Hinoba-an Mayor Sees Industrial Estate as Pathway for Dev’t

Hinoba-an Mayor Ernesto Estrao sees the Southern Negros Industrial Estate as “a path for progress and development” not only for the town but the whole Negros Occidental.

Estaro yesterday led members of his town’s Sanggunian Bayan (SB) in accepting a check of P20 million from Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr.

The amount will be used for the purchase of land for the relocation of residents facing displacement due to the planned establishment of an industrial estate in Brgy. Bacuyangan, the mayor said.

He also said that the site will accommodate 500 residents.

The amount comes from the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund.

Last month, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved the establishment of the Southern Negros Industrial Estate, on 285 hectares of land to be expropriated by the government.

The board also approved creation of an office that will manage and supervise the industrial estate with ancillary function.

The provincial government is expropriating the property of the defunct Insular Lumber Company (ILCO) and several other private lots in Hinobaan, to pave the way for the construction of the Japanese ship building facility owned by Tsuneishi Heavy Industries.

Estrao plans to give each affected family 200 square meters in relocation lot.

The municipal government is proposing to buy a 14-hectare land as resettlement area worth P14.3 million aside from the development cost of P5.6 million.

Estrao admitted that there is still resistance to the project but said that “they just need to be clarified.”

He added that majority of the town councilors are also supporting the project.*(Cap Tol)


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