SP SANTAS' ELVES. Bright Kids Pre School pupils visited members of the Negros Occidental Sanggunian led by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday afternoon to bring Christmas cheer .* ( Maki Ascalon photo )

SP okays P3.5B budget

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously approved the P3.546 billion annual budget for the province for 2018 yesterday.

The P3.5 billion covers the 2018 Annual General Fund, and the budgets of the Economic Enterprise Development Department - P66,286,717, and the Hospital Operations Department - P1,456,272,426, Board Member Salvador Escalante, SP Committee of Budget and Finance chairman, said.

The 2018 budget increased by 12.45 percent compared to the P3.154 billion 2017 budget, he added. moremoremore

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Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said further gains were reached yesterdayfor the sugar industry during the bicameral conference committee's revision of the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

“It is a great victory for the industry,” he said in a text message.

The bicameral committee,aside from agreeing on PHP6 per liter excise tax forSSBs using sugar, and PHP12 per liter for High Fructose Corn Syrup, also agreed that there will be no more further tax increase for several years, he said. .moremoremore


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Price monitoring intensified

The Bacolod City Mayor's Office-Price Monitoring Unit will intensify the monitoring of prices of basic and prime commodities, especially this Christmas season, executive assistant Ernesto Pineda said yesterday.

Pineda said they have assigned one member each in the three major markets in Bacolod City to conduct daily monitoring of prices. But this time, the monitoring will be done together with the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force, particularly on goods used for the holiday season, he said.

They conduct regular inspection of weighing scales and also on-the-spot inspections, especially when there are complaints, he added. .