A volunteer worker from Brgy. 10, Bacolod City, recently received a P3,000 cash prize from the Soroptimist International of Bacolod as the Women’s Opportunity Awards winner, a press release from the club said.
Bengieresa Retino of Purok Kabuhi, Brgy. 10, Mambuloc Reclamation area in Bacolod was awarded by club president Melba Tan, with chairperson Viol Caram, vice president Babes Sola and other SIB members at Bascon Restaurant in Bacolod.
A mother of six, Bengieresa is employed at the Urban Basic Service Division as volunteer worker with no specific number of hours, the press release also said.
The WOA is for women who are financially in need and willing to pursue education, or vocational skills, to improve their standard of living. It is funded by Soroptimist Foundation, the press release added.*
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TV stars to visit Sipalay
GMA Network stars will join in the celebration of the 12th Charter Day and Barongoy Festival of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, on the theme “Makig-ambit sa Buluhaton, Pag-uswag sang Sipalay Ipadayon” on March 24-31, a press release from the station said.
Kapuso stars Mike Tan, Aljur Abrenica and Kylie Padilla will be at the Sipalay gymnasium, 7 p.m. on March 31, for the Kapuso Fiesta variety show.
For more information, those interested may contact the station’s Events and Promo Department at (034) 434-6254, or the GMA Bacolod and Isyu Subong Negrense Facebook accounts, the press release added.*
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15 more rebel
returnees to get aid
Fifteen more rebel returnees are expected to avail of financial and livelihood assistance from the Negros Occidental provincial government on Thursday, Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.
The provincial government gave more than P700,000 in financial and livelihood assistance to rebel returnees last year, to start a new life with their families, he said.
Lactao said the number of rebel returnees in Negros Occidental rose from 74 last year to 84, as of last month.
The new batch of rebel returnees will be presented to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Thursday.
Seven other former rebels, who also surrendered to the 11th Infantry Battalion in Guihulngan City, received financial assistance of P3,000 each from the provincial government of Negros Oriental, on March 14, Maj. Jesus Pagala, 11IB executive officer, said.
Gov. Roel Degamo, assisted by Maricel Bantilo of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer Alicia Lagarde, led the distribution of financial assistance at Camp McKinley in Guihulngan City, he added.
Last year, each of the 28 rebel returnees in Negros Occidental received P50,000 livelihood assistance from the OPAPP.
Meanwhile, an alleged intelligence officer of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Panay was apprehended Saturday by a combined team of police and military intelligence operatives in Jaro, Iloilo City, by virtue of an arrest warrant for murder charges.
Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, yesterday identified the alleged rebel leader as Bernabe Tubongbanua, with aliases of Ka Maymay and Bimboy.
Tiongson said Tubongbanua was linked to a series of extortion activities in Panay, and is one of the suspects in the burning of heavy equipment and two taxi cabs in 2011.*GPB
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