POEA assures support for seafarers affected by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020   •   592

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has assured continued assistance to seafarers affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In Resolution No. 13, series of 2020, the POEA emphasized the provision of assistance and benefits to seafarers stranded ashore or are facing problems in their deployment or repatriation due to pandemic-related reasons.

Under the resolution, a seafarer who already signed an employment contract but cannot be deployed from the point of hire due to the pandemic shall be provided with accommodation and food to be shouldered by their principal or employer, unless provided by the government.

The assistance will be provided until the seafarer is deployed or returned home or until contract cancellation.

A seafarer who was deployed but becomes stranded during his transit shall be paid basic pay, accommodation, food, and medical benefits at the principal or employer’s cost until the seafarer reaches the vessel.

The resolution also directs principals or employers to provide the same assistance and benefits to seafarers who already signed a contract and deployed but unable to join the ship and is repatriated back home, as well as other seafarers who cannot be repatriated due to the pandemic.

Seafarers who completed his period of contractual service onboard, and who is ashore but cannot be repatriated shall also be provided with basic pay, accommodation, food, and medical benefits.

The principal/employers of the seafarer shall also provide all the cost on the accommodation and food of the seafarer during his quarantine period, unless otherwise provided by the government.

“Meanwhile, the principal/employers will be allowed to recover any associated cost on the said provision of assistance and benefits in accordance with the employment contract or the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” the POEA said.

Loan application para sa 13th month pay budget ng MSMEs, pinalawig – DOLE

Robie de Guzman   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Maaari pa ring mag apply ng loan ang micro at small enterprises (MSME) na nahihirapang magbigay ng 13th month pay sa kanilang empleyado dahil sa epekto ng COVID-19 pandemic, ayon sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Ayon kay DOLE director Rolly Francia, pinalawig ng SB Corporation ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang deadline sa pagsusumite ng aplikasyon hanggang sa Disyembre 21.

Ang SB Corp. ay ang financing arm ng DTI.

Sa ilalim ng programa, maaaring umutang ang MSMEs ng hanggang P12,000 para sa 13th month pay ng bawat empleyado.

Paalala ng DOLE, walang ipinapataw na interes at collateral fee ang nasabing loan program.

Maaari itong bayaran sa loob ng isang taon at may tatlong buwang grace period.

“Kami po ay nananawagan sa mga micro and small business enterprises to avail of this loan facility mula sa Small Business (SB) Corporation ng DTI,” ani Francia.

“Ang qualified po dito ang mga kumpanya na maliliit na enterpresa na naka-rehistro sa Department of Labor na ang kanilang manggagawa ay isinailalim sa work from home or rotation at iba pang sistema as of October 2021,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa ngayon ay nasa 865 na MSMEs na ang nakapagsumite ng kanilang aplikasyon para sa loan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

PH gov’t eyeing to administer 7 million COVID-19 jabs in second vaccination drive

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is aiming to administer seven million COVID-19 vaccine jabs for the second round of nationwide vaccination drive, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.

The second mass immunization campaign is scheduled from December 15 to 17.

“Ang tina-target natin dito, mga 7 million para second dose, para maabot yung ating pinupuntiryang 54 million by the end of the year na bigyan ng kumpletong bakuna,” Duque said in a televised public briefing.

This target is lower than the first vaccination drive conducted last November 29 to December 1 and later extended until December 3.

The government had hoped to inoculate 9 million people during the first three-day immunization campaign. More than 10 million were vaccinated in the extended drive.

The vaccination drive was launched in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate to achieve population protection against COVID-19.

So far, more than 38 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated out of the 91.7 million doses administered since the immunization was rolled out in March.

The number of individuals who have received their first dose rose to 56.7 million.

The government is aiming to fully vaccinate at least 54 million by the end of the year.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed hope that the second vaccination drive will also be successful.

“We will have a second round of Bayanihan Bakunahan from December 15 to 17. I hope that we would have the same success. But this time lesser because parang naubos na natin ang Pilipino sa ‘yung what counts sa bakuna kaya medyo there’s a slowdown of the COVID-19,” he said.

He also expressed optimism that the Philippines will be able to overcome the pandemic amid increasing vaccination rate in the country.

Pilot face-to-face classes sa ilang paaralan sa NCR, nagsimula na

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Naging maayos ang pagsisimula ng pilot face-to-face classes ngayong Lunes sa ilang paaralan sa National Capital Region (NCR), ayon sa Department of Education (DepEd).

Ayon kay Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, wala pa silang natatanggap na anumang “adverse report” mula sa 28 paaralang kalahok sa pilot run ng in-person learning matapos ang halos dalawang taong school closures dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.

“So far, it has been so smooth. We have officials of the department that are on the ground at both the central office and the regions. And up to this time ay I’ve been monitoring and we have not received any adverse report as of now,” ani Malaluan.

Mahigit sa 2,000 estudyante mula Kindergarten hanggang Grade 3 at senior high school ang kalahok sa pilot face-to-face classes sa NCR.

Sa Pasig Central Elementary School, pinadadaan ang mga mag-aaral sa disinfection station para maghugas ng kamay bago pumasok sa silid-aralan.

May temperature check din at foot bath pagpasok sa classroom. May distansya rin ang bawat upuan ng mga bata upang maseguro ang pagpapatupad ng physical distancing.

Ganito rin ang ipinatutupad na health protocols sa Aurora Quezon Elementary School sa Quezon City. Nakapila ang mga estudyante mula sa labas hanggang sa pagpasok sa silid-aralan.

Dumadaan rin sila sa temperature check habang nasa gate pa lang at required silang magsuot ng face shield at face mask.

Sa Comembo Elementary School, may markings rin para sa physical distancing. May inilaan ring jeep ang Makati City government para maghatid sa mga bata sa paaralan mula sa drop off point sa kanilang tirahan.

Sa Ramon Avancena High School naman sa Maynila, sinasanay ang mga estudyante na palagiang magsuot ng face mask. May barrier rin ang bawat lamesa.

Ayon sa DepEd, lahat ng 28 paaralan ang nakapagbukas ng face-to-face classes ngayong araw.

Kuntento rin ang kagawaran sa mga protocol na inilatag ng mga kalahok na paaralan sa NCR.

May schedule lang ang pagsasagawa ng face-to-face learning. Monday-Wednesday-Friday ang schedule ng iba habang meron namang araw-araw pero shifting ang oras ng pagsisimula ng klase kada grade level.

Hanggang apat na oras lang din pinapayagang manatili sa eskwelahan ang mga mag-aaral.

Ang 28 pilot schools sa NCR ay kasama sa halos 300 paaralan sa buong bansa na nagsasagawa ng face-to-face classes.

Nag-umpisa ang programa noong Nobyembre sa 100 public at 18 private schools at nadagdagan ng 174 ngayong Disyembre. (may detalye mula kay Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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