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Negros Occidental village executives’ leadership abilities are improved via a course.

In order to improve the administrative and leadership abilities of the barangay officials, the province administration of Negros Occidental has partnered with the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R).

Qualified applicants will have access to 50 scholarship spots as part of the inaugural cohort.

Classes will begin in July, according to Karen Dinsay, director of the province’s scholarship program division, who spoke on Saturday.

“Barangay captains will be the first to receive the course. These people have college degrees and college-level education, the speaker continued.

With a focus on barangay governance, the 15-unit study program will give students a thorough understanding of the theories and practices in public administration. This will help local leaders feel more confident in their ability to manage barangay affairs and activities.

Participants will get a Certificate in Public Administration and Governance at the conclusion of the course.

Dinsay stated that during the selection process, her office is collaborating closely with ex-officio Board Member Juvy Pepello, who is in charge of the committee on barangay matters.

Earlier, Governor Eugenio Lacson and UNO-R President Rev. Fr. Don Besana, OAR, had signed a memorandum of understanding for the execution of the Scholarship for Local Leaders on Barangay Governance.

“I applaud UNO-R for their assistance, and support, and for giving the barangay authorities the high-quality instruction for which UNO-R is renowned. This barangay official scholarship program is not only a trailblazing idea but also a crucial step in building the skills of our barangay officials, according to Lacson.

There are 601 barangays in Negros Occidental altogether.

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