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Aris: Investors keen on P3-B waterworks in D2

    By JUNE S. BLANCO   ONE “major major” potable water system to serve Bohol’s 2nd District? Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado said this is not far off as talks with two big time investors showed them to be bullish with the idea. Aumentado said the off hand, the investors said they are keen on putting in from P2.5 billion to P3 billion for a gigantic potable water system. He added that a big chunk of the investment would go to the pipelines that would understandably be kilometers long. He said the project is the final block in preparing his district for major investors and light industries to come in. Without water, the solon said, the 2nd District cannot fly or soar. “Water is a basic infrastructure that should be in place before one can invite investors to locate their businesses here,” he said. To note, he has coordinated with national and local government agencies and the private sector to improve the road network, expand major ports and provide power to islands and far-flung hinterland barangays in his district. He tapped the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), among others, for available funds to improve infrastructure in his district. “Water is the last piece among these imperatives of development before we can even entertain numerous investors to invest in the 2nd District,” he... read more

PO2 Arlene Manatad: One, only woman SWAT

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 11, (PIA)—So what’s with a woman in the elite police force? There must have something that toughened this frail girl in a brood of four from a remote barangay in Buenavista, Bohol to let her squeeze through hardships as they fall one by one the moment she wears the bulletproof vest of prayer and determination. The name Arlene Manatad is just like any ordinary Boholano name. At 27, and a single parent to an 8 year old girl, this innocent looking face and disarming smile is a woman’s taser. But her normal build masks a core toughness that makes Arlene Manatad a name whispered among the elites of Bohol police force. She has just crossed over the fence of the frail woman image to be honored as the first and only woman member of the elite police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in Bohol. Said to be the toughest test of physical fitness and agility, mental and spiritual strength among elite police officer’s trainings, SWAT commissioning have been notoriously called the most physically rigorous and mentally straining activity for 77 days of police life. But for Police Officer 2 Manatad, the pain and the strain are just hurdles towards her determined goal to bring the woman earn its rightful equal footing, with the men. Born on June 4, 1989 as the youngest in a brood of four, three of them boys, Arlene traces her playgrounds in remote barangay in Lusong, Buenavista town. Their father works as the barangay captian and sallies back and forth with works at the National Grid Corporation while her mother does...

Bohol Fablab for MSMEs wins in Asia’s start-up pitch contest for innovative biz

The fabrication laboratory (FabLab), a design co-creation platform in Bohol supporting Philippine micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) was cited among the top winners in an annual competition for start-up businesses using science and technology for innovative ideas. Bohol FabLab won 200,000 yen prize money from THK, a Japanese-listed company in the Tokyo Stock Exchange who will then collaborate with FabLab for a development project involving the latter’s upcycling facility. The award was among those given in the Tech Planter competition organized by a venture firm based in Japan Leave A Nest Co. Ltd meant for hardware makers that leverage science and technology for innovative business ideas. Same competitions are also held in countries like Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Aside from FabLab’s upcycling project, other winning teams introduced innovations such as using light pigmented ube (purple yam) for commercial use, a mind-based alert system for paralysed patients, and a vending machine for over-the-counter medicines or first aid. “Winning the competition gives Bohol Fablab and its beneficiaries the opportunity to partner with other companies and scale up its operations,” said Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Shiro Takaki who mentored and coordinated the Bohol FabLab participation in the competition. The contest saw the potential of Bohol FabLab’s heat press machine, an upcycling equipment developed by Takaki to form new products from waste materials like plastic. Global luxury brand Louis Vuitton already expressed interest to source materials for the interior designs of their boutique from the FabLab. Established in 2014, the Bohol FabLab began as a development cooperation initiative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) JOCV Program, Department of Trade and Industry...

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Balicasag PPA port plan resurrected at AUDIO

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 12, (PIA)–There might be a little hope for Balicasag, Panglao and maybe Cabilao to set up their municipal ports to be supervised by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), but they have to redo the proposals to get the plan back on track. PPA Engineering services Division chief Engr. Richard Elopre told members of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO) meeting at the PPA Multi-Purpose Hall that there used to be a proposal for the PPA to help build Balicasag and Cabilao Ports. Although technically beyond the jurisdiction of the PPA, as the proposed ports would be serving small motorized boats and are regulated by the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA) and fishing boats by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the PPA would have all operated ports under their supervision, PPA chief safety officer and public information officer Archt Epelito Arao-arao bared. Earlier, information officers who listened to the PPA mandates asked how the PPA determines the establishment of ports. Concerned about the haphazard manner by which boat operators dock in Panglao’s tourism island Balicasag, Panglao Information Officer and Executive Assistant Danny Reyes asked if the PPA can help put up a port of sorts to streamline Balicasag dive, snorkel and island hopping operations and spare the tourists from the hassle. Reyes said around 80 to 100 motorized bancas come to Balicasag every day and dock just everywhere. On this, Archt Arao-arao explained that since the 1970’s creation of the PPA, it has predetermined ports based on revenues, income, size and strategic locations as part of PPA ports...

Authorities firm up grassroots information net against terror

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 11, (PIA)–Proven to be very reliable, information from the grassroots about the where-about of the remaining two wounded members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has kept government troops on their toes. It might not be long before the timely report could come anytime and the capture of the remaining bandits could happen, Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño said, May 10. With plenty unfiltered information getting in and communities on their toes, a regional police official summed, “right information at the right time should help.” To do that, authorities are now organizing communities and capacitating residents what to look out for the of terrorists trying to evade government troops, through security briefings and impressed on the need to organize for information networking, while asserting and assuring tourists that travel in Bohol is still safe. The Provincial Government gathered Bohol local officials: mayors and barangay captains including barangay peacekeeping action teams (BPATS) May 10, for the authorities to talk about helping government troops in reporting the presence of suspicious persons and of the Philippine National Police program Bikes for Peace and its events. Explaining to members of the BPATS, barangay officials and local officials gathered for the Anti-Terrorism Information Drive at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran and at the Quinale Beach in Anda, General Taliño emphasized Boholano courage and unity which thwarted the terror attempts of the notorious group here. The police regional chief cited the crucial information of the community in Napo, in validating the presence of the armed men after the intelligence sources report a plan by the ASG to venture into...

DTI Reminds Business Owners to Renew Business Name Registration

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds business owners whose BN registrations will expire on June 30, 2017. DTI Bohol accepts early renewal of business name registration three (3) months before its expiry. BN registrations that have already expired, but are still within three (3) months or ninety (90) days from the expiry date will be renewed without penalty. On the other hand, BN registrations that expired ninety one (91) days or more after their expiry dates can still be renewed but, with a fifty percent (50%) penalty/surcharge on the basic fee. Business name registrations not renewed beyond one hundred eighty (180) days will be deleted automatically from our records thus, a new registration will be...

6th 263 kms Bohol Unity ride pedals off Saturday

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 8, (PIA)–Bike enthusiasts: mountain bikers and roadies including those with tri-aero bikes gather as much energy this week in preparation for the 263 kilometers 2017 Unity Bike Ride for Peace, Environment and Anti drugs, set May 13-14. An event organizers, TriBohol said the ride needs no Lycra, no training, no racing, is just an easy fun. Bohol’s 2017 Unity Ride is on its 6th year of taking the entire belt road of the island, Bohol Circumferential Road, in a two-day fun ride that unites all bike enthusiasts and the bike clubs all over the province. Taking the Tagbilaran to Talibon route on day 1, the Unity riders, would meet up at the Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran from 3:30 AM May 13. They would then set off via the eastern belt to Jagna where the ride breakfast would happen as riders check in between 8:00 to 9:00. Then the bikers would take the road again to Ubay some 53.3 kilometers for lunch and the noon break. While the organizers have assured the hot summer ride would have both emergency medical support and police escorts, rests have been declared to riders, between 11 to 2 PM. The ride picks up again in the afternoon to the long flat highway to Talibon, about 38.2 kilometers away. In Talibon, riders would relax with a unity rider program and solidarity night of games, raffles and dinner, before preparing for the next morning’s ride. By May 14, the group would be leaving Talibon at 4:30 and is expected to be in Tubigon around 8:00 for the breakfast, before heading off again back...

Jagna

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 28, (PIA)–While Jagna town celebrates its calamay industry in an aptly named festival, April 28-30, it also brings out to the world 17 other local products that the town’s small medium enterprises development churned in the past years. Jagna Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla, during the opening ceremonies of the festival that celebrates a product support for Bohol’s tourism industry said the 3rd Calamay Festival is not anymore just about the calamay, but also about the new products which the communities have developed. Most of these new products however produced by are small organizations assisted by Jagna Small and Medium Enterprise Development (JASMED) Unit and are in the food and home industry line. Jagna information Officer Amiela Balaba identified the newest developed products as doormats, rugs and potholders of Jagna Relief Society Homemakers, a group organized by the Mormons of Poblacion, in town. Another new hip product in line with vitamin fortification program of the government is the Malunggay Cookies and Rosquillos of Pangdan Women’s Association, the famous Ampao of the Tejero Women’s Association, candles by Faraon Women’s Association, peanut butter from Cambugason and the Torta de Jagna of Malbog Development Women Association. Years back, JASMED also assisted communities in town develop their products to make them open for the market. Among those are Cambugason Women’s Organization’s Caffeine-free Maize Cape, squash noodles Pancit Yaning of LACEH – Tubod Monte, the famed calamay of Jagna Calamay Makers Cooperative (JACAMACO), Jagna cookies of Nausok Women’s Association, Ube Polvoron of Jagna Women Ube Processors and Confectioners Association, Inc. Also in there was Jagna’s Tableya de Binsoy and Jagna Banana Chips of...

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