Parishioners and students from Negros Oriental and Leyte recently participated in disaster preparedness trainings conducted in partnership with Smart Communications.
Close to 100 members of the clergy and lay people from the Diocese of Dumaguete attended Smart’s #SafePH training held in Ayungon, Negros Oriental.
The activity is part of Smart’s ongoing #SafePH series of disaster preparedness trainings to help build the capacity of communities during calamities.
The training was facilitated by Dr. Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo), and Louie Domingo of Emergency Management Center.
Daep shared information on weather disturbances and the possible effects of earthquake and other hazards. There is still no proven scientific way to predict earthquakes, so it is important to make preparedness a way of life, according to Daep.
He also taught the participants how to develop project proposals for disaster mitigation in their own communities.
Domingo, meanwhile, taught the participants what to do before, during, and after a calamity and shared practical survival tips, from how to apply first aid and what to put in their emergency kits or “e-balde,” to how to protect themselves in times of danger.
The training was set just after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Luzon and the Visayas in April.
In March, about 800 students of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) in Tacloban City also participated in a 2-day TNT Tropang Ready activity initiated by Smart. Resource speakers from the academe and local authorities shared with the students information about hazards and safety tips.
TNT Tropang Ready is a program that tours schools nationwide to help enhance the preparedness of the youth and develop them into preparedness ambassadors in their own communities. The program includes a series of talks, workshops, and teaching sessions integrated in their educational curriculum.
Smart promotes the culture of preparedness in communities with the help of technology as part of its #SafePH advocacy. It has initiated mobile solutions such as the Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS) with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and community caravans for the youth, families, and members of the Church, in the company’s efforts toward resilience.
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Weddings are often the most expensive occasions that couples would spend or splurge whatever funds they have, but to a Negros Oriental couple, they chose an eco-friendly wedding theme that symbolizes their love for nature.
A Facebook user named Pi Ib-ib, who shared the wedding photos of her cousin Audre Kohinor Ramirez and Jan Valense Geconcillo.
The couple decided to have an eco-friendly theme for their wedding reception held at Barangay Obat, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
On her shared photos, banana leaves were used as plates and bamboo as drinking cups and straw. The food were native delicacies and fruits; all were placed in “bilaos”.
In our interview with the bride’s cousin, she said that the husband and wife are “nature lovers” and are currently working for an NGO. Both were raised by a single parent and they got from their parents the love for the environment and became advocates as well.
The couple has chosen the “farm wedding concept” for it is less expensive and they wanted it to be a “Zero plastic” celebration. That is why with the help of their relatives and friends, they use banana leaves and bamboos to make their eating utensils.
The couples also requested that they prefer to receive agricultural plants as their wedding gifts. Somebody gifted them with an agricultural land where they intend to plant all their wedding gifts.
A lot of people have dogs and cats as pets. Some may prefer cute and small animals such as bunnies and hamsters. But there are others who likes to live an edgy life and go with spiders and snakes.
But in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, a man went viral, not because he has a pet goat, but because that certain goat acts like a dog. It follows his owner around and even proceeded to showcase tricks that people would normally see being done my dogs.
In the video, a man’s goat followed him to a bakery wherein he brought some bread. As soon as he got a hold of the food, the goat stood on its hind legs to ask some from its master. The man gave the goad a few pieces before they headed out of the bakery.
It did not end there as the goat jumped on his owner’s motorcycle and waited for him to hop on. When he finally got on it, the goat stood on its hind legs again and finally grabbed by the shoulders.
Grave to guys..akala nyo guys aso lng kaya gumawa nito…pero mas magaling to mga tol ..isang kambing tol..panoorin nyo mga tol…
Posted by Gen O'neil Cisneros Valiao on Thursday, November 8, 2018
The video has reached more than 8.8 million views and almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.
Newborn twin girls from Datagon, Negros Oriental were found on the side of the road after being thrown out of a moving car.
It was believed that the mother was riding the car and decided to throw her babies out.
The twins were rescued after local residents heard the cries coming from a grass patch at the road side. One of the twins incredibly survived but the other dies. The latter was said to have looked smaller and weaker and was already unconscious to the point that her skin had turned pale gray.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
One of the babies’ rescuers said that “The little girls were so beautiful, so small and so fragile. I could not believe when we found them.
“One girl was not breathing but the other was stronger, she had a good color and was moving around. She looked like she was crying out to people for help.
“I cannot understand how a mother can do this to her children. This will haunt her every day for the rest of her life.”
Another rescuer added that it seemed like the babies were not there for a long time and the mother just disappeared quickly.
The one surviving girl was taken into the maternity ward and has been under observation for the past week.
Dumaguete was named by The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) as the best place to retire in the Philippines in 2018.
PRA marketing head Mervin Magbuhat shared that it is the first-ever city in the Visayas to have been named as the Best Retirement Area Deemed as Retiree-Friendly (RADAR).
Representatives from the PRA came to the city on Wednesday, August 8 and handed the award to the Dumaguete City Government‘s Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo.
The city was said to score 87.48% based on the criteria made by the United Nations, International Living, World Health Organization, among other organizations around the world. Factors considered included cost of living, friendliness of locals, climate, health care, peace and order, among others.
Magbuhat stated that 255 out of 300 retirees in the province lives in Dumaguete. “Tiningnan po namin ang number of retirees na nandito and figures showed that it’s been growing up. A dominating number of our retirees from Negros Oriental are living in Dumaguete,”
Adding to this, he said that the people of Dumaguete can expect more investors and stakeholders involved in the retirement and tourism industires in the city. Not only that, the number of foreign retirees are also expected to rise in the city in the next few years.
“We also interviewed some of retirees here and they said a lot of good things about Dumaguete,”
The marketing head said that Philippines is also the most Googled country in the world when it comes to retirement.
As of June 2018, the country has 56,432 foreign retirees, who are all holders of the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa.