Monday, March 31, 2014

Chatto hails Bohol women in the 
forefronts of crisis management
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol March 28, 2014 (PIA) –Adversity squeezes out the best in men. 

For the great earthquake that sent Bohol reeling down, it had also caused Bohol women into taking active frontline roles in disaster management and response. 

Governor Edgar Chatto highlighted this as he hailed women all over Bohol for their huge roles especially when standing in the fore fronts of disaster management. 

Speaking at the Women’s Month with the theme: Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong, Chatto who was keynote speaker during the Culmination activities at the Bohol Cultural Center March 28, immediately picked the roles women picked after the quake in elucidating the Women’s Month theme in 2014. 

Over two hundred women representatives from all over Bohol showed in colorful delegation shirts listened as Chatto recalled how women in Bohol embraced their families during the disaster and then stepped on the forefronts of post disaster response and management as Bohol started to stand. 

“Our mothers have special roles in our households, and now, [after the earthquake] women are recognized outside the households, Chatto said in an event that also recognized strong women as a necessity for rising up and moving forward. 

This is not anymore the traditional role of women he said. Women have become leaders in your own right, and by that, women have shared equal opportunities in their own right, he beamed. 

More than in livelihood, leadership advocacy, children development, women leaders are standing in the frontlines of disaster management.

“The last quarter of 2013 was really the time when women leaders all over Bohol showed the way in the response of disaster,” the Governor who was on top of all disaster response cited the inevitable presence of women in disaster relief response and in post disaster management. 

Chatto, who was expected in a meeting in Manila in the afternoon, told over two hundred women gathered for the congress that the adversity has shown Boholano women the perfect moment to stand as leaders in their own right.

“You all showed you were leaders in the family,” Chatto pointed out. 

“We came out winners, we came out standing and we came out united and that was victory to us, even amidst disaster, and after the tragedy,” he said amidst clapping of hands. 

“The most important thing is that we thank all women in Bohol who were with us in times of joys and suffering.” Gov. Edgar Chatto said.

Over this, he also urged women into action by saying, “even if we were challenged by fate, let challenges not bar Bohol from development, as families continue to rebuild toppled houses, to continue to build communities shaken by the quake.”

He said Bohol may have been shaken, but the Boholano enthusiasm, the Boholano faith in the supreme being, and the struggle for more development is never shaken despite earthquakes and typhoons.

Gov dares barangay chairs, 
“Declare drug free villages” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol March 29, 2014 (PIA) –Governor Edgar Chatto enjoined barangay leaders in Bohol who are on to a mandated nationwide synchronized assembly to make the drug war among its top agenda. 

Reeling from an increasing of drug threat in Bohol, the deplorable percentage of drug offender convictions and the sudden increase in police apprehensions, as well as allegations of officials’ and media protection, Gov. Chatto raises the most important question to participants gathered during the Women’s Congress March 28 at the Bohol Cultural Center. 

How come drugs still get into our barangays when nobody wants it to get in in the first place? 

Drugs target the kids. When our parents struggle to find money to get the kids to school, part of the money is now shared to buy drugs, he said. 

To this, he dared barangays chairs, “declare drug free barangays”. 

Wanting to involve people in his message, Chatto asked people gathered at the Women’s Congress who are for drugs to raise their hands. Nobody did. 

I told barangay captains and barangay officials during their seminars to ask the parents in barangay assemblies to show themselves if they support drugs, he told Congress guests and participants. 

Apparently, no one wanted to. 

He also said law enforcement, agents, intelligence workers and concerned members of the community have intelligence funds used to determine what stirs the peace, but still, the problem states societies in the face. 

“Why then does drugs get in?, he asked even as he cited how people say they are vigilant. 

If we keep watching, we do not allow drugs to seep into our barangays. 

As a dousing cold water, he then continued, “do not ask why, ask instead, are we organized to face the threat?” 

If we are organized, we would be a huge group against very few, maybe three to four drug pushers, he said. 

Because barangays do not agree on one thing, he challenged everyone to the synchronized barangay assemblies to agree on deterring drugs in the barangays. 

Involve yourself in the war against drugs, against the illegalities, he said.

now PSA, under NEDA 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 27, 2014 (PIA) –In an attempt to reorganize and streamline the Philippine Statistical System (PSS), the government now gathers at least four key statistical data gathering agencies under one name: Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

And the PSA would be under the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), which shall supervise the agency functions as the country’s premier census data gathering agency, according to a new law. 

According to Bohol NSO Chief statistician, Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren at a Kapihan sa PIA, Bohol NSO is now preparing for the eventual transition, which would entail a whole lot of changes in their tasks and designations. 

And from then on, National Statistics Office (NSO), NEDA’s National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) and another labor statistics agency shall then be lumped under the PSA, by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 10625. 

According to RA 10625, the PSS shall consist of statistical organizations at all administrative levels and its support personnel and its statistical programs, including the policy-making body, coordinating body with primary data collection capability, statistical research and training institutes 

It also includes all executive departments, bureaus, offices, agencies and instrumentalities of the national and local governments and all government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and their subsidiaries that are engaged in statistical activities on either as their primary functions or as part of their administrative or regulatory functions, says RA 19625. 

Through its Implementing Rules and Regulations which was approved in December of 2013, the reorganization of the PSS also attaches the agency to NEDA, and creates the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which merges the major statistical agencies engaged in primary data collection and compilation of secondary data. 

Now, part of PSA is National Statistics Office (NSO); National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB); Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS); and Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES). 

It also mandates the creation of the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) and abolishes the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC).

Bohol bikers join 
global Earth Hour 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol March 29, 2014 (PIA) –Instead of in basking electric light watching television or just plain occupied with the mundane tasks of entertainment at night, Boholanos switch off their lights and instead take on their bikes and get to Tagbilaran City streets in solidarity with the Earth Hour, March 29. 

And instead of a 60 minutes switching off, the bike for the earth hour organizers hope the estimated 18 kilometer ride across the city’s main thoroughfares and back roads would pedal for the awareness of fighting climate change, an event that could go as long as an hour and a half of good old biking experience for a cleaner environment. 

Organizers said in support with the Earth Hour, they have posted invitation to bikers and their families in an event that gets them from City Square at 7:00 PM to Booy, Taloto, Manga, Tiptip, San Isidro, Dao, Cogon and back to Poblacion in the heart of the city. 

By switching off for an hour or more, power generation is slackened and the burnt fuels’ effects to the environment could be lessened. 

In the Philippines, organizers World Wild Life Fund for Nature also advocated for other meaningful activities especially on fund generation, awareness campaign and the likes. 

For safety reasons too, riders are strictly asked to wear helmets, blinkers and bright colored jerseys, to be visible in the traffic. 

This also gets Bohol into unity mode with the largest global environment activity that started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. 

Bohol also joins the country as among the 150 nations struggling to impact on climate change. 

The Philippines – considered by Earth Hour Global as a hero country – has held the top spot since 2009! 

This too as by around 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 29, millions of people around the world take a stand against climate change by switching off your lights for one hour or over (60+). 

It may be recalled that In 2006, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. In doing so, it showed everyone – from children to CEOs and politicians – that they have the power to change the world they live in. 

In March 2007, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Sydney, Australia, turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change. 

In 2008, the initial plan was just to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia. But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. It said something compelling to the world: that the climate challenges facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global. 

With the invitation to “switch off” extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event. It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth, according to the WWF Earth Hour website.

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