Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – 7 holds an Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress Multi-Sectoral Forum in Negros Oriental for the second time.
The Ugnayan Forum was held on June 29, 2017 at Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall in Sibulan town attended by members of farmers and fisherfolks’ association, women’s group, barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and other local officials of Sibulan.
Unlike in the first Ugnayan Forum that was held last April at Silliman University which featured lectures about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Freedom of Information (FOI) and NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, this time, the discussions were focused on livelihood programs for the aforementioned sectors and disaster preparedness in the barangays.
The panel of speakers who delivered lectures on government’s livelihood programs are Department of Agriculture (DA) Provincial Coordinator for its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental Rico Sienes, DA Program for Unified Lending to Agriculture (PUNLA) Provincial Coordinator for Negros Oriental and Siquijor Maria Korraine Tobias and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) Assistant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Glenuel Joyce Nuñez and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.
Ma. Korraine Tobias
Glenuel Joyce Nuñez
The programs presented during the forum are DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program and the Program for Unified Lending for Agriculture, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.
Also giving their messages during the event were PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and Sibulan Vice-Mayor Marcela Bartoces.
PIA-Negros Oriental Information Manager Jenny Tilos gave the closing message for the event. She thanked the guests for sharing their programs to the participants of the forum she also expressed her gratitude to the participants for coming to the event.
An official from the Department of Health – Negros Island Region (DOH – DOH-NIR) cited a three percent decrease in the number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental recorded within January 1 to June 10, 2017.
Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC-Chief of Local Health Support Division of DOH-NIR reported during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on June 14 that a total of 914 dengue cases with six deaths were recorded from Jan. 1 to June 10 this year. The said figure is lower than the 946 cases with six deaths recorded in the same period last year.
Dr. Villamor also disclosed that the age range of dengue victims reported in the said period is from two months to 86 years old with a mean age of 19 years old. Moreover, 55% of the dengue victims are male and most of them are aged 21 years old and above.
Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala said the City Health Office (CHO) continuously validates dengue cases reported to them.
Dr. Tala also cited during the Kapihan that there are 230 dengue cases reported within January 1 to June 10 this year but based on CHO’ s community-based surveillance system there are 153 validated cases recorded from January to April and one each for May and June, respectively. This brings the total number of validated cases to 155 with no fatalities recorded.
On the other hand, the barangay with most number of dengue cases for the same period was reflected in Barangay Banilad with 15 cases, followed by Barangay Camanjac with 14 cases, Barangay Candau-ay with 13 and Barangay Batinguel with 11 cases.
The CHO will further intensify its dengue prevention programs especially since it’s already onset of rainy season and the start of the academic year for schools.
Dr. Socrates Villamor
Wit 914 dengue cases and six deaths recorded from the period of Jan. 1 to June 10, both Dr. Socrates Villamor and Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala renewed warnings to the public to guard against dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes.
Since June is Denge Awareness Month and June 15 is designated as ASEAN Dengue Day, both health officials urged community participation in the fight against dengue especially with the onset of rainy season and start of the opening of clases. (PIA7-NegOr)
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently conducted an Ugnayan: Dialogue for Progress forum at Silliman University, Dumaguete City to deepen the public’s appreciation on the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN and to raise their awareness on the thrusts of the government. The activity was attended by representatives of different sectors in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Watch the highlights of the event in this video prepared by PIA- 7: