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SSS squabble cited as reason behind non-renewal of term of top execs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not tolerate squabble in the board of Social Security System (SSS).

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that this is the reason why the president did not extend the term of Amado Valdez as chairman, and Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña as commissioner of SSS.

Both served on a hold-over capacity and their term expired on June 30, 2017.

“I think the president wants them replaced because he thinks SSS will be more efficient if there is no squabble among the board [members] of SSS,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue



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Duterte skips barangay polls for ‘purely political’ reasons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

President Duterte’s ratings, expected

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte skipped Monday’s barangay elections primarily “to erase suspicions.” He added that his reason was “purely political.”

“Purely political. Lahat iyong tumakbo kaibigan ko (I’m friends with all the candidates). Almost all were my supporters during the last election, and they would never believe na nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila (whether I voted for them or not ). So tingin ko (I thought) the better option is just skip the voting. Ayokong magduda sila (I don’t want them to have any doubts),” the President said in his speech Monday night, May 14, at  the wake of former Senator Edgardo Angara.

President Duterte did not show up to vote at his polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School where a presidential chair was prepared. Monday’s barangay elections, the first in five years after several postponements, was also the first under the Duterte administration. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ex-SSS exec Pompee La Viña is appointed new tourism undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Newly-appointed tourism undersecretary Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña


President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña as tourism undersecretary.

His appointment papers were signed by the President on Tuesday, April 24.

La Viña was relieved from his previous post as Social Security System (SSS) commissioner due to corruption allegations. Malacañang, however, declined to comment on this issue.

Aside from La Viña, Duterte also appointed former National Press Club president, Benny Antiporda, as new undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Boracay council pushes for temporary cessation of displaced workers’ SSS contributions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Some shops at the Boracay Island

MANILA, Philippines — According to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Western Visayas, an estimated 36,000 workers from over 3,000 registered establishments in Boracay will be affected by the temporary closure of the island starting April 26.

Due to the island’s shutdown, the displaced workers will not be able to pay monthly contribution and loans to Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Fund.

The Boracay Industry Tripartite Council (BITC) created a resolution that seeks the implementation of moratorium or the temporary cessation of SSS monthly contributions of displaced workers in Boracay.

The council will also ask financial and technical assistance from national government agencies.

“This resolution involves appeal of the workers and the management sector asking for moratorium from SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig from payment of premiums kasi wala po silang kita (because they have no income), and then payment of loans,” DOLE-Aklan Director Carmela Abellar said.

Next week, DOLE central office and the Office of the President are expected to submit the resolution.

Meanwhile, the labor department is hastening the process of profiling of the formal and informal sectors in the island to be able to create an emergency employment plan and identify the scope of the closure’s impact.

“We are encouraging all those who have received the forms to accomplish that one and to submit even on a weekend,” said Abellar.

DOLE also reminded displaced workers of the opportunity to earn for being a part of the six-month rehabilitation program.

Also, layoffs are prohibited despite the closure. If they will terminate employees, employers must provide separation pay and benefits based on the law.

With leave during the six-month period, employees must return to work once the island reopens. — UNTV News & Rescue

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