MERGE The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board will hold a public hearing in Bacolod City tomorrow on the petition for wage increases for workers like these in Western Visayas.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Robredo arriving today

Vice President Leni Lobredo will be in Bacolod City this afternoon for the launching of the Istorya ng Pag-asa (INP) Negros Occidental and two other events.

“Istorya ng Pag-Asa is born out of the need to change the national conversation. We want to bring extraordinary stories of ordinary people to every nook and cranny of our country, to every school and City Hall, to every mall, airport, and bus station. We want our people to know that they, too, can be a source of hope,” Robredo said.

The launching of Istorya ng Pag-asa Negros-Occidental will be held at the Vianney Hall at the Annex Building next to the Bishop’s House in Bacolod City at 1 p.m. today, a media advisory on her visit said. moremoremore

P10 to P31 wage hike proposed

The Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proposing an increase in basic wages plus Cost of Living Allowance ranging from P10 to P31.50 in the Western Visayas based on suggested new classifications, Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.

The two classifications for wage rates, for firms employing 10 workers and below, and those employing more than 10 workers, were made many years ago, he said.

Those classifications need to be changed because there are now large and very large food chains, department stores, banks and firms in the region, he said. Classifications should approximate the paying capacity of the establishments, he also said. moremoremore


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Food terminal completion
delayed due to vendors

The faster the vendors and eateries vacate the area at the old pala-pala site to allow the completion of the P115 million Negros First Pala-Pala Food Terminal in Barangay 6, Bacolod City, the sooner they will be able to return to resume business, Acting Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said yesterday.

As of now, the completion of the new food terminal by Dynamic Builders and Construction Co. has been delayed because the vendors and the three eateries are still there, she said.

Stall vendors of the “original pala-pala”, now located on the San Juan Street side have sent an appeal to Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for assistance in finding a relocation site after an order was issued for them to vacate the area they are now in by May 15.