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    Pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas, makatutulong sa pagresolba sa unemployment sa bansa

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

    Kasabay ng pag-unlad ng bansa ay ang pagpasok ng mga foreign investors sa bansa na makakapaglikha ng mga trabaho tulad ng sa mga construction workers na ito para sa isang itinatayong bagong gusali. FILE PHOTO (RITCHIE TONGO / Photoville International)

    Kasabay ng pagganda ng ekonomiya ng bansa ay ang paglaki ng kumpyansa sa mga foreign investors na magnegosyo sa bansa na makakapaglikha ng mga trabaho tulad ng sa mga construction workers na ito para sa isang itinatayong bagong gusali. FILE PHOTO (RITCHIE TONGO / Photoville International)

    MANILA, Philippines – Inaasahan ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) na mararamdaman  na ngayon ng sektor ng paggawa ang pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

    Ayon kay Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, ang 7.8% GDP growth sa 1st quarter ng taon ay posibleng makatulong sa pagpapababa ng unemployment rate sa bansa at sa problema ng mga mangagawa sa informal sectors.

    Ang informal sector workers ay mula sa hanay ng mga vendors, jeepney drivers, construction workers at agricultural sector workers na tinatayang nasa 15-milyon.

    “Kung lalaki yung wage and salary, sa manufacturing then yan talaga yung may regularity ng income pati security ng job.”

    Napagkasunduan kanina ng mga labor group at 23 ahensya ng gobyerno na tulungan ang mga mangagawa sa informal sectors.

    Ayon kay Baldoz, bukod sa tulong na pangkabuhayan ay sisikapin din ng gobyerno na maging miyembro ang mga ito ng SSS, PAGIBIG at Philhealth.

    “So yung kanilang need for medical insurance, yung kanilang need for employers compensation pag nagtatrabaho sila tapos nagkaroon ng aksidente, nasugatan o nagkaroon ng injury and worst minsan namamatay papaano yung naiiwan nila so ito yung benepisyo na magbibigay sa kanila ng ganitong protection.”

    Target ng DOLE na matulungan ang 2.5 million na nasa informal sector sa loob ng tatlong taon. (Rey Pelayo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    DOLE asks Senate to hear position on proposed 4-day work week

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    The Senate has set to tackle the proposed four-day work week after the Lower House passed the bill in the third and final reading.

    The Department of Labor and Employment, however, has expressed disagreement with the passage of the proposed four-day work week.

    In Kuya Daniel Razon’s interview with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the program ‘Huntahan’, the Secretary said there’s no longer need to pass such law

    “There is already an existing Department Order No. 02 series of 2009. There is order of the Department of Labor allowing employees and the management to agree on a compressed work or a flexi work whatever their decision will be so there is already such agreement,” Bello said.

    Meanwhile, an occupational specialist said long hours of work especially when standing for a long time is required, have bad effects on health.

    “If a person does not move in a place or is stationary, you have stagnant posture, no movement of the muscles, no circulation of the blood, you have accumulation of all the acids and conditions that will lead to pain in the back and the legs,” occupational specialist Dr. Albert Asprec said.

    The working class, on the other hand, has mixed opinions on the matter

    “Maybe that’s better so one could have more time with his or her family . . . at least you can be with your family for a longer time,” said Edward Teves, a cook.

    “For me, you can have rest during eight hours of work. If the work week will be compressed to four days, you’ll have to work much during the four days,” customer service representative Victor Alcaide said.

    According to Secretary Bello, the Lower House did not consult the Labor Department before passing the bill. So the agency is appealing to the Senate to hear their position first before coming up with a decision.

    The Senate still needs a counterpart bill to have the proposed 4-day work week be passed into law. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

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    Alliance of Health Workers condemns DOH’s proposed budget for 2018

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines —  A group of health workers argued that services for the poor will lessen  once the proposed budget of the Department of Health (DOH) for 2018 gets approved.

    According to the Alliance of Health Workers, P1.5-billion has been cut from the proposed budget of the DOH, which was supposed to be allocated to the maintenance and other operating expenses or MOOE for 2018.

    The MOOE serves as the fund for public hospitals’ primary needs like medicines, IV fluids, and others.

    With the reduction in DOH’s budget, indigent patients will be left with no choice but to pay for other medical expenses.

    “With the help of our health workers in different hospitals in lobbying, we won this because this had been returned the General Appropriation Act. Ubial is repeating this issue again for 2018,” Alliance of Health Workers president, Robert Mendoza said.

    The group said seven public hospitals will be affected by the reduction of DOH’s budget, which includes the Amay Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City.

    The health workers argued that DOH increased the budget for the Philippine Health Insurance (Philhealth) to P3.906-billion when it does not even benefit many.

    “They will order the recruitment of more Philhealth members. We have more patients, more reimbursements. Let’s share in this,” Health Alliance for Democracy Sec. General Joseph Carabeo said.

    The group also complained that many health workers are overworked and underpaid, while more than 20,000 of them are contractual workers.

    They said the lack of hospital personnel means lower quality of service.

    “We have a lot of effective nurses before, but now they are working abroad,” NKTIEA-AHW president Edwin Pacheco said.

    Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, meanwhile, explained the Department of Budget and Management cut DOH’s budget because of their unused funds in 2016.

    Ubial said they have already appealed the said move to Congress.

    She also noted the increase in the budget of Philhealth stemmed from the fact that the benefits for senior citizens also saw an increase. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Bill seeking to oblige Gov’t officials to take public transport during rush hours, submitted to HOR

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — It’s high-time that lawmakers and high ranking government officials experience for themselves first-hand the daily grind of commuters, such as waiting in long queues, cramming in buses, jeeps, and trains and getting stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

    Under House Bill No. 6195 filed by Tayo Party List Cong. Neil Abayon, all elected and appointed government officials will be obliged to ride public transportation.

    “We in Congress, we are just in the office. It’s like we are sitting on our high chairs. It’s still different if we will go to a field to see the actual problem that the riding public faces on a daily basis,” Aangat Tayo party list and Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Neil J. Abayon said.

    For their part, several government officials have this to say about the measure:

    “If Congress passes that I do not mind because I am doing that when I was in government service. I ride the MRT and LRT,” Department of Labor and Employment Sec. Silvestre Bello III said.

    “For me, it’s okay to commute once a month because you would better understand a house if you would experience it first hand,” Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones said.

    “It’s a very good proposal,” Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said.

    Meanwhile, a Cabinet member challenges officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to voluntarily ride any form of public transportation.

    “All government officials can voluntarily do that. Not only among officials but also those in the LTFRB,” said Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

    In response, LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said, “That’s fine with us because we have been doing that anyway. Although here, we will have difficulty because of the traffic and because of our working schedule here in the Board.”

    Meanwhile, commuters who suffer every day from heavy traffic flow and other transportation problems are glad with the said proposal.

    “That’s good. So they would experience the difficulty of commuting and they would know how it is to be stuck in heavy traffic,” commuter Charlotte Recto said.

    “Of course. So they could understand the feelings of commuters,”added  commuter Estilito Dador.

    The measure, however, exempts high-ranking government officials with security threats and concerns.

    Once the measure is passed into law, government officials found violating it will face salary reduction. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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