PNP-7 holds medical mission in Guihulngan brgy

By Roi Lomotan


Medical personnel of Philippine National Police (PNP) – 7 perform a dental procedure to a resident of Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City during a medical mission held there on Sept. 28, 2019. Based on the report of PNP, around 105 villagers availed free dental services during the event. (PIA7-NegOr)


More than 2,000 residents of Brgy. Buenavista here and its neighboring communities benefitted from the medical mission conducted by the Philippine National Police Police Regional Office 7 (PRO-7) in partnership with the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in their village over the weekend.

Medical personnel of PRO-7 along with IPHO doctors led by Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion and Provincial Health Director Dr. Henrissa Calumpang gave free medical consultation, dental services, eye check-up, and medicines to the residents in the area.

They also conducted minor surgeries, circumcision, and minor laboratory procedures like ECG and blood typing.

“This medical mission, we initiated it with other agencies. We want to touch base with the people and we assure the people that your police is here to protect you and provide services,” said BGEB. Debold Sinas, director of PRO-7 in an interview with the media.

Punong Barangay Panfilo Dumabok thanked PRO-7 and its partner agencies for providing free medical assistance and other services to his constituents.

Dumabok said this was the second medical mission held in his barangay, although he cited that this was highly attended compared to the previous one.

“Nagpasalamat ko [og] dako ron sa mga katawhan uban sa among mayor sa Siyudad sa Guihulngan (I thank all the people who attended this and also our mayor in Guihulngan City),” Dumabok said.

Dumabok noted it was Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes who referred them to PNP and helped coordinate the conduct of the medical mission.

One of the residents in Brgy. Buenavista, Irma Furno, came to the medical mission with her grandchild.

She said this was her second time to attend a medical mission in her village.

Normally, her family would just go to the clinic in the barangay for their medical concerns.

She went home with a pack full of cough medicines and vitamin tablets and syrups for her and her grandchild.

Based on records of PRO-7, around 2,848 individuals went to the activity.

Of the total, there were 1,400 who availed of free medical consultation, 105 who availed dental services, eight who underwent minor surgeries, 105 were circumcised, 796 received free medicines and vitamins, 286 who availed of eye consultation and received free eye glasses, 28 had ECG, and 210 had blood typing.

Aside from free medical services and consultation, residents of the barangay also availed of free haircuts from personnel of the 94th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army who also joined the activity and massage treatment from trained personnel of PNP.

Other participating agencies like the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) gave free consultation services while the City Government of Guihulngan offered free cedula releasing and the City Veterinary Office administered free rabies vaccination for dogs and deworming for animals.

PRO-7 also handed out free school supplies, slippers, and used clothing to children and other assorted giveaways to the attendees of the event towards the end of the medical mission.

Meanwhile, the medical mission coincided with the blessing and launching of the Police Community Precinct (PCP) or sub-station in Brgy. Buenavista which was established in response to the call of the people to put up a sub-station in their community for heightened security.

NegOr implements organic gardening to fight malnutrition

By Leandria Pagunsan

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Dr. Liland Zoila Estacion during the recent Provincial Nutrition Committee meeting told members that the Provincial Government is intent on implementing organic gardening to sustain feeding programs against malnutrition.

In line with Gov. Roel Degamo’s thrust in Restoring the Organic Environment for Livelihood and Resource Development in Communities with Malnourished Children (ROEL RD CMC), Estacion urged parents, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), to start organic backyard gardening in schools and in their respective homes.

This is to sustain the feeding of their children with nutritious food not only during the school feeding program but also during the off-school season to consistently fight malnutrition among pre-school children.

The program, ROEL RD CMC, was conceptualized when Degamo became governor of Negros Oriental and the malnutrition rate in the province at that time was high at 8.0 percent.

The program was undertaken by the Provincial Nutrition Committee with the Provincial Agriculture as a lead office along with the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and other member-agencies as partners in implementing the program.

With the aim to increase nutritional status among pre-school children aged 6 to 59 months, parents were urged to plant organic vegetables for the school’s supplementary feeding program.

The program was implemented in 10 barangays in the province with Day Care Centers and conducted onsite capability development training about organic vegetable production and skills demonstration for five years.

The 10 selected barangay-beneficiaries of the ROEL RD CMC project are the following: Puan in Vallehermoso; Dayoyo in Jimalalud; Lutay in Tayasan; Banban, Ayungon; Tinaogan in Bindoy; Hagtu in Mabinay; Bolisong in Manjuyod; Tapon Norte in San Jose; Kabulakan in Sta. Catalina and Nagbo-alao in Basay.

Family Week forum tackles financial stability

By Roi Lomotan


The Kapihan sa PIA forum on Sept. 24 tackles issues confronting the Filipino family in celebration of National Family Week. Seated are (l-r) are PIA Provincial Coordinator Jenny Tilos, Dumaguete City Family Week Celebration Committee Chair George Gilvero, Pastor Francisco Abella of First Evangelical Church, and Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA)-Negros Oriental Executive Director Jude Mae Piñero. (PIA7-NegOr)



The need for families to become financially stable took center stage in a forum that tackled issues that Filipino families confront nowadays.

Speaking in a Kapihan Forum in observance of the National Family Week with the theme, “Tungo sa maginhawa, matatag, at panatag na pamilyang Pilipino,”  local Family Week Celebration Chairperson George Gilvero Jr. said to achieve the vision to provide a comfortable life for every Filipino entails financial stability for families.

“Karon panahuna man gyud ang number one ayawan sa pamilya is money. Ug wa kay money, both husband and wife sige ma-stress especially if duna pod ka estudyante, samot gyud ka-stress (The number one cause of argument in the family is money. The husband and wife get stressed if they don’t have money especially if they have children to send to school),” Gilvero said.

Gilvero also pointed out that families who are financially burdened tend to borrow money from multiple sources to secure their needs but this only makes them buried in debt.

In addition to this, Pastor Francisco Abella of the First Evangelical Church disclosed that the problem of unemployment has been a primary reason why families break up.

“Unemployment problem is the number 1 cause of broken family. Nahisgotan ngano naguba ang pamilya? Tungod sa unemployment. Ngano modagan sila sa droga? Mamaligya na lang or mangawat na lang because of unemployment (We are discussing the cause of family break-ups. It’s because of unemployment. Family members turn to selling drugs or stealing because of unemployment),” Abella explained.

Gilvero noted that this issue is a challenge to the community, but he acknowledged that the government has undertaken several measures to address this.

“Daghan programa sa gobyerno especially nia ang atong Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Usa pod ni sila sa makahatag ug kaginhawaan through livelihood. Ihatag man gani ron sa gobyerno ang 4Ps (The government has many programs on this. TESDA is here and it has programs that can help attain comfortable living through livelihood. The government even provides 4Ps),” Gilverio added.

TESDA-Negros Oriental Staff Jecila Ocariza, who was also in the forum, announced some of the agency’s scholarship programs on livelihood and skills training education as a response to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s socio-economic agenda.

“We are thankful that we are able to help sa atoang mga kaigsoonan (to our brethren) who need most of the skills training for livelihood or employment or self-employment. TESDA is offering different scholarship programs. This is one of the agency’s responses to the 10 socio-economic agenda of the President (particularly) in livelihood program,” Ocariza said.

Ocariza elaborated on the four scholarship programs of TESDA during the forum, namely: Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA), Training for Work Scholarship (TWSP), Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).

In support to the campaign on empowering families through livelihood, TESDA Provincial Administrative Officer Joshua Delos Reyes shared that their agency prioritizes drug dependents under the endorsement of the Department of Health (DOH), persons deprived of liberty (or persons in jail), rebel returnees, and solo parents or children from broken families as beneficiaries of their scholarship programs.

“The TESDA or the government is trying unsa ang matabang para lig-onon ang atong pamilya (TESDA or the government is really trying and continuously for ways to empower the family),” Delos Reyes disclosed during the Kapihan.

Abella considers this a welcome development and underscores that all efforts must be undertaken to prevent the break-up of families.

Apart from the economic issues, other common concerns cited include lack of spiritual values in the family, lack of time with spent with other family members stressing that family members spend more time with their gadgets than with each other, drug and other substance abuse.

Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Negros Oriental Executive Director Jude Mae Piñero said there are a lot of issues surrounding Filipino families nowadays and it is important that family members remain resilient in facing these issues.

“The definition of family evolved through time but the importance of it remains. A healthy family has each other backs. What’s more important is how we surpass and how resilient we are considering the issues about divorce, those that pertain to emotional and mental problems. The kind of relationship we have with each other is very important,” Piñero said.