NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is amenable to the legalization of Jai Alai in the province.

Marañon believes legislation of Jai Alai can generate jobs and additional income in terms of taxes to the Local Government Units (LGUs).  

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Marañon also noted that there are different kinds of gambling existent but some are legal like the Small Town Lottery (STL).

But he said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should apprehend those who are involved in the proliferation of the number’s game, which is illegal at this time. 

Meanwhile, Marañon stressed that the Provincial Government will not sell its vacant properties, like the one located at the back of the provincial capitol building. 

He stressed that these lands will also be offered to interested developers or investors who may put up a hotel or a convention center as the Provincial Government is also amenable on a joint venture to generate additional income for the province.  

Likewise, the province-owned lot beside the Philippine National Bank (PNB) will also be offered to those interested investors. 


Marañon, on his first day of office Thursday, immediately started the giving of the Universal Health Cards for the Negrenses. The Provincial Government has allocated P50 million funding for the first year of its implementation. 


Marañon is set to deliver his first State of the Province Address (Sopa) on July 7 during the inaugural session of the Provincial Board. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)