Monday, June 29, 2015

Catigbian's P670K complements
P26.7M waterworks rehab work

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 26 (PIA)--In full spirit of "counter-parting," Catigbian sets aside P670,000 from its own pockets to complement funding sources who helps them in rehabilitation works for the town's earthquake- damaged waterworks. 

The counterpart may not be that much, but according to town council secretary Ardessa Estavilla, the town has to scour its meager resources if only to get services flowing again. 

From two major funding sources, Catigbian taps its lines to get the taps flowing, Estavilla, who also works as town tourism officer shared. 

The town has accessed funds from the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA), a national government fund released to help Bohol towns recover and rehabilitate ruined infrastructure after a massive earthquake hit the island October 15, 2013. 

The town has also helped facilitate its communities to identify fixing of the waterworks as a priority for funding by the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). 

In a document the town shared, it showed that from the BEA, Maitum and Mahayag Norte Waterworks systems with funds of P5,210,000 and P7,360,000 respectively, have set the project for publication within the week.

The document, signed by mayor Virgilio Lurot, who happens to be an engineer by profession, also showed that Bongbong-Baang (P4,350,000) and Poblacion (P5,5000,000) are still on detailed engineering design stages.

The entry of the DILG BUB again proved beneficial for the town whose older water sources have run dar, possible the underground water finding other channels.

From the BUB, the town accessed some P4,330,000 for the rehabilitation of its waterworks, a project that is ongoing and has registered a 74.44% accomplishment, Estavilla said. 

Recently, the town celebrated its 66th founding anniversary which run from June 17-19, and the waterworks rehab came as among the town's good news. (rac/PIA7/Bohol)

DSWD opens search for 
model Pantawid Pamilya

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 26 (PIA)--Will Bohol be able to sustain its gains in snagging, for the third year, the distinction of having a family from its beneficiaries picked as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Model Family for 2015?

This as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prepares for the selection of a regional candidate for the national Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya by mid-August, to represent Central Visayas, reveals Phoebe Jen Indino at the recent Kapihan sa PIA. 

The search aims to recognize family-beneficiary of the 4Ps program who maintain strong family toes, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside, according to the DSWD sources at the Kapihan sa PIA. 

Indino, 4Ps information officer said that for the last two years, Bohol families have represented the region in the national search and came home with top awards.

In 2013, a family from Sagbayan, Bohol was picked from among the many candidates for the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. Senderiosa Hermocilla's family also bagged the regional awards and ascended into the national competitions bagging a top award. 

By the following year, the Ewican Family of Norma and Genaro from Carmen won hands down in the provincial and regional competitions and capped it with a second best Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in 2014. 

Open still to all family beneficiaries of the program nationwide, with good community standing, with a noble income and has complete compliance with the 4Ps conditionalities, the search would be using a system where DSWD city and municipal links obtain nominations and model family endorsements from parent leaders, barangay chairs, LGUs who can nominate at least one family as official entry to represent them. 

Although All Filed Offices of the DSWD are to conduct regional searches, conducting provincial searches may be optional, in which case a desk validation will happen. 

From provincial winners, a regional winner would be picked in mid-August and the provincial filed offices are to package the documentation for preliminary screening and validation at the national level, Indino said. 

Desk validation criteria for model families include maintenance of strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite challenges of poverty (25%), family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20%), family involvement in community activities (20%), family as inspiration to others in the community (20%) and strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15%).

Meanwhile, Indino said the criteria for field evaluation are: Character (25%), Communication (25%), Leadership and participation in community activities (25%) and Insights (25%). (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol irrigation group 
among country's best 

TAGBILARAN CITY- A Boholano irrigation association (IA) cooperative came out as one of the country's three most outstanding IAs in the National Irrigation System category. 

At the recently concluded three day National Irrigation Authority (NIA) 52nd Anniversary Celebration June 22-24, 2015, Bohol's pride, San D Mil Irrigators' Association Inc. came out strong again following a less -than-stellar performance in 2013-2014 calendar year. 

San D Mil IA of Malinao Irrigation System, in Pilar service area is now again recognized as among the best, an honor it held in the last consecutive three years. 

"This is the third consecutive year that San D Mil received the award despite dropping a spot after finishing first runner up last CY 2013 and 2014," according to NIA Regional Director Mario H. Sande. 

The association headed by Tereso Cruda proved that such distinction doesn't need a vast service area. 

"It is a huge distinction for us, a small irrigation association like San D Mil because we proved it is not about the size of the catchment area," confessed Sande. 

Bohol winning IA toppled down other irrigation association giants like Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS) and NIA Region 12 nominees, according to NIA 7 sources. 

With a service area of 124.4 hectares and a 117 registered members, this association is one of the smallest in terms of area in this category, the NIA source pointed out. 

"But, we posted a high and stable collection efficiency and with a well-disciplined operation and maintenance system, we made it as one of the country's best," NIA shared during the Association of United Development information Officers (AUDIO) Meeting, Thursday at the Reyna's Garden and haven in Tagbilaran City. 

Also making it to national recognition are Ligaya IA of Magat River Irrigation System (MARIIS) and Lower Tiparak Tambulig IA of Region 9. 

For the honor, Bohol's , San D Mil receives P30,000 cash award and a plaque of recognition as the 2nd Most Outstanding IA. (TonyAlonzo-NIA/PIABohol)

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