Friday, August 28, 2015

Army Col Camba bows out,
Thanks critical Bohol tour

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 27 (PIA)—With a heavy heart, the army’s 2nd Special Forces Battalion commander bows out and passes the command flag to his successor, but not after openly sharing memories of innovation and friendship in Bohol. 

In his possibly last appearance at the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting August 27 at the Reynas Garden August 27, army Colonel Potenciano Camba declared: “The best thing that ever happened to me is being assigned in Bohol.”

As is customary at the PPOC, commanders render the peace and order and internal security operations reports, and for Col. Camba whol will be off Bohol for another assignment, this could be his last meeting with his Boholano colleagues and partners in keeping peace and order. 

For Camba who came in from full active soldier duty, Bohol was initially a tough assignment as he was then to lead soldiers, not armed with rifles and side guns but saw, hammer, shovel and paintbrush. 

But keeping up with the soft arm of the armed forces in fortifying internal defenses by recruiting communities to confidently say no to insurgency, the new lieutenant colonel soon found his pace and adopted to the innovative Countryside Development Program Purok Power Movement.

The nationally-adopted anti-insurgency template known as “The Bohol Experience” now focuses on the CDP-PPM as that which continuously helps putting up more government presence, thus making basic services for the people available, livelihood funding and other anti-poverty measures. 

Here, the army’s civic military operations are now widely participated in by the civil society, has proven to be most effective strategy to drive insurgents to flee Bohol and abandon their cause.

“It has been a learning experience tour of duty,” Col. Camba told members of the PPOC. 

Clearly not wanting to let go of the colonel’s good leadership, Governor Edgar Chatto, PPOC Chairman, in his presiding officer’s time highlighted the civil government’s partnership with the police and army adding “Col Camba has given inspiration to co-workers in the sector of peace and order and in the uniformed service.”

In its last meeting, the PPOC passed a resolution and appreciation commending Col Camba’s role in keeping Bohol insurgency free.

The commendation can never be more fitting and better illustrated when the army internal security operators reported no enemy sightings and no movements of interest groups under their surveillance for August 2015

A similar resolution, this time from Bohol Sangguniang Panlalawigan also extolled Camba’s defining role in keeping Bohol insurgent free. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Ubay lines up crowd drawers
as town celebrates its 168th

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 28 (PIA)--On its foundation Anniversary, Ubay town picks a combination of major activities and certified crowd drawers for September 1, to keep up its growth momentum and unite constituents at the town center to celebrate its historic 168th year.

Ubay Mayor Galicano Atup also updates his people of the local government's accomplishments in his third year at the towns helms, especially with the complementing roles of the legislative and the civic society which figures out largely in town decisions, when he delivers the State of the Municipality Address (SUMA) before the people at the gymnasium at 9:00. 

For the civil society, they take to the main thoroughfares in a civic parade which unrolls after the Holy Mass in thanksgiving for the historic commemoration. 

The Holy Mass, another mainstay in the celebrations according to Boholano culture, is preceded by a Diana and Recoreda, to awaken the people of the town.

The Holy Mass, to be celebrated at the Ubay Parish Church, hopes to formally roll the three day activities marking the town's foundation.

After the parade, which will have local government officials, employees, Department of Education teachers and employees, barangay officials, national government agencies, local businessmen, people's organizations, non-government groups and private agencies participating, winds around the main thoroughfares before ending at the gymnasium where the bulk of the activities are set, according to Noel Villanueva, town information officer.

The parade arrival at the gym also signals the formal opening program which starts off with the AgriFair, featuring the best of Ubay agri products and services.

Inside the gymnasium later, Mayor Atup would read his SUMA before his constituents, after an invocatory dance by students of the Ubay National Science High School, welcome address by Vice mayopr Nelson Uy and an intermission from the scholars of the town.

A town that has been personally picked by then governor Erico Aumentado as the Agri-tourism capital of Bohol owing to its largely agricultural economy, Ubay will also witness the oath taking of its Tourism Council after the SUMA. 

Also expected to deliver their solidarity messages for the town are Congressman Erico Aristotle Aumentado, Vice Governor Concepcion Lim and Governor Edgar Chatto.

Also, PROCESS Bohol joins the town in marking the day with a turn-over of Livelihood Components and education related aids for schools, Villanueva added. 

The town is also set to recognize successful Ubayanons during the formal program at the gymnasium. 

In the afternoon, homegrown Tribu Ubayanon, the local entry contingent to the 2015 Sandugo Streetdancing festival takes to the filed for a ritual demonstration while the battle of Elementary and High School Drum and Bugle Corps for Private and Public Schools in town draws the crowd to the town sports oval. 

By 7:00 PM, all attention shifts back to the gymnasium as the Search for Miss Ubay Tourism 2015 unfolds. 

By September 2, activities start at 7 am when the Alturas, with LGU UBay and RC Ubay opens a Medical Mission at the gymnasium.

That same time, a mangrove planting and Tour happens at the Sinandigan Mangrove Reforestation. 

For those seeking more thrill, a Mini 4WD car racing would raise howl at the UCES School stage.

By 7 PM, a dance party would happen at the Ubay Gym. 

On September 3, Ubayanons troop again to the gymnasium for the basketball and volleyball championships starting at 8.

In the afternoon, horseracing and pig catching, including Pinoy games happen at the Oval grounds at 1:00. By the next hour, Miss Ubay Tourism and her court would take to the streets for a royal motorcade. 

Zumba fitness dancing happens at 5 and this would be capped by 6 pm fireworks display, Villanueva said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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