MERGE Sen. Cynthia Villar (4th from left), who presided over the Senate hearing on the SIDA law yesterday, was joined by senators Christopher Lawrence Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino, Nancy Binay and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri (l-r)*

Restore SIDA fund,
6 senators demand

Six senators yesterday called on the Department of Budget and Management to increase the Sugarcane Industry Development Act (SIDA) 2020 fund for farm to market roads and scholarships from P500 million to P1.1 billion.

The call was made by Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, senators Cynthia Villar, Christopher Lawrence Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino and Nancy Binay at a Senate inquiry on the underspending of the SIDA fund, Sugar Board Member Emilio Yulo III said.

The senators called for the allocation in the 2020 budget of P1 billion for farm to market roads and P100 million for scholarship grants and human resources development programs, Zubiri told the DAILY STAR, pointing out that under the law P2 billion should be allocated for the sugar industry annually. moremoremore

Two kagawads killed

An incumbent barangay kagawad and a former one were separately killed yesterday in Moises Padilla and Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, within a span of four hours.

Three unidentified armed men, who were wearing masks, shot and killed Kagawad Raul Fat, 50, in Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, at about noon yesterday.

Fat, who was officer of the day at the barangay hall of Macagahay, was resting in a bahay kubo near the barangay hall, when he was approached by two of the suspects, who shot him. moremoremore


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DAR-Western Visayas
gets new director

The Department of Agrarian Reform in Western Visayas has a new director.

This was confirmed yesterday by outgoing regional director Stephen Leonidas, who will take on a new assignment as director of the regional office in Eastern Visayas.

Leonidas will be succeeded by Shiela Enciso, who also came from DAR-Eastern Visayas regional office.

He said the order from DAR Secretary John Castriciones came out on Tuesday. He added he was among the nine regional directors affected by the reshuffling.