Bacolod City

NFSP Assails Tax on Sweetened Drinks

Sugar planters across the country are alarmed by the proposed tax on beverages containing sugar and other sweeteners.


House Bill 3365 seeks to impose a P10/liter tax on beverages that contain sugar or other sweeteners, with provision for increase by 4% each year starting January 1, 2017.

“Our planters are already burdened by value-added tax and creditable withholding tax. Now they want to impose additional burden on us with this so-called soft drink tax. We cannot absorb this proposed tax which is unfair,” said Enrique D. Rojas, President of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, Inc. (NFSP).

10th Organic Farmers Festival Posts P1.6 M in Two Days

The 10th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival has recorded a gross sale of P1,618,927.80 in two days (Nov. 25-26) according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Provincial Focal Person on Organic Agriculture Dr. Armigenia Benedicto (right) awards Lenny Porras (left) of Lenny’s Dried Products for being the top grosser in sales during the closing program of the 10th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival at the Capitol Park and Lagoon, yesterday.*(Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)

50 Sacked Bacolod Gov’t Workers to Gather at DPS This Morning

Some 50 job order (J.O.) casual workers of the Bacolod City Government’s Department of Public Services (DPS) were reportedly terminated by Acting City Mayor, Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya.

Reports last night said the terminated workers, mostly assigned in street cleaning tasks, will gather at 8 o’clock this morning at the DPS Compound in Taculing, Bacolod.

It will also be a grim Christmas for those affected by the current dislocation of employees at the city government, as former Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said last week.

Model Bumped by Car Dies

A 26-year-old model of a liquor brand who was hit by a car about 8:30PM Sunday at Bangga Florenceville in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, died about 2AM yesterday at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Meanwhile, two other victims were killed in separate road accidents in Sagay and Himamaylan cities also Sunday.


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