MERGE COLOR AND ACTION. These majorettes gave a colorful show for the crowd watching the Independence Day parade in Bacolod City, Tuesday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Raps eyed vs. 25 LGUs

Twenty-five Local Government Units in Western Visayas, 10 to 12 of which are in Negros Occidental, may face charges soon for operating open dumpsites, Vicente Losbanes, chief of the Solid Waste Management section of the Environment Management Bureau in the Western Visayas, said yesterday.

The LGUs thatstill maintain open dumpsites will be charged for violation of Section 37 of Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the law prohibiting the use of open dumpsites, he said, but withheld the names of the LGUs.

Open dumpsites should have been closed in 2004, and controlled dumpsites in 2006, in compliance with the law. moremoremore

State of Region 6
RDC report today

Bacolod City is hosting the Western Visayas Regional Development Council 2nd Quarter Regular Meeting at the Seda Capitol Central Hotel in Bacolod City today.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a press release that the RDC-6, chaired by Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, will be attended by the governors and the city mayors of the Western Visayas, and the heads of various government agencies in the region.

Aside from delivering the welcome message, Leonardia will also present the development priorities of Bacolod. “I find this very significant because the Regional Development Council is the policy-making body of the region, and the council is the one approving the major projects of each province and city,” he said. moremoremore


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No automatic termination
if firm cannot hike salary

The Department of Labor and Employment assured that there will be no automatic termination of employees in business establishments if the new wage hike rates will be implemented.

DOLE regional director Johnson Cañete said during the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job Fair Tuesday that there will be no automatic reduction of employees by business establishments as the companies should first submit their reasons for termination to the agency.

This was his response to comments of some business owners that they might not be able to afford the increase in wages and this may result in the retrenchment or layoff of workers.