Octogenarians receive P5K incentive

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Dumaguete City Hall officers distribute cash incentives to octogenarians in the city. (Photo from City PIO /PIA7-NegOr)


Some 1,070 qualified senior citizens, 80-years-old and above received P5,000 each as longevity award, Thursday.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that there will be another round of payout for those senior citizens who could comply with the requirements.

City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo said the City Social Welfare and Development Office estimated 2, 762 senior citizens aging 80-years-old above in all 30 barangays of the city, who are eligible and could each receive longevity award as additional benefit for most elderly.

Demecillo said after Thursday’s distribution, some 1, 692 more seniors are going to receive their cash incentive in the weeks to come.

Like Mayor Remollo, the sponsors of the ordinance Councilors Manuel Arbon, Lilani Ramon and Michael Bandal believe that monetary reward given to the senior citizens 80-years-old and above can be used to buy some of their medical needs and comes as an incentive for their general well-being.

“This is consistent with the constitutional mandate for the city government to provide just social security programs for the elderly,” said Demecillo.

Under the ordinance, the beneficiary must be a living Filipino senior citizen; at least five years resident of Dumaguete City, as certified by the barangay, provided his/her nearest kin or guardian must be a registered voter of the city; registered with OSCA; must not be more than 100 years-old; a registered voter of the city as of the recent preceding elections (unless physically unable to register); applied for this incentive award and can present a valid or acceptable proof of age such as birth or baptismal certificate and updated senior citizens registry at OSCA.

Last December 2018, Mayor Remollo also directed the release of cash gifts to 8, 336 senior citizens, regardless whether they have pensions or not.

This is in addition to 16, 605 indigent families and 769 Persons with Disabilities.

In all, 25, 711 received cash gift from the city government last Christmas, the biggest of number of recipients ever.


NegOr PESO bags 2 regional awards

BY Jennifer C. Tilos

PESO Manager Ramon Bendicto of Negros Oriental (blue shirt) with DOLE Provincial Director Maritess Mercado with her staff in a regional forum on migration and consultation with migrant agencies and organizations in celebration of Month of Overseas Filipinos at the Provincial Convention Center, Dumaguete City.

The Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has grabbed two plum awards from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): the best PESO Regional Award for first class province and highest award in category A for best practices and for extending job opportunities to hundreds of NegOrenses.

Gov. Roel Degamo and Provincial PESO Manager Jose Ramon Benedicto received the award in Cebu City.

In receiving the award, Gov. Degamo said that it is a “manifestation that we are on track in advancing the livelihood component under the province’ HEELPP or Health, Education, Environment, and Livelihood Program and Projects core thrust as well as in advancing the twin goals of Gender and Development (GAD) which are to promote gender equality and women empowerment.”

For his part, Benedicto said that he is privileged to satisfy and achieve the HEELPP thrust of the provincial government and empower women not only the marginalized but also the unemployed sector and the youth.

Meanwhile, as the livelihood and employment arm of the provincial government, Benedicto reported that from July to September, PESO has trained a total of 250 marginalized women on rug-making in coordination with the Voices of the Free Foundation, Inc. (VFFFI).

On the conduct of the Job Fairs, some 1,923 applicants were hired of which 1,079 were women and 844 men out of 2,000 registered applicants.

The Search for Best PESO (SBP) is an annual activity that recognizes the significant role of the country’s almost 2,000 PESOs in the implementation of the DOLE-initiated employment facilitation programs at the grassroots level.

SBP likewise serves as an avenue to acknowledge the exemplary performance of some PESOs as local hubs for labor market information (LMI), career guidance and employment coaching, and job referral and placement for constituent-jobseekers.

All existing PESOs are covered in the SBP—local government units (LGU) (i.e. provincial, city, and municipal), non-government organizations (NGO), educational institutions (EIs) (i.e. state universities and colleges or SUC and private schools), and community-based organizations (CBO)—provided they are operational and active for a period of at least one year to nomination.

For the purposes of transparency and credibility of the selection process, the DOLE, through the BLE as resident member of the national SBP Screening Committee, is being guided by the locally published and disseminated Manual on the Search for Best PESO.

Dumaguete City cited 2nd most efficient city in PH

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Dumaguete City has been conferred by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the distinction as second ranked component city in Government Efficiency among all component cities in the Philippines.

The award given by DTI to Dumaguete City 

With the current administration’s commitment to create in the city an environment conducive for investors to do business by simplifying the regulatory processes and enhancing transparency, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo along with Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal and Alan Gel Cordova received the award at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila during the 6th Regional Competitive Summit.


DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that this is an effort to recognize the most competitive Local Government Units (LGUs) for 2018 through the Competitiveness Bureau to highlight the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2018, which targets to rank over 1,500 local government units across the country.

In his keynote speech, Secretary Lopez challenged all local chief executives to reinvent their ways of delivering government service.

He urged all LGUs to level up the competitiveness of their localities to attract more investments and to create more jobs for the Filipino people.

As part of Dumaguete City efforts to nurture small and medium enterprises, a Negosyo Center was established with DTI to provide basic services namely: business registration assistance; business advisory services; business information and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation of business-process improvement.

Mayor Remollo also enhanced the Business One Stop Shop or BOSS to assist all entrepreneurs, big and small, to experience ease in doing business in Dumaguete City.

As a result, there are now 7, 459 business establishments operating in the city in first half of 2018, an increase from just 7, 074 in 2016. This also 10, 102 local jobs from July 2017 to June 2018.

City Treasurer Cristina Merced projected P324 million revenues from local sources or businesses alone in 2019.

Mayor Remollo will be proposing a P790 million budget for 2019, the biggest budget ever for the city from just P 689 million in 2017 and also in 2017 alone.

The city posts an excess collection of P91.4 million in revenues due to the aggressive tax collection and sound fiscal management of all responsible officials, who are committed to good housekeeping and ethical conduct in service, cited Remollo.

Under his administration, Remollo said the city also demonstrated a transparent local government with not a single disallowance from the Commission on Audit for all its financial transactions since his assumption to office in mid-2016, thereby earning the trust and confidence of the constituents and investors alike.