Responding to the clamor of the public, Governor Roel Degamo has approved theproposal to establish Buglasan booths at the Freedom Park, as has been practiced in the past, but only five local government units have, so far, pledged to build their booths in the Capitol grounds.
The provincial government has offered P100,000 for the interested LGU as aid to the construction, but the LGU has the option to appropriate their own funds to augment the seed money provided.
Provincial Senior Tourism Operations Officer Myla Mae Bromo-Abellana said that Canlaon City, Dumaguete City, Siaton, Sta. Catalina and Sibulan have, so far, confirmed to construct their booths this October. Bayawan City has already declined while Mabinay and Tanjay City are still uncertain. Hence, three slots remain available for interested LGU’s.
Abellana clarified that the opening of booths in the Freedom Park does not mean that the LGUs will close theirs at Sidlakang Negros, where most LGUs opted to stay. Many visitors and residents complained that Sidlakan is too small to host the Buglasan Festival of Festivals.
Aside from the five LGU booths, there will be more that will be constructed by private companies in the Capitol area, which shall also be the site for cultural competitions while the Sidlakang Negros will continue to host some of the nightly shows. (by Dems Demecillo