MERGE Bro. Joaquin Severino Martinez and Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r) signing the Project Free MOA yesterday*

1,157 teachers to get
scholarships, guv says

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson signed a memorandum of agreement with the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City yesterday that will enable 1,157 more teachers in Negros Occidental to avail of master’s and doctorate degree scholarships.

Project FREE or Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence - Paglaum Program is a scholarship program of the provincial government and is open to all public elementary and high school teachers in Negros Occidental who would like to avail of post-graduate studies, Lacson said.

The MOA for the Project Free Scholarship Program third batch signed yesterday will cover 1,000 funded scholars, 122 pro bono scholars sponsored by USLS and, for the first time, 35 seats for teachers from the diocesan schools of Bacolod, Kabankalan and Dumaguete, Lacson said. moremoremore

Kabankalan hospital reopening

The Emergency Room and Outpatient Department of the Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City will reopen today and the rest of the hospital on Monday, Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.

The hospital was closed on September 30 after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19 to enable tests to be conducted on her co-workers who came in contact with her and to disinfect the facility.

Diaz said he was informed that three other staff member of the hospital - an emergency room nurse, a clerk and a dietician - have also tested positive for COVID-19. moremoremore


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Companies may delay
13th month pay – DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged companies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic just to delay and not completely discard the granting of 13th-month pay to their workers.

In a virtual press briefing yesterday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the issue on the grant of 13th-month pay needs to be discussed by the management and employees.

This came as quarantine restrictions impaired the economy and affected business operations.