Fifth District Provincial Board Member Melvin Ibañez debunked claims that the Negros First Cyber Center program of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is a wrong investment in the use of loans by the provincial government.
Projects funded by loans, especially for economic development and income and employment generation, can never be a wrong investment, Ibañez, said in a press release.
Ibañez pointed out that, for decades, the Paglaum Sports Complex, where the Cyber Center is rising, has been unproductive and that the governor decided to seek a loan to fund and make use of the area for economic purposes.
Ibañez also denied claims of San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Lacson that the Cyber Center project was made without a feasibility study as he recalled that the provincial government had sought the help of Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, for such study, which is a basic requirement in the planning of projects.
It was the Provincial Sanggunian, of which I am a member and chaired by Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, that invited Sigue to present the feasibility study, that she did twice before it was approved by the provincial board, Ibañez said.
He added that the Sanggunian Panlalawigan had authorized Marañon to enter into a loan contract and for Lacson to claim it as a wrong investment is an insult to the capability of the provincial board under Alvarez, who is his standard bearer.
Such unfounded and misleading claims by someone who aspires to become a provincial government official speak of the kind of official who will serve the people if they make the mistake of voting them into office, said of Lacson, who is his opponent for the vice gubernatorial seat in the May 13 polls.
The Cyber Center, Ibañez said, is a right and relevant investment as it among others, offers employment opportunities for up to 12,000 persons and strengthens the position of Negros Occidental as an investment center.*