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Enrile lauds promotion of
organic agri in Negros

BY LISA GAPAC

The Negros Occidental provincial government was lauded by Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (Cagayan, 1st District) for promoting organic agriculture, and said his platform of governance focuses on agriculture, food sovereignty and productivity.

Enrile, who was in Bacolod City as guest at the 19th Annual Convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs Saturday, congratulated Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for leading the campaign on organic agriculture.

He said there is need to expand the implementation of the organic law, and to promote what is suited in an area. When it comes to organic, it all depends on the location and soil conditions, as not all organic techniques and theories work for all provinces, Enrile added.

He also said it is only right for the province to recognize the farmers and fishermen at the 20th Panaad Festival that will open today at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

BIKERS’ SPOT

Meanwhile, Enrile urged local leaders to make Bacolod City and Negros Occidental a motorcycle destination after its successful hosting of the convention.

At the bikers’ fellowship Saturday at the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod, Enrile, also a biker, said being a motorcycle destination will bring in tourism and will put the province on the map as far as motorcycle tourism is concerned.

“Open up your roads, hotels, restaurants, and stores to the motorcycle public, and you will reap the benefits of the motorcycle tourism,” Enrile said.

He also reminded motorists to wear their helmets.

About 2,000 bikers from all over the country and from Sabah, Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia, and other Asian countries joined the three-day convention in Bacolod City that started Friday, and supported by Petronas Energy Philippines, San Miguel Corp., and Thunderbugs Bacolod Motorcycle Club.*LTG

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