MERGE Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (2nd from left) receives a plaque of appreciation from Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (left) at keynote speech at the opening of the 19th National PESO Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City yesterday as DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay and PESO Managers Association of the Philippines President Norman Victor Ordiz look on.* (MPE photo)

DA, SRA stand urged
on import liberalization

MANILA – Agriculture Secretary William Dar yesterday ordered the Sugar Regulatory Administration to come up with a position paper listing the pros and cons on the proposed sugar import liberalization, which may affect about 5 million people, as sugar industry leaders have warned.

This was after Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri at a Senate hearing yesterday urged the Department of Agriculture and SRA to make a stand on sugar import liberalization, amid what he calls their “deafening silence” on the issue.

The DOF has already formulated a draft executive order proposing import liberalization for the sugar industry modeled on the opening up of the rice market, citing its domestic prices are double compared to world market prices. moremoremore

‘Labor force improves under Duterte’

The initiatives of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte have improved the situation of the labor workforce in the country, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday.

Panelo, who was in Bacolod City yesterday for the opening of the three-day 19th National Public Employment Service Office Congress at the SMX Convention Center, said that since the start of this administration, the numbers in the labor force have “drastically changed.”

In his keynote speech delivered to more than 1,500 participants, he emphasized that the employment rate in the country remained at a peak of 94.5 percent as of July this year. moremoremore


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Information drive
continues vs. ASF

The Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force continues to beef up its information drive against the dreaded disease, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Symposium on ASF will be conducted in different localities in Negros Occidental this month. It will kick off today in La Carlota City followed by Salvador Benedicto, Sagay City, and Talisay City tomorrow.

The symposium will also be held in Toboso, Cadiz City, Silay City, Cauayan on October 16, Escalante City, Manapla, Murcia, Hinigaran, and Sipalay City on October 17 , Calatrava and Hinobaan on October 18 , San Enrique on October 22 , Pulupandan and La Castellana on October 23 , Moises Padilla on October 24 , Ilog on October 25 , Himamaylan City on October 28 , Isabela and Kabankalan City on October 29 , and Binalbagan on October 30 .