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Bohol top cop bares new anticrime marching order

Bohol police under newly assigned police chief, Police Colonel Jonathan Cabal have three priority marching orders from the governor, ones which could define crime prevention as well as bring Bohol to a new level in peace and security for investments to thrive. Speaking at the Kapihan Sa PIA commemorating Crime Prevention Week, Colonel Cabal who just took the top seat of the Bohol Provincial Police Station weeks ago said the governor wanted police to intensify intelligence operations, secure tourism spots and intensify the campaign against illegal drugs. Cabal, who had a successful stint as the director for Regional Intelligence Division decorated by the neutralization of the Abu Sayyaf terrorists who tried getting their lucrative terroristic activities to Bohol, said he supports the governor considering that police work starts and ends in intelligence. Col Cabal was Regional Logistics chief before he assumed the Bohol post. On the matter of tourism and securing tourism spots, Cabal said there would be changes in the Bohol Tourist Police set-up. He said, in his administration, he wants all men doing what they do best: police work. He noticed that those assigned at the Tourist Police Units are somewhat “underutilized” and are shaking off investigation work, which has the police at the losing end of the pole. We have ample tourist police, we have audited their performance; how they go about their activities, Cabal said. But stagnation within the ranks of the tourist police may have hit the new police director. Every four years, police have to go to another station, he bared the tour of duty tradition of the force, a hint to the... read more

Call for Submission: WILA-Cebu’s Paglambo Regional Creative Writing Workshop on Flash Fiction on September 14-15, 2019

The Women in Literary Arts – Cebu, Inc. (WILA), with the sponsorship of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will conduct a creative writing workshop focusing on the flash fiction genre on September 14-15. 2019 (Saturday-Sunday). The workshop panel will be headed by one of the founding members of WILA, the literary scholar and poet, Dr. Erlinda Kintanar-Alburo. The workshop program consists of a keynote lecture, presentations by fictionists among WILA members, and a workshop proper where the works will be discussed by the panel and the workshop auditors under the supervision of a session moderator. Interested individuals should submit either a set of (a) three (3) pieces of flash fiction that should not be more than 400 words but not less that 200 or (b) two (2) pieces composed of more than 400 words but not more than 900. The entries may be in English, and/or Cebuano and must not have been published or submitted to other workshops prior to Paglambo. The participant should also submit a short bionote and an updated CV that includes a list of published works and contact information. The entries must be in the following format: Times New Roman font style, 12 font size, one inch all around margin and encoded on a document file with an 8” x11” setting. The entries, in a Word file, shall be sent as an attachment and emailed to this address: atongpaglambo2019@gmail.com. In the subject field, the following should be indicated: FlashFiction_ (e.g.,FlashFiction_DE LA CRUZ, JUANA). Entries should be sent by the deadline on Saturday, 31 August 2019. Participants will be notified if their... read more

Aris: DPWH soon to build Talibon-Bien Unido bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expresses hope that construction of the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido towns in northern Bohol will start within the year. Aumentado will meet Engr. Vicente Valle Jr. of the Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office and his staff next week at the latter’s office in Ubay town for a briefing on the timelines of the bridge construction. Talibon and Bien Unido towns are located on separate promontories jutting out toward Cebu, separated by a bay, with Trinidad town in the river delta. The road trip from Talibon to Bien Unido spans 20 kilometers, but with the bridge, the distance will just be seven kilometers. Aumentado said this will be “definitely a big and welcome development” for his constituents in both towns – and the rest of the district, and ultimately the province – as this will cut travel time and the attendant expenses. This will also reduce the price of goods as transport from the mother town of Talibon will be shorter, easier, more convenient and comfortable. The solon said the shorter distance will give his constituents more time for other equally, or even more important tasks. During the meeting, Aumentado expressed hope that Valle will declare the detailed engineering design and bid documents ready so that bidding can already be scheduled, and the physical works to start within the year. Meanwhile, the solon recently filed House Bill 2109 that proposes to construct the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge. On a bigger scale now, this link will provide passengers and their freight the option to travel by land through this bridge,...

PLDT, Globe seen selling their16,000 towers

PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. will likely end up selling their wireless communications towers to any of the seven independent private firms putting up new towers for collective use, Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said Sunday. “We see both PLDT and Globe eventually assigning their 16,000 towers to any or all of the non-aligned firms providingshared towers, now that the government has permitted at least seven of them to operate,” Campos, a deputy minority leader, said. “They (PLDT and Globe) will likely consolidate and spin off their tower assets into separate subsidiaries, and then put them up for saleto the independent tower entities,” Campos, who is counting on common towers to quickly boost Internet connectivity all over the country, said. Campos made the statement after the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) authorized Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. (AIC) to build new towers for shared use. AIC became the sixth entity authorized by the DICT to construct new common towers after ISOC Infrastructures Inc.; ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd.; IHS Holding Ltd.; edotco Group SdnBhd; China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd. and RT Telecom Sdn Bhd. “The immediate beneficiary of new commontowers isthe Mislatel consortium – the third telecommunications player that the government has brought in precisely to drive competition in the supply of superior Internet services,” Campos said. Campos has been batting for improved public access to faster Internet connection speeds at a lower price. He is author of a bill that seeks to reclassify Internet access as a “basic telecommunications service” so that regulators may compel suppliers to provide rising connection speeds under pain of harsh administrative...

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Assured of win, Aris still “friends” with opponent

By JUNE S. BLANCO WHEN the Bohol Poll prediction of a landslide his win in the congressional race in the 2nd District comes true, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado said he will still remain friends with sitting Board Member Agapito Avenido. “I will offer my hand of friendship, a hand of reconciliation, to Aga,” Aumentado said, calling the latter “his worthy opponent”. This after the solon got 83% while Avenido managed only 16% in the penultimate election round of the Bohol Polls conducted April 20 to May 7, 2019 by the Holy Name University’s (HNU) Center for Research and Publications (CRP). Director Ma. Paz Espiritu of the CRP ensured that her team inserted questions on the voters’ preference for congressman of the 2nd District and vice governor in this round before tomorrow’s elections after they somehow “inadvertently” left these out in an earlier round conducted in February to March, the results of which were presented last March 15. As the CRP boasts of a “scientific method” that the Social Weather Station (SWS) had trained them to do, Aumentado thanked the people of the 2nd District who participated in the polls for their trust and confidence in him, in what he has done for them, and will still do in his coming third...

Arup presents pre-FS on Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO DESIGN giant Arup, with 34 offices worldwide including in Manila, presented April 2 to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) in Ubay town its pre-feasibility study (FS) for the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge (BLLB). Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado who attended the presentation said once constructed, the “ambitious” bridge from Ubay via President Carlos P. Garcia to Maasin City in Southern Leyte will connect Bohol to the rest of the country by land. Aumentado said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded the pre-FS, and a full-blown study will follow. “The bridge is part of the dream of my father, [former] Gov. Erico Boyles Aumentado, to put Bohol among the fast developing provinces in the country today”, the solon said. The father is his immediate predecessor in the House of Representatives. After the funding for pre-FS for the BLLB, Aumentado said up next will be the funding for the FS for Bohol-Cebu Friendship Bridge. He expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for pushing these major projects for this province. The BLLB is part of the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) for roads and bridges of DPWH. On the other hand, Arup’s website states that the company has been working in the Philippines since 1986 – and established a permanent office in Manila in 1990. It provides total design services to meet the increasing demand for high quality, international standard projects for the country’s growing economy. Among the prominent buildings it has designed are the Grand Hyatt Metrocenter, the tallest and biggest mixed-use development in the Philippines, and the St...

Aris alarmed over ‘unstable’ power

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado has expressed alarm over the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ (NGCP) pronouncement, through Cebu and Bohol Information Officer Betty Martinez, that Bohol’s power supply is now “critical”. Aumentdo said he is also saddened with the development, because as early as the last term as governor of his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor Erico Boyles Aumentado, the lack of power to meet the province’s need with the looming implementation and completion of the Panglao Bohol International Airport was already recognized. The solon had expected that the Provincial Government would have already foreseen this considering that it had continuously invited investors to locate in Bohol. As the investors streamed in, he said, the need for additional power, and faster internet, should have been anticipated already so that these will not reach such critical point. Investors continue to stream in, but their respective operations might be hampered due to the lack of sustainable power, or the additional cost of maintaining power generators. “To think that the airport in Panglao is not yet operating its navigational equipment for nighttime operations, the critical power situation simply means that Bohol is not yet ready for the big time,” he said. Basic infrastructure like power and communications should be in place to make investors seriously consider locating in Bohol. The slow internet has made business process outsourcing (BPO) for call centers similarly slow. The BPOs could have been tapped for more employment. Additionally, he said, President Pinoy should have fast-tracked the matching of power production with the projection, especially with the implementation and impending operationalization of...

Aris pushes energ’n of 2nd District islands

By JUNE S. BLANCO JANUARY 7, 2017 will forever be etched in the minds of the over 700 households in the three-barangay island of Mahanay off Getafe and Talibon towns. This was when Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) powered on the ceremonial switch for the P30-million energization project for the island. Engr. Eugene Tan, manager of the Bohol II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Boheco II) assisted him. Not resting on his laurels, Aumentado recently sought updates from former Camarines Sur congressman and now Energy Undersecretary for Power, Renewable Energy, and Media Affairs Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella. An island will remain under-developed without the necessary basic infrastructure support. To note, in his switch-on message, Aumentado waxed sentimental as he declared the fulfillment of the promise his namesake father and immediate congressional predecessor, former Gov. Erico Boyles Aumentado, had made to the islanders. Patterned after the Leyte-Bohol Interconnection project, Mahanay taps power from mainland Bohol through submarine cables. The National Electrification Administration (NEA) through then Administrator Edita Bueno downloaded the amount to Boheco II that undertook the bidding process for the cable and installed it, along with the electric poles, power main and lateral lines. Boheco II manages the power distribution to the households as well. The elder Aumentado had broached the energization plan for the 2nd District’s 35 islands and islets to Bueno. With the technology already available, it did not take him long to convince her. However, death overtook him on Christmas Day of 2012. Aumentado, the son, picked up the pieces where his father left off. In 2015, during his own first term as congressman, he brought...

DENR launches “RIVERS For Life awards”for ‘19

Consistent with the idea of shared ownership to make communities realize a better environment management and conservation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launches in Bohol its awards Recognizing Individuals and Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERS). The awards, formally called Rivers for Life would be given out to the best rehabilitated and most improved water quality from the country’s class 3 rivers, this June 2019 in time for the DER’s 32nd anniversary, authorities from the government’s environment agency shared. The program is basically to raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve the country’s rivers as the lifeblood of the earth and human civilization, and taking the cue from Manila Bay clean-up, tap concerted action to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution and assure their suitability, sustainability and further improvement, explains Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Charlie Fabre at the Kapihansa PIA Thursday. Aware that the government could not lend a presence enough to cover the protection and management of the entire river systems in the country, this time it looks at communities and stakeholders to help them come up with appropriate mitigation measures and interventions to help address the continued worsening conditions of river systems nationwide, the DENR official said. Earlier, the DENR PENROs and Community ENROs submitted an inventory of all rivers in their respective areas of responsibility and from these, the DENR regional committee selected class C rivers for adoption. According to the DENR, Class C rivers are those which may not be safe for swimming owing to the presence less than 100 coliform presence in the...

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