MERGE Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer (2nd and 1st from left, second row) with the members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan Pocholo Yuvienco, Valentino Miguel Alonso, Araceli Somosa, Rita Gatuslao, Juvy Pepillo, Jeffrey Tubola, Sixto Guanzon Jr. (l-r, front row), Rommel Debulgado, Andrew Montelibano (3rd and 4th from left, second row), Agustin Ernesto Bascon, Jose Benito Alonso, Victor Javellana, Samson Mirhan and Manuel Frederick Ko (l-r, third row) who held their inaugural session at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Guv outlines Negros
7-point dev’t agenda

If former Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had Negros First Development Agenda for nine years, his successor, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, also has the Abanse Negrense seven-point development agenda.

“This will serve as the point of reference for our administration in our desire to make the Negrense reflect on himself and realize that he has to go ahead and move forward,” Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said in his speech during the 35th inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Lacson said that the Abanse Negrense seven-point agenda spelled in terms of A for Agriculture and Food and Security; B for Building of infrastructure, roads and other structures, A for Advancement of economic, trade, investment and employment opportunities; N for Nurturing of public health by creating responsive hospital and other social services; S for Sustainable environmental management and tourism development; E for Eduication, culture, sports and ICT, and N for Negrense brand of good governance and human development. moremoremore

SP committee chairmen named

The chairpersons of 30 mandatory standing committees of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan were named yesterday during its 35th inaugural session held at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol building in Bacolod City.

Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday that the designation of chairmanships for various SP committees was made after all board members held a caucus, and were very cooperative.

Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko got the chairmanship of four committees, that include Public Works, Housing and Land Use, Energy, Public Utilities and Transportation, and Human Resource. moremoremore


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Wage hike in WV seen in October

A labor leader in Negros Occidental said he expects that the proposed wage increase in Western Visayas will push through in October.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said yesterday that there is a need for salary hike because the prices of basic commodities continue to go up, and to help the people cope with the diminished purchasing power of the public in the region.

He said the proposed hike was filed on Monday by New and Independent Workers Organization, a labor union of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. Bacolod rank and file employees, before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.