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P25 daily wage hike for NCR workers to take effect November 22

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has announced that the P500 to P537 new minimum wage rates for Metro Manila workers will take effect on November 22.

The announcement comes after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officially confirmed the P25 wage increase for private sector minimum wage earners.

The wage board said that objecting parties may file their appeal within 10 days of the wage order’s release.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department questioned the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the country’s unemployment rate.

The SWS poll conducted from September 15 to 23, 2018 showed that 22 percent or 9.8 million Filipinos are unemployed. This is higher than the 2.3 million figure reported in the labor force survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in July.

DOLE clarified that the SWS used different criteria of unemployment, age and sample population and dates when it conducted the interview.

The department said the employment rate in the country exhibited a generally increasing trend since 2010.

“Over the last decade, the recent employment outrun is recorded as the highest among previous July rounds, with similar results in July 2016. With an estimated 488,000 net generated employment, total employment reached 40.7 million,” said Labor Undersecretary Renato Ebarle. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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P2P bus routes reach 35

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.

New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PH gets failing mark in int’l assessment of road safety standards

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Vehicular accidents and people getting run over while crossing roads are reported in the news almost every day.

According to the International Road Assessment Program (IRAP), one of the reasons is the bad condition of roads in the country.

IRAP gave the Philippines a one to two-star rating only on road safety. Based on their study, narrow roads designed for single lane use only often accommodate two vehicles with only a painted line in the middle to separate them.

“That white line, it doesn’t do too much to protect you from death on a head-on crash. It’s one of the main ways that motorcyclists die from,” said IRAP’s managing director, Greg Smith.

A 2015 report of the World Health Organization stated that 53 percent of road accidents involved motorcycles while 19 percent involved pedestrians. The report also indicated that people between the ages of 15 to 29 are the ones who usually figure in road accidents.

According to the National Center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines, roads in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, are dangerous.

And though the government is continuously working on making roads safer, experts say, the public should also learn to adjust and follow traffic rules.

“Kahit ang ganda ng infrastructure natin kapag hindi natin naintindihan na lahat ng tao ay may karapatang gumamit sa kalsada, hindi tayo uusad kahit malawak pedestrian. Kung gagamitin yun na parking, walang mangyayari,” said UP National Center for Transportation Studies director, Dr. Ma. Sheila Napalang.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, assured that it is doing all it can to make roads in the metropolis safer.

The MMDA also calls on the public to make use of pedestrian walkways, even the controversial footbridge along Scout Borromeo-EDSA, to avoid road accidents.


“Mamimili po kayo dito: mapapagod po kayo o babawian kayo ng buhay? Makikipagsapalaran po kayo sa EDSA,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Road safety advocates, meanwhile, suggests the inclusion of intensified promotions on road safety in the platform of political aspirants hoping to win a seat in the upcoming midterm elections. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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NCRPO chief conducts surprise inspections on Metro Manila police stations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Guillermo Eleazar conducted surprised Metro Manila police stations with unannounced inspections on Wednesday night (November 14).

He first visited the Manila Police District (MPD) where PO1 Eduardo Valencia is currently being detained.

Valencia is facing rape charges for forcing himself on a minor in exchange for the freedom of said minor’s parents who were arrested over illegal drugs.

“Siniguro ko lang kasi na talagang nakakulong siya kagaya ng ibang nahuhuli natin. Ito kasi isang pulis, maaring iniisip ng ibang kababayan natin na porke police yan baka mamaya binibigyan ng special treatment ng mga kabaro. Nasiguro natin at napakita natin at gusto kong malaman, ng ating mga kababayan, ating publiko na police na yun na kinasuhan natin ng rape ay nakakulong just like any other suspect na arestado natin,” said Eleazar.

Valencia refused to face the media.

Apart from the MPD, Eleazar also inspected Pandacan Police Station 10, Malate Police Station, and Sta. Ana Police Station 6.

The NCRPO chief wants to affirm that there are no police officers sleeping while on duty; that they are wearing their uniforms and their stations are kept clean.

“Kasi siyempre kung surprise, malalaman natin kung ano talaga yung kanilang ginagawa. Itong Station 6, actually isa ito sa mga station noon na una kong ininspect, few months back. Ang observation ko noon, di ko naman ini-inspection na yung station commander nandito. Last time wala siya noon; madumi yung paligid. Pero ngayon nandito yung station commander,” said Eleazar.

In the four stations visited by the chief, no police officer was caught sleeping while on duty and the precincts were kept clean inside and out. — Nestor Torres

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