THE Provincial Board approved during its regular session on Wednesday, July 26, the amended ordinance creating the Negros Occidental Provincial Industrial Estate Office.
Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of committee on laws, rules and ordinances, said they already approved for first reading on July 5 the ordinance creating the Southern Negros Industrial Estate. Gatuslao, however, said that upon reviewing the requirements, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. decided to prioritize the creation of the office instead, and set aside first the estate.
“The previous ordinance included provisions creating both the estate and office, but we need to have first a body to work for the creation and supervision of the former," he added.
The Negros Occidental Provincial Industrial Estate Office will be composed of a department head, assistant department head and project engineers, among other personnel.
They are existing employees of the Provincial Government, who will just be transferred to the estate office. Gatuslao said the office will also cater to locators who are planning to invest in the southern portion of the province.
These include the Japanese firm Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Inc., which will venture into the construction of a ship recycling facility at Barangay Bacuyangan in Hinoba-an.
They will also handle concerns of the stakeholders, including the development’s social and environmental impacts, Gatuslao added.
Source: sun star. 27 July 2017