Gen. Benedict Arevalo receives the 303rd Infantry Brigade’s Best Electoral Practices Award for Security Management from Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.*
Defying coal free EO
sad for Negros – guv
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that it would be sad if his executive order declaring Negros Occidental a coal-free province is revoked, because climate change is here and poses a real danger to Negrenses and the rest of the world.
“ Climate change is here and we have to do something now. We should not wait until it is irreversible. Protecting the environment should be each Negrosanons concern,” he said.
‘Cut in sugar fund mockery of law’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The Sugar Regulatory Administration has submitted a counter proposal seeking the allocation P1.1 billion for the sugar industry in 2020 against the P67 million of the Department of Budget and Management.
Sugar leaders are lobbying for a larger allocation for the industry, pointing out that the Sugar Industry Development Act of 2015 requires an annual allocation of P2 billion to boost the competiveness of the Philippine sugar industry.“This drastic cut (by the DBM), which is not even 5 percent of the original allotment as enshrined in the SIDA, makes a mockery of the law and of the sugar industry,” Raymond Montinola, Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Inc. national spokesman, said yesterday.
Murcia HS gets P4-M cookery bldg
BY MAX N. MACAHILO
The Coca Cola Foundation and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) turned over the P4 million, state-of-the-art cookery building and facility to the Lopez Jaena National High School in Murcia, Tuesday.
Coca Cola Philippines Inc. president Cecilia Alcantara, who spearheaded the turnover ceremony, said the facility was a first of its kind among the projects of the beverage giant in the country.“We are focusing on the needs of those Senior High Schools near the Coca Cola plants, in tandem with the PBSP, as the identifying and validating partner and, of course, of the Department of Education,” she said.