MERGE This pregnant Irrawaddy dolphin was spotted in the coastal waters of Bago City yesterday* (Kaila Ledesma-Trebol photo)

COA cites Capitol
procedural lapses

A Commission on Audit report found millions of pesos in procedural lapses in fund dispersals and project payments made by the Negros Occidental provincial government in 2017, that were discussed with Capitol department heads yesterday.

The COA report also cited unimplemented use of funds to the detriment of beneficiaries, the need for Gender and Development responsiveness, and warned government employees that non liquidation of cash advances will result in withholding of salaries.

However, these lapses are not serious and can be remedied by complying with COA recommended procedures, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said. moremoremore

Negros has most areas
on WV election watchlist

Negros Occidental has the most election watchlist areas in Western Visayas.

With 80 election hotspots, Negros Occidental topped the six provinces and two cities in Region 6, with the most number of EWAs.

Supt. Joem Malong, Police Regional Office-6 public information officer, said yesterday, that 133 EWAs were approved during the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council meeting at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City yesterday. moremoremore


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Negros solons urged to support
proposal on security of tenure

Militant groups are urging the Negros Occidental congressmen to support, or author a House bill that seeks security of tenure for employees in private establishments to fully end contractualization, once and for all.

Kilusang Mayo Uno, together with the National Federation of Sugar Workers, Kadamay, National Federation of Labor Unions, and Gabriela held a protest yesterday to air their opposition on Executive Order 51, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 1.

EO 51 is the Implementing Article 106 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, to protect the right to security of tenure of all workers based on social justice in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. It reiterates the illegality of labor-only contracting in workplace but does not end all kinds of contractualization in the country.