[Press Release] Hazard Pay for Frontline Environmental Workers Urged for the Duration of the COVID-19 Lockdown -EcoWaste Coalition

(EcoWaste Coalition, together with labor groups, backs hazard pay for garbage collectors) 7 April 2020, Quezon City. The EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health organization, has proposed to the government the provision of appropriate hazard pay for garbage collectors during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to stem the spread of the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).…

[Press Release] Universalisation ang sagot sa kaguluhan sa anti-covid social amelioration program -PM

Hindi pili (targeted) kundi panglahatan o yaong tinatawag na universal system ang dapat ipatupad bilang solusyon sa malawak na diskontento at kaguluhang nagaganap ngayon sa mga barangay kaugnay ng social amelioration program for COVID-19 . Ito ang binigyang diin ni Ka Rene Magtubo, Tagapangulo ng Partido Manggagawa (PM) sa harap ng kalituhan at kaguluhang nagaganap…

[Press Release] Labor groups press for universal system to avoid social divide in dispensing cash aid at household level -NAGKAISA

Aside from bureaucratic gridlock and the expected uneven dispersal of government’s assistance to different types of beneficiaries, labor groups under the Nagkaisa umbrella are now pressing for a universal system in providing COVID-19 relief to locked down communities. Calling it a guaranteed income for all, Nagkaisa proposes that a targeted system be replaced by a…

[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] 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…