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
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:

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

‘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)

PWDs plead for dormitory facilities near SPED schools

When learning facilities of the differently abled are scarce, persons with disabilities (PWDs) whose rights, advocates are pushing, are pleading the government to put up a dormitory for them to stay while studying in city schools that cater to their learning needs.
Leading the pleading and giving voice to the deaf-mute and the mobility challenged PWDs were Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) principal RizalinaPeligro.
Waving the placard to catch attention to this call for action, Peligro, along with BDA Senior High School principal Julius Canda, who administers one of the very few, if not the only school in Bohol that offers senior a high school for the hearing and speech impaired, said that they have students from all over the island who are forced to rent in the city so they can attend their classes.
Peligro said, for the needed special attention and care for these physically challenged students, a common facility that would allow the deaf mute to interact with persons with the same predicament like theirs, would already mean so much, in a society that commits to expand PWDs rights.
Whilesome of their students are not necessarily financially capable, PDWs rights advocates support the move, considering that allowing these students to live out of the school compound to their towns every single class day is too much hassle. And it may be risky.
As if the inconvenience of communicating to the transport sector workers through sign language is not enough, the same learners have to haggle for the mandatory 20% discount, which the society has not been as keenly giving in.
For lack of such facility, out of pity, Peligro said faculty members at the BDA are forced to adopt their students in their homes, if only to assure them that they are covered and to stop them from dropping out.
And while providing a government operated facility as possible boarding houses for PWDs needing special care, is possibly a novel project for the government, many believe that providing such a facility would attract more and more PWDs to come out and get properly educated for a better chance at being productive in life.
According to Bohol Provincial Disability Affairs Office Administrative Officer Jowel Robin, about 14,000 PWDs are already on their database, and many of these are not as keen in learning because of the discomfort of traveling.
Special Education (SPED) schools, while there are established facilities in some towns, also echo the same concern for the discomfort of travel of PWDs.
After they graduate in the basic elementary, many would just opt to stop, for with only few secondary schools offering SPED classes, distance is always a consideration.
Complaints emanating from PWDs as regards the mandated discount in public transport still ring high and, at an already disadvantaged position, a PWD almost always, would just skip the trouble of pressing for their rights, accessibility monitoring team members remarked.
Of the disadvantages that PWDs are forced to accept, and with slow progress in getting them their rights and privileges as the law provides, setting up the facility would be a great move to allow PWDs a better chance to get into the mainstreams. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

GIVING VOICE TO THE DEAF MUTE. Bohol Deaf Academy high school principal RizalinaPeligro pleaded for government to help build a dormitory facility near SPED schools to lessen the discomfort of PWD students who are forced to brave it out daily to get them to schools and home every day. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

PDAO Administrative Officer Jowell Robin bared that there are already 14,000 PWDs in their database for Bohol, but only very few of them go to schools due to the discomfort and their handicaps. With Robin is Mateo Quilas, a sight impaired an a staunch PWD rights advocate. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

PWD dragon boat team Bags two race trophies

A team composed of persons with disabilities (PWD) proves they too can be competitive in a sport that banks on strength, endurance and timing to bring out a winning teamwork on a small boat by netting two championship awards in the recently concluded Sandugo 2019 Dragon Boat Festival held at the Miramar Promenade here.

Fresh from their international dragon boat feats, Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team of Cebu City marked history again in Bohol for perfect paddling to steer into winning the Sandugo 2019 women’s category and sopen masters category.

This year, 11 teams competed in the race.

Composed of amputees, deaf and blind, PADS team has always worked on the motto that says “Our combined disabilities are our greatest strengths,” has shown again that disability is no barrier to being winners.

PADS Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team beat Bohol favorites: Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates and Dauis Wild Dragons in the 300 meter race, the locals have to content themselves by settling as first runner up and second runner up in the day long race at the Tagbilaran City-Dauis Strait July 20.

The race, sponsored by Bohol Paddlers, the Department of Tourism, Provincial Government of Bohol, City of Tagbilaran and Municipality of Dauis, opened to the following categories: Small boat Women, small boat open, Small Boat mixed, small boat open Masters, and small boat mixed masters plus standard boat mixed category attracted teams like Aboitiz Dragon Boat (Cebu), Bagsik Dragon Boat Racing Team (Tacloban) , Cebu Fireblade (Cebu), Dauis Wild Dragons A (Bohol), Dauis Dragon Warriors A (Bohol), Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A (Bohol), Lions, Motley Crew, Nagabugsay (Cebu), Pundok Amila (Bohol), Sugbo Mighty Dragons (Cebu) and Bohol Paddlers.

In the small boat Open Category, claiming the Championship was Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A, followed by Cebuano Sugbu Mighty Dragons for first Runner Up and Pundok Amila (Bohol) as second runner up.

For the small boat Mixed category, champion was Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A, followed by NAGAbugsay Dragonboat Racing Team (Cebu) and Dauis Wild Dragon A
as second runner up.

In the small boat Open Masters category, PADS again emerged as champions, while the first runner up went to Bohol Paddlers Association Inc, and the next winner was Aboitiz Dragonboat Team

In the small boat, Mixed Master category, Sugbu Mighty Dragons snatched the championship while 1st RU was PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team.

For mixed standard boat Category, Dauis Wild Dragons A picked the prize as champion while Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A won as first runner up and PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team won second.

PADS trophies this might might just be a bonus, winning the recognition and admiration from the clearly unimpaired on the Natioanl Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week is a reaounding shoutout to those PWDs who refuse to come out.

Not only is there life after sulking, there is even a victory for the determined. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

FRENZIED PADDLING. Strength, endurance, stamina, cadence make up a winning teamwork as dragonboat paddlers compete for the fastest time in 300 meters race, during the Sandugo Dragon Boat Festival July 20 at the Tagbilaran City Strait. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Local paddlers win 3 championships In 6, at Sandugo Dragon Boat Fest

Hospitable as they are, Boholanos defended their turf and gave only three of the six championship slots to visiting paddlers in the recently concluded Sandugo Dragon Boat Festival held at the seas, between Dauis and Tagbilaran City Strait, July 20.

Local paddlers showed true grit, strength, endurance and teamwork to leave visiting dragon boat teams, some of them fresh from international competitions, in their wakes after 300 meters of synchronized frenzied paddling.

Amid resounding beats provided by a drum corps stationed at the Miramar Promenade where teams put up their team tents for paddlers to recover, Bohol paddlers of Dumalu-an Beach Resort Pirates A, Dauis Wild Dragons, Bohol Paddlers Association and Pundok Amila built a solid defense but yet allowed visitors to come home claiming also three championship trophies.

In the end, Dumalu-an Beach Resort Pirates A paddled in furious cadence to nail the championship slot for the Small Boat Open Category Small Boat, and another championship trophy for Small Boat Mixed category.

On the other hand, Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team of Cebu City, a team which recently bagged an international championship in Hongkong claimed the championship trophy for the Small Boat Women’s Category, and Small Boat Open Masters Category.
Winning for the locals however, was not an easy feat, as it would mean beating an internationally competing team of persons with disability who just wowed the entire dragon boating world with their Hongkong victory.

But, knowing the currents and the waters of Tagbilaran Strait neing their playground, Dauis Wild Dragons breathed fire in their after-burners to grab the Standard longboat Mixed Category, keeping the veterans of the PADS Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team, nearly half a boat length in the finish line buoys.

Meanwhile, Sugbo Mighty Dragons carried home the Small Boat Mixed Masters Category in the sunny generally high tide race.

Over-all, for Small boat Womens’ category, a women team of the PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team showed that even with disabilities, as they have blind, hearing impaired paddlers, they can still put up to speed against Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A which settled for the First Runner Up and Dauis Wild Dragon A who settled for the Second Runner Up.

In the Small Boat Open Category, with Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A as champions, Sugbu Mighty Dragons contended themselves with the First Runner Up (RU) while Tubigon’s Pundok Amila grabbed second RU.

In the Small Boat Mixed Category, Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A claimed the championship, while Cebu’s NAGAbugsay Dragonboat Racing Team of Naga City nailed the first RU and Dauis Wild Dragon A took second RU.

For the Small Boat Open Masters Category, PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team took the top post, while 1st RU was Bohol Paddlers Association Inc., and 2nd RU was Aboitiz Dragonboat Team.

In the Small Boat Mixed Master Category, Sugbu Mighty Dragons grabbed the championship trophy and PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team claimed the next spot.

For the Standard Boat (Long Boat) Mixed Category, Dauis Wild Dragon A packed the coveted championship trophy while Dumaluan Beach Resort Pirates A came up First RU and PADS Adaptive Dragonboat Racing Team has to pick second RU.

Dragon boating in Bohol has been identified as a come on for sports enthusiasts and tourists who enjoy water sports, even as Bohol pegs a stake as the eco-tourism capital in the Central Visayas. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)