SRA head Ma. Regina Martin and Sugar Board member Jesus Barrera  inspect the  8-month-old giant cane in Sao Paolo, Brazil.*

‘Brazil ready to help
PH sugar industry’


Brazil’s research agencies are open to an exchange of cane varieties with the Philippines, and are willing to train Filipino technical people, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista Martin said yesterday.

Martin, who recently led an SRA delegation to the 3rd Philippine-Brazil Bilateral Consultation Meeting, said that, during their visit, they conveyed their interest in acquiring specific cane varieties Brazil has developed that are suitable for Philippine farms, and the initial response was very positive.

“The Philippine sugar industry can learn a great deal from Brazil in terms of improving productivity and efficiency through its extensive investment towards the development of new technologies, both by the government and the private sector,” she said.moremoremore

New hospital to
rise in Bacolod


A new and modern state-of-the-art medical facility will rise in a 1-hectare lot along Burgos Extension, Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, to cater to the health care needs of patients in Negros and Western Visayas.

The construction of the 8-storey, 210-bed Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center is expected to be completed in 2017, Dr. Cipriano Delos Reyes, chairman of the board of the Integrated Health Providers and Builders Inc., said yesterday.

The hospital has modern equipment, adequate parking space and enough space for expansion, De los Reyes said during the blessing of its office and unveiling of the perspective of the hospital following a mass officiated by Fr. Rayman Asoy yesterday.moremoremore

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LTO-LTFRB roadside
operations postponed

The joint roadside operations in Negros Oriental by the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 7 on the new law on increasing fines and penalties for colorum vehicles and other traffic violations have been postponed.

The implementation of the Joint Administrative Order 2014-01across the province was supposed to start yesterday, but had to be postponed until LTO and LTFRB regional officials have met with Gov. Roel Degamo, Alberta Janine Lawas, chief of the LTO-Bais District Office, said.

In a meeting with LTO district chiefs and transport groups in Negros Oriental last last week, Degamo had strongly criticized the administrative order, and minced no words in saying he would oppose the law and said that before its implementation, perhaps a “sabot-sabot” or arrangement can be made with the LTO and the LTFRB. moremoremore