MSMEs, maaari nang mag-apply ng soft loan mula Nov. 2 hanggang Dec. 7 – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021   •   340


MANILA, Philippines – Sisimulan na ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa susunod na linggo ang pagtanggap ng aplikasyon para sa soft loans ng 13th month pay ng mga empleyado ng micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME).

Ayon kay Bobby Bastillo, ang spokesperson at vice president for Innovations and Advocacy ng DTI SB Corporation, kalahating bilyong piso ang inilaang pondo para sa soft loans ng mga maliliit na negosyo.

“Nais po ng pamahalaan na makatulong sa ating maliliit na negosyo na makapagbigay ng 13th month pay sa kanilang mga empleyado na minamandato ng batas. So kami po ay naglaan sa SB Corp, under DTI ay naglaan ng pondong hanggang P500 million para po makatulong, ito po ay soft loan,” ani Bastillo.

Maaaring bayaran ang loan sa loob ng isang taon nang walang interes. Bibigyan din ang mga kumpanya ng tatlong buwang grace period.

Ayon sa SB Corp., simula Nobyembre 2 hanggang Disyembre 7 ay maaari nang magsumite ng application online ang MSMEs na naapektuhan ng pandemiya.

Maaaring ipasa ang aplikasyon sa website ng SB Corp na

Nasa 6,000 hanggang 7,000 na MSME ang maaaring makinabang sa soft loan program ng pamahalaan.

Partikular na dito ang nasa database ng Department of Labor and Employment na nag-avail ng flexible work arrangement mula Marso 20 hanggang Oktubre 15.

Nakalaan ang loan facility sa mga negosyong may 20 empleyado pababa. Nasa P12,000 ang standard loan amount kada empleyado.

“Sila (MSMEs) po yung mas nahihirapan na mag-comply sa mandato na mga kumpanya na magbigay ng 13th month pay,” ani Bastillo.

Kailangan lamang kumpletuhin ng kumpanya ang online application form.

Kabilang sa requirement ay ang barangay business permit kung mangungutang ng P50,000 o mayor’s permit naman kung lagpas P50,000 ang iaapply na loan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Solon pushes for Php90-B allocation for employment program

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker in the Lower House is pushing for the allocation of Php90 billion for the government’s employment program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Joey Salceda particularly wants the fund allotted to businesses affected by the crisis as the country’s economy continues to open.

Salceda said the amount will be used to subsidize businesses in rehiring employees.

From the Php90-billion allocation, Php30-billion will be used in re-employment of workers; Php30-billion for small scale businesses; and Php30-billion for the recalibrated Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

“The rehiring subsidies can be for businesses of all sizes, so they can rehire furloughed, irregular, or retrenched workers. The MSME (micro-small-medium enterprises) wage subsidies will be to help small businesses,” Salceda said.

The lawmaker explained that the call for higher allocation of funds is timely this 4th quarter of the year as demand for businesses to open is high. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Airline companies rehiring laid-off crew as flights increase

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– Some airline companies have started the gradual rehiring of their flight and ground crew that were laid-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of flights continues to increase.

AirAsia said they will slowly reactivate over 400 former employees as domestic flights to some tourist destinations resume.

These workers include cabin crews, pilot ground staff and engineering personnel.

“Ngayon, we’re activating starting December. Mag-a-undergo na ng training yung at least 15 percent and then effective January 1, 2022, laha nitong mga All-Stars natin na nag-hibernate ay gradual na ring ire-reintegrate sa ating linya,” AirAsia spokesperson Steve Dailisan said.

AirAsia said it will also double the flights to several local destinations such as in Caticlan, which is the gateway to the world-renowned Boracay Island.

Airliner Cebu Pacific also announced it will be rehiring staff who were furloughed during the pandemic to prepare for the anticipated increase in domestic and international flights.

“Right now, we’re very prepared definitely. Our staff are fully-trained and are actually fully-vaccinated also—yung active flying crew natin. So, additional safety yan for our passengers,” said Michelle Lim, Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications Manager.

Cebu Pacific said it will also increase flights to six local destinations including Boracay Island via the Caticlan Airport, Bohol, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and General Santos City.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) also announced it will operate more domestic and international flights amid increasing flight frequencies and booking.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said they are also planning to reactivate furloughed workers, but clarified they are yet to rehire laid-off workers as operations remain limited.

“By December, it will be one 1,350 in terms of cabin crew count that will be assigned to serve our flights because the number of cabin crews this year and at present and previous year was very much less because of the number of flights,” she.

Airline companies reminded passengers to be at the airport at least three hours before their scheduled flight and ensure they bring with them all travel documents required for their trip. (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

PH to allow entry of select vaccinated foreign travelers starting Dec. 1 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to reopen its doors to select travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Malacañang announced Friday.

In a Palace briefing, acting Presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that starting December 1 to 15, fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries will be allowed entry to the Philippines.

The new policy was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) under Resolution No. 150-A.

The list of countries whose nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines without visa for a period of stay of 30 days may be view here.

Nograles, however, noted that these travelers should satisfy the following conditions:

  • Their passport should be valid for at least 6 months at the time of arrival
  • They should have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next destination
  • Prior to arrival in Philippines, they should have stayed exclusively for 14 days in a Green List area with low COVID-19 cases
  • They must have proof of vaccination against COVID-19

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals bound for the Philippines shall present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, they will not go to a facility-based quarantine and no on-arrival RT-PCR test will be required.

However, passengers will be asked to self-monitor for any symptom until the 14th day with the first day being the date of arrival, Nograles said.

Travelers merely transiting through Green List areas shall not be deemed as having come from these territories if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry.

The testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them.

For those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, Nograles said they shall be governed by the protocols for unvaccinated individuals coming from Green List areas.

They will also be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day; and self-monitor until the 14th day with the date of arrival being the first day.


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