MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to release P1 billion to the Department of Agriculture for the nationwide implementation of the Agrarian Production Credit Program.
Included in the fund is a P300-million allocation exclusively for Negros Occidental. The release — chargeable against the 2012 General Appropriations Act — is in accordance with a five-year Memorandum of Agreement signed by the DA, the Department of Agrarian Reform, and Land Bank of the Philippines.
Under the MOA, the DA will place the P1-billion fund with LBP.
KMU hits DOLE
The Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed the labor secretary’s assumption of jurisdiction over a strike in a company distributing canned goods and household products in Bacolod City Sunday, a KMU press release said.
KMU condemned Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz for assuming jurisdiction over the eleven-day strike of Bacolod Columbia Marketing Inc. workers who are protesting company’s alleged recruitment of scabs and harassment to bust their newly-formed union, the press release said.
Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, said the labor secretary’s power to assume jurisdiction is a violent instrument for crushing workers’ strikes and they condemn its use against the workers of Bacolod Columbia Marketing Inc., and against Filipino workers in general.
scheduled at SM City
An Invest to Success seminar will be held on November 26 by SM City Bacolod, in partnership with the Filipino International Franchise Association, RK Franchise Consultancy, Inc. and Bubi Trampoline, a press release from the mall said.
The seminar to held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will allow OFWs and their families to learn about business opportunities in franchising, the press release said.
Global Pinoy Member attendees will also have a chance to win one of the three franchise business units from Bubi Trampoline in a grand draw on December 21 at the SM Mall of Asia, it added.