A total of 122.7 hectares of cacao seedlings will be planted in Negros Occidental and Oriental to reinforce the cacao industry in the Negros Island Region, Bernard Limbaga, of the Department of Agriculture-NIR Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, said yesterday.
At their meeting held June 15, DA and the recently created NIR Cacao Industry Council planned to ask regional and provincial office heads, and members of the academe for support in reinforcing the industry, Limbaga said.
The NIRCIC was established during the Regional Cacao Industry Promotion and Investment Forum held in Plaza Maria Luisa Suite Inn, Dumaguete City, Neg. Or., Friday.
POEA offering assistance
to OFWs from Middle East
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-Bacolod Office is calling out to Overseas Filipino Workers who returned from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to undergo the reconciliation process service if they still have claims from the oil firms they were previously employed in.
Glenda Aligonza, POEA Bacolod Office coordinator, said thousands of Negrense have returned to the country after the oil industry in the Middle East plummeted late 2015 to early this year.
“This left thousands of OFWs affected with most coming home with salaries or benefits yet to be claimed from their previous employers,” Aligonza said.
Pinol axes quarantine officer
This was stated by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol as he relieved from his post the Bureau of Plant Industry quarantine officer detailed at the Sasa Port, Davao City, following reports that his office has been demanding grease money from exporters of Cavendish banana.
"After I received complaints from small exporters of Cavendish banana that the BPI Quarantine Officer in Sasa Port, Andres Alemania, and some of his people were demanding 'fees' for every container van, I immediately directed BPI Acting Director Vivencio Mamaril to issue a relief order," Pinol said yesterday.
Pinol said he will also issue another directive today to Mamaril to "relieve the whole BPI Quarantine Service staff in Sasa Port down to the janitor and replace them with a fresh group of Quarantine Officers."