GWAVE launches VAWC media plugs amid pandemic


The Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploi-tation (GWAVE) in partnership with Avon Phil-ippines has launched its project dubbed #IsolatedNotAlone through video and radio plugs to heighten awareness on violence against women (VAW) and girls in the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

GWAVE Executive Director Katheleen del Socorro said the lockdown may have increased the number of cases of domestic violence, thus the Kontra Abuso Hotline is part of the groups’ project where victims of domestic abuse can seek help through call and text via the following numbers: 0915 259 3029, 0999 576 6679, or 422 8405. Del Socorro said the quarantine may lead to an increase of domestic violence and abuse of women and children because quarantine or staying-at-home make it difficult for victims to go out of their homes to seek help. (By Jennifer Catan-Tilos)


NOIATF: Secure all travel requirements before tickets
By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

The Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NOIATF-EID) has reiterated its request to airlines not to sell tickets to passengers if they lack documents that local governments require as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

Most local government units (LGUs) in the province require the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) other documents like a letter of acceptance or coordination from the LGU and RT-PCR negative result.  With that, Dumaguete City’s IATF again reminded passengers whose ultimate destination is Dumaguete City to comply with the requirements before purchasing a plane ticket, namely: Medical Clearance Certificate issued by the City/Municipal Health Office of the place of origin, Travel Authority issued by the JTF CV Shield (Philippine National Police), Negative RT-PCR test result (valid 72 hours after the test result release date), Certificate of Acceptance from the city, and to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival in a facility designated for the purpose.

Crime Prevention Week highlights public safety
By Roi Lomotan

The observance of the National Crime Preven-tion Week (NCPW) highlights public safety in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Negros Oriental Provincial Officer Atty. Jose Allan Comon disclosed that the agency had to do away with the regular face-to-face activities in its observance of NCPW this year due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año, who is also the chair of NAPOLCOM made a directive to set measures that would promote public safety and sustainable livelihood development to the community amid the threats posed by Covid-19 crises.

PNP underscores commitment to solve shooting incidents in NegOr
By Roi Lomotan

The Philippine National Police Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (PNP-NOrPPO) remains committed to solving the series of shootings incidents in the province.

PLTC. Marcial Yanguas of PNP-NOrPPO underscored this during a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum in observance of National Crime Prevention Week.  “With regards naman sa shooting incident, hindi naman po overnight na mahuman. It takes time. Aside from that, kinahanglan gihapon nato ng involvement ng community. Most of the cases ang napoproblema natin is yung witness nato. Iyon ang nagiging problem. The investigator is working on progress (With regards to shooting incidents, it is not solved overnight. It takes time. Aside from that, we also need the involvement of the community. The problem in most of the cases is the lack of witnesses. The investigators are working on the progress of the cases),” said Yanguas.