Local News: Gov. Supports Creation of Metro Bacolod Development Authority
The creation of Metro Bacolod Development Authority (MBDA) as proposed by Mayor Monico Puentevella has earned the support of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.
"That is good. I endorse that proposal. There’s even no need to conduct a study, they should just do it," Marañon said Monday.
The MBDA will be composed of the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, and Bago, and the municipality of Murcia.
Once the MBDA is formed, the local government units composing it can coordinate and assist each other in many areas such as traffic, informal settlers, and garbage collection and disposal.
Puentevella had first announced his proposal for the creation of the MBDA during his inaugural address at the Bacolod plaza last July 2.
The mayor said then that Bacolod needs to work together with its neighboring cities to address various local concerns such as traffic and garbage.
"Bacolod will not prosper without (working) with the other cities," he said.
Puentevella had earlier said the completion of the alternative access road from Bacolod to Silay Aiport is part of the initiatives that will lead to the formation of the MBDA.
He has also proposed to the Department of Public Works and Highways the revival of the 22-kilometer sugar road from Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod to Silay.
Two weeks before Puentevella assumed as mayor last July 1, he had met with Marañon to discuss how they can work together to ensure progress for both Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
"This is the start of the Metro Bacolod Development Authority. I have said it in my speeches and this is the beginning of a more productive Bacolod and Negros Occidental," Puentevella said in a press statement last week.*