Gov. Chatto accepts IT BPM Challenge

TAGBILARAN CITY- Gov. Edgar Chatto is willing to take on the challenge to make Bohol as one of the next wave cities in the country.

Aside from willingness, the Provincial Government is ready to hurdle obstacles in order to make Bohol the next wave province in the country, Chatto added.

He highlighted a very clear target during the Forum on How to make Bohol an IT BPM ready province. The activity is timely because Pres. Aquino has just signed the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Law also known as RA 10844.

The next wave cities program is one of the four pillars of the Digital Philippine’s Initiative. It is a collaborative project with the Information Technology and Business Association Of the Philippines that focuses on the Development of IT BPM eco systems in Regional cities in the Philippines.

Being a next wave city it will meet atleast 10,000 BPO jobs for Bohol in particular for Tagbilaran City.

Today can be considered as the jumpstart in the first of hundreds of meetings between the Provincial Government, the City Government, the Bohol Chamber and also other working lines agency and the respective sectors to reach that “MOONSHOT” the experts like Leechiu Property Consultants that can help us to achieve the 10,000 jobs by 2017.

The forum was also attended by representatives from the City of Tagbilaran, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and the Bohol Information Communication Technology Council (BICTC) with Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. (Bethyl Faith Alo)



Bohol Negosyo Center continue its advocacy of promoting job generation through MSMEs

Bohol Negosyo Center (BNC) in cooperation with Bohol Investment Promotion Center (BIPC) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) established another series of free seminars this year under the Basic Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Transformation (BEST) program with the theme, “Gabay Negosyo sa Pag-asenso.”

BEST is a program designed to give the registered Micro-Small Enterprises (MSMEs) of Bohol an added value or benefit for registering their business. Bohol Negosyo Center aimed to reflect that the MSMEs are more privileged than those who belonged to the underground economy for the Center are conducting seminars based on the priority needs and interests of the clients (i.e. food, accounting, etc).

Bohol Negosyo Center continued its advocacy of promoting job generation and inclusive growth through the development of Micro-Small Enterprises (MSMEs) by providing services to registered business clients in the province.

The Center also provided expert advice and free consultations to the clients. They will know the needs of the aspiring local entrepreneurs through customer feedback forms that were distributed in every session.

BPIC and DTI are targeting for seven Negosyo Centers in Bohol. They are hoping to establish a Center in towns such as Carmen, Ubay, and Talibon which could be a means of another learning venue for start-ups. They are also hoping that these Centers would also implement the Bohol’s “BEST” program to guide all the aspiring local entrepreneurs of Bohol towards the road of success. (Bethyl Faith Alo)

AIDS candlelight memorial highlights awareness drive

A Candlelight memorial was held recently at the Rizal Park, Tagbilaran City with this year’s theme “Engage, Educate and Empower”.

The International AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Candlelight Memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness and honor those who died because of the epidemic.

The Department of Health (DOH) conducted HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing and counseling. HIV has become a chronic disease and millions of people are currently living with it. And this disease remains a formidable case. The activity emphasizes the need for people affected by HIV to work together in response to HIV.

HIV/AIDS prevention program is a regular program of the Red Cross particularly at the Red Cross Youth department. They have a program called HAPE-SAPE which means HIV AIDS Prevention Program and Substance Abused Prevention Program. And they are regularly conducting the HAPE-SAPE in every training of the Red Cross Youth.

The activity was attended by the employees of the Provincial Health Office. Gov. Edgar Chatto who was on official trip to Manila was represented by Isabelo ‘Tatay Billy’ Tongco.

Also gracing the event were Valentino Gamutin, city executive assistant representing Mayor John Geesnell ‘’Baba’’ Yap; George T. Lim, chairman, RCY Service; Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot, MD, Department of Health Head, Boel ESPINAS, RN, Nurse V National Aids and STI Prevention and Control Program and Leonita Relamida, HIV/STI coordinator, Population Commission Officer; Dr. Apollo John Bernaldez, City Health Officer; Emmanuel Pilayre, REA, CSR Fund Generation, Volunteers and Red Cross Youth Services, Jinky Allen Vale, CYC president and Christine Joy Bongcaras, RCY chairman HAPE-SAPE and the Red Cross staff.

Philippine Red Cross-Bohol Chapter Administrator Merlinda G. Batoy in her message said, ‘’We should not discriminate peoplenwho are affected by HIV and we also honored them though there are some people which they think that HIV victims are not good persons then we twisted their minds with the program with activity, with the testimonials of those affected over the screen so it enlightens the minds of the people that though there are people affected by this epidemic they should be also treated as a normal human person”.

As a person they have the right to be respected, not to be discriminated and they have the right to go on with their lives as a normal person, Batoy added.

They are organizing youth and schools even out of schools to participate in the Red Cross voluntarism program and they called it Red Cross Youth.

Batoy was also hoping that parents, teachers, elderly will guide their children to become part of the humanitarian organizations so that they might be trained, enhanced and they can harness their talents in the Red Cross Way. (Bethyl Faith Alo)