USAID conducts 2-day seminar on OFW and Anti Trafficking in Persons
By: Priscilla Richards
June 8, 2008
Participants of the 2-day OFW and Anti-Trafficking in Persons
seminar held at Soledad Suites, Tagbilaran City. (Priscilla
Some transit drivers
and owners of public transportation stated this week in a two day
seminar said that it is hard exactly to identify those persons who
ride the transit systems as to who are those persons that are being
illegally transported, to other destinations and being used for
During a USAIDS seminar
and briefing held this past week at Soledad suites given by Anne Fox
who represents the USAID office in Makati City.
The two day briefing
and seminar was attended by workers of Coca Cola, Bohol Tourism
Office, along with child and social workers, and the Philippines
provincial women’s and children’s police desk.
The two day seminar
covered the topic of R.A. 9208 “Anti Trafficking Act of 2003”. The
two day event also focused on Illegal Acts of job hiring by illegal
recruiters, and discussed on how to handle and fill out forms of
persons who are victims in such activity.
It was also suggested
by one member of the media who was present for the two day seminar
that at all ports of entry there should be a sign posted or flyers
handed out to tourist who do not know the laws when it comes to
dating women here or handed out to those persons who may want the
hiring of Philippines persons by means of an illegal recruiting
Many foreigner men
coming to the island often do not know what the laws are when it
comes to dating women who might be under age.
They will come here to
live and end up becoming domesticated and have helpers working for
them and these foreigners should be guided as in how to conduct and
treat the domestic help as mentioned as concerns by some who
attended the seminar.
The tourism department
for Bohol liked the suggestion and at the end of the first day’s
seminar was seen trying to ask the PNP personal who attended on what
things should be included of such an information sheet.
What is Trafficking in
Trafficking in Persons
is an illegal act and is considered a violation of human rights and
inimical to human dignity and national development.
It includes the
following: Recruitment, transportation, or transfer of harboring or
receipt of person;
If it is done with or
without the persons consent or knowledge; It is done within or
across national boundaries;
If it is committed by
means of threat, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud,
deception, abuse of power or position, giving or receiving of
payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having
actual control over another person; and if it is done for the
purpose of exploitation such as sexual exploitation, forced labor or
services, slavery, and removal or sale of organs or other similar
What are the three
categories of Trafficking in Persons (TIP)?
1.) Acts of trafficking in persons.
2.) Acts that promote trafficking in persons.
3.) Qualified trafficking in persons.
During the OFW portion
of the discussion forms were presented to participants and they were
instructed on how to fill out forms against the victims in either
A newspaper leaflet was
included in the packet given to the participants during the seminar
and it included legal recruiting agencies affiliated with POEA
DepEd launches Brigada Eskwela '08, Computer turnover rites
By: Gregorio Tavera / Maureen Morascallo
June 8, 2008
TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL: DEpEd-Jagna, in the brink of
preparations for SY
2008-2009, formally launched Brigada
Eskwela 2008 (top right) on Monday. On the same day, the
teachers who took up basic computer lessons (top left) also
received their certificates of training using the 25 sets of new
computers donated by former 3rd Dist. Cong. Eladio Jala (right) at
the Jagna Central Elementary Multi-Purpose Hall. (Tony Ranque)
Jagna - Considered as a significant intervention activity in the
schools’ physical faciulities management, Brigada Eskwela 2008 was launched here
on June 2 by Department of Education (DepEd) officials and teachers at the Jagna
Central Elemntary School ground.
This was spearheaded by the tandem of the youthful and energetic schools
district coordinating principal Mrs. Delfina Olaa and Jagna Central Elementary
School Principal Mrs. Thelma Jalop.
The affair was truly a meaningful event as the whole teaching force of the
district and the people in the private sector like the People’s Organization
(POs), the Local Government Unit (LGU), the Federation of Parent-Teacher
Association (FPTA) and the community were involved.
Although the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Elpidio Jala, Ph.D. wasn’t able
to attend the occasion due to conflict of time, Assistant Schools Division
Superintendent Maria Lina Namocatcat took his place.
Together in attendance were division executive officers Ernesto Calamba, Mrs.
Sonia Flor Kapirig and Mrs. Tarcisia Quilatan and Florencio Talan, the Division
Brigada Eskwela Coordinator.
DepEd officials in the higher echelons included Dr. Vivian Yarte, the Regional
Supervisor in the alternative Learning System (ALS) with her Division
counterpart Mrs. Generosa Landagan.
The group that visited here were on their provincewide task force caravan in
support of this massive voluntary action now institutionalized by DepEd.
It was learned that one of the underlying interests on this particular
innovative measure embarked by the school is the preparation of the classrooms,
teaching materials and devises and other physical facilities for ready use in
the opening of classes that would spell the attainment of quality education.
Meanwhile, former 3rd District of Bohol Congressman Eladio “Boy” Jala, the
generous donor of the 25 sets of computer was present to personally turn-over
“These sets of computer are all brand new... to include the printer machines which
are of durable quality."
"I encouraged the teachers to use these equipments for
your pupils’ benefits…after all these are not for the teachers but for the
learners themselves. Please take good care of these,” said Atty. Boy Jala.
8th Bohol Ballet Dance Studio
By: Jerome Fiel Gabin
June 8, 2008
After the month-long classes at the
studio along Belderol Street, the students of Bohol Ballet Dance
Studio (BBDS) showed their entertaining repertoire during the dance
recital held recently at the MetroCetre Hotel.
Dr. Arlene Uy, BBDS director,
welcomed the parents and guests who came to view the dance
presentations of the 3 groups composed of:
Maria Theresa Bolonghita,
Margaret Victoria Sandidge, Andrea Nicole A. Stevens, Vivienne Kyla
G. Abad, Vivienne Kylie G. Abad, Vinessa Kathleen G. Abad, Katrina
Deloso Vito, Jemimah Shinani K. Tac-an, Amie Margaret Nazareno,
Frances Lauren Ceballos, Cyreen Cabahug and Nicole Keanna Apsay
Fejay Louise Crerier, Claire C.
Hongayo, Erin Kate Javellana, Calista Venus F. Williams, Sophia
Nicole L. Lim, Angela Mari Lechago, Ilia Ramiro Tirol and Seika
Matsuura (Group 2);
Group 3 - Hazel Pioquinto, AJ
Wincielou Johanna Araoarao Gabin, Danielle Mae Autentico Floresca,
Kyle Kimberlet Wayne C. Anobling, Marneth Amber J. Uy, Mariane
Ashley J. Uy and Nicole Kimberly Apsay (Group 3).
During the recital, Louanna
Sabellano Castañares, Physical Education teacher of the University
of San Jose – Recoletos who facilitated the summer workshop, also
performed together with the members of Cebu City-based San Diego
Dance Troupe, aside from the ballet, Hawaiian, Tahitian and modern
dance numbers of the participants.
Bohol SK Pop Idol '08 winners
By: Hope Lomotos / Vernel
June 8, 2008
One of the highlights of the Bohol Youth
Week celebration for this year, the Bohol SK Pop Idol once again gathered
the most talented youth in the field of singing coming from different
municipalities of the province for the grand finals held at the Island City
Mall Activity Center.
Tubigon’s Mary Grace Torreon belted Regine
Velasquez’ version of “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” which won for her the top
Regine Gamutan of Valencia who sang Whitney
Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” got second place, while Maria Cielo Angelie
Cajes, the newly-crowned “Mutya sa Trinidad,” who rendered her
interpretation of “Stand Up for Love” placed third.
Board Member Jane Censoria Del Rosario Cajes
(extreme right), Bohol Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president, awarded
the prizes to the winners assisted by the judges - Nova Jean P. Malolot,
Fiel Angeli E. Araoarao – Gabin and Engr. Alexis Geral M. Balista.
Other contestants were Leonila Hinampas
(Candijay), Roanne Marie Vallota (loay), Sarah Jane Olaivar (Guindulman),
Dexter Ladaga (Garcia-Hernandez), Melody Rafols (Alicia), Al Francis Tamsi
(Loon), and Mabel Enoraba.
longer the Hotel BDRC without prisoner luxuries
By: Priscilla Richards
June 8, 2008
Just like the popular song made famous by the Eagles group “Welcome to the
Hotel California”, the prisoners who are now being contained and held at the
Bohol Detention and Rehabilitation Center (BDRC) are no longer enjoying as
if they are guest in the Hotel BDRC.
Prisoners can no longer check in
any time that they want at Hotel BDRC bringing their contraband along with
them that includes such items as heaters, Tanduay Rum, scissors, cell
phones, and car stereos, aluminum sticks, improvised knives, numerous
disposable shavers, and the list went on and on including nail cutters, rope
and electric cords.
Eight television sets and
refrigerators along with other bulky items until now remain in the custody
of the BDRC.
Likewise at the place or Cobol
near the kitchen where Nilo Corbita was found dead, the following items were
found: .38 revolvers without SN, six (6) unfired cartridges for cal. 38
revolver, Bladed Weapons (knifes, improvised knives), Illegal numbers games
paraphernalia (tally sheets etc), One empty shell for cal, 5.56 mm, and one
deformed metal object believed to be a slug was recovered in the under chin
of Nilo Corbita during inquest examination.
Friday morning’s Governor’s
Report revealed documented items of prisoner’s personal affects and
During the governor’s report
most of the media members present were given the itemized list of documents
signed by PINSP John Gelbert S. Basalo.
Among one of the questions made
by this writer is that there should be a more thorough background check when
hiring of prisoner workers, as mentioned during the report, one employee
previously jumped ship while working on board M/V Ken Shin and manned by
Matagumpay Shipping Lines known as Western Shipping Management located in
Sta. Cruz Manila.
He was stripped of being unable
to sail abroad again. It was also discussed on how things were being brought
into the prisons possibly by friends or family members who would bring
personal affects into the prison sight and things were not being examined
before handed to the prisoners.
Inking stated that the prison
was ran in a lax state before and from there bad management habits have
gotten out of hand at the cost of one mans incarcerated life.
Pensioners Please Be
“Oh oh oh oh oh! I have just been swindled from my pension money!
This was the real moans muttered by an elderly woman as she went
running inside of a local downtown coffee house last Monday.
She was truly upset
until no end and kept on ranting on about how her husband was passed
away and it was both her and her late husband’s money that was
suckered away from her a real swindler indeed who has been seen
prying around on pensioner persons once they get their pension money
from the ATM machine, they are not aware of being followed by such
suspects who are cold hearted bastards against prying on the sick
and the elderly.
(In my heart and mind
this type of person who takes advantage on the sick and the elderly
should be castrated!)
I was wondering why the
employees of the establishment did not offer the elderly woman any
assistance to have helped in calming her down.
They just only watched
her suffer in her emotional distraught of being just robbed of all
In fact they laughed as
if she was crazy and were not sure if they should believe her or
not? She had no money remaining for a fare back to her home place in
If I was an employee I
would have sat her down consoled her as the place was not having but
two customers at the time, and offered her a glass of water and ask
her to relax and offered to call the police to come and make a
report about her incident.
Tuesday early in the
afternoon I was at the Tagbilaran City Police Station trying to get
other information and again another victim having GSIS cash was
robbed of three GSIS pensions of three of her elderly relatives who
are ranging in 70 plus years all the way up to almost 90 years old.
The victim had the
money inside of her purse inside of a smaller zippered bag that
contained ID and around P14.000-15.000 cash inside of it.
The victim is an
employee with the Municipality of Ubay she had her toddler aged
daughter with her who was trying to console her tearful mother at
She told the police men
on charge that she was the trusted one in the family to come into
Tagbilaran City to collect her elder family members pension and buy
their medications while in the city.
This lady victim had
around P100.00 to travel back to Ubay on and no money remaining to
buy the needed medicines for her mom, grandmother, and an aunt who
were at home waiting for her return.
I was able to hand her
some cash for her fare back home and I was also able to talk to her
about the event that had taken place.
She mentioned some
store names where she was and that she heard a guy asking about a
wrench once she noticed the cash bag inside her purse was missing?
I had followed up her
story at the two stores that she mentioned which were UNITOP and
The management pointed
out security cameras and said that they have people monitoring the
When they played the
video back from that time the victim was inside the store he says
that there was no one near to her purse.
He did mention how he
has noticed the work being done by suspects who are seen following
persons from the ATM machines and once they enter inside the store
they find an inconspicuous time opportunity to pick pocket.
The suspects who are
normally a man and a woman pair in which one of them is carrying a
folder and once the suspect has been looted of their cash and goods
the suspects put the items inside of the folder to look less
At the NOVU store I
talked with the one on duty security guard and the on sight
I had noticed that
there were not any security cameras or any plain clothes security
scanning the stores perimeters?
The owners are in China
and are rarely here according the on sight manager. I asked her to
check into getting a better security system to help protect the
store employees and its customers as well.
She was some what
hesitant to ask the stores owners when I mentioned that I would
follow up on what type of security up grade that she planned to
inquire on them about.
UNITOP on the other
hand has both uniformed and none uniformed security all over the
store and also has security cameras through out the store.
The suspect file has
many pictures of persons being sought for habitually robbing persons
who are elderly or disadvantaged.
Is there another way
for these persons to get their monies safely?