186 Project Free Scholars Graduate at USLS

A total of 186 public school teachers who are scholars of the Project FREE Program of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental graduated with doctoral and masteral degrees at the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (center) receives a Plaque of Citation from USLS president, Bro. Joaquin Martinez and Dr. Jose Ledesma III, USLS Board of Trustees chairman, for being a Grantor of the Project FREE Scholarship Program.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol photo)

The graduation ceremony was held at Santuario de La Salle in Bacolod City, Saturday (Aug. 26).

In December 2016, a total of 1,473 elementary and secondary teachers who are Project FREE scholars have also graduated with Masters in Education and Master of Arts in Education at USLS.

Gov. Marañon said that he admires the teacher-graduates for their determination to finish studies despite working full-time during weekdays.

“I remain optimistic that you will use and apply your learnings from this institution to improve the scholastic performance of our schoolchildren,” he added.

The graduates thanked the provincial government and Gov. Marañon for the opportunity given to them that contributed a lot to their teaching profession.

In 2014, the provincial government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Dept. of Education and the University of St. La Salle for the purpose of upgrading the teaching skills and knowledge of public school teachers, with the end goal of improving the scholastic performance of the Negrense schoolchildren; from which P36 Million was allocated for the masteral and doctoral studies of 1,560 teachers.

Gov. Marañon said that this year, the provincial government will once again provide scholarships to 1,000 teachers who would like to avail of the Project FREE Program, with a budget of P28 Million.

Also present in the graduation ceremony were USLS president, Bro. Joaquin Martinez, Negros Occ. Schools Division Superintendent Gilbert Sadsad, USLS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Anabelle Balor, among others.*(Capitol News)