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Negros Occidental Province, Philippines

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List of Municipalities in the Negros Occidental Province within Region XVIII in the Republic of The Philippines
Binalbagan || Calatrava || Candoni || Cauayan || Enrique B. Magalona || Hinigaran || Hinoba-An || Ilog || Isabela || La Castellana || Manapla || Moises Padilla || Murcia || Pontevedra || Pulupandan || Salvador Benedicto || San Enrique || Toboso || Valladolid
Cities in the province of Negros Occidental: Bacolod City (Capital) || Bago City || Cadiz City || Escalante City || Himamaylan City || Kabankalan City || La Carlota City || Sagay City || San Carlos City || Silay City || Sipalay City || Talisay City || Victorias City
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Land Area : 7,926.10 sq. km (2004)
No. of Barangays: 661 (As of September 2003)
No. of Municipalities: 19 (As of September 2003)

No. of Cities: 13 (As of September 2003)
Total Population: 2,565,723 (As of May 1, 2000 census)
Population Growth Rates: 1.08 (1995-2000)
Income Class: First Class
Consumer Price Index (2000=100): 116.4 (2004)
Inflation Rate: 4.1 (2004)

Average Family Income: 73,923 (2000)
Average Family Expenditure: 69,241 (2000)
Telephone Loads: 45,348 (2003)
Telephone Density: 1.6 per 100 population (2002)
No. of AM Broadcast Stations: 13 (2003)
No. of FM Broadcast Stations: 15 (2003
No. of Motor Vehicles Registered: 105,127 (2004)
No. of Elementary Schools:
     Public:    949 (SY 2003-2004)
     Private:  39 (SY 2003-2004)
No. of Secondary Schools:
     Public :   200 (SY 2003-2004)
     Private:  38 (SY 2003-2004)

No. of Tertiary Schools: 39 (SY2003-2004)        
No. of Licensed Hospitals: 22 (2003)

No. of Establishments (3rd Qtr. 2004)
     Business Name Registration: 828   

Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines

  • Negros Occidental has 19 Municipalities, 13 Cities, and 662 Barangays. Z-Wiki has a webpage for all the municipalities, cities and barangays. Every barangay in the province of Negros Occidental has an Interactive Webpage of its own.
  • Negros Occidental, can be found near the central part of the country. It is one of the five provinces that compose Western Visayas or Region VI. It is located in the northwestern portion of *Negros Island, the fourth biggest island in the Philippine archipelago. It is bounded on the north by the Visayan Sea, and on the south by the Sulu Sea. It is southeast of Panay Island from which is separated by the Guimaras Strait. On the east are the Tanon Strait and Negros Oriental, which forms part of the Central Visayas or Region VII.


Geography of Negros Occidental, Philippines

Negros Occidental is located in the western side of NegrosIsland, the fourth largest island in the Philippines with a total land area of 972,607 hectares or 9,726.06 sq. kms.

The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from north to south. It is bounded by the Visayan Sea in the north, Panay Gulf on the west, Tanon Strait and Negros Oriental province on the east and Sulu Sea on the south. Negros is basically volcanic, making its soil ideal for agriculture. Eighty percent of all arable land is cultivated.

Mount Kanlaon is one of the mountain ranges found in the heart of Negros Island. One of the country's 13 most active volcanoes, Kanlaon is the highest peak in Central Philippines. At an elevation of 2,465 meters above sea level, the most dominant and attractive feature of which is its active summit-crater. Mt. Kanlaon has a land area of 24,577.6 hectares, with rainforest and verdant vegetation sliced from the cities of Bago, La Carlota, San Carlos and Canlaon (in Negros Oriental) and the towns of Murcia and La Castellana.

The trek trough ridges and deep gorges for 14.5 kilometers shows a panorama of lowlands and carved mountains. An 8.5 kilometer ascent along sights of refreshing waterfalls and treacherous trails best capture the moods of this unpredictable volcano. Rare endemic species such as the Bleeding Heart Pigeon and the Negros Fruit Dove are protected in this park, which makes bird watchnig a prime attraction. Other birds include woodpeckers, bulbuls, babblers, warblers and flycatchers. The Guintubdan Nature Camp in La Carlota City is one of the best take-off points in climbing Mt. Kanlaon.

Location of Negros Occidental, Philippines

  • 10.4167° N, 123.0000° E - Negros Occidental, Coordinates

Negros Occidental is located in Region VI in the Island of negros.

History of Negros Occidental, Philippines

This article is from the Government of Negros Occidental:

Negros Island was originally called "Buglas", an oldnative word that is thought to mean "cut-off."

It is believed that Negros was once part of a greater mass of land but was cut off either by what geologists all a continental drift or by rising waters during the so-caled glacial age. Among its earliest inhabitants were dark-skinned natives belonging to the Negrito ethnic group with their unique cuture. Thus, the Spaniards alled the land "Negros" after the black natives whom they saw when they first came to the island in April 1565 Two of the earliest native settlements were Binalbagan and Ilog, that later became towns in 1573 and 1584, respectively. Oter settlements were Hinigaran, Bago, Marayo (now Pontevedra), Mamalan (now Himamaylan) and Candaguit (now a sitio in San Enrique).

After appointing encomenderos in the island, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi placed Negros under the jurisdiction of the governor of Oton in Panay. In 1734, however, the island became a military district and Ilog was made its first capital. The seat of government was later transferred to Himamaylan and thereafter Bacolod became the capital in 1849.

The island remained a military district up to about the middle of the 19th century. Then in 1865, Negros Occidental was raised to the category of a politico-military province. During this time, several more towns were established like San Carlos and Calatrava.

Religious orders evangelized the province by turns: the Augustinians, Recollects, Jesuits, Dominicans, Seculars and again, the Recollects returning in the 1800s.

The latter half of the 19th century was a period of rapid economic expansion for Negros Occidental as evidenced by the growth of population resulting from the influx of immigrants coming from neighboring provinces like Iloilo, Antique, Capiz and Cebu. They settled in districts sparsely inhabited in the past and this resulted in the establishments of new towns: Saravia (now E.B. Magalona), Valladolid and Escalante in 1860.

The major boom to the province at this time was the widespread cultivation of sugarcane and the opening of ports like those in Iloilo and Cebu to foreign commerce. In 1856, Negros Occidental produced only 4,000 piculs of sugar. This increased to 100,000 piculs in 1864 and 2,000,000 in 1893. The cultivation of sugarcane then became widespread and soon after Negros Occidental led other provinces in the production of sugar. Modern machines were also introduced at this time and by 1864, seven machines operated by steam were used in the towns of Bacolod, Minuluan (now Talisay and Bago).

During the last decade of the 19th century, several important events occurred in the history of Negros Occidental. One was the making of Negros Occidental as a separate province from Negros Oriental in 1890. The other was when Negrense revolutionary troops led by Generals Aniceto Lacson and Juan Araneta joined the nationwide-Katipunan Movement and overcame the Spanish garrison in the province on November 5, 1898 when the Filipinos rose in arms against the Spanish rule. The revolt ended more than 300 years of foreign domination.

This resulted in the establishment of the short lived “Cantonal Government of the Republic of Negros” which reunited the two provinces until the Americans arrived in May 1899. A civil government was established in Negros Occidental on April 20, 1901.

During the succeeding decades between 1901 and the 1930s, Negros Occidental was under the American occupation as with the rest of the country. Nonetheless, the economic growth continued especially with Philippine sugar having a part of the US market despite some accompanying socio-economic problems during this period. When the Japanese landed in the province on May and instead organized a free government and guerilla movement under Gov. Alfredo Montelibano, Sr. in Negros Island. They helped bring about the surrender of the Japanese forces in Negros in 1945.The history of the province for the post World War II period has yet to be formally written. Suffice it to briefly note here that this was mainly a period of rehabilitation from the destruction of war. With the sugar industry, the major pillar of the province’s economy, as well as other areas being revived, consequent socio-economic growth in the province followed.

The socio-economic life of Negros Occidental from the 1950s up to the 1980s depended as before mainly on the sugar industry. Producing annually about 60% of the country’s sugar output, an expansion in the industry with the establishment of several new mills in the late 1960s spurred increased production. A downturn caused by the low world sugar prices in the early 1980s was followed by possibly the worst industry and provincewide crisis starting in 1984 with the world sugar prices hitting rock bottom in 1985. The province was also hit by two destructive typhoons in 1984, Nitang and Undang, after a serious drought in 1983.

The year 1985 also marked the period when Negros Occidental became known throughout the country and abroad as suffering from historic socio-economic crisis. Various forms of international aid were sent to Negros and many Negrenses , national and foreign government and government organizations, responded in cooperation with the Philippine Government to help the province cope with the crisis.

While the country was simmering like a volcano that later erupted at EDSA in February 1986, Negros Occidental was split into two provinces after a plebiscite in Cadiz on January 3, 1986. Negros Occidental (mother province) was left with 3 cities and 18 municipalities while Negros del Norte (new province) had 3 cities and 8 municipalities starting from the City of Silay to the northern tip,San Carlos City, including the new town of Don Salvador Benedicto. The creation of this new province was, however, opposed by the Negros Anti-Partition Movement and the Supreme Court declared the creation unconstitutional on July 11, 1986. On August 18, 1986, Negros del Norte was formally returned to Negros Occidental, thus making the province whole again.

Toward the end of 1987, the rays of hope started to shine when the overall economic situation showed an upturn. The campaign for agricultural diversification had been gaining momentum, paving the way for more landowners to invest in prawn farming, livestock and high-value crops such as fruits, vegetables and other cash crops.Investments upswing became apparent by 1988. The participation of the industrial sector accelerated consumer-ld econoic growth and development manifested by the increase in sales of consumer goods and by-products.

However, just when the economic boom was beginning to seep in the overall economy of Negros Occidental brought about by the acceleration of various economic activities, the recurring ills of the sugar industry in the second half of the 1990's slowed down the continuing economic uptrend of the province. Nevertheless, ith the widespread benefits brought about by the positive changes in the socio-economic condition of the province by the 2000's, clear sign of economic recovery for Negros Occidental is anticipated.

People of Negros Occidental, Philippines

  • Negros Occidental has 19 Municipalities, 13 Cities, and 662 Barangays
  • Registered Voters per the Comelec as of (2010) = 1,478,260
  • Population (as of Aug 1, 2007 per NSO census) = 2,370,269

Sugar is central to the evolution of the Negrense culture. The affluence and the prosperity that the industry brought to the province nourished a charming, genteel, sometimes lavish spirit that sets the Negrense apart from his Ilonggo kinsman. Negrense are regarded as affectionate, generous, fun loving people who enjoy the finer things in life. As a labor force, however, Negrenses are highly motivated, educated, skilled, trainable and entrepreneurial individuals.

Negrenses celebrate in style. Negros cuisine developed from this eagerness for festivity, though much of this remarkable cuisine is guarded jealously in family kitchens. Aside from dishes cooked with Spanish influences, probably the most famous dish Negros Occidental is remembered for is Inasal (barbecued marinated chicken).

Chicken Inasal: Negros pastries and confectionary are equally renowned, with guapple pie, piaya, barquillos, pinasugbo, pastel de mangga, panyo-panyo, butong-butong and dulce gatas ranked among the favorites. Negros is also presently giving Davao and Bicol Region a run for their pastilles de durian and pili nuts, respectively.

Negrenses are noted for their artistic abilities as well as for their love for sports. Many Negrense artists-designers/architects, cartoonists/visual artists have gained national and international distinction in their fields. The province is also noted for its world-class athletes in track and field, swimming, football, softball, golf and boxing among others. Even in the field of cock-fighting, it is known as the home of the best handlers and gamefowl breeders.

Pinaflores Festival: The Negrenses' joie de vivre is manifested in the various festivals all over the province, foremost among which are famous MassKara Festival of Bacolod, Pasalamat Festival of La Carlota, Bailes de Luces of La Castellana and Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos. These and other interesting local festivals are featured during the Pana-ad sa Negros Festival staged every April at the 25-hectare tree-lined Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod City. Dubbed as the "Festival of Festivals", Pana-ad brings together the 13 cities and 19 towns in a showcase of history, arts and culture, tourism, trade, commerce and industry, beauty and talent as well as games and sports.

"Man and Beast" sculpture at the Capitol LagoonNegros Occidental is rich in structures and buildings that are remnants of a once affluent lifestyle. The Palacio Episcopal (1930), San Sebastian Cathedral (1876) and the Capitol Building (1931), are popular landmarks. Silay City has fine examples of sugar barons' palatial homes. In other towns, steam locomotives that used to cart sugarcane from the fields to refineries attract steam-engine enthusiasts frmo all over the world. There are also impressive churches all over the province, both built recently and during the Spanish era.

Elected Government Officials of Negros Occidental, Philippines

Elected officials of Negros Occidental for the term of 2013-2016
  1. Gustilo, Renato Yu
  2. Ponsica, Rolando Peral
  • Second District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Escalante, Salvador Jr. Guillen
  2. Serondo, Miller Villa
  • Third District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Lacson, Patrick Leonard Sarabia
  2. Ko, Johnna Ditching
  • Fourth District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Alonso, Jose Benito Alvarez
  2. Javellana, Victor Bailon
  • Fifth District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Malabor, Renato Yanson
  2. Gatuslao, Alain Silos Fifth
  • Sixth District Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Members):
  1. Zayco, Pedro Jr. Perez
  2. Zafra, Helen Zaldivar

Elected officials of Negros Occidental for the term of 2010-2013

Elected officials of Negros Occidental for the term of 2007-2010

Barangay Elected Officials of Negros Occidental Province

Businesses in Negros Occidental, Philippines

How to Improve Your Business and Livelihood

The Philippine Livelihood Program: The Philippine government provides several programs to enhance the livelihood of the Filipino people. The department of Science and Technology through its Technology Research Center (TRC) regurlarly conducts various types of hands-on and personalized training programs.

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Real Estate or Properties for Sale or Lease in Negros Occidental, Philippines

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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Negros Occidental, Philippines

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Schools in Negros Occidental, Philippines

School year 2015-2016 starts Monday, June 1, 2015 and ends Friday, April 1, 2016, for public elementary and secondary schools. The SY will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break. The different school events and activities, including the number of school days per quarter, are contained in Enclosure No. 1. Source: Department of Education

Public Secondary Schools in the province of Negros Occidental

Agpangi NHS - Public High School
Aguisan NHS - Public High School
Alegria NHS - Public High School
Andres Gumban MNHS (San Isidro NHS) - Public High School
Andulauan NHS - Ilog Poblacion Ext. - Public High School
Andulauan NHS - Public High School
Antipolo NHS - Public High School
Biao NHS - Public High School
Bocana NHS - Galicia Ext. - Public High School
Bocana NHS - Public High School
Buenavista NHS - Japitan Ext. - Public High School
Buenavista NHS - Public High School
Bug-ang NHS - Public High School
Bulata NHS - Public High School
Bulwangan NHS - Poblacion Ext. - Public High School
Bulwangan NHS - Talacagay Ext. - Public High School
Bulwangan NHS - Public High School
Cabacungan NHS - Public High School
Calatrava NHS - Lagaan Ext. - Public High School
Calatrava NHS - Public High School
Camalanda-an NHS - Public High School
Caningay NHS - Banga Ext. - Public High School
Caningay NHS - Candoni Ext. - Public High School
Caningay NHS - Public High School
Cansilayan NHS - Public High School
Carabalan NHS - Public High School
Catalino Soliguen NHS (Miranda NHS) - Public High School
Cauayan NHS - Public High School
Col. Griffin NHS - Public High School
Culipapa NHS - Public High School
Dian-ay NHS - Public High School
Don Florencio Villafranca NHS - Public High School
Don Hilarion G. Gonzaga NHS (Concepcion Bhs) - Public High School
Don Simplicio Lizares NHS - Public High School
Dr. Antonio Lizares NHS - Ext. - Public High School
Dr. Antonio Lizares NHS - Public High School
Enrique B. Magalona NHS - Consing Ext. - Public High School
Enrique B. Magalona NHS - San Isidro Ext. - Public High School
Enrique B. Magalona NHS - Public High School
Enriqueta Montilla De Esteban MHSPulupundan) - Public High School
Escalante NHS - Washington Ext. (Palao) - Public High School
Escalante NHS - Public High School
Eva J. Montilla NHS - Public High School
Florentina F. Caña Recto NHS (Linaon NHS) - Caliling Ext. - Public High School
Florentina F. Caña Recto NHS (Linaon NHS) - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Barangay 5 Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Binulig Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Cabadiangan Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Camindangan Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Canturay Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Cartegena Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Crossing Tanduay Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Manlucahoc Ext. - Public High School
Gil Montilla NHS - Public High School
Guiljungan NHS - Abaca Ext. - Public High School
Guiljungan NHS - Camindangan Ext. - Public High School
Guiljungan NHS - Talacdan Ext. - Public High School
Guiljungan NHS - Tuyom Ext. - Public High School
Guiljungan NHS - Public High School

Guinpana-an NHS - Magballo Ext. - Public High School
Guinpana-an NHS - Odiong Ext. - Public High School
Guinpana-an NHS - Public High School
Himamaylan NHS - San Antonio NHS - Public High School
Himamaylan NHS - Public High School
Hinigaran NHS - Public High School
Inocencio V. Ferrer SOF (TASOF) (under the Reg'l Office) - Public High School
Isabela NHS - Libas Ext. - Public High School
Isabela NHS - Sikatuna Ext. - Public High School
Isabela NHS - Public High School
La Castellana NHS - Manghanoy Ext. - Public High School
La Castellana NHS - Public High School
Labi-Labi NHS - Public High School
Lopez Jaena NHS - Minoyan Extension - Public High School
Lopez Jaena NHS - Public High School
Mabini NHS - Public High School
Manalad NHS - Public High School
Manapla NHS - Brgy. Purisima Ext. - Public High School
Manapla NHS - Public High School
Nabulao NHS - Cayhangan Ext. - Public High School
Nabulao NHS - Miracalum Ext. - Public High School
Nabulao NHS - Public High School
Negros Occ Science HS - Public High School
Negros Occ. NAISHI ( under the Reg'l Office) - Public High School
Negros Occidental HS - Murcia Ext. - Public High School
Old Poblacion NHS (Escalante NHS - Old Poblacion Ext.) - Public High School
Paglaum NHS - NOSOF Ext. - Public High School
Paglaum NHS - Santol Ext. - Public High School
Paglaum NHS - Public High School
Pahilanga NHS - Baga-As Ext. - Public High School
Pahilanga NHS - Public High School
Payao NHS - Namulo Ext. - Public High School
Payao NHS - Public High School
Pontevedra NHS - Public High School
Rafael B. Lacson NHS (Frly. Talisay HS) - Public High School
Raymundo Tongson NHS - Mahalang Ext. - Public High School
Raymundo Tongson NHS - Suay Ext. - Public High School
Raymundo Tongson NHS - Public High School
Salvador Benedicto NHS( Carmona MNHS) - Public High School
San Enrique HS - Public High School
San Isidro NHS (Pontevedra) - Public High School
Tabao NHS - Lacaron Ext. - Public High School
Tabao NHS - Public High School
Tabu NHS - Caniamay Ext. - Public High School
Tabu NHS - Public High School
Tamlang NHS (Escalante NHS - Tamlang Ext.) - Public High School
Tanza NHS - Public High School
Tigbao NHS (Annex Of Calatrava ) - Public High School
Tinongan NHS - Public High School
Toboso NHS - Public High School
Valladolid NHS - Public High School
Victorias NHS - Cuaycong Ext. - Public High School
Victorias NHS - Estado Ext. - Public High School
Victorias NHS - Gaston Ext. - Public High School
Victorias NHS - Public High School

Economy of Negros Occidental, Philippines

article from the National Statistical Coordination Board

Negros Occidental's economy was pivoted practically around one commodity, "Sugar" which made it the country's premier sugar producer. However, when the world sugar prices plummeted during the early 1980's, the economy of Negros Occidental was devastated. From that experience, Negrenses learned to diversify their economy. Large tracts of sugar plantation were converted into more profitable ventures such as prawn and fish ponds, farms nurturing high value crops and floral species, as well as livestock fattening projects.

Sugar still remains as the main agricultural produce of the province with about 56% of its land area planted to sugar cane. Sugar farms produce 800,000 metric tons of raw sugar annually. Rice, corn and coconuts are also planted extensively. Other agricultural produce are corn, abaca, bananas, mangoes and pineapples.

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Jobs in Negros Occidental Philippines

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Natural Resources of Negros Occidental, Philippines

Protect the environment

It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.

Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!

Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.

The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.

To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.

Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More

We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.

This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.


  • Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
  • +63-2-929-6626

We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.

Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.

Tourists Attractions of Negros Occidental, Philippines

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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Negros Occidental, Philippines

Every city or municipality has some sort of a festival or tradition that is celebrated every year. In the Philippines almost all barangays that are predominantly populated by Christians celebrate fiesta. Tell us about the festivals, fiestas and traditions of Negros Occidental.

Philippine News

  • Bank expects PH to grow 5.8 percent till 2020
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 12:18 am
The Philippine economy is seen to grow at least 5.8 percent in the next five years, London-based international lender Standard Chartered Bank said.
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Negros Occidental News

‘Free wi-fi initiative to boost NegOcc ICT industry’

By Erwin P. Nicavera

THE Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) lauded the Department of Science and Technology- Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) for its initiative to install free wi-fi internet access among eight towns in the province.

BNEFIT president Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, who is also the Visayas ICT Cluster Organization chair, said Tuesday the project is part of the DOST-ICTO’s plans which the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) has been supporting to improve connectivity in remote areas.

DOST-ICTO Negros Occidental has identified Toboso and Salvador Benedicto in the north, and Candoni, Moises Padilla, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, San Enrique, and Valladolid in the south, which are third to sixth class municipalities, as first priority site-beneficiaries of the project.

“This project will further bolster our program to develop the countryside for rural impact sourcing,” Batapa-Sigue said, adding that it will complement the federation’s goal of expanding and diversifying the local ICT portfolio this year.

The free wi-fi access will be installed in public hotspots like the town plaza, high school campus, municipal hall, and rural health unit.

The government has allocated at least P1.6 billion for the said project from the 2015 unobligated funds for the 2016 budget, covering 1,435 beneficiary-municipalities nationwide.

Its primary thrusts in the ICT industry development, e-government, ICT policy development, internet for all, and cyber security are anchored on enhancing communication, which is vital in continuing socio-economic growth.

Batapa-Sigue said the project seeks to allocate wi-fi to areas that are not reached by telecommunication companies (telcos).

BNEFIT encourages highly-urbanized and first class cities to partner with telcos in their respective areas, she added.

“Our goal for BNEFIT is to reach 6,000 jobs for rural impact sourcing in the province under the 2022 ICT-BPO roadmap,” Batapa-Sigue said.

The DOST-ICTO intends to increase the budget allocation for municipal connectivity for the project by around 50 percent by including the first and second class municipalities in order to better reach of the third to sixth classes who need internet connectivity the most.

For Negros Occidental, the DOST-ICTO said it targets to fully implement the program within this year, and as soon as trainings, memorandum of agreement signing with recipient-municipalities, and other procedures are done, installation will immediately follow.

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6122 Sagay Negros Occidental
6123 Paraiso (Fabrica) Negros Occidental
6124 Escalante Negros Occidental
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6128 Isabela Negros Occidental
6129 Murcia Negros Occidental
6130 La Carlota City Negros Occidental
6131 La Castillana Negros Occidental
6132 Moises Padilla Negros Occidental

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