BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is providing scholarships on barangay governance for local leaders, in tandem with the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City.
Karen Dinsay, head of the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division, disclosed that the scholarship will provide in-depth understanding of the theories and practices in public administration focusing on barangay governance, that is expected to build the confidence of local leaders in managing barangay affairs and activities.
Dinsay also said that the scholarship is aimed at boosting the managerial and leadership skills of local leaders through the provision of a one-semester, 15-unit Certificate on Public Administration and Governance (CPAG).
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is set to launch the scholarship for barangay leaders on June 22, with a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the province of Negros Occidental and UNO-R, represented by its president, Rev. Fr. Don H. Besana.
The program will be managed by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division (NOSPD) headed by Dinsay, in collaboration with the Sangguniang Palalawigan Committee on Barangay Affairs led by Board Member Juvy Pepello.
Pepello said that the SP Committee on Brgy. Affairs will work hand in hand with the NOSPD during the screening process of the pioneering batch.
Lacson said that there is a need to upgrade the knowledge and skills of local leaders in public administration.
For the pioneering batch, 50 slots will be available to qualified applicants.*