Butch Bacaoco

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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.

During Ceneco-Kepco Intermediate Load Contract Pricing Hearing Oppositors Fail to Present Evidence

By Butch Bacaoco

Oppositors and intervenors failed to present evidence and witnesses during Tuesday’s public hearing conducted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) at Ceneco for the approval of the load factor-based pricing of the 24 MW intermediate load contract between Ceneco and Kepco Salcon Power Corporation (KSPC).


ERC HEARING OFFICER Atty. Leila A. San Pedro explains to Romeo Lavilla, Sr. that, since he and other oppositors failed to present evidence and witnesses, they have waived their right to present evidence and thus KSPC and Ceneco’s joint application is deemed submitted for resolution. With San Pedro are ERC Clerk Elmar M. Agir (right) and Stenographer Joebert M. Dizon.*(Butch Bacaoco photo)

Cane Points: Transparency at Ceneco

When Roy Cordova was elected as president of the Ceneco Board of Directors, he vowed to make transparency in coop operations and transactions as the hallmark of his administration.

Roy rose from the ranks. Except for a three-year period when he was disqualified from running for re-election in the Ceneco Board, he has been with the rural electrification program since he was employed as a meter reader in 1982 and became president of the labor union for 15 years until his reelection last March.