BOHOL: New Philippine LGU Integrity Destination

Bohol is new Local Government Integrity Circle (LoGIC) destination after Gov. Edgar Chatto and Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Project country representative Stefan Maria Jost led signing of memorandum of understanding for the LoGIC project in Bohol on Wednesday.

The project enlists multi sectoral participation to ensure government efficiency and good governance and to facilitate ease of doing business and local competitiveness through strategies and mechanisms that promote integrity.

The governor expressed excitement for the partnership as Bohol governance has been a practice of shared leadership, from which various successes in governance have stemmed from, most recently becoming Most Business Friendly Province in the country, a distinct example of values that the LoGIC program upholds.

The project aims to be able to create these integrity circles in 300 LGUs nationwide. Bohol is their 5th LoGIC Network destination following Negros Occidental, North Cotabato, Palawan, and Surigao Del Norte.

Jost congratulated Bohol on governance and leadership of Chatto guided by vision and sustainability as has been evident in forums with government, the private sector and civil society. In his remarks, Jost mentioned leadership that is forward-looking and an end view of sustainable development as essentials in governance. He likened the LoGIC initiative as well as Bohol governance programs to the act of planting trees, in which when one plants a tree, they will never be able to sit in the shadow of the tree; but perhaps their children can.

Bohol Association of Hotels Resorts and Restaurants (BAHRR) representative Mayet Gasatan stated full support of the sector for the partnership as in many other collaborative platforms that Bohol is engaged with.

Civil Society and Bohol Non-Government Organizations Association head Emmy Roslinda shared LoGIC training experience with Bohol Investment Promotions Center (BIPC) chief Ma. Fe Dominise where she saw LoGIC as an affirmation of what Bohol has been successfully engaged in as far multi sectoral collaboration.

The Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) through its president Engr. Albert Uy also vouched for Chatto’s leadership that is participative and consultative, with sectors invited to take part in governance and given a hand in decision-making.

LoGIC is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung with the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Centrist Democracy Political Institute, League of Cities, League of Provinces, and League of Municipalities of the Philippines. (EDCOM)

Gov. Edgar Chatto and Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Project country representative Stefan Maria Jost lead the signing of memorandum of understanding for the LoGIC project in Bohol. The project enlists multi sectoral participation to ensure government efficiency and good governance, and to facilitate ease of doing business and local competitiveness through strategies and mechanisms that promote integrity. BCCI President Present during the signing are Engr. Al Uy, BAHRR representative Mayet Gasatan, CSO/NGO representative Emmy Roslinda, and BIPC head Ma. Fe Dominise. LoGIC is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung with the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Centrist Democracy Political Institute, League of Cities, League of Provinces, and League of Municipalities of the Philippines. (EDCOM)

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. (EDCOM)

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. (EDCOM)

PHIVOLCS OIC and DOST Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum hands over updated earthquake hazard maps for local government units with Provincial DRRM

PHIVOLCS OIC and DOST Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum hands over updated earthquake hazard maps for local government units with Provincial DRRM Officer Anthony Damalerio and DRRM officers association president Queenie Melody Fullente during seminar workshop for LGUs on earthquake awareness and preparedness in Bohol. Bohol will commemorate the 5th anniversary of the M7.2 earthquake on Monday, October 15.(EDCOM)

Spanish stone arch bridges In Bohol cultural properties

While it is not yet too late, the National Museum (NM) has initiated the putting up of historical markers in Spanish-era colonial arched stone bridges that have survived the test of time and the real risk of road construction and widening operations.

Since then, these stone arched bridges would be treated as cultural properties of the country in pursuance of the constitutional right of the state to foster the preservation, enrichment and dynamic evolution of a Filipino culture, to conserve, develop, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources.

As cultural property, the NM means products of human creativity by which a people and a nation reveal their identity.
Along this line, the old bridges are now under the protection of the State, which regulates its disposition.

The historical marker, of the seven Spanish colonial stone bridges in Dimiao and three more in Lila now sits beside a creek in one of the seven bridges in Poblacion Dimiao, located along a street that runs parallel to the national highway.

No less than National Museum Assistant Director and Cultural Properties Division Angel Bautista represented the NM while Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Cultural heritage of the Church Chair Rev Fr. Milan Ted Torralba led the unveiling of the marker that lumps the 10 bridges which the government has just placed its mantle of protection.

Built possibly between the late 17th to the 18th century, these stone arch bridges provide an easy access for land travel across creeks that flow across the town.

Made of roughly hewn coral stones, these Spanish colonial bridges work on the basic principle of the curved design.
The curve does not push load forces straight down, instead these forces are passed along the curve of the arch to the supports on each end, called abutments.

The abutments carry the load of entire bridge and are responsible for holding the arch in its precise stable position, as passing on the forces across the arch is through a central keystone on the top of the arch.

This central keystone pushes the surrounding rocks down and outward, making entire structure very rigid and strong, explains modern day builders who have studied the arch bridges popularized during the Roman Empire and possibly copied by the Spaniards to make land travel more pleasant.

“We were able to document seven of these bridges in Dimiao alone,” shared NM Bohol officer in charge and Dimiao resident Engr. Joel Dahiroc.

He added, they also found at least three more preserved bridges of similar construction in nearby Lila town, most of these historic architectural marvels at the risk of getting destroyed for road expansion and widening operations.

A similarly built arch bridge is also along the national highway between Tagbilaran City and Baclayon, and when the road widening project hit the bridge, the contractor made plans that would retain the old Spanish bridge.

The Lao Bridge in Taguihon Baclayon may look modern on top, an old stone bridge sits below it.

Reports of another stone bridge in Loon which is now preserved even with the recent road construction over it, already reached the National Museum.

Through the unveiling of the historical markers, these heritage structures, which have been declared only recently, opens up the tempting potential for communities who have similar Spanish structures and infrastructure to notify the NM so that validation could be done quickly, Dahiroc said.

As declared cultural properties, cultural treasures and national historical land, marks, these sites or monuments are entitled to priority protection, conservation and restoration funds from government, and in times of disasters that may endanger the heritages, these sites are given priority protection by the government. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Spanish-era arch stone bridges like this in Dimiao and Lila have been declared cultural properties of the state and puts a government mantle of protection over these structures that best illustrate the architectural marvels of the by-gone era. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)