Breaking ground in southern Negros

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


THE bridges along the highway of Bago City are almost done and the vehicular traffic has eased by now after so many months of rehabilitation. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Indeed, the highway will be among the best with the Chinese contractor also asphalting it.

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The contractors for the three bridges along Sum-ag and Pahanocoy area have yet to meet their deadlines which surely were extended. Engineers must always be safety conscious when building bridges and buildings. One delivery van fell off the bridge since a mental lapse of the driver allowed him to jump into the river because the rehabilitated bridge did not have preventive railings. That is also a fault of the Department of Public Works and Highways for its failure on safety process.

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Today the URC-Sonedco sugar mill is breaking ground for its 46-megawatt biomass-fired boiler at the plant premises. The fuel source is from bagasse, a by-product in sugar manufacturing. The plant will reduce the use of fossil fuel and sustain the livelihood of the farmers in the area. This morning’s occasion will have the presence of URC-Sonedco boss Lance Y. Gokongwei, head of JG Summit Holdings Inc. and CEO of Cebu Pacific Air.

Also expected to grace the event is Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco and other government and sugar industry officials.

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In Davao City, the Big Davao Fun Sale grouped together seven big shopping malls in the city to attract shoppers to avail of the whopping treats. The four-week event will indeed boost economy and tourism in that part of the country.

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For our province, we believe there is still the need for the enthusiasm of the government and private sectors to work for a unified tourism promotion. Until today, tourism stakeholders are still shouting the dream to make the province and city the next destination. But what is being done for this dream. Many are asking. I mentioned Maricar Dabao as the real tourism promoter because she does not own a hotel neither a resort nor a restaurant that will identify her to have vested interests.

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April is Panaad month and Negrenses are looking forward to some new attractions in the Panaad Festival. This is the way to attract the usual visitors of the festival. Surely Provincial Tourism Officer Tintin Mansinares and her team are creative enough to infuse new ideas.

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This column greets Junjun and Jane Lizares, Dave and Nena Villanueva, Dr. Ruben Monte de Ramos, Mike and Jean Villanueva, Peter and Hope Bravo, General Manuel Felix, Jowy Puentevella, Chuckie Quevenco, Mao Vecera, Alex Espino, Boy and Marilou Montalvo, Quino and Mayette Yao.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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