DTI probes 2 drugstores


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is investigating two drug stores in Dumaguete City and Sibulan town for alleged overpricing of face masks despite the prevailing price ceiling imposed by the Department of Health.

DTI Provincial Director Nimfa Virtucio said the first store was ordered to show cause for overpricing its face masks. Another store is slapped with formal charges for selling an ordinary face mask as N95, which has a protection factor of five capable of filtering out all but five percent of harmful particles in the air, thus more expensive. (By Jennifer C. Tilos)


DA-7 sets stricter border control in NegOr vs ASF
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 7 has set precautionary measures through stricter border control and preparedness of African Swine Fever (ASF) to ensure the province remains free from ASF.

Regional Executive Director Salvador Diputado of DA-7 presented the consequences of ASF to about 100 stakeholder-participants in a forum held recently in Dumaguete City. “Our traders and pig raisers should coordinate their business activities with the local government units to harmonize efforts for the protection of the local hog industry,” said Diputado.  LGUs and other stakeholders are urged also to conduct crisis management team meetings for every town and city.

Pag-IBIG  Loyalty Card Plus
By Roi Lomotan

The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund branch here is encouraging its members to apply for a Loyalty Card Plus and enjoy privileges in partner business establishments in the city.

Pag-IBIG Fund Dumaguete City Branch Head Julio Carmel Alfarero said holders of the Loyalty Card Plus can avail of freebies in their partner establishments in the city such as additional free meal at Gerry’s Grill for orders reaching 1,000 and five to 40 percent discount when buying Pfizer medicines in drug stores. Aside from the perks that cardholders can enjoy with the Loyalty Card Plus, Alfarero emphasized it is important that members should have this because it serves as an identification card and cash card at the same time.

BBK opens dialogue anew w/ security sector
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Bantay Bayanihan sa Kapayapaan (BBK) Negros Oriental core group has opened up once again a space of dialogue to address the gap between local security forces and civil society groups in the province.

BBK Convenor Marietta “Baby” Jambora convened the group to continue its joint initiatives in pursuing security sector reforms. It is noted that achieving and maintaining the peace is not only for security sector alone but also a civilian’s battle. Under Executive Order No. 70, BBK is a “whole of nation” approach involving the cooperation of various sectors to end local communist armed conflict and enable the general public at the local level to communicate directly with local security forces and local government.

 NOPH using P10-M for Malasakit Center
By Roi Lomotan

The Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) is now using P10-M as replenishment fund for the operations of its Malasakit Center (MC).

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go led the turnover of the check to NOPH administration in a ceremony held at the hospital grounds recently. In his message, Go encouraged patients to avail of the services of the Malasakit Center to help them with their hospitalization expenses. The senator also pledged to provide additional P5-M as medical assistance for indigent patients.