Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan is expected to approve tomorrow a proposal for a P160 million loan for the completion of the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City with the remaining P20 million to be sourced from provincial government funds.
The P160 million will be sourced from the Development Bank of the Philippines, he said.
The governor had originally proposed a P180 million loan, but Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson insisted on exploring ways to reduce the amount.
Meanwhile, Marañon reiterated his support for the push by Bacolod officials for the creation of a Metro Bacolod Development Authority, which will include Bacolod, Silay, Talisay, Murcia and Bago.
This will enable a coordinated solution to traffic, squatter and garbage problems, he said.
“I endorse the proposal, there is no need for a study for its creation”, he said.
He also said the Visayan bloc composed of congressmen from the Visayas should not push for tourism projects only, but all of the concerns of the area.
The governor refused to comment on claims that the bloc was created to boost the alleged senatorial ambition of Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District).
The governor also denied that he is endorsing a candidate from Sagay City to head the Philippine Councilors League-Negros Occidental chapter during an election Friday.
He said the incumbent, Raul Rivera, will be the likely winner.
The vice governor said his political group is supporting the bid of Rivera for reelection and there appears to be a consensus with the governor’s group, too.
Meanwhile, the governor bared a dream to develop a botanical garden on a 65-hectare provincial government property in upper Campuestohan in Talisay City, which can be used for research, environmental protection and for the education of the youth.*CPG