TESDA invites senior HS students, Tech-Voc graduates to the Nat’l TVET Enrollment Day



TAGBILARAN CITY, Pebrero 19 (PIA)–The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will bring its scholarships closer to those who want to avail of free skills training and even help its graduates in finding a job.


With this, TESDA-Bohol is inviting all senior high school students and technical-vocational (Tech-Voc) graduates to come and join the National TVET Enrollment Day and Jobs Bridging Program on February 28, 2018.


This will be held  in three sites namely: Bohol Institute of Technology-International College (BIT-IC) in Tagbilaran City; Jagna Business Center in Jagna; and at Ramon Magsaysay Multi-Purpose Gym in Ubay.


TESDA-Bohol Information Officer Marichu Cua said that the activity aims to provide information on the different Technical Vocational Education and Training programs for the Boholanos and to promote TVET as preferred choice of career.


Cua said they will facilitate the enrollment of interested applicants to TESDA scholarship programs from 9am to 3pm on the said day.


Enrollment is open to all Filipinos age 15 and above for those interested to pursue various Tech-Voc courses.


Requirements for the enrollment include valid ID or NSO birth certificate and 1×1 picture. On the other hand, job applicants should bring their TESDA certificate and resume.


This activity is open to the public. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

House considers on 2nd reading bill upping DEDVMH beds from 50 to 300


THE House has considered on second reading the bill seeking to increase the bed capacity and upgrading the services, facilities and professional health care of the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH) in Ubay town.

Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District, together with Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City’s 1st District, authored the bill that also seeks the authorization of the corresponding increase in the number of hospital personnel and providing funds therefor.

Rep. Angelina Tan, chair of the Committee on Health, Aumentado and Nograles sponsored the bill that replaces the earlier bill that Aumentado filed as the latter had sought a bed capacity increase of only up to 200 beds.

Aumentado determined that 200 beds will not be enough to accommodate the growing number of patients, some of whom are already occupying extra beds along the aisles.

The unprecedented number of patients came when DEDVMH acquired new equipment with competent personnel to operate them – and continuing to do so – and with an International Standard Organization (ISO) certification to boot.

This made the hospital attractive to patients coming from nearby towns and even other districts, hospital records would show.

Aumentado said the upped bed capacity also aims to accommodate islanders who now come in at an average of 80 to 100 persons a week after he mobilized his sea ambulance to ferry them to and from Ubay free of charge to get medical attention.

Some are good to go after consultation in the Out-Patient Department. Others need to be confined. To marginalized islanders, the fare for patients plus watchers, their food and accommodations as only the patient gets a bed, can be prohibitive. The cost even skyrockets if they have to bring their patients to Tagbilaran or to Cebu.

Parallel to the increase in bed capacity, the hospital is also gearing up for the arrival, installation and operationalization of a 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 the other 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.

The DEDVMH used to be only an extension of the now Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Regional Hospital in Tagbilaran City. The Aumentado bill gives it independence.

 “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.

CELEBRATING VICTORY. Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) and his seat neighbors in the House celebrate the consideration on 2nd reading of House Bill No. 7064 that seeks to increase the bed capacity of the Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital (DEDVMH) in Ubay, Bohol from 50 to 300, upgrading its services, facilities and professional health care, and increasing its number of personnel. Reps. Angelina Tan of Quezon’s 4th District who chairs the Committee on Health, Karlo Alexei Nograles of Davao City’s 1st District and Aumentado sponsored the bill authored by Aumentado and Nograles. Photo: Aris Aumentado’s Facebook Account

Bright prospects for Bohol investments in 2018-BIPC



TAGBILARAN CITY, February 6 (PIA)–Investment authorities in Bohol see a shining 2018 as they foresee an investment capitalization soaring well above the predicted figures.


No less than the authorities at the Bohol Investment Promotion Center, an attached office of the Office of the Governor, bared this bright prospect at the weekly radio forum Kapihan sa PIA.


This too as the BIPC tracked the registered the investment capitalization of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Bohol topping the P1.5 billion in 2017.


While the rise in capitalization has not surpassed the 2011 reported investments capitalization which  zoomed from 800 thousand to P1.7 billion, BIPC Bohol head Maria Fe Dominese said investments have spiked again in 2016 on to nearing a full recovery surge in 2017.


Speaking at the Kapihan Thursday, February 1, Dominese however believed 2018 would be a huge spike with the completion of the Panglao Airport and the brood of businesses it carries.


The BIPC also pointed out that the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCC) granted citation in 2017, would be an edge in attracting more and more investments, according to Imma Mylie Alo during the hour-long radio forum aired live over DyTR.


The PCC has handed to Bohol, who was then among the 14 provincial finalists in the search for Most Business Friendly LGU in 2017.


After PCC deliberations, it conferred to Bohol the Most Business Friendly LGU for Class 1 provinces, an acknowledgement of the ease of doing businesses here.


Dominese added that the office has pegged the annual investment capitalization target P1 billion for 2017, which has been surpassed.


The BIPC pointed to the devastating 2013 earthquake which was a low point in MSME growth with everyone scampering for a way to rebound and get Bohol back on its feet.


The BIPC, which has set up its Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) and its outreach program with partner agencies called Asenso Negosyo Caravans to the towns, also noted that from 2,545 new business registrants in 2014 or after the earthquake, they  tracked 4,583 new business name registrants in 2017.


Along this, the BIPC, an office under the office of the governor, noted an increasing trend in the number of registered MSMEs as well as the employment these generated.


In the past five, years, while the office notes an increasing trend in the number of registered MSMEs, employment generation subsequently increased.


In 2017 for example, BIPC tracked some 5,372 registered MSMEs and nailed 11,962 new hires, the job generation now filling up the job slots that could also help circulate the capital infusing it into the economy as the paid worker starts to spend his pay.  (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

The BIPC led by Maria Fe Dominese sees a brighter future for Bohol investments as the Panglao Airport opens in 2018 and the PCC citation of Bohol as the most investment friendly province would attarch more and more investors. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Antequera Duathlon 2018 registration until Feb 28


TAGBILARAN CITY, February 1 (PIA)–If Alicia had a trail run and an off-road bike race in two days, Antequera will do it in one: the Antequera Off-road Duathlon 2018.

Now asserting as a viable sports tourism destination, Bohol is at it again this summer, with another grueling race showcasing Antequera’s trails and immersion into locals in a rub-bike run event.

Set at 6:30 AM this March 18, the 5 kilometer (km) run, 25 km bike and 3 km run speeds off in the classic leave no trace race: participants who litter could lose, so they must provide for their race provisions while organizers put up aid stations where participants can refill water bottles or hydration packs.

“We want this with least environment impact, so participants are advised to pocket their litter and empty them at the aid stations, outside help from non-participants or spectator, like food, hydration, tools, or medical assistance from any person not directly involved in the event in the entire bike course is strictly prohibited,” one of the race organizers, Russel Villas said.

“Even pacing from a non-competitor or vehicle is not allowed at any time on the bike course, participants may walk their bike if needed, but they can’t complete the bike course without their bikes,” he added.

Participants must complete the entire bike course unassisted, strictly following the designated track and specified as race course, or face disqualification, return to the transition area on the same mountain bike they started as a bike change would be ground for disqualification and immediate ejection from the race.

Open to participants 16 year old and above and who have at least trained or participated in an off road race, the Antequera Duathlon is still accepting registrations until Feb 28 at Bohol Bike Shop in Tagbilaran, for individuals at P600 and relay at 1,200, which includes race kit; finishers medal, jersey and post race meal.

Open for three categories, the race accepts 29 years and below, 30-39, 40-49 and 50 and above for the male category and 35 years old and below and 35 years old and above for females.

Set to go, rain or shine, this March 18, at exactly 6:30am of March 18, race clock officially stops at 1:00pm of the same day, or 6 1/2 hours after gun start,  according to Vice Mayor Simon Leo Jadulco, head of the organizing team.

“Duathletes who are still on the road by the cut-off may still finish the race beyond and still get their finisher’s medal and shirt, but they will not be included in the official list of finishers as the race provides no time extensions,” he added.

As to the off-road bike segment,  organizers said only 26, 27.5, 29 inch wheels mountain and fat bikes are allowed with minimum 1.9 tire size for the race.

Those using a tire size 1.9 below, will be disqualified for a podium finish in all categories.

Concerned about safety, organizers also said “riders with bikes that have safety issues will be disqualified.”

With this, racers need to get their bikes checked-in at the transition area on March 17, Antequera Town Center from 3:00-5:30pm, when they can also claim their race kits.

Another bike check-in will and race kit claims is set 4:00am-5:30am on race day and upon mandatory 2 hours check in, race bibs, proper running and biking apparels, hydration bottle and helmets are also presented, personal audio devices, strictly prohibited.

All bikes must be checked-in and mounted on the racks at the transition area by 5:30 AM race day, no extensions or late check-in of bikes are allowed.

Before that, participants may still have full access to their bikes before these are hung in racks at the transition area, which would not be removed until the start of the bike leg.

Race briefing is set March 17 at 5:30pm at the transition area and a carbo-loading dinner will be served later.

For Tagbilaran City based-bikers, a truck for bikes will be available only at 3:00pm March 17, 2018 from the Rizal Park, Tagbilaran City, and will ferry the bikes back to Tagbilaran after the race on Sunday, according to duathlon organizers.

Campsite are provided at the plaza or at the Antequera Training Center for overnight stay. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Even before the sores of Alicia Trail Run could be healed, runners would again hit the training regime for the Antequera Duathlon 2018 this March 18. Registrations are only until the end of February, according to Vice mayor Simon Leo Jadulco, duathlon organizer. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Rep. Aris’ surgical mission beneficiaries “pampered”


HUNDREDS of patients with cleft lips, cleft palates and teeth problems can now freely smile without worry of being made fun of, teased or bullied, due to their facial deformities.

This after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) invited anew the medical-surgical team of the Faces ofTomorrow (FOT) headed by its director, Dr. Brian Rubinstein, who will perform the corrective surgeries on these patients at the Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services or the Bohol Cooperative Hospital in Dampas District, this city.

 Aumentado said the team members come from different states in America while the Abounding in Love Foundation is the non-profit organization that connects Filipino children to cleft lip and palate surgeries.

Abounding also provides ongoing medical, educational and spiritual support after surgery. All donations it gets go directly to help these disadvantaged children.

The surgeries will start on Monday, Feb. 12. But listing is now on-going until Sunday, Feb. 11.

As in the previous missions, patients will received not only the free surgeries, but, especially for those coming in from other provinces, they will also receive fare refunds and fare for the trip back, free board and lodging – and even toys for the children.

They had heard about Aumentado’s surgical medical through the news and public service announcements over the radio.

Patients staying over for post-surgery checkups or waiting for their turn at the operating table will be provided with free board and lodging.

Those coming in from the towns will get subsistence allowance for their meals. Those from towns out of radio coverage got alerted on the free surgical-dental mission from streamers, newspapers and social media.

FOT-Philippines coordinator Charina Torregosa-Asunto said they are now about finished with the paperwork and leg work for the permits and other requirements.

Abounding in Love Foundation will pay for the rooms, the materials, use of the surgical rooms, among others. This way, the patients and their watchers will just present themselves for screening and undergo surgery.

Many of the patients’ parents are expected again to be teary-eyed – most will even cry tears of joy – in appreciation for the surgery, the after-care and the gift of a brighter tomorrow that their children will receive.

HOLIDAY WITH A PURPOSE. Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (standing, center) led in welcoming the members of the Faces of Tomorrow surgical and dental team headed by Dr. Brian Rubinstein (standing directly behind Aumentado) at the city airport last year. A delegation from the Medical Mission Group (MMG) Coop Hospital (left) and some lady Jaycees (right) joined the welcoming fete. The scene will be repeated next month when the team will return to Bohol for another round of medical and dental mission. FOTO: Aris Aumentado’s Facebook Account

BFAR keeps fish supply mandate, Inaugurates 11th CFLC in Ubay

UBAY, Bohol, January 9 (PIA)—While legislators are busily tackling ways to bring down the price of fish in Bohol, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)  kept to their mandate and inaugurates Bohol’s 11th fish hub, January 9 in Ubay town.

The fish hub is a facility where fishermen can land their daily catch to be assured of a market, or at least refrigerate them so it does not go to waste and can be sold the following day.

BFAR call these facilities Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC), and placed in them post-harvest facilities as well as spaces for trade, administration and at least a decent space for meetings and training.

Earlier, fishermen have admitted that bringing their catch to the mainland is risky as there might not be a market for their fish and without refrigeration at home, their catch might stale and go to waste.

On this, the BFAR intends to respond to that issue while noting that fisher-folk, including the entire fish trade value chain are registered and organized.

The CFLC acts as their common venue to train, to organize and plan as well as to mend their nets, sell their catch and store them in shared facilities to maximize on the harvest, BFAR Regional Director Dr. Allan L. Poquita said.

The Ubay CFLC is the 11th of the 14 multi-million facilities which Bohol got from the national government since 2016 to 2017.

Ubay CFLC has stainless steel stalls, and freezers so fish can be stored when it is not sold right away.

The new CFLC comes in its iconic shades of blue, two storey structure with provisions for an administration room, male and female restrooms, stock rooms, display and open spaces while the roof deck is a massive oven railed space for whatever the fishermen and their organizations deem it useful.

Funded by the national government through the National Anti-Poverty Commission, BFAR, National Fisheries Development Corporation and the local government unit of Ubay, the convergence of funds made the project a P2.8 million facility model of partnership, explained director Poquita.

Ubay Mayor Constantino Reyes, who used to have a fishing fleet before he ventured into politics, recalled that Ubay used to be among  the town markets with the most bountiful fish.

It was also the time when the fisheries were not regulated and there was illegal fishing.

But himself convinced that regulated fishing as well as sustainable fisheries is the right way, he has spearheaded his town’s campaign into convincing blast fishers to go sustainable fishing.

With Ubay sitting in the midst of a biodiversity hotspot in the Danajon Double Barrier Reef, its sprinkle of islands, islets and shoals breed good fish which are tempting fishermen to go blast fishing.

To make sure destructive blast fishing ins stopped, the mayor organized confessed illegal fishers and gave them starter livelihood projects.

The town is also setting up two floating detachments to be manned by a composite team of wardens, police and the army as well as BFAR to keep guard of the town’s island fishers and poachers.

Now that BFAR has put up and nears its 14th CFLC, people are hoping that other sectors also look at how they can contribute to solve the mysterious pricing system when the amount fishermen get when they sell is too measly and decent enough.

With sustainable fisheries now convincing people that smart way is the better way, people each day ask the dreaded question: Will these facilities really affect and bring down the price of fish? (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

BFAR 7 Regional Director Dr. Allan Poquita said their biggest role in the fish industry is making sure that there is sufficient fish supply. Beyond that, they also make sure that their funded projects redound to poverty alleviation, this he said during the blessing and inauguration of the 11th CFLC in Ubay. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)