MERGE WINNER. Tribu Ica of the Sofronio Carmona Memorial National High School was the winning tribe at the 29th Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival in Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental, Saturday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Sugar summit kicks off
to air strong opposition


About 200 sugar industry leaders from the 28 sugar producing provinces of the Philippines, including Negros Occidental and Oriental, are joining the two-day Sugarcane Stakeholders’ Summit that kicks off today at the Department of Agriculture compound in Quezon City.

Sugar Regulatory Administrator Hermenegildo Serfica said yesterday the summit will put forward a strong industry opposition to the planned policy shift toward liberalization by the country’s economic managers.

A sugarcane industry road map for the next five years will also be drafted at the summit. moremoremore

House ok’s more court branches

The House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 8922 amending Section 29 of the Judiciary Reorganizational Act of 1980 and creating two more Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) branches in Bacolod City on third and final reading Friday.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, who authored the Bill, said yesterday he expects a speedy resolution of cases in Bacolod City with the approval of the bill.

The Senate had also approved in 2015 a bill seeking the creation of three additional branches of the Regional Trial Courts in Bacolod City authored by Mayor Evelio Leonardia when he was yet congressman. moremoremore


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Tight security in seaports, airport
in Negros versus pork from Japan

Tight security in all seaports in Negros Occidental and at the Bacolod-Silay Airport was assured by the Provincial Veterinary Office yesterday, after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol imposed a ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Japan due to the African Swine Flu (ASF) threat.

Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said they already deployed more personnel in seaports in Bacolod, particularly Bredco and Banago, and in Escalante, San Carlos, and Cadiz, and at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, among others.

He said they deployed about seven personnel per port as the Bureau of Animal Industry has not enough staff to monitor these areas to prevent the entry of pork and pork products with ASF virus into the province.