VILLAR Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (2nd from left) with SRA Administrator Anna Rosario Paner, and Sugar Board members Roland Beltran and Hermenegildo Serafica (l-r) at the SRA-MDCC Summit yesterday*

Benitez seeking return of P1.6B

The annual allocation for the sugar industry in the 2018 national budget is short  by P1 billion  as it does not include  funds for infrastructure, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

     Under the Sugar Industry Development Act he authored, P2 billion must be allocated annually for the industry, with P100 million for scholarships,   P300 million for block farms, P300 million for socialized credit, P300,000 million for research and development, and P1 billion for infrastructure.

      “We will rectify this and make sure the missing P1 billion is included in the final budget for 2018,”  along with the P600 million shortfall in the SIDA budget for 2017, said Benitez who spoke at the Sugar Regulatory Administration-Mill District Development Councils Summit at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.moremoremore

‘Status quo to keep NIR alive’

  It seems the status quo will remain for  the Negros Island Region budget in 2018.

           Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said “as of now  there is no direction on how to treat the NIR, it is  still on a status quo mode, so we will leave it at that for the 2018 budget.”

          That means the NIR budget will continue  tocome from Negros Occidental’s share of  the Western Visayas budget where it previously belonged  and Negros Oriental’s allocation from Central Visayas. moremoremore


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Duterte in NegOr to condole with kin of ambush victims

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Dumaguete City and Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental today to give posthumous awards to policemen killed by alleged members of the New People’s Army in an ambush last week in Barangay Magsaysay, Guihulngan.

            In a press briefing yesterday, Jenny Tilos of the provincial Philippine Information Agency, said the President is expected to arrive at around 2:30 p.m. in Dumaguete.

            He will be met by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, the commanding general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, the director of the Police Regional Office 18, and officials from the local Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.