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ORMOC CITY – This city remains free of the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) as of this report and as of the March 3 regular session of the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), which Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Tommy Serafica, confirmed.

There is no shortage of pork supply and pork products yet, too. But per the councilor, Ormoc has been warned of such a “shortage” scenario, especially now that Mindanao, which has been hit by the ASF most recently, is a main pork meat supplier of Ormoc. read more

ORMOC CITY – Mayor Richard I. Gomez here is suspending the exportation of sand and gravel from Ormoc to other places, following reports of over extraction and ecological damage on its rivers.

Ormoc City is a major source of class “A” sand and gravel for construction in the country. It exports an estimated volume of 15,000 tons of SAG per week.

Mayor Gomez signed an executive order this week for “the conservation of quarry resources, suspending the acceptance of all new applications and renewals for sand and gravel permits, and the export of sand and gravel outside the jurisdiction of Ormoc City, and directing the implementation of rehabilitation plans of all existing sand and gravel permit areas.” read more

TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Eastern Visayas announced that the additional Php 10 daily minimum wage took effect Thursday, February 18.

RTWPB chairman and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 8 regional director Yahya Centi shared the increase is part of the second tranche of the wage adjustment approved by the Board last year, making the minimum wage Php 325 for non-agriculture workers.

He added that under Wage Order 21, those working in cottage industries and the agriculture sector would now receive Php 295 daily minimum wage.  read more

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