SAGAY CITY – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said his home city has come a long way due to its bullish economy.
Marañon, who led the opening rites of the 23rd Sinigayan Festival here yesterday, said the annual growth rate of Sagay is more than 18 percent.
“When I entered politics more than 50 years ago, the municipality of Sagay had a budget of less than P1 million, around P900,000. But now, the smallest barangay in Sagay already has a P1 million budget,” the governor said.
“In the span of more than 50 years, there’s a big improvement. I computed it. The annual growth rate of Sagay is more than 18 percent until now,” he added.
It was in 1996 when the municipality of Sagay was converted into a component city of Negros Occidental by virtue of Republic Act 8192.
Marañon said that if the people work together and if there’s unity, there’s real progress.
“I hope we will continue to unite so our economy will improve and will be more progressive. Let’s continue to pray for more blessings,” the governor told his constituents.
He also urged the Sagaynons to pray for rain as farmlands in the city were also affected due to the dry spell. “For me, the answer to dry spell is prayers,” he added.
Former Fourth District representative Jeffrey Ferrer, who was the guest of honor of the festivity, called for the cooperation of the local officials, barangay leaders, and government agencies for a progressive locality.
Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said that since they focused the Sinigayan Festival on protecting the environment, the city is remembered for its cause and contribution to the world to be green again.
“It has been our administration’s thrust to create progress through accomplishing various programs in education, environment, and economy,” he said.
He said making good programs is not enough and they should not stop aspiring for a progressive Sagay that grows without compromising their environment and children.”
Sinigayan Festival came from the word “Sigay,” a type of shell found in many islets and shores of the city.
The festival will be capped with a dance showdown from various barangay clusters on March 19 at the public plaza.*
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