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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 has accomplished more than Arroyo and Aquino combined — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lowers the time capsule as he leads the grounbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Christine Villas at Brgy. Maria Cristina in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte on February 28, 2018. Assisting the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte presidency has achieved more in two years than the combined terms of the Arroyo and Aquino presidencies in terms of major policy reforms and flagship infrastructure projects, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

This was in response to former president now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo’s statement that the government should “produce tangible results” that will improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, there are three things that can attest to the accomplishments of the government under the Duterte administration: economic growth, inflation and infrastructure projects.

Compared with other administrations that came after the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, Diokno said it is apparent that the Duterte administration stands out based on its two years alone.

He explained that infrastructure spending in previous administrations only comprised two percent of the country’s gross domestic product unlike in the current government where it has reached more than six percent.

“We hit the ground running because every administration, we have one or two years to adjust,” said Diokno.

However, according to the research group IBON Foundation, the country’s inflation rate in 2018 was at its highest in 10 years.

“Along with slowing economic growth, this further points to the failure of government’s economic managers to rein in consumer prices and of its neoliberal policies, such as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which continue to burden the poorest Filipino families,” the IBON Foundation said in a statement. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte signs PH’s HIV/AIDS policy into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018.

This law will strengthen the government’s policy against the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the president signed the policy on December 20 and thanked stakeholders and lawmakers for pushing the said law.

“We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS,” Panelo said.

Its passage is timely as the Philippines has the highest number of HIV cases in the Asia Pacific Region from  2010 to 2016.

Apart from extending the knowledge of the public on HIV and AIDS, the law aims to give proper solution, care and support to Filipinos diagnosed with HIV. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Cops prohibited from drinking in public — DILG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release an order that prohibits cops from drinking in public places.

Año said this in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive prohibiting police officers from drinking in bars, nightclubs and other
public areas.

The secretary said that senior police officials should serve as role models to their colleagues.

He added that the president is correct in saying the public loses respect for the police when they are seen drinking in public.

“Nakakahiya at masagwang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinuman sa publiko. The job of the police requires the respect of the people, therefore they must do what it takes to gain and maintain public trust,” Año said.

Violators of the new ordinance may face administrative charges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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