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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, November 26, 2012
Organic festival exhibitors
post P2 million in earnings

The exhibitors at the 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival generated about P2 million in sales at the three-day trade fair at the Provincial Capitol grounds at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, Josephine Fernandez, exhibit committee chair, said yesterday.

Fernandez said 109 exhibitors participated in the fair that ended Saturday.

Cadiz City with their preserved products had the highest sales at P91,650, she said.

Farmers, schools win
in agri contests

The Negros Occidental provincial government gave P117,000 in cash prices to the winners of the 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival,Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said yesterday.

Genzola said that they conducted Filipino games, organic quest, indigenous band, song writing, and cooking contests during the festival to increase awareness of organic agriculture and to see how much Negrenses know about organic farming.

The winners of the Best Gulayan Sa Paaralanwere Paglaum Village Elementary School - first, Murcia Elementary School – second and V. Cauntoy Elementary School in Bago City - third. The schools received P5,000, P4,000, and P3,000 respectively for their cash prizes, and garden tools and vegetable seeds for their gardens.

Local monitoring
of labor sought

MANILA – Labor leaders want local government units nationwide to help raise the business sector's compliance with Philippine labor laws.

"LGUs shouldn't issue business permits unless establishments applying for these comply with such laws including those on wages," Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center Secretary-General Terry Tuazon said.

He was speaking on the side of Saturday Forum @ Annabel's in Quezon City as the country's labor groups prepare to mark Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio's 149th birthday Nov. 30 this year with mass action for better labor conditions nationwide.

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