ACCIDENT Rescuers take the body of Mark Joseph Madelo from the wrecked multicab, while a policemen direct traffic at the Araneta Highway in Barangay Taloc, Bago City in Negros Occidental, Saturday.*

Two children killed,
parents injured, too


Two siblings died and their parents and two others were injured in a head-on collision between a multicab and a Ceres Liner bus at Araneta Highway in Barangay Taloc, Bago City in Negros Occidental, at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Shania Madelo, 8, her brother Mark Joseph, 24, both of Barangay Lag-asan in Bago City, died on the spot, Supt. David Cachumbo, Bago City Police chief, said yesterday.

Injured were their parents Mary Ann, 43, and Milo Madelo, 52, bus passenger Joselito Sarait, 51, of Ilog town in Negros Occidental, and bus driver Conrado Junsay, of Kabankalan City, also in the province. moremoremore

SCBI sells plant to Roxas group,
shifts investments to solar power


The owners of San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, have sold 93.68 percent of the firm to Roxas Pacific Bioenergy Corp., a subsidiary of sugar group Roxas Holdings Inc., in a move towards shifting into other ventures.

“We sold because we are investing heavily in solar  power and other renewable energy ventures since we are basically developers,” Jose Maria T. Zabaleta, former SCBI chairman, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.

Meanwhile, SCBI sold RPBC a plant in operation with its own port so the deal made sense for them, he said. moremoremore

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Agri office urges farmers
to use organic fertilizers

The Dumaguete City Agriculture Office has advised farmers in Negros Oriental to shift to organic farming methods to adapt to the adverse effects of the current El Niño phenomenon.

Fely Barba of CAO said organic agriculture can help farmers produce good quality of crops despite the ongoing dry spell, as they retain the fertility of soil by keeping in the essential nutrients needed by plants to grow. She also said organic fertilizers are cheaper than commercial ones.

Barba said commercial fertilizers have elements that can affect the quality of crops, and along with the prolonged dry season, can bring negative effects on food production.moremoremore