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Minimum wage earners in NCR may expect P20 or higher pay increase – DOLE

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018


(File photo) Construction workers


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) is expected to finalize next month the amount of wage increase that workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will get.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured that the wage hike for minimum wage earners in NCR will not be lower than P20.00.

“It could be a minimum of P20 or above. Ang ibig sabihin within the range na iyan,” Bello said.

But for the labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), a P20-pesos increase is not enough.

According to Alan Tanjusay, the group’s spokesperson, they will appeal to the Wage Board if the P20-increase pushes through.

ALU-TUCP calls for a P320 increase in the minimum wage of Metro Manila workers.

But DOLE said they need to consider all aspects that could impact other sectors of the government before they implement a wage increase.

“We have to balance the interest of management and also especially labor hindi ka lang pwede magbigay ng ganyang kalaki,maaring makakabuti sa manggawa for a while kasi ok tataas sila pero eh kung mag-close yung business e di mawawalan sila ng trabaho,” explained Secretary Bello.

DOLE expects a final decision on the wage increase on the third week of October.

For a minimum wage earner like Vic Arañes, a P20-increase would never be enough for his family of six.

He wishes it to be higher.

“Sana mas higit pa dun kasi mababa talaga. Kapos pa rin. Pinagkakasya lang naming. Minsan sa isang araw halos dalawang beses na lang kami kumain sa sobrang tipid kasi nga maraming gastusin,” said Arañes, a construction worker. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Labor Sec. Bello believes PTV reporters deserve regularization

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – State-run television channel People’s Television Network (PTV) is famous for its tagline “Para sa Bayan”.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself once envisioned PTV to serve via its tagline and be a role model of public service and truthful news reporting.

He said PTV should operate like a private company and its template should follow the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in delivering information for the public.

To better manage public information, a law should be passed – I’m addressing Congress– to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation, replacing PTV-4, the government-run TV station, which now aims to replicate international government broadcasting networks. Teams from these international news agencies — I’d like to mention those interested BBC — are set to visit the country soon to train people from government-run channels to observe. Ito ang gusto ko — tutal pera naman ng tao — to observe editorial independence through innovative programs and intelligent treatment and analysis of news reports, as well as developments of national and international significance,” the President said during his first state of the nation address (SONA) in 2015.

 For Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, he believes that the reporters of the government-owned TV station deserve to be regularized in order to be motivated to deliver high-quality news reporting.

“Bilang nakakaalam po sa regulation pagdating po sa paggawa, dapat po bang i-hire as contract of service maging yung mga field reporters? if you ask me as secretary of labor, I would make recommend them to be regular employees’ para hindi sila mag-engage sa fake news,” Bello said.

But for years and under several administrations, PTV has not solved its problems regarding large number of staff under ‘contract of service’ (COS) status or the so called talents which obviously outnumbers the regular employees.

Bello admits that government offices are limited when it comes to hiring regular employees than private companies as stated in Article IX, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution:

“Appointments in the civil service shall be made only according to merit and fitness to be determined, as far as practicable, and, except to positions which are policy-determining, primarily confidential, or highly technical, by competitive examination.”

The Civil Service Commission (CSC), meanwhile, said the PTV management should submit first to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) a request for additional plantilla positions in order to regularized additional workers.

Potential employees should also pass the civil service examination to be absorbed for government positions.

“Hindi pwedeng maramihan. Dapat mag-request muna ng position. I-justify kung bakit kailangan nito (at) dapat aprubahan ng DBM,” explained CSC Director Maria Luisa Salonga-Agamata.

Some COS workers in PTV who preferred anonymity said they are still thankful that the station handed them their bonuses though unexpected after some of their colleagues surfaced to report the problems in their employment status.

They hope that their condition will be addressed at the soonest possible time which Secretary Bello supports.

“If you are doing that kind of a job, I would rather have you as a regular employee. Pero kagaya ng sinabi ko, kasi pag submit mo ng budget, may plantilla yan. You create plantilla positions. They try to anticipate kung ano ang pangangailangan ng agency nila and submit yung plantilla,” the Labor Secretary said.

As of this writing, the office of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has not yet issued an official statement on the matter nor allowed any request for media interview. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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DOLE issues regulation on Filipino English teachers for China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Recruitment and deployment of Filipino teachers for tertiary educational institutions in China is now open after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released its guidelines on the matter.

Applicants, as stated on the regulation, should have worked in a private higher education institution in the Philippines to be qualified.

The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or in English Language from a Philippine educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The applicant must also have a valid certificate of registration above the intermediate level and a professional license from the Philippine Board of Licensure Examination for Professional  Teachers.

Aside from these, the applicant must never been charged or convicted of criminal or administrative offense or has not committed any violation of the law; must be in good health; no mental issues; and no drug and alcohol addiction.

The Philippine embassy and the Chinese Consulate will serve as the contact window to heed and resolve the concerns on their employment particularly on the recruitment and the deployment of teachers, and other issues on their workplace.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) meanwhile, will focus on recruitment, orientation, processing, and documentation of Filipino teachers-applicants. — UNTV News & Rescue


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P25 minimum wage increase for Metro Manila workers takes effect today

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The P25 salary increase for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila is now in effect as posted in the official social media account of the National Wages and Productivity Commission on Thursday (November 22).

The wage adjustment increased the minimum daily salary of workers in the private sector from P512 to P537 for non-agriculture sector.

Meanwhile, those who work in sectors like agriculture, retail service or establishments employing 15 workers or less as well as manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers will also have P25 daily wage increase.

This means, their minimum wage of P445 pesos will now be P500. – UNTV News and Rescue