THE local government unit (LGU) of Tayasan, Negros Oriental declared a state of calamity on Monday following the damages brought by Tropical Depression Queenie.
Vice Mayor Julius Bromo, in a telephone interview, told Sun.Star that the Municipal Council approved the request of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) to declare a state of calamity so that the executive department can use the five percent calamity fund for rehabilitation.
A BODY was found and retrieved by passenger vessels off Dumaguete City and Siquijor Tuesday morning.
The body was identified as that of Michael Narciso of Bolisong village in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
AT LEAST four persons were confirmed dead and more than 400 houses were flooded in Negros Oriental due to Tropical Depression Queenie, which developed into a storm Friday.
The fatalities were identified as Honeylyn Andales of Cambaye, Tayasan, Negros Oriental; Sonny Boy Deguitos of Maaslum, Ayungon; Luminada Barredo, 76, of Bongbong, Valencia; and Rogen Amarante of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
PROVINCIAL Board Member Arnulfo Teves expressed his intention to file a resolution to ask the management of the government-run Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) for the immediate suspension of a doctor who allegedly slapped a patient’s relative late last week.
Teves, however, clarified that it was just a preventive suspension pending investigation.
THIRTY-FOUR college student leaders from Negros Island became environment ambassadors following the three-day "Binhi Youth Camp (BYC)-Negros," said Energy Development Corporation's (EDC) communications officer Frances Ariola.
He said the campers applied what they learned about Binhi, as they planted premium, indigenous tree species -- "a testament to their commitment to care for the environment."
MEMBERS of the local media in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental have committed to observe "gender-fair treatment."
In a gender-fair media forum and workshop held at the conference room of the Negros Oriental Convention Hotel last Friday, the mediamen assured that they will respect everybody’s gender at all times.
SILLIMAN University inaugurated recently the Simulation Laboratory and Resource Center that features life-size robots and state-of-the-art medical equipment suitable for both clinical and disaster response simulation in a hospital setting.
The new laboratory was made possible through a grant of $500,000 from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad of the United States Agency for International Development (ASHA-USAid).
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS), recently conducted a seminar for the Deputation of Wildlife Enforcement on Republic Act 9147 at the Siquijor State College in Larena, Siquijor.
Some 36 attendees were equipped to function as Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO). They were acquainted on the basics in Search and Seizure and Procedure for Environmental Clearance and arresting/reporting process.
THE Sports Schools Association of Negros Oriental (SSANO) announced last week that Dumaguete City will host this year’s Philippine Collegiate Championship League (PCCL) Visayas eliminations in basketball on October 3, 4 and 5 at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex.
Six teams from Bacolod, Bohol, Ormoc, Tacloban, Iloilo and Dumaguete City will battle with each other to win the chance of representing the Visayas for the PCCL national champions to be held in Manila.
RUNNING priest and chair of Save the Trees National Coalition, Fr. Robert Reyes, strongly advocates to stop cutting of trees to save Mount Talinis being one of the last remaining forests in Negros Oriental.
In a recent environmental forum held at Saint Paul University-Dumaguete City, Reyes addressed a big crowd of students, faculty and staff of the university, environmental advocates and local media to support his advocacy campaign in protecting the environment.
ENERGY Development Corporation (EDC) Southern Negros Geothermal Project (SNGP) has been certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001: 2004 for Environmental Management System by SGS Philippines, under the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (Ukas).
A LIBEL suit filed against a hard-hitting commentator was elevated to the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after the City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause against him.
Charges of libel was filed before the RTC Branch 39, said lawyer Michael Bandal, counsel of Florence Baesa, a newscaster of dyMD FM who sued Joene Cahilog, also known as Rex Santos, a commentator of dyGB FM.
MAYORS from Negros Oriental aired their opposition against the proposed national measure to prohibit individuals from riding tandem on motorcycle.
Senator Vicente Sotto III pushed the measure to solve the criminalities involving motorcycle riding-in-tandem killers.
AT LEAST 500 trees were planted by youth members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Zamboanguita town, Negros Oriental Saturday morning.
The more than 50 officers of the Children Worship Service (CWS) from the local congregation of Dumaguete City drove to Sitio Dumandan in Bangcolotan village to plant 300 mahogany trees and 200 jackfruit and guyabano trees in a land owned by Mansueto Adanza.
BAYAWAN City Councilor Dan Aurella managed to escape an assassination attempt inside the parking area of Silliman Medical Center in Dumaguete City.
Aurella, however, sustained a gunshot wound in his right arm after he accidentally fired his gun.
HARD-HITTING commentator Joene Cahilog, also known as Rex Santos, had asked the Office of the City Prosecutor to dismiss the libel complaint filed against him by anchor commentator Florence Baesa.
Baesa, station manager of dyMD FM, filed a P2-million libel charge against Santos, a blocktimer of dyGB FM.
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl died after she accidentally fell down while holding a kitchen knife.
Jhosaine Diama of Purok 5, Barangay West Balabag, Valencia, Negros Oriental, was proclaimed dead on arrival at the private-run Holy Child Hospital Sunday morning.
A LAWMAKER from Negros Oriental is still optimistic to get projects funded by the National Government despite the absence of the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
Representative Pryde Henry Teves (third district) said lawmakers can still put projects as line items.
THE Negros Oriental II Electric Cooperative (Noreco 2) warned its consumers against bogus employees.
Noreco 2 information officer Sharon Araula urged consumers to be vigilant against swindlers who claimed to be Noreco 2 employees, saying these swindlers introduce themselves as the power firm’s workers by presenting fake identifications cards.
MILITANT group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and its allied groups lambasted the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for making health as his least priority.
Bayan-Negros Oriental chairperson Favian Magallanes expressed apprehensions about the alarming situation of killer diseases like dengue, leptospirosis to include foreign diseases such as Ebola virus, Mers-Cov, among others.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Negros Oriental defended its issuance of permit to Energy Development Corporation (EDC), allowing the latter to cut century-old trees in Valencia, Negros Oriental.
EDC secured permit from the DENR to cut trees to open a road going to the proposed expansion of a geothermal plant, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Charlie Fabre said.
SOME job order (JO) workers of the Provincial Government in Negros Oriental have aired their sentiments over delay in payment of their salaries for two months.
Sources, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said that since the renewal of their contracts last June 30, they did not receive their salaries for the month of July and August. They, though, continue their tasks as prescribed under their contracts, which will expire on December 31, 2014.
PAMPLONA, Negros Oriental -- Residents of Barangay Magsusunog here recently completed their 300-meter farm-to-market road community project that was turned over to the local government unit (LGU) for operation and maintenance.
The road project, worth P1,208,900, is said to benefit more than 284 households in the community alone and two other hinterland barangays that make use of the road to get to the town center.
DUMAGUETE CITY -- Civilian auxiliaries of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are authorized to carry firearms, but only if they are in the company of regular and uniformed police personnel, a police official said.
Senior Superintendent Mariano Natuel, Jr., officer-in-charge of the provincial director of Negros Oriental, has made the clarification in response to queries on whether these auxiliary members of the police force are allowed to carry guns.
BINDOY, Negros Oriental -- A level II gravity-fed water system project was recently turned over to the communities in this town.
The community project was proposed by four barangays including Batangan, Malaga, Nagcasunog and Pangalaycayan, which got prioritized for funding by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
PAMPLONA, Negros Oriental -- Community volunteers and local chief executives of Barangay Simborio here participated in a bamboo planting activity along the banks of Inolocan River to mark the start of the construction of a 100-linear-meter cable footbridge.
Bamboos are known to help prevent soil erosion when planted along river banks and riparian zones, hence, planting bamboo trees would help preserve the cable footbridge constructed in the area.
THE legal counsel of the alleged mastermind in the foiled daytime robbery of a pawnshop in Dumaguete City last year was killed in an ambush Tuesday afternoon in Dalaguete, Cebu province.
Lawyer Noel Archival and two of his escorts were killed while one of the companions was seriously injured following an ambush on the Toyota HiLux vehicle they were riding in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete town in Cebu around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
NEGROS Oriental has joined the entire world in rising for justice in celebration of One Billion Rising 2014 through a series of activities.
The event will kick off with the opening of “Jerstory Exhibit” of women artists and a Women’s Justice Fair at 10:30 a.m. of February 14 at Robinson's Place-Dumaguete.
THE local government of Amlan and Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc. are inviting volunteers to participate in the 7th Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge on February 15-19 in Amlan, Negros Oriental.
This year’s event banners the theme “Kalinga sa Amlan Ngayon-Na!” which focuses on spirit of volunteerism and Bayanihan not only to help building homes but also on preserving the environment, health, community, and children development.
THE Negros Oriental State University (Norsu) president Dr. Don Vicente Real announced Monday that he will recommend to the Board of Regents (BOR) the moving of the start of the school year 2014-2015 to August instead of June.