Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Arroyo leads orientation on the IRR 
of the Free Irrigation Service Act in Bohol 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 19 (PIA)--Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the orientation on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 10969 or Free Irrigation Services Act in Bohol on Monday. 

Gov. Edgar Chatto welcomed Arroyo and other guests including Agriculture and Food Committee chair Cong. Jose Panganiban Jr., National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Gen. Ricardo Visaya, NIA-7 regional manager Engr. Modesto Membreve, Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 Regional Director Atty. Salvador Diputado, Bureau of Soils and Waste Management Director Angel Enriquez and Deputy Speaker Art Yap, as well as the farmers and irrigators associations. 

Dr. Leo Gallego of the NIA Institutional Development Division presented the IRR on the Free Irrigation Services Act to the public including farmer and irrigator associations during the orientation held at the Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City. 

RA 10969, otherwise known as the Free Irrigation Service Act (FISA) was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 2, 2018. 

The law exempts all farmers with landholdings of eight hectares and below from paying irrigation service fees (ISF). 

All unpaid ISF and corresponding penalties, as well as loans, past due accounts and corresponding interests and penalties of the irrigator associations (IA) will be erased from the books of the NIA. 

The NIA will continue to develop, operate and maintain the national irrigation system (NIS) but might pass on the operation and maintenance of secondary and tertiary canals and farm ditches to capable IAs. 

The NIA will issue the necessary policies, qualification requirements and selection process in determining the capability and capacity of IAs. 

The law gives life to the State’s policy “to promote comprehensive rural development, food self-sufficiency, equitable access to opportunities and sustained productivity as key strategies to raise the quality of life in rural areas and attain overall national development.” 

The province of Bohol has 60 hectares of rice land, 27,500 hectares of which are irrigated and has reported an increase to 7-9 tons of harvested rice. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol) 
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the orientation on the IRR of RA 10969 or Free Irrigation Services Act at Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on March 18, 2019. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol) 

Monday, March 18, 2019


CDRRMO explains CLEAR
disaster-warning capacity

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 15 (PIA)—In these times where information plays a critical role in disaster resilience, Tagbilaran City innovates with its unique integrated disaster and anti-crime reporting and monitoring system: enter the Communications Line for Emergency Alarms and Response System (CLEAR).

An information hub that banners a highly visible light emitting diode (LED) board that has the capacity to broadcast announcements and disaster mitigation tips, the CLEAR announcement board which is remotely controlled from the Tagbilaran City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office Command Center, can even remotely broadcast localized specific information, like localized disaster mitigation drills, explains City DRRMO chief Gerard Lavadia.

For high priority information, like possibly some evacuation or those needing community mobilization, the CLEAR board installation comes with a siren which can also broadcast loud audio warnings via a public address system and a highly visible flasher for maximum reach.

Things like barangay meetings, events, fire drills, earthquake drills and mass casualty incident simulations to better acquaint the communities of the simulations, these can be pre announced to douse out the panic that could result.

And each CLEAR hub also packs a host of high definition tilt-able closed circuit television cameras than remotely transmits real-time images to the command center.

The cameras can be zoomed and panned to follow through an action, a person in a crime situation and when it is stored in a huge databank or live feeds from nearly a hundred more remote cameras, there is a playback capacity for a better reckoning and crime reenactment to help police investigators determine culpability, Lavadia hinted during this month’s Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) in Bohol on their famed Bisita Opisina into the city Hall’s CDRRMO.

And for emergency situations and where there is a need to call for police, firemen or emergency medical services, in the CLEAR information hub is a yellow phone that directly connects the caller to the emergency hotline inside the CLEAR Command nerve center.

It is as easy as opening the yellow phone’s swing box and picking the phone up. This immediately rings the command center and the hotline phone operator can immediately talk to the caller, Lavadia, who keeps the nerve center with a wall filled with live camera feeds remotely transmitted from the CCTVs, informed the visiting information officers. 

And for prank callers?

They won’t simply get away.

According to the CDRRMO, as soon as one picks up the yellow phone, the CCTV camera automatically zooms in on the caller so that the operator can have a direct view of the caller and would know if such were just prank call.

The live camera feeds from the 12 CLEAR disaster information hubs all help prop up the city’s anti-crime and disaster resilience capability, Lavadia said.

In fact, on lost items inadvertently left on tricycles, even if the commuters do not memorize the body numbers, by simply reporting it to the CDRRMO, the duty officers can pull out specific time-stamped video feeds for playback recording the time the tricycle passed a specific CCTV for facilitated tracking.

When a caller requests for any kind of assistance, the CDRRMC can send in law enforcers, vector in emergency responders, or simply direct the caller to the nearest source of help, if only to avail of the service.

Over this, the local PIA in Bohol said, “As local governments are fast putting up measures to make communities disaster resilient, we intend to make sure innovations like this that could be templates for replication of technologies are shared and known to the communities.” (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol) 
HELP FROM ABOVE. Traffic enforcers station themselves near the CLEAR information hub: a disaster warning system that broadcasts information, one equipped with a flasher, a siren and a public address system, CCTV cameras and a yellow phone that links the caller immediately to the command center in Tagbilaran City. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)