Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tinibgan leaders indignify 
NGO for unapproved entry

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 8 (PIA)--Military authorities are into the shadows of a non-government organization which allegedly operates in a barangay without the courtesy of obtaining barangay approval in Maribojoc town.

At the receiving end of the petition is an NGO called Community Empowerment Resource Network (CERNET) which operates in Tinibgan Maribojoc, despite obtaining no approval from local officials. 

Residents alleged that on October 25, this year, CERNET gathered their identified beneficiaries in the barangay and, along with unidentified and reported members of Hugpong Mag-ungumang Bol-anun (HUMABOL), conducted meeting and psyco social activity in the barangay. 

The NGO accordingly distributed shovels and hammer to the members of Tinibgan Farmers Association (TIFA) duirng the meeting held at the house of a local leader Ira Pamat in the barangay. Local officials however refused to attend the meeting and give it legitimacy, sources from Maribojoc said. 

Residents however clarified that while they are not against NGOs legally operating in their barangay, they hit Cernet for forcing them to participate in rallies and mass mobilizations in exchange for farm implements. 

In a Barangay Council petition, residents that they unanimously adopted last November 15 No. 49 series of 2015 expressing indignation for the NGO's continued activity without explicit approval by the barangay council.

Corollary to the resolution is an open letter signed by at least twenty residents of the barangay addressed to Dr. Ojie Gimenez, Executive Director, CERNET. 

The letter, allegedly assailed the NGO for giving “lagaraw” (farm implement) to each resident and leaving the item to the house if the inhabitants refused to accept.

Residents said they know that they will be made to participate in the rally by the HUMABOL in exchange of it. 

Moreover, the residents said they did not heed the invitation of Ira Pamat, Executive-Director, Women’s Development Center (WDC) based in Tagbilaran City, Bohol and partner NGO CERNET for a livelihood training because they already knew the real motives of the NGO, said a report given by military authorities here during the recent provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting weeks ago.  

The residents also warned CERNET not to use their signatures to liquidate funds even as they alleged that the NGO is not registered with the provincial LGU. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

DILG says Bohol to have 
5 new PNP stations in '16

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 8 (PIA)--Officials and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have asked local governments to be ready as Bohol is set to get five fully funded construction of brand new police headquarters this 2016.

This as Bohol is also set to inaugurate at least three new Philippine National Police (PNP) stations this year: Panglao, Anda and Mabini.
In 2016 however, other than revealing five stations, it would be a race among Bohol police stations aspiring for a new home, to be able to accomplish the requirements for the full PNP infrastructure funding.
Requirements for the release of the funding is a lot donation from the local government unit, a lot which would include ample parking spaces and corresponding future developments for the station.
These deed of donations should be authorized by the local councils and the papers submitted to the regional office for determination of the annual beneficiary, sources at the PNP said.
In Bohol, where still a good number of towns share office space to the local police force, the news of five new built stations for 2016 comes as a surprise considering that the PNP used to have only 17 new police stations to be built across the country from their annual P100 million capital outlay for infrastructure.
DILG Undersecretary for Operations Atty Edwin Enrile said the police has improved its fiscal position since 2010 in which, P1.3 trillion has been allocated as national budget.
At P100 million annual allotment for new police stations, only very few Bohol towns had the opportunity to set up a separate police base headquarters.
Humbly calling themselves squatters in LGUs, some police stations are tiny spaces in municipal halls where detention cells are also kept.
It is so deplorable that some off duty police officers would have to contend on office ceiling spaces for sleeping quarters, revealed a mayor in the eastern town of Bohol.
Now, following the over P3 trillion national budget, the PNP has increased its capital outlay allocations, and intends to build 279 police stations all over the country. This figure will also increase in 2017, when the police plans to put up 300 more police stations all over the country, according to Atty Enrile.
By 2018, the rest of the country's 218 police stations would be the priority for funding, DILG said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Coast guard detains 
two foreign yachts 

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 6 (PIA)--The Philippine Coast Guard implements a hold-departure order to two foreign yachts now docked it Tagbilaran City port, pending presentation of regular papers by the luxury boats' owners. 

PCG Tagbilaran Station Commander Lieutenant Commander Benjie Quinisio said an Indonesia flag carrying yacht KM Alisha and a Hongkong flag carrier Tarsier Nautika has yet to present the proper documents to be able to sail within the Philippine territory. 

Both foreign luxury boats are now docked in Tagbilaran Tourism Port, a thing which concerned the PCG and Bohol internal security operators.

When docked in Tagbilaran, these boats are in dangerous proximity to fuel depots, and PCG figured establishing the identity and thus the legitimacy of these boats eliminates the possibility of terrorist strikes here. 

KM Alisha, according to a PCG inspection team sent by Quinisio to board the vessel, could not present its papers as it was in Manila Maritime Authority (MARINA) for a change of registry. The luxury yacht was registered in Benoa, Bali Indonesia and owners want it changed to the Philippines. 

Alisha Hungarian yacht caretaker Miklos Csere also said the owners of the yacht was set to arrive and the boat and crew would be departing Tagbilaran to different tourist destinations and dive sites in Bohol and Cebu. 

Commander Quinisio however denied the Alisha request pending the presentation of pertinent documents to establish the yacht's legitimacy. 

The PCG demands that Alisha state their intention, show the legitimacy of their crew, clear its immigration concerns, pass the safety and security as well as customs concerns. 

Until these documents are shown, the hold-departure order is in effect, the PCG said. 

On the other hand, Hongkong flag carrier Tarsier Nautika obtained its port clearance from Hongkong China Marine Department as a boat owned by the government of Hongkong and showed a Quarantine Clearance for outgoing vessels and oath of entering vessel from a foreign port.

The boat owners however needs to submit updated copies of documents necessary to establish the boat's identity , its crew members, its permit and authority to enter and conduct activities inside Philippine territory, customs and immigration, MARINA and quarantine documents.

Pending submission of these documents, the two boats are restricted from leaving Tagbilaran Port, PCG said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Gov, PNP officials urge LGUs
upkeep of new patrol jeeps 

TAGBILARAN CITY, December 6 (PIA)--Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto and key police officers urge local governments to support the maintenance and upkeep of the 47 Mahindra Enforcer vehicles which the Department of Interior and Local Government turns-over to local police stations. 

The turn over of 47 units of patrol jeeps which can comfortably seat 12, is yet the country's biggest number given to a province, according to Police General Prudencio Banas, who added that it is part of the police organizations logistical achievement in keeping up with the dream of police transformation. 

This too as the DILG has reportedly distributed a total of 747 patrol jeeps to 39 provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao since last year. 

The DILG, through Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Edwin Enrile as well as governor Edgar Chatto officiated the turn over of white patrol jeeps, which passed government procurement act, prequalified and won over a competitive bidding.

Usec Enrile represented DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento who could not come for other pressing concerns. 

We continue to meet the challenge of work with the enhancement of police capability, General Banas said. 

Bohol's 47 police stations get a unit for their respective stations patrol needs and the enhancement of police capability as key officials expect more gains in the Oplan Lambat-Sibat, according to PSSupt Dennis Agustin. 

With the patrol vehicles, which according to the PNP in a video presentation is a tough workhorse designed for the rigger terrain of most police areas of responsibility would boost police operations and quicken their response time.

But the strains of a workhorse in a rather inhospitable terrain has been the main reasons why police vehicles do not always survive the rigors of operations. 

To get these vehicles serving a linger life span, police officers and local officials ask Chief of police in stations where these vehicles are assigned, to help in its upkeep. 

To the chiefs of police, we entrust to you the maintenance of these vehicles, Police Regional Director Banas ordered. 

Police Director Dennis AGustin also encouraged cops to take full responsibility of the patrol jeeps, which would become the main transportation support for police patrols and other mobility requirements. 

On the same note, Governor Chatto appealed to mayors to take care and support the police in the fule and oil maintenance and operation of the vehicles. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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