MMDA, dinepensahan ang panukalang cancellation sa mga drivers’ license ng mga nagmamaneho ng mga bus

UNTV News   •   July 6, 2012   •   8395

FILE PHOTO: Public Utility Bus driver (UNTV News)

MAKATI CITY, Philippines — Sinagot ng MMDA ang pahayag  ng mga bus operator laban sa kanilang  rekomendasyon sa Land Transportation Office (LTO) na pagkansela ng lisensya ng bus drivers.

Ayon kay MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, hindi nauunawaan ng mga ito ang kanilang hakbang.

Sa bagong kautusan ng DOLE kailangang dumaan sa TESDA training ang mga bus driver para maka-comply sa buwanang pasahod na ipinatutupad ngayon ng labor department

Bagay na ayon kay Tolentino ay isinama na lamang niya panukalang kanselasyon ng lisensya hangga’t di dumadaan sa TESDA training.

“Ang requirement ng DOLE bago sila maka-comply dun sa wage order para magkaroon ng sahod yung mga bus drivers ay dapat TESDA certified, hindi pa sila nakaka-comply dun. Kaunti pa lang ang nakaka-comply… So, pinagsama ko lang yung requirement na magkaroon ng bagong lisensya base na rin dun sa TESDA certification… So we are hitting two birds with one stone,” ani MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

Ayon pa sa MMDA Chief, sa ngayon ay sa mga city buses pa lamang nila ito planong gawin pero kinumpirma namang tinitingnan na ang posibilidad na saklawin din ng kaperehong katusuan ang mga taxi at jeep.

“Siguro, tingnan natin kung saan papunta ito,” ani Tolentino. (Ito Ang Balita ni Francis Rivera, UNTV News) 

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

DOLE to hire 6,000 interns in Taal-affected areas

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

Workers remove ash from electrical posts at a checkpoint following the eruption of Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 15 January 2020. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced it would be hiring 6,000 government interns from areas in Batangas affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the hiring of interns is under a government program which aims to provide temporary employment to affected residents and also help the local government units in the rehabilitation efforts.

Under the program, 600 interns each from affected areas will be hired and sent to heavily-affected areas, namely, Lemery, Mataas na Kahoy, Agoncillo, Laurel, Talisay, Taal, San Nicolas, Balete, San Jose and Sta. Teresita.

DOLE said the interns will be engaged for a period 30 days and will receive a salary of P12,050, which is equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region.

They shall also be entitled to insurance coverage under the Government Service Insurance System.

DOLE said a budget of P72.6 million was allocated for the employment program.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • 18 years old and above who must have no work experience or with intermittent work experience
  • At least graduates of high school/senior high school or its equivalent level under the Alternative Learning System, or graduates of a technical-vocational course.

DOLE reminds private sector of rules on pay, work suspension during calamities

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday reminded employers in the private sector of the rules on pay and work suspension mandated by the law during times of natural or man-made calamities.

In an advisory dated January 13, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III cited Article 5 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which states that, “Except as provided for by law or appropriate proclamation, employers in the private sector shall, in the exercise of management prerogative and in coordination with the safety and health committee, or safety officer, or any other responsible company officer, suspend work to ensure the safety and health of their employees during natural or man-made calamity.”

Bello also reminded employers to observe the following rules on wages during calamities:

  1. If unworked – no pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on said day. When the employee has accrued leave credits, he/she may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he/she will have compensation on said days.
  2. If worked – no additional pay shall be given to the employees but only their salary on said day.

To alleviate the plight of employees in times of natural or man-made calamity, Bello said employers may provide such extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported to work on the said days.

The labor chief also noted section 3 of the Labor Code which gives assurance to employees “who fail or refuse to work by reason of imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamity shall not be exposed to or subject to any administrative sanction.”

Malacañang on Sunday declared the suspension of work in several government offices and classes in areas affected by the ash fall brought about by the phreatic explosion of the Taal Volcano.

Ash fall from Taal Volcano blanketed parts of Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon.

Taal Volcano is currently on Alert Level 4 which means that hazardous explosive eruption is imminent within hours or days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.


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