MERGE The perspective of the P163 million Bacolod museum and auditorium presented by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday*

P163M green museum
to rise in Bacolod: Migz

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri announced yesterday the construction next year of a P163 million leaf-shaped environment friendly museum and auditorium in Bacolod City, “comparable to the beautiful iconic buildings in other parts of the world”.

“We want to leapfrog Bacolod City to the 21st century incorporating the modern with its historic structures,” Zubiri said at a press conference at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, accompanied by Architect Leonilo Ramon Lichauco, Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and councilors Em Ang, Caesar Distrito and Bart Orola.

Zubiri said construction of the museum and auditorium, designed by the Lichauco Guilas and Villanueva Architectural Firm, will be completed in two years. It will be comparable to the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in beauty on a smaller scale, he said. moremoremore

17 senators oppose
new fuel tax, too

Seventeen senators  supportive of  President Rodrigo Duterte’s reform efforts  are seeking his support  to suspend  any further increase in excise taxes on diesel, gasoline and other petroleum products for 2019 and 2020, Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said yesterday.

An additional P2 per liter on excise tax is set to take effect in January under the TRAIN law.

Zubiri said withholding further increases in fuel excise taxes mandated under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law and non-approval of TRAIN II are geared towards  stemming rising inflation rates, especially on food. moremoremore


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RTWPB 6 to review wage
order amid high inflation

A thorough discussion on the current wage order in Western Visayas will be made by members of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board on October 25 in Iloilo City, to determine the effect of the continuous high inflation on salaried workers.

RTWPB 6 labor representative Wennie Sancho yesterday said this, as the alliance of labor groups in Negros Occidental had asked the wage board to review the recent salary hike in Region 6, amid the surging inflation in the region.

Sancho, who is also the secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association-Negros, said that as inflation continues to move up, as well as the consumer price indexes of goods and services, the RTWPB should review the recent Wage Order No. 24 in the region.