Countdown to BNT’s 1st year anniversary: we’ve only just begun

(3rd of a Series) By ATTY. DANDAN A. BANTUGAN Admittedly, the road to a strategic stalemate in the white area is not a walk in the park. And we have to concur that there is still a long way there. To the uninitiated, what we meant here is the way to capture a bigger portion of the readers, both from within and outside Bohol, advertisers and the means to capture their attractions are still not there after a year of survival. Speaking of survival, we have to make our heads up high as we insist that we are not dependent upon the support of local politicians. In fact, we are not name-dropping top ranking politicians in the province as we negotiate for a mass base in the rural areas. That we do not know with the other media entities who tried to parade themselves as independent but in truth and in fact, they are part of the media payola by the local politicians. They tried to deny it but they have been uncovered by other media entities which were fed up with their pretensions. But the men and women behind the Bohol News Today, the first and only daily newspaper in Bohol, can always attest to the fact that they can never be a part of the “envelopmental” journalism. Its first year of existence can attest to this fact. We have to live within our means and not be held hostage by politicians, big business and the capitalists and even the bourgeoisies. Perhaps our dear readers noticed how we always emphasized the words FIRST and ONLY daily newspaper in...

UB crim studes shines in Baguio

UB crim studes shines in Baguio BAGUIO CITY.- Students from the College of Criminology of the University of Bohol based in Tagbilaran Cityhas excelled their performance during the recently concluded 2nd National Criminology Students Congress. Dean Jess Accullador of the UB College of Criminology told the Bohol News Todaythat he was so proud of the performance of his students during gab here. Acullador said that the UB criminology students garnered the second spot in the Best Research Paper and also the second place in the best paper presenter. Aside from this , the UB criminology students also landed in the 9th place in the top 10 shooters out of 47 participants and also bagged the 9th place of the top 10 in quiz bowl out of 35 participants. Acullador also disclosed that the UB karatedo team bagged the 2nd Overall Champion in karate events with four gold, nine silvers and 4 bronze medals. The UB criminology dean expressed his gratitude to the support extended by the school administration headed by UB Pres. Nuevas Tirol-Montes as well as to its donors and benefactors for the trip of the UB criminology students here. The national congress took place while the criminology students were having a semestral break. Acullador said this is more of an extra mile for the UB criminology students to contribute their time and participation by sacrificing their semestral break to pay the way for the joining the national congress of criminology students...

Typhoon Soudelor becomes world’s most powerful storm 

Typhoon Soudelor becomes  world’s most powerful storm      MANILA. – Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas. The storm roared across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kilometres per hour), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre which rated it a maximum category five. No deaths have been attributed to Soudelor, but it left a trail of destruction across the Northern Marianas. Acting governor Ralph Torres declared a “state of major disaster and significant emergency” after it struck late on Sunday. At least 1,500 people were being given emergency food assistance while 500 were living in emergency shelters. Soudelor ripped roofs off houses and left residents without power, water and wastewater services. John Hirsh from the American Red Cross in Saipan, the Northern Marianas main island, said the storm caused the worst damage to the Pacific island territory in 30 years. “There’s no power anywhere on the island … three to four weeks to restore the power. There were probably three or four hundred power poles collapsed during the storm … many roads impassable,” he told Pacific Beat. Many roads were impassable in the main island Saipan while in the harbour at least three vessels were ripped from their moorings. In Hagatna, on neighbouring Guam, the weather service warned boats to stay away from exposed reefs and beaches because of “hazardous surf” and “life threatening” rip currents. It said Soudelor would continue to intensify as it swept across open water for the next 24 hours before starting to...

Tomorrow is a working holiday

MANILA. – Despite being the centennial celebration of the beleaguered Iglesia ni Cristo tomorrow and the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Aquino, tomorrow is a working holiday, Malacanang said yesterday. Usec. Abegail Valte stressed that Republic Act 9645 which took effect in 2009 has declared that every July 27th of the year will be a special national working holiday. Valte said that the Palace has declared tomorrow as a special working holiday for the nation to commemorate the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in the Philippines despite the fact that Pres. Aquino has signed a joint resolution declaring July 27 as the 101st founding anniversary of the influential religion.. She said the law pointed out that it is the declared policy of the State to observe the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo every 27th of July in recognition of its exemplary feat of leading its members towards spiritual enlightenment and good citizenry. Valte also clarified that classes will not be suspended all over the country except for the schools within the vicinity of the Batasan Pambansa due to a heightened security being implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP). However, Valte clarified that school authorities may suspend the holding of classes while the President is delivering his last SONA but emphasized that this is not mandatory. Some local schools in the province and in the city has already announced the cancellation of classes tomorrow. There was no immediate indication behind the cancellation of classes. It must be noted that except for last year, when INC celebrated its centennial year, July...

Sorry, it’s not 3 but 4 holidays for this month

TAGBILARAN CITY. – We stand corrected. There were not only three but four holidays being observed here for this month. Two of which are national holidays while another two are local holidays. The month of July opened with the Charter Day for Tagbilaran, which according to Republic Act No. 8267, every first day of July is considered as a special non-working public holiday in the city to be known as the Tagbilasran city Charter Day. Howe3ver, the holiday is only for the city and not for the entire province. But the Bohol Charter Day on July 22 will be a holiday for the entire province including the city. After the Tagbilaran City Charter Day, comes the national holiday in the entire country on Friday, July 17 pursuant to Proclamation No. 1070 which states that Republic Act No. 9177 has declared Eid’l Fitr as a regular holiday throughout the country. The observance seeks to encourage the Filipino nation to join Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the feast of the Ramadhan. The declaration of July 17 as a holiday in the entire country was made by Malacanang last week. Then comes the Bohol day celebration on July 22, a Wednesday which was declared a special non-working public holiday in the entire province including Tagbilaran City pursuant to Republic Act No. 7683. On July 22, 1854, Bohol was separated from Cebu and, together with Siquijor, was created into a politico-military province during the Spanish rule in the Philippines. Thereafter, it was recognized as a province during the American regime. The final holiday for...

Besas sits as new city SP member

    TAGBILARAN CITY. – The 49th charter day celebration of Tagbilaran City today is very memorable to Punong Barangay Nick Besas. Besas will assume the ex-oficio seat vacated by Punong Barangay Edgar Bompat of Dampas who earlier resigned as the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) in the city. Bompat and Besas had earlier made a “gentleman’s agreement” to have an equal sharing in the term of office as LnB president in the city. The same was true in the case of the provincial LnB where Madelone Rengel of Calape also entered into the same agreement with Romulo Cepedoza of Danao for term-sharing. Besas took his oath of office yesterday as the new president of the LnB in the city vice Bompat. During the Charter Day activity today, Besas will formally assume as an ex-oficio member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran. Besas will assume the position as ex-oficio member of the city lawmaking body for the next 18 month and shall received the salaries and perks of a city councilor. He will also assume the various posts held by Bompat including the committee chairmanship and memberships in the city sanggunian. On the other hand, Bompat will resume with his position as punong barangay of Dampas.  The two punong barangays are identified with the group of Mayor Baba Yap. Bompat completed his nine-year term as a duly elected city councilor in 2013. But his election as punong barangay in Dampas gave him an extension of his office as city councilor when he won as the president of the LnB in the city thus paving the way...

RPC hi-school class l965 marks 50th anniversary

TAGBILARAN CITY. – Everything is set for the golden graduation anniversary celebration next motnh of the Rafael Palma College (now University of Bohol) high school class of l965. In an official announcement made by retired Gen. Ruben V. Cabagnot, it was learned that the three-day gathering kicks off with a holy mass on July 15 and a motorcade around the city’s main thoroughfares to the UB main campus. The group will pay a courtesy call to the school administration headed by University President Atty. Nuevas T. Montes to be followed by a nostalgic stroll on the very sight of the old RPC high school building will follow. An array of activities is already in place for whole duration of the 50th celebration. Batch mates are encourage to see or contact , Felix Pague at cel. no. 09282362050, Elma Amihan-Canuto – 09209667961, Ester Salon – 09176624637, Grace Porticos-Macalolot – 09267452937 and Ben Cabagnot – 09178482318. This year, the University of Bohol /Rafael Palma College Alumni Association, Inc. will likewise hold its Grand Alumni Homecoming on July 22, 2015....

HNU ex-mentor files recon on CA ruling

  (3rd of Four Parts)   TAGBILARAN CITY. – The kilometric news item published in a local weekly newspaper entitled “CA: no illegal dismissal of HNU ex-faculty’s case” did not give the side of Arlene Palgan nor was there any attempt to get her side of the story.           Palgan, who is now the chief executive officer of Powerhouse Review and Training Center here, was awarded P1.5 million by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) which decided that Palgan was illegally dismissed by the Holy Name University (HNU). The NLRC sheriff then garnished one of HNU’s bank accounts in Tagbilaran and remitted to Palgan the proceeds of the monetary award considering that the NLRC ruling was immediately executory. But HNU immediately raised the case to the Court of Appeals in Cebu City which set aside the NLRC decision and re-instated the ruling of the Labor Arbiter on Feb. 27, 2012 declaring that Palgan was not illegally dismissed. In its decision, the 19th division of the Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the Labor Arbiter in saying that Palgan was not illegally terminated but her term of  employment with HNU just expired. On Feb. 28, 2007, HNU sent a notice to Palgan informing her that her term of employment which will end on March 31,2007 will no longer be renewed. This prompted Palgan to file a complaint for illegal dismissal on Nov. 10, 2007 pointing out that she was already a regular employee of the school  when her contract was already not renewed by HNU. She also claimed that she was not afforded due process and sought moral and...

HNU ex-mentor files recon on CA ruling

    (Second of a Series)   TAGBILARAN CITY. – A copy of a Motion for Reconsideration obtained by this paper the other day from the law office of the legal counsel of Arlene Palgan, former faculty member of the Holy Name University (HNU) insisted that Palgan indeed first began working with the school as a casual or assistance clinical instructor in 1992 while she was awaiting for her results in the Nursing board exam.           However, at the start of her hiring, HNU did not provide her with standards for evaluation of her satisfactory completion of her probationary employment. In the second semester of school-year 1994-1995, Palgan was hired as a full-time Clinical instructor of the university until the school-year 1998 to 1999. But in the second semester of that school-year, Palgan was transferred to the Guidance Center as a Nursing guidance instructor handling guidance, educat5ion and graduate school courses. At this time, she was elected as the no. 2 municipal councilor of Carmen town. In the year 2001, Palgan was elected as no. 1 municipal councilor of her town for which reason, she took a leave of absence. During the first semester of school-year 2004-2005, Palgan resumed her work as a full-time Clinical Instructor of the HNU College of Nursing. Due to her superlative credentials, she was designated as a the medic-in=charge of handling the Special Nursing Program for Doctors. Similar to the start of her hiring, Palgan was not provided with standards for the school to evaluate her satisfactory service. In her 11-page motion, the former HNU faculty member insisted that the NLRC was right that...
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