Bredco remains as tool for the region's development-A A +A
Thursday, September 27, 2012
YEARS back, this writer has written an opinion column - What is Bacolod without Bredco. Yes and until today the vision of this man named Atty. Sammy Palanca five decades ago in his ambition to turn the waters into land has remained and will forever remain a memento that all Bacolenos and Negrenses must look up, that without his vision and ambition what could Bacolod be today.
This visionary does not know this writer, but this writer knows how to look up on the endeavors of individuals who have contributed greatly and significantly that everyone in this island, region and republic has turned to become beneficiaries.
While truly it remains to be a business, yet the vision to give Bacolod City and Negros Occidental a medium for industrial and commercial development remains as a perpetual memory to all. To hell with politics; to hell with critics who could not even think of the slightest idea to contribute well to society; to the heavens we must all say, thank you Lord for giving us Bredco.
If the Negrenses only relied on that so-called Banago Port, Bacolod and Negros Occidental will not be as progressive as today. We say A Big Thank You to the man fondly called Sammy P because he is the real Negrense who gave way to make the Negrenses live better.
All else is purely politics and everyone wants to ride on. Even the birth of a shopping mall in the reclamation area is all because of the man. No politician could claim credit to that for if he did not sell the land to the mall owners then there should have been no mall at all. Those who attempt to grab credit from The Man are simply hungry for credits when none of them deserve one.
The Man should be given honors and credits as he deserves it - No one else. The existence of the ferry transports and inter-island vessels are just a testimony of development. The commercial warehouses, oil depot, sugar bulk transporting are sights worth to recognize. And the passion of The Man is the only reason why all these continue to happen in this part of the region.
Give it to him and to those who are helping The Man allow Bacolod and Negros Occidental to grow continually. From the investors, stakeholders, workers, porters, drivers, and more - they are part of the growth that The Man begun and will never come to an end.*
Pacete: Negros to ZaNorte
Ver F. Pacete
As I See It
ONE big event in tourism is the holding of the thirteenth national convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) in the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. The working theme is "Tourism, a Vehicle for Peace."
Negros Occidental delegates are headed by Cristine Mansinares, the provincial tourism officer. Our team will leave Bacolod on October 1. We are expected to arrive at ZaNorte Plaza Capitol in the morning of October 2 for registration and billeting of delegates. Parade of regions will feature the traditional or regional attire in a one-kilometer walk from Dipolog City Boulevard to Convention Center.
The opening program will be held at ZaNorte Convention and Sports Center in Dipolog City with the convention rationale to be given by Mike Sison, ATOP president. Governor Rolando Yebes of ZaNorte will give the welcome remarks. Keynote speaker is DOT Sec. Ramon Jimenez. His topic is "It's More Fun in the Philippines - The New Phil. Tagline." The guest of honor is Vice President Jejomar Binay. Governor Yebes is hosting the welcome dinner wherein he will showcase the best nourishment of the province.
The immersion tour will be in three areas. The Municipality of Polanco handles industrial tour showing handicrafts and agri-tourism. Historical tour will be in Dapitan. Ecotour is hosted by Brgy. Miatan (Subanen Village, Sanao Cave). Those who want to plant mangrove will proceed to Aliguay Island.
The Atop General Assembly and the bidding for the 14th ATOP National Convention will be in the Thai Restaurant of Dakak Park and Beach Resort. Dinner and regional socialization will be accommodated at Sultan Area (Beach Front) and all delegates will be exploring Gloria Fantasy Land Tour and Fun.
Plenary session topics: "Peace in the Context of History, Culture and Heritage," "World View on Defense, Diplomacy and Development on Philippine Tourism," and "Peace Promotion through Tourism: A Media Perspective." Sec. Luwalhati Antonio of Mindanao Development Authority will talk on "Tourism Agenda for Mindanao - MindaNow."
And the awaited moment is the awarding Ceremonies of ATOP-DOT Tourism Best Practices, "The Pearl Award." On top is the Best Tourism-Oriented LGU which will be given to a province, city and municipality that show a sustainable tourism development program as defined in the Tourism Act of 2009 which refers to the management of all resources that meet the needs of tourists and host regions while protecting the opportunities for the future.
LGU tourism programs should fulfill economic, social and aesthetic needs while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems in relation to community outcomes. Silay City and San Pablo City are the only finalists.
Other major award categories are Best Tourism Event that is divided in three categories - Festival, Arts and Culture, and Adventure; Best Tourism Month/ Week/Celebration for provincial, city and municipal levels; and Most Outstanding Tourism Officers' Club/ Organization/ Association.
The event will end with "KaPEACEtahan ZaNorte" (ATOP Peace Covenant). Peace is the backbone of any tourism program. Without peace, there is no unity and integrity. With peace, we can establish a culture of solidarity among regions. There can only be fun when the environment is robust, when we move around without fear, when our leaders do not cheat, when every Filipino holds himself in high esteem. FUN, Filipinos Unite Now!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 27, 2012.