About 100 farmers under the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers staged a picket in front of the Social Security System compound in Bacolod City yesterday to protest what they call the slow resolution of cases they had filed against their employers for non-remittance of benefits.
Rolando Rillo, chairman of the NFSW, said the complaining farmers were from the cities of Cadiz, Silay and Victorias. They had filed their complaints in 2008 yet.
Rillo said some of the farmers claimed that their employers had not remitted their SSS contributions since 2006.
42 more ARBs
installed by DAR
The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental installed 42 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in a 39.7214-hectare lot in Brgy. Don Salvador Benedicto in Pontevedra town recently, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Domingo Gaitan, said yesterday.
Gaitan said the land distributed to the ARBs in Hacienda Merced used to be owned by Corazon Sevillano and was acquired through compulsory acquisition.
He said the property was purchased at P13.7 million or P345,464.61 per hectare.
A measure was filed in the Senate yesterday seeking to increase the limit on the amount of 13th month pay, Christmas bonus, and other benefits exempted from income tax.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, who filed the measure, said he wants the exclusion raised to P75,000 since the present ceiling was set by a law enacted almost 20 years ago.
Recto said present laws exclude the mandated 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus from the coverage of income taxes, but only up to P30,000.