FREED AT LAST. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito (right) Sobejana speaks with kidnap victim Enrico Nee (center) who was released by his captors on May 21, 2018 in the municipality of Patikul, Sulu. (Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Just two days after the recovery of two kidnapped police officers, another victim was released to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Monday, according to a statement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
After three months in captivity, Enrico Nee, a district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) based in Jolo, is reunited with his family.
Police reports said Nee was forcibly taken by armed men while waiting for his ride early morning on February 14 near his house in Barangay Kasalamatan, Jolo.
Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana said the victim was left by his captors in the town of Patikul and was found by residents at around 8 a.m. on Monday, May 21.
He added that civilians promptly reported Nee’s presence to the district engineer of DPWH District 1 who immediately dispatched vehicles to pick him up.
Secretary Dureza credits the victim’s release to the collective efforts of government security forces, the local government unit of Sulu, private volunteers, and the anti-kidnapping groups of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“Upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte, we are doing our best to free all kidnap victims in the island province,” he said.
According to the AFP, a number of captives, including foreigners, are still being held by the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Brigadier General Sobejana assured that relentless operations to free the victims are ongoing. — UNTV News & Rescue
Debt-ridden soldiers to undergo financial management seminar — AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a financial management training for its members to prevent them from falling into debt traps.
AFP spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said, an official directive was issued by AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. instructing that take-home pays of soldiers should not be lower than P15,000.
Arevalo explained that P15,000 is the minimum amount that will enable a soldier to lead a decent life. He also said that debt deductions from salaries will not be allowed if the soldier’s remaining take-home pay will amount to less than P15,000 after deduction.
Aside from limiting loan amortization deductions, the AFP will also train soldiers how to handle finances so that they will not get into the habit of borrowing money and drowning in debt.
According to Arevalo, the AFP is going for the holistic approach to ensure that the salary raise given to soldiers will be put to good use and not end up as payment for endless debts.
The directive comes on the heels of a report exposing the money problems of a number of policemen who are almost left with nothing during paydays due to numerous loan deductions.
Arevalo emphasized that soldiers must learn how to manage their income to and prevent them from mindlessly borrowing money without understanding their capacity to pay.
— Lea Ylangan | UNTV News & Rescue
125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE
Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.
Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.
There are 7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.
Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.
DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.
“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
1 year free MRT-3 rides for soldiers
Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)
Soldiers are given a year of free train rides, courtesy of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.
This is in line with a memorandum of agreement to be signed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation (DOTr,) MRT-3 and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP.)
The project is a small gesture to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices of the members of the military in order to maintain peace and national security.
For its part, the AFP in return will offer medical assistance and allow the use of its service ambulance in time of crisis and emergencies.
Last year, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) inked a similar agreement with the AFP which takes effect until December 2018. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue