By: JUNE S. BLANCO
NOW that the elections are over, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District vows to roll up his sleeves and resume work interrupted by the election ban.
Aumentado said prior to the campaign period, the bid documents for generators for power plants in seven islets in his district were already out, but the bidding itself was overtaken by the ban.
The solon’s energization program will provide power even to the farthest islets, either by submarine cable as what he did in Mahanay Island, or overhead cables, or if too far from the mainland, by stand-alone generator sets.
To note, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) had provided Aumentado with a copy of the documents that specified the number and capacities of the power generator sets, the islands or islets where these are to be installed, and the mode of transport of the same from Manila to the destinations.
He said his hands will be full these next few days in following up with NGCP to already push through with the bidding.
He emphasized that energization is the key to an island’s development. It will allow students to study at night, their fishermen parents to repair their nets and do other work at night, and run freezers and refrigerators to hold their surplus catch instead of having to sell them cheap.
Up for bidding is the supply, delivery, installation, test, and commissioning of various diesel gensets and associated electrical equipment and balance of plant for the electrification of seven new areas in Bohol under the off-grid electrification project.
The technical specifications include the provision of separate generator control and protection panel to be installed in the containerized pre-fabricated control house, for installation as indicated in attached drawings, and designed to operate in parallel with other generating set or sets in the future.
The gensets required are one 100 kilowatts (kW), two 75 kW, one 50kW, eight 30 kW and two 20 kW diesel engine generating sets and associated electrical equipment for installation in seven separate new plant sites, namely the diesel power plants (DPPs) of Hingutanan, Bilangbilangan II, Malingin, Sagasa, Cataban, Gaus and Maomawan islets.
The document also suggested modes of transportation from the port of Manila to the islets – some through Cebu, others through Tagbilaran, and others directly to the islet concerned, by special trip or dragging.
The project duration is for 300 calendar days effective from the receipt by the winning bidder of the Notice to Proceed (NTPs), and already includes 20 rainy or unworkable days, considered unfavorable for the execution of works at the project sites.
In Bohol, drug ‘surrenderers’ who were not in the police drug list know they have Center for Drug Education and Counseling (CEDEC) trained people in their towns to come to for community based rehabilitation.
But, what about those who are in the police drug watch list, those who were nabbed for the possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia, those who availed of the Supreme Court’s plea bargaining framework in drug cases, or those who have served prison sentences but still needs rehabilitation and would not qualify into a Department of Health (DOH) controlled medical facility?
The answer is Balay Silangan, explained Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency PDEA) agent Cornelio Espartero Jr., during the joint meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council and the Provincial Peace and Order Council, May 27 at the Conference Hall of the Office of the Governor in the new Capitol building.
During the previous PPOC and PADAC joint meeting, the PDEA floated the idea of Balay Silangan, but members demanded more information about the program, even as Bohol has identified lots for its donation to allow the construction of a drug rehabilitation facility.
This time, PDEA agent Espartero came with a powerpoint presentation of the implementation of the “Balay Silangan:” the national drug reformation program that offers temporary refuge to drug offenders who are on rehabilitation.
He said the facility aims to supply the temporary shelter of persons with substance use disorder (PSUD) with the goal of reforming these drug offenders into self-sufficient and law-abiding members of society.
Still much like the Bohol CEDEC installed community based rehabilitation program (CBRP) mechanism in the town, the Balay Silangan also banks on community involvement in reforming drug offenders into self-sufficient and law-abiding members of society.
Citing Section 11 of Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.2 Series of 2018, Espartero enumerated the following personalities who are eligible to enter the Program.
Eligible for it are drug personalities who have surrendered, with no pending criminal case and or warrant of arrest, and is not a high value target by law enforcement agencies.
In it too are drug personalities who voluntarily surrendered and belong to the PDEA and PNP Watch List labeled as Street Level Target (SLT) pusher.
Balay Silangan also includes drug personalities who availed of the plea bargaining agreement and or convicted under Section 15 on the use of dangerous drugs of the Dangerous Dugs Act (DDA) and are required to undergo drug reformation program as alternate intervention.
Finally, he said the temporary facility can also take in drug personalities who served jail terms for violation of the DDA.
According to PDEA, Balay Silangan reformation program also includes general interventions like continuing education and health awareness, psychological/spiritual/physical activities enhancement activities such as counseling, moral recovery, values formation, personal and life skills, among others.
Under the program, Balay Silangan clients are also given livelihood and skills training programs which include basic TESDA skills and competencies like soap making, massage training, basic carpentry, welding, haircutting, to give drug reformers clear options and employment opportunities when they finally complete the rehabilitation.
On a briefing with the PDEA senior and regional officials, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino was quoted as saying “Balay Silangan is built to rebuild lives.”
“The government can never give up on surrendering drug dependents and pushers. Hope is all they need to overcome their former selves and start over again. We will give our assurance that hope will be realized if they show the sincerity and commitment to change,” the PDEA chief said, adding that drug offenders undergoing the program must remain until completion of his rehabilitation.
REHAB HOUSE BALAY SILANGAN PDEA agent Cornelio Espartero Jr., brief the PADAC about the government’s Balay Silangan, a house for drug personalities who would be reforming their lives and starting to begin a new day, thus silangan. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
An unprecedented increase in traffic related incidents (TRI) in the first five months of this year in Bohol compared to the same periods in the last two years dampen the local crime-busters accomplishments, but even then, Bohol still finds a considerable decrease in total crime volume trends in the last three years.
In Bohol in the last three years, from January to May, crime dipped to an average of 5.6%, which, to Camp Dagohoy, is already a positive indication of a proactive police force.
The victory could have been much better if authorities could step on the brakes to lessen TRI.
In a report he delivered before the joint meetings of the Provincial Peace and Order (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), Bohol police Chief Police Colonel Julius Cesar Gornez showed that from 920 TRI in 2017, it zoomed to 1079 in the first five months of 2019.
In the same report, he said the total crime volume from January to May in 2017 peaked at 3,224 or a monthly average of 644.8 for index and non-index crimes.
Delivering his monthly crime statistics before the members of the joint councils, Gornez, who was in his customary PNP Goa uniform, pointed out that the 3224, slid to 3093 by the same period of 2018.
He said four percent average decrease in crimes forms the accomplishment that Camp Dagohoy intended to maintain in the same period for the next year.
But, by 2019, in January to May, crime statisticians at Camp Dagohoy compared their data from the Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System at Camp Crame noted that the crime incidence continued to dip, albeit minimally.
From a total crime volume of 3,093 in 2018, some 51 less crimes happened in 2019 with only 3,042 crimes; a two percent dip noted now.
Much of the crime volume decline however can be dissected with a view on the index and non index crimes.
For January to May 2017, index crimes or the crimes against the Revised Penal Code (RPC) reached 1,088 or a monthly average of 217.6.
The following period in 2018 showed that the index crimes still dipped to 841 (a monthly average of 168 index crimes) which forms some 23% of decline.
This year, in the initial five months, index crimes tallied 751 or a monthly average of 150.2 and another 11 % drop, according to Colonel Gornez.
Camp Dagohoy also admits they are working to tame theft, physical injury and robbery as these three index crimes form the top crimes committed in Bohol.
As to non-index crimes or those crimes punishable by special laws, where drugs, traffic incidents and other crimes off the RPC, from 2,136 in the first five months of 2017, constant police pressure against criminal groups and individuals resulted in an increase of crime tally, which shows 116 more non-index crimes to 2252.
This, Camp Dagohoy chief said, is 5% general increase, but he assured this is nothing to worry about as this shows police proactive roles against crimes.
This year, in the beginning five months, non-index crimes reached 2,291, another 2% increase from the previous period of last year.
For the non-index crimes, traffic related incidents in Bohol have dampened the total crime reduction accomplishments by the local police as the five months of the last 3 years showed a rather disappointing data.
Traffic related incidents, while they were only 920 in 2017, revved to 1,079, a high 14.74% increase, which contributed largely to a low crime decrease rate. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
THEFT, PHYSICAL INJURY AND ROBBERY. This trio of index crimes comprise the biggest chunk of the total crime volume in Bohol. Although these have been managed quite well recently, the sudden increase in traffic related incidents in Bohol in the past five months brought tho local anticrime efforts dwon, points PColonel Julius Cesar Gornez during the recent PPOC. (rahc/PIA-07/Bohol)
CAMP LINO CHATTO, Cabulijan, Tubigon, Bohol, May 28 (PIA)—After rendering a stellar performance as commanding officer of the 47th Infantry “Katapatan” Battalion (47IB) for two years and 18 days, Lieutenant Colonel Eufracio Malig Jr., steps off and hands the command flag to Lieutenant Colonel Ramir Redosendo, in a simple but fitting turn-over of command rites officiated by no less than 3rd Infantry Division Presiding General Officer and 37th commander, General Dinoh Dolina at the Camp Lino Chatto in Cabulijan Tubigon, May 28.
In his acceptance message, LTC Redosendo, who handles matters of military operations at the general headquarters, rallies the men and women of the Battalion to help him bring the 47th IB to remain committed in performing its mandate.
“Let us continue our partnership in supporting the people in the pursuit of a lasting peace and development in our community,” the newly installed officer appealed during the rites attended by officers and men of the 3ID, 47IB and the 302nd BDE as well as local officials led by Governor Edgar Chatto, board members, municipal mayors and civil society representatives.
On the other hand, LtCol Malig, who distinguished his two-year meritorious service to Boholanos by fighting a different kind of battle, one that allowed his unit to forge partnerships with the local government and the civil society, is reporting to the Central Command in Camp Jamindan in Capiz for another challenging mission.
While assuring local officials and sector representatives of this intent to continue the partnerships, he still called his men under his new command to do the best they can.
“Let us all remember that we are all pieces of a puzzle, we have roles top play, and only we can see the beauty of the puzzle if we put ourselves to where we should be,” the unassuming military official said.
Malig bowed out from service to the Boholanos but not without bagging a coveted a military medal of merit for his “eminently meritorious and valuable service as Commanding Officer of the 47IB.”
He steered the battalion in various combat and TRIAD operations that resulted to the tactical engagement with the ASG and the communists NPA terrorists in Bohol, scoring high in the military scoreboards.
Malig also nailed his stint with accomplishments in the joint AFP-PNP law enforcement operations resulting apprehension of illegal drugs, assorted firearms and wanted personalities.
While surviving with high waving flags after two major elections: Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan and the Midterm National and Local Elections, Malig’s management style earned the respect of his men when he prioritized series of in-house trainings, seminars and unit sustainment activities that put his unit at the peak of its performance.
While he intensified intelligence operations by developing intelligence networks that provided accurate and timely information, LtCol Malig’s legacy would largely be on its civil military operations.
Malig focused on the internal security and peace operations and forged convergence of different stakeholders, which resulted in more community development projects like the Community Development Program, Purok Power Movement partnership with Bohol.
As to matters of discipline, when the army in the past never slipped through the allegations of human rights violations, the 47 IB under LtCol Malig instilled the highest form of discipline to his men bay attaining zero human rights violations which resulted in his unit earning the 2017 Best battalion Streamer Award of the Central Command, according to General Dinoh Dolina.
Having developed friendships in Bohol, Malig, who signed his relinquishment of command May 28, said there is no such thing as goodbyes.
“Friends, this is not goodbye, because friends never say goodbye, they simply say, see you soon,” Malig capped his speech. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
PASSING ON THE COMMAND. Lt Col Ramir Redosendo accepts the command flag which Lt Col. Eufracio Malig Jr., relinquished to 3ID Presiding General Dinoh Dolina who also handed it to the new Commanding Officer of the 47th IB now assigned in Bohol. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
By JUNE S. BLANCO
THE bill seeking to create the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) now awaits the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District, chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology, and author of the bill, said the bill is one step towards realization after the Senate passed its own version.
Aumentado said it is high time that the country fully harnesses available resources and advances made in science to provide precision the guide for man that technology can offer.
The solon refers a satellite that the country may launch to provide hairline accuracy for peace and order enforcement, national security, climate change monitoring and hazard management, weather forecasting and communications.
The Philippines, even if located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, remains to be an agricultural country. This means, Aumentado said, the data that such satellite can beam will go a long way towards preparedness for any eventuality in cases of calamities.
At the same time, he said, it can assist in surveillance and even actual operations during events of crime or threats to security.
The Science Education Institute und the Department of Science and Technology is handling the Philippines Space Science Education Program. When the proposed Philippine Spaces Act will be signed by President Duterte, this program will be given focus by the PhilSA.