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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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Marañon hopes to get PNoy help

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he will seek President Benigno Aquino’s help for the food security and health programs of Negros Occidental if he comes to Bacolod on February 9.

The governor said he would ask the president for assistance if he is in a good mood when he comes to watch the football match between the Philippine and Mongolian teams at the Panaad Sports Stadium in Bacolod.

However, he said as of yesterday there still was no official confirmation on whether Aquino had accepted the invitation of the Philippine Football Federation.

“We are appealing to the president to come as his presence would be a moral booster for the Philippine team,” the governor said.

“If the president is in a good mood when he comes, we will present the concerns of Negros to him, and if he is not, we will just let him watch the football match,” Marañon added.

Marañon said he would like to inform the president of the food security programs of the provincial government, and the need for assistance in the repair sugar roads and for equipment for the hospitals of Negros Occidental.

Meanwhile, Marañon said the only role of the provincial government in the football match is to provide the venue and to ask the law enforcers of the province to provide security for the event.*CPG



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