Barbers arriving for
Rep. Robert “Ace” Barbers (Surigao del Norte, 2nd District) will be the guest of honor in the groundbreaking of the Tinongan National High School in Isabela town, Negros Occidental, on September 6.
Isabela Councilor Patrick Montilla yesterday said that Barbers, the chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, is a close family friend.
He added that Department of Education regional director Robert Sadsad, TNHS principal Suzanne Catague, a representative from the Department of Public Works and Highways, the presidents of the Parent-Teacher Association and SSG, and Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor are also expected to attend the event.
Montilla and Barbers will lead the blessing of the lot, and the lowering and sealing of the time capsule.
Catague earlier thanked the Montilla family, through the councilor, for the donation of almost a hectare of their property in Hda. Bonifacio for the lot where the high school will be constructed.
She said it is a dream come true for the students, faculty and parents of the students for the school to finally have a site of its own after almost 39 years of being a “squatter” at the Tinongan Elementary School.
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Bayan of Isabela passed a resolution expressing sincere appreciation and recognition to the family of the late Patrick Montilla, through Carmen Gabaldon Montilla, Patricia and Beatrice Montilla, and the councilor, for the deed of donation executed in favor of the Tinongan National High School.
The resolution states that “this undying legacy bequeathed by the donor to the donee, intended to liberate the students from the rural barangays from the tyranny of ignorance and poverty which will consequently uplift their respective families to become productive members of the society.”*
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Students to be
taught health insurance
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. recently signed a memorandum of agreement with private schools to incorporate the teaching of health insurance among grade 10 students in private schools in Negros Occidental, a government press release said.
PhilHealth Regional Vice President for Regional Office VI, Lourdes Diocson, said in the MOA signing rites at Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, that they were also turning over a learner's material that will guide the teachers in teaching the topic so that the students receive uniform information.
She said PhilHealth observed there was a variety of concepts that textbooks contain and the learner's material will address the issue.
The program intends to instill in the minds of the students their right to be covered by health insurance, she said, noting that after they finish their grade 12, they will already be eligible for work.
It also aims to have the students multiply their knowledge by sharing what they know about PhilHealth first to their family members, friends, and the community, the press release said.
She said teachers will only teach the basic concepts because they do not want to overwhelm the students, being mostly teenagers, with loads of information.
The topic will be taught in MAPEH, under consumer health. Lessons include basic concepts on Philippine Health Insurance Corp., membership programs, becoming a member, benefits of a member, financial risk protection, and various activities such as the filling-out of PhilHealth forms.
Diocson said the public schools started to roll out the project last year.
Schools present during the MOA signing were the Bacolod Tay Tung High Schools Inc., Binalbagan Catholic College Inc., Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino-Recoletos, Kabankalan Catholic College, Fellowship Baptist College, Mount Carmel College, Madeleine Academy, Pax Catholic Academy Diocese of Bacolod Inc., Saint Columban's Academy, Southland College, St. Scholastica's Academy, and the St. John's Institute, the press release added.*
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Edith's 75th birthday celebration
Ma. Vida “Edith” Tanalgo celebrated her 75 th birthday at her residence in Paglaum Village, Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City Sunday.
The celebration was prepared by her daughter, Mary Eloise Te, who came home from Manila to ensure that the event will be a memorable one.
Tanalgo was joined by husband, Luis, children and grandchildren, who helped decorate the venue in red and white balloons, while their guests, including close relatives and friends, were requested to dress up in red.
Ilonggo ballads played in the background as guests enjoyed the sumptuous food while dining out in the lawn.
Tanalgo's daughter Judith Kristine Maraguinot distributed tokens with a photo of the celebrator before the party ended.*CGS
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