MERGE Coca-Cola technical director Ricardo Reis, Sugar Board member Emilio “Dino” Yulo, NFSP president Enrique Rojas, Coca-Cola Philippines president Winn Everhart, CONFED president Francis dela Rama, and Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Coca-Cola public affairs and communications director, (l-r) at their meeting yesterday*

Boycott finally lifted
Coke buying 6 million bags of PH sugar

Sugar leaders lifted the boycott on Coca-Cola products after the beverage firm yesterday committed to support the Philippine sugar industry and buy six million bags of domestic sugar this crop year.

With this commitment, the impasse between Coke and the sugar industry effectively ends, and the boycott launched against Coke is lifted, Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, and Francis dela Rama, president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations, said.

"Coke reiterated its support for the sugar industry by committing to buy local sugar," Rojas said, adding "Let bygones be bygones. Our relationship with Coke is now back to normal”. moremoremore

Neg. Occ. crime rate down 66%

Crime incidents in Negros Occidental dropped by 66 percent in the past eight months, compared to the same period last year, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director, reported yesterday.

Castil, who briefed members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council yesterday on the current peace and order of the province, said the crime volume went down from 6,058 from January to August last year, to 2,023 this year, registering a reduction of 4,035 incidents, or 66.61 percent.

Except for homicide cases, the seven other focused crimes posted reductions this year, with murder cases at 127 compared to 137 last year, physical injuries 257 from 851, rape 82 from 191, robbery 78 from 368, theft 154 from 932, and motorcycle thefts 19 from 60. moremoremore


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Region 6 bizmen bullish in Q4

ILOILO CITY – Business expectation in Western Visayas is bullish for the last quarter of the year, a lift from the less positive outlook this third quarter of 2018.

Marriel Remulla, deputy director of the Department of Economic Statistics of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, said the less positive outlook was attributed to the decrease in demand, higher operational expenses, presence of new competitors, and increase in minimum wage that took effect in July.

The bullish outlook was the result of the business expectation survey being held quarterly among 1,466 companies, taken from the top 7,000 corporations listed in the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 and top 1,000 corporations of the Business World in 2016.