Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021   •   1440

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

Valenzuela City begins student health profiling ahead of vax drive for minors

Marje Pelayo   •   September 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In anticipation of the mass vaccination for minors, the city of Valenzuela on Wednesday (September 22) began the process of student health profiling for students aged 12 to 17 across the city.

In its advisory, the city government is encouraging parents of public school children to coordinate with their respective class advisers or school principals to obtain a copy of the student health profile information sheet which can be accessed through Google form

Meanwhile, parents of private school students may ask their respective school heads for the information sheet.

For students residing in Valenzuela City but are studying in schools outside the city, parents will be provided with a link to where they can access and submit their children’s student health profile.

The city government reminds all residents of Valenzuela that only parents or authorized guardians may fill out or accomplish the student health profile sheet.

It also emphasized that vaccination for minors may only be given to Grade 6 to Grade 12 students. Students who are non-residents but are studying in schools within the city may also be vaccinated.

21 arestado sa umano’y cybersex den sa Valenzuela City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2021

Sinalakay ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime group ang isang hinihinalang cybersex den sa Valenzuela City, kung saan arestado ang 21 mga suspek.

Pawang mga call center agent umano ang pakilala ng mga nagta-trabaho rito, pero napag-alaman ng mga otoridad na malalaswang video ang kanilang ibinebenta online sa mga foreigner.

“Mayroon silang violation na ginagawa para sa violation ng RA-10175 which is the anti-cybercrime law, ang ginagawa nila parang call center, nagpapanggap yung mga tao na fake account,” ayon kay PCpt. Arvin Creencia ng Northern Police Anti-Cybercrime Team.

Arestado ang 21 suspek na nagtratrabaho sa hinihinalang cybersex den sa Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City.

Ni-raid ng mga operatiba ng PNP-Anti Cybercrime group ang isang gusali na nagsisilbing kuta ng mga suspek na nagpapakilala umanong mga call center agent.

Nasa 16 lalake at 5 babae ang naaktuhan ng mga pulis na nagpo-proseso ng online transaction at nagbebenta ng malalaswang video sa kanilang mga customer.

Napagalaman ng mga otoridad na gumagamit ng online dating site ang mga suspek at doon ipinadadaan ang pagbebenta ng mga video. Kapag nakabenta mayroong komisyon na P850 ang mga empleyado sa kada kliyente.

Todo tanggi naman ang operations manager ng sinasabing cybersex den, at iginiit na mayroon silang permit bilang Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Ayon sa may-ari ng isang katabing establisyimento, hindi nila inakala na iligal ang operasyon ng naturang kumpanya. Kwento pa nito, 24 hours ang operasyon ng inaakala nilang BPO, kung saan may shifting pa ang mga empleyado.

Sa ngayon ay nasa kostodiya na ng Valenzuela City Police ang mga suspek at sasampahan ang mga ito ng kasong paglabag sa Anti-Cybercrime Law habang ang mga ebidensyang computer ay dadalhin sa Camp Crame para sa forensic examination. (Ulat ni JP Nuñez)

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