Monday, December 1, 2014

Catigbian earns environment 
Tag for fruit-tree ordinance

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 21, (PIA) –The Municipality of Catigbian distinguishes itself as the first municipality in Bohol to get the environment tag for innovative legislation that helps its community attain resilience from disaster and hunger. 

A team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Education, and Capitol through the Office of the Governor’s Bohol Environment Management Office helps the local officials unveil the billboard tag to be erected in front of the town hall in fitting rites Monday, November 24. 

Catigbian Sangguniang Bayan passed Municipal ordinance No. 2, series of 2008, which required every Elementary and secondary school graduating students from public and private school in the municipality to plant five fruit bearing trees as a requirement for graduation. 

The ordinance, which got strictly implemented, is widely accepted as the reason why the town continues to aspire that they can emerge someday as a fruit capital of Bohol and maybe in the region, shared Mayor Virgilio Lurot, who was then an SB member. 

By doing this, the town established a tie – up with the Department of Education to intensify the support for integration and application of DepEd’s curricula in Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) for the Elementary level and the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) for the secondary levels, the ordinance said. 

The town aimed to spearhead a sustainable program for food supply and family income generation; instill among the in – school youth the values on responsibility, resourcefulness, reliability and love of Mother Earth and most especially to promote a green and healthy community.

As to the system, the town provides planting material inputs which it supplies through the Municipal Agriculture Office.

The ordinance also mandates all concerned agencies to lend all needed technical support to the students to ensure that material inputs are properly planted.

The planting of the fruit – bearing trees, shall be done at least a month before the scheduled graduation to guarantee growing state, which would also ask all Catigbian – resident graduating students to plant in their backyard or owned lots.

For non – Catigbian – resident graduating students without any lots, they are required to plant in the Dep–Ed or LGU designated areas, a certification of accomplishment from the office of the Punong Barangay where the task planting is performed is needed as proof that the student has complied to be eligible for graduation, says the ordinance.

The DENR, PIA, LGU Bohol and the DepED sees this as a worthwhile institutional act which is worth emulating, and a citation of Lugar na Makakalikasan tag is in order, team members agreed. (RAC/PIABohol)

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DILG release P28 million worth 
of GPBP priority water projects

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 21, (PIA) –People’s councils and their participation in budgeting bears well for 10 Bohol towns when the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) released a total of P28, 592, 500 as initial fund for their community identified priority projects- 

In fitting ceremonies Thursday, November 20, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, along with Governor Edgar Chatto and Congressman Kit Belmonte handed out the checks to mayors whose towns have prioritized local waterworks projects under the DILGs Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).

The DILG has sent community mobilizers to finally allow communities to have a say on their prioritized infrastructure spending and the initial P28.5 million is about half of the P53, 285,000 which Bohol towns get for their water and sanitation problems, according to data from the local DILG office.

Of the 10 towns, San Miguel gets the biggest share of budgets with P 12 million total, Mayor Claudio Bonior then received P6M check for local waterworks.

Earthquake devastated Loon Waterworks Project costs P11 million and Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez got for his town some P5.5 million in its first tranche release. 

Jagna, on the other hand identified P8.415 million and Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla came home to his town bringing P4.207 million for his town’s water projects. 

Pilar Mayor Necitas Cubrado, on the other hand went to his town with some P3.135 million funds to help here people in their water projects. Pilar has some P6.270 million water project lined up.

Mabini has identified P6 million water projects and Mayor Esther Tabigue went home bringing in the P3 million in check for the initial release. 

Other mayors who brought home GPBP project funds are Carmen Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio Jr. (P1.7 million), Dagohoy Mayor Sofronio Apat Sr, (P1.6 million) and Anda Mayor Metodio Amper (P1.5 million).

Carmen identified some P3.4 million water projects, Dagohoy; (P3.2 million) and Anda (P3.0 million).

Meanwhile, DILG also released a regular Salintubig project for Batuan with Mayor Francisco Pepito bringing home P1.25 million and Bilar Mayor Norman Palacio received P700, 000.00 for GPBP Benchmarking.

The release coincided with Sec Roxas’ visit to Bohol to get updates on the implementation of the Bohol Earthquake Assistance funds. 

The turn-over of checks happened at the Bohol Tropics Resort where the BEA updating happened during a luncheon meeting. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Tourism HRD plan to address
inadequately trained grads

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 21, (PIA) –Tourism industry related graduates in Bohol are aplenty, but they are simply not adequately prepared of lacks the personality traits that make them get to the jobs they desire. 

In fact, among the more serious concerns, a recent study showed the imperative for Bohol Tourism Industry workers to adapt to the ASEAN competency standards amidst an impending ASEAN integration which starts by 2015 . 

This is why, Bohol should come up with its Human Resource Development Plan for Tourism, a thing Philippine Business for Education (PBED) impressed after its many surveys, consultations and focused group discussions among tourism industry stakeholders and the academe. 

With P3.43 billion in direct tourism expenditures, P3-5billion in value added income and close to 40,000 jobs employing directly some 6,000 workers, tourism in Bohol in 2013 could not just be laid aside, Narzalina Lim, of Asian Pacific Projects Incorporated and PBEd assisting consultants implied. 

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the PBED is among the attempts at helping Bohol regain its share in tourism, where insiders and observers noticed a slump in all overnight visitors, day trips and capitalize on the newly opened cruise ship market. 

In its study, PBEd showed that from 2009-2013, tourism growth in Bohol slowed down to 5.4% per annum, where the slowing growth, observers ascribe to the combination of lack of products diversification, quality customer service and limited sea and air access.

Compounded by the earthquake, Bohol’s tourism industry future should have slumped some more, but PBEd projects see some bright future here. 

In a presentation during the ceremonial turn-over of the Human resource Development Plan for the Tourism Industry in Bohol, Lim, former tourism industry top official cites anchors for the projections as new products, facilities and attractions giving Bohol the new excitements.

She also said improved service quality, improved and tourist friendly sea access, the operationalization of Panglao Airport and intensified promotions, could help Bohol attain its visions. 

But, PBEd said if Bohol intends to cash in on the growth, it must look at its human resource development plan. 

PBED studies noted that most tourism stakeholder graduates gun for the top supervisory positions, which may have problems because it becomes too competitively tough for graduates prepared in schools without the necessary equipment and curriculum set for such, hinted the consultants. 

The new study statistics revealed that the majority of the in-demand positions [in the tourism industry] are in the skilled levels, comprising 69% of the total additional employment forecasted for Bohol’s next few years. 

With 15 Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) and 19 TESDA accredited training centers with tourism related courses in Bohol, the same study confirmed that over 40% of HEI graduates and 3o% of TESDA graduates leave Bohol or do not work with the industry they trained for. 

The study also admits, despite all these, there is in fact still an abundant supply of potential new entrants to the industry.

The main issue however which the study showed is the need for HEIs to upgrade their soft and hard infrastructure to meet current industry standards, for Bohol HEIs and training centers to collaborate with the private sector tourism players to come up with a structured on the job trainings, while its showed gross mismatch between school curricula and the industry skills need.

Most HEI learning modules focus on management principles, while the industry simply needs more technical and industry based skills, the study points out. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Albur “PCF award” 
paves town roads

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 21, (PIA) –Alburquerque continued on its earned good governance seal when it did not just squander the award money it got. 

And no less than Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who impressed on the idea that good governance equates to sound fiscal management and transparent service, when he graced the opening of some municipal road concreting projects in Alburquerque town. 

On the day the secretary came in to get updates on the ongoing government rehabilitation in Bohol, he proceeded to Alburquerque, some 10 kilometers east of Tagbilaran City to impress on the government promotion for good governance which banks on accountability and transparency. 

In 2012, Alburquerque earned its Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), a government program that tracks financial accountability of towns by looking at open financial dealings according to standard government auditing in their delivery of services. 

For the SGH, the town received a cash award of P1,000,000.00, which spending should be in line with the local response to the Millennium Development Goals.

The cash prize, also called Performance Challenge Fund, allowed the town to spend the money to pave town roads and streets. 

With the award, Alburquerque through Mayor Efren Tungol identified Barangays East and West Poblacion as recipients. 

For a total length of 234 linear meters, the PCF was used to concrete-pave the 96 LM Pasig Street to San Roque Chapel and 18 LM Pasig Street to the Multi-purpose Building, all in East Poblacion. 

For West Poblacion, the PCF paved the 64 LM Rizal St near Alburquerque Central Elementary School and 56 LM San Quintin Street.

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