Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the opening of the Christmas Weekend sa Kapitolyo and ceremonial switch-on of Christmas lights at the Philippine National Bank fountain area at Lacson Street in Bacolod City yesterday.
He also distributed P3.4 million worth of quick response assistance to agri-fishery areas in Negros Occidental hit by flashfloods in October, at the opening rites.
Damage to corn and palay covering 2,490.57 hectares was placed at P57.3 million by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
The governor distributed 1,816 bags of palay, worth P2,179,200, and 109 bags of corn, worth P196,200, to 2,448 rice and 153 corn farmers from Candoni, Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Ilog, Kabankalan, Himamaylan, Pontevedra, La Castellana, Salvador Benedicto, Hinigaran, Moises Padilla, Binalbagan and Bago City.
Sixteen pump and engine sets, worth P1,052,800, were also distributed to various farmers’ associations in line with the on-farm mechanization program of the provincial government, through the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit 6, the governor said.
The quick response assistance is an effort to address the rehabilitation of agri-fisheries so farmers can recover from their losses, Marañon said.
The weekend market will be open Fridays and Saturdays this December, he said, and urged the public to visit the place.
There were 23 exhibitors at the opening of the weekend market.*CPG