The high-powered firearms and explosives recovered from six suspected NPA rebels in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.*
6 ‘NPA rebels’ captured;
multiple raps filed
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN & JUANCHO GALLARDE
Six suspected New People’s Army rebels, including an amazon and two alleged child warriors, one of them a resident of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, were captured by 62nd Infantry Battalion troopers, following an encounter in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Saturday.
The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Command filed criminal charges against the six before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office Saturday for having M-16 and M-4 rifles during the encounter in Sitio Tomonon, Barangay Luyang, Mabinay.
Piñol making Neg. Occ.
Bigas ng Masa pilot area
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday he aims to make Negros Occidental a pilot area for the rural Bigas ng Masa program that will boost production and bring down the price of rice.
“I wanted to launch Bigas ng Masa in Negros Occidental, Gov. (Alfredo) Marañon liked the idea and we will sign a MOA (memorandum of agreement) soon,” Piñol, who was in the province Saturday, told the DAILY STAR.The proposed tri-partite agreement between the Department of Agriculture (DA), Negros Occidental provincial government and a farmers’ cooperative could make the province the first area to implement the Bigas ng Masa Program which will sell commercial rice at less than P40 per kilo, said Piñol, who visited the Rice Processing Complex in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, in Negros Occidental, Saturday.
Plant more yellow corn,
Negrense farmers urged
BY MARK L. GARCIA
An official from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is urging Negrense farmers to plant more yellow corn, as the local supply could only meet 2 percent of the total demand for making livestock feed in the province.
Provincial Corn Coordinator Victor Llasos said there is a high demand for yellow corn in the province, as it is one of the main ingredients in feeds for livestock animals and has an annual demand of about 266,00 metric tons, but the province produces only about 5,000 to 7,000 MT.“We are sufficient in white corn. But in terms of yellow corn production, it is only about 1 percent,” Llasos said last week, adding that 20 percent of the Neg. Occ. population eats white corn.