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Sports and Fitness / Gatorade Drink Says Goodbye to Tiger Woods
« on: February 27, 2010, 01:03:21 PM »
Energy drink firm Gatorade has ended its sponsorship of Tiger Woods.

Gatorade is the latest major company to cut ties with the sportsman following Woods's admission that he was unfaithful to his wife.

The drinks company, owned by PepsiCo, had already discontinued a Tiger Woods-themed drink, Tiger Focus. It follows AT&T and Accenture in ending deals.

However, Gatorade said it would continue its partnership with the charitable Tiger Woods Foundation.


A spokeswoman for Gatorade said: "We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship... We wish him all the best." - BBC


East Asia’s economically viable coastal habitats and ecosystems, including those of the Philippines, are under threat from pollution, alien invasive species, and other factors which could impact the region’s poverty levels unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations Environment Program (Unep) said in a new report.

“With nearly three quarters of the region’s population depending directly or indirectly on coastal areas, and with 80 percent of the region’s GDP linked to the coastal natural resources, the time must be right for factoring the marine environment into the center of economic planning,” said Unep executive director Achim Steiner.

The East Asian Seas State of the Marine Environment report said economically important coastal habitats and ecosystems are under pressure as 40 percent of coral reefs and half of all mangroves have already been lost. Coral reefs generate an estimated $112.5 billion and mangroves $5.1 billion annually.

The East Asian Seas—which includes the region between China, the Republic of Korea, and Australia—have some of the world’s highest concentrations of shipping and fishing vessel activity. They account for 50 percent of global fisheries production and 80 percent of global aquaculture production.

“These ocean ecosystems are a critical lifeline for the region’s economies and people. You can say that the health of these oceans and their ecosystems is very much tied to the economic health of these countries and well-being of their citizens,” said Chou Loke Ming, author of the report produced by Unep’s Coordinating Body of the Seas of East Asia (Cobsea).

Ming noted that the East Asian Seas account for 30 percent of the world’s seas under national jurisdiction and called on the governments in the region—which also include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—to have a major role in maintaining effective stewardship of the marine environment.

The report recommended a more systematic and integrated approach to managing coastal and oceanic issues, including improved data collection and management, and economic incentives to encourage private sector involvement in environmental protection efforts.

“Such actions can support better decision-making, national assessments of coastal and ocean resources and conditions, [and] enhanced public private partnerships,” the report stated.

Written By Ven Arigo

Chatto’s unbeaten political struggles: A continuing saga of people’s victory

Rep. Edgar Chatto’s political struggles were a continuing saga of triumph of the people who submitted their fate to his competence and commitment.

Acclaimed by the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) as an “icon of young political leaders in the country today,” the last-termer First District congressman and leading gubernatorial contender has never stumbled in his electoral races.

His being nurtured by the pro-people ideals of Balilihan’s enduring political clan is merely a tank in his total war.  He is a formidable figure of his own mold.  His may have enhanced the good legacies of his forebears, but he has his own principles.

Chatto’s father, the late Assemblyman Eladio “Kiking” Chatto, was a long-time mayor while his uncle was a governor, the late Lino Chatto.  His mother is the incumbent mayor.

Chatto had his baptism of fire in politics and public career when he got elected to a Kabataang barangay chairmanship, which led to his KB municipal presidency in his hometown and, ultimately, the provincial federation presidency.

He thus automatically earned a Sangguniang Bayan seat  and, consequently, a slot in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the youth sector.

Chatto began to polish his instinct talent of a leader who could balance his time and priorities.

For his youth leadership performance, Chatto reaped no less than the Parangal sa Pamumuno or Presidential Award for Leadership from Malacanang in 1985.

His potentials were further discovered during a leadership training-convention of KB leaders from across the country at Mt. Makiling in Laguna.

The convention wrapped up with only two KB provincial federation presidents conferred  the honors as “summa cum laude.”  One was the KB-Tarlac head who is now the Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet, Gibo Teodoro.  The only other was Bohol’s Chatto.

Chatto runs for governor also in the administration party.  His most prominent birthday guest and well-wisher today is Teodoro, accompanied by his congresswoman wife, who will personally greet the celebrant at the Chatto residence in Balilihan.

From KB, the young Chatto rose to the mayorship of his town, replacing his father, and commanded Bohol’s mayors’ league.  He became the national secretary-general of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).

His accomplished stint as municipal chief executive gave Balilihan national and regional recognitions in the different disciplines of governance.

In 1995, then Gov. Rene Relampagos picked Chatto for his runningmate as vice governor.  The two youthful leaders won in an unprecedented victory that had broken jinx in Bohol politics.

Chatto was later elected the first Boholano national president of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines and national president of NMYL.  Both capacities rewarded him the position as the founding secretary-general of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

The ULAP is the mother of all local leagues, including the governors’ league, in the country which name and acronym were reputedly coined by Chatto himself.

Chatto’s vice governorship was equally a shining chapter in his public life, most notably for his being one of the nine awardees of the 2000 National Lingkod Bayan Award for Outstanding Work Performance in Government by the Civil Service Commission.

One of his prizes was the increase of his salary to one rank higher or equivalent to the salary of the provincial governor.  No other Bohol vice governor has ever owned such distinction.

It was during Chatto’s vice governorship, in tandem with Gov. Relampagos, that Bohol province got three Galing Pook Awards---which were just among the many honors---for Cultural Renaissance Program, Bohol Investment Promotion Program and Barangay Livestock Aide (BALA) Program.  Galing Pook is the country’s “Nobel Prize” for local government excellence.

Relampagos is now Chatto’s bet to succeed him in Congress.

The Relampagos-Chatto administration initiated the development of the masterplan for Bohol’s eco-tourism and agro-industry while reviving the arts and culture, which instilled in the Boholanos deep pride and sense of identity.

Essential infrastructures and public works were put in place and perennial problems of basic services addressed, foremostly the alarming water shortage in Tagbilaran City, the province’s capital.

As presiding officer of the provincial board in his capacity as vice governor, Chatto steered the enactments of milestone provincial laws like the Bohol Environment Code, a model first in the country towards sustainable development, Bohol Investment Code and the Provincial Ordinance Establishing the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Scholarship Program, the latter  championing the quality education of the poor.

In 2001, Chatto ran for Congress representing the Firs District and easily won.  He now serves the final five months of his third and last term.

His congressional career has proven that Chatto can excel and effectively serve more regardless of the magnitude of his task and equal to his mandate from the people. (Ven rebo Arigo)   

LGU Philippines / Is Rep. Edgar Chatto Anti-Panglao Reclamation Project?
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:19:11 PM »
Will the congressman of the first district of Bohol stop the evil project? Let's hope he would...

By Ven Arigo

At least three attributes were in place for the remarkable impact of Rep. Edgar Chatto on the lives of his fellow Boholanos, especially in the First District where no leader in recent memory may have been so endeared to his constituents.

Citizens across this island-province had a savvy taste of his competence and dedication as their vice governor and presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan before his congressional stint, which is in its third and last term.

The first attribute involves the solon’s encompassing service mission slogan, LIFE HELPS, which has truly spelled out his priorities that match with the concerns of the people and demands of the time.

Secondly, his life being consecrated to service has guided those who are wanting in life to find more in government.  His life of commitment and dedication has installed governance a heart from which the weak among the helpless could draw strength and hope.     

The third in the equation is Chatto---the man himself.

Chatto’s LIFE HELPS has been intended to upgrade and enhance the quality of life, essential facilities, agriculture, learning to match globalization, health care, ecological integrity, capability-building and people’s empowerment, security and safety, values thru sports, and the potentials of the youth.

LIFE HELPS means Livelihood, Infrastructure, Food, Education, Health, Environment, Leadership Development, Peace and Order, and Sports and Youth Development.

The extent of the congressman’s response to people’s needs reached even the areas outside his district, beyond partisan boundaries.   

This has been evident in the people’s open arms to Chatto in his pre-campaign provincewide sorties for next Bohol governor.

One explanation why the Boholanos across the province, including town and barangay leaders beyond his congressional turf, would seek his support is his chairmanship of the committee of tourism, senior vice chairmanships of the committees on agriculture and vice chairmanship of the committee on education of the House of Representatives.

However, the people themselves would argue that they could feel the presence and warmth of Chatto.  “We could go and talk to him. He would listen. We could touch him.” 

This is apart from Chatto’s known compassion towards the marginalized sectors, particularly the indigent patients and poor students.

The lawmaker’s regular aids and special subsidies to hospitalization, including major heart operations, medical and other health care services have helped already countless Boholanos.

Chatto has supported the studies of already thousands of children of impoverished or low-income families thru his varied modes of scholarship and other educational assistance approaches.

While he generated more jobs thru his law and policies making tourism industry more dynamic, Chatto linked with apt agencies in providing free technical and vocational trainings and livelihood skills education.

Chatto strategized his programs so that tourism and agriculture, for him a backbone industry, should complement each other.

Last Friday, he guested the awarding of model Bahay Kubo FAITH farm winners in Ubay in line with his motivating advocacy of ensuring food self-sufficiency in household level.

He assisted the livelihood of different groups and sectors, including the fisherfolk, farmers, women, transport workers and the disabled.

In the afternoon today, Chatto will grace the 5th anniversary of the Bohol Federation of Disabled Persons, Inc. (BFDPI) therapeutic and massage center, a livelihood project assisted by the solon.  To the disabled, he is their “sublime brother.”

Chatto’s tenderness has likewise touched the lives of the handicapped children, or “special” kids, into whose Provincial Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC-Bohol) the congressman poured fund.   

                                                    LIFE HELPS

How Chatto’s LIFE HELPS, to many his service “anthem,” has mattered to the Boholanos and Bohol’s sustainable development is clearly articulated in the following programs, services and acts:

LIVELIHOOD—Construction/improvement of markets, livelihood centers, other economic enterprises; free access to technical/vocational/skills courses and globally-competitive job-ready trainings thru TESDA, other agencies; support to commerce-industry sector; aids to cooperatives, micro entrepreneurs; crafting of policies creating more investments; tourism for more jobs; support to earning crafts of the sectors of women, fishermen, small coconut farmers, transport groups, including habal-habal, disabled persons, etcetera;

INFRASTRUCTURE—Construction/improvement of roads, bridges, seaports, fishports, airports, waterworks systems, multi-purpose buildings; improvement of communication and transportation facilities; electrification, including the dramatic reduction of power rates on the islands;

FOOD---Construction/improvement of irrigation systems, farm-to-market roads, grains stock centers; aids thru farm implements, seeds, seedlings, fertilizers, post harvest facilities; support to fishery sector; assistance to animal dispersal program and livestock industry, as well as frontline workers Barangay Livestock Aides (BALA); improvement of technology for more food production; scholarship and other educational assistances to regain interest in agriculture and related courses; intensified advocacy to raise food in household level thru the provincewide search, in coordination with the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC), for model Bahay Kubo FAITH Farm (FAITH means Food Always In The Home); author of bills for the promotion of organic farming, exemption from value-added tax of all agricultural inputs, and strengthening of the national extension system to accelerate agriculture and fisheries development and appropriating funds thereof;

EDUCATION---Construction/improvement of school buildings in all levels, Day Care centers, other facilities; nationalization of high schools; Congressional Barangay Scholarship; separate scholarships, study grants or educational aids thru TESDA and CHED; annual Academic Excellence and Leadership Awards to leading graduates in all levels; author of the Provincial Ordinance Establishing the Pres. CPG Scholarship Program; support to information and communications technology or computer literacy program; retention of 40% from travel tax for Higher Education Fund under CHED; support to the then CVSCAFT and now Bohol island State University (BISU); father of the DepEd-Tagbilaran City Division; construction of the Congressional District Library of Bohol, one of only three in the country;

HEALTH---Construction of the modern building of the Tagbilaran City Maternity and Children’s Hospital; upgrading of government hospital and rural health center facilities, equipment and services; support to acquire ambulances; regular assistance/subsidy/endowment funds for indigent patients; constant tie-up with the PCSO for more health care aids; support to the poor sick needing operation/treatment at the Philippine Heart Center, National Kidney Institute, Don Vicente Sotto Memorial Regional Hospital, Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, and even in foreign health institutions;

ENVIRONMENT---Construction/improvement of drainage systems, flood control facilities; support to LGU projects on environmental management, including tree planting/reforestation, waste disposal; support to pro-ecology groups/institutions on sustainable use of natural resources; crafting of laws and policies addressing climate change and enhancing sustainable development, including the Bohol Environment Code which is the first in the country;

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT---Support to capability programs of LGUs, local government leagues, non-government organizations, people’s organizations; assistance to essential lakbay-aral or study tours, benchmarkings, seminar-workshops; annual search for Outstanding Barangay Officials of the Year (TOBOY Awards); annual leadership awards to students; support to empowerment initiatives of women, disabled and other sectors;

PEACE AND ORDER---Support to policemen, including SWAT, and other law enforcers or peacekeepers; support to LGUs in acquiring patrol cars, firetrucks; distribution of barangay tanod kits; construction of town cluster Hall of Justice; support to the Legal  Assistance for Effective Law Enforcement Program (LAELEP); legal clinics; publication and distribution of Handbook on Barangay Justice System to all 1,109 barangays in Bohol; support to rebel amnesty initiatives; support to Coastal Law Enforcement Councils, anti-drug bodies, others; and

SPORTS AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT---Support to projects/programs of the Sangguniang Kabataan and other youth groups; support to community and school sports events, including the Cong. Edgar M. Chatto Cups in various sports events; construction/improvement of sports facilities like complexes, gymnasiums and covered courts.

Chatto has sustained his special concern programs for the Boholano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), senior citizens and disabled persons.

Chatto’s full use of his time, talent and energy for the welfare of his fellowmen precisely adheres to one of his selfless core principles in life:  “Leadership is a gift from God for man to develop and share with others.” (Ven rebo Arigo) 

Showbiz & Celebrity / Please Pray for Kris Aquino
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:13:24 AM »
By Marinel Cruz, Christine Avendaño, Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Actress and television host Kris Aquino, who has been confined at Makati Medical Center since Friday night for “cerebral and labyrinthine concussion” as a result of a bad fall, could be discharged at noon Monday, a source close to Kris told the Inquirer.

“This is if the test results say she’s OK to leave. Right now, she still feels dizzy. She feels like she’s in a boat sailing over choppy seas,” Kris’ friend said Sunday morning by phone. “Her doctor ordered her to rest in the hospital for a day.”

On Sunday afternoon, Kris agreed to a phone interview aired on her show biz talk show “The Buzz,” which she hosts with Boy Abunda and Ruffa Gutierrez.

In a phone interview, Kris said she would be released from the hospital on Monday after undergoing a final test with her neurologist.

and therefore they cannot decide and think for themselves and act on their own for the interest of the people of Tagbilaran. Why are they so politically deaf, blind, and dumb?

Philippine Daily News / 84-Year Old Lolo Nanglugos ug Dose Anyos na Bata
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:53:45 PM »
Sun Star Davao: THE City Prosecutor's Office found probable cause to file rape charges against an 84-year-old man in line with the Anti-Rape Law.

The accused, a resident of Bunawan District, Davao City, was said to have sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl (name withheld) repeatedly, in two years.

In an affidavit submitted to the City Prosecutor's Office, the victim said she was first molested when she was only 10 years old and that she held her silence because she was verbally threatened by the accused, who was a trusted "fatherly figure" to her and her family.

She said the latest incident happened early this month, prompting her to tell a relative.

Results from the medico-legal exams revealed that the victim was positive for injury and trauma.

No bail was set by the City Prosecutor's Office.

North Korea has responded angrily to the South's suggestion that it could launch a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's nuclear facilities.

South Korea's defence minister had said this could occur if there were indications that the North was preparing a nuclear attack.

The North's official news agency said any attempt to do so would be treated as a declaration of war.

It added that it would be met with swift and decisive military action.

Tensions between the two nations rose after Pyongyang pulled out of six-party talks on its nuclear programme last April following widespread condemnation of a long-range missile launch.

International pressure grew following a nuclear test in May - which drew UN sanctions and further missile tests. - BBC

World Daily News / Tape said to be from Osama Bin Laden
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:49:46 PM »
A tape said to be from Osama Bin Laden says al-Qaeda was responsible for a Christmas plot to blow up a plane.

In the newly released audio tape aired on al-Jazeera, Bin Laden also warns the US there will be more attacks if it continues to support Israel.

"If it was possible to carry our messages to you by words we wouldn't have carried them to you by planes," the tape says.

The authenticity of the tape has not been verified.

It says: "The message sent to you with the attempt by the hero Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a confirmation of our previous message conveyed by the heroes of September 11."

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to blow up a Delta Airlines plane as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. The bomb hidden in his underwear failed to explode.

He said he was trained by al-Qaeda in Yemen. - BBC News

Philippine Business News / Re: Financial Scandal Shakes IBP-Bohol
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:45:31 PM »
What is the update of the investigation initiated by the IBP-Bohol itself and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan?

LGU Philippines / Bohol-Cebu Multi-Access Friendship Bridge
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:16:13 PM »
Bohol Chronicle: The Panglao Bohol International Airport and the Bohol-Cebu Multi-Access Friendship Bridge have the strong support of administration coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential timber Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr.

Bohol Gov.. Erico Aumentado expressed elation over the prospect of the early completion of the airport and the implementation of the bridge that will link the two provinces to enhance commerce.

Aumentado said his next two mega projects formed part of Teodoro's speech given during the Argao stop of the Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo at the town's Hall of Justice. The governor joined the Suroy on the invitation of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. She had invited the governors and city mayors of Eastern, Central and Western Visayas to strengthen their bond and develop a common stand in issues and matters

concerning the island-provinces. The Suroy is a regular sortie Garcia makes to showcase the "must-sees" of Cebu's countryside.

To note, unlike Luzon and Mindanao where the provinces, except for a few, are located in one big island, the Visayas provinces are distributed one, two or at most, four to an island - a situation that requires frequent sea or air travel that inland settlers of both Luzon and Mindanao may not grasp.

Aumentado said Teodoro told the Suroy participants that travel will be more convenient with the two giant infrastructures in place.   
Mactan needs a proximate alternate airport and Bohol needs a bigger airport to accommodate bigger aircraft to serve the increasing passenger and cargo traffic, especially with Aumentado aggressively promoting the province as an eco-cultural, adventure, agricultural and heritage tourism destination.

The governor added that the presidentiable also commented that, just like the islands in Malaysia are, Bohol and Cebu would be ideally connected through a bridge and that Hongkong has those bridges too.

Otherwise. he quoted Teodoro as saying, the islands might be left out in the development of the Asian region.

He also said given the break, Teodoro vowed to push these projects to be among the "cornerstone long-term infrastructure projects" of his administration.

Around 300 persons, majority of whom paid for their trip, participated in the latest Suroy. Some already joined the jump off from the Cebu Capitol while others caught up with the convoy as it negotiated the southern Cebu towns.


As eight governors were already present when the caravan reached Argao, they took it as an opportunity to hand Teodoro a manifesto of support for his presidential bid.

Aumentado signed the manifesto and joined his fellow governors in the photo opportunity that followed, dousing lingering doubts still entertained by his detractors and opponents as to his party loyalty.

It said the governors declared and manifest their full trust and confidence in and whole-hearted support for the leadership of Teodoro as President of the republic, and that he best represents the One Visayas ideal of competence in public service, intelligence in the service of the people, governance that is not dictated by politics but politics dictated by good governance, integrity that is beyond question and most importantly, humility that is inspired by the truth that we are all servants of the people.

With Garcia and Aumentado handing to Teodoro the manifesto were Governors Orlando Fua of Siquijor, Isidro Zayco of Negros Occidental, Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Salvacion Perez of Antique, Felipe Nava of Guimaras and Damian Mercado of Southern Leyte. Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Rodriguez, Lakas-Kampi-CMD president, joined the Visayas governors in giving the manifesto to Teodoro.

To note, Aumentado's party mates in Bohol had engineered a scenario that the governor had committed acts inimical to the party such that Lakas-Kampi-CMD higher ups revoked his certificate of nomination, nominating in his stead Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes, wife of incumbent but graduating Rep. Roberto Cajes of the 2nd District.

Aumentado sought reconsideration, citing lapses and apparent machination in the Cajes nomination, prompting the party hierarchy to reinstate his nomination and at the same time revoking that of Cajes.

But in their desire to be the party's official candidate for congress, the Cajeses brought their "battle" to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), leading Aumentado to file a petition ad cautelam last December 14 - to declare and recognize the uninterrupted validity of his certificate of nomination and acceptance (Cona) as contained in an affidavit executed by Secretary Prospero Pichay of the President's Office of Political Affairs and chair of the party's arbitration committee.

Pichay followed up his sworn statement with a letter to Comelec Chair Jose Melo and copy furnished all six other commissioners.

In a letter dated January 10 received by the Comelec on January 12, Pichay requested the commission to sustain the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party decision that had reinstated Aumentado on December 4, to retroact its validity and effectivity to the time of its issuance up to the present and at the same time, retroact the revocation of Cajes' Cona to the date it was issued - which was under dubious circumstances.

Pichay pointed out that since Cajes' Cona serial no. 23522 was ahead of Aumentado's 23565, the proper party officials authorized to sign it should have been Secretary Eduardo Ermita as party president and Secretary Gabriel Claudio as party secretary.

In his affidavit, Pichay had averred that the party decision to reinstate Aumentado is to revert to the original decision of fielding him as the only official candidate of the party for the position. He used this among the "cogent and compelling reasons" in requesting that Comelec sustain the party decision.

In another light, Pichay continued, it can also be judiciously assumed that the reinstated of Aumentado's Cona and revocation of Cajes' by Party President Miguel Rene Dominguez and Party Secretary General Francis Xavier Manglapus "be reasonably interpreted liberally as a substitution made by the party by clear and manifest party action since it was made before December 14, the deadline for substitution of candidates."

The party enunciation is consistent with the Supreme Court ruling that "the determination of disputes as to party nominations rests with the party… (Sinaca vs. Mula, 373 Phil 896 (1989), cited in LDP vs. Comelec, G.R. no. 161265, February 24, 2004), Pichay said.

He added that congruently, the High Tribunal had also declared that the electoral process envisions one candidate from a political party for each position, and disunity and discord amongst members of a political party should not be allowed to create a mockery thereof.

The admonition against mocking the electoral process not onlu applies to political parties but with greater force to the Comelec (Recabo Jr., vs. Comelec, G.R. no. 134293, June 21, 1999, 308 SCRA 793, he said.

Bohol Latest News / National Road Show
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:14:38 PM »
A national road show event bringing together key players and stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss best practices and challenges in the field of eco-tourism and eco-productivity and their contribution to the local and national economy was conducted here at the Bohol Pavilion of the renowned Bohol Beach Club specifically yesterday January 23, 2010.

The event, which is the third leg in the series (first one being in Manila last October 8, 2009 and the second just last January 22, 2010) is initiated by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation or RPDEV in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, the Herma Group and supported by the Provincial Government of Bohol, the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and the Asia Pacific Projects, Incorporated has gathered about 170 participants from different sectors such as the individuals from the government, tourism industry, private sector, academe, media, church, business, media, the youth sectors and NGOs in the province.

Subjects discussed at the conference were the Challenges of Climate Change and Tourism by Mr. Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, CEO/Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the World Wildlife Fund who had presented an alarming scenario if the Province does not assist in mitigating and adapting to the effects of Climate Change. Bohol Provincial Tourism Council chair Atty. Lucas Nunag bared stumbling blocks in the province's tourism industry as he presented the Challenges of Tourism Development in the province. Mr. William Granert, President of the Soil and Water Conservation Foundation, Inc. and Mr. Adrian Ross, Chief Technical Officer of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia or PENSEA , each showed benchmarking programs in both mainland and coastal areas of concern respectively.

Keynote speaker of the event was no other than "Ex-President" H.E. Fidel V. Ramos who also chairs RPDEV emphasizing on the sustainability of tourism and the environment going hand in hand.           
This landmark road show project by RPDEV Chairman and "ex-president" Fidel V. Ramos, Eco-Mismo comes in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy, which triggered the most devastating flood in the capital over the past 40 years. According to experts, the Ondoy phenomenon ran in line with an observed abnormal pattern of unusually extreme weather conditions likely to prevail should climate change remain unaddressed.

Other schedules and venues of the conference are; February 19, 2010 in General Santos City, South Cotabato Province; and February 20 at Isla Parilla in Alabel, Sarangani Province.

Eco-Mismo paves the way for a cross-section of industry players and multi-sectoral stakeholders to discuss problems and map out solutions on matters concerning eco-tourism, eco-productivity, and sustainable development.

The conferences will tackle specific areas that will facilitate public and private sector cooperation in streamlining eco-tourism's strategic directions as a key contributor to the local and national economy. It seeks to promote green travel through eco-productivity -- a practical solution that pushes efficient and productive use of resources, environmental protection, and poverty eradication.

Ultimately, Eco-Mismo hopes to provide a blueprint for tourism industry stakeholders in such areas as supply management, water resource management, energy efficiency, clean development mechanism, and solid waste management and community participation in sustainable development practices.

The Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV), in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is organizing a series of conferences which will focus on ecotourism and eco-productivity, entitled "ECO MISMO: The Philippine Conference on Ecotourism and Eco-productivity".

The conference aims to raise environmental awareness by gathering key players and stakeholders in the environment and tourism industry. It will also provide a venue for local government officials and private sector representatives to share best practices and discuss possible solutions to challenges, both in policy and development in the fields of ecotourism and eco-productivity. (BEGTZabala-PGMA)

A Boholana maid forced to labor like a beast in Jordan has been rescued by Rep. Edgar Chatto while another migrant worker, this time a Boholano engineer in Saudi Arabia, is haunted by the fear of death.

Ruvelyn Neozenia Fuertes of San Vicente, Dagohoy finally returned home the other Friday after over 10 months of suffering while serving her employer, a married Jordanian woman, and two "extra masters" who were the mother and youngest sister of her employer.

She had ran away from them as early as mid-April last year and had been in the custody of the POLO-OWWA office in Amman, Jordan until Chatto, who learned her fate just lately, moved for her safe return.

Fuertes, 28, married, was supposed to work in a salon but forced to serve as the maid of the three Jordanian women, shifting overloaded duties in three separate residences from early morning to past midnight.

Apart from physical pain, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who is an AB-English undergraduate, could feel her human dignity wounded since even her masters' children would spit onto her face.

In the case of the OFW engineer, the fear of death is haunting him following his promotion which might have caused his fellow migrant workers, many of whom from Nepal, to get overjealous. He has other foreign national co-workers, including Arabs themselves.

The overseas worker, a geodetic engineer also from a Second District locality like the Dagohoy hometown of OFW Fuertes, could no longer sleep and has lost apetite because of mental anguish, emotional anxiety and psychological torture, according to his wife and mother-in-law.          
His loved ones said he has suffered nervous breakdown after hearing talks that some envious co-workers would frame him which could likely endanger his very life. He is the only Filipino in their batch and they are often assigned to the fields.

The OFW sounded to his project superior his fear but he was merely told to stay because a fellow Filipino would be assigned with him but by March or second quarter of this year yet, according to his wife.

His worried wife and mother-in-law sought help from the office of Rep. Edgar Chatto because the OFW decided to better leave Saudi and get back home. The engineer is yet seven months in his foreign job.

The OFW's wife, who is pregnant of their third child, asked to withhold their identities yet, including her husband's.


In the case of OFW Fuertes, "bad omen" struck her right during her interview by the Jordanian owner of the recruitment agency on her first day in Jordan. She was shocked when told that what she had submitted was not her own biodata.

Fuertes was then told she would work as a domestic helper or housemaid and not a salon worker for which she applied.

When she insisted that her papers were genuine and asked why she would work in a job which she did not apply for, the male owner of the recruitment agency scolded her while clasping her face.

Fuertes was recruited, by direct hiring, to work in a salon by her husband's female cousin working in Jordan and who happened to be a lover of the agency owner, according to the OFW herself and her husband Rufino in an interview yesterday.

Her cousin personally witnessed when the Jordanian harmed her but she did not defend her.

Fuertes was thus forced to work, in three shifts from early morning to past midnight with late meals, in the houses of her female employer, her mother and sister. Her last two masters never paid her.

The Boholana maid could no longer bear the abuses so that she ran away on April 16, 2009---or in her 10 and a half month of maltreatment and grave work---and sought refuge at POLO-OWWA in Amman, Jordan until Chatto rescued her.

She left her things and belongings in the houses of her three "employers." She still has an unclaimed one-month salary of $200, a low pay to an OFW overworked by three masters.

For Fuertes' safe return, his husband, who is a farmer, just lately sought help from Dagohoy Kag. Yong Mayol who, in turn, asked assistance from Chatto thru Board Member Alfonso Damalerio II.

The OFW and her husband thanked Chatto for her repatriation all the way from Jordan to Bohol without spending a cent. The couple said they would always treasure Chatto's effort and kindness. (Ven rebo Arigo)

LGU Philippines / On Erico Aumentado's CONA
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:12:10 PM »
The arbitration committee of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD calls on the Commission on Elections to uphold and honor the party's decision to field Governor Erico Aumentado as their official candidate for the congressional position in the second district.

In a letter dated January 10, 2010, Secretary Prospero Pichay of the Office of Political Affairs, chairman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD Arbitration Committee, appealed to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo for the early resolution of the petition to declare and recognize the uninterrupted validity of Aumentado's certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA), filed on December 14, 2009, before the Comelec. - bohol chronicle

Bohol Chronicle: The passage of a resolution for the release of an additional P50 million loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) was virtually blocked during last Friday's session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso stood firm on demanding the accomplishment report of the first P50 million loan released last year which was intended for road rehabilitation.   

The stand of the vice mayor came even as City Kagawad Bebiano Inting raised queries on why the city government has to avail of loans when it has a surplus of P103 million during the past three years.   
Because of Veloso's stand block the passage of the resolution, City Kagawad Oscar Glovasa, chairman of the commmittee on appropriations set an urgent meeting tomorrowto discuss the P50 million loan.

Veloso said the people of Tagbilaran should know how every centavo is spent considering that this will be the second time the city will avail of a loan.

The vice mayor said they demanded from the local finance committee composed of the budget officer, planning officer and the city treasurer the accomplishment report stating how the first P50 million released last year was spent under the "road rehabilitation" program.

For his part, City kagawad Djingo Rama likewise asked for the program of work of this additional P50 million sought through the Glovasa committee.

The vice mayor said the present administration has a lot of unresolved funding issues as the Lim leadership remains to hold the release of documents including the more than P100 million supplemental budget released last year.

"This is the first time that the city is faced with a leadership whose moral obligation for transparency is consistently being ignored," the vice mayor said citing that the mayor is confident that he has the majority bloc to support and protect him in any budgetary inquiries.

LGU Philippines / Rene Relampagos Leads Survey for Bohol First District
« on: January 24, 2010, 10:08:36 PM »
Bohol Chronicle: Former Gov. Rene Relampagos emerged as the more favored successor of Rep. Edgar Chatto in the first congressional district.

Running under the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD, the former governor topped the survey conducted by the top-rated weekly program "Radyo Merkado" over dyRD yesterday.       

Relampagos pooled 47% while city kagawad Oscar Glovasa registered 32.4% and City Kagawad Edgar Kapirig with 20.6%
Those who favored Relampagos said that his tested performance as a governor of Bohol "very well qualifies him to become a member of the House of Representatives."

There were mixed comments on the issue of the joint venture deal of the light and water services of the province during his incumbency.

Those who voted for Relampagos said both basic services made remarkable improvements soon after the takeover of the Salcon backed Bohol Water Utilies Inc. and the Bohol Light Co., Inc. Respondents who voiced rejection on Relmapagos' bid said the former governor should not be given a mandate as he sold the income generating projects of the provincial governance.

Relampagos in an earlier interview said the present state of the water and light services in the city is a manifestation of a "sound decision" when the provincial government decided to embark on the joint venture agreement with Salcon.

"Water and light services were never the same again," the former governor stressed.

Question and Answer / How will you spend your Valentine's Day in 2010?
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:55:50 PM »
How will you spend your Valentine's Day in 2010?

Mayor Cajes offers quality college education for less than P100 per unit
By Manuel Ferdinand Ramirez de Erio
Sunday Post

“We must make it a general truth that quality education must be accessible by the majority of the people, if not by everyone.” This statement came when Trinidad town mayor Judith “Bb” del Rosario-Cajes introduced Trinidad Municipal College (TMC) as the latest income-generating enterprise of the LGU.
Mayor Cajes who is also the Chairman of the TMC Board of Trustees by virtue of Municipal Ordinance No. 2003-001, is inviting high school graduating students to  affordable quality education available at the doorstep of northern Bohol.

Founded in 1985, TMC was the one of earliest community college to offer affordable the course of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.  With the basic thrust of offering affordable quality education, TMC offers college education at a very least cost of only P97.10 per unit.
The school was able to offer BSIT in such an affordable cost because its operation is subsidized by the LGU. “We will maintain the most affordable cost of college education because we aimed to provide education that is accessible by the masses.” Cajes pointed out.

Located at the site accessible by the major highways in Bohol, the provincial circumferential and the interior road

The operation of TMC has generated almost P11.6 million since the seat of mayor Cajes in the TMC board of trustees.  The income generated from 2007 to 2009 has more than doubled the income earned from 2004 to 2006 which is only almost P5.6 million, which equates to an increase of 107.15%.
The increase in income was caused by the growth of influx of students.  From academic years 2004 to 2006 the number of students was only 1,763 but the number of students grew to 2,410 in academic years 2007 to 2009.  An increase of 36.70% was achieved.

This growth in the number of students amidst the growing number of competing colleges, are results of the LGUs upgrading of the facilities, equipments and curriculum.
The school, being the seat of affordable quality college education in the northern part of Bohol that caters to college students from mostly the second district of Bohol, was also supported by second district congressman Roberto “Ondoy” Cajes.

Congressman Cajes built seven new classrooms to accommodate more classes and more students, while the LGU had made a counterpart in the repairs of dilapidated classrooms and the restoration of the administrative building which has been declared a heritage building by the National Historical Institute.
By June this year, TMC will offer Bachelor of Elementary Education.  This new course offering is expected to increase the number of students as TMC administrator Rosalinda Evangelista, Ph.D. has already put in place the necessary faculty for the new course offering.

“We invite the college students and also the parents to visit TMC to actually see for themselves our facilities and the curriculum that we have tediously work to be updated.” Mayor Cajes urged.

“In TMC we do not only offer school, we do not only offer college institution, but more significantly, we offer a community.  We offer a safe community for your children, we offer a community that is conducive to the learning process. Not only our tuition fees are affordable, we also have affordable boarding houses and affordable standard of living for your kids.” Cajes added.
TMC offers courses in Bachelor of Arts major in English and Political Science, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) under the Ladderized Education Program (LEP) of TESDA and the CHED, Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA), Associate in Secretarial Administration (ASOA), and technical courses like automotive servicing, building wiring installation and refrigeration and air-conditioning servicing.

For inquiries, interested parties may contact the Trinidad Municipal College thru the LGU of Trinidad with telephone number (038) 516-1112.  You may also visit the campus at Poblacion, Trinidad, Bohol and look for school administrator Rosalinda Evangelista, Ph.D. or school registrar Apolonia Balonga.

The lady Cajes makes Trinidad first class municipality in income
By Manuel Ferdinand Ramirez de Erio
Sunday Post

Leadership with outstanding result! This is the summation of the performance of Trinidad town mayor Judith “Bb” del Rosario-Cajes when she demonstrated that she’s no rooky in fiscal management of the LGU. 

The lady Cajes did more than just magic to uplift the image of the long-sleeping town as Trinidad grew to become among the few towns to have taken a significant leap from a fifth class to a third class municipality—and now the LGU has registered an income befitting a first class municipality.
“I am happy that Trinidad reached this far. And I acknowledge the cooperation of the LGU employees and heads of offices, and of course the good people of Trinidad,” the lady Cajes expressed her gratitude for the cooperation given to her by the constituency.

For two consecutive years, the town has registered an income of above P50Million which is the minimum income for First Class municipality in the classification of towns based on average annual income.

In 2008 the LGU earned a total income of  nearly P51.5Million and in 2009 the income reached P58.1Million.  Based on the classification of towns by annual income, if Trinidad can sustain its income for another year, the lady Cajes shall become the mayor who transformed a fifth class to a first class municipality in a span of a single term.

The growth and development in the town of Trinidad span from the visible infrastructure projects, to the crafting and implementation of new policies and to the improved delivery of basic social services. 

From a total income of P42,180,119.71 in 2007, Cajes increased the LGU income to P58,132,077.30 in 2009 after two-and-a-half years of her administration.  The increase of 37.82% in a span of 30 months was the first ever highest increase in income of Trinidad since its birth in 1946.

This impressive growth in income is largely attributed to the effective implementation of new policies under the Cajes administration.  The passage and the adoption of the Revenue Code of Trinidad during Cajes administration has also contributed to the increase being registered in the income of the LGU.
The biggest increase in the components comprising the total income of the LGU is income generated from Business Income which marked a steady increase from P2.18 million in 2007, it reached P3.31 million in 2008 or a growth of 51.39%.  By end of 2009, business income registered almost 4.5Million or a growth of 35.74%. On an average, the LGU’s income from business has been growing by 43.57% for the past two years.

Another remarkable increase achieved was the growth in Service Income.  From a low 6.94 growth rate in Service Income in 2007 just when Cajes assumed mayor for her first 6 months in service, it grew to 35.25% by end of 2008.  The growth continued with 26.37% by end of 2009.  At an average, Trinidad was able to increase income from service in an average for 30.81% for the last 30 months. 

“The Local Government Code had provided taxing and revenue-raising powers of LGUs.  What we must do as mayors, is to set a goal together with the key people in our LGU and the town, then share this goal with the people.” Cajes emphasized.

“Let’s remember that at the end of our term, our constituency will have a big say on how well we have performed our duties and responsibilities as government leader,” Cajes added.

This recent development which was achieved under the baton of mayor Cajes with the help of the people of Trinidad, have exhibited that even first-time mayors can achieve wonders thru sincere public service, honest leadership, unified multi-sectoral cooperation and development-oriented leadership. 

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