MERGE Thousands of public school pupils will troop back to school today* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Make sure children
are enrolled – guv


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday appealed to parents who have yet to enroll their children to avail of the Department of Education’s Oplan Balik Eskwela Program.

Under the OBE, they still have until Friday to enroll their children in schools near them, he said, as thousands of public school students are expected to troop back to school today.

The governor again stressed the importance of education as a way out of poverty, pointing out that it is the greatest social equalizer. moremoremore

Site of global institute opposed

The alumni and principal of the Rafael B. Lacson Memorial High School in Talisay City have expressed alarm over the impending construction of the Negros First Global Institute of Technology (NFGIT) on property that they are currently using for sports and school activities.

The groundbreaking of the P135 million NFGIT will push through at 9 a.m. today. It will be built on the property owned by the provincial government, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday, in reaction to the concerns raised.

The NFGIT to be built on a 2.5-hectare property will offer innovative courses that will suit the demands of the global market, he said. moremoremore


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Saba sticks get nat’l award

La Castellana’s saba sticks were recognized by the Q Asia 2019 National Product Quality Excellence Awards as the “most innovative product in Asia” during its awarding ceremony held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila Friday.

Mayor Rhumyla Mangilimutan, who received the award, said the production of saba sticks started two years ago, in late 2016. “This came a year after several agrarian reform beneficiaries in the town undergone livelihood training that was initiated by the municipal government,” she said.

She said the local government unit had been a partner in the production of saba sticks when it first started by providing capitalization and promotion. She added that the town’s annual Banana Festival also boosted the product, in terms of demand and sales.