MERGE RELIEF ON WHEELS. Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation’s rolling soup kitchen fed the homeless and hungry on Bacolod streets on the first day of Lent.* (Aeson Baldevia photo)


Duterte pushes CARP,
distributing land today
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the ceremonial distribution of 3,423 Certificates of Land Ownership Award to representatives of 2,495 agrarian reform beneficiaries at the Balay Kauswagan in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, this afternoon.

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones told the DAILY STAR yesterday that the DAR is committed to completing the distribution of agrarian reform covered lands in Negros Occidental, and will also look into available government lands for coverage.

The good news is that the president, in Executive Order 75 signed February 15, has also ordered all agencies to identify government-owned lands that can be distributed to land reform beneficiaries, he said. moremoremore


Pacquiao joining PDP Laban rally
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Boxing legend, Senator Manny Pacquiao, will present the senatorial candidates of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, at a campaign rally at the Victorias City Coliseum in Negros Occidental this afternoon that will be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pacquiao is the PDP Laban campaign manager.

The campaign rally pre-program to be attended by an expected crowd of 26,000, of which 7,000 will be inside the coliseum while the rest will watch the proceedings from widescreens outside, is expected to start at 1 p.m. today. moremoremore

 

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ARBs, workers sign open letter
vs. sugar import liberalization

Sugar workers organizations and agrarian reform beneficiaries associations yesterday signed an open letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte that sought his intervention against the proposed deregulation of sugar importation.

“If the importation of sugar is liberalized, consumers will buy the cheaper, subsidized imported sugar, while nobody will buy local sugar. With the loss of market for our sugar, our production will collapse, mills will close, and we and our families will starve,” the group stated in their open letter.

For the first time in the history of the sugar industry, militant unions and moderate groups representing sugar workers and ARBs gathered under a single umbrella to oppose the proposed import liberalization and to assert their independent identity as the new and genuine face of the sugar industry, a press release said.