NOCCI - NEGROS ORIENTAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY INC

NOCCI NIR Position Paper

NOCCI - NEGROS ORIENTAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY INC

The following publication of the NOCCI was sent to us by BM Ikay Villanueva.

NOCCI NIR Position Paper

NEGROS ORIENTAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY INC.

NOIPC Bldg., Capitol Area, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Tel. No. (035) 226-1036, 422-0243   Email address: noipc@buglas.com

1-NEGROS  ISLAND  REGION  INITIATIVE

  POSITION PAPER ON ECONOMIC BENEFITS/IMPACT ON  POVERTY  INCIDENCE

 

Ever since Negros Oriental became a part of Region 7, its poverty incidence for the past 10-15 years has relatively remained unchanged. In fact, based on the poverty statistics obtained from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) for the 10-year period from 2003 to 2012, Negros Oriental was consistently the poorest province in Region 7 and consistently in the Top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines with poverty incidence ranging from 41% to 52%.  In 2003 alone, the 5 poorest municipalities in Region 7 were all located in Negros Oriental with poverty incidence ranging from 61.4% to 65.7%.

Meanwhile, Cebu City and Tagbilaran City, the capital cities of Cebu and Bohol, respectively, have been consistently in the Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines, based on the biennial survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy center (2009,2011).

However, what is now alarming to the business sector is the fact that due to the continued inequitable allocation of scarce national government resources at the Regional Development Council-Region VII, poverty incidence for Negros Oriental has worsened from 2009 to 2012 compared to its immediate neighbors-Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Occidental as shown below:

Y  e  a  r      2  0  0  9                        Y  e  a  r       2  0  1  2

Poverty Incidence    Ranking        Poverty  Incidence   Ranking

Cebu                                 26.7%                      45*                     22.4%                       50*

Bohol                                38.6%                      21*                     32.5%                       30*

Siquijor                             26.1%                      46*                     24.6%                       48*

Negros Occidental         28.3%                       41*                     26.2%                       44*

Negros Oriental              41.9%                       15*                     45.3%                         9*

*Note: Above figures were derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) thru NSCB website : www.nscb.gov.ph/poverty/defaultnew.asp

What is more alarming is despite the all-out efforts of NOCCI to bring in new investors from 2010 to 2012 (e.g. Dumaguete Business Park, Robinsons Mall, Qualfon 1&2, Linksys IT Park, SPi Global, PNOC privatization, GoHOTEL, Hotel Essencia, Florentina Hotel, Bahura Resort, Atmosphere Resort, URSUMCO Ethanol Plant, Nasulo Geothermal Plant, Camella Homes, etc…), the poverty incidence still worsened from 41.9%  in 2009  to 45.3% in 2012.  In other words, without the entry of these 14 new investors to Negros Oriental beginning 2010, NOCCI believes the poverty incidence could have been likely much higher than 45.3%.

Based on the latest official poverty incidence data derived from the National Statistical Coordination Board, Negros Oriental is now ranked as the 9th poorest province in the country out of 81 provinces nationwide with almost half of its households (45.3%) unable to meet their basic daily needs.  This is very alarming. While all the other four neighboring provinces have been able to successfully reduce their poverty incidence these past 20 years by at least 2 to 9 notches, Negros Oriental’s poverty incidence has worsened by 6 notches from 15th poorest Province in 2009 to 9th poorest Province in 2012.  Next year, the business community predicts a far worst scenario for Negros Oriental with the full implementation of the ASEAN economic integration that is expected to severely hit our marginal farmers in the sugar, coconut, aquaculture and livestock industries as imported refined sugar, imported palm oil, imported coconut milk, imported marine and frozen meat/poultry products from Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Malaysia, freely enter the Philippine market at almost zero tariff thereby threatening the agricultural competitiveness of our marginal farmers and fisherfolks who are not yet ready to compete with their ASEAN counterparts. The coming ASEAN tsunami will surely hit Negros Oriental because Negros Oriental is predominantly an agricultural province unlike Cebu and Bohol which rely on manufacturing and tourism and not agriculture. Thus, since Bohol and Cebu will not be affected by the ASEAN tsunami, they don’t care what happens to Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Clearly, without a doubt, the current status quo is not benefitting Negros Oriental and given the historical track record of both Bohol and Cebu at the Regional Development Council, we in NOCCI believe that Bohol and Cebu will both continue to dominate and corner the lion’s share of Region VII’s big ticket infrastructure projects in the coming years as they have consistently done so in the past 20 years. In fact, the biggest irony and anomaly of it all is that in the other regions of the Philippines, normally the poorest provinces are almost always given priority in infrastructure projects but sadly in Region 7, the reverse is true. Negros Oriental, even though it has been consistently known to be the poorest province in Region 7 was never given any sympathetic treatment by Bohol and Cebu thereby explaining its worsening poverty situation; while Bohol and Cebu continue to reduce their poverty incidence by 4-6% every 3 years.  But now, for the very first time in the history of Negros Oriental, we finally have a platform that will give us a fighting chance to get us out of the list of the Top 20 Poorest Provinces with the help of our future “Big Brother” Negros Occidental under the New Negros Island Region (NNIR). Thus, the time to separate from Region 7 has come and must now be seriously considered by our local political leaders unless the people of Negros Oriental remain CONTENTED WITH THE STATUS QUO of being consistently in the Top 20 Poorest Provinces of the Philippines while our immediate neighbors (Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor & Negros Occidental) continue to reduce their poverty incidence and progress way ahead of us.

Although some of our local political leaders believe there can be no absolute guarantee that separating from Region 7 will automatically address Negros Oriental’s poverty incidence, we in the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce also believe that there is also nothing to lose and everything to gain if Negros Oriental joins Negros Occidental under a One-Island, One-Region set-up because under NOCCI’s proposal for a 3-year “experimental” or transition period, if after 3 years, the poverty incidence worsens under the 1-Negros Island Region regime, we can always go back to our respective Regions (Region 7 for Neg.Or. and Region 6 for Neg.Occ.) and permanently abandon the 1-Negros Island Region initiative.  Simply put, a 3-year transition/experimental period offers not only a “win-win” window of opportunity for Negros Oriental but is almost a zero risk proposition for both Provinces because there are no expected major political structural changes or adverse socio-economic implications to Negros Oriental under a 1-Negros Island Region set-up. As the saying goes, better to have experimented and failed than never having experimented at all !

Thus, last August 1 2014, the NOCCI board of trustees and officers went to Bacolod City and submitted a detailed Position Paper to Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon, Vice Governor Bong Lacson and Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce & Industry proposing for the immediate conversion of all existing provincial offices of all national government agencies into sub-regional offices to save on billions of pesos in the construction of 35 new regional office buildings and hiring of 350 new regional government officials and staff.  Our Position Paper was approved by Governor Maranon and Vice Gov. Bong Lacson and on August 22, 2014, all the 16 Visayan Chambers of Commerce all over the Visayas including Cebu and Iloilo chambers of commerce unanimously approved our Position Paper. Yesterday, our Position Paper was unanimously approved by the PCCI Board of Directors in Manila Hotel during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and formally endorsed by PCCI President Ambassador Alfredo Yao to President PNoy for presidential action. We are hopeful that beginning January 1 2015, in time for the full implementation of the ASEAN economic integration, President PNoy will act on our Position Paper by immediately appointing all existing Provincial Directors of all national government agencies in both Dumaguete and Bacolod Cities as concurrent Regional Directors and/or concurrent Asst. Regional Directors according to seniority status under existing Civil Service Commission rules and regulations.

Finally, we in NOCCI believe that Negros Oriental’s chances of reducing poverty incidence under a 1-Negros Island Region are high given the following potential economic scenarios:

  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for a 1-Negros Island Region, all existing Neg.Or. & Neg.Occ. provincial offices of all the 30 various national government agencies (e.g. DA, DENR, DOLE, DTI, DOST, TESDA, DSWD, DILG, DPWH, DEPed, DAR, BIR, BOC, NBI, BI, PNP, LTO, LRA, SSS, PHILHEALTH, PAG-IBIG, PCSO, MARINA, NFA, PCA, FIDA, BFAR, PPA, CAAP, NSO) can now be automatically converted into sub-regional offices by mere Presidential Executive Order thereby saving billions of pesos in constructing new regional buildings/offices and bringing government services much closer to the poor people of both Negros Oriental and Occidental. Aside from the huge savings (amounting to P1.2B per year for 30 regional offices’ annual salaries alone) in hiring new government personnel to operate the regional offices, the more significant savings is on the travelling expenses of our poor people who still have to travel and stay a few days in Cebu or Iloilo for the renewal of their passports, PRC licenses for all professionals, DOLE Clearance, LTFRB vehicle franchises, DENR ECC permits, HLURB license to sell, Bureau of Lands simple subdivision permit, seaman’s license/notebook, POEA clearance for all OFWs, TESDA NC certification, taking government licensure board exams, SEC registration, BOI Registration, PEZA registration, DOT accreditation license, MARINA permits, BIR tax exemption for low cost housing projects, DAR conversion clearance, FDA import clearance, Bureau of Customs accreditation import permit, renewal of gun permits, and a host of other regional permits that have made life so miserable for our poor people who have long suffered and endured for centuries the red tape persecution, “provincial” discrimination and even inhuman insults of “Imperial” Cebu ever since Negros island was split into two provinces.  For our elected public officials and Provincial Directors, 8 hours roundtrip land travel to Cebu every month just to follow up their respective projects means 36 days lost every year for every local and provincial government official multiplied by 56 local and provincial government officials or a total of 2,016 days lost every year due to land travel to Cebu alone. In terms of travelling and fuel expenses, the estimated amount lost to unnecessary travel to Cebu alone by our 56 local and provincial officials is approximately P10Million pesos per year including board and lodging. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, Negros Oriental will automatically save P10Million a year just in travelling and fuel expenses alone of our local and provincial government officials. Isn’t this reason enough to support the 1-Negros Island Region set-up?
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, voting in the Regional Development Council will no longer be a game of numbers unlike the present set-up wherein Negros Oriental and Siquijor will always be outvoted by Cebu and Bohol in terms of priority infrastructure projects approval;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, allocation of scarce national government resources will now be equitably shared by only two provinces instead of four. Unlike the present set-up wherein Cebu and Bohol have always gotten more than 75% of the big-ticket infrastructure projects allocated for Central Visayas (example, Panglao International airport, Cebu mactan bridge, etc…), under the 1-Negros Island Region, only 2 Governors will decide on how to equitably share the entire Regional Infrastructure Allocation.
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 30 national government agencies alone usually hold their annual regional/national conventions and quarterly meetings at their regional capitals. These annual regional & national conventions by all the 30 national government agencies alone can easily bring in annual gross revenues of at least P6M to P12M to both Provinces instead of the current set-up wherein all existing provincial directors of all national government agencies have to travel to Cebu or Iloilo just to attend their annual regional/national conventions and quarterly meetings thereby giving zero business to their respective home provinces;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, since there are five times more businessmen and factories in Negros Occidental than in Negros Oriental, Oriental Negrenses can now be given priority in employment by Negros Occidental businessmen because given the worsening poverty incidence of Negros Oriental these past few years as reported by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Negros Occidental now has a moral duty and obligation to act as a “big brother” to Negros Oriental and help our Province reduce its worsening poverty incidence during the 3-year “transition period” by employing our skilled workers and sharing their best practices in reducing their poverty incidence from 28.3% in 2009 to 26.2% in 2012 despite their huge population, lack of geothermal power source, limited tourist attractions, and monocrop economy (sugar-based economy);
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the two Provinces can now prepare a 5 or 10-year master plan or industry roadmaps for the economic development of the entire Negros Island especially with the upcoming 2015 ASEAN economic integration. In the case of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental, the local economy of both provinces is largely dependent on the sugar industry which is facing a serious threat in 2015 with the full implementation of AFTA as imported sugar from Thailand will start entering the Philippine market at almost zero tariff. Since both Provinces speak the same “sugar” language, then with more reason, the 2 Provinces must now join hands and work together as an Island Region to prepare for the full impact of AFTA come 2015;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly plan, design, and agree on priority infrastructure projects that will make the Island Region attractive to both local and foreign investors. These infrastructure projects like connecting farm-to-market roads for both Provinces will enhance market access and create more livelihood opportunities for our marginal farmers in the entire Island Region. Other long-term infrastructure projects like ports, airports, special economic zones, etc… can now be master-planned by both Provinces to make the entire Negros Island a viable and attractive investment and tourist destination and not only Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo or Boracay that are currently dominating and cornering the infrastructure projects for the entire Visayas;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly plan, negotiate, and agree on a common energy roadmap that will ensure the availability, reliability and competitiveness of the entire Island’s power supply requirements for the next 5, 10, or 20 years to ensure sustained economic growth for both Provinces especially that the 220 megawatt Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant is located in Negros Oriental;
  1. Under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now jointly draft, plan, and agree on a common Tourism roadmap that will promote the entire Negros Island as an attractive island destination instead of merely getting the tourist “spillovers” from Cebu, Bohol and Boracay;
  1. Since both Provinces now belong to the Top 10 Next Wave Cities for Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs), under NOCCI’s proposal for 1-Negros Island Region, the 2 Provinces can now strengthen, share and complement each other’s educational reforms and human resource skills training programs to further improve the quality of education in both the public and private schools;
  1. Divorcing from Region 7 does not necessarily mean that tourism, trade and commerce with Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will diminish. In fact Negros Oriental, being sandwiched by 3 very progressive provinces will now be able to create a new economic corridor, i.e., the 1-Negros-Bohol-Cebu triangle with Negros Oriental at the “heart” of the said new triangle. This new economic corridor will have a combined market of at least 6 Million consumers thereby creating a critical mass that can attract the big players to invest in this new corridor.

WHEREAS, IN VIEW  OF  THE  FOREGOING, WE  THE  OFFICERS  AND  MEMBERS  OF  THE  NEGROS  ORIENTAL  CHAMBER  OF  COMMERCE  &  INDUSTRY  HUMBLY  APPEAL  TO  ALL  OUR  LOCAL  POLITICAL  LEADERS  TO  SUPPORT  THE  1-NEGROS  ISLAND  REGION  INITIATIVE  PURSUANT  TO  OUR  POSITION  PAPER  DATED  JULY 26, 2014.   TOGETHER,  LET  US  ALL  START  DIGGING  FOR  THE  “GOLDMINE” THAT HAS BEEN LYING  IDLE  UNDER THE 1-NEGROS ISLAND  MOUNTAINS  FOR  THE  PAST  100  YEARS  AND  STOP  SOWING  LIES & UNFOUNDED  FEARS  OR  CREATING  GHOSTS  FOR  THE  SAID  NOVEL  INITIATIVE.  THUS,  LET  US  ALL  WORK  TOGETHER HARMONIOUSLY  AND  RALLY BEHIND  THE 1-NEGROS  ISLAND  REGION INITIATIVE  TO  REDUCE  POVERTY  BECAUSE  WE  IN  THE  BUSINESS  SECTOR  CANNOT  DO  IT  ALONE  AS  HAS  BEEN  PROVEN  THESE  PAST  3  YEARS.   POVERTY  REDUCTION  CAN  ONLY  HAPPEN  IF ALL  SECTORS – NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PRIVATE  SECTOR, ACADEME, MEDIA, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND THE RELIGIOUS  SECTOR  ARE  ALL  UNITED  AND  COMMITTED  TO  MOVE  & ACT  TOWARDS  ONE  COMMON  PATH  AND  DIRECTION.    THAT  COMMON  PATH  &  DIRECTION,  WE  BELIEVE,  IS  NONE  OTHER  THAN  THE  1-NEGROS  ISLAND  REGION  DIRECTION.

The publication above is for informational purpose. It is published as received by Dumaguete.com It does not reflect our views, opinion and is for informational purpose.

Pakol Festival - Sta. Catalina

Sta. Catalina Pakol Festival 2015

Pakol Festival - Sta. Catalina

67th Santa Catalina Annual Town Fiesta 2015 and the Pakol Festival is in full swing. Following the schedule for the week full of celebrations. The festivities will last until April25, 2015.

Town Festival 2015 and the Pakol Festival
Calendar of Activities

Theme: “Panaghiusa: Dalan sa Kalampusan ug Kauswagan” (Unity is the way to Success and Prosperity)

Monday April 20, 2015

7:00AM 2015 Fiesta Opening Invitational Mountain Bike Challenge Leaded by Barangay Poblacion, Sports Office at National Highway & Barangay Roads
6:00PM Invitational Basketball Games Leaded by Sports Committee, Sport Office at Municipal Gymnasium.
6:00PM Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament Leaded by Sport Office at Municipal Tennis Court

Tuesday April 21, 2015

8:00AM Banca Race Leaded by MAO, Sports Office at Municipal Boulevard
6:00PM Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament leaded by Sports Office at Municipal Tennis Court.
8:00PM Presentation and Talent Night also “Harana sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee, LGU at Municipal Plaza.

Wednesday April 22, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza
1:00PM 8th Skills Enhancement Games Leaded By MAO at Municipal Plaza
6:00PM 2015 Fiesta Open Invitational Lawn Tennis Tournament leaded by Sports Office at Municipal Tennis Court.
8:00PM Technical Rehearsals “Hara sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Quadrangle.
8:00PM 2015 Fiesta Open Invitational Boxing Tournament leaded by Barangay Poblacion, Sport Office at Municipal Gymnasium

Thursday April 23, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair Leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza.
2:00PM Civic Parade & Float Contest Leaded by LGU, ABC, DepEd, CSO’s at Municipal Streets.
8:00PM Selection and Coronation Night “Hara sa Santa Catalina 2015” leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Quadrangle.

Friday April 24, 2015

8:00AM Agro Fair Leaded by MAO at Municipal Plaza.
1:00PM Street Dance Contest “Pakol Festival 2015” Leaded by Pageant Committee at Municipal Streets.
3:00PM Showdown and Field Presentation “Pakol Festival 2015” leaded by Pakol Festival Committee at Municipal Plaza.
8:00PM Senior Citizens and LGU Night leaded by OSCA at Municipal Quadrangle
8:00PM a Night of Seduction with Jennifer Lee Leaded by Office of Board Members Arnulfo A. Teves at Municipal Gymnasium.
12:00MN Fireworks Display Leaded by Engineering Office at Municipal Plaza

Saturday April 25, 2015

4:00AM Diana Leaded by Santa Catalina Parish at Municipal Streets
10:00AM Concelebrated Mass Leaded by Santa Catalina Parish at Catholic Church.
8:00PM Disco Night Leaded by LGU at Municipal Quadrangle.

Happy Fiesta 2015 – Sta. Catalina

PRC - Professional Regulation Commission

Mobile License Renewal and ID Release – PRC

PRC - Professional Regulation Commission

The PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) calls all professionals. The Mobile License Renewal & ID Release will be conducted at Robinsons Place Dumaguete on May 07 & May 08, 2015 from 08:00 am to 05:00pm.

For ID Request, please Pre-Register at PESO Office, 2nd floor Building 2, Public Market, Dumaguete City. For inquiries please call (035) 226 – 3530 or 420 – 9114.

Requirements for License Renewal

Teacher Requirements:

  1. Duly Accomplished form.
  2. 2 pieces Passport sized ID Picture clear, close up, colored, white background, with out eyeglasses in complete name tag (scanned picture are not accepted). Picture must be pasted on the form.
  3. 1 Photo /Xerox copy of recent professional ID card (back to back).
  4. In case of LOST professional ID card which is still current, the applicant shall submit notarized Affidavit of Loss and photocopy of Certificate   of Registration.
  5. In case of DESTROYED professional ID card, the applicant shall surrender the destroyed card.
  6. For married female professionals who will apply for Change of Status (COS), also fill up Petition for Change of Status form and attach original NSO Marriage Contract together with this form.


Various Boards Requirements:

  1. Duly Accomplished form.
  2. 2 pieces Passport sized ID picture: clear, close up, colored, white background, without eyeglasses in complete name tag (scanned pictures are not accepted). Picture must be pasted on the form.
  3. 1 Photo/Xerox copy of recent Professional ID Card (back to back).
  4. In case of LOST professional ID card which is still current, the applicant shall submit notarized Affidavit of Loss and photocopy of Certificate of Registration.
  5. In case of DESTROYED professional ID card, the applicant shall surrender the destroyed card.
  6. For GE, Customs, PEE,REE, Architect, Landscape Architect and Interior Designer Submit Certificate of Membership from Accredited Professional Organization (APO).
  7. For ECE submit valid IECEP ID or Certificate of Membership in Good Standing. Also fill up from for Conversion from ECE to Electronics Engineer.
  8. For married female professionals who will apply for Change of Status (COS), also fill up Petition for Change of Status From and attach original NSO Marriage Contract together with this form.

NOTE: Representatives filling the application and claiming the professional ID in behalf of the professional must present Special Power of Attorney and any valid ID with picture of the professional and representative.

This Mobile License Renewal and ID Release approved by Dumaguete Mayor Manuel T. Sagarbarria
Barangay Tinago - Fiesta 2015

Tinago Fiesta 2015

Barangay Tinago is famous for their celebrations. This years highlight of the Tinago Fiesta 2015 celebrations is next to the Miss Tinago contest surely the Tourism Roadshow organized by the Dumaguete Tourism Office.

Barangay Tinago - Fiesta 2015

Tinago Fiesta 2015 – Schedule of Events

Thursday April 23, 2015
Bisdak Trio w/ Moki, Rey & Jerry

Friday April 2015
Modern Dance & Yes Fm Night

Saturday April 25, 2015
Open Minus-One Singing Contest

Sunday April 26, 2015
Senior Citizens Karaoke & PYAP Night

Monday April 27, 2015
3 Points Shoot Out Games

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Tourism Road Show

Wednesday April 29, 2015
Dos Companeros

Thursday April 30, 2015
Miss Tinago 2015

Friday May 01, 2015
Awarding & Disco

Saturday May 02, 2015
Disco

Happy Tinago Fiesta 2015

Pandanyag Festival - La Libertad

La Libertad Pandanyag Festival 2015

La Libertad is celebrating the annual Pandanyag Festival 2015 from April 22 – April 28, 2015. Following the highlights.

Pandanyag Festival 2015 – Schedule of Activities

Pandanyag Festival - La Libertad

Wednesday April 22, 2015

2:00 PM Ms. Teen Candidates Float Parade
3:00 PM Mass @ San Sebastian Parish Church
4:00 PM Opening of Booth & Agri-Display & Presentation of Ms. Teen Candidates
Disco

Thursday April 23, 2015

7:00 PM Cultural Night By DEP.ED. La Libertad District
Balak, Balitaw, Harana Competition

Friday April 24, 2015

8:00 PM Modern Dance Open Competition By LLTVS, Sir Ronald Enoc
Disco


Saturday April 25, 2015

8:00 PM Teen Pop Singing Competition By Mr. Ian Encarnacion

Sunday April 26, 2015

8:00 PM Ballroom Night
8:00PM Silliman University Jazz Band

Monday April 27, 2015

8:00 PM Miss Teen La Libertad (Local Search)
Disco Featuring DJ Macoy

Tuesday April 28, 2015

8:00 AM Traditional Games
9:00 PM Rhapsody by DJ Mark Lester Soliman

Happy Fiesta 2015 – La Libertad

Libod Sayaw Festival - Bindoy

Libod Sayaw Festival 2015 in Bindoy

Libod Sayaw Festival - Bindoy

The annual fiesta and the Libod Sayaw Festival in Bindoy is usually celebrated on April 4. This year it falls together with the Easter weekend. Therefore the Libod Sayaw Festival is moved to April 5. The name means literally “Dancing around” or dancing through the streets.

Events of the Libod Sayaw Festival 2015

Saturday March 28
Presentation Night sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Sunday March 29
Handuraw back to back with Ka luk a Lyk sponsored by DepEd 1&2

Monday March 30
Battle of the Bands sponsored by LGU/Tourism Unit

Tuesday April 2 Holy Thursday
Friday April 3 Good Friday
Saturday April 4 Black Saturday

Sunday April 5
Libod Sayaw, Civic Parade, Talent Night sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Monday April 6
Selection and Coronation Night (town Fiesta) sponsored by DLANHS and LGU

Tuesday April 7
Solid Disco and Live Band sponsored by LGU

Wednesday April 8
Morning  Fisher folks Day Boat Paddle Contest, hook & Line Contest, Fluvial Parade, Mud Crab Catching, Beach Volleyball , Sponsored by DA/RARE
Evening  Miss Gay sponsored by DSWD

Thursday April 9
Neon Lights Party  sponsored by Women’s Organization.

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Cathedral Church of Saint Catherine de Alexandria Schedule Diocese in Dumaguete 2015

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Cathedral Church of Saint Catherine de Alexandria Schedule Diocese in  Dumaguete 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:30am Bendita sa Lukay Quezon Park (Blessing on Palm SundayDay)

Monday, March 30, 2015 6:30pm Dalan sa Krus

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:00am CHRISM MASS 6:00pm Dalan sa Krus

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:00pm Dalan sa Krus 7:00pm Kumpesalan nga Banyan

Thursday, April 2, 2015

6:00am Tenebrae 3:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet, Transfer of the Holy Eucharist
7:00pm Katapusan Panihapon
6:00pm-12:00MD VIRGIL in the Altar of Response

Friday, April 3, 2015
4:00am Dalan sa Krus 7:30am Tenebrae
12:00NN Pito ka Katapusang Pulong ni Hesus
3:00pm Kasaolungan sa Pagpasakit sa atong Ginoo (Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion)
6:00pm Sto. Entierro Procession
9:00pm Soledad Procession

Saturday, April 4, 2015
6:00am Tenebrae 10:00pm Ester Virgil
12:00MN Praise and Wirship

Sunday, April 5, 2015
4:00am Sugat (Blessed Mother Mary at Sto. Niño de Angatan and Risen Christ at PNB area)
4:30am Misa(Sunday Masses Schedule)

For more question and inquiries contact:

Dumaguete Cathedral: 
Tel. (035) 225 – 4649 or 422-7765

Dumaguete City - Treasurers Office

Property Tax Payment

Dumaguete City - Treasurers Office

The Office of the Treasurer of Dumaguete City announced in a release the Property Tax deadline for the first quarter. It is set for March 31, 2015. For in-time payment a discount of 10% is given if there are no delinquencies on the property. Read below the full announcement:

Property Tax 1st Quarter

Property Tax Payment - Dumaguete

 

Silliman University Writers Village

National Writers Workshop 2015 – Silliman University

National Writers Workshop 2015 at Silliman University is the 54th of its kind and the oldest creative writing program in whole Asia. The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is the only three-week long writers workshop in the country, devoted to helping writers hone their craft in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and one-act drama.

54th Silliman Writers Workshop

54th Silliman Writers Workshop: Picture Source

Silliman University is now accepting applications for the 54th National Writers Workshop to be held 11—29 May 2015 at the Silliman University Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village.

The Silliman University Writers Village

Silliman University Writers VillageThe Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village is a gift by Atty. Enrique Sobrepeña Jr. and is named in honor to his wife. The donation for the creation of the Writers Village, located in Camp Lookout, in Bongbong, Valencia, was facilitated by former University President Dr. Quintin S. Doromal. Today, the site is the primary venue for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, founded by Drs. Edilberto and Edith Tiempo in 1961.

The Writers Village, a project initiated by Silliman University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, is part of a long tradition of gifts to the University from the Sobrepeñas, avid patrons who have also helped keep the workshop alive as keen supporters through the years. The Writers Village is now home to writers of all persuasions. Its establishment helps promote the arts and culture at Silliman University and in the Dumaguete and Negros Oriental community.

Entry requirements for the Silliman National Writers Workshop 2014

Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 20 pages, double spaced. We encourage you to stay well below the 20 pages.

Manuscripts should be submitted in five (5) hard copies. They should be computerized in MS Word, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. Please indicate the category (FICTION, CREATIVE NONFICTION, POETRY, or ONE-ACT DRAMA) immediately under the title. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12.

The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts.

Get further info on the website of Silliman University

Kapaw Festival - Basa

Kapaw Festival 2015 in Basay

Kapaw Festival 2015 in Basay

Kapaw Festival - Basa

The annually Kapaw Festival in the municipality of Basay is a week of neverending activities. This years celebrations are held from March 13 to March 18 with the actual Festival on Monday, March 16 with the street dance competition and the Showdown. The search for Miss Basay 2015 is taking place at the municipality Gym on March 17.

Kapaw Festival 2015 – Schedule of Events

Friday March 13, 2015

8:00am Basketball Championship Games at Municipality .Gymnasium

Saturday March 14, 2015

7:00 pm Talent and Presentation Night Municipality .Gymnasium

Sunday March 15, 2015

8:00am Billiard Competition at Billiard Hall Basay Public Market.

8:00am Technical Rehearsal Kapaw Festival Municipality Gymnasium.

6:00pm Minus one Bulilit and Senior Division ,Balak, Balitaw, Pop Dance Competition at Mayor Cañamaque Commercial Complex,

9:00pm Live Band at Mayor Cañamaque Commercial Complex

Monday March 16, 2015

7:00am Fluvial Parade Basay Fish Port

9:00am KAPAW SHOWDOWN at Municipality .Gymnasium

11:00am SUGBA-SUGBA FESTIVAL at Basay Fish Port

2:00pm KAPAW STREET DANCING

7:00pm A night to remember with Jennifer Lee of Viva hot babes at Municipality .Gymnasium

Tuesday March 17, 2015

7:00am TRIATHLON at Basay Fish Port

2:00pm CIVIC PARADE at Municipality Quadrangle to Municipality .Gymnasium

7:00pm Search for Miss Basay 2015 at Municipality .Gymnasium

Wednesday March 18, 2015

10:00am CONCELEBRATED MASS at Roman Catholic Church

7:00pm BIG DISCO Night Municipality .Gymnasium

Happy Fiesta 2015, Basay