By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Provincial Board Member Salvador Escalante, Jr. set the committee hearing regarding the P300 million supplemental budget for this week at the Provincial Capitol.
Escalante, who chairs the committee on appropriations, budget, finance, ways and means, said the budget was already approved on its first reading last week.
He explained the funds would be used towards the purchase of lots in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City and Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City.
According to Escalante, the purchased lots would be used by the province for a number of purposes, including the construction of the proposed Negros Institute of Technology in Talisay City and a housing project for provincial government employees in Barangay Mansilingan.
The properties made headlines towards the end of last year after the Provincial Board rescinded existing lot contracts for the 400,000 square meter property owned by the C&C Agricultural and Development Corporation in Bacolod City and the 250,000 square meter property owned by the Encar Agro-Development Corporation in Talisay City.
At the time, Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson requested a committee hearing on the proposed expropriation, noting, “We should not rush this request, especially that the parties concerned are the very same land owners who previously requested we rescind the contract to sell.”
Escalante noted he will summon all departments involved in the proposal./WDJ