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)


CHR: Strengthen pillars of justice system to solve criminality

By Leandria Pagunsan

CHR-Negros Oriental Special Investigator Dr. Jesus Cañete talks about strengthening the pillars of justice system during a Kapihan sa PIA forum in observance of National Human Rights Consciousness Week. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)—Strengthening pillars of the justice system (community, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and correction) instead of imposing death penalty will answer the problem on criminality, according to Special Investigator Jesus Cañete of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Negros Oriental.

In a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum held in observance of National Human Rights Consciousness Week, Cañete explained that people who usually commit crimes do it for survival because of poverty.

“A person cannot think at the moment of facing death penalty when their families have nothing to eat,” said Cañete.

He reminded that human rights is inherent to all and should be protected, uphold and preserved at all times citing that effective delivery of social justice system and equal opportunities should be given to all constituents especially in giving basic government services.

Cañete also explained that the United Nations as the convening body of all member nations who are signatory to international human rights laws cannot compel them to specific actions, they can only document because implementing the solutions is sovereign to the concerned state.

The commission is now doubling its efforts in educating people especially the security forces that can be possible source of violations later on.

Interpretation of laws should be taken seriously because this might send wrong signals as far as human rights violations is concerned, according to Cañete.

The CHR as watchdog sees to it that government is acting and implementing according to the instruments set by the United Nations in promoting and protecting human rights.

Proper implementation of the system can be determined by society itself.

While there are conflicting views on human rights issues, advocates sometimes are being ridiculed with negative remarks by people who do not value their individual rights, not unless they themselves become victims of violations, said Cañete.

Another resource person during the Kapihan forum, Atty. Gazzelene Fuentes of CHR Region 7 said the justice system itself is effective but sometimes have flaws as far as implementation is concerned.

Crimes that are categorized as extra judicial killings (EJK) committed by law enforcers should be held accountable for justice to be served accordingly.

Fuentes said there is no need to fight against the government because the legal system itself is doing its role. (rmn/lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 13, 2016)


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PMHA-NegOr marks Mental Health Month

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Inc.-Negros Oriental Chapter celebrated recently the Mental Health Month in Dumaguete City.

In observance of the month of October, PMHA held an Awarding of Plaque of Recognition to PMHA board member emeritus Atty. Antonio Ramas-Uypitching Sr.

Upitching’s award was in recognition of his many years of dedication and passion in the promotion of mental health as leader and benefactor.

While the PMHA provides guidance and educational programs for youth mental health through its education and information service, Uypitching also financially supports the construction of its conference and function room as venue of trainings and seminars.

PMHA Chairperson Dr. Betsy Joy Tan said Tony, as his friends call Uypitching, is known for his professional standing in the community and his community service.

He sits as director at the Cebu International Finance Corporation, Holy Child Hospital, Holy Cross High School, Sibulan Rural Bank Inc. and other positions of leadership and president and stockholder of RUSCO Motors.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is the state of well-being in which every individual with their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community.

PMHA is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders.

Their programs currently range from Education and Information Services, Clinical and Diagnostic Services, and Intervention Services. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Nov. 3, 2016)