Monday, August 3, 2015

AUDIO Bohol gets radio
broadcasting training 

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 2, (PIA)--Bohol information officers continue to get skills enhancements, this time in radio programming, as a basic skill for government communicators.

At the regular Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO-Bohol) meeting held in Jagna, Bohol, over 20 information officers took PIA Bohol's module on radio programming, a topic under the wide Radio Broadcasting Skills enhancement for media workers. 

Over 25 local government information officers and national government agency spokespersons gathered at Jagna Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Training Center (PTC) Language Skills Institute Training Center for the training which was also followed by a live broadcast. 

Jagna, which owns a community radio station DyPJ, opened its station doors to the AUDIO for an hour long of Kapihan sa PIA, Thursday, July 30, a broadcast which was heard all over town and its surrounding municipalities. 

Kapihan sa PIA also took on the tasks of TESDA Jagna PTC, especially its specializes skills training program and its community demanded trainings. 

Operating the second language training institute in preparation for call center operations in Bohol, Jagna PTC has long stopped its language operations because its graduates could not find the seats in Bohol yet, and most are in Cebu operations, which is not that promising yet, according to TESDA sources. 

TESDA, says Center Administrator Cadeliña, opens its doors for government scholars under the Training for Work Scholarship program (TWSP) and offers the modular competency based trainings for employable students who will be spending nothing but deligence, explains TESDA information officer Jaminel Damolo, during the Kapihan sa PIA. 

AUDIO Bohol, in its institutionalized meetings earlier decided to maximize on its information dissemination tasks by experiencing the government presence, that it put up regular Bisita Opisina in its monthly gatherings to allow members to cross visit and personally see for themselves town's best practices and agency mandates. 

Elvira Bongosia, PIA Bohol's AUDIO secretariat said Bisita Opisina has become an effective venue for agency and local government heads to see for themselves what the AUDIO has been doing in contribution to the general goal of making communities feel their government. 

Also at the Bisita Opisina, with TESDA PTC Jagna sponsoring the whole day event, AUDIO Bohol toured the Jagna PTC manpower training facility which has an automotive servicing shop, electrical installation and maintenance, bread and pastry shop as well as the language training institute.

No less than TESDA Jagna Administrator Apolinar Cadeliña took the members to an office tour while TESDA information Officer Damolo briefed everyone of the TESDA Programs. He also answered questions from members during the tour. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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Heavily silted Malinao Dam 
dredging fears, disclosed 

JAGNA, Bohol July 30 (PIA)--The Provincial Government is planning to spend millions for an artificial rain to save rice fields on their vegetative stage, but would the other goal of replenishing Bohol dams be attained? 

That question pops up, after a Pilar town source bared a disturbing fact: Malinao Dam, Bohol's largest open water reservoir is not holding as much water as it was designed. 

The culprit: siltation. 

With the heavy rains breaking the dry spell days ago, farmers are wondering why the water level at Bohol's largest dam: Malinao, has not significantly improved enough to get the overflow needed to irrigate the rice fields downstream. 

To this, Pilar town officials suspect siltation in the dam has rendered the water catch-basin of the Malinao Dam inefficient in holding enough water that should have already flowed to the ricefields downstream. 

A cursory look at the dam would show the telltale signs of a need for dredging, the catch-basin is clearly getting shallower compared to the time it was inaugurated when a tall bamboo grove would only have its tops showing in the manmade lake. 

"It is not holding as much water," shared Pilar information officer Gualberto Jaspe, who told members of the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) during the information sharing segment of the monthly meeting hosted by TESDA in Jagna town July 30. 

The heavy rains that came a few days ago could have accumulated enough to significantly increase the water in the dam to irrigate the low lying rice fields, but the water isn't enough, Jaspe, who sits as town council secretary noted. 

Jaspe told AUDIO members that there was a dredging company appearing before the Sangguniang Bayan, proposing for the excavation to restore the dam's water capacity. 

But he added that the National Irrigation Administration contractors once discovered a hole in the middle of the catch-basin while they were still building the dam. 

Plugging the hole, allegedly tool over 200 sacks of cemented mix, according to Jaspe. 

Officials fear that by dredging the dam, they could hit the hole and drain all the remaining water. 

Rumors have floated that a huge lake suddenly emerged in Guindulman after the Malinao dam started collecting water from its watershed, a phenomenon people ascribe to a possible leak form the dam to Guindulman, over 20 kilometers away. 

Bohol's limestone substrate however exhibits caves, sinkholes and underground water systems that are conduits of water. 

Now, Boholanos are wondering if an artificial rain brought about by a multi-million cloud seeding would be enough compensation, because collecting excess water into the heavily silted dam would be useless. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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