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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, June 22, 2009
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Sugar producers oppose
provincial ban on GMO’s

Sugar producers in Negros Occidental have voiced their official opposition to the provincial ban on genetically-modified organisms.

Confederation of Sugar Producers’ Associations Inc. chairperson, Reynaldo Bantug, wrote to Gov. Isidro Zayco on June 16, that while the group considers Provincial Ordinance No. 007, Series of 2007, “as a noble act with noble intentions”, CONFED members are also seriously alarmed by its implementation.

Bantug said the continued application of the ban will adversely affect the productivity of (the sugar industry) and stall efforts to further improve sugar production and profitability.

Dislocated workers
hired under CLEEP

Thirty-nine dislocated workers hired by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office under the government’s Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program will assist PENRO as forest extension officers and as forest rangers, the Philippine Information Agency said in a press release.

The newly-hired employees will be assigned at different offices in the province to fulfill their obligations for the next six months, PENR Officer Jesse Vego said.

CLEEP is the national government’s response to the massive dislocation of workers due to the worldwide economic downturn.

Arroyo backs Asian IMF

TOKYO – President Gloria Arroyo supports wider cooperation in stabilizing Asia's financial market, including creating a regional version of the International Monetary Fund, a report said Sunday.

In an interview with Japanese media on Saturday, she praised as a great success the expansion of the Chiang Mai Initiative, a currency swap framework to guard against financial crises, the Nikkei business daily said.

The scheme, involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, China and South Korea, was launched in 2000 following the 1997 Asian financial crisis..

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