Army serves 400 residents in medical services

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Sunday, July 21, 2013

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 18 (PIA) –About 400 indigent-residents in barangays Calango and Tampi in the municipalities of Zamboanguita and Amlan, respectively, have availed of the free medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP) conducted by the army’s 302nd Brigade recently.

The MEDCAP is the army’s continuing efforts in delivering basic health services to the less privileged residents especially in the conflict affected areas in the Brigade’s area of responsibility.

In observance of the National Nutrition Month, the Department of Health (DOH) led the medical services-mission in cooperation with the army group and local government unit of Zamboanguita.

The health team served more than 150 residents including the adjacent barangays in Zamboanguita with medical consultation and dental services.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also conducted free livestock artificial insemination, vaccination, and distribution of vegetable seeds to the barangay residents.

Zamboanguita LGU also offered feeding program to at least 100 children-beneficiaries at Calango Elementary School in line with the celebration of Nutrition Month’s theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-sama Nating Wakasan.”

While in separate occasion, the team served some 217 residents in barangay Tampi for a free medical health services which include blood chemistry, dental services and consultation.

The MEDCAP in Amlan was sponsored by Maayo Shipping Inc., Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Negros Oriental Chapter, Rotary Club of Dumaguete East (RCDE) and Philippine Councilors League Inc. Dumaguete City (PCLI).

302nd Brigade Commander, BGen Francisco Patrimonio said that the involvement of various stakeholders is consistent with the spirit of “Bayanihan” to address the health concerns of the Negrenses.

The event was a manifestation of commitment and dedication by peace loving citizens in order to serve the needy Filipino people, Patrimonia added.

“This collaborative effort was indeed very successful and supports the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan,” said Patrimonio. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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Three entrepreneurs in Dumaguete City honored for hiring PWDs

by Roi Lomotan

Sunday 21st of July 2013

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 21 (PIA) — Three entrepreneurs in Dumaguete City were given recognition by a non-government organization (NGO) for hiring Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Quota International-Dumaguete Chapter, a NGO that advocates human development, awarded certificates of recognition to Trinidad Bustamante, owner of Sans Rival cakes and pastries, Engr. Gregorio Uymatiao, owner of Uymatiao Construction and Cristina Rodriguez of Jill’s Dress Shop for giving employment opportunities to PWDs.

Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries which is famous for its delicious sylvannas and sans rival has three deaf employees working as commissaries in their store.

The Uymatiao Construction used to have five deaf workers but was reduced to two because of the dangers posed by the construction business. Jill’s Dress shop, on the other hand, has one deaf worker.

Ms. Nida Wu of the Quota-Dumaguete and a pioneer founder also of Autism Society Philippines-Dumaguete Chapter said the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities states that private and government institutions should reserve five percent of their workforce to PWDs on either casual or contractual work status.

She also added that in support to employers hiring PWDs they can get 25 percent rebate from the government for the salary they give to their PWD employees.

This claim is supported by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Giovanni Macalino from BIR district office here said the 25 percent rebate to employers can be an advantage for PWDs in applying for a job.

Macalino said, the BIR indirectly supports the PWDs by supporting institutions that cater them especially when claiming their deductions on their tax payment.

With this mandate of the law, Wu hopes that more employers would be encouraged to open job opportunities for PWDs.(mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)

Negros Oriental PIOs attend briefing on disaster preparedness

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 20 (PIA) – Members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (Anopio) had a briefing on disaster risk reduction management under Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Negros Oriental Head Allen Cabaron on July 18 at the PIA-NegOr provincial Information Center.

“Disaster is a reflection of people’s vulnerability,” Cabaron told the members of Anopio.

Cabaron presented to them the framework of a Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan (DRRMP) that included four components which are disaster prevention, preparedness, rehabilitation and recovery.

“Disasters will only happen if hazards and vulnerabilities meet. It could be mitigated if the local government has the exact capabilities,” Cabaron said.

Cabaron noted that the government cannot do anything with the hazards brought by natural calamities but it can manage the vulnerabilities by crafting a concrete DRRMP.

In crafting the DRRMP, there should be a participatory planning. It is a bottom-up planning approach which involves the community especially the barangay level up to the local government unit (LGU) in coming up with disaster preparedness measures.

The head of the OCD in Negros Oriental said, barangay resident and officials should participate in the planning process since it is them who can identify the risks post by natural calamities in their area.

He also clarified that it is the barangay officials who are the first responders in times of disasters. The LGU comes in as support to the barangay.

Aside from this, Cabaron asks the municipal and provincial information officers, to help in explaining the disaster preparedness programs of the government to their constituents.

“Preparedness is about conducting information campaign, training and equipping the community with knowledge and skills when it comes to disaster response,” Cabaron said.

Also part of DRRM plan is the establishment of Operation Centers during times of Disaster. In Negros Oriental, the towns of Siaton, Bayawan, Dumaguete City and the provincial government that have already established their respective operation centers.

Meanwhile, Cabaron also emphasized that having a DRRMP is essential in keeping the development of a town or city.

“There is a direct link between disaster and development,” Cabaron stressed.

He encouraged municipal information officers to urge their local chief executives to balance development projects with disaster risk reduction management measures.

The Anopio briefing was part of the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month which carries the theme “Ligtas na bayan, maunlad na pamayanan.”

Anopio is comprised of information officers from the different towns and cities in Negros Oriental as well as information officers from national and provincial government agencies here. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)