Maribojoc Wins ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ Award

MARIBOJOC – The municipality of Maribojoc is the sole town in Bohol to win P1M for the ‘seal of good housekeeping’ award for the second round of evaluation of all local government units in the province.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director Rustica N. Mascariňas relayed the good news to Maribojoc’s DILG-MLGOO Victor S. Lapiz, Jr. and MPDC Maria Nenita R. Chiu in a phone call last Thursday.

Mayor Leoncio “Boy” Evasco, Jr., who is currently outside the country attending several meetings organized by Maribojocanons all over the USA, conveyed his elation through an e-mail message.  He congratulated everyone for working together for the development of the town and its people.

Maribojoc, a fourth class municipality whose overall good housekeeping index totalled 4.75, was acknowledged for the town’s efforts in the promotion of transparency, accountability and good governance.

Using DILG’s Local Governance Performance Management System, the ‘seal of good housekeeping’ also indicated the local government’s compliance on good planning, sound fiscal management and its valuing of performance monitoring tools.

The ‘seal of good housekeeping’ award is DILG’s first-ever incentive program under the administration of President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III and Secretary Jesse Robredo.

As of press time, PD Mascariňas communicated that the conferment of the award is within this month at Malacañan Palace with President Aquino.  Acting Municipal Mayor Fructuoso “Tusoy” Redulla, Jr. will accept the award in behalf of Mayor Evasco and all Maribojocanons.

According to LGU Maribojoc’s executive chief of staff Oscar Francisco E. Valles, the town also won P300,000.00 last June for topping the ‘Green Roads and Highways’ project of the provincial government. # – December 12, 2010

Engr. Maria Nenita Reyes-Chiu

MPDC Chiu Elected New PLLP-Bohol Chapter President

Engr. Maria Nenita ‘Yanie’ Reyes-Chiu, municipal planning and development coordinator (MPDC) of Maribojoc, is the newly elected president of the Philippine League of Local Planners (PLLP) – Bohol Chapter.

The election of new PLLP–Bohol chapter officers was held during the league’s Year-End Evaluation Meeting last December 15 in Loboc.

The latest PLLP Bohol chapter officers are as follows: Vice-President – Duero MPDC Cesar ‘Boy’ B. Salazar, Jr., Secretary – Dauis MPDC Ma. Mercedes ‘Maya’ Salinas, Treasurer – Albur MPDC Leila Cafe, Auditor – Tubigon MPDC Engr. Noel C. Mendaña, Press Relations Officers – Talibon MPDC Engr. Ednardo ‘Boy’ Avenido and MPDC Rodrigo ‘Rudy’ B. Galendez of Garcia-Hernandez.

The league officers appointed Loay MPDC Engr. Ian P. Suyman as Assistant Secretary and Jagna MPDC Engr. Gerry V. Araneta as Assistant Treasurer.

Bohol’s Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC) Atty. John Titus J. Vistal is the league’s adviser and consultant, while Ms. Cora Monton is the PPDO point person in-charge of PLLP-Bohol Chapter’ matters.

Immediate Past PLLP-Bohol presidents are CPDC Eduardo C. Macalandag of Tagbilaran City and MPDC Engr. Mendaña of Tubigon.

The LGU Maribojoc Family is elated that a fellow-Maribojocanon is elected as the league’s president.  Quoting from an e-mail message sent by Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., “Congratulations Yanie. You deserve the victory.” #

MCBL Celebrates 50th Season

What started as a small talk among friends in 1961 to celebrate Christmas is now celebrating its 50th Season of basketball games.

The 50th Maribojoc Christmas Basketball League (MCBL) season opened last December 18 at the Dr. Abundio Echavez Memorial Cultural and Sports Center in Poblacion, Maribojoc. Yesterday, the MCBL Executive Committee held the selection and coronation of the Miss MCBL 2010.

The 1961 MCBL games was planned out to be just an ordinary sports affair by friends Teodoro ‘Dory’ Tutor, Marcos Anquilero, Alberto Echavez, Eddie Busalla, Paulito ‘Poly’ Fuertes and Moises Descallar.

This group of friends had to look for means to raise funds to finance the month-long activity. They sponsored movie showings in schools and local theaters. Among the venues were the Holy Name College, the Medequiso Theater and the Wenanas’ (Wenceslao & Anacleta) Theater. After raising enough resources to support the MCBL games, friends Poly, Dory and Moises volunteered to compose the management team that will facilitate the league games.

In 1961, there were six teams in the first MCBL. They are as follows:
1. Kahayag Woodpeckers – financed by Medequiso Lumber;
2. Exaltacion – financed by Kwanyut Bakery;
3. Anislag – organized by Bernardo ‘Jun’ Balatayo and Zosimo Balagulan;
4. Aliguay – headed by Rogelio Reambonanza;
5. Punsod – headed by Generoso Albaran; and
6. Tinibgan – headed by Gumersindo Arocha

The first series of basketball league games were held during daytime in 1961 since the town had no electricity then. It was only in 1962 that they were able to hold evening games, MCBL was allowed to tap electricity from the parish’ generator.

It was also in 1962, 2nd year of the MCBL games, when team owners and players added team muses. Among those chosen to represent their teams was Ms. Elizabeth Medequiso, the Kahayag Woodpeckers’ muse.

The pioneering group managed the MCBL games until 1963, years after there were several groups and organizations that were willing to manage and finance the league. The late Rufino Morgia and Aurelia Doblados were among those who initiated the creation of MCBL as a formal organization as various barangays also wanted to join the league.

Through the years, the Maribojoc Christmas Basketball League discovered great basketball players who are now considered as local legends in the game of basketball.

For 49 years, MCBL is a tradition that continues to define a true Maribojocanon. #