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‘Water problem serious,
urgent action needed’
Bacolod short 60M liters a day: Baciwa

There is an urgent need for Negros Occidental to come up with a provincial water security road map now, Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg.Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday.

“The problem is serious, there are people whose water supply has been decreasing inspite of the fact that we seem to have excess water in general,” he said.

There is a need to be forward thinking, Benitez said, pointing out that under Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, development in Negros Occidental will be speeding up. moremoremore

Kiko to push House vs. liberalization

Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday he will push the House of Representatives to also pass a resolution opposing the proposed deregulation of sugar importation.

Benitez noted that the Senate Monday had unanimously approved a resolution urging the executive department to halt its planned liberalization of the country’s sugar industry.

He pointed out that on October 3 members of sugar bloc in the Lower House, including those from Negros Island, had filed Resolution 412 opposing the planned sugar import liberalization. moremoremore


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3 Fil-Am chefs in Bacolod
for DOT’s food trip project

The three Filipino-American chefs are continuing their gastronomic journey in Bacolod City today.

Tom Cunanan of the famed Washington, DC’s Bad Saint, who is also the 2019 James Beard Awards’ Best Chef for the Mid-Atlantic; Charles Olalia, owner and manager of Ma’am Sir, one of GQ’s Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America for 2019; and Grant Tabura, host of food show “Cooking Hawaiian Style” and winner of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race”, will be in the city for two days for the Department of Tourism’s “Chefs’ Food Trip Project”, a two -week tour around the country’s most popular culinary destinations .

They kicked off their culinary journey on November 10 in Quezon City.