Dumaguete barangays to get shares in P137M IRA

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A total of P137.9 million Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) next year will be shared to all the 30 component barangays in Dumaguete City.

This is pursuant to the advisory issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), said Dems Demecillo, city public information officer (CPIO).

The computation of IRA shares is based on the census of population taken in 2015 for each barangay and equal sharing of P1.2 million.

With this estimates, some of these barangays will receive IRA from a low of P1.3 million to a high of P8.7 million, Demecillo said.

Under the Local Government Code of 1991, the barangays can budget and disburse their IRAs for honoraria of officials and employees, maintenance of health and day care centers, Katarungang Pambarangay, peace and order, electrical and water consumption in barangay facilities, among other services that will serve the public.

Based on the advisory released by DBM, the top 5 barangays with biggest IRA shares are Bagacay, P8.7 million; Taclobo, P8.3 million; Batinguel, P8.3 million; Banilad, P7.9 million and Calindagan, P6.9 million.

On the other hand, the barangays with the least IRA shares are Poblacion 4 and Poblacion 5 at P1.3 million each; Poblacion 6 and Poblacion 3 at P1.4 million each and Poblacion 7, P 1.5 million.

IRA shares for the remaining barangays are as follows: Bajumpandan, P 5.8 million; Balugo, P3.8 million; Bantayan, P5 million; Bunao, P3.3 million; Cadawinonan, P5.4 million; Camanjac, P4.6 million; Candau-ay, P6.9M; Cantil-e, P4.5M; Daro, P6.2M; Junob, P6.5M; Looc, P4.8M; Mangnao, P4.2M; Motong, P 2.9M; Piapi, P5.8M; Poblacion 1, P2.9M; Poblacion 2, P2.2M; Poblacion 8, P 2.9M; Pulantubig, P3.8M; Tabuc-Tubig, P 2.5M and Talay, P4.7M.

The 30 barangays will use the computation of their IRA shares in making their annual budgets for 2020 starting October this year.


Dumaguete City to hold post-Valentine mass wedding

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has scheduled a “Kasalang Bayan” on February 15, 2019 at the City Quadrangle for couples to finally formalize union especilly those who have been living together outside marriage and whose unions are not legitimized yet.

This is the second mass wedding to be solemnized by Mayor Remollo after the first one was held last year at Pantawan sa Boulevard that involved 73 couples of various ages and nationalities.

It was the first mass wedding in the city in 17 years.

And like in the previous mass wedding, some generous sponsors will provide each pair their rings while the cakes were given by Councilor Lilani Ramon for free.

To join the free mass wedding, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar has called upon the interested live-in couples and others who are not living in cohabitation including foreigners and residents outside of Dumaguete to submit all documents on or before February 8 for cohabiting parties and January 25 for non-cohabiting parties.

Among the documents required for live-in couples are: birth certificates; certificate of no marriage to be obtained from the Philippine Statistics Authority at P 210.00 fee; affidavit of cohabitation to be obtained from the Public Attorney’s Office for free and marriage certificate with a processing fee of P 300.00 at the Local Civil Registrar’s Office.

For non-cohabiting parties: birth certificates; advice of parents for persons aging 21-24 years old; consent of parents for persons aging 18-20 years old; valid identification cards; pre-marriage and family planning seminar at the POPCOM Office, registration fee P 100.00 and marriage license with P300.00 processing fee.

For foreigners: valid identification card of the contracting parties; certificate of legal capacity to be obtained from the Embassy of country of origin based in the Philippines; if widowed or widower, death certificate of the spouse; if divorced, original copy of Divorce decree; Certificate of no Marriage; couple’s pre-marriage and family planning seminar and processing fee for marriage license at P 300.00.

DOST opens college scholarships in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Image courtesy of DOST-Negros Oriental

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here is now accepting applications for its scholarship grants for college students in Negros Oriental.

Engr. Reinhold Abing of DOST said the scholarship will be given to deserving students who aspire to take up science and technology (S&T) related courses, those in, will be provided with financial and tuition assistance.

The scholarship programs are open to all graduating senior high school students who are enrolled in public and private schools.

Abing said Grade 12 students taking up Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) strand are all qualified to apply, while the non-STEM strand students must belong to the top five percent class to be able to qualify.

Under DOST’s scholarship program, which is RA 7687, or “Science and Technology Act of 1994,” it says the government shall provide for scholarships to talented and deserving students whole families’ socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators.

Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching.

For Merit program, it is awarded to non-poor students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.

Exam passers will enjoy P40,000 subsidy for tuition and school fees, receive P10,000.00 book allowance per academic year, and be given P7,000 monthly living allowance for the academic year, among other benefits, said Abing.

He added these scholars have to be enrolled in any of the science and technology priority courses in any state university and colleges or private schools identified as Center of Excellence or Center of Development.

The DOST encouraged more students especially in the far flung areas to grab this opportunity and apply for the scholarship.

In last year’s examination, it is noted that Negros Oriental has 89 qualifiers out of 973 examinees for the 2018 DOST Undergraduate Scholarships.

Application forms and brochures are available at the Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center and can also be downloaded from the Science Education Institute (www.sei.dost.gov.ph/downloads ) website.

Deadline for the submission of application forms along with complete requirements is on August 31, 2018 (Friday) while examination is on October 21, 2018(Sunday).

For inquiries, you may contact DOST NegOr thru telefax (035) 421-2100; 225-4551 or e-mail dostnegor@gmail.com.