PROTESTORS Protestors in front of the Business Inn in Bacolod City during the visit of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello yesterday*

We won't compromise
workers rights – Bello

The visit of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello to Bacolod City was met yesterday by a protest calling for an end to contractualization and the abolition of Department Order 174.

Protestors led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno gathered in front of the Business Inn where Bello was the keynote speaker at the 12 th Safety Summit organized by the Safety Organization of Negros Occidental.

Department of Labor and Employment Order 174 regulates job contracting through manpower agencies, that the protestors insist should be abolished. moremoremore

‘Peace talks revival bright'

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, yesterday said the prospects are very bright that there will be a resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front.

“In fact, we are just waiting for the president to give us the final instructions to resume the talks,” said Bello, who is the government peace panel chief negotiator.

“Even from the statements of the president he is willing to talk to them again, andas chairman of the peace panel I am just waiting for his go signal”, Bello said, in an interview at the 12 th Safety Summit at the Business Inn in Bacolod City. moremoremore


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Import discrepancies probed

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs is now checking the massive gap it has uncovered between China's export volumes to the Philippines and the shipment figures officially reported by importers, as part of its ongoing efforts to institute reforms in the agency, run after smugglers, and improve revenue collections.

In a report to Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the wide discrepancy between China's recorded exports and imports to the Philippines may be attributed to the gross misdeclaration or undervaluation of goods in terms of either volume or weight; and the possible use of “consignees for hire,” which leads to goods released to “hidden” traders and not to the consignees on record...