Cadiz City eyes port dev’t thru PPP

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

CADIZ City Mayor Sal­vador Es­calante re­vealed yes­ter­day that they are eye­ing for a pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship to de­velop its port fa­cil­i­ties.

Es­calante said he started the devel­op­ment of Cadiz port dur­ing his pre­vi­ous term as mayor and was con­tin­ued by his brother his pre­de­ces­sor for­mer mayor Patrick Es­calante.

“There have been many in­vestors who have ex­pressed in­ter­ests in de­vel­op­ing the port,” Es­calante said.

He said this would be a big boost to the city’s economy es­pe­cially with ma­jor busi­nesses al­ready putting up their branches.

“We need to sus­tain the economy and de­vel­op­ing the port is the way to do it,” he said.

Es­calante said he has ap­pointed the for­mer mayor as spe­cial as­sis­tant to the people.

“If they can’t reach me be­cause of I am busy, they can talk to Mayor Patrick and his yes means a yes from me too,” he said.

Es­calante’s in­au­gu­ra­tion co­in­cided with the city’s 52nd char­ter day yes­ter­day.

Also sworn in as new city offi­cials were Vice Mayor Lilia De­co­lon­gon and 10 coun­cilors.

At­tend­ing the event were Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son, Vice Gov­er­nor Jef­frey Fer­rer, Rep. Rafael Cueva and for­mer gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr.

The city govern­ment also handed out ci­ta­tions to top em­ploy­ees and tax pay­ers.*

CAPI­TOL PHOTO

Gov. Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice of Cadiz City Mayor Sal­vador Es­calante, Jr. at the Cadiz City Arena, Thurs­day.

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