IPOPHL to hold intellectual property themed MCLE Program to Cebu on March 18-22

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on March 18 to 22 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City in order to reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

“Scaling up our IP Education and Awareness drive is at the forefront of IPOPHL’s agenda. The MCLE Program’s first run outside of Luzon will be an essential learning opportunity for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The curriculum for this lecture series is a diverse offering of updates on IP legislation, strategic innovation on IP core processes & appeals, commerce-related concepts of IP,” said Director General Josephine Santiago.

Intellectual property processes, particularly in application and appeals, as well as the special rules and procedures on IP cases will also be discussed.

Intellectual property is a game-changer of scientific innovation and creativity, and has been entrenched as a component of economic growth in the Philippine Development Plan particularly in chapters on advancing science, technology, and innovation & expanding economic opportunities for industry and services.

The area of intellectual property is a new and exciting field in legal practice that remains to be fully tapped by a new generation of lawyers. With every sector, from manufacturing to banking, now being infused with technology, expertise in the field of intellectual property will complement law firms’ existing competencies in high-demand practice areas such as information technology and cyber law .

Intellectual property has increasingly been a salient feature of modern free trade agreements, both bilateral and multilateral ones, putting it in a prime intersection with trade law.

The lecture series will tackle topics such as the impact of new legislation ( the Competition Law and the Data Privacy Act) on intellectual property, as well as enforcing one’s IP rights.

For business groups and commerce associations, capitalizing on companies’ intellectual
property assets by way of licensing and franchise will also be discussed.

Members of the academe and R&D institutions will benefit from learning about drafting
technology transfer agreements, in the case that their technology are being prepped for

The 5-day program presents a rare opportunity for these sectors to learn the centrality of IP in these different fields of knowledge.

The IPOPHL MCLE 2019 curriculum will be taught by a roster of seasoned and
internationally-recognized intellectual property lawyers and professors.

To recall, IPOPHL held the 2018 MCLE program in Bonifacio Global City. The 2018 MCLE Program drew in nearly a hundred participants from across government, academe, and the private sector.

For interested participants, you may inquire and call (02) 238-6300 local 1007 or 2201, or send an email to mcle@ipophil.gov.ph #

PSSuptGornez stresses shared responsibility in crime fighting

In his first PPOC appearance…
PSSuptGornez stresses shared
responsibility in crime fighting

Stressing that “working closely with stakeholders will be a key success factor in fighting crimes, PSSupt. Julius Cesar Gornez made his first official appearance and report to the Provincial Peace and Order Council last Thursday, February 28 with succinct words.
“The achievement of the utmost desire to have peace and order will always be a shared responsibility between the security forces of the Government and the civil society,” the new police provincial director who came back to Bohol amidst political intrigue, underlined the key to successful crime prevention.
Colonel Gornez, who had his decorated years as chief of the Tagbilaran City police years back, came to the call of duty following the shuffle which many public officials in Bohol alleged as a political manipulation.
When PSSuptGornez replaced PSSupt Angeles Geñorga, insinuations of political machinations surfaced, but outgoing police director explained that shuffles in the police organization are regular activities especially with elections looming in the horizon.
In his first appearance at the Bohol PPOC, Supt Gornez showed a very promising anti-crime operations with a visible downtrend in crime volume in the last three years.
Citing crime volumes all over the province in the first month of 2017, 2018 and 2019, the soft-spoken new top cop showed 36% crime volume reduction average for the three Januaries.
Records released by the Philippine National Police national database of Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS) which Camp Dagohoy, Bohol police headquarters cited, showed that in January of 2017, Bohol crime volume reached 567.
The month showed 195 index and 372 non index crimes.
By January of 2018, police tallied a 2.16% crime reduction rate when the 2018 opener showed only 555 crime cases.
The total crime volume is comprised of 171 and 384 index and non index crimes.
This year, crime volume recorded only showed 517 cases, or a further reduction of 6.85%, cited Gornez.
Last month’s data as shared by Bohol police Camp Francisco Dagohoy showed that index crimes reached 124 cases while non index crimes reached 393.
The rise in non index crime however is a good indication of a better police force who are getting pro-active against crimes especially against special laws and traffic related incidents.
As to the data showed, Bohol police is still fumbling against theft, physical injuries and robbery, which had 52,28 and 23 cases in January this year.
And as to non index crimes, Bohol police still struggles in bringing down traffic related incidents, which continue to haunt and mar local the crime statistics.
Last January, traffic related incidents reached 205.
While it is already a good 35 cases lower than in 2019, it is still 45 cases more than the successful 160 cases recorded in 2017, Camp Dagohoy statistical records show.
January 2019 also showed a huge spike in the crimes recorded due to the implementation of special laws: possibly anti-illegal drugs leading it.
Form 98 and 75 in 2017 and 2018, non-index crimes on special laws zoomed to 129 cases as police prepared for the May 2019elections.
With the over-all achievements in January, which is already very good considering the dipping trend in crimes, PSSuptGornez continues to stress on shared responsibility in keeping Bohol’s peace and order. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. Amidst reports that his assumption to office as the highest police official in the province came as a controversy over allegations of political machinations, PSSupt Julius Cesar Gornez stressed crime fighting as a shared responsibility. (photo by Dave Charles Responte)

HNU impresses DND, OCD during Q1 NSED

The evacuation was quick, orderly and things worked like clockwork, but there is never really one good drill that could be rated perfect until disaster arrives and there is zero casualty.
Thus hints Department of National Defense (DND) Major Aristotle Antonio who, along with other DND officials and the Office of the Civil Defense in Central Visayas validated the conduct of Holy Name University’s (HNU) part in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for the first quarter of 2019, set last February 21 at 2:00 PM.
But while the regular conduct of simulation exercises and disaster drills may not be enough, allowing people to have an idea what to do and where to go during such disasters is already a big step towards attaining zero casualty, says Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Assistant Regional Director Engr. VerneilBalaba.
Both Balaba and the DND observed the conduct of the HNU earthquake (EQ Drill) drill made complex by mass casualty incident where a simulated fire has caused “mock injuries,” to trigger school emergency response teams.
The NSED was also done in several parts of the country, to allow communities to go through the standard processes in disaster response to instill in everyone the automatic response needed so everyone can be oriented and can thus do what they have to, to be safe and to avoid confusion which can result to injuries.
The Philippines sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire is in constant threat of earthquakes and earthquake generated tsunamis, that the drills can be very effective in guiding people on what to do in the event of an earthquake, and where to pass through to the evacuation areas and not cause any traffic that can also disrupt the flow of evacuees.
While the NSED in this quarter was centered in Ilo-ilo, local authorities in consultation with the OCD picked HNU, one of the schools in Tagbilaran with huge population which may become an evacuation concern.
The Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and the City DRRMC also picked HNU and set up support response teams while also sending evaluation teams to assess on the conduct of the drill.
That same day, another city based NSED was also done in Manga District and the disaster team put up an earthquake based tsunami response in the coastal district that faces Maribojoc Bay.
However, the conduct of NSED have yet to go to local government units.
Despite the calls from the DND and the OCD for more and more communities getting into the disaster preparedness test, several local government units appear to have not heard.
In fact, despite the clear guidelines for buildings as stipulated in the national building code which assures that buildings can survive earthquakes stronger than the Bohol 7.2 magnitude, LGUs building officials care less.
The NBC has pushed for the 6 inches cinder blocks and hollow blocks and 10 mm deformed steel bars as the standard measurements to be used in building constructions.
Several building officials however do not inspect the constructions in their areas of responsibility to see if the construction specifications are followed for safer buildings especially those designed for habitation.
With subpar materials, chances of houses giving in to tremors can be dangerous traps for family members, even if they religiously follow the standard duck, hold and cover. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

EVACUATING THIS MUCH could be tricky but the Holy Name University, which has thoroughly planned for each of the compound’s buildings evacuation plan that getting their students from the classrooms to the open evacuation ground in an orderly manner took less time, this also assures lesser possible casualty in the evnety of a strong earthquake, says the DND. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Chatto vows continued Bohol support in ‘different capacity’

SOPA highlights Bohol victories
Chatto vows continued Bohol
support in ‘different capacity’

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 21 (PIA)—With cracking voice and evident sadness, Governor Edgar Chatto haltingly capped his three terms as the highest provincial official with a promise to continue getting involved in charting Bohol’s development in a different capacity, and support its development projects.
Speaking before a packed Bohol Cultural Center on the occasion of his last State of the Province Address which came in time on his birthday, the governor, who completes his third term, the second governor after have done so after Governor EricoAumentado, is training his sights on a comeback into the Congressional seat.
Himself a representative of Bohol’s First District before getting into the gubernatorial seat, Chatto has been in the bitter end of a word war defending his Administration’s policies from criticisms.
“I believe that people may destroy your image, stain your personality, but they cannot take away your good deeds, because no matter how they describe you, you will still be admired by those who really know you better,” the governor, in cracking voice, broke down in tears, as the crowd made mostly of Capitol employees, heads of national government agencies and supporters responded with a polite applause.
In his report to the SangguniangPanlalawigan capping his nine years in service to the provincial government, he picked his administration’s major accomplishments in infrastructure, social services, peace and order, local government reforms and innovations, equitable growth and environmental sustainability, disaster response, health, education, agriculture, tourism, information technology, and culture and heritage preservation.
Banking on shared leadership from the start, Chatto said Bohol’s crafted plans and programs were always in consultation with Bohol’s stakeholders, resulting in major victories for the province.
Chatto presented facts and figures of consistent socio-economic improvement shown in attracted investments from 2014-2018 reaching P21.2 billion, and some over P2 billion new micro, small and medium enterprise investments.
In his term, Chatto also took to the increase in tourist arrivals.
He said in 2018, the Department of Tourism recorded 1.496 million tourists, this, Chatto pointed out is a staggering 32% increase 2017, which too was recovery stage after the massive earthquake that brought Bohol to its knees.
In as much as the rise in tourist arrivals would also mean food, the governor pulled Department of Agriculture statistics citing Bohol’s contributing production to the region’s rice supply at 86.4% from 2016-2018.
The slow but sure economic development also propelled local employment, which, citing from the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, accordingly reached a high 96.3%.
This, Chatto also linked to whatBangkoSentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr., has reported: local economic growth tracked by the country’s central bank at average growth rate of 9.1%, higher than the 6.7 national average.
Biggest among the cited victories of the Chatto led local government is the consistently decreasing Poverty Incidence in the province.
“Bohol had an extremely high poverty incidence in year 2000 at 50.2%, and was in the top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines. Thanks to our combined efforts, we have succeeded in bringing down Bohol’s poverty incidence to an unprecedented 21.7% in 2015, which according to the PSA is lower than the regional average.
Chatto trumped on the local AusAID funded Provincial Roads Management Facility which is the template for the nationwide KALSADA Program, or the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces, a Bohol innovation.
From 159 kilometers, he said the provincial concrete and asphalt paved-roads increased to 441 kms in 2018, while shedding off 119 kilometers of provincial roads via conversion to national roads.
In addition to that, from various sources of national and local government funds through the years, Bohol has paved a sum of 192 kilometers of roads, a fact Chatto claimed as the most number of local roads, and a great challenge for the next administration to continue.
While the 2013 earthquake posed a huge reconstruction and rehabilitation challenge for Bohol, the government’s Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) projects allowed the province to complete 1,038 projects.
Among these, he cited the crown jewel of our infrastructure projects is the three decades dream: Bohol Panglao International Airport.
He also took pride in having the dream construction of the New Bohol Provincial Capitol, which was also blessed on that same day.
Among the major infra projects the governor cited were the new National Museum from the old Capitol, the rehabilitation of Plaza Rizal and the Old Provincial Library,Albur Sanitary Landfill and a sea plane port in CogtongCandijay.
In terms of disaster and risk reduction management, Bohol dealt with natural disasters better with its active Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and an ordinance-backed PDRRMO through an ever upgraded our equipment and facilities.
“We now have the TaRSIER 117 Textblast System, as well as a new PDRRMC Command Center,” he reported.
The TaRSIER 117 is now institutionalized, and is set to expand in other areas of Bohol. Statistics show that our response to emergencies has been consistently increasing since it was first established.
In education, by augmenting on the Department of Education programs, Bohol has innovated in its EskwelaAgrikultura, an agriculture entrepreneurship training strand and TuroTurismo Senior High School Tourism Learning Facility in Panglao.
This is over and above the continued funds for Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Scholarships, the educational subsidy program, ICT integration and an education center to connect and link education initiatives in the province, now becoming a model in the country.
The governor, who is bowing out in June, also citedpromising developments in Tourism: these include the 1.4M tourist arrivals in 2018, over 3,000 international guests in international cruise ship port calls, more flights and hosting more local, national and international conferences while continuing to be bullish about Bohol tourism promotions in its own branding.
As the governor steps off from service, he assured Bohol is not resting on its laurels.
As he stepped into service, Chatto was undaunted by the task and dared to dream, and as he steps off, he enumerated forthcoming projects in Bohol’s 12 year plan.
Such include Inter-island Bridges connecting Bohol to our neighboring islands, Panglao Island-Tagbilaran City Iconic Bridge, another bridge to Panglao Island, the fourth one, a new Chocolate Hills ComplexProject, Malinao Dam Upgrading Project, Bohol Northeast Basin Multi-Purpose Dam, Drug Rehabilitation Center Project in Cortes, Business Process Outsourcing Center at the former Tagbilaran Airport, in partnership with CAAP and the DOTr, Gov. CelestinoGallares Memorial Medical Center in Cortes, a 525-bed capacity medical facility set to offer specialized care for oncology and trauma, as well as an acute stroke unit,the GrabTrike Premium soon to operate by March.
In closing, Chatto, who has visibly been under criticism himself admitted: “We are not perfect in everything that we do. For things that I might have missed or, unknowingly, any hurt that I may have caused to anyone – my sincere apologies. Every failure is an opportunity to learn and become a better person.” (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

600 volunteers, 2.5 tons From “Abatan clean-up”

ABATAN VILLAGE CENTER, CORTES, February 22 (PIA)—Over 600 volunteers from about 40 groups: trooped to the river sides of Abatan and Bacong rivers in Cortes, Maribojoc and Balilihan Friday, February 22, with one common goal: lend their hands to help clean up the river and improve its water quality.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Charlie E. Fabre said he has seen the potential source of pollutants in the river and would meet river stakeholders to discuss on mitigating measures and possible adoption of river sections that have been affected by pollution.
PENRO Fabre, along with Abatan River Community Development Management Council consultant Emilia Roslinda, Participatory Research Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Self Reliance (PROCESS) Bohol Executive Director Aurelio Salgados Jr., Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO) Coastal Resource Management Coordinator Maria Villa Inguito-Pelindingue, private corporation representatives and local media, on a flatboat, ventured into the headwaters of Bacong River to inspect the tributary to the Abatan.
Abatan River has been among the three rivers which the regional DENR committee identified for the Recognizing Individuals and Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERS) for Life Awards in 2019.
Aside from Abatan River, also identified in Bohol are Wahig River in Inabanga and Manaba River in Garcia-Hernandez.
The awards would be granted to the region’s rivers which have been categorized as class C, one which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) means a river which has a coliform level of lesser than 100 most probable number, but may be unsafe for swimming.
The awards, which would be granted to the region’s most improved water quality among ten rivers identified, would also automatically hoist the river to the national finals, explains PENRO Fabre during the recent Kapihansa PIA in Tagbilaran.
The goal, Fabre said, would be to upgrade the Abatan River water quality in six months.
And to do such huge task, the DENR PENRO has tapped private sectors especially those who have contributed in one way or another to the pollution, and those which have benefitted from the river.
Cortes Mayor Lynn Ivenn Lim, in his pre-clean-up program message urged everyone to spread out the word because when people do not know that their actions have contributed to the pollution, they would keep on doing the same thing.
Until we could stop people from indiscriminately throwing small plastics, then they would continue to do so and Abatan would be dirty still, the mayor said.
Apart from improving the water quality of the river, volunteers were also on to non-biodegradable trash along the river systems.
PROCESS and ARDMC lent kayaks and mobilized its tourism flatboats (bandung) for to volunteers use for the clean up.
The PENRO, which has been spearheading the Abatan River Clean up divided the 12 kilometer stretch of river to Kawasan Falls into five stations: Bacong Bridge to Lilo-an, Lilo-an to Abatan Bridge, Abatan Bridge to CabawanMaribojoc, Loreto Hanging Bridge to Camayaan Hanging Bridge and Camayaan Bridge to Kawasan Falls and its vicinities.
Clean-up volunteers include Barangay Poblacion, Salvador, Philippine National Police, Tourist Police, Maribojoc Police, Alpha Phi Upsilon, Bohol Beach Club, Department of Interior and Local Government, Toyota Motors, Alturas Group of Companies, Polbos Lumber, Bohol Institute of Technology-International College.
Coca-cola, Petron, Bohol Water Utilities Incorporated, JCI Boholana Kisses, Bohol Quality Corporation, Philippine Maritime Group, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, DENR, Philippine Information Agency, Bohol Provincial Police Office, Community Equity Ventures, DPWH, AFP, DEPED, BEMO, Unitop, MLhuillier, BISU Balilihan, PNP Balilihan, LGU Balilihan, Daplin Poultry, Barangay Candasig, PROCESS, BISU Main, Cortes PNP and MLGU Cortes.
Initial data for the clean-up showed that some 2.5 tons of trash were collected, all of which were collected by garbage trucks and ferried to Albur Sanitary Landfill. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Classical Music in Bohol’s Arts Month’s at Meridian

If only for some few hours, Boholanos sat and allowed themselves to be transported to the soothing classical music, as the Office of Governor’s Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) and the local arts council brought in the biggest gathering of musical artists at the Meridian Hotel.
Set in time for the National Arts Month, the Musical Tertulia, or the social gathering featured not just the well loved Bohol musical groups and individuals, it also put in two featured artists: a grade 12 multi-awarded pianist grandson of a Boholano and a professional violinist in most Italian classical orchestra.
Billed as Uplifting Classical Music, the social gathering of musical artists centered on one genre of music: the classics, which most Boholanos are deprived of.
“Classical music” as opposed to the baroque, is noted for its development of highly sophisticated instrumental musical forms, like the concerto, symphony and sonata and is distinguished for its use of sophisticated vocal and instrumental forms, such as opera.
Classical music largely refers to the art music from the 1750s to the early 1820s, the same period when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Ludwig van Beethoven created ripples in the music world.
And if you even wondered why doctors would recommend that would be mothers should listen to classical music, such is so because playing or listening to classical music can increase one’s creativity as music stimulates emotional and cognitive abilities, allowing the brain to think in new and different ways.
The Bohol musical tertulia opened with RohmarBinibini playing Harold Arlen Harburg’sOver the Rainbow and followed by De Guzman-Buenaventura’s Mala-ala mo Kaya by soprano Trini Dawson and baritone Sid Manalo.
Then, to the grand piano, Aida Cloribel Kirsten played Malagueña by Lecouna.
A short lull and the Tagbilaran City Children’s Choir under the baton of EnriquietaButalid, renders a Ramon Santos arrangement of Tuksuhan and Nitoy Gonzales’ Usahay.
Then, an original Bisayan composition with piano accompaniment by Butalid had Soprano Vida May Tirol de Juan and tenor maestro Joshibiah de Juan rendering Gugmang Nag-inusara. This was followed by the duo doing a Cebuano Medley arranged by EudenicePalaruan.
Another city group: the tagbilaran City Youth Singing Ambassadors under conductor De Juan rendered a Pasek-Paul and arranged by Huff version of AMillion Dreams.
The tertulia’s part one capped with the Jeduthun: The Singing Boholano Priests singing an acapella version of Lead Me Lord and a popular Filipino pop music “NaritonaangLahat.”
When the first part of the gathering of musical treasures set the mood for the afternoon, Part 2 rolled off with the weeping violin rendition of Massenet’s Thai’s by Italian concert master and solo violinist TullioVidmar.
When everyone else thought the best classics are by European musicians, Boholana Lyell Mae Cartagenas-Arellano and lyric soprano Claire AvergonzadoCarnecerallowed Arellano to embellished the vocal melody of a Delibes piece Flower Duet. This brought the modest crowd to the memory lanes of the Philippine opera.
The soprano duet pressed on local talent that could be at par with the sopranos in the world stage.
And when it was child piano prodigy’s time, US based and multi awarded pianist Devun Norberto JumamoyAmorandto, fingers cajoling the keyboard, played Chopin’s Ballade No, 2 in F and Impromptu Fantasy.
The Tagbilaran City Chidren’s Choir came in again for their rendition of Singenburger’s Ave Maria and Cavatina.
Then, the Italian violinist who was married to Rhea Fernandez, and who has been a professor at Liceo Conservatory of Music in Cagayan teaching violin and music history, took the stage again in his rendition of Abelardo’s Cavatina and V Montiff’s Czardas.
The last musician pianist Amoranto did Gerswin’s Prelude No. 2 and Khachaturian’s Toccata. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Young pianist Devun Norberto JumamoyAmoranto who won third place in 2017 at the US International Duos Piano Competition and god son of a Boholano came home to play classical music to Boholanos at the tertulia. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)