MERGE SRA chief Hermenegildo Serafica and Dr. Satoshi Tobita sign the joint research agreement between SRA and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, in the presence of Sugar Board Members Roland Beltran and Dino Yulo, and Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano (l-r).* (GPB photo)


DA: Duterte will listen
to sugar stakeholders
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Agriculture Undersecretary Segredo Serrano yesterday said he is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will listen to the concerns of the sugar industry stakeholders, over the attempt to completely deregulate the industry.

Serrano, who spoke in behalf of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol at the opening of the Sugarcane Stakeholders’ Summit in Quezon City, said Piñol will present the outputs of the sugar summit to the Cabinet, and to the President, who is aware of the plight of the sugar industry.

The summit opening was attended yesterday by different stakeholders of the sugar industry, including representatives from agrarian reform beneficiaries, sugar producers and millers, as well as different planters groups such as the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters led by Enrique Rojas, Confederation of Sugarcane Producers Associations in Negros and Panay Chapter, led by Nicolas Ledesma, and the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines, among others. moremoremore


‘NBI has suspect behind drug lists’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division is tracking down the persons behind the circulation through social media and emails of fake lists of alleged drug personalities and protectors in Negros Occidental, John Chiong of Task Force Kasanag, said yesterday.

In fact the Cybercrime Division already has one suspect believed responsible for the circulation of two lists, Chiong, whose name was included in one list, said.

A third list sent the Visayan DAILY STAR yesterday came from an alleged Victor Go at victor.go64@yahoo.com . moremoremore

 

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NOLITC to launch robotics,
intelligent machine training
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Negros Occidental provincial government has allocated P32 million for the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center to offer 1,500 technical-vocational scholarships, including a landmark program for Robotics and Intelligent Machine Training, this year.

The government-run NOLITC is accepting applications for these scholarship offerings for Negrenses starting this month, including 620 slots under the competency-based training courses, 610 for institution-based, and 290 for vocational courses, administrator Cristina Orbecido said yesterday.

Among the courses or trainings a Negrense can apply for are contact center services, English language proficiency, 2D animation NC III, visual graphic design III, software development training program, billing and coding certified specialist course, certified professional coder course, Nihongo culture course;