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)
Senate resumes probe on ‘nakaw load’
MANILA, Philippines —The Senate has resumed its investigation of complaints by prepaid subscribers concerning questionable load deductions or “nakaw load”.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the technical working group (TWG) will be discussing the issue with private sectors this week.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will release a new memorandum circular against “nakaw load.”
Included in the memo are steps on how to monitor subscriptions on value-added services (VAS).
“To have at least, two step opting-in confirmation … the subscriber must receive the remaining balance everyday,” NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Barrios said.
The last hearing revealed that the primary cause of unwarranted load deductions are the value-added services that a prepaid subscriber unwittingly avails.
A major telecom company has already enforced tighter rules against fraudulent practices of some third-party VAS providers.
Senate committee on science & technology chair Senator Bam Aquino said this is a commendable step by the NTC.
“Palagay ko po mahalaga po yun na ang alam ng bawat subscriber kung magkano yung natitirang pera at kung meron silang maling nakuha o meron silang nakita na pagbabawas ng hindi tama. Puwede silang magcomplaint, agad agad,” Aquino said.
(I believe it is important for every subscriber to know how much load is left in order to monitor unwarranted deductions. This way they can promptly file a complaint.)
Meanwhile, the two major telecommunications ensured that they will coordinate with the government.
NTC is expected to release the new policy in June or July. — UNTV News & Rescue
DTI to release new SRPs on school supplies next month
FILE PHOTO: Notebooks
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to release a list of suggested retail prices (SRPs) on school supplies next month to serve as guide to consumers prior to the opening of classes in June.
DTI advises consumers to shop early to avoid the sudden increase in prices of basic school supplies.
“Mamili na sila ng school supplies habang maaga pa at tsaka wag silang mag-alala nakabantay ang DTI sa lahat ng concerns ng mamimili,” DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said.
(They should buy school supplies while it’s still early. Do not worry, DTI is monitoring concerns of consumers.)
It has been observed that prices of ordinary school supplies have already marked up months before classes begin. Some vendors in Nepa Q-Mart are actually planning to increase their prices.
“Lahat po halos tumaas eh, simula po sa notebook tapos sa mga pad,” school supply retailer Rose Bolaong said.
(Almost everything went up, from notebooks to pad papers.)
Meanwhile, DTI has demanded explanation from paper manufacturers for unauthorized increase in prices.
The manufacturers argued that the price of raw materials in the global market has increased; inevitably affecting the price of paper products. They promised DTI not to add to their prices this year.
“Ang increase na nagawa na nila ito na yun, wala nang karagdagang increase. This school year nag-commit na sila. Ito na iyon, for June,” Castelo said.
(This is the increase that they have made; no more additional increases. They have committed this school year. This is it for June.)
DTI is set to meet with large-scale school supply retailers to hear their side on the issue. — UNTV News & Rescue
DA, DTI to create TWG to study rice pricing in PH
Sacks of rice stored in a warehouse.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will form a technical working group (TWG) to study the system of rice pricing in the country.
DA Secretary Manny Piñol on Wednesday said the unavailability of a suggested retail price or SRPs allows retailers to sell rice at their own pricing.
This was observed when DA and DTI representatives made rounds in public markets yesterday where some retailers sell a kilogram of rice for more than P60.
Piñol added that with the help of a TWG, all variety of rice especially the imported ones will have proper labels that include the country of origin. Also, rice variety will be classified according to quality in order to know the appropriate price value before it goes out to consumers.
Meanwhile, the DA will install CCTV inside NFA warehouses as well as global positioning system (GPS) in rice delivery trucks going in and out of the warehouse premises.
This is to ensure proper inventory of NFA rice and to prevent diversion of supply. — Rey Pelayo|UNTV News & Rescue