Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fish, when washed 
right, is safe to eat 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol July 15 (PIA)--As the shellfish ban continues at the Tagbilaran Bay, authorities are saying fish, when prepared right, can be eaten. 

What the ban is strongly implemented in is for shellfish and other bottom feeders like sea urchins, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) shares to people who think that eating fish is also dangerous especially with the red tide scare in Tagbilaran City Bay.

The scare has harshly affected vendors who could not sell fish with the on-going ban on gathering, eating and marketing shellfish.

In fact, local officials in Tagbilaran City, Dauis and Panglao have been giving relief goods to affected fishermen and their families as well as vendors to help them get up past the tide. 

The ban, the BFAR said continues until the presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) caused by pyridinium bahamense of the compressum variety causing the algal bloom could be confirmed out of the subject sea waters in Tagbilaran Bay. 

According to Leo Bongalos, Bohol BFAR acting chief, the pyridinium dinoflagellates settle most of the time at the bottom of the seas and are the planktons mostly eaten by stationary bivalves, shellfish and echinoderms like sea urchins.

Because of this, fish eating the planktons in the seaweeds or corals may ingest the red-tide causing planktons but these should be confined to the entrails or the internal organs and the gills. 

"Fish, as long as you wash them in clean running water, you take out the gills and the internal organs, they should be safe to eat," Bongalos assured. 

For crustaceans like crabs, he said people must discard the butter and the gills, and the meat should be safe. 

These toxins are not destroyed by cooking, so it might be good to make sure the entrails are out and eating them raw is risky, BFAR said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Loon-Maribojoc GeoMonument 
ground verification survey soon 

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 15 --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7 will conduct a ground verification survey next week on the uplifted coastal area within the towns of Loon and Maribojoc, Bohol. 

Known as the “Loon-Maribojoc Geological Monument” as embodied in DENR Administrative (DAO) No. 2015-08 issued by DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje last May 14, the uplifted coastal area covers 137 hectares or 1.37 square kilometers of coastline. 

With the intention to place the necessary corner monuments to mark the boundary of the geological monument, at least 236 monuments or mojons or an average of 59 a day will be placed from July 21 to 24. 

Taking the lead in the said survey are geodetic engineers Emiliano Hormachuelos and Adriano Odal, and chief geologist Al Emil Berador with four personnel each from Loon and Maribojoc to assist the team. 

The said department order declares the uplifted coastal areas as a geological monument serves to provide a legal framework for the recognition, preservation and protection of the uplifted coast, as well as encourage further researches and studies on the monument for the advancement of geosciences in the country. 

The MGB recommended the declaration of the coast as a geological monument based on its initial survey showing that the area formed “unique geological features” after the quake lifted the land by up to 1.2 meters. 

Stretching eight kilometers, it straddles four barangays of Loon, namely, Tangnan, Cuasi, Tontonan and Song-on, and two barangays of Maribojoc-Punta Cruz and Guiwanon. 

Under the DAO, the MGB will perform ground verification survey of the area as indicated in the survey map. This will be followed by the installation of a marker containing the geological history, description and significance of the geological monument. 

The bureau was also tasked to coordinate with other government agencies and concerned local governments in the preparation of a management plan for the park. 

The MGB has determined that certain coastal areas of the Municipalities of Loon and Maribojoc of Bohol rose from the sea and were uplifted by up to about 1.2 meters, thereby forming unique geological features. 

Such uplift constitutes an irreplaceable segment of earth’s history and geological heritage and should therefore be preserved, protected and maintained for scientific, educational, and tourism purposes. 

Geological monuments are sites that show outstanding features or processes considered by geologists and other scientists as worthy of conservation. 

There are six other national geological monuments earlier declared by the DENR. These are the Chocolate Hills, also in Bohol; the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan; the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte; the St. Paul Limestone Formation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; the Taal Volcano in Batangas; and the Montalban Limestone Gorge in Rodriguez, Rizal.

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6 teams to compete 
for 1st BSAA season 

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 15 (PIA)--Six college and high school teams would be fighting it out in basketball and volleyball games in rotating venues all over the province as the Bohol School's Athletic Association (BSAA) first season opens July 25 at the Bohol Institute of Technology International College Main Campus. 

the other competitions will happen at the gyms of the University of Bohol, Bohol Institute of Technology Main, Talibon, Tubigon, Ubay and Maribojoc between July 25 to September 25, according to BSAA Sports Commissioner Achilles Amores. 

Playing in the leagues are under 17 years old men and women compete in the junior teams category while men and women under 25 years old comprise the seniors team category. 

At the BSAA Press conference Wednesday, BSAA Vice President Atty Dionisio D. Balite explained that the BSAA started with noble beginnings at the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) six years ago and they found a growing number of athletes joining. 

"We thought of organizing especially for basketball, and we brought the idea to school presidents, it sit well, so now we have the BSAA," Balite said during the event at the Jjs SeaFoods Village. 

Meanwhile, Dr Victoriano Tirol III, speaking for University of Bohol, named the schools participating in the BSAA Basketball and Volleyball tournaments as Holy Name University, (BIT-IC Tagbilaran-Talibon), University of Bohol, Philippine Maritime Institute, Mater Dei College-Tubigon and Bohol Northern Star College-Ubay. 

He added that while the PRISAA games were on week-ends, BSAA plays on weekdays to get students cheering their teams. 

On the other hand, in a bid to increase tournament participants, SVD Father Francisco Estepa, who came to the presscon for Holy Name University said BSAA is now inviting other teams to join the BSAA, the invitation especially for those teams in Tagbilaran and nearby towns. 

Boholano Philippine Sports Commissioner and Region 7 director Rev. Fr. Vic Uy explained that developing local athletes has been his dream, even as he dreamt of having Boholanos play in the big leagues. 

From Bohol, we have started the local dream of sending athletes to bigger meets, Fr. Uy shared even as he bared successful Bohol athletes performing well at the national games. 

He said from the BSAA, the school members can already pick their winning representatives to the regional and national meets without even going down to the base. 

In the future, from basketball and volleyball, BSAA may go and take on the 19 PRISAA events in long running tournaments, Fr. Uy who also keeps the post as regional sports commissioner for the Visayas added. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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