Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
If there is one legacy that Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon can definitely lay claim to in his nine years in office, it is providing real employment opportunities for Negrenses, not just here but abroad as well.
Japan and Australia are just two of the countries that have linked up with the provincial government to hire skilled workers or through the study-now, pay later program.
Japan has been a source of income for many skilled workers in the province for years now, particularly those in the construction business and there are agencies here that provide language tutorial to better equip our workers when they get hired.
Australia has been in the works too since the first term of the governor and a great help for the establishment of the program is fellow Negrense, Januario Rivas who is the Philippine Consul General of Northern Territory, Australia.
Late last year, we saw over 30 Negrenses graduating from the Australian Vocational Education and Training Program that will allow them an opportunity to take an internship program in Australia and work at the same time.
The internship program comes with an P80,000 monthly salary covering a 3-year period and can really help uplift lives and our local economy.
But beyond that, the program has trained local professors to teach Australian qualifications, thereby equipping Negrenses to be more globally competitive.
We also have the Negros Occidental Language and IT Center that has become a strong base for those in the BPO sector and has provided employment to thousands of Negrenses.
Not only that, we have the distinction as well of being the organic bowl in the country because of the governor’s foresight.
These are but some of the programs that will propel our province to greater heights when you have a visionary for a leader – and Negros Occidental is sure lucky to have one in Gov. Freddie.*