The Visayan Daily Star

Albee sees win-win solution with Coke

on Wednesday, April 24, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said he expects sugar industry stakeholders and Coca-Cola to come up with a win-win solution soon.

Sugar industry stakeholders have declared a boycott on Coca-Cola products in protest against its use of High Fructose Corn Sugar as a substitute for domestically produces cane sugar.

Piñol cites underspending for cut in P2B SIDA fund

on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MANILA- The cut in the P2 billion mandatory annual appropriation for the sugar industry, as stipulated in the Sugar Industry Development Act, which aims to make the industry competitive, was blamed yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñolon “underspending” by the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

Senator Cynthia Villar, who presided over the joint hearing of the Senate committees on Agriculture and Food and that of the Trade, Commerce and Entreprenuership chaired by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, on the impact of the rising importation of high fructose corn syrup, said the P2B SIDA annual budget for 2017 has been slashed to P1.4 billion.

Fast-track Bacolod coastal road: SP

on Monday, April 17, 2017

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya to fast-track and include in their priority list of projects the coastal road project that will traverse Barangays Punta-Taytay,Singcang-Airport, 35, 2, 3, 1, Banago and the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City.

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito said the proposed coastal road project will change the landscape of the city and tremendously help reduce the volume of traffic in major streets.

‘There's magic in Negros'

on Monday, April 3, 2017

“There's magic in Negros Island and Magic Island is the first step to its discovery.”

Toby Jison, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Reynaldo Bantug, Cesar Mario Mamon and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r) break ground for the Magical Island in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City* Andy Alvarez photo )

Cancellation of brgy polls 90% sure, Benitez says

on Monday, April 3, 2017

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said yesterday that he is 90 percent sure the barangay elections in October will be postponed.

But the issue on appointing new barangay officials will take a little more discussion, he said.

“There are several groups who don't feel easy with the appointing of public officials,” he said.

Solar Technology For 3rd District Barangays

on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Harnessing solar technology for basic needs as water and electricity for households and the barangays, is among the major thrusts that Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez will focus on for his third and last term from 2016 to 2019.

Cong. Benitez meets with EB Magalona municipal & barangays officials led by Mayor Marvin Malacon.

Recently, he made the rounds of his district , met with local officials and barangay leaders to re-evaluate priority needs covered in his I-HELP (infra-health & housing-education-livelihood-policy) Programs.

Alvarez checks on NIR, WV nautical highways

on Monday, March 20, 2017

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who wasin Negros Occidental last night, said he was on a trip through the western seaboard to see for himself how the nautical highway can be further improved.

Alvarez said he came to Bacolod from Iloilo and was headed for Dumaguete today as part of his western seaboard nautical highway trip, and will return to Manila via the eastern seaboard.

“We are preparing the budget for 2018 and we want to personally see the conditions of the roads, bridges, ro-ro terminals and the boats crossing between islands if they are safe and clean, and charge reasonable fees for users,” he said.

Congressmen back Negros federal state

on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Negros Occidental congressmen yesterday said aside from lobbying for the retention of the Negros Island Region, they will work for the two Negros provinces to stay together under a federal form of government.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun (Agusan del Norte, 1 st District) Rep. Roger Mercado (Southern Leyte), Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg,. Occ. 6 th District), and Rep. Greg Gasataya (Bacolod), l-r, at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday* ( CPG photo )

The Negros solons were at the Bacolod Government Center yesterday for a House Committee on Constitutional Amendments consultative meeting.

Solon want HFCS hearing in Bacolod

on Monday, March 13, 2017

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday he is lobbying to have the House Committee on Agriculture hearing on the unabated entry of High Fructose Corn Syrup into the country to be held in Negros Occidental.

Gasataya said he had requested the Committee on Agriculture to hold the hearing in the province so it will be easier for all the stakeholders because they will not have to travel to Manila.