Bohol News February 2012

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Wars of ancient history were about possessions, territory, power, control, family, betrayal, lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion always campaign to have its religious laws be accepted as government laws, always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?

WHY??

There are only two kinds of people who teach tolerance:
  1. The Bullies. They want you to tolerate them so they can continue to maliciously deprive you. Do not believe these bullies teaching tolerance, saying that it’s the path to prevent hatred and prejudice.
  2. The victims who are waiting for the right moment to retaliate. They can’t win yet, so they tolerate.
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Chocolate hills of Batuan, Carmen, and Sagbayan Bohol. When there isn't enough rain, the grass on these limestone hills turn brown. Hence, the name Chocolate hills. These hills range from 40 to 120 meters high.

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Bohol needs safe, accessible, ample blood supply

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol- Bohol needs easily accessible, safe and ample blood supply and in the long run blood banks and blood screening centers.

Bohol Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (BCC) board member Cesar Tomas Lopez said his main mission is to make safe blood supply easily accessible for Boholanos.

In a Kapihan sa PIA recently, Lopez stated that the Blood council’s initial step is to correct the flawed system in the local blood supply network.

Lopez cited cases of poor patients from far flung towns practically helpless in cases when there is a doctor’s request for blood transfusion.

Presently, requests for blood transfusion can be granted but the patients have to find a suitable blood replacement donor so the local stocks are not depleted.

The tough situation is compounded by the lack of blood center in Bohol.

In such cases, blood units collected and typed in Bohol Blood Service Facilities and recognized blood collection centers including Mobile Blood Donations are sent to Cebu for blood screening and extracting other blood components for specific use.

A blood center is a blood service facility that has the capability of blood screening for infectious diseases, one that can practically declare a blood unit safe for transfusion, Lopez explained.

Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital and the local Philippine National Red Cross are the only DOH-accredited Blood Service storage facilities in Bohol. Their screened blood supply are coming from Cebu Blood Center.

According to Lopez who is also a physician by profession, this process entails at least a day of screening making the blood not readily available for immediate use.

When the blood units are already available patients will have to pay for the blood processing that runs up to thousands of pesos making it prohibitive to the indigents, Lopez said.

Lopez asserted that the reorganization of the Blood council in Bohol also signals the formation of a team that is sworn to make blood within the reach of indigent patients.

Lopez then bared the plan to set up a mechanism to make a reliable inventory of blood units in key areas in the province and a monitoring system that minimizes the loss of blood due to un-use.

Lopez who also serves as the Blood council vice chair explained the rationale of the newly reorganized council that pushed for the enabling ordinance to rejuvenate it for service to Bohol and to humanity.

He also campaigned for voluntary blood donation to prop up the local blood supply inventory for easier access to Boholano patients in need of immediate blood transfusion.

“And in the long run, setting up of more blood banks and perhaps a blood screening center for Bohol,” the legislator physician added.

“Blood is life, and like an engine, a body that does not have ample supply of blood will eventually conk out,” Lopez concluded.

Guv appeals for help to NegOr quake victims

TAGBILARAN CITY –The day Bohol, through Governor Edgar Chatto responded to the calls from its distressed neighbor victims of flashfloods in nearby Mindanao, another desperate wail sounded from Negros Oriental.

That day, February 6, before the Governor stepped foot in Mindanao to hand in two separate checks worth a little over P3 M for Iligan, Negros Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City, another natural calamity shook most of the Visayas.

That day, at around 11:49 AM, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake with an epicenter traced to a blind fault offshore Tayasan and Guihulngan in Negros Oriental shook most of the Visayas leaving a trail of damaged public infrastructure, countless lives and causing massive landslides that buried villages.

Until this time, rescuers have been reportedly working day and night to recover trapped survivors or at least recover bodies for a decent burial.

The tremor also left villages isolated as bridges were rendered impassable, road networks blocked by land movements and stopping government relief operations dead on its tracks.

With reports of dwindling supply of food, water, clean blankets and medicines surging, the operations are expected to shift to rehabilitation anytime soon.

Over the development and the dire need for more help, the governor again appealed to local government units and Boholanos in general to look at Negros and pitch in any amount that can help the people recover from the disaster.

Fresh from a speaking engagement at the Regional Police Office, Chatto and his small entourage of Boholanos was set to deliver the P 1,228,000 to Iligan City and P 1,301,530 to Cagayan de Oro City when a magnitude the tremor that altered the landscapes in Guihulngan and Tayasan in Negros Oriental.

Weeks before that, the governor issued calls to Bohol local government units and well meaning Boholanos to spare a little amount that would be helpful in the rehabilitation of the flashflood victims of the two cities and Valencia and Sibulan of Dumaguete City.

The governor also instructed Capitol Finance Team to set up a mechanism where local government contributions can be facilitated so that they can be spared from the normal government auditing procedures.

Putting in an initial P600,000, Bohol led the LGUs giving financial assistance to Iligan. The amount was propped up with Panglao (P100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Trinidad (P50K each), Jagna (P40K), Valencia and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Balilihan, Calape, Mabini, Talibon and Tubigon (P20K each), Sevilla (P18K), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each), attested Provincial Treasurer Eustaquio Socorin.

For Cagayan de Oro, Bohol again allocated P600K, followed by Panglao (100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Jagna and Trinidad (P50K each), Valencia (P40K), Garcia Hernandez and Mabini (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Alicia, Balilihan, Bilar, Calape, Sevilla and Tubigon (P20K each), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each) and Baclayon.

Cash donations from Batuan (P2,800), DepEd Bien Unido (P11,300) Mabini P5K) and Sevilla (P430) totaled the aid to Cagayan de Oro at P1,301, 530.00.

Meanwhile, Jagna town gave Opol Misamis Oriental P20K as its financial assistance to the flood ravaged towns barangays.

For Negros Oriental, Bohol also gave P300K and several local government units also pitched in to round up P526 K.

Responding positively to the calls are Guindulman (P50K), Dauis and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Calape, Jagna and Valencia (P20K each), Sevilla (P16K), Alburquerque, Balilihan, San Miguel and Tubigon (P10K each).

The amount was transmitted January 24, according to records from the Office of the Provincial Treasurer.

Crisis Crop

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol— They are huge, they are wild, and they are called “crisis crops” and they were the stars at Bohol’s recent 12th Ubi Festival.

The annual festival sponsored by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture showcases ubi (yam) varieties which, according to assistant provincial agriculturist Larry Pamugas is considered a "crisis crop" because it thrives even in such harsh conditions as long drought periods.

The recent festival featured Bohol’s 13 best yam varieties including the famous purple yam, and other so-called “crisis” crops and popular rice substitutes like “bot,” “kot” and “lima-lima.”

Close to 900 aftershocks recorded by Phivolcs, Bohol safe

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol- The local seismology monitors recorded as much as 900 mild aftershocks as of noontime today after the 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Central Visayas on Feb. 6.

According to the local Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), through Engineer Nolan Evangelista, aftershocks are just ordinary incidents after a major earth movement.

Evangelista also shared that the most noticeable aftershocks reached intensity 3 that was recorded at around 6:10 p.m. yesterday and another one at 7:32 p.m., which reached intensity 2.

“There have been numerous aftershocks but most of them were so mild, Boholanos did not seem to notice them. Since these are aftershocks, these are never stronger than the major earthquake, unless another movement is caused by another or a similar fault,” Evangelista added.

He also explained that the Phivolcs has earlier issued intensity reference charts. These charts help ordinary people measure the intensity of the earthquake while looking at the objects shaken by the tremor.

On the other hand, a magnitude scale usually issued by the Phivolcs uses the equipment recorded data which are available in their office.

It means that a magnitude scale reading is a more accurate measurement of the tremor than an intensity scale which can be subjective of one’s personal experience, he said.

Surviving with reports of very mild damages in cracked buildings, Bohol has also shuddered at the tremors that came after.

Over this, school authorities have suspended classes in kindergarten to secondary levels so building officials and Department of Education (DepEd) authorities can inspect the integrity of school structures.

Dr. Lorna Rances, schools division superintendent, urged local and school officials to help assess the damages in school buildings in their areas of responsibility and subsequently issue certifications of safe occupancy of school buildings to DepEd so that classes can resume.

Yesterday, some residents felt worried when text messages about an impending tsunami circulated, after a Phivolcs-issued tsunami warning number 2.

Engineer Evangelista explained that Phivolcs tsunami alert 2 means that there is a certainty that meter high waves do come and that residents in coastal areas are advised to move away from the 20-meter zones from the sea levels for their safety.

It means there is a real possibility that water may rise a meter high, but in yesterday’s case, it should have come to Bohol an hour after the major quake, he said.

He informed that Bohol can only be vulnerable to tsunami if Western Negros fault is the source, and he added that it can only happen when the quake generates a magnitude 7.

In that case, Tagbilaran City and some southern Bohol towns can be affected by meter-high waves.

Govt's P182.2-B fund allotted to tourism infra projects, – DBM's Abad

Government has slew of infrastructure projects lined up this year that will have a direct impact on tourism and make the Philippine one of the most vibrant destinations in the world, the Budget and Management Department said Monday.

The Aquino administration’s P182.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects will boost government efforts to lure 4.6 million tourists to the Philippines, the department said.

Bulk of the fund will be used to build airports, roads, and bridges leading to the various tourists attractions in the Philippines, said Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad.

“The Aquino administration has envisioned a sustainable and well-designed tourism program for the country,” the Budget chief noted, saying, “A robust tourism sector can fuel up the economy so we can provide more jobs in local communities, as well as raise our national profile as a premier tourist destination.”

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez committed to attract 10 million visitors at the end of President Aquino’s term in 2016, Abad noted.

Among the projects to be funded this year are the P8.1-billion access roads to airports and roll-on/roll-off ports to various tourist destinations, including Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Bicol, Cebu, Mindanao, and Northern and Central Luzon.

The money is part of the Department of Public Works and Highways budget, according to the DBM.

Under the Department of Transportation and Communication, new airports in high-traffic destinations will be constructed. About P1.2 billion is for the development of the New Bohol International Airport in Panglao, and P1 billion will be allotted to the Puerto Princesa Airport Development.

The National Parks Development Committee will get P37.6 million to develop, beautify, preserve, and maintain Rizal Park and other satellite parks in the country. Another P4.5 million will be for the promotion of arts and cultural activities in the parks.

The Intramuros Administration will receive P2.1 million for cultural properties conservation and P3.4 million to promote tourism.

The Tourism Department on Jan. 6 launched its new tourism campaign, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

The Budget Department said that the tourism sector is part of the economic growth and job generation aspects of the President’s Social Contract with the Filipino People, and are part of the key areas that include business process outsourcing, semiconductor and electronics, agriculture and fisheries, and infrastructure development.

The Tourism Department has allotted P762.4 million for its international promotion campaign, with an additional P18.6 million to fund a major international tourist exposition in Yeosu, Korea, and P12.5 million to boost local tourism promotion.

Montano named OMB member

PRESIDENT Benigno C. Aquino III has appointed actor Cesar Montano as member of the Optical Media Board.

Aside from Montano, who will be representing the private sector, Mr. Aquino also appointed Elmar Ingles as OMB member representing consumer organizations.

Montano, who ran and lost in the Bohol gubernatorial polls in 2010, had previously served as special envoy for art, culture and film, and was a former commissioner of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Ingles, current executive director of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit Inc., had previously served as commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The President also appointed two new trial judges: Roland Molina for the First Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Gamay Lapinig-Mapanag, Northern Samar, and Raphiel Alzate for the regional trial court of Bangued, Abra.