DOST donates face shields to NegOr frontliners

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DOST NegOr Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon (2nd from right) turns over the face shields to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henrissa Calumpang (2nd from left). With them are Board Member Erwin Macias (far left) and PDRRMO Adrian Sedillo (far right). (PIA Negros Oriental)

The Department of Science & Technology (DOST) here donated about 2,000 face shields to public hospitals as well as 25 local government units in the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon turned over the face shields to the provincial government through Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henrissa Calumpang for distribution to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) and district and community hospitals in the province.

According to Arbon, DOST aims to mass-produce the face shields for free distribution to frontliners and medical personnel in this time of pandemic.

Arbon said DOST supports the needs of medical frontliners and other health workers nationwide.

Initially, the department has only produced 50 face shields per day through the 3D printing technologies housed in the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMCen) in Bicutan, Taguig City.

To augment the production, the center shifted to plastic injection technology carried out in cooperation with technology partners such as the Omnifab, Inc., a 3D printing company that fabricated the first mold and the Megasamsotite in San Pedro, Laguna that offered its facilities for mass production.

The other mold for the face shield frames was fabricated at the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC), a facility of the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

The transition from 3D printing to plastic injection technology increased the production by up to 5,000 pieces of face shield frames per day.

Responding to the country’s need for supplies of protective personal equipment (PPEs) specifically face shields, the DOST-MIRDC initiated the mass production of these medical face shields in May this year.

Mabinay LGU rallies support of villagers affected by recent clash

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Image courtesy of 11th IB of the Philippine Army

The Philippine Army’s 11th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion has partnered with other government agencies for a joint outreach program dubbed as “Pakig-Tambayayong sa Lumulupyo sa Barangay Luyang” on June 27 in Mabinay town.

According to Army Capt. Francis Salcedo, Civil Military Officer of 11IB, the outreach program that aims to help the residents recover from the undesirable outcome of the recent encounter in their community was also made possible through the combined efforts of 302nd Infantry Brigade, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7, Mabinay Municipal Police Station, and local government of Mabinay.

It can be recalled that five members of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) were killed in a 30-minute firefight against government forces when joint elements of 11IB and RMFB-7, and Mabinay Police Station served the arrest warrant to a wanted person at Sitio Talingting, Brgy. Luyang, Mabinay on June 18.

In his message, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria of 2nd district of Negros Oriental who supported the said outreach program said “the 2nd district and the local government of Mabinay are always here for the people, doing their best to help, and giving back to the people what is due to them.”

For her part, Mabinay Mayor Joeterry Uy expressed her gratitude to the uniformed personnel.

“The municipality of Mabinay would like to thank the 11IB and the PNP for actively performing their role in preserving the peace and order in our jurisdiction and even to the neighboring towns,” said Uy.

“The Joint-Outreach Program shows that your local government with the help of our uniformed personnel is serious in bringing sustainable development in our community,” Uy added.

One of the highlights of the program is the indignation rally where residents exhibited anti-NPA placards, banners, and burned the flags of the CTGs.

Salcedo said also present during the activity were Emma Ravilista, wife of slain Isaias Ravilista Ka Jabar, who gave testimony and expressed her gratitude to the local government of Mabinay and to the uniformed personnel for extending financial and burial assistance to her family during the internment of her late husband.

Likewise, the barangay officials led by their Barangay Chairperson Guellermo Cueno Jr. placed a large banner of the barangay resolution declaring the members of the Communist Terrorist Groups as Persona-Non-Grata.

11IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Ramir Redosendo said in his message, “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our stakeholders for their undying support and commitment. Everything was made possible through the dedication and generosity of our partners for peace. Also, I would like to thank the peace-loving residents of Barangay Luyang for reporting the presence of the CTGs in their barangay that led to the successful neutralization of their members. This only serves as proof that residents of Barangay Luyang are fed up with the deception and lies brought by the false ideology of the CTGs.”

Meanwhile, Col. Noel Baluyan, commander of the Army’s 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade expressed his admiration and appreciation to Sagarbarria and Uy for making the Joint-Outreach Program possible.

Dgte cops intensify ops as crime volume goes up

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Dumaguete City Police Office has reported there are 548 more crimes in 2019 than in 2018, representing a 31.15 percent increase.

The increase in crime volume in 2019 compared to 2018 was, however, attributed to the pro-active approach of the city police in engaging would-be criminals.

During the City Peace and Order Council meeting, Acting Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon Jr. reported that the crimes committed in 2019 reached 2,307 compared to 1,759 in 2018.

However, among the reasons cited for the increase in crime volume was the more aggressive approach taken by the police through various means to prevent the commission of crimes.

Specifically, there were 22 murders in 2019 compared to 23 in 2018; four homicides in 2019 while none in 2018; 128 physical injuries in 2019 while 94 in 2018; 23 robbery incidents in 2019 while 40 in 2018; 15 rape cases in 2019 compared to 13 in 2018.

In 2019, some P12.3 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated from 137 suspects in the 106 operations conducted by the local police.

About 1,812. 21 grams of shabu and 335.26 grams of marijuana were seized last year.

One hundred thirty-nine cases are now under litigation in the courts.

Twelve persons were arrested along with 12 loose firearms while another 55 guns were voluntarily surrendered by their owners.

Meanwhile, 165 wanted persons were apprehended during 165 operations conducted in 2019.