MERGE The new 4.7 km Sitio Magtuod to Sitio Vergara, Brgy. Bug-ang farm-to-market road in Toboso, Negros Occidental, worth P61,666,645.37.*

DBM sugar fund cut
to P67M ‘a big blow’

The Department of Budget and Management has reduced the 2020 budget for the sugar industry to P67 million, or P1.93 billion short of the P2 billion due it annually under the Sugar Industry Development Act of 2015.

This was confirmed yesterday by Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, who also said that the P67 million is not final as the SRA is fighting for a bigger allocation.

“We still have time to lobby with DBM, in fact we already presented our counter proposal but it is subject to approval by DBM,” he said. moremoremore

P231.6M in roads turned over

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Department of Agriculture Region VI officials led in the turnover of P231.6 million in Philippine Rural Development Projects (PRDP) roads in Negros Occidental, yesterday.

The projects include the 4.7 km Sitio Magtuod to Sitio Vergara, Brgy. Bug-ang farm-to-market road in Toboso worth P61,666,645.37 that will benefit a 448 households and provide accessibility to Vergara Elementary School, a press release from the Provincial Capitol, said.

Also turned over is the 12.46 km Brgy. Caduhaan to Sitio Aluyan farm-to-market road in Cadiz City worth P146,539,500.40 that will benefit 633 households and provide access to Aluyan Elementary School. moremoremore


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Signature drive on
vs. Baciwa privatization

A signature drive opposing the privatization of the Bacolod City Water District was launched this week by its workers' union.

Leny Espina, Baciwa Employees Union president, said yesterday that they are gathering signatures from consumers who want to join their call to stop the proposed joint venture of the water utility firm and Prime Water.

She said that consumers will be affected if the deal pushes through because the water rate will increase, while workers will be displaced.