Batas, kailangan bago ipagbawal ang hiring sa hindi bakunado —Malacañang

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021   •   125

Bagaman isinusulong ng Malacañang sa kahalagahan ng pagbabakuna ng ating mga kababayan kontra COVID-19, iginiit nito na kinakailangan pa rin ang isang batas bago ipagbawal ang hiring sa trabaho ng mga hindi pa nababakunahan.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. hindi maaaring basta na lamang ipagbawal ang hiring sa trabaho ng mga aplikante na hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19.

“Kinakailangan po siguro ng batas kung ipagbabawal ang pagha-hire ng mga non-vaccinated individuals,” aniya.

Isa sa mga suhestyon ng pribadong sektor para mapalawak pa ng pamahalaan ang COVID-19 vaccination rollout ay ang gawing requirement ang bakuna sa hiring sa trabaho.

Pero para sa labor group na Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), discriminatory ang nasabing panukala at hindi makakabuti sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.

Giit ng ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay, marami sa mga Pilipino ang hindi pa rin nababakunahan kaya’t hindi maari na bakunado lamang ang papayagan ng pamahalaan na makapag-apply sa trabaho.

“Babagsak ang ating ekonomiya, maraming mga manggagawa at kanilang pamilya maghihirap dahil kulang po ang supply ng bakuna at hindi pa sila nababakunahan,” aniya.

Sa halip na higpitan ang mga mangagawa na hindi pa bakunado, iginiit ng labor group na dapat solusyunan ng pamahalaan ang mas mabilis na access sa bakuna ng ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga nasa malalayong lugar.

“Dapat ang pagtuunan natin ng pansin ay paano ba mababakunahan at papaano ba mapaparating ang mga bakuna doon sa mga probinsya at liblib na lugar kung saan maraming mangagawa ang naghihintay at nangangailangan ng bakuna,” ayon kay Tanjusay.

Samantala, sa panayam kanina kay Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre bello III sa isang news program, sinabi nito na may legal na basehan na umano, upang obligahin ng mga employer ang kanilang mga empleyado na magpabakuna sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3.

Gayunman hindi naidetalye ng kalihim kung ano ang binabanggit nitong legal basis sa pagpapabakuna.

Pero nang tanungin sa isang interview si DOLE Usec. Ana Dione, nilinaw nito na wala pang batas na nag-oobliga sa mga mangagawa na magpabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

“Ang requirement na bakunado ang isang empleyado medyo wala po tayong basehan diyan, wala pong basis in law, so ibig sabihin hindi po pupwedeng gawin ng mga kumpanya yan.

“As a basis, yung unvaccinated as basis of termination palagi po nating inuulit, sinabi at uulitin na yan po ay discrimination. If ang termination niya ang sole basis noon ay unvaccinated hindi po, bawal po iyan,” dagdag nito. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

Malacañang condemns slay of Samar journalist

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday condemned the killing of veteran journalist Jesus “Jess” Malabanan.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the tragic murder of Jesus “Jess” Malabanan in Calbayog City,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Nograles said the Presidential Task Force on Media Security is “now looking into the incident and exploring all angles, including the possibility that the killing was related to his work as a journalist.”

“We condole with the family, loved ones, and colleagues of Mr. Malabanan and assure them that the government will exert all efforts to ensure that those responsible are caught, charged, and convicted for this crime,” he added.

Malabanan was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants while he was inside his home in Tinambacan District in Calbayog City, Samar on Wednesday evening.

The Philippine National Police has formed a task group to expedite the conduct of investigation into the incident.

Nograles urged everyone with information “to come forward to authorities and cooperate with law enforcers in order to immediately bring Mr. Malabanan’s killers to justice.”

COMELEC, Palasyo may apela sa publiko kaugnay ng political caravans

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– Umapela ang Commission on Elections (COMELEC) at Malakanyang sa publiko ng patuloy na pag-iingat sa gitna ng patuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ginawa ng mga otoridad ang panawagan kasunod ng pagdumog ng maraming tao sa political caravan na isinagawa kamakailan ng tandem nina Bongbong Marcos at Sara Duterte sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Batay sa mga lumabas na video at larawan, tila hindi na nasunod ang physical distancing at iba pang health protocols sa nasabing aktibidad.

Maraming motorista rin ang naapektuhan dahil sa pagbigat ng daloy ng trapiko.

Ayon kay COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez, hindi exempted ang mga pulitiko sa istriktong pagsunod sa health protocols upang maiwasan ang muling paglobo ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Sakop pa rin sila ng rules na yan. Nagpapaalala ang COMELEC, ‘wag ninyong i-endanger ang inyong mga supporters, because that’s what you are doing. Just so you want your crowds, your photo-ops, you are endangering the lives of the Filipinos who are supporting you,” ani Jimenez.

Payo naman ni acting presidential spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles sa mga pulitiko at partido, makipag-ugnayan muna sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang magkaroon ng crowd control.

“Obviously, yung situation we are still on a public health emergency, we all have to be careful and all of these moves have to be coordinated para hindi naman masyadong magulo, hindi magkakaroon ng untoward incident. There are mechanisms in place pero kailangan lang talagang to follow these mechanisms,” ani Nograles.

Magugunitang nagpaalala na rin ang Department of the Interior and Local Government sa mga pulitiko at party-list na hindi pa pinapayagan sa ngayon ang political rallies.

Maaari lamang silang magsagawa ng special gatherings pero dapat ay may pahintulot ito ng lokal na pamahalaan at nasusunod ang allowed venue operating capacity at public health standards.

Papayagan rin ang political caravans basta’t naipapatupad ang physical distancing at gagawin ito sa limitadong oras.

Una nang humingi ng paumanhin ang kampo ni Bongbong Marcos sa mabigat na trapikong idinulot ng kanilang caravan matapos magpahayag ng pagkadismaya ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Quezon City sa umano’y kawalan ng koordinasyon ng mga organizer ng Marcos-Duterte caravan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Employees getting COVID-19 vaccine during 3-day drive will not be marked absent — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the dates November 29, 30 and December 1 as Bayanihan, Bakunahan COVID-19 vaccination days, according to a document released by the Malacañang on Wednesday.

Under Proclamation No. 1253, employees and workers of the government and the private sector, who will be vaccinated during this period, shall not be considered absent from their work.

“Provided that they present proof of vaccination to their respective employers, subject to rules that may be issued by the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) and the Civil Service Commission,” the order read.

Duterte said the three-day vaccination campaign will be led by the Department of Health, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, in cooperation with the National Task Force against COVID-19.

He directed concerned government agencies and local government units (LGU) to provide necessary support for the effective implementation of the program.

“The LGUs shall mobilize all resources, stakeholders, health human resource and constituents within their areas of jurisdiction to achieve the objectives of the national COVID-19 vaccination days,” he said.

The president also urged medical and allied health associations, faith-based, civil society and non-government organizations, and the private sector to actively participate in the three-day campaign.

“All health workers, including doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, and medical technologists, are called upon to extend their full support and cooperation in providing COVID-19 vaccination during the three-day campaign,” Duterte said.

The three-day COVID-19 vaccination drive aims to inoculate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside of Metro Manila.

This is part of government efforts to scale up the vaccination rate to achieve its target to inoculate over 70% of the country’s population by May 2022.

To date, at least 34 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated since the immunization drive started in March.

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