Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo met with owners and managers of business establishments to share the concept and the processes that the proposed Smart City Project must undergo before it will be approved by the concerned national agencies.
If the proposed Smart City Project will be fully realized, local workers and the new graduates will have more job opportunities right here in the city without the need for them to leave just to earn decent livelihoods away from their families.
The City Government is also expected to earn more revenues from business and real property taxes of the locators, which can be used to increase budgets for scholarships, burial assistance, free hospitalization, socialized housing, food subsidy and financial assistance to person in crisis situation.
National laws on labor and even ordinances make it impossible to permit the influx of foreign of Chinese workers in the construction and development of the proposed Smart City Project as the priority in the hiring will always be for local workers in the city, province and rest of the country, except when a particular task requires highly technical skill set that is not available here.
Mayor Remollo said that he will not allow the Smart City Project to proceed if all legal requirements are not complied with and if it puts the best interests of the people of Dumaguete City and the environment in grave danger following stringent reviews by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Reclamation Authority.