MERGE Sagay City Councilor Arthur Marañon congratulates Silay City Councilor Ryan Gamboa (left) on his winning the PCL Negros Occidental chapter presidency last night.* (GPB photo)

Gamboa beats Marañon
For PCL Negros presidency

The political group LoveNegros prevailed over the United Negros Alliance last night in a neck-to-neck battle between their candidates for the presidency of the Philippine Councilors League-Negros Occidental chapter, with neophyte Silay City Councilor Ryan Milos Romeo Gamboa emerging as winner.

Gamboa, a former television news anchorman turned politician, who was fielded by LoveNegros, defeated UNegA candidate, Sagay City Councilor Arthur Marañon, son of former Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. The election and counting of ballots at the Acacia Hotel Pavillon in Bacolod City, lasted for more than 10 hours.

Unlike in previous PCL elections where representatives of each of the 31 towns and cities vote for their officers, the voting yesterday was participated in by 330 councilors, including representatives of the Associations of Barangay Captains and Sangguniang Kabataan from the 31 towns and cities of Negros Occidental. moremoremore

Sugar allocation for US quota hit
Unions unite vs. importation

Industry leaders yesterday aired their disappointment over a new sugar order allocating 5 percent of the country’s sugar produced during crop year 2019-2020 as “A” for the US sugar quota and 95 percent as “B” for the domestic market.

Sugar Order No. 1 released by the Sugar Board yesterday set the country’s Sugar Policy for Crop Year 2019-2020.

Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines, said they are disappointed that 5 percent of the country’s sugar was allocated for the US sugar quota, they had requested for an all “B” allocation. moremoremore


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Neg. Occ., Panay biz groups seek
to reclassify employer’s bracket

Business groups from Negros Occidental and Panay are seeking to reclassify the employer’s bracket in relation to the petition to increase the wage of workers in Western Visayas.

They will present this today during the second public hearing at the Department of Labor and Employment office in Bacolod City, Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said yesterday.

He said that business groups will submit their joint position paper, with a proposal to re-categorize the employer’s bracket based on the number of their employees.