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Extreme cross country MTB Sa ‘KinatkataysaBinabaje’

It may not be epic distance, but the 35 kilometer combination of single tracks, barangay roads, fire lines and highway crossings spice up the punishing climbs and the steep downhill sections that characterize Bohol’s still to beat extreme cross country mountain bike in season three of KinatkataysaBinabaje 2019. In Bohol where several roadies are mountain bikers in disguise, a good 140 kilometer lead heaps on the men in sleek tires spinning for the Gran Fondo New York Philippine eliminations this week that cranking up for The Alicia Panoramic Park (TAPP) Extreme cross country mountain bike might just not be an issue. But a cross country mountain bike is a ton heavier than a road bike, and pedaling on the pavement on fully inflated tires is a breeze compared to the steep gradients of Cambaol and in sitioBinabaje, here the boys and the men separate. Promised to be on a friendlier route after last year’s off saddle sections pushed bikers with cleats shoes on clawing the cliffs, this year’s Kinatkatay swerves from the notoriously undulating hills of Cambaol to Cabatang, cross the highway to Untaga, go up the hilly Del Monteand then descend to Putlongcam to the highway in Napo, cross to Cayacay and then pedal off back to Cambaol for the entire loop. Now among Bohol’s hardest, thus extreme cross country mountain bike race, the 35 kilometer loop has enough share of the easy to technical climbs, easy to hardcore downhill sections and promises to be a wicked test to those unfamiliar with the trails, thus participants can start their familiarization track reads anytime. KinatkataysaBinabajealso pairs with TAPP Trail... read more

City college wont vie With private colleges

The opening of the mulled Tagbilaran City College won’t compete with the private tertiary educational institutions here, assured City Mayor John Geesnell Yap. Speaking during the recent Kapihansa PIA held inside the office of the City Mayor at the City Hall, the young son of city’s respected businessmen parents hinted that a college institution that would be government owned and an additional to the already saturated catchment would be a bad idea, if it would earn the ire of the established educational establishments. However, when the mulled City college opens, it won’t be offering courses which are now already offered by the private institutions in the city, the mayor said. They do not need to be afraid, the mayor assured, even as he bared that he has met the school administrators to explain to them the need for the city to implement a plan that would soon spice up the city’s inventory of skills which the private colleges and universities have not supplied as yet. Except for tourism, we won’t be into the same course offers that the city based colleges are offering. Beyond that, opening up a city college which would be opening free college education with the same high standard that every parent of a poor college kid could dream of for his children, would be big relief, the mayor excitedly said. The opening of the city college would also be a relief for the city which is sending to school 500 scholars and is paying for the tuition fees and allowances of these students now enrolled in major tertiary schools here in Tagbilaran. And while the... read more

DTI LAUNCHES 4 NEW NEGOSYO CENTERS IN BOHOL

The Department of Trade and Industry-Bohol recently launched four new Negosyo Centers in the province. Negosyo Centers of Getafe and Sagbayan as well as Guindulman and Dimiao were inaugurated last December 21 and 27, 2018 respectively. Present during the launching were Mayor Casey Shaun M. Camacho of Getafe, Vice Mayor Charito Lao of Sagbayan, Mayor Albino Balo of Guindulman and Mayor Danilo Guivencan of Dimiao, DTI Regional Director Asteria C. Caberte, DTI Bohol Provincial Director Maria Soledad L. Balistoy, and representatives from the Bohol SMED Council and the respective Local Government Units. A major highlight of the events was the signing of the memorandum of agreement between DTI and the respective Local Government Units. In her message, PD Balistoy said that strategic location and huge growth potentials of the municipalities were the top considerations in the identification and establishment of these centers. “A seed has been planted and we, in DTI, would be glad to see this seed grow in order to foster business growth and development as we open these Negosyo Centers in your towns”, she added. Furthermore, DTI Regional Director Aster Caberte expressed congratulations to the said LGUs, highlighting her appreciation on the strong commitment of local officials, which is a key factor in the successful establishment of the centers. The Negosyo Centers provide the following basic services: business registration, business advisory services and business information and advocacy Aside from improving ease in doing business, the centers aim to assist entrepreneurs in improving their capabilities by providing them with customized assistance package suitable for their respective businesses. The establishment of Negosyo Centers is in line with the...

Aris stages 10th anti-drug concert

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) will stage anew an anti-drug concert in Ubay town as one of its nightly entertainment in the rundown to the town fiesta. “Let’s eat, drink, have fun, enjoy music and be merry – all without drugs – this fiesta,” Aumentado exhorts the youth, the not-so-young and the young once as The Dawn, the rock band featuring singer-guitarist Jett Pangan and company, performs in the evening of Thursday, January 24, at the Magsaysay Gymnasium in Poblacion, Ubay. This is Aumentado’s 3rd concert as part of his campaign against drugs, and the 10th for the youth in his district. Listening to good music, the solon said, soothes the nerves, and relieves one of the day to day pressures of studies, work or other occupation. This can be enjoyed without drugs, as the latter can only destroy one’s health and brain, and can overhaul one’s personality to change the bright, courteous and humble into uncouth, foul-mouthed monsters. Rather than venturing into the unknown without knowing what kind of dragon one turns into when stoned, Aumentado pushes for a drug-free life, motivated to serve one’s fellowmen. He urges especially the Ubay youth and their peers and visitors, to come and enjoy the concert. Ubay has a soft spot in the solon’s heart as this is the hometown of his immediate congressional predecessor and namesake father, former Bohol governor Erico Boyles Aumentado who was born and raised in barangay...

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Aris stages 10th anti-drug concert

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) will stage anew an anti-drug concert in Ubay town as one of its nightly entertainment in the rundown to the town fiesta. “Let’s eat, drink, have fun, enjoy music and be merry – all without drugs – this fiesta,” Aumentado exhorts the youth, the not-so-young and the young once as The Dawn, the rock band featuring singer-guitarist Jett Pangan and company, performs in the evening of Thursday, January 24, at the Magsaysay Gymnasium in Poblacion, Ubay. This is Aumentado’s 3rd concert as part of his campaign against drugs, and the 10th for the youth in his district. Listening to good music, the solon said, soothes the nerves, and relieves one of the day to day pressures of studies, work or other occupation. This can be enjoyed without drugs, as the latter can only destroy one’s health and brain, and can overhaul one’s personality to change the bright, courteous and humble into uncouth, foul-mouthed monsters. Rather than venturing into the unknown without knowing what kind of dragon one turns into when stoned, Aumentado pushes for a drug-free life, motivated to serve one’s fellowmen. He urges especially the Ubay youth and their peers and visitors, to come and enjoy the concert. Ubay has a soft spot in the solon’s heart as this is the hometown of his immediate congressional predecessor and namesake father, former Bohol governor Erico Boyles Aumentado who was born and raised in barangay...

The Call from the TAPP:

Alicia opens trail Until January 25 TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol January 12 (PIA)–The gorgeous trails leading to the best panoramic views in eastern Bohol open again this year for the annual The Alicia Panoramic Park (TAPP) Trail Run 2019 in time for the foundation days celebration of the town, 100 kilometers from this capital city. Said to be most brutally beautiful race that allows trail masters to get a glimpse, or a selfie at the scenery, the TAPP trail run gets a trail runner from The Farm in Barangay Cambaol, Alicia to dizzying elevations by following the pasture trails that make their way to Mount Labawan, the trail’s highest peak at over 350 meters towering over the largely rolling landscape. Now fast becoming the town’s most popular sports tourism product, the trail run this year, set February 24, Sunday, is open for 5 kilometer kiddie, the 10 kilometers and the 30 kilometers trail for the hardcore runners who have found the real challenge off-road and away from the pavements. With registration opening since December, the TAPP trail run attempts to limit the number of runners considering the trails’ carrying capacity, according to town tourism officer Godelia Lumugdang. When there were over 350 runners who registered in last year’s TAPP Trail series for the 21 kilometers, organizers this year opened limited 150 slots for the 30 kilometers, another 150 slots for the 10 kilometers and 50 slots for the kiddie 3 kilometer race, she added. Registration for the 30 kilometer race is P1,200, for the 10 kilometer race, P700 and for the 5 kilometer kiddie, P500. Registration which includes an event...

Aris thanks Japan for ODA grants

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) expressed gratitude to the Japanese parliamentarians at a recent dinner hosted by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Aumentado acknowledged the “very significant” assistance from Japan that the province now enjoys – given during his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor Erico B. Aumentado’s watch – the Bohol Circumferential Road. The solon is now trying to rekindle the ties his father once had with Japan, and exploring if it still has official development assistance (ODA) available, and what specific projects can qualify. After all, he said, Japanese ODA has the most reasonable cost of money – more affordable than China’s interest rate – lower than by as much as 50%. It is high time, he said, that Bohol further builds its network, with no intention of letting up, in order to make it a top notch province, of international standards, especially where roads, ports, airport and other infrastructure are...

Lower House Oks space agency bill

By JUNE S. BLANCO THE Philippines has taken another giant step towards the realization of creating its own space agency. This after the Lower House this week passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 8541 – the Philippine Space Development Act. Science and Technology Committee Chair and main author Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol 2nd District) and co-authors led by Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos (Zamboanga del Norte, 1st District) had pushed for the creation of the Philippine Space Agency (Philsa) – to be under the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). Aumentado said it is high time that the Philippines upgrades its technology, to better communicate information to the people, and to better predict the weather, among others. The solon said the agency would be under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). He said on top of information gathering, satellites can also be a peace and order tool. He said they can best be maximized in surveillance activities as they can easily track the movements of people with suspicious moves. Satellites can locate suspects with surgical accuracy, he said. Applying the satellite to the Marawi City scenario, the solon said it can trace “with pinpoint accuracy” the location of the Maute terrorists agitating a rising rebellion in Muslim Mindanao. The 297-strong Lower House had voted unanimously in favor of the bill. When created, Philsa will have its offices in the Clark Special Economic Zone, in Pampanga and Tarlac – tasked primarily with safeguarding the country/s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will also conduct space research and development, space industry and capacity building, space education and awareness,...

Lady legislator models Bohol HIV testing drive

If only to personally jumpstart the World AIDS Day and its succeeding activities, a nurse and sitting legislator in Bohol, volunteers to have a Human Immune deficiency Virus (HIV) testing December 1, at the Panda Tea Garden and Suites. Waiving her right provided by the Philippine AIDS Control and Prevention Act, Third District Board Member Jade Acapulco Bautista, formerly US based nurse by and now a legislator at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Bohol subjected herself to an HIV testing and in fact, performed for herself the capillary pricking necessary to extract sufficient blood samples for the test to determine reactivity. Intending to help but still constrained to a task she is demanded to do as a legislator, BM Bautista said she is still open to suggestions in legislating measures to reverse the spread of HIV, a deadly virus, especially in Bohol. Herself the SP Committee chair on Health and Public Sanitation, BM Dano who sits as a model for HIV testing as a medical professional, allowed herself to the test, if only to show there is nothing to fear, in fact, get a reassurance that one can keep an HIV-free status from then on. “It is more reassuring that one can get an additional sense of responsibility especially in advocating for more protection and in maintaining the already attained HIV status,” another Department of Health nurse Nickson Felix Epe said. Dano, who said Bohol’s [anti-HIV] campaign is doing very well, also admitted further that sustainability of the campaign can only be attained with everybody’s cooperation. “The Provincial Health Office is doing very well [as regards the campaign], but they...

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