MERGE Will the country’s sugar industry suffer the same fate as rice farmers in San Enrique, Negros Occidental, who experienced a huge drop in the buying prices of their palay with import liberalization?* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Duterte appoints Bing
to top advisory body

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia as member of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) of the 18th Congress.

As a member, Leonardia will represent all the local government units (LGUs) in the board. He is the lone local official to be appointed to the LEDAC, a press release from the city said yesterday.

The members of the LEDAC are the Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House and seven Cabinet Secretaries selected by the President. moremoremore


Guv seeking Senate’s
help for sugar, too
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday he is joining the call for the country’s senators to help prevent the implementation of the formal proposal of the Department of Finance to liberalize sugar imports.

It seems the DOF is bent on allowing import liberalization that will hurt the sugar industry, he said, citing what happened to the rice farmers who have been suffering from low buying prices of palay.

“I don’t know if at this time we can still convince the national government,” Lacson said. moremoremore

 

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RTWPB 6 to decide soon
on salary hike petition
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Western Visayas will decide soon on the petition of a labor group to increase the daily minimum wage of workers in the region after it recently wrapped up the series of consultations, Hernani Braza, a labor representative to the RTWPB in Region 6, said yesterday.

Braza said they will hold a board meeting on October 8 in Iloilo City to decide how much the wage will be, based on the information they gathered in public hearings in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, and Boracay Island.

During the public hearings, the business sector in these areas strongly expressed their opposition to the wage increase, claiming that it was only recently that the region had implemented a wage hike.