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 insists regularization of workers is not ‘conditional’
MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with leaders of contractual workers who were retrenched rather than regularized following the issuance of the Executive Order on regularization by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Contractual workers who were laid off from PLDT who belonged to PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER) were present in the meeting together with labor advocates from Defend Job Philippines and Kilos Na, Manggagawa.
Bello reiterated what’s written in the E.O. which ordered concerned companies to regularize all contractual employees as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte in line with the government’s resolve to end contractualization in the country.
In a clarificatory order issued by DOLE to PLDT signed by the Labor Secretary, the department said that “pursuant to existing laws, the regularization of workers as a result of the finding of labor-only contracting takes effect by operation of law, and is not subject to any condition.”
DOLE further warned that “Any act or condition imposed that frustrates or tend to frustrate the order to regularize is contumacious and shall be dealt with in accordance with law.”
During the meeting, Bello discussed with the workers the compensation that they still have to receive from their previous employers such as unpaid wages and other benefits.
In the meantime, Bello advised the retrenched workers to apply under DOLE’s emergency employment program while further clarifications are being addressed. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo
Regional workers likely to have pay increase this month – DOLE
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Monday (July 9) that regional workers are possible to receive minimum wage increase before the end of July.
Bello added that DOLE proposed for P200 monthly subsidy to around 4.1 million minimum wage earners in the country which is now awaiting the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte. The President might announce the approval on the matter during his state of the nation address (SONA) on the 23rd of July.
“Ito’y isang konting tulong lang na cash subsidy galing sa ating gobyerno,” Bello confirmed.
Currently, the Wage Board is still studying the petition of labor groups for an increase in minimum wage in all regions.
Though the latest increase was granted in October 2017, Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress Of The Philippines (ALU-TUCP) Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said they are compelled to ask for another increase because of the sudden spike in prices of basic commodities and the impact of rising inflation.
“Ang aming hinihiling ay P320 across the board wage increase,” he said.
Research group Ibon Foundation, meanwhile, argued that the government seems to agree that the current minimum wage is not enough that’s why it is opted to provide a subsidy to ordinary workers which, in the end, would be an additional burden to taxpayers.
“Iyong sinasabi nilang subsidy isa yang mekanismo that is unmanageable and costly for government para lang maprotektahan nya yung business profit,” said Ibon’s Executive Editor, Rosario Bella Guzman.
But for his part, Bello said that though he agreed that ordinary workers’ daily wage is obviously low, he explained that the current economic state of the country should also be taken into consideration.
“Kung itaas mo yung ating sweldo, baka tataas nga ang sweldo liliit naman ang employment. So we have to balance,” the Labor Secretary concluded. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo
Local household service workers to have more special leave benefits – DOLE
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Wednesday (July 4) more special leave benefits that can be enjoyed by local household workers or “kasambahays”.
In an advisory, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that household service workers may get more special leave benefits on top of Domestic Workers Act or Kasambahay Law provisions.
Those who can apply for leave benefits are household service workers who meet the requirements for solo parents leave, special leave benefit for women under magna carta for women and violence against women and their children leave.
The leave benefit entitlement is aside from the five-day service incentive leave fixed under labor code.
Secretary Bello also encourages employers and household service workers to engage in dialogues to boost healthy working environment. – UNTV News & Rescue