President Rodrigo Duterte (6th from left) with Nico Alonso, Bernard Trebol, Danilo Abelita, Enrique Rojas, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Anna Rosario Paner, Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri Jr., Manuel Lamata, Francisco de la Rama and Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano in Davao City (l-r) yesterday*
President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday promised to solve the problem of the unabated entry of High Fructose Corn Syrup into the country that is driving down the prices of domestically produced sugar, Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. said.
The president was informed in a meeting with sugar leaders in Davao City, that the massive use of HFCS by food and beverage firms in the country has driven down the price of cane sugar from P1,800 per Lkg last year to about P1,400 per Lkg this year, Zubiri told the DAILY STAR.
If the unabated entry of HFCS is not stopped, industry leaders have warned that the Philippine sugar industry will collapse.
DENR probes Baciwa
wells’ ECC compliance
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is conducting an investigation to determine if the 56 wells of the Bacolod City Water District have the required environmental compliance certificates.
Forester Lemuel Soriano, DENR Licences, Patents and Deeds Division chief, yesterday said their investigation aims to determine if Baciwa has been compliant with government policies.
He clarified that there had been no cease-and-desist order issued to Baciwa yet, since they are in the process of investigation.
|Cain and Abel circa 2017|
|Sign of true love|
|Using the ROTC|
enforced in Dumaguete
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
The implementation of the anti-muffler ordinance of Dumaguete City is in full swing, Provincial Highway Patrol Team officer, Senior Insp. Robelito Mariano, said.
In the past six days, the team impounded 83 motorcycles with modified and defective mufflers and for other violations, ranging from driving without license and unregistered units.
Some were flagged down for having no side mirrors, tail lights or signal lights.
Yesterday, 13 motorcycles were also impounded, or a total of 96 for seven days of operation, including one motorist who engaged members of the highway patrol team in a chase, and which resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs inside the utility box of his Fury Kawasaki 125cc motorcycle.