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Duterte wants pursuit of ‘labor-only contracting’ firms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PHL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to submit a report on companies engaged in labor-only contracting.

These are companies that implement repeated short-term employment contracts better known as “cabo” and 5-5-5 schemes.

The president gave the labor department 30 days to submit the report to the Office of the President.

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was also ordered to coordinate with the labor secretary in relation to the order.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, this is still part of the president’s promise.

“To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. Ang promise ng Pangulo, habang ganiyan ang depinisyon ng contractualization na hindi lahat ay bawal, kung hindi iyong mga cabo lamang, sisiguraduhin ni Presidente wala talagang 555 at wala talagang cabo,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end.  The president promised, while the definition of contractualization says not everything is prohibited but only “cabo”, the president will ensure that there will be no more 555 and cabo schemes.)

On Thursday, Malacañang said the president will no longer sign an executive order banning contractualization of workers.

Roque said it is the duty of the Congress to enact laws that will ban all types of contract labor in the country.

Duterte, however, will possibly certify the proposed bill as urgent to speed up its progress in Congress. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte supporters submit petition to create a revolutionary gov’t

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Various groups of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) a signed petition seeking for the creation of a revolutionary government.

Over 33 million signatures from 42,000 barangays across the Philippines were attached to the petition. It calls on the government to expedite the approval of proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Kung baguhin ang takbo Pilipinas siguro isa itong tulong na para maisolba ang lahat ng problema ng ating bayan,” said Princess Maricar Matalam, officer of the group Pagbabago at Karapatan ng Womens Power Mindanao.

(Changing the way how the Philippines is run may help resolve all the problems that it is currently facing.)

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said the signature campaign showed strong support for Congress as it pushes for a proposed shift to federalism.

“Puwede na nating maipadala ito sa Congress para iyong ating mga congressman at senador makita nila na talagang gusto ng mga tao lalong lalo na sa buong Pilipinas na federalism na pagbabago ng sistema ng ating gobyerno, napaka importante nito,” Diño concluded.

(We may now send this to Congress so that the congressmen and senators will see the people’s desire to shift to a federal form of government.)  – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte eyes 3-member panel of Asian experts to probe Dengvaxia anomaly

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte; The controversial dengue-vaccine Dengvaxia

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to have an independent panel of Asian experts who will investigate on the controversial Dengvaxia immunization program of the government.

The experts will come from Asian countries preferably Singapore, Cambodia, and Indonesia who do not have ties with the Philippine government and with Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Tuesday, May 8, that the plan is for the government to have concrete scientific findings on Dengvaxia.

“He will listen to the report and opinion of these experts so we can go on with the issue of the Dengvaxia,” Roque said referring to the President.

Roque added that the new panel would help resolve the issue between the experts from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Philippine General Hospital over conflicting reports. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PhilHealth chief pleads to Duterte to hear her side over corruption controversy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president Dr. Celestina Dela Serna

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president Dr. Celestina Dela Serna is asking for President Rodrigo Duterte to hear her side on the reported corruption in the agency.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday, May 7, said President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into Dela Serna’s travel expenses and allowances for 2017 which amounted to P 627,293.064 based on the Commission on Audit’s (COA) report.

Dela Serna reimbursed from Philhealth over P60,000 for the said travels. She maintained that the reimbursements were reasonable.

“Ako ang magbabayad muna (I will pay for it first) then reimburse it. Kaya sabi ko (That’s why I said), all of these went through the accounting process because its a reimbursement, not a direct disbursement of the corporation and this is for the whole of 2017,” Dela Serna explained.

Dela Serna said she already explained her side to COA with regard to the audit report.

She believes some agency officials are behind the allegations against her probably because of the reforms she has implemented within the agency.  She noted that many are questioning her decision to reshuffle 20 of PhilHealth’s regional directors.  However, she maintained that she is just following the directive of the President to conduct internal cleansing on the ranks of PhilHealth.

“Kung lumulutang man ito (ay) dahil mayroon akong nasasagasaan. Ganoon yata talaga sa government… kung gagawa ako ng changes, ito (ang) magiging buhay ko which is ito ang nangyayari ngayon sa tingin ko,” Dela Serna lamented.

(This is happening because I may have offended people. Maybe that’s really how it is in government….that if I introduce change, this is how my life will turn out; maybe that’s what’s happening here.)

Meanwhile, Malacañang assured a fair investigation on the matter.

“Talagang bibigyan po ng importansya ang paglilinis sa hanay ng PhilHealth,” Roque said. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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