BACOLOD City –The peaceful environment of Negros Occidental attracts investors, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said on Thursday.
“There are so many investors coming because we are a peace-loving province. Here, their investments are assured. We have a peaceful place to invest in,” he said in his message during the New Year’s call of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) personnel held at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol here.
The governor, who welcomed the group led by newly-appointed officer-in-charge, Senior Superintendent Romeo Baleros, lauded the provincial police force for their efforts in maintaining the peace and order.
“Allow me to thank each and every one of you, on behalf of the province, for a job well done. Our beloved province of Negros Occidental compared to other provinces is relatively peaceful. We don’t have much crime because of your efforts,” he added.
The governor, however, said the police should not rest on their laurels.
“We would like to achieve more, exceed what we have done last year,” he said.
Marañon pointed out that Negros Occidental already has diversified industries and no longer relies solely on the sugar industry as a monocrop economy.
“Our province’s economy is taking off. We have an improved economic situation. There should be no hindrance to that,” he said.
“Lots of investors are coming here, almost every week and there will be more coming. Let us help each to make this province more peaceful,” the governor added.
For his part, Baleros said they are paying a call on the highest official of the province to show the support and commitment of the police to assist the provincial government.
“Our New Year’s call to Governor Marañon is a manifestation of our continued support in providing his constituents a peaceful and tranquil place to live in,” he said.
Baleros added that the NOCPPO, being an implementing arm of the government in enforcing the law, will “always coordinate, collaborate, cooperate and work under the direction of our governor to attain his aspiration for the good of the Negrosanons.”
“We look forward to our mutual cooperation in keeping Negros Occidental safe and peaceful,” he added. (PNA)