December 8 declared as special non-working holiday in PH

By PIA Negros Oriental


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The Lady of the Immaculate Conception (photo from Google) 



December 8 is now declared a national holiday in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10966 on Dec. 29, 2017 which declares December 8 of every as a “special non-working day in the country to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the principal patroness of the Philippines.”

The said republic act was authored by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas.

Being a predominantly Catholic nation, the Philippines observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception as a holy day of obligation wherein Catholics should hear and attend mass.

Here’s a look of R.A. 10966:



Meanwhile, here is the list of holidays for 2018 based on Proclamation No. 269 to help you plan your vacations and other activities next year.


Regular Holidays:

New Year’s Day –              1  January (Monday)

Maundy Thursday –         29 March

Good Friday-                      30 March

Araw ng Kagitingan-        9 April (Monday)

Labor Day –                         1 May (Tuesday)

Independence Day-        12 June (Tuesday)

National Heroes Day –    27 August (last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day –                  30 November (Friday)

Christmas Day –                 25 December (Tuesday)

Rizal Day-                             30 December (Sunday)


Special (Non-working) Holidays

Chinese New Year –        16 February (Friday)

EDSA People Power

Revolution Anniversary – 25 February (Sunday)

Black Saturday –                                31 March

Ninoy Aquino Day –         21 August (Tuesday)

All Saints Day –                   1 November (Thursday)

Last Day of the Year –     31 December (Monday)


Additional Special

(non-working )days  –     2 November (Friday)

24 December (Monday)


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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