Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday led the launching and ribbon cutting of the Negros First Meat Shop at the Murcia Public Market in Murcia, Negros Occidental, which will allow hog raisers to display and sell quality meat to their consumers.
Marañon was joined by Don Salvador Benedicto Vice Mayor Cynthia de la Cruz, who is also the president of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association of Negros Occidental, and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena.
The governor said raisers can now grow and butcher without dealing with traders and brokers, and sell their produce at the meat shop at P160 per kilo, which is P20 cheaper compared to the selling price in Bacolod City at P180 per kilo.
DOST to release P38 million
for SMEs’ equipment upgrade
The Department of Science and Technology here as of the first semester of the year has approved 47 proposals for equipment upgrading by small and medium enterprises in Western Visayas.
DOST regional director Rowen Gelonga said that they are now in the process of releasing the assistance amounting to around P38 million under the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program.
The region, he said, has the most number of approved proposals and the highest amount up for release among DOST regional offices.
Union files case vs. hospital
for ‘unpaid wages, benefits’
The Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital Employees Union-NAFLU-KMU has submitted its complaint for voluntary arbitration before National Conciliation and Mediation Board on the ground of alleged flagrant violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement of their employer, BOLMSH said in a press release.
The hospital management failed to offer a proposal on how to pay the unpaid wages and benefits stipulated in the CBA, the group said.
The union alleged that the management violated the CBA signed on April 11, particularly the nonpayment of four paid rest days for four months, biennial uniform allowance, non collection of membership and union dues, and their continued refusal to grant an office for the group.