Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Catigbian tags over P50 M
For barangay waterworks

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 2, (PIA) –About 9 of Catigbian’s 22 barangays still have water and sanitation problems, but according to Mayor Virgilio Lurot, slowly but surely, they are looking at getting better conditions for thousands of families who still find potable drinking water access restrictive. 

And with that, Catigbian leaders see over P50 million funds from a convergence of government agencies in the next two years, according to the mayor. 

Lurot, a man who holds a long experience as legislator and a businessman, said the town has allocated some of its local funds for the improvement of the towns waterworks, but the recent earthquake compromised several of its waterworks infrastructure that they need to go back to the drawing boards.

Speaking to the local media during the recent “Katigba-one para sa kalikopan,” the otherwise reserved chief executive of Bohol’s green town shared his administration’s game plan in beating the water woes off his townspeople.

“There has to be a re-planning, getting all small barangay waterworks interconnected so we could have a fair grasp of what’s needed to where,” the mayor, who sat on a press conference with Vice Mayor Rey Lacea and Councilor Necita Digaum, shared. 

Admitting an annual programmed waterworks development set for Catigbian, the mayor also added it is barely enough to cause a dent on the need. 

After the earthquake, the town identified the rehabilitation of its ruined waterworks and pushed for P8 million funding aid. 

Through the government’s Bohol Earthquake Assistance funds, the local planners now are completing the paper requirements before the Provincial Treasurer issues the certificates of availability of the funds prior to getting the voucher or checks to start the projects. 

Apart from the P8M and the additional annual local appropriations, the Department of Interior and Local Government facilitated the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process and asked community stakeholders to help pick out priority projects which the communities direly need. 

The GPBP has helped people identify some P20 million of waterworks projects in 2015 and another 25 in the next year, he said. 

Another potential fund source is the expanded Kalahi CIDSS of the Department of Social welfare and Development, which could be had, through its Community Driven Development concept, a source added. (RAC/PIABohol)

Grab cheap “Bohol tours” at 
Glorietta travel fair, Dec 8-10

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, December 2, (PIA) –If you think local tourism’s restrictive pricing is that which keeps people from experiencing Bohol, it could be time they visit Glorietta Mall on December 8-10. 

On those days, Bohol opens its doors to those who haven’t gone to the island yet, or to those curious about what has become of Bohol after the earthquake. 

The Glorietta Mall event is a travel fair where Bohol tourism industry stakeholders offer super low air and sea fares, transfers, hotel bargains and discounted tour packages. 

On those days, Bohol also launches its brand new tag, “Behold Bohol,” one the tourist island gets after giant global Cable News Network (CNN) facilitated its post-earthquake tourism rebranding. 

The brand, part of Bohol Tourism Action Plan is developed through the help of the United States Agency for International Development through its Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Project (USAID-COMPETE), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO), and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), along with local tourism stakeholders.

The "Behold Bohol" brand would project the province as a family-oriented and wholesome eco-cultural tourist destination, according to a press statement from Bohol’s Capitol. 

By that, they mean the place where your usual tourist attractions like the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier will be complemented by other sets of images and experiences such as adventure and exploration rides and treks including on-road and coastal tours, food tours, souvenir collecting, craft experiences and even geological ones, as quoted from the press statement. 

In the late 90’s, Bohol, under then Governor Rene Relampagos and then Vice Governor Edgar M. Chatto, after a series of consultative multi-sectoral workshops picked a vision for the island to become a prime eco-cultural tourism destination with a strong agro industry. 

Largely agricultural, the island of Bohol caused a stir in its local economy with eco-tourism, a decision that plugged the problem of job generation and out migration, noting that tourism is a labor intensive and for capital-deficit government, the industry opens up wide doors for private investment participation. 

And just as economists see Bohol as one of the country’s best performing economies, the people slowly feeling the economic ripples of the industry, a devastating earthquake in late 2013 buckled up the province and shattered its tourism dream. 

With a need to get up, the new “Behold…BOHOL,” will position the province as a destination that exudes a sense of awe in every visitor, according to Governor Edgar Chatto.

Now touted as the biggest private and public sector pitched in hands to project a massive coordinated campaign to beckon tourists, Behold Bohol opens a new competitive slogan for the province, amid the emerging new destinations all over Asia and the Philippines. 

And on the general perception that Bohol is an expensive destination, the travel fair allows preselling which grants the buyers outrageously low airfares, huge discounts in hotels and accommodations, cheap and more activity filled tours as welI as the usual premium of seeing it all in Bohol. (RAC/PIABOHOL)

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