SangguniangPanlalawigan member, Dr. Melvin Ibanez, yesterday reiterated his appeal to his rival, former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Lacson, to get his facts straight on the loans availed of by the Provincial Government under re-electionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., a press release from the United Negros Alliance said.
Lacson failed to get it right for the nth time, Ibañez, runningmate of Marañon under the UNA, pointed out.
“Let me put it on record”, he said. The loans availed of by the province are below the P1 billion mark. Lacson, he said had been saying over and over again in countless media fora, paid and rehearsed radio interviews and press conferences, that the provincial government has an outstanding loan amounting to P1.5 billion.
“I can show documents that he is giving a totally twisted information,” Ibañez said.
Ibañez said Lacson should study his issues so he will not sow confusion by giving misleading information.
Another faulty information given out by Lacson was his claim that the new 24-classroom building for Negros Occidental High School, which is funded through a loan, costs P42 million, he said.
The NOHS classrooms only cost P40 million, not P42 million, as claimed by the former mayor,Ibañez explained.
Ibañez also stood pat on the move of the province to build the Negros First Cyber Centre even if Iloilo has Megaworld and Cebu has MactanHilltown as claimed by Lacson.
He said he is confident with the Cyber Centre investment. Although the province is in direct competition with Iloilo and Cebu, it does not follow that we have not taken an aggressive approach to provide employment opportunities to young Negrenses who are in the ICT-BPO sector. The Cyber Centre is the future. It was carefully studied and had the concurrence of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. He also said more than 40 lessees are lining up to rent the commercial spaces there. “This simply shows investors’ confidence,” he said.
He also said the Negros First Cyber Centre, located at Lacson and Libertad streets, will provide jobs initially to 5,000 young Negrenses in its first year and no lower than 12,000 on its second to third year in operation. “Unless, of course, there are quarters in our society who do not want to give employment opportunities to our people,” Ibañez said.*