MERGE Members of the team that rescued three fishermen tugging their vessel back to shore in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, Saturday* (Pulupandan MDRRMO photo)


DA: Sugarmen help fight
inflation, OK importation

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol yesterday announced that, in an unprecedented move, the country’s sugar planters have volunteered to sell refined sugar at P48 per kilo and allow government to import up to 300,000 metric tons of sugar to bring down prices in the market.

Dino Yulo, planters’ representative on the Sugar Regulatory Administration Board, said they agreed to a calibrated and pre-emptive importation program if the situation warrants, provided that the SRA will be on top of the situation and  continue to exercise its mandate as provided for by law. 

However, Piñol stressed this measure will directly benefit only the consuming public, Yulo said.  moremoremore


3 rescued at sea,
winds blow off roofs
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Three fishermen were rescued when their boat capsized in Pulupandan waters, and the roofs of two houses were ripped off in Bago City, Negros Occidental, Saturday, during foul weather.

However, the death toll in other parts of the country in the direct path of Typhoon Ompong, was at 59 as of press time.

Melvin Fierro Sr. of the Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Division, identified the three fishermen as Carlo Nunal, 34, Mark Morales, 39, and Mark John Mallorca, 29, who were rescued after their boat capsized at 10:22 a.m. Saturday. moremoremore

 

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IN BAGO
Mechanization of
200-ha rice farm eyed
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist plans to fully mechanize and synchronize a 200-hectare rice area in Tabunan, Bago City, to demonstrate full-swing technology-based farming in Negros Occidental in the cropping season next month.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said the program called Focused Agriculture Area for Sustainable Transformation, or FAST, will cover a 200-hectare rice area of a farmers association in Brgy. Tabunan to demonstrate the effect of full-swing farm mechanization.

This landmark project of OPA aims to increase the competitiveness of the rice produce of the farmers in Negros, as Masculino said that they are eyeing to cut down the production cost from P11 per kilo to P7 through mechanization and synchronized planting.