ANP seeks Capitol aid for showroom expenses

THE Association of Negros Producers (ANP) is seeking the assistance of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental for the expenses of its two showrooms in Bacolod City.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said they learned about the concern of ANP when they attended last week's opening of the 31st Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City, which concluded Sunday, September 18.

"We were informed that ANP needs help regarding their showrooms," he said.

These are located at Robinsons Place Bacolod and on Lacson Street.

"Their showrooms have overhead expenses of P3 million per year. So instead of using the funds for the overhead cost, they would rather use it to further train future producers. They are hoping if the province could help then find another place where they can locate their showroom at a lesser cost or if the province could provide it for free," Lacson said.

He said this is something they need to discuss with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

"On how to help ANP with this challenge they are facing right now," he added.

The vice governor said that second district Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr. mentioned an area at the Negros Museum where the Capitol can locate the ANP showroom.

The Provincial Government has allocated P700,000 budget for this year's trade fair, which is now on its 31st year.

"The enthusiasm of the ANP is very evident. I admire their resiliency. I understand that the Negros Trade fair is the longest trade fair in the country right now," Lacson added. (MPE/TDE)

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