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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Thursday, January 28, 2016

No mall precincts here in Bohol, says Comelec

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 27 (PIA)— The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) may have thought putting voting precincts at the malls may improve access of voters during elections, but mall voting won’t happen in Bohol. 

Comelec Bohol supervisor Atty Eliseo Labaria said recently that Bohol is just too small and most of our precincts are set up that, even as the central office has been conducting public consultations in Manila.

The move to open up voting precincts in the malls is in line with the poll body’s initiatives to improve access especially to senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and their convenience during elections.

The Comelec however does this when in some areas practicable, in its efforts to make the elections more and more participative and inclusive. 

The Comelec has reportedly used mall voting in the 2013 elections, but it was small scale.

After that, a validation survey conducted by the poll body showed that about 60% of their respondents agreed that putting up voting precincts in the malls can facilitate PWD and senior citizen’s ease of voting. 

Voting in the schools have been quite an experience for senior citizens and PWDs.

Schools which were earlier built were not designed to give easy access to senior citizens and PWD, as compared to the mandatory compliance of malls in the implementation of PWD access ramps. 

In Bohol however, local Comelec said the precincts are small and if the Borard of Inspectors are efficient, the voting is expected to be a breeze. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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