Sen. Bam Aquino pushes for laws that will support industries in NegOr

By: Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, (PIA)—Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino vowed to push for legislations that will promote and develop industries in Negros Oriental.

In a press conference held recently at Don Atilano Restaurant in Dumaguete City, the newbie senator said to members of local media “We will give support to different industries here that needs extra help whether from (government) agencies or through laws.”

Aquino said he is willing to help institutions that assist small enterprises in the province to grow and he will pass bills that will benefit the different industries in the province.

He noted that trade, commerce and entrepreneurship are his primary advocacies as a senator. He will support any law that are related to trade, commerce or entrepreneurship, “because it’s my commitment.”


Sen. Bam Aquino will push laws for Negros Oriental.
Sen. Bam Aquino will push laws for Negros Oriental.

Aside from this, the newly-elected lawmaker bared he has filed seven pro-poor bills in the Senate that aimed for poverty alleviation and employment opportunities for the youth.


Aquino cited some of these like the Youth Entrepreneurship Bill he filed that aims to engage young people into business. The bill is one of his counter measures for unemployment.


He stressed that a big percentage of the unemployed Filipinos are from the youth sector. Through this bill, the government will provide support facilities for young people for them to engage into entrepreneurship.


Apart from the Youth Entrepreneurship Bill, he also filed Go Negosyo Bill which will give support to micro, small and medium scale enterprise in the country.


Another bill is to strengthen feeding program in elementary schools but the food should be sourced out from the local farmers.


“Most of the bills we passed are focused on anti-poverty (measures),” Aquino said.


Aquino was in Dumaguete City recently for his “Pasasalamat Tour.”  The Senator goes to different provinces in the country where he garnered high votes in the recent May 2013 elections.


To recall, Sen. Aquino got the highest votes and became number one in Negros Oriental during the last senatorial polls.


Sen. Aquino even joke that the province should adopt him since there is no senator in the present Senate roster who is from Negros Oriental.


Meanwhile, apart from the press conference Sen. Aquino also had lunch with Provincial Gov. Roel R. Degamo. On September 7, he is set to visit Siquijor where he also became number one in the last elections. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)


Kapin sa 500 ka estudyante ang nakakuha ug training certificates gikan sa PISTC

By: Leandria P. Pagunsan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) –Mokabat sa kinyentos nobenta y dos (592) ka estudyante ang malamposong naka dawat ug Skills Training Certificate gikan sa Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center (PISTC) atol sa gihimo nga graduation ceremony didto sa Provincial Convention Center bag-ohay pa lamang.

Ang mga estudyanteng mi gradwar malamposon nga naka kuha sa mga kurso nga electrical installation, management NC-ll, machining NC-l, automotive servicing NC-l, automotive servicing NC-ll, shielded metal arc welding NC-l, shielded metal arc servicing NC-ll ug driving NC -ll.

Ang PISTC usa ka institution ubos sa pagdumala sa kagamhanang probinsyal nga ga pang tudlo ug ga bansay sa technical ug vocational nga mga kurso.

Sumala pa ni Edgar Calumpang ang pangulo sa PISTC nga nakiglambigit usab sila sa buhatan sa Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) aron makatabang sa ilang mga estudyante nga maka sulod ug trabaho inig kahuman nila sa ilang kurso.

Mipahibalo si Calumpang nga sa kasamtangan, nanginahanglan ug welders ang Middle East.

Ang PISTC accredited usab sa Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Sa gipahigayon nga graduation ceremony, si Provincial Administrator Arnel Francisco ang mihatag sa mensahe ni Governor Roel R. Degamo.

“My dear graduates, the skills you have can bring improvement to your lives. Use it in your journey towards development. Life is full of challenges however, the PISTC has equipped you with knowledge to face life’s challenges”, matud pa sa mensahe sa gobernador.

Sa laing bahin si Kendrick Villaluz sa Dept of Labor & Employment ang mihatag sa iyang panapos nga mensahe ngadto sa mga estudyante diin iyang gipaambit nga importante ang maayong pamatasan sa pagpangita ug trabaho.

Dugang ni Villaluz nga indigay ang pagpangita ug trabaho apan dili angayan nga ma wad-an ug paglaum kung adunay insakto nga kahibalo ug kwalipikado ang usa ka aplikante ug mas bintaha pa ang adunay maayong kinaiya o pamatasan. (mbcn/LPagunsan/PIA-7NegOr)

NegOr to mark ‘National Peace Consciousness’ celeb

By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) –Negros Oriental is set to join the nation in observing National Peace Consciousness Month this September.

The celebration will kick-off with flag raising rites on September 2 at 8:00 am at the Freedom Park, Capitol Area.

The month-long celebration will be joined by hundreds of local and national government employees, schools, non-government organizations representatives including the police and military personnel during the flag raising ceremony who will simultaneously recite the Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas, followed by the provincial hymn.

To highlight the activity, doves will be released as symbols for peace, after which the multi-sectoral groups are encouraged to sign their names in a “Signature for Peace-Wall of Commitment”.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo will deliver a “message of peace” during the flag-raising ceremony with this year’s theme “Lahat ay Peace-sible.”

Immediately after the program, a press conference will be held with the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the old Session Hall, Provincial Capitol building.

According to Philippine Army 302nd Brigade Deputy Commander Col. Christopher Estella in a meeting recently, September has been declared as the Month of Peace pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 675 issued in 2004 because many of the peace milestones that occurred during the month.

Col. Estella said that on its 10th year observance, PPOC in coordination with the private sector, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders will conduct a series of activities for the month-long activity celebration.

This includes Run or Bike for Peace with town-to-town relay of runners, Peace Forum, medical mission, feeding program, Art for Peace, a parade, and concert for peace to be concluded with ecumenical service and program.

The council also intends to undertake a tree planting activity with the police and military forces at Barangay Tayak, Siaton.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will provide the seedlings.

The peace activities aim to raise awareness on the efforts to engage Negrenses in the peace process and in the search for a just and lasting peace at the countryside. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-NegOr)