CONFED backs Gordon, Zubiri
Coscolluela supports Magsaysay Jr., too
The Confederation of Sugar Producers Association is endorsing the senate bids of Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri of the United Nationalist Alliance because they are performers, CONFED president Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.
Coscolluela, a former governor Negros Occidental and Sugar Regulatory Administration chief, said he is also personally supporting the re-election bid of former senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. of Team PNoy.
These three will be sure performers, they will not pull disappearing acts if they win Senate seats, he said.
Gordon said he would push measures to make the sugarcane industry competitive with 2015 fast approaching, when tariff on foreign sugar entering the country will drop to five percent.
The sugarcane industry must move into producing multiple products, on top of sugar, he said.
The industry has been good for the country and must be further enhanced, Gordon said.
Gordon said he still believes Negros Island has the potential of becoming another Singapore with all that it has to offer.
“The potential of this great island is tremendous with the support for the national government,” Gordon said.
He also stressed the need for government to increase the budget for education in order to improve allocations per student and to hike salaries of teachers.
Zubiri, who has roots in Negros Occidental, has also pledged to be the senator of the province and the voice of the sugarcane industry in the Senate.*CPG
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Health office warns
of heatstroke anew
As the summer heat intensifies, the Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office reiterated its warning to the public about diseases that could be life-threatening, a government press release said.
Medical officer IV Jessica Fama said heatstroke is one major concern during the summer because of the extreme temperature.
Medical experts describe heatstroke as a form of hyperthermia, or high body temperature, and patients normally experience rapid pulse, difficulty in breathing, hallucination and confusion, that could lead to death, the press release said.
Fama advises the public to get protection when under direct sunlight, like using an umbrella or wearing a hat, and to drink eight to 12 glasses of water, depending on one's activities, the press release also said.
The public is also advised to stay indoors during the peak heat hours, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are strongest. Physicians say that overexposure to sunlight causes conditions, like sunburn and skin cancer.
The human body is made up of water that can evaporate through sweat, and if one cannot rehydrate, it is similar to having diarrhea.
The first gauge that a person lacks water is thirst and a dry mouth. Others are dry skin and dry eyes, the press release added.*
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25 teachers finish
call center training
Twenty-five teachers of the Negros Occidental High School completed their calibration training on finishing a course for call center agents NC II at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center in Bacolod City yesterday, a press release from NOLITC said.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., guest speaker at the completion rites, challenged the teachers to continue the promotion of skills training in education and to underscore the huge employment opportunities it can create for high school graduates and out-of-school youth, the press release said.
He also highlighted plans to make NOHS the center of excellence in skills development.
The Department of Education, through the NOHS and NOLITC, had forged a memorandum of agreement in the implementation of the model K12 program in contact center services NC II, or 356 hours of call center training for the senior high school, the press release said.
Juliet Jeruta, DepEd Provincial Schools Division Superintendent urged the teachers to continue facing the challenges of the 21st century by learning new trends in the business process outsourcing and information and communications technology industries, the press release added.*
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Silay, Murcia win
organic agri awards
The local government units of Silay City and Murcia town were named Organic Agriculture Corners for city and town categories in the Destination Pavilion awards at the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, recently.
The Silay City pavilion was also named the Cleanest Pavilion and the Well Sustained Pavilion, while the Cleanest Pavilion municipality category went to Calatrava.
The pavilion of Bago City was awarded Eco-Agricultural Destination while the Adventure-Sports Destination award went to Bacolod City.
All winners received P10,000 and trophies.
The Festival Costume Display for Colorful and Indigenous categories went to Bacolod City and Calatrava town, respectively. They each received P5,000 and trophy.
The Bailes de Luces of La Castellana town and the Miranda Elementary School Drum and Bugle Corp of Pontevedra town were named winners in the Festival Dance and Drum and Bugle competitions, respectively.
The winners received P50,000 and trophies.
Festival dance competition runner ups were Kabankalan City (2 nd ), Binalbagan (3 rd ), Silay City (4 th ), and Talisay City (5 th ) while the runner ups for the drum and bugle contest were La Carlota South Elementary School (2 nd ), Cabacungan Elementary School of La Castellana (3 rd ), Silay South Elementary School (4 th ), and Asuncion L. Lizares Elementary School of Bacolod (5 th ).
The runners-up received P40,000, P30,000, P20,000, and P10,000, and trophies, respectively.
The Felomina G. Gequillana Elementary School of Ilog and Talisay Elementary School each received P4,000 consolation prizes.
Named as Best Drum Major was Jhessa Medecillo of Pontevedra, while Bacolod City won Best in Uniform.
Calatrava town bagged first place in the Paindis-indis sa Binalaybay and received P15,000 and trophy, while the cities of Himamaylan and Silay were named second and third, and received P10,000 and P7,000 and trophies each.
Consolation prices of P2,000 each went to the cities of Bacolod, Sagay, and Cadiz, and the towns of Cauayan and Pulupandan.
Cadiz City was named winner in the Latin Dance Sport while Himamaylan and Silay LGUs were awarded second and third placers. Winners received trophies and P18,000, P12,000, and P8,000, respectively.
Consolation prizes of P3,000 were given to Kabankalan City, Bago City, and Hinigaran town.
Folk Dance winners for the Maria Clara category were Sinakiki of Sagay City (1 st ), Abaruray of Cadiz City (2 nd ), and Habanera Batoleña of Himamaylan City (3 rd ).
Himamaylan and Cadiz cities also received Best in Costume and Best Staging awards while Best Trainer went to Rema Aguirre.
The winners for the folk dance competition rural category were Oasioas of Talisay City (1 st ), Kumakaret of Pontevedra (2 nd ), and Sakuting of San Enrique (3 rd ).
Best in Costume and Best Staging went to Murcia town and Talisay City, respectively, while the Best Trainer was Dr. Randyll Villones and Reynaldo Jotea.*LTG
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