MERGE AWARDEE. Alumna Jesusa Sonora-Poe (center), or Susan Roces in the movie world, receives her La Consolacion College-Bacolod Centennial Legacy Award for Excellence in Culture and the Arts from Augustinian Sisters of La Consolacion College Superior General – Sister Niceta Vargas, LCC Bacolod president – Sr. Gavina Barrera, awards chairperson – Benilda Tejada, and Dr. Carmen Menes (l-r) at rites held at the LCC Quadrangle Saturday night.*


Long dry spell hitting
Negros, Piñol warns
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has assured that the Department of Agriculture is allocating funds for cloudseeding in Negros Occidental that is expected to experience a long dry spell.

El Niño is expected to wane towards the end of April or May in other parts of the country, but the forecast is not good for Negros, he said.

The dry spell in Negros Occidental, Mindoro and Palawan will linger until late November, said Piñol, who was in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, with President Rodrigo Duterte, Friday. moremoremore


Cauayan crop damage P6.1M
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The continuing dry spell in Negros Occidental has left damage worth P6,110,780 to crops in Cauayan town.

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist reported that from January to February this year, the production losses to rice in Cauayan town affected 143 hectares of farmlands and 253 farmers in seven barangays.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said only Cauayan town incurred damages as farmers from other localities in the province, except those in the irrigated areas, have stopped planting rice due to the dry spell. moremoremore

 

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Exec: DAR targets distribution
of 12,000 hectares in Neg. Occ.
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Department of Agrarian Reform aims to distribute 12,000 of 98,000 hectares of still undistributed land, covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Negros Occidental this year, DAR Secretary John Castriciones said Friday.

Castriciones reiterated that the DAR is focusing on Negros Occidental that still has the biggest stretch of land in the country that remains undistributed under the CARP.

“We will prioritize this province so that our farmers will benefit from the program,” Castriciones said.