Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MOA with Ombuds to trash 
lawsuits against cops eyed 

CORTES, Bohol December 22, (PIA) –The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Bohol now eyes replicating a move which the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman adopts to keep law enforcement’s morale up while doing their jobs. 

Mulling on following an initiative by the DOJ on quelling suits which are by preponderance of claims, clearly to intimidate government prosecutors, the PPOC is now looking at replicating this practice to keep its diligent police officers off the legal hooks while in the performance of their jobs. 

Earlier, City Police Chiel Col. George Vale told the council that many officers have been unsettled at the thought of responding to cases filed against them, all for doing their jobs. 

It was the concern that of city police chief George Vale brought to the council that had the council members similarly alarmed.

“It is true torture,” admits a police officer who also found himself in the opposite end of a lawsuit after an apprehended suspect rapped him with criminal and administrative cases. 

“The suits are part of the job,” Vale admitted though.

But for a police officer who is just doing his job, he said many are having a hard time seeking defense lawyers and risking a hard-earned retirement or lost benefits for such official act. 

While it would be just as ordinary for police doing their jobs to be sued by suspects, Vale bemoaned that with the most recent police operations they implemented, not a few of police officers are now facing cases, several of these really nothing but to threaten the police to just stop.

On this, no less that Provincial Prosecutor Macario Delusa who shared that the DOJ has a system put up at the Office of the Ombudsman, over cases which have been set to intimidate the prosecution. 

Delusa said the DOJ has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Office of the Ombudsman, to just simply dismiss cases filed, which are clearly set to harass and for them to give in. 

On this, Governor Edgar Chatto, PPOC Chairman, asked Fiscal Delusa to secure a copy of the MOA and have Bohol study it for the possibility of striking a similar agreement with the Ombudsman. 

It may also be recalled that the PPOC has a legal aid facility with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

Called the Legal Assistance for Effective Law Enforcement Program (LAELEP), the program assigns IBP or government lawyers to represent law enforcement clients, who have been sued in line with their duties. 

The program also includes financial assistance to law enforcers; as well as legal and paralegal trainings to equip police officers in the legal ways of doing their jobs as well as in the preparation of many police pleadings and legal documents.

But even with the LAELEP, police authorities hope striking a MOA with the Ombudsman can work much better as it would not need the Ombudsman anymore to ask the subject police officer to respond to anything but intimidation attempt.

On this development too, the governor hopes law enforcement authorities would be even more emboldened to do their jobs, even a hints of increasing the funds for the LEALEP becomes even more imperative with the police now being proactive. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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DTI hands P3.6 M 
SSF for Loboc, Lila 

CORTES, Bohol December 22, (PIA) –The government through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hands out a total of P3.6 million worth of shared service facilities to three beneficiaries as the move towards inclusive growth ripples to two Bohol towns, December 21. 

No less than DTI Region 7 Director Aster Caberte and Bohol Provincial Director Maria Elena Arbon lead the formal launching ceremonies of two Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects in Loboc and Lila towns. 

The Loboc Youth Band Parents Multi-Purpose Cooperative of barangay Calunasan Norte received a P2.98-M woodworking facility, which would greatly enhance local incomes as well as up-grade local woodworking craftsmanship as the Asian integration starts. 

Woodworkers in Loboc town are renowned, but the lack of focused support kept the industry from fulfilling what it should have achieved, local leaders admit. 

“We believe that given the new facility and the equipment available for members, it might not be long for Loboc to mainstream again its woodworking industry,” a Calunasan Norte local official said. 

Meanwhile, in nearby Bahian, Rural Improvement Club Women’s Association of barangay Bahian also got 4 Yanuya Sewing Machines, which they hope to level-up the local souvenir and novelty items industry.

The new P193, 800 shared service facility for its members comes at a time when Loboc women RIC members recall the great flood last year which sidelined most of their previous preoccupations. 

“This would be a good start,” a member of the RIC said, considering that not so far away is a main tourism hub, which could use their souvenir items as display.

“We are seeing additional income and more easy access to technology, as the government through the DTI has set up a facility where the technical help can easily be centered,” she added. 

On the other hand, the Local Government Unit of Lila also received meat processing facility for its local food processors. 

The facility, which costs P470, 450 is set in Barangay Canduang. 

The launching activities were in the two towns, witnessed by the beneficiaries, local government officials led by Loboc Mayor Helen C. Alaba, Argeo Melisimo of Loboc Youth Band Parents MPC, Governor Edgar Chatto and Glenn Doloritos.

In her message during the launching, Director Caberte talked about inclusive growth, replicability and sustainability as DTIs key driving factors in the promotion and development of micro, small and medium enterprises. 

“Through the SSFs, we are continuously promoting innovation and product development including the creation of a nurturing environment for MSMEs in the countryside, to improve productivity and competitiveness,” Caberte said.

“I am hoping that two or three years from now, the beneficiary groups of all our SSF projects will become self-sustaining social enterprises that can readily compete in the global market,”Caberte finished. 

DTI envisions the SSF to address the gaps and bottlenecks in the value chain of priority industry clusters to improve the competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system.(rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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