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, rather than risk their lives and cargo if they sail during inclement weather, especially when the sea is rough.

As proposed, the bridge will anchor in Ubay to President Carlos P. Garcia town, and on to Maasin, Southern Leyte.

NEW LINK. Rep, Erico Aristotle Aumentado has filed House Bill 2109 that seeks to construct the proposed Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge (left) with anchors in Ubay, Bohol and Maasin City, Southern Leyte. At right is the bridge’s perspective view. Photos: Facebook Account of Aris Aumentado

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 possible change in the assignments for police assigned for tourist security.
“There will be changes,” he promised even as a new head of the Tourist Police Unit sits now in
Lieutenant Colonel Ismael Gaona with the former head, Lt. Col Resti Santos on Mandatory Officers’
Executive Course.
Over a year into intensive anti-drug operations, the Bohol police still sees a steep battle ahead with the
increasing bulk of haul from the streets.
And while the governor has put on the police mission boards an intensified anti-drugs operation, not
long after, police authorities in joint operations with narcotics agents stormed on a house in Clarin and
shot it out with drug suspects, two of whom died, during the heat of shooting exchange.
Among those who were nabbed were two minors who were used as drug couriers by the drug
syndicates, Col. Cabal said.
Among the suspects were also two who were drug suspects who were out following a plea bargain
arrangement.
Asked how the police are taking the offered plea bargaining for drug offenders so they stay out of jails
when they plead to a lesser crime, Cabal has a mouthful.
“Statistics-wise, most if not all of those nabbed [in recent times] are repeat offenders who go in and out
of prison, grantees of the plea bargaining agreement,” he said.
He pointed out the scant opportunities for rehabilitation, that when these people are out of jail and
meet the same company, the chances are high they slide back to the same offenses.
Over the theory that most of the recent crimes are drug-related, City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel
Christopher Navida ascribed the significant increase in crimes in the second quarter of 2019, crimes like
robbery and hold-up are committed by previously arrested illegal drugs offenders.
But while the police are having their hands full, authorities are now trying to get more of the community
working for lessened criminality.

The 25th Crime Prevention Week theme sates: Buhay pahalagahan, Komunidad magtulungan, Krimen
hadlangan. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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 entries are accepted by Saturday, 07 September 2019. For more information, please email the project coordinator Joanalyn P. Gabales at atongpaglambo2019@gmail.com.

‘EU group’ experiences Bohol, people, on bikes

A lean delegation of dignitaries from the European Union led by European Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, joins local bikers for three days of environment rides in Bohol, while promoting friendships, international relations and culture.
A mangrove planting, to be led by the ambassador, along with Asian Development Bank official, Marc Rooijackers and the officer of the Foreign Affairs of France Jerome Riviere, accompanied by elite and amateur bikers from Bohol caps the three-day meet, greet and experience visit in the island, to happen on Sunday, in an unspecified location in Panglao island.
Avid bikers as characteristic of Europeans who love the outdoors, the delegation has been going around Bohol, in routes closer to Tagbilaran and Panglao, to assess the people and the communities.
Also providing assistance to the delegation’s bike tours is David Aliño of Paseo De Loon and Boholano bikers who hosted the team in their two-wheeled bike trips.
Already hooked to Bohol after he proposed to his wife in the beaches of Anda, Rooijackers said he had planned to bike and enjoy the great roads, sceneries and the warm people of the island that has the perfect chance to become a wholesome tourism destination.
Rooijackers came here years back with his fiancé, rented a motor bike and without any more pageantry, drove through the coastal roads of Bohol until they got to Anda.
Since then, he has promised himself to come back to Bohol.
In an informal meet and greet with Bohol media at the LiteportBuzzz Café July 26, Rivierre, who is into education and culture for better international relations, said he might be leaving the Philippines for good after several years of tour of duty, but he is coming back with his family and friends anytime soon.
The EU delegation also visited schools and universities on symposia that would allow students to better understand the European Union, its culture and its foreign relations.
At the informal gathering with media, members of the delegation also exchanged information, ideas and opinions about the country’s current events, as perceived by the members of the fourth estate.
According to Rooijackers, while the ADB is keen on helping put up packets of funding for development initiatives in poor communities, he hinted that the arrangement would have to be through governments.
He said the ADB has funding portfolio for medium scale community development projects, but that has to be accessed on the level of the heads of states. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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 eight to 10 megawatts.

With no source other than Leyte tapped, the Boholanos are now experiencing a shortage in the supposed to be redundant power supply for which the elder Aumentado had taken steps to avert as early as 2008-2009.

The younger Aumentado says he is now taking the cudgels for the Boholanos to rekindle negotiations – and also push for the laying out of another submarine cable from Cebu.

After all, the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group (BEDAG) has yet to announce a project geared towards alleviating the fear of the Boholanos of a power shortage leading to rotational blackouts – an additional burden to businessmen and even government offices who have to spend for generators and fuel.

He added that had the Cantakoy hydro project been not aborted, this would have been operational by now.