MERGE The Bacolod City Government Center is all set for the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival that opens today and will run until Tuesday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Liberalizing sugar imports
a collegial stand – NEDA


Sugar leaders yesterday thanked Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol for backing the sugar industry, and for organizing a stakeholders summit to come up with a 5-year roadmap to combat the challenges of globalization and liberalization.

However, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, in a post on the National Economic and Development Authority website yesterday, said that after the Rice Tariffication Bill is signed into law, the government is looking into opening up the sugar sector next.

“The sugar liberalization idea came up during the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) meeting January 14 on rice tariffication and, in general, on keeping prices of food products low and always in check,” Pernia said. moremoremore

Villar: Explain high
prices, traders control

Senator Cynthia Villar wants an explanation on the high prices of sugar in the market.

Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said yesterday that government may have been thinking of import liberalization of agricultural products because of the rise in their prices.

However, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica yesterday clarified that there is no policy on the proposed import liberalization of sugar. moremoremore


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DENR recognizes zero-waste
store, coffee shop in Bacolod

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recognized a recently-opened store-cum-coffee shop in Bacolod City for advocating zero waste.

The certificate of recognition was given by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Bago City, headed by Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, to Wala Usik Tiangge+Kapehan, a social enterprise being run by the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI).

“Wala usik” means zero waste or no wastage in Hiligaynon.