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Cebu to Bohol Bridge

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has endorsed the proposed Bohol-Cebu Multi-Access Friendship Bridge to the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEDCF).

In his letter to Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol), Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said he wrote to KEDCF Director of Co-Financing Team Jong-kyu Park to extend technical assistance to support the preparation of the feasibility and business case study for the project.

Recognizing the complex nature of very long span bridges, Singson recommended that a public-private partnership (PPP) business case study be undertaken hand in hand with the feasibility study.

He said this should be the initial step to ascertain viability given the magnitude of investment requirements, technical and design issues, and whether investments can be pursued utilizing a suitable PPP investment modality.

The Singson move was in answer to Aumentado’s request for endorsement of the project for possible technical assistance for its consideration in possible 2012-2016 country programming windows.

As the solon sees it, the bridge will anchor in the northern Bohol town of Getafe, spanning the shallows and shoals between that and Cordova in Cebu – a distance of only around 17 kilometers.

Singson said he deems the detailed design for the same to be complex and exhaustive as can be expected from modelling long span facilities for suitable cost-effective design and implementation approach.

This early, the secretary said, the design may require “conservatively a three-year period and should be considered a next step to feasibility and business case studies should these prove viable.”

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Cruise Ship in Bohol, Philippines

Two luxury cruise ships are expected to call port in the island resort of Boracay during the first quarter of this year, this was confirmed by Caticlan Jetty Port administrator Nieven Maquirang.

With the development, Maquirang will be conducting a series of meeting next Sunday with concerned government agencies involved in the preparation for the big event like the Maritime Industry Authority, Department of Tourism, Philippine Tourism Authority, local government unit of Malay and other stakeholders .

Maquirang said the cruise ship MS Columbus 2 of Hapag Lloyd Cruises is expected to call Caticlan Jetty Port in February 24 while MS Europa, also of Hapag Lloyd Cruises will also follow suit with its expected arrival sometimes in March this year.

The successful visit of a Carribbean cruise ship carrying more than 2,500 passengers aboard in October 27 last year led to this series of visits to be made by other cruise ships in this world-renowned island resort off mainland Malay, Aklan.

In an initial information received by the office of Caticlan Jetty Port administrator, the cruise ship will be sailing from Metro Manila and Bohol on its way to Boracay Island before proceeding to Palawan, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

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Globe Dou Now Available in Bohol, Philippines

Globe Telecom said it has expanded its mobile and landline service coverage to 49 key areas in the country.

The combined mobile and landline service is now available in Iloilo, Misamis Oriental, Ilocos Norte, Albay, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Aklan, Biliran, Compostela Valley, La Union, Occidental Mindoro, Saranggani and Sorsogon.

Globe DUO has also strengthened its coverage in Metro Manila, Cebu, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Pangasinan, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Antique, South Cotabato, rizal, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Batangas, Quezon, Northern Samar, Davao del Sur, Pampanga, Isabela, Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

Globe is the first to offer unlimited calls to landline through Globe DUO in April 2009.

Further strengthening the service, Globe subsequently launched Globe SUPERDUO, which allowed subscribers to make unlimited calls to all local exchange landlines and all Globe DUO, Globelines as well as Globe and TM mobile phones nationwide.

“Globe DUO is an innovative service that has dramatically changed the way people communicate by providing subscribers with a more convenient and more affordable calling service. Globe is extremely proud to say that as Globe DUO expands to more areas nationwide, we are able to bridge more people and provide them with better value services,” Peter Bithos, Globe senior advisor for Consumer Business, said.

“Globe DUO has also effectively helped small and medium enterprises to grow and become more productive partners towards nation-building. And as we continually beef-up our network capacity, we also look forward to increasing coverage for both Globe DUO and Globe SUPERDUO across the Philippines,” he said.

Bithos said that Globe DUO was a testament of the company’s commitment to continuously provide our customers with the most affordable and most convenient ways of communication using only the latest wireless services.

“With Globe DUO, a subscriber enjoys the world’s first fully convergent solution that works across both fixed and mobile networks, using only one SIM, one phone and one billing statement,” he said.

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Landslide in Bohol, Philippines

by Angeline Valencia
The national highway along the landslide section in Sitio Liloan of Poblacion, Cortes has been closed starting January 17 while the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) undertakes the over P12-million long-term engineering interventions in the area for 120-150 days.

Engr. Ester Calacat of the DPWH on Tuesday said the contractor started with the excavation on the slope.

Governor Edgar Chatto and Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II had been pushing for the engineering interventions as long-term solution to the series of landslides in the area, that occurred at least three times during the rainy days in the first three months of 2011.

Upon the request of the local government unit of Cortes–the next from here, the engineering works commenced on January 17 right after the town fiesta celebration last Sunday.

Calacat said project contractor CCM Construction started bulldozing the upper portion to convert the cliff into a slope of safe angle.

“It would take time. After bulldozing the area to convert the cliff into a slope, we will widen the roadside and construct a seven-meter-high rip-rap. Then we will put coco net at the upper portion and we will plant bertiver plants to hold the soil in place,” Calacat explained.

She said the bertiver plant resembles a lemon grass but with more penetrating roots, thus, recommended to hold the soil and prevent landslide in the slope.

Calacat estimated the entire project would take 120 calendar days, but Engr. Duran of CCM Construction explained that it would take them 150 days to finish the project.

While bulldozing is ongoing, Calacat said the traffic has been re-routed to the SIP road which is at the other side of the elevation to keep motorists and travelling public safe by skipping the portion of the national highway where the land mass fell during the landslide.

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Cadastral Survey in Bohol and Visayas Region

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR) 7 is preparing to conduct a cadastral survey of more than 73,000 hectares in Central Visayas this year, an official said.

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Maximo O. Dichoso said the cadastral survey will cost more than P163 million and which will be implemented in selected towns in the region this year.

Dichoso said President Benigno S. Aquino lll has ordered the agency to hasten and complete the cadastral survey in support of the government’s various projects such as land titling, land use planning, taxation and internal revenue allotment (IRA) programs for the different municipalities nationwide.

Dichoso said reforms in the country’s land services are aimed at promoting productivity of idle lands in the country and help boost economic prosperity.

”The cadastral survey program is seriously pursued as it is instrumental in efficient patent distribution and accelerating countryside development,” he said.

Cadastral survey is one made on an extensive areas covering an entire municipality or city, consisting of several parcels of land, undertaken for the purpose of land registration.

In Cebu, the target for the survey is 25,710 hectares or 34.90 percent of the total project with a budget estimate of P49.879 million covering the municipalities of Minglanilla, Argao, Tuburan and Tabuelan.

In Negros Oriental, the project covers the municipalities of Manjuyod, Pamplona, Dauin and Zamboanguita with the biggest target survey area of 37,456 hectares or 50.85 percent and a budget of P87.99 million.

There are 5,158 hectares allocated for survey with a budget of P24.58 million covering municipalities of Tubigon, President Carlos Garcia and Danao in Bohol Province.

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Power Supply in Bohol, Philippines

Second district’s development blueprint, now in the offing, and the barangay masterplan, focus on self-sufficiency in supply of power, water and food.

Rep. Erico Aumentado aims to equip the second district with enough facilities that will ease power supply shortage seen in the next 10 years.

Moreover, the foreseen development in Bohol would hike the demand for more electricity supply, aside from the fact that there were still many sub-villages in the province that have no power supply yet.

One of the solutions that Aumentado proposed is the Bohol NorthEast Basin Multi-Purpose Dam eyed in barangay Concepcion, Danao, which can produce 10-megawatt hydro-power supply and irrigate about 19,000 hectares of ricelands–1,353.95 hectares in Danao, 3,520.92 hectares in San Miguel, 5,945.59 hectares in Trinidad, 1,770.50 hectares in Dagohoy, 1,896.12 hectares in Bien Unido, and 4,530.20 hectares in Ubay.

Downstream of the dam, an Ayala-led firm and Sta. Clara Corp. started another project that can produce 7.2-8.2 megawatts of power.

Aumentado said he would further discuss irrigation and hydro-power projects on Jan. 24 in a meeting in Manila with Energy Sec. Jose Rene Almendras and NIA Administrator Tony Nangel, the country representative of KOICA, National Economic and Development authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan and representatives of Sun West Corp.

Irrigation and hydro-power projects would be significant in the development plan that would be drafted by the barangays with the help of NEDA, Department of Energy Regional Director Antonio Labios, PPA Manager Manuel Boholano, Agricultural Promotions Center Manager Eugene Cahiles, and local officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), PENRO Nestor Canda and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). – by Angeline Valencia

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Development Projects in Bohol at Barangay Level

The 14 towns in Bohol’s second district have formed sub-district clusters to identify development projects at the barangay level based on prioritization in the Integrated Barangay Development Masterplan that is expected to be finished by August this year with the help of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional office.

Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd District) recently gathered the mayors and municipal planning and development coordinators of the 14 towns at the Ecotourism Business Center of Buenavista to finalize the work and financial plan of the Integrated Barangay Development Planning Project with the steering committee and the technical working group.

In the meeting, the second district towns were divided into four sub-district areas (SDA). The first group comprises of Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, and Jetafe; the second SDA — Talibon, Bien Unido, and Trinidad; SDA 3 — San Isidro, Sagbayan, Danao, Dagohoy, and San Miguel; and SDA 4 — Ubay and President Carlos P. Garcia.

Rustica Mascariñas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 facilitated the meeting, while Maria Teresa Alambra of NEDA-7 took charge of the orientation workshop on sub-district area planning.

Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol, who hosted the steering committee meeting and the orientation workshop on the sub-district area planning, expressed enthusiasm on the barangay-based development.

He initially discussed partnership with Mayors Thomas Louis Gonzaga of Danao, Germinio Relampagos of Dagohoy, Claudio Bonior of San Miguel, and Jacinto Narraga of San Isidro. Vice Mayor Charito Lao represented Sagbayan.

The Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) federated presidents of Clarin, Inabanga and Talibon represented their areas; while Inabanga Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy, Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero, and CPG Mayor Tesalonica Boyboy were represented by their municipal planning and development coordinators.

The clustering has been patterned after the Bohol Integrated Area Development (BIAD) plan to which Aumentado attributed the strategic implementation of circumferential road, irrigation projects and the Leyte-Bohol Interconnection Project during his past stints as congressman and later as governor.

“In the past, second district lagged behind in development. BIAD masterplanning set the direction, so the second district later managed to catch up with first and third districts, and even went ahead in the road concreting program. That’s why we have the Integrated Barangay Development Planning Project (IBDPP) now as a sequel of BIADP to continue the pace of development, but we now focus on the barangays,” Aumentado said.(Angeline Valencia, PNA)

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Making Bohol a center for educational excellence

Closing n on the dream of making Bohol a center for educational excellence in the region, Governor Edgar Chatto said launching the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) next year and engaging the country’s education secretary would be a big step.

At his weekly radio program aired live over local radio stations, Chatto revealed that no less than secretary and another top official of the Department of Education (DepEd) will be here within the week.

Despite a 93% literacy rating, local officials noted that landing better jobs for graduates is still an issue.

Amidst troubled educational system in the country, local officials have resolved to address at least the basic need of tooling of high school graduates to get them better chances of a job.

Earlier, Chatto cited a recent study that shows a high rate of high school students not making it to college.

Picking up education as an administration’s priority, Chatto drew a system where technical and vocational skills training in the high school would be put in, to assure young workers better chances of jobs.

Upon learning of the successful implementation of a (DLP) as pioneered by Jagna town couple Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido, he said such could be done in Bohol.

Themselves noted physicists and academicians, the Bernido couple developed an efficient learning and teaching method, one that Chatto hopes could be replicated in Bohol secondary schools.

The Bernidos, who administer Central Visayas Institute in Jagna has implemented a student centered learning system, where teaching focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures.

A blog at says “the set-up is 70% student activity–30% lecture/discussion, and usually national experts do the majority of the lectures via video. The students learn independently, because each activity is provided with a clear, learning target.”

“The student will try to understand the lesson on their own by reading the concept notes and by doing the exercises before the lesson is discussed and explained,” the blog shared.

Some examples of student activities are solving exercises, answering guide questions and copying notes.

“Each student keeps a portfolio of his work as a representative documentation of his schoolwork. This would later on serve as his reviewer and proof also of his performance in school.”

The program includes a portfolio of learning activities to be individually accomplished by the students, and closely-associated weekly video-based lectures featuring National Expert Teachers.

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Bohol Broadcast Journalist’s House Targeted for Arson

Suspected arsonists attempted to put to torch the residence of radio commentator Kagawad Roberto “Batchoy” Alba early dawn yesterday in outskirt barangay San Isidro, this city.

Alba who is a barangay kagawad in Poblacion 2 anchors the top-rated “Pulso” radio program over dyRD.

PO3 Edwin Torres, Jr of the city PNP found the left-front fender of his Toyota Avanza burned as well as a portion of the bamboo fence near the car. A water hose and rags near the car also got burned.

SFO2 Cirilo Gamba also arrived at the scene to conduct separate probe on the incident.

Alba said it was his house help who called his attention past 6 o’clock yesterday morning regarding the damaged fence as well as the burnt portion of his red Avanza.

He recalled hearing the barking of his dogs at around 3 a.m. yesterday.

“It was pure intimidation and harassment that the suspects did to me,” the radio commentator said while asserting that the incident will not stop him from crusading against bad governance.  – Bohol Chronicle

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