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Marañon, Lacson agree
on cyber center funding

Finally, it’s a go.

The members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, headed by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, yesterday agreed to approve the P180 million needed for the completion of the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City at their session next week, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

The governor met with the SP members over lunch yesterday to thresh out their concerns.

In principle, they have agreed to approve, but the entire amount will not be in the form of a loan, and the details are being threshed out by the budget officer, the governor said.

The governor said he is very happy with the outcome of the meeting. “We expect this to benefit the province and the people of Negros Occidental,” he said.

Lacson yesterday also confirmed that the SP agreed to approve the budget for phase two of the CyberCentre next week.

“We agreed on lowering the amount to be loaned,” the vice governor said, but did not give details.

Marañon described the SP as very cooperative, and said he hopes they continue to work as a group, with no more politics, because there is a lot to be done with very little time.

It is our hope and our dream that this relationship continues in the next three years, he said.

Meanwhile, the governor said the Visayan bloc of congressmen, who plan to work collectively for the needs of the Visayas, is very good.

They will be supporting us so we will be supporting them, he added.

Meanwhile, EB Magalona Mayor David Albert Lacson, who heads the League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Negros Occidental chapter, said the bloc gives the Visayas a stronger voice in the House in lobbying for livelihood and infrastructure programs.

He said he will propose a similar bloc among the municipal mayors of Western Visayas.*CPG

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