MERGE Sugar import liberalization will affect the lives of these sugar farm workers, President Rodrigo Duterte told.* (Nic Ledesma photo)

SP seeks Duterte help
vs. import liberalization

The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday issued an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to disallow sugar import liberalization, that is being pushed by his economic managers.

The appeal was made by all members of the SP, including Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, through a resolution they unanimously approved during the regular SP session.

The stand of the Negros Occidental SP was in support to the call of Tatak Kalamay, an umbrella organization of sugar federations, millers, labor, farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries, to vehemently oppose the move of the economic managers to liberalize the sugar importation, that will affect about five million Filipinos, especially those in the 20 sugar producing provinces. moremoremore

‘Extend ban, protect swine industry’

Provincial veterinarians and local hog raisers in the Visayas are appealing to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Michael Lloyd Dino, to boost their campaign against the dreaded African swine fever to protect the swine industry of the region.

This was revealed yesterday by Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena, who said that he and his counterparts in the region, including Cebu and Bohol, are firm in the belief that there is a need to extend the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Luzon to respective localities to keep the Visayas free from the virus that is fatal to pigs.

This was after the statement of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año that he will issue a memorandum encouraging local government units to lift the ban on processed pork products registered with the Food and Drugs Administration, following the pronouncements of the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. that their group may incur P50 billion in losses due to the bans imposed by local governments, including Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. moremoremore


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Noceco rates drop
further in October

Electric consumers in southern Negros Occidental will have lower bills this October after the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative has dropped its rates .

Jonas Discaya, general manager of Noceco, said yesterday the P9.6268 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate in September has further decreased to P8.2189 per kWh this month, or a drop of 14.62 percent, or P1.4079.

The main driver for lower electricity rates this month is the P1.0948 per kWh decrease in the generation charge, from P4.7931 to P3.6983 per kWh , he said.