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Visayas newsbits for May 15, 2014

AGRI-VOCATIONAL CENTER IN NEGROS TOWN

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (PIA) – An agricultural and vocational training center for out-of- school youth and indigent students is targeted for construction in Moises Padilla town, this province. Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and donor Merceditas Montilla, who donated her 20,000 sqm. property for the school led in the recent groundbreaking ceremony at Brgy. Odiong, Moises Padilla. Marañon thanked Montilla, saying the training center will be a big help to the province, particularly in terms of food security and agricultural productivity since this will be the training ground for local young farmers’ skills development.

HUMAN BONES  UNEARTHED IN BORACAY

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan (PNA) – Human bones were unearthed by a backhoe operator beside a hotel in Sitio Cagban, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island. Police report said backhoe operator Carlito Urbano was digging in the area Monday when he noticed the skeletal remains of a human being. Urbano immediately called the attention of his superior who in turn, notified the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC). Responding Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) led by PO1 Mark Legarda said the skeletal remains will be examined by a medico legal expert.

STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM ENERGY CAMP

VALENCIA, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Some 48 high school students from across Negros Island recently graduated from the recent 11th  Energy Development Corp. (EDC) Energy Camp (E-Camp) which started last May 6 and ended with a culminating activity at the EDC’s geothermal plant compound here last May 12, 2014. E-Camp’s goal of environmental awareness and protection and experiential learning on survival and disaster preparedness were conveyed through such activities as map reading, basic first aid, martial arts and fun with ropes which included knot tying, rappelling, and v-traverse which campers applied in the E-camp’s culminating “Amazing Race” highlight activity.

FIRST SK-JSGP-TESDA TRAINING SESSION ENDS

TACLOBAN CITY,  (PNA) – The first heavy equipment training program facilitated by the South Korean Joint Support Group Philippines (SK-JSGP) military contingent and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) has been completed with 39 graduates hurdling the rigorous exercises. The six-week two-phase training started March 31, 2013 with trainees undergoing TESDA lectures before going through practical application conducted by the SK-JSGP. The training included crane, excavator, pay-loader, bulldozer, and buck hoe operations. The second training session started earlier this week with participants from Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa and Tacloban City, this province.The training program is conducted along with troops from various Philippine Army Engineer units.

LOCAL PLANNERS TO DISCUSS ‘SMART’ LGUS

CEBU CITY, Cebu – The League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. (LLPDCPI) is set to hold its annual convention here with the theme “The Role of Development Planners in the Promotion of Smart Local Government Units.” The five-day event starts May 19, 2014 with Vice-President Jejomar Binay as keynote speaker at the Grand Convention Center on Archbishop Reyes Ave., this city. (Phoebe Jen Indino)