TRADE FAIR Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. (5 th from left) leads a toast to open the 32 nd Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City with ANP president Christina Gaston, Catherine Grace Cusi-Lobaton , DBP chairman Alberto Romulo, Camille Villar, and Bobby Bernard Vincent Dy and Jose Emmanuel Jaladoni of Ayala (l-r) last night.*
( Anna Marie Lucasan photo )


Serafica is SRA head
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirmed yesterday that President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Hermenegildo Serafica as the new head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

Serafica, a member of the Sugar Board, was appointed to the post after Anna Rosario Paner resigned in August.

Duterte, in a speech Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the sixth National Convention of Public Attorneys, said he fired Paner over excessive fees paid to SRA consultants.
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Sugar industry victim of politics,
I'm the collateral damage: Paner
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte lauded the Sugar Regulatory Administration for its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan for the Sugar Industry in a message his office issued in June.

It is the plan the SRA paid a consultant P1.2 million to complete in six months, which the president has repeatedly said was excessive as it meant a salary of P200,000 a month, which is higher than what he receives.

The president, in his speech at the 120 th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Justice on Tuesday, hit Paner again. moremoremore

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PWDs hit ‘inhumane treatment'
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Persons with disabilities in Negros Oriental lambasted what they considered as inhumane the treatment by certain bus companies in the province, including tricycles plying the streets of Dumaguete, for being selective.

The sentiments were aired during a two-day symposium that culminated yesterday, and attended by association presidents of PWDs from Basay to Vallehermoso, and representatives of government and line agencies in Negros Oriental.

Federation president Conrado Bacud Jr. said the bottom line of the two-day activity is for agencies concerned to know that PWDs are aware of their rights and privileges but there seems to be a lack of enforcement of existing laws, such as the Magna Carta for PWDs, 20 percent discount on certain items/services, including the 12 percent value-added tax.