RADIOCON facilitates PCC-USF matchingwith Siquijor farmers

If it was just like any ordinary convention, many would have called it another government junket.
But, from it, if plans do not miscarry, the Philippine CarabaoCenter(PCC) authorities would be flying off to Siquijor to present the prospect of a cottage dairy program to marginal farmers and possibly improve lives by adding alternative sources of income for the people there.
During the recent Convention of Region 7’s Regional Association of Development Information Officers (RADIO-7CON) held in Panglao, organizers and Bohol hosts adopted a travelling convention concept bringing convention participants to culture and heritage sites and farm tourism destinations in abid to popularizes and mainstream tourism.
Attended by information officers from local government units and national government agencies as well as private establishments and tourism officers across Central Visayas, the RADIOCON visited the PCC in LomangogUbay to learn about the economic viability of carabaos in farm tourism and carabao dairy as a potential source of income for farmers.
PCC Ubay Stock Farm (USF) Center Chief Dr.GondolinoBahinting, in his introduction during the farm visit urged convention participants to help megaphone the good news about carabao dairy farming and tourism options, as a way to allow rural farmers the chance to showcase their farms as tourism destination and interaction areas.
The PCC, according to topic presenter GuillermaAbay-abay, is into animal dispersal programs.
While the government, through the PCC initially disperses carabaos as draft animal, the mechanization that is slowly transforming the local farm scenes is sidling the farm animals into near threatened to non-use.
Over this, the PCC introduced carabao for dairy, which has the potential to cut the country’s dependence on imported dairy from New Zealand and Australia.
The Philippines imports dairy, because we produce only a little less than 10% of our requirements, Abay-abay pointed out.
A native carabao, which would be kept for dairy, can produce 2 liters of milk a day, the rest would be food for its calf. But a good imported breed can give between 6 to 8 liters of milk a day, and at P50 per liter, that would be an additional P400 for a dairy farmer, Abay-abay told information officers and tourism officers gathered at the PCC conference Hall in LomangogUbay, September 20.
And with the farm animal giving birth to a calf every year, a farmer can have an additional P20,000 at least for a fattened calf sold after five months, she added.
A Boholano farmer is now tending to 4 milking carabaos, averaging P1600 a day in income and has since expanded his carabao milking heads.
This same tempting prospect has caught the attention of Maria Siquijor tourism officer and self confessed farmer Roselyn Asoc.
The wife of the town mayor, Asok believes presenting the carabao dairy to her town would greatly improve her people’s livelihood incomes.
She has verbally asked PCC through Dr, Bahinting to help her with their town’s request.
The PCC could be coming to Siquijor anytime soon, or as soon as the formal requests could be facilitated. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

PCC Center Chief Dr. Gondolino Bahinting exchanges banter with Siquijor Tourism Officer Roselyn Asok and DAR Regional Information Officer Gay Visitacion after the PCC caught the attention of farmer tourism officers for the government carabao farm facility’s farm tourism initiatives. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

PCC Dr.GondolinoBahinting explains to information and tourism officers the gist of the PCC mandates and their shift to dairy farming to afford communities alternative livelihood source and income. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Getting entitled: Achividas claim farm patent, at last

CARMEN, Bohol, October 7 (PIA)—Seventy-three year-old Fulgencia Achivida has only faint hopes that the small patch of land she inherited from her parents in Barangay Lataban, Sierra Bullones town can be issued an agricultural patent.

After all, she has almost forgotten that she and her 77 year-old husband Nerio have applied for free patent to a patch of land that she hopes would be finally be under the couple’s name and with a document to prove their ownership.

The 1,300 square meter lot is planted to rice and some banana patches , one that also allows them a modest stockpile of palay after every harvest.

Located in the next barangay, the lot, being not yet under their name, is often left last to be planted, as the couple can’t confidently plant and claim the harvest of they own no documents to prove they own the patch.

Until October 7, 2018.

Both Fulgencia and Nerio could not believe their luck that both had to go to a corner and simultaneously pore at the land title that finally puts the patch of land under their conjugal ownership.

Both were among the 11 lucky farmers of Sierra Bullones and Dagohoy who were finally handed their certificates of titles for either residential or agricultural lots under the Government’s Free Patent program, explained Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eusalem Quiwag.

That day, the Office of the Cabinet Secretary of President Rodrigo Duterte led by CabSec Leoncio Evasco and the Office of Participatory Governance of the Office of the President brought to Carmen, Bohol its innovative Biyaya ng Pagbabago (BnP).

BnP is the government’s response to the need for the bureaucracy to come out from the offices and bring the services to the grassroots, CabSec Leoncio Evasco said.

Conducted in a typical one-stop-shop setting, the BnP brings over 30 government agencies and offices to one location, to dispense of their services, deliver frontline services and usher in the blessing of change.

That day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) handed out the 11 land patents for both residential and agricultural lots.

The DENR acted in line with Republic Act No. 10023, or the Free Patent Act which aims to ease the requirements and procedures in the titling of residential and agricultural lands by allowing people who have been residents of the lot and have been paying for its taxes to get a facilitated free patent provided these lots are not within forested sites.

The Achivida lot is Fulgencia’s share, being among the heirs of her parents when they died.

Both Fulgencia and Nerio could not believe their luck as they took turns in reading the certificate of land title, not really minding the midday sun.

Also getting similar Certificates of Land Titles for either residential or agricultural were Rufo Cagampang of Magsaysay, Sergio Dagupan of Danicop, Demetrio Caderao of Danicop, Illuminada Auxtero of Magsaysay, Sabina Doyongan of Anibongan, Cherlita Cutamora of Bugsoc.

Bernardino Duyogan of Anibogan, Nelson Cagulao of Anibongan, Aurelio Duyogan of Anibongan, Esmeraldo Dumayac of Poblacion Dagohoy, and Carmen Autentico of Anibongan.

These people who have been finally issued free patents can now rest in the security that they can not be easily evicted from their lots, own the proper documents to put up these lots as loan collaterals, or sell them in the future.

The Residential Free Patent Act also aims to provide economic stimulus to the land market and thus contribute to the country’s overall economy, DENR Bohol sources added.

The registration of these turned over land titles, identify each individual lots and the state in turn confirms that the person named in the register has stated rights.

The land title system registration offers numerous benefits which include: for a government establishment, the land title offers representation of major component of a land information system, it offers an avenue to assist land use planning and development,
it creates basis for land taxation and stimulate investment.

For an individual, it offers a reduced or no boundary disputes, increased market value, greater opportunities and access to credit, it creates an avenue for a simpler and less costly land transactions too.

Beyond that, other benefits include proof of ownership to avoid confusion and commotion, it helps promote peace as it clearly protects the property rights.

Then, prospective buyers can be assured that the registered owner is the legal owner.

Titling also allows the government to possibly earn more from land taxes, which in turn can be used to fund government initiatives and priorities.

With a title for the 1,300 square meters of rice land in Lataban, Nerio would not feel seeding the 7 gantas would now be a waste.

And with rice crisis in Bohol, he thinks he can help in his own little way by supplying some of the harvest for food in the community.

With a title on hand, the Achividas may not really be totally experiencing the real essence of having achieved a major milestone, at least, until today. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Septuagenarians Fulgencia and Nerio Achivida of Matin-ao Sierra Bullones eagerly pore at the Certificate of Land Titles they received from the government for their 1,300 square meter lot in Lataban, Sierra Bullones. The turn over of the certificates of title was among the Biyaya ng Pagbabago highlights. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Aris offers free medical exam at DEDVMH for new hires


APPLICANTS who will be hired in the jobs fair set next week in Ubay town will get free medical examination at the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH).

Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) said this will be his counterpart to the jobs fair arranged by the Young Initiative for the Progress of Ubay (YIPU) headed by Richie Ibale.

Aumentado said new hires are required by their prospective employers to submit results of their physical examination. The results will determine if he or she is indeed in good health.

He said a healthy body is home to a sound mind, hence, the future employees would be highly trainable.

A complete physical examination, however, costs money. To ensure that the new hires will be able to submit promptly their requirements, medical certificate included, Aumentado broached the idea to Ibale.

For the jobs fair, Aumentado said YIPU is still awaiting word from the rest of the invited companies, the jobs available and other information.

This early, the solon hinted that some prospective employers are based outside of the country. They have had good experiences with Filipino employees so that they are looking for more. Others are at it for the first time.

4th Milk Congress


October 5, 2018


Radio Stations




The Provincial Government of Bohol, through the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV), together with the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Carabao Center and other stakeholders will hold the 4th Bohol Milk Festival on October 8 and 9, 2018 at the Bohol Cultural Center, this City.

This will be jointly conducted with the 4th National Carabao Conference and the 1st Livestock Technology Expo.

Considering that this a great promotion for Bohol, we are requesting you and your media to cover the event.

We are also inviting your media for a PRESS CONFERENCE at 11:30 am on October 8, Monday; at the Governor’s Mansion. Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Carabao Center, National Dairy Authority, among others are expected to join in the interaction.

Thank you so much and we hope that you can join us and work together for the best interest of Bohol.


Head, EDCom

P14M drugs in 9 months Are we losing the drug war?

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 6 (PIA)—When some authorities did not lack in advice against those who continue with the illegal and destructive drug trade, Bohol police authorities still were able to account over P14 million in illegal drugs, taken off from the streets from January to September 2018.
Over this, questions as to how effective is the campaign on drugs start to resound.
Recent obtained data showed that the deaths of personalities who fought it out with the police, the noise behind the alleged extra judicial killings and the non-committance of several officials on the campaign seem to tilt the balance to failure.
With this, many have betted that the police could lose the steam anytime when the participation they expect from communities would come out less than desired.
“True, the campaign once struck fear, there was abrupt decline in illegal drugs trade, but the over-all effect after self-confessed human rights advocates side with drug personalities than innocent victims is now sowing discontent,” a member of the Bohol Provincial Peace and Order Council said.
“The courts have also been accused as doing less than expected in processing cases,”kin of drug victims have said.
“Over this, criminals see the opportunity,” confesses a police officer who politely refused to be named for lack of authorization.
Camp Dagohoy reports recently showed that in the nine months of police operations, it was in the month of July that they lifted off the streets nearly half a kilo of illegal drugs or methampithamine hydrochloride, its biggest haul of drugs as yet at 485.34 grams.
The haul was worth P5,724, 888.00, based on the Dangerous Dugs Board value which was then pegged at nearly P12,000.00 per gram.
It may be recalled that late last year, just as police intensified its Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded, there was a noted decrease in drug trade as shown by police operations.
“Emboldened by the magnitude of people who are still dependent upon the illegal industry, drug personalities went back to the old trade despite the risks,” another police intelligence operative admitted.
“The problem is again complicated by many local leaders who have shown an apparent wait and see attitude,” a lady officer also put it in.
“Many have also seen who those who surrendered and were placed under rehabilitation backslid without any consequences, and the move to go back to the old trade was just too tempting,” admitted another police source.
“Little did they know that we have placed these persons of interest under surveillance,” he added.
“The problem is compounded and further complicated by self-confessed human rights groups who would rather defend drug personalities than the innocent victimsfalling victims to the illegal drugs trade,” the intelligence officer continued.
The effect was too blatant that in January, from only 11 grams of drugs worth P 129,800 confiscated during 4 police operations and 4 persons arrested, the figure burst into P1.391, 456 in February where there were a total of 19 police operations that nabbed 27 drug personalities.
From then on, figure went up and down never went lesser that than 178,000.
For a total of 195 police operations, from January to September 26, police authorities also accosted 239 persons in violation against illegal drugs ranging from mere possession, possession of illegal paraphernalia or in the becoming more famous buy-bust operations.
And when everybody thought the nearly half a kilo of illegal drugs accounted and denied off the streets is the last of it all, in August, authorities again secured 205 grams with a street value of P2,419,000.
That month, in 65 police operations, 71 personalities at least stayed overnight in slammers or about 110 cases were filed against these suspects.
By September, in just 26 days, and in 20 police and coordinated operations with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, authorities took into custody 161.27 grams of illegal drugs at an estimated street value worth P1,902,986 and nabbed 33 persons now facing a total of 45 cases in court.
As this continued and the Joint Regional authorities have cleared hundreds of barangays, the PDEA has recommended the calling of the attention of those declared drug-cleared barangays and remind them of their duties and responsibilities in maintaining their statuses.(rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)