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190 repatriated OFWs arrive home from Kuwait

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

REPATRIATED: One hundred ninety overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived home today from Kuwait. (Photo Courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs)

MANILA, Philippines — Onboard Qatar Airways QR934, a total of 190 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived home today from Kuwait. Among them were 18 minors.

The repatriated OFWs were among the undocumented migrant workers who availed the amnesty program being offered by the Kuwaiti government.

As of today, April 17, a total of 4,365 OFWs were able to return home from Kuwait, according to the figures provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Acquitted Pinay in UAE arrives home

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez with her parents

MANILA, Philippines – Jennifer Dalquez, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was sentenced to death in 2015 in the United Arab Emirates but later acquitted of the murder of her employer, finally arrived home in the Philippines on Friday (November 2).

Dalquez was acquitted after the Philippine Embassy appealed her case.

On Thursday (November 1), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement commended the efforts of the Philippine Embassy for saving her from death row.

Dalquez is a native of General Santos City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

 

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Revised SSS charter promises expanded benefits for members

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines — The bicameral conference committee has recently approved the revised charter of the Social Security System (SSS) which promises expanded benefits for its members.

The new SSS charter will provide compulsory coverage to overseas Filipino workers (OFW), and increase its loan allotment such as salary loan and retirement benefits.

The measure will also have a lower penalty for overdue contributions from three to two percent. It also promises financial assistance for two months, amounting to half of the monthly salary, for its members who lost their jobs.

“Yung mga nawawalan ng trabaho dahil for example, kumpanya na lumilipat sa ibang bansa or nagsara ang kumpanya dahil nagkaroon ng kalamidad, dapat matulungan natin yung mga empleyado doon na mamuhay o magkaroon man lamang ng supplemental income habang sila ay naghahanap pa ng mapapasukang panibago,” said SSS Media Affairs AVP Luisa Sebastian.

Among those who are looking forward to avail of the SSS unemployment insurance are contractual workers, Mirasol Salvante and Raffy Malacad. They said this would help them sustain their needs while they look for another job when their six-month contract expires.

“Kung walang budget pa mag-aantay. Pahinga muna ganun…mag depend ka ulit sa pamilya mo,” said Salvante.

“’Pag nawalan ng trabaho wala ka agad maasahan na makukuha kasi hindi regular,” said Malacad.

The SSS, however, clarified that not all active members will benefit from the proposed policy.

“Yun ang magiging problema natin, actually kung hindi ka regular na nagbabayad sa SSS, naaapektuhan yung iba mong benepisyo sa SSS,” said Sebastian.

In order to strengthen their fund, the SSS would have to hike the monthly contribution of its members. Under the proposed law, the 11% monthly contribution will increase by 1% starting next year, and gradually hike up to 15% by year 2025.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, meanwhile, welcomes the new SSS charter. However, they are proposing some amendments in its provisions.

“Ang aming panukala ay dapat 6 months na bigyan ng unemployment insurance at yung 6 months na yun ay sapat na panahon para makahanap ulit ng trabaho yung ating mga miembro ng SSS,” said TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjunsay.

The group added the agency should also strictly monitor factors that might affect its operations such as the status of its investments, fight against delinquent employers and giving of large bonuses to its employees.

The Social Security Act of 2018 awaits President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature before officially becoming a law. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Trillanes camp confident Makati court will junk DOJ’s bid for his arrest

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

Senator Antonio Trillanes

PASAY CITY, Philippines — The camp of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV trusts that Judge Andres Soriano of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 will not grant the motion filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the senator for his non-bailable case of coup d’etat.

“We remain confident that he will do the right thing and the right thing is very obvious here which is to deny the motion of the Department of Justice for the issuance of a warrant of arrest,” said former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay who was tapped to dispute the nullification of the amnesty granted to Trillanes by former President Benigno Aquino III in November 2010.

The voiding of the amnesty through Proclamation No. 572 effectively revives the rebellion and coup cases against the senator.

Judge Soriano, who is handling Trillanes’ coup d’etat case, had previously deferred the latter’s immediate arrest.

Meanwhile, despite their confidence, Hilbay said they are watching closely how things will unfold in the succeeding days.

Trillanes is currently staying inside his office at the Senate as advised by his legal counsels who believe that it is the safest place for him to be in at the moment.

“This is quite outrageous that you have a senator of the public hiding in the office simply because the president has decided to have him arrested even without a warrant and has placed upon the judges the burden of having to validate a patently unconstitutional order,” Hilbay said.

He also advised the embattled senator not to lose hope and to remain calm amid the challenges against him. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

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