About 378 officers, faculty and key personnel of Negros Oriental State University, led by President Joel P. Limson, participated in the forum on the proposed 174-hectare Smart City Project as presented by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo at the gymnasium Tuesday afternoon.
In his remarks, Mayor Remollo discussed the concept of the Smart City Project and the expected benefits that can be derived from its realization if it submits and passes the required processes of concerned national agencies such as the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Smart City Project will utilize appropriate technology to ensure that it will not be harmful to the environment and adversely affect the livelihood of the fisher folk.
Aside from creating more job opportunities for ordinary workers, professionals and the new graduates, the Smart City Project, is also expected to provide the Local Government Unit more revenues to expand pro-poor programs (increase funding for scholarships, burial assistance, free hospitalization, socialized housing, food subsidy and financial assistance to person in crisis situation) as well as fund high impact infrastructure projects to improve the people’s quality of life.
The participants, both in the actual venue and online, raised their questions and observations during the open forum following the presentation.