NegOr studes warned vs. illegal drugs, terrorism


Philippine Army troopers of the 302nd Infantry Brigade (IB) continue to visit schools to advise students to avoid illegal drugs and stay away from terrorism.

The ‘Achiever Troopers’ led by Brigade Commander Col. Noel Baluyan of the 302nd IB cautioned the nearly 500 students including teachers of Diaz College in Tanjay City against the harmful effects of illegal drugs and terrorism. According to Capt. Khadaffy Tawantawan, information officer designate of 302nd IB, the activity intends to isolate the youth from the deceptive recruitment strategy of the communist terrorist groups. (By Jennifer C. Tilos)


Dgte cops intensify crime hot pursuits
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Dumaguete City Police Office has reported there are 548 more crimes in 2019 than in 2018, representing a 31.15 percent increase.

The increase in crime volume in 2019 compared to 2018 was, however, attributed to the pro-active approach of the city police in engaging would-be criminals. During the City Peace and Order Council meeting, Acting Chiefof- Police Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon Jr. reported that the crimes committed in 2019 reached 2,307 compared to 1,759 in 2018.

Gov’t clarifies mamas’ 105-day maternity leave
By Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminds government agencies to grant claims for benefits under Republic Act No. 11210, also known as the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law, to women who gave live childbirth, or sufferred miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy on March 11, 2019 and thereafter.

R.A. 11210 took effect on 11 March 2019 and thus applies to instances of live childbirth, miscarriage, or emergency termination of pregnancy that occurred starting from said date. The CSC, Department of Labor and Employment, and Social Security System recently issued a joint clarificatory statement explaining that the date of effectivity of the law is 15 days after the publication of R.A. 11210 in a newspaper of general circulation. The law was published on February 23, 2019.

Silliman community marks Women’s Month somberly
By Jennifer C. Tilos

Silliman University (SU) joined the National Women’s Month celebration this March by holding some activities including gender sensitivity and diversity training in its units and departments.

In line with this annual celebration, SU reiterated its continuing commitment to advancing women’s rights as part of the worldwide observance of International Women’s Day on March 8 which galvanizes support for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The university, to prompt awareness, also publishes infographics about Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act which was signed in April 2019.

PCOO reports on; COVID-19 in PH

We continue to enjoin the public to remain calm as the Department of Health (DOH) continues to attend to the new confirmed cases of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported and address the implications of the country’s confirmed local transmissions.

The DOH continues to be proactive in addressing the confirmed cases and containing the spread of the virus. It is also in touch with the Office of the President in monitoring the developments. With the confirmed local transmission, the Department of Health has raised its alert to Code Red Sub-Level 1 and has recommended for President Duterte to declare a Public Health Emergency in order to fast track needed concerted actions and logistics to address the outbreak.