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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, April 13, 2018
The ‘boom’ that might dig deep
A special report on construction
and quarrying behind Negros’ sugarlandia
BY MARK L. GARCIA
(First of two parts)

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”.

After almost 25 years, the government has bragged that this “promise” has eventually expanded and lured more industries to flourish, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal said.

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