Flash flood destroys P6M G-Hernandez crops, infra

(Tagbilaran City) March 17, 2011 (PIA) —A FLASHFLOOD spawned by rains in the mountain
barangays of Garcia Hernandez town spilled into town and destroyed some P6 million of crops and
public infrastructure.

At least six barangays reported damages in agriculture and waterworks systems as Manaba River and
small creeks overflowed from its banks and breached into nearby rice-fields, residential areas and
temporarily rendering the national highway impassable to light vehicles at least in, reports said.

Mayor Miguelito Galendez said the town planning and agriculture officers have appraised the
damages to crops at P5M and another P1M for public infrastructure, mostly waterworks systems.

In a radio interview, Galendez added that some residents report a lost carabao and calves, believed
to be washed by the floods.

No one however was reported hurt, said local resident Melchor Virador on Facebook.

He named affected barangays as Lungsod-daan, East Canaya-on, West Canayaaon, Candulao,
Manaba, Malinao, Antipolo, Datag, Tabuan and Togbongon.

Rice ripe for harvest were washed out by the unusually huge bulk of water from the mountains
overwhelming creeks and food control dikes, Galendez reported.

Municipal information Officer Lindsey Marie Vismanos shared photos of people treading in waters
flooding the national highway at barangay West Canayaon.

She also said she received reports that waters went as high as neck-deep in some areas.

Mayor Galendez also reported that a barangay road leading to Togbongon from barangay Tabuan has
become impassable due to a cut portion of the road caused by minor landslides.

Along the stretch of national highway to eastern Bohol towns, unconfirmed reports of floodings were
also reported in Dimiao and Guindulman towns.

Meanwhile, landslide prone barangay Mayana of Jagna also had unconfirmed reports of rains
spawned flashfloods. (Rey Anthony Chiu)

Hangyo sa NDF nga buhian si Ka Bart gibasura

GIBASURA sa go­vern­ment panel ang kondisyon sa National Democratic Front (NDF) nga buhian una ilang nasikop nga lider sa dili pa sugdan ang pormal nga negosasyon sa peace talks sa umaabot nga Pebrero.

Matud pa ni Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles, gibarugan sa government panel ang una niining pahayag nga wala sa listahan sa mga consultants sa NDF ang nasikop nga NPA leader nga si Tirso Alcantara alyas Ka Bart, dili pa lang dugay sa Lucena City.

Si Sec. Deles niingon nga wala sa listahan sa mga consultants sa NDF si Alcantara mao nga dili kini sakop sa immunity gikan sa pagka-aresto.

Gikatakdang sugdan ang formal peace talks tali sa GRP ug NDF sa Oslo, Norway sa Pebrero 15-21. (ecbPIABohol)

Pag-amendar sa RA 8850 Gisugyot ni BFAR Bojos

GISUGYOT ni Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director Andres Bojos nga matan-aw og balik ang Philippine Fisheries Code human sa pipila na ka tuig niining pagkahimong balaod.

Kini aron posibleng mahimoan nag-lakanga ron i-amendar ug mahimo na usab kining motubag sa panginahanglan sa panahon.

Didto sa consultative meeting nga gihimo sa Bohol Tropics, gipalanog ni Bojos ang sugyot human namatikdan sa mga tinugyanan nga may mga butang nga dili na matubag sa karaang balaod.

Ang Philippine Fisheries Code napasa isip balaod niadto pang 1998, samntang may panglantaw nga kinahanglang maamendar ang usa balaod sulod sa tulo ka tuig niining pagka-epektibo.

ANg Philippine Fisheries Code o RA 8550 naglatid sa mga lakang pag-ugmad, pagdumala ug pag-palahutay sa mga kahingu-haan sa kadagatan samtang gihiusa niini ang tanang balaod kabahin sa pag-gamit sa dagat isip tubod sa panginabuhian.

Ang pag-amendar sa mga probisyon sa RA 8550 usab gituohan nga makatabang pagsolbad sa nagsaka nga presyo sa isda dala sa estrikto nga pamalaod sa pangisda. (racPIABohol)

“Solar power” sa Alumar Bisitahon sa media, JICA

UBAN sa mga tinugyanan sa Department of Energy, makig-sulti usab ang mga sakop sa prensa sa
Bohol sa mga benepisaryo sa Rural Electrification Project nga gipundohan sa Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) sa isla nga barangay sa Alumar sa Getafe.

Lokal ug international nga sakop sa media ang ikauban usab sa mga tinugyanan sa JICA ug mga
langyawng magtutuon ang mogikan sa Tagbilaran paingon sa Getafe sa Miyerkoles sa buntag sayo
aron ikabagat ang mga tawong nakatagamtam sa kamaayo sa proyekto.

Ang proyekto sa DOE gipundohan usab sa JICA sanglit ang pagpakutay sa elektrisidad lisud nga
buhaton kon kini magagikan sa mainland.

Ang Rural electrification project sa Alumar nahimong possible pinaagi sa teknolohiyang gahum solar.

Samtang dako-dako na ang porsyento nga nakab-ot sa pagpakutay og koryente sa Bohol, may mga
layo nga isla pa dinhi nga padayon pang nangandoy nga mapakutayan sa serbisyo sa elektrisidad.
(PIABohol)

Bohol buildings needs PWD access facilities

IT is still long way to go for tourist destination Bohol in terms of its buildings and tourism facilities.

Still lagging behind in vertical infrastructure especially for tourism services, the dream for Bohol to become a
wholesome tourism destination practically finds wanting if services and standards to this end is concerned.

With the few establishments set up, as far as compliance to accessibility laws, several of them are not
compliant yet, says a person with disability mobility advocate said.

Here, of the few public buildings and tourism establishments that are compliant, they also have access
facilities that are sub-standard.

This surfaced Thursday at the Kapihan sa PIA when the forum resource persons took to the question: what
happens when a tourist who visits Bohol is a person with disability (PWD)?

Here, the leader of a strong Bohol Federation of Disabled Persons (BFDP) said the decade long advocacy to
bring awareness to get the law implemented and allow access to PWDs has not been that much, especially in
Bohol.

Mateo Quilas, a blind man however said he is happy that some establishments here have shown best efforts in
compliance.

The Kapihan segment, which was aired live over DyTR tackled the law enhancing the mobility of disabled
persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and
other devices to ensure access of PWDs.

Some best efforts however prove to be only for compliance.

There are buildings and establishments with the access ramps but these are so steep that a PWD on a wheel-
chair can not negotiate it by himself, elaborates Haidee Cubarol, a physical therapist and Bohol Stimulation
and Therapeutic and Activity Center chief.

Cubarol, whose group has been giving therapies to indigent children with disabilities hinted that the law is
specific on enhancing the mobility of PWDs by putting up standard ramps with the right slopes, sidewalks with
railings and grab bars as well as custom amenities at specialized rest rooms for PWDS.

Even alleyways, doors and facility design should be considerate of the PWD where the floor areas should allow
enough space wheel-chair to maneuver, the lavatories installed with lever type faucets and grab bars running
along the edges of the rest rooms, she cited the law.

Now with the biggest investments still in tourism, both forum resource persons hope that the town planning
and development officers as well as engineers are keener in getting true to the intent of the law and make
thus Bohol a better place for tourists, be he able or with disability. (racPIABohol)