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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesSaturday, October 12, 2013
Negros Oriental
Button 170 COCs for brgy. captain,1,607 for kagawad filed
Button Bizmen fear zero tariff on imports
20 die in flashfloods; ‘Santi' intensifies
Negros coop wins award  

170 COCs for brgy. captain,
1,607 for kagawad filed

Not too many aspirants for the barangay polls on October 28 turned up on the first day of filing of the certificates of candidacy yesterday in Negros Oriental.

Partial records received by the provincial Commission on Elections from its city and town offices showed that only 170 candidates for barangay captain and 1,607 for kagawad filed their COCs.

The report does not include the Comelec offices in Sibulan, Tanjay, Bindoy, Jimalalud, La Libertad, and Bayawan City.

Bizmen fear zero
tariff on imports

Businessmen in Negros Oriental have expressed apprehension over the impending implementation of the zero tariff in 2015 under the Asian Free Trade Agreement.

Under the AFTA, a zero tariff may be imposed on imported products from neighboring Asian countries that are expected to flood the Philippine markets in 2015.

Ed Du, president of the Negros Oriental Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who attended the Small and Medium Enterprises Roving Academy of the Department of Trade and Industry in Dumaguete Wednesday, said businessmen are feeling threatened by the AFTA as the local markets are not ready yet to compete with foreign products.

Du, who cited sugar and its by-products, said that Thailand and Vietnam will offer stiff competition to local sugarcane planters and manufacturers since their production is subsidized by their governments.

20 die in flashfloods;
‘Santi' intensifies

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday said the death toll due to flashfloods induced by the inter-tropical convergence zone has climbed to 20.

Eight persons were killed in Central Visayas, two in Western Visayas, six in the Zamboanga Peninsula, and four in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. All of them died by drowning, the NDRRMC said.

In Negros Oriental, Palomar Lafranco and Erwin Cadimas are still reported missing, it added.

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