Sugar industry faces competitiveness challenges
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said it is keen on pushing for the sustainability of the sugar industry with looming trade liberalization in Southeast Asia.
SRA led a public consultation with sugarcane industry stakeholders yesterday at the Iloilo Grand Hotel to discuss the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10659 or the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 (SIDA).
Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, Sugar Regulatory administrator, said the consultation is aimed at strengthening the law to improve the sugar industry in the country.
Martin said the forum is also in preparation for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTRA) Agreement which kicked off this year.
“The problem now is that there will be a free trade of products which are cheaper compared to those in the country. So we really need to sustain our sugar industry. We need to be prepared,” she said.
GIFT issue divides Guimaras dads
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
TOP leaders of Guimaras don't see eye-to-eye on the controversial Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project.
Governor Samuel Gumarin on Thursday slammed the civil case filed by Vice-Gov. Vicente de Asis against top Iloilo City officials and Double Dragon Properties Corp. in a bid to halt the project.
The lawsuit filed with the Regional Trial Court sought the rescission of the joint venture contract between the City Hall and Double Dragon aside from the issuance of a temporary restraining order and injunctions.
Gumarin said he and the executive department have nothing to do with the case.
“We did not sanction the filing of this case, as we prefer negotiation. In fact, we are in the midst of it,” he added.
Cabbie nabbed for mulcting chatmate with nude photos
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon
A TAXI driver was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly spreading nude photos and threatening to expose sensual videos of his girlfriend if she fails to pay him P250,000.
Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-6) collared Marcelo Cercado, 53, of Barangay Acuit, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town.
According to Atty. Ramelo Quinto of NBI-6, Cercado has been acquainted with the 33-year complainant, a teacher from Davao City, for several months already.
The two met each other through Smart Uzzap, an all-in-one unlimited messaging service that lets users stay seamlessly connected across multiple communication channels like IM, SMS, Email, Chat.
They began as textmates, and later as chatmates, until they had an affair nurtured over the internet and text messages.