Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Digital Dumaguete winds up exhibits, job fair

Metro Post
March 26 - April 1, 2006 issue

The Foundation University Computer Studies department, in cooperation with the Department if Science & Technology recently concluded a three-day annual exposition dubbed “Digital Dumaguete”. This year’s theme was “The future is at your fingertips”.

The activity kicked off with a web cast with Rex Maxiillan, an ArchiCad expert based in Hawaii. This was followed by the opening of the carious booths that joined the expo: Canon Marketing Philippines, AAC Tech, DGTech, Algorithm, Emcor, CAL Philippines, Mozcom Eide Format, Odlanoid, Octagon/IT Outlook, ASTI, CVISNet, Geoplan, TAPI, and DOST.

A series of lectures and product demonstrations were also conducted by the participating companies and government agencies. Student from all over Oriental Negros got the chance to listen to personalities who are experts in the field as they discussed about the latest in the world of technology.

During the Digital Dumaguete, the FU College of Nursing also took part in the event by conducting a Health Fair.

The highlight of the “Digital Dumaguete” was a job fair conducted in the cooperation with the Guidance & Counseling office. The international companies who participated in the job fair were SPI Technologies based in Bacong, Teletech based in Dumaguete, Entheos IT Inc., iCom International, and Island Merchants Corp.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Negros Oriental tops MDG program

By Victor L. Camion
Sun Star Dumaguete
March 26, 2006 issue

NEGROS Oriental topped all provinces in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations, said a screener of the Galing Pook Foundation who visited Dumaguete City recently.

Luz Lopez Rodriguez was in the province to monitor if the province sustained its program that adapted the MDG.

MDG is a global commitment to address the concerns of the world's poor.

The millennium goals include ensuring that every boy and girl gets a primary education, reducing child and maternal mortality, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and reducing by half the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.

The Millennium Declaration adopted five years ago, committed world leaders to "spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty."

Rodriguez said Negros Oriental has successfully reduced its child and maternal mortality rate and empowered the women population. Governor George Arnaiz said the gains were made through the inter-LGU-NGO partnership in health care delivery. "If we make the women strong, the men become stronger," the governor told Rodriguez. The Galing Pook evaluator also noted that the Provincial Board, through Board Member Mariant Escaño-Villegas passed an ordinance to support the programs strengthening women's right. Moreover, she said, the Provincial Government had allotted millions of pesos for scholarship grants to the poor but deserving children to ensure that everybody gets primary education. The United Nations International Children's Education Fund, through the sixth Country Program for Children, has helped the province continue its program to open day care centers in the hinterland areas to bring education closer to the children.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


'Mission accomplished!' -- Guv

by Edmund Sestoso
Metro Post
February 19-24, 2006

“A lot has changed since I gave my first address in 1999.”

That was how Gov. George P. Arnaiz opened his twice-cancelled eight State-of-the-Province Address Thursday that underscored the gained of his administration since he assumed the governorship in 1999 and his optimism for more accomplishments in the future.

“Today, Oriental Negrenses are getting more productive and optimistic of the future,” declared the governor before Capitol and line government officers, business and civic sectors representatives, and member of the Provincial Board that packed the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall.

Titled Now is Not the Time to Stop, the 45-minute SOPA underscored five major points the Arnaiz administration accomplished in the past eight years namely: major awards for excellence in local governance, the Buglasan Festival, exposure trips, the accomplishments of his 2005 11-point development agenda, and sectoral achievements.

For the provincial government’s three successive Galing Pook Awards, the Province received the Award for Continuing Excellence in local governance from the Galing Pook Foundation.

The ACE award is the highest recognition given to a local government unit for successive wins in the Galing Pook Awards and sustaining the programs.

Under Arnaiz’s administration alone, Negros Oriental won the Inter-LGU-NGO Partnership in Health Care Delivery in 2003, the Barangay Agricultural Development Center in 2004, and the Gulayan at Palaisdaan Alay sa Kabataan Program last year.

Previous to the three awards, Negros Oriental received two others-Community-Based Resource Management Program in 1994 and Community-Based Primary Hospital Project in 1995 under then Gov. Emilio Macias II.

The other awards the province received last year were the 2005 Crown Award for its nutrition program, the governor’s selection as Most Outstanding Silliman Award in Public Service and the 2005 Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence, recognition as Best Province in Project Implementation, Financial Management, & Monitoring by the European Union, and plaques of recognition from the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs, and the provincial governors’ League of the Philippines.

Last year’s Buglasan Festival was the biggest in terms of events and participation and the most attended provincial event of the year that gained the province international exposure through ABS-CBN’s the Filipino Channel, print media, and international television network Living Asia.

“As a result of our Oriental Negros is now included as the official travel destination of the Cebu and Bohol tour operators, agents, and travel agencies.

Exposure trips

On international exposure, Sibulan’s Yagyag Festival, through the Department of Tourism joined the World Exposition in Aishi, Nagoya Japan in September last year.

A week later, Vice Gov. Jose Baldado headed a delegation composed of Provincial Board Members Henry Pryde Teves and Erwin Macias and officials from Negros Occidental to an international congress in Australia on organic farming systems and observed the cattle industry there.

The trip was in line with the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development that aims to make the island an organic center For agriculture and livestock industry in Asia.

The following month, on invitation of 3rd District Cong. Herminio G. Teves, the Governor, along with BM Henry Teves went on an exposure trip to China to observe the latest sugar farming and ethanol manufacturing technologies.

“These foreign travels enabled the administration to forge ties and gain insights,” Arnaiz said.

11-point agenda

The 11-point development agenda he outlines in his 2005 SOPA were accomplished almost all in record time and surpassed the targets set for that year, the governor said.

The agenda covered the construction of the 100-seater Provincial Convention Center which us ongoing non-stop, tourism development, increased farm productivity and family income through GPAK and BADC, road network, hospital building renovation, funds for the welfare of children, the elderly, and physically-handicapped through the 6th Country Program for Children of UNICEF, a child-minding center and drug store for senior citizens; funds for the Third Elementary Education 7 Secondary Education Programs, additional high schools in San Jose and Pamplona, improved provincial water and sanitation project with the help of the German Development Service, skills training program through the creation of the Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center, and more BADC sites.

Sectoral highlights

In agriculture, rice yield last year went up to 61,353 metric tons compared to 59,798 in 22004 while corn harvest rose to 73,062 metric tons compared to 70,252 metric tons in 2004.

Likewise, vegetable production increased by 10 percent from 7,184 in 2004 to 7,952 metric tons last year.

In three more areas of development, Negros Oriental signed an agreement with Negros Occidental to set up NISARD, a project that aims to transform Negros Island into an export processing zone of organic produce and an organic food basket of Asia; successfully grew garlic in Vallehermoso that exceeded the national target; and introduced vermiculture in BADC areas.

Plans for 2006

For 2006, Governor Arnaiz committed his administration to a 13-point agenda on continuing and sustaining the delivery of health services that includes the implementation of a P93 million European Union Grant to improve hospital and rural health unit facilities, the nutritional status of children, the supplementation for Grade 1 pupils in 10 pilot municipalities, agricultural productivity, existing livelihood programs, and the Solar Home System province-wide.

Likewise, the Provicne will help provide a more efficient transport system in Dumaguete by building a bus terminal for northbound buses, complete the Provincial Convention Center by September in time for its hosting of the first International Convention of Tour Operators.

He also plans to speed up the mobility of products and people by extending Highway 2000 or the Provincial Trans-Central Highway linking Mabinay, Tayasan to Himamaylan road, La Libertad, Guihulngan, and open more roads and bridges.

Arnaiz also pushed for the creation of a Negros Island Ports Authority, the privatization of the Buglasan Festival, the implementation of the Blood Donation Program, and the continuation of the Province’s support to the Gawad Kalinga Housing Project in the municipalities.

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