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Winners of 3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice Awards

Winners of 3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice Awards

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

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Project Byline: Rights All- You-Can campaign
By UPCJ
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Campaign

 

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PR: Teachers ask DEPED to expedite the release of bonus
By TDC
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Network’s Post

 

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[Appeal] An Open Letter to Pond’s and All Whitening Products
By Renee Juliene M. Karunungan
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Pindutero’s Post

 

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WE ARE NATURE rodgalicha.com
By Rodney Galicha
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Blogsite

 

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by PAHRA
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Website

 

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Love is…Freedom from Violence!
By World March of Women – Pilipinas
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Event

 

 

Rated PG at PETA Arts Zone: “Love Does Not Hurt” campaign launch
By Dakila and PETA Arts Zone
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Photo

 

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March 8, 2013 International Women’s Day
By World March of Women – Pilipinas
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Video

 

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Dissidente!
By Jose Mario De Vega
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR Off the shelf/Resources

 

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Hey Coke! RESPECT workers’ rights! FB page
By APL
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice HR featured site

 

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MD4HR.net
By MAG
3rd Human Rights Pinduteros’ Choice for HR featured site

[Statement] of SENTRO and APL on the scandalous ‘incentives’ of SSS commissioners

Joint Statement of SENTRO and APL on the scandalous ‘incentives’ of SSS commissioners

Photo by Rapha-El Q. Olegario

Photo by Rapha-El Q. Olegario

Last week, Emilio de Quiros Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Social Security System (SSS), almost nonchalantly admitted that he and seven others in the nine-member Social Security Commission (SSC) got huge bonuses as part of the so-called performance-based incentive (PBI) for the state-run pension fund’s accomplishment in 2012, when it posted a net income of P36.2 billion or 42 percent year on year increase.

De Quiros, who is also the concurrent vice chair of the SSC, the governing board of the SSS, further justified the commissioners’ “windfall reward” for a supposedly job well done by emphasizing that SSS employees who passed the performance evaluation also received bonuses, and the PBI is authorized by law and specified by Memorandum Circulars 2012-14 and 2012-11 issued by the Governing Commission for GOCCs (GCG), the government agency that oversees government-owned and -controlled corporations like the SSS.

We, the members and leaders of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and its mother labor center, the newly established SENTRO or Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa, express our disgust and alarm over this unconscionable and scandalous “bonus” – while the Filipino people are still reeling from the shock and anger over the misuse of billions or possibly trillions of pesos of public funds notably the PDAF-DAP-presidential pork barrels; and while millions of SSS members are facing a mandatory increase in contributions starting in January as well as the planned additional premiums every two years.

It is also ironic that although the SSC boasts of achieving billions of net income – the basis for the bonuses of P9.4 million for the SSS commissioners and P276 million for qualified SSS employees – the SSS top management also acknowledged that the pension fund has an astounding P1.1 trillion “unfunded liabilities” or future financial obligations that have no funds yet, thus the purported need for a series of hikes in payments of SSS members. Thus, is the granting of generous if not appalling perks a case of “premature celebration” among SSS executives?

Belonging to a “Class A” GOCC, every SSS commissioner is paid P40,000 every board meeting he/she attends and P24,000 per committee meeting or an annual maximum of P960,000. Indeed, the gaping and unjust income divide and privileges between ordinary workers and employers are also happening even in a pension fund – called SSS – bankrolled by private sector workers.

SENTRO and APL extend our deep solidarity to the SSS members, the “lowly” workers who patiently and diligently pay their contributions despite meager benefits and pensions in return. They are the true and principal SSS benefactors and the ones who keep alive this pension fund.

SENTRO and APL reiterate this resolve and principled stand even if one of our top leaders – Daniel Edralin, the chair and vice chair of APL and SENTRO, respectively – sits as one of the three labor representatives in the SSS Commission. In fairness to him, the APL and SENTRO proudly announce to the public, especially the SSS members, that Danny Edralin has not accepted this “bonus”.

SENTRO and APL call all the members of the SSC, especially those who represent the workers, to do the honorable thing. They owe it to their members or the workers and SSS members that they represent to reject these unreasonable bonuses – or return them to the SSS coffers if they already received them.

While the said “incentives” are within the rules and are sanctioned by the GCG or even endorsed by Malacañang, they are nonetheless outrageous if not outright immoral and an affront to ordinary workers, the SSS members, for such huge bonuses are even way beyond what these workers would earn during their usual working lives.

We also call on the SSS Commission and the GCG to once again review and revise their rules and policies on “incentives,” including the PBI, by making them more just and transparent, as well as with the end in view of further cutting down the long list of emoluments given by the various GOCCs and GFIs (government financial institutions).

Finally, SENTRO and APL are urging the SSS Commission to bare to the public all the emoluments it enjoys.

Contact Person:
Frank Mero
SENTRO Chairperson
(0915) 294 2634

11 October 2013

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[Press Release] Support Snowball for Digitel Employees -DEU

Support Snowball for Digitel Employees

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Support snowball for beleaguered digital employees union (DEU), currently picketing the PLDT Main Office in Makati.

Labor organizations MAKABAYAN and Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) troop to the DEU picket line that was set up early morning of April 9. Sixty (60) security guards and four (4) patrol cars of the Makati City Police were deployed to the area. There were reports yesterday that PLDT plans to break the picket line.

Workers demand that their labor dispute with PLDT, which has acquired DIGITEL last year, be immediately resolved.

According to DEU, closure and redundancy was PLDT’s answer to the union demand of collective bargaining and secure jobs.

DIGITEL closed last March 15.

Management has yet to talk to the picketing workers.

Yesterday, DEU received news that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has set a conference meeting on April 16 between the union and PLDT management.

“Wag sanang pagpasa-pasahan ng DOLE at PLDT kaming mga manggagawa.” said Fritz Alzuelo, DEU Vice President.

“Hindi kami aalis dito hanggang hindi ito nareresulosyunan.” ended Alzuelo.

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DIGITEL Employees – shifted their protest to PLDT main Office at Makati from different business offices

As early as 5:30 in the morning today, members of Digitel Employees Union (DEU) coming from different provinces of Luzon met together and put up a protest center in front of PLDT Main Office at Makati Ave corner De la Rosa St, Makati City. They are protesting the “closure and integration of Digitel operation” as an outcome of 2011 “sale” – shareholding swapping between the two communication giants.

Closure has now become an obstacle in implementing the Supreme Court Order to negotiate with the union for their collective bargaining agreement. The closure also resulted to the dismissal and Redundancy of Digitel employees.

DEU has won every case (12 cases in all) in every step of the way against Digitel, which was formally owned by John Gokongwei, from the Office of The DOLE Secretary and National Labor Relation Commission (NLRC).

CLOSURE is a clear “IWAS PUSOY” maneuver by Digitel, the latest addition to PLDT group of companies, which was acquired by PLDT last 201.

Digitel allegedly “closed down” last March 15, 2013 but the truth is the operation continues, the Digitel operation now is manned by contractual employees mostly from former Digitel employees who avail Voluntary Resignation Program (VRP) and Early Retirement Program (ERP).

Last April 2, 2013 DEU pitched five Regional Offices of Digitel (Naga, Dagupan, Rizal, Bulacan and Pampanga).

Member of Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN)
22-A Domingo Guevara Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
Telefax: (632) 717 3262 Blogsite: http://digitelemployeesunion.wordpress.com

DIGITEL EMPLOYEES UNION [DEU]
PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2013
Reference: Fritz Alzuelo – Union Vice President, 09228958758
Allan Licardo – Union President, 09225375689
Picket Direct Landline – 345 5991

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[In the news] Govt workers to get substantial pay raise ahead of R-7 employees -Ceby Daily News

Govt workers to get substantial pay raise ahead of R-7 employees.

Cebu Daily News
April 30, 2012

Photo source Cebu Daily News

While government employees across the country received some good news ahead of tomorrow’s Labor Day, workers in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas will have to wait longer for any salary increase to be approved by their wage board.

President Benigno Aquino III has announced that government workers will get their pay raise one month ahead of its planned release this July.

He said this was his “surprise gift” to government workers tomorrow.

“It’s a substantial number of zeroes,” Mr. Aquino said of the pay hike for government workers.

In contrast, the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) has yet to decide on a wage petition filed last month.

The Alliance of Progressive Labor in Cebu (APL) filed a P90 across-the-board wage increase petition last March, citing rising fuel prices and fare rates as their basis.

The petition was opposed by Cebu’s business community.

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[Event] Run Against Contractual Employment R.A.C.E. – Alliance of Progressive Labor

Run Against Contractual Employment R.A.C.E.

WHAT: THE R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment
WHEN: May 14, 2011
WHERE: Diosdado Macapagal H-Way, Pasay City

R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment is an advocacy campaign to gather supporters and to raise awareness against contractual employment. On May 14, 2011, we are encouraging everyone to join the first fun run against contractualization.

Invite your family and friends to join R.A.C.E. to SECURE JOBS and to SECURE LIVES!

3 STEPS TO JOIN:
1. Register
2. Pay via deposit thru our BPI account
3. Print waiver and confirmation

MECHANICS FOR FUN RUN

Only participants 15 years old and above may join provided registration fee is paid.
Thirty (30) minutes before the gun start the event, organizers shall ask all the participants to assemble at the start line for the announcement of rules and for warm up exercises.

The 5k and 3k starts at 5:40 a.m. promptly.

Participants may register online or on-ground

If online: Payments should be made thru bank deposit. Only BPI banks are authorized to accept
payment. After payment, you may fax the deposit slip to 02-3321378 or scan and e-mail to race.2011@yahoo.com

BANK ACCOUNT NAME: APL Alliance of Progressive Labor
BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER: 3140-0025-68

If on-ground: Registration booth will be available during the event day. At exactly 4:00 a.m. on ground registration will start and will end at exactly 5:15 a.m.

AND/OR you may visit APL office for registration and payment at 94 Sct. Delgado St. Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.

DELIVERY OF SINGLETS AND RACE BIBS
COURIER SERVICE: Additional Php.85.00 for delivery
OR
YOU MAY GO TO: No. 94 Sct Delgado St., Brgy Laging Handa, Quezon   City
OR
ON GROUND:        May 14, 2011 @ Registration booth

Race Categories Fees: Inclusive of race number, singlet
3k Php 200.00
5k Php 270.00

Top three placers of each category will receive trophy
All participants will receive certificate of participation.

Please read agreement and print Waiver @ http://www.apl.org.ph/

[Event] R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment – APL

source: Edwin Bustillos FB

Location
Sct. Delgado, Brgy Laging Handa, 1104 Quezon City, Philippines
Description
R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment is an advocacy campaign to gather supporters and to raise awareness for contractual employment. On May 14, 2011, we are encouraging everyone to join the first fun run against contractualization.

Invite your family and friends to join R.A.C.E. to SECURE JOBS, SECURE LIVES!
General Information
WHAT: R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment
WHEN: May 14, 2011
WHERE: Diosdado Macapagal H-Way, Pasay City
Phone: Tel No. 02-473 7320 Telefax 02- 332 1378