MERGE FANTASY NIGHT. The MassKara Nights of Mardi Gras: Fantasy Costume Competition participants at the Bacolod public plaza last night.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


P30 WV wage hike ok’d
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Good news to the minimum wage earners in Western Visayas! They will receive an additional P30 to their current P365 daily pay.

This, after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Western Visayas came out yesterday with a new wage order to the daily minimum of the private sector workers in the region that ranges from P15 to P30.

But both the labor and the business sectors quickly assailed the new wage order. First, the amount was insignificant, second, it is not reflective of the current economic situation. moremoremore


Duterte’s unbearable back pain
makes MassKara visit uncertain
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday he wishes President Rodrigo Duterte could come for the MassKara Festival but “under the current circumstances we will understand if he cannot make it.”

Duterte, suffering from “unbearable pain” in his spine after a motorcycle accident, cut short his trip to Japan and returned to the Philippines last night, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said

The 74-year-old hurt his hip in a motorcycle accident last week, with his health already the subject of intense speculation following his disclosure earlier this month that he is suffering from an unrelated autoimmune disease. moremoremore

 

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Be alert vs. investment scams,
SEC exec urges brgy officials
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Barangay officials in Negros Occidental were urged to be vigilant against investment schemes in their areas to prevent their constituents from being duped into fraudulent transactions, Annabelle Corral-Respall, office head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Bacolod extension, said yesterday.

This was underscored in the series of trainings for barangay officials conducted by SEC and the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the province to prevent investment scam, she said.

The series of trainings that kicked off on October 10 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City will continue on October 24, and 29, then on November 19, 21, and 26, and on December 10 and 18 in the same venue.