Thursday, March 17, 2016

BFP records 215 fire cases 
53% of them, in Tagbilaran

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 16, (PIA)— Fire incidents in Bohol reached a total of 215 cases from January 2015 to March 14, 2016, turning to ashes millions worth of properties and highlighting the need for people to be more conscious of the danger of underestimating fire safety. 

Acting Bohol Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Antonio Ortiz, in fact pointed out that 53% of the total fire incidents recorded at their office are from Tagbilaran City.

Ortiz, who along with City Fire Marshal Fire Senior Inspector Raul Bustalino showed through a report that majority of the fire incidents happened between March to May, when 87 cases occurred. 

At this rate, fire in Bohol averaged almost one incident a day. 

The heat of summer plus the heightened El Nino prevailing dries up almost everything heightening up combustion that Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) urges people to be extra cautious. 

For 2015, Bohol fire incidents reached 189 cases while in 2016, from January to March 14, a total of 26 cases and fire alarms have been sounded, BFP report said. 

Biggest among the fire incidents according to type is structural fires which run a total of 148 cases. 

This involves residential houses, commercial buildings, huts, sheds and building structures, according to sources. 

On the other hand, fires in vehicles for 2015-2016 reached 12 cases while grass fires listed 55 cases. 

As this happened, fire authorities remind people not to leave their appliances plugged as this does not just spend power, it also causes fires.

The same alarm is raised against people who burn backyard trash and leave them burning. 

A fire call in Cortes March 14 had clustered Maribojoc Station sending out a firetruck when a simple trash burning sent fire creeping to a nearby shed before it was controlled. 

Had it not been controlled, it could eat up a huge part of a residential and commercial establishments near the town public market, bystanders said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Saulog celebrates women 
in Mutya sa Tagbilaran '16 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 16, (PIA)—In March, National Women's Month, Tagbilaran City brings to the mainstream its advocacy for women's rights, equality and celebrates the beauty, grace, warmth and wit of its ladies who will vie for the Mutya sa Tagbilaran and earn the right and privilege as goodwill and tourism ambassador. 

In a largely conservative Bohol, with women still struggling to be heard over men, Mutya sa Tagbilaran facilitates a venue for women to bring out their issues, state their opinions and come out as they are and the best they can show to earn the bragging and the honored right to bring Tagbilaran's name to glory. 

Members of the Bohol Tri Media Association (BTMA) witnessed beauty, wit and grace in overload as Tagbilaran City, through Saulog 2016 Mutya sa Tagbilaran as organizers present the 15 candidates from each district of the city. 

Questions related to environment, virginity, community collaboration in advocacies, education, public health, infrastructure, basic utilities, livelihood, illegal drugs and substance abuse, criminality, transportation and responding to these in a timid Boholana way brings to the fore women's agenda as city legislators and executive listened. 

Often believed to be shy and modest, Tagbilaran beauties would each attempt to outdo each other in talen, skill and ability to perform in public and bring out the essence of a Boholana, liberated. 

The candidates would be vying for the coveted crown and title as Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 and be the city's ambassador for tourism and goodwill on its Pageant and Coronation Night April 24 at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium. 

Fair women took to the ramps for the first public presentation of the beauties, March 16 as the city commemorated the 451st Blood Compact at the city commemorative site in Barangay Bool. 

Later in the afternoon, members of the media witnessed the parade of beauties and delighted themselves as they exchanged ideas with the ladies in light banter to engaging issues and concerns that affect young women, social problems, community advocacies and personal philosophies. 

Presented candidates are Mutya sa Tiptip Lesli May Ranario, Mutya sa Poblacion 2 Mykee Alanis Tuyor, Mutya sa Dampas Michelle Juguan, Mutya sa Dao Christine Jay Ancog, Mutya sa Bool Maygan Joyce Besa. 

Mutya sa Mansasa Ma. Monica Gomez, Mutya sa Cogon Natalie Belle McGaw, Mutya sa Poblcaion 3 Melody Sanchez, Mutya sa Booy Perlie Jeverola and Mutya sa Manga Queenabeth Barcelona. 

Mutya sa San Isidro Mary Ia Rene Lagrada, Mutya sa cabawan Lady Grace manolong, Mutya sa taloto Jasmine Jaeckel, Mutya sa Poblacion 1 Jonalyn Melleza and Mutya sa Ubujan Erika Sofia Karcher. 

Mutya sa Tagbilaran Executive Director and Tagbilaran City first lady Jane Censoria Cajes-Yap who cames to the press conference ready to defend the girls from the conservatives who think of beauty pageants as debasing women told the media that her presence was that of a nurturing mother, assisting the candidates and making sure nobody disrespects them. 

She also asserted that it is her role in protecting the people as a mother of Tagbilaran. 

The city government earlier pushed for the candidates to undergo personality enhancement and development workshops including public speaking, stage presence and deportment as well as ramp presence. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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