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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 5, 2016
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Silay SP declares calamity

The Silay City government has declared a state of calamity following a similar declaration by the Negros Occidental provincial government to respond to the losses brought by the El Niño phenomenon.

The Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to declare a state of calamity. The SP, in the session, also approved the salary readjustment of city employees.

“We cannot deny the effects of the drought in the city. Mostly affected were those in the coastal areas,” city councilor Ireneo Celis Jr. said. He added that the city government is on alert for the possible occurrence of red tide caused by the El Niño

Vice Mayor Mark Andrew Golez said the fisher folk representatives who lobbied for the resolution were present at the session and more than 100 waited in front of the city hall for the SP's decision.

Meanwhile, Golez said the decision of the SP to approve the wage increase of government employees is in line with Executive Order no. 201 signed by President Benigno Aquino II in February.

The city accountant said during the session that the funds for the wage increase will be taken from the savings in personal services of the city, he said.

“We do not object to the first tranche of the salary adjustment of the Silay City employees,” he said, adding so long as the council does not violate any Commission on Elections regulations.

Celiz said the wage increase will include the increase in bonus, and will start January 2016.

The employees will receive the first half of the 2016 bonus on May 15, he also said.*KBC



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