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Netizens of City, help solve traffic mess. VOLUNTEERS CALLED VOLTES 5 STRATEGIZE HOW TO EASE CITY TRAFFIC CONGESTION. A preliminary discussion TO help the City to address the traffic problems RL Silliman Salonga Center Director Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino, Engr. Flormilo Avenido, Engr. Caesar Cavales, Engr. Konrad Villaluz and Prof.Ramon Del Prado. They volunteer for a traffic efficiency system and act as the think tank group of City Hall.
  JULY 24, 2016 EDITION  

      One-hotline for all emergencies    

The number to call in all kinds of emergencies in Dumaguete in the future will be “111” or “333” and a call-central similar to Davao’s and America’s 911 will push your call to the agency concerned. The blueprint and works are now in the pipe line.

The netizens involved will be mostly from city professionals, and academe and netizens who will be trained by the Davao 911 group who was sent by President Duterte earlier when he was still running for president.

If passed, all emergency cases will now be channeled through either “111” or “333,” the equivalent of Davao City’s 911, to ensure quick and appropriate responses by authorities and professionals.




Four big significant not-so-common occur rences happened during the week from all over. First, the over 6,000 “returnees” from drugs in Negros Oriental in one week; the acquittal of Pres. GMA Arroyo; the now-famous plagiarisms of Melania Trump; and the need to rehab the victims or beneficiaries of Oplan “wagtang”.

First the continued rise of “returnees” from drug use and push all over this province. That only over 600 “returned” from drugs in Dumaguete is just incredible considering what Looc and Daro barangay officials believe Dumaguete has no less than 6000 users and pushers minimum at the moment. Only 10% came back –returned, or surrendered to the police. Where are the others?

Of course they are just around. So why aint the police toktoking them, or just waiting for them to “return?”

Some significant highlights of the GMA Arroyo acquittal:

1. De Lima: why acquit only now? Mendoza: you see, acquittal was long over due, why only now? Tama! Correct!

2. GMA was unjustly punished, nobody can return the four years of her life lost in that hospital jail. There is as law that punishes those who unjustly imprison an innocent person, diba Franco?

3. Ombudswoman Morales: we had all the volumes of evidence, why did the Supreme Court acquit Arroyo?



There is no doubt that Drug Rehabilitation Centers are the need of the hour in the wake of mass “surrender” or return of self-confessed drug dependents.

Until over 30,000 nationwide and over 7000 in Negros Oriental who returned and left the drug habit, will undergo drug rehabilitation process or debriefing or re-orientation, there is no guarantee that they will not return to the old expensive and deadly vice, knowing our self-imposed culture of “ningas cogon.” (now you see, now you don’t)

Second is livelihood. Drug trafficking is big and easy money. Unless the drug victims will have clean legitimate income (not as job orders please!) they will go back to the drug business if only to survive.

A well-organized and big organic farm in Dumaguete for starters, set up by professionals , like the Habitat housing scheme, will be a sustainable, viable, and healthy option.

If the Duterte drive vs drugs is that serious enough, then it is imperative that this government now release as soon as possible, the P1-billion from PAGCOR for the setting up of treatment and rehabilitation centers for 1.8million estimated drug dependents in the country.

At present there are only 20 drug rehab centers managed by the DOH and LGUs which can treat only 5000 patients. In Dumaguete we have this lone privately owned drug rehab center in Talay which is an open-door policy center, which welcomes volunteer-dependents who want to undergo treatment. Its best policy is to open its doors to those who want to leave anytime, meaning drug rehabilitation is a voluntary act and not a forced process.



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but not cheap for it demands a cross.



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