Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Friday, May 23, 2014
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SECURITY UP. Policemen beefed up security at the Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday in anticipation of a farmers’ protest*

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SRA chief briefs PNoy
on step vs. price surge

Sugar Regulatory Administration chief Ma. Regina Martin informed President Benigno Aquino III yesterday that the SRA is converting the country’s outstanding stock of “D” or world market sugar into “B” or domestic sugar to arrest further sugar price increases and provide sugar buffer stocks at the end of the crop year.

In a report to the President on the country’s sugar situation, Martin said the Sugar Board, upon assessment of the supply-demand scenario supported by the recommendations of industry organizations, and in consultation with the major stakeholders of the industry, came up with the decision to convert D sugar to B.

When the conversion of “D” to “B” sugar will be implemented, it is estimated that total buffer stocks of raw and refined sugar for the domestic market will be around 275,000 metric tons which is a little bit higher than the standard buffer stock level of 250,000 metric tons every end of the crop year, Martin told the President.moremoremore

Ombudsman acts on
Lopez complaint


The Office of the Ombudsman in Region 6 has requested Mayor Monico Puentevella or his authorized representative and three other city officials to appear for a conference before it on May 27 in Iloilo City, in relation to the complaint filed by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez.

Lopez wrote the Ombudsman on May 6 seeking its assistance in interceding with the Office of the Mayor regarding the payment for the freight, training and trailer of a patrol boat donated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in 2012, upon his request.

Also requested to appear at the conference were General Services Office head Jerome Solinap, executive assistants to the Mayor Reynaldo Ebreo and Rufino Alcala, acting BFAR regional director Remia Aparri, Commission on Audit Chief Legal Services Gileo Alojado, GSO Inventory Division head Victor Emmanuel Espina and Lopez.moremoremore

Councilors want
annual drug testing


A resolution enjoining the City Health Department or any drug testing laboratory accredited and monitored by the Department of Health, through the Office of the Mayor, to conduct annual random drug testing among officers and employees of Bacolod City Government offices, whether elected or appointed, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.

The resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., said there is a valid compelling public interest to be protected by the random drug testing among government elected and appointed employees as long as it observes certain constitutional safeguards.

Random drug testing, does not violate one’s constitutional right against self-incrimination. This constitutional guarantee prohibited the use of physical or moral compulsion to extort communication or testimonial evidence, not inclusion of body evidence, it added.moremoremore

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