SLIDESHOW: Launching and unveiling of new attraction at Dumaguete City’s Rizal Boulevard

By PIA-NegOr

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A new attraction at the Rizal Boulevard has been formally launched to the public in a ceremony attended by city officials and representatives from national agencies.

Hundreds of Dumagueteños witnessed the opening and blessing of the “Pantawan” area of the boulevard and also the unveiling of the #DumaGetMe signage last Jan. 19, 2018.

City Mayor Felipe Remollo spearheaded the opening of “Pantawan” area together with the members of the city council.

Presidential Adviser on Investments Sec. Antonio Cablitas, Department of Tourism (DOT-7) Regional Director Shalimar Tamano, and some officials of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental and department heads of the City Government of Dumaguete attended the event.

“Pantawan” means porch in the local dialect, and Mayor Felipe Remollo referred to the place as “Porch of the Sea” or a view deck.

Mayor Remollo unveiled the #DumaGetMe signage together with DOT-7 Director Shalimar Tamano.

After this, a group of young Dumagueteños entertained the crowd with a short cultural dance number.

“This is just the first to many developments that we will be introducing in the boulevard. We have plans to make another one like this near Burgos St., and a boardwalk that would span from this area to Brgy. Tinago, and make also a seawall that will protect the Tinago area,” Mayor Remollo said.

In his message, DOT-7 Director Tamano expressed DOT’s support to city government’s plans on tourism particularly on sports tourism which is also one of the priority thrusts of the department.

“I already heard a lot about Dumaguete and Dumaguete’s tourism and I learned that this April we will have a dragon boat competition. We will fully support the dragon race competition and all other activities in Dumaguete City and the Province of Negros,” Tamano disclosed.

The event ended with a musical show conducted by a local band.






DTI appeals for public understanding over spike of fish prices in Dgte

By Roi Lomotan

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DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr. (left) in a press conference together with BFAR Provincial Fishery Officer Florencia Mepaña and Dumaguete City Public Market Superintendent Engr. Ronnie Fortin on Jan. 8, 2018 at the DTI Office to discuss the issue on the spike on prices of fish sold at the city market.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Negros Oriental appealed for deeper understanding from the public in line with the occurring spike in the prices of fish sold at the city’s public market.

DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr., together with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Provincial Fishery Officer Florencia Mepaña, and Dumaguete City Public Market Superintendent Engr. Ronnie Fortin recently met with some members of the media and representatives of the fish vendors’ association in a conference held at the DTI office to discuss the complaints of consumers raised in social media on the high price increase of fish in the city market.

A Facebook user lamented the skyrocketing of prices of local fish like tarugho which is sold at P800 per kilo, tugnos at P280 per kilo, bangus at P200 per kilo, malalangse at P100 per kilo, tamarong at P200 per kilo, and titina at P200 per kilo.

This prompted DTI to organize a conference so that agencies involved can present their sides on the issue.

During the conference, it was disclosed that the increase in prices is attributed to the low supply of fish versus the high demand of consumers.

Market Superintendent Engr. Ronnie Fortin supported the claim of shortage of supply as he cited that in December, the average ton of fish supply in the market recorded was 14 tons, which is 16 tons short of the average 20 to 30 tons of fish needed to meet the daily consumer demand in the market.

“This can be the reason for the price increase of marine products in the public market. There is really a shortage in supply. Hopefully, this is only seasonal,” Engr. Fortin said.

Dumaguete Public Market Fish Vendor’s Association Representative Judy Managat also disclosed in the same conference that right now there is no supply of fish in Negros Oriental particularly in Bayawan City where they usually get their supply of big fishes like tuna.

“Pagkakaron panahuna wala gyud gikan ug Bayawan. Ang among suki na taga-Bayawan mao nang nag-kompra niadto sa Antique, Bacolod. Didto sila nikompra ug tuna. Mao ilaang gihatod dire. Mao ang suplay (Right now, there is no fish sourced in Bayawan City. Our suppliers there would get fish from Antique or Bacolod then they bring it here. That is our supply),” Managat explained.

Fortunato added that factors such as the previous storms that affected the province, episodes of full moon, and the approaching cold season contributed to the short supply of fish.

BFAR Provincial Fishery Officer Florencia Mepaña said that during the colder months, the supply of fish is not abundant because it is not spawning much while some species like tuna migrate to temperate seas during this season.

Mepaña disclosed that BFAR conducts price monitoring but they do not have a part in regulating the price of fish sold in the market.

Fortunato also said that DTI does not regulate prices of fresh fish because they only cover manufactured or canned fish products.

He assured consumers that the department will still continue to monitor prices of fish in the local market.

With this, Director Fortunato appealed for deeper understanding from the public regarding the situation.

“We want people to understand that na menos gyud karon and number two; you have a choice. If you can afford it to buy it at that price, well and good but naa pod other alternatives. Karne na lang, sardinas, or bulad (We want people to understand that the supply is not enough and you have a choice. If you can afford to buy at that price, well and good, but there are other alternatives like meat, sardines, or dried fish),” Fortunato said.

ECC bolsters ECP awareness in Dumaguete

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), will hold its first Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) advocacy seminar this year on January 16 in Dumaguete City.

ECC Information Officer Alice Borres said the activity aims to intensify awareness on the ECP to more than 150 human resource officers, employers/owners and labor union representatives, coming from various private enterprises and government agencies including uniformed personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Navy, and Bureau of Fire Protection including other private sector employees.

The one-day free seminar is in line with the directive of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to cascade the ECP to the grassroots and to keep the public abreast of the social protection and safe work programs available to workers, said Borres.

“The ECC, being an International Standards Organization 9001:2015 certified agency, strives for continual improvement in its services provided to the public and strengthen its information campaign not only on the three components of the EC Program namely – prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services but focusing more on the recent EC Program reforms. These reforms are anchored on “3Es”-Equalize, Enhance and Expand EC Benefits to improve the EC Program,” ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis said.

A press conference, in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency here, will also be held on January 15 to promote ECP in Negros Oriental.

The Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) is a government program designed to provide a compensation package to public and private employees or their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.