Silliman names 2019 Outstanding Alumni awardees


Silliman University (SU) has selected six alumni to receive the 2019 Outstanding Sillimanian Awards (OSA).

This year’s six OSA recipients in various fields include Dr. Ben S. Malayang III in environment and academic leadership; Moses L. Alcala in applied environmental geology; Dr. Jonathan C. Amante in medical services development; Atty. Myrish T. Cadapan-Antonio in global leadership development; Rev. Dr. Al B. Fuertes in conflict transformation and peace-building; and Dr. Leonilo B. Oliva in educational service. According to SU Information Officer Madeline Quiamco, the chosen candidates were seen to best exemplify SU’s principles of Via, Veritas, Vita (The Way, The Truth, and The Life) through excellent and distinguished performance in their field of specialization or career; social responsibility or strong commitment to what is good, right, and just; and exemplary personal life and relationships. (By Jennifer C. Tilos)


SU prexy joins Women’s Leadership Forum
By Jennifer C. Tilos

Silliman University President Dr. Betty Cernol- McCann participated in a Women’s Leadership Forum as workshop facilitator at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China.

McCann facilitated Strategic Workshop I, which strategized initiatives in teaching, research, and service. The forum focused on the review of the role of women’s colleges and universities in Asia with regard to their mission to promote women’s leadership development in the region, co-organized by the United Board for Christian Higher Education (UBCHEA) and Ginling College.

Agri agencies ready to provide El Niño mitigating measures
By Roi Lomotan

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Negros Oriental Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO) are ready to provide support interventions to help farmers cope up with the possible effects of El Niño in the province’s agriculture sector.

DA-7 Official Marina Viniegas said there is P63 million budget allocation for the implementation of the department’s El Niño mitigating measures in Central Visayas and most of these are already attributed to DA’s programs for 2019 particularly in rice and corn production. Some of the activities to be carried out by the department include re-production and distribution of information materials on El Niño advisories for farmers, cloud seeding operations, distribution of drums and pipes for water storage, irrigation system, training for alternative livelihood, provision of vaccines and biologics for livestock, monitoring of pest and diseases for crops and animals, and pest control.

DOH cities tips to avoid diseases during dry season
By Roi Lomotan

The Department of Health (DOH)-Negros Oriental gave tips to avoid diseases that usually occur during summer season.

The DOH provincial office intensified its information campaign to prevent common illnesses that arise during dry season in view of the negative impact of the El Niño phenomenon. DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor reminded the public to practice proper food handling to avoid contamination which could lead to diarrhea, a common disease during dry season. Villamor also advised the public to avoid getting exposed under the heat of the sun for more than three hours and always keep hydrated to avoid the health risks associated with extreme hot weather like heat stroke.

Regional cooking skills competition winners
By Roi Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 10 (PIA)—One of Negros Oriental’s representatives to the 2019 Regional Skills Competition in Cebu City has claimed the top spot in the restaurant services category.

Eighteen year old Edison Villamor of Ayungon, Negros Oriental won a gold medal for the said category of the competition organized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-7. The contest was held from April 10 to 12, 2019.

TESDA-Negros Oriental Information Officer Georgette Malagar explained the Restaurant Services Category is one of the core competencies under the Food and Beverage Services NC II.

This unit of competency covers the knowledge, skills and attitude needed in the preparation of the dining room or restaurant area before the start of the service operation.

The main components of this category are taking reservations, preparing service stations and equipment, setting the tables in the dining area; and the setting of mood or ambiance of the dining area.

Malagar further explained the competition was set with teamwork performance, wherein main competitors are joined by an assistant who hands in the tools needed by the main contestant and provides suggestions for better presentation.