Negros Farmers

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) - The Provincial Agrarian Reform Office (PARO) of Negros Oriental had distributed lands and installed 13 farmer-beneficiaries recently in the town of San Jose, Negros Oriental. According to Gherelene Mae Rafols, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) information officer, the property was formerly owned by the Trison's Development Corporation that covered 10,6492 hectares. The installation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries was spearheaded by officials from DAR, Stephen Leonidas and Gerry Gumalo, said Rafols. Highlighting the installation was the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs), a much-awaited event.

School Campaign

BACOLOD CITY (PIA) - Disaster preparedness begins at home and parents or a head of a family should have plans on what members will do in case of earthquake and other similar catastrophe. Jomarie Vargas, Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief, said this during a school earthquake drill seminar at the Barangay Handumanan National High School. He advised teachers to urge students not to run when there is an earthquake because they will be disoriented that may cause their injury. Instead, people in school should stay wherever they are and execute the three important moves duck, cover, and hold until the tremor stops.

Tourism Drive

CEBU CITY (PIA) - The Region-7 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) will give nearly R300,000 to the Olango Island Eco-Tour Association (OIETA) as part of the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project's (ICRMP) financial assistance on enterprise development and income diversification program. DENR-7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo said the program intends to provide alternative and complementary livelihoods to OIETA as Olango Island is one of the frequently-visited tourism destinations. Montejo added this program will open up new activities to attract more tourists to visit the area.

Exhibition Game

MAASIN CITY (PIA) - The city government here invited the former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players to an exhibition game, as one of the activities for the forthcoming 12th Charter Day celebration of this city. Mayor Maloney Samaco said the local government invited the group for an exhibition on August 7. The ex-PBA players will play against the former players from the locality who now works in various areas, including abroad. The city government did not confirm yet the entrance fee of the invitational basketball game. ''The proceeds of the ticket sales will defray the athletes' food, transportation, and accommodation,'' Samaco said.

Exam Passers

ROXAS CITY (PIA) - At least 68 Capiceños were able to hurdle the recent career examinations conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Capiz CSC Director Maria Lina Gonzaga said that of the 1,649 Capiceños who took the May 27 career examinations in Capiz, only 68 successfully made it. Gonzaga said that of the total successful examinees, 54 passed the professional level, while the remaining 14 others are passers in the sub-professional level. Gonzaga said the 54 Capiceño professional level passers are among the 595 successful examinees in Western Visayas, while there were only 116 successful examinees for the sub-professional level in the region.

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