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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Thursday, July 16, 2015

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol July 15 (PIA)--As the shellfish ban continues at the Tagbilaran Bay, authorities are saying fish, when prepared right, can be eaten. 

What the ban is strongly implemented in is for shellfish and other bottom feeders like sea urchins, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) shares to people who think that eating fish is also dangerous especially with the red tide scare in Tagbilaran City Bay.

The scare has harshly affected vendors who could not sell fish with the on-going ban on gathering, eating and marketing shellfish.

In fact, local officials in Tagbilaran City, Dauis and Panglao have been giving relief goods to affected fishermen and their families as well as vendors to help them get up past the tide. 
The ban, the BFAR said continues until the presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) caused by pyridinium bahamense of the compressum variety causing the algal bloom could be confirmed out of the subject sea waters in Tagbilaran Bay. 

According to Leo Bongalos, Bohol BFAR acting chief, the pyridinium dinoflagellates settle most of the time at the bottom of the seas and are the planktons mostly eaten by stationary bivalves, shellfish and echinoderms like sea urchins.

Because of this, fish eating the planktons in the seaweeds or corals may ingest the red-tide causing planktons but these should be confined to the entrails or the internal organs and the gills. 

"Fish, as long as you wash them in clean running water, you take out the gills and the internal organs, they should be safe to eat," Bongalos assured. 

For crustaceans like crabs, he said people must discard the butter and the gills, and the meat should be safe. 

These toxins are not destroyed by cooking, so it might be good to make sure the entrails are out and eating them raw is risky, BFAR said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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