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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Biz sector outlines NegOcc
economic recovery plan

The business sector in Negros Occidental has outlined the economic recovery plan for the province to stimulate economic activities, Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said yesterday.

He said the proposed Negros Economic Rehabilitation Plan was already forwarded to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and was discussed during the provincial government’s small group consultation with the business sector last week.

Under the proposal, Carbon said the business sector is pushing for a quick restart of the ongoing government infrastructure projects, start other developments with approved budgets and expedite the bidding process for pending ones.

Evaluate workers’ situation

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board should make an impact evaluation on the economic situation of the workers who returned to work under the new normal, local labor leader Wennie Sancho said.

Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations and labor representative to RTWPB, said yesterday that he raised these concerns in a meeting with the Board, which should also conduct an evaluation on management, “considering the altered working environment with 50 to 70 percent operational capacity and the effects on the sustainability of their business vis-à-vis the assurance of their workers’ continuity of employment.”

He said there is a need to know what types of flexible working arrangements are applied under the new normal, how many workers were retained in Western Visayas, and what support will the government give to those who lost their jobs.


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