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Bacolod City, PhilippinesSaturday, January 8, 2011
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‘Union’ members, hospital
split over retrenchment

The workers' union of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital yesterday claimed that some of its members have been asked to sign a waiver withdrawing their union membership, Roberto Villaram, its president, said.

Villaram said they learned about the waiver two days ago but this will not stop them from pressing charges against the hospital.

Meanwhile, he said, they are preparing for the first hearing on the case they filed against BOLMSH for illegal dismissal and unfair labor practices at the National Labor Regulations Commission on Jan. 19.

Solon warns vs. ‘massive
teacher contractualization’

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio yesterday called on the Aquino government in a press release to rethink its plan to employ teachers on a contractual basis when it implements universal kindergarten education next school year.

The Department of Education has announced that it has begun preparations for accepting approximately 2.5 million five-year old children into a universal kindergarten program in school year 2011-2012.

Certified seeds
production slows

The standing planted crops for certified seed production for Region VI decreased to 800 hectares for 2011 seed production, Agriculturist Au Larupay of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit said yesterday.

Larupay said the number did not reach half of the planting crop of 2010. To complement the farmer's needs, DA-RFU conducted several trainings and seminars on seed production and purification to teach seed growers how to grow quality and purified seeds.

Before, farmers could directly buy certified seed at the National Food Authority at P600 and the remaining P600 is subsidized by DA. Since the seed subsidy was stopped, seed growers have to be equipped with the right knowledge and technology in producing quality and certified seeds, Larupay said.

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