MERGE About 1,000 Kilusang Mayo Uno-led protestors marched down Bacolod City’s streets to demand just wages and an end to contractualization on National Heroes Day, yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Labor reforms urged
on Nat’l Heroes Day
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Close to a thousand militants in Negros Occidental marched from the Capitol Lagoon Park to the Fountain of Justice at Araneta Street in Bacolod City on National Heroes’ Day to call for various workers’ welfare reforms to uplift the lives of low-earning laborers in the province.

Noli Rosales, secretary general ofthe Kilusang Mayo Uno, said yesterday that they are protesting to demand various reforms for the workers’ welfare, like the P750 daily national minimum wage, ending of contractualization, stoppage of the transport modernization program, and better social services for the poor like housing programs from the government.

In a press conference held before the protest, Rosales said that with the worse effects of the tax reform for acceleration and inclusion law (TRAIN) to the workers, it is a high time that the government act on easing the burden through implementing a national minimum wage and ending contractualization. moremoremore


Murcia man gets
20 years for arson
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

A resident of Murcia, Negros Occidental, was sentenced to 16 years and one day to 20 years imprisonment for simple arson for setting on fire the house of his neighbor in Purok Lopues, Brgy. Canlandog, Murcia in 2009.

Jimmy Rodriguez Dayanan was also ordered by Judge Eduardo Sayson of the Regional Trial Court Branch 54 in Bacolod City to pay the heirs of his neighbor Errol Alib Lubria, the consequent civil liability representing the value of the burned house and its contents, placed at P100,000 including legal interest at the rate of 60 percent per annum from the finality of the decision until fully paid.

Lubria died of gunshot wounds after he was ambushed on April 25, 2010 in Murcia. moremoremore

 

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Bacolod gov’t urged to assist 25
families evicted from Lupit Bridge
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Not just loss of homes but also livelihood opportunities.

This was the claim of Kadamay Negros over what happened to the 25 families after their houses, dangerously located under the Lupit Bridge in Bacolod, were demolished a month ago. They are now calling for the city government to provide them a proper venue to continue their livelihood, of making lumpia wrappers to sell in various towns in the province.

Kadamay Negros secretary-general Berlita Ante said in an interview yesterday that their situation was worse after more than a month since a team from the Bacolod City Legal Office demolished their illegal structures in the riverbank under the Lupit Bridge.