DOH, Dgte partner for P10.7-M satellite hospital

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Those going to the area where the new satellite hospital will be constructed may pass through this newly-concreted barangay road in Talay. (PIA/Negros Oriental)

A P10.7 million satellite hospital will be established in Barangay Talay, this city.

This is to be funded by the Department of Health (DOH) and to be equipped and staffed by the city government here.

The new health facility will cater to the medical needs of the city’s underserved barangays namely Talay, Junob, Balugo, Candau-ay, Cantil-e and Bajumpandan as well as the residents in Valencia and Bacong towns.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla will lead the ground breaking ceremony today with local government officials and officers of the DOH to signal the start of the construction of the satellite hospital at the City Farmstead.

This will be the third new hospital in Dumaguete City for the next four years.

The first two hospitals nearing completion are the 250-bed ACE Dumaguete Doctors Hospital in Brgy. Daro and the Negros Polymedic Hospital in Sibulan town to accommodate additional 150 beds.

Remollo is also eyeing the construction of a fire substation, evacuation center, and police substation to bring basic social services closer to the barangays.


SSS considers offering pension loan program

By Amor Saludar

The Social Security System (SSS) considered offering a pension loan program for senior citizen.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that the SSS is cognizant of the plight of its pensioners and in response to their clamor for the urgently needed support; the Social Security Commission is considering offering a pension loan program.

“We acknowledge the need of our pensioners for financial assistance to help defray daily expenses. Being a senior citizen myself, I also have needs for my medicines, vitamins and other expenses for my daily needs,” Dooc said.

Recently Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FeSCAP) President Jorge Banal Sr. on Thursday urged the Social Security System (SSS) to heed the clamor of pensioners for a pension loan.

“We urge SSS to provide pension loans to help us in our present financial needs. I know how much SSS loves us, so we hope that they will soon give these loans for our pensioners,” Banal stressed during the Pensioners’ Day held at the SSS Main Office in Quezon City.

Banal added that the SSS pension loan would put a stop to the growing incidence of pensioners falling victims to loan sharks.

“There are hard-up pensioners who borrowed money even at a high interest rate from these loan sharks and they are asked to surrender their ATM cards with their monthly pension in it to ensure payment,” he said.

It is in this matter that SSS recognizes the need to safeguard pensioners from loan sharks who take advantage of them in the guise of being good Samaritans that they can count on during financial distress.

“We want to thank Mr. Banal and FeSCAP for being our partner in continuously bridging our relationship with our pensioners. We assure them that SSS loves them and we will always look after their welfare,” Dooc noted.

The SSS Pensioners’ Day was held in cooperation with FeSCAP. It was attended by more than 300 SSS pensioners coming from Metro Manila.

To date, SSS has 2.3 million pensioners.



INFOGRAPHIC: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

By PIA Negros Oriental


March is Fire Prevention Month. This year, the theme of this annual monthly observance highlights the importance of educating the people on the causes of fire and how they can prevent it.

This year, the theme “Ligtas na Pilipinas, ating hangad, Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sarili Ipatupad” underscores the current administration’s goal to provide a safe and secure community for Filipinos to live in. Moreover, with this theme, the government is stressing the importance of community disaster preparedness.

PIA fire safety

In this light , here are some fire prevention tips to keep your homes and offices safe.



On the other hand, here are some emergency tips to follow in case a fire incident occurs.


Fire Safety Tips

As the entire nation celebrates Fire Prevention Month, we at PIA, invite the public to join in this advocacy and practice fire safety to help keep a secure community for everyone.