MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia takes his oath before Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the Bacolod City Government Center with his hand on a Bible held by his wife, Elsa, as his daughter Kara looks on.* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Bacolod best argument
versus federalism: Sotto
City in good hands, Duterte says
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III last night challenged Bacolod City officials to again showcase to the Visayas the success and development of Bacolod City for the next three years.

“You will be the best argument against those who would really want to install a federal form of government,” he said.

Sotto said he is not against a federal form of government. But if they upgrade the Local Government Codeto expand the power of local government units (LGUs), they do not need federalism. moremoremore


265 SRA JO workers lose jobs
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The 265 job order (JO) workers of the Sugar Regulatory Administration lost their jobs Sunday because of the failure of the SRA board to renew their contracts on time, SRA Board Member Emilio Yulo III said yesterday.

They tried to hold board meetings on Thursday and Friday for the renewal of the JO contracts, but failed to have a quorum because of the absence of SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica, Yulo said, adding that only he and Board Member Roland Beltran were present.

“I’m actually quite alarmed about it,” Senator Juan Miguel Zubri, who was in Bacolod for the inauguration of the Bacolod City officials, said yesterday. moremoremore

 

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Digital banking pushed
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Top executives of the Bank of the Philippine Islands are pushing for digital banking for more convenient and secure transactions.

In a press conference yesterday at its Capitol Subdivision branch in Bacolod City, Ramon Jocson, BPI chief operating officer, said customers from areas outside Manila still prefer to do transactions in the bank compared to online or through mobile application.

“For simple transactions, such as transferring of funds, paying bills, paying for meals at a restaurant, or sending money to loved ones, you don’t need to use cash or go to the physical branch. They can be done online or through mobile application," he added.