SRA Land Bank of the Philippines senior vice president Filipina Monje and president and CEO Alex Buenaventura, with Sugar Regulatory Administration head Anna Rosario Paner and Josephino Agosto, Department Manager Administrative and Finance (l-r) at the signing of the MOA.*


‘Economy in 2017
upbeat for Negros'
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental officials and sugar leaders yesterday were upbeat about the province's economy in 2017.

“We are looking forward to a more prosperous 2017. From all indications, and despite uncertainties, we remain bullish about the days ahead,” Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

The governor pointed out that agriculture, particularly the organic movement, holds a lot of promise as more land areas are being devoted to high value, organically-grown products, including livestock.

Aquaculture is also on the upswing, and tourist arrivals are increasing, he said. moremoremore

Two bishops wish for peace
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday said their wish for 2017 is a peaceful and abundant new year for everyone.

Buzon said his wish is that 2017 will be “A year of peace for the world and our country. A year of communion for our diocese and parishes.A year of abundant grace and blessing for everyone.”

Alminaza said his wish is that the Diocese of San Carlos truly and effectively represents the voices of those in the peripheries, especially the unreached and excluded, and, through a participatory process, have their basic needs met. . moremoremore

 

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The 10 top stories in NegOr
BY RENE GENOVE

Replete with a diversity common in a city that is as ambivalent as it is unified by a solid purpose, Negros Oriental in 2016 was a combination of good news tinged with a bit of drama. At the end of the year, hope springs eternal as Negrenses pine for better things yet to come in this challenging Year of the Fire Rooster.

1. Degamo's TRO

The Court of Appeals Special 5th Division granted Gov. Roel Degamo the temporary restraining order for a 60-day period to maintain a status quo ante ruling on June 22, 2016.

It prohibited and enjoined the implementation of the Joint Resolution of the Ombudsman dated January 12, 2016 and May 16, 2016, dismissing Degamo allegedly for malversation of public funds and grave misconduct on the use of the P480 million calamity fund in 2012.

The CA ruling says that whatever was the condition of the province before the controversy should be respected and so Degamo will remain as governor..