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Immigration seminar

A free migration seminar will be held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, 9 a.m. on September 15, a press release from organizers said.

This will be a follow-up to the “Pathways to New Zealand” seminar conducted by the NZ Immigration Help Service Philippines at the Capitol last month, in partnership with the Negros Occidental provincial government, the press release also said.

It aims to inform those interested to study, work or migrate to NZ about the existing immigration policies, means of processing and the different pathways applicable to each applicant.

Those interested may confirm attendance for seat reservations by texting one’s name to 0932-869-8472. A comprehensive resume should be prepared for the initial assessment on Saturday, the press release added.*

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San Carlos jail
declared best in WV

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office 6 Awards Committee, recently declared the San Carlos City Jail the best in Western Visayas, a press release from the city said.

The facility has won the Best City Jail in the region for three consecutive years, and had been adjudged as the best in the Philippines last year. It won over all BJMP-controlled jails because of its steadfast approach in implementing policies and guidelines for the security and safekeeping of the inmates, and in introducing innovations to promote the welfare and interest of the detainees, jail warden Senior Insp. Castle Masip, said in the press release.

Programs implemented include the “Smoke Free Jail” since 2009; livelihood programs for inmates, like handicraft-making, that already earned for the inmates and their families thousands of pesos; and the therapeutic community modality program that engages the inmates in a process that changes their behavior and how they see their selves and others in the community. The San Carlos jail is also the only unit in the country that publishes a newsletter, the press release said.

Masip, who received the award from Jail Chief Supt. Doris Dorigo, deputy chief for Administrations and concurrent deputy chief for Operations of the national headquarters, and Senior Supt. Ignacio Panti of the BJMP Region 6, thanked the jail personnel, inmates and the city government for their continuous support to the programs and projects of the facility, the press release added.*

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USLS wins nat’l
moot court contest

The 2012 National Moot Court competition on International Humanitarian Law, held at the Supreme Court main session hall on Sept. 7, was won by the University of St. La Salle College of Law, a press release from the school said.

The team will represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Rounds in Hong Kong in March 2013.

The moot problem was a hypothetical case involving the alleged commission of war crimes cognizable by the International Criminal Court, and the competition included written pleadings and oral arguments.

The USLS Team was composed of Pio Seva, Nadine Abenoja, Denyri Dumancas, Jamie Bentinganan, Shawn Dustin Coscolluela, Christine Tan and Carmela Santos; and trained by lawyers Michael Hanz Villaster and Rosanne Gonzaga, the press release also said.

Abenoja was also awarded as Best Mooter of the national finals that was judged by a panel, presided over by Associate Justice Roberto Abad of the SC.

The USLS Team faced the University of the Cordilleras and the University of Batangas in the general rounds; Southwestern University in the quarter finals, and San Beda College in the semi-finals.

It won first runner-up in the IHL Role Play Challenge held at the De La Salle University Law School, that hosted the elimination, quarter final and semi-final rounds of the competition, the press release said.

It also said that USLS College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento and president Br. Raymundo Suplido accompanied the team in the national finals of the competition organized and sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Philippine Red Cross and the SC.*

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MusiKara song competition
winners named

The song “Sinadya sa MassKara,” composed and performed by Grupo ni Utod, won in the grand finals of the MusiKara: The Search for the 2012 MassKara Festival Music, September 7, at Robinsons Place Bacolod.

The group received P20,000 in cash and a MassKara trophy from Mayor Evelio Leonardia, assisted by Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and councilors Roberto Rojas, Em Ang and Al Victor Espino.

The other finalists were Berne Street (Life is Good in Bacolod), Remedyo Heneral (Syudad sang Yuhum), The Templar’s Band (Yuhum-Yuhum), AJJA Band (MassKara 2012), Saring Kulay Band (Handumanan sang Gugma), 3 Face (MassKari), The NRV Band (Mas Masadya, Mas Nami Diri sa Bacolod), and SYK Unit (Kari sa MassKara), that received P3,000 each, a press release from organizers said.

The judges were Jerry Panizales, band master of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Brass and Pop Band; Barney Molina, ABS-CBN TV production head for Western Visayas; events host, and singer Joan Visitacion, singer and composer Jico Monte, and Gerry Grey, streetdance music consultant and composer of the MassKara Festival music from 2004 to 2009.

The event, initiated by the Silver MassKara Festival Organization, the organizer of the festival since 2004, in partnership with ABS-CBN and MOR 101.5, was also attended by Bacolod first lady Elsa Leonardia and Councilor Homer Bais, the press release added.*

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People & Events
San Carlos jail declared best in WV
USLS wins nat’l moot court contest
MusiKara song competition winners named

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