MERGE All set for May 14 are these ballot boxes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections lined up at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports Center in Bacolod City* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Negros hinterland brgys
now under Code Orange

The Commission on Elections has placed the majority of Negros Occidental’s hinterland barangays under Code Orange because of the presence of armed groups, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

There will be increased intelligence gathering and police and Army visibility in those areas to prevent untoward incidents, he said.

However, Suarez would not divulge the number and names of the barangays under Code Orange. moremoremore

‘No poll hotspots in Bacolod’

The Commission on Elections officer in Bacolod City reiterated that they have not yet identified election hotspots in the city in relation to the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Mavil Majarucon-Sia yesterday said that during the Joint City Peace and Security Coordinating Council meeting, they had not identified areas of concern in Bacolod City. If there are any, these will still be subject to verification.

Majarucon-Sia was reacting to reports that the police are monitoring six major barangays in Bacolod City considered areas of concern. moremoremore


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No opposition to wage hike
petition in Region 6: DOLE

ILOILO CITY - The result of two of the four public consultations conducted by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board showed no opposition to the proposed increase in the daily minimum wage of workers in Western Visayas.

However, while there is no opposition, participants during hearings conducted in Aklan last April 24 and Capiz on April 26 have varied positions when it comes to the amount of increase, Labor and Employment regional director Johnson Cañete, who is also the chair of RTWPB 6, said yesterday.

“There is no opposition as far as to whether there will be an increase,” he said in an interview.