BACOLOD CITY, June 12 (PNA) — The celebration of the 115th Independence Day became more meaningful for lowly farmers in Negros Occidental after having been rewarded with a total P1.7-million aid.
Of the total financial assistance, P933,632 worth of insurance claims were released to 19 barangay officials, including their volunteer peacekeepers.
The turning-over ceremony led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. was held at social hall of Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol here Wednesday.
The other assistance was the P840,393 worth of counterpart funds for the purchase of a mini four-wheel tractor, six reaper harvester and two combined harvesters and transplanters.
The farm machineries are intended for nine farmer’s and irrigator’s associations based in Bago City (two), Hinobaan (two), San Enrique, Himamaylan City, Manapla, Moises Padilla and Cauayan.
The equipments have a total cost of P2.8-million wherein 15 percent will came from the province while the rest will be shouldered by the national government through the Department of Agriculture.
The celebration of 115th Philippine Independence Day revolved on the theme “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran”.
The activity started with a flag raising ceremony and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by the Negros Occidental High School Brass Band, Provincial Capitol Choir, 303rd Infantry Brigade of Philippine Army and Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.
It was then followed by the Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas led by the Philippine Coast Guard, Girl Scouts of the Philippines and Philippine National Red Cross.
Marañon, in his speech, said that the clean, orderly and peaceful election held last month has strengthened the Philippine democracy.
The re-elected governor also stressed that because of the unprecedented mandate given by Negrenses, he is expected to perform better in the next three years.
The dignitaries during the affair include Provincial Board Members Melvin Ibañez, Mae Javellana, Salvador Escalante, Jr., and Miller Serondo, 303rd IB Commander Col. Jon Aying, NOPPO Director Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, Provincial Schools Division Supt. Juliet Jeruta, and Negros Occ. Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan, among others. (PNA)