Ex-PLDT workers seeks reversal of CA ruling on DOLE order

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2018   •   4194

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) trooped to the Court of Appeals on Wednesday (August 22) to file a motion for reconsideration seeking the appellate court to reverse its decision favoring their retrenchment.

One of them was Rodrigo Nayangga who worked at PLDT as an electrician for 24 years under a contractual status.

“Masakit. Unang-una apektado pamilya. Tulad ngayon mayroon kang pinag-aaral. Ang iba sa amin nangungupahan, bayad sa tubig, bayad sa kuryente,” Nayangga lamented.

Mang Rodrigo now struggles to make both ends meet as a tricycle driver.

On July 31, the CA “affirmed, but with modification” the regularization order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for PLDT.

The decision allowed the reinstatement and regularization of only 1,900 out of more than 7,000 workers laid off by the company. The said number does not include Mang Rodrigo.

Still, he hopes that with the new motion, the CA will be convinced to reverse its decision.

Meanwhile, the DOLE through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) also filed a separate motion to CA today seeking the regularization of all 7,000 plus workers.

DOLE Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez hopes that the Court of Appeals will consider their argument.

In case the appellate court rules otherwise, Benavidez said they will elevate the matter to the Supreme Court (SC).  – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo

DOLE assures assistance to repatriated OFW acquitted of murder in KSA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has assured assistance to Rose Dacanay Policarpio, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was recently repatriated after being acquitted of murder in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the government had worked closely on the case of Policarpio until she gained her freedom, and will continue to help her to start anew.

Policarpio was repatriated last week, two years after being acquitted on the murder of her Lebanese employer.

Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh said Policarpio arrived in Saudi Arabia on June 3, 2013.

She was deployed by her Philippine recruitment agency, Saranay Philippines Inc. as a food server for the Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation but  she ended up as a household service worker to a Lebanese woman who was living alone. 

Barely two weeks after her arrival, she was falsely accused of the murder of her employer.

Policarpio denied the accusation and claimed that the crime was perpetrated by three unidentified men, who entered the house of her employer while she was out throwing garbage.

After the incident, she called her Saudi agency, who arrived at the scene with members of the Saudi police. She was detained thereafter and the case of murder was filed against her.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh provided her with a lawyer from the AI Kheraiji Law Office, which helped her obtain an acquittal in November 2018.

Policarpio was finally freed in December 2018. She was fetched from the police precinct by representatives of the Assistance to Nationals Section of the Embassy and was admitted at Bahay Kalinga on January 3, 2019.

After staying at the Bahay Kalinga for less than nine months, she was transferred to Lotuston Hotel, the temporary shelter maintained by the Embassy for distressed female OFWs with police cases. 

She stayed at the hotel for one year before her repatriation last week.

PLDT assures connectivity during 5-day cable maintenance period starting Sept. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunications and digital service provider PLDT informed its customers of a possible Internet traffic on the duration of the five-day emergency maintenance activities by one of its international cable system operators.

In its advisory, PLDT said one of its submarine cable systems, Asia-America Gateway, will conduct maintenance works in the waters of Hong Kong from Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 AM to Wednesday September 30 at 5:00 AM

Because of this, PLDT customers may experience service interruptions during the five day maintenance efforts but the company assured its clients that measures will be undertaken to minimize the effects. 

“In light of this, we wish to assure PLDT and Smart customers of continued internet connectivity all throughout.  We have identified alternative cable systems to keep our connectivity resilient,” the PLDT said.

“We have also adopted measures such as traffic rerouting and local caching, ensuring that most frequently downloaded content is located in the Philippines,” it added. 

The company assured that students can still do their online studies and exams, and users in homes and businesses can go about their normal internet-based activities during this time.

PLDT to conduct emergency maintenance from September 26 to 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2020

Telecommunications firm PLDT on Wednesday (September 23) announced they will conduct an emergency maintenance on one of its submarine cable systems from September 26 to 30.

Network Advisory on the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Emergency Maintenance Activities: https://bit.ly/AAG_Maintenance#PLDTAdvisory

Posted by PLDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In an advisory, the telco firm said the operator of the international trans-Pacific submarine cable system Asia-America Gateway (AAG) will conduct emergency maintenance activities. Customers will experience ‘minimize impact’ in internet connection, however, the PLDT assured they will continue their service for all PLDT and Smart subscribers.

“We wish to assure our customers of continued connectivity, as we have alternative cable systems to keep our services going during this maintenance period of AAG,” the advisory reads. AAC

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