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Solusyon sa problema ng unemployment sa bansa, tinalakay sa ika-12 Development Policy Research Month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014

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)

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DTI proposes registration of online shops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Some products sold online


MANILA, Philippines – The PNP Anti-Cyber Crime group has recorded 44 cases so far this year, of online scams involving the sale of fake or substandard products.

Last year, there were more than 500 cases.

With this, the agency plans to implement a registration system for E-commerce or what is now popularly known as online shopping.

According to the figures provided by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), almost 35% of purchases made in the country was done online.

“There are online platforms online distributors, that are not registered in the country. So there’s no way for us to be able to trace but obviously, what we observe is that the regular linked in portal stores are almost 35% of sales happen online. That is a huge portion. Very significant portion of retail or of selling,” DTI Usec for Consumer Protection Group Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua said.

Usec. Pascua added that they will seek the assistance of the Department of Information and Technology and other agencies to have a monitoring of products sold online and to address complaints from shoppers.

“These online stores should be registered, or we should have a measure where we can visit them, check and talk to them regarding their business if they have needs or complaints,” Pascua said.

The DTI has once again reminded consumers to take caution before shopping online.

DTI said online shoppers should make sure that the online shopping website where they plan to buy products:

-has “https” which proves its legitimacy;
-has a padlock icon which means the payment method is secured;
-contains complete information about the seller;
-has a return policy;
-and customer reviews.

For complaints, shoppers may call DTI hotline numbers. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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Proposed designs of modernized jeepney models, unveiled to the public

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presented to the public, Thursday, 16 prototype jeepneys that would replace the old jeepney models.

This is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.

The jeepney models presented earlier were all locally-manufactured.

The designs were based on the standard set by the DTI and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The door of the PUV is placed on the right side of the driver for proper monitoring of boarding and disembarking passengers.

The new jeepneys also have CCTV cameras, Wifi, gobal positioning system (GPS) that would ensure the security of passengers.

The passenger seats in some of the jeepney designs are front-facing, which is based on the old jeepney unit designs.

It also uses automated fare collection or beep cards for the payment of fares.

The jeepneys use Euro 4 engine that spews lesser smoke, to prevent air pollution.

Each model can carry up to 25 passengers.

According to the DTI, the development of the jeepneys could help improve the livelihood of PUV drivers and operators.

“It will encourage more passengers to ride because it is now more comfortable,” DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said.

The LTFRB and DTI vow that the government will prepare an effective financing program that would help drivers and operators keep pace with the PUV modernization.

“We’re working out with the Department of Finance and with government financial institutions to give out a very generous financial package to jeepney operators,” LTFRB Atty. Martin Delgra III said.

The price of each unit of a modernized jeepney ranges from P1.2 to 1.6 million.

For now, the Transportation Department is now focusing on the designation of PUV routes to ensure an effective public transportation in the country. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Price of processed meat may shoot up this holiday season

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Incorporated (PAMPI) is about to notify the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the group’s plan to impose a 5% to 8% price increase on their products.

The group said that they will be compelled to do so because of the impact of the peso-dollar exchange rate to the materials that they import, especially pork.

PAMPI also noted a 12% to 15% increase on both imported and local pork following the outbreak of bird flu in Central Luzon.

According to meat processors, luncheon meat and sausages are among the canned goods that may have price adjustment.

Francis Buancamino of PAMPI said, a regular ham which currently costs P170 may have an additional P13.60.

“The impact is heavy because a large part of our importation is meat,” Buencamino said.

According to DTI, two giant meat processors they talked to last week did not mention any increase in the price of canned goods.

But they have notified DTI of up to 4% increase on ham.

Usec. Teodoro Pascua said they are still awaiting notice from other meat processors who also plan to impose a price hike on their products.

A group of supermarkets, meanwhile said, consumers have a variety of choices especially since manufacturers are expected to offer promotions in the coming months.

“They have to report to their mother company , ‘Oh, we increased our sales this month.’ Every year yan so naghahabol ng benta yan (That’s every year, their catching up with sales),” Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Inc. President Steve Cua said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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