CHICAGO (FAXX/jGLi) – The Central Visayan Province of Bohol in the Philippines is adding its security forces as a come-on for tourists and investors, who want to sample its tourist spots as the rolling Chocolate Hills, the Sandugo (blood compact) Festival and other pristine beaches as they conduct their business in the home province of the Philippines’ eighth president (Carlos P. Garcia) and the site of the oldest Philippine Catholic church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Baclayon.
Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto told hundreds of members and guests during the induction of officers of the Confederation of Boholanos in U.S.A. and Canada (CONBUSAC) led by Larry Galang of Carmen, Bohol and New Jersey at the Gala Night of the three-day international biennial convention Saturday (July 6) at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois that Boholano Dr. Ramie Cadag accompanied Joe Gough and Joseph Gennusa of the New York City Emergency Management and Detectives Donald Lasala and David Norman of the NYPD-ESU (New York Police Department – Emergency Service Unit) to Tagbilaran City to train members of the City’s local police on how to respond to emergency situations.
The program called Telephone and Radio System Integrated Response, whose acronym TaRSIER conjures the namesake of the fist-sized monkey, the smallest in the world, which is endemic in the province and the neighboring islands of Samar, Leyte and Mindanao, comes in tandem with the training of the City’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
In TaRSIER in Tagbilaran, which is equivalent to dialing an emergency telephone Nos. 9-1-1 in North America, the emergency phone number to dial is 1-1-7. TaRSIER is believed to be the first emergency, first responders in the Philippines.
Like dialing 9-1-1, dialing 1-1-7 should only be done for emergency circumstances for heart attack or stroke, house fire, domestic violence, burglary or theft in progress, car accidents, suspicious activities or anything else that seems like an emergency.
Nobody should dial 1-1-7 for non-emergency situations or prank calls as doing so could be a crime.
“JAWS OF LIFE”
The 53-year-old newly re-elected governor thanked Conbusac members Port Washington, New York-based homereachfoundation.org led by Dr.
Cadag and co-chair Dr. Teofilo (Pepe) R. Recitas for making possible the six-day training of TaRSIER in coordination with Bohol provincial government that included skills in advanced medical care, vehicular extraction, advanced water course, underwater search-and-rescue and public safety diving.
With 30 first responders, TaRSIER was also provided with equipment such as “jaws of life,” power saws, rebar cutters, safety goggles and gloves, SearchCams donated by volunteers.
Although he considers Bohol to be generally peaceful, Attorney Chatto welcomed TaRSIER and SWAT in the province with 1.2-million population to make Bohol truly “an ideal place to live in and do business.”
Mr. Chatto also thanked Conbusac for artificial insemination program, which gives away semen of carabaos and cattle that provide income to small-earning families and the introduction of M-R-I (magnetic resonance imaging) to the Bohol Medical Care Institute, a first in the whole province.
“Thanks to TBTK,” Mr. Chatto said, referring to Conbusac’s program’s initial for “Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan” (Gathering of Boholanos All Over the World) held every two years.
Speaking extemporaneously for 30 minutes, Mr. Chatto said, “We anchor our programs on health, education, agriculture and tourism, information communication technology, which are job-creating sectors for BPO’s (business processing outsourcing) and TPO’s calling centers, (which are) added sources of revenues as well as jobs and livelihood of the people dependent on good plans, implementation and blessings from the Almighty.”
He said the National Statistical Coordinating Board of the Philippines has reported a drop in poverty incidence in Bohol by six points equivalent to 16 percent reduction from 2009 to 2013; rice production in Bohol is highest in region, a positive increase while others in the region had negative due to El Nino. Bohol used science and technology as “we flew the plane seeding the clouds,” saving farmlands, with 2.7 growth increase and positive growth of region 7; Bohol never reached tonnage of 3.0 metric tons per hectare of rice but in 2013 Bohol made it to 3.08 MT of rice per hectare in rice production, surpassing past years. Farmers should be praised for this positive impact to the total community, a comparative advantage in the market in the region; investment in 2012 was recorded at 12.2-billion pesos (US$290-M) by Bohol Investment Promotions Center with new hotels, new resorts and new investments flowing into province’s micro investments, and small businesses totaling 1.2-billion pesos (US$28-M).
BIG-TICKET PROJECTS IN BOHOL
Among the big-ticket projects in Bohol are:
1. Airport in the island of Panglao promised by President Aquino to be done by 2016 is now starting to be implemented; the DOTC secretary went to the site of project; with the bidding process, source of fund, and the building of Panglao resettlement project for people owning household affected by airport project (underway);
2. Hospital modernization program. He visited a partner in Michigan, the World Medical Relief foundation, with Dr. Cadag, Betty Garcia and
his wife, Balilihan, Bohol Vice Mayor Pureza Chatto, and will be sending equipment in 10 government hospitals;
3. Phase 2 of implementation of port of cruise ship in Katagbakan of Bohol;
4. Nationalization of roads, finished all circumference road, interior roads;
5. Tourism – construction of Bellevue Hotel resort, a bigger, Henann resort with separate 400-room convention center in Panglao;
6. Agriculture and info technology; and
7. Money flowing, new banks opened in the province, Central Bank putting up complete P300-M (US$7.1-M) facility with 40-member staff as Tagbilaran CB branch, (a testament) economists (are) looking at financial analysis with Bohol’s tremendous growth and economy, water, power supplies support needed infrastructure.
Inducted new Conbusac officers for 2013-2015 were Larry Galang, of Carmen and New Jersey, president; Dr. Rhine Pamaong, Tagbilaran/Toronto (Canada), senior vice president; Fidela Uy, Loboc/Toronto, auditor; regional vice presidents, Suzette Boiser, Tagbilaran/New York, North East, USA; Denny Auza, Talibon/Florida, South West USA; Avelina Romero, Tagbilaran, North Central, USA; Lorenzo Galang, Carmen, South Central, USA; Cora Tumambong L’Amour, Loboc, North West USA; Gigi Apalisoc-Stringer, Tagbilaran, Northern California; Ronnie Manug, Bilar, Southern California; and Dr. Romy Sinajon, Albur/Brampton, Eastern Canada.
Boholano Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, led the opening prayer and blessing for the food; outgoing Conbusac President Dr. Neil Bonje welcomed the members and guests; and Vice Consul Ricarte B. Abejuella III, gave an inspiration message. Gov. Chatto was introduced by Johnny Torralba, second president of Conbusac and first president of Circulo Boholano (1982-1992).
Winners in the popularity beauty contests were Fidela Uy, Loboc/Burlington (Ontario), Mrs. Conbusac 2013; Corazon “Nenet” B. Sepulveda, Tagbilaran/San Clemente, CA, first runner-up to Mrs. Conbusac 2013 and Best Filipina Terno; Marilou Galang, Manila/Paramus, NJ, second runner-up to Mrs. Conbusac, Mrs. Congeniality and Mrs. Conbusac Tourism; and Marissa Cumba Carmody, winner of Best Evening Gown, Miss Talent, Most Photogenic and Mrs. Conbusac Tourism.
The next TBTK or Conbusac convention is slated in 2015 in New Jersey.
INDUCTION: Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto (left) inducts the 2013-15 officers of the Confederation of Boholanos in U.S.A. and Canada (CONBUSAC) led by Larry Galang of Carmen, Bohol and New Jersey at the Gala Night of the three-day international biennial convention Saturday (July 6) at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois led by Larry Galang (from extreme right but not necessarily in order), of Carmen and New Jersey, president; Dr. Rhine Pamaong, Tagbilaran/Toronto (Canada), senior vice president; Fidela Uy, Loboc/Toronto, auditor; regional vice presidents, Suzette Boiser, Tagbilaran/New York, North East, USA; Denny Auza, Talibon/Florida, South West USA; Avelina Romero, Tagbilaran, North Central, USA; Lorenzo Galang, Carmen, South Central, USA; Cora Tumambong L’Amour, Loboc, North West USA; Gigi Apalisoc-Stringer, Tagbilaran, Northern California; Ronnie Manug, Bilar, Southern California; and Dr. Romy Sinajon, Albur/Brampton, Eastern Canada. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
BEAUTIES AND ESCORTS: Fidela Uy (fourth from right), escorted by her husband, Luvino Uy, winner of Mrs. Conbusac 2013, smiles as she is joined by her court, Marilou Galang (extreme left), escorted by her husband, Larry Galang, newly-inducted 2013-15 Conbusac President, Second Runner-up to 2013 Mrs. Conbusac and was also adjudged Mrs. Conbusac Tourism and Mrs. Congeniality; Marissa Cumba Carmody (to Ms. Galang’s left), escorted by Dr. Cesar Cumba, winner of Best Evening Gown, Mrs. Talent, Most Photogenic and Mrs. Conbusac Tourism and Corazon “Nenet” B. Sepulveda, escorted by former Circulo Boholano President Jason Pagsisihan, first runner-up to 2013 Mrs. Conbusac and Best Filipiniana Terno. The top fund-raiser of the candidates grossed $17,000; the lowest money raised was $7,000. Faye Lamdagan, treasurer of Conbusac committee 2011-2013, said the convention raised $70,000 and could reach $100,000, the bulk of which was pledged by outgoing Conbusac President Dr. Neil Bonje’s project for the Carlos P. Garcia Playground in Tagbilaran, Bohol. The coronation was among the highlights of the Gala Night of the biennial three-day international convention of the Confederation of Boholanos in U.S.A. and Canada (Conbusac) held Saturday (July 6) atthe Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. (FAXX/jGLi Photo by Joseph G. Lariosa)
WITH THE GOVERNOR: Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto (second from right) obliges a photo opportunity with Rey Anub Juan (to the Governor’s right), a doctor of veterinary medicine in the Philippines-turned inventor and business entrepreneur in Toronto’s suburb of Brampton, Canada, of Bilar, Bohol, who invited reporter Joseph G. Lariosa (extreme left), a fraternity brother at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines, to attend the Gala Night of the biennial three-day international convention of the Confederation of Boholanos in U.S.A. and Canada (Conbusac) held Saturday (July 6) at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where the governor of the Philippine Central Visayan province was the guest of honor and speaker. Looking on is Ms. Susan E. Dilkes, Executive Director of FASGI Community Wellness Center of Los Angeles, California. (FAXX/jGLi Photo)