MERGE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. Christmas lights for sale along Lacson Street bring holiday cheer earlier in Bacolod City.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Neg. Occ. SP bans pork
from Luzon permanently
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Negros Occidental provincial government will permanently ban pork imports from Luzon and African swine fever-affected areas to keep the province free from the dreaded virus.

This came after members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed the ASF Prevention Ordinance of Negros Occidental pushed by Board Member Andrew Montelibano during their regular session yesterday that was unanimously supported by the board.

The ordinance will cover all live pigs, boar semen, pork and pork products including, but not limited to canned goods and food items containing pork whether cooked or uncooked, originating from, manufactured, and processed in Luzon and in ASF-affected countries and in other areas declared by the Department of Agriculture and World Organization for Animal Health. moremoremore


Economic managers open
to sugar talks, Zubiri says
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said yesterday that the country’s economic managers are willing to sit down with sugar industry stakeholders to come up with solutions to ease sugar supply problems.

Zubiri told the DAILY STAR that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez have agreed to the meeting in response to Senate Resolution 213 urging the executive department not to pursue the planned sugar import liberalization to safeguard the welfare of farmers and industry workers in more than 20 provinces in the country.

In their resolution, the senators warned that the deregulated entry of subsidized sugar into the Philippines will be disastrous to the country’s sugar industry, which contributes an estimated P95 billion to the Gross Domestic Product. moremoremore

 

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Negros Occ rolls out first
gov’t-run robotic center
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The province of Negros Occidental launched the first government-run robotics center in the country at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Center in Bacolod City yesterday.

Leading the launching of Negrense Robotics Program and Exhibits were Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Melvin Matulac - founder of Pinoy Robot Games, Board Member Rita Gatuslao, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator of NOLITC.

Matulac said the program has already started the online training of the five teachers from NOLITC, who will later teach the grade school pupils enrolled in the program.