357 Naga landslide survivors receive temporary employment from DOLE-7

admin   •   October 22, 2018   •   2407

 

Aerial shot of Naga, Cebu after  a tragic landslide struck the city

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Workers affected by the tragic landslide that struck the City of Naga in Cebu were given temporary employment by the Department of Labor and Employment Region 7.

Around 357 workers from families who survived the incident benefited from the month-long Emergency Employment Program which began on October 2.

“We’ll be shelling out their salary, apart from the salary katong 386 per day per worker for one month but we’ll be giving them like 1 rest day so mahitabo siya kada Domingo. No work no pay man jud ng atong general principle ana. We also have enrolled them to a group micro insurance, so ang coverage ana for 1 year, ” DOLE-7 Information Officer III Luchel Taniza said.

(Translation: We’ll be shelling out their salary, apart from the salary na 386 per day per worker for one month; but we’ll be giving them like 1 rest day na mangyayari kada Linggo. No work no pay naman talaga ang general principle niyan. We also have enrolled them to a group micro insurance, so ang coverage niyan ay for 1 year.)

Their tasks will be limited within assigned evacuation centers of the local government.

“It’s the city’s General Services Office that is primarily directing kung unsa ilang buhaton kada adlaw. So since atong gituyo nga dili hazardous ang ilahang buhaton naa sila mainly jud nakaconcentrate sa mga evacuation centers. They can help pack the relief goods, makapanglimpyo sila didto sa mga nagkatag so things like that,” Taniza said.

(Translation: It’s the city’s General Services Office that is primarily directing kung ano ang gagawin nila araw araw. So, since sinadya natin na hindi hazardous ang gagawin nila, mainly ay nakaconcentrate sila sa mga evacuation centers. They can help pack the relief goods, maglilinis sila ng mga kalat doon, so things like that.)
The Emergency Employment Program is one of the measures seen to help families affected by the landslide.

The unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of more than 70 residents occurred in September after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. — Gladys Toabi

UNESCO hails Cebu City as new ‘creative city’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Cebu City as one of the ‘creative cities’ in the world.

UNESCO has designated 66 new cities from around the globe in celebration of World Cities’ Day on October 31.

There are now a total of 246 members that joined the Organization’s Network of Creative Cities.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

Cebu is the second city in the Philippines that has been designated as a creative city by UNESCO after Baguio City.—AAC

Cebu City bus drivers, conductors to receive monthly salary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2019

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region-7 (NTWPB) has ordered bus operators in Cebu City to provide their drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary plus other benefits including overtime pay, night differential and other incentives.

NTWBP Region-7 secretary Grace Carreon said that the directive aims to avoid the “boundary system” which often leads to accidents as drivers are forced to work long hours.

“DOLE Department Order 118-12 was issued because of safety considerations that’s why we will give premium to the safety measure,” she added.

Under the boundary system the driver pays the vehicle’s owner/operator a fixed amount commonly called “boundary”, for the use of the unit. Whatever he earns in excess of that amount constitutes as his income.

Chris dela Calzada has been a bus driver for 18 years. He often works overtime but never earns enough to provide for his family.

“Minsan malaki ang kinikita, minsan wala, minsan wala kaming naiuuwi sa amin kasi depende sa dami ng pasahero, (Sometimes the pay is enough but other times we take home nothing. It depends on the number of passengers)” he said. Dela Calzada is looking forward to the implementation of the directive for the assurance of a monthly income.

Bus operators who cannot provide minimum wage and benefits to bus drivers and conductors can no longer renew their franchises.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Ryan Mallari)

Metro Cebu also hit by water crisis

Freema Gloria   •   March 16, 2019

Water supply shortage is not only being experienced in Metro Manila and Rizal, but also in Metro Cebu.

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Spokesperson Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara said, “The supply shortage is caused by the lowering of the water table and pollution of sources due to septic waste and long-term use of fertilizers.”

Kara revealed that even without El Niño, the MCWD is only serving 43% of the Metro Cebu’s requirements due to the insufficient supply and fast increasing demand.

The Jaclupan and Buhisan dams, have been supplying water for the MCWD customers in Compostela and Talisay areas.

Currently, the water production of Jaclupan has been reduced from 33,000 cu. m. to 23,400 cu.m per day, while Buhisan has decreased from 5,000 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. per day, which resulted in a total deficit of 13,600 cu.m. per day.

Among the areas affected by the lowering of Buhisan Dam water level, include, elevated parts of Banawam Horseshoe Drive, Capitol Site, Oppra, Ipil-ipil, Camputhaw, Clavano, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, F. Ramos B. Rodriguez, Juana Osmeña, Pier Area, North Reclamation Area, MJ Cuenco Ave., M. Velez

Meanwhile, Jaclupan facility’s reduced production has affected the elevated areas of Talisay City, and downtown Cebu City.

MCWD has 450,000 cu.m. water demand per day from its customers, but it is now only capable of supplying 228,000 cu.m. daily.

This prompted the said water concessionaire to implement rotational water interruption. It also came up with a plan of building up an additional 4 wells as its short-term solution. Its management is also planning to have a major dam project as its long-term response to the problem.

The MCWD expects the shortage to continue until June this year. — Freema Salonga-Gloria

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