August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 13, (PIA)—Seeing education critical in sustaining the rare Danajon Double Barrier Reef (DBR) north of Bohol, Talibon puts up an interpretative center as learning hub to help kids and adults better understand marine environmental issues associated with resource protection and conservation. 

Housed at the old nurses home of the former Talibon Provincial Hospital, inside the Municipal Hall Complex, the interpretative center features a huge 3 dimensional model map of the entire coverage of the double barrier reef.

Said to be the only one in Asia, and among the six which can be found in the world, Danajon’s outer bank extends some 94 kilometers from Tubigon town at northwestern Bohol to Carlos P. Garcia, breaching into territories of four provinces. 
Occupying some 214,268 hectares of the size of about 5 million basketball courts, Danajon’s two barrier reefs protect mainland Bohol specifically the northern side against devastating storms, while the fringing reefs provide the fish which island communities sustain themselves,” explained Rachelle Sayson, Talibon tourism officer. 

Sayson, who also doubles up as the resident tour guide, dished out relevant information which delved on the conservation issues of the rare Danajon and the survival of communities drawing their protein requirements from the sea. 

“Communicating these issues however proved to be tough to people who could be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the resource, and the 3D model was an attempt to take on the task in a smaller but exact scale,” sources at the local coastal resource management council shared. 

“The 3D model was a product of a participatory 3D modeling (P3DM) workshop of stakeholders and integrates people’s knowledge and spatial information to produce a stand-alone scale relief model that shows a relatively accurate storage data and analysis devices as well as an excellent communication media,” according to a billboard explaining the massive map that occupies half of the building’s floor.

The 3D model graphically shows the inner and the outer banks of the Danajon, community profiles of the islands within it, as well as the degree of dependence of these communities to the fishing grounds. 

Apart from the 3D model, the interactive center also features informative standees, wall installations as well as a diorama of a community’s common fishing methods showing both the legal and the illegal. 

Set up, in cooperation with the United States Government through the ECOFish Project, the interpretative center has been picked by the Bohol Ecotourism Project in its new loop, it being an educational as well as interactive learning site for marine conservation and environmental protection.

The inspection and validation team from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Sustainable Environment for Panglao Project (SEPP) Bohol Tourism Office, tourism stakeholders and media all nodded in approval for the inclusion of the stop in the learning tour. 

The stop is an information overload and it is among the best sources of marine resource protection information in a single stop, agreed a respected Bohol tour guide who joined the inspection at the site. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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