Rev. Fr. Mart C. Salac presides the blessing ceremony of the newly acquired heavy equipment and the donated street sweeper truck at the Quezon Park with city officials led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by President Francisco Martinez.

City Councilors Lilani Ramon and Karissa Tolentino-Maxino were also present during the activity along with City Administrator Ricardo Gonzales Jr. and Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario.

Mayor Remollo also lauded NOCCI for donating 1 unit street sweeper truck that has the capacity to suck dirt, debris and litters on the streets and deposit these into a hold of the truck. The truck will complement the human street sweepers in this fast growing city that will cut time and manpower cost in an efficient way.

The brand new heavy equipment include: 2 hydraulic excavators, 6-wheeler dump truck, 10-wheeler dump truck, 2 6-wheeler mini dump truck, 1 Strada pick-up, 1 crawler type bulldozer, 2 front end payloaders and 4 concrete mixers. Some of the units are already deployed to clear the dumpsite.

Mayor Remollo credited the businessmen for paying the correct taxes, which helped the city generate a surplus income of P 192 million in 2017 that funded the acquisition of heavy equipment and for the two bridges.

He noted that the last time the city was able to buy a whole brand new fleet of heavy equipment was when he was mayor from 1998-2001. Many of those units are still being utilized by the city nearly 18 years after they were bought.

Mayor Remollo also lauded the officers and laborers of the City Engineer’s Office for their dedication and industry that earned the trust of the constituents that the taxes paid were actually spent for the betterment of the people and community.