IT WAS IN the late 19th century when the International Council of Women (ICW), the first international women’s rights organization, was formed.
Now, more than a century later, women’s rights organizations are still going strong; and women all over the world have chosen the Month of March as International Women’s Month and March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD).
In the Philippines, the designated month and day are the same as that of the IWD’s, given credence through Presidential Proclamation No. 227 series of 1998 and Republic Act 6949 series of 1990, respectively.
As per Joint Memorandum No. 2017 by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Education (DepEd), this is to give recognition to the important role and contribution of women to Philippine society.
This year’s theme is “Be Bold for Change.”
To ensure a more meaningful and uniform observance of the 2017 Women’s Month here in Bohol, and in consonance with the Philippine Commission of Women and Women’s Month Celebration, Liza M. Quirog, Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person and SEEM Cluster Head of the PGBh, informed all concerned that the PGBh, through Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, is strongly supporting the advocacy with the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women.”
The same memo enjoins all local chief executives to conduct simultaneous and synchronized activities mentioned therein.
These are the conduct of a Female-led Fun Run (Run for a Cause) last March 8 at 5:00 in the morning; immediately followed by a Zumbabae for All (Zumba).
A three-day rummage sale also began last March 8, coinciding with a Poster/Slogan Contest on the same day.
Come Wednesday, March 15, a City/Municipality Advocacy Campaign for Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) will be staged simultaneously in all local government units (LGUs) in Bohol.
Precisely a week later, that is, on March 22, all LGUs will again simultaneously conduct a Barangay Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign, together with the DepEd, PNP, and the Liga ng mga Barangay.
Both Gov. Chatto and Ms. Quirog are urging every woman to actively join in the activities to ensure and celebrate the independence and power of the female specie. (JLV/PGBh/EDCom)
CLERGY SUPPORTS CRIME WAR. Seriously taking on issues on Bohol’s peace and security situation, members of the Special Action Committee (SAC), which is under the umbrella of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), meet with Gov. Edgar M. Chatto and Bishops Alberto Uy and Patrick Parcon, of the Dioceses of Tagbilaran and
FEBRUARY IS NOT only the Love Month but it also is the time of year when Filipinos can have their fill of our rich culture and feast their eyes on colorful events and activities.
This is because the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has chosen February as the country’s National Arts Month (NAM).
NCCA is the country’s prime agency for arts and culture and is leading the whole nation in celebrating artistry, creativity and a whole lot of imagination, led by National Artist Virgilio Almario as Chair, and OIC-Executive Director Marichu G. Tellano.
The NAM had its opening salvo last February 5 at the Rizal Park, followed by a month-long celebration with an impressive line-up of activities and events all over the country.
NCCA’s Sub-Commission on the Arts (SCA) led by Teddy Co has come up with this year’s theme as “Malikhain. Mapagbago. Filipino.”
The SCA comprises the national committees on architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.
Here in Bohol, the Provincial Government led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto celebrated the NAM with a string of activities like an exhibit on industrial design and visual arts, a theater festival, drama workshops, an art fair, printmaking workshop, a film screening and forum, and a musical tertulla.
The opening celebration at the Bohol Cultural Center last February 7 was followed by a “Drama Explosion of Creative Transformative Filipinos,” “Visual Arts and Literary Explosion of Creative Transformative Art Works,” “Cinema Explosion of Creative Transformative Filipino Films,” and eventually, the culmination and closing program, an expo/explosion of Boholano creativity, innovation and transformation.
The closing program consequently also became the blessing and re-launching of the enhanced Abatan River Amphitheater Space at the Abatan River Main Village Center in Cortes.
Gov. Chatto graced the occasion with his lady, Balilihan Mayor and Abatan River Development Management Council (ARDMC) Chair Pureza Veloso-Chatto; together with other local chief executives of the Abatan River Life Tour municipalities of Maribojoc, Antequera, Catigbian and the host-town of Cortes led by Mayor Lynn Iven Lim.
The musical and culture-rich evening began with an afternoon of sights, sounds and magic right after the blessing of the Abatan River Theater Space, which incidentally became a live backdrop of green mangroves and a rainbow of colors too beautiful to behold.
As always, the world-famous Loboc Children’s Choir and the HNU Chorale wowed the crowd with their usual world-class singing prowess.
Romulo Tagaan of the Center for Culture and the Arts (CCAD) of the Provincial Government gave the event’s statement of purpose, followed immediately by PROCESS Bohol Executive Director Emmie Roslinda.
Other true-blooded Boholano talents worthy of praise and applause who shared their God-given talents with the audience were the Lingcud Maribojoc Cultural Collectives, the WinArts Dance Company, HNU Diwanag Dance Theater, Rodolfo Mercado, Noel Tuazon, Paul Joseph Vistal, Kasing Sining Blue Way Dance Ensemble, Tagbilaran City Balitaw Champions, Kasing Sining Teatro Bol-anon Ensemble, and the Bohol Singing Champions, who have given additional laurels to Bohol by having won in different singing competitions.
Bernan Joseph Cruz of the NCCA Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division could not contain his excitement due to all the excellent and explosive performances he has witnessed and admitted that “as of this moment, I am already thinking of a thousand ways of how to make use of all these Boholano talents and promote Bohol, not only in the local, but also in the global market as well.”
Given the theatrical ambience, organizers deemed it apt to have the oath taking of the officers of the Bohol Film Commission at the culmination program with Gov. Chatto swearing them all in to subsequently officially assume their posts.
An excerpt of the musical drama “Dagon sa Hoyohoy” got an explosive encore from the audience, especially when its Masters of Ceremonies Lutgardo L. Labad and Marianito Luspo mentioned that First Lady Pureza Chatto was part of the original cast as Dagohoy’s wife.
For that wonderful evening of lights, sounds, dances, songs and world-class talents, Gov. Chatto had this to say: “Let’s keep the tradition of excellence going. We won’t settle for anything less. Behold the beautiful music! BEHOLD BOHOL!”
And this is more than the Muses could hope for. (JLV/PGBh/EDCom)
TAGBILARAN CITY, March 1 (PIA)–Take it from the logs, there have been far fewer crimes in Bohol when the anti-drug drive floored it in 2016 compared to the same stretch in 2017.
In a report which the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bohol delivered before the Provincial Peace and Order Council assembled at the People’s Mansion Conference Hall February 28, Bohol police Camp Dagohoy spokesperson PSInspector Vincent Paul Dumaguing revealed that total crimes in the first 53 days of 2016 was 187 incidents higher than the same period in 2017.
Within the first 53 days of 2017, Camp Dagohoy police headquarters registered an average monthly crime rate of 37 from 42 last year, or 6 cases variance.
For average monthly index crime rates, Camp Dagohoy also noted similar down trend of 13 from 17 recorded in 2016 and or 4 cases variance, Inspector Dumaguing pointed out.
As to crime solution efficiency, Bohol police pegged a 45%, solving 528 of 1185 crimes in January to February 2016.
In 2017, the crime busters noted a 51% crime solution efficiency solving 511 of 998 crimes in the beginning days of 2017.
According to Camp Dagohoy Chief PSSUpt Felipe Natividad, police would consider a crime solved when they have identified the suspect, filed appropriate charges and has arrested the culprit or suspect.
And as to its crime clearance efficiency, in 2016, Bohol police lumped a 51% in 2016, a record which improved in 2017 with 60% by clearing 598 of 998 crimes recorded.
Cleared crimes are those which police have identified the suspects, and a case has been filed relative to the accusations of a crime, Col. Natividad added.
Inspector Dumaguing showed that in January to February 22, 2016, total crimes in Bohol reached 1,185.
By the same period of 2017, or from January to last week, crimes decreased by 15.78 %, which redounds to 187 less incidents.
Citing data from the Provincial Investigation Detection and Management Bureau, Inspector Dumaguing showed the index crimes data which details 114 cases less in 2017 at only 363 incidents recorded. This is a 23.9% percent down trend.
For non-index crimes, police statisticians noted 73 cases less, or a 10.31 % decrease from 708 to 635 cases.
And as to crimes against person, only physical injuries and homicide showed significant increases in 2017 with 35 incidents more from 94 in 2016 to 129 and from 2 to 4 in 2o17 respectively.
The rest, like murder and rape decreased: 9 incidents less for rape and 7 incidents less for murder.
And as to crimes against property, except for cattle rustling which showed 6 cases over none in 2016, robbery, theft and carnapping each enjoyed 16 less, 102 less and 22 less cases for robbery, theft and carnapping.
Except for other non index crimes which showed a significant increase of 29 cases increase in 2017, crimes against special laws and traffic related incidents registered huge down trends.
Crimes against special laws registered 23 incidents less in 2017 while traffic related incidents scored highest with 90 cases less this year. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)