Computer loan para sa mga kawani ng pamahalaan, handog ng GSIS

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021   •   239

MANILA, Philippines — Upang makatugon sa pangangailangang ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya pagdating sa teknolohiya, ipinahayag ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang computer loan program ng ahensya.

Ayon kay Ginoong Deity Manampan, ang Officer-in-Charge ng Visayas Office ng GSIS, ang programang ito ay ginhawang handog para sa mga work-from-home employee at sa online distance learning ng kanilang mga anak.

Ang maximum amount na maaaring utangin ng mga empleyado ay Php30,000 at ito ay babayaran sa loob ng isang taon na mayroong 6% per annum interest rate.

Ayon kay Manampang sa milyong miyembro ng GSIS, 282 members pa lamang ang nag-avail ng nasabing proyekto.

Kaya naman hinihikayat ng opisyal ang mga GSIS member na huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon na maka-avail sa programa.

“As of yesterday, nasa 282 members lamang po ang nabigyan ng loan, and that’s amounting to Php8.4 million. Millions po ang miembro ng GSIS bakit nasa 282 pa lamang ang  nagloloan ng computer loan? Ako po ay nananawagan na iavail na po ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” ani Manampan.

Paalala pa ng opisyal, ang programang ito ay hanggang December 31, 2021 na lamang. —/mbmf

ECC explains delays in processing of claims

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) is asking for the public’s understanding over delays in the processing of claims of workers who got infected by COVID-19 while performing their jobs.

ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis explained that they are not yet accepting new applications for primary sickness claims as they are still processing the release of claims of last year’s applicants.

Banawis said the applications take at least two months to be processed, and that some of the commission’s personnel had to undergo quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Humihingi po kami ng understanding sa ating mga naga-apply. Maraming factor kung bakit hindi agarang napo-process ang mga application,” Banawis said.

“Alam naman po natin na mayroon tayong alternative working arrangement. Tapos marami rin pong naka-quarantine,” she added.

Under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), a worker who will test positive for COVID-19 will receive Php10,000.

The family of those who will succumb to the disease will receive Php15,000 for death and funeral claims.

The ECP is a joint project of the ECC, the Social Security System (SSS), and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

The SSS has processed ECP claims of 81,000 employees with the ECC, while the GSIS has processed 24,000 ECP claims.

Employees may avail of the said cash assistance by accomplishing downloadable forms found in the ECC, SSS, or GSIS website.

Employers urged to strictly enforce protocols, promote work-from-home setup amid rising COVID cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday reminded employers from the public and private sectors to firmly enforce minimum public health standards amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.

In a joint statement, the agencies said employers should also “encourage work-from-home setup or alternative work arrangements, whenever possible,” saying it is critical during this period of exponential increase in cases.

For those working on-site, the employers are reminded to implement the following:

  • Assign and designate health safety officers to remind employees of minimum public health standards as well as to monitor and track symptoms
  • Ensure proper ventilation and avoid closed spaces
  • Close down pantries or areas where people can meet up maskless.
  • Facilitate isolation for symptomatic (for 10 days) or quarantine for close contacts (14 days non-vaccinated, 7 days vaccinated) and testing of symptomatic employees
  • Provide adequate assistance for individuals who are undergoing quarantine and isolation such as support for medicine, food, and others
  • Promote the use of bicycles or walking to the office to avoid exposure in crowded places
  • Comply strictly on inspecting proof of vaccination in premises or business operations where these are required by the IATF

“Employees with symptoms should stay home, isolate, and maximize the use of telemedicine services with healthcare providers,” the statement read.

Options for telemedicine services can be viewed at this link.

“All employers are strongly encouraged to coordinate with the local government unit’s epidemiological and surveillance unit for specific response and reporting guidance,” the agencies said.

Davao City enforces mandatory WFH, skeleton workforce setup in all gov’t offices

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021

The Davao City government has ordered the implementation of a fully operational work-from-home (WFH) and skeleton workforce arrangement in all government offices based in the city.

Under Executive Order No. 44, Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the enforcement of the policy from Sept. 8 to 26 due to the massive surge of COVID-19 infections.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other private hospitals have reached full capacity with all kinds of patients, including COVID-19 cases.

“The Health Group of the Response Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force recommended to put essential workers on a work-from-home arrangement,” Mayor Sara said in a statement, adding that the recommendation was modified to be mandatory for government offices only so as not to disrupt businesses and private offices.

She, however, said that the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement may be voluntarily adopted by private offices and establishments.

Mayor Sara also underscored that the policy must not delay the delivery of government services.

“All offices must create a system wherein government service is accessible to all those in need despite the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement,” she said.

Offices should have online platforms where clients can access and direct their queries, with a real-time feedback response system, she added.

The order also states that all meetings involving government offices shall use online platforms and that all meetings of more than five attendees are prohibited.

Exempted from the directive are personnel working in the vaccination program, COVID-19 response, solid waste management program, implementation projects, and emergency response.

E.O. 44 also provides that all disaster and social services personnel may also adopt a WFH arrangement, provided that they are on-call and on a shifting arrangement 24 hours a day.

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