MERGE HOLIDAY CHEER. A Christmas tree at the Capitol Lagoon and Park in Bacolod City draws numerous joggers every morning* (Andy Alvarez photo)

We’ll pay wage hike,
WV biz groups assure

Business groups in Western Visayas have assured workers in the region that they will implement the new wage increase, business leader Frank Carbon said yesterday.

Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the management did not file an appeal on the new wage order.

They were given 10 days to file their appeal with the National Wages Productivity Commission after the new wage order was published in a newspaper on November 11. moremoremore

Neg. Occ. SP okays
P4.3B 2020 budget

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental unanimously approved yesterday the proposed P4,325,839,008 billion budget of the provincial government for 2020.

Of the approved budget, P4.2 billion is intended for the general fund and P121,945,321 is earmarked for the Economic Enterprise Development Department of the province, Board Member Rommel Debulgado, chairperson of the SP Committee on Finance, said yesterday.

Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said that they were able to reach their objective to approve the proposed budget by the end of this month, without sacrificing thorough deliberations and scrutiny. moremoremore


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Distributor yields 2,589 kilos
of expired pork, chicken meat

About 2,589.88 kilos of expired pork and chicken meat kept in a cold storage in Purok Kalong-Kalong, Barangay Singcang Airport, Bacolod City were voluntarily surrendered by its distributor to elements of Task Force Botagoy and Police Station 8 yesterday.

A total of 166 cases or boxes containing the expired food products were brought out of the Orient Cold Storage Inc., in the presence of Meat Inspector II Rodolfo Orbita Jr. from the National Meat Inspection Service.

These included 50 cases of pork riblets weighing 500 kilos, eight cases of pork neck trimmings – 80 kilos, 12 cases of pork hock GPS – 240 kilos, 21 cases of pork liver dawn – 525 kilos, 20 cases of pork head meat – 419.88 kilos, and 55 cases of chicken leg quarter – 825 kilos.