MANILA, Philippines — Pasado sa bicameral conference committee ang panukalang batas na magbibigay benepisyo sa mga kasambahay o mas kilala bilang “Kasambahay” Bill.
Napagkasunduan sa bicameral conference meeting na ang lahat ng mga kasambahay na nasa National Capital Region (NCR) ay magkakaroon ng minimum wage na P2,500 kada buwan.
P2,000 namam para sa mga chartered cities at first class municipalities habang P1500 kada buwan ang dapat kitain ng mga nasa 2nd at 3rd class municipalities.
Kada taon ay magkakaroon ng pagtaas sa sweldo ng mga ito base sa pagaaral ng Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).
Nakapaloob din sa naturang batas na obligadong bayaran ng mga employer ang social benefits ng kanilang mga kasambahay tulad ng Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth at Pag-Ibig Fund.
Nakasaad din dito na ang mga kasambahay na mayroon nang isang taon sa trabaho ay entitled sa 5 araw na leave with pay at 13th month pay.
Hindi naman pinapayagan na kumuha ng kasambahay na may edad 15 pababa at hindi maaaring pagbawalan ng mga employer ang kanilang kasambahay kung naisin nitong makapag-aral. (Grace Casin & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — A proposed bill was filed in the Senate seeking the deferment of contribution increase among members of the Social Security System (SSS).
This shall be through an amendment in the provision of the Social Security System Act of 2018, particularly Section 4.
According to Senator Joel Villanueva, the SSS still has enough funds to sustain its services even with a one-year suspension of contribution increase based on the agency’s collections in 2019.
With this, the lawmaker called on his colleagues in the Senate to expedite the passage of the measure on the matter.
“Gusto natin na mag-status quo lang po tayo, for this year alone, 2021. Wala naman pong naka-anticipate na magkakaroon ng ganitong pandemya, at mahihirapan nang husto ang ating mga manggagawang kababayan, ang ating mga employers,” he said.
“Bigyan po natin sila ng konting panahon pa para maka-recover, until such a time na, yun ho. Puwede na nating i-increase ulit ang contribution ng SSS,” he added.
For his part, Senator Richard Gordon acknowledged the need for a new measure that will help the public recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“Pag-uusapan namin ito sa komite at kung kinakailangan ay maglalabas kami ng bagong batas para maging magaan para sa ating mga kabababayan ang makaahon sa pandemyang ito habang patuloy na nagbabayad ng kanilang kontribusyon sa SSS,” said Gordon, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Corporation and Public Enterprises.
The Senate has asked the SSS to submit proposals on ways to defer the contribution hike in consideration to the ongoing pandemic.
In a statement Tuesday (January 5), the SSS stressed that the scheduled increase in its contribution rate and minimum and maximum monthly salary credits (MSCs) is to ensure the continuous delivery of social security protection to its members and their beneficiaries.
SSS President and CEO Aurora C. Ignacio said that the SSS has been listening to the clamor of various labor groups and members to defer the said mandated increases; however, the move is designed to protect the fund life of the SSS.
“We understand the plight of our covered employers and members, but, at the same time, it is our duty to secure the long-term viability of the SSS fund entrusted to us for the continuous delivery of SSS benefits to our current and future members, as well as their beneficiaries,” Ignacio said.
This January 2021, the SSS contribution rate was increased to 13 percent from the previous 12 percent.
The SSS emphasized that the said reforms will allow members to save more for their retirement.
Ignacio said that any delay in implementing the said reforms could endanger the fund life of the SSS and its ability to provide its members and their beneficiaries with benefits and loan privileges, especially in this time of the pandemic. -MNP (with inputs from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – The bicameral conference committee on Wednesday approved the final version of the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021, which is seen to drive the country’s pandemic and calamity response and recovery efforts.
The spending bill includes a P72.5 billion allocation for the purchase of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
Of this allotment, P2.5 billion is allocated for the vaccines under the programmed funds of the Department of Health (DOH) while the P70 billion is placed under the unprogrammed appropriations, dependent on the availability of actual government funds.
Senator Sonny Angara, chairperson of Senate committee on finance and head of the upper chamber’s contingent in the bicameral conference, said that although much of the vaccines for budget was unprogrammed, the Department of Finance gave assurance it will be funded depending on the availability of government revenues.
“Ang akala kasi ng iba, ‘pag unprogrammed, hindi siya mapo-pondohan. It’s not true. But the probability of it being funded is large. We’re assured by the DOF na mapopondohan talaga ‘yun,” he said.
Aside from the allotment of P72.5 billion in the spending bill, Angara said the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) also provides P10 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.
The Bayanihan 2 is set to lapse on December 19 so lawmakers are moving to extend its validity until March or June 2021.
Both chambers of Congress are also planning to extend the validity of the 2020 General Appropriations Act until June or December 2021 for the implementation of programs and projects funded under the measure that was delayed due to the pandemic.
The budget bill also set aside funds for infrastructure projects for projects ravaged by recent typhoons.
The approved version of the budget also retained the P19-billion funding of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Lawmakers are eyeing to submit the 2021 budget bill to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing before December 25.
The bicam version of the budget bill has to be ratified first by both the Senate and the House before it can be submitted to the Office of President. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) on Sunday announced that it will open an assistance package for its members and pensioners in areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses.
The assistance package will include the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Three-month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation pensioners, and the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan.
“Applications for CLAP and the Three-month Advance Pension will be open from 27 November 2020 until 26 February 2021. The Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan will be open for one year from the issuance of its corresponding circular,” the advisory added.
The SSS added that it will be coordinating with its media partners and shall utilize its Facebook page for the release of the complete guidelines for the said programs.
The SSS concluded that it “commiserates with everyone who was affected by the said typhoons. It hopes that through the assistance package and its regular benefit programs, it may help its members and pensioners during these difficult times.” —/mbmf
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