Sorsogon City mayor Lee on track in closing ‘buko’ juice plant

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By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY, 9Aug2013(BicolToday.com) – After the closure and stoppage of Peter and Paul Philippines Corporation plant in Barangay Cabid-an here, the city mayor information office brief local media to dispel speculations that the closure is a political propaganda to appease the environmentalist who are closely associated with the diocese.

It revealed that the chief executive studied the core issues saying that “if she look the other way thousands will suffer…” in clear reference to the workers who will suffer with the temporary closure and stoppage of the buko juice plant operation.

The city mayor closure and stoppage order set the parameters for other investors to follow for it is not the stakeholders in an affected community who will be at risk but the city as a whole saying “you gave me the mandate of leadership and hope not to fail for nothing will be gain if I will not respect your will”.

Sorsogon City mayor Sally Lee with fisherfolks affected by the operation of Peter Paul Philippines Corporation, ‘Buko’ juice plant. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO
Sorsogon City mayor Sally Lee with fisherfolks affected by the operation of Peter Paul Philippines Corporation, ‘Buko’ juice plant. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO

The crafting of the statement focus on the community as a collective responsibility, investors are welcome with due diligence to observe regulations, laws and policies.

As in her previous pronouncements the whip may hit city hall employees who knowingly and dismally performed a task that disadvantage the city.

Referring the problem as a carry over from her predecessor, committees were created to trace the wrongful acts and possible connivance by key city hall departments with Peter and Paul Philippines Corporation.

“Investment is an opportunity for the city, it pump-prime the local economy but such investment should not run counter with the preservation of the environment. Environment should never be sacrifice for we are all steward to preserve it” was an indication of the pro-environment stand of the administration of city mayor Lee. [BicolToday.com]

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