Lockdown is mandatory in high-risk areas

MANILA, Philippines – A lockdown has been implemented in high risk areas as a result of the dangerous and dangerous eruption of the Taal volcano in Batangas.

This means that only authorized government officials and staff can enter the town.

Brig. Gen. Marceliano “Kit” Teofilo, Taal Task Group Commander said this is to protect residents in affected areas specifically in the declared 14-km radius danger zone.

The lockdown also aims to prevent looters from looting or robbing homeless homes.

These include the towns of Talisay, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, all of which are in high risk danger zones that have been extended to the cities of Balete, Lemery and Laurel affected by severe ashfall.

According to Teofilo, some residents despite evacuation centers are still returning to their homes to check and clean their homes, get some equipment and return their lost pets.

Batangas Provincial Police Office (PPO) Director of Police Colonel Edwin Quilates said they have set up a checkpoint to block evacuees from returning.

Joey Sarte Salceda comments on Memo Circular 2020-036

MANILA, Philippines – Rep. Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda says that the ‘Memo Circular’ of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is “rich, oppressive to the poor.”

In the House Resolution 748 he presented to the House Transportation Committee, Salceda requested that the DILG retract its Memo Circular 2020-036 which he considered “unfair and inadequate to any standard of reasoning, logically based on data, ‘socio- economic justice ‘and’ local autonomy. ‘”

According to Salceda, tricycles pay ‘road users tax’ worth P1.2 billion annually, ‘excise tax’ and VAT on gasoline which also reaches P52 billion annually which forms part of the Department of Budget’s large budget. Public Works and Highways (DPWH) worth nearly P650 billion.

In a report by the World Health Organization and Land Transportation Office in 2017, Salceda noted that riding a tricycle is safer than any other vehicle.

“Of the 7,023,529 registered tricycles and motorcycles, 5,970 died in accidents equal to 0.085%, but of the registered 3,994,326 other vehicles, 11,264 were reported in accidents equal to 0.282%,” he said.

Merchants will be evacuated to Divisoria in preparation of Sto. Niño Festival

MANILA, Philippines – Shoppers will not be selling on the streets of Divisoria on Friday as preparations are being made for the Santo Niño Festival.

The news was confirmed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in an interview with DZMM on Wednesday.

“Off-limits” will be on the business front in the coming days along Recto, Ylaya-Tondo and Candelaria from 17th to 19th January.

“The city of Manila will need that area for the feast of Sto. This morning,” he said.

“It’s because of that, when it’s five o’clock in the morning, we need flushing.”

It can be re-ban also Domagoso merchants in Divisoria its November 2019 after a glimpse of surprise inspections by the mountain of garbage in St. Ylaya

The Kadamay-Metro Manila group and an urban planner have previously broken the habits of the City of Manila when it comes to evacuating merchandise, something that is extremely affecting the livelihood of the poor.

“Amidst the festivities and ongoing media coverage, there is limited discussion on the sentiment of affected street vendors on the impact of clearing operations on their insecure employment,” he said. Redento Recio in English.

Nevertheless, the mayor denies that he is in a bad mood.

The mayor explained that they will carry out the flushing to prevent the overflow of products during the festival.

“What is that, there is meat, fish, vegetables, that is on the road, so every morning of our lives, we’re dealing with it every day,” he said.

Fruit and vegetable hit by Taal ashfall ‘safe to eat’

The Department of Health has confirmed that it is safe to eat fruits and vegetables that have been covered with ash from the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

This is what Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo shared with the media on Wednesday at the Palace.

“The vegetables that were once fruit were covered with ashes just to wash them well and clean, they could eat them,” Domingo explained in a press briefing.

Domingo said after the Department of Agriculture recorded P578 million in agricultural damage caused by volcanic eruptions from Batangas.

Among the 2,772 hectares affected are rice, coffee, cacaoo, banana and other high-value crops.

Unlike animals, toxins do not absorb plants from Taal’s volcanic ash.

The DOH had previously warned about buying and eating fish caught from Lake Taal and Batangas, something that could be the cause of food poisoning.

The lake is one of the sources of fish such as tilapia and endangered herring.

“Definitely we have advisors who are all coming to the Taal and Batangas area, really, no one is buying,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Ma. Francia Laxamana yesterday.

“We cannot expect the safety of our people.”

Nonetheless, some Tanauan, Batangas insists that fish caught from the lake are safe from poison.

For residents like “Rebecca,” it is advisable to check the Taal’s water first before claiming it is sulfuric.

“Our fish is fresh … it’s safe to eat,” he told News5 about the tilapia in the area.

“Since yesterday, so far, we only used fish for fish … Just roast fish because we have no stores.”

24-month ‘probie’ status before employment restructured by workers

MANILA, Philippines – There are signs of anger in some sectors of the industry after news broke that the probationary status of employees and employees could be extended for two years before employment could be finalized.

It was September 24 when Rep. Jose Singson Jr. House Bill 4802 aimed to get the employee signed before the two-year term is permanent.

In a PSN interview, Kilusang Mayo Uno said that the “endo” (end of contract) was now only six months before the probationary period could be completed.

“It makes the workers temporary rather than regular,” said Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU chairman.

“Endo” refers to the termination of an employee or worker before six months – the length of time required by the Labor Code before making the worker permanent.

Unlike probationary employees, regular security under tenure under Article 279 of the Labor Code is protected by “security of tenure”:

“In cases of regular employment, the employer shall not terminate the services of an employee except for a just cause or when authorized by this Title. An employee who is unjustly dismissed from work shall be entitled to reinstatement without loss of seniority rights and other privileges and to his full backwages, inclusive of allowances, and to his other benefits or their monetary equivalent computed from the time his compensation was withheld from him up to the time of his actual reinstatement.”

“The proposal to extend the probationary period of a new employee to 24 months is another blow to the workers,” Labog added.

Singson’s defense, however, said it would be easier for people who go through 24-month probation status to be regular full-time employees.

“Lengthening the employer’s probationary stage will give employees more opportunities to prove their worth to the employer, that they have the necessary skills, talents and other qualifications that will drive their regularization along with mandatory benefits,” Singson said.

He had earlier said that six months was not enough to go through the necessary “developmental training” and job search criteria to ensure that they could meet the demands of the employer.

An additional probationary period would also prevent the “automatic regularization of unqualified employees.”

Luke Roh, the national chairman of the Filipino Workers’ Union, replied that Singson wanted to destroy the dignity of the Filipino worker.

“Why does it take two years for the worker to prove his worth in the capitalist business?” said the Spirit.

“Would it not have been for the labor force, paid only by a modest wage, that the capitalist would not have been making a decent profit?”

‘6 months enough’

That is according to Rep. Ferdinand Gaite (Bayan Muna party-list). “That’s too long. The current six months are enough to determine if an employee deserves a job,” Gaite said.

Gaite is one of those who filed House Bill 3381, which aims to ban all forms of contractualization, endo and labor-only contracting.

The militant lawmaker added that Singson’s proposal would only deny the workforce their right to security of tenure and benefits.

“Extending the probationary period is just extending their time to the ’employment limo,'” Gaite said.

Rather than enforcing it, it would be best to just pass the real Security of Tenure Law worker.

The BMP, formerly known rival of the national democratic Left, has also expressed their support for HB 3381 of the Makabayan bloc.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna is concerned that the Department of Labor and Employment is proposing a version of the SOT bill, something that has already been presented to the House Committee on Labor, due to provisions on fixed-term employment and intensification of contractualization.

“We will not allow it, we will contract it,” Gaite added.