‘Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya’ winners named

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials together with the top three family winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and the judges from NORSU, DOLE, and Voice of the Free during the awarding ceremony in Dumaguete City. (PIA Negros Oriental)


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office here named the top three winners of this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search Friday in Negros Oriental.

The family of Nicolas and Elbe Bohol of the municipality of Mabinay, active recipient of the Pantawid Pamilya program, was selected as the first placer model family.

The second and third placers of the search are the family of Gleen and Justina Villego of Basay town and Emilio and Emilda Esteral family from Siaton, respectively.

Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse of DSWD said they are now part of the agency’s family ambassadors who can help promote or advocate the ‘Pantawid Pamilya’ program and serve as a good role model in their barangay.

The provincial winners received a cash prize of P7,000, P5,000, and P4,000 for the 1st, 2nd, and third placers, respectively, and a certificate of recognition during the provincial awarding ceremony.

The father of the Bohol family, Nicolas, is a carpenter and completed only Grade 2 while his wife Elbe, accepts laundry services from their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family.

Nyx, 22, and third child of the seven children of the Bohol family said their parents tried harder and struggled in looking for means to provide them with the education and basic needs despite their lack of education.

For now, the four children are graduates of different fields.

Nyx is applying at the Department of Education as a school teacher, her two older siblings have graduated from a Bible school, now a pastor and a policeman, while another one is applying to be a policeman.

With the help of the Pantawid program and those working siblings, Nyx said the three younger ones continue their studies in Mabinay and her mother now has a small sari-sari store in their house.

Tse said the search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya aims to highlight the role of the Filipino family as the core support to building a stronger foundation of the community as well as in the country.

Information Officer Kerwin Macopia of DSWD7 said this recognizes outstanding family beneficiaries who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

Macopia said through this search, families also showcase the improvement in their lives as the fruits of their own hard work and inspire the whole country despite the challenges they experience brought about by poverty.

The Bohol family as the provincial winner will compete in the regional level search.

DSWD sets the desk validation criteria for the annual search which include strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25 percent), family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20 percent), family involvement in community activities (20 percent), family as inspiration to others in the community (20 percent) and strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15 percent).


DOT7 to hold homestay training in NegOr

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Unit (PTU) invites homeowners interested to host tourists to register for a homestay training at PTU Office, Sidlakang Negros Village, Dumaguete Office.

The program comes under the Homestay Program of the Department of Tourism (DOT7) in Central Visayas,

Homestays are living arrangements with a host family, that offers an extra private room or space for tourists for a reasonable charge.

The host homeowner offers the guests “home away from home”.

DOT provides homeowners with training on the homestay program so they can give guests a quality tourism experience.

To be an accredited homestay, owners and their staff are required to undergo basic skills in handling guests as well as training on safety and security, cleanliness, housekeeping, among others so that the guests will have a wonderful encounter or experience during their stay.

This is a province-wide training for families and their caretakers to ensure that the finest hospitality welcomes tourists in Negros Oriental.

“We invite homeowners in the province willing to accommodate paying guests in their spare rooms and share the Filipino family experience with them,” said Myla Mae Bromo-Abellana, Senior Tourism Operations Officer.

The training will run for seven days and DOT-7 personnel will inspect the rooms and houses of those interested.

Abellana said the Homestay Program will enlarge the number of clean, comfortable and fully-furnished rooms in the area to accommodate the increase in tourism traffic coming into Negros Oriental while delivering economic benefits directly to participants.

For further details, interested parties may contact the Provincial Tourism Unit with telephone numbers (035) 225-1825 or 422-0675 at the Sidlakang Negros Village, Piapi, Dumaguete and look for Ruvilu Lumacao and Antonette Lestor. (

DOST hands over P1-M tech aid to noodle processor

By Jennifer C. Tilos


The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here turned over technological assistance worth P1,060,00 to an entrepreneur through the agency’s Small Enterprise Technological Upgrading Program (SETUP).

Provincial Science and Technology Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon of DOST personally turned over the assistance to the Villahermosa Pancit Canton Manufacturing.

Likewise, President and CEO Wilson Villahermosa of Pancit Canton Manufacturing paid back some 37 post-dated checks to DOST for the monthly rental payment of the technological assistance for zero interest.

The company will start paying DOST one year after the release of the assistance.

All equipment will remain the property of DOST for the three-year period.

According to Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing of DOST, after the three-year period of payment and after paying 0.5 percent of the total cost of the equipment termed as option-to buy fee, the noodle processor will assume ownership of the processing equipment.

The technological assistance includes various processing equipment, product testing, and enhanced packaging and labeling.

Villahermosa Pancit Canton Manufacturing is located in Poblacion, Basay town which produces and sells fresh noodles (fresh miki), pancit canton, and dried noodles.

Abing said the local noodle manufacturer successfully defended his project proposal through the guidance of DOST Negros Oriental before the DOST-7 Regional Technical Evaluation Committee (RTEC).

The RTEC then recommended its approval to the DOST 7 regional director, who in turn approved his project proposal for funding, added Abing.

SETUP is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to adopt technological innovations to improve their products, services, operations and increase their productivity and competitiveness.

The program focuses assistance on the following priority sectors, namely; food processing; furniture; gifts, housewares, decors; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture and agriculture; metals and engineering; health products and services/pharmaceuticals; and ICT/electronics.