SC transfers Arles case;
move levels playing field
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The family of slain Judge Henry Arles yesterday welcomed the Supreme Court order transferring the hearing of the case against the suspects in his murder, from the Kabankalan Regional Trial Court to Quezon City, saying it will help even the playing field.
Philip Arles, the son of the Kabankalan RTC judge who was killed in an ambush in Brgy. Manalad, Ilog, on April 24, 2012, said yesterday that they received the SC resolution dated June 9 on Friday.
WV labor pushing
for P85 wage hike
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
The General Alliance of Worker's Association will file a petition before the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to seek an increase in the daily minimum wage of workers in the private sector in Western Visayas by P85 per day.
The petition signed by its chairperson, Emmanuel Bandola, asked the RTWPB to adjust the salaries of farm workers in non-agricultural, industrial/commercial from P287 to P372, for workers in agricultural/plantation from P255 to P330, and for plantation workers from P245 to P317 per day.
Wennie Sancho, labor representative to the RTWPB and executive director of GAWA, said they are concerned that the farm workers will be displaced during the country's full integration into the Asean Free Trade Area agreement by 2015, that will reduce the tariff on sugar imports entering the Philippines to a nominal 5 percent..
planting in seagrass
I discovered a magazine last week with a picture that featured a mangrove reforestation in Isabela, Cagayan Valley Region, and from the look of it, you would surely think it is a very good accomplishment.
That is apparently the reason why it has been published in one of the newsletters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, since it is a project under the National Greening Program.
Unfortunately, the picture also shows that the mangrove reforestation was established right in a seagrass ecosystem, which is still in good and healthy state. I called it a misplaced initiative, because, technically, it should not be the case.
Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves, former vice governor of Negros Oriental, reiterated his opposition to the proposed One Negros Island Region.
In a statement to the STAR, Teves said he feels it is still not advantageous for Negros Oriental to re-join the move to establish a one-island region. He said his stand, which he made in a position paper when he was vice governor of the province from 1998-2001, remains the same.
Titled “The Pros and Cons of One Negros Island Proposal,” Teves's position paper outlined six advantages and five disadvantages..