The town of La Castellana, that marked its centennial celebration yesterday, is among the recipients of the P38 million World Bank funded swine project, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. announced yesterday.
Marañon, who was the guest of honor and speaker at the La Castellana centennial celebration, said the amount is now being readied for release to cooperatives, through their respective local government units.
Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said the WB funded swine project will benefit members of the La Castellana Multi-Purpose Cooperative, that was organized during the term of her father, Alberto Nicor, as chief executive of the town.
Marañon said he foresees the big development of La Castellana in the next 20 years, as the focus of development is now the countryside.
Mangilimutan said the P60 million public market of La Castellana will soon to rise in the town, through the help of the provincial government of Negros Occidental.
Mangilimutan said her focus, aside from delivering basic services to La Castellana residents, is tourism promotion.
La Castellana is known for its Bailes de Luces festival, not only in the Philippines, but in other countries as well.
Mangilimutan said they were even invited to perform in Berlin Germany.
In his speech, Marañon enumerated the successful programs of the provincial government of Negros Occidental, and specifically cited the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care Program.
In more than five years of operations, NOCHP, which already have one million enrollees in the program, served more than 200,000 Negrenses, who did not pay a single centavo, after being treated in 11` government hospitals managed by the provincial government.
Assisted by Marañon, Mangilimutan and Board Member Alain Gatuslao also led the honoring of eight centenarians of La Castellana, who received P100,000 financial assistance from the provincial government, and families of the former mayors of the municipality. *GPB
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