shark The juvenile Blacktip Reef sharks being sold at the Sipalay City public market*
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House, Senate move
to postpone elections
Draws mixed reactions from SK, brgy officials

Members of Congress are pushing for a one-year postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, yesterday submitted a committee report on a bill seeking the one-year postponement.

Under Senate Bill No. 1112, Angara said the elections will be postponed from Oct. 31 this year to Oct. 31, 2017. This aims to allow more time for the full implementation of the SK Reform Act, or Republic Act 10742. The law was signed in January, and the implementing rules and regulations were approved only in July. moremoremore

Labor petitions for
P101 wage hike

The Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers' Union - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines has filed a petition for daily wage increases ranging from P86.87 to P101.34 for workers in the Negros Island Region.

The union is also calling for the creation of a NIR Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to expedite deliberations on their petition for wage increases.

PACIWU-TUCP president Hernane Braza said they filed the petition at the Department of Labor and Employment office in Bacolod City. .moremoremore


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Silliman U officials on fight
vs. drugs: Life a sacred gift

The Board of Trustees of Silliman University in Dumaguete City has issued a statement calling for justice in the light of recent events to crush the illegal drugs trade and criminality in the Philippines.

“In the past few months, our country has been torn in factions centered around the idea of justice that seems to be testing the limits and ideals of our democracy”, the statement, signed by Silliman president Ben Malayang III, showed.

A Call for Justice (A Statement of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University) was released this past weekend at the height of the university's 115th Founders' Day anniversary, which culminated Sunday..