MERGE TURNOVER. Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran turned over a backhoe loader and dump truck worth P18 million to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office through Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas and Dondon Parandas, CDRRMO officer-in-charge, (l-r), at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds yesterday.*

Diokno: Liberalization
to benefit more people
He does not understand sugar industry: planters

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno does not have a comprehensive view of the sugarcane industry.

That was the reaction of sugar leaders to Diokno’s statement yesterday that while the planned liberalization of sugar imports would negatively affect local producers, this would benefit a greater number of consumers.

“There are more consumers than sugar producers,” Diokno was reported as saying by the Philippine News Agency yesterday. moremoremore

AFP keeps close
watch on entry points

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command has ordered the Army, Navy and Air Force to closely monitor all entry and exit points in all the islands of the Visayas, following the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu.

Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, AFP Central Command chief, yesterday assured the people of Visayas that the AFP will continue its effort to quell any attempt that would affect the normal situation in the region.

The AFP Central Command and the Army 3rd Infantry Division condemned in the strongest terms the terror act that claimed the lives of 21 civilians and soldiers, and injured more than 100. moremoremore


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Broiler chicken meat price drops

The average broiler chicken meat prices decreased by about P1 per kilo in Negros Occidental this week, while other meat products remained the same as last year, the Provincial Veterinary Office record showed yesterday.

The prevailing market price of livestock and poultry weekly monitoring of PVO showed that broiler chicken meat decreased by P1.07/kg., from P159.33 last week to P158.26 this week, while average prices of other meat products remained the same since last week.

Record shows that carabao beef in the province costs P243/kg., while beef is at P250.33/kg., pork - P224/kg., chevon or goat meat - P298.21/kg., and native chicken - P242.19/kg., while eggs remained at P5.48 (small), P6.02 (medium), P6.74 (large), and P7.32 (extra-large), and P11.76 (salted) per piece.