creation of Green Hotel Standard, according to the ASEAN. 

The ASEAN hopes by giving the awards, people improve the awareness of those who run the hotel business to conform with nature and do efforts against the global warming, improve the competitiveness of the hotel industry in gaining more guests and improve the quality of the hotels in ASEAN countries so as to support ASEAN as a single tourism destination. 

Other than Amarela, other Philippine hotels and resorts into this year’s list are The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio, Baguio Country Club also in Baguio, Pangulasian Island Resort in Palawan and Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort of Palawan.

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