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)

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)

DTI organizes innovation conference

On October 23, the innovation conference Slingshot Cebu 2018 will gather start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, educational institutions and government agencies at the Cebu City Sports Club.

According to the organizer Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the latest edition of Slingshot Cebu will have the theme of “Revving up your business in a Digital World”. Appropriate for its target participants which are both brick and mortar MSMEs and tech startups. Slingshot Cebu 2018 will have the twin objectives of nudging brick and mortars to adapt and adopt digital, while our tech startups will have the opportunity to network, validate business models and gain traction.

This year’s Slingshot topics include: The Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Scale Up Program for Startups, Data Privacy and Digital Marketing.

There will be two panel conversations. One to tackle Entrepreneurial Journeys and another will be on Revving up Revenues through Business Model Design. All will have both MSMEs and Startups in the panel to show that innovation and entrepreneurship are really two sides of the same coin.

Slingshot Cebu 2018 has two break-out sessions held simultaneously in the afternoon. The first session is called “The Pitch” for tech start-ups and brick and mortar MSMEs. Judges will be corporates from both the traditional and startup world. The second session is called “Coach and Connect.” This coaching session will focus on sales & marketing, financing & funding, legal, HR Related, and Payment Solutions.

Right after the conference, the DTI will launch the Startup Island Mentoring Program in Central Visayas. DTI 7 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Elena Arbon said that the Startup Island Mentoring program, which is being piloted in Cebu, is designed to help local startups gain entrepreneurial skills, strengthen their business models and scale-up.

For Slingshot Cebu 2018 event registration, interested parties may click on the following link https://goo.gl/forms/UXyJiwNCyP3IXvXg2

NM resolves to elevate Valencia Church as ICP

The faithful here rejoice and gather to thank God for an unexpected blessing: the possible realization of a plan to restore and rehabilitate a church that is one of the two surviving coral stone churches with wooden floorboards that have survived for at least 140 years.

During a thanksgiving mass officiated by Bohol Bishop Emeritus Leonardo Medroso and co-celebrated by Holy Infant Parish priest Rev. Fr. Johnson Inte and vicar Noel Varquez, with Catholic Bishops Conference Chair of the Cultural Heritage of the Church Commission Rev. Fr. Milan Ted Torralba and other co-celebrating priests, National Museum (NM) Assistant Director Angel Bautista read the museum resolution elevating the status of declaration of the Holy Infant Church a notch higher.

It was in 2013 that the NM declared same church of the Holy Infant as Significant Cultural Property (SCP), but the declaration is only as a preparation for further study for it to be enlisted as among the country’s Important Cultural Property (ICP).

The church, being clearly over 50 years is already considered a heritage structure, based on the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 (RA 10066).

Former Valencia Vice Mayor Romulo Tagaan shared that the church had organized fund raising anc charity activities to raise funds for the repair of its leaking roof which could damage the church fixtures and the rare floorboards among them.

Built by Rev Fr. Mariano Cornago in the 1870’s, it was Fr. Francisco Arcaya in 1882 who completed the structure and the installation of the designed floorboards.

The floorboards: a witty combination of 5-inch molave and bayong slats placed one after another in wood parquet design has been preserved.

Under the nave to the transepts is a giant flower design with eight pointed petals exquisitely formed from laid woodwork, with the unmistakable direct attribute of exemplary cultural value and gets people nowadays a glimpse or the advancement of the crafts and skills of workers during those times, described NM Bautista who read the declaration immediately after the thanksgiving mass.

Through Museum Resolution No. 20-2017, Architect Manuel Maximo Noche, Professor Regalado Trota Jose, Rev. Frs. Rene Pio Javellana and Milan Ted Torralba stated that the preserved wood flooring of the Holy Infant parish Church is an architectural marvel and a priceless legacy representing the people’s respect of the bygone era od builders and designers.

The flooring woodwork possesses exceptional architectural, engineering, cultural and artistic significance reflective of the nation’s history.

A church that still shows coral stones in its walls and façade, has undergone facelifts in the past, but what remained as the church’s rare treasure it its antique floorboards, according to parish priest Fr. Inte.

While the church still displays the usual cruciform lay-out, it too has a façade that is as tall as a four-storey building, two pyramid towers, with steep roofs and arched ceilings.

Over the above considerations, the NM which is also mandated to declare cultural properties in relation to their unique historical and architectural values in line with the promotion of the protection and preservation of the church as part of the significant built-heritage thus resolved to elevate the protection classification of the church and its complex into an ICP, Bautista told the parishioners.

With the ICP declaration, Valencia Church and its complex gets priority government funding for protection, conservation and restoration; its private support of conservation and restoration can get an incentive from the Commission’s Conservation Incentive Program for national cultural treasures, he explained.

Moreover, the declaration also allows the putting of an official heritage marker indicating that the immovable cultural property has been identified as national cultural treasure, or national historical landmarks, sites or monument.

Finally, in times of armed conflict, natural disasters and other exceptional events that endanger the cultural heritage of the country, the declared ICP can be given priority protection by the government.

Aside from that, all cultural properties declared as ICP like the Valencia Church may receive government funding for its protection, conservation and restoration. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

The neat placement of the white molave wood plank interspaced with the black bayong and arranged in a herringbone patter makes an interesting study of the kind or engineering and architecture which has shown an advanced state in the 18th century. Preserved and maintained by the people of Valencia, this floorboard in the Holy Infant Church is now under government protection as an important cultural property. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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)