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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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Ex-SSS exec Pompee La Viña is appointed new tourism undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Newly-appointed tourism undersecretary Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña as tourism undersecretary.

His appointment papers were signed by the President on Tuesday, April 24.

La Viña was relieved from his previous post as Social Security System (SSS) commissioner due to corruption allegations. Malacañang, however, declined to comment on this issue.

Aside from La Viña, Duterte also appointed former National Press Club president, Benny Antiporda, as new undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.

Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.

But Presidential Spokesperson  Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.

“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte wants pursuit of ‘labor-only contracting’ firms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PHL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to submit a report on companies engaged in labor-only contracting.

These are companies that implement repeated short-term employment contracts better known as “cabo” and 5-5-5 schemes.

The president gave the labor department 30 days to submit the report to the Office of the President.

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was also ordered to coordinate with the labor secretary in relation to the order.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, this is still part of the president’s promise.

“To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. Ang promise ng Pangulo, habang ganiyan ang depinisyon ng contractualization na hindi lahat ay bawal, kung hindi iyong mga cabo lamang, sisiguraduhin ni Presidente wala talagang 555 at wala talagang cabo,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end.  The president promised, while the definition of contractualization says not everything is prohibited but only “cabo”, the president will ensure that there will be no more 555 and cabo schemes.)

On Thursday, Malacañang said the president will no longer sign an executive order banning contractualization of workers.

Roque said it is the duty of the Congress to enact laws that will ban all types of contract labor in the country.

Duterte, however, will possibly certify the proposed bill as urgent to speed up its progress in Congress. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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