6,000 indigent households in NegOr to receive electrification under NIHE

By Roi Lomotan

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NORECO-I Institutional Services Manager Jonah Maxino speaks to barangay captains and Barangay Power Association (BAPA) officers during a Kapihan sa PIA forum in La Libertad on Jan. 30, 2018. (PIA7-NegOr)


Some 6, 502 indigent households in northern Negros Oriental are approved for energization after the Department of Energy (DOE) granted their application under the National Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE).

Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative (NORECO) – I Institutional Services Division Manager Jonah Maxino disclosed that they are waiting for the funds to be released by DOE so that they can start the bidding for the purchase of kilowatt hour meters and other house wiring materials.

NORECO-I hopes to roll-out this program to the 1st batch of beneficiaries on March once they get the budget from DOE.

NIHE is intended for poor households with no access to power, whose homes are near electric lines but do not have money to spend for installation of house wires in order to connect to the main line.

In La Libertad, around 300 beneficiaries will be covered by the first batch of implementation of NIHE.

Under the program, each beneficiary will be allocated P3,750 that would cover costs for house wiring materials, labor, kilowatt hour meter, and service drop wire.

“Karon katong mga beneficiary pwede na sila mo-process sa ilang necessary papers para pag-abot sa kwarta, diha-diha dayon atong ma-implement (For now, beneficiaries can start processing the necessary papers so that we can directly implement the program once the funds are released),” Maxino said.

The NORECO-I official also cited that some Local Government Units (LGUs) have waived fees when applying for electrical permits and other documents related to applying for electric connection for indigent that are beneficiaries of NIHE.

Beneficiaries can apply for installation at NORECO-I offices once they secure these documents, Maxino added.

On the other hand, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) together with NORECO-I conducted a Kapihan forum in this municipality to inform their member-consumers on the upcoming district election for the members of the electric cooperative’s Board of Directors (BOD).

The schedule for election in La Libertad is on March 10, 2018.

Maxino encouraged all member-consumers to participate and elect their representative in the policy-making body of NORECO-I.


OSHC, DOLE ensure safety of workers in the workplace

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Center and DOLE discussing the importance of occupational safety and health standards in workplaces during the Kapihan Forum in Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

The Occupation Safety and Health Center (OSHC) together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded private institutions and government organizations to ensure the safety and health of their workers.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum, OSHC, an attached agency of DOLE, has intensified awareness on workers’ safety and health especially in the construction industry or in hazardous occupations.

OSHC is mandated to protect Filipino workers against accidents and illnesses in their workplace and promote employees welfare.

Engr. Nelia Granadillos, OSHC division chief, presented the OSHC’s “Vision 1 Million” which aims to increase the number of OSH advocates in the country in order to prevent workplace accidents and diseases.

“We workers should always stay healthy and safe while at work,” Granadillos said.

According to Granadillos, workplace safety has its framework that starts with prevention which includes research, technical services, and training.

DOLE comes in for enforcement or the inspection of the workplace and updating the labor standards.

If accidents happen, compensation or benefits may be claimed from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), said Granadillos.

OSHC trains safety officers and safety practitioners, especially in industries considered hazardous in nature.

Representing the construction industry, Dr. Absalita Teves said that they are working on keeping their workers safe considering that construction work is a hazardous occupation.

She said the construction safety officers’ main duty is to ensure a safer construction site by prioritising the safety of construction workers.

On the other hand, DOLE Provincial Director Maritess Mercado said DOLE has been issuing work stoppage orders or the mandated halt of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when non-compliance with occupational safety and health standards poses imminent danger to the health and safety of the employees in the workplace.

OSHC offers various trainings on basic occupational health and safety, construction safety and health, drug-free workplace, and work environment measurements, among others.  (With reports from Gaven Sacedon, SU Intern)

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)