Work from home bill signed into law

UNTV News   •   January 11, 2019   •   14459

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

Computer loan para sa mga kawani ng pamahalaan, handog ng GSIS

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Upang makatugon sa pangangailangang ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya pagdating sa teknolohiya, ipinahayag ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang computer loan program ng ahensya.

Ayon kay Ginoong Deity Manampan, ang Officer-in-Charge ng Visayas Office ng GSIS, ang programang ito ay ginhawang handog para sa mga work-from-home employee at sa online distance learning ng kanilang mga anak.

Ang maximum amount na maaaring utangin ng mga empleyado ay Php30,000 at ito ay babayaran sa loob ng isang taon na mayroong 6% per annum interest rate.

Ayon kay Manampang sa milyong miyembro ng GSIS, 282 members pa lamang ang nag-avail ng nasabing proyekto.

Kaya naman hinihikayat ng opisyal ang mga GSIS member na huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon na maka-avail sa programa.

“As of yesterday, nasa 282 members lamang po ang nabigyan ng loan, and that’s amounting to Php8.4 million. Millions po ang miembro ng GSIS bakit nasa 282 pa lamang ang  nagloloan ng computer loan? Ako po ay nananawagan na iavail na po ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” ani Manampan.

Paalala pa ng opisyal, ang programang ito ay hanggang December 31, 2021 na lamang. —/mbmf

Duterte calls on ASEAN countries to stand with Myanmar amid coup crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has called on member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to stand with Myanmar amid its coup crisis.

During the 39th ASEAN Summit, Duterte urged all parties in Myanmar to heed the ASEAN’s plea for peace.

“The Philippines urges all parties in Myanmar to engage in constructive dialogue with ASEAN. We are, after all, an ASEAN family. And if we cannot trust each other and work together, then who can Myanmar trust and work with?” he said.

He also urged ASEAN’s special envoy to visit Myanmar soon and meet all the parties involved.

Duterte expressed concern about Myanmar’s rejection of ASEAN’s sincere offers of assistance, stating that it may undermine the mutual trust and confidence that ASEAN-member states share.

Meanwhile, the president said the Philippines will commit to help individuals caught up in “situations beyond their control”.

“Our doors are open to our Rohingya brothers and sisters and other peoples of Myanmar who seek refuge,” he said. AAC

Duterte wants LGU officials to convince constituents to get vaccinated

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged local government officials to ramp up their respective COVID-19 vaccination programs.

“I urge LGUs to come up with the most systematic and efficient way of finding out who among your constituents have not yet vaccinated. Please do everything to convince them to get vaccinated,” he said during his weekly public address.

Duterte reported that as of October 24, the country has administered 55.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, where around 30 million were given as first doses and 25 million as second doses.

He added that the national government aims to fully vaccinate 50 million citizens by the end of the year.

“We also need to ramp up vaccination rate in various LGUs in order to reach our target of inoculating 50 million fully-vaccinated individuals by the end of the year,” Duterte said.

The president added that vaccine supply allocated for far-flung provinces must not expire and should preserve its integrity.

” Yung mga bakuna na sana umabot na doon sa pinakamalayong lugar and the provincial, city, and
municipal health officials will take over. Ang concern ko lang naman is that they would be able to preserve the integrity of the vaccines. That is very important. Ibig sabihin na hindi expired, walang sira, hindi ma-contaminate and all,” he said. AAC

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