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ONOPRA 9th General Assembly Held


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) receives a token from ONOPRA President Ramon Uy, Jr. (right) and Kay Versoza O’Brien of MKay Organics during the 9th ONOPRA General Assembly at Nature’s Village Resort, yesterday.*/Capitol photo

The Ornanic na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) held its 9th General Assembly with the theme, “Prospects of the Local Organic Movement in the Context of the Negros Island Region and the ASEAN Food Trade”, starting yesterday at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay.

Guests from the Department of Agriculture (DA), IFOAM Asia and members of ONOPRA attended the two-day assembly and discussed about ONOPRA’s priorities and outputs in carrying out its role for the Negros’ economic development through organic agriculture.

Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. commended ONOPRA for being one of the leading agencies in the organic movement and pushes for the certification of all organic producers in the province.

New members and Board of Directors of ONOPRA also took their oath of office administered by Provincial Agriculturist Engr. Igmedio Tabianan.*/CAPITOL NEWS

Gov. Marañon Signs MOA For Maritime Scholarship


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (seated 4th from left), VMA Global College president, Atty. Juan N. Orola, Jr., Capt. Leopoldo C. Tenorio, CEO of Marlow Navigation Phils., Inc., among others, at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for maritime scholarship held at VMA Global College in Bacolod City, yesterday./Capitol photo by Richard Malihan

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. signed a Memorandum of Agreement with VMA Global College, Marlow Navigation Philippines, Inc. and 19 scholar-grantees in a simple ceremony held at VMA Global College in Bacolod City, yesterday.

The project is a tripartite endeavor of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, VMA Global College and Marlow Navigation, Phils, Inc., adopting a study now, pay later scheme that benefits poor but deserving students.

As stated in the MOA, the provincial government commits to pay the tuition and other school fees of the students, VMA shall provide the necessary educational inputs to the scholars, while Marlow Navigation commits to handle the cadetship training onboard their vessels, and hire them after graduation.

Gov. Marañon said that the provincial government is allocating about P100 Million every year for its scholarship program and initially, a total of P8 M was allocated for maritime scholarship, however, only about P1.7M was utilized because only 18 students passed the examinations given by Marlow Navigation Phils. Inc. when the program started in 2013.

He challenged VMA Global College president Atty. John Orola, Jr. to help the students and increase the number of scholars next year so that children of underprivileged will be able to avail of the scholarship while adding that he is willing to increase the budget because the program is the most successful and it guarantees 100 percent employment rate among its graduates.

He stressed that in the global maritime industry, 70 percent of seafarers hired are Filipinos and it shows that Filipinos are highly trainable and possess good abilities as well.

Marlow Navigation Phils, Inc. chief executive officer Capt. Leopoldo Tenorio in his message lauded Gov. Marañon for acknowledging the importance of education especially for the underprivileged families. He said that Negros Occidental is the only province in the entire country who readily accepted the program after listening to the presentation.

Under the study now, pay later program for maritime education, the Provincial Government has a total of 19 scholars taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation who are on their second and third year and 18 graduates who are now working and training on board Marlow Navigation vessels./Capitol News


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Capt. Leopoldo C. Tenorio, CEO of Marlow Navigation Phils., Inc., and VMA Global College president, Atty. Juan N. Orola, Jr. after the MOA signing./Capitol photo by Richard Malihan

Gov Turns Over Checks to Mayors

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. turns over checks to Mayors

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.(3rd from right) turns over checks worth P1M each to Mayors Emmanuel Aranda of Binalbagan, Jose Ma. Alonso of Pontevedra, Mario Magno of San Enrique, and David Albert Lacson of E.B. Magalona, to fund the various projects in their municipalities that include road concreting, support to education program and acquisition of upland mass transport vehicle, among others. Also in photo is Fourth District Board Member Jose Benito Alonso./Capitol photo by Richard Malihan