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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesWednesday, July 17, 2013
Negros Oriental
ButtonNew marine reserve pushed in Apo Island
ButtonGuv asked to check LTO violations
20,221 children work in cane fields

New marine reserve
pushed in Apo Island

The barangay council and residents of Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, plan to establish a new marine reserve after a large portion of its famous marine sanctuary was destroyed in the past two years.

Barangay captain Liberty Pascobello-Rhodes said the plan is still on the drawing board but the local council had already discussed the proposal.

However, it has to get the approval of the island community before the barangay council can pass a resolution to be submitted to the Dauin municipal council for concurrence, and through rigid processes to have the new marine sanctuary declared as a protected area.

Guv asked to
check LTO violations


A medical doctor has called Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo to check on the alleged violations of the Land Transportation Office District Office and the Drivers’ License Renewal Center at Robinsons Dumaguete.

In a letter dated July 15, Dr. Noel de Jesus told Degamo that these include favoring a particular clinic over another in the issuance of medical certificates to drivers, adding financial burdens to applicants for a driver’s license, failure to inform the public and the physicians on revised procedures, and limiting the validity of a medical certificate issued by an LTO-accredited physician.

De Jesus also sought an explanation on why the fee for the medical certificate issued at DLRC rose to P300 from P100, including a service fee of P150 and encoding fee of P50. He said he believes the increase was not sanctioned by the LTO Manila.

20,221 children
work in cane fields


About 20,221 children from 250 barangays in eleven provinces in the Philippines, including Negros Occidental and Oriental, are working in sugarcane fields, Daphne Culanag, ABK3 LEAP (Livelihood, Education, Advocacy and Protection) project director, said yesterday.

However, she also said, these figures only represent 15 percent of the total population of the barangays in Negros Occidental and Oriental, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Capiz, Bukidnon, Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato.

Culanag also said that LEAP, a non-government organization, is now assisting 11, 813 children who are working in sugarcane fields from Negros Occidental and 3, 300 in Negros Oriental by giving them school supplies and uniforms while their parents are being given livelihood.

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