Tuesday, March 1, 2016

6th Post Quake Presidential visit
Pres Aquino brings bigger 
post quake relief to Bohol

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 1, (PIA)— President Benigno S. Aquino III comes to Bohol tomorrow, to assure Bohol of a more sustainable post-earthquake aid guaranteed to launch Bohol's tourism to international heights. 

When President he comes, it would be his 6th visit after the fateful October 15, 2013 earthquake.

It may be recalled that President Aquino immediately flew to Bohol to survey the damage and assure victims of the national government's help as he came in October 16, 2013. 

He also brought in and distributed immediate relief and food for earthquake victims at the CPG Sports Complex, before flying off to conduct an aerial survey of the earthquake damage in Bohol. 

A week later, October 23, the President again visited Loon.

There, he met with the Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council, and listened as the relief agencies reported their ongoing efforts. 

At the meeting, he promised the national government's relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation funds even as he announced the Bohol earthquake Assistance funds. 

He also flew to Tubigon and surveyed the church, public market and port and then flew to Sagbayan for another ocular inspection. 

On November 28, the President again came to Bohol to officiate the reopening of the Abatan, Moalong and Tagbuane Bridges: his non-food relief but that had facilitated well the flow of more relief goods and services to isolated areas after bridges and landslides blocked passages. 

By February 24, 2014, President Aquino came to commemorate EDSA here in Loon, where he met victims at the Loon District Hospitals and slept in a tent there, after assuring government infrastructure relief as well as aid for the cultural heritage structures which the earthquake did not spare. 

Three months later, on May 2, President Aquino again came to witness the turn-over of the MIT-inspired fabrication laboratory at the Bohol Island State University. 

The project, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the local governments, was a way of helping Boholanos stand on their own by coming up with their own livelihood industries. 

He also visited a DTI Shared Service Facility in Tubigon, a shared technology facility for raffia loom-weaving for the local women's organization, a facility that has now linked with international markets and spurring local economy in the town.

But these post quake aid from the national government would pale in comparison to the multi-billion Panglao Airport which would be a gateway for international tourists now seeing Bohol but having a tough time getting here in the absence of seamless travel characteristic of successful tourism destinations. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Pres Aquino visits Bohol, 
Panglao airport, LP rally 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 1, (PIA)— President Benigno S. Aquino arrives in Bohol a little after lunch this March 2, to inspect the progress of the construction, to lead the time capsule-laying of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project, or the Panglao Airport as well as get briefed on ongoing projects implemented here. 

He would also witness the ceremonial switching on of the 2,651 LED lights representing the sitios in Region 7 who are covered by the Sitio Electrification Program of the National Electrification Administration.

The President, along with government leaders in Bohol would also listen to a briefing of the Panglao Airport by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Emilio Abaya and the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) by Department of Energy (DOH) undersecretary Zenaida Monsada, 

When the President arrives at the Tagbilaran Airport a little after lunch, meeting him would be Lt. General Nicanor Vivar, Central Command Visayas Commander and PCInspector Manuel Gaerlan, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police in Region 7. 

Then the President would proceed to the Panglao Airport Construction Site where Governor Edgar Chatto, Congressman rene Relampagos, Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero and DOTC Project manager Engr. Florencio dela Cruz meets him. 

Here, the President, along with DOTC Secretary Abaya, would lead the capsule laying ceremonies, before taking on theconvoy for the DOTC Project Monitoring Office where the program would be held. 

Upon his and his party's arrival, Vice Governor Concepcion Lim, Yasuo Tateoka, project manager of the Chiyoda-Mitsubishi Joint venture and Seiichiro Togashi, airport project director meet them prior to the short program. 

The Panglao Airport Project by DOTC sec Abaya briefing starts after Governor Chatto delivers his welcome address. After Abaya, Usec Monzada of the DOE gives the SEP briefing to the president and everyone in attendance.

The SEP briefing ushers the ceremonial switching of the SEP in the region where 2651 sitios are now connected with power and energized. 

Also expected in the program at the PMO in Panglao is a message by Cong Rene Relampagos and the testimonials of three Boholano beneficiaries of government projects.

Sagbayan Mayor Ricardo Suarez delivers his testimony on the Bohol Earthquake Assistance, while a beneficiary of the DSWD Emergency Shelter Assistance and a DTI Shared Service Facility beneficiary also deliver their respective testimonial pieces. 

Before his speech, President Aquino would be introduced by DOTC secretary Abaya. 

Despite a hectic schedule, President Aquino dedicates time for the beneficiaries who shared testimonials, DOTC and the Chiyoda-Mitsubishi JV Officials and the DOE including Region 7 electric cooperative officers. 

From here, the President departs for the Cultural center in Tagbilaran, where a gathering and grand rally of the Liberal Party has started after lunch. 

Upon his arrival at the Bohol Cultural Center. President Aquino would be met by former DILG secretary Mar Roxas, Congressman Leonor Robredo of Camarines Sur Third District and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap. 

When the program starts, Gov. Chatto, LP highest local offiial would welcome the participants and introduce Cong Robredo.

After her message, the vice presidency bet would also introduce President Benigno Aquino, who is expected to rally the LP bets from each town gathered at the Cultural Center to support the administration's daang matuwid. 

President Aquino, after delivering his speech and message to Boholanos, would introduce his chosen candidate Mar Roxas. 

The president is also expected to grant a photo opportunity for the Administration candidates Mar and Leni and the 12 senators under the Administration line up. 

The activity ends with the President and the national candidates joining alternative singer Noel Cabangon in his Daang Matuwid song. 

6th Post Quake Presidential visit

When President he comes, it would be his 6th visit after the fateful October 15, 2013 earthquake.

It may be recalled that in May of 2008, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also planted a time capsule at the proposed Panglao Airport site in Barangay Lourdes, but the project development and ground leveling operations were ordered stopped for allegations of overpricing. 

After the earthquake, President Aquino immediately flew to Bohol to survey the damage and assure victims of the national government's help as he came in October 16, 2013. 

A week later, October 23, the President again visited Loon, met with the Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council, and listened as the relief agencies reported their ongoing efforts. He also flew to Tubigon and surveyed the church, public market and port and then flew to Sagbayan for another ocular inspection. 

On November 28, the President again came to Bohol to officiate the reopening of the Abatan, Moalong and Tagbuane Bridges as well, as he promised earthquake victims to get government infrastructure up and about. 

By February 24, 2014, President Aquino came to commemorate EDSA here in Loon, where he met victims at the Loon District Hospitals and slept in a tent there.

Three months later, on May 2, President Aquino again came to witness the turn-over of the MIT-inspired fabrication laboratory at the Bohol Island State University. The project was in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the local governments. 

He also visited a DTI Shared Service Facility in Tubigon, a shared technology facility for raffia loomweaving for the local women's organization. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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10th Bright Leaf award for journalists kicks off

TAGBILARAN CITY, Mar. 01 (PIA)--The 10th year of Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards is kicking off in its search for the best agriculture stories for 2016.

The Bright Leaf Bohol caravan recently conducted here was intended to encourage Boholano journalists to participate in the search by reporting on the country’s agriculture sector.

Rep. Rene Relampagos (1st Dist.), Rep. Arthur Yap (3rd Dist.) and Department of Agriculture-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba encouraged the local media here during the caravan held at the Metro Center Hotel to feature stories in agriculture and submit them to Bright Leaf.

The competition is looking for stories and photos aired or published that best depict the state of Philippine agriculture today whether it be about best practices, latest innovations, environmental care, safety, crop sustainability and other relevant issues. 

Didet Danguilan, Project Director of the Bright Leaf Awards said that the company came up with the Bright Leaf Awards as a way of bringing into the public the various issues about the agriculture sector. It is an avenue for the agriculture sector to reach out to the public, through journalism.

Launched in 2007, Bright Leaf invites journalists from all over the Philippines to submit their stories and photos for the following categories: Agriculture Story of the Year, Agriculture Photo of the Year, Tobacco Story of the Year, Tobacco Photo of the Year, Best Television Program or Segment, Best Radio Program or Segment, Best Agriculture News Story National, Best Agriculture News Story Regional, Best Agriculture Feature Story National, Best Agriculture Feature Story Regional, and The Oriental Leaf Award.

The Oriental Leaf Award is a special award given to those who have won five Bright Leaf Awards in any category. The Oriental Leaf Awardees become part of the Bright Leaf Hall of Fame, an elite group of journalists.

There is no entry fee required to enter. Journalists and photographers may submit several entries for consideration. However, an entry may not be entered in more than one category. 

Entries should be published, aired, or broadcast between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. The deadline for submission of entries is on September 1, 2016.

Entries may be in English or any of the Philippine dialects. For entries that are not in English, participants will need to submit an English translation.

Winners will be receiving cash prizes, premium items, and an all-expense-paid trip in an Asian country.

For entry forms and more information, contact or visit Bright Leaf Secretariat at (0915) 550-8301 or (0918) 413-0797, (02)5456425 emailsecretariat@thebrightleafawards.com or visit the Bright Leaf website at www.thebrightleafawards.com. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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