MOVING to get a clearer grasp of the drug situation in Bohol, the Provincial Peace and Order Council, wants
the narcotics agency in Bohol to report detailed town affectation analysis.
During the recent meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council at the People’s Mansion, Interior and
Local government provincial director Rustica Mascarinas proposed that instead of just baring accomplishments,
the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also include drug affectation by towns.
Earlier, the council asked the PDEA reports to be a part of the regular PPOC briefings in efforts of the council
to effectively address not just police crime situation, internal security operations and other peace related
concerns but of the drug campaign situation as well.
Last Tuesday, the PDEA reported that while they have identified Ozamis City as the source of drugs distributed
in Bohol, port interdictions, which could strain the supply could not be done due to the agency’s manpower
Even then the PDEA, said agent Steven Valles is pushing the limits in anti-narcotic operations against identified
targets while bringing their information education campaign to the schools all over Bohol, including on the spot
poster making, slogan crafting essay writing contests among students.
He also added that in the pipeline is a drug detection and information gathering training for barangay tanods
as well as the planned joint operations for port interdictions.
During a separate forum, an agent of the PDEA told that regardless of the amounts and quality of the drugs
pushed and obtained during buy bust operations, the offense would be unbailable.
The situation is unlike a search warrant arrest, he said that only if the search team finds .5 grams can the
subject be denied of bail, according to the dangerous drugs law.
Concerned over the recent observation that shabu has become easily obtainable at P500 per .005 grams pack,
PDEA agents shared telltale signs that students are into the prohibited substance.
Anyone suspected of shabu use would remain awake for long periods of time, have a noticeable loss of
appetite and have facial muscle twitches or spasms, the PDEA agent said.
Parents who think they have a family member who is into shabu may find tinfoils, disposable lighters, burners
or tissue in the room, they should start worrying because these are signs that their wards are already on
substance use, he stressed.
A .005 grams of shabu can already be shared by a group of five in a pot session, he said.
That would be something like P100 per participant, making the substance easily affordable if they chip in to
but one sachet pack. (racPIABohol)
ABUSE of a substance called Nubain, (Nalbuphine hydrochloride) which has lately been a choice of drug users
in Tagbilaran City has pushed the City Sanggunian to prepare for the enactment of an ordinance regulating the
sale and distribution of the analgesic.
According to a narcotic intelligence officer at the local Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the
province of Bohol, in fact through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is eyeing the same move to considerably
lessen if not stop the abuse of the anesthetic that is not included in the banned substances under the
Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Since nubain is not in the list of illegal or prohibited substances, we have our hands tied in making operations
against the sale and possession of the injectable drug, the narcotic agent who guested the weekly Kapihan sa
One of the newer drugs which is classified as narcotic analgesic with less abuse potential, Nubain is a synthetic
opiate developed and approved for use as hydrochloride salt in injectable form of 10 to 20 mg ampules which
is not under the list of controlled or dangerous substance.
Nubain is used primarily for treating moderate to severe acute pains, the prescription drug can be easily
sourced out from crooked drug dealer and pharmaceutical agent or using a doctor’s forged prescription pad,
At the radio forum aired live over DyTR, the narc agent who asked not to be named said the substance has
emerged he third most notoriously abused substance next to shabu and marijuana.
Sourced out basically from possible drug laboratory in Ozamis City in Mindanao and coursed usually through
Cebu, the metamphitamine hydrochloride gets to Bohol presumably through the ports of entry, PDEA
Intelligence Offficer Steven Valles at the peace and order council meeting said.
While shabu and marijuana have been in the list of dangerous abused drugs and users could easily be
apprehended, the case of nubain is different, the drug agent at the Kapihan said.
Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called the PDEA to confirm on the entry of nubain as another
abused substance in schools, during the peace council meeting Tuesday.
Valles, who spoke for the PDEA OIC who was on an operation during the meeting said the alternative way to
get to the users or pushers is to get a local ordinance passed so agents would have the legal backing when
they accost nubain users.
At the Kapihan, PDEA relayed that the city has gone to the point of holding a public hearing as a requisite for
the passing of the city ordinance against the substance.
Upon that same information and feeling helpless against the new substance, Governor Edgar Chatto promised
he would urge the provincial sanggunian to do the same and pass a provincial ordinance regulating nubain and
other dangerous substances not listed yet in the country’s banned drugs. (racPIABohol)
WHY is it that we catch only the small fish while the big fish elude?
The trick question that Loay Mayor and LMP President Rosemarie Imboy posed authorities into
enforcing laws on drugs and illegal numbers game elicited varied reactions from members of the
Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting Tuesday.
Camp Dagohoy police chief and PPOC regular member reasoned out that aside from the fact that
cops could not be choosy on whom to apprehend, it is these small bet collectors that are more
PSSupt. Constantino Barot said illegal numbers game financiers have become so discreet and would
usually go great lengths to make sure no overt evidence links them to the operations.
Meanwhile, at the Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis held in Clarin the following day, police officers in the
town admit that the fact that local cops are already identified by the operators or pushers, it makes it
doubly hard to get them into doing something stupid.
The issue resurfaced as the public has noted the resurgence of swertres, one that pushed people to
believe that indeed, the cessation a usual happening when a new provincial director wants to make
his presence felt.
PSSUpt. Baro however insisted that he has continued to issue orders to keep the town police
elements in constant operations to deny swertres workers from gaining the usual confidence.
Just keep the pressure and the people will know that we are on an honest to goodness campaign to
discourage those people involved to continue their operation, he said in a talk.
Even Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas has to admit that swertres has resurged in Clarin.
Clarin, he said was one of the 22 Bohol towns which earlier signed a declaration of their being
swertres free, a document signed by the mayor, local government operations officer and in some
towns, including representatives from the church.
When he noticed the resurgence of the gambling in his town, he accordingly called his police chief to
give the mandate anew to keep the illegal numbers game off the town.
Many people said that the illegal operations of swertres hinge on three persons, the mayor, the chief
of police and the operator himself. (racPIABohol)
FIVE Boholanos who help perpetuate the memory of Bohol’s most illustrious son and former Philippine President Carlos P.
Garcia (CPG) earn recognition during the 114th CPG Day, November 4.
Chosen to exemplify the attributes of the Boholano president who was best known as a teacher, poet, orator, lawyer,
statesman, sports enthusiast and guerilla leader, this year’s CPG Awardees were for public service, education, arts and
Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio said an award for statesmanship was supposed to be handed out, but the
committee couldn’t find time to screen potential awardees.
Boholano president Garcia was schooled in Bohol, Cebu, Silliman University in Negros Oriental and the Philippine Law
School where he passed the bar among the top.
Despite the distinction, Garcia opted to be a teacher first rather than practicing law.
He then threw his hat into politics and rose until peaking at the country’s top political power seat.
114 years after his birth, Boholanos unite to commemorate the man who has popularized the patriotic Filipino First Policy
and an Austerity Program that allowed government to save its scant resources.
To facilitate the easy memory of the man, Boholanos who have excelled in different but distinctive fields of endeavor reap
the CPG awards.
Boholanos and Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido earned their CPG award their
innovative implementation of the Dynamic Learning program.
The equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Asia, the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation heaped praises to the Bernidos for opting to
leave their lofty national posts to bring the much-needed change in the country’s education system.
The couple developed an efficient learning and teaching method via a student centered learning system, where teaching
focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures.
Sources said that the set-up is 70% student activity–30% lecture/discussion, and usually national experts do the majority
of the lectures via video, and the students learn independently, because each activity is provided with a clear, learning
Students also understand lessons on their own by reading the concept notes and exercises in their portfolio of works
which act as their schoolwork documentation.
The Bernidos are also nationally acclaimed physicists and academicians having been assigned top positions at the
country’s premier state university.
The Local Civil Registrar of Loboc town here has been this year’s Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee, after a search by
the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
Teodosia Bernaldez earned the annual national CSC recognition for outstanding public official and employees for their
work performance in 2010 last September.
The Lingkod Bayan is notably the country’s Nobel Prize for public service.
Bernaldez beat Governor Erico Aumentado to the position as the former was also nominated in his capacity as Bohol top
Bernaldez won together with six other public officials and employees from across the country who were nominated to the
prestigious search for this year.
CPG awardee for the Arts is multi-awarded artist and cultural impresario Lutgardo Labad.
A recent winner in the Aliw 2010 Awards, Labad romped with the Best Stage Director for a Philippine Educational Theater
Association play billed “Post Office” and as a musical composer for the zarsuela “Baler sa Puso Ko.”
The Aliw awards, one that recognizes the best in live entertainment is the latest addition to Labad’s personal
He took three FAMAS Awards, and the Best Film Scores each for Manunuri Award of the Film Academy of the Philippines,
Manila Film Festival, Metro Manila Film Festival and the Golden Screen.
Aside from those, Labad has been cited nationally and internationally for his theater work and cultural advocacy.
Best known as a child chess wonder from Bohol, Jedara Docena has piled her victories in a heap while pulling the
limelight for Bohol in the world of chess.
A native of Antequera, Docena impressed the country with a top ranking finish in the National Chess Championships two
categories in 2006.
Docena showed her competitive form at previous Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) Meets in Dumaguete
City 2003, Danao City, 2004, Tagbilaran City, 2006, the Nat’l Age-Group Chess Championship for Asia in Mandaluyong,
May 2004 and in the National Open Women’s Division in Cebu City, 2005.
She toppled equally competent chessers at the Palarong Pambansa in Naga City, May 2006, while ranking 3rd in the
National Batang Pinoy, Puerto Princesa City, 2002.
Her skill amazed international chess aficionados when she topped 40 rivals in the ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship
in Vietnam in 2004 and placed 7th in the Asian Championships in Singapore.
Failing to forget a popular Boholano novelty songs writer, lyricist, composer and performer, this year’s committee also
handed a posthumous award to Roman Tesorio Villame, popularly known as Yoyoy.
A native of Calape Bohol, Yoyoy has won the hearts and hit the tickle bone of the Filipinos with his witty parodies and
social commentaries of the Filipino society, all in music.
A gifted musician, drive and son of a fisherman, Yoyoy has a whole gamut of experience to put into his novelty songs.
DECADES of neglect has caused a chronic illness to the country’s education system, one that may
have never happened if the country listened to former President Carlos P. Garcia half a century ago.
In fact, according to Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the Boholano president has seen
the “education crisis” and called for changes to heal the problem.
As early as 1959, Garcia has called for a review of the government’s financing program for the
elementary and secondary schools to make it sustainable.
The year before that, the Boholano teacher, orator, poet, lawyer and public servant, apparently felt
the problem and suggested reforms.
He accordingly called for a full day instruction for primary education and lobbied for reduced size of
classes from 60 to 40.
That same year, the poor man from Sitio Luy-a, Barangay san Roque has called for the use of
vernacular instruction on the first two years in the elementary, Luistro, who was the keynote speaker
during the 114th Carlos P. Garcia Day in Bohol enumerated the reforms proposed by the most
illustrious Boholano son.
Apart from a living a distinctive life as politician, and statesmanship who helped prop up the precursor
Association of South East Asian Nations in the South East Asian Treaty Organization, Luistro said
he believes that the Garcia’s first two years as a public school teacher at the Bohol Provincial High
School has shaped his personality.
Luistro sees the two years of his (CPG) life as the most critical as his being a teacher in the public
school had in him the greatest impact on how he was to cover his government after he would
assume the country’s top seat after the death of President Ramon Magsaysay.
CPG made a lasting impression on how to care for our brother Filipinos, Luistro intoned, not after
reminding Boholanos of the Filipino First Policy and the Austerity program he played to the hilt.
“Every President leaves a lasting legacy, he left his by enunciating the Filipino First Policy.”
And when we see the government urging for the public-private sector partnership being frontloaded
by the 2oth century Aquino Administration, as early as 1961, the private-public sector partnership has
already been used by Garcia to help the public schools, Luistro said. (racPIABohol)