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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
DON Salvador Benedicto town Mayor Marxlen dela Cruz clarified they welcome private investors who would like to put their businesses in the town.
Dela Cruz made the clarification amid allegation that his administration is anti-investor and that this perception explains the slow pace of development in DSB.
The town does not even have a single gasoline station or an inn that can bolster DSB local economy, especially its tourism potential.
Dela Cruz said they have been trying to lure investors to the town but no interested investor has so far come to his office.
This year, dela Cruz said that DSB projects to earn P3 million in taxes. He expects an increase in the coming years because of the increase in real property taxes.
The town's internal revenue allotment is P49 million and the town is almost totally dependent on it, dela Cruz said.
Meanwhile, Del Cruz reaffirmed his decision to seek reelection for his third and last term in the coming 2013 elections.
When asked about the plans of lawyer Jose Max Ortiz to challenge him during the elections, dela Cruz said that he welcomes any opponent. In the last election, he was unopposed.
He said that he will just submit himself to the mandate of the people because he is confident of their support for his administration.
DSB has been under the leadership of the dela Cruz family since it became a town in 1983.
Mayor dela Cruz’s father, Board Member Nehemias dela Cruz, was the first mayor of the town. After his term expired, his wife Cynthia dela Cruz was elected as mayor and, when her term ended, Mayor Marxlen took over.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 04, 2012.