PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to hold an official-level Technical Working Group Meeting to finalise the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers (PDI) in Malaysia. The Human Resources Ministry said the agreement was reached at the end of a discussion between both countries that was held virtually yesterday to finalise the MoU. It said that this shows the government’s commitment and concern to the urgent needs of the community so that the issue of maids can be addressed as soon as possible, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday (July 24). The Ministry said that it represented Malaysia along with the Foreign Affairs Ministry while the Indonesian government was represented by the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers. According to the Ministry, the initial discussion was held following Prime ... » Learn More about Malaysia, Indonesia agree to discuss MOU on domestic workers
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PERSATUAN Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS) calls on all employers of local and migrant domestic workers to register their employees with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) immediately because by mid-2022, when Socso commences its enforcement of this new extension plan, payments will have to be backdated to June 2021. PSWS, which works closely with local and migrant domestic workers, also urges all domestic workers in Malaysia, including documented migrant domestic workers and part-time local domestic workers, to start speaking to their respective employers to get registered. Local domestic workers who work on a schedule for numerous employers in one week will also be eligible for Socso coverage as each of their employers will register them for social security protection in case of work-related mishaps in their homes. However, domestic workers whose employers ferry them from house to house – as with an on-call cleaning service – are considered employees of an agency and will ... » Learn More about Register your domestic worker with Socso
There are many lists where the Philippines finds itself at the bottom or near-bottom. For example, in the list of 79 countries that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Philippines scored the lowest in reading comprehension and the second lowest in mathematics and science. On the labor front, the Philippines finds itself near the bottom of the list of countries relative to the percentage of workers covered by collective bargaining agreements (CBA). The country ranks 80 th among 85 countries (1.6% for the Philippines as against 98.5% of workers covered by CBAs for the top country on the list). Furthermore, the Philippines ranks 67 th out of 89 countries in terms of union density, i.e. the percentage share of employees who are members of labor unions (ILOSTAT). But there is a list where the Philippines is among the topnotchers — the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 2020 Global Rights Index Report, which ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The crucial role of Catholic educational institutions in labor rights
PUTRAJAYA: More than 200,000 workers in the retail and distribution industry have registered to be vaccinated under the retail industry programme (RiVAC), which kicked off on Monday (July 26). Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the registration of a total of 226,353 workers so far was made via 4,033 companies. He said five RiVAC vaccination centres in the Klang Valley have begun operations this week. They are located at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre and Maju Link in Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, the IOI City Tower in Putrajaya. In Selangor, the centres are at the Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre in Bandar Utama and the Centro Mall in Klang. He added that a vaccination centre under the RiVAC programme will be opened at Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka on Aug 1. “The retail, distribution and services sectors are crucial components of the economy. These sectors are affected by the movement control order, where almost all ... » Learn More about Over 200,000 retail, distribution workers registered for vaccination under RiVAC, says Domestic Trade Minister
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about global solidarity. Unfortunately, words by themselves will not end the pandemic – or curb the impact of the climate crisis. Now is the moment to show what solidarity means in practice. As G20 Finance Ministers meet in Venice, they face three crucial solidarity tests: on vaccines, on extending an economic lifeline to the developing world, and on climate. First, vaccines. A global vaccination gap threatens us all. While COVID-19 circulates among unvaccinated people, it continues to mutate into variants that could be more transmissible, more deadly, or both. We are in a race between vaccines and variants; if the variants win, the pandemic could kill millions more people and delay a global recovery for years. But while 70% of people in some developed countries are vaccinated, that figure stands at less than 1% for low-income countries. Solidarity means delivering on access to vaccines for everyone – fast. ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The G20 faces 3 big tests