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Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

In Panglao: Tourism funds waste management and conservation

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Tourism brings in revenues also spent to curb the garbage problem

New system for old problems: Panglao's struggle with solid waste

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Old and new problems pose challenges to Panglao’s waste management system

Garbage in paradise: The price of Panglao’s rise as tourist destination

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Panglao, often promoted as an alternative to world-famous Boracay, has a long history of neglecting solid waste

CLEAN-UP. Children often volunteer with Plastic Free Bohol in picking up trash along the coastlines of Bohol. Photo by Ben McCormack

Panglao: Riding the tourism cash cow

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Panglao experiences a drastic increase in tourist arrivals after Boracay’s closure

Leoncio Evasco Jr running for Bohol governor

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet Secretary, who served as Maribojoc mayor for 3 terms, wants to return to local politics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks at the document shown by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. prior to the start of the 10th Cabinet meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on January 9, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

New Bohol 'eco-airport' to be completed in October 2018, says DOTr

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:41 AM

'This is the kind of airport that we should be building, an airport that has regard for the environment and the future generations,' Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says of the country's first international eco-airport

OPENING IN OCTOBER. The Department of Transportation is set to open the new Bohol Airport Airport soon. Photo from DOTr

De Lima's family receives Prize for Freedom award on her behalf

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) Detained Senator Leila de Lima is the second Filipino to be conferred the award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987

'PRIZE FOR FREEDOM.' Liberal International gives the 'Prize for Freedom' award to detained Senator Leila de Lima. Her family receives the award on her behalf. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tommy Osmeña’s ex-aide shot dead in anti-drugs operation

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Adonis Dumpit is killed by National Bureau of Investigation agents in an 'drug interdiction' operation in Tagbilaran City, Bohol

FAVORED COP. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña bailed out SPO1 Adonis Dumpit before turning him into a security aide. Photo from Cebu City PIO

Which tourist spots will be rehabilitated after Boracay?

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

All tourism destinations will be up for assessment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but some areas are on top of the list

De Lima cries, writes emotional message on son's graduation

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:54 PM

'To Vincent, I want to tell you, my son, that I am so happy and so proud of you,' writes detained Senator Leila de Lima. Read her full message here.

MOTHER'S LAMENT. Detained Senator Leila de Lima writes an emotional message on her son Vincent's graduation day at San Beda College Alabang. File photo by AFP

Court rejects De Lima request to attend son's law school graduation

May 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is set to graduate from the San Beda College Alabang School of Law on Sunday, June 3

2017. Senator Leila de Lima says the year changed her and made her closer to her family.

Bohol's no-coal ordinance 'an important victory' – advocate

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 PM

At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

Mayor of Buenavista, Bohol shot dead at cockpit arena

May 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol is the second mayor in Bohol killed in less than a year

After Clark, AirAsia developing hubs in Puerto Princesa, Bohol

May 06, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia's largest discount carrier plans to have 70 planes by 2032. With inadequate space in Manila, AirAsia is looking for more hubs in the countryside.

Mangroves and fireflies: Magical, eco-friendly kayak tour in Abatan River, Bohol

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Paddle amid quiet mangrove tunnels by day, and wait for fireflies to light up the trees at night. The kayak tours in Abatan River help sustain the local community, who work together to protect the river and its mangroves.

MAGICAL RIVER JOURNEY. Abatan River has mangrove forests perfect for enjoying beauty amid quiet. Photo courtesy of KayakAsia Philippines. All other photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

DOTr rejects Aboitiz's P148-billion bid to upgrade 4 regional airports

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Transportation turns down the unsolicited proposal of Aboitiz InfraCapital Incorporated and opts for public bidding instead

Spreading ‘humor’ is economic sabotage – Bohol mayor's memo

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:57 PM

The memo, dated March 23, 2018 and leaked on March 27, has become a hot topic of discussion among Boholanos, offline and online

DOJ order clearing suspect in Bohol mayor slay 'disturbing, alarming' – police

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:29 PM

'The DOJ might be renamed Department of Injustice for this latest blunder?' asks Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, after the Department of Justice cleared the prime suspect in the murder of Bien-Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel

'ALARMING' DOJ RESOLUTION. Senior Superintendent Jonathan Cabal, former intelligence chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in Central Visayas, questions the Department of Justice resolution on the murder of Mayor Gisela Boniel clearing her husband, the primary suspect in the case. Screengrab from Rappler video

Swedish national dies in electrocution accident in Bohol resort

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Bengt Gustaf Ludvig Linne accidentally steps on a wet pathway with an exposed power wire

A PLACE TO RELAX. The Alona Beach area in Barangay Tawala, Panglao town has been one of the most frequently visited places in Bohol by both foreign and domestic tourists. File photo by Mike Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Chelsea Logistics submits P67-B bid to develop Davao, Bohol airports

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The unsolicited proposal seeks to upgrade and maintain both airports over a 30-year concession period

Aboitiz submits P148-B proposal to modernize 4 regional airports

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Aboitiz group submits an unsolicited proposal to modernize, operate, and maintain the Iloilo International Airport, Bacolod-Silay Airport, Laguindingan Airport, and New Bohol International Airport in Panglao for 35 years

Graphics from Aboitiz InfraCapital Corporate Communications

PAL to start Davao-Siargao route on March 25

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The new route will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Panglao island next in DENR 'crackdown on environmental violators'

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A regional investigating team is tasked to find out the establishments in Panglao Bay that are violating the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act

UP NEXT. The environment department says Bohol's Panglao island is next in its crackdown of beach resorts and establishments that are violating environmental laws.

Arrest warrants, travel bans issued against Bohol officials

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Bohol officials are facing criminal charges because they approved two resolutions allowing the late Governor Erico B. Aumentado to buy heavy equipment

TOP OFFICIALS. Among the respondents of the cases filed at the Sandiganbayan were incumbent Bohol Vice-Governor Dionisio Balite and former Bohol Vice-Governors Julius Caesar Herrera and Concepcion O. Lim – the highest-ranking officials in Bohol. File photos

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 1-7, 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Bohol starts posting 'drug-free' stickers on homes

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Posting of drug-free stickers is purely on a voluntary basis,' says a Bohol official

'DRUG-FRE'E.  Punong Barangay Teodora Monsendo or  Catungawan Norte, Guindulman, Bohol, tags a home with a drug-free sticker on January 4, 2017. Photo by Guindulman PNP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 3, 2018

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

families and friends gather at the parks as holiday season goes on this month and enjoying the color fountain at the park of famous park in the country Luneta Park. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Preemptive evacuation helps Bohol achieve zero casualty during Agaton

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto says the province 'is not very badly affected' by Tropical Depression Agaton, which brought to Bohol torrential rains that lasted for more than 24 hours

FLOOD. Some roads in Bohol remain impassable due to the flooding triggered by Tropical Depression Agaton. Photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Bohol on high alert ahead of Tropical Depression Agaton

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:53 PM

3 towns already order a mandatory evacuation of residents

RISING WATERS. Heavy downpour since New Year midnight has triggered the rise of water level at the world-famous Loboc River. Photo from Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto's Facebook page

Bohol town ordinance penalizes trouble-making drunkards

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Trinidad town's new ordinance aims to promote public health and to 'discipline people who are habitual drunkards and who cause detrimental act to public morale and safety'

ANTI-DRUNK LAW. Local officials of Trinidad in Bohol want less incidents caused by drunkenness in their town. Photo from Pixabay.com

Bohol braces for 'Vinta'

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:29 AM

'We have made all the necessary preparations to minimize the impact of typhoon Vinta to lives and properties'

COA slams Bohol LGU over 12 vacant positions

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Commission on Audit says this failure to fill 12 vacant positions 'contradicts sound public administration and good governance'

Miss Universe 2017 candidates visit Camiguin

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Eight of the candidates visit Camiguin as part of Department of Tourism’s 'Bring Home a Friend' program

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 candidates tour PH

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The ladies tour Batanes, Bohol, and Camiguin

Bohol braces for 15-hour blackout on December 2

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The Saturday blackout, one of the handfuls the tourist destination province has experienced this year, is due to a scheduled maintenance work by NGCP

RevGov rallies in the provinces: Where's Duterte? Where are the crowds?

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:59 AM

Here's how planned rallies in the cities of Davao, Tagbilaran, Baguio, and Tuguegarao have turned out

Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

OFW in critical condition in Hong Kong hospital

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Geraldine Lupian Betasola's husband and son are racing against time to see her

BATTLING FOR HER LIFE. Geraldine Betasolo in an undated photo. Photo courtesy LGU Inabanga

Contraband seized from priest officiating mass in Bohol jail

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Father James Darunday claims the wife of an inmate tricked him into bringing in a plastic container of biscuits. Prohibited cigarettes and tobacco leaves were inside.

PROHIBITED STUFF. Jail guards in Bohol seize packs of cigarettes and tobacco leaves hidden inside a plastic container carried by a priest. Photo courtesy of DYTR's Dave Charles Responte

Bohol's Bishop Emeritus Christian Vicente Noel dies

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:55 PM

The retired bishop, who died at the age of 80, will be laid to rest on December 4

BELOVED PRIEST. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Talibon Christian Vicente Noel (3rd from left), together with priests in Bohol. Photo from Fr. Raymund Estillore's Facebook account

COA chides 2 Bohol LGUs over P30M in unused development funds

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM

COA rebukes the officials of Ubay and Garcia-Hernandez towns for depriving their constituents of projects and programs supposed to be implemented in 2016

COA uncovers anomaly in Bohol town funds disbursed to NGOs

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:18 PM

State auditors say the municipality of Loay accumulated more than P728,000 of unliquidated funds paid out to NGOs

Rebuilding the churches of Bohol

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

WHAT REMAINS. The image of Christ the King stands intact at the entrance of the ruins of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc. Photo courtesy Isabel Templo

Court orders arrest of alleged Abu Sayyaf bomb expert's mom

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Judith Dongon is ordered to appear before a regional trial court to face charges of resistance and disobedience of an agent of a person in authority

 ABU SAYYAF LINKS. Alleged bomb expert Renierlo Dongon (left) and dismissed Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza (wearing a hijab) are temporarily detained at a local jail facility in Bohol on Friday, October 13, as they await for a commercial flight back to Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Ex-Bohol town vice mayor sentenced to life in prison for drugs

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The camp of former Batuan vice mayor Jaime Decasa will file a motion for reconsideration

Bohol town declared rabies-free zone in PH

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

It is 'one big step towards the achievement of our ultimate goal of Bohol being a rabies-free declared province by 2020,' says Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto

Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:01 PM

The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park

In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo