NegOr PNP, AFP ready for May 13 polls

By Jennifer C. Tilos


PBGEN. Rey Lawas interviewed by the members of the Dumaguete media. (PIA7-NegOr)

A total of 2,692 security personnel are ready to be deployed to 535 voting centers in the province to secure and ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 13 midterm polls.

In a final command conference yesterday with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) presented its security plans especially in election watchlist areas (EWAS).

Brig. Gen. Rey Lawas, Deputy Director for Operation of PNP National Headquarters, reminded the police and military officials to follow Comelec guidelines and remain neutral and apolitical.

“As you presented your security plans it appeared that you are ready, and be sure these are under the guidance of the election officers in your respective areas for smooth implementation of the plan,” said Lawas.

However, the security forces are also advised to be on guard even if the plans are in place.

In a Regional Joint Security Coordinating Center (RJSCC) meeting earlier, PNP identified ten EWAS in the province, namely the municipalities of La Libertad, Bindoy, Siaton, San Jose, Manjuyod, Sta. Catalina, Ayungon, Mabinay, and cities of Guihulngan and Canlaon.

With this, an additional three PNP personnel will be deployed to 78 voting centers under EWAS with a total of 234 police forces.

Lawas cited PNP’s mandate along with the marching orders of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as well the Chief of PNP an AFP to dismantle all private armed groups (PAGs).

However, Central Visayas has no records of PAGs based on Regional Police Office-7 reports, but the Negros Oriental Police Office (NOrPO) reported that communist terrorists may be utilized by the politicians during the election period.

Lawas also reminded members of the security forces to ensure that this year’s midterm election be clean and credible, and the electorates can cast their vote freely without fear or intimidation.

“We also encourage the community to report any police or member of the security force who become partisan kasi pangit tingnan and hindi talaga tama, they will be answerable in the days to come if ever they will be doing it,” Lawas urged.

PNP remains on full alert and assured the public of a safe and secure elections as the troops will be more active and strengthen the campaign against loose firearms, wanted persons, gun for hire groups and violation of Comelec gun ban through service of warrant of arrest and implementation of search warrants during checkpoint operations and police patrol response.

However, in the overall assessment of NOrPO, the peace and order in Negros Oriental remain calm and manageable despite the presence of communist rebels.


DOH gives tips to avoid diseases during dry season

By Roi Lomotan



DOH – Negros Oriental Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor discussing the diseases caused by hot weather condition and DOH’s surveillance program to reduce the health effects of El Niño during a Kapihan Forum held April 30, 2019, at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-Negros Oriental)


The Department of Health (DOH)-Negros Oriental gave tips to avoid diseases that usually occur during the summer season.

The DOH provincial office intensified its information campaign to prevent common illnesses that arise during the dry season in view of the negative impact of the El Niño phenomenon.

DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor reminded the public to practice proper food handling to avoid contamination which could lead to diarrhea, a common disease during the dry season.

Villamor explained that food preparation can be affected by the minimal water supply due to extreme hot weather conditions.

“Of course with the extreme heat, ang atong mga pagkaon dali ra gyud siya ma-spoil. So dapat naa tay proper food handling and preparation. Kung naa tay sobra i-refrigerate dayon. Kung kaunon man balik dapat initon usab before kaunon (With the extreme heat, our food gets spoiled easily. We should practice proper food handling and preparation. Refrigerate leftover food immediately and reheat it before eating it again),” Villamor said.

Another cause of diarrhea is drinking water from contaminated source or containers that are not cleaned properly.

Aside from this, Villamor also advised the public to avoid getting exposed under the heat of the sun for more than three hours and always keep hydrated to avoid the health risks associated with extremely hot weather like heat stroke.

Other common diseases during hot weather conditions are mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, skin diseases among children, and respiratory diseases manifested through coughs and colds.

The DOH official disclosed that the department is monitoring the manifestation of these conditions from the municipal up to the regional level.

“We have the epidemiologic surveillance unit in place from the municipal level up to the regional level. The surveillance officer of the certain municipality will report to the provincial level. The provincial level surveillance team will assist the Local Government Unit in mitigating the increase in the certain disease condition. If they still need the help of the regional office, that’s the time we come in. More or less that is the scenario of what the department is doing to mitigate the expected rise of diseases,” said Villamor.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) – Negros Oriental Chief Meteorologist Neptune Catarata announced that the province is experiencing below normal rainfall condition from March to May this year due to El Niño phenomenon.

Catarata said the weather condition is expected to last until August this year.

Canlaon residents benefit from outreach prog for peace

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A total of 636 residents in Canlaon City benefited from the medical and dental outreach program and other government services jointly conducted by the Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) April 13 at Brgy. Panubigan Gym, Canlaon City.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, commander of the 302nd IB, said as a continuing program, this activity intends to deliver free health services to the constituents of Canlaon especially those who need medical attention.

Bringing the government services and programs closer to the people counteracts the deception of the CPP-NPAs who promised to help the barangay residents, the army officer said.

PNP reported that during the medical outreach, some 227 individuals have availed of free medical consultation, 112 had their tooth extracted, 139 young boys were circumcised, minor surgery of 8 patients, 112 vaccinated with anti-cervical cancer, 220 received vitamins and medicines, 150 kids received dental hygiene kits, and 150 persons had their eyes checked and received eye glasses.


Over 600 residents from eight barangays in Canlaon City have availed free medical and health services in an outreach medical-dental mission conducted by PNP-AFP in Canlaon City. (PIA/Negros Oriental)


On top of the medical services, the team also offered free services of massage therapy for 40 individuals, 121 males had their free haircuts, 45 individuals had their nails manicured/pedicured, distributed 500 pair of slippers and 50 balls of basketball and volleyballs, and 340 children received candies, chocolates and stuff toys.

One of the highlights of the activity is the dialogue with the residents of Canlaon with the representatives of all government agencies involved to disseminate the current programs of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte .

Mayor Jimmy Clerego of Canlaon City said that he is thankful to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP for organizing the activity.

He also emphasized to his constituents that the basic services and all government programs aim to improve the lives of every Filipino.

In the same activity, Police Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, Regional Director of Police Regional Office-7 said “It is very important that you are not only aware of the programs of the government but also you understand what is the truth or not, so that you will not be deceived and exploited by the communist organizations and join the New People’s Army.”

During the open forum, Agrarian Reform Officers discussed the process of land acquisition in which the audience realized that they were only deceived and misled for a long time by the communist organizations like KARAPATAN that tried to organize them and promised to help them.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Engr. Manuel Galon, Jr. of the Operation Division of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) explained the actions by their office and status of the land areas to be subjected to land reform and distribution.

A report from PNP states that “it was found out during exchanges that lawyers of Karapatan and Gabriela organizations that offered their services had different opinions and legal advice that runs contrary on the procedures of DAR.”

It added that these advisers insisted that these farmers will not follow the government office concerned directives and guidelines but to stick to their advices even though these were wrong and unlawful.

Sinas followed up the answers of DAR that the farmers were duped by Karapatan and misrepresented them and muddled the issues that caused the delay of the project implementation.

Other issues raised during the dialogue include the assurance of the PNP and AFP that there is no such list of targets of police and military operations but requested the participants to detach themselves from dubious organizations.

A representative from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Ooffice of Canlaon City explained the important of preserving the watershed of Negros Island and the reasons why tenants inside the reservations were advice to leave and vacate the area.

Some 400 residents including the barangay chairpersons participated in the dialogue or pulong-pulong from the eight barangays of Binalbagan, Pula, Lumapao, Bayog, Aquino, Linohangan, Masulog, and Panubigan all in Canlaon City.