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TRAIN will affect rice farmers, imperil domestic food security

The burdensome tax measure TRAIN imposed by the Duterte government will severely affect rice farmers and threaten the country’s rice production and food security. “TRAIN will definitely wreck our livelihood and drive us into a state of hunger.” “The overall rice production and consumption will be affected by TRAIN. TRAIN will cause worsening hunger among the poorest of the poor. Whatever minimal gain that low to middle employees will get from TRAIN will be easily offset and swept by rising prices of commodities, services and public utilities,” says Danilo Ramos, chairperson of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. The new excise tax on oil products will result to a minimum 20 percent additional cost in the use of fuel-run farm equipment. Farmers will have to shell out more money out of their pockets for the added cost on production brought about by TRAIN. 2017 prices of diesel average at Php33 per liter. Now, diesel prices have gone up to at least Php40 per liter. Cost of fuel prices are higher in the provinces. In a sample case study by KMP, a rice farmer in Bulacan province tilling one hectare of rice land will have to shell out additional Php294 per hectare per cropping for the use of mechanized hand tractor to pull and harrow rice lands during land preparation. This does not include added cost for the use of water pump for irrigation, use of dryer, payment for rice milling, transportation of rice produce and other daily expenses. According to government data, the country has 4 million hectares of rice harvested lands. This minimum sample computation would translate to a Php1.176-billion... read more

Actual singing, no AVP for national anthem-SP

  TAGBILARAN CITY, January 12, (PIA)–Bohol legislature has decided they had enough of the haphazard honor and respect communities are giving to the national anthem in public gatherings.   With the rising trend of using audio visual presentations of the National Anthem with cinematographic dramatizations and projected on wide screens, Bohol Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP-Bohol) saw this as more of dishonoring the flag and the country’s history than the assumed aesthetics of canned music.   The SP has pushed for Ordinance No. 007-2017, which mandates event organizers, government offices, Local Government Units, schools, hospitals, institutions and organizations need to give full honor and respect to the national emblems and hymns here.   The same proposed ordinance which is now on to the third and final reading now, prohibits the use of any audio visual presentation as background, except only when only depicting the Philippine Flag whether in stationary or waving presentation with or without  projected lyrics when playing the Philippine National Anthem in public places.   Introduced by Board Members Kristine Alexie B. Tutor and sponsored by BM Gloria B. Gementiza, co-sponsored by BM Ricky B. Masamayor and BM Jade A. Bautista, the ordinance intends to ban the showing of pictures and dramatizations or other audio visual presentations as background.   BM Tutor said that prior to the drafting of the ordinance, it was referred to the Center for Culture and the Arts of the Office of the Governor, who in turn asked the SP to check with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for advice.   The proponents also wanted to know if the power to prohibit the... read more

WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH IS GOVERNMENT  STRATEGY TO PROMOTE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS – DTI

  The Government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Ease of Doing Business (EODB) is speeding up reforms to improve the country’s competitiveness.   DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez reported that the strategy is to pursue a whole of government approach where all instrumentalities of government involved in business regulations are taking unified action in simplifying government processes and making them more business-friendly. “Remember that Competitiveness and Ease of doing business is number 3 in the President’s socio-economic agenda. The executive branch, both National government agencies, and Local Government Units, and the legislative branch are working double time so that businesses could benefit from these reform initiatives.” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said. The DTI Secretary reported on the latest reforms initiated by the Executive Branch In November 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission implemented the Company Registration System (CRS) which significantly reduced the processing time and procedures in company verification and registration. The system also integrates the issuance of Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and employer numbers from Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, and Philhealth. In December 2017, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista issued an order establishing One-Stop Shops (OSS) for business permits which will facilitate registration of new businesses. The OSS is now operational at the QC Hall. To speed up the issuance of construction permits, the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the DTI issued a joint circular which prescribed standards and procedures in the issuance of building permits, certificates of occupancy and other construction-related permits. A unified employee enrollment form and system will soon be implemented by the Social...

DTI Hails Quezon City Government for Major Streamlining Efforts; full electronic registration process using  MOBILE APPS pushed

  The Department of Trade and Industry lauds the efforts and strong commitment of the Quezon City Government in streamlining its operations to speed up the processing of business registration and construction-related permits. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Chair of the government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Ease of Doing Business, explained that the drastic process re-engineering in Quezon City, the LGU with the most number of businesses, is critical because it is the sample city included in the Doing Business Survey, conducted yearly by the World Bank, to gauge the overall competitiveness of the Philippines as a nation, using the cost and ease of doing business as a criterion. QC Mayor Herbert Bautista issued Executive Order 11 on December 22, 2017 mandating the creation of One-stop Shops, where new businesses can file and pay their application for business permits, including Fire Safety Inspection Certificates, following a 2-step procedure where applicants can get their permit in less than two hours.  Applicants need not to go to different offices to obtain business permit and other clearances and but instead transact in a single location. “The EO signed by the Local Chief Executive provides for reduction in the steps and requirements, and the use of automation.  But we need to leapfrog. The effort of the QC shall be complemented by efforts in the national level.  Together with the DICT, we are looking at developing a fully electronic registration process using Smartphone App. This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to become one of the first countries to adopt a business registration process that can be completed (end to end) on a smart phone”, Lopez said....

Local  News/ Bohol Balita

BFAR keeps fish supply mandate, Inaugurates 11th CFLC in Ubay

UBAY, Bohol, January 9 (PIA)—While legislators are busily tackling ways to bring down the price of fish in Bohol, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)  kept to their mandate and inaugurates Bohol’s 11th fish hub, January 9 in Ubay town. The fish hub is a facility where fishermen can land their daily catch to be assured of a market, or at least refrigerate them so it does not go to waste and can be sold the following day. BFAR call these facilities Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC), and placed in them post-harvest facilities as well as spaces for trade, administration and at least a decent space for meetings and training. Earlier, fishermen have admitted that bringing their catch to the mainland is risky as there might not be a market for their fish and without refrigeration at home, their catch might stale and go to waste. On this, the BFAR intends to respond to that issue while noting that fisher-folk, including the entire fish trade value chain are registered and organized. The CFLC acts as their common venue to train, to organize and plan as well as to mend their nets, sell their catch and store them in shared facilities to maximize on the harvest, BFAR Regional Director Dr. Allan L. Poquita said. The Ubay CFLC is the 11th of the 14 multi-million facilities which Bohol got from the national government since 2016 to 2017. Ubay CFLC has stainless steel stalls, and freezers so fish can be stored when it is not sold right away. The new CFLC comes in its iconic shades of blue, two storey structure...

Bohol awaiting arrival of Brazilian girolando cattle

      TAGBILARAN CITY January 6, 2018 (PIA)—The move to make Bohol the country’s dairy capital nears, hooves at a time.   This as the Department of Agriculture (DA) through secretary Emmanuel Pinol is set to bring to Bohol the first batch of girolando cattles which the country imports from Brazil.   The batch, according to separate sources at the DA said as much as 2,000 heads are expected to arrive in Bohol this year.   Governor Edgar Chatto, in his message to Boholanos gathered during the opening of Bohol’s third Dairy Box, a mall stall selling buffalo milk, bared the development even as Sec. Pinol has wanted to know how Boholanos would take the plan to transform the province into udder for the country’s dairy requirements and cut on imported dairy dependence. .   Gov Chatto said the government through the DA plans to import about 5,000 heads of Girolando dairy cattle from Brazil to attain the goal.   He added that the government is now awaiting the completion of the quarantine of these cattle to make sure that these imported breeds carry no diseases that can affect the native breeds in the province.   Bohol, which has been declared free from foot and mouth disease affecting cloven livestock is also particularly cautious about the entry of the disease that can be carried by imported breeds.   Bohol has over 3,000 hectares of lands at the Ubay Stock Farm which could be ideal for the target of increasing the local supply to respond to the national requirement.   The Philippines hand been largely dependent on imported milk...

KGOB Christmas Thanksgiving

THE MANAGER                                                 EDITOR Radio Stations                                                 Newspapers   BOHOL MEDIA Province of Bohol              The KITA UG ANG GOBERNADOR (KGOB) has been an effective avenue for information dissemination, transparency in government, and has provided a strong link between government and people thru responsible media.                   In line with this, and in the Spirit of Christmas; we will have a simple Christmas Thanksgiving after the program on December 22, 2017 at Café Caloy, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Heritage House, Tagbilaran City.                   Recognizing your important role in this, we are inviting you and your media to join with us in  this event.                  The governor will be joining us for the program but will be attending another important function after. However, he will be with us at around 11:00 in the morning for lunch.           Anticipating you and your media’s  presence.              Thank you so much for your continued support for KGOB and the programs of the Provincial Government and for a better Bohol.                    Merriest Christmas and a more Fruitful New Year!                                                                                                                                                   AUGUSTUS E. ESCOBIA Effective Development Communication Office NB. Don’t have all the email ad of BOHOL Media...

ASIA PACIFIC GOVERNANCE CONFAB HIGHLIGHTS “BOHOL MODEL”

Bohol’s Open Governance model took center stage in this year’s ASIA PACIFIC LEADERS FORUM ON OPEN GOVERNMENT in Jakarta, Indonesia last December 14. The host country thru Indonesia’s Ministry of Planning invited Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto to speak on Sub National Open Governance and its impact to development taking the experience of Bohol province. Gov. Chatto’s name was among the list of nominated speakers evaluated by the organizing committee in Jakarta. His innovations in Open Government  both in executive and legislative branches and the strong indorsement of the Philippine Government earned for him the slot to speak in the Forum attended by over 500 delegates from Asia Pacific countries. Also invited to speak in the Forum were DBM Secretary Ben Diokno, who spoke on Participatory Budgeting and COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo who shared the Philippine experience in Transparency policies. The Philippine delegation was received warmly in Indonesia by Philippine Ambassador Maria Lumen B. Isleta and top officials of Liwayway Group of Companies owned by Amb. Carlos Chan, Richard Yu and Kyle Sy. The one day trip of Gov. Chatto to Indonesia was his shortest foreign travel so far fully sponsored by the Indonesian government at no expense to the province of Bohol including that of his wife Balilihan Mayor Pureza Veloso Chatto who accompanied...

Cases of violence against women, girls decreasing!

    TAGBILARAN CITY, December 8 (PIA)–Bohol Police Provincial Office reports a 52% dip in violence against women and children (VAWC) from January to November in 2017.   The downtrend is already considered huge accomplishment and records would also show that in 2016, VAWC cases reached 165 cases, according to a report read by Police Senior Inspector Nida Perocho.   Perocho, who came to the Kapihan sa PIA bringing a summative report on the vawc cases in Bohol also clarified that the cases in their records at Camp Dagohoy reflect only those getting into town blotters that prospered into legal suits.   As to the development, authorities continue to urge women and girls who might be victims of physical, sexual, emotional and psychological or economic abuse to come out where help is available.   It would only be when they come out from hiding that they can be helped, emphasizes Inspector Perocho.   And coming out may mean getting these cases known by legal suits.   One thing good about reporting these cases of abuse is that the perpetrators would have something to think about before committing another atrocity as he can really get to jail, added social worker Desiree Faith Lingo, at the radio forum.   By reporting and filing suits however, many women and girls fear they have nowhere to go.   A facility called Bohol Crisis Intervention Center here responds exactly to cases like that, volunteers BCIC’s Donna Belle Mante.   BCIC is designed as a temporary shelter and safe house for women and children who are victims of violence, where victims get to a support...

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