MERGE House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd from left) at the Bacolod Silay Airport with Silay Mayor Mark Golez, incoming Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and outgoing Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (l-r) yesterday* (CPG photo)

P19.3B PPP proposal up
for Silay airport expansion


Davao-based Udenna Corp. has submitted a P19.3 billion unsolicited proposal to expand, operate and maintain the Bacolod Silay Airport under a Public Private Partnership, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was informed yesterday.

Arroyo, who visited the airport that was built during her presidency, along with outgoing Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., incoming Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Silay Mayor Mark Golez, met with airport officials to be briefed on the status of its expansion.

If Dennis Uy of Udenna is the unsolicited proposal proponent, “I have confidence that his firm is not fly-by-night”, Arroyo said, pointing out that it is his firm that is putting up a “Bonifacio Global City” in Clark, Pampanga, to be known as “Clark Global City”. moremoremore

Bong puts coal issue ‘on hold’

On the eve of the silent protest at the inauguration of the newly elected Negros Occidental provincial government officials, incoming governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson said any discussions on the coal-fired plant will be put “on hold.”

Lacson drew flak from the environmental groups and the church after he said he will not stand in the way of the San Carlos City government if they want to push through with the proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in their city, that is also his hometown where he was a former mayor.

In a statement released to the environmental groups last night, a copy of which was obtained by the DAILY STAR, Lacson reiterated that he will not repeal the executive order of outgoing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. declaring Negros Occidental as a source of clean and renewable energy and a coal-free province. moremoremore


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Negros First Hostel to boost
economic gains – Marañon

Outgoing Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the provincial government-run Negros First Hostel will boost the economic gains of Bacolod City and the province.

The governor led the soft opening and blessing of the hostel located in Bacolod City yesterday. He also toured the four-storey structure that includes function halls, meeting rooms, dormitory, premier suites, and deluxe rooms.

He said the Capitol engaged in the economic enterprise to spur the economy of the province and “this is one of the programs that the provincial government is endorsing to serve Negrosanons. The next edifice (to be inaugurated) is the food terminal.”