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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Sagay, PEZA to sign MOU
on Negros export zone

After more than 10 years of low-key paper works, the establishment of the Northern Negros Agro-Industrial Export Processing Zone will finally get a go-ahead as the city government of Sagay and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority are set to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in a virtual signing ceremony to be held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall.

The MOU signing between Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and PEZA Director General Charito Plaza will give both government institutions the green light to jointly develop and promote the expanded 1,600,000 square-meter (160 hectares) real property of the LGU, through a usufruct agreement, on top of the 200,000 square-meter (20 hectares) earlier approved for development by the city government, as concurred by the Office of the President in 2008 that will be opened to local and foreign investors.

The creation of the export processing zone is very timely because everybody is trying to go back to their hometowns under the “Balik Probinsiya” which is part of the post-pandemic recovery plan, Marañon said.

NegOcc, Antique farmers get
P1.34-M free-range chickens

Twenty-four farmers’ associations in Negros Occidental and Antique received P1.34 million worth of free-range native chickens from the Department of Agriculture Special Area for Agricultural Development program in Western Visayas.

The program, that will be funded from the DA budget this year, seeks to augment the income of marginalized farmers in Calatrava and Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental, and the uplands of Laua-an and San Remigio in Antique, who rely on farming for their livelihood and income, Dominador Marquez, DA-SAAD Region 6 focal person, said.

“We will not be able to reach our target if not for the support of our partner local government units. Despite the limited movement in the region, we doubled our efforts to promptly deliver the interventions which could somehow ease the burdens of the farmers who are also facing the threats of the pandemic,” he said.


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