Monday, February 23, 2015

Bohol collaborates to resolve 
“rebel-exploited” land issues 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 21, (PIA) – In the full spirit of collaboration and cooperation, Bohol local government and it’s civilian sector community organizers are now in full gear in conflict resolution. 

At the heart of these conflicts are land-related issues, especially when military intelligence reports reveal that rebels use these problems as opportunities to sow discontent in government and thus regain their lost grip on the mass base. 

The same report, as read by Army Special Forces Commanding Officer Colonel Potenciano Camba during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting Tuesday, bared the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army in Bohol are continuing their organizing efforts to gain mass base in Bohol. 

The organizing effort is in preparation of the ground for the re-entry of armed insurgents in the island, considering that Bohol is ripe ground for funds with elections looming, the infusion of funds from earthquake and calamity assistance and the propensity of officials to pay campaign access fees. 

Targets in the sowing of dissent are people’s organizations in the hinterlands that they project to support, especially those with land-related issues. 

Not to be left out, the army and a team from the Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) meet the propagandists head-on, and in the strategy of collaboration and partnership, swooped down to the puroks, to address problems at the root, reports Gov. Edgar Chatto, during his State of the Province Address (SOPA). 

But before the governor could state Bohol intervention against the returning insurgents plan, the CDP-PPM has facilitated the coming in of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to dialog with the community of Trinidad. 

There, Talibon-Trinidad Farmers’ Association (TTFA), who are occupying portions of the Bohol Cattle Ranch (BCR), at San Vicente, in Trinidad, had been awarded lands through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. 

TTFA is a farmers group under the umbrella of the progressive Hugpong sa mga Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL). 

The portions awarded however, according to the DENR, do not belong to the alienable and disposable (A and D) areas, them being in timberlands. 

With the DENR insisting the timberlands could not be awarded, DAR also said CARP is a government program, and has to be followed. But DAR also knows lands that can be pushed under the land reform are only those which are A and D. 

With the farmer community now unsettled due to the conflict, the CDP-PPM arranged for the parties to a dialog: and the most immediate resolution would be for a land survey to determine which areas of the BCR are A and D. 

According to Agrarian Reform Project Officer II Marcelito Concepcion, both the DENR and DAR, as well as TTFA members have agreed to a resurvey, so the A and D areas could be determined. 

It has to be clearly stated here, that it is DAR, and not any organization that awards the lands, stressed a DAR official citing falsity in the claims that some people’s organizations can freely decide to give or take the land awards from members who refuse to accompany rallies and mass mobilizations. 

The survey started last February 13 and is ongoing, Concepcion reported at the PPOC. Another coordination meeting is set in the first week of March, he added. 

After TTFA, the CDPPPM and DAR-DENR would head to Mabini, where a similar exploited land issue is brewing anti-government dissent. 

Also protecting the local group of Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Mabini is HUMABOL. 

Even then, in his SOPA delivered Friday, Governor Chatto declared: Our province remains insurgency-free and stands as an acknowledged model in collaboration and multi-sector convergence to bring solutions to the root causes that fuel insurgency. 

Through the CDP-PPM, together with the AFP and PNP, and our partner national agencies: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), we are effectively and responsively bringing various government socio-economic services closer to the people. 

For this collaboration, Col Camba said “From the military perspective, Bohol experience in counter-insurgency remains as the “best model” in resolving the various factors and dimensions of conflict thru the political and socio-economic policies of the local executives with close collaborations and strong partnership among the different sectors of society - national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organization and the people. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Over P12 B gov’t spending
For Bohol in 2015 onwards

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 21, (PIA) – Expect government spending to stir up the local economies as billions of pesos in earthquake assistance and infrastructure building programs start. 

Governor Edgar Chatto, in his recent State of the Province Address (SOPA) told the Bohoanos eager to hear the progress of the mulled new and modern Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in a spacious lot in Cortes, that this year alone, the Department of Budget and management has allocated P555 million for the first phase of the hospital construction. 

The DBM also put in another P500 million, other than the hospital’s initial phase fund allocation, this one for the purchase of modern equipment for hospital use. 

This brings the hospital allocation for this year alone, to P1 billion, Chatto said. 

The hospital’s total cost, according to the Department of Health, is P2.161 billion, which is now on bidding. 

The project entails site development works which runs a total of P107 million, five three storey buildings with a total contract worth of P616, 635.00, a six storey main building with a cost of P528,795.00 and a two-storey hospital command center and deck worth P100, 800.00.

The hospital also has support structures building to house its utilities and power plant, one government allocated P254,400.00.

In its road networks, following a project called Coordinating Road Investments for Development and Provincial Roads Investments, the local government converged resources with the public works agency, tourism and budget and management for the concreting of Bohol backroads like the Abatan-Agahay-Busao Road which has the government agencies converging to fund P80 million. 

For crucial tourism sites, the convergence again pooled some P440 million for the concreting of Poblacion-Cogtong-Panas-Badiang Road which leads to Anda beaches, Sinandigan Road leading to Sinandigan Boardwalk, Cabulao,-Ondol-Union Road to Anda and Ubay ports, Guindulman, Badiang Anda Cogtong Road, and Catigbian-Canmano Road leading to Sagbayan Peak and Danao Adventure Park. 

The replacement of earthquake-damaged roads and bridges as top priority will have 15 Road Sections for rehabilitation, and 13 contracts have already been awarded and are undergoing implementation. 

The Projects are bringing an additional P241.7 million to the province in terms of road repair and rehabilitation, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. 

Also this year are Department of Agrarian Reform Assisted crucial farm to market bridges in 16 locations all over Bohol, amounting to P55 million, said Gov. Chatto in his SOPA. 

Meanwhile, the year also finds the construction of the new Bohol Airport, which will have Japan International Cooperation Agency bankrolling the P7.14 billion cost. 

“Per the latest updates from JICA, the Notice of Award has been signed by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) BAC Chairman Usec. Lotilla, cited Chatto in his SOPA attended by national and local officials. 

Construction is expected to officially commence in April 2015, the governor added even as he said another P40 million is now implemented at the emergency airport ramp and apron of the Tagbilaran Airport while Panglao airport construction is still ongoing. 

To top it all, post-earthquake rehabilitation of public infrastructure will make Bohol richer with the P2.3-billion Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) Project with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DBM, under which we are repairing, rebuilding and reconstructing public buildings, Chatto shared. (RCA/PIABohol)

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Bohol on right track with 
‘DLP,’ says Guv at SOPA 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 20 (PIA)—Citing reform indications in education, Governor Edgar Chatto affirms his administration being on the right track with the implementation of Bohol-wide educational reforms by adopting the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP). 

During his State of the Province Address delivered before local officials, government and non-government agencies representatives and key sectoral representatives including House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Congressmen Eleandro Madrona and Al Francis Bichara, including Ambassador Carlos Chan, Chatto praised the DLP, pioneered by the Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning Bernido couple. 

Drs. Christopher (Boholano) and Ma. Victoria Carpio Bernido defined DLP as “Learning by doing” and ” Road map and a compass for learning”. 

The Bernido spouse, educators par excellence introduced this a cost effective method of teaching science and non-science project through “learning is by doing”; student-centered teaching system that focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures. 

Educators said DLP is roughly 70% student activity and 30% lecture discussion usually with the help of national experts through video lectures. 

From these, students learn independently, because each activity is provided with a clear, learning target, they said. 

Teacher blogger Anna Katharina, said with DLP, “the student will try to understand the lesson on their own by reading the concept notes and by doing the exercises before the lesson is discussed and explained. Student activities involve solving exercises, answering guide questions and copying notes, where each student keeps a portfolio of his work as a representative documentation of his schoolwork. This would later on serve as his reviewer and proof also of his performance in school. 

Implemented in our 162 public secondary schools all over Bohol over the last four years through DepEd, the DLP also gets support from the local government through manuals, to enhance its sustainability. 

The results speak for the themselves, as our charts show: the National Achievement Test passing percentage has consistently grown, from 57.58% in the first year to 64.35% as of last year, Chatto pointed out during his address at the Bohol Cultural Center. 

Also, he said “the drop-out rate has consistently declined, from 4.86% in the first year to 2.85% as of last year.” 

He also credited the DLP for the going down of class failure rate, from 5.70% in the first year to 2.13% as of last year. 

With these indicators, I have full confidence in saying that we are on the right track, Chatto beamed with pride to the applause of attendees. 

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Theater for the Future… 
Raving Teatro Porvenir 
Closes, after 8 shows 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 16 (PIA)—Apart from its revolutionary stage and acting, highly raving Teatro Porvenir closes on February 14, after successful 8 weekly shows gathering students, arts workers, intellectuals and avid ratings. 

The theater here is a cockpit in Baclayon Bohol which served not just cockfights, but a restaging of the culturally extinct moro-moro, komedya and awit all in one play. 

Teatro Porvenir, roughly translated as Theater for the future in Bohol is a cockpit; its rueda or the arena for cockfighting transforms into a multi-level stage where the actors occupy in most acts of the play. 

Writer Tim Dacanay, who earned a Palanca Award for the play, explored on the un-chronicled parts of the lives of the knows Supremos of the later organized revolutionary Kataas-taasan, kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Katipunan). 

On accounts of a surviving member of the Kapitunan, the playwright explored on the idea of Andres Bonifacio, and brothers Procopio, Ciriaco, Emilio Aguinaldo, Macario Sacay, Aurelio Tolentino as struggling theater actors of the old moro-moro, zarzuela, korido and awit of the Taga-ilogs, before they formed the Katipunan. 

As most shows later depict one monotonous story-line, these thespians tried to slowly inject the plays with the concepts of freedom from Spain, and later from America, when they realized the Treaty of Paris was nothing but a change of masters. 

Using the theater for the future shows us how theater can be tool for development. This can never be truer than in Teatro Porvenir, explains a cultural worker who supported the staging of the play. 

Teatro Porvenir is a play that allowed us to see Bonifacio’s struggles and how his brilliant life and his co-workers developed them to smartly continue and nurture the nationalism enough to ignite the Katipunan, she added. 

With Teatro Porvenir, Boholano Director brilliantly brought to a small stage the moro-moro, complete with the batalla movement, a cast of Christians and Muslims and the ubiquitous lady who would build the tension in the shows storylines. 

“It is heartwarming to get to a show that relives the moro-moro, complete with the batalla,” a school teacher admitted after the play’s second to the last staging. 

Batalla is a war dance step adopted by the moro-moro which is not staged anymore in most areas in Bohol, except maybe in Jagna where the Sinuog Estokada replays the dance steps with the muslim-christian war which St Michael joined to help the Christians. 

A spectator, a former Bayanihan dancer stood up and aired how he envied Bohol for doing what most dance companies could not: bringing an old tradition to the new generations. 

Congressman Rene Relampagos, who watched the play couldn’t stop from admiring the skill and talents of the Boholanos. 

“I have always stressed that among Bohol’s wonders are its people,” Relampagos said. 

An all local star-studded cast of the play includes actors from the 1998 Teatro Bol-anon, Teatro Abatan, school based theater groups of BISU, HNU and DCPNHS as well as community based actors, according to director Lutgardo Labad. 

Labad, another multi-awarded Boholano director, musical scorer and composer as well as community theater expert, sits as the NCCA Drama Committee head for the Visayas, and puts up Teatro Kasing Sining, an arts based theater doing arts based relief works to communities and children in disaster hit areas. 

Teatro Porvenir in Bohol is Teatro Kasing Sining’s Arts Month offer. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Bohol dads offer P170K 
Bounty on “Mao killer” 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 15 (PIA)—The Provincial Government, the City Government and Bohol Chronicle Radio Corporation offer a P170K bounty to anyone who could provide significant information leading to the arrest and bringing to justice the lone perpetrator tagged in the murder of broadcaster Engr. Maurito Lim. 

The Provincial Government, through Governor Edgar Chatto put in P100K, while City Mayor John Geesnell Yap, who was apparently insulted by the blatant broad daylight killing of a media practitioner, in front of DyRD AM and Bohol Chronicle editorial offices, issued the offer through respective capacities. 

Meanwhile, DyRD Bohol Chronicle upped the ante with and additional P20K raising the cash bounty to P170 K. 

It may be recalled that Engr. Lim was still inside his Isuzu Crosswind and was about to alight to board his weekly radio program “Chairman Mao on Board,” about 10:45 AM, February 14, 2015, when he was shot in the head. 

Lim and co-anchor Atty. Victor dela Serna were set to take to the airlanes at 11:00-12:00 slot. 

But, before the anchorman could step out of his car, a motorcycle riding shooter, drove past his parked car, made a u-turn and parked behind his car. 

From a closed circuit television installed outside DYRD, police found that the killer, clad in a dark hooded jacket casually walked to the driver’s side, drew a gun and shot Lim once. 

The shooter then tucked his gun, simply walked back to his parked motorcycle and drove off towards Hontanosas Street. 

Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the nearby Dr. Celestino Gallares Memoria Hospital where the doctors tried to revive him. 

The victim bore a gunshot wound from the back of his left ear, exiting through his cheeks. 

Doctors pronounced “Chairman Mao” dead at 1:15 PM. 

On the death, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, Philippine Information Agency in Bohol and some local officials issued pronouncements condemning the act. 

NUJP said they knew that the killed broadcaster has delivered stinging commentaries against local officials involved in the drug trade. 

While PSupt Vale withheld information pending investigation yet, he hinted police will pursue all angles in the investigation. 

On the CCTV view, the city police are going to have the images blown-up so a clearer picture of the assailant could be had. 

Based on the CCTV, Supt Vale said the killing is a professional job, considering the calm and calculating escape from the crime scene. (RAC/PIABohol)

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