Negros Occ. businessmen optimistic of 2018

The business sector in Bacolod City and the entire Negros Occidental is optimistic about prospects in 2018 that it would be a better year in the province.

Frank Carbon, regional governor of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Western Visayas, said Wednesday that the Provincial Development Council (PDC) has already laid down projects and programs, especially in infrastructure, during the last two years.

Carbon, who is also the chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBBCI), said these measures are strong foundations that are set to be further realized through the government’s “Build, Build, Build” project this year.

“We have already prepared the needed infrastructure development plans like interconnectivity road networks and irrigation systems, among others, and these are now ready to be fully implemented this year,” he added.

Carbon added that it is good that the provincial government continues to implement measures to develop the agriculture industry.

Aside from sugar, it is also working on maximizing the province’s potential on rice, corn and other crops, he said.

The private sector, represented by MBCCI, chairs the Infrastructure Development Committee of the PDC.

The MBCCI itself expressed optimism that the planned infrastructure developments of PDC’s will also allow growth to penetrate the rural areas.

The focus is currently on urban centers, Carbon said, adding that by expanding growth to the rural areas, the province would be able to achieve a balanced development.

The newly-signed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) would enable the government to implement these projects, which are seen to bring in more employment and livelihood to the people, the business leader said.

“It will offset the possible increases in the prices of commodities,” Carbon said. “We just have to urge our local officials to work together and make a strong voice in Congress to ensure that the province can get enough share of the budget.”*(Erwin Nicavera/PNA)



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