Tuesday, September 9, 2014

“Lima Para sa Kalikasan”
Climate Change advocacy 
For environment, a success

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 5 (PIA) –Three government agencies in collaboration with Boholano sectors successfully conducted its billed “Lima Para sa Kalikasan:” a five activities in one day in Ubay last Friday. 

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Education (DepED) implemented Lima Para sa Kalikasan to jumpstart the implementation of environmental projects that could insulate communities from the adverse effects of climate change.

The activities include Lakbay Kaalaman para sa Kalikasan: an environment themed guided tour across Bohol from Tagbilaran to Ubay joined by media partners: Bohol Tri-Media Association (BTMA) and the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO Bohol). 

The PIA in Bohol handled the environment themed guided tour, which was sponsored by Congressman Rene Relampagos’ environment advocacy program. 

In Ubay town, student writers from 19 schools of Bohol District 2 and 3 urged by the DepED gathered at the town gymnasium for the Likas Kakayahan, Arugaan Para sa Kalikasan: a student writers for the environment write-shop in feature writing, photojournalism and junior broadcasting handled by mainstream media personalities: Ric Obedencio (Freeman), Ferliza Contratista (Sunstar/Freeman) and Rey Anthony Chiu (PIA/Freelance photographer). Edward Guyano, (Lady Charity of DyTR) emceed the events. 

We wish to enlist new blood in the environmental advocacy and what a better way to get through the students than nurturing their writing skills for environmental reportage, claimed the PIA, even organizer. 

And to fill the student writers with the necessary content for the writeshops, even organizers put in environment briefings delivered by passionate Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Elpidio Palaca who discussed the possible effects of Climate Change to Bohol. 

At the forum, student writers also listened to the mulled Modelong Bayan, Nagbabagong Panahon Pinaghahandaan: a provincewide search for the best implementing local government in projects that impact climate change mitigation and insulate communities against the ill effects of the changing climate. 

Moreover, to get the student writers into the rut of environmental advocacy, organizers brought the writeshop participants to the hills of Calanggaman, where a goal of planting 1000 trees in 30 minutes was held. 

That day, about 180 student writers, teachers, foreign volunteers and local officials including the PIA and DENR succeeded in planting close to 2,000 trees in 30 minutes. 

A billboard with “LakasLikasan: Puno-an” a climate change tree planting branding would soon rise on the over two hectare tree planting site apportioned for Municipality of Ubay, and tree planting activity partner. 

Also helping the tree planting project were Congressman Aristotle Aumentado, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the local government of Calanggaman and Ubay town. 

As the tree-planting activity happened, members of the Ubay Central Elementary School urged the volunteers to do their share in insulating communities by ceasing to stop drum-beating, until the last seedling was planted. 

By lunchtime, more and more environmental inputs came to the student writer’s way with at least three environment films screened and rolling as lunch was served in “Isang Hapag, Isang Bayan-anihan: a solidarity luncheon with volunteers. 

And just as lunch was served in styro-packs, volunteers made sure every plastic pack was tucked neatly for proper disposal and free the environment from litter and non-biodegradable trash. 

Partners with the activity also include Congressman Arthur Yap, Provincial Government of Bohol, PIA-Cebu and Regional Office, BTMA and AUDIO Bohol. (RAC/PIABohol)

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PPOC commends cops 
in anti-narc operations

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 5 (PIA) –The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Bohol handed in cash incentives and Awards of Commendations to 13 cop stations and units for what it saw was a sterling performance in the fight against drugs and criminality in the last few months here. 

During its most recent out-of-town meeting Thursday at the Chocolate Hills in Carmen Bohol, the PPOC through chairman Governor Edgar Chatto, Interior and local government Provincial Director Loisella Lucino, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Peace and Order Committee Chairman Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez, Balilihan Vice Mayor Pureza Chatto and Prosecutor Macario Delusa handed in the plaques and cash incentives to chiefs of police stations as well as designated representatives. 

The commendation was in grateful recognition of its outstanding achievement and profound acknowledgement of the police station’s contribution to the peace and order initiatives of the PPOC especially in the implementation of the Anti-Drug Abuse program that led to the successful police operations against the identified drug personalities in their areas of responsibilities especially in the hot pursuit operations, read Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio, during the meeting in time for the conferment of awards.

Conferred the awards of commendation were a team for Bien Unido Police Station (PS) through of Police Senior Inspector Judel Torregosa, and Bohol Police Intelligence and Investigations Bureau (PIIB) under PInspector Jojit Mananquil and PCIspector Alvin Futalan, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team who were instrumental in the neutralization of drug lord and former police officer Owen Rosales and his band of armed men, who were tagged in the ambush-slay of Ubay Police Chief, PCInspector George Cana. 

Also conferred were San Miguel PS through PSInsp Rey Romaguera, who intercepted a reinforcement team in his town, the team were allegedly off to help the embattled Rosales group who were besieged in a resort in Bien Unido that time. 

Almost that same time, a team for the Police Highway Patrol Group intercepted a band of armed men who were flagged in a routine checkpoint. Drugs and assorted fire-arms were recovered and, PSInsp Gregorio Sanchez and the HPG group deserved the award. 

Other awardees include Carmen PNP PS who had SPO4 Felix Avergonzado receiving the awards. The PS was credited for the disband of Arnel Macabudbod - Vano criminal gang and illegal drugs trade in town; Dauis PS through PSInspector Cesar Acompanado for the arrest and relentless pursuit of drug personalities in Dauis and Jagna PS through PSINsp Aldrin VillaCamba for similar successes.

A few weeks back, Ubay Police crippled local drugs trade with the neutralization of drug personality Romulo Cano also called Inday Bono and his trusted aide Primo Cabanero. For this, the local station earned the award and PSInspector Petronilo Garcia claimed for it. 

Guindulman PS also received the same commendation via the leadership of PSInspector Jomar Pumarejos for the neutralization of drug personality and police murderer Artemio Tare Jr., who was on his way to flee from a police dragnet. 

Clarin PS through PSInp Jess Daplin and City PNP through PSInspector George Vale also reaped credits for their stunning campaigns against drugs and criminalities.

Also awarded were Camp Dagohoy Chief of Operations PSupt Lorenzo Batuan, and Provincial Director PSSUpt Dennis Agustin for leading their men in the ridding some dangerous drugs with a street value amounting to almost a hundred million pesos from August last year to date. (PIA/RAC)

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i-Pro dev’t teams negate
rebels’ reorg- says Army

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 3 (PIA) –If there is a reason why the progressive groups in Bohol are pressing for the removal of the Community Development Program Purok Power Movement or commonly called the information-Prosperity teams (i-Pro Teams), it is because its efforts stymy the re-organizing of the Communist Party of the Philippines New People’s Army National Democratic Front (CNN). 

Newly installed 2nd Special Forces Battalion Commander and Pangasinense officer Colonel Potenciano Camba told members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) about this development at the meeting held last Thursday in Carmen Bohol. 

Col. Camba, who succeeded Col. Julius Tomines who finished more than the mandatory two years of assignment here, added that the progressive groups here are “strongly campaigning for the removal of military personnel” in the iPRO teams who are making development works, to make people feel government presence in the barangays. 

Rebel insurgents who felt they are losing the grip and the fear factor in Bohol fled to neighboring provinces just as government authorities started implementing denting poverty alleviation programs, pushing the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the government to declare Bohol insurgency-free. 

With the declaration of insurgency in Bohol as insignificant threat, government soldiers have shifted roles, from pursuing bloody fights to drive away rebels, to hammering peace with different developmental civil works. 

Soldiers, who are now doing more of carpentry, engineering and road maintenance crew jobs are currently giving up their weapons for spades, shovels and hammers, according to Captain Jiro Poblacion, 2nd SF Bn Information officers. 

Our soldiers are now deployed in the barangays which have been recovered from the threats of then insurgents, and re now seemingly the targets of the CNN in their recovery efforts, according to Captain Poblacion, during a separate interview. 

Since these soldiers are in their former strongholds, groups are now relentless in their attempts to remove the military from their former strongholds through dialogues with political leaders, local populace and the media, agreed Col Camba, who used to be assigned in Bohol as a younger officer in the heydays of the insurgency here in Bohol.

Also, the newly installed commanding officer said, the CNN is expected to organize and mobilize activities for September 21 protest rally. 

The proclamation of the Martial Law is commemorated every September 21, and militants have always used the date as an annual call for the stop of what they claimed as militarization all over the country. 

However, they are financially constrained in their mobilization and most importantly, the people are already aware of their hidden agendas, the military commander camped at Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen ended. (PIABohol/RAC)

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High physical injuries here
mostly vehicular accidents

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 5 (PIA) –Physical injuries may be second top crime in Bohol, but, if the crime statisticians from Camp Dagohoy were to be heard, it’s not because Boholanos are a bunch of troublemakers. 

July passed with a slight decrease in crimes compared to the previous month with 651 cases recorded at police blotters all over the province, six less of the 657 cases recorded in June this year, a good indicator that can be credited to the leadership of PSSupt Dennis Agustin. 

At this, physical injuries came a close second to theft here, according to police reports during the most recent out-of-town Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting held in Carmen, Bohol. 

Theft in July reached 165 cases, about ten cases over June of this year, while physical injuries in July reached 134, seven cases over June of this year, police reports presented by Camp Dagohoy Chief of operations PSupt Lorenzo Batuan showed. 

Of the 134 cases of physical injuries in Bohol in July, 96 of these cases involved, not mauling or an exchange of fists, but of vehicular accidents resulting to injuries, police reports proved. 

Interestingly enough, police crime reporting still puts in vehicular accidents injuries under one heading, one that could make a nasty impression that could potentially scare off investors, cited Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa in previous PPOC meetings. 

In Bohol, police tallied no slight physical injuries in fact, had 17 mauling incidents, 4 hackings, 6 stoning incidents, 2 shooting and 9 other modes of physical injuries. 

Other than theft, which lumped 41% of the crime pie, and physical injuries which owned 34% crime ranking in Bohol, robbery still grabbed 16% of the crime incidents within July. 

Meanwhile, while struggling to intelligently conserve police manpower resource in their police presence, the PNP here has noted in its crime clock that most crime incidents happen between 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 

In the implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System, to smartly field police officers where and when they are needed most, local authorities noted that in July, most crimes happen on Tuesday or Thursday. 

Above all these, Camp Dagohoy said BPPO is still confident to maintain the province of Bohol a safe place to live, work and do business and likewise maintain Bohol as one of the prime tourist destination in the country. (PIABohol/RAC)

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Ligtas Tigdas 2014 on… 
DOH implements polio, 
measles shots in Sept 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 5 (PIA) –Banking on its highly successful anti-measles campaign in 2011, the Department of Health (DOH) is again putting its resources on a supplementary measles and rubella mass immunization, in the hope of arresting the feared re-circulation of measles virus in some areas of the country. 

This as the country’s health authorities noticed significant outbreaks of measles and rubella last year, according to Dr. Greg Julius Sodusta, Bohol assistant provincial health officer. 

Measles is not among the country’s deadliest diseases, but the complications it can bring is that which triggers the alarm, explains Dr. Nelson Elle, Maternal and Child Health Care director for region 7. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA with maternal and child health care coordinator Machiavelia Caliao, Dr. Elle pointed out that pneumonia and pulmonary complications rank among the country’s top killing diseases, many of them caused by measles. 

Measles is a very contagious infection that causes a rash all over the body. It is also called rubeola or red measles, and is caused by an airborne virus, which can be spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, shares food or drinks or when one gets near an infected person, medical authorities claimed. 

Due to the threat, the Philippines conducted a massive immunization in 2001, Dr. Sodusta shared. 

But with the recurring threat, the DOH conducts this September 2014, an nationwide measles and rubella mass immunization billed as “Ligtas Tigdas, Magkaisa, Magpabakuna,” Dr. Elle revealed at the weekly radio forum. 

Target for the measles and rubella immunization are kids 5 months to 59 months old, authorities noting that most of those who were infected were within these age brackets, the regional coordinator said. 

In September this year, municipal health teams led by rural health doctors and nurses, along with Barangay Health Workers would be moving around town to administer the free mass immunizations, Dr. Elle said. 

Parents need to bring with them the baby’s book of immunization record so as to allow health workers to know which immunization the child needs, the doctor reminds. 

But if the child has no immunization record yet, parents are advised to seek immediate immunization and get the book from rural health workers, he added. 

This time, an immunized child would be given a finger mark: indelible ink on the finger, as a sign that he has completed the mass immunization, authorities said. 

On the other hand, despite the fact that the Philippines has enjoyed a polio-free status since 2000 when the Western pacific Region was certified polio-free, the ever increasing porous international boundaries has re-opened the country to the probability of an imported wild polio-virus from other regions entering and starting a new trend of infections. 

For this, the DOH is also putting up Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization, to provide a second opportunity to catch missed children and protect the country from a potential poliovirus importation. (RAC/PIABohol)

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