MERGE Bacoleños continue to line up to buy NFA rice at P27 a kilo at outlets like this one at the Bacolod Central Market, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Negros campaign on
versus rice hoarders

The president’s campaign against rice hoarders has reached Negros Occidental.

National Bureau of Investigation agents inspected major warehouses of the National Food Authority in the cities of Bacolod and Kabankalan City yesterday, as part of the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to identify areas where there is hoarding of rice, NFA Provincial Manager Frisco Canoy said.

Canoy told the DAILY STAR that officials from NBI and NFA-Negros Occidental met on Monday to coordinate the inspection of two warehouses in Bacolod and one in Kabankalan City to determine if they are hoarding rice. moremoremore

‘Ferrer likely unity
ticket vice guv bet’

It is more likely that former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District) will be fielded as vice gubernatorial bet of the United Negros Alliance in the May 2019 elections under a UNegA and Love Negros unity ticket.

This was revealed yesterday by UNegA secretary general, Board Member Salvador Escalante, who confirmed that Ferrer is interested in the vice gubernatorial position.

He added that Ferrer already relayed his intention to run for vice governor, during a previous UNegA meeting. moremoremore


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ATI certifies NFOTeC as learning site

The Negros First Organic Technology Center (NFOTeC) in Tabunan, Bago City is the first facility recognized by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 6 as a certified learning site in the Western Visayas.

ATI-6 Center director Eden Dlr. Bautista turned over the certificate to Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino yesterday at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, during the monthly meeting of the Association of City and Municipal Agriculturists of Negros Occidental.

Bautista told the DAILY STAR that with this ATI certified learning site in the province, farmers and fisherfolk can be easily grouped and trained together and access the services of ATI in terms of technology transfer and updates on the thrust of the government on agriculture.