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ARBs group commends lawmaker




Monday, December 11, 2017

THE Negros Farm Workers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producers Federation (Nefarb) commended Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez for filing House Resolution No. 2017, acting promptly on their call to investigate the continuous drop of sugar prices.

Benitez filed on December 6, House Resolution No. 1512 after he received reports of alleged manipulation by some traders that have pulled down the prices of sugar.

Group praises congressman for investigation into alleged sugar price manipulation

Cornelio: If farmers are forced out, a government bailout will be demanded



December 11, 2017
By Paulo Loreto Lim

The Negros Farmworkers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producers Federation (NeFARB) praised Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez after he filed a resolution last week calling for an investigation into the ongoing decline in “mill gate” sugar prices.

In a statement by the organization, NeFARB Chair Sandrico Cornelio speculated, if the investigation reveals misdeeds in the pricing of sugar, it would be a benefit to local laborers.
“This [would] be a whopping relief for the 60,000 small and medium sugarcane planters,” he asserted.

Benitez lauded for seeking probe on drop of sugar price



Monday, December 11, 2017

The Negros Farm Workers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producer Federation has commended Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) for filing a House resolution, and acting promptly on its call to investigate the continuous drop in the prices of sugar, its press release said.

The resolution calls on the appropriate committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, of the continuous drop in the mill gate prices of domestic sugar.

Lawmaker seeks House probe on declining sugar prices




Thursday, December 07, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez has asked an appropriate House committee to conduct an inquiry on the continuous drop in the mill gate sugar prices.

Benitez filed on WednesdayHouse Resolution No. 1512 after he said last week that he received reports of alleged manipulation by some traders that have pulled down the prices of sugar.

More gains at Bicam -Zubiri; Benitez files price probe bid



Thursday, December 7, 2017
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said further gains were reached yesterdayfor the sugar industry during the bicameral conference committee's revision of the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

“It is a great victory for the industry,” he said in a text message.

The bicameral committee,aside from agreeing on PHP6 per liter excise tax forSSBs using sugar, and PHP12 per liter for High Fructose Corn Syrup, also agreed that there will be no more further tax increase for several years, he said.

Benitez Formally Submits Resolution Calling For an Investigation Into Sugar Prices



December 7, 2017
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the ongoing decline in “mill gate” sugar prices.

Through House Resolution No. 1512, the congressman cited 2017-2018 crop year data showing “mill gate prices continued to decline, starting September 2017, dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50-kilogram bag as of November 5.”

Cong. Benitez files reso to probe sugar price drop



Thu, 12/07/2017

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the continuous drop in the mill gate prices of sgar in the country.

Benitez, in House Resolution No. 1512 said, the latest data for crop year 2017-2018 “showed that mill gate prices continued to decline starting September 2017 dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50- kilogram bag as of November 5 from P1,618 per 50-kg bag in the same period last year.”

Consultant: Prepare for possible sugar industry crisis




Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. was advised by former governor and now Capitol consultant Rafael Coscolluela to prepare for a possible crisis that will affect the sugar workers.

“My apprehension is because of the low prices of sugar and the rising cost of production, it will force us to reduce the cost of production.

House passes proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act"


05-December-2017, 10:06:20 AM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau


The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 6617 or the proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act" which seeks to strengthen the government's comprehensive policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment, care and support, and to establish the Philippine National HIV and AIDS Plan.

The bill seeks to repeal for the purpose Republic Act No. 8504, otherwise known as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998”.

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