Sectors urge women fishery groups to practice resiliency

By Leandria Pagunsan


Dr. Hilconida Calumpong explains the objective of the Fish Right Program during the Kapihan sa PIA forum (PIA7-NegOr)


The Fishery Rights (FR) program Science Operations Coordinator and Ecosystem/Resilience Specialist challenged women groups from the Dauin fishery sector to engage in resilient livelihood activities.

Dr. Hilconida Calumpong, FR program coordinator, during a Kapihan sa PIA on Fishery Rights, held in Dauin, Negros Oriental, said “resiliency speaks for skills development that women should learn and develop.

For example, during the season of surplus fish catch, women can make homemade sardines and do vegetable gardening as interventions during calamities and bad weather caused by climate change,” said Calumpong.

She said the Fish right program is a consortium of government agencies and stakeholders playing important role in implementing the program like the local government units (LGUs), Municipal Agriculture Offices, Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Coast Guard, other government line agencies, church/religious sector and the media as partners, while Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) takes the lead in implementing the program.

Josie Columna, focal person for Gender and Development in Negros Oriental, informed the Dauin women that the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO), Negros Oriental Organic Agricultural Management Council (NOOAMC) Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), Provincial Integrated Skills Technology Center (PISTC) and Voice of the Free (VF) are extending various skills training and livelihood programs from their GAD funds.

As a member of the World Oceans Assessment Group, Dr. Calumpong shared their prediction that the world fish supply in 2050 would have been severely depleted that the major source of fish then would be from aquaculture.

By then, fewer people can afford to buy fish especially the poor hence, the program aims to develop Southern Negros seas and boost support for fishing communities, said Calumpong.

On this, representatives from the Gender and Development (GAD) through the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) present during the forum encouraged women members in Dauin to avail of their livelihood programs, and skills training through their local counterparts to up their chances in the climate changed world.

In a related development, Dauin Municipal Mayor Neil Credo thanked the women members of the fishery sector in Dauin for their presence during the Kapihan forum and reminded them that passing of the ordinance on conservation and preservation of their marine resources is an endeavor between the LGU and the community hence, their continued  support and participation to sustain the program is solicited.


Cebuano News: Laing “water supplier” mosulod sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete

By Leandria Pagunsan

Usa ka bag-ong pribadong water company ang gilaumang mosulod sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete aron tugbangan ang serbisyo sa nag-inusarang Dumaguete City Water District (DCWD).

Matud sa tigpamaba sa Dumaguete City Public Information Office, Dems Demecillo sulod sa pila ka dekada na nga nag serbisyo ang DCWD sa katawhan sa Dumaguete daghan usab ang nag reklamo sa matud pa “poor service” sa DCWD sama sa hinay o walay suplay sa tubig atol sa tungang gabii ug “declining state of infrastructure.”

Bag-ohay lang mipasar ang city council og ordinance “granting authority to Primwater Infrastructure Corporation to construct, commission, establish, operate and maintain a water distribution system to service the consumers of Dumaguete City in the next 25 years.”

Ubos sa maong ordinance, ang Primwater gila-oman nga mohatag sa limpyo ug hustong suplay sa tubig ug “distribution system” nga affordable ang bayranan sa mga kunsumidor ug residente ug mohatag ug mas maayo nga serbisyo kaysa DCWD.

Sa habig sa DCWD aron mas mapalambo pa ang ilang serbisyo, gidawat nila ang offer sa usa ka pribadong kumpanya nga maoy modumala sa 80 porsyento sa ilang operations lakip na ang pagdugang ug pondo nga P1 billion isip capital aron ma upgrade ang assets sa DCWD, matod ni Demecillo.

Gawas kung aduna’y pag supak gikan sa korte, ang privatization sa DCWD padayon taliwala sa mga pagduha-duha ug kahadlok nga mamawi sa ilang capital pinaagi sa pagpataas sa byranan sa water bill.

Sa bahin sa Primwater mo invest usab sila ug modernong pasilidad sama sa mga piping ug reservoir ug ubang kagamitan aron makahatag sa limpyo ug igong suplay sa tubig sa mga residente ug mga business establishments sa “affordable” nga byranan.

Mobayad usab ang Primwater ngadto sa lokal nga kagamhanan sa Dumaguete og P1.00 matag cubic meter nga kunsumo, business permit ug real property tax.

Usa ka Memorandum of Agreement ang lagdaan unya sa City Government ug Primewater pinaagi sa pagsunod sa ilang kasabutan ug uban pa nga terms and conditions.

Kinahanglan nga kumpletohon pa sa Primwater ang permit gikan sa ubang “regulatory agencies” usa kini tugtan nga mo operate.

Dgte bishop leads church volunteers in calling for CHAMP elections

By Roi Lomotan



Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete leads the candle lighting ceremony for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections with some 200 Parish Election Volunteers (PEVs) during the Trainer’s Training for PEVs held on April 9, 2019, at Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound, Dumaguete City. (PIA/Negros Oriental)



Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes led Parish Election Volunteers (PEVs) in calling for a Clean, Honest, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) Elections.

Bishop Cortes attended the Trainer’s Training for PEVs spearheaded by the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) on April 9, 2019, at the Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound and addressed some 200 church volunteers serving on Election Day.

The highlight of Bishop Cortes’ short engagement with church election volunteers was the candle lighting ceremony to promote CHAMP elections.

Sa atong pagpasiga sa mga kandila karon, hinumduman nato na matag usa ka nato naay ikatampo alang sa atong mga katawhan karon ug ugma (As we light our candles, let us acknowledge that every one of us has something to contribute something to the betterment of our people today and in the future),” Cortes said.

The prelate also told PEVs not to be discouraged with the level of politicking in the community with the onset of election season.

Cortes thanked PEVs for choosing to serve on Election Day noting that their efforts will leave a positive impact on the community.

“I’d like to thank you for your time. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering to be part of the PPCRV work in your respective parishes,” Bishop Cortes said.

“I admire your tenacity despite the odds and congratulations to you for all your generosity,” he added.

The PEVs who participated in the training are also part of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of their respective parishes.

The trainer’s training is intended for parish coordinators, logistics head, and poll watcher trainers of every parish under the supervision of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

Police Major Jul Jamiri of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Negros Oriental briefed participants on the police security preparations on Election Day while Provincial Election Supervisor Eliseo Labaria of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) explained the role of poll watchers during elections.

Aside from this, PEVs also had a familiarization of the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) that will use on Election Day.

A COMELEC representative presented the new features of the VCM.

Msgr. Julius Heruela, the lead convener of the DEB, also discussed other tasks of PPCRV during elections.

The trainer’s training is part of DEB’s preparations for the May national and local elections.

Heruela cited that after this, every parish will also conduct a training for their members in the first week of May.

The DEB aims to gather around 5, 000 to 6, 000 volunteers who will serve on Election Day.