Marañon: More prospects for Bacolod City

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Friday, January 3, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is optimistic over the prospects of the province in 2014.

“This is an exciting year with more prospects coming to the province especially in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector particularly call centers,” he said.

“That’s why the province is rushing the completion of the Negros First Cyber Center because there are already several locators who want to occupy the spaces,” he added.

The Cyber Center is expected to be completed on March 31, 2014.

Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said Bacolodnons can “bid goodbye to a bad year,” because of the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol.

"Let us pray that it will never come back," the mayor said.

Puentevella urged his constituents to welcome a new year that will bring peace, prosperity to Bacolod.

“We hope that year 2014 will bring more bundle of joy to all of us – One Dream, One City, One Bacolod," he added.

Priorities for 2014

The governor said that aside from the Cyber Center, his other priorities this year are tourism, agriculture and food security.

We’re hoping that this year, World Bank-funded projects could start, he said.

Negros Occidental is a pilot area for the $500-million projects for Visayas and Luzon.

Marañon said they have already submitted project proposals.

Of the total project cost, World Bank will cover 80 percent while the Department of Agriculture will have a 10 percent counterpart. The remaining 10 percent will be funded by the local government unit.

The projects will include farm-to-market roads, infrastructure, irrigation, livestock and other agriculture-related projects.
Fishing boats from Japan.

Meanwhile, Marañon said that during his recent visit to Japan, he met with Governor Hodo Nakamura of Nagasaki.

He learned that Nagasaki has several used fishing boats that could still be utilized by fishermen in Negros.

"The only problem is how to bring them here," the governor said.

Some private owners are willing to donate the used boats while others want to sell them at minimal cost.

Possibly, those boats could be acquired and be brought to the province through cooperatives, he said.

He added that taxes could be minimal or even free if it is done through donations.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 03, 2014.

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