Dgte steps up drive vs. dengue

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma.  Sarah Tala renews call to the public to practice dengue prevention measures during a Kapihan Forum held on Aug. 23, 2019 (PIA7-NegOr) 


As dengue affectation from three barangays with the most number of dengue-affected persons in Dumaguete City surface, health officials here vow a relentless drive against the dreaded disease even as they hinted that barangays may consider declaring a state of calamity.

By declaring a state of calamity, a local government unit can access or utilize its quick response fund of the 5 percent calamity fund that will allow them to purchase emergency medical supplies and equipment to combat the spread of dengue.

As of August 2019, Brgy. Candau-ay registered the most number of dengue cases with 43, Bagacay is second with 28 confirmed cases, while Cadawinonan had 21 dengue cases.

Only one fatality, a resident of Brgy. Taclobo, was recorded.

There are already 239 dengue cases recorded from January 1 to August 19, 2019.

This is higher than in 2014 with 238 cases and 2015 with 234.

In 2016, the number of dengue cases increased sharply to 680 before plunging to 268 in 2017 and rose again to 380 in 2018.

Nevertheless, City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla assures all barangays that the city government will continue to provide assistance in the search and destroy operations of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

With the cooperation of 30 barangay captains, the local health department will continue to declog wastewater drains, sewers, esteros, canals and maintain the general cleanliness of streets and public places.

Talla observed that in Candau-ay, there are three separate junk shops that hoarded plastics and other containers that are potential breeding grounds of dengue mosquitoes.

She has instructed the owners of the shops to dispose the recyclable materials.

The Department of Health has recently declared a national dengue epidemic, but it is still up to the individual LGUs like provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays to declare a state of calamity based on the severity of the dengue affectation in their localities.



Young leaders highlight key issues during AC US Embassy Talks

By Roi Lomotan


(L-R) Association of Young Environmental Journalists Founder Val Amiel Vestil, 2019 Harvard Hero Awardee Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio, Silliman University Associate Professor and Five-time Palanca Awardee Ian Casocot, and Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellow Shamah Bulangis discuss issues relevant to the youth during the AC US Embassy Talks event held Aug. 19, 2019 at Luce Auditorium, Silliman University, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)


Young leaders delivered empowering talks on issues concerning the youth during the AC U.S. Embassy Talks held recently at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University (SU).

Harvard Hero 2019 Awardee Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio discussed democracy, transparent governance, rule of law, and human rights while Association of Young Environmental Journalists Founder Val Amiel Vestil discussed environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness.

Meanwhile, Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellow Shamah Bulangis tackled youth activism and youth empowerment, while SU Associate Professor and five-time Palanca Awardee Ian Casocot presented soft power diplomacy from the pop culture and arts perspective during the said activity.

Students from SU, Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Negros Oriental High School attended the said activity.

“What role do we play? There is a concept of engaged citizenship. Engaged citizenship also includes constructive activism meaning watchdogs for the government. There is a lot that we can do because we will discern the government or the leaders we elect in office,” Antonio told the audience.

“If you sit back, relax, and become by-standers to human rights abuses, to transgressions on the rule of law, and do not demand transparency from the government, you have not played the role of a productive citizen,” she added.

During his speech, Vestil urged the youth to be active advocates on relevant causes like climate change and environmental sustainability.

“They say ‘pabibo’ is just making noise but what if it’s not just making noise? What if it’s making relevant noise? What if being ‘pabibo’ is causing proactive disruption? Our Filipino resilience has taught us to smile in the midst of calamity, to smile in the midst of corruption and it’s not good. It has forced us to accept things as they are,” Vestil said.

“The conversation of the climate crisis is no longer a debate on what is right and wrong. The conversation on climate crisis is now a debate on human survival. We are at stake,” Vestil added.

This is the first AC U.S. Embassy Talks staged by the American Corner Dumaguete, Silliman University, Gaba-an Youth Lead, and other partners.

Organizers of the event said this signature speaker program platform of the American Spaces of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines highlights the accomplishments and compelling stories of U.S. Government Exchange Alumni and university faculty with U.S. perspective.

“This event is a manifestation that in the 21st Century, a library can be a place for this young generation to explore for an available opportunity to hone (your) knowledge and skills and prepare (you) to become the next generation of world leaders,” said Dr. Myra Villanueva, director of AC Dumaguete and university librarian of SU.

Apart from making libraries relevant to the new generation, Villanueva also noted that the activity is one way where librarians can bridge students to available programs of U.S. Embassy like Foreign National Intern Program, Philippine-American Educational Foundation, and YSEALI.

‘KaubanKita’ tops search for nat’l outstanding SK project

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Dumaguete’s pride: Poblacion 8 SK Chairperson Renz Macion (2nd from left) and Kagawad Seth Ray Abella (extreme left) are presented with the national SK award from Davao City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, Executive Director of Unilab Foundation Incorporated Elizabeth C. Aristorenas, National Youth Commission Assistant Secretary James Ceasar Ventura, and Executive Director Positive Youth Development Network Inc. Alfred O. Dicto. Macion’s team won 2nd Place and received the Panatag na Buhay Award in Social Inclusion and Equity during the 1st National Outstanding SK Projects. (DD/PIA Negros Oriental)


Dumaguete City Poblacion 8’s ‘Kauban Kita Movement’ was adjudged second place and recipient of Panatag na Buhay Award in Social Inclusion Equity during the First National Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) projects.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo congratulated SK Chairman Renz Macion and the Council of Poblacion 8 under Punong Barangay Maelyne Mariano for bringing pride and honor to his barangay and the city.

Macion, who is also the Vice-President of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation (SKF) of Dumaguete City was among the top three national grand finalists among 145 entries in the competition held at the SMX Convention, Davao City in line with the International Youth Day Celebration, Friday.

Macion was the lone entry representing the City and the entire province of Negros Oriental.

He received the award together with SK Councilor Seth Rey Abella from Davao City Vice-Mayor Sebastian Duterte together with Commissioner James Ceasar Ventura of the National Youth Commission.

SK Chairpersons Ken Patrick Du and Kenneth Catipay of Barangays Calindagan and Cadawinonan, respectively, were in attendance to show their support.

Macion showcased his Kauban Kita Movement which is a barangay based initiative that aims to elevate social inclusion and equity among the youths of Barangay Poblacion 08.

The #KaubanKita movement is a grassroots effort by dedicated youth volunteers to build a drug-free and peaceful community, for young and old, alike through sincere peer counseling in order to help our neighbors, friends and families to acquire and maintain a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and character.

The search was mainly initiated by Positive Youth Development Network and UNILAB Foundation, supported by the National Youth Commission and Department of Interior and Local Governance.