MERGE The National Food Authority is set to unload 80,000 bags of imported rice at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City today* (NFA photo)

‘Duterte approves draft
federal charter, NFR in’

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday approved “in toto,” or as a whole, the draft Federal Constitution, which includes the creation of the Negrosanon Federated Region, and will endorse it to Congress except for the transitory provisions which he wants amended, the Consultative Committee spokesman said last night.

“You can count the NFR in. The only thing he wants changed is the article on transitory provisions,” Ding Generoso, spokesman of the ConCom tasked to draft the Federal Constitution, told the DAILY STAR last night.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, when asked if the NFR was in, said “I believe so”. moremoremore

Imported NFA rice arrives

The vessel carrying about 80,000 bags of imported rice from Thailand docked at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (BREDCO) Port in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon and the new stocks are expected to be unloaded today after quality control inspections, National Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Manager Frisco Canoy said.

Canoy said the imported NFA rice from Thailand arrived at about 5:30 p.m. at the Bredco Port via MV Unison.

This morning, various government agencies will meet with the captain and the crew of the vessel for inspection of documents and to officially hand over the bags to NFA. moremoremore


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MBCCI exec seeks more help
for blue-collar entrepreneurs

A Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive urged the government yesterday to boost its partnership with the business sector in the province to help more “blue-collar” entrepreneurs in Negros Occidental develop their skills and contribute more to the local economy.

MBCCI chief operating officer Frank Carbon said that in order to develop these blue-collar entrepreneurs, the government should give specific needs and programs for them to sustain their programs.

These blue-collar entrepreneurs have been the focus at the opening of the MBCCI’s Business Week yesterday at Robinsons Place Bacolod, and Carbon said they have been among the drivers of the local economy.