MERGE The casket of former governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. being brought to his final resting place with his widow, Marilyn, assisted by her son Sagay Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, following.* (Richard Malihan photo)

Bishop hopes officials honor
Marañon’s coal-free legacy


Former governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. who championed the cause of a coal-free environment left a legacy of hope for Negros Occidental, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said yesterday.

“Thank you for standing with the youth and our right to a livable future,” said Alminaza, who was the main celebrant at the funeral mass of Marañon at the new St. Joseph’s Parish Church in Sagay City yesterday afternoon.

Marañon, 84, who was governor of Negros Occidental for nine years and a public servant for more than five decades, succumbed to acute respiratory failure secondary to acute pulmonary thromboembolism at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City Thursday night. moremoremore

DepEd marks teachers’ day
as new normal classes start

The Department of Education in Western Visayas is all set for the opening of classes through the blended mode of learning today, which is also World Teacher's Day, DepEd regional director Ma. Gemma Ledesma said yesterday.

“Superintendents and principals have already given instructions according to the learning modality being implemented. We are praying for the safety of everyone,” Ledesma said, as students adapt to learning from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have responded to the call of the department and prepared for the various interventions and strategies, she said. moremoremore


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Income of workers in WV
plummets by 20% - exec

There was a significant drop in the real wages of workers in the private sector in Western Visayas as a result of economic aftershock brought by the coronavirus pandemic, labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday.

Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said the latest Regional Economic Profile released by the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that, as of August, the Consumer Price Index, that measures the changes in the price level of goods and services that most people buy, is at P125.7 which is higher than the P121.7 in 2019 while the inflation rate, which is the percentage change in CPI, is at 2.7 percent, from 2.4 percent last year.

The same data showed that the nominal wage or wage measured in the amount of money, which is currently P395 per day for commercial and industrial workers, was drastically reduced to P314.24 in terms of real wage, which is the actual purchasing power of the peso, posting a decrease of P80.78 per day or P2,100 per month, he explained.