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Malacañang approves P1,000 SSS pension hike

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Good news for pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS). President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the P1,000 pension hike for SSS pensioners effective January.

“Regarding the SSS pension increase, the president has approved a P1,000 pension hike this month, with a corresponding 1.5% contribution rate hike in May 2017 and increase in monthly salary credit to 20,000 from 16,000. He seeks to fulfill a social contract with the Filipino people especially the elderly and the poor, to give the best years of their lives in service while exercising fiscal responsibility, to ensure the economic sustainability and protect those who invested in the nation’s future,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

SSS assured that their fund is enough to finance the first six months of the pension increase.

However, there will be a 1.5 percent increase in the contribution of SSS members from May 2017. This will be the source for the pension increase aside from the investment reserve fund.

Usec. Abella added that the 1.5 percent increase depends on the monthly salary credit. The additional total contribution will range from P15 to P740.

SSS President Emmanuel Dooc said it will still be discussed how much will be paid by the employer and the employee in the 1.5 percent increase.

“Yun po ay kung paghahatian equally or we will follow the current two thirds, one third sharing,” he said.

(It will be divided equally, or we will follow the current two thirds – one third sharing.)

Another P1,000 increase in pension is targeted to be released in 2022 or earlier depending on the efficiency of the contribution collection and internal reforms at SSS.

Meanwhile, aside from these schemes, SSS is also appealing to President Duterte to issue an executive order requiring the submission of SSS clearance in various transactions such as government biddings; application of business permits at local governments; and travel requirements of overseas Filipino workers.

President Duterte is not amenable to using the taxpayer’s money to fund pension increase since the SSS is a private pension fund.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna is thankful for the government’s action in behalf of senior citizens.

According to a statement made by Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares, this is a big development for them. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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ConCom begins regional public consultations on June 18

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.

ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.

ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.

“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …

(The right to have a decent life, the right to education,  and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)

It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.

In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.

“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte.  “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.

ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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President Duterte inaugurates resort-themed Mactan Cebu International Airport

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Mactan Cebu International Airport

 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Together with stakeholders of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local officials, President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of MCIA Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.

The project aims to give the public a world-class travel experience through its unique designs that feature the local culture to invite more tourists and business travelers.

MCIA’s passenger capacity is expected to reach 12.5 million following its opening.

The 65,000 square meters-wide Terminal 2 is expected not only to address the increasing number of passengers but also open more international flights in Cebu.

Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the present administration. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte unaware of Ayungin Shoal harassment incident

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte at a press briefing after his arrival from South Korea 

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be the only person unaware of the harassment incident against Philippine soldiers in Ayungin Shoal on May 11.

In an interview upon his arrival from South Korea on June 5, President Duterte said he has no knowledge of the incident and that he cannot comment on the issue.

“What kind of harassment in the first place before—before I commit myself to answer the question, what kind of harassment was this?” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque facilitated the inquiry from a reporter asking whether the President has already been briefed on the reported harassment by Chinese forces of Filipino soldiers in a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre stationed in Ayungin Shoal.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of it. It would be dangerous for me to answer questions without really having the slightest idea of what it is all about,” the President added.

Based on reports, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has already filed the Philippines diplomatic note to China over the incident. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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