Jimenez: Worthwhile projects

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By Toots Jimenez Jr.


Friday, March 21, 2014

THIS week, several activities have been worth visiting, as companies and organizations came up with business development and community services in various destinations.

In the food industry, we salute Victorias Milling Company (VMC) as they have finally opened the Victorias Foods pasalubong center at a strategic location along Lacson Street in Bacolod City last Monday, thus making VMC products available to more Negrenses.

Ribbon cutting privilege was done by Bacolod First Lady Josefa “Patching” Puentevella, VMC boss Lynlee Retirado and restaurateur Mely Gonzales.


The event was arranged by Maricar Dabao. Also present were tour guide and former USLS professor Art Lacson, media faces NPC President Carla Cañet, Tina Magbojos, Boy Factor, among others.

In Kabankalan City last Tuesday, URC-SONEDCO, the Sugar and Renewable Energy Division of food giant Universal Robina Corporation broke the ground for the laying of the time capsule to commence the construction of the 46-MW biomass-fired power plant that will provide generating power to the sugar mill and to the communities of Kabankalan City and nearby towns.

URC-Sonedco CEO Lance Gokongwei flew in to join the local sugar mill executives and employees to welcome government officials and business figures who witnessed the groundbreaking rites.

Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, former governor Rafael Coscolluela, SRA administrator Gina Martin, Board Members Pedro Zayco and Helen Zafra lauded the move of the sugar mill.

Also happy with the project is Congresswoman Mercedes Alvarez who congratulated Mr. Gokongwei for investing P2.5 billion in Kabankalan City.

In Valladolid, Tabao Elementary School was a beneficiary of the Busog Lusog Talino Food Program in the country through the Rotary Club of Bacolod South’s total donation of P1.6 million to the entire program being supported also by Jollibee Foundation.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 21, 2014.


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