MERGE RUM FEST. The Brgy. Singcang Airport Fitness Group performing at the Bacolod 1st Rum Festival at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds Saturday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Visayas bizmen lobby
to save sugar industry
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Visayas has joined the call to save the country’s sugar industry from unabated importation, especially with the current volatile peace and order situation in Negros, PCCI Central Visayas Regional Governor Edward Du said yesterday.

This is a combined advocacy effort of all chambers of commerce in the Visayas to save the sugar industry which is now composed of marginal small planters and hundreds of thousands of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program beneficiaries, Du said.

“The economy of both Negros Occidental and Oriental is still predominantly sugar industry driven. Now is not the time to implement sugar liberalization, given the current volatile peace and order situation in Negros Oriental,” he said. moremoremore


Informal settlers to get 200 houses
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The National Housing Authority will implement a socialized housing project in Bacolod City within this year with an initial 200 units for informal settlers living in danger zones.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he made the request to NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. during the last budget hearing.

Gasataya said that during the budget hearing, he requested Escalada to put up a socialized housing project for those being ejected from danger zones as he noted that the NHA has implemented similar projects for personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Police. moremoremore

 

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DAR North Negros boosts
agrarian reform program
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agrarian Reform in northern Negros Occidental boosted its agrarian reform implementation by tapping the assistance of security forces and the local government.

The agency held an orientation and planning conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, and the local government unit to boost partnership in the implementation of agrarian reform, held at Northland Resort Hotel in Manapla town Thursday.

It was attended by members of 27 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations from Cadiz City.