The supply of swine meat in wet markets all over Western Visayas has dropped to alarming levels, and has resulted to high prices of pork.
Johnny Loces, chief of the livestock sector of the Department of Agriculture in Region 6, said that for the last three years, many backyard hog producers in the region have ceased to raise hogs mainly because of soaring costs of commercial feeds, allowing them small profit margins and, thus, they opted to close shop rather than to suffer more losses.
Backyard raising used to account for about 80-89 percent of pork sold in the region, and figures logged at DA R6 shows that for 2012, there were 1.3 million hogs raised, of which 1.1 million came from backyard purveyors.
ALI to launch affordable
Property developer Ayala Land Inc. has announced that it will launch affordable brand hotels this year to meet their rising demand, a government press release said.
“We are conceptualizing more hotel products catering to a P2,500 per night market...We hope to be able to groundbreak affordable rooms (hotels) by the fourth quarter,” Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni, group head of ALI Hotels, told reporters after the company's stockholders' meeting yesterday.
Executive vice president Bobby Dy said ALI will open a 150 to 200-room affordable hotel in Southpark district in Muntinlupa City, and also possibly, in Bacolod and Iloilo.
NCMB confab starts today
The National Conciliation and Mediation Board-Regional Branch 6 and its labor-management partners will hold the 8th Regional Convention for Western Visayas LMC at the Casa Pilar Beach Resort in Boracay, Aklan today and tomorrow, a press release from the NCMB said.
Partners for the event are the Association of Labor and Management Councils-Negros Occidental Chapter Inc., Association of Industrial Peace Advocates of Negros Occidental, Labor-Management Councils- Panay and Guimaras Chapter Inc. and the Labor-Management Peace Advocates for Private Schools of Panay and Guimaras, the press release said.
More than 100 representatives from 35 unionized and non-unionized companies, members and non-members of the associations are expected to attend.