Labor Secretary Silvestre ” Bebot” Bello III
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced a good news on regularization during his interview with the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon” on Tuesday (August 14).
Bello said the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) signified their support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to end “endo” scheme or illegal contractualization in the country.
Secretary Bello said the group of employers in the country vowed to regularize 300,000 contractual employees within the year.
To make it happen, Bello said, ECOP promised to ink an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before the year ends.
“Sabi ko kapag ginawa niyo iyan I will give you a labor holiday. In other words, hindi ko pabibisitahin ang mga inspectors ko. Just give me that 300,000 na i-regular niyo…Magkakaroon kami ng memorandum of understanding,” Bello assured.
ECOP serves as an umbrella organization of business communities from small entrepreneurs to large business companies and organizations such as the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Chinese- Filipino Businessmen and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Giant firms such as SM Retail Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corporation are also members of ECOP.
Meanwhile, Bello admits they lack available labor law compliance officers to complete the inspection of 800,000 business establishments in the country. Since President Duterte issued the directive in May this year, DOLE was able to inspect only around 99,000 establishments to date.
Thus the Secretary encourages workers and employees themselves to volunteer by undergoing a DOLE-facilitated training to help in the inspection while the agency is awaiting the additional funds from the government in order to hire a new set of Labor Law Compliance Officers.
“Ideally sana kung talagang mapagtibay namin ang aming pag- iinspect, tama na sakin muna ng at least 2, 500 additional for a start. Iyong mga nurse sabi namin mag- apply kayo. We will deputize you. After your training, kayo ang mag- inspect sa mga hospitals,” he said.
Secretary Bello admits that regularization is a huge challenge, noting that he needs to convince business giants and conglomerates.
He insists his conscience is clear against allegations being thrown at him, even linking him with giant private companies.
Bello made it to the headlines because of multiple accusations of corruption, extortion and unauthorized collection of fees for OFW iDOLE cards.
The Secretary said he is willing to step down anytime if the President orders him to do so. But Bello remains confident that he still has the trust of President Duterte.
“Awa ng Dios hindi pa naman ako tinatawagan ng Presidente. Kasi sabi naman ng Presidente na kahit kaunting suspicion lang na meron kang kinasasangkutan na katiwalian, ‘Hindi lang kita tanggalin, papatayin pa kita,’ sabi niya. Awa ng Dios buhay pa ako. Alam ng ating Pangulo ang pagkatao ko,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo
Bugoy to Wish FM’s Kuya Daniel: ‘Thank you for granting my greatest wish’
Bugoy Drilon in his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater, September 25, 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — OPM act Bugoy Drilon marked a decade of musical journey with his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater last Tuesday, September 25.
Performing before a jam-packed house, the 28-year old recording artist showcased his versatility by rendering hits from various music genres — reggae, retro, ballad and pop.
Produced by Wish 107.5, with the support of its partners UNTV, Radyo La Verdad, Star Music, and Star Events, Drilon’s anniversary show impressed with a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including his music buddies, R&B crooners Daryl Ong and Michael Pangilinan, pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino, soul supreme KZ Tandingan, The Voice runner-up and pop belter Klarisse De Guzman, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars Liezel Garcia, Cris Pastor, Hansen Nichols and Miguel Mendoza, Wishcovery’s grand champion Princess Sevillena and runners-up Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome.
Bugoy Drilon performing with Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan
From his humble beginnings as a farmer and a maintenance worker to recording artist, Bugoy has come a long way with his passion for music.
As the singer walked down memory lane and revisited his music throughout the years, he expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon.
“Thank you for granting my greatest wish – to have my own solo concert. Thank you for this great opportunity to show my talent,” said Bugoy.
Above all, he said he is thankful to God for the gift of singing, a talent he can share with the world.
For Kuya Daniel, a staunch supporter of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), the show is part of Wish 1075’s commitment to be the Filipino talents’ gateway to the world.
The concert concluded with Bugoy’s power performance of Matisyahu’s “One Day”, a song he first performed as a Wishclusive rendition in the Wish Bus with over 80 million views on YouTube. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Mon Jocson)
Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent
PASAY CITY, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he received a letter from President Rodrigo Duterte dated September 21 urging the “immediate enactment” of Senate Bill No. 1826 or the Security of Tenure Bill and End of Endo Act of 2018.
Senator Joel Villanueva, chairperson of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s certification of the Security of Tenure Bill as urgent.
He said the practice of contractualization affects more than 1.9 million workers in the private sector. Overall, about three out of 10 Filipino workers are not regular and one out of two non-regular workers are contractual.
Once passed into law, the measure would remove ambiguities in the Labor Code, which is the source of circumventions, and: (a) prohibit labor-only contracting, and provide penalties for violation (b) limit job contracting to licensed and specialized services, (c) classify workers into regular and probationary employees–and treat project and seasonal employees as regular employees, (d) provide security of tenure, (e) clarify standards on probationary employment, and (f) provide “Transition Support Program” for employees while they are not at work or transitioning in between jobs.
The senator added that giving the country’s workers certainty and social protection makes them more efficient and more productive.
Villanueva stressed that, “We certainly need a law that will not only uphold our workers’ basic labor rights and restore dignity of work, but also a law that will promote quality employment without jeopardizing business operations but rather create more stable jobs for every Filipino.” — UNTV News & Rescue
Wish Bus arrives in L.A. for its Hollywood launch on Sept. 7
Day 2 (August 29) Sunset in Nebraska after a day-long drive from Iowa.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – “ [We’re going] a notch higher and continents farther, conquering not only the national scene but the global scene.”
These were the words of Wish 107.5 innovator Daniel Razon, as he spoke proudly of how far the station has come and how further it will go in the future.
With over three million subscribers and more than one billion accumulated views, Wish 107.5 is no doubt the leading YouTube channel in the Philippines and is now conquering the global music scene by storm with, of course, the first and Filipino original FM station on wheels — the iconic Wish Bus.
True to its commitment to be Filipino talents’ gateway to the world, Wish 107.5 is bringing the state-of-the-art, custom-built mobile Wish Bus to the entertainment capital of the world – Hollywood – to further wow foreigners especially big names in the music industry by the singing prowess of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists.
Wishclusive videos taken on the Wish Bus are continuously gaining worldwide attention through the Wish YouTube channel.
So to make the world experience how it is to sing inside, the Wish Bus has traveled for 7 days, 13 states and 2,789.6 miles from New York City to Los Angeles for the first outside-of-the-Philippines launch on September 7, 2018.
The official launch will be at the Universal City Walk in Hollywood, 6:00 p.m. local time.
For wishers in the Philippines who want to celebrate this milestone, a parallel event will be held at Eastwood City Walk in Quezon City on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. coinciding with the live launching in Los Angeles. — Marje Pelayo
Take a glimpse of the Wish Bus’ 7-day drive to Hollywood.
Day 1 (August 28) The Wish Bus getting ready to drive off New York City
Day 2 (August 29) The Wish Bus cruising through the cornfields at a countryside linking Illinois to Iowa
Day 2: (August 29) The Wish Bus as it passes by popular U.S. convenience-store chain in Nebraska
Day 3 (August 31) The Wish Bus crew as they touched down in Colorado for a three-day break and engine tune up from August 31 to September 2 (Day 3 to Day 5).
Day 5 (Sept. 2) The Wish Bus traversing the mountain ranges known as “The Rockies” as it exits Colorado and enters the state of Utah.
Day 5: (Sept. 2) A few more miles before it reaches its destination. The Wish Bus as it hits the desert road of Utah on the longest day of the week. The Grand Canyon is an eye squint away at this point. Arizona and Nevada next then finally, the long trip will be over.
Day 6: (Sept. 3) Nevada welcomes the Wish Bus as it arrives at dawn in Las Vegas.
Day 6: (Sept. 3) Almost there! The Wish Bus at broad daylight in Las Vegas about a six-hour drive to the destination.
Day 7: (Sept. 4) Finally at Universal Studios in Las Vegas. The Wish Bus is ready to conquer Hollywood!