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Police arrested the driver of Baciwa Board chairman Lawrence Villanueva who reportedly destroyed the padlock of the gate of the  firm to allow the directors to enter the premises, while employees hold a noise barrage.*

Tension at Baciwa
rises as directors force entry

Employees of the Bacolod City Water District held a noise barrage for more than an hour yesterday after three members of the Board of Directors allegedly forced their way into the Baciwa boardroom to conduct an investigation on the administrative charges filed by director Marichi Ramos against suspended Baciwa general manager Juliana Carbon.

The police arrested yesterday the driver of Director Lawrence Villanueva for climbing up the fence of Baciwa to open the gate at about 3:30 p.m. together with the lawyer of Ramos.

Ramos said the preliminary investigation against Carbon had been postponed twice already since she did not submit to it. moremoremore

SRA sets ’B’ sugar at 90%

The bulk of the country’s sugar for crop year 2014-2015 has been allocated for the domestic market, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.

The SRA Sugar Board approved yesterday Sugar Order No.1 that allocates 90 percent of the county’s sugar as “B” for the domestic market, 5 percent for “A” or the US quota, and 5 percent for “D” or the world market, she said.

The estimated sugar production for crop year 2014-2015 is about 2.50 million metric tons and consumption is expected to be at about 2.25 million metric tons, Martin added. moremoremore

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Region 7, comprising the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, is third among the regions in the Philippines with the highest prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Fr. Rodolfo Cancino Jr., executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Health Care of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said yesterday that the National Capital Region ranked first with 41 percent, followed by Region 4A with 15 percent, based on records of the United Nations’ Program on HIV/AIDS, as of 2013.

Cancino, who spoke at the symposium on HIV/AIDS for members of the clergy and religious of the Diocese of Dumaguete yesterday, said other regions in the country have less than 10 percent HIV positive prevalence, UNAIDS statistics showed..moremoremore