Lin-ay OATH-TAKING. Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya (left) swears into office Ceneco directors Joselito Gaston, Noel Alarcon, Roy Cordova, Robert Javellana, and Joyce Cuenca (l-r)*
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Bacolod rallies condemn
contractualization, HFCS
BY MARK GARCIA

A series of rallies condemning employment contractualization and the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup in cola products was held by several progressive groups and organizations in the province around the Bacolod City Plaza, in line with the celebration of Labor Day yesterday.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Mambubukid-Negros, Negros Federation of Sugar Workers, National Federation of Labor Union and other organizations under the Makabayan block, held their rally at the Bacolod Public Plaza while Partido ng Manggagawa-Negros held their demonstrations in front of the Diamond Jubilee Memorial Tower, and the Sanlakas, Bukluran ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino and other umbrella organizations marched around the Bacolod downtown area. .moremoremore

Army awardee
describes clash with ASG
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

JAMINDAN, Capiz - It was a fierce gunbattle with nobody wanting to surrender and ready to fight until death.

That was how 1Lt. Richard Paul Gobway of the 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company, described yesterday their running gunbattle with remnants of the Abu Sayyaf bandits, led by Joselito Milloria, in Clarin town, who had earlier also figured in the encounter with 47 th Infantry Battalion in the neighboring town of Inabanga, Bohol.

Gobway, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 2015, and three other DRC troopers, including Sgt. Remegio Bayoneta, PFCs Leo Dumayac and Jay Abisado, were conferred yesterday with Gold Cross Medals, by Maj. Gen. Harold Cabreros, Army vice commander, who was assisted by Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, during the 43rd founding anniversary of the 3ID, here. moremoremore

 

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12,766 jobs available in NIR
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Department of Labor and Employment director Joel Gonzales of the Negros Island Region said he hopes that the job fairs in Bacolod City and Negros Oriental yesterday would trim down the 5.4 percent unemployment rate in the island, with 12,766 job opportunities offered to 4,000 jobseekers.

NIR has about 150,000 unemployed individuals or 5.4 percent, while the employment rate is at 94.6 percent but with 112 employers offering jobs, Gonzales is optimistic that many will be hired in the business process outsourcing industry, manufacturing, construction, retail, and fast food chains, among others.

He said that with 12,766 vacancies, the jobseekers' ratio is one applicant for every three jobs...