Change has come in Negros. Sugarcane is not the only thing growing in the province, infrastructure is rising, as well. And for the future, the sweetness of sugar might not be enough to boost the local economy.
Economic diversification has been one of the programs pushed by the provincial government to break away from its mono-crop industry. From the sugar crisis in the 1980s, the move to diversify was emphasized by the government’s “Panaad”, a Hiligaynon term for “Promise”. This gave birth to a celebration to help the local government units promote their products and services apart from sugar, which was eventually called “Panaad sa Negros Festival”.