Loay, real site of friendly ,”bloody”
encounter of Sikatuna & Legaspi
LOAY, Bohol – Now, truth must prevail.
The National Historical Institute (NHI), a national government agency authorized under the law (Presidential Decree No. 260) to take care of the historical, or scientific or archaeological sites in the country, finally came out with the Resolution, resolving the controversy that silently kept this city and Loay town, as claimants of the true Sandugo site, in “cold war.”
In its approved Resolution No. 04, series of 2005, entitled, “A Resolution Adopting The Recommendation of the Panel Resolving The Site of the Blood Compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi,” the (NHI) said that Loay town is the place where the blood compact took place on March 25, 1565.
NHI Resolution pointed out that after the a thorough investigations and interviews of divers, fisher folks and residents of both Tagbilaran City and Loay, including documents presented by both sides, the “panel concluded that the blood compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi took place in flagship San Pedro which was anchored off Hinawanan Bay or off the waters of Loay on March 25, 1565.”
With this, the controversy arising from the real site where the Blood Compact site is has been hounding Boholanos for years and even kept them in the dark, has finally resolved.
The Resolution provides, “Whereas, ocular inspection and interviews with divers and fisher folks in Tgabilaran and Loay were conducted on February 9-11, 2005 with the help of experts of National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) and National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines.”
The Resolution was signed by NHI’s Ambeth R. Ocampo, chairman; and its members: Jose M. Cruz, Benito L. Legarda, Jr., Corazon S. Alvina, Heidi K. Gloria, Serafin D. Quiason, Prudenciana C. Cruz; and Ladovico D. Badoy, director.
The panel that assessed and studied the documents is composed of Judge Nestor Ballasillo, Office of the Solicitor General, chairman; Atty. Edgardo Sison, office of the Solicitor general; Mr. Fred dela Rosa, Editor, Manila Times, member; ug si Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, histrorian/adviser, University of the Philippines, the NHI Resolution said.
Some residents of this town, about 18 kms. east from capital TagbilaranCity, being interviewed by this writer, said that it’s about time to correct the history for the benefit of the next generations and rectify the wrong notion of the blood compact site.
Some say that it’s also about time to avoid fooling the visitors of believing that it is in barangay Bool, TagbilaranCity where the Blood Compact took place.
Since they received the said Resolution from NHI not too long ago (although it is listed as part of Series of 2005) Loay officials, including the present administration preferred just to kept mum about it to stay away from head-on collision with other claimant, this case Tagbilaran City. Some don’t want to antagonize the provincial and other officials.
But they (Loay officials) tried but failed to promote the site, after putting the marker courtesy of the NHI and placing a billboard and even clear the way especially the well as an indicator of Legsapi’s anchorage way back then even if the said site is along the tourism circuit on the way to the land of the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town.
Some well-meaning tour guides who are already knowledgeable about it tried to explain leisurely on the real score but still preferred to put in tour itinerary, stopover for that matter, the one with the statues of Datu Sikatuna and Legaspi in Bool, this city. (RVO)
AN “X” FACTOR
The fiber optic line is an “X” factor of the development in other places that Bohol has been obsessed to possess in the pursuit of its aspirations.
Recognizing Bohol’s vision, Nazareno was bullish in his keynote speech that the governor “will (now) be able to attract more call center and outsourcing companies that can hire many more (qualified) graduates from universities and colleges in Bohol.”
“Tagbilaran can really become another ICT center in the country,” confidently reiterated the executive of the country’s biggest telecom company whose father is a Boholano.
To support it, the industry’s national road map has identified these priority activities: Driving standard and accreditation to ensure a better match the skills of the graduates with requirements of the industry; more aggressive internal marketing of the local talent pool; strengthening awareness of the Philippine value proposition in IT, voice and non-voice BPO services in existing and new markets; advocating high impact public policies; and strengthening public-private partnership with government to fund key programs like study-to-work training..
The outsourcing, including the global in-house center (GIC) industry, can genuinely complement with tourism and agro-industry towards the full recovery of Bohol from the great earthquake and taming of the province’s vision of inclusive growth.
Tourism will benefit much from the DFON as it meets the ICT demands of Bohol when it is also transformed into a new aviation hub with the rise and operation of the international airport in Panglao, plus the planned tourism enterprise zones and industrial parks in other strategic areas.
With the various efficient cloud services in place, a high-speed internet will satisfy the tourists and guests who come expectant of fast and easy connectivity Of manifold connectivity power than copper, the fiber link can further improve learning system as students scour speedily on worldwide web while it betters government performance thru a reliably quick access to its online services.
As it signals the openness of the investment climate in Bohol and its desirability as a location, the marvelous connectivity endeavor “can only lead to greater things,” Chatto said with confidence. (Ven rebo Arigo)
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