Sugar Flooding in Candoni, Negros Occidental, yesterday* ( Nicholas Gustilo Lachica II photo )

Flooding hits south,
destroys houses, too

Heavy rains triggered flooding in southern Negros Occidental yesterday morning affecting hundreds of residents and destroying some houses, the Provincial Disaster Management Team reported.

The southwest monsoon enhanced by Severe Tropical Storm "Jenny" triggered the heavy rains that began at about 5 a.m. and ended at noon in some areas of the south, during high tide, Judel Diesmo Cariño of the PDMT said.

Among the areas hit by flooding were Kabankalan, Binalbagan, Himamaylan, Ilog, Cauayan and Isabela.moremoremore

Deputize SASO
men, Lina urged


The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines is urging Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina to keep his promise and deputize members of the Sugar Anti-Smuggling Office to enable them to have the authority to go after sugar smugglers.

“We are asking him for the deputization by next week,” Manuel Lamata, chairman of the SAP's   Sugar Anti-Smuggling Office, said yesterday.

If the SASO members are deputized they can go inside the ports and keep a close watch on arriving shipments to prevent the entry of smuggled sugar, he added. moremoremore


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Amended Fisheries Code
a positive dev't – Oceana

The signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the amended Fisheries Code Wednesday is a positive development in trying to save what is left of Philippine fisheries, a group advocating for marine protection said.

The IRR was signed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala one week after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources completed its work.

Oceana Philippines vice president, Gloria Estenzo Ramos, said in a press release, “We hope that the BFAR continues with its holistic approach in helping our fisheries recover.” moremoremore