[Press Release] Labor fed bares ‘unjust’ employer practices during pandemic -SUPER

Labor federation Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms (SUPER) released March 28 its first list of employers who have engaged in “unjust” practices, such as “no work, no pay” schemes, layoff/retrenchment, and “endo” during the Luzon-wide lockdown arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a labor survey conducted between March 19…

[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Reminds Consumers to Buy Only Registered Rubbing Alcohol and Notified Hand Sanitizer

24 March 2020, Quezon City. The chemical safety watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition urged consumers to be vigilant when buying rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer products during this period of public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Consumers should be on their guard against the spread of unregistered rubbing alcohol and unnotified hand…

[Press Release] How to Say “Thank You” to Frontliners in the Time of Coronavirus -EcoWaste Coalition

(Group cites ways how a grateful nation can show appreciation to COVID-19 frontliners) 22 March 2020, Quezon City. As many cities and municipalities are placed under strict quarantine amid threats posed by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an environmental health group has cited ways as to how the general public can show their appreciation to…

[Press Release] Labor NGO calls for pro-poor policies and clearer guidelines on lock down to overcome the threat of COVID-19 -EILER

Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) calls on the government to implement pro-poor policies and clearer guidelines as the month-long lockdown continues. According to EILER, the Duterte administration has taken measures focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the policies and guidelines remain lacking, unclear, and insensitive to the extremely…

[Press Release] Informal Waste Workers Seek Social Protection and Assistance as Enhanced Community Quarantine Procedures are Enforced -EcoWaste Coalition

18 March 2020, Quezon City. Groups belonging to the informal waste sector (IWS) appealed for the speedy provision of much-needed support as they directly feel the pinch of the enhanced community quarantine to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Together with the environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition, IWS groups clamored for attention…

[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Seeks Protection of Waste Handlers in the Fight against COVID-19

The EcoWaste Coalition, a zero waste advocacy group, urged national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and private service providers to provide ample protection to workers handling waste as the authorities step up preventive measures to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “It’s a common knowledge that workers who handle, collect…

[Press Release] Workers slam DTI and DOLE measures on Metro lockdown -BMP

Militant labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) criticized the prescriptions provided by both the Trade and Labor departments for workers during the month-long period Metro Manila will remain on lockdown which the group claimed were inconsiderate, grossly anti-poor and arithmetically improbable. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez stipulated in a press conference Friday that the more…

[Press Release] Labor NGO warns on massive job loss as multinational corporations continue race to the bottom

Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) expresses alarm as more and more corporations are laying off employees, contributing to the number growing of joblessness in the country. EILER noted that already at least 2,626 employees are part of layoffs since the beginning of 2020 as specific divisions of Honda Cars Philippines,…

[Press Release] Teachers bat for free medical examination -TDC

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) thru its national chairperson Benjo Basas reminded the DepEd of its obligation to provide a free medical examination to the country’s public school teachers. The group argued that it is mandated under the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (RA 4670), a 1966 vintage law. “It is clear that medical…

[Press Release] Groups Find Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastics in Government Offices Inadequate, Seek Comprehensive Action to Rein In Plastic Pollution -EcoWaste Coalition

25 February 2020, Quezon City. Environmental health groups promoting a comprehensive approach to the plastic pollution crisis challenged the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) to lead the nation in promoting innovative alternative product packaging and delivery models and systems to cut dependence on single-use plastics (SUPs). Reacting to the recent adoption of NSWMC Resolution…

[Press Release] Report: Worsened human rights crisis in 2019; Duterte’s real legacy is full-scale assault on people’s rights -PhilRights

PhilRights’ report The Killing State: 2019 Philippine Human Rights Situationer describes a worsening human rights situation creating a hostile environment for ordinary Filipinos. QUEZON CITY – President Duterte’s real legacy is the full-scale assault on people’s basic rights and the dismantling of democratic guarantees of Filipinos, the Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) asserted. “If…

[From the web] Labor groups slam PNP for anti-union stations at ecozones, call on DOLE to enforce FOA -PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP), including its commander-in-chief, the President, cannot infringe on the right of workers to form unions. Doing so will be a clear violation of the Constitution, the Labor Code and international conventions that guarantee freedom of association (FOA), the labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) said in a statement sent to media.…

[Press Release] Environmental Advocates Call for Greater Vigilance against Foreign Waste Dumping – EcoWaste Coalition

(Groups Insist: Mindanao Dili Basurahan, Bar Waste Imports, Ratify the Basel Ban Amendment) 19 January 2020, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental/Davao City/Quezon City. Environmental health and justice advocates called for greater vigilance against waste imports as they cheer over the re-exportation of the remaining illegal South Korean waste shipments to their origin starting today. At the jubilant…

[Press Release] EcoWaste Coalition Calls on Stakeholders to Advance CHR’s “People’s Right to Chemical Safety” Agenda

9 December 2019, Quezon City. In conjunction with the observance of Human Rights Day on December 10, a waste and pollution watchdog group appealed to all sectors to uphold the citizens’ right to chemical safety. “As Human Rights Day is commemorated, we appeal to all stakeholders, especially duty-bearers from the government and the industry, to…