Flour prices rise by 3.5%

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The price of flour went up by about 3.5 percent last week compared with the prevailing price two weeks ago, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported.

DTI Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Director Myrna Pablo, said one cavan of Filipinas flour now is sold at P775 which is Phigher than the previous price.

Willington flour is P905 which is P55 more than its price two weeks ago. Pablo said the increase in the price of imported raw material triggered the price increase which is also aggravated by the skyrocketing prices of oil that is now affecting the local banking industry not only in this mountain resort city but also in the different parts of the country. (Dexter A. See)

Convention center to rise in Vigan
VIGAN CITY - A P43.3 million convention center in Ilocos Sur will soon rise in this heritage city to serve as venue for major events.

Mayor Eva Marie Singson -Medina led city officials in the formal groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the project in Barangay Cuta, Vigan City last Monday.

During the ceremony, the mayor also led the lowering of the ''time capsule'' signifying the immediate start of the construction of Phase 1 of the convention center project. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

Bulacan police sieze hot meat
CAMP GENERAL ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan - Senior Supt. Wendy Rosario, acting Bulacan police director, reported Wednesday that the provincial Task Force: ''Bantay Botcha'' intercepted more or less 500 kilos of double dead pork and chicken meat in the towns of Sta. Maria and Obando the other day.

In his report to Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Rosario said the task force confiscated a 90-kilo double dead hog at a checkpoint in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Sta. Maria town. (Freddie C. Velez)

Tejeros convention's 114th year Friday
IMUS - Officials are commemorating the 114th anniversary of Tejeros Convention Friday with simple traditional activities and the unprecedented unveiling of the monument of the late General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, a revolutionary leader and country's first president, in Rosario town of this province.

The commemoration of the historic Tejeros Convention was set four days earlier this year from the original March 22 which is also the birth anniversary of the late general and the founding anniversary of the Philippine Army. The activities and unveiling of the Aguinaldo Monument will be held at Casa Hacienda Tejeros Convention on General Trias Drive, Rosario. (Anthony Giron)

Red tide toxin in shellfish
DAGUPAN CITY (PNA) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has imposed a ban on the gathering, transporting and selling of all kinds of shellfish from the towns of Bolinao and Anda in western Pangasinan.

The shellfish ban was confirmed by BFAR Regional Director Nestor Domenden who said this was based on the result of monitoring conducted by his office showing that the shellfish collected from Bolinao and Anda are now contaminated by red tide.

This means that shellfishes from these two towns are not safe to eat as they are likely to be contaminated by red tide organism and can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning when eaten, Domenden said. He said the symptoms of PSP include nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and partial paralysis on some parts of the body.

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