IFOAMIFOAM president Andre Leu, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Aida Marañon, Rep. George Arnaiz and Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (l-r) at the presentation of tokens to the founders of the Negros Island organic movement.* )

Neg. Occ. 2016 voters
exceed target: Comelec

The number of voters in Negros Occidental for the 2016 polls has exceeded the Commission on Elections projection of 1.6 million, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

The total number of voters in Negros Occidental has hit 1,666,184, with the additional 66,184 attributed to the surge of registrants in the last week before the end of the registration of voters.

The Lone District of Bacolod City has the most number of voters at 274,542. moremoremore

Alcala bats for organic sugar

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala yesterday called on sugar farmers in Negros island to also go into organic sugar farming, because of its huge potentials.

Although the country's market share of organic products is below five percent, it is increasing not only in fresh products, but also in processed foods, Alcala, said at the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City.

More people are adopting organic system of farming all over the country, he said. moremoremore


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CHR forensic teams to autopsy
5 killed in Mabinay shootout

The Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental has begun its motu proprio investigation into the deaths of five people who were killed in a shootout with specially trained police combatants in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, last week.

CHR-Negros Oriental chief Jess Cañete said yesterday the central office in Manila will send next week two forensic teams to exhume the bodies of the slain men and conduct autopsies as part of the investigation process.

Each team will comprise one medico legal doctor and two assistants, plus Cañete, who will also be actively involved in the forensic investigation.moremoremore