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Gov Marañon Admits: Education Key Solution to Poverty

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"Education is the best solution to poverty." Thus said Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr, during the launching yesterday of ABK 3 Child Labor Monitoring System at Nature’s Village, Talisay City.

ABK 3 is a project of the Provincial Council for the Rights and Welfare of Children (PCRWC), advocating to eliminate child labor in 15 cities/municipalities of Negros Occidental.

ABK3 LEAP, PCRWC and Microsoft Partner to Create Monitoring System for Children in Negros Occ.

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The Provincial Council for the Rights and Welfare of Children (PCRVVC) is set to pilot a functional monitoring system to track child labor situation in Negros Occidental, in collaboration with the ABK3 LEAP project. The Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) will be piloted in 15 sugar producing cities/municipalities covered by ABK3 LEAP, with support from software developer Microsoft. The initiative will be launched today, May 29, 2014 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.

La Carlota City is Gold Awardee in HLURB’s Zero Backlog Project

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La Carlota City headed by Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer is the Lone Gold Awardee of the Local Government Units of Negros Occidental in the 2013 Comprehensive Land Use Program Zero Backlog Project of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) at the awarding ceremony and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for Housing Projects held at the De La Rama Hall, Talisay City Hall last Thursday.

Gold Awardee: Vice-Mayor Luis Jacky Jalandoni III representing Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer receives the Gold Trophy and Plaque of Appreciation from Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo Albee Benitez-3rd District of Negros Occidental, HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec Cecilia Alba, Secretary-General of HUDCC.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental together with HLURB Commissioner Ria Cabrera, Commissioner Linda Hornilla, Commissioner Luis Paredes and Usec. Cecilia Alba, Secretary General of HUDCC spearheaded the awarding ceremonies.

Silver Awardees were: Mayor Jose Maria A. Alonso of Pontevedra, Mayor Ramon Torres of Bago City represented by Denny Millevo and Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and Vice-Mayor Santiago D. Maravillas of Escalante City.

Chess Nat’l Arbiter Succumbs to Cardiac Arrest Friday

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Chess national arbiter Kim Dumdum succumbed to cardiac arrest Friday noon at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City.

Kim Dumdum

Dumdum, 65, a native of Toboso, Negros Occidental and settled in Taculing was a hands down choice for organizing or being a tournament manager in local chess tournaments like the provincial meet, and in Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural & Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) chess tournaments.

He is also the choice of managing chess tournament in the University Games (UniGames) and National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA).

Dumdum’s last stint was in the national PRISAA held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte last April.

He did not feel well during that time and was hospitalized on April 19.

The Army Wears Many Hats

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Soldiers are not only defenders of the community. They are ambassadors of goodwill, too.

As narrated by Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer of 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Occidental, the Bayanihan Team of soldiers patrol the hinterlands to promote peace and development. Winning the peace is not by bullets but through better community relations.

Members of the Bayanihan team carry with them few kilos of rice given to the residents in the far flung barangay as part of their penetration activity.* (Edith B. Colmo photos)

Upon arrival in the hinterland areas, the Bayanihan Team coordinates with the barangay officials and sitio leaders, whom they present their intention of conducting activities for the benefit of the community. Before the conduct of any activity, they survey the area to determine the density population, livelihood of the people; identify the needs of people. But, during their house to house survey, they give their pasalubong to the family – few kilos of rice, sometimes with sardines if they have the budget. In the course of conversation with the people, they asked what are their needs and problems that affect them most.


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