MERGE Eight persons fell from the hanging bridge in Kabankalan City shown in this photo posted on Facebook*

Bridge snaps, 8 injured

Eight persons, including four minors, were rushed to a hospital after they fell from a 20-meter hanging bridge, while watching a fluvial parade at past 6:30 a.m. yesterday in Barangay Camugao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco said some cables of the 20-meter hanging foot bridge snapped and made it tilt, causing some spectators to fall off.

Zayco said that one of the four minors suffered a fractured hand, while another minor, who was earlier reported missing, was located and revived by rescuers. moremoremore

Industry leaders welcome plan
to create nat’l sugar program

Sugar leaders yesterday welcomed the proposal of Senator Cynthia Villar, Senate Committee on Agriculture chair, to create a National Sugar Program to ensure that the P2 billion granted annually under the Sugarcane Industry Development Act is spent.

Villar, during her visit to Negros Occidental Friday, said the allocation has been slashed by the Department of Budget and Management to P500 million this year because the Sugar Regulatory Administration has “failed” to spend all of the P2 billion annually to boost the industry’s global competitiveness.

“If SRA has its hands full implementing the SIDA program, a national program to help accelerate approval and utilization of SIDA funds is most welcome.” Nicholas Ledesma, Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations Negros-Panay chapter president, said. moremoremore


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Provide feasibility study
on Bacolod power plant

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, through its general manager, to provide the city with a feasibility study on the establishment of a power plant in the City of Bacolod, particularly in Barangay Felisa.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, said “The energy sector plays a very important role in our modern living, where electricity is an indispensable commodity, as it energizes our homes, businesses, and industries that boost our country’s economic growth and development.”

“The Department of Energy projects our electricity demand to grow about 5 percent annually, thus it is imperative that we should set up measures to ensure that this requirement is met, including allowance for reserve,” it said.