ROBREDO Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo (center) with supporters in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, last night*

Leni says agri boost
priority for rural dev't

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate, Rep. Leni Robredo (Camarines Sur, 3 rd District), yesterday said she and her running mate Mar Roxas will boost rural development by investing a lot of government funds in agriculture should they win in the May polls.

Robredo, who arrived in vote-rich Negros Occidental yesterday afternoon to meet with farmers and fisherfolk in Kabankalan, Hinigaran and La Castellana in southern Negros Occidental, said she hopes to win in the province.

Negros Occidental is agriculture based, with the sugar industry as its main lifeblood.moremoremore

2 Senate bets pledge
tourism reform, too

Liberal Party senatorial bets Mark Lapid and Cris Paez yesterday vowed to push for more tourism reforms, and further improve the job livelihood generation capacity of cooperatives in the country.

Lapid, an actor politician, and Paez are among the 12 senatorial candidates of LP presidential aspirant Mar Roxas and vice-presidential bet Leni Robredo, who join their campaign sorties today in Negros Occidental.

Pushing for more reforms in the tourism industry will create more job and livelihood opportunities, Lapid, who used to be the head of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority of Philippine Tourism Authority, said. moremoremore


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16% hike in Negros forest cover noted

An increase in Negros forest cover, from five percent to 16 percent, was reported in yesterday's forum between and among the Energy Development Corporation and supporters of its “10 million trees in 10 years” campaign, in Dumaguete City.

EDC said it would like to sustain the gains and build on the momentum, to recover from the serious loss of forest cover in the Negros Island Region, through the campaign, whose masterplan and work program were rolled out yesterday.

“10 million in 10” project executive director, Marlo Mendoza, stressed the need to really expand the island's forest cover by planting more trees to make the ecosystem stable. moremoremore