Monday, September 29, 2014

City to implement 
Pag-ibig clearance

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, September 26 (PIA) –Tagbilaran City based business establishments and entrepreneurs may have no problems with anything relating to mandated workers insurance and provident benefits next year. 

This, as sources indicate that the city, under Mayor John Geesnell Yap, would be fully implementing mandatory clearances from Pag-ibig Home Development Mutual Fund, when businessmen start renewing business permits.

Pag-ibig Fund information officer Leonardo Cirujales, over at Kapihan sa PIA said the city regulation on mandatory enrolment of workers at Pag-ibig Fund is an assurance that workers would not be deprived of provident funds which they can use at emergencies. 

Over the years, Tagbilaran City has been implementing mandatory clearances from the Social Security System (SSS) and GSIS for the processing of the annual permits for business operations in the city. 

But, for Pag-ibig, since it became mandatory to all workers earning at least P1,500, the city did not require employees for the HDMF clearance, until this opening of the new calendar year. 

By the city’s action, and when the Republic Act 9679 was signed into law, workers earning P1,500 and below are asked to contribute at least P100 monthly, while the employers share is 1% of the workers monthly earnings. 

For workers earning over P1500, workers contribute to the Pag-ibig provident funds kitty some 2% of their monthly earnings while the employers share is 2% of the monthly pay. 

This also affords workers in private business, establishments and government officials earning on honorarium a fund savings it can use for emergency needs and can be withdrawn as the member and employers complete 20 years of contributions. 

The money workers can save becomes available to them in short term loans facility or a housing loan, according to Cirujales. 

“We wish to appreciate the city government for thinking forward and making life for local workers easier,” Pag-Ibig shared.

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“No deaths squads”
-says City COP Vale

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Sept 27 (2014)—“There is no death squad in Bohol.” 

Thus Police Chief Inspector (PCInsp) George Vale told members of the Provincial peace and Order Council (PPOC) who were gathered in a meeting at the Conference Room of the People’s Mansion Tuesday. 

Vale’s statement was to finally put a lid to the speculations by spin-masters who have alluded the extra-judicial killings of drug personalities here to the notorious and feared Davao Death Squads (DDS). 

Social Action Center representative to the PPOC, Romeo Teruel wanted to know if the successive extra-judicial killings happening in the city are results of vigilantes like DDS, or are there illegal drugs personalities trying to survive by elimination one after the other. 

DDS is a vigilante group allegedly based in Davao, who have been largely credited to summary executions and extra-judicial killings of hardened criminals and drug offenders. 

Many also believed that the vigilante-like killings in Bohol has the semblance of the deaths of criminals in Davao, thus the speculation grew. 

But, City Police Chief Inspector Vale categorically denied the presence of DDS or any death squads in Bohol. 

It is just sad that no one is surfacing to witness these executions, and no one is willing to testify in drug cases, Vale declared. 

People might say the killings are good, but it is still our problem as law enforcers, Vale, who is due for promotion as Superintendent, told the council members. 

He however detailed a long list of crimes the victims have been involved and most of them who were killed are either actively involved in drug operations, or have suddenly gone cold. 

The most notable killings in Tagbilaran were hailed as the following: Aliwayway Solis: alleged shabu queen and an employee of Butuan City Treasurer’s office was shot in the head in broad daylight few steps off the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Suspects were motorcycle riding men. 

For Tare, Vale said the victim had a string of cases, including robbery at the ICM in June 23, 2008, where he wqas detained until dismissed. 

He also had pending homicide cases, one was dismissed. On May 2, Tare was nabbed for homicide, was convicted and then released, Inspector Vale said.

Tare again figured out in a robbery with violence last June 7, 2011, the city chief bared. 

By September 18, Edwin Tare and Ritchie Campanilla were waylaid and shot to death in an intersection along CPG avenue and Taloto. Tare was a brother of cop killer Artemio Tare Jr, who shot five more cops so he could elude the dragnet law enforcers have laid out for him. Campanilla, driver, who was allegedly from Jagna, was also slain. The victims were also reportedly in possession of drugs and paraphernalia. 

A day later, 26 year old resident of Lindaville Subdivision here failed to escape the bullet as they were waylaid at a busy intersection in Dao, Tagbilaran City. 

The victim, Giovanni Cuizon alias Vajoy or Badjoi, was on a car when gunmen pumped lead into him. He had three medium sized sachets of shabu on him.

The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy dismissed Cuizon for drugs. Courts also issued a search warrant and buy-bust operation against him in 2011, but he posted bail. 

Vale, who came to the PPOC meeting ready, read a long list of cases against those killed, and seemingly centered on cases in violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PIAbohol/RAC)

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MARINA leads this year’s Nat’l Maritime Week celebration

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept. 25 (PIA)--The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Ports Authority lead’s the week-long celebration of the National Maritime Week here from September 21-28, 2014. 

This year's celebration is anchored on the theme: “IMO (International Maritime Organization) Conventions: Effective Implementation.” 

On a Kapihan sa PIA on Thursday, MARINA-Tagbilaran head Norma Enriquez said the celebration primarily aims to give tribute to all the seafarers who contributed much to the country’s economy and to promote maritime safety for travelers and the entire maritime sector. 

This maritime celebration has stemmed from the Circular No. 1884 dated July 11, 1996 of the IMO enjoining all member states to celebrate World Maritime Day on the last week of every September of each year.

In response to that call, the Philippines, through a Presidential Proclamation No. 886 dated Sept. 6 1996 declared the last Friday of September of every year as the National Maritime Day (NMD).

Meanwhile, Proclamation No. 1094 series of 1997 declared every last Sunday of September of every year as National Seafarer’s Day (NSD) which amended Presidential Proclamation No. 828 series of 1996 in due recognition of Filipino seafarers’ vital role in the economic growth of the country. Virtually, the Presidential Proclamation 1094 consolidated NSD and NMD making a week-long celebration more significant and inspiring.

The planning and coordinating of the said event is alternately rotated every year amongst MARINA, PCG & PPA. 

According to Arch. Epelito Arao-arao II, PPA-Tagbilaran Information Officer, the celebration kicked-off last Sept. 20 (Saturday) with the International Coastal Clean-up.

Last Sept. 22 (Monday), a thanksgiving mass was held in the morning at the Philippine Maritime Institute (PMI-Bohol) Campus. An opening program followed after the mass attended by maritime students and faculty from PMI, Cristal e-College and BIT International School.

Other activities conducted include a MARINA debriefing for graduating students, motorcade around the city, one-day processing of Seaman’s Book, mobile issuance of SILP and among others.

The week-long celebration will culminate this Sunday (Sept. 28) with the National Seafarer’s Day in celebration of the Apostleship of the Sea or Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) to be held at Lawis in Dauis town. This is initiated by Rev. Fr. Victor Bompat, the chaplain of the Apostleship of the Sea. This will be attended by the seafarers and their family, maritime schools, and the maritime sectors. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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2 LTs carry Bohol banner to
CV conflict resolution fete

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, September 26 (PIA) – Two barangay-based conflict resolution teams bring Bohol banner to the regional level competitions as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) pits best Bohol arbitration council winners against other provincial qualifiers in the region. 

Already winners in the Provincial competitions, Lupong Tagapamayapa (LT) of Oy, Loboc and Talenceras Tubigon would be Bohol’s bets in the regional competitions, said Josie Montes, at the local DILG. 

Both have been declared outstanding LTs, Oy, for 4th to 5th class and Talenceras for 1st to 3rd class municipalities. 

Earlier, the Provincial Government of Bohol and the DILG here sought ways to further enhance the Katarungang Pambarangay objectives.

To this, both have sat down, implemented and institutionalized the conduct of the annual Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA) both as a function and as a tribute to outstanding lupon performance, shares Jessie Mary Buctolan, of the DILG.

In fitting rites, the DILG in Bohol presented to the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) gathered in a meeting Tuesday 2013 winners of the LTIA. 

“This search for outstanding lupon in the province is specifically intended to recognize the efforts of the lupons as a community-based conflict resolution mechanism, reads Josie Montes, a Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) host during ceremonies last week. 

These were proven effective in perpetuating the time-honored Filipino tradition of settling interpersonal disputes amicably, without resorting to the formal process of the courts of justice,” she added. 

At the awarding rites, Talenceras Punong Barangay Aniceta Middlemist and her team received the plaque and cash award with Tubigon Mayor Marlon Jamila and MLGOO Jojepons Ruloma, while Oy, Loboc PB Alberto Biloy and his team along with Mayor Helen Alaba and MLGOO Sofronio Abing Jr., claimed Loboc’s award. 

Also declared Runner Ups are LT of Balintawak, Talibon and Poblacion Centro, Clarin. 

During the awarding ceremonies held at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Mansion, Balintawak Punong Barangay Diego Evardone and his team accepted the award with Mayor Restituto Auxtero and MLGOO Maura Justol.

For Poblacion Centro Clarin, Punong Barangay Aristedes W. Gallaredo Jr and his team along with Mayor Allen Rey Piezas and MLGOO Angelo Mahinay, claimed the plaque and awards.

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Habitat assures only 1K 
core shelters, by Oct 15

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 26 (PIA)—Boholanos who were rendered homeless by the earthquake almost a year ago, may not all get the promised 8,083 core shelters on the day the country commemorates the devastating tremor, October 15. 

At least, according to Governor Edgar Chatto, Habitat for Humanity has told him that the best thing the humanitarian home building organization could do is 1000 houses, only about 12% of what local government officials hope it could hand over to victims’ families a year after the incident. 

At the recent Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council meeting at the Governor’s Mansion Conference Hall Tuesday, the governor said short supply of “construction materials” dealt a nasty backlog in the government’s biggest core shelter assistance project for affected families in Bohol. 

It may be recalled that in April of this year, the government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assigned to Habitat the task to build the 8,083 core shelters in the 17 towns severely affected by the earthquake. 

During the signing of the agreement, Governor Edgar Chatto, in the presence of DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman, asked Habitat to complete the 8,083 houses on or before October 15, 2014. 

Succeeding verification procedures for victims trimmed down the beneficiaries to a little over 5,000, sources at the Capitol said. 

The remaining core shelters however are possibly eyed for victim families who were not in the initial list but are clearly needing the shelters, the same source added. 

These families have been identified by the local grievance committees of the 17 towns and other remaining towns also affected by the earthquake, she said.

But, Habitat for Humanity, through Executive Director Vince Delector said the local supply of sand and gravel and concrete hollow blocks is short. 

Boholanos who have been affected by the massive quake slowly rose and started a snowball of rebuilding and rehabilitation activities from homes to public infrastructure, creating a spike in demand and the experiences shortness of supply. 

Over this, the governor directed Bohol Administrator Alfonso Damalerio III to discuss with Habitat and possibly solve the issue of sand, gravel and concrete hollow blocks. 

At the problem however, Shelter Cluster head, Liza Quirog reported that Bohol has completed the awarding of Certificates of Entitlements to the beneficiaries in the 17 towns.

The Certificates of Entitlements is an assurance that the beneficiary is already due for a core shelter assistance from the government. 

Quirog also said that some 900 more families have been identified, victims which the local town grievance committees have recommended for enlistment in the additional core shelter program. (PIABohol/RAC)

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Crimes increase, del Prado 
Points out where spike is

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Sept 27 (2014)—Crime incidents in Bohol increased by 61 cases in August, or from 651 in July to 712 in August, reports from Camp Dagohoy revealed. 

At the recent provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held at the Conference Room of Camp Dagohoy, Police Superintendent Gil del Prado however said, the slight increase in total crime volumes can be attributed to the increase in non-index crimes. 

In a comparative data between index and non-index crimes in July and August, police statisticians based in Camp Dagohoy revealed that August non index crimes spiked with 42 cases over July’s 253 cases recorded. 

Index crimes here in Bohol for the month of August was 19 cases over the 398 cases recorded by police desk officers in July.

A spike in non-index crimes always show that police are now not anymore waiting for crime reports before acting up to solve the problem. Now they are proactive against crimes, showing themselves in the streets and actively campaigning against special laws, a police officer explained at the sidelines of the PPOC.

Index crimes are mostly crimes against the Revised Penal Code and are willfully pursued by criminals that the gross lack of police manpower could aggravate the situation. But for non-index crimes, these are mostly against drug possession, drug raids, reckless driving resulting to homicide, serious physical and less serious injuries, that more police visibility, or more proactive police action cubs them, he added. 

On crime types in August, Bohol is still bugged by theft, which is one case over July which had 162, five less cases of physical injuries at 129, and 10 more cases of robbery at 76. 

Other leading crimes include carnapping at 17, rape at 11, murder and homicide at both 8. 

On these, Camp Dagohoy, through Col del Prado said they would sustain the conduct of province wide synchronized checkpoints utilizing all units in coordination with HPG and LTO as embodied in our LOI 32/2013 “Manman Kalsada”.

He also said Camp Dagohoy would be religiously implementing the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) with emphasis on the newly adopted QUAD boundary checkpoint and revisit the proper procedures in conducting patrols.

Similarly, the cops would maintain the deployment of Provincial PNP Task Force to augment local PNP Units with criminality problems.

Fionally, in the coming days, the PNP would be expanding the ATAK9 (Adopt and Train a K9) program in other municipalities considered as drug entry points. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Filipina racer up in Bohol 
SafeGuard 5150 triathlon

PANGLAO, Bohol September 27, (PIA) –Australian professional tri-athletes and a Frenchwoman are getting raves as the race favorites in the new Bohol 2014 Safeguard Active 5150 Triathlon, but, never put down the Filipino. 

Out to pose a serious threat to the nest of the best in world professional women tri-athletes is a Filipina who will bring the Philippine name in the newly established swim-bike-run course in this resort island of Panglao. 

Monica Torres, a Filipina who has led the country’s female athletes stepping into the international races in the most recent years, chose to be coy, sitting calmly and politely refusing the microphone during the Pros meets the Press Conference a day before the 5150 international distance marathon takes the Panglao-Dauis central highway on Sunday, September 28. 

She, along with a company of serious international racers who have made triathlon their way of life, would be pitting against each other on the 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike and 10 kilometer international distance race, for a total log of 51.50 kilometers, thus, 5i50. 

As she glints at the harsh glare of led lights and makes the Philippine presence known to international professional racers, Torres has indeed a lot of worries to contend with. 

She will be running side by side with a 3rd placer in the 2014 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines and 2nd Placer in the 2014 Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon Philippines.

Belinda Granger, an Australian tri-athlete has also won the 2014 Challenge Taiwan and placed second in the 2014 Laguna Long Co Triathlon, all of those in 2014. 

Also, the Filipino contender would be up against Ashleigh Gentle, another Australian who has placed 9th in the 2013 Omega-wave World Elite Women Triathlon San Diego, 2010 World Junior Champion and the 2012 First Place o the Noosa Triathlon. 

Carole Fuchs, the Frenchwoman is also one of Monica Tores’ serious pains. 

Fuchs won first place in the 2013 Laguna Challenge in Thailand, and stamped the same spot for herself at the Amarin-Cha Am Triathlon also in Tahiland. She also won 4th in the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya Malaysia and the 2014 Golden Triangle International Triathlon.

But, as many probably did not know it, Torres also packs a nasty surprise of her own. 

She may have placed 7th in the 2014 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines or 3rd in the 2014 Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon Philippines, she has her 2014 Challenge Philippines 1st place belt.

Herself a professional and elite triathlete, Torres will also be competing with her co-Filipinas: Marie Claire Adorna, Jenny Rose Guerero and Ani Carina Brown. (RAC/PIABohol)

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