MOTORISTS in Leyte province observed the presence of Malaysian black bugs, which are very harmful to the agriculture sector especially in rice production. City Agriculture Office (CAO) chief Joseph Cortez said in a telephone interview that so far, there are no reports or complaint yet receive by his office. But Judith Paredes, a Senior Agriculturist of the CAO said their office is well prepared in combating these bugs. She explained that the black bugs can be easily eradicated by a heavy downpour, but considering that the country is experiencing El Niño, the pests may remain in the province for some time. Paredes said their office will immediately inform rice producers in the city so that they can prepare.