Monday, November 10, 2014

P1.8 billion in Bohol 4Ps 
helps 58K+ households 

TAGBILARAN BOHOL, November 7, (PIA) –Since 2009 until now, the government’s flagship social assistance program has enhanced Bohol economy with an outpouring of the P1.8 billion cash grants and still an undetermined amount of social development infrastructure packed in its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 4Ps is a human development investment program that banks on health and education of kids 0-18 years from poor families, using different convergence strategies in providing means for their survival then off to self-sufficiency, explains Phoebe Jen Indino, DSWD 4Ps Information Officer.

First implemented as pilot in a few barangays with about a hundred families in Danao in 2009, 4Ps now spreads to 58, 899 households all over Bohol given conditional cash transfer (CCT) grants to help poor families who also abide by the set conditions.

These conditions include keeping school kids attendance to 85%, getting pregnant women to health centers for the regular pre-natal services and kids for their deworming and nutrition monitoring, as well as for member beneficiaries to attend Family Development Sessions.

Anything short of that, families have to miss the P500 for every high school student and P300 for every elementary kid assistance as well as P500 medical aid which are paid out once in every two months, DSWD said. 

In 2014 until October alone, the DSWD has flooded some P308 million in Bohol in cash grants, a figure that could bloat with the validation of additional beneficiaries and the upcoming enrolment for the modified CCT, hints Indino, who also handles communications packaging for the program in Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, where 4Ps also operate. 

Beyond the CCT, which has perked up local economies since its releases, the DSWD supports its with Sustainable livelihood Programs (SLP) which grants more funds for microenterprise development in both loan and grant forms, adds Sharmane Ronquillo at the recent Kapihan sa PIA. 

For families needing seed fund as capitals, the DSWD has Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran which grants loans of up to P20,000.00 and complementary technical assistance on enterprise development, she said.

For those who need some more, DSWD also puts in starter kit assistance and capacity building of beneficiaries as well as help in the acquisition of machineries and equipment, to those who intend to cross over the poverty thresholds to self-sufficiency. 

And as if these are not enough, the DSWD again puts up a new Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan, Comprehensive Integrated Development of Social Services packed in its National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP), butts in Alberto Suello, Sub Regional Program Coordinator.

KC NCDDP is another funded poverty alleviation program as a scaled up operations of community-driven development (CDD), strategy that allows communities empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

Here, communities identify their priority projects, unlike then when projects which get erected may soon turn out to be useless. 

“It gets a better chance of sustainability as the communities would feel they now own the project,” DSWD said. (RAC/PIABohol)

‘Bohol above everything’
Bohol inks Air Asia-MOA 
On Visit Bohol 15 promo

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 7, (PIA)—The Provincial Government of Bohol, inks an agreement with an airline carrier company to partner in a focused marketing campaign in attempts to revitalize the earthquake-affected Bohol tourism. 

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed between Bohol and local airline Air Asia, seeks to strengthen Bohol tourism by expanding tourism arrivals through strategic partnerships, product development and promotions to entice a larger market. 

In fitting rites during the 118th Birth Anniversary of Bohol’s most illustrious son, President Carlos P. Garcia, Governor Edgar Chatto represented Bohol while Atty. Joy Caneba, promises to support and partner with Bohol in its tourism action plan and initiative billed as “Visit Bohol 2015”.

The commemorative ceremony adopts CPG@118: Filipino First, Boholano above anything else, in reliving one of Garcia’s famous legacies on patronizing local products and shaking off the dreaded colonial mentality which hampers development. 

This same week, radio reports say that Bohol tourism is on a slump at its low tourism arrivals, compared to the previous pre-earthquake Bohol. 

In one of the many strategies Bohol and aiding organizations adopted, this agreement aims to reach target markets through effective promotional and marketing efforts to increase tourist arrivals. 

The MOA puts the Provincial Government into adopting and implementing Visit Bohol 2015 by publicizing its launch and inform publics as well as entice target markets to come to Bohol, publicize its partnership with the airline company and include the company logo in its advertising campaigns.

For Air Asia, it binds them to support Bohol’s Visit Bohol 2015 program by offering special low rates in travel fairs for Bohol delegates.

It also puts the airline company to offer year-round same low fare rates like its offer to other key destinations and pre-inform Bohol on special promotional rates for Bohol and its partners to support it by promotional and marketing activities.

Air Asia also is bound to include Visit Bohol 2015 in its ad campaigns, Travel Three Sixty magazine and help with partners, carry out media familiarization tours to promote Bohol even in its different served destinations. 

Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Madelone Rengel, Cesar Tomas Lopez, Vincenzo Arcamo, Dionisio Balite, DOT undersecretary Benito Bengzon and daughter of a CPG cousin, Marilou Valmoria witnessed the signing rites. (RAC/PIABohol)

Gold medalist, record breaking
swimmer gets special citation

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 7 (PIA) –A young Boholano who distinguished himself by breaking Philippine records in swimming and making a splash in the country’s Olympic athletes scouts, receive a special citation for bringing inspiration and great pride to Bohol.

Swimmer Rian Marco Adiong Tirol picked a special citation during the 118th Birth Anniversary of Bohol’s Most Illustrious Son, President Carlos P. Garcia, November 4. 

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto handed the special citation and plaque while DOT undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Board members Cesar Tomas Lopez, Vincenzo Arcamo, Abeleon Damalerio and Madelone Rengel witnessed the ceremony made in front of hundreds of Boholano government employees and thousands tuned to local radio stations doing live coverage of the events. 

Tirol made Bohol proud when he broke a 2006 Palarong Pambansa record of 33.32 seconds for the 50 meter breaststroke and the 2002 Philippine record of 100 meter boys breaststroke of 115.65 seconds in the 2014 Batang Pinoy National Championships held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last January 28-February 1, 2014. 

Tirol’s 50 meter breaststroke record of 33.03 broke what Joshua Acain of the National Capital Region pegged since 2006, while his 115.52 seconds for the 100 meter breaststroke broke Raffy Hechanova record of 115.65 seconds. Hechanova, a swimmer from West Visayas nailed this record since 2002. 

Aside from breaking two records, Tirol also outswam tough competition to rake in gold medals for 12 and under boys category, in 50 meter butterfly, 50 meter breaststroke, 50 meter backstroke, 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter breaststroke, according to reports from the Department of Education, Bohol.

Tirol is one of the two athletes in the whole competition who swept five gold medals in five individual events, said a report by Leo Armando Boncales, of DepEd. 

The five gold medals also represent Tirol’s best, as it was the maximum number of events that an individual swimmer can participate.

Tirol is a high school student at the Victoriano D. Tirol Advanced Learning Center.

National swimming coach and former Olympian Akiko Thompson tagged Tirol as potential swimmer for the Olympics during last year's Regional BatangPinoy in Tacloban. 

For his feats, Tirol undergoes a technical selection process by different National Sports Associations under the Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippines Sports Commission.

BDJ, warden Abueva 
earn BJMP awards 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 7, (PIA) –Bohol’s Provincial jail and its current warden took distinguishing awards from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on its 23rd Anniversary, November 7, 2014 in fitting rites at the Casino de Espanol in Cebu City. 

Bohol District Jail (BDJ) topped Central Visayas detention and rehabilitation centers, capping the District Jail of the Year Award for 2014 while the BJMP picked Bohol warden, Jail Chief Inspector Jose Rusylvi Abueva as the District Jail Warden of the Year, earning the distinction from three other district jails and wardens in the region. 

Also earning unit awards are the following: Jail Provincial Administration (JPA) Office (Negros Oriental), City Jail of the Year (Mandaue City Jail Male Dormitory), Female Dormitory of the Year (Lapu-lapu City Jail Female Dormitory) and Municipal Jail (Minglanilla Municipal Jail. 

For individual awardees, along with Bohol’s warden Abueva are the following: Jail provincial Administrator (J/CInsp Rosalina Malahay), City Warden (J/CInsp Gil Inopia Jr.), Female Warden (JSinsp. Elsie Eireen Alcomendras), Municipal Warden (JInsp. Emilianito Enriquez), BJMP Senior Officer (J/Supt Bartolome Sagadal), BJMP Junior Officer (JSInsp Eric Relucio) , BJMP Staff Officer (J/Insp Mark Anthony Omega), BJMP Male JNCO (JO1 Allain Sajonia), BJMP Male JNCO (JO1 Warren Ramo) and BJMP NUP (NUP Mary Carmil Nemeño). 

The awarding was in line with the 23rd BJMP Anniversary commemoration which also happens to be an annual venue for recognizing outstanding performance of the administration and management of the 12 district jails, 16 city jails, 4 municipal jails and 8 district jails with male and female dormitories as well as 1 jail with minor dormitory, according to the BJMP 7 website 

BJMP RO VII is manning a total of 34 jails region-wide with a monthly average of over 7000 inmates guarded and managed by 757 jail personnel, of which 50 are Jail Commissioned Officers (JCO), 705 are Jail Non-Commissioned Officers (JNCO) and Non Uniformed Personnel (NUP). 

The BJMP Regional office VII is presently manned by 34 BJMP personnel, 9 of whom are officers, 23 are non-commissioned officers and 2 NUPs. 

In Central Visayas, the BJMP also gave out special awards to Cental Visayas governors including Gov. Edgar Chatto for the partnerships with the national government jailers. 

Other Boholano officials given special awards are City Mayor John Geesnell Yap, Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero, Ubay Mayor Galicano Atup, and Carmen Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio, in recognition for their cooperation with the BJMP. (RAC/PIABohol)

Four Boholanos get 
“2014 CPG awards” 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 7, (PIA)—Five Boholanos who have helped immortalize the values and traits of most illustrious son get awards as the province commemorates Carlos Polestico Garcia’s (CPG) 118th birth anniversary, November 4. 

In his prime, Boholano CPG topped his career by becoming the eighth President of the Republic of the Philippines which he attained after living his life as a teacher, artist, poet extra-ordinaire, topnotch lawyer, international statesman, sportsman, and endeared public servant. 

To perpetuate his traits and immortalize the memory of the man who has made Bohol very proud, the Provincial Government institutionalized the Carlos P Garcia Awards as an annual recognition of Boholanos who exemplify the values and traits of the late president, according to Bohol Capitol. 

As an extra-ordinary Bisayan poet which he practiced while he was a teacher, CPG was given the rare distinction as the “Prince of Visayan Poets” and the “Bard from Bohol”. 

For this, well-known local historical researcher and Bisayan language as well as multi-lingual education advocate, Engr. Jes B. Tirol gets a CPG award. 


Tirol, a civil engineer by profession has conducted intensive research of the Sugbuanon Bisaya since 1985, using a variety of materials, some of them dating back 1618, these he analyzed according to its psychology and differentiates them from distinct English and other languages and used them in his published 31,000 words Kapulongan. 

Engr Tirol’s plaque reads, for his excellence in pioneering local historical research and advocating for the institutional acceptance of the Bisayan language which made Boholanos cognizant of their local history, language and culture. 

Meanwhile as CPG passed the bar as among the top 10 in his time, he represented the Philippines in international conventions leading to the shaping up of the South East Asian Treaty Organization and the precursor of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

True statesman and public servant, Garcia served as Bohol District Representative, Governor and Vice President before he assumed the Presidency in an unblemished service record. 


For his memory, another CPG award was conferred to Isabelito “Tatay Billy” Tongco, a public servant who is among Bohol’s longest serving, with 61 record years; as a teacher, Mayor for home town Antequera, Bohol Board Member and other various key government positions. 

“Tatay Billy” never shirked away from the challenge of public service, extensively using a smart mixture of conversational flair, irrepressible sense of humor, loyalty, personal integrity which never fails to get him the love and admiration from Boholanos. 


In the field of visual arts, another CPG Award went to painter Rosalio Ortiz of Jagna town. 

A Fine Arts graduate at the UST, Ortiz won a MetroBank national painting competition and went home to Bohol to practice arts that was largely unappreciated. 

By 1970s however, Ortiz went on to do a portrait series of paintings which gave the faces of undocumented Boholano heroes. 

He was commissioned, along with his sons, to paint the choir loft and ceilings of the Jagna Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, which was destroyed in the 1990 earthquake. 

He also did local scenes which inspire Boholanos to take pride in their history. 


For music, Catalino Salarda, the man behind the Alicia Musika Kawayan got another CPG Award this year. 

A catechist doing missionary work in a school, Salarda, who also doubles up with other tasks, soon found music in bamboos. 

He crafted musical instruments from them: marimba kawayan, baho-sugong, palakpak, bagater, tambol-kawayan and the Pacific ukulele and organized the Katipunan Elementary School Bamboo Ensemble. 

The group came out for a public performance in 1996 and was awarded Regional Winner in the revitalized Tree Planting and Greening program. (RAC/PIABohol)

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