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P1.1B underpass eyed in Bacolod

The Department of Public Works and Highways – Bureau of Design made an initial presentation of the 625-meter underpass project estimated to cost about P1.11 billion, during a coordination meeting at the DPWH-Bacolod District Engineering Office in Bacolod City yesterday.

The project is being proposed to be constructed along the Circumferential Road and C.L. Montelibano Drive in Bacolod to address traffic problem in the area.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said this may be the first underpass project to be implemented in the Western Visayas. moremoremore

Rethink importation,
sugar leaders urge gov’t

Leaders of sugarcane planters federations are urging the government to review its “open to all” importation scheme, because it will eventually kill the agricultural sector of the country.

In a joint statement they issued, National Federation of Sugarcane Planters president Enrique Rojas, Unifed president Manolet Lamata, and Panayfed president Danilo Abelita, called on the economic managers of the country, particularly Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, to focus more on strengthening the local agricultural sector, rather than rely on food imports.

“Look at what happened to the bidding last Tuesday for the additional 203,000 metric tons of rice importation. Vietnam and Thailand backed out of the bidding, leaving us hanging in the air,” Lamata said. moremoremore


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PVO boosts laboratory services

The Provincial Veterinary Office is boosting its efforts to help students with their school research projects they allowing them to conduct laboratory analysis in the Provincial Feed and Meat Laboratory to aid their experiential and practical learning, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.

Decena said the availability of laboratory facilities in the course of students’ research experiences was found to create a great impact on their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Student researchers in Negros Occidental visited the governor’s office and thanked Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the free access of laboratory services at the Provincial Feed and Meat Laboratory of the PVO, created as one of the thrusts of his Negros First Agenda.