MERGE The Muslim community prays in front of the Bacolod Government Center to mark Eid Al-Fitr, the end of a month-long fasting for Ramadan* (Andy Alvarez photo)


P1.6B sought for airports
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Regional Development Council has endorsed the request for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation to allocate P1.64 billion for six airports in Western Visayas, two of which are in Negros Occidental.

The projects are necessary for the efficient operation of the airports, enhancement of existing security measures and compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards, the RDC resolution approved at a meeting in Bacolod City Thursday, said.

Of the total amount P238,495,000 is sought for the Bacolod-Silay Airport passenger terminal expansion and runway extension, and P50,000 for the concreting of the Kabankalan Airport in Negros Occidental. moremoremore


WV bridges drawing investors
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The head of the Regional Development Council said that more foreign investors are now showing interests in the construction of the billion-peso interconnectivity bridges that will link Panay, Guimaras, and Negros islands.

Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, RDC chair, said Thursday that big conglomerates from China and Korea are asking how they can invest in this construction project in Western Visayas.

“The interconnectivity bridges are among the thrusts of RDC as this project will start in the Visayas. This project worth billions of pesos will be realized very soon,” Cadiao said at a press conference at the RDC meeting at Seda Hotel in Bacolod City. moremoremore

 

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‘Wage hike not enough’
BY MARK L. GARCIA

For a militant group in Negros Occidental, the P26.50 increase in daily wages is not enough.

Kilusang Mayo Uno Secretary-General Noli Rosales said that despite the announcement of the new wage order last week, they are still dismayed as it is still not enough, the P750 national minimum wage being proposed in Congress should be implemented instead.

Rosales said KMU is dismayed at the decision of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of Western Visayas as they were expecting that the increase will be almost half of the proposed P150 increase by the labor group.