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Work from home bill signed into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Duterte signs the Petroleum Service Contract for East Palawan Area during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. | PCOO/Rolando Mailo

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the telecommuting act or the work from home bill.

This law institutionalizes telecommuting as an alternative work arrangement for employees in the private sector.

Telecommuting refers to a work arrangement that allows an employee in the private sector to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication or computer technologies.

An employer in the private sector may offer a telecommuting program to its employees on a voluntary basis and should not be less than minimum labor standards set by law including that for health, safety of workers, schedule and workloads, work hours and social security.

The secretary of labor and employment shall issue the appropriate implementing rules and regulations of this act in consultation with the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council within 60 days from the effectivity of the law. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Malacañang: Telecommuting Act will ease traffic problems in Metro Manila

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is confident that the newly-signed
Telecommuting Act or the ‘work-from-home’ law will minimize traffic problems in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

The said bill, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, will lower the number of employees suffering from heavy traffic situations on EDSA and nearby provinces.

The new law allows employees to work at the convenience of their homes or any alternative location with the aid of communication technology.

Panelo said, President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the bill implies his recognition of the country’s emerging and innovative workforce.

Panelo added that the government hopes home-based or remote-based employees will be given similar benefit entitlements as the regular office-based employees.

Malacañang trusts that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will deliver its mandate in implementing the said measure. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte: Economic managers are working on high inflation rate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

In a one-on-one interview with his chief legal counsel on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public that his economic managers are addressing the issue of high inflation rate in the country.

“The economic managers are working on it already, we have a Cabinet meeting right after this and then I’ll also have the chance to ask questions,” he said.

The inflation rate in the country rose from 5.7 percent in the month of July to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

However, the Chief Executive said that no country is immune to inflation.

Duterte had earlier blamed US President Donald Trump’s tariff policies for the high inflation rate in the Philippines. — Rosalie Coz

 

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Filipinos in Japan call for unity ahead of Duterte’s 3rd SONA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: Filipino well-wishers gather outside the Palace Hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, as they wait for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

 

The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan eagerly await President Rodrigo Duterte’s report in his third State of the Nation Address.

Despite being busy in their respective jobs in Japan, they are still very much interested in what’s happening in their beloved country, the Philippines.

They also appealed to the government and fellow Filipinos to work together in unity. For this year’s SONA here are there expectations, admonitions and concerns:

Marjorie Casis said, “Bilang isang OFW, dapat sana lahat tayo bilang Pilipino, dapat sana magkaisa tayo hindi yung nagkakahiwa-hiwalay tayo, kasi bilang Pilipino, walang magmamalasakitan kundi tayo.”

(As an OFW, I hope that we as Filipinos can be united because who else will be there for you but your own countrymen.)

“Dapat pagtuunan din ng pansin yung mga manggagawa natin sa Pilipinas, dahil sa endo… tapos yung mga infrastructure natin tsaka lalo na yung sa mga magsasaka natin,” OFW Calvin Macutay added.

(The government must also focus on the welfare of workers in the Philippines against illegal contractualization. They should also work on building infrastructures and taking care of farmers.)

“Kailangan po na yung pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, mag-uumpisa po sa sarili natin. Kasi kung wala tayong pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, ang mangyayari nun, wala tayong pagbabago,” OFW Jaime Miedes said.

(Faith in government should start within ourselves. If we don’t trust our government, we will not achieve progress.) — Ryuji Sasaki / UNTV News & Rescue

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