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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Keep park clean,
guv tells public


Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on the public using the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City to keep it clean.

It is the obligation of every citizen to help keep public places clean by not throwing their waste anywhere, he said.

Netizens have been posting photos on Facebook of parkgoers leaving their fastfood chain containers, cigaret butts and other waste in various parts of the park.

If the public does not cooperate, the provincial government alone cannot keep the park clean, the ball is now with the public, the governor said.

There are some people who keep complaining but they do not do their share, he said.

As to persistent questions on the actual cost of the renovation of the park by Ayala Land, Marañon said nothing was signed on what exactly would be done, it was voluntary on the part of the property developer.

Doubts have been raised that P25 million was spent for the renovation.

Ayala Land on July 22, 2015 presented a P25 million plan for the enhancement of the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City to Negros Occidental officials that it would undertake simultaneously with the construction of a hotel and mall on property it had leased and purchased from the provincial government, Ayala Land Assistant Vice President Jojo Lopez had said then.

Marañon, after the presentation called the plan “beautiful”, and said it would transform the Capitol Lagoon area into a world class park.*CPG


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