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Electric Coops Protest NGCP Load Shedding

By Butch Bacaoco

Electric cooperatives in Western Visayas will register their protest against the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) over its manual load shedding which has been imposed on all Visayas electric coops.

This was bared yesterday by Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) general manager Sulpicio Lagarde, Jr. during the “transparency meeting” at Ceneco main office in Bacolod.

SAP to File Charges vs. Coke for HFCS Smuggling

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) will file charges of smuggling against Coca-Cola Femsa for allegedly pulling out High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from the Bureau of Customs without the sanction of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc.(UNIFED) yesterday said he will personally see to it that smuggling charges will be filed against beverage giant.

Lamata questioned the pulling out of the HFCS from the BOC when the SRA Sugar Order number 3 is in effect.

BACIWA, City Officials, Consumers Set Forum Today on Water Supply Woes

To address the mounting complaints of Bacolodnons regarding poor water supply, a forum will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod City Government Center, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Leonardia said, BACIWA is expected to update the local government and the concessionaires on the present status of the water district, especially on the reason for the scarcity of its supply in the city.

‘Save the Sugar Industry’

“We implore you to save the sugar industry before it is too late to avert the economic disaster that shall occur if the sugar industry will collapse.” This is the appeal aired yesterday, to the House Committee on Agriculture and Food by Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers (GAWA) who together with other sugar industry stakeholders attended who attended the House inquiry on the importation of high fructose corn syrup.