About 8,000 bags of rice worth P15 million are now being released to city and town governments for food-for-work programs this month to aid sugar workers in Negros Occidental during the tiempo muerto (dead season) in the industry, Board Member Enrique Miguel Lacson said yesterday.
Lacson, who heads the Task Force on the Sugar Industry, said Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is distributing the rice based on the number of farm workers identified by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
Gov. Isidro Zayco had earlier said that the amount is not very much and he hopes that counterpart aid can be put up by local governments at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
‘No technical, legal basis
for anti-GMO ordinance’
A coordinator of the Provincial Coastal Fisheries Resources Management, which is under the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, claimed in a position paper he submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during a committee hearing of the GMO ordinance in 2007 that he believes there is “lack of technical and insufficient legal basis” for the anti-GMO ordinance.
This, Ruel Almoneda said, is because the national government retains the authority to regulate with regard to animal and plant quarantine.
He also said in his position paper that, as stipulated in the provisions of Local Government Code, the powers of the LGU are limited to regulating and it cannot exercise the power to ban unless expressly granted permission to do so by the national government agency concerned.
Rent law signed
A new law that aims to protect more than 1.5 million households and those who rent rooms and bed spaces in dormitories was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday, a press release from the office of Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said.
Zubiri, principal author and co-sponsor of Republic Act No. 9653 or the Rent Control Act of 2009, said in the press release that it is “one of the socio-economic measures that Congress has lined-up to ease the burden of Filipinos in the face of the global economic crisis.”.