aying Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division briefs leaders of three major sugar federations on the peace and order security situation of Negros Island Region.* ( GPB photo )

Duterte inks free tuition law,
to benefit 56,000 in Negros

Three lawmakers from Negros Island Region yesterday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law the bill they co-authored that will provide free tuition to thousands of students in 112 state universities and colleges(SUCs) nationwide.

The new law is expected to benefit 56,000 plus students in four SUCs in the NIR, Commission on Higher Education-NIR Director Freddie Bernal said yesterday.

The Negros Oriental State University, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, and the Central Philippines State University,and their satellite campuses,have 56,799 students for school years 2016-2017, he said. moremoremore

‘NPA remains a threat'

The New People's Army remains the imminent threat to peace and order in the Visayas, for now, despite terror threats, Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, Army's 3rd Infantry Division commander, said.

“That is why we do current operations against the NPA”, Aying, who briefed yesterday members of the different sugar planters organizations of Negros Island Region security, said. But, at the same time, we are working on, creating, establishing, sustaining and improving the peace and security resiliency infrastructures against possible spillover or attacks by the ISIS-inspired terrorist group, he added.

The NPA recently claimed responsibility for the killing of six policemen and injuring of three others in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, and the raid of the Maasin Police Station in Iloilo, where communist rebels took more than 30 high-powered firearms. moremoremore


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SU admin, union ink CBA

After more than one year of negotiations which culminated on a strike, the Silliman University Faculty Union, headed by Jan Credo, and the school administration Thursday signed the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the next five years, with a provision for a renegotiation on the fourth and fifth year.

Credo said all the seven deadlock issues have been resolved, although they were not able to get everything that they have demanded, like the P1,500 across-the-board pay increase, but they have agreed to settle with an amount which is in the best interest of the university.

Under the new CBA, the union has agreed to receive P18,000, including a onetime bonus. For the second year, the agreed salary increase is P500 across the board but with a P500 monthly allowance each faculty member, and P1,600 on the third year, or P2,100 total adjustment after the third year of the CBA..