MERGE ANCIENT. This Banyan Tree inside the OISCA Farm, estimated by botanists from Silliman University to be around 1,328 years old that is home to lizards, bats, and many varieties of insects, may be considered Canlaon City's main tourist attraction.* (Nick Ledesma photo)


Killings not poll related,
leverage for peace talks
We’re preparing for more rebel activities – Army
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

 

The upsurge in suspected New People’s Army assassinations in Negros Occidental is not election related, it is posturing to gain leverage in the anticipated resumption of the peace talks, Gen. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.

Losañes, along with Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental provincial police director, joined a Provincial Joint Security Control Center command conference presided over by Election Provincial Supervisor Jessie Suarez at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.

The command conference was held in preparation for the start of the election period and the filing of certificates of candidacy for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections that start tomorrow.moremoremore


SRA won’t import sugar,
denies Pepsi sale of HFCS

 

“There is no shortage of sugar…there is no need for importation,” Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica of the Sugar Regulatory Administration assured yesterday.

“SRA data shows that we will be able to reach our target production with enough buffer stock at the end of the milling season,” he said.

During yesterday’s Sugar Board meeting, that was attended by Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano, and Board Members Roland Beltran and Emilio Yulo III, the board came to a consensus that there is no need to import sugar for domestic consumption, he added.moremoremore

 

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The ‘boom’ that might dig deep
A special report on construction
and quarrying behind Negros’ sugarlandia
BY MARK L. GARCIA
(First of two parts)

Change has come in Negros. Sugarcane is not the only thing growing in the province, infrastructure is rising, as well. And for the future, the sweetness of sugar might not be enough to boost the local economy.

Economic diversification has been one of the programs pushed by the provincial government to break away from its mono-crop industry. From the sugar crisis in the 1980s, the move to diversify was emphasized by the government’s “Panaad”, a Hiligaynon term for “Promise”. This gave birth to a celebration to help the local government units promote their products and services apart from sugar, which was eventually called “Panaad sa Negros Festival”.

After almost 25 years, the government has bragged that this “promise” has eventually expanded and lured more industries to flourish, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal said.