Dengue incidents in NegOr drop during Q1 of 2017

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(L-R) Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC-Chief Local Support Services of DOH-NIR, Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala and PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos

An official from the Department of Health – Negros Island Region (DOH – DOH-NIR) cited a three percent decrease in the number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental recorded within January 1 to June 10, 2017.

Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC-Chief of Local Health Support Division of DOH-NIR reported during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on June 14 that a total of 914 dengue cases with six deaths were recorded from Jan. 1 to June 10 this year. The said figure is lower than the 946 cases with six deaths recorded in the same period last year.

Dr. Villamor also disclosed that the age range of dengue victims reported in the said period is from two months to 86 years old with a mean age of 19 years old. Moreover, 55% of the dengue victims are male and most of them are aged 21 years old and above.

Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala said the City Health Office (CHO) continuously validates dengue cases reported to them.

Dr. Tala also cited during the Kapihan that there are 230 dengue cases reported within January 1 to June 10 this year but based on CHO’ s community-based surveillance system there are 153 validated cases recorded from January to April  and one each for May and June, respectively. This brings the total number of validated cases to 155 with no fatalities recorded.

On the other hand, the barangay with most number of dengue cases for the same period was reflected in Barangay Banilad with 15 cases, followed by Barangay Camanjac with 14 cases, Barangay Candau-ay with 13 and Barangay Batinguel with 11 cases.

The CHO will further intensify its dengue prevention programs especially since it’s already onset of rainy season and the start of the academic year for schools.


Wit 914 dengue cases and six deaths recorded from the period of Jan. 1 to June 10, both Dr. Socrates Villamor and Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala renewed warnings to the public to guard against dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes.

Since June is Denge Awareness Month and June 15 is designated as ASEAN Dengue Day, both health officials urged community participation in the fight against dengue especially with the onset of rainy season and start of the opening of clases. (PIA7-NegOr)


Cebuano News: “Sports tourism forum” ipahigayon sa Dumaguete City

By Leandria Pagunsan

Heads of sports associations, sports coordinators and members of the local media participate in the Kapihan

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA)—Gitakda nga ipahigayon ang “Sports Tourism Forum” sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete karong Pebrero 1, 2017.

Ang sports tourism forum gipangulohan sa Selrahco usa ka non government organization nga gidumala ni Charles Lim.

Atol sa Kapihan sa PIA namahayag si Lim nga ipahigayon ang sports forum aron maila ang dakbayan ug probinsya isip potential sports host venue ug aron maaghat ang mga katawhan, sports enthusiasts, sports organization pagsalmot niini nga kalihokan.

Dili lamang ang pagpahigayon ug mga sports competition ang tumong sa forum lakip na usab ang pagpatugbaw sa mga tourism destination sa Dumaguete City ug probinsya sa Negros Oriental, matud ni Lim ug ilabi na nga mopalambo usab kini sa ekonomiya sa dakbayan.

Giawhag usab ni Lim ang mga local government units (LGUs), lokal ug nasyonal nga sports association, mga pribadong sektor pagtambong aron masayran nila unsay pamaagi ug pagpangandam kung mopahigayon kon mo “host” ug sports competition.

Sa laing bahin si Dumaguete City mayor Antonio Felipe Remollo namahayag atol sa maong forum nga ipahigayon sa dakbayan ang little league competition sa Abril ning tuiga. Subay niini giawhag sa mayor ang  kabataan nga nag edad ug dili mulapaw sa 12 anyos pagsalmot sa himoong little league ilabi na sa iyang paboritong dula nga baseball.

Gipanglantawan usab sa  mayor ang “ownership of events” alang sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete sa bisan unsang klase sa sport events sama sa baseball, beach volleyball, dragon boat, marathon swimming ug marathon cycling.  Pinaagi niini makadani ug maka imbitar ang dakbayan ug mga national ug international competition.

Dugang sa mayor nga adunay kapasidad ang dakbayan nga mo host ug mga sport events tungod kay adunay nay ubay-ubay nga mga hotels, maayo nga kahimtang sa peace and order, limpyo nga palibot ug ma abi abihon nga katawhan.

Bintaha usab ang dakbayan sa mga dumuduong nga bisita matud ni Remollo gani gibansagan kini nga “gateway to tourism attraction “ tungod kay mas duol ang Dumaguete nagdto sa Oslob, Cebu, Apo Island, Sumilon Island ug Siquijor nga kanunayng gibisita sa mga nasyonal ug langyaw nga turista.(lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 12, 2016)

Dumaguete mayor seeks support to 1st Sports Tourism Forum

By Roi Lomotan

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo (center) endorses the 1st Sports Tourism Forum to be held in the city on February 1 at Bethel Guest House to local stakeholders on sports and tourism during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held in the same venue on January 10, 2017. (PIA-NegOr)


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo encourages local stakeholders here to support the first Sports Tourism Forum to be held in this city on February 1.

Speaking in a Kapihan sa PIA forum today, Mayor Remollo endorsed the Sports Tourism Forum to heads of sports associations, sports coordinators and members of the local media and said the activity would help put Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental in the map of the sporting world.

The Sports Tourism Forum, an event organized by a private firm Selrahco, aims to engage representatives from different local government units concerning the sports, tourism and education sectors, local sports associations, schools and private companies with top caliber resource speakers to discuss inputs to enhance sports event organizing, marketing and media exposure to boost the province’s capability to host big sports events and develop Negros Oriental as top destination for sports activities.

Selrahco President Charles Lim cited diving as a sport which stakeholders in sports and tourism can develop as primary product in sports tourism.

“Diving is such a big thing in this part of the world. You talk to any dive associations outside the Philippines they will tell you this is one of the best dive sports we have in the region and divers from all over the world are coming here,” Lim said.

The conduct of the Sports Forum in Dumaguete City is in line with its thrust of the city government in strengthening sports and tourism programs.

Remollo believes Dumaguete City can start positioning itself in sports tourism as it already has the existing facilities and areas for various sports activities.

Remollo also shared that the Twin Lakes in Sibulan town could be used for cycling marathons and kayaking events, covered courts for basketball and volleyball games, the boulevard area for bangkathons, and the reclaimed area near the Dumaguete Press Club building for beach sports.

Aside from this, the mayor also suggested that vacant lots can be turned into baseball fields.

Moreover, the city has hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 2013 and the recently held Unigames wherein athletes from different schools and universities competed in numerous sports event.

“We are so lucky. It’s the location, it’s the atmosphere, the people and it will reflect on how the leadership will welcome this events and we are so lucky that the city and the province (government) have one vision in sports. We are helping each other,” Remollo said.

He also announced that on February 2017, Dumaguete City will host the regional Palaro for the Negros Island Region.

“There will be 16 divisions (of the Department of Education), (around) 5, 000 to 10, 00 people will be coming and the impact on that on our economy,” Mayor Reomollo disclosed.

“You cannot say it’s just sports, it’s sports tourism. When athletes come, they come with their parents. Parents stay in hotels, they move around,” he pointed out.

On the other hand, Remollo also tagged Dumaguete City as getaway to other destinations like whale shark site in the municipality of Oslob and the Sumilon Island town in Cebu, the province of Siquijor and many others which will help attract other tourists to come to the city.

“We should support this program, this is our program,” Remollo told attendees of the forum.

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Meanwhile, Negros Oriental Sports Development Program Head Paultom Paras agrees that sports tourism is a good promotion area as sporting event allows sports enthusiasts to go  to the destinations identified as venues for sports events. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Jan. 10, 2017)