About 10 resolutions on sugar industry issues faced by workers and peasants were agreed on during a sugar workers' assembly yesterday in Bacolod City to address a looming sugar crisis, secretary general John Lozande of the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers said.
In the assembly attended by almost 200 sugar workers, peasants and agrarian reform beneficiaries, Lozande presented these resolutions that will be included in their position papers to be submitted to various government agencies.
Documents given to the DAILY STAR show that the NFSW said the mono-crop system in the sugar industry of the province and the failure of the land reform program relegated almost 350,000 sugar workers to hunger and poverty.
Visayas has highest
An official from the Department of Trade and Industry said that the Visayas region has high logistics reliability issues in the country in terms of delivering goods in the domestic market.
Jonathan Cabaltera, Supervising Assistant Chief of the Competitiveness Bureau's Supply Chain and Logistics Management Division, said thisat a Logistics Efficiency roadshow at the L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.
He said his conclusion was based on the agency's national survey on logistics performance by region in the first quarter of this year, aimed to identify factors that contribute to the high logistics cost in the country.
Increase in property tax eyed
A public hearing on the proposal to increase the real property tax in Negros Occidental was held at the SangguniangPanlalawigan session hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, yesterday.
The meeting was led by Committee on Finance chair Board Member Salvador Escalante and its members and was attended by some stakeholders.
Escalante said, generally, the meeting was all right, but there were requests to the committee that they need to consider.