Unit 1-C Delegates Triumphs At First Congressional District Athletics Meet ’09

Delegates from Unit 1-C was the over-all champion of the First Congressional District Athletics Meet ’09 hosted by the municipality of Maribojoc last September 27-29.

Unit 1-C garnered 321 points in the Elementary level and 401.5 points in the Secondary level, topping the athletics meet with a total of 722.5 points. Unit 1-C comprises delegates from Antequera, Balilihan, Catigbian, Cortes, and Maribojoc.

Unit 1-A delegation (Alburquerque, Baclayon, Corella, Dauis, Panglao, and Sikatuna) got an overall total of 625 points, with 278 points and 347 points in the Elementary and Secondary levels respectively. Unit 1-B delegation (Calape, Loon North, Loon South, Tubigon East, and Tubigon West) came close with 619.5 overall points, 320 points in the Elementary level and 299.5 points in the Secondary level.

A grand parade around the main thoroughfares of the municipality opened the district athletics meet in the afternoon of September 27. The three delegations were fortunate to have a respected guest speaker during the opening ceremonies. Philippine Sports Commission executive director Fr. Vicente L. Uy, SVD came all the way from the typhoon-stricken Manila to be with the young athletes.

Cong. Edgar M. Chatto, an ardent supporter of sports development in the province, expressed his satisfaction on the overwhelming support of DepEd teachers and LGUs for the district meet. Mayor Evasco articulated that government should allocate funds for specific sports development programs that respond to the specific needs of young athletes. He likewise added that government and the education sector should revisit the goals set for sports development.

Balilihan Mayor Victoria M. Chatto and Mayor Vito B. Rapal of Corella also graced the opening program held last September 27 at the Maribojoc Central Elementary School Grounds in Anislag, Maribojoc. Maribojoc Acting Vice Mayor Fructuoso Redulla, Jr. introduced Fr. Uy, while Anislag Barangay Captain Samuel Alderite gave his words of welcome.

Ma. Linda Namocatcat, DepEd’s Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, said that it was time for the youth to use whatever athletic skills they have for them to have a brighter future. # amjvistal

Maribojoc Launches Citizen’s Charter

The Local Government of Maribojoc, under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr., took a bold step when it created a Citizen’s Charter that would set the standards of performance and service delivery among working units in the municipality.

All municipal employees underwent a strenuous job of simplifying their respective frontline services in order to enhance public accessibility to the municipal government’s services.

Mayor Evasco applauded the efforts of all 22 punong barangays, sangguniang bayan members, LGU department heads, heads of offices and employees who attended the launching of the Citizen’s Charter Book last September 23 at the Maribojoc Cultural and Sports Center.

Evasco himself declared that the Charter provides the correct processes and duration of frontline services for the public. The Charter is Maribojoc’s answer to the long and tedious bureaucratic transactions in government. Such practice discourages people to transact with government since it is vulnerable to corruption, and disorderly and inefficient service.

It will make government people friendly, enabling government to be meaningful to the lives of its constituents. Taxpayers can make use of their time for other important tasks. The Charter will also provide an opportunity for the employees of the municipal government to use their time productively and provide professional service.

“The longer a transaction in government goes, the more it is open for bribery. That is why i do not understand why government cannot make all transactions easy for the public. We do not need unscrupulous fixers lurking in government who oppose this charter,” Evasco said.

A pledge of commitment to conform to all provisions contained in the Charter was led by the legislative and executive departments. A ceremonial signing of the pledge of commitment followed afterwards.

Mayor Evasco and MLGOO Victor Lapiz distributed the Citizen’s Charter Book to the barangay captains together with their Barangay Charters. Acting Vice Mayor Alberto Arangoso, in his closing remarks, reiterated the message of the charter which is delivering real public service to the people.

MLGOO Lapiz and MPDC Ma. Nenita R. Chiu coordinated the crafting of the municipal’s Citizen’s Charter.#  amjvistal

Maribojoc Conducts STARS Project Orientation

“Seize the opportunity provided by the Skills Training Advocating Reliance and Self-Employment (STARS) project as this is a chance for you to rise from poverty,” Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr. declared during the STARS project orientation in Maribojoc on September 18.

“There is no skill that cannot be learned, you only need to give your commitment and your time in order to succeed. Your local government will always make available to all constituents whatever skills enhancement and employment opportunities there are,” he added. Mayor Evasco shared to the project beneficiaries that it would be his greatest joy as a public servant to see all of them employed and provide a better future for their respective families.

Maribojoc was the first town in Bohol to conduct the STARS project orientation. The STARS is a project of the provincial government of Bohol, the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bohol’s congressional representatives and the national government.

LGU Maribojoc through its Municipal Manpower Development and Placement Office (MMDPO) actively works together with these concerned agencies and the project trainees. Evasco said the municipality would provide the venue and the materials for the various trainings.

The project offers 12 short-term courses with two applicants from all twenty-two (22) barangays. They will get free trainings from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in THE following fields: wielding, tour guiding, therapeutic massage/reflexology, driving, small engine mechanic, basic electricity, cellphone repair, tv and radio repair, hair styling/cutting, plumbing, home service training, and manicure/pedicure.

Ma. Nenita R. Chiu, municipal planning and development coordinator, was the facilitator for the activity. She explained the main objective of the gathering, which was for the trainees to grasp the rationale of the project and be aware of their obligation to finish the course. Those that would decide to forego their chance of undergoing these skills training; their slots would be given to wait-listed applicants.

DOLE provincial head Wilson Cenas told the body that their department has given various projects to the municipality. He noted that DOLE has a similar project like STARS. Cenas pledged that they would continue to assist Maribojoc considering the active involvement of Mayor Evasco and MMDP officer Jaime Mabilin in development initiatives.

Representing Gov. Erico B. Aumentado was Provincial Administrator, Atty. Tomas Abapo, Jr. He commended Maribojoc for being the first to hold a forum regarding the STARS project. A skills enhancement through TESDA, STARS is a poverty reduction program. Engr. Dioscoro Clemenia, Jr., TESDA focal person for the STARS project in the first district, gave a short but inspiring message to the beneficiaries. Clemenia told them to sustain their 100% commitment until the end of the training period.

TESDA provincial director Dra. Francisca Opog discussed the instructions and guidelines for the project implementation. She reiterated that the courses identified in the project are those that they can actually use for their livelihood. Opog told the trainees to prepare and engross themselves in the training, learn the skill and become skilled; she also reminded them that after the training they would need to undergo a competency assessment. TESDA, which has assigned 12 trainers for the first congressional district, will determine if the trainees are qualified for employment.

The trainees were given the chance to asked questions during an open forum following Dra. Opog’s message. Afterwards, they were grouped together according to course in order to finalize their training schedule. Also in attendance was Dr. Floro Rinca of TESDA. # amjvistal

Maribojoc Celebrates Feast of Titular Patron Santa Cruz

Most Reverend Leonardo Y. Medroso, DD, together with clergies from the Diocese of Tagbilaran, celebrated a Pontifical Mass last September 14, 2009  to commemorate the feast of Titular Patron Santa Cruz of the Parroquia de Santa Cruz.

Maribojoc parishioners gathered at the Diocesan Shrine of Saint Vincent Ferrer in Barangay Poblacion for the holy mass. In his homily, Bishop Medroso shared the impact of the Holy Cross on our faith and the means by which it has become a symbol of victory for the faithful.

A “Pista sa Nayon” for all parishioners and guests followed soon after at the Maribojoc Cultural and Sports Center. The festivity centered on the theme “Katawhang Nagkahiusa, Magpuyo Diha sa Gugma.” Barangay parishioners as well as groups from Santa Cruz Elementary School, DepEd Maribojoc District, and LGU Maribojoc family had their respective production numbers during the afternoon program.

Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr., in his message, articulated the very personal meaning of the Holy Cross, representing the sufferings that parishioners bear in union with Christ as it offers them great hope. The Cross of Christ symbolizes the triumph of life over death.

The early dawn nine-day novena and holy mass for the feast of Santa Cruz started on September 5 sponsored by various groups. A Diana and a Procession were earlier held on the afternoon of September 13.

The standing committees for the celebration were headed by Rev. Fr. Warren Abarquez and Rev. Fr. Faustino Bisol, parish priest and parish vicar respectively. Members of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Maribojoc headed the different committees, coordinated by PPC chair Isidro Mirontos and Mayor Evasco.#  amjvistal

Passion Killing in Maribojoc

MARIBOJOC. The love and care of a father towards his wayward daughter turned into a passion killing early Wednesday night when one Edwardo Mabuhay alyas Carte stabbed to death 16- year old Mark Angelo Briones right in front of the Sta.Cruz church, this town.

In a spot report dated Sept. 14, this year, PNP acting chief of Police Jose Vedencia Arocha told P/SSupt. Edgardo Ingking, Bohol PNP director, that the bloody incident took place at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening in the vicinity of the centuries-old house of worship.

Police investigation further revel that the together with a friend Michael Morgia were walking at the sta. Cruz Plaza towards his boarding house when they chanced upon the suspect who was harboring grudge against the teenagers for allegedly inviting his 14- year old daughter to their boarding house Sunday night.

Upon seeing the two teenagers, Mabuhay chased them until he got hold of Briones and stabbed him, inflicting wounds in different parts of his body with the use of an impoverished hunting knife.

After the bloody incident, the suspect went to the Mayor’s resident to voluntarily surrender. But since the town executive was out-of-town, Mabuhay opted to be in the custody of the local police at the Maribojoc PNP station. He turned over also to the police officers on duty the death weapon placed in a scabbard.

Responding police officers SPO1 Teodoro “Doling” Arocha and PO1 Edilberto Calipes brought the victims to the Ramiro Commuity Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending doctor.

Mabunay’s daughter, a minor, did not sleep in their house Sunday ninth. When she returned home early Monday morning, the suspect sensed that she was under the influence of liquor. This infuriated him. (Fred C. Fuertes)

Mayor Boy Evasco and Vice Mayor Ben Redulla distribute a Certificate a Completion to ABC President Pedro Madaje, one of the participants of the NEO Orientation Training at Maribojoc town. Fred C. Fuertes, MPIO-Designate.

MARIBOJOC Councilor Cecilia Autentico stesses a point during a workshop of the recently- held Newly- elected Officials (NEO) Orientation Training at the SB Session Hall, his town. Fred C. Fuertes, MPIO-Designate.# (FCF)