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MAHIGIT ANIM NA LIBONG PAMILYANG SORSOGANON, NANGINGINABANG NGAYON SA 4Ps NG PAMAHALAAN

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Anim na libo walong daan limampu’t walong sako ng bigas ang sa kasalukuyan ay ipinamamahagi ng Philippine National Red Cross Sorsogon Chapter sa mga aydentipikadong pamilya sa apat na mga bayan dito sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon sa ilalim ng 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ng pamahalaan.

Ang 4Ps ay binuo ng pamahalaan upang tulungan ang mga mahihirap na pamilyang Pilipino sa bansa upang maisaayos ang kalusugan, nutrisyon at edukasyon ng kanilang mga anak.

Ayon kay PNRC Sorsogon Chapter Manager Salvacion Abotanatin, sinimulan nila ang pamamahagi ng bigas sa bayan ng Pilar noong a-trenta y uno ng Mayo na natapos noong June 7, kung saan 1,392 na pamilya ang nabiyayaan doon.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay nagpapatuloy pa ang aming pamamahagi kung saan sa bayan ng Castilla ay aabot sa 1,045 na pamilya ang mabibiyayaan, habang sa Matnog ay 872 at sa Donsol ay 3,549 na pamilya ang makatatanggap ng tig-iisang sako ng bigas. Inaasahang matatapos ang aming distribusyon sa Hunyo a-trenta,” pahayag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw ni Abotanatin na ang Red Cross ang naatasang mamahagi sa halip na ang mga Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office dahilan sa sakop pa ang mga ito ng election ban hanggang sa June 30, at hindi na rin dapat na pagtagalin pa ang distribusyon sapagkat naideliver na rin dito ang mga bigas na dapat matanggap ng mga aydentipikadong pamilya.

Matatandaang nakasaad sa Comelec en Banc Resolution 8732, na mula ika-dalawampu’t anim ng Marso hanggang huling araw ng Hunyo walang opisyal o empleyado ng pamahalaan pati na mga opisyal sa barangay na mamamahagi, maglalabas o gagasta ng pondo ng pamahalaan sa anumang uri ng pampublikong gawain.

“Subali’t, ang distribusyon ng mga bigas ay matagal nang naaprubaha, dangan nga lamang at naabutan lamang ito ng election ban,” paglilinaw pa ni Abotanatin.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

PARTISIPASYON NG MGA SORSOGANON INAASAHAN SA GAGAWING EARTHQUAKE DRILL BUKAS

(Bennie A. Recebido, PIA Sorsogon)

Mahigpit ang iniwang atas ni Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee sa mga kasapi ng Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) dito ukol sa buo at aktibong partisipasyon ng mga departamento ng provincial government, paaralan, ospital at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan sa gagawing 2nd quarter simultaneous earthquake drill bukas, June 18.

Bago umalis ang gobernador patungong Quezon City upang dumalo sa limang araw na seminar na isinasagawa ngayon ng DOST-Phivolcs, inatasan nito ang PDCC partikular ang Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) a pangunahan ang nasabing earthquake drill.

Sa pulong na ipinatawag ng PDCC, ganap na alas nueve ng umaga bukas ito isasagawa at binigyan na rin ng mga kaukulang instruksyon ang mga pinuno ng iba’t-ibang mga ahensya dito ukol sa mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng mga ito partikular na isasama na rin dito ang kahandaan sa panahong magkasunog.

Matatandaang sa ipinalabas na direktiba ni outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo noong June 26, 2006, nakasaad dito na dapat gawin ang earthquake drills quarterly kung saan lalahukan ito ng mga pampubliko at pribadong tanggapan at mga establisemyento kasama na ang mga paaralan, hanggang sa tuluyan nang mapukaw ang kamalayan at maisabuhay na ng publiko ang mga dapat gawin sa panahon at matapos ang aktwal na paglindol nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang may masaktan o di kaya’y ang pagbubuwis ng buhay.

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Pinoy nurses in CNMI hit delayed, partial wages

GARAPAN, Saipan – At least 22 Filipino nurses and auxiliary personnel in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) have complained they have not been paid on time for as long as three months now.

Some nurses received partial payments for their salaries, but are still uncertain whether they would get paid in full or if they would get paid after all in the next pay period.

The 22 overseas health workers are employed by a private employment agency, Saipan Employment Agency and Services, for work in the CNMI, a U.S. territory some three hours away from Manila.

These Filipino nurses are assigned to the CNMI government-run Rota Health Center and Tinian Health Center, located in two other major islands of the CNMI.

In the CNMI’s capital island of Saipan, nurses in the government-run hospital are directly employed by the government and do not experience salary delays.

Most of the government nurses in Saipan and in the whole Northern Marianas are Filipinos.

Nagi-stay pa rin kami dito dahil ayaw naman naming iwanan ang mga pasyente namin. Pero sana maayos na itong problema namin. Sana ma-hire na kami directly ng gobyerno. Hindi na namin makakayanan kapag ‘di pa kami makatanggap ng sweldo,” one of the Filipino nurses at the Rota Health Center told GMANews.TV.

(We’re staying here because we don’t want to abandon our patients. But we’re hoping that our problem would be addressed. We hope we’d be hired directly by the government. We can’t stand it any longer if we still don’t receive our wages.)

Filipino nurses in both Tinian and Rota do not want to be identified, fearing retaliation from either the employment agency or the CNMI government.

Since March 2010, nurses in Rota received payments covering only the hourly $4.55 minimum wage of their salaries, and not their complete hourly salary of $8.93 to $9.20 an hour.

These nurses’ employment agency, SEAS, has also been permanently barred and disqualified from hiring, renewing or employing foreign workers in the CNMI because of labor violations.

SEAS appealed the decision, but the CNMI Department of Labor upheld the debarment and disqualification. The agency can still appeal the latest decision.

The employment agency likewise said it has not been receiving payments from the CNMI government and, as a result, could not pay these Filipino nurses for the services they render at the government health centers.

CNMI lawmakers stepped in to identify funds to pay the nurses salary. However, the funding appropriated by lawmakers and approved by the governor could only cover partial payment of the salaries.

The Philippine Consulate General in Saipan could not be reached as of posting time.

Records from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration show there are over 3,200 Filipino workers in the US territory as of 2009.—JMA/JV, GMANews.TV

By HAIDEE V. EUGENIO, GMANews.TV

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The 8 Principles of Fun

Guys, I came across an interesting site defining the 8 principles of fun and I hope this 5 minutes video clip will also give you joy, fun and tons of inspiration. Dios Mabalos!

Video Courtesy by: http://www.youtube.com/user/gringoyorgy

We don’t have enough fun in our lives.  Make the 8 irresistible principles of fun part of your life:

  • 1. Stop hiding who you really are.
    • Take the time to figure out what makes up your DNA
  • 2. Start being intensively selfish.
    • Get hungry for the things that are truly important to you
    • Stop wasting time on anything else
  • 3. Stop following the rules
    • Almost every rule is negotiable
  • 4. Start scaring yourself
    • Explore the edges
    • Dip your toes into the unknown
  • 5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously
  • 6. Start getting rid of the crap
    • Get rid of all that clutter
  • 7. Stop being busy
  • 8. Start something
    • There are always reasons to procrastinate just a little longer
    • ENOUGH!
    • Just Start!

Summary of the eight principles of fun:

  • 1 & 2: Get Focused
  • 3 & 4: Be Creative
  • 5 & 6: Use Your Wisdom
  • 7 & 8: Take Action

References: http://zemalf.posterous.com/the-eight-irresistible-principles-of-fun-27

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration, Touching Heart, Touching Lives

Albay, Landbank sign P700m loan for college scholarships (via The Green Economist)

We would like to Congratulate Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for such a great initiative. This program called “Study now, Pay Never” is a first of its kind program in the country. Thank you sir for making education as your priority. Truly Bicolanos will be very proud of you & we’ll always remember you! Dios Mabalos!

Albay, Landbank sign P700m loan for college scholarships Albay province has signed this morning a P700 million loan package with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to finance a first–in–the-country education strategy that aims to produce “a college graduate for every family” through an encompassing yet simplified study now-pay later scheme. Albay Governor Joey Salceda, who authored the program, referred to it as an “Education Driven Development” (see presentation below); a development approach for … Read More

via The Green Economist

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Resigned Pinoy workers in Jeddah seek repatriation

Over 20 overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia are now awaiting repatriation after they quit their jobs due to their company’s alleged contract violations.

However, just four days before their resignation’s effectivity, the 26 machine operators from Jeddah have yet to receive the final details of their repatriation and more importantly, a notice on who will shoulder the cost of their tickets.

As a result, the workers fear they may either be kicked out of the accommodation provided by their company, or forced to just finish their two-year contracts despite their complaints.

In an interview with GMANews.TV, a worker who requested anonymity said their company, Arabian Gulf Manufacturers Ltd. for Plastic, has failed to pay them for overtime work. Moreover, the company has reportedly been making illegal salary deductions.

The machine operator added they were given a contract different from the one they signed with their recruitment agency in Manila.

“In our original contract, we’re supposed to receive 1,200 Saudi riyals (about P14,760) but we’re only getting 900 (P11,070),” the worker explained.

The original contract dated March last year, obtained from migrants’ rights group Migrante-Middle East, also indicates the workers were supposed to be paid for overtime work, but the worker said they did not receive any extra compensation.

On May 20, the 26 workers filed their resignation effective a month later as required by Saudi’s labor law.

However, the workers remain uncertain if their agency, Armstrong Resources Corp. (ARC), would shoulder their repatriation.

In a separate interview, Labor Attache Vicente Cabe clarified the agency has agreed to pay for the workers’ plane tickets.

“(The agency) called me last week and said they will provide the tickets. We’re just waiting if indeed the 26 workers will push through with being repatriated,” Cabe told GMANews.TV.

But he was unable to give the exact date as to when the workers will be repatriated.

ARC refused to comment when reached by phone, saying it is attending to “more important issues,” a staff member who refused to be identified said.

Nine-month ordeal

According to the worker, they wrote the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to seek assistance regarding their plight as early as September 2009.

The POEA forwarded the letter to the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah for action, which Cabe said he did not receive.

Around April, Cabe said he initiated talks with the company for a possible resolution.

“We were unable to convince the company. The company was offering free transportation and accommodation, but the original contract includes provision for food and laundry. The workers found the offer unacceptable,” Cabe explained.

Cabe added the complaining workers originally numbered 36, but ten decided to just continue with their employment contract despite its departure from the original agreement.

If conciliatory talks now ongoing would not prosper, appropriate charges will be filed before the Primary Commission of Saudi’s Ministry of Labor, he said.

No tickets yet

With their resignation’s effectivity just a few days away, the workers remain unsure regarding the date of their repatriation.

“I am really worried so I did not go to work today. However, I did not receive any categorical response from the POEA, which is coordinating with the agency, if we already have tickets,” the worker said.

He added their company is also asking them to present their tickets two days before their resignation’s date of effectivity, so that their exit papers can be processed.

“If we can’t present the tickets, the company said they will ignore our resignation and force us to finish our contracts. We may also be kicked out of our accommodation, and we have nowhere to go,” the worker explained.

He likewise scored the POEA and the labor office in Jeddah for their slow response, and for seemingly ignoring their plight by allowing more OFWs to be deployed by their agency.

“Just yesterday (Tuesday), eight more OFWs arrived at the company deployed by our agency,” the worker said.

The POEA cannot be reached for comment as of posting time.

By RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

Visit Link: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/193654/resigned-pinoy-workers-in-jeddah-seek-repatriation

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