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.
The Provincial Government of Negros Oriental strengthened its commitment to address health-related issues on women by appropriating a huge amount of its Gender and Development (GAD) funds for health services.
“In our budget for 2018, we have allocated a bigger slice of the budget to health concerns because all over the province, it has been observed that majority of our women do not have sufficient access to health care services,” Provincial GAD Focal Person Josefina Columna disclosed in a Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently at Visionaire’s Lounge, Capitol Area, this city.
This year, the Provincial Government has set aside a total budget of P125,123,998 for GAD programs and P48,595,000, and 38.84 percent of said fund is intended for health services for women.
Some of the programs lined up for this year are trainings on adolescent health and youth development which aim to address teenage pregnancies.
Aside from this, there is also a provision under the GAD budget to conduct trainings on responsible parenthood and family planning and provide family planning commodities to women.
On the other hand, a portion of the budget will be utilized for the provision of breastfeeding rooms in all community and district hospitals in the province.
Another program to be implemented this year under the health services thrust of GAD is the advocacy on the prevention of HIV/AIDs and also provision of drugs and medicines for HIV/AIDs victims.
The Provincial Government has also apportioned a budget for scholarships for indigent but deserving high school students who are interested to take up the course of medicine in college.
“This is because kung kulang ta ug mga doktor, ang atong mga mama ug mga bata mo-suffer pod. Kinahanglan na naa ta’y mga doktor kanuna na moatubang nila. Kung makapa-eskwela ta, kaning mga doktor na mo-graduate ato ma-disperse sa mga community hospitals (Mothers and their children will suffer if we don’t have enough doctors. We need doctors to look after them. Once these doctors graduate, we will be able to disperse them in our community hospitals),” Columna said.
Columna underscored that these efforts all lead to the Provincial Government’s goal to address all issues and concerns on women.
Apart from appropriating funds for health services, other major programs to be funded and implemented under the GAD budget also include infrastructure programs.
“Sa infrastructure component, daghan pod ta ug ubay-ubay na pondo para pag-minimize sa sexual harassment (and) rape sa mga lugar na ngit-ngit. We have appropriated resources for street lighting (We also have funds for infrastructure component to minimize sexual harassment and rape in areas with no light. We have appropriated resources for street lighting),” Columna noted.
A portion of the fund will also be used for the cementing of roads in difficult terrains in the hinterlands.
Another project in the pipeline is the provision of hand or jetmatic pumps to address the problem on poor access to potable water supply in far-flung areas.
Columna said this project can be considered an issue related to women since it this is a major concern raised by women in some areas in the province.
Meanwhile, aside from health services and infrastructure, other appropriations under the GAD fund include livelihood (P11,461,310), education (P15,450,000), agriculture (P15,999,980), and advocacy (P4,998,575).
More than 2,500 government personnel of Negros Oriental underwent gender sensitivity trainings (GST) and orientation on women’s laws (OWL).
The participants were also given various information, education, and communication (IEC) materials on women’s laws.
Records at the GAD Resource and Coordinating Center (GADRCC) show that of the total government personnel, 1,153 belong to the provincial government while 1,473 come from the different local government units (LGUs).
The trainings were done in fulfillment of the advocacy mechanism under RA 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women and the province’s thrust to promote a gender responsive local governance.
GADRCC and the PCW have conducted GSTs and OWLs trainings in Basay, Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Sibulan, San Jose, Amlan, Tanjay City, Mabinay, Pamplona, Tayasan, Jimalalud, Ayungon, Bindoy, and La Libertad.
Also trained were beneficiaries of the KALAHI-CIDSS program and the Agricultural Training Institute.