NegOr eco-tourism hub

23rd UNIGAMES opens today post Buglasan. About 40 colleges and universities from around the country including De La Salle College of St. Benilde, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines- Dilliman have confirmed participation to the 23rd University Games that is set to be opened today by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo at the City Hall frontage. Unlike in previous years, UNIGAMES is not timed with Buglasan’s main highlights that ended yesterday.


This year’s celebration of Buglasan Festival in Negros Oriental reflects the provincial government’s commitment to make the province a premier eco-tourism destination.

Buglasan Festival Co-Chair Dr. Nichol Elman explained that this year’ theme: “Enhancing Initiatives Towards Eco-Tourism Destination” is a call for cooperation to improve the province’s top tourist attractions. Elman added that the theme this year is a reinforcement to the theme last year which highlights the provincial government’s vision to make Negros Oriental an eco-tourism hub by 2025.


Outstanding BPOCs, tanods
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Provincial Government Unit (PLGU) of Negros Oriental and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently recognized the most outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOCs) and Tanod Teams and awarded cash prizes for their initiatives at attining peace and order.

Barangays Motong of Dumaguete City, Sta. Monica of Manjuyod, and Poblacion, Amlan received Php50,000 cash each as first prize winners in three categories as component city, 1st-3rd class municipality, and 4th-6th class municipality, respectively. Barangays Mabigo, Canlaon City; Puhagan, Valencia; and Poblacion, Valencia won in their respective categories.

“TokHang” personalities missing
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Dumaguete City Philippine National Police (PNP) had identified 1,040 drug users and pushers in the city, but only 974 surrendered to the PNP in the first months of the Toktok-Hangyo (TokHang) operations.

City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda said that in January this year, they tried to track down the 66 others in the list and found out that 23 have already surrendered, nine arrested, 29 have left the city or were non-residents anymore, or some have since died. Of the remaining 66 pushers or users in the Tokhang list of the Dumaguete City PNP, five have died and 34 could no longer be located. In a series of follow-up operations from January to June, police records showed that five of the drug users or pushers in the list are already deceased in shootouts or of natural causes.

2 employers pay P1.39M

The Social Security System (SSS) will collect more than P1.39 million worth of unpaid con tributions and penalty following the conviction of two delinquent employers by two branches of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said Quezon City RTCs convicted Luz Espiritu of Espiritu Petron Service Station and Rosita Agustin of Ruther Fish Dealer for non-remittance of SSS contributions, which is a clear violation of Republic Act 8282 or Social Security Act of 1997, commonly referred to as the SS Law. As of October 2017, the financial liability of the accused ballooned to over P1.25 million based on the Statement of Account Details provided by SSS.

SSS self-employed dues

The Social Security System (SSS) has reminded self-employed and voluntary members to pay their monthly contributions using the Payment Reference Number (PRN) to ensure instantaneous posting to their accounts.

SSS clarified that it will only accept payments without PRN only on exceptional basis like in cases of members who have limited access to the internet. Members paying without PRN will be asked to provide their mobile numbers for updating of their records in the agency’s database. SSS will send their PRNs for the succeeding schedule of contribution payments to the mobile number they have registered.