Poverty incidence in NegOr dips

By Roi Lomotan


NEDA-7 Dir. Efren Carreon (center) discussing the poverty rate in Negros Oriental and other poverty alleviation measures of the government during the wage public hearing held at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City on Sept. 17, 2019. With him are (l-r) DOLE – 7 Director Salome Siaton and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7) Management Sector Representative Philip Tan. (ral/PIA7-NegOr)


The poverty incidence in Negros Oriental has dropped to 26 percent in 2018 from more than 30 percent in 2015.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon announced this in a forum with representatives of sub-sectors of the labor sector in Negros Oriental and Siquijor held here last week.

Dir. Carreon cited a report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Based on the Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippines for 2015 of PSA, Negros Oriental has a 38.7 percent poverty incidence.

“Kami sa NEDA, nalipay mi ani kay daghan nakalingawas na households from poverty. Makaingon ta nga something good is happening (This is a welcome development for us at NEDA because this means many households have gotten out of poverty. We can say something good is happening),” Dir. Carreon said in a media interview after the forum.

“Kung moubos ang poverty incidence, makaingon ta dunay households or families nga nisaka ang ilang standard of living (If the poverty incidence goes down, we can say that there are households or families whose standard of living have gone up),” he added.

Dir. Carreon also underscored that it is part of their vision under the Ambisyon Natin 2040 to eradicate the poverty incidence or at least bring it down to less than 10 percent.

The NEDA-7 official attributed the decrease in the poverty incidence to various factors citing efforts of national government agencies, local government units, and private sector.

Dir. Carreon also noted that increased job and employment generation over the past years can also be a factor to this development citing that more people have money to spend and this comes from employment or business.

Dir. Carreon also believes that skilled workers abroad also helped in lowering the poverty incidence in the province.

With this, Dir. Carreon shares a positive outlook on the poverty reduction in the province in the coming years.

However, he acknowledged that this development also has a negative side citing the possibility of a shortage of workers in some industries particularly in the agricultural sector because people now have other options in terms of employment which can provide better and more stable income to them and their families.

On the other hand, Dir. Carreon also disclosed that the government is already looking into this and has undertaken some measures to address these related issues like offering scholarship programs in agriculture and fisheries to entice students to go study agriculture.

Dir. Carreon also reiterated the government’s commitment to provide a comfortable life for every Filipino under the Ambisyon Natin 2040.

“Kami sa government and the other government agencies are really working hard para ma-sustain nato siya. The role of government is to help the people,” he remarked.

Biz in Dgte sees growth in last 4 years

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Dumaguete City Treasurer’s Office showed records that the city was able to attract and keep businesses growing or expanding their operations in the past years.

The City Treasurer assessed and collected taxes from 9,606 business establishments in 2016.

This grew to 10,042 in 2017; 10,522 in 2018; and as of Sept. 6 this year, there are already about 10,000 establishments and the number will surpass 2018 figures before the year ends.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with big players boost the local economy that provides the city with significant revenues from taxes and fees to fund several high impact projects for the citizens.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo credited the honest and industrious taxpayers and commended City Treasurer Cristina Merced and her staff for the bigger revenues that the city government has collected so far.

In 2020, the city government will propose a P925 million annual budget, which is higher than the 2019 budget of P790 million.

Remollo said this significant increase in the budget will translate to more basic social services and benefits for the citizens particularly the senior citizens, the poor, and PWDs.

With higher tax collection, the city government was able to comply with the national directive granting salary increases for regular employees in four tranches beginning 2016 up to the current year.

The mayor recently announced that another round of wage hikes will be implemented to benefit the Job Order workers (the second under his administration) and the casual plantilla employees starting November 2019.

With this development, Remollo urged all of his fellow city officials and employees to work harmoniously and honestly to earn the trust of the people whom they serve and to be worthy of the compensation they receive for their services.

TESDA holds jobs fair in Dgte

By Roi Lomotan



Job seekers being interviewed by companies during the TESDA “World Cafe of Opportunities” Job Fair held Aug. 25, 2019, at Robinsons Place, Dumaguete City. (Photo Courtesy of TESDA NegOr/PIA7-NegOr)


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Negros Oriental spearheaded a job fair here on Aug. 25, 2019, in line with the celebration of the agency’s founding anniversary.

Dubbed as “World Café of Opportunities (WCO),” 702 job seekers went to the job fair held at Robinsons Place Dumaguete.

Around 12 companies involved in construction and Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) participated in the event while 26 Technical and Vocational Education (TEC-VOC) Centers and eight national government agencies joined the activity and offered their programs and services to the job-seekers.

WCO is part of TESDA’s strategies to hasten and bridge the employment for the agency’s certified Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.

Newly-installed TESDA Provincial Director Vina Esmas underscored in her opening remarks that the event is part of the agency’s strategies in helping Filipinos achieve a comfortable life as stated in National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)’s Ambisyon Natin 2040.

“We need to address the dream of our nation for the year 2040…that is, for all Filipinos to have a better life wherein everyone will have a ‘Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Buhay!” said TESDA Negros Oriental Provincial Director Dina Vergara Esmas.

On the other hand, Dumaguete City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Chief Socorro Mira emphasized to all job seekers the advantages of equipping themselves with better qualifications and competencies in seeking employment opportunities.

“The more skills you acquire, the more employable you will become,” Mira said.

TESDA Provincial Information Officer Georgette Malagar disclosed that 133 of the job seekers were accommodated by the hiring companies.

Eight of these were automatically Hired on the Spot and 28 were near–hires.

Of these 133 total processed job seekers, 8 percent or 6 percent were accommodated as Hired-on-the-Spots (HOTS) by the Cebu Science of Welding and Skills Technology, Inc. (CSWSTI) and Bwaha Developers Corporation.

“The rest are either on the process of complying with other necessary requirements or further enhancing additional skills for an additional qualification,” Malagar explained.

The companies who joined the event were JJ Dynamics Holding Inc.; EEI Corporation; Bwaha Developers Corporation; DM Consunji Inc.; Contractors Association of Negros Oriental, Inc. ; Cebu Science of Welding and Skills Technology, Inc.; Qualfon Philippine Inc.; Peak Outsourcing Inc.; Teletech Customer Care Management Philippines Inc.; Delonix Digital Marketing Dgte.; SPI Global; and Philippine Outsourcing Solution.