Thursday, February 11, 2016

Comelec urges netizens to 
join epal shame campaign

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 9, (PIA)—The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) urges everyone to join them in their shame campaign over candidates via the social media who are into “epal moves” or are simply disregarding election campaign rules and propaganda. 

This as the official campaign period for the national elective officials started February 9.

Using hashtag #SumbongKo, @Comelec, netizens can take a picture of the violation and indicate the location, while attaching the picture of the violation upon uploading to the twitter, instagram or facebook. 

What then needs to be reported and shamed?

Posters and election materials over 2 feet by 3 feet, posters of any size that is posted on non-designated common poster areas, or when posted on private properties without permission from the owners and fair game. 

Also up for shame reporting are posters of whatever sizes which are nailed, pasted, taped or affixed on trees, on public transportation especially those controlled by the government. 

The Comelec has also banned posting of election campaign materials on lamp-posts, power lines, schools, waiting sheds, sidewalks, traffic signs, bridges, barangay halls, public health centers and public buildings, public shrines, terminals, airports, seaports, public utility vehicles, patrol cars, trains stations, trains, on overpasses and underpasses as well as on center islands. 

Moreover, reports can also be done on promotions that offer rewards in cash or kind in exchange for support and voting of a candidate and a party, vote buying activities and anything that goes against local laws on littering, environmental protection and internet-posting, according to the COMELEC.

At this, Comelec warned concerned candidates to take down illegally placed campaign materials in 3 days or they expect notices and citation of materials from them.

"We will submit them to the Law Department for evaluations, whether or not they can be cited for violations of the Omnibus Election Code, whether or not they are electoral offenses, in other words," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

"What is important is that the materials are documented and once they are documented, then, we can take them down as a form of abasement, as well," Jimenez added.

Campaign violations constitute an election offense, which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from holding public office, according to the Omnibus Election Code. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

In Bohol Third District battles… 
17 mayors seek newer terms, 
2 towns to elect new mayors 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 10, (PIA)— Of the 19 third district towns in Bohol, one has already a sure winner, 16 incumbents aspire for fresh mandates in a re-election while two more towns would be electing a new mayor. 

Lila Mayor Regina Cahiles runs unopposed again in her third and last term while Guindulman would be choosing from two newbies after Mayor Maria Fe Piezas completes her three terms as town chief executive. 

On the other hand, Loay, who mayor seeks a higher post, will have to pick from among three candidates who have not experienced being the town head. 

Aiming for a reelection are Pilar’s Necitas Cubrado (PDP Laban) who is challenged by former mayor Wilson Pajo (LP), Dimiao’s Danilo Guivencan (PDP Laban) meets Gilberto Lagura (LP), Loboc’s Helen Alaba (PDP Laban) meets former Vice Mayor Artemio Delfin (LP) and former Sevilla mayor Juliet Dano (PDPLaban) who was disqualified for residency issues now satisfies the regulatory residency requirement and faces incumbent Ernesita Digal (LP). 

Bilar mayor Norman Palacio (LP) will face again former army officer Elmer Namocat (UNA), Batuan’s Francisco Pepito (PDP Laban) faces off lawyer Antonino Jumawid (LP), as Carmen’s Ricardo Francisco Toribio (PDP Laban) gets opposition from former mayor Pedro Budiongan (LP). 

In Sierra Bullones, mayor Simplicio Maestrado (PDP Laban) will face Alfredo Gamalo (LP), Alicia mayor Marnilou Ayuban (LP) meets Valeriano Ranollo (independent), Candijay’s Mayor Christopher Tutor (LP) faces Sergio Amora III (UNA), Mabini’s Esther Tabigue (PDP Laban), Anda’s mayor Metodio Amper (LP) fights former mayor Angelina Simacio (PDP Laban). 

In Duero, Mayor Conrada Amparo (LP) will be facing Ronald Feliselda (PDP Laban) and Trifon Olaer (Independent). 

In Jagna, mayor Fortunato Abrenilla (LP) will fight it out with Joseph Ranola (Independent) as Mayor Tita Gallentes (PDP Laban) of Garcia Hernandez is challenged by former mayor Miguelito Galendez (LP) and Valencia’s Mayor Maria Katrina Lim (LP) sees opposition in Edgardo Namoog (PDP Laban). 

With Guindulman Mayor Piezas full three terms completed, in to replace her are Elpidio Bonita (LP) or Albino Balo (PDP Laban). 

In Loay, Jescelo Adiong (LP), Lemuel Baliwis (Independent) and Richelle Brigette Lim (PDP Laban) will be fighting it out for the vacated seat. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol athletes lead pack with 
21 gold medals at CVRAA 2016 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 1, (PIA)—Bohol athletes continue to dominate at the on-going Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) sports meet racking in 21 gold medals as of 8:40 PM, on the fourth day of athletic hostilities. 

According to the official medal tally shared by Department of Education (DepED) Information Officer Lope Hubac, Bohol athletes had succeeded in leading the pack of 13 delegations with 21 gold medals, 22 silver medals and 16 bronze medal finishes to keep its first spot it attained since day 3 at the Teodoro Doring Mendiola Sports Oval in Naga City. 

The official sports tabulators placed Bohol in the third place after day 2, but it has since dominated the medals tally at least until February 10, 8:40 PM 

Following Bohol on second place is Mandaue City which bagged a total of 17 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. 

Powerhouse team Cebu City snuggled in third with 17 gold medals, 11 silver medal finishes and 26 bronze medal finishes. 

Another powerhouse team expected to come out strong is Cebu province, which now settles on fourth place snagging 12 golds, 8 silvers and 10 bronze medals. 

Staying yet on the fifth place is Danao City, which now has reaped 7 gold medals, 7 silvers and 12 bronze finishes. 

Lapulapu City showed promise and pegged the 6th place with their 6-8-5 gold-silver and bronze finishes while running in at 7th is Naga City whose athletes garnered a total of 3-1-4 medals finish after day 4. 

Carcar City settles for the 8th position with 2-3-4 gold-silver-bronze, while Siquijor and Talisay settles tenth place with each bagging 2-2-3 gold-silver-bronze medals. 

Meanwhile, Tagbilaran City, whose ranking as of February 9 was 13th improved its standing by climbing two notches up to the 11th with a 1-3-1 record. 

Toledo remains nailed at the bottom with one gold, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Come to Cambuhat, paddle 
Frolic and be a child again 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 10, (PIA)—Once in a while, the call to commune with nature comes out oozing and that trip back to the time when, as a child, life was as uncomplicated as paddling down the river and chasing the errant Chinese Egret perching on top of a solitary bongalon becomes an insatiable longing. 

Come home to Cambuhat and be a child again. 

A laid back community cozily nestled under the tall buri palms, hidden by the pliant nipa fronds and sheltered by the swaying palms is Cambuhat, by the Daet-Cambuhat River. 

Like any ordinary Bohol village with its feet wading the river, Cambuhat, is your consummate nature retreat. 

Calm as if the laconic flow of the river is the common pulse of life here. 

As the river lavishly provides for the community’s needs, the call for the fishers to settle along the river side of the Daet River would have its people into fishing, the most prominent livelihood source. 

But, as the population swelled with the tides that flood the river occasionally, tension in fisheries doubled. And when families are facing the problem of sending kids to college, fishing tension quadrupled in the last decades. 

With the US Agency for International Development Coastal Resource Management Project and with the help of Bohol’s FCB Foundation, the community slowly realized their gloomy future should they continue with the unsustainable fisheries. 

As the river hosts native oysters (tagimtim), experts then thought this might work. 

They helped the community determine the best alternative livelihood to ease down on the fishing tension, and oysters did good. 

It was then that farming oysters was among the most prominent suggestions,a nd it was also what many pursued. 

Along the river’s stretch are rafts with oyster strings strung underneath it. What shell is harvested today becomes a platform for a live oyster next month, the oyster growers said. 

A community which has survived wars and long dry seasons, Cambuhat residents cleverly pound on the buri pith to produce baang, a flour derived from the buri tree. A good flour source, bang becomes the main ingredient for the bang cakes and the binignit which people cook for in-between meals refreshments. 

When the buri flowers, it signals its end. Then the people in the village know it is time to cut the tree, strip the bark and chip the pith dry. 

Then they start pounding the chopped pith until the powder comes out. 

The powder that comes out of the dried and pounded pith is then mixed with water to get the finest flour, which can be baked into cakes. 

The bigger granules are winnowed to produce baang, or landang, which happens to be what makes the Boholano binignit attain an interesting texture, locals shared. 

A palm that also supplies the village with raffia fiber which they strip to be woven in looms, raffia in Cambuhat has also been traced to a long tradition in the region. 

When clothes were a wanting, the stripped hinabol: woven in hand looms operated by the village’s women and wives while the husbands fished, acted as the ready cloth. 

Tales and oral traditions state that Dagohoy, the famous local leader could have been clothed in this modest hand-woven fiber, local historians claimed. 

But there is yet so much one can do in Cambuhat. 

Paddle the Dait River, swim, ask questions about the river from the boat man or ask him to teach you to steer the paddle boat. Spot birds. Glean for shells, catch pistol shrimps. Trap green crabs. Fish. And when it is done, listen to a local explain oyster farming. 

From the rafts, hop on to the village center for a brief cultural presentation and its eating time. 

Relish on boiled oyster, mud crabs, grilled fish, takla, shrimps and a dessert of buri flour cakes and binignit thickened by landang. 

Of course, sipping green coconut water is always a part of this allure. 

Cambuhat tours can be had and arranged from the Office of the Tourism Officer, Buenavista, Bohol. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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