MERGE NO HELMETS. In Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, where transportation is scarce, five can fit on one motorcycle.* (Nonoy Catugas photo)

Bets hit for politicking,
delaying development


The injunction case filed by MKK candidates to stop the loan for various flagship projects of the Leonardia administration is purely politicking and meant to delay and stop the development of the city, acting Vice Mayor Caesar Distrito, said yesterday.

There were also no procedural flaws since they followed all processes and requirements, he said after learning that the MKK, led by mayoralty candidate Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, filed a case for Certiorari, Prohibition and Annulment of Contract with Prayer for TRO, Preliminary Injunction and/or Mandatory Injunction.

Distrito pointed out that the law does not require a public hearing. The votes required are only eight, being the majority of all members, and no publication is required in this kind of ordinance. moremoremore

Sugar industry death warned,
lobby vs. liberalization urged

The proposed liberalization of sugar imports by the country’s economic managers will cause the death of the sugar industry, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned yesterday.

The government plans to liberalize sugar importation this year, that is a raw material in a number of potential export products, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said at a press conference last week.

“Sugar in the Philippines is very expensive compared to the global rate, so we plan to deregulate or relax (the sector),” Diokno said, adding that this will be implemented within this year. moremoremore


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Negros power coops hike rates

Power rates in the three electric cooperatives of Negros Occidental are higher this month compared to December, records showed yesterday.

The Northern Negros Electric Cooperative increased its rates by P0.2931 per kilowatt-hour, or from P11.2996/kWh in December to P11.5926 this month, Central Negros Electric Cooperative by P0.1717/kWh, from P11.1810 to P11.3527/kWh, and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative by P0.1881/kWh, or from P10.2394 to P10.4275.

Corporate Planning Division head Paul Almedilla said yesterday that the increase in power rates of Noneco were attributed to the generation cost fluctuation by P0.3265/kWh, increase in transmission/systems loss cost by P0.0782/kWh, and a decrease of other charges like lifeline rate and taxes by P0.1128 due to the cessation of stranded contract cost.