Friday, November 6, 2015

Cong Yap bares conspiracy banning 
CPG image in peso denominations

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 5 (PIA)—Of all Filipinos who served as the country’s president, why is it that Boholano president Carlos P. Garcia’s (CPG) image is not honored in any Philippine currency denomination?

Bohol Third District representative Arthur Yap has a theory, which could lend some truth to a conspiracy that undermined a plan to galvanize the Philippine economy against alien domination in business, trade, commerce and industry as CPG espoused. 

Speaking before a jubilant crowd of Boholanos commemorating the 119th birth anniversary of Bohol’s most illustrious son, Yap, who admitted he had to do a crash course revealed that a Garcia policy that could have triggered a hate campaign against the Boholano nationalist, enough to bar his image from any local currency. 

Garcia, who pushed for saw the post war Philippines as dominated by foreign businesses, dreamed of steering the country away from dependence on exported raw materials and imported goods. 

Garcia, who is among the only three Visayans who made it to the presidency, dreamed of a modern industrial economy for the country when he pushed for the Filipino First policy, Yap explained. 

The policy had three basic ingredients, asserted history authors who pored unto the Garcia state policies. 

To provide increased government support for local or domestic industries, CPG imposed import controls on foreign manufactured goods because by limiting imports, domestic industry would be encouraged to supply products for Filipinos.

Secondly, by imposing foreign exchange controls, it restricts foreign businesses from taking money out of the country, and that would mean more accessible money available for Filipino businesses, Yap, who is a revered economist said.

Garcia also restricted foreign ownership to about 40% of a business, which kept the local resources largely available for the Filipinos. 

During CPG time, Yap, who used to head the country’s agriculture department, said the foreign currency control kept the peso-dollar exchange rate at 1:2, which is still among the considered golden years of the Philippine economy.

That time, the Philippines ranked among the top three Asian economies, a far stellar achievement compared to the sagging economic rating which the country has now. 

These reforms however proved to be a kindle that would ignite foreign investors in the country, which also forced a campaign to bring down the Garcia administration. 

The Garcia reforms, Yap summed, influenced so much hate that could possibly vilify the man enough to have his image barred from appearing in any Philippine peso denomination, which now also feature non presidents like Josefa Llanes Escoda and the Boy Scouts. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Group demands accountability 
For city reclamations abuse 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 5 (PIA) –Tagbilaran City and nearby town residents who continue to dearly miss the charm of the teeming waters of old Tagbilaran demand government accountability, and responsibility from abusive establishments even as calls to “walk the talk” resound over the environmental destruction masked as development. 

At the recent Kapihan sa PIA, environmental activists members of the Bohol Nature Conservation Society (BONACONSO) picked on the grave environmental violations along the Tagbilaran City fore shores and wants to assign accountability to agencies who have been mandated to protect these shorelines.

Outspoken and passionate environmental activist Pat Ruiz pointed out that the gross violations on the foreshores of Tagbilaran Channel should have been acted long ago, but alleges that the environment department in Bohol is shuffling its feet. 

We have already sent our letter of opposition to the ongoing reclamation projects by establishments in Tagbilaran years back, Ruiz bared. 

But their opposition did not merit even a decent response from the mandated agency, Ruiz, who along with another city resident Zen Darunday, pointed out that every delayed action means more and more violations. 

BONACONSO also intends to exact responsibility from the environmental abuse for the widening reclamation that would soon close the public access to recreational and livelihood areas in shorelines.

In 2012, BONACONSO, along with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and interest environment groups, non-government organizations as well as private citizens conducted a delineation survey and found that about 22.02% of the entire foreshore areas have been reclaimed. 

This amounts to 8.369 hectares of reclamations, Ruiz pointed out. 

The subject reclamations then were all applied for permits then, but the nature conservation society members cited gross violations in the actual reclamation from the applied area. 

Then, when Alturas Group of Companies applied form .398 hectares, it has reclaimed about .5 hectares already, according to Ruiz, who chairs the Bonaconso.

She also named Bohol Quality Corporation, who applied for 2.327 hectares but actually dumped wider with 5.6 hectares of reclaimed land. 

This year, the group, who came to the Kapihan urges government to help them do another survey, considering that they have noticed more blatant violations, which could be bad precedent. 

“Where are the environment perspectives of our leaders, why have they not acted on these [violations], Ruiz asked. 

Local government units, please look at the environment, vis a vis development, lest put conscience for the environment, she pleaded even as her group argues that reclamation projects have covered and lost for the people an undetermined social good which the future generation is now eternally deprived.

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