MERGE The road clearing at the Bacolod Central Market area was among the projects inspected by the validation team of the Department of Interior and Local Government.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

21 solons back battle
vs. import liberalization

Lawmakers, led by Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod), yesterday assailed a recent pronouncement of the Department of Finance to liberalize sugar importation.

The two Negros solons, joined by 19 others, on Wednesday filed House Resolution No. 412, warning that the sugar import liberalization move threatens to kill the domestic sugar industry.

House Resolution 412 expressing the strong opposition of the House of Representatives to the planned liberalization or deregulation of the importation of sugar, is geared toward safeguarding the welfare of sugar farmers, and farm and mill workers across 28 provinces in the country, Benitez and Paduano said yesterday. moremoremore

DILG gives Bacolod 87%
rating in road clearing

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Validation Team in Western Visayas has rated the compliance of Bacolod City on road-clearing operations at 87 percent.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the report on LGU Compliance Assessment and Validation Form on the Implementation of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019- 121, in a meeting with the Validation Team at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday, at the conclusion of the two-day validation by the DILG team.

Leonardia said, “We thank our barangay captains and officials who worked so hard with DILG, PNP, and City officials and others to achieve this difficult and sensitive task. We also appeal to those affected for their understanding and cooperation to comply with the President’s directive to clear roads and alleys from obstruction.” moremoremore


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Fall army worms hit 4
hectares of corn fields

Fall army worms continue to infest corn plantations in several localities in Negros Occidental and have caused production losses worth P200,000.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said almost four hectares of corn fields were damaged in the cities of La Carlota, Himamaylan, and San Carlos, and the towns of La Castellana and Pontevedra.

The report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist from September 26 to October 2, showed that infestation was reported in Barangay Robles in La Castellana at 2.25 hectares, followed by Barangay La Granja with 0.7 hectare, Barangay Talaban in Himamaylan with 0.5 hectare, and Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra and Barangay Prosperidad, San Carlos City with 0.25 hectare each.