COKE Participants of Earth Hour 2017 illuminate empty SM mineral water bottles that formed a giant Negros Island Region replica with glow sticks after most lights at the mall were turned off*

Help us, ARBs ask Duterte On Piñol's HFCS proposal

Agrarian reform beneficiaries sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterteto block the moratorium, proposed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, on the implementation of Sugar Regulatory Administration's Sugar Order No. 3 regulating the importation and classifying the utilization of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

In a letter to the President, former National Federation of Sugar Workers–Negros chairman Ranie Lava said that, by compromising with Coca-Cola on the HFCS issue, Piñol jeopardized the livelihood of the thousands of marginal sugar farmers and farm workers whose sole source of income is sugar farming, a press release from the group said yesterday.

Aaron Sorbito, member of KilusangPagbabago–Negros Island Region Executive Committee, endorsed the letter, copies of which were also furnished to Cabinet Secretary LeoncioEvasco Jr., Piñol, SRA head Anna Rosario Paner, Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III and Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez. . moremoremore

De la Cruz passes away

Former Negros Occidental Board Member and Salvador Benedicto Mayor Nehemias“Nene” de la Cruz passed away at his residence in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City, at 2:10 pm. yesterday.

He was 66.

De la Cruz whohad been suffering from kidney failure had been undergoing dialysis for close to two years and had a clogged heart, his wife, former Salvador Benedicto Mayor Cynthia de la Cruz said.

He also acquired pneumonia and was hospitalized for 19 days , and had just returned to their home three days earlier, she added. . moremoremore


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PESO official blames
job mismatch for low hiring

Dumaguete City Public Employment Service Office head, Maria Socorro Mira, lamented the glaring mismatch between jobs available and the quality of job seekers.

Mira said apparently there are plenty of jobs available but only a few applicants qualified to fill them up as their academic credentials do not match with what the employers are looking for.

Perhaps, the labor and education departments can sit down and harmonize the courses offered in universities or colleges that should be responsive to the demand in the jobs market.

A report sent from the Public Information Office disclosed during a recent Job Fair held at a mall participated by 19 agencies to fill in 7,619 vacantpositions, but only 524 applicants were interviewed; only 251 were found to be qualified and a mere 35 were hired on the spot