BACOLOD CITY–The provincial government of Negros Occidental signed Thursday a memorandum of agreement with the University of St. La Salle (USLS) that will grant masters and doctorate degree scholarships to 1,157 public school teachers in the province.
The MOA is for the third batch of 1,000 Project Free Paglaum Program teacher-scholars, which includes 122 pro bono scholars sponsored by USLS and 35 teachers from the diocesan schools of Bacolod, Kabankalan, and Dumaguete.
Project FREE (Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence) Paglaum is a scholarship program of the provincial government open to all public elementary and high school teachers in Negros Occidental who would like to avail of post-graduate studies.
“An investment made for our teachers through the upgrading of their knowledge and skills is an investment for the future of our children,” the governor said, adding that children, regardless of economic or social status, should enjoy the same level of good quality education.
“The biggest challenge now is how teachers can train students to be globally competitive and efficient in a time of pandemic,” he said.
Lacson signed the MOA with Bro. Joaquin Severino Martinez, USLS president and chancellor; Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon; Dr. Marsette Sabbaluca, Negros Occidental Schools Division superintendent; Dr. Annabele Balor, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and USLS Project Free director; and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Magno.
Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the SP Committee on Education, and Negros Occidental Scholarship Program head Karen Dinsay were also present at the signing ceremony. (Eugene Adiong/INews Bacolod Bureau)
Negros Occ. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson signs a MOA with Bro. Joaquin Severino Martinez, USLS president and chancellor, to provide graduate studies scholarships to 1,157 public school teachers in the province. (INews photo by Capitol PIO)