Cab passengers’ rights to be strengthened

THE House Committee on Transportations has started discussions on various bills seeking to institutionalize and strengthen the rights of taxi passengers.

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento has opened up the idea of creating a “Passenger Bill of Rights” not only for taxis but also for other land-based PUVs such as bus, Uber, Grab, and UV Express.

"We face a very big challenge as far as mobility is concerned and the use of taxi has become a necessity as evidenced by the great number of taxi cabs we see on the roads everyday,” Sarmiento explained.


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Cordillera urged to adopt new ways on rice production

TO ACHIEVE the optimum potentials in rice production, Cordillera Region must adopt new technologies and systems developed in Nueva Ecija and other regions.

This was the recommendation made by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region III Director Dr. Julius Caesar Sicat, who was previously assigned in the Cordillera region.

He said that the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija has available technologies which are applicable to the region.

Sicat described the plan as a “universal in application and not specific to an area” as well as increase yield.

“Based on experience,…

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35,000 overseas jobs await ‘endo’ workers

FULLY aware of the possible displacement of many workers who might be affected by the recent memorandum that prohibits end of contract (endo) and other contractual schemes, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has brought a piece of good news by saying that the affected employees may instead opt to apply for jobs in Japan and Israel.

Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say said the overseas jobs offers were part of their promise to help workers affected by the Department Order No. 174.


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Say who also serves as the acting chief of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said…

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Digong goes after oligarchs anew

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has imposed a deadline of three months on his revenue collectors to fully collect billions of pesos in taxes from big businesses and conglomerates owned by influential oligarchs.

The chief executive then warned that should the rich fail to comply, he would instead distribute their properties to the poor in what many viewed as a form of retributive justice.

The President made the order as he expressed his frustration over unpaid taxes and unfulfilled contracts between the government and what he describes as the corrupt and abusive “monsters” of the society. 

Digong issued the warning even…

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Digong ends ‘endo’ and labor contractualization for good?

By Tracy Cabrera

THE practice of end-of-contract—or more commonly known as ‘endo’—is officially no longer allowed, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Prior to this, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reaffirmed his commitment to put an end to the unfair practice of labor contractualization in a meeting with workers in Malacañang.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella described Duterte’s first meeting with labor groups as “free-flowing, frank, and cordial.”

“After decades of consistent struggle against the epidemic of contractualization, workers may finally get their demand for its total prohibition as the President in his first audience with workers groups…

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