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DTI-BOHOL CELEBRATES WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY 2017

March 15, 2017, Tagbilaran City. As the world celebrates Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2017, so does the Department of Trade and Industry – Bohol Province.   Bannering the theme “Building a Digital World Consumers Can trust”, DTI Bohol conducted an ORIENTATION SEMINAR ON E-PRESYO AND NO SHORT CHANGING ACT to consumer groups and students from the Bohol Island State University, Holy Name University, University of Bohol and the Bohol Institute of Technology. The activity was held at DTI-Bohol Conference Room last March 15, 2017 from 1:30 up to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The activity aimed to inform and empower consumers and that they be educated of their rights.   The “e-presyo” is an online price monitoring system where the public can readily access price monitoring and comparative price reports through the DTI website or through an application downloadable in smart phones.   On the other hand, RA 10909 or the No Shortchanging Act regulates shortchanging acts by business establishments and defines the rights of the consumers to demand exact change from them. The speakers of the activity were Miguel Abuyabor and Jose D. Hibaya of... read more
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Bohol Hosts 5th VICTOR Conference, Creative Congress, Education Summit

Everything starts with a dream and a strong commitment, Gov. Edgar Chatto addressed Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry experts and Boholano government, business, academe stakeholders at the three-part forum that was the 5th Visayas ICT Organization (VICTOr) conference, 1st Bohol Education Summit, and 3rd Visayas Creative Congress this week. The governor along with Usec. Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed commitment to support Bohol’s bid to become IT-BPM investment haven. He affixed his signature along with Bohol ICT industry stakeholders in pursuing the IT-BPM industry specific 2017 Education Action Plan. The gathering of industry experts and stakeholders focused on effective talent development and was aimed at linking education and industry needs in order for Bohol to become a major player in the industry, alongside initiatives to meet requirements on infrastructure and business environment. The education and industry linkage replicates bridging models for already established economic pillars of tourism and agriculture in the province. The IT BPM industry specific Education Action Plan for 2017 is comprised of priority programs such as faculty development/industry immersion, curriculum development, equipment and facility improvement and center of excellence/development certification. Its activities include trainings, industry partnerships, establishment of a business incubator, and accomplishing requirements for center of excellence/development certification as part of achieving academic roadmap to support IT BPM industry needs. The 2-day conference featured industry best practices through sharing from Visayas ICT councils particularly about strategies on opening up the ICT industry in the province. It also highlighted the Philippine IT BPM roadmap 2022, talent development strategies, cybersecurity and governance with particular spotlight on Bohol. Industry...

Bohol Hosts 5th VICTOR Conference, Creative Congress, Education Summit

Everything starts with a dream and a strong commitment, Gov. Edgar Chatto addressed Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry experts and Boholano government, business, academe stakeholders at the three-part forum that was the 5th Visayas ICT Organization (VICTOr) conference, 1st Bohol Education Summit, and 3rd Visayas Creative Congress this week. The governor along with Usec. Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed commitment to support Bohol’s bid to become IT-BPM investment haven. He affixed his signature along with Bohol ICT industry stakeholders in pursuing the IT-BPM industry specific 2017 Education Action Plan. The gathering of industry experts and stakeholders focused on effective talent development and was aimed at linking education and industry needs in order for Bohol to become a major player in the industry, alongside initiatives to meet requirements on infrastructure and business environment. The education and industry linkage replicates bridging models for already established economic pillars of tourism and agriculture in the province. The IT BPM industry specific Education Action Plan for 2017 is comprised of priority programs such as faculty development/industry immersion, curriculum development, equipment and facility improvement and center of excellence/development certification. Its activities include trainings, industry partnerships, establishment of a business incubator, and accomplishing requirements for center of excellence/development certification as part of achieving academic roadmap to support IT BPM industry needs. The 2-day conference featured industry best practices through sharing from Visayas ICT councils particularly about strategies on opening up the ICT industry in the province. It also highlighted the Philippine IT BPM roadmap 2022, talent development strategies, cybersecurity and governance with particular spotlight on Bohol. Industry...

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Best Pinagsanib SWAT grads to lead AFP anti-drugs opns

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 28 (PIA)–The past month may have seen a lull in the local anti-drugs war, but now, expect some change. If the suspension of police in anti-drug operations dealt a huge setback in the anti drug war, the undermanned Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the lead role, and the army being thrown into the task they were not trained for, arrests which then happened daily, ebbed. Both the military and the PDEA are not equipped to wrestle the immensity of the beast that the drug problem has mutated, a Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) member commented at the February 2016 drug war accomplishment. Last Tuesday however, two teams of nine squads from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) completed the 77 days 496 hours of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) along with 46 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The full 72 hours training course equips the AFP with 18 men some serious capability to handle a variety of crisis situations in urban warfare, counter-terrorism, urban assault, hostage taking, close quarter combat and a menu of aggressive breaches of closed structures, said PNP Deputy regional Director for Administration PCSupt. Franklin Moises Mabanag. Coming in as keynote speaker and guest in the possibly first in the country joint training for AFP and the PNP, General Mabanag hailed Bohol for the rare convergence of police and army and assured that the PNP still has some more skills for the trained group which has just been enthroned to the ranks of the police elites. All belonging to Class 32-2016, Class Pinagsanib is actually a team of...

BPPO Proud of 62 new SWAT Members Innovation 1st in the country-PA

  AFTER THE TRAGEDY that hit the Province of Bohol which left everyone stunned, the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) is sending the message that Boholanos can now feel safer.   This is because just last Tuesday, sixty-two members of the Philippine National Police and of the Armed Forces of the Philippines gladly participated in the graduation rites as new members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Class “Pinagsanib” group after an exhaustive and rigid two-month special training.   The number started out with sixty-four trainees, but then, of the three women who have initially enlisted, two dropped out which then left a sole woman survivor who eventually graduated with sixty-one men in uniform.   The SWAT graduation ceremonies at the BPPO grounds commenced with a simulation of an actual combat situation where SWAT know-how and special mind tactics were deployed right before the very eyes of the guests.   The adrenaline rush was upped even more when three explosions were witnessed by everyone and the graduating class exhibited more special tactics, not only to please the audience, but more so, to show what would happen to offenders when they cross paths with Bohol’s latest SWAT corps.   Participants and guests were warmly greeted by Bohol PNP Chief Felipe Natividad, with Guest of Honor, PCSupt. Franklin Moises R. Mabanag, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO-7; and Provincial Administrator Alfonso “Ae” R. Damalerio, in lieu of Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.   The Bohol SWAT Team is a composite group of the PNP and AFP, a clear innovation of the 302nd Achievers Brigade, the 47th Infantry Brigade, BPPO, the Provincial...

Bohol records 15.78% fewer crimes by first 53 days of ’17

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...

CHATTO’S BIRTHDAY, DAY OF SERVICE

  A life lived in service for others is a life worth celebrating. And what better way to celebrate than with the people to whom this life of service is offered. Thus, Gov. Edgar Chatto who celebrated his 57th birthday on February 21, spent the entire day with various Boholano sectors. After mass officiated by Fr. Lito Geangan at the chapel in their Balilihan home, the governor shared breakfast with family, first lady and Balilihan mayor Pureza Veloso-Chatto, municipal and barangay officials, relatives, Capitol employees, and friends. He also met with Philhealth team led by Regional Vice President William O. Chavez and Philhealth Bohol Chief Social Insurance Officer Mona Liza O. De Veyra.   Inaugurates Infra Projects Chatto then proceeded to Catigbian to meet with Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, Catigbian Mayor Boy Lurot, Brgy. Capt. Darwin Lanoy, and the Provincial Engineer’s Office headed by Engr. Ben Redulla for the blessing and inauguration of the reconstructed Causwagan Box Culvert in which leads to Bogtongbod, Clarin. The project was implemented by the Provincial Engineer’s Office. Later in Sagbayan, the governor, vice governor, engineering team were joined by Sagbayan Mayor Ric Suarez and DILG Provincial Director Ma. Louisella Lucino at the blessing, ribbon cutting and re-opening of reconstructed San Antonio and Calangahan Bridges. Both projects were completed under the Bohol Earthquake Assistance program.   TARSIER 117 Jagna   In the afternoon, Chatto led the opening of TaRSIER117 sub-office in Jagna. 22 new members for TaRSIER117 Jagna have been trained by TaRSIER117 senior personnel.   The opening of the new office aspires to meet standards for emergency management as part of public service.  ...

DTI, P&G PUSH FOR MICRO ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT THROUGH “ANGAT KITA PROGRAM”

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Procter and Gamble (P&G) signed an agreement that will help micro entrepreneurs develop their business skills, and gain access to start-up capital. A program for micro-entrepreneurs, which is also one of the key priorities in the current trade agenda, the agreement “P&G Angat Kita Program” is designed to help sari-sari storeowners and other micro-entrepreneurs advance their skills through seminars provided by the agency’s Negosyo Centers. “This agreement is a huge lift for our micro entrepreneurs especially that we are targeting those who are at the bottom of the pyramid. We are a step closer to achieving the trabaho at negosyo agenda of the administration,” Operations Group Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said of the signing. The “P&G Angat Kita Program” will also help micro entrepreneurs gain access to start-up capital in the form of goods or products and network linkage micro entrepreneurs need to help grow, maintain businesses and lift their current status. The agreement will also provide a P2,500 worth of P&G start-up package after successfully finishing a basic merchandising seminar in DTI’s Negosyo Centers to 1,000 initial participants of the program. In total, there are 448 Negosyo Centers operating since its inception in 2014. In line with the Republic Act No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act, the DTI-ROG launched Negosyo Centers nationwide to help MSMEs in providing access to information, business name registration, access to finance, access to market and access to training. DTI and P&G target to cover 20,000 to 30,000 micro entrepreneurs nationwide, after the initial launching in Metro Manila, including the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati,...

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