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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, April 24, 2018
‘Damaged roads, pollution
in quarry sites in Neg. Occ.’
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Decreasing fish population, noise and dust pollution, and damaged roads are just some of the woes of the communities in south Negros where quarrying operations are active, a study from the Diocese of Kabankalan said.

The study, titled “Increasing Public Understanding of Natural Resource Governance by Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Small-Scale Mining Sector in the Province of Negros Occidental”, presented yesterday in a gathering at Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City, said that among the 21 sites where quarry operations are present in the sixth district, 10 issues and concerns were raised, research associate Mary Ann Dagunan said.

The study, which was funded by the United States Agency on International Development, was conducted by the Diocese of Kabankalan and the Central Philippine State University starting January this year.

Golden rice safe
for Filipinos: exec

Amid the concerns raised by some non-government organizations that it is unsafe, an official from the Philippine Rice Research Institute and an international organization in Asia assured that Golden Rice is safe for Filipino consumption.

Marissa Romero, chief science research specialist of PhilRice, said most Filipinos are deficit in Vitamin A that is why special rice, such as ‘golden rice’, is needed.

“The Philippines is one of the countries deficient in Vitamin A, and golden rice contains beta carotene which is only converted to vitamins if consumed,” Romero said in an interview last week during a discussion on special rice investment at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

 


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