MERGE SSS Chief Legal Counsel Voltaire Agas and Renato Jacinto Cuisia, Acting Vice President of Operations Legal Department, (l-r) led the posting of Show Cause Orders in various establishments in Bacolod and Silay cities yesterday.* (PIA-Neg. Occ. photo)

SSS cracking down
on 2,700 employers

There are 2,780 delinquent employers, or 40 percent of the 6,955 establishments in Bacolod, Talisay, and Silay cities, evading payment of Social Security System contributions for their employees, an SSS official said yesterday.

SSS Bacolod branch head Lina Hilado is warning all the employers in Negros to faithfully pay the premiums of their employees to avoid big fines and 6 to 12 years of imprisonment.

Hilado said the 2,780 delinquents employers are either not registered at the SSS, or not paying the contributions for their employees. moremoremore

Bacolod declared No. 8
most competitive in PH

Bacolod City was declared No. 8 in the country, and No. 1 in the Visayas, among highly urbanized cities (HUCs), by the National Competitiveness Council during its 6th Competitiveness Summit and Awards at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila yesterday.

The ranking is based on the sum of the scores of HUCs in the “4 Pillars”—Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who accepted the award along with other city officials, said, “This is a big inspiration and this will even encourage us to do more.” moremoremore


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Villar tells sugar leaders
to sell directly to buyers

CEBU CITY – Sen. Cynthia Villar urged the sugar producers to "sell directly to buyers" by cutting out the traders, who are perceived to be controlling sugar flow into the market that resulted in price increases.

She said this amid the clamor from food and beverage processors, and consumers against the rising price of sugar that has breached P2,000 per 50-kg.

Villar, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, consulted the industry leaders yesterday and asked them to help in coming up with a solution for lowering sugar prices, or face the danger of importation amid scarcity of sugar in the market.