Aris to visit Israel



BOHOL stands to get more of its arable land in the 2nd District irrigated.

This after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado is set to visit Israel that has succeeded in turning some of its desert lands into farms through unconventional irrigation methods.

The Philippines may have river systems that can be harnessed to irrigate erstwhile rain-fed rice fields. But, Aumentado pointed out, there are still lands that have remained idle to date because these are far from the irrigation canals, or have higher elevation than the canals – or both.

As such, the solon vowed to look into Israel’s agricultural technology in the hopes of expanding the irrigated lands in the province, initially in his district. He estimates the irrigation-hungry lands in Bohol at still 30 hectares.

With this technology, Aumentado expressed confidence that the income of the farmers will definitely increase.

The solon had grabbed the opportunity when the Israeli government invited him and other congressmen to attend the 2018 AgriTech exposition to be held in that country. Historically, the exposition attracts delegates from all over the world.

To help arrange his itinerary to include site visits to demonstration farms, Aumentado is set to meet tomorrow with the Israeli ambassador in the latter’s Philippine residence.

Because the coffee meeting will be at his residence, the solon said he expects the meet up to be less formal and therefore more productive, he said.

Groundbreaking sa P90-M Bohol Youth Home, gipangunahan ni DOH Kalihim Duque


TAGBILARAN CITY, Abril 11 (PIA)–Gipangunahan ni Department of Health (DOH) Kalihim Francisco Duque III ang capsule laying ug groundbreaking sa Bohol Youth Home sa wellness and health complex sa lungsod sa Cortes.


Ang P90-milyon nga Bohol Youth Home pagatukoron sa 1 ka ektaryang luna nga gipanag-iya sa kagamhanang probinsiyal sa Bohol nga nahimutang sa Barangay Malayo Norte, lungsod sa Cortes diin mao usab ang dapit nga pagatukoran sa uban pang healthcare infrastructures.


“This worthy project of the provincial government of Bohol, really aligned the wellness and objective of the DOH (Kining mapuslanon nga proyekto sa kagamhanang probinsiyal sa Bohol nisubay gayud sa wellness ug objective sa DOH),” matud pa ni Duque.


Sila Gob. Edgar Chatto, DSWD-7 Director Evelyn Macapobre, Cong. Rene Relampagos, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim ug Cortes Vice Mayor Leo Pabotoy mi-alalay sa kalihim sa panglawas sa gipahigayong capsule laying ug groundbreaking rites.


Ang proyektong Bohol Youth Home paga-pondohan sa Provincial Government of Bohol, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ug DOH.


Ang Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) annex ug rehab center itukod usab sa maong complex nga gisusi usab ni Duque.


Ang kalihim niabot sa lalawigan alas 10 sa buntag niadtong Martes diin siya maoy pinasidunggang dinapit sa ika-16 nga Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Summit nga gitambungan sa 1,500 ka BNS gikan sa 1,109 ka barangays sa lalawigan nga gipahigayon sa Bohol Cultural Center ning syudad. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol).

Gipangunahan ni DOH Kalihim Francisco Duque, inubanan nilang Gob. Edgar Chatto, DSWD-7 Director Evelyn Macapobre, Cong. Rene Relampagos, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim ug Cortes Vice Mayor Leo Pabotoy ang capsule laying ug groundbreaking sa P90-M Bohol Youth Home nga nahimutang sa wellness and health complex sa Barangay Malayo Norte, lungsod sa Cortes. (hulagway ni Leah Quintana sa DSWD-7

SAFE BOHOL launching

The Provincial Government of Bohol, together LGU Inabanga and local and national government agencies will launch SAFE Bohol (Security Always For Everyone): Boholano Bayanihan on April 11, 2018 at the Inabanga Municipal Gym. This highlights the anniversary program of the Abu Sayaf incursion last year.

             The event will kick off with a mass at 7:30 in the morning to be followed by the honoring of the fallen soldiers.

      Former AFP Chief of Staff now DILG Secretary Eduardo Año will be the Guest of Honor during the program which will also include; solidarity messages, video presentations and theCovenant Signing of SAFE BOHOL: Boholano Bayanihan

             Considering that this is very important for Bohol, may we invite/ request you and your media to attend/ cover the said event.

            Those joining the event may coordinate with Frank Baylosis of ICONs (Inabanga Communications Network) for media designated areas, food, among others.

                           Thank you so much and we hope that you can join us and work together for the best interest of Bohol.

Cimatu won’t like Panglao, Bohol to follow  Boracay’s grave environmental indecency

DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu would want Panglao, Bohol to keep treasuring its beaches and not follow world-famous resort island Boracay’s ways to serious environmental indecency.

The secretary grieved over what he calls “overdevelopment” on Boracay island “without thinking of the (negative) consequences.”

Numerous resorts and other tourist establishments on Panglao island have also been issued notices of violations (NOVs) of environmental and sanitation laws, regulations and policies.

But Cimatu cited the serious effort of the Boholano stakeholders in coordination with the appropriate agencies like the DENR in correcting the mistakes.

The DENR secretary attended the Panglao-Dauis and Tagbilaran Executive Council (PADTEC) Board Meeting led by Gov. Edgar Chatto at the Bohol Tropics yesterday.

Panglao Mayor Pedro Fuertes, Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap were also present.

SURGE City Coordinator Linda Paredes gave an overview of the PADTEC, originally known as PITEC for Panglao Island and Tagbilaran Executive Council.

Cimatu asked today’s leaders to quantify this early Panglao island’s carrying capacity and visualize what can obtain in the prime island tourist destination three decades or more from now.

The new Bohol Panglao Airport, which is set for commercial operation starting this year, is intended for international tourists, Cimatu said.

Taking into account the Boracay experience, Panglao has to have a sewage masterplan that considers the island’s condition 30 years from now and beyond.

In Boracay, Cimatu said, the decades-old small sewage pipes have blown out, so that the waste water spread to the drainage and all the way to the sea without reaching any treatment facilities.

“Nagkaloko-loko na dun,” the secretary said.

The plan for waste water treatment facilities in the Alona beach area in Panglao and in Bingag, Dauis was presented to Cimatu during the PADTEC meeting.

Panglao island consists of the towns of Panglao and Dauis.

The secretary was also apprised of the waste water treatment component of the airport project.

Further, timberlands, forests and wetlands have been invaded by concrete structures in another uncontrolled Boracay development, Cimatu said, aggravating the environmental rape.

Owners would even show real property tax declarations over the areas which are otherwise inalienable and non-disposable.

“We don’t like all these to happen in Panglao, in Siargao (Davao),” The DENR secretary said.

Cimatu said he is “positive of tourism in Bohol to prosper.”

“Governor, you’re in the right direction,” Cimatu told Chatto at the PADTEC meeting. (Ven rebo Arigo)

Bicam committee passes Balik-Scientist Program


THE Congress Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the Balik Scientist Act – the measure designed to attract Filipino scientists now working abroad to return home.

  Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) who chairs the House Committee on Science and Technology says the move aims to invite home scientists, engineers and innovators either for short term stays to lead researches and experiments, or to come home for good for the same purpose.

Aumentado expressed gratitude to Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, his counterpart in the Senate, for pushing the same legislation “to bring back Filipino scientists, engineers, and technology entrepreneurs to work in various fields, including heath, food and agriculture, information and communications technology (ICT), and even alternative energy.”

The act institutionalizes the program first established in 1975. Aumentado said his move came after observing that the program “has been a tremendous success in accelerating the flow of strategically important strategies that are vital to national development and progress.

The solon said among others, the scientist will be given free round trip or one way air fare from his country of origin, reimbursement of expenses for excess baggage allowance, tax-exempt daily allowance, exemption from the licensing permit from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), tax and duties exemption for donated equipment.

Those staying for good will also have relocation allowance, exemption from tax of his monthly allowance, housing arrangements.

IN THE SENATE. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña (center) is flanked by Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino (left) and Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado, principal authors of the Senate and House versions, respectively, of the Balik Scientist Act. With them are sponsors Senators Nancy Binay and Edward Maceda (standing 2nd and 4th from left) and Representatives, from left, Salvador Belaro Jr., Arlene Arcillas, Divina Grace Yu and Yul Nieto. Not in picture is Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. Photo: Aris Aumentado’s Facebook Account

D2 towns to align dev’t moves with district master plan – Aris


REP. Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado will discuss with the mayors of the towns in Bohol’s 2nd district their respective development plans to ensure that these jive with the District Economic Master Plan (DEMP).

Aumentado said he will meet the mayors shortly to ensure that their plans dovetail with the DEMP, the details of which are now being finalized by a team from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The draft DEMP identifies infrastructure, tourism potentials, economic zones and telecommunications as priority key areas.

The solon said only when these are established will a place be attractive to potential investors.

More often than not, he said, investors pour money only into businesses that they are currently involved in. When they find a locale’s business climate to be suitable, they tend to expand. When they feel the business environment to be friendly, they may venture into new but related businesses.

Putting up infrastructure like seaports, airports, roads and bridges, telecommunications will definitely make a place inviting to locators.

He said these will facilitate the transport going in and out of the locality of goods for raw materials and finished products for marketing.

The solon added that he has enlisted the help of concerned agencies in upgrading the airport, seaports and other facilities in Ubay – the perceived district “center”. The seaport has been expanded while the airport runway will be extended and widened.

The DEMP will serve as the district’s development “bible” to make headway for progress. Otherwise, he said, development will be topsy-turvy.

Harmonizing the towns’ development plans, he said, augurs well for the synchronized and well spread development of the district.