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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.*

‘Tax Reform is Pro-Poor’

By Butch Bacaoco

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) being pushed by the Department of Finance (DoF) will benefit poor Filipinos.


Assistant Secretary Maria Theresa Habitan of the Department of Finance explains the benefits of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion during the dialogue with workers yesterday at the Pavilion Hotel, Bacolod City.*

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.