MARINA sets motorized banca registration

Marina Boat RegistrationTAGBILARAN CITY –The Maritime Industry Authority of Region 7 will conduct a mobile registration of boats on October 12 to 14 in Panglao, Bohol.

MARINA officer Norma Enriquez said during the Kapihan sa PIA that motorboats should be registered with the agency and the said mobile registration will be conducted for island-hopping as well as dolphin watching bancas and cruises and other motorized boats to legalize their operations.

Enriquez encouraged local government units especially in Panglao to help disseminate this information on the campaign on registration of unregistered bancas.

Enriquez further said operators should seek clearance from PCG before their motorized bancas depart from their ports of origin, as the vessels are not supposed to operate commercially without authority.

Philippine Coast Guard Bohol District Commander Benjie Quinisio said that for scenarios like this, it would be dangerous for motorized bancas to operate as unregistered vessels.

“They have to register for the safety of the passengers and crew,” he said, adding that the people should stop patronizing “colorum” motorized bancas for their own good.

The owner of the motorized banca should also secure passenger insurance before being allowed to operate.

MARINA is an agency which works hand in hand with the PCG to integrate the development, promotion and regulation of the maritime industry in the country. (J. Anne Cruz)



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TAGBILARAN CITY—- Coastal Clean-Up activity was conducted last September 16, 2016 by the Sama-Bajau at the coastal area of Barangay Totolan, Dauis.

The Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual activity to rid shorelines of garbage and raise awareness on protection of the environment. It is one of the several activities of the Bohol Chapter that implemented to address environmental issues.

The Bajau’s around the area gathered on coasts and waterways to remove trash and everyone participated actively regarding the coastal clean-up and cleaning on their surroundings as well. The Bajau’s who helped on the said activity will receive a food pack based on their attendance. The activity results will aid in better waste management policies, plans, and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.

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Nowadays, everyone must cooperate and volunteer in any activity that tackles about environment stated by the Day Care worker of Sama-Bajau Ms. Marife Melencion, hence it is not just ordinary activity but by the help of this coastal clean-up and by the Bajau community they can overcome the difficulties in dealing with the garbage in shorelines especially in their areas for everyone’s betterment. (Bethyl Faith Alo)

Values Re-Affirmation Seminar

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The Community Development Division under the OPSWD assessed the former members of the New People’s Army together with their families and other KRs beneficiaries from their different respected hometowns about the Values Re-affirmation for the benefit of their group

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In the seminar the speakers discussed about self-awareness, understanding the bases of personal values, belief and worldview. The seminar entails the characters of each member, sharing experiences and creating inventory values for themselves. (Bethyl Faith Alo)

Janssen Radio launched in Bohol

Janssen Radio or DYJR 106.5 FM was officially launched in Holy Name University on September 13, 2016.

HNU President Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD, announced that Janssen Radio is now officially on air and thanked all those who made the launching of the radio station possible.

The event was attended by Bohol Chronicle Radio Corporation (BCRC) General Manager Peter Dejaresco, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II, Word Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Fr. Eduardo Rocha, SVD, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and the administration as well as the students and faculty of Holy Name University.

DYJR 106.5 is a non-commercial radio station as it primarily serves the interests of students, teachers, and the internal and external stakeholders of the university.

Its transmission runs from three to five kilometer-radius which means it can reach the whole area of Dampas up to Lindaville, Tagbilaran City.

The station broadcasts mainly in English with some Cebuano programming included.

The objective of the radio station is to educate the students and to provide quality information as well as entertainment while producing dynamic Communication students who will be media practitioners in the future.

Being the fifth campus radio station run by the SVDs nationwide, Janssen Radio is in line with Blessed Arnold Janssen’s mission “to be witnesses of the word and messengers of evangelization.”

The crowd were entertained by HNU Chorale Choir Master Fr. Irvin Garsuta and a Paujong performance by the Diwanag Dance Theater and Cultural Troupe. (J. Anne Cruz)