Local government officials of Metro Dumaguete (Bacong, Dauin, Valencia, Dumaguete City and Sibulan) participated in this afternoon’s consultation and information drive on the proposed Smart City Project.
The Metro Dumaguete area (linked by the Metro Dumaguete Diversion Road) and the entire province are expected to be economically benefited if the Smart City Project is successfully implemented as it will complement the tourism and diving industry of Dauin, the soon to be constructed international airport in Bacong, the eco-tourism and service industries of Valencia and Sibulan with the influx of more tourists and investors.
And even during the construction phase of the proposed P 23 Billion Smart City Project alone, local skilled workers in Metro Dumaguete and the entire province of Negros Oriental can be hired while construction companies, micro, small and medium enterprises can also derive incomes due to the varied economic activities of said project.
The proposed Smart City Project will help local officials address the vicious cycle of poverty in Negros Oriental by providing residents with more sustainable jobs and opportunities pursuant with their right to earn decent income and livelihood.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo also discussed with the local officials (mayors, vice-mayors and councilors) of Metro Dumaguete their concerns and suggestions that will be presented before the project’s proponents, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Philippine Reclamation Authority so they can be addressed and to mitigate, if not, avoid negative impacts to the environment.
If all the requirements of the proposed Smart City Project are submitted, the reviewing agencies in the national government will scrutinize the project before making the decision to approve or disapprove the same.
The City’s Punong Barangays with their Chairpersons of the Committee on Environment also participated in this afternoon’s event.