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DTI CHIEF PROMOTES ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: JOINS ASEAN MINISTERS IN SIGNING E-COMMERCE AGREEMENT, IN ENHANCING AGREEMENTS ON SERVICES TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez joined other ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) at the Preparatory AEM Meeting and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council during 11-12 November in Singapore. In this event, the ministers signed the ASEAN E-Commerce Agreement; announced the conclusion of the negotiations for the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA); and finalised the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA). Secretary Lopez noted two major benefits from the e-commerce agreement: “It has elements that provide protection and safeguards to consumers to build trust and confidence in e-commerce. Likewise, it facilitates more MSME access to the ASEAN market.” Meanwhile, ATISA aims to deepen services sectors in ASEAN, while ACIA will help maintain the attractiveness of the region as an investment destination. “ASEAN is on the drawing board to ‘future-proof’ the regional economy,” said DTI Secretary Lopez. Among the other topics that were discussed include Global Value Chains (GVC), Innovation, Digital Economy, and 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), among many others. “A priority in our engagement in the AEC is to pursue the agenda on Inclusive Globalization. We can use our international and regional engagements as a tool to alleviate poverty and sustain our economic growth and development,” explained Sec. Lopez. He added that ASEAN can play an important role in preserving a rules-based global trading order and provide the necessary boost to the world economy, amid the increasing threat of escalating trade tensions and continuing global... read more

Dengue-proof your family

Now with the dengue alarm which has reached outbreak proportions, there has never been any better tip in preventing the disease and dengue proofing the family than starting with the self. Now, parents who are protective of their kids go extreme lengths to keep their kids, especially when away from home, safe from mosquito bites. Enter, the leggings and mosquito repellants. But, did you know that all those who protect themselves from dengue mosquito bites by wearing leggings are still not dengue-safe? NOT JUST LEGGINGS Dengue mosquitoes, or aedes aegyti which causes the transfer of dengue virus to humans use sight, smell, and heat to find a blood meal, and gravitate around human and animal heat, that even with leggings, mosquitoes can still go for exposed parts of the body. More-over. leggings, or at least those kinds that pupils are now wearing in schools are those thin types, ones that mosquitoes can still, easily bite through. “What we want to avoid is the mosquito bites, and leggings, or at least those that a mosquito can bite through, are still a concern,” shared a pediatrician who politely declined to be named. And then there is the color. “There have been circulated tips that mosquitoes are more attracted to that dark colored clothing, the color for most of the leggings that kids use, and these could be attracting more the mosquitoes that we want these insects to move away from our kids,” the pediatrician continued. Over this, wearing of bright colored long-sleeved clothes and trousers that mosquitoes could not bite through, something that lower the chances of getting bitten by dengue-carrying... read more

Living Tradition

Gov. Edgar Chatto and Holy Name University President Fr. Francisco Estepa sign agreement for the use of the old HNU Elementary building for the Bohol Institute of Living Traditions during its soft launch with cultural officers, non-government organizations, the academe, members of the religious sector, cultural workers, artists. Witnessing the signing were CBCP culture heritage commission chair Fr. Ted Milan Torralba, Center for Culture and Arts Development head Romulo Tagaan, culture and arts “national treasure“and Bohol’s treasure Gardy Labad, DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Nimfa Bongo, and culture and arts consultant Marianito Luspo. The Bohol Institute of Living Traditions is developed to be a gathering of cultural and educational institutions that will be center for learning and education, research, training, professional development, production, promotion, of Boholano cultural heritage that will also empower Bohol creatives: artists, teachers, leaders, researchers....

DOST RSTW 2018 brings STI Interactive exhibits to Bohol

The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bohol brings in an interactive exhibit of science and technology innovations, technical fora to present to students and the science and community a chance to see how science concepts work and how these are applied to bring in technological development, at the Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City November 14-16, 2018. The events also coincide with the 2018 Central Visayas Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration carrying the theme: “Science and technology for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” according to Bohol PSTC Provincial Director VinaAntopina. The celebration also brings to Bohol DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, who together with DOST undersecretary for research and development Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST 7 Regional Director EdilbertoParadela and local officials led by Governor Edgar Chatto, House Committee for Science and Technology Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado, and Congressmen Rene Relampagos, Arthur Yap and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II to witness the proclamation of DOST 7 Science and Technology Ambassadors, launching of newly approved SET-UP Bohol Projects and the opening of science and technology exhibits. DOST RD Paradela said this year’s “RSTW highlights how science, technology and innovations (STI) play a major role in achieving national development.” PD Antopina, in an interview earlier said they haggled to bring the exhibits in Bohol, considering that other regions are also pulling for the exhibits in their areas. The exhibit in Bohol for this year will simulate an ecosystem of how STI work together for the progress of a community, Paradela added. “Here, technologies developed by the DOST and its...

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Aris bullish with corporate farming

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) is set to meet with agriculture bigwigs to push for the mechanics of House Bill No. 8076 promoting corporate farming and providing incentives therefor. In his explanatory note, Aumentado said the bill aims to strengthen private participation in the agricultural sector to boost production by establishing a national program that will promote corporate farming. Corporations and partnerships can subsidize the cost of planting materials, particularly the country’s staples of rice and corn. When the Filipino farmers can have these corporations and partnerships to turn to for their farm inputs, the process can eliminate loan sharks who are only in the business to earn profit but not look after the welfare of this sector. Under the corporate farming concept, the management’s support to increase production will enable the farmers to produce rice that is competitive with the imported kind. The process, Aumentado said, will bring down the cost of production and at the same time, wean the farmers from loan sharks and the state of indebtedness. The concept calls for the corporations to also provide fertilizers and other inputs. The farmers can also run to them to avail of loans without the tedious process of going to the banks in the city for formal loans. This eliminates the attendant expenses for fare and food. The corporations can offer farmers with “friendly loans” and not the usurious rates of the loan sharks. Aumentado observed that small and fragmented landholdings, lack of capital, loose financial control and ineffective business management cause low production, hence the corporate farming idea. He expressed confidence...

PIA conducts photojourn skills training for troops

Becoming soldiers in a different kind of war, troops of the 302nd Infantry Brigade adopts a new kind of shooting skills. At least 28 officers and men of the 302ndInfBde joined the skills enhancement in shooting, not with their rifles to neutralize the enemy, but with the camera, to put in more good news in these times when most you see in the newspapers are the trivial and non-inspiring. Since Bohol was declared insurgency free in 2010, the soldiers left her in Bohol shifted to a new kind of battle: that of helping communities rise from the cowering fear with the trauma of war and the government services that came but only in trickles. Instead of wielding rifles, the soldiers picked on shovels and spades to repair impassable barangay roads, dangerous sections of trails and put up culverts to address flooding and the eventual rutting of the roads making them tough to maneuver by vehicles. In some areas, along with the Army Engineering Battalion, soldiers wield saws and hammer, buildings schools but putting up the labor counterpart to stretch government budget for school buildings. Then, they also fix school fences, barangay halls, waiting sheds, put up tap water stands with their trowels and masonry skills, or they use no hunting knives but paintbrushes for painting jobs in government and public infrastructures needing these services. Reeling from a past when soldiers were accused of being abusive and had indiscretions that are publicly known, the radical change has to happen in time, according to Captain KhadaffyTawantawan, Civil Military Officer of the 302ndIBde. And yet just as the army has transformed its...

SSS extends LRP until April 1, ‘19

JAGNA, Bohol, October 18 (PIA)—Now, here is good news to all member-borrowers of the Social Security System funds who have past due calamity or salary loan early renewal program (SLERP), or member-borrowers with past due short-term loans in calamitydisaster-stricken areas, the SSS Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) or better known as SSS Loan Condonation Program has been extended. Initially offered until October 1, 2018, the SSS LRP has been extended until April 1, 2019, according to SSS Information Officer Michael Ian Mission. Speaking during the out of town Kapihansa PIA held at DyPJ in Jagna, Bohol, Mission said the extension should provide member-borrowers who have unpaid loans, ample time to avail of the condonation of penalties offer. SSS clarified that when one applies for an SSS loan, it is not the contributed premium that one borrows, but rather part of the SSS funds. Members who have been default in paying for their loans have reasoned out that it is wrong for SSS to ask them to pay as what was borrowed was the SSS Premium. This is a wrong notion, SSS authorities said. According to the SSS, the money you borrowed from the SSS comes from the funds and is not necessarily the contributed amount, that a failure to pay will necessitate the full sum including the accumulated penalties and interests taken off from the member’s retirement or death benefit. “That is why if you have a long overdue SSS Loan, the SSS Loan Condonation is your chance to pay,” clarifies Mission. As one applies for the LRP, the accumulation of penalties and interests on his outstanding Loan will stop,...

Jagna egg-noodles, now Hatch into ‘nutri-pancit’

CANJULAO, Jagna, Bohol, October 18 (PIA)—It comes out in rather weird colors: malunggay (horseradish) green, squash yellow, camote top purple, but for all these, it is basically dried pancit (noodle) similar to your regular canton. From there, all the similarities end. And then comes the big difference. Yaning’s Pancit used to be your ordinary neighborhood egg noodles. Produced from a kitchen backroom in this bustling town, the egg noodles industry now has its own common service facility, but that is getting ahead of the story. Its manufacturers: a family toiled through years to earn and send their kids through college. And to make both ends meet. When the going gets tough, they produce a little bit more to get enough for the spending needs after the matriculation. For extra hands, this family hires their jobless neighbors. And as quickly did the neighbors learn egg-noodling the hard way, the faster they were also dipped into the groove in the food production job. That started a little livelihood that would soon grow and attract more and more Jagna residents who see the healthy promise getting money for food and other needs. All of that, thanks to a lady named Yaning. Living from making egg-noodles, Yaning and her husband got into the business, as loyal as clockwork. The neighbors, then two or three, pitched in for the extra hands. Through the years. With all Yaning’s kids finishing college, all from the egg-noodles that they are selling, it was not hard for the neighbors to get into the production. Before Yaning died, she left the business to the neighbors. Not any longer, from...

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz lead turnover of milk machines and raincoats to dairy cooperatives and barangay livestock aides across municipalities during opening of the 4th Bohol Milk Festival held simultaneous with 1st Livestock Technology Expo and the 4th National Carabao Conference at the Bohol Cultural Center on Monday....

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