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Filipino nurses receive low salaries

A PHILIPPINE lawmaker belonging to the Nationalist bloc has appealed to his colleagues to support the country’s nurses by increasing their basic monthly salary to P25,000.
In a privilege speech Monday, Rep. Neri Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna) said the Salary Grade 15 with an equivalent of P25,000-monthly salary for nurses under the Nursing Act of 2002 was never implemented and was nullified by the Salary Standardization Law 3 (SSL 3) in 2009.
“Based on SSL 3, a Nurse 1 position has an equivalent of P18,000-monthly salary. In private hospitals not covered by SSL 3, some nurses even receive a meager P6,000-monthly salary,” Colmenares said.

PH to regulate employment of foreigners

THE House Committee on Labor and Employment has recently approved a proposal to amend the Philippine Labor Code to enhance the regulation of employment of foreign nationals by requiring them to secure a working permit from the labor department and raising penalties for law breakers, a report on Saturday said.
The committee chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved House Bill 5470 seeking to amend Articles 40, 41 and 42 of Title II, Book 1 of Presidential Decree 442, as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines, to enhance the regulation of employment of foreign nationals and transfer of technology to the country.
The amendment to Article 40 of PD 442, which pertains to employment permit of non-resident foreign nationals, provides that all non-resident foreign nationals seeking employment in the country shall obtain an employment permit from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Philippine Congress: Use Filipino language!

THE House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs has approved a proposal to require all recruitment agencies, employment agencies, labor providers and direct-hiring employers of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to provide a parallel translation in Filipino or in any of the major Philippine Regional or Indigenous Languages, of the employment contracts that the OFWs will sign before their deployment abroad.
The Committee approved the proposal embodied in House Bill 4836 authored by Rep. Juan Johnny R. Revilla (Party-list, OFW Family) before Congress adjourned session last March. The panel was then chaired by former Rep. Walden F. Bello (Party-list, Akbayan).
In a press statement released Sunday, Revilla explained that most OFWs do not understand the content of the contracts they sign which are written in English or other foreign languages.

Philippine Congress: Age does not matter

A PHILIPPINE lawmaker is pushing for the early passage of a measure prohibiting employers, labor contractors and labor organizations from discriminating against any individual due to age.
Rep. Susan A. Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) authored House Bill 411, which ensures that a person is not denied a job, an equal chance of training, or a promotion because of age.

Phl to protect workers from bankruptcy

THE Committee on Labor and Employment of the Philippine House of Representatives has approved for floor deliberation a measure that assures the wages and other monetary claims of workers in case of bankruptcy of employers even without formal declaration of insolvency.
House Bill 5308, which substituted House Bill 2547 authored by Party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), amends Article 10 of Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines. It was co-authored by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, chairman of the labor and employment panel.
In Committee Report 530, the panel said the bill seeks to protect the rights of the workers to be the first lien in case of bankruptcy of the employer.
“It requires that in the event of bankruptcy of the employer, the workers should be given the first preference as regards their wages and other monetary claims,” the committee said.

Protection of Filipino workers sought

A PHILIPPINE lawmaker on Tuesday said he is seeking the enactment of a “Workers’ Protection Act” that will ensure the rights of workers are protected and their rightful benefits are afforded them in cases of company closures or cessation of operations of establishments.
Rep. Gus Tambunting of Parañaque City said his proposal embodied in House Bill 4338 aims to protect the rights and promote the welfare of workers who serve as partners in the production of wealth and income of companies.
He said as incidence of poverty increases in the country, so does the problem of inequality. Thus, he said workers in times of economic depression should be protected.
“Company closures and cessation of business activities are inevitable. Various factors affect the business cycle and business productivity, hence, workers in most inopportune times of economic recession are caught in the web of unemployment. The loss of business is tantamount to loss of employment,” said Tambunting.