Rag dolls help raise awareness on teenage pregnancy

By Leandria Pagunsan


Students of Foundation Preparatory Academy carrying their rag dolls. (PIA7-NegOr/Photo from Klein Emperado of Foundation University)


Foundation Preparatory Academy (FPA) has initiated an awareness campaign on teenage pregnancy and premarital sex among students from the high school department with the use of rag dolls to be carried by students for the whole month of February.

As part of the technology and livelihood education subject, students are made to create rag dolls out of a pattern and they are to use rice as fillers instead of foam or cotton with the purpose of adding the weight close to that of an infant.

Also, the said campaign will instill at an early stage, the value of responsibility among young people as they gear towards adulthood.

Students are to take care of the rag dolls and, if possible, carry it most of the time.

According to Felipe Sullera, Jr. Senior High School head teacher, FPA will continue to practice this initiative not only for the benefit of its students but for the community as well.

Sullera also added that in the past 10 years since it was implemented, the practice has reduced (if not eliminated) the incidence of teen pregnancies and premarital sex among high school students at FPA.

Dr. Mira D. Sinco, the current superintendent of FPA, began the awareness program during her term as university president.


Dumaguete City to host national writing tilt on ASEAN integration

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Schools Division of Dumaguete City of the Department of Education (DepEd) will host this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) on February 19 to 23.

Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, NSPC is set to gather the best student-journalists from the 17 regions all over the Philippines.

Close to 5,000 campus journalists from the public and private elementary and secondary schools from all over the country are expected to converge at this capital city of Negros Oriental.

The 2018 NSPC has acknowledged the “vital role of the campus journalist in promoting comprehensive education for all.”

This year’s official theme of the 2018 NSPC is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education.”

Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Integration aims to build a successful and more united ASEAN that has concrete effects on the lives of individuals.

The journalism contest starts with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), where the top three to seven in each category depending on the size of the certain region qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).

The Campus Journalists will be competing in three categories namely Individual Contests which include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Science and Technology Writing, Photojournalism, and Editorial Cartooning.

School Paper Contests where the campus journalists battle in the different categories: News Section, Features Section, Editorial Section, Science and Technology Section, Sports Section, and Layout and Page Design, and Group Contests: Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contest, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CDP) Contest, and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).

Two contests are for exhibition only, namely, Column Writing which belongs to individual contests, and online publishing contest for secondary under the Group Contests.

Expected to grace the annual national writing tilts are Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Central Office officials, regional and division officials, and local government officials.


ABC backs sanitary landfill of Dumaguete City

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (standing) with barangay captains in their regular meeting on the establishment of a sanitary landfill in the city. (PIA7-NegOr/Photo from Dumaguete City PIO)

Twenty-nine of the 30 barangay captains of Dumaguete City signed a resolution supporting the closure of the Candau-ay open dumpsite and establishment of a sanitary landfill during its regular meeting recently.

The Liga ng mga Barangay or the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) led by President Lionel Banogon acknowledged the opposition by some residents but agreed with Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo that the decades-old problems of managing the local waste, the closure of the Candau-ay dumpsite, and the establishment of a sanitary landfill requires political will.

The local officials noted that the city of Dumaguete already received three closure orders of the open dumpsite from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on January 26, 2010, July 4, 2011, and April 16, 2012.

A fourth closure order was also issued on July 4, 2017 with a fine of P2.5 million along with the stern warning that cases will be filed against the responsible officials before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Liga ng mga Barangay expressed appreciation to Mayor Remollo’s determination to close the Candau-ay open dumpsite and the establishment of a sanitary landfill in a 3.5-hectare lot within the small and medium scale district in the same barangay.

Mayor Remollo said that the proposed site in Barangay Candau-ay has already passed majority of the parameters set by law and evaluated by the officials from the DENR.

However, it was also noted that more dialogues and consultations will be done to secure the support of the people in the area.

The city government will also comply with any recommendation from DENR to ensure that the proposed landfill will be safe and function well.

There is also another plan to build a plant that will process all waste into by-products useful for everyday use or in the construction industry.