Advisory: ‘No Plastic Everyday’ at Dumaguete City public market

The City Government of Dumaguete, through its Public Information Office, announces that starting on June 1 (Friday), everyday thereafter, all buyers and sellers at the public market are enjoined to avoid using plastic bags.

The city asks the public to support the campaign to regulate the use of plastics not only in government establishments but hopefully in all private businesses and institutions.

This is part of its effort to manage our wastes by reducing the volume, which would be a great relief to the city government and the people.


All buyers at the public market are urged to bring re-usable eco-bags, net bags, bayongs, sako bags when going to the market.


(Image from City PIO)






Dumaguete consular office warns OFWs against illegal recruiters

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Regional Consular Office (DFA-RCO) in Dumaguete City has warned would-be overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Negros Oriental against the menace of illegal recruitment during its gender and development (GAD) activity.

The occasion, RCO Head Reynold Banda said, is meant to provide information and promoting awareness on illegal recruitment through a film-showing on the life of an OFW held recently.

This is also comes after the RCO received complaints on gender-related issues from some Negrenses in Middle East.

Banda reported, “A family came to the office to seek assistance to rescue their OFW, a household worker in Kuwait who called them and ask for help that she be repatriated back here for she could no longer bear the plight she experienced being passed on from one household/sibling-employer to another household-employer to do the household works.”

Banda contacted and coordinated with the embassy in Kuwait for assistance to bring the Filipina domestic helper from Negros Oriental to the shelter home and facilitate her repatriation.  

DFA official said the problem with some recruitment agencies wouldn’t take any responsibility anymore after an OFW is in distress and in this case the worker should only have one employer.

However, another case of a Filipino worker from the municipality of Amlan, which the DFA failed to mention the name, working in East Timor was repatriated due to sickness or medical health reason.

Banda said an OFW from Saudi Arabia was sent back home here in the province due to his death from hypertension and the human remains arrived last February.

“For this activity we chose the topic on illegal recruitment because this is now the issue that provides more problems to our OFWs as this screening entails a lot of sacrifices to an OFW who was a victim of an illegal recruitment,” the DFA official said.

The DFA is trying to provide mechanism to lessen the impact of illegal recruitment in support of the existing law Republic Act 10022 or the Migrant Workers Act.

However, Banda said that despite of the law protecting the OFWs against illegal recruiters there are still some individuals taking advantage of the situation, having this crisis happen in the Middle East particularly in Kuwait where there are a lot of Filipinos who were repatriated but looking again for job opportunities abroad.

The DFA-RCO Dumaguete conducts GAD activities for two years now which promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipino workers abroad. 

Coop runs 1st hotel in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer C. Tilos

DCCCO Hotel MOA Signing event held on May 7, 2018 


With the fast growing tourism business in Negros Oriental, Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCCO), a multi-purpose cooperative, set to build a five-storey hotel worth P130 million in a 4,598 sqm lot in Dumaguete City.

The DCCCO officials headed by Board of Director Chair William Ablong signed a memo of agreement with the GJ Uymatiao Construction yesterday to start constructing the DCCCO Hotel on June 18 this year and expected to complete it in two years.

Ablong said the 54-room hotel helps the growing tourism industry and economic aspect in the city as well as in the province.

“Dumaguete City as the gateway to all our tourist destinations in the province and based on statistics about 1,300 tourists arrive here on a daily bases, thus the DCCCO comes in to respond to the need and help find a good accommodation,” said Ablong.

This DCCCO Hotel also intends to help boost the economy in the city as well as generate employment opportunities to those professionals who have not employed yet.

“Dumaguete has claimed as a convention city, center of education, and a retirement city but lacks facilities or rooms, all the more we really need more hotel rooms to accommodate guests to that effect,” said Ablong.

For his part, Gerard Uymatiao of GJ Uymatiao Construction said that this is the 5th project that the group works again with DCCCO and welcomes the opportunity to help build Dumaguete with this kind of structure especially that DCCCO is a homegrown company.

This event is part of DCCCO’s year-long celebration of the 50th founding anniversary which started with 49 members and a small amount of P1,151. Currently, the cooperative has an asset of P4 billion with 100,000 members.

Ablong said DCCCO members will have big advantage of the hotel business because the income will be shared among the members and they can also get a patronage refund.