Monday, July 20, 2015

DTI Bohol brings Bohol's first 
green business matching event

The Department of trade and Industry in Bohol (DTI-Bohol) spearheads the conduct of a Green Business Matching event on July 23, 2015 at the Island City Mall Activity Center from 1 to 5 in the afternoon.

The activity aims to familiarize businesses and consumers in Bohol on energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, including where to tap available attractive financial schemes to avail of these technologies to promote the introduction of more energy efficient measures.

The activity is part of DTIs weeklong events to launch the Bohol Ideas to Innovation (BHL i2i) Challenge. 

The first part of the event will introduce different suppliers presenting their green products and services to the participants by way of product presentation or sales pitch. 

These sales pitches will be followed by a market setup at the trade fair grounds, with a table and chairs where the green service and technology providers can provide further product details and negotiate. 

Participating green business service providers provides include Sonjay Microsystems, Smiley Solar/Hamilton Phils., Inc., Easylink Merchandising, Philips Phils., Solaric and East Corporation. 

The Development Bank of the Philippines – Bohol Branch will also present their window for Green Financing.

Jagna: 3rd most competitive
town in economic dynamism

The municipality of Jagna placed 3rd in terms of Economic Dynamism for all towns belonging to the third to sixth class municipalities’ in the recently concluded Third Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center Reception Hall in Pasay City.

The coastal municipality garnered a score of 13.4480 for economic dynamism, less than a point than Mambajao, Camiguin (13.6012) and Nasipit, Agusan del Norte (14.3411) which landed in the and second and first places respectively.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Tubigon, also landed at the 10th spot in terms of Government Efficiency with a score of 8.0569 among the 1st and 2nd class municipalities.

The award is part of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index program of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

Aligned with the goal to improve the country’s overall competitiveness, the program measures the competitiveness level of the different local government units (LGUs) in the country based on their performance on the three pillars anchored on global standards: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure.

A number of indicators are identified in each pillar to provide more detailed view of the economic status of the locality.

Final scoring and ranking are based on outputs of the data submitted by the participating LGUs. 

Since the program’s inception, this year’s round of the program covered 142 cities and 978 municipalities out of a total of 1,634 localities or 68% of the national coverage.

Participation of the LGUs is much higher compared to the 17% coverage in the first year of the program and 33% in the previous year (2014).

Witnessed by over 1,000 delegates from LGUs, national government agencies and private sectors, the summit emphasized the importance of local competitiveness as the foundation of national competitiveness.

Underscoring the value of the recognitions, awards were presented and conferred to the best performing LGUs by prominent leaders from different sectors of the country.  
Probation, parole more 
of privilege than right

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) --If an offender qualifies for a government intervention other than servicing full prison terms, it is more or a privilege than right. 

As such, Courts-sentenced offenders applying for probation, parole and executive clemency should not blame the parole office for their being skipped of the privilege, notes Parole and probation officials.. 

Because these are privileges, these are not given to all, and a board of parole will have to screen and determine if one qualifies for the move which keeps one from sitting in prison for the full term of his sentence, explains Raquelito Rollan, of Bohol Parole and Probation Office (PPO).

Guesting the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday July 16, in preparation of the commemoration for the 39th anniversary of the signing of the Parole and Probation Law, Rollan came with Ricardo Abucejo, chief of the PPO and Aileen Dumale of Bohol 1 PPO in Tubigon. 

The office exists because it performs one of the government's primordial goals: to establish a more enlightened and human correctional system that promotes the reformation of its offenders and reduce chances of habitual criminals. 

This also provides the office a less costly option to imprisonment of criminals who may still be reformed using individualized community-based treatment programs, Rollan said. 

Over this, the office facilitates the avail-ment of probation for persons convicted by final judgment by first time offenders, 18 years old and above whose cases are not for threats to national security, Rollan explained. 

Aileen Rose Dumale, PPO 1 in Tubigon said on the other hand, that if an offender has received his final sentence and has served at least a minimum term of his prison sentence, he can be eligible for parole. The crimes however needs a prison term of less than three years or less than 1year sentence to qualify. 

Exempted of parole however are offenders sentenced for crimes that imperil national security, Dumale added. 

On the other hand, for offenders with indefinite terms like those with reclusion perpetua, or more commonly called life sentence, an executive clemency can break the entire sentence into definable prison terms as commutation of sentence so this qualifies the prisoner for parole or conditional and absolute pardon, as well as reprieve from the implementation of the sentence, explains Ricardo Abucejo.

In all of these however, there is a board that weighs in all the offenses, checks it against one's disposition in prison and the good conduct, parole authorities pointed out. 

When temporarily enjoying freedom from probation, parole or clemency, an offender still needs to be supervised by the parole office, although at a more relaxed schedule, they added. (RAC/PIA-7/Bohol)  

After basketball, volleyball 
BSAA to open tournaments 
for 19 more sports events 

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 16 (PIA) --From basketball and volleyball, organizers of the Bohol Sports Athletic Association (BSAA) would be venturing into other sports fields if only to help youth off drugs and other social menace. 

BSAA Sports Commissioner Achilles Amores shared this during the recent press BSAA conference which announced to the media the start of the First BSAA season on July 25 at the Bohol Institute of Technology Gymnasium and which tournament runs through September 25. 

Certainly, sports helps get youth out of drugs and keeps them pre-occupied, Amores said. 

Many also believe that getting the youth occupied with sports activities and other interesting things for the youth helps them keep off the temptation of venturing into vice or illegal activities. 

We used to have three day Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Meets but athletes can not show their outmost performance in three days, Amores added hinting the need for longer and more structured tournaments to get athletes the perfect time to develop and be in their prime performance. 

And speaking of integrated sports development, BSAA, while starting its basketball and volleyball tournaments this year, contemplates on having all the 19 events which PRISAA is currently offering, but on an wider span of time using round robins, cross overs and specific game scheduling mechanics that afford maximum playtime for athletes. 

There are yet no definite games to follow, but initially were starting with basketball and volleyball and we do not know yet if we will have soccer next or any other game, suggested Atty Dionisio Balite who speaks for BIT-IC. 

But wanting to get serious this time too, organizers said an honest to goodness screening of athletes would be the start of the sports reforms. 

Previous leagues, even those handled by government use a syndicated ploy of gathering birth certificates to prove athletes are of right playing ages, but the real players are different persons than those listed in the records. 

There will be ejections and banning of athletes caught cheating. And because the athlete documents are attested by managing coaches, they too must be banned from the games and its future competitions, organizers warned. (rac/PIA-7/BOhol)

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