Dgte LCW chair underscores the role of men in combating VAW

By Roi Lomotan


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Dumaguete City Local Council on Women Chair Rosalinda Abellon (2nd from left) discusses the role of each member of community in combating VAW during a Kapihan Forum held on Dec. 6, 2018 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

The chairperson of the city’s Local Council on Women (LCW) underscored the role of men in advancing the anti-Violence Against Women (VAW) advocacy in the community.

LCW Chair Rosalinda Abellon said men should always respect women and girls in their homes, workplace, and in the community and also join groups that promote anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to further raise awareness on this advocacy.

“Iba man gyud sa grupo pod sa mga lalaki nga advocates. Sila pod ang mokumbinsir sa kalalakin-an to fight against VAW. Morag nindot pod na naay impact. (I think it will be different if there is a group of male advocates. They will convince others to fight against VAW. It think it is good and it has an impact),” Abellon disclosed in a recent Kapihan Forum in this city.

Abellon believes this is an effective strategy because most of the perpetrators of VAW are men and these advocacy groups can give enlighten them, give them advice and also encourage them to be actively involved in movements that call for the prevention of VAW.

Apart describing the role of men in eliminating VAW, Abellon also emphasized that the community, the government, and the private sector have important roles to play to achieve this goal.

More importantly, women should be empowered and must be aware of the laws that protect their rights so that they cannot be victims of abuse and violence.

“Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of action in case these rights are violated. Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated. We encourage others to fight for their rights,” Abellon stressed.

The LCW official once again raised the call to end VAW as the City Government of Dumaguete joined the entire nation in celebrating the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW observed every 25th of November to the 12th of December of every year.

The celebration was anchored on theme VAW-Free Community Starts with Me which reflects national government’s vision to end VAW in communities and stressed the role of each individual in combating VAW.

City Councilor Lilani Ramon cited that the observance of the 18-Day campaign in the city focused on the primary prevention to reduce if not to eliminate the incidence of VAW in the city.

To mark the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW in the city, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) organized a symposium on this year’s theme as the topic of discussion last Dec. 7 at the City Session Hall which was attended by VAW desk officers in the barangays, members of the LCW, members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) in Dumaguete City as part of the activities in line with this year’s observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.

Aside from this, the City Health Office also conducted on the same day a HIV/AIDs Awareness Activity at the Pantawan Area of the Rizal Boulevard attended by KALIPI members.


Theatre company helps enrich Dumaguete arts, culture scene

By Roi Lomotan

DTC President Atty. Jose Riodil Montebon delivers his message during the press launch of Song Solomon held on Nov. 7, 2018 at Paseo Perdices, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

A non-stock, non-profit theatre company in Dumaguete City is helping enrich local the culture and arts scene by bringing the musical “Song of Solomon” to Dumagueteños.

The “Song of Solomon” is based from one of the books in the Old Testament. It highlights highlights Solomon’s romantic love for an intelligent vineyard girl from Shulam named Almah. However, his bestfriend and chief adviser Benjamin is set on marrying him to foreign princesses to gain land, wealth, and alliances. He also saw Almah as an obstacle to his objectives.

Because of these circumstances, Solomon had to make a decision that would determine who he is and his plans for Israel.

Dumaguete Theater Company (DTC), a newly-established volunteer organisation of theatre enthusiasts in the city, is the lead producer of the musical which was shown at the Luce Auditorium, Silliman University from November 15 to 18.

The musical features an ensemble of the country’s top theatre artists for its cast. The actors who are part of the main cast are David Ezra who plays the titular role of Solomon, Yannah Laurel, Menchu Lauchengco, Jep Go, Giob Rodriguez, Jack Repollo, and Sapphire Dela Peña. They are also joined by other talents from Dumaguete City, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, and Dipolog.

The musical is directed by Jaime Del Mundo while the other members of the creative team include composer Andrew Bealle, musical director Daphne Jocson, choreographer Miguel Braganza, and scenographer Mio Infante.

DTC is proud to present the musical to the Dumagueteños in partnership with the Silliman University Culture and the Arts Council and a local hotel resort.

In a statement, the group cites “the opportunity to present Song of Solomon reinforces the vision to develop the wealth of talent among the youth, and to provide a window to the world that showcases the depth and the versatility of the Filipino’s creative and artistic spirit as performer, story-teller, and interpreter of our evolving culture.”

DTC also added that Dumaguete City has the distinct and historic honor of hosting the musical’s first ever fully staged production noting that “Song of Solomon will be born in Dumaguete.”

DTC President Atty. Jose Riodil Montebon believes that the staging of “Song of Solomon” in Dumaguete City is very significant as the city strives to become a destination for cultural tourism.

“It’s significant in a sense that by launching the “Song of Solomon” at the Luce Auditorium, we also enhance the reputation of Dumaguete City as a cultural tourist destination,” Montebon said.

“Presenting the “Song of Solomon” in the theatre as a medium, makes it a new and exciting adventure for Dumagueteños,” he added.

Montebon hopes that the staging of “Song of Solomon” will generate more advocacy and healthy appreciation for the theater.

“Helping teach our community, our people that going to the theater is a way of continuing education: education about the arts, education about the culture, and education about life,” Montebon remarked.

This is the first time DTC is sponsoring a huge theater production but although they are a new organization, its president shares the group has big aspirations in helping develop the local theater industry.

“We have big dreams. We have big plans. We really would like to develop local artists and hopefully and eventually use local material,” Montebon said.

Dumaguete City cited 2nd most efficient city in PH

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Dumaguete City has been conferred by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the distinction as second ranked component city in Government Efficiency among all component cities in the Philippines.

The award given by DTI to Dumaguete City 

With the current administration’s commitment to create in the city an environment conducive for investors to do business by simplifying the regulatory processes and enhancing transparency, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo along with Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal and Alan Gel Cordova received the award at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila during the 6th Regional Competitive Summit.


DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that this is an effort to recognize the most competitive Local Government Units (LGUs) for 2018 through the Competitiveness Bureau to highlight the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2018, which targets to rank over 1,500 local government units across the country.

In his keynote speech, Secretary Lopez challenged all local chief executives to reinvent their ways of delivering government service.

He urged all LGUs to level up the competitiveness of their localities to attract more investments and to create more jobs for the Filipino people.

As part of Dumaguete City efforts to nurture small and medium enterprises, a Negosyo Center was established with DTI to provide basic services namely: business registration assistance; business advisory services; business information and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation of business-process improvement.

Mayor Remollo also enhanced the Business One Stop Shop or BOSS to assist all entrepreneurs, big and small, to experience ease in doing business in Dumaguete City.

As a result, there are now 7, 459 business establishments operating in the city in first half of 2018, an increase from just 7, 074 in 2016. This also 10, 102 local jobs from July 2017 to June 2018.

City Treasurer Cristina Merced projected P324 million revenues from local sources or businesses alone in 2019.

Mayor Remollo will be proposing a P790 million budget for 2019, the biggest budget ever for the city from just P 689 million in 2017 and also in 2017 alone.

The city posts an excess collection of P91.4 million in revenues due to the aggressive tax collection and sound fiscal management of all responsible officials, who are committed to good housekeeping and ethical conduct in service, cited Remollo.

Under his administration, Remollo said the city also demonstrated a transparent local government with not a single disallowance from the Commission on Audit for all its financial transactions since his assumption to office in mid-2016, thereby earning the trust and confidence of the constituents and investors alike.