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Sugar price decline: ARBs, workers warn of severe crisis

If the downward trend in sugar prices is not arrested, a severe crisis similar to a prolonged tiempos muertos will hit the sugar industry.

SUGAR WORKERS IN DISTRESS. The Negros Farmworkers and ARB Producers’ Federation, in a press conference at the Negros Press Club yesterday, warns of a severe crisis, similar to a protracted tiempos muertos, if sugar prices continue to decline. (L-R) Gina Barcibal, federation chair Sandrico Cornelio, Tommy Turnis, Dionesio Sanchez, Antero Imbang and Maya de Vera.*

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)

On ERC Decision to Pass on P232-M to Ceneco Consumers: ‘Hold Congressional Hearing in Bacolod’

Consumer advocates urge the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives to hold here in Bacolod City the proposed inquiry on the decision of the Energy Regulatory Commission authorizing the Central Negros Electric Cooperative to collect the P232 million differential billing from its consumers.

Fr. Chris Gonzales, head of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod City, said that concerned consumers will prepare a manifesto requesting the lower house to hold the probe in Bacolod so that it will be easier for consumers to air their concerns.

Paner: ‘SRA & Sugar Industry are Victims of Politics’

Former Sugar Regulatory Administrator Anna Rosario Paner finally breaks her silence on the circumstances behind her resignation as head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration and on allegations that she hired “overpriced” consultants to prepare the agency’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program (DRRMP).

Former Sugar Regulatory Administrator Anna Rosario Paner finally breaks her silence on the circumstances behind her resignation during yesterday’s press conference in Bacolod City.*

Zubiri, Ejercito Vow Support on HFCS, Excise Tax Issues

Senators Juan Miguel 'Migz' Zubiri and JV Ejercito assured sugar industry stakeholders that they will solidly stand behind the sugar industry on the issues of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the proposed P10 per liter excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages.

Pepsi-Cola executives hosted a dinner for the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines and Senator Migz Zubiri at Ipar’s Restaurant in Cebu City last Wednesday. Present were planters federations presidents Enrique D. Rojas (NFSP), Manuel Lamata III (Unifed), Francis de la Rama (Confed), Danilo Abelita (Panayfed) and Cornelio Toreja (Luzonfed). Also present were SRA chief Anna Rosario Paner and Board Members Hermie Serafica and Atty. Roland Beltran.*