LOOK: Pet owners share work from home experiences

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 14, 2020   •   824

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, countries have implemented work from home schemes to protect citizens from the spread of the virus.

Aside from being safe from getting infected, pet owners are able to spend more time with their fur buddies.

Several of the pet owners share the ups and downs of working from home with their pets.

Despite the interruptions and shenanigans of these pets, they are still 100% loved and a good company to be with during the quarantine. AAC

Computer loan para sa mga kawani ng pamahalaan, handog ng GSIS

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Upang makatugon sa pangangailangang ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya pagdating sa teknolohiya, ipinahayag ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang computer loan program ng ahensya.

Ayon kay Ginoong Deity Manampan, ang Officer-in-Charge ng Visayas Office ng GSIS, ang programang ito ay ginhawang handog para sa mga work-from-home employee at sa online distance learning ng kanilang mga anak.

Ang maximum amount na maaaring utangin ng mga empleyado ay Php30,000 at ito ay babayaran sa loob ng isang taon na mayroong 6% per annum interest rate.

Ayon kay Manampang sa milyong miyembro ng GSIS, 282 members pa lamang ang nag-avail ng nasabing proyekto.

Kaya naman hinihikayat ng opisyal ang mga GSIS member na huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon na maka-avail sa programa.

“As of yesterday, nasa 282 members lamang po ang nabigyan ng loan, and that’s amounting to Php8.4 million. Millions po ang miembro ng GSIS bakit nasa 282 pa lamang ang  nagloloan ng computer loan? Ako po ay nananawagan na iavail na po ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” ani Manampan.

Paalala pa ng opisyal, ang programang ito ay hanggang December 31, 2021 na lamang. —/mbmf

DepEd seeks help of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the assistance of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups.

In a statement on Wednesday (September 22), the education department said it denounces any form of academic dishonesty.

They have monitored that answers to self-learning modules (SLMs) are uploaded on Facebook groups dubbed as Online Kopyahan.

“The Department does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating regardless of the learning delivery modality. We are now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities. We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification,” the department said.

According to DepEd, the SLMs are used to gauge how well the students learned the lesson. The said activities are not graded, however, learners are encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right The department said that online cheating demeans the quality of education it is committed to improve.

DepEd also appealed to teachers, and learners to help eradicate online cheating. AAC

 

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Davao City enforces mandatory WFH, skeleton workforce setup in all gov’t offices

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021

The Davao City government has ordered the implementation of a fully operational work-from-home (WFH) and skeleton workforce arrangement in all government offices based in the city.

Under Executive Order No. 44, Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the enforcement of the policy from Sept. 8 to 26 due to the massive surge of COVID-19 infections.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other private hospitals have reached full capacity with all kinds of patients, including COVID-19 cases.

“The Health Group of the Response Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force recommended to put essential workers on a work-from-home arrangement,” Mayor Sara said in a statement, adding that the recommendation was modified to be mandatory for government offices only so as not to disrupt businesses and private offices.

She, however, said that the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement may be voluntarily adopted by private offices and establishments.

Mayor Sara also underscored that the policy must not delay the delivery of government services.

“All offices must create a system wherein government service is accessible to all those in need despite the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement,” she said.

Offices should have online platforms where clients can access and direct their queries, with a real-time feedback response system, she added.

The order also states that all meetings involving government offices shall use online platforms and that all meetings of more than five attendees are prohibited.

Exempted from the directive are personnel working in the vaccination program, COVID-19 response, solid waste management program, implementation projects, and emergency response.

E.O. 44 also provides that all disaster and social services personnel may also adopt a WFH arrangement, provided that they are on-call and on a shifting arrangement 24 hours a day.

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