Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Department of Agriculture Region VI Executive Director, Remelyn Recoter, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Muscovado Mill Plant, a Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) subproject, in Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City, Wednesday, July 14.
The P25 million project had two components – the infrastructure worth P12,176,549 and enterprise component worth P13,801,177, a press release from the Capitol said.
It is jointly funded by the loan proceeds from the World Bank, Department of Agriculture, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, and Kalibutan Society, Inc., as the proponent group.
PRDP Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit (PPMIU) – Negros Occidental head, Dr. Narissa Lemocito, said the main objectives of the project is to increase the production of quality muscovado sugar in the province that will cater to domestic and foreign markets, increase the production of muscovado sugar in the southern part of the province, and increase the income of sugarcane farmers.
Lemoncito also said that muscovado is the first commodity with value chain analysis, and it is also included in the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan of Negros Occidental.
She added that muscovado is in demand both in domestic and foreign markets because of its health benefits to consumers.
Lacson said advised the KSI to manage the project well and ensure that the production and income go hand in hand.
The activity was also witnessed by Sixth District Board Member Jeffrey Tubola, Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco and Vice Mayor Raul Rivera, Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson, Deputy Project Director of PRDP – Project Support Office – Visayas Cluster, Engr. Albert Barrogo, Negros Occ. Provincial Engineer, Ernie Mapa, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist OIC, Dr. Dina Genzola, and KSI officers and members led by Antonio Castillo, Jr., among others.*