December 28, 2008:
PADAGAN SA COMETA: Jagna prides
itself as the original town with a show – now declared by the Jagna Culture
and the Arts Council (JCAC) chaired by Mayor Exuperio Lloren as an
Intangible Cultural Heritage – the centuries-old religious practice, the
Padagan sa Kometa. After its completion in 1867, the present parish church
of St. Michael the Archangel has been decorated with lanterns together with
the Belen every Christmas season. Jagna oldtimers say that before the
revolution against Spain, people were no longer content with decorating the
church but decided on the idea of a bigger lantern (kometa) running from the
choir loft to the Belen mounted at the altar, during the Christmas Vigil
Mass, while the Pastorela’s Gloria in Excelsis Deo is sung. When the Kometa
approaches above the Belen it goes down thrice to pay homage to the Child
Jesus before it stretches and displays its long tail. It remains suspended
above the Belen until the Feast of the Epiphany. (Photo MPIO)
December 28, 2008:
“OPUS ARTIFICEM PROBAT “(The
Craftsman is Proved by His Work): After proving as worthy government
employees of the Local Government Unit of Jagna for many years, Mayor
Exuperio Lloren (3rd from left) leads in honoring the retirees during the
LGU-Jagna Family Day and Christmas Program at the Roxas Park in
Garcia-Hernandez on December 19. This year’s retirees include (from left all
holding their plaques) Revenue Collection Clerk 1 Mr. Benjamin Aclan, Day
Care Officer Ms. Petra Escolano, Day Care Worker Ms. Lourdes Ladaga and
Administrative Aide Mr. Mafril Rances. On the same program, two
newly-promoted employees of the Municipal Assessors Office are also
recognized to include Assistant Municipal Assessor (from being the LAOO 1)
Ms. Marilyn Galolo-Ando and Local Assessment Operations Officer 1 (from
being Assessment Clerk 1) Engr. Diosdada Ednalgan-Rañises. Also in picture
to give their recognition are Vice Mayor Teofisto Pagar, Sr., Municipal
Councilors Alberto Café, Cesar Cagulada and Pacheco Rances. (photo MPIO)
Ex-Jagna MPDC hurdles U.S. NCLEX- RN exams
By: Gregorio A. Tavera
December 21, 2008
Engr. Ronie Tadena Galabo
JAGNA - Former Municipal Planning
Development Coor-dinator (MPDC) Engr. Ronie Tadena Galabo luckily passed in the
National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) held in
California, USA on December 5.
Engr. Galabo finished his Bachelor
of Science in Nursing at the West Negros University in Bacolod City in March
this year and immediately went the United States where his wife Ninotchka Angela
Abrau-Tadena regularly works as a registered nurse.
His break in the government service
was in 2001 and served as MPDC of the local government unit of Jagna for almost
six years under the administration of Mayor Exuperio Lloren before he decided to
resign for his second course.
The youthful engineer cum nurse is
the son of Rustico Galabo and Yolanda Tadena of barangay Poblacion this town.
Both parents are retired teachers.
celebrates 105th Founding Day
Gregorio A. Taver
December 7, 2008
LOCAL HISTORY OF BOCTOL: “National
history becomes intelligible only in the whole context of local history”
is the clear message of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members led by Kag.
Senen Lloren (at the podium) who graced in the 105th Araw ng Boctol on
December 3. Onstage are some barangay officials of Boctol and some SB
members. (photo MPIO)
JAGNA - Realizing
that local history reflects their own identity, experiences and
aspirations, the people of Barangay Boctol this town celebrated
its 105th Araw ng Boctol on December 3.
Led by its
newly-elected Barangay Captain Bonifacio Galorio and his local
council, the initiatory commemoration bore the theme “Unity the
Key to Progress”.
“When I assumed
office as the local head of our community, I soon recognized
that Boctol has a rich local history. Aside from the Barangay
Development Plan which was documented years ago we also rely on
oral histories of our old fellow constituents hence we are able
to come up this humble celebration for the first time”, Galorio
said in his welcome remarks.
Galorio added that
to interpret the past of their locality is to embrace its
political, social, economic, and cultural life so that they may
be able to understand the successes and failures of the people
of Boctol while at the same time plan concretely for future
Exuperio Lloren are the five members of the 6th Sangguniang
Bayan (SB) headed by Municipal Councilor and Vice-Chairman on SB
Committee on Education, Culture and the Arts Senen Lloren.
Each of the SB
members commended and challenged the barangay council and the
people of Boctol to sustain the maiden celebration as they
likewise encouraged the other 29 visiting barangay captains to
replicate what barangay Boctol and Mayana as well are doing.
“Since the nation's
history must be the sum total of the histories of its parts, no
town or province exists independently of the nation, and
vice-versa. And, just as the auto mechanic understands the
entire machine only if he knew the specific parts, so also
national history becomes intelligible only in the whole context
of local history…so teach your pupils local history”, said SB
member Cesar Cagulada.
morning program despite the heavy downpour was the recognition
of Michael Allan Tadle and former Barangay Captain Antonio
Belara Sr. as model farmers for the vegetable gardening and crop
Farmer couple Mr. &
Mrs. Flaviano Salas were awarded model parents after having
raised and produced all four professional children.
A 23-year old lad
Roel Lacar was commended model youth when he attested to the
community that engaging in vegetable farming and planting forest
and fruit trees in lieu of vices is indeed rewarding.
Founded on December
3, 1903 with Santiago Abrau as its first Teniente del Barrio,
Boctol is located twelve kilometers away from the town proper.
It is one of the
twelve barangays of Jagna that was identified as tourism site of
the municipality where the Luinab Rice Terraces, a number of
natural caves and a swimming pool are found. (with reports from
DSWD officers learn social marketing of Jagna ESWM
GARBAGE MANAGEMENT played to the hilt,
Jagna local government initiative and will to pilot a garbage management
program has allowed it to be a mecca for development planners who are
now into the implementation of the country’s ecological solid waste
management program. Here, DSWD regional information officers interacted
with local officials for their innovation. (PIA contributed foto)
JAGNA - Information
packaged to change behaviors.
Knowing that the
ultimate measure of effective information dissemination is
behavior change, information officers (RIOs) from the Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) agree that Jagna’s
innovative solid waste management program is a success, during a
learning visit Wednesday, November 26.
Not only has Jagna
pioneered the very touchy garbage tax fees, it has also
stretched its garbage management program to include schools by
enlisting the help of generators at source; the elementary kids.
implements Young Eco Saver’s Club, whose membership entitles one
to a passbook detailing credits for practicing recycling.
“Points earned can
be converted to goodies, a motivation that has not failed to
attract kids participation while reinforcing the attitude to
reuse or recycle,” Councilor Senen Lloren said.
Awed at the
innovation of getting kids and parents into recycling in line
with the town’s waste management program, DSWD social marketing
Director Gerardo Eusebio admits indeed the town has successfully
done a social marketing job.
Eusebio led the
team of about 29 information officers learning social marketing
strategies from models implemented for adaptation by the
government agents in their social service projects in their
The RIOs have been
at Bohol Plaza Resort for a program review and evaluation
workshop and training on information, education and
communication development, public relations and advocacy and
part of their activity is a filed trip to see the Jagna
innovation, says Conchita Bigrnia, training facilitator.
During the visit,
Bigornia said Jagna’s trial and error implementation of
ecological solid waste management program has graduated into one
that is unique in the country.
Bigornia was one of
Jagna’s technical support specialists in contract with the
country’s environment agency through a program called
Jagna has also
conceptualized a mascot called GoyoBoy, a kid hero who advocates
environment protection by proper garbage management.
According to Jagna
Councilor Senen Llloren, Sangguniang Bayan environment
committee, Jagna produces tons of garbage daily and growing
population compounds the problem.
ESWM in 8 of the town’s 33 barangays, Lloren said the metro
barangays produce about 40% of wastes.
He said he hopes
the lessons people learn from Jagna can also be duplicated in
areas, a humble legacy from a town that has started thinking
about it and finally doing it. (rachiu/PIA)
DILG Cluster 3B LCE’s reactivate OCOV in Jagna
REACTIVATING THE OCOV: Cluster Management Board (CMB)
Chairman Mayor Exuperio Lloren (standing in front of camera)
serves as host to the one-day reactivation and review of the
One Cluster One Vision (OCOV) project of the DILG at his
office on November 26. In pictures are Valencia Vice Mayor
Jorge Buslon (back on camera), Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Myrna
Schreurs (seated next), Lila Mayor Telesforo Balagosa
(seated at rear end), DILG Provincial Director Rose
Mascarinñas (seated at opposite side) and some DILG
Officers. (photo MPIO)
JAGNA - The
five Local Chief Executives (LCEs) comprising the Department
of the Interior & Local Government (DILG) Tact Cluster 3B
conducted a reactivation lecture cum workshop on One Cluster
One Vision (OCOV) project at Jagna Mayor’s office on
Presided over by Cluster Management Board (CMB) Chairman
Mayor Exuperio Lloren, the activity seek to reorient, review
the OCOV Project and plan out the operation of the cluster
tourism circuit which was formally organized in 2005.
The inspiring testimony of Mayor Lloren on his One Village,
One Product (OVOP) trip to the Oita Prefecture in Japan last
year highlighted the activity.
The OVOP of Japan is the basis for the DILG’s OCOV project
which the CMB hoped to successfully replicate through the
guidance and partnership with the DILG Tact Cluster of the
Local Government Units (LGUs) of Dimiao, Lila, Valencia,
Jagna and Garcia-Hernandez (DiLiVaJaGahe).
By institutionalizing the OVOP in clustered LGUs, OCOV
envisions to facilitate clustered LGUs develop into
peaceful, revitalized, and self-reliant communities where
there are equal opportunities to develop and market globally
competitive unique local products reflective of their
culture and heritage.
Under the existing cluster tourism circuit program each of
the five LGUs had already identified its tourism enterprise
to include the Agro Park of Dimiao, the Water Slide of Lila,
the Badiang Spring of Valencia, the Tourists’ Lounge of
Jagna and the Roxas Park of Garcia Hernandez.
Capping the day’s activity was the formulation of an action
plan for 2009 to include the designation of a tourism
officer for every municipality who together with respective
Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) will
compose the OCOV technical working group (TWG).
The said TWG shall conduct on-site visit on each LGU tourism
enterprise and shall produce the cluster’s manual and
information sheet in January to be presented to the CMB in
February next year.
The distinguished participants to the one-day activity were
Dimiao Mayor Sylvia Adame with her husband and former Mayor
Alejandrino Adame, Lila Mayor Telesforo Balagosa, Valencia
Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon and Garcia-Hernandez Mayor Myrna
DILG Provincial Director Rustica Mascariñas gave the
rationale of the activity and discussed the OCOV project and
its implementation strategies.
Other participants included DILG Planning Officer Jose
Jeffrey Bernasor, Tact Cluster 3B MLGOOs Vissia Bunado, Mary
Ann Aparece, Sofronio Abing, Ismael Vincent Igcalinos and
Ma. Reina Quilas.
Eight towns try to streamline
“Unfriendly licensing process”
November 30, 2008
TRAINING PARTICIPANTS during the recent Streamlining
Business Permits and Licensing System pose for posterity.
business process to make them investor friendly, Bohol
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED)
Council has accomplished with a partner the forging of
agreements in trainings for eight towns here, a highlight in
the first Bohol MSME Xperience held at the Island City Mall,
Thursday, November 27, 2008.
Early surveys pointed out that cumbersome business processes
here have become turn-offs for investors wanting to sow
capital in the country.
Cumbersome process here comes in lengthy registration and in
unreasonable licensing steps.
These have been identified as major discouraging factors of
investors’ while the country loses capital that could have
been important in perking up local economies.
Here, Bohol tapped the support of the German Development
Foundation (GTZ) through its Small and Medium Enterprise
Development for Sustainable Enterprise Promotion
Now 8 towns have undergone two training workshop modules,
sources at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The GTZ, in their belief in the promise of putting up the
needed vigor in small and medium enterprises in the
countryside would jumpstart local developments has been kind
enough to fund the pioneering activity, DTI said.
The training workshops on Business Process and Licensing
System attempts to simplify the seemingly endless paperwork
needed before one investor can establish his business in the
place, DTI said.
The towns of Jagna, Talibon, Ubay, Tubigon, Antequera,
Balilihan, Cortes, Maribojoc have passed the first workshop
on November 14-16, the source added.
Moreover, the same towns have also done the second workshop
last Tuesday and Thursday, all to the goal of making the
crucial business registration processes streamlined to cut
red-tape and straighten the bureaucratic snags.
The development also forms part of the report during the
highlights and accomplishments reported by the SMED Council.
That same day, DTI regional Director Asteria Caberte
presented the winners of the Pambansang Pamilihan after an
extensive search for Bohol’s most customer friendly public
and private markets.
At the gathering in Tagbilaran City’s biggest Mall, HNU
Consumer Group was also presented and the event also
featured a talk show billed as Pagpalambo sa atong negosyo.
The show host Blair Panong elicited business tips from
Bohol’s major entrepreneurs including JJ’s food and
restaurant chain great Jun Caturza, farmer entrepreneur
Nador Tadena who is the province’s leading supplier of
Japonica rice variety, Arnold Labunog of Jojie's Bakeshop
fame, Frank Montero of the Alona Tropical Resort, Mayor
Roberto Salinas for the Abatan River Development Management
Council and Aster Caberte for the DTI-Regional Office.
The day’s activity also included a press conference aired
live over local radio stations under the Bohol Tri-Media
Moreover, the day also featured a financing forum where four
financing institutions presented their programs for SMEs.
Another highlight was speed networking, a venue for business
matching among entrepreneurs and marketing contacts.
featured during the day was techno-preneurship, the sharing
venue for Bohol's successful IT practitioners. (PIA/rachiu)
speleologists resume cave expedition in Jagna
November 23, 2008
JAGNA - A team of nine
speleologists or cave scientists from the Republic of Slovenia revisited the
municipality of Jagna to resume and finish their 1999 cave exploration project
particularly at the Ka-Eyang Cave in Barangay Odiong on November 15-20.
Headed by University of Ljubljana’s
Zoology Professor and renowned speleologist Dr. Boris Sket, the team continued
to do scientific studies of the Ka Eyang Cave, one of the six caves which they
had explored in the said barangay in 1999.
In the Bulletin of the
Speleological Association of Slovenia entitled “Nase Jame” published in 1999,
Dr. Sket quoted on his report on the Jagna Exploration Area that it was
unfortunately impossible for them at that time to push any further the
exploration at the Ka Eyang cave due to lack of time as the expedition members
had to leave Jagna the following day.
The report added that the presence
of huge amount of guano and many rats likewise hindered them to go on so they
just carried out line surveys with few observations of passage details.
The total traverse length was
already 2300 meters. “We resumed the Ka Eyang cave expedition since afternoon of
November 15 yet the team has not found the end of the cave until now. Probably,
this cave is the largest and the longest in Bohol”, said Andreya Kladnik, the
only woman in the team when interviewed four days later.
“Our role is to assist Dr. Sket in
his biological investigations by measuring and mapping the surveyed passages. We
also study the stalactites and stalagmites and other living species inside the
cave”, Ms. Kladnik added.
Some of the caves explored by the
team in 1995 included Carmolaon I and II both of sitio Kalooy in Brgy. Cantuyoc
plus the Buyog cave in Brgy. Buyog.
Dr. Sket’s exploration of the
Carmolaon II cave which is 145 meters deep led him to officially declare it as
the deepest chasm in Bohol and 2nd deepest in the entire nation.
In 1999, the team was able to
explore Buho sa Kagang, a cave formed by erosion of waves in one of the sea
cliffs in Brgy. Tubod Mar.
Six caves in Brgy. Odiong were also
explored namely Dagutdot, Demet, Kabulihan, Odiong, Payhad and partly the two
kilometer stretch of Ka-Eyang.
To recall Dr. Sket’s caving
expedition in 1995 and in 1999 to Bohol was organized in the frame of the 25th
anniversary of their club in Slovenia.
The main thought of
speleobiological outlook was on top of his mind. Interestingly the said mission
became helpful and scientifically significant not only to the local people but
also to the local officials.
Bohol spelunker and cave specialist
Junjie Madroñero served as the team’s guide.
U.S. defense contract
agent passes away at 72
November 23, 2008
JAGNA - Jagna native and United
States based Defense Contract Management Agent Toribio Cuarto Villacastin died
of heart ailment at age 72 in his New York City residence on November 14.
Dodo, as he is fondly called by
relatives and bosom friends here and abroad is survived by his wife Cornelia
Unabia-Villacastin and sons who are both U.S. Navy Officers Michael and Andrew
Villacastin and daughter Gemina Villacastin-Mamhot who are all based in the U.S.
The late Villacastin is also
survived by his siblings here in the Philippines to include the late Jovencio, a
physician by profession based in Digos City, Aida Villacastin-Tan now based in
Iligan City, Exuperio, a retired Police Captain of Cebu City and Alexander, the
ex-Mayor here and former Provincial Board member of this province.
The remains of Toribio Villacastin
will arrive here on November 22 from New York and interment will be on the 29th
at the Jagna-Pangas Catholic Cemetery in Barangay Tejero.
JAGNA - Si Angel Pearl Sedavia, lima ka tuig ug tinun-an sa
Tejero Day Care Center sa Jagna maoy naka-waw sa mga hurado ug mipilde sa 16 ka
mga contestants sa gipahigayon nga “Draw and Tell” contest didto sa SM Cebu
Entertainment Hall bag-o pa lamang.
Si Angel, kinsa ubos sa pagtudlo ni Day Care Worker (DCW) Ms.
Imelda Vallente maoy nakalingaw sa mga hurado ug sa katawhan nga mitambong
tungod sa iyang tataw nga pagpasabot sa iyang drawing nga gibase tema sa sa
kasaulogan sa children’s month theme ning tuiga nga “BRIGHT CHILD: Sa tamang
pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa”.
Kamanghoran nga anak nila ni Harold ug Marybeth Sedavia, si
Angel maoy nag-inusarang official contestant sa Bohol ngadto sa Region 7
competition human siya midaug sa provincial level elimination round.
Si Angel nakigtigi sa 16 ka mga city ug provincial winners gikan
sa Cebu, Negros Oriental ug Siquijor.
Dala niya sa iyang pag-pauli mao ang cash prize nga P2,500 ug usa ka tropeyo.
Tinuod gayod nga anaa sa dugo, si Angel manghod sa laing Region
7 Champion sa draw and tell contest nga si Sheila Christine Sedavia.
JAGNA - Tungod sa suliran sa pagsikop sa mga malapason diha sa
atong mga kadagatan (coastal areas) gikan sa lungsod sa Loay padulong na ngadto
sa lungsod sa Jagna, ang Philippine Navy mibutang na sa ilang bag-ong detachment
nga naga base didto sa lungsod sa Jagna.
Mao kini ang gibutyag ni Mr. Boy Pernia atol sa governors report
Matud ni Pernia ang mga sakop sa Navy mao na karon ang motabang
sa mga coastal enforcers nga maoy molibot sa kadagatan gikan sa Loay lahos sa
Lila ug hangtud na sa Jagna.
Ang natumbok nga mga tinugyanan sa kadagatan dili kini ubos sa
CLEC kon dili sa Philippine Navy nga mao ang moabag sa pagsikop niadtong mga
malapason nga mga mananagat.
Kahinumdoman nga gipagwas dinhi sa JBBN ang pagtumaw sa problema
diin pakyas ang mga sakop sa bantay dagat pagsikop sa mga malapason didto sa
lungsod sa Lila gumikan sa kakulang sa mga kahimanan sama sa patrol boat nga
magamit sa paglutos sa mga malapason.
Hugot nga gipaniguro ni Pernia nga ang dugang nga barko nga mag
patrolya diha sa mga coastal areas mao karon ang sulbad sa kapalpakan sa pagukod
niadtong mga mapahimuslanon nga mga mananagat nga nagagamit sa mga ginadili nga
Jagna’s Ubi powder is best FITS
October 26, 2008
JAGNA’S Ubi Powder was awarded Best FITS Product in the search
for outstanding performance by the different Farmers’ Information and Technology
Services (FITS) centers at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City very
Although a novel product, Jagna’s ubi powder has already
established a market and has the potential to expand share in the market.
With appropriate product packaging and a little of aesthetic
presentation such as design and proper labels, it added value to the product
thus enhancing its price and profitability.
The Techno Gabay Awards was aimed to encourage the different
FITS centers to raise the level of their performance as it likewise enhanced the
functionality of all FITS centers in Bohol and improved the level of commitment
of the FITS center.
It was also expected that the search would increase awareness of
the public on the services of the FITS center and its functions.
The Provincial Techno Gabay Steering Committee conducted three
levels of evaluation.
The first one was led by the Office of the Provincial
Agriculturist Bohol, which is hosting the Provincial FITS (ProFITS) while the
second group was headed by the Philippine Carabao Center in Ubay which is
hosting the FITS at Ubay Agri Park.
The Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and
Technology (CVSCAFT), which is also hosting a FITS center in their Bilar Campus,
is in charge of the third group.
Although the ProFITS and FITS at Ubay Agri Park and CVSCAFT in
Bilar are not part of the search representatives from PCARRD and the Central
Visayas-Consortium for Integrated Regional Research and Development are helping
the three teams of evaluators in the conduct of the search.
The award inclusive of P40,000 cash and a certificate was
received by Jagna Municipal Agriculture Officer Camilo Rizano in behalf of Mayor
Exuperio Lloren who was on official business in Manila at that time.