sra Hermenegildo Serafica has been nominated to replace Anna Rosario Paner as SRA chief.* ( CPG photo )


SRA chief resigns,
Serafica nominated
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed yesterday that Anna Rosario Paner has submitted her resignation as head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration and that Sugar Board member Hermenegildo Serafica has been nominated to take her place.

Zubiri confirmed information given to the Visayan DAILY STAR yesterday by a high ranking national official, who asked not to be identified, that Paner is “definitely on her way out”.

Some sugar leaders are also pushing for the appointment of Sugar Alliance of Philippines spokesman Dino Yulo to head the SRA. moremoremore

Act now or face
sunset industry: guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday stressed the need for sugar industry stakeholders to unite in addressing their numerous problems to prevent it from becoming a sunset industry.

Former president Corazon Aquino, at the start of her administration, had already warned of a sunset industry, and there were far less problems being faced by the sugar industry then, than there are today, he said.

The governor said he hopes stakeholders invited to join the Sugar and More Negros Summit at Sugarland Hotel today, attend because the future of the sugar industry is at stake. moremoremore

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Bishop urges need to quell
‘atmosphere of terror, fear'
BY CARLA GOMEZ

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, in a pastoral letter issued yesterday, said there is an “an urgent need to help quell the atmosphere of terror, fear, and demoralization among the people of Guihulngan City”.

Alminaza said he issued the pastoral letter following a s eries of killings and threats on local leaders of farmers' organizations in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Alminaza told the DAILY STAR the pastoral letter will be read in all parishes of the Diocese of San Carlos starting tomorrow..