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Monday, December 23, 2013

DESPITE Yolanda and the corruption news over Pdaf (Priority Development Assistance Fund) and (Dap) Disbursement Acceleration Program, there is still much to thank for this Christmas.

I still have an intact home and my family together despite super typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake even as we consider it our obligation to assist those who had it bad this year.

For work, much of my goals have been achieved. The biggest – perhaps beyond my wildest dreams – has been the establishment of a core group for sustainable mountain development for the Asia-Pacific.

And for that, the trip to Turkey and Nepal this year proved to be very productive. It might be early to count my chickens before the eggs are hatched, but I can sense the conversion of sustainable mountain tourism from ideas to practice right here in the province.

Speaking of which means the fact I live in Negros Occidental. Vice Gov. Eugenio José Lacson was right when he said the province deserves the award for being the best performing local government unit in Western Visayas given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“I am not surprised at all. Our services to our constituents are better than than those of our neighbors in the region,” Lacson said. Okay, the provincial government earned this bragging right. The proof of the tikal are in the awards.

Negros Occidental was awarded anew as the region’s Best Performing Province during the Pagdayaw 2013 Search for Excellence in Local Governance (Excell) Awards rites held in Iloilo City Thursday.
The province was also awarded champion for Excellence in Economic Governance, Environmental Governance, and Valuing the Fundamentals of Good Governance.

Negros Occidental was also second runner-up in Administrative Governance and Social Governance. Congratulations to our provincial leaders, especially to Gov. Alfredo Marañon.

What else?

Oh, two years down the road, and I sense no panic of 2015 when the country will reduce to nearly zero the tariff from imported sugar. No one is even raising the specter of a repeat of 1984 when the provincial economy nearly collapsed when the prices of sugar plummeted.

I remember back then. Many companies were hurrying to the exit door to avoid their businesses from being affected by the economic crisis.

In fact, in 2013 more investors are coming in. Just look at the spanking new commercial buildings. Well, why not? These companies are not panicking either, because Negrenses are not. That indicates confidence on the resilience of the provincial economy.

The Negrense youth are learning new trades apart from karga tapas or pamatdan. They are becoming computer savvy, could even produce new animators that could bring laurels to the province if the graduates of the Animation and Media Development at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center land jobs in Hollywood.

Yes, let’s count our blessings for the year 2013. May the good Lord bless and keep us, May we find that long awaited, golden day this year. Merry Christmas to all! (

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 23, 2013.


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