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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, December 30, 2013
PNP set to remove
downtown vendors

Policemen will remove vendors illegally selling on sidewalks at the downtown area in Bacolod City starting January 2, 2014.

The Task Force Maninlo Kita para sa Kaayuhan will remove makeshift stalls made of umbrellas and carts, placed beside the roads, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city director of the City Police Office said, adding that Mayor Monico Puentevella will have a dialog with the vendors at the BAYS center about the operation.

The vendors will be given 10 days to transfer to designated areas in the central market. If they continue to sell at the prohibited areas, the task force will remove their stalls and confiscate their products, Ordaniel said.

SSS increasing contributions

MANILA – The Social Security System reminded the public over the weekend that it will implement the 0.6-percent increase in its current 10.4 percent monthly contribution rate earlier announced, making it 11-percent starting January 2014.

The increase is part of the SSS Reform Agenda that seeks to lengthen gradually the actuarial life of the Social Security Fund SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio S. de Quiros, Jr. said.

De Quiros said, the 0.6 percent increase will be divided equally between employees and employers.

‘Focus on non-sugar industries'

Businessmen should start focusing on non-sugar industries by next year to sustain the economic growth in Negros Occidental, Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.

He said there is a lot of potential for the province to excel in aquaculture, aside from organic agriculture, livestock and poultry and tourism.

He said they do not expect the sugar industry to grow next year or for additional sugarcane farms or sugar mills to be built as the sugar industry reached its peak ten years ago.

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