MERGE Task Force Mapalad farmers call on President Rodrigo Duterte to “save farmers’ lives” by immediately distributing 5,000 hectares of lands covered by agrarian reform in Negros in a march-rally in Bacolod City yesterday* (Jimmy Domingo photo)

Duterte ok’s June 18
Bacolod Charter Day

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act. No. 11146 that declares June 18 as the “Bacolod City Charter Day,” making it a special non-working holiday in the city, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said last night.

The new law commemorates the day when then President Manuel L. Quezon signed and approved into effect Commonwealth Act 326 that created the City of Bacolod.

Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya had filed House Bill 7044 on June 13, 2017, upon the request of Leonardia, to correct Republic Act 7724 that erroneously set October 19 as the date for the celebration of the Charter Day of Bacolod City. moremoremore

Expedite land distribution in Negros
President directs DAR

About 1,000 sugarcane farm workers marched down Bacolod’s streets yesterday to call on President Rodrigo Duterte to make good his plan to declare the entire Negros Island a land reform area, and to replicate what he did on Boracay Island.

The farmers, who are member of Task Force Mapalad, also joined a dialog with Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by assistant secretary for field operations, Elmer Distor, to demand the immediate distribution of about 5,000 hectares of land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Distor said the directive of the president is to expedite distribution of land in Negros that has the largest pending backlog. moremoremore


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Negrenses urged to avoid panic
buying of Noche Buena products

The Department of Trade and Industry is advising Negrenses to avoid panic buying of Noche Buena goods this month and remain vigilant over the price changes as it has projected stable suggested retail prices until the end of 2018.

Price Monitoring Officer Reginald Hudierez of the DTI-Negros Occidental told the DAILY STAR yesterday that the SRPs for the end quarter of this year will be stable; however, it has increased compared to the same period last year due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law this year.

Their monitoring of the 73 establishments in the province showed that the prevailing SRPs of Noche Buena goods increased from 0.26 percent to 5.9 percent this quarter, compared to the 2017 records.