Multi-sectoral groups in Bacolod City are forming a coalition to oppose the joint venture project between the Bacolod City Water District and Prime Water that they believe will result in the increase of water rates.
Representatives of the Social Action Center, the Freedom from Debt Coalition, Gabriela-Negros, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros, and Power Watch held a press conference yesterday to oppose the project that they believe will lead to the privatization of Baciwa and will not guarantee that the services of the water utility firm will improve.
OPA to improve marketability
of select commodities: official
BY MARK L. GARCIA
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist will start a series of market encounters and technical briefings to various stakeholders to improve the marketability of selected commodities planned to be cultivated in Negros Occidental under its program to diversify crops.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said yesterday that in order to ensure that the commodities eyed to be cultivated in the province will be profitable, OPA will push for a market-driven agriculture.
“The problem in the past was that there were initiatives to diversify crops but there are no buyers for its produce. This time, before we cultivate it, we want that a market encounter should be made first to let the producers, buyers, and consumers meet,” he said.