Governor Marañon Bares More Projects

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. bared yesterday that there will be more big-budget projects for the province this year 2016.

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (seated 4th from left) meets with department and division heads of the provincial government of Negros Occidental after the first flag raising ceremony, yesterday.*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

Marañon said a priority project this year include the concreting of Himamaylan-Tayasan Road that will save at least 30 kilometers distance from Negros Occidental to Negros Oriental.

The Governor said, he met yesterday with the Capitol department heads.

“I told them to make a strategic planning for their plans and concerns and prepare major projects as we also prepare the General Appropriations for 2017,” Marañon said.

Marañon said that the concreting of the existing Himamaylan- Tayasan Road which is about 35 kilometers and will cost about P400 Million which is a national highway under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Part of the highway in the Oriental side has been concreted, he said.

“If the funds are available, it could be completed before three years,” he added.

The road, he said, could save a traveller a distance of 30 kilometers compared to the Kabankalan-Mabinay-Manjuyod Road which is 65 kilometers.

Marañon also said there are plans of merging the existing Sikatuna Hospital in Isabela and Guijulngan and Inapoy Hospital in Inapoy, Kabankalan and Mabinay into a Regional Hospital.

“We are planning to put the two hospitals under the supervision of a regional hospital,” he said.

The Governor is also eyeing a joint irrigation project for Southern Negros under the Negros Island Region.*