Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021   •   1136

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

21 arestado sa umano’y cybersex den sa Valenzuela City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

Sinalakay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime group ang isang hinihinalang cybersex den sa Valenzuela City, kung saan arestado ang 21 mga suspek.

Pawang mga call center agent umano ang pakilala ng mga nagta-trabaho rito, pero napag-alaman ng mga otoridad na malalaswang video ang kanilang ibinebenta online sa mga foreigner.

“Mayroon silang violation na ginagawa para sa violation ng RA-10175 which is the anti-cybercrime law, ang ginagawa nila parang call center, nagpapanggap yung mga tao na fake account,” ayon kay PCpt. Arvin Creencia ng Northern Police Anti-Cybercrime Team.

Arestado ang 21 suspek na nagtratrabaho sa hinihinalang cybersex den sa Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City.

Ni-raid ng mga operatiba ng PNP-Anti Cybercrime group ang isang gusali na nagsisilbing kuta ng mga suspek na nagpapakilala umanong mga call center agent.

Nasa 16 lalake at 5 babae ang naaktuhan ng mga pulis na nagpo-proseso ng online transaction at nagbebenta ng malalaswang video sa kanilang mga customer.

Napagalaman ng mga otoridad na gumagamit ng online dating site ang mga suspek at doon ipinadadaan ang pagbebenta ng mga video. Kapag nakabenta mayroong komisyon na P850 ang mga empleyado sa kada kliyente.

Todo tanggi naman ang operations manager ng sinasabing cybersex den, at iginiit na mayroon silang permit bilang Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Ayon sa may-ari ng isang katabing establisyimento, hindi nila inakala na iligal ang operasyon ng naturang kumpanya. Kwento pa nito, 24 hours ang operasyon ng inaakala nilang BPO, kung saan may shifting pa ang mga empleyado.

Sa ngayon ay nasa kostodiya na ng Valenzuela City Police ang mga suspek at sasampahan ang mga ito ng kasong paglabag sa Anti-Cybercrime Law habang ang mga ebidensyang computer ay dadalhin sa Camp Crame para sa forensic examination. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

Gatchalian promises jobs to displaced workers in Nexgreen Corp. ‘coin wage’ controversy

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Thursday (July 1) met with some of the employees of the controversial Nexgreen Enterprise which recently made headlines for paying an employee in five and 10 centavo coins.

Gatchalian discussed with the workers potential opportunities for employment.

They will be assisted by the Valenzuela Public Employment Service Office in accomplishing their job application requirements for the city’s job-matching program.

Mayor Gatchalian also asked them to contact their co-workers who were also displaced by Nexgreen to be able to receive food subsidy and job matching opportunities from the city government.

Gatchalian promised that the displaced employees will be compensated accordingly.

On Wednesday (June 30) Gatchalian suspended the company’s business permit and gave its management 15 days to rectify all issues raised against them.

He warned of permanent closure of the factory if the management fails to accomplish what is required in relation to the notice of suspension served in the afternoon of Wednesday.

Pagpapasahod ng barya, labag sa batas ayon sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2021

Labag sa batas ang pagpapasahod ng barya, ayon sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Batay sa isang circular ng BSP, ang mga baryang piso gaya ng P5 at P10 ang maari lang gamiting pambayad kung ang halaga ay hindi lalagpas ng P1,000.

Habang ang mga baryang P0.01, P0.05, P0.10 at P0.25 ay maaaring pambayad kung ang halaga ay hindi hihigit sa P100.

Ngunit mas maliit pa ang limitasyon nito kung ibabatay naman sa Republic Act 7653 o The New Central Bank Act.

“In particular naman doon sa Section 52 of Republic Act 7653, ‘pag halimbawa, ang coin at 25 cents, up to 50 pesos lang pwede siyang pambayad. At kung 10 centavos, 5 centavos, 1 centavo, pwede mo siyang pambayad or sabihin na nating legal tender lang ang coin, hanggang 20 pesos lang,” ayon sa Bank Officer V ng BSP Currency Policy and Integrity Department Nenette Malabrigo.

Sinomang mapapantunayang lumabag sa naturang batas ay maaring magmulta ng P50,000 hanggang P200,000 o makulong ng 2 hanggang 10 taon o hindi kaya ay mapapatawan ng parehong parusa depende sa desisyon ng korte.

Paliwanag naman ng Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, posibleng makaapekto ang insidenteng ito sa business permit ng kumpanya.

“Remember, ang business permits natin, nakaangkla, may condition iyan. Pribilehiyo iyan na ibinibigay ng pamahalaang lungsod na nakalagay doon na kailangan sumunod ka sa lahat ng alituntunin, lokal man o nasyonal. A BSP Circular is part of a national ruling on how you should pay for goods and services rendered to you. So, doon, I can tell you, mayroon na siyang butas doon,” aniya.

Nanawagan si Gatchalian sa mga employer na tratuhin ng may dignidad ang kanilang mga tauhan dahil hindi ito palalagpasin ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Sinubukan ng UNTV na kuhaan ng pahayag ang naturang empleyado ngunit tumanggi muna ito habang may  nakatakda pang pakikipagpulong si Gatchalian sa may-ari ng kumpanya sa Miyerkules (ika-30 ng Hunyo). -AAC (Mula sa ulat ni Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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