Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation (JBLCF), Fukujin Kisen, Co., Ltd., and scholarship grantees of the Provincial Government’s Maritime Scholarship Program, at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City
The 15 qualified students granted scholarship on a “Study Now, Pay Later” scheme at John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation in Bacolod City must complete their academic requirements for Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation.
The maritime scholarship is a tripartite endeavor of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, maritime schools, and manning company, aimed at providing educational benefits to the poor but deserving Negrense students who dream of becoming a seafarer.
JBLCF Bacolod was represented by its administrator, Engr. Roberto Neal Sobrejuanite while the manning company, Fukujin Kisen, Co., Ltd. was represented by Capt. Achilles Cuadra, Jr., Ship Management Manager.
As stated in the MOA, the province will pay the tuition and school fees, while the manning company commit to grant employment for the scholars after a year of shipboard training.
Lacson thanked the JBLCF for their cooperation and support to the scholarship program of the province.
He also advised the scholars to be diligent and responsible during their training, and couple their skills and hard work with work ethics.
“As you venture into this new chapter of advancement in your education and professional life, always remember that you are also paving the way on behalf of the other young Negrenses who are going to follow your footsteps,” Lacson added.
Board Member Agustin Ernesto Bascon, chairman of the SP Committee on Education, emphasized the importance of education to the Negrense youth.
Lacson also lauded the Negros Occ. Scholarship Program (NOSP) Division led by Karen Dinsay, for the dynamic and committed dedication to the development of Negrense students.*