Formal Labor and Migrant Workers

NAPC Labor Calls on the Stoppage and Review of OFW PhilHealth Premium Contribution

 

The NAPC Labor calls on PhilHealth to stop the collection of PhilHealth premium contribution and payment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The PhilHealth recently issued PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0014 that details the collection method of premium contributions for overseas Filipinos as provided by the Universal Health Care (UHC) law. 

The NAPC Labor reiterates that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of said law was issued with no full consultation with migrant workers. NAPC Labor Sectoral Representative Edwin Bustillos said, “If they were consulted, PhilHealth would have known that OFWs are not self-employed, they have employee-employer relationship. The burden of shouldering the entire 3% is NOT EQUITABLE and JUST. It is also a fact that some OFWs are covered with insurance shouldered by their employers, like in Hongkong. With that, what is the need for PhilHealth then?” 

They also raised that the full payment of PhilHealth contribution before the issuance of Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is gratuitous. OFWs must not be penalized if they failed to pay the necessary premiums by compounded interests. This will only cause delay with their deployment because of the requirement to comply, and would exacerbate their already vulnerable condition of having no income in the country.

The NAPC Labor urges the PhilHealth to review and amend the UHC law, except the fund sourcing enumerated in the law, to address the health care issues faced by the marginalized sectors including migrant workers. While it is being reviewed and amended, all premium collections should not be implemented. The government should direct its funds to improving the health care system including universal health care.

The NAPC Labor also calls on the transparency on the use of funds, and put the PhilHealth Board and Officials involve in corruption to justice. Trade union and OFW representatives must be appointed to the PhilHealth Board to ensure that the interests of workers are represented and brought to the decision-makers.

The voices of our OFWs must be heard. The NAPC Labor demands that the government respect, protect and ensure that the rights of the workers are fully recognized and upheld. 

Solusyong Medical ang kailangan. 

Mass Testing! Ngayon na!

 

Masang Manggagawa – ipaglaban ang karapatan para sa ligtas na pamayanan, trabaho at siguradong sahod sa panahon ng kuwarentina at sa mga susunod pa!

 

Pondo ng Bayan higit na ibuhos para labanan ang Covid-19!

 

Contact Details:

 

EDWIN A. BUSTILLOS

NAPC-FLMWS Sectoral Representative

edwin.bustillos@gmail.com

0917-8017309

 

MA. LAARNI H. JADLOC

NAPC-FLMWS Focal Person

marialaarni.jadloc@napc.gov.ph

0927-7950504

NAPC Labor reiterates to respect ABS-CBN workers’ rights

The National Anti-Poverty Commission-Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sector (NAPC FLMWS) reiterates its call to stand for the rights of the ABS-CBN workers amidst the order to cease and desist to operate and the double burden they face because of the crisis of COVID-19.

“The sudden issuance of the cease and desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission is unjust and insensitive to the current plight of the workers,” NAPC FLMWS Council Member Dan Laserna said.

NAPC FLMWS Sectoral Representative Edwin Bustillos added, “The NAPC FLMWS urges the Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, to fast-track its legislative hearing on the ABS-CBN franchise and look at its impact to the workers and their families and those whose livelihood are dependent on it.”

 

Contact Persons:

 

EDWIN A. BUSTILLOS                    

Sectoral Representative, NAPC Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sector

edwin.bustillos@gmail.com                

0917-8017309                        

 

MA. LAARNI H. JADLOC

Focal Person, NAPC Formal Labor and Migrant Workers Sector

marialaarni.jadloc@napc.gov.ph

0927-7950504

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Delayed approval of Security of Tenure Bill is justice denied for workers

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the Bill as urgent on September 21, 2018. The letter was addressed to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III informing him of the “necessity of the immediate enactment of Senate Bill 1826.” The President has made a series of promises that he will finally end contractualization that he labelled as “anti-poor” and “anti-people”.

 

Our members and the workers are expecting the Senate to pass Bill prior to the session recess of the Senate on February 14, 2019.

 

Citing both the Labor Code and the Constitution, and even a number of jurisprudence, there are enough legal bases to prohibit contractualization.

 

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides as a legal basis to this.  In Article II, Section 9,  it explicitly states that the “State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.” In particular, the workers “shall be entitled to security of tenure, humane conditions of work, and a living wage” as enunciated in Article XIII, Section 3.

 

The Labor Code also reiterates this as stated in Article 106, 3rd paragraph, line 2, to “prohibit the contracting-out of labor in order to protect the rights of the workers established under this Code.”

 

“While we are anxiously waiting for the next development, we will continue to assert our constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Our struggle will carry on against all forms of contractualization and fight for security of tenure until regular employment will be the standard norms.” Edwin Bustillos, NAPC Labor Sectoral Representative said.

Panawagan ng Pakikiisa ng Pambansang Komisyon Laban sa Kahirapan

Sa gitna ng krisis na kinakaharap ng bansa dulot ng Pandemyang Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) ay patuloy pa rin sa paggampan ng sinumpaang tungkulin ang bawat kawani ng pamahalaan, pribado/pampublikong sektor, batayang sektor at lalo na ang mga manggagamot at kawani ng mga ospital. Bawat isa sa kanila ay may mahahalagang papel sa pamamahala ng taong-bayan laban sa pandenmyang ito.

Sa bahagi ng Batayang Sektor, isa sa kinakatawan namin ay ang Sektor ng Mangingisda (Babae at Lalaki), binubuo kami ng rehistradong organisasyon o indibidwal na siyang itinuturing na isa rin sa frontliners bago pa man lumaganap ang national health emergency sapagkat kami ang Manggagawa ng Pangisdaan na nagpapalaki, nangangalaga, nanghuhuli, nagpoproseso at naghahatid ng pagkain sa bawat hapag ng bawat Pilipino.

Sa panahong ito, patuloy ang pagtitiyak ng "Value-Added Fisheries Products" ng mga mangingisda sa tulong ng Kawanihan ng Pangisdaan at Yamang Tubig (DA - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or DA-BFAR).

Kaya, sa pakikiisa namin sa Araw na ito ng Paggawa ay nananawagan ang lahat ng Sektor ng Pangisdaan na kilalanin ng pamahalaan, maging ng pribadong sektor ang malaking ambag naming mangingisda sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas at suportahan ang aming karapatan sa bawat programa ng gobyerno na siyang nakakatulong sa amin upang mapanatili mapaghusay at mapagyaman pa ang "Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita sa Pangisdaan".

Asahan ninyo na kami ay patuloy na tutulong sa pagsiguro ng sapat na isda na kailangan ng bawat Pilipino sa tulong ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka at Kawanihan ng Pangisdaan at Yamang-Tubig o DA-BFAR) at makikipagtulungan kami sa pagsugpo ng COVID-19 Pandemic sa pamamagitan ng "participatory governance". 

Saludo kaming lahat sa mangingisda sa mga manggagawa ng pamahalaan lalo na sa mga frontliners ng ospital na lumalaban upang masugpo na ang pandemyang ito.

Mabuhay ang Manggagawang Pilipino sa labas at sa loob ng bansang Pilipinas.

 

"Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan" ng NAPC, inilunsad


Pinangunahan ni NAPC Sec. Noel K. Felongco ang paglulunsad ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” noong Disyembre 7 sa Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Dinaluhan ng mahigit 5,000 katao mula sa iba’t ibang maralitang komunidad sa Metro Manila at mga karatig probinsya ang pagtitipon.

Ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay isa sa malalaking aktibidad ng NAPC sa ilalim ng bagong liderato ni Sec. Felongco.

Tampok sa naturang aktibidad ang paghahatid ng mga pangunahing serbisyo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan gaya ng job fair, legal assistance, dental at medical mission, business and technical skills training at NFA Tagpuan na naglalayong direktang dalhin sa mamamayang Pilipino ang mga serbisyong panlipunan.

Ayon kay Sec. Felongco, bahagi ng mandato ng ahensiya ang tiyakin na naaabot mula sa mga pinakamahihirap na mamamayan hanggang sa mga pinakamalalayong komunidad ang mga serbisyo at proyekto ng gobyerno.

Giit ng bagong kalihim, ang “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ay pagbibigay-diin din sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaisa ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob o labas man ng gobyerno. Kaya naman, isa sa mga layunin ng programang ito ang wakasan ang kahirapan sa pamamagitan ng pagkakamit sa 10 batayang pangangailangan ng bawat mamamayan, ani pa ng bagong Lead Convenor.

Sa mga susunod na araw at linggo ay lilibutin ng “Sambayanihan Serbisyong Sambayanan” ang buong Pilipinas para ihatid ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno sa bawat Pilipino.

NAPC Conducts Orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among NGAs


The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) conducted an orientation on Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence among the national-level heads of national government agencies (NGAs) on September 20, Thursday at B Hotel, Quezon City. The orientation aims to secure the commitment of NGAs to support a series of Kilos SAMBAYANAN Planning Workshops which will be organized by NAPC.

The 10 provinces with the highest magnitude of poverty that have been selected as focus provinces for the workshops, were presented during the orientation. Specific poverty issues on these provinces - 1. Cebu; 2. Negros Occidental; 3. Bukidnon; 4. Lanao del sur; 5. Negros Oriental; 6. Camarines Sur; 7. Leyte; 8. North Cotabato; 9. Zamboanga del Norte; and 10. Sulu – have been discussed during previous consultations among civil society organizations (CSOs). Orientations will also be conducted among regional level NGA officers and the provincial LGUs on October 2-4 for Mindanao, and October 9-11 for the Luzon and Visayas clusters.

The Kilos SAMBAYANAN Convergence workshops aim to formulate a unified plan among government agencies on how to harmonize government efforts, strengthen inter-agency coordination, and identify gaps and weaknesses in addressing the 10 Basic Needs.

NAPC study: Continuing contractualization a scourge to women workers

A new study commissioned by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) has found that labor policies of flexibilization, such as contractualization, have led to more violations of women’s rights. This comes on the heels of a pronouncement by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the President has promised to issue an executive order against “illegal” forms of contractualization next month.

Conducted from July to December 2017, the study was commissioned by the NAPC Gender and Development (GAD) Committee, and conducted by researchers Mary Joe Guan, Brenda Yasay, Cielito Perez, and Jacqueline Ruiz.

Entitled “The Condition of Filipino Women Workers in the Manufacturing and Wholesale and Retail Trade Sectors: A Preliminary Research Advocacy,” the study found that policies such as labor flexibilization have continued even despite declarations by the Duterte administration against contractualization.

Flexibilization refers to practices in which employers do not guarantee their employees’ job security. Firms adopt flexible employment schemes, such as giving out short-term job contracts, rather than making their employees permanent after a six or 12-month period. These practices allow employers to hire and fire with ease, dodging legal requirements to provide benefits to their employees.

These profit-maximizing strategies have forced women workers to a survival mode of temporary jobs, declining wages, and lost benefits, as is the case of women workers in retail and manufacturing in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A (CALABARZON), where the study was conducted.

The study method employed surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and round table discussions of at least 100 women workers, as well as a representative from the Department of Labor and Employment.

The study found that women workers continue to have a low level of knowledge on their rights enshrined in laws such as the Magna Carta of Women, executive and department orders on daycare and breastfeeding spaces, Solo Parents’ Act, Family Welfare Program, Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and creation of Grievance Committees in the workplace. Women workers are also discouraged to join unions.

This low awareness of their rights as women and workers has made them vulnerable to various acts of oppression, including physical, personal, and sexual abuse in the workplace.

In Keyrin Electronics Philippines in the Cavite Export Processing Zone, a Korean manager was deported after the workers complained of his repeated acts of sexual harassment and abuse, the study revealed. The women workers later formed a union to strengthen their ranks, persisting despite management action against them.

To immediately provide relief to women workers, the NAPC study proposed the revocation of laws that legalize contractualization, the provision of legal services for distressed women workers, and the passage of new laws that protect women’s labor rights, such as the right to form and join unions, among other recommendations.

Representative Emmi de Jesus of the GABRIELA Women’s Partylist welcomed the NAPC research, promising to advocate for the inclusion of its recommendations among its proposed legislation in Congress.

The long-term solution is to invest in the welfare of Filipinos through a rights-based approach in economic development, said NAPC Secretary Liza Maza, drawing from “Reforming Philippine Anti-Poverty Policy,” a new anti-poverty framework adopted by the NAPC Secretariat as it celebrates the commission’s 20th anniversary this year.

“Poverty eradication entails a restructuring of our economy in such a way that workers are treated humanely and fairly. The exercise of our rights and the fulfilment of our basic needs are the ultimate yardstick for a just society,” the anti-poverty chief explained.

Kasunduan ng Pagkakaisa ng Pamahalaan at ng Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa Disenteng Paninirahan at iba pang Batayang Pangangailangan

Dineklara at nilagdaan sa Sitio Anak Pawis II, Brgy. San Andres, Manggahan Floodway, Cainta, Rizal sa ika-13 ng Oktubre 2017.

Kami, mga tagapamahala at kinatawan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan, pamahalaang lokal, at mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway ay nagpapahayag ng mga sumusunod:

Nababahala kami sa mataas na antas ng kahirapan sa bansa, bunsod ng mga kakulangan sa pagkakamit ng maraming Pilipino sa kanilang mga batayang karapatan, gaya ng pagkain, tubig, pabahay, at iba pa;

Naniniwala kami na ang tuluyang pagpawi sa kahirapan ay nakasandig sa pagtugon sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan: pagkain at repormang agraryo; tubig; paninirahan; trabaho; kalusugan; edukasyon; pangangalagang panlipunan; malinis at ligtas na kapaligiran; kapayapaan; at pakikilahok;

Nakikiisa kami sa adhikain ng mga maralita, kabilang ang panawagan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway para sa tiyak, ligtas, at disenteng paninirahan, at nakasasapat na kabuhayan;

Nagkakaisa kami na alinsunod dito, hindi dapat maging opsyon ang puwersahang demolisyon na lalabag sa kapasiyahan at karapatan ng mga mamamayan, bagkus ay nararapat tiyakin ang makabuluhang pakikilahok ng mamamayan sa anumang hakbanging ihahain sa kanila ng pamahalaan;

Nararapat gayundin ang mahigpit na pagtangan ng pamahalaan sa tungkulin nitong itaguyod ang kapakanan at kagalingan ng mamamayan;

Naninindigan kami na sa pamamaraang ito, sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan ng lahat ng sektor ng lipunan, sa loob at labas ng pamahalaan, malilikha ang isang malawak na kilusan na siyang magtitiyak sa pagkakamit ng Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan ng mamamayan at sa pagwawakas ng kahirapan.

Dahil dito, inilalagda namin ang aming mga pangalan at mga kinakatawang ahensiya at samahan bilang tanda ng pagkakaisa upang kamtin ang disenteng paninirahan at iba pang batayang pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway, at maging ng lahat ng maralita sa ating bansa.

Nilagdan:
Lead Convenor/Sec. Liza Maza, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
Ron Magbuhos Papag, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Rafael Antonio Dulce, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)
Dennis Cope, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Cainta, Rizal
Jacob Garcia, URBAN POOR AFFAIRS OFFICE (UPAO)-Taytay, Rizal
Mamamayan ng Manggahan Floodway / Mga lider-organisador at miyembro ng BALIKWAS-Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Buklod-Maralita, Lakas-Tao, Planter’s Bern Neighborhood Asspociation, at ANAKBAYAN-Rizal

NAPC Spearheads the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) 2017

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) commemorates this year’s National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, themed “Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty: A Path Towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies,” by strengthening this campaign under the call, “Kilos SAMBAYANAN Laban sa Kahirapan.”

Kilos SAMBAYANAN, or Kilos para sa Sampung Batayang Pangangailangan, is NAPC’s campaign for the fulfillment of the ‘10 basic needs’ of the Filipino people: food and land reform; water; shelter; work; education; health; social protection; healthy environment; peace; and participation.

This call highlights the need for convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, to build a mass movement against poverty in order to end it.

In particular, NAPC draws attention to the issues surrounding the most basic of needs – food – including the deprivation of the right to food for many Filipinos; the continuing lack of food security in the country; and the peasant struggle for genuine agrarian reform, which remains the bedrock policy for ensuring food security and one of the necessary structural reforms for reversing underdevelopment and inequality in the country.

Despite high economic growth in recent years, extreme poverty persists in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 8.23 million Filipinos are ‘subsistence poor’, or whose incomes are insufficient to buy even their basic food needs, and is part of the larger 21.93 million poor Filipinos in 2015.

Consequently, many Filipinos are deprived of basic needs that they should be enjoying as a matter of right. Philippine poverty is rooted in underdevelopment, or the backward state of agriculture and industry in the country, and in inequality, or the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few at the expense of the many.

The commemoration of NWOEP 2017 in the Philippines spearheaded by NAPC in collaboration with ATD Fourth World Philippines, people’s organizations, various government agencies, and institutions is designed to celebrate the people’s struggle and active participation of the basic sectors to fight extreme poverty.

Activities

From October 5 to 27, 2017, NAPC will hold a series of activities that highlight the conditions and struggles of the peasant and poor sectors, and secure commitments from stakeholders in support of the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign.

‘Kilos SAMBAYANAN caravan’ will be held in peasant and urban poor communities in Manila and Davao. NAPC will also organize fora and inter-agency dialogues for the communication and delivery of government programs and services to the poor. In order to advance the public discourse on land reform and sustainable agriculture, NAPC will host a forum-dialogue with peasant groups expected to be in Manila at this time.

Finally, NAPC will hold a roundtable discussion among civil society partners to launch its anti-poverty framework paper, which presents a comprehensive analysis of Philippine poverty and argues for a pro-poor development strategy as a long-term response.

Cultural events will also be held which include citizen’s photojournalism workshop-photowalk in San Jose del Monte and Pandi, Bulacan and Manggahan Floodway; arts workshop, photo mobile exhibit, Zumbayan health and wellness caravan, Sambayanan Walk, Musika’t Tulaan cultural night, and laying of commemorative stone in Anini-y, Antique.

Objectives of NWOEP Philippines 2017

  1. To promote public awareness of the persistence of poverty and extreme poverty in the Philippines, its roots and many dimensions, and the development strategy necessary to end poverty;
  2. To strengthen the Kilos SAMBAYANAN campaign and bring it closer to the poor and marginalized sectors of society, and raise awareness on the ‘10 basic needs’ as rights that should be guaranteed by the State for all Filipinos;
  3. To advance the public discourse and generate support for the people’s struggles on the right to food, food security, and land reform;
  4. To recognize and promote the efforts of the national and local governments for poverty reduction; and
  5. To foster convergence among the various sectors of society, within and outside of government, in support of Kilos SAMBAYANAN and towards building a mass movement in order to end poverty.

History of NWOEP

On 17 October 1987, over a hundred thousand people from all walks of life gathered at the Trocadero Plaza (now the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties) in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, hunger, violence, and ignorance. They gathered upon the appeal of Father Joseph Wresinski, a French Catholic priest and founder of the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Movement. The assembly proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions were inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on that date.

Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and social origins have gathered every year on October 17 to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor. Replicas of the commemorative stone have been unveiled around the world and served as a convergence point for the gatherings.

In appreciation of this initiative, the United Nations passed Resolution 47/196 on 22 December 1992 declaring 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), and invited all States to devote the Day in presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to poverty eradication.

In response, then-President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 269 on 4 October 1993 declaring October 17 of every year as the National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. On 17 October 1993, President Ramos unveiled at Rizal Park a replica of the “Commemorative Stone in Honor of the Victims of Extreme Poverty.”

It has since become the site of the annual commemoration organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission in partnership with ATD Fourth World Philippines, National Parks Development Council, and the City Government of Manila.

On 18 October 2004, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Proclamation 717 declaring the period of October 17 to 23 as the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP). The proclamation designated NAPC to lead, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the nationwide yearly observance of NWOEP in coordination with key partners and stakeholders in poverty reduction.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Fr. Joseph Wresinski and the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the United Nations.

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