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Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria led the cutting of ribbon during the SSS AlkanSSSya Grand launching and MOA Signing on Tuesday, April 7,2015 at the Robinson’s Mall. With him are SSS Officials SVP Atty. Eddie Jara, SSS OIC-AVP Raul Casiano, ISG President Amalia Tolentino and BJMP C/Inspector Rosalina Malahay and BJMP Staff with Informal Sector Groups in the City (PIO)
Dumaguete has reached its highest peak in
terms of cases involving abused women
and children, now up by six times based
on last year’s figure.
The figure showed that in 2013 there were
only 13 reported cases involving women and children
in the city but went as high as 85 in 2014, according
to Whelma Villanueva, who is officer in
charge of the Children Protection Unit (CPU) of
Of the number, 20 are sexually abused children
and seven of them are incest cases.
The CPU was purposely established by the city
government to assist children and women victims
of sexual abuse, and other forms of abuse including battering, so that interview with the victim is conducted in
just one setting with representatives from the womens’
desk, the police, city social welfare office, the city health
office and other agencies involved to avoid a traumatic
experience of the victim. In this setup processing of the
information can be fasttracked and would lead to the immediate
apprehension of the suspects.
Villanueva attributed the increase in the reported
cases of abuses against women and children to the massive
information dissimination about pertiment provisions
of a number of laws that protect women and children conducted
by agencies involved...
This apparent childish tug of war among capitol
officials between the executive and legisla
tive department politicians is doing a disservice
to the people who are the ultimate losers.
For instance, project implementations are delayed
because there is an apparent confusion as to
who will sign the checks for the projects which were
transferred to the office of the vice governor but the
governor blocks, if not delays, the same because it is
the executive department which implements all
projects, not the provincial board. Therefore there is
an apparent stalemate.
Truth of the matter is all politics. Governor
wants to be party-less thinking he can win elections
that way, as he did, since he can infiltrate all camps
with minimal funding. So he wants to amass as much
budget which he can (legally) use for the people to
gain political mileage. So the provincial board
opposition camps are blocking Degamo’s political
interests, in the name of exercising WITH
PRUDENCE the power of the purse. So, on which
side are you now?
The timely tip of well-meaning,
if not intel-planted people
within the pier area has foiled
what could have been the start
of an unhampered smuggling of rice
from Mindanao into our province.
There were a series of attempts by
small boats (batil) to smuggle five thousand
sacks of illegally imported rice
from the backdoor to the detriment of
Who are the usual suspects? Of
course those who sell the stuff in the
markets. And if only to foil future attempts
on this multi million enterprise
if allowed to flow unabated, we challenge
the eleven rice cartel businessmen
who control the industry in this
province to plant intelligence agents
under their payroll to report any future
attempt to re-enter smuggled rice
thru our small pier.
I would like to convey my sincere thanks to Fr.
Lean Purcell, CSSR for his feedback and comment
to my brief article on Pedophilia on Feb. 8, 2015
issue. That very article was written a number of years
ago when an actual report of a foreign national was
sued in court for molesting some children both boys
and girls. He invited them to his place and gave them
something to eat, took some pictures and brought
them to swim in private beaches...
Legacy of service It is always a joy
most especially if
they are shared by young
people whose life stories
and experiences serve to
inspire others as well.
Celebrating another national
holiday last Thursday,
which is “Araw ng
Kagitingan,” brings to
mind ordinary, everyday
heroes who, although not
EVERY DAY HEROES
ACTION A very nice local
Silliman University and
one of Dumaguete’s
leading citizens, got
together with a group of
friends and submitted to
me a short list of
grievances they thought
I should write about in the
newspaper. This was my
It is nice that you all
think I can solve problems....