Mayor Monico Puentevella openly encouraged the audience of the 1st Bacolod City Education Summit yesterday to open their minds and look deeply into the current situation of the city’s education system and on how, as concerned citizens, they can help to uplift its quality and to provide the youth with enough knowledge for a more competitive future.
"I challenge each of us to start an education revolution to change the way we do things," Puentevella, Chairman of the Local School Board said as he delivered the city’s State of Education Report. The city’s Chief Executive also shared freedom icon Nelson Mandela’s outlook on education, describing it as "the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."
Business: Bacolod Tourism Influx up by 29.23%; Puentevella Pushes for Marañon’s One Island, One Region
An April 10, 2014 study on the arrival of tourists in Western Visayas pegged the City of Smiles in second place behind the province of Iloilo with a 29.23% increase in the influx of both local and foreign tourists who visited Bacolod this year.
Iloilo is ranked number 1 in percentage change with 46.03%.
Coming in third is Capiz with 26.49%, followed by Antique (22/61%), Iloilo City (19.15%), Aklan (14.13%) and Guimaras (4.47%).
The change in volume of tourist, meanwhile, has Aklan up top with 184, 812, with Bacolod City in second with 131, 360. Iloilo City comes in third with 100, 905, followed by Iloilo (36, 907), Capiz (25, 179), Antique (3, 280) and Guimaras (2, 733).
Southland College, the newest and fastest growing college in the heart of Kabankalan City, proudly announces the launching of a new Montessori-based curriculum in their Pre-school department, the first such pre-school in the Kabankalan area. Among the many advantages that the new curriculum brings is a lower teacher to student ratio. Smaller class sizes mean a more individual approach to learning where teachers can recognize specifically how a student learns best and creates an environment that accommodates all learning styles.
"We are proud to be the first in Kabankalan to offer this type of environment for students," says Dr. Aniceto D. Villaluz Jr., President and Founder of Southland College. "The focus of Southland is to see the individual student at the core of their own learning. We have seen studies and heard stories of many students thriving in this type of program so we are excited to get the 2014 school year started and see these young children perform at their very best. Kabankalan is a very progressive city and the parents of our students demand quality education. With this new program, Southland is now providing that for our very youngest students."
Business: SM Bacolod to Extend Mall Hours in Preparation for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Closure
SM City Bacolod will observe the Holy Week with a two day shut down on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This the mall does for its employees and tenants to be able to observe the remaining Lenten events of the Christian calendar.
Last March 27, 2014, 30 participants from Manokan Country and Pala-Pala joined the Food Safety Management Awareness (FSMA) seminar through the support of Councilor Sonia Verdeflor and the OURFood Program.
The FSMA seminars are conducted by the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) in cooperation with the NFCG to promote food safety awareness and practices. It is a seminar that tackles basics of contamination, personal hygiene, good hygiene practices in the workplace and how will it affect food safety and public health. The vendors are set to take the full Good Sanitation and Hygiene Practices within the second quarter.
The Association of Negros Producers (ANP) in partnership with AFOS Foundation is set to start the second phase of the Negros Food Consultancy Group (NFCG) Batch 2 series of trainings. First of the series is a training on Food Hazards and GMP Documentation on April 22-25, 2014. This will expand membership of the NFCG.
The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) is finding ways to address a possible power shortage during summer that could affect the operations of business establishments here.
MBCCI president Frank Carbon said they are meeting with officials of Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to discuss their concerns.
Carbon said traders are worried since power consumption is expected to rise because of the summer heat, and the use of air-conditioning systems and electric fans are expected to be massive.
"We want to be sure because we heard that Leyte where the geothermal power plant is located has not yet fully stabilized their operations and that Luzon has also an unstable power situation," Carbon said.
Arriving from his two-day joint conference together with the mayors of emerging ASEAN nations at the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy in Singapore, city mayor Monico Puentevella faced the media yesterday and detailed on what he has learned from the "working conference".
Among others, Puentevella noted that this trip was successful as he had the opportunity to meet with other Chief Executives of the Philippines and other countries. The forum likewise opened doors for discussion on how to prepare for natural disasters, casualty prevention and on how Super Typhoon Yolanda-struck cities like Tacloban and Bohol stand and revive its status following its devastation.
Mayor Monico Puentevella has invited Double Dragon Properties Corporation to invest in Bacolod City by putting up a branch of CityMall here.
Mayor Puentevella said in his letter to Tony Tan Caktiong and Edgar Sia II, Co-Chairmen of Double Dragon Properties Corporation, owner and developer of CityMall to consider Bacolod City as one of their proposed 100 community malls that they intend to put up in various strategic places in the country.
Negros Occidental’s Panaad sa Negros Festival, dubbed the "Mother of All Festivals" kicked off its 21st year on Monday at the Panaad Park and Stadium with a showcase of the best that each of the 32 cities and municipalities had to offer. At each pavilion, one could see, sample and buy various products or learn about what and who makes a particular place popular. The festival’s opening program was a bonanza presentation of all the festival dances, delighting local and foreign tourists and drawing thousands of visitors to the colorful event.