TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Eastern Visayas has granted a Php14.50/day increase in the salaries of sugar industry (non-plantation) workers and integrated the existing P 15.00 per day cost of living allowance (COLA) into the basic wage for all sectors.
The board issued Wage Order No. 18 on Tuesday afternoon, seeking to eliminate wage rates that are below the poverty daily threshold.
“We adjusted the pay of non-plantation sugar industry workers from Php220.50 to Php235 to raise the capacity of low-income workers to buy their basic needs. We cannot deny that their income is very low,” RTWPB chairman and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional director Elias Cayanong told reporters.
Under Wage Order No. 18, which is up for approval by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), the RTWPB ruled that Php15 COLA under Wage Order No. 16 issued in May 2011 will be added to the basic pay. Workers can still receive a Php7 daily COLA under Wage Order No. 17 issued in October 2012. [click to continue…]
THE FORMER district in-charge of Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has sued ex-solon Eufrocino “Dodong” Codilla and his daughter-in-law Violy Codilla at the Ombudsman, for alleged graft and corrupt practices, in relation to the controversial Albuera-Burauen road.
Engr. Violy Codilla is the wife of Mayor Edward “Ondo” Codilla here. Aside from the complaint about the Albuera-Burauen Road, she and high-ranking public works officials are also facing “plunder” and other criminal complaints about a P 426-million road in Masbate province, where she comes from.
Here, it was learned that Paulito Cotiangco, a native of Brgy. Valencia, Ormoc City, where the Codilla family in Ormoc hails from, filed the complaint a few months ago yet.
In his complaint, Cotiangco alluded that ex-Cong. Codilla used his influence to bag contracts for Yakal Construction, the construction firm of his daughter-in-law, for the Albuera-Burauen road that went on for years during his term. [click to continue…]
YOUNGEST MS. WLC EVER. High School department candidate Charybel Faith Dizon of the Western Leyte College was crowned school queen in a pageant that gathered a record-breaking crowd of 2,000 spectators. She was crowned by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and WLC President Emmanuel Fiel. Photo by Wilfred Dizon
15-year-old Charybel Faith Dizon from the High School department of the Western Leyte College makes history as its youngest beauty queen ever, outshining 10 other candidates from the different colleges during the coronation night of the Search for Ms WLC 2015 on February 28 at the School Gymnasium.
The crowned fourth year high school student also bagged all minor awards – Best in Talent, Best in Production number, Best in swim wear, and Best in Evening Gown – which is also a first time in the history of the prestigious annual beauty pageant. Candidates were pre-judged in the talent competition on February 25, sponsored by the College Supreme Student Council.
Completing her Court are May Anne Matuguina of the College from the Business (HRDM), first runner up; Karen Lee Goza from the High school department, second runner up; Kirzty Joy Rojas from College of Business (FM), third runner up; and Mary Ann Pilapil from the College of Nursing, fourth runner up. [click to continue…]
THE MAINTENANCE of the newly inaugurated Olympic-sized swimming pool at the New Ormoc City National High School here, constructed by the City government to the tune of P 21-million, may take up to P 1-million a year.
This was relayed by councilor Dr. Mario “Mayong” Rodriguez, who sits at the City School Board. Councilor Rodriguez said a swimming pool expert from Cebu apprised the local school board about this, in one of their meetings last year.
The P 1-million would include chemicals to keep the water clean, filters and the electricity to run it, and manpower. However, he said, the proposal of the Cebu expert was not approved.
Rodriguez honestly admitted they were surprised at the estimate of the pool specialist, but added it was an expense that could be necessary in the near future, because the swimming pool is already operational. “It’s already there. We have no choice but to maintain it.” [click to continue…]
Tourists are warmly welcomed by the locals who have prepared an arch for them.
TACLOBAN CITY – Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes of the Department of Tourism here is beside herself after 75 foreign tourists and 12 escorts of the classy, 100-suite Caledonian Sky operated by Zegrahm Expeditions, set foot in historical and charming island of Capul in Northern Samar on February 18.
The same tourists, it was learned, will be landing on Limasawa Island on February 23, in what is a virgin cruise of the liner for “historical Philippine islands.”
Ms Tiopes described the tourists’ visit to Capul as a “success”, as locals came in full force to welcome their guests. [click to continue…]