Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba urged the MAP members to file
a complaint before ARTA against erring government officers
who are committing violations of the RA 11032 or the Ease of
Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act
Businesses urged to help end corruption in
File a complaint
with Anti-Red Tape Authority and stop giving bribes – Barba
August 1, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry, as the temporary Secretariat of
Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) appealed to the business community
yesterday to take an active part in the implementation of the Ease
of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act by reporting
inefficiencies in government services, amid the numerous red-tape
related complaints raised by companies in a business forum.
“We call on businesses and
our citizens to file a complaint when confronted with incidents of
corruption and red tape. We need to file a case against erring
government official and businesses should testify.” DTI
Undersecretary Rowel Barba said during the open forum of Management
Association of the Philippines (MAP) General Membership Meeting in
Members of the business
sector aired their grievances to the DTI as temporary secretariat of
ARTA, enumerating unpleasant and business-unfriendly experiences
with government. The complaints range from tedious processing of
applications, to unreasonable documentary requirements, and
government offices “sitting” on application of businesses.
informed the business sector on the salient provisions of the EODB
and cited the violations and penalties under the new law. Violations
stipulated in RA11032 include:
a. Refusal to accept
application or request with complete requirements being submitted by
an applicant or requesting party without due cause;
b. Imposition of
additional requirements other than those listed in the Citizen’s
c. Imposition of
additional costs not reflected in the Citizen’s Charter;
d. Failure to give the
applicant or requesting party a written notice on the disapproval of
an application/request; Department of Trade and Industry;
e. Failure to render
government services within the prescribed processing time on any
application and/or request without due cause;
f. Failure to attend to
applicants or requesting parties who are within the premises of the
office or agency concerned prior to the end of official working
hours and during lunch break;
g. Failure or refusal to
issue official receipts; and
h. Fixing and/or collusion
with fixers in consideration of economic and/or other gain or
Any government officer
found liable of committing these violations shall suffer the penalty
of six months suspension (administrative liability), and
disqualification from public office, and forfeiture of retirement
benefits and imprisonment of 1-6 years with a fine ranging from
P500,000 to P2,000,000 (administrative and criminal liability).
Bribery, extortion, or when the violation was done deliberately and
maliciously to solicit favor in cash or in kind shall also incur
criminal liability under the Revised Penal Code.
Responding to queries
regarding the implementing rules and regulations, Usec. Barba
disclosed that a draft version is being prepared by ARTA, and is
subject to broad-based public consultations. The IRR is expected to
be finalized and signed by October 22, 2018, or 90 working days from
the effectivity of the law.
“We wish that there will
be no more corruption in the government and there will be no more
bribers from the private sector.” told Usec.Barba.
appeal to food giants: Don’t deal with sweatshops
August 1, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Dismissed workers of DBSN Agriventures – a poultry dressing plant in
Albuera, Leyte, that has a production capacity of 65,000 heads per
day and a supplier of food giants San Miguel Foods Corporation and
Jollibee Food Corporation – staged a picket in front of the head
offices of said food conglomerates in Ortigas Center Wednesday to
highlight their sorry plight.
Reputational Risk to SMC and JFC
spokesperson of the DBSN Agriventures Workers Union said, “We appeal
to San Miguel Foods Corporation and Jollibee Food Corporation to
look into the workplace conditions of their contractors,
subcontractors and suppliers, particularly DBSN Agriventures that
supplies their chicken meat requirements”.
DBSN Agriventures is one
of the biggest poultry dressing plants in the country. It was
accredited by the National Meat Inspection Service and certified as
an ISO company by TUV-Rhineland despite its violations to labor
standards. Workers at DBSN Agriventures are paid for P285 per
15-hour shift, which is but the regional minimum wage for workers in
Region 8 for 8-hours of work, without overtime pay and premium among
its many labor standard violation.
DBSN Farm Agriventures
Corporation is owned by Ramon Oñate, Municipal Mayor of Palompon,
“SMC Foods and JFC should
recognize the reputational risks brought by sweatshop labor to their
popular brands. If they want to, both companies, who major industry
leaders, could easily put pressure on their suppliers and
contractors to comply with labor rights and standards before they
could enter into business with them,” she added.
“If not, then we have
every reason to declare that the multi-billion peso empires of San
Miguel Foods and Jollibee Food Corporation were accumulated through
the gross violations to labor standards, severe capitalist abuse and
exploitation, and subhuman working conditions of its contractual
workers,” she explained.
Workers sought DOLE
inspection but was punished by management
Despite working for more
than a year and performing functions directly related to the
principal, the DBSN Agriventures management forced its employees to
sign a contract, under threat of termination, to make them employees
of JBC or Manpower Services, an agency which engages in the
prohibited practice of labor-only-contracting. The said manpower
agency is owned by the daughter of the plant manager.
Upon the inspection of a
labor inspector of DOLE Region 8, DBSN was found guilty of the
following labor standards violations: (1) No proof of
coverage/remittance of SSS, (2) No Service Agreement, (3)
Non-payment of Overtime Premium Pay, (4) Non-payment of Service
Incentives Leave Pay, (5) Non-payment of Holiday Pay, (6) Illegal
deduction (personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and
aprons, and delivery and transport expenses of sold products by
boat), (7) Non-payment of Night Shift Differential Pay, 8.
Non-presentation of D.O 174 Registration Certificate, (8)
Non-payment of 13th Month Pay.
Workers’ Campout in
Intramuros: Desperate Action in Desperate Times
The DBSN workers are
currently holding a camp-out infront of the Intramuros offices of
the labor department. They are demanding their reinstatement as
regular employees and the implementation of labor standards as
defined by the Labor Code. The workers are being assisted by the
militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).
BMP president Luke
Espiritu concluded, “The DBSN workers have travelled by land,
risking life and limb, to hold a campout outside the labor
department. It is a desperate act brought by subhuman conditions.
They are not only up against supplier/contractor that is connected
with the food oligarchs. They are also fighting an employer who is
also provincial warlord with no regard for human rights. Their
plight emphasizes the futility of Executive Order 51, which was
signed by Duterte last Labor Day”.
L. Bollido (center), Assistant District Engineer of Biliran
District Engineering Office holds a meeting for contractors
together with Section Chiefs and Technical personnel on July
4, 2018 at Biliran District Engineering office to address
delayed projects of the district.
orders contractors to fast track delayed projects
August 1, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
“Fastracking our projects doesn’t mean that we need to sacrifice the
quality of our work, even if we are ordered to accelerate our
accomplishment,” Alfredo L. Bollido, Assistant District Engineer
reiterated to contractors.
Bollido holds a
contractor’s meeting on July 4, 2018 at Biliran District Engineering
Office (BDEO) to address problem on delayed projects of the district
The meeting was called as
directed by District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. who was attending
a very important meeting at the DPWH Central Office at that time.
From the month of May to
June, 2018, Bollido emphasized that the overall accomplishment of
the district just increased to only 3% a month when it should
supposed to accomplish at least 15% each month.
Bollido said that the
District Engineer wants the contractors to accelerate their work in
order to meet the 15% monthly target accomplishment of the district.
“Allotment of the budget
is based on the performance of the district. If we continue to have
low accomplishment, this will affect our budget allotment for next
year,” Bollido added.
Starting 2019, the
department will be implementing the cash-based policy which means
that contractors have only one year validity period to finish the
implementation of projects.
With this, Bollido orders
contractors to rush the implementation of projects funded from
current General Appropriations Act (GAA) as well as those funded
from previous years’ GAA i.e. 2016 and 2017 in order to smoothen the
2019 project implementation.
According to Bollido, BDEO
would identify those contractors who have low accomplishments.
“Those contractors who
have already 50%-100% negative slippage will be recommended for
contract termination and will be automatically blacklisted to
participate in any future biddings in Biliran DEO,” Bollido said.
“We need your cooperation
because we are not only be the one that will be affected, but also
you (contractors)”, he added.
BDEO has been allotted
P1.6B for 2018 with a total of 60 projects funded under the General
Appropriation Act (GAA). Out of the 60 projects, 24 are already
completed, 28 are on-going and 8 are Not-Yet-Started (NYS) as of
July 31, 2018 with an overall accomplishment of 42.60%.
Under 2017 project
implementation, out of the 57 projects, BDEO has completed 52 with
still five projects on-going which are being rushed for completion.
TUCP calls for
purging of PNP from hoodlums in uniform
Trade Union Congress of
July 31, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is calling for an
in-depth cleansing of the entire Philippine National Police (PNP)
organization from hoodlums in uniform that could have infiltrated
the organization as evidenced by police involvement in
assassinations, killings, kidnapping-for-ransom of civilians and
violent breakup of workers’ lawful picket across the country.
TUCP President Raymond
Mendoza expressed grave concern over the failed police assassination
Monday morning on labor leader and TUCP Vice President and barangay
councilor Jessielou Cadungog Monday morning in Tejero, Cebu City.
The gunman who was killed
in trying to assassinate Cadungog was identified as PO2 Eugene
Alcain Calumba. The accomplice who was taken in custody was PO2
Mendoza also condemned the
police brutally in breaking up workers of NurtiAsia who were holding
a lawful picket outside the factory in Meycauayan, Bulacan Monday
for illegal contractualization, substandard payment of wages,
non-payment of mandatory social protection insurance committed by
“Who will protect us now
against lawlessness and breakdown of the rule of law now that the
police themselves who are supposed to protect the people are the
ones who are killing and hurting us? Who will protect us now that
the police themselves are kidnapping us? Where do the weak and
powerless go and seek for protection? Mendoza said.
“The recent spate of
police involvement in criminal activities directed at civilians and
ordinary citizens merits an honest-to-goodness cleansing of the
police ranks nationwide to separate the bad ones from the good ones
so that the people’s trust in our PNP is restored,” Mendoza said.
Cadungog is a long-time
labor leader in Cebu who helped organized the port workers union
against the abusive labor slavery and played a key role in port
workers establishment of the Oriental Port and Allied Services
Corporation (OPASCOR), a company providing arrastre and stevedoring
services in the Cebu International Port.
The workers’ enterprise is
owned by workers affiliated with the TUCP’s Associated Labor
Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).
Rather than initiating an
investigation into the incident, Mendoza lamented by saying the said
police assassin’s ranking superiors are passing it off outright as a
legitimate police operation and are covering up the incident by
turning the tables against Cadungog by claiming it was the victims
who were trying to kill the motorcycle-riding police assassins.
According to Mendoza, the
policemen’s botched attempt on Cadungog sent a chilling effect on
the labor movement with the PNP acting as the judge, the jury and
The incident will now
surely hamper trade unions’ efforts to organize workers for better
wages and benefits, good working conditions and affect labor groups’
efforts to safeguard workers from abusive employers and business
owners, Mendoza said. TUCP called for an independent investigation
by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the failed
Mendoza also cited the
case of previous police assault on union leader Patricio Tago Jr, 33
years old and vice president of De Luxe Bags Philippines Inc.
Employees Union while organizing workers in Tarlac City.
On September 25, 2016,
Tarlac City policemen also abducted Tago at gunpoint and imprisoned
him on trumped up illegal drug charges to dissuade 3,000 other
co-workers to vote against forming a union.
Rotary Club of
Calbayog facilitates bloodletting activity
July 30, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – “To
err is human but to save life is heroic.” The Rotary Club of
Calbayog delivers one heroic deed to the community by implementing
its Health Service Program in a bloodletting activity held Saturday,
July 28, at the Calbayog City Police Station, Brgy. Aguit-itan, this
The activity is in line
with the One Rotary, One District Grand Bloodletting bannered, “Be
there for someone else. Give Blood. Share Life.”, by the Rotary
International District 3860. This initiative promotes community
empowerment by educating the participants the benefits of blood
donation as it reduces cancer risk, boosts the production of red
blood cells, beneficial for the human heart, lowers cholesterol
level, replenishes blood, aids in fighting hemochromatosis,
facilitates production of red blood cells, makes the donor
psychologically rejuvenated, and donors are automatically warned of
serious illnesses urging them to seek for medical help or
agencies and civic organizations joined the said activity yielding
37 blood bags out of 60 would-be donors after undergoing medical
screening. The vast support of the Philippine National Police (PNP)
headed by Provincial Director Nicolas Torre III resulted to the
participation of police officers from different police stations in
Samar including San Jose, Happy Valley, Tarangnan, Palanas Cara,
Sta. Margarita, San Joaquin, and Calbayog City. Some donors came
from the Department of Education, Bureau of Fire Protection, and
three Lady Rotarians of RC Calbayog.
“I earnestly request all
Calbayognons to support the advocacy of RC Calbayog because of the
scarcity of blood in the locality”, said Mr. Aris P. Dacaynos, team
leader, Blood Bank, Provincial Government of Samar. “Calbayog City
alone consumes about 100 blood bags every month. That’s why we
encourage more blood donors that will save more lives especially the
less privileged.” Dacaynos added.
RC Calbayog plans to
conduct the bloodletting activity on a semi-annual basis enjoining
the participation of the 157 barangays of Calbayog City through its
barangay officials to encourage more blood donors and to make the
blood available to the hospitals in the city for emergency use of
the less fortunate patients.
Andrew D. Soledad, NMP Head of the Information and Marketing
Section answers questions from PESO Manager of NWSSU
regarding NMP’s programs and services.
NMP attends 2nd
and 3rd Quarter PESO Managers Meeting
July 30, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – As
part of the Agency’s information and dissemination drive, the
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government-owned
maritime training and research institution attended the 2nd and 3rd
Quarter Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers Conference
last 26 July 2018 at the Northwest Samar State University (NWSSU),
Calbayog City, Samar Province.
The event was organized by
the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Samar Field Office in
order to discuss issues and concerns in the implementation of PESO
programs for the previous quarter and to have strategic planning for
the current and future implementations.
In line with the Agency’s
effort of strengthening its visibility especially within the region,
NMP took the opportunity in marketing its training courses and
services during the said activity. Agency fact sheets and prints of
Annual Master Training Schedule (AMTS) were distributed to the PESO
Also highlighted during
the NMP’s presentation was the offering of Basic Training for
Motorboat Handlers /Fisherman Operators (MBHOF) under its modified
safety courses, which form part of the Agency’s corporate social
responsibility. MBHOF is being conducted by NMP for FREE in
partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime
Industry Authority (MARINA) Regional Office VIII.
PESO is a non-fee charging
multi-employment service facility or entity established or
accredited pursuant to Republic Act No. 8759 otherwise known as PESO
Act of 1999 aimed to carry out full employment and equality of
employment opportunities to all to strengthen and expand the
existing employment facilitation service machinery of the government
particularly at the local levels.
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including
value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of
Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced
competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come
up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the
Those interested in NMP
research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nm.gov.ph) and
access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed
for gathering inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of NMP
completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime
more than 300,000 regularized workers in the SONA report is grossly
July 28, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
country's biggest labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) revealed that the "more than
300,000 regularized endo workers" by the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) as its accomplishment since 2016 is grossly
DOLE Secretary Silvestre
Bello and Bureau of Labor Relations Director Benjo Benavidez made it
appear to President Duterte for his State of the Nation Address
Monday that the DOLE have regularized 321,000 Endo and
contractualized workers over the period of two years as achievement
in compliance to Duterte efforts to stem the prevalent, short-term
and temporary contractualization work practice.
However, upon verification
of the records of DOLE Thursday, ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay
learned that only 202,000 contractualized workers have been absorbed
voluntarily by different establishments nationwide as regular
workers and about 119,000 other Endo workers have yet to be
regularized because the principal employers are contesting the
regularization order of DOLE regional offices.
Even the 202,000 alleged
regularized Endo workers are still questionable because it has to be
verified if they were regular to the middlemen manpower agencies or
to the principal employer and principal business owner that utilize
We urge the DOLE to
rectify the matter and make the necessary, accurate and honest
clarification to the people, Tanjusay said.
It can be recalled that
Bello vehemently denied ALU-TUCP allegations they misinformed the
President with the data and dared Tanjusay to himself check his data
with the DOLE office.
But Bello surprised with
Tanjusay showing up his office the whole day Wednesday.
Instead of facing Tanjusay,
Bello rather asked Benavidez and Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod to
talk to the ALU-TUCP spokesperson.
On K to 12
program, not just the curriculum – ACT
July 27, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Teachers group Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines called on
the Department of Education and the Congress to do ‘an honest
evaluation of the whole K-12 program and see that it is better
abandoned altogether than be maintained or reformed.’ ACT issued the
statement after DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones announced that the K
to 12 curriculum will undergo review to ‘keep up with the changing
times’ last July 26.
“K to 12 has worsened the
problems of our education system in all aspects. Its impetuous
implementation has aggravated the shortages in facilities, personnel
and materials. It intensified the privatization in the basic
education through the voucher system. It reinforced the colonial and
market-oriented curriculum of the basic and tertiary education. We
can see no reason why it should still be continued,” said Raymond
Basilio, Secretary General of ACT Philippines.
Republic Act 10533 which
was passed in 2013 made mandatory the one year in kindergarten and
two years in senior highschool purportedly to address the poor
quality of basic education and high unemployment rate.
Five years after the law
was enacted, Basilio said that the program has become a burden to
teachers, students and parents and is plagued with a lot of
problems, citing that “textbooks for elementary and junior
highschool are not yet completed, instructional materials for senior
highschool teachers are not yet available, public senior highschools
are very scant, billions of pesos are paid by the government to
private schools, and the drop-out rate is alarming.”
“And for what?” asked
Basilio, noting there is no remarkable improvements in the
achievement test results of K to 12 students nor in the country’s
unemployment rate. He cited that the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (PCCI) said in a statement early this year that the 1st
batch of K to 12 graduates were not ready for skilled jobs and are
therefore not employable.
Basilio agreed that the
current K to 12 curriculum is problematic.
“Not only does it serve
capitalist interest, it also promotes an even more colonial
education. For one, Philippine History is no longer taught in
highschool. It also effected the reduction of required Filipino and
social science subjects in the tertiary level,” he noted.
He, however, criticized
Briones’ K to 12 curriculum review direction of ‘teaching how to
make robots’ and ‘teaching life skills,’ saying that it does not get
out of the colonial framework of producing cheap labor to meet
global market demands and reinforces individualistic desire for
wealth and success.
“Education must be geared
towards national development. Its duty is to optimize the potentials
of our youth and instill among them a deep desire to serve the
country. They should be equipped with critical thinking, necessary
skills and sense of nationalism to enable them to analyze and help
solve the underdevelopment of our country.
“It is not enough that
they are taught how to ‘adapt to the fast changing world.’ They
should be made to realize that they can be catalysts of change and
that they must use their skills and talents in effecting the kind of
change that the Filipino people aspire – to be freed from poverty,
underdevelopment, corruption in government and dependence to foreign
powers,” Basilio concluded.