10 kilos of ‘marijuana’ seized in buy-bust

BACOLOD City – Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Negros Island Region (PDEA-NIR) seized P500,000 worth of suspected marijuana leaves in a buy-bust Feb. 15, 2017 at the southbound terminal here. PDEA-NIR Officer-in-Charge Roselyn Borja said the estimated value of the seized items was based on the laboratory test on 10 kilos of marijuana at […]

Bamboos are more than just trees of life

ISABELA, Negros Occ. – More or less 35 stakeholders  and micro entrepreneurs  here attended a two-day  bamboo propagation and management training held at the Liga Hall on Feb. 14-15, 2017. Marjorie Cajeven of the University of the Philippines-Visayas expounded on the potentials of bamboo and the alternative livelihood it can offer to the locals. Cajeven […]

Separate anti-GMO edict for food production eyed

BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental is eyeing the passage of a separate ordinance on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on food production. Provincial Board member Alain Gatuslao, committee on laws, rules and ordinances chair, said that instead of amending the Anti-GMO, the provincial board will instead pass a separate […]

NegOr guv gets 60-day TRO on Ombud dismissal

BACOLOD City – The Court of Appeals granted on Feb. 13, 2017 the 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) sought by Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo against the Ombudsman order to dismiss him from service for the alleged illegal disbursement of P480 million in calamity funds for infrastructure projects. Degamo said the recent decision of the […]

International firefighters train fire, rescue groups

BACOLOD City – Twelve members of the Firefighters for Christ International from the US and England spent five days here to train local firefighters, rescue groups and environmental workers in Negros Island Region (NIR). More than 100 participants from the Bureau of Fire Protection-NIR, rescue groups from local government units (LGUs) and environment workers from […]

Senate probe on HFCS looms

BACOLOD CITY – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri called the Senate to investigate the impact of the increasing importation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on the domestic sugar industry. In a copy of Senate Resolution No. 285 furnished to reporters on Feb. 14, 2017, Zubiri and co-author Sen. Richard Gordon said the investigation in aid […]