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Iloilo, Guimaras employers turn down P125 hike on wages

Citing poor business environment, employers in Iloilo and Guimaras are offering a maximum P15 increase in the daily minimum wage of workers, way below the P75-P125 being demanded by labor groups.

Representatives of employers groups who attended a consultation of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) yesterday said that granting an increase more than this amount could risk the collapse of the local economy.

ICVB to stop 'P80 gratuity' imposition--Clavel

Iloilo Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) reportedly agreed to stop distributing flyers to a certain taxi group imposing P80 gratuity fee in addition to the metered taxi fare in going to the new Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan.

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RTWPB Protest
Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Protesters in front of the Residence Hotel where the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) was holding a consultation on proposed wage increase.

Tupas to 'restructure' provincial governance

Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, Sr. vowed to spearhead the re-engineering of the provincial government during his last and final term to make it truly responsive to the needs of the Ilonggos.

Tupas made the declaration during his inaugural speech in the maiden session of the ninth Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) yesterday which was presided by his estranged nephew Vice Governor Rolex T. Suplico.


FDC opposes MIWD privatization citing financial irregularities

The Iloilo Chapter of the nationwide campaigns and advocacy group Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) have issued its opposition to the proposal of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas to privatize the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) saying this move will "compromise public interest" especially that the water utility is marred by financial irregularities.

HELP program to bring more progress, development to Batad

The quiet town of Batad, Iloilo, 120 kilometers north of Iloilo City will see more health programs, better education projects, extensive livelihood trainings and intensified poverty alleviation undertakings.

New councilors to give inaugural speeches

Three first timer councilors will be heard in today's regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. This is the first session to be attended by the new set of elective city officials. They will be given the chance to have their inaugural speeches.

Ex-councilor's staff fail to get salaries

Six legislative staff officers of former Councilor Merci Drilon-Garcia sought legal advice from the City Legal Office (CLO) after they failed to get their salaries since the time the lady councilor left the country.


PYAP starts reaching out to CICL

Beaming with pride, it seemed forever for residents of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY). Yes, it was finally time to show some skills and talents that have lain dormant for some time after the various crisis in their lives that brought them to the center.

Cops to undergo free Taekwondo training

Police personnel assigned at Camp Delgado and their dependents are beneficiaries of free Taekwondo training with the 7th Dan Black Belter, Mr Jung Ho Lee.

PRO 6 holds 12th Police-Community Relations Month

July 1-30 is Police-Community Relations Month. The main thrust of the celebration is the strengthening of the rapport of police and the people particularly on resolving issues and other matters affecting the peace and order in the community.


Anything Under the Sun
Cross and crown of Arevalo
Consumers Domain
A stew of social injustices
Without the Whitecoat
Fever: Always consult your doctor
Bridging the gap
Slavery as practiced by the ancient Bisayans
Democracy into the mud?
Health @ Heart
Human Bar Code


Bona fide TEXT:
Let's talk about LOVE

/ Nicfranz C. de los Reyes

Eye Opener:
July 4, 1946, original Philippine Independence Day

/ Rodolfo P. Gumabong

Young Voice:
Student I.D. Number fiasco

/ Maria Reylan M. Garcia

Rational Insanity:
Bragging rights

/ Bryan Mari Argos


/ Fr. Roy Cimagala

Res Gestae:
Adopted, proud and happy

/ By Francisco B. Lindero, Jr.

Rubber talk

/ Kathy M. Villalon

From The Inbox:
Pinays in Dubai: How much?

/ Amme Greel


Bengtsson-Tupaz Wedding

Because love found a way: The Bengtsson-Tupaz Wedding

Thus were the guiding words of Dr. Florentino Alerta, second parent to couple Carl Olof Magnus Bengtsson and Ilongga Ruby Anna Tupaz. Dr. Alerta was one of the Tupaz family members who rejoiced on the union as he joined other principal sponsors in witnessing the Bengtsson -- Tupaz nuptial.

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Marie Jean Cordero: Riding the challenges of the hotel industry

The hotel industry has a new force to reckon with. She's someone who is believed to be one of the major players in securing Iloilo's reputation as a tourism destination. She's no less than Marie Jean Cordero, a charming and success-driven marketing expert who manages Amigo Terrace Hotel. She had been in this industry since she was 18 years old.

----------------------------------------Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance presents Festival of Dances 2007

The Royal Academy of Dance (London) Registered Teachers Association of the Philippines(RADRTAP) celebrated its 40th anniversary last April 1, 2007 with a Festival of Dances 2007 at the Assumption College, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.


Flip-flops and High Fashion

Great fashion could be anything as they say, but one thing that really got the nod of the trendy, the unpredictable and the young spirited fashionistas these last many seasons is the Brazilian flip-flops famously known as HAVAIANAS.


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