Negros Daily Bulletin

Negros, Bacolod Councils Oppose Sugar Excise Tax

on Mon, 05/29/2017

Local legislators in both Negros Occidental and its capital Bacolod City passed resolutions last week expressing opposition to the proposed excise tax on beverages, sweetened by using locally-produced sugar.

On Wednesday, the SP of Negros Occidental unanimously approved a resolution urging lawmakers to reduce the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages from P10 to P5 per liter, in support of the stand of the Visayan-bloc House representatives.

‘No to Sugar Excise Tax’

on Mon, 05/22/2017 By Eugene Y. Adiong

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) expressed opposition to the proposed excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages claiming that it “will further bring the sugar industry down.”

Lawyer Emilo Yulo, spokesperson of SAP, said the proposal is a “double whammy as far as we are concerned. We have sent representations to both Houses of Congress to hear appeal.”

‘Partial Victory For Sugar Industry’

on Wed, 05/17/2017 By Eugene Y. Adiong

The sugar industry has scored a partial victory with the withdrawal of beverage giant Coca Cola-FEMSA of the injunction case it filed against key government officials, Atty. Emilio Yulo, spokesperson of the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines said yesterday.

Yulo said for now there is no threat to the constitutionality of sugar order no.3 Atty. Mark Kok representative of Coke during yesterday’s inquiry on the importation of high fructose corn syrup of the House Committee on Agriculture said that the company has already ordered its lawyers to withdraw the case in the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

North Negros Brigada Kicks-off Today

on Mon, 05/15/2017

Negros Occ. Third District Rep. Alfredo B. Benitez and Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares will grace the launching of the Brigada 2017 Eskwela at Inocencio V. Ferrer Memorial School of Fisheries, Talisay City, today, May 15.

Administrative Officer Romeo Sanchez said the school will host the kick-off ceremony in the northern area of the province to be participated in by all the Northern Negros Occidental area school representatives and stakeholders.

DPWH Team Arrives to Conduct Coastal Road Study

on Thu, 04/20/2017

A team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has arrived in Negros Occidental to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed 35.85-kilometer coastal road in the northern part of the province.

This was announced yesterday by Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya, who proposed the coastal road development with Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

Senate Pushes for Sugar Consultative Council

by Eugene Adiong on Wed, 04/19/2017

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Trade Industry agreed to create a Sugar Industry Consultative Committee yesterday even as sugar industry stakeholders’ doubts linger.

Senator Cynthia Villar said she is pushing for a settlement.

“The industry wants a P1,500 price for domestic sugar and the beverage companies will help,” Villar, chair of the agriculture committee, said.

P600-M Theme Park Breaks Ground in Silay

by Eugene Adiong on Mon, 04/03/2017

Top officials of Negros Occidental led the groundbreaking of the first theme park outside Luzon yesterday afternoon, April 2, at Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City.

Lowering of time capsule and groundbreaking ceremony of the Magic Island in Brgy. Guinhalaran, Silay City yesterday, April 2: Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez (3rd left), 3rd District of Negros Occ.; Reynaldo P. Bantug, President of Aton Land & Leisure Inc.; Cesar Mario O. Mamon, Founding President, Philippine Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions; Ken Quintal of DQA, Inc. Master Plan; Vice-Governor Eugenio Lacson (right) and Silay City Mayor Mark J. Golez (2nd left).*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., said “the Magic Island will be a big boost to the tourism program of the province.”

Congressman Alfredo Benitez (3rd District) said the project cost is estimated at P600 million.