August 30, 2017: *** The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) holds their exit conference at the Governor's Mansion this morning on the I-Budget Nation Project in Bohol, a participatory budgeting initiative involving barangays, municipalities and provincial governments. ***Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer Josie Montes named the two outstanding barangay crime adjudication teams in implementing the Katarungang Pambarangay as that of Can-opao Jagna for the 1st to 3rd class towns and Bingag in Dauis for 4th to 6th class towns. *** Two Bohol barangay justice system implementing teams automatically represent Bohol and the region to the national Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) after sweeping the awards in their respective categories here. *** For the third time this year, Bohol will host an inter-nation dialogue among foreign dignitaries. On September, the province will be the venue for a conference by the finance ministers of the ASEAN, said Gov. Edgar Chatto. ***Senior Board Member Venzencio Arcamo assumed yesterday as the acting vice governor of Bohol after Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite was slapped of a nine-month suspension.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cacao gets sweet push

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 25, 2017 (PIA) --How long does it take to grow and harvest cacao?

One and a half years if grafted, said 67 year old Bern Karaan, who has had 6 years of cacao planted in his farm in Jagna. 

This as Boholanos have been exposed to the feasibility and marketability of the cacao as government gives the crop a sweet push. 

Cacao industry workers in Bohol have assumed that because growing the crop uses up so much time before one can harvest, it is placed in the backrooms. 

The shortened time for growth, they believed, could change the mentality of people. 

A high value commercial crop with a potential to make one moneyed, a native cacao which may have its traces from MesoAmerica during the Manila Acapulco trade, planted at 3 meters by 3 meters can produce between 2 to 3 tons annually, according to Philippine cacao expert Christopher Fadriga, national president of Plantacion de Sikwate. 

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