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WV dev’t plan
orientation conducted

The Western Visayas Regional Development Plan (2011-2016) orientation for Negros Occidental was held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, yesterday, led by the National Economic and Development Authority 6.

Participated in by representatives of local government units, nongovernment organizations, Provincial Development Council members and key departments of the Negros Occidental provincial government, the presentation of the plan, its goals and targets as well as the development strategies, was made by NEDA 6 Regional Director Ro-ann Bacal, a press release from Capitol said.

The development strategies include macro-economy and poverty alleviation, competitive industry and services sector, competitive and sustainable agriculture and fisheries, tourism development, infrastructure support, human resource development, research and development, bio-fuels and renewable energy development, good governance and the rule of law, peace and security, and environment and natural resources.

Estela Paredes, OIC asst. regional director of NEDA, introduced the RDC of Western Visayas that coordinates the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short and long term regional development plans and investment program, regional physical framework plan and special development plans to ensure the socio-economic development of the region to enhance the general welfare of the people.

Ma. Tersa Guadalupe of the NEDA Project Development Investment Programming and Budgeting Division presented the WV Regional Development Investment Program, while Erlinda Chiu of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division reported on the status of monitored programs and projects in Negros Occidental, the press release said.

The activity is in coordination with the Provincial Planning and Development Office, headed by Ma. Lina Sanogal, the press release added.*

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DOST distributes 15,446
OL traps to Negros schools

The Department of Science and Technology distributed 15,446 ovicidal-larvicidal traps to 7,736 classrooms in Negros Occidental as part of its dengue prevention campaign, Glady Reyes, DOST science research specialist, said yesterday.

Public schools from the districts of Ilog, Binalbagan, Toboso, Silay City, Cadiz, San Carlos, Escalante, and Kabanlakan City were the recipients in the first batch of the OL distribution, Reyes said.

The OL trap controls the population density of mosquitoes by stopping their reproduction cycle. The kit is composed of a strip of lawanit, a black plastic cup, and pellets made from organic pepper and other natural materials that contain a scent that attracts mosquitoes to lay eggs in the trap, Reyes added.

The schools were provided with pellets good for six months’ consumption.

Based on the report of the Department of Health Western Visayas, dengue cases in Negros Occidental reached 215 with two deaths recorded as of June 2, 2012.

Reyes said DOST will distribute OL kits to other schools in the province, and added the agency will ensure that a