There's more to Negros than just sugar

By Avelyn Z. Agudon

INTRAMUROS, Manila -- "There is more to Negros Occidental than just sugar," said Gov. Joseph Maraņon as the province showcases its products and festivals in the "Best of the Regions" set to open Sunday here.

President Arroyo will grace the affair.

Maraņon said his administration has undertaken ambitious programs to promote the province not just as a "Sugarland" but also for its opulent heritage: world famous arts and crafts, interesting churches, sparkling white beaches and a mountain resort.

He added the province also wanted to change the agricultural landscape from sugarcane to rice plantations with the help of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

The governor also hopes that Negros Occidental will no longer import at least 20,000 metric tons of rice a year but will already export its production in 2007.

Maraņon further said a new industry will also emerge through the cattle-fattening program with the joint venture between Australian Northern Territory and Northern Negros Multi-Purpose Growers Cooperative.

In terms of peace and order, the governor said he is proud that the province is peaceful and this was already appreciated by more than 64,000 local and international tourists.

Through tourist arrivals, the province gained P280 million for the first nine months of the year.

With this, the governor said all these and more make the province one of the prime destinations of both local and international tourists.


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