Lower House passes ‘work from home’ bill

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2018   •   4810

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representatives passes on third and final reading the bill that will allow employees in the private sector to work from home using telecommunications or computer technologies.

On Monday, May 28, lawmakers approved House Bill 7402 or the Telecommuting Act which protects home-based workers. The Senate already agreed on the measure on May 22, 2017.

The bill provides flexible working arrangement between employer and employee. However, it requires a telecommuting program not less than the minimum labor standards set by law which include minimum number of work hours, compensable work hours as well as overtime, rest days and leave benefits. Employers must also ensure that home-based employees are treated the same way as office-based workers.

Once the two versions are reconciled and ratified, the measure will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for signature. – UNTV News & Rescue

House aims to pass bill on oil excise tax reduction before session break

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Before the session breaks in December, the leadership in the House of Representatives is determined to approve the proposed legislation that seeks to reduce excise taxes imposed on petroleum products.

House Deputy Majority Leader Representative Jesus ‘Bong’ Suntay said they also expect the Senate to do the same.

“I’m sure mapapasa namin yan before December on the part of the House. Pero ang mga kasamahan natin, mga senador natin, want to give it as a Christmas gift to Filipinos who have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Suntay said.

In the House version of the consolidated bill, the solons are pushing for a zero excise tax to be imposed on gasoline, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for six months.

Excise tax on low octane gasoline used in tricycles, on the other hand, will be reduced to Php 4.35 per liter.

Suntay said the House leadership is determined to approve this the soonest time possible, noting that it is not only the transport sector who is being affected by the high price of petroleum products but the general public as well.

“Hindi naman yung transport sector who carries the burden of this additional excise tax. Lahat ng tao hindi lang public utility vehicle driver o jeepney drivers ang tinamaan, kundi lahat ng tao tinamaan ng pandemya. I believe kailangang naman na ibalik natin, di ba?” Suntay explained.

He further clarified that the Lower House is not seeking for the suspension of the excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law but to just cut a small percentage of the tax imposed by the said law. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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

Proposed suspension of fuel excise tax filed in Lower House

Maris Federez   •   October 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A bill proposing the suspension of the imposition of excise tax on petroleum products has been filed before the House of Representatives (HOR), Deputy Speaker Cagayan De Oro City Representative Rufus Rodriguez announced Friday (October 29).

The move is brought about by the continuous increases in the price of fuel products.

House Bill 10246 filed by Deputy Speaker Rodriguez sought to amend Section 43 of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

It will particularly order the suspension of the collection of adjustments in excise taxes that will be applied on gasoline, diesel, and other petroleum products from 2022 to 2025.

Rodriguez clarified that his proposed bill is not a move to scrap the imposition of excise taxes as a whole.

The lawmaker said that the weekly increases in the price of fuel will only burden the economy that is just beginning to slowly open to welcome employees to go back to work.

On Thursday’s briefing by the Department of Finance before the House Committee on Energy, the agency said the country will lose around Php131.4 billion should the suspension of excise tax will be approved.

Conversely, the Department of Energy has called on Congress to approve the said suspension. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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