PRRD joins the Buglasan Festival 2017

By Roi Lomotan

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President Rodrigo Duterte graces the opening ceremony of Buglasan Festival in Negros Oriental. (PIA7-NegOr)


President Rodrigo Duterte’s arrival at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center, Dumaguete City was the highlight of the opening ceremony of Buglasan Festival 2017 held on Oct. 13, 2017.

The Buglasan Festival is Negros Oriental’s premier cultural festivity participated by the province’s  six component cities and 19 municipalities.

Dubbed as Negros Oriental’s  “Festival of festivals,” The Buglasan Festival features different cultural presentations and competitions and also tourism and agri-fair booths designed by each local government unit in the province.

This year, the festivity carries the theme “Transforming NegOr in to an Eco-Tourism hub by 2025” which highlights the provincial government’s vision to promote the province as a premier eco-tourism destination with its tourist attractions that are related to nature and adventure.

Thousands of Negrenses were inside the venue of the opening ceremony to watch President Duterte arrive and deliver his speech as seen in these photos:




President Rodrigo then delivered his message to Oriental Negrenses. Towards the end of his speech, he said  shared this messages to the crowd.

“May this occasion foster solidarity and camaraderie as we take part in realizing the country’s potentials.”


“Hand in hand,  let us lay a new foundation by which we will build a better nation. Join us in achieving our vision for a more comfortable and productive life for every Filipino.”



Click to watch President Duterte’s speech during the opening ceremony of Buglasan Festival


Here are other photos of President Duterte’s visit in Dumaguete City:

L-r: Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo, OPAV Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, President Rodrigo Duterte and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo.
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President Duterte addresses Oriental Negrenses.
President Rodrigo Duterte (center) takes a group photo with OPAV Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino (3rd from left),  former MMDA chair Francis Tolentino (second from right), and some local chief executives of Negros Oriental.
President Rodrigo Duterte hands over the Outstanding Oriental Negrense Posthumous Award for Law and Jurisprudence for the late former Supreme Court Chief Justice Felix Makasiar to Cynthia Makasiar-Sikat, daughter of the recipient during the opening ceremony of the Buglasan Festival.



PIA conducts 2nd Ugnayan Forum in NegOr

By PIA-Negros Oriental

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The second Ugnayan forum in Negros Oriental was attended by members of the farmer-fisherfolks’ association, women’s groups, barangay captains and other local officials in Sibulan town. Photo Shows Mayor Jose Abiera giving his speech. (PIA7-NegOr)


Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – 7 holds an Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress Multi-Sectoral Forum in Negros Oriental for the second time.

The Ugnayan Forum was held on June 29, 2017 at Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall in Sibulan town attended by members of farmers and fisherfolks’ association, women’s group, barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and other local officials of Sibulan.

Unlike in the first Ugnayan Forum that was held last April at Silliman University which featured lectures about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Freedom of Information (FOI) and NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, this time, the discussions were focused on livelihood programs for the aforementioned sectors and disaster preparedness in the barangays.


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The panel of resource speakers and guests for the Ugnayan Forum


The panel of speakers who delivered lectures on government’s livelihood programs are Department of Agriculture (DA) Provincial Coordinator for its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental Rico Sienes, DA  Program for Unified Lending to Agriculture (PUNLA) Provincial Coordinator for Negros Oriental and Siquijor Maria Korraine Tobias and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) Assistant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Glenuel Joyce Nuñez and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.



The programs presented during the forum are DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program and the Program for Unified Lending for Agriculture, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.


Also giving their messages during the event were PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and Sibulan Vice-Mayor Marcela Bartoces.


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PIA-Negros Infocen Manager gives a message



PIA-Negros Oriental Information Manager Jenny Tilos gave the closing message for the event. She thanked the guests for sharing their programs to the participants of the forum she also expressed her gratitude to the  participants for coming to the event.


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PIA launches Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

By PIA Negros Oriental

Here’s a look of the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal before the launching activity


Traveling to Cebu via Sibulan-Lioan route? Don’t forget to drop by at the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal.

The Info Kiosk contains different information materials about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and other government materials which you can read while waiting for your boarding time. All the reading materials are free so you get some and take it with you when you travel.

The PIA Information Kiosk was opened yesterday.  This is the second Information Kiosk launched in Negros Oriental. The first one opened last March at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete City

Here are some snippets of the launching:


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PIA Information Kiosk launch at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen (center) lead the ribbon cutting and launching ceremony of the PIA Information Kiosk. Joining them are PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos and Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing of San Antonio De Padua Parish in Sibulan.



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PIA-7 OIC Regional Director Fayette Riñen gives her speech


PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen explains the PIA Information Kiosk is an avenue in raising awareness on the significance, relevance and positive impacts of ASEAN to Filipinos especially as the Philippines assumes the chairmanship of the ASEAN Summit and related meetings this year.

Apart from being a platform to promote ASEAN but also an effective outlet to disseminate programs of government from the regional line agencies down to the local government units.

“You can use this to display your information materials and let the people know about your programs, services, and projects. This is also a way of reporting to the people what the government is doing for us,” Riñen said.

“We hope that the people using this port will also take time to read the information materials that are on display here,” she added

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Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera delivers his message


Meanwhile, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera thanked PIA for putting up an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port. He said there are more than 1,000 passengers entering the seaport daily.

Mayor Abiera also cited that with the installation of an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port, the objective to have an empowered people through information is now within capacity.


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Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili gives his speech.


On the other hand, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili also lauded PIA for  this endeavor. He says the location of the Info Kiosk is strategic as it is identified as one of the busiest ports in the province.

“The establishment of the information booth is very timely especially with the security concerns we are facing these days. This could help very well in informing our people regarding updates on security and safety,” Atty. Pinili said.



Barangay Captains of Sibulan, representative from partner agencies, other officials of LGU-Sibulan and some members of the media participated in the kiosk launching.

Watch the video for more highlights: