The provincial government-owned property occupied by the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. is not for sale, and the NFEFI is not up for transfer to the Panaad Park in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
The clarification was made yesterday by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who stressed that it will remain in the area.
Former Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had said that the NFEFI office and facility located at the South Capitol Road in Bacolod City will be up for transfer to the Panaad Park area.
“I don’ think we should move to that area, especially because the proposed area in Panaad is not ready. I prefer the park to remain here,” Lacson said.
The one and a half hectare property near the Capitol where the NFEFI is located, houses endangered species such as the rare warty pigs, leopard cats, spotted deers, bleeding heart pigeons and many more animals in danger of vanishing forever.
Lacson said there is a proposal from the ANP (Association of Negros Producers) to open a showroom in that (NFEFI) area, as they want to move out from the place where they are staying.
At the same time, Lacson also said that he wants NFEFI to proceed with their plans that will attract more visitors to the Negros forest park.
He will propose a number of years for the NFEFI to remain in the area, Lacson said.*
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