Canlaon residents benefit from outreach prog for peace

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A total of 636 residents in Canlaon City benefited from the medical and dental outreach program and other government services jointly conducted by the Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) April 13 at Brgy. Panubigan Gym, Canlaon City.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, commander of the 302nd IB, said as a continuing program, this activity intends to deliver free health services to the constituents of Canlaon especially those who need medical attention.

Bringing the government services and programs closer to the people counteracts the deception of the CPP-NPAs who promised to help the barangay residents, the army officer said.

PNP reported that during the medical outreach, some 227 individuals have availed of free medical consultation, 112 had their tooth extracted, 139 young boys were circumcised, minor surgery of 8 patients, 112 vaccinated with anti-cervical cancer, 220 received vitamins and medicines, 150 kids received dental hygiene kits, and 150 persons had their eyes checked and received eye glasses.

 

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Over 600 residents from eight barangays in Canlaon City have availed free medical and health services in an outreach medical-dental mission conducted by PNP-AFP in Canlaon City. (PIA/Negros Oriental)

 

On top of the medical services, the team also offered free services of massage therapy for 40 individuals, 121 males had their free haircuts, 45 individuals had their nails manicured/pedicured, distributed 500 pair of slippers and 50 balls of basketball and volleyballs, and 340 children received candies, chocolates and stuff toys.

One of the highlights of the activity is the dialogue with the residents of Canlaon with the representatives of all government agencies involved to disseminate the current programs of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte .

Mayor Jimmy Clerego of Canlaon City said that he is thankful to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP for organizing the activity.

He also emphasized to his constituents that the basic services and all government programs aim to improve the lives of every Filipino.

In the same activity, Police Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, Regional Director of Police Regional Office-7 said “It is very important that you are not only aware of the programs of the government but also you understand what is the truth or not, so that you will not be deceived and exploited by the communist organizations and join the New People’s Army.”

During the open forum, Agrarian Reform Officers discussed the process of land acquisition in which the audience realized that they were only deceived and misled for a long time by the communist organizations like KARAPATAN that tried to organize them and promised to help them.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Engr. Manuel Galon, Jr. of the Operation Division of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) explained the actions by their office and status of the land areas to be subjected to land reform and distribution.

A report from PNP states that “it was found out during exchanges that lawyers of Karapatan and Gabriela organizations that offered their services had different opinions and legal advice that runs contrary on the procedures of DAR.”

It added that these advisers insisted that these farmers will not follow the government office concerned directives and guidelines but to stick to their advices even though these were wrong and unlawful.

Sinas followed up the answers of DAR that the farmers were duped by Karapatan and misrepresented them and muddled the issues that caused the delay of the project implementation.

Other issues raised during the dialogue include the assurance of the PNP and AFP that there is no such list of targets of police and military operations but requested the participants to detach themselves from dubious organizations.

A representative from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Ooffice of Canlaon City explained the important of preserving the watershed of Negros Island and the reasons why tenants inside the reservations were advice to leave and vacate the area.

Some 400 residents including the barangay chairpersons participated in the dialogue or pulong-pulong from the eight barangays of Binalbagan, Pula, Lumapao, Bayog, Aquino, Linohangan, Masulog, and Panubigan all in Canlaon City.

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NegOr Catholic radio station goes on air with Teleradyo channel

By Roi Lomotan

 

 

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DYWC Radyo Bandilyo Station Manager Ramonito Maata (left) announces the official launching of DYWC Teleradyo in a press conference held on March 31, 2019, at the Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound, Dumaguete City. He is joined by (l-r) Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete, Cebu Catholic Television Network President Nonito Limchua, and Fil-Products Cable TV Manager Duane Casia. (PIA/Negros Oriental) 

 

Catholic Radio Station DWYC -Radyo Bandilyo, beefs up its broadcasting capabilities as it launched its Teleradyo channel at Fil-Products Cable TV.

The DYWC Teleradyo channel officially went on air last April 1 and Oriental Negrenses can now watch DYWC news and public affairs programs at channel 91 for digital cable subscribers and channel 51 for analog cable subscribers.

This project is carried out in partnership with Fil-Products Cable, a local cable TV provider in Negros Oriental and Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN).

DYWC Station Manager Fr.  Ramonito Maata disclosed this endeavor is part of their strategies to expand their audience reach noting that they are maximizing other platforms such as web and social media for news and information dissemination.

“Our recent endeavor to expand more our listenership is a collaborative effort to adapt to technological ecology where the radio is not just heard but watch[ed] as well,” Fr. Maata elaborated.

“At this point in time, DWYC 801 is now broadcasting in six media platforms. One is the DYWC 801 kHz AM Band, second is DYWC Happy FM 104.7 in Basay, we have audio streaming at http://www.DYWC801am.com, and we have Facebook (FB) live, we have Youtube also and the latest is DYWC Teleradyo,”  Fr. Maata added.

With this development, DYWC reporters are required to deliver news with accompanying photos or videos for better appreciation of viewers.

The DYWC news and public affairs shows are aired at the teleradyo channel include Bandilyo Arangkada, Sparring Partners, Bandilyo Afternoon Delight, and RMN News Nationwide,

There also church-based shows and variety shows aired daily in the evening.

Aside from this, DYWC has also started broadcasting live episodes of the Candidates’ Forum organized by the  Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

This series of candidates’ forum provides an avenue for individuals vying for local electoral positions to present their platforms of government, proposed measures, and advocacies before the public.

DYWC is the official radio partner of the DEB in this activity.

Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes commended this initiative stressing that this endeavor will help the Catholic Church in its mission to spread the word of Christ through social communications.

“I affirm this laudable project. The social communications opportunity of the diocese has opened up not only limited to DYWC radio. Dili lang radyo but teleradyo (it’s not only radio but teleradyo),” Bishop Cortes said.Fr. Maata affirmed the station’s commitment to doing evangelization work being a Catholic radio station.

The DYWC station manager also noted that the letters “W” and “C” in their call sign stands for “Word of Christ” and the teleradyo channel is also intended for evangelization.

“We are gearing towards responding to the challenge of St. John Paull II in his message on the 35th World Communications Day and I quote: “Preach the gospel from the house stops,”’ Fr. Maata said.

Sectors urge women fishery groups to practice resiliency

By Leandria Pagunsan

 

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Dr. Hilconida Calumpong explains the objective of the Fish Right Program during the Kapihan sa PIA forum (PIA7-NegOr)

 

The Fishery Rights (FR) program Science Operations Coordinator and Ecosystem/Resilience Specialist challenged women groups from the Dauin fishery sector to engage in resilient livelihood activities.

Dr. Hilconida Calumpong, FR program coordinator, during a Kapihan sa PIA on Fishery Rights, held in Dauin, Negros Oriental, said “resiliency speaks for skills development that women should learn and develop.

For example, during the season of surplus fish catch, women can make homemade sardines and do vegetable gardening as interventions during calamities and bad weather caused by climate change,” said Calumpong.

She said the Fish right program is a consortium of government agencies and stakeholders playing important role in implementing the program like the local government units (LGUs), Municipal Agriculture Offices, Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Coast Guard, other government line agencies, church/religious sector and the media as partners, while Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) takes the lead in implementing the program.

Josie Columna, focal person for Gender and Development in Negros Oriental, informed the Dauin women that the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO), Negros Oriental Organic Agricultural Management Council (NOOAMC) Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), Provincial Integrated Skills Technology Center (PISTC) and Voice of the Free (VF) are extending various skills training and livelihood programs from their GAD funds.

As a member of the World Oceans Assessment Group, Dr. Calumpong shared their prediction that the world fish supply in 2050 would have been severely depleted that the major source of fish then would be from aquaculture.

By then, fewer people can afford to buy fish especially the poor hence, the program aims to develop Southern Negros seas and boost support for fishing communities, said Calumpong.

On this, representatives from the Gender and Development (GAD) through the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) present during the forum encouraged women members in Dauin to avail of their livelihood programs, and skills training through their local counterparts to up their chances in the climate changed world.

In a related development, Dauin Municipal Mayor Neil Credo thanked the women members of the fishery sector in Dauin for their presence during the Kapihan forum and reminded them that passing of the ordinance on conservation and preservation of their marine resources is an endeavor between the LGU and the community hence, their continued  support and participation to sustain the program is solicited.