More power offered for
Negros to grow
BY CARLA GOMEZ
When it rains it pours.
More power will be available for sale to power cooperatives in Negros Occidental by 2016, Gil Altamira, Panay Energy Development Corp. senior manager for commercial operations, said yesterday.
PNoy, solons thanked
for sugarcane act
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Sugar leaders yesterday thanked President Benigno Aquino for approving the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, and the lawmakers who authored the measure.
Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), author of the measure in the House, said the President signed it into law on March 27.
The law will provide a P2 billion annual allocation for programs to strengthen the competitiveness and diversification efforts of the sugarcane industry, to survive the drop in tariffs on imports under the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement that kicked off this year. .
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Negros jail yields weapons,
illegal drugs paraphernalia
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
A surprise inspection held yesterday at the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Dumaguete City, by a police team led by deputy provincial commander for operations, Supt. Reynold Andot, yielded assorted illegal drugs paraphernalia such as tinfoil, tooters, empty sachets of suspected shabu, and bladed weapons.
The Operation Greyhound was aimed at flushing out contraband items from the prison cells of the provincial jail.
After the inspection, Gov. Roel Degamo ordered the demolition of structures, called kubols, inside the jail. He said he had received reports that the “kubols” were being used by guards and trusted detainees of the provincial jail, and detainees with health problems. .