MERGE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS. Students of La Consolacion College Bacolod took part in an earthquake drill yesterday morning where they performed the “duck, cover, and hold” techniques, with rescue and medical teams present.* (BFP Bacolod photo)

NEDA Board okays
PGN bridges project

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) approvals of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Island Bridges Project and seven others, all worth P547.6 billion.

“These projects are the building blocks of our people’s dreams and aspirations. As such, we intend to roll out as many as we can to ease congestion and spread growth throughout the country,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a statement yesterday.

The PGN project, worth P189.53 billion, involves the construction of a 32.47-kilometer, four-lane, two sea-crossing bridges, including connecting roads and interchanges that will connect the islands of Panay, Guimaras, and Negros. moremoremore

Capitol income
target short by P280M
May defer wage hikes

The Negros Occidental provincial government was short P280 million in its projected income for last year, and may defer wage increases for its employees until it has addressed its having exceeded its personnel services cap, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.

The provincial government’s projected Internal Revenue Allotment share for 2019 was short, because of the creation by the national government of a new province that meant more sharing the IRA pie, he said.

Of the P180 million projected income from the Capitol’s economic enterprises last year, only P47 million came in, he also said. moremoremore


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SRA explains decline
in sugar production

The Sugar Regulatory Administration is not alarmed by the continuing decline in the sugar production of the country.

SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica attributed the lower sugar output to the drought and the fact that milling was “rather slow,” but he is optimistic that production can recover this crop year.

“There is no cause for alarm. I’m confident that we can bounce back. It is only that drought has affected our production,” he added.