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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 30, 2015
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PNOY in Negros today
BY CARLA GOMEZ

President Benigno Aquino III is arriving in Negros Occidental today to inaugurate the P620 million Negros First CyberCenter (NFCC) in Bacolod City that will create thousands of new jobs for Negrenses, and a P62.5 million rice processing center in Bago City that will boost rice production.

The president is scheduled to arrive at the Negros First Rice Processing Center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City at 11 a.m. and at the NFCC at 11:45 a.m., a Palace advisory said.

At the NFRPC, the president will be met by Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), Bago Mayor Ramon Torres and Rosemary Caunca, president of the Bago Irrigators Association.

He will then unveil the project marker, proceed to the bagging machine to push the button that will pour 50 kilos, or one sack of grained rice, and inspect the facility.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will brief the president on the project.

NFRPC was completed in November last year and will start its operation on September after the first cropping season, a DA press statement said.

The facility was put up in order to reduce postharvest losses and to increase the milling recovery rate from 58 percent to 68 percent of palay. It will cater to more than 18, 000 farmers and 15,000 hectares of a rice production areas in Negros Occidental, the DA added.

The president will then be accompanied by Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Lilia de Lima at the NFCC in Bacolod City where he will unveil a project marker and join a program.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will deliver the welcome remarks, and Bacolod Councilor Jocelle Batapa Sigue will give a briefing on the NFCC. The president will deliver a speech after being introduced by Secretary Roxas.

The NFCC is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 20,000 indirect jobs, Marañon said earlier.*CPG

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