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CST-RAAI names
first scholar

The Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos Alumni Association Inc. of San Carlos, Negros Occidenta,l is offering an educational scholarship for the brightest of the poor elementary graduates of the city for the first time.

Their first scholar is Francisco Demiar Candeleza Jr., valedictorian of class 2011 of the School of the Future of the Division of San Carlos City. He is the son of Francisco Guarin Candeleza Sr. and Virginia Sumalinog Demiar, a press release said.

The scholarship requires that the student be enrolled in the Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos for high school and must be in the top five of their batch and participate in extra-curricular activities.

The CST-RAAI is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Its officers are Dr. Antonio Gauzon – president, Junover dela Rosa – vice president, Sandra Luz Burgos-Briones – secretary, Vice Mayor Edgardo Quisumbing – treasurer, Misael Hibionada – auditor, Melvin Briones and John Marlon Transpadillo – public relations officers, and the members of the board are Catherine Burgos-Maypa, Francisco Tolcidas, Ben Borromeo, Richard Burgos, Edelyn Layumas-Celeste, Fr. Joel Alve, Lester Wee, and Erwin Birondo. Fr. Vicente Ramon Jr., the CST-R Father Rector, is the adviser, the press release added.*

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Major mangrove project
launched in Sipalay City

Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, in partnership with the Energy Development Corporation and the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, has launched a four-year project to plant 20 hectares of mangrove forest along the city's northern coastline, a press release said.

The reforestation project aims at reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forests in the area.

More than 70 percent of all tropical fish spend part of their lives in mangrove forests which give them shelter, food and nursery grounds, the press release said.

Mangroves have specially adapted aerial and salt-filtering roots and salt-excreting leaves which enable them to occupy the saline wetlands where other plant life cannot survive, the press release said.

They are also useful in treating effluent, as the plants absorb excess nitrates and phosphates, thereby preventing contamination of near shore waters.

They absorb carbon dioxide and store carbon in their sediments, thereby lessening the impact of global warming, the press release added.*

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JCI Bacolod joins
Aspac conference

The Junior Chamber International-Bacolod and representatives from the Department of Tourism in Negros Occidental joined the Junior Chamber International Community in the JCI Asia Pacific Conference in Manila, recently, a press release from JCI said.

The event kicked off with the “Philippines Welcome Night” at the PICC, highlighted the specialties of each participating town, city and region.

Negros Occidental representatives, supervising provincial tourism officer Cristine Mansinares and provincial tourism consultant Nancy Pestaño, showcased the beautiful spots and traditions of the province.

JCI-Bacolod delegates JCI members Maricel Sy, Queenee Lim, Mhel Sillador, past president Tet Ang, immediate past president Shirley Maghari, 2011 president Michael Sy, regional vice president Boyet Maghari, and past national president Maeng Penado gave out Negrense delicacies and brochures to the crowd composed mostly of foreigners from Indonesia, Mongolia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and India, the press release added.*

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City prepares for
twin celebrations

Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson yesterday said they have already submitted a study for the proposed transfer and construction of a new Social Development Center to the Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia in Bacolod City.

Sayson said Mayor Evelio Leonardia is planning to put up the new SDC on a two-hectare lot at the Vista Alegre relocation site because the present site at the Bacolod City Police Office Compound is too small.

Hopefully, they will be able to implement the transfer of the SDC to the Vista Alegre relocation site next year, he said.

The DELGOSEA in Bacolod City has identified the construction of a “Youth Home” for children in conflict with the law as one of the possible projects to adopt.

The Bacolod City government, through the Local Government Development Foundation, is teaming up with the Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia to replicate local governance best practice on People Private Public Partnership from Cambodia.

Bacolod City is the pilot city in the Philippines joining the DELGOSEA Project, after the province of Misamis Oriental that signed the memorandum of understanding on Aug. 14, 2010.

Cresencio Doma Jr., DELGOSEA national coordinator, had earlier, said they are looking at the youth section, especially the children being in conflict with the law, as a priority issue that should be addressed.

This was based on a news report that came out wherein the regional director of the Women and Children Concern Desk of the Philippine National Police had observed that there really is a great need to look into the current situation of CCWL being housed or taken cared at the SDC, he said.

The DELGOSEA Project has prepared 16 Best Practices from five participating countries – Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, on the following themes: People’s Participation, Institutional Governance, Urban Development, and Fiscal Management.*CGS

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Major mangrove project launched in Sipalay City
JCI Bacolod joins Aspac conference
City prepares for twin celebrations

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