NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) President Reverend Father Don Besana, OAR have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a Sholarship for Local Leaders on Barangay Governance Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The scholarship program aims to boost the managerial and leadership skills of local leaders through the provision of a one-semester-15-unit Certificate on Public Administration and Governance (CPAG).

It's in collaboration with the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Barangay Affairs led by Board Member Juvy Pepello.

The scholarship will also provide in-depth understanding of the theories and practices in public administration focusing on barangay governance that will build the confidence of local leaders in managing barangay affairs and activities.

Lacson thanked UNO-R for their cooperation and support, and for providing barangay officials the brand of excellent instruction that UNO-R is known for.

"This scholarship program for barangay officials is not just a pioneering initiative but a necessary step to develop the capacities of our barangay officials," he said.

The MOA signing was held at the UNO-R in the presence of Pepello, Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division head Karen Dinsay, UNO-R Vice President for Academic Affairs Rev. Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, UNO-R Graduate School Dean Dr. Dennis Madrigal, UNO-R Director for External Affairs Dr. Carlos Eduardo Legaspi Jr., and UNO-R Program Chair Dr. Merlita Caelian, among others. (Capitol PIO)