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February 21, 2018: *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos led Provincial Government and DepEd officials in the blessing of the newly rehabilitated CPG Sports Complex to make it ready for use during Bohol's hosting of CVRAA 2018 which opens on Feb. 25 *** Pre-CVRAA activities in Bohol will begin on February 23 and will officially open on Feb. 25 with a holy mass at 2pm, followed by a parade at 3:30pm which will lead to the CPG Sports Complex. ***Bohol will host 11,737 delegates from 19 divisions in the whole of Central Visayas for 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2018 hosting, according to DepEd Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto bared that Bohol got 48% increase in production of rice, the highest record in the country in 2017, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA). *** PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate said that PDEA which leads the oversight committee still needs to review the drug status of 500 barangays in Bohol before confirming them as drug free. *** Over a year into the government's nationwide campaign against narcotics trade, none of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have officially been recognized as drug-free by the regional oversight committee that assess drug presence in villages. *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA-7 Director Leo Caneda led the ribbon cutting and opening exhibits of the 3-day 18th Ubi Festival today. This year's festival is themed: "Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon."

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Sept 23, 2013 (PIA)—Whether one develops a reclamation project legally or illegally, it is the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) who owns it, says key Bohol environment officer. 

The PRA, is the government agency tasked to improve, develop, administer and deal in, subdivide, dispose of, lease and sell all kinds of lands, buildings, estates and other forms of real property managed controlled and operated by the government in its reclamation projects and holds assets in the name of the government, the country’s official gazette states.

Because of this, proponents can only acquire them from PRA, through transfer of certificates of title by virtue of a competitive bidding, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nestor Canda shared at Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. 

Other than the PRA, local governments like provinces, towns and chartered cities, and even government entities like those mandated as the Philippine Ports Authority and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its foreshore hatcheries, can venture into reclamations, while managing its land resources, he adds. 

On who checks these land fill projects, other than the PRA, local governments with the power to reclaim its foreshore areas, following due processes and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) can regulate and stop violations. 
In Bohol, where there have been noticed violations of its foreshore areas via reclamations, some of the proponent private citizens however applied for special PRA permits, Canda admits. 

But, pending the granting of these permits, entities continue with their projects, when the right thing should have been to wait for the PRA nod. 

While the local governments can issue cease and desist orders, the DENR also issued Administrative Order No. 20, which set the guidelines on the issuance of permits over reclamations and special patent reclaimed lands. 

Such power is also under its role as manager, conservator and overseer of the natural resources of the State, where it exercises exclusive jurisdiction on the management and disposition of all lands of the public domain. 

This also allows the DENR to decide whether areas under water should be reclaimed or not" and, subject to the approval of the President, "whether reclaimed lands should be classified as alienable and disposable under Sections 6 and 7 of Commonwealth Act No. 141. 

On this, reclamation proponents need to coordinate with governments and the DENR who validate the plans before these are endorsed to the PRA for appropriate action, he explained. 

But with the illegal reclamations in Bohol, especially in Tagbilaran, local governments and the DENR, on whose jurisdiction these land fills occur are in the perfect position to have stopped the activities. 

DENR admits they have issued cease and desist orders and notices of violations, but proponents simply tell them their PRA papers are on the way. 

With that, reclamations are there.

Canda however assured that reclamations, be they legal or illegal, would have to be registered to the PRA, before the government could award the reclaimed lots to developers.

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