PINOL Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol turns over a P1 million check to Pontevedra Mayor Jose Benito Alonso (4 th and 5 th from left), with Undersecretary Ed Gongona of BFAR, Rep. Joseph Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist), Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Assistant Secretary for the Visayas Hansel Didulo, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino and Agriculture Credit Policy Council director Jocelyn Badiola (l-r , back row) in Bago City.* ( MLG photo )

Piñol says SRA will stay,
won't play Paner's game

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday the appointment of Hermenegildo Serafica as the new Sugar Regulatory Administration head is an indication that the president will not abolish the SRA.

“I would understand that action by the president in that context… It is an indication…actually I think the president only floated that idea. You know how the president is, sometimes he floats ideas but when you explain to him what the right perspective is, he listens,” said Piñol, who is on a two-day visit to Negros Occidental.

The sugar industry stakeholders can be assured that the SRA will not be abolished, he said. moremoremore

Farmers, fishers get P131M help

It was a good day for Negrense farmers and fisherfolk.

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol initially pledged and turned over more than P131.5 million worth of agriculture machineries and projects sought by the local farmers and fisherfolk of the province yesterday.

The amount consisted of about P14 million worth of equipment and projects to around 4,000 farmers and fisherfolk individuals and organizations of the province that Piñol turned over, and has pledged a loan program worth P30 million to the District, and giving 50 fiberglass boats each to the coastal towns and cities of Negros Occidental. moremoremore

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Industrial port pushed

The proposed establishment of an industrial port in Bais City, Negros Oriental, was mentioned during a meeting of the Negros Ori

ental Chamber of Commerce and Industry leaders with the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Office of the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia recently.

The proposal came from Paul Montenegro, who was with the NOCCI delegation, that attended the 10 th World Chambers Congress competition in Sydney, Australia recently, where the group almost made it as champion.