NegOcc gov: Put aside political differences


Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer urged the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to “set aside personal and political differences” and work as one for the good of the province.

“In these uncertain times, the road ahead will be challenging for everyone,” Ferrer said as he delivered the Annual Legislative Report during the SP’s regular session at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall Tuesday.

“I urge all of you to set aside our personal and political differences, and to cooperate with each other, support each other, and work together for the greater good. With all of us working as one, we can little by little heal as one province,” according to him.

The vice governor encouraged the SP members to cooperate with each other, support each other, and work together for the greater good amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. (

He also thanked Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for his trust and support for the provincial council.

“We will be your partners in furthering the Abanse Negrense Development Agenda.”

Ferrer, who is the chairman of the United Negros Alliance, said that he made sure to be fair to all board members amid their political affiliations or beliefs. Majority of the board members are allies of Lacson under Love Negros Team.

The vice governor added that his door is always open to listen to reasonable discussion and share opinions on matters requiring legislative action.

Meanwhile, Ferrer reported that the SP passed and approved 24 regular and appropriation ordinances, 465 resolutions in their exercise of their review functions, 611 resolutions endorsed by the Office of the Governor, 56 other resolutions endorsed by board members, 17 mass motions, as well as 28 Covid-19 resolutions under his leadership.

The Council also conducted 50 regular sessions, two special sessions, 16 committee hearings, four public hearings, and other meetings and briefings with stakeholders.

“We have not had any session that did not push through due to lack of quorum,” he said.

Ferrer also reported that the Office of the Vice-Governor distributed relief goods to Bago City, San Enrique, Pontevedra, La Carlota City, Valladolid, Himamaylan City, Isabela, Hinigaran, Cauayan, and Sipalay City amid the pandemic.

They also facilitated financial assistance for hospital bills of 583 patients who were treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital and Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital.

Apart from hospitalization, the Office of the Vice-Governor also gave out financial assistance to 214 Individuals for payment of their X-rays, dialysis, medicine, blood processing, and other medical expenses.

His office gave out assistance and sponsored different activities of various local government units, barangays, and schools throughout Negros Occidental.