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Edith Colmo


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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.

Degamo Insists: PFS First Before One Negros Island Region

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Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental said he is not totally opposing the proposed One Negros Island Region with Negros Occidental, but as a governor, he said, "I need the project feasibility study (PFS) that will lead to the quality of life of the people. We need the data. Unless you can show me the PFS that One Negros Island Region can improve the quality of life of people in Negros Oriental, then I’ll just contend with our province belonging to Region 7."

Army-PNP Nab Top NPA Leader

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CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – The joint forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Western Visayas arrested yesterday, 5:30 a.m. September 23 a ranking leader of the New People’s Army in Iloilo. He was identified by his former comrades but returned to the folds of the law, as Norberto Castor, alias Marlon and Greg, a Deputy Secretary ofr Central Front of Komiteng Rehiyonal-Panay, 9CF-KR-P). He was arrested in Brgy. Calaboa, Leganes, Iloilo, by virtue of a warrant of arrest for multiple


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