SABOR BISAYA CRITIC. Chef Patron Martin Kaspar of L'Entrecote Restaurant makes his critique on the works of the participants in one of the culinary competitions of Sabor Bisaya yesterday at the SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City, the winners of which will be announced today at the National Food Showdown. * ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Guv: No need for refund,
P485M land purchase on

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the Negros Occidental provincial government is going ahead with the P485 million purchase of properties in Talisay and Bacolod cities, in fact their land titles are expected to be transferred to the province soon.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson in his annual legislative report Wednesday said the Commission on Audit recently recommended that the provincial government demand from the owners of the two properties a refund of the P60 million down payment it paid them, considering that their contracts had been rescinded.

But Marañon yesterday said the COA recommendation was made some time ago, the provincial government has already informed the commission that it was going ahead with the purchase of the properties, thus there is no need to demand a refund. moremoremore

Two sugar summits set

The Negros Occidental provincial government is preparing to hold a Negros Sugar Summit geared towards creating a resilient, diversified, competitive and inclusive economy for Negros Island, with the sugarcane industry continuing to make a significant and sustainable contribution, former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.

The provincial government is holding the summit because it wants to consult stakeholders on the sugar situation and to engage them in the formulation of a strategic agenda to address the challenges affecting the industry in Negros, Coscolluela, provincial consultant on trade and investment, said.

The industry challenges affecting the sugarcane industry in Negros include competition from High Fructose Corn Syrup,and other imported or smuggled sweeteners, low world market and domestic prices, labor shortage, low average productivity, rising costs of production, and moremoremore


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Silliman strike continues,
DOLE resolving deadlock

The Department of Labor and Employment yesterday held separate meetings with the Silliman University administration and the SU Faculty Association, in attempts to settle a labor dispute that has resulted in a strike by union members Wednesday.

Joining DOLE were the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and the National Conciliation and Mediation Board officials, who held closed-door meetings for the two contending parties separately.

As this developed, more than 100 teachers from different levels belonging to the union entered their second day of strike, which the SUFA said, will run indefinitely..