October 18, 2017: *** The newly-restored Holy Trinity Parish Church of Loay is formally turned-over on Sunday October 15, 2017 from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to the Diocese of Tagbilaran through Bishop Alberto Uy. ***For the very first time, Bohol landed among the 14 finalists in the search for thr Most Business-Friendly Province in the country. ***PDEA-Bohol Head Agent Nicholas Gomez admitted that the drug problem in Bohol persists despite the reduction of supply of shabu coming from Cebu. *** The administration of the Bohol District Jail is now planning to acquire an x-ray machine as part of its crackdown on the entry of contraband into the jail facility, said BDJ Warden Jail Chief Insp. Felipe Montejo. *** DILG-Bohol conducted People's Forum on Federalism on October 17, 2017 at JJ's Seafood Village with city/municipal information officers and CSO/Faith-Based Representatives as participants. ***Schools across the province are expected to conduct make-up classes in lieu of class suspensios due to the two-a nationwide raspot astrike, according toDepEdBohol SchoolVGovernace and Operations Division Chief Desiderio Delgero. ***The province is bent on making history by getting a UNESCO recognition as a global geological park, the first for Philippines. ***The symbolic unveiling of the Geomarker at the Chocolate Hills Complex on Sunday will boost Bohol's application for UNESCO declaration of the entire province as a global geological park.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

From 2011-2016, Gov't spent over P19 B for Bohol tourism, infra

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 3, (PIA)— For a province that has received over P19 billion for its tourism and infrastructure, Bohol should feel privileged as other provinces get only an average of P2 billion annually from the government. 

President Benigno Aquino III, said this in his message to about a little over a thousand people huddled under tents in the early afternoon sun at the site of the new airport in Panglao. 

There, at the a steel modular stage overlooking the compacted end of the runway that would serve as Panglao's be newest asset, President Aquino told Boholanos that for public works alone, the government had already allocated P10.45 billion here.

The President came to Bohol officiate the time capsule laying ceremony and inspect the progress of the airport that has been promised, but have not gone past substantial accomplishment after five administrations, until now. 
As to public works, the president said the amount had been used for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges, school buildings, health facilities and flood control projects. 

He cited as part of the rehabilitation, the Panglao Island Circumferential Road, which was just recently completed. 

"Panglao Island Circumferential Road will attract more tourists into your island and will improve the flow of services and commerce of your province," the president in his trademark yellow shirt told the crowd, many of them Panglaoanons who have stated to lose faith in the much delayed airport project. 

The amount is not even including the Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) allocated budget for the construction and repair or rehabilitation if airports and ports from 2011 to 2016. 

The DOTC has already spent in Bohol some P8.5 billion, he said. 

The government is building an airport here, to replace and decommission current airport in Tagbilaran City, which has expansion issues owing to its being in the midst of the city. 

Oppositors for the Panglao airport cite fears that the limestone substrate might not hold the heavy construction and succeeding load, Aquino assured people that experts have seen the site and assured the airport feasibility. 

With the new aiprot, operational by December of 2017, the President said tourism arrivals in Bohol should triple and hit 1.7 million annually, Aquino said citing Department of Tourism projections.

With the airport bringing in tourist who is spending an average of 1,000 dollars, it also means jobs for a Filipino, income for resorts, the farmers who grow food for the resorts, even tour guides, or weavers who would be crafting souvenir handicrafts, the president noted. 

Panglao Airport is just one among the many infrastructure projects we have in Bohol, according to Aquino. 

That is wht, by next year, you will have a new airport and I might be a passenger of the new planes landing in your new airport, Aquino quipped. 

The airport is one of the fastest the Administration can do so we can open up opportunities that you can afford you chance to better lives, he said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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