Positive progress and vision mark Lacson’s SOPA

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Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson shared encouraging developments in Negros Occidental, reported increased local revenue from provincial government initiatives, boosted agriculture gains, improved medical facilities, and expanded infrastructure in the previous year in his State of the Province Address.

Addressing the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, and provincial department heads, Lacson delivered an extensive SOP lasting about one and a half hours. The address took place at Bacolod City’s Social Hall on August 8.

Lacson emphasized unity while adapting to rapid modernization, making Negros Occidental a region where hard work and values pave the way for progress. He stressed the need for collective effort to overcome challenges and fulfill shared aspirations.

Among the milestones reported by Lacson are:

  • Negros Occidental achieved an 84 percent rice self-sufficiency level, ensuring year-round food security.
  • An impressive 616 scholars completed NOLITC’s competency-based training programs between August 2022 and July 2023, achieving an 86 percent employment rate.
  • The provincial government successfully completed various infrastructures within Bacolod City’s Panaad Park and Stadium, including rehabilitation efforts and the construction of new facilities.

Lacson acknowledged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s legislative achievements, including the enactment of five appropriation ordinances, 1,111 resolutions, and 29 regular ordinances during the past year. Notably, these resolutions addressed key concerns such as medical assistance, education, and legal matters for those in need.

Lacson also underscored the importance of honest and values-centered governance. He urged a continued commitment to serve the province and constituents.

Ferrer has echoed this sentiment, affirming their dedication to fulfilling their responsibilities as mandated by the people.