July 18, 2018: ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, DA-7 RD Atty. Salvador Diputado and Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero led the launching of the 7th National Rice Technology Forum in Talibon town today. The forum highlights farming technology that allows farmers to be at the field to evaluate, assess and appreciate existing technology during the farming season with the aim to increase production and lower cost. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol reiterated commitment to address high fish price by introducing more fish to Bohol market in the short term financing for fisherfolk, fish farming and cold storage facilities. ***DA Sec. Manny Pinol is guest at today's blessing and turnover of 55 fiberglass reinforced plastic pump boats with accessories in Loon town. The 55 boats will be distributed to beneficiaries in 31 coastal barangays of Loon which is part of the P2-M prize of the LGU for being among first 10 to register under Fish Registration (FishR) program of BFAR. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA Sec. Manny Piñol led the ribbon cutting rites to open the Agri-Fair 2018 at the Bohol APC Grounds. The fair will run until July 21, 2018.

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Friday, February 27, 2015


TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 26 (PIA)—Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ADMU-SG) which has mentored San Miguel Bohol and other pilot areas in the country in enhancing good local governance, brings to Tagbilaran a forum on state of accountability, called "Strengthening Local Governance Accountability to Sustain Reforms" this Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Jjs Seafoods Village. 

The forum convenes key actors and champions in making accountability work, to discuss the state of accountability in the Philippines, concrete ways to address accountability constraints and challenges work to sustain reforms, said Joy G. Aceron, Government Watch Program Director. 

It may be recalled that in recent years, “there have been various efforts to enhance good local governance to improve the performance of local governments in achieving development outcomes and in deepening democracy,” Aceron stated. 

Local government's efficiency and effectiveness have been improved; mandated mechanisms for transparency and participation have been activated and supported, she pointed out. 

Efforts to continuously improve performance have been undertaken, turning local governments learning organizations capable of sustained growth and development, and in Bohol, San Miguel town stepped into the performance stage.

How San Miguel, and other key pilot areas of a Government-Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) of the Ateneo School of Government, along with the Professional School for Leadership and Public Service in cooperation by its local partners in its G-Watch Localization sites, shares to Boholanos their learning in improving target development performance and enlivening democratic environment for development.

The forum forms part of the state of accountability series as organized by Government Watch (G-watch), a social accountability program that seeks to facilitate the engagement of citizens in monitoring government programs and service delivery. 

At the forum, accountability champions talk about the state of governance accountability in their localities, ways and means to sustain reforms and continue their progress and development and the importance of governance accountability in sustaining reforms and how to strengthen it. 

The forum will also discuss the existing proposed legislation envisioned to strengthen local participatory governance in order to galvanize support for the proposals that the local stakeholders find meritorious.

Some of these include the institutionalization of grassroots participatory budgeting and legislating local people's councils, according to Aceron. (RAC/PIABohol) 

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