‘Women’s rights make women independent, stronger’

By Leandria Pagunsan


Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Silliman University addressing the employees of the Provincial Government in an activity held in observance of National Women’s Month last March 5, 2018 at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

In a recent activity in line with the observance of National Women’s Month celebration in Dumaguete City, Dr. Betsy Joy Tan, vice-president for academic affairs of Silliman University, in her keynote message said that that Filipina women now have shifted from the image of a weak persona to that of being independent, forgiving, and becoming stronger despite the many challenges they face.

The  activity  was attended by women employees of the provincial government of Negros Oriental headed by co-chair of the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW) Phoebe Tan and focal person for Gender and Development (GAD) program, Josefina Columna.

Tan, in her speech, revealed that women are powerful and educated now because even if they stay at home, they know what’s happening around them locally, nationally, and internationally.

She added that feminism, citing equality for women’s rights, demand change in the human cycle because what would society become without the nurturing half in the family which is the woman.

Tan pointed out that the “winds of change” have shifted from moments to movements in the Philippine culture where women will soon invade the four “moments”, namely: optimism, respect, trust, and intentionality.

The winds of change, according to Tan, speaks of this year’s theme, “We Make Change Work for Women” with a global recognition that “women are a force to reckon with because they are catalyst for change.”

The change that Tan mentioned refers to powerful women who succeeded despite the challenges and hardship they encounter, because the emotional quotient of a woman is so high that it reinforces the “why to live and bear almost any how.”

Lastly, Tan acknowledged that empowered women listen to their inner voice inspiring other women to listen to the voices of other women also, leading women to inspire other women.


INFOGRAPHIC: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

By PIA Negros Oriental


March is Fire Prevention Month. This year, the theme of this annual monthly observance highlights the importance of educating the people on the causes of fire and how they can prevent it.

This year, the theme “Ligtas na Pilipinas, ating hangad, Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sarili Ipatupad” underscores the current administration’s goal to provide a safe and secure community for Filipinos to live in. Moreover, with this theme, the government is stressing the importance of community disaster preparedness.

PIA fire safety

In this light , here are some fire prevention tips to keep your homes and offices safe.



On the other hand, here are some emergency tips to follow in case a fire incident occurs.


Fire Safety Tips

As the entire nation celebrates Fire Prevention Month, we at PIA, invite the public to join in this advocacy and practice fire safety to help keep a secure community for everyone.





December 8 declared as special non-working holiday in PH

By PIA Negros Oriental


Immaculate conception
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)