Gatchalian promises jobs to displaced workers in Nexgreen Corp. ‘coin wage’ controversy

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2021   •   735

MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Thursday (July 1) met with some of the employees of the controversial Nexgreen Enterprise which recently made headlines for paying an employee in five and 10 centavo coins.

Gatchalian discussed with the workers potential opportunities for employment.

They will be assisted by the Valenzuela Public Employment Service Office in accomplishing their job application requirements for the city’s job-matching program.

Mayor Gatchalian also asked them to contact their co-workers who were also displaced by Nexgreen to be able to receive food subsidy and job matching opportunities from the city government.

Gatchalian promised that the displaced employees will be compensated accordingly.

On Wednesday (June 30) Gatchalian suspended the company’s business permit and gave its management 15 days to rectify all issues raised against them.

He warned of permanent closure of the factory if the management fails to accomplish what is required in relation to the notice of suspension served in the afternoon of Wednesday.

21 arestado sa umano’y cybersex den sa Valenzuela City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

Sinalakay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime group ang isang hinihinalang cybersex den sa Valenzuela City, kung saan arestado ang 21 mga suspek.

Pawang mga call center agent umano ang pakilala ng mga nagta-trabaho rito, pero napag-alaman ng mga otoridad na malalaswang video ang kanilang ibinebenta online sa mga foreigner.

“Mayroon silang violation na ginagawa para sa violation ng RA-10175 which is the anti-cybercrime law, ang ginagawa nila parang call center, nagpapanggap yung mga tao na fake account,” ayon kay PCpt. Arvin Creencia ng Northern Police Anti-Cybercrime Team.

Arestado ang 21 suspek na nagtratrabaho sa hinihinalang cybersex den sa Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City.

Ni-raid ng mga operatiba ng PNP-Anti Cybercrime group ang isang gusali na nagsisilbing kuta ng mga suspek na nagpapakilala umanong mga call center agent.

Nasa 16 lalake at 5 babae ang naaktuhan ng mga pulis na nagpo-proseso ng online transaction at nagbebenta ng malalaswang video sa kanilang mga customer.

Napagalaman ng mga otoridad na gumagamit ng online dating site ang mga suspek at doon ipinadadaan ang pagbebenta ng mga video. Kapag nakabenta mayroong komisyon na P850 ang mga empleyado sa kada kliyente.

Todo tanggi naman ang operations manager ng sinasabing cybersex den, at iginiit na mayroon silang permit bilang Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Ayon sa may-ari ng isang katabing establisyimento, hindi nila inakala na iligal ang operasyon ng naturang kumpanya. Kwento pa nito, 24 hours ang operasyon ng inaakala nilang BPO, kung saan may shifting pa ang mga empleyado.

Sa ngayon ay nasa kostodiya na ng Valenzuela City Police ang mga suspek at sasampahan ang mga ito ng kasong paglabag sa Anti-Cybercrime Law habang ang mga ebidensyang computer ay dadalhin sa Camp Crame para sa forensic examination. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Several establishments in Valenzuela City receive Safety Seal Certification

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Three business establishments in Valenzuela City received Safety Seal Certification by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Safety Seal Certification Program will verify that an establishment is fully compliant with health and safety protocols. This will also boost consumer confidence and will encourage other establishments to abide by protocols.

“We are really launching itong safety seal para po talagang mabigyan ng gabay ang mga consumers na ang lugar na may safety seal ay following minimum health protocol standards. Ito po ay isang paraan para ma-encourage at tumaas naman ang business at consumer confidence na ang lugar na pupuntahan nila ay safe,” he said.

(We are launching the safety seal to guide consumers that bearing it would mean that the establishment is following minimum health protocols standards. This is a way to encourage and boost business and consumer confidence.)

For establishments to be eligible for a Safety Seal Certification, must abide by the minimum protocols and should have a digital contact tracing app available.

Lopez, however, clarified that the certificate is not a requirement but it would be helpful.

“Seal iyan na it can attract more customers dahil safe sa lugar nila. Sa mga hindi pa na-inspect they can operate pero eventually dahil kailangan silang mag-apply at magpa-inspect para malagyan din ng safety seal,” Lopez said.

(It is a seal that can attract more customers because their establishment is safe. To those who have not undergone inspection, they can still operate but, eventually, they will have to apply for the safety seal)

The validity of the seal will be from six months to one year. However, the seal can still be revoked if the establishment is proven to have violated minimum health protocols.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the local government units (LGUs) will conduct surprise inspections to make sure that establishments continue to follow the protocols.

“Within six months people may complain at pwede pong ma-revoke ang safety seal and then mayroon pong proseso for reinstatement. Kung hindi po magku-comply ang negosyo pwede pong isuspend ang business permit ng local government unit,” he said.

(Within six months people may complain and the safety seal can be revoked, and then there is a process for reinstatement. And if the establishment will not comply, the local government unit can suspend its business permit.)

The DILG and the DTI are hoping that there will be more establishments that would apply for a Safety Seal Certification. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)




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