dancers More than 5 million people are dependent on the sugar industry, Sugar Alliance of the Philippines spokesman Emilio “Dino” Yulo III says* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Death of sugar industry
feared if SRA abolished
Guv cautions stakeholders vs. knee-jerk reactions

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and an alliance of labor groups yesterday joined the call for the retention of the Sugar Regulatory Administration to prevent the demise of the country's sugar industry.

But Marañon alsotold industry stakeholders "We should leave no room for knee-jerk reactions" on the announced abolition of the SRA.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol may be correct in his observations that it's just an idea being floated by the President after receiving information on how the SRA resources are allegedly being mishandled, the governor said. moremoremore

Negros Island reps vote yes to
postpone brgy elections

Except for Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), all of Negros Island's representatives yesterday voted to postpone the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from Oct. 23, 2017 to the second Monday of May 2018.

The Senate, meanwhile, has yet to approve a similar bill needed for the measure to be submitted to the President for signing into law.

House Bill 6308 setting the postponement of the October polls was approved on third and final reading by 213members of the House yesterday, with only 10 negative votes, Rep. Stephen Paduiano (Abang Lingkod Partylist), said. moremoremore

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PCG to start numbering
of sea-operating vessels

The National Meat Inspection Service in Region 7 has recommended for the closure of a poultry dressing plant in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, for failure to comply with all the requirements.

The JLT Dressing Plant in Maslog, Sibulan, owned by Juan Larry Tan, was padlocked in 2013 on orders of the court following a family feud, but resumed operation last week, allegedly under a new owner, but without the necessary permits from concerned agencies, to include mayors' and business permits from the local government unit of Sibulan, no sanitary permits, and an environmental compliance certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where waste disposal is specified.

It started its operations years back with 4,000 heads of chicken every day until it reached a peak of 15,000 heads everyday due to the increase in the demand, but due to family squabbles, it was ordered closed by the court.