Ang makahanap ng solusyon sa problemang tinatawag na “jobless growth” sa bansa ang layunin ng inilunsad na 12th Development Research Month ng Philippines Institute of Development Studies o PIDS (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad nitong Huwebes ng Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) ang ika-12 Development Policy Research Month o DPRM.
Batay sa Presidential Proclamation No. 247 of 2002, mandato ng PIDS na magsagawa ng DPRM tuwing buwan ng Setyembre bawat taon.
Tema ng DPRM ngayong taon ang “Addressing the Jobs Challenge Toward Inclusive Growth”.
Pag-uusapan ng mga policymaker, development researcher, at labor leaders kung paano malulunasan ang lumalalang jobless growth, unemployment at underemployment gayong patuloy naman sa paglago ang ekonomiya ng bansa.
Ayon kay Dr. Gilberto Llanto, presidente ng PIDS, napapanahon ang pagsasagawa ng DPRM dahil sa isinusulong na inclusive growth agenda ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.
“This year, the PIDS is highlighting a very important issue… Job creation is a critical issue. It is high time that we take a look at the constraints and make use of the country’s abundant labor resources.”
Kabilang sa mga panelist sa naturang pagtitipon sina deputy Director-General Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra ng NEDA, Assistant Secretary Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), PIDS President Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto, Dr. Aniceto C. Orbeta, Jr., senior research fellow ng PIDS.
Ayon kay Dr. Orbeta, kailangang amyendahan ang ilang polisiya sa labor protection dahil hindi ito nakatutulong sa mga manggagawa partikular ang minimum wage law.
Sinabi rin ni Orbeta na nagmungkahi na rin sila ng labor reforms at job expansion and development initiative for poverty alleviation.
Sa press conference, ipinrisinta ni DTI Assistant Secretary Rafelita Aldaba ang road map para sa pagpapalakas ng manufacturing industry sa tulong ng structural transformation upang makalikha ng maraming trabaho.
Dumalo sa paglulunsad ang mga kinatawan ng media at mga miyembro ng steering committee ng DPRM mula sa PIDS, Presidential Management Staff, NEDA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Institute for Labor Studies (ILS), at Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (Gerry Alcantara / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
DOLE to probe surge of illegal Chinese workers in PH
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expressed concern over the growing number of Chinese nationals working in the country without the necessary legal documents.
“It is therefore possible that a significant number of Chinese nationals working here are working without a permit,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
Bello added that they are now verifying reports on the surge of illegal Chinese workers in the Philippines and are planning to launch a crackdown against them.
Based on DOLE’s record, there are around 51,980 Chinese nationals granted with work permits in the country since 2015.
The issue was uncovered after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon mentioned in a Senate hearing that there are around 400,000 foreign workers in the country.
According to DOLE’s record, there were only about 115,000 foreign nationals granted employment permits so far.
Bello agrees that granting employment permits to foreign nationals should not be done in haste as it depends only on the skills on demand.
“Binibigyan namin sila ng permit to work pero ang binibigyan lang namin ng permit to work ay ang mga magta-trabaho ng isang klaseng trabaho na hindi kaya ng Pilipino. Kapag may Pilipino na kayang gawin ang trabaho na iyonn hindi namin ibibigay ang alien employment permit,” Bello said.
The Secretary said DOLE is not the only agency responsible for a foreign job applicant.
A work visa is provided by the Bureau of Immigration.
Workers in the mining industry are subject to the approval of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Bello vowed to look into the agencies compliance requirements even up to their respective regional offices to confirm if the granted alien employment permits were reasonable.
“Aalamin namin kung nabigyan nila ng AEP ay binigay sa isang Chinese na gagawa ng trabaho na hindi kayang gawin ng Pilipino,kasi kapag nalaman namin na nagbigay sila ng permit, halimbawa magluto ng pansit, eh kayang kaya naman niyan magluto ni Undersecretary Maglunsod, violation ng aming regulation iyan,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)
DTI welcomes measures granting more power to agencies to temper inflation
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez | DTI Photo
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies now holds more authority to adopt measures that could lower the price of basic goods through the memorandum and administrative orders signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Under the Memorandum Order No. 26, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the DTI are directed to adopt measures to reduce the gap between farm gate prices and retail prices of agricultural products such as setting up public outlets and cold storages where poultry producers can directly sell their products to consumers.
DTI said helping farmers and manufacturers directly deliver their products to retail outlets can help lower prices and remove intermediary layers.
The agency cites as an example the prices of chicken and pork that may be lowered by P20 per kilogram while canned goods and vegetables by one to two pesos.
“Yung producers ng manok, ng gulay, baboy mga agricultural products diretso na sa isang outlet para sa mga consumers na mas accesible sa kanila wala na masyadong trade layers yung mga patong na sinasabi natin,” said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.
DTI also welcomed the signing of Administrative Order No. 13 which removes non-tariff barriers and streamlines administrative procedures on the importation of agricultural products such as rice and meat.
“Kapag nabawasan ang procedure mababawasan ang cost malaki ang maitutulong na mapababa ang presyo,” said Castelo.
DTI is also given the power to create a surveillance team together with the Philippine National Police to monitor agricultural products and curb hoarding practices.
The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Bureau of Fisheries were also authorized by the President to import additional rice and fish supply when necessary even if it is beyond the minimum access volume.
And to lower the import cost, DTI and DA are ordered to improve logistics, transport, storage and distribution of agriculture and fishery products under the Memorandum Order No. 27.
The orders of the president, aim at taming the country’s inflation, are effective immediately. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
DTI, DA to impose price ceiling for traders, middle men
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will set a price ceiling for traders and middlemen to regulate price increases.
Measures will also be imposed to minimize intermediary layers to avoid a sudden spike in market prices.
The DTI is now collating the names of traders before setting a general meeting where the new regulations will be laid out.
Meanwhile, during an inspection in major markets this morning, DTI USec. Ruth Castelo said a number of products were still being sold at a price higher than the agency’s suggested retail price.
“Iyong presyo sa palengke at presyo ng traders hindi sumasabay sa presyo sa farm,” Castelo said.
At Mega Q-Mart in Quezon City, for instance, prices of red onions are higher by P20.00 than the SRP; white onions have a P25.00 mark up; garlic has P10.00, and round scad or galunggong are sold P20.00 higher than the agency’s SRP.
Traders of items with prices higher than the SRP were given notice of inquiry to explain.
Meanwhile, the DTI will release the updated expanded SRP tomorrow (September 1) which includes additional brands that requested for price hike prior to the start of the three months price freeze. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo