Monday, August 4, 2014

DOST scholarship now open, 
Application deadline Aug 15

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 1, (PIA) –Grade six pupils who intend to hitch into the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholarship have only until August 15, to fill in the applications and get into a specialized science, technology and mathematics curriculum school. 

The scholarship entails free matriculation fees, uniform allowances, monthly allowances, textbook allowances and reimbursements for two-way transport for the student passer to the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) complex in Argao, informed Vina Antopina. 

Antopina, who sits as the Assistant Provincial Science and Technology Director of the local DOST here said the scholarship is for those kids with high inclination for science, technology and mathematics, belonging to the top 10 of the class or one with a general average of 85 in his science and math subjects. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA appropriated for the Science and Technology Week Celebration in July, Antopina highlighted the need to put up more Boholano think-tanks, especially as to the critical role of the sector in running the economic engines to development. 

For high school entrants who pass the DOST scholarship and entrance tests, the student would have to stay in the PSHS dormitory within the school complex managed, not the Department of Education or the Commission for Higher Education, but the DOST’ Science Education Institute. 

This assures that the curriculum in the school is suited to the need of training the kids into a more comprehensive college training in science and technology, she hinted. 

Other than high schools, the DOST also accepts college scholarship applicants who would be enrolling in science and technology related courses. 

Deadline for college scholarship applications for next year is August 22, she bared. 

Of the 140 DOST scholars as of last year, 109 of them are in Bohol, enrolled at the Bohol Island State University, the only DOST accredited learning institution which can cater to the government training need in the island. 

The DOST moreover, accepts tertiary sholarships for doctorate and masteral courses in science and technology. Interested applicants are advised to visit the DOST, in its new office located at the CPG Park, Tagbilaran City. 

Scholarship application forms are available at high school principals offices all over Bohol, or are d

ownloadable from www.pshs.edu.ph or at the www.dost.gov.ph, or at the local DOST Office. (PIABohol/RAC)

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Improve “business set-up” 
w/ DOST techno-upgrade

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 1, (PIA)—Entrepreneurs who aspire to upscale their businesses but is out of cash and would not venture into loan may find government help, via the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

There is an available program that aims to help the livelihood ventures of small, micro and medium enterprises who are into food processing, furniture and woodworks, gifts and house ware decors, marine and aquaculture resources, horticulture and agriculture, metals and engineering, health products, services and pharmaceuticals as well as information communication technology (ICT) and electronics, revealed Vina Antopina of the local DOST. 

The system, Antopina, who is the DOST’s Assistant Provincial Science and Technology Director, said the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) is via a rent to own scheme.

She explained that SET-UP is DOST’s technology transfer and commercialization program that assists micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in using science and technology to address problems in production processes upgrading and up-scaling as well as to open opportunities for competitiveness and products enhancement. 

In the program, an entrepreneur can avail of the infusion of appropriate technologies in his production plant, get inputs and assistance in training and human resources development to streamline operations and maximize production or avail of advisory and consultancy services from experts who shall observe and study operational flows of the business. 

SET UP also offers to entrepreneurs in food and products manufacturing some help in packaging and labeling, or in work efficient engineering, lay-out and plant design services, standards and testing services, equipment design, specifications and acquisition, ICT services like databases, e-commerce and productivity tools, linkages and network services, Antopina said. 

She said a technology needs assessment is the beneficiary’s first DOST engagement once they are admitted into the program. 

“We will have consultants who will work for them, these are DOST paid, who look at the details of their operations, and then submit as outputs, long term or short term plans,” Antopina elucidated. 

With about 37 firms in Bohol who have either graduated and are taking another set of technology upgrades, SET UP avail-ment can be dependent on the scale of the establishment assisted, the lady science director shared. 

For manufacturers, the SET-UP is basically a productivity enhancement program that allows owners the chance to own power tools, high precision technology equipment and other brisk production tools that are aimed to increase productivity, decrease waste and thus increase incomes, the lady scientist sums. 

Entrepreneurs interested in the program are advised to visit the DOST in Bohol for particulars. (PIABohol/RAC)

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“Public or nat’l interest” key 
Factor in police media mgt

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 1, (PIA) –Police and media have different appreciations of public and national interest, and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Bohol stressed this as it conducts a lecture on Media Management in Police Crime Situation Thursday, July 30 at Camp Dagohoy. 

Over 50 junior police officers and investigators crammed the camp’s Conference Hall as police officers from far flung towns and the city humped to the day’s activity, organized by camp key officers. 

Police Officer 3 Liza Marie Desamito Olaivar, Camp Dagohoy police criminal investigation course facilitator said the lecture is part of the annual police officers and desk sergeants retooling for efficient service especially in criminal investigation and in managing the media in these times.

The lecture should enhance the student’s understanding on how to handle the media personnel properly especially during investigations and other police work, she stated in her letter invitation to PIA Bohol. 

Part of the lecture goals is to elicit ways on how the media can help police in investigations particularly in the identification and location of suspects, she added. 

“Media, which is the typical representative of the common people blowing the whistle against the excesses of political officials and in the various sectors in the society, plays a key role in keeping democracy healthy,” the PIA told the blue shirts. 

But, while the media has its own problems, the determination between public and national interest is an often critical issue between police and media. 

In several crime situations, police would rather keep the information to advance the investigation, while the media demands on the public’s right to know. 

Here, a basic understanding by police officers of the nature of the media and its responsibilities would put police officers in a better position to discern of the proper action and management, the PIA added. 

While the lecture did not tell absolutes on such binding situations, a clear appreciation of the roles as well as a good media relations need to be kept and maintained, the PIA suggested. (PIABohol/RAC)

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Crimes dipped 10%
From May to June

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol August 1, (PIA) – Crimes dipped by 71 cases or roughly 10% in June this year compared to last month, in a possible indication of police community cooperation triumph against crimes.

Crimes recorded all over Bohol in the fiesta month of May reached 728 or occurring at an average daily rate of 23.4, while in June, police crime statisticians picked only about 657 cases or a 21.9. 

Camp Dagohoy however pointed to the flurry of fiesta related activities and social gatherings as well as the easily available booze as a possible cause of crimes, while the high police presence and visibility during the class opening month could have deterred crimes. 

Police Superintendent Jeffrey Caballes, who reported the crime situationer in Bohol during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting Thursday, July 31, also pointed out the slight increase of non-index crimes in June, a sign that the police response to averting criminality in Bohol is making a dent. 

Non index crimes in June reached 273 while index crimes reached 384 for a sum of 657.

This is against May’s non-index crimes recorded at 270 and 458 index crimes for a total of 728, PSupt Caballes, who currently heads the Camp Dagohoy based Provincial Public Safety Company showed. 

Caballes presented the police provincial camp report in lieu of PSSupt. Dennis Agustin who could not attend the month-ending meeting.

During the month of June, topping the crime list is theft, which went as high as 152 or 40% of the crime pie, which is two over May’s 150 cases.

Most visible decrease in crime for the two-month comparative is physical injuries, which had 197 in May to 127 in June. That pegged a difference of 70 cases lesser in June. Physical injuries formed 33% of the total crime share for the month. 

In fact, of the 127 cases of physical injuries for the month, only 33 of were really physical harm incidents, according to the Caballes report. 

94 cases of the 127 reported physical injuries were vehicular accidents.

Earlier, PPOC members have asked Camp Dagohoy statisticians to segregate physical injuries types, to avert potential misunderstanding that Bohol is not investor friendly, based on the very high recorded cases of physical injuries. 

For the first time, camp Dagohoy showed that what have been reported high crime incidences listed under physical injuries are largely due to vehicular accidents and not that Boholanos are troublesome. (PIABohol/RAC)

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DTI to launch Candabong 
ginger-processing facility 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 31, (PIA) – In no time at all, Bohol salabat may step up and climb up international market shelves, this as the government puts up a ginger processing facility which Boholano ginger processors can share. 

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bohol is set to launch a Shared Service Facility for Ginger Processing on Monday, August 4 in Candabong, Loboc town. 

Granted to Bohol ginger processors and entrusted to Candabong Rural Improvement Club Multi-Purpose Cooperative, the SSF is DTI’s way of addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the supply value chain in the processing sector. 

This, it does by providing the appropriate manufacturing tools, equipment and technologies which micro, small and medium enterprises of the same products cluster can commonly use, according to DTI Provincial Director Maria Elena Arbon. 

DTI said the SSF program is its strategic development initiative as a major component of its push for the country’s MSME development program. 

Earlier, ginger candy of Candabong RIC won the Department of Agrarian Reform Agrarian Reform Community product showcase and reaped for the coop national recognition. 

The upcoming demand for the new product ballooned and the coop simply could not cope up with the production, as it was relying on crude processes and technologies, according to cooperative members. 

“One of the biggest issues that we could not assure during production is keeping the standards for the product,” coop president Julieta Palen revealed. 

“With the clear potential and an open market for ginger candy and salabat wide open, the SSF would be a huge production booster,” she openly hoped. 

For the ginger processing project in Loboc, we have identified Candabong RIC MPC as the cooperator who will manage the said facility, Arbon added. 

Moreover, the provincial director who has been instrumental in the success of the recently concluded Sandugo Regional Trade Exhibit, went on to say that Candabong can still expect additional processing machines and equipment to be turned over to them. 

This is to assure that they will have improved marketability of their ginger-based products, while ascertaining that these can comply with the requirements of food safety standards, Arbon pressed. 

By so doing, the community will have also improved the shelf life and thus, the competitiveness of these products. 

Invited for the launching on Monday are Loboc Mayor Helen Alaba, Congressman Arthur Yap, Gov Edgar Chatto, project partners and municipal officials. (PIABohol/RAC)

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PIA conducts IKA SSG 
leadership workshop 

CORTES, Bohol, July 29 (PIA) –Cognizant of the apparent need to expose leaders in parliamentary procedures especially in handling community gatherings, the Philippine Information Agency in Bohol extends its Leadership Enhancement Training (LETS) Workshop to a secondary school in Cortes town. 

The workshop came after Student Supreme Government of Infant King Academy here requested the module on leadership and handling meetings as part of the student tooling lecture series for elected student government officers. 

About 29 student leaders and two SSG Advisers sat the whole time and enjoyed the activities which were incorporated in the leadership workshop, held at the school’s SSG office. 

Participants in the training seminar workshop includes key SSG Executive Committee Officers, Committee heads and members of the Liturgy and Music, Mass Media, Sports and Sanitation as well as class governors, mayors and advisers. 

Teach them while they are young and everything would tend to fall automatically in place when they are given opportunity to lead, the PIA told advisers a few minutes after the workshop. 

Training seminar module includes finding true leaders, creativity workshops, handling meetings using parliamentary procedures and a mock meeting with critiques from advisers and the facilitator. 

Apart from leadership trainings, the PIA also offers student journalism media training series which encompasses the whole campus paper organization, production and operation, student literary and arts skills workshops and sports clinics. 

The PIA is also enhancing information officers skills with the tools of the trade to make them more effective in their tasks. (PIABohol/RAC)

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