Monday, June 22, 2015

PDEA: Bohol moderately 
affected by illegal drugs

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 19 (PIA)--Despite the daily stream of arrests, drug busts and the occasional summary execution of known drug personalities, narcotics agents classify Bohol as moderately affected by drugs. 

Bohol chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in the recent out-of-town Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting in time with the HEAT-IT Bohol Caravan Wednesday issued the assessment, citing Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution number 12, series of 2004. 

PDEA intelligence officer Jigger Juniller told PPOC members that Bohol is moderately affected unlike any other Provinces in Region VII with big cities like the provinces of Cebu and Negros Oriental where there is more demand of [sic] the illegal drugs. 

He also said Bohol's vast shorelines make it apparently easier for illegal drug traffickers to bring dangerous drugs supply into the island, and the operations ongoing against drugs caused the supply to falter, the collective efforts of other law enforcement and the provincial office of PDEA in Bohol making a dent. 

The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the governing body in various workshops since 2004, set down the parameters to categorize the degree of drug affectation of a place and summed all of these in the Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution No. 12 Series of 2004, as future basis for consideration.

Based on the DDB Resolution No. 12, the three (3) basic categories of drug-affectation are slightly affected, moderately affected, and seriously affected. 

Those considered slightly affected are those places with the presence of at least one (1) suspected drug user established in the area. It is moderately affected, if at least one suspected drug pusher or trafficker is living or residing in the area while it is seriously affected if at least laboratory, den, dive resort or similar facilities is suspected to exist in the locality, explained PDEA at the PPOC meeting last month.

The PDEA, through Juniller reports that in May 2015, they have accounted some 8.06 grams of illegal "methamphetamine hydrochloride" or popularly known as shabu, through buy eight bust operations and 38.1 grams though the implementation of search warrant. PDEA also accounted for some 0.03 grams of shabu in flagrante delicto cases. 

All in all, PDEA accounted for 46.19 grams of shabu, one that could have been sold at P545, 042.00, if left out in the streets.

The figure is a little more than the P400K plus of shabu valued at the present which authorities stopped from reaching the streets in April. 

In May too, anti-drug authorities filed 60 cases in the city and provincial prosecutors office, 12 of these cases are for resolution, 8 for preliminary investigation, according to PDEA. 

At the Regional Trial courts, narc agents have filed 52 cases, majority of them (26) for drug possession, a violation against section 11 of the Dangerous Drugs Act. 

Other notable violations cited in the cases filed in the RTC are for 11 cases for selling shabu (violation against section 5) and 9 for possession of illegal drugs paraphernalia (against section 12). (rachiu/PIA-7/Bohol)

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HEAT-IT CARAVAN in Inabanga
PIA trains Inabanga's 
55 young journalists

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 19 (PIA)--The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Bohol prides in helping out 55 aspiring young student journalists and took part in the historic biggest crowd served by Bohol during the innovative Health, Education, Agriculture, Tourism and Information Technology (HEAT-IT) Caravan June 17 in Inabanga. 

Initially conceptualized as a service caravan bringing government closer to the people, this month's HEAT IT service caravan pooled the most number of civil groups volunteering services, Governor Edgar Chatto said. 

Set in multiple venues, the main pack of services at Inabanga's HEAT IT caravan centered at the municipal sports and cultural center, and then spilling into the nearby town hall complex where national and local government service offices laid their offers for a day. 

At the nearby public school, some services were set at the grounds and in the town's main streets spilled people from literally all walks of life, some patiently taking long queues for free goods, others eagerly participating in product demonstrations or technology orientations. 

For the PIA, the team went to Inabanga High School in Nabuad where Inabanga Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy tasked Municipal Public Information Officer Frank Baylosis to coordinate with the school authorities for the Basic Journalism writing workshop. 

The Basic Journalism Workshop which PIA offers at HEAT is part of the three-day training on School Organ Operation and Production Seminar (ScOOPS) which the agency in Bohol puts up to help equip student writers on the basics of newspapering and school paper operations. 

The seminar takes on the complete newspapering skills including organizational structure and functions, skills, in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing, editorial, editorial cartooning, copy reading, headline writing, basic lay out, production responsibilities and a wide range of production technical assistance. 

Taking the second floor of the public secondary school, PIA started the day's workshop with the young writers, with a faculty member closely supervising the proceedings. 

Basic News writing and Basic Photo Journalism workshop are PIA Bohol's two most common journalism skills training service offered for HEAT Caravan.

After the massive earthquake and the onslaught of super typhoons hitting the region, the skills training picked on reporting disaster and communicating with communities theme for the same workshops. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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BISU asks DENR more, regular
environment IEC activities

BILAR Bohol, June 19 (PIA) --Bohol Island State University (BISU) Forestry and Agriculture Departments asks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) more regular pro environment information education and communication activities. 

No less than BISU's Chairperson, Forestry and Environmental Science Department Professor Noel Lomosbog who personally asked DENR 7 Public Affairs Division Chief to make BISU Bilar a regular venue for its IEC activities, to the approval also of students who attended the Earth Stewardship Forum, June 19. 

The Earth Stewardship Forum forms part of the DENR's Green Schools Campaign which it prioritizes this June, the Environment Month, according to Maria Corazon Colarines, DENR Bohol information officer. 

At the forum held at the Farmers Training Center inside BISU Bilar Complex, Lomosbog, who saw the activity as of great benefit to students, asked Dr. Eddie Llamedo to include BISU in the annual venue for DENR pro environment activities and advocacies. 

Llamedo, who is based at the Cebu regional Office came to BISU Bilar as the DENR Bohol set off to start another green school campaign in Bohol's only state college campus which focuses on agriculture, forestry technologies. 

Llamedo discussed Earth Stewardship to students, who have felt the more noticeable changes in climate especially in the long drought and unusually strong rains that bring in floods. 

Apart from the stewardship methods waste management in reduce, reuse and recycle, Llamedos topic also dealt on causes and effects of climate change, as well as DENR's seven areas of action against climate change. 

Moreover, the regional information officer also tackled DENR priority projects like the National Greening Pprogram (NGP), GeoHazard Mapping and Assessment, Cadastral Survey, Clean water and Clean Air. 

On BISU's request, DENR said they would consider the request even as the environment agency is now basking in the triumph of almost completing the 75,000 hectares of regreening as its share in the 1.5 billion trees in 1 billion hectares NGP. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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