MERGESEA BOUNTY. Early morning catch on Lakawon Island in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, greets tourists.* (Nonoy Catugas photo)

TRAIN further hikes
Negros power rates

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative has imposed an additional 41 centavos per kilowatt hour in the billing of its consumers for Februarythat is partly due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

Roel Venus, chief of the Ceneco Consumer Services Division, yesterday said their rate for February is P11.2868/kWh compared to January which was about P10.8746/kWh, or a difference of P0.41.

Under the law, the price of coal has increased by P50 per metric ton and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has been imposed a VAT of 12 percent for the first time, Leomel Tambanillo, head of Corporate Planning Department, said.moremoremore

15 groups back wage hike bid

About 15 labor groups in Negros Occidental submitted a manifesto to support the bid to increase wages in Western Visayas by P150 to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board yesterday during a consultation meeting on wages at the Sugar Workers Development Center in Bacolod City.

Secretary General Wennie Sancho of the General Alliance of Workers Association, said yesterday that the manifesto was made in support to the petition filed by Philippine Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (PACIWU-TUCP) to increase the wages of private workers in Western Visayas by P150 daily.

The manifesto states that this is due to the unabated increase in the prices of basic goods and services caused by the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.moremoremore


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Boracay closure to affect
more than 17,000 workers

Labor groups in Negros Occidental will write to President Rodrigo Duterte and ask him to hold in abeyance his decision to close down Boracay Island if perennial problems are unsolved in six months as the Department of Labor and Employment-Western Visayas reported yesterday that the move will leave more than 17,000 people jobless.

Wennie Sancho and Hernane Braza, who sit as the labor group representatives in the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of Western Visayas, said they will pass the resolution this week and send it to the President.

The pronouncement was made during the wage consultation yesterday in Bacolod, together with their manifesto for increased wages in the region.