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Edith Colmo

For non-performing seaports: Carapali to Subject PPA for Congressional Inquiry

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There are three non-performing seaports in Negros Occidental that the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) constructed. These will be subjected to congressional inquiry, according to Abanglingkod Partylist Representative Stephen "Carapali Luwalhati" Paduano at the presscon yesterday, Monday, Sept. 29.

Paduano identified these non-performing piers as those in Pulupandan, Himamaylan City and Hinobaan, all in southern Negros Occidental.

Marañon Takes Oath as New RDC Chair

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Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, was installed as the new chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) for Western Visayas by Former Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. at the Regional Office 6 of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).


GOVERNOR Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (right) takes his oath of office as the new Regional Development Council (RDC) chairman of Region 6 before Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. in Iloilo City, yesterday, as Ambassador Ivo Sieber of Switzerland and Maurice Dewulf, program director of the United Nations Development Program look on./Capitol photo

DOLE LAUNCHES WORKERS TRAINING PROGRAM

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Stepping up its efforts in ameliorating the lives of workers in the sugar industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 launched yesterday the training program designed for sugar workers and their dependents, at the Sugar Workers Development Center, Bacolod City.

The training is established to prepare the sugar workers for the opportunities and challenges in the Philippine market at a 5% tariff because of the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015. This means the locally produced sugar will have to compete with the low price of sugar from other ASEAN nations.

The training program three development areas include social infrastructure, wage employment and self-employment.


Atty. Rovel Marasigan (left), hearing officer from ERC conducts a public hearing in the matter of application for approval of the amended memorandum of agreement (MOA) and its supplemental agreement (SA) between Central Negros Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Energreen Power Development & Management Inc. (ENERGREEN), with prayer for the Issuance of Provisional Authority.*


Virgie Roa (left) and Salvador Acupan (right), Coordinators of Visayan Forum Inc-Bacolod discuss Human Trafficking, Global Facts and Figures, Profile of Trafficking Victims, I FIGHT Movement Lecture Forum held at B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

DOLE Region 6 director Ponciano Ligutom explained that the social infrastructure training program is directed towards social empowerment focusing on enhancing the organizational and leadership capabilities of the workers, leaders and their respective organizations.The wage employment is geared towards technically capacitating the sugar workers to become part of the mainstream employment sector, and/or acquire the needed skills for employment in different industries.

While the self-employment training program, focuses on developing and enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of sugar workers and their dependents to prepare them to become competent entrepreneurs.

The trainings were identified from the outputs of the focus group discussions with field workers, small planters, mill workers and the district level planning activities.

Army Bloodletting at DND 75th Anniv

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Out of 100 bags of blood targeted in the bloodletting activity of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, only 70 bags were collected in varied blood types, mostly Type "0".


TSgt Joselito Cuyos of the Civil Military Operations Office of 3rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army is one of the donors of blood during the army’s bloodletting activity yesterday for the 75th founding anniversary of the Department of National Defense (DND).* (EBColmo)

DOLE Prepares for 2015 AEC Integration

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There will be reduced tariff of 5% in sugar in the Philippine market at the integration of ASEAN Economic community (AEC) in 2015.

Hence, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) has taken significant steps in preparing the sugar industry workers by crafting a Human Resource Development (HRD) Master Plan.

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