By Minerva BC Newman
DUMAGUETE CITY – Silliman University will build a Business Incubation Facility at the Fel and Bert Bravo Technopreneur Park in San Antonio, Sibulan, Negros Oriental.
The facility will offer services to foster technological innovation and entrepreneurial talent as well as develop innovative products and services, Silliman President Betty Cernol-McCann said during the groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday.
Negros Oriental and the Philippines in general do not lack creative and entrepreneurial minds, McCann said. “What the country lacks are the facilities and know-how to help these talented people develop and market their creative ideas and products to the full,” she said.
McCann said Dr. Felina Bravo and Edilberto Bravo donated to Silliman 1.5 hectares of land in San Antonio, Sibulan, and committed P100 million to the project.
“There can be no better investment that we could make for the youth than education,” Bravo said. That belief has guided his decision to make the donation to Silliman.
Bravo said he and his wife come from a family of teachers and they believe in the old truism, “Give a man some fish and you will feed him for a meal. But teach him how to fish and you will feed him and his family for a lifetime.”
McCann thanked the Bravos for the generous gift. She said the facility will be invaluable to Silliman University whose mission is to develop competence, character, and faith.
McCann vowed to make the Business Incubation Facility work not only for the university but for the province and for the country.