The Negros Occidental Small Fishers Alliance called on coastal local government units to strengthen operations against illegal fishing practices and overfishing of commercial operators in the province's municipal waters at the third NOSFA congress held at Grand Regal Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday.
NOSFA Chairman Abcede Jardinico said the campaign of the LGUs against illegal fishing practices and overfishing of commercial operators must be continued as they have affected the livelihood of small fisherfolk.
Jardinico said a single overfished catch of a commercial fishing vessel is equivalent to three months' toil of a small fisherman.
Only 15% of labor will benefit
from P125 wage hike – ECOP
MANILA -- Only 15 percent of the country's total workforce stands to benefit from the proposed PHP125 across-the-board wage increase, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said in a position paper for the 17th Congress.
ECOP said the proposed PHP125 across-the-board wage hike will “aggravate the discrimination and inequity” between workers in the formal sector and the rest of the labor force in the informal sector.
In its position paper, ECOP noted that there were only 7.78 million workers in the formal sector in 2014, who were employed by 946,988 registered establishments.
Don't reuse Christmas lights: DTI
Christmas lights that have been used for three years or more must be discarded because they might already be unsafe.
Diosdado Cadena Jr., officer-in-charge of the Department of Trade and Industry in Western Visayas and provincial director of DTI Iloilo, said that Christmas lights that have been used for that long tend to become brittle.
DTI has been sending out advisories for the public to be vigilant when buying Christmas lights following the start of the ‘ber' months.