RECAP: Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting in Dumaguete City

By Roi Lomotan


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PCOO Asec. Ramon Cualoping addresses hundreds of Dumagueteños during the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting held in the city on March 17, 2018.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), and the City Government of Dumaguete engage local officials, representatives from the barangays, law enforcement agencies and officers of line agencies, youth, academe, and other sectors in a Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting held on March 17, 2018 at Negros Oriental Convention Center, Dumaguete City.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ramon Cualoping led a team of officials representing various national government agencies comprising ICAD to explain in detail the government programs, debunk alternative facts, and showcase the results and benefits of the government’s efforts to fight the drug menace.

Rehabinasyon, a portmanteau of rehabilitation and nation, aims to take a holistic approach in eliminating the country’s drug problem by putting a premium on the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.

Here are some highlights of the event.


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Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo delivered the welcome address.  Seated next to him are the officials of government agencies comprising the ICAD (l-r): Bureau of Corrections Assistant Director Omar Buenafe, Director Derrick Carreon, Usec. Benjamin Reyes of Dangerous Drugs Board, and Asec. Aurora Ignacio representing the Office of the President. Later on, Mayor Remollo joined the panel of resource speakers in addressing the questions arising at the open forum part of the town meeting.


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Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Asec. Ramon Cualoping III discuss the objectives of Rehabinasyon to Dumagueteños attending the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting.

During the open forum segment, Asec. Cualoping also stressed the important role of the youth in ensuring a drug-free society.

“It all starts with us. As the future bearers of this country, it starts with our discipline. I think it starts with you.  If there’s temptation to use drugs, if there’s temptation to veer away from straight from the path, then you must have discipline and self-control,” Cualoping said.


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Officials of national government agencies comprising the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) present updates and programs of their agencies in relation to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs during the Rehabinasyon Town Hall Meeting (starting at top photo) PDEA Director Derrick Carreon, DILG-Negros Oriental Officer Farah Gentuya, and Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin, Program Manager of Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program of DOH. Rehabinasyon is the Philippine government’s all-encompassing campaign against illegal drugs — from enforcement, justice, rehabilitation and reintegration, and advocacy.

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The event concluded with the residents of Dumaguete City expressing their support to Rehabinasyon.  

REHABINASYON envisions to make the country drug-free to ensure a better future for Filipino families, especially the youth.

Watch the full video of Rehabinasyon Town Hall in Dumaguete City at Rehabinasyon’s Official Facebook Page:





SLIDESHOW: Launching and unveiling of new attraction at Dumaguete City’s Rizal Boulevard

By PIA-NegOr

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A new attraction at the Rizal Boulevard has been formally launched to the public in a ceremony attended by city officials and representatives from national agencies.

Hundreds of Dumagueteños witnessed the opening and blessing of the “Pantawan” area of the boulevard and also the unveiling of the #DumaGetMe signage last Jan. 19, 2018.

City Mayor Felipe Remollo spearheaded the opening of “Pantawan” area together with the members of the city council.

Presidential Adviser on Investments Sec. Antonio Cablitas, Department of Tourism (DOT-7) Regional Director Shalimar Tamano, and some officials of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and department heads of the City Government of Dumaguete attended the event.

“Pantawan” means porch in the local dialect, and Mayor Felipe Remollo referred to the place as “Porch of the Sea” or a view deck.

Mayor Remollo unveiled the #DumaGetMe signage together with DOT-7 Director Shalimar Tamano.

After this, a group of young Dumagueteños entertained the crowd with a short cultural dance number.

“This is just the first to many developments that we will be introducing in the boulevard. We have plans to make another one like this near Burgos St., and a boardwalk that would span from this area to Brgy. Tinago, and make also a seawall that will protect the Tinago area,” Mayor Remollo said.

In his message, DOT-7 Director Tamano expressed DOT’s support to city government’s plans on tourism particularly on sports tourism which is also one of the priority thrusts of the department.

“I already heard a lot about Dumaguete and Dumaguete’s tourism and I learned that this April we will have a dragon boat competition. We will fully support the dragon race competition and all other activities in Dumaguete City and the Province of Negros,” Tamano disclosed.

The event ended with a musical show conducted by a local band.





Slideshow: Media briefing with DOLE and ECC

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The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Negros Oriental, briefed members of Dumaguete media on the Employees Compensation Program (ECP) and other services offered by ECC.

The briefing was held on Jan. 15 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. The entire Infocen staff was there to cover the event.

ECC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Jonathan Villasotto explained that ECP is a government program designed to provide a compensation package to public and private employees or their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.

Moreover, Atty. Villasotto explained that employees’ compensation is incident-based and is given to employees provided there is an established “employer-employee relationship” between them and their employers.

Aside from Atty. Villasotto, DOLE-Negros Oriental Sr. Labor and Employment Officer Kenrick Villaluz also delivered his remarks to members of the media.

The two officials asked help from the local media in promoting ECP in Negros Oriental.

In relation to this, ECP and DOLE conducted an ECP advocacy seminar intended for human resource officers, employers/owners and labor union representatives, coming from various private enterprises and government agencies to raise awareness about ECP.

The one-day free seminar is in line with the directive of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to cascade the ECP to the grassroots and to keep the public abreast of the social protection and safe work programs available to workers.