MERGE CHECKPOINT. Troopers of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company and 62nd Infantry Battalion beef up the police in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, in the conduct of checkpoints.*


‘Sugar industry in danger’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The recommendation of the country’s economic managers for direct importation of sugar to stem inflation is a knee-jerk reaction that will be dangerous and detrimental to the Philippine sugar industry, Sugar Board Member Emilio “Dino” Yulo said yesterday.

Assistant Finance Secretary Tony Lambino said the country’s economic managers met on Wednesday to discuss “immediate reforms” to help tame food inflation. Among their recommendations to cut sugar prices is for the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) to open importation of sugar to direct users at moderate cost to consumers.

Yulo said the SRA hasalready initiated measures to bring down the prices of sugar, that included the importation of 200,000 MT of sugar - 100,000 MT of which was bottlers grade, 50,000 MT refined, and 50,000 MT raw. moremoremore


WV inflation rate hits 7.4%
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Western Visayas recorded an inflation rate of 7.4 percent in August, one point higher than the national average of 6.4 percent, making it the fourth highest among all the regions in the country, Philippine Statistics Authority records showed.

With this surge of inflation in the region, both business and labor leaders in Negros Occidental expressed their worries that it will get worse in the coming months given its continuous uptrend since the start of 2018.

Records furnished the DAILY STAR by PSA-6 yesterday, showed that the latest record is 1.3 percent higher compared to July at 6.2 percent, the highest so far this year since it started at 3.9 percent in January. moremoremore

 

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NegOcc breaks ground
for P14M swine project
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Negros Occidental provincial government will break ground for the P14 million Negros Swine Integrated Enterprise today in Brgy. Robles, La Castellana town.

This is a project of the provincial government through the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture, and funded by the World Bank.

The cost of the project, including the rehabilitation of the piggery building and construction of feedmill, eyed to benefit 1,008 households from eight associations in La Castellana, is P14,221,371.51.