dumaguetenyo Archive

Go or No Go Barangay Election is Brewing

Up until this day the Barangay Election is yet to be decided for a go or no go and things are likely to proceed considering a lot preparations are already at hand. Just a few hours ago, we were met by checkpoint near the YMCA ukay-ukay area. Admittedly, I was really hesitant to proceed to drive through but I just hit the road out of curiosity and probably boldness. Once I reached home, I immediately remembered that it must be a checkpoint for the election gun ban. Well, it is a mere indication that the Barangay Election will likely to proceed.

Anyhow as observed, people aren’t much excited about what’s going to happen. It seems that they are reluctant that there will be no Barangay Election for this year. Probably because they hold much trust on the Government and the imminent and drastic change that they are expecting. People are expecting to pave for the Federal System of government to which is typically suitable for countries that are archipelagic in nature like the Philippines. Since the majority “trusts” what the government is planning for the common good, it’s like a wait-and-see game for everyone.

Well aside from the evident reluctance and so called “trust”, I also have observed that there are several people filling up forms and recruiting volunteers to “serve”. Clearly, I have no definite idea what the fuss is all about and the legitimacy of the said group is totally questionable. Some people that I have asked claim that it is an official building of a roster in preparation for mere “appointment” for different Barangay positions. A sample form was even handed to me so I could apply for being one to be selected as a Barangay Counselor and the postulated honorarium is pretty solid and attractive – still I turned it down.

Several months ago, a friend actually invited me to volunteer for barangay work. She said that my task is instrumental for the big change. She meant for the transition of the form of government that we have to Federalism. Seems like odd to think that they seem to know things most people don’t. But who cares? We shall know in some few weeks to come. But if indeed it will be true that no Barangay Election will happen, then I would simply think that this had been planned long and quite well by the president and his allies.

My personal take on the upcoming Barangay election is that whatever is the outcome of this long awaited and anticipated public event – there should be a solid reason behind all the why’s that will spring up. For all the aspiring barangay officials, it is best that they should undergo drug testing and should seek endorsement from respected communities whether religious or any non-profit organizations. This is to establish trust and confidence of the barangay constituents to the prospected barangay officials.

So what’s your personal take on the potential upcoming barangay election? Voice it out now by posting our comment below. Show your vigilance and your being a pro-active Dumaguetenyo!

UPDATE : Yep the Congress approved the postponement  the Barangay Election.

Traffic Rerouting Experiment is Doing Okay

Admit it, there are changes in the traffic situation of Dumaguete City. Things are becoming a little more orderly than the previous weeks. With streets no wider than four arms length, one-way road scheme is an attractive idea. The on-going experiment is currently doing okay considering that the streets are showing a little relief from traffic congestion. It might be just little but as observed, it paves a significant change.

However this is a dry run and there are a lot of things to improve yet. Like some intersections are actually funneling traffic making a bottleneck. Also, some roads are left with many vehicles parked along side that narrows the main roads. True that it’s a tough battle to let business establishments allow setbacks for parking but this must be addressed and acted upon. Sadly, no brave soul or agency in the government is bold enough to take such action. Let’s not deny it, a lot of these businesses do not have parking spaces for their customers but instead use road shoulders for parking!

Parking lot spaces should next be experimented by the leaders and responsible agencies. We can be a little innovative and initiative on finding solutions. Silliman is making a move, but it should not stop from there. There still are a lot of vacant areas surrounding the heart of the city where most traffic is concentrated. Why not make use of them? Maybe the City of Dumaguete is too timid to act but things are always easier said than done. The previous administrations weren’t able to find ingenious solutions to relieve the dense traffic of the city, maybe the current leaders can!

Talking about innovation, why not use the technology to help ease traffic in the city. Again as observed, Dumaguete’s traffic situation becomes terrible (horribly I’d say) only during class season opens. Why not create an app that let commuters share rides going or fetching students from school? Or yet even better of every barangay in Dumaguete City has a service vehicle that will serve as a school bus for all students from the barangay where parents can pool funds for fuel or vehicle maintenance? Seems a far-fetched idea but it might just work. Why not do a careful study about it and do an experiment?

There might be other odd or radical solutions out there waiting to be solicited. The local government should be receptive to what the public may or can offer to suggest. Brilliant minds are scattered everywhere and doesn’t require a position to hold to get heard. Why not create an anonymous survey or query online? Or do other unconventional ways just to reach out and hear the people? It’s pretty clear that the options are limitless but only time is. Why time? It’s a question of when it’s going to happen.

But well despite of the current traffic difficulties Dumaguete City is facing right now, band-aide solution might just work fine as for now. Yet, some people really without a doubt admire and appreciate the actions and desire of the current leadership finding ways to ease the relative challenges of the growth and progress of the city we dearly love – Dumaguete.

The Fall of the Anti-Smoking Campaign of Dumaguete

It’s a little rude to say that the Anti-Smoking Campaign of Dumaguete has fallen to ashes. Well some folks are claiming that even more people are smoking in heavily crowded public places. Personally I could attest that many people are disregarding or disrespecting the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Dumaguete considering that there are a lot of people smoking at the Public Market area. My disgust even escalated when an usher (a government employee) at one of the newly renovated comfort rooms was smoking while handing out tickets.

They are also reports of motorcab (locals mistakenly call it as pedicab) drivers smoking while fetching passengers. Other issues include city government employees blatantly smoke at random public places. These are indicators that the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Dumaguete is ineffective.

Some enforcers who are tasked to catch violators are afraid to exercise their duty. You should have a clue why. This is the primary reason why the anti-smoking campaign is leading to oblivion. Is the local government addressing this ‘situation’? I don’t know but I sure do hope so they are doing something to revive this supposed great ordinance.

One flaw of this ordinance is that the smoking population is asking the city to provide smoking areas for them. It is their right to smoke as no law prohibits them to do so. But, it also contradicts on the direction of the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Dumaguete City. Why provide a smoking area when you are prohibiting people from smoking in public. It’s a total chaos and a clash of interests. But as for my personal opinion, to be fair for both the smoking and non-smoking public there should be common ground for understanding.

It is best to implement the Anti-Smoking Ordinance and be strict with it. But at the same time protect the interest and rights of the smoking public by providing them discreet smoking areas. Business establishments should have their own smoking areas while public places should have special smoking zones especially for tourists who aren’t familiar with the local anti-smoking ordinances.

Unfortunately, things aren’t going where it should be. No more enforcers are doing their job to keep the city “smoke free”. People are reluctantly smoking even in the presence of the Task Force Dumaguete personnel. Although my sentiments are with the non-smoking public, I just hope the smoking population should be so kind and considerate to do their thing somewhere more private. If the local government can’t do their job effectively, then let us be proactive and do make better changes in our little but beautiful hometown – Dumaguete City.

Applying for a Job at Dumaguete City Local Government

It is an established fact that applying for a job in any government office is close to improbable. Back in my college days, my classmates often asked where I will be applying after we graduate. There is no absolute answer to that particular question and I exclaimed “Government Service”. They burst into laughter upon hearing me and I just shrugged my shoulders.

Knowing that one should be a Civil Service Passer to get a high ticket for public employment, I took the exam. Thankfully, I passed and it served as a morale booster for my goal to serve in the government. A friend who is now working in the local government of Dumaguete once told me that it will be extremely hard to get hired with nobody backing me up (I’ll politely say “politically”). I didn’t believe him, it’s a disgrace if it was ever true!

First try, City Hall of Dumaguete City. It was a beautiful morning and the day seems to be in my favor. Submitted some requirements to the Human Resource Officer of Dumaguete then I promptly asked if how will I know if I am a qualified candidate for a “possible” vacant position.

I was confidently asking it because I know (as I was personally told) that there is an office that needs to fill a vacated position. The HR Officer just said something like : “It’s the Mayor’s prerogative”. Those aren’t the exact words but that’s what I least understood. Ouch! That’s a hitter. These words resounded clear and loud in my head – “nobody backing me up”.

What’s even worse is that he was complimenting that I got excellent grades – it actually felt like the worst insult ever. Then at that moment I realized that being a consistent Dean’s Lister doesn’t really matter at all (you can never be a Cum Laude working part time and having been classed as an “irregular student”). Hugo sent a message with a “?”, I could have drawn a huge single “?” on my resume and could have gotten a lot better result.

Few days later, I was able to fool and tell myself that let’s get another try. Next stop was the Provincial Capitol of Negros Oriental. There was a lot of hesitation again perhaps I don’t personally know Governor Roel Degamo or any of his staff. But, a friend does know someone near to the seat of the Governor’s Office that might be helpful. We met and she received my papers. At last, no more HR malady and should now go straight to the hands of the Governor! Days came to weeks and weeks into months. Still, yes everything came still – an awfully boring wait.

After two months, an “insider” tip told me that that NIR transition offices are looking to hire. This time, I was prepared for the worst situation. It was a bit “wiser” of implementing shotgun approach of applying for government jobs. So I decided to create multiple copies of resumes and other pertinent documents. I felt like a desperate salesperson handing out hundreds of flyers that day. Handed one to Provincial DILG Office of Negros Oriental, another to DOLE Interim Regional Office of Negros Oriental, Interim Regional NIR COMELEC Office, and the Provincial DPWH office.

Let’s just say everything was like it was before just to calm my emotions down. Only one office gave me a little sunshine. The HR Officer of DPWH gave me a name and address of a particular person at the Interim NIR DPWH Office at Sibulan Negros Oriental. She said that it is positive that they are looking to hire. So I again rushed to fix my documents and went to submit my application letter and other pertinent documents to the HR of Interim NIR DPWH Office.

It’s been months since I last submitted those application letters and yet the wait is still on. In fact, I am now working in a financial institution and being paid decent – but not HAPPY. My hopes still linger that one day somehow, someone like me would be able to get the chance to serve the government without relying someone to back me up. Perhaps I need to apply more local offices to increase my chance of being selected or maybe rejected?

It is indeed a sad experience. A hard and undeniable truth that I consciously and consistently deny. Or probably, I am just one of the unluckiest people knocking hard at the doors of government service. What’s even sadder? I don’t even believe in luck.

UPDATE :

After some months of Job Hunting, finally I got an offer from NIR DPWH which I graciously accepted. The sweetest first two days of my life has just started and there was nobody backing me up to be able to get this job! Wow!

 

Submitted by Ms. Motong and she asked us to let her remain anonymous.

Acquiring Free Skills Training In Dumaguete

Wanting to acquire skills in your desired trade? Don’t know where and how to start? Well that wouldn’t be a problem at all. If you are a resident of Dumaguete City, then acquiring free skills training in Dumaguete is easy! There are few requirements and the cost is virtually minimal. Just a note, only local residents of Dumaguete of at least 14 years old are qualified. A local resident means having been living in Dumaguete for at least 6 months and can be attested by a Barangay Captain. Get me? So let go on!

The local government of Dumaguete has been providing free community based skills training since the 1960’s. Today, the City Livelihood and Home Industries Development Office (CLHIDO) caters between 200 – 250 training participants per quarter. The courses that CLHIDO offers are as follows :