80,000 Filipino seafarers, nanganganib na mawalan ng trabaho

admin   •   February 4, 2014   •   6970

FILE PHOTO: Isang barkong pangkomersyo na nakadaong sa pantalan sa Hamburg, Germany. (ACE VILLAMORE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Nanganganib na mawalan ng trabaho ang nasa 80-libong Filipino seafarer kung hindi papasa sa standard ng European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) ang mga maritime training school sa bansa.

Sa darating na Abril ay muling babalik sa Pilipinas ang mga tauhan ng EMSA upang muling magsagawa ng inspeksyon sa mga maritime training school.

Sa pagkakataong ito, kapag hindi pa nakapasa sa standards ng EMSA ang mga maritime training school ay mapipilitan na ang European Union (EU) na i-ban ang mga Pinoy seafarer sa mga bansang nasasakupan nito.

Kaalinsabay nito, ipinanukala ni Senator Franklin Drilon ang Senate Bill No. 2043 na naglalayong bumuo ng isang maritime administration sa pamamagitan ng Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) para sa training at pagbibigay ng certification ng mga seafarer.

Ayon kay Drilon, kailangang maaksyunan ang naturang panukalang batas upang maiwasan ang napipintong ban sa mga Filipino seaman.

Sa ngayon, ang Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ang nagbibigay ng lisensya sa mga seafarer.

Ngunit kapag naipasa na ang panukalang batas, ang MARINA na ang magbibigay ng lisensya sa mga seaman.

Sa kabila nito, sinabi ni Engr. Nelson Ramirez ng United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) na hindi nito masusulusyunan ang tunay na problema sa industriya.

Paliwanag nito, “Yung sinasabi niya na ilipat ang licensure examination magmula sa PRC papuntang MARINA, mabibigyan na tayo ng maraming problema, hindi na natin kailangan ng ban sa European Union dahil ang pag-isyu pa lang ng certificate aabutin ng dalawang taon at walang ship owner na maghihintay ng marinong Pilipino ng dalawang taon para matapos lang ang dokumento.”

Sinabi din ni Ramirez na hindi man lamang nagkakaroon ng konsultasyon at malayang talakayan upang masolusyunan ang problema.

Samantala, kapag natuloy ang ban ay hindi lamang mga Filipino seaman ang maaapektuhan kundi maging ang ekonomiya ng bansa.

Batay sa report ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas noong 2012, umabot ng limang bilyong dolyar ang remittances mula sa mga kababayan nating seafarer.(Mon Jocson / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Senate approves bill extending voter registration for 1 month

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate on Monday (September 27) approved on third and final reading a bill extending voter registration by 30 days.

Senate Bill No. 2408, an Act Extending the Registration of Voters for the 2022 National and Local Elections, was unanimously approved by all senators and agreed that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) needed to be compelled to move the deadline after its continued rejection of the proposal.

Senator Miguel Zubiri, main sponsor of the bill, said there is no need for a bicameral meeting as the Senate will adopt the House of Representatives’ version of the bill. He added that the final version will be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature.

“Hopefully the President will sign this request,” Zubiri said.

The extension of voter registration, according to Zubiri,  would prevent the disenfranchisement of about 12 million eligible voters.

In the bill’s explanatory note, the senators stressed that almost six months of the registration period was lost when strict lockdowns were imposed during the pandemic. More days were lost too when areas were reverted back to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)or modified ECQ.

Comelec set the voter registration deadline to September 30, which was before the pandemic, the senators said.

“In this connection, Comelec could not have anticipated the adverse impact of the pandemic on voter registration and must make the necessary adjustments to allow more unregistered potential voters to register. In fact, voter registration was suspended several times due to the adverse effect of Covid-19,” the senators added. AAC

 

 

Lapid files bill seeking paid quarantine leave benefits for qualified workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A bill seeking paid quarantine leave benefits for qualified workers in the public and private sector has been filed in the Senate.

The proposed measure, filed by Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid, will provide  for 28 paid quarantine leave benefits per year equivalent to the daily wage rate of affected workers in the public and private sectors.

The grant of paid quarantine leave is applicable to any person who, while performing tasks as required for his/her employment whether in the public or private sector, and regardless of employment status, shall be exposed to or be infected with a highly contagious diseases or dangerous chemical which would require quarantine for a certain period of time.

The qualified worker shall be entitled to paid leave equivalent to his/her daily wage rate during the entire period of his/her quarantine; provided, that the quarantine period shall not exceed 28 days for any given year.

Lapid said that providing a separate benefit for quarantine leave would help workers who risk getting infected, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ang masaklap para sa ating mga masisipag at matatapang na manggagawa, oras na tamaan sila ng sakit gaya na lamang ng COVID-19, hindi lamang sila gagastos sa pagpapa-ospital at pagbili ng gamot, ang ilan pa sa kanila ay walang sweldong matatanggap o nauubos ang leave dahil kanilang mag-quarantine,” the senator said in a statement.

Based on the proposed bill, the Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), as applicable, shall reimburse the employer for the payment of its employee’s paid quarantine leaves, provided, that the employer shall shoulder the payment of such quarantine leaves.

In case an employer refuses to grant the paid quarantine leave benefit, they shall be punished by a fine of not less than P30,000.00 but not more than P200,000.00. AAC

Bill seeking ‘zero illiteracy’ filed in Senate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A bill that seeks to achieve ‘zero illiteracy’ in the country has been filed in the Senate.

Senator Win Gatchalian, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, has filed Senate Bill No. 2348 or the “National Literacy Council Act” which will rename and strengthen the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) and reformulate a three-year roadmap to achieve zero illiteracy.

The 2019 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) showed that six out of 100 Filipinos five years old and over, are still not basically literate. This means 6 million Filipinos cannot read or write with an understanding of simple messages.

The survey also showed that 8% of Filipinos aged 10 to 64, or 6.7 million Filipinos, are functionally illiterate or lack the skills to participate fully and efficiently in daily activities.

Gatchalian said the proposed measure synchronizes with the implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) while mobilizing Local School Boards (LSBs) as the de facto local literacy councils. He said this will make sure that no one will be left behind when it comes to having a better future.

Sa isinusulong nating panukalang batas, mahalaga ang magiging papel ng parehong ALS at ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan upang makamit ang zero illiteracy sa ating bansa (With our proposed bill, the role of the ALS and the local government is important to achieve zero illiteracy in the country),” he said.

“Ang pag-abot ng zero illiteracy ang isa sa mga unang mahalagang hakbang upang matiyak na wala tayong kababayang mapagkakaitan ng magandang kinabukasan,” Gatchalian added. 

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