Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday said they wish for more progress in Negros Occidental in 2020.
“Together we will continue to build on the progress of 2019 for a better and brighter 2020,” Lacson said.
He also called on Negrenses to pray to God not just for progress and development, but also for “the continued protection of our people and province from natural and man-made disasters and calamities.”
Ferrer said he wishes more success, development and peace for Negros Occidental in 2020.
Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2nd District) said that, on the economic front, his wish is that “we continue to see the Negros Occidental economy soar as LGUs and the business community forge stronger alliances that will open up more investment and employment opportunities for our people”.
This should be coupled with readying the Negrense workforce by providing training programs through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and other manpower support institutions, Cueva said.
“We also have to work doubly hard to sustain our gains in the agriculture sector by institutionalizing support systems to small farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries, who were hit hard by the rising cost of farm inputs amid the drastic drop in the price of palay,” Cueva added.
He also pledged to join his colleagues in the House in efforts to safeguard the sugar industry in the light of the proposed sugar import liberalization.
“We have to remain steadfast in this endeavor as Negros will be at a high risk considering that more than 60 percent of the country's sugar output comes from the province,” Cueva said.
On the local front, Cueva said he hopes to jump start the CaSaMa (Cadiz City, Sagay City and Manapla) Development Alliance as a viable investment location.*
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