Salivating on Tetangco’s Post

PUBLIC-Private Partnership (PPP) is being sold to us as panacea to funding problems on infrastructure. If this is true is now being debated in advanced countries after decades of experience by governments on this scheme.  

PPP, as known here in the country is a mechanism to invite private groups in the development of infra projects. This is aggresively being pushed by the government to catch up with identified defficiencies in our infrastructure. Lack of basic infrastructure has always been cited as reason investors are not coming in to put up factories and plants that create jobs and earn revenues.…

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SM dared to reveal true status of employees

MILITANT YOUTH activists Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) has joined groups calling for the abolition of all forms of contractual labor and the penalization of its most adherent violators as it challenged retail giant SM Supermalls to disclose the true status of their corporate organization especially their workforce. 

The dare came after SM Group released a statement on its official website that their firms are "compliant with all labor laws and regulations in the conduct of its business".

To recall, SM Supermalls reacted to a satirical post in the Facebook page of SPARK that showed a conversation in which…

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Conditional Cash Transfer Program fate hangs
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

CRITICS of conditional cash transfer program that was staunchly espoused by former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, would now have some reasons to smile after the current administration dropped hints that it might eventually scrap the initiative.

In a recent interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said her department may seek a smaller budget in the coming years as they were studying whether or not to continue the previous administration’s conditional cash transfer program.

Taguiwalo categorically stated the program was not an anti-poverty measure but a mere “stop-gap” solution.

Conversely, she was saying…

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Pres. Rody’s message lost in transit

IN OUR issue on the first 100 days of President Rody Duterte, our web site was bursting with heated exchanges of posts from the two opposing forces: pro and anti Duterte camps. 

Interesting was the flock of pro-Tugade forces, one saying Transportation Sec. Tugade should have earned an “A” in performance, adding that DFA Sec. Yasay and DOJ Sec. Aguirre were sure “F’s”. OpinYon survey gave Tugade an “F”.

In our previous issues when on we extensively covered worsening traffic woes and blaming Tugade for the mess, we were always instantly get flooded with trolls supporting Sec. Tugade.

This…

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“Win-win solution” to Endo hit as farce

A PROGRESSIVE labor group has described as a big farce and unacceptable the so-called “win-win solution” offered by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez during a recent consultation meeting among government officials and industry representatives.

The group, Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) was reacting to the statement of the secretary who suggested that the way to address the problem of end of contract (endo) is through outsourcing.

Lopez explained that a company taps a service provider or an agency for the supply of workers on a project basis. The service provider would hire the workers as regular employees.

Josua…

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