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NIA breaks ground for P725M Cayacay-Mabini irrigation proj

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 26, (PIA)–Former Agriculture Secretary and non Bohol Third District Representative Arthur Yap led local officials in breaking ground and laying the time capsule for the P725 million irrigation facility that would be a new hope for at least 320 poor farmers of Mabini Bohol. With Yap were Mabini Mayor Juanito Jayoma Jr., Alicia Mayor Marnilou Ayuban’s representative Panfilo Olaguir, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Regional Manager Modesto Membreve, Abaca barangay Captain Silverio Miano, Engr Glen Doloritos for Gov Edgar Chatto, Cabulao Mabini Irrigators Association Vice President Juan Amores, irrigation association presidents Felipe Tutor, Maria Ayuban, and Exequiel Nudalo. “After many years of continuous proposals, the government has now funded the Mabini Cayacay Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (SRIP),” beamed Yap who had pushed for the Mabini-Cayacay agri facility while he was still the Department of Agriculture top official. The project to be completed two years and 2 months from now, benefits farmers of Barangays Abaca, San Roque, Cabidian and Aguipo in Mabini and some barangays in Alicia, according to NIA RM Membreve. Although a facility that would be built using two water sources: Baujanan and Cawasan creeks, the Mabini-Cayacay SRIP would have a catchment area of around 9.5 square kilometers and is designed to store 3.09 million cubic meters, it is also designed for fish culture, flood control and other related projects, according to the published project design. Elated over the development, Yap who also helped increase agricultural production in his district pointed out that with the new irrigation facility, he hopes local production can go from 40-50 cavans to 100-120 cavans per hectare yield. Yap, who has... read more

Auza.Net Brings Kiss 102.3 FM to the World

Earlier last week, Auza.Net accepted the challenge to bring Bohol’s favorite FM station Kiss 102.3 FM to the world via live audio streaming on the web. The company brings in the experience of implementing the DYRD-AM Worldwide broadcast for the last 9 years. The new website www.kiss102fmbohol.com will be officially launched on May 1, 2017. Test broadcast is currently on-going. Mr. Jerome Auza of Auza.Net and Mr. Peter Dejaresco of Kiss 102.3 FM sealed the partnership and are both excited to finally stream the live broadcast of the FM station on it’s own website. On the roadmap is the implementation of a mobile app for the streaming service, as well as integration with social media sites. Auza said that the project was implemented in record time in order to be available for the May 1 festivities during the Tagbilaran Fiesta. The on-the-job trainees of the Auza.Net assisted Auza in the implementation of the project. The setup involved using a virtual private server in Singapore and US to provide for the bandwidth needed to implement the online broadcast. The setup is very similar to one for DYRD-AM Worldwide...

QBO launches hub for startup programs

QBO Innovation Hub, an established partnership between the public and private sector including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), IdeaSpace Foundation, and J.P. Morgan, opened its startup enablement programs to help speed up growth and learning for Philippine startups and entrepreneurs. “We are excited to create success stories that will inspire Filipinos to start their own companies instead of pursuing opportunities overseas,” said QBO and IdeaSpace President Butch Meily. QBO will start offering programs and services to startups including access to QBO’s networking events such as classes, workshops, mentorship, feedback sessions, and use of its co-working space. Available services also include professional consultations on legal, accounting, marketing and design, corporate and government partner resources referrals, incorporation assistance, business registration, intellectual property filing, and investors and potential partners pitching. “DTI hopes that with our partners from industry, academe, and other government agencies such as DOST and DICT, our initiatives will help advance the development of our local startup ecosystem and increase the number of high-growth oriented enterprises that will bring the Philippine brand in a global scale,” emphasized DTI Trade and Investments Promotions Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado. Through QBO, startups will also have an opportunity to join J.P. Morgan’s Incubation Program, a stage agnostic module that will be available to select and high-potential startups all year round. It initially plans to enroll 15 startups by the end of 2017. “As one of the world’s leading financial institutions, J.P. Morgan celebrates new ideas and we are committed to supporting entrepreneurs in the country, especially those with underserved backgrounds. Engaging with Micro, Small and...

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Erico book launch set Thursday

By JUNE S. BLANCO WHEN it rains, it pours. This saying perfectly describes the four-point celebration that Rep. Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) and family wish to honor their father and grandfather – the solon’s immediate past congressional predecessor, Erico Boyles Aumentado, on his birthday on May 18. He would have turned 77 years old. When he was still alive, the Aumentado patriarch and his wife Grenie who was born on May 16, used to celebrate their birthdays together. The two-day difference did not matter. They were in love. And their union brought into this world eight children, 20 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. This year’s thanksgiving is made even more special with the passing of the bar of the only grandchild who took up law – lawyer Jiselle Rae Aumentado Villamor – daughter of Razel, Aris’ eldest sister. The Aumentado brood had taken up medical and other courses not related to lawyering. The elder Aumentado entered politics as senior Board Member, who was then elected at large. He became vice governor, completed three terms as congressman, completed three terms as governor, and was into another term as congressman when death overtook him. Through those years, he authored many ordinances, resolutions and laws. He also wrote long-running columns in local newspapers and was even a correspondent news writer-reporter and features writer for national dailies while still a student until he became a lawyer. His love for writing never faded – even during his final days on earth. But what he never got to finish because of his primary work was his autobiography. He had done several chapters,...

Balicasag PPA port plan resurrected at AUDIO

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 12, (PIA)–There might be a little hope for Balicasag, Panglao and maybe Cabilao to set up their municipal ports to be supervised by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), but they have to redo the proposals to get the plan back on track. PPA Engineering services Division chief Engr. Richard Elopre told members of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO) meeting at the PPA Multi-Purpose Hall that there used to be a proposal for the PPA to help build Balicasag and Cabilao Ports. Although technically beyond the jurisdiction of the PPA, as the proposed ports would be serving small motorized boats and are regulated by the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA) and fishing boats by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the PPA would have all operated ports under their supervision, PPA chief safety officer and public information officer Archt Epelito Arao-arao bared. Earlier, information officers who listened to the PPA mandates asked how the PPA determines the establishment of ports. Concerned about the haphazard manner by which boat operators dock in Panglao’s tourism island Balicasag, Panglao Information Officer and Executive Assistant Danny Reyes asked if the PPA can help put up a port of sorts to streamline Balicasag dive, snorkel and island hopping operations and spare the tourists from the hassle. Reyes said around 80 to 100 motorized bancas come to Balicasag every day and dock just everywhere. On this, Archt Arao-arao explained that since the 1970’s creation of the PPA, it has predetermined ports based on revenues, income, size and strategic locations as part of PPA ports...

Authorities firm up grassroots information net against terror

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 11, (PIA)–Proven to be very reliable, information from the grassroots about the where-about of the remaining two wounded members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has kept government troops on their toes. It might not be long before the timely report could come anytime and the capture of the remaining bandits could happen, Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño said, May 10. With plenty unfiltered information getting in and communities on their toes, a regional police official summed, “right information at the right time should help.” To do that, authorities are now organizing communities and capacitating residents what to look out for the of terrorists trying to evade government troops, through security briefings and impressed on the need to organize for information networking, while asserting and assuring tourists that travel in Bohol is still safe. The Provincial Government gathered Bohol local officials: mayors and barangay captains including barangay peacekeeping action teams (BPATS) May 10, for the authorities to talk about helping government troops in reporting the presence of suspicious persons and of the Philippine National Police program Bikes for Peace and its events. Explaining to members of the BPATS, barangay officials and local officials gathered for the Anti-Terrorism Information Drive at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran and at the Quinale Beach in Anda, General Taliño emphasized Boholano courage and unity which thwarted the terror attempts of the notorious group here. The police regional chief cited the crucial information of the community in Napo, in validating the presence of the armed men after the intelligence sources report a plan by the ASG to venture into...

DTI Reminds Business Owners to Renew Business Name Registration

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds business owners whose BN registrations will expire on June 30, 2017. DTI Bohol accepts early renewal of business name registration three (3) months before its expiry. BN registrations that have already expired, but are still within three (3) months or ninety (90) days from the expiry date will be renewed without penalty. On the other hand, BN registrations that expired ninety one (91) days or more after their expiry dates can still be renewed but, with a fifty percent (50%) penalty/surcharge on the basic fee. Business name registrations not renewed beyond one hundred eighty (180) days will be deleted automatically from our records thus, a new registration will be...

6th 263 kms Bohol Unity ride pedals off Saturday

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 8, (PIA)–Bike enthusiasts: mountain bikers and roadies including those with tri-aero bikes gather as much energy this week in preparation for the 263 kilometers 2017 Unity Bike Ride for Peace, Environment and Anti drugs, set May 13-14. An event organizers, TriBohol said the ride needs no Lycra, no training, no racing, is just an easy fun. Bohol’s 2017 Unity Ride is on its 6th year of taking the entire belt road of the island, Bohol Circumferential Road, in a two-day fun ride that unites all bike enthusiasts and the bike clubs all over the province. Taking the Tagbilaran to Talibon route on day 1, the Unity riders, would meet up at the Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran from 3:30 AM May 13. They would then set off via the eastern belt to Jagna where the ride breakfast would happen as riders check in between 8:00 to 9:00. Then the bikers would take the road again to Ubay some 53.3 kilometers for lunch and the noon break. While the organizers have assured the hot summer ride would have both emergency medical support and police escorts, rests have been declared to riders, between 11 to 2 PM. The ride picks up again in the afternoon to the long flat highway to Talibon, about 38.2 kilometers away. In Talibon, riders would relax with a unity rider program and solidarity night of games, raffles and dinner, before preparing for the next morning’s ride. By May 14, the group would be leaving Talibon at 4:30 and is expected to be in Tubigon around 8:00 for the breakfast, before heading off again back...

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