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Biomass Power Plants to Benefit Sugar Industry

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. expressed optimism that, aside from creating local jobs, the biomass power plants in Negros will benefit not only the country but also the global sugar industry.

GROUNDBREAKING. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. leads the ground breaking of the 25 MW Biomass Power Plant of the North Negros Biopower (NNB) in Manapla yesterday. (L-R) NNB Senior Vice-Pres. for Corporate Communications Don Dia and Chairman Arthur N. Aguilar, ThomasLLoyd Executive Director Anthony Coveney and Chairman Michael Sieg, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, landowner Dr. Esteban Lacson III, NNB President Ramon Picornell and International Finance Corporation Country Manager Jane Yuan Xu.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

Twister Rips Houses in Manapla

By Arman P. Toga & Joseph Daquel

Six houses were destroyed and about 55 others, including a covered court and other structures, were damaged when a tornado hit parts of Barangay 1-A in Manapla town early yesterday afternoon.

Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante confirmed to media that the 15-minute twister that ripped the barangay shortly after noon time, left at six houses destroyed and some 55 damaged.

Drug suspect nabbed

A drug suspect was arrested in buy bust in Barangay 1-B, Manapla town around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Senior Inspector Julius Caesar Colado, Manapla PNP chief identified the suspect Helan Naranjo Magalona, 38, married, of Barangay 2, Manapla, Negros Occidental.

Confiscated from the suspect was an elongated transparent plastic sachet containing “shabu” as buy bust item; three small sachets containing “shabu”; and P500 marked money.

The suspect was detained and charged for violation of Section 5 and 11 of Article II of RA 9165.*(CMG)


Ceres Bus Robbed

Three unidentified suspects robbed the passengers of Ceres Bus Liner with body number 5169 around 7:40 p.m. Sunday along the national highway of Bangga Ibus, Barangay Tortosa, Manapla town, Negros Occidental.

The fare collector, identified as Narvin Ejara Tapang, 21, single, of Toboso town lost P2, 000 collection and P500 personal money to the suspects who pointed him a gun and bladed weapon.

PRRM-Negros Turns Over Patrol Boat, Disaster Kits to Manapla Fishers, Farmers

The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)-Negros Office has turned over this October a new Marine Patrol Boat and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) emergency kits to its partner small fishers and farmers in Manapla.

Turn-over of Patrol Boat and DRR Kits to the Small Fishers with Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Former Mayor Manolet Escalante, PRRM-Negros Staff and Chambery Barangay Captain Ronnie Salo.*