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13th February 2015
GMA labor case prompts House inquiry
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 13, 2015, 5:22 pm

Two party-list representatives filed separate House resolutions that will look into the contractualization and alleged unfair labor practice of network giants, as response to the regularization suit filed by the members of Talents Association of GMA Network, Inc. (TAG).

On February 9, ABAKADA Partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz filed a resolution to look into the industry-wide contractualization practice, with the 117 members of TAG as its case study.

And on February 10, Rep. Emmi de Jesus and Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Partylist, and Quezon City District 6 Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte filed a resolution to have the House Committee on Labor conduct an inquiry into TAG’s fight for regularization.

The case is pending before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). TAG and GMA Network have filed their position papers.

 

Salaries Withheld (#WalangSahod)

But meanwhile, GMA Network is withholding the last salaries of the 52 TAG members whose contracts were not renewed last December 31, 2014.

In text messages sent by Program Administrators to TAG members last January 10 (the payroll schedule), they explained that the Network’s Finance Department are still waiting for clearance related to accountabilities and documents that have to be turned over.


TAG members have not been given their final salaries as of this writing.

But in a brazen move, Program Managers set a condition to several TAG members from some Public Affairs programs to receive their salaries --- by returning to work and extend their service.

Return to Work Order (#LabanMedia)


Network Managers talked to TAG members directly to explain that the Network’s Project Employment Contract (PEC) has been postponed, allowing for talents such as TAG Members who did not sign the PEC to continue to work by signing renewal of their ‘talent services’.

Since the non-renewal of contracts last December 31, some programs have had difficulty filling in the vacant positions, which has resulted to the management’s latest action: to offer TAG members their jobs back.

TAG is convinced that this latest move by the Management only proves that talents are desirable to the network; and desirability is one important qualification to be a regular employee.

However, managers could not give direct answers as to how long will they be allowed to work under the renewed talent service agreement. More importantly, managers could not also say whether they will still be allowed to work once the PEC is finally implemented.

With unclear work provisions, TAG members refused to take up the offer.

NLRC arbiters are set to issue a decision on March. As in any case, TAG and GMA Network can appeal the decision to the Commissioners until a final verdict is given.

TAG is confident that the Commission will favor its case.

Meanwhile, the response from lawmakers is already a positive development not just for TAG but also for the whole industry which has endured decades of unfair labor treatment.

 

The general public is encouraged to help give voice to the plight of media workers in the country by using #LabanMedia on social media beginning February 9.

 


12th February 2015
Highest bridge in PH in danger of collapsing
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 12, 2015, 8:46 pm

Heavy rains in the Eastern Visayas area during the past 12 months have resulted in landslides, eroding the protective covers of the two piers or columns of the 350-meter-long structure, built from Nov. 17, 2006, to Aug. 2, 2009, by the Arroyo administration with a P1.24-billion funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

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9th February 2015
Graft rap filed vs Vice Gov Tan, mayor Tan and MGB official
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 9, 2015, 6:40 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

MAASIN CITY–A graft complaint was filed against Vice Gov. Sheffered Tan, his wife and an official of the Mines Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) for allowing two private entities to quarry the province's biggest river even if they had no authority to do so.

Aside from the vice governor, named respondents in the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas based in Cebu City were Tan's wife, Sogod Mayor Imelda Uy-Tan and Alilo Ensomo, MGB director for Eastern Visayas.

The complaint was filed by Eriberto Bandibas, official of Sogod Small Scale Fishermen Association who advocates against the quarry of Subang Daku River.

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5th February 2015
Quarry operators owe goverment P8M in fees
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 5, 2015, 10:25 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, February 4 (PIA)  --  The treasurer of this province disclosed that sand and gravel concessionaires along the mighty Subangdaku river in the town of Sogod has accumulated unpaid dues in the amount of P 8 Million. 

Provincial treasurer Jesse Go, in a meeting at the RKK Function House Monday which discussed the Subangdaku issue in relation to the recent Court of Appeals ruling, said that his office had sent demand letters to these delinquent operators but to no avail. 

This developed as the provincial government mapped out moves to implement the January 15, 2015 resolution of the Court of Appeals 20th Division overruling an earlier decision of the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 in Sogod. 

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Police arrests village official in buy bust
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 5, 2015, 10:21 pm

By  Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, Feb. 4, (PNA) – A village official was arrested by police authorities during a buy-bust operation they conducted at a rotunda in San Pablo village (barangay) on Tuesday afternoon.

The police identified the suspect as Kagawad Roland Kent A. Caberos, 41 of Luna village this city.

Police elements pounded on Caberos after selling a sachet of suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer at the rotunda going to Tongonan and Taclban city.

The suspect, a motorcab driver, denied he owned the item and refuted the allegation that he is into illegal drug activities.

Luna chairwoman Norma Lord said that some months ago, she urged him to end his rumored drug activity despite his fervent denial.

Lord said she will asked the DILG that she be allowed to conduct random drug test in her village because she is already alarmed that many teenagers in her village are into prohibited drugs.

“I want to put an end to this illegal drugs activities,” Lord said.

A violation of section 5 of Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or selling of illegal drugs was filed against Caberos in an inquest proceeding.


Two houses razed due to overcharged cellphone
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 5, 2015, 9:55 pm

By  Elvie Roman Roa

ORMOC CITY, Feb. 4, (PNA) – Two houses were razed to the ground by a fire reportedly caused by an overcharged cellphone that left unattended in Jica, Lao this city on Tuesday morning.

No one was reported hurt but the victims failed to save any of their belongings.

Initial investigation by the Ormoc Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) revealed that an electrical short circuit caused the fire as claimed by the Armandp Cortes, the house owner.

The fire which started from Cortes’ house spread to his neighbor’s owned by Carmelita Gastalia. The two houses made of light materials were already engulfed when the firemen arrived at the scene. Nobody’s home when the fire started.

The city’s fire department received the fire alarm at around 8:30. The blaze started at around 8:20 in the morning.

The initial cost of damage was estimated at P600,000.00.

The BFP has warned the public to attend to their cellphones while charging. 


27th January 2015
Court of Appeals stops Sogod RTC TRO ruling on SAG extraction in Subang Daku
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 27, 2015, 11:28 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

January 27, 2015

MAASIN CITY–The Court of Appeals has indefinitely stopped a lower court from implementing its order to lift the cease and desist order issued by the provincial government against sand and gravel permittees who wanted to quarry from the province's biggest river.

In an order promulgated on January 15, 2015, the CA 20th division partly granted a writ of preliminary injunction order against Judge Rolando Gonzalez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 in Sogod town, Southern Leyte until further orders of the Court.

“Wherefore, premises considered, the application for a writ of preliminary injunction is partly granted,” The CA ruling states. “Accordingly, let a writ of preliminary injunction be issued enjoining the implementation of the RTC Resolution dated 16 June 2014, until further orders of the Court.”

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19th January 2015
Record 6 million turn out for pope's final day in Manila
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 19, 2015, 12:00 am

(By Associated Press, 19 Januray 2015, 12:00 AM)


A group performs the traditional "sinulog" dance for Pope Francis on Sunday in Manila

MANILA, Philippines -- A crowd estimated at a record 6 million people by officials poured into Manila’s rain-soaked streets and its biggest park Sunday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from sin and vice so they can instead become missionaries of the faith.

The crowd estimate, which could not be independently verified, included people who attended the pope’s final Mass in Rizal Park and surrounding areas, and lined his motorcade route, said the chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Francis Tolentino.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican had received the figure officially from local authorities and that it was a record, surpassing the 5 million who turned out for St. John Paul II’s final Mass in the same park 20 years ago.

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18th January 2015
Pope Francis in Manila: Six million attend outdoor Mass
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 18, 2015, 8:46 am

(By Caroline Wyatt, Religious Affairs Correspondent, BBC News | 18 Janury 2015, 8:46 AM)


An aerial view of Rizal Park shows the millions attending Mass 

Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds in the Philippine capital Manila.

Six million people attended the ceremony or lined the Papal route to Rizal Park, city officials estimate.

That would be a record for a papal event. About five million welcomed Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country in 2013.

The Mass will be the Pope's final full day in the Philippines, where there are 80 million Catholics, concluding his six-day tour of Asia.

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17th January 2015
'Amang' makes landfall in Eastern Samar; Metro Manila under Signal No.1
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 17, 2015, 1:42 pm

(By Bong Lozada, Inquirer.net | 5:27 PM, Saturday, 17 January 2015)

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Storm “Amang” made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar, and is traversing Northern Samar Saturday afternoon shortly after Pope Francis left.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Amang has maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour and gusts of 130 kph while tracking a northwest path at 19 kph.

Pope Francis was in Leyte Saturday morning to celebrate Mass with the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

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