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Sen. Villar Urges Use of SIDA Fund

Senator Cynthia Villar told sugar industry stakeholders to utilize the P2 billion fund under the Sugar Industry Development Act (SIDA) “to be competitive”

Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture yesterday presided the Senate hearing on the importation of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Villar pointed out that there is P300 million fund for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.

New Mayor, VM of Isabela Take Oath

Following the death of Mayor Enrique Montilla III of Isabela on Holy Thursday, Vice Mayor Joselito Malabor took his oath as Montilla’s successor, before Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday morning.

NEW ISABELA MAYOR. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. administers the oath of new Isabela town mayor Joselito Y. Malabor (3rd from left), in the presence of his wife, Analyn Malabor and daughter, Mikka Ella (2nd and 3rd from right), and Fifth District Board Member Renato Malabor, Jr. and Araceli Malabor (2nd and 1st from left), at the Provincial Capitol, yesterday.*(Richard Malihan / Capitol photo)