masskara Senator Cynthia Villar (5th from left) with City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan, City Administrator John Orola, Councilor Em Ang, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Marylou Fernandez, and ANP president Christina Gaston (l-r), at the MassKara Night of the Negros Trade Fair in Makati City last night* ( CPG photo )


Piñol says SRA will stay,
won't play Paner's game
PUSHING FOR FASTER USE OF P2B SIDA FUND
BY CARLA GOMEZ

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
BY MARK GARCIA

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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NegOr to get more cops
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Negros Oriental will soon have additional police personnel as the Philippine National Police Regional Office in Central Visayas is set to deploy one platoon to the province next week.

Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, acting police provincial director, yesterday said a platoon from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 7 will be assigned in Negros Oriental to augment the current police force.

The PRO-7 director, Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, will turn over the RPSB-7 platoon, comprising of 25 personnel with one officer, during the regular flag-raising activity at the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office in Agan-an, Sibulan, on Monday.