Monday, April 28, 2014

Tagbilaran City Coast Guard 
Country’s best station in ‘13
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol April 16, 2014 (PIA) –He is off to another assignment, but not without leaving behind accomplishments that could make him one of the most remembered officers at the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) offices here. 

Under Tagbilaran City Coast Guard Station Commander Agapito Bibat’s term, he steered the base office, using a characteristic management and operational skills amidst the rough seas to have the station anchor into prestige as the country’s most outstanding Coast Guard Station in 2013. 

Low profile and often described as a silent worker, Colonel Bibat earns the respect and admiration of his men, often generating the trust and loyalty such male dominated organizations get to be known for.

Not content of having that, Commander Bibat still worked to get from Bohol sea assets that could enhance the province’s search and rescue capability with the acquisition of at least five aluminum-hulled speed boats, weeks before he caps his service in Bohol. 

He told the governor during the handing over of the certificate of recognition and appreciation for the PCG’s tasks in helping keep Bohol shores and coastlines from sea-accessing criminal elements, that the boats which have arrived in Bohol would be deployed in strategic coastal areas over the island province. 

The boats, 6 meter aluminum hulled flatboats come with 40 horsepower outboard engines can navigate waist-deep shallow waters and are perfect for pursuits in Bohol’s northeastern shallows which have become the poaching grounds for illegal fishers and access for criminal elements coming in. 

The boats are set for deployment to Panglao, Jagna, Tubigon, Talibon and Ubay, but Bibat said one would be placed instead in Carlos P. Garcia town, where reports of massive illegal fishing activities are noted. 

Believing that the acquisition of aluminum hulled speed boats becomes a crucial PCG asset in support of Bohol’s key first responder group Tarsier 117, Bibat told PPOC members that these assets could be a search and rescue efforts enhancement for Bohol. 

By promotion, Commander Bibat leaves this week for another assignment at the Central Office of the PCG in Manila, sources said. 

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, Governor Edgar Chatto personally handed the plaque of Appreciation to the outgoing coast guard chief, who was to take the PCG Central Office’s internal auditor. 

Set to sit as new PCG station commander in Tagbilaran is Lt (junior grade) Robinson Madriaga.

DOE downstream oil industry 
advocacy campaign gets here
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol April 15, 2014 (PIA) – Why indeed is fuel expensive in Bohol compared to other regions? Or how safe would buying bottled gasoline from sidewalk stalls be, especially with the hazards it is posing on life and property?

Questions relative to fuel costs, its downstream industry liquid fuels, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gas pump stations regulations, retails and trade as well as its safety regulations can finally be clarified. 

Authorities from the Department of Energy (DOE) come here, Tuesday, for the multi-sectoral advocacy campaign on the Downstream Oil Industry (DOI).

Set on Aril 21 in two batches at the Harborview of the Bohol Tropics in Tagbilaran City, the advocacy campaign hopes to equip consumers with the proper information and elucidate on them nagging issues as well as make them assert their rights as fuel consumers, sources from the DOE said. 

No less than DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) Director Zenaida Y. Monsada, will conduct the briefing on the DOI as participants will also be oriented on the Rules on Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Liquefied Petroleum Products (LPG/LPP). This also comes with an open forum after the talks, according to DOE sources. 

On Tuesday morning, participants would be public information officers of the different towns, members of the media, Philippine Information Agency 7 staff, and DOE-Visayas personnel. 

In the afternoon, local government units represented by their city or municipal treasurer, business permit issuing officer or licensing officer, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other stakeholders such as the retailers and owners of gasoline stations are the audience.

Aside from the downstream oil industry overview with Dir. Monsada, a briefing on Liquid Fuels and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Rules would be done by Loralai Capistrano, Supervising Science Research Specialist on Retail Market Monitoring and Special Concerns Division.

Other topics for briefing include Liquid Petroleum Products Retail Rules, Basic Principle in Calibration and Sealing of Mechanical Pump by Arturo Valerio, and hands on demonstration in calibration and sealing of a dispensing pump will be conducted after the briefing.

Drug-affected Bohol
barangays reach 363
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 16, 2014 (PIA) – Some 363 of 1109 barangays in Bohol are in different categories of drug affectation, according to a report by the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO).

Police Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin however was quick to add that the data which local police intelligence agents gathered need to be verified and updated to make it defensible to the public who may want to get into the details of the report. 

At the recent Peace and Order Council Meeting (PPOC) at the Bohol Tourism Complex here in Tagbilaran City, Col. Agustin reported that 23 of Bohol’s 1,109 barangays are seriously affected with the drug menace. 

Another 71 barangays are moderately affected while 269 are slightly affected, the Camp Dagohoy chief reported in front of members of the local peace council Tuesday, April 15.

He also said that of the more than a thousand barangays here, 676 remain unaffected, while some 70 barangays have been cleared of the drug affectation.

At the meeting, Local Monitoring Board Coordinator Romeo Teruel sought clarification as to when a barangay is said to be having serious drug affectation.

Bohol Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa shares the same sentiment with Teruel, adding that some data from the towns are unbelievable.

While PSSupt Agustin, in a separate media engagement rated Bohol drug affectation as alarming, with Tagbilaran and Panglao among the towns with serious drug affectations, the Camp Dagohoy report bared that Panglao has only 3 slightly affected and 7 moderately affected barangays. 

Reports surfacing at the Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) forum revealed that there have been intelligence reports needing confirmation that drugs in Panglao are now peddled at front desks of some resorts. 

Asked on the parameters as to how the police were able come up with the categories, the former anti-organized crime czar in his Metro Manila days declined to share the parameters, adding that the data would soon be updated and validated, as these have come from local police stations who were mandated to come up with the reports. 

As this came on, Governor Edgar Chatto who sits as chair in the PPOC, also asked Camp Dagohoy to present the parameters following interest in the council, stirred by the alarming information.

Earlier on, Gov. Chatto has dared barangays to get serious against drugs, reasoning that the fight against the social problem could easily be nipped when every barangay is organized to face the problem.

He also urged communities to unite and set up a system of reporting so that no drug personality could get into their villages if the continue with their illegal trade.

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