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Three LCC students top
DAR poster-making tilt

Three students of the La Consolacion College-School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design in Bacolod City won the championship trophy and other prizes in the on-the-spot poster-making contest of the Department of Agrarian Reform Region 6 in Iloilo City recently, a press release from the DAR said.

Maylene Marie Sy won the championship trophy, Eri Aikawa, second runner-up, and Rowen Jade Cordova, consolation prize, in the competition held in line with the 25 th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and 4 th CARPER.

Marje Beatrice Padilla and Ira Eunice Castandiello of LCC High School Department, and Mariah Centina Martir of the Negros Occidental HS Special Program for the Arts, also represented the DAR in Negros Occidental in the high school category of the contest, the press release also said.

The awards were presented by DAR assistant regional directors Felicidad Bañares and Regina Caspillo, for Operations and Administration, respectively, and Florentino Siladan of Negros Occidental, with Gloria Cañonero of DAR and Dinah Martinez.

The students were also provided assistance by Provincial Agrarian Reform officers Lucrecia Taberna-South and Enrique Paderes, and Antonio Tejado of the LCC Fine Arts Program.

An agri-trade fair that displayed the products of agrarian reform beneficiaries and cooperatives in Western Visayas was also held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, the press release from DAR added.*

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BIPA turns 66, plans
scholarship expansion

Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla, president of the Binalbagan Isabela Planters Association in Negros Occidental, vowed to expand the scholarship program of the association as it marked its 66 th years yesterday, a press release from the group said.

The BIPA general membership assembly was held at the BISCOM compound in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. It was attended by more than 2,000 planters-members, led by Montilla and association officers Roberto Abello, Francis Rojas, Hermilo Aguilar, Ruperto Angudong, III, Mario Chiu, Felix Divino, Fernando Feria Jr., Roberto Gatuslao, Severino Nava and Judge Lopez Peña, BISCOM owner Jose Marie Chan and his son, Jojo Chan, the press release also said.

Montilla said the theme “66 years of service and still going strong” is timely as the association will continue to serve its aims of increasing crop production, maintaining a more transparent bidding, and increasing membership.

He said that BIPA production increased this year at P736, 226.413 gross cane tonnage from P647,934.835 in 2012. For BISCOM district, BIPA registered the highest production with P1,494,776.69, or 38.92 percent, for this year from P1,255,137.91, or 36.76 percent, in the 2012 crop year, the press release also said.

He said BIPA has 532 scholars trained in welding, carpentry and plumbing, and were presented at the general assembly by Aremio Guancia of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

BIPATECH started operation as a community-based training September 2009 until March 2012, with 315 graduates of various technical courses. Last July 2012, BIPATECH's application with TESDA as a technical school was approved, and it is now a bonafide member of the agency with 217 graduates, the press release added.*

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Environmental project
starts in EB Magalona

The Bank of the Philippines Islands Victorias and Sagay branches recently launched Oplan Save Tuburan in line with its nationwide BPI Bayan project that aims to prevent soil erosion and preserve the coastal areas of Brgy. Tuburan in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.

BPI-Sagay manager, Sol Ortiso, yesterday said that they have initially planted 300 propagules at a mangrove nursery in Brgy. Tuburan, EB. Magalona,.

It takes two to three months for propagules to develop into mangrove seedlings, and another four to five months for the mangrove seedlings to be planted in the coastal area of Brgy. Tuburan in EB Magalona.

Ortiso said they have earmarked about 700 mangrove seedlings to be planted on August 24, to coincide with their Nationwide BPI Bayan Volunteers Day.

The University of Saint La Salle Economy Society is joining BPI Negros in the environment-related activities in EB Magalona.

Ortiso said they have also tapped the Tuburan Fisherfolks Association to ensure the success of the project, which is geared towards its sustainability.

The BPI Bayan (Bayanihan Para sa Inang Bayan) that was launched in August 2011 as part of its 160 th anniversary, aims to engage BPI employees in volunteerism initiatives that will give back to their community and to the environment as well.

Projects it has undertaken are coastal clean-up, tree planting , improvement of public parks and day care centers, to tutorial of street kids and out-of-school youth, home building, and care of special children and cancer patients.*GPB

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Marañon inducts
officials of Cadiz

Re-elected Cadiz City Mayor Patrick Escalante, Vice Mayor Samson Mirhan and the 10 Sangguniang Panlungsod members were inducted into office by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center in Cadiz City recently, witnessed by Rep. Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2 nd District), a press release from the city said.

In his inaugural address, Escalante called on his political opponents to end the divisiveness since the May 13 polls were over, and unite and continue where they left off, the press release also said.

He said the present challenge is to increase the revenue of the city without burdening the taxpayers and not relying solely on the Internal Revenue Allotment share from the national government.

He also said the Department of Energy has granted a permit to Phil Power Corporation and its partner to construct a 50-megawatt solar power plant in Cadiz City, that is expected to be operational in one year and half, the press release said.

With sufficient and cheap power, it will take little time for other industries to follow, Escalante said, adding that his dream for Cadiz is endless opportunities, better income and jobs for all Cadizons, the press release also said.

Marañon congratulated the local officials and thanked the Cadiznons for voting and giving him their trust and confidence.

The induction rites were hosted by City Schools Division superintendent Roel Bermejo and assistant division superintendent Elena Olvido. Present were Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III, Board Members Salvador Escalante and Miller Serondo, Arnold Dalus of SM Hypermarket, Ceasar Laoas, CCGEU president Brigida Manguino, parish priest Lito de la Paz, ABC president Arthur Lamis, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Lalen Lamis, Sagay Vice Mayor Darwin Javelosa, Legal officer Reggie Placido, families of city officials and barangay leaders and residents, the press release added.*

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People & Events
BIPA turns 66, plans scholarship expansion
Environmental project starts in EB Magalona
Marañon inducts officials of Cadiz

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