CHRISTMAS Udomsak Ahsornphadee, Monthip Upatising, Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona and Agriculture Assistant Secretary Hansel Didulo at the opening of the 11 th Philippines National Shrimp Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City.* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Piñol vows to
end neglect

Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol saidhe is committed to ensuring that Philippine shrimps and other products find new markets in Russia, and to putting an end to government neglect of the country's agriculture and fishery sectors.

Piñol, who spoke at the 11 th Philippine National Shrimp Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City yesterday, also released P20 million in easy access, no collateral loans, to farmers in southern Negros Occidental (story on page 11), and is set to release P60 million more in Panay today. moremoremore

PDEA seizes P.5M
in shabu, two rifles

Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized about P525,000 worth of shabu and two rifles from a certain Nasser Marigaduring a buy-bust operation at Lopez Jaena Street in Barangay 31, Bacolod City, at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

PDEA Regional Office 6 director WardleyGetalla reported that they nabbed Marigain a buy-bust operation.

The agents confiscated a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabuand knot tied transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 125 grams from Mariga, records show. moremoremore


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PHL, Thailand working
to boost shrimp industry

Thailand and the Philippines are working closely in boosting the shrimp industry in the country as the world demand for it is bigger than its supply, Thai Ambassador Thanatip Upatising said yesterday.

In an interview, Upatising said it is time for the Philippines to boost its shrimp production because it has a long shoreline, and it will not be good just for the country but for the neighboring Southeast Asian countries as well.

“This is something we want to bring you back. Thailand is not a competitor because we are in Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” he said, referring to shrimp production as part of the initiatives to address food security in the region. ..