MERGE CHAMPION. Bago City’s Sigabong sang mga Kanyon contingent in front of the Basilica Minore de la Immaculada Concepcion won the street dance competition championship at the Dulansangan national historical dance drama competition of the 9th Fiesta Republica in Malolos, Bulacan, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

SP, more groups hit
import liberalization
It could cause sugar industry collapse: Alunan

It’s strike two for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno against Negrenses after his recent pronouncement to liberalize sugar importation that would lead to the demise of the sugar industry, provincial officials said yesterday.

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, on mass motion yesterday, passed a resolution strongly opposing the import liberalization proposal of Diokno, while 173 chairpersons of agrarian reform cooperatives and organizations in southern Negros Occidental also issued a similar position in a joint manifesto.

“Sugar in the Philippines is very expensive compared to global prices. We plan to deregulate or relax that industry,” Diokno said last week, adding that this will be implemented within this year. moremoremore

P50M plane fund
diverted for renovation

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental yesterday approved the proposed 2019 general fund supplemental budget number 1 of the province, in the amount of P50 million, as endorsed by Governor Alfredo Marañon.

Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairperson of the SP committee on Finance, said the P50 million budget, that was earmarked earlier for the purchase of an aircraft by the provincial government that did not push through, will be used for the renovation of the Capitol south wing area, and for grants and donations to various local government units.

On motion of Escalante, the SP also approved and endorsed the request of Marañon for the passage of a resolution affirming the interest of the provincial government to apply, negotiate and borrow funds from the Municipal Development Fund Office of the Department of Finance, for the implementation of its Employees Housing Sub-Project. moremoremore


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PVO to produce ‘Manok Negros’

The Provincial Veterinary Office is creating a program to improve the genes of the local free-range chicken (FRC) in Negros Occidental, that will be called “Manok Negros” this year.

This will be implemented through its multiplier enhancement program for free-range chickens in Negros Occidental to boost its production and resistance to disease, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.

The FRC Multiplier Enhancement Program is PVO’s initiative to continue the genetic improvement of free-range chickens by infusing new bloodlines to avoid in-breeding and boost its production with good growth potential, good laying performance, and significantly disease resistant, with meat quality comparable to the native strain, he said.