Dgte bishop leads church volunteers in calling for CHAMP elections

By Roi Lomotan



Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete leads the candle lighting ceremony for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections with some 200 Parish Election Volunteers (PEVs) during the Trainer’s Training for PEVs held on April 9, 2019, at Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound, Dumaguete City. (PIA/Negros Oriental)



Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes led Parish Election Volunteers (PEVs) in calling for a Clean, Honest, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) Elections.

Bishop Cortes attended the Trainer’s Training for PEVs spearheaded by the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) on April 9, 2019, at the Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound and addressed some 200 church volunteers serving on Election Day.

The highlight of Bishop Cortes’ short engagement with church election volunteers was the candle lighting ceremony to promote CHAMP elections.

Sa atong pagpasiga sa mga kandila karon, hinumduman nato na matag usa ka nato naay ikatampo alang sa atong mga katawhan karon ug ugma (As we light our candles, let us acknowledge that every one of us has something to contribute something to the betterment of our people today and in the future),” Cortes said.

The prelate also told PEVs not to be discouraged with the level of politicking in the community with the onset of election season.

Cortes thanked PEVs for choosing to serve on Election Day noting that their efforts will leave a positive impact on the community.

“I’d like to thank you for your time. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering to be part of the PPCRV work in your respective parishes,” Bishop Cortes said.

“I admire your tenacity despite the odds and congratulations to you for all your generosity,” he added.

The PEVs who participated in the training are also part of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of their respective parishes.

The trainer’s training is intended for parish coordinators, logistics head, and poll watcher trainers of every parish under the supervision of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

Police Major Jul Jamiri of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Negros Oriental briefed participants on the police security preparations on Election Day while Provincial Election Supervisor Eliseo Labaria of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) explained the role of poll watchers during elections.

Aside from this, PEVs also had a familiarization of the Vote Counting Machine (VCM) that will use on Election Day.

A COMELEC representative presented the new features of the VCM.

Msgr. Julius Heruela, the lead convener of the DEB, also discussed other tasks of PPCRV during elections.

The trainer’s training is part of DEB’s preparations for the May national and local elections.

Heruela cited that after this, every parish will also conduct a training for their members in the first week of May.

The DEB aims to gather around 5, 000 to 6, 000 volunteers who will serve on Election Day.


PNP urges DEB volunteers to coordinate for security

By Roi Lomotan

PMaj. Jul encourages Parish Election Volunteers to coordinate with their respective police stations for security purposes. (PIA7-NegOr)

The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Negros Oriental has encouraged Parish Election Volunteers (PEVs) to coordinate and register with their respective police stations to ensure their safety on Election Day.

PMaj. Jul Jamiri, chief of the PNP Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC) spoke about this during the Trainer’s Training for PEVs held April 9 at the Marian Priests’ Center, this city.

The Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete spearheaded the said activity as part of their preparation for the May 2019 polls.

Jamiri noted that the provincial police office wants to account PEVs serving on Election Day.

“We want to register all of you para ma-check nato if naa namo sa polling center, if kamo ba gyud na, and if recognized ba mo sa DEB para organized tang tanan. Para ma-monitor kamo volunteers (We want to register all of you to check if you have reported to the polling center, verify your identity, and make sure that you are recognized by the DEB. We want to everything to be organized),” Jamiri explained.

“Everyone will be checked in sa command center and everyone will be accounted gikan sa pagsugod hangtod sa paghuman (Everyone will be checked in the command center and everyone will be accounted from the start until the end of elections),” he added.

The police official further clarified that the PNP also wants to make sure that DEB will not be used by anomalous people to get inside polling precincts that’s why they are inviting PEVs and their members to register at their respective police stations.

“Please coordinate with the police. Please give them your names para ihatag pod nla sa amoa sa command center (so that they can also give it to us in the command center),” Jamiri told PEVs.

Around 200 parish coordinators, poll watcher trainers, and logistics heads of every parish under the coverage of the Diocese of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental participated in the training.

Aside from this, Jamiri also shared updates on PNP’s security measures on Election Day.

In this light, the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office will deploy 1, 070 police personnel in voting centers throughout the province to reach the target ratio of two police officers in every voting center.

There are 535 schools throughout the province that will be used as polling centers on May 13.

Moreover, some 234 police officers will also be deployed in areas which they categorized as “critical” for elections.

Jamiri said the PNP has prepared a four layer security with quick reaction forces to be designated in the barangay, municipal, and district levels in addition to the police personnel deployed in polling centers.

Furthermore, PNP collaborated with other law enforcement agencies like the 94th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard to strengthen its security plan on Election Day.

With this Jamiri disclosed around 1, 900 law enforcement officers coming from various agencies will be deployed on Election Day.

Four NegOr TVET grads in Reg’l Skills Competition in Cebu

By Roi Lomotan

Four Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates are representing Negros Oriental in the Regional Skills Competition in Cebu City.

The said competition, which kicked off April 10 and runs until today, is sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

The TVET graduates representing Negros Oriental in the competition include Alvin S. Rebadomia for Cooking (with expert Mishelle P. Sumanoy and assistant expert Jai Jaffrey B. Ligutom) from Teamskills School for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Inc. (TSCAHMI), Edison Villamor for Restaurant Services (with expert Angelo Salvoro and assistant expert Rochelle S. Sabaiton) from Teamskills School for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Inc. (TSCAHMI); Sheldom Jerome D. Tangonan for Welding (with expert Jenor M. Langgam) from Cebu Science of Welding and Skills Development Technology, Inc. (CSWSTI) ; and George Allen P. Subito for Web Design (with expert Shakespeare P. Calibo) from Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT), Inc. – Dumaguete City.

Competitions are held in Banilad Center for Professional Development (BCPD), University of Southern Philippines (USP), and TESDA -7 Regional Training Center.

TESDA-Negros Oriental Public Information Officer Georgette Malagar said these TVET grads were winners of the Provincial Skills Competition held on November 29, 2018 at various TVET institutions in Dumaguete City.

“TESDA-VII initiated the conduct of Regional Skills Competition so as to select the best skilled Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates who are seen to possess potential and are equipped enough to demonstrate competence in their respective chosen qualifications,” Malagar noted.