MERGE Teachers at the Bulata National High School in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, distribute distance learning modules as classes start.* (Ej Duller Yap photo)

Bacolod enrollment hits
98.4% as classes start


The return of learners and teachers to school virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic went smoothly in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City yesterday, Department of Education officials said.

Enrollment in Bacolod City was at 108,067 or 98.4 percent compared to 109,867 last school year, with a 126.2 percent increase in senior high school, Bacolod Schools Superintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales said yesterday.

Kindergarten enrollment alone was at 7,026 or 88.3 percent compared to 7,954 last school year, and elementary (Kinder to Grade 6) was at 64,192 or 94.8 percent compared to 67,690 previously, she said. moremoremore

Rojas office locked down,
LSI processing continues

The office of Bacolod Councilor Cindy Rojas was locked down starting yesterday but she assured that the processing of the return of Bacolod Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) will continue.

Rojas said her office was locked down after a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“Because of this, and as protocol dictates, an extensive contact tracing will follow. All of my other office staff are automatically considered as close contacts and will undergo 14-day quarantine,” she said. moremoremore


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Good news for teachers?
Open air


Agri-machineries turned over

Farm machineries, worth P75 million, were turned over to a farmers’ group in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental recently.

The Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) handed over four units of hand tractor, five floating tillers, one rice precision seeder, one unit walk-behind rice transplanter, one riding-type rice transplanter, and five mini rice threshers to the Bayawan United Farmer Irrigators' Association Inc.

Sarah Perocho, provincial program coordinator of DA, said DA-7 regional executive director Salvador Diputado and PhilMech director Baldwin Jallorina turned over the machineries funded under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).