NFA rice ready for delivery to Negros Occidental retailers* ( Andy Alvarez photo)

Guv: More NFA outlets,
stiffer penalties needed

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called for stiffer penalties for rice hoarders and more National Food Authority outlets in Negros Occidental to enable Negrenses to avail of the staple at reasonable prices.

The licenses of traders caught hoarding rice and driving up prices should be revoked and the culprits charged with economic sabotage, he said.

The NFA should also add more accredited retailers in Negros Occidental to ensure that its rice reaches intended low-income beneficiaries, he said.moremoremore

SP: Activate monitoring
in Bacolod, too


A resolution requesting City Mayor Monico Puentevella to activate the Price Monitoring Unit of Bacolod City and conduct inspection of the prices of commodities in various establishments, city and barangay public markets and talipapa's in the city was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod yesterday.

The inspection, to be made jointly with the Department of Trade and Industry is considered necessary due to the sudden surge of prices of many important commodities.

The resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, said the City Government, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry annually conducts price monitoring in stores to closely monitor the prices of goods or prime commodities and to prevent unscrupulous businessmen from taking advantage, or over pricing.moremoremore

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The new normal

Just eight months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda to our country), one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastated the Philippines comes a friendly reminder from Mother Nature of what is now considered the new normal: Typhoon Neoguri (Florita to us) barely grazed the Philippine area of responsibility on its way to Japan with the potential to be one of the strongest typhoons to approach that country in decades.

Evacuation orders were issued to nearly 600,000 people as the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special typhoon warning for violent winds that were predicted to gust up to 252 km/h, high waves and heavy rains that were expected from Neoguri but the Japanese were fortunate the storm lost enough of its dreaded intensity upon landfall to allow them to lower warning signals. moremoremore

LP stalwart opposes
one-island region bid

Insisting that his visit was not political in nature, Liberal Party stalwart and former Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo met with Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo Monday to express his disapproval for the proposed Negros One-Island Region.

Accompanied by his friend Ricky Chiu, Remollo, who was also president of the Clark Development Corp. from 2011 to 2012, said the proposed Negros region would only add a layer to the bureaucracy.

“Regional offices only function as coordinating agencies. With today's technological advances, one can easily get in touch with Malacañang without passing through regional offices,” he said in a telephone interview..moremoremore