Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Inclusion into May voters list
until Jan 24, says COMELEC

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 19, (PIA)—Voters who have their biometrics taken but have not been in the active list of voters for the May 9, 2016 elections have only until next week to get their names back on the active list. 

Lawyer and Bohol election supervisor Atty. Eliseo Labaria said those who have not seen their names on the list of active voters at present can file inclusion proceedings in courts, to be able to vote like any regular voter on the upcoming polls. 

But, those who have validated but could not see their names in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) final list of voters, have only until Saturday, January 24 to get the courts into reinstituting them back. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, Atty Labaria added that about 23,659 Boholano voters have been excluded in the list for failure to get their registrations validated through biometrics data updating. 

Inclusion proceedings, or a petition to file for the inclusion of a name in the final list of voters can be filed at the Municipal Circuit Trial Courts, who will decide on the cases especially for those who have satisfactorily complied with the requirements of being a voter.

This however does not apply to those who have failed to register and revalidate their registrations via the biometrics data generation, COMELEC sources said. 

The Mandatory Biometrics Voters Registration Act attempts to generate biometric information from voters as the country’s electoral system steps into the computerized elections. 

It may be recalled that the COMELEC called on all of the country’s voters last year to get their biometrics to be able to vote this May. 

The COMELEC opened the biometrics validation and registration in May 2014, it closed the registrations last October 31, 2015, after over a year of receiving registration updates from voters.

While there were petitions to temporarily restrain the COMELEC from implementing the “no bio-no-boto” scheme, the Supreme Court decided in favor of the COMELEC. 

The COMELEC also said the MCTCs can order them to reinstitute the voter into the list, after hearing out the arguments from the voter. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

90 graduates complete 
Techvoc skills training

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 19 (PIA)—Bohol tends to obtain 90 more skilled blue collar job workers as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with a technical-vocational institution (TVI) hands in certificates of completion to a pool of three skills January 20 in Balilihan town. 

No less than new Bohol TESDA Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Jordan and Governor Edgar Chatto with host mayor Pureza V. Chatto who would be handing out the certificates to 50 graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Btach 1 and 2 and 20 cookery as well as 20 for driving courses. 

Along with the local officials handing proofs of competencies in the National certification 2 rating would be Romelito Mantuhac, head of the Cebu Science of Welding Skills and Technology Incorporated (CSWSTI), training coordinator Manuel Dumaguit, TESDA specialist Florencio Bitang, welding technology trainer Sabino Sefuentes Jr., cookery trainer Mary Anniver Dalaguan and driving trainer Jonard Zabate. 

CSWSTI is just one of the many TVIs doing the trainings in Bohol, according to the TESDA. 

This too as the government continues to dangle technical and vocational training courses to increase workers competencies and elevate their hiring chances amid an integration of nations in 2016.

TESDA provides direct financial assistance to deserving TVET enrollees across the country through a variety of scholarship programs. 

Among them are Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) or the Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Act, Training for Work Scholarship (TWSP) which provides immediate response to the need for highly critical skills, the program which has become a mainstreamed regular government scholarship has produced world class workers, according to TESDA.

The jobs training authority also implements Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), a community-based specialty training program that addresses the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities. 

Training programs offered are generally short-term or modules based on the TESDA-promulgated training regulations, but its objectives still maintain to provide skills and training opportunities for the beneficiaries in the barangays and communities to make them employable and productive. 

Both public and private techvoc providers, but mostly local government training centers and TESDA Technology Institutions, deliver the training programs under STEP, TESDA said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

City Friendship Park to
beat election infra ban

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 19, (PIA)—To ensure that it gets started before the ban on government infrastructure is set due to the upcoming elections, Tagbilaran City’s Friendship Park intends to implement before March 25. 

Tagbilaran City authorities have just reported that City Mayor John Geesnel Yap recently received the Certificate of the Availability of Funds from the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprises Zones Authority (TIEZA).

TIEZA has authorized the release of P60 million this month to cover the first phase of the project which would be Tagbilaran’s banner tourism attraction.

City Mayor John Geesnell Yap said it is high time for Tagbilaran to upscale its role in tourism and not just become a gateway, but a tourism destination in itself. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA last week, Yap stressed that the Friendship Park will be safer for tourists compared to the risky parking and offloading of tourists now at the park which is located just beside the highway and across a school. 

Just weeks ago, motorists and tourists worst fear happened when a sports utility vehicle and an Asian Utility vehicle collided in front of the souvenir stalls at the site, endangering both stall keepers and haggling tourists. 

Phase 1 of the project includes the setting up of a tourist-safe parking area, baluster-guarded walkways, stairways leading to a performance amphitheater, an audio visual room, a life-sized bronze sculpture of the blood compact and the landscaping which will highlight a mini botanical park as well as the transfer of the Sikatuna-Miguel Loped de Legazpi busts near the old well below the existing view deck. 

With the upcoming elections, the law provides that all kinds of public works are banned, except for the ongoing public works projects commenced before the campaign period. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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