MERGE BEAUTIES. The 2018 MassKara Festival Queen candidates are Claire Therese Porras, Heryn Wilcel Gatilao, Shane Pia, Julia Bennett Divinagracia, Edelyn Roncales, Jacqueline Almogen, Angelica Amayna, Claudette del Castillo, Chrisselle Rose Lambating and Ella Mercado, and coronation night is set at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City on October 19.*


Surprise drug tests
For Capitol employees, Lacson found negative
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and about 400 Negros Occidental provincial government employees and department heads underwent surprise drug tests yesterday.

Provincial Human Resource Officer Anabelle Palic said the drug testing at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City was in compliance with Civil Service Commission Circular No. 13 Series of 2017, that requires mandatory random drug testing for public officials and employees.

Under the CSC rule, a government employee must undergo mandatory drug testing once every two years, she added. moremoremore


SRA orders new sugar importation
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Sugar Regulatory Administration board yesterday issued a new order for the importation of raw or refined sugar that should not exceed 150,000 MT as a preemptive measure to stabilize prices, Sugar Board Member Roland Beltran said.

Of the country’s 27 sugar mills only six in Negros have began milling, Beltran pointed out, with the others to start in October and November yet.

Sugar Order No. 2, Series of 2018-2019 states that the 150,000 MT of imported sugar should arrive in the Philippines not later than December 31. Any volume that arrives after that date will be classified as “C” or reserve sugar indefinitely, it added. moremoremore

 

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Sagay abattoir expands operation
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Sagay City Abattoir in Negros Occidental expanded its operation to cater to Negrense commercial hog raisers for slaughtering and cold storage of carcass, that is one of the programs pushed by the Provincial Veterinary Office to ensure high-quality meat from the province, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.

The Sagay City Abattoir is a double A NMIS-accredited slaughterhouse owned and operated by the local government, with slaughtering capacity of 50-100 heads per hour, and can store 50-100 tons of pork carcass, poultry and other meat through a cold storage.

In two days of operation, the abattoir has already slaughtered 176 heads of fattened pigs from Jaltas piggery which is equivalent to 11.3 tons carcass on storage scheduled for shipment to Cebu today by the buyer Judphilan Foods Corporation, Decena said.