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LGU Philippines / One-Third of Bohol Towns Without Water
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:12:36 PM »
Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle

"Waterless municipalities", according to NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Commission), are those towns where less than 50% of HH (Households) have access to potable water.

There are currently 432 "waterless" towns in the country, 16 of which are located in Bohol-rivers, lakes and waterfalls, notwithstanding. There are also 210 such communities in Metro Manila, according to NAPC.

As of 2008, according to statistics, only 36.6% of Bohol HH have access to potable water or 32,884 HH of the 89,816 HH total. This 36.6% is below the national total of 46.32% HH with water access.

Those in Bohol with High Access (40-49%) but nonetheless below 50% access rate to water include: Loon (48%), Pilar (46%), Sevilla (46%), Ubay (43%) and Buenavista (40%).

Those with Medium Access (20-39%) access to potable water are: Ben Unido (33%), Catigbian (21%), Carmen (36%), Inabanga (35%), Jetafe (28%), San Miguel (34%).
Those with Low Access (20% and below): Buenavista (14%), Pitogo (14%), Talibon (19%) and Trinidad (7.5%).

Tagbilaran City and some parts of nearby Baclayon and Dauis are adequately serviced by the private-run Bohol Waterworks Utilities Inc. (BWUI) while the rest of the towns are run by their own municipal water systems.

The above is not too encouraging news for the province as water is essential to life and basic to minimum sanitation. There are of course current efforts of water system development to provide this basic necessity to Boholanos but we should stop entertaining silly ideas to sell the precious mineral to neighboring Cebu before our province mates.

Of total Philippine HH of 2,486,261 only 1,151,701 are classified as having a plus 50% of HH accessed to potable water.

That is the reason "Water Provision" is one of the priority goals of the government and an anti-poverty advocacy.

To get 50% of HH in the country to have potable water, water supply and sanitation facilities must be increased by 87%, according to Millenium Goal of government.

Municipalities who cannot wait for the Bohol "mega water projects" to be in place can still write to WASCO (Water & Sanitation Coordinating Office) NAPC 3/Floor ATI Bldg., Eliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City for project proposals.

Baseline information (basic) is needed like: current water coverage level, projected cost of water project, and program of work. Co-implementors with the municipalities of the water project could include NGO's, water districts or water cooperatives. Likewise, it appears that the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) can actually provide counter-part funding versus the finances provided by the LGUs.

We have always taken the position that government must ab initio take a pro-active stance as the provider of Boholano's basic needs: food, water, heath and shelter before mega projects whose pro-poor impact is not that immediate. For poor Juan de la Cruz, time is a luxury he cannot afford.

Health and Food / Men Facing Prostate Cancer Prospects
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:09:38 PM »
Prostate cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer in men, is not widely talked about in male circles. Yet, statistics have shown that one in six men should expect this diagnosis. This slow growing disease and today’s treatments ensure that only a few may die from it. Of course, the more you know about the disease the better the chance of being one of the few to prevention and fighting it if necessary.

High risk category patients will be those who have a family history or are currently experiencing symptoms, but regular examination can spot the cancer early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigens in the blood. Using the most effective means of testing is the digital rectal exam where the doctor inserts a finger into the rectum and manually checks for abnormalities on the prostate. As uncomfortable as this may seem, priority will encourage you to seek regular testing the catch the cancer early to increase the chances of experiencing the effects of prostate cancer, which are much more uncomfortable than the examination.

Prostate cancer in its most common form develops in the glandular cells, typically very slowly with the possibility to spread to areas surrounding the prostate and continuing to attack the lymph nodes, lings, liver, and possibly other organs if not quickly diagnosed and treated. The prostate gland is walnut sized in the front of the rectum and below the bladder and produces the fluid that protects and supply nourishment to the sperm cells.

The scary part about prostate cancer (and many other types of cancer as well) is that the signs are not always immediately noticeable. You may have the disease for months before it grows big enough to become noticeable, and by then it may be too late. Therefore if you have even the slightest suspicion of a tumor, you should get an examination just to be doubly sure.

While the risks of prostate cancer increases with age it is also more likely to occur in black men rather than white and Hispanic men; and occurrences appear to be extremely low in Asian men. The reason for this is still unknown but at any rate, family history plays a big factor and can double your risks of actually contracting prostate cancer. Many cases of prostate cancer are symptom free with minor notification like difficulty in urination, hip and /or back pain, burning during urination, or just a weak stream of urine, or pain during ejaculation.

The encouragement to see a doctor if you experience these symptoms won’t be necessary as most men will immediately seek medical attention if these symptoms occur. Detection of the cancer is priority one, and if detected the doctor will then grade the cancer stage from 1 to 5 depending on the amount and presence of the number of cancerous cells as compared to the amount of abnormal cells. A determination of the aggressiveness of the cancer is then evaluated to produce what is called a Gleason score. The higher the score the more aggressive the cancer.

There is high hope of cure if detected and treated early. Treatments include the watch and wait approach which, as the name implies, monitors the progression for slow growing cancerous cells. Radiation treatments that can be linked to impotence, Radical prostatectomy where the prostate gland is removed, Chemotherapy drugs used for advanced stages, or hormone therapy which can slow the progression and manage the disease.

The main point is to seek immediate care if you think that you may be experiencing problems and not to let the examination scare you out of your chances for survival. Take care of your body, particularly as you enter the older stages of your life. Being cautious leads to longevity and happiness, and prostate cancer is certainly something that you need to be cautious about. For further reading, check out a book from your library, or ask for literature from your doctor.

Health and Food / How to Maintain Healthy Gums
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:05:26 PM »
Maintaining Healthy Gums

Your gums are practically cesspools for bacteria. It is extremely easy for your gums to come down with diseases that are quite unpleasant. These gum disease affect up to 80% of people, according to the Mayo Clinic's website. Imagine that many people, each ignoring their gums and reaping the consequences in the form of strange and horrible problems. This is an issue that can, and does lead to tooth loss. Dentists say that gum disease also leads to more serious health conditions, as it creates a pathway for viruses and bacteria to enter the body directly through the area that gets the most traffic – the mouth.

So what is it that causes someone to get gum disease? The answer is that most people slowly let their gums fester. Chances are that the diseases have been working their evil quietly in their teeth for quite some time. This person has been getting accumulative effects of poor dental hygiene for many years now. Sometimes they may notice the illusion that their teeth are getting more prominent, or longer. This is called gum recession and it goes hand-in-hand with gum disease. It affects a huge amount of people, even if they brush and floss their teeth religiously.

If food buildup occurs enough, tartar forms. Tarter creates a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish and grow in, and some of the time brushing and flossing will do absolutely nothing to stop it from happening. Professional cleaning will usually get the job done, but many people only visit their dentist once every year. Therefore you should try to figure out home solutions to keep your teeth as clean as possible and prevent from building homes for the bacteria to live in and gather forces to invade your neighboring gums. It may sound impossible, but it can be done.

First of all you should try to eat a healthy diet. If you are eating a bunch of sugar and junk food, your teeth’s integrity will be compromised much faster, giving extra places for bacteria to roam. You should also brush and floss religiously if you haven’t already. While these things may not be enough to prevent tartar, they will still hold it off for a much longer time than if you hadn’t done so. On top of these things, you should try out different products. Many types of special toothpaste are formulated to kill tartar. They work great, and are generally not too much more expensive than regular toothpaste.

On top of these things, you should probably go to the dentist more often than just when they send you reminder cards. 6 months is a good interval. Go in for a cleaning and an examination. The professional cleaning should get rid of all of the tartar that your own efforts have missed, and the examination will catch any cavities that could lead to tooth loss and gum disease.

Your teeth are a very important part of your life, since you use them to do so many things. If you’ve ever seen someone without any teeth try to eat, you should be plenty motivated to keep on top of things. So today, start making the move towards better oral hygiene. You will reap the benefits later in life when you have healthy gums and a mouth full of teeth.

Health and Food / How To Keep Your Brain Healthy
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:01:28 PM »
An active mind is a healthy mind, so keeping your mind sharp is a good portion of aging well and living a better life as you grow older. If you continue to challenge and engage your brain with activities such as continued learning and healthy dieting you can maintain your healthy brain. Some activities like completing daily crossword puzzles or learning a hobby, or maybe exploring a new language will add content and continued exercise of the brain.

Expanding your horizons daily and engaging in activities that require you to think on your feet and assess information quickly and accurately will make a world of difference as you grow older. Sometimes it may take a little more effort than it used to require, but continuing to stretch your brain muscles will definitely pay off in good memory and cognitive skills.

If you are interested in maintaining brain health in the later years of life and continuing to keep your mind sharp, then listen up. Brain masses shrink a little as you get into your sixties, with some areas shrinking more than others like the frontal lobe which is the area of the brain that handles mental abilities, and the hippocampus where memories are formed. Thinning of the brain in the area of the cortex, and decreases in white matter are some reasons why brain disorders occur in the elderly.

Changes in these areas are what slow down the cognitive processing which handle decision making, problem solving, and attention. All of which have a tendency to fade as you grow older, unless…you continue to exercise these areas by forming new memories daily and allowing for a good intake of new information. With this said, aging is not a decline of brain activity. In fact the brain grows stronger and sharper as long as you continue to use it. For example; if you were an avid reader in your younger years and you continue to be a voracious reader into your golden years the rate of speed that you read and the amount of information that you are able to process as you read will increase as in “practice makes perfect,” you are actually getting better with time. Most of our abilities normally get better with time, including wisdom and problem solving skills. Keep in mind that other illnesses and ailments may contribute to any decline in the normal activity in the brain.

Simple things, like more formal education, can contribute to intellectual stimulation of the brain and may ever strengthen the brain cell networks to help in preventing mental function damage. Physical activity has always been know to have positive effects on the brain and brain functioning. Getting into an aerobic regime is the best for continued brain health as oxygen is free flowing and throughout the body and is particularly beneficial to the brains proper functioning. Having a good sense of self and knowing that the things that you do in life make a difference and believing that you are contributing to the common good has shown to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.

So to slow down the effects of the degenerative parts of the brain it would be wise to learn to concentrate and make an honest effort to pay attention. Stay organized and don’t rush, so that you are able to focus on the tasks that you are attempting. The all time favorite is repetition. Also, try your best to stay as stress free as possible as tension causes some types of memory lapses. Those senior moments can turn into senior memories if you continue to exercise your brain. So do whatever it takes to preserve your mental agility, and keep happy even as you enter your older years. When you look at the attitudes of older people, you see either depressed people, or extremely happy and satisfied people. Try to leave yourself in the latter category.

Health and Food / How To Prevent Strokes
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:46:39 PM »
How To Prevent Strokes

When blood circulation in the brain fails, the result is a stroke. Also known as a brain attack, brain cells die from decreased blood flow and lack of oxygen. The two main categories of a stroke are those where a blockage of blood flow to the brain and those caused by bleeding in or of the brain.

Not usually life threatening, the blockage of a blood vessel in the neck or brain a causes roughly 80 percent of all strokes. Bleeding into the brain or surrounding areas of the brain causes the second kind of strokes or a hemorrhagic stroke. Sudden numbness, confusion, speech slurring, dizziness or loss of balance and headaches without cause are the symptoms that some suffering from a stroke may experience. Prevention is the key to managing your risk and prevents you from having to go through the damaging effects of a stroke. Simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk for strokes and increase your overall health simultaneously.

Many factors contribute to a person’s risk for stroke, age is one of them. Anyone can have a stroke at any age but a person’s risk increased double after the age of 55. African Americans unfortunately have a higher risk for strokes than other races. If you have suffered a stroke in the past or have experienced a mini stroke, this increases your chances of having another in the future. Alcohol use and smoking both are contributing factors of persons who have suffered a stroke and being overweight. Persons with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and irregular heat rhythm can cause a person to have a stroke. The ways to reduce your chances of having a stroke are many and very manageable and will produce some beneficial life changes. First and foremost, stop smoking. If you smoke, stop as soon as you can. Smoking is the major cause of numerous illnesses. Drink less alcohol and loss weight if you are overweight.

Try your best to control any other illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure and change your eating habits. You have the power to prevent strokes by incorporating any or all of these very minor lifestyle changes. One of the most effective methods is to eat healthier foods. Almonds, apples, cinnamon, fish and oatmeal all contain ingredients that lower cholesterol and heart diseases as well as the possibility of having a stroke. Dark chocolates, tea, and strawberries are other foods that contain nutrients that benefit the body and help to maintain good immune systems. If you have suffered from a stroke in the past there are things that you have control over to prevent the reoccurrence of strokes. Prevention of a reoccurrence of a stroke and maintaining good health include medications and getting regular exercise to control heartbeat and breathing. Reducing your intake of harmful agents like caffeine, animal fats, and sugars and limiting your intake of processed foods. The most important thing is to rearrange your lifestyle to a healthier way of living, taking care of your body in whole to prevent diseases of all kinds to improve your quality of life for the long term.

No matter if you are above the age of 55 or if you still have decades to go, you definitely need to consider the prevention of strokes. You may have had a horrible diet and awful exercise habits in the past, but changing can help you see positive effects right away. On top of the mental clarity that comes from physical health, you can prevent things like strokes from happening. So tomorrow instead of wasting time in front of the TV or reading the paper, you should get your tennis shoes on and go for a run or a brisk walk. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can also benefit from stretching, swimming, playing tennis, or any other physical activity that you enjoy.

Tagbilaran City - Bohol / Overflow of Wastewater in Tagbilaran City
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:22:27 PM »
By Angeline Valencia
Bohol Sunday Post

The overflow of wastewater from the manholes of the drainage system along three major streets in Tagbilaran City traced back to its very closure that the Department of Public Works and Highways had undertaken earlier.

On this, City Environmental Consultant Cecil Corloncito recommended the opening of the drainage that DPWH had closed and that DENR has to determine the establishments that discharged wastewater.

The consultant also sought for a check on the actual closure of the three streets by opening the CPG drainage cover to confirm and an explanation from DPWH and DENR about the closure action.

In the status report dated March 6, 2009, Corloncito cited that the main cause of the overflow was the closing of the drainage along V. Inting St., M.H. del Pilar and G. Visarra Sts.

"The action is going beyond the DENR order which only asked to close 'illegal connections' from establishments by closing main line drainage along these three streets," Corloncito pointed out.

His analyses stated that the overflows along the three streets "happened exactly at the same time when DPWH conducted the 'cleaning' three weeks ago".

How To Tips / How To Keep Mentally Alert
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:17:48 PM »
How To Keep Mentally Alert

Have you recently noticed that your mind tends to wander no matter what you are doing? Do you walk into a room only to forget why you even came in? You are not alone. This sort of absentmindedness plagues a huge percentage of the world’s population. It can be very frustrating, and so you should try to do your best to keep an alert mental state. There are many ways to do this, and if you are not taking advantage of any of them then you should start today. Read on to find out about some of the most common and popular ways to maintain mental alertness.

Exercise is the one that you will hear the most. It is easy to get caught in a rut of going to work and then coming home and relaxing. Instead of sitting in front of the TV all night, why don’t you lift some weights or go for a run? Exercise releases just the right chemicals into your brain to make you more alert, not only during the exercise, but for the rest of the day until you go to sleep. This is why so many people like to start off their days with a good run through the neighborhood. The type of exercise you choose will depend on what options are available to you.

Another way to increase mental alertness is to stimulate your mind at least once per day. It is very healthy to always teach yourself new things. Whether you sit down and read a science fiction book with interesting scientific theories, or you read a college textbook and discover new things about biology, there is everything to be gained from learning new things. Not only do you get to keep the great knowledge, but you also will sustain higher levels of alertness due to the effort that it takes to learn all of those things. So go to the library today and find a book that piques your interest.

A good amount of sleep is crucial to being mentally alert. If you are only getting 5 hours of sleep per night and you are complaining about being forgetful, then you should slap yourself in the face right now. The answer is very obvious. All you need to do is regularly sleep more. If you don’t give your mind enough time to recuperate, then you can expect to see poorer performance. If your job requires you to get up early, then go to bed earlier. If you have too much to do, then all you need to do is plan your days out better so that you get things done more efficiently and leave more time to sleeping.

Ultimately the best thing to do is to combine these three methods to remain as mentally awake as possible. If you start to utilize all 3 of these, you should start seeing improvements in a matter of days. Hopefully you will stop losing things, stop forgetting important dates, and generally stop being so absentminded. If the problem persists, then you should talk to a doctor or a shrink about any stressors that could be causing you to mentally stray away from other areas in your life. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, but you shouldn’t ignore the possibility.

Health and Food / How Exercise Can Improve Your Sex Life
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:15:22 PM »
How Exercise Can Improve Your Sex Life

Candlelight dinners, sweet gifts, and soft music are some things people do to initiate intimate relations. But can exercise work just as well and contribute to a healthy sex life? According to the American Council on Exercise it can. Heating your sex life can be accomplished through maintaining a good exercise regimen improving sexual function in both men and women. Exercise is not only a physical but mental activity much like sex is. Exercise can enhanced sexuality because of the benefits gained in muscle strength, endurance, and cardiovascular functioning. Increased performance of blood flow and increased levels of testosterone levels all lead to a robust and energetic sex life. Studies published in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality conclude that people who regularly exercise have a better perception of themselves, and are more confident in their physical abilities, and find themselves more sexually attractive which all add to feelings of competency in love making. They also experience higher levels of satisfaction or may feel more sexually desirable to the opposite sex.

For men, a good healthy body contributes to a good healthy erection and reduction of the risks for impotency. Adding years to a man’s life, exercise increases blood flow allowing for better erections with a more than 30 percent lower risk of impotence than men who do not regularly exercise. Because good circulation is necessary for good sexual functioning, it stands to reason that performance is enhanced with better circulation and increased blood flow to organs used when having sex. On the other hand, men who are obese or overweight have mental and physical limitations that interfere with the positive affects of good circulation. They may feel less adequate when having sex, or experience difficulty with the physical demands of sexual activity. Slimming down is a great ego boost, and it gets some of the “extra baggage” out of the way.

For women, a good exercise program could have a positive effect on their sex loves with increase enthusiasm, cardio, and muscular endurance as well. Females may find that they are able to hold positions for longer periods of time and enjoy longer lasting sex and greater comfort. Greater comfort during sex and increased endurance has the possibility of better ability to achieve orgasms for women who have a problem achieving satisfying orgasms. Conditioning of the body and its muscle groups allow for greater flexibility, making the sexual activity more enjoyable as you are able to try new things that might not have been possible before. I’ll let you use your imagination for this one.

Boosting your sex life with physical activity is boosting your overall general health and the healthier you are the better your sex life can be. The psychological benefits such as improved self esteem, good mood, and increased confidence along with stress reduction benefits are immediately noticeable. The more your health and physical abilities improve the better your sex life can be. Simple exercises like walking briskly at least two miles per day can reap wonderful benefits in the bedroom. So just imagine the benefits you could gain from an overall exercise regime. So, getting healthy and staying healthy only has more benefits than you might have originally though.

If you are really interested in getting fit, you should look into a membership at your local gym. You can use their cardio machines and weight machines to gain considerable stamina and muscle mass. You may even skip the gym membership, and go for a run every day. This will get you in great shape as well, it just depends on how much you want to get into the whole fitness thing. Being fit has hundreds of benefits, and better sex is just one of them. So as soon as you can, start doing more research related to how you can get fit, and how it will help you in life.

Health and Food / How to Quit Smoking
« on: March 13, 2009, 03:13:01 PM »
Enhancing the quality and length of your life by quitting smoking is a worthwhile effort. It is definitely not an easy task, but it can be accomplished with time and patience. To quit smoking successfully, finding out what your options are. Knowing where to go for help is a wise first step.
Quitting smoking is the best move that you can make for your health and the health of all of those around you. Just about everyone knows by now that smoking causes diseases that shorten your life or those that may even end it. Diseases such as lung cancer, throat, esophagus, bladder, and kidney, and pancreas cancers are some horrible things caused by smoking for a start. Not to mention some leukemia, stomach, and cervix cancers, and newly added by the Surgeon General is pneumonia. People who smoke are more than three times as likely to die due to heart attack as non smokers. Smoking is a major risk factor for a disease that narrow the blood vessels that transport blood to the limbs and muscles called peripheral vascular disease as well as the disease that causes some strokes.

If that‘s not enough to convince you to stop smoking, let’s look at your appearance. Premature wrinkling of skin, chronic bad breath, discolored fingernails and hair, and an increase risk of macular degeneration a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Smoking over the age of thirty-five if you are a woman can put you in a high risk group for stroke, heart attack, and blood clots of the legs, low birth weight of babies and miscarriages. But the hopeful portion of this message is that if you decide to quite regardless of how long you’ve smoked or how much, quitting will help you to live longer. In as little as twenty minutes after quitting smoking the heart rate and blood pressure drops and in one to nine months following quitting smoking, circulation in your hands extremities and lung function increases. Shortness of breath decreases and your lungs begin to function properly, cleaning the lungs and removing mucus that causes infection. Fifteen years of non smoking and your risk of heart disease is that of non smoking persons. These benefits can be obtained from quitting smoking even if you are suffering from a smoking related illness already. Smoking is less socially accepted now more than ever. Smoking bans have been placed in just about every workplace in the nation along with airports, public buildings. Even friends may insist that you not smoke in their houses or cars. Some people may even find dating more difficult because of a bad smoking habit. So the social impacts of not smoking will probably change your life for the better if you quit.

If you have a family, that is another great motivation to quit smoking. The main reason is that the secondhand smoke could pose serious health problems for others who do not deserve such things. You should also consider what kind of role model you are being to any small children that you live with, whether they are your own kids, siblings, nieces and nephews, or any other relation. You may be living with kids who look up to you as an authority figure, and if you teach them that smoking is alright you will feel very guilty later in life.

Some of the many new products used to help an individual to stop smoking are really very effective. Counseling services, reading materials, medicines, and patches are all widely available and have produced some amazing results. Educational materials alone may be the best beginning start to an attempt to quit because once you know what kind of damage you are doing to your body the prudent and reasonable person will definitely see that it is the very best thing to do. However, it has been documented and researched that the highest success rates occur when a combination of methods are used simultaneously. Take the time and do it for yourself and your loved ones, quit for life.

You wanna pick up a fight? Be my guest

By Boy Guingguing
BGLante Column, Sunday Post

The microphone-friendly former mayor of Panglao Dr. Doloriech Dumaluan went to town last week to malign the integrity of this BGlante. Tit for tat? I love this game.

Before this BGlante goes any further, let me assure the good mayor that anything bad thrown at my direction is always welcome. Nothing personal. Truth to tell, tirades of the false kind always drive our adrenalin level to new heights. So, it is always a big deal if people of Dr. Dumaluan's kind do make our day right. You wanna pick up a fight over the air lanes? Be my guest.

If those who listened to Dumaluan's tirades thought that I was hurt, you better think again.

After having been subjected to all kinds of brickbats, barbs, innuendoes, insinuations, malicious imputations, derogatory statements, demolition jobs, libelous remarks etc., for the last 30 years, there really is nothing new about our checkered life as a mediaman.

This BGlante had been through to the worst verbal attacks ever known to human kind and yet we survive as always with flying colors.

If our information were correct, the good doctor even went to the extent of insinuating that we are one worst enemy of municipal mayors.

In one of our polite repartees to Dumaluan's charges during our early morning radio program last week, we said without batting an eyelash, that all the former mayor will do is see for himself if not majority of all municipalities of Bohol are subscribers of our newspaper, The Bohol Sunday. The subscription copies range from as low as 15 to as high as 100 per municipalities per issue. And this subscription arrangement was going on for years already. That alone will demolish any insinuation of a bad blood between this BGlante and Bohol mayors.

Not only that. If Dumaluan's eyesight is not betraying him, may be can pore over the files of our newspapers if not 90% of all municipal ordinances are printed in the Bohol Sunday Post.

What drove Dumaluan's goat when he was frothing in the mouth castigating us of our so-called "sins of omission" was our civic duty to file a civil action against his failure to file a Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) when he was mayor of Panglao.

The former town mayor took offense of our civic mindedness. One of my strong defenses against the malicious attacks of the former mayor is that any citizen of this benign republic has its own civic duty. When ex-mayor Dumaluan ran for public office and won, did he not swear to the Panglao electorate to perform his civic duty of serving the people? That exactly was my motive in filing the legal suit against Dumaluan before the Office of the Ombudsman for violation of Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

After all is said and done, this BGlante's advice to the good mayor is that if he feels offended why a case was filed against him, all he has to do is avail of the legal remedies accorded to his defense.

The ex-mayor was also quoting falsehoods known in legal parlance as "fruit of a poisoned tree". He mentioned of some financial shenanigans in our stint as an insurance executive more than 30 years ago. If the good mayor can produce any paper trail indicating any wrongdoing on our part, we challenge him to produce the same. I will offer a free space in my paper to accommodate any damaging information against this BGlante.

Our hunch is that he was being mislead of this information by someone who turned out to be the most polluted source hereabouts.

LGU Philippines / Dan Lim vs Edgar Chatto?
« on: March 13, 2009, 02:48:12 PM »
By Fred Amora
Associate Editor, the Bohol Standard

For allegedly hiring media barkers, he calls basurero, Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim is now on a warpath, rampaging towards the camp of first district congressman Edgar Chatto.

“Mora mog tan-awon boutan mo kaayo, unya inyo diay kong giluib…. sa inyong pamaage (you look saintly but you stab me in my back),” the city mayor said yesterday.

“I am not concerned about vice mayor Toto Veloso kay lamba ma nang suntok ani, dimana siya scientific.”

“Sooner, I will go to Balilihan (hometown of Cong. Chatto) and I will attack him there personally. Let us see if he likes what I do,” he added with determination.

* * * * *

Now this is all about media barbs that the city mayor really is so conscious.

I myself, stopped speaking on radio despite my hefty talent fee, since the Mayor who actually is my kind benefactor, had manifested he don’t like my style when I am on radio. Dili daw ko kaantigo mamakak!

So dapat tingale hilom na lang ko oy!

Pero, mas maayo, undanga na ninyo nang dinautay sa radio. Wa man na ayo.

Now since the mayor is talking about some “media for hire” out to allegedly destroy his name, I am afraid this could contaminate the media industry.

Bayad gani hisgutan, morag wala jod mobalibad.

* * * * *

So my clear message now, is whoever wants to hire a media barker, be sure they are assets, not liabilities. Kon inyo media barker notorious pud, di mapagan lang sad ka hinoon.

Ako, sulaye ko. You will be thankful you had my services, but on one condition. If my candidate wins, I want to be appointed as Bids and Awards Committee chairman.

Hee..hee. Maayo nang sabot tang daan!

Think about this: “Many things happen between the cup and the lip.”
(Robert Burton, 1577 - 1640)

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Travel and Tours / Seat Sale at Cebu Pacific Airline
« on: March 11, 2009, 09:29:59 PM »
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Health and Food / What Water Can Do To Your Health
« on: March 11, 2009, 12:22:28 PM »
From a forwarded email.

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning.

Furthermore, scientific tests have proven  its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.


1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water .....interesting

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

2. Gastric - 10 days

3. Diabetes - 30 days

4. Constipation - 10 days

5. Cancer - 180 days

6. TB - 90 days

7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.

Health and Food / No Cold Drinks After Meal
« on: March 11, 2009, 12:19:58 PM »
From a forwarded email

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez Hiwalay Na?
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:23:40 PM »
By Gerry Plaza
Philippine Daily Inquirer

“That’s so funny,” singer-composer-actor Ogie Alcasid said in a short message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer in denying reports that he has separated from girlfriend Regine Velasquez.

Even talent managers of both Alcasid and Velasquez denied this.

“Not true,” said Leo Dominguez, Alcasid’s manager when asked by the Inquirer about the reports. In addition, entertainment reporters said they spotted “Ogie last Saturday and sensed nothing (wrong).”

For her part, Cacai Velasquez, sister and talent manager of Regine, told the Inquirer in a separate message that the reports were also “not true.”

Reports reaching from insiders in GMA Network said there was talk about the separation.

Other sources claimed that this was the network’s strategy to draw attention away from the controversy between talent manager Annabelle Rama and network executive Wilma Galvante.

LGU Philippines / Can You Fight Tagbilaran City Hall?
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:52:28 AM »
An editorial of the Bohol Chronicle

Time there was when people feared because : You Can't Fight City Hall.
Today, the slogan is: Can City Hall defend the indefensible?

For instance Top Honcho's Executive Assistant Arlene Karaan got her foot inside her mouth instead after displaying a City Accountant certification that of the COA-reported P 722,643 of her unliquidated advances, a huge 80% of that or P 572,361 is stilll unliquidated.

Now thanks to the  "sound advice" of the City Hall legal clowns, Karaan may have to face the Ombudsman -for this is already 2009 and 2007 cash advances still unliquidated. The same with His Immensity, who has sang the "Sound of Silence" on his humongous P 3.0-Million in unliquidated 2007 advances per COA. Let's see the COA 2008  Report, for good measure, too.

The same Ms. Karaan was so peeved about her messing up of public funds, at DYTR she threw foul-smelling liquid to the face of broadcaster Nestor Daarol (last February 28) who was merely commenting on the COA's recent expose. This was done inside the very premises of a media outfit, a literal desecration of freedom of speech and the press.

Ms. Karaan's gall was probably because she had the full weight of His Immensity behind her dastardly act - because the City Mayor defended rather than reprimanded her act of violence. Cebu -based Boholano broadcaster Choy Torralba of Station DYRF -in his well received radio commentary program - hit the "violent act of a public official."

The rule of violence -and not the law-has taken over the City?

Why not indeed? Leadership is always by example. Let us go back in time.

Back  in 1988, broadcaster Choy Torralba was slapped by the Violent Honcho in the city airport -because, then -as now -   the Mayor of this Tourist City -did not like what Choy said in media.
The Supreme Court, according to Choy Torralba, convicted this sitting mayor for the violence done on a media practitioner.

Is this City proud to have a mayor like this ? To say nothing about the barnyard language he continues to use today to belittle the critics of his awful governance?

Lawyer Victor de la Serna also rhethorically asked: "After Nestor, who? After foul water,what?"
Are the critics of the City Mayor now all under violent siege?

The City Mayor, again full of himself, acted as judge and said in his radio program: In any weighing scale, (his critics) Nestor Daarol and Batchoy Alba will not pass the grade. The problem with listening to ignorant advisers is that the poor Chief Executive of the city does not even know that both Daarol and Alba passed the (Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas)  KBP accreditation exams.

One has to take a competitive test of the KBP before being accredited. What weighing scale is His Immensity using then when he himself is not accredited broadcaster by the KBP.

And in contrast , what can we say about a hallucinating broadcaster who sometimes doubles as a Mayor who pontificates on the airwaves as if he owed everyone a living?

As a Fourth Estate , there is this popular adge that media is a natural critic. "It is there to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable". It is to even the field of power. But in functioning as a commentator masquerading as a city hall achievement reporter, the City Mayor wants "to comfort the comfortable." He wants to rate himself as a public official.

Something crude, there. But we will defend his right to say those things in the same way we honor the right of Daarol and Alba to say theirs - especially because the latter are legitimate broadcasters. Let the people judge.

This Emperor hallucinating as a Broadcaster had said all the issues against him are "fabricated". If you really believe they are, Mr. Mayor - go defend yourself for the unliquidated advances, for the "grossly disadvantageous Agora deal" and Department of Finance for tax harassment. And then wait for your trial for environmental offenses.

You boasted you are a crack lawyer who will "legally tear my opponents apart." Well, Paper Tiger?
We know the founder of Bohol Journalism and the Bohol Chronicle Jun Dejaresco was a good lawyer -schooling in Cebu City (University of San Carlos) with the likes of Tommy Toledo, Blike Suarez and Ondoy Gallares. He was good enough to teach law at the Holy Name school then.

Your minions had desecrated his name (a dead man who cannot defend himself, those cowards) by insinuating he was not paying his taxes. He was a good lawyer - who did not pass the bar by accepting " bar exam leakages"- or spending his law school days copying from others on taxation and human rights in the classroom.

The City Mayor should defend himself in the courts he had taken himself -because legal cases  cannot be won on the airwaves.

In his radio program  yesterday, His Arrogance stated that he if just wanted peace and quiet, all he would do was to put all his advertisements in the Bohol Chronicle and Station DYRD. Wrong, Mr. Mayor.

We are not for sale. The City Mayor should stop using people's money to ingratiate himself to his sycophants and attempt to buy his enemies and the neutrals.

Even if City Hall uses the entire budget to fatten our advertsing reveneus- we will not stop criticizing his Governance of corruption, violence, vendetta and anti-environment.

Well, truly, one can never really defend the indefensible. And as for honor?

Well, one cannot defend what one does not have.

Loon - Bohol / Kidnapping of Small Kids in Bohol
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:49:56 AM »
By the Bohol Chronicle

The police investigators here are still facing a blank wall as to who were the perpetrators of the kidnap try of a teenager that took place here last week in this northern municipality, said P02 Jake Catane in an interview yesterday.

An eight-year old kid eluded kidnapping try from his four masked abductors on board of white van along the highway of barangay Moto Sur, of this town.

 In an interview with Contact Point over DyRD, P02 Anselmo Mesiona of Loon police station said that while the kid (name withheld) was on his way to Moto Sur Elementary School along the national highway at about 12:30 high noon, a van all of a sudden stopped and two unidentified masked men tried to snatched the kid to the waiting white van. The bonnet-wearing men failed.

It was not clear how the kid eluded the snatching attempt when the two men tried to grab the would-be victim The kid wasted no time and ran for his life.

The kid told police that before he could ran away he saw two female kids who were hogtied and their mouth zipped up inside the van.

 Police are still probing the incident and reported it to police main office at Camp Dagohoy in this city. No report yet of the license plate number of the van and identity of the van owner.

Catane said that they already alerted the neighboring towns immediately after the incident. He added that the PNP of this town have checked every public school if there are children reported missing. But there was none.

The police here was wondering why the incident was not immediately reported to them until five hours later.

The Chronicle has withheld the identities of the kid and his father who is an official of the said barangay. (RVO)

By the Bohol Chronicle

A dispute among relatives over a piece of inherited land led to the slaying of a couple on Friday in the town of Inabanga .

The slain couple’s 12-year old son saw the violent killing of his father Francisco Piadora y Roxas, 59, and mother Leonita Piadora y Sentinales, 48, around 4:30 p.m. along the barangay road in Baguhan, Inabanga.

Based on the boy’s account, his parents were on their way home when the suspects identified as Ramon Bustamante and Constaniani Sentinales accosted them.

Bustamante and Sentinales, who are close relatives of the victims, were said to have been waiting for the Piadora couple.

Leonita sustained two bullet wounds on her forehead and was also stabbed on the chest.

Ramon, on the other hand, was stabbed on the neck, according to the victims’ son who is now in the custody of relatives after the incident.

The couple died on the spot, police said, as the two suspects fled.

Sentinales was later arrested by the Inabanga PNP in a hot pursuit operation. She is currently detained at the Inabanga Police Station. Bustamante remains at large.

By the Bohol Chronicle

Broadcaster Nestor Daarol filed last Tuesday before the City Prosecutors Office grave coercion charges against the city mayor’s top aide, Arlene Karaan who allegedly doused him liquid of unbearable foul odor when he was about to anchor his weekly program over dyTR last Saturday.

Sworn before City Prosecutor I Viviana Bautista, the broadcaster charged Karaan for grave coercion under Article 286 of the Revised Penal Code while reserving his right to file a separate complaint as a public official for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for violation of Republic Act No. 6713.

Daarol narrated that Karaan and her companions suddenly emerged when he entered the offices of the radio station and immediately doused the liquid that caused him to fall dizzy and disoriented and difficulty of breathing. The physical condition prevented him from anchoring his radio program which followed right after the program of the city mayor last Saturday.

The broadcaster stressed that he know Arlene Karaan because she used to facilitate the serving of refreshments among media persons during press conferences conducted by the city mayor.
Because of the incident, he could not anchor his program last Saturday.

Daarol said the “forced prevention was due to the violence done by respondent and her companions, by their material force and display of force as to produce intimidation upon me.”
After dousing, Karaan “drew a hard object that resembled a rattan stick while shouting invectives and threats against me.”

He recalled respondent telling him “Tingalig wala ka kaila nako? Nganong hilabtanon ka kaayo?” (Don’t you know me? Why are you such a meddler?).

“Because of the continuing violence and sensing that I faced danger of further physical harm, instinctively, I retreated to the adjacent news anchor’s booth as a measure of self preservation,” the broadcaster narrated.

Daarol in his affidavit stated that the “incident was triggered because I was exposing the release of the P6.5 million unliquidated cash advances incurred by officials of the city government led by the city mayor and his assistants.”

“There is no other reason for Karaan who is an executive assistant of the city mayor and her companions John Does to restrain and prevent me from going on the air than try to, and successfully, prevent me from exposing these anomalous unliquidated cash advances incurred by city officials,” he continued.

Daarol said he underwent medical examination to determine the extent of the harm of the liquid substance upon his health.

In his radio program yesterday prior the filing of his complaint, the broadcaster vowed to continue his crusade to expose anomalies in government.

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