Saso Special Programs and Concerns Division chief Ian de Ramos, Provincial Planning and Development Office head Marlin Sanogal and acting provincial tourism officer Ellen Jalandoni (l-r) with the three trophies and a special award won by Negros Occidental.*

SRA expects drop
in sugar production

The Sugar Regulatory Administration is initially expecting the El Niño phenomenon to cause a drop in the country's sugar production for crop year 2016-17, SRA chief Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.

“We produced 2.316 MMT last crop year. We are looking at 2.27 MMT this crop year. However, mills are claiming to have a low turnout of cane deliveries. We are validating if the drop compared to the same period last year is due to delayed milling or a drop in production,” she said.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration informed the SRA Friday that a strong El Niño is now in progress in the tropical Pacific.

Bing reacts to
Monico's ‘greedy' claim

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said he did not buy computers worth P400,000 each or deposited government funds to his personal account, and his name did not appear in the Senate report asking for 75 percent in cash from liquid fertilizer, granting that he is the one being referred to by Mayor Monico Puentevella as “sungak-sungak” (a crude canto boy language for “greedy”).

Leonardia was reacting to the statement of Puentevella that the pending 90-day suspension order filed by the Sandiganbayan against him in the graft case involving the alleged P26 million overpriced IT packages, was meant to embarrass him and the city and to sabotage the MassKara Festival.

Puentevella said this is the main objective of his political opponents who are “sungak-sungak” for power because they want to return to City Hall.moremoremore


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NCCA official pushes
for cultural mapping

An official of the National Committee on Historical Research of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and professor of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, recommended for an inventory and cultural mapping of existing historical sites and landmarks in Dumaguete that will lead to a cultural analysis, and cultural development plan.

In the absence of these records and data, Prof. Earl Jude Cleope, dean of the College of Education of Silliman University, said the rich cultural heritage of the city will not be put to use as the government implements the K to 12 program.

Cleope, vice head of the NCCA National Committee on Historical Research, was one of the speakers during a seminar on local history of Dumaguete last week, organized by the Dumaguete Tourism Office, headed by Woodrow Maquiling Jrmoremoremore