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Bohol top cop bares new anticrime marching order

Bohol police under newly assigned police chief, Police Colonel Jonathan Cabal have three priority marching orders from the governor, ones which could define crime prevention as well as bring Bohol to a new level in peace and security for investments to thrive. Speaking at the Kapihan Sa PIA commemorating Crime Prevention Week, Colonel Cabal who just took the top seat of the Bohol Provincial Police Station weeks ago said the governor wanted police to intensify intelligence operations, secure tourism spots and intensify the campaign against illegal drugs. Cabal, who had a successful stint as the director for Regional Intelligence Division decorated by the neutralization of the Abu Sayyaf terrorists who tried getting their lucrative terroristic activities to Bohol, said he supports the governor considering that police work starts and ends in intelligence. Col Cabal was Regional Logistics chief before he assumed the Bohol post. On the matter of tourism and securing tourism spots, Cabal said there would be changes in the Bohol Tourist Police set-up. He said, in his administration, he wants all men doing what they do best: police work. He noticed that those assigned at the Tourist Police Units are somewhat “underutilized” and are shaking off investigation work, which has the police at the losing end of the pole. We have ample tourist police, we have audited their performance; how they go about their activities, Cabal said. But stagnation within the ranks of the tourist police may have hit the new police director. Every four years, police have to go to another station, he bared the tour of duty tradition of the force, a hint to the... read more

Call for Submission: WILA-Cebu’s Paglambo Regional Creative Writing Workshop on Flash Fiction on September 14-15, 2019

The Women in Literary Arts – Cebu, Inc. (WILA), with the sponsorship of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will conduct a creative writing workshop focusing on the flash fiction genre on September 14-15. 2019 (Saturday-Sunday). The workshop panel will be headed by one of the founding members of WILA, the literary scholar and poet, Dr. Erlinda Kintanar-Alburo. The workshop program consists of a keynote lecture, presentations by fictionists among WILA members, and a workshop proper where the works will be discussed by the panel and the workshop auditors under the supervision of a session moderator. Interested individuals should submit either a set of (a) three (3) pieces of flash fiction that should not be more than 400 words but not less that 200 or (b) two (2) pieces composed of more than 400 words but not more than 900. The entries may be in English, and/or Cebuano and must not have been published or submitted to other workshops prior to Paglambo. The participant should also submit a short bionote and an updated CV that includes a list of published works and contact information. The entries must be in the following format: Times New Roman font style, 12 font size, one inch all around margin and encoded on a document file with an 8” x11” setting. The entries, in a Word file, shall be sent as an attachment and emailed to this address: atongpaglambo2019@gmail.com. In the subject field, the following should be indicated: FlashFiction_ (e.g.,FlashFiction_DE LA CRUZ, JUANA). Entries should be sent by the deadline on Saturday, 31 August 2019. Participants will be notified if their... read more

Aris: DPWH soon to build Talibon-Bien Unido bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expresses hope that construction of the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido towns in northern Bohol will start within the year. Aumentado will meet Engr. Vicente Valle Jr. of the Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office and his staff next week at the latter’s office in Ubay town for a briefing on the timelines of the bridge construction. Talibon and Bien Unido towns are located on separate promontories jutting out toward Cebu, separated by a bay, with Trinidad town in the river delta. The road trip from Talibon to Bien Unido spans 20 kilometers, but with the bridge, the distance will just be seven kilometers. Aumentado said this will be “definitely a big and welcome development” for his constituents in both towns – and the rest of the district, and ultimately the province – as this will cut travel time and the attendant expenses. This will also reduce the price of goods as transport from the mother town of Talibon will be shorter, easier, more convenient and comfortable. The solon said the shorter distance will give his constituents more time for other equally, or even more important tasks. During the meeting, Aumentado expressed hope that Valle will declare the detailed engineering design and bid documents ready so that bidding can already be scheduled, and the physical works to start within the year. Meanwhile, the solon recently filed House Bill 2109 that proposes to construct the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge. On a bigger scale now, this link will provide passengers and their freight the option to travel by land through this bridge,...

Bikers clean up Banat-I trails For World Environment Day

When most of the people took more time in their cozy beds on the early hours of June 5, it being a holiday, mountain bikers were already on the trails of Tagbilaran City’s cross country trail training site, spare gloves on the ready, for the World Environment Day Banat-I clean-up. While the government declared June 5 as the Eid’lFit’r, and as a regular holiday for both Muslims and non-Muslims, the day also afforded many the rest they needed so breakfasts were mostly delayed as there was no hurry for the day. For young and professionals who take on to their bikes for the daily sweat dose, that day was one they would be ticking two on their bucket list: go get sweating cranking for the climb and do something for the environment for the day. The challenging climb at Banat-I Park is painful but like all hard efforts, the rewards in the spectacular view from the top easily erases all the pains. But the garbage that has accumulated in Banat-i, brought by hikers, trail runners or lovers who take the views of the hill, has become an eye-sore for the environment biased bikers and trail runners. Empty water bottles, soda PET bottles, wine bottles, junk food foil packs, cellophane packaging, styrofoam and food packaging are strewn on the trails, in the camp site and even along the access road, that has marred the beauty of the place. It is about time we need to do something about it, said biker Engr Rey Tirol, who organized the clean up. Many trails crisscross Banat-i, that for bikers, the grueling small ring-big...

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Aris: DPWH soon to build Talibon-Bien Unido bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expresses hope that construction of the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido towns in northern Bohol will start within the year. Aumentado will meet Engr. Vicente Valle Jr. of the Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office and his staff next week at the latter’s office in Ubay town for a briefing on the timelines of the bridge construction. Talibon and Bien Unido towns are located on separate promontories jutting out toward Cebu, separated by a bay, with Trinidad town in the river delta. The road trip from Talibon to Bien Unido spans 20 kilometers, but with the bridge, the distance will just be seven kilometers. Aumentado said this will be “definitely a big and welcome development” for his constituents in both towns – and the rest of the district, and ultimately the province – as this will cut travel time and the attendant expenses. This will also reduce the price of goods as transport from the mother town of Talibon will be shorter, easier, more convenient and comfortable. The solon said the shorter distance will give his constituents more time for other equally, or even more important tasks. During the meeting, Aumentado expressed hope that Valle will declare the detailed engineering design and bid documents ready so that bidding can already be scheduled, and the physical works to start within the year. Meanwhile, the solon recently filed House Bill 2109 that proposes to construct the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge. On a bigger scale now, this link will provide passengers and their freight the option to travel by land through this bridge,...

Aris’ previous statement on power ‘not misleading’

By: JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District stands by his previous statement that “the Cantakoy hydroelectric project found no support from the next administration. This solon emphasized that “this was not a misleading statement”, but a statement of facts. Aumentado said partners Ayala Group and Sta. Clara Power Corp. were well on their way in establishing the Cantakoy project – taking extra diligent care in providing mitigating measures for what experts had described “critical” and “dangerous” – during the incumbency of his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor, former governor Erico Boyles Aumentado. Sta. Clara Power Corporation is an independent power producing company in the Philippines. It focuses on hydro power development. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Mandaluyong, the Philippines. Sta. Clara Power Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Sta. Clara International Corporation But for reasons of their own, the next administration did not pursue Cantakoy – despite the impending and expected stark increase in power consumption due to the operationalization of the Panglao Bohol International Airport. Airports are stand-alone natural investment come-ons, but since Bohol has been vigorously inviting investors, the province should have taken more aggressive steps in meeting the increasing power demand. After all, he said, only in the power industry is redundancy welcome. The recent price hike scare prompted Aumentado to walk what has so far been merely talk. The resumption of the Cantakoy project would be his “little contribution” to ease the current power crisis in Bohol. He said Cantakoy can augment the power “imported” from the Tongonan Geothermal Plant in Leyte by from...

DTI Sandugo ‘national’ Trade Fair: attracts 190 exhibitors, 11 regions

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Visayas opened its regional products showcase in Bohol, July 24-28 at the Island City Mall, with a bigger, wider participation of government assisted and developed products. This year’s products’ showcase feature 190 exhibitors bringing in gifts and novelty items, home decors, wear-ables and fashion accessories, home style and quality furniture and furnishings, and processed food from the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) of the 11 regions joining this year’s trade fair, according to DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte. Bohol’s Sandugo Trade Expo 2019 is now a far upgrade from what used to be a provincial products’ fair held at the open grounds of Plaza Rizal, some 31 years ago. DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, Asec. Demphna Du-Naga of the of the Regional Operations Group, Regional Director Asteria Caberte, Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, visiting DTI regional directors and Central Visayas Provincial directors Maria Soledad Balistoy (Bohol), Nimfa Virtucio (Negros Oriental) led the ceremonial opening of the fair which accordingly aims for an ambitious P40 million in sales. Asec Lantayona, in her message however knows that the P40 million is easy to achieve citing that last year’s P25 million target was easily attained. The Sandugo regional trade fair in 2018 even piled up an additional P7 million over the target, or a whooping P32 million in cash and booked sales. Lantayona, who now likened the Sandugo Trade Expo this year to a national trade fair, pointed out that exhibitors all over the country are all looking forward to joining the Sandugo trade fair in Bohol because sales here is good....

Rep. Aris, Gov. Art, team talk tourism for 2nd District

HNP SUPPORT Rep. Aris, Gov. Art, team talk tourism for 2nd District By: JUNE S. BLANCO DEVELOP more tourism destinations in the 2nd District to make a new loop that will expose the potentials of the other side of Bohol. This was the consensus of Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District, newly minted Gov. Arthur Yap and the latter’s economic advisers in a meeting July 2 at the Shang Palace in Northtown, Taloto District, Tagbilaran City. Aumentado said the work on the extension of the Ubay Aiport is ongoing such that it will soon become as long as the Tagbilaran Airport. When that happens, it can already accommodate planes like those that used to land at the Tagbilaran Airport. With this infrastructure shaping up, next to the fine white sand beaches of Anda town that is a mere 45 minutes from the Ubay Airport, the solon, the governor and the economic advisers agreed that the tourism come-ons of a new loop, say of Ubay, Danao and Buenavista, must be developed in order to entice local and foreign tourists. Danao already has its adventure park featuring the zip line, canyon jump, cliff rappelling and other activities for the not so faint-hearted. These may ned enhancement, even as Ubay has water sports in the dam reservoir to offer. Buenavista has its canoe paddling and oyster feast to boast off. These can be improved, connected and arranged for a day tour. But the tourists’ stay can be extended if these towns can provide areas, food, more activities and facilities for camping or, if they want, glamorous camping or “glamping”. At...

Aris to expand tourism prospects in 2nd District

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado will meet with national tourism officials in Manila this week to map out plans, explore prospects, and develop new attractions for the 2nd district. Aumentado says he wants synergetic tourism development so that each town can “sell” the destinations of the other towns – instead of competing with each other for tourists to visit their more or less the same, or similar – attractions. He also said he will pitch sales for the development of a promontory in Cambugsay that is overlooking the dam, and the paddling on the river for talaba (oysters) downstream in Cambuhat, Buenavista. He will also arrange with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for water-borne adventure tourism in the dam. Just like in Cambuhat, the food will be cooked and prepared by a people’s organization to augment their respective family incomes. When realized, the people will then experience dragon boat rides, and feast on fresh, savory and organically grown vegetables and fish dishes harvested from farms. The only “developed” tourism attraction in the district so far, he said, is the Danao Adventure Park and Playground. He lamented that nothing else of tourism value has been developed along the way as interesting stops. He wants development to be spread wider, especially with the improvement of the Ubay Airport. To boot, Ubay is nearer to the fine white sand beaches in Anda and whatever it is that the towns along the way can...

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