Monday, May 4, 2015

Capitol awards P660K for 
best practices in ESWM

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 1 (PIA) –For making a statement on its support to local governments’ initiatives in implementing the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) law, Capitol through Governor Edgar Chatto handed in P450,000 worth of waste management projects and P210,000 worth of cash reward to Bohol’s best town implementeers in garbage management. 

Gov Chatto, in recent awarding ceremonies handed in P200,000 worth of waste management projects to Balilihan town, which topped Bohol towns in solid waste management best practices with a rating of 76.13. 

Evaluated along with Balilihan are Bohol’s 46 towns and Tagbilaran City, using the parameters used by the National Solid Waste Management Commission for the 2013 calendar year, according to Maria Socorro Trinidad, Bohol’s ESWM coordinator at the Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO).

Also rewarded, with P150,000 worth of project which the town will soon identify is Duero, picking 74.45 points. 

The town which ranked third among Bohol’s solid waste management implementers is Cortes (74.38), which capped a P100,000 in projects.

The three towns, along with 7 other winners in the top ten list, showed outstanding seriousness in managing their solid waste, putting up sustainability mechanisms and even generated funds from garbage collection to selling of recyclables, practiced strict waste segregation at source to land them in the top. 

Also in the top ten and receiving at least P30,000 in cash which would be used to enhance all their ecologiocal solid waste management programs are Jagna ((72.75), Lila (71.83), Corella (69.50), Alburquerque (64.92), Baclayon (64.50), Maribojoc (62.17) and Loon (56.83), data from the provincial ecological solid waste management council evaluation team showed. 

The evaluating team, comprising of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Interior and Local Government, Education, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Health Office and the BEMO, made evidence based document reviews for town ESWM, made field visits to barangays and random inspection of households to be able to come up with the ratings, explained Trinidad. 

Evaluators said most Bohol towns have already designated ESWM focal persons, had private sector representatives in their local ESWM councils, conduct regular ESWM council meetings or inserted ESWM issues in town council gatherings, put up local budget allocations, adopted a decade long integrated solid waste management plan including waste segregation and characterization at source, put up temporary control dumps, collected garbage fees, and planned to put up sanitary landfills in the most immediate future.

But even with the relative successes in ESWM in Bohol, the Provincial Ecological Solid Waste Management Council still recommends continuous information, education and communication to all communities especially on waste segregation, the sustaining of the practice of reduce, reuse and recycle to minimize full disposal which would not be viable for towns without sanitary landfills. 

The council also recommends training and deputation of ESWM enforcers to strength ESWM program implementation and enforcement, production of other IEC materials like flyers, brochures and other information collaterals. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

PPOC asks public, private sectors
help in workers' random drug 

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 30 (PIA)--Realizing the immensity of the drug abuse problem in Bohol, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has solicited the crucial help of everyone here to make work-places in Bohol practically drug free. 

In the most recent Holy Name University (HNU) opinion survey called Bohol Polls which run in March to April this year, 29 % of the 400 respondents admit that illegal drugs is very serious problem in Bohol. 

The same survey had 30% of voters saying illegal drugs is somewhat serious and another 29% admit that illegal drugs is serious problem. 

And with the move, the Department of Labor and Employment said that the government has made it a policy to ensure that workers are in an occupation safety and healthy environment that is promoting for drug free, alcohol free, HIV and AIDS free, Hepa B free, smoke free, TB free as well as sexual harassment free environment. 

As long as the management and the employees agree on the DOLE policy of occupational Safety and Health in the workplace, then random drug testing is legal and constitutional, says German Guidaben, local DOLE officer in Charge at the Kapihan sa PIA.

Of course, on this former Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) president Marietta Gasatan assured that once an employee is positively found out to have been a drug user, he could be terminated, without compromising labor laws. 

Guidaben also said the management may give the employee a chance at a second opinion but if it too turns out positive, then the employee could be sent for rehabilitation or dismissed. 

It may be recalled that in its February meeting, the PPOC, through a motion by Civil Society Organization representative Emilia Roslinda resolved to promote drug-free Boholano workplaces through implementing random drug testing in its employees. 

The DOLE, taking the cue from a Dangerous Drugs Board promulgation in resolution 06-03 dated August 20113 prescribed the guidelines in implementing a drug-free workplace program. 

This same promulgation includes the manner in which random drug tests are implemented for officials end employees in the workplace. 

Apart from the DOLE, the Civil Service Commission promulgated CSC resolution 101359 in June 201, which adopts the guidelines from a drug free working environment in government. 

In the recent meeting April 29, 2015 at the People's Mansion Conference Hall, the PPOC, urges the public and private sector to conduct random drug testing to local workers to ensure drug free workplaces. 

In Resolution no. 7, series of 2015, Marietta Gasatan who now manages a resort in Panglao, said the move should help establishments maintain a drug-free workplaces according to government mandates.

Illegal drugs abuse is a menace to the society which could affect everyone, including the workers in the government and the private sector since it would cause physical, mental and social dysfunction, the PPOC members averred. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Total crime volume soars, 
but so has crime solution

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) --Crimes in Bohol may have increased by 593 cases in January to March of 2015 compared to the first three months of 2014, but Camp Dagohoy also reported a high crime solution efficiency this year as against the first three months of 2014. 

At the recent provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting Wednesday, April 29, Camp Dahohoy, the headquarters of the provincial police force said crimes in Bohol from January to March last year reached 1,605.

This year however, crimes logged in police blotters since the start of the year until March reached 2,202 for a noted increase of 523 cases. 

But, the police headquarters authorities and crime statisticians quickly pointed out that the total solved cases for the first three months this year reached 1,221 as compared to the same period of 2015 when only 359 cases were solved. 

According to Camp Dagohoy, non-index crimes in 2014 reached 618 cases while index crimes totaled 993. By this year, non index crimes soared to 928 while index crimes went as high as 1,274.

Topping the crime types for the three months term is physical injuries, which comprised 43% eating 543 cases of the total crime pie.

Of the physical injury cases too, crime statisticians at the Bohol police headquarters said 327 are vehicular accidents and another less than a hundred of which are slight physical injuries to mauling incidents. 

After physical injuries, theft and robbery rank next at 34% or 430 cases and 13% at 168 cases. 

Camp Dagohoy said "Statistics reflect that theft and physical injury remains to be the most prevalent crimes in the distribution of index crimes," but "physical Injury as broken down shows that most of these incidents are not human inflicted crimes but [are] due to human errors or traffic related accidents.

In their assessment, Camp Dagohoy, under PSSupt Dennis Agustin said, "to date, illegal drugs especially shabu still remains the number one problem in the province." 

And notwithstanding daily arrests through buy-busts and raids, police authorities still consider the drug menace as among the potent threats on the prevailing peace and order in the province. 

"Despite of the continues anti-illegal drug operations, several illegal personalities are yet to be neutralized," their assessment stated.

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