PGBh hosts Digital Bohol Summit

Digital Bohol SummitThe Provincial Government of Bohol, in partnership with the City Government of Tagbilaran, Bohol ICT Council, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other local ICT-BPM stakeholders hosted the Digital Bohol Summit today and on October 15, 2016 at MetroCentre Hotel and Panda Tea Garden, respectively.

The forum talked about countryside development, e-innovations, digital economy, IT-BPM growth and prospects, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) service management program, Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS), and creative design.

Moreover, the forum tackled about Tagbilaran City’s vision for urban growth and resilience, the models of growth for creating Next Wave Cities, commitment for connectivity infrastructure by PLDT and Globe, and Bohol Tech 4 Ed project updates.

On October 15, there will be different breakout sessions regarding the next wave cities compliance, academe’s role in talent development, and further sessions about RIS Philippines and Tech4Ed.

A highlight of the event was the launching of the Digital Bohol Project in coordination with OCEANS 16 (Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions) Summit organizing committee.

The organizers of the said summit aim to rise up to the challenge of building a really strong partnership between the national ICT-BPM players and local stakeholders and generating support in regaining Bohol’s position as an attractive location particularly the city of Tagbilaran as an ICT-BPM hub in the country. (J. Anne Cruz)


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)

ALSWDOPI Monthly Conference

ALSWDOPI Monthly Conference was held on August 26, 2016 at the JJ’s Seafood’s Restaurant that was spearheaded by the PSWDO Head Mrs. Carmelita Tecson.

During the conference the representatives of Couples for Christ (CFC) presented their program proposal for Bohol’s Drug surrenderees. The special guests were Mr. Ramon Arguellas from National Training for Boys (Boys town) and Mr. Francisco Ureta, from Couples for Christ (CFC). They pointed out to their discussion the importance to know that an addiction is associated with other addictions and to understand that in drug addiction, “how you think is how you behave”.

In the meeting they also tackled about the needs assessment for the Implementation of Comprehensive Substance Abuse Surrenderees Program. Synergy of Social Welfare and Development Programs and other Matters such as the activity that was done which is the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and the concerns rose regarding the Galing Purok Award.

It was highlighted during the presentation that the Provincial Government of Bohol is decisive to have a comprehensive rehabilitation program for Persons with Substance Abused Disorders (PSAD). These interventions were Center Based Rehabilitation, Out Patient Rehabilitation and Community Based Recovery Suppose System. It was also stressed out during the meeting the Center for Drug Education and Counseling (CDEC) and the BOOTCAMP Psychological Program for Drug Surrenderees as well as the Matrix IOP Approach (MIOP) .

Moreover, they welcome more volunteers to solve our illegal drug menance and looking forward for the finalization of the different kinds of programs needed to be implemented for the Provincial Government’s rehabilitation program for the betterment of those illegal drug dependents primarily to lead them to the roadmap to recovery. (Bethyl Faith Alo)

PMA scouts for more Boholanos

PMA ExamsLieutenant Colonel Carlito Tiongko Buslon, Command Chaplain of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), urged the Boholanos to take the entrance examination this August 21 to be conducted at Nursing Skills Laboratory, Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City.


The examination will start at 7:00 am and will end at 3:00 pm. Applicants can get application forms at Camp Dagohoy before the examination day. Other requirements in taking the exam are Birth Certificate, Form 137 (High School Graduate) or grades on the previous semester (College student), 2×2 colored ID picture with white background, and any valid identification card.

The exam covers Math, English, Abstract Reasoning, and Logic just like any other entrance tests.

The PMA entrance examination is a perfect opportunity for those who wanted to pursue college but cannot afford. It does not only offer quality education and excellent training but also world-class facility equipment. Each cadet also receives a 27K allowance and salary every month.

PMA promotes positive leadership and well-obtained discipline. Be part of the family. Take the PMA challenge, take the entrance exam. (J. Anne Cruz)

Federalism Forum: PDU30-CORE Constitutional Reformers to Federalism

The Federalism Forum was hosted by the Provincial Government of Bohol in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government with Atty. Raul Lambino as the keynote speaker.


Participants were mayors and vice-mayors, board members and city officials, ABC presidents of the national government, business sector, NGOs/CSOs, academe and youth sector leaders, media, religious sector, and MEB members.

The forum aims to inform and educate people on what Federalism is all about that they might understand its advantages and possible constraints leading to a unified position on the said new form of government. (J. Anne Cruz)


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)