Monday, February 22, 2016

When finding a foundling... 
Don't adopt him yet, 
report him to DSWD 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 19, (PIA)—In the age of sexual promiscuity and opportunism, chances of finding a foundling left in public places have recently become a common happening. 

And when you happen to be one, social workers suggest: do not keep the foundling as yet, report it to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

At the Kapihan sa PIA, Thursday February 18, Bohol Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) social workers pressed the importance of DSWD knowing about it because the state has a policy making sure that a child is not separated from his parents, or at least from the nearest kin. 

It is also necessary that a child, prior to be put up for adoption, would have to undergo legal process of determination to assure that he is not separated from parents or relatives. Absent that, then the state, through the DSWD must exert all efforts to locate the parents and inform the public that the child is legally available for adoption (CLAA) after they have exhausted all efforts, Atty Hilario Ayuban said. 

Ayuban, Bohol SWAD legal consultant said the risk of keeping the child as their own would mean registering him via simulation of birth, which will certainly backfire.

By simulation of birth registration, the finders may go to the local civil registrar and register the child as their own by false claims. 

When they do, it will most certainly be found out that the registration was faulty and the child would have a traumatic experience. 

When adopting a child assures a young person of a name, nationality and a future, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wants it done right. 

Set in time for the Civil Registration Month, the Kapihan tackled adoption as the proper way for a child to be given name, nationality and a better future, and as a way to advance Adoption Consciousness Month.

SWAD social workers Rhea Marie Tubongbanua and Mary Cosete Bodomo assured would be adoptors of their help especially as the adoption process necessitate case studies which only licensed social workers can do. 

A socio legal process which promotes the state principle that, if possible, a child is not separated from parents, legal adoption through the Republic Act 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998 puts a child's relative to the 4th civil degree as priority for adoptive parents or guardians where an easier court proceeding can consummate the process, according to Atty Hilario Ayuban, SWAD Bohol legal consultant. 

For those adopting non relatives, social workers at the radio forum on air said a longer and more tedious process is followed. 

Besides, registration of births by simulation is a legal offense, the lawyer consultant warns.

Although seemingly easy, adoption may be more complicated than is thought, and the DSWD said they would be there to help make the adopted child gain a better life by making everything work for his ulterior good. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Police to blow erring drivers,
vehicle owners with Alimpos

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 19, (PIA)—Happy days for unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles or those with spurious documents may just be about to end. 

This as the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) under its chief Police Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin and all police stations, including the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), Police Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, (PIIB), Bohol Tourist Police Unit (BTPU), the 3rd and 4th Regional Public Safety Battalions (RPSB) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) are launching Oplan Alimpus. 

According to PSSupt Dennis Agustin, Oplan Alimpus is a proactive police move to implement the Anti-Criminality Campaign simultaneously against Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) for huge and wide impact in Bohol. 

It is also a move to conduct aggressive traffic management operation and implementation of traffic laws here, Agustin explained at the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting at the Reynas Garden February 18. 

PPOC members have been alarmed at the rising crime cases on blotter, many of which are traffic related incidents.

In January 2016 for example, of the 660 criminal cases filed in police blotters all over Bohol, a good 31% or 206 of the cases are those involving traffic or traffic related, points Agustin out. 

Just as the Land Transportation Office has its traffic jam of issues to attend to and keeping its presence off the streets and highways, drivers without licenses, speed freaks, minors and those intoxicated find its way into a steering wheel of an unregistered vehicle with illegal modifications and unprescribed accessories, which endanger not just the drivers but other motorists and pedestrians as well. 

On this, the local police have a whirlwind of a solution and it would be massive and when it is sustained, it can sideline possibly a quarter of Bohol's vehicles and drivers, comments an amused member of the PPOC hearing the police plan. 

For Oplan Alimpus, it is nothing new. 

In fact, it is being implemented in line with Letter of Instruction 63-2010 on the “Police Integrated Patrol System” (PIPS) dated November 27, 2010, Republic Act 4136 or The Land Transportation and Traffic Code; and the aggressive Traffic Management Operation and Implementation of Traffic Laws, Agustin explained further.

Here, all city and Municipal Police Stations, PPSC, PIB, PSOG and all maneuver companies to simultaneously conduct Oplan Sita, in all stations, camps and PNP offices, at the roads and in parking areas to check the driver’s license of the driver of MCs, the authenticity of the documents presented (Official receipt and certificate of registration).

Cops are also directed to examine ownership stated in the OR and CR, inspect chassis and engine numbers to see if these are tampered and compare it with the plate number, chassis and engine number of the MC to the one at the OR and CR presented. 

In the advent of carnapping, Bohol police also want to see if any motorcycle has been repainted and is not reflected in the pertinent papers, or if the plate number is properly fixed to plate holder and visible (not covered by colored plastic plate); and other possible violations in the past.

On this however, Col. Agustin ordered, ...as law enforcers, we should be the first to set the example that Oplan Sita, spot and check shall be conducted first on MCs being used by PNP personnel. 

On this too, the PNP Bohol chief warned supervisors police commanders and team leaders to strictly implement and observe no extortion rule. 

Now, Camp Dagohoy has issued appropriate order to every station to put up the task force Alimpos composed of the PCO and eight PNCO. 

As Camp Dagohoy has prepared for the legal implications of this move, Col Agustin has also directed police stations to post the information tarpaulin on “Mahigpit na Ipinagbawal sa Daan” in their respective boundaries to properly advice motorists of the move. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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PHO: random check refilling 
Stations on water quality up

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 16 (PIA)—If the price of bottled water from local refilling stations were any indicator, Bohol health authorities would want to know if these is not due to short cuts in the water purification process for operators to sell cheap.

Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot asked this at the recent Kapihan sa PIA, which, among other public health concerns, tackled water safety on the wake of reported food poisoning incidents happening in Bohol. 

“When the water purification and refilling business started, processed water was sold as high as P50 per 5 gallon bottle, now some sell it at as cheap as P10 per five gallon bottle,” Cabagnot, who is also the Provincial Health Officer noted. 

Although, he clarified that he has nothing against offering cheap purified bottled water, the health officer would rather want to be assured that no step is bypassed in the purification process so the public can be assured of clean drinking water. 

Anytime, a team from the PHO would be doing random water quality inspections for processed water from refilling stations to make sure there are no shortcuts made to bloat profits and jeopardize health, Dr. Cabagnot revealed. 

Some water refilling stations boast of 12 stage purification process although most use the 7 stage process: 10 micron filter, ion exchange, carbon filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, reverse osmosis, ozonation and storage and circulation. 

A water refiller who asked not to be named also admitted that a huge bulk of water is getting discarded in the process, so it should be costly and processed water should be priced reasonably without sacrificing quality. 

At the radio forum on the air, the health officer echoed the health concern of food poisoning which has put Bohol in the national limelight weeks ago. 

He shared that the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit investigating the popped rice poisoning in Villa Teresita Ubay has found out that it was bacterial, staphilococus aureus. 

Staphylococcus can cause food poisoning when a food handler contaminates food and then the food is not properly processed. Staphylococcus bacteria multiply quickly at room temperature to produce a toxin that causes illness, although it can be killed by proper cooking and pasteurization, health sources said.

Other sources of food contamination include the equipment and surfaces on which food is prepared. 

In Villa Teresita Elementary School, about 85 pupils were either brought to hospitals for treatment or were cared in their homes following the ingestion of ampaw from an ambulant vendor. Nobody died in the incident. 

The food poisoning, followed by another poisoning in Panglao, triggered alarm among health authorities, Cabagnot said.

He said the governor immediately ordered him to make the necessary steps so none of such incident again recur. 

As an after incident initiative, the PHO ordered all Sanitary Inspectors all over Bohol to create a master list of ambulant and fixed food vendors. He also asked these health inspectors to come up with a list of all water sources where drinking water is sourced out.

Finally, he also asked the same personnel assigned in the towns to make a list of all water refilling stations operating in their areas of responsibility.

By law, the PHO performs mandatory water quality testing and inspections to water refilling and processing stations, and the alarmed top doctor in Bohol said they would also make random inspections to water refilling stations. 

We need to know how these water refilling and processing stations were able to cut on the costs, and if these are through short cutting the process, then we can pin them on the event that food poisoning or dirty water is circulated to their consumers, Dr. Cabagnot said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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