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60,000 INC members
focus on religious rites

Stay away from Corona issue in Bacolod
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

About 60,000 members of the Iglesia ni Cristo from its Southern, Northern and Central Districts in Negros bore the heat of the sun to gather for their close to four hours grand evangelical mission at the Paglaum Sports Complex in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.

Bacolod Traffic Management Unit head, Chief Insp.Luisito Acebuche, said they came in about 2,000 vehicles slowing traffic along Lacson and Hernaez streets.

Some commuters bound for Bacolod complained that there were few buses plying their routes as most of these vehicles were rented by the members of INC who attended the event.moremoremore

WV unemployment rate drops
RTWPB wage ruling set March 26
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The unemployment rate is Western Visayas last year dropped to 6 percent, or 1.1 percent lower than the national average, putting the region in a slightly better position than other parts of the country, the new WV Labor Regional Director, Ponciano Ligutom, said yesterday.

That means the unemployed in the region dropped to 198,000 in 2011 from 211,000 in 2010, Ligutom said at a press conference in Bacolod City.

Western Visayas currently has a 3,079,000 million workforce, he said.moremoremore

60 lodge raps vs. recruiter
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

About 60 complainants claiming they were duped by a call center agent who promised them work abroad sought help from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Bacolod City Tuesday night.

CIDG-Bacolod chief, Supt. Julius Ongkiko, said the complainants said they each paid P20,000 in security and cash bond to the suspect, whose name is being withheld pending the filing of charges against him.

Investigation showed that the suspect had been recruiting the victims since August last year and offered them jobs as bellboys, human resource managers, waiters and housekeeping staff members in a resort in Dubai, where his sister is also working.moremoremore

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