MERGE The lush canopy that the branches and leaves of these trees once formed over the Abuanan Road in Bago City is now gone.* (Thelma Watanabe photo)


Let’s accelerate growth
in Bacolod, mayor urges
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said he wants the growth and prosperity of Bacolod City to accelerate and that his wish is to see that it will really be established as one of the premier cities of the Philippines, if not of Southeast Asia.

“That can only happen if our city officials work together,” he said in an interview at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City during his 66th birthday celebration attended by more than 2,000 guests, which included family, friends, local officials, businessmen and supporters.

In his address Leonardia gave an update on the recent major developments of Bacolod City. There is no doubt Bacolod is moving forward and, in fact, it is accelerating, he said. moremoremore


Sugar imports to ease prices
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Imported sugar will start arriving in the Philippines next week and every week after, to help bring down the retail price of sugar, Sugar Board Member Roland Beltran said yesterday.

“We expect that market forces will correct itself as soon as the imported sugar starts arriving and brings the much needed stability in sugar prices,” he added.

He said there are some who continue to take undue advantage of the tightness of sugar supply pending the arrival of the imported sugar. moremoremore

 

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DTI monitors SRP compliance
of stores in Bacolod, Neg. Occ.
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Department of Trade and Industry-Negros Occidental assured the public that it is regularly monitoring compliance with suggested retail prices of prime goods and basic commodities sold by various establishments.

Chief Trade and Industry Development specialist Rachel Nufable said Monday that although they have observed an increase in the prices of basic goods, it is minimal and within the SRPs.

This was after Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer Frank Carbon said that the government and private sector should collaborate to create ways to mitigate the continuous inflation that affects both the middle and lower middle class.