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The sisterhood agreement between Palawan and the Hainan, the southernmost province of China currently has 20 scholars consisting of two batches with 10 scholars for each batch enrolled in Hainan Normal University.
The students from Palawan who qualified in the scholarship are enrolled in the fields of international economics and trade, chemistry, law, international Chinese language education, accounting, ecology, statistics, mechanical engineering, and automation technology, among others.
The Provincial Government said that the first batch of scholars started in September 2018, and the second batch started in September 2019.
Among the second batch scholars of Hainan Scholarship Program 2019 were Ruperto Lasting, Jr., Michael John Villarosa, Cleford Rano, Christian Marc Garcellano, Cielo Sustal, Andrea Joy Tatoy, Jubilee Hope Cajiles, Carl Louis Dela Cruz, Albert Endencia, and Ranier Baldonado.
“Ang mga nabanggit ay ang sampung mga kabataang Palaweno na nakapasa sa isinagawang screening at naging kwalipikado sa scholarship grant at ngayo’y nag-aaral na sa Hainan Normal University sa Hainan, China mula noong Setyembre, 2019. Ang scholarship grant para sa mga ito ay sa ilalim ng Palawan-Hainan Sisterhood Agreement,” the Provincial Government said in a statement.
The scholars demonstrated excellence and good standing in their studies as well as in other activities.
“Halos lahat silang mga estudyanteng Palaweno ay nagpapakita ng magandang academic standing at aktibo rin sa promosyon ng sariling kultura ng mga Pilipino na ipinapamalas nila sa kanilang mga aktibidades tulad ng Culture Exchange Program kasama ang kanilang mga kaklaseng nagmula rin sa iba’t-ibang bansa,” the statement further said.
It was in 2017 when Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez forged a sisterhood pact with Hainan province.
The sisterhood aimed to strengthen the bilateral relations between Palawan and Hainan, particularly on promoting the economic growth and development of the two provinces in the area of trade and commerce, agriculture, fishery, tourism, education and culture and people-to-people friendly exchanges.