“Carlos P. Garcia:” Destiny’s President

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 4 (PIA)—What could have happened if then Bohol Governor Carlos Polestico Garcia did not speak fluent spanish?
Well, he could not have met and be endeared by then President Manuel L. Quezon.
And he could not be placed under the tutelage of the country’s top politician to write his name in history.
But even if he did speak fluent Spanish, if not for a big political figure in Bohol who died, he may still be nailed to a seat in an obscure province minding its intramural processes.
But the death of Senator Jose Arsenio Clarin, the senate speaker protempore and the country’s third most powerful man seemingly opened a way for the Boholano teacher, poet and governor to be starting his shortened way to the country’s top seat, sums up Bohol historian Jose Marianito Luspo.
Professor Luspo was retellingat the radio forum on air the accounts as told to him by fellow Tagbilaranon Jose Maria Rocha, the Boholano Presidents executive secretary.
The sudden death of JA Clarin had President Quezon’s executive secretary Jose Yulo (who would later be appointed Justice Secretary) come to Bohol to finalize the funeral arrangements and lay the way for the guests. IT was when he met the governor for the coordination that Yulo noted Garcia speaking impeccable Spanish.
While President Quezon also speaks perfect Spanish, Yulo told the President to just meet the governor and find out, Luspo who was invited to the Kapihan on Popularizing Caloy said.
As the President, also known as the Big Spanish, was so impressed with the guy from Bohol, he accordingly told him to run for senate.
While Garcia thought even with the president’s backing, we still could not be that popular to win the elections, the next thing the president did was to declare a block voting in the elections of 1941, the retired professor and respected historian narrated.
That way, the candidates were not elected per se, it was the president’s party, the Nacionalista which won, and the nationally unknown Garcia along with it.
Already a senator by 1941, the Japanese invasion disrupted government functions and President Quezon accordingly told Garcia to go home to Bohol to help the people carry the hardships of the occupation.
In Bohol, Garcia had other things in mind.
Totally against the Japanese occupation, the former governor organized resistance movements as a guerrilla leader, earning even more trust and fame from his co-guerillas and the national leaders who learned of his exploits in Bohol.
By 1953, Garcia was so popular that he was picked to be the running mate of Ramon Magsaysay, who both won in the elections.
By March 17, 1957, President Ramon Magsaysay died in a fatal airplane crash in the slopes of Mount Manuggal in Cebu, which ushered to his eventual ascent to the country’s top seat to lead the country until the end of the remaining term.
By the next Presidential elections, Garcia won with Diosdado Macapagal as Vice President.
Just like that star that sits in the Bohol flag, Carlos Polestico Garcia was destined to shine in his own time, Luspo stated.
He was a man destined for greatness, and like a start that is destined to shine in its appointed time, Garcia, Bohol’s most illustrious became the 8th President of the Philippines and the 4th President of the Third Republic. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

House Tourism Committee to attend World Travel Mart






THE House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Lucy Torres (Leyte, 4th District) is slated to attend the World Travel Market (WTM) in London on November 6-8.

This was learned from Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District), who said he and six other committee vice chairs will be joined by representatives of the Department of Tourism (DOT). The latter will market the Philippines’ attractions and destinations.

Aumentado said the Philippines stands to gain from, the WTM website says, “business contracts between exhibitors and travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers.”

Last year, over three days, the global event generated more than £2.8 billion as almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies found and networked with 51,000 attendees – in under just one roof.

Industry leaders are also expected to discuss trends, issues and innovations in the travel industry.

From the speakers’ inputs and their team’s observations and first-hand information from fellow attendees, Aumentado said their committee will craft necessary legislations to rev and enhance the Philippines’ tourism industry.

House ups DEDVMH  bed capacity to 300






THE Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH) in Ubay town stands to increase its bed capacity from 50 to 300.

This after the House of Representatives approved on final reading the Committee on Health-endorsed bill of Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2ndDistrict.

The move aims to decongest the hospital that already serves as many as 70 confined patients each day – on top of those attended to in the Out-Patient Department.

Aumentado noted that the DEDVMH now also caters to patients from even Bohol’s 3rd and 1st Districts.

Parallel to the increase in bed capacity, the hospital is also gearing up for the arrival, installation and operationalization in the next two weeks of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine that is part of the P45-million allocation from the surplus budget of the Department of Health (DoH) that Aumentado bagged during last year’s budget hearing.

The machine will be the first to be installed in a national government hospital in the province.

A Computed Tomography (CT) scan and five more dialysis machines round up the equipment procured with the P45 million.

“There can be no development under a sick constituency,” Aumentado said, hence he is pushing for the upgrading and modernization of the health industry especially in Bohol’s northeastern part.

“And the only way to start off and fast track the recovery of patients is to ensure that the hospital has ready and excellent medical services,” he added.

Modern equipment, he added, augur well for accurate diagnoses – with no need for referrals to hospitals in Tagbilaran City or even Cebu City. Transfers would entail more expenses for the patients and their families.

Meanwhile, Aumentado said, the dialysis machines are expected to arrive next year to beef up the capacity of the DEDVMH Dialysis Center – to be upgraded from merely a hospital unit.

The CT scan and MRI are machines that take pictures of the organs and structures inside the body and are used in diagnosis. The dialysis machine cleanses the blood of toxins for patients whose kidneys are no longer functioning.

Capacitating the DEDVMH will also cut the cost on the part of patients and their watchers. On top of the hospital expenses, some patients’ watchers who have no relatives in the city and with no money to spare for lodging houses have to make do with resting or even sleeping in the parking area. They also have to stretch their budget for food.

Whereas when all their patients’ needs can already be attended to in the DEDVMH, their watchers can be comfortable as their homes are just nearby. They can have reliever watchers as well.

The pinch will especially be felt by islanders because more often than not, the motorized boat trip from the island in the morning will be the only return trip in the afternoon.

If the patients and watchers miss the return trip, they will have to pay more for a special trip, or stay for the night – which spells even more expense.

Aumentado said this gave rise to the concept of a sea ambulance. He observed that for each two-way trip, the sea ambulance ferries around 200 patients – mostly children.

The BCCI commending the AFP – 302nd Brigade in Bohol and the PNP Bohol for their exemplary performance in maintaining general peace and order in the Island Province of Bohol.

The Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry {BCCI} commending the Armed Forces of the Philippines – 302nd Brigade in Bohol headed by Brig.Gen. Arnulfo C. Matanguihan and the Philippine National Police – Bohol headed by PS/Supt. Felipe R. Natividad, for their exemplary performance in maintaining general peace and order in the Island Province of Bohol. The BCCI gave them each a plaque of appreciation and sponsored a lunch a la Boodle Fight, as a military way of celebrating friendship and togetherness. Also gracing the event with his participation is PNP Regional Director PC/Supt. Jose Mario M. Espino, as a special guest of the boodle fight activity.

Leading the BCCI during this event is their President, Engr. Albert M. Uy with the Board of Trustees, VP for External Affairs- Mr. Norris Oculam, VP for Internal Affairs – Ms.Marietta Gasatan, Secretary- Mr Steven Lim, Public Relations Committee Chair -Mr. Peter Dejaresco, Peace and Order Committee Chair -Mr. Jess Quipit and IT Committee Chair – Mr. Jerome Auza. Also in the photo are BCCI Exec.Director Ms. Rolaine B. Uy, BCCI Secretariat Nida Bacamante and Jaya Dy and BCCI Member Ms. Daisy Cemine.

ARIS Health gives islanders sea ferry, hospital services


IF MOHAMMED won’t come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.
Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District made this resolve when, on his island sorties on inspection trips on the progress of implementation of his infrastructure projects built with counter-parting funds, he noticed several children and pregnant women needing medical attention.
This led to the launching on Friday, Sept. 8, of the A.R.I.S. Health or the Active and Responsive Initiative for Sustainable Health.
The parents and elders told Aumentado that while they needed treatment, they could not afford the trip to the mainland to seek medical help.
This prompted Aumentado to mobilize the sea ambulance procured for the District by his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor former Governor and Congressman Erico Boyles Aumentado.
After ascertaining that the vessel was seaworthy, the solon organized a trip for around 100 mostly children and their mothers from Malingin Island of Bien Unido town to the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH) in Ubay town.
Aumentado said bringing a team of doctors, medicines and equipment to the island would be personnel and labor intensive. This would also require off-duty staff to render overtime services because on duty staff need to man the hospital at all times.
The solon expressed apprehension that the staff who just came off duty and required to render services for the mission will be exhausted when it will be time for their hospital duty again. He said tired staff are prone to human errors that might endanger the lives of hospital patients.

The Malingin islanders rode the sea ambulance to the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH) for consultation and were given the prescribed medicines all free of charge.
Aumentado thanked Dr. Elle and his staff and Mayor Constantino Reyes for their coordination and mobilization of their respective staff for the successful mission and launching of A.R.I.S. Health.
The patients were ferried back to Malingin on board the sea ambulance. The two-way trips were also free of charge.
“This is the least I can do for my islander-constituents needing medical attention,” Aumentado said.
Residents in all the other islands and islets in the district will have their trips scheduled in time as part of his health advocacy, he explained.
The patients need not spend for the trip or the medicines. They just need to bring their lunch, he added.
As part of his advocacy and tapping government funds, he intends to equip the DEDVMH with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment so that patients will no longer be forced to go to Cebu City or to private hospitals in Tagbilaran City as this would mean additional expenses.
Additionally, he intends to establish a dialysis center in the hospital with at least five dialysis machines. This will be a major improvement over the current dialysis unit, he concluded.

NAPOLCOM commends cops in ASG encounter

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 31, 2017 (PIA) –The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Region 7 handed out commendations to the Provincial Director and 18 Bohol police officers for taking measures to intercept and stop the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) from sowing terror in Bohol.
The awarding of commendations also came during the Regional launching of the National Crime Prevention Week held at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City, August 31.
The NAPOLCOM also handed out a post humus commendation to PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno who rendered a selfless sacrifice when he was killed in action during an encounter against heavily armed terrorists in Inabanga.
Aside from a commendation, PO2 Nazareno got a gratuity pay of P203,208 as a one year’s salary equivalent to 16,934 monthly pay, funeral benefits worth over 30,000and special financial assistance from the Philippine National Police.
NAPOLCOM 7 Regional Director Atty. Homer Mariano Cabaral along with Governor Edgar Chatto and Assistant Secretary Gerald Anthony Gonzales and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap handed the plaques of commendation to the men and other units who took quantitative measures to intercept and involve themselves in action during the encounter against the heavily armed terrorists belonging to the ASG.
It may be recalled that as soon as intelligence reports came about the presence of heavily armed man in Barangay Napo, an inland barangay in Inabanga April 11, Bohol police authorities sent the maneuver groups: the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) units to confirm.
With elements from the local Inabanga Police Station, PSSupt. Felipe Natividad led PSupt. Lorenzo Batuan, PSupt Rene Kyamko, PSInspector Cesar Acompañado, PSInsp. Jojit Mananquil, SPO1 Justeofino Hinlayagan, SPO4 Tito Tradio in advancing the government’s tactical edge against the incursionists.
Also commended were PO3 Allain Randy Liba, PO3 Enrico tayactac, PO2 Jose Felicisimo Rebosura, PO2 Teogenes Dumanayos, PO2 Edwin Gudito, PO2 Albert Faustino, PO2 Archemoore Ceniza, PO2 Ronald Hingpit, PO2 Junald Jungco, PO2 Marlon Ampoloquio, PO2 Brynil Niones and PO1 Marjun Autentico, who were in the responding team.
Also commended were the Bohol Provincial; police Office in general, the PPSC, SWAT, Provincial intelligence Bureau, provincial Intelligence Detection and Management Bureau and the Inabanga Police Station.
NAPOLCOM said their pursuit resulted to the prevention of the bandits from spreading terror in the Visayas region and in the country as a whole.
The courageous performance and selfless dedication to public service of these PNP officers are worthy of emulation, NAPOLCOM through Regional Director Cabaral said.
On the other hand, four more police officers who have brought police work into a higher level earned commendations for their Community and Service Oriented Policing (CSOP) for advancing the soft arm of the law against drugs.
SPO1 Janew Villame, PO2 Rosardo Emrio Jr., PO1 Aldrin Palaca and PO2 Ronald Calabria earned commendations for using their talents to bring out an information education communication campaign against illegal drugs and their use, according to PSSupt Natividad. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Courageous performance and selfless dedication worth emulating, this sums up the NAPOLCOM commendation which was given to 19 police officers and units involved in the neutralization of the ASG bandits in Bohol, during the ceremony at the Regional launching of the National Crime Prevention Week, August 31 in Tagbilaran, City. (PIABohol)