Cebuano News: Sepsis, cancer nag-unang sakit nga mikalas og kinabuhi sa taga Dumaguete

By Leandria Pagunsan

Base sa record sa Dumaguete City Health Office gikan sa tuig 2015 hangtud sa 2018 nag una nga hinungdan sa kamatayon sa katawhan sa dakbayan ang sakit nga cancer ug sepsis.

Sa samang tuig (2015-2018) matud ni City Health Officer Dr. Ma Sarah Talla nga mokabat sa 10,412 ang namatay tungod sa nagkadaiyang sakit samtang na rehistro nga “live births” sulod sa upat ka tuig mikabat ug 8,992.

Gi klaro ni Dr. Talla nga ang gidaghanon sa nangamatay base sa ilang record naglakip sa mga katawhang nasulod sa mga tambalan nga gi refer gikan sa city health office.

Ang uban niini gikan sa ubang lungsod ug dakbayan sa Negros Oriental ug rehiyon nga na record ang lugar nga Dumaguete City diin sila nakabsan sa kinabuhi (place of death).

Base gihapon sa record sa City Health Office dunay 16 ka “maternal deaths” kon mga inahang samkon nga namatay ug tungod sa pagpanganak ang natala sa tuig 2015; 13 sa tuig 2016, 11 sa 2017 ug 18 maternal deaths sa 2018.

Gipahibalo usab ni Dr. Talla nga adunay 114 ka kaso sa puya nga  wala pay usa ka tuig ang namatay sa tuig 2015; 135 ka puya sa 2016; 100 sa 2017 ug 146 sa tuig 2018.

Subay niini adunay 626 ka kabataan nga ga edad ug 1-5 anyos ang namatay gikan sa 2015 hangtud 2018.

Gawas sa cancer ug sepsis ubang mga sakit nga maoy hinungdan sa kamatayon sa katawhan sa Dumaguete City ang cardiac arrest, Pneumonia, kidney failure, cerebrovascular disease ug stroke; aksidente sa dalan samtang nag biyahe ug “multi-organ failure.”

Aron malikayan ang mga sakit, nag awhag si Dr. Talla nga mag amping sa pagkaon ug likayan ang “stress.”

Dugang ni Talla nga ang pagpanigarilyo, mga pagkaon nga taas sa cholesterol ug sodium angay nga likayan.

Mga pagkaon nga daghan ug asin ug asukal likayan usab aron ma maintain ang normal nga blood pressure ug timbang.

Panapos ni Talla nga mogahin usab og hustong oras sa pagkatulog og 30 minutos nga exercise matag adlaw ug labing importante nga mokaon og daghang prutas ug utanon.


30 barangays back shoreline protection

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City’s 30 Punong Barangays signed a resolution “declaring full and unequivocal support to the administration of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and all his priority projects” to include the rehabilitation/improvement of the Rizal Boulevard covering 17,715 square meters that has been granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo said the Punong Barangays led by Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores pointed out that activity is actually part of the “shoreline protection to prevent erosion and destruction caused by waves and storm surges threatening the highway, establishments, and residences along the beachfront.”

Demecillo added that part of the resolution stressed that Mayor Remollo won overwhelmingly in all 30 barangays against his nearest rival, which is a manifestation of the popular and broad support that his administration has earned from the general public.

“They also manifested that the local officials and the public have been thoroughly and consistently consulted of the initiatives and projects of the city administration since 2016,” said Demecillo.

However, some environmentalists or critics of the project at the Rizal Boulevard accused the city government of destructing the natural environment and petitioned the ongoing “reclamation” works.

Contrary to the position espoused by the critics of the current rehabilitation and improvement of the Rizal Boulevard near the Press Club area, all chartered cities and municipalities are actually authorized by national law to reclaim foreshore lands.

Demecillo explained that Republic Acts 1899 and 5797 expressly authorized the Local Government Units like Dumaguete City not only to undertake reclamation of their foreshore lands but also to take exclusive ownership of the reclaimed lot.

He quoted Section 1 of Republic Act 1899 states that “Authority is hereby granted to all municipalities, and chartered cities to undertake and carry out at their own expense the reclamation by dredging, filling, or other means, of any foreshore lands bordering them, and to establish, provide, construct, maintain and repair proper and adequate docking and harbor facilities as such municipalities and chartered cities…”

Furthermore, paragraph 41 of Section 28 of RA 5797 or the Revised Charter of the City of Dumaguete provides that it has the power “…to undertake and carry out the reclamation of submerged land from the sea adjoining the city limits at the expenses of the city, the area thus reclaimed to belong exclusively to the city…” justified Demecillo.

Public elem schools in Dgte benefit from e-classroom

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Photo op during the launching of ICT upgrading system led by DOST Regional Director Richard Burgos (center) together with partners: (l-r, seated) Provincial Adminstrator Dr. Henry Sojor, Don Ramas Uypitching of RCDE, Badeeh Naifeh of Rotary International, Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Dr. Juliet Jeruta of DepEd, Gilbert Arbon of DOST, and Dr. Dino Dipositario of LGU Dumaguete.


About 25,000 pupils in 18 public elementary schools in the city will now be provided with information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom to increase learners to operate in an information age.

Under the innovative ICT-based learning system or e-classroom upgrading, a wireless computer network will be installed in each of the computer laboratory in the 18 public grade schools.

Pupils from Grades 3 to 8 will be able to use the computer learning centers using their tablets.

Science and Technology Provincial Director Gilbert Arbon of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the schools that have this system will no longer use the conventional desktop but use a wireless network with the server and WiFi router.

“Since there are free open source content providers available like the Kulebre platform, the DOST’s STARBOOKS digital library which has a lot of information related to science and technology, especially in the Philippine context on sciences, can now be accessed by the pupils and teachers,” explained Arbon.

The ICT upgrading initiative is a joint project of the Rotary International with Rotary Club Dumaguete-East (RCDE) as host institution partnering and the city government of Dumaguete providing the hardware for the schools under Department of Education (DpeEd), and DOST which also offered some of the equipment to the schools.

Rotary International represented by Badeeh “Bud” Naifeh said his club provided about $67,000 for the project, of which the city also has a counterpart of $42,000 for the purchase of computer hardware.

Rotary is now providing tablets to each pupil to lessen the electricity bills too.

“As a peace corps volunteer, I saw these under privileged children here do not have access to computer learning. I think this project is a wonderful gift for the children allowing them to be more proficient in English and be more proficient in Math because this kind of computer learning in computer that they are going to experience in their lives,” said Naifeh.

Rotary’s goal is to provide and teach the young people the benefits of educations to break the cycle of poverty.

This prompted the Rotary to start with Grade 3 pupils.

That means they will be competitive when they reach in high school and later on also in college which IT education is needed to digital economy, said Naifeh.

For her part, DepEd Provincial Superintendent Evangel Luminarias said the partnership between the local government unit of Dumaguete, DOST, Rotary, and DepEd provides opportunities for pupils to enhance quality education.

RCDE Past President Don Ramas Uypitching also pledged to DOST that Ramas Uypitching Sons Inc. (RUSI) Foundation will donate at least 10 kiosks in public high schools in the city.

“But as we have experienced, the more needy ones are those in the farthest barangays and so we will need recommendations from DepEd Negros Oriental, of which schools are the most remote ones that really need our attention and support,” said Uypitching.

“I will extend also my donation of computers to San Carlos City where Regional Director Richard Burgos of DOST7 comes from because the city is also close to my heart,” he added.

The benefaction will be done thru RUSI Foundation, RCDE, and Free Masons.

“What is important is letting our pupils learn from this hardware, these computers that are made available to them, said Uypitchin