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SRA Holds First Visayas Muscovado Sugar Convention

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The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and other agencies – the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology, (DOST) Province of Negros Occidental and the Alter Trade Foundation Incorporated held the first ever Visayas Muscovado Sugar convention November 21 at the Social Hall of SRA Bacolod.


Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with the Bacolod City Organization of Department Executives and Assistants (BACODEA), Inc. at Sipalay City during their Tour of Negros.*


Rotary Club of Bacolod Boys and Girls lead by Mayor Jezra Daye Guides, pay a courtesy call on Secretary to the Mayor Ramonito Lastima yesterday at the Ceremonial Hall of the Bacolod People’s House, in relation to their Boys & Girls Week celebration on November 24-28, 2014.* (CMO-PIO photo)

SRA La Granja Agricul-tural Research and Extension Center OIC and convention chair Ma. Florencia Logroño said there are 166 existing muscovado mills in the Visayas and additional four are up for operation.

Antique has the most muscovado mills numbering to 146, Negros Occidental has eight, Negros Oriental has six, Iloilo has five, and Capiz has one.

According to Logroño, Visayas is producing 4,279.84 to 4,500 metric tons of muscovado sugar from a total of 1,670 to 2,300 hectares of land.

In 2013, total muscovado export reached 1,829.31 metric tons that brought in some $3.1 million to the local economy.

Major export markets for Philippine muscovado sugar are USA, Japan, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, Guam, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, France, Saudi Peninsula, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Dubai.

Meanwhile, Fair Living Organization (FLO) International Consultant for Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam Hagung Hendrawan, guest speaker during the convention said that Fair Trade International is assisting 16 small cooperatives of mainly sugar farmers in the Philippines.

Muscovado trading, like most trading system, is like an hour glass where there are millions of farmers and there are millions of consumers but in the middle, there are only a few big companies bridging between producers and consumers, really small number of traders in the whole trading system.

Thousands to Avail Free Health Services During ‘The Charity Event of the Year’ at the Bacolod People’s House

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Not only free health, medical and other services.

Freebies, vitamin supplements, entertainment shows and singing and beauty contest will also benefit the expected thousands of Bacolodnons and Negrosanons during the December 20, 2014 whole-day holding of the first-ever "The Charity of the Year" project.


THE PHILIPPINES’ PRIDE Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (left) knocks down undefeated Chris Algieri 6 times yesterday to prove his comeback. At right, the huge crowd watches the live telecast of the boxing match at the BAYS Center in Bacolod through the courtesy of the City Mayor’s Office.* (Philboxing.com/CMO-PIO photos)


 NEGROS PRESS CLUB, Smart Communications and the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade and PruLife U.K. partnered, for the 3rd year, in a Tree Planting Activity Saturday, November 22, during which some 1,500 seedlings were planted at the Negros 1st Ranch in Barangay Sta. Rosa in Murcia, Negros Occidental. The partnership vows to do more for the preservation and protection of the environment.*

The venue will be the Bacolod City People’s House.

Literally to become the "charity event of the year", the undertaking is presented by ON AIR MEDIA in partnership with the Bacolod City Government under Mayor Monico Puentevella, and "hope-fully with the Provincial Government under Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Mosser Foundation, NEHA Foundation, Dr. Selibert S. Cartel Scholarship Grant, Inc., Toastmasters International Division D, Rotary Club of Bacolod, Philippine Red Cross, Kapisanan Ng Mga Brodkaster Sa Pilipinas (KBP), Philippine Air Force Reserve Unit, Philippine Army’s 303rd Brigade, CHATS or Council of Hospitality and Tourism Students by Councilor Jocelle Batapa Seque, Counclilor Alex Paglumotan, Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, Councilor Ann Marie Palermo, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, Bacolod City Police Office, Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital, Protasio – Paz Optical Clinic and Mendez Dental Group.

MR. JOEMARIE "JOERAY" LLANERA, the project over-all chairman, said this whole-day project will present different kinds of featured segments every hour to keep the people from all walks of life coming and staying in the event area as they enjoy the Christmas atmosphere while enjoying all the services provided in the venue absolutely free.

Such free services to include, BLOOD SUGAR SCREENING, CHOLESTEROL SCREENING, TRIGLICYRIDES SCREENING, MEDICAL AND DENTAL CHECK UP, EYE SCREENING WITH FREE READING GLASSES, FEEDING PROGRAM, FREE MASSAGE, SKATEBOARD COMPETITION, and GLOBA C PRIME VITAMIN C.

Japanese Dignitaries Grace the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival

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Japanese dignitaries headed by Yoshiko Nakano, OISCA International president, came to the Province of Negros Occidental to witness the 9th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, yesterday.


Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) welcomes OISCA International president, Yoshiko Nakano together with Narumi Nakano, OISCA International secretary and Tadashi Watanabe, in-charge of overseas operation of the organization during a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, yesterday. Also in photo is Shigemi Watanabe of OISCA-Bago City.*(Capitol photo)

  

President Nakano was accompanied by OISCA International secretary, Narumi Nakano and Tadashi Watanabe, in charge of overseas operation of the organization.

The group expressed their gratitude to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. for his support to the Japanese community, and according to them, "Philippines means Negros Occidental".

‘Construct Flyover Now at Magsaysay-Araneta’

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to start constructing the proposed flyover project at Magsaysay-Araneta intersection, saying that its feasibility study was already approved back in 2010.


BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella airing out his sentiments during yesterday’s public consultation conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on the proposed flyover projects at Circumferential Road-Burgos intersection and Araneta Avenue-Magsaysay intersection.* (CMO-PIO photo)

The project was initiated under Puentevella’s congressional term and approved by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under the President’s Bridge Program (PBP).

"The feasibility study regarding this project was already approved by the DPWH and President Arroyo way back in 2010," Puentevella said.

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